Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Why we are here.

For the past fifteen years, 7 Mondays has been producing a remarkable yearly publication of prose, poetry and photography featuring Mount Allison students. Edited by undergraduate students themselves, the journal has been made available to each student on campus through their mailboxes, making it a lively and exciting creative venue for the work of many young artists and authors. 7 Mondays is an integral part of the Mount Allison community and is rare among universities across Canada in its position as a longstanding student-run literary journal . The journal has been a starting-point for the careers of many prominent alumni, including editors of presses and journals, and poets such as Rob Winger, who was recently shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award. 7 Mondays has also hosted numerous author readings and workshops to benefit the Mount Allison community at large. This year, the SAC has voted to include 7 Mondays on a regular referendum ballot to ask students this simple question: do you want to continue contributing $3.00 of your SAC fees to 7 Mondays? The answer should be obvious: 7 Mondays is worth three dollars. Please make sure to vote “yes” at the SAC polls on March 26 and 27 to ensure 7 Mondays has a future here on campus. Keep on the lookout for announcements for exciting pre-referendum events soon, and booth locations on campus to learn more about the work of the
journal. Save 7 Mondays!

1 comment:

  1. I feel as though you are looking too negatively upon the referendum. It is mandatory for the S.A.C. to hold a referendum every three years, and after the return of so many 7 Mondays books and concerns from constituents, it is apparent that the question needs to be reposed. I also feel as though with approximately 750 books available that were left over and given to the incoming class, 7 Mondays should have been fully aware that they were under scrutiny for their organization. At this point they should have immediately started to raise awareness, not wait until they were officially put on the ballot. As well, this 'Save 7 Mondays " slogan being used, even if the majority votes down the $3 fee, 7 Mondays still has enough funds to print next year and can always go to the S.A.C. and request another referendum be held to bring back the funding. Or, 7 Mondays can always look into other means of income to print, selling copies perhaps to interested students? While every student pays for a copy, many are returned, and of those not returned, how many actually throughly read their copies? I believe that there should simply be more awareness, and that 7 Mondays has approached the referendum too negatively because they are believing that if their $3 is taken away, it will be the end, when really it is simply an eye opener to be even more creative on how to keep their organization going.