SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - November 15, 2010

November 15, 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., Friday, Nov. 12, through 8:30 a.m. today, Monday, Nov. 15. This is an “internal” version of the report. An edited public version gets posted later on the SFU News website at


In the second of a two-part Vancouver Sun series, columnist Douglas Todd wrote about multi-ethnic demographics on Metro Vancouver university campuses. Todd did an eight-month fellowship at SFU in 2007. Afterwards, he wrote about “how the campus’s student body was at least 70 per cent ‘visible minority,’ mostly Asian and South Asian.” Todd also noted SFU assistant professor Paulo Lemos Horta’s role in establishing a world literature program at the Surrey campus.

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SFU public policy professor Doug McArthur was a guest on CKNW’s The Bill Good Show discussing the HST referendum question drafted by Elections B.C. He described the wording of the question as “convoluted” and questioned going to British Columbians on a tax issue. “I think they could’ve asked straight out: Yes or no,” McArthur said on the air. “Referenda are not a great way to make tax policy.”


Provincial Health Minister Kevin Falcon continues to tell the media he would support Carole Taylor if she decided to seek the B.C. Liberal leadership. Taylor, who is slated to be SFU’s next chancellor, is a former B.C. finance minster. "I certainly wouldn't have any hesitation in stepping aside and allowing her to have a crack at it," Falcon told

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In an opinion piece, Kelowna Capital News reporter Kathy Michaels mentioned SFU students and their “debt wall” during a campaign last week to raise awareness about the cost of education.

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The best basketball player ever produced by Canada is taking some heat after Steve Nash announced he’s leaving his wife of nine years, reported CKWX News 1130. Some question the timing of the news about the Victoria, B.C., native because he made the announcement the day his wife gave birth to the couple’s third child. "If the perception is, 'This guy abandoned his wife and new child at the most needy time,' whether it's reality or perception it really doesn't matter because if the public perceives he did it, he's dead,” said SFU marketing professor Lindsay Meredith.

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An in-depth article by the Montreal Gazette examines the future that high school dropouts face in Quebec. And the picture isn’t rosy. SFU social policy professor Olena Hankivsky’s research, which details the “direct and indirect financial consequences of dropping out – for individuals and the state,” is cited in the story.

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The debate continues on whether an Alaskan volcano’s eruption in 2008 is partly responsible for this year’s Fraser River sockeye salmon run, noted as the biggest in decades. Vancouver Sun blogger Randy Shore spoke with three SFU professors – John Reynolds, Randall Peterman, and Glyn Williams-Jones – to get their take. "You really need to thread the needle to make this theory fly," said Reynolds.

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The Abbotsford News featured SFU theatre student Ajaye Jardine and her mother, Cherelle. The pair released their first album, The Jardines, during the recent 2010 Winter Olympics.

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SFU’s very own Dr. Mosquito, better known as Carl Lowenberger, was on CBC Radio’s The Early Edition discussing the $100,000 grant he received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The money will fund his research to see how insects can help create better antibiotics.


Both the SFU women’s and men’s soccer teams are off to the NAIA championships. The squads were awarded berths after clinching the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Championship last weekend, according to Roman Doutkevitch scored the only goal the Clan needed to beat St. Thomas in the men’s final, while Ari Adams and Lauren Lachlan each scored to help the women’s team get past Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Despite 170 rushing yards from Gabe Ephard, the SFU football team’s season came to an end on the road with a 66-20 loss to Humboldt State University. Ephard totaled more than 200 all-purpose yards and scored a touchdown as the Clan finished its first season in the NCAA’s Division 2, reported SFU wrapped up the season with a 1-9 record, 0-8 against Great Northwest Athletic Conference competition.

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SFU’s swimming and diving teams split a dual meet last weekend with Seattle University, according to The men’s side scored 105-97, while the women lost 110-94.

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