Editor-In-Chief bites the hand that feeds him


Don Iler

The Broadside

No one wants to pay more money, es­pecially at college. With an economic re­covery that seems to be nowhere in sight, it’s a hard sell to ask for an amendment to increase the student body fee 50 cents. However, this increase in the student body fee is important for this campus and will benefit many clubs and programs.


The amendment asks for the student body to pay an extra 50 cents per credit hour taken. 25 cents of this would be direct­ed to the club sports program and 25 cents would be given to The Broadside. This extra money would free up funds already spent on these programs, which would allow stu­dent government spend more money on other clubs and programs and activities for the student body.

The 50 cents increase in the student fee is important for the continued vitality of clubs and programs on campus. With increased enrollment, clubs and programs must cater to more students than ever, but find themselves with stagnant budgets.

The amendment also provides a mea­sure of autonomy and budget consistency for The Broadside. Too often The Broadside comes into conflict with student govern­ment because of an article or two written about in the paper and then finds its main source of funding threatened. In fact on May 20, I was advised by Terry Link, stu­dent council government coordinator, “to not bite the hand that feeds you, especially around budget time,” after The Broadside had published a series of articles about the elections and student government ac­tivities. How can The Broadside write ob­jectively about student government when at the same time its student government is the one who controls the purse strings that fund The Broadside? The new amendment fixes this by giving The Broadside inde­pendence from ASCOCC’s budget making process while providing The Broadside the autonomy it needs to write about subjects concerning the student body.

The new amendment also provides more money for club sports, which is one of the largest and most popular programs on cam­pus. Club sports affect many students lives and this new amendment gives the oppor­tunity for more sports programs on campus and to improve the ones already here.

Best of all, this amendment will free up money for other clubs and programs, because money previously spent on The Broadside and club sports can now be spent on other important clubs like the Criminal Justice, Forestry and the Anime clubs.

The amendment is a win for everybody on campus, even though it requires students to dig a little deeper in their pockets. Students will benefit from clubs who have larger bud­gets, more sports programs and a newspa­per that is independent from ASCOCC.

You may contact Don Iler at diler@cocc.edu


  1. “…providing The Broadside the autonomy it needs to write about subjects concerning the student body.”

    What a joke. How are articles regarding KFC, pouring beer, attacking personal beliefs and faith, or SUBJECTIVELY covering the elections truely a concern of the student body? You are deeply out of touch with those of whom you say you are the voice of.

    You folks said that because many of the same people won in the elections, that people were uneducated in the process of elections and what the candidates stood for. How self-righteous can you be? What do you have to show that can back that statement up? I know it wasn’t you – it was your “managing editor,” but seriously.

    Get a clue. I don’t mind paying an extra 50 cents as long as not a dime goes to the The Broadside – or rather, what you all have turned into a classless and distasteful rag mag. Where is the diversity? Heaven forbid you all ever submitted works to a national conest. That would be embarrassing.

    TMZ reports more objectively then the trash I read in The Broadside. Why do I continue to read it then? Could you honestly keep yourself from watching a head on collision?


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