After years of struggling to be released from the financial reins of the Student Government Association, the student paper at Montclair State University finally gained independence from the SGA ' but it was no easy feat.
The Student Press Law Center received reports of 13 newspaper thefts from January through April. Six thefts took place in April, including four in one week. But the total number of thefts reported for the school year so far --19 -- is on par with the rate of thefts in recent years. Some student papers were able to reprint and redistribute to make up for what had been lost, but some could not afford to reprint. Five of the largest thefts this year involved more than 2,000 copies of student papers stolen.
Twice this year, Student Government Association members at Western Illinois University used secret ballots to vote on important campus issues, an athletic fee increase and implementation of a plus and minus grading system. The SGA had been using the method for some time with seemingly good intentions -- to expedite and simplify the voting process. Little did members know it was potentially illegal and a violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
A student paper in New Jersey is unable to print its first issue of the semester because the student government that funds the paper freezes its entire budget. Three editors of the student paper at a private university in Illinois resign when officials tell them they cannot publish controversial content without prior approval. A student paper in Colorado is kept in the dark about a media giant's attempt to buy it. All these events happened this year at colleges where the student papers are still under the watchful eye of the university administration.
Journalism faculty met with Campus Press staffers on April 2 to discuss the possibility of separating the publication from the journalism department. The meeting, which was taped and posted on the Campus Press Web site, quickly became tense as Herdy commented on a lack of faculty support for an independent Campus Press.
Newspaper thefts occurred at four college campuses last week, ranging froma few hundred to several thousand missing copies.
A university task force tapped to examine thefuture of Quinnipiac University's student paper has recommended TheChronicle completely separate from the university in a year.
About 2,500 copies of Kent State University's studentpaper went missing Tuesday morning from at least 12 campus locations.
A copy editor at Oklahoma State University'sstudent paper is vowing to fight an attempt by the journalism department'sdirector to remove her from the school's publications board.
About 4,500 copies of North Dakota StateUniversity's student paper disappeared from campus distribution racks last week.The March 28 issue of the Spectrum contained a special issue thatincluded a five-page list of the salaries of all university employees.