Top Ten

March 20, 2008

Laurier part-time academic staff on strike

Wilfrid Laurier University's contract academic staff went on strike early yesterday.  The university remained open, with all non-contract staff and faculty continuing with regular operations.  Approximately 350 part-time professors are on strike across WLU's Waterloo and Brantford campuses.  WLU News Release | Canoe News

York moves forward with campus security audit

York University is holding several town hall meetings to inform the community about an upcoming campus safety audit.  Toronto Police are currently investigating a reported sexual assault which took place this past Sunday afternoon on York's Keele campus. The news release includes a description of the suspect that police are currently seeking.  An anti-rape organization is calling for a women and children's rights group to be hired to complete the safety audit.  York University Y-File | 680 News | York News Release

uOttawa Engineering student paper sparks outrage

The Engineering department and Student Association at the University of Ottawa may pull funding from the "Oral Otis", a monthly newspaper published by the engineering students society.  The publication has been accused of inciting violence against women with a mock sex-advice column last week that "makes light" of sodomy against women.  Student leaders have pulled the paper out of circulation because of the anonymous article.  Last week's issue also included a cartoon considered offensive to people with disabilities.  The Ottawa Citizen 

Hazing not just for frats, sports teams

A recent US study found that more than half of students involved with campus organizations experience hazing.  More than 66% of fraternity, sorority and varsity athletics groups experience hazing.  Students in performing arts and academic clubs are not exempt either, and experience hazing at rates of 50% and 33% respectively.  Researchers report that hazing is "woven into the fabric of student life and campus culture, and often dismissed as silly pranks or harmless antics," even though hazing by definition humiliates, degrades or endangers students.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)

uCalgary to double health services with new facility

The University of Calgary will have a new health and wellness centre for Fall 2008.  The SU Wellness Centre will have double the capacity of current facilities, and will also bring services into a single one-stop-shop location.  The centre will include family medicine, massage therapy, chiropractic services, nutritionists and psychiatry.  uCalgary News Release

uOttawa unveils bilingual virtual campus tour

The University of Ottawa has quietly launched its new bilingual virtual campus tour, and is already receiving 150 unique visits per day.  The web-based tour is available in both English and French, and allows users to self-direct their travels around the downtown campus. The tour makes good use of a campus map, images, text description, and an embedded video guide.  English | French

Kwantlen launches new employment portal

Kwantlen University College has launched a new online job posting system to connect students and alumni with employers.  The system is able to send current job postings directly to students, and also allows employers to browse posted resumes quickly and easily.  KUC News Release | KUC Student Employment Services

Ryerson opens new state-of-the-art kitchen lab

Ryerson University celebrated the grand opening of the new Cara Demonstration Kitchen and Common Room yesterday.  The new facility serves as a lab, classroom, and restaurant, and will be used by students attending the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.  The new lab was named for Cara Operations, a catering company that has been a generous donor to the program.  Ryerson News Release

uWindsor medical building aims for LEED gold

The University of Windsor plans to set the "gold standard in sustainability" with its new medical education building.  The new facility will include a living wall of plants in its atrium, to act as a biofilter. The building will comply with the gold standard of LEED Green Building Rating System, rather than the silver level it was originally aiming for.  The facility will perform 53% better than the model energy code, and will use some recycled construction materials.  It will also collect and repurpose rain water, and include an indoor room to store bicycles.  uWindsor News Release

Harry Potter's Quidditch "sweeps" US campuses

25 Middlebury College students are touring across 8 Northeast campuses, to "spread the gospel of intercollegiate quidditch."  Middlebury students have drafted the "earth-bound" rules of the fictional sport played by Harry Potter and his classmates at Hogworts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  More than 400 Middlebury students play the sport, which has spread to 65 other colleges in the US.  Players are required to keep a broom between their legs at all times, and chase after a rogue player (the "golden snitch") who runs randomly on and off the field.  Middlebury News Release