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Midriff-challenged students to repay college newspaper for stolen copies

Posted by Ralph Ranalli June 22, 2007 10:35 AM

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FRAMINGHAM

Two college students who stole hundreds of copies of the campus newspaper because they thought they looked fat in a front page photo showing them baring their bellies are paying the cost of reprinting the lost editions, a school official said.

"I know they're going to be repaying something," Framingham State College spokeswoman Mari Megias said, without providing more detail.

The photo in the April 27 edition of The Gatepost shows seven fans at a women's lacrosse game with "I (heart) N-O-O-N-A-N," the name of a friend on the team, spelled out on their stomachs. The women are wearing hip-hugger shorts and tank tops.

Two students eventually owned up to stealing hundreds of copies of the paper. Apparently, they weren't pleased with their appearance in the photo, according to the paper's faculty adviser. They were not criminally charged and the college did not release their names.

Although Megias did not say how much the two students would repay, the editor in chief said shortly after the thefts that a press run of 500 copies costs $630.The Gatepost refused to print an unsigned apology from students who admitted pilfering the paper after learning the statement was actually written by college administrators.

-- AP

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