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his past weekend saw a lot of action both on and off the University of Waterloo campus. Sloan performed at Lulu's on Sanuday night to a large and excited crowd. Chis Murphy, pictured above, paformed Sloan favourites as well as some great songs from their new album, U%emrk Chgeh.For details, check out the story in Arts on page 20-21. "Single and Sandy," a presentation put on by the Federation of Studem, was held on F11and is pictured on the left It saw four spirited groups compete in the Mocktail contest. The event was held in the Great Hall in the S X . Off-Campus Dons won the contest, with the Wellness Centrein a close second. The ExchangeGroup and students from V i g e also took pert in the event The event also included a limbo contest in the Bombshelter, pinatas, lots of dancingand kprizes. The Ttunkcy desk hosteda coffee house,pictured below, to showcasethe talents of students hIlowiag'Single and Sandy"on Friday. The nextco&ehauseis scheduled f a some timein Mach. Check out more details about the coffee house in Arts on page 22.


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atthew Crane doesn’t look like a 23-year-old who manufactures complex synthetic drugs. However, the fourthyear UW Computer Science student pled guilty this week to three charges of conspiring to traffic in heroin and conspiring to sell Katemine. Charges are still pending on the conspiracy to traffic MDA and ecstasy, both of which hold larger penalties. Crane rented space in an industrial mall at 1601 VictoriaStreet North in Kitchener and purchased significant amounts of chemical equipment to manufacture ecstasy and MDA, both of which are common drugs in the ‘rave’ counter-culture. Crane will enter his plea on the ecstasy and MDA charges on March 19. Crane is a PEI native who seems both remorseful and defiant at the same time. Crane admits that the production is “never all about money” and that within “the rave culture, what I was doing would not have been perceived as criminal.” Despite other media reports that his production was crude and basic, Crane possesses incredible knowledge of the particular scientific processes required to produce the synthetic stimulants. “The thing with amphetamines is that they’re very easy to purify,” Crane comments, highlighting the ability to produce ecstasy without fears of contamination. “Even

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the really active crystallizers require the free-base to be very pure,” Crane adds, contradicting the “common misconception that there’s all these cuts” in synthetically produced drugs.

“It’s not pleasant to use things in excess.” Crane was cautious to ensure that he didn’t comment on where he spent the profits of his produce or how long he has been in the business. Crane is currently being held on $65,000 bail, which “are pretty unusual circumstances,” admits Crane, but the police “want to put forth the perception that drug offenders are the most likely to reoffend.” Crane said that “it’s not that hard” to get the amount of capital required to enter the business. “If you really want to do something, you can do it,” noted Crane, who compared entering the drug business to entering any other business market. Crane feels that the significant investigation by police into his activities “missed out on a lot of the story.” Although the police recorded hun-

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dreds of conversations of Crane’s, he feels they misjudged a number of his intentions. Crane explicitly denies comments that he produced Katemine as a date-rape drug. ‘Katemine’s not a date-rape drug. YOU would have to inject a gram to get someone” to that state, says Crane adding, “It tastes horrible: you couldn’t slip it into a drink without someone noticing it.” Despite his feelings about the police investigation, Crane understands their intentions. “They waited a while,” Crane notes, “they wanted to get as many people involved as possible.” Crane hopes that he will have a “reasonable presentation” in front of the Crown, stressing its ability to understand the crimes involved. Citing that the police “sort of see sociologists, themselves as criminoligists and chemists,” Crane feels that the Crown .has a greater ability to understand the nuances of his case. Crane, who was only a “maintenance drug user” during his time in

production, often slept as little as LLfive minutes per week.” Crane adds that he was %ever big on using” and that Yt’s not pleasant to use things in excess.” Crane notes that Yeveryone knew I was doing it,” and that most

Crane did consider shutting down the business. people have ubeen really supportive” since his arrest. Crane did consider shutting down the business during his production days however, because, near the end, he had ‘%everal people depending on [him] for. . . their well-being.” Crane feels that it often seemed likely that the police would catch up with his activities. “If they know some-

thing’s going on with large amounts of money, it kind of feeds itself,” says Crane. Crane admits, “I certainly don’t consider this the end of my life,” and hopes that in five years he uwon’t be in jail,” Crane highlights a precedent set by a recent drug case where the accused received two years in prison. Crane hopes that his sentence will be similar and not the three and half years the Crown is requesting. Crane hopes he will be able to serve his sentence in provincial prison but realizes the possibility of being forced into a federal penitentiary. Crane’s parents came from PEI to attend his initial plea. Crane admitted that they’re pretty upset-as any parents would be. Crane admits that “it’s easy to rationalize in a situation when you need the money,” but that he regrets his actions. Accentuating the point, Crane comments “I fucked up two years of my life - of course I regret it.” Crane completes his time here at Uw this spring when he graduates with a degree in computer science.

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he voting for this year’s Federation of Students elections has come and gone with few people taking notice. Voter turnout was “the lowest in recent memory,” according to Feds’ Chief Returning Officer Avvey Peters. At the end of voting only eight per cent of students had cast or declined a ballot, and the results are still two weeks away due to a foul-up in the mail-in vote for coop students. The results weren’t surprising to Peters, nor to Imprint, whose election poll suggested another low voter turnout year. Contributing to this year’s numbers was the lack of referenda and two executive acclamations, which has historically lowered the voter turnout in elections. With the exception of Desiree Taric, acclaimed to the position of Vice President, Student Issues, all of this year’s candidates were from the Faculty of Arts. Usually, voter turnout is higher in faculties which have a candidate running. At the top of the turnout list -this year was, unsurprisingly, the Faculty of Arts,

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Oneofthefewpeoplewhoactuallyshoweduptovote. which had 11 per cent of eligible voters show up at the polls, down from 14 per cent last year. The most dramatic shift occurred in engineering, where seven per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot, down from 22 per cent last year. Lastyear’soverallturnout was 17 per cent. Peters was also pleased to report that there were no complaints of candidates breaching the Feds election policy during this year’s campaign for the first time in three years.

The final results will be announced by the Feds on Wednesday, March 1. Candidates for President and Vice-President, Education will have to wait until then to discover their fate. Imprint will be there to bring you the results and the reaction of the candidates in our March 3 issue. Results of this year’s races for student senate positions will also be announced on March 1.

For detailed statistics on voter turnout, see page 6.


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he light is still amber for the University of Waterloo’s proposal to build a new infrastructure on campus to house the expected influx of new students in the coming years. On February 7, 2000 Minister of Training Colleges and Universities, Dianne Cunningham, announced that the details on the allocation of capital funds to universities through the government’s SuperBuild growth fund would be announced within the month. The University of Waterloo made two submissions to the fund, including a renewed request for funding to build the Centre for Environmental and Information Technologies (CEIT). The Ontario ‘government promised UW funding for the CEIT in 1995, but then quickly withdrew it. The project has been on hold ever since. UW’s first submission is for funding to build the Centre for Environmental and Information Technologies, an addition to E3 and the Engineering Lecture Hall, and a building to house the co-op department, which has long been short on adequate space. The proposal promises to use the new space to find room for 2600 additional FTEs (Full-time Equivalent) over 98/99 levels. The increase

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Although the date of the gov ernment’s response to these proposals is now somewhat clear, the forrr of the response is still in question. “We really haven’t had any indication of what sort of response we wil VP Academic and get, n remarked Provost Jim Kalbfleisch. The govern ment may offer a yes/no response or anywhere in between. “I look forward to finding out where we are at,” concluded Kalbfleisch. In the meantime, students can look forward to another year or two on a cramped campus.

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uring reading week, Food Services will be reducing hours and in some cases shutting down operations. Villagers in Ron Eydt Village who are staying, either for co-op interviews or because Math and Engineering students don’t get a full reading week, will not be able to go to their cafeteria asusual. ’ Instead, they will need to go

According to Mark Murdoch, Director of Food Services at UW, the number of transactions in cafeterias goes from 30,000 during a normal week to 4,200 during a Winter reading week. * Murdock said surveys done by Dons for the Food Services Advisory Committee in Ron Eydt Village indicated that only about 10 to 30 per cent of students will be in residence over reading week.

He explained that it was this committee, partly composed of student representatives, that decided to close Ron Eydt Village’s cafeteria in exchange for having it open 24 ho&s a day during the exam period. When asked why this information was not on the Food Services web site, he replied that there were some posters up and signs at the various locations, but he did not know any details or about the web site.

over to the Village One Cafeteria, which will have normal hours. Brubakers will retain its normal hours. However, it will be closed on Saturday, February 19. The Modern Languages Food Services outlet will be closing every day at 3:30 p.m. and opening at the regular time of 8:00 a.m. The festival room in South Campus Hall will also be

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he Personal Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) is seeking to increase its profile on :ampus to ensure students know !bout its significant $80,000 annual irant. The committee discussed the natter at its February 2 meeting highighting the continued need for stuIents to be more informed about the ;roup’s activities. The PSAC is made up of repre-

sentatives from the University administration and has undergraduate student representation from Jason Risley, FEDS Vice-President, Student Issues. The committee’sgoal is to improve services on campus to ensure safety is at its peak. Projects of the committee include help line phones and single and Sandy, an event run to increase student awareness of safety for reading week. The committee is seeking to increase evaluation of sponsored projects and ensure money is being

used wisely. Students can continue to make submissions to the committee which has made it a goal to help students prepare their submissions. Jason Risley noted that the committee is set up to aid everyone’s personaI safety, including students, faculty and staff, and we continue to work to ensure that students have a say in the IeveI of safety on campus. More information on the activities of the Personal Safety Advisory Committee can be obtained from Kevin Stewart at extension 58 14.

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Imprint is the oficiaI student newspaper of the University of Waterloo. It is an editorially independent newspaper published by Imprint Publications, WaterIoo, acorporation without share capital. Imprint is a member of the Ontario Community Newspaper Association (OCNA). Imprint is pu’blished every Friday during fall and wincer terms, and every second Friday during the spring term. Imprint reserves the right to screen, edit, and refuse advertising. Imprint JSSN 0706-7380. Imprint CDN Pub Mail Product Sales Agreement no. 554677. Address mail to: Imprint Student Life Centre, Room i 116 University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3Gl Tel: 5 19-888-4048 Fax: 5 19-884-7 800 http://i.mprint.uwattxloo.ca editor@imprint.uwaterloo.ca

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volution: faith, fact or theory? I am weary of the perpetual evolution versus Christian scientific creationism arguments. So many people are caught up in unimportant details of their self-important paradigms that understanding one another becomes definitively impossible. The Bible says this, sedimentary strata say that. . . give me a break! We are speaking different languages; how can you expect us to agree?! To communicate; what’s important is understanding our own and each other’s underlying assumptions. Yes, these are the making-ati-ass-out-of-u-and-me assumptions which are the basis and importance of every faith system, including faith in science.

Why don’t science and religion agree?

