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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The State of the World

Budget cuts are on the mind around the U of W, with faculties being asked to trim their budgets by 4 to 6 per cent to balance the budget and recoup that $4.5 million deficit that piled up last year.

English head Karl Jirgens argued to Senate that it's nigh impossible for his taxed program to get it done without doing substantial damage. The faculty has 14 faculty members, down from 23, with only 10 of those doing research. The program is maxed out at 500 students and can't take any more. He was rejected.

"We can't do less research because then (professors) can't get tenure or promotion," said Jirgens. "What's going to give is health. People are going to start getting stressed out and ill from overwork. We already see symptoms of that in the department."

So when all this money is getting spent on new buildings, maybe a thought on the condition of the people expected to teach in them?

In an ongoing story I only caught glimpses of on the covers of papers at rest stops yesterday, for those curious on how the Chinese government would deal with the escalating protests in Tibet as the Olympics draw ever closer, which have left 16 dead thus far, here's your answer: you did it to yourselves.

"There is ample fact — and we also have plenty of evidence — proving that this incident was organized, premeditated, masterminded and incited by the Dalai clique," said Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

Down South, the dream boat gave a major speech today, rebuking his church pastor's recent controversial comments, and responds directly to the challenges of race relations in America in 2008.

Aww. Makes me sad to be home.

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