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Tuesday, April 17, 2001

  • A new life for the University Club
  • End-of-year awards for Warriors
  • Ways to keep spam out of your mailbox

A new life for the University Club -- by Barb Elve

[Dining room] The transition will be seamless, promises food services director Mark Murdoch, when the University Club (left) goes from being "an independent organizational unit to an organizational unit attached to food services" on May 1.

"The club has not performed well financially for a number of years," he explained, and the change is expected to bring "some synergy" -- both in economy of scale in purchasing and in administrative costs -- under the food services umbrella.

Club manager James Brice, employed in a "contingent on funding position", will be leaving at the end of April. The sous chef, house manager and other staff will remain, said Murdoch. "It will still be called the University Club and will maintain a very distinct personality. It won't become visually a food services unit."

Currently, the club is open to members who pay an annual fee, ranging from $110 per year for staff and faculty to the corporate rate of $300 per year. Honorary memberships are offered to members of the President's Circle, a group of donors who make a significant contribution to the university. Non-members are allowed to lunch at the club. Under food services management, said Murdoch, every faculty, staff and retiree, as well as donors in the President's Circle, "will enjoy benefits of membership."

Although Murdoch only learned of the changes on April 6, and planning for the transition is still underway, he expects the club will be administered by the catering section of food services. "Starting last June, the focus of the club shifted to light lunches. We see a continuation of that, a place to have a nice high-end soup and sandwich for under $10." As well, the facility will be used for catering and special events on evenings and weekends.

"I understand the political reasons for the decision; I don't have to agree with them," says Brice, who admits the news came as a shock. He took over management of the club in December 1999, and believes the facility was well on the road to recovery. "We made great strides after restructuring last fall. It was turning around. I was asked to enhance the image, to improve communication. We adopted a logo, upscaled the dress code for service staff" and adapted the lunch menu for a 45-minute clientele rather than the traditional two-hour lunch crowd that had, in the past, frequented the club.

Notes on a Tuesday

A travel seminar should have been leaving today for Guatemala and Costa Rica to spend eleven days in a study of Latin American "liberation" theology. But the trip was cancelled for lack of participants, says Peter Frick of St. Paul's United College, who would have been its leader. He'll try again in 2003. Meanwhile, Frick himself will leave for Nicaragua on Friday to check up on a community project there -- a legacy of the rebuilding after Hurricane Mitch in 1998 -- in which he's been involved.

The senate scholarships and student aid committee will meet at 1:00 this afternoon in Needles Hall room 3004.

Central stores will hold one of its periodic surplus sales of UW property tomorrow (Wednesday) from 11:30 to 1:30 at East Campus Hall, off Phillip Street.

End-of-year awards for Warriors

The athletics department has issued a list of major award winners who were honoured at the year-end Athletic Banquet, held March 30.

It was "another successful season of Warrior athletics", the department adds, with two Ontario championships for Waterloo, in women's rugby and indoor hockey.

And 13 athletes from seven sports were listed as All-Canadians by the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union: Stephen Drew, cross-country; Debbie Buhlers, cross-country and track and field; Paul Sguigna, football; Greg Bourne, football; Rob Maric, hockey; Erin Morton, field hockey; Robin Leslie, field hockey; Joanne Fernandes, field hockey; Kate Longpre, women's rugby; Annette Vieira, women's rugby (CIAU Player of the Year); Dana Ellis, track and field; Daniella Carrington, track and field; Davis Rose, swimming.

The Totzke Trophy for male athlete of the year went to Paul Sguigna, fourth-year sociology student and starting centre on the football Warriors. The Marsden Trophy for female athlete of the year went to Joanne Fernandes of the field hockey Warriors.

Feds Rookies of the Year were Davis Rose (swimming) and co-winners Jessa Jennings (field hockey) and Lindsay Beavers (swimming).

Other major awards: Brian Farrance Therapy Award to Renee Parish; J. O. Hemphill Award to Luke Potwarka, baseball; Imprint Coach of the Year to Eric Ciezar, women's rugby; Athletes in Action Award to Loes deWit, women's rugby; Director's Award to Allison Salter, track and field.

Ways to keep spam out of your mailbox -- from a web page by Dawn Whiteside, information systems and technology

Junk e-mail (spam) is a significant problem for computer system users and administrators. People must spend time dealing with spam in their electronic mail boxes because they rely on e-mail as a communication tool both at work and at home. In addition, the processing of these mail messages consumes sometimes scarce computer and network resources.

IST has taken steps to reduce the amount of junk mail received by many e-mail servers before it even reaches the client's workstation. . . . The most common mail server setup on campus uses sendmail running on Unix servers to deliver messages to individual mailboxes, where they can be read using programs such as pine or Eudora. Depending on the version and configuration of sendmail on your mail server, it may be reducing the amount of junk mail reaching your mailbox without any intervention on your part.

Roughly half of the mail servers on campus are running sendmail version 8.8. This version of the mail server software has no specific provisions to prevent the delivery of junk email, but it is designed to limit the propagation of such messages by refusing to act as a third party relay (i.e. it will not accept mail from an external source to be delivered to an external destination, a commonly used method of distributing spam). All incoming mail which is addressed to a valid account on the mail server will be delivered.

Most of the remaining systems on campus (including the main administrative mail server admmail and the campus mail hub which handles mail from off campus addressed to userid@uwaterloo.ca) are running sendmail version 8.9. In addition to the anti-relaying provisions included with sendmail version 8.8, this version of the mail server software can refuse to accept mail from systems believed to be sources of spam. Under the default configuration, only known repeat offenders are blacklisted. . . .

Because new open mail relays and other sources of spam are discovered and exploited every day, even using all available blacklists cannot reduce the incoming junk mail on a system to zero. Because spammers are persistent in finding new systems and methods to deliver their mail, the use of any blacklist may result in some legitimate mail being returned as undeliverable.

Here are some tips to help reduce in the amount of junk e-mail arriving in your mailbox:


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