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McGill University

An unofficial frosh week event involving McGill’s Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) has resulted in what the Tribune is calling “a high point of embarassment” for the week, after inebriated froshies tore through the interior decor of Club 737, an exclusive Montreal nightclub.

“We have had many events with McGill before and it has ever been a problem. But this time everybody was just too drunk and too stoned… [Frosh] were smoking up in the club and tearing stuff off the walls,” said Robert Ryan, the 737 event coordinator responsible for the SUS party. Damages totalled over $400, primarily for broken lights and disco balls and no charges have been laid.

—The McGill Tribune

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC) and its affiliated teaching hospitals have gained more than $68- million in research infrastructure funding — the largest amount awarded to any Canadian institution — from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in a recent competition.

“This incredible level of investment by the federal government is an explicit recognition that innovative and interdisciplinary research is the cornerstone of the economic, social and cultural well-being of all Canadians,” said UBC President Martha Piper. UBC and its research partners received funding for 20 projects ranging from the restoration of global fisheries to the working relationship between humans and computers.

Six of the projects, including a new cancer research centre that received $27.8 million — the largest individual grant ever given in Canada — are centred at UBC’s hospitals. The facility will be part of the Centre for Integrated Genomics, a joint project of UBC and the B.C. Cancer Agency.

—UBC Department of Public Affairs

University of Toronto

University of Toronto’s frosh antics last week resulted in a fiberglass moose being at held large. Although the stolen mascot was returned to its designated spot on front campus Wednesday afternoon, frosh spirit ran high for the remainder of Orientation Week and no one would take bets on the continued safety of the seven-foot-tall fiberglass sculpture.

Campus police on patrol spotted the moose around 3 a.m. September 6 at Queen’s Park Crescent in the company of five young males. When the police approached them, they dropped the moose and ran to nearest residence on St. Joseph Street.

So what do you do with a moose on the loose? Too heavy to carry back, too big to put in the trunk of the car, too precious to be left unguarded, the moose was padlocked to the fence. The hand-cuffs that police carry aren’t designed for “mooscular” legs, but a lock from the bicycle patrol did the trick and the hazing victim spent the rest of the night in disgrace.

—Courtesy of Karina Dahlin, University of Toronto Department of Public Affairs

University of Guelph

In a historic first, two First Nations have signed an agreement with the provincial and federal governments that recognizes their aboriginal and treaty rights to manage their own fishery. More than a dozen University of Guelph professors, researchers and colleagues worked on issues associated with the accord.

The fishing agreement was signed in August by the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation, Saugeen First Nation, the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. Under the four-year agreement, the two First Nations will co-manage their commercial fishery on the Main Basin and Georgian Bay of Lake Huron. The fishery is based largely on lake whitefish and bloater chub and has annual gross revenues of about $3 million. It also employs about 10 per cent of both First Nations’ populations.

—University of Guelph Media Relations

University of Calgary

Two University of Calgary professors have been named 3M Teaching Fellows, one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on a Canadian university educator. Only 10 fellowships are presented nationally each year.

The recipients, Dr. Allan Jones, associate dean (undergraduate medical education), and Dr. Donald Kline, professor of psychology, were selected from a group of 52 nominees across Canada. The 3M Teaching Fellowships are presented to individuals who not only excel in the teaching of their own courses, but also demonstrate exceptional leadership and commitment to improving university teaching across disciplines.

—University of Calgary News Media and Services Relations

University of Ottawa

Paul Holden and Jean-Philipe Éthier, two engineering students at the University of Ottawa, have designed and built their robots to compete in the MIROSOT (MIcro-RObotics SOccer Tournament) competition. While Canada’s human Olympians will be testing their mettle against the world in Sydney, Australia, their robot counterparts will be competing from September 18-24 in Rockhampton, Austrailia, several hundred miles from Sydney.

Of the sixteen teams competing in MIROSOT, the University of Ottawa team is the only North American entrant. This will be Holden’s second tournament. The first, held last year in Brazil, ended in disappointment when the robots’ memory chips were erased during the trip. Holden and Éthier are confident that this year’s tournament will end with much more success for the robots.

—University of Ottawa Media Relations

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