ARCHIVES: ECU Newspaper Editor Defends Nude Photos

The editor of the student-run newspaper is defending their controversial decision to print full frontal nudity in today's edition.

On both print and online editions today of the East Carolinian, unblurred front page photos are shown of a man on his naked run during half-time at the Southern Miss.

John Sieglinger of Raleigh was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and misdemeanor indecent exposure.

On the print edition three large photos are on the front page. The first shows the naked man running in one photo, then being taken down at the 50 yard line, while the third photo shows security personnel surrounding the man.

While the university says the newspaper's decision was in very poor taste, editor Caitlin Hale said the photos were purposely published.

Hale says the newspaper's news editor, managing editor and herself made a collaborative decision to use the unedited photos. In a statement, Hale explained that since their primary audience are ECU students, they should have access to the "unedited and factual photos" of the streaking incident.

She said while the photos may be seen as offensive to some, "the photos were not meant to be seen as sexually suggestive or insulting, but instead an accurate account of Saturday's events."

Virginia Hardy, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs says the university will be having "conversations with those who were involved" in this decision in an effort "to make it a learning experience." Hardy says the leadership at East Carolina does not agree with the decision to publish the photo, nor does it support it.


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The student-run newspaper at East Carolina University has exposed the football stadium streaker on its front page.

On both print and online editions today of the East Carolinian, unblurred front page photos are shown of a man on his naked run during half-time at the Southern Miss game. WITN has placed black boxes over a picture of the newspaper's front page.

John Sieglinger of Raleigh was charged with misdemeanor trespassing and misdemeanor indecent exposure.

On the print edition three large photos are on the front page. The first shows the naked man running, then being taken down at the 50 yard line, while the third photo shows security personnel surrounding the man.

The print edition of the East Carolinian is available at news racks throughout campus.

ECU says the decision by the newspaper to publish the photo with full frontal nudity "was in very poor taste."

Virginia Hardy, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs says the university will be having "conversations with those who were involved" in this decision in an effort "to make it a learning experience." Hardy says the leadership at East Carolina does not agree with the decision to publish the photo, nor does it support it.


Statement from East Carolinian Editor Caitlin Hale

The photos regarding the streaker in the Nov. 8 edition of The East Carolinian were purposely published. The news editor, managing editor and myself made the collaborative decision to publish the unedited photos. This decision was made because we felt that our audience, which is primarily the ECU student body, should have access to unedited and factual photos of the streaking incident at last Saturday's ECU football game. While the photos may be seen as offensive to some, the photos were not meant to be seen as sexually suggestive or insulting, but instead an accurate account of Saturday's events.


The following statement is from Virginia Hardy, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at East Carolina University:

The decision by The East Carolinian to publish a photo of a streaker that showed full frontal nudity was in very poor taste. The leadership at East CarolinaUniversity does not agree with that decision and does not support it.

But The East Carolinian is an independent, student-run newspaper. As such, it is a learning environment for student journalists, who make decisions about news content - and ultimately are responsible for those decisions.

With that goal in mind, we will be having conversations with those who were involved in this decision in an effort to make it a learning experience. The goal will be to further the students’ understanding that with the freedom of the press comes a certain level of responsibility about what is appropriate and effective in order to get their message across.


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  • by ECU Student Location: Belhaven on Nov 15, 2011 at 11:35 AM
    I don't understand why you people are bashing the newspaper and ECU. Those of you who are "ashamed" of ECU then give your stupid degree back! Find something else to fuss about besides freaking out of a streaker at a ECU game and the school newspaper printing the full picture. BIG DEAL!
  • by oh my Location: g ville on Nov 13, 2011 at 05:54 PM
    to all who defend the news article check yourself and your morals.
  • by anoynamous on Nov 12, 2011 at 04:00 PM
    omg people its just like the jail bird if you dont agree with it no one is forcing you to look at it ! stop whining!!!!
  • by jim on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:47 AM
    get a life.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    It's really funny how several of you hypocrites want to find an excuse to bash ECU over a picture that was on the newspaper, when ECU DOES NOT OWN THE EAST CAROLINIAN, but yet at the same time, you think it's okay for that senseless scumbag with the Daily Tar Heel to bash Greenville, NC as a city and ECU as a university when the idiot has never even stepped a single bone in Greenville during his entire life.
  • by Dan Location: Kinston on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:06 AM
    I'm sure he was one of those State or Kurlina fans that just wants what's worse for ECU in general. All those fans of those 2 schools have always been that way, and they are still that way.
  • by Heather Location: East Coast Nc on Nov 9, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    "an accurate account of Saturday's events"? REALLY!?!? MOST adults would know what would have been under a blurred or "redacted", if you will, photo of this streaker....and if the persons responsible had made the mature and responsible choice on the images printed would have protected the younger public who might happen upon this paper. The "senior editor" is pure proof of the kind of decision makers we end up with reporting and proofing our news. Ludicrous!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 at 01:36 PM
    Even Playboy and Penthouse don't put full frontal nudes on the cover. The ECU Paper folks did it for shock value and should be replaced.
  • by Alumni Location: real world on Nov 9, 2011 at 12:36 PM
    In the long run, bet more college age students see ECU as a fun place to get an education. That's what it is all about: attracting more young people to higher education.
  • by Anonymous Location: ENC on Nov 9, 2011 at 12:27 PM
    Now that is too funny Mark!
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