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Friday, March 21, 2003

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CFS dividing student movement?

Re: "Student debt hurts access?"
Mar. 12




To the Editor:

I was extremely disappointed to read Joel Duff's Mar. 12 comments in The Gazette.

As the chair of the Canadian Federation of Students of Ontario, Mr. Duff said that Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance member schools should reconsider their affiliation with the organization. Duff went as far to say that "students at Western should be concerned that their representatives are asking for an increase in student loan [limits] rather than a tuition freeze."

I would ask that Mr. Duff check his facts before making false allegations. Undergraduate students at Western are represented through the University Students' Council and OUSA, both of which CALL FOR a fully-funded tuition freeze. OUSA has had a tuition freeze policy since 1999 and the USC recently passed one this year.

It also disappoints me that the CFS is again attempting to divide the student movement by attacking OUSA schools. At Western, the USC and the Society of Graduate Students are working in solidarity to run a tuition rally on Mar. 26. Although both groups are affiliated with different organizations, we see past our differences and unite on issues that students care about.

Students don't want us debating against each other, they want results. That is what students get from OUSA. OUSA is asking for increases in BOTH loan limits AND loan forgiveness, so that our students have more access to money, with no increase in student debt levels. Mr. Duff chose to only give part of the story, thus casting OUSA in a negative light.

It is my hope that the CFS will one day have leadership that is willing to work with OUSA instead of constantly attacking it. I ask Mr. Duff to put his ego aside, stop attacking OUSA and stop dividing the student movement. Let's come together to make a difference for our constituents, the students of Ontario.

Joshua Morgan
VP-education
University Students' Council

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