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contest - prizes are from $100. to $300. Photographs can be taken from Nov. 1996 to June 1997. Entries must be submitted by July 4, 1997. Call 742-7752 or any of the four Heers Camera locations for info. Are you interested in joining either a UW Lacrosse Team or an intermural team in ‘97-‘98? IF so, sign up at the Turnkey Desk or call Matt at 8865641. Applications are being accepted for the Fessenden-Trotl Scholarship valued at $9,000 annually for up to three years. Applicants must have an excellent academic standing, demonstrated leadership qualities, noteworthy participation in extra-cirrculiar activities and good moral character and personality. Interested students currently registered in first year of any program are invited to apply. Further information and application forms are available from the Student Awards Office. Application deadline is May 30, 1997. St. Paul’s United College would like to invite all former residents who are graduating in the Spring or Fall 1997 Convocation to a Graduates Banquet. Come and join your friends for fun, food and alas, farewells! Please call Darlene at 885-i 460 to reserve a seat. Ontario Streams will be hosting “River Rendezvous ‘97”, a “hands on” workshop/conference on watershed restoration held in Kitchener on June 20 to 22. For more info (416) 445-3366 or mandzy @ totaLnet. Guided Seff-change of alcohol use: for individuals who may have concerns about the amount they are drinking and want to cut down. Call Counselling Services (ext. 2655) to find out more. There will be no changes to Victoria Day garbage and recycling collection pickup throughout Waterloo. For more info call 883-5100.

CAMPUS REC HAS JOBS available for the summer. Reply ASAP! See CR cruidebook for iob details. Skydive UW - Did you miss our meeting? You are still welcome to join. Contact Chris, skydive @watservl.

Looking for someone to spend time with an adult male with a developmental disability. If interested call Darren at 8841240. For the followingvolunteer positions contact Sue at the Volunteer Action Centre at 742-86 10: Highland-Stirling Community Group needs volunteers. You would teach and set-up children’s programs from September to June. We provide financial support. Please submit a detailed letter of experience/ideas. Fax #741-2642. (Phone 745 9408) Track meet votunteers needed for the Regional Athletics and Boccia meet on Saturday, May 24. Volunteers needed to assist with registration, timekeeping, awards, etc. #lOISwim buddies needed forapproxiamately 1 hour a weed to assist those with disablility’s in swimming lessons and general swim time. Training provided #jOI1897 Data entry and research volunteers needed for the arthritis society during the day for a few hours a week in April. #OO41902 Job search coach needed to assist male with limited reading and writing abilities. Volunteer required to assist in reading and filling out applcations l-2 hours a week during the day until June. #021-1887 Researcher with a knowledge of demographics and experience working with confidential information needed to research regarding planned donation giving for 4-8 hours/week for 3 months #021-i 879 Schoof program volunteer with good presentation skills and enjoys working with kids and teens is needed to present a smoking prevention program to schools in Waterloo Region, #069-278.

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tutors needed for Mathematis, Science and English with the Waterloo Region Roman Catholic Separate School’s Board Summer School Program for grades 9 - OAC. The Summer School program is scheduled for three weeks from July 2-22, 1997 and asistance for any portion of that period would be welcomed. Tutors are required in the Kitchener (St. Mary’s High School) and/or Cambridge (Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School) locations. Phone Frank Oliverio 578-3660, ext. 242. Looking to work with you? The CYO is recruiting members to join their Board of

Directors. For more info call 744-7001. The International Student Office is recruiting Shadow volunteers for new International students arriving on campus for the Fall ‘97 term. If interested pick up applications at International Student Office, NH2080orcall Darlene at ext. 2814. Learn about a different culture while you show a new immigrant how to be a part of your community. For more info on this volunteer position call K-W Y.M.C.A. Host Program at 579-9622. Volunteer tutors are needed to tutor students on a one-to-one basis in written and oral English. Tutors meet students on campus, usually once a week for 1-2 hours for 1 term. If you have a good working knowledge of English, are patient, friendly, dependable, and would like to volunteer, register at the International Student Office, NH 2080. For more info about the program, cat1 ext. 2814 or e-mail darlene @watservl .

Thursday,

May 22,1997

WLU events: Dinner tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. inthe paul Martin Centre. For more info calt 884-0710, ext. 3180 May23: Alumni Chapter Event. For more info call 884-0710, ext. 3180 May 27: Board of Governors from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Paul Martin Centre. May 28: MBA Industry Dinner. For more info call 884-0710, ext. 2542.

Saturday,

May 24,1997

All you can eat Lobsterfest and Dance. Phoenix Rollersport, Belcan Drive, Waterloo. Calf Deb at 744-7001 for ticket info.

Tuesday,

May 27,1997

Waterloo Wellington Myalgic Enceph& fomyelitis Association ivites KW area Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers and their family and friends to a support group meeting a the Adult Recreation Centre, 185 King Street, S. Please call our info line for the scheduled time: 6233207. ‘L

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May 28,1997

Attention Co-op students graduating in 1997/98 who wi H be off-campus in the Fall (Sept.-Dec.). Come to an lnformtion Sesion that will explain the Graduating Student Employment Services. 3:30 to 430 p.m. at the Theatre of the Arts, ML. Fridav. Mav 30.1997 ~ ~ .--~ Coffee House - ” Don’t worry be happy” Life is so much happier than we think. Join us for coffee, snacks and entertainment, ES Atrium at 8100 p.m. Hosted by the Chinese Christian Fellowship.

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for the following awards are being accepted during the Spring term. Refer to Section 4 of the Undergraduate Calendar for further criteria. Unless otherwise stated, scholarship application deadline is June 27, 1997. Bursaries may be submitted during the term, until the first day of examinations. Application forms are available in the Student Awards Off ice, 2nd Floor, Needles Hall.

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to Union employees, their spouse, children or grandchildren for extra-curricular/community involvement. Deadline: May 30,1997.

to 3rd or 4th year Chemical.

Conoperators

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Dow Canada Scholarship

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3A Chemical Engineering.

cal. Deadline May 30, 1997.

A.C. Nielsen Company

Bursary -available 2nd, 3rd 8 4th year Computer Engineering.

Ontario

undergfraduate students who are planning to participate in one of the approved exchange programs. Based on financial need, leadership and campus involvement. Deadline: May 30, 1997.

available to 1B Chemical, Environmental or Mechanical. candidates will be women, (native) Canadians, persons abilities or visible minorities. July 31, 1997.

University of Waterloo Staff Association Award- available to fult- or parttime undergraduates in a degree program. Applicants must be current Staff Association memberss, their spouses, children, grandchildren or dependents and will be based on academics, extracurricular involvement and financial need. Deadline: May 30, 1997.

Douglas

f. Wright

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to all who have participated in a UW international work placement. Students to apply upon return to full-time study at UW. Deadline: October 15, 1997.

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avaliable to 3A Environmental Engineering based on financial need and extracurricular involvement. Deadline: May 30, 1997.

Ron Eydt Travel Award - available to

OF APPLIED SCIENCES:

Hydro Engineering

Awards

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Electrical, Eligible aboriginal with disDeadline:

Ontario Professional Engineersfoundation Undergraduate Scholarship

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available to all 1B & 2B bases on extracurricular and marks. Deadline: July 31, 1997.

Alan W. Shatturk

Memorial

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available to 4th year Civil.

Standard Products (Canada) Ltd. Award - available to 18 or above in Mechanical or Chemical based on academics financial need. Student must have home address in the county or municipality of Perth, Huron or Halton. Deadline: May 30, 1997.

Jack Wiseman Award - available to 3rd or 4th year Civil. Deadline: October 31,

Ross and Doris Dixon Award- available to all 2B and 4A for financial need and academic achievement. Deadline: October 10, 1997.

1997.

Andrea Fraser Memorial Scholarship- available to 3rd or 4th year Kine-

Robert Haworth Scholarship - completion of 3rd year in an honours program in resource mangement related to Park Planning and Management, Recreation, Natural Heritage or Outdoor Recreation. Deadline: May 30, 1997.

siology.

