SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - October 6, 2010

October 6, 2010

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Media Matters, a report on SFU in the news, is compiled and distributed daily by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations (PAMR).


The Province carried a story (with photos) about Brent Seal, SFU Business student and Convocation speaker.  “After a diagnosis of schizophrenia, Seal  . . .  slowly made a recovery. Rather than feel sorry for himself, Seal set up Students for Mental Wellness——a group to help others that's a first in Canada and is now adding chapters at other institutions."

(The feature stemmed from distribution of Convocation stories to media by Marianne Meadahl of SFU’s office of Public Affairs and Media Relations.)

The Surrey-North Delta Leader turned an SFU news release (also from Meadahl) into a story on a new program offered by SFU and the City of Surrey at SFU’s Surrey campus. It focuses on transportation, and is organized by Gordon Price, director of the SFU City Program:

"It's designed to promote an understanding of who at city hall is doing what, and what has to be done. We look at safety questions, transit needs, land use issues, as well as the transportation connections the area has with other jurisdictions."

Full story:  SFU news release:

SFU grad Brittany Palmer is teaching a new seminar for high-school students on how to apply for scholarships, the North Shore News reported. Palmer should know: Her mom made her apply for 30 scholarships; she got 16, collected $56,000 in her senior year, and left SFU debt-free.

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The Canadian Press news agency carried a national newsfeature reporting that “Scientists are accusing Premier Gordon Campbell's Liberal government of allowing the province's prehistoric heritage to be ground up for cat litter.” The story included this:

“Simon Fraser University paleontologist Bruce Archibald said Tuesday he's met with three Liberal cabinet ministers over the past decade about government protection of fossil sites, but the destruction continues.”
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The Globe and Mail looked at how Canada evaluates the qualifications and suitability of potential immigrants. The paper noted: “Take an experiment that Don DeVoretz, a professor emeritus of economics at Simon Fraser University, recently conducted with students in his immigration course. The class determined whether a sample of 1,000 randomly chosen Canadians would meet the government's stringent points rules for immigrating to their own country. The result? Just 38 per cent qualified.”

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Advance stories on Friday’s Shrum Bowl football game, SFU vs. UBC, at UBC, ran in The Vancouver Sun, The Province, and the Vancouver Courier.

The Sun suggested the game won’t be gripping gridiron entertainment. “As the always brutally honest Dave Johnson, the Clan's head coach, points out, ‘we're both feeling like we're going into a gunfight with a knife.’”  The UBC coach: Shawn Olson, former assistant to Johnson.

Sun story:

The Province, meanwhile, did two UBC stories, In one, Olson said: “Last Sunday, I heard a couple of guys saying 'Oh, we don't have to do this because it's an exhibition game.’ . . . But we won't approach it that way.”

Province #1:  Province #2

(The Courier noted that the game, at 7 p.m. Friday, will be three-down Canadian football. SFU has a 16-15-1 lead in the series.)

The North Shore News told readers that Windsor Secondary grad Connor Lewis will take his game from Capilano University to SFU’s basketball team. "Connor has good playmaking and scoring ability," said SFU head coach James Blake in a press release. "He can play at either guard position, which will be incredibly beneficial as the season progresses."

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An editorial in the Windsor Star slammed Ottawa for appealing an Ontario court ruling that struck down three prostitution laws. “More than 300 (prostitutes) have either been murdered or vanished in the last 25 years. Those numbers come from John Lowman, who teaches at the school of criminology at Simon Fraser University. In a recent Vancouver Sun column, Lowman said ‘the slaughter of sex workers is a national disgrace.’"

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Meanwhile, Vancouver Sun columnist Daphne Bramham also mentioned Lowman, in a column saying there’s an alternative to an appeal: “It would be smarter and a lot cheaper to rewrite the law based on the advice of a majority of Canada's women's groups. Those groups—derided by SFU criminology professor John Lowman as ‘radical feminists,’ as opposed to the legalizers, whom he calls ‘liberal feminists’—include two groups representing former sex-trade workers. . . . "

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A story in the Globe and Mail quoted Michael Geller, former CEO of the SFU Community Trust and adjunct prof in the SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development, as arguing that very poor people shouldn't be mixed with very rich people at Vancouver’s Olympic village—or it will affect the price of the still-unsold condos and eventually hurt taxpayers. Councillor Geoff Meggs said of Geller's comments: "It's an attempt to stigmatize people."

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ALSO in the NEWS

Coquitlam Now promoted the community dinner, For the Love of Local Food, to be held at Club Ilia at Cornerstone, Burnaby campus, on Oct. 16. It is “to celebrate the local farming community, the seasonality of local food and the social benefits of sharing the harvest with family, neighbours and friends."

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