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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
"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
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. . . .
- Tonight at 7, in the multi-purpose room of the Student Life
Centre, Rosemary Sadler, president of the Ontario Black History
Society, speaks on black women's history.
- Tomorrow from 9 to 6 in the SLC, a "Wellness Fair" presents
massage therapists, "complementary health care practitioners" and
"other hands-on experiences".
- I quote: "The film 'Go with the Flo' will be shown by
Coreyanna, a padacologist and midwife from K-W. She will show
her work as well as a Judy Chicago fabric painted collage."
Location: SLC room 2102, at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
- The National Film Board documentary "Rape: A Crime of War"
will be shown Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the SLC, and speaker Mariam
Bhabha will talk about the war in Bosnia and its effect on women.
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
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
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"
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.
TODAY IN UW HISTORY
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.
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