Top Ten

February 4, 2009

Possible hate crime investigated at UBC

The RCMP and the BC Hate Crime Team are investigating allegations of recent altercations at a University of British Columbia residence involving several Jewish students and a Palestinian student over pro-Arab posters being torn down from the Palestinian student's door. The Palestinian student claims one of the students with whom he fought made racial slurs. 2 Jewish students allege their Star of David necklaces were torn off in their confrontation with the Palestinian student. Without commenting specifically on the case, UBC president says "when we witness disagreement turned to hatred, we must all speak out." UBC News Release | RCMP News Release | Vancouver Sun | Vancouver Province | CBC

London-based private college goes bankrupt

On Monday, the London College of Healthcare Technology closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy. In a statement on the private college's website, the dean and founder says "it has proven impossible to meet the conflicting and ever-changing policies and regulations with the resources at London College's disposal." The school, which had about 40 students and offered an 18-month dental hygienist program, was not a member of the Ontario Association of Career Colleges. Students affected by the closure will be the first to benefit from the province's Training Completion Assurance Fund. London Free Press | London College Inc

$15 million for uSask on-campus housing

On Wednesday, the Saskatchewan government announced it will commit $15 million towards the University of Saskatchewan's student residence project. uSask president Peter MacKinnon says the first development of on-campus housing in over 30 years will enable the school to remain competitive at attracting and retaining students. Construction is expected to begin this year. Earlier this week, uSask's student union released a report on how the lack of affordable housing in Saskatoon is a barrier for students. Saskatchewan News Release

StFX coach resigns for hitting CBU timekeeper

Garry Gallimore, an assistant coach with the Saint Francis Xavier University men's basketball team, resigned yesterday over an incident last week in which he struck a teenaged timekeeper -- a Cape Breton University student -- in the face at a match between the 2 universities. Gallimore, who was suspended by StFX and urged by CBU officials to be punished, apologized to the student, CBU, and StFX, his alma mater. He said his "action was unacceptable, and the right way to show that is to resign." StFX News Release | CBC

Globe and Mail runs "Report on Colleges"

Yesterday's Globe and Mail featured a special 8-page section on Canadian colleges. Spiking applications and enrolment are creating challenges for community colleges, especially with the economic downturn prompting many to return to school. Centennial College is profiled for its REGEN Energy project. Polytechnics help fill the gap between pure research and the creation of prototypes. In order to address Canada's nursing shortage, colleges are getting creative to move graduates faster into the work force. The section also includes a list of some of the most renowned college programs in the country. The Globe published a previous "Report on Colleges" in November.

York to open Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law

On Friday, York University will launch the Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law, a joint venture between the university's law and business schools. Made possible by a $3-million donation from Jay Hennick, founder and CEO of FirstService Corporation, the centre is designed to help lawyers better understand the needs and demands of the corporate world. One of the centre's primary objectives is to offer a business certificate program for practising lawyers. National Post

Niagara College opens spa

On Tuesday evening, Niagara College held a grand opening for its Niagara Waters Spa, which offers a wide range of treatments such as manicures and pedicures, facials, and paraffin treatment. The facility allows second-year students in the college's 2-year esthetician program to put into practice what they learned in their first year. With 120 students enrolled in the course, the program, which launched in 2007, is growing faster than the college expected. Because it is a learning facility, the spa offers reduced, student rates. St. Catharines Standard

McMaster moves kinesiology department to science faculty

This semester, McMaster University shifted its kinesiology department from the social sciences faculty to the science faculty. The move reflects the department's growing science-based academic and research focus. The move is also hoped to quell the perception that the kinesiology department serves as a training ground for gym teachers. The department is primary viewed as precursor to medicine, with about 70% of graduates moving on to additional training in health-care fields. McMaster Daily News | Hamilton Spectator

Trend in US colleges offering bargain campuses

A number of US institutions are experimenting with cut-rate satellite campuses that would appeal to students willing to forgo the traditional college experience in order to save thousands of dollars. The Salem campus of Southern New Hampshire University, which charges $15,000 less tuition than the main campus, is housed in a brick office building, and its only amenities are computer labs, a vending machine, and a lounge with a chess board and a stack of magazines. With research showing students living on campus are more likely to graduate, some question whether the no-frills, commuter education model is effective. Boston Globe

Facebook turns 5

Facebook celebrated its 5th birthday yesterday. To commemorate the occasion, and to express appreciation of the social networking site's membership (150 million users worldwide), Facebook developers created a "Thank You" gift for users to give freely to others. Facebook Blog | Facebook Retrospective | PC World | CNN