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Wednesday, November 8, 2000

  • Flu shots start next week
  • Winter schedules available today
  • Meeting set for graduate students
  • Planner describes a decentralized city
  • Other notes and events today

United Way reaches its goal

United Way campaign co-chairs Chandrika Anjaria and Winston Cherry announced yesterday that UW's campaign has reached its goal of $142,000.

Said their announcement: "The generosity of campus donors is a timely response to the urgent needs in the larger K-W community. Area coordinators, departmental representatives, and the campus media have done an exceptional job of keeping the United Way campaign a focus. While the committee is proud to mark this achievement, the needs of the community encourage us to try to exceed it. It's never too late to participate, but to be eligible for the final prize draw, you must make your personal contribution by Tuesday, November 14."

And special events in support of the United Way continue -- today is Pizza Day sponsored by the arts faculty United Way committee and the Arts Student Union. Slices will be $1.50 from 11:20 to 12:40, in the arts quad if it's balmy or inside the Arts Lecture Hall if it rains.

Flu shots start next week -- by Barbara Hallett

Health services is gearing up to provide thousands of injections next week, in the hopes of ensuring that everybody on campus escapes the flu this winter.

Last July, the Ontario ministry of health decided to provide free flu vaccine to all residents of the province this fall, and it's recommending that everyone over six months old be immunized. In partnership with the Waterloo Region community health department, health services on campus is offering the immunization program in two phases this fall.

As part of phase one, vaccine for those defined as "high risk" is currently available. That includes people with chronic heart or lung disorders; staff, volunteers and residents of long-term care facilities; anyone age 65 or older; those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer, anemia, or immune deficiency diseases; children and teens (ages six months to 18 years) who have been treated for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid; staff, students and volunteers in hospitals or other health settings who have contact with people in high risk groups; and emergency service workers.

Health services is encouraging UW employees in those groups to visit their own family doctor for the vaccine, but will book appointments for those who do not have a family doctor or can't see their doctor.

In phase two, the vaccine will be provided to all students and employees at UW in the "healthy population". Beginning Tuesday, November 21, health services staff will provide flu shots at clinics from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Life Centre multipurpose room, using an "alphabetical format" to streamline the clinics and minimize waiting time:

Additional clinics on November 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. are open to all students and employees.

Health cards must be presented before a flu shot can be administered, and those attending the clinics are reminded to "dress appropriately" for the injection, and to be prepared to wait at the clinic for 15 minutes after the injection. A fee may be charged to patients with Québec or out-of-country health coverage.

There are good reasons for healthy folks to have the vaccine, says Ruth Kropf, a nurse at health services and flu clinic coordinator. A flu shot can protect healthy people and their families against the disease; it can prevent time lost from work and school, as well as holiday time lost with family and friends; and it can prevent the virus being spread to others.

While the vaccine is considered 70 to 90 per cent effective in preventing flu in healthy adults, those who do contract the disease will have milder symptoms than they would have without immunization, says Kropf. A common misconception is that the vaccine itself can cause the flu. On the contrary, since the vaccine does not contain live viruses, it can not transmit the flu.

However, there are individuals who should not get a flu shot: anyone with a serious allergy to eggs or egg products, or to any component of the vaccine, including thimerosal, neomycin or gelatin, or has had a serious allergic reaction to a previous dose of the vaccine. Those with a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome should consult their doctor before getting the vaccine.

Winter schedules available today

Class schedules are available starting today for full-time undergraduate students who are on campus this term and will be here again in the winter term.

Pickup locations, as listed by the registrar's office:

This week the registrar's office is mailing schedules to home addresses for students who are on work term this fall, part-time students, and students in independent studies.

Fee statements for all undergraduate students are being mailed to home addresses this week, the finance office says. Graduate students' fee statements will go into the mail next week. The due date for winter term fees is December 13.

Meeting set for graduate students

A general meeting of the Graduate Student Association has been called for next week in an attempt to clarify the content of several of the association's bylaws.

The meeting is set for Wednesday, November 15, at 6 p.m. in Needles Hall room 3004, and will address ambiguity in the wording of bylaws relating to fees, referendums and election procedures, according to GSA president Bill Bishop.

At the recommendation of the bylaw review committee, changes are proposed to the three bylaws which will clarify, rather than fundamentally change the content, says Bishop.

Also on the agenda is a review of the position of Angela Kyveris, GSA vice-president (student affairs) on the association's council, board and executive. Having missed five out of six council meetings because of a conflict with her work as a teaching assistant, Kyveris is automatically deemed to have resigned. However, says Bishop, her schedule has now changed to eliminate the conflict and Kyveris has asked to be reappointed since the conflict was beyond her control.

