Top Ten

January 27, 2009

York TA union threatens lawsuit over back-to-work legislation

The union representing striking York University employees says it will take legal action against the proposed back-to-work legislation if Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty does not get the university and CUPE back to the bargaining table. The union refutes McGuinty's assertion the 2 sides are deadlocked; union officials say they are willing to resume bargaining. Globe and Mail | CanWest News Service

uToronto purchases former ROM planetarium

The University of Toronto has bought the property at 90 Queen's Park -- the home of the former McLaughlin Planetarium -- from the Royal Ontario Museum for $22 million. uToronto is reacquiring the property as it was transferred free of charge to the museum in 1967. Under the agreement, ROM will continue to occupy the site until development occurs. The property will be used for academic purposes. uToronto's president says the purchase is a "win-win-win for the U of T, the ROM and the public." uToronto News | Globe and Mail

St. Clair College to close child care centre

St. Clair College will be shutting down its on-campus daycare centre at the end of March in order to cut costs. The closure will save the college $140,000 annually. Instead of being laid off, the centre's employees will be absorbed into other areas of the college. St. Clair's president says the service has had "a negative impact financially on the college," and notes a number of Ontario colleges, such as Canadore College, have closed their daycare centres. Windsor Star

God remains in uAlberta convocation charge

On Monday, the University of Alberta's General Faculties Council voted in favour of a revised convocation charge, which went under a review after a student group petitioned the university to remove a reference to God from the convocation address. The new charge reflects a compromise. Instead of commanding graduates to use their degrees "for the glory of God," the chancellor will read "for all who believe, to serve your God." Edmonton Journal | CBC

Tackling racism at Queen's

Recent incidents involving Muslim and Jewish students at Queen's University have led to some students urging school administration to address underlying racism at the university. Taking any action requires introspection and discussion over a period of time, says one Queen's official. The school will continue to respond to racism and hate crimes by ensuring the safety and security of the university community, helping police investigate incidents, and offering long-range education. The student rector says Queen's needs to find long-term solutions through curriculum and social programs. The university's facilitators program is currently under review. Kingston Whig-Standard

UNBC proposes research foundation to strengthen northern BC economy

Last week, the University of Northern British Columbia announced a proposal for the New North Foundation, to be based at the university to bring more research funding to northern BC to spark the region's economy. One of the foundation's main objectives is to mobilize research in the direct service of the regions' communities. The foundation would also connect northern BC to other research universities and institutions in the province. UNBC News Release | Prince George Citizen | New North Foundation

5 Canadian MBA programs make FT top 100

The Universities of Toronto and Western Ontario were tied for 47th place in the latest rankings of global MBA programs by the Financial Times of London, thereby sharing the top spot among Canadian universities. Close behind at 49th place was York University. The University of British Columbia ranked 71st, while the University of Alberta took 77th place. Globe and Mail | Edmonton Journal | Global MBA Ranking 2009   

uManitoba launches new recruitment videos

The University of Manitoba recently posted 3 new recruitment videos on its website. Featuring interviews with students, faculty, and the university's president, the videos cover a basic introduction to uManitoba, residence life, student groups, athletics, academic programs, and research. The end of each video encourages viewers to check out the university's prospective student microsite. uManitoba News | A Video Guide to the U of M | U of More

UBC campaign offers guidelines on online identity

"Digital Tattoo" is a new initiative from the University of British Columbia that offers students advice on how to make informed decisions when establishing an online identity. Through the website, students can learn how to protect themselves from identity theft and cyberstalking, connect and communicate effectively online, use technology to one's advantage in school, and market oneself online when job hunting. Digital Tattoo

Brandeis to close art museum, sell pieces

On Monday, Massachusetts-based Brandeis University announced it will close its Rose Art Museum and auction off its entire collection, from which the proceeds will help boost the school's finances. The decision is contrary to ethics codes of art and museum associations, and could run the risk of jeopardizing institutions' relationships with art donors. The president of the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries says there is a "systemic problem" in American higher education in that art is often viewed as something a college can sell off. Inside Higher Ed