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Friday, January 21, 2005

  • 'Reprofiling' of ES is under way
  • Villagers reported short of veggies
  • Wisps in the cold morning air
Chris Redmond

Squirrel Appreciation Day

[Note the headband . . . and student's pipe]

When David Suzuki visits UW on Wednesday, the events will stir memories of his visit as the first Hagey Lecturer, in February 1972. Suzuki is seen here during a forum with students in the Humanities building. He'll give a symposium at 4:30 Wednesday in the Student Life Centre, and then lecture at 8 p.m. in the Theatre of the Arts. Tickets for the evening lecture are sold out.

'Reprofiling' of ES is under way

A process of "reprofiling" the faculty of environmental studies moves into a new phase today, as ES prepares for a future with just three academic units (geography, planning, and environment and resource studies). Final approval to move the school of architecture out of ES, into the faculty of engineering, is expected next week.

"The faculty regrets the departure of architecture, but will not contest the move," says a statement from Ellsworth LeDrew, interim dean of ES, who late in the fall announced a process of assessing where environmental studies goes from here. "We will examine undergraduate and graduate programs, the role of our research, as well as the structure of governance within the Faculty (i.e. Units versus plans that cross-cut units)," he wrote in a memo that went to everyone in ES.

"We will be examining our constraints and opportunities in the context of the rest of the campus, our co-op employers, and our research and teaching colleagues outside of the campus."

Consultants are helping with an "environmental scan phase" in which faculty, staff, students and other participants have been meeting in "working sessions" to give their perceptions and views. Those sessions started in early December and finished a few days ago. There was also an electronic chatroom where comments could be accepted.

"The next phase," says LeDrew, "is the preparation of a document (by the consultant) that articulates the changing realities as we perceive them. . . . Following this will be a phase to develop mission and vision statements through a series of meetings with faculty, staff, students and key external stakeholders." After that, likely in February, more consultations will "develop core strategies", leading to a statement that can be discussed across ES some time in April.

"To get to where we wish to be will require reprofiling," LeDrew told his colleagues. "This means, that, collectively, we must be willing to make the effort necessary to do this. If this requires extra resources, we have to have a credible plan to achieve our objective, however defined.

"One measure of our success will be our reputation that will drive undergraduate and graduate enrollment. From discussions with senior administration, I believe that we will get a reasonable allocation of resources."

['Boy' at the Bombshelter tonight]

Villagers reported short of veggies

Students in "suite-style" residences don't get the fruits and vegetables they need, according to a study done at UW's Mackenzie King Village and posted on the food services department web site.

They're eating more fast food and instant dinners than students who live in traditional residences and eat mostly in cafeterias, says the study, done by two nutritionists working for food services. "Participants were asked to keep a seven-day log of all food and drink consumed," it explains. "These logs were then entered into FoodSmart, a nutrient analysis program. Each participant's actual intake of fat, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals was calculated and then compared to their recommended intake based on their height, weight, gender and activity level."

The subjects were eight undergraduate students (five men, three women) living at King in the spring term last year. The study found some gender differences: while female participants showed a significant increase in the consumption of fat and a decrease in the intake of protein, male participants showed an increase in carbohydrate content. All the participants displayed a deficiency in vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium.

More nutrition information on the main food services web site
The study report stresses the the overconsumption of calories for three of the five male participants and under consumption for two of the three female participants. Females were low in all vitamins and mineral intake examined -- Vitamin B12, Calcium, Vitamin D, E, and Folate and Iron. There was a variation in the amounts of Vitamin B6, B12 and the level of Thiamine for the female participants. While Thiamine was low for two of the participants, vitamin B6, and B12 was low for one of them. Four of the five male participants were low in Vitamin D, while two were low in Vitamin A, B12, Calcium and Folate content.

The study report includes more information on the importance and recommended quantity of fat, protein, carbohydrate and fibre for students aged 18 to 22.

Career workshops: "Interview Skills, the Basics" 2:30, "Preparing for Questions" 3:30, Tatham Centre room 2218.

Computer science distinguished lecture: Jim Mitchell, Sun Microsystems, "Towards a Peta-Scale Supercomputer", Friday 4:15, Davis Centre room 1350.

Japanese animation: free show sponsored by CTRL-A 4:30, Arts Lecture Hall room 116. CTRL-A

Fitness workshops: "Pilates on the Ball", "Strength Training for Men", "Strength Training for Women", Saturday, register with campus recreation program, phone ext. 6340, faculty and staff welcome.

Midnight Sun solar race team recruitment meeting Monday 5:30, Math and Computer room 4020.

