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April is already the cruelest month. The evil of the month is sufficient thereto. So why ever compound its cruelty with a harshness of our own making?

I don't know whether sophomore Chelsea Diana asked this precise existential question when last Tuesday she was forced to resign as editor of the independent student newspaper, The Daily Free Press, at Boston University, because of the backlash against a misguided April Fools issue of that paper. In the mock print edition released the day before, emblazoned with the title, The Disney Free Press (in the familiar Walt Disney font -- a copyright violation already?), the lead story reported how seven fraternity "bros" had raped a girl who was "the fairest of them all" after her drink was "roofied" (that is, laced with the sleep and amnesia inducing drug, flunitrazepam). Other stories included one about Cinderella being arrested on prostitution charges and another on Alice in Wonderland buying LSD from a fraternity.

Consider that in recent weeks two BU hockey players were arrested for sexual assault on women, resulting in rallies and much consciousness raising, and you can understand how this "parody" would have struck many in the BU community as about as funny as a parody of the Trayvon Martin case.

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