UC starts its own ‘One’ program

This September, University College launches ‘UC One: Engaging Toronto’, a first-year program the college hopes will tie together small classes and big thinking.

The college is following Victoria and Trinity College in implementing a program for well-rounded students to take interactive, close-knit courses.

UC Principal Donald Ainslie sees the program as a transformative learning opportunity giving students a way to transition into university as smoothly as possible.

UC One will focus on the impact of research on the greater Toronto community. “We have really groundbreaking researchers at the university,” said Ainslie, “So I think that students need to understand what research is all about.”

UC One is divided into four pathways: Citizenship in the Canadian City with Professor Emily Gilbert; Performing Toronto with Professor Tamara Trojanowska; Gradients of Health and Well-being in an Urban Mosaic with Professor Paul Hamel; and Sex in the City with Dr. Scott Rayter.

Each pathway correlates directly with the interdisciplinary programs hosted by the college: Canadian Studies, Drama, Health Studies, and Sexual Diversity Studies.

Despite the correlation between the UC One streams and the upper-year programs that University College hosts, the administration does not expect students to follow those degree pathways. “Our thought is that it might be a nice side effect that students might enroll in the programs or develop an interest, but that’s by no means the goal,” said Ainslie.

UC One’s administrative team hopes that by being a one-credit course, unlike Vic and Trin’s two-credit versions, students with more prerequisite-driven interests will be inclined to enroll.
In fact, Ainslie describes UC One as being advantageous for students of varying areas of academic interest, including science students. “Having social science [to] complement science is a good thing,” said Ainslie, giving the example of paring UC One’s health stream with a degree in life sciences.

After undergoing a selective application process, UC One students will meet for four hours every Friday. During first semester, they will listen to and discuss the lectures of various guest speakers. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Mark Kingwell, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Dr. Meric Gertler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, and David Miller, former Mayor of Toronto.

In second semester, students will have numerous fieldtrip opportunities that will allow each group to look at Toronto from their specific interdisciplinary perspective.

Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost of U of T, thinks very highly of the ‘One’ programmes. “They are a special passion of mine,” she said.

The new UC One program follow in the footsteps of the well-established Vic One and Trin One programs. “I think that these two programs provide the best undergraduate first year in the country,” said Misak. “I would love to see more of our students be able to have access to such an academically and socially rich first year”.

Gertler agrees that the success of Vic One and Trin One triggered this new initiative. “Those colleges really seized the initiative to try something new and different for first year undergraduate education,” he said. “The reviews that came back [have been] pretty positive.”
Although Vic One and Trin One have been around longer, Andrew Lesk, the program director, does not think that UC One will have a problem standing out. “The fact [is] that our program is new,” said Lesk. “We offer something different.”

“Any ‘One’ program speaks about the strength of the college,” Lesk said. “The whole rhetoric behind engaging Toronto speaks to the centrality that is University College itself.”
Ainslie went on to highlight UC’s history of being connected with social engagement. “All of the colleges are open to people of all faiths, but there is a history of UC as being the open college,” he explained, “That’s what we’re trying to build on.”

To Lesk, the fact that the seminars will go beyond the classroom is key to the character of the program. “It gets students out into the city to engage with [Toronto] in a more practical than theoretical sense,” he said.

Gertler likes that a critical aspect of the One programs is the tight-knit environments that they offer. “[They provide] an opportunity for small group learning experience in a year when most classes are pretty large,” he explained. The Dean also likes how the programs identify with the colleges themselves and reflect the colleges’ individual identities.

An expanding trend

The launch of UC One is only the beginning of a much larger movement. Last year, Provost Misak approached the administrations of all St. George campus’ constituent colleges, as well as the UTM and UTSC satellite campuses, offering each funding to implement their own, distinctive ‘One’ programs.

“I put some money on the table and my offer was taken up by each and every college and campus,” she described.

Misak did not disregard Victoria and Trinity College, allocating them each the same sum of money so that they could expand their current programs. “They shouldn’t be disadvantaged just because they were the pioneers,” she said.

