U of M to Investigate 1st Amendment Violation Allegations

The president of the University of Memphis has launched an internal investigation into allegations that funding was cut to the school newspaper, the Helmsman, based on its content. University counsel Sheri Lipman said that she is not aware of any First Amendment violations that have taken place. Helmsman Editor-in-Chief Chelsea Boozer said multiple committee members told her they took issue with the paper's coverage, or lack of coverage, of various campus events and that this had a direct influence on their decision to cut the paper's funding. The Commercial Appeal reports