SFU – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca News, entertainment and sports from Langara College journalism students Thu, 28 Feb 2019 00:26:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://www.langaravoice.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LOGO-100x100.png SFU – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca 32 32 Langara students join effort to halt tuition hikes. https://www.langaravoice.ca/langara-students-join-effort-to-halt-tuition-hikes/ Thu, 28 Feb 2019 01:00:34 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=40939 Langara students, and others across the province, were urged last week to join in a movement to cap the rising cost of education.]]>

Reported by Austin Everett

Langara students, and others across the province, were urged last week to join in a movement to cap the rising cost of post-secondary education.

The “Tuition Freeze Now” campaign started at SFU in October after their latest tuition hike, and is now backed by their student body.

All post-secondary tuition fees for domestic students are capped by the provincial government two per cent per year, but international student’s tuition can increase by up to 20 per cent per year, said SFU student campaigner Kayla Phillips.

“The consultation process was a total sham. It turns out the budget is already set in stone almost a year prior before it’s implemented,” Phillips said.

Last Thursday, students from local post-secondary schools were encouraged to attend an informational meeting about the campaign. SFU campaign organizer Giovanni HoSang said he wants to involve all public institutions even though they increase their tuition independently.

“Public education, as the name suggests, should be mostly publicly funded,” said HoSang.

The Langara International Socialists club scheduled a similar strategy session Thursday, Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m., inviting Langara students to fight for lower tuition fees.

Langara’s chair of the physics and astronomy department Bradley Hughes, who spoke at the SFU event, is head of the Langara International Socialists club.

According to RBC economic research published in June, tuition increases can be largely attributed to a lack of government funding.

The report states that during the mid-1970s, provincial governments were paying for 75 per cent of university education costs, with the federal government transferring additional funding. Today, both provincial and federal government contributions amount to less than 50 per cent of university education costs.

Michael Koke, Langara’s director of financial services, said in an email statement that Langara has not raised international tuition for a “number of years.”

The SFU campaigners and their supporters will rally March 18 in preparation for the SFU board of governors’ meeting, March 21.

Students call for monthly, semesterly parking passes https://www.langaravoice.ca/students-call-for-monthly-semesterly-parking-passes/ Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:27:22 +0000 http://www.voicedev.xyz/?p=8543 Cars on campusLangara students already pay a pretty penny to park on campus and while some students think the college should expand its parking options, Langara isn’t ready to offer more choices just yet.

The Imperial Parking Canada Corporation provides three options when it comes to parking on campus: four hours for $3.50, short-term parking for $1.50 per half hour, or $7 until 11:40 p.m., all of which are on a pay-by-stall system. Parking permits are currently only available for college employees.

Langara is one of a few campuses in the Lower Mainland that doesn’t offer monthly or weekly passes for students.

Langara wants to promote public transit over driving

Raymond Yeung, U-Pass and transportation coordinator for Langara, said in order to encourage the use of public transit, Langara decided not to offer a monthly pass for students.

“The college considered monthly parking passes for students in the past, but felt that by having students pre-pay for a parking pass, it would discourage them from using U-Pass BC or transit later on,” said Yeung.

Students say there are not enough parking options

However, Langara kinesiology student Randy Dalen said he would benefit from a monthly or weekly pass if one were made available.

Brooke Miller, a general studies student, said Langara’s current parking system is too restrictive.

“It’s annoying how you have to pay for a stall, if you pay for all day parking you can’t leave that stall,” said Miller.

Other post-secondary institutions offer a wider variety of campus parking options for students and faculty.

For example, Simon Fraser University has semester parking rates that range from $279 for an outdoor lot or $490 for an indoor lot. Kwantlen Polytechnic University also offers a weekly parking pass for $14.

Reported by Madelyn Forsyth

Website design affects shoppers on emotional level, according to SFU professor https://www.langaravoice.ca/website-design-affects-shoppers-on-emotional-level-according-to-sfu-professor/ Thu, 28 Nov 2013 01:15:05 +0000 http://www.voicedev.xyz/?p=7996 shopper
Online shopper navigates fashion. Kendra Wong photo.

Online shopping is skyrocketing among Canadians and companies are increasingly using specific website design elements to appeal to consumers’ emotions and encourage shoppers to return to the site, said a SFU professor.

In a survey by Statistics Canada, Canadians ordered $18.9 billion worth of products online in 2012, up 24 per cent from 2010.

Website design has a huge impact on the loyalty of consumers, said Dianne Cyr, a professor at SFU who specializes in web design and emotions.

Website design tries to evoke emotion

“The website design is really the interface between the product and the customer when you’re shopping . . . because there is no sales person,” said Cyr. “The only way that emotions can be elicited from a consumer is by creating the experience on the interface that excites people, satisfies them or they feel enjoyment from the site.”

Websites trying to elicit emotion from shoppers will have attractive, visually appealing layouts with pictures of people, and some form of interactivity such as comment boxes that fill shoppers with a sense of enjoyment.

Companies will use cool colours, such as blue and green, to elicit feelings of trust.

Shoppers also feel satisfied if the website is organized and is easy to navigate through product information and the checkout.

Tammy Chan, a Coquitlam resident, spends approximately $200 to $400 a month online on clothing and makeup from stores including Old Navy, Forever 21 and Banana Republic.

Bigger inventory one reason to buy online

“They have more items online then they carry in store,” said Chan. “Usually they run out of my size or they don’t have a certain colour in store.”

She noted that her ability to navigate a website is a big factor in determining if she will return to the site.

“For example, Old Navy — their site is straight to the point,” said Chan. “Once you click on clearance, they show the products right away.”

Cyr said a website’s ability to evoke emotions will have huge implications for the company.

“If even a small number of people go back to a website and visit it in the future, over time it can dramatically increase revenue for the company,” Cyr said.

Reported by Kendra Wong