Deadline: October

Robert Hawotth

10, 1997.

Scholarship

- completion fo 3rd year in an hounours program in resource manangement related to Park Planning and Management, Recreation, Naturaf Heritage or Outdoor Recreation. Deadline: May 30, 1997.

FACULTY ENVIRONMENTAL

Marcel Pequegnat

able to 4A Kinesiology with an interest in rehabilitative medicine. Deadline: October 31, 1997.

FACULTY

FACULTY OF MATHEMATICS:

to all Arts students.

Quentext Co-op English Award - available to 4A English. Deadline: September 30, 1997.

Co-operators -

available to students who plan to participate in one of these approved exchange programs and whocan demonstrate a financial need. Deadline: May 20, 1997.

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING:

Group Ltd. Award- available to 3A Acturial Science based on financial need and extracurricular involvement. Deadline: May 30, 1997.

K.C. Lee Computer Science Scholarship - available to 28 Computer Science.

Deadline: October 31, 1997.

AC. Neilsen Company Bursary

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available to all Chemical students.

Canadian Posture and Seating Centre Scholarship - available to all. Deadtine: October

Science.

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.

OF ARTS:

Ainly Memorial

Science Award

Certified Management Accounting Bursary - available to full-time students

Arts Student Union Award -available

Jonathan

- availDeadline: May 30,

- available to 4A Computer Deadline: October 31, 1997.

Dead-

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Beff Sygma Computer

Award - availabe

Nantes/Paris/Chicoutimi

OF STUDIES:

able to 3B Planning. 1997.

Kate Kenny Memorial Award - avail-

to 4A Recreation and Leisure. line: October IO, 1997.

Room for rent - lar e, spotless, bright, furnished, walking 8istance to UW, on bus route. Includes: utilities, parkin , TV/ cable, kitchen priviledges. $32 9 ./mo. Joyce 888-0832. Housemate non smoker wanted to share beautiful home on Victoria Park in Kitchener. $500./month. Call Karen at 745-0245. Close to transportation.

Keith Carr Memorial Award - available

SC. Johnson & Son Ltd. Environmental Scholarship -available to 4A Chemi-

FACULTIES:

C.U.P.E. Local 793 Award - available

Ron May Memorial

If vou would like to support Droaressiv’e business, help thi! ‘enviio%ent and make great mone , join the Merchants of Green Coffee. bv e are a young, Canadian company looking to make a ositive than e in the coffee industry. F or further in9o, send you name and address to: jenn@smartt.com or fax, 604-922-5937.

8. Neglia in Civil Engineering.

10, 1997. Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Award - availabe to all Civil and Mechanical students with an interest in Building Science. Students to contact

Bursary - available to all in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year. Sun Life of Canada Award - available to 2B Actuarial Science. Deadline: November 30, 1997. J.P. Bickelf

Foundation

Bursaries-

available to all Earth Science. Dow Canada Scholarship - available to 3A Chemistry Teaching Option.


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the government’s stated commitment to accessible, affordable post-secondary education. “It is surprising to me that as our society and governments reaffirm the need to support life-long learning, policy changes that impede such a pursuit could be introduced,” she wrote, This year, OSAP defaults are expected to double from last year’s amouik, now totalling $120-million, due in part to the elimination of OSAP grants four years ago, Jeff Gardner, VP Administration and Finance at UW feels that these changes are simply the government’s way of getting out of student aid. “The government is notorious for making things look really good but giving you absolutely nothing. You can’t make cuts across the board and expect the system to get better.” Institutions are concerned that about 4,500 parttime students are expected to lose OSAP status due to the increased minimum course load requirements. Gardner jokingly said “if you want to get into university this fall, apply for part-time status - there are going to be a lot of spaces.” Part-time students couid use the Canada Student Loan Part-Time Program but it has a limit of $4,000 per year and requires students to pay interest while they study. Ministry officials say students whose OSAP loans and private means fall short can make the difference up with a trust fund bursary from theirinstitution. But for studenfs whose loans and income do fall short, a bursary worth more than $600 would reduce their OSAP loan. Vicky Smallman, chairwoman of the Canadian Federation of Students, Ontario division feels “they [the provincial government] are now using it [the trust fund] to save money for the province, not to finance access.” Students voted to contribute to the trust fund expecting the money to go to needy students, not to reduce the government’s OSAP bill. Until now, no research has been done on the impact of the federal changes, but Ottawa officials say they now plan to evaluate the criteria for assessing need.

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ntario has recently tightened the rules for its $550million loan program. The new system will shift more of the load onto students. University, college and student spokespersons argue that it will be harder for some students, especially those enrolled in part-time studies, to attend school and complete their post-secondary education. Provincial miniscry officials, however, say that there will be no negative impact on access and retention. They argue that Ontario is only adopting the same criteria for assessing financial need as were introduced two years ago under the Canada Student Loan Program and are used in other provincial loan plans. Officials describe the changes as a belated move to harmonize with 1995 modifications to the federal loan program. The key changes to OSAP taking effect August 1 include: _ 0 students must report any earning including work, bursaries and scholarships in excess of $600 while they study (down from the current $1,700) 0 student and spousal assets i.e. cash, stocks, bonds, cars, worth more than $SOOO and RSPs now count in assessing financial need a students must take at least 60 per cent of a full-time course load to qualify for OSAP (up from the current 20 per cent), l students must pass at least 60 per cent of their course load to demonstrate academic progress and remain eligible for financial assistance l allowance for living costs will be increased and parental contribution amount will be reduced Bonnie Patterson, president of the Council of Ontario Universities, sent a letter to Veronica Lacey, Ontario Deputy Minister of Education, expressing her frustration over the lack of consultation on decisions that could erode

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anada is heading towards the strongest economic growth in the G-7 grouping, claims Internatio,$al Trade Minister Art Eggleton. “We’ve got our economic foundation stronger. We’re now projected to have the biggest economic growth in the G-7 countries, ” he stated. Eggleton was speaking in Cambridge at the official opening of the campaign headquarters for Cambridge’s Liberal MP Janko Peric. The Liberal Party used the occasion to underline their youth policy initiatives and the results achieved over the past few years. Since elected into office in 1993, the Liberal government claims to have made an enormous effort to stimulate employment opportunities for students and youth in Canada. According to their figures, over 200,000 young Canadians have benefitted from jobs and internships stimulated through the “Youth Employment and Learning Strategy” since it was announced in April 1994. More recently, the *‘Youth Employment Strategy,” introduced earlier this year, is a major initiative to inspire more young Canadians to enter in to the new economy which has emerged since the economic slump of the early 90s. The key elements of the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) are “Improved Access, Building on What Works, and New Internship.” Since the unveiling of the strategy this past February, a web site for job-listings for young Canadians has been added. In addition, the Liberal government claims to have doubjed the amount of resources put into summer jobs and employment opportunities available to young Canadians. The aim of the strategy is ultimately to reach more young Canadians, giving them increased and better access to various information, services, and supports which they may need to guide them in the work force. This aim of the

YES is based on what the Liberals claim to view as the obligation of government to provide youth with appropriate relevant information which will enable them to make informed choices about their employment and career prospects. Critics of the strategy say that emphasis should be on job creation, as opposed to simply providing information on how to pursue job searches. The YES was formulated in response to the growing concern among many Canadians that the youth unemployment rate in the country is “unacceptably high.” The Liberals claim ro have consistently acted with the YES by acting with youth, parents, educators, and various areas in the private sector, to precisely determine what is necessary for young Canadians to enter what the party describe as ?oday’s complex and demanding labour market? “We consider education, students and the youth of our country to be an area where we need maximum investment to make sure that they can get the jobs tomorrow,” said Eggleton. Speaking to a small crowd of journalists, party members andother local area residents, Eggleton further stated that: Liberal initiatives addressing youth unemployment are not finished. Canadians must keep in mind that this is not the end of the Liberal efforts to decrease youth unemployment as “there’s more to come,” said Eggleton. The NDP, however, claims that the overall number of unemployed Canadians has not changed since 1993, and according to the NDP statistics, remains at 1.5 million people. With a federal election less than three weeks away, the Liberal government wants to convince young Canadians that there is a shimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Furthermore, the Liberal Party claims that the response of Canadians from across the country to the Youth Employment Strategy has been positive and assuring. However, the number of unemployed students disgruntled with the Canadian job market seems to indicate otherwise.


