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Tech park dream closer to reality First phase could open next spring SUSAN BUBAK lmprint staff


t the Waterloo City Council meeting on May 7, the city agreed to contribute $6.7 million toward the $214 million research and technology park to be built on UW's north campus. Although the project still needs regional, provincial and federal funding, proponents are confident that the park will generate revenues that far exceed its $214 million price tag. "It's a win-win situation for everybody," said city councillor Scott Jones. "It's an opportunity for the community and the university to advance in the way of technology, open up the job market and create career opportunities for [UW]graduates and co-op students." The research and technology park will cater to high-tech firms, creatingup to 6,000 jobs, $10 billion in exports and research opportunities with the university. In addition, the park will help curb the brain drain by providing UW co-op students and graduates with local jobs. Once complete, the park is expected to generate $1 million a year in tax revenues for the city and $1.9 million a year for Waterloo Region. Associate provost, general services and finance, Dennis Huber explained that all development projects on UW property must meet certain criteria. The research and technology park will meet these criteria by

creating "employment opportunities and research possibilities with the university," said Huber. "All students benefit from that." The park will be built in three phases, the first of which could be open for business by next spring. "If we're going to have occupied space by spring 2002, we need to have a shovel in the ground by this fall," said Paul Eichinger, the city's director of economic development. The park will be constructed on a 100-acre site on UW's underdeveloped north campus. With 1.2 million square feet of office space in several buildings, the park will increase the city's vacancy rate, which stands at 2 per cent. A number of prospective tenants are already vying for units in Phase 1,which will provide 400,000 square feet of floor space. The park's acceleratorcentre will help start-ups get on their feet. "It's good for entrepreneurs," saidJones. "It will help [new] businesses get going." There are also plans to modernize the transit system with a railway line that will connect the park to the main campus, downtown Waterloo and Kitchener. In the wake of the controversy that surrounded the decades-old maple tree that was cut down to make room for the new CECS building, proponents say that the park will include ample green space. Columbia Lake will also be environmentally protected.

The university's previous attempts to develop the park were not successful for.a variety of reasons. This time around, the university will apply for SuperBuild funding that will cover up to two-thirds of the park's infrastructure costs. In addition, a partnership was formed between the university, City of Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Communitech,(a high-tech business

association),and Canada's Technology Triangle (a marketing group). In addition to the city's $6.7 million contribution, Waterloo Region will be asked for another $6.7 million, the federal and provincial governments are expected to put forth $13.4 million each, the university will provide 100 acres of land worth $20 million and the private sector will contribute the remaining

$153.8 million. Kitchener-Waterloo MP and UW alumnus Andrew Telegdi said that "[the park] is going to be good for this region; it's going to be good for this province and it's going to be good for this country." Councillor Brent Needham added that "this technologypark will preserve our ability to compete nationally and globally."

Lumsden says sky isn't falling RYAN MATTHEW MERKLEY Imprint staff

New co-op building rankles students CHRIS EDEY special to lmprint

till nothing more than a large hole adjacent to South Campus Hall, the new CECS building has already generated frustration and resentment among some UW students, especially within the faculty of environmental studies. Students are not only upset

about the $25 co-op fee increase necessary to financethe new building but are also lamenting the loss of the giant maple tree which had been providing shade and a resting place for UW students over the past half-century. The removal of the majestic maple tree to make room for the construction is drawing ire from students. Director, co-operative educa-

tion and career services Bruce Lumsden commented that "it's a shame to see old trees go, but trees do have a lifespan." Plans have been made to incorporate the wood into the new facility in some way. Kaline Charrey, a masters student in architecture, feels that "trees certainly do have a lifespan, but why please see page 4

espite recent layoffs and hiring freezes, director of co-op education and career servicesBruce Lutnsden is tellingstudents not to panic. On April 25, California-based CiscoSystemsannounced the closing of its newly-acquired Pixstream offices, and the layoff of all 220 employees who worked there. Included among the layoffswere 17UW co-op students. Since then, Lumsden says that all but two of the students have found other placements, "but even they might have found jobs since yesterday," he said. Cisco isn't the only company to have announced layoffsin past weeks. Last week, quietly closed its Waterloo-based research office, office manager Carol Betts told Imprint.

In addition to recent layoffs, two major employers, Dell and Nortel, told many of their summer interns that they would not have placements for the summer. Lumsden said that although Nortel employsabout 100 co-op students a year, there is only one student placed with them for the summer. Although the student had their co-op term shortened, Lurnsden said Nortel is "still very committed to coop." Lumsden couldn't identify any other companies that had cancelled co-op positions due to the recent tech shake-up. "I'mnotaware of them because it happens all the time, and it's not unusual," he said. "It's a part of the normal business of doing co-op." Lumsden said that co-op has between 2,800 and 3,000 employers and that the lost co-op jobs please see page 4


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UW adopts sweatshop policy

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he University of Waterloo is adopting an anti-sweatshop stance after negotiations between UW and the Students Against Sweatshops (SAS)group. The agreement aims to prevent the university from buying any clothing from manufacturers that mistreat their workers. Aone-page clause will be added to all clothing contracts made with the school, including merchandise sold through UW stores, athletic teams' uniforms, and staff wear. The supplier will be required to disclose information concerning where the clothing was made, as well as answering questions relating to third-party inspectionsand their compliancewith all local labour laws. Since its inception a little over two years ago, the SAS group has worked to raise awareness of sweatshops as an issue at this school. Initially running fashion shows to build student consciousness, the group then approached the UW Bookstore to discuss the issue. The negotiations then advanced to cover the entire university. After a year and a half of bargaining, aconclusionwas reached. The key feature of the deal was the disclosure of the manufacturing site, meaning that any clothing purchased through the university can be traced back to find out who, and where, it was manufactured. This information will be available to all members of the university community, who in turn could furnish it to a national monitoring agency, if one existed. Efforts are being made towards establishingsuch an agency, with participation from 10 Days for Global Justice, the Canadian Labour Congress, and the Toronto-based Maquila Solidarity Network.

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The UW agreement is a step forward for social justice on campus; however, it does not go as far as the first Canadian university sweatshop deal, finalized at the University of Toronto in April of last year. That deal included a six-month grace period whereby suppliers could get themselves up to par if they were found to be in violation of the strict requirements imposed. In contrast, the Waterloo agreement does not set out rules on cancelling contracts at all -instead, information about the supplier is made available and the university is then able to make their decisions. U of Tstudents had to push hard for their school to take such a firm stance on the issue of sweatshops. A student occupationof the president's office last March was part of what it took to get the desired movement from the school. The SAS group had given consideration to tactics such as these, but came to the realization that the com-

munity support that U of T students received would not be as strong here. Without that support they felt that they did not have as much power in their negotiations with the university. As a result, they are not completely pleased with the deal that was reached, as it does not include items such as a 'living wage' provision, or specificguidelinesdealingwith hours worked and other labour standards. They are, however, happy to now have a deal in place. Much of the momentum that led to the policies at Toronto and Waterloo was solidified at a conference held here last March. For two days, groups from various universities descended upon Waterloo to talk shop, sweatshop that is. Three speakers highlighted the conference, including one from an El Salvador monitoringgroup.The attendeesdiscussed action ideas, worker organizing, and codes of conduct. A model code of conduct was drawn up for groups to use as a starting point.

