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Friday, April 7, 1995

PROUD NEWS to start the day: a UW civil engineering student had a minute of glory on national television last night. Second-year student Sharla Howard received the first "youth achievement award" as part of the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, broadcast on the CBC. She was glimpsed doing academic work and also her volunteer work with disabled children, and was present for the awards ceremony, held in Vancouver with such Native VIPs as Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Kenojuak. Howard is a Mohawk from Akwasasne, near Montreal, and holder of a long string of prizes and scholarships.

POSTERS today say that The Campus Cove billiard and game room in the Campus Centre is having its grand opening. "Come and relieve exam stress . . . test your skill on the Daytona Racer and our 8-ball tables." The Cove is on the lower level of the new CC mall.

DINNER IS served tonight. On one side of campus it's the annual Friends of St. Paul's fund-raising dinner at St. Paul's United College, with silent and live auctions a feature of the entertainment.

Meanwhile, over at the Festival Room in South Campus Hall it's a banquet to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the department of Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures. To be distributed for the first time is a "retrospection" by the department's founding chair, Bill Dyck, who insists that his work "is not intended as a thoroughly researched history". But Dyck has been one of the central figures in the history of UW's arts faculty, and if he's written what he remembers, it should be plenty.

MEETINGS TODAY: There's an open forum on "varsity promotions and communications", in the athletics department, from 10 a.m. to noon in Physical Activities Complex room 2045.

And from 2 to 4 p.m., there's an open meeting on "international connections", sponsored by the relevant working group of the Commission on Institutional Planning. Everyone is invited to come and talk about exchange programs, UW's profile with international funding agencies, overseas co-op jobs, internationalization of the curriculum and similar issues.

ON THE WEEKEND: "How the Other Half Loves", a play from Antares Theatre Productions, visits the Theatre of the Arts tonight and tomorrow at 8:00. "The comic intrigue is unique," a publicity blurb promises. Tickets are $9, students $7.

Conrad Grebel College holds its baccalaureate service, honouring students with a Grebel connection who are graduating from UW this spring, Sunday at 3 p.m.

THE STAFF association's "sub-committee on staff compensation" will meet Monday at noontime: 12:05 p.m., Math and Computer room 6007. The meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday, says committee chair Linda Lingard. Any staff interested in talking about salary and other compensation issues, with the end of the Social Contract a year away, are welcome to attend.

Chris Redmond
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004