Top Ten

May 14, 2008

Teen dies after stabbing at St. Lawrence College

A 16-year-old high school student died Monday after he was stabbed on the campus of St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario. The deceased was a student at T.R. Leger alternative school, which is located on the SLC campus. A 17-year-old boy is now in police custody. The school and the college were locked down Monday, and all classes at SLC were cancelled. The school remained closed yesterday, while classes resumed at SLC. CBC | Ottawa Sun | SLC News

uCalgary student nickels-and-dimes university

A University of Calgary undergraduate student paid his tuition on Monday with more than 90 kilograms in coins. Teale Phelps Bondaroff paid his spring session tuition, totalling $1,037, in nickels and dimes because "the government and the university are nickel-and-diming students." The finance office didn't seem to mind taking the payment in change, which was rolled up and brought in by wheelbarrow. Phelps Bondaroff's coin payment was made in protest of uCalgary's recent decision to stop accepting credit card payments for tuition, which will come into effect July 1. CBC | Calgary Herald

SSHRC invests over $22 million in knowledge networks

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council announced on Monday $22 million in funding for 11 strategic knowledge clusters. Strategic knowledge clusters are national and international research networks with partners in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Research will cover such issues as globalization, homelessness, business sustainability, education and heritage. The reseachers involved in the knowledge networks are from Carleton, UWO, uWaterloo, Université du Québec à Montréal, York, uToronto, Dalhousie, uOttawa, Université Laval and UBC. SSHRC News Release

Mexican publication gives York biz school top ranking

York University's Schulich School of Business was ranked #1 in Canada and #23 worldwide in a global MBA ranking conducted by Expansión, a Mexican business publication. Schulich ranked 9th among business schools outside the US, and 15th among North American schools. The only other Canadian school to make the ranking was the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, which came in 29th place. Expansión's "Best Global MBAs" ranking judges business schools on criteria such as average GMAT, research output, post-graduation average salary, and international scope and orientation. York News Release

Visiting UFV students unhurt in China earthquake

10 students and a professor from the University of the Fraser Valley on a study tour in Chengdu, China are safe after a massive earthquake rocked the region Monday. The students, who arrived in China last Friday, were about to sit down for their first class when the 7.9-magnitude quake occurred. The professor reports the group is all together, with no injuries, and has access to food, water, and hydro. The students are taking part in a summer semester program offered by UFV's kinesiology department at Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu. CBC | Vancouver Province | UFV News Release

Depression linked to leaving home too early -- or too late

New research from the University of Alberta concludes young adults who leave home too soon after university, or who stay too long, are at greater risk for depression than their peers. The study, which tracked 577 graduates aged 20 to 29 between 1985 and 1992, found the youngest respondents living on their own reported higher levels of depression than those who lived at home with their parents. Older individuals who had not yet left home also reported greater depressive symptoms. There's no perfect age to move out, says one of the study's authors. "Don't push a kid out too soon. But don't keep him or her there too long." Globe and Mail

Athabasca U launches new e-learning research building

Athabasca University has finalized the site for its new $30-million Academic and Research Centre, to be built on its main campus and open in Spring of 2010. Funding for the ARC facility was announced last fall. The new centre will increase campus space by almost 50%. Construction of the facility, which will allow the university to build capacity in e-learning research, is scheduled to begin this fall. AU News

Two-thirds of LGBTQ students feel unsafe at high school

A new report from gay-rights lobby group Eagle Canada found that more than two-thirds of Canadian high school students who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirited, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) felt unsafe at school. 25% of respondents reported physical threats because of their sexual orientation, while over 50% said they've been verbally harrassed. 41% reported sexual harrassment. LGBTQ students also reported skipping school because they felt unsafe, and having mean rumours spread about them at school, on the Internet or through text messages. CBC

More aggressive marketing of career services on US campuses

Economic conditions, public expectations and greater emphasis on student success are pushing American colleges and universities to boost their career services. In order to reach students who aren't inclined to seek out career advice, schools are devising innovative marketing strategies. For example, West Virginia U sends students periodic e-mails about jobs or internships for which they qualify. Nichols College has a mandatory career preparation course covering résumé writing, portfolio building, and mock interviewing. Other schools are holding career expos or encouraging students to participate in local internships and entrepreneurial projects. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)

ABC News to launch 5 campus bureaus in US

In order to boost its connection with younger viewers, ABC News plans to open bureaus on the campuses of 5 American universities this fall. While offering on-the-job training to aspiring journalists, the network says it will gain better insight into the 18-to-25-year-old demographic, which every major network news division is struggling to reach. Students will report on local stories in multimedia news bureaus, and their work will be used in various ABC News outlets. Students selected as bureau chiefs will receive training at ABC News headquarters in New York. Reuters