April 23, 2004

Money Where Their Mouths Are

At Rutgers, where they actually seem to stand behind the First Amendment. Of course, on reading more about the paper in question, The Medium, it becomes clear why the university has an entire Q&A; page dedicated to explaining the First Amendment and university policy as it applies to this particular publication.

Disclaimer - Haven't seen the pub in question, and therefore don't feel qualified to judge its content. Still, it seems safe to say that it's controversial on a pretty regular basis, but that thus far no local mayors have stolen the entire press run, nor has the University pulled funding to shut it down.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at April 23, 2004 02:20 PM

> Campus rallies were staged last semester after it published personal ads with slurs against blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Jews, Christians, women and homosexuals.

It sounds like a successful publication. It's likely a disappointment when you get to actual text - these are students, after all - but you have to admire the effect.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at April 24, 2004 04:03 AM

Ahh, the Medium. My favorite campus newspaper when I attended Rutgers in the middle to late 1980's. They were no stranger to controversy then, either. I seem to remember them having their funds pulled one semester due to some extreme content. Amusing, and fearless at the same time. One of my best friends was the editor.

Many of the personal ads at the time were made up by the editorial staff. I wonder if thats still true....

Posted by: Carol at April 24, 2004 09:19 PM

The cartoon can be found here:



Posted by: Ghost of a flea at April 27, 2004 04:02 PM