EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Awning ugly, motion uglier
Although the University Students's Council has attempted to
beautify the Concrete Beach, controversy has quickly arisen
over the presence of the big purple awning.
Science councillor Jennifer Yach is putting forth a motion
at tonight's USC meeting to have the purple awning covering
the staircase to the basement shops of the University Community
Centre removed. The expected cost of the motion, should it
pass through council, would run the USC approximately $12,000,
in addition to $6,000 denoting potential sales losses for shops
and stores in the UCC basement. (We have no idea how they reach
Of course, the purple awning does little to "beautify" the
Concrete Beach and students have criticized its presence since
the day it was initially installed. However, this is little
reason to pay an exorbitant amount of student dollars to have
it removed. This issue should have been addressed in the planning
stages of the Beach's renovations before the money was spent
in the first place.
The purpose of the awning is to provide a snow cover for the
staircase, which is an unquestionably good idea. The problem
is however, that the awning, hanging eight feet in the air
above the staircase, may or may not be useful. Again, this
issue should have been dealt with during planning stages in
order to save time, money and hassle.
To be perfectly honest -does it really matter? The USC and
its councillors should occupy their time with more meaningful
endeavors, as opposed to ones dealing with purely esthetic
features on campus most students don't give a damn about.
Ironically, Yach is the same councillor who last year opposed
the dental plan, arguing it would cost students too much money.
However, she is now completely unopposed to spending $12,000
for aesthetic purposes as opposed to something useful.
Also, the $6,000 projected loss is unfounded seeing as the
awning has only been in place for approximately two months.
There is little reason to believe the presence or absence of
the awning would have any effect on sales in any of the shops
in the UCC basement. The awning does provide advertisement
for these operations, but students will use these services
regardless of some purple roof.
Given all the negative "publicity" the big purple
monster has received, or at least the student reaction to it
as gauged by The Gazette, we wouldn't be surprised to see the
motion actually pass. But to be sure, the motion is unlikely
to pass now that we've pointed out its stupidity. Many of those
councillors can be such sheep. Bah.to it as gauged by The Gazette,
we wouldn't be surprised to see the motion actually pass. But
to be sure, the motion is unlikely to pass now that we've pointed
out its stupidity. Many of those councillors can be such sheep.
Bah.nts will use these services regardless of some purple roof.