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Thousands march to Kitchener City Hall for protest by Peter Lenardon Imprint s&k@ ridayAprill9, was the Community Day of Action in Kitchener-Waterloo. Students, professors, and union groups‘marched from a rally held in front of Dana Porter library all the way down to Kitchener City Hall for a protest against the policies of Mike Harris’ Progressive Conservative government. The day began with Errol Blackwood and Injah, a series of brief speeches, and the unfurling of the “Shame” banner on the steps of the library. St. Jerome’s College Professor, Stan Fogel organized the protest on a UW campus besieged by picketers and roadblocks on ring road. The sweet sounds of reggae surrounded the protestors as the march left for downtown Kitchener. Along the way, protestors chanted anti-Harris slogans and enjoyed the sunny weather before a brief stop on Father David Bauer drive to join up with other marchers. The rally in front of City Hall in Kitchener was a high energy a&ir with more music, speeches, and approximately 25,000 cheering protestors. OPSEU Presi-’ dent Leah Casselman inspired the crowd by recounting how her union “made Mike Harris blink.” Despite the spirited chanting and protesting, however, everyone remained peaceful and the day was free of the clashes with police that has marred other anti-Harris actions, At City Hall there were a number of tables set up to offer information on the organizations they represented. One group sold copies of The Socialist Wmkter and books with titles like The Communist Mun@sto and Muhlm X. But even though the day had its suecesses, some union leaders were disappointed with the turnout overall. Some union members and employees of businesses that were closed for the day complained that they were forced to comply with a day of striking and lose that day’s pay* Other sectors of the community also felt the effects of the Day of Action. K-W schools were closed, transit setices were cancelled, and post offices, hospitals, and the University of Waterloo were all picketed. Exams at both Lau’rier and UW were
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cancelled on the 1901, pushing all exams
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that back by a day. Right” banner trailing behind. Some obThere were also some dissenters servers also questioned the effectiveness among the protesters and overhead. Banof the protest, especially when the protinners and t-shirtswith slogans in support of cial Tories vow to continue with their the Common Sense Revolution were policies, protests or not. mixed into the crowd and a plane circled above Kitchener City Hall with a “Mike is . More photos on page 4... after
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Children trapped in elevator at UW by Peter lhardon Imprint StafF
ome young erons were
dancers a little
and their chapshaken up after a Hagey Hall serv-
being trapped in ice elevator for 45 minutes this past Sunday. The dancers, aged between 9 and 13 years, were competing in the Rhythm Waterloo Dance Competition held at the University of Waterloo in the Humanities
Theatre from the children
April 24 to 28. About 8 of got on the elevator to go from the first floor to their changeroom on the third floor. Two adults also got on the elevator, which became stuck between the second and third floors. Some parents of the dancers searched around for maintenance staff but could find no one; Evenmally, service techni-’ cians were reached and they began work on freeing the eievator. Meanwhile, those outside the eleva-
tor tried to reassure the people trapped inside by speaking to them from the second and third floors. One parent remarked that it was fortunate to have had the two adults in the elevator to keep the mostly preteen dance,rs caIm. Despite having enough fresh air and being in no danger, all those trapped in
the elevator, both kids and adults, admitted to being experience.
a bit frightened
A beautiful day for a rwotest
Groups present at during the day of action The K-W Interfaith Movement for Social Justice, Ontario Federation of Labour; Coalition Against Cuts, Canadian Autoworker’s LJnion, Canadian Union of Public Employees, OntafiQT Public Setice Employees’ Union, Ontario Provincial Federation of Union Retirees, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, International Socialists, Guelph Socialists, United Food and Commercial Workers’ Union, United Steelworkers of America, Ontario Power Workers’ Union, Canadian Federation of Students, Confederation of Ontario
These people ire redhg!
Have these pmtestcws missed the bus? Harris brings together people fkom ti walks of life.
by Peter Lenardon
Friday, May 3, 1996
Return to a winter of discontent a Happenings and highlights from the winter 1996 term by Melissa Dietrich and Sarah Reinhardt special to Imprint January
Universal bus passes considered itchener Transit proposed a niversal bus pass for all University of Waterloo students. Every undergraduate would have been charged a mandatory, nonrefundable, “transportation” fee. In return, each student would receive a bus pass valid on every route and during all Kitchener Transit operational hours. The Federation of Students would have been the trustee of the money collected from the fee. The benefit, according to Kitchener Transit, is a guaranteed source of revenue.
Independent restaurants removed from SLC -
he International food cart has been removed from Brubaker’s to the Festival hall. The food cart is host to visiting restaurants offering students a variety of ethnic flavours. A number of factors prompted the decision. The Festival room is larger than the cart at Brubaker’s, allowing more room for food displays and student traffic. January
ue to the fallout after last year’s Ezrastree t party, WLU attempted to devise a new student code of conduct allowing the University to discipline students for off-campus offences. Many students thought this would be prying too much into the private lives of students. OnJanuary25, thecommittee approved a new code of conduct for Laurier students. The new code states that students have the freedom to do as they please as long as that it doesn’t interfere with the community or the university. February
hree weeks ago the Student Alliance of Canada showed up on the University’s student lobby-group scene. Their st;lted goal is to raise awareness and createjobs for students. Students are required to solicit $18 dollar donations, with $6 going to the student, $1 going to student su-
Y of September 1, three hunred and forty faculty and staff will be retiring. The University plans to act quickly to ensure that, acadeinic and other programming continues with little disruption. A central investment fund wili be set up to distribute funds to the different programs. 26,
n November 6, Patrick 0 Fitzpatrick, former Vicepresident of the University of New Brunswick Student Union resigned amidst a flurry of allegations of suspect expenditures on Student Union credit cards. He claimed that CASA had authorized the expenditutis, which were up to the yearly maximum of $9000. He allegedly stole two pre-signed checks and $2,000 in cash. FitzPatrick served for four years on the UNB Student Union, three years as an Executive of the Union, two years on the Academic Senate and one year on the University Board of Goverrors. 2,
CFS will not let go
he Canadian Federation of Students refuses to accept the fact that the students of the University ofWater no longer want to be part of their organization; even after a referendum held in February of 1993 where an overwhelming 2171 students voted to pull out of CFS. The students of UWdisagree with the CFS because of the poor student representation displayed by this group and its advocacy on general social justice issues. March
student publications across the country raising some concern from students. In 1989, the Tobacco Products Control Act was enforced and prohibitid the advertisement of tobacco. After the Supreme Court struck down
One blow-out, three photu=Whes landside victory went to ario Bellabarba who had no problems defeating his opponents for President. The other races were extremely close. Julie Primeau managed to win the position of Vice President InternaJ by only forty-four votes. For the Fed Vice President Administration and Finance position Mark Ferrier scored higher by receiving fortyeight more votes then his opponent. Kelly Foley won the Vice President Education position by a margin of one, hundred twenty-two votes.
Electhnsp0iIs uestions were asked about the spoiled ballots in the Fe % election because in two cases the number of spoiled
ballots turned out to be more then the difference between the first finishers.
second place case was that
of Mark Ferrier who won the Vice President Administration and Finance position by fort)leight votes over Chris McCrath, a race in which ninety-
UW Faces Lawsuit r. Ewa Lipczynska, an internationally known scholar Research Associate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, sued the University of Waterloo, Dr. Gillham, Chair of Earth Sciences, and Provost Jim Kalbfleisch, after she is notified thather teacher’scontractwould not be renewed. Lipczynska was supposedly given verbal assurances, by Dr. Gillham that her job would be continued for at least three more years. Gillham however, states that her contract specifically said only two years and that there was never a guaranlee of an extension. The lawsuits total more than $3,400,000.
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decision, saying that it allows students to receive the education they are entitled to. Although some critics of Clark believe that this decision is merely an election promise, the CFS hopes that other provinces will also follow Clark’s decision.
the Alliance. For donating, you receivea$ZOprepaidcallingcard from Network Telecom. The $11 the Student Alliance receives covers the cost of the calling cards. It was thought that the Student Alliance was just a cover for a Network Telecom scheme, not a student organization, but the president Sciberrsa says that “We’re just standing up for Canada.” 16,
the ban on cigarette advertising, it is now legal for these types of ads appear in places like student
Ads make a killing
pervision and the rest going to
five ballots were spoiled. In the second case Julie Primeau won the race for Vice President, Internal over Tricia Mumby by only forty-four votes and the total number of spoiled ballots are seventy-seven.
B.C. freezes tuition
Columbia Premier Clark announced that he will not raise tuition fees despite the 15% to 19% increase that many other universities will impose on students this coming year. The CFS agrees with this Glen
ASU facing audit
he Arts Student Union was forced to undergo an audit look into their financial prob lems. They are concerned that they are not receiving enough money from the $7 fee that all Arts undergrad students must pay= The Political Science Students Association had also been involved and organized meetings to discuss a constitutional amendment. One of the biggest contraversies surrounding the ASU was the $2000 allotment for the Spring Formal. The PSSA wants to increase the amount of allotment that the numerous departments and clubs receive from the ASU. Instead of the $2.50 that they usually receive from the $7 undergrad fee, they want $3.50. This suggestion caused a great amount of disagreement in the ASU executive and with the Society representatives.
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WPIRG is an incorporated non-profit volunteerdirected organization with a mandate to research, inform, and take action on issues affecting our community’s well-being. We seek to foster social change that is based on tespect, diversity, equality, and lignity.
WPIRG provides a library, offIce, and staff support to people who share our mission. Our beginning of term information meeting, where we will be reviewing our current projects and planning activities for the summer term, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, at 1:OO pm in OUT..
he empty roum on the 2nd T floor the Student Centre (above the Brubakers of
food court), aka SLC Rm. 2139 will officially become our new office as of June I, 1996. It has been over 10 years since WPIRG has been in the Campus Centre and we are looking forward to moving into a much more accessible space. STRATEGICPIANNING c the past
I?has acted as a bridge between
the campus and community. We have successfully advocated for improvements in waste management, consumer rights, acid rain control, worker hazardous materials education, access to information, and human rights, to name only a few issues. As we approach the new millennium, what role should WPIRG be playing locally in the midst of increasing global threats to humanity posed by global warming, persistent organic pollutants, and greater economic disparities? How can we act in the public interest to better serve students, our campus, and community? Our strategic planning is open to anyone who wants to participate. In the end, we hope to come
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4. To encourage diversity and social equality for all people by proactively opposing all forms of oppression such as those based on gender, race, class, sexual preference, and physical appearance. 5. To work in a cooperative and non hierarchical way, ,emplaying
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1. To motivate civic participation and responsibility by encouraging members and other citizens to become concerned, informed, and active in their community. 2. To recognize the interconnectedness, and pursue an integrative analysis, of social and environmental issues.
making process. We recognize the right of people affected to participati in those processes. WPIRG ACCOUNTRn IRG is funded through a membership levy on fullW time undergraduate students of $3.28 per term which, if you so choose, is refundable within the first three weeks of the term. Funding , which supports volunteer training, events and projects, maintenance of an office and library, plus two fulltime staff, is administered by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. WPIRG is audited annually and reports to its membership at an annual general meeting. This month will be your last chance to visit our former home of lot years room 125 of the General Services Complex or our web site http://watservl .uwaterloo.ca/ wpirg.
Ezra street party a bust
’ All interested folks are invited to a I meeting Wednesday May 8th at 1I 4:30pr% in the Multi-purpose Room, / in the Student Life Centre,
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of the projects that could use your involvement include:
- WPIRG On-Line: Volunmaintain our world wide web site. Don’t think that this is all WPIRG is capable of supporting. Volunteers provide ideas, and if WPIRG has the resources, we will provide the support to transform those ideas into acteers
irtually projects are initiated and V carried-out byvolunteers. Some
3. To respect and encourage local and global ecosystem integ-
1 for Canada /
collect and repair discarded bicycles, then sell the bikes at cost to people in the communitywho can’t &ford brand new bikes, - K-W LETS (Kitchener-Waterloo Local Employment and Trading System): Volunteers have established a community network barter system which links individuals, businesses, and organizations and allows them to trade goods or services with other LETS members. -Propaganda Watch: Volunteers are keeping a close eye on the media and who controls it. - BUGS (Bicycle Users Group): A new group that is focusing on (you guessed it) bicy-
Friday, May 3, 1996
Police raid two keg parties a by Peter Lenardon Imprint staff
he much-anticipated Ezra Street end of term party never really got started this year. An on-campus party at Wilfrid taurier University and a formidable police presence on Ezra street were effective in stifling a repeat of last year’s party/riot. An “official” party held at Laurier, which included live bands outside and two pubs open inside, was designed to provide an alternative to the Ezra party. Another benefit of this strategy had to do with the fact that the official party coincidedwith the end offirst year students’ exams, The thinking here was that first-year students would not continue the tradition of the Ezra party if they were not exposed to it during their first year. A second deterrent to Laurier students was the recentlyestablished Code of Conduct for Laurier students. The regulations
tive actions taken on or aff camThe Code of Conduct was primarily a response to last year’s Ezra Street party which resulted in 42 arrests, 2 people seriously pus.
ish students academically or otherwise for any illegal or destruc-
$2000 in cash, and afew containers of the ever~op$ar
street corner around Laurier’s campus
and one lawsuit against
the university. But even enough, there
if that was was the police.
early as Thursday night, Waterloo Regional Police officers could
WIN-sanctioned party ended, revellers would be left to search around for some place
paddywagon ready to be filled with
Friday and Saturday night also saw a large police presence, but were relatively uneventful until two keg parties were raided Saturday night.
Undercover police officers bought tickets to the parties which were later broken up. Police confiscated 25 kegs of beer, 21 1.5 Iitre bottles of liquor,
Street. Thursday night there was
few containers of the ever popular “purplejesus.” Those present lost their entry home thirsty.
fee and had to go
Ezra Street remained all weekend, much of residents.
quiet to the delight
Friday, May 3, 1996
Harris’ Tories force students off welfare OSAPto cover lost benefits for students with low income by Katie Ricks special to Imprint
eventeen thousandcollege and university students are no longer eligible for social assistance. Community and Social Services Minister David Tsubouchi announced cuts to the welfare program on April 11, 1996, eliminating 919 jobs from the Ministrv. The only alternative for many students will be to ap ply for a repayabie loan from the Ontario Student Assistante Program (OSAP) . Tsubouchi claims that the cuts, part of the social selyices plan to save over $300 million in 1996, are “giving people the opportunity to invest in their own education.” Presently, a single parent with one child, who is at tending an Ontario college or universi ty, receives amaximum of $957 per month from social assistance. Under OSAP, that student could
up to $2000 per
month, and no more than $17,000 per year (two post-secondary school terms). This is broken down into a suggested $1,41 I per month for living expenses and $589 per month for tuition, books, and additional educational expenses. Low-income students, such as single parenti, will have to set aside more of their total OSAP assistance to pay for tuition if they are interested in high-tuition degree programs, leaving less money for living expenses. This may limit many students to less expensive programs. According tb Mike Burns, director of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, the cuts “Gould
have a devastating impact on the number of single mothers .and couples pursuing higher education.” Responding to the cuts in an April 12 news release, Bonnie Patterson, President of the Council of Ontario Universities, representing twenty post-secondary institutions in Ontario, stated that “what the government has done will compromise the ca-
YCs a terrible will bepeople who won’t come as a result. ” ~LF-jucat~o~,
Kelly Foley pacity of financially and socially vulnerable students to get the education they are seeking.” In addition, single parentswho must now rely on USAP for financial aid in order to further their education must relinquish “their eligibility for such things as drug plans and child benefits,” according to Carmen Coccimiglio, President of the Windsor Students’ Alliance. On paper, students appear to be receiving more money through OSAP than was available through social assistance, but out of the maximum $17,000 per student, $6000 must be repaid within 10 years following graduation at an interest rate of between l-5% points above
prime. The skills gained through an investment in education must enable students tojoin the work force and pay back their loans. Otherwise, they will be back on welfare with additional debts to the government. Prior to the cuts, over 15,000 students had defaulted on loans from the province. Kelly Foley, the UW Federation of Students’ Vice President of Education calls the repayment plan a “forgiveness program [which] will erode”, allowing for pos-
which “It’s a There won’t At an
must terrible will come April
be repaid. dis-incentive. be people who as a result.” 15th press con9
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Pak said that “at the time that the governis encouraging Ontarians to both acquire
and upgrade skills, it is relinquishing the assistance that certain people require to achieve this.” Both Foley and Pak met with MPP Elizabeth Witman to express their concerns regarding the cuts, which the Council of Ontario Universities was not advised of prior to Tsubouchi’s announcement on April 11. The Progressive Conservative Government has been criticized by the COU for it’s Eailure to seek any input from the university and college community before going ahead with the cuts, which are expected to reduce the number of students, particulary single mothers, enrolling in post-secondary pr&
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Friday, May 3, 1996
Senate elections done a second K time by Peter
he r-let tion and by-election of Undergraduate Student representatives to Senate closed on Wednesday,
sertterepr-t the Faculty of Arts on Senate, receiving almost 42% of the vote. Stephen D&our repeated his previous performante for the at-large seat with 70% of the ballots cast in his favour. Ryan Chen-Wing was
The re-elections ended with the - same result as the first time April 17,1996. A by-election was held for the Faculty of Engineering seat while the Faculty of Arts Student and the Undergraduate at-large seats were up for grabs for the second time this year. The i-e-elections ended with the same result as the first time. Andrew Wilson was again cho-
elected to the position of Faculty of Engineering representative by a margin of 12 votes over Phil Guillemette. The results of the first Senate election were thrown out because of irregularities in the distribution of ballots which were deemed to “indeterminably taint” the results.
