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Artists celebrate black history month
Two local artists, soprano Barbara Jean Taylor and pianist Dottie Clogg, will take to SFU theatre's stage at 12:30 p.m., on Feb. 3, to perform in honour of black history month. Taylor, a native of Vancouver who is known for her stunning voice in arias and black spirituals, performs regularly at concerts, recitals and special functions. Albert St. Albert, a lab instructor in SFU's school for the contemporary arts, worked with Taylor's father, a musician, in the 1970s. St. Albert is a long time organizer of black history month activities at SFU and throughout British Columbia. The activities are part of a worldwide celebration of the accomplishments and heritage of people of African descent. Carter Woodson, a black historian and scholar, founded the event in the United States in 1926.


Budget discussed amid uncertainty
It's university budget time and this year the numbers game is hard to pin down. “There's a lot of uncertainty, given that there's an election coming up and we don't know what impact that will have,” says Pat Hibbitts, VP-finance. To ensure this year's budget process is as inclusive as possible Hibbitts, President Michael Stevenson and VP-academic John Waterhouse will hold 16 budget discussions and webcasts at the three university campuses. “We'll be discussing where we see the budget going and the parameters we're working with this year, given the uncertainty,” explains Hibbitts. As well, she says a new budget system that enables each department to express its requirements will help the administration to make better decisions about priorities. To find out more about the campus budget discussions, visit Budget Consultations.


Nominations sought for chancellor
The registrar has issued a call for nominations for the position of chancellor and for four convocation senator positions on the university senate. Deadline for receipt of nominations is 4:30 p.m., on Feb. 11. Details on the call for nominations and nomination forms can be found at sfu.ca/elections/convo/index.html.


New celebration set for Jan. 28
Chinese New Year and Robbie Burns day are being merged into a novel event at SFU called Gung Haggis Fat Choy. On Jan. 28, the university's first annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy Canadian games will be held in convocation mall. The event will feature a dragoncart race and will celebrate multi-culturalism on campus through music, dance and other activities. Dragoncarts will carry up to seven team members and will be propelled using curling brooms. The race will be held from noon -1 p.m. Those wanting to sign up for a team can do so by sending an email to ghfc-teams@sfu.ca. Geoff Vogt, intramural and student sports club coordinator, hopes to see the event, created by former student Todd Wong, become an annual celebration of cultural diversity on campus.


Writing journal launched
A creative writing journal called iamb: A Simon Fraser University Journal of Creative Writing, is seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction and drama to publish in its inaugural issue of March of 2005. Iamb, whose mandate is to publish work written by SFU students and alumni, will be distributed in the Lower Mainland. All submissions will be assessed anonymously by an editorial board and authors selected for publication will receive $10. Submissions can be dropped off in the journal's mailbox located in the English department general office, located on the north side, sixth floor of the academic quadrangle. Electronic submissions can be sent to: submit_to_iamb@yahoo.ca. All submissions should include a short bio, name and student number. The submission deadline is Jan. 31.










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