Supporters of uSask Kenderdine campus to protest closure

November 19, 2012

Supporters of the University of Saskatchewan's recently closed satellite at campus at Emma Lake say they will push university officials to reconsider at a meeting tomorrow. uSask says ceasing activities at the Kenderdine campus from now until 2016 will save it an estimated $500,000, part of a broader effort to trim the institution's $95-million shortfall. The campus, which has hosted artists, biologists, and others since 1935, requires millions of dollars in renovations and repairs. A former art student at the Kenderdine campus questions that reasoning, stating the campus has posted a surplus of $60,000 over the past 2 years and the renovation plans can easily be scaled back. "This is not only a blow to Saskatchewan artists but to the rest of the world," says a wood sculptor who founded the annual Emma International Collaboration conference at the Kenderdine campus in 1996. He says the closure is "taking away an important part of our culture, our history...how can we discard it on a whim without any thought?" uSask's provost says the closure does not mean the institution is taking the arts for granted. He says the university made a calculated financial decision in light of mounting debt. The provost says uSask will continue to explore options for the Kenderdine campus until 2016. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix (November 17) | Saskatoon Star-Phoenix (November 19)