FIRE in the News for July
August 1, 2007
by Emily Guidry
The lazy days of summer must have passed us over at FIRE, for one look at our media coverage for July reveals just how busy we’ve been.
The latest effort in FIRE’s Speech Codes Litigation Project, a lawsuit filed against San Francisco State University, was the subject of a syndicated Associated Press article, a news brief on Special Report with Brit Hume on FOXNews.com, and our last Campus Alert column in the New York Post before we took a summer break. Reason Online and The Chronicle of Higher Education also covered the SFSU lawsuit in nationally circulated pieces.
The second half of the month was dominated by our victory at Colorado State University, where we worked with student activists to bring about the revision of three formerly unconstitutional speech codes. Our coverage in the local Colorado media included articles in The Fort Collins Coloradoan, the Colorado Springs Gazette, and a column in The Denver Post.
Also making news in Colorado this month was the Ward Churchill controversy, as the University of Colorado at Boulder announced the firing of the professor on the grounds of “serious, repeated, and deliberate research misconduct.” The popular website Huffington Post picked up Greg’s Torch post with his thoughts on the case, while FIRE co-founder Harvey Silverglate published his predictions on Churchill’s announced lawsuit in The Phoenix.