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SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - October 13, 2010

October 13, 2010

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Media Mattersa daily report on Simon Fraser University in the news, is compiled and distributed by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations.

BED BUGS

A welcome headline in today’s (Oct. 13) Victoria Times Colonist:  “Bedbugs eradicated at SFU”. That was on a short version of a Vancouver Sun story in which Chris Rogerson, SFU's associate director of Residence Life, said: “We attacked them hard.”

Vancouver Sun story: http://at.sfu.ca/fXmMTK

Rogerson was more than busy with other reporters, too, as radio, TV and newspapers followed the primal urge to “match” a story that first was broken by a competing media outlet (GlobalTV on the holiday weekend). He was interviewed by CBC RadioCBC-TV (BC and national), the Globe and MailBurnaby NowFairchildTVNews 1130, the Burnaby NewsLeader, and the Vancouver edition of Metro (which featured Vegas, the bug-sniffing dog brought in by SFU). Rogerson was also pursued by Sing Tao Daily and the Epoch Times. Stories also ran on Radio Canada-TV and on TopNews.us

GONDOLA

The Province reported TransLink had seven replies in hand by the Oct. 12 deadline for companies willing to study the business case for an aerial gondola to replace bus service to SFU’s Burnaby campus. TransLink spokesman Ken Hardie said a winner could be picked by Friday Oct. 15.

Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/BjACFl

Meanwhile, in the Burnaby NewsLeader, the Stoney Creek Environment Committee raised concerns that the Stoney Creek watershed on Burnaby Mountain could be at risk from the proposed gondola. The group said it wants the SFU Community Trust, TransLink and others involved in the proposal to conduct a new biophysical study.

Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/thTLcX

PROSTITUTION

SFU criminologist John Lowman wrote a guest column in The Vancouver Sun, challenging Sun columnist Daphne Bramham’s assertion that the average age of entry into prostitution in Canada is 14 years. He said Bramham cited one Canadian study and two American.  But, said Lowman, the Canadian study “deliberately excluded persons who entered prostitution as adults.” And one of the two U.S. studies relied on the other, which also excluded adults. “Either Bramham does not understand basic statistics, or her political agenda determines which information she cherry-picks to substantiate her rhetoric. Obviously children should not be involved in prostitution. But we need accurate information on which to base policy and law reform, not propaganda.”

Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/vAuNKd

BUSINESS

ComputerWeekly.com reported on “a major research project that promises to challenge conventional wisdom on IT project management.” It added: ”The study is led by three internationally renowned professors, Chris Sauer from the University of Oxford, and Blaize Horner Reich and Andrew Gemino from the Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.”

Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/HRlpBc

POLITICS

DigitalJournal.com carried a story on Canada’s failure to win a seat on the UN Security Council. It said in part: “Another activist that would not be surprised by the news from New York is Shauna Sylvester, a Fellow at the Simon Fraser University Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue and former director of Canada's World, a now dissolved national citizens dialogue on Canadian international policy. In a press release March this year, Shauna made the following observations: “For years, Canadian governments have neglected our foreign policy and focused energies and attention on domestic issues. Canada’s reputation has withered to the point where it is barely visible on the global stage."

Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/unkkuG

And André Gerolymatos, SFU historian and international security expert, was on GlobalTV, talking about the UN flop.

ECONOMY

The finance and economy blogsite of EmpireStateFX.com ran a guest column by SFU economist David Andolfatto: “The jobs crisis has brought an unwelcome discovery for many unemployed Americans: job openings in their old fields exist. Yet they no longer qualify for them.”

Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/mutfkD

ATHLETICS

The Province sports blogs featured the Clan men’s soccer team: “One of the best kept secrets in the Lower Mainland sports world, the soccer Clan is sitting with an unblemished record of 10-0-0 overall in which it has outscored the opposition 30-5 with a roster whose depth is its strength. Carlo Basso, the team's leading scorer, has four goals but the next eight have either three or two goals apiece.”

Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/gUvpWp

The Great Northwest Athletic Conference and Fox Sports Network Northwest announced plans to televise nine college basketball games during the 2010-11 season, including one starring the Clan men’s team: January 19, at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa ID, 6:30 p.m.

The New Westminster Record featured SFU students Steven Kopf and Mark Bradshaw: “(They) can boast about playing world champions, Canadian champions and provincial champions. But you wouldn't know that from the unassuming way they combine education, work and a social life with competitive curling.” Said criminology student Kopf: "I don't think anybody at SFU even knows we curl. . . . We certainly don't get recognized." Linguistics student Bradshaw: “Some people know I curl but that's because I'm a residence advisor here at SFU and I've taken out some of the international students to teach them how to curl.”

Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/jDjyir

The New Westminster Record also told readers: “Burnaby's Michael Belle is having a strong season leading the Simon Fraser University Clan men's golf team. In late September, the Clan finished 11th at the St. Martin's Invitational in Olympia, Washington, with Belle garnering a 43rd overall finish.”

Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/AgBnlN

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Langley Times featured the Surrey Little Theatre’s presentation of Cactus Flower. “Playing the role of the naive, but lovable young mistress, Toni, is Langley actor Krisandra Reid. This is the 21-year-old SFU student's first foray onto the boards at SLT and she's looking forward to seeing the crowd's reaction to the laugh-a-minute script.”The paper noted Reid is in her fourth year at SFU, studying world literature.

Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/BKELoT

EDUCATION

The Vancouver Sun announced: “Development work by diaspora communities in Metro Vancouver that have retained close ties to their countries of origin will be highlighted through a series of public events organized by Simon Fraser University.”

Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/WNfQZK
SFU release: http://at.sfu.ca/nrlRAo

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