Volume 93, Issue 22

Wednesday, October 6, 1999


Tuition freeze called for by med council

OUSA prepares to tackle tuition

New technology to aid interviews

Newman teaches students ABCs

High times in Montreal Marijuana centre lights up city

U of T housing in drafty situation


Bass Ackwards

Caught on campus

U of T housing in drafty situation

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

Students at the University of Toronto are not too happy after having been left out in the cold by university administration – literally.

The official opening date of U of T's graduate/second entry residence has been pushed back for the third time from Nov. 1 to sometime mid-November or early December, said Glenn Greer, residence manager at U of T.

"The biggest materials problem we've had is windows – they're in short supply. There's also a tremendous amount of construction in Ontario right now. Drywallers are in very short supply," Greer explained.

These two big problems, coupled with a tight construction time frame have contributed to the delays the university is experiencing in trying to open the new residence, Greer said. "Right now, we're extending [the opening] about two to three weeks."

Greer explained the university hopes to have at least half of the students moved into the building in time for the December exams.

James Hoch, executive assistant of the Graduate Student Union at U of T, said he thinks the university is bending over backwards for undergraduate students, but not for graduate students. "The university made a promise to first-year undergrads that anyone needing housing would get it. They've essentially bumped out grad students for undergrads," he said.

Bruce Rolston, U of T news services officer, confirmed the late opening has affected 200 graduate students. He said this year there were more students applying for residence than could have been accommodated. "In the end, the building isn't complete and everyone's being denied spaces," Rolston said.

Hoch said the grad union has received complaints from graduate students who think the university should have been more prepared. "We're not only heavily burdened, but also badly treated," Hoch said. "People have their careers to think about. This is not the kind of stuff they should have to worry about."

Hoch explained the undergraduate students have been housed in furnished apartments and hotels, at the university's expense, whereas graduate students have had to find their own accommodations.

"This is not an unusual situation," explained Scott Yellan, director of sales at the Primrose Hotel, one of the hotels in downtown Toronto which houses undergraduate students. "We've had contracts with other colleges and universities in the past," he said. Yellan added the university is subsidizing the students' stay as a result of the promise made to first-year students.

Greer said while the graduate student situation was very unfortunate his office has not received any complaints.

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