Volume 94, Issue 78

Friday, February 9, 2001


NEWS

Candidates on the defensive at forum

Global students focus at King's

Concordia SU wants paper brass out

New low-cost banking program touted as entrepreneru-friendly

Enviro-team says we're in for trouble

The Tribal Council does some forecasting

Financialese not making language richer

His Royal Mintiness

Concordia SU wants paper brass out

By Carrie Gennoe
Gazette Staff

A student newspaper at Concordia University is facing the heat of a petition requesting its editorial board resign and temporarily shut down the publication.

According to Rob Green, president of Concordia's Student Union, a group of students felt they had been discriminated against by The Link, Concordia's student newspaper. "In order to be a voting member [at The Link] you have to write four stories and they have been prevented from doing that," he said. "A student had written three stories and then all of the sudden was stopped from writing the fourth."

Funding for the paper does not come from the Student Union, Green said, but through student fees that go directly to The Link. "For each course students take, they pay 22 cents per credit [to The Link]," he said. Green said students are requesting the funding of the student newspaper be made more transparent.

Two weeks ago, three students formed what they called the Accountability and Democracy Committee, said Laith Marouf, one of the committee's three members. He said the committee has collected more than one thousand signatures from people demanding the resignation of The Link's current editorial board and a restructuring of the paper's Board of Directors to give students at large more control of the operation.

"What we are asking is for the editorial board to resign and make constitutional changes, so instead of a voting member having to [be published in four issues], it would be two," he said.

Marouf said the financial and budget papers should be made more accessible to the public. "The Link is publishing once a week when it's supposed to be publishing twice. Where is the money going?" he said.

Ariel Troster, the paper's editor-in-chief, said The Link has responded to the petition's criticisms. "Around mid-October, we printed photos and a story of an organization about anti-Jews and there were slanderous posters in the pictures. That's what started the whole thing."

Troster said funding information for the newspaper is available to the public. "If people are interested in how finances are worked, they can come to our financial assembly in April," he added.

Anthony Maragna, a fourth-year political science student at Concordia, said he felt the situation has gone too far. "[This argument is interfering with] the freedom of the press and if you don't like [The Link] you can read another paper," he said.

In response to the issues of racism, Maragna said, "If these are true, you go through the proper procedure and don't have this kangaroo court."

Troster said the editorial board will not resign or shut down the paper. "We've made it clear we don't respond to intimidation tactics," he said.

The Link was founded in 1980 as the result of a merger between two campus newspapers, The Georgian and The Loyola, Troster said. In 1993, an agreement was signed making The Link completely autonomous from the student union, he added.




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