Top Ten

March 3, 2009

3 StFX athletes charged with assault

3 St Francis Xavier University men's basketball players are facing charges of assault causing bodily harm. The charges stem from an incident on February 21 that sent one man to hospital. The university does not plan to suspend the students, who will be not allowed to play in a tournament this weekend. Atlantic University Sport says it has no authority to act in the matter. Last month, AUS took direct action against an assistant coach with the basketball team following a physical encounter with a teenaged timekeeper from Cape Breton University. The coach later resigned. Halifax Chronicle-Herald | CBC

NS must provide "desperately needed strategic investment" in university infrastructure

As the Nova Scotia government prepares its next budget, bricks and mortar are on the minds of many university presidents in the province. The Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents reports a $543-million infrastructure deficit among the province's 11 universities. The council's revised plan calls for an $85-million investment in projects deemed most critical. The province's Liberal party urges the government provide "desperately needed strategic investment" in university infrastructure, and to ensure the schools are able to access funding made available in the recent federal budget. Cape Breton Post

Safeguarding academic research in Canada

Following an open letter sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper over concerns about research funding in Canada, the Canadian Association of University Teachers urges the federal government to increase basic research funding for the 3 national granting councils over the next 2 years to match that being introduced in the US. The government should also ensure that funding from these councils, as well as that provided through the Canada Foundation for Innovation, is based on the scientific merit of the research community, and not restricted to specific fields. CAUT News

Some Ontario universities feel shortchanged in grad space funding announcement

While most Ontario universities welcome the provincial government's recent announcement of $52 million in funding for 3,300 more graduate spaces, others, like the Ontario College of Art + Design and the University of Windsor, are "disappointed" that the lion's share of the funding is going towards the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario, which are already large research-oriented institutions. uWindsor, which received funding for 4 graduate spaces, will "follow-up" with the province to ensure the school gets "its fair share" of the government funding. Toronto Star | Windsor Star

Barrie to give $5 million to Georgian College health building

On Monday evening, Barrie city councillors gave initial approval to contribute $5 million towards Georgian College's proposed $65-million centre for health and wellness. The 165,000-square-foot facility would have 34 labs and clinics, as well as 12 classrooms. College officials say the centre, which would bring another 3,000 students to the Barrie campus, would help address the healthcare worker shortage in the area. Barrie Examiner

uCalgary to build new student residence

 In early April, the University of Calgary will begin construction on a new 596-bed student residence. The building, slated to be complete by the spring of 2011, will help the university meet growing demand for housing for second- and third-year undergraduates. uCalgary News

Saskatchewan launches Scholarship of Honour

On Monday, the Saskatchewan government announced the creation of a special scholarship honouring Canadian Forces personnel and those who have died in the line of duty. The Saskatchewan Scholarship of Honour provides $5,000 to returning soldiers who have been active in the military after September 2001, as well as to spouses or children of severely injured or deceased soldiers who served after September 2001. Scholarship applicants must also be current or past permanent residents of Saskatchewan, and must be enrolled in a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution. Saskatchewan News Release | Regina Leader-Post | CBC

3 nights of blogging at BCIT

Starting today at 5pm PST, the British Columbia Institute of Technology will be hosting 67 straight hours of live blogging and video shoots designed to help prospective students learn about the institution. The school came up with "3 BLOG Nights" because "we think BCIT is a pretty cool place to study and this seemed like a good way to prove it to you." In an accompanying contest, those who apply to BCIT before 10 am Saturday will be entered to win one of 5 $1,000 tuition prizes. 3 BLOG Nights

UoGuelph student shortlisted for "Best Job in the World"

Mitch Moffit, a third-year biological sciences student at the University of Guelph, is one of 50 candidates worldwide shortlisted for the "Best Job in the World" -- a caretaker on Hamilton Island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Moffit's video submission explaining why he is the best person for the job is a musical number shot in downtown Guelph. Voting for candidates ends March 24 and the winner will be chosen on May 6. UoGuelph News Release

US recession forces marketers to make deeper cuts

According to a new survey from the US-based Association of National Advertisers, the country's recession has had a more profound effect on the marketing industry than what was predicted half a year ago. 93% of marketers say they are now making budget cuts, compared to 87% in July and August of last year. Almost 37% plan to reduce budgets by over 20%, while back in August just 21% expected to cut that much. 77% of marketers plan to cut advertising campaign media budgets, while 72% plan to cut ad campaign production budgets. eMarketer