By Colleen Marasigan
While one group of students is campaigning to set up a student-run Ryerson radio station on campus, another group is looking to stop them.
Mark Single, a fourth-year engineering student, started the “No to Ryerson Radio Committee” last week in hopes of playing devil’s advocate for the upcoming vote and compelling students to turn down the new station.
Ryerson Radio was proposed earlier this month by a group of students looking to take over the 88. 1 frequency, which was left vacant when Ryerson’s former community station, CKLN, went off air earlier this year. A referendum will be held on Oct. 24 to 26, which will decide whether they can set up a new student-run, student-operated station in its place.
The radio station would be funded by a $10.35 fee that comes out of each student’s tuition. But Single and the rest of the committee — which is so far comprised of three members — believe it is not fair for students to have to continue to pay the fee.
“Supporters see this as another way to grab money from students’ pockets who don’t have money in the first place,” said Single.
Single said the committee has not been forcefully campaigning through organized meetings or posters because their objective is to simply remind students there are two sides to each story.
He said another issue is that some students don’t even know about the mandatory fee they would have to pay to support the station.
Single noted that the previous radio station was unpopular with students, adding that “renaming” it won’t change the fact that students do not listen to it.
“If it’s something that I have to pay for, but I’m never going to use it, then I wouldn’t want it,” said John Celiz, a third-year business student. With this upcoming vote, Celiz won’t be casting a ballot.
Although Ryerson Radio may not be getting Celiz’s vote, Single does feel that “it’s a losing battle with the RSU” and they’ll be getting what they want.
But, despite the possible outcome, Single still hopes that students realize they shouldn’t be charged for something they don’t need or want and vote against the station.