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Students Try To Shut Down Wesleyan Newspaper Over Opinion Piece

The Wesleyan Argus student newspaper is displayed Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, on the campus of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. The paper is coming under fire after printing an opinion piece critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. (Michael Melia/AP)
The Wesleyan Argus student newspaper is displayed Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, on the campus of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. The paper is coming under fire after printing an opinion piece critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. (Michael Melia/AP)

“Is the [Black Lives Matter] movement actually achieving anything positive?”

Those words have touched off an intense debate at Wesleyan University after The Argus, the school’s student newspaper, published a controversial opinion piece criticizing the movement. The op-ed was written by Bryan Stascavage, a 30-year-old Wesleyan sophomore and Iraq War veteran.

The piece deeply offended some Wesleyan students and staff and now they’ve launched a petition to shut down the newspaper.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with The Argus’ editor-in-chief Rebecca Brill about the opinion piece and the decision to run an apology.

Guest

  • Rebecca Brill, editor-in-chief of the Wesleyan University student newspaper, The Argus.

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