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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, January 30, 1987, Image 17

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a j .' ~· The.P.rewl Friday, January 30, 1987/ SE\\ENTEEN .-..-,.w Suit llll lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllnit~illlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllliiiiiiiUIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIJIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII continued from page fifteen :preventhlg commercial exploitation of students. · '• Although there is support in the record for the plaintiffs' position ... there·. is no requirement 1 here tltat the government's method of restriction be the best solution; it need only:_ be reasonable,'' McCurn stated. ~ · History of the case The first controversy arose when SUNY enforced a policy prohibiting A.F.S. demonstrations from occuring the students' dorm rooms. · The. c~se stems from an October 1982 incident when a representative qf~. , who was invited to speak in a .. dorm room, was arrested by public ~afety officer for loitering and soliciting without a permit. After tltis event, a motion for a preliminar!)' injunction was filed, and upon examination of SUNY policy, was issued. The injunction stopped· the defenclants from banning com- mercial presentations in dorm rooms at SUCC. On April 15, 1984, the in- junction V'ias extended to include other SUNY college involved in the law suit. Since MeCum decuded for the defendants the preliminary injuction is lifted, clnd SUNY can reinstate its initial policy of banning commercial presentati11s in dorm rooms. Plaintiffs' reactions Attorney for the plaintiffs, Henry T. Reath, has filed a motion for reconsideration. He eliminated A.F.S as a plaintiff as well. President of A.F .S., Edward M. Satell, said in a memorandum that some of the judge's conclusions were unfair. \We have always believed that A.F.S's rights were merely derivative rights of the students and now con- clude that as long as A.F.S. is a plain- tiff, it clouds the issues· and detracts from the student rights issue,\ Satell said. Reath stated in a memorandum that the court erred in making its decision. The court ignored the stll- den~ testimony regarding their desires to control their own dorm rooms, he said. Cullen said students just want the ..... . . . \ . . . . -. ~ ... ' . . ' . . . . Get your free Miller Lit' s·imulated N8on (#57-52694) · by following the dired~ons below: SEND: MAIL TO: • This Certificate • Three Miller lite Keg Cops or Ten UPC symbols from the Miller Lite 24/12 oz. can package. . • Dated cash register re<:eipt(s) with purchase price(s) circled. Miller Lite Simulated Ne()n Offer PC42-1099 P.O. Box 619325 Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, TX 75261 SAMPLE UPC SYMBOL ---------------, Please Print: Nome----------------------------------------------- Address------------------------------- City ______________ Stole ___ Zip ____ _ I I OHer vo~id through February 2B, 1987 or while slfpplie~ la~t. • Limit one simulated neon per I housenoi.C, fclmily, individual or organization. • Offer valid only to those of legal drinking age in _ the state of New York. • Specified proof(s) of purchase, plastiC keg caps, UPC symbols and cash .. register rec.;!l~ls(s) mu~t accompany offer. • Please allow 6·8 weekst(:r delivery. .J. · ...... ---- . -- . -· ••:·~·-·-- -· .· . . . ·\ right to invite into their rooms whoever they want to. According to Reath, .the court er- red as a matter of law in ruling that a student's dorm room is a limited public forum. ''The legal basis for the decision is Judge MeCum's finding, which we think is both strange and wrong, that the residence halls, including the students • private dorm rooms, are a limited public forum,\ Reath said. Satell said MeCum should recon- sider his decision. \If left in the present posture,\ Satell said, \the decision would be a major setback for student's rights. ''It gives even broader powers to a university administration than held previously,. at . the expense of students' rights to choose.\

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