Over on Ramblings and Musings, University of Toronto professor Victor Ivrii is thinking about frivolous fees. His article is prompted by a National Post piece on "Sanctioned sex club events and Israeli Apartheid Week". The National Post article asks:
Why is their money going to support controversial events, such as Israeli Apartheid Week or the “Epic Sex Club Adventure” recently hosted by the student-funded Sexual Education Centre at the University of Toronto? While the possibility exists to opt-out of student funded groups, critics argue the process is not well advertised and even discouraged.
Professor Ivrii wisely takes no stand on the merits or demerits on Israeli Apartheid or Epic Sex. He argues more generally:
There should be no opt-out process, only opt-in. Unless student specifically indicates his/her willingness to pay a levy for a certain cause, this levy should not be imposed.