Tuesday night at 10p the number of Capitol Hill-based newspapers will double. 11th Ave’s The Stranger, Capitol Hill’s *only* newspaper, will have competition in the pulp department. Thanks to a generous boost from an unlikely backer, Seattle Central Community College’s independent student publication the New City Collegian will return to print with a special edition 1,000-issue run.
“Ultimately we’d like to get the journalism program back on campus using the paper as catalyst,” editor Sebastian Garrett-Singh tells CHS.
Now fully independent of the school, the Collegian has reawakened online at www.newcitycollegian.com and covers issues related to the Seattle Community College system, and student life and culture. It actively documented Occupy Seattle’s stay on the SCCC campus and has continued to dog administrators on First Amendment issues. The 10p release time is no coincidence. Though the new rule set is not yet in effect, the Seattle Community College board adopted new rules governing protest on the system’s campuses — including a mandatory 10p cutoff time — in the wake of Occupy’s establishment of a camp at Seattle Central last fall.
Garrett-Singh tells CHS he doesn’t plan to be arrested Tuesday night. “I’ve notified the campus security,” he said.
Long-term, Garret-Singh said the hope is for the Collegian to eventually return to the school’s fold and have funding restored to continue to produce the paper edition and support the site.
In the meantime, the special 1,000-print run has a unique backer. Cupcake Royale has stepped forward to support the venture. Hey, Molly Moon, we’re just saying, CHS might be interested. Call us.