Victoria College is using the funding to add a new stream to its Vic One program: the Norman Jewison Stream for Imagination and the Arts.

While all of the colleges and campuses accepted the offer, they are on different timetables. According to Dean Gertler, UC was able to settle on the theme and design of their program very quickly. “UC was really the fastest out of the gate,” he explained.

The remaining colleges, as well as UTM and UTSC, plan to launch their own ‘One’ programmes next September.

Fighting academic frauds

For years, Barbara Sherwin was a prominent hormone researcher and McGill University psychology professor. She was best known for her work as Canada Research Chair in Hormones, Brain, and Cognition – a role that garnered McGill $1.4 million in federal funding.
That’s until 2009, when it was revealed that her name, and her name alone, had appeared on an article which was was in fact co-written by DesignWrite, a company hired by the drug corporation Wyeth to promote hormone replacement therapy.

The article, published in a respected academic journal, was about pharmacological treatments for age-related memory loss.

Although McGill refuses to release the results of its two-year investigation, a professor involved in the case told Maclean’s that Sherwin had been reprimanded, but was cleared of accusations of academic misconduct.

“Ghostwriting,” as it is commonly known, occurs when researchers lend their names (and hence their credibility) to articles to which they did not contribute substantially. Instead, these articles are usually written, by firms hired by pharmaceutical companies, and often contain research or opinions favourable to the products sold by those companies. A 2009 study by The New York Times calculated that around 7.8 per cent of articles published in leading medical journals in the previous year had been ghostwritten.

Medical professionals often rely on scholarship to verify the effectiveness of their treatments, and investigate new developments in medicine. Academic research is also commonly used as evidence of the effectiveness and safety of drugs that are being challenged in court.
The issue has garnered more attention in recent years, after it played a role in high-profile cases involving well-known drugs, such as Vioxx, Neurontin, Oxycontin, Paxil, Zoloft.
It was through 15 ghostwritten articles that Pfizer, for instance, promoted the utilization of Neurontin (a drug originally developed as an anticonvulsant, for use by epileptics) in the treatment of bipolar disorder. The device paid off: from 1995 to 2003 the sales of Neurontin increased more than twenty-fold. After a boy with bipolar disorder who was prescribed the drug committed suicide, a whistleblower revealed the company’s use of ghostwriters. Pfizer pleaded guilty to two felonies, paying about $430 million in penalties for using fraudulent research to promote the use of Neurontin for unapproved uses.

All major medical journals and academic institutions, including U of T, have guidelines decrying the practice of ghostwriting. The practice is forbidden under the Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct, which also addresses plagiarism and conflict of interest.

Trudo Lemmens, a professor at the law faculty and a leading figure in raising awareness of academic ghostwriting, says the university “could state more clearly in [the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters] that involvement in ghostwritten publications is academic misconduct.”
Lemmens says that, although universities have a duty to protect their faculty, when it comes to accusations of bias or misrepresentation of published data, “academic institutions should investigate thoroughly, since [the] integrity of publications goes to the heart of the integrity of the academic enterprise.”

The university’s AVP Research, Peter Lewis, believes that the University’s existing measures are adequate – equally stringent for both faculty and students.

“The university investigates all allegations of research misconduct as outlined in the Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct,” he said.

Concerning the role of the interaction between pharmaceutical companies and the university, Lewis stated that “receiving support from any source, including pharmaceutical companies, is bound by the policies and procedures of the university, which we believe are adequate to ensure that the academic integrity of our programs are well protected.”

U of T is playing a leading role in the campaign against ghostwriting. The first international conference on ghostwriting was recently hosted jointly by the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, Centre for Ethics, Joint Centre for Bioethics, and Centre for Innovation, Law and Policy.
Professor Lemmens and law professor Simon Stern recently co-authored an article for PloS Medicine, a medical journal, on the possibility of making guest authors liable for ghostwritten articles. In the article, they acknowledge the widespread academic concern over the issue, but note that “professional organizations have so far failed to issue serious sanctions in the rare cases when an organization has looked into allegations of authorship violations.”

