by David Weatherall
Ive been a very controversial president, and thats been
a conscientious decision on my behalf, said CSU president Rob Green
in his office last Monday. But whether they love me or hate me,
at least theyre talking about issues that the CSU feels are important.
By creating such controversy Green feels he has contributed to raising
awareness among students about school politics.
Most students two years ago didnt know that the CSU existed.
Id say youd be hard pressed to find a student these days that
doesnt have an opinion on something weve done. Im very
encouraged by that, and I hope it continues.
The current president, who has decided not to run in this springs
annual CSU elections, took a moment to talk about his past two years as
president and what direction hed like the CSU to continue in.
I think accreditation is the biggest legacy that Ill leave
behind. Raising the BioChem [Pharma] issue, kicking Zoom Media out of
the school and programs like the Peoples Potato are all accomplishments
Im very proud of. Its certainly more than any other past president
of the CSU has been able to do.
Green has been involved with the CSU for the past three years, but after
two years at the helm, Green feels its time to return to his studies.
He has a degree in religion and has taken a course at a time to keep his
student status. Its time to move on not that it hasnt
He steps down from a position that holds a lot more power at the moment
than it did when he took over as president in 1999. After gaining accreditation
in a referendum held this fall, the CSU now legally represents all students
at Concordia and as such, has an immense responsibility to fulfill to
its 25,000 constituents.
Thats not the only change facing presidential hopefuls this spring.
Students running in this years election will do so under a revised
electoral process that raised some initial concerns for Green. Under the
old system, students would vote for a presidential candidate who, once
elected, could then recommend a council. Under the new bylaws, those wishing
to run for president will do so on a slate that contains a minimum of
three other members running for positions on council.
I was concerned that because of the new slate system and the need
for candidates to be more organized in their preparation, there could
be a decline in competition, but Im very optimistic about the new
system so far.
Voting will take place over March 26, 27 and 28.
Student referendum questions
To date, there are 15 referendum questions on the ballot. One calls on
the university administration to refuse any application for the
position of Rector by current Vice-Rector Research and Provost Jack Lightstone
due to his role in cutting programs and supporting the privatization of
education at Concordia University.
Another demands that the university either stop collecting the $2-per-credit
fee for the capital campaign. . . or turn all fees collected from students
[over to] a committee appointed by the CSU Council with proportional representation
of the Faculties and independent students.
Another referendum question attacks the way the student organizations
operate. The student newspapers retaliated this week by jointly denouncing
the proposed Students Bill of Democratic Rights.
There is a referendum question calling on the Canadian government to
immediately withdraw from FTAA negotiations until [the governments]
negotiating position is made public, and that a binding nation-wide referendum
be held to determine Canadas stance on free trade, and another
Yet another proposal, if passed, would assure the survival of programs
such as the popular Peoples Potato. Students would pay 25 cents
per credit to the CSU for the next six years to support the project and
would demand that the Vice-Rector Services allocate additional kitchen,
cooking equipment, serving space and seating space on the seventh floor
[of the Hall Building].
CSU Elections 2001-2002
The candidates for this years election follow. The election will
be held March 26, 27 and 28.
Slate number 1
President: Hammad Baig
VP Internal: Emmanuel Moreira
VP Internal: Luma Abu Judom
VP Communications: Mat Siemaszkiewicz
VP Clubs Commissioner: Pavan Magon
Slate Number 2
President: Sabrina Stea
VP Internal: Laith Marouf
VP External: Genevieve Page
VP Finance: Patrice Blais
VP Outreach: Benoit Desgreniers
VP Resources: Marina Tarantini
Slate Number 3
President: Chris Schultz
VP Internal: Avigail Aronoff
VP Communications: Sean Farrell
VP Finance: David Harrison
VP Academic: Laura Zapotichny
Slate Number 4
President: Paul Backman
VP: François-Marc Dionne
VP: Matthew Cresthol
VP External/Academic: Denis Robichaud
Slate Number 5
President: Ralph A. Lee
VP Internal: David M. Adams
VP External & Academic: Erin Matheson
VP Communications: Aisha Saintiche
VP Finance: David Penta