Volume 91, Issue 84

Tuesday, March 10, 1998

Summer lovin'


OPINIONS
 

The beauty that is democracy

Re: Contest of champs, March.4

To the Editor:
You cite your disillusionment with the USC's massive bureaucracy as your reason for not wasting 10 minutes of your time to vote. As a result, I want to tell you a story.

I walked onto campus in 1994, took one look at my students' council and thought it was out of touch. During my first and second years, it became quite apparent to me that the USC was too busy worrying about itself and its members than with the students at large. The "political clone" stereotype kept me from walking up to the USC office to rock the boat. All I could do was vote and every vote I made was informed and intended to voice my discontent. And I voted in every single election.

I was involved with various clubs and councils in high school and wanted to take part but I just didn't feel like a little unknown from Saugeen-Maitland Hall would be welcome in what appeared to be a completely inbred corporation of political hacks. And then came Belushi. The outsider walked in and projected an image of the USC that made me think I could actually crash the party. So towards the end of my third year I was acclaimed as an arts councillor for this academic year. Much to my surprise, there weren't as many inbreds as I thought there were. In fact, the USC folk actually welcomed the new input. Baffling! Time moved on and I ran for president. I wanted to show that you don't have to be a clone to run. I wanted to show that anyone can make a difference. That anyone can make change. I wanted to be different. I wanted to give people a reason to vote – regardless if it was for me or not. Was I successful? Maybe not fully. But I tried. And I did rock the boat.

My point? I am happy Warren Tilston almost gave you reason to vote. Warren puts a unique look on everything the USC does and his was an opinion that I have always listened to and appreciated because I believe in what he says. I believe, as he does, that one person can make a difference – and with 20,000 people behind you, the administration, the province and the feds can't ignore the screams. You don't have to run to make that difference – you just need to be part of the unified voice by voting. If I didn't believe that and just thought the presidential campaign was a popularity contest, I wouldn't have gone anywhere near it and would have never bothered to take part in the first place. I'm sorry Trevor, but I believe you wasted 10 minutes by NOT voting. You chose not to be part of the shouts of protest, you just walked away. And if people continue to do as you did, then there will be no change. Scary thought, huh?

Peter Hill
USC Arts Councillor



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