Top Ten

September 23, 2008

10 killed in Finnish college shooting

10 people are dead and several others are wounded following a shooting at an adult vocation school in Finland. A gunman opened fire on students taking an exam before shooting himself and later dying in hospital. The shooter, a 22-year-old student at the college, had been detained for questioning on Monday about YouTube videos in which he is seen firing a handgun. Police released him because they had no legal reason to hold him. Police ordered an evacuation of the school and doused several fires set on campus. Associated Press | Reuters | BBC

Hostage situation at Luther College

Regina police have arrested a young man who held 300 students and teachers hostage yesterday morning at Luther College, a private Christian high school that also operates a university campus. It was reported that the man was carrying a gun. The hostage taker, a former student who was expelled last year, entered the school during morning prayers. Police evacuated students from the scene, and there are no reports of injuries. Regina Leader-Post | National Post | Canadian Press | CTV | CBC

Mumps case at Fanshawe

The Middlesex-London Health Unit and Fanshawe College have banded together in offering 2 free vaccination clinics at the school this week after a Fanshawe student developed a case of the disease. There have been several mumps outbreaks at colleges and universities across Canada in recent years, such as at Dalhousie University and the University of Calgary. London Free Press |

uPEI students freeze in place to protest rising costs

Over a dozen University of Prince Edward Island students stopped and froze in their tracks Monday to make a statement about the financial burden associated with attending university. uPEI's student union president said the display was meant to raise awareness about the growing number of students who must interrupt their studies because of costs. He hopes that a combination of attention-grabbing demonstrations and communication with key government officials will earn students more financial assistance to pursue their studies. Charlottetown Guardian | CBC

uWindsor students rally over strike

Scores of University of Windsor students showed up outside the university's Board of Governors meeting yesterday to inform officials about the impact the week-old strike is having on their studies. Students delivered letters to board members about how the strike is personally affecting them. Students were also requested to bring with them their books, laptops, and other classroom material to stage an outdoor study session. uWindsor's student union president says students are upset and frustrated about being caught in the middle of a labour dispute. Windsor Star

Record graduate enrolment in BC

BC is experiencing a record number of graduate students enrolled at its universities, with a 40% increase between the 2000/2001 and 2007/2008 academic years. The province has created several initiatives in recent years to boost graduate enrolment in BC, including the $10-million Pacific Century Graduate Scholarship program, and a 4-year strategy to add 2,500 graduate spaces at UBC, UNB, uVic, and SFU. BC News Release

uAlberta to open Paralympic-oriented sport development centre

The University of Alberta will open a new sport development centre designed to help Paralympic athletes hone their skills in their quest to become national or international champions. The centre will offer these athletes access to specialized nutrition programs, strength training, and sport psychologists. The centre, to be housed in existing space at uAlberta, will also assist able-bodied athletes by expanding training opportunities already available on campus. Operational funding comes from the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation, and Sport Canada. Edmonton Journal

Aboriginal education, PSE funding priorities for CMEC

At its meeting in Fredericton this week, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada worked on key education priorities outlined in Learn Canada 2020, such as Aboriginal education and PSE funding. The council is inviting leaders of groups representing Aboriginal communities and the federal government to its next meeting in February to discuss ways to eliminate the education gap between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals. The ministers are seeking a long-term increase in federal financial investments in PSE. On Monday, CMEC unveiled a new brand for education in Canada. CMEC News Release

US college students prefer "lecture capture"

According to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison E-Business Institute, 82% of US undergraduate students prefer courses that use "lecture capture," the technology that records and streams lecture content online. At 93%, making up for missed classes was ranked the top advantage of having lectures made available through Webcasts. Over half of students surveyed said they saw the value in having access to course material after the end of the term. 60% said they would be willing to pay for lecture capture services, and 69% of those would prefer to pay on a course-by-course basis. UW-Madison News Release | Inside Higher Ed