SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - December 21, 2010

December 21, 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., Monday, Dec. 20, through 8:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 21.


Maclean’s magazine spoke with Sam Reynolds, a reporter with SFU’s student newspaper, The Peak, and asked his thoughts on new president Andrew Petter’s first semester. “Petter has inherited a university that substantially redeveloped itself during the last decade,” Reynolds said. “Petter’s role will not be to innovate, but to manage. SFU will face considerable, though not serious, financial pressure during the next decade and if Petter brings the university through this turbulent time unscathed he can call his term a success.”
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A classic 1965 Nash Metropolitan fully plaited in cedar bark, strapping, and wool-wrapped twine by SFU First Nations studies associate professor Annie Ross is on display at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. According to, the piece "encourages people to reflect on the ways in which we live in our shared environment."

CFAX (Victoria) radio host Dave Dickson commented on SFU psychology professor Michael Schmitt’s study that Christmas decorations may be offensive to non-Christians. Dickson couldn’t disagree more and said: “I'm sick and tired of the constant push for political correctness in every aspect of our lives. I think as a society a lot of good has been accomplished for more people to be more PC. But this is going too far. Should I not put up my Christmas decorations outside because a passer-by might be offended? Come on.” Chris Foulds, editor of Kamloops This Week, also sided with Dickson in an editorial. “There aren’t words to describe how asinine the study and its conclusions are. We are in Canada. Christmas is a Canadian tradition. It is part of Canadian culture,” he wrote. “I can only shake my head at such nonsense as the SFU study and wonder why tax dollars pay for such tripe.”
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SFU business professor Ed Bukszar spoke to the Epoch Times about the tense situation between North and South Korea while military manoeuvres are taking place. Despite threats of war by North Korea, Bukszar told the paper “the possibility of war is very small.”


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