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September 16th 2010

September 16th 2010

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See “HOUSING,”page 5
Decision to de-federatedoesn’t end legal battle
 A united CSA is de-federated from CFS but debate is far from over 
ast year, University of Guelph students wereasked to determine if thestudent body should maintain itsmembership with the CanadianFederation of Students (CFS). he atmosphere on campus wastense as students petitioned,campaigned, held events andhosted speakers both for andagainst the motion. By the end of the winter semester, a referendum was held and a majority votedecided that the students at theUniversity of Guelph wouldindeed de
federate from theCFS.For those new to campuspolitics, the CFS is a nationwidestudent union
which is meantto represent Canadian students’needs to the provincial and federalgovernment. While providingan organizational framework to support student movements,it also has programs that aimto make university accessibleto marginalized groups, lowertuition fees, and eliminate sexualabuse on campuses. Each studentpays $7.31 each year to the CFSto fund these initiatives, supportCFS in lobbying the government,and access resources likepamphlets and posters. Students who initiated the de
federationmovement claimed that the CFS was not fulfilling its mandate,and that the amount of money, which students were contributingto the campaign, was not beingeffectively managed. he heateddebates that ensued made thisthe most talked about topic last year, and it is far from over. here are still contentiousissues regarding the CFSpetitioning and the previousCSA’s involvement withcampaigning.But this year, as stated by CSAExecutive Demetria Jackson, theCommunications and CorporateAffairs Commissioner, theCSA is determined to cometogether and move forward.“he CSA executives areunanimous in our position thatthe University of Guelph hasde-federated from the CFS. Wehave agreed to put our personalpolitics aside and represent thestudent majority, who votedover 70 per cent in favour of de
federating,” said Jackson. his unification is in response tothe conflicting opinions withinthe CSA last year
which surfaced when the CSA motioned tosupport the “No CFS” campaignprior to the referendum.Although that decision is stillfraught with debate, it is theprimary strategies employed by the “No” campaigners that arenow under legal questioning.Unlawful tactics werepurported to have taken placeon campus during the initialpetitioning by the de-federatingproponents. Te CFS is now challenging the legitimacy of these petitions, which were usedto substantiate the claim of the“No” campaigners for the studentbody’s desire to have a referendumoccur. Te CFS has said that it will appeal the rationale of JusticeO’Connor
who permitted thereferendum in April of this year.If successful, this could preventU of G from legally being de-federated. His statement, oncereleased this coming Sept. 23, will inform the public of the legalgrounds for which the petitionshad authorized the vote to occur.CFS is refusing to recognizethe University of Guelph’s de-federation, and has implied thatit will continue to fight the CSAin court. As of the numbers
See “CFS,” page 3
Shared Rental Housing By-Law of Concern to Students
Changes to a new city by-law may adversely affect availability of affordable housing 
KELSEY RIDEOUIn an effort to promote a morebalanced variety of housing types within the city’s neighbourhoods,the City Council of Guelph hasapproved recommendations tochange a zoning by-law in orderto place restrictions upon sharedrental housing units. As a result, aminimum distance of 100 metresbetween a new two unit house withsix or more bedrooms from any other two-unit house, lodging house,group home or emergency shelter, will come into effect. Additionally,the maximum number of rentalunits that can be rented within alodging house will be reduced from12 units to 8 units.It is the beginning of theschool year, so it is no surprisethat most students appear to beonly vaguely aware of these new shared rental housing regulations.Anastasia Zavarella, Local AffairsCommissioner of the CentralStudents Association (CSA), is working to educate peers aboutthe new zoning by-law, as sheis concerned about its impacton both price and availability of affordable housing for students.“Te effect that I anticipate [this will have] on students is that it’sgoing to decrease the availability of housing period because not asmany people are going to buildthese houses or want to buy thembecause...you’re not allowed to putas many tenants in them,” saidZavarella. “[And then] what is leftavailable - the cost of that rising,because demand is going to behigher and landlord…are goingto be looking after their bottomline for the most part and that’s where the cost is going to go up.”
 Megan Verhey
 Alastair Summerlee welcomes new and returning students to the University of Guelph campus by handing out free ice cream by the cannon.
 PA G E  1 4
Sept. 16 - 22, 2010
No Tolerance for Hate Crimes
University responds totwo recent hate crimesin residence
niversity of GuelphPresident AlastairSummerlee distributeda mass email on Sept. 10 askingstudents to come together and“ensure that the University’s corebeliefs and ideals prevail over close-minded acts of intolerance.” Teemail was sent in response to twoseparate incidents of hate graffitithat occurred earlier on that week.According to the ‘Crime Bulletin’section on the U of G CampusCommunity Police website, one of the incidents occurred on Sept. 7and included racist graffiti that was written in black magic marker atLennox Hall residence. Students are
he signs of fall areeverywhere - the firstfew colourful leaves on Winegard Walk, the fresh and pre-planned clothing on everyone (yes,even you, in your sweatpants), andthe lineups at the bookstore. Tecampus is a picture of young adults who have entered their academiccareers, many of whom have cometo this institution having already created some sort of vision of whothey want to become and what they  want to accomplish. With a change of season anda start to another semester, thereis a sense of excitement floatingthroughout campus. But for some,the cool new breeze also brings with it many different challenges.Bruno Mancini, Director of Counseling and Disability Services(CSD),first joined the university in 1979,and just last week received theService Excellence Award for hiscontributions to the University of Guelph community. He conductsindividual and group therapy for the counseling unit of CSD.Mancini emphasized that studentsare a vulnerable demographic whenit comes to mental health issues. Troughout this past year, 1700students and about 1000 CSDbeing encouraged to come forward with any information regardingthese acts.Administrative officials are working with student leaders inthe residence community and theCentral Student Association (CSA)to launch an advertising campaign inresponse to the recent acts of hatred.Crime Stoppers and the U of GCampus Community Police are buta few of examples of those who canbe approached regarding this matter.Students should also be aware of therecently formed ‘Student Help andAdvocacy Centre’ (SHAC), whichprovides a variety of support servicesrelated to legal, financial, academic,and human rights issues.Speaking about the recent acts of graffiti on campus, SHAC HumanRights and Advocacy CoordinatorBrittany Brassard explained thatthere have always been students who oppose such crimes. Such actshave occurred before on campus butthey by no means reflect the views of most students.