Eagle's racks emptied after publication of controversial column addressing rape

WASHINGTON -- Several stacks of The Eagle, the student newspaper at American University in Washington, D.C., were removed from racks around campus and left outside the newspaper's office today after a controversial column was printed in the issue.

Eagle Editor-in-Chief Jen Calantone said the staff estimates more than a thousand copies of their total 6,000 circulation were taken from racks, but there is no exact count yet. The papers were thrown outside the newspaper office and the staff later replaced them on racks around campus.

"We ran a column ... and people were upset because [the columnist] posed a question regarding the line between what's rape and what's not rape. So we had a poster on several of our stacks and a poster by our office just making a claim of him being a rape apologist," Calantone said. The signs posted on racks read "No room for rape apologists."

She said the student media adviser contacted American University Public Safety upon realizing what happened. The Public Safety office could not be reached for comment as of press time.

The staff is currently working on organizing Thursday's issue, which will feature reactions to the column and the incident.

The university could not be reached for comment as of press time.

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