A group of Mount Allison students protest a recommendation by the university’s administration on Friday that a tuition rebate not be offered. Students were asking for the rebate in light of the fact they lost three weeks of class time earlier this year as a result of a strike by faculty and some staff. PHOTO SUBMITTED
SACKVILLE, N.B – Last Friday a group of disappointed Mount Allison students took part in a demonstration to protest the administration’s recommendation that students should not receive a tuition rebate.
Last Monday, Mount Allison’s President’s Executive Group announced their recommendation to the board of regents – Mount Allison’s governing board who will ultimately vote to accept or reject this recommendation in May.
Mount Allison’s Student Union (MASU) had filed a proposal three weeks prior asking that the university use the money that it did not spend on faculty and librarian salaries over the strike to reimburse students for services not rendered over the three-week strike.
Protest organizer Alex Thomas said, “At the end of the day it is absolutely unfair for students not to be reimbursed for only receiving part of a service that they paid for in full.”
The protest was aimed at garnering media attention and public support for their cause with the hopes that this will help mount the pressure on the board of regents to reject the administration’s recommendation. Students are also reaching for support from the community asking community members to wear a blue square as a sign of solidarity with students who are fighting for the tuition rebate that they deserve.
These small felt squares can be found at the Black Duck or on the university campus.
Thomas launched the website unhappymountastudents.com, which is designed to make it easy for students – who are very busy coping with a compressed semester – to mount the pressure on the board of regents to reject the administration’s recommendation. The website features petitions, and information on demonstrations and other ways to mount the pressure.