Lemmens and Stern argue that censoring academics, rather than deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies, will deter professors from ghostwriting.

Though there have been many lawsuits against drug companies whose were found to have promoted their porducts through ghostwriting, few researchers have been criticized or publicly investigated.

In the United States, the Project on Government Oversight has written a letter of complaint to President Obama criticizing the University of Pennsylvania for not sanctioning the chairman of its psychiatry department for lending his name to an editorial ghostwritten by a medical company, and a psychiatrist at UPenn is accusing his department of widespread contribution to ghostwritten articles.

News in Brief

International students disproportionately accused of cheating

A recent investigation by The Globe and Mail has found that academic offences are committed by a disproportionately high number of international students, as compared to their domestic counterparts.

“I would say, anecdotally, that well over 50 per cent of [academic offence clients] are international students,” said Karen Bellinger, of Downtown Legal Services — a legal clinic at U of T. The number is alarming, considering that only 12 per cent of U of T students come from outside of Canada.

A report by Danielle Istl, at the University of Windsor, found that international students were accused of academic offences three times as much as domestic students.

Different cultural understandings of plagiarism were cited as a likely reason for the discrepancy. Some school systems outside of North America are based on rote learning, where copying verbatim from a teacher earns top grades. Students of such systems can face confusion when they are expected to use their own words and ideas.

A study by the UK Higher Education Academy found the top reason for student plagiarizism was a “lack of awareness of referencing conventions.”

Another reason mentioned by the Globe was language barriers ­— some students resort to copying when paraphrasing is difficult.

Most experts suggested extensive language and cultural training for international students as a possible solution to this problem. —Cherise Seucharan

Dalhousie dumps Turnitin, cites U.S. servers

Dalhousie University, in Halifax, recently decided to terminate its contract with the controversial plagiarism-detecting software site Turnitin.com.

The university had learned that student papers, uploaded to the site to check for plagiarism, “were being stored on U.S. servers, instead of Canadian ones, which was against the school’s wishes,” said the school’s chief information officer.

“This has created a massive problem for faculty,” an assistant professor told the Toronto Star. “We don’t have any resources in place to help us.” The school says it will find a replacement quickly.

Student groups, like Dalhousie’s Student Union and the Canadian Federation of Students, oppose Turnitin and similar companies because of issues of intellectual property rights, and security concerns.

“It’s basically adopting a policy that students are guilty of plagiarism before they are proven innocent,” said CFS chair Roxanne Dubois.

Turnitin claims to serve over 10,000 educational institutions in 126 countries. U of T is among its clients. —Tanya Debi

We’re number two!

For the sixth year in a row, McGill University took the top Canadian spot in the QS World University Rankings, once again beating-out U of T. McGill placed 17th globally, up from 19th last year, while the University of Toronto placed 23rd, up from 29th. Cambridge took top spot overall, followed by Harvard, MIT, Yale, and Oxford.

QS, which compiled the list, considers 2,000 different schools before selecting the top 400 for the list. Rankings are determined using indicators such as academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-to-student ratio, and citations-per-faculty.

With files from The Gazette (Montreal).­ —Abdullah Shihipar

Chicago uni puts tuition on Groupon

Last week the National Louis University in Chicago posted the first Groupon deal for tuition.

The graduate course, Intro to the Profession and Craft of Teaching, regularly costs $2,232. However, through Groupon, the class only cost $950.

The purpose of the deal was to attract new students. To sign up, an individual was required to have an undergraduate degree and could not be enrolled in a NLU graduate program. The course was not transferable and students would pay full tuition for other courses.

With files from Time Magazine. —Jonathan Wu

York arms cops with batons after high-profile sex assaults

York University is increasing security on campus to make students feel safer. Security personnel are being armed with batons and an extra $1.1 million is being invested in campus safety.

