Laurentian University students on edge as faculty strike continues
Students' General Association urging administration and faculty to return to negotiating table
Most classes are cancelled because members of the Laurentian University Faculty Association began striking at midnight Wednesday after negotiations with the administration over a new collective agreement broke down.
"It's just really unsettling," third-year environmental sciences student Jocelyn Meyer said.
Along with academic worries, Meyer said she is also afraid she might temporarily lose her server job at the campus pub if the strike drags on.
Students self-teaching to avoid falling behind
Nil Patel also has concerns. He came to Sudbury from Connecticut to study computer science, and is paying more tuition than most students.
"When they come back from a strike, will we have more work to do or we'll just continue normally," Patel asked.
"How will they basically get the time back from what was wasted?"
First-year biomed student Eric Paquette is passing the time by studying.
"It's like I'm like paying for education and now I have to self-teach to not get behind," Paquette said.
"You almost have to start studying by yourself, reading your texts and hope that that's the type of information you need for these midterms and stuff."
Trying to minimize impact on students
First-year engineering student Alicia Gilies said she is happy to have the extra time to catch up on work, but she does not want the strike to interfere with her graduating plans.
"If it will affect that, that would be a big setback," Gilies said.
While he does not have all the answers, he said he is trying to make sure the impact on students is minimal.
"I completely understand. I, myself, am also stressed," Goulet said.
"Just keep pushing for the two groups, faculty and admin, to talk and get this through."