Volume 91, Issue 81

Wednesday, March 4, 1998



Friendly advice

Re: A note to Ian Armour about USC spending

To the Editor:
This is a message for the newly elected USC president:

After attending this school for the past few years, I would like to give you some advice before you go to bat for the students. I'll be leaving this institution, but I hope you can improve the USC for future students.

The problem: accountability. Our student leaders berate us for not attending our latest National Day of Action to protest university funding. Yet everywhere we turn, the USC spends our money in increasingly irresponsible ways. The day of protest was one good example: I have never seen a protest with helium balloons, professional placards and an ice sculpture when the protesters themselves have virtually no money. Thank God the USC does, or else the carnival atmosphere would have been lost. Oh, silly me, that was my money. Instead, let's hope all the merchandise was donated.

And while we are at it, let's hope that those wonderful tables with skirts and dividers were donated to the capital fund as well. It makes the fanciest clubs week I've ever seen. And then let's also hope that the free tuition giveaway was donated as well, because I'd hate to think that I have to spend money to allow someone else to go to school for free. Shall I continue? Do we need TV Western, Pravda and other space and paper wasters?

I keep hearing how proud we should be that the USC has one of the biggest student union budgets in Canada, in the millions of dollars. This really doesn't impress me. I'd be more impressed if they had the smallest, because it would mean a smaller bite out of my wallet each September.

The USC needs to prioritize – they need to become effective instead of a money-spending machine. Instead of lobbying Maclean's magazine at the CASA conference, they should address the root of the problem: academics. Let's see if we can get more of our lecturers to be held onto by the administration so they can become professors, instead of leaving for more enticing offers.

Ask around: we're tired of seeing the next innovation in spending our money. The challenge is in your court, president-elect: don't try to be original, be effective.

Owen Charters
Hon. English IV

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