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The Saint Experiences Website Outage, Print Issue Cancellation

The town’s largest newspaper has gone dark for over two weeks.

Beginning on Thursday 2 November, with the release of Issue 215, The Saint‘s official website has experienced a range of technical difficulties. Slow load times have devolved into a static login page, preventing outside access to the site.

The Saint’s homepage as of Thursday 16 November.

The Saint has existed in many forms since 1984, when it was launched under the name The Chronicle. In 1997, the paper officially rebranded as The Saint, then a tabloid reporting on petty gossip within the University. Over the past decade, the tone of the publication has gradually grown more journalistic, with an emphasis placed on breaking news stories and conducting comprehensive investigations.

As an independent operator, The Saint relies entirely on advertisers to fund its extensive costs – including, but not limited to, renting office space in the Union, subscribing to Adobe design software, and producing its biweekly print edition. Issue 216, scheduled for publication on Thursday 16 November, was cancelled due to apparent funding issues. Previous issues of the paper have been cancelled; however, this is the first issue cancellation to coincide with a significant website failure.

As of today, no official statement has been released via The Saint’s social media channels. Other than promotions for Issue 215, recent Facebook posts advertise the publication’s semesterly editorial team elections. Sources suggest that the website will be functional by next week, and the final issue of the semester is on track for publication.

The Saint did not return our request for comment.

Update: The Saint has provided the following statement:

The Saint has over ten years worth of articles on its website, and as such uses a lot of resources on the server it currently operates on. We are in the process of updating the hosting service for our website in order to accommodate the amount of resources we use. The update will be completed within a week.
We decided to reduce the number of issues published this semester from 5 to 4 in order to make the change easier for everyone on our team and ensure that the website would be back up in time for the next issue.
The Saint often reduces the number of issues in a semester to deal with such problems if necessary. For instance, in the first semester of last year we published 4 issues instead of 5.
The next issue of The Saint will be out later this month.



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