Grad Students in the news

March 15, 2011

Hugh Johnston has said, in an interview about Radical Campus, his history of SFU:

The spirit with which SFU began was deliberately one of doing things differently; and that was a spirit that became an integral part of the university’s personality.

SFU’s articulate graduate students are continuing SFU’s tradition of questioning and activism.

Sarah Hunt, PhD student in Geography, contributed a column to the progressive website “Criminalizing sex workers harms the most vulnerable“. She writes:

What is the government saying by arguing in court that it’s not their job to protect sex workers? They are placing the blame on the victims of violence, who may already be struggling with the impact of poverty and neglect in their lives. Is that their fault too?

Her article was originally published in Media Indigena: “Government blames sex workers for violence used against them“.

Julie L. McArthur, PhD student in Political Science, contributed a critical paper about the economic crisis in Ireland to the Monthly Review. In “Mortgaging Irish Independence: From Financial Crisis to Socialist Resistance“, she wrote:

Certainly, Irish GDP soared and unemployment plummeted from 1995 to 2007, and many Irish people started taking holidays in exotic locales. This was no small thing for a country long considered the “poor man” of Europe. But these developments hid the fact that the growth was built on an untenable foundation of foreign deposits and real estate speculation. It also hid the fact that much of this wealth was not being used to “develop” Ireland, but was, in fact, leaving the country.

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