ATHENS, Ga. — Vandals trashed 1,200 copies of a student-run conservative magazine at the University of Georgia and wrote derogatory comments on the publication's racks.
Copies of the Georgia GuardDawg were taken from racks across campus and dumped into trash cans on the night of Sept. 21, student publisher David Kirby said. Racks were marked with remarks such as "communist," "gay" and "too liberal," he said.
The publication was started in 2003 to "provide the conservative viewpoint on issues horribly slanted by the faculty and the media," according to the group's Web site.
"Our principles of free speech and family values are ideals that these perpetrators do not want others to read," Kirby said in a prepared statement. "They oppose this commonsense philosophy so strongly that they committed a crime."
The magazine's September cover story examined a Georgia Tech lawsuit in which a conservative student claimed the university's conduct code violated her First Amendment rights. It also included articles commemorating the five-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Last year, the GuardDawg promoted a "Conservative Coming-Out Day," mocking a gay and lesbian organization's "Coming Out Day" event.