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For those of us who are not still in the thick of the news. [28 Dec 2005|06:11pm]


Sara Eccleston, left, and Claire Lueneburg published a four-page protest paper that was blank except for a photo of the two editors with their mouths taped shut.

Student editors file suit over prior review
By Lynn Thompson - Seattle Times Snohomish County bureau

Editors of the Everett High School student newspaper are suing the school district for refusing to publish the paper without prior administrative review.

The Kodak's student editors, Claire Lueneburg and Sara Eccleston, say the Everett School District is violating their free-speech rights by insisting that Principal Catherine Matthews review articles before the paper is published.

"Our ultimate goal is to see the Kodak recognized as a student forum so editors have complete control," said Lueneburg, a senior who has worked on the paper for three years. "It's pretty exciting."

District spokeswoman Gay Campbell said a district policy adopted in 1998 allows, but does not require, school officials to review student publications before they are printed and distributed. The student editors requested a hearing before the School Board in November, and the board reaffirmed the policy.

"The paper has been reviewed consistently back to at least the 1980s," Campbell said. "This is a journalism class, and our expectation is that the newspaper's content will be reviewed by the adults in charge."

The student editors brought the suit in Snohomish County Superior Court, but the district asked that it be transferred to federal court in Seattle because the case raises constitutional issues.

In the lawsuit, the students argue that the Kodak had operated as a "student forum," with students making all decisions about editorial content and without prior restraint or review by school officials.

Mitch Cogdill, an Everett attorney who is representing the students, said the 1998 policy allowing prior review goes beyond a 1995 policy that says administrators can step in and review student publications if they reasonably believe them to be libelous or obscene or to have the potential to cause substantial disruption to the learning environment.

In October, first-year principal Matthews said the paper could not go to press with a statement on its masthead declaring it was a student forum and not subject to prior review. After a stalemate, the editors published a four-page protest paper that was blank except for a photo of the editors with their mouths taped shut and a statement about the controversy.

A student forum enjoys a higher degree of free-speech protection than a publication that is part of a school's educational mission, such as a journalism class, said Stewart Jay, a University of Washington constitutional-law professor.

Jay said it is up to administrators, not students, to declare something a student forum.

"The students are on very shaky ground," Jay said. "A school newspaper isn't a student forum just because it says so on the masthead."

Elsewhere in the county, an Edmonds School District policy says its student publications enjoy broad discretion about content, but that material may not be illegal or disrupt the learning environment.

Some administrators review their student papers, but the district does not require it, said Vince DeMiero, adviser to the Mountlake Terrace High School student paper.

Mukilteo School District policy allows principals to review any student publication.

Without the editors' prior knowledge, the Everett School District published and distributed the original October issue of the Kodak in November, after removing the student-forum statement from the masthead.

The student editors believe Matthews was angered by a story last spring that said she had been the third choice among three finalists for the principal's job.

Campbell said Matthews had merely exercised her responsibility to review the paper's content before it was published.
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[23 Nov 2005|02:04pm]

please see my latest entry.

You just might feel the same way after you discover what has happened.

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[14 Nov 2005|09:43pm]

[ mood | blank ]

So, this is it!

It is going to be at 7:00 PM at the district building in everett. The address is:

4730 Colby AVE
Everett, WA

Please try your best to come and beee there!

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Update!!!! [12 Nov 2005|10:00pm]

[ mood | nerdy ]

Okaaay, so.

The meeting with the District to discuss this prior review stuff is thie TUESDAY the 15th at 7:00... or 6:00, i'll check up on that, I will get exactly where the place is and hopefully an address asap. Its gonna be in Everett somewhere on Colby, if that isnt vague enough. :-).

Also, I had a little meeting with the editor in chief of the everett paper and she said she talked to her lawyer and that the "no prior review" is going to be taken out for sure. Its because there is a law in the state of washington that says that you can have prior review. Now, the one thing that we are fighting for is whether it is prior restraint or prior review. If you go to the meeting you'll get a much clearer explanation of what is going on.

And PLEASE come. If there is a butt load of people there... then it'll really show the district that people actually care.

thanks maaan.


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[06 Nov 2005|11:10pm]

[ mood | blah ]

as the new editor in chief... i feel obligated to spread some bad news... BUT!...you can help!

For those of you who do not know, the District is trying to take away "public forum" and "no prior review" from our policy. The reason is... they just discovered that 7 freaking years ago a new policy was put into the DISTRICT policy that school papers actually need to be reviewed and yadda yadda. So... for those of you still in seattle, there will be a meeting to decide on what should happen. Its also happening in Everett and Cascade. It would be fantastic if you guys could come to the meeting. I'm not POSITIVE on what day it is... i think it might be the 14th.

Issue 2 has been postponed until we come to a conclusion with this nasty situation. Its completely retarded this is happening. We have it done... its just on the computer right now.

its all quite scandalous...


have a wonderful day.

-Marsha Dubuk <3

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C'MON! You know you have to. You know you WANT to. [02 May 2005|11:16pm]

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$$$ [25 Mar 2005|10:54am]

We were originally going to have 24 page paper this issue, but decided on 20 because of people not doing their stories. Now we might have to cut it down to 16 simply because of money problems.

The Stiqayu is DEAD BROKE.
Which is lame because yearbook is extremely rich. I'm thinking about embezzling some money for my college fund.

