Classroom dynamics change as MBA instructors get younger — and older

According to Markus Biehl, associate dean, academic, at York University’s Schulich School of Business, it is fruitful to have both senior and junior faculty teaching side by side in the MBA program. However, with that comes a certain trade-off. “If you think of the human development pyramid, it makes sense that younger faculty are not going to immediately take over senior roles in MBA programs,” said Biehl in the Financial Post Sept. 29. “First, schools must nurture and mentor them to ensure they are capable of teaching at that level.” Read full story.

Windsor native Doug Bergeron gives $10 million to alma mater York University
Windsor native and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Doug Bergeron has made a $10-million donation to his alma mater York University, the largest donation to the school ever given by an alumnus, reported the Windsor Star Sept. 30. Read full story.

Hong Kong protests: 5 things to know about the ‘umbrella revolution’
China’s decision to restrict candidate nominations for Hong Kong’s election for chief executive has sparked massive protests, with area residents and police engaged in a tense standoff dubbed the “umbrella revolution.”​… “I think there’s fear … on the part of the authorities, that this is just the beginning of what could become escalating protests,” said York University political science Professor Susan J. Henders in CBC News Sept. 29.  Read full story.

New web site for law students strikes the right balance
Ten years ago, when Melanie Banka Goela was a student at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, nobody talked about the stress and pressures associated with being a law student…. Now, as Osgoode’s Student Success and Wellness Counsellor, Banka Goela talks a lot to law students about these issues…. When the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities offered a grant to postsecondary institutions for mental-health resources and put out a call for proposals, Banka Goela decided to go for it, reported Canadian Lawyer Sept. 29. Read full story.

Does believing in guardian angels keep you safe? People who do take fewer risks than non-believers, study claims
David Etkin, professor of disaster and emergency management at York University, Canada, examined the link between belief and risk-taking behaviour. “We hypothesized that a belief in guardian spirits would tend to be associated with a decreased risk perception and therefore an increase in risk-taking behaviour,” said Etkin in MailOnline Sept. 29. “However, we found that instead of this belief making people able to take more risks because they feel protected, the results clearly indicated that those who believe in guardian angels are more likely to be risk-averse. Read full story.

Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton gets aggressive about recruiting
Two brothers, Colin and Michael Phillips, university track athletes at York University and the University of Waterloo, respectively, put up scores in Hamilton that identify them as serious prospects. While they have aspirations to push a bobsled for Canada, training full-time isn’t possible until they finish university, reported The Globe and Mail Sept. 29. Read full story.

Kimberly Murray to Receive LFO Award
This year’s recipient of the Law Foundation of Ontario’s 2014 Guthrie award is Kimberly Murray. Murray, executive director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, is also a member of the Kahnesatake Mohawk Nation as well as co-director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s intensive program in aboriginal lands, resources, and governments, reported Law Times Sept. 29. Read full story.

Is she stalking you?
It’s always flattering when a woman is into you. But what happens when she’s a little too interested? There’s a fine line between clingy and concerning – and your ex-girlfriend (or prospective partner) may be crossing it…. “After a breakup, unfortunately, some people can deteriorate psychologically,” said York University psychology Professor Robert T. Muller in Men’s Health Sept. 30. While people without a history of mental illness can fall into stalking habits, too, depression and psychological stress can exasperate underlying issues such as paranoia or bipolar disorder. If her personality seems to have taken a drastic change, it could signal something more complex than the typical breakup woes, says Muller. Read full story.