SFU plans big changes to campus food options

Students will notice this semester that major changes are underway for food options on Burnaby campus. SFU has closed Triple O’s on the second floor of the Academic Quadrangle (AQ) and will be replacing it with an in-house restaurant called Bistro Grille. The Tim Hortons Express located in West Mall Centre has also been permanently […]

SFSS shuts down Highland Pub, the Ladle for summer

Students hoping for one last drink at the Highland Pub before its permanent closure on June 15 are out of luck. The Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) shut down the pub on April 28 with little warning to students. The closure of the pub kitchen also marks the end of the Ladle and SFSS catering […]

Faculty launch petition after SFU cancels Aboriginal transition program

Members of the SFU community are speaking out after the university abruptly cancelled the Aboriginal University Transition Program (AUTP) last month. Vice-President (VP) academic Peter Keller said that the “difficult decision” to cut the program was the result of declining enrolment. Faculty have launched a petition calling on the administration to reinstate the program for […]

Gender disparities in engineering and computing science at SFU and its effects on female students

The contrast in male and female representation in some SFU programs is starker than many students might have thought. For Melissa Mah, a fifth-year student in electronics engineering and co-president of SFU’s Women in Engineering, the disproportionate gender distribution in her program is most visually apparent in the classroom. “To this day, I’m still shocked […]

The Canada 150 and colonial legacies: views from the university

As Canada prepares to celebrate its sesquicentennial year, it seems that the fervor of national pride has also reached the university. Simon Fraser University has put forth a number of specially curated courses and invited the community to experience Canada 150 from its campuses. We are often told that Canada has much to celebrate. A […]

SFU students break down ‘invisible walls’ to climate action

Although many people are aware of climate change issues, some may feel that they are unable to take action to change the situation. These often invisible barriers are what inspired a group of interdisciplinary SFU students to take on this event.   The Invisible Wall team collected stories about students’ struggles with action in the […]

Living abroad, studying abroad, thinking broadly

“Setting foot on campus is like entering into a different world,” were the words my roommate translated from Arabic over coffee. And in the midst of my first semester abroad, those words could not have rung more true. From the moment I arrived in Morocco, I felt my experience was atypical. After all, I am […]

The double life lived by student sex workers

As Ava* embarks on the first semester of her master’s program, she is relieved that the admissions committee at her graduate school didn’t find out about one of her part-time jobs. The University of Calgary environmental sciences student dabbled in a variety of work during her undergraduate studies, but by far her most lucrative gig […]

SFU researchers speak out in favour of Aboriginal schools

A recent report released by SFU researchers has found that 57 percent of parents with children enrolled in BC’s only Aboriginal Focus School (AFS) would enroll another child in the program. The findings came after the school, located at Sir William MacDonald Elementary in Vancouver, faced controversy and was nearly closed by the Vancouver School […]

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