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Tuesday, March 26, 2002

  • Running back, pole vaulter honoured
  • Distinguished teachers, other senate notes
  • 'Greening the campus' presentations
  • Events in the face of an east wind
Chris Redmond

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Running back, pole vaulter honoured

Hollywood's Kodak Theater didn't have all the glitter at Sunday night's Academy Awards -- some of the stars stayed in Waterloo for the Athletic Awards Dinner, held last night in Federation Hall.

[Bradley] The dinner is an annual chance to see how well Warrior athletes clean up at the end of the season, and to hand out some hardware and a whole lot of applause. Among the honours are the trophies recognizing UW's top male and female athletes of the year. And the winners are . . .

The Totzke Trophy for the male athlete of the year: Mike Bradley (right), running-back with the football Warriors. A fifth-year legal studies student from Haliburton, Ontario, Bradley will be graduating with an impressive list of accomplishments to his Warrior career. He joins the long list of all-star running backs to emerge from the Warrior backfield. Mike leaves the Warriors as the Waterloo and OUA (Ontario University Sport) all-time leading rusher with 3,773 yards. Bradley was named an OUA all-star four times and an All-Canadian three times. In 1999, his best statistical year, Mike rushed for 1,162 yards (not counting the playoffs), leading the Warriors to the Yates Cup Championship. That year, he was named the OUA MVP and was the OUA candidate for the Hec Creighton Trophy as the CIAU Most Valuable Player. And word is that Bradley's football career will continue, as he recently signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.

The Marsden Trophy for the female athlete of the year: Dana Ellis (left), pole-vaulter with the track and field Warriors. A fourth year kinesiology major from Kitchener, Ellis has taken her event to, uh, new heights. She is a four time Academic All-Canadian, an OUA all-star and a CIS All-Canadian. Ellis's list of records is a long one. She leaves Waterloo with the Pole Vault varsity record of 4.01m at Waterloo, the OUA, and the CIS. This past year, she was undefeated in her six competitions, setting records in four of them. Ellis won gold last summer at the Canada Summer Games, is currently ranked number one in Canada in the pole vault, and has her sights set on the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Other awards presented at last night's banquet:

Also recognized last night were UW teams and individuals who have received provincial and national rankings, including two "silver awards" from Canadian Interuniversity Sports, for the women's rugby Warriors and the field hockey team. UW also produced the CIS female rookie of the year -- Julie Devenny of basketball -- and the outstanding track performer of the year, Daniella Carrington. There were eight Ontario University Athletics team awards (with gold ranking for women's rugby and men's soccer), and five OUA individual awards, including one for Mackie as coach of the year.

The Warriors included 16 all-Canadians and 47 Ontario all-stars.

Distinguished teachers, other senate notes

Three winners of the Distinguished Teacher Awards for this year were announced last night, and there was happy applause in the middle of a long and difficult meeting of UW's senate.

Provost Amit Chakma reported the winners' names on behalf of the selection committee, which he chairs:

The DTA winners will be honoured at June convocation.

Otherwise, last night's senate meeting was a three-hour slog through complex issues, including the 2002-03 operating budget for the university. Senate voted to support the budget as Chakma brought it forward, and recommend it to the board of governors, but there was outspoken opposition from several student members first.

The issue for the student representatives was the tuition fee increases that the budget implies -- particularly the 15 per cent hike facing engineering, computer science and optometry students. "We know from the evidence," said Federation of Students president Yaacov Iland, "that this will affect the accessibility to our university." He said higher fees also mean more debt for those who do make it to university, and will push some students into part-time jobs, with negative effects on their schoolwork.

There were also some testy comments about whether the budget allocation for student aid -- which will hit $12.9 million in the coming year -- is really enough to make up for the fee increases.

Spending is predicted to be up by about $11 million from the current year, for salary increases, higher pension costs, rising utility bills, and selective funding to help the faculties deal with enrolment increases. But campus-wide, budgets are being cut by 2 per cent, following the current year's 3.5 per cent cut.

I'll write more about the budget debate in a day or two, and we'll be hearing about the coming year's finances for a good while yet. Many numbers are still tentative, including the level of provincial funding, which Chakma has pencilled in at $117.2 million. The final figure depends on decisions by a government that's currently preoccupied by the change to a new premier. "I'm not optimistic that we'll hear anything before the end of the fiscal year," president David Johnston told the senate.

