Universities help students deal with exam-time stress

As exam season approaches, universities bring out more initiatives and resources for students to help them cope with the stress. At Memorial University in Newfoundland (MUN), a student has been bringing her bearded dragons, Ryuu and Yuki, to campus since September 2016.  The student, who wished to remain anonymous due to backlash she said she received from a previously published article, said she brings them to campus to help her peers who struggle with anxiety and stress, as well as provide them with an alternative for already-offered therapy dog sessions. She said she has regular visitors, and has had overall positive feedback from those students.  “They showed an amazing ability to soothe anxiety . . . [they] alerted me to my heart going […]

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New Canada Research Chair looking into radiation treatment

A Carleton professor has been appointed as a Canada Research Chair and will receive funding for his research involving radiation and how it interacts with matter, with possible uses in cancer treatment. Rowan Thomson, an assistant professor in the university’s department of physics, is now a Canada Research Chair in Radiotherapy Physics. The distinction recognizes research excellence at Canadian universities. The award is part of a five year, $1 million Canada Research Chair investment at Carleton for research in radiotherapy and space robotics, according to a press release. The university now has 24 Canada Research Chairs. “I was extremely excited to have more time devoted to research,” Thomson said. Thomson uses computational and theoretical physics to study how radiation affects […]

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Student wins $40,000 settlement to keep therapy guinea pig

A Michigan student who sued her university for placing restrictions on where she could take her guinea pig on campus has agreed to a $40,000 settlement. Kendra Velzen received the payout from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) after the university decided against incurring further legal costs from the case. “We believe it was in the best interest of all parties to come to an agreement without the case going to trial, and we are pleased we were successful,” GVSU wrote in a statement to the Charlatan. The 28-year-old originally filed the lawsuit in March 2012 after her initial requests to keep the guinea pig in her campus dormitory were turned down by the university. According to the lawsuit, Velzen needed […]

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