Volume 13, Number 13 March 10, 2006

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Spring break with a difference

VANCOUVER - This year, hundreds of University of British Columbia students chose to forego the crowded beaches of Cancun in order to spend their spring breaks working with more than 1,000 children in Vancouver’s inner city neighbourhoods.

According to a UBC news release, the reading week break, from February 13-17, saw more than 300 students from a wide range of disciplines work in 20 projects in Vancouver’s inner city schools, helping children learn about subjects as diverse as peace and justice, literacy, nutrition, fitness, botany, animal habitats and fine arts. The projects are the largest number ever offered by UBC, and are part of a growing Canadian university trend called Community Service Learning.

‘Three Little Pigs’ almost ready

LONDON – The University of Western Ontario’s $ 7-million ‘Three Little Pigs’ project is the first research facility of its kind in the world to subject full-scale houses to winds as strong as a category five hurricane - or 200 miles per hour - as well as other natural forces.

Information from Western said construction of the project, located at the London International Airport, is in the final stages before testing begins. Students from Fanshawe College are building the two-storey home that will be put to the test in an effort to determine how to make houses safer and more cost-effective.

York building cultural centre

TORONTO – York University is undergoing an unprecedented expansion and enhancement that will bring new cultural facilities to the Greater Toronto Area.

The Accolade Project – a state-of-the-art teaching, exhibition and performance complex – will be officially launched with a ribbon-cutting March 20.

The $107.5 million project represents 358,000 square feet of new facilities in two new buildings. In addition to being the new home of the departments of Music and Dance, the Accolade Project will include a 325-seat recital hall, a 325-seat proscenium theatre, a 500-seat cinema/lecture hall, two art galleries, and a full complement of classrooms, labs and studios.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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