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years ago prior to the last election. Instead, marchers demanded “jobs, jobs, jobs” from the government and protested funding cuts and job losses at CN, CBC and other government agencies. “Our goal is to change the Liberal agenda. The federal government has a blatant disregard for democracy,” says activist Mike Burtt. The Canadian IJnRepeating the loaves and the fishes ion of Postal Workers was out in force protescment. Other union groups, such ing the loss of 10,000 jobs during the reign of the Chr&ien governas CUPE, CAW and the Public

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Service Alliance, were also present. Seeking to get out of the rain, many protestors entered Market Square Mall and marched through the food court chanting “Don’t say sorry, a Liberal is a Tory.” Mall security attempted to prevent the marchers from disrupting businesses by turning off escalators leading to the upper food court level. The demonstrators left peacefully after police arrived. Police did not lay any charges. After the protests, approximately 150 demonstrators were treated to free food provided by Food not Bombs, an international organization with 167 chapters. Food not Bombs collects unmarketable food from grocery stores and restaurants and distributes them to homeless and others who need nutritious food. Organizers at Food not Bombs were disappointed at the turnout, but attributed it to the poor weather. Forced indoors by the rain, organizers had originally intended to hold the event in front of Kitchener City Hall. “Street people should not be fed out of sight, out of mind. We need to create an environment where we can work together,” said Shirley-Anne Hopkins of the Kitchener/Waterloo chapter. Organizers had planned to feed up to one thousand people for less than sixty dollars. Food that was not purchased by the group was either donated by local businesses or unmarketable vegetables reclaimed from supermarkets. Any left-over food is frozen and re-used at subsequent events. Local bylaws make it illegal for Food not Bombs to provide meals since they do not have a kitchen that can be inspected a rule that the group seeks to be exempted from. “Food is a privilege, and not a right,” said local member Andrea Bassett, sarcastically. On the menu for the National Day of Protest were bagels, soup, hummus and vegetables. Food not Bombs have many other events planned, including a feeding for “Hike Against Hunger and Homelessness” taking place on the first weekend in June. For more information or to volunteer for Food not Bombs, contact the WPIRG office at 888-4882.


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ell, now that we’ve all had a chance to settle and things are starting to run smoothly I thought I would mention that there are still seats available on council. Anyone interested in student government can come see me in the Federation of Students office SLC 1102. Do you know who you’re going to vote for in the upcoming federal election? Are you findingit hard toget past all the spin-doctored campaigns of the various parties? Well, here’syourchance tocut through the crap and corneryourfavourite(ornot so favourite) candidate. On Thursday, May 22, from 12:30 to 2:30 you can hear what each candidate has to say in person. The event will take place in the ML Theatre of the Arts, be there or be misinformed! The Student Issues Resource Centre is looking for someone who is interested in researching and developing a peer education project about sexual assault and dating violence. You would be required to work about five to ten hours a week during the summer, and maybe into the fall term. You will work closely with Heather Calder, the coordinator of the project, and consult with a steering committee about the progress of the project. This is an opportunity to do some creative and important work-you will gain valuable skills, and be rewarded with an honorarium. For more information, please contact Heather at ext. 6331, or email her at hkalde@feds.

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Do you like to drink and have a good time? Do you like to do these responsibly? If so then we may have a job for you as BACCHUS coordinator. Help others to have a safe and enjoyable time at Waterloo by promoting responsible drinking and alcohol awareness. You wiI1 gain valuable experience and meet new people. If some of you haven’t noticed the Student Part-time Employment and Volunteer Centre has been closed for a while as we are presently looking for a coordinator to run the

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to take charge and run the service like it was your own. You and I will change the role and vision of the SPEVC to better suit the students’ needs. The VP Administration and Finance is looking for a publicity commissioner. The position promotes FEDS events and activities through existing publicity outlets. For more info call Raju at ext. 3880. Interested applicants for any of these positions can submit their resumes to the FEDS office. If it seems like there are a lot of positions available it’s because there are many ways to get involved. If you would like to help but don’t know how, oryou would just like to put some input into what the FEDS are come on in and see me. I hope to see each one of you in my office sometime this summer. Have a great, safe long weekend. ,

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This story of double standards and political chicanery is set in Cambridge, Ontario and begins with the February appearance ofone Fatima Periera Henson at a Cambridge city council meeting. Ms. Henson took the fair and reasonable position that the city shouId suspend the bylaw requiring women to wear a top when swimming in public pools. She argued that men can go topless in public pools, and that demanding a different standard of dress from women constitutes legal discrimination on the basis of gender. After all, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees every person equal treatment under the law, regardless of gender. The mayor of Cambridge decided that the law would stand until a legal opinion was obtained. The mayor seemed to be forgetting the Gwen Jacob case. Jacob, as you probably have heard, is the woman who removed her top on a hot summer day in 1991 and was fined for committing an indecent act. In December of 1996, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned her conviction on the charge of indecency because her toplessness was without sexual connotation. She was simply trying to stay coo1 in the same manner that any man has the legal right to do. Ms. Henson eventually took matters into her own hands and decided to protest the bylaw with some good old-fashioned civil disobedience. She cook a dip in the W.G. Johnson Centre pool without a top on and when a lifeguard told her to put a top on or leave, she refused. The O.P.P. showed up and fined her $75 for trespassing. Then the thought police got into the act. Erika Kubassek, Canadian superintendent of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, got a bit of press for speaking out against Ms. Henson. It seems Kubassek conducted a poll of people on the street and found (surprise) that a vast majority of the people she asked were not in favour of women having the right to go topless in public. We would expect this from a religious group, but would our elected officials do the same sort of shoddy fact finding when coming to a conclusion on public policy? Well, Cambridge Councillor Bill Brown justified that city’s recent decision to stick with their bylaw on the basis of a number of phone calls that he received. Around the time that Fatima Periera Henson was lobbying Cambridge city council in February, Ontario Attorney General Charles Harnick was lobbying federal Justice Minister Altan Rock to find a way to circumvent the Ontario Court ofAppeal ruling (a good person to ask if you want to get around the Constitution). Harnick’s action was apparently taken on the basis of “a great many number of letters” from Ontario voters. Is it fair to make policy based on those vocal members of the community with an agenda and ignore the silent masses who are fine with the implications of the Gwen Jacob ruling? According to Harnick, those who were concerned about toplessness were also concerned about its presence in “public places as it may relate to children.” In places as it may relate to children? Children, in the sense that I assume Mr. Harnick means, have no idea of the sexual connotation that some ascribe to female. breasts. Obviocas::,, those who would make it a moral issue do. What rhis comes down to is that those who would oppose every woman’s right to equal treatment under the law have very weak arguments. To label a woman who goes to the beach or a public pool topless as indecent is to make that same assertion about a great number of people in the world. Like Europe for starters.

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is both unfounded and despicable. To continue with this double standard for public behaviour is to perpetuate a negative public perception of women’s bodies as sexual objects. The context of her body is something a woman can only decide for herself.

