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Rob Green, Concordia Student Union (CSU) president for the second year in a row, says this year will be even busier than last.

The 28-year-old independent student, who already has BA in Religious Studies, says that last year was about "cleaning up from previous administrations and putting structures in place that would allow the Union to effect change in the university."

This year, says Green, no training will be necessary for the new slate of student politicians. Green promises a fantastic orientation for Concordia students this year, with a full slate of speakers, bands and even a talent show.

Rosie Douglas, who was involved in the 1969 Computer Riot at Concordia and was subsequently jailed and deported, has been invited by the CSU to address students on September 15. Douglas was recently elected prime minister of Dominica.

Also during Orientation, the CSU will hold a general assembly asking students to demand that the university ban commercial advertising in Concordia's bathrooms, or force the university to hand over virtually all the proceeds to student groups. A similar motion was passed at a general assembly last year.

Accreditation drive

The CSU also wants the university to find a more appropriate food-service provider than Sodhexo-Marriott, which the CSU claims has a financial stake in the American private prison industry. Accreditation will be the buzzword on campus at the end of September, when the CSU will hold a drive to be the umbrella organization for all students. That would force Commerce and Engineering unions to once again hand over a portion of their students' activity fees to the CSU.

Another ongoing project will be the greening of Mackay St., which student unions have been trying to achieve in one form or another for over 20 years. There have been a variety of incarnations of the project. Five planters have been installed along the east side of Mackay, outside the Hall Building, as a modest start. Green wants to lobby the City of Montreal hard this year, and feels "really good about sealing the deal."

The CSU hopes to open a human rights office, which will advocate for students when they have problems with professors or other students. It will also offer "anti-oppression workshops."

Green and crew will keep an eye on the progress of performance contract negotiations between Concordia and the Quebec government, monitoring how such a deal would affect Concordia's funding and the quality of education.

The slate of CSU vice-presidents (like that of president, these are paid positions) includes Sheryll Navidad and Tom Keefer, both vice-presidents last year, Mistie Mullarkey, who has been a VP for an unprecedented three consecutive years, Sabine Friesinger, who was the CSU's communications officer last year, and one newcomer to the executive, Christina Xydous. "It's a strong team," Green said.

- Jane Shulman










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