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CAMPUS CONFIDENTIAL

What do current students like most-and least-about their universities?

November 19 2001
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CAMPUS CONFIDENTIAL

What do current students like most-and least-about their universities?

November 19 2001

CAMPUS CONFIDENTIAL

What do current students like most-and least-about their universities?

Where can you play broomball until the sun comes up or pay only $4 for an all-you-can-eat vegetarian lunch? Which universities schedule labs for Friday nights, or exams on Saturday evenings? Campus Confidential offers up-to-the-minute advice from current students at 47 universities across Canada, giving this year’s high-school grads an insider’s view of what’s hot and what’s not about their prospective campus.

ACADIA

WHAT’S HOT

■ Caricom Society: Caribbean club, renowned for best dances, parties and colourful floats in homecoming parades

■ Welcome Week: includes parent/student “arrival and survival” seminars, 24-hour access to the welcome centre, and wet/dry concerts (wet for those who are eligible to drink, dry for those who aren’t)

■ Acadia Advantage program: incor-

porating interactive computer and Internet technology into all areas of study WHAT’S NOT

■ High tuition: is Acadia Advantage worth $6,329 a year?

■ Renovations to Eaton House and Whitman House residences: construction noise from 6:30 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, until mid-October; 70 students temporarily housed in common rooms and lounges in other residences; especially galling given 12-per-cent residence rate increase this year

ALBERTA

WHAT’S HOT

■ Golden Bears hockey: consistently well-ranked

■ Activism: the student union is working with provincial government to improve tuition policy legislation

■ The University of Alberta Club: the biggest club on campus, offering ballroom dancing lessons to 1,700 members

■ The Powerplant Bar and Grill: cheap pints, live music

WHAT’S NOT

■ Golden Bears football team: hasn’t made the playoffs for eight straight seasons

■ Gymnasium: in desperate need of upgrades

BISHOP’S

WHAT’S HOT

■ The Old Lennoxville golf course: play for $10 a round, or toboggan on cafeteria trays

■ Wine-and-cheese nights at profs’ homes

■ Cost of living: apartments rent for as little as $225 a month

WHAT’S NOT

■ Liquor store in Lennoxville: planned but still not built

BRANDON

WHAT’S HOT

■ The Guess Who: awarded honorary doctor of music degrees, the entire band showed up at convocation last May

■ Kickboxing Club: extra sessions have been added because of its popularity

■ First chair of jazz Greg Gatien: secured American legend Bob Brookmeyer-onetime trombonist for Charlie Parker, Count Basie and Duke Ellington—as artist-in-residence next year

■ New applied disaster emergency studies program

WHAT’S NOT

■ Weekday smoking ban in the Students’ Union Drinking Spot (SUDS): fewer patrons

A MEAL PLAN TO HELP THE HUNGRY

In 1993, Rahul Raj was a skinny freshman at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont.-a 17-year-old student with big ideas but a small appetite. Realizing that his residence meal plan was too generous, the business student came up with an innovative idea: why not get students to donate their unused meal points to charity? That year, Raj convinced the Laurier administrators to let him launch Meal Exchange. Meal points would be transformed into groceries, using unused points to order food from the university’s wholesalers. Students would then make deliveries to local food banks, shelters and char-

ities-once they had determined what was needed. “If everyone donated Kraft Dinner, then battered women’s shelters would never receive baby food, and teen drop-in centres wouldn’t receive fresh vegetables,” says Raj.

It was an instant hit-and that was only the beginning. After graduating in 1997, Raj decided to take the program national. By last fall, Meal Exchange had expanded to 11 campuses across Canada. Raj-now a group brand manager for Ferraro Canada by day-was overseeing the program by night, working more than 30 hours a week.

By December, Raj had hit a snag.

While he had taken out a $60,000 personal line of credit in 1999 to fund Meal Exchange, his cash-strapped program was once again running out of funds. A Maclean’s column on Raj’s plight attracted the attention of Tim Brodhead, president of the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation, one of Canada’s largest philanthropic foundations. Over lunch, Raj was able to convince Brodhead that his cause was a worthy one. “It was a simple idea,” says Brodhead, “but a creative and resourceful one.” Two months later, the foundation made an 18-month commitment to the program, worth close to $100,000. Since March, Meal Exchange has doubled in size, expanding to 22 university

and college campuses. Averaging a donation of 2,925 kg of food per campus each year, it now has 250 active volunteers and access to more than 230,000 students across Canada.

