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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

  • Feds cancel WPIRG referendum
  • PhD theses ready for defence
  • Blackout tomorrow; other events
Chris Redmond

The days Niagara Falls ran dry

[Thumb and finger to chin, times six]

In harmony with truth, or something, are the members of the team from 2A mechatronics that captured the Genius Bowl last week in fierce trivia competition with other engineering classes. Left to right: Greg Fitzgerald, Nick Dyment, Sebastian Peleato, Daniel Jilek, Jeff Loveless, Pierre Dinnissen. Placing right behind them were 4B computer engineering and 3B geological.

Feds cancel WPIRG referendum

The student referendum about the future of the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group fee was cancelled yesterday, shortly after polls opened, on the orders of the Federation of Students election committee.

There was controversy late last week over the fairness of the campaign, in which a "yes" vote favoured an end to the $4.75-per-term WPIRG fee and a "no" vote favoured keeping the fee. The Federation of Students referendum committee eventually "disqualified" the committee that was campaigning for the "yes" side, but it refused to stop campaigning.

Says yesterday's ruling: "The Yes team's actions have jeopardized the fairness and the dignity of the referendum process. Continuing to campaign after being directed by the Referendum Committee to cease campaigning shows disrespect to the referendum process, the Federation of Students, and the student voters at the University of Waterloo. Therefore the Referendum Committee declares this referendum to be void."

The news site 'uwstudent.org' this morning quotes Becky Wroe, the Federation president, as saying: "There have been difficulties experienced by both sides during the current referendum and echos the sense of frustration. However, the Federation will not pressure the Referendum Committee to restart a non-binding referendum nor will it hold an online poll of its own."

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  • PhD theses ready for defence

    More UW graduate students are coming to the end of their doctoral work, as they prepare to defend their theses. Some orals scheduled in the next few days:

    Electrical and computer engineering. Kamyar Ziaei, "Contact Force Control of Flexible Link Manipulators -- A Combined Approach to Robust Control and Identification." Supervisor, D. W. L. Wang. On deposit in the faculty of engineering, CPH 4305. Oral defence Thursday, April 7, 1:30 p.m., CEIT room 3151/3153.

    Electrical and computer engineering. Mohamed Elgebaly, "Energy Efficient Design for Deep Sub-micron CMOS VLSIs." Supervisor, M. Sachdev. On deposit in the faculty of engineering, CPH 4305. Oral defence Friday, April 8, 9 a.m., CEIT room 3142.

    Systems design engineering. Seyedeh-Zohreh Azimifar, "Image Models for Wavelet Domain Statistics." Supervisors, P. Fieguth and E. Jernigan. On deposit in the faculty of engineering, CPH 4305. Oral defence Thursday, April 14, 9 a.m., Math and Computer room 5136.

    Geography. Jiali Shang, "Mapping Mine Tailings Using Airborne Geophysical and Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Data." Co-advisors, P. Howarth and W. Morris. Oral defence Monday, April 18, 1:30 p.m., Environmental Studies I room 221.

    Geography. Juliet Ann Wallace, "LiDAR Altimetry and Hyperspectral Imaging: New Technologies for Geological and Mineralogical Mapping." Co-advisors, P. Howarth and W. Morris. Oral defence Tuesday, April 19, 1:30 p.m., Environmental Studies I room 132.

    Geography. Hannah Gwen Wilson, "Landscape Pattern Analysis using Spatial Autocorrelation Measurement of Optical Remote-Sensing Data." Advisor, P. Howarth. Oral defence Wednesday, April 20, 1:30 p.m., Environmental Studies I room 221.

    Planning. Rafael Arturo Muñoz-Márquez Trujillo, "Human-Induced Climate Change Impacts on the Boreal Forest in North Western Ontario-Implications for the Local Community and Forestry Sector." Advisor, R. Suffling. Oral defence Thursday, April 21, 1:30 p.m., Environmental Studies I room 221.

    Statistics. Leilei Zeng, "Statistical Methods for Multivariate and Clustered Longitudinal Binary Data." Supervisor, R. J. Cook. On deposit in the faculty of mathematics, MC 5090. Oral defence Friday, April 22, 10 a.m., Math and Computer room 6007.

    Statistics. Denise Babineau, "Goodness of Fit Tests for Lifetime Data Models When Responses Are Interval Censored." Supervisor, J. F. Lawless. On deposit in the faculty of mathematics, MC 5090. Oral defence Monday, April 25, 10 a.m., Math and Computer room 6007.

