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In an unexpected turn of events at the Sept. 19 launch party for The Beat, a Purchase-based music and arts magazine, college President Thomas Schwarz announced that the school will be funding the magazine.
President Schwarz said that he read the magazine over the weekend not realizing it was a student run publication until he read it. He went on to say that The Beat is a “quintessential Purchase production,” that the school will support the magazine financially, and that there should be no fear of censorship. He received a loud round of applause.
“I am really relieved and surprised by the funding, and thankful because it ensures another issue of The Beat will come out,” said Features Editor Christie Rotondo.
The first issue of the beat received no funding from the school itself, and the magazine raised money grassroots-style via the website Kickstarter.com. According to Photo Coordinator Meredith Jones, the staff of The Beat was thinking of alternative ways of funding the magazine including selling advertising, but the financial commitment by the school now ensures future economic security for The Beat.
Reviews Editor Andrew Marinaccio said the funding is “further proof that The Beat is meeting and exceeding expectations.” Marinaccio also said that a lot of heart and hard work from great people went into making The Beat a reality.
Now that funding is no longer an issue, the next issue of The Beat can be expected in the spring of 2013, as faculty adviser Andrew Salomon announced that there are plans for The Beat to come out twice a year, in the fall and spring. For now, the current issue of The Beat can be picked up around campus.