At UW, Tuesday of March break is always Campus Day, an open house for future students and their parents to preview campus life, academic programs and services at the university.
The 25th annual Campus Day is expected to attract several thousand students, along with their friends and family, says Paulette O'Grady of the secondary school liaison office. "Our main objectives are to provide information for our visitors and answer their questions, as well as to acquaint them with some of the people involved with our programs and services."
Most activities begin around 9 a.m. on Tuesday and continue until about 4 p.m., and will involve faculty, staff and students from departments and student service areas across the campus. Parents can attend information sessions on such topics as co-operative education, health and safety, counselling, residence life, inter-university sports and campus recreation programs, financial aid and student life.
The Visitors Centre and concourse at South Campus Hall will be the focal point for the day's events. Walking tours will start there and there will be information and displays.
The six faculties will hold special activities and tours. Applied health sciences activities will be centred in Matthews Hall; arts, in the Humanities building; engineering, in Carl Pollock Hall; environmental studies, in ES I; mathematics, in Math and Computer; and science, in Biology I. The four church colleges and the independent studies program will be welcoming visitors too.
Among the Campus Day crowd will be some young ladies who are in Waterloo all next week for a province-wide ringette tournament. All 1,500 participants (aged "8 through 23+") will receive information about UW, and "it is my hope that we can generate some interest in these girls to consider attending the University of Waterloo," says Rosemary Bauer of UW's French studies department, who is a ringette volunteer. "It is never too early to start thinking about university." She notes that UW's recreation and leisure studies department is involved in a study "to estimate the economic impact of this tournament" on Waterloo and the surrounding area.
Also because it's March break:
I had a visit yesterday from a faculty member who's deeply concerned about the loss of the museum -- not just as a heritage spot and an educational institution, but as a place for concerts, tourist visits and community gatherings. He says he surveyed one of his classes a few days ago and found that about one-third of the students had been to Seagram, another third hadn't but intended to go "some time", and the rest didn't know about it. Whichever group you're in, get down there before March 27, he urged them.
A report in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record earlier this week said that "the University of Waterloo has . . . made some informal inquiries" about taking over archives and artifacts from the Seagram collection, which was largely developed by Peter Swann, previously director of the Royal Ontario Museum and later an adjunct faculty member at Renison College. There hasn't been any statement from anyone at UW about that possibility.
International Women's Week continues with two sessions in the Student Life Centre this morning: massage at 9 a.m., "creative movement" at 11:00. In the afternoon, for a $5 charge, there's "clay goddess making workshop", starting at 2 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. The Week moves off campus Saturday night, with "Womynfest" in Kitchener City Hall, from 7 to 10 p.m., with song, dance and other activities; it's free and open to all ages. Also at Kitchener City Hall is "an interactive health fair" on Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30.
Eight teams -- not including UW's Athenas -- battle for the Ontario universities women's basketball championship this weekend. The tournament will be held in UW's Physical Activities Complex, with the first game at 1:00 this afternoon and play continuing tonight, tomorrow afternoon and evening, and Sunday, with the gold medal game Sunday at 2:00. The athletics department (phone ext. 5869) has tickets for sale.
The men's basketball championship is being held at the University of Toronto, and Waterloo is represented in that one; the Warriors face McMaster at Varsity Arena this afternoon.
Federation Hall brings in "The New Jim Rose Circus" tonight, and it sounds like quite an act: "a circus of freaks and creatures of horror . . . a new collection of performers, more thrills, chills and doctor bills . . . women sumo wrestling, Mexican transvestite wrestling, the Human Zoo, Bebe the Circus Queen, Rubberman . . .". Okay. A more conventional show, Odds, hits Fed Hall on Saturday night.
The weekend for the Engineering Grad Ball is at hand, and may the good times roll and the romance waft in, Saturday night at the Viennese Ballroom of the Waterloo Inn.
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