University of Wisconsin at La Crosse: Censorship of Student Magazine
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's (UW-L) Student Senate reversed its decision to limit the printing of a student magazine that the Senate deemed offensive. The magazine, titled The Second Supper Alternative News, wrote an article in its February 2006 issue titled "Cheney Kills Five Crips in Inner-City Hunting Accident." The Senate passed a resolution stating that the Second Supper's "racist, sexist, homophobic, ablest (sic), anti-Semitists (sic) speech" would "threaten the recruitment and retention of students from underrepresented groups," so it ordered the magazine to cut its distribution from 2,000 copies per issue to only 60--a 97% reduction. FIRE wrote UW-L Chancellor Douglas N. Hastad, reminding him of UW-L's duty to uphold students' First Amendment rights. The resolution was rescinded five days later.
- "Victory for Student Press Freedom at University of Wisconsin–La Crosse," April 20, 2006: The University of Wisconsin–La Crosse (UW-L) has reversed its decision to censor a satirical student magazine. UW-L’s student government had attempted to limit the printing of the magazine to just a few dozen copies in response to articles some deemed offensive. The magazine’s rights were restored less than a week after FIRE intervened on its behalf.
- "University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Student Association Withdrawal of March 29 Resolution," April 19, 2006
- "FIRE Letter to University of Wisconsin-La Crosse President Douglas N. Hastad, April 13, 2006," April 13, 2006
- "University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Student Association Resolution to Limit Distribution of "The Second Supper"," March 29, 2006
- "Article from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Student Magazine "The Second Supper"," February 28, 2006
- "The Second Supper's distribution to remain in full,"
by Megan Keller, The Racquet (UW–La Crosse), May 1, 2006
- "Satire back on track at UW-La Crosse,"
by Dan Powell, The Badger Herald (UW-Madison), April 24, 2006
- "Killa Satire,"
by Mark Goldblatt, The American Spectator, April 24, 2006
- "Satire magazine avoids censorship by student government,"
by Ricky Ribeiro, Student Press Law Center, April 21, 2006