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The Ubyssey
Wednesday, January 3,1996 Feature
Norplant—taking the control out of birth control
"Life just got easier for women
who want long-term birth
It is safe to assume the smiling
woman below the caption on the
Norplant poster is not one of the
400 who joined a class action suit
against the US manufacturer of
the contraceptive device.
She is also unlikely to be
among the thousands of women
in the developing world whose
bodies tested the drug. And she
couldn't possibly be Darlene
Johnson, the California woman
who received a judicial order to
use Norplant as a condition for
Norplant was hailed as a
"dream method" of birth control
when it became available in
Canada in March 1994, offering
five years of protection against
pregnancy in exchange for $500
and a ten-minute visit to the
doctor's office.
But for a drug that promises
no fuss contraception, it has
created quite a ruckus.
The main concerns centre
around the medical and social
consequences of a long-term
contraceptive that has undergone
limited testing. In addition to the
familiar anxiety about the health
implications of new hormonal
drugs, Norplant is controversial
because of its severe side-effects
and complications with its
There are also charges that the
drug restricts, rather than
expands, a woman's choice and
control. Practices in developing
countries and the US have
caused critics to fear Norplant's
potential as a tool for social
Norplant is not unique in its
formulation, but is
revolutionary in its delivery. It
consists of six match-like rods
filled with a synthetic form of
the hormone progesterone, the
same hormone used in the birth
control pill.
The silicone coated rods are
placed in an incision made on the
underside of the woman's upper
arm where they are left for five
years until being removed by a
The progesterone leaks into
the woman's bloodstream, first at
a high dose and then levelling off
after the first year. Ovulation is
prevented half the time and a
cervical mucus acts as back-up to
prevent sperm from reaching any
eggs released.
Tests have shown that only one
in 25 women will become
pregnant in the five year life span
ofthe rods, making Norplant one
of the most effective forms of
contraception on the market.
When Norplant received
approval for distribution in the
US in January 1991, it was
already available in 33
countries. By the end of 1991,
over 100,000 American women
were using Norplant. Terry
Davidson, a marketing
representative   for   Wyeth-
Ayerst Canada Inc., the
Canadian manufacturer of
Norplant, said no recent
Canadian sales figures were
immediately available, but
there is no indication that
Norplant has taken the
Canadian market by storm.
"It doesn't seem as popular
here," said Owen Moran, a
health educator at Concordia
University's Health Services.
In his experience, few women
are familiar with the
contraception, and according to
doctors in the department, even
fewer seem interested.
Sales of Norplant in the US
reached a high of 500 units per
day in 1993. But by mid-1995,
controversy and complaints
about the contraceptive drove
daily sales down to 50.
Although Norplant is
advertised as "birth control you
don't have to think of every day,"
some of Norplant's one million
North American users are
reminded every day.
Like any hormonal
contraceptive, the drug effects a
woman's entire system, and some
users experience more side-
effects than others.
A 1994 study released in the
Journal of the Society of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists
of Canada showed more than
half of Norplant users had
menstrual irregularities in the
first year, with some bleeding for
weeks at a time, and others not
menstruating at all.
Weight gain, nausea, anemia,
loss of sex drive, headaches,
bloating, acne and excessive
growth and loss of hair have all
been related to the use of
Several cases of lost or broken
rods and infection and muscle
damage in the arms have been
reported. Not all Norplant users
experience extreme effects, but
for the women who do, there is
nothing 'side' about them.
Davidson was quick to point
out there have been no "major
problems" with Norplant in
Meanwhile, unbearable side-
effects and complications from
removal of Norplant has caused
more than 400 American women
to join a class-action suit against
the company.
Many of the complaints stem
from problems with removal.
Wyeth-Ayerst admitted some
doctors are not properly trained
to plant or remove Norplant.
Davidson says that by the time
Norplant came to Canada, the
company had learned from
experience and set up an
education program for Canadian
doctors who volunteer for
Norplant is similar to other
hormone contraceptives in that
its full effects can take many
years to appear. And like the
others, Norplant was not tested
for long-term effects before
reaching the market.
In fact, because it contained
ingredients already used in other
contraceptives, Norplant was
fast-tracked through the testing
The World Health
Organization did not begin
tracking the drug in users until
1988, and long-term results will
not be known for years.
Researchers say it is
impossible to know the long-term
effects of a drug until it has been
used by thousands of women
over a long period of time.
The full effects of the birth
control pill, for example, are
only now becoming apparent, as
the first generation of users hit
middle age.
