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Friday, November 10, 2000

  • Canada remembers, today and tomorrow
  • Team's off to programming contest
  • Norm Choate award at St. Jerome's
  • Other events as the weekend starts
  • Monday brings municipal election
[Poppy] No words can add to their fame, nor so long as gratitude holds a place in men's hearts can our forgetfulness be suffered to detract from their renown. For as the war dwarfed by its magnitude all contests of the past, so the wonder of human resource, the splendour of human heroism, reached a height never witnessed before.

-- Arthur Meighen, prime minister of Canada

Canada remembers, today and tomorrow

In ceremonies both this morning and tomorrow -- the official Remembrance Day -- people at UW join other Canadians in remembering the country's war dead and honouring those who, daring to die, survived service in the First World War, the Second World War, and Canada's more recent conflicts.

At 11 a.m. tomorrow it will be precisely 82 years since the guns fell silent over Flanders, marking the armistice that ended the First World War. There is no one left on the active staff or faculty at UW who served during the World Wars, although there are certainly retired professors and staff members among us who bore arms. And still on campus are some whose youthful memories include the bravery of the home front, the furor of the Blitz, even in a few cases the horrors of the Nazi camps. For their sake, and for the sake of those who are no longer among us, we remember.

Two ceremonies on campus today and one tomorrow will mark Remembrance Day:

In ceremonies tomorrow morning at the Cenotaph in downtown Waterloo, Martin Van Nierop, director of information and public affairs, will place a wreath on behalf of the university.

Team's off to programming contest

UW is sending two teams to the East Central Regional competition of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, being held tomorrow at two campuses in Ohio: in Cleveland (Case Western University) and Cincinnati (University of Cincinnati).

UW will participate in Cleveland, but the two competitions will be electronically linked. Scores will be available on-line.

Waterloo's A Team consists of Graeme Kemkes, Jeff Shute, and Donny Cheung. Kemkes and Shute are computer science undergrads, and Cheung is an undergrad in combinatorics and optimization. Kemkes, Shute, and Cheung last competed together as Waterloo's B team in the 1998-99 competition. Shute and Cheung are members of Waterloo A team from last year, which won the regional and finished second in the world championships.

Waterloo's B Team consists of Gordon Chiu, Bryan Chan, and Ming-Yee Iu. Chiu is a freshman in computer engineering; Chan is an undergrad in computer science; Iu is a CS graduate student. Chiu and Chan are past finalists in the UW-administered Canadian Computing Competition for high school students. All are new to ACM competition.

"I'm looking forward to travelling to Cleveland with the teams," says Gordon Cormack of the CS department, who's acting as coach. "The trip makes the regional competition more of an event for us than when the regional is held here (as it was in 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999). We've done well in practice. Our hopes are high but we are always aware that the competition includes more than 100 teams from the region, including teams from strong universities like Toronto, Case Western, Carnegie Mellon, Michigan and Notre Dame."

The top two or three (depending on participation) teams from the region will advance to the ACM World Finals, to be held in Vancouver in March. A Waterloo team has been in the final every year since 1993-94, finishing 7th, 1st, 10th, 3rd, 5th, 3rd, 1st, and 2nd.

Cormack notes: "Canadian Business accompanied us to the 2000 World Finals and did an article that captures the spirit pretty well, notwithstanding the 'nerd' spin."

Norm Choate award at St. Jerome's

Rob Donelson, executive director of St. Mary's Hospital Foundation in Kitchener, will receive the 2000 Father Norm Choate Distinguished Graduate Award from St. Jerome's University at an event tonight in Siegfried Hall.

The other star of the show will be Norm Choate himself -- former president of St. Jerome's and now a parish priest in Florida. Choate will speak and will make the presentation to Donelson. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m.

Donelson, who graduated in 1981 and served for twelve years as director of development and graduate affairs at St. Jerome's, will talk about how his experiences shaped his professional and personal life. A reception will follow the presentation and lecture. All are welcome.

Terry Downey, a former recipient of the award, former chair of UW's political science department, and currently president of St. Mary's College in Alberta, characterizes Donelson as "a person of remarkable integrity, incredible energy and dedication to the cause of Catholic education and health care". Donelson is co-chair of the Leave a Legacy Program that encourages people to include their favourite charitable causes in their wills.

The St. Jerome's University Graduates' Association began awarding the Father Norm Choate Distinguished Graduate Award in 1986 to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their church, community, or field of endeavour.

