As part of a new green initiative, Yale College will discontinue its supply of paper copies of the New York Times, previously available in the residential college dining halls.
Instead, University President Peter Salovey announced yesterday that all undergraduates can opt into a complete Times digital subscription. Some physical editions of the newspaper will still circulate through the colleges, but Salovey hopes that the change will make campus more eco-friendly.
“Consistent with the new sustainability initiatives announced earlier this week, we have negotiated an arrangement with the Times that allows us to offer all undergraduate students—at no cost to you—the opportunity to opt in to a daily digital subscription for the academic year,” Salovey wrote in an email to Yale College on Friday. “Moving to a digital newspaper enables us to be more environmentally friendly and assists our efforts to create a greener university.”
Student reactions were mixed, though most agree that having a digital subscription will make it easier to read articles on-the-go.
“I had the New York Times and CNN apps on my phone, and now I have a full subscription and will probably read [the Times] more,” Linda Oh ’17 said. “Having the online subscription just makes things so much more convenient.”
Jane Strauch ’17 said that the move away from printed papers strikes a balance between giving students access to daily news without wasting resources.
Others said they miss picking up a copy of the Times and, for example, scanning articles over breakfast.
“I think [the paper copy] makes for better quality reading, particularly when it is accompanied with a cup of coffee,” Zach Young ’17 said. “It also makes me less susceptible to headlines and more likely to read articles that may not correspond with subjects I know a lot about.”
Students received an email from the Times yesterday with instructions on how to sign up for a digital subscription.