Top Ten

November 27, 2013

Sauder receives $2 million for women in leadership professorship

The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia has received $2 million from Vancouver business leader John Montalbano for the creation of a professorship focused on the advancement of women and diversity in business leadership. The role, which the Sauder School is currently seeking to fill, will be a source of new research in leadership studies for women and minority group members, and “a guiding force at the school informing curriculum and programming.” Montalbano is CEO of RBC Global Asset Management and a member of the UBC Board of Governors. Sauder has also announced that it will fundraise an additional $900,000, which will be dedicated to supporting related MBA scholarships, PhD research and community engagement initiatives. UBC News Release | Vancouver Sun

Douglas College receives $1.5 million to lead employment program

Douglas College has received $1.5 million in federal funding to help PSE graduates gain the on-the-job experience they need to move into their careers, through the Career Start program. Douglas will work in partnership with Fanshawe College and College of the North Atlantic to work with local businesses in a variety of high-demand industries to identify wage subsidy opportunities that are a minimum of 3 months long. "The employers we deal with in the community often mention the high cost of training new employees," says Douglas Job Developer David Bellamy. "So the incentive will help justify hiring people with less experience." Douglas News Release

Students protest at CFS meeting

Students from various PSE institutions were in Gatineau, QC on the weekend to protest at the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). The protesters were drawing attention to the difficult process required to exit the national organization, which draws funds from member student unions. Several institutions that have voted in referenda to leave the CFS have been challenged with lawsuits by the CFS, which claims that these students still owe fees. A common complaint about the CFS is that they are not transparent regarding the millions of dollars in student fees that they collect. Melissa Kate Wheeler, President of the Concordia Student Union, stated students at Concordia are “very unsatisfied” with the way that CFS operates, noting that a student petition to defederate was “ignored.” CFS delegate Yasmeen Enadi, from the University of Toronto Students’ Union, said she found the “timing of the protest disrespectful and added the CFS is a democratic organization and protesters should have voiced their concerns through other channels.” McGill Post-Graduate Student Society News Release | Maclean’s On Campus

uWinnipeg to build $27-million apartment complex

The University of Winnipeg has partnered with the provincial government to build a new 14-storey, 112,000-square-foot apartment complex in downtown Winnipeg to “give students, families and individuals a range of living options.” The building will have 102 apartments, ranging from one to 3 bedrooms, of which 46 will have affordable rents for lower-income Manitobans. 32 of these apartments will be rented on a rent-geared-to-income basis. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014, and the project is estimated to be completed in the fall of 2015. “We are pleased to partner with uWinnipeg in a project that will make it easier for students with difficulty accessing affordable housing to move closer to campus,” says Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum. The Manitoba government is supporting the project with a loan guarantee, and the university anticipates that a housing co-op will partner in the ownership of the complex, which will mean no impact on uWinnipeg’s operating budget. uWinnipeg News Release | CBC

McGill to implement sexual assault prevention measures

McGill University is being praised by student leaders for its measures to address and prevent sexual assault. McGill Deputy Provost of Student Life Ollivier Dyens said in a letter to the university community that it will be taking “concrete steps to improve its support for survivors of sexual assault and its response to incidents of sexual assault and other forms of harm.” McGill will hire a full-time coordinator to expand programming and initiatives in collaboration with its student-run Sexual Assault Centre, hold a public forum in January on the issue of consent in sexual matters, and create an annual “Dean of Students Forum on Safe Space” each October to sensitize new students. Joey Shea, VP University Affairs for the Students’ Society at McGill says she is “surprised and happy” with the measures announced. Montreal Gazette

Kingston named a “great university town”

Kingston, ON, home of Queen’s University, the Royal Military College, and St. Lawrence College, has been named a “great university town” by BBC Travel. The online magazine lists 5 cities, including Kingston, that are “close to major metropolitan centres but inclusive enough to exert their own sphere of influence,” “usually liberal and forward thinking,” “have culturally vibrant, well-educated populations and are often ranked as some of the most sought after places to live.” Kingston is lauded for its various cultural institutions and festivals, “excellent job base, varied private and public sector employment opportunities, and plenty of recreational activities.” The other places listed as “great university towns” are Cambridge, England; Valparaiso, Chile; Madison, Wisconsin; and Uppsala, Sweden. BBC

uWindsor professor makes Twitter mandatory

A professor at the University of Windsor not only encourages his students to use Twitter, he has made it a mandatory component of his first-year sports ethics class. Professor Ryan Snelgrove requires his students to contribute to online discussions and debates on topics such as fighting in hockey and performance enhancing drugs using specific Twitter hashtags. With 220 students in the class this semester, Snelgrove uses Twitter so that every student has a voice and a chance to participate, even if they are not comfortable speaking in class. Students who do not have their own mobile devices have the option of Tweeting outside of class hours, and in the case of a student who did not want to take part in the social media discussions, Snelgrove allows the student to base that portion of the grade on in-class participation. Early emphasis on professionalism and identifiable Twitter handles have eliminated the “vitriol and triviality” common to social media; “You need moderation. You obviously need to find a balance. But it’s another way for people to interact that, overall, is positive,” says Snelgrove. Windsor Star

Olds celebrates centennial with $1 million surplus

Olds College is celebrating its centennial this year, with a net surplus of just over $1 million, which will be directed to the Centennial Entrepreneurial Legacy Fund. Olds created the fund “to ensure that the legacy celebrating [its] 100 years is carried forward into the next 100 years as well,” which will be used to fund entrepreneurial activities at the college. Olds says the money will also position the college “to be indisputably recognized as Canada’s entrepreneurial college.” Olds News Release

StudentsNS report recommends measures to improve student financial assistance

StudentsNS, representing PSE students in Nova Scotia, has released a report that says reallocating $40 million in tuition and education tax credits that have little impact would give the province “the strongest student financial assistance system in Canada.” The report also recommends a number of additional measures to improve the province’s financial assistance program: eliminate maximum assistance cap for PSE students; reassess parental or spousal contributions to consider the need to save for retirement and/or the education of additional children; convert all provincial loans to grants, capping student debt at the maximum federal loan amount; better inform Nova Scotians about the assistance system and the importance of investing in PSE; and introduce supplementary student loans for those whose higher-income parents will not contribute the amounts expected of them. Report Preamble | Full Report

Alleged gunman on Yale campus causes lockdown

The Yale University campus was put on lockdown for 4 hours on Monday after an anonymous caller from a pay phone nearby said his roommate had a gun and was heading to the campus. After additional callers reported seeing a gunman on campus, the lockdown began and students were told to remain where they were. The lockdown was fully lifted by 5 p.m. on Monday, after police searched rooms to confirm that no gunman was on campus. According to The Hartford Courant, police now suspect the call may have been a prank and are trying to track down the man who made the call. They believe the other witnesses may have seen armed police, rather than the gunman in question. Inside Higher Ed | Hartford Courant