“I’m probably going to be playing video games”: how York University students are making the best of the strike

“I’m probably going to be playing video games”: how York University students are making the best of the strike

(Images: Giordano Ciampini) (Images: Giordano Ciampini)
 

For the fourth time since 1997, York University is on strike. With all classes cancelled and 3,700 contract faculty and teaching assistants on the picket lines, nobody is sure when life at the school will return to normal. If history is anything to go by, it could be a while: York’s last strike, in 2008, endured for three months before it was ended by provincial back-to-work legislation. Now, students are nervously eyeing the calendar, hoping against hope that a lengthy labour disruption doesn’t delay graduation. Still, a little time away from school is never entirely a bad thing. We visited the campus to ask people what they plan on doing during their surprise reading break.