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Wednesday, April 30, 1997
That was the year that was
Today is the last day of UW's 1996-97 budget year. The official cut-off
time is 4:30 p.m., says Jane Manson, director of finance: "Only
goods and services received/performed as of cut-off date will be
recorded as charges against the 1996-97 Fiscal Year."
It's estimated that the university will have spent $176,922,000
in the 365 days that end at 4:30 this afternoon, and received
$685,000 less than that in income -- a deficit that has to be dealt
with in the 1997-98 budget.
Because of the fiscal year end, some places on campus that handle
goods and cash will be closed for some or all of today as the staff
Seems I was wrong yesterday in saying that Brubakers was
closed altogether this week. It's open until 3:30 each day, as
is Pastry Plus, except on year-end inventory day. Also open for
food and drink this week are Double U's in South Campus Hall, and
the Tim Horton's outlet in the Davis Centre. Other food services
cash outlets -- most of them -- reopen next week for the spring term.
- The main graphic services shop will be closed all
day (inquiries will be answered at the main desk, ext. 3452) and
Graphics Express will be closed until 4:30.
Copy centres in Humanities, the Dana Porter Library, distance
education, Environmental Studies, Engineering, Math and Computer,
and the Davis Centre will all be closed from 12 noon to 3:15 p.m.
The centres in Environmental Studies and Davis will reopen for
their evening hours, as will Graphics Express.
- Food services will close its Needles Hall pastry outlet, and
Brubakers in the Student Life Centre, at 2 p.m.
Teens here for French contest
The department of French studies is holding its 24th annual French contest
today, with about 200 students visiting from 60 high schools across
14 counties. They'll spend about three hours taking the
competition test -- an oral
interview, a dictation, reading and listening comprehension and a grammar
test. Each participant spends 3 hours in the test pattern.
Volunteer students, faculty and staff from the French department,
along with numerous teachers from participating high schools, will conduct
and mark the test.
The overall winner will enjoy a two-week home stay in France (valued at $900)
donated by The Language Workshop of Toronto. A
$1,000 donation from Meloche-Monnex Insurance Brokers will provide the
round-trip airfare. Second prize is a cash award of $500. Third prize is $250.
Other commercial and non-commercial sponsors have donated $100 or more each
to fund these prizes as well as prizes for individual county winners,
individual winners in the top one third of the participants and top schools
in each county.
Says Pat Aplevich, chair of the contest this year: "We
are grateful to numerous high school teachers, Canadian Parents for
French and other companies who have also donated to the Contest to provide
approximately $5,000 worth of prizes."
Staff jobs open this week
There's no issue of the Gazette today -- look for it again next
Wednesday -- so the human resources department will be circulating its
weekly "Positions Available" listing in other ways.
on the Web -- look in UWinfo for "Human Resources".)
Titles of the jobs that are listed today:
More information: ext. 2524.
- Cleaning services staff/housekeeper (housing office).
- Polymer scientist/engineer (chemical engineering), grade USG 10.
- Publications co-ordinator (office of the registrar), grade USG 7.
- Admissions/ records assistant (distance and continuing
education), grade USG 3/4.
- Coordinator (co-op education and career services), grade USG 11
The birthday of the electron
It was 100 years ago today that J. J. Thomson of Cambridge University
announced that he had observed tiny particles, smaller than atoms.
He called them "corpuscles"; science now calls them "electrons".
Says a Web site
marking the centenary:
experiments and adventurous hypotheses
were followed by crucial experimental and
theoretical work by
many others in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and
physicists opened for us
a new perspective -- a view from inside the atom."
Thomson (later Sir Joseph Thomson) received the 1906 Nobel prize for
J. J. Thomson
Tong Leung of the chemistry department ("I do electrons for a living")
notes that George Thomson, son of the discoverer, received a Nobel in
1937 for work on "another property of the electron (the wave property),
which led to electron diffraction and microscopy. J.J. showed that
the electron is a particle."
Robert Mann of the physics department will speak on electrons at
4:30 this afternoon in Physics room 145. Afterwards, those interested
will adjourn to the Graduate House to hoist a few in memory of
Thomson -- who spent the last years of his life as Master of his old
college, Trinity, Cambridge. He died in 1940.
And on the day
The UW Shop now has The Waterloo Adventure, UW's
40th anniversary souvenir booklet,
on sale at $3 a copy.
York University is postponing its spring convocation ceremonies
until fall, as the faculty strike drags on. Exception: Osgoode Hall
Law School, where professors aren't members of the York faculty association.
A tree will be planted at noon today, on the Dana Porter Library lawn
facing Needles Hall, in memory of Gary Buckley, who died
St. Jerome's College will sponsor "50 Tips for 50 Plus", a seminar on
estate and financial planning, Tuesday evening. It promises a panel
with "some new, innovative, and practical ideas on life planning for
individuals and couples". Information: Dave Augustyn, the college's
director of university relations, 884-8111 ext. 230.
Reminder: income tax returns are due at midnight.
TODAY IN UW HISTORY
April 30, 1977: The staff association holds its spring dance in
South Campus Hall, with music by "Sound Vibrations".
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