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Thursday, March 25, 2004

  • Academic freedom 'includes staff'
  • UW offers summer programs for children
  • Student's work leaves farce with us
  • The talk of the campus
Chris Redmond

Lady Day, also a pagan festival

[Women in a variety of costumes]

The cast of "Mimetic Flesh" rehearses at Kitchener's Lang building for this week's "site-specific" show: Laura Thomas, Liz Pokol, Ivona Radon, Jacqui Kaiser, Lindsay Weber, Cassee Ahrens. Performances, in the form of tours, continue at 7 and 9 p.m. tonight through Saturday.

Academic freedom 'includes staff'

"All members of the University community" are protected by academic freedom, says a proposed amendment to Policy 33 (Ethical Behaviour) that's being sent out to staff for their comments.

The proposed change is of special interest to staff because they aren't specifically mentioned in the current version of the policy. The staff relations committee has been looking at that omission, and the proposed change is announced in a memo from the committee's co-chairs, Steve Breen of the staff association and Catharine Scott, associate provost (human resources and student services).

Says the memo: "In Fall 2003, the Staff Relations Committee was made aware of the desire of some staff involved in teaching and research to establish a policy which would address academic freedom for staff. As a result, a subcommittee was established with representation from the Staff Relations Committee and from staff whose duties including components of teaching and research.

"In the subcommittee's deliberations, it became apparent that academic freedom was, by Policy #33, already accorded to staff and, that elements of an earlier version of the Policy articulated that nicely (i.e., the nature of what one is free to do rather than the person doing it). As such, the subcommittee recommended that elements of the early version of Policy #33 be incorporated into the revised Policy."

The current text of the policy has this paragraph: "That the University supports academic freedom [Ref: Memorandum of Agreement (Article 6) between FAUW and the University of Waterloo], which carries with it the duty to use that freedom in a manner consistent with the scholarly obligation to base teaching and research on an honest and ethical quest for knowledge."

Instead, says the committee, this text should be substituted: "That the University supports academic freedom for all members of the University community. Academic freedom carries with it the duty to use that freedom in a manner consistent with the scholarly obligation to base teaching and research on an honest and ethical quest for knowledge. In the context of this policy, 'academic freedom' refers to academic activities, including teaching and scholarship, as is articulated in the principles set out in the Memorandum of Agreement between the FAUW and the University of Waterloo, 1998 (Article 6)."

The committee is soliciting feedback from staff members on the proposed change. Comments should be sent to Trenny Canning in the university secretariat (tcanning@uwaterloo.ca) by April 7.

[Frames all over the floor]

Artworks by fourth-year fine arts students go on display today in the East Campus Hall galleries. The show runs through April 3. Preparing for the hanging, and an opening reception tonight (4 to 7 p.m. at ECH), are student Caroline Larsen and fine arts professor Doug Kirton.

UW offers summer programs for children -- from communications and public affairs

The University of Waterloo opens its doors for children this summer -- they can go on field trips, perform in theatre productions, develop volleyball skills or "explore new horizons" in computing, engineering and science. Here are the summer camps being offered on the UW campus:

Arts Computer Experience is a summer day camp for children 7 to 12. The camp offers instruction in art, computers, drama and music, as well as outdoor activities and swimming. The camp runs two-week sessions July 5 through August 27, daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $310 for each session. Contact: Marsha Wendell 888-4567, ext. 5939; ace@uwaterloo.ca.

Engineering Science Quest is the winner of the Michael Smith award for the promotion of science to young people. The student-run program explores engineering and science, giving children an opportunity to see, touch, invent, design, create and experiment in 11 distinct camps. Four "ExXtreme" programs focus on the world of computers and technology. Camps run June 28 to August 30 at $195 for each five-day week ($240 for the "ExXtreme" programs). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 888-4567, ext. 5239; info@esq.uwaterloo.ca.

