Environmentalism or just plain censorship?

Georgia State University in Atlanta pulled a student-run magazine from bags handed out to incoming freshmen at orientation. The reason for the last minute change depends on whom you ask.

Administrators said printing the 52-page magazine used too much paper. Editors say a story about students with alternative jobs, including a stripper, a sugar baby, a marijuana dealer and a black market iPhone flipper, may have contributed to the decision to pull the publication.

Our favorite part of the story: student editors of The Signal, the independent student newspaper which creates the magazine, used public records to find what administrators said amongst themselves. You'll be less than shocked to hear the emails cited concerns about the content of the magazine, rather than issues with the paper usage.

The Signal staff also posted the magazine cover on Instagram, calling the issue "The magazine they don't want you to read."

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Campus police records should be open to the public 

SPLC joins a coalition of open-government advocates in signing onto a Brechner Center for Freedom of Information brief filed with the Utah Supreme Court. The brief argues police who exercise arrest powers at private universities should abide by the same transparency standards as all other law-enforcement agencies.
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Q: Does including “in my opinion” protect me from a libel or defamation suit?

A: Including the phrase “in my opinion” — for example, “In my opinion, the coach is a cheater” — does not create an automatic shield to libel. Neither does simply reprinting what someone else has said by saying something like, “‘The coach is a cheater,’ said Kristen Jones.” Nor does “alleged” automatically provide protection. If someone has been accused of wrongdoing, describe the source and nature of the accusation with specificity. Say “Coach Walsh, who has been accused by three opponents of cheating,” instead of “Coach Walsh, an alleged cheater.” For more, see SPLC guides for understanding libel.

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