Sheridan Strike: The Student Persceptive

Lisa Barley is still smiling despite the possibility of a strike on Feb. 11.

Lisa Barley is a second year Broadcast Journalism student at Sheridan College. Like many students in her situation, she’s pretty confused.

There is a strike looming. February 11th is big decision day, but Barley has nothing to do but wait, and go to class.

She lives just next to the college, in her two-bedroom apartment with her roommate. The floor of her room is scattered with posters with the faces of different bands and artists she has admired over the years. I see Alexisonfire and Paramore.

She insists that her room is gross, but it’s fairly clean in comparison to the average student’s living space.

With clothes and random junk scattered across her floor, she talks about what might happen to her life as a Sheridan student, and how a strike could affect her education and her job placement.

“I don’t really know what’s going to happen,” Barely said. “Will they push the semester forward, or will they condense it? I have no clue,” she said.

“Or will we just lose our semester?”

These are questions that have been raised by many students, and the answers to them, for now, are completely unknown. There aren’t any clear answers on what’s happening with Ontario’s Colleges, although they could strike as of next week, closing the school’s front doors.

Barley lives in Oakville, but is originally from North Bay, Ontario, which is a four-hour drive from Sheridan. She isn’t sure if she will stay or leave if a strike hits. Depending on whether or not her friends stay in town, she’ll stay and wait for the strike to end.

She doesn’t want to make the trip back North Bay only to come back to Sheridan a week later. It’s a waste of her valuable time and money. And so is the story of a strike.

“If I take a bus, it takes eight hours, and it will cost me $200 to North Bay and back.”

That’s money that she doesn’t have. This doesn’t even include the amount of money she suspects to lose if the entire school year is lost.

If the entire year goes to the garbage, Barley said she would lose close to $5,000, considering her tuition costs and living expenses.

This is a danger that every Sheridan (and Ontario college) student is facing.

They strike deadline is February 11th, and today students still line up to get on their respective busses. They still attend classes fully knowing what is going to happen. But students can only hope that things can be resolved.

Students are feeling helpless; and it’s true, they are. A lot of their money and time is at the hands of the teachers.

There is a serious lack of communication between teachers, staff, and students. Barley has been told so many different things that it now appears that some teachers are just as confused as students.

And that is what this has turned into – a massive soup of confusion and rumors. But from this point of view, it certainly looks like Sheridan College will strike February 11th.

Let us know your thoughts on the possible strike below. Write away, Sheridan.

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    • Blake Dillon
    • February 4th, 2010

    The only good thing about this: That girl reads Travis. I see it!

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