|Changes in grad students’
Memorial’s Board of Regents recently approved
changes to the graduate student fee structure. The patterns
of work and study are quite different for graduate students
these days, said Dr. Chet Jablonski, dean, School of
Graduate Studies. Many doctoral students must balance
family, financial, and workplace demands in order to
complete their programs and it is highly unrealistic
to expect all students to complete their programs within
three years, he said.
In view of these pressing contingencies, the board has
agreed that fees will be payable over 12 semesters (four
years), rather than the current nine semesters. This
change effectively reduces fees by 21 per cent. Continuance
fees will now be set at 8.15 per cent for all doctoral
programs. A prorated refund schedule will be in effect
in September 2004.
Dr. Jablonski said believes that the change in fees
both recognizes the real experiences of today’s
graduate students and makes the possibility of pursuing
an advanced degree more appealing.
The Works works out deal
Negotiators for The Works (Memorial University Recreation
Complex) and employees represented by the Canadian Union
of Public Employees (CUPE, Local 3336), have agreed
on a new four-year contract. The employees include fitness
and aquatics instructors, lifeguards, maintenance staff,
receptionists, events staff and staff at the Tim Hortons
outlet, among others.
The board of directors of The Works ratified the agreement
this week. The union membership had voted earlier to
accept the deal.
The contract will run from July 1, 2003, to June 30,
The Works is the recreation complex serving Memorial
University and the general community. It includes the
Aquarena, the Field House and other recreation facilities
throughout Memorial’s St. John’s campus.