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Why don’t science and religion agree? One, they’re asking completely different questions of the world: ‘how’ and ‘why,’ respectively. Two, they’re based on two completely different assumption sets. Science assumes the sterile infallibility of human reason and induction. Religion assumes the equally sterile infallibility of a faith-organization/tradition, including interpretation of ‘My’ scriptures. So, assuming that God is infallible and assuming that God wrote or inspired the scriptures, which must be thus infallible, then the Genesis story must certainly be the literal event which began history (some several thousand years ago). These are all fairly big leaps of faith and must be acknowledged as base assumptions. By sheer reasoning, we can prove absolutely nothing about the past; we can’t even prove that yesterday existed; our memories could merely be constructed figments. We can only induce from our best understanding of gathered evidence. Models of chemistry, physics, anthropology, psychology and biology are just that: models, theories, unprovable expla-

nations. The assumption is that we can better refine these models to resemble reality by constantly re-evaluating the evidence. Every form of evidence, collection and evaluation is laced with assumptions. So what? Could the godd Lord have been able to create the world in (either of the two separate stories of) Genesis? Sure! Is it probable o.r important? The latter question depends on which set of assumptions you hold, what you believe those faith assumptions to represent, or how they link you to reality. I personally believe that scriptures need not be literally interpreted or even factually true to be significant, contextually important or even holy. t Could life on earth liave arisen from the infamous primordial soup more than four billion years ago? Of course it could have! And according to our best scientifically basedmodels of biochemistry, genetics, ecology, and biophysics, the theory of evolution is the most likely explanation that I’ve studied yet. Is it fact? Of course not! There’s no such thing as a scientifically proven fact. ‘Facts’ are based on unprovable assumptions. In fact, the words factual and holy seem synonymous in this context. To all you aspiring debaters of Creationism and evolution: you don’t impress me with scriptural citations or empirical genetic evidence. You all play the same game of faith; you just choose your assumptions differently. Neither of you have any grounds to argue on your opponents’ turf. Creationists have the model before collecting evidence, which is utterly non-sci-

entific. Evolutionists put too much faith in their models of the functioning universe and almost nune on the unempirical. So what do you want? A concrete holy/ factual assurance of how life came to be? Well, ask science that. ‘How’ is their question. You want to ask the religious folk why life came to be 2 Be as aware of your assumptions as you are of ;he weather; you need not be swept away by a cyclone of misdirected or unfruitful debate. Postnote: I, in no way, mean to isolate Christians as the only “religious folk.” I fully realize the irony that this letter was written with its own assumption set; I welcome civil feedback and response.


Manipulators! Tothe Editor, eferring to Imprint’s election overage in the February 4 paper, I wonder if you (Imprint) took pleasure in the fact that you manipulated nearly the entire campus into conforming to your opinions concerning the candidates for the upcoming Federation of Students’ elections. I feel that I do have to commend you for giving thorough and fair interviews for the candidates. The questions you asked were relevant and allowed people to see what sort of Fed officials these people may be. However, you led many people astray with the “Overall Grade” boxes, in which you gave each candidate a letter grade. Most people who looked through Imprint probably didn’t read each and every inter-’ view; in fact most people probably simply glanced at the “Overall Grade” box. UW students are generally bright people and I’m sure that they didn’t see your ratings and automatically agree with them. But your “Overall Grade” boxes do plant a subconscious seed in people’s heads and give them a predisposition to think highly or not so highly of a candidate. The only thing that matters is what the candidates’ ideas are for making UW the best it can be. In future, please be more responsible. Let their words speak for themselves.

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necessarily results in speech so limiting that it impairs Mr. Blais’ ability to express his own ideas. He goes on, apparently identifying inclusive language with political correctness. His assertion, “Democracy is the opposite of PC,” is most remarkable. It seemingly implies that PC is a most important enemy of our cherished democracy. Orwell’s idea of Newspeak illustrates the importance that language has 01) the ability of a society to communicate; where Mr. Blais goes wrong is equating “Newspeak” with “po!itical correctness.” He would be far better to look at the much more sinister effects that modern mass media and public relations have on language* We live in a sound-bite world where made up terms like L(downsizing, n “globalization” and “braindrain” obscure the real issues. By being cardboard representations of complex and uncertain ideas; they are portrayed as simple concepts we can only give a thumbs-up or thumbsdown reaction to, if we are given the choice at all. Debate is impossible when language loses its meaning in this way. As an example, consider the completely brainless contest joined by all parties in the 1999 Ontario election. Having taken CS courses, Mr. Blais, I can only assume you have an adequate grounding in logic. So iresumably, your chaining together of “inclusive language” to Hitler does make sense or would, if only you were not so hampered by your gender-neutral pronouns. Some advice: the next time an English professor wants to help you improve your writing, you might want to listen.

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To the Editor, Grad SttidentJ Computer hile reading Steve Blais’ artiw cle “Newspeak” in the February 11 issue of Imprint, I found myself strangely confused, almost as if I wandered into a “quagmire of rhetoric.” This article began as a complaint against a wastage of lecture time in a CS course, with 10 minutes spent on the importance of inclusive language. Unfortunately, not having attended the lecture myself, I am still unsure of how adopting inclusive language

to move towar+ a more PC society. You are right, Mr. Blais, in that upoliticalcorrectness wants to change the way people speak,” but you obviously fail to understand the reasoning behind it. Political correctness does not aim to amalgamate people into one individual who thinks and feels the same way, which you seem to think it wiil do. If that is what political correctness was trying to do, then there would be no distinction between a man and-a woman or between African and Asian. However, in case you haven’t been paying attention, we still have these distinctions. Political correctness will not take fact away from our world and replace itwith one generic term for everything; rather PC language will provide a more accurate and less offensive representation of our world. As for your comment on political correctness attempting to Ygnore the bad and the bad will go away,” that is also an inaccurate portrayal of political correctness. No one believes that by changing our language our problems will go away. Being PC in language simply allows us to create a more harmonious environment for society as a whole. That is not to say that there are not instances in which some people get carried away with .attempts at being PC, but the true goal is to establish a comfortable environment for everyone. You are right, Mr. Blais: you are entitled to your own beliefs, even if those beliefs are not fair to everyone.

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onsider what would happen if you went to a barber, asked for a haircut and he didn’t finish the job. Let’s say he cut most of your hair, but left an obvious chunk of hair bulging over one ear. What would you do? You would demand that the barber finish the job. If he didn’t, then you would walk out, refusing to pay and never return. That’s why barbers don’t leave that chunk of hair. So why then, does this university do the

exact same thing to its students (the university’s customers)? I am in Arts and I have 15 hours of scheduled lectures per week. During the 12” week term, I expect to receive 180 hours of lectures. In fact, I paid $1,95 1 this term (excluding co-op fees and incidentals) in order to be endowed with 18 0 hours of various professors’ wisdom. That translates to $10.84 for every hour of instruction. So far, as I finish my sixth week of the term, I look back to see that I have been robbed of 6.5 hours of instruction. Two classes have been announced as cancelled in advance, while the other three had those nonapologetic signs on the doors of the classrooms. Now I understand that teaching is not the only part of a professor’s job. Sometimes they are needed out of town to attend conferences and the like. However, I have no doubt that there exist other professors in my department that are capable of filling in for a lecture or two. As well, emergencies do come up where professors can’t make it to class. I have two suggestions here: first, make it mandatory for each professor to create an e-mail mailing list of willing students. That way, as soon as the department’s office is aware that a professor can not make it to a class, then students can be emailed about it. Sure, not everyone will get the e-mail in time, but at the very least it demonstrates the respect that the university should have for student’s schedules. After all, we are all very busy and I, for one, don’t like wasting an hour around campus waiting for a non-existent class to begin. Secondly, all professors shduld have the decency to suggest making up the time that was missed. In one of my classes, the professor didn’t apologize or even acknowledge that he just didn’t show up for class one day. I wish I could miss a day of work without explaining it to the people who are dependent on my services. - I don’t wish to speak ill of the Economics Department (they have generally given me a valuable education) or any specific professor. I simply call for a change in universitywide policy. Students deserve to get what they pay for. Let’s ensure that they get it. As for me, I would like the $70.46 ($10.84~63 hoursofmissed instruction) that the University of Waterloo owes me. -SteveLumbert 4mconomks

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TO the Editor, eremy Taylor’s article entitled “Canada: the Slst state” got m 1t inking again about something that’ come up a few times amongst friend and family. Having studied languag for a few years now, I think I can sa that it is ultimately unimportant wha the ‘accepted’ Canadian spelling c colo(u)r is, To blame the ‘U situation sole1 ori the States is not entirely fair. Altht it is called ‘American’ spelling, it i rapidly becoming the ‘global’ spell ing. English is an amorphous, ever changing, uncontrollable thing tha is affected by agents all over the plane? There are so many people learn ing English as a second language tha the mechanics of the language ar being considered for their clarity an, ease-of-learning. Combine the de

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group membership, regional identity and all that. However, details of spelling take a distant back seat to the larger contributors to dialect distinction, for instance diction, grammatical structures and accent. We Canadians will always have our own words and our own ways of saying them. And no, I’m not proAmerican. In fact, by my stance on this, I think I can show that I’m more effectively anti-American.

Concentrating on some ultimately unimportant language trait is not super useful when thinking about how the U.S. is affecting our country’s culture. I sayconcern ourselves with their cross-border exports of high-power corporate agendas, sensationalist media practices and political views supporting the erosion of social programs. These are but a few of the things that truly worry me about becoming the “5 1st state. n Having the extra ‘U’ in colour ain’t gonna help us much when average Canadians are found sitting around watching 600 channels of Baywatch, wondering where their OHIP went and why they can’t afford university anymore. -MUttbWCkZrkt? 4th yeurRPW

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TotbeEditor, am writing in response to Paul Jeffrey’s column in last Friday’s In that column, Paul described how he and his friend, Jeff, were taken advantage of by a persuasive con artist. The article mentioned that three other CLT units had been victims of “Chris” and his con in the last four terms. “Chris” has been getting around in his whitevan for much longer than just ayear. InNovember, 1997,Iwas approached by two men in a white van looking to sell speakers. The passenger asked if I was interested in some cheap speakers. I must have looked a little confused, as I was quickly told the story of the warehouse and the overshipment. I’in not sure if the driver or the passenger was indeed “Chris” or if, in fact, the licence plate wti ACSC 680. In any case, this speaker scam has been going on for at least three years.

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t was hard to find the right topic to discuss thisweek. Imean, with so much in the news, how could I pick just one? Should I talk about the rising gasoline prices (now at arecord high, close to 70 cents a litre) or perhaps the shooting in Toronto between 17year-olds? Maybe I should discuss the fact that a streaming porn web site is in court, because they are being accused of being a “virtual bawdy house,” or maybe try to talk about how Russiaiskilling off Chechnyans like it’s bowling on a league night?

Let’s go with Russia,because it seems that most people just don’t care about the situation.