On Halloween, St. Thomas University in Fredericton-one of the program’s newest inductees-held a Trick or Eat night with 120 costumed students trick-or-treating for nonperishable food items. They raised almost 2,700 kg of groceries for both the local food bank and the one on campus. Student co-ordinator Emily Doukogiannis, 20, is inspired by Raj. “He started this when he was around my age,” she says. “For him to get this far is only something I can aspire to.” Rima Kar

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

WHAT’S HOT

■ Foundations: interdisciplinary arts program that places a select group of first-year students in classes of no more than 20, taught by a team of three faculty members from different departments

■The Bike Co-op: for $10 a year, students share brightly painted bikes

■ Trek 2000: far-reaching strategic plan includes a volunteer program that gives UBC students opportunities to work in nonprofit organizations in the Downtown Eastside

■ UBC Whistler Lodge: inexpensive accommodation for UBC students at $16 on weeknights, $19.25 on weekends, and the UBC Ski & Board Club’s discounted season passes at $299 WHAT’S NOT

■ No smoking in campus bars

■ Student housing: in short supply

■ Sprawling 400-hectare campus: hard trekking between classes

BROCK

WHAT’S HOT

■ Alan Earp residence: a new 255bed, single-room residence

■ Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute: houses the unique bachelor's program in winemaking

■ New faculty of applied health sci-

ences: features wide range of programs, including kinesiology and workplace health and disability studies

■ ExperiencePlus!: job-skills program enhances employability

WHAT’S NOT

■ Due to a shortage of journals and up-to-date holdings, students rely heavily on interlibrary loans

■ Teaching assistants: poorly paid

CALGARY

WHAT’S HOT

■ Engineering students’ annual pie throw: for a minimum of $5, deliver a pie to a friend or enemy, who takes it in the face or pays the accumulated sum of donations plus $5 to have it redirected to another person. Raised $5,100 for charity last year

■ Renovated Den: the beloved campus pub, with sleek new hardwood floors

■ Online teaching evaluations WHAT’S NOT

■ Overcrowding: standing-room-only in many lecture halls and MacEwan Student Centre. Even hallways are hard to negotiate

CAPE BRETON

WHAT’S HOT

■ Prof. Lee-Anne Broadhead’s Terrorism and Security Policy course: full to

capacity after Sept. 11

■ A second residence opened last year, almost doubling the university’s housing capacity

■ Interlinked certificate, diploma and degree programs

■ CAPR: closed-circuit campus radio station promoting local bands WHAT’S NOT

■ Cutting courses: administration said it would eliminate 76 thirdand fourth-year courses after students had already registered: after complaints, the number was reduced to 24

■ Smoking ban: previously enforced only in common campus buildings, it now extends to all residence rooms

CARLETON

WHAT’S HOT

■ 140 well-funded clubs and societies, including the Che Guevara Fan Club and Students Against Sweatshops

■ Oliver’s pub: popular campus hangout received a $60,000 infusion from the student association towards an awesome new sound and lighting system

■ Outreach: nine student-service centres operating on campus, including the Food Centre and the Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Hall

■ Student activism: anti-poverty/anti-

globalization movement on the rise WHAT’S NOT

■ Space crunch: temporary classrooms in residences substitute for classrooms inaccessible due to an ongoing construction boom

■ Teacher shortage: graduate students instruct second-year classes while fourth-year students serve as teaching assistants

■ $2 entrance fee for varsity athletic games

■ Tim Hortons: new coffee and doughnut venue is an irritant to student-owned/student-run Rooster’s, which contributes proceeds to stu-

dent services

? ■ Bree’s Inn controversy: the longI standing Rideau River Residence pub, 1 converted to the swankier Chartwells § Grille this summer, has become the s de facto faculty lounge (after teachers’ previous space closed and reopened as Tim Hortons)

CONCORDIA

WHAT’S HOT

■ Activism: grassroots groups, including the issues-oriented Quebec Public Interest Research Group and the Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, are gaining in popularity

■ Le Frigo Vert: student-run healthfood store includes a small library and reading lounge

■ Reggie’s: the student-run campus pub features popular jazz jams and the engineering students’ Lizard Lounge on Friday evenings

■ The Link student paper: recent spoof issue featuring parodies of Montreal’s Gazette, the National Post and various Concordia publications was a big hit

