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Wednesday, May 3, 1995

The case for the other

That's the title of Tony Urquhart's talk, to be given at 12 noon today in the Theatre of the Arts. Its subtitle is "About Boxes and Inspirations", reflecting the characteristic motif of Urquhart's artwork. (A selection of his works can be seen on UWinfo, either as part of the fine arts department's pages or under the UWinfo Showcase.)

Urquhart is a long-time faculty member in UW's fine arts department, and was honoured just a few months ago with the Order of Canada. Today's talk, which is open to all, is the annual public lecture sponsored by the Friends of the Library. A reception follows in the Dana Porter Library, where selections from the Tony Urquhart papers, now held in the library's rare books room, are on display.

The Tory leader speaks out

Nobody really thought post-secondary education was going to be the big issue in the current Ontario election campaign, but Progressive Conservative leader Mike Harris brought it front and centre yesterday with comments in a speech in London. (Earlier in the day, Harris paid a flying visit to Waterloo. Jane Pak, president of the Federation of Students, was among people who had a brief chance to meet him.)

In remarks that a Canadian Press report called "unscripted", Harris said that if his Tories win the June 8 election, his government will make multi-million dollar cutbacks to college and university funding, and will increase tuition fees to make up some of the lost revenue. He also said his government would abolish tenure: "Guaranteed employment, whether you're pulling your weight or not, is a thing of the past."

The Canadian Federation of Students called his proposal for a fee increase "irresponsible". The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations said his statement on tenure was "a total display of ignorance".

A chance to volunteer

Here are the latest invitations from the local Volunteer Action Centre, which can be reached at 742-8610:
Sports drop-in program leader: This program for children ages 6 to 13 runs every Sunday afternoon at a facility in downtown Kitchener. You will have the opportunity to plan activities and supervise the program, ensuring a safe and fun environment for the participants. Come and have fun with this group. Listing 101-1224.

Board members: Still looking for individuals to serve on a board of directors. We can match your areas of expertise with an agency of interest to you. As a member of a board, you are in a position to give direction and, ultimately, improve the quality of life for many people in your community.

A seat on the ethics committee

The staff association nominating committee is inviting applications for a seat on UW's ethics committee, to serve from May 1, 1995 (wasn't that the day before yesterday?), to December 31, 1996. Anyone interested should get in touch with the chair of the nominating committee, Sharon Adams, in the school of urban and regional planning ("brief outline as to why you wish to participate, and indicate relevant experience") by May 9.

The ethics committee is made up of two staff, two students and two faculty members. Created under UW's Policy 33, the committee exists to advise on "the implementation of the principles" in the ethics policy, and "to deal with specific complaints arising under these principles". So most of its work is done in private, either in informal discussions or in formal hearings about complaints of ethics violations. It's currently chaired by Sally Gunz of the school of accountancy.

The sun seems to be shining

And arts undergraduates are registering for the spring term, on the second floor of Needles Hall. And the Actors' Trunk Company production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" is entertaining grade school kids in the Humanities Theatre, starting at 10 a.m. And the United Nations says it's World Press Freedom Day.

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

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