Since some of your student fees go to the SGA, it seems right we fill you in with what's been happening in the ole’ Fidel suite. As you may know, the student newspaper is a department within the student government (it’s less Orwellian if you think of it as “public sector media”), so we’ve got a good insight on things.
Up until recently, the SGA hasn’t been fully staffed. The election results of the last spring semester were overturned by administration on the grounds of being unconstitutional (the winners of the election were too involved in the voting process), so the victory was overthrown by the omnipotent administration, leaving no President to hire a cabinet.
Instead, a few temporary positions were filled: a student activities board chair, an acting VP/financial officer, and the Paydirt editor in chief (EIC). Their contracts lasted from the summer semester until September 16.
Since Paydirt had an EIC, the newspaper was still around. But the EIC couldn’t permanently hire anyone else in case the new president decided to hire another EIC who would want to hire another staff. To fund the making of content, a few students were paid with “addition to payroll/single time pay forms”, which require something around 60 signatures each (really only 5) and a lot of leg work (so it feels like more).
You might be wondering why we’re telling you this. Well, for transparency. The SGA has had issues with transparency in the past, so we’re doing our best to avoid future conflict. Especially when it comes to spending and payments. If you have any issues, questions, or comments, feel free to direct them at the President or Vice President, but not the Paydirt staff. We’ll take compliments and praise though.
Also, “public sector media” is so vague it sounds way more Orwellian.