Top Ten

September 13, 2007

Dawson College remembers campus shooting a year ago today

On Sept. 13, 2006 Dawson College and its peers at institutions across Canada were rocked by a brutal shooting that lead to the death of Anastasia DeSousa, and left 20 other students injured.  The 13 returning injured students have formed an informal support group to deal with feelings such as guilt and depression.  Dawson College will remember De Sousa today, and our thoughts are with them. Edmonton Sun | The Montreal Gazette

Campus attacks do not merit guns on campus

York University's student leaders and security staff say that campus is "no place for armed police patrols."  In light of recent assaults on several Ontario campuses, some community members are calling for armed police.  Representatives from York feel that guns on campus would threaten the freedom and openness of its public spaces. Campus security guards offer valuable safety services, but lack the authority to make arrests.  The National Post | The Regina Leader-Post

Alberta invests $30 million in healthcare education

The Alberta government has announced a $30 million investment in adding workers to its health industry.  258 new seats will be added to healthcare programs at colleges and universities across the province (Bow Valley College: 60 LPN seats, uCalgary: 10 nursing seats, Mount Royal College: 15 nursing seats, SAIT: 10 lab tech seats).  uCalgary News Release | AM 770  

SIAST mobile labs bring education to remote areas of Saskatchewan

SIAST has added 2 new mobile training labs, bringing its fleet to 3. The labs provide "just-in-time" trades training to remote and Aboriginal students.  Each lab includes a trailer unit that transforms into a 1,100 square-foot training facility and is accompanied by a supply trailer containing training aids, materials and tools -- donated by manufacturers.  SIA ST News Release (Word Document)

Higher education decreases chance of cancer death

 It's not just vitamin D -- a new US study finds that having education beyond high school is connected to a decreased risk of dying from cancer.  Researchers suspect that the higher standard of living associated with higher education is the root cause of this phenomenon.  Subjects with 12 or less years of education had higher death rates than those with more than 12 years.  CTV

Queen's opens new urgent-care clinic

Queen's University has opened a new $400,000 urgent-care clinic, with renovated facilities and 10 additional exam rooms.  Work on Health, Counselling and Disability Services started in May, but services remained available to students throughout.  The completely redesigned centre allows doctors to work in several patient rooms at a time, and makes the flow of patients more efficient.  Queen's Journal

Carleton academics support staff on the picket line

Carleton's University Academic Staff Association briefly joined their support staff colleagues on the picket line yesterday in a show of solidarity, and presented a cheque for $10,000 to members of CUPE 2424.  Carleton's 700 office, academic support, IT, health, library and technical workers have been on strike since September 5.  CUPE News Release 

McGill gets out of the tobacco business

Due to pressure from a post-graduate student campaign, McGill University has decided to divest itself from the tobacco industry.  McGill holds $4.5 million in tobacco stocks.  The Board of Governors has asked McGill’s investment managers to divest from any corporation that "derives more than 10% of its revenues from tobacco." The McGill Daily (Student Newspaper)

Facebook boots YouTube out of #1 Digital Hot List

Facebook has taken the #1 spot in AdweekMedia's 2007 Digital Hot List, and has sent last year's winner, YouTube, down to #3.  Despite its hefty 60 million users, MySpace came in as the runner up. The list is based on Nielsen/NetRatings audience-tracking data, and rewards sites with "the most impressive, consistent growth." The rankings also consider media "buzz." AdweekMedia | Biz Report

Professors given list of words to avoid in the classroom

Is Moby Dick's obsessed Captain Ahab comparable to George W. Bush?  Is this an appropriate question for an English professor to ask his students? A recent statement by the American Association of University Professors is intended to guide instructors on how to avoid hot topics in the classroom, but also states that offering opinion is part of a professor's job, and that total neutrality would require "equal time to 'competing' visions of communist totalitarianism or Nazi fascism."  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)