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Tuesday, May 8, 2001

  • Newcomers of 1976 are guests of honour
  • City supports north campus plan
  • 'Being active has its rewards'
  • The term is well under way

Newcomers of 1976 are guests of honour

[Pullover vs. sweater-vest]
One of many confrontations in the "Chevron controversy" of 1976: Neil Docherty of the Chevron, left, faces Shane Roberts, president of the Federation of Students. After open meetings, polemics, subpoenas, broken windows, referenda and a tide of printed matter, the affair led to the closing of one student newspaper and the founding of another: Imprint.
Staff and faculty members who came to UW in 1976 will get applause, handshakes and jewellery tonight as they join UW's 25-Year Club at the annual reception, this year being held at Federation Hall.

The traditional sign of membership for 25-year veterans is a diamond stickpin or a UW wristwatch, presented as one highlight of the annual 25-Year Club event. The other highlights include the buffet -- the food services department knocks itself out for the occasion -- and the opportunity to reminisce with campus old-timers, including many retirees who come back for the evening to see long-time friends.

This year, much of the talk will be of 1976, the year when the Anti-Inflation Board was rolling back people's pay increases, René Lévesque was first elected premier of Québec, Hall and Oates sang "She's Gone", "Charlie's Angels" was a television hit, the Concorde went into service, the Hite Report on sex shocked readers, Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway won Academy Awards for "Network", and Nadia Comanceci scored a perfect 10 at the summer Olympics in Montréal.

It seems such a long time ago. "The thing I remember most," says one staff member who's reaching a 25th anniversary in 2001, "is that I thought the students all looked about my own age. Now, most of them look young enough to be my kids!"

The list includes 60 names -- among them Rick Haldenby, director of the architecture school, Linda Norton, director of graphics, and Ian Taylor of central stores, the one man everybody on campus probably knows. Faculty, administrators, office staff, custodians, they all have memories of the university where they started work in 1976. Burt Matthews was president; Tom Brzustowski was vice-president, and oversaw the presentation of the very first Distinguished Teacher Awards; Chris Knapper came from Regina to be the first "teaching resource person".

That year also brought the "Chevron controversy" on campus, as well as the controversial closing of the department of human relations and counselling studies. The recreation department moved off campus -- way over to Phillip Street -- and the English Language Proficiency Exam was given for the first time.

Memories are made of this. "I'm in Hong Kong," says an e-mail one of the 25-year veterans, Andrew Wong of the systems design engineering department, "and I regret that I am not able to attend. It is indeed a great event to celebrate."

City supports north campus plan

Waterloo city council gave unanimous support last night to the proposed "research park" development on UW's north campus, and endorsed an for $40 million in provincial SuperBuild funding to help get the project started and improve roads and other infrastructure in the surrounding area.

Waterloo Region will be asked for its formal approval next week.

Here's (most of) a news release about the project that UW is issuing this morning:

The University of Waterloo, together with the City of Waterloo, Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Communitech and Canada's Technology Triangle, has developed a draft business case for the development of a 100-acre Research and Technology Park on its North Campus.

This $214-million initiative, which includes on-site and off-site servicing, unique environment and transportation components and plans for a business accelerator centre, has been in the planning stage for several months. The accelerator centre would help start-up companies and entrepreneurs with plans for commercializing new ideas and technology. . . .

The R&T park business case calls for the creation of 1,200,000 square feet of total space in three phases. The first phase of the development would involve 400,000 square feet of building space and a number of local high tech firms have expressed interest in establishing facilities in the park's first phase. . . .

"The University of Waterloo is a locomotive of the new economy -- expanding knowledge, encouraging its application, stimulating new companies and creating jobs," said UW president David Johnston. "This research and technology park proposal is exciting. We're delighted to work with our partners to advance this important initiative for the people of this region and the province."

The park will provide an opportunity for the university to form close working and learning relationships with research-intensive companies in the IT and high tech areas, as well as foster more technology transfer and create many new jobs for graduates and co-op students adjacent to the university campus.

  Staff member takes little family for a ride

Luba Werchola, of the staff of Techworx in South Campus Hall, had an experience on the way home from work Friday afternoon that she's happy to share:

The engine lights started lighting up on the dashboard. When I got home I heard noises coming from the engine. Horrible thoughts of mangled animals went through my head when I opened the hood, but I couldn't see anything. As the engine cooled down, a small furry head poked up from the far left of my engine, right over the wheel well.

From the scrabbling noises, we thought there would be more than one in there. They didn't seem to be able to get out on their own, but after two hours and some dismantling, we finally pulled out four baby squirrels. The mother had chewed through sensor wires in the engine, hence the warning lights, but was not in the car with the babies.

The babies were taken to a wildlife rehabilitator (Vickie) who specializes in squirrels. She estimates that these guys are about seven weeks old and definitely not able to survive on their own -- they still needed their mother's milk. They were extremely undersized and very stressed.

