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Updated on Saturday, October 18

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OMG: Through this whole Schembri drama, something has seemed unusual to me.

WPIRG essentially jumped into the situation and helped students not only organize themselves as neglected residents, but also helped them seek legal advice, and are now successfully legally organized to deal with Schembri.

Meanwhile, FEDS continues to have Schembri be a sponsor for orientation week (and yes, they didn't know ahead of time, but they could have withdrawn their sponsorship easily enough), and last term kicked WPIRG out of the SLC, mostly because they just didn't like them.

So WPIRG, which is an optional fee that students don't seem to want to pay, actually helps students out in their time of need, while FEDS, which is an obligatory fee, accepts sponsorship money from Schembri and basically doesn't do squat.

Sometimes I wonder who's on who's side...

18 comments

  1. Ummmm... how do you go back on a sponsorship contract for an event that has already happened?

    "We signed a contract, accepted your money, and then used that money to pay for stuff, but then we learned you'd done something crappy so now we'll disavow you as a sponsor and LITERALLY PAY YOU STUDENTS' MONEY as a 'refund,' since we already spent the money you gave us in the first place."

    Ummm... no thanks.

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    1. 1 has it right. If Feds had known about the Schembri situation before they'd actually received the funding from Schembri for welcome week, then they could have backed out of the contract. But by the time this thing blew up, Welcome Week was practically over and the money was spent.

      What's worse? Accepting money from Schembri before they screwed over hundreds of students, or writing Schembri a cheque for several thousand dollars after the aforementioned screwing?

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  2. The whole Schembri thing is the first time I've ever seen WPIRG be useful.

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  3. I may rail against Feds for things like trying to muzzle Council, closing off Board meetings, and the exec getting nothing done, but in general I still like it as an organization. I don't think it's been useless on the Schembri issue - just slower than it should have been because it has a lot of crap to deal with. I still like Feds - that's why I get so mad at them sometimes.

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  4. This is the only useful WPIRG thing ever. I'd be happy if both them and Feds were gone.

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    1. Well, you can at least make one of those things happen. Take the steps and hold a referendum on the WPIRG fee!

      As for Feds... well, Ontario students don't get a say in whether or not they have a student union. We have to have one.
      BUT Feds provides some pretty great stuff - from the campus pub, to the student bus pass, to special events, and a hell of a lot of behind-the-scenes negotiation with University admin to try and protect student interests on-campus.

      It's fine if you're not a fan of Feds in its current form, but just remember the only way it can improve is if students like yourself get involved and work to change things from within!

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    2. no you wouldn't because then student life would be in the shitter and the university would rule.
      and the university does not have any regard for its students.

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  5. Feds hasn't been as directly involved because WPIRG took charge. No need to duplicate efforts.

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    1. I believe Feds is contributing money to the process to back WPIRG in this, yeah? I'm not certain though.

      Agreed though - duplicating efforts would be silly.

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    2. No they're not. Feds isn't contributing any money.
      They've just passed a few motions about not working with Schembri. Not duplicating efforts is true but Feds can make a financial contribution (and should).

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    3. What financial contribution would you like to see?

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    4. I thought Feds and off campus housing started first getting involved in this? my friend went to a legal session they organized at the start of september

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  6. Feds did withdraw their support.... http://www.feds.ca/home/feds-takes-steps-to-support-students-waiting-for-housing-at-1-columbia-west/

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    1. While you are correct 6, I believe OP's point was that they should have then cancelled their pre-existing sponsorship contract for Welcome Week. Which is silly for reasons stated by 1.

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  7. WPRIG might actually hurt the group of students. Individual who made a case against Schembri had their case heard weeks ago, while the group action that WPRIG was trying to organize took too long. Sure, WPRIG is helping to attract attention to the issue, but I don't think they've been very helpful.

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    1. That's ridiculous. The whole point is that students doing this as a big group are more likely to succeed. And it's not just about a few people winning their money back it's about showing Schembri that they can't pull this shit on students. If you follow the stories, Schembri has been a terrible landlord pretty much since forever and for the first time someone is actually doing something about it. Besides the attention they attracted to the issue actually got a lot more students involved, people who were otherwise not aware that filing was even an option and who were taking schembri up on alternative accommodations.

      Determined to hate on WPIRG no matter what? Sorry, try again.

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    2. 7a. I doubt a group is more likely to succeed. More likely to attract attention yes. But attention does not mean success with making an application to the landlord board. WPRIG collects a lot of money in student fees ... maybe this can actually prove their worth. I'm with 7. Not sold on the idea that WPRIG is helping this group of students as much as they think

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  8. Schembri lol...

    why cos theyre an engineer?

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