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Top 5: Most controversial moments in recent history

 by Sam Friedman
 published on Thursday, March 2, 2006


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1. Porno shame:
In fall 2001, men from four ASU fraternities took part in the infamous pornographic film, "Shane's World #29: Frat Row Scavenger Hunt 3." The video featured Brian Buck, ASASU executive vice president at the time.

2. Play banned:
"Banging the Bishop: a Latter Day Prophecy," a play written by grad student Dustin Goltz, was taken off the schedule at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication in October 2004 after complaints were filed against references to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and homosexuality.

3. Football Shooting:
ASU tailback Loren Wade was arrested in March 2005 after allegedly shooting and killing former defensive back Brandon Falkner at a Phoenix nightclub.

4. Poster ban:
Before the third Bush v. Kerry presidential debate came to ASU in September 2004, University officials enforced a ban on political posters, resulting in protests from angry students who felt their First Amendment rights were violated.

5. Nipplegate:
After an October 2004 SPM cover photo of a female breast upset University donors, The State Press faced sanctions from the University. The editorial board stood by their decision to print the picture. After much discussion, an agreement with University officials was reached -- a clearly defined editorial process and a promise of accountability to reader complaints.

Reach the reporter at sam.friedman@asu.edu.



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