Opinion

It is the dawn of a new era, one where floundering online news sources have begun to charge readers for Web content just to keep some of the nation’s most historic papers from going under.
The Walter Cronkite School hosted Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a “Meet the Press” style interview on Nov. 30, and by the end of the night, many Cronkite students hung their heads in shame because of a group of students whose singing in protest ended the night early.
Taylor Mall, the area between University Center and the Walter Cronkite School, is usually bustling on weekdays. There are students heading to and from class, people socializing and often student organizations promoting themselves.
The fee is not so much a necessity as an accommodation to the needs of our student community. The Downtown campus, a once distinctly modestly-sized branch of ASU, is now promptly on its way to becoming a booming poster child for the ASU community.
Considering the significant growth of the Downtown campus over the last several years, a plan to expand the campus to provide additional services to the students seems a plausible and necessary initiative. However, such a fee is an unnecessary financial burden to impose upon students and one that is coming at the wrong time.
Why stick with one focus within a major when diversity enhances marketability?
The Cronkite Luncheon is an amazing event, but if the only way to get an invite as a student is by blogging, then the student-section of the room will be missing some of the best journalists our great school has to offer. And it doesn’t have to be that way.