Okay, MUNSU. Show me what you’ve got.
I have nothing but high hopes for the new student council.
Mostly because after the council disaster a few years ago,
I have no reason to think things could get any worse. In my
first year at MUN, the student council got huffy with the
very people they were supposed to be representing, and they
started shutting things down as fast as they could. Fortunately,
their dictatorship didn’t win the popular vote, and
the next council fared better. I’m pretty gung-ho about
this year’s group. But, as good as they could be, something
tells me students aren’t making the most informed decisions
when they go to the polls.
First of all, only about 3,000 students voted. Upon checking
some university statistics, I found out that there are 17,000
students enrolled here. Now, I’m no math major, but
I did pass high school arithmetic, and I know enough to say
that three out of 17 isn’t a very high number. Three
thousand of 17,000 is actually about 18 per cent. So if less
than 20 percent of our school is voting, what the heck is
everyone else doing? Are people just not noticing these campaign
posters? Not hearing the speeches? Are they passed out in
the Breezeway, completely oblivious to the rest of the world?
Well, it’s entirely possible. A friend of mine says
she doesn’t care, because MUNSU does nothing for her
besides “take” her money. Well, yes. Yes they
do. In fact, they keep taking more money. But at least we
get to pick who takes it, and if we pick well, maybe they
can do something else for us.
I’ll be honest. I voted this year for the first time.
In my first year, I just didn’t feel like MUNSU could
affect me as a student. This year I also knew many of the
candidates, so I felt obligated to support some of my friends
and acquaintances. However, when I finally did vote, I made
sure it was for the people I thought would be best for the
job. I knew some of them outside of politics, so it made the
voting process a lot easier. But some students said they voted
for really obscure reasons, like because they liked the way
names sounded – they were pleasing to the ear, or they
Imagine if provincial and federal politics worked this way.
Can you actually picture someone voting for Danny Williams
because they like his name? Or for Roger Grimes because we
could nickname him “Grimy?”
“Oh, Grimy. Yeah, I voted for him. I mean, come on.
No, I don’t think so. If you aren’t going to vote,
fine. It’s your democratic right to be apathetic. That
being said, if you’re merely rock-paper-scissors voting
to pass some time, the candidates should be allowed to beat
you with their own campaign posters. And when you ask them
why, their excuse will be that they just don’t like