May 1 2010
Petitions bearing 1,000 names to be presented to school’s Board of Trustees, University Council
A group of Queen’s University students and staff is hoping its petitions over what it sees as looming budget cuts and exclusion from the academic planning process will ultimately be conciliatory.
The Queen’s Students and Employees for Real Academic Planning’s petitions, which bear 1,000 names, were to be presented to the school’s board of trustees last night and the University Council today.
“As critical as we are at this moment because of our sense of incredible frustration, the ultimate goal is to get Queen’s moving forward in a really positive way,” said Frank Burke, a professor of film studies at the university.
Burke said that, over the past 18 months, there have been “indications of tremendous dissension on campus, and it’s growing, too.”
Among other complaints, the group claims the university has exaggerated its financial troubles, including the impact of the recent recession on the university’s coffers.
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