Volume 96, Issue 4

Thursday, June 13, 2002
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Unregulated hydro to drain Western's pockets

A teary-eyed farewell for J.W. Little Stadium

The USC likes stuff

Penis: Tough to swallow

London's health care quality slip sliding away

New university lacks student rep.

Canada's own father time

America closes academic door

News Briefs

Schools out for summer and so are we!

America closes academic door

By Chris Webden
Gazette Staff

A recent decision by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service is keeping many Canadian students currently attending American schools from completing their education.

The INS decision prevents any foreign student from studying part-time in the US. The policy has been in place for years, but the INS only recently decided to enforce the regulation in an effort to increase homeland security.

Inconvenienced by the new policy, many Canadian students are joining forces with their school's administration to lobby the American congress to amend the law.

D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York, named after a Canadian saint, is working hard to protect its namesake's countrymen. Currently 900 of the school's 2,400 students hail from Canada and, should the regulation remain in place, at least 150 of them will not be able to return in September.

"We have written letters to our congressman asking him to file for an accommodation for the ruling," said John D. Bray, D'Youville's director of public relations.

"We are concerned that this ruling is disrupting the lives of our students tremendously," Bray said.

INS spokesperson Chris Bentley said the 15-year-old statute has only previously been enforced in some areas, but will now be enforced across the board.

"There is no room for special consideration under the statute as it is written right now," Bentley said. "[We're] working with Congress to accommodate commuter students."

D'Youville is not the only school fighting enforcement of the law.

Ann Heuer, assistant director of public relations at New York's Niagara University, said they have also taken the necessary steps to lobby their local congressman.

"We urged our congressman to expand existing regulations, to accommodate the unique situations of Canadian and Mexican part-time students and to suspend the decision to deny entry to part-time commuting students," Heuer said.

Michelle Pharand, a part-time fourth-year social work student at Niagara University, said she needs eight courses to finish her program and will be unable to do so if no amendments are made to the regulation.

"Myself, and about three other students, are working to set up a website and an e-mailing list in order to gain some more support," she explained.

"Basically, this new regulation is making [my life] and my friends' lives a living hell," Pharand added.

–with files from Emmett Macfarlane

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