Top Ten

January 14, 2009

$40 million for university campus upgrades in Manitoba

The Manitoba government announced yesterday it is tripling its investment in university renewal by providing another $40 million in funding for 54 campus improvement projects at the province's 4 universities. Campus upgrades will include new roofing and plumbing, increased accessibility, additional security, and new heating and lighting systems. Manitoba News Release

Concordia student union to launch lawsuit over "incompetent" budget oversight

Concordia University's student union is preparing a civil lawsuit against its former comptroller over what it calls "incompetence" and "negligence" in spending oversight. Tens of thousands of dollars are unaccounted for, and many financial documents are missing. A forensic audit couldn't conclude whether money was misspent, mismanaged, or fraud had occurred. The student union is also looking into the role of student leaders who oversaw the comptroller's work. A former president accuses the current executive of "playing petty politics." Montreal Gazette

CUPE Ontario supports banning Israeli institutions, not academics

The Ontario chapter of CUPE has dropped its controversial proposal for Ontario universities to boycott Israeli academics in light of the attacks on Gaza. Instead, the regional office will support a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, rather than of individuals. CUPE's national president said Tuesday that adopting a resolution to ban Israeli academics is "wrong and would violate the anti-discrimination standards set out in the CUPE Constitution." CUPE Ontario News Release | CUPE National News Release | Toronto Star

Armed robbery at Dal computer store

Halifax Regional Police are searching for a masked gunman after Dalhousie University's computer store was robbed Tuesday afternoon. The man showed a gun to staff and demanded they fill a large gym back with laptops. The man fled with a couple of computers and cash. The suspect is described as a tall white male wearing a maroon tracksuit and a bandana or scarf masking his face. Police say there is no longer a risk to anyone on campus. Dal News | CBC

Student charged in uWindsor pub melee arrested outside courtroom

A University of Windsor student charged with assaulting a police officer in a clash at a party at a campus pub last January was arrested outside a courtroom Tuesday for failing to appear in traffic court, leaving his lawyer and peers bewildered. Moments before the arrest, the student denied on the stand he assaulted an officer during last year's melee, which sparked allegations of police brutality and led to creation of a group called Students Against Anti-Black Racism. The incident is under internal investigation by the Windsor Police Service. Windsor Star

"Enough is enough" for FNUC students

Over 20 First Nations University of Canada students gathered for a noon-hour rally Tuesday to express their frustration over ongoing turmoil at the school. One student says the recent firing of the vice-president of academics is "another black eye" for the institution, while another says governance problems creates a lot of stress for students. The Canadian Association of University Teachers, which censured FNUC late last year, says the school needs a smaller, depoliticized board of governors, and it is up to the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations to make those changes. Regina Leader-Post | CBC

$15-million Brock sports field proposed for Thorold

The city councillors of Thorold Ontario have agreed to work with Brock University in exploring the development of a $15-million artificial turf sports field on the school's Glenridge campus. If the facility were built, it would feature a soccer pitch, 2 baseball fields, and a 1,200-seat stadium. The sports field would allow Brock to host outdoor games, and serve as a venue for high school teams and local sporting organizations. St. Catharines Standard

Grad schools prepare for application boom

Graduate schools across Canada are bracing for an influx in applications as students consider continuing their education instead of joining the work force during the economic downturn. The University of Toronto is reporting a 9% increase in grad school applications over this time last year, while the MBA program at Queen's University is receiving double the number of applications it had a year ago. A McGill University official warns against staying in school for the wrong reasons, and students should reach out to potential employers rather than just rely on job postings. Canadian Press

Students camp out at campus libraries for literacy charity

Starting this Friday, 14 students from 7 Canadian universities will eat, sleep, and live in the lobbies of their respective campus libraries for 10 days to raise money for literacy. The students will not attend classes during that time, and their every moment will be recorded live and broadcast on the Internet. The Queen's University-led Live-In for Literacy aims to raise $40,000 to build 9 school libraries in India. Last year the campaign raised $27,000 to construct 6 libraries in Nepal. This other participating universities are UBC, uToronto, Laurentian, MUN, Concordia, and McMaster. Live-In for Literacy News Release | MUN News

Putting the "The" in The Florida State U

Florida State University has been recently referring to itself as "The Florida State University." The definite article is making a comeback at the institution after some people got upset several years ago when The Florida State U's president at the time removed the "The" from the school seal because it seemed extraneous. Those in favour of the "The" say it helps differentiate the school from other universities and instills a sense of pride, while others don't believe it will make much of a difference. "If they want, they can call themselves the Crown Platinate of the Rhine." Daytona Beach News-Journal