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Wednesday, March 27, 1996
"The Crucible" opens tonight
It's opening night for the drama department's final presentation of the
Arthur Miller's "The Crucible". The American classic on the Puritan
witch-hunt, though set centuries ago, addresses the universal
themes of truth, hypocrisy and morality -- and in the stark, black-and-white
tones for which Miller is famous.
"The play's simply about good and evil and how it relates to the value of
someone's word," says Calvin Sweers, who plays John Proctor. "It's about
keeping your values or selling them out to save yourself."
Jennifer Clark, who plays John's wife Elizabeth, says the play is a journey
of dealing with self-doubt. "In our acting, we have to strive for
antithesis, though showing subtle levels of consciousness."
Director Darlene Spencer picks up the thread: "It's a difficult play for
actors because Miller's writing can be melodramatic. He talks about the
blacks and whites and we have to fill in the greys."
"The Crucible" runs until Saturday at the Theatre of the Arts in Modern
Languages. Tickets and information are at ext. 5808 or 888-4908.
A look at the budget
The senate finance committee is scheduled to meet this afternoon --
1:30 p.m., Needles Hall room 3001. All the movers and shakers will be
there: the deans and associate provosts, the faculty and student members
of the committee, members of the senate long-range planning committee (who
get invited to finance committee meetings because you can't plan without
money, or something), and "stakeholder representatives" from staff,
student and faculty groups.
A draft of the university's 1996-97 budget may or may not be ready for
the committee to talk over. Advance material was supposed to be distributed
last week, but just wasn't ready, as deans were still working away at
trimming their spending, and income information was still awaited.
What's on today's calendar
The comet is still within viewing
range and with the skies finally clear, visitors to
the observatory open house (Physics building, 8 p.m.) might get to
see it. Also today:
- The science computing helpdesk is sponsoring a seminar from 3:00 to
4:00 (Biology I room 271) on "Using Your Computer in the Classroom".
A second seminar, "Experiences Using the Web for a Course", is set
for tomorrow at 1:30. Information: ext. 2194 or bjhicks@dcs1.
- The joint health and safety committee meets at 2:30 p.m. in Porter
Library room 428. On the agenda: the usual monthly reports on fires,
workplace accidents and inspections, plus some discussion of what happens
when the power goes off.
- Kids Only clothing (for children, obviously, with a bit of ladies'
wear too) is on display and sale at the Early Childhood Education
Centre preschool, Psychology room 1015, today until 4 p.m.
- An information meeting about
"a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for residents
of Canada to work overseas in developing countries", starts at 4:30
in Needles Hall room 1020.
- A goodbye reception for Joan Wiley, recently retired as director of
telephone services, starts at 4:30 p.m. at the University Club.
Here's to you, cupcake
"Hard to believe," Michele Grondin writes from the food services office,
in the Student Life Centre has been open for a year as of today.
"In honour of this occasion, we will
be holding a huge birthday party all day. We will be giving away prizes,
as well as having special menu items. These specials include an egg
salad roll, coleslaw, carrot and celery sticks and a 16-oz. fountain
drink for $1.99, or a slice of pizza with coleslaw, carrots and celery
and a 16-oz. drink for $1.99 at lunch. Our dinner special is prime
rib of beef, yorkshire pudding, potatoes, and a medley of vegetables with
a special dessert for $7.95. We will also have birthday cupcakes
for all. Donations of 25 to 50 cents per cupcake are requested, with
all proceeds going to Citizens Concerned with Crimes against Children.
Residence volunteers will be accepting the donations."
Elsewhere in the world of food services, it's Indian food night at
the Village I and II cafeterias, with food provided by Vijay's restaurant.
Whither learning technology?
The teaching resource office (TRACE) is sponsoring a talk on "Computer
Supported Intentional Learning Environment", by Peter Rawley of the
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Monday at 3 p.m. (Math and
Computer room 5158).
That's straightforward enough -- but if you browse the TRACE web pages
a little, you're also going to run into an announcement of a conference
sponsored by, it says, the Society for Technology and Learning in
Hither Education. (Come a little closer, little one, and register now.)
Serious stuff to end with
- With exams approaching -- is everybody in General Eng 121 ready to
write that exam on the 17th? -- the libraries
open extra late at night from now through the end of the ordeal.
- "If you are waiting for OSAP funds," writes Joanne Wade of the
student awards office, "please check with the student awards office
each week, preferably Thursday. Due to the
public service labour dispute, the Ministry is not mailing notices
of OSAP to students."
Chris Redmond -- firstname.lastname@example.org
and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004
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