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Friday, May 5, 1995

And there was no light

The power went off yesterday morning, around 9:30, in the west wing of Matthews Hall. Although construction is under way there, the blackout had nothing to do with that, says Horst Beyerle of the plant operations department. He says a 400-ampere fuse "just disintegrated", blaming Murphy's law. It took until about 1 p.m. to get the soot cleaned up (when fuses disintegrate, they make quite a mess), safety checks made and power turned back on.

To mark Mining Week

Celebrations are set for noontime today in the biology and earth sciences museum, on the third floor of Biology 1. Peter Russell, the earth sciences curator, will give an illustrated talk on mining history, titled "From Dayhole to Gloryhole". Also: a free "miner's meal" (Cornish pasty and iced tea) to the first 20 people; a chance to win a gold ore sample, with a donation to Campaign Waterloo; free coal samples; free Mining Week balloons and information.

Chemists gather at Guelph

The Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry holds its annual "meeting, seminar, graduate student poster session and awards banquet" today at the University of Guelph. Things start (in Guelph's Thornbrough Building) at 2 p.m., with the seminar presentation at 4:00: Waterloo's T. J. McMahon on "My Singularly Charged Life or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Ion".

The poster session, showing off grad students' work, will be in Peter Clark Hall of the University Centre, and dinner follows in the University Centre at 7:30 tonight.

Also happening today

The Pragma Council, which advises the school of urban and regional planning, winds up its meeting with discussions of government "issues" and "re-structuring" for the 1990s.

Financial services says it's the final day for faculty members to return 1994-95 "professional allowance" forms, making claims for reimbursement for permitted expenditures in the fiscal year that's just ended. (More deadlines: invoices, cheque requests and travel claims must be in by Monday. Casual earnings forms are due May 12.)

Events for a spring Saturday

Renison College holds its second annual garage sale tomorrow, from 8 a.m. to noon in its great hall.

Correspondence -- sorry, got to get used to saying "distance education" -- students write their winter term exams tomorrow, all across Canada, and in seven designated rooms on the fourth floor of the Math and Computer building.

And it is, I'm reliably informed, National Homebrew Day. with all the sorts of celebrations one might expect. Alas, UW's Graduate House, where home brewing has become a beloved activity, isn't doing anything special to mark the Day.

About the ethics committee

Referring to the UW ethics committee in a Bulletin earlier this week, I said that it's chaired by Sally Gunz of the school of accountancy. That's no longer true: Gunz's term on the committee ended April 30, I've been advised. Don Brodie of the physics department is currently acting as chair.

Chris Redmond
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