Three Business Students And An Engineer Walk Into A Cliche…

We almost never cover U of R student politics on Dog Blog but we’re going to this week because the circus is coming to town. And by circus, I mean an URSU-launched referendum to kick the Canadian Federation of Students out of the University of Regina.

There will be children, clowns and animals doing tricks. It will be fun!

Why does prairie dog care? First off, CFS is an important national organization that has traditionally fought hard for Canadian students, and I think U of R class-goers would be better served by more involvement with the organization than they would be by quitting it. Given that I think that, it naturally bugs me that the University of Regina Student’s Union is advising students to punt CFS.

Second, I’ve seen student council/CFS scraps four or five times now and they’re always fun to watch. Wildly entertaining contrasts — of reason and stupidity, naivete and and sophistication, integrity and skulduggery — are guaranteed whenever the battle lines of student politics are drawn between contrasting ideologies. Also, every time I’ve seen this happen the anti-CFS gang was a bunch of jerks.

Finally, when James Brotheridge told me this was going on, I asked him what faculties the four-member, anti-CFS URSU executive came from. “Three business students and an engineer?” I joked. Well, it turns out… yes. The student council actually is led by three business students and an engineer. Of course they’re going after CFS. It’s their nature. Business students can no more ignore lefty lobby groups — especially powerful and successful ones — than dogs can ignore pizza dropped on the floor.

And if there’s one thing business-types know, it’s that you beat your enemies by attacking their financing/funding. Or pizzas. Whichever applies.

(As for the anti-CFS engineer, you’ve just gotta have at least one of those. I think it must be in the URSU bylaws.)

In all, it’s all a hilariously misguided referendum. So even though this is a pretty small deal as far as Regina is concerned, we’re going to rant about it all week on Dog Blog. Sounds like fun? Sure it does!

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

3 thoughts on “Three Business Students And An Engineer Walk Into A Cliche…”

  1. “As for the anti-CFS engineer, you’ve just gotta have at least one of those. I think it must be in the URSU bylaws.”
    What does that even mean? :|
    Should i be offended?
    Tons of engineers at the U of R are anti-CFS.
    Should i go ahead and say that the Say NO campaign counts (as many of its followers )the same type of people that brought you the very medium you’ve just published your article on?
    Je ne sais pas. I throw my hands up in the air.

  2. Anon–just to confirm: are you, as an engineer, saying that most engineering students are anti-CFS? That’s my suspicion but I don’t actually know. This hunch is why I playfully caricature engineering students as people opposed to activist, left-leaning and strongly collectivist organizations like CFS.

    I would be thrilled to be busted for specious and unfair over-generalizations. I really would.

    And yes engineers, I appreciate your internet. Thank you.

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