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April 10, 2012
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This report on Simon Fraser University in the news lists the main items of known media coverage from 9 a.m. Pacific Thursday April 5 to 9 a.m. Pacific Tuesday April 10.
The report is compiled and distributed by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations.

Pipe Band | Texting | Politics | Air Canada | Health | Environment | Pensions | Students | Homes | Compassion | Jesus Year | Donations | Science Careers | Education | Athletics

PIPE BAND

  • Leaders of the SFU Pipe Band were all over the news Monday (April 9) as word spread that the Vancouver engineering department has banned street-buskers from playing bagpipes—on the grounds of “problematic” noise.
    Piping brothers Terry Lee and Jack Lee of the SFU band were quickly called by reporters.
    The two promptly announced the band is offering free tickets to Mayor Gregor Robertson and the city’s engineering chief so they can attend the band’s concert at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver next Sunday (April 15, 2 p.m.)
    Said Jack Lee, the band’s pipe sergeant: “They can come and hear the pipes well played— played as they should be played—by the SFU Pipe Band, six times world champions.”
    (Robertson, who honoured his Scots heritage by wearing a kilt to his inauguration last December, joked about the ban: “The clans won't stand for it!" But he told The Province he's asked city staff to review the rule.)
  • Rob MacNeil, president of the BC Pipers’ Association and a manager of the SFU Pipe Band, offered media some thoughts on busking bagpipers: He said they should play with respect for the instrument and the music, respect for Highland dress, respect for local businesses, and respect for the audiences—but should not be banned.
    And MacNeil told CBC News: “This [area] has the highest concentration of world-calibre players and pipe bands outside of Scotland.”
    CBC News: http://at.sfu.ca/phNwNK
  • The Globe and Mail: “The ban outrages Jack Lee, the pipe sergeant of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, which has won the world piping championship six times.
    "‘To ban bagpipes is so short-sighted—one of the great instruments of the world, and one of the oldest instruments of the world. Bagpipes are not really that loud. When my next-door neighbour starts his lawnmower, it's far louder than I would be if I blew my bagpipes up.’”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/yJGdmu
  • Jack Lee was also in a story in Scotland’s Glasgow Herald.
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/MAiyIg
  • GlobalTV: “(The band) has now come up with a way to hopefully change the City's mind. They have invited Mayor Gregor Robertson and Peter Judd, the City's general manager of engineering services, to come and see the band for themselves.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/srBlsg
  • Terry Lee, the band’s pipe major, was on News1130 Radio: I would have thought that city council may have better things to do or more important issues to cover.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/EjmgrA
  • Meanwhile, CTV gave an advance plug for the concert next Sunday: “Pipe major Terry Lee says people don't need to be familiar with the genre to have a good time at the show.  ‘You don't have to know anything about bagpipes to tap your foot and be affected by a great bagpipe presentation. . . .  For me, there's nothing quite like it. It's just a pure love of music and the sounds of bagpipes and drums played well."
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/jlVieU
  • And Burnaby NOW reported another member of the band, piper Derek Milloy, has been honoured by the national Canadian Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society with the Opal Award for Caregiver. This as a result of his care for his wife, piper Darleen, who died last May, 20 years after she was diagnosed with MS.
    “The local division will make another presentation in recognition of his dedication to Darleen at an SFU pipe band show at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on April 15.
    "‘It's humbling,’ Derek said in response to the award. ‘To me, I couldn't imagine my life with Darleen going any other way. I just did what seemed automatic. . . . There are people all over who are caring for relatives who have profound challenges, and it's humbling to me to be singled out.’"
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/WpiwBy

