Back on campus, upper-year students are flooding back now, and first-year students are well into the activities of orientation week -- "Registration & Stuff", as the schedule says for this morning. Highlights of the day include a pizza lunch, chariot racing (around Porter Library) and a Scunt (scavenger hunt) for black-shirted first-year engineers; a student panel discussion, a campus tour and "AWOL Pub Night" for mathies; a "mystery party tour" for those in arts; and a science "carnival" this afternoon.
Ah, the sights and sounds of early September! The phalanxes of T-shirts, the mysterious pink footprints on the paths, the music from the science coffee-and-doughnut shop, the roar of the bullhorn! Wonder why it's called a bullhorn, anyway.
I like the advice the Engineering Society is issuing its newbies:
Be nice to fellow frosh on campus (it's not nice to pick on others!)
Always talk to your Big Brothers or Big Sisters (Orientation Leaders) about any problems you have. They are here for you!
Campus Cops number is 888-4911 (or just 4911 on campus). Call them if you need to find a towed car, need a walk home at night, or any other police stuff.
Memorize your student ID number, the Education Committee might ask for it.
Watch out for hard-hat theft!
Wear OLD CLOTHES!!!!! Especially on Tuesday!!!!
S&S this year stars Geoff Evans, Heather Arsenault, Danya Hagan, Christina Heydorn, Brad Goddard, Jason Godfrey, and Jason Risley. The director is Darlene Spencer of the drama department, and the producer is Denise Angove of health services, who long ago saw that theatre was a more effective way than lecturing of bringing out some ideas about safe and healthy sexual behaviour. A brochure for this year's play calls S&S "a high energy, entertaining, nonjudgmental, powerful presentation of scenarios and attitudes frosh are likely to witness or experience".
Admission to all performances is free, and you can see the show (in the Theatre of the Arts) today at 10:30 and 1:30, Thursday at 11:00 and 1:30.
Now about the "safe" part -- well, it could apply to sex too, I suppose, but I was really thinking about WHMIS, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, which is the basic safety training that nearly everybody around here needs. Official word from the registrar's office:
Canadian legislation imposes training obligation on the University: all students enrolled in a science-based lab (e.g., Science, Engineering, AHS students) must pass WHMIS training. Students are given video-based instruction, followed by a brief test. Upon successful completion of the test, students are issued a WHMIS sticker. Students attach the sticker to their WatCard, allowing them admittance to the labs requiring WHMIS certification.First-year science students are being scheduled into one of several training sessions today. There are sessions Friday for math students who need WHMIS training (9 a.m.) and AHS students (10:30), in Biology 1 room 271. Next week, sessions open to all students are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30, same room.
The local Volunteer Action Centre is looking for people to help operate "Walk for a Cure", an October 5 fund-raiser in Waterloo Park to help support juvenile diabetes research. "Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, parking, registration, and as walk marshals." Interested? Call 742-8610.
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