SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - October 14, 2010

October 14, 2010

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Dave Johnson, the Clan’s head football coach, was on the national Canada AM news show on CTV this morning, talking about the Xenith X-1 football helmet that his team is using to combat concussion.
“Concussion has been a real issue for us. . . . There are lingering effects that actually affect their university school work. . . . We even had three concussions last weekend but . . . none were wearing a Xenith helmet. . . . I have been 100% pleased with this helmet. And I don’t get paid for this; and we don’t get free helmets.”
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The Vancouver Sun featured the Clan men’s soccer team: “Alan Koch is a South African-born Canadian who has coached soccer in six different countries, so he understands the dynamics of a multicultural team in sport's most global of games. Now . . .  Koch has got Norwegians, Brits and Colombians competing for playing time with South Korean- and Italian-born sons of Canadian immigrants. Throw in an Irish-trained Torontonian by way of the University of Maine and some good hearty-stock Canadian kids from Regina and Coquitlam, Hamilton and Maple Ridge, and you've got a melting pot of footballers.” 
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Koch’s team defeated Trinity Western University Spartans 2-0 last night, moving to 11-0-0 for the season. The goals came from Derrick Bassi and Max Baessato.
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The Vancouver Courier took a look, with Heather Blakemore, “theatre manager and general facilities gatekeeper”, at SFU Contemporary Arts in its new home in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts:
“It's a much-needed boon to an arts community that has suffered drastic cutbacks in recent years, Blackmore (sic) says, acknowledging the criticism SFU received for accepting money from Goldcorp (the company has been accused of human-rights violations in developing countries). But Blakemore says she's found the reception in the neighbourhood—and throughout the city—to be overwhelmingly positive. "’Everybody's interested in this place, and when we had our open house, people really wished us well. I got the sense that people were full of goodwill towards us, that they wanted to see this experiment succeed.’"
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Speaking of SFU Contemporary Arts: The Nanaimo Daily News picked up a story from The Vancouver Sun on how SFU students now can take bhangra dancing for credit. “Introduction to Popular Dance is a new course offered at Simon Fraser University's new School for the Contemporary Arts at the Woodward's building in downtown Vancouver. It is the first bhangra course for credit in Canada, and probably North America, instructor Raakhi Sinha said.”
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The Vancouver Westender  told readers that good grades alone rarely add up to a dream job—or even a decent one. "’Times have changed since parents of [today's students] first entered the workforce. And to respond to this marked difference, students, parents and employers need to shift their attitude,’ says Adam Brayford, communications director of Work Integrated Learning at Simon Fraser University. "’Long gone are the days when a bachelor's degree was enough to secure meaningful employment. Today, more undergraduates than ever are saturating the job market. Therefore, it's essential that university students pair their academic studies with a marketable hands-on component.’"
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The Vancouver Sun reported: “Shopping websites showing friendly faces and culturally appropriate colours have a distinct advantage over online marketers who focus exclusively on their merchandise, a researcher from Simon Fraser University has found. Dianne Cyr, a professor in the SFU business faculty, says that shoppers are inclined to perceive e-commerce sites as more appealing and trustworthy, and as evoking both warmth and social presence when those sites include friendly human images.”
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Lynn Osler, SFU Communication student and in the Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue, wrote a blog for The Vancouver Sun: “In 2009, sixty-five tankers entered our harbour. Estimated shipments rise to a staggering ten tankers a week by 2016, each carrying 500,000-700,000 barrels of crude. . . .
Vancouver poses as the world's greenest city, but we are planning to jeopardize our marine and coastal ecosystems with the potential of a massive oil tanker spill.”
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Maclean’s magazine asked “When municipal politics matter more than ever, why do so many Canadian cities end up with lousy mayors?” The column quoted two SFU profs.  “When people walk into the ballot box they see nothing but a long list of names," says Kennedy Stewart, a professor at Simon Fraser University's school of public policy. “Lists and lists and lists."  Also quoted was public policy colleague Patrick Smith.
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Maclean’s also looked at “the last days of Gordon Campbell . . the most unpopular leader in Canada's history.”  Amoing those quoted was public policy prof Doug McArthur. “According to newly unearthed briefing notes, the C.D. Howe Institute warned government of five years of increased unemployment, lower wages and depressed productivity thanks to the tax. ‘They never revealed that,’ says McArthur.”
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Michael Geller, planner/developer and adjunct prof in the SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development, wrote a guest column in The Vancouver Sun: “There is nothing worse than opening your newspaper at the start of Thanksgiving weekend only to find a mean-spirited, politically charged ‘op-ed’ article criticizing you for saying something that you did not say. That is how I felt when I read Jim Green's error-filled and dishonest article claiming that I was prejudiced toward low-income people and socially mixed communities in Vancouver. Nothing could be further from the truth. “
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The Burnaby NewsLeader ran a story on bed bugs at SFU, quoting Chris Rogerson, associate director of residence life. “So far, 330 rooms have been checked and Rogerson expects to have all rooms inspected by the end of the fall term.  . . . ‘In many cases we've treated even though we haven't seen any live bedbugs but we've just had a suspicion there's either been activity or there was activity. In no cases have we seen more than one bedbug.’”
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