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Happy Canada Day Kelly McGregor IMPRINT STAFF

Growing up, I never understood why I got certain days off school. I had heard of something called the ‘May 2-4’ and always assumed it was a holiday in celebration of the advent of the 24 pack of beer. Canada Day, on the other hand, was a day I could spend in the local park on all sorts of festival rides and playing games. And I knew that whatever day it happened to be, these holidays included fireworks! At some point in time I was made aware that these days off school weren’t just to play — they were to celebrate something on a much larger scale than I could comprehend at the ripe age of 10. July 1, 2005 marks Canada’s 138th birthday. Celebrations will be occurring throughout Canada, with the nation’s largest celebration happening not too far away in Ottawa. Canadian History 101 will teach you the basics: the first Canada Day celebrations occurred in 1868, in celebration of the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces under the name of Canada. The holiday wasn’t established by statute until 1879 under the name Dominion Day There is no record of organized ceremonies after this first anniversary, except for the 50th anniversary of Confederation in 1917, when the new Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings,

under construction, was dedicated as a memorial to the Fathers of Confederation and to the valour of Canadians fighting in the First World War. The next celebration was held in 1927 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation. It was highlighted by the laying of the cornerstone of the Confederation Building by the Governor General and the inauguration of the Carillon in the Peace Tower. In 1958, annual celebrations began on Parliament Hill during the entire month of July. It wasn’t until 1980 that the federal government began promoting festivities in communities across Canada. Today’s celebrations tend to occur in parks, like the ones I went to as a kid. Three-quarters of the people I’ve talked to around campus are going to Ottawa for Canada Day. If, like me, you can’t afford dinner tomorrow let alone a trip to Ottawa, listed below are a few activities happening right here in Waterloo. Many of the events are geared toward families with children, but there are a few things going on that will be of interest to students as well. If you don’t want to participate in the locally organized events, maybe you can celebrate by dressing in Canada’s colours and grabbing a few drinks uptown. — With files from Canadian Heritage

Why I’m proud to be Canadian “When asked to write about why I am proud to be Canadian, I struggled to put my feelings about this great country into words. How does one verbalize the vastness of Canada? How can the infinite diversity which characterizes Canadian culture be put into words? I tried to mention the symbols immediately associated with being Canadian, but my writing seemed to take on a quality characteristic of a famous Molson Canadian commercial. I suppose that while hockey, beavers and Mounties do indeed make me proud to be Canadian, it would be a disservice to the greatness of my country to describe my pride by merely referencing those symbols. Instead, it is best to say that my pride in being Canadian stems from something indescribable; it is an accumulation of an infinite number of things, a feeling of belonging to a community with no metaphysical borders — it is sharing this with more than 32 million people from St. John’s to Victoria that fills me with pride.”

now. Not only has their success benefited me and my future, but they continue to make me proud by advising other new immigrants on how to survive in a brand-new and foreign culture. “As you walk around any town in Canada, you’ll see for yourself the diverse make-up of our fellow citizens. People from almost every country of the world live here, giving back to Canada as much as this country gives back to them. “I’m proud to live in a country that truly does embody the definition of what a democracy should be, a model that is the envy of the rest of the world. I’m proud to live in a country whose reputation gets better every time I travel overseas. I’m proud to live in a society where free-thinking and expression is encouraged, not prohibited. “I’m proud to be Canadian; I wouldn’t want it any other way. “

— Dan Micak, Imprint staff

— Dave George-Cosh, Imprint staff

“I’m proud to live in a country that is so accepting of other cultures and welcomes new immigrants to live and succeed. As a first-generation Canadian, I witnessed first-hand how my parents began a new life, starting out with less than $50 and working their way to where they are

“I like the freedom that we have in Canada. The cultural diversity is rarely found in other places.” — Rohit Mittal, MBET

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Waterloo Region’s Canada Day Events Canada Day Picnic at Doon Heritage Crossroads 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: free admission “Traditional fun and entertainment from the turn of the century. Musical entertainment, an afternoon concert by the Grand River Bass, turn of the century games, and a free draw for a picnic basket. Bring your own picnic or purchase a barbecued hot dog and drink.” UW Feds Canada Day Celebrations & Kite Event 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Columbia Icefields; free admission Children’s activities, an arts and crafts fair, food vendors and live entertainment will take place all day at this celebration of the country’s 138th birthday. Benefits of Doubt, Emma Gryner,

Nine Mile, Magneta Lane and Knock Knock Ginger are scheduled to begin performing at 4 p.m. Fireworks will be set off at 10 p.m., followed by a post-fireworks performance by Allister Bradley and the No Games Band.

Woodside National Historical Site of Canada 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: 528 Wellington Street N., Kitchener; free admission 2:30 p.m.: Citizenship ceremony “Celebrate Canada’s birthday with a visit to Woodside. Come to the home of Canada’s first citizen and welcome New Canadians as they become citizens in a formal event.”



What do you think UW’s theme song should be?

by Salim Eteer and Kirill Levin

“Hi-ho-hi-ho, it’s off to work we go.” Peter Knappett

“U-G-L-Y, UW ain’t got no alibi, it’s ugly.” Maitri Shah

masters civil engineering

1N biomedical sciences

“That’s alright, that’s ok, you’re going to work for us someday.” Alma Hadzidedic Mencius Hicks

“Bring your daughter to the slaughter — Iron Maiden.” Farid Khan 2B mechanical engineering

4B political science & 4B economics

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“Afternoon delight.” John Hearn

“Drop it like it’s hot.” Carmen Yip

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3A kineseology

“It should have something to do with geese.” Neeta Mohite

“Engineering sucks.” Fady Hanna 4A electrical engineering

4B math & business

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5. Jellied and sugared filling pullers 6. Mother of the Irish Gods 7. Tiniest bugs 8. Written during a period of exile 9. Speaking by varying your pitch 10. Give a man a gun 11. Naively optimistic 12. Severe spasm 13. Joined horses to a plow 18. A really long time 19. Leaf used for writing paper 24. Expel gases 27. Begin moose and mice 28. Evaluate on a scale 29. Someone who advances funds in turn for a part of the profits 30. Bend in a river 31. Asinine 32. South American pack animal 36. Female horse 39. Cult musical 40. Old stories, new series 42. He had contraction 44. Head bobbing 48. Pirate’s treasure 49. Edgar Allan Poe poem

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The dawning of a new Midnight Sun Darren Hutz IMPRINT STAFF


Charles Gonsoulin is has been deported to the United States, but many of his digits will remain in Canada. He crossed the ManitobaNorth Dakota border in February in search of Quebec woman Jennifer Couture, with whom he had recently met and fallen in love on the internet. “I’m just a person who followed my heart,” said Charles in an interview. Apparently his heart led him into a frigid prairie winter without a mittens. He was found dazed near Emerson, Manitoba after more than 100 hours in –20-degree weather. He lost eight fingers and parts of three toes to frostbite before being deported for his illegal entry into Canada. Gonsoulin probably knows who to blame on this one, but I wouldn’t point any fingers. International


Spectators view the Midnight Sun VIII at an unveiling ceremony held Tuesday, June 28. Members of the team will be heading to Austin, Texas for the 2005 North American Solar Challenge next month. Project leader and computer eng. graduate Daniel Yum says that, “After two years of hard work, dedication and technical advancements, I know that we have a winning car on our hands.”

Officials from Salem, Massachusetts, homeoftheSalemwitchtrials,erected a statue in the likeness of actress Elizabeth Montgomery, star of ‘60s TV show Bewitched. The statue, sponsored by retro cable network TV Land, is considered by some to be a trivialization of the tragic events that occurred in 1662 when 20 people were accused of witchcraft and put to death.

