Everybody knows that the Police Beat is the highlight of The Daily Universe, with its stories illustrating the “crazy” side of BYU. For example, last October “a woman was reported grilling chicken in the library. She said it was for a project requiring students to break a social norm.” Stories like this fill us all in on the latest exciting campus news. There are some changes that need to be made though.
First of all, the Police Beat is too vague. It glosses over the details, leaving me feeling confused as though I have only heard a fraction of the stories. In the example above, there are no indications that can help us know who the woman was, what class she was grilling the chicken for, or if she got in trouble. The Police Beat should at least include names, locations and the motives and consequences of the actions.
Also, the Police Beat is way too entertaining to only be a weekly article. It’s a short segment and shouldn’t take long to write, so why not just do us all a favor and include it every day? If every issue were to include a Police Beat, more people would actually read the newspaper and it would gain a stronger, more loyal fan base. BYU can improve the Daily Universe so much just by making these small, simple changes to the Police Beat.