Student paper apologizes for controversial frosh issue

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Kate Dubinski and Hank Daniszewski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. — Western University's student newspaper is yanking its Frosh issue from newsstands after an outcry over articles about drinking, drug use and sexual advances on teaching assistants.

The Gazette apologized Wednesday for the issue that came out last week and drew the ire of the school's graduate student society, women's advocates and university administrators.

"The Gazette displayed a lack of judgment regarding issues we have reported on seriously in the past," the newspaper's editorial board wrote in a statement.

"We regret this mistake, and we look forward to reporting on these issues in a more serious manner in the future."

The newspaper is removing 3,000 copies from campus and the selected articles from its website. It will not distribute the remaining 11,000 copies of the Frosh issue during the university's orientation week for new students.

The articles include an orientation week drinking game — on a campus where orientation week is supposed to be alcohol-free — as well as a detailing of different drugs students will encounter at Western.


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