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March 19, 2007

Laurier Student still Missing

The search for a 19-year-old Wilfrid Laurier University student continues (at press time) after divers' search of the Grand River yielded no sign of Mykola Vlasov (Nick).  Vlasov was last seen on March 5.  Waterloo regional police received a call last week reporting "somebody floating down the river," but a search by water and land, including a canine unit, was unable to find anything. The KW Record (subscription required)

McGill Students open Independent Bookstore

One of the bitterest complaints of Canadian PSE students is the high cost of textbooks -- and McGill's student society has taken matters into their own hands, buying the nearby Haven bookstore. Negotiations for the purchase were kept quiet, to avoid competitive bids, student pressure, or attempts by McGill administration to dissuade the society from the purchase. The student-run bookstore intends to compete with the university bookstore for instructor textbook orders, and promises lower prices. The Charlatan (Carleton Student Newspaper)

Ontario offers PSE Students International Work Experience

"Global Edge" is a new government of Ontario program that gives entrepreneurial college and university students exposure to the global marketplace.  International work placements will be set up for students aged 19-29, starting in May. Students will gain professional experience with established multinational corporations, and a head-start at developing a global mindset. Ontario MSBE News Release

Laurentian and Cambrian join in Mining Skills Training

Laurentian University and Cambrian College have signed their first articulation agreement in the area of earth sciences, to increase mining-related training and education possibilities in northern Ontario.  Starting this September, Cambrian's Geological Engineering Technology grads will be able to obtain a BSc degree in Earth Sciences at Laurentian, with an additional 2 years of class (for a total of five).  Sudbury is among the top centres for mining innovation in the province. Cambrian News Release

uGuelph Biologist on Cover of Canadian Geographic

Paul Hebert, a researcher and professor at the University of Guelph, is featured on the cover of Canadian Geographic's March/April issue. The article highlights Hebert's DNA bar-coding method, a new way to identify species.  With research partners in the US and Canada, 15 new species of North American birds and six new species of bats have been discovered with the barcode technique. Hebert is the director of the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, and was the first to suggest that a short DNA sequence from a gene found by all animals can be used to identify species.  uGuelph News Release

Student Model UN exercise 6 Years in the Making

130 Canadian university students are participating in a model UN mission taking place in the actual location of the Canadian War Museum , and the fictional war-torn nation of Fontinalis.  Students have been assigned to several NGOs including the Red Cross, CARE Canada and UNICEF.  The students "landed" on Thursday, and will be back for today's classes, leaving a short window of time to locate missing persons, re-establish food supplies and reunite child soldiers with their parents.  The Ottawa Citizen

UK Applicants asked about Parentsand Ethnicity

Prospective university students in the UK may be asked to submit information regarding their parents' education with their applications.  The new form from UCAS will also include questions regarding ethnicity, and whether students have been in council care.  The president of Universities UK says that its members place a priority on attracting students whose families did not pursue PSE.  The new data collected would allow schools to identify these students "from disadvantaged backgrounds," and give them added support through the system.  BBC News | The Guardian | The Telegraph

US College Administrators Accused of Taking Kickbacks

Companies providing student loans have been accused of paying kickbacks to universities and university employees for pushing students their way. School staff received paid trips, computer systems, and were placed on company boards, according to New York's Attorney General.  No legal action has been announced, but investigations are ongoing and lawsuits are a possibility.  CNN Money | The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)