ccording to the paper trail of press releases from numerous educational organizations, there is no consensus of opinion regarding last week's Ontario budget announcement. Ontario finance minister, Jim Flahert~,presented a third consecutive balanced budget to Queen's Park on May 9. The budget was of special interest to educators who were curious to see how the Ontario Tories will deal with the 2003 "double cohort." The answer came as a $293 million boost to colleges and universities between now and the 2003-04 school year. The increase will help schools accommodate swelling enrolments, especiallyin 2003 when grade 12and OAC classeswill graduate together for the first time in Ontario. The government's optimistic announcement, however, didn't dazzle everyone. "There is no provision at all for inflation," said Alan George, UW vice-president academic and provost, in a university release. "There is also no provisionfor the large number of students who are currently underfunded." Flaherty's budget notes that the $293 million will be "directly proportional to the projected enrolment growth," but no information has yet been released on how the proportions would be calculated. For UW, this means possible relief for the proposed 3.5 per cent spendingcut and avoidanceof a $5.5 million deficit. On the contrary, the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), which represents the interests of 19 Ontario institutions, heralded the announcement, hoping the money will

be spent on hiring new professors to meet the ificreased enrolments. "[The increase] demonstrates that the Government of Ontario recognizes the importance of investinginstudents," said COU chair, Paul Davenport, who is also president of the University of Western Ontario. The Canadian Federation of Students, a national student union of which UW is not a part, complained that the efforts put into the Tories' tax cuts should be guided towards post-secondary education. "We have to wonder whether this is Harris's vision, to drive thousands of students out of the system with double and triple digit tuition fee increases so that he can deliver tax cuts to the most wealthy in the province," commented CFS president Erin George in a press release that slammed the Ontario government on increased tuition in the past five years. Also budgeted for the upcoming year is $100 million for deferred maintenance projects, which translates into about $4.4 million for UW. Decisions h:ave yet to be made on where the money will go, but Ryan Stammers, Feds vice president education, suggeststhe money could be used to upgrade outdated classrooms. Stammers sees the budget increase as welcomed aid inlight of the double cohort. "[The increase] will prevent a total disaster to occur," said Stammers. The budget also allocated $60 million for Ontario's newest university, the Ontario Institute of Technology in Durham Region, located within the Greater Toronto Area. As expected, the load of the expenditures for the 2001-02 year is budgeted for health care at $23.7 billion, with education and training following at $11.6 billion.

Closing arguments heard in OW lawsuit KATE SCHWASS

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losing arguments in the case of a former university professor who is suing UW for wrongful dismissal were heard p n May 15 and 16 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto. The judge is now deliberating his decision. In 1992, Dr. Ewa Lipczynska was given a two-year contract for the position of research associate professor in the department of earth sciences. In 1994, she filed to sue the


university for wrongful dismissal and defamation. Lipczynska claims that it was her understanding, through verbal assurances, that her contract would be extended for an extra three years. Six months prior to the end of her contract, however, she was informed that her contract would not be renewed. She believes her contract was


not renewed because she refused to sign on to do research for former earth scienceschair, Robert Gillham and his company, EnviroMetal Technologies. The university claims that they did nothing wrong when dismissingLipczynska. The first charge of wrongful dismissal is against the university.This charge centres around discrepancies in UW's former policy on contract

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and temporary workers. The second charge of defamation is against the university, Gillham and former provostJames Kalbfleisch. The defamation charge stems from a rumour Gillham heard about Lipczynska and allegedly passed on to university officials. The rumour Gillham allegedly passed on stated that Lipczynskastole ideas from U.S. Environmental Pro-

tection Agency researcher Dr. Lee Wolfe. Further discussions of the rumour were discussed without Lipczynska's knowledge. According to Lipczynska, she contacted Wolfe on May 3, 1995 and he told her that he had never made allegations against her. He did concede that he was upset because Lipczynska had published a paper prior to Wolfe and he felt that, because Gillham had business arrangements with the EPA, it was wrong of

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Gillham to allow Lipczynska to perform research in the same area as Wolfe. Lipczynska, who represented herself, called several witnesses and testified herself. To testify on her behalf, Lipczynska called on Professor Jeanne Kay-Guelke, former dean of environmental studies; Ian Macdonald, former president of the faculty association; Professor Ken Westhues from UW's sociology department and Roman Dublinski, former chair of the Academic Freedom and Tenure committee. Lawyers representing the university, Gillham and Kalbfleisch, called very few witnesses to testify. Both Gillham and Kalbfleisch testified. John Thompson, dean of science, also testified on their behalf. Neither side has made any comments about the case, and current

Lumsden: "You don't want to panic here."

presidentof the FacultyAssociation's Academic Freedom and Tenure committee, Leonard Guelke, saysthat is a good thing. "There is a complex tangle of issues," he stated. "A lot of this case hinges on technical issues of the law." Faculty members, like Lipczynska, who have to deal with problems with administration and with "issues of justice" go to Guelke and the committee for help. The committee is very interested in the judgement in this case and Guelke says he is looking "forward to some sort of clarification."Although the committee has had a fairly active role in helping Lipczynska, Guelke noted that "this case has gone beyond the area where we are involved." The case took three weeks to be heard since opening argumentsApri1 24. Ontario Superior Court Justice Lissaman is expected to take a month before making a decision.

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amount to a very small portion of the total placements. "In one sense we're worried, and in another sense we think the message is good," said Lumsden. "We had our best employment rate in the winter term that we've ever had. There were less than 50 students who weren't able to find employment. That's very unusual. The winter term is usually much harder. Spring term was two or three percentage points higher than last year in terms of finding them jobs, and

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o rollerblade or not to rollerblade,that is the question. Actually, the former will land you a $25 fine. That's right, rollerblading is not permitted on campus, however, bikes are free to roam the paths, weaving in and out of walking pylons. The irony is quite interesting, especiallywhen on-campus bikersride through the campus like they're trying to win the Tour de France. I've seen bike crashes in the distance and I have to laugh to myself, once, of course, I see that no one is injured. My personal favourites are the bikers who try to navigate through a sea of walkers, but are moving too slow to keep on their bikes. I'd like to know the rationale behind banning rollerbladers but allowing bikers to treat the campus like a speed oval. I'm not calling for the banning of bikes on campus, especialiy on a campus covering 1,000 acres. But, I am asking why rollerbladersare not allowed to cruise the campus among the bikers. That's not to say hundreds of students aren't rollerblading around already. Just today I counted at least 20 people rolling to class on Ring Road and between buildings. Let's face it: rollerblading is an effective way to get around campus. It's no more dangerous than biking, really. I've seen many people wear helmets and proper joint pads. More confusingly, the regulations are listed in the university's

there are more students in the mix, and there were more students in the mix during the winter term." A memo dated May 3 from Lumsden announced a two per cent increase in spring term placements, with approximately 250 additional students in the pool. There are 3,933 studentson co-op for the springterm. "That, to me, is a strong indication that employers are still interested in UW co-op students. So you try and balance that against these headlines that say the sky is falling and it's a bit hard to do. You don't want to panic here."

