|Birthday of Norman Bethune|
Wednesday, March 3, 1999
The Conrad Grebel College kitchen offers students a chance to get (almost) anything they want -- be it mom's apple pie, or an entire three-meal menu -- as part of Favourite Food Day.
It's the brainchild of CGC food services and conference manager Cheri Otterbein, who's absolutely fearless when it comes to taking risks in the cafeteria. Take the time a student had a craving for varenyky, a time-consuming dish to assemble. To assist the staff, Otterbein whisked the student and a team of his friends into the kitchen and set up a varenyky production line.
"Often students don't get much say in what they eat," she explains. "I feel they should be involved in food. Food is an important part of your day -- you should be able to have some control over it.
"We're here to make the students happy," she adds, "We try to give students what they want with healthy options, and to be proactive in getting ideas of what people want. There's no excuse for bad food."
Furthermore, says Otterbein, "food is fun. I believe in expanding students' food horizons as part of their education."
Favourite Food Day grew out of that philosophy, expressed through theme meals. "I'm used to taking risks with theme meals," she says. "I try to go to reliable sources for things we've never done.
The next step was "to let students choose the menu and see what happens." But when it comes to trying a recipe the kitchen has never before prepared, Otterbein has learned, "you can trust recipes from mom."
Homesick kids and students celebrating birthdays often bring in a recipe from home, some of which have even been incorporated into the kitchen's repertoire.
The only restrictions on Favourite Food Day selections are that they be within budget (alas, no lobster) and "not too weird", e.g. cold pizza for breakfast. "Students are pretty good about the things they select -- they're not as wild as I thought they'd be." Giving the kitchen two week's notice helps.
As for the extra burden placed on the kitchen staff, Otterbein insists they think it all "quite good fun. There's always a bit of fear when you try something brand new, but we find it helps build good relationships with the students."
The policy has been the subject of extensive review and discussion in recent months by both the staff relations committee and the faculty relations committee. The review followed the board's approval (June 1, '98) of the new memorandum of agreement between the faculty association and UW (May 1, '98) and the elimination of the ethics committee.
In addition, from the secretariat: "In taking this action, the Board understood that complaints of Policy 33 violations would now be dealt with by 'those with academic and supervisory authority', with assistance from Human Resources and the Office of Ethical Behaviour and Human Rights. Disciplinary actions resulting from alleged Policy 33 violations will be grievable under the faculty, staff, or student grievance processes. It would not be appropriate to have two formal hearings (ethics committee and grievance) on the same matter."
Comments to the committee can be directed to Dianne Scheifele, secretary of the committee, at the secretariat, Needles Hall, or via email at dscheif@secretariat by Wednesday, March 17.
Students will have to bring their own treats to the two workshops offered today by co-op and career services. Resume Writing is scheduled for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Letter Writing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Both are in Needles Hall room 1020.
A nutrition exhibit featuring snacks for academic success will be at the Math Society C&D in Math and Computer today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The display is sponsored by health services.
Central stores is having a surplus sale today in East Campus Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Food on the Fly is the subject of a presentation by nutritionist Linda Barton today at noon in Math and Computer room 6091A. The talk is sponsored by the UW Women's Association. "Bring your lunch; juice will be provided." All are welcome.
A brown bag lunch talk, Spotlight on Russia and the Ukraine, is being held at 12:15 p.m. at the Conrad Grebel College Blue Room. MCC volunteers Cheryl and Steve Hochstetler Shirk will speak.
From the registrar's office, a reminder that undergraduate pre-registration for the Fall 1999 and Winter 2000 terms continues through Friday. Undergrads expecting to graduate at the Spring convocation -- June 16 to 19 -- must submit an intention to graduate form to the registrar. Forms are available in the registrar's office on the second floor of Needles Hall or from department offices. The English language proficiency exam is scheduled for April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Physical Activities Complex.
"Ontario Mennonite Women's Sewing Circles and the Mennonite Central Committee: A Mutual Partnership" is the topic of a talk today at 3:30 p.m. by Lucille Marr of Augustana University College, Alberta. The public is invited to attend the history department lecture in Environmental Studies 1 room 350.
Poet Steven Ross Smith will read from his new book, Fluttertongue, today at 4 p.m. at St. Jerome's University room 315. The reading is free and everyone is welcome.
All interested students and faculty are invited to a tuition deregulation forum today at 4:30 p.m. in Engineering Lecture Hall room 101. Speakers will be UW vice-president academic and provost Jim Kalbfleisch, dean of engineering Sujeet Chaudhuri, and electrical and computer engineering chair Tony Vannelli.
Students Advising Co-op will meet at 4:30 in the Student Life Centre multipurpose room to finalize details of the new co-op student organizations. Says co-chair Paul Schreiber: "We're starting to get concerned about the high number of job cancellations this term. Please forward any stories you have on this to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Include the number of jobs applied to and the number of jobs cancelled."
The UW Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association (AMSA) is holding an information session about Islam and Ahmadiyyat at 5:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Student Life Centre. The main topic is the similarities among "the Mahdi, Messiah, and Grand Reformer awaited by Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and other faiths. Other topics include the life and death of Jesus, Jesus's voyage to India and the time of the Fajjal and coming of the Mahdi." All are welcome and refreshments will be served.
Campus Day organizers are seeking seven mini-van drivers for the March 16 event. Applicants must 21 and over, and attend a 30-minute orientation session on March 12. The salary is $8 per hour. Phone Gail Ruetz at ext. 5732 for more information.
The senate finance committee will meet tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in Needles Hall room 3001.
The Waterloo Warriors mens basketball team defeated the Windsor Lancers 66-49 in OUA West playoff action Tuesday night. Mano Watsa led all scorers with 17 points. Waterloo now advances to a semifinal game against the McMaster Marauders on Thursday night in London. Game time is 6 p.m. in the first half of a doubleheader. The Western Mustangs play Lakehead game in the other semifinal. Watsa was named an OUA West First Team All-Star in an announcement Tuesday afternoon.
Alas, the Dr. Seuss link at the top of Tuesday's Daily Bulletin was an unauthorized, pirated version of the original verse (in the Seussian mode) penned by Gene Ziegler. Our apologies to the author, who gets the last word.
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