Top Ten

April 16, 2009

uCalgary cuts funding for women's field hockey, men's soccer

The University of Calgary announced Wednesday that it has eliminated funding for its women's field hockey and men's soccer teams. The 2 programs have historically been the least successful teams on and off field, and the school plans to shift resources to core sports, such as hockey and basketball. A final decision on the future of the programs will be made prior to the Canada West annual general meeting early next month. If an alternative funding model cannot be found, both teams will not be entered into the next season. uCalgary Dinos News | Calgary Herald

Threat to McGill investigated

Police in Montreal are probing a threatening message directed towards McGill University. Police were called to the campus last Friday after a student discovered a message in a Burnside Hall washroom. The university has not disclosed the nature of the threat. A McGill official says the university has informed students and faculty and adjusted security following the threat. Montreal Gazette

UBC sues motivational events firm for outstanding charges

The University of British Columbia is suing Power Within, a Toronto-based company that books motivational speakers, for over $200,000 in outstanding fees and charges arising from a talk by Anthony Robbins, described as a "world authority on leadership psychology," last October. UBC claims the firm breached an agreement by having "neglected or refused to pay the debt or any part thereof" for the use of university services and the Thunderbird Arena. Vancouver Province

Research, recruitment key priorities for uSask

In an address to the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, University of Saskatchewan president Peter MacKinnon noted that among his top priorities are ensuring research is supported at various levels and improving student recruitment and retention. He said counteracting the drop in high school enrolment and increasing the number of Aboriginal and graduate students are essential to business activities and success. MacKinnon stressed the importance of a continued partnership between uSask and Saskatoon's business community. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix | Canadian Press

Researchers urge Ottawa to restore science funding

Over 2,000 researchers across Canada have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper describing the funding cuts outlined in the federal budget as "huge steps backward for Canadian science." The budget reduced nearly $148 million from the 3 granting agencies that fund research at national universities. The letter, which contrasts the budget to that of the US, where $15 billion is being pumped into scientific research, makes a number of recommendations, including a multi-year plan to significantly increase Canada's research and development investment through the granting councils. Globe and Mail | Read the letter

Dal releases campus plan progress report

Dalhousie University has released the first progress report for its Master Campus Plan. Among the key themes outlined in the plan are the university's need to compete worldwide for students and money, the importance of the Sexton campus, and a focus on student experience. Once completed, the plan will have 3 time frames: new projects, "swing" projects, and "major future building blocks." The report says Dal cannot accomplish its long-term development plans without public/private partnerships. The second progress report is expected this fall. Dal News | Read the full report

uWaterloo opens Pharmacy building

The University of Waterloo will officially open its new Pharmacy building today. The 7-storey facility includes laboratories, classrooms, offices, a basement-level library, and a student lounge. The building features a model drugstore where pharmacy students can practice preparing and dispensing products to role-playing customers. uWaterloo Daily Bulletin

BC premier promises U-Pass for all provincial PSE students

As part of his party's election platform, announced Wednesday, BC Premier Gordon Campbell stated that if the Liberals are re-elected to power next month, he promises to extend the U-Pass program to all post-secondary students in the province beginning September 2010. Subsidized transit passes were first issued to Metro Vancouver university students 5 years ago. Students at Vancouver Community and Douglas Colleges and Emily Carr University of Art and Design claim TransLink's U-Pass program is discriminatory, and have recently filed a complaint with the Office of the BC Ombudsman. CBC

Study finds fewer US colleges fit "liberal arts" mould

According to a new paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, just 64% of the 212 institutions that education economist David W. Breneman classified as liberal-arts colleges continue to meet his definition. The paper found 67 of those schools offer too may graduate and profession degrees to be deemed liberal-arts institutions under Breneman's terms. Of those, 19 are now classified as comprehensive colleges and 18 as masters universities. The researchers found that the more selective colleges were, the fewer professional degrees they added to their offerings. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)

75% of US online teens use social networks

eMarketer estimates that 15.5 million American Internet users between the ages of 12 and 17 -- 75% -- will be members of social networks this year. That number is expected to jump to 17.9 million, or 79% of all online teens, in 2013. In 2008, US teens went to social networking sites mostly to interact with friends, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. 91% of teens use social networks to keep in touch with friends, 72% to make plans with friends, and 49% to make new friends. eMarketer