traffic and parking regulations,which is bound by the University Act. In fact, part three, section 19 states, "roller skis and rollerblades are prohibited on all campus roadways, pedestrian pathways and walkways." This means we can't rollerblade through parking lots or paths that lead away from the campus, but are still on university property. I also find it odd that there are no regulations for the quickly fading scooters that littered the campus more frequently in the fall. On the contrary, skateboards are banned. What about riding unicycles? Surely that's far more dangerousthan rollerblading across campus, but there's no rule against it. Perhaps I'll ride my younger brother's Power Wheels Jeep through campus this summer. According to the regulations, it's not classified as a vehicle and therefore not prohibited. Rollerbladers are still whizzing through campus regardless of any regulations. Parking services andUW Police don't seem to be in a hurry to nail every rollerblader that comes into sight, although I have noticed parking representatives patrolling the walkways on bike. I'm waiting for an action-packed bike-rollerblade chase. Seriouslythough, the university should give some consideration to revisiting this regulation. If I can street luge through -the campus, then I should be permitted to rollerblade.

cut it short?" She also contended that the new facilitycould have "easily been designed to accommodate the tree." Campus architect Daniel Parent stated that the tree had to be cut down for the construction to go ahead and that alternative sites had been explored, but were not suitable for the new CECS building. When asked if the building had gone through an environmental assessmentprocess-which would have considered the merits of retaining or removing the tree -he responded that, "We don't do that [at W]." All of this has left Charrey very disappointed with the university's "whimsical treatment of historic trees . . . We don't have a whole lot of natural heritage left here and to carelessly remove the little we have is very sad." The new building currently carries a price tag of $8.7 million; half of this amount will be financed through the co-op fee increase, while the university will cover the remainder with funding provided through Ontario's Super Build Corporation. The new CECS building is expected to provide 43,000 square feet of space and will replace the increasingly crowded co-op operations in Needles Hall. Lumsdensaid he saw no alternative to the construction of a new building, noting that the current setup is "insufficient, as many staff members ofthe co-op department must frequently give up their offices to accommodate interviews, which hurts staff efficiency." He also said that a new CECS building is "absolutely essential" for the continued success of Waterloo's co-op program. While students are in general agreement that the crowded CECS "pit" and resume drop box area are not spectacular facilities,some doubt the necessity for a multimillion dollar solution. Patrick Wetter, an urban planning co-op student, questioned whether all alternativessuch as finding available office spaceelsewhere, increased use of online services such as electronic resume submission, an improved Access computer system or telecommuting of coop staff were fully explored. Charrey, who participated in a discussion group concerning the new building, contended that "not one of the students" that participated were in favor of the new building or the higher fees that will accompany it. Travis Nolan, another urban planning co-op student commented that the new building appears to be more of an 4L' image, an entranceway to the university" than a solution to the crowding in Needles Hall.



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McVeigh must die but not the way you think


apital punishment, by definition, is the imposition of the death penalty by the state. It is meant to be the most severe of punishments. What happens, though, when the person wants to die? In the recent Timothy McVeigh court trial in the States, this is the case. McVeigh wants to die. McVeigh, responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing, has never shown any remorse for his actions, except to say that if he had known that building was adaycare,he wouldn't have bombed that particular building. So what is the state to do? Would the harshest punishment for McVeigh be death? Doubtful. In fact, keeping McVeigh alive would probably be the perfect punishment for this man. Make him sit in his cell - a cell that is plastered with pictures of his victims. Maybe then McVeighwillstart to feel a little remorse. If that doesn't work, and the state thinks that death is still the best way to go, place McVeigh in the general population. The inmates ingeneral population would rip McVeigh to shreds in a matter of days, savingthe state the cost of having to administer any sort of drug or electricity for his death. Some will argue that there would then be the cost of a trial to charge those responsible for the death, but if the FBI can retain files for months after a trial and then remember they had them a week before McVeigh's death, I think a few prison guards could turn their backs for a few minutes. Then there would be no trial costs because everyone would be a suspect. There would be no possibility of a conviction because there would always be that shadow of a doubt that it could have been someone else. The issue of capital punishmentin Canada always seems to weigh heavily on the minds of Canadians, especiallywhen it is such a popular topic in the American news. Information is

once again being circulated about Bill C-467. Bill C-467 is a private membersbill which would bring back capital punishment in Canada for those convicted of first-degree murder. Right now, the maximum punishment for first-degree murder is 25 years without a chance at parole. Bill C-467 is backed by recently appointed Canadian Alliance chief opposition whip John Reynolds. Reynolds, of the West Vancouver Sunshine Coast riding, is just one of many AllianceBeform members of parliament who


ing my own appointments with UW president David Johnston. Maybe I should considermy Federation of Students. Some might be willing to entertain that, but only the eight per cent of students who actually cared enough to vote in the last election. The remaining 92 per cent probably thought that the Feds' impact on their lives was so small that there was no point in voting.

have a question: As a student at the University of Waterloo, are you a customer? Seems a simple question, but it's really quite the opposite. Let me spoil the ending for you: you're not the customer. You should be, but you're not. My initialsearchled me to the office of the ombudsperson, skillfully handled by Joanne Laws; if the student is the customer, I think this wouid be the complaint desk. But it didn't take long for Laws to set me straight. The office of the ombudsperson is "the office of last resort" for many, shesays. It's where you, the student (should read: customer) can go to resolve disputes with university administration, your landlord or other groups. She also pointed out that despite that whole bit about the last resort, it's more often the first place that students go for help. What Laws also mentioned is that she is not an advocate for students. She is paid equal part by the university and by the Federation of Students. Her role is that of neutral advisor. She'll tell you who to talk to, and teach you how to speak the language, but she won't go to bat for you. She's not supposed to, so says her job description. So who does? That remains to be seen, but there's certainly no shortage of complaints. !suppose I'll just have to clear my scheduleandstart arrang-

. . . is capital punishment what Canadians want in a justice system? feel this way. In his 1996 report, Reform MP Dale Johnston said that current laws regarding punishment for first degree murder were not strict enough. So is capital punishment what Canadians want in a justice system? After capital punishment was abolished in 1976, the number of first-degree murder convictions went down. Despite this, there are still those who will argue the old adage, an eye for an eye. People point at convicted murdererslike Paul Bernardo andsay "kill him" because of what he did to two innocent girls. Bernardo is afraid for his life -why else would he be in solitary? The ultimate punish-

What could the average customer complain about here at UW? How about ACCESS? What could the average customer complain about here at UW? I don't know, how about an online co-op ACCESS system that still doesn't work? How about the complete lack of green spaces on campus? Why can't students read the professor evaluations? Wouldn't you like to know what you're getting for $5,000 a year in tuition?

ment for him should be to put him into general population. Make this man fear for his life; make him go through the exact same thing he put his victims through. If Bernardo was released into the general population, he would be killed within a day, if not minutes. But as for bringing back capital punishment, that subject is tricky. To say yes to killing all those convicted of first-degree murder is placing a lot of confidence in the Canadian judicial system. That's not to say Canadians shouldn't trust the court, but everyone knows that the Canadian justice system has made mistakes. Put yourself in the place of a judge.You're working on a case, you find the defendant guilty of first-degree aggravated murder and you sentence them to death. After an appeal and a few years, that defendant is put to death. Two years after the death of the person convicted, new evidence is presented, showing that the person you had put to heath two years ago really was innocent. What do you do then? Say oops and go on with your life?Well, you could dig up the now innocent dead person, stuff them, brush the dirt off and hand the body back to the grieving family with your apologies. Somehow, that just seems cruel. There are always two sides to the argument, but it seems that the anti-capital punishment side is winning out in this one. Most Canadians would go along with a system that works. When capital punishment was abolished, murder convictions went down. Anti-capital punishment sides with caution. After all, it's alot easier to apologizefor 25 years in prison and give some sort of compensation, than it is to raise someone who was wrongly convicted, from their grave. -Kate Schwass 3NEnglish literature

