Volume 96, Issue 86
Thursday, March 13, 2003

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Screw you Mr. dentist

To the Editor:

Recently, a student attempted to have the University Students' Council listen to her concern over the dental plan – and rightly so. The dental plan was passed during the recent USC election without getting the 20 per cent required quorum. Only 17 per cent of the student body voted in the referendum, with less than 10 per cent of the student population voting in favour of the dental plan. Part of the reason for such a poor voter turnout may be due to the fact that the electronic voting network was dysfunctional for two significant periods of time during the voting period.

As a concerned student who is sick of having to stand in opt-out lines, and annoyed with having to pay opt-out fees for services I don't want, I feel that the USC should review the dental plan. Two thousand votes is hardly representative of what the entire university wants.

More concerning than the dental plan is the behavour of the USC and that of our president, Chris Sinal. He is attempting to prevent the student's motion from even being heard. He is trying to silence students rather than letting council democratically decide for themselves.

I find it disgusting that an elected body, which is supposedly looking after the students' interests, would even consider acting in this manner. In my four years here at Western, I was under the mistaken belief that the USC was here to represent my interests and the interests of my fellow students.

The recent actions of the USC have indicated otherwise. Our elected representatives have the chance to show that maybe they are not the hypocrites they are often accused of being. Whatever decision they come to about the referendum, it is their responsibility to not silence the voice of students concerned about this matter.

Lisa Walters
Law I

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