Thursday, October 30, 2008

No news

I talked with Jo Ann Hermanek, a Residence Hall Director and Advisor to RSA, about there being no more copies of the Chicago Tribune or the Red Eye available in the Coughlin Commons or outside of the Library.

While last year, residents had access to free copies of the Chicago Tribune three to four days a week (down from daily in previous years); Residence Life can't cover the cost anymore. The price to have this distribution has increased as we're living in bad economic times and the Tribune (as well as other newspapers) has to make a buck somewhere.

The school hasn't been contacted by the Chicago Tribune this year according to Hermanek and she is not sure who oversaw the Red Eye distribution. She believes that someone from the Chicago Tribune just distributed copies of the Red Eye as well since it is a free newspaper and (judging from what I recall in previous years) a popular newspaper for students at Dominican.

Residence Life used to have a partnership with different academic departments on campus (where the professors required students to read the newspaper) to help cover the distribution cost. This is not the case anymore.

I know quite a few of my friends enjoyed reading the Red Eye, so it's sad to see that gone. The empty Red Eye news rack outside of the Library is a sign of the loss... Hermanek says that she knows students "really miss the Red Eye a lot" but it's all about money, money, money.

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