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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
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.
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