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U of M to probe student newspaper funding cut

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - University of Memphis President Shirley Raines has launched an investigation into allegations that a committee cut the school newspaper's budget over disagreement with its content.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/NauSXu) Raines asked Professor David Cox to conduct the investigation into why The Daily Helmsman's budget was slashed from $75,000 to $50,000.

Raines said in a statement that her understanding was that the funds were not cut because of content, but she wants to be sure.

The decision was made by the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee - tasked with disbursing $1.5 million to various student organizations.

Helmsman Editor-in-Chief Chelsea Boozer said multiple committee members told the paper's coverage affected their decision to cut funding.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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