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Student Newspaper Back in Operation

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8073
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, February 16, 2000

The Hudsonian, Hudson Valley Community College's student newspaper, is expected to be back in business on Monday.

The Hudsonian, one of the college's 48 student clubs, was temporarily defunded when its former advisor resigned effective Feb. 4. Student club guidelines dictate that all student clubs that are funded by the student activity fee must have a faculty/staff advisor to operate. The temporary shutdown was announced Monday, Feb. 7, by Student Senate President Dean Plakas.

The Hudsonian staff will hold its regular staff meeting on Monday, Feb. 21, in the paper's reopened office, and will meet with faculty and staff members who are interested in assuming the advisor's post.

The paper's former advisor resigned, in part, due to a full-page ad placed on the back page of the paper's Feb. 2 issue. The ad, for a strip club, encourages female students to seek employment at the club, and members of the Student Senate said their constituents were offended by the ad.

Gray and Plakas met with Sandra McCarthy, a North Greenbush attorney retained by the students and funded by the student activity fee, developed a strategy to resolve the issue. The owner of the strip club, who had purchased two ads for $500, agreed to withdraw the remaining ad for a refund of $250.

"I am pleased that the students have found a way to resolve this issue," said Hudson Valley Community College President John L. Buono. "All along, this student debate has been marked by thoughtfulness and respect, and it has been a wonderful learning experience for all of us. This is what college is all about."

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.