Citing 1st Amendment, Funding Restored to U of M Newspaper

The University of Memphis is restoring full funding to its student newspaper after an internal review found the newspaper's content may have been a factor in its funding being cut, WDEF reports. University President Shirley Raines ordered the review after staff members at the Daily Helmsman criticized the budget committee's recommendation to cut funding as a violation of the First Amendment. Raines said in a statement Friday that interviews with members of the Student Fee Allocation Fund Committee found that newspaper content was discussed, which led to the appearance that it may have been a factor in the recommendation.