Students collect food donations as food insecurity rises

Elementary and high school-aged kids weren’t the only ones trick-or-treating on Oct. 31. Non-profit organization Meal Exchange organized their annual Trick or Eat event across Ontario. The drive asks university students to go door-to-door to ask for food donations, which go towards local community organizations and students in need of food. The campaign may limit students’ need to use food banks on university campuses for meals. This issue is becoming more prevalent as the years go on and tuition fees steadily rise, according to Meal Exchange’s website. “Trick or Eat means getting out of the university bubble and doing something good for the community,” said University of Western Ontario organizer Alex Prong in a press release from Meal Exchange. “It […]

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Memorial to make academic integrity course mandatory for first-years

Starting next semester, Memorial University will be introducing a mandatory course on academic integrity for all first-year students. The three-hour “interactive” online course will be a crash course on cheating in universities, and how to avoid it, according to the university’s website. The course is designed to be a “quick and thorough review” of Memorial’s policies on academic integrity. Students must finish the course with a mark of at least 80 per cent to continue studying at Memorial. The course applies to new students,  but is also mandatory for current students who break the school’s integrity guidelines. The move comes in light of new data that shows an increase in cheating at Canadian universities. A study from the University of Guelph […]

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Brock researcher believes Zika can come to Canada

Can the Zika virus come to Canada? A Brock University professor researching the mosquito-borne virus thinks so. One of Canada’s top entomologists, Fiona Hunter, said the virus has the potential to reach the 49th parallel and go further north via a certain type of invasive species of mosquito within a few years. The Asian tiger mosquito has spread from Southeast Asia to other areas around the world—including Africa and the United States—in the last 30 years. Prior studies have found the species capable of carrying the Zika virus. Hunter said she thinks it’s only a matter of time before the bug extends its reach into Canada, as it has already migrated from the southern U.S. to as far north as […]

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Ravens come up short in tournament

The Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team dropped two of three games in exhibition play over the holiday break, in a Montreal-based tournament against teams outside of their regular season division. At the Ed Meagher Arena on the campus of Concordia University, the Ravens played SUNY Plattsburgh, the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), and St. Francis Xavier, winning their second match-up against UPEI. The first game of the tournament came against the SUNY Plattsburgh Cardinals, where the Cardinals stormed back in the third period to win 3-1. Head coach Pierre Alain said the Ravens played a great first two periods, but ran out of gas in the third. “We were leading 1-0 after two,” he said. “But they scored two, […]

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Student gets two degrees at two schools at the same time

A student in Montreal has completed two degrees from two different schools this past year, finishing a course load that would have taken seven and a half years in just five. Graduating from both mechanical engineering at McGill University and film animation at Concordia University, Adam Schachner said he is relieved to be through a heavy university education. The two schools are about a 15 minute walk from each other. Schachner said one of the hardest parts of the double degree didn’t have to do with workload—planning and time management caused him as much stress as homework. “Neither course fit with the other one because they were totally different programs,” he said. “Both programs had pretty strict prerequisites.” This endeavour […]

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