The CSU has dreams of CapU being a party school, but is that what students want?
Devon Simpson, Contributor
On paper CapRocks sounds amazing. Our hard-working Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) has created a concert on campus with a great lineup, alcohol and tons of food trucks. In reality, however, it is just another case of a Canadian students’ union wasting money on an event that the majority of CapU students won’t attend, and some won’t even know is taking place.
You can’t blame the good intentions of fellow students who want to put just a sprinkle of pride and entertainment into our awesome university, but is that really their job? The CSU isn’t the only students’ union to have wasted money on large-scale events. MacLean’s number one on their list of “6 stupid ways student unions used your money” was “spending it on big parties you didn’t attend.” Compared to the University of Windsor’s Student Alliance losing $40,000 booking Avicii, the CSU’s CapRocks isn’t much, coming in at $30,000, which was paid for by sponsors.
Here’s the thing, each semester a CapU student on the North Vancouver Campus enrolled in 4 courses pays the CSU $149.43. If you want to see the breakdown of these fees and others that you pay for (including this newspaper at $1.34 per credit, thanks by the way!) check out the Incidental Fees page on the University’s website.
Student unions may seem irrelevant to the average student, but they are not. Each semester every student pays this mandatory fee to the CSU and whether you voted or not there are now CapU student representatives who get paid by you to decide what to do with your money. One of the things that the CSU has chosen to do with this money is host a large concert. Unlike Captivate it was admission-based with close to 300 tickets sold, about four per cent of CapU’s student body, but not even all of the tickets sold were to students.
At the end of the day CapU is a commuter school and is not the end game as most students transfer out to larger universities. Events such as Captivate and CapRocks are excessive. Though they may help new students get more of a traditional university experience they are not worth it in the long run. The CSU should be spending their budget on things that will benefit the majority of students in their education. Things that will aid in developing new skills to enhance our resumes, help students access advice they require for their future, provide activities and recreation and ultimately be the voice of the students. Sorry, but this student is presently focused on her academic future not a concert on campus – there are summer music festivals that are going to fill that void.