About that “Hate”
So I promised at the end of our letters this week that I'd write a slightly longer blog post responding to URSU president Kyle Addison calling out an article we had in a previous issue. Addison has since posted a follow-up and – although it doesn't retract the serious charges that business manager Kent E. Peterson has a "hidden agenda" and that he's exclusively positive to causes he personally believes in – the new post took a bit of the wind out of my sails, mostly because Addison clarified that he had an ethical problem with what we'd run.
We appreciate his insight – we really do. But the Carillon staff has worked pretty hard this year to be an active voice on campus without being a divisive one, and that includes Kent. His work goes through the same channels as everyone else.
He wrote a piece on two political parties; the others he contacted did not reply to him in time to make deadline. It's not meant as a fluff piece – it's meant to get our readers aware of some of the big issues that we're gong to have to take a look at as the election draws nearer. We've tried this year to engage students on an extremely local level and, to some extent, on a civic level. Helping students at the U of R to make choices on a provincial level is, naturally, another goal. We'd love it if someone from one of the other parties running in this fall's provincial election would contact us. It'd give us a chance to make our readers aware of what they have to offer, too.
As for negativity – well, I don't know about that. Tuition is on the rise, as is (as URSU VP Student Affairs Tyler Willox reported at the last URSU board meeting) plagiarism. Parking congestion gets worse as transit-based solutions seem to languish in purgatory. At a time when our university's reputation on a national level is mid-range at best, the campus' five-year "Master Plan" is nowhere to be seen. And the school's set up the UR Guarantee program to help stem the tide of students who show up, don't get involved, and go home.
There's a lot to love about the University of Regina, sure, but there's also a lot that we can be upset about and we're entitled to be upset about. If we as students stay silent because we don't want to lower morale, fixes for our problems won't come. If we don't get engaged with the community around us, fixes for our problems won't come.
I dig Kid Cudi, but I've always been a Public Enemy man. Chuck D's nothing if not distrustful of power, and refused to back down from his radical beliefs. He also weathered being called "negative" fairly gracefully; what I've tried to do over dozens of words here, he did in under ten. And that quote sums up why we're not going to ask Kent or any of our contributors to avoid "negativity." There are discussions that ought to be had on campus, discussions geared toward making positive change. Avoiding criticism is no way to go about having them.