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Wednesday, May 29, 1996
Board will consider fee increases
The agenda is out for Tuesday's meeting of the UW board of
governors (June 4, 3:30 p.m., Needles Hall room 3001). The main
item on the agenda will be the 1996-97 operating budget for
UW, with such features as a 7 per cent cut to departments'
spending, a parking fee increase, and a plan to pay off the costs of
the early retirement program over four years.
Also on the agenda are increases in the Federation of Students fee,
the "student co-ordinated plan" fee (which pays for the construction
of the Student Life Centre), the Waterloo Public Interest Research
Group fee, and the Independent Studies Society fee. And there's a
boost, from $35 to $50, in the application fee charged to students
applying to graduate programs.
The board will be asked to approve a new $75 fee for students
to the school of optometry. "The purpose of the fee is to help defray
the costs of processing applications," says a memo to the board, which
notes that 350 to 400 people apply for admission to optometry each
Events and announcements
- Employer interviews begin this morning, with more than 2,000
co-op students looking for fall term jobs. Jobs are continuing to be
posted (Posting #6 will be available at 10:00 this morning), and the
official interview period continues through June 18.
- Surplus UW equipment -- computers, furniture, lost-and-found
items, whatever -- will be on sale from 1 to 5 this afternoon at
central stores in East Campus Hall. "We have a number of new items
available," says Ed Goodwin of the stores staff, promising "prices
slashed on all items left over from last sale".
- End-of-the-year dance recitals by local academies are under way
in the Humanities Theatre almost every night for the next three
weeks. This evening and tomorrow, it's "A Salute to Disney" from
Centre Stage Dance Studio. The Moree School of Dance moves in on
Saturday and Sunday.
- Electrical power, heating, cooling and ventilation will be
shut down in Biology II from 6:00 to 10:00 tonight, the plant operations
department advises. The shutdown is for maintenance on 15,000-volt
electrical substation equipment. "Computer equipment should be shut
down in an orderly fashion," occupants of B2 are advised.
Department heads being chosen
The Positions Available listings in this morning's Gazette include
the job of registrar of the university -- someone to fill the shoes
of Trevor Boyes, who's held that job (both ceremonial and
administrative) since the fall of 1966. The hiring decision will
be made with the help of an advisory committee including a faculty
member, a student, two people from the registrar's office itself, and
human resources people, says the associate provost (academic and
student affairs), Gary Waller, to whom the registrar reports.
Also in Positions Available: the post of director of the audio-visual
centre, someone to succeed Ron Russell. That department head also
reports to Waller. There had been speculation that an A-V director
wouldn't be named, and that the department would be eliminated --
its "film library" coming under the wing of UW's libraries, its
projection and production facilities being managed by the teaching
resource office. But no. "I decided early on that I didn't want to
carve it up," Waller says.
The talk of the campus
I see that at least two UW units have found ways around the use of
the new 31-digit "accounting flexfield" or account numbers that are
an unpopular part of the new financial
system. Chemistry stores is inviting users to adopt "code words"
that will be translated by computer into the relevant account
number. The bookstore is assigning three-digit "customer numbers"
to heavy users. Perhaps there are other such conveniences in the works?
A final note: I made the same mistake in yesterday's Bulletin that
I've made several times before. I referred to Ka-Ping Yee, creator of
the Shodouka interpreter for Japanese-language Web pages, as a
computer science student. He's definitely not: he's a computer
engineering student, and there's a big difference.
Chris Redmond -- email@example.com
and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004
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