Blanket of hope: students knit blanket to support refugees

Through the power of art, textile arts students at Memorial University’s Grenfell campus are helping to bring Syrian refugee families to Corner Brook, Newfoundland. A massive blanket made of individual colourful knitted squares—created by the students—was sold to raise money for the Refugee Support Group, a local community organization working to support and sponsor refugees coming to the area. The blanket was originally the idea of Barb Hunt, a visual arts professor at the university. Over the past several years, Hunt has been teaching students to knit, creating small knitted squares as a practice project. Having accumulated many squares from previous students, she said the plan was always to sew them together and make a blanket. After voting, the class decided […]

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U of T investigating online threats sent to transgender community

Members of the transgender community at the University of Toronto (U of T) have reported receiving online threats in the wake of recent controversial statements by a university professor, according to a recent news release from the school. Toronto police and the U of T community safety office said they are currently investigating the threats. The university has received media attention following a recent series of lectures by psychology professor Jordan Peterson, posted publicly to his account on YouTube, in which he said he refuses to use gender neutral pronouns to address students. He also criticized anti-racial bias training for U of T staff. In response to Peterson’s videos, several campus groups have published an open letter denouncing the professor’s […]

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UBC studies effects of dog therapy on homesick, lonely students

First-year students who spend time with therapy dogs report decreased amounts of homesickness and stress, according to studies from the University of British Columbia (UBC). UBC’s Okanagan campus is launching another year of its “B.A.R.K program,” short for “Building Academic Retention through K-9s.” The program pairs dogs with groups of students, who each have 45-minute sessions with the dogs once a week for eight weeks. Since B.A.R.K’s inception in 2012, the program has studied the effects of dog therapy on a different issue each year, including homesickness and stress. Last year, students rated their level of stress at the beginning of the program, and reported lower levels of stress by the end. According to professor John Binfet, the program’s founder, […]

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Carleton remembers Janice Elliott

Janice Elliott, a longtime employee at Carleton, passed away on the morning of Sept. 9 after a battle with cancer. For 27 years, Elliott was a strong presence on the Carleton campus. As shown in the memorial guest book at the Paul Menton Centre (PMC), visitors referred to her “positive attitude” and “beautiful spirit.” Others make mention of her special laugh—a laugh that could be heard throughout the building, according to PMC director Larry McCloskey. Bruce Hamm, the student services administrator at the PMC, said throughout her career at both Health and Counselling Services and the PMC, Elliott was always available for a conversation. “Students would come to the PMC just to spend time with Janice—to share a laugh or […]

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