The Courier explores clippings from the Centennial College student press archives.
A New Voice For The Student
After two “underground” newspaper papers have published, and with a third one pending, the official Centennial College newspaper, THE ARSENAL, has finally become a reality.
The ARSENAL came into existence to fulfill several needs in the College. As an organ of the journalism department, the paper will serve the vital function of giving journalism students the opportunity for practical experience under the actual working conditions of a city newspaper.
Before the ARSENAL was conceived, students’ reporting and writing lab classes consisted mainly of learning the techniques of newspaper journalism. Often the students were given the facts of a hypothetical situation and told to write a news story, editorial or feature. The story was later marked by the instructors on the basis of form, accuracy, readability and style. Because of practicality and ease of confronting the students with a great variety of situations, this form of assignment will continue as the backbone of the course.
With the opportunity of contributing to the ARSENAL, the scope of the journalism students will be tremendously expanded. With Arsenal assignments from student editors, they are able to track down stories in the school and the Scarborough area under the actual conditions that any working newsman experiences. They will be responsible for gathering all their information from what may be a multitude of news sources. It is then compiled into a story suitable for printing in the paper.
Journalism students are encouraged to contribute stories on topics that interest them. Currently they write on a rotating plan enabling them to work in all the major departments found in city newspapers.
It is hoped that by working on the Arsenal, each journalism student will be able to collect his own clippings. A personal press book can be as valuable as a diploma when seeking employment in the journalism field.
Information on activities of the students, the government, the administration, and the board of education, and anything that concerns those in the college will be made available through the Arsenal. It is hoped, too, that when the paper becomes more widely circulated it will make the public more aware of Centennial’s activities, achievements and possibilities.
A student paper has been in demand almost since the beginning of classes in October, but could not truly be conceived until all the journalism students had received their foundation training. However, credit should be extended to the two “underground” newspapers for making a genuine effort to fill the need for communication in the College. With very little support, their editors and writers spent a great deal of time trying to keep the student body informed.
A budget of $1,075, for the Arsenal, was approved by the administration last month. At first a weekly newspaper was planned, but because of high costs, it is possible to publish only every second week. It is expected that at the start of the ‘67 term, the paper will become larger in size and appear weekly.
Student Life in 1967
In the two months since its inception the Student Administrative Council has been busy making plans for the future and solidifying its position as a responsible student representation of Centennial College.
To its credit the council has spent funds discriminately and has tentatively planned next year’s budget to fit growing expense requirements. Under President Dave Tait’s guidance Centennial has established a firm liaison with Ryerson and has become a member of the Ontario Union of Schools.
But one glaring failure has marred the record of our first student government. They have not presented the student body with a constitution. In fact they have only recently formed yet another committee to deal with drawing up an acceptable constitution.
This new committee was formed because of an apparent inability to cope with the problem. The SAC advertised on the bulletin board in the main hall to the effect that anyone interested in working on a constitutional committee should sign his name in the space provided.
Surely Centennial’s student body deserve more than a grab bag of whimsical volunteers. Some of these volunteers may have already had a chance at producing a constitution when the original committee was set up by the abortive interim student council. It is not impossible that these same blunderers could be again sitting on a similar committee twiddling their thumbs and looking for divine guidance.
As a responsible government the SAC should have taken the initiative and selected individuals they thought could contribute most toward such an important endeavour.
The SAC should remember that when drawn up, the constitution will be given close scrutiny and it must be accepted by the student body before it becomes legal.
If more decisive action is not forthcoming on this impotent subject then the SAC has forsaken one of its prime responsibilities and is most certainly inviting the disenchantment of Centennial’s students.
Unfair TTC Fares
There’s nothing fair about the T.T.C. fare increases that went into effect on March 25. The Transit Commission’s Easter present could well be the straw that breaks the student’s financial back.
With absurd library fine rates, textbooks costing up to $12 each and activity fees soaring to $25 next semester, the student’s economic burden is already heavy enough.
Many grade 12 history books have an old woodprint illustrating the peasant’s plight prior to the French Revolution. On his shoulders, the poor member of the Third Estate bears the weight of the world, and as if that wasn’t enough, the nobility and clergy lean on the globe just to increase the burden. Analogically speaking, the difference between the downtrodden peasant and financially oppressed student is not that great.
Thousands of people use the Toronto Transit system to go to work and school each day. But the difference between the employee and student is that one is using the transportation to go and make money while the other usually ends up only spending it.
The man who commutes to work can accept the fare increase as an expense required in making his living. The student must dredge the bottom of his barren pocket book and part with his meagre part-time or summer earnings.
It is an anachronism that special student fares be revoked for those taking post-secondary school education. High schools are as numerous as flies and are strategically located so that they are within walking distances of the student’s residences. Most of them don’t even need the buses to get to school. Conversely, the universities and colleges are spread few and far between. The majority of their students live considerable distances from the institutions. If they don’t have a car, or can’t get in a motor pool, the T.T.C. is their only alternative for transportation.
It is unreasonable that high school students, who don’t have to pay for tuition or books, get reduced transit rates. In their part-time or summer jobs, most of them earn as much or even more than the people taking higher education. Why must college students pay standard fare rates along with other insurmountable financial burdens imposed by the necessity for higher education?
Rather than a utility run for the general benefit of the public, the T.T.C. appears to be a capitalistic monopoly designed to soak the people through a vital service. By charging college students absurd rates, the T.T.C. is practicing open highway robbery.