TEXTING

  • SFU prof Christian Guilbault did a dozen media interviews—and more were scheduled—on research by SFU and two other universities on the language people use in text-messaging. Among the stories:
  • The Canadian Press: “Researchers at three Canadian universities studying text messaging think we may have become more creative because of this new form of communication.
    “The academics from Simon Fraser University, Université de Montreal, and University of Ottawa have been looking at how texting is affecting the way Canadians write.
    “Christian Guilbault, an associate professor in SFU’s French department, said the project—called Text4Science—is part of a larger, ongoing international study called sms4Science that began in Belgium a few years ago.
    “‘There’s a lot of misconceptions going around regarding the way people use language when they text,’ said Guilbault. ‘A lot of people think that language is degrading over time, and it’s just getting worse, and young people just don’t know how to spell any more,’ he added. ‘Well, we don’t think it’s true.’”
    Our Google News monitor spotted 68 stories on this. 
    Full story (in Metro): http://at.sfu.ca/KKcCBO
    SFU news release (April 8): http://at.sfu.ca/gihsKr
  • Postmedia News: “French professor Christian Guilbault has collected more than 7,500 texts messages from several provinces as part of his Text4Science study and so far has found that the medium isn’t just a blur of opaque abbreviations like ROFL (rolling on floor laughing).
    “‘One of the main (beliefs) about text messages is if you don’t know the code you can’t read them and understand them,’ Guilbault said. ‘We’re finding out that‘s not the case at all—most people don’t modify spelling nearly as much as we were led to believe.’
    “So far, Guilbault says his study, which started last December and will run till the end of June, hasn’t found Canadians use one accepted style of text messaging. ‘Texting varies . . . just like language,’ he said. ‘You don’t speak the same way to the prime minister as you do with your friends around a beer.’”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/byzFBN
  • CTV: “Guilbault says his research so far reveals people use fewer abbreviations and codes while text messaging than he imagined.
    “His research shows contributors have shared 12 different ways to text ‘OK,’ but the most common form is ‘okay.’ Among contributors, the phrase ‘see you; was texted four times as often as ‘c u,’ while ‘you are’ and ‘u r’ were texted at about the same rate. Also, contributors used ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ roughly three times as often as ‘pls’ and ‘thx’."
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/UDYYPH
  • And among others:
    CKNW: http://at.sfu.ca/TTrXyK
    QMI Agency (in Ontario’s London Free Press): http://at.sfu.ca/wVUlYO
    News1130 Radio: http://at.sfu.ca/sthXUJ
    24Hours Vancouver: http://at.sfu.ca/FXkgoD
    Techvibes.com: http://at.sfu.ca/iadlpP

POLITICS

  • Political scientist Royce Koop was on CKNW, discussing with host Jon McComb the state of the BC Liberals under Premier Christy Clark, with a general election a year away.
    Among Koop’s points:
    • “A year is an eternity in politics. I would not be writing off Christy Clark, and I don’t think that (BC NDP leader) Adrian Dix is, or (BC Conservative leader) John Cummins is as well. “Those two are playing their hands very well these days. They are very disciplined and they’re basically allowing the Liberals to implode.”
    • “What’s happened in the last couple of weeks is that the Liberals have gotten themselves into kind of a whirlwind of bad news, and they can’t seem to get out of that; bad news piles onto bad news piles onto bad news, and it looks increasingly worse. So they (the Liberals) need to kind of try to figure out a way to get out of this, to change the channel, and to be honest I have no clue how they can do that right now.”
    • McComb asked about Clark’s “move to the right” to retain and attract conservative voters.
      Koop: “In theory it makes a lot of sense. She needs to hold onto these people on the right, in order to keep the whole free-enterprise coalition. . . . The problem is that it is being a bit of a disaster. She hasn’t been able to hold onto that support, as we see in the polls.”
    • “It’s very likely that after this upcoming byelection in Chilliwack there’s going to be two BC Conservative MLAs sitting in the legislature, which is basically the absolute worst thing that could happen to the premier, to have increased profile for the BC Conservative party and their strength on the right.”
    • McComb went on to ask about Clark’s weak (15%) support among women voters in a recent poll.
      Koop: “Women on average tend to support more left-wing parties. Men . . . are more likely to support right-wing parties.  . . . (With) the premier’s move to the right, she’s probably alienated more women and we’re seeing that in the polling numbers. Unfortunately, the flip sided of that is she should be attracting more men and that isn’t happening. So her poll numbers have been going down as a result.”
  • Political economist Marjorie Griffin Cohen was in an earlier Globe and Mail story on a poll that found the BC Liberals under Clark now have less support among women voters than they did when Gordon Campbell led the party.
    “Ms. Clark’s first budget was crafted as a conservative vehicle, a back-to-basics, restraint-minded fiscal plan designed to encourage large industrial development in the North. That will result mostly in jobs for men, notes economist Marjorie Griffin Cohen. ‘I think women have really felt disadvantaged in this province under the Liberal government over 12 years,’ she said, and Ms. Clark hasn’t done enough to undo that.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/QbkyPd

