SFU People in the News

May 02, 2012

Media Matters, a report on Simon Fraser University in the news, is compiled and distributed by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations (PAMR).
This edition is a daily roundup that lists the main items of known media coverage from 9 a.m. Tuesday May 1 to 9 a.m. today, Wednesday May 2.

Health | Marijuana | Entertainment and Activities | Jobs | Flooding | French | Food service | Athletics


  • Bruce Lanphear, SFU health science professor, co-authored a study outlining the prevention of childhood diseases. As reported by Science Daily, the study says the United States government could better manage the country's most prevalent childhood disabilities if it invested more in eliminating socio-environmental risk factors rather than in developing medicines.
    "Our conclusions may sound obvious or benign, but they may also be viewed as medical heresy," says Lanphear.
    "Most of us are convinced that we will solve our health care problems by investing in genetic research, stem cell research and drugs. But, with the exception of vaccines and antibiotics, the best that can be achieved by clinical intervention is enhanced treatment or early detection. It will not prevent disease."
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  • Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan joins seven other B.C. mayors calling for marijuana to be taxed and regulated, reports Burnaby Now. His reasons for taking that side ranged from health and safety concerns to saying criminal records for marijuana use are “a serious problem.”
    Neil Boyd, a professor with Simon Fraser University's school of criminology, says the criminal justice system is overburdened and needs to focus its resources on serious crime.
    "Unlike the other illegal drugs, which are used by less than one per cent of the population, marijuana is used by more than 10 per cent of the population," says Boyd. "Given that it isn't nearly as dangerous a drug, for most people in most circumstances, from a public health perspective, as alcohol or tobacco."
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  • In a list presented by the Burnaby NewsLeader, the SFU Art Gallery was listed as one of the 101 things to do or visit in Burnaby and New West.
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  • Burnaby NewsLeader also listed SFU summer camps as one of the top things for kids to do during the summer.
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  • As B.C.’s minimum wage was increased to $10.25—the highest in Canada—The Province reports that many retailers are starting to feel the effects. However, for many students, such as SFU’s Jessica Raj, the increased wage came as “pretty good news.
    “At the same time,” she added, “the price of everything else is going up,” says the 19-year-old Simon Fraser University student. “But it still makes a difference.”
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  • Though unlikely, SFU geologist Brent Ward is not ruling out the possibility of flooding along the Fraser River this spring. Ward told the Coquitlam Now that events similar to the flooding in the interior could happen in the Coquitlam area as well.
    "Later on in the spring, we could be concerned about a flood of the Fraser [River] because with snow packs being high, if we get the right kind of melt, we could have some issues," says Ward.
    "The issue we had in the Interior was because we have very high snow packs, it was warmer than usual and then it rained," he adds. "That caused the increased melting," which could still happen locally if the conditions are right.
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  • 12-year-old White Rock resident Sophia Ludwig has prepared a speech, appealing to her audience to help preserve our planet. The twist, however, is that she’ll be giving it in French, reports Peace Arch News. She will be speaking at the 2012 Provincial Concours d'art oratoire (Provincial Oratorical Contest), whichis organized by Canadian Parents for French (CPF), a non- profit association of parent volunteers devoted to promoting French in schools.
    The event, in which 10,000 B.C. students in grades six through 12 participated last year, will be held at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus.


  • Former SFU student Chad Conrad was featured in a Cowichan News Letter Pictorial article about getting great service at restaurants.
    Conrad, owner of Mr. Mike’s restaurant, was given a Black Tie Business Achievement award, for outstanding work in the Cowichan area, last weekend. Though excited to get the award, he gives credit to his staff, who as he explains, are responsible for the well-being of the entire restaurant.
    "I was extremely pleased to get the award. It's all because of my front-line workers,"
    The restaurant staff, he says, is responsible for the 15 to 20 percent increase in sales he's enjoyed during the past two years. "They are number one. If the staff is happy, customers will be happy."
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Track and field

  • At the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational hosted by Stanford University on Sunday, sophomore Lindsey Butterworth won her section of the women’s 800-metre competition, coming from behind to earn the victory.
    Sarah Sawatzky ran a personal best in the same race finishing just over a second behind Butterworth, ranking her second in the GNAC in that event Aisha Klippenstein finished fourth in the 100-metre hurdle race, while Andrea Abrams finished close behind.
    On the field, Jade Richardson placed fifth in the discus, behind Rebecca Hammar of Stanford and three throwers who were competing unattached.
    On the men’s side, Ryan Brockerville, competed in the 3000-metre steeplechase at Stanford, finishing 10th in the third section of the competition
    Travis Vugteveen and Adam Reid posted their best times of the year in the men’s 800-metre race as Vugteveen ran in a time of 1:53.10 to finish fifth in the fourth section of the race while Reid posted a time of 1:54.18.
    This Friday, the Clan will compete in its final meet before the GNAC Championships, the Western Washington University Twilight Invitational.
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  • Clan first baseman Kelsey Haberl has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year while Cara Lukawesky has been named the GNAC’s Pitcher of the Year.
    Both were named to the conference’s first team of all stars while a total of six athletes from SFU were named to All-Conference teams.
    “It's definitely nice to be recognized but it's really been about having great support from the team and being able to trust and rely on each other,” says Haberl.  “This is a great honour to receive as I leave the program and the GNAC.  I think between this award and the success the team had this year, we’ve shown we can compete in the NCAA.”
    Says Lukawesky: “I’m honoured to receive this award. There are a lot of good pitchers in the GNAC so in some ways, I just feel really lucky to get this recognition.  With pitching, a huge part of the success comes from the catcher. Brittany (Ribeiro) is there through the extra hours of practice, calls the games and supports and motivates. She is a major part in the success of our whole pitching staff.”
    Leah Riske joins Haberl and Lukawesky on the GNAC first team after a season in which she hit .341 and finished fourth in the conference with nine home runs, leading the Clan.
    Carly Lepoutre and Sammie Olexa each earned a spot on the second team of all-stars.
    Pitcher Kelsie Hawkins rounds out the Clan’s selections, receiving honourable mentions.
    Clan news release:

Also in sport

  • Kyzen Loo has committed to playing for SFU’s hockey team next season.
    The 19-year-old Seafair Minor Hockey product is the first signing of the 2012 recruiting class for the defending B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League champions.
    "Kyzen is a skilled forward with good size who brings an excellent work ethic to our program," says head coach Mark Coletta. "I expect Kyzen to compete for a considerable role on our team next season and for him to develop into an excellent player at the university level."
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