It’s time for true representation at the U of C

By Stephanie Garrett

I write this letter not simply in criticism of Rob South, the rest of the Students’ Union, and the Board of Governors, but also in criticism of all those apathetic students on campus who refuse to educate themselves on the issue of education.

Over the past couple of weeks, a lot has happened as the "tuition issue" has yet again surfaced as an important issue for some University of Calgary students. The detrimental impact of a decade of tuition increases was recently augmented by the BoG’s decision to raise next year’s tuition by $188.
Before delving into this touchy issue, let me make one thing very clear to all students: I was one of the protesters who stormed into the BoG meeting and was subsequently labelled a militant advocate by South and a clamorous witch-hunter by Robert Granger.

Many articles in the Gauntlet last week expressed the conformist view that passivity is the way to achieve change. It seems absurd to me that we should leave our futures in the hands of a few corporate heads and an unrepresentative SU President for the sake of not "ruffling feathers." Granger would say that we targeted the wrong people by protesting the BoG meeting and that we had no focus. Let me explain something, every protester at that meeting knew what our focus was and is–it is to fight for better and more affordable education. The only way to have the resources necessary to mobilize and demonstrate our concerns to the Alberta government (that is indeed our focus) is to have the members of the SU and the BoG on our side.

The fact remains that increasing tuition is not improving the quality of our education. Although much fault lies with the Alberta government, we must also appeal to the SU and the BoG that are supposed to represent us in our plight for survival.


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