Staff Editorial: Exciting changes to campus

Editorial Board of The Lawrentian

After being away from Appleton for only a few months, we at The Lawrentian are pleased to see that the university has made some exciting changes to campus in that time. For our first editorial of the year, we’d like to take this time to draw your attention to these improvements, be they physical or digital, academic or more mundane.

Perhaps one of the most noteworthy changes is the expansion of wireless Internet to the whole campus, a move that students have lobbied for in the pages of The Lawrentian for years. On behalf of the student body, we’d like to thank Information Technology Services for their hard work on this crucial upgrade, as it is much appreciated.

Also on the digital front, the Career Center just launched an online career help-center, LU Works. The program allows students to monitor job and internship openings and to post resumes or cover letters on the LUWorks site. This innovative program will certainly aid students as they transition into the dreaded “real world.”

The campus bookstore run by Follett now has a more permanent location in the old Lucinda’s in Colman Hall. With a new name — the Viking Bookstore — and the option to rent textbooks. We at The Lawrentian are cautiously optimistic about the bookstore’s future.

This fall’s Community Read of Alex Ross’ “Listen to This” marks another excellent addition to the 2011-12 school year. Ross, longtime music critic for The New Yorker, will visit campus Nov. 3 to deliver a convocation address.

As a staff, we couldn’t be more excited about this chance: We championed increased convocation engagement in an April 8, 2011 staff editorial, so we’d like to thank the Committee on Public Occasions for giving students the opportunity to become more familiar with a convocation speaker’s work.

It’s exciting to see the Lawrence community change in positive ways, often in direct response to student needs, and we wish Lawrentians a great start to the year.