Newspaper subscription nixed to cut costs

Correction appended

The Student Association is dropping its New York Times subscription to stretch dollars for student organization allocations this fall, after a $10,000 Xerox machine put a dent in its annual budget.

The organization purchased the copy machine – which typically costs between $6,000 and $20,000 – for the new student advocacy center on the fourth floor of the Marvin Center. SA President Ashwin Narla said the group needed to make cuts to maintain its about $1 million budget, which funds nearly 500 student organizations.

Narla said the daily Times deliveries cost about $1,200 monthly.

“There isn’t endless money to go around,” Narla said. “We’ve looked at our budget, and if we do this [newspaper subscription], it will raise the budget extremely.”

The Board of Trustees allocated $275,000 for the student center last spring.

The Xerox machine is the third in the Student Association’s office. Student organizations can use the machine to print and copy for free.

This article was updated Sept. 4, 2012 to reflect the following:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that the newspaper program costs $12,000 monthly. It costs $1,200 monthly.

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