It’s not what you know, but what you don’t know that kills. Now, I have been away for a while and, forgivk me if I’m wrong in this assumption, but is everyone ignoring the fact that Russia is in the middle of another civil war? A region of the country wants out and is fighting hard for it, while Russia, who even if they have hit hard times, still has a formidable military, is walking through, pounding on them much like a 10 lb. sledgehammer would crushants. Webitchandscreamabout UN peacekeepers going anywhere and imposing our morals but, if a country is killing bff its population, which is fighting for their own free-

dom, well hell, who are we to say or do anything? Does anyone else see a problem with that? Of course, I understand why we’re not in an uproar, There’s nothing we want over there. What do you own that’s Russian that you simply must have and cannot part with? They have no economy, no food, no oil. It’s just more barren wastelands and snow and Russians. Like the Northwest Territories , really, save the Russians. So who really cares? I

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ever one makes a choice concerning what to include in their diet.

When experiencing the sharp pain of hunger, few people would pause to consider the impact that a ham and cheesesandwich, for example, has had on the world through its production process. Huge factory farms impact the environment in catastrophic ways. Unbelievably large amounts of animal wastes inundate and disrupt ecosystemsthat are within close proximity. Additionally, the poor treatment to which the animals (raised purely as a food source) are subjected is horrendous. Thus, our choices reach far beyond the simple decision of whether something is beneficial or harmful to just oneself. There are undoubtedly many more participants, for whom the length and style of their lives are determined simply by the decisions of others.

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Additionally, humans have learned to detach themselves from the other organisms with which they share the earth and fail to recognize the rights that all living things have to exist. Instead of sharing power, our Upower-over” paradigm exploits people and animals, while at the same time espousing rhetoric about equality and stewardship.

Humans must stop operating like they are automatons. In order to truly improve society, humans must stop operating like automatons by questioning more of their actions objectively and reconnecting to the natural world. Humans can subsistvery healthfully on a plant-based diet while eschewing the popularized and degrading violence that has become so integral to many lifestyles.

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Another factor that has contrib uted to the pandemic detachment of humans from their environment in regards to food sources is the style in which language refersto animal products. Meat is regarded asthat red slab on astyrofoam tray, while milk traces its origins all the way back to the carton. Pig flesh is known as Upork,n cow flesh as &beef,” and even organ meats have had their true identity obfuscated by kinder, gentler terms such assweetbreads and tripe. If one were trying to decide whether to eat veal Parmesan, for example, or inhardened mouldy cow’s milk,

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National Film Board film Who’s Counting? Marilyn Waring otl Sex, fit~~ndG10bal Economics (March 1, 7 p.m., DC 1302). “I give the film every superlative-riveting, revealing, inspiring, etc. It penetrates to the heart of the global, ecological and social crisisthat afflicts the world. nDavid Suzuki Frustrated with school? (March 2,7 p.m., SLC Multi-Purpose room.) With university and college education now costing more than $100 per day and a growing number of graduates finding their diploma doesn’t guarantee employment, more and more students are asking themselves why they are in school. While you’re in school, it’s hard to picture what you would do if you “dropped out,” Come hear about: alternatives to “institutionalrzed schooling,” critiques of school, do&yourself education, stories from people who have left or “risen out” of school, free university and other people who are frustrated with school.


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fter convocation, many students will take some time off. Some will travel, some will rest and some will immediately begin work for various companies. John Raker and Anil Sabarwhal, who ~41 graduate this summer, have already begun working on building their own online education company. The amazing story of Dcsirc2Learn.com, over three years in the making, seems destined to be one that every Waterloo information technology student will come to know. Attheendofthe Wintcr’99coop process, Baker, a systems design engineering student, had a few offers to choose from, but none of them really inspired his imagination. What he decided to do instead was to build up a team of friends and start his own company. Thus Systems Design Innovations (SIX) was born. SIX’sobjective was to put educational courseware online. Qver the summer, Baker and his team, consisting of a UW kinesiology student and engineering student friends from Western and the University of Toronto, put SYDE 542, SYDE 3 12 and BIO 273 online. There are approximately 800 students taking an SD1 course online this term. Over the course of the next few months, Baker and SD1 built up a series of important contacts in the education industry: Dr. Burns and Dr. Ponnambalam from the Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Schulte from the Biology department, Dr. Kerry from the Teaching Resources and Continuing Education (TRACE) office, and many others. They were also awarded a contract from Guelph University to create an online Master of Management Science pro-

gram (only the third of its kind in Canada), along with other related work. Baker’s involvement in online education dates back to 1996 when his father, Steve, an OAC Biology teacher at South Huron Secondary School, purchased the domain name ~liirtuaihi~hschool.conz. Virtual High School became the first online high school accredited in Ontario and was offering credits by 1997. Aside from its normal traffic, Virtual High School also receives several emaiis a day from people who just happen upon the site and are looking for information about taking courses online. It was this market need and a whole host of good ideas that brought Sabarwhal, a UW computer science student, into the project this year. Sabarwhal and Baker met when they lived next door to each other in the East Five House of Village I in the Spring of 1996. Sabarwhal andBaker were talking about their full-time job offers when they found that they both had a desire to work some place where they could make more of a difference. They started talking about the work SD1 was doing, and that steamrolled into a whole host of ideas, including online job banks, application centresand co-op computer systems. “We see technology and education as two fields that can be merged,” observes Sabarwhal, “but one should never replace the other.” Baker and Sabarwhal are both adamant that their company’s mission is not to replace teachers or professors, but to provide “another medium in which :o learn.” Both feel that, as two students from the best university in Canada, they can combine their ideas, knowledge and expertise to fulfil unlimited potential. Earlier this month, Sabarwhal

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and Baker decided to rip up their six-figure salary, full-time job offers and go it on their own. They christened their newly formed company Desire2I,earn,com and cite their goal to be “the best online education company in the galaxy.” Baker and Sabarwhal have a long process ahead of them to establish their project. They expect to finish the incorporation processnext week and have just completed their logo. They are also negotiating startup capital for their company from so-called “angel investors.” As for how much money it takes to get an online education company started, Sabarwhal noted that it’s “not as much as you would expect.” In the next couple of months,

Sabarwhal and Baker will be looking to find office space close to the University and the hardware they will need to get their many projects done. Growing to the point where they will be looking for venture capital (typically several million dollars) is still some time away. But, according to Baker, they have a firm plan in place to get to that level, and the revenue stream has already started to flow from current SD1 projects. ‘You have to believe in your idea, research the idea and make sure the market is there to support it,” observed Baker. He creditssome of the education that both he and Sabarwhal have gained from their technical entrepreneurship classes on campus. Aside from the market po-

tential that they have in their corner, these two men have no shortage of dedication and commitment to bring to their venture. ‘You are only going to do ‘the best possible job if you love what you do,” says Sabarwhal. You can physically see his eyes light up as he talks excitedly about the years of long hours and personal sacrifices ahead of him and his partner. Sabarwhal and Baker are looking at a number of projects aside from continuing the work that SD1 started. “Courses online, that’s a @eat ideabut what else does the student need?” As one of their first major challenges, Sabarwhal and Baker are preparing a package for UW’s co-op continued

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onorrhoea, chlamydia, herpes, hepatitis B, crabs, HIV: you name it, somebody has it. UW got a reminder last week of just how much is out there. Did you ever wonder how to make a dental dam out of a regular latex condom? Do you know the correct way to put on a condom? These were some of the many pearls of sexual wisdom ready to be absorbed during Sexual Health Week in the SLC. tier all, you never know when that kind of in-depth sexual knowledge will impress the potential sexual partner of your dreams.

First off, remember: you don’t need to have had sex to have a disease. Fabulous pre-game action can infect you with something, especially if you have any open sores. And, if that is true for you, then the same possibility exists for your partner. While it may not be your ideaof foreplay to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, do it anyway. Second, make latex your lover. No matter how sexually selective your partner has been, he or she may have picked up something. Before you get it on, slap on a condom. Think of it as an extension of your personal hygiene. And there is no greater turn-on than good personal hygiene. To top it off withanother clich6,

here is step three: if you can’t sa) condom, don’t say yes. If you aren’t comfortable slipping that condom on, you might consider asking yourself if having sex is such a bright idea after all. Not everyone is ready to take the risks associated with sex. If you fall into thiscategory, that’s fine too. Go find another hobby until you’re ready. If the whole “dental dam out of a condom” conundrum is still plaguing you,

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New voices shareviews C taff at Imprint have been reviewing regular d columns that appear in the newspaper and are pleased to respond to readers’ suggestions by adding three more columns, providing even more student voices to our insightful columnist team In our Features section, Marianne Miller, UW’s Ombudsperson, will be sharing tips and suggestions ranging from dealing with land-

lords to buying a first car in “Ask The Ombudsperson.” We are also happy to welcome Donna Cooper’s insightful wine and dines in “Over Lunch,” also in Features. Our Forum section will re-feature columnist Mark Besz in “The Best Dispenser,” providing a humourous twist on life. We hope that you enjoy reading these fresh voices in your newspaper.

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liff Claven, Principal Skinner and Chris Elliott’s character from the now defunct sitcom Get a Life usually come to mind when we think of adults living with their parents. We think it’s funny. We laugh. We joke. But we forget that it’s real. Hundreds of students here at Waterloo still live at home with the people who brought them into this world (or, considering this new progressive era of parenting, maybe not). Because of the enormity of this widespread “stay at hame” syndrome, I sat down with one of these brave “no rent” students to uncover the seedy underworld of those who still call their parents’ house home. I was greeted at Jimmy Stephens’ door with two excited grins, a slap on the back and an invitation to try some of Mrs. Stephens’ home-made meatloaf cheesecake. “Oh! Are you one of Jimmy’s friends from the University?” “No, I am here from Imprint.” “Imprint! Marge, get a load of these kids today with their Offspring and Imprints!” Jimmy rescued me. We took refuge in his unfinished basement with more posters than the first day of Imaginus (obviously trying to fill the gap of never having lived in student residence). Jimmy Stephens: Sorry, man. My parents are pretty keen on me meeting new people. Ever since I came home from fresh week with a five-day hangover and no memory of anyone, the introduction of new friends from Waterloo has happened about as much as Tony and Angela made out on “Who’s The Boss” Imprint: (I believe Tony and Angela got it on once or twice,) Yeah, I noticed. That must be an incredible drag. JS: Man, you don’t know the concept of drag. You probably have keg partiesevery night and have beer posters on your wall and have condoms in your fork drawer and get to watch The Simpsons five times a day! I: Hey, relax man. Student housing isn’t all drinking and sex. JS: Sure it is. I’ve seen movies 1ikeAnimalHozcse and Ski School!

