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Thursday, March 10, 2005

From the High School Free Speech Front:

"If they feel an article isn't appropriate, they will pull it -- or ask the student to make changes to it. They said that isn't censorship. They said they're just approving or not approving what goes in. What's your definition of censorship?"

--Hawley Kunz, co-editor of the Warrior News, Weber High School, Pleasant View, Utah. The principal ordered prior review of the monthly newspaper after an editorial critical of the condition of the school's running track. (3/8/05)


Albrecht gets his own copy of Connections summer book, 'When the Emperor Was Divine'

February 26, 2005 | USU President Stan Albrecht will join next fall's incoming freshmen in reading about a controversial chapter in American and Utah history.

On Wednesday, past participants in Utah State's Connections academic orientation program, along with Connections coordinator Noelle Call, presented Albrecht with a copy of the 2005 Summer Literature Experience book selection, When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. The book is a fictional account of on a family's experience in Utah's Topaz internment camp during World War II.

"The Connections course is designed to ease incoming students' transition to the university and prepare them for their academic experience," said Call, director of Utah State's Academic Resource Center. "The common 'Summer Literature Experience' is part of the course and provides freshmen with shared intellectual experience to introduce them to life on campus."

The book was presented to Albrecht the same day that in 1983 a Congressional Commission released a report condemning the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II as a grave injustice.

Students Ben Toney, a freshman majoring in biology, and Kaitlin Neville, a freshman majoring in engineering, talked about their experience with last year's book, Hope in the Unseen. Both spoke enthusiastically about how they got to meet the main character in the novel and about their experiences in the Connections program.

This year readers will have the opportunity to meet the author of the novel about Utah's Topaz internment camp.

"We encourage individuals and book clubs in the community to read this book with us," said Christie Fox, head of the Connections 2005 literature selection committee.

"The Japanese-American internment is a painful page in American history and can be construed as blatant racism," said Utah State reading and learning specialist Wendy Beck. "While there is truth to that point of view, many liberals in the Roosevelt administration genuinely believed what they were doing would ultimately benefit Japanese-Americans. That makes the story more complicated."

Otsuka is scheduled to speak to Connections participants at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 27 in the Kent Concert Hall. All are invited to attend.

"It is part of the university's mission to help students develop intellectually, personally and culturally so they may serve the people of Utah, the nation and the world," Call said.


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