■ The 2001-2002 Concordia Student Union handbook, Uprising: becomes instant collector’s item as all 14,000 copies snapped up amid controversy over radical contents WHAT'S NOT

■ The same 2001-2002 Concordia Student Union handbook, Uprising: many students uncomfortable with content-including instructions on how to get high, an incitement to burn the Canadian flag and a leftist, pro-Palestinian platform

■ The CSU itself: more than 3,000 students signed a petition in October calling for a new election of the student union executive after allegations of mismanagement and misrepresentation; president Sabrina Stea resigned, citing interference from admin

■ Shuttle bus between suburban

Loyola campus and downtown Sir George Williams campus: although | free, service is not frequent enough | during peak times

DALHOUSIE ä

WHAT'S HOI

■ Professional programs: popular pharmacy program expanded to accommodate overflow

■ Faculty of arts: enjoys a renaissance-more than 30-per-cent surge in number of first-year students this fall

■ Mentoring program: ensures smooth transition from high school to university by pairing frosh with thirdand fourth-year students in the same discipline

■ New $22-million Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building: features a modern language lab and two auditoriums

■ Women’s soccer: CIAU champs the past two seasons, made it to the championships again this year WHAT’S NOT

■ Worn-out infrastructure: $184 million in deferred maintenance

■ Vandalism: break-ins at Marion McCain Building while under construction caused nearly $4,000 damage

GUELPH

WHAT’S HOT

■ Gryphons men’s and women’s

cross-country teams: OUA champions three years running ■ Akademia: integrated arts and science program lets first-year students examine current social, ethical and environmental issues

■ Citywide bus pass: university students enjoy huge discounts ■ The Bull Ring: an on-campus party venue

■ College Royal: Canada’s largest student-run open house and agricultural fair attracts 30,000 visitors each spring

WHAT’S NOT

■ New East Village campus residence: more than 50 residents had to set up temporary digs at local hotels when the building remained unfinished in September

■ Evening labs: heavy enrolment results in science labs running from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., especially galling on Friday nights

LAKEHEAD

WHAT’S HOT

■ Concurrent education program:

allows students to complete a bachelor of education and another bachelor degree simultaneously

■ Faculty of forestry: great national and international co-op opportunities

■ Academy Park: off-campus accommodations right at the university’s doorstep; cheap rent and plenty of parties

■ Pride Central: a safe space and resource centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students WHAT’S NOT

■ $33 million in deferred maintenance: needed repairs include a ceiling leak in the tunnel system hallways and upgrades throughout campus buildings

A CRASH COURSE IN INGENUITY

For the past 26 years, engineering students from across North America-and more recently, Europe-have participated in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race. Students must construct a durable toboggan, keeping several rules in mind: all running surfaces must be made out of concrete; the toboggan must weigh less than 136 kg when empty, and it must accommodate a five-person team. Next January, the event will be hosted by the Univer-

sity of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where 400 participants from more than 20 universities and colleges will be judged on team spirit, technical design and above all, racing speed, with the sleds zooming as fast as 60 km/h. Team members also get a crash course in marketing: they must secure corporate sponsorship and raise funds to cover construction and travel costs.

The teams are nothing if not resourceful. One of this year’s favour-

ites was Team Euroboggan, whose creation was dismantled and brought over in suitcases by German and Austrian students from three universities. Meanwhile, the Fugitives from UBC headed home with their first-place trophy and immediately cooked up another plan. Days later, a group of unnamed UBC engineers made world headlines when they suspended a VW Beetle from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Who knows if it was the same gang who raced the concrete toboggan? One way or another, give the engineers an A for ingenuity.

■ Lack of nightlife in Thunder Bay

LAURENTIAN

WHAT’S HOT

■ Snowflake Open golf tournament: using bright orange tennis balls, implements of choice (golf clubs allowed, tennis racquets preferred)

■ Canadian content: anglophone, francophone and First Nations students well represented

WHAT’S NOT

■ Student union rivalry: ongoing friction between the predominantly anglophone Students’ General Association and the exclusively francophone Association des étudiantes et étudiants francophones

LAVAL

WHAT’S HOT

■ Underground walkways: connecting all buildings on campus

■ Varsity sports tailgate parties: fans start celebrating as early as 9 a.m. on weekends

■ Natural setting: students in forestry and geomatics gain firsthand experience in the university’s 66-squarekilometre forest

