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University of Kansas Seeks Dismissal of Newspaper Cuts Suit

Associated Press - March 22, 2016 1:12 pm

University of Kansas film and media studies professor John Tibbetts is giving more than 700 autographed portraits of celebrities to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

University of Kansas film and media studies professor John Tibbetts is giving more than 700 autographed portraits of celebrities to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

The University of Kansas is seeking the dismissal of a federal lawsuit that alleges administrators allowed the Student Senate to illegally cut the student newspaper’s funding based on its content.

The school says the case lacks merit, noting in a court filing that the University Daily Kansan now prints two days a week instead of four. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the filing says the reductions were the reason given for cutting the newspaper’s student fee revenues to $45,000 from $90,000.

In February, the newspaper’s current and former editors-in-chief sued Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and the vice provost for student affairs. The suit cites a number of former Senate members’ statements that indicate their decision to cut funding was based on dissatisfaction with the newspaper’s coverage of the Senate.

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