What students are talking about today (February 22nd)
1. Students at Brandon University were excited for some metal after KISS frontman Gene Simmons posted earlier this month on his website that the band would play July 18th in the Wheat City. Both The Quill and the Brandon Sun reported the news but now the date has now disappeared from Simmons’ website and it’s unclear whether they’re even coming. This may not seem like a big deal to most of us, but it shows how desperate students in small cities are for entertainment.
2. Here’s disturbing news. Daniel Younis, 24, was Recruiting Coordinator and Running Back coach for the York University Lions football team when he was arrested this month for luring a child under 18 and attempting to make child pornography following Internet chats with a 16-year-old boy.
3. Also disturbing is that University of Alberta researcher Zhixiang Wang, 51, faces charges of sexual assault and sexual contact with a child, reports the Edmonton Journal. His wife is charged with one count of unlawful confinement. Wang works in the department of medical genetics.
4. Following a three-week faculty strike at St. Francis Xavier University, students will have classes extended by a week and exams will end four days later than expected. That means a loss of two weeks. Meanwhile, president Sean Riley tells The Chronicle Herald that he blames a 10 per cent cut in provincial funding for the strike. Provincial money makes up 42 per cent of the budget.
5. Urban Dictionary has removed an unflattering definition of Acadia University that CTV Atlantic says read: “Infamous for being full of drunk frosh that end up in ambulances, drunk upper years that destroy buildings, drunk townies that show up at the student bars, drunken parties full of drunk high school teens.” Acadia students told CTV that the university is about more than drinking. I should hope so considering it’s consistently ranked at the top of its category by Maclean’s.