WHAT’S NOT

■ Underfunded library

■ Parking: tough to get a spot-and tickets cost $40 per infraction

■ On-campus housing: apply early or don’t apply at all

LETHBRIDGE

WHAT’S HOT

■ Liberal arts philosophy: students spend two years in the faculty of arts and science before declaring a major or transferring to the faculties of management, fine arts or education

■ Bachelor of health sciences in addictions counselling

■ New Zoo: $100,000 overhaul to campus pub

■ State-of-the-art library called UNO (Library Information Network Centre): launched this fall and open around the clock, it doubles the number of study spaces

WHAT’S NOT

■ Double standard: men’s hockey team enjoys CIAU status and is fully funded by administration; women’s team retains club status and must raise its own funds

MANITOBA

WHAT’S HOT

■ University 1: compulsory first-year program offers wide variety of courses, a help centre and ample time to pick a major

■ Celebration-A Festival of Life and Learning: 31-year-old student-run event features 10 days of guest speakers, live music and other exciting attractions

■ Rhodes Scholarships: Manitoba students have earned the most of any university in Western Canada, ranking third nationally

■ Football: the Bisons made it to the playoffs this year, still in contention at press time

WHAT’S NOT

■ Strikes: students endured two this fall, by physical plant and food services workers, and by professors

■ Intolerance: vandals destroyed 120 gay-positive campus group Rainbow Pride Mosaic’s posters and defaced its office door with homophobic graffiti

MCGILL

WHAT’S HOT

■ Solin Hall: high ceilings and oversized windows in off-campus apartment-style residence near Atwater Market, only a 10-minute metro ride from the campus

■ “Four-floors” parties: twice a semester in the University Centre-aka the William Shatner building-with bars and different music on each floor, from hip-hop and dance to retro and acid jazz

■ Popular courses: the Art of Listening, on how to appreciate classical music; Principles of Animal Breeding, on sexuality in the animal world

■ Tiki Ming Chinese restaurant in Shatner building: for General Tao’s chicken/chow mein combo

■ A4CK//and Positive Vibes: programs on campus station CKUT, featuring indie music and reggae, respectively WHAT’S NOT

■ No guaranteed residence for firstyear students

■ Since it’s Montreal, your parents will come for a visit

■ Deferred maintenance: up to $175 million needed in repairs, as well as for landscaping, painting and new carpets

■ Course capping: university responds to class overcrowding by im-

posing limits on number of students in select courses-mainly high-enrolment first-year choices; unlucky ones must wait until next year

MCMASTER

WHAT’S HOT

■ Bachelor of health sciences program: 1,438 applications received for 80 spots; cutoff-90-per-cent average

■ Marauders football team: having a great season

■ Affordable off-campus housing: roughly $300 a month for a decent place

WHAT’S NOT

■ New student centre: under construction and years overdue

■ Voter apathy: student elections typically see a less-than-10-per-cent turnout

MEMORIAL

WHAT’S HOT

■ 10-per-cent tuition cut

■ Oil and Gas Development Partnership: offerings include an interdisciplinary master’s program in oil and gas studies as well as degrees at all levels in petroleum geology

■ Student Work Abroad Programs

■ Weekly Friday-night mixers: students can donate admission fees or a food item to the food bank to attend these social events

■ The Muse student newspaper and CHMR FM campus radio

WHAT’S NOT

■ New levy: mandatory $40-perterm recreation fee for the construction of a new field-house building

■ Employment situation: hard to find summer jobs

■ Threat to Walksafe program: in danger due to lack of volunteers

MONCTON

WHAT’S HOT

■ Acadian Studies Centre

■ Education programs: graduates are snapped up to teach French immersion across Canada

■ Law school: first to offer English common-law studies in French

■ L’Osmose: the student pub has been renovated

WHAT’S NOT

■ Draft choice: exclusivity deal means L’Osmose has only Moosehead on tap

■ English manuals and books for courses taught in French

MONTREAL

WHAT’S HOT

■ CISM 89.3 FM: broadcasting at

10,000 watts overa range of 80 km, it’s North America’s biggest Frenchlanguage campus radio station

■ Party 2-étages: this two-floor party attracts 2,500 students at the beginning of each semester

■ The Beer Olympics: teams battle for points in drinking-related activities, including building pyramids out of beer cans

WHAT’S NOT

■ Varsity sports: few programs; little fan support

■ Distance from downtown: half an hour by subway, and the metro stops at 11 p.m.