MUSIC MUSICMUSIC UWENSEMBLES
Say hello to your new executive The time has come yet again for a new Federation of Students executive to plunge into a new and exciting year. Your new executive includes: Mar@ Bellabarba, President;, Mark Ferrier, VP Administration & Finance; Kelly Foley, VP Education; Julie Primeau, VP Internal. Each executive member would like to take this opportunity to introduce themselves and let you know a little. bit about the year ahead.
name is Mario Y Bellabarba and I am your new Federation of Students’ President. Since ruling with an iron fist had to be ruled out early
stay covered. The old position of Associate Provost, Student Affairs, played a large part in most areas of student life on campus, from Orientation Week to fundir;g and assistance for the Peer Assistance Links (PALS) Phone line. I’m encouraged by the start that we’ve gotten off to, and I’m looking forward to working with the new folks. T Tello, My name is Mark 1 berrier and I am no exception to the enthusiam that the current executive shares for the upcoming year. As your VP Administration and Finance, a large part of my job will be to maximize and supervise those busi-
weakness. There are three commissions under the VPE: Students Advising Co-op, Academic and External. Etienne Phaneuf will be the new chair of Students Advising &+p. We need people to chair the Academic and External commissions. If you are interested in becoming involved in your education give us a call at the Fed Office ext. 4042 or drop by the office in the Student Life Center.
ello! My name is Julie rimeau and I’ am your newly-elected Vice President Internal. I would first like to take this opportunity to welcome eve. ryone back and to let you know
We would now like to take this opportunity to imite any and all of you to becomeinvolved JoinUseaaEveryone Welcome!!! this year with the FmS.. . there are ample
volunteering opportunities available for ‘any and all are& of interest
UNIVERSITY CHOIR John Tuteg director RFirstRehearsal: Tuesday, May7,‘96 R/I Auditions: May3,2:00-400 p.m. and&lay6,9:30-11:30 a,m,
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(it’s hard to do when any one of your Vice-Presidents could beat you to a pulp), my primary focus this summer will be making sure students have their say in ensuring nothing gets forgotten in the UW administrative re-shuffle. Since almost all of the top level administrators opted to hang up their hats and apply for early retirement, the University has had to make some major changes to the way things are done around here. Good-bye Associate Provost Student Affairs and Associate Provost Academic Affairs.. . hello Gary Waller, Associate Provost Academic and Student AflFairs a super-human creature capable of performing the tasks of two regular administrators. Goodbye Director of Human Resources, hello Catharine Scott, Associate Provost Human Resources and Student Services. (An Associate Provost is kind of like an assistant Vice-President. If you really want to know more about UW’s structure, give me a call at ext. 2478, and we can try and figure it out together) There were some other big changes, but the two I mentionedwill have the most direct impact on what students see from this university, both academically and non-academically. Over the next few months, I’ll be meeting with these folks so we can make sure all the bases
Music Ensemble Programme Conrad Grebel College, University ofWaterloo
nesses and services which operate under the Federation of Students. One of my main focuses for the year will not only be the aggressive promotion of the current operations but also ensuring that you the student is satisfied with the end result. The only way that the FEDS can ensure this is by getting feedback from you. So please don’t hesitate to come by the office anytime. hat is a Vice President Education (VPE)? Lot’s of people have been asking me that lately. My name is Kelly Foley and I was elected to represent you in areas that include: how much you will have to pay for your education, how many and which people will get a chance to get an education, and how good that education will be. In big words, funding, accessibility and quality. ” A great deal of my job involves talking to politicians, and talking to people about politicians with our two lobby groups, The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and the Ontario Undergraduate StudentAlliance (OUSA) + The most important aspect of my job is working with YOU to identify academic issues and develop strategies to overcome areas of
how excited I am to get started on the year. This new position was created so that greater attention could be paid to your FED-run services and cluL;:~hile creating astrongerlinkbetween the FEDS and thevarioussocietiesandresidence councils. I am convinced that there is som’ething here for everyone9 be it volunteering in the Peer Help- . ingcenter, starting your own club or joining one of the already existing clubs available through the FFDS. This summer I will be working hard to boost the profile of many existing services and clubs so that YOU the student can maximize your experience while here at the University. I am currently looking for many volunteers so if you are interested give me a call at ext. 3780 or come by the office. We would now like to take this opportunity to invite any and all of you to become involved this year with the FEDS. Many of us have already mentioned there are ample volunteering opportunities available for any and all areas of interest. Finally we encourage you to give us a lot of feedback, as we are here for you. Drop by the FED offke in Rm 110 of the Student Life Centre or call us at ext. 4042.
Friday, May 3, 1996
think Deputy Prime Minister Sheila Campus Question: . Do youCopps should have resigned? by Peter
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“Her promise was part of her platform. She should resign.”
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‘She should stick to her word, show an example for the rest.” Ada msiger
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by Kelly Foley Vice President Education Federation of Students
elcome back Coop Students! Things are changing...like it or lump it: Students and universities are experiencing considerable challenges and pressures resulting from funding cuts and a general fiscal crisis. It is becoming increasingly apparent that maintaining the status quo is not viable. Change is invading all aspects of Post Secondary Education including its structure, and mandate. The ability of people
and institutions to tre responsive and adaptable is paramount to survival.
terloo and its Co-operative Education department are no excep tion. In the near fLlture you will see some substantial changes to the way things work. The level of student involvement is also changing. It’s on the rise. Students Advising Co-op (SAC) is a proactive group of students who work with the Ce op department to improve the system and maintain a communication link between Co-op and the students. This group has been highly successful in earning itself a seat at the discussion table. The op-
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meaningful change. ,WC has secured student representation on
several Co-op committees including the Co-op Fee Review commi ttee. The Co-op Fee Review Committee has been working all year to examine the structure of the fee. Paul Skippen and Natalie Proctor, your student representatives, explored questions such as: should a part of your fee be refunded if you don’t get a job, should you have to pay if you stay with a previous employer, what if you find your own job? Because cup is not a placement setice, students must be actively involved in their job search. Co-op essentially provides the infrastructure to assist students infindingemployment. Because of that, it is somktimes difficult to justify the fee. The Coop Fee Review Committee will be proposing ways to include students further in the process. If you are unsatisfied with your CMp experience, there are opportunities for you to make improvements. Change will happen. The only question that remains is whether you are going to be a part of it. If you
coming involved all you have to do is call the FED office (ext.4042) or come to the first meeting on May 7 at 5130 in NH 1029. I offer you this challenge: Listen,Think, Speak. Ifyoudon’t somebody else will do it for you.
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on’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years. It was almost exactly two years ago that I wrote my first column as Editor-in-Chief of Imprint. I spent the entire column addressing other people’s concerns about me. Concerns that I was intolerant of feminists, environmentalists and those whose ideology differed with my own (see W&O~ buck Sandy on the letters page for a typical example). I’ve dealt with such attacks on a relatively frequent basis, and in general, I welcome any comments regarding the paper. There’s always room for improvement. Unfortunately, the comments I receive are usually poorly argued ad homenim attacks that boil down to “I don’t like what you write? To cut a long story short, my record speaks for itself. WPIRG, The Womyn’s Centre as well as many other groups and individuals whose ideology I personally might not agree witlh have only received my utmost cooperation and dedication when it comes to their contributions to Imprint. I defy anyone to show that this is not the c&se. Their pieces have appeared as submitted, without any editorial interference, and with no special effort to solicit an opposing opinion in an attempt to discredit them. In other words, I treat their submissions the same way I treat everything that’s submitted to this newspaper. Truth be told, the fact that Imprint can print such diverse opinions has a lot to do with why I’ve been here for so long. Where else would I be able to ramble on with my freemarket tirades but a student newspaper? When again will James Russell be all&wed to write so unfettered? Who else would print The Parking Lot is Full? Where else could you find the Womyn’sDay Rag? Well, maybe on theinternet, but in terms of the print mediuq, student newspapers such as Imprint remain the last bastion of such unregulated freedom. If tastes are offended or toes stepped on, that is the cost of experimentation. In those cases where someone is genuinely displeased by Imprint, the problem becomes the solution. Not only is everyone invited to submit letters to the editor, but likewise everyone is invited to write their own column. Everyone is invited to write record reviews about the bands that they like. Everyone is invited to cover the news stories they want covered. Complaints about Imprint are never far from next week’s letters to the editor page, but those who actually make the effort to change this paper are a rare breed, They commit themselves to months ofwork for an extremely small reward. Most do so not because of any desire to boost their own resume, but simply because they like working at a newspaper. Such dedication is to be admired and the latitude Imprint gives them, which sometimes offends, is a small price to pay for their contribution. As for my own writing, those who can find a factual inaccuracy or theoretical shortcoming in anything I write are more than wqlcome to bring it to my attention. For those who insist on telling me that they simply don’t like what I have to say, I’m afraid I have no consolation to offer. I’m back for another year. Deal with it.
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Some Thoughtsc on Hate A
little while ago, I was innocently speaking with wo family members, including an eighteen-year-old cousin about tattoos. He suddenly thumped his chest with his left fist and threw his right arm forward in a Nazi salute. “The only tattoo I want on my chest is a swastika over my heart,” he declared. As we struggled to regain composure, he went on. “I am pure white. I hate all blacks, I hate all Chinese, I hate all Jews, I hate all homosexuals. I believe in the supremacy of the white race and I believe we will rule again.” The other person and I put this cousin all the usual arguments about equality and about how one develops beliefs. He took out a book with a title relating to “The New Germany” and said, “I think Hitler was right.” At that moment, I realized that this young man had a group of friends who all felt as he did and who reinforced each others’ belief and whose images of racism and bigotry were mixed with rebellion. I left the conversation very shaken and have been thinking about it quite a bit since. How do you tell a young person that his belief is wrong? Most of us who object to bigotry have seen racism close to home before. These opinions are expressed by ‘friends, parents, aunts and uncles. The
usual response is to try to put their views into context. Rather than be hardlined, we suggest to them that these beli.efs do not have any solid foundation, and have tried to provide alternative information. We attempt to show that you cannot generalize. We don’t take stronger action because when Grandma says (in her english accent) that all “these immigrants” are filling up the welfare books, it doesn’t seem all that dangerous. Grandma isn’t going to beat up a person of colour, or even not speak to them or avoid becoming their friend. So Grandma’s views, however inaccurate, cannot directly cause harm. But when you combine this view with youth, strength, anger and rebelliousness, the picture begins to look a little different. How do you say to an eighteen-year-old that what he believes is wrong? I can present him with disapproval, with all the facts, and it won’t matter. For one thing, he gets too much encouragement. Think about it. We accept
MP Bob Ringma proved that a few days ago when he said that in order to not offend bigoted clients, he would fire or umove to the back of the shop” any employees who were homosexual or of an. ethnic minority. The fact
that Ringma would adjust to his bigoted clients rather than the diversity of his employees shows how badly legislation to protect tz4 human rights is needed. How can I say to my young cousin that people of all racial backgrounds are the same when we are busy tightening up immigration policies bectiuse “the times are bad” and “there is a backlash.* We know that this backlash is unfounded, because the percentage of immigrants on welfare is lower than the percentage of Canadians by birth. That doesn’t matter, because our policy responds not to the numbers, but to the backlash, so many people still believe that immigrants equal welfare burdens. How can I say to him that homosexuals are no different as human beings when we do not recognize homosexual couples in the same way &z& as we do heterosexual couples? There is a bit of a contradiction here. We tell young people that it is wrong to treat people differently because of sex, sexual orientation, race, age, or religion. But what we do, as individuals and worse, as a province and as a country shows them something else. Perhaps what Grandma says isn’t so harmless after all. -
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As a graduate student in the Department of Health Studies alld Gerontology, I was disturbed to see the tobacco advertisemt:nts rttcttntly run in theImprint. It is a well kmxvn fxt that tobacco use causes lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. Ever-y 40 minutes sonleone in Ontario <lies from smoking. In addition, tobacco advertising associates cigarettes with fun, excitement, and being culturally hip and fashionable. The tobacco industry is trying to make us think that cigarettes are not so dangerous, and in fact cool. Cigarette advertising encourages people, mainly young people, to start smoking, to smoke more, to continue smoking, and to return to cigarettes if they should happen to quit. I am surprised and disappointed that Imprint would endorse such a product by prin ting these advertisments.
No jobs for . teachers Jlst recently a friend of mine sent me a ctjllple of copies offmprintfrom March, and it was like a breath of fresh air. It was re;llly good to feel-slightly connected to U‘\I’ arrain. &wever, that is not why I’m writing. I was frightened by the ads fur teachers’ training colleges in the UKand Australia. There’s nothing wrong with Imprint printinq these ads, but readers must be rnaie aware of the reality. Pul simply, there are NO JOBS FOR TEACHERS IN ONTARIO! I know, because I had to leave Canada to get myself a teachingjob in England. And here I am. Stuck. Ifyou train to be a teacher in Ontario, you will be licensed and qualified to teach in Ontario. If you to train be a teacher in England, you will be licensed to teach in England, and to teach in Canada you will have to have your credentials assessed. And unless they teach you the Ontario Education Act and the Ontario curriculum, you will not be prepared, but that’s OK because there are no jobs anyway! So what about us’ing your British or Australian teaching credentials to teach in that country? Not so fast -youwil[ need either citizenship or a work permit. For Australia, forget about it. They have a very selective immigration policy, and they have a glut of teachers there,
meaning no jobs. For Britain, the situation is a little better. It has been estimated that by the year 2000, the UK is going to need thousands of new teachers every year, and there is a worry that the teachers’ colleges here wilLsimply not be able to produce enol lgh graduates. So why not come on over, right? Wrong! To teach here you must obtain
citizenship or a work permit. Citizenship can be obtained if you can prove that your FATHER (not Mother) was British. A urork permit can be had if you can prove that your GRANDFATHER was British. If you have this, then you can work. Then comes the next hurdle. Your qualifications. If you trained to be a teacher here, you’ll be OK If you trained back in Canada, as I did, you will have to be classed as an “Overseas Trained Teacher” and you will have to find a school that is willing to take you on and go through the official qualification process. Until you are officially qualified, you’re a “licensed” teacher only, and your pa.y will be a lot lower. Oh, and by the way, you have to be at least 26 to be classed as an Overseas Trained Teacher. Let’s say you clear all that, and come over and get a job. Now the real shock begins. The Ontario Harris government is just starting to do to education what the Tories here have done for about 12 years. And education is a complete shambles here. The powers of the unions were stripped years ago, so teachers are in no position to strike for any reason at all. The result has been: I- Massive cuts in education funding. Z- Buildings in need of repair. 3- Outdated textbooks and no funds for new ones. 4 Teachers being laid-off on a regular basis. 5- Salaries so low that few people want to enter teaching, and those that are in are trying to get out. 6- Staff changing schools usually every three or four years to try to move up the ladder if they decide to stay in teaching. T-The closure of schools for students with special needs. 8- Dangerous and disruptive students being kept in school because each student means a certain amount of government money for a school. 9- Schools competing for students, so as to get money. 10- Schools being ranked according to how they perform on national tests, resulting in teachers’spending all thei.r time preparing students for tests, and not really teaching them how to think for themselves. The purpose of this is to make the school look good in the nationally pub lished ranking tables, so as to attract more students, meaning more money for the school. And most schools have at least one staff member who specializes in advertising and public relations. Real teaching is non-existent. So what are my conclusions? If you enjoy a challenge, are 26 or over, a British citizen, and can live on almost no money in a very high cost-of-living society, perhaps teaching in the UK is for you. The bad side is that here I am, a fully trained Canadian teacher with a pocket full of degrees, unable to find work in my own country because of education cuts, forced to choose between teaching in England or being unemployed in Canada. You figure it out.