We're still collecting old cell phones for money, so if anyone has a cell phone they're not using they should bring it in and we'll get a few bucks.

Any fundraising ideas? Besides a car wash.. and besides selling our souls.
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proper pronunciation [10 Mar 2005|01:03am]

[ mood | amused ]


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[26 Feb 2005|12:14am]

Marple has asked to help moderate this community and fancy it up a bit. Since I have been pretty neglectful and it would be great to see this place getting the attention it deserves, I happy obliged. So, welcome your new co-moderator, claudiusthegod!
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What? [12 Feb 2005|12:36am]

[ mood | curious ]

Is senior project in full effect? I was class of 2000, sequitur, many programs were developed and "piloted" on us. Senior project being one of the bunch. What's it's procedure now? How the hell is that school anyway?

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Be it resolved: [19 Jan 2005|08:56pm]

This Friday's late night will be the best late night of the (school) year. So far.
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[05 Jan 2005|03:12pm]

who moderates this? is it still jen?
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[30 Dec 2004|11:00pm]

If someone could tell me when the next Late Night is, I'd appreciate it. I had wanted to go last time, but I ended up triple-booking myself and couldn't. This time I'll mark it on my calendar and won't forget!
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[29 Oct 2004|02:06pm]

[ mood | amused ]

I've looked through the last couple issues of the Stiqayu (Kelsey knows she MUST bring me a copy). You guys are doing pretty good.

For September 30th:
I really liked the idea of doing a feature on superstitions. That was cool. I thought Kevin Rushton and Alex Polson did exceptionally well on their articles. Props to them, whoever they are. Spread was hilarious. Thought the "seven steps to exquisite improv" was funny too, although I don't really understand CROW.

For October 28th:
One question-- "The Stiqayu can count to three!"? I don't get it. The "We Be Clubbin' it. Yo!" page looks awesome. Andrew Rose did really well on his article. He has a passion for politics, and it shows. One other thing I noticed is the lack of copy editors. No one was listed in the staff box this time. (Ahh!) I'll see some mistakes here and there, and wish that I could have caught it before it was printed. It almost drives me crazy. Does that seem really nerdy to you? ha ha. (Guess I was a copy editor for too long.) I still have "The Copy Editor's Top Ten" and the "Personalize- Stiqayu Style" list if anyone's interested. They're great helpers.

I miss the Stiqayu a ton. Can you tell?

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Holy Snikees [30 Sep 2004|11:40pm]

[ mood | nostalgic ]

Woah, Jackson...... That takes me back.. I wonder if anyone remembers me. This is Chris Poulsen, class of 2000. I believe I left my mark on the school, marketing and selling a product cleverly and uniquely named "Moon Juice"(TM). Damn this'll be almost 5 years since being liberated (HAH!). Though I'm sure all programming department teachers & network admins remember me. Just try mentioning my name around there sometime, should any current students read this. So how's that school getting along now? Are senior projects beyond pilot phase and to the seniors' curriculum now?

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um [23 Sep 2004|09:19pm]

Some irresponsible kid already broke the Rebel, and it won't come back from repairs for at least 3-4 weeks! Yuck. People aren't done with their stories. Photos have barely been started. Business is tight. Ignorant reporters are saving files in lame file formats. Wolfcall, spread, graphics, layouts all haven't been started. But hey, seriously, it's not like this is anything new, right?

Sucks about the Rebel though. And even though yearbook has two Rebels and five S7000s (my camera), the new yearbook teacher is being a dumb control freak and won't let anyone but yearbook people use them at all, even though some journalism people actually know how to use them, unlike most yearbook people. So I am pretty much the only one who can be working on photography right now.

Our server still isn't working right and we do not even have privilages to make new folders. So we've gotta work off all the student folders, which is a mess. The 55-minute periods are killing us.

Oh, and there are THREE Mr. Andersons this year. What is that about?

First late night's tomorrow. Come visit.
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[23 Aug 2004|01:28am]

You better come to the Journalism BBQ!!!! It's today, Monday, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jeffersons (The Reserve)

Those are those apartments along the Bothell-Everett Highway between Jackson and the Mill Creek Library. It's in the game room. There's a pool, and a fooseball table.

Mark, this especially applies to you.
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Latest from Mr. A [21 Aug 2004|10:25am]

The journalism alumni get together will be 6:30 at the Jefferson (now The
Reserve) Apartments game room on Monday, Aug. 23rd - sorry to those of you
who won't be able to make it that night.

For those of you who can bring some soda and a snack if you can - hope to
see you there. If you get a chance to let me know you will be there let me
know, but feel free to just show up also.
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aww, isn't our edior in cheif cute? [11 Aug 2004|06:31pm]


journalism camp!Collapse )
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Journalism Summer Alumni Thingy [01 Aug 2004|02:22am]

We are still hoping to have the summer Stiqayu alumni get together. The
plan this year is to have it at the game room at the Jefferson Apartments
(it's called something else now but I'm forgetting the name). Paul Clark
would reserve the game room for us - it comes with a Foosball table and
with a pool.

We are looking at Monday Aug. 23rd or Tues. the 24th to get together
probably starting around 6:30 or 7:00 - bring a snack and/or some soda.
Please let me know if you think you would be able to make it this year and
if it makes a difference which night it is.

Hope you are having a great summer and that you can make it.

PS I'd love to hear how you are doing either way:)

Mr. A
( advisor@stiqayu.com )
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