Top Ten

March 12, 2009

uWindsor cuts 6 sports teams

On Wednesday, the University of Windsor's department of athletics and recreation announced that the men's varsity rugby team, men's and women's golf, men's and women's curling, and women's fast-pitch teams have been axed. The cuts were made in order to minimize the university's projected $5-million deficit. When news first broke out that the department was considering cutting some teams, athletes from high-profile programs such as football and hockey said they were willing to cut their team budgets by 4% to make up the amount sought by administration. Windsor Star

Conestoga asks Waterloo Region for $8-million investment in expansion project

Conestoga College is seeking $8.1 million from the Waterloo Region to go towards the school's $117-million expansion project, which includes a new campus in Cambridge. Plans call for a 200,000-square-foot campus to house the new school of engineering and information technology, as well as Ontario's first program specializing in food-processing technology. The Cambridge campus is expected to attract 3,000 more students. Last month, Conestoga asked Cambridge city council to commit $5.7 million towards the project. The city is considering the request. Kitchener-Waterloo Record

6 sex crimes reported at VIU

On Wednesday, Nanaimo RCMP and Vancouver Island University made public a recent string of sexual incidents on campus that has prompted the school to boost security. 6 incidents reportedly took place between the middle of January and early March, and all victims were female VIU students between the ages of 20 and 30. Some students questioned why the university notified students of only 2 of the incidents, while others criticized the school and the police for not making it public sooner. Police are still searching for suspects. Nanaimo Daily News

uRegina students, staff notified of TB risk

The University of Regina is alerting students and staff of a student being treated for a presumed case of tuberculosis. While the student has not yet tested positive, officials with TB Control Saskatchewan are visiting classes the individual had attended to provide information and assess peoples' risk level. Last month, approximately 250 students and staff at the University of Victoria were notified that they may have been exposed to TB after a student contracted the disease. Regina Leader-Post | CBC

International student enrolment in Canada on the rise

In 2008, Canada attracted nearly 80,000 foreign students, the highest number seen in 10 years. International student recruitment numbers were up by nearly 15,000 from 2007. The increased enrolment is being attributed to enhanced recruitment efforts by colleges and universities, a branding campaign launched last fall by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, and changes to visa rules. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced last month that Canada plans to "substantially increase" the number of foreign students it admits this year. Embassy Magazine

Rabbit recipe in uVic student newsletter sparks outrage

An article published in a newsletter run by University of Victoria environmental studies students that describes how to kill, clean, and cook the rabbits on campus has drawn anger from local organizations. Worried that students might follow the advice, a BC SPCA animal protection officer wants the university to immediately tell students that killing or hurting the rabbits is illegal and inhumane. The editor of the newsletter says the article is meant to provoke discussion about how to handle uVic's feral rabbit population. The university has an ongoing campaign regarding the rabbits. Victoria Times-Colonist

uSask college residence up for sale

St. Thomas More College, affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan, is selling its 52-bed student residence located at the university campus. The college is seeking $2 million for the 40-year-old Ogle Hall. The price is for the building only and the buyer will need to negotiate with uSask to lease the land. The college will also have a say in the future use of the residence. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

UoGuelph vet college targets international students with videos

As part of a campaign to recruit foreign students, the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph has produced 3 videos featuring testimonials from current students who hail from the US. In the videos the students discuss why they chose to attend OCV, their experience at the college, and what they like best about Guelph and Canada. OVC Video Gallery

NSAC microsite encourages applicants to "embrace your world"

We've recently noticed Nova Scotia Agriculture College's interactive recruitment portal. "Embrace Your World" allows prospective students to weigh in on environmental issus such as climate change and water depletion. Visitors to the site can click on an animated globe to read the lastest topics, cast votes in polls, and share thoughts in discussion forums. The microsite states that "NSAC gives you the tools you need to tackle global environmental issues." NSAC is also running the "Make A Difference Challenge" for high school students to explain how their actions are making a positive impact in their communities. Embrace Your World

US music schools experience application boom

A number of music programs across the US are noticing a spike in applications, a rise that is in many cases surpassing the interest in other disciplines. At Columbia College Chicago, for example, music applications are up 37%, compared to 8% for the school overall. Despite the recession and mounting unemployment rates, officials do not expect applications to and enrolment in music schools to drop. In recent years, the world of professional music has broadened, and studying music is seen as an effective stepping stone to other careers. Chicago Tribune