Graduate Students Not Laughing *With* the CASA...

    OTTAWA, April 1 /CNW Telbec/ - In what was presumably an attempt at an
April Fools joke, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations issued a news
release earlier today denying the existence of nearly three decades of work
undertaken by graduate students at the federal level. Although the National
Graduate Caucus commends the CASA for finally recognizing the existence of
graduate students studying at Canadian universities, it cautions against
publicly minimizing the role of graduate student activism, even as a joke.
    "We appreciate the CASA's attempt at humour, but it isn't appropriate to
make light of the hard work of graduate students that has been ongoing for
decades," said Amy Cox, Deputy Chairperson-elect of the National Graduate
Caucus. "Nevertheless, I look forward to walking the CASA's staff through the
issues facing graduate students at the federal level."
    The National Graduate Caucus (NGC) of the Canadian Federation of Students
is the national voice of graduate students in Canada, uniting more than
50,000 graduate students from campuses in every province. For more than a
quarter-century, the NGC has been lobbying the federal government on issues
such as granting council funding, academic freedom, and copyright.
    "Graduate students' presence on Parliament Hill pre-dates the creation of
the CASA, but when it comes to incorporating graduate student issues into that
organization's work, it is most certainly better late than never," concluded

For further information:

For further information: Amy Cox, Deputy Chairperson-elect, National
Graduate Caucus, President, Post-Graduate Student Society of McGill
University, (514) 936-8766,

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