What students are talking about today (November 20th edition)

Movember hate, law school admissions & Guelph’s Ti-Cats

1. Every year some student decides to hate on Movember, the mustache-growing prostate cancer fundraiser. This year it’s Hector Villeda-Martinez, a women’s studies major at Concordia University. “Movember is a celebration of hegemonic, patriarchal, heterosexist masculinities,” he writes. “When was the last time, for example that Movember made outreach to transwomen?”

2. Students are getting the message that law school is no longer a route to a guaranteed job. In October 2012, 16.4 per cent fewer students took the Law School Admission Test than in October 2011. That’s following a 16.9 percent drop last October. The overall numbers of test takers is at a 10-year low. For those planning to apply to law school, the lighter competition is probably welcome.

3. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will play most or all of their 2013 home games at the University of Guelph, reports the Spectator. Guelph’s stadium recently underwent a $4.5-million renovation.

4. Marco Rubio is the Florida Senator who some believe could modernize the Republican and give it a chance of winning in 2016. But a new interview in GQ shows he’s rather old-fashioned. When asked how old the earth is, he started off: “I’m not a scientist man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians…”

5. A 24-year-old whose spiked hair “looked like a set of devil horns” was arrested in Kingston, Ont. after yelling at kids watching the local Santa Claus Parade on Saturday that Santa isn’t real, reports the Toronto Star. The man faces charges of public intoxication and breach of probation.

6. The University of British Columbia will confer a record number of Ph.Ds to Aboriginal students.

7. The R&B singer R. Kelly plans to bring “Trapped in the Closet” to Broadway. His online video opera series was widely considered… weird. Luckily he’s not taking himself too seriously this time. “I don’t have a job so I sit in the studio all day and think of stuff to do and this is just something stupid I’ve done that’s been successful for me,” he told the Associated Press. Read more at 680

8. A hydro pole in the middle of a provincial highway in Quebec’s Eastern Townships was the result of miscommunication between various transport and utility authorities. The photo went viral.

9. A labour dispute has caused classes to be cancelled today at five post-secondary institutions in British Columbia: Vancouver Island University, North Island College, College of New Caledonia, College of the Rockies and BCIT’s Aerospace Technology Centre in Richmond. Camosun College campuses in Victoria are open, but professors may cancel classes. BCIT was shut on Monday.

10. Justin Trudeau surprised a few when he said he wants the CNOOC-Nexen deal approved, even though many Canadians are fearful of Chinese investment in Alberta, and considering that he opposes the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Paul Wells explains why it’s really not all that surprising.