Letters to the Editors

Cut costs, not the event itself

RE: “AMS, confess you’re a mess” (October 22, 2010)

Dear editors,

I’d like to clarify a few things about my article.

I never said the charity ball doesn’t give any money to charity. I said that its expenses exceed its revenue by $2,000.

This event is worth having, but costs should be trimmed so the event is a fundraiser for the beneficiary, not a lump donation out of student pockets.

Over the past years, expenses for the event have almost doubled; the loss expected for this year could be avoided with modest cuts to expense items, like event décor.

As for Mr. Osborne’s letter addressing the losses of Queen’s Model Parliament, I believe the delegates attending the event should shoulder the loss; speaking as a delegate myself, I would be willing to pay more for the conference to ensure losses to students are minimized or eliminated.

I firmly believe the best way the AMS can achieve its goal of representation is to give more room to the faculty societies.

Let’s face it; all the executives and commissioners are ArtSci students, which is hardly representative of the student body.

I realize schedule conflicts may prevent engineering or commerce students from holding these positions, which is all the more reason to decentralize power, so the societies can take care of the needs of their own students.

ArtSci students can’t be the only ones running the show; we must find a way to have every student represented.

Understand that there are different goals between faculties, especially on things like social issues, and this must be addressed.

To those who disagree with me on this point, so be it, but you are not serving the interest of student representation to its utmost.

Alexander Rotman, ArtSci ’13

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