Volume 94, Issue 83
Wednesday, February 28, 2001
Western students interested in expanding their musical horizons will get a golden opportunity to do just that, when Music Western's annual opera production takes the stage this tomorrow night at Talbot College.
Nikki Attwell, public affairs coordinator for Music Western, said ticket sales have been brisk for UWOpera's production of Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro).
She said the Mozart masterpiece is well suited for students, including first-time opera goers.
"Le Nozze di Figaro is a great opportunity for students on campus to find out that opera can be hilarious, reasonable, and totally enjoyable," she said.
Featuring Western voice majors from both the undergraduate and graduate level, the opera will be sung in Italian and has English surtitles.
Tickets are available at the Grand Theatre Box Office, and cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. The performance runs from Mar. 1-4, in the Talbot Theatre.
Thirty-five engineering students in their final year are hoping to leave their mark on Western and the landscape of London by taking top honours in a soon-to-be-judged design contest.
For the fifth year running, the City of London is sponsoring a competition for Western engineering students in hopes of getting a good blueprint for a city works project in return, said Mike Bartlett, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and the co-ordinator of the competition.
This year, five teams are vying to develop the best plan for a commemorative tower about 20-25 metres high, to be sited at the forks of the Thames River. In addition, two teams are working on designs for storm water management ponds for London's principal landfill site.
Bartlett said the seven teams' proposals will be judged on Mar. 6 by a six-member panel, which will award $2,500 to the best proposal and $1,250 to the runner-up.
The students involved in the competition have been at work on their projects since September, he said, and have come up with some impressive ideas.
He added City planners will take a look at the student designs, and there is a good chance the winning designs could eventually materialize as architectural realities.
The University of Waterloo is planning to move its school of architecture to downtown Cambridge.
In response to the school's rising graduate and undergraduate enrollment, and a lack of space, a Cambridge business consortium along with the City of Cambridge has approached the university with relocation plans, said Eric Haldenby, director of Waterloo's school of architecture.
The proposed site would be on the polluted banks of the Grand River, but Haldenby said the site will be cleaned up before the university takes possession of it.
The school of architecture currently has 18 graduate students, but that number is expected to increase to over 100. This increase would create a boost in the school's funding base and a tripling in faculty members, Haldenby said.
"It's a very active place the support in the community is so strong," he said.
If everything goes according to plan, the new building could open by September of 2003, he said.
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