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Tuesday, March 5, 1996

When you walk through a storm

White and wet stuff continues to fall, and the driving isn't great. More snow and freezing rain are expected. The local school boards have cancelled their buses but kept their schools open, which is why UW remains open for business today. The weather forecast and UW's storm closing procedure are both available through UWinfo.

International Women's Week

As one event in a week of activities about women, "Feminism and the Islamic Paradigm: Reviewing, Redefining, and Reforming" is the title of a talk being held this evening. Mariam Bhabha, a French-Canadian convert to Islam will be the speaker. The talk is scheduled for 6:00 in Arts Lecture Hall room 105. "Everyone is welcome, and we hope this talk will dispel some misconceptions about Islam that people may have," says Nabil Rehman of the Muslim Students' Association, sponsor of the event.

Also today: the women's centre of the Federation of Students sponsors a "clay goddess making workshop" in the afternoon at the Student Life Centre. And Dayna Manning, David Cooper and others perform at the Bombshelter pub tonight in a fund-raiser for the Anselma House shelter.

Ethics forum in science

The Faculty of Science Foundation today presents its "fourth annual ethics forum" -- an event established "in response to a student-initiated plea for open discussions and advice on the subject of ethical responsibility in science".

Speakers today include chemistry graduate Yeti Agnew, now a Toronto lawyer and member of UW's board of governors; Nancy Theberge of the kinesiology department, chair of the UW ethics committee; and John Patrick, who heads the humanities program at the University of Ottawa medical school. Their presentations start at 5:30 in Davis Centre room 1302; dinner follows, and then "guided panel discussions" led by the speakers.

Other notes for today

Local volunteers are wanted

The Volunteer Action Centre (phone 742-8610) sends word that it's looking for a receptionist for "an agency concerned with the prevention and control of lung disease", to help answer the phone at its downtown Waterloo office three or four hours a week. Also needed: distress centre volunteers, who will get training starting in April and are expected to commit three hours a day for a year.

And to end this megillah . . .

Happy Purim to all who are celebrating Esther's beauty and courage today with hamantaschen and the other trimmings of the season.

Chris Redmond
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004
credmond@watserv1.uwaterloo.ca

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