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concordia 30/03/2010 - 05:21PM

CP Concordia wins a narrow victory in election

CP CrewCinema Politica Concordia (the CP ConU Crew is pictured at right - Svetla, Davi, Ezra, Caroline, Elani), where the CP Network started, operates with its own budget that comes from fee levies. This means that when each student registers they pay a little bit to Cinema Politica in exchange for free weekly screenings on campus. Students can choose not to pay as well. The fee levy at Concordia for CP has been the smallest, at two cents per credit per undergraduate student (some are as high at two dollars).

This, combined with a fee levy from graduate students, has added up to a decent budget for the last few years, but as rights for films increase and as CP expands its services on campus to include a Resarch and Archives Viewing Library, among other things, more resources are needed. There is also the idea of hiring a part time Coordinator to run the project once Svetla Turnin graduates - she currently runs CP Concordia on a volunteer-basis, which other than being insane, isn't sustainable. As activists know, it's always difficult to find someone to dedicate so much of their life to a project that isn't "theirs" (CP is close to Svetla and she also is the Network Coordinator).

So when we found out last Friday that our referendum question, asking undergraduate students to increase our two cents to seven cents passed, we were elated. It was a real nail-biter too: the victory came with just 22 more "yes" votes than "no." But, given the context of every other fee levy question failing, we are extremely pleased with the results.

It couldn't have happened without all the help of the CP crew at Concordia - thanks to all the volunteers, interns, work study people, and our supporters - CP Concordia just became a much more dynamic and sustainable campus organization (provided the question makes it through the Board of Governors meeting).


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