I’m sorry and ashamed to be a 3903 member. It seems only about 1400 members bothered voting — so there may still be a sane, silent majority out there. But I don’t care any more. Since they didn’t bother voting — they might as well not exist. Not as far as I am concerned. Not as far as students are concerned. Not now — with the year so clearly in jeopardy.
What now, then? What can students do? There’s countless suggestions at the prior “OFFER REJECTED!” thread. Including this one by “Think logically”:
I personally work at york university… If you want to make a big statement and do it right, go to Queens Park and fight the government.
And just before reading that suggestion? I was about to retire Cupe Doll. But that suggestion pissed me off. So I thought, what the hell. Why don’t I repeat what I first suggested almost 2 months ago:
Bullshit. You want to do it right? Then don’t go to Queens Park unless you want to get ignored. Don’t fight the government — unless you want to get arrested. Don’t sign more petitions — unless you want to waste more of your time. [And don’t start lawsuits — wasting more your money and years of time just to find out you’ve got zero legal recourse.]
If you want to do it right then march on York, embarrass the bodily fluids out of York *and* 3903* at the same time — and get the government fighting for you.
Stop and think. News media gets told you’re coming. York gets told you’re coming. 3903 gets told you’re coming. Media is waiting for you. Police cruisers are waiting for you. Picketers are waiting for you.
2000 of you converge just off campus. You peacefully march onto your own campus. You want nothing more than to get either your education or your money back for the education you paid for. You march peacefully onto campus. But 100 picketers try to stop you. Nervous police observe closely. Media cameras pan over you and you can hear a news reporter excitedly speculating the potential for violence.
You are not violent. You are only marching onto your own campus. You have already paid far more than just the right to be there. You simply walk around the picketers, into Vary Hall and Scott Building. You wait.
Not for long. It is too embarrassing for the government that’s already ignored you too long. It is too humiliating for York and 3903. The strike would be over in 48 hours. Whether via legislation or compromise doesn’t matter. Nobody would dare ignore York students longer if you took your own campus back.
If students decide to stand up for yourselves? March and take back your campus? I’ll stand and march with you. And I quote what I already said:
If students do decide to take their campus back I’ll march with you. And I’ll call on all YUFAs and 3903s and York admin that are on the side of students to join us… I’ll bring a pitchfork (York fork) and silver painted shovel (3903 silver spoon) to burn in effigy.
Well, maybe nix the burning part. Not peaceful. But anyway — that was it for me. Did my part. Either students decide to stand up — in which case I’ll stand with students. As myself. Or students will lie down taking it some more. In which case I’d rather not even watch any longer. Either way, Cupe Doll was done. But then “UnderGrad Int’l” wrote:
CUPEDOLL, please start another thread about students interested in forming a rally please. dont you ahve that privilege on this site? Thanks babes.
So — here it is. Another thread started. Sink or swim, flight or fight — ball’s in your court now. If you have’em or not. Either way, Cupe Doll is done. Even I have had enough of Cupe Doll. Only if there’s anything really important you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is all the information concerning the organising of a rally:
21 January 2009
19:00 – 22:00
BETHUNE DINING HALL at 7.00 PM
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=50671622250
I urge you to all come to this meeting. These are dire straights and we must unite.