Hildegard Marsden Day Nursery Summer Camp promises entertaining indoor and outdoor activities, emphasizing the intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth of children from two and a half to 7. Activities include science projects, swimming, large and fine motor activities, songs, co-operative games and field trips. The child-staff ratio is eight campers for each early childhood education instructor, with a maximum of 16 campers a week. Weekly sessions are offered for July and August. Cost is $150 for each five-day week; $130 for each four-day week. Camp hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact: Alicia Smith, 888-4567, ext. 5437.

Klemmer Farmhouse Co-operative Nursery provides fun-filled weekly programs for children from 2-1/2 to 5. Campers can get involved in crafts, water play, music and games, as well as field trips and outdoor play activities. Children may register for one or more weeks. Hot lunch and snacks are served. The child-staff ratio is eight children for each ECE teacher. Camp hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $140 for each five-day week; $130 for each four-day week. Contact: Lori Clayfield, 885-5181, klemmer@uwaterloo.ca.

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp seeks young people aged 12 to 16 with a love for music and some basic music training. They can participate in choir, instrumental music, private coaching, a musical theatre production, outdoor activities, campfires, field trips and camper planned chapels, as well as concerts by professional artists and a concert for family and friends. The music camp receives campers from many Christian denominations. Campers and university-trained counsellors are housed in residence rooms at Conrad Grebel University College. The camp will be held August 15-27. Cost is $495. Contact: Stacey Vandermeer, 885-0220, ext. 226.

UW Volleyball Camp provides female athletes with the highest quality of instruction in Ontario's leading volleyball facility. They receive training from the UW Warriors' coaching staff and varsity athletes. Advanced technical skills, position specific skills and alternative team systems will be the focus. Athletes will be grouped according to skill level. All sessions take place in UW's Physical Activity Centre. The camp, July 19-22, is open to female athletes born 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990. Registration costs $150, including T-shirt. Contact Jason Grieve, 888-4567, ext. 5692; jegrieve@uwaterloo.ca.

Student's work leaves farce with us

A two-act farce by history student Aaron Cowan will be produced next week at Kitchener's Registry Theatre, with proceeds going to support the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southwestern Ontario.

"I started writing the play in September and finished it in March," says Cowan. "The entire production is produced and directed by UW students. The entire cast and crew is made up of UW students as well. Most of the students are in the drama program, but some are from other faculties."

Cowan is also producer of the show and co-directs it with Amy Hopper. The title: "Tickets Please".

"The entire production budget has been achieved through sponsorship from K-W businesses as well as on-campus groups," says Cowan. "We received a lot of financial support from the Federation of Students as well as the Arts Student Union."

So what's it about? "Four strangers meet in the Los Angeles airport terminal as they wait for their flight to depart for the fictional tropical island of Hawksley. What they don't realize is that they have more in common then they think and that they are about to be visited by a portion of their pasts which they thought they had successfully left behind them. What results is an absurdly unpredictable confrontation that changes each of their lives forever. 'Tickets Please' is farce that requires each of us to take a look at our lives (and the lives of others) and perhaps not take everything so seriously."

Performances are March 31 through April 3 at 7 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 1 p.m. Tickets are $12, students and seniors $12, at the door or from 746-2680. The Registry Theatre is at 122 Frederick Street in downtown Kitchener.

'Creating CVs and Cover Letters', teaching resources workshop, 12:00, Tatham Centre room 2218, registration ext. 3132.

Joint health and safety committee, 1:30, Needles Hall room 3004.

Chartered accounting night presentations for first-year accounting students, 3:30 to 9, Tatham Centre.

English Society student-faculty mixer, 5 to 8 p.m., Humanities room 373.

'Scholar at Risk' Reza Baraheni of Iran speaks, 5 p.m., Davis Centre room 1350.

'The Roman province of Baetica, Spain", classical studies lecture by Julián González, University of Seville, 6 p.m., Arts Lecture Hall room 211.

'Feminist Spirituality in a Multi-Faith Context', Ginny Freeman MacOwan, sponsored by Spiritual Heritage Education Network, Thursday 7 p.m., Math and Computer room 4021.

Arriscraft architecture lecture, "Beirut", Bernard Khoury, 7 p.m., Environmental Studies II room 286.

Two for Blue Day fund-raiser for juvenile arthritis research: wear blue and contribute $2 to the cause. Friday; details from Michelle Banic, ext. 3533.

