Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Free speech is free speech 

Students for Academic Freedom and FrontPage magazine are defending College Republicans at Roger Williams University for their publication of a newsletter that responded to a diversity presentation by two liberal gay rights speakers. Here's the link to the issue of the paper: I warn you first that the .pdf file of the newspaper is quite large, and second that it is quite graphic -- there's no way I'd show it to my nine-year-old. Here's the question: As a private university, does the administration have the right to close down this publication? (Were it a public university, I'd say absolutely not. Here I'm not as sure.) As an institution of higher learning, should it? This is, in short, a replay of the SMU story from last month in terms of administrative reaction.