Volume 96, Issue 81
Wednesday, March 5, 2003

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USC & the strike

To the Editor:

I'd like to congratulate the University Students' Council for taking the right stand on the potential faculty strike facing the university. As a fourth-year student looking forward to completing my undergraduate degree at Western, I'm sure I speak on behalf of many potential graduates who are somewhat concerned about the prospect of final exams and Convocation being delayed.

The last months of school are a half-crazed mania of assignments, presentations and exams, further complicated by the need to make plans for the future. A faculty strike – regardless of which side is to "blame" – will only add even more stress to the lives of all students. It is quite impossible to continue on to a graduate or professional school when your final marks have not been submitted by June or even later.

I hope that the conciliator will be able to bring both sides together to reach an equitable collective bargaining agreement, making this whole debate a moot point. However, if this is not the case, it's reassuring to know that the USC has decided to join with the only correct side in this situation – that of the students.

Kyle Martin
Genetics IV

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