Fire Away: Mark your Future with an X

Thursday, September 29, 2011

  • Electronic voting for the CSA By-election will be held from Wednesday-Friday

    Electronic voting for the CSA By-election will be held from Wednesday-Friday

Written by Stephanie Rennie

A seemingly simple sign can transform into an expression, a form of power, a voice of its own. The X gently marked on the ballot sheet, or the essential click of a mouse, both allowing you as students and as Ontario residents, the chance to have a say in your future.

 Within our campus bubble filled with looming midterms, CSA Bi-Elections are well underway. Campaign Week will extend from September 26th-30th with voting opportunities from September 28th – 30th.

 This election is crucial in employing your power to decide what is best for your University. As students, the University becomes a microcosmic city as we eat, study, learn, live, and sometimes even work within a small radius of the school. As a result, students are naturally very attached to the school on social, financial, academic, and even political levels. For the duration of our time here, no matter how surprisingly short or painfully long, we are all connected to the many outlets of the University, including the Central Student Association.

 In this week’s Bi-Election students have not only the ability, but the responsibility, to elect the Communications and Corporate Affairs Commissioner. For those in CME or OAC, they are given the opportunity to elect representation on the CSA Board of Directors.

 By electing the Communications and Corporate Affairs Commissioner for the 2011-2012 school year, students are deciding who will best represent and fight for the needs of the student body. It is the responsibility for students to become informed on all candidates’ platforms and to thoughtfully vote for the platform that will best represent their interests.

 This isn’t high school anymore. The days of students’ council being a popularity contest are over. It is the obligation of Guelph students to become politically active on campus. Some people are more energetic and involved with University politics than others; nevertheless, it is essential for all students to take the time to not only vote this week, but to make an informed decision.

 If people can absentmindedly waste away hours creeping people on Facebook that they hardly know, taking the time to look into the platforms of potential candidates for upcoming elections shouldn’t be considered time consuming.

Following the CSA By-elections this week, Ontario residents are given the opportunity to hit the polls to vote in the Provincial Election on October 6th or in advanced voting polls. Both elections, though on vastly different levels, are imperative in providing people with a chance to express their views and actively participate in democracy.

If students are willing to wait in lengthy line ups at the bank machine on campus or waiting to buy a sub for lunch, than the line to cast a ballot for the Provincial Election is minimal when you consider the power that exists at the end of that line.

Students and student leaders at the University of Guelph have consistently placed a great deal of effort into inspiring the student body to be active in politics on every level. Although the message to vote may seem redundant, such a responsibility cannot be stressed enough as it is the heart and soul of our democracy.

When you are casting your ballots this week and next, take the time to reflect on the importance of your vote. You are given a chance to decide your future as a student at the University of Guelph and as residents of Ontario.

See you at the end of the line.  

Stephanie Rennie is Editor-in-Chief of thecannon. Fire Away publishes every Thursday in The Cannon and in The Ontarion Student Newspaper at the University of Guelph.

The opinions posted on thecannon.ca reflect those of their author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Central Student Association and the Guelph Campus Co-op. We encourage all students to submit opinion pieces, including ones that run contrary to the opinion piece in question.

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