To express griefFlags 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.
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.)
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.
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 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.
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