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October 23, 2006

Norwalk Virus Hits uAlberta

On Sunday, the regional health authority announced that about 300 people in Edmonton have come down with the Norwalk virus, including about 100 students in the Lister Hall dormitory at the University of Alberta. CBC item

uOttawa Launches "Just One Person" Scholarship Program

On Saturday, the University of Ottawa presented Jim Orban, publisher of the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, with its inaugural "Just One Person" community award, "acknowledging the contributions of a citizen of Ottawa who’s helped ensure the health and well-being of children and families." More than 300 people gathered at a reception prior to the Ottawa Senators game, raising over $35,000 for the "Just One Person" scholarship program for youth-in-care. The program is a partnership between uOttawa, the Ottawa Senators Foundation, and the Max Keeping Foundation. uOttawa media release

Concordia Helps Recover "Nazi Plunder"

Jewish art dealer Max Stern abandoned his collection and fled Nazi Germany in 1937. Last week, at a ceremony at Concordia University, one of the confiscated pieces -- a 19th century painting of an Egyptian dancer entitled "Aimee, a Young Egyptian", was returned to the Max Stern Estate. The event was the culmination of an international effort led by Concordia and including lawyers in Germany, a famous art sleuth, experts from Sotheby's, and a Holocaust claims office in New York. The beneficiaries of the Max Stern Estate are not private heirs, but Concordia and McGill universities, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Globe & Mail article

Ontario Increases Support for Francophone PSE

At La Cité Collègiale in Ottawa on Friday, Ontario's francophone affairs minister announced $65.3 million for this academic year to help small, northern and rural colleges, an increase of $20 million over two years ago. La Cité will receive $11.4 million over the next three years to help improve access for francophone students to quality education, and to maintain a wide offering of programs. Government media release

Georgetown U Prof Claims to have Found Holy Grail

The quest for the Holy Grail might just be over. A professor of German at Georgetown University claims to have found the sacred artifact

TA Strike Looms at Carleton, CUPE says

Teaching assistants at Carleton University have voted 81% to give their bargaining committee a strike mandate. Like CUPE negotiations at McMaster, the main issue is that CUPE believes that "tuition fee hikes represent effective pay cuts for our members." TAs are also seeking health and dental benefits, and job security for non-anglophone students. The same union local also represents contract instructors, faculty and librarians at Carleton. CNW media release

Lakehead Campaign in Strategy Magazine

The October issue of Strategy magazine includes a series of small items on "outstanding new campaigns" and a brief discussion of Lakehead University's "Yale Shmale" campaign. It praises the campaign for generating $1 million in free publicity in the first week, and quotes Eleanor Abaya, Lakehead's Director of Communications. "We started thinking, are we brave enough?" "We weren't even on the radar in the GTA -- we had to be a little edgy." After many approvals, including the board of governors, they ran the campaign. But the posters featuring George Bush were only intended for Toronto. Tamer creative ran in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Strategy Magazine

Possible Foul Play in Death of RMC Student

In October 2003, 21-year-old Royal Military College cadet Joe Grozelle went missing from his college dormitory in Kingston. The original autopsy concluded he had committed suicide by drowning, a finding rejected by his friends and family. Last week, results of a second autopsy suggested he may have faced violence and been punched first. The hearing continues today. CBC story