Archive for August, 2012

New director of school of tranportation has wealth of experience
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BY KRISTINA CHRYSSANTHIS
Courier Staff

The school of Transportation’s new director brings with him a long and impressive resume, as well as high aspirations for Centennial College.

Now in his fifth week on the job, at Ashtonbee campus, Garth Jackson has worked at several colleges throughout Ontario. He served as campus principal at Fanshawe College, vice president of academics at both Georgian and George Brown Colleges, and president at Canadore College.

In 1994, as the assistant deputy minister...

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Public post-secondary education is a mess
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BY DAVID BLUMENFELD
Courier Staff

Ontario’s colleges and univer-sities are in a state of crisis and it is the students who are bearing the burden, a public forum was told at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts on Oct. 11.

The forum, billed as Crisis to Catastrophe: The State of Ontario’s Public Universities and Colleges, focused on the stress being placed on students and the public education system because of increased class sizes, fewer teachers, corporate...

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Virtual groundbreaking for new campus
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Three former Ontario premiers donned, hard hats and picked up shovels for a virtual groundbreaking of Centennial College’s new campus.

Centennial President Richard Johnston and the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Dianne Cunningham, joined former premiers Bob Rae, Bill Davis and David Peterson in announcing a technology alliance between Centennial College and two high-tech companies, Compaq Canada and Avaya Canada.

The partnership will yield $10.25 million towards Centennial’s plans to build a high-tech college...

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Changes to the GPA may be on the way
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BY MIKE PELHAM
Courier Staff

Change is on its way for students and how their grade point average (GPA) is calculated and presented on a GPA transcript.

Presently, if a student receives an unsatisfactory (U) grade, that mark is calculated into the mark the student gets the second time around. That brings down the average of the mark and hurts the student. But if the recommenda= tions made at the first Centennial College Council meeting this year, held on Monday, Sept. 24, at Warden Woods campus, are acted on, then Centennial students...

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Centennial creates alliance with U of T
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— School officials wait for the go ahead for applied and collaborative degrees —

BY KIM WILLIAMS
Courier Staff

Centennial College is trying to improve program selection for students by adding applied and collaborative degrees and diplomas.

School officials are still waiting for the programs to be approved by the government, but they are hopeful the courses will be available to students by September 2002. Centennial has put in applications to the Post Secondary Education Qualification Assessment Board (PSEQAB) for applied degrees in computer network and communications and also in environmental management.

The college also hopes to be...

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Video game girls: vixens or valued
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By MATHIEU B. YUILL
Courier Staff

It must be lonely being a male video game superhero.

Finding companionship among the opposite sex is hard, in fact, recent studies conducted by Mediascope, a media watch-dog group in the United States, says for every 100 video games that feature a male as the main character, there are only 17 that feature females in the same role. But it’s not so much the unbalanced ratio of sexes in video games society should be concerned about, Melanie Cishecki said, executive director...

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A Time to Remember
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BY TED BARRIS

It took half a century, but his country finally remembered him.

This week, at the Royal Canadian Military Institute on University Avenue in Toronto, they staged a press conference. Ontario government representatives, staff of the Dominion Institute and some invited guests garnered in front of TV cameras and radio microphones to repay a 50-year-old debt to Korean War veterans. They symbolically acknowledged 30,000 Canadians who served in the United-Nations-led defence of South Korea between 1950 and 1953.
Len...

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We know Juno
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By Ted Kritsonis
Courier Staff

Continuing her rapid rise to stardom, Nelly Furtado stole at the 2001 Juno Awards winning four Junos, edging out the Barenaked Ladies for top spot on the night.

The live gala returned to Copps Coliseum in Hamilton and by Rick Mercer from This Hour has 22 Minutes. Backstage a beaming Furtado spoke about her rise to fame.

“I think in the beginning I was concerned with the wrong things,” she said. “I was concerned with giving a little too much...

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Pursuing culture through artwork
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BY KIM WILLIAMS
Courier Staff

Robert Small is an artistic visionary who finds his roots and helps others every time he paints.

Small, creator of the Official Black History Month Poster, and current Director of the YMCA Black Achievement Program, found his love for drawing when he was eight years old. His first piece of artwork was a comic strip about super heroes.

Small, 31, continued to draw, and published a comic book at the early age of 17. He then went on to win the Excellence in Art award at Stephen...

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Sex Wars: Battle of the sexes
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BY TED KRITSONIS
Opinions Editor
As a guy, understanding the needs of a woman is difficult, but dealing with them is quite a daunting task in itself.
The constant male bashing that men have been subjected to is usually unwarranted and tends to create a problem rather than attempting to solve one. The consistent female arguments that men ‘don’t listen’ and ‘aren’t sensitive’ have really gotten old and hold next to no merit anymore.
Men ‘don’t listen’ because women always assume that men should know when there’s something wrong. By looking upset and not saying a word, it’s virtually...

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