Volume 94, Issue 95
Wednesday, March 21, 2001
The University of New Brunswick has recently joined Concordia University in deciding to allow exam deferrals for students attending protests at the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City in April.
"We have not taken a stance on the issue, but we believe the students have a right to go protest," said Charles Goguen, the UNB Student Union president.
Goguen confirmed the decision was approved by VP-academic John McLaughlin, following a unanimous decision by the UNBSU to back a petition from students supporting exam deferrals for students travelling to the protest.
Approximately 50 students have requested a deferral to attend the demonstration, Goguen said. Students must first pass a lengthy process of checks and balances required by UNB administration to ensure the requests are legitimate, he added.
The students will join other anti-globalization activists planning to converge in Quebec City to oppose the April 20-22 free trade summit.
Students can soak up the sights, sounds and smells of various cultures today, as the University Students' Council's Cultural Caravan will roll into the University Community Centre.
"It's great to see so many different cultures celebrated here in our Western community," said Andrea Boulay, VP-campus issues.
Taking part in this year's event are the Caribbean Students' Organization, the German Club, the Western Organization of Filipinos, the Salsa Club, Hong Kong Concern and others.
Kicking off the Caravan today is a CHRW FM 94.7 presentation; a Cajun-like cooking show which promises to be spicy and entertaining.
Along with dancing and music from various cultures, TV Western will be playing footage from last year's Caravan.
A gathering of faculty, staff and retirees yesterday was also a progress report on how Western's 'Our People Campaign' has been going.
Sue McKenzie, associate director of Western's Annual Fund, said the event was put together as a thank you to the volunteers involved with the program.
"It's been going really well. We've raised over $3.6 million to date, but we don't have any concrete final numbers because pledges are changing everyday," she said.
The campaign, which solicits donations from retired staff and faculty members, began last November and will conclude in 2004. "This program is about raising awareness and supporting Western," McKenzie said.
A 151-page report to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities was released yesterday by the Investing in Students Task Force.
Erin George, Canadian Federation of Students Ontario chairperson, said the report makes 33 recommendations to the ministry. CFS members were actively involved in consultations with those who prepared the report and argued government should augment university funding rather than just look to make current funds go farther, she said.
"Post-secondary education does not need any more fund targeting. What it needs is more stable core funding and we aren't seeing those needs met," she said.
George said the mandate of the task force was to find potential savings within the provision of services and conider the possibility of amalgamating services and sharing services between institutions.
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