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Some questions for UW vandals To the Editor, I wish somebody could explain to me why vandalism is such a cool thing to do. What is it about getting all liquored up on a Wednesday night at the Bomber and their rumbling home like a juggernaut, destroying everything in your path? Is it the adrenaline rush of destruction? Is it the respect and admiration of your peers? Is it a vent for your frustration? Or is it simply stupidity? Two Wednesday nighrs ago a friend and I left schoolrather late after an unproductive night of computer gaming. On our way home, we noticed a by-product of Rockn-Roll Wednesdays - senseless vandalism. In our relatively short trip we saw a smashed glass door in the Davis Centre and all forzr gates guarding the I Gn tracks on the east service road broken. There was no call for this. So why did it happen? It seems quite obvious that some people can’t control their emotions too well after a night of partying. Somebody gets a little too hyper and next thing you know, nothing is safe. Great, all of these broken doors and gates cost money to fix or replace. Where do you suppose that money is going to come from? Donations? Other budgets? Tuition? Regardless of the source, money that is supposed to improve the university is being used to repair the university. All this, courtesy of a few idiots whose inability to control themselves is ruining things for the rest of us. Thanks a lot. How does senseless destruction of university prop-

erty make you feel? Does it give you a sense of power? Does it make you feel cool? Well, wake up. All it does is make you look like an idiot, If you absolutely must get hammered and destroy things, stay home and smash your own stuff. See how that makes you feel. A university is supposed to be a place where great minds come together to share ideas and grow. After seeing scenes of vandalism like those I saw on that Wednesday night, sometimes I wonder where all those great minds are. -J&P&m

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To the Editor, I hate the UW Bookstore. I hate them because when I had to drop a course because mathies couldn’t take it, they wouldn’t take back my course notes. I hate them because every year they don’t have a book that I am looking for. You’d think by now they’d figure it out. Order more books to serve the students better. I hate them because of their shitty hours, especially on the first week of school. You’d think by now they’d figure it out. Stay open until 8 p,m. the first week of school to serve the students better. Maybe they could open on Sunday. I hate them because, except for the soft spoken gentlemen, they all seem to hate students. Most of all, I hate them because + continued

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they have a monopoly. I hate them because they know studentsdon’t have any choice, and they use that knowledge and laugh at US. Well I’ve had enough. A student once told me that many books are at Coles for much cheaper. Before going to the UW shop, I’ll check Coles, the Laurier book store, the bookstore in University plaza, the pin-ups around campus and of course The Used Book Store. As a last resort, I’ll grudgingly go to the UW bookstore, but I’ll make sure my shoes are quite muddywhen I walk in, and, hopefully, I’ll vomit at the sight of all those students getting ripped-off.

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and my response, it is foolishness to respond in depth to a hate campaign as there is noone with which to reason. I feel sorry for individuals who are consumed with such righteous malice that they only see warts where there are flowers blooming. I again leave up to the students of Waterloo, if they care, to find out about Scientology for themselves and make up their own minds.

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by Melissa MacDonald

The First Wave There is no one true feminism, Feminists have no Lit& Rd Book, Bible, Dus Kupital or How-to guide. Consequently, I’d like to delve into some of the different feminisms to demonstrate the diversity of the movement, for one must be wary of saying “feminists think this.. .” or “feminists believe that.” While women with strong notions of equality certainly predated first wave feminism, truly organized feminism did not appear until the late 1700s in Britain and the early 1800s in America. Mary Wollstonccrafts’s A VikiiCUtiOF/ o@k i?ights of \~bmnz, published in 1742, was the first full political argument for equality of the sexes. It discusses the psychological and economic toll of dependence on men and exclusion from the public sphere. Closer to home, in America, the first wave was lead by suffragists like Lucy Stone and Susan B. Anthony. The movement grew out of the anti-slavery and remperance campaigns. In fact, the first women’s rights conference was held because women were barred from the World Anti-Slavery Convention. In response to thissnub, ElizabethCadyStanton and Lucretia Mott organized the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, where they powerfully parodied the American Declaration of Independence with their own Declaration of Sentiments: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.”

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Furthermore, they insisted that “the history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman . . .to prove this let facts be submitted to a candid world.” A list of grievances follows, including women’s lack of civil, legal, educational, and property rights. Biased divorce laws, job discrimination, religious subordination and double standards of morality are also listed. In short, they claim that the State “has endeavoured, in every way that he could, to destroy her [the female citizen’s] confidence in her own powers, to lessen her selfrespect, to make her willing to lead a dependent and abject life. Now, in view of this entire disenfranchisement of one-half of the people of this country.. .we insist that they have immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens,” This excerpt exemplifies the way the first wave of feminism was both concerned with oppression from, and seeking power from within, traditional political, legal, educational and economic structures. Virginia Woolf s A Room of One’s OWYJ, which insists on women’s need for material as well as physical and psychological independence from men, is typical of this period. However, it also begins to question the patriarchal structures themselves, which is one of the key elements in the second wave of feminism.

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When Dudley George was killed by an OPP officer on Labour Day weekend 1995, much of Ontario took notice of what has been reputed to be the first time this century a native person died in Canada defending a land claim. George was characterized by the media as a native partaking in an unlawful occupation of Ipperwash Provincial Park, land these peopleclaim contains their traditional burial grounds. While many of the facts presented in the mainstream media are accurate, they usually lack background, and serve to frame the story as an unfortunate isolated incident. The same facts presented with brief references to the struggles of the Stoney Point Nation with our governrnents would likely lead readers to far different conclusions In 1942, the federal government expropriated the land belonging to the Stoney Point Nation under the War Measures Act for use as a military training centre for the duration of the war. Following World War II, the Stoney Point Nation attempted to regain control of their land through negotiation with the government. This struggle has continued for over 50 years. During this time, the federal government allowed the military to continue to use part of the land as a training centre (Camp

Ipperwash). Another part of the land was transferred to the provincial government for use as a public park (Ipperwash Provincial Park), while the remainder of the land was sold to private individuals, many of whom built seasonal homes upon this land. In the last few years, the federal government discovered the document detailing the actions taken in 1942 under the War Measures Act; this paper had been “lost” for over 50 years. In the summer of 1995, the Stoney Point Nation finally regained control of some of their land, the area that had become known as Camp Ipperwash (just this winter, the Stoney Point people were informed that the military neglected to clear their toxic wastes from the property). While the federal government acknowledged that the Stoney Point Nation traditional burial grounds are on the land known as Ipperwash Provincial Park, they had transferred this land to the province of Ontario. Even with this knowledge, Harris’ government has refused to return the land. Over 40 charges were laid against Stoney Point people following the 1995 reclamation of their traditional burial grounds. More than half of these charges have since been dropped, including charges laid against Dudley

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Waterloo Public Interest Research Group George’s brother for the murder of Dudley. On April 28, OPP Sergeant Kenneth Deane was convicted of criminal negligence causing death. Many people felt that justice had been served in thisfindingofguilt, although it remains to be seen as to how severe a sentence Deane will receive on May 27. Deane was only one of six OPP officers who fired shots that evening, and the OPP is not forthcoming on the chain of command that led to this bloody assault. Requests for a public inquiry have been denied by Premier Mike Harris, not surprising given that the local MPP (a Conservative} implicated Harris in the decision to fire shots. Many people read about the conviction of Deane, though few are aware that three Stoney Point people were acquitted on May 8 of forcibly entering Ipperwash Provincial Park. TheJudge in this case ruled that there was no evidence the three men had any intention of breaking the peace when they entered the area. If media coverage of the death of Dudlcy George and the conviction of the OPP officer who caused this death included reference to the more than SO years of unarguably peaceful struggle the Stoney Point people have endured to reclaim their lands, more people would likely join the cali for a public inquiry.

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n lY24, hlr. Scopes, a high went on trial school teacher, for teaching subversive and immoral subjects in class. I Iis name was besmirched, and the subject he had been teaching dissapearcd from textbooks across the continent. Evolution has been fighting an uphill battle ever since. The “wild” theory of evolution has been around for nearly 200 years now, yet it just never seems to be fully accepted by the religious right ofthe world. Creationism, the (Christian alternative to evolution for those who follow the Bible to the letter, has been gainingconsiderable momcnturn in modern society. ‘i‘his would be littl more than an irritation to rhe sciencificallyminded were it not for the fact that some creationists are very tiggressivr: about spreading their views. This is espcciatty croubting when people decide that their _. rcligh~s views should be the onty views being taught in public schools, as many are suggesting. A total lack ofcritical thinking combined with a f‘anacical drive to promote creationism has made these groups blind to any ochcr possibilities. As a result, innacuratc critiques of evolution abound and confuse the issues of the debate. A solid look at evotucion is needed to address the varied criticisms often put forward. What exactly is meant by evolution? What are the main areas of evolution that would need to be proven for it to be accepted as a valid theory? ,:.$ The fjrst thing to be proven is extinction, a :‘.” relatively simple task. Anyone would agree . that the dinosaurs, as a group, are strikingly absent from the world. Along with those are obvious choices like the carrier pigeon and the dodo bird. The fact that they were killed off by humans has no bearing on the question humans are part of the environment, no matter how poorly we treat it. Next, we have to have a look at organisms and see if variations or mutations can be seen in populations, and if these variaCons ever change in frequency in a population. The mosquito is a great example of variation, and we can see it by having a look at mosquitoes around the time when DDT was becoming the dominant insecticide in North America. The mosquitoes of the time seemed completely vulnerable to T)DT, and over two years of vigorous spraying, the population dropped drastically. This was an intense selective pressure any mosquitoes that were vulnerable to DWI‘ died off. However, there were some with a generic variation that made them resistant to DI)‘I’.