Welcome back Sandy! Tu the Editor, As a long time reader of the Imprint, I would like to express my appreciation of the quality of this year’s edition. Since September the Imprint has produced the finest issues in the last five years. The coverage attained a level of excellence unsurpassed in my five years at Waterloo. Now that the Imprint. is changing hands, and is to be edited by Sandy Atwal, I have a few comments on what works and what does not. I believe the coverage of current events is much improved over previous years. Not just the number and variety of events covered, but also the quality of writing is noticeably better. At a school where the athletic clubs do not recieve as much attention as they should, the Imprint continues to-cover our teams with pride. It did not hurt that this past year was perhaps the most exciting the school has enjoyed in athletics. Few professional sports teams provided as much excitement as the football team and its spirited drive or the hockey team and its near perfect season. My only criticism of the sports coverage, and this prols ably applies to most of the paper: pictures that are out of focus. The Lefcourt cartoons have always been superb. And congratulations to Nesbitt and Spacek! The Parking Lot is
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Full...of laughs! Pete Nesbitt and Pat Spacek fucking rule! Reserve my copy of A Brief Histmy OfFem. The Entertainment section is good in general. I can’t blame it for the usu+l problems it suffers. People will complain until the end of time that the bands and movies being reviewed in this section are obscure and unpopular. The response from the editors until the end of time wiil be the same: “If you want something reviewed, then review it yourself!” My problem is notwith the content of the Entertainment section, but with the incongruous lack of attention to good writing. Why are fragmented sentences the sole property of the record reviewer? Why must movie reviewers explain how they arrive at the theatre before glossing over the movie itself? On the positive side, I find the headlines and captions for the pictures extremely funny, and the penchant for swearing (which seems to possess the Imprint crews of the past few years) has slightly diminished. In the past it has been refreshing to read the Rambles of Dave Fisher. Mf. Fisher, like other Imprint editon I have read, never abuses his position with a flagrant disregard for reader sensibilities or- the dictates of proper newspaper etiquette. His opinions seem fair and honest. The same cannot be said for his stable of columnists, and this presents the biggest problem for future editions of the Imprint. Some of the columnists, such l
asPat Merlihan and James Russell, favour inflated rhetoric over insightful commentary, and somehow I don’t think the leadership of Sandy Atwal will inspire these writers to change their style. For example, the March 29 Impti; James Russell attacks the Power Workers Union for opposing privatization. He writes: “1. You’ll pay more for electricity. How does the Power Worker’s Union know this? Can they see the future? I think not (or they wouldn’t be wasting their time or their money) .” Then he concedes that maybe they’re right. You’re entitled to your opinion, Mr. Russell, but at least support it with some facts. The Power Workers Union probably doesn’t make assertions like ‘You’ll pay more for your electricity” based on a gut feeling, A similar use of ridiculously overwrought rhetoric happens every week ~II the single-minded column “I Hate My Generation,” by Pat Merlihan. Mr. Merlihan’s only concern for the past six months, it seems, is the Harris Government’s assault on the teachers’ union. Diversify, man. Week after week he attacks the Harris Government and the Baby Boomers of Corporate Ontario for ruining his life, and then he admits that he still lives inthe basement owned by his Baby Boomer parents, Mr. Merlihan’s misleading moniker makes one believe that he is somehow rebelling against the popular Baby Boomer perception of Generation Xers. First, don’t bite the hand that feeds you (or lets you live in its house). Second, if you hate your generation (us) so much, why don’t you keep it to yourself, instead of giving us a bad name with your ill-conceived, poorlywrit-
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ten commentaries, My fear is that more columnists who love only to see their names in print, and who love to get fan (hate) mail, regardless of the merit of their ideas, will appear under the tutelage of Mr. Atwal, who, in typical fashion, only weeks ago referred to radical feminism as an “utter waste of time” without writing a column to qualify or explain his remark. Perhaps the best part of the newspaper is the Letters to the Editor feature, where intellectuals and religious fundamentalists alike get to respond to the contrived controversy of the aforemen-
The April 19th Day of Protest. Yeah, whatever,
tioned columnists, the petulant pontifications of previous letter writers, or the preposterous oncerns of the forum section (Is there a God? If so, will he punish Pete Nesbitt and Pat Spacek in this *life or the next?), Maybe it is the crappy columnists, through the responses they generate, who make the Imprint so enter-
he protest was supposed to do one important thing. It was supposed to send a clear message to Mike Harris that his actions till not be tolerated. That’s it. That’s all. Was that achieved? No. Did the protest have any actual impact anywhere? Actually yes, but
all. But that
the way the organizers
My message to Mr. Atwal is this: Please do not feel it necessary to further antagonize readers, to foster an atmosphere of uninformed debate, in order to illicit a greater response from the readers. The actual media already favours this brand of charlatanism. While it is true that the editor must rely on volunteers, it is also
the day an overall waste? Yes, and I’ll tell you why. To start at the beginning, 1 didn’t expect the protest to make any difference. The Harris government hasn’t changed its stance one bit despite the two previous protests, so why should anyone
Nonetheless, a promotional pamphlet advertised the protest as K-W residents’ one big chance to really have an influ-
that the editor may lead by example. Reader response is not always the best barometer of the paper’s (or a columnist’s) success. I would like to consider myself an example of one who has appre-
ciated the quality of our student newspaper for years without responding to its inequities. -
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this one will have any impact?
on the Tories. Yeah, whatever. Bob Reid, a spokesman for
Harris, summed things up quite nicely. “These demonstrations certainly aren’t going to alter the course of the government,” he said. And why should they? The Tories are enjoying considerable support in the polls at least in part because they are doing what countless past governments have failed to do: keep their promises. If they start reversing themselves to quiet the vocal minority there is a very real possibility that they will lose more votes than they are losing by actually sticking to their plan. Secondly, the impact. Well, according to a poll done by the K-W Record, support for the Tories dropped a whole three percent in this area, down to 48%.
The Arts quad and downtown Kitchener were littered with discarded junk from the protest, and I commend the few ES students and any others who cleaned up here on campus, and the Kitchener garbagemen who cleaned up the downtown area for free. Unfortunately, there were many costs. Costs associated with moving exams, both here and at Laurier. Costs associated with moving a P.A. day in the public school system. Costs to the companies whose workers didn’t show up, or couldn’t get into work due to picketing. Costs to people who rely on public transit and had to find an alternate means of getting to work that day (and that’sjust hurting the poor, the very people this protest is supposed to be helping - rich people all have cars). And, not to be forgotten, the cost of all those banners, placards, signs, flags, flyers, pamphlets, stickers and buttons. I found it a little confusing when an opinion piece in the Record actually called the money spent on “I like Mike” buttons ally.
by a private
“a disgusting see anything wrongwith private’citizensspending their money where they like. What I don’t understand is, if individuals asking for nothing is “a disgusting waste,” what do you call it when a bunch of groupsscreaming that they have insufficient funding and demanding more government (tax) dollars spend thousands and thousands on a lot ofjunk that they’re going to wave around for about two hours and then leave on the street? Exactly what is that? An efficient use of precious dollars? I have the sneaking suspicion that when some poor guy gets turned away
waste.” Personally, I can’t
That’s still 15% higher than the Liberals and 35% ahead of the NDP. However,asignificantimpactwasseen in one important area: union members. Support for the day of protest dropped from 60% to 45%. Considering that the unions have been the impetus behind all the protests so far, this could be a crucial
from the soup kitchen, the staffare going to tell him “Sorry, there’s no food because Mike Harris doesn’t care about you,” not “Sorry, we spent the money that could have fed you for weeks on a bunch of buttons that we wore for one after-
Labour support, these protests probably just wouldn’t happen. The reasons for the change seem clear; union members don’t like being forced to lose their wages. One union member said, “I don’t agree with losing a day’s pay* I was told by the union to participate. I think it should be an individual choice,” He’s probably having his mouth washed out with soap for using the word “individual,.” Another union member said “The problem is it is not voluntary. We were not given a choice? Considering that most anti-Harris people bitch about how he is pushing people around, this &ems a little hypocritical. It also raises the question, how many people were at the rally because they honestly care, and how many were there because of union intimidation? Lets think about what the day cost, and what it actually produced. Actually, we’ve already established that it didn’t produce much in the way of affecting the provincial govkrnment. Other than that, all it produced was d lot of garbage. Liter-
I’m not the only person who didn’t expect a lot from the protest, though I may be one of the more critical. Several people I talked to that day all admitted that the likelihood of Harris changing his agenda because of this protest or any other was pretty slim. However, they still found
cause it builds solidarity, I was told. Great. A bunch of people who feel that they’re owed something get to meet other groups of people who feel that they’re owed something. I still don’t see the point. It will achieve nothinge;rceptsolidarity. Since when is solidarity an end in itself? The point of solidarity is that it helps achieve something, not that it is nice to have.
There will probably be more protests. More people will get screwed, more litter will be strewn, more money will be wasted. Oh well. I have to admit I did see one thing I liked that Friday. There was one guy there who showed some sense. His sign said “We elected the government, not the union.” If I beIieved in God I’d say amen
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It happened again on Sunday* Another gunman, another massacre, this time in Australia. This time the count was a horrific 34. Once again, the questions will be asked, and they will be promptly answered with phrases like “psychological prob lems,” and “a disturbed individual .” These mass killings and other sudden, unexplained buntsofviolence have been hap pening with startling regularity of late. From Vernon, B.C. to the U.K. to Port Arthur, Australia, no Western society seems to be immune. After one of the recent tragedies, The Globe and Mail published a list of the mass killings that have occured over the past few decades around the world. Most of them were in the US:, but a number had occured in Canacla and Europe, with very few in any other countries. In part, this supports arguments for strict gun control. (Australia, incidentally, is said to have gun laws even more lax than those of the U.S.) More telling, however, is the fact that these events are
Saturday, generally confined to Western countries. There is a deeper problem at hand. Our society has become very isolating. We commute to work in our cars, talk to no one even if we take the crowded train or subway, and generally only speak to strangers out of absolute necessity. Suburban and city living no longer mean contact with neighbours as they once did. At night, watching television is the (non-)actitity of choice, killing conversation and discouraging interaction with others. Not surprisingly, a sense of community is extremely rare nowadays. Is it any wonder that people snap? Worse still, we don’t seem to notice or care, and fail to ask the right questions or even recognize that questions need to be asked. For instance, I wassinging the praises of the social commentary in the film &en to a colleague at work the other day. My coworker, an intelligent, articulate university graduate who had seen it, gave me a puzzled look and said, “I just thought it was a movie about a psychopath.” Regardless of what you think of the quality of the film, you have to admit that it should be blindingly obvious to the viewer
that the writer was trying to say something, to get a message out. But this evidently escaped my colleague. This is not a call for a return to the church-going nuclear family with 2.3 kids living happily ever after in the 1950’s. However, we do need something to. replace our lost sense of community. We would do well to look at the Japanese and other cultures that are generally more’ group oriented than we am. Allowing same-sex couples to adopt children may also be a step in the right direction, as they could provide stable homes to victims of broken ones (although other battles will have to be*won, and yes, studies done before this is a reality). The creation of more public squares and areas off-limits to vehicles could help too. Somehow, more people have to have more contact with,others. This way, the warning signs for “disturbed individuals” or thQse that cannot deal with emotional or physical isolation can become more visible, and maybe even preventable. We must find fewer ways for individuals to fall through the cracks of society, causing the earthquakes that are occuring now.
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Is Harris saczificing education for the bottom line?
t’s been a busy couple of weeks for Education Minister John Snobelen. Budget cuts, allegations of secret “deals” with school boards, and reforms to secondary school curriculum have all come before the legislature recently. Denounced by high school principals, Snobelen’s controversial proposals for changes to the Ontario secondary school system have already received a fair rhetorical beating. Although the proposed changes are as yet in a “draft” form, they are nonetheless significant and seem somewhat misguided. . Snobelen is proposing to provide “credits” for high school students taking part-time work. Now as noble as this may seem, formally recognizing the long and tiring hours of work that many high school students cram into their vital academic development, this proposal threatens to undermine any kind of universality or systematization of student evaluation. This is encouraging students to go outside of the “controlled” and somewhat standardized environment of school for part of their education. Not that this is a bad thing in itself, but how does one compare, for example, with the
amount of “learning” a student has experienced working in a doctor’s of&e with flipping bvrgers? What means does the school have of providing a fair and universal means of grading? How would students with a grade, or credit, from work at two places as distinct as a lumber yard and an accounting firm be academically reconciled? This is not to say that one line of work is more worthwhile than another, but rather to illustrate the vastly different experiences and skills required in the different fields that Snobelen’s proposal will encomPa= A credit in history or grammar suggests that this student is relativelyfamiliarwith Columbus or prepositional phrases. Furthermore, a student with an 87% in history implies that the student is more familiar with the material than a student with a 57%. Grading at the high school level includes more things than the familiarity of dates or sentence structure however, and so it should. But the teacher has the privilege of having been with the students throughout the course. She has answered questions, marked tests, and generally has a sense .not only of how any particular student is handling the
material, but how the student is handling the course relative to other students. It is this *standardization” provided by the presence of the instructor that is lacking from Snobelen’s plan. Without a doubt the workplace can be a prime environment for learning. But Snobelen’s proposal seems to be incompatible with &he current role of the school system as providing aieliable and universal means of grading and evaluation in a controlled setting. Is this initiative a first step in shifting more and more emphasis on education away from schools, putting students into work settings, in an attempt to cut educational spending? Or is it spawned from Snobelen’s own lackoffirst-hand experience with the value of fDlrnaZ education? Either way, the current form of the proposals threaten the integrity and reliability of teachers as the sources of instruction, and any kind of comparability between students’ achievements. Once again, it would seem as though common sense is being pushed aside for the sake of the bottom line.
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intelligent when it shows init can attack a problem by means other than brute computational force. The game of chess is a standard test ofmachineintelligence. 1996willgodown in history as the year that the best human players finally succumbed to the power of IBM’s souped up version of Deep Thought, and yet the computer program still relies far more heavily on its 26 move look-ahead than on the conceptual strategy of the game. It seems that we are not very good at encoding the general principles of chess into algorithms that a computer can use. One common approach to building a general problem solver is to equip it with a dictionary and a huge database of information, but we have noticed that excess knowledge can sometimes have the effect of inhibiting insight. For example, consider the following classic mathematical problem: “Two cars, initially 10 km apart, approach each other at a relative velocity of 30 kph. Avery fast bird starts out exactly above ‘one of the cars and flies towards the other car at 60 kph. Each time the bird reaches one car it turns around and flies towards the other one. How far does the bird fly in total before the cars collide and explode in a ball of flame, killing the bird and causing irreparable environmental damage?” When Linus Pauling, a Nobel Laureate, was asked this question he arrived at the correct answer reasonably.quickly by summing the series of distances the bird must travel between about-faces. But many clever amateurs are able to deduce that, since it takes 20 minutes for the cars to crash the bird must fly 20 km. Thus we must conclude that there is a fundamental characteristic of intelligence that is largely independent of acquired knowledge but how is this manifested in the brain where thoughts, facts, and images are all jumbled up together? In many ways the study of AI and the study ofpsychology are inexorably linked. We understand how the brains sensory units process visual input and we understand how the btin triggers a long ser’ies of muscle movements allowing us to speak, but we get lost somewhere between the reception of visual input and the words, “Thats a beautiful painting!” Conceptually, what happens is this: the edge detectors in the brain trigger the set of neurons which always fire when they recognize an object as a painting, and the image on the painting triggers a complex set of recollections of other paintings and associations with ideas that suggest the concept of beauty. What is not well understood is the mechanism behind consciousness. How do we assign wants, thoughts, and emotions to this pattern recognition system? It is my conviction that we will find the answer when we can firmly distinguish between learned and instinctual action. While we cannot yet build a machine that exhibits consciousness, we already have a means of evaluating our results when we do. The Turing test is consid-
few months ago, a ff-iend of mine told me that he did not believe machines would ever be able to think. When I probed further he old me that no matter how well we program a computer it cannot experience that special feeling of consciousness, but when I asked him what consciousness is he was unable to describe it. It seems as though he believes we have a soul. He is an atheist, so I find it unusual that he should attribute any supernatural powers to sexual procreation. Can we recognize consciousness in insects? What about test-tube babies and genetic engineering? While the great philosophers of the past dealt mostly with politics, ethics, and mathematics, they also studied the physical nature of their world. And in rationalizing their existence what questions are more important than how and why do we think?
