Student Suspended From CU Newspaper Over Column On Asians

Max Karson

A University of Colorado student who wrote a satirical column saying Asians "hate us all" has been suspended from the campus newspaper staff.

The column by Max Karson triggered protests and prompted university and Campus Press officials to apologize.

The column said Asians should be rounded up and forced to play drinking games and endure other ordeals until they change and conform like the "whites." It was posted on the newspaper Web site on Feb. 18.

University officials say they plan to change the way the Campus Press is supervised and operated, but no specifics have been announced. The newspaper said its opinion section will be restructured and its ethics policy will be rewritten.

Karson hasn't responded to an e-mail seeking comment. He has no listed phone number.

On Wednesday, about 150 students gathered on the University Memorial Center south plaza for a rally and demonstration against the Campus Press.

"I'm here today to take a stand against discrimination of any form," said Jerome Jackson, a CU student.

Students accused the administration of being concerned about damage control and not concrete change. In a community forum, they presented administrators with a list of demands, including the resignation of The Campus Press faculty advisor and student editor.

"The Campus Press seems to have a systemic culture of racism," said student David Chiu. "We want these concrete demands enacted to change the school of journalism and The Campus Press because it seems like they're churning out our generation's next racist journalists."

Chancellor G.P. "Bud" Peterson committed to assembling groups to review the various demands.

Meanwhile, faculty, administration and the student editor apologized for the impact the column has had.

Cassie Hewlings, the editor-in-chief, said she has learned more in the last week than in her last 22 years.

"I am so incredibly sorry. I didn't want to hurt anyone, anyone at all with this," said Hewlings.

"This (column) is the antithesis of what we're trying to teach in our school," Paul Voakes, dean of the journalism school said in a satement. "The faculty and I take responsibility for the offense that the Campus Press obviously has caused."

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