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Indiana high school teachers sue student for Web site comments

(09/01/99 12:00am)

Three Indiana teachers are suing a student who created a Web site containing satanic references, claiming the site's content left them paranoid in the days after the April 20 shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., that left 14 students and one teacher dead. Brian Conradt, a student at Carmel High School in Carmel, Ind., posted a list of 11 Carmel teachers and administrators whom he accused of being "Satan-worshipping demons" and encouraged students to tease them. The three teachers who filed the lawsuit were included in the list.



College Media Advisers censures Georgia university

(09/01/99 12:00am)

College Media Adviser's Board of Directors voted in August to censure Georgia's Fort Valley State University and condemn its firing of its media adviser. This is the first time CMA has censured a university under its Adviser Advocate Policy, which was adopted in 1998, according to a press release issued by CMA. John Schmitt's contract was not renewed in the spring of 1998 after he had worked for one year as an assistant professor of mass communications at the school.


Ohio State University settles lawsuit with calendar company

(09/01/99 12:00am)

The Ohio State University settled a case against Calendar Models of America in August after the company's president agreed not to sell or distribute calendars bearing any Ohio State trademark. Ohio State sued Sean Ashbrook, president of Calendar Models of America, to prevent him from marketing two calendars, "Scarlet and Gray Girls" and "Campus Men of the Scarlet and Gray," that included photos of partially dressed men and women wearing portions of the university's football uniforms and carrying football helmets. A District Court judge granted the university a temporary restraining order to block the distribution of the calendars on Aug.





Story about hazing on Indiana high school football team runs, but only after changes made

(11/01/99 12:00am)

When multiple football players and a team trainer at AHS in Avon, Ind., told student reporter Marina Hennessy about "pretty brutal" hazing beatings of freshman and sophomore players by other players during a summer training camp that involved electrical cords and socks stuffed with tennis balls, she knew it was news.



New York university director of admissions steals 1,200 copies of student paper

(11/01/99 12:00am)

The Director of Admissions at Skidmore College admitted that she and two of her colleagues removed more than a thousand copies of the student newspaper from the campus center because she feared it would offend approximately 200 high school students and their parents at the college's open house.




Journalism Education Association, professional press group call for end to school Internet policies banning use of student names and photos

(12/01/99 12:00am)

The country's oldest national scholastic journalism organization for teachers and advisers adopted an official statement at its November national convention opposing any restriction on legally protected speech on scholastic journalism Web sites and specifically endorsed the use of student names and photos.







Colorado lawmakers file bill to limit college funding of 'political' student groups

(01/01/00 12:00am)

As the student media world waits for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether students can stop their student activity fees from being used to fund student groups that engage in political or ideological speech, some state lawmakers have begun to take the matter into their own hands.