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Thursday, March 7, 1996
Alternate version: no background colour
What's with the weird colours?
You'll see the blue-grey background and white type only if you're
viewing this Bulletin with certain versions of Netscape. So why?
Just thought I'd have some fun making the Web page look as much as
possible like the cover of the 1996 campus phone book, distributed
Patti Cook, coordinator of waste management, wants everybody to
know that the old phone books are easy to recycle. Just put them,
covers and all, in the "coloured paper" recycling box.
Math colleagues honour Dunkley
A reception is set for this afternoon in honour of Ron Dunkley,
associate dean of mathematics and chief organizers of the
Mathematics Competition, one of the activities that make UW
famous. Dunkley was honoured by his country a few weeks ago, admitted
as a Member of the Order of Canada for his long-term contributions in
stimulating interest in math among teachers and students.
Dunkley will be retiring this summer after 29 years at UW -- and
taking on a new role as director of the new Centre for Education in
Mathematics and Computing.
Everyone is welcome to today's reception, which runs from 4:30 to 6:00
in the Festival Room of South Campus Hall. Last-minute information:
Day of the Iron Ring
In a private ceremony this afternoon -- actually three private
ceremonies, to keep the size down -- some 675 fourth-year students
will experience the Ritual of the Calling of the Engineer, otherwise
known as the Iron Ring ceremony. Details are mostly kept secret,
but all the world knows that Canadian engineers wear Iron Rings,
"on the little finger of the working hand", to represent the
professional responsibilities they have promised to uphold.
Tradition says that the rings are made from the rubble of the
Quebec Bridge which collapsed in
1907 with tragic loss of life.
The ceremony is conducted by the "wardens" of the local "Camp" of
professional engineers, which here are headed by John Westlake of the
co-op education department. The ritual is said to have been written
by poet Rudyard Kipling, who was fascinated by the image of iron
as symbolizing strength. One other detail: the ceremony is followed
by the famous Iron Ring Stag at Bingeman Park.
Also today, briefly
- International Women's Week continues. Among the events sponsored
by the Federation of Students women's centre: a "whitewash workshop"
about "environmental concern, health and self-esteem" issues surrounding
conventional sanitary supplies. Also, a slumber party at the women's
centre (Student Life Centre room 2102) overnight. Information about
all such events: ext. 3457.
- The women in mathematics committee presents Maria Klawe of the
University of British Columbia, speaking today on "edutainment" --
mathematics teaching software and techniques that are supposed to be
fun as well as instructive. Does it work? She'll talk at 2:30
p.m. in Davis Centre room 1302.
- Economics department students, faculty and staff are invited
to a wine and cheese party from 5 to 8 tonight in Humanities
- Francois Pare of the University of Guelph speaks on "Quebec
Literature Now: A Portrait in Three Dimensions", this morning
at 11:30 in Humanities room 334.
- "Sandbox" plays tonight at the Bombshelter pub in the Student
Monitoring the situation
Some sites on the Web that might be useful these days:
The wrong phone number
The folks at the UW Shop are a little embarrassed: their ad in
yesterday's Gazette had the wrong phone number in it. Information
about the Kids Club activities during March break next week is
available at ext. 3914, not 3194.
and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004
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