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Forum on academic honesty
What are your opinions on the appropriate use of tutors, the appropriate consequences for academic dishonesty and the appropriate resources for strengthening the academic integrity at SFU? The task force on academic honesty and integrity invites members of the SFU community to participate in a public forum to discuss the results of its academic integrity surveys and consultations. Air your views on Feb. 27 at the Halpern centre on Burnaby campus at 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Due to limited seating, advance registration is required by Feb. 24. To register, contact or 604-268-6570 or register online at lidc (click on the calendar of events - spring 2003).

Business undergrads place third
Four undergraduate students in the SFU bachelor of business administration program placed third among 20 universities competing in the 21st annual Manitoba international marketing competition. Evelyn Li, Clayton Mitchell, Joanne Shao and Tiffany Wong, all fourth-year students, had been playing the competition's online, marketing simulation game since last October. An in-person defence of their strategy and future plans for their imaginary product impressed the competition judges in mid-January, catapulting them into third place. The team demonstrated to judges that they can apply strategic marketing concepts and practices with outstanding results. Students from some of the finest business schools across Canada, Europe, the U.S. and Mexico also participated.

Conference on academic freedom set
In cooperation with the Canadian Federation of Students, local 23, and the Canadian Association of University Teachers, SFU's student society is presenting Academic Freedom and the Public Interest, a two-day conference at SFU Burnaby on April 24 and 25. The conference plans to bring together some of North America's most prominent researchers and public intellectuals to present the case for the defence of the university and the promotion of greater links between academia and society. Confirmed speakers include David Suzuki, Nancy Olivieri, Sunera Thobani, and Jerry Zaslove. For more information, visit or call 604-291-3870.

Media collection to move to library
During the summer semester, SFU's media collection, which includes videos and films, will move to the W.A.C. Bennett library from the learning and instructional development centre. The library will provide such services such as video and film bookings, purchasing of requested materials and delivery of films and videos to classrooms. The learning and instructional media centre's classroom technology assistance unit will continue to manage equipment bookings and deliveries to classrooms. The move will provide increased access to the media collection.

Pensions weather downturn
Pension fund news in the media is disturbing, with the Canada Pension Plan's investment division reporting losses of $3 billion or a 16 per cent loss of its portfolio in the current fiscal year. Yet SFU's academic and staff pension funds have weathered the downturn in the capital markets without huge losses, according to Alan Black, manager, pension and benefits. As at Dec. 31, 2002, the academic staff pension fund had $162 million under management and posted an annual return of -2.9 per cent, bringing the fund's 10-year average rate of return to 9.7 per cent. The admin/union pension fund had $116 million under management and posted an annual return of -5.4 per cent in 2002. Its 10-year average rate of return is 8.9 per cent per year. According to Mercer Investment Consulting's Canadian pension health index, a typical pension plan was down 15 per cent from the beginning of 2002.

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