Our View

Nov 032003
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff


Shandra Jordan, editor in chief

Colleen Buhrer, managing editor

J.J. Babb, design managing editor

Kyle Endres, campus editor

Christopher J. Ortiz, opinion editor

When Hampton University’s student-run newspaper the Hampton

Script wanted a comment from the administration about the school’s

cafeteria health code violations, the administration gave a

statement with a request that the statement be printed on the front


The editors of the paper ran the statement on page three with a

tease on the front, but students never read that statement because

the administration prevented the newspaper from being distributed.

Granted that Hampton University is a private institution, but did

the university have the right to pull the newspaper because it

didn’t do what the administration said?

The editorial staff here is thankful of its relationship with

the CSU’s administration. Shandra Jordan, The Collegian’s editor in

chief, said she has never felt pressured from top officials to run

anything in the newspaper. And they would have a pretty hard time

if they wanted to. Under Colorado’s free-expression law, faculty or

administration cannot censor student publications. The Collegian

has advisers and a professional staff, but at the end of the day,

the editor in chief has the final say over editorial content as

well as ad content.

Although the CSU administration legally cannot force our

newspaper to publish anything, they can try and intimidate what we

print. We have not experienced that kind of tyrannical


The Script and the administration came to a resolution that

allowed that edition of the newspaper to be reprinted. The

statement was rerun on the front page with a disclaimer explaining

the decision and delay and a commission was set to re-examine the

relationship between the newspaper and the administration. Both

parties have agreed to follow the commission’s decision.

We don’t try to make friends with the administration nor do we

try to dig up dirt. Our job is to report the news to CSU students –

balanced and unbiased. Our readers should be assured that no

outside hands are making decisions on the content of The Rocky

Mountain Collegian.




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