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Letters to the Editor April 24
Published 4/24/2012
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Support for libraries will not be enough

Editor:

Some of you students, faculty and staff know that at the end of this semester the Fischer Agricultural Sciences, Brain Education and the Architecture Libraries will be closing their doors forever. Prestigious professors like Dr. Jack D. Rogers fought to keep these libraries open for many years. Rogers was even a crucial part in naming the agricultural sciences library after Dr. George W. Fischer, who is a vital part of WSU’s history, and was a firm believer that social life was an important aspect of university life — especially in the Plant Pathology Department.

I have done all that is possible to save the libraries from closing. Still, I cannot understand how the administration can be so out of touch with what students need. Three colleges at WSU will be drastically affected by these closures and the whole WSU community will suffer. We will all need to rely on the three remaining libraries: Holland and Terrell, Owen and the Animal Health Libraries. Those of you that use these libraries know that at certain times of the day there is already insufficient study space.

They say these closures are about lower door counts, fewer book check-outs and the budget crisis, but how can we have the biggest freshman class ever at WSU and have fewer libraries? How can our libraries be taken away without us having a say in the matter prior to telling us they will close? All we get in return for our soon to be dissolved libraries is more access to journals.

When I began my WSU Library Preservation Support crusade, I researched why the libraries were slated for closure and visited many professors and administrators to see why this could happen. I was told time and time again that it was about the budget. I just could not believe the three libraries were costing the university more than the gains made by having these libraries available to students and staff. I still do not know whether it is $100,000 or it is $250,000 per year to run these libraries — I was never able to get an exact figure.

I soon realized that gaining administrative support was a lost cause, since it was obvious they did not care about these libraries closing. This is why I started a student petition supporting a $20 student fee to keep these libraries open. Signatures and support were overwhelming for saving the libraries, and even the ASWSU and GPSA were supportive when I presented the issue to them. Although when it came down to it, there was no action when they could have made a difference.

To get this done without support from anyone with some power, we would have needed two-thirds of the student population in Pullman to sign the petition: 12,000 signatures. I did get a significant sampling of what student support looks like after seeing that more than two-thirds of the students signed the petition in every class I visited about the issue. But it was still not enough.

The hard numbers do not show how priceless the existing library system at WSU truly is. It will be a sad day in WSU history on May 4, 2012 when those libraries close.

Thanks for all your support.

Brian Koepke
WSU postgraduate student 

Interfering elites should not be in politics

Editor:

The United States of America is a republic, not a democracy. Our representatives are elected democratically. How is it that a senior political science student like Samir Junejo does not know this basic fact? That is like an English major not knowing the difference between a noun and a verb. This brings into serious question the competency of the political science department. Your credibility is gone.
 
As for elites, as long as they stay out of our lives, who cares? But when they do interfere, especially through politics, then it is time to kick them out. And there is no middle-ground between an inadequate and hipster president. The current president is both, and things are worse.
 
Michael Nealey
senior, mechanical engineering
 
Vote for Rich Cowan in November election
 
Editor:
 
Cathy McMorris Rodgers often brags about the federal funding secured for the North-South Freeway being built in Spokane. This project is easily one of the most important transportation developments in the eastern side of the state, making Spokane transit much more efficient.

There is just one catch, Rodgers voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in January 2009, the very act that funded the project. Rodgers' hypocrisy is blinding in this instance. She was willing to support an individual government project for her district, right up until when it actually mattered: the vote.

Yet she has the audacity to call herself a “champion” of the project.

Rodgers is entrenched in D.C. politics, and cares more about working her way up within Republican leadership than projects in her own district. That is why I am voting for Rich Cowan in November. Cowan is a proven job-creator in his district with strong ties to the area as a Cougar alumnus and Spokane business owner. Cowan also visited WSU last week, something Rodgers has not done in years, despite repeated attempts by WSU students to bring her here.

All Cougs should do what is best for eastern Washington and vote Rich Cowan in November.

Zachary K. Young
freshman, political science

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