Magazine article St. Louis Journalism Review

UMSL's Current Suspended, Publishes Anyway

Magazine article St. Louis Journalism Review

UMSL's Current Suspended, Publishes Anyway

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The student newspaper at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, The Current, was suspended as a student organization but published an issue June 29 with volunteer help.

The Student Life office of UMSL suspended the weekly newspaper the week before the issue came out. A Page 3 article said the suspension came because the Student Life office claimed the student-run paper violated university policies and federal laws covering documentation of payroll and employment.

The letter from Student Life said the suspension, until Aug. I, could end if the paper adopted new policies and procedures to ensure compliance, and if it installed a new editor-in-chief, which the paper does every summer.

An unpaid staff with no faculty adviser put out the recent issue. Judi Linville, who had been The Current's adviser for 15 years, retired a year ago. Her replacement, an English professor, left at the end of the winter semester. The faculty adviser is a part-time position.

The staff has appealed its suspension. The paper pays its student staff with revenue it generates in advertising revenue, as well as from Student Life funding. …

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