Fussy College Administrators Are Taking All the Joy Out of Student Newspapers

Working for a college newspaper was always supposed to be, if nothing else, fun. You learned to craft a lede, felt the thrill of seeing your byline in print, and along the way pushed a few boundaries that could never be pushed in the real world.

But recently many college administrators have apparently decided that student newspapers should be nothing less than miniature versions of The New York Times or Wall Street Journal. College papers, they believe, should not only be held to the same standards as professional publications, but should also shun any stories that show a glimmer of youthful irreverence or wit, or involve topics that might actually interest college students. Like sex.