University president disavows school newspaper

Official finds nothing funny about spoof issue

NEW JERSEY -- The student newspaper staff at William Paterson University may be facing a difficult fall semester if university President Arnold Speert sticks to a promise he made last spring.

Speert said he would no longer recognize The Beacon as the campus newspaper after being offended by the paper's annual satire edition, The Bacon, which was published in May.

In a memo sent to the university community, Speert said he was "appalled and offended by the insensitivity and poor judgment" of the newspaper staff in publishing material that he called racist, sexist, homophobic, antisemetic and "antithetical to the values that are at the heart of this University."

Speert also said his administration would no longer advertise with the paper or grant interviews to its reporters.

He further threatened to make The Beacon's other advertisers aware of the school's condemnation of the paper and to discourage them from advertising with the publication in the future.

Fall 2000, reports