Top Ten

March 16, 2009

$34-million upgrade for uSask student centre

Regarded as the "front door" to the University of Saskatchewan, the 30-year-old Place Riel Student Centre is the focus of a $34-million renovation project. A second floor will be added to the centre to be used for student union offices and campus club space. The centre will be expanded to include council chambers for the student union and additional retail space. Construction will begin as early as next week and is expected to be completed by fall 2010. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

StFX institute undergoes $17-million renovation

St. Francis Xavier University is renovating its Coady International Institute, which trains foreign students to be leaders in their own communities. The $17-million facility, slated to open this summer, will include more classrooms, 2 100-seat halls, the new Marie Michael Library, and venues for national and international delegations and public events. Halifax Chronicle-Herald

York establishes task force to address student environment

Yesterday York University president Mamdouh Shoukri appointed a Task Force on Student Life, Learning & Community to review concerns about the student environment on campus. Comprising administrators, professors, and students, the task force will explore ways the university can promote open debate and the free exchange of ideas. The task force will report back to Shoukri at the end of August with recommendations on improving the learning atmosphere and relationships at York. York News Release | Globe and Mail

uRegina works on new strategic plan

The University of Regina is in the process of developing a new 5-year strategic plan. Facing fierce competition from other institutions, uRegina must offer high quality teaching and research programs in order to attract students, but needs increased enrolment numbers to receive the funding needed to provide the programming and services. The university has an online survey and will hold consultation meetings for the public to provide feedback on the plan. Regina Leader-Post | Your Vision for the University of Regina

Column in uOttawa law student paper sparks controversy

The law faculty at the University of Ottawa is considering severing its ties with a student-run paper following the publication of a column some critics say amounts to an incitement to rape. The dean of the Common Law section says the article objectifies women and has angered students within the faculty. Professors met with the paper's editor on Friday to discuss how to avoid publishing offensive content in the future. The paper is reportedly considering issuing a retraction and an apology. Ottawa Citizen

MSVU may cut women's studies program

As it struggles with declining enrolment, Mount Saint Vincent University is considering axing its undergraduate women's studies program. The university has already halted admissions for its IT and family and gerontology programs, for which the faculty union filed a grievance. A student is spearheading a campaign opposing the proposal to cut the women's studies program. Halifax Chronicle-Herald | CBC | Save Women's Studies at MSVU Facebook group

"Make things happen" at Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College is running a contest for students and employees to submit ideas on how to improve the college. The "Make Things Happen" contest will award $1,000 in gift cards to the best entry, while second- and third-place winners will receive $600 and $400 worth of gift cards, respectively. The contest runs until March 27. Make Things Happen

Online videos popular with Canadians

According to a new study by comScore Inc., 88% of Canadians who use the Internet watched a video online in January. During that month, Canadians watched nearly 3.1 billion videos. Half of the videos viewed were on YouTube, and Yahoo! and were among other top video-watching sites. CBC

Former nursing student sues university for being expelled for MySpace comments

Nina Yoder, a former nursing student at the Kentucky-based University of Louisville, is suing the institution, alleging that it violated her free-speech and due-process rights by expelling her over comments she wrote on MySpace about her patients, gun rights, and abortion. The university says Yoder violated its honour code by identifying herself as a student in "Internet postings regarding patient activities." Yoder is asking the court to issue an injunction that would allow her to return to class. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) | Louisville Courier-Journal | MSNBC

Axe launches St. Patrick's Day campaign on Twitter

Unilever, the owner of the Axe brand of male grooming products, has launched a social media campaign combining Twitter with a St. Patrick's Day theme. invites visitors to log in with their Twitter account and come up with a variation on the phrase "Kiss Me, I'm Irish." Users can upload the phrase to the site and send it as a tweet to friends. Visitors can assign a rating to the phrases, which include "Trash Me, I'm Spam" and "Fix Me, I'm the Economy." Marketing Magazine |