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Tuesday, September 2, 1997

The college years pass by, from autumn leaves to autumn leaves, in a measured cadence that substitutes the college calendar for the Zodiac.
-- Stephen Leacock
[Diana portrait]

To express grief

Flags at UW's University Avenue entrance, and across Canada and the world, are flying at half-staff today in mourning for Diana, Princess of Wales, killed in an automobile crash in Paris on Sunday.

And start all over again

With a merry influx of students, the fall term is beginning, and most immediately, orientation week is beginning -- with tours, "quad games" this morning in Ron Eydt Village, and parties all over the place, including Treble Charger in concert tonight at Federation Hall.

A scan of the orientation schedule shows that the campus-wide "pep rally" that's been held early in the week in some previous Septembers isn't on the program this year, as orientation is just a little more low-key than before. The biggest scream will be happening Saturday with "an attempt at the world's largest pizza", music by Wide Mouth Mason, and mass arrival at the UW-versus-Laurier football game.

But there's a lot to be done between now and then, from airband practice to a charity car-wash. Today, tomorrow and Thursday there are performances of "Single and Sexy" in the Theatre of the Arts -- the ninth annual production of UW's "collective play about sexual attitudes in the nineties". Admission is free. The show starts today at 11:00 and 3:00; Wednesday at 10:30 and 1:30; Thursday at 11:00 and 1:30.

The most important, if not the most pleasant, activity all week is registration: paying those fees. Undergraduates register in the small gym of the Physical Activities Complex, with science students due this morning, engineering this afternoon, arts on Wednesday morning, environmental studies and independent studsies on Wednesday afternoon, math on Thursday morning, applied health sciences on Thursday afternoon, and "all students unable to register as above" on Friday. (Graduate students, meanwhile, register on the second floor of Needles Hall.)

Senate executive meets today

The endless cycle of university business is rolling, as the executive committee of the UW senate meets at 3:30 this afternoon in Needles Hall room 3004. The senate is UW's chief governing body, and the executive committee will be setting the agenda for the senate's first meeting of the fall term (Monday evening, September 15).

The usual routine reports are on the agenda, including brief information on 15 new full-time faculty members. Then there's item 6(a): "Presidential Nominating Committee". That's right, believe it or not, James Downey has been UW's leader for so long that the end of his six-year term is on the horizon. And by the procedure set out in Policy 50, it's time to think about creating a nominating committee to decide about his reappointment or his successor.

Other notes and announcements

Training sessions for teaching assistants are happening at various times this week across campus. A web page provided by the teaching resource office lists such sessions offered by departments and faculties, including the well-established ExpecTAtions in the faculty of engineering (all day this Thursday and Friday) and sessions in computer science than run Thursday and Friday for a total of six hours.

Among services that are working extra hours this week is key control, which will be open over the noon hour from today through September 26. (Usual hours for issuing keys are 8:30 to noon and 1:00 to 4:30.)

The "Waterloo web site of the day" in Friday's Bulletin was the page for Interactive Learning, a pair of courses taught by Tom Carey of the teaching resource office. Seems the text I provided wasn't quite up to date: since it was drafted, the scheduling of the courses has been changed. IS 301A, the first of the courses, is to be offered in the winter term, not this fall as originally planned.


September 1, 1967: Howard Petch arrives from McMaster University to become vice-president (academic).

September 2, 1993: Food services offers free muffins at Pastry Plus in the Davis Centre (it's not yet a Tim Horton's outlet) and Needles Hall.

Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
credmond@watserv1.uwaterloo.ca -- (519) 888-4567 ext. 3004
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