From a warmer land
comes the inspiration for these paintings by fine arts student
Soheila Kolahdouz -- part of an exhibition of graduating students' work
that continues in East Campus Hall through next week. The artworks, based
on a poem by Persian poet Rumi, combine eastern calligraphy with western-style
UW closed today by ice storm
The University of Waterloo is closed today because of an ice storm
that started last night and is expected
continue through tomorrow
Trudy Moul writes from the sociology department that
Soc 322 assignments due today are now due at the same time on
Monday, April 7. The "take home" exam questions will be available Monday
from the sociology office or from the instructor.
The closing disrupts life on what was to be the last day of classes
for the winter term. (Exams start Monday.)
It means classes and other events are cancelled;
libraries and other services are closed; staff (except a
few in essential services, such as sanding the roads) get a paid day off; and
students' assignment deadlines are postponed.
The English Language Proficiency Examination, which was to be written
tonight, has been rescheduled for Sunday (April 6) at 7 p.m. in the
Physical Activities Complex. Anyone for whom that date poses a problem
should call ext. 2837 to discuss it.
Students who were
scheduled to have in-class tests today should get in touch with the
professor, when they can, to set a new date for the test.
The bookstore and other retail outlets will be closed today and also
closing the university is automatic when the Waterloo Region District
School Board closes all its schools, as it did today. It's the first
time the schools and the university have been closed since December 2000.
("Ice storm" -- those are scary words for anybody who lived through the
big storm of
1998 in eastern Ontario and Québec. "I hope I don't have to
experience another one of those," was the comment this morning from
someone who was at Queen's University in 1998 and is now at Waterloo.)
Some students returning from Asia jobs
Some co-op students are coming home from work term jobs in Hong
Kong almost a month early, the result of
(Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) there and in other places, the
co-op department said yesterday.
Olaf Naese of co-op said UW
has six students on work term in China this winter, twenty in Hong Kong,
thirteen in Japan, two in Malaysia, three in Singapore, six in Korea,
thirteen in Taiwan and two in Australia. Those are the countries, besides
Canada, where SARS has been reported.
He said several coordinators who have students working "with
employers or in locations affected by the SARS situation" have
been in touch with their students to discuss what's happening and
the options that are open to them. Two web pages provide a summary
of the advice being offered,
dated March 31 and
as of yesterday.
Says the most recent page: "If you are working in an affected area in
Asia and you feel that you are no longer able to continue with your
work term due to the SARS situation, you might decide to return to
Canada early. If this is the case you will not be penalized for
terminating your employment. Discuss the situation with your employer
first. If you decide to leave your work term position, you should wrap
up your assignments as smoothly and cleanly as possible and
leave on good relations with your employer."
As of yesterday morning, Naese said,
"a number of
students in Hong Kong have left their jobs or will be shortly before the
end of the work term. A few co-op students who were scheduled to go on a
work term in Hong Kong in May have decided not to go while others are still
considering what to do."
Some students closer to home are also affected by the threat of SARS:
those working in hospitals.
Says Naese: "Although nursing students from other universities or
colleges have been
ordered to stay away from their placements because of their involvement
with patients, the story is not necessarily the same for our co-ops.
Depending in the job they are doing, some have felt no effect while others
have been moved to other non-medical buildings to continue their work. This
could change, however, as the days go by."
The co-op department offers this advice for anybody ending a work term
unexpectedly: "Ask your supervisor to complete your evaluation before
you leave and bring it back with you. Remember that you cannot
receive credit for the work term without a completed evaluation."
Four join Warrior hall of fame
Four new members will join the UW Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday
night, as the 20th annual induction ceremony is scheduled for the Festival Room,
South Campus Hall, starting at 7:00.
Here are citations (from the department of athletics and recreational
services) for the four new members:
Jarrett Smith (right), a native of Hamilton , played running
back for the Warrior football team from 1993 through 1997.
Jarrett left as the Warriors' career rushing leader with 3,895 yards and
684 carries and a member of the 1997 Yates Cup Championship Team.
Smith led the CIAU with 1,620 yards on 253 carries rushing, a 6.4 yard
average and scored 12 times in his final year with the Warriors. Other
records set in
his final season included an OUA record for most yards rushing (1,275) in
an eight game regular season. In 1996 and 1997 season, Jarrett won the
Omega Trophy presented to the OUA most valuable player and also was
nominated for the Hec Crighton Trophy (96/97), presented annually to the
outstanding player in the CIAU. Jarrett Smith was an OUA all-star in 1995,
1996, and was honoured as an All-Canadian along with his OUA honours.
