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Hero or Villain? Nathan Warner Stuffs (Ballot) Boxes

Not the first image that comes up if you google 'stuffed box'

The University of Victoria Student Society has a mottled history of elections. Chief Electoral Officers have resigned, entire slates have been disqualified twice, ballots are counted twice – and that was just last year. The elected body of the UVSS is mired in petty politics when at its best, and most entertaining at its worst and this is never more true than during an election – because what fun is an election if it follows the rules of democracy?

It seems to have become a trend for members of the UVSS to point out weaknesses in the electoral system. Last year Shawn Slavin criticized the electoral system for being open to manipulation by reporting a ‘lost’ student card which would then entitle the student to a new card and UVSS sticker which would allow the student to vote again (though he did not vote a second time). While not exactly high brow election fraud, the problem was still present. This year Nathan Warner took his case one step further and actually committed electoral fraud. If you’re not familiar with the scandal, there are three sides to the story so far, one from blogger-in-arms UVSS uncovered here, one from CFS hack UVic Undergound here and one from Nathan Warner himself here, so I won’t get into the details, and instead go straight to speculation, indignant crying and name-calling. Continue reading

UVic Fraternity DKE to fund raise for Molly Campbell

 

Bottles for Babies with Leukemia

 

 

Controversial UVic fraternity DKE will be holding a bottle drive in order to raise funds for Molly Campbell, a six-week-old baby girl from Saanich who was diagnosed with leukemia on Christmas Eve. Jose Barrios, Pledge Philanthropy Chair released a statement today noting that tomorrow, Tuesday January 11th, the DKE fraternity will be hosting a bottle drive with all proceeds going to help Campbell’s family with costs associated with travel, lodging and time taken off work to be with their daughter as she undergoes chemotherapy at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

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What Does It Mean For Me – The Enhanced Podcast

Here it is, the What Does It Mean For Me podcast!

In this podcast we’ll look back at the 2010 fall semester and what exactly the UVSS was up to.

DISCLAIMER: This is meant to be subversive, tongue in cheek, and in no way sexist, racist or homophobic. If you believe it is any of these things, you have missed the point. Don’t take it seriously, because I didn’t. If you are easily offended or have an issue with free speech (and I’m addressing half of the board when I say that) then don’t listen.

Breaking – We’re Going To Court

What Does It Mean For Me has the latest scoop on the ongoing UVSS vs. CFS debacle.

UVSS Director of Services Remy Hall, Director at Large Dylan Sherlock, NSU rep Tanille Johnson, SOC rep Jessica Humphries, and Resource Coordinator Ben Johnson represented UVic at the CFS National Meeting this week. They asked for a referendum on membership, which was then referred to the CFS National Executive. The UVSS delegates were told to expect an answer by mid-January. Continue reading

Podcasts: Radio When YOU Want It

This is more of a heads-up post. What Does It Mean For Me is currently working on it’s first podcast. The topic is the current state of the UVSS’s involvement with the CFS. The Podcast will feature special guests, a brief history of the UVSS’s involvement with the CFS and a frank discussion of the lawsuit the two parties are currently embroiled in with one another. Let’s look at some of the UVSS podcasts… Continue reading

Fraternity Hazing – Who is Protecting UVic Students?

A Man with his head in the sand

The current UVSS policy on GLOs

A recent article published by The Gateway, the University of Alberta’s student run newspaper recently published an expose on a hazing incident involving the U of A DKE chapter. Pledges were allegedly forced to stay within the fraternity’s house for days with little sleep. They were allegedly forced to consume large amounts of food, when some pledges vomited they were allegedly forced to eat their own vomit. Pledges were allegedly confined in small places, forced to listen to loud repetitive music and were allowed approximately two hours of sleep over the course of three nights. The U of A DKE chapter has since had its status as a student group suspended by the Dean of Students and the U of A IFC – their Inter-Fraternity Council. This has raised some questions about UVic’s current situation with GLOs. Questions pondered after the jump.

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Blogs of the UVSS

A million monkeys at a million typewriters

The whatdoesitmeanforme Offices

A relatively small part of the UVic student population actively follows the UVSS. Even fewer take part in the electoral process (board members were thrilled by a 20% voter turnout). However, a small but dedicated group of bloggers are online, keeping whoever is listening up to speed on the UVSS’s business. Some are former board members, some are presently board members, some have never been on the board and some report for the Martlet. All are better informed than me, have far more in depth articles on the UVSS and most have better hygine habits. To help you, dear reader, I present an annotated guide to the Blogs of the UVSS.

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