Feb. 6, 2003, Gazette
A sampling of stories from university press across
UVic law is tops
VICTORIA UVics law school finds itself
in a familiar place again this year ranked number one in the country
in a survey of recent law graduates by Canadian Lawyer magazine.
The UVic Ring reports that the law school has earned an A
rating in the annual survey of law schools, published in the magazines
February edition. For a small law school to be consistently ranked
number one by its students is particularly gratifying, says UVic
law dean Andrew Petter.
The law school finishes ahead of the universities of Alberta and Toronto
in the survey, which measures the quality of curriculum, faculty, facilities
and student body, testing standards, and the relevance of the overall
The magazine notes that grads from UVic law agree that the schools
strongest feature is its people both faculty and fellow students.
The A weve received for our students and faculty
is a well-deserved tribute to the people at UVic law, adds Dr. Petter.
UVic has ranked number one in the country in seven of the past eight of
the magazines surveys.
Board approves tuition hike and differential fees
EDMONTON The University of Alberta Board of Governors came
to a compromise position on a controversial proposal to increase tuition
fees and introduce differential tuition fees in some faculties.
In a marathon 4 1/2 hour meeting Jan. 17, most of which was spent debating
tuition fees, board members amended a proposal that would have seen a
general 6.4 per cent tuition increase for the coming year, along with
differential fees that would have sparked even greater increases for students
studying business, medicine, and law.
Citing rising costs and fierce competition for faculty from other universities
- most of which already charge differential fees the Faculty of
Law, the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, and the School of Business
had requested differential fees. They also proposed directing 20-30 per
cent of the revenues towards scholarships and bursaries, enabling lower-income
students to join the faculties.
But student leaders argued passionately against differential fees, suggesting
a 7.5 per cent across-the-board increase, which would raise an equivalent
amount of tuition revenue as the differential fee increase, was "the
lesser of two evils." Though bound by Students' Union policies to
vote against any tuition fee hikes, student board members said they'd
support directing funds from the general increase towards the faculties
seeking differential tuition fees.
The board approved a 6.9 per cent general tuition increase and agreed
to implement differential tuition fees. For medical students, tuition
will rise more than $2,000 per year for the next three years, to $12,037
per year in 2005-06. Tuition for law students will grow to $8,575 in 2004-05
from the current $4,300 per year. The cost to enter the MBA program will
rise to $9,778 in 2004-05 from $4,491 this year. All of the increases
will be grandfathered, and will not affect students currently enrolled
in these programs.
Young scientist finds shark populations decimated
HALIFAX It's hard to think of sharks, those deadly killing
machines, as "vulnerable." But according to a study by Julia
Baum and others in Dalhousie's Biology department, shark populations in
the Northwest Atlantic are shadows of what they were 10 years ago, thanks
to human overexploitation, Dalhousie News reports.
In an article published in the prestigious Science journal on Jan. 17,
Baum and the team analyzed how total populations of sharks such as scalloped
hammerheads, whites and threshers in the Northwest Atlantic have each
dropped by over 75 per cent in the past 15 years. The study attributes
this decline largely to the expansion of fishing fleets out into the open
ocean in the last 50 years.
The study estimates that "all recorded shark species, with the exception
of makos, have declined more than 50 per cent in the past eight to 15
years." In other species, such as the hammerhead shark, the population
has dropped by 86 per cent since 1986.
The reason the study is getting so much attention is that the image of
the frightening predator appeals to the public. Sharks are also controversial.
Fishing quotas introduced in the United States have been the source of
lawsuits from the fisheries and from conservation groups.
Another reason for the interest, Baum says, is there had been little reliable
information available on the marine predators. "Sharks are one of
the least known large species in the world," says Ransom Myers, her
thesis advisor. "We have good data on only a few populations, and
the population status is unknown for almost all species in the world,
even though there is great conservation concern for the group."
SFU urged to help public evaluate social changes
VANCOUVER Jerry Zaslove wants Simon Fraser University to
lead academics in helping communities cope with a changing world order,
Simon Fraser News reports.
The founding director of the institute for the humanities at SFU has partnered
with community education programs in continuing studies and outside organizations
to develop a unique lecture series called The Future of Poverty, A Social
Academics rarely partner with frontline social activists to help
the public evaluate social and economic changes. This lecture series achieves
that, says Dr. Zaslove.
The professor emeritus of humanities continues to nurture the humanities
institutes development as a model of academic public service.
Dr. Zaslove says the lecture series is structured to give people the background
to evaluate the impact of unprecedented social change across Canada and
their options for making adjustments.
For the first time in many years people en masse are experiencing
the effects of job cuts, retrenchment, business reorganization, healthcare
cuts and reduced access to higher education, says Dr. Zaslove.