Editorial: Universities must educate about phishing scams

When living in a world with sophisticated technology and intricate software, online scams have become more sophisticated and difficult to recognize. It can be hard  to discern if the email or phone call from your bank or the Canadian Revenue Agency are real or fake. However, it is also important to educate people on how to detect when they are being scammed. Recently, MacEwan University in Edmonton fell victim to a phishing scam amounting to $11.8 million. While universities are filled with smart and educated people, phishing and scamming have proven to become highly calculated and designed to slip the minds of smart individuals like students and university employees. It  is important to raise awareness about the frequency of scams […]

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MacEwan University victim of $11.8 million phishing scam

An Edmonton university is working with authorities to recover the $11.8 million they lost in a phishing attack this August. The RCMP qualifies phishing as fraudulent communications where scammers impersonate well-known institutions to dupe victims into offering up personal, sensitive, and financial information. According to Global News, the scammers sent emails to MacEwan University claiming to be Clark Builders, a local construction company with which the university holds contracts. The emails asked to have banking information changed so that payments could be made to new accounts. Three payments—$1.9 million, $22,000, and $9.9 million—were made, but when Clark Builders called to say they hadn’t received them, the university realized it had been defrauded, according to CBC. In a statement, the university said […]

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MacEwan students permitted to change gender, name in university system

Students at MacEwan University are now permitted to change their name and gender through the university’s record-keeping system. The change was made to suit students with gender pronouns and names to match their current identity rather than the identity listed on birth certificates, according to a statement from the school. The move will help “empower” people to define their identity, the statement said. Michelle Plouffe, vice-president (general counsel) of MacEwan, said in the statement that the change, which took effect on Feb. 27, is intended to “bring the university to a place of greater inclusion.” MacEwan students can also update their gender identity to either male, female, or gender minority. “It came about as part of some initiatives we’re working […]

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Residential schools a factor in Indigenous interaction with teachers: study

The impact of the residential school system has left many Indigenous parents cautious about interacting with schools and teachers, according to a recent study from MacEwan University. Emily Milne, an assistant professor of sociology at MacEwan and the lead researcher on the study, found that “lower-class” Indigenous parents had “magnified feelings of discomfort with teachers” as a result of the residential school system, according to a news release. “Even if the teacher is the same age as me, I’m still nervous around them,” one of the participants said in the study. Milne interviewed 50 teachers and parents in southern Ontario, most of whom identified as Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Metis. “Developing strong bonds and strong relationships with schools can be challenging […]

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