Volume 93, Issue 27

Tuesday, October 19, 1999


Law school sued for discrimination

Senate prefers to refer decision

CFS and OUSA debate over status

Star deal challenged by papers across country

Newfoundland abolishes New Year's Eve last call

Singing Blues after thefts


Bass Ackwards

Caught on Campus

Star deal challenged by papers across country

By John Intini
Gazette Staff

Representatives from student newspapers across Canada met in Toronto on Sunday to develop a strategy to stop The Toronto Star's presses.

Tariq Hassan-Gordon, president of the Canadian University Press, a student run wire service, said 30 representatives from 14 campus papers met at Ryerson Polytechnic University to discuss shelving a recent deal between York University and The Toronto Star.

The deal permits The Star to drop 5,000 papers daily at York, he said.

A committee, comprising members from campus papers across the country, was created on Sunday, as was a legal defence fund, Hassan-Gordon said.

Angela Pacienza, editor-in-chief of the Excalibur, York's weekly newspaper and elected co-chair of the newly created committee, said the group's main goal will be to lobby campus administrators to enact a policy which will protect student publications.

Loreen Lalonde, a consultant at The Toronto Star heading up the new distribution strategy, spoke at the meeting in defence of the publication. Lalonde said The Star's main goal is to make students aware of the importance of reading newspapers.

The meeting did result in a couple of changes to the York deal. Campus newspaper boxes are now permitted within 15 feet of The Star's boxes and Lalonde promised they would not initiate a split-run advertising strategy, which could threaten advertising revenue generated by the Excalibur.

Although The Star has made some concessions, Hassan-Gordon said he is not completely content. "We're not satisfied at all since there is still a good opportunity this strategy is going to roll out across the country," he said. "Our advertising is still at risk."

Lalonde said The Star is not interested in advertising revenue generated by campus papers. "The university market is not our target," Lalonde said.

Hassan-Gordon is fearful this trend will set a precedent, citing a recent deal between the Ottawa Sun and Carleton University.

However, financial commissioner of the Carleton University Student Association, Scott Bowman, said the deal with the Ottawa Sun is simply a two-week agreement.

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