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Thursday, March 23, 2000

  • Tuition fees for 2000-01
  • Library open longer during exams
  • Talk tonight by Dalton Camp
  • As the term races to an end

Tuition fees for 2000-01

A forum on tuition fees, scheduled to be held at noontime today in the Student Life Centre, has been cancelled. The event was advertised as an opportunity for students to ask UW president David Johnston "why your tuition keeps going up". Christine Cheng, president of the Federation of Students, said yesterday the event had been cancelled "after the student senators met to discuss the implications of the government's decision on tuition".
Proposed UW tuition fees for the coming year will be discussed this afternoon when the executive committee of the board of governors meets (1:30 p.m., Needles Hall room 3001). The fees are expected to go to the board itself for approval next month.

(The spring meeting of the board of governors is to be held Tuesday, April 11 -- a week later than the originally scheduled date.)

Fee schedule for the current year
It's being proposed that fees in most programs will go up 2 per cent, the maximum allowed by the Ontario government under the five-year plan it announced two weeks ago. Increases of 7 per cent for undergraduate engineering and computer science, and 10 per cent for optometry and the Master of Accountancy program, were announced earlier this week. The provost also announced a plan to lower the co-op fee, currently $420 a term, to $400.

Here are the exact amounts of fees to be paid by full-time students, starting May 1, as they'll be presented to the committee today by the associate provost (general services and finance):

There's a different fee structure for graduate students who began their programs before the current fee system was introduced three years ago.

The fee for a single course will be $444 in most fields, $508 in engineering and CS, $510 in the accounting diploma program, $523 in optometry. International students pay $2,025 for a single course in most fields, $975 for a distance education course. Part-time graduate students pay half the fees charged to full-time students.

Students also pay "incidental fees" -- for insurance, athletics, student services and various organizations -- that typically range from $240 to $350 a term.

Today's meeting of the board executive committee will also talk about the report of the "working group on tuition fee guidelines", which presented a preliminary report to the board in February.

Other matters on the committee's agenda include the UW budget for the coming year, property development, and a report from Ontario's provincial auditor about "quality assurance and information for decision-making" at universities.

Library open longer during exams

UW's two main libraries will be open until the small hours of the morning during exam season because students want it that way, officials have announced.

"Last term at the request of the Federation of Students, Library staff conducted a survey and found that 78% of students surveyed in the Davis Library and 70% of students surveyed in Porter wanted the Library to stay open later," says a memo issued this week. During most of the term, the Dana Porter Library is open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and the Davis Centre Library is open one hour later each night. Traditionally, the libraries stay open about an hour longer during the weeks just before and during exams each term.

"Given these results," says the memo, "the Library has made arrangement to stay open longer during the upcoming exam period. From Monday, March 27, until Wednesday, April 19, Davis Library will remain open until 3 a.m. and Porter Library until 2 a.m."

It adds that "in order to ensure the safety of library patrons", UW's security department also has extended hours for the Safe Ride and the Walk Safe programs. The last runs will begin at 2 a.m. nightly.

Talk tonight by Dalton Camp

[Camp photo] Political columnist and author Dalton Camp (right) will give the Kerr-Saltsman Lecture as part of the Stanley Knowles Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies tonight in the Humanities Theatre.

Bob Needham, director of the Canadian Studies program based at St. Paul's United College, predicted that Camp's lecture would be "controversial". He'll speak under the title "Neo-Conservatism: How to Wreck a Country Without a Hammer (Part II)". The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m.

Camp, now best known as a columnist for the Toronto Star, was president of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (1964 to 1969) and senior advisor to the federal cabinet (1986-1988). He is the author of four books, the most recent being Whose Country is This Anyway? (1995). Camp can be expected to take a "red Tory" approach critical of the policies now being followed by many political leaders who claim his Progressive Conservative label.

The professorship was launched in 1996 and based at St. Paul's to honour the late Stanley Knowles, who served 41 years as a federal parliamentarian. It includes an annual lecture named after sponsor Robert Kerr, co-founder of Imax Corp., and the late Max Saltsman, who represented Waterloo South in the House of Commons for 15 years.

Last year's lecturer was author Mordecai Richler; former UN ambassador Stephen Lewis spoke two years ago.

As the term races to an end

The annual Alumni Lane campaign is beginning -- the effort, sponsored by the Student Ambassador Association, to collect a dollar or two from each graduating student, to add a tree to the arboreal avenue that runs through the northern part of campus. (More on this project tomorrow.) A booth to collect contributions for a tree from the class of 2000 will be open today and tomorrow in the Student Life Centre.

It's Customer Appreciation Day at the UW Shop, the bookstore and Techworx in South Campus Hall. Customers can save 25 per cent off regular non sale merchandise at the Shop, 40% off Far West merchandise and up to 50% off clearance items. At the bookstore, there are savings on regular priced general books, and at Techworx it's 15 per cent off the price of architecture supplies today.

The computer science department presents a talk this morning (10:30 a.m., Davis Centre room 1302) by Nancy Day of the Pacific Software Research Centre. She'll speak on "A Framework for Multi-notation, Model-oriented Requirements Validation".

There's another student recital at noontime (actually 12:30) in the Conrad Grebel College chapel. Four students -- Jonathan Bowman, Jacinda Burden, Karen Choi and Carrie Schiel -- will play the piano. Admission is free.

On-line aerobics are offered this afternoon, or so the Learning and Teaching Through Technology folks claim. "This presentation," says Liwana Bringelson of LT3, "will be a live demo of multimedia technology that is available via the Internet and desktop computers. The HCI Aerobics class is an opportunity for professionals in human-computer interaction to meet on-line and discuss design ideas. This allows professionals to get a small dose of professional collaboration during the 'edge time' of their jobs. This synchronous event uses RealAudio broadcast from the facilitator, and a shared chat and whiteboard for participants to share their ideas." Anyone interested can see a demonstration at 1 p.m. in room 101 at the distance education office, 156 Columbia Street.

The department of statistics and actuarial science presents a seminar today by Smiley Cheng of the University of Manitoba, who will speak on "the 'Single' Control Charts for the Variables Data" at 3:30 in Math and Computer room 5158.

The religious studies department will hold an end-of-term reception, and present awards to students, at 4:15 this afternoon at the Renison College chapel lounge.

Emma Fedor of Toronto Right to Life will be the guest speaker tonight at a meeting of UW Students for Life (7 p.m., Modern Languages room 117). Her talk is titled "The Empirical Zygote: A Pro-Life Choice in the Modern World". A question period follows.

Montréal architect Phyllis Lambert will speak tonight at the school of architecture, as the Arriscraft Lecture series continues. Her talk begins at 7:00 in the "green room" of Environmental Studies II.


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