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Thursday, March 22, 2001

  • Fall enrolment targets down a hair
  • Even the cheerleaders are helping out
  • Muslim scholar speaks tonight
  • Entries for your date-book

[Five in formal dress]
Club members do a gender bender in the drama department's production of "The Club", continuing tonight through Saturday (8:00) in the Theatre of the Arts.

Fall enrolment targets down a hair -- adapted from yesterday's Gazette

Despite the introduction of a new software engineering program this September, the target first-year enrolment for fall at UW will remain virtually the same as the number set for last year.

The goal for fall 2001 is 4,067 first-year students, down slightly from the 2000 target of 4,120 students. Eventually, last fall's first-year enrolment hit 4,200.

"With the exception of Engineering and Mathematics, the Faculty totals are very similar or the same as those for fall 2000," says director of admissions Peter Burroughs. "In Engineering, the total has been reduced from 840 to 735 mainly as a result of a decrease of 130 in Computer Engineering. Electrical Engineering has been increased by 25. The reduction in Computer Engineering is partly a result of a total of 100 places being created for Software Engineering. The Faculty of Mathematics has also reduced its target by 50 in lieu of Software Engineering."

The November 1, 2001 targets for full-time, year-one students: applied health sciences, 277; arts, 1,117; engineering, 735; environmental studies, 283; independent studies, 5; mathematics, 950; science, 600.

Warrior named all-Canadian

Rob Maric, star defenceman and captain of the hockey Warriors this year, was named an All-Canadian last night as the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union celebrated the hockey season that's coming to an end.

Maric, a graduate student in earth sciences, is at the end of his Warrior career, and leaves a record as one of the team's greats, from a 1997-98 rookie-of-the-year award on through his four years of play.

"Nothing is good if it can't be better," Maric said in an interview the year he won the Coaches' Trophy. "If you don't have faults and failures, you're not going to be a success. . . . I always say a little prayer before I go out on the ice."

Even the cheerleaders are helping out

Everybody's involved, from the director to a squad of volunteers, as UW's department of athletics and recreational services helps play host to the national championship hockey tournament, which starts today.

[CIAU logo] "It's work but it's great," said athletics director Judy McCrae, who has just one regret about the event: that UW's own Warriors aren't taking part. They were eliminated in a three-team playoff last week, and the Laurier Golden Hawks will play as the host team. The visiting teams represent Alberta, Western, St. Francis Xavier, St. Thomas (New Brunswick), and Québec à Trois-Rivières.

Staff and volunteers from UW, Laurier and the University of Guelph are sharing the responsibilities of playing host -- "to make our company feel comfortable," as McCrae puts it. UW's responsibilities include last night's banquet at the Four Points Sheraton hotel in Kitchener, a luncheon tomorrow, "accreditation" for everybody from players to media, and the opening and closing ceremonies.

The tournament is being played at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, off Ottawa Street, and that's where McCrae and many of her colleagues are spending most of their time this week. "It's fun to be involved in a major event," she says, so much fun that current staff have been joined by several people who left the athletics department years ago. Long-time information director Paul Condon has come out of retirement to help, along with former athletics directors Carl Totzke and Wally Delahey.

Other volunteers are on hand as well, and even the Warrior cheerleaders will be at the Aud for a day to add glamour to the "Education Zone" children's events that accompany the tournament.

An additional feature of the weekend is a Warrior hockey alumni reunion. McCrae said at least 36 former players have promised to drop in.

Games will be played today, tomorrow and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The championship game goes at 3:00 Sunday afternoon. Tickets are available at the Aud box office (phone 745-0303) and there will be free buses from near campus.

Muslim scholar speaks tonight

"Beyond the Clash of Civilizations" is the title as British-based scholar Azim Nanji gives the last of the "2020: Building the Future" lectures tonight in the Humanities Theatre. The talk begins at 8:00 and admission is free.

Organizers say Nanji will talk about "civilisational dialogue as a prerequisite for building for the future at a national as well as at a global level", the role of Islam in the overall dialogue in a Canadian as well as an international context, and "building universally shared values".

[Calligraphy] Nanji is an international authority on the Ismaili branch of the Muslim faith, and has been director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, in London, since 1998. The institute "promotes scholarship and learning on Islam, with emphasis on Shi'ism in general and its Ismaili Tariqah in particular, and a better understanding of their relationship with world faiths and societies".

Previously, Nanji was chair of the department of religion at the University of Florida. He received his PhD in Islamic Studies from McGill University and went on to be a Killam Fellow at Dalhousie University.

Nanji has written, co-authored and edited several books including The Nizari Ismaili Tradition (1976), The Muslim Almanac (1996), and Mapping Islamic Studies (1997). In addition, he has contributed many shorter studies and articles on religion, Islam and Ismailism in journals and reference books, and lectured widely at conferences all over the world. He has been co-chair of the Islam section at the American Academy of Religion and on the editorial board of the Academy's journal. He is vice-chair of the Early Childhood Education Programme in East Africa, serves on the Task Force to establish an Institute of Islamic Civilisations in Europe and is a member on the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Entries for your date-book

Class enrolment (preregistration) continues today and tomorrow for fall term courses. . . . The joint health and safety committee will meet at 1:30 this afternoon in Needles Hall room 3004. . . . Upper-year co-op students who are still looking for spring term jobs should drop off 15 copies of their résumé and a "continuous phase registration form" at Needles Hall today or tomorrow. . . .

Something rather special is happening at Wilfrid Laurier University at noontime -- a release party for a new CD, "Bellows & Brass . . . and Boyd", described as "an eclectic compilation of contemporary classical music with many connections" to Laurier. The composer is emeritus professor Boyd McDonald, and the music is played by a Laurier-linked trio of trumpet-cum-piano, trombone and accordion. Today's party starts at 12 noon at the Laurier bookstore, where the CD is for sale.

Two academic talks are scheduled today: Bruce Jones of the University of Western Ontario gives a statistics department seminar at 3:30 (Math and Computer room 5158) on "Aging, Physical Activity, Health, and Insurance Costs". In the physics department at 4:00 (Physics building room 145), John Wei of the University of Toronto speaks on "Nanoscale Study of High-Tc Superconductors".

The third annual Spanish Theatrical Interlude is scheduled for 7:00 tonight in the multipurpose room of the Student Life Centre, a performance of "Las Noticias de Hoy".

[Sax] The instrumental chamber ensembles of UW's music department, directed by Elaine Sweeney and based at Conrad Grebel College, offer a concert tonight at 7:30 in the Grebel chapel. Admission is free. The music includes work by Bach, Brahms, Milhaud, Purcell, Haydn and some other easily recognized names. The instruments? Flute, violin and piano; two violins and a harpsichord; violin, cello and bass; and so on. There's even a saxophone.

Coming to Federation Hall tomorrow night: "the X-rated hypnotist", Tony Lee. The show is "both shocking and intriguing", Federation of Students programmers promise; tickets are $4 (that's $6 for non-students) from the Fed office in the Student Life Centre.


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