December 11, 2002
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY'S HILLEL will be suing Concordia University's Student Union, according to Sari Stein:
Hillel sent a lawyer's letter by bailiff to the CSU last week, informing them that legal action would be taken if the resolution to freeze Hillel's funding and suspend its privileges was not rescinded by Monday (yesterday) at 5pm. By that deadline yesterday, the CSU had failed to respond.
In a JTA article, the CSU was said to have "conditionally reinstated Hillel's privileges". In fact, there's been quite a bit of wheeling and dealing going on in the CSU. But the CSU didn't actually restore Hillel's funding and privileges. Instead, first in a proposed deal by CSU president Sabine Freisinger, and now in proposed resolutions by council, they're aiming to reinstate Hillel under certain "conditions" - namely, that Hillel sign a certain agreemement.
The "conditional" reinstatement of Hillel is unacceptable. The CSU screwed up, and now they want to impose conditions to try and make Hillel pay even though it did nothing wrong. That's like stealing a car from a guy, and then demanding $1000 to return it.
Hillel deserves nothing less than a full apology and a reinstatement of all its privileges - unconditionally. Anything less is not only an insult, but a travesty of justice.
UPDATE: Letter from Gotham suggests that we rename it "Discordia University."