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Vol 37  No 16
June 30, 2005


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In Brief

Reasonable precautions deter theft: CEP

Campus Enforcement and Patrol is reminding members of the university community that reasonable precautions can prevent theft of personal and office property. The number of thefts on campus has risen lately, but many of these are the result of people leaving bags visible in parked cars, making tempting targets for thieves. Another main source of stolen materials is people leaving bags and wallets unattended in public spaces, including the library, lockers rooms in the recreation facilities and offices.

CEP is located in the Services Building on Memorial’s St. John’s campus, telephone 737-4100. At Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, the security office is Room AS-280, Arts and Science Building, telephone 637-6210. At the Marine Institute, Ridge Road, telephone 778-0456 to reach the security office.

Library goes the distance

While Distance Education students need to acquire the same research skills as on campus students, they can’t physically access the library in order to attend a class or sit down with a librarian. Instead, they require learning opportunities that are at their disposal no matter where they are geographically.

At Memorial libraries, such a learning opportunity exists in the form of the Library Research Essentials (LRE) tutorial. The LRE is a self-paced, interactive, Web-based tutorial, which is automatically available to every Distance Education student when they log on to the WebCT course environment.

The primary goal of the tutorial is to teach students the “essentials” of doing library research, by helping them acquire the basic skills that they need to successfully complete course assignments. The tutorial provides students with a solid foundation: a starting point for beginning their research, and some basic knowledge that will allow them to communicate effectively and efficiently when they contact the library with more advanced research questions. Students who need to brush up on existing research skills will also find it a useful refresher. And even for those not doing a research assignment as part of their course work, the LRE can help them to build their information literacy skills, and create a foundation for lifelong learning at school, at work, in their community, and at home.

Although on-campus students do not automatically have access to the tutorial, the library can provide access upon request, on an individual or class-by-class basis. If you would like further information or have questions about the LRE, contact Janet Goosney, library instruction co-ordinator, at jgoosney@mun.ca or 737-7427.

Appointments to MURC board

Four representatives from student groups were recently appointed to the Memorial University Recreation Complex (MURC) board of directors. The appointments were made by the Board of Regents. Representing MUNSU, Roger Drinkall was appointed to a one-year term and Zoiey Cobb was appointed for a two-year term. Erica Murton, representing MI Student’s Union, was appointed for a one-year term. Jill Pitcher, representing the GSU, was reappointed for a further one-year term. All appointments started June 1, 2005.

Fair Trade coffee coming to campus

Fair Trade coffee will be available at Treats in the University Centre starting in early July.

Fair Trade organic coffee is a program endorsed by MUN Oxfam that ensures small farmers receive a fair price for their coffee crops.

Lynn Reid, owner of the Treats franchise in the University Centre, said she has thought about offering Fair Trade coffee for a while, and is excited about having it available.

“We’ve been asked a number of times by the students and we’d like to be a good corporate citizen,” she said. “The idea appeals to us.”

There will be only one selection of Fair Trade coffee starting out, and coffee drinkers will have to request it from the counter staff. The cost will be slightly more than a standard cup of coffee, but Ms. Reid said Treats’ low prices still make the Fair Trade coffee less expensive than the same size cup of regular coffee at many coffee shops in the city.

Katie Temple of MUN Oxfam said the group is delighted that coffee drinkers on the St. John’s campus will now have access to Fair Trade coffee.

Ms. Temple said it is now up to coffee drinkers to support the decision by Treats to carry the coffee.

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