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Letter to Prof. Joanne St. Lewis from Kilamanjaro Black Student Association President: “A Travesty of Justice”

April 5, 2012

Letter from Hazel Gashoka, President of the Kilamanjaro Black Student Association, about Professor Joanne St. Lewis’ demand for legal fees from a graduate student.


From: Hazel Gashoka
To: Professor Joanne St. Lewis
Date: April 5, 2012
Subject: A Travesty of Justice

Dear Professor Joanne St. Lewis,

The purpose of my email is to discuss a miscarriage of justice over which you have direct control.

Mr. Hickey’s motion to have public access to the cross-examination of Mr. Allan Rock over his use of student tuition money was in the public interest and it is not something over which a student should be punished.

In addition, your counsel’s move to punish Mr. Hickey with court costs sends the wrong message to students who want to get involved in University governance.  In my respectful opinion, your move to charge Mr. Hickey for his intervention would limit students and the public in exercising their agency in the court system, the university, and society at large.

I find your decision to pursue a student for an amount equal to one third of his annual salary in this matter to be very disturbing, especially in light of your vocation as a Professor of Social Justice.

This matter is urgent.  Will you abandon your charges of $3876.95 to Mr. Hickey for his Motion to Intervene heard on March 28?

Professor St. Lewis, would you go after me if it were I making this intervention?

I await your prompt reply.


Ms. Hazel Gashoka
President, Kilimanjaro Black Student Association
Undergraduate Student Representative to Senate, Faculty of Social Sciences

Bcc: media, concerned members of the public

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ruhannah y. Alam permalink
    April 6, 2012 4:28 pm

    These people seem to have let power get to their heads and theeir appalling conduct vis a vis Prof Rancourt and now this student rep indicates they are not fit for the positions they occupy. May they soonbe removed ! Or their conscince taurn on the and make them sicken and wither in their pontificating hypocritical chairs.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    April 10, 2012 8:12 pm

    Oh yes! If this student rep says that they should be removed from the positions they occupy, she must surely be correct.

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