While York has seen gains in both domestic and international applicants, the move comes after a 0.6 per cent drop in enrolment confirmations in a year when Ontario confirmations grew by 2 per cent overall. Several highly publicized assaults are cited, including two rape cases and the murder of foreign student Qian Liu.

University spokesman Wallace Pidgeon told The Globe and Mail that the university has increased security costs from $8.9 million to $10 million since year. Pidgeon did not disclose how the money would be spent, although the university has recently hired 12 new security personnel. He stressed that the boost was not related to the assaults.

With files from Macleans. —Irina Vukosavic

U of T bans bottled water

A day is coming where there will be no plastic water bottles on campus. This coming year food services departments, campus cafes, libraries, and other buildings will be phasing out the use and sale of plastic water bottles. The ban is a tri-campus initiative, starting this year on the St. George campus and moving forward to Mississauga and Scarborough campuses over the next three.

Leading the campaign against bottled water is a student organization called Public Water Initiative (PWI). For them, this ban is the first step towards a stronger public water system.
While acknowledging environmental issues, the group is focused on the social justice. “Water is a public resource and basic human right,” said Ando Petro, member of PWI. “So when you are making it okay for people to pay for water like you do with bottled water, then you are commodifying this public resource and basic human right and that makes it okay to say that only those who can afford it can have access to water.”

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University administration is working alongside PWI and other departments to implement new public water infrastructure, such as increasing the amount of water fountains. “The university has adopted a new standard for water fountains,” said Anne Macdonald, director of ancillary services.

Proposed double-sided fountains, branded ‘Easy H2O,’ are to include a regular drinking fountain and water bottle filling station. These new fountains will soon be found in Sydney Smith and Convocation Halls, followed by Robarts Library and athletic centres.

The move comes after Macdonald’s department did a survey that found 85 per cent of the university community in favour of a ban. While U of T administration supports the new public water initiative, the required infrastructure is being paid for and decided by individual departments.

“Because the university is a very decentralized place it is department-by-department,” said Macdonald. “For a cafeteria and food service area, that would be the food service department. For an academic building, it would be that building or college.”

Macdonald hopes that people can “work through the potential inconvenience,” and believes beyond this first step, “we need to work on an education campaign,” concerning the stigmatization of tap water.

“In Toronto we have been lucky to have such great public water,” said Petro. “The municipal drinking water in Toronto is actually checked every three or four hours and bottled water is only checked maybe every few years. It doesn’t have to comply to the Canadian drinking water guidelines because it is considered a food resource.”

While there have been public water contaminations, there has been infected bottled water as well. “The sad truth is that companies can afford to hide these facts and are not required to advertise them like public water contaminations are,” said Petro.

“Toronto has a very good track record in respect to tap water cleanliness and testing levels,” said Macdonald. “For our environment, we should make sure that message is communicated.”
“We want to emphasize that this isn’t meant to limit people’s freedom of choice,” said Leanne Rasmussen, another member of PWI. “It’s meant to be a deeper attitude change. It’s meant to be an educational perspective on trying to get people to recognize the implications of things like this in everyday life.”

But members of PWI realize more is needed to make sure more than just sugary drinks can be found on campus.

“Although this is a phase-out of bottled water, we need more public water infrastructure like water fountains, and that the existing fountains are maintained,” said Petro. The disappearing water bottles and appearance of new water fountains are only the first step in a battle for social justice.”

The return of Sunohara

It was at the age of two-and-a-half that Vicky Sunohara fell in love. On the backyard rink of her Scarborough home, built by her hockey enthusiast father, David Sunohara, Vicky first laced-up skates and began her illustrious career.

Sunohara’s achievements are numerous. She dominated every level of junior hockey, and received a full scholarship to Northeastern University, Massachusetts, after impressing on the women’s hockey team at Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute in Scarborough. She then won an Eastern College Athletic Conference championship, before returning to her hometown to pursue a degree in physical health education at U of T.

