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Tuesday, April 4, 2006

  • Board discusses fee hikes today
  • Warriors collect annual awards
  • Grads' conference and other notes
Chris Redmond

The North Atlantic Treaty

  • Decision due soon after hearing on Fed Buses (Imprint extra)
  • Ontario government promises help with student summer jobs
  • Falsely claiming to be a UW graduate
  • 'Canada losing out' on international student revenue
  • 'Gloomy future' for young workers (Crane, Star)
  • $100,000 salary listings across Ontario
  • Math student plans to hike Bruce Trail (Imprint)
  • Community cleanup day set for April 29
  • Board discusses fee hikes today

    A complicated multi-page listing of tuition fee changes for the coming year is on its way to the board of governors for approval this afternoon. If it's approved, UW will charge different fees to first-year and upper-year students in some programs (including engineering, architecture and computer science) for the first time, starting this fall.

    Today's board meeting

    The board of governors meeting starts at 2:30 in Needles Hall room 3001.

    Agenda items include UW's 2006-07 operating budget, the plans for the $70 million Quantum-Nano building, and reports on government funding and national issues that affect the university. The agenda is available online.

    Here's a highly unofficial summary of the proposed changes. The good news goes to students in nanotechnology engineering, who already pay some of UW's highest fees -- $5,014 per term plus the co-op fee -- and will see no increase in 2006-07. For other Canadian students, fees will be 4 per cent higher in the spring term than they were in fall 2005 and winter 2006.

    Those rates carry through to fall 2006 and winter 2007 for continuing students, with the exception of second-year students in accounting and financial management and three other financial programs (computing and FM, mathematics chartered accountancy, and biotechnology with CA), whose fee will be 8 per cent higher than 2005-06 levels starting in September.

    New students arriving next fall or winter will pay fees that are higher than the 2005-06 rates by 5 per cent (graduate programs), 8 per cent (architecture, business-and-math, computational math, CS, engineering, optometry and software engineering), or 4.5 per cent (all other programs).

    Things are a bit simpler for international students, as their fees will change no more than once this year, at the beginning of the spring term. Rates will go up by 4.58 per cent for graduate students, 3 per cent for mathematics undergrads, and 5 per cent for undergrads in other programs -- except those in architecture, engineering and software engineering, who face no fee increase for 2006-07.

    With the increases, regular undergraduates in arts, ES, math, science and AHS will pay a tuition fee $2,181 this spring and the same if they're continuing next fall or winter. New first-year students in those programs next fall will pay $2,192. Engineering undergraduates -- we're talking Canadian students here -- will pay $3,630 if they're continuing at UW, $3,769 if they're new. And upper-year AFM students will be paying $5,214 a term.

    International students in co-op math will pay $8,641 a term.

    There are separate fee changes for the "full cost recovery" programs that UW operates: master's programs in taxation, management of technology, and business, entrepreneurship and technology, as well as certain diplomas. The fee in the BET program: $8,000 for the spring term, $8,667 for the fall term.

    The co-op fee, which is paid in addition to tuition fees by students in co-op programs, will go up to $510 (including the special $25 fee for construction of the Tatham Centre) from the present $466.

    There are also some changes to the incidental fees that students pay, including the introduction of a $12-a-term fee for the new Arts Student Endowment, starting in September. Arts students voted in February to create that fund and impose the fee. The Environmental Studies Society is raising its fee from $5 to $10 starting with the spring term.

    Students who are registering for the spring term have about three weeks to pay their fees -- the deadline (for payments by bank transfer) will be April 27. The finance office says that, assuming the board of governors approves the new fee levels today, fee statements should start appearing on Quest tomorrow.

    [Trophy's as big as any one of them]

    Warriors collect annual awards

    Winners of major awards from the Warriors' 2005-06 season were announced Friday night as the athletics department held its annual awards dinner. Among them was Dave Hollinger, who led the golf teams to medals at the provincial championships in October (gold for the men, bronze for the women).

