By Anushka Goswami
Rumours have been spreading that incoming USC President, Sunday Ajak, has changed his name to Monday. We sat down with him to try and get a better picture of this decision.
We heard from different sources that you changed your name to Monday from Sunday, is this true?
Yes, this is true. I’ve been thinking about it for a couple months now, and it’s probably the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. Sunday has quite literally been my trademark for my entire life, but ever since the election there has been a group of people that completely disagree with everything I’ve said. I didn’t think it was that serious at first because everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but this group of people has taken it too far. For the sake of privacy, I won’t mention what happened, but I have been forced to make this incredibly hard and drastic decision. When I first decided to run for President, I knew I would have to be vulnerable, but I think there is a fine line between criticism and abuse.
My mother is supportive of my decision, and ultimately, she is the only one who could’ve talked me out of it. With that being said, I understand that this will cause some confusion in the coming year, but I’ve worked with Western admin and the rest of the USC full-time staff to make the change on the public records. I have no doubt that the student body will love the name Monday just as much as Sunday.
We also heard that your cousins’ name is Monday, won’t that be confusing?
It might, but then again, not many people have ever interacted with Monday, so I don’t think people would confuse me with him.
Monday is famously people’s least favourite day of the week; how does that make you feel?
I actually chose the name Monday specifically for this reason. During the election, one of the common phrases I used was changing the image of the USC. For obvious reasons, I knew I was a different type of leader coming into the USC, so I leaned on the idea of breaking the norm and creating a new narrative.
With that being said, I want to change the image of Mondays. I want people to love Mondays; I want them to look forward to it. Why do we hate the first day of the week? It should be seen as a new start, a new opportunity to have the best week possible. We’ve been pushed a narrative of what I call the weekend bubble, where we believe that the weekend is the only time we can enjoy ourselves and relax. Why? Wouldn’t it benefit us all to enjoy every day?
How do you feel about going from having Sunday Scaries to having a case of the Mondays?
To me, Sunday Scaries never existed. I loved Sundays and it’s extremely disheartening to know that I’ll be reminded about my old name on a weekly basis. Then again, having a case of the Mondays is such a negative narrative and I think we should be the generation to change that.
Historically we have been conditioned to dread the start of the work week; this comes from the fact that we all hate our jobs. However, for those of us that love what we do, I can’t imagine a better day than Monday. For me a case of the Mondays simply means another week that I can enjoy my time as President and improve the student experience for all of Western.
Will this affect your presidency because Sunday is a strong day, and Monday is a day of the WEAK?
Not at all!! Monday will become the strongest day of the weak. If not, I’ll just change my name to Friday.