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SFU People in the News - December 12, 2014

December 12, 2014
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Below is your daily copy of Media Matters.
Provided by University Communications, Media Matters is a snapshot of Simon Fraser University in the news as of Friday, December 12, 2014.

Faculties & Departments

Help others and make yourself happier
Burnaby Now - December 11, 2014
If you need convincing, Burnaby SFU psychology professor Lara Aknin says people feel better about themselves when they spend money on others.

Effectiveness of B.C.'s transit referendum up for debate
The Province - December 11, 2014
“We don’t have a strong tradition of referendum in Canada,” said Patrick Smith, an SFU political science professor. Gordon Price, former Vancouver city councillor and director of SFU’s City Program, said the effectiveness of a referendum can depend on its creator’s strategy — whether they hope for the referendum to win or lose or if they don’t care about the outcome.

Also in the News

Surrey council chambers to serve as SFU classroom
Surrey Now - December 11, 2014
Simon Fraser University students will head to class in the council chambers of Surrey's new city hall in January. A partnership between SFU's Surrey campus and the city means the chambers will house a weekly class of students during the spring semester.

Athletics

Sun Devil grad helps SFU place 7th at Nationals
Delta Optimist - December 12, 2014
South Delta Secondary graduate Peggy Noel wrapped up an impressive sophomore season by helping Simon Fraser University women's team place seventh at the NCAA Division II Cross-Country Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

’Cats Chevrier joins Clan
The Langley Times - December 11, 2014
Nicole Chevrier, the captain of the Brookswood Bobcats for all five high school seasons, has signed her national letter of intent to join Burnaby's SFU Clan for the 2015 season.

Conference topper leads the Clan in GNW home opener
Burnaby Now - December 11, 2014
The Great Northwest conference scoring leader sparked a second-half comeback for the Simon Fraser University women’s basketball team.

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