Carleton University won’t be holding a popular fundraiser to benefit cystic fibrosis, it was confirmed Tuesday, after the student council passed a motion falsely claiming the disease affects only white men.
In what journalism councillor Nick Bergamini calls an “incredibly divisive” move, the Council of Carleton University Students Association (CUSA) passed a motion at a meeting late Monday night that effectively cancelled the annual Shinerama fundraising campaign.
Shinerama events occur during the school’s orientation week and proceeds go to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF).
The association raised the motion based on information it received from one of its former executive members that the disease affects only white people and mostly males, Bergamini told CTV.ca.
[...] Cystic fibrosis, which is the most common genetic fatal disease in young people in Canada, affects just as many young girls as boys, Morrison added.
We have to wonder if perhaps the student council of Carleton U. is made up of absolute idiots. Because here’s the relevant text of the motion:
Whereas all orientees and volunteers should feel like their fundraising efforts will serve the their diverse communities;
And Whereas Cystic fibrosis has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men
Be it resolved that: CUSA discontinue its support of this campaign
Say, Max, tell us what you think about this student council motion.
To be honest, it is a disaster. If you have a few extra dollars and you’re wondering where to donate it, give to the Cystic Fibrosis foundation. Max has CF. And while he is white and male, I’m pretty sure the disease didn’t consider that before it manifested in him.