Your Right to Know vs. Colleges

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

When asked to name an event occurring in March, many would identify St. Patrick's Day. Sports fans might default to March Madness. A small cadre of die-hards with a fanatical dedication to open government will answer Sunshine Week, which starts Sunday. All three answers are correct, even though it might not be immediately clear how they're connected.

What does a national initiative coordinated by the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information, have to do with the most bacchanal of days and a near-month of hoops heaven?

The answer starts with Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, famous for football, aren't half-bad at basketball either. And recent scandals highlight the importance of transparency and access to records on college and university campuses.

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