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The Niagara County Community College Student Senate on Thursday voted to eliminate a paid adviser for the Spirit, the student newspaper, and instead have a faculty member act in that role.

Karen E. Stangl, a student senator, said the Student Senate approved a budget that moved funds from the adviser position at the paper to a leadership activities director.

Staff at the Spirit have said the paid adviser, Dayle Austin, was critical in helping lay out the paper. They said last week they believed the administration was trying to oust her because they disagreed with some of the content of the paper.

Articles about the Goth subculture, witchcraft, pipe smoking and a cartoon of a Cupid-stricken woman swooning over Santa Claus have provoked administration scoldings, Tina Soliday, editor in chief, said last week.

Patrisha LaRocque, a student senator who is also the student representative on the NCCC board of trustees, previously said she supported establishing the new position funded by the $24,000-a-year job and the cost of benefits used to pay Austin.

She said the new position would help with debates between candidates as well as other jobs involving more student groups.

The matter still has to go before the college's board of trustees, who may vote on the budget approved by the Student Senate when it meets at 5 p.m. May 28.


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