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25 Years Ago in Nexus: January 20, 2016 issue

January 20, 2016 by Greg Pratt, managing editor

Nexus-1-10-FOR-WEBNo idea: Our January 22, 1991 issue featured the story “Who stole the man in the window?” The piece looked at the strange case of Cam Olsun, who was not a man but a cardboard cutout (bear with me here). Turns out Olsun had been hanging out on the second-floor window of Camosun’s audio/visual department for three years and had recently gone missing. Stay tuned for more on this most curious of stories.

Student Society retention problems: The Camosun College Student Society (CCSS) were having some trouble keeping their board members back in 1991. In “CCSS resignations raise questions,” writer Neil Taylor detailed how the CCSS had lost upwards of five members since the previous October, when CCSS president James Grey resigned. And they weren’t pulling punches: “If you don’t have the guts to see the job through, then why get involved in the first place?” said Paul Varga, who was then CCSS campus director.

Opinions may vary: We reported in this column last issue that the Canadian presence in the Persian Gulf was a much-protested issue among students at the time. And it was, but, as with any contentious issue, that doesn’t mean everyone was on the same page. In this issue’s “Camosun students respond to Gulf crisis,” the majority of opinion was anti-war, but there was mention of one student who, during a presentation for a peace campaign in the cafeteria, stood up and shouted, “Yeah, let’s kick ass!”

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