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SUNY Brockport students disturbed by college paper’s cover

The cover highlights the social media interaction between 18-year-old Alexandra Kogut – the Brockport freshman that was killed in her dorm room last weekend – and her boyfriend, her accused killer.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- SUNY Brockport students are speaking out about the latest cover of the college’s newspaper.

Our sister station 13WHAM spoke to students and the paper about the controversy. 

The cover highlights the social media interaction between 18-year-old Alexandra Kogut – the Brockport freshman that was killed in her dorm room last weekend – and her boyfriend, her accused killer.

The cover of the college’s paper “The Stylus” is a timeline, which shows Kogut and 21-year-old Clayton Whittemore happy in a photograph that Kogut posted on Twitter. The timeline continues to show their releationship, ending with Whittemore’s mug shot after his arrest. 

Some students found the cover disturbing and say they don’t like the paper’s decision to highlight Kogut and Whittemore as a happy couple. 

400 to 500 copies of The Stylus were stolen on Wednesday, the day it hit newsstands.

The Stylus’ editor in chief Cassie Negley says the staff thought long and hard about the cover and ran with it because it is a news story.

“I was not surprised students were upset. I understand they're upset. I was surprised at how many students were upset and how quickly they responded, and that's a good thing. They should be telling us what they think of our paper, whether it's good or bad,” Negley to 13WHAM.

As for the missing newspapers, the paper has filed a complaint with campus police. They’re continuing to put the paper on news stands throughout campus.

As for the news stand in McLean Hall, the dorm where Kogut was killed, the newspapers are available, but they have been set aside so as not to upset anyone closest to the victim.

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