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CBC’s Massey Lectures make a stop in Halifax

CBC’s renowned Massey Lecture Series will be making a stop in Halifax during their 50th anniversary tour on Oct. 21. Famed Canadian writer Adam Gopnik will be discussing what winter means to Canadians in his third lecture, Radical Winter: The season of space. Gopnik, an essayist and contributor to The New Yorker, is delivering his series of lectures, Winter, Five Windows of the Season in five Canadian cities. The lectures will be broadcasted from Nov. 7 to 11 on the CBC Radio One show, Ideas. The lecture series, which originated to provide a forum for the discussion of current issues, has included speakers such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Margaret Atwood. The lecture will be held Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

Always wanted to participate in a food fight?
Now is your chance. Repair Our World (ROW), a student society that advocates for non-political social justice causes, is organizing the NS Food Fight at Dalhousie. Boxes are being set up around campus collecting non-perishable food items. Students living in residences can also help by using one meal on their meal plans to donate a few cans. ROW is an entirely volunteer-based society that provides convenient opportunities for students to promote social justice. ROW recognizes that many students have a desire to contribute but do not have easy access to volunteer opportunities. Their email list is open to anyone, and puts the word out when these opportunities arise.

Highest numbers of plagiarism in the management department
The management faculty at Dal had the most cases of suspected cheating in the 2010-2011 academic year with 18 cases of plagiarism and 14 cases of unauthorized collaboration. After speaking with Peggy Cunningham, dean of management, the CBC reported she thinks that the numbers are higher than in other faculties only because they are looking harder. Dalhousie is dealing with the issue by hiring academic integrity officers to keep tabs on sloppy citations and plagiarism. Also, students are lectured on the subject at the beginning of the year and are aware of the seriousness of the issue. The CBC reported that even though students often understand the issue, they usually fail to realize they are plagiarizing. The report released by the university senate on Sept. 25 said the overall numbers of plagiarism incidents are higher than last year.

A colourful celebration in Studley Quad
In celebration of Mi’kmaq History Month, the second annual mawio’mi was held at Studley Quad Oct. 4. With the raising of the Mi’kmaq flag at 12:45 p.m., the festivities included traditional dancing and drumming followed by a feast. The feast, including dishes such as moose meat, luskinakin and bannock, was followed with dancing by the Dalhousie Native Student Association, among others. Mawio’mi, meaning “gathering,” is a celebration of the Mi’kmaq culture and aboriginal culture, but the event is also meant to represent that aspect of Canadian culture.

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