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Thursday, December 3, 1998

  • The home of the digital photo
  • Arts lecture speaks of fairness
  • Ten years of architecture lectures
  • Happening today -- really, today
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The home of the digital photo

The Pixel Pub. holds its grand opening celebrations today, and despite what the name might suggest, the place doesn't serve beer and isn't staffed by pixies.

In reality, the latest UW graphics venture boasts a photo lab and retail outlet where -- with the exception of film processing -- "everything is done with pixels," explains manager Chris Hughes. Pixels are a digital imaging term referring to one point on the computer screen, he explains, with a single image made up of thousands, even millions, of the tiny dots.

"Everything" includes photofinishing, digital camera rentals, digital scanning and imaging services, large format colour inkjet printing, CD burning, photocopying, and the sale of photographic supplies and stationery.

Some of the same services were previously offered by central photo in the General Services Complex, but the Pixel Pub. -- "pub." (with a period) meaning "publication", not drinking hole -- not only expands services and updates technology, but, housed on the lower level of the Student Life Centre, brings both to a location easily accessible to everyone on campus, Hughes adds.

As part of the grand opening festivities, the Pixel Pub. staff are taking portraits of folks on campus decked out in their choice of reindeer antlers or Santa hat, or even sans props, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today. The free photos can be picked up tomorrow, with reprints available at the regular cost.

Official launch ceremonies start at 2 p.m., and include the draw for prizes awarded in the free Pixel Pub. raffle, including camera, fax machine/printer, $100 WatCard credit, men's watch, hockey tickets and golf shirts.

Arts lecture speaks of fairness

Psychology professor Ramona Bobocel will tackle the issue of workplace justice in a public lecture tonight -- the eighteenth annual Faculty of Arts lecture, entitled "Justice in the Workplace: The Many Facets of Fairness". She'll speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall. Admission is free.

"Everyone wants a fair workplace, yet there is continuing disagreement on how to attain it," Bobocel says. "Indeed, policies designed to address injustice, such as affirmative action or employment equity, are often criticized as themselves not being fair."

She said her lecture will provide insight into the concept of justice in the workplace through psychological research. As well, it will examine the "role of fairness considerations in understanding attitudes toward contemporary social and organizational politics."

A faculty member at UW since 1992, Bobocel completed her BSc degree at the University of Alberta and her MA and PhD at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests take in industrial and organizational psychology, particularly workplace justice as well as attitudes and behaviour in the workplace. She also examines the motivational and cognitive processes that contribute to resistance to change in managerial decision-making.

In the area of organizational justice issues, Bobocel seeks answers to questions such as these: What constitutes employee perceptions of fairness in the workplace? What are the consequences of the violation of this perception for the individual (for example, work attitudes), as well as for organizational functioning?

Ten years of architecture lectures

The school of architecture will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Arriscraft Lecture Series tonight with a reception and the last lecture in this term's series.

The reception will start at 6 p.m. in the Environmental Studies II green room, followed by the talk by Morden Yolles, one of Canada's leading civil engineers and structural designers. His talk is entitled "Bread and Water: The Collaborative Design Effort."

The Arriscraft lectures, featuring prominent architects, scholars and designers from around the world, are scheduled three terms a year and sponsored by the Arriscraft Corp. of Cambridge, Ontario.

"The lecture series contributes immeasurably to the intellectual and creative life of the school and has helped it to become one of the leaders in architectural education in North America," says Eric Haldenby, director of the architecture school. "Since the series began, more than 150 architects, scholars, artists and designers from across Canada and around the world have spoken at the school to students, faculty, the university community and the general public."

Haldenby said that Yolles, tonight's guest lecturer, is noted for being a champion of excellence and innovation in design. "He has also devoted a tremendous amount of time and energy to the education of architects at Waterloo as a tutor and guest critic."

The Arriscraft lectures are announced every fall, winter and spring term by a special poster, distributed on campus as well as to alumni and schools of architecture and architectural firms across North America. A complete collection of the posters went on display yesterday in the lobby of Environmental Studies II.

Happening today -- really, today

First of all, I have to apologize for announcing the Materials and Manufacturing Ontario "lunch and information session" a day early. What I said in yesterday's Bulletin about MMO itself was right, I trust, but then I said the getting-to-know-you event was being held yesterday. In fact, it's today, from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Davis Centre lounge and the seminar room next door.

Also at 12 noon today comes the last in the Films for Awareness series for this term. "After the Montreal Massacre" will be shown in room 267 of Conrad Grebel College. It's a 27-minute film which "includes the testimony of a woman who survived the Montreal Massacre of 1989. Also includes conversations with students, writers, and activists."

Volunteers are wanted

Requests this week from the Volunteer Action Centre include "a volunteer cyclist with tandem experience to ride with a blind back-seat rider"; Leisure Pals to visit at the A. R. Goudie Eventide Seniors' Home; volunteer receptionists and retail assistants at a local gallery; a "therapeutic swimming attendant" to accompany "a joyful, friendly gentleman"; and many people to help with Christmas projects at various agencies. More information: 742-8610.
Earlier, at 10:30, at Grand River Hospital, the student Mathematics Society will be presenting a cheque for $2,829.20 in support of the emergency ward. The money, which was raised by the student-based society at a recent charity ball, will be matched by the hospital auxiliary.

The physics department presents a seminar by Dean McLaughlin of the University of California at Berkeley, today at 2:30 in Physics room 145. Title: "Constraints on Star and Galaxy Formation from Globular Cluster Systems".

"The Japanese game of go is unique in a number of ways," writes Thomas Wolf as he prepares to give a talk for the Computer Science Club this afternoon. "It is the oldest board game known. It is a strategy game with very simple rules. Computer programs are very weak despite huge efforts and prizes of greater than $1.5 million US for a program beating professional players. The talk will quickly explain the rules of go, compare go and chess, mention various attempts to program go and describe our own efforts in this field. Students will have an opportunity to solve computer generated go problems." The talk starts at 5 p.m. in Davis Centre room 1304.

Reminder: today is the last day before a ten-day shutdown of the Oracle financial system, for a major software upgrade.


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