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SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - September 24, 2010

September 24, 2010

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

GOLDCORP CENTRE FOR THE ARTS

ANDREW PETTER, SFU PRESIDENT

Welcome to the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Simon Fraser University's new downtown campus has been rebranded as the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts after mining giant Goldcorp donated $10 million to the university, according to The Vancouver Sunhttp://at.sfu.ca/tlBRKf

 OWEN UNDERHILL, CONTEMPORARY ARTS

Simon Fraser University students previously housed in temporary facilities at the school's Burnaby campus are now studying in the old Woodward's building, said the Vancouver Courierhttp://at.sfu.ca/zPoola

PEACE DAY CONCERT

The Somali-Canadian musician who rose to prominence rapping about the troubles in his African homeland and then superstardom this year with his South Africa World Cup hit Wavin’ Flag is being attacked after pulling out of a fundraising concert to benefit Africa at a Vancouver-area university, reports The Globe and Mailhttp://at.sfu.ca/XuiybJ

GONDOLA PROJECT

The Vancouver Sun reporter Kelly Sinoski is in favour of a gondola transporting people from the Production Way SkyTrain Station to SFU, but Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan wonders where Translink will get the money. http://at.sfu.ca/gdbqTY

FACULTY/STAFF/STUDENTS

JON KESSELMAN, PUBLIC POLICY

One year from today, the voters of British Columbia will determine the fate of the much-criticized harmonized sales tax. The government has agreed to abide by a simple majority vote rather than the referendum legislation's more stringent provisions. Given the widespread entrenched public opposition, the HST will likely be consigned to the dustbin of B.C. tax history. http://at.sfu.ca/GEFWvh

JOHN CLAGUE, CENTRE FOR NATURAL HAZARDS RESEARCH

In an opinion piece published in The Vancouver Sun, SFU’s John Clague said the greatest seismic risks for B.C. are the frequent, magnitude 6-7.5 earthquakes close to Vancouver, Victoria or any municipalities on the province’s south coast. http://at.sfu.ca/IYlmSN

GORDON PRICE, THE CITY PROGRAM

Host Bill Good interviewed SFU’s Gordon Price on CKNW to discuss the recent agreement between the province, Lower Mainland municipalities and Translink on transportation infrastructure expansion. Price wondered if the terms are too vague, which could lead to a better transit system but at a cost of much higher taxes.

ROB GORDON, CRIMINOLOGY

B.C.’s tough new drunk-driving laws are giving police too much power and are putting a serious chill on the restaurant business, critics say. http://at.sfu.ca/ayxTyQ

Integration not amalgamation. The B.C. government's standard response these days to the latest horrific crime is often to set up another integrated unit of officers drawn from the patchwork of departments and detachments across the Lower Mainland or Greater Victoria. http://at.sfu.ca/LfPyXP

RAY CORRADO, CRIMINOLOGY

CBC-TV’s The National interviewed SFU’s Ray Corrado about the sexual assault case in Pitt Meadows to discuss how the code of silence amongst witnesses can be tough to crack.

JOHN REYNOLDS, BIOLOGY

A BCIT broadcast journalism student interviewed SFU fish biologist for a segment about one of the largest Fraser River sockeye salmon runs in B.C. history. http://at.sfu.ca/VliSjA

ATHLETICS

DAVE JOHNSON, SFU FOOTBALL

The Simon Fraser University Clan football team is hoping their return to familiar turf at Terry Fox Field on Saturday will help them achieve their first win of the season. But it's not going to be easy. http://at.sfu.ca/RyQAhn

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