    Statistics. Yuanyuan (Marcia) Wang, "Statistical Methods for High Throughput Screening Drug Discovery Data." Supervisors, H. A. Chipman, W. J. Welch. On deposit in the faculty of mathematics, MC 5090. Oral defence Monday, April 25, 2:30 p.m., Math and Computer room 5136.

    Blood donor clinic continues through Friday, Student Life Centre, appointment sign-up at turnkey desk.

    Teaching workshop: "Creating CVs and Cover Letters", 12 noon, enrolment full, information online.

    'New Songs and Soundscapes', new music by Carol Ann Weaver (Conrad Grebel University College) and Rebecca Campbell, 12 noon, Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University; Wednesday 12:30, Grebel chapel.

    Earth sciences lecture: 2005 Adrian Smith Lecture on Environmental Geochemistry, Elizabeth Edwards, University of Toronto, "Bioremediation: Challenges and Opportunities", 2:00, Davis Centre room 1302, reception follows.

    French studies café-rencontre: Robert Ryan, "Français Acadien, Français Avancé", 14h30, Tatham Centre salle 2218.

    Graduate Student Association annual general meeting 7 p.m., Coutts Hall room 301.

    Nutrition drop-in with Irene Pace, health services dietitian, Wednesday 11:30 to 1:30, Columbia Icefield fitness centre.

    Stress relaxation series: "Guided Visualization" Wednesday 12:00, Math and Computer room 5158, sponsored by Employee Assistance Program.

    Waterloo Centre for German Studies presents Anant Kumar reading from his latest book, Die Uferlosen Geschichten, Wednesday 4:00, Humanities room 373.

    'Five Conflict Management Tips' by Catherine Fry, conflict management and human rights office, Thursday 12:00, Davis Centre room 1302, all welcome.

    Federation of Students general meeting Thursday 4:30 p.m., great hall, Student Life Centre. Agenda includes election and ratification of 2005-06 board of directors, proposed increase in Fed fee.

    Society of International Students general meeting to discuss whether the society should become a Federation of Students service, Thursday 6:00, Coutts Hall room 306.

    Dr. Stan's Science Circus ("science fun for the whole family") Thursday 7:30, Physics room 145.

    Orchestra@UWaterloo spring concert Thursday 8 p.m., Humanities Theatre, admission free, donations welcome.

    Blackout tomorrow; other events

    You won't need flashlights for the Blackout, an entertainment event that's coming to the Student Life Centre tomorrow.

    The free event for students, staff and faculty features dance performances and music, with two shows lasting 40 minutes each. Shows begin at 12:40 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. There will be "almost free" pizza (50-cent slices and 50-cent pop) served from 12:15 to 12:40 and at 2:15 to 2:40.

    Staff from UW's plant operations will cover all the skylights in the centre's Great Hall to blackout the venue. A stage with full concert lighting will be set up at one end of the hall.

    "We will attempt to do several things that I personally have never seen in the five years that I've been here," said Enam Rabbani, a member of the Federation of Students' "Crew" group of event organizers. "From blacking out the Great Hall and bringing in full concert lighting, to featuring a professional stunt performance group, this event will definitely be something to remember."

    He added that the event is being held to "create a shared experience for the community -- something people can talk about for months." As well, it provides UW dance teams with professional grade sound and lighting to showcase their talents. "We also want to offer people a unique opportunity to witness Team Ryouko in action, a group that travels all over North America to perform," Rabbani said.

    The first 20 minutes will feature campus dance troupes such as UW hip hop, UW Dance PAK and members of the South Asian Students Association dance team. The remaining 20 minutes will feature special guests Team Ryouko -- an extreme stunt performance group based in Toronto that specializes in a fusion of martial arts, acrobatics and breakdancing.

    The team, formed in 2002, consists of professional dancers, actors, and stunt artists who have had extensive experience performing on stage, in theatre, and for film and television.

    The golem walks: In another major event as the end of term draws near, UW's Jewish studies program tonight presents "Editing Life: The Golem in the Biotech Century," a public lecture by Byron L. Sherwin of Chicago's Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. He is the author of Golems Among Us. A book signing follows the lecture. Sherwin is an internationally renowned theologian, ethicist and scholar of Jewish philosophy and mysticism. The talk starts at 7:30 p.m. at Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome's University, and admission is free.


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