News in brief: Oct. 28

H1N1 clinic full

The H1N1 vaccine clinics, scheduled to begin on Nov. 3 at Wilfrid Laurier University, are now fully booked.

Health Services had originally planned six days of clinics to administer the vaccine, running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., providing two appointment times every five minutes. There were 120 spots a day, with a total of 720 over the six clinics.

“Currently the appointments for the booked slots are full at this point, we anticipate that we will be adding clinics, but I have to see how the vaccine comes in and be sure I can get them staffed,” said manager of health services Karen Ostrander.

The expectation is that more clinics will become available in the future, based on need for, and accessibility of, the vaccine.

The clinics will do their best to accommodate walk-ins but it will depend on the number of people who show up without appointments, as there is a limit to the availability of the vaccine at this time.

As an alternative for students and faculty, the Laurier website now has a link showing when and where the public health services are holding vaccination clinics in the Waterloo community.

– Andrea Millet

Globe and mail rankings in
Wilfrid Laurier University scored great marks in the Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Ranking, which was released Oct. 22. Laurier’s marks consisted of one A+, six As, 10 A-’s, five B+’s, four Bs, one C and a D. Laurier ranked above average in 25 categories, which is an improvement from last year’s 17.

Some of the areas in which Laurier scored above average include student services, student residences, sense of community, sports and recreational services, availability of financial assistance, career preparation and reputation among employers. Laurier’s lowest marks were a C in food services and a D in environmental friendliness.

The Canadian University Report is based on the voice of undergraduate students who took the survey at 53 universities across the country.

– Compiled by Idil Herzi

WLU PhD student earns prestigous award

Yunhua Zhu, a PhD student in the Laurier school of business and economics, has won a best student research paper award at the 2009 Northern Finance Association Conference, which was held in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The award was sponsored by J.P. Morgan Asset Management and consisted of a $500 prize. Zhu’s paper was selected from a field of 24 eligible papers written by students from universities in Canada, Europe and the United States.

Her paper, “Analysis of Hedge Fund Investment Choice,” discussed the best investment strategy of maintaining a solid path in saving investor expectations and its correlation to risk-taking measures and compensation incentives.

– Compiled by Idil Herzi

CBC journalist to visit Wilfrid Laurier

Rick MacInnes-Rae, an award winning journalist and war correspondent, will be visiting Laurier on Thursday Nov. 5 to deliver an address about the rapidly changing world of media, as well as the ethical questions and challenges surrounding today’s global economy.

MacInnes-Rae is the host of the CBC Radio One program Dispatches, which discusses issues relating to international affairs.

The presentation is being hosted by the Global Studies Department and will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Senate and Board Chambers.
— Compiled by Andrea Millet