Volume 90, Issue 92

Wednesday, March 19, 1997



Iron fist at Saugeen rez council

Re: An open letter to Ricardo Mathison, president of Saugeen-Maitland Hall residence council

To the Editor:

I am writing with regards to your comments made at the end of the Saugeen-Maitland residence council meeting of March 10. Concern was raised over the appointment of a person with an apparent lack of experience over a more experienced candidate.

My reasons for writing this letter lay not in your decision over that particular commissionership, but the brusque and condescending way in which you responded. You stated that the 1997-98 residence council has a particular "vision" for the coming year and pointed out that the council was duly elected and has the right to appoint whomever you deem appropriate for the job.

Yes, Mr. Mathison, you were elected by a majority of SMHR and you have the mandate to govern the residence in the best way possible. However, part of that mandate is accountability to the residents of Saugeen-Maitland. To dismiss a valid point about a lack of disclosure of council selection criteria with vague generalities about council knowing what is best for SMHR is arrogant and irresponsible. At a time when the USC is demanding more accountability from university administration, is it too much to ask the same from residence council?

I am proud to call Saugeen-Maitland my home and wish to see it remain a vibrant and dynamic community next year. I do not believe this is possible with a council which ignores and dismisses the voices of those whom it represents. Therefore, I call on you to articulate exactly what residence council's vision is for the coming year and by what criteria the residence commissionerships were awarded. The residents of SMHR will thank you for your open discussion of matters which affect us all.

Joel Porter
Scholar's Electives I

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