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After West Rez assault, Laurentian students wonder about campus safety

Around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018 Greater Sudbury Police received a call regarding an alleged assault that had taken place on campus at Laurentian University sometime after 2:00 a.m. According to Kaitlyn Dunn, Corporate Communications Coordinator for the Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS), “the information received was that while in a dorm[…]

Mental Health 1, Varsity Athletics 0. What do referendum results say about Laurentian students’ priorities?

by MacKenzie MacDonald On November 2, the results of student votes in Laurentian’s referendum to increase student’s Compulsory Ancillary Fees came through, with only four out of seven proposed student services to “pass”.  The options on the ballot were for an increase in funding to Varsity athletics, additional money for mental health services, as well as[…]

Ben Avery parking lot will no longer be open to students during exam periods

by Elisa Kurkimäki Exam season is just around the corner, and with it comes change. For the first time in years, parking around the Ben Avery building will no longer be free for students during exam periods. The parking regulations that are implemented during the semester will continue to be applied during the 3[…]

LU soccer team cleared of hazing allegations, investigation details not yet public

by MacKenzie MacDonald Laurentian University has cleared the varsity men’s soccer team of hazing allegations, following an investigation into an anonymous complaint sent to the university in August.    In a statement October 22, Laurentian said “a third-party investigator has found no evidence to support the anonymous allegations of hazing on the Laurentian University men’s soccer[…]

‘Lack of empathy’ for Laurentian grad students as pay, research funding hits snag

By Shanleigh Brosseau and MacKenzie MacDonald Some graduate students are facing delays in receiving pay for research and teaching, and are stuck in a process that one student is calling “a disaster.”  Now, they are calling on Laurentian to review the way it administers financial assistance, and make the process more transparent.  In[…]

Funding for mental health, varsity athletics at heart of LU referendum

by MacKenzie MacDonald and Jill Schalk Laurentian University, in unity with the governing student bodies on campus, are holding an online referendum on November 1 and 2 which could increase annual student fees by $100 for full-time students.   The referendum will ask students two separate questions:   Do you support the creation[…]

Are universities supporting mental health on campus?

by Shanleigh Brosseau In June, the University of Toronto passed a policy that could place students with mental health issues on mandatory leave.    The policy made national news and has been criticized by several student and advocacy groups.   The University has said that the policy is not meant to be punitive and is[…]

Laurentian investigating hazing on men’s soccer team

Laurentian University has launched an investigation into allegations of hazing on the varsity men’s soccer team.  While the university is not discussing specifics about the investigation, Laurentian’s Chief of Staff, Alex Freedman, told Lambda that “the university takes any such allegations very seriously.”  “The university has received a complaint and we’re investigating” Freedman said.   Freedman also said the university will let the results[…]