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It’s the start of a new year and a new semester. In the spirit of keeping things fresh, the Oracle’s Web site is undergoing some substantial changes. The overhaul won’t affect content, though, so have no worries about that.

The cosmetic changes may be the most obvious. The site has been redesigned with ease of use in mind, and the redesign will continue with input from readers. To that end, there are now more ways to get your voice out there.

By clicking the Discussion link at the top or bottom of any page, you can access message boards and sound off on anything, be it parking woes, a basketball game or story coverage you didn’t agree with. The only caveat is civility – no profanity, no libel. If you can’t have your say without dropping f-bombs, you don’t get your say.

Letters to the editor for publication in the print edition can now be submitted online as well, via a link on the navigation bar hugging the left side of the page. Below that are links to Oracle staff blogs, more of which will be coming soon. In the meantime, you can check out the Oracle Sports Blog for tidbits you won’t see in print and live on-site coverage of events and games as well as mediarevolutionary, a blog run by Online Editor David Harris. There are also feeds of national and international news, so you don’t even need to leave the site to read the latest on Iraq or find out that Bill Cowher resigned.

The Oracle is trying to make a better place to get your news and let your voice be heard. We think we’re on the right track. If not, let us know. Are there features you want to see or something on the site you think is broken? Tell us. The site is there for you, the reader, so you ought to have some say in its development.