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Wednesday, March 24, 1999

  • Shakespearean parody opens tonight
  • Richler expounds on conundrums
  • UW researchers share Nova award
  • Jobs on campus this week
  • With spring lurking in the wings...
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Shakespearean parody opens tonight

Ann-Marie MacDonald's Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) opens tonight for four performances in the Humanities Theatre.

Presented by UW's drama department, this award-winning Canadian comedy features an all-student cast directed by Denis Johnston, co-director of the Shaw Festival's public education and professional development wing. Set and costume designs are by the drama department's resident designers William Chesney and Jocelyne Sobeski, while lighting design is by another guest professional, Aisling Sampson of Toronto.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is both a Shakespearean parody and a thought-provoking comedy of the sexes. At the centre of the story is a spinsterly Queen's University lecturer named Constance Ledbelly. She has become a laughingstock in her small academic circle, not just for her hopeless crush on teaching colleague Claude Night, but also for her obsession with an oddball literary theory -- that the tragedies Othello and Romeo and Juliet are hasty rewrites of earlier (now lost) comedies. Ledbelly has the opportunity to prove her theory true when a hallucinatory tornado whisks her off to the worlds of these two Shakespearean plays.

First produced in 1988, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) became an instant success for playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald, eventually winning the Governor-General's Award for drama. The play subsequently embarked on a national tour, and has since received many professional productions in Canada and abroad. This is the first production in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

A graduate of Canada's National Theatre School, Ann-Marie MacDonald was a professional actor before turning to playwriting. As an author, she gained still greater fame with her best-selling novel Fall on Your Knees (1996), which won several awards, including the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Novel. MacDonald can be seen on television as host of the CBC's Life and Times series.

Richler expounds on conundrums -- from M. Jeanne Yardley

Delivering the Kerr-Saltsman lecture in the Humanities Theatre last night, writer Mordecai Richler lived up to his reputation as an entertaining satirist of the Canadian condition.

Richler's talk contrasted the Quebec dispute to troubles beleaguering Yugoslavia, Ireland, and Israel. "We are involved in a farce," he said, referring to the long-running controversy over English lettering on public signage. "I don't want to be guilty of exaggeration, but we (Quebec anglophones) haven't lost our heads -- only our apostrophes."

Although "fed up with fatuous, petty-minded linguistic legislation," Richler described Quebec as the "hub of the Canadian wheel" and concluded that, to the rest of Canada, its loss could be as terminal as the fate of Humpty Dumpty.

UW researchers share Nova award

A "Nobel prize of the construction industry" was awarded earlier this month to a UW graduate, a UW professor, and a colleague in Australia.

Sharing in a Construction Innovation Forum's Nova Award for 1999 are A.O. (Halim) Abdelhalim, a 1983 PhD graduate from UW and currently professor of civil engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa; Ralph Haas, the Norman W. McLeod Engineering professor and UW distinguished professor emeritus; and Ian Rickards, technical manager of Pioneer Road Construction in Australia.

The award, presented in Ann Arbor, Michigan, recognizes work by Abdelhalim and his team on "a revolutionary new concept in asphalt pavement construction. It involves a moving flat plate compactor, the AMIR/HIPAC, which results in higher density, improved productivity, longer pavement fatigue life and greater resistance to moisture damage.

"The technology has progressed over the past 15 years from a theoretical concept to laboratory models to an NRC supported full-scale prototype test program to commercial realization. It is expected that the technology will result in significant cost reductions and longer pavement life."

Jobs on campus this week

Effective today until Tuesday, March 30, human resources offers the following list of job vacancies: More information on these positions is available from human resources at ext. 2524.

With spring lurking in the wings...

Graduate students vote today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a referundum to restructure Graduate Student Association fees. Polling is at the Grad House, and a valid Watcard is required. "For those who have not submitted a mail-in ballot," chief returning officer Stephanie Faint advises, "please either return it by Wednesday (today) or vote at the polling station."

Interview Skills: Selling Your Skills is the topic of the co-op and career services workshop this morning from 9:30 to 11:30 in Needles Hall room 1020. By noon today, job posting #7 (continuous phase) and job posting #3 (architecture students) will be available. Both expire at 8 p.m. on Thursday. An employer information session with Manulife Financial will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the University Club. Graduating students in applied health sciences and science, as well as those with an interest in medical adjudication are invited.

Laura Secord will offer Easter treats at a 10 per cent discount today and tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the South Campus Hall concourse.

University of Guelph professor, actor, and award-winning playwright Judith Thompson will read today at 11:30 a.m. St. Jerome's University room 221. Her works include White Biting Dog, Sled, and Crackwalker.

Admission is free to the student recitals at 12:30 p.m. today and tomorrow in the Conrad Grebel College chapel.

The faculty of applied health sciences is hosting its annual recognition reception from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Mutual Auditorium, Burt Matthews Hall. "This special celebration is hosted to recognize outstanding achievement among our undergraduate and graduate students, and to show our appreciation to our faculty, staff and on-campus donors," says Sue Grant, student services coordinator for the faculty.

Students Advising Co-op is holding its last meeting of the term today at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Life Centre multi-purpose room.

Kevin Haney, who represents a group of students concerned about UW tuition policies, invites other students to a forum on deregulation today at 5 p.m. in Davis Centre room 1301.

Anne of Green Gables: The Mennonite Connection is the subject of a talk by Conrad Grebel professor Hildi Tiessen and WLU professor Paul Tiessen at 6 p.m. in the college dining hall.

Evensong at 7 p.m. in Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome's University, will be followed by the screening of The Dynamics of Hope, the final selection in the Lenten video series.

The 34th annual meeting of the University Faculty and Staff Credit Union will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Laurel Room of South Campus Hall. Contact the Credit Union at ext. 3574 to confirm attendance. All members are welcome.

The Sharp Five, a dixieland swing band with guitar, banjo, cornet, clarinet, saxophone, Fender bass, "various horns" and drums, wraps up the Jazz Goes to College series at the Grad House starting at 8 tonight. Tickets are $5 and include a drink and finger food.

Students crossing University Avenue tomorrow will have to take the low road, since the engineering overpass will be closed for repairs. It will reopen after 10 a.m. on Friday.

Barbara Elve

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