SFU People in the News

May 04, 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. Thursday May 3 to 9 A.M. today, Friday May 4.

Men's centre | Protest | Violence | Students | Education | Politics | Athletics


  • Postmedia News jumped in on the hot topic of the SFU men’s centre, stating “at university campuses across the country, female students use women's centres for counseling services, self-defense classes and other resources they need [but] there are few equivalents for men.”
    The article primarily featured SFSS treasurer Keenan Midgley, who said “[SFU] have a women's centre, and they do a great job at addressing women's issues, but there are men's issues that aren't being addressed on campus and in society.''
    UBC nursing professor John Oliffe agreed, citing higher suicide rates among males—but lower report of depression—as evidence that more safe spaces are needed for men to discuss health issues.
    ``Guys are good at ending their lives but not so good at seeking help,'' he said. ``Men's depression often manifests itself differently. Guys are using substances to blunt their issues or treat their depression.
    ``We see irritability, depression, violence ... as symptoms of depression, but they're categorized as different manly behaviours that we deal in the courts rather than medical practice.''
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  • The Vancouver Sun reports Mark Jaccard, professor of sustainable energy at SFU, plans to participate in a protest Saturday near the White Rock pier, stopping Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains from delivering U.S. coal into B.C.
    Jaccard says he is fully prepared to get arrested for trespassing onto railway property, but stressed his actions would be peaceful and non-violent.
    Jaccard adds he is tired of political inaction on greenhouse gases, and in reference to his actions says he’s “in a world now where there isn't any place for sane analysis."
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  • Daniel Vecchio, education associate at SFU, was the focus of an article in The Northerner, and was the keynote speaker at a rally in Fort St. John to end violence against women.
    The rally took place from North Peace Secondary School to the North Peace Arena.
    "We must end this collective silence," says Vecchio. "Most people think violence against women is a women's issue," he says. "(But) only men can stop it."
    He says he’s ecstatic that people—youth, in particular—are taking the issue so seriously and willing to help.
    "If anyone has these weird assumptions around what teenagers are like, now you know what they're like; they're going to change the world," he said.


  • SFU student Japreet Lehal wrote an opinions piece for the Surrey Leader. His article outlined seven tips for university students on how to make it through one’s first year.
    His tips include learning how to cite properly, creating a balanced course schedule, and joining one club, team or organization.
    Lehal found seven tips for surviving first year, but of course, it’s not an all-inclusive list.
    “Having completed my first two semesters at university,” he writes, “I have learned a great deal about both myself and the university system. I am glad to say the post-secondary experience has thus far been quite rewarding. One can find many practical tips on how to navigate and excel in the university system.”
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  • In light of the news that B.C. schools are now able to readjust their calendar freely, SFU education professor Dan Laitsch spoke to Richmond News, cautioning schools from switching to a year-round program.
    "There are some studies that claim slightly higher achievement for students enrolled in the year-round model," says Laitsch. "But there are also many studies that show no difference at all. It does seem to be fairly inconclusive.
    "And there is the theory that more frequent breaks allows students to decompress more often and come back to school more refreshed,” he adds.
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  • The B.C. NDP sent out a letter addressed to the joint review panel on the Enbridge Northern Gateway project.
    The 11-page paper laid out at length every aspect of the provincial NDP's adamant opposition to the proposed oil pipeline through the northern part of the province. The issue, as a Vancouver Sun column notes, is that much of the drew from the research of Tom Gunton, the SFU professor of resource policy, who served alongside Dix as a senior adviser to former premier Glen Clark in the last NDP government.
    Still, in the course of setting out their opposition to the project on economic grounds, Dix and his colleagues provided “a window into their thinking on energy policy and resource development,” even if there is bias.
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  • Four Simon Fraser University football players were selected in Thursday’s Canadian Football League Canadian Draft, tying the most players selected from any one school.
    Justin Capicciotti was the first member of the Clan selected, going to the Edmonton Eskimos, which selected the defensive lineman with the 14th overall pick in the second round.
    The Calgary Stampeders then drafted a pair of Clan players, selecting offensive lineman Brad Erdos with the 27th pick, and defensive back Adam Berger with the 30th pick.
    Bo Palmer was the final member of the Clan picked in the draft. The running back went to the Hamilton Tiger Cats, 33rd overall.
    “We’re really proud of these four players,” says Clan head coach Dave Johnson. “All four of them are talented individuals and have worked hard, so it’s great to see that hard work pay off. To have this many players chosen really shows that our program is moving in the right direction.”
    Clan News Release:

Also in sport

  • Simon Fraser University lacrosse downed Montana by a final score of 20-15 to claim their fifth straight regular season divisional title.
    Eight different Clan player registered multi-point games, led by Colton Dow, who scored two goals and four assists, Calvin Craig who recorded five goals and freshman Iain Vickars, who tallied with four goals and one helper.
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Also in the news

  • On Thursday May 10, Richard Atleo, First Nations scholar and former assistant professor of environment management at SFU will be giving a free presentation at College of the Rockies on First Nations philosophy.
    The presentation, as outlined by the Kootenay News Advertiser, will focus on his two books: Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview and Principles of Tsawalk: An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis. The first book outlines a First Nations ontology—a nature of being—while the second describes pragmatic uses of it.
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