Not off the press? Drexel's longtime student newspaper may no longer print

Andrew Kramer
January 28, 2019 - 7:27 pm
If you're a Drexel student or alumn, you've heard of The Traingle. The unviersity's student newspaper has been around for nearly a century. They print every Friday during the academic year, but that might not happen this week...or any week moving forward.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you attended Drexel University at some point during the last century, or if you're currently a student, you're familiar with The Triangle.

"We're the only student newspaper here at Drexel," explained the paper's Editor-in-Chief Mike Avena, a fifth-year senior. "We print every Friday of the academic term during the regular year and then every other week in the summer term."

This tradition dates back to 1926, and students can pick up their copy around campus free of charge. 

But this Friday, and every Friday beyond, those students may no longer have that option.

"At the moment we don't have enough money to continue printing," Avena told KYW Newsradio. "We have a little less than $1,000 in our bank account. It's sort of a combination of a variety of factors, but ultimately we couldn't make enough ad sales to break even printing the paper." 

The Triangle Editor-in-Chief Mike Avena.
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He said it takes $1,000 a week to print. As an independent paper, they are responsible for coming up with that money and don't take funds from Drexel.

Now, The Triangle is hoping donations will be able to turn their fate around. They would accept these donations from anyone, but it's the current student body they are targeting.

"We are asking for $1 from every student," said Avena. "There are 16,000 undergraduate students at Drexel, if every one of them donated just $1 we could reach our funding goal."

Would $16,000 keep the ink flowing?

"That would take is to the end of next term, at the end of the regular academic year," Avena said. "That would also buy us enough time to train our new sales team to be able to sell ads and continue being financially independent and self-sufficient."

Whether The Triangle prints again or not, "stories will be published online no matter what," added Avena.

The Triangle celebrates its 93rd birthday this Friday, ironically the very same day the paper may not be able to meet the next print deadline.

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