We at Cal have had our run-ins with campus administration before. In fact, the Daily Cal had its own dispute with the suits in Sproul Hall, hence the “Daily Cal’s independence”:http://www.dailycal.org/about.php from UC Berkeley.

Well, our counterparts at USC may be heading into a similar struggle after this:

Zach Fox, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan, “has stepped down”:http://media.www.dailytrojan.com/media/storage/paper679/news/2006/11/29/News/Editor.In.Chief.Resigns.From.Post.After.Clashing.With.Administration-2512052.shtml?sourcedomain=www.dailytrojan.com&MIIHost=media.collegepublisher.com because his re-election bid has been blocked by campus officials.

The changes that Fox wanted to make at the Daily Trojan seemed too radical for USC’s administration.

It isn’t wrong for the editor-in-chief of a newspaper to ask where all of his paper’s money comes from and how it’s spent. It isn’t wrong for the editor-in-chief of a student paper to make changes to model his paper after professional newspapers.

With Fox’s firing, it sends the message that while the Daily Trojan may be staffed by students, the students have no real say in the operations of their own newspaper and that the concerns of those student reporters are not concerns to the administration.

In re-electing Fox as editor-in-chief, the staff of the Daily Trojan stated that they believed in Fox’s changes. For the administration to not even look at his nomination is a sign of a lack of respect for the student journalists.

And Fox’s firing has to mean that he was actually getting somewhere; that his pursuit for change may have been able to uncover some dirty little secrets that USC’s top brass didn’t what its students to know.

Here’s “an editorial”:http://www.dailytrojan.com/media/storage/paper679/news/2006/11/29/Opinions/Editors.Firing.A.Sad.Day.For.The.Dt.Usc-2511756.shtml?norewrite200611300215&sourcedomain=www.dailytrojan.com by the editors of the Daily Trojan.

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