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When people talk about the corporatization

September 4, 2008
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of universities, they usually refer to the effects of private sector involvement on research, teaching, and governance. But what about something more basic than that? What about drinking fountains?

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has published a report, “Dwindling access to drinking water on Canadian university campuses” (via). Not only are our cola preferences ignored; in many cases drink dispensers are actually positioned so as to block access to water fountains:

Thirty three percent of respondents noted a reduction in the number of drinking water fountains on campus. Forty three percent of respondents cited delays in repairing existing water fountains. Others said that new buildings are being built without water fountains, that existing water fountains and cold water taps in washrooms are being removed, and that vending machines are blocking access to water fountains. One response from Brock University in St. Catharines explained “there are no water fountains” in new buildings on campus, “only Pepsi machines.”

“Why are University and College administrations limiting student access to potable tap water in new buildings on campus?” asked Tony Clarke, Director of the Polaris Institute. “It seems clear that Canadian universities and colleges are bowing to pressure from Coke and PepsiCo to eliminate competition to their bottled water brands.”

The answer may be to the right, there.>>>

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