SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - October 18, 2010

October 18, 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. This edition covers the period from 8 a.m. Friday Oct. 15 through 8 a.m.Monday Oct. 18.


A Globe and Mail investigation of recruitment agencies that channel foreign students to Canadian colleges and universities found that “some agencies abuse their relationships with Canadian schools, promising Chinese families far more than they can deliver.”
Fraser International College declined to comment on its relationship with the Aoji Education Group of Beijing. But Nancy Johnston, executive director of student affairs at SFU, said of FIC and its students: "The goal is to get them up to our admission standards. If they spend a year at FIC, and have success there, they will be on a path to SFU. We're in business with them (FIC), because they have a good quality product. It's a win, win, win, and along the way we make some money."
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Jon Driver, academic vice-president, then submitted to the Globe and Mail a letter to the editor that said in part: “SFU monitors the quality of every university-transfer course at FIC, as evidenced from the recent independent, external review of the SFU-FIC relationship. That review showed that ex-FIC students at SFU perform at least as well as their counterparts who transfer to SFU from other public and private colleges in British Columbia. . . . I can assure you that SFU and FIC work together to ensure that students from more than thirty countries are given the instructors, courses and support they need to achieve the standards required to enter the University and succeed.”


The BC government announced to media the appointment of Gordon Harris to the BC Arts Council. Harris is president and CEO of Simon Fraser University Community Trust, where he leads the development of UniverCity. He is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and has been a member of the board of the Urban Futures Institute, Presentation House Cultural Society, and the Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery.  
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National Post reviewed the book Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing, by Betsy Warland, essayist and poet and, for the past 25 years, director of The Writer’s Studio at SFU. (Cormorant Books, 180 pp; $20.) “In the book, 12 years in the making, she presents a fresh and demanding approach to the student as well as to writers farther along in their craft.  . . . The book offers guiding concepts, workbook-like examples and writing exercises. Interspersed throughout are personal anecdotes and short interviews that lighten the intensity. For any writer, it’s welcome information.”
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Coquitlam Now told readers: “They may be studying about the inside of the body, but these students are concerned about the exterior this fall. The Simon Fraser University Pre-Med Society is collecting new or clean, gently used blankets until Oct. 31. Students will be delivering the blankets on Nov. 3 to individuals living in the Downtown Eastside, along with more than 500 homemade bagged lunches.
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The Surrey-North Delta Leader told readers how SFU “has been named one of Canada's Top 100 employers for four consecutive billings.Mediacorp Canada, the nation's largest publisher of employment guides and periodicals, listed SFU as a 2011 winner in its Top 100 Employers competition, an editorial project it has been running for 11 years.”
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The BC news-and-commentary website of said a proposed trade agreement between Canada and the European Union “could make it harder for public institutions like schools, hospitals and universities to buy local food.” Herb Barbolet, an asssociate with the Centre for Sustainable Community Development at SFU, said: "The fear is that it's worse than all the others in terms of local procurement. . . . The bottom line is we don't know. Anybody interested in this issue should be screaming at their MPs."
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The 24Hours newspapers looked at new opportunities for those wanting to work in international relations. “I think for most people working in this area, you like to have a feeling that you're making a difference," said Andrew Mack, limited-term professor and director of the Human Security Report Project in SFU’s School for International Studies.


An Ian Mulgrew column in The Vancouver Sun predicted renewal, with municipal support, of the RCMOP policing contract with BC. This despite objections from Kash Heed, former BC solicitor general “together with his wingers—Robert Gordon, criminology honcho at Simon Fraser University, and former Vancouver police chief Robert Stewart.” Concluded Mulgrew: “The renewal of the contract appears a fait accompli—which leaves Heed looking like a man whose political career is stunted at best.”
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The news-and-commentary website of looked at Whistler’s “journey to carbon neutrality”. The story in part questioned carbon offsets, quoting SFU resource prof Mark Jaccard: "It's a subsidy from you as an individual to someone else, or from a city to someone else. The message I try to give in a jurisdiction like this is to say, maybe you'll pay for some offsets, but if it were me I wouldn't do that. I would either spend that money trying to reduce my own emissions, like spending the cost to set up parking meters and stalls for the first plugs for hybrid cars that start to come to Whistler, to create encouragement for that."
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WOMEN (not so much) in the NEWS

News1130 Radio in Vancouver told listeners of a study finding that women continue to be dramatically under-represented in Canadian news. “SFU's Kathleen Cross headed up the North American portion of the global research that found men were 2.5 times more likely to be news subjects.”
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The Clan men’s soccer team scored five first-half goals, including two by Lucas Ferritto as SFU routed the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack 6-0 on Terry Fox Field on the Burnaby campus. The Clan is undefeated in 2010, posting a record of 12-0-0 (5-0-0 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference) record.
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Jessica Smith and Angela Shaw finished one-two to lead the Clan women’s cross-country team to its third straight victory, winning the Clan won the Concordia Classic in Portland Or. The SFU men’s team finished third.
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The news website of in Newfoundland noted that Ryan Brockerville from Marystown NL, running for SFU, raced to his best finish of the 2010 season with a time of 24:47 in the Concordia Classic. Brockerville finished second overall on the men’s side.
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Lia Marining and Anna Brancati scored to give the women’s soccer team a 2-0 win over the St. Martin’s University Saints at Lacey WA. The Clan now is 6-3-2 on the season, 5-2-2 in GNAC play.
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The Clan volleyball team dropped a 3-1 contest to the Western Oregon University Wolves in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action in Monmouth OR. The loss dropped SFU to 3-13 (3-9 GNAC) for the year.
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