Meow everyone. Many of my readers will know that years ago, when I started this blog, I did so to expose the Ryerson Student Union as nothing more than a sham organization. I have shown time and time again that they in fact do nothing for the student they take millions of dollars from. They do , however, live a pretty good life on the money from students.
One of the major, contentious issues was that the student body knew of these qualities of the student union but somehow, come election time, the same slate always managed to win the elections. Oh there were rumblings for years about rigged election, ballot box stuffing and so on. However, while these allegations were exactly that, allegations, something much more concrete would be needed to expose this pathetic excuse of an organization.
I have spent years chasing these clowns, getting in their faces when so required, going down every road available to me . Yes, those who know me know, full well, that when I am interested in something, nothing stops me from getting to my goal. Threats don’t stop me , physical actions don’t stop me , NOTHING stops me .
This week proved the level of determination I have to arrive at the bottom of a story . I decided to once again cover the student union elections , and in highly predictable fashion, the RSU tried everything to prevent me to even being present at or near one of their precious polling stations. However, I actually have the RSU themselves, to thank for my tenacity this year.
My readers will recall this article I wrote about two members of the ” Unite Ryerson ” slate running for office this year. One clearly and openly supported the killing of cops and while he made a half heart’d ” apology ” , everyone clearly saw that this was indeed not an apology , but rather , a weak attempt at damage control. His backing student union was quick to defend him and his comments , and invented some half baked excuse to ” justify ” his comments. The second person in the same article is one who openly promoted racial segrigation , indicating that white people should always remain in the rear, and only come forward when or if a black person is being confronted by police. Hmmm, here is a novel idea, if you don’t want the police to confront you, ummmm, maybe, don’t commit crimes … just sayin’ .
So, with the seeds planted by the student union themselves, this election was going to be more closely watched anyway, and there was no way I was going to miss this. So, being as disgusted as I was about what Zidane Mohamed said, decided to make my own little sign and undertake a symbolic protest and voter awareness campaign against the RSU. So, prior to me taking step one, I contact Ryerson Security services and explained exactly what I wished to undertake . I wanted to be certain that my own actions were going to be within the guideline of the universities code of conduct, not be offensive and be totally non-confrontational . If I was going to take them on, I had to ensure that my own actions would be of a high standard so nothing can come back against me.
Well, it didn’t take long before the RSU took it upon themselves to call Ryerson Security on me , as I was near their polling station. In fact, the rules are clear. No one side may campaign within 30 feet of a poling station. I was not campaigning for any side, rather, what I was doing was to show who NOT to vote for. I took the advice and direction from security services without question. They already knew that I was never a trouble maker so they was no chance of an issue with me anyway.
Since I was on my own anyway, I had only planned on going to the major poling stations and stay for only about an hour at each station per day, totaling about three hours. I had a surprising amount of support, yes, many students supported me, but to my surprise, I have had a number a of tenured staff and professors come up to me to thank me for speaking up and speaking out against this student union. However, while everything they said was really kind and welcome, what I was about to discover was about to blow these elections wide open .
My first stop was on Monday, the first day of these elections. I stopped off first in the Library Building where one of the most popular and busiest poling stations was situated . The first thing I noticed upon arrival was the station already set up and ready to , but with one very important and significant problem … an UNSEALED ballot box , as seen here :
The Deputy Returning Officer ran over to me , almost screaming, ( pretty laughable actually ) and threatening me that if this makes t online, there will be serious consequences. Well DRO, here ya go , its online, do your worst . While I was there, of course the RSU executive made every attempt to try and have me removed , going so far as to call Ryerson security on me, at the first sighting of me. Umm Jesse Root, the guy who actually thought he could successfully have me removed , tried every argument imaginable. Actually , his imagination far surpassed his ability to stick to facts, so Jesse, good try but …… FAIL . Fail appeared to be the predominant theme for the RSU that day because they tried several more times and each time, they FAILED . Well, don’t ever let it be said that communists are not consistent.