AIR CANADA

  • Marketing prof Lindsay Meredith was on the CBC-TV Marketplace show’s feature Busted, in a segment that looked at what happens when you cancel an Air Canada flight. (You get credit that is available for a year—but if you book a cheaper flight during that time, you lose the balance.)
    Meredith: “I think from a marketing perspective, it's a bit of a disaster. If you went into Future Shop for example, bought a TV for $900, took it back, looked at another TV, bought that for $400 and Future Shop says, ‘Thanks a lot, we'll pocket the other $500,’ you know what, there'd be a consumer revolution you could hear around the world.
    “A business model like that I find pretty much tragic. If any of my students came up with that policy, they'd find the door in one hell of a hurry.”

HEALTH

Pesticides

  • The Vancouver Sun was first to do a story following an SFU news release on a new SFU-led study that finds exposure of pregnant women to organophosphate pesticides that attack insects' nerve systems may affect both length of pregnancy and a newborn's weight.
    "‘For an individual child, a . . . 150-gram [5.3 ounce] reduction in birth weight is of little consequence, but this is just one of many risk factors that a pregnant woman might encounter. If a woman has four or five risk factors, the impact can be substantial," said the study's author, SFU health sciences professor Bruce Lanphear.
    “He said birth-weight decrease was comparable to that seen for women who smoke cigarettes.”
    The Sun story also ran in nine Postmedia News papers, from the Victoria Times Colonist to the Montreal Gazette.
    The Vancouver Sun: http://at.sfu.ca/OQNkIT
    SFU news release (April 5): http://at.sfu.ca/gSWWEw
    Paper in Environmental Health Perspectives online: http://at.sfu.ca/ZfoSXc
  • CBC News also did a story:  “Simon Fraser University health sciences professor Bruce Lanphear and his colleagues tested the urine of 306 pregnant women in Cincinnati, Ohio, twice during their pregnancies. They were looking for chemicals that would show the women had been exposed to organophosphate pesticides, which are used to kill insects. . . .
    “The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives this week, found that for every 10-fold increase in the concentration of the chemicals found in a pregnant woman's urine, her pregnancy was reduced by half a week and her child's birth weight decreased about 150 grams.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/nKKhgW
  • Huffington Post ran a story, too: “An expectant mother's exposure to commonly used pesticides might pose risks to her developing fetus comparable to those long associated with tobacco smoking, new research suggests.
    “In both cases, a fetus exposed to such chemicals during a mother's pregnancy might result in childbirth taking place a few days earlier and the newborn could weigh at least one-third of a pound less than when there's no such exposure. And this is not research about babies born to moms who spray chemicals on crops or who work for Orkin, either.
    "‘This is not an unusual group," said Dr. Bruce Lanphear, about the women who were studied. ‘These are women exposed primarily through diet and perhaps pesticides used in and around the yard,’ said Lanphear.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/ayJmWe
  • Since its release on April 5, the Google News monitor has spotted stories in 79 news outlets in all, including, over the weekend:
    Health Day News (in US News and World Report): http://at.sfu.ca/lIThua
    Asian News International (in NewstrackIndia.com): http://at.sfu.ca/ruRvBs
    Indian Express (New Delhi): http://at.sfu.ca/IrjPAj
    Philippine Star: http://at.sfu.ca/LIWQfQ
    Tempo (Manila): http://at.sfu.ca/zyZTnb
    PressTV Iran: http://at.sfu.ca/ZlNLRG
    VietNamNet: http://at.sfu.ca/kibptg
    GlobalPost.com (Boston MA): http://at.sfu.ca/gknaet
    SouthAsiaMail.com (Ottawa): http://at.sfu.ca/boNgNl

Agent Orange

  • CTV News reported thatthousands of gallons of the powerful herbicide Agent Orange, (blamed for cancer and birth defects after its use in the Vietnam War) were sprayed to clear highway and Hydro rights-of-way in BC until the 1970s. The story quoted Scott Venners of SFU Health Sciences.
    “Simon Fraser University epidemiologist Scott Venners says the health fears are justified. ‘You could potentially get cancer. There could be problems with your fertility. There could be immune system problems.’”
    CTV Video (preceded by commercial): http://at.sfu.ca/JlOnXO

