Roadrunner survives fall off cliff

Stop the presses! The Roadrunner is still breathing!

That’s the word from staff members of Butte College’s beleaguered student newspaper, The Roadrunner. After being stonewalled on the status of the paper for months by the college administration, the staff members were called to a meeting last week, where they were told that the college plans to allow the newspaper to publish this fall.

The announcement caused “quite a stir” among staff members, who feared that the administration planned to shut the paper down after haggling over content for the better part of last year.

But all the fighting, said the paper’s Stuart Kuhlman, is in the past. The students hope to publish a back-to-school issue on Aug. 26 and are selling ads to fund their venture.

“That’s what we’re focused on now,” Kuhlman said. “We need money, and we need to get a foothold in the community.”

The staff also needs more people and is looking for photographers, business managers and a sales staff to round out the newspaper. That’s especially important because the administration’s agreement to allow the paper, Kuhlman said, is contingent on enrolling enough people (a minimum of 15) in the class that publishes it.

The administration said it is looking for an adviser to fill the shoes of Linda Meilink, who helped resurrect the paper a year ago, before taking a job in Florida last spring.