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Monday, March 9, 1998

  • The wonderful world of co-op
  • News notes on a rainy day
  • Student leaders will be honoured
  • Warriors win a championship berth
  • And, as another week begins . . .
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The wonderful world of co-op

Hundreds of co-op students will get the good news this afternoon, or maybe the bad news, as job matches for the spring work term will be posted at 3:00. The big day comes at the beginning of National Co-operative Education Week across Canada.

Says a news release issued by the university on Friday:

UW was first in the country to offer co-operative education with the university's inception in 1957. The program, which gives students a head start in their careers by combining paid work terms at businesses with their university studies, is now available at 112 universities, community colleges and institutes across the country.

"Co-op education is the most stable, responsive and successful work-training educational model in Canada," says Bruce Lumsden, director of UW's Co-operative Education and Career Services. "Co-op programs continue to produce graduates who are both knowledgeable in the classroom and skilled in the workplace. Co-op grads can handle the workplace needs of the 21st century," he adds.

A 1995-96 survey administered by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education found that 87 per cent of co-op students find work within six months of graduation.

During the national week, with the theme "Co-op Securing Our Future," the association will celebrate this success rate along with its 25th anniversary of helping students gain valuable work experience. . . .

Anne-Sophie Testelin-Dumetz of applied studies/art history said: "Co-op has helped me get some real work experience. This will definitely help me launch a career upon graduation." Omar Alizzi, a UW computer engineering student, said he entered co-op to get experience in his field, "so when I graduate, I am accustomed to the business world. I also find that I have more advantages than students not in co-op programs, such as the confidence to create my own business." Chris Jessup, of UW's chemical engineering co-op program, says: "What I like about co-op is that I get experience before graduation. In chemical engineering, there are many different areas out there, so co-op allows me to test them out. Now that I'm on my fourth work term, I know what I'm looking for." . . .

This year, there are more than 61,000 students enrolled in co-operative education programs across Canada, about 31,000 of them in Ontario. Thirty-six Ontario universities and community colleges employ more than 200 co-operative educators who work closely with students, employers and government.

More than 3,000 UW students are looking for co-op jobs for the spring work term. Job ranking forms were completed last Tuesday. The co-op department says students who don't get matched with jobs today should plan to attend "continuous phase" information meetings at 4:30, and to start applying for more jobs over the next few days.

News notes on a rainy day

The Bernoulli Trials, an undergraduate mathematics competition, were held Saturday. It's the second year for this event, a double knockout competition with "true" or "false" as the answers on each round. The participants have 10 minutes for each question and drop out after their second incorrect answer. There were 29 participants in the competition, which lasted 4 hours and 16 rounds. The winner was third year student Frederic Latour. Second place went to first year student Joel Kamnitzer, and third and fourth to Richard Hoshino and Derek Kisman. In keeping with the nature of the answers required, the prizes supplied by the dean of mathematics were awarded in coins: 100 toonies for first, 100 loonies for second, and quarters for third and fourth.

There are three candidates for a vacant seat on the presidential nominating committee, the university secretariat has announced, and ballots will go out this week to faculty members across campus. The three candidates are Robert Kerton of economics, Raymond McLenaghan of applied mathematics, and John North of English. Résumés of the candidates will be distributed with the ballots and should be available on the secretariat web site, and brief statements from the three will appear in Wednesday's Gazette.

I haven't received any results yet from the Canadian Engineering Competition, held at Carleton University over the weekend, in which a splendid crew of UW students were taking part; stay tuned for that one.

The lecture by Stephen Lewis, scheduled for the evening of March 24, has been moved from the Theatre of the Arts to the larger Humanities Theatre, "due to the high demand for tickets", says a memo from St. Paul's United College. I hear that fewer than 40 tickets were left by Friday afternoon.

The payroll office says that receipts for United Way donors who made their gifts by cheque, rather than through payroll deduction, are finally ready and should be distributed through campus mail today.

Faculty at the University of Western Ontario have voted to unionize. Ballots were counted soon after the close of voting on Wednesday and Thursday, and word is that 65 per cent of those who voted said yes to union certification. (Turnout was 76 per cent of eligible faculty members.) "Our bargaining unit consists of approximately 1,250 members," says a memo from Aniko Varpalotai of the UWO faculty association. "The administration wants to split us into separate part-time and full-time units; we are insisting on one."