Plato was baf&d by the whole concept of learning, so he postulated that everything we learn is merely a recollection from a past life. Descartes believed that mind and matter are two very different things. Historians consider Thomas Hobbes declaration that “Reasoning is but reckoning” to be one of the earliest suggestionsthat thought is mundane and logical - in a sense, computational. But there is no denying that Descartes’ viewpoint, known as dualism, has a certain appeal; it suggests to us that we are more than just the sum of our parts- that, unlike mere biological machines, we have free will. The opposite of dualism is materialism, the belief that the complete sum of our being is contained within the atoms in our brain and the physical laws which govern their interaction. The mathematician Laplace, an early materialist, likened the universe to a giant computational engine whose outcome is deterministic. The study of artificial intelligence is grounded in materialism; quantum mechanics has destroyed Laplace’s theory, but quantum probabihty is a far cry from free will. While the term neural network has become a buzz-word in the computer industry, research into pure AI has actually lost prominence due to a lack of tangible
progress. The full explanation of neural networks is too complicated to discuss in this column, but they are essentially collections of interconnected nodes, each of which is triggered when the sum of its inputs exceeds a certain threshold value. To a certain extent this mimics the operation of the human brain. Expert systems, for example, can be trained to discern patterns in non-chaotic randomvariables. Aspecific use is in visual pattern recognition, which is effected largely by breaking up images into edges and shading; this networkimitatesthefunctionoftheretinal neurons and the brains lateral geniculate. . Pure AI, on the other hand, is more concerned with the construction of intelligent beings that we can study and ob serve. By building artificial thinking machines we also hope to gain insight into our own minds. The limitations of memory capacity and processor speed are two factors inhibiting AI development, but computer hardware development is currently progressing at a much faster rate than AI algorithms. The definition of artificial intelligence is necessarily vague. It is convenient to distinguish between actual intelligence and mere heuristics, but, on a low level, a computer is incapable of anything except raw computation. We begin to consider a
~ ered to be a sufficient (but not necessary) condition of intelligence. If, in a blind test, a human observer is unable to distinguish between a human and a computer by asking each party a series of questions then that computer exhibits human-like intelligence. A few people believe that computers are fundamentally incapable of imitating humans, but this opinion is not held in high regard. More people believe that, white computers may some day be able to pass the Turing test, they can never be sentient but will merely be adept fakers this is known as the “hollow shell” theory. Proponents of this theory are often religious people who tout the soul as the missing link between man and machine. Avariety of attemptsat conversational AI programs have arisen from research in the field. Etaoin Shrldu, a program that manipulates blocks within a 3D graphical universe and provides reasonable justification for its actions, is one of the most famous. By operating within a simple universe, the program is able to display insight into a limited range of events. The best known propm is undoubtedly Eliza, a primitive psychoanalysis program that many patients preferred to their actual psychiatrist. One wily researcher even allowed Eliza to converse with a computer program that emulates a paranoid schizophrenic; in this limited mk Eliza performed well. Programs like these which think in English are usually considered “weak” methods because they tend to rely on lookup tables where speed decreases exponentially with size. Neural networks seem to offer more hope for the future of AI because each node is connected to a very limited number of other nodes and the relationship between speed and knowledge is polynomial. While we are currently using our knowledge of psychology to develop artificial brains, the situation may someday be reversed. If we performed psychological experiments on computerized sut>jects we could perform experiments that might damage the patient’s psyche, yet always have the option of restoring the brain back to its initial conditions. Given a thorough understanding of the brain, we would be able to build robots that could execute complicated series of commands and make quick decisions when necessary. In a sense, we would finally be able to live the life that was predicted for us in many futuristic 1930s novels.
I can think of no particular book on AI is better than most others, however, Douglas Hofitadterrs GO&, EKIUT, Bach: An that
discussion on AI and many other topics. Steer clear of Roger Penrose because he is clueless. An interesting model of the workings of the brain is provided by the famous psychologist Edward de Bono in 2% M&aof Mind.
Friday, May 3, 1996
Papyms, the Internet and Thomas Hobbes I
n the late 1940’s a young shepherd was tossing stones around some of the stragglers of his flock in an attempt to gather them together near the Israel/ Jordanian border. One of the stones made a peculiar noise when it hit the ground. Puzzled, the shepherd walked over to investigate, and discovered that the stone had broken a clay vessel containing a number of very old looking scrolls. Although he didn’t realize it at the time, he had inadvertently uncovered one of the richest collections of Jewish scriptural material of the 20th century: the Dead Sea Scrolls. The manuscripts had been wrapped in cloth and kept in simple clay containers in order to protect them from the harshness of the desert. This find is so important to the Jewish J>eople, that a special bunker-like building has been built, specially designed to withstand a nuclear attack, in order to continue reconstruction, translation and transcription of the texts. Although largely in fragments the 2000 year-old documents are, despite their age and condition, legible and accessible. The Technological Revolution has sell some remarkable innovations in the
areas of information storage and transmission. Currently, optical disks can store vast amounts of information and allow for near-instantaneous retrieval. They are small, light, and cheap and easy to produce. Despite the efficiency of optical disks today, they will no doubt seem slow, cumbersome, and claustrophobically limited 5-10 years from now. Obsolescence is the legacy of progress. No doubt some newer, faster, and more productive means of information storage and retrieval will come around, and the optical disks that seem so efficient today, will find uses only as coasters in retro Internet Cafes. Many students here can probably remember the days of the Commodore 64. Some may even still own one. At that time the only read/write capability of the computer was onto 5 l/4 inch floppies and cassettes. Programming was limited to BASIC, and I can imagine that wordprocessingwas non-existent. In any event, whatever may have been done wi th a Cornmodore 64 is no longer accessible to us. If someone had dug out a computer cassette from a shoebox in the attic next to their baby pictures, the information would have been no more retrievable
than if they had scribbled sand drawings at the beach. Electronically stored information of this kind made less than 20 years ago is now lost to us. This trend continues to unfold. The vast amounts of today’s information stored on optical disks till need to be transferred to the most up-to-date forms, or be lost to the ether. The speed and accessibility of information on the Internet is tantalizing. With increased accessibility, more and more people will have access to more and more things. Admittedly, 90 per cent of it will probably be junk, but the staggering volume of information continues to increase and shows all the signs of a rapid growth. But what of permanence? With no consistent and dependable means of information storage and preservation available either now or in the foreseeable future, what good is the exchange? The fast-food information industry seems to have no sense of temporal durability. The immense potential for the Internet to provide access of information to almost anyone is tarnished by the lack of longevity of its resources. But the risk does not lay only in technical innovation. The lifespan of conven-
tional means of information storage, mainly optical and magnetic, have very limited lifespans. Information stored on a floppy disk, for instance, won’t last. Even if a technological hermit kept her Pentium 90 running in tiptop condition for the next 25 years whatever she’d faithfully stored on disk would probably be irretrievable. Similarly, optical disks are subject to such mundane threats as condensation and heat. A bad sector, or slight warp in your plastic could be equivalent to the torching of the Alexandria library. The continued evolution of technology ensures that the life of information mediums will remain nasty, brutish and short when compared to some more traditional means, such as books, manuscripts, or even clay tablets. The technology that permits information to be increasingly accessible, and the continued dependence of Western society upon this technology, leaves us in a precarious position of teetering between drowning in the infinite intellectual soup of the Internet, and being starved of 20 -year-old information.
- Chet Winthorpe
In the Church of John Coltrane Come for the music, stay for the salvation by Derek Weiler special to Imprint
t’s a small morn, and the solmd ofJohn Coltrane’s “AKrica” fills it up and charges the air. The band ebbs and swells as various musicians alternately join in or sit out, making room for a rhythm section, a piano,
guitars, various horns and bongos, and a whole chorus of female voices. The smell of incense is everywherenot some trendy patchouli scent, but real cl~ trch incense. The assembled musicians vat-y in talent as well as in race, but enthusiasm is uniformly high, and both the singers and the audience (there is often so little space separating the two that they are not indistinguishable) shakt: and shimmy with bleaq grins. It’s aloudsound too, and the overall effect is one of instant, trance-like euphoria. This scene isn’t taking place at some hipj;~zz club on a Friday or Sat~dq~ night. it’s a bright San Franciscan noon, and the Sunda); service at the so-called “Coltran~ church” is%just getting underway. There is much that’s unusual about St. John’s African Orthodox Church. It ic named, for instance, not for John the Baptist, but in honor ofJohn Coltrane, one of the most Famous and influentialjazzsaxophonists of the century. It’s housed not in some grand, imposing cathedral, but in an unassuming storefront formd on Divisadero Street, one of San Francisco’s seedier, crumbling business districts. Alongside the seven scarred, wooden
pews stand an old piano and a simple, utilitarian drum kit. Attending to the altar at the front of the room is a young man in a bright blue Kansas City Royals jersey. The art draped on the walls is not of the usual stainedglass variety; instead, elaborate and brightly-colored paintings *‘Saint John ‘Will-I-Am of Coltrane” (breathing fire from his horn) hang aiongside promotional posters from Atlantic, the jazzman’s one-time record company. And the congregation, too, represents a vibrant and unpredictable stew. Devout African-Americans of all ages crowd the front pews, while the rest are filled with furry freak brothers, goateed * * slackers, curious coeds, buttoneddown whitebread tourists and the inevitable pair of filthy hippies, as windmilling and dazed as if at a Blind Melon concert. The overt purpose of the church, of course, is to celebrate the glory of the big JC, through the music of the almostas-big JC. But whilesomeofthe congregation do obviously constitute the devout and faithful, it seems a considerable stretch to assume that this applies to the entire assembly. U’idely publicized in youthtargeted magazines like Spin, the zse particular
become a haunt baho cool set.
ohn Coltrane was born in 1926 in North Carolina. ReliJ ion and music were both instrumental in his background: both his grandfathers were ministers
and his mother
studied music and played piano in church. By his teetns he was already proficient in the clarinet and the alto saxophone, and after graduating from high school, Coltrane moved to Philadelphia to study the alto sax formally. Coltrane made his onstage professional debut in 1945, the same year he began a brief stint in the Navy. Moving from alto to tenor sax as the ’40s became the ‘5Os, Coltrane toured with a growing number of bands before hooking up with Miles Davis’ combo in New York City in the mid-‘50s. By the time Coltrane formed his own combo and began releasing records, like Blue Train (1957) and Giant &$s (1960), he was already considered, along
Coleman: one of
the modern jazz community’s leading lights. Famous for avantgarde experimentswith structure and marathon solos, Coltrane’s work was often as likely to be met by his peers with bafflement as with admiration. In 1960, though, he placed first in the influential year-end polls conducted by Dozen Bea.l magazine. Although Coltrane was married twice and fathered children
Shankar. The saxophonist was also a tremendously spiritual man. In 1957, while visiting his mother in Philadelphia, Coltrane swore off the m habits of drl drink, and shortly thereafter had what he termed a “spiri tual awakening.” This spirituality received its most pointed expression on Coltrane’s 1964 record A Loua supreme. Divided into four movements (“Acknowledgement,” “Resolution,” Tursuance” and “Psalm”) the album-length piece
journey, including the period of “doubt and irresolution” he experienced shortly after his awakening. The liner notes were frank: “ALL PRAISE BE TO GOD, TO WHOM ALL PRAISE IS DUE.” Three years later, at the age of 40, Coltrane died suddenly and unexpectedly, or as many of his followers prefer to put it, “left his earthly body.”
he so-called “Coltrane church” was originally founded in 1971 by Bishop Franz0 King as the One Mind Temple Revolu-
week. The musical, liturgy produces an undeniable trancelike sense of wonder, mixing classic Coltrane compositions (with ‘24 Love Supreme” apparttrltly serving as flagship song) with gospel chants and sung Biblical readings. Participation on any level is invited, and even individual pretensions (like that of the archetypal Geeky White Guy Who Thinks He’s Pharaoah Saunders) do little to dilute the splendid effect-one that can lead to feelings of transcendance among even the most cynical and irreligious. + St. John’s African Orhtoclox Church is located at 351 Divisadero St. (near Oak) in San Francisco, California. Services are conducted at noon on Sundays, with a midweek celebration at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. l Keith Severson maintains an
tional Body of Christ. Today it celebrates the “Coltrane liturgy”
acclaimed compositions), throughout his life Coltrane was widely known as an obsessive student of music, constantlyrehearsing and recording. He discovered the soprano sax midway through his career, and even briefly studied in India with Ravi
ruary Sunday, were much more sparsely attended than the musical service) and serves free hot meals three times a week. The Church’s bulletin also promotes “Uplift,” a local radio show that features four hours of Coltrane’s music a
excellent Coltrane web page that is an invaluable source of information about the musician’s life, career and critica reception. http://www.inetworld.net/-keithl coltrane.john
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Third time’s always a charm. by Kimberly Moser Imprint staff
fter 10 days of rain, wind, mud, and snow, the members of the University of Waterloo Warriors football squad are heading their separate ways for the summer to prepare for the upcoming season which kicks off September 7 at home against the Windsor Lancers. The Wxriors, who have lost two extremely close playoff games the previous two seasons, will be looking for revenge in 1996, and as they say, the third time is always the charm. The 10 day spring camp is held annually after exams and gives the players and coaches a
sneak peak at what to expect
Prospective Warriors go through Men&e drills in preparation for next year’s quest for the holy graiLthe Vader Cup! photo
from the returning veterans in the fall. This year’s edition of the camp was quite successful as the competition at each spot was fierce. There are plenty of veterans challenging for spots which will make the Warriors even better in the f:all when the real action begins. Renowned around the league for its stellar defense and bone crushing attack, the Warriors will once again have a strong defence. LeadbyroverTony Gar-
land and safety Shawn Dyson, the defensive secondary looks as if its ready for one of its best years. In addition to Garland and Dyson, both of whom earned OUAAAll-Star status last season, the Warriors also have safety Trevor Trodd and cornerback Tory Locker returning from last year. The one spot that is open at the moment is the other corner that was left by the graduation of Kirk Witter, Fighting it out for the remaining spot are Tulu Makonnen, Jason Tibbits, and
Bertoia from linebacker to guard, and Steve Szamanskie looks like he might return after not having played last fall. Also returning is Joe Neumayer. At centre, the Warriors will have Zsolt Jonas returning with Dave Wright as his back-up. At the receiver spot the Warriors are solid with Adrian Thorne and Coin Alie returning and andy MacGregor and Jeff Mattews as their back-ups. Slotback is solid with Rick Shea and Chris Amey returning and John
This year’s edition of the camp was quite successful as competition for each spot was fierce. Eric Pauyo Jr. Originally a receiver, Tulu was switched to a defensive back last season to utilize his incredible speed. Tibbits is a second year player who dressed most of his rookie season. Pauyo, who did not participate in spring camp due to the fact that he tore his achilles tendon in the winter running track, is also being considered. At linebacker, the Warriors probably have their strongest unit in recent years. At outside lineback, Mark MacIntyre and Kevin Pressburger are returning along with inside linebackers Jason VanGeel and Ryan Kirk.
Also challenging for a starting spot is fifth-year Warrior Rob Fawcett and third-year man Justin Karpowicz. The story is a little different when it comes to the defensive line. The Warriors lost an incredible football player this year with the graduation of All-Canadian John Shoniker, who was the rock of one of the best defensive fronts in the country. In 1996, four veterans will be fighting for the three spots. Returning from last year are Rob McMurren and Richard Riha. Back-ups Richard Hock and Peeter Sintic will be competing for the remaining spot this fall. On the other side of the ball, the Warriors have some concerns. At offensive line, they are thin with the graduation ofJustin Shoniker and the departure of Paul Sguigna. Returning tackles are Martin Barta and Dan Sendecki with their back-up Brendon O’Conner. A-t guard, the Warriors have moved Chris
Kublinskis, Etienne Vanderwerelt, and Sean Fitzgerald competing for the back-up spots. At tailback the Warriors look very strung with Jarrett Smith returning and Aaron Bygrove and Brian Belbeck as back-ups. The fullback position is a lot different. With the graduation of Mike Mallot, this spot is wide open and the coaches are waiting for someone to take it. Competing for the spot are sophomores Eddie Kim and Ryan Skrobar along with J.J. Rankin. All three running backs are talented and well prepared for the OUAA. Fans will just have wait until the first game to discover who wins out. Finally at quarterback, the Warriors have some concern. The starting job is Ryan Wilkinson’s, who earned it last season as he led the Warriors to several victories. The back-up spot is the problem. There are several Warriors competing for the spot. Jason Cain, who did not dress last season, is in the runningalongwith Ryan Butler, who missed spring practice. There is also the chance that Pat Gorman may return to the Warriors this fall if he is cleared to play. Gorrnan sat out last season after a severe head injury unrelated to football. If the Warriors are able to fill the remaining spots (cornerback, offensive guard, and back-up quarterback) with solid veterans, the rest of the OUAA had better watch out because the Warriors will no doubt have the best year in the team’s history.
