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Censoring of school newspaper unacceptable

According to the practice of Ohio Wesleyan University, literally trashing, as in throwing away, the independently run campus newspaper is acceptable if the administration believes the paper’s content reflects poorly on the school’s image. Doesn’t that sound like censorship? We certainly think so.

So maybe this isn’t as serious as Hitler’s propaganda during World War II and the regulation and censorship of almost all the media that streams throughout China and North Korea, but these actions are still unacceptable.

The Transcript, Ohio Wesleyan’s campus newspaper, ran an article detailing a campus tradition of students counting down the days to graduation with two drinks a day at a local bar. Due to a picture of a beer bottle that was featured on the front page, staffmembers of the admissions office saw fit to trash hundreds of copies of the paper before the campus was showcased to prospective students, parents, and families.

Censorship is never the correct choice of action for the administration or the paper. Though the paper may have portrayed the students of the university in a less-than-flattering light, the fact of the matter is that the story was true.

It is no secret that college students, especially seniors as they near graduation day, drink, and trying to hide this only misinforms the prospective students and their parents and is not beneficial to anyone. Throwing away and censoring the newspaper will not change the reality that students drink.

As a paper with no qualms about printing unbiased and sometimes critical articles about Carnegie Mellon, we appreciate the respect our administration has shown in never trashing (literally or figuratively) our issues. Even when we print controversial pieces, we do so with the intention of informing our public about what we think is newsworthy, what we think it is our duty to report.

We give Ohio Wesleyan’s administration a [censor] finger.