University of Winnipeg introduces women’s-only gym hours

The University of Winnipeg (U of W) has started a new pilot project centered around providing women and non-binary people reserved access to the gym on campus, according to Laura Elsie Garinger, president of the U of W Students’ Association (UWSA). The “Inclusive Gym Initiative,” which will run until the beginning of December 2017, is led by the UWSA board of directors, students, U of W Recreation Services, and the administration, according to the university’s website. The initiative was started in May 2016 but was only implemented in September of this year to see if students would benefit from gym times, fitness classes or intramurals reserved solely for women and non-binary people, according to the UWSA website. Garinger said the […]

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Universities work to incorporate Indigenous learning

Among the 94 calls to action published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in a 2015 report were numerous references to the need for increased education about Indigenous issues, including a call for governments to “provide the necessary funding to post-secondary institutions to educate teachers on how to integrate Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in classrooms.” Some Canadian universities are working to better recognize Indigenous knowledge on their campuses, from the implementation of Indigenous content requirements, to the creation of buildings dedicated to Indigenous studies and culture. Lakehead University Following the implementation of an Indigenous content requirement in the fall 2016 semester, Lakehead University is working to address student concerns about the information being taught. “There have been some disagreements […]

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Universities continue to push for fall reading breaks

An increasing number of universities across the country are introducing fall breaks for students. While the length of the breaks vary from a full week to a number of days depending on the university, many institutions, such as the University of Waterloo (U of W), hope that the break days will facilitate better mental health for students. “The University of Waterloo is keenly aware of the need to provide conditions that promote the physical and mental well-being of our students,” said Mario Coniglio, associate vice-president (academic) at the U of W. “The fall term is widely seen as a pressure cooker, especially in regards to transitioning issues and looming midterm exams for new incoming students.” While Coniglio said improving mental […]

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Students concerned over Indigenous university teachings

Students at Lakehead University are voicing concerns regarding the school’s recently implemented Indigenous content requirement (ICR). In May 2014, Lakehead made the decision to require all undergraduate students to fulfill an ICR in order to graduate, which came into effect at the start of 2016-17 academic year. Along with the University of Winnipeg (U of W), Lakehead is one of the only universities in Canada with an ICR requirement for students. Under Lakehead’s requirement, students are expected to fulfill 18 hours of study of Indigenous content in a discipline-specific course, which is equivalent to 0.5 course credits, according to Lakehead’s website. To date, Lakehead has identified more than 60 courses currently being taught that students can choose from to meet […]

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Wet vs. Dry: Why some universities choose to ban alcohol during frosh

When students move into residence at New Brunswick’s St. Thomas University (STU) on Sept. 3, there will be a strict no-alcohol policy until the end of “Welcome Week,” even for students who are 19 or older. It’s a policy the university has had for nearly two decades, according to STU director of communications Jeffrey Carleton, but it’s also a sign the booze-filled image commonly associated with frosh week on university campuses is getting a makeover. “We want to make sure that Welcome Week is as smooth a transition as possible for young students, without any added pressures that could be related to alcohol use,” Carleton said about STU’s policy. “It’s not a new ban. It’s something we’ve done for well […]

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