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Alumni Matters – June 2012

Bye-bye bottled water: York 'takes back the tap'

York University will be phasing out the sale of bottled water by September 2015. York's president and the president of the York Federation of Students (YFS) signed a pledge to improve free access to clean, safe drinking water on campus. » More


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Glendon is growing: the Centre of Excellence opens

The first new building since the campus was founded in 1966, the Centre of Excellence for French-language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education allows Glendon College to better serve the growing francophone population. » More


Q&A: Car-free camping—outdoorsy York grads launch a backcountry bus

No car? No problem. Self-proclaimed travel freaks Boris Issaev (BA '08) and Alex Berlyand (iBA '09) founded Parkbus, a non-profit providing transport from Toronto to campgrounds and backcountry access points across Ontario including Algonquin Provincial Park, Killarney, Bruce Peninsula and Grundy Lake. » More

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Students expand Wikipedia's feminist history record, take on gender gap

Students in the fourth-year "The Politics of the Canadian Women's Movement" course contributed to Wikipedia articles on Canadian feminism—and tackled the Wikipedia gender gap. » More


Alumnus creates science & engineering entrepreneurship
program at York

Douglas Bergeron (BA Spec. Hons. ’83) and his wife Sandra together donated $2 million to create the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (BEST) Program at York University. » More

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Undercover agent: York grad discusses her life as a CIA spy

Shirley Perry (MBA ’84) spent the most frigid days of the Cold War behind the Iron Curtain—working as an undercover CIA operative in Soviet-occupied Vienna, Austria. » More

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