Week of November 6-13, 1995


Rabin assassination - a reaction..As world leaders gathered
in the shocked nation of Israel following the weekend
assassination of the country's leader, many worry about the
peace process - the legacy of the late prime minister - and
how the tragic incident will affect it. "It is a wake-up call
to Israelis to recognize the religious terrorism among their
own people," says SFU historian Bill Cleveland, author of A
History of the Modern Middle East
, published last year. SFU
political scientist Doug Ross can look at the security risk,
as well as such issues as maintaining balance in the region
and who poses a threat. Rude awakening...An intruder in the home of Prime Minister
Chretien
is resulting in many questions aimed at the RCMP, says
Stuart Farson, a visiting professor at SFU who specializes in
security issues. "This security problem is a first of its
kind," says Farson, adding the weekend assassination of
Israel's prime minister and fallout from the recent Quebec
referendum suggests a need for increased security around the
prime minister. Farson will teach SFU's first course on
intelligence and security matters next semester. (He is
currently on Saltspring Island). Study on northern violence...A five-year SFU study on how
justice is viewed on Baffin Island shows women and children
are at risk, and that in 1992, Baffin Island had a violent
crime rate six times higher than the rest of Canada and as
high as some of the worst areas in the U.S. Criminologist
Curt Griffiths, who led the study, found residents believe
repeat offenders are treated too leniently. Among reasons
cited for the high rate of violent crime is the move to
permanent settlements by the Inuit, who have yet to adapt.
The research team, including three Inuit researchers and
three SFU graduate students, interviewed 370 Inuit and white
residents and former RCMP officers. Ruff sex...It's a general rule of thumb that males every-
where compete in some way with each other for the attention
of females. Not so with a small Arctic sandpiper called a
ruff. A research team led by SFU biologist David Lank has
found that there are two genetically different types of male
ruff and the two types work together as a team to attract
females. "This is unique among birds and most animals," says
Lank, who confirmed the bird's bizarre sex life through DNA
studies and captive breeding. The results were published in
the prestigious international journal Nature on Nov. 2 New place to play...A $1.3 million addition to SFU's
Childcare Centre opens its doors on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 5:30-7
p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours. A number of
centre children and their parents will participate. The
addition - described as being state-of-the-art - will provide
expanded part-time care for toddlers and three to five-year-
olds, to meet the growing needs of student parents.
Currently, 55 per cent of those attending the centre are
children of students, and the number is expected to grow. The
centre is located west of SFU's gym.

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