By Mark Twang
“Special” to The Dryersonian
Last week, Amber Parker wasn’t sure if she could afford a trip to the Dominican Republic at the end of the school year.
The fourth-year journalism student had planned to head south for a little rest and relaxation with her roommates – but when the Ryerson Slackers’ Union denied her a bursary, she thought she’d have to call it off.
“I already blew through my allowance. I was really bummed,” she said over a tall iced caramel macchiato at Second Cup. “I had picked out this totally great bikini and I thought it was all a waste.”
But then she found out about the Student Day of Angst, an RSU and Canadian Fornication of Students sponsored event to lobby the provincial government to lower tuition fees.
So on Monday, Parker marched with a host of other embittered middle-class students to Queen’s Park. Once there, the group put some dog poop in a brown paper bag, lit it, and called premier Dalton McGuinty to come outside.
McGuinty didn’t show and the fire was extingushed quickly by security, but RSU president-elect Nora Loreto said she thinks they made their message clear.
“Tuition fees are ridiculous in the province,” said Loreto through a bullhorn. “The collective debt has grown so large that the only logical thing to do was light a bag of dog shit on the steps of Queen’s Park.”
Jesse Greener, the Ontario chairperson for the Canadian Fornication of Students, echoed Loreto’s words.
“The collective debt has grown so large that the only logical think to do was light a bag of dog shit on the steps of Queen’s Park.”