Chancellor protects campus paper’s funding

WISCONSIN -- The chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh intervened in a dispute between the student association and the student newspaper in October, preventing the association from stripping the newspaper of its funding.

University Chancellor Richard Wells told the Oshkosh Student Association it could not take away the Advance-Titan's student organization status, thus allowing the paper to keep its funding.

Principal threatens underground editors

KANSAS -- School officials and two Lawrence High School seniors with a bent for satire reached a compromise that will allow the boys to keep publishing their underground newspaper -- but only with their principal reviewing it first.

Co-editors Lee Dunfield and Brad Quellhorst said they could live with the September deal, which requires them to submit proposed editions of Low Budget to principal Mike Patterson for approval.

Paper sues Vt. colleges for disciplinary records

VERMONT -- A St. Johnsbury newspaper has filed a lawsuit against the Vermont State Colleges system after one of the system's colleges refused to release student disciplinary information to the paper.

The Caldonian-Record filed a lawsuit last April against Lyndon State College and the Vermont State Colleges in Washington County Superior Court for violating the state's open-meetings and open-records laws when the schools refused to release detailed disciplinary records regarding crimes of violence or nonforcible sexual offenses that occurred on campus in the past five years.

Student government evicts campus paper

CANADA -- The Canadian equivalent to First Amendment rights for the student media took a blow in October when a judge decided in favor of a Montreal student government association that locked a university student newspaper out of its offices.

The McGill University Student Society, a student government body, changed the locks on the office doors of The McGill Daily because it said the newspaper's lease had expired.

The lease agreement was entrusted to the student society by the university in the form of a student union in the early 1990s, and the student society sublet The Daily's office space to the paper until 1994 when the written lease expired.