A resolution introduced during the last meeting of the University of Texas at Arlington’s student congress called for the university’s award-winning newspaper The Shorthorn to discontinue its printed circulation, and exist only online. “The Mavs Go Green and Use Web 2.0” resolution was introduced on the grounds that it would be good for the environment — ignoring the dozens of environmental stories the paper regularly publishes.
The paper, which seems to win a handful of awards every year, and is one of the most well-reputed student run newspapers in the country, currently prints 8,000 copies at a printing cost of $236,000. The paper generates $485,000 in ad revenue, according to records. There are also numerous scholarships and internships (several at the Fwweekly) given to Shorthorn staffers; and the university uses its newspaper as a recruiting tool for potential students.
For the last several years, UTA has been trying to brand itself, dumping thousands of dollars into the laps of consultants, in an effort to shake its image as a commuter school. If the student congress passes this resolution, they would be killing a dynasty, and branded by many as a joke. A school trying to find its identity shouldn’t even be considering killing one of its most recognizable and respected institutions. And that’s precisely what this resolution would do.