Wesleyan students push boycott of campus newspaper

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MIDDLETOWN — At Wesleyan University, known for its liberal culture, a campaign to shut down the campus newspaper is coming from an unlikely source: its students.

The student government for the liberal arts school is weighing a petition to strip The Wesleyan Argus of funding after some objected to an opinion piece it published on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Executive Editor Gabe Rosenberg says the paper is looking into arranging outside financing. He says the newspaper is committed to doing a better job of representing diversity but disagrees with the methods of the paper’s opponents.

The student opinion piece that ran last week questioned whether the Black Lives Matter movement is achieving anything positive.

The student government’s leader says the Wesleyan Student Assembly wants to promote community through greater inclusion.