I: Anyway, I have a few questions I would like to ask you. JS: OK, but I have to set the dinner table in half an hour. I: Fine. Tell me, why do you have a hard time making friends living off campus with your parents in the place you grew up? JS: See, this is a complex issue that really bums me out. Youcome to lecture and you see people who you would Iike to hang out with, but then SMACK! (Jimmy jumps out of his chair like a rabbit celebrating the lowering of tariffs on carrots.) This is when you hit the ‘“play a” curse. I: You totally lost me on that out-of-context hip hop reference. JS: OK. You can’t just walk up to girls and start talking to them, because they will think you are a mat-daddy-playa. What are you supposed to say after “So, did you read that article?” or, “This professor is dope.” I: I don’t think I would use the word “dope.” JS: Whatever, it is just that I just want girlfriends. Not girl friends! And ubrc)thersn aren’t any easier. I: Can you stop talking like KRS-One? JS: Sorry. But it is really hard to meet guys. Do you ask them out for coffee or a game of squash? It is very awkward. I: Why don’t you just join a club? JS: Well, I would but see, Mondays, I drive my mom to work then drive myself to work and then go to class ‘til five. Tuesdays, I have the morning off and then class ‘til seven. Wednesday, I have five hours of class starting at eightthirty, with five one-hour breaks in between classes. Thursday, I have class in the morning, work in the afternoon and I have NBC ComedyThursdayswithFrien& and%zsierat night. Finally, Friday, I work a ten-hour shift. I: You are a busy guy. JS: Yeah, and maybe I could fit in a club somewhere in there, but those student union offices are about as welcoming as a bowl of hot tomato soup being poured on your crotch when you wake up in the morning. I: OK, let’s settle down there a bit. You seem to have a pretty big chip on your shoulder. Just leave me with one suggestion for what we can do about this problem. JS: Parking lot socials.

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department to get involved with the CECS Online project. Earlrer this year, the American software company that UW had hired to produce their new web-based co-op system pulled out of the project. The department is currently considering how the project will continue. Aside from an office and some computers, the most valuable resources that a newly formed company needs is good people. Last night, DesireZLearncom held its first ever recruiting session on campus. “We’re looking for quality people,” says Sabarwhal, “with a desire to prove themselves and make a difference.” “I think Waterloo very much harnesses the entrepreneurid spirit,” said Raker. “Rather than teach you the grunt work and specific noted Sabarwahal, “[the implementation,” Waterloo curriculum] asks you to step back and ask how things are done? Maclean’s magazine has called Waterloo students %novators” and “Leaders of Tomorrow.“Sabarwhaland Baker point to UW’s ability to bring both of those things together as one of the things that makes us stand out.

bW President David Johnston has himself been involved in online education as chairman of the Federal Information Highway Advisory Council. “This is not just another form of distance learning,” said Johnston in the September 6 issue of Maclean’s, “It’s as profound a change as the invention of the printing press 500 years ago.“Maintaining a connection to the University is an important part of the Desire2Leam.com business plan. Sabarwhal referred to WU as “the hub of the best people in North America.” Sabarwhal and Baker seem prepared and determined to make a splash in the online education market. “People have been ready for a very long time to do education online. It’s just a matter that there’s currently not an interface and methodology to put these courses online. By building these structures, we can put courses online to enhance the education experience.” As they take their first few sreps our into the entrepreneurial world, they are poised to ensure that Canada and the world will soon live up to their company slogan: “Learn Locally, Educate Globally.”


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Student Housing is often interspersed throughout residential areas. Therefore, the house and its property must be rnaintained to the community’s standards. Often, landlords and tenants enter into leases which designate that the tenant will clear the walk or cut the lawn. Snow removal on sidewalks is essential, not only for the sake of courtesy, but also for safety reasons. The City of Waterloo By-Law 82-12 clarifies that the owner or occupant of a property is responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalk within 44 hours of a snowfall or freezing rain. If this By-Law is violated, the City of Waterloo will inspect the property and, after a warning is issued, clear the walk and issue an invoice accordingly. Remember, there is nothing more aggravating than walking to school with snow up to your knees. Therefore, if you see your sidewalk is in need of shovelling, and if your landlord is tardy, be a good neighbour and clear it. All information in this article was obtained from The City of Waterloo’s “It’s (Y)our Neighbourhood Guide.” Contact the Ombudsperson, Mariunne Miller, ut XC, Room 2 128, 8884567 ext. 2402, ormmiller~uwaterloo.ca 1

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etween two meetings, busy Feds President Christine Cheng has managed to squeeze in an interview over lunch at Ground Zero, the Feds-operated restaurant where she is a regu“I eat here so often,” explains lar customer. Cheng, whose office is directly across from the restaurant. She’s even able to correct the waitrcss as she lists the daily specials.

She does her best to maintain a wide and balanced perspective on things. We end up splitting what Cheng describes as a “kick-ass pizza” with all veggie toppings, a choice which makes her a bit nostalgic for her days as a vegetarian. “I love meat,” she admits. Still, she swore off muscle and sinew for two years because of the strain that meat-eating societies place on energy resources. “It’s a fuzzy line,” she points out, since shipping bananas into the country can be just as costly, in terms of energy, as cattle farming.

Clearly, Cheng recognizes the importance of a broad perspective. As Feds president, she strives to keep an eye on the big picture and to avoid a myopic internal focus. After ali, as she points out, the university is working within a larger sociopolitical context. One of the difficulties Cheng has with student politics is that “sometimes, studentsget lost in smaIler issues and they forget to look at the bigger ones.” Decisions made by the provincial government regarding university funding, for instance, directly affect Feds activities, yet voter turnout among young Canadians is notoriously low. “If the provincial government isn’t going to provide us with funding, it makes it very difficult to fight on every other front,” Cheng explains. “If [students] had elected a different provincial government, maybe we wouldn’t have to have a tuition freeze campaign. Maybe we could work on things like, you know, computer labs and more professors.” Cheng’s greatest challenge as president, she says, is dealing with resources, or lack thereof. Although she’s “very proud” that UW has one of the lowest student union fees in the couritry, this makes it difficult to put some Feds plans into action. Cheng admits that it’s frustrating when students approach Feds with “fantastic new projects that they want to see done and we have to turn them away because we don’t have the budget to support them.” Speaking of dough, after nearly 4.5 minutes, our pizza finally arrives. Seems the pizza

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ne of the biggest debates in social science is the “nature vs. nurture” argument. It can be applied to almost any human condition, and in most situations it’s hard to prove one way or the other. Consider motivation: does a person become motivated because of his genetic makeup or because of the way his parents raise him? (It’s probably a combination of the two.) The question of nature or nurture is often applied to homosexuality. On the nature side, some researchers are actively looking for a “gay gene;” a single chromosomal characteristic that is either dominant (straight) or recessive (gay). So far, evidence of a gay gene has not been substantiated. When considering the vast range of sexualities (straight, bisexual, gay), it is unlikely that a single gene could govern sexual orientation. If there is a genetic basis, it likely involves a combination of genes. Some religious people would love to discover a gay gene in order to “cure” homosexuality through gene therapy (or abortion). But also, many gay people would like to know that they were “predestined” to become gay and that it wasn’t just a choice.

Some evidence has shown that being gay runs in families, particularly through the maternal line. (But then again, these families may be nurturing their children in a different way.) In studies of identical twins where one twin isgay, the other twin

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is straight about half the time. Presumably, twins are nurtured in the same way and are genetically identical. So maybe being gay is neither genetic nor environmentally based. On the nurture side, many (religious) people will say, “it’s a choice.” True, it’s achoice to accept being gay, but most gay people will tell you that they knew they were “different” as early as age five. The extent to which being gay is a choice depends largely on cultural expectations. In ancient Greece, it

It seems like our lives revolve around the future. that we’ll deal with them later, Maybe you’ve thought to yourself that sometime in the future you’ll turn to God, but for the time being you just want to enjoy life. The Bible would instruct us: “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say: I have no pleasure in them”{ Ecclesiastes 12: 1). if you think things are going to get

was very popular to have gay relationships. A person might then choose to be gay even if they were really straight! On the other hand, in most countries where being gay isacapital offence, surely most people will choose not to explore their sexual orientation. It has also been postulated that being gay is determined by the prenatal environment, which is both genetically and environmentally determined. The presence of androgens or estrogens at critical developmental periods could determine sexual orientation before birth. Research on the brains of gay men indicates they more closely resemble the ttsmale brain. (Brain deveiopment being prenatally influenced.) It is, of collrse, unethical to run experiments on humans that could alter development, SO it is unlikely we will ever know the extent to which prenatal environment affects sexual orientation. Ultimately, it may be impossible to weed out all the contributing factors. Sexual orientation is clearly a multi-determinedcharacteristic. Despite society’s quest to answer the question, in the end it’s probably one best left unanswered.

easier and that you’ll have more time to deal with these matters after you’ve settled into a career and a family, you’re only kidding yourself. Now is the time to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Perhaps you’re afraid of what your friends and family would think of you if you turned to Christ. It is indeed true that those who believe in and follow Jesus Christ will be persecuted and face opposition. You undoubtedly will be mocked and mistreated, but God’s Word helps us to have the proper perspective: “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul, But rather fear Him who isable to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew l&28). Fear can be a devastating t hing, and we would do well to avoid it, but there is a legitimate fear that we should all have - the fear of God and His wrath. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (EIebrews IO:3 1). Your future doesn’t end with this life - that’s when eternity begins. Trust in God and receive everlasting life so that you will have no fear of perishing.

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a crime to possess the software. Whatever the MPAA claims, open-sourcers seem to have the facts on their side. No sophisticated tools are needed to pirate DVDs. Anyone with a DVD-R drive can quickly and easily make bit copies of a DVD that are identical to the original.

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ntil recently, if you wanted to watch a DVD movie on your DVD-equipped Linux computer, you were out of luck. Now, you can use the free DeCSS player. If, that is, you don’t mind breaking the law. DVDs are encrypted by their makers using a scheme called CSS. Last year, CSS was cracked. Linux users could finally watch their movies. The big-cat Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), however, doesn’t want free DVD players to proliferate. They have succeeded in gaining injunctions in New York against distributors of DeCSS, forcing them to remove the software from their web sites. More importantly, Norwegian police arrested Jon Johansen, the teenager who wrote the DeCSS software, on charges of software piracy. Since then, the open-source software community has exploded in anger against the crackdowns. The issue is one of interpretation. Free software advocates say that DeCSS is a program to play DVDs, not to copy them. It was created by a process of legitimate reverse-engineering, not by information theft. The big movie houses, who back the MPAA, claim that DeCSS is a tool for piracy, and under the American Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) this makes it

The open-source software community has exploded in anger against the crackdowns. DeCSS doesn’t copy DVDs at all; it plays them on Linux, a platform that the DVD industry currently does not support. This is enabled by reverse-engineering, the process of legitimately determining how a device works in order to implement it on another platform for the purpose of compatibility (among other things). It is generally considered legal to reverseengineer the software to port it to another platform. Recently, Sony suffered a setback when a judge struck down its injunction against a reverse-engineered PlayStation emulator.