Breast cancer

  • China’s state news agency, Xinhua, was among media that continued the barrage of stories on how an international team of researchers—including four from SFU—has made a discovery that will change the way the most deadly form of breast cancer is treated.
    Said Xinhua: “A group of scientists have found that triple negative breast cancer has genetic diversity in its tumors, which may change the way it is treated. The findings, published Wednesday by journal Nature, may also help explain why triple negative breast cancer, which represents 16 percent of all breast cancer, is so difficult to treat.
    “An international team of 59 scientists, including four from Vancouver-based Simon Fraser University (SFU), had this discovery after carrying out the largest genetic analysis of what were thought to be triple negative breast cancer tumors. They expected to see similar gene profiles when mapping on computer the genomes of 100 tumors, but eventually found no two genomes were similar, let alone the same.
    “‘Seeing these tumors at a molecular level has taught us we're dealing with a continuum of different types of breast cancer here, not just one," explains Steven Jones, an SFU molecular biology and biochemistry professor that is co-author of this study. ‘These findings prove the importance of personalizing cancer drug treatment so that it targets the genetic make up of a particular tumor rather than presuming one therapy can treat multiple, similar-looking tumors.’"
    Xinhua: http://at.sfu.ca/lrvnxf
  • The news monitor has so far spotted stories on this research in 658 news outlets around the world since it was released on April 4. Among other weekend hits:
    Business Recorder (Pakistan): http://at.sfu.ca/aatkYU
    Examiner.com (based in Denver CO): http://at.sfu.ca/skBahn

Medical tourism

  • The Province quoted SFU Geography prof Valorie Crooks as it looked at “medical tourism”, the practice of going abroad for medical treatment. It’s an industry that a U.S. research firm expects to hit $100 billion this year.
    “Crooks has spent four years trying to determine the real cost of medical tourism through her SFU Medical Tourism Research Group.
    “‘I think people would be surprised to know that people are choosing to go abroad for medical care more often than they'd think,’ said Crooks, who won the first Canadian Institutes of Health Research grant in 2008 to study the issue.
    By way of Postmedia News, the Calgary Herald and Montreal Gazette also ran the story.
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/LWkuGL
  • The International Travel Medical Journal alsoquoted Crooks: “People believe Canadians are going abroad because of waiting lists, but our research shows that it is more complex than that. There are issues of procedure availability and procedures not covered under Medicare, while others go because they are concerned about the quality of care in Canada.”
    The journal added: “The group has now received funding to set up 3 new studies that will examine a variety of issues related to medical tourism.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/pgGiON

ENVIRONMENT

  • SFU earth scientist John Clague was on CTV’s national news, saying there’s not much threat to the environment from the 7,500 litres of diesel fuel aboard a drifting Japanese ship that the U.S. Coast Guard sank last week.
    “It might pose a little bit of a threat to local marine life wherever it kind of comes down on to the bottom, but, you know, in the total scheme of things. . . .”
  • Mark Jaccard, sustainable energy prof, was on CBC-TV’s national news, in a story on how Vancouver has the highest gasoline prices in Canada.
    Part of the reason, CBC noted, is BC’s carbon tax. And the story continued: “Mark Jaccard, who studies sustainable energy policies, is a strong supporter of the tax. But he says B.C. can't get too far ahead of the pack.
    “As an economist, I do understand that we have to worry about the competitive pressures on us. So I think it's a really good thing that British Columbia has pushed ahead with the carbon tax. But you are constrained in how far you'd go if the rest of North America is doing nothing.”
  • The online magazine iPolitics.ca hammered the federal government for what iPoLitics called Ottawa’s “war on the environment.”
    “In 2009, the Conference Board of Canada ranked Canada 15th of 17 wealthy industrialized nations on environmental performance. In 2010, Simon Fraser University and the David Suzuki Foundation ranked Canada 24th of 25 OECD nations on environmental performance. And most recently, the Environmental Performance Index ranked Canada 37th of 132 countries on 22 performance indicators.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/XDBWil

