I used to look back at my alma mater Concordia University, and ponder how student politics there had changed. In my years (2000-2004), there were scandals, recalls, backroom deals, lawsuits, riots, arrests and just general overall craziness. But since then it had been mostly quiet. A one-party system had been instituted at the Concordia Student Union, finances seemed under control and everyone stayed out of the headlines.
But thankfully, university student politics have a habit of repeating themselves every few years, as high turnover results in institutional Alzheimer’s and the same mistakes get made by a whole new group:
- Person in charge of finances is left unchecked, money goes missing, and then she does as well? Check.
- President proclaims innocence? Check.
- Financial mismanagement so complicated even auditors can’t figure it all out? Check.
- Recall petition to remove executive? Check.
- Executive tries to find loophole to subvert democratic will of petition? Check.
- Club money goes to questionable expenses? Check.
- Comparisons to corrupt African regimes and measures put in place to make sure this “doesn’t happen again”? Check.
- Patrice Blais? Check.