Volume 93, Issue 26

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Astro-nomically bad move by Western

Housing's intentions speak louder than words

Housing's intentions speak louder than words

Re: "Administration not completely misguided" Oct. 14

To the Editor:

I would agree with Shannon Madden's assertion that clearly, it is not solely the misguided actions of housing and ancillary services that have contributed to the problems at Saugeen this year.

After all, it takes two to tango and the long history of tension between Saugeen's residents' council and housing demonstrates this. But you need to question the motives behind the actions taken by housing.

What is the reasoning behind dissolving a council of elected representatives?

Think about this – with no representation, the voices of Saugeen residents have no forum. With no representation, there won't be any well organized, well promoted social events (less liability for housing). With no representation, there are less headaches for housing administrators and there are no checks and balances to the decisions that they decide to implement.

I realize that there are some well founded reasons for the desire to remove the council, but it seems very convenient for housing that these reasons presented themselves. And I question the validity of removing a student elected and student run council.

The fact that housing has the apparent power to do this, is a complete conflict of interest. Don't we have the right to free assembly and to elect our own representatives as we see fit?

Saugeen's council should be held accountable by the people they represent – the residents. Nobody else.

Who is to say that things are out of control at Saugeen? It's a much tamer building than it was 10 years ago. In fact, it pales in comparison to my experiences there three years ago, when the Zoo Crew Pub Crawl was "legal" and our council ensured Western pride.

The thing that director of housing Peggy Wakabayashi and senior director of housing and ancillary services, Susan Grindrod, seem to forget is that the residents are their customers. The residents pay their salaries and therefore expect a service. Their positions exist to ensure that people living in residence receive that service. We don't pay them to be a police force.

Mark Sheard
Economics and Politics IV

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