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Thursday, March 27, 1997

No news on staff salaries

Today is payday, for faculty and most staff members, and here's an advisory for non-union staff: the total you see on today's pay slip is likely the same total you'll see in a couple of months. Whether staff will get a pay increase this year hasn't been decided yet, and the decision won't be made in time for anything to be done by the traditional May 1 date.

"We've been meeting regularly since the beginning of the year," Catharine Scott, associate provost (human resources and student services), said yesterday in an update from the staff compensation committee. "We've got a number of ideas under review. It's unlikely we're going to be able to make a recommendation to the provost before May. But we're working on it!"

The committee -- which includes members of management and representatives of the staff association -- is "trying to look at all the variables in the process", she said. It hasn't decided for or against recommending a pay increase in 1997, Scott also said, adding that there are "a variety of ways to consider compensation", and that the committee has some "creative" ideas under discussion.

"We're very positive about what we're doing," she said. Much of the committee's work involves looking at comparative data about salaries, and last year's salary increases, in other universities and at other employers, especially in Kitchener-Waterloo. Committee members will also be keeping in mind that there are salary negotiations this spring between UW and two other employee groups, the faculty association and Canadian Union of Public Employees local 793.

Scott added that the committee has finished its work on a proposed new performance appraisal form for staff, and will be sending it out for comment across campus in May.

Of cabbages and kings

Today will be Bike Day in the Student Life Centre outdoor rotunda. Events run from 10:00 to 5:00 -- you can get a bell installed on your bike or get help with minor repairs, take a look at bicycle accessories you may not have tried, and (at 1:00) bid in an auction of used bikes. It's all sponsored by the Bicycle Centre, which lives in the basement of the SLC.

The astronomy research group will hold open houses at the Gustav Bakos Observatory tonight, Friday and Saturday to let people get a close look at Comet Hale-Bopp. Each evening -- weather permitting, of course -- the open house starts at 8:30 p.m. in Physics room 308.

Graphics Express continues its "hip-hoppin'" pre-Easter deals today, with "chocolate egg discounts" and 20 per cent off personalized T-shirts and mouse pads "with a free Easter bunny transfer on the sleeve". (Funny, my mouse pad doesn't even have sleeves!)

UW's long-running play "Single and Sexy" will be staged again this year, says Denise Angove of the health services department. She's announced auditions for the 1997 production, to be held Thursday, April 10, from 3:30 to 6:30 in Humanities room 180. More information: Darlene Spencer, the director, at darlene@yorku.ca.

Good Friday and Easter weekend

The balmy weather puts one in mind of an Easter weekend, and sure enough, that's what's at hand. Tomorrow is Good Friday and a holiday. UW offices and most services will be closed, and classes will not be held. Here are notes, so far as I have them, on specifics of what's in operation at Waterloo over the weekend:
  • UW police: on duty 24 hours as always, 888-4911.
  • Student Life Centre: open 24 hours, turnkey desk 888-4434.
  • Library: Friday, Davis Centre and Dana Porter open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m; Map Library open 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, usual hours.
  • Maintenance emergencies: phone ext. 3793, 24 hours a day.
  • Computer networks: call helpdesk, 888-4839, to report major outages.
  • Information systems and technology Customer Support Centre: closed Friday and Sunday, open Saturday 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
  • Bookstore and UW Shop: closed all weekend (Saturday opening cancelled this week).
  • Graphics Express: closed all weekend.
  • Food services: All outlets closed Friday and Saturday except Village I grill (open 8 a.m to 12:30 a.m.). Sunday, grill open 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Ron Eydt Village servery open 4:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Quite apart from being a holiday weekend, this season is a solemn and exciting time for practising Christians, commemorating as it does the crucifixion (on Good Friday) and resurrection (on Easter Sunday) of Jesus of Nazareth. Special services will be taking place UW's Renison College (Anglican) and St. Jerome's College (Roman Catholic) as they are at places of worship around the world: And the congregations will hear such texts as the words of Luke (chapter 24, verse 5): "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen."


    March 27, 1973: About 150 students attend an open meeting with the dean of mathematics to support faculty member William Wadge, of the department of applied analysis and computer science, whose contract is not being renewed.

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