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Advice to students: turn off the TV
National Post, Sept. 28

Television is one of the main distractions preventing Canadian children from completing their homework, says a new survey. Television surpassed video games as a distraction to kids who demonstrated poor performance in school. Paul Shaker, the dean of education at SFU, says typically television is “a lovely pleasure,” but doesn't have much longterm benefit. “An extremely organized young person could watch lots of television and do their homework very well, but on average that wouldn't be the typical situation. It isn't television per se, but it's symptomatic of how their time is being used,'' says Shaker. Parents can help by setting a regular time for homework, taking an interest in what their children are doing, and keeping distractions to a minimum.

SFU business program expands
Toronto Star, Sept. 22

A booming B.C. economy, the 2010 Winter Olympics and the growing economic muscle of the Pacific Rim countries has SFU's graduate school of business thinking big. A competitive approach to attracting new MBA students “comes with the territory,” says Ernie Love, dean of Simon Fraser University's faculty of business. “We're constantly looking at where we are because the competition does not sleep. This is a global business.” To compete against a crowded field of MBA programs across North America, Simon Fraser's graduate business school has a new home in downtown Vancouver - the $25-million Segal graduate school of business. The existing program is moving from the main Burnaby campus to a renovated Bank of Montreal building. The move will allow SFU's graduate business school to greatly expand the number of students it can accommodate.

Boomers at risk for scams, study says
London Free Press, Sept. 21

The recent Eron Mortgage fraud exposed a new vulnerable group of investors - baby boomers attempting to build a retirement nest egg, according to a study of the scam that bilked millions from investors. “I think the key group is the pre-retirement population of people in their 50s who are increasingly being told by the financial services industry they must have X number of dollars for retirement,” says SFU criminology professor Neil Boyd . Boyd,who was the principal researcher on the project, also said Eron investors believed the B.C. Securities Commission could do more to prevent similar scams and that investors did not understand their responsibilities compared with those of the regulators.

Canadian fans will to return to NHL
Vancouver Sun, Sept. 21

With the Canucks playing their first pre-season game soon, SFU Canadian studies professor Irwin Shubert expects fans to start flocking back to hockey arenas. He predicts the year-long National Hockey League lockout will not affect fan support because hockey is such a part of Canadian culture. “I think the resounding answer is yes - the fans will return and the teams will bounce back in popularity,” he says. Shubert, who has taught a course for 15 years titled Hockey in Canadian Popular Culture, says, “It's all about belonging. I think it has a lot to do with the experience of winning through our sports teams. People don't win a lot, generally, in their lives. People live vicariously through sports teams.”

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