Top Ten

March 10, 2008

8 students killed in Jerusalem campus shooting

At least 8 students were fatally shot when a gunman opened fire at Mercaz Harav yeshiva, a well-known Jewish seminary in Jerusalem.  9 or more other students were wounded.  The yeshiva was founded in 1924 and has about 400 students.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)

UBC receives $25 million for new treatment and research facility:

The BC government has announced $25 million in funding to create a new Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia Hospital. The centre will offer patient treatment as well as be a home for researchers. It is hoped that the Centre will "become the leading centre in Canada for brain research, diagnosis and treatment." UBC is also the home of the Brain Research Centre, a joint project between the university and Vancouver Coastal Health. The Vancouver Sun

uCalgary campaign receives $9 million donation from philanthropist:

The University of Calgary's Reach! campaign has received a $9 million donation from Joan Snyder, a long-time Calgary philanthropist.  This is Snyder's largest single gift in the area to date.  Reach! is a joint fundraising effort of the university and the Calgary Health Region.  The funds will support the university's Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation which will be renamed the Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation.  uCalgary News Release

UNB "Only One U" Facebook contest

UNB Only One U

The University of New Brunswick's "Only One U" campaign challenges prospective students to create Facebook groups explaining why they want to attend UNB, and why they deserve to win the grand prize of free tuition for a year. TV and theatre spots are posted on the campaign microsite. So far 85 Facebook groups have been created, and UNB reports that applications have increased at both campuses.

Ryan Anstey from PEI won the contest, and a $5,500 UNB tuition credit, which he plans to use towards his law degree. Contest entrants were asked to create a Facebook group showcasing why they wanted to attend UNB, and why they should receive the top prize. "This contest has not only created gains for us through awareness, but we've gained a great student." Ryan's group collected more than 1,300 members, and UNB's recruitment staff created a hilarious "In Search of Ranstey" video documenting their quest to deliver the oversized cheque.  UNB News Release | OnlyOneU.caOnly One YouTube | The Daily Gleaner

The Search for Anstey

Students at 9 campuses camp out for homelessness

Yesterday marked the beginning of the Five Days for the homeless campaign.  From March 10 to 14, students will remain on campus with only a pillow and a blanket to their names.  They will sleep outside, have no access to showers, and only purchase food with money collected as donations.  They will also attend all their classes and meet all assignment deadlines.  Students at uAlberta, UBC, uSaskatchewan, Concordia University, Wilfrid Laurier University, uGuelph, uLethbridge, Brock University and uNBC are participating in the campaign to raise $87,000.  5days | uGuelph News Release | CTV

UTM unveils new $26-million student residence

Oscar Peterson Hall, the new $26-million residence at the University of Toronto Mississauga, officially opened last week.  The new building will be home to more than 400 students, and serves as a memorial to the late Canadian musician who is known around the world.  UTM's 8th residence includes 423 beds, and several two-storey lounges.  uToronto News Release

Queen's U students oppose reappointment of Principal Hitchcock

According to Saturday's Globe & Mail, the Alma Mater Society Assembly, the student council of Queen's University, is asking the university not to renew principal Karen Hitchcock for another 5-year term.  The AMSA is calling for "new leadership" and accuses Dr. Hitchcock of a "lack of leadership" and a "failure to understand, take action on, and be engaged in the issues that are of most importance to students." Although Hitchcock did not feel it appropriate to comment, she is willing to stand for reappointment.  The Globe & Mail

NAIT cruise event raises $1.5 million for culinary programs

The 20th SS Benefit NAIT Cruise received a $1 million push in its sails from donors John and Susan Hokanson this year.  Thanks to the Hokansons' donation, the cruise brought in a record $1.53 million overall.  All proceeds from the event will support NAIT's Culinary Arts programs.  NAIT News Release

45 hour student protest succeeds in making York sweatshop-free:

After a 45-hour student sit-in, York University's president has agreed to a "no sweatshop" campus policy.  The York Sustainable Purchasing Coalition is a student group that has been advocating for the no-sweatshop policy for 3 years. York will, at minimum, match the University of Toronto's policy, and will have its program in place by April.  uToronto's policy requires that merchandise bearing the school name or logo be produced "under humane and non-exploitive conditions."  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required) | YSPC News Release | The Toronto Star

