Alexandra Nicolas of The Chart has a just-posted article which details the actions taken by Derek Skaggs, director of enrollment services, who refused to allow the Chart, MSSU's campus newspaper to be displayed at the school's career fair Thursday because of "inappropriate" content.
This "inappropriate" contact wasn't a picture of a naked woman, or intimate details of a drunken party or illicit drug use. Though banning the newspaper for that type of material might be understandable, it would still be a First Amendment violation. No, the crime the Chart committed was far more despicable in Skaggs' eyes...the newspaper featured a page-one article about Southern's drop in enrollment, something, of course, which might embarrass the easily-offended Skaggs:
Well we're out there trying to recruit students and I didn't think it was appropriate to have a newspaper that's talking about the decline in our enrollment," Skaggs said.
University President Bruce Speck said that he would need more information to fully comment, but that college newspapers should have "wide latitude" in what they cover and how they are distributed.
Now I am beginning to understand the recently-announced draconian cuts in the university's international program. It appears instead of allowing students to learn the culture and values of other countries, Southern needs to spend more money to teach its officials the culture and values of our own.