Top Ten

November 3, 2008

STU professor found slain in home

On Friday, St. Thomas University professor John McKendy was found dead in his home, a victim of homicide. The man RCMP named as the prime suspect in McKendy's death, Nicholas Wade Baker, was found dead in a rental car in Moncton on Saturday. It is believed that Baker was McKendy's son-in-law. The RCMP have not released any details about either man's death or their relationship, and have closed their investigation into McKendy's murder. STU is holding tributes for McKendy throughout the week. STU News | Canadian Press | CBC

Circulated e-mail claims uOttawa professor worked as prostitute

An e-mail widely circulated to the University of Ottawa and the media that suggests a new part-time professor at the university had worked as a prostitute is raising questions about privacy issues and academic freedom. The e-mail contains several graphic photographs of a semi-clad woman, as well as an alleged transcript of an interview between a university researcher called "Chris" and a prostitute named "Jenny." The sender of the e-mail questions uOttawa's hiring practices. Some university members and CAUT believe uOttawa should track down who sent the e-mail, and defend its hiring practices. Ottawa Citizen

Market woes signal "painful" cuts for universities

As their endowment funds suffer in the tumultuous stock market, Canadian universities may have to cut back on student aid, scholarships, and funding for various programs as early as next spring. A number of schools have seen losses in their endowment funds, such as Queen's University, whose endowment has dropped over $100 million. The University of Waterloo recently announced a 6-month hiring and spending freeze to deal with the impact of the market downturn on its financial position. As for colleges, the Ontario college system's pension fund, for example, is particularly vulnerable. Globe and Mail | Windsor Star

Moncton Flight College forms $65-million partnership with Chinese school

The Moncton Flight College signed a $65-million contract yesterday with China-based Beihang Flight College. The Moncton school will gear its training of Beihang students toward careers with China Southern Airlines. The training program will run from 2009 to 2014. The contract is the second between the 2 schools. In 2006, they signed a 5-year deal worth $60 million to train over 200 pilots for Chinese airlines. The Moncton college is looking for other contract opportunities in China. Saint John Telegraph-Journal

George Brown opens The Chefs' House

Today, George Brown College is opening The Chefs' House, the first and only student-run restaurant in Toronto. The $20-million restaurant is housed in a renovated early 20th-century brownstone. Plasma TV screens will display scenes from the open kitchen outside in the street and inside the 70-seat dining room. Students working in the restaurant will make everything from scratch. Globe and Mail

StatsCan releases study on PSE attrition

Men are more likely than women to leave their post-secondary studies, according to a new Statistics Canada study on PSE attrition. 21% of people who were between the ages of 24 and 26 in December 2005 said they had left their studies without graduating as of that date. Of those, 16% were at university, 25% were at college/CEGEP, and 22% were at other types of post-secondary institutions. At the university level, students in Nova Scotia, BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan were more likely to leave their studies. Statistics Canada

16 Canadian schools nominated as veggie-friendly

16 Canadian universities have been nominated in peta2's annual Most Vegetarian-Friendly Colleges competition. The schools will compete in 4 rounds of voting before reaching the finals. On peta2's website, each university is represented by their sports logo with a paragraph describing their vegetarian offerings. The Canadian competitors this year are Dal, Mount Allison, McGill, York, uToronto, Brock, UoGuelph, McMaster, uWaterloo, UWO, Brandon U, uSask, uAlberta, SFU, UBC, and uVic. Last year's winner was the University of Toronto. peta2 Most Vegetarian-Friendly Colleges 2008

Kwantlen's Stan to appear on Grey's Anatomy

Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Stan, an advanced patient simulator used in the university's community and health studies programs, will appear on the TV show Grey's Anatomy. Kwantlen was the first university in BC to use such technology, which simulates virtually perfect humanlike characteristics in emergency situations. Stan will make its guest appearance on Grey's Anatomy on November 6. A McGill University sweatshirt has been featured on the show House. Kwantlen News Release

uCalgary announces winners in engineering internship photo contest

The University of Calgary has announced the 12 winners of its inaugural Schulich School of Engineering Internship Photo Contest. Students were asked to submit photographs in 4 categories: Life on Internship, At Work on Internship, Check This Out, and Adventure Abroad. The winning photos had to capture an aspect of the internship experience, as well as stand on their own on an artistic level. The first-place winners in the 4 categories will receive a 16 GB iPod Touch and be published in Schulich EngineerUToday | See the winning photos

Is Facebook making college yearbooks obsolete?

When the University of Texas put out the call for studio portraits for its yearbook, less than 60 students out of its 50,000 student population showed up. Just over 2% of students bought the yearbook this year. A number of US colleges are running into problems with their yearbooks. At the end of the last academic year, 5 colleges cancelled their yearbook publications. Some schools are considering adding a digital component, such as a DVD, or making an interactive website to go along with their yearbooks to make them more marketable to students. ABC News