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Friday, June 20, 1997

And the thunder rolls

Summer will begin tonight -- 4:20 a.m. Saturday, Eastern time -- and for some reason that makes it Midsummer, a day of special importance to Wiccans as well as to astronomers. So it's fitting that the Sounds of Summer festival gets going tonight.

The festival runs through Sunday in Waterloo Park, "rain or shine", with four stages full of music -- the Main Stage (Moxy Fruvous, The Killjoys); the Festival Stage (Glueleg, My Neighbour Ned); Indiefest (Corduroy Leda, Red Stone Circle); and Kidsfest (Ronno, The Magpies). Admission to Kidsfest, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, is $5 for adults and free for kids; admission to the rest of the festival is $10 a day, again free for kids. A barbecue and other activities are also part of the weekend, sponsored by the city of Waterloo. Parking is free in UW's Seagram Drive parking lots. Information: 747-8769.

Midnight Sun in 6th place

In other summery news, UW's Midnight Sun solar-powered car finished sixth on the first leg of the 10-day Sunrayce yesterday, with first spot going to a car from the University of Western Ontario. In second place came defending champion Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Thirty-six cars started the race.

That's Midnight Sun IV, by the way -- in yesterday's Bulletin I wrongly said it was model III, which is the one that competed in the 1995 race.

Day 1 covered 65 miles from Indianapolis to Terre Haute, Indiana. The race will end Saturday, June 28, following a route from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs -- a distance of 1,230 miles (1,980 kilometres). To qualify for the competition, the 36 cars from across North America passed a battery of electrical, mechanical and handling and performance tests, meeting stringent safety, operational and manoeuvrability requirements.

Midnight Sun, UW's largest student project, was developed and built by a core team of 15 students from engineering, science and mathematics, plus about 100 volunteers.

Union goes to conciliation

Two days of negotiations between UW management and Canadian Union of Public Employees local 793, earlier this week, came to no contract agreement. Neil Stewart, president of CUPE 793, said yesterday afternoon that the union negotiating committee had rejected an offer presented by the management negotiators, who are headed by Neil Murray of the human resources department.

"The initial meetings were two very long days," said Catharine Scott, UW's associate provost (human resources), "with both sides working hard to come to an agreement, but it wasn't there."

"We have to go to conciliation," said Stewart, not predicting how long it would take before a labour ministry conciliator was able to meet with the parties at UW. The university and CUPE went through the same process last year, eventually arriving at the contract that expired April 30, 1997.

Computing courses are listed

The July and August schedule of short courses offered by the information systems and technology department is now available. If you don't spot the bright green printed brochures around, you can get one at computing consulting offices across campus, or find the course list -- and a registration form -- on line at http://www.ist.uwaterloo.ca/ec/courses.html.

Engineers help build a house

About 25 UW engineering students will put their hands, hearts, minds and backs into a building project tomorrow, as they help Habitat for Humanity put up two retaining walls at a site in Cambridge that will soon be a house for [names deleted 2003-01-30].

"We basically want to help people out," says Jill Pauls, co-director of charities activity for the UW Engineering Society, which organized the day's labour. "I just hope we get good weather!"

"The Engineers' Partnership Walls", altogether about 60 feet long and six feet high, are to be made of precast blocks. They'll make sure that the site on [location deleted 2003-01-30], soon to receive several tons of fill, complies with the building code. Construction of the three-bedroom house began last week, and it will be finished in August for the [identifying information deleted 2003-01-30], who currently live in a crowded apartment. It's the second unit to be built in Cambridge by Habitat, an international nonprofit organization that builds houses in partnership with low-income families.

Habitat is now looking for volunteers to help on a townhouse construction project in Kitchener in late July and early August; anyone interested can call 571-9164 for information.

Box office will be closed

The Humanities box office is closing for the summer, says Peter Houston of the UW theatre centre. "We will be open for one hour prior to each performance in the Humanities Theatre this weekend, and then we will close until the day after Labour Day."

The weekend shows in Humanities are the year-end recital from the Academy of Dance, titled "Toyland", at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12.

Also playing is "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead", in Studio 180 nearby -- showtime 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday. Tickets are $10 (students and seniors $8), at the box office until 5:00 tonight, when it closes for the season, or (cash only) at a table outside the room at showtime.

Houston adds that tickets for the November show "Pianoscapes and Landscapes" are available over the summer, or until they sell out, from the office of the staff association, which is sponsoring it.

Other news and announcements

CTRL-A, the Club That Really Likes Anime, presents its second Japanese animation show of the term tonight from 4:30 to 10:30 in Engineering Lecture room 201. The show is free to members, and term memberships are available at the door for $5. Pizza and pop will be on sale.

A memorial service for earth sciences staff member Liz Edwards, who died June 14, will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 3:30 p.m. in the Theatre of the Arts.

"Y'all come on over" is the invitation from the University Club, which promises "N'awlins style food and jazz" on Saturday night -- "featuring Blue Stew", which I think is the band, not the cuisine. Price is $23.95 per person plus tax; reservations, 888-4088.

Notes from Rebecca Boyd, campus recreation coordinator: "Fit for Heart prizes are in! Participants from the previous term's event are asked to come by PAC room 2053 to pick up their prizes. . . . Fall campus recreation employment applications will be available August 1. Leadership positions for fall and winter 1997-98 are currently being accepted for a number of areas. All applications are available in PAC room 2039. . . . Nomination forms are being accepted for the Campus Recreation Leader of the Week. Forms are available from PAC 2039."


June 20, 1972: A ground-breaking ceremony is held for a new Optometry building north of Columbia Street.

June 21, 1974: Staff in the food services department vote to be represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which already represents plant operations staff.

Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
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