GEORGIA ‘ The president of Georgia State University decided to reverse the punishment given to one student editor and uphold the sanctions imposed on another editor.
The decisions stem from a case last spring involving the student newspaper, The Signal. Former editor Stephen Ericson and former perspectives editor Bradford Pilcher were punished for not running certain letters to the editor.
In September, President Carl Patton chose to grant Pilcher’s appeal, and overturned all the sanctions placed on him. Patton, however, decided Ericson’s appeal did not warrant the same verdict. Ericson is prohibited from participating in any campus organization until January.
Neither Ericson nor Pilcher could offer insight into president’s rulings, but Ericson said there were minor differences in the complaints filed against them.