Students protest outside Senate meeting

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Fine Arts students used personal artwork to protest before Senate earlier this afternoon.

Approximately 30 students lined the entrance to the Robert Sutherland Building on Nov. 22 in protest of the administration’s decision to suspend admissions to Fine Arts next year.

Rosalind Breen, BFA ’13, said protesters held up paintings to bring attention to the capabilities of students in the program.

“If we bring it to them ... they’ll see it’s on the streets and they can get an idea,” Breen said. “We’ve been taking as much action as we can. We’ve been discussing what we’re prepared to do, which is a lot.”

Nathalja Henkenhaf, BFA ’13, said the decision to hold the protest was last minute.

“[My class] came into the studio today and a group of students from all different years told us that we were going to do a silent protest of sorts and just to bring some artwork,” she said.

Henkenhaf said on Nov. 21 several Fine Arts students met with Arts and Science Dean Alistair MacLean and Associate Dean Gordon Smith.

“We were asking questions about where our tuition goes, how budgets for programs are created, whether donors could donate directly to the fine arts program” she said, adding that she felt the administration didn’t have many answers.

“For a lot of the answers they just referred back to the committee they formed and how they’re going to use that committee to examine how fine arts can be made sustainable.”

AMS President Morgan Campbell said she supported the protest.

“It was not aggressive or overly critical,” Campbell, ArtSci ’11, said. “It was questioning and looking for answers.”

Representatives from Queen’s administration were unavailable for comment.

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