New student union at York to take office after ugly battle
By Ben Fine
The York Federation of Students met last night to determine
the fate of its new student government. Representatives from
both the incoming and outgoing governments said they were confident
that an end to the YFS saga was in sight, as the government
elected in November was expected to finally be ratified.
Last night, the outgoing government and the government-elect
met to hear the conclusions of a report commissioned by the
Constituency Committee. Ratification of the new government
was expected by both sides.
The committee, composed of the presidents of the nine affiliated
York University colleges, was empowered with YFS trusteeship
last Thursday, according to Paul Cooper, president-elect of
YFS and leader of Progress Not Politics. “I’m eager
to start the job,” he said of last night’s predicted
transfer of power.
The majority of elected officials set to be ratified ran as
members of Cooper’s PNP, a group of candidates that sought
to de-politicize the student government.
“We are moving forward and [are] working with that group
(PNP),” said York spokesperson Nancy White.
According to Sandra Pierre, the outgoing YFS VP-equality and
services, the previous government decided to accept the recommendations
of the committee. “[The outgoing government] is not planning
to change or argue anything,” she said.
The past few months have been mired in controversy as outgoing
members battled with the incoming PNP slate over political
differences pertaining to the Middle East conflict.
During that time, student clubs and services have been unable
to receive proper funding, Pierre said. The outgoing government
is therefore looking forward to the student government getting
down to students’ business, she added.
“It is imperative that clubs and services continue to
function and students’ needs are respected,” she
said. “I wish them the best of luck.”
Cooper said the new YFS is looking forward to acting on campaign
PNP spokesperson Yaakov Roth said the government has pledged
to improve lighting and security on campus, and reduce costs.
The government also intends to rewrite election bylaws which,
Roth said, have proven “obviously ineffective.”