These few mutants had never comprised a major part of the mosquito population before, as there was no pressure that: acted against the non-mutants. With the I>DT in place, most mosquitoes that were not resistant died off, and the resistant mosquitoes multiplied so quickly that the mosquito popula high as ever, and DDT was all bu Once the selective pre was used on the insect mutation became “fixed.” used to indicate that th mutation went to a fr per cent or very near it. spraying, the non-rests were the odd ones out, but the variation likely remained. How did these variations arise in the mosquito population? Mutations are a relatively common occurrence in the grand scheme of things. The problem with them is that in higher organisms, mutations are generally too scrious to allow rhe organism to live Rut, they still exist. m. . . l’hese mutations can be seen in the simple variation in the human population, or in the more pronounced variations. For example, albinos, Down syndrome patients or victims of other diseases caused by unusual variations in the human genome. This does not mean that every person with sickle cell anemia is a mutant, this simply means chat their genes were at some point very far back in the gene pool altered in some way. Mutations can be easily provoked in some organisms. Normal genetic engineering projects use mutations to identify specific genes in microorganisms. In heavily polluted lakes, some larger organisms like frogs and toads have mutated to the extent that they are barely recognizable as members of their original species. It can safely be said that there are variations in the normal population of the planet. These variations can increase or decrease over time, and sometimes, as in the case of the dinosaurs, when sufficient variation is lacking, huge groups of organisms can die out. Now we come to the real kicker of a question - have new species of organisms arisen in the past, and can we prove this? This is a difficu It area to probe, because it’s actually quite difficult to prove. After all, the timeframes involved for speciation are in the millions to hundreds of millions of years. Not only that, but we still have work to do on classifying the organisms that are on the planet right now. Happily, the fossil record is an ideal source of information on the history of life

on this planet. It is very difficult: to look credible in scientific circles denying the fact chat the fossil record provides at least some sort of record of life. The evidence is difficult to dimiss without some impressive leaps of logic.

arisen since then, but for those who can’t appreciate this, there is a fossil record which illustrates the evolution of the homonids from A ti~tndo@xus nng$hmis to Homo

from the soil, we can get an idea of what organisms were alive back in history from the fossils they contain. Humans can be taken as a good example of this phenomenon. Looking in the fossil record, it is apparent that there is no record of a human, or anything similar to a human before approximately 4.1 million years ago. It seems safe to assume that humans have

there are still science students who graduate refusing to believe the theory that so elegantly explains the diversity of life on this planet. It’s even more of a shame that they can’t come up with a better cure all than “God did it.” And worst of all, it’s a shame these people might have a say in how children, even your children, are cducated. I’d want better for my children.

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It seems appropriate to describe a scientist as a person who gains knowledge via the principles first outlined by Sir Francis Bacon, whereas a philosopher seeks understanding by the process of logical argument. Still, the distinction is not absolutely clear. How would we classif>r a theoretical physicist who constructs theories and resultsfor other people verify.? Let me make a further generalization: a scientist tends to trust his senses whereas a philosopher trusts his mind, To me, the most vivid example of this distinction is the case of the Greek “mathematician,” Zeno. Zeno is famous for inventing the paradox that bears his name: If you are trying to get from point A to point B you first have to go halfway there, and if you are constantly walking halfway to your destinztion then will you ever really get there? Zeno’sanswer to this problem does not involve the concept of infinitesimal divisions of space and time, or even the distinction between countable and uncountable infinities. He was not even man enough to admit that he did not know. Zeno concluded, rather, that motion is idiot, obviously impossible, and that our perception of motion is merely an illusion. This hints at another prime distinction between philosophy and science. A scientific theory should be fialsifiable, whereas this is not requisite of a philosophicalconjecture. In other words: a scientific theory has to make some sort of verifiable prediction. Ir is essentially impossible toconclusively prove anything to a philosopher like Zeno because he is always able to fall back on the possibility that oursensory experience is an illusion. “How do you know that you are not just a character in my dream,” he might ask. For this reason, most scicntists are happy to accept as an axiom the assumption that the world in which we live is congruent to the world that we can perceive, be it directly or indirectly. For example, if God exists but does not interfere with the world in any way then effectively he does not exisr. I, for one, have always been plagued by the paranoid fear that the world is one enormous cosmic joke, and that God keeps making the laws of physics more and more complicated all the time just to keep the physicists amused. I find it interesting that philosophers are often willing to hedge their bets on the sensory perception issue. If I claimed that the beating of my heart was not an electrochemical phenomenon, but was actually caused by the to

rapid pumping action of the hand of God then who would believe me? That would be about as believable as saying that rain is just God crying. After all, we know how to make artificial hearts. Even though we are not presently capable ofcreatingan artificial brain, we have a fairly good underscanding of the basic principles of chemistry that make human thought conceptually possible. Yet many philosophers are still willing to belicvc that the human mind is magical and non-physical. Arguably the most prominent modern critic of artificial intelligence is John Searle. &no was a harmless idiot, but Searle is a real nuisance. Firstly, he is a philosopherof language, and is therefore more capable of communicating his ideas that the average scientist. Marc importantly, he is influential because he tells people what they want to hear. People want to believe that they are fundamentally superior to computers. Otherwise, ir: seems, humans will soon be obsolete, Franz Liebert explores this rift between

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real nuisance. scientists and philosophers in his story “Poor Superman.” Liebert considers a world in which philosophers, posing as scientists, gain control over the world by feeding people the information that they want to hear. The frustrating thing about Searle’s arguments is that they are so obviously flawed. In “The Myth of the Computer,” Searle outlines his famous Chinese Room Theorem (see http:// www,cscIub.uwaterloo.ca/u/ askrywan/details.html). But as I read his essay, I noticed four fundamentai flaws in his (unstated) assumptions, each of which is completely devastating to his argument. The most serious problem with his reasoning is that he makes a tacit assumption that human thought is non-algorithmic (thereby begging the question). Assuming that human thought is non-algorithmic is like looking at a single drop of water and claiming that it would be impossible to swim. Furthermore, he assumes that intelligence canonly be manifested in material objects, that the algorithm for any AI computer program could be written in a book (programs that learn are inherently self-modifying), and that the speed with which we can answer questions is not related to our intelligence.

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How is it possible that a prominent professor at Berkeley can publish a position that is so obviously flawed that an educated layman can pick it to pieces in a matter of minutes? It seems evident to me that Searle does not really understand what he is talking about. It is as if John Searle is acomputer himself, programmed to construct grammatically correct arguments out of words that he/it doesn’t really understand in any semantic fashion. Philosophers like Searle remind me of lawyers, in terms of their ability to interpret a sentence in a completely syntactic manner with no token references to common sense. One of the distinctions between philosophers and scientists is the different interpretations of the word proof. An experimental scientist proves a theory by dernonstratingitspractical validity beyond the realm of experimental fluke. A theoretical scientist can draw conclusions with the LJX of constructive mathematical reasoning. On the other hand, tht: main tool of the philosopher of science seems to be the reductio ad absur-

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” This type of rcasoning is often employed in mathematical formalism, where symbols are strictly defined and self-refcrential statements are typically avoided. Unfortunately, the English language is not rigid enough to enforce a consistency of interpretation. For example, my understanding of the word “understanding” is different from John Scarle’s. In addition, Searlc uses the word to mean different things when he talks about humans and compu tcrs. My suggestion, at the and of a11this, is that these philosophers should stop embarrassing themselves by bickering with the experts. Words can bc a powerful tool, but they can also lead to unclear, inarticulate things like ‘unmoved mover’ arguments. On the other hand, philosophers such as Plato have made extremely valuabtc contributions to modern thought by concentrating not on physical laws, but on the interaction of humans with their environment. Plato’s question of essence is far more likely to give us insight into human cognition than John Searle’s ramblings. What property or properties of chairs are essential to us identifying them as such? We sit on them to be sure, but might we not also sit on tables or on horses? These are questions that science cannot explain, and it should not feel compelled to attempt to. Carry the torch, young Plates; the future of interior design is in your hands!


