Saturday, January 26, 2008
Nasty Game of Chicken With MSU's Weekly
Let the puns flow freely!
There are more than enough ruffled feathers to go around.
(We couldn't resist)
From The Star Ledger:
SGA President Ron Chicken halted publication of this week's edition of the college's Montclarion student newspaper in a dispute over the hiring of an attorney to advise the newspaper on issues that include coverage of the SGA's practice of holding closed meetings to discuss campus matters.
"We're enraged," Montclarion news editor Shayna Jacobs said of Chicken's decision to halt publication.
"I'm completely shocked that he would go to these measures," she said. "We feel violated as student journalists. I think they're bullying us."
The center's legal consultant, Michael Hiestand, said suspension of the newspaper's publication, is a blatant violation of its constitutional rights.
"It's very unusual," he said. "It's unusual not just because it doesn't happen very often, but because it's illegal. It's a complete violation of the First Amendment."
Hiestand said the SPLC receives just one or two complaints a year of student newspaper suspensions or threatened shut downs.
"Usually once you remind them of what the law is, the situation resolves itself very quickly," he said.
He said SGA President Chicken is ignoring the advice of Montclair State officials in the dispute.