U of M Restores Full Funding To Daily Helmsman After Probe

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(Memphis) The University of Memphis has restored $25,000 which was cut from the campus newspaper.

The student fee allotment from the University dropped from $75,000 to $25,000.

The cut led to claims the money was taken due to objection over content in the Daily Helmsman.

The University started a probe and found, “Interviews with members of the Student Fee Allocation Fund Committee revealed that the content of The Daily Helmsman was discussed leading to an appearance that it may have been a factor in the committee’s recommendation to reduce funding…”

A the investigation also found, “Discussions centering on criteria for the disbursement of student fees may have made it difficult for committee members to separate the application of those criteria to programs where content is relevant, as opposed to the Helmsman where content is not relevant. The seven-member Student Fee Allocation Fund Committee is comprised of students, faculty and staff who recommend how funds should be disbursed from the annual Student Activity Fee.”

In a news release, Sr. Shirley Raines was quoted as saying, “…we will explore and recommend a structure and a process for funding the Helmsman that identifies appropriate funding sources prior to the 2013-14 Student Fee Allocation cycle. The University of Memphis remains committed to both the First Amendment and our long history of having an independent student newspaper.  We recognize that all University funding decisions related to the student newspaper should be made regardless of the content of the newspaper, whether these decisions are made by students, faculty or staff.”