Puppy rooms a front for mafia dog fighting ring

A police investigation of stress-relieving ‘puppy rooms’ has uncovered a nefarious underground dogfighting operation with connections to Icelandic mafia. “It is with deep regret that I am informing all Canadian universities that these rooms are shut down immediately,” said constable El-Diri of the Halifiction Regional Police (HRP). In a press release from the HRP, a sophisticated network of Icelandic mafia …

Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie Propose Sharin arena with Him

Saint Mary’s is exploring the possibility of a shared hockey arena with Dalhousie. “I would say it’s preliminary, we’re  certainly chatting to see what the options are.” said SMU spokesperson Steve Proctor, “There is a joint proposal that is looking for government assistance to make it all work.” The two universities, Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie, have submitted the concept to …

Book Value versus Market Value – The High Cost of University Textbooks

With the exams ending students across Canada are desperately trying to resell their used textbooks. Fulltime students are expected to budget around $1000 a year just for assigned reading, but will be extremely lucky to recoup even half that value. SMU’s library offers a buy-back program, but in my three and a half years attending Saint Mary’s they’ve not once …

SMUSA Event Funding for Vagina Monologues up in the air

The Women’s Centre has stopped receiving special event funding from SMUSA, and the news has put into question the viability of their annual Vagina Monologues production. “We were given $500 last year for Consent Fest.” Said Women’s Centre employee Amanda Dickie, referring to a December 2011 deposit of $598.44 that helped offset the cost of guest speakers at the event. …

Engineering Competition at the Discovery Centre an example of hands-on learning

The engineering students had a mechanical showdown on Mars just before finals. “This is pretty much where it’s at for engineering students at SMU.” Said Prasanna Balakrishnan, one of the students who built a mock Mars rover. Prasanna was one of five students who built Clementine, the robot who won the class-wide competition held at the Discovery Centre. On a …