The Struggle Continues at Concordia

Concordia has entered exam season despite serious disruptions of the academic semester. Students in GPE have missed 5 weeks of classes, prompting some to argue at our last GA that by the university’s own rules credit given for these classes cannot be considered legitimate without extending the semester.

(photos taken by Brian Lapuz, in thelink)

Unfortunately, the administration repeatedly refuses to enter into a conversation of solutions for these lost classes. There have been no attempts to address this, aside from waiving the fee of $20 usually paid for applying for an Incomplete- a gesture which only came after ongoing and remarkably broad pressure from university faculty at Concordia, students and allied faculty from other institutions.

While much of the momentum of the strike at Concordia has moved from the university to the streets, there are still a diversity of tactics taking place on campus. There is still healthy outrage from both students and faculty that the university intends to push students through exams and hand in assignments on material that was never covered.

This is an invitation to keep a running list of all actions within this ongoing struggle against business-as-usual and the administration’s refusal to acknowledge the loss of over a third of our academic semester. The disruption of the Town Hall meeting for Alan Shepard was one such tactic. The CBC has presented it as “Students Silence New Concordia President” which unfortunately makes invisible the nearly two months of repression and silencing of students which has taken place at Concordia since strike actions began, while glossing over the seemingly immutable, sacrosanct hierarchy of power that structures the university’s daily functioning.

(above photo taken by Brian Lapuz, in thelink)

Alan Shepard was not the victim of this disruption unless the act is viewed in isolation from its context. Because of the continued efforts of concerned students over issues related to the strike (issues internal to Concordia and external) this context is still unfolding daily.

Many students are no longer regularly on campus due to the shift into exam season and many departments are no longer holding regular General Assemblies. These changes combined with the abysmal coverage of the movement in the anglophone media (comment on that by Lilian Radovac here) and the sheer pace and diversity of the actions taking place (from disruptions, to circulating demands, to lobbying from unions, to meetings arranged between faculty and students, motions at Senate, etc) makes it difficult to follow the evolution of the movement in recent days. To continue broad pressure, sharing information can help allies understand as well as feel the breadth of protests against the university’s inaction and keep abreast of efforts being taken to build coalitions and spaces for meaningful dialogue.

Please post links to articles, include notes on the encounters with senior administrators, or facebook events pertaining to continued and sustained action at Concordia here or on other strike blogs. This can provide entry points for people who want to get involved. Being outside the conversation is isolating, and the great thing about knowledge is that it does not diminish when shared!

In solidarity.

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