Marine Institute to renew focus on applied research

The Marine Institute at Memorial University plans to focus on expanding its applied research portfolio. It was announced late last week that the Canadian Centre for Marine Communications (CCMC) will be integrated into the Marine Institute's School of Ocean Technology.  Also announced was the creation of a new division of Academic and Student Affairs.  Each school within the Institute has a dual mandate to both educate and train, as well as undertake applied research work.  Memorial News Release

Cancelled pro-life event causes freedom of speech concern at York:

Last week, York University cancelled an event that would have shown "graphic images of abortion" and discussed whether abortion should be a criminal offense.  The decision sparked feelings that freedom of speech was being violated.  One of the decision makers spoke with the Toronto Star and reported that the event was cancelled not because of a desire to silence debate on the topic, but because the group planning to present had previously received hundreds of complaints from students after an event held at the University of Toronto.  The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform is a pro-life group that compares abortion to genocide and displays images of fetuses beside images from the Holocaust.  The Toronto Star

uVic First Nations nursing partnership

A pilot program at the University of Victoria gives nursing students the opportunity to work first-hand with Aboriginal communities, thanks to a partnership with the Tsawout First Nation. The Reciprocal Partnership Model in Nursing Education won the 2007 Education Innovation Award in the western region.  The program aimed to increase the number of Aboriginal students in health professions and provide a culture-sharing experience between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.  uVic News Release

McGill calls on Quebec for innovation and education strategy:

McGill University's Principal and Vice-Chancellor say that strong universities are essential to Quebec's success in a global economy. They are asking the province to develop a strategy to support innovation and "intellectual horsepower" to fuel the province's success.  "[Strong Universities] attract financial and intellectual resources from around the world and provide the expertise and ideas to nourish the clusters that make city and regional economies internationally competitive."  McGill News Release

Hiring an apprentice returns $1.38 on the dollar

Would-be tradespeople often are not able to complete apprenticeships due a lack of mentors. The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum has released new research that shows being a mentor comes with financial returns as well as personal rewards. The research finds that employers make a net return of $1.38 for every $1 invested in an apprentice. NS News Release

UWO uses Facebook study groups to discourage cheating:

As we reported last week, Ryerson University may potentially expel a student for involvement with an online study group set up on Facebook.  The University of Western Ontario, on the other hand, has started 25 of its own official Facebook study groups, each for popular first-year courses such as Biology, English, Chemistry and Psychology. The project is an effort to go to "where the students are." Each group includes a warning against cheating as well as tips to avoid cheating.  The London Free Press

McMaster launches innovative off-campus-housing portal

Mac SHARE, or the McMaster Student Housing And Rental Evaluation, is a new website by the McMaster Students Union that allows students to post reviews of apartments and houses.  "It allows students to gain insight from other students."  Students can rate properties on their appearance, location, parking and maintenance, and rate landlords on communication, competence and professionalism.  The site takes Web 2.0 to heart, and will hopefully offer great value to Hamilton students.  21 reviews were submitted the first day.  McMaster Daily | Mac SHARE

Seneca's Markham food and janitorial staff on strike:

Seneca College's cafeteria and janitorial staff at its Markham campus are striking for higher wages.  A representative says that workers want their wages and benefits to be equal to those received by workers at the college's other Toronto-area campuses.  The Toronto Star

Expelling gay student in Kentucky cost $10 million

In 2006, the University of Cumberlands (a Baptist university in Kentucky) expelled a student for being openly gay.  Shortly afterwards, the school received a $10-million appropriation from the Kentucky General Assembly to create a new pharmacy school. The Kentucky Fairness Alliance, their attention drawn by the expulsion, filed a lawsuit against the appropriation as a violation of church/state separation, and a court has squashed the $10 million.  A representative of the KFA is pleased, as "we should not be expected to pay taxes to an institution that would kick us out."  Inside Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)

Wisconsin to ban out-of-state cheese on campuses

Proposed legislation in Wisconsin may bar any uWisconsin campus from purchasing cheese or "prepared food product" containing cheese unless said cheese is manufactured or processed in Wisconsin.  State Rep. Jeff Smith reports that there is out-of-state cheese being served at some Wisconsin campuses.  Students weigh in both for and against the new legislation.  Those supporting it cite pride in the state's cheese, and the importance of supporting local producers.  Inside Higher Ed

UOIT celebrates largest open house ever:

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology reports receiving its largest group of prospective student visitors ever at this year's Open House.  More than 2,000 students and parents came to campus to attend information sessions and tour the campus.  UOIT News Release