Osgoode students will be back in class on Monday, December 1st after a senate motion passed this week. The reasoning was that if the year were to be extended, the ability for third year students to complete the licensing process (articling and bar exam) would be compromosed, National Committee of Accreditation students (from foreign jurisdictions) must write their challenge exams in January and so the completion of the fall term courses before this is crucial. Students do not have to attend classes and they will be protected by academic amnesty. CUPE 3903 has allegedly said that they will make it specifically difficult for Osgoode students to pass the picket lines, claiming hour and a half line ups.
If there is ever going to be a throw down on the picket lines it is going to be between an Osgoode students and a CUPE member. Hope they catch that one on film, for legal purposes of course…
I know that Osgoode students are getting preferential treatment in this and this angers me tremendously as well. Osgoode students, particularly graduating ones, may have opportunities at risk here, but so do WE! This is a little ridiculous. We are at the end of week three and the University has helped everyone except the undergraduate students.
I am fed up with this crap from the University. The Union has signed no contract with us to provide us with education. The University did and the University is not making any reasonable attempt to fulfill their end of the contract.
Anybody feeling especially rambunctious?
I will clarify where I stand on this a little bit. I am not angry at Osgoode or Schulich students, how could I? I am jealous if anything. I understand the situation is different for them since they have more YUFA faculty there then the undergraduate students do – what does that tell you about the value placed on undergrads 😉
Nonetheless, we are in week three and what has the University done to even mildly console, apologise or HELP us? I have tried to remain neutral here but I am becoming ever more bitter towards the University as the days go on. The Union is doing what is it is designed to do. The University is NOT! We pay York a whole boat load of money and when classes are cancelled due to a strike they cannot even give concise explanation as to why the strike is taking so long!
Ugh…end of rant.