IU Bloomington's State is mostly, if not almost all, volunteer. The IU SOS (or Science Outreach Society...formerly known as the SO club) helps run and coordinate a large chunk of it, plus professors, other people and societies around campus, SO national/regional supervisors and everyone else. I'm not sure exactly who gets paid, but I believe most people don't.
I was at the IUPUI state and it is unfortunate what happened with scrambler. I'll say, since it was my first time from the test giving and coordination side of the competition, that a lot goes on and goes wrong that as competitors you never see. I ran the trial microbe mission and ran into a bunch of problems with just that event myself. With some of those more difficult events to run and score and keep consistent I can see where something that bad might go wrong. It does help to have people familiar with SO and the event but things still don't always go according to plan. If you notice something is wrong make sure the event coordinator knows and (preferably) be able to show it in the rules too. Sometimes details are missed and forgotten when hurrying to get things ready to go for you so make sure we know. Chances are that if it is caught early enough it can be corrected and not end up with the event being thrown out. Then again maybe not, it depends on the situation.
Good Luck everyone! And hopefully see you around competitions this up coming year!
Indiana University 2012
-- Bio and Spanish Majors
University of Chicago
-- PhD track Molecular Biosciences: Human Genetics