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by Archives September 8, 2009

Facebook and Concordia computers are friends again

The ever-popular social networking site was banned on desktop computers at both campuses last year. The move left countless students, and faculty and staff members out of the loop on the whereabouts of their friends. The official reason given at the time of the ban was that Facebook posed a security threat – that certain elements of the site posed a threat to the university’s IT system. So run, run like the wind, to your nearest computer lab and find out which of your friends is ‘super happy,’ ‘super depressed,’ or super bored.’

Snoop show moved

The Snoop Dogg show has been moved to the Olympia on Ste. Catherine St. E. Date an time remain the same. Only Concordia Students will be allowed into the show, since the new venue has a lower capacity than where the show was originally supposed to take place, the CEPSUM at Université de Montréal. CSU president Amine Dabchy said CEPSUM cancelled the event without any official reason. Capacity at the Olympia is 2,000. Dabchy said there will be an after-party with Snoop at Club Opera for 1,000 people.

International students paying more

Tuition fees for international students at the John Molson School of Business and the faculty of Engineering and Computer Science rose this year. Concordia’s Board of Governors approved the 10 per cent increase June 18. International students in ENCS saw their tuition rise by almost $1,500 a year; international students at JMSB saw an increase of just under $4,000 a year. Depending on the program of study, international students at JMSB last faced tuition increases in 1998 or 2002.

Campus libraries now have quiet zones

Taking their suggestion box to heart, Concordia’s libraries now have “silent and quiet study zones.” Areas of the libraries will be designated by colour – blue means there is no talking and no cell phones, while orange means there may be some group work going on and cell phones can be set to vibrate. The library website said excessive noise was the number one complaint stuffed into the suggestion box. The study zones is a pilot project.

New health plan cancelled

At the end of last school year, students were told they would be covered under a new health plan come September. This year’s student union executive reversed the decision made by their predecessors, claiming the accounting system under the new plan was too risky. Instead, the current council voted to re-sign with ASEQ, the insurance broker that has been providing health insurance at Concordia for 12 years. Cancelling the plan can open the CSU to over $500,000 in fees. CSU executive claimed, however, the contract signed last year was illegitimate, saying they will pass the bill to last year’s president and VP finance if any fees are incurred as a result of the cancellation.

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