Suffolk Journal’s ‘Dumb F*ckers’ Slip Prompts Apology

An unfortunate slip in yesterday’s issue of The Suffolk Journal at Boston’s Suffolk University triggered an immediate apology from the student paper’s staff.  In a story about a Winter Involvement Fair, the main headline simply dubs the event a success (with an exclamation point).  The sub-hed, however, states: “Even we had some dumb fuckers sign […]

Student Press Love & Sex Stories: Hickeys, Virginity, and Dating Histories (#hickeys @BootyDrop)

Below is a screenshot sampling of recently published columns in student news outlets nationwide directly tackling matters of sex and love. Hickeys, masturbation, penile fractures (ouch), the art of wooing a woman, and an intriguing website called Booty Drop all make appearances. Happy Wednesday!

Student Press Headlines That Make Me Giggle #10 (@OColly #stripclub)

The winner of today’s edition of this recurring giggly headline feature is The Daily O’Collegian, hands down.  The Oklahoma State University student newspaper topped a front page centerpiece about a new strip club opening near campus with the header: “Diamond in the Muff.“

Dartmouth Fraternity Hazing Scandal: Time for a Fresh Look at Greek Pledge Process

A column by a Dartmouth University student outlining the many degrading acts he endured while pledging a fraternity in 2010 has earned national attention for its extremely candid glimpse at hazing. As senior Andrew Lohse wrote at one point in the piece, headlined “Telling the Truth: “I was a member of a fraternity that asked pledges, in order to become a brother, to: swim in a kiddie pool full of vomit, urine, fecal matter, semen and rotten food products; eat omelets made of vomit; chug cups of vinegar, which in one case caused a pledge to vomit blood; drink beers poured down fellow pledges’ ass cracks; and vomit on other pledges, among other abuses. Certainly, pledges could have refused these orders. However, under extreme peer pressure and the desire to ‘be a brother,’ most acquiesced.”

East Carolina Hires Interim Adviser to Lead Campus Newspaper Weeks After Student Media Director’s Firing

East Carolina University has hired an interim adviser to guide The East Carolinian in the wake of former student media director Paul Isom’s controversial ouster. As one local news report confirmed, “Frank Barrows, former managing editor for the Charlotte Observer, will . . . serve in a consultant advisory role that oversees the day-to-day publication and online needs of students. Barrows begins work on February 6th.”

North Carolina State Technician Publishes Accidental ‘Gay’ Tweet

It is a tweet staffers no doubt wish they could take back: “i think i might be gay??” The odd questioning message popped up yesterday on the twitter feed of The Technician, the student newspaper at North Carolina State University. It was quickly deleted, but not before at least one reader spotted and retweeted it. The paper soon after apologized.

Yale University Patrick Witt Scandal: 10 Questions About the Yale Daily News & New York Times Decisions

The Yale University-Patrick Witt scandal debate is an absolute inferno at the moment in the lands of college and media. It has the public in an online commenting tizzy. It has pitted current and former members of the Yale Daily News against one another in a very public, cringe-worthy way. And it has sharply divided journalists at the country’s top two professional newspapers.

Bed Bugs Attack at University of Alaska Anchorage

An “expanding bedbug population” is infesting student dorm rooms at the University of Alaska Anchorage, a new report in The Northern Light campus newspaper confirms. What’s the bed bug situation in your campus dorms and students’ off-campus residences? What is the school’s MO for staving off potential infestations?

Fallout at Yale Daily News Over Star Quarterback Sexual Assault Story

A Yale Daily News editor has gone public with distressingly significant complaints about an alleged decision by top YDN staff to hold a bombshell story about sexual assault accusations made against the university’s star quarterback. The former quarterback Patrick Witt had been hailed as a hero this past fall for an all-around awesome pedigree that earned him a Rhodes Scholarship finalist interview– which he turned down to lead Yale in a rivalry game against Harvard.

Daily Princetonian Honors Harry Potter in Recent Joke Issue (#harrypotter)

In its annual joke issue published earlier this month, The Daily Princetonian became The Daily Prophet. The Princeton University student newspaper embraced Harry Potter in a spoof-tastic edition full of stories about muggles, magic, elves, and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Debate at Missouri’s School of Journalism: Should Students Be Allowed to Work for Multiple Media Outlets?

A public debate is currently playing out among some profs, alums, and students within the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism centered on a student press conflict of interest. The basic question at the debate’s core: Should students be allowed to work for multiple, possibly competing campus media at the same time?

Student Newspaper Publishes University of Alaska Salary Database

The Sun Star student newspaper at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has published a faculty and staff salary database for the entire UA system. Its launch is part of a larger look at UA’s finances, nicely summed up by the headline of a related feature: “How much money does it take to run the University of Alaska?”

Alabama’s Crimson White Offers Interesting Take on Paterno Legacy re: Bear Bryant (@TheCrimsonWhite)

In a piece published earlier today, The Crimson White at the University of Alabama offers an interesting take on the death and legacy of longtime Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno. CW staffer Rich Robinson reports from the perspective of UA and Tuscaloosa, where similarly beloved coach Bear Bryant died close to 30 years ago.

Dorm Furniture Fun: What are Students Allowed to Trade, Move Out or Alter? (@princetonian #college)

In a recent opinion piece I just came across in The Daily Princetonian at Princeton University, a pair of student writers tackle the issue of dorm room furniture. In particular, they focus on school policy governing the relative freedom students have to lend, borrow, move out, and alter school-issued furniture in on-campus rooms. The piece prompted an audio brainstorming session that you can you tune in by clicking on the play button below. Its aim is helping student media staffers, their advisers, and j-profs possibly plan a related report of their own.

Penn State’s Daily Collegian Publishes Special Edition on Joe Paterno (@DailyCollegian #PSU)

The Daily Collegian has published a special commemorative edition honoring longtime Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno. Related pieces touch on Paterno’s upbringing and early coaching career, his devotion to family and charities, the reactions of his former players, and the scandal that overwhelmed his final days.