    Both rookie-of-the-year awards went to members of Hollinger's squads. On the men's side it was Jimmy Latta, a first-year arts and business student who earlier was named a second team league All-Star for his outstanding play throughout the season. From the women's team it was Brett Savin, a first-year math student who played a key role in the helping the women's team to its share of triumphs. In six events this season, she finished among the top ten players in five.

    Taking home one of the biggest honours of the year at Friday's banquet was Scott Arnald, who starred for the Warriors in cross-country and track. He's pictured above with Judy McCrae, director of athletics, and former athletics director Carl Totzke, who gives his name to the annual Totzke Trophy for the top male athlete.

    Arnald, a 5th year environmental studies and business student, can point to several achievements leading up to the Totzke award. "Scott," a citation says, "has been the leader in the track events of 1500m and the 3000m for the past five years. Scott's performances in cross country have steadily improved to culminate this year at the CIS championship, where he won All Canadian status, thus qualifying for the World Student Games Cross Country Championship in Algeria. Scott has just returned from this international meet and was the first Canadian to cross the finish line in a very strong international running field, finishing 34th overall.

    "In total performance records, Scott has won 7 OUA medals and 4 CIS individual medals, in both sports. Scott holds the 2nd best All Time Warrior record in the 3000m and the 3rd best All Time Warrior record in the 1500m. He has been the MVP of the Cross Country team for the past three years and the track MVP in 2005. In addition to his athletics accomplishments, Scott has been an Academic All Canadian for 3 years."

    Honoured as Female Athlete of the Year and taking home the Marsden Trophy was Andrea Dupont of the Nordic Skiing squad. She is a graduate student in biochemistry and has skied with the team for six years as both an undergraduate and a grad student.

    "Her career stats are outstanding," the trophy citation says. "She has been an OUA All Star in her sport 5 of her 6 years and then only missed that 6th year as she was very sick on that weekend. She has been an All Canadian for the past 3 years by finishing in the top 6 of her events. At the national championships, Andrea has competed against Olympic skiers whose name you will recognize -- Becky Scott, Sara Renner and Chandra Crawford -- all Olympic medalists.

    "Andrea's performance this winter at the nationals has earned her a berth on the World Student Games Nordic Championship Team in Italy in 2007. Andrea is known for her athletic talent, particularly her ability to adapt on race day to whatever the conditions and whatever the needed strategy. Known for her power and pure speed, Andrea is always viewed as a target on the race course."

    Other winners at the end-of-season event included A. J. Saravanmuthu, receiving the Brian Farrance Therapy Award; Matt Iannetta, the J. O. Hemphill Award; and co-winners Sara Snable and Katie Benkovich, the Directors Award.

    Grads' conference and other notes

    The Graduate Student Research Conference gets under way in earnest today, after last night's keynote talk by Roméo Dallaire. The sixth annual "Sharing Discovery" conference, running through Thursday, presents the research accomplishments of more than 150 Waterloo master's and doctoral students. The presenters will give poster or oral presentations covering the theme areas of health, life and environment, social sciences and humanities, along with physical science and technology. Sessions are being held in the Davis Centre, and everybody is welcome. Among the oral presentations today are a study of "ancestral and heritage tourism" by Scottish-Canadians (by Lesley Gaudry of geography); work on "the family dinner environment" of grade 6 students (by Sarah Woodruff of health studies); an examination of the effect lawyers' styles have on jury members (by Kate Hano of sociology); a study of "The Impact of Call Centres on Cities" (by Laura Schatz of planning). "The conference showcases the extremely high quality and great diversity of graduate studies at the University of Waterloo," says Bill Power, a professor of chemistry and associate dean of graduate studies.