Geological engineering fourth-year design presentations, Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Davis Centre room 1304.

'Optimal Greenhouse Gas Policies for Canada", Mark Jaccard, Simon Fraser University, speaking at Centre for International Governance Innovation, 57 Erb Street West, Friday 11:45.

'Human Disease and Residential Proximity to Hazardous Waste Sites", David Carpenter, University at Albany, for Great Lakes Research Consortium, Friday 2:30, Biology II room 350.

'Using Isotopes to Show There Could Be Life on Mars", Tricia Stadnyk, civil engineering, for Waterloo Space Society, Friday 6 p.m., Physics room 145. End-of-term party follows.

Capture the Flag, Friday 7 p.m., details online.

Engineering play, "Romeo, You Idiot", Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 2 and 8 p.m., Environmental Studies II room 286.

"How Do I Hate Thee?" Christopher Burris, St. Jerome's University, Friday 7:30, Siegfried Hall.

Russel Legge, St. Paul's United College, memorial service, Sunday 4 p.m., Wesley Chapel, St. Paul's.

English Language Proficiency Exam, Friday, April 2, 7 p.m., Physical Activities Complex.

The talk of the campus

Some people (including me, to tell the truth) have been thinking that UW was going to be closed for a long weekend at Canada Day. But we were wrong. The Canada Day holiday is Thursday, July 1 (with the traditional north campus celebrations) -- but Friday, July 2, will be a working day, with classes held as usual and staff expected on the job. Several years ago when the schedule for 2004 was being approved, the choice was whether to mark a holiday on July 2 (to give a four-day summer weekend) or on Friday, January 2 (to give a long Christmas and New Year's break). January 2 got the nod, says Catharine Scott, associate provost (human resources and student services). She says UW staff are enjoying 14 paid holidays in 2004, which is the maximum under the established formula, and she calls that figure "extremely competitive" relative to what other employers offer. A schedule of holidays stretching ahead through 2006 is available on the human resources web site.

Exam season is coming, and the libraries will be responding with longer hours as usual. Says a memo from circulation services: "The Davis Centre library will be open 24 hours a day (except Sundays 2 to 8 a.m.) from Sunday morning at 8 a.m., March 28, through the end of winter term exams. Extended hours at the Dana Porter Library are more limited: daily 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., from Sunday, March 28, through to April 22."

The people who made the Campus Day open house happen last week have had a chance now to assess how things went and what the turnout was like. Heather Read, manager of the visitors centre, says most of her colleagues think it was "the best Campus Day ever. The energy level was high, both from on campus staff and from our visitors. Visitors seemed to be less anxious this year as compared to last year. There were fewer people who came this year compared to both last year (around 4,500) and the year before (around 5,000). I would estimate that we had approximately 3,600 people visiting the campus. Visitors were arriving on campus much later than they have in the past. Activity at the entrances to campus seemed to be constantly busy until a little after noon -- there weren't fits and starts as there have been in the past. The Student Life Centre was full of life and activity even when the numbers of visitors was a little low. It was great to have the music playing and the cheers and the student demonstrations going on throughout the day. There were a lot of students on campus who had received their offers of admission already, and the admissions booth in the SLC was a big hit! Great to have the computer there to look up application files and records."

"Critical Mass is a celebration and promotion of cycling," says an announcement from its organizers, "and happens in Waterloo on the last Friday of every month. This Friday, March 26, is the last Friday of March! The ride starts at University and Seagram at 5:30 (meet at 5 p.m.), and winds through town to be at Kitchener city hall around 6 p.m. This month's ride is in memory of Tooker Gomberg, an activist and environmentalist who had participated in the Kitchener-Waterloo critical mass, and who was an environmentalist-in-residence at the department of environment and resource studies in 2000."

And . . . a couple of key UW people left the country as soon as Tuesday's Campaign Waterloo celebrations were over. They've landed in Hong Kong, where UW alumni are invited (were invited? I'm not too good on this International Date Line thing) to a cocktail reception today at the American Club, to hear what they've been missing.


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