FIRE fought Central Connecticut State University’s (CCSU) urging the creation of “oversight boards” to “look further into making substantive, constructive changes” to the CCSU student paper, the Recorder, and suggesting the possibility of instituting a mandatory “cultural awareness” requirement after the Recorder published a cartoon that offended some members of the campus community. FIRE wrote CCSU president John W. Miller to remind him of his constitutional obligation to uphold freedom of the press and therefore cease unconstitutional university actions resulting from the cartoon’s publishing.
October 27, 2015
By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow.com The student government at a Connecticut university is being criticized for slashing its student newspaper’s funding after it published a controversial op-ed piece. Wesleyan Argus staff writer Byran Stascavage in a September 14th editorial wrote that the Black Lives Matter movement should combat its own extremists. Ari Cohn of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) tells OneNewsNow that shortly after the piece was published, an indignant student government cut the paper’s budget nearly in half. “If student journalists have to worry that offending someone is going to cost them their job at the […]» Read More
April 21, 2009
by Glenn Garvin Miami Herald Media snicker of the day: those crazy gun nuts, worried that the government is out to snatch their constitutional rights along with their AK-47s. 60 Minutes is the latest to have a chuckle, playing a commercial for a Washington, D.C.-area firearms show that that urges viewers to “Celebrate the Second Amendment and get your guns while you still can!” My own hunch is that the sheer number of Americans who own guns (the low estimate is something over 40 million) will keep their Second Amendment rights off the endangered-species list for the foreseeable future. […]» Read More
October 29, 2007
Students and faculty at Central Connecticut State University plan to protest Wednesday in response to ongoing tension stemming from race and discrimination issues on campus. Students passed out fliers on campus Thursday announcing the demonstration, which will be held between the Student Center and campus cafe Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. A copy of the flier with an obscenity and racial slur against blacks written on it was mailed to one of the professors in the African Studies program. Vice President of Student Affairs Margaret Toston told the university’s president, Jack Miller, that two students and a professor discovered […]» Read More