Interestingly, Vickie had gotten a phone call from the university earlier about a nest of squirrels in a shed that needed to be moved. She suggested that they open the doors and the mother would relocate them. Well, she did relocate them -- right into my car! Vickie said it would have taken the mother all day to move the babies into my car.

They are doing well now and will be hand raised for the next few weeks before being released again. Happy ending -- for them, anyway, but my car is still being repaired.

'Being active has its rewards'

That's the message from UW's campus recreation program, which is offering activities from scuba to bouldering this summer, not to mention Highland dancing and a beach volleyball league.

[Summer Active logo] Today begins registration for the campus rec instructional programs, which include squash and tennis lessons and many activities in the Physical Activities Complex pool. People planning to register should pick up a ticket this morning (between 8:15 and 11:00) at PAC room 2039, then use it to register at the scheduled time this afternoon or tomorrow. (Registration for staff and faculty members is from noon to 1 p.m. today at the same location.)

"Fitness" classes this term -- step classes, "ak-wa-fit" and similar workouts -- don't require registration. Instead, participants should buy a $54 shoe tag that lasts for the term. They're for sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday, the campus rec brochure announces.

Registration for campus rec leagues is already under way, and competition in such sports as hockey, broomball and soccer starts next week. A highlight of the season will be a moonlight golf tournament on Saturday, July 21 at Westhill Meadows.

The major campus rec promotion this term is Summer Active, which encourages people to be active "at least 12 times between May 11 and June 22" to receive a free T-shirt and have a chance to win one of several bigger prizes. To promote fitness further, all the athletic facilities will be open at no charge during Try It Week, June 4 to 8.

For most of the spring term, the PAC will be open Monday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Columbia Icefield gym will be open Monday to Thursday 4 to 11 p.m., Friday 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Icefield arena will be open seven days a week from noon to 11 p.m.

The term is well under way

How long have spring term classes been going on -- a week and a day? And already it's time to look ahead to the fall, as the first posting of co-op jobs for next term will hit the bulletin boards tomorrow at noon. In preparation for that, co-op students should pick up the master copy of their co-op record in Needles Hall today (after 10 a.m.). And work reports from the winter term are due at 4:00 this afternoon ("some faculties differ").

Also today:

And so on, and so on. Away from campus, there's a "casting call" tonight in preparation for the Royal Medieval Faire to be held in Waterloo Park on September 15. Would-be participants should come to the Waterloo Community Arts Centre at 25 Regina Street South tonight between 7 and 9 p.m.

At least two UW web sites were victimized yesterday by a "worm" that replaces the authorized text with a black screen and an anti-American obscenity. CERT/CC, the folks who monitor this sort of thing, based at Carnegie Mellon University, issued an advisory this morning warning of "a new piece of self-propagating malicious code (referred to here as the sadmind/IIS worm). The worm uses two well-known vulnerabilities to compromise systems and deface web pages."

Up at the Ron Eydt Village conference centre, a number of groups from the Ontario Hockey Association were in over the weekend -- players, trainers and coaches. Arriving today for three days is a contingent of 65 students in the Rotary Camp Enterprise.

Reminder: books borrowed on term loan from the UW libraries are due tomorrow, May 9.

Another reminder: tomorrow brings the annual Friends of the Library Lecture, this year to be given by Pamela Wallin, television journalist and member of UW's board of governors. She'll speak on "A New Perspective: The Media Is You". The lecture starts at 12 noon in the Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages building.

The career development seminar series gets rolling again tomorrow, with sessions on letter writing (3:30 p.m.) and résumé writing (4:30). The career resource centre in Needles Hall has the details.

Philosophy graduate student Windsor Viney, who organizes a weekly session of Buddhist meditation, sends word on arrangements for this term: "Thanks to the generosity of the principal of St. Paul's and the college's board of governors, we will be able once again to continue sessions through the summer. So we will resume our weekly meditations on Mondays at the usual time (7:30 p.m., with first-time visitors arriving at 7:00) and will, as last year, take breaks when a university holiday happens to fall on a Monday and on any other Monday on which the chapel is required for the college's use."

Advance note: Monday, June 18, will be the date for the Matthews Golf Classic, an annual event "aimed at faculty, staff and retirees". The event starts at 12 noon and winds up with dinner, all at the Grand Valley Golf and Country Club. It's a "scramble", which means that all members of a four-person team tee off at each hole and the team decides which of the four balls will be played for the second shot. Cost is $46 for the day, $26 for golf only, $20 for dinner only. The registration form can be found on the web and must be returned to Jan Willwerth in the information systems and technology department by June 1. Willwerth (phone ext. 2376) or Jason Greatrex (ext. 6494) can provide more information.

And this note from the local Volunteer Action Centre: "Soccer coaches have a lot of fun at the Highland-Stirling Community Group pre-school soccer program. A volunteer who enjoys young children and has basic soccer skills is needed for a Tuesday evening program for 4-6 year olds held at St. Bernadette School. Both female and male coaches are welcome." For more information, the VAC can be reached at 742-8610.


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