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Tuesday, May 7, 1996
Prof loses appeal of dismissal
An arbitrator has ruled against
Adrian Bondy, of UW's department of
combinatorics and optimization, and in favour of the president, who
last year issued a letter dismissing him from his job at UW.
Bondy becomes the first faculty member to be fired from the university
since Leo Johnson twenty years ago.
A full decision from arbitrator Michel G. Ficher, of Adjudication
Services Ltd. in Toronto, has not been made public. The dean of math
yesterday released a copy of a brief letter from Ficher: "I have come
to the decision that the appeal of Professor Bondy must be dismissed."
letters from an associate of Bondy's and from the
dean of mathematics,
published last fall in the Gazette,
the issues in the case include Bondy's acceptance of a teaching post in
France, and the acceptability of someone who is on UW's
faculty payroll holding a full-time job elsewhere.
Under UW's policy on tenure, the dismissal of a
faculty member starts with the dean -- in this case, Jack
Kalbfleisch of the faculty of mathematics. The case is then heard
by the president, acting on behalf of the board of
governors. If the president approves dismissal, the faculty
member can take the case to outside arbitration, which is what
Bondy did. Hearings were held earlier this year.
Bondy, a faculty member at UW since 1968, is a
specialist in graph theory. He served as chair of the C&O
department from 1979 to 1982. He is now at the Universite Claude
Bernard in Lyon, France.
The day of the budget
Ontario finance minister Ernie Eves
will bring down his first
budget this afternoon. His speech in the legislature is scheduled
to begin at 4 p.m. The budget is expected to concentrate on tax
changes -- particularly, the long-promised reduction in personal
income taxes -- rather than on any new spending cuts.
Back here on campus, a few things are happening:
Oh, and it's deadline day for co-op students (with a few exceptions) to
hand in work reports from the winter term. Reports are due by 4:30
p.m. Tomorrow, the co-op department says, the "master copy co-op record"
for each student will be available beginning at 10 a.m.
- The Waterloo Advisory Council, representing employers of co-op
students, continues its spring meeting, mostly in room 3001 of Needles
- The senate undergraduate council meets at 1:30, in Needles Hall
room 3004, to talk about the details of program and course changes.
Among items on the agenda: a proposed "post-baccalaureate diploma
program in accounting", for students who have a bachelor's degree
and want to meet all the requirements for the Uniform Final Examination
of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario without also
doing a master's degree.
- From 4 to 6 p.m. in the University Club, there's a farewell reception
for five people in the engineering faculty who are taking early
retirement this spring. The guests of honour are Marion Cutler, Art
Key, Elaine Thorne, Ken Riepert and Tom Schmidt.
Because I like to count
A week from today is
day in Canada, the every-five-year attempt to count all the people in
the country and collect information about age, language, employment,
housing and other matters. Millions of questionnaires are being
distributed, to be filled out and returned by mail on the May 14, and
individual enumerators are also heading out to find people who might be
missed by other means.
Anyone living on the UW campus next Tuesday will be counted in the
census, says Leanne O'Donnell in the housing office: "Statistics
Canada has sworn in and hired personnel (i.e., Village Dons) to collect
the census data." They'll hit the Village I residence, the conference
centre in Village II, the Columbia Lake townhouses, the Minota Hagey
residence, the church colleges, the Tutors' Houses and the Married
Says O'Donnell: "All individuals (international students included) living
at any of the above noted will be counted and required to complete a
Census 1996 form."
Chris Redmond -- firstname.lastname@example.org
and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004
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