Volume 92, Issue 82

Thursday, March 4, 1999


Budgets may get cut

Less scholarship possibilities

VP-academic under survey

Review board angry over accusations of disability bias

Waterloo helped out corporately

Crisis rallies education support

Survey hopes to gauge USC access

Caught on campus

Crisis rallies education support

By Mark Brown
Gazette Staff

"Crisis in Education" will be the message the Community Coalition for Accessible Education will deliver to students at today's education rally.

The goal is to raise awareness about the crisis education is in and give students the opportunity to speak on the issue, said Claire Sykes, VP-external for the Society of Graduate Students.

Sykes said she was pleased with the format of this year's rally as opposed to the neutral approach to a similar rally last year. She explained last year SOGS could not invite someone from their lobby group, the Canadian Federation of Students, to speak about this important issue.

"The serious cuts and the underfunding of the [education] system is effecting everyone," she said.

Andrew Boggs, executive director of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Association, will also speak at today's rally. Boggs said he welcomed the opportunity, adding he is encouraged by the diverse number of groups represented.

He added events like today's rally will help erase some of the antagonism between some of the lobby groups.

Boggs said he also wants to take this opportunity to raise student awareness about educational issues especially since a provincial election is expected some time this year. "We need to be forcing these issues into the public realm."

Robert McMurtry, dean of medicine and dentistry at Western, will be one of the members from Western's administration to attend the event. "What I want to do is see what's happening and to hear what is being said," McMurtry said. "I may end up saying I want to listen and not speak."

Nick Iozzo, VP-education for the University Students' Council, said students will have the opportunity to speak to the guests themselves. He added it is important for students not to forget that education is in a crisis.

The rally will take place today between 12 and 2 p.m. in the atrium of the University Community Centre.

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