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(March 7, 2002, Gazette)

Theatre production hits hot topics
After the initial shock of Sept. 11, 2001, theatre people at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook asked themselves if there was an appropriate artistic response. That response comes in the form of Pentecost by award winning British playwright David Edgar.

The play was first produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1995 winning The Evening Standard best play award. Irving Wardle of the Independent called Pentecost “The richest text to arrive on the English stage since Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.”

The Theatre Department production of Pentecost will feature the entire third-year acting class. Set and lighting design is by this season’s guest designer John Farwell. Costume design is by resident designer Carol Nelson. Pentecost is directed by Ken Livingstone and plays March 13-16 in the Fine Arts Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the College Bookstore.

MUN athletes tops in region
Memorial basketball players were named Atlantic University Sport Athletes of the Week for two consecutive weeks.

Point guard Shane Butland was first up, being named tops for the week ending Feb. 24. The fifth-year Phys Ed major from St. Catherine’s, St. Mary’s Bay, poured in 22 points and collected five rebounds and five assists to lead the Sea-Hawks to an exciting 75-71 road win over Acadia on Feb. 23. This win clinched a playoff spot for the Sea-Hawks. The next day, Mr. Butland had 21 points as the Sea-Hawks lost to Saint Mary’s 88-72.

After winning the Atlantic basketball championship, it’s not surprising that a member of the Sea-Hawks was named athlete of the week for last week. Chosen for this award was Jenine Browne, a second year Kinesiology student from St. Bride’s.

Ms. Browne, the 2000-01 Atlantic University Sport Rookie of the Year, was named AUS Most Valuable Player this year, following a season in which she led the nation in scoring, averaging over 21 points per game. This past weekend, Ms. Browne was named tournament MVP as she led her Sea-Hawks to their second championship in three years. In the final against the defending conference champion Dalhousie Tigers, Ms. Browne scored 22 points as Memorial won 62-60. In Saturday’s semi-final game versus the hometown UCCB Capers, she netted 27 points in a convincing 72-59 win. Ms. Browne, who also finished third in three-point shooting percentage (42.7 per cent), second in free throw percentage (83.3 per cent) and 10th in rebounds (5.9 per game) was also named to the AUBC first all-star team earlier in the week.

Warehouses closed for inventory counts
The Department of Facilities Management advises that it will be closing the Henrietta Harvey Warehouse on March 25; Central Stores from March 26-28; the Carpentry Shop March 28; and the Locksmith Shop on March 28, and 30 for inventory count.

Any expenditures to be charged against your 2001 budget should be received no later than March 18, 2002. All deliveries will be discontinued as of March 22, 2002, and will resume on April 1, 2002.

Social work display
A group of fourth-year Social Work students are organizing a day of social action and education that addresses the issue of child poverty in Canada. As part of this day of action, the group is organizing three booths on child poverty throughout the St. John’s campus that they hope will portray the seriousness of this problem.

The group will also be collecting funds that will assist the Kids Eat Smart Foundation and are asking people to donate their coffee money to help provide a nutritious breakfast for a child in this province.

The Day of Action will be held on Monday, March 11, and the booths will be set up on the third floor of the Smallwood Centre, the main lobby of the Health Sciences Centre, and the second floor lobby of the Science Building and all are encouraged to stop by.

Seeking Herzberg Medal nominees
Nominations are invited for the 2002 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.

The NSERC Herzberg Medal, the council’s highest honour, recognizes research contributions characterized by both excellence and influence – two qualities that defined Dr. Herzberg’s illustrious career. It is awarded annually to an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence and influence in research, for a body of work conducted in Canada that has substantially advanced the natural sciences or engineering fields.

In addition to the medal, the winner is guaranteed $1 million to use for his or her own university-based research or to direct in some related way such as the establishment of research scholarships, fellowships or chairs in his or her name in Canadian universities. The monetary award will be distributed over a five-year period.

Dr. Herzberg was a Nobel laureate in chemistry. He received an honorary doctor of science degree from Memorial in 1968.

For more information, see www.nserc.ca/gherzberg/en/award_an.html