With the Varsity Blues, Sunohara won two Ontario Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Association (OWIAA) championships, in 1990–1991 and 1991–1992. She went on to become one of the most decorated, and recognizable, members of the women’s national program. She is a three-time Olympian, was assistant-captain from 2001–2008, and has a total of 18 medals.
It is fitting that such a decorated athlete will take the reins as head coach of one of U of T’s most decorated intercollegiate programs.

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“I get the opportunity to coach a team that has so much tradition, what could be better than that?” Sunohara asks.

But there is much more to Sunohara than all her accolades. She is also the mother of twins, served for two years as the director of women’s hockey at The Hill Academy in Vaughan and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Sport Centre Ontario — a non-profit organization committed to assisting high-performance athletes and coaches achieve excellence in international competition.

And as much as she is recognized for her achievements internationally, she doesn’t want to be defined by what she has done.

“I don’t expect to rest on accomplishments,” she says. “I want to set new goals in this new chapter of coaching. I don’t want to be seen as a good coach [because I’m] known as a good player. I have a lot to learn.

“The girls I’m coaching respect that I ha[ve] a lot of experience. I have a lot of expectations for the girls and myself, and I hope they can see that and be the best they can be,” Sunohara said.
“I expect to give everything I [have] got to take this program to the next level. I expect nothing less than every player giving it all they[‘ve] got, to respect the program and the university.”
Sunohara stresses the idea that “it doesn’t take talent to hustle.” Her high expectations of herself and the team are rooted in hard work and respect.

Her experiences with back-to-back OWIAA championship-winning teams have helped shape these expectations.

“Things have changed a lot since then. I want to let [the players] know where the team and the program have come from. I was proud to represent the university, and at the same time I had a great time. There was no player who thought themselves above the team, and that is something I would like to have,” Sunohara said.

The university game has changed immensely since Sunohara’s time. The Canadian Interuniversity Association did not exist then, and the amount of time that players spend at the rink has increased.

“Before it was one game, one practice a week. Now kids are on the ice six times a week [doing] conditioning and strength training. Off-ice training was not as popular [but] it is expected, even mandatory now,” Sunohara explains.

Despite the changes to the culture of the game, Sunohara knows she is coaching student-athletes who have a full schedule.

“I don’t expect players to be who they aren’t. I don’t expect hundred-goal scorers from players who aren’t [that kind of player].”

The new head coach has her sights set high for the season ahead. “You never enter a year hoping to finish third or fourth. Obviously the goal is to win the OUA. When you make goals, you make attainable goals,” Sunohara said. “I want to be honest and let everyone know where they stand. I want to develop a team where everyone can look at each other, not necessarily be the best of friends, but respect each other and the team.”

“I will be hard on them to work, but also to make it enjoyable. This is a great opportunity for these girls and I will give them the tools and resources they need.” Sunohara said.

Those resources include an assistant coaching staff consisting of two other Olympians, also U of T alumni — Jayna Hefford and Lori Dupuis. Hefford is a six-time world champion, while Dupuis was captain of the Varsity Blues from 1994–1997, and is the team’s all time leading scorer with 58 goals and 78 assists for 136 points. They bring an additional wealth of experience to the program.

“I played on the same line as Kristi and Jayna in 2002 and we worked well [together],” Sunohara said. “The experience between us will be huge as we had similar as well as different coaches. Each one of us will bring in a difference in experience.”

For Sunohara, the decision to take the job as head coach of the Blues women’s program was an easy one.

“I had a few offers to go down south and coach, but I love Toronto. I will do the best I can to continue this tradition.”

The Varsity Blues open their regular season on October 8th against York University, and play their first home game October 9th against the Ryerson Rams.

Frosh shine for Blues soccer

The opening weekend of the season saw a number of new recruits making their OUA debutes for the Varsity Blues men’s and women’s soccer teams.