MOUNT ALLISON

WHAT’S HOT

■ This fall’s bid to set the standard for the longest continuous tequilashooting wave, with 200 students downing their shots in sequence; Guinness World Record officials are reviewing the videotape

■ Condom machines: installed by popular demand in both men’s and women’s washrooms in campus pubTantramarsh

■ Conduct Becoming: compilation of original songs by Mount Allison artists and musicians, with all pro-

ceeds going to cancer research

■ Campus radio CHMA 106.9: pirate station in the ’60s turned AM in the 70s, now celebrating 16 years on the air as an FM station

WHAT’S NOT

■ Gender mix-up: the first group of male frosh in the formerly women’sonly residence Hunton House found no urinals but plenty of sanitary-napkin disposal units in their washrooms this fall

■ The doctor is not in: with no oncampus health clinic and few family physicians in Sackville, students use Sackville Memorial Hospital for basic outpatient care

■ Bylaw 182: residents lobby for Sackville to use regulation to rein in rowdy revellers after a noisy outdoor concert during last year’s frosh week irritated neighbours

MOUNT SAINT VINCENT

WHAT’S HOT

■ Four-year bachelor’s degree in public relations: billed as the only degree of its kind in Canada

■ Clayton Park area of Halifax: affordable off-campus housing

■ The setting: spectacular ocean view, scenic woodlands

WHAT’S NOT

■ The mount: despite the scenic view, it’s a steep climb from class to class

■ Residence availability: extremely tough to get a spot

NEW BRUNSWICK

WHAT’S HOT

■ Swimming phenom Carla Geurts: the 30-year-old kinesiology and biomedical engineering PhD student was a finalist at the past two Olympics and this year’s worlds in Japan; set the CIAU record for 800-m freestyle in 2001

■ Mechanical Engineering Coaster Derby: UNB engineering students demonstrate their skills by building cars and racing them down campus hills

WHAT’S NOT

■ Saint John commuter campus dies in the evenings: even Colonel Tucker’s campus pub closes at 6 p.m. on weekdays

■ Rental accommodation: recordlow vacancy rates in Fredericton and shortage of residence space leaves some students living in a converted hotel

NIPISSING

WHAT’S HOT

■ Residence space: first-year students guaranteed a private room

■ Library hours: open till 11 p.m. on Fridays and weekends

WHAT'S NOT

■ Transit system: infrequent service and early shutdown make living off campus a pain

■ New laptop computers for education students: ancillary fees upped by $1,500

NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA

WHAT'S HOT

■ The Wellness Residence: where students maintain a quiet study space

■ Approachable professors: even on Saturdays

■ Exambusters week: Health and Wellness Centre offers free snacks, study tips and activities

■ Siberia trip: anthropology professor Michel Bouchard takes students to live in native reindeer-herding communities

■ Yes, Virginia/No, Virginia: annual debate has students and profs arguing the verity of Santa’s existence WHAT’S NOT

■ Lack of on-campus sports facilities: hockeyteam plays at municipal rinks, basketball teams play across town, rugby teams plead for time at local high schools

■ No student union building and, worse, no campus pub

■ Feeding the animals: strict orders not to feed moose and black bears on the campus grounds

OTTAWA

WHAT’S HOT

■ Torment the Random Rez Kid: segment on campus station CKCU's Radio Fulcrum has hosts calling students in residence and airing their conversations

■ Jacob Two-Two: popular local rock band

■ $20.6-million indoor sports complex: two new ice surfaces, full-sized soccer and football fields

■ Library hours: open until 11 p.m. during final two weeks of each semester and exam periods

■ Survivant(e)! + Survivor: in January, 16 students will spend 48 hours performing Survivor-like challenges; prizes include a digital camera, weeklong trip for two to Cancún, Mexico

■ Student Federation of the University of Ottawa’s professor-appreciation wine-and-cheese night

■ Registration Navigator: a new online registration service

WHAT’S NOT

■ Racial tension: this year’s Clubs Week was postponed after the Sept.

