Campus News Briefs

Chopin concert celebrates Convocation Hall restoration

On Saturday, Nov. 27, Brandon University piano professor Dr. Alexander Tselyakov will perform all 24 of Chopin’s Études and pay tribute to U of W’s Convocation Hall. In addition to being the first time all 24 Études will be performed in Winnipeg, it is also the first concert to be performed with Convocation Hall’s recently acquired Kawai grand piano, as stated in a U of W media release. The concert will honour the restoration of Convocation Hall, which earned the Heritage Winnipeg Reservation Award of Excellence for its efforts to be “thorough, sympathetic and sensitive.” Dr. Tselyakov will also be recording a CD of the Études to mark the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth. All proceeds will go to support Virtuosi Concerts Inc., based in Eckhart-Gramatté Hall.

Wesmen women keep perfect record, men’s basketball fall to 1-4

The University of Winnipeg Wesmen women’s basketball team is tearing up the CanWest division, destroying all those in their path. The Wesmen were led once again by co-captains Catie Gooch and Amy Ogidan, while solid contributions from fifth-year veterans Alex MacIver and Kaitlin Rempel helped the Wesmen keep their perfect record. They are now on a 5-0 winning streak. However, the men’s basketball team lost on the road last weekend. Winnipeg was led offensively by captain Nick Lother, along with Lynden Drayton and Nolin Gooding. Unfortunately, UBC’s offense was too much for the Wesmen, who could not find a way to stop the Thunderbirds from scoring. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will travel to Saskatchewan next weekend to take on the Huskies in their home gym.

Library seeking feedback

The University of Winnipeg Library, through the Association of Research Libraries, is conducting a survey among students, faculty and staff in order to assess the quality of library services at academic and research institutions. The data gathered will go to a LibQUAL database, according to a U of W media release, where information from each institution will be analyzed. The summary reports from each institution will be available to all participants in order to compare services and create goals for improving services. The survey is expected to take 15 minutes and will be conducted in over 730 libraries in North America, Europe and Australia. For more information, visit

Jr. Wesmen accepting clothing donations

The Inner City Jr. Wesmen are requesting donations of used boys and girls basketball shoes for their new Inner City Jr. Wesmen Basketball division, according to a Wesmen Athletics media release. They are also raising awareness for the families in Winnipeg’s core and inner city that are unable to provide warm winter clothing for their children during the chilly season, so any donations of gently used hats, mittens or scarves are greatly appreciated. To help out those less fortunate, bring your new or used clothing and shoes to the Duckworth Centre where staff will collect them.

Downtown vocal jazz choir

The little-known University of Winnipeg Downtown Vocal Jazz Choir, directed by jazz musician and music teacher Helen White, will be performing a concert on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in Eckhart-Gramatté Hall. The group, which has been performing concerts at the end of every semester since 2008, is made up primarily of students and meets every Sunday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the hall. The choir performs with a big band, directed by Rob Hrabluk, that also meets on Sundays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested is encouraged to join for the relaxed, community atmosphere and dedication to good music. For more information on joining contact White via her website at

Published in Volume 65, Number 12 of The Uniter (November 18, 2010)

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