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Canadian universities aim to recruit students from India

Several Canadian university presidents were in India this past week to pitch their schools to Indian education officials, politicians and business leaders as the place for Indian students to come study abroad.

Fifteen Canadian university presidents, lead by Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada president Paul Davidson, begin their seven-day visit Monday, according to the Canadian Press.

Davidson told the Canadian Press that although Canada is home to one million immigrants from India, Canada is not on the map for Indian
students who decide to study abroad.

The mission of the visits is to “promote Canada as a destination for higher education and to promote research collaboration internationally,” said Davidson.

Presidents from the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, Queens, Wilfred Laurier and Dalhousie are among those along for the visit. U of M president David Barnard is also travelling to India to entice students to study in Canada.

G20 charges dropped

All charges against the approximately 100 people arrested on the University of Toronto campus during the G20 summit weekend were dropped due to the lack of a warrant, reported the Globe and Mail.

Officers had not thought they needed a warrant when they entered the U of T gymnasium on June 27, said a Toronto Police spokesperson.

“They had reasonable and probable grounds for those arrests and it was the Crown after the fact that said they needed a Feeney warrant,” said police spokesperson Meaghan Gray.

The majority of the people arrested in the raids were protestors from Quebec. Some of them later accused officers of arresting them based on their province of origin.

Nearly 100 officers are facing disciplinary action for failing to properly wear their name badges while patrolling the city during the summit.

Ivy League students pressure peers to donate

Some seniors at Dartmouth College and Cornell University have taken to singling out peers who fail to donate to a class gift.

A student at Dartmouth, Laura A. DeLorenzo, who chose not to donate was denounced in the student newspaper and in a student website, the Little Green Blog, reported the New York Times.

A statement from DeLorenzo on the blog explained that she resented the pressure from her peers to donate.

“My decision not to donate to Dartmouth reflects my personal conclusion that the negative aspects of Dartmouth outweigh the positive, and nothing more,” she said.

Erica Weitzner, a Cornell graduate now in medical school, had a similar experience with the sorority system at Cornell.

Weitzner said that she felt pressured by her sorority sisters to donate after receiving several emails and phone calls saying that they knew she had not given any money to the senior gift.

A Dartmouth official who was involved with managing the fundraising effort called the publication of DeLorenzo’s name “highly inappropriate.”