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Seeking the next great ranter
Memorial is seeking the next great “ranter.” Auditions will be held on Monday, Sept. 29, for the university’s Rant Like Rick Mercer contest.

Students are encouraged to attend the auditions with a prepared rant for a chance to qualify for the grand prizes. They’ll be asked to present a rant on camera on any subject. Rants should range between 30 and 90 seconds in length.

The top 10 from the audition will qualify for what organizers are calling a “Rantastic death match … Canadian Idol style,” set for Oct. 22 during Memorial’s annual fall celebrations, I Love MUNdays.

The contest is open to full-time undergrad and graduate students enrolled in the fall semester. The top three winners will be awarded $1,000, $750 and $500.

Auditions take place on Sept. 29 from 12-4 p.m. in room ED-1037A in the basement of the Education Building on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.

The Rant Like Rick contest is sponsored by Memorial’s Office of Student Recruitment.
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Chancellor inks book deal
The first book by Canada’s former chief of defence staff will be published in October 2009. It will be a memoir of Gen. Rick Hillier’s career in the Canadian Forces, including the mission in Afghanistan.

In the second book, to be published in the fall of 2010, he will share his insights on leadership he learned as a military commander.

Gen. Hillier served in the U.S., Europe and across Canada in a military career that spanned three decades. He is credited with leaving the Canadian Forces in the best shape it’s been in years.

Gen. Hillier assumed his duties as Canada’s chief of defence staff on Feb. 5, 2005, and stepped down July 1.

On July 3, he began a term as chancellor of Memorial University, his alma mater.

AUCC talks federal election
The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) hopes to keep post-secondary education in the spotlight during the federal election campaign.

It has launched a new election website – – which will allow the AUCC to detail the many ways in which universities matter to Canada and to Canadians, to urge all political parties to address issues related to higher education and university research, and to relay to the media and the public the parties’ positions and pronouncements relating to higher education and research.

The website is geared towards the university community, political candidates and journalists as a “one-stop shop” for information about the issues that matter to Canada’s universities, for facts and figures related to higher education and university research, and for answers to a questionnaire it will send to the five main party leaders on higher education and research issues.

The AUCC site will be active until election day on Oct. 14.

Celebrating 20 years
The Marine Institute is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of the world’s largest flume tank. Featuring a tank containing 1.7 million litres of water, MI’s flume tank and Fishing Technology Unit changed the face of fishing gear research.

Today, the institute is home base to a dynamic team of specialists whose client-oriented approach to research and technology transfer are bringing the world’s fishing and engineering technologies to the clients around the world.

As MI celebrates the facility’s 20th year, it is looking back at some its transformations. In 2000, the unit was renamed the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR) to reflect the broader range of services offered and the changing needs of the marine environmental and fishing sectors. CSAR now employs 14 individuals focused on fisheries development, emerging fisheries, hydrodynamic testing, by-catch and selectivity.

Together, they have worked on a range of projects worldwide from sea trials in Alaska to technology projects in Australia.