Student newspaper at U. of Virginia removes April Fools’ Day stories students decried as racist

The student newspaper at the University of Virginia issued an apology and pulled two satirical stories from its website Wednesday after students complained the stories were racist — one of which parodied a student’s violent arrest by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agents two weeks ago.

Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech v. Insley

In 2006, the student newspapers at Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia filed suit against the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board for its blanket ban on the advertising of alcoholic beverages in college newspapers. In 2013, the federal appeals court ruled the ban was unconstitutional. 

PRESS RELEASE: Appeals Court Urged to Uphold Ban on Discriminatory Alcohol Advertising Regulations

The Student Press Law Center ("SPLC"), a national non-profitadvocacy group devoted to defending student journalists' First Amendmentrights, is urging a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court'sdecision striking down selective Virginia regulations that restrict the wordscollege student newspapers can use in advertisements for alcohol and bars.