11 attacks over concerns for cultural and religious groups; rescheduled for later this month

■ Housing hassles: students face Ottawa’s low vacancy rate and a recordsetting residence waiting list that surpassed 2,000 in July; those who signed leases off-campus angered as on-campus spots later “opened up” when no-shows forfeited their $300 deposit; despite the space crunch,

the top floor of a new 20-storey residence is used as a hotel with rooms renting for $99 a night

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

WHAT’S HOT

■ Wednesday night trivia: with emcee Lome Acorn-aka Big Daddy Cool-at The Panther Lounge ■ Institute of Island Studies: promoting an understanding of island culture and attracting researchers from around the world

■ Bachelor of business in tourism and hospitality program

■ The Cadre: student newspaper enlightens readers with irreverent wit WHAT’S NOT

■ Beloved homegrown band The Rude Mechanicals skips town-for Toronto

■ Saturday night exams: students writing as late as 9:30 p.m.

■ Retrograde residences: carpet in Bernadine Hall dates back to 1968

QUEEN’S

WHAT’S HOT

■ Student-run chanties Web site: CanadaHelps.org has raised more than $500,000 for New York City disaster relief and Afghan refugees

since Sept. 11

■ Residence options: living/learning floors, shared with others enrolled in the same discipline; theme floors such as French or international, or so-called study floors

■ The Radiance: Queen’s-built solarpowered car crossed Canada from Halifax to Vancouver in 29 days, the longest trip by such a vehicle WHAT’S NOT

■ Dry run: a new policy bans open bars-read unlimited drinks-at all on-campus events, including university formais and faculty gatherings. The policy was implemented this fall to ensure the university meets its legal obligations as a liquor-licence holder

■ Residence fees: $7,511 annually for a single room with 18 meals per week, plus a $67.50 residence society fee, makes Queen’s on-campus housing one of the most expensive in Canada

REGINA

WHAT’S HOT

■ Cymone Bouchard: a member of the 2001CIAU championship-winning Cougars women’s basketball team, the 20-year-old third-year student

in kinesiology and health studies landed a spot on Canadian team at 2001 World University Games in Beijing

■ Petroleum systems engineering program

WHAT’S NOT

■ Dormant campus life: only eight per cent of students live on campus, making for non-existent nightlife

■ Less than two-per-cent vacancy rate in Regina: students scramble for affordable housing

■ An 18-per-cent increase in campus parking rates

■ Provincial policy regarding underage patrons: staff at the Lazy Owl campus pub now demand proof-ofage ID-even when serving non-alcoholic beverages and munchies during the day

RYERSON

WHAT’S HOT

■ Media programs: very popular, from image arts to radio and television arts. Journalism fielded 1,500 applicants for 120 available spots this year

■ CKLN 88.1 FM: award-winning campus radio station

■ LASAR (Latin American Students’ Association at Ryerson): free dance lessons, including salsa, cha-cha and merengue WHAT’S NOT

The roar of the greasepole

It’s known as the Queen’s greasepole and, yes, it is back in its rightful place-according to some. In 1955, Queen’s engineering students stole the goalpost from the University of Toronto and instituted a tradition: challenging frosh students to scale its height and remove a Queen’s tarn, nailed on the top. In previous years, the 7.2-m pole, anchored in a pit filled with such vile substances as animal carcasses and manure, was slathered with motor oil or axle grease. But after more than 100 students were hurt during the climb in 1984, Queen’s outlawed those materials. Now, the pit contains only muddy water and lanolin is used on the pole.

Last fall, U of T engineering students reclaimed the greasepole. But in January, 30 Queen’s students executed a successful predawn recovery

operation at U of Ts Sanford Fleming building where the pole was on dis-

play. And this fall, the tradition re-

sumed, with a crowd of purple-dyed

senior students cheering on the frosh as they grabbed the tam at the top. All

together now: “We are, we are, we are,

we are, we are the engineers....”

Regina’s Cymone Bouchard

■ Class scheduling: some begin as early as 8 a.m., especially painful for commuter students

■ Commuter-school syndrome: makes after-school campus events difficult to organize

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER

WHAT’S HOT

■ Zoo Crew: blue-painted Maclsaac House residents stir up crowds at sports events

■ Varsity athletics: five out of 10 teams made it to the CIAU nationals last year-women’s cross-country, rugby and hockey; men’s basketball and hockey

■ Narrative in Film and Fiction course, aka Monday Night at the Movies

■ SuperSub: a two-floor party at the Student Union Building, with live bands, three open bars

