Bendig was 36 years old. She was a graduate student in earth sciences who finished her master's degree in the fall of 1995 and took a job as a research hydrologist starting in January 1996. She had been fighting cancer for some time leading up to her death, and memorial donations to the Hopespring Cancer Support Centre have been invited. She is survived by her father, William Bendig, and other family members all living in Saskatchewan.
Tomorrow's memorial service at Ratz-Bechtel begins at 11 a.m.
Members of the team were announced just a few days ago by Basketball Canada, and now the team is putting itself together with a series of three exhibition games. The first is at UW, the second tomorrow afternoon in Hamilton, and the third Monday night at the University of Guelph. The team will also play exhibition games in Italy later this month, then head for South America in early June for a tournament in which it hopes to qualify for the world championships.
"We have a good mix of experienced veterans and young, talented players," says Canada's coach, Bev Smith. (The national team was 0-6 in the Olympic Games last summer.)
Tickets for tonight's game are $9, kids $5, from the athletics department or at the door.
Some of the main events are happening in the Humanities Theatre, including the opening session this afternoon, a concert and speaker tonight, and major sessions Saturday and Sunday. A banquet takes place Saturday night in the Physical Activities Complex. Over the three days, the roughly 700 delegates will be hearing about "joy" in various forms, ranging from the purely spiritual to the very practical -- quilts, clowning, music and missionary service.
Cicih Sukaesih, who used to work for a factory in Indonesia producing sportswear for the prominent firm of Nike, will visit campus Saturday afternoon. She'll be at the Student Life Centre at 3 p.m., as part of a Canada-wide tour to talk about an international campaign to put pressure on Nike to improve working conditions in its third-world factories.
It's not football season? Well, in Osaka, Japan, yes it is: the University of Western Ontario Mustangs will play an exhibition game there Sunday against an all-star team of footballers from Japanese universities. "It will be a terrific athletic, educational and cultural experience," says Darwin Semotiuk of UWO's athletics department, who helped organize the trip, which was financed by companies with business interests in Japan and by the players themselves.
Finally, let's not forget that Sunday is Mothers' Day.
May 10, 1972: After many delays, the new University of Waterloo Act is approved by the private bills committee of the Ontario legislature.
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