Another lively debate at last night's meeting was over the proposal to attach academic credit to co-op work terms. A good majority of the senate liked the idea, but there were sceptics as well, especially on the question of how UW can live up to the implied guarantee that co-op jobs will really be relevant to a student's program.

Among the eloquent supporters of the plan -- which was given the okay -- was Bruce Lumsden, director of co-op education, who said he thinks it's a wonderful thing that UW is "closing the circle" by recognizing how integral a part of university education the co-op work experience is.

The senate meeting also approved creation of the Institute for Quantum Computing, and said yes to plans for a Centre for Business, Enterprise and Technology (and a master's degree program that it will operate). These things, too, will be reported in more detail just as soon as I find the space.

'Greening the campus' presentations

Some new environmental ideas will be presented, and some old ones will get a new look, as Environment and Resource Studies 250 winds up with group presentations this afternoon.

"Over the past three months," explains teaching assistant Elise Ho, "students in ERS 250 "Greening the Campus and the Community", have been examining various environmental issues." It's a tradition now, as groups in "the WatGreen course" have reported on everything from reforestation to garbage recycling.

Ho gives a little more background: "Greening the Campus began in the United States in the early 1980's through the innovative work of David Orr. The idea was that university campuses should model the world that students seek to create. The University of Waterloo was the first university in Canada to adopt the program. In 1990, the University developed a WATgreen committee, which was soon supported by a second-year Environment and Resource Studies course. Over the years, the course has worked on many projects related to resource reduction and waste production. The course has now expanded to include those projects contributing to community and campus sustainability."

Seven groups will be reporting today, between 12:30 and 2:30 in Physics room 150. Their topics: Environmental Fairs in the City of Waterloo; Environmental Attitudes; Leaf Land-Spreading; Vermicomposting; Solar Power at WCRI; Kaizen/CLT Ecopod; Environmental Clubs and Elementary Schools.

[Under an awning]

Breaking ground for Renison College's new residence wing, at a chilly ceremony Friday, was Bill Dunker, chair of the college's building and properties committee. It runs in the family: his father, Carl Dunker, broke ground for the college's original building on December 7, 1961.

Events in the face of an east wind

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is "Online Assignments". At least that's the title of a "skills-based workshop" today, one in the series sponsored by the teaching resources and continuing education office, aimed at graduate students and other instructors anywhere at UW. "Meeting Pedagogical Objectives on the Web" is the subtitle; the session starts at 12 noon in Physics room 313. TRACE at ext. 3132 will be accepting reservations, if there's still space.

And there's definitely no space for the session on "Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring", also starting at noon, this one sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program. Johan Reis in health services is accepting names for a waiting list for a second session on gardening, likely in early May.

Artist Mowry Baden will speak at 1:30 today, in East Campus Hall room 1219. The talk -- "From Vienna to Norman, Oklahoma, via Rudolph Schindler and Frederic Kiesler" -- is sponsored by the fine arts department and the Waterloo Regional Arts Council.


Did you see "The Crucible Project" over the weekend?

  Yes, and I loved it
  Yes, but I didn't love it
  No, I never go to plays
  No, I don't like witches
  I didn't even know it was on

The Waterloo chapter of Engineers Without Borders is sponsoring a project fair tonight, with presentations starting at 4:30 in Davis Centre room 1302. A reception and poster session will continue from 4:30 until 8:00 in the nearby lounge. The event is meant "to promote current project and research being done by students at UW", says Ellen Kaye-Cheveldayoff of the local chapter. "The projects all share the goal of improving the quality of life for communities in the developing world. Each group will how how they are tackling a unique problem with a focus on international development."

The annual tradition of the Spanish Theatrical Interlude continues tonight with a performance given by students in the department of Spanish and Latin American Studies. The interlude to be performed, "Viva el español -- Una celebración de quienes somos" ("A celebration of who we are") starts at 7:00 in the multipurpose room of the Student Life Centre. "Admission is one canned good for the K-W Food Drive," says Monica Leoni of the Spanish department, who's the director for tonight's show.

Tomorrow will be (another) busy day on campus. Some of the scheduled events:

Thursday will bring a used book sale at Renison College, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., promising "good used books, including novels, textbooks, trade paperbacks in the social sciences". (But I've already got a book!) Proceeds go to the Bachelor of Social Work Practicum Information Display Unit.

And Thursday at 4:30, Jim Hunter, chief executive of Mackenzie Financial Corporation, will speak in the Humanities Theatre, invited by the Accounting Students Education Contribution Fund.



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