Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Whiner of the month for October and related news.

October's whiner of the month is OPIRG.

Their crime? Fear of democracy.

In 1992, a group of people who are no longer at York, in their infinite wisdom, approved a referendum to give $3 each a year to OPIRG York.

And they speak for me how?

So YFS is doing a referendum to see if students still want to pay this levy. It seems nothing short of fair to reevaluate.

The referendum to terminate the OPIRG levy was done on the grounds that it is inappropriate for all students to be forced to fund a political organization that Cooper calls “extremely divisive”.

“There are over 220 student clubs that are desperate for money,” Kan added. “OPIRG receives a lot more money than all other clubs and services combined.”

Mary Best, OPIRG co-ordinator, disputed these statements.

“They really don’t know what OPIRG is or what it does,” she told council, adding that “controversy is going to happen, no one is going to agree on everything.”

She noted that it is a refundable levy and students can apply to get their contribution back.

“If you disagree, opt-out,” she said.

Glendon councillor Chris Mahon disagreed.

“It should be opt-in rather than opt-out,” he said.

Best was also upset that student money being paid into YFS would be used to promote the referendum.

Cooper also noted that the OPIRG levy was passed in 1992, and that the students who voted to create it are no longer the students on campus.

“We’re not even saying get rid of OPIRG [immediately], I’m saying let’s give the students the chance to decide,” he said.


Amen.

Even IF the referendum passes, it might not make quorum (no one at York cares. I admit it, sometimes in the past I have forgotten to vote.)

What is the harm in letting people choose?

So OPIRG - y'all are whiners of the month.

Later, Excalibur's managing editor Chris Jai Centeno wrote this editorial criticizing YFS and fearmongering.

The YFS is singling out OPIRG because they are partially helping TBLGAY (Trans Bisexual Lesbian Gay at York) after the YFS terminated their service status.


No, they are singling them out because they are radical leftists who take our money and then criticize the university for not lowering tuition while campaigning with CUPE for the university to increase people's pay. And the money comes from where?

Whiners.

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