December 06, 2002
SARI STEIN HAS multiple updates on Concordia University's situation, and this call to arms that could profitably be read by people at many other schools:
On the one hand, the expression of support is wonderful. On the other hand, I'm kind of ashamed to realize just how much Concordia's international reputation has been damaged. I graduated from that school. It's on my diploma and my resume. I had a pretty good three years there - DESPITE the idiots. They are not the majority and they do not represent most students, and most of the time I had no problem just going about my business and ignoring them . . . and getting a damn good education in the process, I might add.
It disheartens me to realize that people are giving up on Concordia instead of fighting to take it back from those who have hijaked it. Would they be so quick to give up on McGill, or Harvard, or Princeton? Would they be so quick to just shrug and say "the school's been taken over by the professional shit-disturbers, good riddance"? I doubt it. No, they'd fight for their school.
To any Concordia student who may be reading this: the power ultimately rests with you, at the voting booth. Get informed, get involved, get organized, and make a change. Victory may be difficult at Concordia but it's not impossible. And the rewards are great: reclaiming the school for the students, in the name of democracy, freedom, and the right thing.
As I say, this is good advice for people at a lot of schools.