The budget for the current year, as approved last month by the senate finance committee, calls for spending of $173 million, considerably down from last year's level because of cuts in government grants. With the help of the early retirement program, departments are suffering a general 7 per cent spending cut.
One feature of the budget that drew unfavourable comment last night is a plan to have UW's parking operation make a profit, for the first time, and contribute $350,000 to the university's operating fund. Fees at coin parking lots have already gone up, and an increase in the monthly rate from $14 to $20 is expected, though it hasn't been officially announced.
Several senate members insisted last night that UW has no right to adopt a budget that doesn't provide funds for "progress through the ranks" (PTR, or "merit") increases for faculty members. Fred McCourt of the chemistry department read from Policy 11, UW's policy on faculty salaries, which says that money is to be made available for PTR increases each year even if it means "applying a negative scale change" to faculty salaries in general.
Ian Macdonald, president of the faculty association, also feels strongly on the issue. "It is the position of the faculty association," he said after the meeting, "as I mentioned in a memo to faculty members in early May, that merit pay is not a matter of negotiation and, in fact, merit pay should have been awarded effective May 1. In fairness to junior faculty members particularly, I hope the university will modify this budget before it goes to the board of governors."
Two people are receiving honorary degrees today: David Crombie, former mayor of Toronto and federal cabinet minister, and Eric Hultman, a Swedish pioneer in tissue analysis techniques used in biomedical research. Among students receiving honours today are Anneke Feberwee of recreation and leisure studies, who will address convocation as the valedictorian; Stephen Tsekrekos, collecting the gold medal as top graduate in applied health sciences; and Helen Godschalk, receiving the gold medal as top graduate from environmental studies.
A special note: Hultman, who's receiving one of those honorary degrees today, will give a seminar on his work tomorrow afternoon. "He is an eminent physiologist," explains Jay Thomson of the UW kinesiology department, "whose research led to the carbo-loading diet of endurance athletes and the current use of creatine supplements in power athletes." Title of his seminar: "Human Energy Metabolism Studies -- 35 Years of Defining and Answering Questions". Hultman will speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Davis Centre room 1302. "It will be a lively review of the doing of science," Thomson promises. All are welcome.
The girls are introduced to three days of lab activities in the areas of physics, chemistry, earth sciences, optometry and biology. Participants do a variety of science-oriented activities and will have the opportunity to listen to many guest speakers in various fields. Today's activities include a biology and optometry session, while the evening sees a panel discussion on women and science and an introduction to astronomy session.
For a variety of reasons, the climate control system here in the Davis Centre can't keep the machine room at a safe humidity when it's hot outside like it was yesterday. Consequently, machines may go down without notice as humidity comes close to warranty-violating levels. (Like they did yesterday.) This is most likely to occur when it's hottest outside -- mid afternoon. For now, the environmental conditions in the lab are acceptable both for humans and machines.
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