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Letter to the Editor: Sue Neff

Dear Scout,

Knowing Monday was a holiday (President’s Day, btw) Bradley would be having a large visit day by prospective high school students and their parents. Those parents saw our school paper with headlines “How To Plan An Orgy” and “Sex Terminology”. How likely are those parents willing to send their son/daughter to Bradley after seeing those headlines?

To the students who wrote the articles for the Voyeur section…Yes there is free speech, and there is crossing the line. The Scout states ‘The Scout reserves the right to edit letters for inappropriate content.’ Writing articles about how to plan an orgy, cleaning it up, finding the male g-spot, sex terminology, stripping down and Harry Potter Erotica IS appropriate content? If I wanted any of this information, I would have bought Cosmopolitan magazine. I didn’t want to read it in a college newspaper.
Being a Bradley alum and staff at Markin, I was embarrassed for the school on this big visit day. If the point was to shock the campus with these articles, you succeeded. If this was a joke, it wasn’t funny.
The First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law.abridging freedom of speech”. Freedom of Speech does NOT include the right: To make or distribute obscene materials 354 U.S. 476 (1957) and To permit students to print articles in a school newspaper over the objections of the school administration 484U.S. 260 (1988).

Did Chris Kaergard permit or not permit these articles to be printed?

Sue Neff
B.S. ’11
Markin Staff

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