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Friday, May 9, 1997

Staff member's death is noted

Gail Bendig, a staff member in the earth sciences department, died on Sunday, May 4, and will be remembered with a service tomorrow morning at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home in Kitchener.

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.

Basketball's back in the PAC

The Canadian national women's basketball team will hit campus tonight, playing an exhibition game against the United States team at 7:30 p.m. in the Physical Activities Complex.

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.

Baptist women meet at UW

The annual meeting of the Baptist Women's Missionary Society of Ontario and Quebec is being held at UW today through Sunday, with the theme "For the Joy of It!" The convention -- the society's 44th annual gathering -- is one of a series of events that will keep the conference centre at Ron Eydt Village busy for most of the summer.

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.

Local volunteers are wanted

Current requests from the Volunteer Action Centre: For more information, the VAC can be reached at 742-8610.

The talk of the campus

There's an open house this morning (10:00, Davis Centre room 1302) about the Voyager computer system being acquired by the Tri-University Group of libraries, including UW, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Guelph.

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 9, 1960: Bruce Kelley, dean of science and acting dean of arts, dies suddenly.

May 10, 1972: After many delays, the new University of Waterloo Act is approved by the private bills committee of the Ontario legislature.

Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
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