Accident Session but Worthwhile

Make it a Contract, Not a Conflict
Frank LaMonte, Student Press Law Center

I accidentally mixed up my schedule and thought the “Make it a Contract, Not a Conflict” was a different first amendment session that is actually scheduled for tomorrow.  Either way, it was a small group and I didn’t want to leave halfway through and be rude.  LaMonte discussed how students can negotiate with the student government for long-term budget contracts instead of asking for money every year, in the face of getting funding cut.  Several students talked about how they were threatened by student government based on their coverage.  Even though Elon’s a private school we are relatively lucky when it comes to our financial independence. While this session doesn’t directly impact me, it was eye-opening to the other problems students deal with on a regular basis.  And it refirmed my passion for student media rights.

One selfish advantage of the session was I was able to talk to LaMonte one-on-one and asked him to speak at the SPJ region 2 conference hosted by Elon in March.

-Anna Johnson

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