Windsor U students vote “yes” to pay for new athletic facility

The University of Windsor (U of W) student body voted in a referendum to approve a plan to build a new $73 million athletics centre. According to CBC News, 64 per cent of the student body voted in favour of the new athletics centre. Similar to the student union building put to Carleton students in a referendum, U of W students will see a $125 increase in student fees per year, starting once the facilities are completed in 2019. Mike Havey, the athletics director at the University of Windsor, said the project is still a long way off. “We passed a referendum, but we do not have a formal agreement with the students. It has not yet been to the […]

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Universities promoting courses in lesser-known languages

As the world becomes increasingly more interconnected, learning a second language can seem practical for many looking to get ahead and take advantage of unique opportunities. While statistics from the British Council place Mandarin and Spanish as the most commonly spoken languages worldwide, many Canadian universities have taken to offering and promoting classes in an increasing number of lesser-known languages. The University of Toronto (U of T) began offering a course to students in January on the dead Ethiopian language of Ge’ez. The language course is the first step towards the university’s future Ethiopian studies program. According to the Varsity, the program has received over $100,000 in donations from community members to aid in its creation. Robert Holmstedt, professor of […]

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Canadian law students participate in research-a-thon for refugees

Law students across Canada took part in a joint research effort on Feb. 4 to review legal arguments that could help individuals targeted by the proposed U.S. travel ban. The travel ban, which has now been refuted by the Supreme Court in America, prohibits people with citizenship from seven countries of primarily Muslim faith from entering the U.S., and stopped the intake of Syrian refugees until further notice. The 12-hour “research-a-thon” event was organized by three law students at McGill University, and included over 800 participants from all 22 of Canada’s law schools, according to Brodie Noga, one of the event’s organizers. Participants also raised $8,800 in donations for the Canadian Council of Refugees. Noga said the idea began as […]

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Canadian universities respond to American travel ban

Following the U.S. executive order passed on Jan. 27 that banned immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, several Canadian universities responded with generosity. Universities such as Brock University, Memorial University, and the University of Calgary issued statements offering financial help to potential students from the affected areas, waiving application fees for international students. Brock University also offered a $1,000 “transition award” to help students move to the university’s main campus. The University of Ottawa went a step further in their statement and offered to waive international tuition for some students. Law schools at McGill University and the University of Toronto have reopened their application windows for prospective students from the countries targeted by the ban. Carleton offered support […]

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Classrooms making use of virtual reality

As the digital age drives technology companies to constantly produce new products, universities are latching onto technology trends that can aim to help students learn course material and conduct research. Virtual reality (VR) is one of those emerging technologies. Often accessed through a headset, VR is an artificial environment experienced through senses such as sight and sound that are produced by a computer. The user can affect the environment they are experiencing through their actions. Several schools are using this technology to immerse students into a new way of learning. 3D Brains and Kidneys: VR at Medical School While companies such as Facebook, Samsung, and Sony are all competing to commercialize VR technology, universities have begun to experiment with the […]

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