Connectix, the makers of the emulator Virtual Game Station, reverse engineered the PlayStation for software, which allows users to play PlayStation games on their Macintosh (and soon Windows). Unfortunately, the MPAA has been much more successful in controlling the playback of their content. The DVD industry has been under fire for years for their practice of selling DVD players that only play movies bought in certain areas, or regions. With DeCSS, DVDs will play in any region. Moreover, the different versions of the movies often contain different extra features, and their prices widely vary from region to region. This is the case with British viewers who commonly pay twice as much for the same films that appear in the United States and don’t get extra features like cast interviews and trailers. By cracking down on DeCSS, the MPAA is asserting that they reserve the right to determine when and where you can view the DVDs you buy. Open-sourcers believe the information should be free, especially from big business, who want total control of their content. The bad news for the free software crew and the consumer is that the MPA.A is currently winning this war. They are backed by enormous economic and political clout enough to obtain the arrest of Johansen in a normally reverse-engineering sympathetic Europe.

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coli infections include uncooked hamburger, unpasteurized milk, tainted fruits and vegetables, fermented sausages, yogurt, mayonnaise and even home-made jerky. E. coli can cause bloody diarrhoea (hemorrhagic cohtis),

hemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) which leads to kidney damage and failure, with long-term chronic consequences and e;en death in a small proportion of cases. The potential of the Starfish treatment is in its unique design. ,With five “arms” that grip the surface of E. coli toxins, this interferes with the toxin’s usual binding process. The treatment’s ultimate goal is to prevent kidney damage. Bundle feels that the Starfish process is a delicate one: ‘You don’t want to kill bacteria because they will burst and spew toxins into the gut.” Since the treatment is still in the preliminary stages, Bundle notes that, “You’d have to make sure this molecule ends up in the right place in the body

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espite the strong efforts of the team and the return of Rob Marie, the playoff hopes of the Waterloo Warriors ice hockey team died this weekend. The Warriors fought a brave, valiant battle but, in the end, could not win. The demise of Dave Cressman’s squad came at the hands of the University of Western Ontario Mustangs and the University of Windsor Lancers. On February 11, the Warriors arrived at Thompson Recreation and Athletic Complex to face the seventh-ranked Western Mustangs. Western coach Singer Clarke put his faith into C.J. Denomme to keep Waterloo out of the net. Cressman countered the threat with Jason Willard. Western has already clinched the top spot in the OUA Far West division. Competing with University de Trois Rivigres Patriotes for top spot in the OUA, the Mustangs wasted no time in pressuring the Warriors. For the first five minutes of the game, Jason Willard was busy fending off the Mustangs’ attack. Mike McIlveen tried to sneak the puck past

Denomme and, after the initial shot, the Warriors had a couple of good opportunities to score from Phil Willard and Joel Widmeyer, but did not. Western also had excellent chances, but both Damon Hardy and Steve Manley were denied because they missed the net. Neither team scored in the period. The second period started badly for Clarke’sgang when Justin Davis cross-checked Phil Willard. After the penalty, Western shifted the momentum over to the Waterloo zone. Western’s Rob Frost provided a pair of crowdpleasing goals. The first goal went up and over the shoul-

der of Jason Willard. Near the end of the period, Frost made Jason Willard pay for not paying attention. The Western goaltender was quite confident that he would earn the shutout. Waterloo had been down on their luck and the news got even worse when Western’s Darren Mortier outsmarted Jason Willard to give the Mustangs a three-goal advantage. Brett Turner ruined Denomme’s shutout when he-deflected a long distance shot off Phil Willard. Justin Davis added an empty net goal to give Western their fourth goal. Two days later, the Columbia Icefields played host to a critical game between the Warriors and Mike Rice’s Windsor Lancers. Once again, the Warriors counted upon Jason Willard to stymie the Lancers. The Lancers, meanwhile, relied on all-star goaltender Ryan Gelinas. In the first period, Waterloo ran into penalty trouble and some Carr trouble. The first sign of trouble for the Warriors came from Brandon Moffatt, who slashed the Lancers’ Sheldon Cappadocia. Moffatt’s stay in the sin bin lasted for 41 seconds, thanks to a goal by Jamie Carr. Later, when Windsor’s KarlYoker was in the penalty box, Brett Turner of the Warriors tripped up Carr and negated the power play. The worst error the Warriors committed was when miscommunication led to a bench minor for the Warriors for too many men on the ice. To add iodine to a gaping wound, Waterloo’s Michael Murphy shoved Windsor’s Jeffery Morrison to give Windsor a twoman advantage. Carr took advantage of this power play and snuck the puck past Jason Willard’s glove, In the second period, Waterloo finally silenced Jamie Carr, but there were other Lancers ready to pick up the slack. One such

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Brazier, secondin long jump, S-23 meters-a personal best; K&tie Henry, third in the 3000, 10:39.50; Allison Salter, second in the 600,1:36.95 under a minute thirty-seven; Heather Moyst, third in the 300, 39.86 -under

There are more personal bests that were met at the meet. Among those: Gina Jackson’s run of 3 : 11.20 in the 1000; Shauna Ellis’ and Jill Patterson’s 457.94 and 505.69 in the ‘metric mile,’ the 1500; and Stephen Drew’s and Rob Bruce’s two times of 2:35.90 and

the skies are clear and the sun is shining.

Ahson Brazier also set a personal 60 metre heat, and then set another (8.05 seconds).

faster than he had previously over the 60 metre hurdles,inatimeof9.05, and Loes Dewit threw f&her than she had ever before in the shot put, with a put of 9.45

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plaier who tookover for Carrwas John Cooper. Cooper received a nice pass from Carr and went upstairs on Jason Willard. Later, Waterloo would be in dire straits when Matt Pomeroy, who was shoved into the Windsor net, was called for interference. With a crowd at the Windsor net, Stu Vandergeest said some words to Pomeroy and the latter gave the former a cheap shot in the face. The referee (Fagan) had no other choice except to give the Warrior four minutes and a game misconduct. In the third, Waterloo dominated the Lancers and gave Gelinas a lot to worry about. Sean Fitzgerald started the comeback when he capitalized on Rob Maric’s rebound in the fourth minute. One minute after Waterloo’s Guy Lane was assessed a penalty for interference, Jay Henry of the Warriors accidentally checked Carr the wrong way and the latter went down on the ice for a minute or two, For checking Carr from behind, Henry got a five minute

major and a game misconduct. This didn’t discourage the Warriors at 41, asMichael Murphy slipped the puck past Gelinas to narrow the lead to one. The fans were excited and everyone in the arena wanted the Warriors to complete the comeback. Near the end of the third period, Jason Willard left the net for the sixth man, This proved to be futile, as Kevin Hansen scored on the Warrior’s empty net to give the Lancers a 4-2 win. This loss eliminated the Warriors from the playoffs. The Warriors are now battling for pride. On February 18, the Western Mustangs will be arriving at the Columbia Icefields to finish off their regular season. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The next day, the weary Warriors complete their season as they take on the Windsor Lancers at Adie Knox Herman Arena. The game commences at 7:30 p.m. Come on out and cheer for the Warriors as they conclude their long, hard season. *

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and throwers at York showed how we would fare on the weekend, just like a swarm of killer bees would do on any living thing that got within 100 feet of their hive. How’s that? Here’s how: Neal Roberts, fourth in long jump, 6.28 meters; Alison

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ran a 7.93 for sixth place. Daniella Carrington ran another big PB to finish third and pick up the bronze. Her time 7.71 seconds. The time that won her the bronze at the OUA championships last year was 7.88 seconds.

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on the anchor leg. Now, my objectivity in reporting this can be called into question, since I was the fourth runner on the team. It was my hand that the baton got knocked out of by the Alfred State runner as he was surging past me 15 metres from the finish line. I may have outleaned him at the line, or I may not have. We never found out-we were disqualified for not having the baton in hand as I crossed the finish line, even though it had been knocked out fifteen metres from the finish. Intentionally? Probably not. But it was still going to cost us. Our appeal was turned down, even with video evidence provided by a spectator, True, we would not have won, but a second or third-place finish would have sat nicely with us. It was a first, a gold, in terms of the Canadian teams in the race, as it was Rochester who took the win. Our only solace from this race is that we were again within one second of breaking the school record. The team is heading into foreign territory this weekend, stopping to run at Western on Friday before heading to Saturday’s competition in’iplisanti, (Eastern) Michigan.


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he Waterloo Varsity Figure Skating Team travelled to Queen’s University February 12 - 13 to participate in the Ontario University Association Championships of the 1999 - 2000 season, along with nine other universities. The competition began Saturday with partners Stephanie Schmidt and Kristie Vermeulen dancing the American Waltz and Rocker Foxtrot to finish fifth in the Intermediate Similar Dance. The team of Jenny Walker and Man McKenzie placed a well-deserved second after dancing a sharp Paso and Kilian in Senior Similar Dance. Jean Yoon impressed the audience with her artistry and jumps in the Intermediate Singles Freeskate event. The Senior B Singles Freeskate was skated by JudithTuck who pulled off an array of double jumps to capture second place. The crew of Walker, Melissa

Ens, Jen Litt, and Wisty van Snellenberg seized second place on the podium after skating a stunning Pairs Four program. Kristy Bertrand started Sunday off with an effortless Blues and Kilian to win fourth place in Senior Solo Dance. This was followed by a dramatic version of the Harris Tango in the Dance Variation event by the duo of Natalie Herr and Brenda Dorey. Ens aced her Short Program by landing a stellar double axel, double lutz, and double flip-double toe combination to win first place and become an UUA All-Star. The ribbonwinning trend was continued by McKenzie as she finished second in the Open Solo Dance, skating a beautiful Viennese Waltz and Argentine Tango. She went on to win third place by landing a solid double lutz in Senior A Singles Freeskate. The Bronze Rhythm Dance squad of Katie Churchill, Teresa Townsend, Walker and Sherri Molzan skated an intricate and com-

plex version of the Quickstep. Ens and van Snellenberg skated britliantly in their Senior Similar Pairs Freeskate program to finish third. The Intermediate Similar Pairs Freeskate team of Tuck and Sherri Molzan skated in remarkable sync to grab third place. Open Singles skater van Snellenberg ekated to third place after attempting a triple salchow and a double axel-double loop combination. The Waterloo team was completed by Michelle Wong and Allison Bethune, as the entire team skated extremely well together in the Synchronized Skating event. The Waterloo skaters had a very exciting finish, becoming OUAsilver medalists. The satisfaction of the team was increased with the additional honour of OUA Figure Skater of theYear Award presented to McKenzie. Special thanks goes out to coach Dean Phillips for his hard work, perseverance, and sense of humour. Congratulations to the entire Varsity Figure Skating team on a job well done!

