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Thursday, January 23, 1997

UW mourns a corporate friend

J. Page R. Wadsworth, one of the university's most loyal and longstanding friends from the business world, died Monday in Toronto.

Wadsworth -- who never attended university himself -- was a prominent Canadian banker who joined the UW board of governors in 1960. He served on the board for most of the following 23 years, including a term from 1977 to 1983 as its chairman. He was chancellor, the university's ceremonial head, from 1985 to 1991, and since then has had the title of "chancellor emeritus". In one post after another, he was among the most faithful of UW's outside friends in attending meetings, doing the inevitable paperwork and talking with people in the university who wanted his advice or his ear.

Wadsworth spent 48 years working for what's now the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, beginning as a 16-year-old "junior" in 1928 and winding up as chairman of the bank's board, 1973-76. ("During his wide career in the Bank," a biographical statement says, "he was in charge of operations in Alberta in the early 1950's when it established its internationally known Petroleum and Natural Gas Department.") Besides UW, community organizations he served included Lakefield College School, Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, and the Anglican church.

When he retired from UW's board in 1983, he told the Gazette that he had found his presence there "a rewarding experience . . . to see something continually developing and growing is exciting. . . . I'm interested in people." He also said, perhaps belying his silver-haired, button-down image, that "There is nothing wrong with good strong protest."

His memorials include the J. Page R. Wadsworth Chair in Accounting and Finance, in the school of accountancy, established in 1983.

The funeral is to be held tomorrow in Toronto, his home.

Department heads meet today

Department heads and chairs have been invited to a meeting at 3 this afternoon in Davis Centre room 1302. Says a memo from UW president James Downey:
Jay Black, Associate Provost, Information Systems and Technology, will make a presentation on Business 1999; Murray Shepherd, University Librarian, on plans for UW's 40th anniversary celebrations; and Jim Kalbfleisch and I will each say a few words about issues of general interest. The meeting, which is expected to last about an hour, will be followed by a reception.
Some of what's said this afternoon will doubtless be a repetition of some of what's said this morning at a meeting of the senate finance committee (it begins at 8:30 in Needles Hall room 3004).

Residence fees up by $20

Increases in the Village residence rates for 1997-98 were reviewed by the board of governors executive committee on Tuesday and are on the agenda for approval by the board itself on February 4. The plan is to raise the rate for a single room from $3,052 to $3,072 for two terms (that's a hike of 0.65 per cent); for an interconnecting room, from $2,932 to $2,952 (0.68 per cent); for a double room, from $2,812 to $2,832 (0.71 per cent).

No increases are planned in other rents charged by UW: $1,314 per term at the Minota Hagey Residence; $2,628 for two terms at the Columbia Lake Townhouses; $509 and $541 per month at the Married Student Apartments.

Words for your arteries

Paragraphs of interest from the weekly menu and "Food Facts" distributed by the food services department:
North Americans eat 55 million hamburgers every day! Befriend your arteries by choosing small burgers and skipping the "special sauces". Cheeseburgers provide some calcium, but skim milk, yogurt, and green vegetables are much better, lower-calorie sources.

Though they are deep fried and salted, french fries are not quite as bad as their reputation would have them. But a small serving should be more than enough, and hold the salt.

Plain roast beef is lower in fat than most hamburger meat, but a sandwich, topped with bacon, cheese, or sauces, may be quite fatty.

What happens with chain letters

Roger Watt, manager of campus networks in information systems and technology, issued this no-nonsense statement yesterday:
Recently there has been an increase in the number of complaints about people at UW who have sent "chain letter" or "pyramid selling" or "multi-level marketing" mailings or newsgroup postings.

If you receive something that promises you can make money or gain good luck (or whatever) if you follow its instructions, please don't. No matter what the purpose and no matter what the claim about it being legal, sending such things is a violation of the laws of a number of countries. Complaints resulting from this are pursued as deliberate misuse of UW computing and communications facilities, with possible consequences ranging from UW-internal discipline to legal action (see http://www.dcs.uwaterloo.ca/directives/use91.html).

A few days ago, a UW person sent one of these things, and complaints are still flooding in. I am informed that those with authority for that person's access to computing facilities have now terminated his/her userid on that Faculty's central computing facility and have terminated his/her abilities to continue using the Watstar system for news, mail, the Web, and all other forms of Internet connectivity.

The moon is full today

At 10:11 a.m. our time, to be precise. Also today, it's Tu b'Shvat, a day observed in the Jewish tradition "to show respect and appreciation for trees and plants".

Co-op students are reminded that "one copy of your resume package must be delivered to the co-op drop box in Needles Hall by 8:00 p.m. This copy will be retained on file for emergency use."

Math undergraduate students vote today on a proposed $3-a-term increase in the fee they pay to the Mathematics Society.

Retirement planning workshops recommended by UW's human resources department are being held at Kitchener City Hall for six consecutive Wednesday evenings starting January 29; the same workshop will be given Tuesday evenings starting March 25. The fee is $45 per person, $75 per couple. More information is available from Bridging the Gap at 741-2863.

The Classical and Medieval Studies Club is holding a pub night this evening at the Fox and Pheasant ("free food -- sorry, no free beer"). Nunc est bibendum.


January 23, 1970: The Faculty Club (later renamed the University Club) opens for business.

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