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Impr int The university of Waterloo’s official student newspaper Friday, October 1, 2010 Arts & Entertainment USS takes the Bomber stage. Vol 33, No 11 imprint . uwaterloo . ca 19 Features Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker draws a large crowd last week during an event put on by Feds. 12 Love Your Body Week. An inside look at how the University of Waterloo helped students love their body with events last week. Inside the mind of a regal representative ethan oblak President David Johnston bids farewell to the University of Waterloo as he embarks on his new career as the next Governor General of Canada. Paula Trelinska staff reporter I t’s a privilege not many students have during their university careers, but just last week I was given the opportunity to speak with President David Johnston in his office. As I waited, nervous, unsure of what exactly to expect, I imagined Johnston’s office much like many likely would: large, spacious, well adorned, and slightly intimidating. When I walked in, it was not at all as I expected. The office was spacious, but very modest and not at all intimidating. Bookshelves lined the walls behind his desk and a round table stood near the entrance in front of his desk. Motioning for me to sit down at the table, I did just that as Johnston immediately began asking me questions about myself. He wanted to know what program I was in, what I wanted to do when I graduate, if I’d studied for the LSATs yet. While I was there to interview him, he made sure to make me comfortable. For the 11 years that Johnston has been president of the University of Waterloo, this scenario has repeated itself over and over again. Johnston, known for his polite kindness toward everyone, has always been sure to stop and chat or say a quick hello on the street. Stories of negative encounters with Johnston are not abounding on this campus; in fact, I haven’t heard a single one. Known not only for his personality but also his many academic and political achievements, this July, Johnston was selected to become the next Governor General of Canada. While much hype surrounds his installation, for students of the university what is more important is not what he will be doing in the future but what he has done in the past. Given the chance to speak with Johnston, I was able to ask him a few questions about what he has done in the past 11 years, how this has affected the school, what this might mean for the future, and what it has meant to him. See JOHNSTON page 3


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