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March 5, 2007

Ground Broken on New $230 Million Queen's Facility

Cheerleaders, administrators, and a procession of student athletes and club members gathered together last Friday for the ground breaking of the Queen's Centre, a new $230 million student and athletics facility at Queen's University.  The project is largely funded by a significant contribution by the Queen's Alma Mater Society.  In December 2005, the student body approved a $25.5 million donation to the centre: the largest single donation ever made to a university by its student body. Queen's News Release 

Gambling Awareness Tour Hits Manitoba Campuses

The "Gambling Myths" tour has gone through Nova Scotia and Ontario , and now is stopping at university campuses across Manitoba . In exchange for filling out a four-part questionnaire, students are entered in a draw for $1,500.  The organizers, the Responsible Gambling Council, were hired by Manitoba Lotteries Corp. to tour campuses in Brandon and Winnipeg in support of a gambling awareness campaign.  Students are well-known as a high-risk group for any type of excess, including gambling, according to a representative of Manitoba Lotteries.  The Winnipeg Free Press

UOIT Places at Provincial Engineering Competition

While less than 4 years old, UOIT made a strong stand in a recent provincial student engineering competition, taking both first and third place.  The Faculty of Engineering, which secured a first-place spot at the Ontario Student Engineering Competition (Junior Design Team), will graduate its inaugural class of engineering graduates this spring.  15 schools participated in the competition.  Royal Military College took 2nd place in the Junior Design team competition, and University of Waterloo Team B took 3rd.  University of Windsor and the University of Western Ontario came in 1st and 2nd respectively in front of UOIT's 3rd place finish in the Senior Design team category.  UOIT News Release

Ryerson Hosts First "Podcamp Unconference"

Over 300 podcast enthusiasts gathered from across North America to attend the first "Podcamp Toronto," hosted by Ryerson University .  The two-day "unconference" offered instruction on how to plan, produce and publish the web-based audio/video medium.  The event was completely free, and included 50 sessions such as "Podcasting 101", "How to Create Hollywood Effects from Your Living Room" and "Will Podcasting Kill Radio?"  Archived videos of the sessions are available online. Ryerson News & Events | Online Archive

Smoking Banned on 43 US Campuses

According to USA Today, 43 campuses in the US have now gone smoke-free.  The majority have been community colleges and commuter schools, but some larger universities with on-campus housing are also debating the idea.  According to the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (US), almost 31% of full-time college students smoke, compared to 25% of the general population.  Lifestyle habits are formed in university and stay with students for the long term.  USA Today | University Business

Non-Smoking, UnArmed Roommates Wanted

A new bill in Utah will allow the state's students to request roommates based on whether or not they carry a weapon.  Gun-permit holders, however, will not be required to reveal that they have a firearm.  The enacted version of the legislation omits a passage that initially would have prohibited concealed weapons in certain faculty offices.  The University of Utah will be dropping a lawsuit regarding its right to uphold a campus ban on firearms that had been in place for 30 years. The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)

US School Finds Success with Personalized Admissions

Holistic admissions, which use personalized review processes rather than relying on grades and test scores, have traditionally been associated with liberal arts colleges or public universities that do not use affirmative action policies.  Oregon State University fits neither bill, but has gone "holistic" all the same, and is catching the eye of other schools with its success so far. Diversity and retention have both increased.  "Under-predicting" SAT scores from some minorities, and a desire for increased diversity were primary motivators for switch the admissions perspective. The school uses a 6 question response paper to assess 30% of the admissions decision, designed to determine non-cognitive qualities and to draw out special experiences and strengths. Inside Higher Ed

YouTube Banned from Australian Public Schools

Governments are starting to legislate against online bullying based on a belief that increased teen violence is linked to video-upload websites.  The Australian state, Victoria , has banned the use of YouTube at schools as of late last week -- after news of a video that showed male students assaulting a teenaged girl outside of Melbourne .  In France, those who record and post violent acts will be treated as equally complicit in the crime as those who committed the attack.  Google is currently being sued because of a user-posted video on its site that showed a boy with Down's syndrome being teased.  A school in the US recently resolved a case with students who faked a terrorist hostage situation and posted it online.  The International Herald Tribune  

3% of Students Cling to Desktop Computers

According to surveys of uVirginia students, the desktop computer is officially dead to first-year students.  Of the 3,000 2006 freshman, only 90 students brought desktops to school, less than half than the year before.  There are now at least 33 laptop users for every freshman with a desktop.  As recently as 2000, 1,903 students used desktops and 695 used laptops.  Also in 2000, there was 1 Mac for every 35 students; in 2006 1 in 5 students has a Mac. 77% of students in 2006 have digital music devices: 87% of which were Apple iPods.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)