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News Briefs Animal rights campaign spreads beyond UBC campus VANCOUVER (CUP)—A UNIVERSITY OF British Columbia (UBC) activist group is taking their campaign to end animal experimentation to the national level. STOP UBC Animal Research (STOP), an animal rights group started at UBC’s Vancouver campus, has begun working with other groups with similar goals at institutions …

Next Stop COMMERCIALS, TV SHOWS, lectures, movies, news, the latest gossip—in a day, we’re faced with countless messages, all of them demanding our immediate attention. We’re forced to pick and choose in order of importance, often forced to do, discuss, or remember something less urgent at a later time. Post-it notes and agendas are living …

Congratulations, you’ve been arrested! LAST MONTH, THE Central Warrants Unit of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Chicago sent out 10,000 letters to fugitives with outstanding warrants, offering prizes of $500 coupons, plasma TVs, and video game systems. Though thousands of letters came back undeliverable, more than 50 fugitives made appointments to come to a …

New MA program promotes a more interconnected world THE DEPARTMENT OF Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Ottawa has unveiled their master of arts (MA) program in world literatures and cultures, set to begin in September 2012 as the first of its kind in Canada. “What modern languages and literatures departments do is …

Students organize petition to bring back committee DURING THE SEPT. 18 Board of Administration (BOA) meeting, a motion to remove the Student Arbitration Committee (SAC) was put forward after determining the committee was undemocratic. The motion carried 29 to one. Brendon Andrews, BOA representative for the Faculty of Social Sciences who voted against the motion, …

New volunteer centre offers students a world of oppourtunities ON OCT. 21, the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Global and Community Engagement (CGCE) will celebrate its official opening. The centre offers volunteer opportunities for students, engaging them in the community in and out of the classroom. University of Ottawa President Allan Rock, who had the …

THESE DAYS, THE terms “environmentally friendly,” “green,” and “eco-friendly initiatives” get thrown around a lot. Whether you learned about it through Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth or Andrew Stanton’s Wall-E, almost everyone is aware that climate change is harming our planet. Still, the situation isn’t getting much better—but why? I think our own laziness …

The problem HEY, SCIENCE! WHY haven’t you built me an iPod the size of a single cell yet? I’m waiting. Currently electronics are built out of bulk materials and have inherent size limitations: A wire can only be carved so small if it’s made from an everyday chunk of copper. But imagine if electronic components …

U of O close to fair-trade designation AT THE BEGINNING of 2011, the University of Ottawa chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) launched a fair-trade campus initiative at the U of O to certify the campus as fair trade. Since then, the action has gained the support of the Student Federation of the University of …

A FEMALE EMPLOYEE at the General Services Administration (GSA) building in Washington, D.C. sustained serious injuries from sitting on an exploding toilet on Sept. 26. According to a memo circulated throughout the building, a mechanical failure led to high water pressure in the domestic water system. This subsequently led to explosions in the restrooms. Workers …

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