Batten the hatches,
they’re at it again. Hold firm, Minister Arsenault. A ten minute drive is not going to affect any possible research collaboration, but co-location could swamp a small campus which already has space issues and services that are stretched to and in some cases past the breaking point. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? “Cost-sharing”? (aka. university dollars subsidizing industry). If it’s not about money, what is it about? Research collaborations can and do exist across continents, so that argument is bogus. Students sometimes switch from college to university and visa versa, but so what? It just means that they switch campuses; what’s the issue?
Yes, yes, I know; we just got the pot-of-gold in government funding. But not a penny of that is going to operations and very little to classroom or office space, as far as I can tell. The trailers — sorry, “temporary buildings” — are being moved aside for the new NBCC building, but they were not knocked down, you will notice. As long as there is even one left on this campus, how can we contemplate further expanding our population?
Let’s hope that Enterprise Saint John chairman Bob Manning was correct when he said, “This is a once-in-a-generational opportunity.”
Because I for one am very tired of the issue. If anyone had ever taken the time to explain how subsuming UNBSJ into a growing “cluster” would not turn into out-and-out cannibalism, I might feel differently.
But no-one has, have they?