Student government cuts off funds to paper at UC-Santa Barbara

Student funding for the campus newspaper at theUniversity of California at Santa Barbara has been secured after some studentgovernment representatives attempted to cut financial support.

During theJan. 24 meeting of the student legislative council, representatives voted not tooverturn a presidential veto of a resolution that would have ceased theallocation of almost $50,000 in student fees to the newspaper, The DailyNexus.

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SPLCView: Courts have made clear that school administrators and studentgovernment officials, when allocating public funds (such as mandatory studentactivity fees), cannot use their power of the purse as a censorship tool.Freezing funding for the express purpose of punishing student media for anadvertisement its editors decided to run is blatantly unconstitutional.Fortunately, it appears cooler heads have prevailed .