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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Oh-oh-ohhh... O-Week!
The throngs of frosh cheering incessantly are now far away, but O-Week planning is already back in session.

Following in the footsteps of Rich Caccamo, Shinerama head soph Megan McClure is taking over as next year’s Orientation Coordinator.

“O-Week is a great opportunity for student leaders to welcome incoming students,” McClure said.

“I hope to build on its past success.”

If you’re up to the challenge of reliving the whirlwind that is O-Week, pick up an application for Orientation Staff, available in the University Students’ Council office in Rm. 301 in the UCC beginning Dec. 3.
"Lauren Pelley

York pays professor for Noble pursuit of academic freedom
In the noble tradition of David versus Goliath, a York University professor took on his employer and won.

Earlier this month, David Noble, a social science professor at York, won a lawsuit against the university, citing defamation and violation of academic freedom.

The lawsuit began in response to allegations of anti-Semitism when Noble released flyers exposing York University’s affiliations with pro-Israel lobbyists.

A year later, arbitration ruled in favour of Noble and ordered York to pay him the sum of $2,500, a shade short of the $10-million originally sought.

In Noble’s opinion, “[The arbitrator Russel Goodfellow] was unwilling to take on the aspect of defamation, and instead ruled only on the violation of academic freedom.”

Noble continued, “[Since] there is no statute in law protecting academic freedom, this ruling will create a strong case for future legal actions against violation of academic freedom.”
"Michael Wojtowicz

Podcasts may improve professor’s cool factor
At the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, one instructor decided she wants school to come to the students, not just the other way around.

Linda Delzeit-McIntyre, an instructor at LATTC, took on an additional role as online program director for a pilot podcasting program.

Using an open source software product from Box Populi, a company based in Portland, Oregon, she managed to transform old, used computers into recording devices for her lecture.

The software, Podcast-in-a-Box, allows instructors to record a lecture onto a USB flash memory device that can later be made available online for students " even allowing them to transfer the audio lecture onto a portable MP3 player.

Delzeit-McIntyre said, “There is too much for a chalkboard. [Podcasts] allow students to go back and listen to lectures.”

Many LATTC students commute to school, are busy with family and speak English as a second language; Delzeit-McIntyre feels the podcasts better fit the needs of her students.

However, this is no walk in the park for the instructors.

“It is a lot of extra work. Off-colour teachers are not likely to do it if their humour or comments can get them into trouble,” Delzeit-McIntyre added.
"Dale Williams

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