WRAL: University newspaper believes it is target of budget cuts

ST. GEORGE, UTAH — A southern Utah university student newspaper that is upset over cuts to its budget imposed by the college is accusing university leaders of targeting the publication for writing stories about the university’s move to fire two popular music professors last year.

Staff members at the Dixie Sun News say the 25-percent reduction in the share of student fees the newspaper receives is administrative retaliation for the newspaper’s coverage of student outcry about the employment status of the music professors, which damaged the image of Dixie State University, The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reported Wednesday.

Dixie State University officials deny the cuts had anything to do with retaliation. The funding reduction is exclusively about cutting down the excess printing of newspapers that go unread on campus in St. George, Utah, said Emilie Namikawa, vice president of academics at Dixie State.

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