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Thursday, January 7, 1999
The great student-owned bar and assembly hall had been losing money and popularity before this year's facelift, made possible through a special student fee. The results are impressive, said Kerry O'Brien in a piece written for the student newspaper Imprint just before Christmas:
After almost two years, the results of that extra five bucks per term are available for inspection. Fed Hall has a new floor plan, new lighting, new service and (can I get an Amen?) a new sound system. The
new system differs from the old in a considerable manner; instead of Fed Hall's old "wall of speakers" approach, the new system is geared so that more of the sound is aimed at the dance floor while patrons relaxing in the upper mezzanine area will not have to shout to be heard over the din. Booths have been added for a more restaurant-like setting, and there is fresh paint and carpet all over the place.
Summertime image of Fed Hall, taken in 1998 by Graphics Photo/Imaging.
Said [Fed Hall manager Johnny] Megalos, "we leaned toward a classier look because students pay lots of tuition and Waterloo is a renowned university." He noted that the newfound classiness of Fed Hall would not be reflected at all in the drink prices.
Changes to the establishment are much more than skin deep. The management of the bar is changing, with more emphasis on what students want. Bar nights will have no cover charge for admittance. In addition, underagers will not be allowed into the bar nights to help reduce underage drinking in the bar and to focus more on the UW population. Service has increased exponentially; the three taps and fluorescent sign at the bar have been replaced with twelve available taps.
Linda Bluhm of UW's human resources department understands these things, and offers this guidance: "In the majority of cases, the result will be lower RRSP room for 1998 because of a Past Service Pension Adjustment (PSPA), as described in the Human Resources News, Summer 1998 issue. The PSPA resulted from an improvement in the pension plan formula which was approved May 1, 1998, and provided increased retirement, termination and death benefits for pension plan members.
"You may claim a 1998 tax deduction for your RRSP contribution up to the limit shown on the Revenue Canada statement. If your statement indicated a negative position, the following may be helpful:
Nominations for Federation of Students' Executive Elections will open 8:30 a.m. Friday January 8, 1999. Forms are available at the Federation of Students' Office (SLC 1102). Nomination forms must be returned to the Federation of Students' Office no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, January 15, 1999.
Positions available include: President, VP Administration & Finance, VP Internal, VP Student Issues and VP Education. Nomination forms are also available for Students' Council representatives and Student Senators.
For more information about the upcoming elections, please contact the Chief Returning Officer at ext. 6781 or email research@feds.
Other notes todayThe physics department presents a talk by W. A. MacFarlane of LPS Orsay, France, at 3:30 in Physics room 308. Topic: "Impurity Probes of High-Tc and Fulleride Superconductors".
An all-you-can-eat pasta buffet is the dinner excitement in Village I today, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
In yesterday's Bulletin I referred to Bill Chesney as "head" of the drama department. He isn't; he's undergraduate advisor, director of production and head of design, but in fact Joel Greenberg is chair of the department.
"Speaking of which, this year's show is about 'Conspiracies,' and the script is looking really good. Now, here's the great part: Everyone who auditions gets a part! If we have more people than parts, we'll write in new characters!"
Paneghal says FASS has members from pretty much every faculty in the university. "Some people are great thespians, some sing and dance well. Some don't. Fact is, if you've got the guts to get up on stage, you deserve a lot of respect. And, if you don't want to be center stage, we need people to fill out our behind-the-scenes crew and band." Other benefits include "parties every weekend in January! Meet people from faculties you didn't know existed!"
Auditions will be held tonight and tomorrow (and actually they started last night) in Humanities building room 280, from 6:30 to 10:30. "Singing, acting, and dancing isn't for everyone," Paneghal repeats, "but you really don't know till you give it a try. We won't make you do anything you don't want to. Promise." More information? She can be reached at 886-8236, e-mail email@example.com.
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