CALLING ALL STUDENTS
A meeting has been set to organize a response to the Lance’s most recent spoof edition. Among other things, the Lance belittles violence against women, participates in overt racism, and belittles student initiatives.
This meeting will decide what actions students feel need to be taken, and will take place on Monday, March 7th at 3:30pm in the CAW student centre.
It does not matter how involved you have been, or whether or not you believe these issues to affect you directly. These are human right infringements, and as such, we must take collective action. This is a shared struggle.
The featured article, “Last Call,” from the most recent edition of The Lance was launched on March 1st, 2011, and is yet another example of how students at the University of Windsor are unfairly represented.
A group of students at the University of Windsor organized a demonstration on December 2nd, 2010 to not only raise awareness of the discriminatory content within The Lance, but also to address its inadequate news coverage of student concerns and representation. Now, several months later, the Lance has used its authority and resources to not only discredit and mock student concerns, but to
also purposefully misrepresent them.
The Lance’s decision to make its first public acknowledgment of student concerns a spoof, demonstrates the lack of respect it has for the people it claims to represent. In fact, The Lance has yet to make any significant changes to its content, for which the writers continue to remain unaccountable for. Moreover, despite requirements for annual sensitivity training mandated by the Canadian University Press Ethics
Policy, to which The Lance follows, in addition to assurances from the editor-inchief that it would be implemented, sensitivity training has yet to take place—and hasn’t for the last two years.
The Lance has taken advantage of its position and power on campus to unfairly attack students—the very people it claims to represent. This specific Lance article is not only an attempt to seriously undermine legitimate student initiatives, but also works to prevent students from speaking out.
Students will not be silenced— this movement will continue in full force.