Other events as the weekend starts

The Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research is sponsoring a workshop today in Toronto, under the title "Incorporating Privacy into the Security Domain: Issues and Solutions". Speakers from a range of companies and agencies are taking part; the event is being held at the Fields Institute on the fringe of the University of Toronto.

The tourism lecture series continues with a talk this morning by Lisa Campbell of the University of Western Ontario, under the title "Ecotourism and Community Development in Costa Rica" (9:30 a.m., Environmental Studies I room 350).

Job ranking forms for co-op students in the teaching option will be available at 10:00 this morning in Needles Hall and must be returned by 4 p.m.

The New Democratic Party candidates in Kitchener-Waterloo (Richard Walsh-Bowers, Wilfrid Laurier University psychology professor) and Kitchener Centre (Paul Royston, a fourth-year mathematics student at UW) will speak on post-secondary education issues at 1:30 in the third-floor "comfy lounge" of the Math and Computer building.

"Experiences in Intercultural Planning: Inside-Out and Outside-In" is a seminar held this afternoon by students in UW's school of planning. There are four presentations, about planning issues in China, Tanzania, and Peru, plus "Mennonite Community Planning: Approaches in Waterloo and Pennsylvania". All are welcome to the event, which includes refreshments; it will run from 2:00 to 5:00 in Environmental Studies II room 173.

This afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m., Alicia Muszynski of UW's sociology department talks about "The Search for Community", in the "Frank Friday" series sponsored by the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group. The event will be held in the WPIRG office, Student Life Centre room 2139.

"Bavaria -- the Black Forest" is the topic of this month's show in the Kiwanis Travel and Adventure Series, at 8:00 tonight in the Humanities Theatre. Tickets are $6, children $3.50.

Saturday brings a day-long event on "The Human Price of Mining", sponsored by the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Davis Centre room 1302). "While we remember the people who died in both World Wars," says a flyer from WPIRG, "we would also like to focus on present armed conflicts around the world. We will be specifically looking at the internal armed conflict in Sierra Leone and Sudan. In Sierra Leone the sale of diamonds is helping to finance a brutal civil war that has been going on since 1991. . . . In the interest of protecting the investments of foreign oil companies, Sudan's military is inflicting massive human rights abuses on civilians living in oil field areas."

Waterloo's Princess Cinema has been showing a number of locally made films lately, and Saturday brings the premiere of another one: "Over a Small Cup of Coffee", a film by Sergio Navarretta, filmed at the nearby Williams Coffee Pub. The Princess will show it ("the shortest feature film ever made") at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The DaCapo Chamber Choir, based at Conrad Grebel College, gives a concert Saturday night (8:00) at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in downtown Kitchener. Works by Bach, Gyorgy Ligeti, and others are on the program; tickets are $12, students $8.

And Sunday, "The Ecstasy of Blue Grass Gospel" is a concert by "Five on the Floor", presented by Conrad Grebel College's music department; it starts at 3 p.m. at Waterloo North Mennonite Church on Benjamin Road. Admission is free, with donations accepted in support of the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre.

Sports this weekend feature the Warrior Classic men's basketball tournament, in which UW hosts Montréal, Penn State, New Brunswick and Toronto. Play starts at noon today (Warriors vs. Montréal's Carabins at 2 p.m.) and winds up with the championship game at 1:30 Sunday afternoon. The hockey Warriors play at Windsor Saturday night; the cross-country team is in Toronto tomorrow for the national championships; the basketball Warriors host Mohawk College in an exhibition game Saturday at 8 p.m.; and the swim teams are at Brock tonight and at Guelph tomorrow morning.

Finally, here's advance word that CBC radio's "Cross-Country Checkup" will be broadcast from Federation Hall on Sunday, November 19. Watch for details next week.

Monday brings municipal election

Voters go to the polls Monday in cities and townships across Ontario, including Kitchener and Waterloo, to elect mayors, members of city councils, and members of the public and separate school boards.

In the two-tier structure of Waterloo Region, they'll also be asked to choose a regional chair and members of the regional council.

Three of those elected will become members of UW's board of governors, which by law includes the mayors of Waterloo and Kitchener and the chair of Waterloo Region.

Polls will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. By law, employees are entitled to three consecutive hours off work to vote. "For most staff on campus there is no requirement to provide additional time off," says Neil Murray of the human resources department. "For example, if employees work until no later than 5:00 p.m. on municipal election day, they will have three hours to vote and therefore no additional time off is required. However, in cases where an employee does not have three consecutive hours off due to their work schedule, they should discuss with their supervisor."

CAR


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