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April 16, 2024 | Latest Issue
The Dartmouth

Cable not coming to dorms any time soon

While it may be every student's dream to be able to watch "90210," Monday Night Football, MTV and CNN all from the comfort of their residence hall rooms, the College said it is not considering equipping dormitory rooms with cable television wires.

Putting cable in dormitory rooms "is just not a top priority," Associate Dean of Residential Life Bud Beatty said. Currently, students can watch cable television in residence hall lounges.

Only the local NBC affiliate, WNNE-TV, is available in dormitory rooms. Using a regular antenna, students can pick up WNNE-TV, which broadcasts from Hanover.

Beatty said the primary reason the College has not wired the residence halls for cable is cost. "It's costly, of course," he said. "It's six figures for the wiring alone."

Though there are no current plans to install cable, Beatty did not rule out the possibility of exploring such an installation in the future.

Most coed, fraternity and sorority houses have cable television in their rooms, as do most undergraduate societies. However, each house pays its own cable bill without any financial assistance from the College.