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Tuesday, January 7, 1997

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Show's on the horizon

Auditions start tomorrow night for FASS 1997, which will hit the Theatre of the Arts stage in early February under the title "1001 Arthurian Knights -- a musical romp from UW's campus to King Arthur's Court".

Everybody's welcome to try out, and if experience is any indicator, everybody who wants to take part will get to do so in some way large or small. Auditions run from 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in Humanities room 336. "Comfortable clothing," advises FASS director Anita Kilgour, "no prepared pieces required, and it'll take about an hour and a half."

She adds: "Our wacky writers have taken aim at the legendary Lord of the Round Table. The result: a script where a new fangled contraption, half-tardis, half web browser sends victims to alternate universes. The legends are a little different there. . . . This is the 35th year in which Faculty, Administrators, Staff and Students have been getting together to bring 'home-groan' musical comedy to the UW community. We'd love for you to join our fun."

UW joins in trade mission

There's a UW presence on the twelve-day "Team Canada" trip to southeast Asia that will fill the headlines for the next while. Led by prime minister Jean Chrétien, the expedition includes most of the provincial premiers as well as business leaders and others, all determined to generate more business and more links between Canada and the three countries they'll visit: South Korea, the Philippines and Thailand.

The UW participant is Bipasha Choudhury, a recent graduate of the political science program, who during her co-op career worked with several federal government agencies including the trade office in Taiwan. She's taking along a glossy brochure explaining UW and some of what it has to offer: "The world leader in co-op education . . . an international university with a global perspective . . . increasingly known as a preferred destination for students with excellent academic qualifications and an international viewpoint . . . more than 40 inter-university student exchange programs . . . a community of bright and adventurous minds."

Nominating committee for provost

A committee has started work to decide whether UW provost Jim Kalbfleisch should be reappointed when his term ends next year, or to find the next vice-president to replace him.

Here's the official notice from the university secretariat:

As directed by Policy 48, the Nominating Committee has begun to solicit the opinions of the members of the University with respect to the reappointment of Dr. James Kalbfleisch as Vice-President, Academic & Provost for a second term of five years. His current term expires June 30, 1998.

The Committee has decided to extend invitations directly to many individuals and groups within the University. It is also interested in receiving comments from any member of the campus community and would, therefore, encourage written comments and opinions, which should be submitted to the Committee through the University Secretary, Lois Claxton, Needles Hall, Room 3060 on or before January 31, 1997 at 4:00 p.m. If you prefer to make your comments orally, please feel free to contact any member of the Committee.

Information or comments provided to members of the Committee will be held in confidence by the Committee. Comments or opinions passed on to the incumbent will be without attribution. Submissions will be destroyed when the Committee's work has been completed.

Here's a list of members of the nominating committee:

Athena teams both third

The Athena basketball and volleyball teams both placed third in home tournaments over the Christmas break, says a report from Tony Martins of the athletics department. And both teams did it by defeating rivals from Laurier:
The basketball Athenas hosted two of the top teams in the country -- Western (#2 ranked) and U of T (#3 ranked) -- at the third annual Christmas Shoot-Out December 28-30. Rounding out the field were teams from Queen's, Laurier, Ryerson, Guelph and Brock. In their opener against Ryerson, the Athenas fell behind by 11 at the half but began the second with a 10-run and went on to win 68-63. Jodi Hawley led Waterloo with 18 points while Jacalyn White added 13 points and 13 rebounds. Against the tough Toronto Blues in the semi-finals, the Athenas were within seven at half-time but ran out of gas and eventually fell, 73-46. White poured in 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the game. White, who was named to the tournament all-star team, scored 20 again in the third-place game as the Athenas topped arch-rival Wilfrid Laurier, 57-45, in an exciting and evenly-played contest. White also totalled 19 rebounds in the game. Hawley contributed 15 points. In the tournament final, Western needed a late comeback but edged U of T, 76-74.

The volleyball Athenas returned to action on January 2 and 3 when they hosted the Waterloo Invitational. Visiting teams were from Laurier, Guelph, Ryerson and St. Francis Xavier. After beating Laurier and Ryerson and losing to Guelph and St. F.X. in pool play, the Athenas faced the Golden Hawks once again the in the third-place game and prevailed in two straight games. Guelph defeated St. F.X. for the gold medal in a well-played, three-game final. The Athenas begin regular season play this Friday night versus McMaster at the PAC, 6 p.m.

And this on men's sports

Waterloo faced some top-flight competition and enacted a little revenge at the U of T Metro Classic basketball tournament December 27-29 in Toronto. Facing the defending national champions and #2 ranked Brandon Bobcats in the first round, the Warriors played well in the first half but couldn't stay with the powerful Bobcats and fell 82-64. Mano Watsa scored 20 and collected 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Then against York, ranked #9 in the CIAU at the time, UW came out strong again and trailed by only 5 at halftime. York pulled away in the second half, however, and won 89-75. Watsa and Mike Crosby each scored 12 for Waterloo.

In the final game of the tournament, the Warriors avenged a 20-point loss to the Carleton Ravens back in October with a 104-66 blowout that coach Tom Kieswetter called "a total team effort". Four Warriors scored in double figures: Watsa with 22; Pat Gorman with 17; Remy Donaldson with 14; and Mike Crosby with 10.

On Saturday, January 5, the Warriors hosted the Metro Toronto Police basketball squad and easily won the game, 104-60. Remy Donaldson led UW scorers with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Mano Watsa added 14 points, while Mark Eys and Derek Maat each added 13.

The hockey Warriors scored three times within a two-minute span in the second period against Guelph in finals of the Guelph Invitational tournament on Saturday, January 5. But that was all they scored, as the Gryphons roared back with four unanswered goals to take the game and the tournament, by a 4-3 count. Dave Pfohl, Sheldon Gilchrist and Chris Kraemer scored for Waterloo in the final. The Warriors had advanced with wins over Conestoga College (6-2) and McGill (4-1). Against Conestoga, six different Warriors found the net, including Mike Chambers and Derek Austin, each of whom had one goal and one assist. The Warriors continued to use a balanced attack against McGill. Aaron Kenney, Pfohl, Chambers and Kraemer were the UW scorers. Waterloo netminder Joe Harris turned aside 17 shots in the game. He and the UW defence kept McGill's Pierre Gendron (the OUAA leading scorer) off the score sheet.

Finally, Warrior hockey coach Don McKee, who contributed to Canada's Spengler Cup victory at Davos, Switzerland, over the break as an assistant coach, is calling the Spengler title the highlight of his 25-year coaching career. McKee was reunited at the tournament with former Warrior and CIAU Player of the Year defenceman John Wynne, who was a standout at the blueline. Canada defeated Davos, 6-2, to win the title.

And the term continues

Today is "Old Christmas" and the second day of the winter term. Registration for undergraduate students continues today and tomorrow at the Physical Activities Complex, and after that it's back to Needles Hall, with late fees racking up day by day. Graduate students, meanwhile, should register at the cashiers' office on the first floor of NH, where I noticed fairly long lineups yesterday.

I also see that digging has started underneath the Biology greenhouses, facing the Dana Porter Library. A steam shovel (is that still what they're called?) has made a fair hole in the ground already -- first step in the big job of removing a defunct chiller from an underground mechanical room there, and bringing in a huge new machine to replace it. The job, which is being funded by a provincial government "facilities renewal" grant, could take several weeks and mean "a pretty big mess" in the area, warns Dennis Huber, associate provost (general services and finance).


January 7, 1980: The shuttle bus between UW and Wilfrid Laurier University collides with a car on Columbia Street on the first morning of winter term classes.

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