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Editorial: Expanding campus coverage

The New Hampshire

Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 03:01

After finishing their last finals in early December, students typically leave Durham, breathing a sigh of relief, not giving too much thought to the university until residence halls reopen in late January. During that long winter break from courses, homework and exams, it can be easy to forget that the university does not completely shut down when the majority of students temporarily leave campus.

Not only are January-term classes held on campus (and online), keeping some students in the area, but some faculty and staff remain on campus, also continuing their work and research. Athletics programs continue with their schedules, hosting games and hopefully improving their records, even though most students are not present to cheer on their fellow student-athletes.

And in addition to scheduled winter events such as afternoon classes and weekend games, news stories that emerged while students were focused on studying for finals at the end of last semester continued developing over the holiday season. And while all of the staff of The New Hampshire was not on campus in the interim period between semesters, news stories were not forgotten. As we return to UNH and begin the spring semester, we revisit stories that were first written about in November and December.

The print schedule for TNH follows the university’s schedule, but that does not mean we stop following stories that we think students should be aware of as they readjust to life in Durham. In this issue – and in upcoming issues – we address subjects that developed since we last wrote about them in print.

One of these stories reappearing on the front page is about the dismissal of women’s hockey head coach Brian McCloskey. The longtime coach was fired from his position in the midst of the hockey season and while students were still in Durham, but McCloskey’s firing has maintained attention over the past eight weeks. Information about McCloskey’s dismissal was minimal in the days following the announcement, but details have emerged with time and persistence.

This story, like others to come, has occurred mostly out of the timeframe of students’ presence on campus, which is partially why we feel so much attention is still deserved. The New Hampshire aims to be thorough in its coverage of news that pertains to student life at the university, no matter when it occurs.

As up-to-date with stories as we attempt to be as we return to the regular schedule of two issues each week, we realize that some stories may have slipped by. As always, we encourage readers to share story ideas with us, write letters to the editor expressing opinions, and comment on articles published online. With 25 more issues to be published over the course of the spring semester, we will be following the stories most important for the population of UNH and Durham and hope that the readers of The New Hampshire will do the same.

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