Another hormone drug, DES
(diethylstilbestrol), was widely
prescribed in the 40s and 50s as
a cure for miscarriage. It was
twenty years before many ofthe
women developed breast cancer,
and even longer before it was
discovered that many of their
children were infertile.
Marie Cocking works for
DES Action, a consumer action
group serving people exposed
to DES. She has published
several articles on Norplant
voicing her concern over the
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introduction of another
hormone-based drug for
"It doesn't seem good enough
to say, 'We'll put it on the market
and see what happens,'" she
says. "The effects of DES took
20 to 30 years to appear. When
they are only testing for seven
years they cannot possibly be
looking out for cancers and
other things that take many
years to arise."
Davidson says Wyeth-
Amherst is tracking the effects of
Norplant "the same way as it
does any medication."
Health Canada does not
require long term surveillance for
approved drugs. The company
does not solicit feedback from
consumers direcdy, and relies on
doctors to volunteer patient
Cocking argues there should
be an official agency responsible
for studying the consequences of
drugs such as Norplant on
consumers' health.
Norplant's potential medical
consequences are not the only
concern. The same qualities that
make it attractive also make it
easier than other forms of
contraception to misuse.
Unlike condoms or the pill,
which are under a woman's
control, once Norplant is
inserted, a woman cannot choose
to stop until it is surgically
Sunera Thobani, president of
the National Action Committee
on the Status of Women, says the
contraception takes away from a
woman's choice.
"The contraceptive is not
controlled by the woman," she
says. "It is controlled by the
physician who implants it. It
reduces women's control over
Charges of misuse have arisen
in developing countries where
the drug was tested.
In Bangladesh women
complained that requests to have
the rods removed were denied
by doctors who encouraged them
to wait out the side-effects and
see what happened.
Indonesian women were
confronted with contraception
"safaris" headed by the
government in partnership with
the Population Council and
International Planned
In an attempt to reach zero
population growth by 2000,
health officals and government
troops distributed Norplant to
over 1.5 million women. It was
reported in 1992 that Indonesian
women accounted for a full two-
thirds of all Norplant users.
Closer to home, Norplant has
added fuel to the debate over
forced contraception.
Concern arose when Darlene
Johnson, a twenty-seven year old
California woman was ordered
by a country judge to use
Norplant as part of her probation
Others worry it will become a
new tool for those wishing to
restrict the growth of targeted
segments of the population,
especially welfare recipients.
By taking control of
reproductive freedom out of the
hands of individual women,
Norplant not only reduces
women to guinea pigs, but also
threatens to lock them in their
"All contraception requires
doing something horrendous to
your body," Owen Moran says.
Alexander Sanger of Planned
Parenthood in New York said in
1994, "There is no perfect
contraceptive, but Norplant is
getting pretty close."
Norplant has expanded
women's choices to include long-
term birth control. Only time will
tell if it is actually as "worry free"
as advertised.
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Eligible Applicants:
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Make a documentary about independent western Canadian
fakers, of course, mrswhat
Gretchen Jordan-Bastow and
FumikoKiyooka have done wtfh
Through the Lens, though they
began with a more broadly Ca
nadian vision. f^nfhP_
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toga Canadian filmmaker means
mainstream, regardless of Ihe
genre," says Jordan-Bastow. "me
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fiCe, and can't make the «;
so they're marginalized as well.
Budget constraints forced
trough theLenstolimititsi scope
^western Canada, though
Kiyookateasingly points out that
J show takes a peek or two at
that region beyond Manrtoba
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Trn Canada, just the way Toronto
films claim to represent the me-
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convey information in a dramatic
format as opposed to a documentary format. And then, within the
documentary format, the question
is raised, 'Whose truth is it
-Documentaries are presented
as being'TheTruth-'Kiyooka concurs, "but you realize they are actually molded and manipulated,
and sometimes even put into stories" And then narratives, which
are supposed to be fictional, sometimes have very deep things happening underneath that are more
true than in a documentary.
For some, the answer lies in
making "hybrid" films. "These are
people who have gone beyond the
edges of those two forms and created their own style and form."
That sort of wacky western individuality is even more pronounced in animation. "We get into
the personalities of the animators,
and it's really fun because they're
' all real individuals," says Jordan-
, Bastow. 'They don't work with big
crews. They all like total control.
