If you’re disappointed with the results of the recent U-Pass student vote at Memorial, don’t be disappointed with the students. It’s good news that 51% of eligible voters participated, and it means that 71% of those students voting “No” is a clear rejection of the proposal by the student body. However, this vote can only tell us how students felt about this proposal. It does not tell us how students feel about a U-Pass in general. Students did not support the specific U-Pass program proposed by Memorial University, Metrobus, and the City of St. John’s because of ineffective communication, inappropriate pricing, and inadequate scope to address the core transit issue: that all true growth opportunities for Metrobus ridership lie outside the current service area. Metrobus and the City have been thinking about U-Pass programs as a means of improving public transit since at least 2011. One of the recommendations in…
“Power goes to two poles – to those who’ve got the money and those who’ve got the people.” — Saul Alinsky May 1st marks May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, when countless workers across the globe take to the streets to commemorate the sacrifice and struggle of a strong labour movement that faced state-sanctioned violence to bring us the 8-hour work day, wages, benefits, and safe working environments, while continuing to hold institutions and governments accountable in what shouldn’t be an uphill battle for fair working conditions and living wages but often is. As a student at Memorial University for the past six years, I am no stranger to the immense contribution workers on our campus make, to allow students to learn in a safe and supportive environment. Despite the crumbling infrastructure due to years of upper level mismanagement, a profound amount of effort goes into keeping classrooms,…
The university should be a publicly funded place to imagine a better world.
One of Newfoundland’s most famous intellectuals argues the U.S. President’s election in 2016 offers valuable insight into American politics and society before it’s too late.
A prosperous economy and society in Newfoundland and Labrador requires affordable, accessible post-secondary education for all.
How MUN’s reliance on contract labour is creating a hostile environment for female professors.
Universities’ growing reliance on the exploitation of contract faculty erodes institutions of higher learning, and MUN is no different.
Faculty members call for MUN administrators and government to renew their commitment to the public university.
MUN Provost Dr. Noreen Golfman is waving the feminist flag while perpetuating class oppression.
Ahead of Thursday’s decision by Memorial University’s Board of Regents to raise tuition for select students, the school’s provost revealed the fiction on which administrators hold the belief they’re not hurting students.
Our provincial and post-secondary leaders are playing with a dangerous idea.
Questionable strategy, fractured university community means everyone loses.
In the fight over post-secondary funding, incorrect math is being used for political purposes.
“Education is a fundamental condition of human freedom.”
Demonstrators in St. John’s send clear message that major human health concerns with the hydroelectric project must be addressed prior to reservoir flooding, Nalcor should be audited.
“Students call on government, Nalcor to take action to protect Indigenous lives.”
“It’s absolutely unacceptable. This is human life, this is a traditional way of living,” says student who posted hundreds of posters condemning Liberal MHAs.
As the province undertakes climate change consultations, the Pokémon Go craze and a story about a bike-using professional recycler should make us think twice about how parking provision and parking laws underpin a world engineered to isolate people from each other and the effects of our everyday actions.
“Part-time students should not be punished for making the decisions necessary for themselves and their families to survive and to have a chance at a better future.”
University and college students in Newfoundland and Labrador are taking to social media ahead of provincial budget to make case for well-funded higher learning.