On 9 Feb 2012, after the inspiring delivery of food and supplies, we met to discuss the efficacy of #6partying and the interpretation of our messages, in general.
We are still fully committed to the #6party and all of our actions and communiqués to date, but we also find it is necessary to augment our message publicly to show that we are engaging in internal dialogue. Everyone should know that we are anti-dogmatic and dedicated to ideological movement and pragmatic analysis — of ourselves and others.
We appreciate all critiques — positive or negative, internal or external — and thus, we honestly express our love towards anyone who found the strength to speak their true views about our action.
In response to conversation between the #6party on the sixth floor, the #6party on the ground, worldwide reaction, and the complete non-recognition by Administration — which strengthens our allies’ resolve — we have reformulated our demands.
1) QPIRG & CKUT: our demand remains the same
2) Deputy Provost Student Life & Learning Morton Mendelson, Ph.D, continues to work out of the Service Point until the completion of the remainder of his one-year term extension, which was unilaterally imposed upon the Students without consultation.
We believe the Administration has not yet heard our message and so, we will be explicit about the new role DPSLL should play at Service Point. The position will be reconfigured such that it is no longer possible to hide from the student body on the sixth floor of James Admin.
At Service Point, the DPSLL shall perform duties from the reception area so that the role becomes reconstructed as a positive public mediator between the Students and the Administration. This is not unreasonable as every other Undergraduate Student service has already been moved from James to the Service Point — except the office of DPSLL.
Furthermore, we demand that the relocation of the DPSLL’s office to the Service Point not displace any of the under-respected support workers, who already engage in positive dialogue with students every day.
How can students meet their representative, if professors are also unable to enter the building?
Before 7 Feb, the DPSLL’s “open door policy” had been obfuscated by layers of impenetrable security.
Thus we demand that at the very least, 15% of the DPSLL’s workday shall be systematically devoted to holding open office hours for consultation with students.
This is not unreasonable, as he has been there since 7 Feb 2012 and McGill has not yet shut down.
3) Room 621 in the James Administration Building be recognized by the McGill Administration as student-space, to be reconfigured by students and freely accessed without fear of repercussion.
We are glad that our message has reached so many eyes and ears.