Grad Student is Teaching and Supporting Strike

Nov 3, 2011

Classes met Thursday at Southern Illinois University Carbondale despite a strike by the Faculty Association.

In some cases students are showing up to classrooms without professors. In those instances, roll is taken by a university employee and the class is then dismissed.
Speech Communication graduate assistant Julie Kasenza is teaching her classes, but also supporting the strike.

She says students are confused, but she encourages them to do some critical thinking about the situation and not be pressured into taking sides. Kasenza's Graduate Assistants United union reached a tentative deal early Thursday morning. She says nobody wants to strike, but she will if the full union membership rejects the tentative agreement.

Kaszenza says she is focused on her students and her desire to keep teaching them.