SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - November 10, 2010

November 10, 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., Tuesday, Nov. 9, through 8:30 a.m. today,Wednesday, Nov. 10.


Maclean’s magazine released its annual University Rankings package and SFU is ranked again as Canada’s top comprehensive school. “The overall rankings of 49 universities provide a snapshot of universities' relative strengths among peers, with detailed data on each measure, including the reputational survey, student-faculty ratio, and student financial aid,” said a news release published in “In addition, Maclean's publishes numbers on entering grades, average class sizes and more, as well as the results of two student surveys to paint a fuller picture of each university.” The rankings package will be released Nov. 11. SFU president Andrew Petter said the rankings are just a tool for students to use when picking a university. "The rankings are generally trying to compare apples to apples," Petter told Postmedia News. "The problem is that often, we need to compare apples to oranges."

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SFU fish biologist John Reynolds is one of three authors of a study published this week that found higher levels of sea lice on wild salmon near fish farms. “Exposure to salmon farms was the only consistently significant factor to explain the variation in prevalence data, with a secondary role played by salinity,” The Globe and Mail quoted from the report. The study was presented to the Cohen commission looking into the disappearance of Fraser River sockeye salmon. CBC Radioand CFAX radio (Victoria) also interviewed Reynolds.
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British Columbians won’t know until after the next provincial election who contributed to politicians’ campaigns, said The Georgia Straight. “It’s a lot to do with the very minimal regulation we have on how money flows through the election process,” said SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart said. “At all levels, provincial and local, we’re seen as a bit of a Wild West of politics.”
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Rob Gordon, director of SFU criminology, was on CBC-TV’s The National to discuss B.C. Solicitor General Rich Coleman’s announcement he will review the province’s new impaired driving laws. He also appeared on CBC-Radio’s On the Coastshow with Stephen Quinn.


The Coquitlam NOW wrote a feature about the fantastic season freshman Carlo Basso’s had with the SFU men’s soccer team. The 18-year-old Coqutilam native scored nine goals in 14 games this season to lead the Clan. "He's been a pleasant surprise," said coach Alan Koch. "I knew Carlo would be a very good player for us at some stage, but I wasn't sure exactly when. He's ended up being very, very good right away, which is a fantastic surprise."
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Howard Tsumura from The Province focused on Basso’s teammate, Sang Hwang, in another feature about the Clan’s men’s team, which went finished the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) season with a 17-1 record. Hwang is considered the team’s unsung hero and has started 29 games in his collegiate career. "Sang is the consummate team player," said Koch. "I have played him at forward, outside mid, central mid and even at right back. He is a very versatile player and I have immense respect for him as a footballer and as a person."
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