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(January 27, 2000, Gazette)

Mixed results for Sea-Hawks

The men’s basketball team failed to pick up a point when it travelled to Halifax to battle the St. Mary’s Huskies last weekend. But the women’s team, prevented from travelling on Friday due to heavy snow, arrived in Halifax on Saturday and picked up a key victory over St. Mary’s 76-60.
Erica Stokes scored 21 points for MUN and Ann Murrin and Erica Coultas added 17 apiece.

The women followed that win with a 91-81 overtime victory over the Huskies on Sunday. Coultas was high scorer with 18 points.
The victory squared the women’s record at 5-5.

Despite a 10-point lead at halftime, and a heroic rebounding effort by Matthew Chapman, the men narrowly lost its opening game 68-67. Chapman had a team record 28 rebounds to go with 29 points. Chapman chipped in with another 18 rebounds on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as the Sea-Hawks fell again 86-79.

Both basketball teams travel to Fredericton to battle the UNB Reds this weekend.

In volleyball, the women’s team improved its AUAA record to 12-0 with a pair of victories over Mt. Allison, while in varsity wrestling, MUN competed in a dual meet with Dalhousie on Saturday with the men winning four of 12 matches and the women won five of six. Winners included Dale Pollard, Kenny Rose, Colin Banfield, Craig Lovell, Danielle Fitzgerald, Cheryl Bryant and Amy Todd.

Help the library and earn

The library is looking for faculty and student volunteers to participate in a study of the library Web site. It needs about an hour of your time – all levels of computer and library users, from novice to expert, are welcome to participate and you will receive $10 for your efforts. If you are interested in taking part in the study or simply want some more information contact the individual from your home library below. The deadline for volunteering is Feb. 9, 2000. Contact Elizabeth Behrens, Ferriss Hodgett Library, 637-6236 or; Stephen Field, QE II Library at 737-3165 or; Dianne Taylor-Harding, C. R. Barrett Library at 778-0662 or; or Shelagh Wotherspoon, Health Sciences Library at 737-6228 or

CASE Awards

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced a call for submissions of three research awards – the Alice L. Beeman Awards in Communications, the John Grenzebach Awards in Philanthropy and the H. S. Warwick Awards in Alumni Relations.

Each award recognizes the outstanding doctoral dissertation and the outstanding published scholarship in the three areas of educational advancement. Each award includes a $2,000 prize for the author and travel to the CASE International Assembly in Toronto this July.

CASE’s vice president of professional development, Dr. Paul B. Chewning said these awards are a major step toward more formal recognition of research in an area vitally important to educational institutions.
Submission deadline is Feb. 28. For more information, contact CASE at (202) 478-5614 or e-mail

Talking about student life

On Sunday, Jan. 30, the acting dean of Student Affairs and Services, Carson Leonard, will host the Quality of Student Life Forum, to be held at the Main Auditorium, Health Sciences Centre. The forum is intended to be a medium through which students can discuss and make recommendations about improving the quality of student life at Memorial.

The day-long forum will see students first break into smaller groups to discuss six issues that affect students. This includes academics, general student life, student apathy, the first-year experience, relationships with the larger community, and university priorities.

Following the morning and afternoon sessions, the smaller groups will present their findings to the entire forum. The presentation is open to everyone. Members of the university community, including deans, directors and professors, will be invited to hear the findings.

The recommendations will also be compiled in a conference proceedings manual and specific recommendations will be sent to the appropriate departments.

The birds are coming

From Aug. 14-19, 2000, Memorial will host an international conference on the scientific study of birds with a focus on conservation. Living on the Edge – Birds 2000 will be the first joint meeting of the world’s two oldest professional organizations devoted to the scientific study of birds – the American Ornithologists’ Union and the British Ornithologists’ Union.

These organizations will be joined by the Canadian Society of Ornithologists. Up to 1,000 ornithologists and students of birds from all over the world as well as their family or friends will be in St. John’s for this event.

During this conference, the Art Gallery and the Newfoundland Museum will host significant bird art exhibitions and other artistic, scientific and tourism activities are being developed.

For more information about the conference, visit