PENSIONS

  • The Vancouver Sun quoted public policy prof Rhys Kesselman in a story on tighter rules for Old Age Security that were in last week’s federal budget.
    “Kesselman said increasing the age of eligibility for OAS makes sense in terms of growing life expectancies, improved health of seniors and increased level of education.”
    However, he also said the changes could affect people in ‘back-breaking’ jobs, or those who become disabled. Whereas in the past at 65 they could go on OAS and GIS, and at least make $15,000 each year, now they could be forced to collect welfare, which pays much less.
    "‘We're talking about people doing heavy manual labour. They're worn out and they may be disabled,’ Kesselman said. ‘By and large, they will be on welfare, which would have to carry them an extra two years.’”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/jJMWje

STUDENTS

  • The Surrey-North Delta Leader picked up an SFU news release: “Entrepreneurially minded students will have the chance to present their venture ideas to industry experts during Simon Fraser University Surrey’s second annual Opportunity Fest.
    “Hosted by the Beedie School of Business, the event will be held on Apr. 11 from 6-9 p.m. in the mezzanine of SFU’s Surrey campus. Building on the success of last year’s event, more than 100 students from the Beedie School will participate in the marketplace-style exhibition in one of three venture categories: commercial, sustainable and social ventures.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/UVvINC
    SFU news release (April 5): http://at.sfu.ca/VnYxhW
  • Burnaby NOW reported that SFU student Angela King is appearing in New Westminster in Hello, Dolly!, presented by Royal City Musical Theatre.
    “Damon Jang and Angela King appear in the dance ensemble for the classic musical, which stars veteran professionals Colleen Winton and David Adams as Dolly Levi and Horace Vandergelder.
    "‘It's wonderful,’ says King, a 19-year-old who's studying biological sciences at Simon Fraser University. ‘You learn so much just from watching Colleen and David perform. They're such nice people, and super-sweet. Being able to watch them, from what they started with to the final product, is just amazing.’"
    The New Westminster Record also ran the story.
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/hJDPXu
  • The chess column in the New York Times wrote about the Canadian TV series Endgame, which features a bored and housebound champion chess player who turns to solving crime. The story included this:
    “To make the games believable, the producers hired Joe Roback, a psychology major at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Roback, who is an ‘A’ level player (a step just below expert), said many of the games on the show were played by (Garry) Kasparov and Hikaru Nakamura, the American grandmaster. But there are also a couple from Vladimir Kramnik, including his win over Loek van Wely in the 2010 Corus tournament.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/MbXISj
  • SFU student Japreet Lehal writes a regular student-advice column for the Surrey-North Delta Leader. In his latest, he writes: “Students who use laptops for social media or gaming purposes in class might simply be giving themselves psychological satisfaction that they are attending a lecture. Yet they're not really absorbing anything.
    “For students entering university, I would recommend they use a simple pen and paper for their first semester note taking. While one can daydream and become distracted even without using a laptop in class, from personal observation, I have seen that these devices make students more prone to distraction.”
    Full column: http://at.sfu.ca/SBtkjD

HOMES

  • The Chicago Tribune quoted associate prof Habib Chaudhury of SFU Gerontology in a story on the role of the home in providing security, control, belonging, identity, privacy, and more.
    “Habib Chaudhury teaches classes on aging and environment at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He identifies four areas where home takes on added meaning for older residents.
    "‘The first is the emotional attachment that is formed,’ he says, and it grows over time. ‘It contributes to their emotional well-being, their self-esteem, and their confidence about doing things.’"
    Three other factors: familiarity with their physical surroundings, knowing their neighborhood and the people, and a sense of identity.
    “‘The sense of attachment to a home can become so strong that it becomes part of their emotional identity,’ Chaudhury says. ‘It can help people compensate for other losses in their lives,’ such as the death of a spouse, end of a career, or contraction of their circle of friends. " “‘Home becomes an emotional refuge—a place where they still have control.’"
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/MyYHwJ

COMPASSION

  • Mark Winston, director of SFU's Centre for Dialogue, co-authored a guest column in The Vancouver Sun that stemmed from the visit to Vancouver of Karen Armstrong, noted author and commentator on religion and compassion.
    “Individual action linked with institutional support is critical to realize the vision of a compassionate community. Volunteering, helping a neighbour, or even nodding at a stranger in passing are places to start, but the end goal of a compassionate society will require government, business, academia and the non-profit community to work in tandem to effect change in the culture of how we engage with each other.
    “Compassion does not mean that we will always agree, but we must begin by learning to disagree respectfully rather than caustically.”
    Full column: http://at.sfu.ca/uZCDkK

