Mo. college newspaper adviser settles suit over firing

MISSOURI — The former adviser of the Muleskinnerat Central Missouri State University settled a lawsuit July 3that she filed against the school for the failure to renew hercontract in response to stories in the campus newspaper.

Barbara Lach-Smith and her attorney, Arthur Benson, declined to disclosethe conditions of the settlement.

Lach-Smith, who advised the paper for six years, said her contractwas not renewed in June 2000 because of stories that uncoveredunusual provisions in outgoing university President Ed Elliott’scontract.

After the article ran, university President Bobby Patton orderedthe reclassification of the adviser position from a nontenuretrack to a tenure-track position. Lach-Smith applied for the positionbut was never interviewed.

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