The Forum gets ‘trashed’
UALR police plan to view video camera footage to try to identify the person or people responsible for the theft of about 1,000 copies of The Forum from newsstands in the Donaghey Student Center between March 14 and 15, according to a detective.
“When I put 300 papers on the rack outside of the aquatic center, they usually last three to four days. This time they were all gone within a matter of hours. And we know they weren’t being read because they were found in a nearby trash can,” said Ricky Harris, The Forum’s news editor and distribution manager.
The stolen newspapers are were about 40 percent of The Forum’s circulation and the value of the printing and editorial costs were about $1,250.
According to the Student Press Law Center website “Newspaper theft is a crime. It is also a terribly effective form of censorship. Each year dozens of student newspapers and other publications across the country fall victim to thieves whose intent is to prevent the dissemination of news, information and opinion with which they disagree.”
The Forum’s adviser Carlton “Sonny” Rhodes said, “Such vandalism is highly unfortunate and I trust that the Department of Public Safety will conduct a thorough investigation. Looking on the bright side, I guess it shows that The Forum is doing its job.”
Witnesses to the theft can contact the UALR Department of Public Safety at 501-569-3400 and refer to incident 12-00321.