To the Editor:
It appears that the USC has both agreed to hike student fees in perpetuity without a mandate from students, as well as approve slate elections for vice-presidents. In the matter of the fee hike to convert fields to turf, USC President Adam Fearnall is reported to have told council there was no time to hold a referendum to gather student input because of the timeline Western’s administration envisioned.
Rather than agree to hike fees for all students without a referendum, the USC should have simply declined to fund the project. By approving a fee hike under this sort of pressure tactic, the USC has only sent the message this sort of thing works. Students ought to have direct input into proposals to hike fees, particularly when the project is primarily designed to benefit intercollegiate athletics, not the average student—despite claims to the contrary.
This year’s USC vowed to stand up to administration to ensure that students were given a say and not treated as walking pocketbooks. What happened?
— Arzie Chant