Planner describes a decentralized city

"Metropolitan regions have become increasingly car-dependent," UW planning professor Pierre Filion told his audience in a major lecture last month that will be in print soon. "Meanwhile, the influence of the Central Business District has declined everywhere."

Filion was giving the third annual Environmental Studies Lecture, this year under the title "Planning in a Post-Modern World". Here's a brief excerpt from what he said:

The progression of dispersion has induced major changes in how urban space is perceived and used. Trudi Bunting and I relied on Waterloo Region to chart behavioural patterns and preferences within a dispersed urban form.

The choice of this object of study was not only driven by convenience of location; it was also guided by the observation that Waterloo Region with its weak downtown areas, marginal transit use and overall low residential density is one of the -- if not the -- most dispersed metropolitan regions in Canada. We thus felt that it was legitimate to use Waterloo Region as a model of advanced dispersion.

Our hypothesis, confirmed by travel data, residential density measures and surveys with residents, is that the determining influence of metropolitan-wide CBD-centred accessibility on land value and density dissipates in dispersed settings as the role of more localized factors of location rises. In centralized cities, accessibility to the downtown was of prime importance, for this district offered the foremost concentration of employment as well as the vast majority of cultural and entertainment activities and specialized and high-order retail. It followed that these cities registered steep accessibility and land value gradients culminating at the CBD.

With growing car use, massive arterial road and expressway investments and the scattering of activities throughout dispersed metropolitan regions, accessibility and land value patterns become much more complex. In highly dispersed regions, these now involve multiple peaks and valleys with little evidence of a CBD effect.

The Waterloo Region study has shown that as the influence of the CBD plummets and as employment, services and retail are more evenly distributed across the urbanized territory, residential location is influenced more by place (features of the home and its immediate environment) than by space (metropolitan-wide accessibility) factors. Proximity (amenities and activities accessible within a ten to fifteen minute drive) also plays an important role in location decisions. The resulting metropolitan region becomes an agglomeration of overlapping middle range accessibility gradients focussed on scattered employment, retail and service locations -- a region with a sharply different land use-transportation dynamic than traditional centralized metropolitan areas.

The full text of the ES lecture will be published by the faculty of environmental studies, dean Geoff McBoyle says.

Other notes and events today

While some co-op students wait to find out what winter term jobs they'll have -- yesterday was ranking day -- others haven't yet found the right employer. Job posting #1 in the "continuous phase" of placement goes up today in Needles Hall, and students who weren't ranked by employers, or didn't have interviews, are urged to give it their close attention.

A seminar on "Understanding the Barriers to Physical Activity for Individuals with Cancer" is scheduled for 12:30 today in Matthews Hall room 3119, as part of the cancer control seminar series. Speakers are Nicole Culos-Reed of UW's Centre for Behavioural Research and Program Evaluation and Jennifer Angove, graduate student in the kinesiology department.

Wednesday noons mean music at Conrad Grebel College. Today's concert in the Grebel chapel is by Jacob Heringman, showing off "The Sixteenth Century Lute"; it starts at 12:30, and admission is free.

A funeral service will be held today for Rosemary LeBlanc, who was manager of the Bon Appetit food fair in the Davis Centre. She died Saturday. The funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church on Northfield Drive. Some food services outlets will be closed from noon to 4 p.m. today so that staff members can attend the funeral.

The parking office will close early today -- see the UW Police if you need a temporary permit when the office is closed -- and lots H and B1 will be accepting a $2 coin for entry starting at 2:30 p.m.

Faye Abrams of UW's library still needs some students from UW, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Guelph to take part in a focus group tonight on the question "What do you want from your library?" There's free pizza and pop for the participants, who need to be undergraduates above the first-year level. The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Davis Centre library conference room, and Abrams is looking for RSVPs at ext. 3520.

The faculty of applied health sciences will host an information session tonight about the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, its program and admission requirements. The session is scheduled for 5:00 in Matthews Hall room 1035.

The volleyball Warriors are in action tonight -- the women at 6 p.m., the men at 8 p.m. -- facing Laurier's Golden Hawks in the PAC main gym.

The student-run "2020: Building the Future" lecture series tonight presents author Thomas Homer-Dixon, director of the peace and conflict studies program at the University of Toronto. His topic: "The Ingenuity Gap: How Can We Solve the Problems of the Future?" The free lecture starts at 7 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre.

Looking ahead, here's a reminder of the Imprint Lecture tomorrow night by editor Robert Fulford. The way I phrased things in yesterday's Bulletin, readers might have thought the event was happening last night, and I apologize if anybody was misled. It is in fact at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Humanities Theatre. (Admission is free, but tickets should be picked up in advance from the Humanities box office.)


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