York student battles evil monster ‘debt’ with KD

York student Meredith Ball hopes to pay her tuition with Kraft Dinner, wrote the Barrie Advance July 15.

Ball is one of 10 finalists in the Kraft Dinner Gotta Be Bankrolled contest. The grand prize is a $10,000 tuition contribution. “I saw the contest on studentawards.com and I just went for it,” she said. “I never imagined I’d make the top 10.”

The contest asked students to submit a video or essay that explained why they were the most worthy to receive the tuition money [and viewers can vote online for their favourite].

Ball’s essay is a fairy tale story [titled KD Castle] of a bookworm and the evil monster “debt”. “I saw that a lot of the entries were pretty standard and the contests asked us to be creative so I went out on a limb with the fairy tale,” she said. The entry also included a photo of a castle, made from the cheesy dish.

Ball said the money will be a huge help as she enters her fourth year, studying English at York University.

York prof explains latest space shuttle development

Paul Delaney, physics & astronomy professor in York’s Faculty of Science & Engineering, spoke about the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour on CTV News July 15. Here is an excerpt of comments he made to anchorperson Lloyd Robertson.

Robertson: Professor, apparently there was a lot of debris, an unusual amount, according to NASA, falling from the shuttle on launch tonight. How soon before we know how serious that is?

Delaney: Probably within the next 24 hours, actually, Lloyd. [NASA] will be examining all of the images and the telemetry from the launch overnight, and then tomorrow the space shuttle will deploy the orbital boom sensor system to have a very close examination of all of the surfaces of the space shuttle. We’ll know within 24 hours whether or not it’s annoying or serious.

On Friday the space shuttle will approach the International Space Station and, of course, it’ll do it very slowly. You don’t want these two devices to hit in any sort of a momentous way. The orbiter will close in on the mating adaptor and then a series of springs and rods will deploy, grab and pull the two elements together. Very slow process, very methodical, but of course a very safe process.

[The mission is] really the completion of the Kibo module, that is the science module from Japan. We’re going to be deploying a porch on the outside of Kibo to allow experiments to be mounted and dismounted throughout the life of the International Space Station.

Make directors work

Recent events suggest that our confidence in independent directors may be misplaced , wrote Edward Waitzer, Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business, and Jonathan Drfance, partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP, in the National Post July 16. When (as in Lehman Brothers or Bear Stearns) management doesn’t grasp the risks, it’s unrealistic to expect part-time directors to be able to understand or play an effective role in overseeing risk management. Requiring independent directors to constitute a risk committee is likely to mask the real issues.

The time has come for candour in assessing the efficacy of our governance frameworks (corporate and otherwise) and imposing new regulation on corporate conduct. To get effective boards, we should be prepared to consider new approaches that set realistic expectations and give directors the incentives and tools to perform and demand accountability.

Big event could lend a big hand to ill York student

An annual Asian night market attracted about 60,000 people from across the Greater Toronto Area into Markham’s Metro Square on Steeles Avenue over the weekend, wrote the Markham Economist & Sun July 15, in a story that included information on OtherHalf, a group which registered more than 1,000 potential [bone marrow] donors at Night It Up! in support of Steven Pho, a 23-year-old York University student battling leukemia.

Fulton vying for spot on Canadian under-18 team

Emily Fulton has proven she’s one of the country’s top 44 women hockey players under the age of 18, wrote the Stratford Beacon-Herald July 15 in a story about Canada’s under-18 women’s team.

In June, Dan Church was named as head coach of the team. The Toronto native has been head coach of the women’s team at York University for five years and also coached Canada’s under-22 team in 2007-2008.

“I’m looking forward to meeting him,” Fulton said. “He seems like a nice guy and he knows his stuff.”