The impending disappearance of the Journalism Students’ Association will hurt no one but the Concordian, says its current president.
Emily White has revealed that the JSA actually uses the money it receives in its budget to fund this very newspaper.
“Haven’t you noticed that everyone on the JSA also works for the Concordian? It only makes sense,” she said.
The money is used to pay the staff members a lofty salary, which is in contravention with its claim to be a non-profit organization.
But Jill Fowler, vice-president internal/production wizard, believes that it doesn’t matter.
“So what if we’re supposed to be non-profit?” she asked. “Finding a job in journalism is hard enough. This might be the only work these people ever get paid for. That, for me, is worth it. We’re helping them out.”
The JSA will be no more after this year, after only one person stepped forward to run in this year’s election.
However, that person had no interest in continuing the transfer of money from the member association to the newspaper.
Her candidacy was quickly suppressed by members of the current JSA executive.
“Why would we let her run? It’s better we spend the money on producing quality journalism than wasting it on cheese parties and beer-a-thons,” White said. “That is what journalism students want, anyway â€“ quality journalism to read and emulate, and that is what the Concordian provides for them.”
The money transfer process was straightforward â€“ White, Fowler or any of the other executives would take the money from the cash box in the JSA office, located in the CJ building at Loyola Campus. They would then run to the CC building and deposit it into the waiting hands of Brennan Neill, JSA member at-large/managing editor.
“I can’t deny that the JSA money really helped us out his year,” Neill said.
For their part, the Arts and Science Federation of Associations said they had no idea this was happening.
The JSA’s pending disappearance has next year’s masthead wondering what will happen to the cushy salaries their predecessors enjoyed.
Some members of next year’s editorial team are planning a protest outside the ASFA office to demand that they get the money the JSA would have received if they were to exist.
“I really liked getting paid,” said JSA beer drinker/chief copy editor Trevor Smith.