Math gives failing students second chance Jacqueline McKoy IMPRINT STAFF

Students in the Faculty of Mathematics will now have a better chance of staying in their programs despite academic shortfalls thanks to an Undergraduate Senate vote earlier this month. Faculty regulations have been changed to allow students to fail more courses and stay in an honours program, to take less terms with a full course load and to “exclude” marks in failed or poorly-completed courses from their official transcript. Students in mathematics are currently allowed to fail up to four courses before they are demoted to the general degree program; six failures are grounds for withdrawal from the faculty. The new regulations allow math students to fail six courses before they are removed from honours, and eight courses before they must leave the faculty altogether. The new ability to exclude failing or poor marks from one’s transcript is an option not available in other faculties. A consequence of excluding course marks allows stu-

dents to retake a course and only have their highest mark used in their average. Currently, marks for all course attempts are averaged together. These new policy changes were spurred by an increasing attrition rate in the math faculty; for the past decade, the faculty has had an attrition rate of close to 20 per cent higher than that of every other faculty at Waterloo. The problem became more acute when slightly over 20 per cent of last year’s incoming first-year students had averages below 60 per cent at the end of their 1A term, placing them on academic probation. Of even more concern were the 15 per cent of firstyear students whose averages were below 55 per cent. According to David Taylor, associate dean of undergraduate studies, there is “very little chance, under current rules, that they will be able to continue in honours, and not a very good chance of success in general.” Financial considerations also influenced the more lenient promotion policies. Each faculty at Waterloo only qualifies for provincial funding if they

have an adequate number of students as determined by the Ministry of Universities, Colleges and Training each year. Allowing more students to stay in the faculty by raising allowed failures prevents Waterloo math from facing a financially “disastrous” situation, according to an Undergraduate Representative Council Report from last month. The faculty touts these changes as being a short-term solution to their attrition rate and financial problems. Before the proposed changes were brought to Senate, the faculty chose to gather student opinion during a town hall meeting on May 21, which had a turnout of approximately 150 students. According to Raymond Lai, Mathematics Society president, “The prevailing opinions of students were very divided,” and thus, the faculty’s student society chose not to promote an official opinion on the changes. On the morning of June 21, students entering the MC building were faced with opposition to the proposed policy in the form of a poster campaign led by Stephanie Simmons,

a second-year mathematical physics student. Students were given information on the possibility that an increased failure allowance could devalue their honours degree. As well, the handout outlined that excluding low marks would have an impact on inflating averages, undermining the successes of more academically stable students. Over 120 names were signed on a petition presented to the Undergraduate Senate that day in protest of the new policy. The town hall meeting also sparked some discussion on why a facultywide solution would be implemented, rather than dealing specifically with academically struggling first-year students. Adam Felix, undergraduate math senator remarked that “[the faculty] just revamped their curriculum [to accommodate the new Ontario Grade XII program] but they don’t know how good of a job they’ve done yet.” Also exacerbating the poor performance of first-year math students is that they are, on average, entering university with lower admissions av-

erages than in previous years. A consequence of increased provincial funding for the double cohort means that universities have to maintain the admission target numbers of 2003, even with a smaller pool of applicants. This has forced math’s average entrance average from 88.3 in 2003 to the low eighties in 2004. Lai mentioned that the four-year Ontario curriculum — which is where about 84 per cent of 2004’s first-years hailed from — does not allow students to develop the maturity and study skills that they might have been able to under the OAC system. The faculty has developed some “long-term changes to develop the success of the incoming [first-years],” according to Lai. This fall’s incoming math class will have the benefit of an expanded peer tutoring program and a one to forty-five academic advisorto-student ratio. Struggling students will have, and always have had, the option to completely withdraw from their first term at Waterloo.



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Angry Harper lashes out at Bloc

What better way to celebrate Gay Pride Week than to see same-sex marriage declared legal across Canada? That’s just what our Liberal government, with the support of numerous opposition MPs of all political stripes, have accomplished this week. We began the week with the Gay Pride Parade in Toronto, a beautiful spectacle that serves to not only pump $80 million into the city of Toronto but also acts as a unifying force among the world’s religions and ethnic communities, all of which have homosexuals among their ranks. The last estimate I saw indicated that the world’s population is approximately 11 per cent homosexual. The parade is a great opportunity to celebrate the diversity of this group, along with the bisexual and transgendered community. On the political side of gay issues, a motion passed last week in the House of Commons to extend the parliamentary session for a few more days to pass additional legislation. Only the Conservatives voted for a longer summer vacation — and against this motion. As of Tuesday evening, gay marriage across the nation has received the blessing of our politicians! Finally recognizing a basic human right — namely, marriage — for LGBT couples has been a terrific end to a tumultuous and exciting spring session! Naturally, with another week comes another dumb comment from Conservative “leader� Stephen Harper. With over 95 per cent of his caucus

opposed to same-sex marriage, but facing the reality that the bill has succeeded, Harper bitterly complained that Parliament’s vote is illegitimate because same-sex marriage will succeed only with the support of separatists, i.e. the Bloc QuĂŠbĂŠcois. Harper’s hurtful words were immediately slammed by all other parties in the House and Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe argued that his party is just as legitimate as the Conservatives. “We’re elected,â€? said Duceppe, “Our mandate is every bit as legitimate as any member who sits in this chamber. That’s what they call democracy.â€? He’s bang-on, given that Harper is basically saying that Quebecers don’t deserve the right to a say on the topic — they just don’t matter and aren’t equal to federalist Canadians. The Bloc is a valid political party, and although most Canadians disagree with their agenda of separation, they were impartially elected and have every right to vote in Parliament on matters of national importance. Besides, Mr. Harper ignores the fact that many in his Conservative caucus could be accused of being western or Albertan separatists. Perhaps Harper is just angry because he knows the majority of Canadians agree with the right to marriage for all couples — and because a Harperled Conservative Party will never win a seat in QuĂŠbec. His bitching is sour grapes, plain and simple. Tory deputy leader Peter MacKay called same-sex marriage “an issue of QuĂŠbec versus Canada.â€? Only the Conservatives would try to use samesex marriage to weaken national unity. Even the Bloc would have the decency to avoid such a move! It’s quite amusing to see the Conservatives accuse the Liberals of collaborating with the separatist Bloc to get same-sex marriage legalized while

the Tories themselves once stood sideby-side with the Bloc (often referred to as the Conservatives’ “sister party�) only a month ago to try to force an election that the vast majority of Canadians did not want. The Conservative leader once called Atlantic Canadians “defeatist.� He complained that “recent Asian immigrants� were partially responsible for Liberal wins in Western Canada. Now he’s picking on homosexuals! Pat O’Brien, former Liberal MP for London-Fanshawe, ditched the party to become an independent, as he was irate over the passage of same-sex marriage and complaining that the committee hearings were “a farce.� It’s confusing because I’ve been watching the same-sex marriage bill discussed at length at committee (yes, I’m a C-PAC geek!) and the near-total majority of speakers I’ve seen have been against same-sex marriage. It seems to me that equal marriage opponents have been drowning out supporters of human rights and completely taken over the committee. I really wish people who don’t believe in gay marriage would just mind their own business and stop interfering with other people’s rights. You’re free to marry someone of the opposite sex, but don’t try to force other people’s marriages to conform to your narrow, exclusive view on the issue. This issue has been debated amongst Canadians — including parliamentarians — for many, many months. Enough is enough. It was put quite succinctly by the NDP MP for Winnipeg Centre, Pat Martin, who offered the solution for gay marriage opponents: “If you don’t believe in same-sex marriage, don’t marry someone of the same sex!�

SciSoc gets ousted by grads With all this construction you don’t have to worry, exams will not be disturbed.

a rural road in Perth hours later. Two teens have been arrested and one has been charged with robbery and mischief.

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Scott Houston IMPRINT STAFF SciSoc, others lose office space

SciSocâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office will be relocated to the physics building to make room for more science graduate students. Due to an increase in funding, the faculty of science is recruiting more graduate students. Other changes include the Science Endowment Fund and the Science Orientation organizations losing their offices, and half the physics undergraduate study room will be converted into a lounge for grad students and faculty.

Fed Hall will be hosting the second Summerfest event of the term on July 9. At this event there will be an outdoor swimming pool and foam party. Summerfest II is all ages for UW students but 19+ for guests. Doors open at 9 p.m. Convocation season gets longer

Next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s convocation ceremonies will be the longest yet with eight ceremonies over four days. The increase is due to the increase in enrolment at the university. Arts, engineering, and math will all have two ceremonies each. There is also debate on whether to have separate valedictorians and honorary speakers for separate morning and afternoon ceremonies.

Yet another building on campus

Construction began Monday on a new building that will connect E2 and physics. This new building will host the Sharcnet computing research project and offices for both science and engineering faculties.

Ridesafe gets ransacked

A Ridesafe van was carjacked late at night on Friday June 10th on Bluevale Avenue in Waterloo. The Ridesafe driver was assaulted as two people stole the van. It was found wrecked on

Research honours for new prof

Debbie Leung, a new professor at UW will sit in the newly created Canada Research Chair in Quantum Mechanics. Her area of research interest is the development of cryptographic methods to keep personal and national security data safe. The university now has 43 Canada Research Chairs established here, with more to come, thanks to a $62.9 million grant from the federal government. Leung is using quantum communications properties to develop cryptographic methods in order to keep our vital information safe in the long term. The grant also increases the computing facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daily computing ability as well as the intensive numerical studies that are a key part to the instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research capabilities. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;with files from UW Daily Bulletin

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UW cheerleaders root for Campaign Waterloo as the new goal of $350 million for July 2007 is announced. The previous goal of $260 million was met in April.

