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SMUFU to hold rally Thursday, after no confidence vote

By Caitlin Snow Apr 10, 2024 | 5:15 PM

Looking for full transparency and trying to pressure leadership at Saint Mary’s University (SMU) to step down, there will be a rally on Inglis St and Tower Rd, Thursday afternoon.

It comes after more than 91 per cent of members of the Saint Mary’s University Faculty Union, voted for a no confidence motion against the president of the university and the chair of the Board of Governors- for financial mismanagement.

President of the union, Cathy Conrad says, this has been ten years in the making, but they really started sounding the alarm bells two years.

She says they want SMU to be the great institution it has always been.

“We are doing this for the sake of the university. This is not about wages, it’s not about our income, it’s not about jobs…our jobs aren’t even on the line.”

Conrad adds that they want more transparency and oversight, having a business school, they have a lot of in-house expertise, and they were seeing things being run into the ground.

Conrad adds that the rally Thursday, is about having conversations in order to not ruin the reputation of the school, that they feel does an amazing job.

“I want us to join together in the corner of our city block…alum, students, staff, faculty.  Have conversations in the corner in the spirit of full transparency.”

Meantime, SMU says they are facing challenges like many other institutions across Canada due to things like high inflation and lack of government funds.