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In Brief...

Beauvoir in America

Hélène Benbaruk-Lapointe, a scholar of French studies at Trent University and a specialist on Simone de Beauvoir, will speak on the feminist's seminal sojourn in the U.S. in 1947, and her relationship with writer Nelson Algren.

The lecture will be held at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, 2170 Bishop St., Room 101, on Friday, October 30, at noon.

Building talk

Robert Woodbury, an architecture professor at the University of Adelaide, Australia, will give a talk on computer-aided architectural design on Monday, October 26, at 8:30 p.m., in Room 937 of the Henry F. Hall Building.

Woodbury is a world-renowned researcher in the field. His talk has been organized by Professor Hugues Rivard, of Concordia's School for Building, to show the enormous potential of computer-aided design in the construction industry.

"His vision of the design environment of the future is radically different from what software currently offers," Professor Rivard said.

Wizards on the West Island

The annual Expo Science, a showcase of Concordia's expertise in science and engineering, will be on view the weekend of October 31 - November 1 at Pointe Claire's lakeside cultural centre, Stewart Hall.

Flu shots

Limited quantities of the flu vaccine will be available at Health Services (SGW) as of October 29, and clinics will be held in November at Health Services Loyola. Certain groups of people are vulnerable to the flu; others should not take the vaccine. To find out more, please call Health Services, at 848-3565 or 848-3575.

Tournament this weekend

Basketball fans are in for a treat, as the Stingers host the popular annual Nike-Concordia basketball tournament this weekend.

The contenders are the Carleton (Ottawa) Ravens, the Laurentian (Sudbury) Voyageurs and the Memorial (St. John's) Sea-Hawks.

All games are held at the Concordia Athletic Complex, at Loyola. Here's the schedule:

Friday, October 23

Carleton vs. Laurentian, 6 p.m.

Memorial vs. Concordia, 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 24

Consolation final, 6 p.m.

Championship game, 8 p.m.

Stand-in for Rodman

Ezra Franklin, a member of the Stingers basketball team, has been a stand-in for NBA star Dennis Rodman in a television series since last summer.

"At first, I was a bit shy, and wore a hat all the time," admitted the six-foot-seven native of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, who had to bleach his hair. Filming went on all summer and into the fall for Special Operations Force. The series is being made for a Los Angeles TV station under executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

"I stand in for lighting and stunt work," Franklin explained. "I do a lot of shooting guns, jumping off cars and through windows. I took a couple of hours of shooting lessons to get ready for it."

Franklin was "discovered" by a casting agent one evening on the street. He is a student in the Science and Human Affairs program.

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