Campaign Waterloo raises $260 million Ciprian Mihalcea IMPRINT STAFF

Many students, faculty members, political leaders and donors celebrated in the Davis Centre on June 14 as Campaign Waterloo surpassed its $260- million goal two years ahead of schedule. The university has raised over $265.3 million to date through the generosity of more than 42,000 individuals and organizations. Campaign chairman Bob Harding

said, “Let’s just keep going! … We still have some unfinished business,” adding that numerous projects still need funding and there are still plenty of donors who wish to support the university. As Waterloo cheerleaders cheered on, UW president David Johnston announced the new campaign goal of $350 million. Campaign organizers hope to achieve this by Waterloo’s 50th anniversary in July 2007. The funding has been earmarked for a number of initiatives, including

“new scholarships, new fellowships, new academic and research programs and facilities, as well as support for our library and student life,” states the campaign website. Kitchener Centre MPP John Milloy was on hand to congratulate the university on surpassing its goal. He also read a statement from Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty. “Our provincial government shares your commitment to post-secondary education,” Milloy read from the stage. “We thank you,” said Lawrence

Lam, VP Internal of Feds, recognizing donors for their generosity and the improvements which their donations will be making to the quality of education and student life at UW. Johnston thanked the largest donor to the campaign, Mike Laziridis, who has donated over $50.6 million, most of it earmarked for the Institute of Quantum Computing and Nanotechnology Research. “On behalf of the entire university and our campaign leadership, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our donors,

volunteers, alumni, students, staff, faculty, retirees and friends for their overwhelming generosity. We are building a legacy for Waterloo. Together we are making history at Waterloo, in Canada and around the world,” said Johnston. Several donors and guests who were in attendance at the June 14 event were further invited to a special gala dinner at Johnston’s farm later that evening.



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The rise and fall of Canadian music As Canada Day approaches, I cannot help but think of the many things I enjoy about this fine country of ours. Our liberal-leaning laws, maple syrup, gravy-filled poutine, those French-speaking areas and the metric system are all things that will forever remind me of our distinctiveness from any other nation. But there’s also one other thing dear to me that makes me appreciate Canada as a whole — our music. From the originator of Canadian honkytonk and member of The Band, Ronnie Hawkins (currently playing Fridays at the Starlight) to the over-hyped Arcade Fire, Canadian music has a rich history of having made substantial contributions to defining ourselves as a nation to be reckoned with.

Our nation’s music is much more than The Tragically Hip (a band forever stigmatized in Canadian musical lexicon) or our well-known exports like Celine “I love my husband Rene very much” Dion or Shania “I live in Switzerland!” Twain. No, sometimes you have to dig a bit deeper to realize how sincere, diverse and most of all enjoyable Canadian music truly is. So, how does our nation’s music characterize itself in addition to being another layer of a culture we often take for granted? Canadian bands are often more willing to explore and try out new ideas, incorporating many traditional instruments such as native drums or celtic fiddles in songs. Canadian artists are more likely to work and trade ideas off each other — for example, Toronto’s Broken Social Scene and Montreal’s godspeed you black emperor! Bands that mature and develop in Canada are also able to receive government funding for their projects and are promoted by radio regulation standards set by law.

However, the CRTC (Canada’s Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) has created regulations that can act as a double-edged sword for Canadian artists. Although radio stations have to play Canadian artists for approximately o n e third of all music content,

this amount isn’t necessarily promoting the artists who need to be heard the most. Contemporary radio stations get away with playing the same ubiquitous Avril Lavigne or Celine all the time, while so-called

“new rock” stations get away with playing whatever Billy Talent or The Tea Party song is pushed by the bands’ label. Yawn. Bands that do deserve the exposure get relegated to either odd hours of radio play or don’t even get played at all. Suggestions to fix this current system based on a weighting system for the amount of popularity that a band has, have fallen on deaf ears (pun intended).This system won’t change until there is a radical change in the grassroots that will make the regulators stand up and listen. So here’s where you, dear reader, come in. Please, for the love of all that is holy, stop listening to commercial radio and turn off Muchmusic. Turn your radio dial to your local community radio station (in our case, 100.3 FM CKMS), go to your local concert venue and see any show on a whim and read the local free publications that showcase the latest in Canadian music. And if you need some help trying to discover new bands and for some crazy reason you read my column prior to reading any Echo, exclaim!, or


July 1 U of W Canada Day Celebration w/ Critical Mass, Knock Knock Ginger, Neil Murray Band, Allister Bradley, Benefits Of Doubt, U of W Orchestra, Nine Mile, Magneta Lane, Emmy Gryner (2 to 10 p.m.) at Columbia Lake Fields. Edgefest at the Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto Billy Klippert at the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga. July 2 Live 8- Jann Arden, Our Lady Peace, The Tragically Hip, Barenaked Ladies, and more at Park Place, Barrie. July 3 Julian Fauth w/ Wayne Charles (3 p.m.) Victoria Park Boathouse. July 8-10 Uptown Waterloo Jazz w/ Mike Murley, Michael Kaeshammer, Dee Daniels, Alexis Baro, & more.

chartAttack article, give these bands a shot: Death From Above 1979 (touring with Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age this fall), The Sadies, Joel Plaskett, Feist, controller.controller, Money Money, The New Pornographers (new album out soon!), Wolf Parade (new album out soon!), The Miniatures, Final Fantasy (playing Guelph in mid-July), Benefits of Doubt, Metric, Danko Jones, Blinker the Star, The Constantines, Julie Doiron, Magneta Lane (currently playing Columbia Lake on Canada Day), Stars, Broken Social Scene (new album out soon!), The Sourkeys and generally anything coming out from the Sonic Unyon label. I can listen to anything I want and generally have a good time. But when I’m listening to something made by Canadians, I can’t help but think of one thing— home. Have a happy Canada Day, dear reader, and may you have a safe, fun and drunken good time.

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I’m Somebody Too La Rouge 20 years— Toronto Blues No Business How the Night People Pray Recording Session Ends in Tragedy S/T Metal Cares The Woods Make Believe

– Graphic novels or comic books? – Selling Live 8 tickets on e-bay— smart or seedy? – Name any performer from the UW Canada Day Celebration lineup. – Who is Dee Daniels? – Name any Ontario summer theatre production now playing. – As You Like it and The Tempest: UW or Stratford? Submit your answers to for a chance to win free CDs. Last week’s answers: 1. Famous play at the Shaw Festival this summer. 2. Both- awful premise, awesome talent. 3. Michael Keaton. 4. c) the up and coming band that played Starlight June 11. 5. Lord of the Rings 6. The Plaster Cowboys.



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Thousands come out for Pride Parade Heterosexual UW student experiences “the largest queer spectacle on the planet” for the first time Adam Johns IMPRINT STAFF

The streets of Toronto are not inviting places to be in the middle of winter— especially when you’re wearing nothing but a towel. Yet, this is the exact setting in which 306 gay men found themselves in on February 5, 1981 when Toronto police staged the largest mass arrest in Canadian history since the FLQ Crisis and raided the city’s bathhouses. The patrons, clothed in only towels, were forced into the middle of the streets, humiliated and arrested. It was amidst this climate of intolerance and persecution that Toronto’s first Pride Day was held on June 28, 1981. This past Sunday June 26, members of Toronto’s gay community once again found themselves in the middle of the street wearing towels. Some of them were also wearing angel wings or silver paint. Instead of arrests, however, they were cheered on by close to a million spectators during the 25th annual Pride Parade, the culmination of Pride Week. Billed as an “annual mosaic of cultural events that celebrates, empowers and supports the diverse and delightful community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgendered, intersex and queer people,” Pride has evolved from 1,500 people in a park to well over a million participants, gay, straight and everything in between, from Toronto and all over the world. Now Magazine calls Pride “the largest queer spectacle on the planet.” The festival incorporates over a hundred events, ranging from the official (kickoff flag raising at City Hall, the Dyke March and the aforementioned parade) to the somber (the AIDS candlelight vigil), the artistic (queer gallery shows, concerts and dance parties) and the intriguing (sex workshops and beer gardens). In addition to the other entertainment, Pride also has the reputation of being one of the greatest parties of the year— a party that no self-respecting hetero co-op student spending his first summer in Toronto (such as myself) can realistically pass up. Thus, in the spirit of investigative journalism, I tossed on my rainbow lei and headed down to Church Street, the epicentre of Toronto’s Gay Village, early Saturday afternoon. I was amazed by the scale of the event: Church Street was blocked off to automotive traffic from Bloor Street in the north to Carlton Street in the south, meaning at least a 15–minute


