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BY CELIA RUSSELL | February 11 2008

By 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, more than 700 people had gathered in front of Queen’s University’s Stauffer Library for a faculty-organized rally against racism. The day, time and location of the rally were no coincidence. Exactly eight weeks before, a faculty member on her way to teach a class was forced off a […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | February 11 2008

Torching cars, submerging them in water – what’s next, dropping them off a bridge? It’s all in a day’s work for university researchers. The torchbearers are Simon Fraser University criminologist Gail Anderson and graduate student Stacey McCann; Ms. McCann was conducting the research for her thesis. The two set fire to three cars that contained […]

BY MARK CARDWELL | February 11 2008

Athletics has been a priority at Simon Fraser University ever since it opened in 1965. “University sports will build student loyalty and pre-eminence on a faster basis than you get by turning out graduates,” said the school’s first chancellor, Gordon Shrum, whose name lives on in the annual Shrum Bowl football game between SFU and […]

BY PHILLIP TODD | February 11 2008

Queen’s University is hosting a one-year pilot project that offers any Ontario post-secondary student, educator, administrator or disability service-provider a free, low-stakes, first-stop consultation and mediation service to help resolve disability-related disputes. The Post-secondary Accessibility Consulting Team (PACT) opened its doors to clients last November after five months of stakeholder consultations across the province. The […]

BY SAMANTHA FEX | February 11 2008

Engineering graduates Nilesh Patel and Corey Centen never imagined that a design project in their final year at McMaster University would have such a huge impact. Their creation, the CPRGlove, is designed to help with the tricky task of performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The latex-spandex glove is equipped with sensors that tell the user how fast […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | February 11 2008

Two University of Toronto debaters won the 2008 North American Debating Championships, beating a team from Harvard University in a rousing final debate. Jon Laxer, a first-year law student, and Jason Rogers, a first-year graduate student in economics, won the cup for Hart House, the student centre that supports most extracurricular activities at U of […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | February 11 2008

The reviews are in: “powerful,” “evocative,” “transformative,” say those who’ve seen the Unruly Salon, a series of free public performances by artists with disabilities that’s running until the end of March at the University of British Columbia. The performances are paired with academic presentations on issues surrounding disabilities. “The performers have been fabulous, the scholars […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | February 11 2008

Recent studies point to an urgent need for harmonized data on the Canadian postsecondary sector

BY TIM LOUGHEED | February 10 2008

During a five-week odyssey last spring that took him 26,000 km across Canada’s northern extremities, University of Toronto professor emeritus Franklyn Griffiths asked the aboriginal inhabitants how they liked having a front row seat to the great climate change drama. They told him, but the answers were not always what one might expect from popular […]

BY SAMANTHA FEX | January 07 2008

A series of newspaper articles this past fall seemed to herald the demise of the campus pub because students are generally drinking less. But that impression of widespread closures is simply not accurate, says Jeff Dockeray, the executive director of the Campus Hospitality Managers Association, a group that represents campus-based restaurant and pub operators. “You […]

BY ROSANNA TAMBURRI | January 07 2008

The new campaign aims to have a single clear message for foreign students

BY SAMANTHA FEX | January 07 2008

It’s called Espresso, but this machine at the University of Alberta bookstore doesn’t brew coffee. Rather, it prints paperback books on demand in mere minutes. The bookstore has the only Espresso Book Machine in Canada and just the fourth in the world. Since the machine’s arrival in early November, it has been running virtually non-stop, […]

BY SAMANTHA FEX | January 07 2008

Clear policies are needed on how they’re used

BY CAITLIN CRAWSHAW | January 07 2008

The stethoscope has undergone few changes since its invention in 1816, but a cheap MP3 player may push it into retirement if early research from the University of Alberta proves correct. Bill Hodgetts, a U of A audiologist, is part of a research team that is exploring the use of a $40, off-the-shelf MP3 player […]

BY MOIRA FARR | January 07 2008

The University of Manitoba is putting its money where its mouth is, so to speak, with the creation of a new Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, where scholars, students and storytellers from many disciplines and cultures will gather to research oral traditions and create new oral works. Reportedly the first such institute in […]

BY SAMANTHA FEX | January 07 2008

André Costopoulos has been digging for bones in an animal cemetery – and no, this isn’t the plot of a Stephen King novel. The McGill University anthropology professor was called into action when a zoo an hour’s drive south of Montreal approached the university with a request to dig up some animal skeletons buried on […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | January 07 2008

Universities are calling on the federal government to invest in three key areas to meet some of the challenges facing Canada. In a brief to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty leading up to the 2008 federal budget, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada proposed that the government increase financial support for graduate students, contribute […]

BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | December 03 2007

But rising workload a concern as demands on professors’ time multiply

BY TIM LOUGHEED | December 03 2007

Canadian universities graduate plenty of people who can deal with the intricacies of molecular biology and genetic manipulation, but few who understand the basic mechanics of defending the country’s plants, including crops and forests, from biological threats responsible for billions of dollars worth of damage every year. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency wants to fill […]

BY ROSANNA TAMBURRI | December 03 2007

Teaching conference attracts hundreds of faculty