Campus catch-up

No campus group for men’s issues

Men’s issues won’t be getting their own official campus group at Ryerson University.

The proposed group’s status was denied by Ryerson’s student government earlier this month amid concerns that it has ties with alleged hate groups.

The students behind the group — Anjano Rao, Argir Argirov and Sarah Santhosh — were informed of the reject on March 15, hours after Argirov and Santhosh had presented their proposal to a panel comprised of members of the Ryerson

Students’ Union (RSU).

The group’s creators denied the men’s rights group label, and claimed to advocate issues like education, custody, violence, and reproductive rights as they relate to men. RSU President Rodney Diverlus told Ryerson’s Eyeopener that some members of the panel feared the group was connected to organizations like the Canadian Association for Equality and A Voice for Men, which both claim to combat misandry.

— Holly Tousignant

Boycotting Israel at York

York University’s student union voted to support a boycott against Israel on March 21.

Two members of the York Federation of Students (FSU) voted against and 18 voted in favour of endorsing the Global Campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, a show of solidarity with Palestine.

In November, the York University Graduate Students’ Association endorsed the BDS, followed by the University of Toronto Graduate Students Union in December and the Concordia Graduate Students’ Association in January.

The BDS was created in 2005 as a “global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights,” according to their website.

The endorsement prompted members of Jewish groups Hillel at York and Hasbara @atYork to speak against it, with the president of the latter alleging racism and discrimination.

— Holly Tousignant

Food fiasco at Trent

A group of students at Trent University have organized a boycott of the school’s food service provider, Aramark, citing the company’s monopoly and its processed food.

Members of Sustainable Trent and other students are supporting the campaign by offering free meals to hundreds of students on selected dates. The food includes vegan, vegetarian, local meat and gluten-free selections, and is provided by local groups.

According to a piece in the Trent Arthur, organizers also hope to draw attention to the US company’s “role as a multi-billion dollar profiteer from the exploitation of the tar sands, the prison industrial complex, and weapons manufacturing.”

— Holly Tousignant

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