Anthony PisciuneriBiology student Anthony Pisciuneri leads a group on a tour of the UWindsor campus during Saturday’s open house.

Open house turns in record turnout

Almost 3,000 visitors set a record for attendance at the University’s spring open house Saturday, March 3.

Lionel Walsh, assistant vice-president for North American recruitment, lists several factors contributing to the higher numbers.

“I had a particularly wonderful team in the recruitment office this fall, generating a lot of interest,” he says. “The University has been running advertisements across the province and we’ve been collecting a lot of data at the Ontario Universities Fair leading to our application numbers being up as well.”

Zora Savic, who co-ordinates open house in her role with the student recruitment office, says she believes the event did a good job of showcasing the student experience.

“There are just so many people who good things, from faculty presenting about academic programs to food services, Campus Police, facilities staff — people just seemed to care so much,” she says. “More than ever, I felt that everyone did everything they could to make prospective students feel welcomed.”

See a video from the event on the UWindsor Facebook page.

Windsor Symphony Orchestra music director Robert FranzWindsor Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Franz will lead a masterclass for students of all instruments Wednesday in the SoCA Armouries.

Maestro to conduct musical masterclass

The public is invited to listen in as Robert Franz, music director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, leads students of the School of Creative Arts in a masterclass Wednesday, March 7.

Franz will work with music majors studying all instruments in both the classical and jazz-pop genres.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the performance hall of the SoCA Armouries, located at 37 University Avenue East. Admission is free. Learn more on the school’s website.

Alicia Plummer as Candy and Sam Biskey as Robert in the University Players production of “Love and Human Remains.”Alicia Plummer as Candy and Sam Biskey as Robert in the University Players production of “Love and Human Remains.” Photo by Doug MacLellan.

Quiz offers chance to win theatre tickets

University Players is offering DailyNews readers a chance to win two tickets to see its production of Love and Human Remains, continuing through this weekend in the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre’s Hatch Studio Theatre.

Wednesday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; matinees Saturday and Sunday are at 2 p.m. For more information or tickets, call 519-253-3000, ext. 2808, or visit Note: This production is for mature audiences only due to nudity, coarse language, sexuality and violence.

To enter the contest, just send your answers to the following three trivia questions. The winner will be selected at random from all correct responses received by 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 6.

  1. Which Canadian director helmed a 1993 film adaptation of the play?
    a) Denys Arcand
    b) David Cronenberg
    c) Atom Egoyan
    d) Paul Haggis
    e) Denis Villeneuve
  2. The film’s screenplay was written by Brad Fraser, who had become familiar with the play in what previous capacity?
    a) he debuted the role of David
    b) his partner starred in the original production
    c) he studied it in drama school
    d) he reviewed it for Time magazine
    e) he wrote it
  3. Under what title was the play originally produced?
    a) David and Candy and Bernie and Robert
    b) A Day in Edmonton
    c) Friends
    d) Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love
    e) Walking into Flashbacks

Contest is open to all readers of the DailyNews. Send an e-mail with your responses to One entry per contestant, please. Note: the decision of the judge in determining the most correct response is inviolable.

students listening to seminar in EPICentreA free public event March 8 will mark the formal launch of the EPIC Makers’ Base.

Grand opening to launch maker space

A free public event March 8 will mark the formal launch of a new space for students and recent graduates of the University of Windsor and St. Clair College to stretch their imaginations and creativity muscles.

The EPIC Makers’ Base, a program of the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre), is equipped with 3-D printers, a CO2 laser cutter and engraver, and other tools to create prototypes — or simply to tinker.

The grand opening is set for 9 a.m. Thursday in room 1133, Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation, but the space opens for sneak peeks Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Becoming a member is fun, practical and free.

Find more information regarding EPICentre’s programs, services, and events at

graphic -- Venus symbol with stylized capletsCritical Reflections, the undergraduate and graduate philosophy conference, runs all day March 9 and 10.

Philosophy students to present research at weekend conference

Seemingly biological issues can have profoundly social dimensions, says philosopher Patricia Marino, using the example of drugs meant to induce sexual desire.

“The market tended to be women in long-term monogamous relationships who have lost the feeling of lust,” she says. “Perhaps it is wrong to label this as dysfunction, but on the other hand, some women describe longing to experience lustful intensity.”

Dr. Marino, a professor of philosophy at the University of Waterloo, will explore this and other topics in a free public lecture entitled “Science, Sex, and the Search for a Female Viagra” Friday, March 9, at 4:30 p.m. in McPherson Lounge, Alumni Hall.

It is the keynote address of “Critical Reflections,” the undergraduate and graduate philosophy conference. The conference runs all day March 9 and 10, with presentations Friday by undergraduate students and Saturday by graduate students.

Admission is free and open to the campus community.

roll of hundred-dollar billsA webinar offers information on how to apply for scholarships, bursaries, and other financial aid.

Online seminars to explain financial aid application process

Learn how to apply for entrance scholarships, bursaries, and other financial aid at the University of Windsor with a 45-minute online seminar presented by the Office of Student Awards & Financial Aid.

The webinar will be repeated six times through the month, beginning Wednesday, March 7; each session starts at 7 p.m. Find details and registration information on the student awards website.

Biology major Yosra Elsayed volunteers to speak with guests on a prayer mat in the student centre Monday.Biology major Yosra Elsayed volunteers to speak with guests on a prayer mat in the student centre Monday.

Events to foster understanding of Islam

The Muslim Students Association is hosting a series of events this week in an effort to educate the UWindsor community about the religion.

Volunteers will staff an Islam Awareness Week display in the CAW Student Centre Commons on Tuesday and Thursday.

Additional programming includes:

  • A lecture by therapist Zain Shamoon entitled “Speak Up: Mental Health and Islam,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in room 1121, Neal Education Building;
  • Jeopardy! trivia contest with prizes at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in room 1118, Erie Hall; and
  • A lecture by imam Hosam Helal, an associate chaplain at Brock University, entitled “The Quran: What’s up with that?” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in room 133, Chrsyler Hall North.

All these events are free and open to the public.