University of New Brunswick gives refugee status to travel ban victims

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) has announced that they will provide assistance to students affected by the U.S. travel ban. On March 2, the university said in a news release they would  “treat applicants as refugees.” UNB has previously worked with refugee applicants with individuals arriving from Syria providing community outreach to new immigrants. George MacLean, vice-president (academic) at the UNB, said in an email “this will be the first time in recent memory that UNB had in place a response to a specific set of potential students.” The measures put in place include waiving application fees for refugees, providing additional orientation, and guaranteeing space in their residence to people from the affected countries, according to the news release. […]

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UNB fundraises for student financial support

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) announced an ambitious fundraising campaign on Nov. 18 that aims to raise the largest amount of money in the university’s history. Titled “It Begins Here,” the campaign aims to raise $110 million for UNB by April 30, 2018. According to a press release, the university plans to allocate $55 million of its total fundraising goal to financial support for students in the form of bursaries and scholarships. “We’ve been planning this [fundraising campaign] for a number of years,” said Susan Montague, a campaign advisor at UNB’s office of development and donor relations. “We’ve been extremely encouraged and pleased by the response that we’ve had so far.” According to Montague, the university raised over $77 million in […]

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Reds cruise to University Cup finals with 4-0 win

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds cruised to a 4-0 win over the host Saint Mary’s University Huskies on March 19 at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) University Cup semifinals. “Any time you can go into a third period at nationals and allow zero shots against, you’re going to have a recipe for success,” said Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall. Christopher Clapperton opened the scoring for the Reds just under four minutes into the game. The Huskies nearly answered on their first power play of the game, but Etienne Marcoux was able to make a sprawling save to preserve the lead. Reds forward Philipe Halley extended the lead for the Reds when he scored just before the second intermission. […]

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Biology professor wins NSERC award for tree conservation

Carleton biology professor David Miller was recognized as a 2015 recipient of the Synergy Award for Innovation from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) on Feb. 16. First established in 1995, the NSERC Synergy Awards aim to honour “the most outstanding achievements” made by partnerships between universities and Canadian industries, specializing in natural sciences and engineering research and development. The winner of the award receives a $200,000 NSERC research grant, with their industrial partner receiving a $30,000 voucher towards their contribution in a Collaborative Research and Development Grant (CRD). Having partnered with the woodlands division of J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI), Miller has conducted research for 20 years into the eastern spruce budworm, the most damaging forest […]

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Pot would be treated like cigarettes in res, staff say

With changes from the Trudeau government expected to come regarding the criminal status of marijuana, universities will likely have to reform existing bans of pot, especially on campus residences. Current policies around marijuana use in residence vary between universities, but residence directors agree that legalization would probably bring changes to existing policies. Carly Moffat, the associate director of residence life at the University of Manitoba (U of M), said marijuana would be treated like cigarettes in residence if it were legalized. This means marijuana could be smoked outside, as long as students are 25 feet away from any entrance to comply with the federal Clean Air Act. “You can legally purchase and smoke cigarettes if you’re a consenting adult . […]

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