Campus catchup

Professor quits over parking

On Aug. 29, professor Dan Middlemiss from Dalhousie University quit his job over a parking pass.

Middlemiss, a political science professor, waited in line for over an hour before he was told by staff that he couldn’t buy a $260 annual parking permit that day because they were sold out. He immediately resigned.

The University currently has 2,000 parking spots available for more than 20,000 faculty, staff and students. Commuters may park on campus with a pass, but due to overselling, the spots are often filled up early in the morning.

According to the Dalhousie Gazette, last year spots were oversold by 915 passes.

An annual parking spot sells for $1,200 to $1,400 and only one third of applicants receive them through a random draw.

Dalhousie approved a Campus Master Plan in Oct. 2010 that includes $250 million of campus renovations. It doesn’t leave room for the creation of large parking lots as they don’t promote sustainable transportation.

Middlemiss told the Dalhousie Gazette on Sept. 14 that his journey could take up to two hours by bus and that he doesn’t have the option of biking on the highway.

Middlemiss’s resignation ended a 31-year-long career just nine days before a new school term began.

— Catherine Owsik

Frats and sororities banned

Members of the Carleton University Greek Council were banned from recruiting members in campus residences on Sept.13.

The Greek Council is a club that includes the six fraternities and six sororities at the University.

The Charlatan reported that as part of the ban, members of the Greek Council cannot gather in large groups in residences or cafeterias while identifying themselves as part of a fraternity or sorority.

The decision was made in the middle of rush week ­— a week dedicated to the recruitment of new members.

The week usually involves knocking door-to-door in residences to promote to first-year sign-ups.

This year, complaints from students were received by the student affairs office when loud knocking from recruiters continued the entire afternoon on the Monday of rush week.

The Greek Council may continue to recruit members and congregate at other campus locations.

— Catherine Owsik

UBC enacts non-academic discipline

The University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Vancouver campus is planning to implement a policy to deal with non-academic offences committed by students.

If the policy is enacted, a committee of UBC students will deal with on-campus misconducts as well as off-campus misconducts when students are acting as representatives of the University, the Ubyssey reported. A similar policy was enacted at the UBC Okanagan campus in fall 2009.

The committee will only act within their jurisdiction of events directly related to the school. For example, students that participated in the Vancouver Canucks riot on June 15 wouldn’t be judged by the committee.

— Catherine Owsik

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