Ban against student extended
The student accused of sexually assaulting another student in the University Centre in September has been banned from campus for another 10 days.
The student was formally charged with sexual assault on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, and, under the provisions of the university’s Code of Student Conduct, was banned from campus for 10 days. That ban was extended by Dr. Lilly Walker, dean of Student Affairs and Services.
The engineering PhD student was arrested and charged after a police investigation into an alleged incident on Sept. 26, 2007.
On that evening, a 19-year-old female Memorial student reported being assaulted while on an elevator in the Smallwood Centre. She did not sustain any physical injuries in the assault. She immediately contacted Memorial’s Campus Enforcement and Patrol (CEP) who then contacted the RNC.
The accused student appeared in provincial court in St. John’s Oct. 23 to face one charge of sexual assault. His case was set over until Nov. 14 for a plea. He’s free on $5,000 bail.
Memorial University College was established in 1925 as a living memorial to the Newfoundlanders who had lost their lives on active service during the First World War.
It was later rededicated to also encompass the province’s war dead of the Second World War.
The university will remember those war dead at its annual Ceremony of Remembrance on Friday, Nov. 9, starting at 11 a.m. in the Reid Theatre on the St. John’s campus.
As always there will be participation from members of the Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party, a wreath laying ceremony, reading of the Roll Call and the Act of Remembrance.
Three hundred and ten former students of the Memorial University College offered themselves for active service in the Second World War, 1939-1945. Thirty of these students lost their lives. Their names are recorded in the front of the University Calendar each year.
MUNFA executive announced
Memorial’s faculty union, MUNFA, has announced the members of its executive committee. Bill Schipper is president, Jon Church is the vice-president, the secretary is Malcolm Grant, Ross Klein is the association’s treasurer and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) council delegate is Sean Cadigan.
Members-at-large are Barrie Barrell, Donna Bulman, Cathryn Button, Chris Dennis, John Hudson, George Jenner, Richard Niefer, Grenfell College representative Gerard Curtis, and Grenfell alternate Amar Sodhi.
Memorial makes the grade
Students gave Memorial high marks in the areas of student services, course variety and ease of registration, but lower grades for it residences and availability of healthy meals in a recent survey conducted by the Globe and Mail newspaper.
The Globe’s University Report Card, published Oct. 16, was based on data collected from a questionnaire completed by more than 43,000 post-secondary students nationwide. It asked students to rate dozens of features of student life, from overall educational experience to quality of academic advising.
Memorial was rated in the medium category, for schools with 12,000-22,000 students. Its top grades were in availability of online course registration, sense of personal safety/security, and faculty members’ knowledge of subjects. Other high scores came in questions relating to the quality of the library, and recreational and athletic programs and services.
The university’s lowest scores came in the following categories: overall commitment to environmental sustainability, number of healthy meal options available on campus, student residences and availability of organic foods on-campus.
Memorial received an A-minus for overall quality of education received, fourth in its category, and an A-minus in student satisfaction, tied for fifth.