WHAT’S NOT

■ High tuition

■ Mandatory undergraduate technology fee doubled this year, from $100 to $200

■ Administration decided to prevent the publication of a student directory this September over privacy concerns. But the student union collected more than 1,000 signatures on a petition, forcing admin to reverse its decision

SAINT MARY’S

WHAT’S HOT

■ Philanthropy: for three days, the university housed and fed 150 British Airways passengers rerouted to Halifax on Sept. 11; they also set up a telephone and e-mail station so the visitors could contact loved ones

■ Living at Loyola: the renovated firstyear residence houses 1,200 students, offering shared cooking facilities and weekly floor crawls

■ Orientation Week: includes an allnight event in the gym featuring a casino, games and movies

■ Commerce program: constitutes one-third of all students enrolled at Saint Mary’s

■ All-night broomball competition: a highlight of the annual Winter Carnival WHAT’S NOT

■ Bleachers at Husky Stadium: in dire need of repair

■ Cafeteria food: few vegetarian options

ST. THOMAS

WHAT’S HOT

■ Aquinas Program: gives first-year students instruction from a team of three professors on a specific, yearlong theme, fostering collaborative learning

■ Applied-arts degrees in journalism, gerontology and criminal justice

■ Community outreach: new 13month post-degree program in social work includes a 700-hour practicum in the field

WHAT’S NOT

■ Major congestion: the double-door entrance to Edmund Casey Hall was reduced to one wheelchair-accessible door last year, causing long lineups as students try to get in and out between classes

SASKATCHEWAN

WHAT’S HOT

■ Native spirit: annual welcoming powwow with ceremonial teepee raising and hoop dancing

■ Canadian Light Source building: home of the $ 174-million synchrotron had its grand opening in February

■ Ag Bag Drag: a big annual party hosted by agricultural students on the Saskatoon Exhibition Grounds

■ Ballroom dancing: more than 1,600 members

WHAT’S NOT

■ Thievery: a one-of-a-kind Huskie team mascot outfit, including oversized canine head,T-shirt and collar, disappeared in a break-in this fall

■ New Student Centre Building in limbo: $ 14-million corporate sponsorship funding not secured

■ Back-to-back tuition increases: a 15-per-cent hike in 2001, with a similar bump planned for 2002

SHERBROOKE

WHAT’S HOT

■ Co-op education: more than 4,000 students registered in paid placements

■ Mont Orford: skiing only 20 minutes away

■ Winter carnival

WHAT’S NOT

■ Public transit: university route ends at 11 p.m.

SIMON FRASER

WHAT’S HOT

■ Whistler full-season pass: $299 for full-time students, available to skiers and boarders at less than half the regular price

■ Computing science: so popular that students routinely wait two or three terms to get into many firstand second-year courses

■ Arthur Erickson’s stylish campus: provided perfect location for an episode of Andromeda TV series

■ Athletic excellence: combined efforts of Clan sports teams brought home the Sears Directors’ Cup for fifth year in a row

■ SFU Vegetarian Club: all-you-caneat lunches for a suggested $4 donation

WHAT’S NOT

■ TransLink: public-transit provider has cut late-night service from downtown Vancouver

■ Residence fees: a seven-per-cent increase came into effect this month; further hikes are expected

■ New downtown home for School for the Contemporary Arts on hold: classes held in cramped portables

TORONTO

WHAT’S HOT

■ CIUT 89.5 FM’s www.lgroove.conr. overnight Internet radio broadcast is happening, hip and high tech

■ Cinema studies program and Innis College: combating intolerance with this fall’s weekly film series Understanding Islam

■ Security: after two sexual assaults at Whitney Hall, a downtown residence, U ofT provides 24-hour porter service, self-defence workshop for women and peepholes in residence doors

■ Political and cultural theorist Mark Kingwell: now a tenured philosophy professor

WHAT’S NOT

■ Student Administrative Council election: socialist Alex Kerner became president as his only serious competition-a hand puppet called Wabbit-got 311 votes to his 528

■ Anthrax hoax: white powder in an envelope at the Jewish Students’ Union at University College sparked an evacuation in October

■ Transit fares: cash-strapped students lobbying for discounts

■ Mandatory sign-in at Homo Hops: monthly gay dances moved off campus following underage drinking charges last summer and admin’s implementation of a policy requiring nonstudents to sign a list when they enter

