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DLT #262: Election time again - MrPutter: doing things the hard way, because it is there.
February 3rd, 2009
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DLT #262: Election time again
It's a little strange being a grad student, and having a student government existing apart from, and completely in parallel to, the SU. The SU elections kind of exist in this strange superposition of both reality and irrelevence. It's a government. At the university. But it's not my government.


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From:frandroid
Date:February 3rd, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Actually, the school is the government. The student union happens to deliver some services, but it's still une association étudiante, as we call it in French. In English, the word "union" can be applied to any group and here can be mistaken to something akin to a labour union, but it's not really even that, although I guess it can organize strikes (which do happen in Québec, but I don't know about the rest of Canada... :])

I'm not 100% sure what you're saying though. You're saying you have your own graduate student union/association, and that the "Student Union", which really should call itself the "undergraduate student union", feels separate from your reality?

The candidates in your school's election seem to have more creative posters than at York.
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From:mrputter
Date:February 3rd, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
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> You're saying you have your own graduate student union/association, and that the "Student Union", which really should call itself the "undergraduate student union", feels separate from your reality?

Precisely, yes.


> Actually, the school is the government.

I get what you're saying, yes. The associations in question do affect many of the trappings of government, though. Which is what I was going for.
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From:mrputter
Date:February 3rd, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
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> seem to have more creative posters

You're just not seeing the ones that I didn't photograph.

About 1/25 are really creative and funny, 1/4 are passable (this being the category into which most of the above fall), and the remaining 3/4 or so, stupid and inane.
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