Category Archives: down time

U2 licenses alumnus’s work

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This is probably one of the more unusual Words in Place posts. It appears U2 (yes, that U2, with Bono) has licensed the work of UWaterloo English alumnus George Elliott Clarke, in advance of their upcoming Vancouver concert. Clarke, as you may recall, is currently poet laureate of Canada. As reported by Quill & Quire, they will feature “Ain’t You Scared of the Sacred?: A Spiritual” and “Elegy for Leonard Cohen.”

Counselling Resources on Campus and in Waterloo

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This week has been a difficult one for many in the UWaterloo community, following the death of a student. There have been many conversations in hallways, classrooms, and online spaces about how we can support–and better support–our students and community members. While this is not meant to be definitive or close down discussions about future initiatives and improvements, I do want to flag current counselling resources on campus and in Waterloo and urge those in need to access them, and/or encourage others to access them. These resources are from the UW Counselling webpage.


 UW Counselling Services 519-888-4567, x32655
Crisis Clinic Grand River Hospital 519-742-3611
Good2Talk 1-866-925-5454 or 211
Health Services 519-888-4096
Here 24/7 1-844-437-3247
Kitchener-Waterloo Distress Line 519-745-1166
Kitchener-Waterloo Sexual Assault

Support Centre (24/7)

Mental Health 519-888-4567, x31976
Telecare Distress Line Cambridge 519-658-5455
Mobile Crisis Team (24/7) 519-744-1813
University of Waterloo Police (24/7) 519-888-4911
Waterloo Region Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence  519-749-6994

Other UWaterloo Resources:

MATES (Mentor Assistance Through Education and Support) is a counselling-based, one-to-one peer support program offered by the Federation of Students (FEDs) and UW Counselling Services. MATES provides services to students who are experiencing social difficulties, mental health challenges, and transitional challenges adapting to university life or different cultures. Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30pm  Located in Counselling Services at Needles Hall (New Expansion – 2nd Floor).

On campus? Call ext 22222
Contact Campus Police for emergency services on campus also at Ext. 84911  OR (519) 888-4911
Away from campus? Call 911

In crisis?
Feel unsafe?
Worried you might hurt yourself or others?

  • Contact someone you trust
  • Go to the nearest hospital or safe place
  • Call a local help line
  • Contact us during regular University of Waterloo hours at Counseling Services, Mental Health, or Health Services, and we’ll try to find local supports to help you
  • See the list of Waterloo Region emergency contacts below
  • If you are out of the country we will do our best to accommodate your communication needs and appointment time requirements. Teleconference, phone etc can be accommodated as necessary.
  • Let us know how we can help


Top Ten Words in Place of 2016

Many of us are still reflecting on the events of 2016, and in that vein I decided it’s not too late to do a round-up of our top ten Words in Place posts published in 2016. This doesn’t mean they necessarily got the most hits; a few older posts have remarkable traction (anything to do with a certain Boy Who Lived, turkeys, Syria, or yoga). But they do represent the most read posts published during the calendar year. Read on to find out which posts had the furthest reach, perused by readers from Australia to Zimbabwe. And once again, thanks to all who participated in Words in Place in 2016.–JLH

  1. Congratulations to our newest PhDs
  1. The tragic hero, Twitter, and a teach-a-thon?
  1. Welcoming Dr. Vershawn Young to English
  1. English alum Rupi Kaur makes top seller list
  1. Using his degree at Microsoft: Alumnus Richard Lander
  1. How did Brittany Rossler’s MA jumpstart her career?
  1. A new book on Antiracist Pedagogy from our faculty
  1. Alumna Airlie Heung: where did her MA take her?
  1. An English MA by co-op?
  1. Rigel Nadaf: undergrad and onward!


A Sneak Peek: the new Hagey Hall

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The Hagey Hall Hub stands proud. Almost ready to welcome new and returning students.

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Third-floor treehouse overlooking the atrium below – otherwise, to be known as the quiet study zone.

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View of atrium and food services outlet on left; the glass elevator shaft is on the right.

large room with glass walls                                               Another room with a view: the second-floor treehouse – otherwise, to be known as the group project room.

hub windows looking up at sky                                               Looking out (and upward) from the front entrance – lots of windows, glass walls, and natural light.

Thank you to Inside Arts for the photos and text.

Poem for a Friday


If you haven’t heard of Langston Hughes (1902-1967), a poet, playwright, and more who rose to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance (a period of significant African American literary production, beginning with the 1920s), today might be the perfect day to find out more about him. The poem below–drawing on the stylings of jazz and be-bop–is quite famous, and those of you who know Lorraine Hansberry‘s famous play A Raisin in the Sun will recognize her borrowing. –JLH


What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
Like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
Like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

–Langston Hughes, Montage of a Dream Deferred, 1951

Top Ten Words in Place Posts

Our English department blog, Words in Place, will be five years old this fall! Can you guess which posts have garnered the most traffic over that time? You would think it might be something about awards, or our co-op program, or networking events for alumni and students, but the internet is more fickle. With over twenty thousand hits between them, here are our top ten posts: eclectic, unusual, and entertaining.

10) Fifty Children’s Picture Books with Interesting Heroines

9) Students request Tolkien class; it’s already under the tree

8) One Sentence Competition 2014: Game ON!

7) Undergraduate Claire Matlock: a less conventional path

6) Introducing new faculty member Stephanie White

5) 7 Oddities of Hagey Hall

4) 10 Children’s Picture Books about Refugees

3) CBC reports: Canada Goose “Spawn of Satan” terrorizes Hagey Hall

2) Turkey Demolishes Hagey Hall

1) Have you heard? Harry Potter is coming to UWaterloo

Photo courtesy of UWaterloo Goose Watch.

UW Throwback Thursday

What did campus look like in days of yore? from Wives Clubs to early computers, scroll down to find out.

Student wives club 1968

Yes, there really was a Student Wives Club. Here they are meeting in 1964. And below, early residence life.

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The WATLOOPS Computer at Village 2, 1984.

For more see residence photo gallery.