TRENT

WHAT’S HOT

■ TheTrend: renovated pub at down-

town Catherine Parr Traill College

■ New studies in globalization program

■ Location: swimming in the Otonabee, late-night tobogganing on cafeteria trays

WHAT’S NOT

■ Crossing wind-whipped Faryon Bridge

■ Impending sale of the downtown colleges: students say it will be like losing a limb

■ Arrests: police busted eight students when they occupied vice-president’s office in a three-day protest over corporatization and other issues early this year

VICTORIA

WHAT’S HOT

■ $3.7-million Centre for Innovative Teaching: equipped for multimedia and Internet-based instruction

■ Centre for Global Studies: exploring sustainable development and national security

■ U-PASS: gives students unlimited access on all Greater Victoria buses for less than $12 a month

WHAT’S NOT

■ Threats to provincial tuition freeze: student anxiety rising after voters turfed the NDP government out

■ Weather: a lack of rain and the imposition of water restrictions last summer rendered the lush campus a dismal shade of brown

WATERLOO

WHAT’S HOT

■ Co-op education: billed as largest program in the world

■ Guaranteed residence for all firstyear students

■ Study options: most buildings are open 24 hours, offering students virtually unlimited access

■ Clubs: long list includes the Buffy Watchers Club for fans of the vampire slayer, and the UW Swing and Social Dance Club

WHAT’S NOT

■ The co-op effect: the quick turnover of students produces little fan support for varsity sports

WESTERN

WHAT’S HOT

■ Pinup calendars featuring semiclad male and female Western students: 4,000 copies are being sold to raise $40,000 for New York City firefighters’ families

■ Richard Ivey School of Business

■ Media, Information and Technoculture: popular new bachelor of arts program

■ Clubs: more than 10,000 students in more than 100 different clubs, from the Model United Nations Society to the Western Juggler’s Club

■ Western Film at the McKellar Theatre: campus cinema features $2.50 movies on Tuesday nights

WHAT’S NOT

■ The Code of Student Conduct: many find far-reaching provisions of the new document governing the actions of Western students intrusive -especially rules concerning offcampus behaviour

■ Bus service to campus: inadequate from all points in downtown London

■ Housing crunch: of 28 students relegated to makeshift rooms in study areas and a faculty lounge in the Delaware Hall residence, 22 moved when proper accommodations were eventually found, but six preferred to stay put

WILFRID LAURIER

WHAT'S HOT

■The Laurier School of Business and Economics: integrated case exercises give third-year students a week to solve a genuine problem facing a real company

■ Music faculty: weekly one-on-one sessions, plus many performance options

■ School spirit: this year, the student union received 2,200 applications for 1,200 voluntary positions

■ Entrance scholarship grid: auto-

matic awards for students with at least an 87.5-per-cent average in business and kinesiology, 80 per cent in other programs WHAT’S NOT

■ Overcrowding: with increased enrolment putting a strain on student services and classes, residence rooms built for two now accommodate three

WINDSOR

WHAT’S HOT

■ CAW Student Centre: open 24 hours, perfect for late-night studying; home of Orientation Week party—with three floors, there’s maximum space for maximum partying

■ The Thirsty Scholar: new campus pub with a huge dance floor WHAT’S NOT

■ Parking paucity: students started lining up before 6 a.m., braving

rain and two-hour waits to get parking passes allotted at the end of August

■ Party scene: distracts first-year students from schoolwork

WINNIPEG

WHAT’S HOT

■ Bulman Student Centre: open 24 hours during exams

■ The Photo Club: $40 buys unlimited access to a photo lab, cheap film and advice from fellow shutterbugs

■ The Petrified Sole: used books at a fraction of the regular price

WHAT'S NOT

■ Bar prices: after popular $l-drink nights allegedly contributed to the death of a University of Winnipeg student last year, the province slapped a $2.25 minimum on alcoholic drinks in all bars

■ Crumbling state of Wesley Hall, the administration building

YORK

WHAT’S HOT

■ Schulich School of Business: 4,500 applicants compete for 280 first-year business administration places

■ Seneca@York: a shared venture with Toronto’s Seneca College offering programs in such fields as computer studies, communication arts and early childhood education

■ The School of Women’s Studies: boasts close to 1,200 students WHAT’S NOT

■ Drafty campus: fierce wind tunnels

■ Transit: buses operate infrequently, especially at night, making the suburban campus seem all the more remote

■ Yeomen football team: perennial

basement dwellers Eul