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Five things students are talking about today (February 27th)
1. Research from the University of Guelph has shown that university arts majors and those in similar college programs are generally slower to pay off student loans than business, health and engineering students, even when starting salaries are controlled for. Sociologist David Walters, one of the researchers behind the study, said it’s unclear why, though his theories include “lack of numeracy” and less “life-planning skills” among arts types. I’d lean toward the life-planning skills—they did choose arts degrees, after all. And considering how critical of capitalism the arts tend to be, they’re probably more resentful about having to pay them back and more likely to want to stick it to the man by paying as slowly as possible. It makes sense. In Quebec it’s arts students who encouraged everyone to skip school and demand free tuition. (Disclaimer: I have an arts degree.)
2. A Ryersonian editorial gives two thumbs up to Tim Hudak’s plan to invest more in degrees that lead to jobs. The Ontario Progressive Conservative leader’s Path to Prosperity White Paper suggests financial aid be based on students’ choices of programs. “Decisions about who should receive loans,” it reads, “should involve assessments of future employability and reward good academic behaviour.” Naturally this led to a backlash from those in fields where degrees don’t (directly) lead to jobs, including from Professor Pettigrew. The Ryersonian says agriculture, fashion, family studies, theatre, philosophy, anthropology, archeology and political science should get less money while science, technology, engineering and math should get more.
Collection of 70,000 images “shocking and horrible”
A 27-year-old University of Saskatchewan law student will go to jail for one year after a judge reviewed some of the 70,000 “shocking and horrible” child pornography images found on USB sticks in his pocket at the Saskatoon Airport on May 31. Among the images were photos of men abusing infant girls and men having sex with animals.
Eran Michael Pinsky, who pleaded guilty, had already been charged with possession of one of the largest collections of child porn ever found in Canada in 2009. In fact, it was as a result of bail conditions following that charge that police knew he was planning to leave the city in May and decided to check up on him at the airport.
During his three-year probation, Pinsky will be not be allowed internet access outside of work, he will be required to abstain from all pornography, he will take sex offender treatment and his name will remain in the national sex offender registry for ten years.
Multiple daily downloads pushed him over the limit
Irish newspapers have picked up a rather odd warning from a student at University College Cork. The student told the Cork Student News that his peers should be careful about downloading pornographic videos onto their smartphones without have reading the fine print of their mobile contracts. The second-year food business student racked up $2,330 in data charges and subsequently dropped out of school, though he has since decided to return.
“When I signed up, I was misinformed,” the embarrassed student, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the newspaper. “They told me that unlimited internet was part of the deal. I asked the customer service agent repeatedly to make sure that this was the case, and was repeatedly told that it was.” In reality, there was an monthly limit, which he surpassed by downloading “multiple videos” each day during a period when he had no other internet access.
The phone company reduced his charges to $565 as a goodwill gesture.
13 unionized workers suspended for using university computers to view sexually explicit material
Thirteen employees at the University of British Columbia have been caught watching and distributing pornography with their work computers. Although no one has lost their job over the incident, the workers were all given 10 day suspensions in recent months. “There was an investigation on the use of IT, and it came to the attention that a number of staff were involved in viewing, receiving and distributing sexually explicit material using UBC e-mail and computers,” UBC spokesman Scott Macrae told the Vancouver Province.
Macrae would not give any more details on exactly what the employees were viewing beyond confirming the material was “sexually explicit.” Nor would Macrae divulge which departments the disciplined employees worked in, except to say that they were all unionized workers.
However inappropriate using work computers for viewing pornography might be, it is quite common, sex addiction expert Paulette Tomasson told the CBC. “At least 70 per cent of pornography is downloaded between 9 and 5,” she said.