Top Ten

February 19, 2010

One injured in shooting at Northern Illinois U

Northern Illinois University was locked down briefly early Friday morning after a student was injured in a shooting outside a campus residence. University public safety officials state the shooting appears to be an isolated incident between 2 individuals. The lockdown was lifted after the shooting suspect was taken into custody. On Valentine's Day 2008, a former NIU graduate student opened fire in a lecture hall, killing 5 people and wounding 19 others before turning the gun on himself. Friday's shooting follows an incident at the University of Alabama in Huntsville a week earlier in which a faculty member was arrested for fatally shooting 3 of her colleagues. NIU Campus Alert | Reuters

Students rescued after Class Afloat ship capsizes

All 64 people aboard the SV Concordia, the flagship of Nova Scotia-based West Island College International's Class Afloat program, were rescued off the coast of Brazil last Thursday night after the Canadian tall ship was flipped upside down in strong winds, the Brazilian navy reports. The ship sent out its first distress signal around 8 am Atlantic time Thursday, and about 12 hours later the Brazilian air force located the Concordia's life rafts and Zodiac boat. The majority of those who were on the ship are Canadian. The tall ship left Nova Scotia last September, carrying students in Grades 11, 12 and in first-year university. CanWest News Service | CBC | CTV

Fleming instructor charged with voyeurism

A part-time teacher at Fleming College has been charged with voyeurism and mischief after 4 female students reported spotting a man's eyeball blinking through the ceiling tile in an on-campus change room last Tuesday. According to a statement from Fleming, the arrested individual acknowledged his actions involving observing students in a change room, and the individual's employment with the school has been terminated. 34-year-old Bradley Loose will appear in court on March 11. Peterborough Examiner

SFU to close satellite campus in Kamloops

In light of a projected $9-million shortfall, Simon Fraser University will have to close its Kamloops Indian Reserve campus within a year, the school's vice-president (academic) said at a recent impromptu gathering at the satellite campus. Dollars and dilapidated buildings are driving the reasoning behind the closure, and the administrator said the campus cannot be sustained unless alternative funding sources are found. The VP notes the BC government has committed a lot of funding to Thompson Rivers University, "and giving additional support to a small campus doesn't make sense to them." Kamloops Daily News (via SFU People in the News)

Alberta opposition parties challenge province's cuts to PSE

In question period last Thursday, opposition critics questioned the Alberta government's commitment to higher education after the University of Alberta suggested it may have to cut jobs and restrict student spaces due to a $20-million drop in funding outlined in the province's 2010 budget. The Liberal leader said the province's "incompetent management is close to creating a crisis in post-secondary education," and suggested the government provide low-interest loans to institutions. The NDP leader accused the government of kicking uAlberta when it's down, and said it's "ridiculous" for the advanced education minister to claim he can deliver on a commitment to add 16,000 PSE spaces by 2011-12. Edmonton Journal

Ottawa invests $15 million in ACCC-run Canadian Immigration Integration Project

On Friday, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that the Canadian Immigration Integration Project (CIIP), managed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, will receive an additional $15-million over the next 3 years to expand services in India, China, and the Philippines. A new office will open in London, England, in fall 2011, which will also serve various Nordic and Arab states according to demand. Launched as a pilot program in early 2007, the CIIP is designed to help immigrants under the Federal Skilled Worker Program prepare for integration to Canada's workforce while they are still in their native country completing final immigration requirements. To date, nearly 7,000 people have graduated from the CIIP pilot program overseas. CIC News Release

Durham College receives $5 million from region for campus expansion

Last Wednesday, the Region of Durham approved Durham College's request for $5 million in financial support towards the second and third phases of the college's Whitby campus expansion. Once completed, the expansion will see over $30 million invested in renewable energy, living lab environments, and an expanded campus involving the food and agricultural community. A retired college employee had asked the region to reject the request, stating that the school has a "terrible" history of controlling costs. Durham College News Release

Algoma U names new president

Algoma University announced Friday that Dr. Richard Myers has been appointed the school's new president, taking over from Dr. Celia Ross on July 1. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Myers has taught at universities in China and Japan. He has served in several university administrative positions, including vice-president (academic), and will leave his current post as a political science professor at St. Thomas University. Algoma U News Release

No funding available for SLC revitalization project, local counties say

In the midst of tight budget planning for 2010, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry have turned down St. Lawrence College's request for a $1-million investment in its $14.5-million Cornwall campus revitalization project, with the counties warden stating that "it's just not the time." While some on council suggested that colleges should be left to other levels of government for funding, others hoped the counties could be in a financial position to assist SLC. The college has made a similar funding request to the City of Cornwall, and hopes to get the city on board as a lead partner in a fundraising campaign for the project. Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

"Imagine it" at UVic

Building on the success of The Anything Project, the University of Victoria recently launched a new recruitment campaign called "Imagine it," highlighting success stories from across the institution. The campaign will run for 4 weeks in Victoria, Vancouver, Nanaimo, and Calgary on street posters, transit shelter ads, bus interiors, and billboards. Projection "ninjas" -- roaming teams of branded street entertainers equipped with handheld projectors -- will project campaign images onto the walls of buildings. The campaign is also featured online at, where visitors can read profiles of students and faculty and learn more about research being conducted at UVic. | View the campaign posters