James Shaver Woodsworth must be rolling in his grave. The University of Toronto college bearing his name, Woodsworth College , established in 1974 to support the arts and sciences, is where U of T has decided to house part of its expanding commerce studies program. Glenn Woodsworth , grandson of the famed social justice activist, says the move is messing with the college's academic raison d'être.
"This is not what my grandfather would consider to be consistent with the mandate of why this college was founded," he says.
The Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students (APUS) is being given the boot to make room at Woodsworth. The university is offering APUS space in the CIUT radio station building on St. George and at 21 Sussex, both currently occupied by other student groups.
APUS president Murphy Browne says that just won't do. "The space is small, not wheelchair-accessible, and the CIUT space may be torn down for another expansion."
The university's student vice-provost, David Farrar , argues that since APUS is a university-wide organization "it should be in a university-wide space rather than any one college." J. S. would certainly not agree.