    UW is holding the first annual "Waterloo Science Horizons" today for enthusiastic high school students competing in the Waterloo-Wellington Science and Engineering Fair. They'll get a glimpse of UW research from hydroponics to astronomy and dinosaurs. They will look through microscopes, for example, with Jonathon Witt to identify living organisms in a local river sample. Bruce Reed will also have them peering through microscopes, but this time at green fluorescent flies. As engaged and inquiring students, they'll have the opportunity to learn more about genetically modified plants as they tour the greenhouse. Students will be introduced to the aquatic facility at UW and how researchers, such as Brian Dixon, use the facility to study fish immunity. And the astronomy lab of Michel Fich will prompt questions about the Milky Way Galaxy. After the whirlwind tour, students will be enthralled by a whiz-bang physics demonstration by Richard Epp. "These students have an interest in experimental science and are the type that we wish to attract to Waterloo," says biology professor David Spafford, who organized the day. It's supported by the Faculty of Science, the Canadian Water Network, the science fair and its sponsor -- TD-Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation -- and Rae Crossman of Waterloo Unlimited, a UW agency that seeks to instill a love of learning in high school students.

    Electronic grade submission demonstration for instructors, 3 p.m., Arts Lecture Hall room 113 (repeated Wednesday).

    FASS Theatre Company annual general meeting 6 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

    [Brooks] British architect Alison Brooks (right) speaks on "Research, Fusion, Infrastructure", 7 p.m., Architecture lecture hall, in the Arriscraft Lecture Series.

    Employee Assistance Program presents "Digging Deep: Clearing Up Clutter" Wednesday 12 noon, Math and Computer room 5158.

    Rapid transit environmental assessment: public consultation about the proposed Waterloo Region transit corridor, open house Wednesday 4:30 to 7:00, presentation 7 p.m., Waterloo Region administration building, 150 Frederick Street, details online.

    English Language Proficiency Exam Wednesday 7 p.m., Physical Activities Complex.

    Perimeter Institute presents Stuart Isacoff, writer and composer, "The Science of Music, the Music of Science", Wednesday 7 p.m., Waterloo Collegiate Institute, ticket information 883-4480.

    Waterloo Region public meeting about proposed financing for McMaster University medical school at UW Kitchener campus, Tuesday, April 11, 7 p.m., Waterloo Region administration building, 150 Frederick Street.

    David Suzuki speaks and reads from his autobiography, April 25, 7 p.m., Humanities Theatre, sponsored by UW bookstore and alumni affairs, tickets $5 at Humanities box office.

    A funeral will be held Friday for Aaron Feren, a first-year science student and resident of Ron Eydt Village who died on Sunday. He was the son of Michael and Catherine Feren of Guelph. Visitation will be Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon at the Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home in Guelph; the funeral Mass is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church on Emma Street. Memorial donations to the Guelph Rowing Club "or the charity of one's choice" are suggested by the family.

    The temperature is way down today, but it was "oh, so very close!" a couple of days ago, says Frank Seglenieks of the UW weather station. He's waiting for somebody to win the annual contest that involves predicting when the thermometer will hit 20 Celsius for the first time in the year. Friday afternoon's figure hit 19.3 degrees -- not close enough, and the contest goes on. The weather station's end-of-month roundup notes that "The temperature started off below average in March, but then we had the first warm spell beginning around the 10th followed by another week or so of cooler temperatures. However since the 21st, it got a little warmer each day with the last day of the month being 11 degrees above average. These last few extremely warm days at the end of the month made for an overall above average month."

    [Tharmalingam] A UW science-and-business student has won the "Young Investigator Award" from the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer for work done during her co-op job at the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre. Sukirtha Tharmalingam (right) will be attending the MASCC/ISOO 18th International Symposium in Toronto in June. Tharmalingam's award-winning research abstract is titled "Patients' and Health Care Professionals' Perspectives on the Most Important Quality of Life Issues in Bone Metastases".

    The four-day introductory "bootcamp" sponsored by the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research will run tomorrow through Saturday in Toronto. . . . A "clearance book sale" for the UW bookstore runs today through Thursday in the South Campus Hall concourse. . . . The central stores mailroom sent a memo across campus this week warning departments that envelopes 9 by 12 inches or larger cannot be sealed in the automatic mailing machines and should be sealed before they're sent out. . . .


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