By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH
In the tradition of many newspapers across the United States, I’d propose that The Blue & Gray Press become a daily newspaper.
I’ve paged through The Blue & Gray for quite some time. The immense piles stacked across the entrance of academic buildings have become a fixture for me.
Then again, I argue, there could always be more.
Think about The New York Times, The Washington Post. They tell you everything there is to know about that day. There certainly isn’t a reason to get live updates online or instant corrections on wrong information. There’s something about the 24-hour gap between editions that seems to brew wisdom, structure and relevance. Like a fine wine.
Think about how much happens at the University of Mary Washington on a day-to-day basis. Why wouldn’t anyone want to feel the texture of the paper between their fingers, to read the stories from the pages rather than from the convenience of the internet? To doodle on the paper’s outer edges, drawing a second mustache on photos of President Hurley.
Certainly the environment is a concern. Can the university’s reputation as a campus blooming with trees sustain the numerous foliage we’d have to cut in order to keep this paper running?
However, it will be worth it. When the sun rises in the morning, imagine our joy when the sun, no longer blocked due to the lack of trees, streams into our rooms, shining outside our doors, where the newest edition of the paper will be.
People talk about the death of the newspaper, of dozens of printing presses bankrupting, disappearing, how the internet has made news more accessible than ever. There’s also the devastating decline of the environment to consider. Certainly both online and print papers offer something unique and important in their own rights, but the print paper allows you to see your own name in the pages, to hold a piece of the university in your hand, something that’s tangible.
Which definitely can’t happen with a weekly paper.
So, let’s press forward and enter this brave new territory with open minds and even greater strains to student writers’ and editors’ schedules.
This story is a part of our April Fool’s edition and is intended to be satirical in nature. All information or quotations are made up and not to be taken seriously.