It has come to our attention that there is a plan underway for the creation of a new monthly newspaper on campus. Titled “Spectrum,” the intent for the new paper seems to center primarily on increasing coverage for minority and cultural events affecting students, faculty and the University community as a whole. This paper should rightfully take its place amongst a multitude of local publications available at many sites across campus.

Focusing on anything from social commentary to concert promotion, these papers are usually readily available, fairly reliable and are often free of charge. The proliferation of many different papers across campus reflects the University community’s vast array of viewpoints. It is important for students to receive their news from a variety of sources; in so doing, community members from many walks of life have the opportunity to promote their individual ideologies and groups have a forum for the promotion of their events, furthering the cause for a diverse and intellectually active student body. As a by-product, talented young writers have the medium to hone their writing skills and get their work out into the public eye.

This is certainly something to strive for, but Spectrum’s focus distinguishes it from what is currently available. The new paper promises to be something entirely different from many local publications by shining its spotlight primarily on minority issues and events. Due to the sheer number of activities occurring on such a large campus, it could not be expected of one publication to cover everything. Each year, the number of issue-based groups on campus seems to swell and accordingly, the number of events organized by such groups grows dramatically. It becomes easier for students to miss out on these events.

This paper should serve to meet the needs of groups organizing such events by being a consistent and reliable source for those interested in attending diversity- or minority-oriented programs. Diversity should be a priority not only to the administration, but also to the student body; attending diversity-oriented activities is one way for students to educate themselves on different ways of thinking. As a student, it is all too easy to get caught up in class work and miss out on these experiences, which in the long run can serve as part of a well-rounded education.

Any time there is an offer to provide the student body with another source of local dialogue and information, that opportunity should be encouraged and embraced. As a matter of policy, The Michigan Daily supports wholeheartedly any effort made to this end, regardless of the circumstances out of which it arose. The Michigan Daily would like to welcome Spectrum to campus and eagerly awaits the first issue.

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