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In Brief

Welcome relief

Memorial University welcomes the elimination of student loan interest payments announced last week by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Graduates and students carrying debt loads incurred while pursuing post-secondary education will no longer pay the provincial interest portion on their loans.

“We applaud this initiative,” said Dr. Chris Loomis, Memorial’s president, pro tempore. “This addresses the very real problem of student debt and will make university education much more affordable in the long run.”

The elimination of interest will be automatic, with no action required on the part of individuals to access the benefit, according to the provincial government’s news release. With interest eliminated, individuals in repayment can see a savings of up to $1,800 over the life of their provincial student loan. Approximately 49,000 people who are currently paying off their loans will benefit from the initiative.

Emerging poets published

A collection of poetry written and edited by students in the Creative Writing program at Memorial University has been published by Paragon Press. The collection, titled Tangerine Parallelograms, was edited by Randy Drover and Lynette Adams and features works by emerging writers, for whom this will be the first time they see their work in print. The collection also features the work of established writers including a preface by Mary Dalton and poetry by Monica Kidd.

Tangerine Parallelograms is the fourth publication from Paragon Press, which was founded in 2007 to be a publication venue for new writers. Paragon has also published two editions of an annual literary journal, and a collection of non-fiction essays called Telling Truth.

The launch of Tangerine Parallelograms will be held on Aug. 11 at 8 pm at The Ship Pub in St. John’s and will feature readings from contributors and live music. Copies available for $15 at the launch, at various bookstores in the St.
John’s area and by contacting the editors at

Tely 10 team

On July 26, the Memorial University Tely 10 Team hit the streets for their fifth year. Despite the fog and rain, more than 90 brave Memorial University employees and retirees and their family members donned the grey and red and set out.

The Tely 10 Team is organized through the department of Human Resources. Participation is free and available to all faculty, staff, retires and their family members.

The aim of the team is not high standings or recognition; the point is to encourage people to take part.

“It’s about getting out and participating in a really great event” says Worklife Programs Coordinator Laura Chapman. And it has been very successful in this way, she added, each year drawing between eight and 15 first-time participants, as well as many returning members.

And members needn’t necessarily be at the St. John’s campus to participate. The Marine Institute is usually well represented and this year for the first time, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook contributed a team of six.

Although the team was unable to have any organized group training or presentations this year, some members still achieved personal best times.