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iPhone Required For Incoming Missouri Univ. Freshman

An upcoming program called Tegrity will allow the recording of lectures, which can later be downloaded through Apple's iTunes U to the iPhone, iPod Touch, or PC.
The University of Missouri's School of Journalism has made an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch a requirement for incoming freshman, but school officials said the rule won't be enforced.

That's because the school applied the requirement label so that students getting financial assistance would have the option of using the money to buy either device, which is also similarly required in 50 other U.S. universities.

"If it's required, it can be included in your financial need estimate," Brian Brooks, associate dean for the journalism school, told The Missourian student newspaper. "If we had not required it, they wouldn’t be able to do that."

School officials believe the Apple devices will be useful for learning. MU this summer is installing a program called Tegrity that will allow the recording of lectures, which can later be downloaded through Apple's iTunes U to the iPhone, iPod Touch, or PC, The Missourian said. The online store offers free content hosted by universities.

Despite the good intentions, the decision was controversial. MU journalism student Elizabeth Eberlin protested the decision through the Facebook group called "Rotten Apple."

With the group description, Eberlin wrote that the decision forced incoming freshman "into an unnecessary and expensive relationship with Apple that we believe compromises journalistic integrity."

However, journalism school faculty member Jake Sherlock disagreed, writing in the group's discussion forum that the students' concerns were "much ado about nothing."

"Yes, the J School pushes Apple, but again, you can show up with a PC or no computer at all and everything will be OK," he said.


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