Langara Students’ Union: stop twerking us around

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The Langara Students’ Union is like Miley Cyrus – they’re so outrageous it’s normal now. Their antics are simply to be expected. You’d think with a new year, a new election and new bylaws that things would be different, but no. They’re still up to their old tricks: dodging media requests and withholding meeting minutes.

Vancouver rises up

An elected government should be accountable to the media, but more importantly it should be accountable to the people who voted it into power.

The cover of The Vancouver Sun read like a Fox News report last week: “Neighbourhoods in Revolt.” But it wasn’t hyperbole. Vancouver citizens are speaking out in forceful unison these days, all over the city.

Well, almost everywhere.

Here at Langara, the LSU shifted its annual general meeting  – its mandatory, once-a-year financial kimono-opening – from September to June.

June. A month when The Voice is not in production and only a fraction of students are on campus. But who noticed this sly yet critical adjustment? Who voiced protest? This week The Voice requested minutes from that meeting and were informed they had not yet been approved and made available. What are we paying them to do up there?

LSU mimics city hall media policy

City councillor George Affleck said the LSU is a “microcosm” of city council. I disagree. Yes, we share the same skewed media policy, but there’s a big difference: people actually march on city hall.

Citizens pushing strollers and hobbling with canes are rallying there to protest their government operating in the dark.

Community centres – the epitome of non-confrontational spaces – are taking legal action against the city.

When meditation instructors and swim coaches start suing people, you know the times they are a changin’. Langara, maybe we’re overdue for a good old revolution of our own?

We’re students, for crying out loud. We practically invented the word “protest.” Maybe we should start acting like it.

By Jana Minor

 

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  1. Chris C. says

    While I cannot vouch for the accusations made against the LSU, the community centres suing the city are doing it for their own benefit, not the benefit of the people. In fact, their lawsuit is counter to the benefit of the people, as it concerns the one pass for all City Parks and Rec activities, which the majority of community centres have adopted.

    On the topic of the “Neighbourhoods” in revolt: people are shortsighted. They want whats best for them in the short term. Rarely do they think about whats best for the city and the general public in the long term, or about a trade off here for a little bit of leeway there. But its the City’s job to think about things like this, to act in the best interest of the people, whether they like it or not. If Marpole suddenly started saying they wanted a semi-automatic rifle installed at every front door and manned by a police officer, we would call them insane, and decry them for taking away resources from the rest of the city. While the example is rather extreme, the aforementioned real-life situation is only slightly different.

    Also, all of your hyperlinks are broken. I recommend you edit them to show “:” after “http”.

    1. Kevin Hampson says

      Thank God we have Vision Vancouver and people like Chris C to figure out what’s best for us. Jana Minor, I am shocked. As a journalist you should know that (as Chris explained) the relation between the City and its subjects is like that of parents and children. Of course children never LIKE taking their medicine! If they’re good children, they’ll swallow it without complaining–and they really ought to be thankful. But The Voice has the impudence to suggest that elected governments be “held accountable.” Incredible!

  2. Annie Ellison says

    The fierceness! The timeliness! And with such flair… Best lead ever. All you’re missing is an open letter feud. Great work.

    AE

  3. Jennifer Thuncher says

    The world needs more Jana Minor!

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