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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

A Muffled Grunt from Under the Pile

I don't know about you, Windsor, but I got a metric tonne of snow falling outside my window. It's enough to make a man call in sick to work on principle alone. And yet, you wouldn't think it, but the Trail is a man of honour, and dammit, his ass will trudge through this mess to sell copies of Eckhart Tolle to the rich of Northern Toronto.

Oh, and I forgot to mention: City and Colour's Dallas Green and Muchmusic VJ Leah Miller were in the store on Sunday. She looks no better in person, FYI. Onward.

There's a couple of stories around campus today, pone you know about and one you might not. First, page 2 coverage in the Star for the accusations of police brutality stemming from the Passa Passa event last month at the Basement. Students say videos of the incident will be made public at a news conference at the Law building today.

Also being announced today is who's going to succeed Ross Paul as President of the University of Windsor. I'm curious to see who it might be, as he's going to have some large shoes to fill. In my experience, most people don't know how good they had it with Ross, compared to other university heads around the country. I'm thinking most people [school and city affiliated alike] are going to sorely miss him once he's gone.

Topical: Author Richard Florida has been writing for the Globe and Mail for awhile now, and today he writes about something we've heard about every so often: the role universities play in revitalizing declining urban centres. And guess what? While he's all for the academy playing a role in urban development [which will make Gordo happy], "[r]ather than pushing off the responsibility for generating growth and innovation to the universities, officials need to build better connective fibres."

Interesting to note for any of those still bitter about the university's decision who wants to use Florida to back their argument, two of the strongest examples he uses for integrating a university into a city core are art and design colleges, in Georgia and Toronto. Hmmm.

Oh, and robots still can't act.

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