Students at UC-Berkeley apparently will now pay $2 per semester for the next five years to support The Daily Californian, the student newspaper at UC-Berkeley.
The fee was approved in the student government election but not without controversy, according to the Daily Cal.
On the second day of the three-day election, the student government president issued an order invalidating the initiative after the campus “whistleblower” program had received complaints that the measure violated UC policy. But then the student government Judicial Council decided that the president had overstepped her authority.
The measure passed, 5,977 to 4,054. However, other legal challenges remain.
The Daily Cal reports that it is running a “nearly $200,000 annual budget deficit partly due to a loss of advertisement revenue as a result of structural shifts in the journalism industry.”