Oh what to write…

Mike Davies, Editor-in-Chief  Ω

I sit down to write this column every week and truly struggle with what to say to you fine folks.

Should I come up with some sage words of wisdom and possibly come off like an arrogant know-it-all preaching about something that you have no way of knowing whether I know anything about?

Should I try to convince you to believe this way or that about an issue in your community or to support some worthy cause?

Maybe I should just shut up with all that and just tell you what’s in this week’s paper so you know whether or not to keep turning pages.

I think maybe this week I’ll do all three of those things.

First, if you haven’t already, read the feature on the page opposite about copyright. Find out about how part of what you pay to this institution goes to copyright issues and licensing — and maybe go look at some of the ways other schools across the country operate in this regard. It’s a pretty hefty chunk of change we’re paying for these services and you are the ones buying them.

Then flip the page (okay, read Rocca’s social media rant before you do that) and find an interesting tale of some nursing students travelling — just about as far as you can while remaining in Canada — to attend a conference and think about whether you’d like to have that opportunity as well. There are grants and bursaries available for those who want to commit to such endeavours to expand their education and it’s my hope that having you read about others doing such things, you might look into the possibility for yourself.

If you have a student loan, be sure to check out the centre fold this week to find out about the federal government losing records of half a million students who took out student loans from 2000 to 2006. Is this just a minor error or does it highlight a systemic fault in our post-secondary system and the funding of said system? (Hint: it’s the latter.)

Below that you’ll find information on a couple of new collectives being formed (or at least attempting to be formed) at this year’s TRUSU AGM, which takes place Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the TRUSU Boardroom. This meeting is where you get to have your say about how the students union spends your money, so if you don’t go to this and chime in — or at least pay attention so they know you’re watching them — then you don’t really get to complain about how you pay too much for your education.

The arts and entertainment section once again highlights some of the great events that are available for music (and film) lovers around campus, so I guess we’re kind of making it so you can’t complain about not having anything to do, too.

Sorry about that.

Oh, yeah…and we have a curling team now. You can find out about that and updates on our men’s and women’s volleyball squads back there on page 10 before you do the crossword and Sudoku puzzles.

I guess what I’m saying is this: there are plenty of things going on around you and if you decide to be ignorant of them, you’re not fulfilling your responsibilities or accessing your privileges or taking advantage of being here. Your education is what you make of it and you have no one to blame but yourself if you’re not getting enough out of the place you’ve chosen to receive it.

At least you can’t blame your ignorance on us.