Top Ten

April 1, 2009

$1-billion investment loss at uToronto

The University of Toronto reported Tuesday that it lost $1.3 billion on its investments last year. The university has already suspended payouts from endowment funds, which were expected to generate $62 million this year. The 29.5% investment devaluation reflects the fund's large exposure to the equity markets, hedge fund investments, and its current hedging policy. Globe and Mail

What Ontario college and university presidents are making

According to the Ontario government's Public Sector Salary Disclosure list, McMaster University president Peter George is the highest-paid university president in the province, earning $533,913 last year. He did not, however, receive the highest salary among university employees. University of Toronto's managing director of investment strategy, John Lyon, made $557,474 in 2008 (ironic considering...). The "Sunshine List" shows that college executives in Ontario remain "underpaid" in comparison to their university peers, though many of them are catching up. Seneca College president Rick Miner received the highest salary of provincial college presidents in 2008, making $410,984. Maclean's OnCampus | Ottawa Business Journal | Guelph Mercury | Peterborough Examiner | Hamilton Spectator

Threat to uWinnipeg found in university washroom

Security was enhanced at the University of Winnipeg yesterday because of a potential threat to the campus. Last week, a message describing a threat to the school was found scribbled on a washroom wall. The threat said it would be carried out April 1. While uWinnipeg officials say the threat has been considered a low risk, extra security measures were put in place for the day as a precaution. Winnipeg police are investigating the source of the threat. In September 2007, police also investigated a graffiti threat found in a uWinnipeg washroom stall. CTV

UBC student threatened school to avoid class presentation

At a sentencing hearing for a University of British Columbia student who made threats against the institution last year, the court heard that Hwi Lee had an intense fear of public speaking and threatened the university in order to avoid having to give an oral presentation. In late January of last year, RCMP locked down and evacuated the biological sciences building after receiving a threat that Lee would commit suicide and take others with him. A week later, UBC received a threat involving fireworks, prompting a second lockdown. CBC

$8 million for Conestoga expansion project

On Monday, Waterloo Region councillors agreed to give Conestoga College $8.1 million towards its $117-million expansion project, which includes a new campus in Cambridge. The investment will help Conestoga's bid for $55 million in federal funding. The Ontario government has already committed $25 million to the project. The council rejected one councillor's proposal to allow the college to ask for more regional funding if needed. Waterloo Region Record

uRegina, affiliated colleges celebrate partnership with new monument

On Tuesday, the University of Regina and its 3 federated colleges -- Luther College, Campion College, and the First Nations University of Canada -- held a ceremony to celebrate their long-standing federation agreements. The event was held at the FNUC atrium to unveil a granite plaque that commemorates the institutions' shared history and affirms their commitment to a common academic vision. In the next few weeks, an identical plaque will be placed in the 3 other institutions. uRegina News Release | Regina Leader-Post

UC San Diego sends congratulations to rejected applicants

On Monday, all 28,000 applicants to the University of California San Diego who had been rejected received an e-mail congratulating them on their acceptance, only to get another message admitting there was a mistake. The university's admissions director says the incident was an "administrative error," and that the wrong database was accessed. In December, the Kellogg School of Management at Illinois-based Northwestern University mistakenly sent out acceptance e-mails to about 50 rejected applicants. LA Times

UoGuelph students approve levy for athletics upgrades

Over half of University of Guelph students who participated in a referendum last month voted in favour of a $38 fee for full-time students and a $19 fee for part-timers to support new multipurpose athletics and fitness facilities. Should enrolment at the university stay the same for the next 30 years, the fees will generate $75 million, but UoGuelph will still require loans, private donations, and government grants to cover the cost of the project, whose focus is on 4 multipurpose fields with synthetic turf and the improvement and expansion of the 52-year-old W.F. Mitchell Athletics Centre. Guelph Mercury

Trent forensic sciences program to be featured on Daily Planet

A television crew from the Discovery Channel's science show Daily Planet is at Trent University this week to produce a feature on the university's forensic sciences program and crime scene house. 5 installments are being taped for the show's "Science and the City" segment. Students and faculty from the program will conduct experiments designed to explain the scientific principles behind various procedures and processes in forensics. Daily Planet is also taping a segment for its Green Week special, which will feature students learning how to make power-free iPod speakers. The episode is expected to air later this spring. Trent News Release | Peterborough Examiner

April Fool's at Camosun, BCIT

Camosun's Homepage on April 1, 2009

In honour of April Fool's Day yesterday, Camosun College's homepage featured several farcical stories, including one about thousands of rabbits, usually populating the University of Victoria, invading the college's campuses. Camosun's David Sovka quipped: "We suspect it has to do with both class size and tuition."

Camosun College invaded by Bunnies 

Other playful news items covered a new scratch-and-sniff website and NBA star Kobe Bryant joining the college's baskeball team. Joky headlines included "Province announces 38 new universities" and "Camosun welcomes alien overlords."

Camosun's new Scratch-and-Sniff Website


Camosun Chargers recruit Kobe Bryant 

Camosun renames "Young Bldg" "Old Bldg" 

The British Columbia Institute of Technology's homepage was redesigned to look like Google. The "Language Tools" link directed visitors to the school's English-language proficiency page, while the "Preferences" link went to BCIT's What Would You Change? microsite.

BCIT's "Google" April Fool's Homepage