UNB tentative deal adds stress for students

By Kassandra Gavin-Henry
Jan. 31, 2014

UNB students say they are frustrated and anxious about classes resuming at the post-secondary institute on Monday, Feb. 3.
Teachers began their strike on Jan. 13 and came to a tentative agreement with UNB on Jan. 30 after keeping students out of class for three weeks.
Shannon Sheppard, an arts student studying psychology at UNB, said she feels she has been kept in the dark about a lot of things to do with the strike and the transition back into classes on Monday.
Sheppard said she enjoyed the free time she had in the first week but didn’t realize the strike would be going on as long as it has.
“It was all fun and games until we figured out how much we were losing.”
Desiray Wells, who studies Kinesiology, said she understands why the teachers went on strike but at the same time has found it frustrating.
“It was a nice break but it was a little too long.”
Wells, who is only a year away from graduating, said she’s worried about the effect the strike will have on graduation and the possibility it will push it back three extra months to July.
“A lot of people who are going to graduate are mad about it.”

Nikki Patey, an engineering student who transferred to UNB from MUN this year said students have been thinking about transferring and if she had been aware that there was a strike planned she wouldn’t have come.
“If I knew this was going to happen over Christmas break I would have considered transferring.”
Patey said because of the strike she feels her work is going to be rushed and GPA’s could be affected.
“If classes were normal I could have eased my way into my work.”
Jeff Durley, who is majoring in political science and history, said he is less nervous and more frustrated about the strike affecting his GPA.
“The unknowing has really bothered me.”