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ACP Winners

2012 ACP Story of the Year Winners
co-sponsored by The Deadline Club, New York City chapter of Society of Professional Journalists

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News Story

First Place
Victoria Billings
Mustang Daily, California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo, Calif.
We are a community of one
http://mustangdaily.net/58507/

Judge's comments: Sensitive and responsible reporting about a difficult topic that some college newspapers avoid -- campus suicide. The story focuses on student reaction and recovery with plenty of information about resources for students.

Second Place
Chris Goff, Kyler Naylor
The Butler Collegian, Butler Univ., Indianapolis, Ind.
Flooding poses problem for campus officials
http://thebutlercollegian.com/2011/11/7737/

Judge's comments: Many reporters would scoff at an assignment about puddles. But these reporters understood its relevance and crafted a thorough report filled with detail – including rainfall amounts and puddle depths. The story ties the flooding problem on campus to a flooding problem in surrounding communities, increasing its impact.

Third Place
Daniel Wiser
The Daily Tar Heel, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Budget cuts and tuition hikes are changing schools’ revenue models
http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2011/11/unsustainable_path_1130

Judge's comments: A comprehensive report on tuition hikes, with powerful statistics that give the reader a historical perspective on a complex issue.

Fourth Place
Summer Ballentine, Beau Hayhoe
The State News, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, Mich.
Behind closed doors
http://www.statenews.com/index.php/article/2011/12/behind_closed_doors

Judge's comments: A courageous look at closed meetings held by the university’s board of trustees, with a thorough explanation of the Open Meeting Act and relevant information from the Student Press Law Center.

Fifth Place
Kait Vosswinkel
The Clarion, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wis.
Homeless student struggle for stability while making the grade
http://www.theonlineclarion.com/news/2012/05/08/homeless-students-struggle-for-stability-while-making-the-grade/

Judge's comments: A sensitive look at a disturbing and surprising trend. The story provides a good explanation for homelessness among college students. The lead hooks the reader.

Honorable Mention
Becca Clemons
The Kentucky Kernel, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.
In the wake of the storm
http://kykernel.com/2012/03/04/families-pick-up-pieces-of-homes-swept-away-in-east-bernstadt-ky/

Judge's comments: Thorough reporting of a major event that is well-organized and filled with detail.

Honorable Mention
Karin Curley
The Maroon, Loyola Univ., New Orleans, La.
Number of Jesuits decrease
http://www.loyolamaroon.com/2.6710/number-of-jesuits-decreases-1.2681630#.UCPgR0QhCUc

Judge's comments: A solid, in-depth look at a relevant issue that impacts students, faculty and the future of the university.

Honorable Mention
Anjali Menon & Marcelo Rochabrun
The Daily Princetonian, Princeton Univ., Princeton, N.J.
1 year after suicide, new details emerga about Calvo’s suspension
http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2012/04/16/30627/

Judge's comments: These reporters were relentless in gathering background information about the suicide of a senior lecturer. In doing so, they courageously challenge the university’s silence.

Honorable Mention
Ioanna Makris, April Cunningham, Caroline Courtney
The Daily Toreador, Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, Texas
Million-dollar bust
http://www.dailytoreador.com/news/article_9802d34c-ff90-11e0-b8cb-0019bb30f31a.html

Judge's comments: Strong investigative reporting that questions the university’s judgment and raises awareness about a significant financial loss.

Feature Story

First Place
Ava Kofman, Tapley Stephenson
Yale Daily News, Yale Univ., New Haven, Conn.
Yale values to be tested in Singapore
http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2012/mar/29/yale-values-be-tested-singapore/

Judge's comments: The writers traveled to Singapore to investigate and report issues surrounding Yale’s new joint venture there – Yale-National University College. The article successfully explored the challenges Yale faces in reconciling conflicts raised by a clash of cultures in a setting far more restrictive than that of the U.S. The article cut to the heart of what a great university is about, in matters such as academic freedom.

Second Place
Rachel Alexander
The Pioneer, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
Victims find sexual misconduct process ineffective
http://whitmanpioneer.com/news/2012/03/01/delayed-reporting-gives-sexual-assault-victims-fewer-options/

Judge's comments: This article will help students who are victims of rape or other sexual abuse to decide what action to take. The article brought its point home in an inviting, non-threatening way especially by following the case of a rape victim who had trouble deciding what to do. The article clarified the college’s reporting and disciplinary policies, which at the outset seemed to make little sense.

