Let This Satirical Campus Newspaper Live
In 2007, a group of students at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln fought to establish the first satirical newspaper on the campus. Eight years and nearly 70 issues later, the paper still hits the newsstand every other week. Recently, however, a committee charged with allocating student fees proposed defunding it — saving students a mere 15 cents annually — for the one reason that scares and baffles me the most. “While it does create a number of opportunities for students,” the committee wrote, it does not serve to “enrich, enliven and humanize” the campus community.
I disagree. At the risk of sounding like a bad comic, I think they’re missing the point.
Let me start from the beginning.