Sliopthg hoops’ . . his year’s Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Races (GNCTR) went off smoothly yet again. With I9 competing teams and three alumni teams participating in the 26th annual, the imagination and technical ingenuity of approximately 300 student engineers from across North America was avidly displayed. Competition was tough, but the fun and sense of adventure that an event of this type incurs was thick in the air. From making new friends and spirited chanting, to the judged technical exposition and races themselves, the University of Waterloo’s Stone

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Barry Harrison is in his second term as a niember of the UW Rowing Club executive. He has given his time generously in training new members and in setting up the winter term Rowing Challenge, Terra Vitae. He provides an inspiring example in his desire to train in the off season and by challenging club members to keep up with him!

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Justine has served two terms as a member of the UW Rowing Club executive. Within that time, she has taken part by training new rowers during both the Spring and Winter terms. As well, she has revamped the rowing area in the PAC warm-up room and has also redesigned the UW Rowing Club’s website. Nice work, Justine!

Athletes of the week

he competitive volleyball league is quickly approaching playoff season. The league started with the entry of 65 teams in A, B, C and D (co-ed) divisions and, in addition to last semester’s transition to the new OVA rally point scoring, the league is now playing best two out of three matches. This term’s A division includes many strong teams that have made for some exciting and nail-biting matches. Presently, there is a tight race for first place with “Flying Wonders,” “The A Team” and “Spiked” a11tied with 16 points each. But keep an eye on “United Stars,” “Dig’em” and “Underkill,” who are all following closely on their tails. “We Got Balls” and the “Individuals B” team are leading the 34 team B league as they are both undefeated with 20 points each. “The Fat B’s” and MBeaters” are following with 16 ‘points each and games still left to play. In the C level division, ‘&Green With Enve” is leading with 16 points followed by “The Internationals” with 12 points. Four teams are fighting for third position, ail tied with eight points each. The co-ed D division is being led by “FII,SA”at 14 points and “WildAces” with 12 points. The final day of matches is February 29 and then playoffs begin. Good luck to all the teams. Don’t forget that the Heart and Stroke Foundation Volleyball Tournament on March 11 is a great opportunity to get your team tweaked and ready for playoffs while helping out an important cause. See you on the court!

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We have had a very large turnout for the competitive ball hockey league this term. The

Melissa Ens Warrior Figure Skating

Ian Murray Warrior Nordic Skiing

A third-year AHS student from Burlington, Melissa led the Warriors to the silver medal in the overall Team Competition this past weekend at the CXJA Championships at Queen’s University. Melissa placed first in the short program, second in the Fours event, and third in the Senior Pairs. Melissa was the only member of the Warriors team to be named a an OUAAll-Star.

A fourth-year Physics student from South Har-s bour, Ian led the Warriors to a silver medal in the Team Competition this past weekend at OUA Championships. Ian also earned a bronze medal in the individual overall standings. Ian placed first in the 1Okm event, second in the 3 x 7 km relay, and finished sixth in the 15km free style. Ian was named an WA All-Star for his performances.

league is composed of 52 teams in levels A, B, and C all competing for their respective championships. We are now past the midpoint of the season and heading for the playoffs. In the A division, “L’tquipe Canada” is dominating play with a perfect 4-O record. However, every team is looking for that final push as we approach the playoffs where anything can happen. The largest division, made up of 3 6 teams, is B. The race for first place is much closer as a number of teams still have a perfect record and keep switching spots near the top of the standings. “The Hammar Sharks” are in first place; however, “Morningwood” is the most impressive team with 55 goals in only three games. Two teams in C division, “Mean Street Posse” and “OCD,” are tied for first place with only one game remaining. However, the race is not over yet as two other teams are in a close second. Best of luck to all the teams as we head for the playoffs.

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he WW Athletics Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony took place on Saturday, February 12,200 at 6 p.m. in the Festival Room, South Campus Hall. The Department of Athletics and Recreational Services is proud to announce that the following alumni were inducted:

Jack Pearse Coach and Founder Warrior Golf Jack Pearse was the coach of the Warrior golf program from 1968 to 1975. He led the Warriors to two Ontario-Quebec Championships (1969, 1970), and two Ontario Championships (1972,1975). He was a founder of the Wniversity of Waterloo golf school, and was the first person to teach golf in the Kinesiology skills program on campus and at “Camp Tawingo” in Huntsville, Ontario. Jack instilled the &team” concept into the “individual” sport of golf, promoting a spirit of co-operation and cohesiveness amongst the players that continues to be evident after some 30 years. Jack remains a driving force behind the golf program at UW; in recognition of his profound contributions, a new Warrior golf endowment in Jack’s name will be launched shortly by the Department of Athletics.

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n the last 20 years, African football [soccer] has grown into something that is quite respectable. For many years, the Europeans and Americans regarded the Africans as being absolutely useless at football. At that time, the only team any African nation could defeat was the Canadians, who could not even tackle a wet paper bag. With the success of Cameroon in Italia 1990, the Europeans are starting to take notice of African teams. The last two World cups, however, were disappointing for the Dark Continent. One such example is Nigeria, who should have gone farther than the second round at France 1998. But on February 13, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon and the Super Eagles of Nigeria faced off in the final of the African Nations Cup. The final at Lagos promised to be a great match. Nigeria, who upset the Republic of South Africa, faced mighty Cameroon, who vanquished the Tunisian national squad. The day before at Accra, the South Africans won third place by defeating

1969 to 1974, serving as its captain in 1971,1972 and 1973. During his time as a student, he served as a member of the Men’s Intercollegia te Council and was an instructor in the Department of Kinesiology ‘s golf skills course. Continuing his winning ways, DavehascoachedtwoCWOSSAhigh school championship golf teams in 1994and 1995,andhasalsocoached avariety of Waterloo club basketball teams over the past eight years.

Faye Blackwood Athlete Warrior Track Faye Blackwood enjoyed a stellar athletics career at the University of Waterloo from 1976 to 1981. During this time, she captured six O-gold medals and eight silver medals, In 198 1, she captured a CIAU gold medal in the sprint medley relay

inarecordbreakingtimeof3:59.81. After graduating in 19 8 1 with a Bachelor of Science degree, Faye’s athletics career literally and figuratively “took off.” She is a member of the Canadian Professional Coaches’ Association and has received considerable recognition for her coaching efforts, including the prestigious 3M Coaching Award (I 9 9 0), Ontario Female Coach of the Year (1997), the Wittnauer Coaching Excellence Award (1998), and the Ontario Amputee and Les Autres Coach of the Year (1999).

Frank Kosec Athlete Warrior Football Frank Kosec was perhaps the best outside linebacker to ever come out of Waterloo+ Kosec played three seasons with the Warriors from 1978 to 1980, and he quickly became

known throughout the OUAA as a punishing player who also possessed impressive speed and quickness, often used in his relentless blitzing of opposing quarterbacks. He completed his education in 19 83 with a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies. An OUAA All-Star, Frank was drafted first overall by the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL entry draft in 1981. In 1982, Frank was traded to the Montreal Concordes. He played with Montreal from 1982 to 1985. Frank retired in 1986. He has also joined the coaching ranks for his son’s minor football ‘team in Brampton.

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uted to the development and growth of UW’s Campus Recreation program in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He graduated in 1977 with a B.A. in History and went on to complete his Master’s degree in Recreation in 1982. Working as the Department’s first ever intern, Matt quickly became known as an innovator who took charge. He personally organized and chaired the 1 lth Annual Post-Secondary Student Intramural Conference and then went on to conduct pioneering research in recreation administration for the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association. Matt won a host of awards and was very involved in the UW athletic community. Matt was the Senior Campus Recreation Student Coordinator and the Coordinator of OffiCi&.

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Tunisia on penalty kicks. Therefore, ians were expecting a great match for these two West African nations. Luckily, they did not go home disappointed, As with any football team, success or failure rests on one’s goaltender. Both national sides had quality goalies. Cameroon had a fine goalie in Boukar Alioum, whilst Nigeria relied on Ike Shorunmu to keep the opponents at bay. The referee, Mourad Daami of Tunisia, made the match as fair as possible. The match began as Cameroon attacked the Nigerian net. Finally, in the 26th minute, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o kicked a beauty of a goal past the Nigerian goalkeeper to give the Indomitable Lions the lead. Cameroon increased the lead five minutes later, thanks to Patrick Mboma. After Mboma’s goal, the Super Eagles decided to go on the offensive. In the injury time of the first half, Raphael Chukwu sent a wonderful shot past Alioum to reduce the lead.

Two minutes into the second half, Nigeria finally tied it up. From 30 metres, Austin Okocha kicked in the goal past the flustered goaltender from Cameroon. With the score tied at two, both teamsbecame quite tired and very few opportunities for goals arose. After 90 minutes of play and extra time proved nothing, the game went into a penalty shootout. In the shootout, the score was tied at 3-3 when Nigeria missed the last shot. Rigobert Song, the captain for Cameroon, shot the ball past Shorunmu to win the title for the Indomitable Lions. For Cameroon, this is the third time they have won the African Nations Cup. The last time Cameroon won the title was in 1988. If this game has proven anything, it is that African football can be quite exciting. Although it is not as great as European or Latin American footbatl, Africa is starting to become a force of their own. Maybe in 20 years, an African nation may bring home the Holy Grail of football -the World Cup.

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au1 Brandt never realized he could make people cry until he sang at his high school graduation. “I was so nervouswhen I walked out on stage in my dorky-looking blue gown. I’m standing there and all my friends are looking at me and most people didn’t even know I could sin& I was just getting started. I sang “Amazing Grace” a Capella and I finally got the courage to look down into the audience and there’s this lady that I’ve never seen before, and she’s looking up at me and she’s got tears running down her face. “I didn’t know that I could do that. I didn’t know that I could move people with my singing or with the way that I perform. All of a sudden, I didn’t feel quite as nentous as Iused to and I really was enjoying what I was doing. n Now, every time he sees someone singing along to a song, dancing or even crying along to one of the songs he is singing, he remembers that first time, Canadian country artist Paul Brandt signed his first record deal only four years ago when he recorded his album; Calm Before the Stoma, that had hits like uMy Heart has a History” and the wedding favourite, “I Do.” Since then, Paul has recorded two more albums, plus a Christmas albim, and has won numerous awards, including Juno awards, Canadian Country Music Association trophies and Billboard Country Music awards. Currently on tour with The Wilkinsons, Brandt was able to take a moment out of his busy touring schedule to talk to Imprint. Brandt cannot recall having ever played in Kitchener before, but he admits that, uwe got a lot of great fan response, n for the upcomingconcert

at Centre in the Square on February 22. He’s looking forward to the Kitchener crowd, but admits that “every show, the audience has a different personality . . . I guess more than anything, it’s just me getting up on ‘stage and going up there and trying to read that crowd as quickly as I can to make sure everyone is having a good time.” Playing several different venues, from Toronto to the rural community of Durham, Brandt remembers growing up in a small town. ‘(I grew up in kind of a small town, just outside of Calgary and I remember we didn’t have a movie theatre there. I couldn’t always get a ride into Calgary to see a show or to see whoever was coming through. I

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kind of remember what it was like to be stuck there, without a whole lot of entertainment.” Brandt is hoping to extend the tour into May and June so that he can return to the smaller, rural communities. Despite the hectic schedule of touring, he tries to take time out for himself. UI’ve got my dog out on the road; her name’s Bailey. I’ve got a couple of dogs, -but Bailey is the

road dog. She kinda grew up on the bus. When we get into a new town, we’ll take off and go fpr a run and just kind of check things out.” When not touring, Paul likes to relax and kick back, doing things like cutting the grass and fixing up his house. Taking Bailey for a jog is not the only way that Brandt gets ready for a show. For about an hour before, Brandt does not have any particular traditions that he performs, However he does “have a ritual of drinking half of a diet Dr. Pepper? He does think about what it was like when he went to concerts: “I try to put myself in the shoes of the person who just paid to coie and see the show.” Wanting to make sure everyone has a good time is a key element to Brandt’s performance. “I know what my job is when I get up there,m and he almost&ways fulfills his promise to make a show enjoyable. He admits that getting up on stage is a “total adrenaline thing,?’ and claims that it is similar to bull riding or skydiving. When asked if Brandt had ever done either, hp admitted he had not: “I’ll leave that to those people that like that kind af stuff. I get my rush on stage.. . that% my kirid of risk taking.” Although he also sang in his church, Brandt admits, “[I] cut my teeth on that old time country stuff.” So, why country music? Laughin@, Brandt says, “It could have been the corn dogs at the [Calgary] Stampede.” Brand& official introduction to the country music world was a bit like a fairy tale. While performing in a competition in Hamilton, a reprosentative from Warner Music askeld Brandt for a tape, which was the~n sent to Nashville. He received a phone call a while later asking him if the people at Warner could come up to see him in Calgary. He had to throw together a band and they played in a honky-tonk club in Calgary in front

Wasn’t he on Sauedby theBell? of the Warner representatives. It was definitely not the norm: “Nashville doesn’t generally pack up to come to Calgary.” From that not-so-normal meeting, Paul signed a working contract, and then a record deal. So why should this be of any interest to the university crowd known for not liking country music? Brandt has a good story about being inNashville, playing in a “funky place” that was an alternative club. As he was doing his set, he kept seeing the same girl. “I kept looking out into the audience and seeing this girl out there, and she was a waitress. She seemed kind of interested; she was just kind of watching. “I finished the show and got off stage and was shaking hands. She

came up to me. She had a pierced nose and a pierced ear and a chain that connected the two with tattoos everywhereshe definitely did not look like a country fan. She has this bitter look on her face as she came up to me and she goes, ‘Man, you know, I hate country music,’ and I’m thinking, okay, it’s like, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at ail. And she goes, ‘I can’t stand it but that was good,’ and she turned around and walked away.” As Brandt points out, “I think there are two kinds of music, there’s good music and there’s bad music. I hope my music is music that moves people.” continued

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forsomanyyearsbeenfilledwithbar fights, cheap beer and cigarette smoke. Sloan arrived in Kitchener for the second show on their crossCanada tour with Toronto’s The

Flashing Lights to an excited all-ages crowd. Despite the more-than twenty-dollar tickets, hundreds of fans showed up for the show. The Flashing Lights, usually a show-stealing act, were at best disappointing as they were plagued by the poor, barn-like sound of the venue. Vocalist Matt Murphy seemed uncomfortable and unable to relax as the band played through most of the songs on their latest release, Where tbe Change Is. To their credit, the songs were well performed - if uninspired and still better than most performances I have seen to date. Despite all of this, The Flashing Lights were clearly crowd pleasers, and the pit area was packed with

screaming fans. Lulu’s scored a coup with Sloan, as many venues in the area had high hopes of booking the Canadian popsters, and the roadhouse has had major troubles with both the smoking by-law and poor attendance. For many, this will be the last visit ever to the enormous venue, as it is scheduled to close forever on April 9, 2000. The venue is nothing less than cavernous, like a gymnasium wired for sound. Unfortunately, unless the building is packed from end to end, which is highly unlikely considering it’s past record and astronomical ticket prices - every single beat continued

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ome might consider it difficult to be a 15year-old country star who spends his life on a bus with his father, mother and two sisters. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case for the ultra polished Tyler Wilkinson, who performs with his sister and father in the hot Canadian country group The Wilkinsons. The young country group has rocketed up the charts with singles which include “26 Cents” and “Boy Oh Boy. = The Wilkinson family hails from nearby Belleville, Ontario but have called Nashville their home for the past years. Despite their sudden rise to the charts, young Tyler quips that their story is more of =a HI-year overnight success story.” The youngest member of the family trio seemed well-equipped to deal with the press, having no trouble pumping out soundbytes. On the phone from the Holiday Inn in Sudbury, the artist did, however, have trouble recalling where and when he was playing, but was comforted by the fact that “they just tell me where to go.” In typical teen sensation style, Tyler quips that “other than the road, I’m just a normal 15-year-old.” Besides calling Ghome. . . the bus,” Tyler feels hels merely an average adolescent. The bus carries all the necessities he needs, including &video games and all of the microwaveable dinners” one might desire. The group, which is currently travelling with Paul Brandt, has always sung together. Having played a number of small Canadian festivals and local establishments, the family relocated to Nashville in the hopes that father, Steve, might write music

One time, at band camp.. . . permanently. By fluke, the family group was spotted and soon embroiled in a fierce competition by eight major labels to scoop them up. Since then, the group has recordedNothingBut Love, their first commercial release. Although Tyler realizes that many other musical celebrity families have been unable to keep happily together, he feels the Wilkinsons are well prepared. “Ithinkwhatwedoiswejusttalk if there’s any problems or troubles,” says the young vocalist. Although he’s not closer to any one person in the family, Tyler feels that their strong connections are because “we all hang out together.” The new-found fame doesn’t seem to trouble Tyler. Stressing that “youalways have to remember where you came from,” the young star says “the love of doing it,” not fame or money, keeps the group on stage. The band is touring on its second artistic offering. Tyler admits that on “the first album, you’re afraid to express who you are. ..this one, we’re doing a lot of different stuff.”

The new album means much more extensive touring for the group. Despite the pressures of a new venue every day, Tyler feels he Uwouldn’t tradeit...Isortofmissbeinginschool, but travelling is really cool. n Similarly, his father Steve was a carpenter, and he doesn’t seem to miss his former trade. Tyler claims his father has always maintained that “swinging a guitar pick is a lot easier than swinging a hammer.” Tyler Wilkinson seems like a pretty together kid for a IS-year-old who spends his days crammed in a bus with his family. The group seems to have taken their success in stride, working all the more furiously on artistic excellence and treating their fans kindly. Tyler claims that the group will likely be doing the same thing they are now in five years as, “it’s brought [us] together.” Their togetherness seems to have brought them to a higher artistic level as well. The Wilkinsons will open for Paul Brandt when he arrives at The Centre in the Square on Tuesday, February 22.

bounces off each of the walls, striking the audience several times. Between sets, photos of the crowd were projected onto huge screens, receiving loud applause. Finally, the boys who brought us “Underwhelmed” took the stage. I know it’s not a word (I looked it up) but they weren’t about to play it anyway. Instead, the group stayed fairly close to their newest material, drawn from last Fall’s Between the Bridges. They performed every song from the album, adding a few hits from previous releases, Nay BEties and One Chord to Another, for taste. In characteristic style, the foursome traded instruments with some disorganized regularity, each of them switching from Fender Rhodes, guitar, bass and drums several times. All musical chairs aside, guitarist Patrick Pentland remained stoic, never putting down his black Gretsch electric. In fact, Pentland seemed distant and somewhat disinterested all through the show, laughing a few times as he missed a few backing vocals during “Delivering Maybes.” Highlights included several fans’ addition of their panties to the instrumentation on stage and an up-

tempo rendition of “Autobiography.” As the show came to a close, vocalist Chris Murphy led fans into a round as the band left the stage. The audience - as requested - simply kept singing until the band returned. Murphy appeared and took a seat at the piano, performing a gorgeous version of “Summer’s My Season,” available only on the Japanese release of Between the Bridges. The song is a beautiful baIlad about Chris Murphy’s favourite band, Kiss. The crowd cheered as he sang. Two more songs followed, with the band performing “Chester the Molester” and “Money City Maniacs,” both from their last record, Nay Blues. With a little nostalgia, a set of “the oldest disco lights in North America” were set alight for the last song. At times, I caught myself wondering if the all-ages setup of the show added to the restraint that was felt from both bands onstage. Ultimately, the fact that a show at Lulu’s feels more like a high school assembly than a rock concert was the only criticism that I could offer. As the fire alarm was pulled, under-aged fans cleared out of the front doors to awaiting parents. It was just another night at Lulu’s.

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venture. Based on Alex Garland’s book of the same name, the film tells the tale of an American traveller, Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio), who tries to escape the complications and distress of his life. After an encounter with crazed, drugged-up Scotsman, Daffy, (played very well by Robert Carlyle), he is left a map of an island that has on it a beach which is supposedly the ultil mate utopia. Curiosity prompts him to invite two French travellers, Franfoise (Virginie Ledoyen) and Etienne (Guillaume Canet), to join him in his quest to find it. Eventually they find the island and at first it’s all they imagined huge marijuana plantations, a gorgeous beach and exquisite waterfalls, Keaty, an Englishman (Paterson Joseph) leads them to a small village

that is made up entirely of travellers just like themselves. At first they are shown exactly what they came to see: “The Beach,” a lagoon of jaw-dropping beauty, But this ultimate paradise in due time turns out to be an ultimate hell. The society that adopts them is not exactly what they expected.

A crazed, drugged-up Scotsman leaves him a map to an island utopia. Richard realizes that he has not escaped the complexities and problems of the world; his new problems include living in a society that is ruled by a dictator, Sal (Tilda Swinton), who has little or no regard for hu-

man suffering and life. There are a few holes in the plot, such as the fact that Richard goes crazy towards the end of the film, yet when it comes to killing the mari* juana farmers, even while they are asleep and so vulnerable, he can’t do it; this is where the film suffers the most. However it makes up for it in other ways. Darius Khondji’s mesmerizing cinematography is the most impressive thing about this film. He captures the magnificence and beauty of Thailand with gorgeous wideangle shots which are simply fantastic.

After being to Thailand as well as the island on which it was filmed (Phi Phi Le), it is easy to commend director Danny Boyle for expertly capturing the society and culture on film. Overall, the acting is good, but one standout is the compelling performance given by French actress Virginie Ledoyen. She plays her role with such heart that it is easy to fall in love with her almost instantly. At times funny, at times brutally dark, Boyle manages to combine the two successfully and comes out with a movie that is worth seeing. .

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n Friday, February 11, in the SLC Great Hall, the Turnkey Desk presented yet another fabulous Turnkey Coffee House. Twice per term this event provides an opportunity for UW musicians, poets, storytellers and dancers to come together and perform in an atmosphere of sharing and collaboration. On Friday, the Coffee House was put on in conjunctionwith Health & Safety’s production of Single & Sandy, a pre-reading week educational event which featured skits, a “mocktail” contest, and other varieties of hilarity. After Single &sandy was through in the Great Hall, those who stayed to watch the remainder of the Coffee House were treated to a smorgasbord of artistic talent. This included acoustic guitar, vocal ha.rmony,UWsdrummingclub, Indian hand-drumming (tabla), bands of various styles and a very poignant speaker from MADD

(Mothers Against DrunkDriving). Some performed crowd-pleasing covers of well-known songs, and many performed original material. A highlight of the night was an uEast meets West” impromptu jam courtesy of Coffee House regulars Gurpreet and Dave, who conjured up a tabla and electric guitar duet on the spot. Special thanks to Danielle Raymond and other Turnkeys for all of their hard work in organizing the event, 1 Thanks also to Ryan Merkley and Dave “Roadie” Scholten, for their long hours and patience on the audio end of things. As well, the Turnkey Desk is grateful to Craig Cardiff, who generously wrangled up the sound equipment for the show. The interest and support for this event, and past Turnkey Coffee Houses, reflects a growing community of amateur artists at UW. This is perhaps the reason that the Federation of Students now sponsors an Open Mic Night each Thursday evening at the Bombshelter. If live music is your thing, both the Turnkey Coffee Houses and the Bomber’s Openstage are an excellent opportunity to enjoy an evening of people coming together to support one another in self-expression.

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itchell, a character in Canadian playwright Manse1 Robinson’s play The Heart as it Livedclaims, “this country hates dreamers.” In the latest Theatre & Company production, Robinson has created a very layered play that is four things at once: a ghost story, a love story, a political drama and a historical play. Getting its Ontario premiere at the Water Street Theatre in Kitchener, The Heart as it Lived is a play that looks at the life of an old woman, Annie, who must deal with the ghosts of her sister, her sister’s lover, Annie’s dead lover and the living Zak, who is interested in stealing money and a place to live from Annie. ARage Against the Machine album is used to set the play into motion. It is Zak’s music, according to the director Stuart Scardron-Watties, On a set of greens, pinks and awkward angles, the. players performed Robinson’s play in front of a sold-out crowd. With a simple set, it is easy to notice when the set and props change. In the first act, everything appears orderly - books are on the shelves and everything appears neat. In the second act, the set takes

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come more frequent in the second act and also add to the confusion of the play’s overall effect, as the ghosts are part of flashbacks. The flashbacks are not put into any order - they just occur whenever Robinson felt like putting them in. The characters in this play present the norm: they are all typical to their situations. Annie is the old woman who holes herself up in her

Lookwhat I made, Granny! home, hiding from the reality of the world. Zak is the typical teen who has taken a few wrong turns in life and cannot seem to get out of the rut of being a “bad” kid. Flo, Annie’s sister, is a woman who falls in love with the wrong man, while Zakarchuk is that wrong

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Mitchell is a straight-laced RCMP officer who made sure he followed all the rules while he was living, even if that meant he could not marry the very first woman that

he wanted to. Ann Page plays the role of Annie. This is an awkward part to play, and Page tries her best but is not always successful. At one point, Annie talks to Mitchell about the ecstasy she has dreamed of experiencing on her wedding night, but the monologue is extremely uncomfortable for both the audience and Page. Jason Hildebrand plays Zak and does a good job of proving that his character is not the type of person you would let into your house, let alone allow to stay. Andrea Peters plays Flo, but she does not show the passion through her lines that the real Flo would have felt at the time. Rather, Peters glazes over the lines, giving the impression of passion, but not actually having any. Brian Otto plays the man from the wrong side of the tracks, Zakarchuk, and portrays a man who wants to be free of society’s morals of the time and of everyone’s prejudices. Andrew Lakin, seen in Dr. Faustus earlier in the season, playsMitchell andconvincingly shows the characteristics of the staid mountie. The play is performed well, considering the small venue, and the actors do the best they can with what they have to work with. If you plan to go to see this play, be prepared to think. Thinking is the only way you are going to understand or even come close to enjoying the play. As for this country of Canada hating dreamers, Robinson might be right. But after seeing this play it is clear that some Canadians have a lot of imagination.


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everal months ago I invaded this column with basic background information about a couple of Canadian independent (indie) labels. Well, I’m back with an update about some recent releases for y’all to enjoy. Beginning in the mighty West, Mint Records (http://www.mintrecscom) has two new and very diverse releases. The first is The Smugglers’ (http://www.thesmugglers.com) tatest opus, Robe, filled with the energeticgarage-rock sound that has kept crowds bouncing these last eleven years. “Dank0 Jones’ Pants” is the stand-out track and homage to the sexually-charged Toronto rocker. The seconb February release for Mint Records is Neko Case’s sophomore album entitled Fzrmace Room LulIaby. Supported again by a rotating group of background musicians (her “Boyfriends”), Neko’s hauntingly beautiful and powerful voice soars above these original counyes, country - tunes. tryHead eastwards towards Winnipeg, and Endearing Records (http:// www.endearing.com) will cheerily

invite you to hsten to RGght Eyes by B’ehl. This female-fronted quartet’s second CD is filled with the sweet harmonies of Allison and Mel soaring above and through the band’s jangly guitar pop. As previously mentioned, Toronto’sTeenage USA Records (http:/ /www.teenageusarecording.com) continues to keep the “spirit of the seven-inch” alive in a new medium” with their digital (mp3) seven-inch singles. They have added two more songs: “The Single,” by The Weekend, and “Love or Money,” by Defender featuring ex-Pluto bassist John Ounpuu. Another Toronto label, Poster Girl Records (http://members. tripod.corn/-postergirl) has gone against the Canadian grain and released New Radiant Storm King’s latest album, Singular: No Ah&, a breeding ground of catchy riffs and Polvo-esque indie guitar rock. Speaking of guitar rock and pop, Sinclaire’s self-titled EP on indie rock stalwarts Sonic Unyon (http:// www.sonicunyon.com) is an impressive and catchy sample of ear candy. Quebec’s Matlock Records (http://www.matlockrecords.com) has The Plan, spearheaded by

Michael Catano, drummer for North of America. The PIan is presently on tour (no K-W dates though), and their music is described on Matlock Records’website as “urgent and insistent, angular and aggressive, obscure and immediate.” Our final stop finds us at Hahfax’s Cinnamon Toast Records. Although relatively inactive compared to the preceding labels, they’ve reentered the musical game with Piggy’s first foray onto the digital medium of compact discs.

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unteers! There’s something for you. One to three hours per week, or when you can. Event happens May 7, 2000. Call Lynne at 744-7465, ext. 342. T 101n SUDS - o UW student, statt and faculty group that provides free tutoring and encouragement to high school students. For more information, e-mail buds@?calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca or call Sue at 886-2906. We need Big hlstersl It you ore 18 yews of age ond older and feel you can make a 3 hour a week commitment for 1 year come to our next training session on Soturday, Feb. 25 or Saturday, Mar. 25; 9 a.m. -4 p.m. at Big Sisters House, 37 Alien Street, W., Waterloo. Call 7435206 to register. LQomen’s Cns~s SewIces Combridge is recruiting volunteers for Spring Orientation. We ha ve many volunteer opportunities available: gain experience in fundraising, on reception/crisis lines, in Adrnmistrative support, child and you+h, and more! For more info, call Melanie Miller-Cassel before February25 at 653-

2289, ext. 229. Come and helo at the first annual Coradian Undergrdduate Technology Conference March 8 to 1 1 at UW. Volunteers ore needed on each of the days to help with logistics. Free food and t-shirt for your efforts, For more info contact Bruce at bcleesha@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.co or Nancy at nanc 1 @yahoo.com kitchener-Waterloo Health Care Auxiliary is looking for a business/finance oriented Individual to serve a two year term as Director of Business Affairs. Call 747-0965. V&nteer for Kltchener-Waterlso’s annual Heel ‘n’ Wheel-a-Thon upcoming event to help support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Conodo. Call 748-2 195. learn about a different culture while you show a new immigrant how to be o part of your community. For more information, call K-W Y.M.C.A. Host Program at 579-

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The Canadian Blood Service will be in the Student Life Centre February 28,29, March 1. 2. 2000. Interested in applying for undergraducte scholarships, awards and bursaries? Check out the Bulletin Bourd on the Student Awards Office home pa e at: http:// www.odm uwaterloo.ca/in 3oawards/ Do you write more than grocer)i lists and assignments? How about prose, poetry, fiction, anything creative? We’re tooking to bring together o group of people for the urposes of sharing writing and getting Peedbock. We aim to meet weekly in the SLC. This terms meeting day has not yet been set so send on e-mail to asklo@uwaterloo.ca including the times that are convenient for you, or if you hove any questions at all. ’ Cheap Campus eatsll The Right Angie Cafe, the Math Society’s Coffee and Doughnut Shop, is open’Monday-Thursday until 10 p.m., Friday until 7 p.m., ond Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Check out our wide varietv of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snuck items...3rd floor MC: Eettinq married? Conarutulationsl The UW and WLU ChaplGns’ Associations want to support your desire to make your marriage stronger. We invite you to participate in a Mornage Preparation Course on Friday, March 3 from 7 to 9:15 p.m. and Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Resurrection College, Westmount Road, N. For rnfo call 8884567, ext. 3633 or 884-07 10, ext. 2240 or 884-4404, ext. 610. Guided Self-Change of alcohol use: for individuals who may have concerns about the amount they are drinkrng and want to cut down. Call Counseiling Services (ext. 2655) to find out more. The Canadian Federation of University Women of K-W is holding their 36th Annual Used Book Sale on Friday April 7 and 8 at the First United Church in Waterloo. To donate before April 5 call 740-5249. March Break Science CamD 2000 from March 13 to 17 will once agbin be organized by the En ineering Science Quest for children of o iI ages. For info toll 888ext. 5239 or email 4567, directors@e sq.uwaterloo.ca Spring 2000 housing - St. Paul’s United College offers large single rooms with a meal plan (15 meals weekly) to UW students attending classes or 6; work term. For info/application call 885-l 460 or email stpau I@uwaterloo.ca If you wish to transfer to Architecture for the Fall 2000 term, make sure you have completed an “A plicotion for Internal Transfer’ form, w ich can be obtained from the Re istrar’s office, second floor, Needles Ho 7I. Applications must be received by March 10, 2000. New community adion group for “7th eneration” preventative urban planning Pooktng for interested members, professors, student, staff welcome. For more info call Dove at 888-6493. Play tackle football weekly. All skill levels, races and sexes are welcbme. To get on our mailing list contact srgooI@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.co

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