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Friday, September 11, 1998

  • Decline and fall, and football
  • Art festival has UW links
  • UW team enters 'challenge'
  • Other events and fragments
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Decline and fall, and football

New students must be getting to know the Waterloo campus by now, and will know it even better by the time they finish some of today's orientation events -- the "magical mystery tour" planned in applied health sciences this morning, the afternoon "havenger scunt" in science, tonight's scunt run jointly by engineering, math and environmental studies.

Things take a serious turn today too, with the English Language Proficiency Exam, to be written at various times by students in all six faculties, and with a series of special "student services events" including a career services open house, a study skills seminar, and library tours. There's also something special "under the tent" at Health Services: "The Nutrition Advantage", described as "a lively demo on quick and easy nutrition tips . . . how to eat for energy, body shaping and optimal performance". That one runs from 11:00 to 1:30.

Tonight, along with the events in various faculties, brings the Bible Belt Bash, a party at Federation Hall for students from the four church colleges.

And tomorrow . . . ah, tomorrow:

[Toga party] The toga party has been a cliché of campus life ever since "National Lampoon's Animal House", coming out in a 20th anniversary video edition this fall. This one was held earlier this year at Macquarie University in Australia. Nunc est bibendum.

Art festival has UW links

You can expect to see some UW faces at "Art Works!" this weekend -- the annual "outdoor visual arts festival" held at Kitchener's city hall. The third annual festival runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 to 5:00.

Outside, more than 50 artists will be exhibiting and selling their art -- paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, jewellery, glass, and other fine arts and crafts. In addition, several works of art will be in progress. These projects are designed to give the public the opportunity to watch and participate in their creation. For example, spectators are invited to make a bird from recycled material to add to the flock of a mobile installation. People can also paint a square to be included in the construction of a billowing canopy, or watch the building and firing of a paper kiln.

Inside the Rotunda of City Hall various art-related institutions, organizations and businesses will show what they have to offer. Galleries, educational institutions, teaching studios, libraries, heritage sites, artists' organizations, and art supply stores will present their contributions to the community. Visitors can watch a weaving demonstration, sign up for piano lessons, or find out about coming events at the galleries.

Many UW staff, faculty, and students have contributed to Art Works! as artists, organizing committee members, and volunteers. This year Lisa Mahoney, a UW fine arts and cultural management student representing the UW Fine and Performing Arts Council, is setting up an information booth in the Rotunda. UW students Tim Martin on guitar and Ryoko Izuka on violin will perform at the festival, and I'm advised that "some interesting performances by UW drama students" can also be expected.

UW team enters 'challenge'

A UW team is ready for just about anything as the 15th annual Chamber of Commerce Corporate Challenge takes place tomorrow, says Nancy Heide of the community relations office in information and public affairs, who puts together UW's entry in the sports-and-fun event each year.

Says Heide: "We're pleased to have representation this year from faculty, staff and students." She lists the team members: Judi Silvestri, information systems and technology; Denise Kettle, human resources; Cathy Hale, office of research; Lisa Collins and Bill Anderson, both civil engineering; Bill Power, chemistry; Marc Gelinas, trenchless technologies; Jonathan Waterhouse, arts student; oh, and Martin Van Nierop and Heide herself from information and public affairs.

She explains further: "The Corporate Challenge is an annual event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. It's an opportunity for businesses in the region to put a team of people together and join other companies for a day of friendly competition." Things take place tomorrow from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Kinsmen Sports Centre in Cambridge.

Other events and fragments

Pretty much everybody at Conrad Grebel College is heading off for the weekend to Silver Lake Mennonite Camp. Buses to the annual "All-College Retreat" will leave at 6:45 tomorrow morning -- now that's scary.

The UW libraries will be closed this weekend, from 6:00 tonight until 8:00 Monday morning. With the beginning of classes next week, regular seven-day-a-week library hours will go into effect.

Alumni from St. Jerome's University are off on their third annual wine tour tomorrow, visiting Konzelmann, Chateau des Charmes, Reif Estate, and Niagara-on-the-Lake by bus.

The Chinese Christian Fellowship offers "a free home-cooked dinner" and "a time of informal fun" on Sunday evening starting at 5:00. The event takes place in Math and Computer room 2034; "all are welcome," and Sandra Cheng (sscheng@calum) can provide more information.

The bookstore and UW Shop will have extended hours next week to help with the beginning-of-term textbook rush: both stores will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The flags at the University Avenue entrance to campus are at half-staff today in an unusual tribute to a recently retired faculty member, George Priddle of environment and resource studies, who died Sunday. His funeral is being held at 1:00 today at First United Church.


Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
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