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November 4, 2008

Student charged in McMaster residence arson

Hamilton police have charged a 19-year-old McMaster University student with arson endangering life and arson to property after a fire last month left nearly 600 students living in Brandon Hall homeless. Police say Emerson Pardoe, who lived in the building, is responsible for 2 fires set in Brandon Hall on October 18. Pardoe was arrested on campus on Monday and held overnight for a bail hearing. A majority of affected students are residing in a series of hotels and may not return to the residence until January. McMaster Daily News | Hamilton Spectator

BC professors say WTU should be terminated

The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC is urging the provincial government to rescind special legislation passed 3 years ago to give World Trade University degree-granting status. On-going delays of the school's opening and excuses have raised suspicion over the founder's credibility; his claims of international campuses and partnerships with the UN and WTO are unfounded. In February, the school withdrew its degree-granting status application. Although WTU cannot operate as a university, it can still call itself one, and the CUFABC wants that privilege revoked. National Post

Quebec legislation would give outsiders say on university decisions

Last Thursday, the Quebec government tabled legislation that would open up governing boards to more outsiders, as well as make board decisions more accountable to the community. The bill states that a minimum of two-thirds of university board members must come from outside, and that boards must consult the university community before making any major planning or financial decisions. The legislation follows a government bailout of Université du Québec à Montréal's failed real-estate dealings. Montreal Gazette

Keyano College launches $25-million capital campaign

On Monday, Keyano College, based in Fort McMurray Alberta, unveiled its $25-million "Expanding Opportunities" campaign, the largest capital campaign in the college's 43-year history. The campaign is aimed at Keyano's Oil Sands Trades & Technology Centre and Access to Excellence Program. Keyano News

Enrolment drops at uSask

Total undergraduate enrolment this year at the University of Saskatchewan is down over 2% compared to last year. Factors influencing enrolment include a shortage of high-school graduates in the province, the lure of high-paying jobs, and the increase of university capacity in western Canada, including 5 new universities in BC. uSask has seen an increase in graduate enrolment with a 7% jump this year. The university will review its recruitment and admissions procedures to ensure "we're getting the biggest bang for our buck." uSask On Campus News

Market downturn reshapes business courses

The newspaper's business section is replacing textbook reading assignments as the current market downturn is reshaping content in business courses across the country. Students at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Business are tracking the latest moves of the market in finance classes, and using the credit crunch as a case study in ethics courses. The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto held a forum on the market turmoil after an MBA student e-mailed the dean about getting extra guidance on how to grasp the situation. Toronto Star

Concordia to hold world cafés to discuss university's future

On November 11 and 12, a random selection of faculty, staff, and students at Concordia University will participate in world cafés, a series of musical roundtable discussions to talk about the university's present state and what the future holds. The cafés are an offshoot of new Concordia president Judith Woodworth's proposed strategic plan to examine the university's goals over the next decade and assess its strengths and weaknesses. Montreal Gazette | Strategic Planning and Concordia World Cafés

BC students interested in PSE face barriers in access

According to a new report from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, the majority of BC high school graduates who have not attended PSE 2 years following high school would like to do so, but face a number of access barriers. These include lack of adequate savings, lack of academic engagement, and inaccurate information about the cost of further studies. One project that may remove these barriers is Advancement Via Individual Determination, which involves 1,500 BC students in grades 9 to 12. The program prepares academically average students for PSE through advanced post-secondary preparatory classes. CMSF News Release | Globe and Mail | Read the full report

Queen's student leader asked to resign over Facebook posting

The Alma Mater Society of Queen's University is asking for the resignation of Arts and Science Undergraduate Society president Jacob Mantle for a discriminatory comment he posted on Facebook. Mantle wrote "I like your Taliban picture" on a friend's Facebook Wall in a response to a photo of 2 girls wearing scarves and sunglasses. The issue of impeachment has been brought up should Mantle not resign. It will be up to members of ASUS (arts and science students, not the governing body itself) to initiate an impeachment process. Mantle has apologized for his comment and says he has not yet made up his mind about whether or not he will resign. Queen's Journal (student newspaper) | Queen's responds to discrimination

Correction: Nov 6 2008

Members of Queen's University's Arts and Science Undergraduate Society may initiate an impeachment process for president Jacob Mantle over a Facebook comment, not the Alma Mater Society as we reported in yesterday's issue. Neither the AMS nor the ASUS' governing body itself have the authority to force Mantle to resign. The item has been corrected on our website.


Lethbridge College runs "You be the Newscaster" contest

Lethbridge College has launched its 3rd annual "You be the Newscaster" contest. Students can compete for the chance to host a segment of Scene and Heard with Mark Campbell on Global Lethbridge. The auditions will take place on Thursday during the college's Career Conference and Open House. Local broadcasters will select the top 6 finalists, and a voting process will determine the winner. You be the Newscaster 2008