University of Missouri

48-118: A Letter to Immediately Reconsider and Reevaluate the Requirement of Incoming Freshman Journalism/Pre-Journalism Students to Purchase iPhones/iTouches and Make a Recommendation

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 48-118

A Letter to Immediately Reconsider and Reevaluate the Requirement of Incoming Freshman Journalism/Pre-Journalism Students to Purchase iPhones/iTouches and Make a Recommendation

WHEREAS, incoming freshman designated as Journalism or Pre-Journalism majors are now required to have an iPod Touch or an iPhone upon entering the School of Journalism in Fall 2009, and

WHEREAS, the iPod Touch or iPhone would be used for students to watch lectures for several classes and students would be encouraged to utilize its technological functions such as news applications and online access, and

WHEREAS, students that purchase an Apple MacBook laptop through TigerTech will receive a rebate on their iPod Touch, but those who purchase their laptop elsewhere will be required to purchase their own, starting at $229, and

WHEREAS, Journalism and Pre-Journalism Majors have been required to purchase Apple laptop computers for several years, and

WHEREAS, current Journalism and Pre-Journalism majors have voiced concern over the necessity of purchasing an Apple laptop, as they are not required to purchase associated programs and there are available Apple computers in School of Journalism labs, and

WHEREAS, students have also voiced concern over the necessity of iPod Touches or iPhones for incoming Journalism freshmen, and

WHEREAS, these technologies would pose a significant additional expense for incoming freshmen, and

WHEREAS, it has not been proven that these technologies are absolutely necessary for education in the field of journalism at the University of Missouri, and

WHEREAS, there has not been concrete information given describing all of the necessary uses of the technology, and many students and faculty members have voiced uncertainty, questions or concerns.

THEREFORE, the Missouri Students Association Academic Affairs Committee intends to immediately contact Missouri School of Journalism Dean Dean Mills, Futures Lab Director Mike McKean, Convergence Journalism Sequence Chair Lynda Kraxberger, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Administration Brian Brooks and other faculty members and students with substantial input or insight to the decision, and

THEREFORE, the Missouri Students Association will do our absolute best to conduct these discussions by Friday, May 8 and

THEREFORE, the Missouri Students Association will use this information to decide whether to take a position on the issue, and

THEREFORE, any final recommendations will be submitted to Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Administration Brian Brooks by the final week of the semester, and

THEREFORE, the Committee will also ask for input from current School of Journalism students and faculty members to compile direct recommendations for incoming students.

Respectfully submitted,

Erica Zucco                                              Paul Whiteside

Academic Affairs Chair                      Student Affairs Chair