Food services: the only outlet open over the weekend will be
the Ron Edyt Village (Village II) cafeteria, "to serve some
conference delegates and any residents of Village One who are still
Conferences: apart from the
conference on mathematical graph theory, winding up tomorrow, the
principal event is the Ontario Folk Dance Camp, drawing about 100
participants Friday through Monday.
Big weekend for geologists
UW will play a major role as the
Association of Canada holds its annual meeting in Ottawa,
jointly with the Mineralogical Association of Canada,
and marks its 50th anniversary.
Says Peter Russell of UW's earth sciences department:
The Waterloo Centre for
Groundwater Research, an
Ontario Centre of Excellence, is providing part of the celebratory
entertainment at the Gala Banquet in the Ottawa Congress Centre. Chris
Rawlings, Toronto folk singer, will sing rock and water songs from a music
tape being launched at the meeting. Chris will also create special songs
for the occasion including one for the presentation of the anniversary
Also being launched at the meeting is the new Mineral Encyclopedia from the
Mineralogical Association of Canada, which includes mineral sketches by
Alan Morgan, also of the earth sciences department, figures in the
weekend in two important ways. First, he's chairing the GAC's 50th
anniversary committee. He explains: "Founded
in 1947, the Association returns to the
location of its first 'annual' meeting which was held jointly with
the Geological Society of America at the nearby Chateau Laurier
Hotel. From a modest beginning of about 150 members at that
meeting, the Association has grown to its current worldwide
membership of about 2300 members, comprising 17 special
interest divisions and regional sections."
"Rocks and Water" is the title of the new music tape. The songs on the tape
are devised to help primary and junior grade children learn about the
changes that occur through the rock and water cycles. Song titles include
Rock Cycle, The Saturated Zone, Living on a Layercake, Transformation,
Sweet and Sour Rain, La Méthode Scientifique, Wetland Wonderland, Some
Mountains, Groundwater Song, I am a Raindrop, By the Sea, Les Planètes,
LIVING ON A LAYERCAKE
Well if you live in southern Ontario
There's a fruitcake at the bottom I'm told
With precious gems like candied fruit
And swirls of minerals like silver and gold
It's all mixed up in Precambrian rock
Two to three billion years old
The layercake rocks show how the story of the earth unfolds.
Living on a layercake
Way down under the ground
Living on a layercake
Take a slice and look around.
Funding for this project was provided by the Canadian Geological
Foundation, Waterloo Centre for Groundwater Research, Earth Sciences
Museum, and Edviro Enterprises Inc.
The project grew from the preparation of songs for use at the Children's
Groundwater Festival held at the Agricultural Museum, Milton, Ontario, in
1994 and 1995. Leanne Gelsthorpe (WCGR) and Peter Russell of our Earth
Sciences Museum assisted Chris Rawlings with the lyrics for some of the
songs. The tape will be available in early June from the Earth Sciences
Museum, price $12 tax included.
Second, Morgan is being presented with an honorary life membership in the
association, for "long-term distinguished service". Mary-Claire Ward,
past president of the GAC, writes that "There are currently only two
living Honorary Life Members and I do not believe that we have made
this award to anyone for at least the past decade."
What else is happening?
Registrations are still being accepted for
recreation instructional programs, which range from squash lessons
to "a suspended total body workout" in the pool. Sorry I didn't
note the registration procedures in Bulletins earlier this week, but
Campus Rec's grey-purple brochure has been all over campus with the
necessary information. Anyone wanting to register for CR programs with
space still available in them can do so today from 11:30 to 1:30
in Physical Activities Complex room 2039.
Children's performances -- "Actor's Trunk" and "The Emperor's
New Clothes" -- are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the
Humanities Theatre; watch for yellow buses on the ring road. (Parking
procedures for those buses, I notice, have been under discussion in the
UW joint health and safety committee, as it's being suggested that they
may prove a hazard for traffic visibility where the ring road curves
past the PAS building.)
Co-op students are reminded that job posting #1 for the fall
work term expires at 8:00 tonight, and regular and co-op students
are reminded that self-assessment workshops have begun (registration is
at the counselling services office on the second floor of Needles Hall).
Some families are off today through Sunday for "Warblers and Woodland", a
"Carolinian Weekend" focusing on southern Ontario birds,
sponsored by the Heritage
The student team behind the
SAE Car is in competition this weekend, racing against
low-cost, high-performance cars from other North American
Universities. The competition is being held
at the Silverdome near Detroit.
A leading cause of death
"Young or old, rich or poor,
no boundaries," says a
note from the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council, noting that
May 18-24 will be Suicide Prevention Week.
"When a suicide happens, those left behind have no answers and are
always left to wonder, why?"
The WRSPC adds: "Suicidal thoughts, ideas and suggestions all show
a need for some kind of help. We need to listen . . . offer help . . .
seek help . . . be aware."
Foundation for Suicide Prevention adds:
Most people who kill themselves have a treatable mental disorder,
such as depression, but are not receiving treatment or are receiving
inadequate treatment. Misunderstandings and stigma associated with
mental illnesses limit access to effective treatments. Some illnesses
may be misunderstood as "character problems" instead of biochemical
The WRSPC is at 744-7645 ext. 310, and a valuable number for people
in immediate crisis is the Help line at 745-1166.
Suicide claims the very young as well as the elderly. Suicide is the
fourth major cause of death amoung 5-to 14-year-old children and the
highest suicide rates occur among men over 65 years old.
TODAY IN UW HISTORY
May 16, 1979: The Gazette presents a double-page feature article on
Canada's antiquated copyright law and the need for modernization to take
account of the invention of photocopying machines.
May 17, 1990: The first Midnight Sun solar car is unveiled; its
cost is reported as $116,000.
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