The Western Herald has been in increasing financial trouble over the past few years. It has cut back publishing several times, and recently went all online. Advertising revenue collapsed. The university has been subsidizing it, but that is scheduled to end this summer.
Western Herald, WIDR-FM launch 'Save Student Media' campaign at Western Michigan University
So where does the Herald (and WIDR, which is also broke) turn for money? The taxpayers, or in this case fee-payers, the students. They are pushing a fee on every student on campus. This would be on top of the Student Assessment Fee (SAF) and Sustainability fee. The fee will likely pass with very low voter turnout.
Decline of the Herald