Dal students anxious over talk of term extension

The Dalhousie Faculty Association recently voted in favour of a university-wide strike.

By Siobhan Reid

The Dalhousie Faculty Association recently voted in favour of a university-wide strike, which will stall university classes, programs, and services if enacted.

In the event that the university strikes, there is the possibility that some classes and exams will be extended into May. This has many students concerned not only with the impact that the strike will have on their academic schedule, but also on their summer employment and travel plans.

Dal Faculty could walk out March 10, 2012. (Siobhan Reid photo)
According to the DSU website, "members of the DFA voted 83% in favour of giving their Executive a strike mandate." Legally, strike action could be in effect March 10, 2012 (Siobhan Reid photo).

“If classes were extended, I would have to ask my employer to wait for my return to Toronto. Because of the highly competitive process I went through to get this summer job, there is a real possibility that I would be passed over for the next choice candidate,” says Chris Kelly, a second-year Dalhousie student.

Stella Yip, a first-year Dalhousie student, expects to return home to Calgary for the summer months. While Yip believes that the strike is “worth it” for faculty, she is worried that there will be unforeseen costs associated with the strike.

“I wouldn’t be particularly upset about staying into May if my costs were covered. If they made me pay extra for my residence then I would be pretty upset about that, because that’s not my fault.”

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Furthermore, Yip’s parents have already booked her return flight to Calgary. She is worried that she will have to reschedule her flight and pay cancellation fees.

Upper-year Dalhousie students living off campus are unsure of how the strike will affect their living situations. With many of their property leases terminating in May, there is a concern for those who are not renewing their current leases, and will be forced to find last-minute accommodations.

Related audio
Brandon Goulding discusses the reactions that
he and his peers have had to the possible strike.
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Some students living off campus endure long commutes into the city, and the faculty strike will only add to current frustrations regarding the transit strike. Since the transit strike’s inception, Dalhousie student Riley Jones has had to arrange his commute to school around his parents’ work schedules.

“Right now, it is hard enough as it is to get into the city. If classes got extended, it would mean a few more weeks of commuting into Halifax.”

According to the DSU website, “members of the DFA voted 83% in favour of giving their Executive a strike mandate.