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School of Business Dean looks to bring back free papers to campus

In an email sent Thursday evening, Peter Brews, dean of the Darla Moore School of Business, said that he is looking for ways to return free copies of The Wall Street Journal to the school.

"The USC Student Life Office has funded the delivery for many years, but this year decided to direct its funds to other uses," Brews said. "Regrettably, we did not receive any notice of this change."

In years past, Student Government spent about 25 percent of their total budget bringing print newspapers — including The New York Times and The State —  to campus, according to Student Body President Jonathan Kaufman.

This year, the executive branch cut the budget of that program to give financial support to other SG initiatives.

Kaufman welcomed Brews' efforts to bring the paper back to the school, saying that the process of informing the university community of the papers' removal could have been smoother.

"I think we could have done a better job communicating, for sure," he said. "We'll take that one and roll with it and learn from it."

In addition to bringing The Wall Street Journal back on campus, Brews plans to adjust the number of paper copies in the school to better fit student demand.

"Having the WSJ available at our school is important, and we are exploring the best way to restore delivery," he said. "We have however noticed over time that bundles of unopened newspapers typically remain after delivery ... When delivery resumes, we may start with a lower quantity on stand, but if newspapers run out often we will immediately increase the quantity."

Brews' decision to base paper quantity on student pick-up rates acknowledges that some Moore School students welcomed the decision to remove The Wall Street Journal from campus stands.

"Honestly, I think it was a good decision, because I don't think people really read the paper version," third-year management student Devin Washington said. "Now we have Twitter and social media, and that's how I get the information from The Wall Street Journal."

Wynser Poole, a third-year management and finance student, cited the environmental benefits of cutting down on print production.

"I think [the removal] is understandable since we're trying to be a green building and trying to generate more energy than we consume," he said. "It makes sense that we would not want a bunch of newspapers."

Others, however, were saddened by the papers' removal from the Moore School.

"I think it's troubling. I don't think it's good," Maison Becker, a second-year finance student, said. "It's not a life-or-death situation, but, being from New York, I know how it can help us out whether it be for contacts or even networking."

Brews believes that the Journal provides services to business students in ways other papers can't.

"I know that a lot of our students read the newspaper to get context for projects they do, for interviews they do in preparation to become a business professional," he said. "It's pretty appropriate to have something like that available at the school."

Nathaniel Simmons-Thorne contributed reporting