September 26, 2003

S.A. Funds Readership Program

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Beginning next fall, Cornell students will be able to get their daily newspaper fix for free. Last night, the Student Assembly granted funding to the USA Today-sponsored College Readership Program, which has run several pilot programs at the University over the past two years.

The S.A. voted to approve the off-campus organization’s request for a $5 share of the student activity fee, a portion of tuition which students pay to support campus programs. The approval of the funding, the culmination of a three-year process, was the final step in making the newspaper stands a permanent fixture on campus.

“I’m really excited that Cornell has decided to embrace this program,” said Robin Irwin, regional marketing manager for USA Today. “I think that the students will find it a valuable part of their Cornell experience.”

Over 200 schools participated in the College Readership Program as of last spring and more are expected to join this year, including Dartmouth College and Duke University.