An Open Letter to the GCSU


To the current and recently resigned members of the GCSU,

I must applaud and be astounded by the events that have occurred over the last few weeks. It has been nice to see the student body be so invigorated over Student Council issues, but at the same time, a little uncomfortable to watch the inevitable unfold.
The democratic process has been something fought over for centuries. Ousting monarchies, dictators, oligarchies, fascists, and the like, we have found in their place a government founded on the people's voice. The students used their voices to vote you into office, to praise your good-doings, commitment, and friendship, but also to criticize your behaviour, actions, and allegiances.
I would like to say I am disappointed that so many council members felt the need to resign after the former President’s choice to withdraw. We, the student body, voted many of you in because we believed that you could accomplish great things as an individual on student council. We, the student body, voted for you as an individual council member, and not the council as a whole. As the GCSU Constitution states, there are no slates allowed in elections because Glendon’s elections are meant to encourage fairness and equality amongst all students who wish to run for office.
At the same time, I commend you for standing by your values, morals, and friends — although, I don’t necessarily agree with your execution. It has been frequently stated by students that it is uncomfortable to walk into the Council Office — that council is cliquey, rude to outsiders, and unfriendly; this concern has been something reiterated by many. However, I don’t think it occurs to much of our student body that the office can be an uncomfortable place for you, the council members, to be in as well.
Clearly, council has faced polarizing issues, so as to push so many of you to leave and so many of you to stay. But, I would like to remind those who have resigned their positions as to why you were on council in the first place — the students. You were elected by the student body to be our student leaders and, unfortunately, it cannot help but be felt that you have abandoned those who voted you in because you felt uncomfortable and could not effectively communicate to those who sat on the other side of the senate room.
Again, I applaud your actions in making a statement, because you have. But as student leaders, I — as a voter and student — am disappointed in your lack of willingness to lead, communicate, and set an example for other students to take initiative and learn how to cooperate with those on the opposite side.

A student sitting in the dichotomy of democracy