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Monday, March 3, 1997

Native events without Mercredi

Native Peoples Awareness Week is under way, but UW will be celebrating it without Ovide Mercredi, grand chief of the Assembly of First Nations, whose Thursday visit has been cancelled.

Instead, Very Rev. Stan McKay, former moderator of the United Church of Canada, will deliver the speech on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre. McKay, a Native from Saskatchewan, is the recent winner of the Aboriginal Achievement Award for his initiatives in Native education. Just before his talk Thursday evening, there will be a Native drum and dance performance.

The week, which will feature Native speakers as well as displays of artifacts, books and crafts, was organized by the Native Studies Development Committee of UW and Wilfrid Laurier University in co-operation with Native people in Kitchener-Waterloo. "This is an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of the cultural contributions of Native Peoples in the local community and of First Nations in Canada," says Bob Needham, director of Canadian studies at UW. "The week's events are also aimed at promoting awareness of the accessibility of both UW and WLU to Native students."

Throughout the week, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Native crafts will be displayed in UW's Student Life Centre and at WLU's Concourse. Today at 2:00 Drew Hayden Taylor, a Native author and poet, will give a reading and lecture at Conrad Grebel College, Great Hall. On Tuesday, Reva Jewell, executive director of Council Fire, will speak on Native women's issues at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's United College. A panel discussion will follow, with three Native women.

And women's week begins

Some of the events marking International Women's Week: And so on all week. . . .

Tomorrow is job day

An important notice from the co-op department, for students who took part in interviews over the past few weeks and are looking for spring term jobs: "You can pick up your ranking form from the paging desk in Needles Hall after 10 a.m. tomorrow (March 4). Or, if you want to avoid a lineup, you can obtain your ranking information from the Student Access System. Send the information by e-mail to your computer account and print out the form. Complete the form and hand it back to Co-op Education before 8 p.m. on March 4."

Students preregister this week

Today through Friday, undergraduates who will be back at UW next fall or winter can preregister for their courses. What to do: pick up an undergraduate calendar at the registrar's office (or consult it on-line instead; turn in your preregistration information to your faculty advisor for approval. Questions? See your department or faculty office.

Staff talk about pay today

Staff association members are reminded of the noon-hour meeting today to discuss "compensation issues". The meeting runs from 11:30 to 1:00 in the Humanities Theatre, and staff association executive members will be eager to hear what the membership has to say. A reminder: food and drink aren't allowed in the theatre.

UW team fifth in programming

A Waterloo programming team consisting of Wai Min Yee, Derek Kisman, and Viet-Trung Luu, coached by Gord Cormack of the computer science department, placed 5th in the finals of the 1997 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, held on Saturday in San Jose, California.

The UW team was among six teams that solved all six problems in the competition, but it had more penalty points (based on time used and mistakes made) than four of the others. The winning team this year was from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. The University of Washington came second, followed by Queensland, National Taiwan University, Waterloo, and Umea University in Sweden.

Note from the faculty association

Here's a memo from the UW faculty association: "The Faculty Association Board intends to publish over the next few months a series of brief statements reflecting various reactions on campus to the proposed Draft Plan for the University of Waterloo's Fifth Decade -- "Building on Accomplishment" -- prepared by the Commission on Institutional Planning. If you would like to join in the discussion in this way please submit your contribution to Pat Moore in the Faculty Association Office, MC 4004, preferably no later than the end of March."

By the way: the faculty association has announced the date for its annual general meeting: Wednesday, April 9, at 2:30 p.m.

Other notes and announcements

The hockey Warriors seem to have come to the end of their 1996-97 road. They fell to the Western Mustangs 5-3 on Saturday night, and Western wins the best-of-three division championship series two games to none.

The student awards office reports that there are about 500 unclaimed OSAP loans for the winter term sitting on the desk in Needles Hall. "Students are reminded to pick up their loans by March 27," says Christine Schmidt in the registrar's office. "Please bring your Social Insurance card and photo ID card."

The UW senate executive committee meets at 3:30 today in Needles Hall room 3004, to set the agenda for the March senate meeting. Among items for discussion: a motion submitted by Mario Bellabarba, president of the Federation of Students, asking the senate to assert that "the UW Senate, and its officers, publicly support increases in government funding rather than requesting differentiation and deregulation of tuition fees".

I noted Friday that the UW Electronic Library has a new page called "Issues in Academia", and said that I understood it was compiled by reference librarian Jim Parrott. In fact he's only half of the team that did the job; the other half is Margaret Aquan-Yuen of the reference department in the Dana Porter Library. Glad to make that clear.


March 2, 1990: A walk-home "escort service", later to be called Walksafe, begins operation.

March 3, 1989: About 50 students picket Needles Hall during employer interviews, protesting that some four dozen companies that hire co-op students are involved in military work.

Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
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