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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
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
A 32-person delegation from the Chinese chemical industry will be at
UW today for briefings about economic decision-making (the leader of
that session will be
Peter Silveston of UW's chemical engineering
department) and about the UW co-op program. The delegation will also
be touring the teaching and research facilities of the chem eng
- It's Summerfest at Fed Hall.
"The biggest backyard bash ever" is promised, with The Test Icicles playing
tonight and tomorrow, and a beach volleyball tournament running tomorrow.
- With Fathers' Day approaching, Graphics Express in South Campus
Hall has a T-shirt special: "Dad's favourite photo on a white T-shirt for the
special price of $12.99 plus tax. Customize a Graphics Express mouse
pad with a special photograph for Dad for just $5.90 each plus tax."
The offer runs from tomorrow through June 17.
- Cheryl Evans, a fourth-year environmental studies student, is the
organizer of a "community festival to conserve Keatsway Woods", west
of the campus, tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday
starting at 11 a.m.) Volunteers will clean up garbage, lay wood chips
on the main trails in the woods, and move stones into a community
meeting circle. "We welcome anyone who lives near Keatsway Woods or
anyone who is concerned about protecting Waterloo's urban wilderness,"
says Evans. There will be a free barbecue for volunteers at noon, and
a play about Keatsway Woods performed by kids from nearby Centennial
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