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ound two is over, and unlike the opening round, no series went longer than five games. The biggest surprise was the Rangers making short work of the Devils. This series was another example of a team being outplayed in all positions except for the most important one: goaltender. The question now is whcthcr New York can ride Mike Kichter’s outstanding play all the way to the Stanley Cup. Round three, the Conference Finals, features two exciting match-ups: Colorado vs. Detroit and Philadelphia vs. New York. The winner of each of these games

The Avalanche vs. Red Wings series could turn out to be the best series in the entire playoffs.’ Even though Colorado beat Detroit in last year’s playoffs and won the regular season series, they are going to have it tough this time. Detroit is playing their best hockey in quite awhile, and are on a roll after crushing Anaheim in four games. This Western Conference Find should have it all; big goals, outstanding saves, devastating hits, overtime and maybe even some fights. I am getting excited just thinking about this series. Colorado is a very balanced team, excelling in all areas. The Avalanche are a team with very few weaknesses, yet Detroit must find one and attack it. I think that the Red Wings should try to exploit

oon, the Ontario Universities AchIetic Association and the Ontario Women’s Interuniversities Athletic Association will be gone. In their place, the two will be unified into one body, called Ontario LJniversities Athletics. The OLJA will be more streamlined, eliminating a lot of the unnecessary duplication of having two distinct associations. Ontario’s university sports administrators have met several times this week at the University of Waterloo trying to reach a consensus on the new set of procedures for the OUA. The OUAA and the OWIAA have two different sets of procedures. Not everyone can agree on some issues. For example, basketball inter-divisional play between the East and West is a sore spot

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on this issue is being deferred to the OUA’s December meetings. It has also been determined that the Ontario football league will have three new teams by the 1998 season. The three universities, Ottawa, Queen’s, and Carleton, each have a team that has played in the OntarioQuebec Intercollegiate Football Conference since 1980. In an effort to bring in more money to university hockey programs, more home. dates will be added to the men’s playoffs for the 1997-98 season. It is being recommended that a game be added to the one-game, sudden death divisional semifinal. The team earning the right to advance to the divisional finals would then have to either win both games or win one game and have more points then their opponent. It is also being recommended that the best-of-three divisional final be changed to a best-of-five series. m.“‘.,

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Roy and Vernon duked it out in Joe Louis Arena the last time they met.

will f&e-off against each other for the oldest team trophy in North America, the Stanley Cup. Surprise! The Rangers have a good shot at taking out the Flyers. New York plays well against good teams, and Philadelphia is no exception. In regular season play, the Rangers won the series 3-2-l. They scored 16 goals and allowed only 12. I think the outcome of this series depends on the wildcard Mike Richter. Philadelphia will outshoot the Rangers and get more scoring chances, so Richter will have to play Iike he did against the Devils; flawlessly. Mike Richter earned my grudging respect after his unbeIievable (frustrating) performance against Canada in the previous World Cup.

the Avalanche’s (seemingly continuous) pinching defencemen. It seems that when Ozolinsh is on the ice, Colorado has four forwards and only ont defenceman. Ozolinsh has been burned in crucial situations recently, and Detroit might be able to find an edge by getting two on ones and breakaways off of him. Colorado is especially dominant in McNichols arena, where they have yet to lose a game in the 1997 playoffs. If Detroit can manage 10 eke out a win in either of the first two games in Denver, then they will be real troubIe. I think that the winner of this series will be the team to sip from the memorial to Lord Stanley, but I can’t see the defending Stanley Cup Champions losing to Detroit this time either.

Canada is the greatest hockey nation n the world. I am sick of critics who don’t <now a thing about hockey and have prob ably never even’played the game cutting lawn the talent of Canadians. Pen wieldng warriors constantly downgrade the ski.11 If Canadian hockey players at a!1 levels. It seems sort of strange that many writers say things like “. . -the nation that nvented hockey needs to make major :hanges UP accqx a secondary rq&‘among :he leading hockey nations.” Quotes fike :his seem especially out af place on the eve )f Team Canada winning another gold nedal at the World Championship, with a :eam thrown together in the last few weeks. Sweden, the silver medal winner (loser), yas been preparing fo; this tournament all

gear. Okay. It has been established that ‘Zanada will soon be a secondary hockey ration, an& ~ha; there IS a “‘decline in skills :vident at all levels,” We must be quite ucky then, considering that Canada has ion the World Juniors for the last five rears in a row, six out of the last scvesn GUS. Whst makes this even more u&eievable: is &at about 60 per cent of all )layers irr the wurld’s premier hockey. eague, the NHL, ark Cmadians. Not bad or a second rate hockey nation to have nore players $n tfte lVHL than all of the Ither countries in the world combined. Another supposed argument against rockey is that strength and size arc empha,ized too much, and that the mmle is suffef-

ing because of it. I guess some people haven’t been following the trend in foot ball over the last several years. I think that the physical aspect oj hockey is it’s most exciting. Crushing hit3 are almost as exciting as goals, and, fighti are sure to have everyone on their [eet. Maybe the critics should go watch .fi@re skating. If you are wondering about the source of this outburst, read the Gb& and&& ‘Sports’ section for May 12. This issue contains a huge article named “Decline in skills evident atall levels” that pretv much takes up a full page and is part two of a’&uur part series called’ “Canada’s Game?‘” Bullshit like this really gets me pissed off Hockey is a game of passion; Canadians’ passion. My passion for hockey wnsists of several emotions, one of them bs=: ing pride. I feel proud to be a Canadian after Team Canada wins a gQld meda! or a championship.l~~~rnatiana~ huck~ymalus me feel an overpower+ sentie of national unity that isn’t .aIwys so dominWt, lt. 5 ot+a& tjmt h&key ‘binds C&a&&s &-

g&therj wirhou t Er;Canada wh,Mn’t eXi& BS we know it, In related news, it has been an&tin&d that the red lint Girl be; removed for twa line passes in international hockey, These two line passeswill not be called offsides starting sometime after the Winter OIympits in Nagano. Supposedly, this will open the game up. Why don’t they just start calling ~o~wNxw~~~~~ for obstnt&r??,


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ets? I think the tight-fisted provincial politics has something to do with it. The real reason is that Isiah Thomas is too smart to alienate his fans, and Steve Stavro has no leverage to work from. If he threatened to move the team to, say, Hamilton, he wouldn’t survive very long. Toronto fans love their Maple Leafs.

The Fan gre~LiCZ-=I=int It wont without most people noticing, but Iast week, voters in Ohio voted down a 0.5 percent salts tax, which was to be used co build an NI K-quality arena. ‘I‘he immediate outcome is that an expansion team Kl II, franchise will not be granted to the city of (Columbus, Ohio, unless the prospcctive franchise owners build their own. That’s not likdy to happen. The ftict thx the vote occurred is iothing too special; similar referendums have boen held in cities such as ‘J’ampa Bay and Houston. As a result, taxpayers are financing a new basebal I stadium for the Houston Asms, and a new football facility for the ‘I’ampa Ray Bucctineers. The Ohio vote was an overwhelming “no,“cnding any hope of placing an NI IL expansion team in i+‘hac

is spGal about this is that it the newest trend in sports, and one of the first times the vote has gone against the owners. It’s a trend as new and irritating ;1s the neutral zone trap, but franchise owners arc: now able to hold their fans and cities hostage, holding the team for rimsom. Countless new arenas are being built, or have been built at the expense of the taxpayer, and there’s no sign of the trend reversing. In the most perverse example of this extortion, the voters in the state of Washington may soon vote to be taxed, with that money being used to build not one, ‘but reyrescnts

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two stadiums: one for football’s Seahawks, and another for the baseball Mariners. What is really interesting, by comparison, is the current arena war in Toronto. The Raptors are building the $200 million Air Canada Centre, while the Maple Leafs are planning to construct a $300 million plus ice palace to replace the aging hlaple

when you crunch.the numbers, there’s a significant incentive for team owners to hold their cities, fans and franchises hostage.

