Volume 92, Issue 60

Thursday, January 14, 1999



Win some, lose some

Chretien confusion surrounds club

Westminster may become a Western residence

Pigs fly to Canada to help out research

1,200 biz keeners to do gaming

New Earth-sized planet could sustain life


Hot Air

Caught on campus

Caught on campus too

1,200 biz keeners to do gaming

By Becky Somerville
Gazette Staff

Over 1,200 business students from across Canada will be at Western this weekend for some friendly competition and maybe some fun in the snow.

The Ivey School of Business will host the eighth annual Undergraduate Business Games starting tomorrow and running until Sunday, but the main objective will not be number crunching or case competitions.

Three days of social, athletic and quasi-academic events have been designed to show the character of Ivey's honours business administration students as well as provide the opportunity for networking.

"It's Canada's best networking event in terms of business students," said Robert Levine, VP-marketing for the UBG. "It's a very big honour."

Ivey made the bid for the games, which are completely student organized, last January following the UBG at Concordia University. According to Levine, the games have flourished this year with considerable advertising, a national sponsor and 17 schools participating.

"We're happy about it. Ivey will be the one that brought it to a national level," Levine said.

During roughly 10 months of planning, HBA students solicited corporate sponsorship, said president of the organizing committee for UBG, Nicholas Lakas.

"I'd say we've amassed over $120,000 between cash and product donations," Lakas said.

Ivey professor Ross Archibald said the games were an excellent idea and students did an incredible job of organizing events and generating funds. "They've made it huge.

"If you turn our business students loose on a project and watch them, they're going to do a bang up job," Archibald said. He added the students were even granted two days off of classes to arrange UBG.

Levine explained the events would range from business-related Jeopardy to ultimate frisbee. "It's the one time of year that business students get to have fun and network at the same time."

The games were started by students at Ivey in 1991 with this being the second year they have been the host, Levine said. HBA students try out in September although most participate in some form as either team members or volunteers, he added.

Second-year HBA student and veteran of the games Kim Dickinson said UBG provided considerable interaction between the different schools and served as an excellent way to meet people.

Stacey Sheehy, team captain and president of the HBA Association, said UBG is a wonderful networking experience which involved the majority of HBA students. "It's a great way to socialize and show off the Western campus."

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