Volume 96, Issue 66
Tuesday, January 28, 2003

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Get off your complacent ass, Sinal

Re: "Responsible Activism," Jan. 17

To the Editor:

On Jan. 17, 2003, Chris Sinal, President of the University Students' Council, wrote that the role of the USC is not "to immerse itself in demonstration and protest on behalf of wider social and political issues that are of secondary concern to students – regardless of the perceived importance of some of those issues to vocal special interest groups."

While I respect what he was saying and understand where he was coming from, isn't the rising cost of tuition an issue that affects every student at Western?

Whether your post-secondary education owes its existence to mommy and daddy, or you're an OSAP student such as myself, higher tuition affects us all.

Mr. Sinal, you want to talk about responsible activism? Why don't you get off your presidential ass and try to realize that tuition inflation is not a secondary concern to most university students, because, one way or another, all of us are paying for an education.

The concept of responsibility certainly doesn't apply to a students' council president who is unwilling to face the issues, because it will disturb his passive, comfortable boat.

Derek Trepanier
History II
King's College

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