Okay, it's one of those credit things. On September 7, University Press staffer Jason Parsley broke a story about a Barnes and Noble giveaway at Florida Atlantic University that went awry. Basically, nobody knows what happened to thousands of dollars in gift cards that were supposed to offset the cost of college books. It's got scam written all over it.
Fast forward to September 14 (yesterday). The Palm Beach Post's Kimberly Miller writes essentially the same story. Only she doesn't credit the student newspaper for breaking it. I know journalists take away credit from each other all the time -- but students?
Speaking of FAU, the mad mind of University Press adviser Michael Koretzky will be on full display Monday at the University Center stage. There, with the help of SPJ and the Student Press Law Center, Koretzky will
hold the first ever "First First Amendment Free Food Festival." The schtick: Students can take a free meal (fares from Quizno's, Pizza Hut, Burger King, and Starbucks will be available) if they're willing to give up their First Amendment rights in the process. The kicker is that Koretzky has assembled a "goon squad" to harass those who take the bait. Hopefully they got some used rubber-bullet guns from BSO and some training in how to kick peaceful protesters' asses from Miami Police Chief John "Jackass" Timoney. And I'll be terribly disappointed if there aren't any unwarranted cavity searches going on. I mean, you want the thing to be realistic.