The protest against the
threatened attack on Iraq marched to the Canadian Forces Recruiting
Centre on Bishop and Ste. Catherine Sts.
by Andrew Dobrowolskyj
by Colin Bateman
Assembly votes for inquiry
A general assembly called by the Concordia Student Union on March 5 drew
an estimated 600 to 700 students. The assembly passed a resolution calling
for a public inquiry into racism at Concordia.
Two amendments to the motion were proposed. The first called on the CSU
to investigate itself regarding racism before asking the university to
do the same. This amendment was voted down by only four votes. A second
amendment called on the CSU to remove itself from any public inquiry because
they were racist. This was voted down by a large majority.
The original motion passed by a large majority.
A second resolution dealt with the war against Iraq, and while a vote
could not be taken because quorum had been lost, the remaining participants
left the hall to take part in a demonstration against the war.
A general election for the Concordia Student Union is scheduled for March
25 to 27.
Student voters wary of future CSU as elections loom at end of March
CTR interviewed students at random about their hopes for the outcome
of the Concordia Student Union (CSU) election, set for March 25-27. While
many of those interviewed were indifferent to student politics, it became
clear that the next executive will have their work cut out for them, because
potential voters are visibly wary and weary.
My hope is that the incoming union will be less political and more
impartial, said Kyle Gervais, a first-year political science student.
While he waited for the CSU general assembly to get underway on March
5, Gervais pointed out that the union had a clear views regarding both
questions up for debate at the assembly: one on racism at the university,
and the other on the war in Iraq. He felt it was inappropriate for student
leaders to take sides on these issues.
Gillian Street, a theatre student, voiced the same concerns as she contemplated
whether or not to attend. It doesnt look like a democratic
process is being followed because both sides arent being given an
equal chance to voice their opinions. It looks like a very biased environment.
Eve Thomas, a student in communications and journalism, defended the current
executive, pointing out that the job is stressful and it is impossible
to please everyone all the time.
The campus media criticizes them and that contributes to a bad reputation
the CSU does not necessarily deserve. People like to bash them and sound
like they know what theyre talking about, but usually those very
people know little about who theyre criticizing.
Valerie Baron, president of the Journalism Student Association (JSA),
said ruefully, People dont trust the CSU, so even if the people
who get in are genuinely honest and want to make a difference for the
better, it wont matter. Besides, this campus [Loyola] is ignored
during campaigning, like its not part of the university, so I probably
Gervais says he will vote in the election, but hopes that the incoming
party will fulfill thei promises. The CanDo slate said [last year]
that they would fix the clocks in the school so they would all read the
same time. Last time I checked, they were still out of sync.
Voicing an opinion representative of many students on campus, Rachel
Dhawan, a second-year fine arts student, said, Ill try and
put in the effort to look at the slates and vote if its convenient,
but I wont go out of my way.
But would anyone want the most stressful student job at Concordia, that
of CSU president? No one interviewed was up for the challenge, but several
expressed interest in a political position.
I actually ran for the Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA) last year
to try and bring an unbiased unity to the university, said Street.
Right now, I dont think I would have the time or commitment
to do the job justice.
I believe in debating without infuriating, Gervais said. I
dont know that I would want the position of president, but I will
run for the CSU in the near future.
Thomas shot down the notion she would ever take a political position,
but argued that the current CSU became sidetracked due to the Netanyahu
I think everyone has good intentions when they run for CSU; its
easy to say what youll do and mean it, she said. Its
the decisions you make during your term that count. I hope the incoming
slate strives for objectivity.
Who would like to be responsible for representing the interests of 30,000
students in one of the most culturally diverse universities in Canada?
At least four brave souls will undertake that task when the current CanDo
slate transfers power to them at midnight on May 31, and a new era begins.
As of publication, here are slates of candidates in contention for the
Aspiring Students Promoting Educational Responsibility (ASPER)
(note: this slate list is incomplete)
Free Thinker Parliament
(note: this slate list is incomplete)
John Michael Toews
Marc St. Martin
Candidates for the CSU Council of Representatives
Arts and Science (15 seats):
Nour Al Hammoud, Ashraf Azar, Nancy Beaton, Alyson Beck, Emily Bitting,
Marie-Josée Breault, Romy Capatelli, Katharine Childs, Kealia Curtis,
Stefano Da Fre,
Luis Diaz, Annie Dumont, Yves Engler, Sabine Friesinger, Brent Gerichoff,
Samantha Goldwater-Adler, John Gravel, Rachel Guy, Kristin Jones, Omar
Lansari, Ralph Lee, Marie-Claire MacPhee, Laith Marouf, Nic McGinnis,
Trish McIntosh, Arielle Reid, Mathieu Rioux,
Levi Riven, Steven Rosenshein, Naomi Sarna, Noah Sarna, Peter Schiefke,
Philippe Siponen, Ezra Winton, Sameer Zuberi, Carolyn Zwicky-Perez.
Fine Arts (three seats):
Nathaniel Amranian, Elizabeth Dunlop, Christine Ghawi, Aaron Réaume,
Lara Wolfe, Shirin Yaish.
Engineering and Computer Science (four seats):
Mazin Ali, Chae Dickie-Clark, Diane Guay, Imran Khan, Arieh Rossdeutcher,
Shimmy Shahnaj, Anas Sibaii, Saad Uddin.
John Molson School of Business (five seats):
Douglas Bastien, Ammar Herzallah, Jason Langdale-Chiasson, Hytham Morsy,
Maria Perugini, Raelynn Pluecks, Alexis Robin, Jad Sabaii, Julie St-Germain,
Zohra Waheed, Michael Wou.
Independent (three seats):
Omar Elmenyawi, Junaid Mannan, Patrice Blais, Bouchar Sabbar.
Board of Governors (two seats):
Tiffanie Caracassis, Noah Joseph, Louis-Eric Simard, Adam Slater, Richard
Trottier, Lawrence Tsang, Sobia Virk, Stacey Vos.
Senate (one seat per faculty):
Arts and Science: Basel Al-Ken, Farouk Janmohammed, Lawrence Tsang
Fine Arts: Declan O'Driscoll
Engineering and Computer Science: Paul Figura, Muhammed Sale
John Molson School of Business: Nour Eltibi, Louis-Éric Simard,
Independent: no candidates.
Dean of Students:
Nayef Abdullah, Abdullah Chaer, Umer Elahi, Yves Engler, Varea Kahani,
Yasser Malik, Sameh Raslan, Syed Saffari, Sina Tabrizi, (and by resolution
of the Council) Charles Bertrand, Patrice Blais, Donald Boisvert.