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walk from one end of the festivities to minded that I was not at the Thanksanother. Parking lots were dominated giving Day parade when the security by stages with DJs and bands per- guard, responding to cheers from the forming for dancers in various states crowd, took off his shirt and flexed his of undress. Booths were set up on significantly worked-on chest. the street, some selling food, others It was one of the hottest days of promotthe suming local mer and n o n despite Now Magazine calls Pride profit the near“the largest queer spectacle constant groups or corporate exchange on the planet.” sponsors. of coolI was iming Super mediately Soaker struck by the diversity of the crowd — fire, we were getting a bit restless for while I did notice the requisite number the parade to begin. Just in time, the of gym-buffed men in underwear parade kicked off with a gang of gay and drag queens, there were just as and lesbian bikers. While reading a many people who didn’t fit the Queer- sign on one of their bikes displaying Eye/L-Word mould. their wedding date and the message Having experienced the scene on “Thank You Canada,” I too felt Church Street, I arrived on Yonge proud. Street early Sunday afternoon to expeWe should all be proud to live in a rience the Pride Parade. Waiting for society that sticks up for the rights of things to start, I was immediately re- its citizens, one where at least three out of four political parties, as well as a large portion of that fourth, are accepting of PRINCESS TWIN ORIGINAL PRINCESS equal rights for our queer population. 46 KING ST. N. UPTOWN WATERLOO 6 PRINCESS ST. W. UPTOWN WATERLOO I expressed this pride I felt by screamCrash (14A) Moolaade (PG) Fri 4:30 Fri - Thurs 9:10 ing “Take it off” to Mayor David Mad Hot Ballroom (PG) The Sisterhood of the Travelling Fri - Sun 2:00, Fri - Thurs 7:00 Miller. He was only part of the conPants (G) Fri 4:00, Sat & Sun 2:15, Downfall (14A) Sat 3:30 spicuous political presence showing Wed 1:00 The Animation Show (14A) Sun support for the queer community in Ladies in Lavender (14A) 4:30, Wed 6:45, Thurs 9:30 Tonight-Thurs 7:00. the parade; others in attendance inIt s All Gone, Pete Tong(14A) Wed 1:00 & Sat-Sun 2:00 Matinees. Fri 9:20, Sat - Thurs 9:30 cluded Jack Layton and Olivia Chow, Cinderella Man (14A) $6 Tickets for UW Students Toronto’s new chief of police, provinFri - Thurs 6:45 & 9:20, at the Original Princess! cial minister of health George Smitherman and various MPs and Showtimes for Fri. July 1 - Thurs July 7 MPPs. I even spotted a Conservative!

Besides the politicians, the parade had numerous elaborate floats full of dancing, scantily-clad individuals who sprayed the crowd with Super-Soakers at various intervals, people in costumes (I spotted one person dressed up as a condom, several superheroes and an entire assortment of fruits, literally), buff people with their shirts off, non-buff people with their shirts off and corporate sponsors handing out free stuff (I got a razor, numerous condoms and enough lube to possibly fill a kiddie pool). As a special treat to the significant number of straight dudes in the audience, the scantily clad dancing was not limited to the male gender; Mac cosmetics somehow managed to pack about 20 gorgeous women on the back of one truck. The picture I took will undoubtedly keep me warm on those cold nights. Many of the floats had music and on the ones that didn’t intrepid pridesters were literally dancing to their own beat. I was especially impressed by the dedication of the guys in stilts, as walking on stilts in 30 plus degree weather for two or so hours can not be easy. What struck me the most was the amount of fun the paraders seemed to be having and how accepting and adoring the crowd was toward the various forms of diversity they were presented with. No matter how gay, straight, fat, thin, naked, or on top of stilts it was, the crowd cheered it on. After the Pride Parade and a period of serious re-hydration, I moved

over to the Alexander Parkette, one of the outdoor entertainment venues in the Church Street area reserved for Pride events, to see “local homo heartthrob” (according to Now) Gentleman Reg. Reg and his band of indie-rock guys put on a memorable show for the alterna-queer crowd, definitely edgier and more tattooed than the rest of the Pride crowd, although every bit as proud. Is Gentleman Reg an albino, or just blonde? I’m not sure, but he’s a musician par excellence and your correspondent vows to catch more Pride acts next year. I am especially bummed about having missed Hunter Valentine and Lesbians on Ecstasy, both of whom got great reviews and have very cool names. I had hoped to cap the night off with a trip to Toronto’s best monthly gay hip-hop night, “Big Primpin’”, which was throwing a special Pride bash at a larger-than-usual venue, but all the sun I had absorbed over the day finally caught up with me and I eventually had to sleep. But my first Pride experience was definitely a memorable one. Pride was one of the most accepting settings I’ve ever found myself in. I don’t like to bat around the phrase “great vibes” very often but in this case I think it just might fit. I left inspired by how far our society has come toward accepting and celebrating its queer members as equals.

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The Tempest is the leading play of the Stratford Festival’s 2005 “Saints and Sinners” season. In addition to being branded the “family experience” show of the year, the poster for the entire 2005 season features the lead actor of The Tempest, William Hutt, gazing wistfully at the viewer in the wizard-like robe he wears while playing Prospero. Hutt deserves the publicity: his appearance in this year’s Tempest, a re-make of the 1999 Stratford production, is the final performance of the 84-year old actor’s career. Hutt has played the role three times before, and has acted in over 90 productions at the acclaimed Stratford theatre company. Considered the best of Shakespeare’s “romantic” plays, Tempest takes place on a mysterious island ruled by Prospero, a duke who has been exiled by his brother, Antonio. Prospero has learned to use magical powers to force the native creatures such as the “savage” Caliban and the “airy spirit” Ariel, to serve himself and his daughter Miranda on the isle. When Prospero forces Antonio’s ship to crash on the island, intending to exact revenge, Antonio’s men and the isle’s inhabitants encounter one another, leading to a mix of new relationships, tested friendships and, finally, the reconciliation Prospero needs to abandon his magical powers and return home. The acting, for the most part, is solid. Antonio’s men fill their roles with all the mannerisms and intonations one expects to see and hear from members of the Elizabethan court and the island spirits speak and act with a blithe demeanour. Stephen Ouimette is particularily good as Caliban: aside from his voice, which exposes the depth of his character’s pain, Ouimette’s makeup is so good that even those who know the seasoned actor well may not realize it’s him doing the part. Both Adrienne Gould and Jean-Michel Legal share a warm chemistry as the two young lovers, Miranda and Ferdinand, encountering the virtues of the opposite sex for the first time. William Hutt subtly plays towards the humanity and frailty of his character rather than the facade of invincibility he presents to his subjects. While many modern performances of Shakespeare aim to quicken the rapport between characters, making the production more rousing, here the tempo is much slower, more drawn out and more focused on the minute details of the text. Other elements of the play complement the slowed-down speed: the costumes are fairly predictable Elizabethan garments, the props on stage are minimal, and aside from a very rousing dance sequence performed by the islanders, the spectacle of the play doesn’t have you gripping the edge of your seat in excitement. This is traditional, safe, classic Shakespeare that is meant to be appreciated more for its flowing language and the abilities of the actors than its capacity to visually thrill the audience. With that in mind, I wonder how successful it really can be as the “family experience” play: kids with short attention spans will be bored to death as early as the second act. But for others, namely those with a taste for the beauty of Shakesperean text, and those wishing to see one of the great stage actors who, like the character he plays, is an aged creator of magic about to finally put his wonderful powers to rest, this play is the perfect choice. In sharp contrast to the slower, less visual Tempest, As You Like It relies heavily on spectacle, speed and humour. This play has generated a great deal of hype for the Festival, partly because of the bold decision to set the play in the 1969 “Summer Of Love,” but equally because the Barenaked Ladies wrote and recorded the play’s music. As I watched them belt out “O, Canada”

