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888-4048 Friday March 10, 1995 Volume 17, Number 30


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Student’s Council says no to ‘adult sophisticates’ by James Russell Imprint staff




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‘fter much debate, Students’ Council has voted on a motion concerning the selling #adult sophisticates” (pornography) and “debit cards for phone sex” in the Variety store/ Post Office in the new Student Centre. The answer is “No.” Student Council is the group of 26 students from all faculties and the Colleges that the Federation of Students reports to. It can tell the Executive (President, VPOF and VPUA) what to do, and can veto any decision made by the Executive. There were also motions made concerning the sale of cigarettes and lottery tickets. Both of these items will be sold in the store. However, the controversy lies with the motion on the items related to sex. Eleven of the twelve council members present voted in favour of the motion. The motion was “that the Federation of Students do not $1 adult sophisticates or I( $EGt. q&&s tir phone sex in the Variety and Post.” Councillor Richard Farmer was the only one present who did

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Julie Cole, who made the motion, disagrees. “I think women are misrepresented in pornography, I think women a r e


it’s de-

have no problem

harmful,” he says, adding that the decision should be made on an economic basis. “Pcoplc want to buy it. They [the producers] would not make so much money out of it if they didn’t.”

Forster, a member of the Women’s Centre Collective, supports the motion. “I think that’s good. Pornography is not about sex, it is about violence,” she says, calling pornographic maga“terrible, even if they’re not violent.” Farmer thinks the “harmful” argument is invalid in this situation. “We [the Federation of Students] sell alcohol. We sell cigarettes. Both, as far as I’m concerned, are far more harmful than pornograp hy .” He also takes issue with the “degrading” argument. “I

don’t see why you should stop selling something that people want to buy just because some people think it degrades them. Our bookstore sellsMein KUM~J‘ and that degrades Jews. Are we not supposed to sell that?” Christine Dewhurst, VicePresidlent Operations and Finance, is responsible for ovcrseeing the Feds’ businesses. She couldn’t be at the Council meeting due to a family medical emergency, but agrees with Counr:il’s decision. She thinks that if the store stocked pornography, there would be a great potential to “alienate those groups that we are trying to make feel comfortable here.” And as for the dccision being made on a moral basis rather than economic, Dewhurst says “Our mandate is

to serve students, not to make money.” Karin Zvanitajs, Senior Officer of Student Issues, threatened to resign if the motion was not passed. However, she now admits that such a stance may have been a little severe. “I just have a tendency to get a little dramatic,” she says. Nonethecontinued on page 8

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not vote in favour of the motion. He abstained from the vote. “I thought it was something the Manager should decide, not Council, because it’s a busi-

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he result is more than just two or three dozen pages; it’s avision for the University’s future. At least that is what David Drewe would like to think of the result of last weekend’s student working groups. Over a dozen students met on March 4 and 5 at the request of the Feds to develop a submission to the President’s Committee on Institutional Planning. That committee was struck last spring by the University President to report to the Senate Long Range Planning Committee, and to write a “Draft Plan” for the University. The problem, according to the Feds, is that the President’s Committee had no “accountable” student input; all of its members, students or otherwise, were appointed by James Downey, President of the University, and were not necessarily responsible to students at large. Especially contentious for Stephencodrington, President of the Feds, was an article in the July 27, 1994 Gazette that implied the

Feds had nominated the undergraduate reprcscntativc to the Prcsident’s Commit&. While the student, Rose. Bilicic, will be a mcmber of the Fed executive starting in May, the Feds were not consulted about student representation, and had no say in Bilicic’s appointment. “We were insulted,” Codrington remarked, adding that he is still looking for a published clarifi-

result “is going to be a kick-ass report.” The report will be submitted to Students’ Council this Sunday, March 12, and is a compilation of strengths, weaknesses, “opportunities,” and threats to each of the areas examined by the President’s Committee. These areas covervirtually every aspct of the campus, from “Quality of Life,” “Governance, ““Undergraduate

Left out of the loop by the Administratiout, the Feds prepare

to blow them away

with a i6kick-ass )) report cation in the Gazette. “It’s not a matter ofbeing dissatisfied with the student involved,” he continued. “But [she] is not accountable to us,” only to the people who appointed her. “Fine, people make mistakes. Say you made it and move on.” Because they had no official representation

on the committee,

the Feds convened a group of students last weekend to develop a series of recommendations to submit to it. The weekend was “excellent,” according to Codrington, and the

Teaching and Learning,” and “Co-operative Education” to “Deployment of Computer Technology.” “I think it [the report] is going to blow them away,” Codrington mused, noting the relevance of specific recommendations the weekend produced. One example was a recommendation that any student representative on a governing body automatically get both an e-mail account and voice mail, reducing or eliminating the need

for redlundant paper memos and twice-daily mail service. David Drewe, the Senior Officer of Academic Affairs, was also quite impressed with how the weekend went: “very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very well.“He added that despite the wide range of experience between the students, consensus was reached on most issues. “There were periods where we just got

~~~~$?Y~~~~~~~~ and recommendations flowed naturally from some of the criticisms the students had of existing structures and polities. Jim Kalbleisch, Vice President, Academic-Provost, for the University, welcomed the Fed initiative. He noted that the President’s Committee is open to sublmissions from everyone on campus. “This [the committee] is a group in which people are appointed as individuals, not as representatives of a group,” and th,us welcomes comments from anyone. The final report will be submitted once approved by Students’ Council.


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