The following comes courtesy of an e-mail from Jon, and explains further the distinction between the two legally separate bodies:
Everyone who gets upset with what’s going on at Concordia blames the administration, but they are totally powerless on the issue. The CSU is a separate and legal institution, and as such the admin has no recourse against them unless they start breaking laws. I know that it’s hard to understand, because the CSU is ON university premises, and therefore people wonder why the admin just doesn’t step in and stop them.
Problem is, the CSU successfully won an “accreditation” vote in September 2000, which gave it official status as the representative of Concordia undergrad students. It legally owns it’s office space on the 6th floor, it owns the Reggie’s space, it owns the Java U space, it co-owns the Mezz space on the 2nd floor, it owns the Hive at Loyola, and it collects approximately $600,000 from students every year, which is part of it’s annual overall budget of approximately $1.2 million. This is not a trivial student club; it is a powerful, legal, and resourceful institution that is being run by legally elected members of the student body. The admin is literally not allowed to step in and do anything to it unless it has just cause. And as long as whatever the CSU is doing only affects students, the admin can’t do a damn thing: in the eyes of the law it’s up to the students to change things because they’re the members of the student union.
So, as a result, it’s pointless to attack the admin because they are the CSU’s BIGGEST enemy, and the enemy of your enemy is your friend. Trust me when I tell you that if the admin could take down the union in ANY way possible they’d do it at the drop of a hat.
In other words, the fight is against the CSU, not the Concordia admin. The real change needs to come at the ballot box.