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Demonstrators marched to City Hall yesterday in support of the Idle No More movement. See page 4 for the full story.
Demonstrators marched to City Hall yesterday in support of the Idle No More movement. See page 4 for the full story.
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Vice-provost of teaching and learning appointed

Jill Scott, a professor in the department of languages, literatures and cultures, was appointed vice-provost of teaching and learning at Senate on Jan. 14.

Scott will be the first person to serve in the role, which will have her oversee the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

In addition to her teaching, Scott acts as co-chair of the Provost’s Advisory Task Force on the Student Learning Experience. She is also cross-appointed to the department of gender studies and has been involved with cultural studies.

Scott’s appointment will officially commence on May 1, 2013.

— Holly Tousignant

PhD program in Environmental Studies to begin in fall

The University recently approved the creation of a PhD program in environmental studies.

The program will be supervised by three faculty members in the School of Environmental Studies, enabling additional research funding and teaching opportunities.

Faculty are supportive of the program, according to a document prepared by the Senate Committee on Academic Development, and candidates will be able to access faculty cross-appointed from other departments.

The program will commence in fall 2013, “pending approval by the COU [Council of Ontario Universities] Quality Council,” according to SCAD.

— Holly Tousignant

Idle No More marches across campus

Another Idle No More protest marched from Union St. and University Ave. to City Hall to join an international day of action against bills C-38 and C-45.

“We want to see Bill C-38 and C-45 repealed,” Beth Newell, one of the organizers of the event, told the Journal. “They are terrible for the environment, they take away some of our treaty rights and they also break section 35 of the constitution.” Around 60 demonstrators, including some students, held signs and flags promoting the Idle No More movement.

“It’s not just about Kingston ... it’s all of it,” said Alison Fraser, MA ’14. “This is part of something much larger than ourselves.”

— Rachel Herscovici

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