Rob Green has been elected Concordia Student Union (CSU) president for a second year, 2000-01. About 11 per cent of the student population turned out for the March 28-30 vote.
Green got 1,260 votes, more than twice as many as those cast for each of his opponents, Ric Stryde and Claude Jacob. This is the second time in recent memory that a student president has been re-elected to a second term; Charlene Nero was co-president two years running, 1991-92 and 1992-93.
All the referenda on the ballot passed. These included a 15-cent-per-credit levy to support student media, a 5-cent-per-credit levy for The People's Potato soup kitchen, and a proposal that 85 per cent of ad space controlled by Zoom Media be allocated to the student union or the university's contract with Zoom be cancelled.
Vice-Rector Services Michael Di Grappa told The Gazette last week that while he thought it was unlikely that Zoom would turn over so much of its space to the students, he was willing to discuss various possibilities with the students regarding the university's five-year contract with Zoom, which is due to expire this summer. Revenue from the program, roughly $20,000 to $25,000, goes toward Concordia's recycling program.
Even before students had a chance to express support for a referendum on the subject, Di Grappa had offered kitchen space on the seventh floor of the Hall Building, including a large fridge, to The People's Potato. Until now, the flourishing project has used facilities at Erskine and American United Church, on Sherbrooke St.
Earlier this term, McGill students used a referendum to express their disapproval of a lucrative 11-year exclusivity contract between that university and Coca-Cola. The university has subsequently cancelled the deal. Concordia currently has a shorter-term, less remunerative contract with Pepsi.
Copyright 2000 Concordia's Thursday Report.