Friday, May 3, 1996
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by Heidi MaiT special to Imprint
n May 6 at 7 pm., the UW Fencing Club is holding its Spring Organizational Meeting in the Up per Blue Area of the PAC. There will be demonstrations of fencing with electrical equipment, and you can joinat-this meeting. On April 20-21, the chib headed to the Governor General Tournament in Ottawa. At this tournament, UW’s %a&” French exchange student, Oliver “EP=ESe” Machet; placed sixth in the Men’s Epee. My question: What does EP=ESe mean? The main fencing weapon is called ;1 “foil” and this is what club members learn to use as beginners. Advanced members can switch to the longer, heavier weapon, the “EP=ESe.” With this weapon, the entire body is target
area, including the feet and head. With a foil, the torso is the target, while head and arms are exempt from oncoming blows. To protect themselves from permanent damage, fencing participants wear a special outit that conAs of fencing pants, socks (knee-highs), court shoes, sousplastrun (undergarment for the weapon arm), jacket, gloves,’ mask, body -tire, and lamai (a metal jacket for electric fencing), I askedrfhomas Perry, Fencing Club President, to describe a meeting for me. He said, “A typical night involves showing up dressed
Qn Monday and Thursday nights, coaches drill beginners on footwork and the basics for an hour and a half. New material is introduced for the last hour. The intermediates do their own pair drills, and then free fence dry (non-electric) or elec-
tric bouts. Thursday nights are for experienced fencers. The club runs a fencing ladder where challenges are made and bouts are scheduled in sequence. Official scores are recorded and the ladder status is updated on the Fencing Homepage at <http:// www.csclub.uwaterloo.ca/ clubs/fencing>. Thomas said the Fencing Club is the best club on campus ubecause we are pumping money and time back into our club, instead of taking it out. With $5,000 from a business sponsorship and membership fees, the club has piped all this money back into coaching and equipment.” The club has purchased a new electric machine, blades, jackets, gloves, body wires, sousplastrons, and masks. This expensive equipment is available for use by experienced members on Thursday nights for the fencing ladders. With an even split between experienced and beginnermemhers, the club caters to both. Beginner coaching is offered twice a week and intermediate clinics are offered monthly with weekly intermediate lessons too. See your Pick It Up brochure for meeting times as they may change each term. h The Fencing Club has two socials each term. One is a moirie night with free grub and the other is a games night at Weaver’s Arms. For more info about the Fencing Club and what activities are coming up for this spring, check out their website, or email Dan at <drbrown@barrow>. Make I996 the year you took up fencing.
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he National Basketball As- sociation has a real problem on its hands. The treatment of its officials by its players as oflate has been shameful if not disturbing. First, Dennis Rodman head-butts a ref. Then NickVan Exe1 shove’s a ref. Then Magic Johnson criticizes his Laker teammate for this action, only to bump a ref himself a few nights later. Wheti one of the alltime greats shows a lack of respect for officials, then there are some real problems that need to he addressed. What really bothers me is the relative lightness of the suspensions given to these players, particularily Van Exe1 and Rodman. A player shoves a ref into
games for it, then another
deliberately hits a ref and gets only a handful more. I remember a few years ago when Tom Lysiuk of the Chicago Black Hawks tripped a linesman and the National Hockey League gave him a whopping Z@game suspension. Harsh, but it sent a message. Why
is the NBA being so lenient with these players? Official abuse seems to be escalating these days and steps need to be taken to stop this madness. For starters, Rodman and Van Exe1 should have gotten at least 20 games each given their deliberate and malicious actions. It shouldn’t matter that they are star players. Star players should set an example for the fans and youngsters thatwatch the games. So too should the NBA.
ajor League Soccer made M in the United Statesjust recently, and, not surits
prisingly, the inaugural game ended with a score of 1-O. Soccer never worked in the USA and never will work in the USA. Face it, while’it’s the world’s most popular sport, it will continue to be shunned in this corner of the globe. Soccer is boring, at least to Americans+ Many soccer games are low-scoring *airs andArner+ cans have never been fond of low scoring games. They would rather see a 48-minute, 138-127 basketball game than a 900 minute O-0 draw decided on penalty kicks. MLS is trying to build off the success of the ‘94 World Cup. Good luck, they’ll need it.
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Garbage The 9pera House Wednesday, April 24 by Lance lblanion special to Imprint arbage’s sojourn through Toronto last week may have served as a shock to those (like me) who had underestimated the proportions of the young group’s appeal. Not only was the band’s second TO gig resoundingly sold out, but their
sound that’s e accessible welcoming as it is prickIy
lately more used to seeing “we’re too cool to actually move when we’re
Nonetheless, the eveningdid begin with something of a sour taste, as Garbage made the bursting crowd wait for a full fifty
Manson was a windmilling dynamo focal
point for the band’s psychic energy (sorry), and her vocals actually held up pretty well in the live setting as well. Also a
minutes between the finale, of the openers” set and the commencement of their own. When consistent standout was the one considers that the stage was group’s drummer, superproobviously set up and ready for - ducer Butch Vig - a fluid and most of that interval, the wait masterful stylist. The addition of seemed like the usual prima a new bassist also helped guitarists Duke Erikson and Steve donna rock star bullshit. Markes fill out the sound. And that sound managed to strike a nice balance between a meaty live approach and the relatively slick recorded version. There were, ‘t suspect, some taped backgrounds
textures, but they didn’t detract from the thunderscheduled in-store appearance at HMV ‘saw Yonge St. clogged with a dauntingly huge lineup of crazed teens clutching CDs and 1~s (many of which were still in their shrink-wrap!) in hopes of scoring autographs. In any case, Garbage’s popularit)r among our youth, as evidenced by their healthy representation at the all-ages show, is considerable. No batch of elitist indie-rockers, the band, has created with its eponymous debut a
Still, Garbage did manage to dispel most of these hard feelings over the course of their hourlong set. Their rock star mannerisms weren’t just limited to the repulsive ones (though that was certainly there in the ponderous, ooh-how-important-we-are way they took the stage). But there was also a refreshing energy in their stage presence - at least, in that of frontwoman Shirley Manson - one that came as a happy shock to a reviewer
ousfloor-shaking on Idea” MY
and “Supervixen .” And the show finally served to remind usjust how many great, rock solid tunes can be found on Garbage’s unassuming debut album. From the streamlined “Stupid Girl” and U@eerm to the shattering “Fix Me Now” to the bonafide heartstopping pop smash “Only Happy When It Rains,” the group’s album and live show displayeda songwriting skill shocking for such a recentlyformed act.
One of the people in the band who isn’t Butch Vig. photo
by Dave Fisher
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Bathurst St. Theatre Friday, April 12 by Andrew Henderson Imprint staff mid a wash of blues‘and violets, greens and amA ers, Margo Timmins’ voice echoed through the once holy walls of the theatre, leaving eyes glazed with blissful tearlets, souls warmed with overwhelming passion and me half asleep in the third row. There was defmitely something in the air that night; a rainy, cold and, for lack of a better description, trafficallyunfriendly April eve. Perhaps it was the chaos of the day prior to the show itself, although I remember little ofwhat that may have been. Or
perhaps it was the exhaustion of final
of the Bathurst
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on my sick
body. Whatever it was, I humbly apologize to The Cowboy Junkies for my untimely bout of
narcolepsy. Despite my visit from the Sandman, I do recall the show, and most of the songs that the band played. (Those I don’t reniembcr, I probably never knew in the first place). The band began the night with the title track from their new album, Lay it Down, and continued through a lengthy and impressive set of old and new, borrowed, but mostly blue material. ’ The Junkies maintained their tradition of playing cover tunes; borrowing from Hank Williams, NeilYoung, and Bruce Springsteen. Margo made an honest effort to engage the crowd be-
What struck me most abut the show, aside from the obvious charms of Margo Timmins, musical and othetise, was the dynamic of the music itself. “Something More Besides You” demonstrated the ease with which Michael Timmins and the rest of the band can lull you into submission, only to straighten your back with a cymbal crash or a powerful chord. About halfway through the show, I began to feel a bond of intimacy being forged between’ the mesmorized crowd and the band. The music was less and less listened to, and more and more absorbed, creating an ait-
“I just love singing in churches,” says Margo to the crowd, and all at once I realize, I was not asleep by malice or be-
of her recent experience on the Jay Leno show, and relating the fictional relationship of the couple created eight years ago in “Misguided Angel,” and revisited in the new song “Angel
cause of tedium, but rather, I had been tucked in and serenaded to by a fallen angel and her heavenly choir.
by Greg Krafchick Imprint Stan rT7he
last time Shaun Ryder came to Toronto, back in the Happy Mondays heyday,
he was basically
w/Limblifter Opera House Monday, April 29
trying to cling to reality. Five years on from that, and Shaun’s older, father, and not just a little wiser. His “recreational” substance use is now restricted to just alcohol and pot, besides of course the Prozac he was taking during his days of rehabilitation. And no doubt, Shaun was dipping intd his supply of ganj lastMonday, his eyes drooping in a state of languid euphoria. But if the last T.O. Mondays perform-
The Bez dispensers Name a drug and it was pumping through the Mane’s veins, from heroin to E to cocaine. In fact, he was so completely * fueled’ up on stage that he spent the en tire show sitting on a chair ten tre stage, staring at the floor, mumbling the tunes
ante was an exercise (sic) in lethargy, Black Grape’s performance (oddly enough, on a Monday) was anything but.
+Sha& ‘peaked OU\ ffom backstage like a curious child right before soon the band wandered
the set, and out to the
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Primus more of a joke band than a serious bunch of musicians. Sure, Les Clay-pool is widely talked about as the best bassist in modern rock, and Primus
w/The Cows The wurdi?oust? Tuesday, April 9
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e unzipped his fly, put both hands down his pants, and pulled it out. It was huge: two feet long, six inches thick - and with five’ toes at one end. It was a disembodied foot, which the lead singer of The Cows’removed from his pants dramatically to an onslaught of a heavy guitar attack. When you’re opening for Primus, nothing seems too strange. The Cows play a sludgy kind of metallic rock, like Primus with five times the distortion - and, of course, one-fifth the humour and talent. As a lead singer without an instrument, The Cows’ frontman seemed confused
during the many instrumental parts, hop ping around onstage, throwing things in an approximation of anger, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. All those things that rock ‘n’ roll frontmen seem to do. The Cows’ music was good, for the first five or six songs. Interesting use of trombone and the human whistle, lots of heavy riffs, a contrived but sincere presence. After a while it wore on, announcements of “four songs left” after each song, to the amusement one. Finally, it was over, The Cows home, and Primus ascended. Umil I saw them live, I. had
stage as the came of no went always
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have been underground faves for ages. But their lyrics are so crazy that it’s easy to forget about the music itself. Claypool doesn’t just play bass, he manipulates it, pulling the strange sounds that are Primus’ trademark. The bass is overpowering, providing lead and rhythm simulaneously, sounds so good that one forget% how much talent goes into making them. The guitarist is good, and the drummer is great. The live setting brings out the best in Primus’ music. The arrangement is surprisingly detailed, and readily apparent from the movements of the. two-thousandplus crowd as the rhythm ebbs and peaks in waves of sound. The lyrics, which sand out on CD, are nearly unintelligible live
(as is the case with most rock bands). Primus were also unconcerned about the “hit factorn - the tendency for big rock bands to play their best-known songs near the end of the set, or in an encore. Current MuchMusic hit UWynonna’s Big Brown
and “Tommy the Cat” wasn’t played at all. The audience’s attention was directed away from the big songs and towards the music itself, in a surprisingly non-commercial move. After the first encore’of a pair of typical Primus songs, the band came out a second time to tremendous applause. They played thirty seconds of Metallica, and left.
obligitory big roars from the sizable crowd. Immediately there was a surprise, as the
entire album, while throwing
food-poisoning stricken Kermit appeared before the fans, despite reports that his health would preclude him from going on this tour. He, along with Ryder and
Name of the Father” was extended a good two or three minutes than ‘the recorded
the outset in heavy winter jackets and touques, making Shaun look for all the world like a white member of Run DMC. And they acted the part too, the three of them wandering about the stage, mics in tow, belting out the tunes with rapid fire interjections liberally dispersed through the songs. In fact, this delivery style and stage presence made the songs from the brilliantly eclectic It’s Great w?&en You ye
in a couple “In the
version, as Shaun ambled -.bout and Kermit bellowed “CAN 1 GET _~FUCKING WIIITNNNNESSSS! ! ! ! n This practice teas pretty much the order of the evening, with each song embelished by added jam-
ming, and improvised barking from the three singing jesters. Damn it, the best way to describe it - it was just downright fun. “Little Bob” was the riotous end of
the first set, complete with Shaun dipping his mic
the sax, but
Straight.. . Yeah! seem even more diverse and off the wall. Both Kermit and Psycho were big on getting the crowd hyped, shaking hands with those in front, doing the %‘mon everyone, throwyour hands in the air!” thing, and screaming out shards of ragga and rap in equal portions. Meanwhile, our man Shaun was the very embodiment of ragged coolness, bopping about in a slow pace around the stage, while growling out that twisted brilliance of his with a style all his own. And on top
followed contained arguably the two best songs of the night. The first, an upcoming single with Johnny Mar-r on guitar called *Fat Neck” started out with a drum loop that made you think they were covering “Fools Gold,” but as the band jammed away and the song built, the loop disappeared, leaving a band dishing out big meaty slabs offan-bloody-tastic music. This was followed with a cover of the Pistol’s “Pretty Vacant” that was mind blowing. I mean, hearing Shaun Ryder do Johnny Rotten, with some ragga musings from Kermit, was one of the most bizarre and
of all this was the band, switching from balls-out rock to p-funk to soul seamlessly, and sometimes in the same song. Save for “Shake Well. Before Opening” and “Submarine” they played the
utterly compelling things I’ve ever seen on stage - worth the price of admission alone. My only question. > What the hell was Bez thinking?
Many ! *@#‘s Fourth Birthday Blow-Out hG-mn ic TentpZe Friday,
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he event ‘CVX !*@# (better pronounced as Exclaim! ) magak-w’s fourth birthday party. Exckzirn! magazine, for
the best music
The Venue Walking into the Masonic I was struck with a sense of sacrilige at turning sue h a place
into a rock ‘n’ roll venue. But of course, everybody knows the Masons aren’t a religion. Right? So it’s okay that plastic cups of beer sit atop lighted panels of live-pointed stars, that a man we$ring a huge hooded brown robe introduces the first band of the evening, that folks extinguish their cigarettes on elaborately marbled floors. It’s a hell of a place for a party.
this country has to offer, for three simple reasons: it’s free, it’s available ebxxywhere, and each issue carries a new Ratboy comic.
got you: Three open& to the public), dozens of musicians, one ugly CIUT 1)J in leather pants. A dozen TV cameras. YlotnikofYs Musical Monkey Show. (Stick your nose in a rn‘;)nkey’s shaved ass and listen to inane music. Too beautiful f<>r words.) Thousands of- celebrants, including
members of Rusty, Grasshopper, hHead, I-Iip Club Groove, Len, Shortfall, Venus Cures All, Tristan Psionic, Spookey Ruben, Glueleg, By Divine Right, Translove Airways, Len, Groovy Religion and Sloan.
Room Number Two: DJs & Frequencies Given the range of entertainment at the Exclaim! birthday party I felt like a five-year old child of the 90’s with 57 chanels and a remote. Very, very restless. I spent less than twent)’ minutes in this room all night, and where Room One we packed with what must have been thousands of rock fans, Room Two had more than enough space to trip out in. The Latin Funk was decent, ditto with Torque’s Electro-Brazilian Trance, DJ Bernard served up some fine platters of Masonic Space-Rock, though, and drew me back several times for more smooth sounds including nature calls and soft ambient. DJ New Powers apparently laid down some phunky phat vibes (I think that means he was good,) and the Plains of Fascination w/ the Turnstylze Crew rapped in a cooler-thanxool style to finish off the night.
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Scheduled guests The Heatseekers (brilliant lovechild of Suckerpunch and Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet) broke up just days before the show. Rumor of the night: “... he and the drummer used to play the show, get drunk at the bar, go out to the parking lot and beat the crap out of each other, even back in Suckerpunch.”
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returns! First on, Princess Superstar, from NewYork City. Not bad, for Americans. Wonder-fully not bad, in fact, a fine blend of hip-hop, funk, and rock, fronted by the Princess herself, a powerful dyed’ blonde rrrrrock chick, Hospitable, too, as a “Tribute to Canada” incorporating “Summer of ‘69,” “You Oughtta Know,” and “American Woman” proved. Jad Fair, from Halfjapanese; accompanied by Phonocomb. In one of the most difficult dccisions of-the night, I skipped out during the third song in favour of the Local Rabbits Music Extravaganza (see room #3). jale, from Halifax. Fora band best known for not &owing how to play their instruments before
they first got onstage, they’re not bad.
all that great, one to wonder just how many takes and how much studio editing is necessary to produce the fine sounds of their albums. Change of Heart, Toronto. Some awesomely hard and loud music,tith anamazing light show to go with it. Somewhere around the middle of CoH’s set, however, my brain got filled and 1 had to ieave. Information overload... too much to assimilate in one night.
