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Buffalo State newspaper’s April Fool’s edition stirs controversy on campus

The satirical April Fool’s Day edition of SUNY Buffalo State’s student newspaper, the Record, turned out to be no laughing matter to United Students Government.

Leaders of the student organization Wednesday froze the newspaper’s budget, preventing future publication, after they said they received complaints from students and the community.

The budget freeze thawed Thursday after negotiations that involved college Vice President Hal Payne.

“I got a call in class letting me know the budget was back in force and was unfrozen,” the newspaper’s managing editor, Dave DeLuca, said Thursday night.

He said that social media response to the satirical edition was overwhelmingly favorable.

“We were trying to entertain,” he said. “We didn’t think we did anything sophomoric.

“We are really relieved that our funding is back,” he added. “The Record is one of the highlights of our overall college experience.”

DeLuca noted that the Record, which appears every Wednesday, normally prints 1,000 copies, but doubled the press run for the April Fool’s Day edition.

United Students Government had demanded that the newspaper staff remove the satirical edition from newsstands by 5 p.m. Thursday, but DeLuca said they were left in place. He said that editors were considering printing extra copies.

The Record, which renamed itself “The Wreckard” for April Fool’s Day, featured front-page headlines such as “President Conway-Turner authorizes drone strike on top UB leaders, killing 12” and “Governor Cuomo bans snacking across New York State.”

The newspaper’s faculty adviser, journalism professor Annemarie Franczyk, said Thursday that she never sees the paper until after it is published.

“I cannot tell them what to put in the paper,” she said.

Emily Leminger, vice president of United Students Government, notified the Record’s staff by email that their budget was frozen and that the satirical edition was “a very serious matter.” She did not specify which articles drew complaints.

The newspaper’s website noted, “The decision to freeze The Record’s budget comes on the heels of USG’s campaign encouraging students to vote for the continuation of Buffalo State’s $75 mandatory student activity fee.”

United Students Government distributes money from student fees to a variety of campus activities.

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