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Saint Mary's University, Halifax

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Saint Mary's University is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Founded by Reverend Edmund Burke, in 1802 it is the oldest English-speaking, Roman Catholic initiated university in Canada. In 1841, the Nova Scotia House of Assembly formally gave the university its formal recognition as an academic institute. 11 years later complete legal status to give out degrees was given to the University. In 1913 the Christian Brothers of Ireland were asked by the Archdiocese to direct the college and did so till 1940 when they handed over the duties to the Upper Province Society of Jesus (Jesuits) who did so for 30 years till in 1970, when the university was incorporated with a Board of Governors and a Senate. The university is now quite secular, for example the old Church now serving as an auditorium for classes and home to the University Servers.

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  • In 1934 SMU established one of the 1st Commerce Faculties in Canada, which is now known as the Frank H. Sobey Faculty of Commerce, named after Frank H. Sobey, who founded the Empire Company Limited (major holdings being Sobeys, Empire Theatres and Lawtons Drug Stores).
  • Currently has roughly 9,000 students.
  • School Motto: Age Quod Agis (strive for the best)
  • The school is represented in Canadian Interuniversity Sport by the Saint Mary's Huskies. SMU's football team were the first in 25 years to win back-to-back football championships (2002, 2001)
  • First Atlantic Canadian University to advance to the world finals in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals (2001)
  • The campus is entirely contained within one city block, about 30 acres (120,000 m²) large.
  • SMU has an observatory on top of one of its campus residences, and is the only university in the Region to offer courses in astronomy.
  • SMU does not have a Student Council; instead, it has a Student Association (businesses don't like unions, and SMU is now a business school at heart)
  • The current cafeteria deal with Aramark has a clause which states that students can not see the contract, much to the dismay of some students.
  • In 1959, SMU was the first university in Atlantic Canada to obtain a computer (a Royal Mc-Bee LGP-30).

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