Newsmagazines stolen, returned to editorial office

NEVADA -- In response to an editorial error, a person claiming to be an aggrieved reader gathered up more than 100 copies of Insight, a student magazine from the University of Nevada at Reno, and returned the magazines to the publication's office March 4.

The magazine published a story about another publication's lack of coverage of the 2002 drowning of a UN-Reno student, who was a pledge at a campus fraternity. The Insight, in its story, misstated the name of the fraternity to which the deceased student had been pledging.

All of the stolen and returned copies of the Insight -- 116 out of a circulation of 1,000 -- were hand-corrected, and attached to the stack of magazines was a note purportedly signed by a fraternity member with his pledge number, Phi Kappa Phi No. 26.

The note described Insight's mistake in naming Phi Kappa Phi instead of Phi Kappa Alpha and called on the magazine to correct the remaining issues that had not yet been circulated. To conclude the note, the unnamed fraternity member wrote: "P.S. any copies I see around campus that are not physically corrected I will be less generous next time."

According to Sarah Cooper, Insight's managing editor, the magazine management met with Taylor Anderson, chief executive and spokesman for the campus' chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, to discuss a correction shortly after the magazine was published.

Days after the agreement was made to run a 200-word correction written by Anderson, the stolen and corrected copies showed up outside the Insight's office door.

According to Cooper, Insight's printing costs total $3.50 per magazine. She said Insight does not intend to pursue legal action for newspaper theft. However, Insight management has again spoken with Anderson, who said the theft was outside fraternity jurisdiction but that he would discuss the matter with pledge No. 26. Cooper is also waiting to learn the original locations of the stolen magazines so the hand-corrected copies can be redistributed to their proper newsstands.

Anderson did not return calls or e-mails for comment.

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