What students need is a person within university administration to speak out for the them. I think that person ought to be the ombudsperson, but they should act less like a mediator and more like a lawyer. Students could go to them with issues, and they would review the case, decide if it was something the student should pursue or not and help them. In some other organizations, the ombudsperson has real power. They strike fear into the hearts of their pinstripe-suited colleagues; they are the internal affairs of the corporate world (Laws assures me she strikes fear into the hearts of many UW admin). This might be just what we need. I want my ombudsperson to have an office in Needles Hall -next door to the president, if you please-not hidden in a corner, upstairs in the SLC. And I want them to be paid at least as much as the associate provost or the head of information systems and technology. I'm not saying Laws does a bad job exactly the opposite -she proactively finds students' questionsand concerns and addresses them. She was more than willing to address my concerns about her own job here at the university, speaking candidly and honestly. If only they'd let her play for our team. -RyanMatthewMerkley editor-in-chief



ome rather encouraging statistics were released this month about publicopinionon homosexualityand gay marriage. In a poll conducted in April by the Environics Research Group, 55 per cent of Canadians support gay marriage, while 44 per cent "approve" of homosexuality. The recent study confirmsother reports which generally show that public opinion on these two queer issues hovers around the 5 0 per cent approval mark. It also confirms that public acceptance is increasing-and rapidly. According to Environics, approval for homosexualityhas doubled since 1996. Among the provinces, support for gay marriage is strongest in Quebec (69 per cent) and British Columbia (60 per cent) and is weakest in Alberta (43 per cent) and Saskatchewan (43 per cent). Ontario figures in at 50 per cent. The provincialbreakdown is interestingbecause it mirrors eachprovince's commitment to queer rights. Quebec and B.C. were the first to recognize same-sex relationshipsand set up anti-discrimination laws. In contrast,the Alberta legislatureseems to keep its finger poised over the "notwithstanding" button whenever a gay issue comes up. Support for gay marriage is strongest in the 18-29age group (73 per cent) and weakest in the over 60 age group (35 per cent). Acceptance was also tied to higher levels of education and higher levels of income. One interesting discrepancy lies in the gap between approval of homosexuality (44 per cent) and support of gay marriage (55 per cent). The two issues are intimately related, yet many people are able to separate their moral beliefs on homosexuality from their beliefs about equality and marriage. The discrepancy could also


ile Canada prides itself on multiculturalism and tolerance, when it comes to things besides our abilityto eat at exotic restaurants and watch foreign films, support from the government is rarely forthcoming. The best way to understand the biases lurking in the minds of policy makers and bureaucrats is to examine current immigrationpolicies, and how they are tilted against people from the South. Thousands of people from all over the world come to Canada in search of a better way of life. Some find it, while others are detained without committing a single crime, and people are evensent back to face torture or death, if they cannot meet the requirements of Canada's immigration policy, which is designed to only let in "desirables." A while ago this was considered people of "Euro-

stem from the strange wording on the question concerning homosexuality, where the respondent must decide if they approve, disapprove, or neither approve nor disapprove of homosexuality. A large percentage (16 per cent) were neutral, which makes the approval rate hard to determine with any degree of confidence. Governments may want to take a hard look at the recent statistics. The federalgovernment hasn't made any commitments on furthering queer equality. The provincial government, under Mike Harris, doesn't support queer equality. Perhaps StockwellDay's idea of having a national referendum on gay marriage wouldn't be such a bad idea in this case. It would seem that gay rights would win out. (Although it should be noted that the rights of a minority should never be determined by public opinion.) Politicalchange aside, the public opinion poll should be a breath of fresh air for queer Canadians. Indeed, most Canadians are attuned to sexual orientation and the issues concerning queer people. Canadians are supportive of gays and lesbians and their rights. For no group is this more true than queer youth, whose peers overwhelmingly support queer equality. As Environicsnoted, the beliefs of Canadiansconcerninghomosexualityare changingrapidly, faster than any other social issue. If it only took five years to shift public approval from 22 per cent to 44 per cent, just imagine how soon it will be before almost all Canadians are on side. The Environics survey of 2,035 adult Canadians is considered accurate within2.2 percentagepoints, 19times out of 20, as reported by the National Post.

pean descent," but now it is based on equally prejudiced lines of skills and income, designed to only let in those that are wealthy, highly-skilled, or fleeing atrocities. What about those fleeing poverty? As a glaring first example, look at the $975 Right of Landing Fee, that all adult immigrantsmust pay in order to be granted permanent residence. Now, while that is not a ridiculous amount for an immigrant from Europe, it is 10-monthsof salary for a Sri Lankan. A fair way of charging the fee, if one could even justify its necessity, would be as a proportion of income, not a flat rate. There is also the request for DNA tests as proof of relationships prior to approval for sponsorship. While familiesoften use sponsorship as a way of reuniting after separa-

More to Cambodia than anecdotes To the editor, egarding the letter on CamboR dian sweatshops, let me clarify the conditions behind Mr. LeeWudrick's anecdotes about his employer. Cambodiais one of the better textile-producing countries, in that it is a first for something the antisweatshop (and the globalizationfrom-below) movement has been clamoring for. Cambodia has a stronger labour law than any of the surrounding countries (even Hong Kong),in that it includes the right to form unions, but it is not regularily enforced. Last year, prodded by the AFL-CIO, the U.S. made respect and enforcementof InternationalLabour Organization standards, and national law, precede a 14 per cent increasein textile importquotas.This is what some have been after! Cambodia could be called a partial success in putting labour rights into trade deals, which may account for the mild labour conditions in the letter. Contrary to Lee-Wudrick's claims that corporations are th'e only groups doing anything to improve the lot of people, I would like to point to the efforts of Cambodia's organized, independentlabour movement, which won a $5 per month increase in the minimum wage (after a 20,000person strike) last year, and has secured many concessions that employers wouldn't give without union pressure. In fact, the much-malignedGAP has been a pioneer in mediatingwith the unions in Cambodia, treating them as legitimate, even when the government does not. I'm curious as to whether or not his factory was unionized by a non-company, nongovernment union. Regarding the Wal-Mart/J.C.

tion, the prohibitively high cost of DNA testing (over $1,000) has prevented many refugees from being together with their families. As an example of Canada's double standard with respect to globalization is the federal Live-In Caregiver program, which brings inThirdWorld women to do domestic work at a lower wage than any "real Canadian" would. They are not allowed to apply for Canadianresidencyuntil they have been in the country for at least two years. Now, why wouldn't a government apply the same standards to these workers as they do with the maverick software programmers of Bangalore, India? Why isit that Europeans do not need a visa to visit Canada, but East Indians, Africans, and Asians do? Why did Canada swiftly accommodate 7000 Kosovar

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Penney inspectors: until there are ILO-approved third-party inspectors visiting factories, any self-monitoring by corporations is suspect. Fox guarding henhouse and all . . . While it might be nice to roam the world witnessinginjustice,or the lack thereof,those ofus withoutample resources for travel will have to make do with statistics and facts, rather than anecdotes.