at the start of the opening performance, I couldn’t help but wonder how a modern pop-rock group, an era of flowers and free love and some 400year-old lines would blend on the thrust stage in front of me. I wasn’t disappointed. As You Like It mixes all three elements and much more in a show that is both striking and familiar, and will leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your head. One of Shakespeare’s more popular comedies, As You Like It is a story about love found in the Forest of Arden by two cousins, Rosalind and Celia. They have been banished there by Celia’s father, Duke Frederick, who has usurped the throne belonging to Rosalind’s father, Duke Senior, who resides in the Forest with his court. The play revolves mainly around Rosalind— who disguises herself as a man and later uses this disguise to test the feelings of her suitor, Orlando — but also focuses on the varied and humorous ways four other couples play the game of capturing (and avoiding) each other’s hearts. The decision to set the play in the 1960s could have turned out quite badly, but director Antoni Cimolino played it safe: the familiar stereotypes are present in costume and character without delving into any aspects of the era that audiences might find too unsavory. No, we don’t get to see anybody go on an LSD trip, and no, the Hell’s Angels don’t arrive to bust up the party, but the play is just as, if not more, entertaining all the same. There is an infectious sense of fun to this performance. Like “That ‘70s Show,” the audience is allowed to have a good, lighthearted laugh at the era’s wellknown quirks without getting too serious about it. In contrast to the bellbottoms and tye-dyes that make up the costumes, the set is remarkably simplistic. The Forest of Arden, in which most of the action occurs, is created simply with 27 clear umbrellas suspended from the roof, and five orchard ladders of varying heights. It’s reminiscent of commercial or “pop” art of the time, and might otherwise seem cold and industrial, but warm lighting and acting turn the set into a place where the audience’s imagination can fill in the rest. One unique aspect of the set — and something which I have never seen in any performance anywhere — is a small pool built into the stage front and centre. It is used alternately as a pond and a hot tub, and adds a very real and captivating element to the play. All cast members seem meant for their roles, a credit to Cimolino’s casting choices. Graham Abbey is especially impressive as Jaques, the melancholy forest dweller; his deliverance of the “All the world’s a stage” soliloquy does it justice as he tells the tale of life not just with his voice but with his storylike actions as well. Perhaps the biggest acting treat is the performance of William Needles, a member of the Festival’s first season in 1953; he handles the Shakesperean lines with an experienced skill nobody else in the cast can match. And then there’s the Barenaked Ladies. While I thought they would aim more for a folksy sound, I was surprised by just how rockin’ many of the numbers are. I never would have thought that you could put Middle English lines like “Hey nonny ho” to music, let alone music that’s heavy on the drums and bass, but it’s possible, and they’ve succeeded. Fortunately, you can buy their catchy compositions in the Festival’s gift shop — I don’t think a single audience member leaves the theatre without one of the songs still playing in their head. Like The Tempest, As You Like It has been deemed a family experience show; unlike The Tempest, I think they’re absolutely right to do so. Families — along with individuals of all ages — will appreciate the lighthearted tone, the whimsical style, and the infectious music this modern take on Shakespeare provides.


Be an individual — don’t follow suit

I frequent the local open mic circuit, and no matter where I go I always run into this one person. He has a different face every time I see him, but I swear it’s the same dude. Maybe you’ve met him, his nasal caterwauling is a combination of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Sure, he may hit all the right notes, but I still end up clawing my eyes out, Oedipus-style, in utter anguish. Just before I do, I look to either side of me and I see others cringing and wondering what horrible throat virus this guy has. Finally he finishes his set and leaves the stage. When he joins his (obviously tone deaf) buddies, the voice he uses to converse with is a delightful baritone in stark contrast to his painfully high-pitched on-stage voice. In complete defiance of common sense, this person chooses to sing like a rusty steam valve. But why, why would someone subject an audience to such complete auditory garbage? This man has forsaken his real voice. This phenomenon is far from uncommon. Bob/Neil is the worst example I can think of, but there are many more subtle emulators out there. Think Dave Matthews; think Eddie Vedder. It is an easy thing to do; we grow and learn in the shadow of our rock star heroes. I grew up on Pearl Jam, Collective Soul and Barenaked Ladies

(but ONLY Gordon), so when I started singing myself, it was only natural that I mimic these musicians. I knew what Steve Page’s singing voice sounded like, whereas my own was somewhat of a mystery to me. I mimicked and never thought twice about it for a long time; it’s the downside to having heroes. There is a problem with this practice though. Every person has his or her own distinct, individual and natural way of singing. The reason we buy (or download) Pearl Jam CDs has a lot to do with the fact that Eddie Vedder has an unmistakable, awesome voice. Most people who sing casually superimpose the voices of Vedder, or Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip perhaps, over their normal voice. In performing one of these impersonations, singers strip themselves of all the innate subtleties that make their voices unique and beautiful. If you want people to care about you as a performer, you have to sing with your own voice. It’s not as easy a thing as you might think. You have to be conscious of all of your influences and be careful to dodge them. Finding your individual voice is a process that takes years, and no self-reflective singer ever stops searching for that true sound. Even if you only play other people’s songs, use your own voice. There is a difference between playing a cover and performing an impression. The former is far more interesting. Like any euchre player knows, it is always better to play trump than to follow suit. Vary your personal taste and your audience will appreciate it.

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KW’s cultural mosaic packed into two days Carla White SPECIAL TO IMPRINT

Music blared across the park, spicy smells floated through the air and KW residents gathered to celebrate their neighbours’ ethnic diversity. I was unaware KW was full of so much culture until I attended the 38th annual Multicultural Festival on June 25-26. The festival takes place every year in Victoria Park and is hosted by the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre (KWMC), which has been serving the community for 35 years with programs that help new Canadians find jobs, homes and much more ( Walking through the international marketplace, I was in awe of all the different ways the 20-plus nationalities were represented. Among the celebrations were many different craft tents that reminded me of the St. Jacob’s Farmer’s Market. It was definitely not the highlight, but interesting nonetheless to browse through the various art forms from different cultures. Everything from African masks, Buddhist statues to Origami creations and hand-crafted jewelry was on display. International cuisine gave off an irresistible aroma. Every tent I walked past had its own unique smell and there was something for everyone, from Greek to Tanzanian, Vietnamese to Ethiopian, just to name a few.

But if trying a Jamaican patty or Polish perogie is not your thing, the festival also offered Belgian waffles, and of course the classic ice cream booths. To relieve myself of the intense heat I bought a Polish lemonade, which was less sweet than normal, and contained pieces of real lemonade and strawberries. For dinner I tried the doner platter from the Turkish Muslim Society’s tent . Five dollars bought me about a week’s worth of beef, succulently seasoned and stuffed in a pita with a variety of leafy greens on top. Entertainment was a main attraction of the festival. Opening ceremonies included belly dancers Voula and the Amazing Tsiganes dancing up a storm. Exotic music played as the brightly colored costumes flowed and the four female dancers shook their hips. The sweltering 36-degree weather didn’t deter the dancers or audience as everyone became involved with the event. As I stood watching, I noticed that everyone in the audience was smiling and clapping along; several of them were even mimicking the hip-swaying movements. Voula, who is the artist, choreographer, and troupe director of Voulas International Entertainment Company, says, “Belly dance is both a celebration of the female spirit and a physical display of the strength and beauty of women.”

Belly dancers attracted audience members with their suave moves. Voula and her company travel throughout Canada performing at competitions, shows and private parties. Latin Hour with the Salvadorean Community of Waterloo Region followed the dancers’ performance. I didn’t stay to watch the remaining acts, but as I walked around searching for something to eat, I could hear the incredible vocal chords of an 11-year-old girl from Toronto.

Singers even threw some Shania Twain and Britney Spears into the mix for those of us who couldn’t understand the Spanish tunes. Some of the other acts I missed out on included Kung Fu and Scottish highland dancing, among others. The Multicultural Festival’s goal is to bring together different ethno-cultural groups in an attempt to strengthen our country’s cultural


diversity. Venturing out to the festival was definitely worthwhile. Even without purchasing anything, seeing the entertainment and all of the different cultures being represented is not to be missed. Besides, with free admission, you can’t really complain about an afternoon of entertainment and inexpensive food. If nothing else, there’s always the beer tent.

Runway for Hope brings fashion and charity together


Starlight Social Club set the scene for Runway for Hope, a summer fashion show benefiting HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre. Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge stores Gloss, Loop Clothing, Planet Fashion and Cadence dressed models in the hottest looks for men and women available locally. The runway showed fun, flirty fashions for women this summer. Looks from Waterloo retailer Gloss were laid back and fun-loving with a touch of glamour while Loop, Planet Fashion and Cadence all showed looks with a bit more of an edge. Beach-inspired clothing dominated the runway, in pinks and greens as well as floral patterns. Embellishment with sequins, embroidery or zippers brought solid coloured tops, skirts and pants into summer 2005. Accessories such as a small, colourful watch or a bold belt will make your


Models display the latest looks available to KW fashionistas. look unique and stand out. For shoes, stilettos still rule, but summer 2005 has also reintroduced the wedge and platform heels to the fashion market. Rock-and-roll meets preppy best describes the looks shown for men this summer. As the ‘80s make a comeback, ripped jeans are one of the hottest looks around. To update the

look, make sure your jeans aren’t ripped completely, simply well-worn in areas. For tops, the fitted T-shirt is sexy and stylish, whether worn in a plain color or with a rock-inspired screen on the front. Cadence and Loop also featured oversized short-sleeve button front shirts for men, with sleeve lengths

reaching just below the elbow and drop shoulders. HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre operates from two offices in Waterloo and Cambridge. Programs offered include tools for the healing journey, yoga, tai chi, spirituality and healing series, visualization and relaxation as well as relaxing therapies

such as therapeutic touch, massage therapy and Reiki. All are offered free of charge to cancer patients and their caregivers, family and friends and are sponsored by generous donations and events such as Runway for Hope.

