After years in the crosshairs of image-sensitive college administrators, Northwest College's newspaper falls victim to budget cuts, leaving behind lingering suspicions of the college's true motives.
The Wyoming teacher association, which is providing legal representation to Northwest College's embattled faculty journalism adviser, is urging supporters of the student newspaper to contact college trustees seeking reconsideration of a 4-2 vote to eliminate Northwest's journalism courses.
The board of Northwest College will be asked Monday to ratify President Stefani Hicswa's proposal to eliminate journalism courses. The college has been twice accused of retaliating against faculty advisers -over unflattering news coverage.
A college journalism adviser believes he's been singled out unfairly with demands that he take additional graduate courses or lose his job, but the college insists the requirement was forced by an outside accrediting agency.
For the second time since 2010, the student media adviser at a two-year Wyoming college finds his job imperiled after students published articles about campus controversies that displeased administrators.