The Daily Universe is dragging some people kicking and screaming into the
digital age. Good work, other schools should follow the example.
:(Just kidding. I never liked the paper when I was a student and I
even like it less now.
The days of printed media are numbered. In a few more years we'll be charged to
read and comment on stories on sites like this. There won't be a newspaper
I loved the Daily Universe. In fact, one of the things I didn't like about
Spring/Summer term was that the newspaper only came out (if I remember
correctly) three times a week instead of five. "Police Beat" was
almost invariably mostly hilarious, with "Letters to the Editor" being
nearly as funny. Eric Snider was pretty funny too. The columns and articles
were what you would expect from a student-run newspaper, but all-in-all it was
acceptable.When I was a freshman, the style fashion was for male
students to wear a blue denim long sleeve shirt, with a braided leather belt and
khaki pants. Apparently this truly annoyed someone and he wanted everyone at
BYU to know. So he raged in the Daily Universe about guys wearing a blue denim
"shirts" although the paper inappropriately spelled the word
"shirt". I'll leave it up to the reader to determine what was
written, but suffice it to say, hilarity ensued.
When I was at BYU I wanted to work for the Universe but I passed the spelling
For many faculty and students this will be a downer. The Universe has been a
great service to the BYU community in informing us, in entertaining us, and
providing easy access from news stands across campus. Will students or
professors go online to read local stuff? Most won't. They'll use the web to
access the New York Times and other national media. Doing so will at least
enable folks to gain a more expansive view of people, places and events. There
will certainly be a benefit to one BYU-affiliated group: The students who
recently resurrected the Seventh East Press. Their value just shot up
significantly. Now individuals from all over campus will be reading more leading
edge articles, gaining more perspectives on social change, and increasing their
criticisms of the BYU cocoon. Thus, killing the Universe may not only save money
for the university, but also break down smugness and naivete by helping students
become more effective in navigating the real world.
Wait! This is written by Hunter Schwarz? Isn't he the BYU kid that's the
editor of the Student Review? Looks like the Deseret Connect conflict of
interest is at it again. (Not that I expect the editors to allow this comment
to post, anyway.)
It doesn't sound like the curriculum will change, just how the news is delivered
on a daily basis. Unless you're the guy running the presses (which no students
are), how would this change anything for them?