Top Ten

February 25, 2009

uCalgary Reach! campaign hits $312 million

Reach! -- a 3-year joint fundraising initiative of the University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services, and the Calgary Health Trust -- has reached $312 million, well above the campaign's $300-million goal. The funds raised will be used to advance projects in 8 key areas of health, and projects already underway include a urology centre. The 3 organizations partnered on a previous fundraising campaign in the early 1990s, which raised approximately $53 million for Calgary's health community. UToday | Calgary Herald

Retired judge wants Muslims excluded from his scholarships

Former judge Paul Staniszewski is asking that scholarships he funds at the University of Windsor and York University's Osgoode Hall Law School not be given to students "of Islamic background," a decision he made as a self-described "retaliation" against the Taliban for killing innocent people. The judge says that the possibility of some students losing funding would be a form of "tit for tat." When asked about such a request, a uWindsor spokeswoman stated that "all I can say at this point is it's outrageous and we'd never accept those terms." Globe and Mail | CTV

uOttawa bans anti-Israeli poster

Like Carleton University, nearby University of Ottawa has banned a graphic poster promoting Israeli Apartheid Week. Although the university is allowing students organizing next week's event to post a different, milder poster, the students remained unsatisfied, and want uOttawa to explain its decision or reverse its action. In a statement, the university says the first poster was found in violation of the school's posting regulations for "the use of an image that was inflammatory and capable of inciting confrontation." uOttawa News Release | Ottawa Citizen | CBC | uOttawa Posting Regulations

US nurse investigated in suicide of Carleton student

An American male nurse could soon be charged for his involvement in the suicide of Carleton University student Nadia Kajouji, whose disappearance last March sparked a debate about privacy on campus. Working with Ottawa police on the case, Minnesota law enforcement have focused on online chats between Kajouji and the nurse. Transcripts of the chat indicate that the nurse, whom Kajouji's mother calls a "monster," encouraged the 18-year-old to hang herself. Once the girl's autopsy results have been released, her father is expected to demand an inquest into her death. CanWest News Service

Queen's to name building after first black graduate

On Tuesday, Queen's University announced that its board of trustees has unanimously approved a student-led motion to name the Policy Studies Building after Robert Sutherland, the university's -- and Canada's -- first black graduate, whose bequest to Queen's upon his death in 1878 saved the school from financial ruin and possible amalgamation with the University of Toronto. When the campaign to have Queen's further recognize Sutherland became public last month, it garnered a lot of support from alumni and students. An unveiling ceremony is being planned for later this year. Queen's News Release | Globe and Mail | Kingston Whig-Standard

How the global downturn will affect Canadian PSE

A new paper from the Educational Policy Institute examines how the current global recession will impact higher education in Canada. According to the report, the country's PSE system will face a number of immediate challenges over the next few years, such as decreasing institutional revenues, increasing institutional costs, and increasing enrolments in college and masters programs. To address these challenges, schools are likely to implement hiring freezes, cut back on graduate scholarships, and defer maintenance. Governments can help schools by funding "brains, not building," allowing tuition increases, and protecting and improving relevant student aid programs. Read the full report

WLU works on new campus master plan

Wilfrid Laurier University has begun work on developing a new campus master plan for its Waterloo and Brantford campuses, at which the university has experienced significant growth in recent years through increasing enrolment. WLU will be looking at ways to expand, whether by replacing old buildings or acquiring more land. One challenge for the Waterloo campus is that it's landlocked, while Brantford is a mainly urban campus. Other issues to be covered in the plan include managing parking and traffic circulation, improving vegetation and aesthetics, and exploring sustainability options. WLU News

Cambrian students ask Ontario MTCU not to fund health sci building

A group of health information management students at Cambrian College has written to the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requesting it not provide funding for a new health sciences building on the campus. The point of contention is that the students' program is not accredited, and they want Cambrian to do whatever is necessary to obtain accreditation before putting resources into buildings. The letter says the school is "not presently meeting their minimum requirements to the students they now have in the health-care field." Sudbury Star

5 finalists remain in Mount Royal's Centennial Logo contest

In honour of its centennial, to be celebrated in 2011, Mount Royal College is running a contest for students to design a centennial logo. 5 students remain in the competition, and will pitch their submissions today to a panel of 5 celebrity judges, who will determine the top 2 logos. Members of the Mount Royal community will vote for their favourite design next month. The winner will receive $1,000, and the chosen logo will be used in material promoting centennial celebrations, as well as showcased throughout Alberta and across the country. Mount Royal Centennial Logo Design Contest

Higher education encouraged for all in America

In a televised speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening, US President Barack Obama urged all citizens to "commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training" so the nation can reclaim its title as the best-educated country in the world by 2020. While the government will do its part to achieve this goal, responsibility lies with students to finish high school and enrol. Obama stated that dropping out of high school is "not just quitting on yourself, it's quitting on your country. And this country needs and values the talents of every American." Inside Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)