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Leaf Gardens. Logic says that the two teams will wind up sharing one building, but let’s just look at the current situation. ‘I’wo stadiums, $600 million invested, and they are both being privately constructed. True, they will surely be receiving some tax breaks and perks from the government, but unlike the States, the province will.not be on the hook for either stadium. After being stuck with $600 million from the Skydome, could you blame them? So, let’s ask the question: is it better to own your own stadium, or have a state build one for you?

revenue, plus a large portion of the conces. sions and parking, plus the very lucrative luxury suites. Plus, most deals will include little more than token rent, if any. The team is responsible in most cases for event staffing, and a portion of the maintenance costs. Plus, no building cost, and you can pull up and threaten to leave whenever your lease expires. When you crunch the numbers, there’s a significant incentive for team owners to hold their cities, fans and franchises hostage. So why are these crazy Ontarians building two arenas out of their own pock-

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nytime there’s an excessive amount of nudity and sex in a film, the onus on the film’s other components mainly its plot-become vital in their attempt to validate scenes whose existence are usually only included in an attempt to lure audiences. When the film’s further components fail, the movie’s sex scenes become gratuitous and the movie shallow and sensationalistic. Such is the fate of Mama Srrtru: A Tab of Lowe. . Set in fourth Century India, Kuma Sutra tells the tale of two women. The first woman is of royal decent and becomes a queen. The second is her friend, a servant in her father’s court who becomes the courtesan (mistress)

to her own king. Lying at the root of the relationships between the women and their King is the movie’s title, which refers to the ancient Indian Sanscrit treatise on the art of love and sexual technique. Directed by Mira Nair whose previous works include4G~.G.G’~~i Mmula a ndSul’aanz Bombay, Kamu Szrtra includes a cast: rhat valiantly attempts to blend the sensuality and eroticism on which the Sanscrit is based. Indira Varma who plays Maya the courtesan, drips with sensuality in almost every scene. She relies nor: just on her obviously ravishing looks but more on her ability to inhabit the sexuality of the Sanscrit which appears to call for both the harnessing and selective releasing of sexual energy. The King is played by Naveen Andrews, last seen as the bomb expert in the English Patient. He exists as the focus of the movie, both for the characters and for the patriarchal message of the

movie; its most confliccingaspecc. While the teachings of the Kama Sutra appear to enhance rhe power of women, it occurs only within the context of pleasing the King. He appears within the movie as an opium smoking womanizer, unconcerned with treating a woman with the respect that the Kama Sutra appears to suggest. The movie setting, which is India, is the movie’s strongest point. Nair captures the blinding intensity of India’s heat, accompanying the passion of the characters. The back drop of opulent and even decadent: architecture further enhances the erotic feeling that prevades the movie. Unfortunately, none of the movie’s good components properly explain the constant use of sex. The sex and nudity is not the dancing chat erotic preceeds it, however, is. That appears to be more in curie with what the Kama Sutra seems to be about,

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issedis the story of a young necrophile pursuing her morbid fetish and experiencing “the edge” between life and death. In the process, the film provides a fresh look at death, sex and love. Molly Parker gives a disarmingly natural performance as Sandra Larson, a woman who takes a job as an embalmer in order to facilitate sex with handsome, young, dead men. Peter Outerbridge plays Matt, Sandra’s intrigued, then obsessed, living partner. Sandra’s story is given a grounding in her early days as a child, burying dead animals with elaborate do-it-yourself ceremonies, much like most children will when they find a dead sparrow. However, it is easy ro see that there is simply more to it for Sandra. She loves the smell, the touch, the idea of dead. Bur it’s not just dead. It’s where life goes, where the soul, the energy, the light goes. The most striking dynamic of Kissed is the unapologetic and

non-judgemental tone. Sandra’s actions are portrayed as neither deviant nor a role model for the female exploration of sexuality. This is something she does, she needs to do, as a human being, and that’s it. This is evident when Sandra answers Mact’s question as to why she wants to be an embalmer. “I have sex with the dead bodies,” she says matter-offactly, only the second time she meets him. This is where Parker and director Lynne Stopkewich shine, making the topic of necrophilia accessible by creating a believable character with whom we can identify in all other respects. One feels less the voyeur than just a curious, if somewhat: academic observer, rapt by the intensity of the experience being played out. It is disarming to see the reverence with which Sandra treats the dead men and the profound fulfillment she receives in her contact with them. It is the same as with the birds and mice as a child, but far more intimate and powerful. She comes away from each encounter, which for her is very different with each man, knowing their experiences and emotions on a level far deeper than sex with live men can afford. At first, Matt has the same reaction to Sandra’s activities as the audience. He is shocked and

intrigued, wanting to know the what, where and how. Soon however, his interest goes beyond mere curiosity into obsession. He wants to watch her - he lies on his bed in a suit, his hands in a funereal arrangement on his chest. Sandra resists, wanting to keep separate her apparencly loving relationship with MaCt and her encounters with

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dead men. The combination of Stopkewich’s directing and the story on which the film is based, Barbara Gowdy’s “We So Seldom Look On Love,” provide a refreshingly female tone. The depiction of sexuality is very female, less a work of friction than an experience of deep emotional and physical connection.

Kissed is one of the few movies I’ve seen lately that actually took me someplace else. Not on some escapist trip into the past like another Jane Austen throwaway. Not into the never, like an action flick, but into a world where rules are somehow suspended for a glimpse into genuine emotion, an extremely scarce commodity in the movies today.

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f you are looking for an interesting way of spending part of your day, you can go to the Jane Bond Cafe and admire the photographic work of Paula Thiessen. The exhibition, entitled “Camera Lucida,” presents a series of photographs taken by Thiessen during a recent trip to the Ukraine and the town of Krakow in Poland. The images capture moments in the life of the local people as well as landscapes,

ancient monuments and buildings of these two eastern European countries. A remarkable aspect of Thiessen’s work is that it gives the observer a sense of presence and closeness to the subject in an almost palpable way. Her portraits of both young and old people are subtle yet faithful compositions of the local identity and the way of life in those distant places. Thiessen’s ability to capture both the natural gesture and emotion of these people contributes to the quality of the visually captivating photographs. The architectural and landscape portraits are equally impressive. The pictures take the observer into places surrounded with an almost dream-like atmosphere,

making every sense fall into an almost magic state of trance. The imaginative use of light and shadows combined with unusual perspectives allows Thiessen to emphasize the concepts of solitude and the passage of time embodied by these pictures. The low lighting and small size of the cafe contribute, almost intentionally, to the mood of the pictures and to keep the observer’s attention on each image. Being her first exhibition, “Camera Lucida” constitutes Paula Thiessen’s current interest on the exploration of human expression and architectural photography. Keep an eye on her, as she is a very promising artist. The exhibition will be on display until May 31. Don’t miss it.

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t’s not often that I have to agree with all of the ridiculous praise that gets splashed all over the covers and backs of books, but in this case, f have to make an exception. This book is one of the most compelling chronicles of litigation ever written. Too many people in a small Massachusetts town are getting sick. Several children die of leukemia. Parents suffer from intestinal disorders, skin diseases and a variety of other recurring problems. The only thing these people have in common is that they get theirwater from the same city wells. The story revolves around a young lawyer hired to represent these parents in a suit against two companies accused of polluting

the well water with chemicals that can cause cancer and permanent damage to the nervous system. Inexperienced but ambitious, Jan Schlichtmann decides to take on these companies and their teams of corporate lawyers. The story is complex, but riveting. All of the aspects of pretrial civil law are explored, as well as the personal battles that a lawyer faces in bringing such a case to trial. Geologists are required to survey the ground water flow, and neurologists are needed to prove that the disorders that are common to the people of the town could have been caused by exposure to the chemicals that the companies used. The pre-trial bill is in excess of $500,000, and Schlichtmann loses both his car and his apartment before the trial even begins. The trial itself was arduous, and the problems with juries in lengthy trials are made clear, as well as how convoluted legal language can play a role in deciding how the jury interprets evidence. - This novei contains all of the

brilliant exposition of the legal process that made John Grisham a millionaire, centered around a tragic human story involving the loss of children. And the thing is, it is all true! Harr followed Schlichtmann around for a couple ofyears writing this story, and his account ofthe intimate details make this story unforgettable. If you only read one book this year. ..


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t’s been four long years since we last heard from Depeche Mode. Their previous effort, Smgsof F&h undDtvoth2, was a well-textured album that, had the band stopped there, would have

by Jeff Spitzig special to Imprint If you like NRG, then you will probably like this CD. J~O&J~ we~&zess is a mixture of several types of dance music, maybe best described as commercial trance. The first track, “Comfort,” sets the pace for and exemplifies spouky weirdness. This song has an element of NRG, although it is less commercial. It is a very cool track. I like it. “Dream On,” track two, is

provided a perfect denouement to their career. The recurring themes of sex, sin, religion and death had been explored by the band for over a decade in a very progressive fashion; lyrically and musically the band had done as much as anyone in these departments, and were still willing to experiment, as So?zgs ofFaith and Dmo&ra displayed with the use of gospel singers, Uillean pipes and the usual overdose of processed guitars and keyboards. One has to wonder, what have they got left? In fact, it’s hard to tell. The album - perhaps appropriately, given its vague title - lacks direction. From the first track and single “‘Barrel ofa Gun,” it meanders along fast-moving but sombre tracks with a heavily religious bent to pessimistic love songs, and then finally to life-affirming ballads. Disconnected instrumen-

ta1 tracks appear here and there, but add little to the album. Disappointingly, there are no with a real surprises. “Freestate,” guitar riff reminiscent of Ry Cooder, is the only real exception. “The Love Thieves,” and “Useless” are easily the best tracks on the album, but are essentially vintage DM. Ironically, the second single, “It’s No Good,” is probably the weakest. In it, Martin Gore pens his most unoriginal lyrics ever: “You’ll be right here by my side/ right next to me/you can run, but you cannot hide.” You can usually count on Gore for lyrics you haven’t heard before, but he falls a bit short this time. Everything else sounds just as you expect it would, coming from IXl. Good, brooding lyrics overlapping electronic harmonies based on simple melodies - it’s all good stuff, but nothing new.

dream music (surprise). Integral to “Dream On” is the piano music playing in the foreground. The next song, “Let Me Be Your Worm,” is also dreamlike. At this point, Hydra moves away from ambient, trancy music. Starting with “Clinging Vine,” a pounding bass is introduced. “Clinging Vine” is a good track, and the next song “Nowhere Over the Rainbow” is not bad either, “Custers Last Grand” moves back a bit to more trance-like music, but at times still retains a good bass line; the result is a cool, fresh song. ‘%tterfIies” is a similar song, and is also good. At this point, spookjj weirdness picks up speed, and “Maid of

Grace” is responsible. This track is the closest to NRG that hydra gets. The second last track, “Nitro,” is ambient; a ver)r slow, reflective song. Pretty cool. “W4 Syndrome,‘* the last track, is jungle. “W4 Syndrome” gives even more variety to spooky ~e+dne~s, rounding out the CD. While this doesn’t have any songs that will blow you away, overall, it is still a great CDs-o&y we~rnlless is well thought out, and well put together. All of the tracks lead into the next one, thus having the effect of a flowing, seamless CD. spunky ueirdms is good to plug in and then lay back, close your eyes and listen.

Convoluted Song For The Underdog.” This song has it all, with a good melody and introspective lyrics. 1 can’t quote most lyrics, because the linear notes unfortunately only have snippets of each song. The quote for this song is “I’ll see you in another life/A different world, a different night.” The only thing this track is lacking is a drum part. In fact, that is the only thing close to a complaint that I could find with most of the album. A couple of songs

do have drum parts, such as “Stuck” and “Speck.” However, the lack of percussion does not take away from the overall feel of the album. Perak’s choice of instrumentation for each song perfectly matches the groove and feel each song was intended to have. His voca1 style meshes nicely with these instruments and creates an overall feel of calmness that permeates the album in even its harshest moments. Many of the album’s critics (and supporters) will liken Mark Perak to a long haired version of Hayden. I would disagree. While the musicality of the album is akin to that of Hayden’s, Perak’s lyrics tend to be a little more abstract and thought-provoking than many of Hayden’s songs. Yes, he’s white with a plaid shirt and an acoustic guitar. But if any of my (rapidly waning) faith in the music industry is justified, he’ll see a major label signing soon.

by Kerry O’Brien special to Imprint Oh, boy. Another university solo artist with an acoustic guitar and a chip on his shoulder. One more drop in the sea. Well, maybe and maybe not. Yes, he is university. Yes, he is solo. And yes, he plays an acoustic, but I’ll be damned if Mark Perak isn’t a good musician. Men, take note: W7itinfi To Look Y0r. In 7Xe E-ye is the album you want playing when she comes over and the lights are low. From the first track, Perak goes to prove that he’s not “just” another solo artist; he has something to say, and something to prove. The album opens with “A

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by Kerry O’Brien special to Imprint Whether you like it or not, the eighties revival movement is well underway. Once again, we are being regaled by the likes of A-ha and the Clash. INXS has released a new album. MuchMusic has released an 80’s compilation. So it’s no surprise that the movie industry decided to take a movie soundtrackandstufficchockfullofrejuveneighties good feelings. The soundtrack opens with one of everybody’s favorite tunes, The Violent Femmes’ “Blister In The Sun.” If you’re wondering why the boys decided to rerecord the song for the soundtrack, the reason is that the studio where rhe song was originally recorded has since gone defunct, most of its tapes getting trashed. But any soundtrack that opens with “Blister In

The Sun” can’t be al1 bad. That doesn’t mean it’s all good. Never mind that there are repeat artists (the Clash and theviolent Femmes both appear twice) but they have Guns ‘n’ Roses. Just when I thought Axl and the band had gone the way of leather pants, they make their return. Shudder. Aside from these few flaws, WC have Johnny Nash, David Bow& with Queen, and Faith No More performing some of their best stuff. The only problem is, these aren’t songs that especially stick out in my memory when I think of the eighties. If you’re not going to have artists record original songs, at least have songs that: make people jump up and say, “I know that song! Crank it up!” Someone once said a soundtrack was akin to making a satisfying mix tape. Truth be told, this would be a very mediocre mix tape. It jumps styles too much to make anything but an effective party disc. Altough the promise of “Rlister In The Sun” will have many people shell out their money for it, GrossePoin~&3lunR misses the mark by a foot.

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I hated this woman the first time I saw her-as CMJ’s cover story under the imperative headline “The Next Big Thing.” The music-buying public was never consulted on the decision, which came straight from the top of Sony. Fiona Appleuouldbe the next big thing, except for one problem; she’s not rhat good. She is, however, an angry alternative-

type woman. She plays the piano, too, and incredibly, she manages to play it without the slightest trace of real emotion. But, see, she’s a woman, and she’s playing alternative music and her vaguely Morissette-Iike face appears no less than twelve times in the CD art. It’s not all boring; “Never is a Promise,” in fact, borders on beautiful with an arching, melodic chorus. But whenever I start thinking that one good song on the album redeems Fiona Apple, I think of Tori Amos, who could write better songs in her sleep. Not so surprisingly, the music industry’s “Next Rig Thing” turns out to be a pale imitation of the past.

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