First-year players Sara Petrucci, Olivia Gonsalves, and Jermaine Burrell all made their first starts for the Blues, while first-year-eligible second-year student Nikola Paunic also featured.
The women’s team was in need of reinforcement, after losing several important players, including last season’s top scorer, midfielder Kate Crowley, and OUA first team all-star, midfielder Jenessa Banwell. “We’re starting with a fresh start here, a new coaching staff, a new group of players,” said Anthony Capotosto, who took over as head coach for both the men’s and women’s programs over the summer.

“We have a really young team,” said veteran fifth-year Nav Deol. “But the young girls are stepping up perfectly…they’re rising to the occasion.” Deol believes that the team has benefitted from the appointment of the new head coach. “Cap[otosto] has a wealth of information to share, and the girls are absorbing it like sponges and applying it to the game.”

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Gonsalves — who started during both the opening day defeat to the Ottawa Gee-Gees, and the following day’s win over the Carleton Ravens — believes that the youth factor is an asset. “It’s exciting [to be part of a young team] because then you know that you’re going to be with the team for a while, it’s going to be a growing team.”

While the women’s team had a 1–1 record to show for their opening weekend of soccer, the men narrowly lost their opening fixture 3–2 to the Carleton Ravens. “We’ve got a lot of new guys in the changing room, a lot of them came out with a few nerves, they’re adjusting,” said fifth-year men’s captain Darragh McGee. “[The new players] don’t know what OUA soccer is, they’ve come out here at home, people, family here to see them — there’s a few nerves”

The men’s team also lost important starters since winning the OUA championship last season. Top scorer and OUA first-team all-star Nordo Gooden, and captain Alexander Raphael are both gone. “Guys have go to step in to that void,” said McGee. “A lot of these boys have an opportunity in this changing room, its up to them whether they take it.”

Burell is one of those players with an opportunity, and he made the most of it against the Ravens, playing the whole game and scoring a goal. “It’s my first OUA game, I didn’t expect to even start so it felt pretty good to stay on the whole game [and to score],” said Burrell, who has inherited the No. 8 shirt from Gooden.

“It’s always a challenge when we have new players, to try to get the same result we did last year with a new group of players,” said Capotosto of the men’s team. “But our first year players that have come in have shown [themselves to be] very capable.”

Midfielder Ezequiel Lubocki is another young player who will be important to the success of the men’s team this season. Unfortunately, the OUA East rookie of the year from last season was unfortunately injured for the Blues opening game.

It is a testament to the demanding schedule of fall sports that neither Gonsalves nor Burell had attended a single lecture before their Blues starting debuts. “It will be tough to balance [playing and studying] at the beginning, but I’m sure in the end it will work out,” said Gonsalves. “School and soccer, those are the priorities.”

“We’re going to look to build the women’s program. Our mandate is to make it one of the pre-eminent programs in Canada, and be one of the top contenders in CIS,” said Capotosto. “I have no doubts whatsoever we’ll retain our title,” said McGee of the men’s team.

If the opening weekend is any indication, the Varsity Blues soccer teams have a bright future ahead of them.

Blues beat 24 hour timer

Three University of Toronto athletes reached new heights last weekend by winning gold medals in a 24-hour mountain biking race.

Chris McKnight won the men’s solo division, while Chris McKinnon and David Biancolin won the two-man divisions, despite competition from some of the province’s best riders.

The race was pre-season preparation for the Varsity Blues riders, with the first official race of the University Cup scheduled for September 17 in Mansfield, ON.

The 24-hour affair took place at Albion Hills Conservation Area in Bolton, ON. Riders traversed a fifteen kilometers course — the objective being to complete as many laps as possible in twenty-four hours.

“There’s only supposed to be one man [from the two-man team] on the course at any given time,” Biancolin said.

McKinnon and Biancolin did “two lap shifts.” By the end of the race, the pair had completed “twenty-seven laps in roughly 24 hours and 45 minutes,” said Biancolin. It took him “roughly 54–55 minutes” to complete a lap, leaving a two-hour gap between riding sessions.