With the impending-arrival of
i Disney's   animation- studio,
Vancouver is currently the place to
1 be but the axis of animated power
has not always been with Lotus
I Land (or with Disney, for that mat-
I teri »one of the things we dis-
' covered in the research, which
doesn't come out in this series,
was at the turn of the century,
Winnipeg was supplying Hollywood with some of the earliest,
earliest animation. If we ever get
to do the history part, we'll get
into this more. It was very different than we've come to know
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by Rick Hunter
The most dazzling aspect about
the new production of Show Boat
is its abundance of movement. Everything on stage moves, not only
the characters but the set, scenery, lights and costumes. The rich- |
ness of visual detail is unprecedented for the Vancouver stage.
The real joy, though, comes from
the ability of all this movement to
make a connection between the
audience and the story unfolding
on stage. It never feels showy for
its own sake, like falling chandeliers and helicopters. The effects
never move the focus away from
the characters but, instead, add
depth to their actions. It is enriching rather than distracting.
Show Boat was the triumph of
the 1927-28 Broadway season and
seems as ready as ever to conquer
audiences as when it was first
staged. It has been continually revived and revised over the ensuing years, perhaps never more effectively than in Hal Prince's production. The story that has enthralled audiences for seven decades has remained intact wih the
positive addition of modern stagecraft and technology. The few
changes, such as moving a song
from the lovers to Parthy (Cloris
Leachman) and returning 'Mis'iys
Comin' Aroun' to the show, remove
the few elements of creaky operetta which could have dated the
production for modem audiences.
The songs are powerful despite
their familiarity. '01' Man River' and
'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man' possess their true life within the theatre. The songs by Jerome Kern
and Oscar Hammerstein II are
among the best the two ever wrote
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River,' the action onstage takes
the audience through tragedy and
happiness and brings us back to
where we started. It is a dazzlina
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Wed. Jan. 3 - Thu. Jan. 4 in SUB Auditorium
7:00 The Postman
9:30 Cinema Paradiso
UBC Film Society
Check for our flyers
in SUB 247.
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Wednesday, January 3,1996
The Ubyssey opinion
*FQR   £r4"reRTAtl^HeNT   PURfOSg.    HUST  BE.   \t ?>&   ANP>   OU&ER.	
1996: flood, fire, famine and fun
Fog clears. New Year's hangover vision begins
to unblur. Tea leaves and chicken entrails are
poked through; crystal bowling balls consulted;
vibrations in the ether measured.
From the vague stirrings of cosmic soup emerge
clairvoyant rumblings, murky prognostications,
startling predictions...
Against all odds, the Green Party will win the
upcoming provincial election with an
overwhelming majority. Tuition will be free, social
and environmental programs will be saved, and
monkeys will fly out of our eco-friendly butts.
Reform Party Leader Preston Manning will
finally be exposed as a CIA operative, critically
embarrassing the US administration and doubling
Manning's popularity in Alberta.
CiTR will begin broadcasting Rush Limbaugh's
three-hour morning radio show. Negotiations will
begin for the annual Limbaugh/Nardwuar
Crossfire special.
The Beatles will resurrect John Lennon using
genetic engineering techniques developed by
UBC's own Nobel prize-winning Michael Smith.
He takes Roy Orbison's old position in the
Traveling Wilburys under the pseudonym "Lefty
UBC's long-awaited Faculty of BZZR will begin
admissions in 1996-97. Prospective applicants will
have to be light and hoppy with a mild chocolate
A UBC biology lab accident will spawn
mutations in the squirrel population, turning the
rodents into ferocious winged predators.
Brian Mulroney will be announced as David
Strangway's replacement for President.
UBC housing will announce plans to double
the number of Gage Towers occupants in an
attempt to increase revenue. When asked how this
will be accomplished, housing supervisors will
respond: "Bunk beds. Lots of bunk beds."
Extreme structural fatigue will cause the
collapse of the Buchanan buildings. Arts classes
will be moved to Mclnnes Field and students will
welcome the improved air conditioning.
Raccoons will stage successful Senate and Board
of Governors campaigns.
The University will spend a quarter of a million
dollars to discover there is rampant sexism find
racism in one of its departments. It will do
absolutely nothing about it.
Jerusalem will be hit by a sudden rash of "Holy
Land fever" on its 3000th anniversary as tourists
run into cisterns, waving their Bic pens as though
they were swords and screaming, "Hey Joab, you
forgot the milquetoast!"
Benny's Bagels is raided by the RCMP when
they discover exactly which herb is used in the
'herb' cream cheese.
Bob Hope will not die. George Burns will,
however, but only for fifteen minutes.
Students will study hard, and drink even harder.
Babies will be born.
