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 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: