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Photography 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.
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, Student Life Centre, Great Hall at 8:OO p.m. Hosted by the Chinese Christian FellowshiD. Sundav, June 1.1997 Sunday noon at the Rallies: a car rally for beginners starting at 12 noon for registration. Call Roger Sanderson at 885-2122 for all the info. Wednesday, June 4, i99’7 “Breath Easy, A Program About Living with Lung Disease”. This program will be held at the Woolwich Community Health Centre, 10 Parkside Drive, St. Jacobs from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 886-8100 for more info. Gay and Lesbian Liberation of Waterloo Coming Out Discussion Group. Topic: “Bisexuality”, 7:30 p.m., social follows at 9 p.m. HH378. Meet old friends and make new ones. All welcome. Details: 884-4569. Friday, June 6,1997 “For an End to Hunger and Homelessness . .. In Kitchener-Waterloo and Across Ontario”. A Solidarity Supper will be from 6-8:30 p.m. (corner of Weber and Cameron). Candlelight Walk of Hope from 8:30-9:30 p.m. (meet at Weber and Cameron). For more info call Julie at 7419702 or Joe at 743-l 151. Saturday, June 7,1997 “For an End to Hunger and Homelessness...In Kitchener-Waterloo and Across Ontario”. Walk Kick-off at 9 a.m. at Kitchener City Hall. For more info call Julie at 741-9702 or Joe at 743-l 151. Spring and Fail Compost Workshops from 1 p.m. to4:30 p.m. at the Waterloo Landfill, Waste Management Admin. Building, 925 Erb Street, W., Waterloo. For info call 88351 00. Sunday, June a,1997 Elderhostel 1997 at Conrad Grebel College, UW, Waterloo (885-0220). The two programs are available the week of June 8-14 or August 3-9. For more info contact Cheri Otterbein at 885-0220, ext. 297. Wednesday, June II,1997 Gay & Lesbian Liberation of Waterloo Coming Out Discussion Group. Topic: “internalited Homophobia: From Within Ourselves and Our Communities”, 7:30 p.m., social follows at 9 p.m. HH 378. Meet old friends and make new ones. AH welcome.
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-Trott ScholarFhip valued at $9,000 annually for up’ to three years. Applicants must have an excellent academic standing, demonstrated leadership qualities, noteworthy participation in extra-curricular 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. 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 mandry@ totaLnet. Guided Self-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 guidebook for job details. Skydive UW - Did you miss our meeting? You are still welcome to join. Contact Chris, skydive @watsenrl .
Townhouses in a great family environment, safe, secure and friendly. Units availabte May and June. Call 747-4545. Non-smokin professional female looking for female ?a share house. Central location, laundry & utilities included. Immediate. Calt 744-1961.
Furniture for sale - tables, chairs, bookshelf, curtains, etc. We have just cleaned out our basement and everything must go! Ideal for students. Each item $10. or less. 746-7025 after 5 p.m.
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Looking for someone to spend time with an adult male with a developmental disability. If interested call Darren at 884-l 240. For the following volunteer positions contact Sue at the Volunteer Action Centre at 742-8610: 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 #74 l-2642. (Phone 745-9408) Track meet volunteers needed for the Regional Athletics and Boccia meet on Saturday, May 24, Volunteers needed to assist with registration, timekeeping, awards, etc. #101-l 896 Swim buddies needed for approximately 1 hour a week to assist those with disabilities in swimming lessons and general swim time. Training provided #I 01-l 897 Data entry and research volunteers needed for the arthritis society during the day for a few hours a week in April. #004- 1902 Job search coach needed to assist male with limited reading and writing abilities. Volunteer required to assist in reading and filling out applications 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 #021-1879 School 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. Volunteer tutors needed for Mathematics, 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 assistance 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, NH2080 or call 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 Proaram 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 l-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 Off ice, NH 2080. For more info about the program, call ext. 2814 or e-mail darlene 8 watservl . Sounds of Summer Music Festival needs volunteers! Positions of Info Kiosk, Gating, Security, Conductors, etc. are available. For confirmation and registering call Colleen Miller at 747-8769.
Applications 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 Office, 2nd Floor, Nee.dies Hall.
C.U.P.E. Local 793 Award - available to Union employees, their spouse, children or grandchildren for extra-curricular/community involvement. Deadline: May 30,1997. 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 30, 1997. University of Waterloo Staff Association Award- available to full- or parttime undergraduates in a degree program. Applicants must be current Staff Association members, their spouses, children, grandchildren or dependents and will be based on academics, extracurricular involvement and financial need. Deadline: May 30, 1997. Douglas T. Wright Award - available 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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Ross and Doris Dixon Award- available to all 28 and 4A for financial need and academic achievement. Deadline: October 10, 1997. Andrea Fraser Memorial Schoiarship- available to 3rd or 4th year Kinesiology. Deadline: October 10, 1997. 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 30, 1997. Kate Kenny Memorial Award - available to 4A Kinesiology with an interest in rehabilitative medicine. Deadline: October 31, 1997. Ron May Memorial Award - available to 4A Recreation and Leisure. Deadline: October 10. 1997.
Arts Student Union Award - available to all Arts students. Quintext Co-op English Award - available to 4A English. Deadline: September 30, 1997. NanteslParislChicoutimi Award available to students who plan to participate in one of these approved exchange programs and who can demonstrate a financial need. Deadline: May 20. 1997.
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING: Jonathan Ainiy Memorial Bursary available to 28 Civilall Chemical students. J.P. Bickeil Foudation Bursariesavailable to ail Chemical students. Canadian Posture and Seating Centre Scholarship - available to all. Deadline: October 10, 1997. Canadian Society for Civil Engineer-
ing Award - available to all Civil and Mechanical students with an interest in Building Science. Students to contact B. Neglia in Civil Engineering, Keith Carr Memorial Award - available to 3rd or 4th year Chemical. Co-operators Group Ltd. Award-available to 3A Environmental Engineering based on financial need and extracurricular involvement. Deadline: May 30, 1997. Dow Canada Scholarship -available to 3A Chemical Engineering. S.C. Johnson &Son Ltd. Environmental Scholarship - available to 4A Chemical. Deadline May 30, 1997. A.C. Nielsen Company Bursary -available 2nd, 3rd & 4th year Computer Engineering. Ontario Hydro Engineering Awards available to 1B Chemical, Electrical, Environmental or Mechanical. Eligible candidates will be women, aboriginal (native) Canadians, persons with disabilities or visible minorities. Deadline: July 31, 1997. Ontario Professional Engineers Foundatjon Undergraduate Scholarship available to all 1B & 28 based on extracurricular and marks. Deadline: July 31, 1997. Alan W. Shattuck Memorial Bursary available to 4th year Civil. Standard Products (Canada) Ltd. Award - available to IB 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, 1997.
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 30, 1997. Marcel Pequegnat Scholarship - available to 3B Planning. Deadline: May 30, 1997.
FACULTY OF MATHEMATICS: Bell Sygma Computer Science Award - available to 4A Computer Science. Deadline: October 31, 1997. Certified Management Accounting Bursary - 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. Co-operators 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 2B Computer Science. Deadline: October 31, 1997. A.C. Neilsen Company Bursary - available to all in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year. Sun Life of Canada Award -available to 28 Actuarial Science. Deadline: November 30, 1997. J.P. Bickeil Foundation Bursariesavailable to all Earth Science. Dow Canada Scholarship -available to 3A Chemistry Teaching Option.
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Trial of the centurv Claims of defamation thrown out W by David Drewe special to
n May 27, a long-simmering feud between Ron English and York University almost reached a conclusion in Small Claims Court. Almost. English, a former Vice President of the York Federation of Students (YFS) sued Atkinson College Administrator Shannon Barnes for Defamation of Character, demanding $5000 in damages. Barnes countersued, also for Defamation, demanding $6000. The animus stems from English’s campaign for the PresidencyofYFS. During an interview withT&Xxcalibur, York’s student newspaper, English claimed to have “exposed” the administrators of Atkinson College for improperly convicting students of academic dishonesty without following Senate procedures. While the administration as a whole was criticized, Shannon Barnes was the only person named. Barnes replied in a letter to the editor accusing English of lying. She stated that she had never been involved in academic dishonesty cases, and that she was not even permitted to be involved. The strbng language of her letter, as well as its timing (right before the election) incited English to file a claim against Barnes. When efforts to reach a settlement failed, Barnes added a countersuit. After a morning of confusing and seemingly semirelevant testimony, the judge presiding dismissed both cases. With only English having taken the stand, and before he even had a chance to leave it, the judge pronounced, “I see no merit in your claim. I’m dismissing it.” Barnes’ lawyer immediately stood and demanded an apology from English. Rather than conceding that point, the judge instead dismissed the counter claim, calling it purely “tactical,” noting that the countersuit was not filed when the interview was published, but only when a settlement appeared impossible. After the judgement, Barnes’ lawyer Shirley Katz stated that, “We really do believe that Ron English defamed Miss Barnes, even if he made the statement in the course of a political campaign where there is greater latitude. The court, however, didn’t agree.” She did add, however, “the court didn’t see merit in Ron’s claim.. . that was the significant part.” Katz was provided to Barnes free of charge by York Universit$ English was at a disadvantage representing himself, answering a barrage of questions which even casual observers recognized as irrelevant. This disadvantage was further demonstrated by English’s failure to object to Katz’s manner of questioning, which often resembled testimony more than interrogation. English later noted this, saying “I think it’s unfair that Barnes - with
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her position and salary -gets a lawyer paid for by taxpayers, while I’m a student who has to represent myself.” On the decision itself, English said “I was disappointed, but it wasn’t unexpected. . . . It wouldn’t have surprised me if I’d won and got nothing.” He meant that while he was confident defamation occurred, he was unsure he’d be able to prove damages. English saw the case as a means to send a message to the university, that Atkinson College could not afford to continue with what English alleges is improper. In conversation with English and former YFS executive Grant Wagner, several horrifying stories were recounted. According to English, one student was denied her degree with neither a hearing nor any notice. She wasn’t aware she was even suspected of cheating. When she failed to receive her degree, she pursued the matter. She was found innocent and cleared. English recounted other cases similarly skewed, too numerous and too complicated for inclusion here. According to Wagner, Atkinson college has a 100 per cent conviction rate in academic dishonesty cases since a crackdown which began after an essay cloning scandal several years ago. For comparison, the University of Waterloo’s rate is somewhere around two-thirds, according to Jay Thomson, Chair of UW’s University Committee on Student Appeals. When Imprint informed him of the alleged “perfect record” at Atkinson College, he looked quite surprised, and expressed disbelief. While the case is over, English has yet to decide whether or not he will appeal. The heart of the issue, however, is not two people’s exchange in a newspaper, it is whether or not the students of Atkinson College are treated fairly, and according to the policies of York University. With this issue left unresolved, no conclusion can have been reached,
Electionhopefulssquareoff at ML by James Russell ederal election hopefuls debated in the Theater of the Arts on Thursday, May 22. The Liberal incumbent Andrew Telegdi squared off against candidates from the NDP, The Reform Parry and the Progressive Conservatives as well as Monte Dennis from the Canadian Action Party, and Helmut Braun from the Marxist-Leninist Party. In his opening statements, Telegdi was quick to point out his personal connections to UW, and the fact that he has donated money to both UW and WLU, but that didn’t stop him from having to fend off attacks on the Liberal’s 40% cut to the Canadian Health and Social Transfer which the provinces use to fund education and health care. In contrast, Braun had little in the way of a prepared speech, and read from Marxist-Leninist party literature. He explained that the “economy is in deep crisis” and that
muter train service asked by one of the directors ofWPIRG. International trade also came up, with Telegdi defending the Liberal’s trade policies with China, despite their severe human rights abuses. Telegdi explained this, saying “they’d find somebody else to trade with.” Braun expressed his opposition to the Helms-Burton law, saying “‘one thing I’m glad about is that we’re continuing to have ties with Cuba.” At several points throughout the forum, candidates took shots at each other, though Telegdi was undeniably the favoured target. At one point, Ted Martin, running for the NDP, rebutted Reform’s Mike Connolly’s statements on how to deal with violence by saying, “I’d like to refute many of the things that Mr. Connolly just said, but I trust you’re knowledgeable enough to do that on your own.” Connolly also went head to head with Telegdi over education funding, breaking the question-answer format by arguing back and forth for a couple of minutes. Unfortunately, little new ground was covered, with all
Jeff Gardner and Ron English: The Moustache Squad.
be to “nationalize
financial institutions,” a position he reiterated on a question regarding tuition, where he advocated “no tuition fees.” In a country as prosperous as Canada, “why should there be tuition fees at all?” he asked. After opening statements, the floor was opened to questions from the audience, which varied in focus from access to post-secondary education to a question on com-
than providing specific information on how they would help students obtain jobs or deal with their debts after graduation. The large number of questions from the audience easily filled the two-hour time limit for the forum, and candidates opted to spend their time on these questions, rather than present closing remarks.
Yes, because think Chretien good job. -Amit Dhillon Comp. Eng.
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No, 1. don’t have time. I haven’t been paying attention to campaigns. -Frank Opat 4th year CS
Yes. I think its a privilege that I’m finally old enough to vote. -Derek McDougall 1BCS
No, I’m shut out from the media. -Damian 1BCS
SAC by Chris
SAC As the year goes by, the various members of the executive will contribute to Fedback so that you know what is happening dayto-day in the Fed office. I have the honour of going first! I am responsible for something called the Student Issues Resource Centre. Some of you may have heard about it before, and some might not recognize that long name. The SIRC, as it is referred to, is full of information about all of the things that you may not want to talk about or think about, but that are part of our daily lives. We have books, pamphlets, posters, placards, videos, bookmarks and lots of other collectibles that give you the basic facts about HIV/AIDS, sexuality and safer sex, eating disorders, dating and family violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment, men’s issues, women’s issues, some world development,
breast cancer, and health in general. These things are available for anyone to borrow, copy, or take with them, and lots of times you will see displays of this kind of material in the Great Hall of the SLC for an awareness week. More importantly than all of the stuff I’m responsible for, I am the person who can connect you with someone who can help you. Here’s an example. Say you came to me and told me that you were experiencing sexual harassment on your on-campus job. I would send you to Matt Erickson of the Office of Ethical Behaviour and Human Rights, and he would help you by making sure that the situation is resolved. If you were having trouble making ends meet, I could point you to community agencies that could help you. If you were having trouble dealing with your anger, I could recommend that you visit Counseling
Services, or go off-campus to KU’ Counseling Services to talk to Keith Martin. The idea is that I will provide you with non-judgmental, unbiased information about the help and resources available on and off campus. Your conversations with me are private and confidentia1. For more information about the issues I mentioned above, please see my web site at http:// watservl.uwaterloo.ca/ -fedissue/sirc.html. Lastly, Raju would like me to tell you that there are volunteer positions available in the promotion of FEDS events. Anyone interested in promoting or marketing can call Raju at ext. 3880 or email him at rpatel@feds. uwaterlooca. Time commitment is variable, and if you only want to volunteer for a specific event, that is fine. We hope to hear from you soon!
Friday, May 30, 1997
Co-op changed the limit on the number of resumes that you can submit from fifty down to thirty. It’s true. That change took effect last term (Winter 97) and will continue for this term as well. The goal of the change is to level the distribution of the interviews, helping out first and second year students in particular, so that instead of some students getting lots of interviews and some getting none, that interviews will be spread out more evenly. So the question is, did it work? Unfortunately the answer isn’t clear. In the fall of 1996,78 percent of first year students, 70 per cent of second year students, 28 per cent of third year students and 4 per cent of fourth year students applied to more than thirty jobs. The lower number of resumes was an especially large change for the lower year students of whom
Students Advising Co-op the large majority put in a lot%of resumes. To be honest though, it didn’t seem as though a lot of them noticed the difference. Maybe it was because they didn’t have anything to compare it against, or maybe it was because the placement rates actu;111y went UP. That’s right, even though the numberofapplications decreased from 75,000 resumes from 2300 students in Fall 96 to 50,000 from 2600 students in Winter 97, the placement rate actually went up about 5 per cent for first rounds. A survey of employers was done by the department to see what their reaction was, and for the most part it was positive. 35 per cent said that there was a marginal decrease in the number of resumes and 25 per cent said that they saw a big decrease. However, 41 per cent said that the quality of the resumes they were getting was higher and 52 per cent said that it was the same, leading 47 per cent of employers surveyed to conclude that they liked the changes. That’s the upside of the decrease in resumes, Fewer resumes needed to be sent out by students, placement rates were slightly higher, there were fewer job signoffs and employers seemed to like it. The downside is that no one ever bothered to ask students what they thought of the changes. The other nagging detail that the department can’t figure out is whether the changes really did help to distribute jobs more evenly than before. Did more first years get jobs because of the changes? We don’t know yet, because the department wasn’t tracking that information in the Past so we can’t compare. It would seem that the drop in the number of resumes ,has been good so far, but it is important that students let the department or Students Advising Co-op know how the change is affecting them. The only way we’ll know if the changes that co-op is making to the system are helping or hurting is if students come forward and say something.
Candidates have their sav Imprint contacted the local candidatesto askthem about issuesof concern to university students. Here are exceptsfrom those interviews. All excerptshave been edited for clarity and brevity. by Peter
Mike Connolly Reform party
Education and students are the future of our country. Youlzre thccouncry. There’s nothing more important. We’ve already stated that we would put $4 billion back into health and education. It has togo back. Now, how its spent within the provinces, its entirely up to them. Education must be available, That’s your right. Now having said that, we must make sure that its there for you and you can afford it. It’s a partnership; you’ve got to pay something and we’ve got to pay something. We certainly don’t believe that you should have a restricted time for paying back a loan - that’s ridiculous, because when you graduate, you might not get a job. And the way things are now - due to - you won’t get a job. bad government We can provide the money, you must decide how it’s best spent within the university. It’s your future -you should have the biggest say. If you’re increasing student fees, one should want to have a look at the faculty salaries, I’m not saying that they’re getting too much or too little. I don’t see that you should increase the faculty by a great amount and then say that you’ve got to make it up through student fees. There has to be a balance. We’ll provide the opportunity, the rest is up to you.
I don’t think there’s any doubt about it. We’ll form a minority government, and I think that’s good for the country. We need a change.... All the other parties do is talk.
If you ask me what my policy is on education is, I say I don’t know. Therefore, I hold a meeting in the Kitchener/Waterloo riding and we come to some sort of agreement regarding what we should have [and] that’s the policy I take to Ottawa if I’m elected. That way you have more direct say into what’s happening and what’s going on. Dennis referred Imprint back to the Canadian Action Party literature for the party’s stand on education. The following is excerpted from that literature: Education is a provincial responsibility under the constitution but the system has been badly eroded by a lack of funds. The Canadian Action Party believes that post-secondary education should be within the reach of all qualified students. The Canadian Action Party will replace the private bank, interest-bearing loan system with loans made interest-free directly from the government of Canada. Such interest-free status will remain in effect as long as the student, commencing one year after he or she has secured full employment, makes the agreed payments punctually. AI1 students who have graduated and have an outstanding, interest-bearing loan will be allowed to deduct the cost of the interest on those loans under the same conditions that investors are allowed to deduct on Schedule 4 of their Income Tax Return, the cost of the money borrowed to invest. After all, borrowing money to educate oneself is as much an investment in Canada as is borrowing money to. invest in a business venture.
Andrew Telegdi Liberal Party MP Andrew Telegdi, the Liberal incumbent, declined Imprint’s request for an interview. But someone in the Liberal Party told us that he’s doing a really, ’ really, good job. Telegdi as President of WV’s Federation of Students, circa 1974.
Friday, May 30, 1997
Ted Martin New Democratic party
One of the major reasons that I got into politics at all is my work with children up to university-age people. I’m really concerned about the job problem that youth are facing and very concerned about accessibility to universities. That’s one of the areas where I can definitely concentrate. We would like to bring in a new federal standard of accessibility. No province can raise tuition to the point where its excluding some students. We’d stop the Liberal cuts. Restore the $550 million that they’ve cut this year. Bring in a student assistance program. Bring back grants, Increase student loans. We definiteiy favour
Bring back grants. the idea of a 36 month grace period for paying back student loans. The economics should never stop a student from going to university. We have to allow everyone equal access to education, to jobs. [We would] separate out the transfer payments to the provinces, some for health, some for education, some for other social programs, and withhold that if they don’t meet the standards.
We aren’t planning on increasing the taxes for the average person, we’re planning on reforming the tax system, bringing in fair taxes, which means making sure that profitable corporations and really wealthy individuals get taxed, compared to average people. Lets face it - most of us are overtaxed. We’ve been bearing the brunt for a long time. Our plan [is] to eliminate the GST. Phase it out.
Lyme Woolstencroft Progressive Conservative
I feel discouraged_ with politicians. Andrew Telegdi, for instance, was the President of Federation of Students for two terms. Where the heck has he been when his government was doing these things to students in his own institution? Before I declared my candidacy, I went to see the President of the Federation of Students, and I met with Kelly Foley [then Federation of Students Vice-President, Education] and I’ve been to the public meeting in the Student Life Center. I did do a lot of homework. I have very strong feelings about PostSecondary education [PSE], and education in general. I was on the school board from 1970 to 1984, and I chaired the Board for a number of terms. I was a college teacher until a year ago, and my husband is a professor. We have a pretty clear vision of post-secondary education. I came through a time when we paid a higher percentage of our tuition. It’s only in the last 8 or 10 years that tuition has become such a minor part of expenses for students, and I think that students ought to take some responsibility, but by God, I don’t want poor kids shut out of our institutions and I think its shameful that the Canada Scholarship Program was shut off without any consultation with anyone We’ve guaranteed that we’ll put back into the transfers to the provinces the 40% that was unilaterally cut. Our government will not put you through the cut-back. There will be more support. One of the things that I think you have to look at is how many young people are involved in my campaign. The legs of my campaigns, are, for the most part, students who are out with me day in and day out. The biggest industry in my constituency is education, so why would I change my mind about how I’ve always represented people. I won’t be invisible. I want to hear what the students have to say.
Jobsflood into StudentEmploymentCentre by Debbra McClintock Imprint staff
he Human Resources Centre for Students (formerly the Canada Employment Centre For Students) celebrated their official grand opening on Wednesday, May 28. Included in the ceremonies were Bob Irwin and Pam McGregor, from the main centre for Human Resources, and Cheryl MaClean, Coordinator of the Student Employment Centre. Each spoke a few words on the success of the Centre and wished students luck in finding summer employment. The most inspiring news for the approximately 30 students in attendance was the announcement that over 200 jobs were received that day through the Summer Career Placement Program. The program subsidizes wages to employers that offer career-oriented jobs to students. The process is simple; jobs are posted on the wall for which only students can apply, either.in person, by fax, or through SCP referral, whichever the employer requests. Jobs range from Web Page Design and Com-
munity Project Co-Ordinators to Child Care and Camp Co-Ordinators. The week of June 16 will be a recognition of Hire a Student Week. The Student Employment Centre, at 29 King St. East in Kitchener, will be holding daily events for the job-seeking students. All students are encouraged to visit the Centre for help with resumes and cover letters, tips on interviews, and information on workshops and the various programs offered for students. Employers are also encouraged to call 7558151 to Wire a student.
More jobs, less ribbons, photo
please. by Debixa
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s the country gears up for the election on Monday, I’ll turn your attention to political matters right here at the IJnivcrsity of Waterloo. On May 25, Student’s Council voted to add another Vice Presidential position to the Federation of Students executive. We now have a Vice President - Student Issues. Heather Calder will continue her tireless and commendable efforts asstudent Issues ResourceCentrc coordinator as a full time Vice President of the Feds. ‘Iwo questions arise for students, the people who fund the Federation of Students: Why was there no consultation on this matter? and What do we need a VP Student Issues for anyway? ‘l’he first is the most objective question that should be asked on this matter. When Student’s Council ratified this proposal, they effectively restructured the way that responsibilities are divided among the Feds executive and added another position that pays approximately $26,000 for a one year term. More than this, they filled the position, giving an explicitly political role in our student government to someone (else) that was nor elected. It is cold comfort that the VP Student Issues this year will not have voting rights at Council meetings when long term planning and input on this year’s budget are part of the duties of the position. I do not doubt that Heather Calder will fulfil1 her duties skillfully and conscientiously, based on my personal experience with her, but that’s not the point. hlost students have no idea who she is or what she stands for, but they should. The position should not have been appointed at all. There was more than enough time to run a byelection for the position. Last October, Tori Harris won the position of VP Administration and Finance in a by-election after Mark Ferrier resigned in July. By all accounts, Tori made a smooth transition to the job even though she started it halfway through the one year term. Would Heather have won anyway? Is she the best person for the job since she has defined it? Both are irrelevant to the necessities of representative dernocracy. This is a heavy decision that should have been ratified by student participation in a by-election. A separate question concerns why UW students. need a Vice President Student Issues. No one would suggest that students facing eating disorders or physical abuse should have nowhere to turn for help. An accessible mechanism for addressing student issues is required, but what about Counselling Services or TRACE and the office for Ethical Behaviour and Human Rights? The Student Issues Resource Centre worked originally as an information resource and referral service for students in need of help. Surely that isn’t enough to fill a full time VP’s plate, so there must be some other responsibilities. Those duties represent the shift of certain issue areas away from the office of President. VP Student Issues, in its new form, now acts as an executive member instead of being a mere advisor to the President. What has happened to student life that the Feds now need five executive members? They operated only four years ago with a three-person executive and volunteers. I would not assume that this arrangement was optimai, but the increase in paid executive is considerable. I call on the Federation of Students to explain these actions to students in‘lieu of real consultation.
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Tell, it’s election time again, and the whote thing couldn’t be more of an anticlimax. The only tough decision is whether or not its worth getting out of bed to drag yourself to the polls on June 2. Let’s take a brief look at the options:
Jean Chktien, Liberal Few people have ever been so popular for doing so little, and what Chretien has done, he’s done badly. He didn’t scrap the GST, and when he was called on it by one of his own MI% (John Nunziata), he canned the guy. He sat on his ass as Qu6becois politicians told outrageous lies and brought the country to the brink of separation. He cut 40 percent from the federal transfers that the provinces use to pay for health care and education, and then puts out party literature that says “We continue to invest in health care, education, research and jobs.” He never really learned to speak coherently in either official language. The highlight of the last four years was when he throttled that idiot protester.
Jean Charest, Progressive
He’s young, he’s friendly and he even speaks clearly - in both languages! Unfortunately, he’s got a lot of ground to make up. Mulroneyand then, mercifully briefly, Campbell left the Conservatives with two whole seats in Ottawa. The PC’s are hoping to improve their standing in the House of Commons by stealing a lot of Mike Harris’ taxcutting message, which may be effective as Chr&ien backtracks on various funding cuts and starts throwing money around like a drunken sailor in a strip club. However, Charest can’t hope to win. He’s doing a good job rebuilding the party, but the Tories are still the same, status-quo, mainstream party that they have always been. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten, And that hasn’t gotten us much at all.
Gilles Duceppe, Bloq Qu&&ois Who gives a shit? It’s a poor reflection on Canada that we’d let a party whose mandate is treasonous ever become
Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. _ Gilles, go away, hold your referendums, I don’t really care. But the second you lay one finger on a piece of private property owned by a Quebecer who wants to stay in Canada, I’ll vote for whoever promises to send in the army to kick your ass.
Preston Manning, Reform Poor, poor, Preston. His party is still dogged by constant allegations of racism, and he is tormented by the fact that Reform is still just a regionai party despite all of his attempts to woo the East. Reform went from two seats in 1988 to 52 in 1993. Chances are, they’re not going to do a lot better this time, and possibly a lot worse as their brief honeymoon comes to an end. Preston’s made a lot of noise, but he seems to have failed to really convince a lot of people outside of Western Canada that he’s anything but hot air.
Alexa McDonough, NDP Who? McDonough is, by all accounts, an intelligent, hardworking and capable politician. Too bad she can’t get arrested in this town. Until the election was called, I couldn’t even name McDonough, and I do try to keep up. For whatever reason, the media made a concerted effort to ignore McDonough, although, with seven whole seats in Parliament, the once-mighty PC’s envied her position. The only major party (well, sort of) to cling to a leftwing agenda, the NDP ia going to get a fair number of votes, but not enough to count. Six months from now, I expect she’ll be invisible again. l mm
Well, there you have it. Go through the list. How many people on it are honest? Competent? Can tie their own shoes? It doesn’t matter anyway. Whoever wins will just do what they want, regardless of any promises. That’s what has always happened before. There is no reason to think that this election will be any different, I almost hate to say it, but on June 2, I think I’m going to vote for sitting on my ass.
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Maybe there is a reason that creationism is gaining considerable momentum. It might be because all you scientificallyminded people can not convince us that Darwin’s ‘l’heory is nothing else but a theory. In his book “Origin of Species” Darwin said “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” The complex cell is a major stumbling block to belief in Darwin’s Theory. In the first place, evolution cannot explain the leap from inanimate to animate matter. ‘I’hen comes the problem of the first complex cell, which must arise in one fell swoop as an integrrited unit. In other words, ifyou remove a vital part of a well-matched single system, the system will break down, not adapt to a different form. Not to mention the giant coincidence chat male and female would have to evolve simultaneously to repmduce before becoming extinct. You say that looking at the number Z-3-4 -6-7 we can assume that the missing number must be 5. You said it yourself, tie can assume, and that is as far as you can go. Perhaps you can find the answer in the book of Genesis.
In response to Mike Owen’s c article ‘In defense of evolution,’ “So what does this have to do with evolution?” After ‘proving’extinction, the relevance of which to the evoh~tion/creation debate is unclear, the article continues with the subjects of adaptation and mutation which also have only a weak connection with the issue at hand. The fact that species adapt and mutate is in na way inconsistent with creation. When the topic of evolution of new species fmally does come up, we learn that “this is a difficult area co probe, because it’s actually quite difficult to prove.” So when it comes down co it, there is in fact no proof of evolution. The article continues, “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.” I don’t know understand how this helps to prove evolution, since creation
certainly provides an explanation for the sudden appearance of people. The conclusion reads, “It’s a shame that in this day and age there are still science students who graduate refusing to believe the theory that so elegantly explains the diversity of life on this planet.” I say it’s a shame that they refuse to believe the truth. “...So God created great sea creatures and every sort of fish and every kind ofbird...God made all sorts ofwild animals, livestock, and small animals...So God created people in his own image...” (Genesis 120-27)
Mike Owen (“In defence of evolution,” Imprint, May 16, l9c)7) says it’s “a shame” that we still have graduating science students who refuse to believe the theory of evolution. If by “evolution” Mr. Owen means merely that life is characterized by various degrees of change over time (e.g., variation, speciation), then I would agree with Mr. Owen. However, if by “evolution” Mr. Owen means also that the origin of life (which subsequently changes) is ultimately a cosmic accident - i.e., a chance product of unintelligent and purposeless forces of nature-then there is room for rational disagreement. ‘1‘0 sketch the rational character of this disagreement, here is a short annotated list of books that make a reasonable case for the thesis that naturalistic evolutionary theory has some significant limitations. (Note: None of the authors of the following books are literal six-day “young earth creationists”; all have respectable academic credentials; and all are calling students to engage in seri: ous critical thinking.) (1) Phillip E. Johnson, Dl;rrw/13 utz Il’tidl (InterVarsity Press, 1991, 1993). Johnson, a law professor interested in logic and its abuses, argues that the inference from m&evolution (i.e., the actual, limited evidence for variation and speciation of living things) to macroevolution (the theory that life itself sponcaneously and accidentally arose from unguided non-living matter and energy, and evolved into the various phyla) is weak. Moreover, Johnson argues, this weakness often goes unnoticed by scientists who assume the truth of metaphysical naturalism (the world-view or faith-position that only the purposeless forces of nature ultimately constitute reality). Why? Because the assumption, not the evidence, provides
the assurance that macroevolution is true. Johnson, then, reminds us that just as supernaturalist/theistic assumptions sometimes blind creationists, so too naturalistlatheistic assumptions sometimes blind evolutionists. (Also, in the 1993 edition of Da~-~in on %a/, Johnson replies to his critics, the eminent evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould included.) (2) J. I? Moreland, ed., II% Ci-entio?l Hypmksis: scienr!~c Evidim-e fW- an Intdigmt Designer (Intervarsity Press, 1994). In this anthology, chemistry professor Charles Thaxton and engineering professor Walter Bradley write an essay in which they appeal to information theory to argue that just as human languages are the products of intelligence, so too the Ianguage/code found in DNA can be reasonably understood to be the product of intelligence. (3) Michael J. Behe,Darw;ill’s Blud Box: lllze Bioclemicd Chalhgetu Evolclt~on (The Free Press, 1996). Behe, a professor of biochemistry, argues that the finelycalibrated, interdependent parts of the chemical machines which inhabit the biochemical world are “irreducibly complex.” Their parts must be assembled s~multaneous!~; otherwise the parts are useless. Thus, argues Behe: (a) the evolutionary gradualis c account of life’s origin is extremely improbable, and (b) the hypothesis of intelligent design is reasonable. Yes, we still have graduating science students who refuse to believe naturalistic evolurionary theory as an explahation of life’s origin. But perhaps this is because these students have critically assessed the theory-and have found it wanting.
Once again, creationism and evolu cionism are not mutually exclusive. This is because evolutionism itself allows for the principal role of a loving Creator. Only the human soul is created immediately by God -everything else can evolve through the normal processes of extinction, mutation and genetic adaptation. Since Darwin does not mention the soul in his theory anyway, parallels are easily drawn between creationism and God-guided evolurionism. Mr. Owen is worried that his children will be taught only creationism in schools. These fears are totally unfounded. Not one public school board in Ontario teaches creationism while excluding the evolution theory -you can see Ministry of Education guidelines for yourself. As for separate school boards, I myself attended four individual Catholic primary and secondary schools, and can say with certainty that I was taught evolution that included God’s indispensable role in shaping our world. There is no pro- creationist conspiracy in the public or separate school system. In short, as a Catholic I can fully accept and study Darwin’s
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scientific evidence tracing the evolution of living organisms on earth. And I can definitely srilf believe that “God did it.” Evolutionism allows for the principal and founding role of a lovingcreator that created using evolutionary processes during the millennia, and is still intently guiding his Creation. - Puwef Rutajmuk
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I read with interest Mike Owen’s article “In defence of evolution” chat appeared in the last edition of the Imprint. However, from a Catholic point of view 1 feel compelled to clarify some of the statements Mr. Owen makes. First of all, there is no inherent conflict between evolution theory and creationism. As early as the 1950’s, Pope Pius XII acknowledged the evolutionary theory as presented by Darwin. When Pope John Paul II reemphasized this acknowledgment earlier this year, the media went into a feeding frenzy, saying that “Catholics have finally accepted evolutionism.” Not so Darwin has been established in Catholic circles for over 45 years.
In retrospect, giving clinically-diagnosed paranoid Claire Gabaldon a clay pass to red the eulogy at her father’s funeral was a mistake. Still, that was nothli7g compared to the fiasco when they let her out for jury duty!
Dewey on Drunks
niversity is a funny place. You arrive, you learn, Any preconceived notions you may have had are challenged. Then you graduate, enter the real world, and lose another entire set of fallacies to the School of Hard Knocks. One of chc great paradoxes of university life is alcohol. While funding groups such as BACCHLJS to encourage responsible drinking, the Federation of Students makes money hand over fist from the Bombshelter. Without the Bomber, we might not be able to fund BACCHUS. And I don’t know about you, but most of the drinking I’ve seen (and done) on a Rock and Roll night wouldn’t fit the BACCHIJS definition of “responsible.” I don’t have a problem with drinking at the *‘irresponsible” Bomber. Within limits, I endorse it. If you want to go out, and get: messy - fine. If you hurl though, you shouldn’t be thrown out until you clean it up. If you start a fight, you shouldn’t be ejected; you should face charges. If you are asshole enough to drive while hosed, you should lose your license as a bare minimum (personally, I just hope you kill your-
&fore you kill anyone else). Aside from those worst case scenarios, we are told to worry about a lot more. Drinking a certain number of times per week is an indicator of alcoholism. If you miss classes due to alcohol, you may have something to worry about, If you have ever drank until you passed out or ralphed, that’s another yellow light. Sorry, that’s when the preach-
ers of acceptable behaviour move from legitimacy to a drunken misunderstanding of student reality. If you’re a student who chooses to drink, and you manage to go through university without passingout orpukingat least once, you’re rare. If you drink and you never miss class because of a hangover, you’re beyond rare . , . you’re an enigma. University is about growth.
Go ahead, take your concert at Fed Hall and get liquored. If you miss a class, you miss a class. If you fail, you fail, but you have no one to blame but yourself. I wouldn’t be quick to call you an alcoholic if you did fail a semester because of an excess of parties, though. I’d say you have misplaced priorities because most of the people who fail because of drinking do so because they find
Friday, May 30, 1997 a social night infinitely more interesting than theirclassesor their readings. Their mistake is choosing to continue in a came or program they value so little that they aren’t willing to work for it. I’m saying have fun. You’re students; enjoy it. Pretty soon you’ll have a spouse, kids, a real job, and lots of other hassles.
by Melissa MacDonald
The Second Wave The first wave of feminism was outward-looking. It addressed the male State, and sought power from within its structures. The second wave of feminism looks inward. It addresses other women, invitingthem to share their truths. It still seeks equality from within the traditional structures, but at the same time, it questions, challenges and creates alternatives to those structures. Above all the second wave seeks psychological and physical liberation and empowerment for all women. The most important feature of Second Wave Feminism is its challenge to traditional political concepts. Kate Millett was one of the first women to assert that “the personal is political” in 1970 with her book S.tial Pulitkcs. She redefines politics as any “power-
structured relationships [or] arrangements whereby one group of persons is controlled by another.” She further claims that in our society, “sex is a status category with political implications.” Men maintain their dominant position by means of ideological indoctrination which she terms “interior colonization.” Simone de Beauvoir touched on this much earlier in her book The SecondStz where she argues that women are not born but socially constructed. Millctt’s highiy influential text lead women to see patriarchy as ubiquitous and ever expansive. Women’s oppression was not only played out in the traditional political structures that first wave feminists had identified (legal, economic, educational), but it was
also played out in women’s minds and bodies. Hence, rejectinggender conditioning and fighting for reproductive choice became key second wave issues. Julia Kristeva, a leading French feminist, has called the “Radical Femisecond wave nism.” Radical feminists seek to create a counter society which is shaped by female identified concerns. Radical feminists created the first battered women’s shelters and rape crisis centers. They also invented consciousness-raising groups. These were small, non-hierarchical groups which encouraged protests and direct action on issues like nuclear disarmament, animal rights and pornography. They stressed independence from men, and alternative living patterns
(vegetarianism, for example). Thus, the politically correct “granola” feminist was born. Second Wave Feminism owes a great deal to First Wave Feminism, for unti1 women gained some social power they did not have the sense of agency required to organize a massive fight against their oppression. The second wave is also indebted to black history, for just as the first wave had grown out of the antislavery campaigns, so second wave feminism grew out of the Civil Rights movement. Few people would disagree that women deserve the equal social rights that first wave feminists fought for. The philosophy of second wave feminism, however, is harder for some to swallow.
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beat around the bush. When it comes to making a point, she likes to be direct. And for the last three and a half )-cars, the G’/&J ~~/&Jf&columnist has been making plenty of points in Saturday’s Focus & Books section. Most of her articles deal with women’s issues, but she has also been known to dclvc into other social ctmccrns like childabuse and post-modern human behavior. Wcnte, who is also the cditur of t1~cGloM.s highly-regarded “Rep-t on hsinod’ s&on, can be ct~nsidere:d as somewhat of a journalisticcnigma; people aren’t sure whether or not to categorize her as 3 fenlinist. Some feel that she uarries her women’s advclcacy agenda too far while others, including none other than former NAC (National Action Committee on the Status of Women) president Sunera Thobani, label her as a feminist-basher. In the end, Margaret Wente basically defies labels. What cannot be denied is her talent for provoking debate and “telling it like it is” - at least from her perspective. Give her credit she is not afraid to express unpopular viewpoints and stand by them afterwards. Went& column comes as a breath of fresh air in today’s climate of overly-cautious and hypersensitivecanadian journalism in which writers are afraid of stepping on other people’s toes or offending the “public.” In an exclusive interview held at the Globe, Imprint had the opportunity to talk with Ms. Wente.
The easiest and most immediate answer is no. I think you see a lot of evidence in enrolment numbers which have shot up in the iast 20 years in fields that used to be completely dominated by men. For example, engineering, which used to be about 99.9 per cent male, has now changed. The numbers are still pretty Iow, but if you look at the difference from 20 years ago, they are stiI1 pretty substantial. The same thing goes for medical school and especially in law school where enrolments now are
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pretty well SO-SO. I think that’s been the most dramatic change. Not so dramatic in medicine but still, the numbers have shot way up. You still don’t have quite enough role models out there in society ofsenior women practicing at the very senior levels of law, medicine, and engineering but there’s no doubt the landscape has changed beyond recognition for young women.
Ah, one of my favorite subjects and you’ve touched on a good point. Women have done and are doing much better and are advancing much more rapidly in the professions - that is, fields where there isn’t a lot of hierarchy where you don’t have a big organization and where it’s basically skilldriven. That’s why women are doing proportionately so much better in fields like law and medicine because in the professions, you simply don’t encounter the same great big hierarchies that you do in big business and you can succeed at a much younger age. If you look around at the CEO’s of the major companies, most of them are in their SO’s and 60’s and most women simply haven’t been in the workforce long enough to get up there. But there are other factors at work that have to do with the nature of corporate culture that may not be all that congenial to women, but many very smart people find in mid-life that they’d rather get out of the
big corporation than continue to climb up. A lot of smart women have other options, so they tend to drop out of corporate life when they run up against some of those barriers. But it’s also true that at the very top of corporate life, there’s a certain kind of machismo of attitude that’s still very prized and all you ha\Te to do is look at the last recession. In the last five years the North American economy markets and shareholders were heaping praise and rewards on mean guys who downsized. There simply aren’t a lot of women yet who have got a taste for mean-guy downsizing. It hasn’t been an age very conducive to growth or more positive values. What woman is going to look at a mean-guy like Bob Crandall and say, “that’s a role model, I want to be like that.” Not too many women quite frankly.
I don’t think there is a feminist movement in Canada anymore. There’s a small group of people that associate with it like the NAG. But the unity of purpose that brought together very disparate groups of women who were very unalike really hasn’t existed since the end of the 70’s, Beyond the first wave of feminism, everybody could agree on the broad, basic goals of feminism back in the days when there were no women in positions of power or very few women in any area of
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public life. It didn’t take much for women across all ideologies to unite and say it’s really clear that we have to make some inroads. But now it’s very unclear what policies are actually going to promote the interests of women and which ones aren’t and women themselves are tremendously divided across the spectrum.
Oh, give me a break! Please. A lot of this talk is, number one, selfindulgent and number two, wrong, and number three, really counterproductive because it encourages young women to think of themselves as a victim class. I’ll tell you, there are many victims in society and many of them are women, but they are not the young, middle-cIass women at Waterloo who got there with every advantage of education, parental support, social support, and the best that the world has to offer. Many of these women are daughters of extraordinary privilege - I’m not talking money, I’m talking privilege of opportunity and education which a lot of their more unfortunate sisters would love to have. So I think they should turn around and concentrate on who the really unfortunate people are in our society. BeIieve me, they’re not them.
It’s very tough, I think the most vulnerable women are younger women, adolescent women, prepuberty and around the age of adolescence, say 11 to 15. That is a very, very vulnerable age for girls where you’re going through a lot of hormonal and socia1 changes anyway and the bombardment of advertisingjust really doesn’t help that. It just accentuates the natural tendency of young women of that age to be very, v&y self-obsessed. Young boys have other pressures but I think the pressures on young women are very acute at that age. By the age of 20 you’d hope that some women are starting to develop enough personal maturity and perspective to combat those things in their own ways. I think anti-diet groups and antibeauty ad groups and people who protest against Calvin Klein ads are doing very healthy things. I%uturethepti?nu?y~ns~~ ZJiOl~ u@i?Ut zzHn&l in cl& and is there more thun 0~ group of pevple that should be taking the blame? The main form of violence against women is domestic violence. Nobody can ever condone domestic violence. It’s a serious problem but I think there has been a tendency to overstate the level and severity of domestic violence in recent years by some people, I think partly as a natural reaction to the under-reporting of domestic violence in the past and the real failure of the community to deal with that issue and the failure of men to take responsibility for it. The pendulum has swung a little bit the other way. I think that the attention to men’s responsibility has been an important element in the raising of consciousness. But I think the negative part of that is that the focus on domestic violence with men as the perpetrator and women as the victim has tended to polarize the issue and has tended to over-simplify It’s a very, very complex issue that has many dimensions and it’s not just black and white.
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In the last decade, the whole emphasis in the social welfare system and the child-protection system has been family preservation. It has been to maintain the family unit intact, if at all possible, and to try to support a fragile family unit with the help of social work support or intervention. I think what we’ve found is that sometimes this doesn’t work very well either. We have tended to idealize or be overly optimistic about the extent to which some fragile families can turn around and become responsible families. We’ve left children in disastrous situations for too long, and it has become obvious with all these things we’re finding out about child deaths at the hands of their parents even though they’re well-known to the system. It’s inevitable that we’re going to see a little pendulum swing back the other way. There are several things that would help. One is simply a better-managed child welfare system right now. There’s not cvcn any central reporting that would allow for the creation of a central registry ctf contacts with any particular kid, and that means that a child can come into contact with a system many, many times but no red flags will go up. Another thing that would certainly help is better training and intervention techniques for social workers, who sometimes are not very highly skilled and not very well-trained. And the law has to change too so that it’s easier for the child-protection system to get a child out of the home. It’s very, very difficult now - you have to go before the courts and prove a very high level of harm. We also have to be able to introduce neglect as a sufficient reason for moving a child from the home and that doesn’t exist now. You can only take a child out if there’s signs of physical abuse. But neglece is probably a farworse problem for many children than actual abuse is. Neglect is a form of abuse,
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I don’t know and I think that anybody who says that they do know is fooling himself or herself or you. The jury is really out on the effects of welfare cuts, especially in Ontario where it’s very, very vague. If you look across the United States and see the tracking that’s been done there, of what happens to people who are facing the termination of their welfare or facing workfare, or getting their benefits cut, the range of outcomes is very, very broad and it’s still largely unknown. There’s evidence from the States that if you make welfare harder to get for example, orofyou make the benefits pay less, some
people will just drop out of the system, and who knows where they go? Some of them go to relatives, some of them go to jobs, some of them start to deal drugs, not too many of them end up homeless on the street. But as for long-term effects, it’s a big social experiment. I think what we have to remind ourselves of in Ontario, is that welfare benefits here have been cut back not to zero or depression levels but really to sort of early 1980s levels before they got a huge boost in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.
[Laughs] I think many people today, especially my age, but a lot of people in their 30’s and 40’s really do feel entitled to have it all at once. I think we’ve created for ourselves a sense of tremendously unrealistic expectations about our jobs, about our families and about our relationships that sort of set ourselves up for disappointment and letdown because we can’t possibly have all those things all at once or indeed if we can, it’s not going to last very long or we’re extraordinarily lucky. E don’t think that WC, in many ways, have the resilience and the toughness in times of adversity that our grandparents developed just because they had to and I think that sometimes that makes us more unhappy than we have to be and that a lot of our unhappiness and disappointment is really self-inflicted. Ib yoti think there are any biologhl d&v-~ Mzem mm and zpxl.nwn thut muld umunt Jbr th& traditional n&s in sock@ and fbr tmeir current dative status? Yes. I resisted that idea for a long time. I used to say no. Now I think yes. There are obvious differences, there are hormonal differences that are easy to describe. There are certainly physical differences that are easy to describe. There are medical differences that are easy to describe, so there are obviously biological differences. It’s clear to anybody. How those interact with environment in conditioning is a big mystery. But I think we’re more ready these days to pay a little bit more attention to biology than we once were. That shouldn’t be taken to be an argument for inequality in any way but it is proof of difference. I basically believe that all human beings can be located on some gigantic continuum of behavior, character, personality, and attributes, and the overlaps between men and women are very, very great, but there are also certain elements of non-overlap which are very intriguing.
Work families are the biggest. How to do that juggling act and where to place your priorities. Life is unfair and for women, you’re reaching your biological peak at the same time that your career is swinging into high gear and it still faults women to make the cradeoff. I wish it was different but that’s the way it is right now. The need for making the trade-offs falls disproportionately on women, there’s no question about that. That’s the toughest. As ptl look bash on th zmy histo y lms prom&l, uhy h it taken so long for wmen to be rtmgniz& us 6spe0file” too, PeJzoarejusl as mpable as men in all human endeumrs? That’s
a really, really long answer one answer is prosperity so that the vast mass of the population isn’t tied to subsistence living. A more modern answer is the pil1. As long as women arc chained to reproduction and subsistence - maintaining the home and doing that for 16 hours ;1 dav - then cherc ;ircn’t going to be any opportunities for them because but
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two halrc really opcncd up opportunities for US in a way that’s historically unpreucdcntcd. WC can control not getting prc~nanc which changes everything. Pcopfe look back and say that Orthnl7harmaccuticaI was tht: most powerful and important company in the 2CPhcentury next to Microsoft. Maybe Ortho is more important because of that. LJqmsaeatight~ureformmen all over the u&d or till get ZLme?
Depends where you live. Oh yeah, I think in the Western democracies women have it better than any other women who have lived in history. I’m encouraged by grassroots movements of women’s empowerment in Third World countries which hold tremendous promise for development. Empowerment of women is now seen to be a vital key to the development issue all over the world. I think that is an enormously powerful and revolutionary idea. Twentyyearsagoweused tothink that we could help out the Third World by building dams and airports. Now we think we probably do more good if we did development work among women in villages to promote the cause of girls’ education, for example. I think that’s a very fruitful idea. I’d encourage women and girls in Canada who are feeling powerless and oppressed to get out there and donate some money to women’s empowerment in Zambia and they’ll feel much better. [Laughs],
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Light and Magic
Putting the “special” in special effects by Greg Imprint
cience fiction opens our eyes to new realities, new ideas, frontiers and cles. Within these alternate realities we are witness creation, extinction, chaos and peace. The men and women who invent these worlds in our minds are a special group, visionaries whose concepts and dreams set a standard for mankind to follow. There exists, however, another group, men and women who create these worlds not inside our minds, but in front of it. Their work brings us strange and magnificent creatures, alien vistas, future worlds, and great battles between good and evil in the soundless vacuum of space. For though the writer may envision the future, it is the special effects artist who shares that vision with the world. The Star Wars Trilogy stands as the crown jewel in the collection of gems produced by Industrial Light and Magic, but the numberandqualityoftheirworks are nearly as astounding as the products themselves. In only twenty years, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) has risen to the forefront of the special effects industry, creating wonders that have never been produced so realistically before. With the advent and continued innovation of this new technology, ILM is paving the way for movie writers and directors to portray on the big screen the exact images from their minds.
Star Wars Trilogy Industrial Light and Magic was created by George Lucas and his studio, Lucasfilm to handle the special effects for Star Wars, and there’s where it’s name was made. From the very beginning, ILM established itself as a revolutionary force, inventing new techniques for realistic movement with models. As their experience and innovations increased, the animators were able to create more and more elaborate effects, culminating with the final space battle above Endor in Rettirtr of tieJedi. They would later revise their talents for the two Ewok television movies, but those would come towards the end of I LM ‘s pre-compu ter days. With the 20th anniversary rerelease of the Star Wars, ILM was called upon to make alterations and updates ‘to the original
prints, to change and enhance scenes that were originally limited by technology. The new sequences added visuals, erased matte lines, and threw in the occasional piece of eye candy. The trilogy had reaffirmed itself as ttre most popular, and successful movie franchise ever.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan The first demonstration of what was to come from Industrial Light and Magic came in the 1982 film Star T.Yk II= The Wfd of K&n. The film evolves around the Genesis project, which could turn a barren planet into a fertile environment. ILM animators composed a rudimentary exampie of this process, showing a lifeless grey sphere being terra formed at a tremendous rate.The surprising quality of that first work paved the way for ILM to move towards digital imaging and away from total reliance on model manipulation.
Young Sherlock Holmes ILM made its next great strides in computer animation with the 1985 film YoungS/re&ck Holmes. One scene in the movie featured Holmes being confronted by a knight who steps out of a stained glass window. This fully articulated creation moved
very freely on screen, interacting seamlessly with thecharacters and backgrounds,and marked the first time in film history that an entirely computer-generated image interacted with a real-life actor.
The Abyss The next major step came with the water creature from James Cameron’s 1989 undersea epic TheA@ss. Based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, it called for the main characters to meet acreature that could best be described as a tentacle of water. It was to form the basic shape of a human face, then recede. Composed on a cheap Macintosh (okay, maybe not t&of cheap), the tentacle established a new form for future animations, and coined the animation term “morphing.” This process involves taking two images, matching similar points (such as eye sockets, or limbs), and combining the two into one graphic. With increasingly advanced software now being available to any computer, even a novice computer user can create basic morphs using the techniques that ILhl invented.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day After the success ofTheAtryss, Cameron returned to ILM with another challenge. He wanted to create a sequel to his 1984 film
The Temimtur. In the original, Arnold Schwarzenegger portrayed the robotic antagonist bent on killing Sarah Connor. For Terminaror 2: Judgmenf Duy, Schwarzenegger was set to return as the hero, and for Cameron, that required a stronger and more advanced enemy. The idea became theT-1000, a robot made entirety of a liquid metal, who could morph himself into any shape. Utilizing the morphing techniques pioneered in The Abyss, Robert Patrick could change his arms into pointed spears of silver, or change the appearance of his entire body.
Jurassic Park and the Lost World Though the Star Wars Trilogy continue to be the films most closely associated with ILM, it was the 1993 hit Jurassic Park that thrust them into the spotlight, and marked the beginning of the CGI boom in Hollywood. With that movie, they gave moviegoers something they had never seen before: realistic, lifelike dinosau rs. When Michael Crichton’s popular novel was acquired by Universal Studios, the studio envisioned a movie with the most authentic looking dinosaur models ever created. Soon they would change their minds. Initially, the artists at ILM
were contracted, by Stephen Spielberg to place the dinosaur models into the finished film. It took the finest artists and animators in the studio to crcatc the simple demonstration of a dinosaur, but ;ts the legend has it in Hollywood, as soon as Spielberg saw the finish4 product, the use ofanimtitcd models in 1 iollywood was Enished. The most difficult task in creating the dinosaurs was to make them seem aIive. The key to that lay in the texture of the dinosaur’s skin. With 7’~~7r~lrrat~~2and T/leAbq the surfaces of the creatures were soft and fluid, but the dinosaurs had to be completely different. In accordance to the models that were used for closeups, the dinosaur skin had to be rough and pebbly, like the outside of a football. And it had to move as if there were real muscles flexing and real lungs cxpanding and collapsing underneath. By the time ILM finished the difficult task of producing the dinosaurs, their creative staff had tripled, as additional animators, artists and programmers were brought on board in order to get the project done. Undertaking The Lust World may have been the easiest project in ILM’s repetoire, for they had already laid the groundwork. But to simply equal their previous work was never the goal, and they succeeded in created dinosaurs that are more realistic looking, that interact perfectly with the actors, and would defy anyone to believe that these creatures don’t really exist.
The Mask Often forgotten among 1Lhl’s many great achievements, the 1994 Jim Carrey vehicle The Mrxrk marked yet another milestone in the melding of CGI and live action. When he donned a strange Norse mask, Carrey’s character became a zany, out of control madman whose body could contort into any number of different shapes and positions. The challenge in this was not simply adding new characters or objects to a scene, but to actually modify and morph a live actor’s face. The results were impressive and comical, for example, as Carrey’s heart leapt out of his chest and his face turned into a cartoon wolfs to match the lusty whistle he gives for an attractive cabaret singer. l
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Friday, May 30, 1997
New Orleans is sinking, man Global warming has arrived - like it or not
by Mike Imprint
t’s the end of a great week here at Waterloo, but this spring has been putrid up ‘til now. I was talking to a friend about this, and he said laughingly “guess this does in global warming, eh?” So what has happened with global warming, you might ask? The question could seem worth asking -we’ve been having some incredibly cold periods lately. This spring has seemed to be one of the coolest people remember, with cold, rainy day after cold rainy day. It brings back memories of last summer, which was one of the coolest I can remember for quite some time. So what’s up? Is globai warming an evil rumor stirred up by those maniacalcommunist environmentalists? The short and simple answer is that global warming does not equal people running around in shorts in the middle of winter, frolicking in poolsand getting suntans. What it does actually mean is an overall warming of the global temperature as an average. This has been proven to be occurring by scientific studies, but along with the problem of not seeing immediate results in your backyard, the temperature increases that are being discussed seem trivial to the average person. Many scientists have agreed that the average temperature across the globe has risen by approximately one degree, which is actually far more significant than it might sound. In addition to this one degree rise in surface temperature of the world on average, there have been more dramatic effects seen in the Antarctic. The surface temperatures in the area have actually risen by four to five degrees in the past fifty years. This is a dramatic effect by any measure - could you imagine if the highs in the summers were 40 instead of 35? The rise in temperature in this particular area is what really
makes some people concerned. The Antarctic is, of course, known for its huge ice sheets. However, what many people do not know about these ice sheets is that many of them have recently begun to break up. Melting of the ice has contributed to structural weakeningand the formation ofcracks. This cracking isn’t in itself what should beofconcern though. The real issue here is the melting of these huge, ancient deposits that are holding back enough water to cause drastic rises in the ocean levels of the world. The fact these caps are melting should be an issue of major concern, but for some reason it simply has not been reported to any great de-
gree. “So what?” you might ask. Well, so nothing as long as you don’t own beachfront property, or live in an area prone to flooding such as a coastline city. Citizens of such cities as Halifax, Vancouver, New York, and San-Francisco might feel a little uncomfortable with rising sea levels, As well as being hea’vily populated areas, these are also key areas for international trade. As odd as it sounds, these major sea ports are very vulnerable to flooding, at least on the level that might be possible with melting polar caps. However, there is another effect of global warming beyond simple temperature changes. It is
more than visible, and that everyone seems to be talking about. This problem is climate change, and its result is clearly visible in a decrease in the stability of weather patterns around the globe. One major group that has been paying more and more attention to this problem is the insurance industry, which has been taking a beating in the past few years. As a result of the marked increase in severe weather and the subsequent damage claims being filed, some insurers have begun to modify their policies for their own financia1 protection. Instead of a simple restriction on waterfront protection, some companies now require that property
being insured be as much as 50 miles inland in an attempt to minimize what could have been a death blow to the industry if weather trends continue. The thing that seems to be the most mind boggling about all of this information is that it is all so readily available to anyone who cares to look for it. There is no excuse to be ignorant about an issue that concerns us all to the degree that global warming does. We can only hope that we all realize this befot’e it’s too late to turn back the tides. For more information on this subject, look to the Web - official sites abound, and are well worth the time.
Chomskv would be proud by Mike Imprint
t’s a smoke filled room filled with burly, blunt faced men. Smoke drifts towards the ceiling, and the godless capital&t fossil-fuel industry owners are plotting the takeover of the western civiIization. It’s the kind of scene that would make Noam Chomsky’s day. That’s certainly the first thing that came to my mind when I began this book. Gelbspan is an excellent writer, but he takes some getting used to. For the first few chapters, I alternated between wondering if I was reading The X--ks or Noam Chomsky’s latest book; but with solid names and dates attributed to the accusations. After I had adjusted, I spent the rest of this book alternating between rage and disgust. The tale Geibspan has to tell is a simple enough one. It centres on global warming, and the war that is being waged over the mindset of the massesthe people who decide what happens to
it all. It tells the readers of corrupt scientists, who work with oil and coal funds to develop projects which always seem to come out with favorable results for the carbon fuel industries. Publications with mysterious sponsors that glorify global warming, and paint a happy scene of prosperity and happy, frolicking humans and beast& co-habiting in a newfound peace brought on by expanding deserts and salt flats. It’s all a bit much to swallow.
The sad thing about this was realizing that this wasn’t a made up story - that scientists would happily do the things they did for grant money. This is a most frustrating, angering story for science students out there who give a damn about scientific ethics and moralities. But the story here isn’t all simply an attack on the people who seem to have incurred Ross Gelbspan’s wrath. There is also some compelling evidence that goes to support the theory that global warming is upon us. It should definitely be noted that Gelbspan is hardly new to the environmental scene. Nor is he simply a copy boy for a major environmental group. Gelbspan has been an editor and reporter at
papers such as Tke Boston Globe and 1*Ze Village Voice, and has won a Pulitzer prize in the process. It’s a pleasure to see someone with definite authority in the journalistic world coming forward with a book like this. All in all, if you’re going to read one book on global warming, this should be it. The information is clearly laid out without any scientific babble, and is very clear. If there were one complaint to make, it would have to be that the visions he offers seem too apocalyptic. It’s perfect fodder for people who would like to see this book dismissed, and this book has a lot of excellent points to make. It’s an educational read that all environmentalists should be paying attention to.
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Cup finals take flight by Jeff Spitzig Imprint staff
here will be a new Stanley Cup Champion. The question is whether it will be the Detroit Red Wings or the Philadelphia Flyers. Let’s take a closer look at the finalists. The Flyers have the best record so far in the playoffs, and have the most goals for and the best plus/minus. They have looked most impressive, losing only one game in each of their first three rounds. Philadeiphia has a great team with big forwards who can score and a solid defence anchored by Paul Coffey and Eric Desjardins. Their only weakness is goaltending, with Ron Hextail as their starter. Philadelphia is very determined, depriving themselves and their fans the ceiebration of receiving the Prince of Wales trophy for winning the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings have defeated the defending Stanley Cup Champions. It was an amazing upset, but they achieved a key objective that they needed. They did something no other team has been able to do so far in the playoffs, they defeated Colorado in McNicholls Arena. As soon as they completed this formidable task, I thought that
they had a great chance of upsetting the Avalanche. Last issue I predicted the Red Wings would be “real trouble” if they stole one in Colorado. Detroit is different this year with the addition of Shannahan; they have a great
cup, with their fans screaming for it after last year’s abrupt end. The two teams will clash starting at: 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 in CoreStates Center. In this round the teams get a two day break after Saturday games, thus play-
.:: playoff team. has evidently building an saving it ail Wings have solid defence.
Scatty Bowman and Detroit learned a lot from last year, excellent playoff team and for the post season. The Red good scoring forwards and a Detroit is very hungry for a
ingonlyon Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Even though both teams have great offensive forwards, the series will be played very defensively. Defensive hockey is good, but too many teams try to put you-to sleep
when they have a late lead. When Philadelphia has a late lead, they play especially tight, going into a neutral zone trap. It: was a great treat though, when Detroit was leading game six of the Western Conference finals, to see them keep it wide open and get lots of scoring chances. Hupefuiiy they will keep it up this series, keeping the game exciting right until the finish. It is quite difficult to predict who will win this series, as the teams seem to be fairly equal. An ESPN SportsZone poll asking everyone who will win the cup is as close as the separation referendum was. Philadelphia has a big, physical team. Detroit is very hot, playing the best playoff hockey that I can ever remember seeing them play. At first I was leaning towards picking the Red Wings to win. The more I think about it though, the more I give the Flyers the edge. Detroit has trouble with physical teams, and the key to Philadelphia winning is them pounding the Red Wings into oblivion. I pick the Flyers to win the Cup in seven games. Regardless of who wins it should be a close, exciting series. Both teams have great hometown crowds who get really loud. Both teams are also on top of their games as well as being very hung&. -
Campus Recreation Leaders of the week An informative guide to Campus Redeation events, happenings and other goings on Ghdiator
Kelly Hurlbut Lifeguard
Jody Andruskiewicz Leader
Kelly has demonstrated great enthusiasm in her first term with Campus Recreation. Kelly is actively involved with fitness, both in and out of the pool. Kelly keeps everyone working hard in the pool during her aqua-fit classes and keeps everyone in “step” in her step-classes. Her busy schedule often finds Kelly teaching several classes back to back. And that isn’t the only challenge that keeps Kelly working hard. Kelly is actively involved with the aquatics program at UW. Besides working as a lifeguard at the pool, she is currently involved with training with the lifeguard team for the Provincial Championships. Thank you, Kelly, for your hard work, from the participants in your programs and your co-workers. Keep up the good work!
Jody has been involved with Campus Recreation for a number of terms and each term, his enthusiasm seems to grow. This term, he is working as the Coordinator of Referees and as a referee in ball hockey. Jody has done an excellent job getting the ice and bail hockey leagues running this term. He has worked hard to get the officials ready for the challenges in all the leagues. Jody led the general referees meeting and set up training meetings for the ice and ball hockey leagues. He has previously been involved as a Referee-in-Chief, served on the Protest and Conduct Board and worked with the Campus Recreation Advisory Council. Thank you, Jody, for your enthusiasm and your dedication to Campus Recreation. Keep up the good work!
tars, but we are using real people and having real fun, The activities are a surprisc, so yau will just have to wait and see what the Aqua-diators have cooked up for you. To be a part of this fun, teams OI individuals must register by Wednesday, June4 in PAC 2053, oryou can call Rebecca Bayd at x 5034,
Want some challenge? Want some Fun? Well, check out the happenings in. [he pool ehis summer. In June, the pool Is going to by invaded by the Gladiator Games and it is sure to be a wet and wild time,Campus Recreation and the Aquatits staff ate putting together a fun-filltid and exciting evening of chalXen”es in rh$: EC Pals pool ‘to celebrate NatiaGl ,Water Safety Week. ” jI. ,: Rex Pals is a volunteer group aper. What is &t.ional Water Saf@Wdek? ateil by Campus Recreation to help eveEvery year, in Canada, ncarliy 1000 peaqmne get involved with Campus Rccrea. ple die in *at&-related accidents, and tion, and the facilities at the PAC and most of these accidents canbe prevented, CRC, Ret Pals works with studems with Drowning. is the third t&ding cause: of al! : disabilities by providing them with a part. ner to gssist them, And, it is easy to gel actiidental deaths, ,cxce&ded only by m? involved with Rgc Pats. f f you would lik< tar cob&m, and :6#Y P$tional Sakq Water W&k reminds Cvcvone about the m+ information or assistance from Rer I?&, just call the Campus Recreatior proper way, to enjoy the water, ‘$0 everyone can have fun, enjoy thewaterand stay Coordinator at x 63410, or you cm ~111 tht Office for Persons with Disabilities at ‘I safe. : i What are the Gladiator GGrm? Well, %53, or. TDY/TDD at x 4U44. If yet would like to help with the Ret Pals pro teams will bechall@gingthe Aqua-diators gram, you can register at the PAC a&t in a variety tif activ& in the pool. It is.3 watery tier&n of the American Gladiaroom 2039,
May 30, 1997
Terminal Stupidity by Jeff Peters
It’s time to put them to rest special
t is apparent that with the end of the 19961997 NHL season, a lot of hockey fans will soon feel the pangs ofdeprivation. Well, I say to all you fans not to worry, for our summer national sport has already arrived. To all you puckheads out there, I bring you lacrosse. Now, you may be already asking me, “Why would I want to play lacrosse?” I shall answer this as so; if you like hockey, then I believe that you will enjoy lacrosse. In reality, there are two types of lacrosse. There is field lacrosse (played outdoors) and box lacrosse (played in an arenas). For the rest of this article, I shall convey to you the joys of box lacrosse. I know that there are some misconceptions about lacrosse. Fortunately for you, I am in your humble service to squash these myths and present the truth about our national sport. For example:
Not really. If you take a look at the rink, you will find that it is somewhat similar to ice hockey (there are some subtle differences though, I advise you to look for them). The action, however, is exactly the same as in ice hockey. You do have face-offs, the defencemen, the wingers, the centre, the checks and penalties; there are many facets that ice hockey and lacrosse share. However, there are no off-sides or icing and there is a 30 second shot clock. These actually enhance the game, thus producing more action.
Now, I admit, some games do tend to proliferate this myth. But it will probably comfort you to know that lacrosse is even less violent then ice hockey, American football or football Association. Yes, there are body checks, penalties and even fighting. But, the OLA ensures that the injuries are kept to a minimum. A situa-
tion where a game grows out of control or a player is seriously injured is very rare.
If you can run, then you can play lacrosse. Unlike ice hockey, which requires the player to Iearn how to skate and master the fundamentals of skating, lacrosse only requires the person to run; the catching of the small white Indian rubber ball and bodychecking will be mastered by the player as he gains more playing time and practice time. So anyone can play lacrosse. There are probably more myths abound, but for the sake of time, I must continue this another time. Hopefully this article has helped eliminate some of the confusion about lacrosse.
Okay, I don’t get it. What’s the big deal nowadays with pro athletes or coaches guaranteeing victories. It seems now that nearly every time you turn on the television, some overambitious yahoo is guaranteeing that their team is going to win. So what? The whole thing started back in Super Bowl III when a cocky Joe Namath guaranteed that his heavily underdogged NewYork Jets would win the big game. They did, with Namath leading his troops to victory. The legend ofthat guarantee still lives to this day. Unfortunately since then, athletes looking to fire up themselves or their teammates have resorted to this tactic in the hopes that it will bring them success. The problem is, nobody carts anymore. It was cool when Namath did it, but now it has gotten old and tiresome. The novelty has worn off and that level of excitement just isn’t there. If you make promises and don’t keep them, pretty soon people will stop believing you. By recycling an old, tired idea that really has no merit to it at all, these people are simply saying
that they have no other motivation, so they’d better make some up. I’m sure that right now Namath is looking upon all 01 this with disgust, seeing how his once great tradition has been ruined by a bunch ofjackasses looking to make a name for themselves. Besides, just what is it that these guys are putting up as a guarantee? What if they lose? What happens then? WilI they pay us? Will they buy us tickets for the next game? Will they buy me a pony? What will they do if they don’t Iive up to their guarantee? Get ready for a shock. Nothing. What a surprise! To remedy this problem, I suggest that the next time anybody guarantees victory, we should laugh in their faces and demand something in return should they fail to live up to theit promise. That way, we’ll win in either one of two ways. People will either finally stop coming up with half-hearted guarantees of victoryor, even better, when they lose, we’ll get stuff. About the only guarantee that you can believe is that this will never happen.
by Greg Picken
Na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye
After months of speculation from Toronto’s hockey pundits, Cliff Fletcher is no longer the president/general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. His stay in Toronto was parabolic, joining a floudering team with a questionable future and little in the present, and leaving a team in a similar state. In betweem were a couple of great years and a glimmer of hope. But, as the clich6 says, all that glitters ain’t gold. When Fletcher came to Toronto, he instituted a five year plan to move the team back to legi timate contender status. A year later, Pat Burns was brought in to coach, and the Leafs posted a stunning 99 point season, coming within a goal of the Stanley Cup finals. And in a cruel twist of fate, that great season marked the beginning of the end for both Pat Burns and Cliff Fletcher. According to the game plan, success was to be built from the bottom up, through drafting and player development, plus a trade or free agent signing for accent. When the Leafs overachieved in 1992-93, the pressure from both fan and media was too great, and the plan had to change. Youth was exchanged for veteran talent. Older players held roster spots while youngsters spent more time in the minors. Player development effectively ended, and the Leafs went on an all-ornothing run. Can you figure out the result?
What’s truly strange is that Toronto’s farm team in St. John’s has had a long history of successful teams, always icing a talented, winning squad of players, Now quick, name one good nongoaltender on the current Leafs roster that came through St. John’s, Therein lies the fundamental problem with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization: the inability to develop talent that impacts the NHL team, on ice or off. The list of successes is few: Felix Potvin, Damian Rhodes, Mark Crawford and maybe Marcel Cousineau. The list of failures is a wasteland populated by names like Pearson, Thornton, Berehowsky, Snell, Convery, Augusta, Kudashov, etc. etc. etc. Possibly the best thing to come out of St. John’s coached Colorado to the Stanley Cup last year. Even in the front office, all we see areveteran hockey men; no young blood, no rising stars. The assistant GM position, used by most quality teams to groom a future general manager, was held by now-acting GM Bill Watters, a talented man, but not the future of the organization. What would have been the best solution to the Leafs’ current woes wasn’t to turf Fletcher. Instead, the powers that be should have handed out the pink slips to the majority of the front office. That’s where the youth movement should have been started, from the top down, not at ice level. Bring
a vital new spirit to the good ship Maple Leaf, but retain Fletcher for a couple more years until the new GM has been groomed. Sure Cliff made some horrible moves, but he also made some decent acquisitions, and with a proverbial gun to his head at the trading deadline, dealt well-paid veterans for what could amount to a group of talented young players. Why the Leafs’ head honchos decided to turf Fletcher in the midst of this renewal is beyond understanding. One thing’s for sure, Cliff Fletcher is a smart hockey man, and won’t be unemployed for long. Obviously, the plan I’ve outlined is not likely to happen immediately, but the next few months are crucial for owner Steve Stavros, as his already shaky reputation with be cemented as either a d$cent owner, or the second coming of Harold Ballard. But for all his effort, the Cliff Fletcher era deserves the same epitaph as the Pat Burns years: it wasn’t perfect, but thanks. Random
months back, a certain Imprint Sports writer predicted that Roger Clemens and John Olerud would return to glory this season. Further proof that genius is at work around here. . .Watch for the Raptors to package their first round pick to a team looking to get rid of a decent, high-salaried forward. Seattle’s Shawn Kemp is an unlikely possibility, but Detroit’s Otis .Thorpe is one of a
number of players up for grabs. . . It’s a sad statement about the futuri of the PGA when success is measured not by winning a tournament, but by finishing ahead of Tiger Woods. . .Take heart Blue Jay fans, we have the worst offense in the American League, but we lead the majors in game-winning walks and blown saves by balk.. . Donovan Bailey will kick some American ass!
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Pure ecstacy and all good chemicals The Chemical Brothers w/ The Orb IT&?WurehoIcse Tuesday
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wo guys in toques, two brothers with a lot of chemistry and a shitload of big electronic gizmos. The show (notice how the word concert is not used) was nothing short of ‘electronica-fying.‘The venue was too smrtll for the number of tickets sold. The majority of the crowd appeared to be waiting around anxiously for the start of a rock concert. Rut there would be no Tragically Flip or IJ.2 taking the stage. Instead, two guys in toques practically snuck up there and began fiddling with turntables, samplers and Cod knows what else. The result wasThe Orb, most likely unknown to many in the crowd, but to those of us who rruly dwell in the rcalrn of electonica, worth getting there
early for. The music started off at about lOp.m., slower at times but then worked up to a danceable beat. The Orb was nothing short of pure talent, playing continuously until 12:30. They satisfied our ears, by spinning and mixing together an endless stream of songs, many recognizable from rheir latest release, VrGGn. Many people in the audience caught the vibe and began to dance, while those who either had two left feet orcouldn’t carry a “phat beat” in the proverbiat bucket could enjoy the show by staring at the monster screen flashing trippy images and designs. The Orb put on a truly unique, exciting and clearly very live performance, and deserve as much credit for making the show as the Chemical Brothers. Then there was this “intermission-like” time. The crowd was kept entertained with some good music and some strange looking roadies. We were all anxious to see the two Brits. Suddenly, a woman’s voice, singing in a southern gospel style, spreads through the darkness, and
the lyrics “The Brother’s Gonna Work It Out” flashed repetitively onto the screen, rolling out the red carpet for the entrance of The Chemical Brothers. The players, Ed Simons and Tom Rowtands, burst onto the stage with a roar of approval from the crowd and, without a moment’s hesitation, immediately broke into “Leave Home,” the lead track on the 1995 release EX~I Ps’an~t LAW. They continued to play without a break in the, action/noise and at times this seemed to confuse the audience, who were never quite sure when to whistle or clap, or whether they should even bother at all. There were no obvious pauses to chat or banter, just an endless stream of delightfIll noise. From the introduction, the Brothers blended in the now popular Block Rockin’ Beats (no thanks to City TV’s Electric Circus) and many other pieces from their new release, Dig KM- ~QW Ho/e. LJnlike The Orb’s performance, it was difficult to tell if they were spinninganyvinyl, but there was an obvious presence of syn-
thesizing and use of the sa mpler, their “instrumen t of choice” because they can actually hit it. The energy level of the music surpassed that of conscious thought and the visual show composed of the screen, lights and The Chemical Brothers wildly banging on stuff, was equally exhilarating. However, the highlight had to be the performance of an excellent remix of the ever popular and overplayed “Setting Sun.”
Yup - Noel Gallagher was nowhere in the building and much to my personal delight, his voice was twisted, contorted and sampled beyond recognition. . As a whole, the evening and morning of the show were that of pure ecstasy. Not the ingested kind, but that of pure sound that made the brain fuzzy with noise and warmth all over, even after the conscious mind regained control and reality struck home again.
Let the battle Superfriendz vs. Thrusn Hermit
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Thrush Hermit had a major fight ahead of them. Beginning with old favourites such as “25 alright” and “All Dressed Up,” they maintained the same musical genius as when they began as highschoolers in the eighties. Anyone familiar with a Thrush Hermit show knows that they never fail to pull out all the rock moves. Since they began with Nobody Famozrs,their debut indie cassette, all the way through to the newest Sweet Ho?zJ~?+&~~, they’ve proved to be true lovers of what they do - Rock & Roll. Yes, they brought their fa-
Boredom.” The set continued in classic Superfriendz style, playingsongs fromMvck Up&A&own and their latest, Slideshow. These guys are well known around KW, particularly from Patrick Wilkins’ basement, where they played a surprise show last summer. Claiming “this is one of the best shows we’ve played,” the Superfriendz began their last song. Much like Thrush Hermit, they appreciate the intimacy and close contact with their audience.
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If thcrc’s any lineup worth blowing your eardrums over, this is the one. Unfortunately, most people (myself included) weren’t aware that the show started at 7 p.m., hence the sparse crowd for Wilt’s opening set. He played some newer songs, such as “Real Stories of the Highway,” and from what 1 heard, his material keeps getting better. The word buzzing around after The Local Rabbits set was that they “fucking rocked” and it was “the best show ever.” I kick myself for missing them too. There has never been such an excited crowd at the Koiova as that which awaited Superfriendz. Pat opened with a smashing rendition of “Come Clean.” The song had hardly ended before he swiftly meshed it into “Rescue Us From
Sd close it was, in fact, that a girl in the audience fainted, but as Pat reassured us, she’s doing fine. To end an already outstanding performance, Katrina from Plumtree was invited to play harmonica on a rockabilly rockout of “Lost Woman” by the Yardbirds. Ben from Local Rabbits also jumped in, harmonica in hand. He also enticed thecrowd to chant “Superfriendz!“, until the music simply exploded in sheer indie kid bliss. If it were a gospel song, even Jesus would be floored.
mous neon sign with them yet again, only this time it kept sputtering out. To avoid any epileptic seizures, they cut it off, saying “the sign’s history. Now we have to rely on our musical...on ourselves.” The night continued with the best rock show imaginable but then again, that’s all that Thrush Hermit will ever sctcle for. At the end I was asked who I thought won the battle of Superfriendz vs. Thrush Hermit. If you were there, then you can choose. If you weren’t there, well, we know who the loser was.
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Friday, May 30, 1997
The movie quickly becomes an endless sequence of action scenes and chases, showcasing the latest in special effects technology. There’s a noble confronta-
talists want to export the dinosaurs to a series of zoos. Havoc ensues, people become lunch, and the puppet wranglers and animators earn their paychecks. The true highlight to the film is the ending sequence, where the male T-rex is brought back, a la KingKong, to San Diego, where he escapes on a destructive rampage. It’s a great end to the film,
tion between the scientists, led by Jeff Goldblum’s slighty sarcastic Ian Malcolm and the capitalists, led by the new CEO of InGen. The scientists want to preserve the island, while the capi-
and a hilarious send-up to Godzilla. T/ra Lost World delivers on everything it promises: great visuals, fast action, and lots of dinosaurs.
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ike Myers cakes parts of people he meets in every day life, distills their particular behavioural traits to raw quirks, adds some of himself and then exaggerates those traits into hilarious, larger than life characters. It was easy to be taken in by Wayne Campbell, the stereotypical stunned teen from Wayne’s World, with his television-polished charm. InSo /MU= nid nri Axe hh-ah-er, Myers recycled another Saturday Night Live character, the “if it’s not: Scottish,
it’s crap” guy, as his character’s father. That resulted in some of the funniest sequences I’ve ever seen in an ex-SNLer’s movie. Austin Powers is another great creation from Myers. A horny, dynamic, charismatic, horny, rotten-toothed, horny fashion photographer/secret agent. Austin Powers is a sixties throwback, cryogenically frozen thirty years ago and thawed in the present day to thwart the plans of arch enemy Dr. Evil, also played expertly by Myers. Dr, Evil is another great character paralleling the James Bond bad guy Dr. No, and is part of the entire 60s spy film spoof that is at the heart of Austin Powers. There are underground command centres, easily evaded death traps and other elements satirizing spy movies of the period. The 60s free love versus 90s political correctnessangle is probably the weakest part of the movie, except for the antics of Austin. It’s great to see his ‘ready for group sex at anytime’ attitude juxtaposed against our current postaids reality, but when they stop and spell it out for us during exchanges between Myers and costar Elizabeth Hurley, it’s a lesson just as childish as the humour in the movie. b The movie also sets itself apart with the soundtrack. The songs on the original soundtrack fit perfectly with the character of Austin Powers. A remix of Space’s “Female of the Species,” as well as songs from Edwyn Collins, The Cardigans, and The Divinyls “I Touch Myself’ all fit 60s nostal-
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ack in 1993, a group of movie makers sought to show the trouble that would inevitably emerge if humans were to bring dinosaurs back from extinction through the miracle of cloning. IJnfortunately, Ju~-u.~pC PAW+ was released at the same time and no one bothered to see Roger Corman’s Camosuu~ 4s incredible as the dinosaurs were in J~assic P4, they are even more impressive this time around. There is a greater variety, as the animators have added stegasaurs, hadrosaurs and more toJurassir&~~‘s healthy doses of velociraptors, triceratops, and of course, the family of three tyrannosaurs. The ~AOS~World takes an entirely different tone than its predecessor, one that is much darker and foreboding. It’s clear from the very beginning that the dinosaurs rule the island, and ir doesn’t take a far nerd ~0 set them free.
gia being evoked by the film’s look and the over the top sexuality of Austin Powers. There are even versions of Was Que Nada” and “Soul Bossanova” from Sergio Mendes and Quincy Jones and his Orchestra. Both are great tunes round out a fun soundtrack.
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oing into this show, I wasn’t expecting a heck of a lot. Granted, these are professionals, but this was also a newly renovated theatre which
could very well have some kinks yet to be worked out. I was disappointed with the size of the pit band, consisting of just four musicians. Conducted by woodwind/keyboard player Rob Carli, they produced a very tight, if not particularly full sound throughout the night. The musicians are located to the far left of the audience in a corner by the stage, which brings them more to the forefront than needed. However, thcsc flaws can be explained as the birthing throes of a new theatre, and will (if properly handled) not be a problem in coming months. The show itself was almost perfect. Making the most of their limited budget, the Waterloo Theatre has a revolving set that is used for all nine different settings. Although not of all the scene changes went smoothly (a wall tottered and nearly collapsed), nothing incredibly disturbing happened. Even with a cold, Dale
Mieske as Vernon Gersch was the perfect conduit for the dry humor that: pervades T/le;lf’re P&fing 0~ Song. He pulled off every song with aconfidence and natural ease that wove the audience even deeper into the play. His alter egos (Robert Brown, Todd Crouse, Tim Seabrook) played their roles quite satisfactorily. As well, Shelagh Ranelli as Sonia Walsk put her all into the performance. While I find the character of Sonia to be the weaker-written of the pair, nothing was left to be desired with Ranelli’s performance. Her singing and acting made up for any flaws in the script, most evident in “I Still Believe In Love”. Her alter egos (Jessica Bowman, Julie Macleod, Kara Lynn Purdy) were in tune and in step for the entire show. Overall, a good freshman effort from the Waterloo Stage theatre. If this is a preview of what is yet to come, I’ll be the first in line for the next show.
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They just keep going, and going, and going Echo and the Bunnymen I!& Guvmwmt May 22, 1497 by Jillian Dra@ special to Imprint
t seems as though we are all getting a bit too old for the exciting marathon-length rock concerts of our youth. Bricish popsters Echo and the Bunnymen must have had this thought in mind when they launched this tour in support of their forthcomingalbumE~~~~~ti~ to be released next month. This tour was the first for the band in the last ten years, after their string of albums in the early 198Os, with all the original band members present (with the exception of drummer Pete de Freitas, who died in an accident
in 1989). Perhaps it was the hype surrounding rhe reunion that had the audience expecting more. When they hit the stage they put on a solid show musically, but there were two key ingredients missing: energy and enthusiasm. They opened their set under scant blue lighting, with frontman Ian McCulloch highlighted in the smoky shadows, creating an aura of mystique appropriate as a backdrop for the music. The audience was welcomed off the top with an old favorite, the 1981 single “A Promise,” followed by a few songs from the new album. After a few songs it became apparent that Ian McCulloch wasn’t truly enjoying himself. The only communication with the audience all night was the usual “...glad to be here, this is the new sin&le...“; hardly anything inspiring. He made no attempt at concealing his annoyance at the sound
and light crews as seen by the various sneers and gestures he displayed throughout the concert. In betweendrinksandcountIess cigarettes, he crooned all the old favourites, yet it just wasn’t enough for this audience to get in the mood. Classics like “Rescue,” “The Back of Love,” and “Lips Like Sugar” failed to entice the crowd into a frenzy worthy of a rock concert. Powerfully somber songs like “The Killing Moon” and the eerie cover of the Doors’ “People are Strange” were played too early in the set to be properly anticipated and appreciated by the crowd, leaving us pacified, but not begging for more. The new songs are catchy, but the lyrics sound rather plain, with less depth and creativity than someoftheirearlierworkThough in recent interviews McCullough claims this to be his greatest work todate. The highlight of the night
was an amazing ten minute rendition of the 1982 hit “DO it Clean,” to which he added several extra verses, some of which were spoken monologue, the finale of which actually brought the tired crowd to a dull roar. The first set was an hour in
photo by Paul kncoret length, and after a poor encore request, the band trudged out for an additional half hour before packing it in. It was only l&30. I suppose this was a concert geared to the working generation, a result of when rockstars and fans alike burn out before their time.
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k, sure. So why bother listening to Gene when we already have hiorrissey? That seems to be the ever-pressing question I encounter almost every time I mention this band’s name. Yet, the devotion of the few, but dedicated, Gene fans I have happened upon is overwhelming. Preceding Gene, Star 69
played a cute, but rather mediocre set of poppy tunes. Including a cover of “Girl from Mars,” compliments of Ash. The set was punctuated by brief, unwitting, and sometimes ditzy comments between songs. Not taking the stage until 11:30 p.m., Gene’s lateness set a romantic, yet eager atmosphere, rather than one of impatience. Beginning their set with the new album’s opener “New Amusemen ts,” leading man Martin Rossiter mermerizingly guided the audience through an hour and a half of love, envy, drunkenness, and sobriety with his alluring
and genteel. Thecaptivated chorus offans actually drowned out Rossi ter’s cornplaintive crooning at times. Covering all of the old favourites such as “Olympian,” “Sick, Sober, and Sorry,” and “Haunted by You,” as well as the latest singles “Fighting Fit” and “Where Are They Now?,” Gene did not leave this crowd disappointed. After mo encores, the show gradually rolled to a satisfying end. All the songs chat we wanted to hear were played, and most everyone went home to bed with a Cheshire Cat grin on their face. Well, at least I did.
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ast Friday, the crowd at Mrs. Robinson’s was treated to a dynamic performance by the Leslie Spit Treeo. For those who love straight forward, no-nonsense rock and roll, The Leslie Spit Treeo never disappoints. The Kitchener date was part of Treeo’s current tour in support of their new double CD album entitled “Chocolate Chip Cookies.” The album, released a month and a h&f ago, contains no less than 42 tracks, of which all but two are new. The band has undergone some personal changes and now comprises original members: Laura Hubert on vocals and Pat Langner, the band’s writer and guitarist. New additions to the
band include: Shaun Noronha on proved to be a good compliment for Leslie Spit Treeo. Bertha’s bass, Mike Minnie on lead guitar, and Vince Montagano on drums. Attic was tight, hard-hitting and Sax man Dermot Whelan accomput on an entertaining show. panied the Treeo for a number of songs. With the new lineup, the Treeo have not lost their edge. Their performance was solid, straight forward and energetic. Hubert’s powerful voice commanded the attention of the audience. The crowd was won over. AI though Langner authors the band’s material, the credit for “It’s a Dog’s Life” was given to Tag, their dog. Amongst Tag’s other accomplishments is that he has been named the president of the band’s new label. Local band, Bertha’s Attic, opened for Mie Spit. the Treeo. This aspirphoto by Christopher Skene ing hard rock band
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b,r Shane Matheson Imprint staff After a momentary loss of consciousness and picking myself up off the floor, I dusted myself off and decided to listen to the album again. This may prove fatal ifyou happen to have a heart condition. This, the second major release of the Brothers Chemical, proves that following upon the heels of one immensely superb album is nor all that hard when the talent for mixing and sampling comes as easily as this. From the now infamous opening track, “block rockin’ beats,” through to the finale, “the private psyehacdclic reel,” this album has a much different feel, although a constant chemical sound with that of the first relcasc, /+ir Planet
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In the world of alternative music these days, originality is becoming more difficult to find. The premiere release of London, Ontario artist Sister Someone doesn’t go all that far in breaking that convention. ‘l’hc first song basically sums up the album - “Less than Expected.” With a pseudo-Alanis pox on the cover, the music was a very weak imitation of the Queen of Alternative. Sounding like a mix between Dolores O’liiordan of the Cranberries and Morissettc, the vocals aren’t all that painful to listen to, but they are a little generic. The songs, angst filled and full of melancholic sentiment, are intelligently written but have a
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John William s may just be one of the greatest composers alive today. Sure, purists will say that writing the music for movies hardly ranks on the same scale as the Pachelbel’s Canon, or any of Beethoven’s symphonies, but how can you argue with a body of
Dllst. From the first album come the singles “Leave Home” and “Life is Sweet,” which show the strength of the album, but not the pure beauty that the brothers can produce as in the final crack “Alive Alone.” The new album shows a much more complex weaving of, well, noise for lack of a better word. The brothers take, in most cases, a simple beat, expand and repeat it and then add in dubs, samples, turntable mixing and synthesizer sounds to create a complex harmony. This allows for the bending of one’s mind. The very repetitive theme of being jilted. Relationships are a great thing to write about but when that ends the range of life experiences you can explore, the formula soon gets tedious. Musically though, the band knows how to play. The sound is crisp and clean, if a little too overproduced. Sooner or later, someone is going to create a new type of sound that is exciting, Unfortunately, it is not this sister. Not this time any how.
work as memorable, moving and exciting as the greatest classical works? For The Lost World, Williams brings back many of the familiar melodies from Jurassic Park, but contorts them to match the darker, more ominous tones of the movie. Using his established method of “leitmotif,” Williams assigns a specific melody to each of the major characters and dinosaurs. Like the “Imperial March” or Princess Leia’s theme from Star WIG, the music sets the mood and introduces each of thecharacters and dinosaurs, providing a thrilling backdrop to the movie.
“setting sun,” alfirst single, though popular, is possibly the weakest track on the album and appears in the middle, along with a remixed version of “get up on it like this” from the Loops offGuy El?. The album starts strongly with the “block rockin’ beats” and the title track “dig your own hole” and then leads into the “elektrobank” and “piku,” which show the talent the brothers have and the depth that the technorock song can attain. The album doesn’t so much as peak, but plateau in the middle and then mellow towards the end of the album with the beautiful track “where do i begin,” featuring the beautiful vocals of Beth Orton. Then into the final track of “the private psychedelic reel,” which is just pure pleasure for the ear and hypnotic to the trance inducingstate. So, when the patented snare of the brothers kicks in, you just can’t help but move until the track ends, and then, against your will, you will listen again, and agam....
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The unique package is both interesting, and horribly annoying. Instead of the standard jewel case, this cardboard CD case folds out into a 31) dinorama. Draw your own opinions, just be warned. It’s always a safe bet that a Williams-composed soundtrack will greatly accentuate any film, and provide a greatly entertaining listen afterwards. Though it will not likely bring home yet another Oscar for the Williams’ bookshelf, T/re I&t Iliorln score conjures up great memories of an exciting film, and complements its breakneck action.
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by San&a Arora special to Imprint Just released a few weeks ago, Mary J. Blige’s new CDShnreMy Worldis already at the top of R&B charts and listening to this new album, it’s easy to see why. A lot of names familiar to the R&B/I-Lip Hop scene made guest appearances on this album which include the likes of: Lil’Kim, NAS, and R.Kelly. Some of the success of this album can be creditcd to the songwriting skills of James Harris III and Terry Lewis, whose lyrical writing abilities helped take Janet Jackson to the top. in addition, Babyface, the popular singer-songwriter, wrote two songs for this album. There are certain tracks on this CD that I listen to over and over. “I Can Love You” is the
first track on this CD, a track that also features Lil’ Kim, is sure to be a favourite on the R&B club scene. Although a lot of slow jams tend to sound the same, “hlissing” by Babyfacc, definitely stands out with a style of its own. “Everything” is another phat track, featuring excernts from the
song “You Are Everything” originally performed by the Stylistics, and a sample from “The Payback” by the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Also included in this recording arc “Not Gon’ Cry” from the “Waiting to Exhale”soundtrack, and a remake of the classic, “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman.” Although Mary J. Blige has never been one of my favorite R&B female artists, this CD now puts her close to the top. This may seem extreme, but the praise is definitely well deserved. For all of the R&B fans out there, even if you were never a Mary J. Blige fan, this is still one CD vou’ll want in vour collection.