Top Ten

October 3, 2008

EPI releases analysis of PSE platforms in federal election

In its analysis of the federal parties' platforms on PSE, the Educational Policy Institute says the biggest story is the lack of attention paid to transfers. When it comes to student aid, the Liberal Party has likely proposed the most generous package, although the plan has little focus or coherence. All political parties have been drifting towards an approach of funding students rather than institutions. Read the full report

Tentative agreement reached in uWindsor faculty strike

Late last Thursday night, the University of Windsor announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with faculty and librarians who have been on strike since mid-September. Classes are expected to resume today. uWindsor News | Windsor Star

McGill bars independent politician from campus

According to the McGill Daily, a student newspaper, an independent candidate in Montreal has been feuding with McGill University administration over the right to campaign on campus. Campus security escorted David Sommers Rovins off the premises twice in recent weeks for trying to speak to students during classes, and he also tried to access confidential student class schedules. McGill claims Rovins was disruptive and violated protocol by not notifying administration or receiving permission before entering campus. Rovins says he has a legal right to campaign on campus. The McGill Daily (student newspaper)

"Trophy wife" hunter banned from UNH takes legal action

A registered sex offender who was banned from the University of New Hampshire for a year after trying to recruit a "trophy wife" has taken legal action against the university. Bert Allen III had posted a flyer at the school's library looking for a candidate with a good smile, passport, and an open mind. After UNH issued the ban, Allen served the school with notice seeking a restraining order, citing attacks and threats made by campus police. While the flyer's content was not illegal, campus police say it was offensive and against school policy. CBC | WMUR

York EMBA ranked #1 in the world

In the Wall Street Journal's inaugural rankings of the world's top 25 Executive MBAs, the Kellogg global network of EMBA programs -- including York University's Kellogg-Schulich EMBA -- was named the #1 in the globe. The University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business placed 25th in the rankings. York's Schulich School of Business placed first in Canada in the Economist Intelligence Unit's latest global MBA rankings. Wall Street Journal Executive MBA Rankings | Y-File

MUN students named SIFE world cup champions

Memorial University students have become gold medal champions by winning this year's Students in Free Enterprise World Cup. In the competition, the SIFE Memorial team highlighted 6 of their most successful projects, and are credited with giving "the best presentation of the competition in the final round. It was not only a flawless presentation, but they answered every question with confidence and poise." MUN has done very well in the SIFE competition in recent years -- last year the team earned an international silver medal. SIFE News Release | MUN News

$1 million for uCalgary nursing faculty

Last Wednesday, the Brenda Strafford Foundation announced a $1.1-million investment over 5 years for the creation of the Brenda Strafford Centre for Excellence in Gerontological Nursing at the University of Calgary's nursing faculty. The donation is the largest the faculty has ever received. The centre will provide students and instructors access to residents in the long-term care homes run by the foundation, create more student placements, and link care staff with an academic setting. uCalgary News Release | CBC

$1 million for uAlberta Aboriginal Gathering Place

Late last month, University of Alberta Chancellor Eric Newell and his wife Kathy donated $1 million towards the construction of the Aboriginal Gathering Place at the university. Newell hopes the gathering place will be a welcoming environment where Aboriginal students, their families, elders, and community leaders can feel at home while away from home. uAlberta ExpressNews

DePaul U creates social network for parents

Chicago-based DePaul University has created an online community for parents of its undergraduate students. "DePaul Quad" allows parents to connect with one another through discussion forums, personal profiles, live chat sessions, photo albums, and blogs. While the site features topics and areas geared specifically towards parents, the Quad contains information resources for students, such as internships, study abroad programs, and housing. DePaul U News Release | DePaul Quad

US college students read Stephenie Meyer

In the September 26 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, all 4 books in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series were listed in "What They're Reading on College Campuses." The latest book in the series, Breaking Dawn, debuted at #1 on the list, while the first novel, Twilight, followed behind at #2. New Moon and Eclipse came in 3rd and 9th, respectively. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)