SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - December 16, 2010

December 16, 2010

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Media Matters, a daily report on Simon Fraser University in the news, is compiled and distributed by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations (PAMR). This edition covers the period from 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15, through 8:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 16.


The Tri-City News wrote about a successful pilot program that involved SFU health sciences students working at a Port Coquitlam elementary school. Piper Chalke developed an innovative reading program incorporating her dog, Diesel. “… I had one little guy, for example, that was very anxious with reading and he worked with Piper and the little reading puppy, and not only did he learn how to be much more comfortable reading but he also overcame a fear of pets,” said Central elementary principal Nadine Tambellini. “And that was within a two-day span.
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Lowering the provincial voting age to 16 years old may not be such a great idea for the B.C. Liberals, SFU marketing expert Lindsay Meredith told The Province. He was responding to B.C. Liberal leadership candidate Mike de Jong’s announcement he would give teens the opportunity to be more involved in the political process. "Younger people tend to be a little more left wing," said Meredith. "They have a strong sense of social justice and it could be the Liberals' worst nightmare." Canadian Press and AM 1150 (Kelowna) also interviewed him.
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Michael Boucher, director of cultural programs and partnerships for SFU Contemporary Arts, has co-written an original local adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to raise money for Downtown Eastside arts organizations. Bouchertold The Vancouver Sun that “culture and arts activities are a vehicle for social benefit.” The Georgia Straight also published a preview of the performance.
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The Globe and Mail spoke to Catherine Murray, SFU’s chair of gender, sexuality and women’s studies, about the first sorority established at the University of Victoria and how some students are against the idea.
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The YouTube video of pop sensation Miley Cyrus smoking a hallucinogenic Mexican herb called salvia divinorum will lead to others trying the recreational drug, said SFU criminology director Rob Gordon. “What the video will do is raise awareness of this drug and that may lead to more people experimenting with it and raise demand and profits for legitimate and illegitimate enterprises,'' he said in The Vancouver Sun.
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How sustainable are the 2010 Winter Olympics? We’ll find out tomorrow when VANOC releases its sustainability report card. “You can plaster green on anything you want to -- that’s called paint -- but you better have something solid underneath that,” SFU marketing expert Lindsay Meredith told 24 Hours Vancouver.


The Vancouver Sun followed up on the story about former SFU student Sofi Hindmarch’s research that shows rat poison may be killing the Lower Mainland’s barn owl population.
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SFU communication professor Peter Chow-White was a guest on CKNW’s The Bill Good Show and CFAX’s Dave Dickson Show (Victoria) talking about Time magazine choosing Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg as its person of the year.


Global TV came up to Burnaby Mountain and spoke with SFU women’s basketball head coach Bruce Langford about the transition to playing in the NCAA Division II this season. All Clan sports face challenges this season adhering to new NCAA rules, specifically when it comes to athletes’ eligibility. Having four years of playing eligibility instead of five in the Canada West University Athletic Association meant several SFU student-athletes had to transfer to other Canadian schools. Langford lost six key players from his roster.

SFU volleyball coach Lisa Sulatycki was tasked with helping The Province choose its annual senior high-school Player of the Year.
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