Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Winters Dining Hall

We can see all the different issues with the Winters Dining Hall Food Court idea here, here, and here.

There are two major issues with this. Firstly, this space is used by students on a regular basis. Whether it be in Orientation, any of the dance clubs, studying, club meetings, flee market, concerts, graduate studies, education and many other things that happen there on a regular basis.

Secondly, is the 330 meal plan. This meal plan is going to force students to use meal credits exclusively at Aramark. This means that if you want to spend your dollars on Indian Flavour, Berries and Blooms, Blueberry Hill, Falafel Hut, Sakura, The Absinthe Pub, or any other spot on campus, you won't be able too.

Anthony Barbisan from York University Food Services mentioned
"We have heard the space issue loud and clear".
Given that they have heard it loud and clear, if they decide to do it anyways it shows that they are deliberately ignoring students.

I charge York University to listen to students and not make these renovations. The students need and use this space on a regular basis, and this meal plan forces an unfair choice onto students who have so little choices as it is.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Winters Dining Hall Town Hall

Hey guys,

I am going to be once again trying out the live blog process to tell you about what is happening with the Winters Dining hall. I am disappointed right off the bat because the only word I have had about this was a piece of paper in my mailbox. No e-mail has been sent out and no real effort has been made to ensure attendance at this event.

It is a space that will be taken away from commuters, but commuters have not been given a chance to speak to it.

If you have any questions you want me to pose, post them in the comments and I will ask and post the answers on here.

The dining hall is half filled with seats and half with food. A presentation screen on the stage and portraits of what they would like the dining hall to look like on the side.

So far it looks like there are about 60-80 people around here. The back of the room is filling up with people trying out the new food that I assume is being proposed for the Dining Hall. I see members of WCC, Food Services, Housing, Aramark and other places in the University.

It seems like this is a proposal being pushed primarily towards Residence Students. One question I will be sure to ask is what they think the effect will be on Commuter students as they are an important part of our community who already find it hard to connect.

It seems like things are about to get started. They are asking people to take their seats and people are slowly making their way over.
Anthony Barbisan is standing at the front getting ready to begin his talk.

he starts off by saying it is a proposal. Not a done deal. He wants to get some feedback and input and looking forward to questions. We have already heard a lot of feedback.

Did research with 4270 asking questions about food on campus.

72% desired an all you care to eat dining room
75% stated that sustainability issues are important
Healthy options
Social atmosphere/ambiance and comfortable
9.25 - 12 acceptable range meal.

Proposal is to transform Complex 1 and 2 dining halls into dedicated Marche-style all-you-care-to-eat dining rooms. Potential to implement this for September 2010
Only if it is something that people want.

Have heard loud and clear that space is an issue. the VP Finance and Admin is committed to ensuring that we protect student space. Is there an alternate location for this?

The seating looks as if it would fill the room. Capasity is 212.

Nutritionist monthly seminars, and possibly personalized appointments. Eco friendly dining - removing alot of garbage through food services because it is mostly take out style.

Talk of 330 meals per year that would be forced into these two places.

In my opinion the impact on the Absinthe Pub would be destructive.

So this went on for another hour and a half. There were tons of questions and as Mr Barbisan said it himself "We hear loud and clear about the space issue".

This was filmed so as soon as I find the footage I will put it online here for you!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Gone for 2-3 weeks.

Hey guys,

Thanks for keeping up with my blog all this time. I just wanted to let you know that for the next 2 to 3 weeks I am going to be MIA. No Facebook, no games, no movies. One night where I will drink, but that is only because it is free and I'm doing it along with a job - and I get a free meal out of it.

When I finish these 2 to 3 weeks I will have finished school. Which means I may not blog so much about school, but more about politics, or maybe another field that I plan on working in or contributing too.

I feel that this will be a life changing moment for me. But in order for that change to happen I need to sit and focus for the next three weeks on school.

Watch out world, I am putting the last touches on my defenses, then here I come!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I have lost all faith in York...

Someone really smart decided to make Krisna Saravanamuttu CRO for the Board of Governors Election.

What blogger came up with when someone tried to type "..."

Thanks Kriss Bacon for cuing me in.

Monday, March 8, 2010

You've Got a Bloody Right to Say

I am concerned right now that the YFS election system has been undemocratic. There have been complaints of not getting all the ballots, ballot boxes not being properly secured and massive demerit points awarded for handing out Excalibur. All voters should be extremely concerned about this issue.

