Top Ten

February 1, 2008

Police search UBC building for threat

A "threat to public safety" caused the University of British Columbia to lock down its Biological Sciences Building Wednesday afternoon, while police searched room by room.  UBC students and faculty who happened to be in labs or classrooms were told to lock their doors and stay inside.  Students, professors and staff were released gradually as each room was cleared. 

Alberta announces more than $13 million for campus upgrades

Yesterday, Alberta announced $7.6 million in funding to "modernize and expand" power facilities at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.  The improvements will save the school up to $120,000 per year, which will go toward increasing student access and updating equipment.  A further $1.8 million will fund roofing upgrades for several campus buildings.  Funding was also announced yesterday for Grant MacEwan College ($1.3 million), NorQuest College ($515,000), Northern Lakes College ($312,000), Portage College ($719,600), and SAIT ($800,000). 

GPRC receives $6.5 million for upgrades

Grande Prairie Regional College will receive $6.5 million from the Alberta government for upgrades.  Most of the funding will be used to expand the school's L-Wing building -- the future home of the fine arts department.  Additional first- and second-year apprenticeship students will take over the former arts department facilities.  The school gymnasium will also be upgraded, in preparation for the 2010 Arctic Winter Games.

STU students' union says settle or meet in court

The St. Thomas University Students' Union is threatening to sue both university administration as well as the faculty union if the current faculty strike is not quickly resolved.  Now that its "final offer" has been rejected by the union, STU administration says the semester will have to be extended in order to provide a full term to students.  A term extending into May may cause conflicts for students who have already arranged summer employment.  Talks have resumed with a government-appointed mediator. 

UoGuelph launches $1 million international research network

The University of Guelph and Kinross Gold Corporation have announced a new education and research network between Canada and Brazil, made possible by $1 million in funding and in-kind donation from Kinross.  The project will focus on developing environmental initiatives "focused on the use and remediation of land and water." 

Osgoode Hall invites students to live in the "O.C."

In order to recruit out-of-province students, York University's Osgoode Hall Law School plans to open its very own student residence in September 2008.  Osgoode Chambers, or the "O.C." it is familiarly known, will be across the street from the law school in a "group of dedicated townhouses."  Out-of-province students have indicated that such an exclusive residence would make the school more attractive to them. 

Ryerson, CFS weigh in on pro-life clubs

A campaign to ban pro-life groups from protesting on campus has drawn Ryerson University into the fire.  The Ryerson Students' Union raised concerns that silencing these groups might breach freedom of speech.  The Canadian Federation of Students (Ontario) has passed a motion supporting Lakehead University Students' Union, which has decided to deny club status to a pro-life group, on the grounds that public funding cannot be used to support a group that takes away choice. 

Ryerson nears end of master planning process

Ryerson University continues to involve its community in the university's master planning process.  Approximately 250 meetings have been held with the Ryerson community, alumni, City of Toronto, Downtown Yonge BIA, Yonge-Dundas Square Board and other organizations since late 2006.  With the plan almost ready to be unveiled, its "presentation centre" has been replaced with additional bike parking space.  The plan focuses on building the vertical campus, putting people first, and a commitment to design excellence. 

uManitoba disciplines students for cyberbullying on Facebook

34 University of Manitoba students have been taken to task for "cyberbullying" that took place last year on Facebook.  The students participated in a Facebook group "designed to bully a fellow student."  While the school will not disclose the exact details of the disciplinary decision, it was stated that educational sanctions have been applied according to the university's respectful work and learning environment policy.

Enjoy your day off, Dalhousie!

Due to Munro Day, a unique institutional holiday, Dalhousie University subscribers will not be reading today's issue until Monday.  On February 1st each year, all Dalhousie classes are officially cancelled "in honour of the financial contributions made to the school by George Munro" -- approximately $8 million in modern currency.  Students are known to spend the day toasting to Munro -- according to Wikipedia, drinking is "among the day's most popular activities."