George Washington University stops giving away free newspapers that no one wants

When you pay $220,000 in tuition over four years, as George Washington University students do, you expect a few amenities in return, like fancy dorms, awesome parties, easy classes and, most importantly, free newspapers. But that last perk is no more, as the administration has cut its daily delivery of the Post, New York Times, and USA Today. A spokesman for the latter paper is in denial about the reason why.

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The GW Hatchet reports:

Heidi Zimmerman, the director of communications for USA Today, which manages the program, said GW ended the program because of budget cuts. Daily deliveries of the three newspapers cost $52,000 per year.

The Collegiate Readership Program cost less than one student's tuition for a year, but it was cut for budgetary reasons? I don't think so! Dean of Students Peter Konwerski told the Hatchet that the cuts were due to a decreased interest in the program — that is, less students were picking up the (free!) papers from (conspicuous!) newsstands around campus. “Our ability to access news is so ubiquitous today," he said. "There are many ways for students to access the content in other ways."

Yes, college students are accessing all kinds of "content" these days, especially on websites with URLs that end in "-tube." But the Times' or Post's website? Not so much.

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