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A year ago this week, staff of The Red & Black walked out in protest of policies they believed threatened student editorial control. For several days, students and the board of directors, which runs the independent nonprofit newspaper, found themselves at an impasse — culminating with a tense "open house" meeting where the paper's then-general manager got in an altercation with a student journalist covering the event.
One story we've been following very closely here is the controversy surrounding the fate of Georgia State University's student-run radio station. After negotiating for years in secret, Georgia State University entered into an agreement (let's not use the word contract, just yet) with Georgia Public Broadcasting to give the latter organization 14 hours of daytime analog signal, depriving WRAS students of an educational opportunity and the community of a 42-year tradition of original music.
It's been a little over a week since the student radio staff at Georgia State University's radio station learned of a deal that gives the state's public broadcasting affiliate control over daytime programming hours on the WRAS analog FM signal. The protest against the agreement has grown steadily in the days since students were told. Here's a rundown of what's happened since we last wrote about the situation:
Can you be arrested for insulting a school employee? No, says a 7-0 ruling from the Georgia Supreme Court, striking down a state statute that criminalized verbally abusing a school employee in the presence of a student.