Dear Reader,

You might notice that this month’s issue is not dedicated to the current month of March. You might also notice that you are reading this online and not on actual paper.

There are two reasons for this. One, March seemed too binding for our free-flowing creative energies. We needed a more fluid title and mid-spring sounded vague, yet still specific. Two, we did not go to actual print because we are dedicated to the conservation of our planet’s Rain Forests and…

Okay, we missed our March deadline.

It’s actually not what you’d assume of a not-for-profit, volunteer-run newspaper; we’re broke and can’t afford to print. We are definitely broke, but we actually do have the money to print.

We missed the March deadline because we are simply out-numbered and under-staffed. We have more stories than writers and more new ideas than ways to implement them.

If we were able to do The Fine Print as a full-time job, we’d jump at the opportunity. But unfortunately, we all have to pay rent or go to class (and pass) and therefore need to keep our boring but real full-time jobs or continue to go to class and do the work.

We need help. We are calling upon you, dear readers, to help The Fine Print and get involved. “Get involved” always sounds empty and intimidating, so we’ll be specific.

We need you to write for us. You don’t have to be a journalist. You just have to be able to write and work with our editors. We need you to be photographers, illustrators and copy editors. We need people interested in web design and Word Press. Our website always has some new kink or new feature that needs work. We need you to be our advertising department and sell ads. Currently, we don’t have anyone dedicated to this, and that’s why we haven’t had many, if any, ads this year. We need you to be a graphic designer/page designer via InDesign to desperately help and relieve our two- to three-person layout staff.

And if there’s something you can do that we didn’t mention and you want to do it for The Fine Print, such as produce videos, play in a band, etc. let us know! We’re open to your ideas and input.

If you have any questions, would like to “get involved” and/or come to a meeting, e-mail editors@dev.thefineprintuf.org and let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll let you know where you can help.

Thanks for all your support in the past and in the future.

— Chelsea Hetelson