Harry Rosen, men's wear retailer, speaks on entrepreneurship and success Tuesday 4:15, Rod Coutts Hall room 302 -- pre-register by e-mail, asec_harryrosen@hotmail.com.

Jewish studies lecture: Steven Katz, Boston University, "The Uniqueness of the Holocaust", Tuesday 7:30, Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome's University.

Conflict workshop: "Communicating Effectively: Managing Conflict in the Workplace", by Diana Denton, drama and speech communication department, Thursday, January 27, 12:30, Davis Centre room 1302, sponsored by Employee Assistance Program, preregister with Johan Reis, health services.

FASS 2005 ("The FASStastics") performances February 3 and 5 at 8 p.m., February 4 at 7 and 10 p.m., Humanities Theatre, most tickets $8.

Wisps in the cold morning air

Already it's the last day of the winter blood donor clinic; Canadian Blood Services will be doing its thing from 10:00 to 4:00 today in the Student Life Centre. "While only about 3.5 per cent of eligible Canadians donate blood," a fact sheet says, "every minute of every day someone in Canada needs blood. . . . Hospital demand for blood is increasingly annually by about eight per cent due to the increase in the number of patients being treated, the aging population, more aggressive medical procedures and an increase in complex surgeries." A blood donor gives "one unit" of blood, approximately 450 millilitres (equivalent to 15 fluid ounces, slightly less than a pint, about a pound, or 121 drams). "The average amount of blood in an adult person is about five litres, or 10.5 pints," CBS says.

The Federation of Students issued a clarification yesterday about the paperwork problems of Raveel Afzaal, its vice-president (administration and finance), who paid a visit home to Pakistan over Christmas and hasn't been able to return. "It has become apparent some information was not correctly relayed," writes Becky Wroe, president of the Federation. "The press release issued by the board of directors of the Federation stated that there were difficulties convincing Pakistani authorities Raveel would complete his degree and return to Pakistan. The correction is that the difficulties are actually convincing the Canadian authorities in Pakistan of his intentions."

The "important dates for undergraduate students" page on the Quest student information site has been updated, a memo from the registrar's office announces. "You can download PDF files with comprehensive dates for all three terms (winter 2005, spring 2005 and fall 2005)." The office had said a day or two ago that enrolment appointments for spring term courses would be listed on Quest as of today; in fact, a note yesterday afternoon says, appointments won't be listed online until Tuesday. The appointments themselves will start March 14.

Renison College has announced that it's about to offer a pair of non-credit courses in East Asian languages. "These courses," says a news release, "will provide you with an opportunity to learn and understand the Pacific Rim's culture and languages." Conversational Chinese will run Thursday evenings from February 10 to April 14; conversational Japanese will run Thursday evenings from May 5 to July 7. "The cost is $475 per course," says the release, "which includes the text and supplies. Classes will be three hours per week for a total of 10 weeks. Space is limited to 20 participants." More information: 884-4404 ext. 627.

Just before Christmas, I wrote a few words about some of the less predictable things that are available at the turnkey desk in the Student Life Centre (home of 24-hour-a-day "healthy snacks", bus timetables and current magazines). Nancy O'Neil, coordinator of programs in the SLC, wants the campus to know about some of the other services there: "Princess Cinema tickets can be purchased for $7, and the Princess Cinema guide is available. Galaxy movie tickets can be purchased for $8.50. Greyhound tickets can be purchased." There are also games available on loan, and a bewildering array of tea, and a good deal more.

A delegation of journalists from magazines and other media in France visited UW yesterday, meeting top officials and getting a glimpse of a couple of laboratories. . . . The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations is holding a one-day conference today on "Ensuring Quality and Affordability in Ontario Universities". . . . Here's a reminder that there will be an open session next Thursday (10 a.m.) on possibilities for turning Environmental Studies 2 into a "green building" as part of the expected renovations. . . .

Sports this weekend: The marquee event is a basketball double-header, UW vs. Laurier, with the women's teams playing at 1:00 in the Physical Activities Complex and the men's teams following at 3:00. It's being marketed as "Fantastic Alumni and Staff Day" with free tickets for those groups available online, and special activities, mostly aimed at kids.

But there's other activity for the sports fans, including a pair of women's hockey games: Saturday night at 7:30 vs. Queen's, Sunday at 2 p.m. vs. Brock, both in the Columbia Icefield. Meanwhile, in the PAC pool, the swim team hosts Western tonight (5:30), Laurier and Niagara University on Saturday (12:45). Out-of-town action: the men's hockey Warriors are at Lakehead tonight and tomorrow; the women's volleyball team is also at Lakehead tomorrow; the track and field squad is at an invitational tomorrow at Western.


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