A rally was held at 10:30 today to voice these concerns. Here are some key quotes:

"[I'm] not a campaigner [and I] wasn't really involved other than voting. I am not happy with how things went down. I feel that handing out newspapers is not a reason to disqualify people. I feel this is common sense...Contaminating the voting process by putting the wrong type of tape is undemocratic. There are a lot of issues that should be addressed, and the newspapers is not one of them."

"I talked to people and tried to see what they thoguht. One of them said 'Yeah it sucks, but what do you expect from a York Election'. This is supposed to be a time where we choose who our government is. I don't know about you, but I think it is a damn shame. If you think your vote doesn't make a difference, then that is a shame"

This is the type of thing you would expect from a third world country, not a Canadian University.

We know our rights, we know what democracy is, and we will continue to fight against this undemocratic union as long as the incumbents choose the people who run the election.

I am a voter, you are a voter, but our voices were trampled upon. As voters we have to ensure that we are choosing our leadership. How can we ensure this when the very box you put your voice into is in question? Legitimate representation is a right. The only we can attain democracy - the only way we can attain this right is when the incumbents no longer choose the people who run this election.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

YFS Elections Rally

This seems to be the post that is easily found when you type "Kevin Morris" into google. So I wanted to mention right here that my blog has changed to http://kevinndmorris.wordpress.com/


I will be blogging at the rally with up to the minute feedback on what is happening. Please stay tuned!

My Netbook was giving a little bit of trouble but I'm up now.
Approximately 5 minutes ago I came and there are already 2 girls with a table sitting under the statue. Krisna came and shook their hands then proceeded up to his office with Mr Salter. Just now Krisna came down and is going to Treats I assume for his breakfast
There are now some supplies sitting on the table, looks like blue and yellow papers.

It seems what is sitting convinently under the statue is "Building Bridges to Accessible Education". Very interesting indeed. Krisna took his (I assume) coffee upstairs using the elevator.

There are now about 6 people under the statue, there is no way to tell if these people are truly wanting accessible education or if they are here for the imminent rally.

Shahbaz was seen walking down the stairs and heading out the North entrance of the student centre

York Security Services are starting to roam around the area under the statue.

There are now a good 10-15 people standing around under the statue. REMINDER rally starts at 10:30

YFS executive director and staff can be seen walking around under the statue
Head of Security along with other security services heading up the elevator.

Stacie Peart VP Campus Life can be seen going upstairs and the crowd around the statue dies down for the time being.

YFS Staff members set up a nice sign to make it a little more clear that what is sitting at the bottom of the stairs.
Reliable source says YFS execs are gathering upstairs.

Security Services are watching us from the third floor

People show up with megaphone, currently sitting on the sidelines. People show up with the YFS Resist shirt except it says "Resist YFS Tyranny"

Confirmed again that YFS executive members are still rallying upstairs.
VP Operations Steven Broadley can now be seen going into treats
Darshika went with him...

About 10-15 people are sitting at the sidelines.

More people are congregating.

People are gathering together and it seems like things are about to get started. Salter it staring down at us from the third floor.

Rally is getting started.
"Wanting to get their voice out" "Feel the process was undemocratic and therefore the election should be redone."

People can put in their opinions about the YFS Elections

There is a sign that says "CROs not CRIOUs"

Speak about Democracy and the background of the statue in the student centre.

10:36 -ongoing

"At this great moment what we need most is to remain calm and united for a single purpose...You are the symbol of everything on this campus...On the day when real democracy comes to York we want to ensure that it stays that way"

"Really concerned about how the elections were conducted"
"Voting is a right that we should always be proud to have, and he feels that right has been taken away from him."

Security sitting on sidelines watching
"We Believe this right (voting) should never be taken away from us"
"This is in response to two years of very undemocratic elections, in which the CRO was chosen by the incumbent party and this is really unacceptable. Here to reject the process and results of the election."

Reads off the letter that can be read on the New York website:
"Today the scrutineering team for the NEW YORK slate walked out at the beginning of ballot counting because our team refused to validate an undemocratic process. We took the decision to walk out of the counting room before the ballot boxes were opened, because regardless of the results that will emerge, the accumulated compromises to the election’s integrity makes it impossible to recognize any outcome.

