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October 4, 2010

Arrests made at pro-life protest at Carleton

4 Carleton University students and one other individual, reported to be a Queen's University student, were arrested by Ottawa police yesterday morning in connection to a pro-life protest at Carleton. A student group called The Carleton Lifeline was planning on displaying the Genocide Awareness Project in a protest yesterday morning. Carleton administrators had offered the group a room to display the graphic pictures. A university official told a student newspaper the group "indicated that they wouldn't respect the fact that we told them they didn't have permission to set up in (the Academic Quad)." The 5 individuals were removed from campus and ticketed for trespassing. According to the student paper, the students were later released with Provincial Offence Notices. The Charlatan (student newspaper) | Ottawa Sun | National Post

UWO faculty approve strike mandate

In a vote last week, 57% of eligible faculty members at the University of Western Ontario voted 87% in favour of authorizing their union to call a strike. Further meetings with the conciliator will take place October 12 and 13. Faculty association members will not be in a legal strike position until a no-board report has been requested and 17 days have passed after its authorization by Ontario's labour minister. UWOFA Bargain Update

Enrolment at Durham College up 37%

Durham College reports that it has welcomed over 7,500 full-time students to its Oshawa and Whitby campuses and Uxbridge location this fall, representing an enrolment increase of 8.65% since 2009, and 37% since 2004. Durham College president Don Lovisa says the strong enrolment growth is "clear evidence that we are offering the right mix of programs to meet today's job market needs." Durham College News Release

The case for eliminating the formal lecture

Unlike private-sector organizations that fail to accomplish alignment, public-sector monopolies like universities do not go out of business, no matter how poorly they perform, writes Gwyn Morgan in the Globe and Mail, focusing on the classroom experience. There is no reason, he states, why all written course material cannot be delivered online, and the most intriguing option would be to eliminate formal lectures entirely. "Think of how much richer the teaching and learning experience could be," Morgan writes, if formal lectures were replaced with smaller group discussions. Online learning provides "a far superior formal teaching product," he notes, but what it cannot deliver is teacher-student interaction. "This is the competitive response that will make university life better for both faculty and students," writes Morgan. "Given that the education system is vital to Canada's future, the payoff would be enormous." Globe and Mail

CFS policy paper calls for national PSE act

In a policy paper released yesterday, the Canadian Federation of Students recommends the federal government implement a national Post-Secondary Education Act, modeled after the principles of the Canada Health Act. The student organization also calls for $10-million funding increase to Statistics Canada's branch for the collection and analysis of PSE statistics. The paper recommends increasing the value and number of non-repayable grants by redirecting funds allocated to education-related tax credits and saving schemes to the Canada Student Grants Program. The CFS calls on Ottawa to remove the funding cap on increases to the Post-Secondary Student Support Program, and to increase the number of Canada Graduate Scholarships to 3,000. CFS News Release | Read the report

Trent opens multi-sport centre

On Saturday, Trent University celebrated the official opening of the new Trent Community Sport & Recreation Centre. The 76,000-square-foot facility comprises the renewal of the pre-existing PSB Wilson Athletics Complex and a new 22,000-square-foot addition, increasing overall space by 50%. The centre features North America's most advanced indoor rowing/paddling tank, an indoor climbing wall, a 12,000-square-foot cardio loft and weight room, and a Swimex hydrotherapy pool. Trent News Release

Mount Allison opens Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies

2 years after Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce donated $5 million to Mount Allison University, the institution officially launched the Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies. Joyce was on hand Friday as the centre's director outlined his plan to make the centre one of the premier destinations for an undergraduate business education in Canada. The director announced several new initiatives at the launch, including increased opportunities for experiential learning, new international exchange opportunities, and funds for new student bursaries. Mount Allison News Release

Concordia launches new ad campaign

Concordia University recently kicked off its latest marketing campaign on buses across Quebec and in all of Canada's major cities, as well as in Montreal metros and commuter trains. The third year of the "Small Planet -- Big Thinking" campaign continues to highlight the concrete accomplishments of students, faculty, and staff through multi-coloured signs that tout the university's excellence. This year's campaign features the QR code, which allows smartphone users to point their devices and, with one click, land on Concordia's online news site. The campaign runs until the end of March. Concordia News

BCIT unveils new website

Over the weekend, the British Columbia Institute of Technology launched a redesigned website, whose homepage links to student blogs, profiles of graduates, and the institution's social media accounts. The site boasts how BCIT's small class sizes, applied academics, hands-on experience, and industry connections provide its students with an advantage in the job market. On the bottom of the homepage, visitors to the site will find a short video offering a glimpse of the institution's facilities. BCIT website

RDC develops BlackBerry app

Following up on its application for Apple products, Red Deer College recently launched the free RDC BlackBerry App, whose buttons include classes, campus maps, campus recreation, and academic schedule. The college has also updated its iPhone application to include new buttons such as athletics schedule, performing arts schedule, campus rec schedule, and emergency response info. RDC News Release