Room Number Three: The Comics, and The surprisingly Bad/ Sup&i&y Good Acoustic Guests Fighting my way down the narrow hallway, through thousands of people imbibing copious quantities of hops-based alcohol, I found the best part of the party: Montreal’s Comics Book Jam, with an acoustic side stage. The highlight of the en-
tire night? Meeting mild-mannered diabolical soft-spoken evil comic genius Tony Walsh, creator of Ratboy, devourer of small children, and all-around nice guy. A plentitude of comics were available, from a French comic in a metal binding at $30, to the brand-new lie IsJut a Rni #3 at only $3. I also picked up a grabbagfromSkuEl~e~kBN.e(trysending $2 and stamps LO 658 Crawforrl St., Toronto, M6G X+2), snagging 1oLs of really great junkandacopyofissue#4,allfor $3. The acoustic side show got the runt’s share of equipment: two shitty PAS and a couple mics. Perhapsjust aswell, because most of the so-called “acoustic superstars” really really - sucked. Fortunately for, the musicians, I didn’t catch most of their names. Suprising suckage of the night award belongs to Noah and His Ensemble,:b solo act from the hHead guy. I can only hope that the whole thing was some absurd inside joke on Noah’s part, a sick take-off on the plaque of solo acoustics following in Hayden’swake. Sample lyric: “My parents were dead / I bashed them in the h (H) ead / You lucre my dream / On my trampoline. / On my trampoline. / On my trampoline. / On my trampoline .” But after skipping out ofjad Fair, I stumbled into Room Two Bust in time to catch the introduction of the Local Rabits Music Extravaganza. The L,ocal Rabbits with Dave Bidini from the F&ostatics, jamming on acoustic guitars, fiddle, snare drum, and slide guitar for a set of the bluesv Local Rabbits stuff. The hit set of’ the night. Happy
Ii&t at the end of the garage Joe Satriani The Warehouse Ftiday April 19
by IQ& McKechnie srpecial to Imprint t a time when popular music and the con ert scene is domir nated by mediocrity, Joe Sat&G continues to provide music Iovers everywherewith proof that there is light at the end of the garage. His April 19th performance at the Warehouse
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Big Wreck, the opening band for the event, got the concert off to a roaring start with their unique blend of blues and modern rock. The band was a power trio, with the lead vocalistlguitarist at its heart. Opening for Satriani is a potentially
daunting prospect for any band, when you consider that his audiences consist largely of fanatical musicians. However, Big Wreck pulled off the gig with style, leaving the stage amidst a barrage of thunderous applause. A short while later, Satch himself took to the stage as his band, consisting of Stewart
Bitchin ’ metal wi not die Hamm on bass and Jonathan Mover on drums, launched into the opening phrases of Cool #9. Using “Chrome Boy” as his weapon of choice throughout the evening, Joe treated his maniacal fans to a wide range of material spanning albums from 1987’s Surfing With the Alien to this
year’s self-titled effort. Both Hamm and Mover took individual solos during lulls in the action, with Hamm’s unaccompanied, yet complete rendition of the Peanuts theme song ewily . forming the highlight of the evening. Joe closed the set with a blistering version of Big Bad Moon, foliowed later by two encores consisting of Surfing With the Alien and Moroccan Sunset. Overall, this was the best concert that I have attended in quite some time. In fact, it may even have equalled Groove Cow’s landmark performance last July at the Goat. Musicians who can actually play their instruments, a great opening act, and an appreciative audience...what more can you ask for in a concert? Well, I guess backstage passes would have been nice. Maybe next time...
Spiritual Pure w/Saucer,
by Patrick Imprint
aucer, as all loyal ?mprint readers will know, took first place in a recent Bombshelter Battle of the Bands. -More personality than Bertha’s Attic? Better songwriting than Craig Cardiff? Crazier than Bumblepuppy? Ummmmm... no. Not better. Just incredibly commercial. Saucer try their
with the main demographic being twenty-something beer-bashini fratboys who inhale a sixpack ever&$%&e opening band goes on. Maybe Saucer sound different behind aveil of alcohol (although God knows, the Battle of the Bands judges would surely never have let alcohol impair their reasoning in such an important contest). Maybe they even, gasp, sound original. Maybe their youthful sonic mishmash coheres at a blood-alcohol level of .9. Maybe. Whereas Saucer may benefit from an overabundance of alcohol, Curb are a band who
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succeed. I couldn’t get into any of their songs, and there was no sense of connection with the audience. Just a bunch of arrogant Smashing Pumpkin and Sonic Youth fans jamming in their garage-like way ,towards a semi-original melee of sound. Unfortunately, Saucer is probably the kind of band that will become mildly and undeservedly popular one day,
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Formerly a more standard guitars and drums outfit, the new Curb lite was a guitar and vocals duo. Their music, much like the lighter
of Eric’s Trip, was for the Bomber crowd, and difficult to appreciate past the hubub of said drunkards. It’s a shame - Sarah’s melismatic vocals are superb, accompanied with drawn-out moments of serenity and wellplaced feedback. Their poor re-
ception reminded me of Broken Girl’s hasty exit from the Volcano’s stage under similar circumstances - too many drunks and not enough music lovers. The new lineup had alot of potential. Perhaps a move to the East coast is in order... And finally - Pure, lead singer Jordy Birch wearing a charming suit the colour of wellaged Clamato juice. Pure are a band in transition - slowly weaning themselves off the heavyhanded production of first fulllength Pureafunalia, which required a constant DAT beat backup, into a crazy form of cartoon-rock. Pure are like cartoon characters themselves, down to the multicoloured strands of lightflashingin the background. Leading off with a motorcycle-like drone (a sound that would be repeated like a motif throughout the night), they led off into “Tip,” from their latest Extra Puresttial, then into some new songs (“Loonie”) and a few favourite old ones (the crazy-ass “Politically Impure Medly,” “Anna Is a Speed Freak”). “Spiritual Pollution” was there, as was “Zen,” but the emphasis of the night’s set was on their later material, and even the old songs were rocked-up and less danceoriented. This didn’t stop the crowd from moving, of course they strained the corners of the Bombsbelter. Pure fought their way through the crowd for an encore of Generation6-&z&s “Spiders,”
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and, of course, their infamous extenda-mix version of “Greedy.” This show would have been much better placed at Fed Hall - at their last show in town at the
Turret, the floor was packed as “Greedy” hit the tired crowd. This time the music was still there, but the venue was cramped, and maybe Pure didn’t get the display of energy they deserved.
A pig is a filthy animal MilliStIy w/The Young God!3 Kmity
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ow the Young Gods got to open for Ministry when Toronto has no shortage. of excellent industrialtypes is a mystery. Never trust any bancl \uhose lead singer doesn’t play an instrument+ Further, never trust any band which consists entirely of a lead singer, drummer, and keyboardist, yet manages to have guitar sounds coming from the speakers. Nice light show (white only; all the good effects, of course, were saved for Ministry), but that’s about it.
many reprobate youth began to roll and smoke the reprehensible cannabis leaf, filling the air above the pit with the smell of sweat and smoke. Bluegrass music was being played over the
towering speakers. Then, just after Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots,” Ministry assumed the stage.
“This is called ‘Psalm 69,‘” Al Jourgensen announced. The entire pit was churned into one huge human froth. Not an unexpected response to a band who’s been playing to mosh pits since the late 80’s. There wasn’t much of a stage show, just Jourgensen jumping around in front of an array of lights. Three songs in, a screen was raised and three images a second flashed by for the rest of the
night. Jourgensen talked
only to announce song titles, or to talk about the Stanley Cup (he’s a Le& fan). 3carecrow” and “Just One Fix” were on the set list, as well as almost all the songs from Ministry’s 1990 live album Xn Case Ya Didn ‘1 Feel Like Showtng Vp. The current tour, however, is in promotion of their latest Filth a”ig release, and Ministry acted just like a band with a new release should. “This is off the new album,” Al said before all the new songs, including “Reload,” “The Fall,” “Lava,” and the title track. Filth Rg, though, is not avery compelling album, and neither were the new live songs. I ‘wished that 3 could have been at last year’s Ministry concert - or that Ministry had put out a better CD.
“For people who like smoke Pot, man!” Bad Religion
The Dancehall Crashers, on the other hand, are an original band. I’ve always been wary of ska - any musical form based solely on a three-note rhythmic pattern is bound to wear thin after a few songs, The Crashers’ ska-punk fusion, however, works very well, as does their use of two lead singers. The ska rhythm pokes through only for a while before being covered by punk chord crunching and strong female harmonies. The first thing I noticed about Bad Religion is that Greg Graffm is going bald. Not surprising, considering that he’s been their frontman for over ten years. But as soon as the first
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nwritten Law: They have cool hair. They sing songs “for people who like to smoke pot, man!” (applause from crowd). They sound like every other two-year-old SoCal Epitaph/Lookout/Fat W’reck Chords punk band alive today. But you can mosh to it, and that seems to be all that the crowd ofyoung fans cares about.
notes of “The Grey Race” hit the Warehouse speakers, I forgot that the lead singer was as old as my father, and remembered why Bad Religion are quite possibly the best punk band alive today. They could be the only punk band alive today. At a time when musicians worry about selling albums more than pleasing fans, where image is a marketable commodity, Bad Religion are intent on breaking the conventions. Threesongsintotheset,theband left the stage for fifteen seconds, and walked back on, in a parody of an encore. I’m not sure how many of the fans understood him. Although there were more than
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acts you could hope to see today. It’s a shame that the Toronto show. seems to be their only Canadian date on their current “Hard Wired” tour. Of course there were the opening bands, but I think they are more or less optional extras. Their main function seems to be to showjust how good FLA really is. Numb was up first. They didn’t suck, but they sure as hell didn’t rock, either. The vocalist stumbled
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to each and every one of you. Even those waving the middle finger and shouting ‘Fuck you!’ Of course, they probably don’t have all that much to say.” Unf&tunately, the teenage punks that didn’t have all that much to say probably weren’t listening all that well, either. Besides intelligent lyrics, the music is more than enough to move a pit. The middle finger kids kept yelling “Fuck you!,” the moshers kept pounding the hell out of the floor, and the thirty-year-old fans kept well to the back. A good time was had by all present, and people in third world countries are still sifting shit out of their water.
thing. Most of their the same, though.
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the usual amount of thirtysomething leather~acket wearing fans standing in the back, most people there were still in kindergarten when Bad Religion started out. GrifYm was aware of that. “All you fans, you’re half of this show! At least, those of you who’ve been fans for more than a year.” He talked about the world’s lack of fresh water and Quebec separation (“Don’t get fooled by those Nationalists! “). Bad Religion likes to point the finger. But as we’ve al1 been told, when you point a finger, three point back. GrifEn was well aware, and had something to say about punk in general. “I’d like to sit down and talk
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coherent. Then came FLA, and you forgot that the other two bands had even existed. When they took the stage, the Opera House got so jammed you would’ve needed a flamethrower to get through from the front to the back. Visually, the FZA show was mind-blowing for such a small venue. The set began with two drummers, silhouetted in blue
light and pounding
in violent unison. Two TV monitors kept up a barrage of brain-melting images. Too often industrial bands tend to write songs that all sound the same. FLA manages to find
in all their
work. Jurgen, the leader, is an incredible industrial vocalist. The band’s two-hour set included many of the songs which till appear on their new album which is set to be released on Cleopatra Records this month.
around the stage with a dopedout look on his face. Occasionally he would
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lean out into the mosh pit (which was pretty dead at this point). Once or twice he ‘even hurled himself over the barrier into the pit. But that was as exciting as he got. He had the microphone rammed so far into his mouth that he sounded like he was singing through a pillow. I have yet to find anyone who was there who could understand a wurd he said. Die Krupps were head and shoulders over Numb, but that wasn’t a hard thing to achieve. Die Krupps are a rather odd mix of thrash metal and industrial. They’re on the Cleopatra label
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by Eddie Butt and Adam lhiedzic special to Imprint ne of the last remaining great bluesmen made another appearance at
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Lulu’s during the winter term exam period. I don’t think they offer a course more important than seeing “the ambassador of the blues,” B.B. King, play his unique blend of blues, jazz, and gospel. After some brief warm up music by one of the most talented backup bands I have ever seen, 8.8. strode up, picked up
Lucille, and played. Beginning with Freddie King’s “Five Long Years,” he whipped the audience into a frenzy with his soulful stinging vibrato.
His own YPaying Cost To Be the Boss” packed a foot-tapping groove that
is better than a whole string of that particular Friday muttered under his breath “I am just a guy who has
experience like Marvin Gay&s bassist, the drummer from Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, and a sax player who has backed
notes. On he casually trying
barrassed any studio version that I have ever heard. B . B . showed that he can still croon with the best of them on a relaxed “Guess Who?” and, of course, finished up the two hour set with “The Thrill is Gone.” That song was the one that broke B.B. out of the small time and into mainstream popular music. Recorded just after a divorce to his second wife, Sue, in 1966, it continues to be his signature song to this day. Riley (his given name) was ,born in Indianola, Mississippi in 1925. Early on in his life he moved to Memphis to be with his
48 years.” The show was attended by 2300 people, who were treated to Mel Brown’s usual antics to start, followed by a band called Deacon Jones. It is worth mentioning that they were a versitile bandandveryentertaining.
Musselwhite, it should be expected. The billing given to B.B. by my friends who had seen him before was satisfied, and then some. I definitely recommend the meagre investment involved in creating so many memories.
mother. It was here that he got the famous nickname while playing on Beale St. for change in his teens. It didn’t take long for him to be touring America with a thirteen piece backup band in as many as 300 dates a year! Over the years he has honed his style that can be characterized by saying that he knows when to play the right note and when silence
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performance ataparticular time, leaving themselves open for comparison.MyNeighbourNedfares quite well under those standards. This time he brought local guitar genius Matthew Osborne with hi& After a few solo songs, in-
eluding “I Need” (frequent first song for his live shows),
r. Shannon Lyon and his Pop Explosion return triumphant from a WORLD TOUR!!! I (of Western Canada), and Kitchener-Wa-
terloo \&corned on the last Friday
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animal My (this
refuses to submit to the tyranny of mismatched capitalization) opened. The two have at least one thing in common: new CDs. The SLPE’s was unveiled at their release partyFebruary22nd, and My Neighbour Ned’s were in stores as of March 29th. It’s interesting to compare their performances in the light of the existence of pre-recorded slabs of acetate (or whatever CDs art: made of these days). It’s alwavs a danger to record a CD -
ful version of “5 AM,” a not-asbeautiful version of “Idea” (lacking Christine Deneau’s accompaniment found on the CD), Matt (oh he of the magic lepre chauns) ascended. Not a bad team-the harmonies, both vocal and guitarical, were excellent. Both performers also have the ability to show utmost enthusiasm in front of even small crowds. Their version of “I Lie Awake,* in which My Neigh-, bour Ned plays whilst Mr. Osborne provides a running repeti tive commentary in the background, suas nothing short of magical. What can one say about Shannon Lyon? The man’s an
excellent musician, with some great songs (“Mods Rule” even made April’s 1?@a<tcompilation CD). And no local act can
until a verse and a half into one song until I realized that itwasn’t an alternate-lyrics version of “Would You Agree?“. There was a tendency for everything to sound too similar, music snapping in and out of focus as the show progressed. Maybe it’s the curse of the CD - being so farniliar with the Pop Explosion’s it’s easy to find
crowd moving quite like Shannon. Once again, the place was packed, and Shannon’s bright clothing outshone even the beautiful, gorgeous, ravishingly wonderful Volcano background. And yet, being fimiliar with the music of the Shannon Lyon ’ Pop Explosion, some minor points come out in their live show. For example, I listened
But as I’ve said before, such technical problems are a far second to the primary issue of Shannon Lyon’s rock music -its pure visceral quality, one that ensures an active dance floor and brisk sales at your local HMV. M&s R&is still in regular rotation in my CD player, and Shannon Lyon still puts on one hell of a show.
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between noise, melody, silence, and rapid transition between all three. Pecola could play
ways chancy in clubs - you can’t
ull volume. Their first song was good. So was their second, even though it sounded a lot like the fn-st. AI1 their songs, in fact, sound more or less the same, from the &me faux-metal disiortion on the screamed vocals to the obligatory and usually unnecessary shouting of the f-word into every song. The single underlying sound itself was pleasantly origi-
move to it, but watching the sdunds emerge can be an inspiring experience. Two strange choices of open-
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somewhat like “Kick Out the Jams,” or occasionally, the Stones’ “Turd On The Run,” there is a definite New Boqb Turks
nal-ajazzyrockstyle highlighted by a very talented bass player. Switching behveen songslike “Stereotype”and“YouDon’tUnderstand Me,” (so full of teenage identity angst that they’re almost CZJ@, and silly songs like “FleshEating Mothers,” Ground are a band with a serious identity crisis. Are they PC or are they cannibalistic and in-your-face? One suggestion - a good gimmick. I.
spent the latter half of the show imagining the lead singer wearing a Big Bird suit, and the show was much better, The bass player would make an excellent Cookie Monster, and if the drummer wore a Grover costume, I might just go see them again. I didn’t know Pecola w&e going to play until they got onstage. The Toronto-based band recently released a 7” single with Tony “hiboy” Walsh, for which they earn my eternal respect. Pecola’s music explores
Columbus, Ohio, USA punk quartet. The New Bomb furks sounded a lot like MC5 Then again, every punk band in the world has stolen a line or two from Wayne Kramer, and in the Turks’ case, this is definitely not a bad thing. Although most songs sounded
sounduing their work together. Somehow, th.ough, sound doesn’t really matter when lead singer Eric has his arm around your neck. Eric, frighteningly, was armed with a cmdless microphone. Instead of remaining
onstage and merely giving the audience constant
the finger, forays into
he made the crowd,
making literal contact with most of the audience, belting out Turks lyrics in inimitable, almostrappish style. Eric was a man posessed by the spirit of punk, putting on an energetic and highly kinetic stage act ‘that never let down. For an enccre, Eric came. out by himself and led the crowd in an a capella version of “Karma Chameleon.” The Turks show was what punk is supposed to be, and, in fact, what punk once was, minus the flying bottles and naked men smeared with peanut butter.
