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January 29, 2009

Drive-by shooting shocks NBCC students in Woodstock

Students at the New Brunswick Community College campus in Woodstock were stunned by a shooting early Tuesday morning that left one man in hospital and another man dead. A 22-year-old male says he was shot by someone from a passing vehicle near a pub across the street from the campus. An hour later, another 22-year-old man was found dead in a car, which had a firearm in it. Given the college's proximity to the shooting, one of its doors was involved in the crime scene. The college brought in counselling services Wednesday to help students cope with the incident. CBC

Pension plan changes cost uWinnipeg $8 million

The University of Winnipeg has lost its appeal of a provincial commission order regarding controversial pension plan changes the university made 8 years ago, meaning it owes $8 million in pension plan contributions. In 2001 and 2002, when the plan had a large surplus, uWinnipeg withdrew $6.5 million, which now adds up to $8 million with interest. The court ruling puts the university in a cash crunch. The school has frozen all vacant positions and discretionary spending, and may trim or suspend some of its major capital projects. Winnipeg Free Press

SAIT to shorten academic year

Starting this fall, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology will permanently remove one week from its 16-week-long semesters, bringing its academic year in line with those of other post-secondary institutions across Canada. SAIT will also introduce a reading week in the winter, and value programs based on credits rather than on hours. With the new changes, students can work another week at a summer job and have some more time to secure housing. SAIT News Release | Calgary Herald

Editor seeks credit in McGill advertising campaign

Larry Smith, editor of Smith magazine and Not Quite What I Was Planning, a book of 6-word memoirs, claims McGill University has not properly attributed its original source for its popular "6 Words" advertising campaign, which launched in October. The campaign cites a 6-word Ernest Hemingway short story as its influence. Smith is not interest in legal action, but wants a link to his website on McGill's campaign site. A McGill official says Smith does not own any trademarks, and he is acknowledged in a footnote on the campaign site. National Post

Maritime universities grant record-number credentials

According to new data from the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, 16,391 degrees, certificates, and diplomas were awarded by regional universities in 2007 -- an all-time high. The number of undergraduate degrees granted in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia were up 8.4% and 7.8%, respectively, from 2006, while in New Brunswick there was a 0.5% decrease. The number of graduate degrees granted in 2007 dropped 4% from the year before. MPHEC News Release | Download the data

uAlberta opens expanded Calgary Centre

On Wednesday, the University of Alberta officially opened its expanded Calgary Centre. The university moved its Calgary offices from an 8th-floor location to street-level property downtown to make the centre more visible to prospective students and alumni living in Calgary. The centre, featuring state-of-the-art classroom space and staffed by 10 full-time employees, will be used for continuing-education programs and executive courses. uAlberta ExpressNews | Calgary Herald

Carleton to unveil strategic plan

On Tuesday, Carleton University will hold a Town Hall meeting to discuss its new strategic plan, entitled "Defining Dreams." A draft of the 5-year plan, available online, lists 4 new "areas of endeavour," which include sustainability and the environment, new digital media, a School of Health, and global identities and globalization. A video of the town hall will be available the following day. Ottawa Citizen | Defining Dreams

York strike over

The Ontario Legislature passed back-to-work legislation yesterday to bring an end to the 12-week strike at York University. The union representing the striking teaching assistants and contract faculty has withdrawn its threat to pursue legal action against the legislation and members are preparing to get back to the classroom. 50,000 York students are expected to return to school on Monday. Ontario News Release | York News Release | CUPE 3903 News Release | CBC | Canadian Press

Windsor approves town-and-gown committee

On Monday, Windsor city council approved the formation of a town-and-gown committee to address property and party issues that plague the city's west end. The committee -- comprising city officials, students, landlords, area residents, and officials from the University of Windsor and St. Clair College -- has been given one year to examine issues related to student housing. It has taken council nearly 5 years to form such a committee, and it is hoped the committee will bolster efforts to end troubles for residents. Windsor Star

Brock recruitment portal connects prospects with current students

We've recently noticed Brock University's future student microsite, Experience Brock. The site links to "Brock Talk," which provides prospective students the opportunity to connect with current students through blogging and chatting. The site also directs users to profiles of graduate students and Brock's "Future Students" Facebook page. Users can register for an account to sign up for events and receive information. Those who register have the chance to win an iPod Touch. Experience Brock