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So, you really think you Creative grilling wanna date a car guy? I’ve met many, many people through the car scene; through car clubs, as well as people at show and race events. Surprisingly, car people aren’t actually different from anyone else. Some people are passionate about music, others are passionate about taxidermy. The people I’ve met just happen to share my passion for cars. Just like any other group of people, the personalities of car people are quite interesting. My extensive personal experience with car guys recently led me to the decision that I was not going to date a car guy again; hence I’m dating a sexy music guy. But my experience has also led me to a bit of a deeper conclusion. All guys can be classified based on their opinion of cars and their automotive knowledge. It isn’t the same for girls, because as I’m sure many guys reading this will attest to, girls are much deeper emotional creatures than males. There are four distinct groups: 1) Guys who are adamantly against cars. I call these people Car Nazis. 2) Guys who drive cars but know nothing about them. I refer to these people as daily drivers. 3) Guys who are car enthusiasts and are continuously learning more about cars. I call these people the apprentices. 4) Guys who think they know everything there is to know about

cars. I simply call these people car snobs. I’ve dated guys from categories 2, 3 and 4. I don’t think I could ever date a Car Nazi. Because how could I date a guy who won’t even drive? I’m the car girl. Duh. If he’s a student, a daily driver probably drives a vehicle that used to belong to his parents (or maybe still does). His car is probably older, starting to rust, and definitely has four doors. In my experience, this is the only group of guys that you cannot tell penis size from what their car looks like. In fact, you can’t really tell anything important about a daily driver from his car. All you know is that he isn’t into cars, and he probably fits into another category in some other interest area — he could be learning about taxidermy, or maybe he thinks he already knows everything there is to know about taxidermy! Now, I’ve met more than a handful of girls who spend time in the car scene because they want to date a car guy. Or maybe you aren’t spending time in the scene because you want to date a car guy, but you happen to find yourself attracted to one, here is what you are getting yourself into. If you find a guy who fits the “apprentice” category, you are going to eventually find yourself in one of two situations: your man will either be sweet, supportive and caring most of the time (because let’s face it — no guy is perfect), or he will turn into a pompous asshole. Harsh, I know, but so true. It’s a very fine line between being an “apprentice” and being a “car snob,” because an ‘apprentice’ will either accept that there is always some-

thing he doesn’t know, which makes him a compassionate and sensitive person, or he will eventually believe that he does know everything there is to know about cars. To spot an “apprentice” simply look for the car that has tasteful modifications that don’t stand out. His exhaust is only mildly loud, and he hasn’t installed a blow off valve for his turbo. One of these guys takes care of his car, and will take care of his girl. You will also never have to worry about the car coming before you, because he knows that personal relationships are more important than a material possession. A guy who installs underbody neons and drives around with his 15” subwoofer pounding 24/7 is probably overly self-assured and cocky, not to mention compensating for his inadequate manhood. One of these “car snobs,” the guys who get together to see who can out talk the other about the differences between Torsen® and viscous LSDs, cannot treat a woman right. Period. These guys simply apply the same logic to every aspect of their lives: the “I am always right” train of thought. If this isn’t enough to deter you, think about how embarrassed you would be riding around in a car with underbody neons. On the other hand, one of these guys is most likely to buy you the largest, flashiest rock. So I suppose if that’s all you really want, the trade off might be worth it. Feel free to come cry on my shoulder when a car snob breaks your heart. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I went to a family reunion last summer at the house of one of my relatives who lives on a large, sprawling property outside of Elmira. We were all asked to supply food but he would supply the barbecue. When we arrived, I worried that the setup would either be a bunch of my uncles and I sharing one dangerously undersized, single-burner barbecue, or worse, the group of us cooking in a line of rusted out barbecues where the smoke from the guy to your right ends up in the eyes of the guy to your left. I was pleasantly surprised to find my ingenious, distant relative had a setup I had never imagined. The host of the party (someone I’m told is a second cousin or something) was somewhat of a scrap collector and antique restorer (not to mention a restorer of rare or broken musical instruments). He had two large grills that were made from oil barrels cut in half (top to bottom). He had welded brackets inside so that the barrels could hold grills and had installed vents into the bottom of the barrels to help air flow to the charcoal. He even showed me one he was working on with a propane grill. This experience has remained in my mind since that day and still shapes the way I work the grill. I learned two simple principles from this day that have stuck with me. First, barbecues need not be complicated, expensive or shiny. Second, creativity and ingenuity are the backbones of good cuisine. What I used to consider barbecuing is completely different from what I consider it now. Barbecuing used to be burgers, pork

chops, hot dogs or steaks on a propane grill with one or possibly two burners. Now my grilling horizons have been widened. Placing a stand grill over an open fire or even cooking food by hand in a basket are great examples of thinking outside the ‘cue. I’ve suggested to numerous friends who are subletting apartments or houses this summer and don’t want to invest in a barbecue to find, steal or buy an old broken down grill from a roadside, back yard or Canadian Tire. Even if the propane H-grill no longer works, clear out the crap and fill it with charcoal. Grab a screwdriver and a hammer and make yourself some vents. Get creative. I often get invited to people’s houses solely for the purpose of cooking for them. I’ve cooked on some very nice barbecues and I’ve cooked on grills that are basically old toilet bowls or tanks with some metal wire draped across the openings. I’ve found that expensive grills can make cooking easier, but not necessarily better. Some of these new barbecues are so fancy, in fact, that it’s almost not like grilling anymore. Who really needs two burners on the side of their barbecue? I’ve cooked both corn and beans inside a chiminea and they turned out tasty. I’ve cooked bacon over an open fire before with few complaints and only one trip to the hospital (completely unrelated I assure you). So remember, a true barbecuer needs not fancy stainless steel gadgetry. All he needs is a fire on the ground and a spark in the heart. Once I learned to rely on my skills as a barbecuer, I stopped relying on my barbecue to do most of the work. And until I master my art, I’ll keep working on installing the coolest barbecue in history under the hood of the rusted out car on my friend’s farm.

Sizzling southwest peppered chicken and rice dish


Celebrate summer in true southern style with this spicy dish that will get any party started! This quick step-by-step recipe is the perfect choice for an evening fiesta; it’s easy to prepare and will last in your fridge for up to five days! The ingredients are simple and affordable, making this dish a favourite among students. So bring a bit of southern flair into your kitchen today and try southwest chicken. Ingredients: *2 chicken breasts, sliced lengthwise


Make sure you don’t forget the peppers and onions. They put the “south” in southwest peppered chicken. 1 sm. sealed bag (Ziploc) 1 tsp. of black pepper 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 cup of instant rice 1/2 green bell pepper

1/2 red bell pepper (or orange or yellow) 1/2 of white onion, chopped 1/2 jar of salsa 1 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 can of black beans 1 cup of cheddar cheese, grated Instructions: Slice chicken breasts and peppers lengthwise. Put chicken, oil and black pepper in a sealed bag and shake until chicken is coated. Heat BBQ. BBQ chicken for about nine minutes, or until white on the inside. In a pot boil 1 cup of water. Add rice to boiling water. Cover pot and let stand for five minutes. Put sliced green and red bell peppers, chopped onion, salsa and cayenne pepper into a saucepan on medium heat for 10 minutes. Place black beans in a strainer and rinse under water. Grate cheddar cheese.. Add black beans to salsa mixture. On plates, put a thin layer of rice, one piece of cooked chicken breast and pour salsa mixture over each piece of chicken. Top with cheddar cheese. Wait

for cheese to melt and serve. If cheese doesn’t melt put in the microwave for 30 seconds. Feel free to try a different meat option is you don’t want chicken. If you’re practising the vegetarian lifestyle, try omitting the chicken breasts and substituting tofu for a spicy, meat-free dish!

O PINION Pale skin can be healthy and sexy too FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2005

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Every year around this time, Mr. Golden Sun has a way of getting men and women everywhere to strip for him. As he shines down on us in 30 degree weather, the clothes start coming off. First the pants to make way for shorts and mini skirts, then the sweaters to be replaced by tube tops and spaghetti strapped tanks. And don’t forget about those string bikinis. But why? So he can hit us with cancer-causing UV rays.