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read Mr. Merkley's May 4 Imprint editorial with interest, since I myself ventured up to Quebec City in hopes of covering the Summit of Americas for Imprint. While I admittedly have sympathieswith those who broughtplacards to Quebec City, my aim was to witness the Summit in person and ask questions relevant to the University of Waterloo student population. I prepared myself accordingly, while somewhat readying myself for eventsoutside the fence as well, for I was certainly interested in lending voice to the tens of thousands airing their dissent outside. What immediately struck me about the editorial was the emphasis on a desire for control and accountability from protesters, which hinted at two common oversightsfrom those criticizingprotesters. The first of these oversights is that the purpose of being a protester is to protest! It isn't to hold other protestersaccountable or be accountable back to them; to control or be controlled; but it is often to assert that your representatives need to be held accountable, and that you want control of your own destinyreturned. The other oversight is that one can

refugees but not the Tutsi Congolese that were equally in danger for their lives?Why did 59 per cent of 1998 government-assisted refugees come from Europe, while 12per cent came from Africa, even though Africa had asimilar number of global refugees? Canadian customs officials practice "racial profiling," taking a cue fromToronto and NewYork police, and investigating people based on, well, their race. As a final point, despite all the furor over free trade, it is interesting that the number of troops on the US.-Mexico border has tripled since the North American Free Trade Agreement. Perhaps sometime in the future we will stop getting so glossy-eyed over the free movement of money and goods and start looking at the free movement of people.

(and should be able to) be a protester without being a member of an organizationwithin which accountability and control were enforced considering the diversity of people commonlycalled "anti-globalization protesters," itself acontestable term, this is simply not possible, nor is it necessarily desired. Perhaps it is from this quiet assumption that protesters can be treated as a cohesive body that leads protesters to "be beaten with the same police baton," as you correctly observe. But where does this quiet assumption come from? Certainly, part of it must come from our major source of news and views, the mainstream media. But as you point out, "mainstream media isn't going to help them make the distinction."Not unnoticed by protesters, this sentiment has led to the worldwide proliferation of Independent Media Centres (IMCs). Since the World Trade Organization protests in November 1999,. protesters have created their own means to make distinctions for themselves, and IMC activists have worked to make them publicly accessible in print and over the Internet ( In fact, I've even written an article for the IMC regardihg your complaint that "This isn't even about the FTAAanymore." I, too, am interested in seeing discussion shift back towards secretly negotiated trade agreements that could threaten our country's ability to legislate on the environment, labour, and services such as education, healthcare, and clean water. It's hard to make pictures of peaceful protests and alternative summits look good on the cover of Imprint, though. -Aylwin Lo 3A applied math The Forum Section enables members of the University of Waterloocommunityto present views onvarious issues through letters to the editor andlonger comment pieces. Letters shouldnot exceed 350 words in length. Letters must be signed, including a phone number. Letters will not beprintedifthe Editor-in-Chef cannot identify the author. They can be submitted to: letters@impn' Letters received in electronic form (e.g. fax &e-mail) willnotbe printedunlessaphone number for verification is included. All material is subject to editing for brevity and clarity. The editor reserves the right to refuse to publishletters or articles which are judged to be libellousor discriminatory on the basis ofgender, race, religion or sexualorientation. The opinions expressed through columns, comment pieces, letters and other articles are strictlythose ofthe authors, not the opinions ofImprint.

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s summer approaches, people start getting itchy about getting outside. We long to walk through serene woods, paddle down idyllic streams, sleep under huge pine trees or just consume copious amounts of alcohol in various outdoor settings. But where can yougo?If youare searching for a communion with nature, you will want a different park from those who want to get loaded under the stars. And some of us are more nature inclined (read: not terrified to use a pit toilet) than others. With that in mind, we at Imprint have compiled a small, and by no means exhaustive,list of where you can camp in our neck of the woods. Whether you want to be Henry DavidThoreau, Bob andDoug Mackenzie or anyone in between, there is probably a park that will suit your needs. Most of the campgrounds in southern Ontario allow you to make reservations. They are all pretty popular so it would be agood idea to make reservations before you start packing up the car. All of the parks mentioned allow alcohol, but only on registered sites, and they all have alcohol bans for the long weekends. So if you are planning to get hammered on the long weekend, try a private campground. As well, campgrounds have noise restrictions, so remember to N n the volume down on your Party.

Laurel Creek Conservation Area Location - Off Northfield in Waterloo. Closer to some student housing than the grocery store. Esthetic appeal - What you gain in closeness, you lose in beauty. Laurel Creek has its charms but generallyit's an urban park. Not recommended for those looking to thrill themselves with gorgeous vistas and inspiring landscapes. Facilities - Laurel Creek has pit toilets throughout the campground, as well as a washroom with flush toilets and showers. There is even a dumping station for those who are RV inclined. Type of camping - Laurel Creek has 143sitesin total, includingsiteswith and without electrical hookups and two group camping sites. The sites are pretty close together and don't offer much privacy. There is no wilderness camping (i.e. interior campsiteswhich you cannot access by car) at Laurel Creek. Activities - Laurel Creek offers a pretty good range of activities in-

cluding canoeing (on Laurel Creek, which is just a creek but they do offer canoe rentals),picnic facilities,swimming, trails for hiking, walking and cycling (again they are pretty short but they are nice), wind surfing and fishing. Summary - Laurel Creek is okay for a last-minute camping excursion. It's

and cycling, fishing and picnic areas. One activity unique to Elora Gorge, is tubing in the gorge. The conservation area rents tubes, helmets and life-jacketsfor tubing. Summary- Probably the nicest conservation area around Waterloo, Elora Gorge is a great park for both nature enthusiasts and those look-

EloraGorge, Rockwood is still pretty nice. The park is located in the small village of Rockwood, along the Eramosa River and features limestone cliffs and the remains of an ice age glacier. Those interested in history will enjoy exploring the ruins of a mill, built in 1867 on the conservation area grounds.

Summary- Rockwoodis a mix of wild and urban. The sites are not the greatest, but the scenery is nice. Rockwood is good for relaxing in an non-urban environment, but it's not the optimum spot for communing with nature.

Provmcia A1gOn~uin Park Location - It takes up a huge part of northeastern Ontario and it takes about five hours to get there. Esthetic appeal - Algonquin boasts a wide variety of plants, animals and landscapes. There is camping year round, but all seasons offer different aspects of the park. Facilities - Algonquin has the flush toilets and showers for the weak, but there is nothing but holes and leaves for those who venture out into the back-country. Type of camping - Algonquin offers both establishedsites and wilderness camping. There are eight campgrounds in total at Algonquin.


Itwould bea good idea to make reservationsbeforeyou start packingup thecar. close to home (convenient if it rains and you want to go home) and relatively nice. Obviously, if you think stayingon an establishedsite is cheating or are looking to have your breath taken away by the stunning majesty of Mother Nature, then you will want to skip Laurel Creek.

ing for a relaxing holiday. It has all the creature comforts, like flush toilets and showers, but also features spectacular scenery and awe-inspiring natural features.

Elora Gorge Conservation Area

Location -Just outside of Guelph about a 30 to 40 minute drive fro Waterloo.

