Campus News Briefs

UWSA likes to O-Week Party

The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) is kicking off the 2010-11 school year with a great big bang with Orientation Week (O-Week). Starting on Sept. 8 and running until Sept. 10, the UWSA is hosting a good old-fashioned street party with Spence Street Promenade blocked off and beer gardens open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
With free food and live performances from hot bands like Imaginary Cities, Enjoy Your Pumas, Royal Canoe and more, the three-day extravaganza is set to bring students together to celebrate back-to-school. The week caps off on the 10th with the official wrap up party, Roll Call II at the Pyramid Cabaret, featuring The Freshest and local DJs Co-op and Hunnicutt. Admission is free for U of W students. More information about O-Week can be found at

Live radio drama, pay what you can

The University of Winnipeg is partnering with CBC Radio, Native Communications Inc. and Arbeiter Ring Publishing to put together a live recording of the radio drama The Crisis in Oka, Manitoba. Admission is “pay what you can,” and all the proceeds go to The Opportunity Fund, which helps low income students attend the U of W.
Directed by Tracy McCorrister, The Crisis in Oka, Manitoba is a look at how the Oka Crisis (the land dispute between the town of Oka, Que. and the Mohawk nation that resulted in a violent standoff) impacted one family in the North End of Winnipeg. Shows on Friday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film, 400 Colony St.

Free study skills workshops offered on campus

Counselling and Career Services will be holding a series of workshops designed to help students enter and maintain university classroom culture. All workshops are free and no registration is required. All workshops will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in the Duckworth Centre, room 2D12 from Monday Sept. 20 to Monday Oct. 18.
Workshops include goal setting and time management, note-taking techniques, reading strategies, critical thinking, test-taking strategies, how to deal with exam anxiety, class participation and essay writing.
Go to for workshop dates and more information.

Manitoba physicists earn prestigious prize

A couple of University of Manitoba physicists have won one of the richest awards in their field.
Kenneth Standing, 85, and Werner Ens, 53, have been presented with the $100,000 Manning Innovation Award for their work in the field of mass spectrometry, as reported by the Winnipeg Free Press.
The duo has worked on advancing the measurement of time of flight of protein molecules since 1979. Breakthroughs in the study of the human genome and the identification of a number of viruses in the past decade have been made possible by Ens and Standing’s accomplishments.
The U of M has also benefitted as millions of dollars in licensing fees from the technology has been generated.
A Manitoban has not won the award since 1989.

Published in Volume 65, Number 2 of The Uniter (September 9, 2010)

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