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The rest of the Arkansas Tech story

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 1:34 PM

As I suggested last night, Arkansas Tech's announcement that the play "Assassins" would be staged on campus after all was a product of negotiations and the ACLU played a role.

Here's the ACLU news release. It welcomes the outcome, but also notes 1) the university's story on cancellation of scheduled play performances changed several times 2) one of the authors of the play had expressed unhappiness with the decision, and 3) the university also had banned student news reporting on the controversy, a clear First Amendment violation. That ban has been lifted.

UPDATE: A letter from a student suggests all the free speech issues at Ark. Tech haven't been solved yet. Check it on the jump.

UPDATE: A final news release on the production, which will open March 13. Advance ticket sales only. None at the door. Does that strike you as weird?

LETTER TO THE TIMES


My name is Jessica Lloyd, and I am a student at Arkansas Tech University. I am writing you on behalf of a group of students who are planning a protest concerning our limited free speech on the ATU campus. Among our concerns are the censorship of student-run media outlets, the fact that our free speech is limited to a small "free speech area" and a general fear of speaking out that exists among many students and faculty.


The protest is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 from 9 am to 4 pm in the "free speech area" located in the courtyard of the Doc Bryan student center. The number of students involved is expected to fluctuate during the day, as many students have classes or jobs they can not miss, but there will be a core group present the entire time.

More information is available at http://atu.facebook.com/event.php?eid=11591490879, our Facebook event 
page.

I hope you will be able to help us publicize this event and draw attention the ATU administration's violations of our first amendment rights to free speech.

Thank you for your time.

Jessica Lloyd


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