Location -Just outside Elora, about a 20-minute drive from Waterloo. Esthetic appeal - Probably one of the most beautiful conservation areas in the Grand River Conservation Authority's possession.The gorge itself features 22-metre-high limestone walls, through which the Grand River flows. Elora Gorge is a must-visit for those who are photographically-inclined. Facilities - Elora Gorge has several 'comfort stations' (flushtoilets, running water andshowers), as well aspit toilets and a dumping station. The conservation area also offers laundry facilities and pay phones. Type of camping - Elora Gorge has a whopping 555 campsites, which include electrical and non-electrical sites, in additionto seven group camping sites.There is no wildernesscamping at Elora Gorge. Activities - Elora Gorge offerscanoeing and boating (they rent canoes and boats), swimming, trails for hiking

Rockwood Conservation Area

Esthetic appeal - Not quite as gorgeous (hideous pun intended) as


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Facilities Rockwood features pit and flush toilets. They have coin operated showers as well. Type of camping - Rockwood has 99 sites, both electricaland non-electrical, as well as group camp sites.There is no wilderness camping a t

ture-appreciative activities like hiking, swimming, canoeing,fishing, etc. If you're not ready to give up civilisation, there's a minigolf course.

very short period of time. The repercussions of unpaid debt will follow you for many years, affecting your ability to make purchases via loans and mortgages. How you deal with this situation now will affect your credit rating and lifestyle in the future. You must take action to stop the accumulationof your debt and begin paying it down. You may find assistance at CatholicFamilyServices(7436333) in Kitchener. Their debt management counsellingis well respected in this community and you don't have to be Catholicto use it. They can advise you on such matters as amalgamation of debt, repayment plans,

Activities -What isn't there to do at Algonquin?Hiking, canoeing, swimming at the beach, heck, you can even do laundry if that's what turns your crank. Your imagination is the limit.


Summary Algonquin really offers the best of both worlds; it has nice, cushy, established sites, includingRV sites, but it also has interior campsites. Algonquin has two drawbacks; it is far from Waterloo and it is very popular, so it is virtually impossibleto get a site on a long weekend, or any other weekend for that matter. The wildlife you will find at Algonquin is a lot more exotic than you will see walking around campus (moose,wolves, etc.), as is the scenery (waterfalls,lakes, scenicvistas, etc).

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or the Easter long weekend, I drove to Washington D.C. from New Jersey in "the boat" (a 1983 BuickPark Avenue) in search of democracy.April, as it turns out, is an excellent time to visit Washington as the famed cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Covering D.C. is a fairly easy task. The subway (which is one of the best in the United States)services the surrounding states, as the District of Columbia in itself is quite small, which allows for cheaper suburban accommodations. Upon reaching the core, everythingis within walking distance. Washington oozesAmericanism. The "Mall," apark in central Washington, begins at one end with the Library of Congress (three buildings), the Capitol, and traces through the various Smithsonianmuseums; the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of American History, as well as the Washington Monument, the reflecriwepool and finishes with the Abe Lincoln Memorial. Pretty much everythingis open to the public, free of charge. If you step anywhere inside a federal building, expect basic airport security, consisting of metal detectors and bag scanners -leave your guns at home. If a tour of the White House is in the plans, tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis (there are a limited number, so arriving- prior to 5 a.m. is essential, at least on weekends). Of course, there was a manscalping the free tickets for $20 per head. Capitalism is priceless. Plan three or four days, and your Washington craving should be sufficientlysatisfied, unless of course, you're a Bush stalker. *

The NationalGalleryofRrthousesoneofthefinest collectionsin theworldillustrating major achievements in painting, sculptureand graphic arts from the Middle Ages to the present.

A subway inWashington. Clean,veryclean.

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ur societyhas been treating water for decades. Widespread chlorination of water began in the 1930s to fight the spread of disease and sickness caused by pathogenic organisms. In the last 70 years, the number of communities treating their sewage, industrial and drinking water has increased dramatically. Our parents and grandparents were the first generations to experience reliable water treatment on such a grand scale. Even in the last 18 years, improvements have been made. According to Environment Canada, nearly 30 per cent of Canada's municipal population had no wastewater treatment in 1983. By 1994, that number had dropped to seven Der cent. ~ i s ~ ithese t e gains, many people are calling for more, and better, treatment. The Walkerton tragedy, where seven people died from drinking contaminated water from their taps, has provided the recent momentum for this call to action. Many smaller communitiesare still without water treatment, often to the detrlment of their own community and their downstream neighbours. In Walkerton, the problem was agricultural runoff caused by storms which led to flooding. The deluge of water caused cow manure to run straight into the drinking water supply. So what does water treatment have to do with wetlands? If Dr. Alan Werker and a host of other researchers at UW have their way, more and more wastewater will be treated with constructed wetlands in the coming years.

the potential land costs, treatment wetlands are relativelycheap to build. On the down side, conventional systemscan treat water with agreater degree of consistency. A big part of the research being conducted involves reducing the uncertainty in the treatment variability of constructed wetlands. Due to the "newness" of the science, scientists are only just learning about the abilities and limitations of constructed wetlands. In addition, it may take months or years to develop the plants and microbial populations necessary to properly treat effluent. Conventional systemscan often be built much faster. Probably one of the biggest challenges facing the widespread use of constructed wetlands has to do with public education. Any wastewater treatment system is susceptible to problems if there is a shock to the system. Wetlands, Dr. Alan Werker, loanne McHenryandjennifer Doughertyarehopingthatwetlands may one day treat our sewage. however, would be likely to experiThe latest effort includesa field organisms grow as the wetland de- ence greater shocks if citizens dump Dr. Werker, a professor in Civil poisons down the drain. This is beEngineering, has been developing a site at the Columbia Lake velops. When pressed about the key cause individual wetlands would be research program at UW for two Townhouses t o treat their years and has been involved with wastewater. The sewage will go issues in wetland wastewater treat- servicing smaller portions of the biological wastewater treatment re- through the wetland and then back ment, these students identified n population and the dumped poison into the regular sewer system. Gradu- number of things. For one, wetlands would not be as diluted as it is in search for almost ten years. ate students will study the effective- can reduce the need for chemicals In conventional systems. "The key word is 'constructed ' As the citizenry becomes more Dr. Werker says, "We don't want ness of the constructed wetland to treating wastewater.They also don't require the burning of any fossil fuels aware of the issues surrounding their people to think that we're advocat- treat the wastewater. and could even supply useful re- drinking water, perhaps they will A number of Dr. Werker's ing the use of natural wetlands to treat sewage. We want to learn more graduate students were interviewed sources. For example, the insulation find that treatment wetlands are a from nature's services to learn better to get an idea of what they are re- potential of harvested reeds is being good solution to some of Canada's how to treat our wastes sustainably." searching. Wendy Van Loon is look- considered in Europe. And all of this drinking water problems. Those interested in wetlands in The wetland wastewater treat- ing at how pathogens are removed is because the treatment process is general shouldvisit the University of ment research is headed by Dr. from the wastewater flowing fueled by the sun. Other positive aspects t o Waterloo Wetlands Research CenWarner from the department of ge- through a model wetland. Jennifer ography and includes professors in Dougherty is consideringhow colder wetland treatment systems are that tre Web site earth sciences, Dr. R. Aravena and temperatures affect the removal of they are more adaptable to changing Research~Wetlands. Information Dr. D. Rudolph; chemical engineer- carbon and nitrogen. Joanne circumstances in the environment about Dr. Werker's work can be ing, Dr. R. Legge; and civil engineer- McHenry is focusing on how the and, once in operation, require very found at coloniesof sludge-consumingmicro- little maintenance. Also, other than agwerker. ing, Dr. A. Werker.

