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Friday, January 16, 1998

University of Waterloo • Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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[Queen's storm damage]
Broken trees outside Richardson Hall, the administration building at Queen's University, last weekend. Queen's lost about 150 of the campus's 600 mature trees, says Celia Andersen of the university's communications office.

UW truck goes to help Queen's

Two members of UW's grounds crew are expected to leave Monday for Kingston, taking their chainsaws and the university's "bucket" truck to help with storm cleanup on the ravaged campus of Queen's University.

"We thought Queen's might need some help, so we gave them a call," says Tom Galloway of the UW plant operations department. He found his counterparts at Queen's grateful for the offer, as they're faced with pruning "hangers", large overhead broken branches on some 200 big trees across the historic campus. Queen's doesn't have its own bucket truck -- a vehicle with an electric tower providing easy access to the treetops -- and heavy equipment is in short supply in eastern Ontario as cleanup from the great ice storm begins.

"We're doing this as a good will gesture," Galloway said. UW will pay the crew and provide the equipment; Queen's will feed and house them in Kingston. As of yesterday, he had six volunteers from the grounds crew and was planning to choose two, with the possibility that they'll come back to Waterloo after a few days and be replaced by others. The loan of truck and equipment to Queen's is likely a two-week commitment, he said.

Shots are still available

Last week's clinics in the Student Life Centre gave meningitis vaccinations to a total of 1,516 people, says Barbara Schumacher, medical director of health services. That's on top of the estimated 6,500 people vaccinated by public health nurses the previous week.

She said some 175 of the people who got their shots at last week's UW-operated clinics were in the 22-and-under age group, whose vaccine is provided by local health authorities. UW had arranged for 1,500 doses to be available for people over 23, and that mean "we still have some vaccine that has been promised to us," Schumacher said. "Anyone who is still concerned" can come to health services and arrange for a shot -- or see their family doctor.

It looks as though the meningitis scare, as well as the community immunization campaign, is about over. "We certainly saw a real mobilization of the campus community in support of the effort," a weary Schumacher says. "Thanks to everyone who helped!"

Other notes and events

I reported yesterday on the proposed Policy 75 on the official files of faculty members, a document that's on its way to senate for approval. The draft that's going to senate "is actually dated January 6, 1998", a note from provost Jim Kalbfleisch tells me. "There have been a number of changes based on feedback" from the October 9, 1997, version, the one that's available on the Web, the provost says.

All co-op students going through job interviews this term must hand in a copy of their résumé package to the co-op department drop slot in Needles Hall by 8 p.m. today.

The teaching resource office holds its first teaching assistant workshop of the term at noon today, in Math and Computer room 5158. Topic: "Group Work, Is It Working?" Last-minute information: ext. 3132.

A crowd from Conrad Grebel College is heading off this weekend -- better bundle up warm -- for the Winter Chapel Retreat. Says organizer Mark Schaan: "This wicked, fun-filled, adventurous and relaxing weekend [will be held] at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp and Retreat Centre. We'll relax, eat, laugh and probe each other (sic) to discussion. What does it mean to be a man or woman in the 90's? How can we best relate to others? How can we relate body and soul and more great discussion?"

A gathering Sunday afternoon, from 2 to 4 p.m. in East Campus Hall, will remember Pat Hurley, former systems analyst at UW and more recently a part-time student in the fine arts department. An exhibition of his work is on show in the Artspace Gallery in ECH through next Wednesday. Hurley died December 28 as the result of injuries suffered in a car crash in New Mexico. Friends, family and colleagues are invited to Sunday afternoon's event "to remember Pat and to celebrate his life".

Career development seminars continue in Needles Hall. Monday: "Resume Writing" at 1:30 p.m., "Letter Writing", at 2:30, both in room 1020. The career resource centre can provide more information.

Sports this weekend: The volleyball Athenas host Nipissing University this afternoon at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m., both in the Physical Activities Complex. Men and women swimmers host the Guelph-Waterloo Invitational tonight and all day tomorrow in the PAC pool. The hockey Warriors host Ryerson tonight at 7:340, and Brock Sunday afternoon at 2, at the Columbia Icefield. And the UW curling team hosts the west sectional tournament tonight and tomorrow at the Westmount Golf and Country Club.


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