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Where do we go from here?
sweetlyif they wanted to, and did at times, but always just seconds before thrashing all available sonic implements full-speed
by Ohad Lederer Imprint staff
t was a well-dressed crowd that made it to Radiohead’s third visit to Toronto in the past year. The pair of dyed hair punks in formal business attire raised an eye-
to be a con-
of the upbeat, fast tempo style featured on sey=Mx. All told, the group has a large fanbase here in Ontario, and they seem to be making moves that should get them some more rec-
most of the songs off of last year’s The Ben& as well as “Vegetable ,” “Stop Whispering,” and the hit from so long ago “Creep.” Ah yes, nothing like slam-dancing, not moshing but slam dancing, to “Creep,” because that’s what some people were doing. Those people were probably ones who left right
aftenvards, because the crowd was noticably
brow, as did the two pairs of master/slave goths, one leading the other around the floor
of Varsity Arena with a chain
The huge, cavernous Varsity Arena was reflective of Radiohead’s growing popularity. Last summer they played RPM to a crowd of under a thousand. In December they rocked two thousand at the Warehouse. And this time they sold five thousand for the hockey rink. The rumOurs proved true when treble charger took the stage after David Gray’s set. Gray, as with last
goofiness, not musical ability’. The band’s drummer is a middle-aged walking joke, stripping to the waist and playing drums in stiff yet exaggerated mannerisms. treble charger, now signed to a U.S. mega-label and no longer looking like the band that opened for hHeadatthe Bomber just fourteen months ago, looked at home on a big stage in front of screaming adoring fans. They
ognition in the States. When Radiohead took the stage, they dispensed with some of their hits right off the bat, including the song guaranteed to put the kids in a frenzy, YMy Iron Lung.” As the band got settled into their set, the hits kept coming, and the crowd remained hyped throughout
slimmer after “Creep.” All in all, Radiohead, as usual, put on an amazing show. Lead singer Thorn Yorke somehow sings better live than he does on record, and his frantic stage act is entertaining in of itself. Look for them opening for Alanis Morrisette (why Lord, why?) in an arena ,< near you this summer.
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the Warehouse Friday, April 12
by Sean E. Moore special to Imprint
at exactly can you say
about Iggy Pop that hasn’t already been Ya ya, some rumblings
about being the so called the “godfather of punk music” because of his days with the Stooges in the 70s. But that was twenty years ago. What has that gangly, bonerack of a man done lately? Sure he’s had a few CD’s but can he still put on a live show like he use to? All of these questions were answered in one adrenalizing Friday night show at a the Warehouse cavern. The face of this show was slightly different from your usual bar show. No minors. Yep, I guess because Piggy built up his fan base in the previous two decades he didn’t need the
made me feel like a pimply faced adolescent again. The opening band that night was a good
actfrontedbyamanthatwentby the name of Junior Kimbraugh. Now back it up a few seconds. Picture this. A concert hall filled with drunken depressed middle aged people. Who does a concert promoter choose for an opening act?
A blues act of course. Let’s have an old man sit up on stage and sing about how badly life has treated him. That’s gotta get the crowd energized! Seriously though, I don’t have anything against the blues, but itjustdidn’t work on this night., Too repetitive and definitely not very good at setting the stage for the headliner. But if you’re feeling bad about your girlfriend leaving you I would recommend some Jun-
ior Kimbraugh to you. After a prolonged break between sets due to some sound dif&ulties, the man everyone wanted to see flail made his way on to the stage. To tell you the truth, as I watched Iggy I thought to myself that he hasn’t aged a year. Throughout the show the crowd treated slaught
the new album that were performed were “I-Ieart Is Saved” and “Walk Away.” However the highlight of Iggy’s depravity had to be the performing of a new song called UPussy Walk” which was dedicated to all the young females out there. I guess Iggy really is
pointing. Sure Iggy Pop is supposedly a music icon, but during his show I didn’t really feel like I was seeing anything special. The music was plain old power rock n roll, nothing really that special. It may be a bit much to expect miracles
to an onof verbal
chronic the mic
Iggy. One of the most entertaining
showwas trying to time when the roadie would upright the tipped mic stand. As for the music that night, Iggy’s band played mostly stuff from his new LP, Naughty Little Doggy but they did take the time to throw in the classic Iggy tunes like “The Passenger” and “5 foot 1.” Some of the better songs of
trying hard to disgust. Iggy finished his set after , about and hour then reappeared on stage for the traditional encore formalities. Despite the typical Iggy Pop outrageous behaviour that was shown off that night, I would probably have to say that this show was a bit disap
Iggy, but at least he could have tried to write something a bit more entertaining. Without good music to perform all there was that night was this shirtless geriatric prancing madly about on stage. Please try a bit harder next time Iggy.
A blue-haired bundle of semi-sauced energy Ruby
Lee’s Palace April 19
. ..or even very energetic on stage.
by Iclaus Steden and Nick Boldt special to lmprintu
chatty between songs, and alive their music, Ruby was an amazing show.
but Ruby is more a Celtic/folk/ jazz/rock amalgam that works brilliantly. ’
Correction: Leslie Rankine, the head banshee, was the “hyper energetic chatty” one. The rest of the band wasjust, sorta, there. (And apparently from Moose Factory, too.)
Only “brilliant?” Can you think of another superlative?
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In short, they sucked! ” Any four-piece garage band with a couple of guitars and annoying vocals could have done the same show. Only one song stood out, which was their single, %kydiver,” whichwaslyrically the cheesiest piece of crap in their set. Their departure from the stage was quite welcome -at the volume theirwere playing, main-
Better. From their lighting show to their sound, they excelled in front of the beer-soaked crowd to which they were performing. Their set consisted of the majority of the material on Sctlt Peter, includinggreat down 1
n’ dirty “Flippin’
Tha Bird,” “SaltWater Fish,” and “Hoops.” On Pine, ;g;lt,e,&y;~ i”t with a drumstick to create an interesting wall-of-noise effect.
(Even the cops on Moor
-and a distinct lack of snow for a change... And, according to the sign on the Bi-Way across the street, ‘1Just one more day ‘till Christmas!”
stream boring rock n’ roll is too much to tolerate. I think the only thing that changed from song to song was the one fella’s guitar, ‘We’re just space... spinning... space..
We wandered into Lee’s Palace to lurk about and wait for the show. The opener was a rather unimaginative band by the name of Schtumpf. Schtumpf, while not being particularly bad as such... They . . .were unique.. .
sucked! also not
The whole existential ecol nightmare load of BS lyrics that was Schtumpf became utterly tedious in about... <checks wut&... three seconds flat! I’m sorry, they tried, they really tried, but The The does it way better, and with less useless noise. Ruby hit minutes later.
the stage some 30 Hyper, energetic,
As they said in “Tiny Meat,” ‘Fit to burst, I’m in love.’
‘What I assume was a Silverfish cover was also rather intriguing, featuring Leslie doing some really funky stuff with a squeeze box. To the uninitiated, she might have appeared possessed, but that’s just Leslie being her usual manic self. . - Theirtakeson “Paraffin” and “Heidi* were moody and sensual. They closed with a raunchy rendition of “Tiny Meat,” to the encore applause of the gathered 1 masses. It was a good crowd. exactly what I was expecting healthy mixture of normals freaks (we were of course latter).
Nut - a and the
I had been expecting a punk from Klaus’ descriptions,
Asked by some rivet-hed in the crowd how they chose the name ‘Ruby’, Leslie yelled, “Eeet’s me granny’s nayme.* and there was a burst of applause, followed by her enthusiastic response of “Matriarchy>! !!” There was much
Onstage, Leslie was a bluehaired bundle of semi-sauced energy. I say semi-sauced, because she didn’t quite finish her
bottle of wine. Not that being sober slowed her down at all; her stage presence was INTENSE. She managed to completely enthrall the crowd, having them swaying in time with her, fixated oh her, totally in the palm of her hand. She has a reputation of being energetic, (remember Pigface’s “Hips Tits Lips Powerm?) wagging her tongue at the crowd often enough to prompt Nyk to say, ya know, she’s turning into 022y.”
As mentioned before, this ain’t your average punk band. Their lyrics are surprisingly intelligent, more like X or The Swans, than say, Green Dub or Off(at)spr Clever, witty, bitter, ironic, and musically inspiring, The result is hardly your standard punk fare, but an excellent band to see and enjoy.
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It starts out pleasantly, almost disarmingly quiet with the title track. That’s until you hear the chorus - sweet Ea. = sweet fuck all. It takes some time to get used to, but it’s a cool opener.
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The second release from Toronto alterna-metal band I Mother Earth is another of the increasingly popular aenhanced CDs”. The latest record company marketing concept, enLanced C.Ds are simply a regular audio CD with an extra “multimedia” track which can be read on a Macintosh or a IBM PC with a CD-ROM drive. These tracks typically contain computer graphics of variable quality, miserably digitized video, short sound clips, and perhaps a bit of information
by Greg Krafchick Imprint sta# Life must be hard if you’re in the Cocteau Twins - at least from a musical standpoint. Throughout the eighties they were the lead ship in that floatilla called 4AQ a band that had critics scrambling to exhatit every tvord for ‘etheral” in the thesam .rus. Scores of acts have moulded this unique sound to their own ends. But now here we are in 1996, and the Cocteaus have accomplished as much as they’re ever likely to. Without play on ah-
about the band. IME’s offering is an excellent example of such mediocrity. ‘It’s somewhat akin to a snippet of the World ‘Wide Web on CD: flashy, but lacking in substance. Luckily, one does not need a CD-ROM tosimply play the music. After a short, pointless intro track, the album really begins. “Like a Girl” is a decent enough rock anthem, and lyrics such as “...the only things keeping me awake are re-runs of Mod Squad and cartoons” fluidly sung in harmony make me chuckle. But it’s on the third track, “One More Astronaut,” where the proceedings really start to pick up. Edwin’s distinct vocals soar, the guitars crunch, and the chorus is full of hooks. Despite uninspired drum and organ solos, this song is the clear hit sinrockstations (theydon’tmixwell with Everclear and S.T.P,) the fans that are listening now are either a) leftovers from last decade or b) the odd soul whose older siblings i‘ntroduced them to the band. It’s a real catch-22 conundrum for the band, On one hand if they try to change their sound - write lyrics, eliminate the layers of effects - the fans will cry foul, accuse them of losing their edge. Such was the case with Fmr GzZendar Cafe,a plea4 ant though disconceningly plain album. Or iftbeytry to hunker down, get back to their roots, stack guitars on guitars and gossimer vocaI effects on gossimer vocal effects...they f&e accusations of creative banhptcy, ofperform-
gle on the CD. However, these solos illustrate the major problem I have with this album. It has its catchy pop moments with “Astronaut” and two other tracks, “Used to be Abight” and “Raspberry,” which successfully exploi t the soft/ loud/soft formula. But ii ttered throughout the album are these tangental drum and guitar solos, organ breaks, and an “underwater” vocal effect which serve no purpose other than to stretch the song to five or six minutes and remind the listener of Black Sabbath. I’ll give the band credit for trying to prevent themselves from making a plain rock album, and note ihat in “Songburst & Delerium,” the organ and underwater effect works where it is limited to two or three seconds. Mostly, though, I just wanted to hit the skip button. On the plus side, the album offers a fair amount of variety. Songs ‘such as “Short&t to Moncton” havea acoustic, camp fire feel, while frenetic closer “Earth, Sky, and C.” makes extensive use of various sorts of drums and percussion to flesh out the sound. The band doesn’t feel the need to simply play loud, and louder, and in particular Jagori Tanna’s excellent guitar work frequently changes style and intensity, from blasting power chords to blues-like noodling to melodic acoustic work and back. In total, Sceneryand Fish is a decent release which shows off a good amount of technical skill and songwriting talent, but perhaps in future the band should aim for more coherent arrangements of their compositions. ing Cocteaus by numbers. This latter option is the course taken with IMilk and Kiimr. . Funny thing is, it works anyway. In the wake of a million bands with a million effects pedals, it’s worth a reminder that the Cocteau Twins can still flange with the best of them. And there’s still no one on earth who can
calHsong, and so is “Fever,” which both sound much Iike some~ing you’d have heard from these guys :~;a few albums back. “Use Me” sounds like Daniel Ash had a bad love affair between albums; this song is more aggressive, angry,
and titmtl-ran anything I’ve ever heard by them. As for the rest of the album, “Words of a Fool” and “I-Iere Come the Come.:.-::: :.i$‘.<; ,+ To Heuven, which.;;@ s~~Iu&“” offunky-dancey~~~li~~~~‘;‘. album
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and “Shelf Life” are nice and and Rockets camp. $!#j!j$:is*‘a mellow, a bit more easygoing solid disc. ,j than the edgier stuff like “Sweet enough, they’re alsq &&@g to Lover Hangover” and “Use Me.” support this disc too Help on this album includes Stephen Perkins (lane’s Addic; ‘.:&:)<g,.z I guess ,&.ji$v~ leamed$ggggctk L ,),tion,- Porno for &ros) doing must
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more to this disc than just’a Sin: ’ So, it’s not to die for, but gle. go get it anyway, dammit! . ballpark between . .,Knoll and 1990’s Heaven or Las Vegas,warm and stress free to the ears, but still challenging. Liz apparently stared into the chasm labelled “Intelligible Lyrics” on Four Calendar Cafe,but has since reverted to her native Fraserise, a move that was foreshadowed bv last
otheTn@ss EPS. And the highlights? “Violaine” and “Serpentskirt” open the work beautifully, the former recalling the beats of the Cocteau’s masterwork Tbtzm~
the guitars echoing chilling
pull off. Two songs from each of the aforementioned EPs are reworked in more traditional Cocteaus style. From there the listener can decide -like most of the band’s works it’s really a matter of personal taste, whatever hits you in thatway. It’s nothing we haven’t heard them da before, but it’s done with such a sense of purpose, with
Twinlights touch Liz Fraser when she’s on, here offering up her best vocal performante since 1988’s BZUGBdl K4 Musically this album is in a
Cocteau’s own brand of conviction, that it can’t help but win its listeners over. Ttidon’twant to bewritten off, so tbeymakedamn sure YOUdon’t do so - with at times striking results. A fine return to form.
