By Kayla Perry
As you all know, or at least learned from the front page of Lambda, a strike between Laurentian University and the Laurentian University Faculty Association was narrowly avoided last week, when a tentative agreement was made between the two parties involved.
Prior to the agreement, some questions were raised: what would happen if there was a strike? How would students be affected? Would those in fourth year still graduate?
However, other than these questions and a few more of their kind, it almost seemed as if Laurentian University students were un-concerned about their academic situation here at LU.
In fact, many of the students I spoke with personally regarding the possible strike actually supported the strike – and these were, for the most part, students with high academic standings and hopes for furthering their education.
Why, you ask? Well, the answer may surprise you.
The many students that I spoke with who welcomed the strike were not concerned with the faculties work loads, or salaries, which are actually much lower than many other university faculty salaries in Ontario, despite of Laurentian’s claim that it is “one of Canada’s fastest growing universities” (as can be heard any time anyone called the LU hotline).
Instead, Laurentian students were welcoming the idea of a strike because it would bring a break from courses, and at the very least, a break from lectures.
And this, I believe, begs the question: are we so busy/stressed/tired as students that we actually welcome a faculty strike, an undoubtedly huge deal and what would have been only the third ever strike at Laurentian?
Apparently, we are. Whether it is a question of too-high workloads (which I doubt) or lack of motivation (which is much more likely), some students would rather welcome the chance to sleep in and relax, than continue to attend classes and improve their GPA’s.
And that, in my opinion, is a bit troubling.