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Tuesday, May 28, 1996

Green students meet today

The term's first meeting of the Student WatGreen Network is set for today, at 5:45 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Student Life Centre. It's a new group, formed over the winter to get more students involved in the activities of the WatGreen program.

WatGreen -- "greening the campus" -- is a program aimed at using the expertise of faculty, staff and students to make the university more environmentally friendly, "providing solutions that are both ecologically sound and economically responsible" and giving students a real-world chance to learn and apply ideas. It's mostly been based in the department of environment and resource studies, but the new student Network is trying to involve people from all faculties and departments.

On the agenda for this afternoon's meeting, besides general discussion of what SWN is and how it can communicate, are such issues as a Laurel Creek cleanup, a lug-a-mug campaign, and composting.

Local agencies need help

The Volunteer Action Centre sends word of these requests for volunteers: The VAC can be reached at 742-8610, and has plenty more volunteer opportunities to offer.

Japanese browser is available

Computer science student Ka-Ping Yee, a member of UW's winning teams in math and programming competitions, is the creator of Shodouka, an award-winning Internet service for viewing Japanese documents on the World Wide Web. "Shodouka is used thousands of times a day," he writes. "If you've been looking for a way to make sense of those strings of symbols you see on Japanese WWW pages, please give it a try!"

Originally available on the Computer Science Club's computer, Shodouka has a new Web home: http://www.lfw.org/shodouka/.

Notes on Jim Thorpe's birthday

And there's something new down the street at Wilfrid Laurier University. The Central Teaching Building, long-time heart of the WLU campus, will from now on be the Dr. Alvin Woods Building, honouring the physician father of an alumnus who has just made "the largest individual donation" to Campaign Laurier. A dedication and name-change ceremony is scheduled for 12:00 today at the entrance to the building facing WLU's library.

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

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