Volume 95, Issue 64

Friday, January 25, 2002
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'I want to go out with you'

Alum now Lieutenant-Governor

Sophs want to sleep with the froshies

Western's tabloid hell

Queen's deregulation proposal denied

Pottermania reaches classroom

Queen's deregulation proposal denied

By Jillian Van Acker and Chris Webden
Gazette Staff

Students at Queen's University can breathe a sigh of relief after a proposal to deregulate their undergraduate tuition was officially rejected by Ontario's provincial government on Wednesday.

The proposal, authored by Queen's administration, aimed to raise undergraduate tuition fees at Queen's by 10 per cent a year over a four-year period, as opposed to the currently accepted 2 per cent yearly increase.

Queen's principal William Leggett said in a statement that chronic underfunding of education by the last three provincial governments led to the need for the proposal.

"Our primary objective has been to ensure that Queen's can continue to provide a learning environment equal to the quality of the world's best universities," he said.

Tanya Cholakov, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, said the proposal was carefully reviewed, but no change in undergraduate tuition fees would be accepted at this time.

"The next move on Queen's campus will be to build a coalition between students, faculty, staff and hopefully administration, in order to lobby for an increase in funding from the Ontario government," said Scott Courtice, president of Queen's Alma Mater Society.

Cholokov said Queen's total operating grants have increased from $111.5 million in 1999 to $118 million in 2001, noting they have received $250 million towards new facilities from the provincial SuperBuild program.

Joel Duff, national chairman of the Canadian Federation of Students, said he believed the effort of some Queen's students, who occupied the principal's office last week, helped raise awareness of the situation across Canada.

"We hope to use the momentum [of the proposal's denial] to put pressure on the provincial government to re-regulate graduate school tuition," Duff said.

Erin McCloskey, VP-education for the University Students' Council and president of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, agreed with the decision, noting the need to ensure university programs remain accessible to all Ontario students.

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