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vol. 25, no. 1

Old bicycles wanted
Got an old bike cluttering up the basement? Second year political science student Ashlee Christoffersen wants to take it off your hands and put it to work in Africa. Chistofferson has collected more than 20 bikes this summer in support of the Mozambique government's project called Transforming Arms into Ploughshares that distributes used bikes and farm equipment in exchange for weapons, which are then destroyed.

Christoffersen, who first heard of Mozambique's need when the project's national director lectured at Harbour Centre earlier this year, is relying on “a family full of longshoremen” to help arrange the shipping of the bikes. If you'd like to add to the cargo - kids' bikes are welcome - or to make a cash donation to the project, contact or call 604-710-9523.

What's your opinion?
SFU News is looking for strong, interesting 1100-word opinion pieces written by members of the SFU community - and we're willing to pay for them. This fall, SFU News is introducing a $225 honorarium for well-written opinions of interest to the greater SFU community. They will appear on our Comment page. If you have an opinion you'd like to air, contact co-editor Diane Luckow at

Jones named director of strategic planning
SFU chemistry professor Colin Jones has been appointed director of Canada Foundation for Innovation strategic planning, a position recently created by VP-research Bruce Clayman, and funded by rental revenue from Discovery Park. Jones will develop strategies for maximizing the success of the most promising projects in CFI competitions.

Ralph named ethics officer
Barb Ralph, administrative assistant to the VP-research since 1992, has been appointed SFU's first ethics officer in the new office of research ethics. Ralph will work closely with Hal Weinberg, director of the office of research ethics, in administering the research ethics approval process, and in developing educational and research monitoring programs. Weinberg is authorized to approve on behalf of the research ethics board (REB) research applications categorized as minimal risk. The REB will review all minimal risk research approvals monthly. Ralph will ensure that all research slated for ethics approval has met the appropriate requirements to enter the process. All research involving human subjects requires ethics approval.

The short list
To make a short story about a short story even shorter we could suggest you just click on the web at, but first, a brief preface. Last fall continuing studies' writing and publishing program announced a short story contest inspired by the cover of its 2001-2002 catalogue. The grand prize was the promise of publication in the following year's edition. (Now, this is no small prize in a time when a Canadian book is declared a best seller at 5,000 copies sold.)

Prompted by the creative urge and the lure of fame, 85 authors leapt to their keyboards. Submissions came from across Canada and from as far away as England, France, Australia, Croatia and Missouri. Writer Lynn Coady judged a short list of 20 stories. She is author of Play the Monster Blind, Strange Heaven and, most recently, the highly acclaimed novel, Saints of Big Harbour.

The winning entry is Dearest M by Angela Gunter with honourable mention for Untitled by John Trenholme and My Uncle's Epitaph by Ian Chunn of Vancouver. The website archives all of the entries as well as the judge's comments.

Occupational health wins first prize
The third annual SFU safety fair reaped its third award for SFU human resources' occupational health and safety unit. The unit has again won first prize in the educational institution category of B.C.'s safety and health awareness competition. The fair took place in convocation mall.

New Scotiabank scholarship awarded
Management of technology MBA student Lougie Cabael is the first recipient of a new Scotiabank scholarship for women entrepreneurs. Worth $5,000, the annual scholarship is designed to recognize academic excellence, entrepreneurial spirit and community commitment. It is intended to attract and provide financial support for a female business student enrolled in a SFU master of business administration program who demonstrates the potential for entrepreneurial success.

Cabael is president and principal owner of a Vancouver information technology firm. While her firm is just two years old, she has already sponsored two BCIT student internships in her business and also is a mentor with the Vancouver chapter of Wired Woman.

In her MBA projects she has consistently achieved grades no lower than A- because, she says, “if I was being graded in the real world, the difference between an ‘A' and a ‘B' could mean losing a client or incurring significant costs.” The annual Scotiabank scholarship for women entrepreneurs is available in perpetuity through an endowment established by Scotiabank.

Web site launched
A Simon Fraser University connection has helped B.C.'s New Society Publishers create and launch a new interactive web site. Developed with expertise from SFU's Canadian centre for studies in publishing, the new site,, makes the Gabriola Island company's growing book list data easily accessible to librarians, booksellers and cataloguers. New Society describes itself as “the activist publisher,” producing books that “contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, … with the least possible impact upon the environment.” Company principals are SFU graduates Judith Plant, and Chris Plant.

Rower earns berth on national team
SFU rower Dave Marchioro is the latest addition to the Canadian National rowing team. Marchioro, a surprise winner at the Canadian National team trials in June, is the first rower from the university to become a member of the national team while still rowing for SFU. During the trials he beat out several heavily favoured rowers in the men's single, giving him a direct invitation to the national rowing team selection camp, held in Victoria in early July. At the camp he earned a spot on the under-23 national team and later that month, attended the world under-23 championships in Genoa, Italy, where he placed second in the C-level final competition in the men's heavyweight single. Marchioro, who is currently studying to become a teacher, has been rowing for SFU since 1998.

Pipe band finishes second
SFU's world champion pipe band performed to a second place finish at this year's world championships in Scotland on Aug. 10. Despite dropping from last year's top spot, members are happy with their performance. As pipe sergeant Jack Lee puts it: “We played as well as we ever have. We have won the world championships with performances like that.”

The SFU Grade 2 band also competed this year and finished second among 38 bands in its category.

Band members are gearing up for two major performances, including a benefit concert Sept. 28 in Vernon, for the family of drummer Arran Campbell. The 18-year-old youth, who played with the band for five years was killed in a car accident last Easter.

SFU pipers and drummers will also be the featured performers at the Stone Mountain Highland Games in Atlanta, Georgia on Oct. 19.

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