Recollections of Waterloo College by Flora Roy

By Flora Roy

Whilst plants Roy accredited a educating place at Waterloo university in 1948, she imagined it'd be a brief posting until eventually she entire her dissertation and back to Toronto or one other huge Canadian college. Little did she be aware of that, as head of the English division, she may remain on and locate herself interested by neighborhood controversies. This memoir remembers Roy’s early days at Waterloo collage (when its criteria have been nonetheless supervised via the college of Western Ontario) and strains the sluggish pressures to merge with the hot college of Waterloo. As historical past indicates, Waterloo collage resisted what used to be obvious then as company strain and have become as a substitute an self sufficient and much-loved establishment known as Waterloo Lutheran collage (which later grew to become Wilfrid Laurier University). the tale of the transformation of Waterloo university into Waterloo Lutheran college is advised via anecdotes and exhibits that, regardless of its dimension, the small campus used to be very attached to the bigger international. The royalties from the sale of this e-book should be directed in the direction of investment scholarships. All photos have been used with the type permission of Wilfrid Laurier collage files and detailed Collections. Please be aware that during destiny printings, the 3rd final paragraph of memories of Waterloo university can be corrected to learn as follows: i've been circuitous approximately this, yet I may still now admit that i believe concession to applicants for educational employment, that exhibits that they have got now not the time, or the persistence or may well we are saying the facility to head extra, throws a shadow over those that make the most of it. furthermore, it means that they aren't in particular outfitted for the rigours of lifestyles as college college contributors.

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It’s all in your point of view. 7 It is tempting to go on with impressions of the culture and civilization of the area in and surrounding Kitchener and Waterloo, but topics such as politics and social relationships may perhaps be better postponed until after I have gotten myself on the campus and immersed in the community that would in time become the base for my professional life. The physical setting was not exactly a shock. After all, I had just come from Toronto where I had worked in a tiny office upstairs in the cloisters, an area that pretended to be medieval, and in some ways succeeded.

Another reason for my inspiring distrust in my associates was— don’t laugh—sartorial. After I had become more integrated into the faculty, a Lutheran layman gave me a direct hint about brightening up my wardrobe. We had to appear before the Kitchener-Waterloo public at various public functions, and apparently my appearance was too sombre. I was shocked because I thought I was really welldressed, just like the upper-class ladies I had encountered in Toronto. In fact, my clothes had all been made in Toronto.

It seemed that family honour was at stake. A cousin had attained an honours degree, so this poor girl was expected do the same. There were demands and petitions to everyone possibly involved, including the head at Western. ” said the father. When I repeated his remark to the head at Western he said, “That settles it,” and he rejected the petition. The student in question finally went to the usa to get a degree that would satisfy family pride. The whole affair caused me to wonder about university standards.

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