“From what I know, Guelphhas always had a large group of students that come together attimes like these to let people know that the University of Guelphcommunity will not put up withactions like these. I believe that asstudents at Guelph, what is knownto be one of the most progressiveuniversities in the nation, that we want to create a safe space for allstudents here,” said Brassard. Te U of G might be knownfor its level of tolerance but somestudents may wonder if such acts canbe detrimental to how the university is perceived. Brenda Whiteside,Associate Vice President for StudentAffairs, was asked how hate crimesaffect the reputation of the university.“Te sad reality is that therecontinues to be discrimination inthis world. What is important ishow an institution responds,” said Whiteside. “I think our visiblestance of tackling it head on, and nothiding from it or pretending it is nothappening, is a positive.”A tally of incidents related to hatecrimes and hate graffiti that haveoccurred on campus do not seem tosignify a particular trend. Accordingto the annual police reports from2003 to 2008, between 2003 and2004 there were 16 reported hatecrimes, 17 between 2004 and 2005,11 between 2005 and 2006, 18between 2006 and 2007, and 14between 2007 and 2008. In certainincidents, multiple acts of graffiti arebelieved to have been written by thesame group or individual. Te composition of the studentbody at Guelph is diverse. Inresponding to this issue, perhaps itis most important that those whofeel targeted from the crimes receiveimmediate support and an assurancethat such acts do not reflect the views of the greater student body.New students should be madeaware that they have several on-campus resources available for themto turn to, and that their residenceassistants are always there to talk in confidence. And for those whofeel downright frustrated that thesecrimes continue to occur, SHACencourages you to do somethingabout it and have your voice heard.“Students can definitely helpprevent these kinds of acts in thefuture,” said Brassard. “Speak up! If someone around you sayssomething that you find offensive,let them know…Don’t stand forpeople polluting your environment with hate.”
Director of Counselling and Disability Services raises platform for mental health
Bruno Mancini winsService Excellence Award and chats about the importance of supporting students
 JOANNA SULZYICHKIstudents registered for counseling, with a crossover percentage betweenboth groups of about 20-30%.Mancini explained why studentsmay find themselves struggling tocope in different areas of their lives.“One of the challenges of this agegroup is finding out who you are,”said Mancini. “And who you are isdependent on a number of things,in terms of your identity. Withthat, I mean in terms of what you want to do with your life, the kindof person you are in relationship toother people, finding your place interms of family, finding your sexualidentity, finding all of those kindsof answers to who you are, becausethat– finding out who you are, andthen moving in that direction – isreally, really important.”Mancini further explained thatas students are undergoing many different changes while in university,they may find themselves strugglingon an emotional level.“One of the major challenges in young adults is that between theages of around 18 and 25, thereare huge emotional changes takingplace, and that’s where you getan incredible degree of maturity starting to happen over time.” Whether you’re a first year studentor gearing up for graduation, thereare always ways to decrease yourstress levels. One major way is tocut down on something we’re allgenerally guilty of - try and keepprocrastination to a minimum. Andif you have to procrastinate, try todo something that is beneficialand productive. aking a break by completing a different tangible task can help you get back on the righttrack with that essay or lab you may be putting off.“Even cleaning your roomhelps,” said Mancini. “It atleast puts together one part of  your life. It gives you control.It’s manageable. When you’remanaging your anxiety throughthat, then you see the visibility of you getting something done.”As you go through this year, beaware of the resources available,like the exceptional staff at CSD who are there to help you. Andin dealing with the challengesthat may come your way, alwaysremember to be patient with yourself. Don’t forget to accept andrespect who you are, your skills andimperfections, and your limitations,and let your work and resilience- both in and out of academics –carry you to the finish.
“CFS,” continued
released, over $70,000 has beenspent in legal fees by the CSAin responding to this issue, andif taken to court more will beneeded from student fees.Along with tuition andservice fees, this fall studentsonce again paid the $7.31in student fees for the CFS.“Tis money will be held intrust, until decisions can bemade to determine what itcan be used for once the caseis resolved”, said Jackson. Tis year, the CSA mustorganize programs and events without the CFS resources.However, these campaigns willbe taken out of budget lines that were intended for other uses. Jackson will be holding a seriesof ReTink campaigns, whichtarget racism, sexism, and otherforms of oppression on campus.Compared to the fundingreceived by the CFS, she now only has $3,500 from the CSAAdvertising and Promotionsbudget to spend on her projects.She must also design, produce,and distribute her own postersand buttons, which werepreviously supplied by the CFSfor similar campaigns.But what worries her is that theobligations of CSA Executives arenot clearly defined when it comesto organizing initiatives. Luckily,members of our current CSAare passionate about addressingoppression on campus, andhope to actually create a positiveimpact within the student body.
 Megan Verhey
“And who you are is dependent on a number of things, interms of your identity. Withthat, I mean in terms of what  you want to do with your life, the kind of person youare in relationship to other  people, finding your place interms of family, finding your sexual identity, finding all of  those kinds of answers to who you are.” – Bruno Mancini,Director of Counselling and Disability Services

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