I was delighted with the write-up on the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences in the recent UBC Reports, but not with the unfortunate front-page index entry.
As much as I enjoy the fun of alliteration in headlines, in this case the effect was to contradict our work, purposes and intentions.
We must remember our roots -- which are the land, farming and agriculture. We need to identify critical agricultural issues, and promote creative and exciting solutions through our diversified research and educational resources. We want to co-operate with all of our communities and constituencies, especially the farming community.
The new direction of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences must be about the support of all initiatives that work towards sustainable land, food and community systems.
Moura Quayle, Dean
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
I think that the university should be proud of its students who drew national and international attention by demonstrating against APEC.
I spent two hours standing at the front of the demonstration on Main Mall and was witness to the response by the various police forces to the peaceful and well organized opposition to APEC. Their response was unneccessary violence and the cries of "shame" were well placed. Dogs, horses, pepper spray, guns, snipers -- enough force to put down a small uprising and totally inappropriate to peaceful protest in a democratic country.
As was demonstrated throughout the hosting of APEC, democracy is fragile and we need to be vigilant. I have to admit some surprise at the lack of presence by the unions on campus and the faculty association. Solidarity with other workers and support for academic freedom I would have thought fundamental to a free-thinking university. Democracy becomes more fragile in the face of complacency and apathy.
I have worked on campus for over 20 years and was a student in the early '70s. This kind of action by the students is welcome and should be encouraged and I personally want to thank them.
Women's Studies Center
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