Orientation issues are a staple for most college student newspapers and often offer freshmen a first glimpse into college life. But it is the audience that these freshman guides target — new students and their parents — that student editors say makes school administrators especially wary about content.
Fairfield University professors say they will investigate what they are calling a censorship incident when administrators pulled an orientation issue of The Mirror, the school’s student newspaper, from news stands in June.
Three editors of a student newspaper are suing their university’s board of trustees, claiming that the board cut the newspaper’s funding because of its content.Editor in chief Heath Urie, managing editor Christopher Marcheso and news editor Andrew Rosenthal allege that the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees approved a recommendation to reduce of The Mirror’s funding by 40 percent because of articles that were critical of the board and the university’s Student Representative Council.
The Mirror’s former editor in chief Jessica Perciante, current editor in chief Heath Urie and current managing editor Christopher Marcheso allege that the university’s Student Representative Council and its president, Steve Gustafson, knowingly violated state open-meetings laws when they conducted closed-door meetings on Sept. 24, 2003, Nov. 19, 2003, and Feb. 4, 2004.