editorial

Each year students are accused of being apathetic. Voter turnout was just over 10 per cent this year, about the same as last year. Many students appear to be happy to just pay their fees and go to class—they don’t care how their money is managed.

Quick. Name the three slates running in the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) election this year. … Now try naming someone from each slate. Bonus points for naming a student running independently. Trick question—there aren’t any candidates running independently. Aside from current vice-president equity Maya McDonald, independent candidates tend not to do …

Rumours about an impending student code of conduct have been circulating since Allan Rock took office as university president in 2008. Over the years, elected Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) officials have raised concerns that students should not be penalized academically for non-academic infractions. Since 2008, Rock has responded to these concerns …

We all learned in kindergarten that you have to share. What began in our lives as a basic classroom rule has become the economic system many industries are moving toward. The sharing economy can be exemplified by companies like Uber and Airbnb, which are making the act of sharing physical resources and services easy and …

People in power can have so much responsibility it’s frightening. Frightening because we have no control over how they use that power or in whether they do so with the intention to protect us. There is the careless use of power, as when those in positions of power say offhand things that influence the lives …

The general assembly (GA) was a failure. No one is without blame. The first part of the failure belongs to the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO). They were unable to connect with their constituents. It could be a failure to connect with a wide enough segment of the student population and it …

This year, for the first time, there is a cost of admission for students to all Gee-Gees games. Initially, the fee seems appalling given the low game attendance over the years. One of the things Fulcrum sports reporters have noticed is that compared with other schools, our teams don’t seem to generate the same level of school pride, regardless of how well they’re performing.

Feeling threatened can bring out the worst in people. When Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was able to shoot and kill Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial and infiltrate Parliament on Oct. 22, two places many University of Ottawa students have been to without fear, it reminded us of our vulnerability.

Regardless of how you may feel about student government, when the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) protests tuition fee increases, they are accurately representing the views of the majority of the student body. However, at the recent SFUO-led protest requesting a drop in tuition fees at the opening of the Advanced Research Complex (ARC), many students feel their interests were not well represented. Not because they wish for tuition to continue rising, but because they feel this particular protest was inappropriate and ineffective. And that it was.

As the UOMSA is requesting space for the religious purposes of a large number of students, it is without a doubt more pressing than many requests. However, space is an issue on this campus for everyone.

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