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Editorial: Let’s vote to reaffirm UConn student power!

Editorial: Let’s vote to reaffirm UConn student power!

Since 1896, The Daily Campus has delivered news independently to UConn students and faculty each weekday. Its ability to produce physical and online content is rare among student-run campus news publications today, illustrating its members’ incredible dedication and newspapers’ sustained relevance in the modern era.

Letter to the Editor: UConnPIRG's Affordable Textbooks campaign

A fresh semester can seem great to students until they see what textbooks they need, especially if the course is required.

On the first day of my required Organic Chemistry class, my professor presented the syllabus and told the class that we were required to purchase a course package priced at $400. This is a problem countless students face without a choice in the matter. Students can either excel in class and burden themselves financially or risk poor performance.

Another common problem students face is bundled class materials. The only way to get the workbook or access code included in bundled class materials is by buying a brand new textbook. This eliminates student options of used or rented books and was created by publishing companies to harm those markets. Enter open textbooks.

Open textbooks are published under an open license, and are accessible online for free and in print at a lower cost than traditionally published textbooks. Open textbooks can be remixed by professors or combined with other open textbooks to create a custom book.

The result of adopting open textbooks is students can learn with high quality peer-reviewed materials without the barriers of cost and professors can create the perfect book for their class. Additionally, students will not be placed in the uncomfortable position of choosing between their grades and their finances.

The cost of textbooks is increasing at over three times the rate of inflation, contributing to the rising cost of attending college. We need to take course materials costs seriously to keep college affordable.


Editorial: Get Ready to (Ballot) Party with UConnPIRG!

Editorial: Get Ready to (Ballot) Party with UConnPIRG!

Primarily, this party will allow students to become registered voters and learn about their local candidates’ viewpoints on critical issues. Trained NVP members will walk students through the completion of a physical voter registration form and later submit each form to Mansfield’s town registrar.

UConnPIRG has record-setting kick-off event

UConnPIRG has record-setting kick-off event

Student activist group UConnPIRG had its largest kick-off in chapter history last night with 174 students in attendance, passing the previous record of 168 students set in 2003. The large turnout correlates to goals set by certain campaigns within the group, such as the voter registration campaign, which is this year’s lead campaign.

Editorial: This (and every) semester’s UConnPIRG kickoff event is worth attending

Editorial: This (and every) semester’s UConnPIRG kickoff event is worth attending

Tonight’s UConnPIRG kickoff event should set a record high in attendance, for the organization offers not only countless volunteer and internship opportunities, but also a wide array of campaigns that aim to ameliorate local and campuswide communities.

Letter to the Editor: UConnPIRG’s campaign for Rank Choice Voting

The Problem: A common problem faced by voters is feeling that their pick for office, whether it be local, state or federal, goes unnoticed and has little effect on the outcome of the election. This is due in part by the traditional style of voting where people have a single vote to choose who they believe to be the best candidate to fill the position. This style however can fail to accurately convey the choice of voters. Many times voters will be wary of casting their one and only ballot for a candidate who they assume won’t have enough votes to secure the office. This causes voters to go for a more mainstream candidate, instead of their ideal choice for fear of “wasting” their vote.

The Solution: The solution to this is a different system for voting is called “Rank Choice Voting.” This style of voting allows for voters to rank the candidates running for office. Voters essentially have picks for their first, second, third, etc. choice. The first choice votes are counted up for each candidate, if no candidate gets over half the votes then whichever candidate has the fewest votes is taken out of the running and those voters have their second choice votes added to the respective candidate. This continues until a candidate has majority and ultimately wins the election. Here there are no wasted votes, even if the first choice candidate is eliminated in the first round your second choice vote still can impact the results of the race. The great thing about Rank Choice Voting is that it more accurately represents the voters’ choices and can be implemented in all levels of government.

UConnPIRG is looking to bring Rank Choice Voting to campus and promote it throughout Connecticut to allow Connecticut voters the ability to have a stronger say in their elections. Visit UConnPIRG Democracy campaign in SU 214 or email noah.o’connor@uconn.edu for more information on how to get involved. For more information of Rank Choice Voting visit fairvote.org.    


UConnPIRG works toward affordable textbooks and access codes

UConnPIRG works toward affordable textbooks and access codes

Student activist group UConnPIRG will increase their efforts this semester in their “Action Plan for Affordable Textbooks” campaign, which advocates for affordable class materials like open educational resources, by engaging with professors and the greater University of Connecticut community.

UConnPIRG takes on various campaigns for spring semester

UConnPIRG takes on various campaigns for spring semester

UConnPIRG Vice Chair Walter Dodson said the organization will also continue to take on the “Save the Bees” campaign, which has led to the university obtaining a national accreditation as a bee-friendly campus. “This semester, we are looking to get the town of Mansfield to become a bee friendly city,” Dodson said.