The four major concerns that motivated the NEW YORK team to not validate the process are:

• The ballot boxes were not sealed properly. The ballot boxes were not sealed with a secure type of tape, as promised before the election. NEW YORK filed a formal concern about this with YFS election officials and we did not receive a response in advance of the beginning of ballot counting.
• Ballot boxes from Glendon had their integrity further compromised when YFS election officials did not make a sufficient effort to include NEW YORK scrutineers in the car bringing these boxes from Glendon to Keele.
• Dozens of discrepancies reported at polling stations to date include computer glitches, voters receiving too many ballots, voters not receiving enough ballots, and voters receiving the incorrect ballots for their faculty or college.
• The YFS elections officials are counting the councilor ballots before the appeal of disqualifications has been heard. If the election results are known before the appeal hearing, the elections committee, who were appointed by the incumbents, will be choosing the outcome of the election.

NEW YORK will not stop working to deliver to students the accountable government that they deserve.

We encourage students to take action themselves by contacting some of the people below if you are troubled by the democratic process at our school."

Chants "Democracy was stolen"

Cameras all over the place, people writing notes, but remember you can only get minute by minute feedback here!

"It is very unacceptable that people got disqualified for giving out excalibur."
The box is going to go up to the President's office

"Not a campaigner wasn't really involved other than voting. I am not happy with how things went down. I feel that handing out newspapers is not a reason to disqualify people. I feel this out of common sense. I feel that a newspaper is completely available on campus is not a reason to disqualify someone. Contaminating the voting process by putting the wrong type of tape is undemocratic. There are a lot of issues that should be addressed, and the newspapers is not one of them. This is an important issue and I'm going to write my opinion put it in that box and maybe someone will listen."

"What do we want? A Fair Election, when do we want it? NOW!"

We are asking for the Admin's help on this issue.
"We asked for democracy and all we gets hypocracy"

"I'ma keep this short. I started in this election because a friend asked me too, and I stayed in it because I am mad. I feel like every day something went down that was not cool. I feel like noone cares. Everyone is doing all they can. I really want people to write in that box because that is the only way that people are listening."

signs up "Where is my vote"
more chants

"Give a little example of what happened. I went to vote last week and I only received 5 ballots. Students are supposed to receive 7. For a student who is unaware that they have the opportunity that they get to vote for 7 people, they lose out"

"We came here for a fair election, we came to Canada because we want to have fair elections." They proceeded singing O Canada. More chants for a fair election.

More than 26 minutes into the rally and there is no sign of any YFS people coming to respond.

"I talked to people and tried to see what they thought. One of them said Yeah it sucks but what do you expect from a York Election. This is supposed to be a time where we choose who our government is. I don't know about you, but I think it is a damn shame. If you don't think your vote doesn't make a difference then that is a shame."

Approximately 30-40 people showed up. and they are now sitting in a circle by the

"I think my vote did not count whatsoever. I feel there could have been a change. Our vote did not come out and this is a shame"

"Where's my vote" chants.

Simple question.
Were you happy with the election?
Are any of you happy with the current exec?

"I'm distressed. I see alot of people just do not care. Alot of people just accept what we are fighting against. The Majority of you don't think it is fair. The only way that we are going to make change is by fighting for it like this. Write down your opinions on a paper and put it into that box. If you don't care nobody else will!"
-overheard- this is something like what you would expect from a third world country, not a Canadian University

more chants "Wheres my vote!"

"Going over to the President's Office to give him the box. So if you haven't expressed your opinion I encourage you to do it. If you want your voice heard, that is a good way to do it"

"I don't know what the definition is for election. But I think it has to do with electing someone, but we didn't get a chance to do that. But disqualfying 16 out of 21 people that I voted for is wrong. A bunch of people didn't get their voices heard"

They have invited members of New York and members of Students First to speak about this issue.

Going around and asking people what they thought about how this election was conducted.

"I'm not sure you realize this. No one realizes how much power we have."

It is clear that their message is that they want a fair election.

"Canada is supposed to support democracy and I think it is wonderful. Thank you for holding that flag proudly"

Thank you everyone from coming out and/or reading. Be sure to post comments.

For more information about the Rally visit: YFS Election Rally

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Students First and (un) democracy

So we all know that the election process has been undemocratic. We can see that here, here, and here.

And there is a new post on the New York discussion here.

I am going to quote some famous people that I happen to know.

Yoda said: "The dark side clouds everything, impossible to see the future is."

Overheard while walking by a ballot box: "I just realized today that I didn't receive a ballot for President"

Fraser of New York said: "The system is undemocratic and the choosing of the CRO by the incumbents makes it that way"

Brittany said: "I deem this election to be illogical captain"

William Shakespeare said: "Ambition should be made of sterner stuff."

Kriss Bacon said: he "would really appreciate the text of the notice of disqualifications for New yorks candidates"

Jac G said: "Tim Burton Fail.... wonderland = dissapointment"