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 March 24, 2000 Volume 7, Number 13


About OCN

Front Page


the Bowl



Letters to
the Editor


from HRD





A future for the barn?

Colorado-based barn authority Mary Humstone tours the old U of S barn with Animal and Poultry Science Prof. Emeritus Red Williams Feb. 27, during her visit to Saskatoon for the Diefenbaker Canada Centre’s showing of the "Barn Again" travelling U.S. exhibit. Humstone, who helped put "Barn Again" together while with the U.S. National Trust for Historic Preservation, says the University has "an incredible barn. I was really impressed with its architectural design and size." She says the "ideal" is to preserve old barns for continued agricultural use, or else to adapt it for livestock or storage of some kind. While in Saskatoon, Humstone gave a public talk on historic preservation of barns and also provided expertise at a meeting concerning a large round stone barn near Indian Head, Sask.

Photos by R. Bruce Shepard

A helping hand at tax time

Fourth-year U of S Accounting student Krista Schmidt, right, helps Rose Sanjenko complete her tax form during a March 14 visit by 21 College of Commerce fourth-year students to the Scott/Forget seniors complex. The students completed more than 60 tax returns that evening. Commerce Prof. John Brennan says this is the 13th year of the College’s tax-help visits for local seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income earners. Each year more than 800 tax returns are done, saving people more than $40,000 in tax preparation fees. About 100 Commerce students are helping out this year, at 26 locations. Brennan says this program is great for the students, giving them experience in accounting, in dealing with real-life clients, and in volunteering in the community. The students and clients both enjoy the visits, and sessions sometimes end with cookies and games of cribbage. Some Commerce faculty and local accountants also help in the project, ensuring the accuracy of the completed tax returns.

Looking into the brain

Four-year-old Eric Williams is fascinated by the parts of the brain, as he pulls apart a ‘cerebral’ model at the Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Centre’s display at "The Brain Show", March 19 in the atrium of Saskatoon’s City Hospital. Behind Eric, his grandmother, Alice Gibson, right, chats with the Research Centre’s lab manager, Corinne Howells. The Centre is affiliated with the U of S College of Medicine’s Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. The Brain Show was one of the many functions that made up Brain Awareness Week, March 13-19. The week – highlighting all aspects of the brain, its functioning, disorders, and the latest research into treatment – was celebrated by more than 1,000 organizations in 41 countries. In this province the week was sponsored by the Saskatchewan Neuroscience Network, with the theme: "Your Brain is Important: Take Care of It!" The week in Saskatoon included public lectures by scientists, a banquet, speeches at service clubs, visits to schools, and the day-long Brain Show – with public displays highlighting neuroscience research at the U of S and other brain-related topics.

Field of Steel Beams

This huge steel structure that can be seen from North Rd. is the west wall of the Canadian Light Source national synchrotron under construction next to the former Saskatchewan Accelerator Laboratory on campus. These huge steel trusses span almost 300 feet – almost the length of a football field. Roughly 1,300 tonnes of steel will be used – equivalent to 65 truckloads. Saskatoon firm Supreme Steel Ltd. was awarded the $2.2-million structural steel contract. The building that will house the synchrotron will be complete in December of this year and the synchrotron will start operations in late 2003. Construction of the $173.5-million facility is on schedule and on budget.

Photo by David Mandeville, DAVS

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