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Carleton Student Council: “Ok, maaaaaaaaaaybe that was a bad idea”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 7:51 am

So, one week ago I told you about Carleton University in Ottawa Canada, and how they had decided to stop raising money for Cystic Fibrosis.

Well, it appears that perhaps they acted a bit rashly, as both internal and external pressure has caused them to reverse the decision.

In addition, they shall do the following:

  • Support next year’s cystic fibrosis fundraiser, called Shinerama.
  • Donate at least $1,000 to the organization.
  • Issue a formal apology.


In addition, the student councillor who crafted the controversial motion to drop the fundraiser resigned.

Donnie Northrup received hate mail and death threats after he suggested the council find a new charity to support during Orientation Week instead of participating in the same fundraiser as other universities across the country.

Ok, death threats are over the top here, but I personally think that hate mail is 100% appropriate in a situation like this.  When you do something so stunningly idiotic as what they did, you have earned the ire of, well, apparently everyone.

One other councillor, Sean Maguire, also resigned.

“I love this university,” he said, sniffling, his voice choked with emotion. “And it pains me to no end to know that we have damaged its reputation.”

Delicious, I tell you.  Next time, perhaps your replacement should stop and think “are we sure this is accurate information we’re getting here?”

I mean, just because someone who’s a minority says something doesn’t actually make it true.  In fact, in Ocarter’s case, it strongly suggests that it isn’t true.

But I digress.  Back to the mockery at hand.

Meanwhile, a group on campus has submitted a petition signed by 1,000 students calling for the student association president, Brittany Smyth, to be impeached over the incident, which they are calling “Shinerama-gate.”

Only if she voted for the measure would I suggest this is a good idea.  I think every dunderhead who voted to stop participation in the fundraiser should be booted from the Student Association, and if Brittany was one of them, she should get booted out the door extra hard.

I still find it staggering that this ever happened in the first place.  Are the meetings closed?  Does no one from the student body attend?  How the hell did the “affects only white people” even SOUND like an actual fact, and why did no one demand someone actually check a book?

Yet further evidence that – as Another Drew explained elsewhere:

A classic example of the battle between liberals, whose base operating mode is “feelings” (“I feel that…”); and conservatives, who deal in “facts” (”The data shows…”

Meanwhile, I’ll just be over here, wondering exactly how doomed Canada is, if those kids are the “future”…

(H/T to QandO)


  1. And even if it did only affect white people, that’s still a ridiculous reason to bail out of a fundraiser.

    Comment by Justin — 12/3/2008 @ 10:02 am

  2. I came to say what Justin said, so I’ll mention this instead. My freshman daughter is very interested in medical research. She is appalled by the tragedy of sickle cell anemia and told a teacher she wanted to work on a cure. The teacher told her not to bother, that all the research money goes to black scientists at traditionally black institutions.

    How absolutely revolting if true.

    Comment by brobin — 12/3/2008 @ 10:21 am

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