As usual, what we receive from the administration is not even close to the truth. Here's the explanation from an administrator:
From what I have learned, apparently VP Glenn Meeks was fired by President Watson prior to Meeks' authorization of the direct deposit disbursement for the current pay period. Interim VP Pinkelton did not have the authority to conduct the disbursement in place of Meeks. Typically we would all receive our paycheck today, but due to Watson's choices you will not get paid until Monday. HR Director Mitchell's email states that early paychecks have always been a courtesy. As others have pointed out, a courtesy which has become a practice can create serious problems when the practice is disrupted. If this situation creates problems for you in the form of late penalties, fines for insufficient funds, etc., please carefully document the penalties and fines.
Of course, this comes on the heels of Watson deciding that if he doesn't get his way on that ridiculous essay that "we risk the refusal of Watson to hire any of our candidates." So he's going to take his ball and go home if we don't do as we're told. Given his track record, why doesn't he simply tell each department who it should hire, I'm sure there are a number of his other cronies who don't yet have cushy tenure-track jobs. Truly, what is wrong with this man? His apparent narcissistic desire to indulge himself comes at a great price and in order to impose his will on the university he is quite happy to act with the emotional maturity of a ten-year-old. Pathetic.