The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Saturday, February 28, 2004
Sex in the City finished: for the students of Flagstaff, it never started
Well, it wouldn't have if John D Haeger, President of the Northern Arizona University had his druthers:
On February 12, just in time for Valentine's Day, student Claire Fuller penned a brief how-to guide on oral sex in The Lumberjack, the student rag.
On February 26, the site put up a note from Haeger, copied from the NAU site, decrying Fuller's piece in terms that seem to be channelling a mixture of Kyle's Mom and The Music Man's Harold Hill (You Got Trouble):
On February 12, 2004, The Lumberjack published an article graphically and explicitly describing sex acts. I am personally appalled at the lack of responsibility shown in the publication of this article.
What, precisely, went on at NAU in the intervening fortnight is not disclosed. People making all kinds of new friends? I gather it gets chilly of a night up there this time of year...
Ahem! Now, I gather that NAU is a public university, and therefore the First Amendment applies. Notwithstanding, according to the Arizona Republic (February 25), the NAU's publication board is meeting on March 5 to review the situation.
Provost Liz Grobsmith is quoted as saying
the Lumberjack has become a laughingstock.
(Wrong answer, I think she'll find.)
It also quotes the faculty adviser on Claire Fuller's piece (emphasis mine, I'm afraid):
I read it quickly on deadline and had mentioned that I was not completely comfortable with it. But it didn't rise to the level of obscenity, whereby I would have taken a much more aggressive role.
The man's name: Rob Breeding! (I reckon there's a riff to be worked about most of the names...but I won't go there.)
Plenty of fools about in Flagstaff, and we're nowhere near April...
[Via the impeccably wholesome Romenesko]
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