CNM to resume publication of student newspaper (UPDATED)

Posted at: 03/27/2013 1:41 PM
Updated at: 03/27/2013 5:33 PM
By: KOB.com staff

Central New Mexico Community College has decided to resume publication of the student newspaper the CNM Chronicle.

The school had suspended publication of the paper Tuesday and Wednesday in response to an issue that focused on sexual orientation and other sex-related topics.

The CNM publications board met Wednesday and made the decision to resume publishing the paper beginning Thursday.

In a statement issued on CNM's website Wednesday, President Katherine Winograd said the school pulled the papers because a high school student was included in the issue. The school, she said, needed to research the legal implications of having a minor in their publication. 

She said the school was giving confiscated papers back to the newspaper staff.

Here is her statement in full:

 

President Winograd's Statement at Emergency Publication Board Meeting - March 27, 2013
 
"Hello everybody. First, I want to give these newspapers back to the Chronicle staff. We have some more around the college and we'll get as many back to you as possible.
 
The reason that we pulled this issue from the news racks around campus was that a high school student was included in this issue and we needed to check on the legal ramifications of information on a minor in a publication of the college.
 
I believe as a College we have failed to provide the CNM Chronicle with the level of editorial resources and education that it needs and deserves. I hope that in today's Publication Board meeting, the Board will discuss ways the college can provide you a better educational experience through your participation with the CNM Chronicle. We encourage you to bring our community partners here today to the table to assist us in creating a positive situation moving forward.
 
I am authorizing the CNM Chronicle to continue operations immediately.
 
I hope that the Publication Board will discuss ways to move forward to create a more positive educational environment and look forward to hearing from the Publication Board regarding the outcomes of the discussion."
 
Chronicle Editor-inChief Jyllian Roach was pleased with the decision. "We're really really happy with the college's decision, we're excited to see that we're back on and that we get to go back to printing and won't have to stop our publication," Roach said.
 
The Daily Lobo had suspended print publication Wednesday to protest CNM's decision, calling it "a violation of students' rights to freedom of speech and freedom of the press."