Quid Pro Crow

ASU's president puts the squeeze on freedom of speech to please his biggest donor

As evidence that neither he nor his peers are backing down to the administration, Eickmeyer offered the November 4 State Press Magazinecover story, "Scary Secrets." The story, about a virtual epidemic of the sexually transmitted disease HPV on campus, was paired with a cover photo of a female torso clad in short shorts with a sign dangling from her waist that read: "Caution: Infectious Waste."

Although Eickmeyer says the paper received a few letters from unhappy readers, he hasn't heard a word about the story from Crow or his subordinates.

"I don't know what the administration will do. I don't know what they can do," Eickmeyer says. "But their threats go against everything I believe in as a journalist."

Should Crow take the ill-advised route of pursuing the State Press' demise, Student Press Law Center director Mark Goodman offers his support.

"If the evidence indicates that the reason [for a separation] was based on content decisions the student editors had made, we'd certainly be willing to offer our help to the students to take the school to court," he says.

"My sense is that if university officials are actually confronted with the fact that 'not are we only going to be embarrassed nationally by this, but we're also going to lose,'" Goodman adds, "it would have to be a very naive administration that would make that choice."

E-mail joe.watson@newtimes.com, or call 602-744-6557.

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