The campus paper at UMass, The Daily Collegian, made national headlines last week because of an editorial by Rene Gonzalez that was printed entitled "Pat Tillman is not a hero: He got what was coming to him". Now, I certainly don't agree with everything that was written in this article, however, I was very proud of The Daily Collegian for running such a controversial article. Many people condemned the article, including UMass president Jack Wilson, who issued a statement saying Gonzalez' comments "are a disgusting, arrogant and intellectually immature attack on a human being who died in service to his country." Jack Wilson had the same right to make his comments as Rene Gonzalez did in writing his editorial.
Yesterday, the Public Policy and Relations Committee of the Student Government Association (SGA) at UMass passed a motion that will come before the full SGA that asks The Daily Collegian to "refund the direct financial contributions from the SGA," or the SGA will limit "access to any further resources of the SGA". I believe the SGA has the right to withdraw future support for The Daily Collegian, although I think it would be wrong of them to do so. However, to ask for money that was freely given back because they disagree with what was published is horrendously wrong and the Senators who voted for this motion should be ashamed of themselves.