Are all the things political?

From the Sports Editor 

Between the fiasco that was the vote of no confidence, to the growing fear of nuclear war between North Korea and the US, I completely understand why some of us may be feeling a little “politically fatigued”.

In the office, nuclear war has become such a topic of discussion that I fear it may turn some of us into whatever the equivalent of a “Doomsday Prepper” on a student budget looks like. With the upcoming SRC elections taking place, I think it is time for us to have a little heart-to-heart about what politics really means. When I think about politics and particularly when I think about choosing a leader, the idea of the “social contract” comes to mind. In its simplest sense, we as citizens allow ourselves to be governed, and in return those who govern us do so according to the rules and values that we as citizen’s make. Consequently, we also have the ability to change those who govern us when they no longer govern according to the common will. Therefore, we as citizens have an incredible amount of power and responsibility, as we are able to dictate the kind of future that we want.

In terms of the SRC, the same concept applies. The power and responsibility does not lie in the hands of the candidates, but rather in hands of us as students. As a result, I honestly cannot imagine not voting. We also cannot discuss the SRC elections without addressing the reality that is the TSC. To those who are not the aware, especially to first years, the Temporary Student Council is not exactly the SRC as they were selected by management. Therefore, this election is even more important – as for many students this will be their first chance to have a say in how they are governed. In the meantime, make sure that you know your candidates. Take some time to read through the SRC supplement in this edition. I also genuinely find this entire campaign process utterly fascinating. For the next couple of weeks, campus will be filled with brightly themed campaign posters and the Piazza will be filled with students who are eagerly and anxiously waiting to grill the candidates, and this will be completely normal behaviour.

If you find that you need a little break from all this, make sure to check out all the interesting content in this edition. On page 3 we have a piece on the 4th Annual Woman-of-Worth Network, on page 5 we have the start of our highly entertaining literature supplement, on page 7 we have a really interesting piece on Cannabis use, and in Sport on page 8 make sure to catch up on the Varsity Football action

 

Lorinda Marrian

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