Michigan college closing? April Fools’ jab not funny to all

Posted at 5:34 AM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 05:34:31-04

HILLSDALE, Mich. (AP) — Hillsdale College wants everyone to know it’s still in business, despite an April Fools’ Day joke by a rival school.

The student newspaper at Albion College ran a tongue-in-cheek story last Friday that said Hillsdale would close and students would transfer to Albion.

Hillsdale officials acknowledged it was just for laughs but asked that the story be removed from the Albion paper’s website. Matt Schlientz, Hillsdale’s vice president of marketing, says it was causing confusion among college supporters and at least one prospective student.

Schlientz tells the Jackson Citizen Patriot that “online content lives forever.”

The story was taken down from The Pleiad’s website. Anyone clicking the headline gets a message that says the April Fools’ story was not true.