Friday, January 10, 2003
"Bar Services is going to perform the managers' jobs," said Bud Walker, who as UW's director of business operations is in charge of food services, as well as residences and other facilities. Crucially, he's also the holder of the university's liquor licence, which includes control of the bar at Fed Hall.
"It's our responsibility to make sure that the Act is being followed and policy is followed," Walker said yesterday -- and that's true even though Fed Hall as a business is operated by the Federation of Students.
He said the change in management at Fed Hall had been agreed to by the Federation. But Fed leaders said in a news release yesterday afternoon that they're not happy about a "paternal incursion" by university officials.
The change in pub management follows a New Year's Eve party where so many fights broke out that police reinforcements couldn't handle them all. A man is in intensive care in a Hamilton hospital as the result of one fight that took place in a nearby parking lot after a fire alarm went off and hundreds of revellers streamed outside.
"They didn't follow all the procedures," Walker said about the staff who handled the New Year's Eve party. "People were there who shouldn't have been there . . . there was no sign-in procedure." Policy says that Fed Hall events are for UW students, students of nearby institutions, and a limited number of signed-in guests.
"That's the root of all the difficulties," said Walker, "when you have people who aren't supposed to be there." The injured man, and the three men who have been charged with assault, are all non-students.
The previous manager of Fed Hall left the job in November, and on New Year's Eve an assistant manager was in charge, "which is not unusual," Walker noted. He said the current assistant managers and other staff -- including many student part-timers -- are keeping their jobs, but will now report to Lee, whose other responsibilities include UW Catering and the University Club.
Both Lee and the existing manager of the Feds' other pub, the Bombshelter in the Student Life Centre, will report to Mark Murdoch, director of food services. Murdoch will be responsible to "a little management group" representing the UW administration and the Feds leadership, Walker said.
Feds president Brenda Koprowski and vice-president (administration and finance) Chris Di Lullo said in yesterday's news release that the UW administration "decided to involve itself" in the operation of Fed Hall and the Bombshelter: "The Federation of Students was given two options by university administration: 1) Close Federation Hall and The Bombshelter Pub; 2) Permit the university to involve themselves in our operations. In this case the organization was left with no choice. If the establishments were closed, almost 150 students would be put out of work and students would lose two safe and friendly establishments that many attend -- and all own.
"To add to the pressure applied by the university over this situation, the organization was instructed that the decision would have to be made a matter of hours before the busiest night of the term at Federation Hall." That would be last night's Boys 'n' Girls Night.
The release says there has been "no noticeable change to operations in either of these establishments, because the rules and regulations set out by the university, the Liquor Licensing Board of Ontario, and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario were already being followed.
"This is a temporary arrangement and will allow the organization time to address the concerns initially raised by the University. Though we are deeply troubled by the increasing paternal incursion by the University of Waterloo into the autonomy of the Federation of Students, we must nevertheless act in the best interest of those we represent."
Of interest on the web
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada awards the fellowships to students who demonstrate high standards of academic achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities. The award is worth $17,700 annually for up to four years of study at the PhD level.
UW's award winners this year are Veronica Austen, English; Tara Dunphy, sociology; Elizabeth Halpenny, recreation and leisure studies; Whitney Hoth, English; John Lee, psychology; Christie Little, psychology; Fred Pries, management sciences; Lena Quilty, psychology; Baljinder Sahdra, philosophy; Jennifer Schulenberg, sociology; Christopher Shields, kinesiology; Julie Smith, psychology; and Catherine Spielmacher, psychology.
Says SSHRC: "Doctoral fellowships develop the skills of future Canadian researchers and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel to meet Canada's needs in the public, private and community sectors. Independent juries of expert researchers evaluate all applications and select the winners."
Allman's knowledge of psychology and neural anatomy was the perfect complement for the research Dr. Krisztina Malisza was conducting, as Ava was able to bring a psychological point of view to the scientific findings. Not only did she end up with a job that few psychology students gain opportunities in, she was also contributing to research that will help change people's lives.
Allman and Malisza used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and a variety of psychological tests to determine which areas of the brain are affected by FAS. The volunteers (both with and without FAS) wore goggles that displayed memory and cognition tests while they were in the MRI. Allman was responsible for programming the software that created the output on the volunteers' goggles. She then analyzed the raw functional MRI data and compared the results. Their research is expected to locate common indicators that will allow for easier and earlier detection of FAS in patients.
Says Malisza: "It was a natural fit for Ava to take a major part in the project," which is exactly what she did. She became responsible for the psychological testing of adults and children with FAS, and Malisza handed over that area of the research with complete confidence.
Employers often find that their students bring new ideas to a project, but for Malisza, Allman brought a whole new aspect to the research. Malisza's background is in chemistry and her colleagues at the NRC have experience primarily in science and physics. Allman's psychological knowledge contributed greatly to the project. Instead of only understanding what areas of the brain are activated by certain tasks in FAS patients, Malisza and her team were able to understand the behaviour associated with those areas of brain activity.
Earlier today, the philosophy department hosts a colloquium at 2:30 p.m. (Humanities room 334): Jonathan Lavery of Wilfrid Laurier University speaks on "Plato's 'Philosopher' and Socrates' 'Apology'."
UW writer-in-residence Robert Reid will visit the office of the student newspaper, Imprint, at 3:30 today to "dispel common media misconceptions". Visitors, especially those interested in getting involved with the paper, are welcome. The office is on the north side of the Student Life Centre.
The Graduate Student Association today offers what it's calling a Shadow Lunch: "Bring a new grad, get 2-for-1 lunch," at the Grad House. Tonight at the house, the Water Street Blues Band plays.
Auditions for FASS continue tonight at 7 p.m., Humanities room 378. . . . UW alumni in Edmonton are holding a "movie night" tonight. . . . A group from the Graduate Student Association is off to see the Raptors play in Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Sunday afternoon. . . .
As I announced yesterday, an informal memorial service for math student Jocelyne Stevens will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. at 590A Mount Anne Drive. A note from Stevens's aunt indicates that messages of sympathy from friends "may be sent to me at the address firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be sure to pass them along to my sister and her family."
Sports this weekend: The swimming team hosts York, Ryerson and Trent in a meet that starts at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Physical Activities Complex pool. The volleyball teams host York tomorrow afternoon (women at 1 p.m., men at 3 p.m.). The men's hockey team will host Western on Sunday at 2:00, and the women's hockey team will host Toronto at 7:30, both at the Columbia Icefield. Otherwise, teams are out of town: basketball Warriors (both men's and women's) at York tonight and Laurentian tomorrow; badminton players at McMaster on Sunday; curlers at Western tomorrow; Nordic skiers at Carleton; track and field athletes at Western. In addition, the men's hockey team has a game tonight at Western, the women's hockey team is at York tonight, and the women's volleyball team will play at Ryerson on Sunday.