Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Article "Administrators respond to 'Messenger' content"

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Article "Administrators respond to 'Messenger' content"

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The Fall 1991 issue of the Messenger prompted University officials to withdraw the magazine from the admissions office and no longer send it to alumni. A memo from Gerald Quigg, vice president of University relations, claimed that crude language used in the magazine "showed a lack of class" and it did not seem educated. The memo was sent to Leonard Goldberg, vice president for student affairs, and Steven Barza, the Messenger's faculty advisor. Editor Jeff Fowler, who was not sent the memo, responded by saying that though the words may offend some, it's no reason to stop circulation of the magazine. Sunni McMillan, whose two poems in the issue contained alleged "four-letter words," claimed there was no "literary reason" given for why the works had been singled out and that she hadn't meant to offend anyone with her work. Faculty advisor Steven Barza claims that the magazine's editors are independent and that the purpose of a literary magazine is to "evoke some response," but doesn't believe there is a threat of censorship.

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Werner, Karen. "Administrators respond to 'Messenger' content." The University of Richmond Collegian 77, no. 15 (January 31, 1991): 1, 10. https://collegian.richmond.edu/?a=d&d=COL19910131.2.5&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------

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The Collegian, University of Richmond

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1991-01-31

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English

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Richmond (Va.)

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Werner, Karen, “Article "Administrators respond to 'Messenger' content",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed November 18, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/3305.