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University enrolment drops

ENROLMENT has dipped at Manitoba's largest universities this year.

The University of Manitoba has enrolled 29,015 students as of Thursday, down marginally by 96 from last year's record 29,111.

The University of Winnipeg's enrolment is down 2.3 per cent so far compared with a year ago.

International students are at an all-time high at the U of M at 4,237 students, going up to 14.4 per cent of the student body from 11.4 per cent a year ago. The U of M long ago eclipsed its target from the 1990s of having international students form 10 per cent of its enrolment.

The number of grad students took a sharp dip, from 3,748 to 3,306.

Online learning is soaring at the U of M with credit hours to be taken by students increasing 12.8 per cent.

The biggest drop at U of W is a 2.5 per cent decline in undergraduates, 9,348 students, a decrease of 242 from last year. The still-fledgling master's programs are up 16 per cent, to 138 students overall.

U of W officials said self-identified aboriginal students now exceed 10 per cent of total enrolment, one of the highest figures of any Canadian university.

Significantly for the university's budget, credit hours -- course loads on which tuition is based -- are down 1.4 per cent. There is a 3.5 per cent increase in international students, for a total of 537.

At Canadian Mennonite University, enrolment is up about two per cent. Women make up 62 per cent of the students and international students are at eight per cent.

Red River College said it would not have student numbers until next week.


Giveaway weekend

ONE person's trash is another person's treasure.

That axiom will be put to the test by the city when the annual fall giveaway takes to the streets (or curbs) this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, residents can put out items they no longer want or have use for and cross their fingers someone will take them away.

Books, CDs, DVDs, furniture, electronics, artwork, mirrors, sports equipment, toys, lawn mowers, snow blowers, rakes, shovels, small appliances, kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, construction materials and clothing are just some of the items scavengers can expect to find over the two-day giveaway.

The city has offered a few tips for those putting out items:

  • Place unwanted household items at the curb on your front street
  • Label each item with a FREE sticker or sign
  • Store items out of sight that you don't want to give away
  • Do not put out unsafe items, items that contain bedbugs and toilets (with a flush volume of 13 litres or more)
  • Remove leftover items from the curb by dusk on Sunday

Those looking for treasures should please keep in mind only items marked as free should be taken and to respect private property at all times. Please keep an eye out for children, as well.

For more information on giveaway weekend, including what to do with leftover items visit the city's website ( or contact 311.


Suspected groper busted

A teen from Keewatin, Ont., has been charged with sexual assault after several women were groped by a male riding by on a bike during the last few weeks, Winnipeg police say.

On Aug. 20, a 48-year-old woman was walking in the area of Netley Street and North Drive when a male rode up behind her and groped her in the lower body.

During their investigation, officers learned two other victims -- women aged 53 and 42 -- endured similar assaults that evening.

Ten days later, a group of girls was walking near Crescent Drive Park when a male on a bike rode up and groped a 13-year-old girl.

Police made an arrest of a 17-year-old boy Wednesday. He was released on a promise to appear.


-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 5, 2014 B6

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