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Final Exams - Comm 120 SRU

Final Exams - Comm 120 SRU

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Comm 120 Finals Emerson S. Bañez1
Semester, AY 2010-11
This exam will be released on October 15, 2010 at 5:00 PM. It isdue on October 16, 2010, on or before 5:00 PM. So that we canhave a common (and accurate) time-keeping system, set your clocks according to the standard time in
Late submissions will be penalized (by reduction from totalexamination score) in proportion to the extent of tardiness (minus10 points for every hour late).3.
Encode your answers in a .doc file (DO NOT use the .docxformat). Format is twelve-point Times New Roman, single space.Save the file as Comm120Finals_ 
Submit your exams by sending an email to
, with the encoded answers attached. Useyour own email account when you submit your exam. DO NOTPOST YOUR EXAM IN THE E-GROUP!5.
The exam is designed to test your ability to 1) identify the relevantmass media law issues from the facts and 2) based on those issues,craft the necessary arguments using legal principles discussed inclass and/or are present in the readings. READ CAREFULLY.6.
As this is a take-home exam, I am relying partly on your sense of honor. The ultimate consequence of cheating is that you will beshortchanging yourself.7.
Good luck, and argue well!
The First Case
Remir is a 3
-year college student in the College of MassCommunications. He embodies what George Carlin would describe as the“alpha male jack-off”: big man on campus, varsity basketball team, andmember of the notorious Theta Phi Kappa fraternity.
One day, he wore ashirt with the following message:The Dean of the College, acting on reports of students, put Remir under academic suspension, instructing the guards to deny him entry to theCollege as long as he insists on wearing the shirt. The Dean maintainedthat the message in Remir’s shirt was patently offensive to students andfaculty, and could seriously disrupt the conduct of classes.Remir opposed his suspension, suing in court to overturn the Dean’sdecision and mandate the College to withdraw his suspension. He alsosought a declaration that the College had no right to prevent him from
The “Thetans” have racked up an interesting record with the Office of Student Affairs and StudentDisciplinary Tribunal over the last five years: Ninety percent of rumbles and instances of frat-relatedviolence involve member of their fraternity. They have pending administrative and criminal casesinvolving hazing related deaths (two in the last three years), and murder, which involved a member of the fraternity allegedly contracting with a gun-for-hire to shoot a member of a rival fraternity.
wearing the shirt. The College defended its actions, citing a) academicfreedom and b) that it is not suppressing Remir’s message at all times, just within the College during class hours.
1. As Remir’s lawyer, defend his actions and/or oppose the College. (20 points)
During the pendency of the case in court, Remir interrupted the project presentation of Jon, a homosexual student (and one of the more vocalopponents of Remir’s t-shirt message). Remir forced his way into theclassroom and held up a white board with the message: “DAMN ASO!”,
a la
Carlos Celdran. Remir. also shouted: “Stop messing with myfreedom of expression! Enough with the pussification of this College!”Humiliated, Jon attempted to kill himself days later.
2. Would the above circumstances change how the court should decidethe case? Discuss. (10 points)
The Second Case
While Remir’s case was pending, Julius, an openly homosexual student, published a “Note” on his “Friendface” account. The Note was not madeaccessible to the general public. Instead, it was shared with about a dozenof his Friendface contacts. Part of the post read:
Let’s take some time to talk about this manly man, this preening, posingmacho man who recently made all that fuss about his freedom to offendother people.Methinks that Mister Big Guy doth protest too much. Rumor has it that allthis rage and homophobia is coming from a place you’d least expect. I haveit on good authority that Mister Big Guy is a big closet queen himself,frequenting a popular gay bar in Quezon City and treating himself to aseaweed facial every week.

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