Letterman Scandal: Quinnipiac University refuses to send interns, or do they?

When I opened my Facebook page this morning, I realized my sleepy home was once again gaining national attention for a controversial topic. Last year this time it was The Quad News situation—the University’s first student run independent newspaper (of which I am a founding member)—which was featured in the op-ed section of The New York Times, and this year it’s David Letterman and his in ability to “keep his hands off interns” as TMZ says. According to various reports in the news, my college (which has sent interns to work for the late night king) would be rethinking the measure now that Letterman had admitted to having inappropriate relationships with some of his female staffers.

A quick Google search yielded 45 news articles on the subject—ranging from Blogs like TMZ to newspapers like The Los Angeles Times and The New York Daily News.

I then emailed John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac, and was sent this statement—”Those comments were made by an individual faculty member who has absolutely no authority to speak to the media on behalf of the university,” said Lynn Bushnell, vice president for public affairs. “The university does not have a comment on this matter.”

Senior broadcast journalism and history major, Erin Kelly, said “I am wondering what kind of measures will be taken to protect the students; they are 18, they will do what they want.” Kelly read it on TMZ, Perez Hilton, and People.com. Kelly was surprised to see that the University would “actually speak with TMZ, when have they ever spoken to a gossip site?”

Senior public relations major, Jessica Hickernell has first hand experience with the proper way to handle situations such as these. “I heard it in my public relations class this morning, and now that I know it didn’t come from the official spokesperson, it was inappropriate to use the quote as a legitimate source or representative of our community’s opinion,” Hickernell said.

It remains to be seen whether or not Quinnipiac University will retract these statements, and issue a new one. I will definitely keep you updated—or you can just check your Facebook because someone is definitely going to comment on this.

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