The sun will move one year closer to becoming
a red giant and destroying all life in the solar
system in a violent fiery cataclysm. Happy New
November 28,1995
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"FACE the feels, Scott Haywuid!" Matt Thompson boomed above the BURY
of the thundering storm. "\bu can't FOOL us." snarled Sarah O'Donnell at
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as he watched the river begin to flood over the FIVE FOOT dike. Ben Koh
slipped and FELL into the raging river. Seeing this, Charlie Cho pushed a
FLAT board, which Ben managed to FLIP onto. The storm had many other
effects on the surrounding community. Wolf Depner caught FOUR FISH in
Alison Cole's net Rain dripped through aFLAWin Andy Sarham's apartment
roof. Mike Kitchen's Canadian FLAG ripped in the wind. Shivering in the
forest, Rick Hunter couldn't start a FIRE to warm his cold FEET. Jenn Kuo's
FILE on FART began to FILL quickly. Joe Clarit FELT the wind was picking
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letters -
Youth left out
in the cold
Only days before Vancouver's
horn-blowing entry into another
'new year', I saw young kids
asleep in the doorways of
Granville Island's theatre row.
They were wrapped in sleeping
bags, and they pushed together
for warmth on the damp
Meanwhile, a few blocks away,
news reporters in the Pacific
Press building worried
themselves over retail sales and
government deficits, or fussed
over threats to Canadian unity
and to the well-being of Canada's
rich provinces.
Hiding behind the nagging
concerns of the business media
is the truth about a human
impoverishment that none of
them wants to face, but that
millions of people must face
daily. The hunger and the cold
that attend the poor will always
be with them, for the glittering
market that is building globally
has no place for them. As a
sustaining human system the
money market has always been
a failure. Such a system will so
pauperize the world's people and
so deplete the planet's resources,
that even the rich elite who
support it will eventually fall in
upon themselves, and die.
In a still comfortable, but
denying, North America there
are already too many hungry and
sick young people on the streets.
Conversely there are active and
young people on university
campuses. If ever we are to bring
these two disparate groups into
sharp focus in order to bring
about some social change, we
must use all of the intelligence
and the compassion that we can
For the moment, anyway, the
university young have the greater
opportunity of working for
change. Their opposition comes
from their own university
administration, long on greed
and short on sense, who intend
to sell the campus to rich men
with a stake in the world market.
There is still a chance for
students to say 'no' to a
streamlining of post-secondary
education, one that will see only
very few of their number
successful in the marketplace,
and many more pushed into the
night streets ofthe forgotten.
Nancy Horsman
Security bust
To Parking and Security UBC,
I am writing this letter in
complaint of your switchboard
operator who was working the
evening of December 5,1995 at
approximately 11:25 p.m. I
telephoned Parking and Security
with the intention of catching the
security bus from the Student
Union Building to Totem Park
Residence. When I inquired as
to if the bus was still in operation,
I was promptly hung up on. I
thought that perhaps there had
been a technical problem, so I
called back from a different
telephone. When I asked why I
was hung up on the first time, the
operator once again cut me off
of the line. As I had run out of
quarters, I chose to walk to Main
Library, in hopes of catching the
bus there; not surprisingly, the
bus was nowhere to be found. It
is ironic that a friend and I were
just discussing how unsafe the
campus is. As a matter of fact, I
had been defending Parking and
Security, for never before have I
had any serious complaints. Not
only am I furious about the lack
of service, but the rudeness with
which I was addressed was
entirely ungrounded.
One other complaint I have is
as follows: why does the bus
driver take his break from (5:15
p.m. until 7:00 p.m. when so
many people have night classes?
It seems as though his entire sihift
is a break; and now I have
evidence that he does not do his
entire rounds. You advertise tJiat
the security bus runs until 11:45
p.m. Perhaps a more appropr iate
flyer would read:
"We operate when it is
convenient for us and h ey,
maybe you'll get to speak with
our operator. He does a fanta stic
Leona Helmsley impression!
Thank you for your financial
To avoid any misleading
information in the future, v/hy
don't you shorten the name: to
just "Parking," because I sun; as
hell do not feel secure.
Sincerely perturbed,
Kristy H. Albel
Totem Park Resident
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The Ubyssey
Wednesday, January 3,1996 sports
Women basketbirds lose four in December
by Wolf Depner
Despite dropping four games
in December, the UBC women's
basketball team is showing signs
of steady progress.
Coach Deb Huband's squad
lost against cross-town rival
Simon Fraser and Seattle Pacific
University, as well as two games
to Western Washington.
