Point #1: Exercising your rights sometimes has a real-world cost.
In a confidential memo mistakenly released to the local newspaper, The Coloradoan, Fort Collins businesses have already pulled out $30,000 in advertising with The Collegian, which relies completely on external revenue to operate, not student fees.
According to the memo, to make up for the loss, student employee wages were cut by 10 percent, the newspaper reported.
Point #2: What exactly did President Bush have to do with the tasering of that Florida student at a speech featuring Democrat John Kerry?
"Now you look at it and it's like, 'Taser this. Taser what?' The issue isn't even about President Bush. If you're going to stand up for something like that you have to have something to back it up. You have to believe in something..."
Many more students however were shocked at the paper's decision and failed to see the political stance they took. In addition to writing a column they felt lacked substance, students also were concerned of what it would do to the university's image.
"It makes the students at Colorado State look like a bunch of uneducated children who don't have anything intelligent to say," Penoyer said. "So we just yell bad words."
Of course the Young Democrats support the paper and the editor. Go figure.
Update, 10/5/07: Even though the Board of School Communications found that the paper's editor had violated the school's ethical standards, the young man will keep his editor job.