Picket lines went up early this morning at York University, as the York faculty association began the threatened strike. YUFA provides this explanation: "What do the faculty and librarians want? A fair, negotiated-not dictated-settlement. It's common knowledge that the Social Contract was a damaging period for public sector workers. The aftermath of that imposed settlement left public sector workplaces strained and under-funded and workers' salaries depressed and lagging behind the cost of living. York University is no exception. The faculty and librarians have to teach larger classes, more students, under more difficult conditions, with less direct interaction with students, who are themselves under severe financial pressures. Faculty and librarians also have to deal with an employer bent on reducing faculty participation in university decision-making and undermining the faculty-librarian union. . . . To make the Administration listen and take us seriously, we have a strong strike vote and will implement a work stoppage."
Representatives from software companies will be breakfasting on campus tomorrow. The Computer Technology Network group will host Masakazu Hihara, president of the Tokyo-based Softique Inc., and Michael Clark of the federal department of foreign affairs, to talk about the Japanese software market. Last-minute information about the Davis Centre event: call Anita Kilgour at Thinkage Inc., 895-1860.
In the Arriscraft Lecture series, the school of architecture tonight hosts Detlef Mertins of Toronto, speaking on "Transparencies Yet to Come". The lecture begins at 8 p.m. in the "green room" of Environmental Studies II.
Now that the winter term exam schedule has been worked out by the registrar's office, you can find it on-line at http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infocour/EXAM/ (or look under the "Courses, calendars, exams" heading on UWinfo).
Graduate students will be paying fees on a quite different basis starting next fall, if the board of governors approves what's being proposed. Briefly: the present "program fee" of $950 each term and the "term fee" of $635 are being combined into a single per-term fee that will be $1,320 in 1997-98. Yes, that's less than the present total, for students who haven't yet reached the minimum length of their program (three, six or nine terms), when they can stop paying the program fee. For those who are past the minimum length of the program, the new structure provides a financial incentive to finish up. Students already in a graduate program can continue paying on the present fee schedule if they prefer.
Salaries will be coming a day early this month, since the usual pay date for faculty and most staff would fall on Good Friday, which is a holiday. Payday will be next Thursday, March 27, says Carol Wooten in the payroll office.
Engineering students with talent will hit the stage tonight at the Weaver's Arms pub, in the Waterloo Co-op Residence on Phillip Street. The event is a leftover from last week's TalEng show in Federation Hall, and features "unplugged and intimate" music. Entertainment starts at 8 p.m.
Resumé packages and registration forms are due by tomorrow from co-op students who don't yet have spring term jobs. "They will not be accepted after this date," says Olaf Naese of the co-op department: "If you are still without employment and you have not handed in a completed Continuous Phase Registration form along with 15 copies of your resume package by March 21, you cannot be properly assisted in your job search by Co-op Education staff. Your work term status will be changed to "On own -- self imposed" on April 25 (if you have not secured employment)."
Easter will be here very soon (Sunday, March 30) and Graphics Express wants to be prepared. From today through the holiday weekend, there's a 20-per-cent-off special on T-shirts and mouse pads ("with a free Easter bunny transfer on the sleeve"), and March 26 and 27 are announced as "Chocolate Egg Discount Days", of which I'm sure we'll hear more as the bunny gets nearer.
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