Third Place
Kevin Burbach, Nick Sudheimer
Minnesota Daily, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
Back where it started: addiction on campus
http://www.mndaily.com/2012/05/03/back-where-it-started-addiction-campus

Judge's comments: This smoothly written account of students’ – and prospective students’ – determination to overcome drug addiction was bolstered by statistics. The article shined a light on the university’s lack of programs and facilities to help addicted students.

Fourth Place
Devon O’Brien
Ethos, Iowa State Univ., Ames, Iowa
Mental Noise
View scanned PDF of story

Judge's comments: This article probably will encourage students who are suffering mental-health problems to seek help – students who otherwise might have been too embarrassed to reach out, as the students in the article had once been.

Fifth Place
Teddy Schleifer & Regina Wang
The Daily Princetonian, Princeton Univ., Princeton, N.J.
Conservative comfort at the ‘Conservative Ivy’
http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2012/05/03/30874/

Judge's comments: This article was an ambitious, thorough, evenhanded exploration of the paradox of “the most conservative Ivy,” at which conservatives find themselves a minority group.

Honorable Mention
Crystal Tsoi
Chicago Maroon, Univ. of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
The strong arm of the law
http://chicagomaroon.com/2012/05/25/the-strong-arm-of-the-law/

Honorable Mention
Lindsey Erdody
Inside, Indiana Univ., Bloomington, Ind.
Living with one
http://www.idsnews.com/news/inside/Story.aspx?id=85670

Honorable Mention
Emily Patton
College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green, Ky.
family, friends of WKU graduate build foundation after son’s suicide
http://wkuherald.com/diversions/article_e8804716-eaee-11e0-82c7-0019bb30f31a.html

Honorable Mention
Hillel Bucchler, Rebecca Klein
Justice, Brandeis Univ., Waltham, Mass.
BTV without TV
http://www.thejustice.org/btv-without-tv-1.2652665#.UCv-xEQhCUc

Honorable Mention
Lacey Jarell
Ethos, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
Operation Wildlife
http://ethosmagonline.com/archives/15452

Sports Story

First Place
Staff
The Harvard Crimson, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, Mass.
The rise of Harvard basketball
http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2012/3/7/the-rise-harvard-basketball/

Second Place
Derek Wetmore
Minnesota Daily, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
The economics of athletics
http://www.mndaily.com/2012/03/08/economics-athletics

Third Place
Matthew Parrino
The Spectrum, State Univ. of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
The X-Files
http://www.ubspectrum.com/sports/the-x-files-1.2689448#.UCLgvkQhCUc

Fourth Place
Colin Becht
The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, Ill.
It’s chaos: Disorder dominates the NCAA
http://www.ubspectrum.com/sports/the-x-files-1.2689448#.UCLgvkQhCUc

Fifth Place
Mike Still
The Daily Collegian, Pennsylvania State Univ., State College, Pa.
Board of Trustees fires Joe Paterno
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Honorable Mention
Sarah Bohannon
The Orion, California State Univ., Chico, Chico, Calif.
Flying Blind
http://theorion.com/sports/article_8d25f666-eef6-11e0-a282-0019bb30f31a.html

Honorable Mention
Sam Strong
The Daily Bruin, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.
Catching his break
Link to story

Honorable Mention
Brandon Lee
The Famuan, Florida A & M Univ., Tallahassee, Fla.
Triples, trimesters and trials
http://www.thefamuanonline.com/sports/triples-trimesters-and-trials-1.2731122#.UCPl1EQhCUc

Honorable Mention
Biz Carson
Inside, Indiana Univ., Bloomington, Ind.
In sickness & in health
http://www.idsnews.com/news/inside/Story.aspx?id=84371

Honorable Mention
Kelly Parsons
The Daily Tar Heel, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Different dreams, 1 mission
http://www.dailytarheel.com/index.php/article/2012/04/different_dreams_1_mission_for_unc039s_stilman_white

Editorial/Opinion

First Place
Annie Malka
Horizon, Indiana Univ. Southeast, New Albany, Ind.
Shame on unsanitary conditions of Food Court
http://iushorizon.com/2011/11/shame-on-unsanitary-conditions-of-food-court/

Judge's comments: This story focused on a unique subject and was well written and descriptive. The writer did her research and used statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and US Food and Drug Administration. It showed just that extra bit of effort to add support to the article.