Word was getting out that the RSU was at least for a short time, being symbolically challenged, and right in their home turf so to speak . Several people came up to show support for my little protest. I indicated that I was not thear to do anything more that let the facts , well known and publicized facts speak for themselves . The Students need a student union that will work for THEM, as opposed to the self entitlement the current student has and the disdain they hold for the students now.
My Blackberry is always within reach and is a very handy tool of mine. Yes, I am a die hard Blackberry user and have no intention of switching any time soon. It came in handy as it is easy to use and requires very little to get it ready for those times when one needs a fast shot . This was going to prove itself in my next destination, The Ted Rogers School of Management or TRSM for short. This building is home to the Ryerson School of Business and for the most part, not a friendly place for the RSU . Two poling stations were set up in this building as it is home to more than 6000 students in the various programs taught in this building.
I made it a point to visit BOTH stations, keeping in mind that I did make an agreement with Ryerson Security to remain at least 25 feet from the actual polling both. I thought this was fair, as no one involved as a candidate was allowed to be within this area either . While I was not actually campaigning for a position, I agree to the distance request to ensure that no potential for a verbal altercation would materialize, especially with such opposite points of view. Of course once again, the RSU executive there, called security on me, and once again , they learned the meaning of the word … FAIL . They were clearly flustered at the fact that they were not able to get rid of me , and this time, I present a real threat to to their ability to garner votes for their slate. I had significant support there, support not limited to students alone, but rather to heads of depts. and tenured professors . There was significant disgust towards the RSU member making the support statement of killing cops , as well, the other candidate who openly supported racial segregation.
What I saw next could only be described as utter mind boggling. The RSU has long been accused of stuffing ballot boxes wit ballots to ensure that THEIR slate wins the RSU elections, after all, there is a lot at stake in wining . I have been searching , looking for evidence of this for YEARS, when right in front of me, the poll clerk is going that. I quickly armed myself with my Blackberry and shot this short video, a video CLEARLY showing this poll clerk, taking some ballots and placing them into the ballot box. This is strictly now allowed. Here is that video :
The Ryerson Student Union has time and time again gotten away with things because there was no hard evidence to support the claims made. When the RSU is confronted with allegations, they of course deny it . … NOT THIS TIME … This time , however, UNDERCOVERKITY was prowling and arrived at the evidence . It is now up to the university as to what they will do about this. This election and this years slate of candidates has caused enough damage to the reputation of Ryerson University, in my opinion, that they ( the university ) will have to act.
I have to say that of all the stories and events this site have been covered over the years, this to me is very satisfying as this one video, all 12 seconds of it , was close to ten years in the making . There is no hiding from Undercoverkity and once I latch onto to something, I’m like the old GI Joe with the King Fu grip 🙂 To RSU, it has been a real pleasure catching you in the act . Please continue on your ways, while you can . I will enjoy and take great joy in being there to catch you in the act once again, exposing you further. Thank you .
**** UPDATE for February 11 2015 ****
It appears that the RSU has now back on serious damage control. The Video clearly caught them off guard and rather the admit they screwed up, they are reverting to their usual tool, deflect away from the facts. They just posted this into their facebook page :
This is what it really should read as :
” … Our arch nemesis Undercoverkity has once again caught us red handed , foiling our plans for yet another election win. While the video he shot clearly shows one of our poll clerks placing ballots into a ballot box, it is our opinion that since we are entitled to hold this office for as long as we wish, the poll clerk was simply thinking outside the box and assisting us in ensuring our continued rule . For this, she will be rewarded. However, in the interest of ( fake ) transparency , and although we are running for office, and further, also conducting these elections, we will be of course conducting our own investigation . After we have found no wrong doing took place we will resume our usual course of action , that being to continue with our entitlements while making empty promises to the students who’s money we gladly take, but provide no services to. We will announce our finding of no wrong doing once the elections have been won. … “