Tomorrow the KU Student Senate will vote on whether or not to restore funding to the University Daily Kansan newspaper.
The recommendation that will be considered in the meeting is to increase the Kansan’s funding from student fees to $2, which is what it was two years ago. This current school year the Student Senate cut the amount to $1, which added up to about $45,000.
Earlier this month the Kansan’s current Editor-in Chief Vicky Diaz-Camacho and former Editor-in-Chief Katie Kutsko filed a lawsuit against KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on the basis of allowing the student newspaper’s funding to be reduced because of it’s content.
The lawsuit cites that the 50 percent funding cut was instituted as retaliation to an editorial piece criticizing the Student Senate election process.
Ultimately as a result 13 paid student positions and a full time news adviser position were eliminated due to lack of funds.
“I view it as progress” said John Schlitt, the Kansan’s sales and marketing adviser on the recommendation. “If it goes through Wednesday it will improve the health of the Kansan.”
Student Senate leaders say that the official reason for cutting funds is because of the fact that in the fall the Kansan changed their publication schedule from printing four days a week to two.