As fast as those “tanaholics” are taking it off, I am putting it back on — because I am white. Call it what you will — lily white, creamy white, porcelain or pearl — I am still ghostly pale. My white skin and freckles don’t compare with today’s “healthy and attractive-looking” golden brown tan according to results from a recent survey aired on 570 News. Various men and women were asked which looked better; persons sporting a golden brown tan or those with pearly white skin. The majority of participants perceived tanned people as being healthier and sexier than those with a pale or au naturel complexion. How times have changed. Before the Industrial Revolution and the invention of suntan lotions,

bronzed bodies belonged to the working class. To be brown 150 years ago was a symbol of low social status. Pale, porcelain skin was in vogue, mainly because rich people had servants to do the outdoor manual labour. In some areas of the world, fair skin was so desirable the cosmetics industry pitched skin-lightening products to women. Today spray-on-tanners — bronzer in a bottle — are all the rage. These store-bought self-tanners can sometimes leave you looking like a jack-o-lantern, but at least it’s safer than frying in the face of cancer. It wasn’t until the 20th century when people began accepting tanned skin. A bronzy glow now meant someone had money and could afford a leisurely outdoor life. However, that logic evolved into

Canada fails to reach for the stars

For centuries leading up to space travel, people fed up with being Earth-bound have attempted (with varying degrees of success, based on the seriousness of their resulting injuries) to fulfill their dream of reaching the stars. The story begins with the Wright brothers, “inventors” of flight, who successfully threw a series of intricately connected two-by-fours off a ledge high enough so that they did not land for a full 12 seconds. Less than 60 years later, Yuri Gagarin netted a point for the Communists by becoming the world’s first cosmonaut during the infamous “space race” of the 1960s. Only eight years later, the United States evened the score by landing Neil Armstrong and that other guy on the moon. And since then, well, not much has happened. Actually, that’s not quite true.

We had Mir (Russian for “Orbiting Lada”) and we’re building the International Space Station. Yet, besides the occasional female astronaut or robotic arm fit for a science fair project, Canada has done notably little to contribute to humanity’s endeavour into the last truly macro-scale frontier. Yet, this should come as no shock to anyone with common sense or a history degree. For centuries, a handful of European nations (each of whom shared a common trait of either being overcrowded or water-bound) covered the globe in search of resources and a quicker route to Asia. Canada, essentially, is the Switzerland of the middle ages. We have the population density of Antarctica, and quite clearly do not possess the natural inclination to explore beyond our earthly limits. This is not a slight against Canada, but merely a fact of life. Being that necessity is the mother of invention, our hand in this matter is clearly not forced. Unless our government makes a significant move to publicly fund research in aeronautics, we as a country cannot expect to be a leader in this progressive, humani-




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The Record as saying incidences of basal cell cancer — the most common and most treatable kind — is increasing in teenagers and 20-year-olds. The most dangerous cancer, melanoma, is also on the rise, doctors say. “It’s the steepest rise in any cancer ... and it’s really concerning,” Dr. David Hogg, Canadian melanoma researcher, said in a June 11 article in The Record. Using skin colour as a definer for social status is unacceptable, but our ancestors were smart to protect themselves from the sun. We should stop trying to do what “looks” healthy and do what is healthy. I don’t want to become another statistic.

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tarian effort. Unfortunately, as it is too often with our governments since the Avro Arrow was cancelled, we are too scared to take charge and develop technologies for space exploration that are truly world-class and cutting edge, able to leave a legacy to generations of engineers and designers. There are exceptions. UW recently held a conference for academic space enthusiasts. Yet to the casual observer, who may or may not rely on Imprint for news, Canada has done little to prove itself worthy of being considered a cosmological powerhouse. Perhaps the only related newsworthy topic is the socalled “brain drain,” a tradition passed down among past aerospace engineers (see: Avro Arrow creators) where NASA and other developers snatch up Canadian talent for their profit and prestige. And so it seems this will be the case for at least the near future. But for anyone holding their breath, waiting for change, I would suggest otherwise. After all, can anyone name a famous Swiss explorer? That’s what I thought.

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what I believe it is today — an unhealthy infatuation. Maybe it’s just jealousy because I am incapable of tanning, but I don’t think it’s worth the risk to have that stylish golden brown colour. Because I am so fair and somewhat embarrassed of my powder complexion, I cover up more often. You’ll never see me in a pair of shorts or a skimpy bathing suit. I admit, I have had my share of sunburns, but I don’t purposely expose myself to the sun to change the colour of my skin. Skin cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in Ontario, accounting for about one-third of all cancer cases, according to the Canadian Cancer Society. Dr. Ken Kobayashi was quoted in

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Bored this summer? How about taking up sailing?

Between deadlines and hot weather, I really haven’t been keeping up with the news around campus of late. It’s nice to see that the construction season began in earnest, with several months of rumbling machinery and dust clouds amid a more crowded campus. I understand the machinery will be silent, as per university policy, during the exam period. There’s nothing better than trying to focus while a dump truck backs up outside your window. It’s time to escape the

campus and hopefully the city. There is something special about taking classes in the summer. Unlike the winter, there is no promise of a four-month break. Also, the sounds of summer always seem to be seeping through my window: children in the swimming pool; cicadas; a lawn mower — not that I’m complaining about being in class. After working last summer, the academic schedule definitely beats the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. grind of a desk job any day. Still, as one wades through yet another textbook chapter, one cannot help but imagine what they might be doing instead when the mercury easily hits the 35 degree mark. Engineering student Geoff Milburn had a good idea to beat the heat and to take a break from the books. You may have seen his home-brewed air conditioner featured in The Record last week. His modest website

has received worldwide attention since it was first placed on a few weeks ago. I have found that the best solution to beating the summer blues is to avoid doing any homework on the weekends. While this might lead to a few late nights in the middle of the week, having a two-day stretch with nothing to do but relax outside —-under the sun — is priceless. Sadly, I have yet to make it up to anyone’s cottage, but I’ve nonetheless filled the time appropriately — the best way that I can — by going sailing. If my parents would let me put a bumper sticker on their car, it would definitely be of the “I’d rather be sailing” kind. Sailing has all of the requirements of a perfect summer sport. Unlike jogging or cycling, you don’t have to sweat it out along endless stretches of tarmac. With a blue sky, nice breeze and cold lake slipping beneath

you, life seems perfect. A friend of mine joined me for a regatta at the Conestoga Sailing Club last weekend. Despite turning as red as a lobster (never mind the sunscreen he used), he enjoyed himself. While he’s normally used to sailing 30-plus-foot oceangoing sailboats, he nonetheless enjoyed the switch in sailing strategies offered by sailing a 16-foot Laser 2. In the summer, it’s nice to have a goal; something to look forward to after reading the umpteenth textbook. Forget your lazy day at the beach; forget a sweltering day in the sun; I’m going sailing. If you’re looking for a place to launch your boat, I know just the place.

Let your passions drive your life

“Oh, Andrew, please don’t talk about something boring again this week, like money.” My friend’s lack of interest in the subject was painfully apparent. Playfully, my first response began with a mischievous sideways look. “That sounds like a good suggestion,” I shot back. “Perhaps I’ll talk about something a bit more interesting this week. Something like ... policy.” I receive the exact look I had anticipated: one of absolute horror. “Oh, please, no! Not policy.” I grin. I may love policy, but I understand. “OK, how about something a bit different this week. How about I deal with passions at work?” The look of horror is quickly replaced by a wideeyed, vigorous nod of approval. “That’s much better,” she replies. It is quite common for me to solicit column ideas from my peers. My interest in business has little to do with the cold steel faces of corporate Canada; the minutae of tax law or the ceaseless takeover attempts that fill the pages of the Financial Post. Rather, my true interest lies with how business is a living, breathing tool that can affect, for the better, each and every one of our lives. Understanding the machinery that truly affects the world around me is an important part of my own passion in life and my peers help guide that passion. Here at UW, I’ve been fortunate to meet quite a few people who allow themselves to be driven by their own passions. From those involved with serious undertakings, such as the volunteers of UWIHDA, to the more light-hearted student endeavours (Campus Crusade for Cheese, anyone?) the campus microcosm of civil society is alive

and well, thanks solely to the work of many talented and passionate individuals. I can think back and remember a conversation with Feds president John Andersen, during a time when he was deciding whether or not to run for re-election last year. As a science student with some great co-op experience, Andersen could easily have sought a job that would pay him more money than a Feds executive seat would offer. Yet Andersen loved the work that he did with Feds, a factor that became an important part of the decision that drove him to seek his second term in office. His successful bid has allowed him to work in an innovative leadership role this year; working with a wide range of people who, like him, allow themselves to be motivated by their deeper interests in life. He’s got quite a “job,” if you would call it that, one that is much more engaging than something that might have carried a higher salary. Students are not the only ones at UW who bring their passions into their work. I need think no further than legendary economics professor (and perennial Imprint media darling) Larry Smith for an example of someone who is passionate about their job. One visit to Smith’s lectures is enough to see the spark behind his eyes when he teaches; a passion reflected greatly in the numerous ovations he has received for his lectures over the years. Who applauds university lectures anyways? Students with passionate professors, that’s who. As my fellow columnist Neal Moogk-Soulis points out each week, “This Is Your World.” I could not agree with him more. I strongly encourage you, my fellow students, to let your passions define your worlds. You never know where you’ll end up. Even if you fail completely, at least you’ll know that you did your best. My bet, though, is that if you are careful and if your true passions are driving you, you will have to worry less about facing failure than you will with how you are going to handle success.




