With Concordia’s CSU elections now less than a month off, there’s a new feeling of life among students, apparent from reading the latest version of The Link. For example, this letter is by a disgruntled student:
As if pretending to be left-wing and concerned with social causes isn’t enough, this executive has done nothing but damage the Union, and make us more divided than ever. How are we to unite against the Administration when we are squabbling amongst ourselves? How are we to jointly pursue progressive, student-minded causes when the executive divides Union membership at every chance that it gets?
The constant involvement of the CSU in non-union issues such as the occupation of Palestine is the first nail in the coffin of Concordia student unity. In addition, the CSU executive should remember that Jews at Concordia are just as much students as their Islamic brothers and sisters. Why does it seem as if the executive constantly sides with the Muslim cause? Why is the CSU picking on Hillel? Why did it inflame tensions resulting from Sept. 9? The Union has gone the opposite direction of where it should be over the past two years, and has further divided students along ideological, racial and religious lines.
We need a cooling off period at Concordia. We need a Union that will grow out of this immature shell that it seems to have gotten itself into. We need a CSU that is no longer preoccupied with anarchist vs. capitalist, coloured vs. white and Muslim vs. Jew. The CSU elections are March 25-27. Students of Concordia: make yourself heard!
Ethan Moore, Communications
No longer a student, I can’t do much but watch from the sidelines. But around this time each year, I’m filled with a sort of optimism that maybe – just maybe – this will finally be the year when students wake up and make a positive change at the ballot box.
Maybe students are finally waking up to how damaging the past few CSU executives have been for everyone. If letters like the one above are any indication, it seems students are increasingly aware – or if they’re not, they should be – that their only opportunity to turn things around is by voting.
I hope I’m right.