Student leaders will be honoured

The Federation of Students will hold its 15th Annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on March 20, Fed president Mario Bellabarba said Friday. "The Awards Banquet is our opportunity to recognize those members of the UW Undergrad community who have contributed so much of their own time to provide much needed services to the university as a whole."

He said, "Leadership awards are a recognition of the work that students do to improve student life at this university. If you know of someone who is always going above and beyond the call, then help give them the recognition from their peers that they so richly deserve.

"One award will be given out in each faculty, along with one Overall Participation and one Overall Leadership award. Andersen Consulting is sponsoring small cash awards for all winners."

Nomination forms are available at the Fed office in the Student Life Center, or you can fill one out electronically. The deadline: 4:30 p.m. next Monday, March 16. Students nominated must have been enrolled as full-time students in spring or fall 1997 or winter 1998.

Warriors win a championship berth

The basketball Warriors came up with a great combination of determined play by Mano Watsa, four players scoring in double figures, some clutch play down the stretch (defense, rebounds and free throws) and a home crowd advantage to win the OUA West title on Saturday and earn their way to the national championship tournament in Halifax.

The Warriors defeated the McMaster Marauders 78-74 in the Wild West Shoot Out, after making their way into the final game with an unexpected 68-63 victory over Western on Friday night.

In the Saturday game, McMaster took at 40-36 lead into the dressing room at half time and increased their margin to eight points in the early part of the second half. But Waterloo went on a 10-1 run midway through the half to turn a 52-44 deficit into a 54-53 lead. Mark Eys, Doug Doyle and Mano Watsa traded treys and Waterloo had a 57-56 lead, a lead that they never relinquished. Twice Waterloo extended the lead to seven points and the crowd sensed a victory that has been a long time coming.

The OUA tournament lies ahead (this weekend in Sudbury) but the west division victory guarantees Waterloo a spot when the national tournament is played in Halifax March 21-22. Waterloo will be making its first trip to the nationals in 12 years.

The hockey Warriors, meanwhile, came up short in their far west division championship series against the Windsor Lancers. Already trailing in the series after a defeat 4-1 a week ago, the Warriors lost 4-2 on Friday night and 5-0 last night. That brings their season to an end.

And, as another week begins . . .

Norman Williams of the Professional Engineers of Ontario will speak this morning (11:30, Arts Lecture room 116) on "why we should all strive for professional licensure (become a PEng)", an announcement from the Engineering Society says. "Also find out about the current changes in the rules for licensure, getting pre-grad credits, and some special internships the PEO offers."

Lectures by faculty members from UW and other universities are offered every Monday noon at the Kitchener Public Library downtown branch. Today: Sheila Ager of UW's classical studies department, on "Age Cannot Wither Her: The Many Faces of Cleopatra".

A media literacy film series begins today, sponsored by the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group. Today's showings run from 1 to 4 p.m. in Davis Centre room 1304, and 7 to 10 p.m. nearby in room 1302. The titles: "Watching TV", "Warning: The Media May Be Hazardous to Your Health", and "Paper Tiger TV".

It's wine appreciation night this evening at the Graduate House, tickets $10.

If you hear martial sounds in the vicinity of the Humanities building this evening, there's a simple explanation: the Waterloo Region Police Band has the theatre booked for a recording session.

Tomorrow for most of the day, the fan coil system and heating will be shut down in Biology I so the plant operations department can do some maintenance. "Main HVAC units will remain in service," a memo promises.

Two information sessions about the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System are scheduled in the next few days. "Government of Ontario legislation requires," says a memo from UW's safety office, "that all employees of the University be made aware of current Health & Safety legislation and the WHMIS program. . . . All university employees, volunteers, part-time employees and graduate students who have not previously attended a University of Waterloo WHMIS session are required to attend." (The emphasis, in reality, is on people who will be doing laboratory work.) One session runs tomorrow at 9:30, the other on Tuesday, March 17, at 2 p.m. Both will be held in Davis Centre room 1304, and both run for about an hour. Information: Angelo Graham, ext. 6359.


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