Jarrett is entering his sixth season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the
Canadian Football League
At age 45, Frank Erdelyi became the Maintenance
Supervisor at St. Jerome's
College. Once on campus Frank immediately became the catalyst of the Campus
Recreation Table Tennis Club, taking the club to new heights. Now retired,
Frank is still the chief organizer dedicated to insuring that there is
table tennis program at Waterloo.
For almost 40 years, Erdelyi has maintained the equipment at a very high
standard and attended countless hours of sessions all volunteer time. For
several years Frank played and trained some of the top international table
tennis players through the UW Campus Recreation Club, including Larry Lee
who represented Canada several times.
Frank was one of the first participants honoured with a life time Campus
Recreation pass and also a winner of the Hopkins-Kemp Honorary
The newest swimmer to be inducted into the Waterloo Athletic Hall of Fame
is a member from the earliest teams.
Lee Fraser was an Athena initially for two
seasons 1969-70, 1970-71 and then took a few years off before returning
for the 74-75 season. In the earlier years Lee was a consistent medallist at
what was then the Ontario Quebec Women's swimming championship. Upon her
return to the team in 74-75 she continued these winning ways in the Ontario
Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Association swimming championship. Her
contributions in the sprint free and backstroke events were significant in
the Athenas' success in winning conference championships in all three
seasons. The Department of Athletics looks forward to recognizing Lee for
her accomplishments and contributions to the success of the swimming
program later this spring.
Long-time athletic department facility manager Bill
Cook (left) retired last fall
following 30 years of loyal and dedicated service.
In Bill's 30 years he witnessed the arena being built, the Columbia Icefield
gyms and dressing rooms being built, new fields developed, many renovations to
the Physical Activities Complex such as the weight
rooms, women's locker rooms and changes to the equipment centre,
renovations to the CIF and now, he has helped direct the new additions of a
fitness room, a new gym, and the women's ice hockey dressing room
at the Icefield.
This is a lifetime of building and a legacy for all of us at
Waterloo. Managing the operations of these facilities required his
strengths and his determination.
The University of Waterloo Athletic Hall of Fame is one of our proudest
traditions and honours those who have made an important contribution to the
Department of Athletics and Recreational Services.
What was supposed to be happening
Before the weather got ugly, today was to be the final day of
this year's graduate student research
conference, with presentations from 9:00 to 4:00 in the Davis Centre.
Darin Graham of Communications
and Information Technology Ontario was ready to give a special talk at
11:30 about Ontario's centres of excellence and how they support graduate
research. The noon-hour keynote speaker was to be
Keith Hipel of systems design engineering,
speaking on "A Conflict of Values over the Control of Our Natural
Heritage and Social Infrastructure". And a final awards
banquet was scheduled for South Campus Hall.
All these activities are cancelled. The grad studies office says the tentative
alternate date for the sessions and the banquet will be next Friday,
April 11. "All student presenters and conference participants will be
contacted as soon as possible."
Also probably disrupted by today's closing:
Assuming that the weather gets more manageable by tomorrow, plans are to
shut down power in much of the
Math and Computer building for maintenance work from
6 to 10 a.m. The information systems
and technology department says the shutdown isn't expected to affect
its central equipment and computer networks.
- Rene Vandenboom of the University of Michigan, speaking on
"Myofibrillar Regulation in Skeletal Muscle", at 1:00 in the Clarica
Auditorium (Lyle Hallman Institute, Matthews Hall).
- Anne-Marie Power, a graduate student in the philosophy
department, with a colloquium at 2:30 in Humanities room 334. Her
topic: "Nietzsche as Isolate".
- The last speaker of the lecture season at St. Jerome's University:
Miriam Martin of Ottawa's Saint
Paul University. Starting at 7:30, in Siegfried Hall, she "examines
how the public shape of worship can reflect and celebrate both the
poverty and the richness of women and their experience as they worship
in the assembly and as they lead the assembly in worship".
A group from the staff association is off to play at Kitchener's
Laser Quest on Sunday. . . . The Humanities Theatre will be
busy over the weekend (depending on how the
storm shapes up, I suppose) with young dancers in a Rhythm Dance
Festival. . . .
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