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While McKinnon was riding, however, there were several tasks for Biancolin to carry out. “You have to cool down after your two laps so that takes some time. I stretch after laps and I have to maintain my bike between laps as well,” Biancolin said. “On top of the eating [to maintain a supply of calories], you don’t get a lot of time to rest. The fatigue really starts creeping up on you as you’re progressing through the night.”

Mountain biking is not a standardized sport with set course-lengths or times. “Even at the highest level of competition, courses vary from year to year [at the same location],” Biancolin said, “[and] course conditions play a huge role.”

“I can’t really compare how well I might do against someone else based on this result,” Biancolin explained, “but I can look back on my training and how I’ve performed previously and say ‘yes, I’ve gotten this much stronger, I’m feeling this much better about the races coming up.’”

David Wright, Varsity Blues mountain biking head coach, was delighted with the results. “To have two gold medals in pre-season is a great indicator of potential as a team this year,” he said. “We always stress high performance, winning the University Cup is always in our sights.”
“Having fun is also an equal priority, [as well as] expanding the team,” Wright said. The team does not “cut” anyone based on physical ability, and its selection policy remains “wide-open,” according to the team’s selection guidelines.

“Your typical Ontario provincial-level race, at the lowest level, will take around an hour and a half,” said Biancolin. “The longest of them are about three hours, [but] not usually more than two and a half.” New recruits, then, will not be expected to go twenty-four hours without real sleep as the winning bikers did.

In the final standings of the 2010 University Cup, the University of Guelph and Queen’s University tied for first place with 1,861 points. The University of Toronto placed third, with a total of 713 points. The racing season runs from early September to mid-October.

The first Varsity Blues mountain bike team meeting is Monday September 13th, from 6–7 p.m. in Room 330 at the Athletic Centre.

Sports in Brief

Blues volleyball duo make top ten at world beach juniors

Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team members Alexandra Hudson and Charlotte Sider placed ninth at the 2011 world junior beach volleyball championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Hudson and Sider beach season came to an end with a loss to the USA in the round of 16. The pair’s finished the preliminary rounds with a 1-2 record.

The duo qualified for the world championships by winning the under-21 gold medal match at the 2011 Canadian beach volleyball championships on August 28th. They finished that three-day tournament with a 8-1 record.

Third-year Hudson and second-year Sider, are one the only UofT student-athlete pair to have earned a top-ten finish at the junior or youth world beach championships. the first to earn a top-10 finish.

-Gabriella Lambert

With files from varsityblues.ca

Blues Football Games

The Varsity Blues men’s football team defeated the York Lions 10-8 in the 42nd annual Red & Blue Bowl, the second game of their season.

The Blues held a 7-2 lead going into the fourth quarter, but relinquished it as the Lions scored back-to-back field goals. In an exciting finish, the Blues marched down the field to score their own field goal in the final two minutes and claim the victory.

Blues’ running back Aaron Milton led all rushers with 114 yards on 19 carries, while receiver Alex Pierzchalski had 9 receptions for 127 yards in the win.

The Blues kicked off their 2011 campaign with a 38-5 loss to the Windsor Lancers the previous weekend.

The Lancers scored the bulk of their points in the first two quarters, leading 35-5 by halftime.

One of U of T’s biggest plays of the Lancers game came in the second half from defensive back Kinahan, as he returned the first of his two interceptions for 69 yards.

Receiver Paul de Pass had 61 receiving yard, leading all players in that category.

-Alberto Bustamante

Former Olympian to coach men’s volleyball.

The Varsity Blues’ men’s volleyball program has hired John Barrett as interim head coach for the 2011-2012 season.

A participant in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1990 world championships, Barrett’s coaching career has included spells as head coach of Canada’s volleyball team at the 2003 Pan American Games and as a coach at the National Beach Volleyball Practice Centre.

Barrett previously served as assistant coach to the U of T’s men’s program from 2006. He remains a member of Volleyball Canada’s Beach High Performance Committee.

-Guillaume Lacombe-Kishibe

With files from varsityblues.ca