Incoming freshman are loosely required to purchase either the Touch or a similar hand-held device, such as an iPhone, to be able to access recorded lectures of their classes. By requiring the equipment, students can purchase these products with financial aid.
The requirement will not be enforced and there will be no penalty for students who choose not to buy an iPod Touch, said Brian Brooks, School of Journalism associate dean, in a previous Missourian report.
The journalism school requires students to purchase a laptop with Microsoft Office and states on its Web site that Apples are the preferred platform.
"By the time you purchase photo, audio and video software for a PC, you probably will have spent more than you would if buying a comparable Apple Computer. Buy a PC if you prefer to do so, but make sure it is wireless and has Microsoft Office. Almost 100 percent of last year's freshmen chose Apple computers," the Web site states.
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