A report from the Assembly of the students from the School of Mathematics
The Assembly of the students from the School of Mathematics was held on February 20th 1997. at noon. The students were addressed by both students - representatives of the Protest Board of the School of Mathematics and professors.
The representatives of the Protest Board informed the students on the following: the attitude of the Main Board that the decision on the commencement of the lectures be made following the student assemblies at all schools; the actions that are being prepared.
The students were addressed by the professor Zoran Lucic first, who expressed his opinion that there should be no activities at the School until the Chancellor resigns. Professor Lucic also read the Proposal of an announcement of the Council of the Deans from 26 Schools of the University in Belgrade and from 8 Advanced Schools, which was simultaneously being discussed at the meeting at the School of Electric Engineering which was attended, among others by Zoran Kadelburg, Dean of the School of Mathematics. The point of the announcement was that the adoption of the Special law does fulfill the first demand of the Student Protest and that no further quarrels should postpone the commencement of the lectures. Unfortunately, the Council ascertained with grave concern that the situation concerning the second and the third demand of the Student Protest, namely the replacement of the Chancellor and the Student Vice-chancellor, remains unchanged.
Professor Desanka Radunovic, Vice-dean for the Lectures pointed to the fact that the professors are willing to return to classes even as soon as Monday, February 24th, provided that the Chancellor and Student Vice-chancellor are dismissed from their functions. She suggested that we consider the first demand fulfilled, while the Council of the Deans will still search, with the aid of the colleagues from the Law School, for the best possible - legal and procedural - solution to the problems. She stated that the Chancellor and Student Vice-chancellor are "our people, from our house, therefore our disgrace", and, until they are replaced, the lectures should not begin.
The Vice-dean for the Lectures presented the students with the professors' opinion that this school year must not be "adjourned". We will need 36 weeks to compensate for the lectures, which would, concluded with the October examination term last until October 10th, provided that the classes begin on February 24th; if not, the schedule will be translated for as many days as the commencement of the lectures is postponed. There will be no entrance examinations until most of the teaching activities are compensated.
Following this, a discussion was opened; 400 students came out for public voting on the following proposals:
Everybody voted against the first proposal. 95 percent were in favor of the second proposal, 4 percent were against, and one percent refrained from voting.