Despite an overwhelmingly negative response on social media to the academic conditions of the strike and the University of Guelph-Humber’s handling of it, students failed to give power to their voice on Friday. 

GH student Hannah Derue hosted a rally outside the GH/Humber North campus from 9 am to 2 pm in support of fair negotiations giving voice to concerns of students over the school’s communications.

Eight confirmed and 30 students were interested, according to the event page on Facebook. Many confirmed via a group conversation as well but only two other students appeared to support Derue’s rally.

“People aren’t satisfied with the lack of communications, people are angry,” Derue said.

“I tried to give students an opportunity, I opened a door but no one went through. If hundreds of people were to show up, then maybe something could happen.”

“We need to unite together in order to have our voice heard,” said Danya Elsayed, a second year Media Studies student who attended.

Several students told the Post they were working or otherwise engaged. Derue said that the rally was short notice because the school’s plans were also short notice.

Students are also frustrated by the lack of shuttle bus transport to the midterms next week from campus. Last year when the Humber College gym was closed, students were transported off campus for no charge.

“If its too short notice to order a bus, it is too short notice to schedule midterms,” said  Derue.

Many of the complaints on social media have been through student groups on Facebook, where the administration would not be aware of the comments.

One student has told the Post that the strike pushed them into leaving the school after a disappointing program experience, a report that will be released soon.

More details to follow. If you have comment on the activities of the University of Guelph-Humber, please feel free to contact us anonymously or with your name in contact. Image 1 of the rally from The GH Post.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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