By Lauren Strapagiel
There seems to be some sort of misunderstanding amongst Ryerson’s student unions about what we do here at the Eyeopener.
In the March 28 meeting of the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson, in an item nonchalantly titled “media communication,” it was affirmed that CESAR had a pressing matter to deal with: us.
“Be it resolved that media issues be discussed and appropriate measures are taken to counteract the bashing by which the organization is currently going through local newspapers,” reads the agenda item. “Local newspaper” in this case is a euphemism for the Eyeopener seeing as we’re the only ones reporting on the current turmoil.
Evidently some of the CESAR board’s way of counteracting our “bashing” is by refusing our phone calls, refusing to address the messy situation they’ve created for themselves and by even going so far as to telling their student membership not to talk to us.
So here’s a message for those CESAR directors, since we have such trouble talking to them directly: we’re not bashing you. In fact we’d be perfectly happy to not deal with your brand of bullshit, but we don’t have that luxury.
It is our job here to report on student politics, especially when they fuck up, and CESAR has indeed fucked up. Let’s review: multiple resignations, accusations of harassment, impeachment attempts, denying members the right to vote, conflicts of interest among staff, withholding meeting minutes to members. Not to mention the backlash. The attempts to suppress contact with us haven’t been so successful. Members have been coming to us (anonymously, so I suppose you’ve scared them a little) with their grievances. It seems some CESAR members trust the Eyeopener more to express their frustration than their own union. There’s even an online petition demanding change.
“How does it feel to have your voting rights taken away without proper notice and consultation with members through a bylaw change? How does it feel when you, a fee-paying student taking three courses are told you cannot vote at your first or second meeting, but a non-student who obtained ‘political member status’ can vote and govern an organization that is run by students, for the students?” asks the petition.
I imagine it feels shitty. And that’s why we’ve dedicated ourselves to covering it.
This is our last issue of the year, but rest assured we’ll be keeping an eye on the CESAR elections as they unfold.
Clean yourselves up, address your membership’s concerns and stop the infighting, and perhaps next year there won’t be any need for our “bashing.” That, or maintain the status quo and continue filling our news section.
It’s your call, we’ll be following.