CRETE - It’s been a period of uncertainty for Doane Student Media (DSM) at Doane University in Crete.
Recently, students and administration realized they had little no funding as a result of decisions by prior administration. However, now, the new administration is working with DSM to find solution. Abrianna Miller is the Editor-in-Chief for the Doane Owl, the student-led campus newspaper.
"As a student, I felt very concerned what was coming for Doane,” Miller said.
Liz McCue is the communications manager for the school and she explained the situation from the prior administrations perspective.
“Doane’s board of trustees went through budget prioritization for the entire university, McCue said. “As part of that, Doane Student Media was asked to cut their budget by $5,000.”
That prior administration, led by former school president Jacque Carter, had bad news for DSM.
“We were told by the administration that our budget would be pretty much nonexistent,” Miller said.
DSM didn’t have enough funds to run the first issue of The Owl, until advisor Eric Tucker stepped in, dipping into his own pocket to pay staff reporters.
“Eric really wanted us to have one more issue out,” Miller said. “He was so kind and so generous, we can’t thank him enough.”
That gesture of kindness may have kick started the works to find a solution, as the August 2424 edition included an article about the cuts. Then, the public began to weigh in.
“The presidents office and other administration began to receive calls and emails from local news outlets, and even alumni from Doane.”
That’s how new university president Dr. Roger Hughes and his administration found out about DSM budget cuts.
“Most of the people in administration didn’t know cuts were happening until there was just nothing,” Miller said.
Both DSM and the university are hopeful to find a solution.
“At no point in time was it decided to cut the entire student media budget,” McCue said. “There’s still budget remaining, and a group of faculty and a dean, are currently working that out.”
“I think they found the numbers,” Miller said. “They then realized ‘you’re right, we do have no funds allocated for this, but we can make it work.’”
Despite the uncertainty, there is a good sense of optimism that a solution will be met. How quickly and what may go into that solution remains to be seen.