SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - October 19, 2010

October 19, 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.


Rob Gordon, director of SFU Criminology, was on GlobalTV and in the Victoria Times Colonist, talking about the millions of dollars in public money used for defence lawyers for former ministerial aides Dave Basi and Bob Virk on corruption charges:
“I don't think people who are guilty of offences should in the end be semi- rewarded in the form of free legal assistance for having committed sins.”
Gordon said yesterday’s surprise guilty pleas mean the government may have ducked a few more embarrassing revelations but is unlikely to escape the anger of the electorate. “I think most people will see this as being some kind of smokescreen. And I don't think people are that gullible."
Victoria Times Colonist story:

Criminologist David MacAlister was in a Vancouver Sun story that looked at whether media broke the law by naming teen heartthrob Justin Bieber as being under police investigation involving an assault on another boy.
“MacAlister  . . . believes the media have broken the rules. The Youth Criminal Justice Act says no young person ‘dealt with under the act’ can be identified. MacAlister argued Bieber's name should, therefore, be protected because a youth under police investigation, regardless of whether charges are laid, fits this definition.”
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By way of the Postmedia News network, the story also ran in National Post and the Victoria Times Colonist.


The Globe and Mail looked at the impact of green workplaces on employees. And quoted Stephanie Bertels, assistant prof in SFU Business. “In addition to potential benefits such as liking where they worked better, being in a healthier environment and having more access to daylight, there's the signalling value of an organization committing to leasing or building green, she says. Having a LEED-certified building is an iconic symbol, Prof. Bertels says. ‘And it sets the tone so literally everybody who walks through the door has a sense that something is going on there.’"
Full story not available online. carried a blog headline “Transportation, Food, and Electricity Systems Not Well Prepared for Peak Oil.  Among those quoted: Anthony Perl, director of SFU Urban Studies. “Perl advocates for "Transport Revolutions" (the title of his book), replacing much of our use of internal combustion engines with electric motors whose power comes from renewable sources.”
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Jon Driver, academic vice-president, had a letter to the editor in the Globe and Mail today: “Mark MacKinnon and Rod Mickleburgh end their article on Chinese students in Canada (Chinese Pay Dearly For Canadian 'Education' - Oct. 16) with the suggestion that universities evaluate whether private colleges with which they have ties, such as Fraser International College, give international students what they pay for. Simon Fraser University does exactly this.
“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.  Not surprisingly, the review also identified some areas where we need to improve, and we're already working with FIC to implement the recommendations.
(That was the full text of the letter.)
The Vancouver Sun’s education reporter, Janet Steffenhagen, began a story this way: “Universities are becoming too much like businesses due to global competition for students, increased reporting requirements from governments and the ascendancy of managers more interested in the bottom line than in academic freedom, some professors say.”
SFU was mentioned: “Simon Fraser University suggested institutions are responding to concerns from students about where a university education might take them. ‘It's no longer enough to just broadcast a list of requirements and opportunities. . . . Students are thinking bigger. They want to know what this investment will do for them long-term and where it will take them in their career.’"
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Surrey Now told readers:Former B.C. Attorney General Andrew Petter will host this year's President's Annual SFU Surrey Gala Dinner on Thursday. Petter was installed as SFU's ninth president and vice-chancellor Oct. 7 during Fall Convocation. SFU hosts the gala as a thank-you to the community for its support and to provide an update on the latest activities and achievements of the Surrey campus. The gala also serves as a fundraiser for the SFU Close to Home fund.”
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The Vancouver Sun began a series on sports injuries among young athletes, and used SFU Communication student Athina Vazeos as a featured example.  “Water polo was her life. Since being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome a year ago, that life has changed entirely. She can't lift her right arm above her head. She can't put her hair up. And she wonders about bigger things, like whether she'll be able to lift the kids she hopes to have one day. . . .
“Like other elite athletes who are sidelined by injury, she had to develop other passions to fill a void. One of those passions is coaching water polo. ‘It has kept me sane because seeing the water and being able to contribute and help new athletes has made it easier on me. . . . I wasn't going to play water
polo forever. The only thing that sucks is it had to stop not on my terms. I didn't get to decide when I would stop playing. I didn't get the choice.’"
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SFU Athletics told media how the Clan women’s volleyball team will host the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks on Thursday night (Oct. 21), then playing host to the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves on Saturday (Oct. 23).  The Clan stands 3-9 in the Great Northern Athletic Conference (GNAC) and 3-13 overall.
SFU Athletics news release:

Lacrosse Magazine Online reported: “The Simon Fraser University Men's Lacrosse team began their fall scrimmage schedule with a trip to Northern California October 8-10 for three games in three days versus WCLL opponents. The Clan went 2-1 on the weekend while gaining their roster some valuable preseason experience.”
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Meanwhile, the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League told media of the signing of four players, including Ben Davies. “Davies played for Simon Fraser University, the lone Canadian school in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association. He and his team qualified for the MCLA national championship tournament held last spring at Dick's Sporting Good's Park.
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