I found a letter to the editor in today's (Wednesday) MN Daily to be particularly surprising: U Denies Democratic Reform.
It was an interesting read, as it details a U student groups multiple attempts at democratic reform, only to be continually shut down by Students Unions and Activities, as well as the All-Campus Elections Committee.
The group, Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, has been petitioning to add a referenda to the April 2 ballot. The petition would request that U administrators take a 5-15% pay decrease, so that students won't have to face the burden of a rising tuition, and faculty and instructors won't have to suffer substantial pay cuts.
The SDS supposedly got over 600 signatures for the petition, well over the 450 minimum, yet the petition was denied because of what the ACEC claimed was "vague language". After this set back, the SDS then set out to correct the language of the petition, and set out for more signatures, this time, they got 471, again, over the maximum. Yet, once again, the ACEC denied the petition to add a referenda on the basis that the student's couldn't be identified as University students, although the petition had signatures as well as x500s.
I definitely think that more research should be done into this issue. Not only the side of the SDS and ACEC, but also the public who are affected by rising tuition rates, and a lose of democratic control here at the U.
This letter to the editor raised many questions, yet, it should be taken with a grain of salt. Although I do not doubt the severity or the realness of the claims of the SDS, but the letter lacks any credible sources, and spends the bulk of it's purpose placing blame without further substantiated claims, such as details from the ACEC for rejecting the petition for referenda not just once, but twice.
At any rate, I would hope you all to read it, and look into it yourselves!