JESUS YEAR

  • A story in the Globe and Mail quoted SFU prof Barbara Mitchell as the authors looked at the “Jesus Year”—the year in which people reach the age of 33.
    [The story noted that The Urban Dictionary defines the Jesus Year as: ‘Time to get moving and get things done (maybe).’ The column said it all stems from the belief that Jesus Christ was in his 33rd year when he was crucified. Hence a year of being at the height of one's career, or doing something important at that age.]
    However, the column said: “‘The basic milestones that young people of previous generations could expect to complete by the age of 30—graduating school, leaving home, becoming financial independent and forming their own families—aren't necessarily occurring in that standard fashion," says Barbara Mitchell, who teaches sociology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
    "‘It's unprecedented from a historical perspective. On the one hand, they have all these opportunities and options. On the other hand, I can imagine they'd start to feel somewhat anxious about trying to transition into complete adulthood in an economy that doesn't allow them to do that.’"
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/UMegEd

DONATIONS

  • Maclean’s on campus reported: “A Simon Fraser University official spent $2,045 of university money to attend seven B.C. Liberal Party fundraisers, the Vancouver Sun has revealed. The official in question, director of government relations Wilf Hurd, is a former Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly himself.
    Don MacLachlan, an SFU spokesperson, told the Vancouver Sun that the university had no policy on such expenses until now, but he promised that such donations will not be allowed in the future.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/cEiYMw
  • The Burnaby NewsLeader picked up its story from the Peace Arch News: “There was no rule against using Simon Fraser University funds for political donations when Wilf Hurd, SFU’s director of government relations, gave SFU money to the BC Liberals.
    “But now, there will be a policy against it, following a report in the Vancouver Sun newspaper this week that the former Surrey-White Rock Liberal MLA used university money to make $2,045 in donations to seven BC Liberal party fundraisers.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/ATback

SCIENCE CAREERS

  • The Science Careers section of ScienceMag.org cited a study co-authored by Cheryl Geisler, SFU’s dean of Communication, Art and Technology, in a story that began: “What accounts for women’s persistent underrepresentation on university science faculties?
    “Research has debunked one long-popular explanation: inferior intellectual ability. It now also appears to have undermined a more current favorite: gender discrimination. A study published in February by Deborah Kaminsky of Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and Cheryl Geisler of Simon Fraser University . . .  finds that ‘men and women are retained and promoted at the same rate’ on the science tenure track. The demographic imbalance, they and others suggest, reflects a large element of personal preference.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/uvLYQc

EDUCATION

  • The Vancouver Sun featured continuing education programs for seniors, and led off with the example of Maureen Malcolm, who has been “taking classes at Simon Fraser University’s continuing studies program for seniors ever since she retired nine years ago.”
    “‘When people retire, often they have this time on their hands and especially some people, if they had a very, very demanding job . . . suddenly they feel, ‘Oh, no, there’s not enough to fill my day,’ ‘ said Malcolm, a former adult education worker herself. “This is not a problem that afflicts the busy grandmother of six.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/TAvbYg
  • BC’s Alberni Valley Times reported on a proposed biology education program from SFU and the Alberni-Clayquot region. “‘For a long time our goal [has been] to validate local knowledge,’ Andrew Day, West Coast Aquatics' managing director, said. ‘The intent is more for the students in their home environment,’ he said.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/fMRhSp
  • Burnaby NOW told readers: “This spring, Simon Fraser University is handing out six honorary degrees to a mix of people, including a philanthropist, a lawyer and a dentist. . . . The honorary degrees will be handed out at Simon Fraser University's spring convocation ceremonies, which will be held from June 12 to 15.”
    Full story (including a list of the six recipients): http://at.sfu.ca/VSwYHj

