Top Ten

October 15, 2009

YouTube video captures violent arrest of UWO student

A YouTube video showing the arrest of a 22-year-old male student at the University of Western Ontario is raising debate among students and the public about whether police used excessive force. Campus police responded to calls late Wednesday afternoon about a student following another student "in a strange manner," and that a disoriented and threatening individual was trying to enter various offices in a campus building. After the suspect barricaded himself in an office, city police were called. The video shows officers pinning down the man, yelling at him to stop resisting, and periodically striking him. The suspect was eventually subdued and tried to flee once he was led outside. The resistance continued after he was transported to hospital. The student has been charged with mischief, resisting arrest, assault, and escaping custody. On its website, the London Free Press includes both the YouTube video and a half-hour of video of UWO's press conference on the incident. London Free Press | Western News | Globe and Mail | LondonTopic.ca | Canadian Press | Watch the YouTube Video

OCUFA says more full-time faculty required to ensure quality

A new report from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations states that Ontario needs to hire more university faculty in order to maintain the quality of higher education. The report finds that Ontario lags behind other Canadian jurisdictions and the US in its student-to-faculty ratio, considered a key indicator of educational quality. The study also finds that faculty hiring in the province has not kept up with rising student enrolment, and that universities have not met their hiring targets as outlined in their Multi-Year Accountability Agreements with the provincial government. OCUFA News Release | Read the full report

Enrolment rises at Atlantic Canada universities

According to the Association of Atlantic Universities' 2009-10 Preliminary Survey of Enrolments, the region's universities experienced a 1.5% (year-over-year) increase in undergraduate enrolment, ending a 4-year decline in this category. Universities also saw a 5.4% rise in the number of graduate students, a 16.5% increase in international student enrolment, and a 0.4% hike in registrations among first-year students. AAU News Release | AAU Survey of Preliminary Enrolments

Canada to spend nearly $11 billion on science and technology

According to new Statistics Canada data, federal government spending on science and technology is expected to reach $10.7 billion in the 2009-10 fiscal year. Intended spending on research and development will total $6.9 billion, while related scientific activities, including the gathering, processing, and analyzing of data; information services; museum services; feasibility and policy studies; and education support will receive $3.7 billion. Statistics Canada

Trent student group report urges university to address on-campus racism

A new report from the Trent University organizing committee for the Canadian Federation of Students Task Force on Campus Racism calls on the university to change its policies to address the problem of racism on campus. The report recommends Trent expand educational anti-racism campaigns to target "Islamophobia," and hire more visible minorities as faculty. According to one testimonial included in the report, a female student once returned to her dorm room to find her roommate and her friend writing "terrorist" above her bed. Peterborough Examiner

$70 million for uMontréal, École Polytechnique campus infrastructure

In addition to the $69-million allocated to Concordia University, the federal and Quebec governments also announced Wednesday over $70 million from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program for capital projects at the Université de Montréal and its affiliated engineering school, École Polytechnique. Funding will support, for example, the renovation of 45 lecture halls and corridors at uMontréal, medical research at the university's Institut de recherche en immunologie et en cancérologie, and nanoscience and nanotechology research facilities at École Polytechnique. uMontréal News Release (in French) | Montreal Gazette

York MBA #1 in Canada in Economist ranking

York University's Schulich School of Business has placed first among Canadian business schools in The Economist's 2009 ranking of full-time MBA programs. Schulich placed 12th overall, and is listed among the top 10 schools in the "personal development and educational experience" category. Other Canadian business schools to make the list include McGill University's Faculty of Management (75), University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business (82), and HEC Montréal (n/a). The Economist 2009 Full-Time MBA Ranking

Human rights hearing focuses on mandatory retirement at UPEI

A Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission panel began a hearing Tuesday on whether mandatory retirement at the University of Prince Edward Island is discriminatory. The hearing was called after 3 UPEI employees were forced to retire at age 65 in 2005. Since the former employees filed their complaint, 3 other retired professors have joined them. In a statement to the CBC, the university's administration writes that mandatory retirement was not imposed, and that UPEI and its unions agreed to a "comprehensive plan that includes a maximum retirement age and generous pension and retirement benefits." Charlottetown Guardian | CBC

Fleming introduces new core promise

Yesterday Fleming College launched its new core promise to students, staff, and its entire learning community -- "Learn. Belong. Become." The core promise was developed through an extensive process that analyzed data and perceptions across several audiences, and involved academic leadership, administration, and input from students and support staff. "Learn. Belong. Become" is the centre of Fleming's new "Cash for College" contest in which prospective students given specially-designed buttons can enter the PIN found on the back of the buttons on the college's website for the chance to win $12,000 to fund their first year at Fleming. Fleming College News Release | Cash For College contest

CBU launches new website

Late last month, Cape Breton University introduced a new-look website. The homepage of the vibrant, easy-to-navigate site is dominated by a large, colourful graphic banner which visitors can manipulate by clicking on the thumbnails below. The banner links to CBU's academic programs, faculty profiles, student union information, and the campaign page for the $20-million fundraiser for the Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment. At the bottom of the homepage are links to the university's YouTube channel and Flickr gallery. CBU website