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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

More Student Newspaper Trash

It seems my local university is not the only one having problems with its student newspaper. The University of Southern Mississippi’s student newspaper The Student Printz is causing problems. Many in the community are questioning why the Administrators of the University aren’t doing something about the “Pillow Talk” column that is appearing in the weekly publication. Last month a “how to” article on oral sex caused some to call for the firing of staff members and others to criticize USM president Shelby Thames for doing little more than publicly condemn the content of the article.

I had a personal talk with the Executive Assistant to the President of our local University earlier this week about our own trashy student paper. He genuinely seemd disgusted about the article. He had not seen it personally and was going to get a copy of it to read for himself and see if there was anything that the University could really do. It seems that accreditation can be pulled if a University is deemed “too controlling” over its student newspapers. Seems First Amendment rights apply the same as they do to publications not associated with Institutes of Higher Learning. I have a hard time with that one, but then I’m not an attorney either. I know that there are standards of decency and laws against certain elicit publications in every community. Why wouldn’t this type of publication fall under such laws?

The paper's editor promises that the Pillow Talk column "will probably get racier by degrees each edition."

Since most student papers like this are distributed free of charge, and depend upon advertising dollars, I suggest that students, faculty and community leaders use their First Amendment rights to contact the advertisers and tell them they will not do business with them as long as they support this type of degenerate publication. Money talks, as the saying goes.

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At 11:50 PM, Blogger ELAshley said...

Amen. When the wallets dry up, the offensive content will as well.

Hmmm, but maybe not. Evil has been quite creative over the millennia. Still, that's no excuse for not working to dam up advertiser's wallets.

 
At 11:08 AM, Blogger D.Daddio Al-Ozarka said...

Fundamental difference between conservatives and liberals: One promotes calling sin, sin and attempting to reduce the consequences that occur because of sin--the other promotes picking up the mangle pieces when sin has wrought its evil ends while condoning and promoting the comission of sin.

Which ideology is most prudent?

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

Which ideology is most prudent?


Gee. Is this a trick question?

(smile)

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

EL is right; money doesn't talk, IT SCREAMS.

Cut 'em off.

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger Neil said...

Good idea on contacting the advertisers.

D.Daddio, you are right. Randy Alcorn wrote a great little book called the Grace and Truth Paradox. It addressed the perfect balance that Jesus had and emphasized the problems of going too far in either direction. One example I liked went something like this: Conservatives want to put up guardrails to people don't drive over the cliff. Liberals want to be at the bottom of the valley to help people after they crash.

 
At 9:40 PM, Blogger ELAshley said...

Randy Alcorn has a book on Heaven too; or so I've heard. Anyone read it? Thoughts? Is it worth the money it would cost me to buy it?

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Neil said...

I highly recommend Randy Alcorn's book on Heaven. He actually has two - one is called "Heaven" (I call it "the big book of Heaven") and he has a smaller one called "In Light of Eternity." Both are excellent.

I used to think the Bible didn't say that much about Heaven, but these books really help to understand so much more about it.

 
At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.studentprintz.com/media/storage/paper974/news/2006/10/05/Opinion/Pillow.Talk.Love.And.Sex.Should.Go.Together-2332201.shtml?norewrite200611030947&sourcedomain=www.studentprintz.com

Try reading the column. See if its as bad as you think it is.

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

Just a quick note:

Hi anonymous, the link you sent was not to the article I was referring to. It was an earlier, much more graphic one, and I'll provide a link to that one when I get a chance.

Thanks for stopping by.

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.studentprintz.com/media/storage/paper974/news/2006/09/07/Opinion/Pillow.Talk-2259293.shtml?norewrite200611032139&sourcedomain=www.studentprintz.com

this is the link to the most controversal article.

 
At 8:51 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

Thanks. I appreciate your giving a link to it.

Now, if I were visiting this university with my 17 year old daughter, and at the end of the visit, picked up a student newspaper on the way out and read this, I can tell you that the newspaper would have been put in a trash recepticle where it belonged, and I'd be looking at other collleges to which to send her - especially if she happened to be an English major.

 

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