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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Grambling student newspaper suspended

The Gramblinite, the student-run campus newspaper at Grambling State University, has apparently been suspended from publication until the administration is assured there is greater "quality assurance" of the product.
A Jan. 17 memorandum from Provost Robert Dixon to The Gramblinite publication director Wanda Peters states that the newspaper is "suspended for the remainder of the month of January."

However, Gramblinite student editor Darryl Smith said that in a Monday meeting with Dixon he was told that the newspaper was not suspended, but the provost didn't want any additional editions published until there was better control of the product's quality.

"We are putting out an issue this week," said Smith. "We owe the students. It would be a breach of contract with them if we did not put out an issue. If (the administration) doesn't like that, there's nothing they can really do about it."
Smith added that the news of the suspension will run in this week's edition of The Gramblinite.

"We were nice and didn't run it in last week's edition so we could sit down with (Dixon) face-to-face," Smith said. "We're going to report it this week."

According to the memo, the action was taken after what Dixon said was a poor performance by The Gramblinite in the fall semester.

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