Will Valencia be a Spain in Miinchen's ass?

From no-hitters to no-brainers A.J. Who? On May 12in San Diego, A.J. Burnett managed to pitch a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins as they handily defeated the San Diego Padres 3-0. Now in his third year in major league baseball, Burnett struck out seven Padres in what was his second start of the season. His only blemish was that he allowed nine base on balls in this game, but overcame this thanks to the help of his teammates.

R.I.P. : XFL Proof has emerged that apparently sports fans are smarter than they appear. After only one year where televisionratings were tanking faster than aglass-jawed palooka, the plug was pulled on the fledgling league,

the XFL. With losses of at least 35 million USD and no television prospects for next year,Vince McMahon decided to call it quits for professional American football. And as for Birmingham, it is yet another sad story in this city's sport legacy as they have lost another franchise.

No danger, Blatter says May 9 marked a horrid day in the sport of European football. In Accra, Ghana, 126 people died after a stampede was sparked by police throwing tear gas at a gang of unruly fans rooting for Asante Kototo against famed team Hearts of Oak. Despite this recent tragedy FIFA head Sepp Blatterstatedexplicitly that the World C.up will most likely go to an African nation in 2010.

Leaders of the Week

Andrea Formanek

Stacy Kaiser

Andrea is back for yet another summer of fun with the PAC pool. She has signed up for lots of pre-term shifts and is looking forward to a great summer. Andrea has been with the PAC pool for several terms and is a real asset to the team.

Stacy has been a lifeguard at the PAC pool for several terms. She is back at UW this summer working towards completing her Kinesiology degree. Stacy has picked up many pre-term shiftsand has shown great leadership in past terms.


n May26, the biggest prize for European footballwill be given at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium,home to both SerieA teams AC Milano and Internazionale Milano. Yes, the UEFA Champions' League, a tournament that has netted even smaller clubs tons of loot, will end in a great battle between last year's finalist CF Valencia and Bundesliga giant FC Bayern Munchen. Although the roads these two teams have been down are long and hard, with a burning ambition not to withdraw early, both Valencia and Bayern Munchen deserve to be in Italy. First of all, there are the folks from Spain who ruined the Cinderella story for Leeds United AFC, Valencia CF. This small team has made a name for themselvesnot only domesticallyin La Liga Primera, but also in European competition. Last year, Valencia reached the Champions' League finals only to be crushed like a coup d'Ctat in an African banana republic by Real Madrid CF. But this year, Valencia has had to do battle with teams like SK Strum Graz, Olympique Lyonnais, OlympiakosPiraeus FC and the villainous red scum of Manchester United FC. In the quarter-finals,'Valencia had to resort to the away goal rule to get by Arsenal FC. In the semifinals, Valencia had an easier time with the sensationalside of LeedsUnitedAFC. Obviously, there are a lot of Anglos rather unhappy with these Spaniards. Domestically,Valencia is currently in a fight for second with Deportivo de la CoruAa and three points ahead of Mallorca. Regarding talent, head coach Hector Raul Cuper is stacked. The main goaltender, Santiago Caiiizares, has been outstanding throughout the entire season, stop-

difficult. In the round robins, Miinchen pushed aside teams like Paris Saint-Germain FC, Rosenborg BK, Arsenal FC, OlympiqueLyonnais and Spartak Moskva. Then, in the quarter-finals, the Germans ran roughshod over Manchester United FC, wiping the condescendingsmirk off the red scum's face. Then, in the semifinals, it was Real Madrid's Nrn to feel the wrath of Bayern Miinchen. Domestically, they are three points ahead of Schalke 0 4 for the Bundesliga championship. Ottmar Hitzfeld, head coach of the German side, has to be pleased with the team he's aisembled. In goal, Oliver Kahn has proven bar none that he is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. Whether in Germany or in the territory of the English, Kahn has played every minute for Bayern. Of course, Hitzfeld does not rely on Kahn alone. No, he has Thomas Linke, Samuel Kuffour, Bixente Lizarazu and Willy Sagnol to defend the team's honour. Offensively, Bayern Miinchen has one of the best line-ups on the continent. When opponents hear the names Stefan Effenberg, Thorsten Fink, Carsten Jancker and Jens Jeremies, is it any wonder that they soon develop a brick factory in their pants?Yes,they are that good, especiallyin domestic action. No doubt that Valencia is still stinging from last year's humiliation andseeks to rectify this at Milano, but can they conquer Hitzfeld and his boys? Sure, Valencia is hungry for a title, but Bayern Munchen has the experience and the depth to beat this team to the ground. In the end, Kahn and company will demolishValencia and the cup will be heading to a beer hall near the Autobahn. Still, surprises can happen. Take agood, hard look at Leeds United.Meantime, enjoy the game with a good pint.

ping opponents cold. But Cafiizares is not alone in his quest to keep the ball out of the net. Joachim Bjorklund, Mauricio Pellegrino and Miroslav Djukic are all capabledefenders who can stymie even the best of them. As for offence, Valencia has shown that they can scare anybody, domestically or continentally.GaizkaMendieta, a wily veteran midfielder, is almost always a threat to score. Juan Sanchez, another veteran of this team, has proven himself to be a great scorer. Round this group out with the John Carew, Zlatko Zahovic and Roberto Fabien Ayala, and you have a recipe for success, no matter whatcompetitive league you belong to.

No doubt that Valencia is still stinging from last year's humiliation and seeks to rectify this in Milano. On the other hand, there are the Teutophones from the land of Bayern, where sheep seldom wear spectacles, the trees are made out of wood and the natives scare American tourists out of their wits. Oh yes, they play decent football as well, especially FC Bayern Miinchen. The Yankees of the Bundesligahave been Germany's representative for eons and they are just as hungry as ever to put more silver in their trophy case. As for the path the Germans took to get here, it was far more

