Apathy, blah, blah, blah …

Yeah, that’s the real headline — not one of the famous (infamous?) Press fuck-ups. Not that anyone would care — nobody reads this space anyway. The word ‘editorial’ is the kiss of death for most of our readers, who are just trying to find the horoscopes, anyway. It’s close to the end of the year and I can’t be bothered to think up anything good. That puts me in good company with my fellow Brock students, most of whom can’t seem to be bothered to do anything at all.
Yet another election/referendum will soon come, and honestly, I really don’t care enough to exhort all of you to go out and vote. It’s par for the course, it seems, ‘cause nobody even cared enough to organize a ‘No’ campaign. This is the second referendum at Brock in two years to go to a vote without any opposition. Now, that could be because our students’ union, in its infinite wisdom, never suggests anything that isn’t 100 per cent fabulouso. But somehow methinks not — anyone notice the $15 per credit fee tacked on to our tuition to build a climbing wall?
Now, we here at the Press are all for the spirit of cooperation — hell, who are we kidding, we’re usually on the side of corporatist fascism — but this is really going a little far.
Brock University Students’ Union is proposing to tack $110 on to your tuition next year, and nobody around this place has uttered a peep. Is the health plan a good idea? Probably, what with prescription drug prices out of control and the current plan so wildly inadequate that nobody even knows it exists. But that’s not the point.
No debate. No discussion. Just some eerie sci-fi-esque silence.
Granted, it is end of term and everyone is either studying, burnt out, about to run off to Japan or some combination thereof. However, let’s just remind the powers that be that we exist by doing some good old-fashioned student-type bitching, whining and/or complaining.
Students at McGill just got the university’s administration to call off negotiations for a deal that would’ve made between $5 and $10 million for the school. They protested, signed petitions and came out in record numbers to vote against a proposed exclusive contract with Coke. University of Quebec in Montreal and Laval students managed to put the kibosh on similar deals last year. Why? They were concerned about secret consumption quotas, and the anti-democratic nature of the confidential deal, which was shown to only a few students. Major concerns? Absolutely, for some, but for the majority what they’ve ensured is that the administration will take their concerns into consideration in the future.
Our administration signed a 10-year renewal with an exclusive food distributor that is widely disliked on campus in exchange for a cash donation, and we bent over and took it without even bothering to say ‘ouch.’ Why? Because that’s what we do. We placidly accept the deals others make for us, and then whine later when we’re stuck with sucky food, stupid levies and no choice but to purchase over-priced Pepsi products.
The Stockwell Day kerfuffle earlier this year proved that we do, indeed, have some fight in us. There were two points of view — both coming from students — protests, name-calling, fisticuffs, letters to the editor (OK, there goes our hidden agenda). There was debate. It was fun. Let’s try it again.
It was proposed to some of BUSU’s executives that a levy to fund a space probe to visit Mars could go to referendum and it would probably pass. It’s worth noting that they didn’t disagree. Let’s prove them, and me, wrong.

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