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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Arts and Humanities welcomes a new dean
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities will be welcoming a new dean to its staff this fall.

Donna Penne is currently the associate dean of Arts and Social Sciences and an English and theatre studies professor at the University of Guelph. Western will welcome Penne for a five-year term beginning Sept. 1, 2008 and ending June 30, 2013.

A Senate Selection Committee made up of representatives from within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities as well as other outside faculty members made the decision.

In addition to her positions at Guelph, Penne also serves as vice-president Equity issues on the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and as academic colleague for the University of Guelph at the Council of Ontario Universities.

The resumé of the new faculty dean also includes degrees from the University of Guelph and McGill University. Penne also spent some time in New Hampshire, where she studied at the School of Theory and Criticism at Dartmouth College.
"Jaela Bernstien

Nova Scotia freezes tuition to attract Ontario engineers
The Government of Nova Scotia is instantaneously implementing a three-year tuition freeze in the hopes of making university in Nova Scotia more affordable.

Statistically, Nova Scotia students pay the highest tuition in the country; however, the Government of Nova Scotia has announced an updated Memorandum of Understanding to change this.

The MOU will immediately invest $180 million over the next three years, freezing students’ tuition and offering a University Student Bursary Trust Fund.

Tuition in Nova Scotia might not decrease from its current $5,878 to the national average of $4,524, but chair of the Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations Mike Tipping assured it is a great step.

“In-province students are promised, through the bursary, $761 in 2008-09 as it gradually increases across the four-year plan,” Tipping said.

Tipping explained Nova Scotia is trying to attract students from other provinces to maintain its economy.

“We need those nurses from New Brunswick, we need engineers from Ontario to come here, if only to replace the demographic changes we see in Nova Scotia,” he said.

The freeze in tuition will be a relief for students in all of the 11 universities in Nova Scotia.
"Ola Nabhani

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