GO GAITERS at Mayor's Cup
One of the treasures of the Townships is the fact that we have two universities. In fact, proportionally, we have more higher learning institutions than most regions in North America.
So it is fitting that, on Saturday, we flock to Bishop’s University to root either for the Gaiters or the Vert & Or in the annual Mayor’s Cup, maybe with an advantage for the Gaitors.
But the Mayor’s Cup should become a regional affair. Because the reality is that Bishop’s is a small university that needs the support that the Université de Shebrooke can offer it and that only a concerted effort by all organisations can help both universities. So, rather than being the Mayor of Sherbrooke Cup, it should become the Mayors’ Cup. Municipalities could pitch in by hiring members of the football team.
Universities are strange beasts, we see them through our own lens, mainly as educational. But they are more than this. For the Townships’ Anglophone community, Bishop’s is an essential component. Without a University, the community would slowly die, unable to keep its young and brightest here. Champlain College would be one of the first to go; as a main feeder for Bishop’s, it keeps high school graduates in the region. Having lost its intellectuals, Townshippers would just be another minority language statistic.
We’ve argued, time and time again, that the presence of the Townshippers assured the existence of the Anglophone community in Quebec. We are not a majority anywhere in l’Estrie. Because of that we tend to choose our fights carefully and, we must agree, that we win almost all of them. We MUST be reasonable, not so in the West Island or in parts of the Gatineau. Being reasonable means that, apart from a few, Francophones listen to us and back our demands almost all the time. And what is good for the Townshippers is good for all English Quebeckers.
But to argue about our demands, we need people who can articulate them, this is what intellectuals are all about and this is what universities are about. They are places where you can research a subject and articulate a viewpoint that can be argued. They are much less of an ivory tower than some like to call them, the most esoteric research done at a university more often than not gives way to highly practical ideas.
So we need Bishop’s and we need students there, and we also need some solace for the poor football team that is less than stellar this year.
So we invite all of you to come out to Coulter Field, on Saturday. Game starts at one.