Volume 95, Issue 58

Wednesday, January 16, 2002
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Golden hippies still camping in principal's office

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

Students protesting the possible deregulation of tuition at Queen's University may have to change their plan of action by the end of the week if progress is to be made on the issue.

Since Monday, five students have been occupying the office of Queen's principal William Leggett, demanding the university withdraw its deregulation proposal and freeze tuition.

A final decision by the provincial government on the university's request was expected, but not publicly released, yesterday.

Dave Ross, media spokesman for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, said the proposal has yet to be reviewed and no timeline for a decision has been set.

Queen's Alma Mater Society president Scott Courtice said the students – members of the Coalition Against Deregulation, an independent club at the school – plan to occupy the principal's office until Friday. They have not said how they will pursue their demands afterwards.

"I am confident the government has rejected [the proposal] by now," Courtice said, noting his main concern is that protesters receive amnesty for their actions.

Courtice said he does not personally agree with the students' method of protest and added it may be unnecessary, considering the positive relationship students at Queen's have with university administration.

Leggett said he has yet to speak with the students in his office, though he has spoken casually with other members of the Coalition Against Deregulation at the school.

"We have indicated to the students that I am available to speak with them if they wish and that, as long as they respect the property and the individuals who work here, they can stay as long as they like," Leggett said.

Leggett said he does not plan to respond to the demands of the protesters, nor will he publicly rescind his proposal to the government.

"The [protesters] are not in any way official representation of the student body and to entertain their demands in this context would be quite inappropriate," he said.

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