SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - December 2, 2010

December 2, 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. 1, through 8:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 2.


SFU political science professor Marjorie Griffin Cohen did multiple interviews this week. CKWX News 1130 radio interviewed her about the B.C. Liberals leadership race, while The Province asked her why British Columbia doesn’t have a poverty reduction plan, and then she spoke to CKNW about MLA Jenny Kwan’s statement about NDP leader Carole James.

Political scientist Kennedy Stewart was on CKNW, saying BC NDP Leader Carole James should have booted rebel MLA Jenny Kwan when she first stood up against James at last month's NDP Council meeting. Stewart said of James:  "She's late on this one. But she really just needs to get rid of Jenny Kwan and that might stop the whole thing in its tracks. She's obviously been the lead dissident in this revolt and if James doesn't fire Jenny Kwan then she really has to resign, she's got no choice here."

In another interview for Stewart, he said an Angus Reid poll last October that showed Gordon Campbell with a nine per cent approval rating cost the premier his job. “I think it really played on the cabinet’s mindset. I think they decided Gordon Campbell was a liability and had to get rid of him,” he told The Georgia Straight.
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SFU communication professor Robert Anderson had a letter to the editor published in The Globe and Mail regarding Canada’s relations with southeast Asia.
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The Province wrote a season preview of the SFU women’s basketball team, noting coach Bruce Langford is using Badlands, a Bruce Springsteen song, as the team’s anthem this season. "If you look at the lyrics, everything there is a metaphor for basketball or life – whichever way you want to go with it," he told the newspaper. The squad lost 11 of 15 players from last season’s squad as it makes the move to playing in the NCAA Division 2’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Langford’s team went 32-1 last year and won the CIS championship, but is going with a roster that has only nine players this season. The Clan takes on its cross-town rivals UBC Thunderbirds this Saturday at home, 5:15 p.m. The SFU men’s team will play in the second half of the double-header on Burnaby Mountain.
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