Keep the press free
Although the Bowdoin Student Government newspaper program is set to expire next Friday, BSG should not stop the presses. If offering free newspapers does not continue after Spring Break, BSG will have cancelled its most important initiative this year.
Let's face it-as college students, we are often dismally uninformed about the outside world. According to college data, only 46.8 percent of incoming first years last fall said they kept track of the news regularly. That is already a low number, but once here, it is easy to become buried in homework while trying to balance activities and work. Following the news becomes a last priority, if a priority at all.
The newspaper program changes all of this. The newspaper offerings are free. They are plentiful. They are reliable. Available at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in the Union, students do not need to go far to learn about political contests, world events, and business news. In short, students are able to become better, more informed participants in our democratic society. We do not want to head back to the days where a few copies of the newspaper were available in the early morning and gone well before lunch.
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