None of the four exhibition
games will have any impact on
the Canada West standings, how
ever, and the losses hide the fact
that the fourth place Birds, currently 3-3 in league play, are
steadily coming together as a team.
Thaeir improvement was apparent in the 64-63 home loss
against Western Washington December 8. Led by veteran Kim
Phipps, who has averaged 15.5
points per game, and second year
Laura Esmail, the T-Birds played
an intense game against a tough
opponent. Trailing by one point
KIM PHIPPS leads the T-Birds in scoring. Here, she lays up two in a game
against the Saskatchewan Huskies.
UBC had two games scheduled
in December. The first, against the
Vancouver Mer-alomas, was
postponed because the field was
frozen. In the second, UBC
routed the University of New
South Wales by a score of 45-0.
The defending NCAA champion University of Maine Black
Bears were in town for a two
game exhibition series in the Father Bauer Classic Tournament
against UBC in late December.
The Bears, who include Anaheim Mighty Duck star Paul
Kariya's younger brother Steve,
beat the Birds handily in both
Maine took the first game 10-2,
with Scott Parmentier scoring a
hat trick, and continued to dominate with a 7-2 victory in game
two. Kariya had three assists over
two nights.
with only 12.6 seconds remaining, the Birds had possession and
the chance to win with one last
shot, but time expired before
Trixie Cruz could put the ball up.
"We had a bit of a breakdown
at the end," Huband said. "Overall, Fm very pleased with the effort, but disappointed in the outcome."
The Birds then suffered a disappointing 71-47 loss to SFU in
the seventh edition ofthe Barbara
Rae Cup the previous evening.
UBC has yet to defeat Simon
Fraser in that event.
The key to SFU's success was
size as they dominated the low post
and the boards right from the tip-
off. To combat their strong interior
defence the Birds were forced to
rely on their perimeter shooting,
which is not particularly strong.
Huband conceded that SFU
was superior in almost every aspect. "They really dominated us
inside and they also had some fine
shooters," she said. "But I also
think we were hurt by the fact that
we played the night before."
On December 15 the Birds
went south for a rematch against
Western Washington and, in
Huband's words, "got bombed."
Despite a combined 34 point effort from Kemp and Phipps, UBC
lost 88-65.
The next night the two combined for 43 points in a 68-62 loss
to Seattle Pacific. Despite strong individual performances, the Birds
committed several crucial turnovers at the end of the game.
However, Huband was pleased
with the way her team performed
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"They really stayed focused during practice and the game against
Seattle was a nice finish."
Huband said the team has
made tremendous progress in the
last month and she is already
looking forward to the second
half of the season, which starts this
weekend with two games against
the Lethbridge Pronghorns at
War Memorial Gym.
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Nominations for the Board of Directors
The Ubyssey will be holding elections for five student-at-large positions on the nine-member Board of directors ofThe Ubyssey Publications Society (UPS), the Society that publishes The Ubyssey. One of
the elected directors shall be the President ofthe UPS.
The voting period will be from January 15-19, 1996.
Nominations for candidacy must be submitted to the UPS Chief Returning Officer (CRO) in writing no later than January 10, 1995.
Responsibilities of student-at-large directors include (but are not limited to): meeting at least once a month; serving on committees ofthe Board.
In addition to the normal duties and responsibilities of a Board member, the President of the Society shall: coordinate the Directors in the
performance of their duties; conduct or cause to be conducted the correspondence ofthe Society; issue notices of meetings of the directors and committees of the directors and prepare agendas therefore; have such other
duties and responsibilities as the directors may from time to time determine.
The main area of responsibility for the Board is the financial and administrative management ofthe Society's affairs. The Board does not
determine editorial policy for the newspaper, nor does it select editors. As per the UPS Constitution and Bylaws, UPS Board Members
are not paid for the performance of their duties, acting on a strictly
volunteer basis.
All persons seeking election to the Board of Directors must be Members in good standing ofthe Society (Members in good standing being
those students at UBC who have paid the $5.00 Membership fee). All
persons seeking election to the Board must complete the nomination
forms and submit them to the Chief Returning Officer ofthe Society
before the close of nominations. Nominations must be seconded and
bear ten signatures from Members in good standing of the Society.
Nomination forms are available in SUB 245 during normal business
hours, as are copies of the UPS Constitution and Bylaws containing
the rules and regulations governing elections.
Questions regarding the elections and nomination procedure should
be forwarded to the Chief Returning Officer ofthe UPS, Quoc Bui,
at 822-6681.
