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Tuesday, June 27, 1995
Common Sense Revolution, day one
Mike Harris was sworn in yesterday as premier of Ontario and named
John Snobelen as his minister of education and training. Snobelen, the
the Legislature from Mississauga North, is president of an environmental
waste trucking company and a consulting firm; he's also associated with
the Hunger Project and with the Carter Centre in Atlanta, a peacemaking
organization. He is 40 years old.
The new education minister will have to address everything from school
reform to university funding. That point came up yesterday at a meeting
of UW's senate finance committee, where provost Jim Kalbfleisch summarized
the developments of the past year or two, including the funding study
done by the Ontario Council on University Affairs. "That report, as I
understand it, is finished and will be sitting on the new minister's
desk," the provost said.
the cabinet, Elizabeth Witmer, member for Waterloo, becomes minister
of labour. The new chair of the management board is Dave Johnson, a
systems analyst who has a master's degree in mathematics from UW.
Distinguished visitor from Japan
Kiyoo Itoh, "senior chief scientist" for Hitachi and one of the important
figures in the development of semiconductors, is at UW this summer as
a Distinguished Visitor to the
Institute for Computer Research. Besides working with ICR researchers
on technical matters, he'll be giving two major lectures -- one
"for a general audience" tomorrow, the other more technical and scheduled
for July 6.
The general lecture is scheduled for 2:30 tomorrow in Davis Centre
room 1302. Title of Itoh's talk: "Trends in VLSI Memory Technology".
One big list of coming events
Let me introduce "UWevents", the new name for a single listing that until
now has looked like two different things. UWevents is a database of
coming events at the university, maintained here in the office of
information and public affairs.
Each Wednesday, a week's worth of UWevents will appear in the Gazette.
And every day, 24 hours a day, you can look at UWevents on-line --
either through the UWinfo gopher, for those still using that
soon-to-be-obsolete technology, or
on the UWinfo Web.
If you're the organizer of an event, you can -- and should -- send
information about it to "UWevents" at the Info & Public Affairs office
in Needles Hall. E-mail address: rohrbach@nh3adm.
News from Smith Center, Kansas
After six days of the nine-day
Sunrayce 95 for solar cars across the central United States,
the UW-built Midnight Sun III is still in 20th place. It pulled into
Smith Center last night after some 47 hours of travel over the six
days, with an average speed of 17.96 miles per hour. Still in first
place is the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
at 37.56 mph.
Briefly, some announcements
- Architecture students present Bertolt Brecht's play "Galileo"
in the Theatre of the Arts tonight at 8:00. Tickets are $7 at the
door, or $5 in advance from the architecture studio (phone ext. 5786).
- The Waterloo Public Interest Group presents the first of a
summer series of noon-hour videos today. It's "Between the Solitudes",
a 50-minute film about the English community in Montreal, and will be
presented starting at 12:00 in Davis Centre room 1302.
- Volunteers for Saturday's
Canada Day celebrations (and plenty of volunteers are still wanted)
should meet today at 4:30 in Davis Centre room 1350.
- Graphics Express is running a Canada Day T-shirt special this
week -- with your own photo, or with a Pounce de Lion Canada Day
design. Drop in at the Express, in South Campus Hall, to get the
details. Graphics Express is also selling candles for the Saturday
night candle-lighting moment that closes the Canada Day party.
Final note from the finance committee
"In 1995-96," said Jim Kalbfleisch at yesterday's meeting of the senate
finance committee, "we're really back at 1991-92 levels in terms of
our income. Given that, it's kind of amazing -- the university has
coped really well."
Also: "My summary of the financial situation for 1996-97 is, who knows? I
can't remember a time when we knew so little. This is going to be an
interesting year. Take heart, and enjoy the summer."
So this morning it's raining.
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