ATHLETICS

Softball

  • The Clan women’s softball team carded a 3-3 record in six Easter holiday weekend games on the road.
    The team’s record thus moved to 24-10 overall, and into second place in the NCAA’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference at 17-9 in GNAC play. The team next takes on the Central Washington University Wildcats in Ellensburg WA this coming weekend.
    The Clan first went 1-3 in four games against the Western Oregon Wolves in Monmouth OR:
  • Game One, Friday April 6: The Clan lost 4-3, with pitcher Cara Lukawesky taking the loss. “We had a lacklustre performance in game one,” said head coach Mike Renney. “We were in the game but we had no jump.”
  • Game Two, Friday April 6: The Clan went up 4-0 in the third inning, and added two more runs in the sixth to take a 6-1 win. Kelsie Hawkins started for SFU and her only blemish was a solo home run in the fifth inning.  She allowed just three hits in all.
    Clan news release (covering both Friday games): http://at.sfu.ca/SdGaXg
  • Game Three, Saturday April 7: The Clan was blown away 10-1, the game ending in the fifth under the mercy rule. Lukawesky took the loss. Three hits, three walks and an error gave the Wolves four runs in the bottom of the third inning for a 6-1 lead, then the Wolves added four more in the fourth.
  • Game Four, Saturday April 7:The Clan lost 1-0. “Kelsie turned in a really strong pitching performance  . . . but we were flat offensively all day,’ said assistant coach Haley Cicchetti. “We needed someone to step up and start a rally and it just didn’t happen today.”
    Clan news release (covering both Saturday games): http://at.sfu.ca/SyyALd
    Then on Monday the Clan won both games of a doubleheader against the St. Martin’s University Saints in Lacey WA.
  • Game One, Monday April 9: Lukawesky pitched a complete-game shutout as the Clan edged the Saints 2-0, bringing her season record 14-5.  SFU’s second run came on a double steal in the fifth inning by Kelsey Haberl and Carly Lepoutre.
  • Game Two, Monday April 9: Hawkins pitched the shutout as the Clan won 1-0, and took her record to 10-5 for the season. She retired the first 10 batters and was throwing a no- hitter until a fifth inning single from the Saints.
    Clan news release (covering both Monday games): http://at.sfu.ca/LYRfFR

Soccer

  • A Province blog told readers: “The Simon Fraser Clan men's soccer program knows that grabbing the headlines will always be tough in a market where the professional teams are king.
    “Yet it's becoming pretty hard to ignore the successes of the team that resides atop Burnaby Mountain.
    “On Friday, the NCAA Div. 2 Clan registered one of those signature victories—a sound 3-0 thrashing of the NCAA Div. 1 Washington Huskies in the team's spring league finale at Terry Fox Field—which offers the convincing argument that they are one of the best college programs in North America, regardless of their tier.
    "‘Vancouver is a challenging market, with the Canucks and now the [MLS] Whitecaps,’ said Clan head coach Alan Koch, "so it's tough for us to grab any kind of market share. We're almost like this junior or minor program that fights for everything we can, and we just continue to get better every single year. Our attendance is increasing, so we just have to make sure we keep growing it.’"
    Full blog: http://at.sfu.ca/ClPlNA

Track and field

  • The SFU track and field team won five events competing at the UBC Open meet on Saturday (April 7).
    The Clan winners: Lindsey Butterworth, women’s 800 metres, in 2:13.89; Stuart Ellenwood, men’s 400 metres, 50.25; Ryan Brockerville, men’s 1500 metres, 3:58.47; and SFU’s men’s and women’s relay teams won their 4x400-metre events, the men in 3:30.22 and the women 4:00.30.
    Next Saturday (April 14) the Clan will host the annual Emilie Mondor Invitational at SFU’s Burnaby campus. The meet honours a former Clan track and field star and Olympian who died in a car accident in 2006.
    Clan news release: http://at.sfu.ca/WcMhXv

Hall of Fame

  • The Maple Ridge News mentioned that Bruce Langford, head coach of the Clan women’s basketball team, will be among those inducted into Basketball B.C.'s hall of fame on April 21.
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/eUvyRB

Also in sports

  • Coquitlam NOW reported a double-medal day for SFU student Jasmin Glaesser of Coquitlam at the world track cycling championships in Melbourne, Australia.
    “The cyclist kicked off the world track cycling championships  . . .  by anchoring the Canadian women's team in its bronze medal finish in the team pursuit. Later in the day, she pedaled her way to silver in the women's 25-kilometre point race.”
    Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/UayzDv

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