Unprecedented Double Post in which I’ll Talk about More Useful Stuff

3 02 2010

Miss President, Emily Rowe and her trusty VP School Events or something along those lines, Dan Moulton, set up shop outside the Saugeen cafeteria today to increase awareness of the referendum that’s coming up. If you don’t know what it’s about, USC wants to renovate the now vacated UCC gym into club and study space. But to do that they need to increase student fees by $25. The dynamic duo gave me some satisfying answers to my questions and I was almost swayed to vote ‘Yes’ compared to my initial stance of ‘No’.

The following conversation are in indirect quotes. I forgot what exact words they said.

Me: So I was wondering, why can’t the USC take out a large loan and put off making students pay until the new place is done and then charge us to pay back the loan?

Emily: Well, we do have a loan, but we needed more money. We’ve already reduced the building cost from last year’s referendum of 3.6 Million to this year’s 2 Million so you can see we’re trying to do our best for you.

Me: I see, that’s great. But what do you think about having students pay for something they may never see?

Emily: Oh that’s a good question. Well the fee starts next year, and we’re hoping that construction will be done by September.

Me: …?????????????????????????????????????

Dan: We’re starting construction as soon as the summer starts and hopefully it’ll be done by the time school starts again in September.

Me: So basically, construction will start and end before we even start paying, so we actually ARE paying for something we’ll get to use?

Emily: Exactly! =D

Okay, that was a good mini conversation. So I took a tiny pamphlet because they’re budget and environmental, and ate my dinner of just salmon alone in my room like a social recluse while reading it carefully.

“…estabilish a $25 student fee to be collected in perpetuity for the purpose of immediately renovating…”

“Vote No: Students will continue paying rent for UCC gyms”

“Vote No: Capital deficit will continue to grow for other student-controlled spaces within the UCC.”

What does this mean? Why $25 in PERPETUITY? What’s it used for that you have to collect it FOREVER? Isn’t it just for the renovation? Could this be a sneaky way for USC to earn money in the future? What’s this rent? Don’t we pay it anyways regardless of whether or not renovation is done? Capital deficit eh? So you are making money off us to stave off a massive debt aren’t you?

To answer these questions, I trekked right back out to the cafeteria, all 100m of the hallway (or less), and demanded for an answer.

They were gone. Gone!
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I swear they were there for a total of 2 minutes, but I guess it was really an hour but they’re really gone I can’t believe this howcantheydothis?!

So yes, there will be no answer to my questions until I find out where they will be and corner them at a to be determined future date and time. Such a disappointment.

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