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Volume 85, Number 4 ONLINE September 19, 1997
`Thresher' editors guilty for role in `Trasher'

Marty Beard's distribution on campus two weeks ago of 3,060 copies of a letter of apology to 1997 Hanszen Alumna Allison Price Fine made startingly public what had been widely rumored at Rice since last spring -- that Beard and Vivek Rao, 1996-'97 editors in chief of the Rice Thresher , had been found guilty of sexual harassment and harassment for publishing an April Fools' Day parody publication called the "Rice Trasher."

by Joel Hardi
Beard, then a junior, and Rao, then a senior, were found in May by Assistant Dean for Student Judicial Affairs Patricia Bass to have violated Rice's sexual harassment policy by publishing an "article" titled "Alice N. Whine makes `Hustler'" which mocked the September 27, 1996 Thresher article "Fine honored as one of top 10 `Glamour' '96 College Women."

Beard and Rao claimed that the "Trasher" article was a parody of the previous article and not intended to harm Fine, who argued it was meant to retaliate for her involvement in organizing an open forum to discuss the November 8, 1996 Thresher backpage titled "Rice Women are Like ..." and the campus climate for women.

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