Student senate tells paper to be ‘gentlemanly’

INDIANA ' A conservative magazine at Wabash College lost its funding and its standing as a recognized student organization in November after the student senate said its content was 'ungentlemanly.' One month later, the senate agreed to re-instate the magazine's funding, a move which was sought by student editors and First Amendment advocates.

The Wabash Commentary was still placed on probation during the Dec.

Schools watch Web expression

As high school students grow more Internet savvy, the Web is playing a bigger role as an avenue for student free expression.

Administrators are striving to be more watchful for criticism or threats posted online by their students, disciplining those who may cross the line and sometimes ending up in court (See COURTS, page 17).

A number of incidents around the country indicate trends in student Web activities and how administrators are reacting.

'Although courts have given school officials broad authority to regulate and punish students' expression while they are in school, teachers and administrators need to recognize that the First Amendment limits their authority to play parent when the students are home,' said Kim Watterson, an attorney working for the American Civil Liberties Union of greater Pittsburgh.

Tufts thief ordered to pay paper

MASSACHUSETTS ' The Primary Source at Tufts University in Medford filed a complaint against Carl Jackson, former president of the Pan-African Alliance for stealing at least 1,000 copies of the November 2001 issue.

After mediation with the dean of students and dean of judicial affairs in November 2002, Jackson was not suspended but ordered to pay the conservative magazine $522 for damages.

'The payment we consider an admission of involvement,' said Megan Liotta, editor in chief of the Source.

She said Jackson was involved with other thefts of the magazine that resulted in the loss of 4,300 copies between October 2001 and January 2002.

Principal, student win courage award

A former high school student newspaper editor from Arkansas and a high school principal from Missouri received the fifth annual Courage in Student Journalism Awards presented by the Newseum, the Student Press Law Center and the National Scholastic Press Association.


\nThe awards were presented to Holly Ballard, formerly senior editor of the Bryant High School student newspaper in Alexander, Ark., and Julie Leeth, principal of Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Mo., at the National Scholastic Press Association and Journalism Education Association Fall Convention in Dallas on Nov.