WLU in brief: July

Attack on Bricker Ave.

At about 1:45 a.m. on July 21, a 21-year-old female was assaulted on Bricker Avenue, near the corner of Clayfield Avenue. A male suspect accosted the woman after approaching her from behind, knocked her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect was described as white, early 20s, about 5′ 9″ tall, with a slim muscular build and short brown curly hair. He was wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans and a dark baseball hat worn backwards.

Anyone with information on the incident is being urged to call the Waterloo Regional Police Major Case Unit at (519) 650-8500 ext. 8672, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or Laurier’s Special Constable Service at 519-885-3333.

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Photo courtesy of WRPS

A police sketch of the suspect.

Laurier Brantford to receive provincial funding

On July 12, a joint project between WLU’s Brantford campus and the local YMCA, aimed at building a new athletic complex in Brantford received some help from the Ontario government. The Ministry of Infrastructure committed $16 million to the project, which is expected to cost a total of approximately $50 million.

The 115,000 square foot facility would serve both the Brantford YMCA and Laurier Brantford, who announced earlier this summer that they would be creating a varsity basketball team to compete in the Ontario Colleges Athletics Association by 2015.

WLU to increase presence in Africa

Earlier this month, Laurier received $264,000 in federal funding that will enable the university to support international internships and video conference technology in Africa.

WLU will offer 23 internships in Ghana and also have courses available to students from Ghana’s Ashesi University through video conferencing, starting in Sept. 2012. Laurier students will being going on internships in Ghana in May 2012, while students from Ghana will study at WLU starting in Sept. 2012.

Physics prof wins award

On July 20, Shoini Ghose, a researcher at Laurier and an associate professor in the university’s department of physics and computer science won an award honouring people of Bengali origin.

Ghose won a Sera Bengali award for her work in the field of quantum physics, particularly a study in the area of quantum chaos.

—All compiled by Justin Fauteux