Controversial cover: Student newspaper posts vulgar Ferguson remarks

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SPRINGFIELD, MO (KTVI) – A student newspaper’s coverage of the protests and demonstrations associated with Ferguson are stirring up its own controversy.

Check out this recent front page of The Standard at Missouri State.  Above the fold the student publication printed some of the offensive and vulgar remarks directed at protestors during a recent demonstration on the Springfield campus.  The school says it received a number of complaints, but says it does not violate school rules.

The University sent this news release to media about the controversial cover story:

The Standard is the official student-run newspaper of Missouri State University. Student editors and staff members are responsible for all content. The views expressed do not represent those of the university.

The story featured in the Oct. 28, 2014 issue did not violate University policies. It was a fair and balanced article addressing a recent campus protest. The University does not censor the student newspaper.

First published as The Southwest Standard in January 1912, The Standard provides useful information to the MSU community, gives MSU students an opportunity to learn in a real-world, professional setting, and serves as an advertising platform for the MSU campus and the Springfield community.

The Standard has a print circulation of 7,000 and is published every Tuesday (with a few exceptions) during the fall and spring semesters. The newspaper is distributed free at more than 50 campus and downtown locations, and it’s delivered to all Greek houses. It is also available online at, in a digital edition at, and via our free mobile app.