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capped person in peril' movie, but writerldirector Christopher Nolan creates amazing suspensewith his ingenious narrative style. At first, Princess Cinema like Shelby, the audience is thrown into situations, never knowing what is going on. As the RACHEL E. BEATTIE film slowly unfurls, we learn more and more Imprint staff about what really happened. Or at least we think we do. Nolan is smart enough to never emory is a strange thing. You think that give us concrete answers, and to never let us it's reliable and that we can remember trust any character completely. everythingexactlyas it happens. But when you For this film to work, you have to care really think about it, can you? How do you about Shelby. Guy Pierce does a remarkable job know you really remember past events as they of making you sympathize with a character happened and not the way you wanted them who is constantlybeing reborn and never really to happen? These are the questions facing knows who he is. Shelby is completely obsessed Leonard Shelby, the protagonist of the new -his only purpose in lifeis to find the man who filmMemento. For Shelby, however, memory destroyed his happiness. Pierce's Shelby is an can't be relied upon because he cannot make intenselyintelligentman who fights with all his any new memories. might to achieve his goal. When asked why he is so obsessedwith a retribution he won't even remember, he explains that his wife's death is still avenged even if he can't remember it. "The world doesn't go away when you close your eyes," he reasons. But as extreme as he is, I wanted Shelby to find his wife's killer and some peace. Shelby's likability Guy PearceandCarrie-AnneMossstar inMmmto, playingat the Princess makes the ending Cinema until May3 1 . more powerful and shocking. Shelby, a former insurance investigator, TheMatrix alumni Carrie-AnneMoss and lived a happy life; he was completely in love Joe Pantoliano fill out the cast as mysterious with his wife and he was good at his job. All of characters who are either helping Shelby or that changed one night when intruders broke using him. Both actors hide their intentions in, raped and murdered Shelby's wife, and beautifully in the opening scenes, leaving the gave Shelby massive brain damage that took audience just as confused as Shelby as to what away his ability to form new memories. Shelby they really want. now wanders around trying to find the man Memento is one of the most original and who killed his wife and destroyed his life. clever films to come out in a long time. It did Shelby is organized -as he tells everyone resolve some questions and come to a concluhe meets, every time he meets them- he has sion, but it left me with more questions than asystem. He takes Polaroid pictures of impor- answers. Who was telling the truth? What tant things in his life, like his car, his home, and really happened? Why did characters act the people that he meets. But the really important way they did? Christopher Nolan knows that information is tattooed on his body. in a good film, like in life, the unanswered This could have been a standard 'handi- questions are the most interesting ones.

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sitting there and just smiling to myself and thinking, nobody knows that's me -that's me singing." Along with touring the new album, Michel is also doing the festiial circuit this summer, something he admits is more satisfying than playing the same clubs over and over. "Festivals are great. I much prefer playing for people who have never seen me play. Playing K-W is fun, but it's like telling a joke to the same person 100 times. It'sstill nice to play new songs for those people and have those- people hear yougetting - better, butitstilldoesn't beat the great feeling of winning someone over who has never seen you play." Live shows are great, but Michel admits that it's weird to hear people singing along to his songs at shows. "InToronto, I did a few nights at the Rivoli that were sold out -they were packed, it was weird. People were singing along. There was this one part, something happened and I was turning around fixing my amp or something, and everybody was singing along. I stopped singing, but I could hear everyone singing and I was like, oh God, that's so weird. It was like a giant campfire." Although it's weird, he does admit that to hear other people singing along is incredibly flattering: "It's the most flattering thing in the world."

And if people singing along to his songs isn't weird enough, having his parents at shows is. "I think I shduldn't swearand I shouldn't sing this tragic love song because my mother will worry," Michel laughs. "It's funny, I played this weird new song called 'Fireworks,' and my mom had thiscrazilookon her face like, 'What the hell is this,' and I thought she must be hating it, but she told me that she thought it was amazing." He admits that his parents have always been very supportive, but when it comes to his songs, "they don't ask. I don't think they want to know the answers." Plans for the summer include touring In theBelly ofaWhaleand trav-

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.lling Canada and parts of the US. Michel also admits he has a "de~rokctthathe started a few days ago. "I started re. cording the other day, but I can't tell you what it is. It's not my music. It's a tribute record of someone else'ssongs." Despite the fact that he just got out of the studio and is already recording again, Michel denies that he is married to his music. "It's a big part of my life, but1 can't do it 24 hours aday." As for In the Belly of a Whale and his current solo career, Michel says, "This has been the best year of my lifeso far. I make music for a living. I make my own music at my own standards. I own all my own music; I'm not signed with a record label and nobody tells you what to do. It's great."

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Are you ready to rock? I said, are you ready to rock?Digmortal has arrived. This is Fear Factory's latest creation, and they have definitely put out a quality album. The CD changes tempo quite a few times, and really showcases their ability to alternate their style. You won't find any repetitive guitar riffs that seem to bestandard issue in many other heavy albums here. You know the ones I'm talking about -the albums that seem like one song separated only by the odd vocals every three minutes. Digimortal provides incredibly thick sound that doesn't overpower the lyrics. The drum work is especially good. The album is cool, the cover art is cool, and the CD itself even looks cool. This is an album worth buying. If you are a Fear Factory fanatic, then you probably already own it. If you aren't, then you might become one if yougive it a listen.

When it came time to write a new review, I searched for a band that I had never heard of, and Downer was the result. I now know why this band is obscure. I've listened to this CD quite a few times in order to find something redeeming in it. Unfortunately, Downer hasn't given me much to work with. The only positive thing I can say about their album is that the cover art is interesting. Instrumentally and vocally, it is weak. The songs seem repetitive and, to some extent, tedious. Maybe there is some hidden message buried within the lyrics that I'm just not getting. I'm grasping at straws here, because I cannot comprehend why a band would put out an album like this. Downer is a total downer and you should leave this CD on the shelves.


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King's X - underrated heroes? MATT KIESWETTER special to Imprint


imilar to any other art form, music too has its list of unsung and underrated heroes -geniuses ignored and thrown to the peanut gallery by the masses. One such group is Texas' King's X. King's X began their recording career with Atlantic Records, releasing six successful (artistically, not necessarily commercially) records of original and groundbreaking material, along with a contract-fulfilling Best Of album. King's X was seen as the new face of rock, along with Soundgarden and Faith N o More, but never reached the mainstream audience that these other bands did. King's X garnered attention from very early on with their fusion of heavy riffs and beautiful vocal melodies - "Black Sabbath meets The Beatles" comparisons were popular. Their first four albums, spanning from 1988 to 1992, Out ofthe Silent Planet, Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, Faith Hope Love and their self-titled opus are cherished by fans,

similarily to Sabbath's first four records. ' The band's mix of light anddark elements were furthered by their spiritual lyrical approach, perhaps sparkedby theinfluenceof C.S. Lewis. Out ofthe Silent Planet shares its title with the first part of Lewis' landmark Cosmic Trilogy, while the booklet to Gretchen Goes toNebraska features a remarkably Lewis-like short story. The spiritual flavour of their first four albums dissipated, along with their relationship with producer Sam Taylor, and Brendan O'Brien (known for his work with Pearl Jam) came on to produce 1994's Dogman, King's X's most raw effort to date. The majestic and mystical landscapes of their earlier works were replaced with grunge- metal anthems based on attitude, confusion, apathy and pain. Dogman is a classicalbum in its own right, and most fans cite this album or Gretchen as their favourite. The album's title track receivedsomewhat significantradio and video play, but mainstreamsuccess continued to elude the band. Their follow up to Dogman was 1996's Ear Candy, which explored

their more melodic side. However, where the music became more subdued, members of the band became more vocal about their personal lives, especially bass player/vocalist Doug Pinnick. Many of their Christian fans cringed as they read interviews that Pinnick had denounced his faith and would later reveal his passion for pot smoking and his homosexuality. Some fans are still staggering from it. Pinnick's solo albums, under the moniker Poundhound, explore his personal tribulations at an almost uncomfortably frank level. King's X would then sign with Metal Blade Records, releasing two solid records, 1998's Tape Head and 2000's Please Come Home. . .Mr. Bulbous, which are full of groove, heaviness, melody and deeply personal 1yrics.Apparentlyalreadyworking on a new album, King's X are pioneers overlooked by the spotlight of success but admired by die-hard fans, musicians and music writers worldwide. Matt Kieswetterco-hosts "Space In Yow FaceJ' every Thursday night from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. on CKMS 100.3 FM.

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