A new pass system designed to increase online readership of the New York Times among college students is now available at CSU, according to student government chief of staff Robert Duran.
The pass, which is provided to students at no extra cost, is a part of the current collegiate readership program and has been introduced by the Associated Students of CSU in order to give students better access to the newspaper and all the resources it provides. A student must enter in their CSU email address at the newspaper’s website in order to claim a pass for 24 hours straight.
There will be 340 passes allotted to CSU per day. Duran said the number directly correlates with the number of print copies picked up daily.
“There will be about 300 passes allowed per day because that’s the number of newspapers that students here at CSU read in the print version,” he said. “We just wanted to make the online version as available to students as the print version.”
According to Duran, CSU is one of the first universities able to try out the new deal.
“This passes system is really to help students access news and be more aware of the world around them,” Duran said. He added that the partnership will also provide CSU with more opportunities to bring better programming and guest speakers to campus.
Other newspapers provided under the collegiate readership program include “USA Today” and the “Denver Post.” All papers under the program are provided to students free of cost.
So far, the New York Times is the only newspaper to encompass a print version alongside an online version in their partnership with the university.
Students, though, don’t all agree that this program will increase readership to the New York Times.
“I don’t generally read the New York Times,” said Ciera DiBello, a junior human development and family studies major. “It tends to be more politically oriented and I don’t like to follow politics. I’m not sure how many people will get use out of this.”
Other students, however, are attracted to the possibility of cutting down on paper and being able to access the newspaper through their smartphones.
“I think it’s a great resource to get people to be more informed, especially if people can use it on their phones,” said Molly Allison, a junior biomedical sciences major. “It will save paper and be more green. I never see people carrying around a hard newspaper, but I always see people looking up news on their phone.”
ASCSU Beat Reporter Carrie Mobley can be reached at email@example.com.