Second Place
Spring 2012 Editorial Board
College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green, Ky.
Students Deserve First Amendment Rights
http://wkuherald.com/opinion/article_6a31c826-5eb6-11e1-9433-001a4bcf6878.html

Judge's comments: The College Heights Herald staff skillfully used indirect quotes from university staff members to support the article.

Third Place
Samantha Butcher, Anya Zentmeyer
Grand Valley Lanthorn, Grand Valley State Univ., Allendale, Mich.
Size isn’t everything
http://www.lanthorn.com/index.php/article/2012/01/size_isnt_everything

Judge's comments: State appropriations are important, especially at the college level. This story story definitely had a lot of statistics to back it up.

Fourth Place
Anna Walsh
The Tartan, Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Panera Bread’s racist, sexist practices warrant boycott
http://thetartan.org/2011/12/5/forum/panera

Judge's comments: The reporter obviously did her research, but the main draw of this article is the call to action at the end, asking for a boycott of the area Panera Bread franchises.

Fifth Place
Staff
Inkwell, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ., Savannah, Ga.
Time to embrace ‘smart’ tech in class
http://www.theinkwellonline.com/op-ed/time-to-embrace-smart-tech-in-class-1.2571625#.UCPrCEQhCUc

Judge's comments: This article is relevant to college students and made good points about using technology in the classroom. The article was also well researched and mentioned info from the FCC and the prices of the items they were talking about.

Honorable Mention
Staff
The Daily Bruin, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.
Professor David Shorter’s controversial link on course website is protected by UC bylaws
Link to story

Honorable Mention
Staff
The Butler Collegian, Butler Univ., Indianapolis, Ind.
Student issues must come first
http://thebutlercollegian.com/2012/04/staff-editorial-student-issues-must-come-first/

Honorable Mention
Alex Wittman
Torch, Ferris State Univ., Big Rapids, Mich.
Welcome Week for dummies
View scanned PDF of story

Honorable Mention
James Bowe
The Spectrum, State Univ. of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.
Step Down, Sikander Khan
http://www.ubspectrum.com/opinion/step-down-sikander-khan-1.2847471#.UCPtOkQhCUc

Honorable Mention
Staff
The Daily, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
Asuw Candidates Careless In Social Media
http://dailyuw.com/news/2012/may/02/staff-editorial-asuw-candidates-careless-social-me/

Diversity

First Place
Riley Stevenson
Flux, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
Harvesting hope
http://www.fluxstories.com/2012/08/harvesting-hope/

Second Place
Amanda Bankston
Minnesota Daily, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
Out in public: ‘Clouded by fear’
http://www.mndaily.com/2011/10/17/out-public-%E2%80%98clouded-fear%E2%80%99

Third Place
Paul Dang
The Mercury, Univ. of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas
Fighting for the Forgotten
View scanned PDF of story

Fourth Place
Deborah Bloom
Ethos, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
Stuck in Dignity?
http://ethosmagonline.com/archives/13755

Fifth Place
Emily Lin-Jones
The Pioneer, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
Culture of Color Blindness
http://whitmanpioneer.com/news/2012/04/26/colorblind-at-whitman/

Honorable Mention
Amruta Trivedi
The Daily Californian, Univ. of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.
DREAM State: Looking forward
View scanned PDF of story

Honorable Mention
Jill McCarter
The Butler Collegian, Butler Univ., Indianapolis, Ind.
Being black at Butler
http://thebutlercollegian.com/2012/02/black-butler/

Honorable Mention
Rachel Aretakis
The Kentucky Kernel, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.
Without new facilities, some people with disabilities unable to reach all of campus
http://kykernel.com/2012/04/25/without-new-facilities-some-people-with-disabilities-unable-to-reach-all-of-campus/

Honorable Mention
Ryan Osborne
Image, Texas Christian Univ., Fort Worth, Texas
A reshaped mosaic
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Honorable Mention
Rob Bradfield
The Baylor Lariat, Baylor Univ., Waco, Texas
No prayers? No problem.
http://baylorlariat.com/2011/11/15/no-prayers-no-problem/