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January 7, 2013

Students question 'cut' of newspaper

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Kelsey Davis, a sophomore who is in line to become the paper’s editor next year, said the paper’s faculty supervisor, English teacher Vanessa Guthrie, told students that the printing costs could not be covered. Another student said Guthrie told the class on Dec. 13.

”(Guthrie) said it would be cut off and the only way could get a paper out is if we funded it,” Davis said. “She didn’t give a clear explanation. She said Giuca said we couldn’t fund it.”

Guthrie said she could not comment about the funding issue. “Unfortunately, I do not have any details as far as the loss of funding,” she wrote in an email to The Eagle-Tribune on Dec. 19.

Davis said Guthrie told the class that Giuca thought The Blue & White was too negative, and several students believed the funding disappeared because the principal was unhappy with its editorial content.

Students immediately requested permission from the administration to raise money to fund printing costs, according to two separate written requests obtained by The Eagle-Tribune. They were both signed by Guthrie as club adviser on Dec.13 and by Associate Principal Kristen Thomas on Dec. 14. The initials “JG” appear next to Thomas’ signature, though no date accompany them.

Kayla Baglione, a senior and the current editor, said Guthrie told students on Dec. 21, just before school let out for the Christmas break, that funding was available for printing the second edition.

”I feel like he’s trying to shut us up, shut our voices down,” Baglione said, adding she would go ahead her planned fund-raising even though the school restored printing costs.

One issue with the Fall 2012 edition was an opinion piece, titled “A Plea for Student Decency,” written by a student that criticized other students for swearing and talking about drugs in the hallway and verbally abusing teachers, while urging them to grow up and take the school seriously.

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