Friday, May 3, 1996
by Patrick Imprint
by Justin Mathews Imprint staff
This will be the best cassette released in 1996. Not CD - this sort of authentic punk sound would lose something in the portal to N-bit technical perNO, to fully appreciate fection. Matching Socks, Missing Feet requires an old tape deck, a couple really powerful speakers, and about half an hour to sit through the whole thing. A veil of noise builds behind the music. Guitars, drums, bass, pushed together like various bits of soap your mother’s too cheap to throw in the garbage. Lyrics so intricate I want to quote them all. It’s Bobo, Jon Bon, Koopie, and Rusty collectively, the Bonaduces. %lt~.and blegan in Lake Louise, perfecting snowboard te~hnolugies. 1 build them and she smashes them up. I wmk for years and she trashes them, yup, because Megun is a~‘%tloop.~~ There are a few inevitable Ramones comparisons here: two-minute thrashing ditties, band members with identical last names, and the inevitable “(Insert Name of Girl Here) is a (Insert Adjective Here)” song title. . Then again, any band formed in the last fifteen years owes at least one stolen riff to the founding fathers of simplicity. But the boys who brought us, “Second verse, same as the first!” would never have come up with the lyrics of the Bonaduces - each song a little piece of prose in itself. “I upatch them bath with my te/escqe. I’m watching both her hands on a bottle of CUIW. Hm met-W alert tag says she S okay, just allergic to f.wunuts, so she’d better stay away. * From the kickoff track “Megan is a Fruitloop,” u Really Powerful Telescope” (covered by Winnipeg’s cutest band, B’ehl, on a recent split single), and the stupidly lovely “Stupid Like Angela,” the Bonaduces are noisily irresistible. Judging by the picture of the band’s namesake on the inside tape cover, one
by Justin Mathews Imprint stafF I think I knew exactly what to expect the first time I saw this CD in the store. It was in one of those animated covers (like jrlst about everything Cleopatra puts out lately) with a scene from an old vampire film on it. So I guess what we’re in store for is yet another collection of Cleopatra’s goth-industrial bands, only this time they all pretend they’re Bauhaus, right? Well, this CD isn’t as cheesy or selfglorifying as I first expected. It sounds like the musicians involved actually respect the music of Bauhaus, and aren’t just doing songs by the band because they’re considered legends. The collection is quite tastefully done. The songs do&all sound like the originals (that can be boring md pointless) but have their own unique sound, while still retaining the feeling that these are irl fact Bauhaus songs. Of course, there are the few that recorded their best Peter Murphy imper-. sonation. In my opinion, ExVotowins the Peter Murphy sound alike contest with
Gavin Friday is a great singer. He’s got one of those voices that the listeners can lose themselves in. He can hit low notes as well as Leonard Cohen or Blixa Bargeld. He sounds great, except for the fact that when he sings up high he starts sounding like a cheap Bono imitations. That’s the only thing on this CD that doesn’t work. I know they come from the same place and have worked together (including a song on this album) but it’s just not pleasing to hear someone who can sing like Gavin Friday sounding like Bono (who’s never all too pleasing to the
might guess at the Bonaduces’ obsession with pop culture snowboards, kindergarten romances, prom dresses, Judy Blume, and soy milk. Okay, maybe it’s not & pop culture. Things emerge from the twisted minds of the Bonaduce brothers that your standard politically correct punker would -never dream up. Like the benefits of said soy milk, for example. “All my good dremns haue sq beans. Ifet++k than melting in my throat. All my fiutein is so clean, because it doesn’t cum fi-om a COW m a pat. And I’II bringsoy to the wurld so that we’IE all be strong and agik” Who else would watch a talking cat through a really powerful telescope? Screamout, ‘You’re KillingMe,k’ouFuck3 Throw a spider-tracer into Judy Blume’s car and watch her get drunk? The Bonaduces - not quite punk, thrash, noise, or disco. If you missed them on tour, write to the Bonaduces at PO Box 14905 Corydon, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3M
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The songs themselves are actually very good. I think what makes the music work is the eclectic collection of instruments. Some of the more interesting ones include ewi, stronzophone, various saxes (including a toy sax), clarinets and a bass flute, These, of course, compliment the generic guitar, bass, drum machine and keyboards. Put all of these together and you get something that you can relax to, with a somewhat danceable drum beat, a funky bass line and some ethereal keyboard lines. Throw in some jazzy sax riffs and you’ve got some music that’s quite enjoyable to listen to, The lyrics aren’t bad either. It’s got the cynical anticommercialism~ (“Do we really need these pissy pop stars”), cheesy romance (%o silent your love, like the
stars pity been”). ruso named m&t
above”) and a healthy dose of self(“all I have is what I might have The best part is that Enrico Cadoes backing vocals on the song after him. No big deal, I suppose of you are thinking. However, Ca-
ruso died in 1921. So thatjust leaves one thing that could go wrong with Tobacco Shag: those damn Bono impersonations. Maybe he’s not doing it on purpose. It could just be a natural phenomenon, but it’s still annoying. The music surpasses that of IX?. The lyrics are interesting. The rest of the vocals are excellent. If only Gavin could stop sounding like that whiny self-righteous pop star he could have an incredible CD available. But until he does something about that we’ll just have to skip past the Bono-ish songs and on to the good stuff. -”
their take of “Slice of Life” with Blade Fetish coming in a close second doing “All We Ever Wanted was Everything.” Not everyone involved in the Passion was trying to sound like the original Bauhaus. I think most bands probably realized they couldn’t pull it off. There are some interesting new versions of old material here. My favourite is “The Three Shadows Part II” as remade by Fahrenheit 451 with Eva 0. Gone is the waltz-like rhythm of the original. Instead, Fahrenheit 451 backup the powerful vocals with dark, ambient keyboards accompanied by a low rumbling percussion that feels like a steady thunder throughout the whole piece. Given the technology, perhaps Bauhaus would have done it this way in the first place. Then there’s the obligatory cover of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by the Electric Hellfire Club. Now, I consider myself a fan of the Electric Hellfire Club, but upon hearing their version of “Bela” I started to realize just how similar everything they do sounds. They do a good job of adding their style to “Bela Lugosi,” though in this case I’d have to say the original was better. Overall, this is an excellent collection. The moving image on the cover is itselfworth the cost of a-CD. And with the Passion of Covers you get some really good music too.
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Bis are potentially the “next big hype” from the UK, and if there was ever a more unlikely group for this label, it’s them. If they attain a degree of stardom, it could be due in part to some sort of “B&pop backlash.” After a time of seeing countLess UK bands asprire to superstardom, basking in the
cash from major label excess, it’s refreshing to find an act like Bis. They’re very young (17, 18, and 19 among the three members), they sing about being young, and they approach mak-
ing mwsic with a certain youthful they proto an indie
viewerhad not happened across
edly) 47 d&rent labels are rushing to sign them. And the music? Well, I really
bio. The delusional
that they have made “an indelible mark on the world of pop.” Perhaps, but only ifwhen the 10 Worst Albums of the Century are calculated in 2000 some reviewer with total recall manages to remember this particular lack of album. They talk about opening for the Barenaked Ladies. I sup pose this obvious ploy for pity is intended to make me feel sorry for them. It doesn’t. “In years to come a deep path will be beaten to the rickety steps that lead up to the aging brick structure where Fall Dowi
tener. This is a gaping senseless
citizens eager to lob pipe bombs
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they may be onto something, but it’s not there just yet. After all, any Brit band that confesses a love of Jon Spencer has to have some worth.
by Patrick Imprint
in an e&rely
terestingfashion. The usual analogy for music completely devoid of substance is “popcorn” - that is, light, full of air, and unfilling. After hearing the second release from Toronto band Fall Down Go Boom, however, it is necessary to invent another metaphor. Listening to 199is nothing like digging into a bag of steaming popcorn. Even the microwave stuff has a few ounces of butter flavour and preprocessed iodized salt. Fall Down G0 Boom, in comparison, lacks
Pop stands for popular. 199 should notbe popular. It should be shunned for the waste of plastic that it is. Anyone interested in buying this album, for whatever strange arcane reason, is hereby warned that they are better off buying any other album in the entire history of music (with the possible exception ofJohn Cale’s four-CD set of 4:33 remixes). Admittedly, this trivial knot of nothingness would not be the
Fortunately, the bio also proudly announces that “No one else (well, almost) petiormed on, fiddled with, messed about or dicked around with the album Fall Down Go Boom happily take all the credit.* Or blame, .as the case may
subject of such a concentrated
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record bins where thousands of copies have been relegated unsuspecting purchasers), think that this is anything
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donut hole comes from. This album is calorieless, tasteless, and pointless. The hooks are dull, the drums are boriog, and even Fall Down Go Boom’s happy little harare unable to create even
need LOTS more practice to shine, though the seeds are there. They sound like a more synthy Elastica crossed with, urn, Falco. Combine t-hat with singer Amanda’s nine-year-old-like scream, and you have something that’s not for everyone. Oh, and they have no drummer. - It’s a bizarre sounding EP, and the spirit in there, but they need to really work on the art of writing a catchy tune that’s an easy listen, as opposed to the music on here. If they keep their heads together and develop their sound
one’s throat. It is a crusty marshmallow of
attack in this review if this re-
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I Applications for the followrng awards are being accepted during the Spring Term. Refer to section 4 of the Undergraduate Calendar for further criteria. Unless othennrise stated, scholarship application deadline is June 28, 1996. Bursaries may be submitted during the term, until the first day of examinations. Application forms are available in the Student Awards Office, 2nd Floor, Needles Hall.
ALL FACULTIES C.U.P.E. Local 793 Award - available to Union employees, their spouse, children or grandchildren for extra-curricular/community involvement. Deadline: May 31, 1996. Ron Eydt Travel Award - available to undergraduate students who are planning to participate in one of the approved exchange programs. Based on financial need, leadership and campus involvement. Deadline; May 31, 1996, University of Waterloo St&f Association Award - available to full or part-time undergraduates in a degree program, Applicants must be current Staff Association members, their spouses, children, grandchildren or dependents and will be based on academics, extra-curricular involvement and financial need. Deadline: May 31, 1996. Douglas T. Wright Award - available to al who have participated in an international work placement. Students to apply upon return to full-time study at UW. Deadline: October 15, 1996. Doubfas T. Wright Experience in Japan Award - available to all who have participated in a work placement in Japan. Students to apply upon return to full-time study at UW. Deadline: October 15, 1996. Tom York Memorial Award - available to all for short fiction - not essays. Deadline: December 31 each year.
FACULTY OF APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES Ross and Doris Dixon Award - auailable to all 26 and 4A for financial need and academic Achievement. Deadline: October 11, 1996. Andrea Fraser Memorial Scholarship - available to 3rd or 4th year Kinesiology, Deadline: October 11, 1996. Robert Haworth Scholarship - completion of 3rd year in an honours program in resource management related to Park Planning and Management, Recreation, Natural Heritage or Outdoor Recreation. Deadline: May 31, 1996. Kate Kenny Memorial Award - available to 4A Kinesiology with an interest in rehabilitative Medicine. Deadline: October 31, 1996. Ron May Memorial Award - available to 4A Recreation and Leisure. Deadline: October 1 I, 1996.
Arts Student Union Awzrrd - available to all Arts students. Quintext Co-op English Award -available to 4A English. Deadline: September 30, 1996.
FACULTY OF ENGINEERIIWG J.P. Bickell Foundation Bursaries available to atl Chemical students. Canadian Posture and Seating Gentre Schoiarship - available toall. Deadline: October 11, 1996. Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Award - availabte to all Civil and Mechanical students with an interest in Building Science. Students to contact 6. Neglia in Civil Engineering. Keith Carr Memorial Award - available to 3rd or 4th year Chemical. Consulting Engineers of Ontario Scholarship - available to all 3A. Dow Canada Scholarship - available to 3A chemical Engineering. SC. Johnson & Son ltd. Environmental Scholarship - available to 4A Chemical. Deadline: May 31, 1996.
AX, Neilsen Company Bursary - available 2nd, 3rd & 4th year Computer Engineering. Ontario Hydro Engineering Awards available to 1 B Chemical, Electrical, Environmental or Mechanical. Eligible candidates will be women, aboriginal (native) Canadians, persons with disabilities or visible minorities. Deadline: July 31,1996. Ontario Progesslonal Engineers Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship available to all 1B & 28 based on extracurricularand marks. Deadline: July31,1996. Alan W. Shattuck Memorial Bursary available to 4th year Civit. Suncor Bursar&? -available to al Chemical or Mechanical. Jack Wiseman Award - available to 3A or 4A Civil.
FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES Robert Haworth Scholarship - completion of 3rd year in an honours program in resource management related to Park Planning and Management, Recreation, Natural Heritage or Outdoor Recreation. Deadline: May 31, 1996. Marcel Pequegnat Scholarship able to 38 Planning. Deadline: 1996.
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FACULTY OF MATHEMATICS Bell Sygma Comptuer Science Award available to 4A Computer Science. Certified Management Accounting But?SW - available to full-time students in Mathematics-Business Administration/ Chartered Accountancy/Management Accountancy. Preference will be given to students who attended high school in counties of Perth, Waterloo or Wellington. K.G. Lee Computer Science Scholarship - available to 28 Computer Science. A.G. Nielsen Company Bursar-y - available to all in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year.
Sun Life of Canada Award 2B Acturial Science.
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J.P. Bickefl Foundation Bursaries able to all Earth Sciences. Down Canada Scholarship 3A Teaching Option.
Female volunteers needed! - are both you and a friend interested in participating in a psychology study on problem solving? We need pairs of undergraduates who know and like each other. This study has been granted ethics approval from the UW Office of Human Research. You will receive $5. in appreciating for your time, with a posibility of earning a bonus oa another $5. If you are interested, call the university switchboard, 88824567, ask for ext. 3786 and leave a message for Kim with your names and phone numbers. She will return your call and tell vou more about the studv. The City of Waterloo Volunteer Services is currently recruiting for the following volunteer positions: Youth Volunteers: youth 13 years of age and otder are invited to attend an interview for summer volunteer positions. These include Fun Centres, Sports Camps, and Aquatics. Traditonal Oriental Art Instructor: to work with seniors instructing Oriental brushwork class. Needed Wednesday afternoons. Program Assistants: needed to assist participants take hart in activities and assist staff to conduct activities. A three hour commitment per week is required. Volunteer Shopper: this shopping program is to assist older adults unable to do their own grocery shopping and have no other means of purchasing groceries. To respond as needed, retrieving list and money, delivering groceries with receipt to check groceries. If interested in the above positions call 888-6488. We need Big Sisters! If you are 20 years of age and older we need you. Female volunteers are required to develop one-on-one relationships with girls and boys. 3 hours a week for one year is the commitment. All volunteers are required to complete an Orientation Training Session prior to acceptance as a 8ig Sister volunteer. Our next training sessions commence May 21,23 and 28196. Please call 743-5206 to resister.
The K-W Aboriginal Rights Circle presents the 3rd Annual ‘Enlarging the Circle ril: First Nations Land Claims in Southern Ontario’. This public sym osium will be held at Conrad Grebel College, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info call If ick 745-8458 or Elizabeth 893-6543.
SUNDAY, MAY &I996 5th Annual Sunnyside info call 893-8482.
Spring Fever IOK Run/SK Walk will be at 9 a.m. For more
MONDAY, MAY 6,1996 K-W Blood Donor Clinic - Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church, 19 Ottawa Street, N., Kitchener, from I:30 to 8:00 p.m. New University Club Hours - Monday to Friday lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 200 p.m. ; Wednesday to Friday dinner from 5:OO p.m. to 8:OO p.m. (closed Mon. & Tues. evenings until further notice) ; Saturdays open to parties of 25 or more (check your flyers for special events)
The first meeting of the year for a new KW cycling advocacy group, BUGS @cycle Users Group) will be held at 7:oO p.m. at SLC 2133. Everyone from the area is encouraged to attend. For more info call WPIRG at 888-4882. BUGS is a volunteer driven group that aims to improve the cycling environment in the KW area.
Habitat for Humanity invites you to attend a giant community garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Calvin Presbyterian Church on Westmount Road, E., in Kitchener. For more info or to donate call 884-1865 or 746-2635.
SUNDAY, MAY 12,1996 KW Chamber Music Society presents “Martin Beaver & Robert Silverman” p.m., 57 Young Street, W., Waterloo. For reservations call 886-1673.
The Annual R.S. Dorney Ecolq Garden Plant Sale from 12 noon to 2:OO p.m. outside ES-2 beside the Dorney 8 arden. If you have plants or seed packages to contribute lease contact Larry Lamb at ext. 2646. Proceeds will go to the new “Northern 8 ntario Landscape’ planned alongside ES2.
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Attention Co-op students graduating in 1996/97 who will be off-campus in the Fall. (September-December). Come to an Information Sesion that will explain the Graduating Student Employment Service on Wednesday, May 22,1996 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. - Theatre of the Arts, ML. Similar sessions will be offered to all other graduating students, September 11 & 12. Session Topics are Important Dates & deadlines, CACEE Application Forms and Application Procedures, Career Preparation -Workshops, Employment Network Publication.
ON-GOING MONDAYS UW Stage Band rehearsai, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Conrad Grebel College Great Hall, room 156 TUESDAYS University Choir rehearsal, 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Conrad Grebel College Chapel.
5 bedroom, 2 bath, laundry, cleaning service, September year lease at $280./mo./each person plus utilities. 886-2726. Apartment available in Kitchener home. Bedroom, washroomshower, livingroom, TV, kitchen, air-conditioned. Available now for summer, 20 minutes from University. Non-smoking male. Phone 748-4405. $350./mo. Summer sublet - 8 bedroom house on Columbia and Albert. $175. including utilities, laundry and lawn care provided, 2 kitchens, 2 bathrooms. Call Lucy at 725-8352. Bruce Peninsula (Georgian Bay) - 3 bedroom new log house at Hope Bay right on The&e Trail, dstone fireplace, jacuzzi bath, BBQ, large deck, 3 minute to shallow beach. $700./week. (519) 534-l 859 or (519) 534-
Gash paid niclhtlv - $7.5O/hour + bonuses guaranteed for door-todoor fundraising/sales reps and crew leaders. Fart-time ftexible shifts. Experience necessary. Call Franz 743-3400.
Proof-reading, editing, word processing by experienced freelance writer and language teacher. Student rates, half hour free consultation. 748-2838.
DANCE Recording Artist seeks vocalist. Call 747-5025 and ask for Reiean. Pregnant? Considering adoptive parents? Happily married professional couple seeking birthmother considering adoptive parents fbr her baby. Warm and loving home environment. Rob or Linda l-800” 254-8452.
Wedding and occasion $otography by a creative womari photographer. Black and white, handtinting, reasonable rates, packages offered. Call Judv 886-l 254.
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