Volume 95, Issue 57

Tuesday, January 15, 2002
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Tories to deny Queen's deregulation

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Liz Witmer kisses USC ass, promises change

UWO clubs raise funds for starving Afghans

Crazy-ass drives concern UPD

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Tories to deny Queen's deregulation

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

Five students who packed the principal's office at Queen's University Monday to protest the university's deregulation proposal will be happy to know the provincial government is expected to deny the request today.

The protesters, members of the Coalition Against Deregulation, arrived at principal William Leggett's office early yesterday with food and camping supplies to demonstrate their disdain for a proposal submitted by the university to the Ontario government last month.

The proposal, if approved by the province, could set a precedent for other universities across the province also wishing to raise tuition in currently regulated areas, said Joel Duff, chairman of the Canadian Federation of Students.

"This is a drastic measure, but students feel they have no other option," Duff said.

Erin McCloskey, University Students' Council VP-education and president of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance – which represents all undergraduate students at Queen's, said she supports the protesters' effort and has heard unofficially from political insiders that the proposal has been defeated in cabinet.

Robyn Hartley, a third-year Queen's arts student and one of the protesters, said that as of Monday night, none of the Coalition Against Deregulation's concerns had been addressed by Queen's administration.

"We will stay until our demands are met, which will be at least until Friday," she said, noting the group has not decided on any long term plans should the issue not be resolved immediately.

"We are asking for a tuition freeze for all programs in the 2002-2003 academic year, including the programs that have already been deregulated. We want the principal to publicly rescind his current proposal to the government and we want any future proposals made regarding tuition deregulation to be agreed upon by the majority of voting students in a referendum," she said.

The protesters were shown support by fellow students in an afternoon rally that took place outside of Richardson Hall, where the protesters are located, said Scott Courtice, president of Queen's Alma Mater Society.

According to the Lorinda Peterson, a Queen's University spokeswoman, if the university is to set tuition levels, tuition in arts, science, nursing, education and physical and occupational therapy would be subject to increases.

The government's final decision is expected to be made public today, Duff said.

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