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Friday, May 9, 2003

  • Vacation idea: women with a vengeance
  • The talk of the campus
  • Happening over the weekend
Chris Redmond

Starting today, SummerActive

[kids' drum circle]

photo by Barbara Elve
Getting into the beat, Early Childhood Education Centre tykes Alicia Mesher, right, and Julianna Udvari, in the foreground, joined their friends in a drum circle during a visit to the campus school this week by Marcell School of Drum. The class constructed their own percussion instruments prior to the visit and learned to use rhythm to explore sounds and communicate with each other.

Vacation idea: women with a vengeance

Women with a vengeance: "A dialogue of inquisitive minds. An enduring literary theme. A gifted facilitator. Four days in July. A vacation with a difference."

That's how St. Jerome's University describes this summer's Vacation with Ideas program on July 13 to 17 -- an opportunity to "spend your vacation reading about and sharing discussions about women of power and vengeance, beginning at the beginning: with Aeschylus' tragedies of the house of Atreus and Stratford's production of Agamemnon."

From there, participants can "explore the unfolding history of a literary theme across time and cultures, from the murderous Clytemnestra to Thelma and Louise." Facilitator John Greenwood leads the activities which include daily discussion periods, lunch, a play or a film. A writer and editor living in Philipsburg, Ontario, he has taught in the cultural history program at the UW school of architecture as well as in the departments of English at the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario and Carleton University.

Greenwood's book on Shakespeare, published by the University of Toronto Press, compares trends in Renaissance drama to contemporaneous trends in visual art.

Registration, $550 plus tax, includes texts, films, a ticket to Stratford's Agamemnon -- in the Stratford Festival's new, intimate Studio Theatre -- all lunches and two dinners. Accommodation is also available. For more information, contact St. Jerome's director of development and graduate affairs, Harry Froklage, at froklage@uwaterloo.ca or at 884-8111, ext. 255.

The talk of the campus

"Many employers review resumés at a rate of 2-3 per minute," says a bright yellow brochure from UW's career services office. In other words, applicants often have only a few seconds to make the right impression. Various workshops to be offered by career services this term, on topics from "business etiquette and professionalism" to "making polished presentations," are designed to give UW students the edge when they're in that applicant role. Information is available on the career services web site as well as in the brochure.


Noel Hynes, retired from UW's department of biology, will be receiving an honorary degree May 29 from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton campus. Known as "the father of running-water ecology," Hynes is the author of the definitive textbook in the field. His autobiography, published last year, under the title Nunc Dimittis: A Life in the River of Time, includes sections about the early years of biology at Waterloo, as well as reflections on his scientific work.

Members of the Librarians' Association of UW, representing the professional librarians who work in the university's libraries, held their annual general meeting on April 29 and chose an executive for the coming year. Becoming president is Shabiran Rahman; treasurer, Bill Oldfield; secretary, Jane Britton; chair of the program committee, Jackie Stapleton; chair of the compensation committee, Jane Forgay.

Jennie and Colin Wiebe, the live-in caretakers, invite everyone to come visit the Brubacher House Museum, now open for regular summer hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. The house is a landmark next to the walking trails, soccer fields and Columbia Lake. Suggests a note from Jennie Wiebe: "Make a one-hour tour part of your next visit to UW's north campus. Our tours focus on pioneering farm life in 1850's Waterloo, with artifacts from original residents John and Magdalena Brubacher and other typical Pennsylvania German Mennonite families. The cost of a tour is $2 per adult; children 12 and under are free. We also offer public school and other children's group tours, 50 cents per child (chaperones are free). Appointments can be booked for almost any time. Please call for details: 886-3855. Our rustic stone summer kitchen meeting room is also available for group bookings. It accomodates about 20 people and is free of charge for university groups and organizations."

A reminder came recently from Elise Ho in the teaching resources and continuing education office about the "student speakers roster," which was described in the Daily Bulletin earlier this year. It's a list of students from other lands, or with overseas experience, who would be willing to talk about those countries in UW classes when that's relevant. "We are in the process of creating a permanent roster," says Ho, "and so volunteers need to fill out a new form." The roster, she explains, "provides volunteers with the opportunity to share their expertise, and to practice and polish presentation and communication skills. We are looking for interested and energetic students to sign up for the roster and to serve as guest speakers, language tutors, or classroom resources."

Retired faculty members are being invited to work with students in UW's independent studies program, says a note in the retirees' association newsletter: "If any retired professor would be interested in working with a student on a topic of mutual interest, the program would welcome this with open arms. This could involve meeting a few times to discuss a topic, or helping to formulate a suitable research project, or even being a supervisor who helps the sudent with his or her thesis and assesses the result." The person to contact is Anne Innis Dagg in the IS program, phone ext. 2368.

And . . . computer networks are not simple things, as we're reminded by this memo, posted last week by Jim Johnston of the Math Faculty Computing Facility: "Due to a routing loop caused during a network topology change, a network storm was triggered by an unrelated lab upgrade. This storm affected all of campus (starting about 1 p.m.) and was isolated to Math about 1:20 p.m., then to just the Math Teaching environment by 1:40 p.m. It took another hour to diagnose and eliminate the routing loop. Everything is now back to normal."

Happening over the weekend

A conference entitled "United Against Hate: Towards Tolerance and Understanding" will take place on campus tomorrow, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Life Centre. Says a press release: "All people are invited to listen to speakers on the topic of tolerance and the subject of anti-hate." Speakers include Alaa El-Sayed of the local Muslim community, and professor of religious studies at Renison College, M. Darrol Bryant. To contact the conference organizers, call the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group at ext. 4882.

Kickoff for the East-West Bowl is 2 p.m. tomorrow at University Stadium on Seagram Drive. The game is the culmination of a week-long session of practices and evaluation that brought together 84 of Canada's top university football players (including four Warriors) in partnership with the National and Canadian Football Leagues. Tickets for tomorrow's game are $10, and are available by telephone at 884-0710 ext. 3404 or by email at tickets@eastwestbowl.com.

The UW art gallery will host a closing reception tomorrow between 4 and 6 p.m. for Marla Botterill's exhibit BBQ's & Birthday Cakes. And the social and recreation committee of the UW staff association has planned a Super 70s Bash for tomorrow evening, complete with a "bump contest" and prizes for "most happening outfit." The event will take place at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Father David Bauer drive in Waterloo beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9.75 for the first 40 association members to turn up; $10 for non-members. Polyester is optional, but highly encouraged.

Plant operations sends word of two utility shutdowns over the weekend. Physics, Engineering 2, Engineering 3, and J. R. Coutts Engineering Lecture Hall will be without chilled water service tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, Columbia Ice Fields and Brubacher House will be without electrical power and heating and cooling services from 5 to 7 a.m.

And finally, a look ahead to Monday, when the centre for learning and teaching through technology holds a special presentation entitled "A 'hybrid' course at Lehigh University: a medley of design, expectations, performance and assessment." The presenter is Steven Krawiec of the department of biological sciences at Lehigh University. The session runs from 11 a.m. to noon in the FLEX lab in the Dana Porter library. For more information, contact Diane Salter at ext. 6832 or at dianesalter@lt3.uwaterloo.ca.

Avvey Peters

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