Wu's dart motion goes up in smoke

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Though Fred Wu’s plans to prevent Mustang Alley from selling cigarettes may have hit a slight bump during last night’s council meeting, Wu is not fazed.

Wu’s motion to have the internal review committee investigate the financial necessity of cigarette sales to Mustang Alley was defeated almost unanimously.

“I made the motion to encourage public discussion and allow councillors time to consult their constituents about my posted motion,” Wu said. “It doesn’t concern me [that the motion didn’t pass].”

Council’s concern stemmed from the manner of the motion, which would have seen an internal review committee study the financial needs of cigarette sales for Mustang Alley.

“The internal review committee’s scope and mandate ... is over the internal operations of council,” David Simmonds, VP university affairs for the USC, said in Wednesday’s meeting.

Ryan Gauss, president of King’s University College Student Council, agreed. “We’re going about this in an iron-fist kind of way.”

Some were even more critical of the proposal.

“[The motion] is just a mess and it doesn’t make any sense,” EnviroWestern coordinator Will Bortolin said.

Wu said he felt the motion might have been a mistake in semantics on his part.

“There were concerns about what the purview of the IRC was and who would best be tasked with the goals of the motion,” Wu said. “We were tasking the wrong people to do the wrong things ... it was an issue with nitpicky USC policy.”

Wu’s self-titled “Three-Point Plan,” to be proposed next USC meeting, will see Mustang Alley sell off its remaining cigarette stock and give the profits to a campus addiction counseling service.

“I think council felt the goal of this motion was something better dealt with by actions not as formal as a posted motion ... [council] made excellent points ... I voted against my own motion and in retrospect it should not have been a formal motion.”

Wu is firm in his stance about the issue, and said he plans to conduct his own research to present his case to council at the next meeting.

“[The USC] sells dangerous and addictive products and it is morally right that we support this issue.”

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