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Volume 90, Issue 96
Wednesday, March 26, 1997
red, white and blue
Eight students at the University of Windsor staged a double sit-in of their president's office Monday morning to protest both proposed tuition increases and the on-going strike of the Canadian Union of Public Employees local 1001 part-time food service workers.
The sit-in is being organized by the Student Crisis Coalition, a group of Windsor undergraduate students. "We decided to take some action because we were told last week that negotiations would start again immediately and they haven't started again until [yesterday]," said Enver Villamizar, a first-year science student. "We are really concerned about the strike and, of course, tuition increases as well."
After rejecting proposals made by Windsor's administration on March 14, the union went back to the boardroom yesterday in hopes to reconcile the administration's attempt to impose a 27 per cent wage reduction.
"We received a court injunction Monday which limits picket lines to four people and allows picketers to delay cars entering or leaving parking lots for only two minutes," said John Carrington, manager of news services at Windsor. "This has released some tension and everyone has their fingers crossed that negotiations will be successful."
Western's Young Liberals Club will host London's three Members of Parliament at a town hall meeting tomorrow to bring recent political issues to the minds of voting students.
The information session will begin at 10 a.m. in the University Community Centre atrium. It will be followed by a question and answer period with Joe Fontana, Sue Barnes and Pat O'Brien at 12:30 p.m., said Dave Palumbo, YLC's party leader.
"We are hoping to get the message out to students who will be voting in the upcoming election of what's been happening lately in politics," he said. "The recent budget involves many issues that concern students. Hopefully, gaining more knowledge about what's going on will encourage students to vote."
Members of Western's Jewish Students Union and the University Christian Fellowship Group will be challenging their beliefs tonight at a "Faith Off" panel discussion.
"It is not so much a debate as the two groups relating experiences of two different religions," said Ben Williams, an executive member of the UCFG. "There will also be a question and answer period for students."
The discussion will take place from 5-7 p.m. in Rm. 3036 of the Social Science Centre and will be mediated by the University Students' Council president-elect Ryan Parks.
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