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Vol 38  No 12
April 6, 2006


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In Brief

Cleaning up

Have stuff lying around your house that you don’t want but know is not trash? Then Project Green has a solution for you. Memorial’s environmental group will hold its fourth annual Dump and Run April 17-23 at Hatcher House. Dump and Run gives people the opportunity to get rid of potentially useful items. These items will be collected during the first four days, April 17-20. Project Green then opens the doors for a gigantic yard sale of sorts where all the items are available for sale.

The point, according to organizer Melanie Knight, is to reduce the amount of useful material going into the provincial landfill, and to raise money for Project Green, the Campus Food Bank and the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Katie Temple of Project Green said the event is scheduled during the week when many students are moving out of residence, but it is open to anyone looking for a good deal.

To learn more or to volunteer for Dump and Run, contact Project Green at enviro@mun.ca.

University catches scam attempt; police investigating

Memorial University was the target of a recent attempt to perpetrate a fraudulent bank transfer. The request was sent through the university’s bank (Royal Bank) for $28,500 US to be transferred to a bank in Japan. Between the Royal Bank and the university’s Department of Financial Services, the transfer was identified as fraudulent. The university alerted the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, which is investigating.

Brian Colbourne, Memorial’s director of financial services, said that the security systems at the university and the bank protect Memorial from this kind of fraud. He explained that this type of activity has increased in recent years concomitant with an increase in selling on the internet.

Mr. Colbourne explained that the university has offered direct deposit of funds as an alternative payment method to vendors for several years. “It’s unfortunate we are targeted in this way, but the good news is they’re never successful. We catch all these fraudulent cheques between ourselves and our bank with no losses, but moving to direct deposit is the solution to preventing these occurrences once and for all,” he said.

Grenfell unveils new home page for college

Grenfell College has unveiled a new look for its home page. Located at www.swgc.mun.ca, the new site features a completely different visual design and a number of navigation changes.

“This new look was devised by web administrator Steve Walsh with input from the Grenfell College Web Team,” said Jo-Anne Philpott, chair of the Web Team. “The new site contains a news and events section to keep Grenfell happenings up to date, a picture slideshow and updated quick links menu and content. These measures will go a long way toward improving the communications function of the website so we can better communicate with our various audiences.”

The changes to the home page were based on various requests the Web Team has received, as well as the feedback of a focus group, said Ms. Philpott.

“While it may take some getting used to, we hope the Grenfell community as well as the public will find the new site an improvement over the last,” she said. “The web is, after all, an ever-changing entity.”

Feedback on the new look is welcome; individuals can access a comments link in the top menu.

Geography Challenge comes to campus

How many icebergs are there in Labrador? What’s the most westerly community in the province (and by the way, no maps allowed)?

Six junior high students from across Newfoundland and Labrador will face questions like these as they compete in the secondary round of the Canadian Council for Geographic Education (CCGE) annual Geography Challenge.

Memorial University’s Department of Geography will host the April 8 event at the St. John’s campus.

Five of the six students will come to campus to compete; the sixth will participate over the phone from Labrador.

Karyn Butler and Dr. Norm Catto, professors of geography, say this is the second year Memorial has hosted the event. “It’s a chance to get students interested in geography, and students love competition,” explains Prof. Butler, the event’s official scorekeeper.

The winner will advance to the national level ­ a contest held via Internet ­ and compete for scholarship prizes, funded by sponsor HSBC. National winners get the chance to travel to Budapest to compete internationally.

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