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A new committee will be struck in 2011 to deal with the rowdy behaviour of college and university students in Kingston. At a meeting Tuesday, one city councillor tried to amend the motion to adopt a bylaw intending to crack down on property owners he referred to as "slumlords," renting their property out as student housing. Council rejected the amendment, approving the committee that will be formed next spring. The committee will comprise politicians, police, university and college officials, student representatives, landlords, and property owners. Kingston Whig-Standard

Kingston committee to tackle rowdy students Top Ten Thu, 09/23/2010 - 15:13
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The City of Oshawa has hired a private security firm to monitor campus-area neighbourhoods until Thanksgiving. The city's manager of municipal law enforcement says it has been standard practice in recent years to boost bylaw presence in the area in the fall, and private security was brought in this year due to few bylaw staff. Students living near UOIT say they are being unfairly targeted. Calling the tactic "a violation of human rights," the city councillor who heads the finance and administration committee says the matter should have come there for approval and subsequently gone to council. Durham Region News

Oshawa hires private security for bylaw enforcement in campus neighbourhoods Top Ten Wed, 09/22/2010 - 15:26
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The Council of Ontario Universities has redesigned its website to make it more user-friendly and easier to navigate. Dominating the homepage is a rotating graphic banner that point to issues such as student success, sustainability, research, and the impact of Ontario universities. Also new to the website are news updates from the provincial government and COU's member institutions. COU website

COU unveils new website Top Ten Tue, 09/21/2010 - 14:29
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The University of Guelph is one of the first institutions in Canada to use QR coding technology, which involves square barcodes that are readable by most smartphones and have encoded information that, when scanned, launches to a URL or other online data. UoGuelph has incorporated QR codes in its 2011 admissions handbook. When scanned, the codes will connect readers to YouTube videos of current students sharing their experiences at the institution. UoGuelph hopes to eventually provide virtual tours of student residences, dining areas, and other facilities using QR codes. University of Guelph News Release

UoGuelph adopts QR coding technology for handbooks Top Ten Mon, 09/20/2010 - 16:44
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According to new research, Internet users in the US are spending more time on Facebook than searching with Google. The data shows that people spent 41.1 million minutes on Facebook, or nearly 10% of their Web-surfing minutes for the month. That just exceeded the 39.8 million minutes, or 9.6%, people spent on all Google sites combined, including Gmail and YouTube. Yahoo! placed third in terms of time spent browsing, with users having spent 37.7 million minutes, or 9.1% of their time, on Yahoo! sites. Associated Press

US Web users spending more time on Facebook than Google Top Ten Fri, 09/17/2010 - 15:35
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Students who attend university in Ottawa and reside in Gatineau are not eligible for OC Transpo's pilot U-Pass program because Gatineau is under the jurisdiction of a separate transit authority, which has not signed on to the program. A Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) spokesperson says the deal was too expensive for the transit authority, which already offers its own discount pass for students under 21. Student unions at Carleton and uOttawa have been fielding complaints from students disqualified from the program. Students will try to get the STO to join the program when the pilot comes up for review next summer. CBC

Carleton, uOttawa students living in Quebec ineligible for U-Pass Top Ten Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:39
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CollegeOnly is a new website where students can post messages and pictures away from the prying eyes of parents and instructors. The site, developed by a recent Princeton University graduate, is currently available to students at Cornell, Princeton, and Yale Universities, and there are plans to expand CollegeOnly to several other campuses. Another privacy-focused social network is in development. A group of New York University students are working on Diaspora, a site that intends to give its users more control over what they share. Unlike CollegeOnly, Diaspora will not be exclusive to college students. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

New college-only social network launches Top Ten Wed, 09/15/2010 - 16:53
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New research from York University finds that narcissists and individuals with low self-esteem are drawn to Facebook as a self-promotional tool and tend to be heavier users of the social network. Examining the online habits and personalities of 100 Facebook users at York U between the ages of 18 and 25, the researcher, a psychology student, assessed 5 features of participants' pages for self-promotion: the "about me" section, the main photo, the first 20 pictures in the "view photos of me" section, notes, and status updates. The study observes that men displayed more self-promotion content in the "about me" and notes sections, while women demonstrated more self-promotion in their profile pictures. York U News Release

Facebook attracts narcissistic, insecure users, study finds Top Ten Tue, 09/14/2010 - 16:14
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One of the University of Dayton's most successful recruitment strategies involves an arrangement with UPS and DHL in which the university is allowed to send its viewbooks and other materials in envelopes bearing the UPS and DHL logos. Dayton does not pay for express delivery of the packages it sends this way; the university mails them through the US Postal Service. "We're sending a message that you are important" with the envelopes, says Dayton's VP of enrolment management. "We are saying that you are not going to be like bulk mail to us." The initiative strikes critics as being misleading. Some comments on the Inside Higher Ed article about Dayton's strategy consider the initiative deceptive or manipulative. Inside Higher Ed

Ohio university attracts students with faux-express envelopes Top Ten Mon, 09/13/2010 - 17:02
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In a new survey commissioned by George Brown College, one-third of Generation Y admit to being "somewhat familiar" with the concept of the knowledge-based economy, while employers are nearly twice as familiar. Close to 60% of employers believe the shift to the knowledge-based economy has already occurred, compared to just 16% of Gen Ys. Both groups are at odds over what skills are important in the workplace. For example, about two-thirds of Gen Ys believe communication and teamwork to be important to employers, while 80% of employers consider such skills extremely important. The groups do agree on other issues, including the belief that IT, financial services, and science and technology will be key economic drivers over the next decade. George Brown College News Release | Toronto Star

Gen Y, employers differ on importance of knowledge economy skills Top Ten Fri, 09/10/2010 - 14:24

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