Campus catch-up

Windsor and Dalhouse consider bike share program

The University of Windsor and Dalhousie University are joining the growing number of universities considering bike share programs.

Groups at both schools are considering programs similar to the BIXI bike program in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

The proposals were put forward by the Office of Sustainability at Dalhousie and a student club created through the Ontario Public Interest Research Group at Windsor.

The student group at Windsor told the Windsor Lance that the program would ideally be run entirely by a group like BIXI.

In September, the City of Kingston posted a survey to their website asking for feedback on a proposal to bring a similar program to Kingston. They’re currently in the process of developing such a program.

— Holly Tousignant

UBC graduates largest ever class of Aboriginal students

The highest-ever number of Aboriginal students received PhDs from the University of British Columbia this week. The 11 students became the largest group of students to complete their doctorates from a single Canadian institution in one year. Their areas of study included prison education, aboriginal children in care and family violence and healing, according to the Globe and Mail.

The University of British Columbia, known for its Aboriginal Law and Governance program, has graduated a total of 43 PhD students over the past two decades.

— Holly Tousignant

Western to offer fall break

Western University will begin offering a fall break in Oct. 2013, but it’s not the week-long break other schools have seen implemented.

The two-day break, which was passed at Western’s Senate on Nov. 16, came about in response to mental health initiatives on campus. It will take place over the Thursday and Friday before Halloween.

In 2007, students at Queen’s voted against a fall reading week on an AMS referendum question. In 2011, the University confirmed there are no plans to implement one. The University of Ottawa, Ryerson University, Trent University, the University of Toronto and the University of Calgary are among the schools that currently offer fall breaks.

— Holly Tousignant

Students win suit against George Brown College

A group of students who studied at George Brown College were recently successful in their class action lawsuit against the school.

The international students launched the lawsuit after the international business program they took, which promised opportunities to complete three industry designations, failed to follow through on its course description. Such designations weren’t offered, and students were only prepared on how to complete the designations which would come at an additional cost.

The 118 students from countries, including India, China and Brazil, sought compensation for the $11,000 they paid for the program. The cost in damages George Brown will have to pay the students hasn’t yet been determined.

— Holly Tousignant

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