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Thursday, June 19, 1997
Solar race is under way
UW's Midnight Sun III will be leaving in fourth position -- at
10:03 a.m., Central time -- as the big solar race gets under way
today. The first day of
involves a 65-mile run, from Indianapolis to Terre Haute, Indiana.
Drivers, crews and cars will spend the night there at
of Technology, whose own Solar Phantom is also a Sunrayce entry.
Tomorrow, it's a longer run, 169 miles from Terre Haute to Godfrey,
Illinois. And the journey continues, until racers get to Colorado
Springs on Saturday, June 28, and we find out how
Midnight Sun does
against some 53 other cars entered for the race.
Midnight Sun rounds a corner at more than 50 miles an hour in the
Eastern Regional Qualifier for Sunrayce, held in Michigan last month.
Update on infrastructure funds
As I noted in yesterday's Bulletin, UW is in line to get more than
$2 million in federal-provincial funding for "infrastructure" programs
this year. Dennis Huber, associate provost (general services and
finance), has an update:
The Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Works Program submission was
forwarded to the Ministry of Education and Training last Friday and
includes three projects: (1) upgrade campus computer network
$675,000; laboratory renewals $625,000; and maintenance and repairs
$1,415,947. Total $2,715,947 with one-third of the funding coming
from UW, one-third from province, one-third from federal government.
About that convocation page
I managed to make two mistakes on page 5 of yesterday's Gazette,
it seems, although it contained only a few sentences. First of all,
that dapper fellow identified as "Trevor Boyes" is, of course,
registrar Ken Lavigne; my typing fingers like to put the Boyes name
after the word "registrar", but he retired last year and Lavigne is
now the undisputed occupant of the office. Second, last month's
events were UW's 74th convocation, not the 73rd.
If you're here for the spring
The registrar's office sends a reminder that June 27 -- Friday of next
week -- is the last day for students to pay fees for the spring
term, which is now half over. Course credit will not be granted for
courses whose fees aren't paid by that date.
News from the dreaming spires
The biggest controversy in British higher education -- until the
inquiry reports, anyway -- has been a proposal to build a school
of business at Oxford University, with the help of a $40 million
gift from Saudi Arabian businessman Wafic Rida Said. Oxford's
governing body, "congregation", voted in November on building the
place on a playing field near Merton College that has been open
space since the Middle Ages, and the proposal failed by a narrow
Update: Congregation voted on Monday on a new site for the
School of Management Studies, next to the Oxford railway station,
and approved it, 342-55.
news release offers this comment from Said, the donor: "Oxford has
traditionally helped to fill the senior ranks of politics,
the professions, and science. I hope in the coming generation, it will
also provide the brightest and the best in the world of business to
the benefit of the University, city and the country."
The management school is currently housed in Oxford's famous
hospital building, the Radcliffe Infirmary.
Local volunteers are wanted
Latest requests from the local Volunteer Action Centre:
More information: 742-8610.
- Heritage gardener -- to "assist museum staff and other volunteer
gardeners with planning, preparing, seeding, maintaining and harvesting
historic gardens. You will also dress in period costume and explain
the gardens to visitors." Listing 110-651.
- Administrative assistant -- to "handle correspondence, write
reports, prepare material for meetings and who is computer literate" to
work three hours a day this summer for a cancer support centre. Listing
- Communications assistant -- to help Habitat for Humanity "contact
media, politicians and celebrities", ten to fifteen hours a week for
the summer. Listing 061-1920.
The plays are the things
Opening tonight at K-W Little Theatre, in downtown Waterloo, is
Tennessee Williams's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". The show's director is
Roberto Machado, a UW drama student, and the cast includes half a
dozen present and former UW students. The show runs Thursday through
Saturday this week and next. Ticket information: 886-0660.
Continuing at Studio 180 in the Humanities building, through
Saturday, is Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are
Dead", directed by Sean Vivian and presented by a cast drawn from
UW's drama department. Ticket information: the Humanities box
TODAY IN UW HISTORY
June 19, 1956: President Gerry Hagey reports to the board of governors
that the Evangelical Lutheran Synod has approved affiliating the new
"associate faculties", soon to become UW, to the existing Waterloo College.
June 19, 1989: In the wake of the Tienanmen Square killings, the
UW senate considers, then rejects, a motion to "re-evaluate" Waterloo's
academic links with China.
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