Campus News Briefs

Inaugural Winnipeg Police Service scholarship awarded

The inaugural Winnipeg Police Service Opportunity Scholarships in Memory of Injured and Fallen Soldiers were awarded to two recipients last week, pre-medicine student Katrina Laberinto and criminal justice student Elizabeth Oliver. The scholarship, which is awarded to downtown and North End high school graduates, gives the two women $2,500, renewable annually. The scholarships are part of the University of Winnipeg’s Opportunity Fund, which seeks to close the graduation gap by helping students who might otherwise lack resources attend the University of Winnipeg. “The Opportunity Fund is one way to empower students like Katrina and Elizabeth to help them meet their potential and offer them the financial support they need,” said U of W president Dr. Lloyd Axworthy in a statement.

UWSA/Wesmen Athletics hold Student Group basketball tournament

On Friday, Jan. 27, the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association will hold a 3-on-3 Student Group basketball tournament at 3 p.m. in partnership with the Wesmen Athletics Program. The Snowballs of Fury III basketball tournament is meant as fun exercise in student group rivalry while encouraging student group members and spectators to attend the Wesmen basketball game at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the teams with the best uniform, team cheer and fan support.

Starbucks and Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub now open

Canad Inns, a Winnipeg hotel and restaurant chain, is now locked into a 20-year lease with the University of Winnipeg to occupy space in the former Greyhound bus depot, recently re-named the AnX. Both a Starbucks and a Canad Inns Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub occupy the new space, adding to the expansive list of new food service options on campus, including Stella’s Café in the Buhler Centre and Diversity Food Services’ Elements, the restaurant in the Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex. The AnX building, which will soon include a Powerland Computers and MTS Connect Store, is slated for a grand opening in February.

UWSA Day of Action slated for Feb. 1

The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) will hold its annual Day of Action on Wednesday, Feb. 1, with a march on the Manitoba legislature during the free period at 12:30 p.m. The Day of Action will protest increases in tuition fees in the wake of the provincial government lifting a nearly decade-long freeze on tuition costs in September 2009. The march will start at 12:30 p.m. at the U of W main campus and conclude in front of the Manitoba legislature. The University of Winnipeg Senate supported the protest by prohibiting professors from scheduling major assignments or exams on Feb. 1, according to a UWSA press release.

UWSA budget consultations wrap up

The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) wrapped up budget consultations last week as they prepare for their 2012-13 spending blueprint, to be released this spring. Open consultations took place on Jan. 12, Jan. 16 and Jan. 18 in the UWSA boardroom in the Bulman Students’ Centre. The UWSA budget includes vital student services as diverse as Soma Café, Aboriginal Student Council, the UWSA Daycare, the Info Booth and the recently opened Bike Lab. These consultations are part of creating a draft budget that will go through several open stages of revision. Finally, the revised budget will be presented as information at the UWSA’s Annual General Meeting in the spring. To fill out a budget survey, please visit

Published in Volume 66, Number 17 of The Uniter (January 25, 2012)

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