“No news is good news.” Not for the students awaiting the Loquitur every Thursday at noon. For the past four weeks the Loquitur has been placed on the racks around campus four to five hours late. Who’s to blame? Not the editors or staff, that is for sure.
The Loquitur is printed weekly and delivered through Interprint every Thursday. Three members of the journalism staff meet the delivery person at the mailroom to distribute the papers throughout school. The driver is supposed to arrive around lunch time. Last Thursday, Justin Hallman had to leave his job early to wait for the delivery person who was running late.
“I don’t mind distributing the paper,” Hallman said. “It’s just a pain when you have to arrange your day around the delivery.”
Chris Jones, Hallman and I had to wait around the mailroom Thursday afternoon after it closed, because the truck still did not arrive. Jana Fagotti, managing editor, called to see what the holdup was, and was told it had been dropped off over a half hour before. Minutes after this phone call, the Interprint truck drove into Founders lot. Why was the truck coming back, oh, maybe because it hadn’t been there yet. That’s right, Interprint was incorrect, the truck did not arrive a half hour before, it was just getting there then.
As a writer for the Loquitur, I have deadlines to reach so we can get it out on time. If I write an article describing an upcoming event on Thursday evening, how will students read about this event if they are out of class by the time the paper gets to the shelf?
The editing team works longer hours than most people with full time jobs. When the paper is out on time, who does it reflect on? Them. Well, it’s time to shift the blame for once.
Maybe we are a small school. I understand that we are not the only delivery scheduled for Thursdays. However we all have schedules and huge corporations wouldn’t stand for a month full of tardiness. If your trucks keep running three to four hours late, get new drivers, or start the day earlier.