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Friday, June 9, 1995

The sky is blue today

And so is the province. Overnight results from the Ontario election show Mike Harris's Progressive Conservative Party with 82 of the 130 seats in the provincial legislature. The Liberals will form the opposition with 30 seats; the New Democratic Party, which governed Ontario for the past four years, was reduced to 17 seats. One seat was won by an independent candidate.

In Waterloo riding, Elizabeth Witmer -- whose name has been mentioned as a possible education minister in the cabinet Harris will soon be forming -- won easy re-election for the Conservatives.

Preregistration for winter term

Undergraduate students are preregistering this week for courses they'll take in the 1996 winter term. Says the registrar's office:
All currently registered undergraduate co-operative studsents itending to enrol in undergraduate programs in January 1996 should preregister. If you are thinking of changing faculties for that term, you should contact the appropriate advisor of the faculty to which you wish to transfer. Please refer to the instructions mentioned in the List of Advisors section in the Course Offerings List. Preregister with your department faculty advisor. Information about advisors, times and places for registration is found in the Coursqe Offerings List which is available from department and faculty offices. Undergraduate calendars for 1995-96 are available from the office of the registrar.

Meetings about the health plan

A fourth meeting has been added to the schedule of open sessions about proposed changes to UW's "extended health plan" for faculty and staff.

Three meetings were previously announced: Friday, June 16, at 8:30 a.m. and 12 noon, and Thursday, June 22, at 8:30 a.m. The newly-announced meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, June 16, primarily for people who work the evening shift. All the open meetings will be held in Needles Hall room 3001.

An explanation of the proposed changes has been sent to all faculty and staff members, and the full text will be printed in next week's Gazette.

Power and computer shutdown

Electrical power (and heating, cooling and ventilation) will be shut down in the Math and Computer building tomorrow from 8 a.m. to noon., for maintenance on the 15,000-volt electrical substation.

As a result, many of UW's central computer facilities will be out of operation. "We are going to try and keep the Campus Network going," says Steve Breen of the department of computing services; emergency power will be used to operate the central routers.

But the central computers operated by DCS and the Math Faculty Computing Facility will be out of operation from about 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be no Usenet news on campus machines (because it's channelled through one of the central computers that will be down) and the "terminal servers", which allow off-campus connections to the campus network, will be out of operation. "I hope to be back by 1 p.m.," Breen adds, "but because we rarely shut all machines off, we could encounter some problems."

Presbyterians go, cyclists come

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, which has been taking place on campus all week, winds up today with morning worship, a business "sederunt", lunch, and a final sederunt in the Theatre of the Arts. The 500 commissioners will be heading home, and Village 2 has overnight to prepare for the arrival of the next conference: some 75 people here for the weekend from the London Cycling Club.

Next week: a 100-person research conference hosted by UW's Institute for Improvement in Quality and Productivity.

Other notes for the day

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

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