Don’t make us write obituaries

MONDAY,  AUG. 24, 2020    (Vol. 2  No. 7)

University of Norte Dame Observer– When we learned the institutions within the tri-campus community intended to have students return for the fall semester, we experienced a variety of emotions — excitement to reunite with our friends, relief to return to the classroom following the difficulties of remote instruction and reluctance to acknowledge that the in-person semester we were promised could be taken away at a moment’s notice.

Two weeks into the semester, our worries are close to reality.

Don’t make us write a classmate’s obituary.
(New York Times via Meg O’Neil)
A few years ago, a college student in Georgia stood on a stool outside a campus food court to talk about his Christian faith. He spoke for 20 minutes about human frailty and the possibility of salvation when school officials told him he had to stop or face discipline.
This fall, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the student can sue the officials for violating his First Amendment rights when they enforced a particularly severe version of the school speech codes that have become commonplace at colleges and universities around the nation. The college had designated two small patches of concrete as “free speech expression areas.”
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(Orange County Register via Meg O’Neil)
A bill that would grant the newspaper industry two extra years to meet new labor standards passed a key state Senate committee Aug. 20.
Assembly Bill 323, dubbed the “Save Local Journalism Act,” unanimously passed the Senate Appropriations Committee and advances to the Senate floor for its next vote. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio, D-Baldwin Park, passed the California Senate Labor Committee on Aug. 11.
(Student Press Law Center)
It’s a call most editors are fielding with increasing frequency: “Pull that down from your website or I’ll sue you.” Or, “Please, please, please take that down. It’s embarrassing.” (Perhaps campus beer-guzzlingchamp Theresa is now Sister Theresa.) Must you? Should you?
Publications with an online presence are regularly facing demands to pull down articles or columns from the publication’s Web site.
Just as the Internet has made it easier to distribute information, it also has made what was once unthinkable – cutting articles out of back issues – a relatively simple process, technologically. But just because you can easily remove an electronically archived article, should you?
STUDENT POSTS (see more here)
High School
(Northwood (Irvine) HS)
Multi-sport athletes’ last resort
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Community College
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Look for more links to student stories at the Online Elsewhere Facebook page. Trying something new with your program? Something interesting happen? Let me know at (cameron without the “e”). 
Copyright 2020 by Rich Cameron

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