Arizona Wildcat Editorials Demand Justice for Stolen News

The Arizona Daily Wildcat is rightfully demanding justice for the recent theft of 10,000 copies of the paper. In a pair of spirited editorials aimed at the alleged culprits (a campus fraternity) and those who did not do much to investigate it (campus police), Wildcat anger leaps off the Web page.

A portion of the editorial taking the police to task, which includes a kick-a** starter phrase:

Someone stole the news, and the University of Arizona Police Department hasn’t done much to find the culprits. . . . After Spanish homework carrying the names of UA students and Phi Kappa Psi members Alex Cornell and Nick Kovaleski were found in a pile of the stolen newspapers in the western outskirts of Tucson, the first step by UAPD would seemingly be to contact the two men. Instead, campus police dragged their feet, giving up after two unreturned phone calls and one unreturned e-mail to Cornell, Kovaleski and Phi Kappa Psi President Keith Peters. ‘No other investigative leads exist at this time,’ the investigating detective wrote in his final police report, closing the case after only 16 days. What about the single one they had, but failed to follow through on? In what world does UAPD work where it takes 16 days to fail to reach anyone in Phi Kappa Psi?

If you are keeping score at home, that would be Wildcat 1, UAPD 0. On the heels of the police’s inertness, the paper has passionately led a probe into the theft (totaling by Wildcat estimates about $8,500 in lost advertising and affected staff pay and printing costs) with CSI-level of precision. Make no mistake, this is a team of journos who intend to see things through.

As they write: “Until this case is definitively settled, the newspaper’s staff will continue to do whatever is necessary to find justice in this case. First Amendment advocates and journalists from across the state and the country have called in to the Daily Wildcat offices to inquire after this incident. We would be remiss in our duties if we let this thing go.”

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4 Responses to “Arizona Wildcat Editorials Demand Justice for Stolen News”
  1. Bryan says:

    While I absolutely agree with and support the Wildcat, it is somewhat difficult to get 100 percent behind them when the lead story today is on the “Undie Run” and is in fact a multimedia package of scantily-clad ASU students:

    Not that I’m against scantily-clad students, just saying.

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