Friday, December 9, 2011

University reviews Student Media Board, Mooring Mast decision-making process

By Reno Sorensen, Copy Editor

Pacific Lutheran University Administration has decided to take an active role in the discussion following the printing of obscenities in The Mooring Mast and the paper’s subsequent online censorship by University Communications.

Vice President for Student Life Laura Majovski issued a memorandum Wednesday after the University Student Media Board scheduled a meeting to discuss obscenities in a Dec. 2 Mooring Mast article about an intramural dodgeball competition.

In the memorandum, which was addressed to University Student Media Board Chair Haley Miller, Majovski said that the university was reviewing the decision to run the article and asked Media Board to respond, in a written statement by 5 p.m. Dec. 23, to three questions:

  1. What was the decision-making process that led to the publishing of
    the article?
  2. What changes, if any, is The Mast considering implementing with
    regard to the decision-making process
  3. What recommendations for changes to USMB [University Student Media Board] policies and practices does the USMB have, if any, with regard to the decision-making process and its oversight of student media?

The article in question, “F--- S--- Up drops the ball,” originally contained the two un-censored swear words in the headline and in the body of the story.

The headline and story were edited in the online edition and some letters replaced with dashes after University Communications pulled the link to the story from the landing page of The Mooring Mast’s website and then shut down the landing page entirely.

The website and link went back up the same day after Mooring Mast editors edited the obscene words with dashes.