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Wednesday, March 17, 1999

  • GSA proposes fee change
  • SA executive has openings
  • BUDS needs volunteers
  • In the wake of Campus Day...
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GSA proposes fee change

The ongoing stuggle by the Graduate Student Association to raise enough funds to support the Graduate House without alienating grad students who oppose the use of their money for the facility may be resolved with a referendum this month.

A call for grad students to head up the YES and NO sides of the referendum campaign has, to date, only yielded support for the YES side. GSA president Peter Wood sees this as a hopeful sign.

Under the proposed fee structure, the GSA will have two fees: a $12 non refundable GSA Association fee and a refundable $8 Grad House fee. At present, GSA members pay a non-refundable GSA fee of $18.45 per term. Last year an additional $10 per term strikable fee was added to improve the Grad House. This $10 fee is temporary and is scheduled to end this term.

"For quite some time, there has been concern expressed that the majority of the GSA fee was being spent to support the losses at the Grad House," said Wood. "For some students, there is a religious objection to paying money to support the sale of alcohol. Other students simply have a philosophical objection to paying such a fee. Being sensitive to these concerns, we adopted this structure so anyone who does not wish to support the Grad House can obtain a full refund of that portion of the fee.

"In addition," he said, "the GSA has adopted fund accounting. Under this method the operations of the Grad House and the rest of the association are completely separated. The portion of the fee collected for the Grad House will go into the House fund, and the portion for the Association will go into the Association fund.

"Each of these funds are managed separately and we report on the performance separately. Each fund will be expected to break even from year to year, and to adjust its corresponding fee if necessary. Therefore, it will be extremely transparent for the members to see exactly where their fee is going."

So far, Wood has not heard of any grad student who opposes the change. "The required fee is dropping from $18.45 to $12. The $8 is fully refundable. Perhaps this is why we've not received any objections."

The referendum is scheduled for March 24 -- by mail or at the Grad House -- and students should receive ballots through campus mail this week, with off campus ballots being mailed to students' residences.

SA executive has openings

The UW staff association has issued a call for nominations for the positions of president-elect, vice-president, secretary and treasurer for the term of office running from June 1, 1999, to May 31, 2000.

Positions are also open for two directors for a term beginning June 1 and ending May 31, 2001.

Nominees must be staff association members, and have signatures of three other members for each nomination. Nomination forms with brief biographical statements are due in the association office, Davis Centre room 3603, by April 16.

BUDS needs volunteers

BUDS, a UW volunteer organization, is seeking faculty, staff and students to help in its efforts to reduce high school dropouts.

In addition to providing one-to-one mentoring and group tutoring for high school students, BUDS volunteers assist with advertising, recruiting, training sessions and office work.

"If you can give a few hours per week -- or even per month -- you can help make a big difference in the lives of youth in our community," says BUDS rep Susan Morton. To help out, or to learn more, contact Morton at smorton@sciborg.uwaterloo.ca or Jeremy Steffler at jr2steff@engmail.uwaterloo.ca.

In the wake of Campus Day...

Like the return of swallows to Capistrano, the arrival of Campus Day visitors is a sign of spring at UW. Although the wind was chill, the sun was warm, and barbecues fired up across campus to welcome the guests. An estimated 7,000 prospective students and family members attended Tuesday's event -- "probably the largest turnout ever," says Tina Roberts, director of undergraduate recruitment and publications.

For those with the luck of the Irish, this could be the day to win the $1,000 Dollars for Scholars draw at noon. Proceeds support UW scholarship funds.

And for St. Paddy's Day revellers, green beer begins to flow at 11:30 a.m. at the Bombshelter, with live music all day by Hennessey and Confusion of the Senses. Festivities get underway at noon at the Grad House.

Coffee will still flow at Double U's in South Campus Hall, although the shop will be closing for renovations starting today. Customers will be served in the foyer from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily until the work is completed later this spring.

A job fair sponsored by human resources development Canada is being held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today in the Waterloo Recreation Complex in downtown Waterloo. The event is open to the public.

Co-op students will find continuous phase job posting #5 available by noon today, and expiring at 8 p.m. on Thursday. For architecture students, continuous phase posting #1 goes up at noon and expires on Friday at 8 p.m.

The first in a series of lunch hour forums will be held today by UW's technology transfer and licensing office to assist researchers and students in understanding issues related to intellectual property. "Policy #73 on Intellectual Property: What does it say/mean?" will be the topic today from 12 to 12:30 p.m. in Needles Hall room 3004. A brief presentation will be followed by a question period.

Also at noon today is an employee assistance program session on Achieving Balance in Your Life. The session will be conducted by Patricia Evans, MSW, from 12 to 1 p.m. in Davis Centre room 1302. For more information or to RSVP, phone Johan Reis at ext. 4830 or 5418.

Chris Buhler will speak on Nonviolent observer teams in communities around Chiapas, Mexico, at a brown bag lunch today at 12:15 p.m. in the Conrad Grebel College Blue Room.

The joint health and safety committee will meet from 12:30 to 2 p.m. today in Needles Hall room 3001.

"Can Science Know when you're Conscious? Verbal Reports and the Simulation Heuristic" is the topic of a talk today by University of Arizona professor Alvin Goldman at 3:30 p.m. in Hagey Hall room 373. A reception for students and faculty interested in the cognitive science program will follow the lecture which is sponsored by interdisciplinary studies, philosophy and psychology.

Michel Grandbois, of Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany, and a candidate for a biophysics faculty position at UW, will speak at 3:30 p.m. on "Single Molecule Experiments with an Atomic Force Microscope". Sponsored by the physics department, the talk will be held in Physics room 308.

Students Advising Co-op meets today at 4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Life Centre.

The University Catholic Community marks Lent with Evensong tonight at 7 in Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome's University, followed by video series part 4: A World Transformed.

From Patti Cook, waste management coodinator: Old Waterloo region telephone books can be recycled beside the white paper recycling box in your office.

And an observation on yesterday's news

At the announcement of provincial funding for UW research on Monday, UW president James Downey's remarked that, "After a period of relative drought, it can be said that the desert of academic research is beginning to bloom again." Biology professor John Semple finds some irony in that analogy since, he says, "As a consequence of over concern for 'industrial partners' research by federal and provincial governments, there is an ever decreasing amount of funding for the study of deserts and things that bloom."

Barbara Elve

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