Wednesday, January 3,1996
The Ubyssey sports
UBC fencers win medals in men's foil event
by Kevin Haidl
UBC fencers Julian Tang and
Chris Boone parried their way
into the medal standings during
the Vanguard Challenge in
Vancouver early in December.
The men's epee event, a qualifier for the Canadian Olympic
Team, drew fencers from across
Canada hoping to compete in
Atlanta later this year.
The event saw competition in
the thrusting weapons of foil and
epee. Foil emphasizes "deadly"
hits, immaculate defence and
long range tactics. Epee is pure
dueling where few rules make
strength, speed, cunning and finesse the winning factors.
Tang defeated teammate
Boone in the semi-finals, but lost
14-15 in a nail-biting final to
Conan Phelan of Victoria to take
the silver medal. Boone won his
last match and brought home the
bronze as both competitors firmly
entrenched themselves among
BC's top fencers.
Pierre Dalmagro and Chris
McLean finished ninth and
twelvth in the men's foil event,
and UBC garnered 177 national
points to place fourth in the Western Canadian Varsity standings.
It has been a long climb for the
foilists. Four years ago, UBC did
not have a fencer ranked in the
top 200 nationally. Tang is now
28th in the country and ninth in
Canada West, while Boone is
ranked 52nd in the country and
eleventh in Canada West.
Amy Olson, captain of UBC's
epee team, finished eigth in the
women's event. Two bronze medals at events earlier in the season
place her 62nd in the country and
third in Varsity West.
Brendan Roberston and James
Lang finished 35th and 42nd in the
men's epee event. Lang almost
upset Canadian Junior Team mem
ber Tars Bakos, but was eliminated
by the Saskatoon native 13-15.
UBC will travel to Point-
Laden, Alberta in early February
to compete in the Calgary Open,
and will be at home for the
Stephen Lazar Memorial on February 24 and 25.
UBC Graduate & Faculty Christian Forum
Naturalism as a Scientific
Dr. W.R. Thorson,
Professor Emeritus. University of Alberta.
Adjunct Prof. (Philosophy of Science), Regent College
aturalism as a presupposition of scientific inquiry has been
attacked by some Christian critics as merely another expression
of atheism and secularism. Dr. Thorson will argue that, on the
contrary, naturalism is legitimated by a biblical theology of creation
in a way that has significant implications for scientific thinking about
biology and cognitive behaviour. The reductionist claim that these
sciences are adequately comprehended by the paradigms of physical
science is radically open to question.
Thursday, January 4,1996 at 4:15 pm [coffee at 4:00]
 in Buchanan Low-Rise Penthouse Lounge	
JULIAN TANG lunges at an opponent.
Men's basket birds play in Korea
by Wolf Depner
Is there such a thing as T-Bird
mania? You bet.
On their recent thirteen-day
trip to Korea to take part in a six
team tournament, the UBC
men's basketball team was lavished with uncommon attention.
The Birds were featured twice
on national TV and according
to Head Coach Bruce Enns,
were chased by scores of teenage girls before and after
"We were treated like rock
stars over there," Enns joked.
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"Now we know what the pros
have to deal with," said Curtis
Mepham, who was named to the
All-tournament team.
Enns said the team had to be
careful not to let all the attention
go to their head. "We had to have
self-discipline," he said. "Half of
the team was writing exams over
there and everybody was studying pretty hard."
The Birds did play some basketball on the trip, winning three
of five games in the round robin
portion of the tournament before
losing to Korea in the semifinals.
Korea went on to beat an American team composed of former college players from Washington and
California, by a score of 93-91.
Enns says he used the tournament as an opportunity to experiment with his line-up, which was
missing injured starting point
guard Ken Morris. He later received a belated Christmas
present, however, as Morris,
UBC's leading scorer with 21.7
points per game, returned to the
line-up December 27 as the Birds
took on Seattle Pacific University.
Despite having been out of action for almost seven weeks,
Morris scored ten points in 25
minutes of floor time in a 87-78
losing effort. Shooting guard
Dave Buchanan led the Birds in
scoring seventeen points.
Morris' return is more than
timely as the 4-2 Birds head into
the toughest part of their schedule.
'January is going to be a critical
month for us," Enns predicted.
UBC will host the Lethbridge
Pronghorns this weekend, and
will face their arch-rivals the Victoria Vikings, the defending national champion Alberta Golden
Bears and the Calgary Dinosaurs
later this month.
The Ubyssey
Wednesday, January 3,1996


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