SFU People in the News

April 24, 2012

This report on Simon Fraser University in the news lists the main items of known media coverage from 9 a.m. Pacific Monday April 23 to 9 a.m. Pacific Tuesday April 24.
The report is compiled and distributed by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations.

Politics | Arts & Entertainment | Athletics


  • Public policy prof Doug McArthur was on CKNW, talking with host Jon McComb in advance of the close of polls in Alberta’s provincial election on Monday (April 23). The Progressive Conservatives won a majority, despite surveys that had them losing support.
    McArthur noted the Progressive Conservatives had been in power in Alberta for 41 years
    “People are a bit tired. But we have this new Wildrose Party which has risen up . . . on the conservative side, and . . . there are a substantial number of people in Alberta who really do view themselves as true economic conservatives and cultural conservatives; more so than any other province. And so that’s very fertile ground for a party that wants to challenge the Conservatives.”
    McComb asked McArthur to illustrate the differences between the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose brands of conservatism.
    “The main difference that the two parties seem to be fighting over is, first of all, what kind of Alberta, as they both say, do you want to see.
    “(Leader) Danielle Smith and the Wildrose Party evoke conservative traditions. They talk about going back to the old way that Alberta used to be, and they talk about  . . . the (Progressive) Conservatives becoming caught up in diversity politics and large government and social programs. . . . Wildrose are saying we should go back to a more traditional way, which is a more homogenous kind of place that they see Alberta has been in the past. . . .
    “The (Progressive) Conservatives, in wanting to build a big tent, they have reached over to some of the more progressive values of the urban population, and some people who support perhaps more active government. And so they’ve moved away from being quite so committed to those conservative values that you might think they would  . . . in other places.”
    McComb: “Would Stephen Harper feel at home in the Wildrose Party?”
    McArthur: Oh, yes, I think definitely. One of the indicators of that is that the campaign manager for the Wildrose Party is Tom Flanagan from the University of Calgary, who was chief of staff for Stephen Harper a few years ago (and) has worked very, very closely with Stephen Harper.”


  • Twin sisters Kailey and Sam Spear used a letter to the editor in the Bowen Island Undercurrent to thank islanders for help with their SFU Contemporary Arts student film, By my Side. The film is one of 18 to be shown by graduating students May 3-5 at SFU Vancouver.
    Full letter:
    Grad film website:



  • For the third time this season, Clan softball pitcher Cara Lukawesky has been named the NCAA’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) pitcher of the week.
    She went 2-1, with a save, appearing in all four games the Clan played last week.
    Lukawesky and the Clan start the final week of the 2012 season today (Tuesday April 24) when they play the University of BC Thunderbirds in a non-conference game beginning at 6 p.m. (It’s at London Park, in Richmond, 10440 No. 2 Road). The team then plays its final home double header on Thursday (April 26) at Beedie Field, SFU Burnaby, beginning at noon against the Western Oregon University Wolves.
    Clan news release:


  • TJ McColl of the Clan men’s golf team has been named to GNAC All-Academic team. McColl is a kinesiology student at SFU, in his junior year, and has a 3.21 grade point average.
    (To qualify, student-athletes must carry a minimum GPA of 3.20 and be in at least their second year of competition.)
    McColl has played in four tournaments for the Clan this year and carries a scoring average of 79.2.
    He and his SFU teammates are competing in the GNAC championships this week at the Coeur d'Alene Golf Resort in Coeur d'Alene ID. That will wrap up their 2011-12 golf season.
    Clan news release:

Also in sports

  • The Globe and Mail quoted Peter Tingling, SFU Beedie School of Business prof, in a story about changes that might come to the Vancouver Canucks after being eliminated from Stanley Cup playoffs.
    “The typical response of an NHL team would be change, according to Simon Fraser University business professor Peter Tingling, who studies decision making and has done extensive research on decisions and the NHL draft. Short- term thinking dominates hockey, he said.
    “Tingling said the Canucks' response to their current situation . . . will be telling. ‘Crisis doesn't build character, it displays the character you already have,’ Tingling said. ‘Let's see what the Canucks do now.’"
    Full story:
  • Kamloops This Week reported that the Kamloops Rugby Club Raiders downed the SFU men’s rugby club 79-5 in the BC Rugby Union men’s province-wide third division. Tom Cusick scored SFU’s only try.
    Full story:
  • The Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League signed former SFU Clan star Aaron Hargreaves, The Canadian Press reported. Hargreaves spent the last four seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after being selected in the second round, 15th overall, in the 2008 CFL Canadian college draft.
    Full story (in the Winnipeg Free Press):




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