National student rights advocate talks about Internet issues

Monday, March 3, 2008 | 10:36 p.m. CST; updated 9:53 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

COLUMBIA — Standing in front of a slide show depicting Spider-Man cheating on an exam and Velma of “Scooby-Doo” bonging a beer, C.L. Lindsay gave students legal advice on everything from downloading music to intellectual property law.

“For the next 50 minutes, pretend I’m your lawyer,” he said.

Lindsay, a nationally recognized expert on student rights and academic freedom and founder of the Coalition for Student & Academic Rights, gave a presentation to over 100 people, mostly MU students, on Monday night at Cornell Auditorium.

Liz Zufall, an administrative assistant for the office of academic programs in the College of Education, said the college helped sponsor the event along with education honor society Kappa Delta Pi because of its relevance to MU students. The presentation was a part of the College of Education’s Ed Week, which celebrates the school’s 140th anniversary.

“It has important, valid information,” she said of the presentation. “Not just for the College of Education but for all students.”

Lindsay addressed such prominent issues as illegal file sharing and potential employers finding a job candidate’s personal information on social networking Web sites such as Facebook or MySpace. He told students that what they post online could be permanent and accessed by anyone.

“Assume anything you put online will stay there forever,” he said.

Freshman Andy Kiehl left Cornell Auditorium with an altered view of his privacy.

“I have a lot less privacy than I thought,” he said.

For further information on Lindsay, visit the Coalition for Students & Academic Rights Web site at, or go to

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