SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - November 5, 2010

November 5, 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., Thursday, Nov. 4, through 8:30 a.m. today, Friday, Nov. 5.


Political pundits are out in force making predictions as to who will join the race to become the next leader of the B.C. Liberals after Premier Gordon Campbell resigned this week. SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart told the Surrey Leader the successful candidate will be “someone within the party capable of separating themselves from the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).”
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SFU public policy professor Jon Kesselman had an opinion piece published in the Toronto Star about Campbell’s resignation. He praised Campbell for his “sound budgetary and taxation policies that have served the B.C. economy and public well and insulated the province from the economic turbulence of the last couple of years better than most jurisdictions.”
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Despite all the political turmoil going on, the anti-HST campaign is moving forward, reports the Nanaimo Daily News. SFU marketing expert Lindsay Meredith said Campbell was pushed out the door because the Liberals feared the recall campaign. "Once the recall campaigns got moving the Liberal MLAs would have got picked off like flies," Meredith said.
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Being in the public spotlight – and often in the crosshairs of critics – took its toll on himself and his family, Campbell said at a news conference. The former premier became a lightning rod for all of B.C.’s problems, according to The Vancouver Sun. SFU business professor Mark Wexler said this is part of a larger change in politics. "My sense of politics as an area of decorum – this debating society version of it – is long gone," Wexler told the paper. "I think the analogy now is more like (WWE) wrestling. I make that analogy in the sense of crowd-pleasing, getting people emotionally involved in your positions.”
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Canada Border Services Agency officials have launched an investigation after a young Asian man was allowed to board a flight to Vancouver from Hong Kong while disguised as an elderly Caucasian man. He apparently removed the disguise during the flight and was taken into custody when the plane landed. The man has made a claim for refugee status. SFU international security expert Andre Gerolytmatos isn’t surprised. “The people at the gate and everyone at the airport simply ignored this man … it’s a tremendous collapse of security,” Gerolytmatos said on CKNW’s The Bill Good Show. “On a daily basis, I bet there are dozens and dozens of mistakes made that don’t make the news.”


In an effort to better market the public school system, Richmond school district is hiring a communications and marketing manager. The Richmond News said public schools are increasingly pressured to become more competitive against private schools. "B.C. has had one of the most admired records in public education. This has been threatened, not assisted, by recent funding practices and policy choices of the government,” said education professor emeritus Paul Shaker.
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EDUCATION reports the University of Northern B.C. received $17.7 million in total research income for 2008-09, placing it 35th in Canada. “Measured on a per-faculty basis, UNBC’s research income is virtually identical to Simon Fraser University and more similar to universities in the top 20,” the story said.
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An article by reports “beer may have helped lead to the rise of civilization.” The story is based on findings that Stone Age farmer went to great lengths to obtain grains and they were then turned into beer. “Beer is sacred stuff in most traditional societies," said SFU archaeology professor Brian Hayden.
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ALSO IN THE NEWS spoke with SFU criminology researcher Rebecca Haskell about her new book – written with SFU colleague Brian Burtch – on homophobia and bullying teens face in our schools.
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SFU soccer players Aly Benes and Anthony DiNicolo have been named to the COSIDA Academic All-American team at the district level. Also, the pair, along with teammates Lauren Lachlan and Helge Neumann have been named to the men’s and women’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Academic Team, according to
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