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Student’s Aconcagua climb halted by illness

Marine Institute navy student Jean-Paul Richard returned home recently after illness halted his attempt to summit Mount Aconcagua.

Mr. Richard was forced to stop his climb when he was diagnosed with high altitude cerebral edema, a severe form of, and sometimes fatal, altitude sickness.

Immediate descent is a necessary life-saving measure so he had to return to base camp on Christmas Day to recover.

Mr. Richard began his climb of Aconcagua, South America’s highest peak, on Dec. 15 in an attempt to raise awareness of the Canadian Forces Soldier On program.

His goal is to eventually conquer all Seven Summits, Kilimanjaro, Denali, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Carstensz Pyramid, Vinson and Everest.

Despite this set back, Mr. Richard is more determined than ever to achieve his goal.

“I am going back there next Christmas to try again,” he said. “This minor glitch only motivates me even more.”

Mr. Richard adds that the next summit on his list is Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe and the highest point of Russia. He plans to tackle this next adventure this summer.

Third annual relay set for Jan. 24

The Field House will be buzzing with activity next week as students, staff and faculty pull an all-nighter. The third annual MUN Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life is set for Saturday, Jan. 24, beginning at 7 p.m.

Organizers are hoping to collect thousands of dollars during the 12-hour fundraiser for cancer research and education. Last year, $35,000 was collected with 43 teams and 450 people participating.

“The relay is important because it exemplifies the spirit of the MUN community,” said event chair and second-year medical student Katie Barnes. During the 12 hours, teams will take part in non-competitive walks around the Field House track, as well as a string of other fun-filled activities ranging from karaoke to dancing.

A touching event, known as the Luminary Ceremony, will also be held allowing participants to place candles in special bags that bear the names of cancer survivors and loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer. Those would like to honour a loved ones at the event but cannot participate, can purchase a luminary online for $5 at, which will be displayed at the relay.

To learn more about the relay or to get volunteer, e-mail

Faculty of Science pilots career mentoring program

The Faculty of Science, in collaboration with the Centre for Career Development and the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, is offering a new program for students wanting to explore where their science degree can take them.

An online career mentoring program, scheduled to begin on Feb. 2, will link Memorial’s Science alumni from across Canada and around the world to students currently completing their degree on the St. John’s campus.

This pilot program will allow Memorial’s science students to discover how the skills and knowledge they are attaining while completing their degree can be applied to a career. Students will be matched with alumni based on academic program. In addition to the mentoring component, students will also receive assistance in resume writing, interview skills, and job search techniques.

The idea for the program evolved from focus groups conducted by the Centre for Career Development aimed at determining the needs of science students regarding their career planning. Results indicated a need for a career mentoring program where students can explore various science-related career paths and connect with individuals in the field.

According to Stephanie Butt, the science career development co-ordinator who is organizing the program, “It is easy to think of research jobs, or the obvious link between a Science degree and medical school or teaching; however, we also want to encourage students to think outside the box and let them know there are a variety of career options available.”

Recruitment of program participants is currently on-going and the deadline for applications is Jan. 21. For more information about the program, contact Ms. Butt at or (709) 737-6236. You may also visit