Top Ten

March 22, 2007

More responses to Federal Budget

The Quebec Federation of University Students feels that Charest misrepresented the progress he had made with the federal government toward furthering Quebec 's interests with his "good friend" Stephen Harper.  New Brunswick 's Finance Minister has expressed the province's discontent with the $39.4 billion for provinces; when as much as $200 million in equalization payments were expected -- only $42 million was given.  Memorial University has also issued a statement of concern over the equalization payments.  CBC Quebec | CBC New Brunswick

New Student-Run Website for Carpooling is a new networking site that offers students a way to find rides from campus to their hometowns.  Students create profiles and search for matches in rides posted as available for the desired day of travel. The site ran a pre-launch event in January at Laurier, Queen's, Guelph and Ottawa .  The University of Western Ontario 's student newspaper has suggested some security flaws in the site's concept, including a lack of driving record information and vehicle safety tests. The Cord (Student Newspaper)

Canadian U's benefit from Federal Research Dollars

$25 million from the federal government is to be split by the Brain Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, the Canada School of Sustainable Energy at uAlberta, uCalgary and uLethbridge, the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital (uToronto), the Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery (uToronto and uOttawa),  and the Life Science Research Institute (Dalhousie).  Each was chosen as a centre of excellence in its area, with the potential to benefit research, government and the private sector.  UBC's BRC in particular received $15 million for brain research in co-operation with Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. The Montreal Gazette | UBC News Release

BC to excel in Athletics and Health

Camosun College's Pacific Sport Institute will be building a new venue and training centre for its athletes, with the help of $6 million from the BC provincial government. The Minister of Advanced Education recognized the institution as a valuable source of applied research and a one-of-a-kind facility that will help establish BC as a forerunner of healthy lifestyles and physical fitness.  BC MAE News Release

CFS releases Report on Muslim Student Experience

Muslim students face discrimination and barriers at campuses across Ontario, according to a report released yesterday by the Canadian Federation of Students -- based on 17 on-campus hearings attended by almost 1,000 Muslim students.  The students reported an overall "failure to accommodate," including a lack of appropriate foods on-campus, inadequate prayer space, and rigid academic policies that refused to accommodate religious obligations.  Funding the high costs of higher education can be particularly difficult for Muslim students, as both provincial and federal loans are "interest-bearing" and therefore forbidden by Islam.  CFS News Release

Part-Time Learners Disappearing in California

The proportion of part-time learners is decreasing at universities in California, dropping from 7% (2000) to 5.3 %(2005) at UC, and from 23.4% to 20.6% at CSU.  With a lower number of part-time students, graduation rates can be expected to rise as full-time students have been shown more likely to complete their degrees.  The drop in part-time studies reflects lower enrolment with non-traditional learners, who often go part-time to accommodate the demands of a family or an employer. The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)

Mumbai IIT implements Net Curfew

Mumbai IIT, India's top technology school, now turns off internet access in student dorms at midnight each night. A spokesperson from the school says the policy was put in place to combat poor attendance and attention in morning classes, many of which were struggling with overtired students.  The "net curfew" has been in effect for a week so far.  Internet services in the dorms and labs of India's seven engineering and technology institutes are provided for free. While a decline in offline activity was happening across the entire student population, online gamers and movie downloaders are the primary target of the policy.  The Globe & Mail

Meet Your Future Classmates on Facebook

A young high school student started a Facebook group to meet her future NYU classmates, and now has 650 connections at her new school.  The students were able to recognize each other at the December orientation, and coordinated a group event in Washington Square Park in February.  "Class of 2011" groups have emerged on several schools’ Facebook networks now, and are helping students reduce the anxiety about going away to school in the Fall.  The New York Times