The struggle to "Save Women's Studies" continues...
Tuesday, March 31, 200928 Comments
Here are some photos (taken by Martina Schaefer) from last week's rally that saw around 100 students march up to the 4th floor to take their case to the administration. It was viewed as a success by those that participated.
The facebook group "Women's Studies on the chopping block at Guelph? That's BULLS**T!" has almost 2000 members and is growing daily.
Organic Agriculture majors also expressed disbelief with the BUGS decision. The program is on the cutting-edge of agricultural research as it focuses on sustainable food production.
Trent's school newspaper, the Arthur, has covered the recent cuts at UofG, which are seen as a preview of what is to come on campuses across Canada. This week Jon Lockyer, of the Arthur, wrote that "It would seem that given the current restructuring of the neo-liberal framework in larger society, that in much the same way as gendered, racialized, poor, and working-class people continue to bear the brunt of this economic failure, so to will university programs that seek to represent these very people".
The organizers of the "Save Women's Studies" campaign have recognized that the elimination of their program is only the beginning of the recession's local impact. As government funding and corporate donations to universities are expected to decline, cuts are seen as inevitable to many people. Organizers of next week's rally argue that we can have an impact to ensure that students and university workers do not "bear the brunt" of the recession. They argue that a strong student voice, aimed at both the University admin and governments, is necessary to ensure that accessible, quality education is kept as a priority and is not seen as an acceptable casualty of an economic downturn.
The rally is scheduled for April 7th at 4:30 in Branion Plaza.
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