No Sex

The Board of Regents at Murray State University, in Kentucky, are very unhappy with the school’s newspaper, the Murray State News. In March the editors of the school paper decided to run a special sex section. According to an article by Hawkins Teague in the Murray Ledger & Times:

The Murray State University Board of Regents voted 6-2, with two abstentions, to express disapproval of a recent student publication.

Board member Bill Adams said he had gotten a call from a business owner who was a distribution point for the Murray State News and had set up weekly ads with the paper, but had considered breaking ties with the publication after it released a tabloid insert in March called a “Special SEXtion.”

Board member Vickie Travis said she was shocked and disappointed when she read the tabloid in her kitchen and made sure to push it to the bottom of her trash can when she was finished. She said she had heard many comments from university supporters who were upset about the section.

Travis wanted to know how much taxpayer money went to support the paper. Murray State’s president, Randy Dunn, said he could certainly find that information, though if the board decided to retaliate against the paper that would be entering into “dangerous territory.”

For what it’s worth, the Special SEXtion seemed short, tasteful, and reasonably mature. It contained anonymous sexual anecdotes, the results of a sexual survey, and articles about “sexting,” campus health services, and “The Vagina Monologues.”

It could have been worse. It could have been much, much worse.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer