by Colin Bateman
Despite exams looming at the end of March, a record number
of students voted in the Concordia Student Union elections, held March
What looked like a close race turned out to be a blowout, as the slate
called Evolution, Not Revolution brought in 2,533 of the 4,340 votes,
18 to 20 percent of those eligible. According to students approached at
random for their comments, there were several factors that explained Evolutions
win. One only has to look at the slates name.
The slate really scratched me where I itched, joked first-year
political science student Michael Gerstel. I think their name encompassed
what the students were looking for. Their ideas, but especially their
strong campaigning, put them head and heels above the rest.
Each of the five parties considered restoring Concordias
reputation as a top priority, and all of them also guaranteed absolute
financial transparency. The two top parties had candidates drawn from
various faculties and few students said they analyzed each partys
policies, so why did Evolution run away with it?
Students first, activism second, explained Laurent
Nikolaiczuk, who is majoring in communications and journalism. They
promised to represent the students instead of pushing forth their personal
ideas, and thats exactly what a student union should be doing.
Steven Rosenshein, who ran for the Council of Represent-atives and is
a member of Hillel, agreed that getting a completely fresh union in power
was crucial, and despite the name, Clean Slate didnt fit the bill,
we [Hillel] didnt support any party in particular, but if
you didnt want the same people to get into power again, then the
consensus was to vote Evolution.
The fear that another controversial CSU would get into power in turn helped
increase the turnout for the election according to Rosenshein,. There
was a backlash against the current CSU for some of the things theyve
been doing, and its not because theyre bad people, theyre
just not the type of people we want running the CSU.
Some students felt that Natalie Pomerleau would not be up
to the task.
I dont think that Evolution had the best leader, or even the
second best, said second-year education student Brigid Shaw. I
heard that she didnt do very well at the presidential debate, but
its possible that her soft-spoken nature will be a good change for
Concordia students have been heard: They want less Napoleon,
and more Darwin. If history does not repeat itself, Concordia may find
itself in the news for all the right reasons next year, and the consensus
is that a neutral CSU is a good place to start.
Evolution, Not Revolution: 2,533
Clean Slate: 1,241
Renaissance Concordia: 312
New Vision: 152
Free Thinkers Parliament: 102
Student fee levies for Walksafe (2,321), a Student Centre (2,357) and
Art Matters (2,451) were approved while a levy for Concordia Français
was voted down 2,330 to 1,911.
Source: The Link