A judicial committee at Tufts University ruled today that a conservative campus magazine had violated the university’s nondiscrimination policy by harassing black students in an anonymous parody of a Christmas carol titled “O Come All Ye Black Folk,” the Associated Press reported. Editors of the magazine, The Primary Source, defended the carol as not racist but as a satire of the university’s affirmative-action policies.
The Committee on Student Life, comprising faculty members and students, ordered the editors to make sure all future articles are signed. The committee also suggested that the student government consider this incident when deciding whether the magazine merited financial support. The AP quoted an editor as blaming “liberal activists” for the panel’s ruling, and saying that the magazine, Tufts’s “one, lone conservative voice,” would continue to publish even if it lost campus financing. —Andrew Mytelka