RIM’s corporate culture could be toughest battle for new hires

Research in Motion’s appointment of two wireless industry veterans to the firm’s executive team had marketing experts questioning whether it’s enough to revive the beleaguered BlackBerry-maker. Marcus Giesler, marketing professor at York’s Schulich School of Business, said RIM’s appointments were another sign it has failed to embrace consumer culture in its strategies, reported the Toronto Star May 9. Read full story.

Former Mountie backs riot mask ban
York law Professor James Stribopoulos called C-309 “a solution in search of a problem” because the Criminal Code already makes it illegal to disguise yourself with the intent of committing a crime, reported The Toronto Sun May 9. Read full story.

School closures: Spectre of ‘education desert’ in lower city
For York geography Professor Ranu Basu, school closures add up to a slow process of exclusion, reported the Hamilton Spectator May 9. Read full story.

Asexual awakening
“Asexuality draws attention to the complete fixation we have on sex, and really brings it to the surface for all to see,” said Ela Przybylo, a sexual cultures researcher at York, reported The Canberra Times May 9. Read full story.

Shining the light on nurses this week
Adeline Falk-Rafael, an instructor in York’s Graduate Nursing Program, spoke on health equity and public health nursing to celebrate Nursing Week in Simcoe County, reported the Barrie Advance May 8. Read full story.

Winnipeg’s Pischke qualifies for beach volleyball worlds
Taylor Pischke of the University of Manitoba and her women’s beach volleyball teammate Melissa Humana-Parades of York University will represent Canada in the women’s division at the 2012 FISU Beach Volleyball World Championships Sept. 12 to 16 in Maceio, Brazil, reported the Winnipeg Free Press May 9. Read full story.

Building disaster-resiliency in Esquimalt
Royal Roads University and York University are the only two Canadian universities that offer a graduate program in disaster and emergency management, reported the Victoria News May 8. Read full story.

One step beyond; dancers aim for new moves
Nine young Algoma women are headed for the Pulse Ontario Youth Dance Conference beginning Thursday at York University, reported The Sault Star May 9. Read full story.