campus activists heading toQuebec City for the April 20-22 protests against hemispheric trade talks say they should not be penalized for missing final exams.Recently, students at Concordia in Montreal won a motion in the university senate calling on professors to accommodate students whose exams coincide with the teach-ins and protests.
"We encourage students to have a public conscience," says Concordia's arts and science dean, Martin Singer. "It's commendable for our students to voice their opinion."
Last week McGill's student council overwhelmingly supported a motion to ask McGill's senate to make the same sort of accommodations. And at U of T, the Student Administrative Council's Justin Saunders says activists are still considering whether to make the same request. A spokesperson for U of T did not respond by press time.
Says McGill international development student Jeff Wilson, "Free trade's mechanisms on investment have an impact on education. It's an issue that affects students by promoting privatization, raising tuition and cutting public funding.'
JON BRICKER with files from Steve Faguy