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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Letters to the Editor: Honesty about required textbooks needed

On the editorial, “Program offers affordable alternatives,” published on Oct. 12, I believe professors should state what books they will use. While the bookstore’s attempts to lower the financial burden on students are laudable, the books listed as required are still a questionable buy. Even though students can ask the professor if the book is a necessity for whatever course they’re taking, to list a book as required that, in reality, is not misleads students and causes losses of hundreds of dollars on books never read. And even for those students who wait until the first class to find out whether or not a book will be used, wouldn’t it be more efficient to be able to trust book listings instead of having to ask the professors instead? What’s the problem here – that professors list books that they don’t use, or that this state of distrust has been accepted as the norm?


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