Squareball Society and Oxfam aim to break record, combat poverty
On Aug. 1718, Memorial’s Squareball Society and Oxfam Canada will set out to break the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous squareball game. Square Up will see eight athletes serve, volley, tap, smash, pass, smack and spin from noon Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday in support of Oxfam’s efforts to eradicate global poverty.
“The MUN Squareball Society held its first game in May,” said founder Daniel Miller, who added that Guinness has approved the attempt on the record. “This is exciting because squareball is an exciting game, but the excitement goes beyond that. The event is an opportunity for the public to contribute to Oxfam Canada’s newest campaign, Open for All.”
Laura Beth Power of Oxfam Canada explained: “The Open for All campaign stresses investment in essential public services as a means of combating poverty worldwide. Specifically, it calls upon the Canadian government to honour its international obligations by raising its foreign aid spending to 0.7 per cent of national income. We must square up to the developing world by promoting free and equal access to healthcare, education, water and sanitation.”
Square Up will take place in parking lot 16A (near University Centre). Organizers invite the public to come show their support during the grueling 28-hour marathon.
Memorial’s annual orientation for new students at the St. John’s campus will take place Monday, Sept. 3 and Tuesday, Sept. 4. Designed to help students make the transition to university life and learn about the academic and social opportunities on campus, orientation events will include campus tours, information on organizations, clubs, societies and leadership programs, and academic information sessions with faculty. As well, participants will have a chance to cut loose and have some fun playing “O” Games developed for this occasion.
Events are targeted toward traditional new students, as well as those transferring in from other universities. Special sessions for international students will help familiarize them with the campus, with St. John’s and with local services and Canadian culture. Contact the International Student Advising Office for more info at (709) 737-8895.
In addition, parents of new students are invited to attend a day of sessions dealing with finances, career development, academic life, and adjusting to life with a university student.
Orientation registration takes place on Monday, Sept. 3 from 12 - 12:30 p.m. in the Field House.
Shastri Fellowship sponsors visit from Indian fisheries scholar
A Fellowship from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute allowed an Indian scholar to spend a month at Memorial University looking into what India can learn from the Canadian fisheries experience. Dr. Jyothis Sathyapalan said India’s fishery is at risk if conservation methods are not ongoing.
He is exploring how conservation can be balanced against livelihood needs. For example, India’s monsoon season coincides with the fish breeding season and a 60-day ban on harvesting fish. While important to maintaining healthy stocks, this creates hardship for subsistence fishers who have no formal mechanisms for support, such as Employment Insurance. An environmental economist, he wants to identify mechanisms that might work in an Indian context.
“We are talking about shortfalls. State intervention is a short-term strategy,” he explained. “For long-term sustainability, only conservation will work.”
Dr. Sathyapalan works for the Centre for Economics and Social Studies, Hyderabad, an autonomous body under the Indian Council of Social Science Research funded by the Ministry of Human Resources, India. He chose to come to Memorial to take advantage of the expertise of Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, the Canada Research Chair in Natural Resource Sustainability and Community Development, and Dr. Sean Cadigan, who has studied the history of Newfoundland’s marine conservation efforts.
In addition to meeting with researchers, he wants to talk with local fisherman to get their perspectives.