Nearly every copy of the student newspaper at Utah Valley University, the UVU Review, went missing last week, and student staff members can’t figure out why. The newspaper prints about 4,000 copies a week, the Deseret News reported, and staffers estimate that 3,500 of them were taken from racks and removed from the campus.
A search of trash bins turned up none of the missing papers. “Whoever it was had to put in some work to get that many papers off campus,” said Jack Waters, the paper’s editor in chief.
Staff members could identify only two potentially controversial items in the March 23 issue, an editorial calling for changes in student-government elections and a letter to the editor criticizing the state regents’ recent choice of Matthew S. Holland, an associate professor of political science at Brigham Young University, as Utah Valley’s next president. Both items are available on the newspaper’s Web site, and every article in the stolen issue will be reprinted in the paper’s next one.
Chris Taylor, associate vice president for university marketing and communications, said Utah Valley officials were taking the matter seriously. “This is a possible First Amendment issue,” he said. —Charles Huckabee
[Updated at 3 p.m., 3/30/2009: to correct Mr. Holland’s current position to associate professor, as a commenter noted.]