The Carleton University Students Association is planning to repeal a motion that cancelled an annual cystic fibrosis fundraiser on the grounds that the disease affects only white males.
CUSA president Brittany Smyth said she will table a motion at the next council meeting that would repeal the decision….
Smyth originally defended the move, saying it opened the door for next year’s orientation week co-ordinators to choose another charity if students wanted a change.
Smyth said the part of the motion that justifies the cancellation of Shinerma is irrelevant and only reflects the rationale of the councillor who brought it forward.
Journalism councillor Nick Bergamini said Wednesday he also hopes the move will be reconsidered at an upcoming meeting, because most students at the school are unhappy with what has transpired.
“This is not a black mark on Carleton, this is a black mark on the students’ association,” Bergamini told CTV.ca.
According to CTV Ottawa, students are organizing a protest for Thursday to denounce the CUSA decision.
We hope Brittany Smyth realises this will be on the internet, like, forever.
Carleton University students know how to get national headlines.
The student association made a bizarre decision to stop supporting the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and go in search of a more “inclusive” disease.
Hmmm let’s see. Ovarian cancer and Breast cancer are out. So is prostate cancer, obviously. Those certainly aren’t inclusive. Aids maybe?
We can just imagine the meeting which led to this insanity. Basil wouldn’t be out of place.
The motion included the declaration that “cystic fibrosis has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men.” It declared that “all orientees and volunteers should feel like their fundraising efforts will serve their diverse communities.” It passed, 17 to 2.
Minds like Swiss cheese. It is heartening to know there were at least 2 who voted nay, brave souls they must be. Even if the premise that cystic fribrosis affects only caucasians were true ( which it isn’t) this is crazy thinking. Unfortunately such radical PCness is rampant at campuses all over.
… Queen’s University will hire six “facilitators” who will listen in on student conversations, vigilant against incorrect speech. Officially, says the University’s website, these incognito “intergroup facilitators,” will “respond to, stimulate and invite engagement across difference and tensions that arise among and between groups” in residences. They’ll pay special attention to “incidents of bias, prejudice … harassment and discrimination” emph ours
And this came not from students but the administration!
Acadia is not immune. Our readers can probably think of several local examples.