February 15th, 2010 | Uncategorized

NY Times subscriptions safe at Brown

Brown will keep its dining hall newspaper subscriptions, after all.

Though a Brown budgeting committee recommended eliminating $33,000 worth of annual subscriptions to the Providence Journal and The New York Times to help make a $14 million budget cut earlier this month, President Ruth Simmons will not forward that recommendation to Brown’s Corporation, the Brown Daily Herald reported. (Yale, facing a remaining $100 million gap, pays about $50,000 a year for subscriptions to The New York Times.)

“One of the guiding principles was to seek savings that wouldn’t hurt the student experience,” a Brown spokeswoman told the Herald. Cutting the newspapers, she added, “would result in minimal savings compared with other actions.”

The newspaper subscriptions were originally paid for by Brown’s student government, though they now fall under Brown’s dining services budget. If the subscriptions are not eliminated, the budgeting committee recommended, the cost should be shifted back to the student government and student activity fees.