‘Twentysomething’ is an age of exploration, not settling down

In psychological lingo, the term "emerging adults" has been coined for those aged 19 to mid-20s, wrote the Toronto Star Feb. 20. But 26? "You’re in process," says Jennifer Connolly, psychology professor in York University’s Faculty of Health. "The 20s are now seen as a period of exploration much more than the period of settling down that it used to be."

The push today is to stay in school, pursue a higher education. There’s also the trend, says Connolly, for kids to shift trajectories, to change programs, career choices, all of which chalk up more years.

Revitalizing the SOUL

York grad Mark Elliott‘s new exhibit is not just about the St. Catharines politician’s re-entry into the world of art exhibition, wrote the St. Catharines Standard Feb. 20.

Re.e.mer.ging, which runs until March 2 at CRAM Gallery, also details a shift Elliott (BFA Spec, Hons. ’78) is going through in how he creates his paintings. Elliott, who is a first-term St. Catharines city councillor, grew up in the Garden City, and was part of the first-ever graduating class of Governor Simcoe Secondary School in 1974. After high school, Elliott, now 53, attended York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts.

Elliott said his decision to exhibit some of his work publicly for the first time in more than a decade had partially to do with his involvement on council. "Since I was elected to council, I’ve been really interested in the revitalization of the downtown core. We have a strong cultural history in the city…and there is rich history in the downtown area," he said. "When I came on council, it just came together."

He sits on the Niagara Centre for the Arts Task Force, as well as the city’s culture committee, public arts committee and the board of directors for the Rodman Hall Arts Centre.

Church pleased that women’s hockey is now part of Universiade

While Canada will be among the favourites to win gold [at the World Universiade] in Harbin, China, the women’s coach Dan Church, from York University Sport & Recreation, downplays the existence of any extra pressure on his players, wrote Alberta’s Spruce Grove Examiner Feb. 20. "I wouldn’t say there’s increased expectation, because every time Canada suits up in women’s hockey, the expectation is to win gold," explained Church on the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Web site. "It’s great that women’s hockey has finally been included as part of the Winter Universiade, and I think the girls realize how special it is to be the first group to represent Canada at that level."

Schulich prof suggests deferring payments to bank CEOs

Bank boards have been keen to point out to shareholders that much of the compensation awarded to executives is in the form of stock holdings that have been plummeting in price along with the value of their institutions , wrote the National Post Feb. 20 in a story about public criticism of lavish compensation packages in the industry during the economic crisis. But these type of assurances are unlikely to mollify shareholders pushing for more stringent reforms of executive compensation.

Edward Waitzer, of the Schulich School of Business, suggested deferring CEO pay until near retirement. “Imposing a much longer hold period on the wealth element of compensation would make sense,” he said.

On air

  • Bernie Wolf, economics professor in the Schulich School of Business at York University, spoke about automakers’ restructuring plans on CBC Radio (Labrador) Feb. 19.
  • Peter Victor, economics professor in York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies, spoke about sustainable growth and the economy on CKNW Radio (Vancouver, BC) Feb. 19.
  • Heather Lotherington, English professor in York’s Faculty of Education, spoke about the rapidly changing English language on G4techTV Feb. 19.
  • Alison Macpherson, professor in York’s School of Kinesiology & Health Science, Faculty of Health, spoke about her latest study on childhood injuries on London, Ont.’s A Channel, CBC-TV (Toronto), CBC Radio (Toronto, Cornwall and Antigonish, NS), and on radio stations in London, Ont. and Woodstock Feb. 19.