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Anti-War Resolution Challenged in Executive Committee
by Quinten Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003 at 4:13 PM
Some members of the Carnegie Mellon University Student Senate plan to introduce an anti-war resolution, but discussion became heated at a meeting of the Executive Committee.
"Besides the fact that Carnegie Mellon is slowly turning in to a branch of the Department of Homeland Security at the administrative level, it would be very significant for this [anti-war resolution] to come out at the student level," said Student Senator Michael Moiseyev.
Moiseyev and other members of the Student Senate -- notably Daniel Papasian and Erik Michaels-Ober -- plan to introduce an anti-war resolution at the next meeting of the Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Student Senate, which is Thursday at 5:30. A discussion of the resolution during the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Student Senate reportedly became heated, however.
The resolution's text states that it's purpose is "to lend the concerns of the majority a common voice" and says that the Student Senate "opposes any military actions against Iraq by the United States that are not in direct response to an armed attack or the imminence thereof."
Although many members of the Executive Committee personally oppose the war, some members of the executive committee questioned the relevance of the resolution.
"How can you do something on behalf of the students that would hurt the students," said one anonymous attendee of the meeting. "Most of our funding comes from the DOD."
The symbolic import of this resolution would be high, said Moiseyev, especially with the recent passage of an anti-war resolution in nearby Columbus, Ohio, and a similar resolution being considered by the Pittsburgh City Council.
"When Columbus passed their anti-war resolution, the neighboring towns fell like dominoes as they realized that they could take a stand and felt more empowered. The same thing can happen here."
No schools in the Pittsburgh area have passed anti-war resolutions, but schools across the country have, including the University of Michigan, upon whose resolution the first draft of Carnegie Mellon's was based.
Daniel Papasian said that this debate has caused him to seriously consider resigning if the resolution ultimately fails. He said that he didn't want to be part of a group that was "so afraid to take a stand on anything."
For the record
by Daniel Papasian Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 at 4:32 PM
For the record, I have decided against resigning regardless of the outcome of the resolution.
I will continue to fight for the passage of this resolution as if I had no obligation to Senate.
If it fails, I plan on organizing a petition and letter drives to get Senate to reconsider. Getting the Undergraduate Senate here to pass a resolution is, in my mind, one of the best things for Carnegie Mellon students to do to stop this war in terms of progress/effort ratios.
That being said, I plan on treating it as a rallying point. A resolution, by no means, will be enough to end the war. But fighting for this resolution should hopefully raise awareness in both the war and student government, and give myself and fellow Carnegie Mellon activists a goal that's actually within immediate reach.
That being said, the motion was brought up and after very much trickery today it ended up being not resolved today. I believe Quinten is going to write an article about all of that, so stay tuned- it's a long story, but it's interesting. The anti-war resolution will therefore be brought up a week from today at the senate meeting, 5:30 PM, Peter/Wright Room in the 2nd floor of the Carnegie Mellon University center, 5000 Forbes Avenue.
I encourage every Carnegie Mellon student who is interested to make a sign saying "Vote anti-war" and bring it to the next meeting. Even if only one or two people show up next week on such short notice, it's bound to send a message that people care.
If you're a student here at CMU, I'd also like you to contact your senators and tell them to support the anti-war resolution. You can find out about who your senator is by going to http://senate.web.cmu.edu/ or, if that fails, by dropping me an email with your home school (I'm listed).
While I am a little displeased with some aspects of the process that occured at tonight's meeting, I am pleased that as far as I can tell it will be brought up for debate next week, and hope that we can all make a stance in solidarity with the Iraqi people.
CIT Senator, Carnegie Mellon University
Well I guess I don't have to spend the weekend firiugng this one out!