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CAMPUS | COMMUNITY | CONNECTIONS CAMPUS | COMMUNITY | CONNECTIONS • April 2011 4 Joannie Rochette helps Laurier celebrate its outstanding female athletes. VOL. 1 | NO. 1 | APRIL 7,2008 7 CAMPUS | COMMUNITY | CONNECTIONS Infamous last words: studying the final apologies of death-row inmates. 8 VOL. 1 | NO. 1 | APRIL 7,2008 Fire and ice: Faculty of Music mounts Arcticthemed Magic Flute. Laurier plays host to CIS hockey championships Queen’s takes gold, while disappointed Lady Hawks land just out of the medals CAMPUS | CONNECTIONS | COMMUNITY VOL. 1 | NO. 1 | APRIL 7,2008 are a very good team. We have | CONNECTIONS CAMPUS | COMMUNITY The best in women’s university hockey was on display at the Waterloo Recreation Complex March 10 to 13 as Laurier hosted the Women’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Hockey Championship. Teams from six universities – including Laurier, McGill, Queen’s, the University of Alberta, St. Francis Xavier and the University of Manitoba – played eight intense games in the round robin tournament that ultimately saw the McGill Martlets take home gold. The Laurier Golden Hawks placed fourth. Laurier hosted the event as part of the university’s centennial celebrations, something that the institution purposefully chose to do, said Peter Baxter, director of Athletics and Recreation. “With the growth and success of Laurier’s women’s athletic teams, as well as women’s university sport in Canada, we wanted to send a message that the next century of CIS a lot of respect for them and we knew it was going to be a tough game.” The McGill Martlets captured gold in the tournament – their third national CIS women’s hockey championship win in four years. They skated to a 5-2 win over the St. Francis Xavier X-Women. The silver-medal finish for St. Francis is the best result ever by an Atlantic conference team. Baxter said Laurier was proud | COMMUNITY CAMPUS | CONNECTIONS to host this tournament and highlight excellence in women’s hockey. It was just 15 years ago, he said, that the women’s hockey team at Laurier was a club sport and team members such as two-time Olympic gold medalist Cheryl Pounder had to buy her own jersey and drive her car to nearby universities to play. “Laurier and many other Photo: Adam Gagnon Laurier President Max Blouw drops the puck at Laurier’s game against St. Francis Xavier March 10. CIS institutions have done the right thing and changed that sport will have a focus on our Queen’s Gaels. But with 1:51 left “It’s disappointing,” graduhistory,” said Baxter. “With this women’s teams,” Baxter said. in the third period, Kerstin van ating fifth-year Laurier tournament, Laurier wanted to The Laurier Golden Hawks Bolderen scored, leading the netminder Liz Knox told Laurier send a message that women’s made a strong showing in the Queen’s Gaels to a 1-0 win over Athletics. “You have to give a sport will be front and centre bronze-medal game against the the Golden Hawks. lot of credit to Queen’s. They going into our next century.” Laurier students complete 5 Days for the Homeless Becca Carroll named Laurier Brantford dean of students Group braves elements to raise over $10,000 for local charities A group of four Laurier undergraduates recently gained a new passion for attendance at their lectures – but for reasons that have to do with more than just course content. “Class was a warm and a comfortable place,” said Heidi Palo, who spent March 13 to 18 living on a stretch of pavement next to the Fred Nichols Campus Centre on the Waterloo campus for the national 5 Days for the Homeless campaign. Janaan Dibe, Jordan Bishop and Matt McGuinness joined Palo in the campaign, ultimately raising over $13,500 for two local homeless shelters: KW ROOF and Argus Residence. Bishop, who volunteered with the campaign last year, said he learned a lot about how vast the issue of homelessness is in Photo: Mallory O’Brien By Mallory O’Brien Janaan Dibe spent five days and nights outside the Fred Nichols Campus Centre. Canada. He said that seeing previous participants putting themselves “on the line to lead social change” transformed his outlook on what university life is all about. “The campaign has purpose – it’s so much more than four people sleeping outside. We represent an entire school and community standing up to create positive change,” he said. The participants remained on campus for the duration of the campaign, had no access to food or drink other than what was donated, and had no bathrooms other than what their student cards allowed them to access. They attended all of their regular HOMELESS see page 2 Laurier has appointed Becca Carroll to the new position of dean of students for the Brantford campus, effective July 1, 2011. Carroll has 15 years of progressive experience in residence life and student affairs. For the past two years, she has served as assistant director, leadership, learning and programs, at the University of Western Ontario. “Laurier has a solid reputation for academic excellence and is a leader in student engagement,” Carroll said. “I look forward to developing meaningful relationships both on campus and within the Brantford community in order to positively influence the campus culture.” The new role of dean of students, Laurier Brantford is part of a strategic change within Laurier Student Affairs. The change is designed to enhance the university’s innovative approach to student-centred education. Dedicating one dean of students to the fast-growing Brantford campus and another to the Waterloo campus enables each dean to focus more directly on students and the student-life needs of each campus. Carroll will report to David McMurray, Laurier’s vicepresident: student affairs, and to Lesley Cooper, acting principal/vice-president of Laurier Brantford. Leanne Holland Brown, dean of students at Laurier’s Waterloo campus, also reports to McMurray. This co-reporting structure creates a direct line to senior leadership on both campuses and supports a strong multi-campus operational model. “I am very pleased, in company with Dr. Cooper, to announce CARROLL see page 3

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