Top Ten

April 6, 2009

$38 million for UBC earth sciences centre

The BC government announced yesterday it will commit $37.5 million towards the new $75-million Earth Systems Science Building at the University of British Columbia. Expected to open in 2012, the 14,570-square-metre facility will feature an expanded Pacific Museum of the Earth, a state-of-the-art theatre complex, classrooms, seminar rooms, study spaces, and common areas. BC News Release

$8 million for research chairs at NS, NL universities

Yesterday the federal government announced $7.9 million to fund 8 research chairs at 4 universities in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador as part of Ottawa's $5.1-billion spending package for science and technology. Dalhousie University will receive $5.2 million for 5 renewed research chairs, while Saint Mary's University will get $1.4 million towards one new chair. Acadia and Memorial Universities will each receive $500,000 for one new chair. Canadian Press

Inflation blamed for rising cost of McGill hospital project

Top officials with the McGill University Health Centre say industry-specific inflation alone is responsible for the $700-million increase in the price tag of the future university-affiliated hospital, not mismanagement, as was suggested by Quebec's auditor general. In a report released last week, the auditor general accused the MUHC and the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, also planning its own superhospital, of "not being in conformity with sound management practices." Construction of the McGill hospital is to be completed by 2013. Montreal Gazette

UQAC evacuated following bomb threat

Students and staff at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi were forced to leave the campus yesterday following the report of a bomb threat. Police were searching school grounds for any dangerous materials. Classes were cancelled for the rest of the day, although evening courses were held as scheduled. CBC

Man accused of threatening Fanshawe students, faculty

A 40-year-old man has been charged with threatening students and faculty at Fanshawe College. The accused allegedly threatened on several occasions to bring a baseball bat to the college's James N. Allen campus in Simcoe Ontario on the last day of classes to hit students and staff in the head. Gregory Lutz is facing 4 counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. He will return to court next month. Simcoe Reformer | CD 98.9

uVic students claim police were rough in breaking up on-campus party

Several University of Victoria students say Saanich police officers used excessive force when breaking up a rowdy, booze-fuelled party involving 10 young men on campus Friday night. One student was allegedly thrown to the ground, another reportedly kicked in the chest, and a third claimed to have been slammed against a brick wall. A cellphone video shows an officer punching a young man. 3 people were arrested for being drunk in a public place. A police spokesman says none of the students reported any injuries as a result of the melee, and no one has filed a complaint. Victoria Times-Colonist

Ontario freshmen less mature, Wikipedia-reliant

According to a new survey from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, 55% of professors and librarians in the province believe first-year students are less prepared for university education than students were just 3 years ago. Respondents also reported that today's first-year students have a lower level of maturity, an inability to learn independently, and a lack of required writing, mathematical, and critical thinking skills. Professors also feel these students have poor research skills due to heavy reliance on sites like Wikipedia, and that they expect success without the necessary effort. OCUFA News Release | Toronto Star | CTV | Read the survey

uMontreal opens pharmacogenomics centre

Yesterday the Montreal Heart Institute and the Université de Montréal officially opened the Centre de pharamacogénomique Beaulieu-Saucier. The new facility is named after uMontreal graduates Michel Saucier and his wife Gisèle Beaulieu, who contributed $5 million to the centre's creation. Through the couple's and the MHI Foundation's investment, along with the world-renowned scientists recruited, the institute has received over $80 million in funding from various sources to advance pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine research. MHI News Release

Co-op graduates more likely to find work, earn more

According to new research from the University of Guelph, graduates of co-op programs that combine on-the-job training with classroom education are more likely to find full-time employment and earn more money than their peers in conventional programs. Drawing data from Statistics Canada's 2000 National Graduates Survey, the study found that university co-op graduates made $8,000 a year more than those who completed conventional programs, while graduates of college co-op programs earned $2,000 more than their counterparts in regular programs. Co-op students were more like to be working full-time 2 years following graduation. UoGuelph News Release

Seneca brand wins international award

Seneca College's recent rebranding, which features messages about how an education at the college can change lives, has won a Merit award in the 2009 ReBrand 100 Global Awards. According to a summary on ReBrand's website, the college was "challenged to defend its leadership position by making a promise that would reveal the true benefits of its offering." That promise became "Seneca changes you" -- the tagline of the new brand campaign. Seneca News Release | 2009 ReBrand 100 Winners -- Seneca College