Wesleyan Student Newspaper Defunded Following Controversial Op-Ed

The Argus, one of Wesleyan University's student newspapers, has seen a 57% cut to its budget following the publication of an opposite-editorial critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. The cuts come from the Wesleyan Student Assembly and the Student Budget Committee. During deliberations, University President Michael Roth urged members of the WSA and SBC to reconsider their positions, saying that if the sustainability of student funding was in fact the concern motivating the cuts, students might do better to consider cuts to expensive events such as Spring Fling rather than "target newspapers about which there are content concerns."

 When the cuts go into effect, the Argus, which is the nation's oldest twice-weekly student newspaper, may be restricted to publishing only "special editions."

Date Published: 

Monday, October 19, 2015