By Emily Landgraf
On Friday, Nov. 4, it was reported to editors of The Rider News that softball players had been seen stealing large quantities of that week’s issue because of the story published about their teammate, Laura Gallagher, “Rider student charged in hit-and-run.”
Contact was made with the coach who stated that she had spoken with the team about the incident.
“Thank you for bringing this to my attention,” she wrote in an email sent Nov. 4. “I apologize for their actions. We have addressed this with the team.”
After speaking with The Rider News delivery manager Matt Barron, the staff has concluded that roughly 550-625 papers are left over at the end of any given week. This means that The Rider News moves approximately 2,150-2,075 papers per week. At 6:15 p.m. Friday, Barron reported that more than 1,500 issues of that week’s paper were missing, something he described as “out of the ordinary.”
Dean of Students Anthony Campbell stated that he sympathized with The Rider News, but said that the softball team is dealing with heavy emotional issues and the desire to protect a teammate.
“They weren’t upset with you,” he said in reference to the article. “It was an emotional thing. They are hurting so badly right now.”
To read the opinion of staff on this incident, see p. 8.