CC Newsletter: May 25

Newsletter header May 25

Summertime is here and there are lots of changes happening at Columbia College! The Tutorial Centre is now the Learning Centre in Room 411 and the Bookstore is open Monday to Friday 9-4. The Limitless 2018 student conference will launch in July and there will be a DeStress week before final exams. We’re also super excited to introduce our new Student Life Coordinator, Jerica! Read more about her in this week’s CC newsletter! Lots of good changes are happening this semester for sure – we can’t wait to see what the next few months will bring!

CC Reads: A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena


It’s CC Reads Thursday! Check out this cool book, _ A Girl Like That_ by Tanaz Bhathena.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school.  You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.

This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers. It tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion, and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.

Borrow it from the CC Library today!

Attention: Scams targeting international students

Dear students,

We would like to alert you about recent telephone scams that have been targeting newcomers to Canada, including students at Columbia College. In these situations, the caller often pretends to be an immigration officer or government official, and tells you that you have broken the law or that your loved ones have been kidnapped. It is probably a scam if they ask you to pay money or ask you to give them your personal information (date of birth, passport number, credit card information, etc.). They may even threaten you by saying that you could go to jail, never see your loved ones again, be deported, lose your visa, or have your account suspended if you don’t pay or give your personal information.

For more details about these scams, including the most recent virtual kidnapping scheme targeting Chinese students, visit the RCMP (Police) website.

Be aware: Scammers often give a fake name and agent number to appear legitimate. If you think the caller is a scammer:

  • ask for the name and number of the agent, and
  • call the Call Centre to confirm the agent’s identity.

If you received a suspicious call, hang up immediately and:

If you have been the target of a scam and provided personal or financial information, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre:

Alternatively, you may also speak with Student Services staff for additional support.

Rose Black, BA (Hons), RISIA
Student Services Manager | Columbia College


Saturday May 19th – Class location changes

An Announcement from Columbia College Administration:

Due to construction work on the 4th floor of the main campus, there will be class location changes happening only on this coming Saturday May 19th.

The following classes will be meeting in these locations:

ANTH 110  sec 081 (Cornell Pop) meets in Room 550
ENGL 100 sec 081 (Graham Lyons) meets in Room 446
ENGL 100 sec 101 (Graham Lyons) meets in Room 446
ASIA 131 sec 121 (Casey Collins) meets in Room 446

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.