Local school buses have been cancelled, and a radio report speaks of snowplows stuck in the white stuff along Fischer-Hallman Road at the far corner of the north campus. But schools are open, so UW is open for business. Enjoy the spring weather. (Yes, spring began officially about 3 this morning, shortly after the storm began.)
The province's new premier, Glen Clark of the New Democrats, announced the freeze Monday. "My government is committed to protecting affordable, accessible education for B.C. youth, despite recent federal budget cuts of $435 million for social program funding," Clark said.
The freeze leaves the annual fee for general undergraduates at the University of British Columbia at $2,295 for an academic year. At UW, the equivalent fee for two terms is $2,452 this year and will be $2,936 in 1996-97.
Clark, heading into a provincial election, is maintaining a balanced budget, and is expected to announce operating grants for British Columbia's four provincially-supported universities that will make sure they don't cut accessibility this year.
An announcement is expected from UW management soon about whether exams set for April 19 will be rescheduled. That's what the University of Western Ontario did when the first OFL day of protest hit London during the December exam season. There may also be announcements about other ways in which the strike could affect the university and its staff, faculty and students.
Said yesterday's Texas ruling:
With the best of intentions, in order to increase the enrollment of certain favored classes of minority students, the University of Texas School of Law ("the law school") discriminates in favor of those applicants by giving substantial racial preferences in its admissions program. The beneficiaries of this system are blacks and Mexican Americans, to the detriment of whites and non-preferred minorities. The question we decide today in No. 94-50664 is whether the Fourteenth Amendment permits the school to discriminate in this way. We hold that it does not.
Back in Waterloo, Sharon Lamont has lunch today with Sharon Lamont. The past president of the staff association, who is Sharon L. J. Lamont if you want to be formal about it, occasionally gets confused with history student Sharon M. M. Lamont, and they thought they'd better meet face to face.
(Sharon L. J. Lamont, in her capacity as chair of the staff association's nominating committee, is still looking for staff members to take seats on the grievance committee, the staff training and development committee, the joint health and safety committee, and the advisory committee on traffic and parking. There's information available on UWinfo under "Staff Association".)
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