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I am almost ashamed to admit that I have never before been to Toronto Pride. Despite being in Ontario for three years now, this past week was the first time I have actually been in the big T.O. when Pride was in full swing. This is not to say I have never been to a Pride parade, of course. Despite the “Ralph Klein” effect hanging like a pall over my hometown of Calgary, we do have a Pride parade whose organizers go to great lengths to ensure everyone who comes out has a good time. Of course, attempting to compare Calgary’s Pride Parade (a single day event) to Toronto’s Pride extravaganza would be like comparing a Canadian Idol contestant’s frail warbling to Elton John at his most flamboyant. So, never having experienced a “real pride” (as it was described to me), I didn’t really know what to expect, but looked forward to watching the revelers and floats and soak up the atmosphere of a horde of jubilant and gay people from the sidewalks of Yonge Street. At least, that’s what I was expecting when I woke up Sunday morning. My friends were having none of it.

An hour after arriving on Church Street I found myself holding a sign proclaiming my “gay and geeky” love of libraries and all things Lord of the Rings, being told by a woman wearing a button proclaiming “Dyke” in bold red lettering to hurry up and not lose sight of the Trojan float not too far in front of me. The “or else” was left unsaid. Now, considering that standing at the front of a small classroom to give a prepared presentation turns me into an utter nervous wreck, to say that march-

[The Gay Pride Parade] had to be one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced. ing in a Pride Parade would have been well outside my realm of imagining would be to put it lightly. I, despite “Having An Opinion Which I Will Be Sharing With You Now,” am not one to be the centre of attention. However, after getting over the initial shock, it had to be one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced. Now, there are, of course, many naysayers within the extended queer community that say Pride is, well, noth-

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ing to be proud of. They say it has become too political and corporate and is doing nothing whatsoever to further tolerance at all — and they’re right, to a point. The thing is, Pride is our time to be self-centred, where it’s all about us. Twenty-five years ago, the first Toronto Pride Parade was in response to the largest mass arrest of gay men in Canada’s history — it was about anger and protesting the unforgivingly hetero fist of “The Man.” This year we had the chief of police marching right along with us. We’re out there because we can be! We can let it all hang out. We don’t have to hide the nuances of public affection in fear of how other people might respond. Sure, it is slowly becoming more of a marketing-fest — no argument there — but there is absolutely nothing that can compare to walking in front of throngs of people screaming and cheering you on in support (despite ridiculously hot temperatures). It’s euphoric, empowering, enthralling and somewhat disorienting to be surrounded by — and part of — a sea of rainbow-bedecked humanity extending in every possible direction. It is something you need to experience. I have pride. I’ve got the blisters and sunburn to prove it. And you better believe I’ll be there next year.

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Bravo to student involvement

I used to maintain the assumption that undergraduate students were apathetic to campus affairs and events, that they perpetuated harassment and discrimination on campus out of laziness and the desire to maintain status quo. I was appalled by the student reaction during the May 30 town hall meeting about the nanotechnology building, proposed to take over a critical piece of green space in the middle of campus. When I asked other students their opinions, they said, “It doesn’t matter what we think, the university administration is going to build it anyway.” Women in my classes report feeling marginalized by their male classmates, but not wanting to say anything in order to maintain the status quo. However, I am sympathetic to the process of voicing one’s opinion on campus. Speaking out against harassment, or voicing an opinion about campus affairs takes time and energy that many students who are trying to complete homework and pay bills just do not have. As a result, we become the easiest

group of targets; the perfect group to be taken advantage of. My opinion of my peers is beginning to soften. I no longer maintain the harsh criticism that students harbour apathy or laziness. Amidst long hours of school and work I see students uniting in service organizations such as Engineers Without Borders and WPIRG in order to give back to society. What has become more and more evident is that the main deterrent to student energy is red tape and bureaucracy administered by the university. Hierarchies, long lines, and creating an “employable” student body rather than an educated one has made life on campus competitive and brutish, but more seriously has led us away from the laurels of knowledge, ethics and integrity that a post-secondary education used to maintain. Bravo to the students who are forming collectives and working together to get a real education by challenging themselves to analyze society and create positive change by putting what they learned in classrooms and textbooks into action. Thumbs down to the institutions that have perpetuated the belief that students are better off retiring into apathy by muting the student voice on this campus. Apathy can be a great vacation for those who are exhausted and desperate for a break; it should not be an early retirement. — Neha Chugh


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While most people visit Disneyland to go on the rides and meet their favourite Disney characters, a group of four systems design engineering students visited the park during the week of June 13 for a different reason altogether, to be judged in the annual ImageNations Competition. The competition asks undergraduate students to design original theme park attractions. Bonny Lau, Eric Lee, Jenny Yeung and Erin Yu spent their fourth year at UW working on their entry. It paid off for them as they won second prize, which consisted of a $1,500 scholarship for each team member. “Other than working on the fourth-year design project for the sake of passing the workshop course, we thought it would be worthwhile to enter a design competition to get some recognition from the industry,” Yu explained. The four students are artistically inclined and when looking for a good industrial/user interface design competition to enter, they thought the Image-Nations Competition would be a natural choice. The team spent their 4A term trying to come up with “an innovative yet feasible idea,” modifying and rejecting ideas

as they came by. “At the time it seemed like a waste of time, but in retrospect, all that brainstorming led to our current design and got us where we are now,” said Yu. “It was worth it.” Their brainstorming led them to design the DIVA: Disney Interactive Virtual Adventure. The ride is a virtual motion theatre in which visitors co-operate with one another to fight evil. “[DIVA] employs various motion tracking and image processing technologies to allow visitors to navigate through a virtual space using body motions,” said Yu. “Their body leaning motions are detected using image processing and pattern recognition algorithms.” To get the DIVA to work, a fixed video camera is placed in front of the subject, and each frame is analyzed to determine whether the subject is leaning left or right. This is done by subtracting the background in each frame to determine the subject’s movement, applying distribution pattern recognition through threshold and using classification to evaluate the angle of leaning. The ride itself uses nine vehicles that seat four people each. “There are two groups of vehicles in motion— when visitors are boarding one group of vehicles, the other group would be in the motion theatre — so 72 visitors are on the ride at a time,” stated Yu. In order to make the ride

Disney-related, the team designed it with Disney characters, such as using Edna the fashion designer from “The Incredible.” Tom Carey, management sciences, and Rob Gorbet, electrical and computer engineering supervised the group. “This was an exciting project, so I got involved in coaching the team on their processes as well as playing an occasional role myself in the brainstorming and evaluation processes,” explained Carey. “They really put their hearts into this project, so the recognition is well deserved. It is also a tribute to the calibre of students and instruction in systems design engineering.” Yu noted that Carey and Gorbet had a lot of suggestions in terms of technology and user experience, and were proud of the team’s accomplishments. The team thanked their advisors for their help and guidance, saying, “We appreciate their insightful criticisms and guidance in the idea generation, design and implementation processes throughout the past eight months.” The team put a great amount of work into the project, Carey said. “They seemed to get their other coursework done, so I have to suspect that any hope of a social life went out the door—but they did see an awful lot of each other.”

Love me tender, love me true Have you ever felt as if your heart is about to burst out of your chest and you cannot even say “hi” to the person you love? Or all of a sudden you just turn blue and red when you see that someone special? Do you just avoid him because you think you may get rejected? Do you sometimes just feel as if you want to die when you see him with someone else? This mysterious feeling, known as love, has long been studied by the medical community. Early psychologists like Sigmund Freud and Carl Rogers acknowledged love as an important feature of the human experience. But not utill the 1970s did anyone attempt to define “love.” According to Clyde Hendrick Ph.D., of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, “No one volume or theory or research program can capture love and transform it into a controlled bit of knowledge.” Instead, psychologists are hoping to demonstrate a few facts at a time by asking specific questions about love to gain a better understanding about it. In this study, lovers rate the applicability of a variety of descriptive statements. To be passionately in love is to be preoccupied with thoughts of your partner much of the time. Contrary to myths that hold women responsible for romance, N.Hatfield, an American psychologist, found that both males and females love with equal passion, but men fall in love faster. They are, thus, more romantic.

Women are more apt to mix pragmatic concerns with their passion. Freud said, “The essence, the core meaning of love differs little.” Both men and women consider romance and passion far less important than support and caring. As even Nadine Crenshaw, creator of steamy romance novels, has remarked, “Love gets you to the bathroom when you’re sick.” Embellishing on the verbal and physical demonstrations of love, Raymond Tucker, a psychologist from the University of Ohio, probed 149 women and 48 men to determine, “What constitutes a romantic act?” He asked people to name common examples. The research showed little disagreement between the genders. Both men and women most often cited “taking walks” together. For women, “sending or receiving flowers” and “kissing” followed close on its heels, then “candlelit dinners” and “cuddling.” Outright declarations of “I love you” came in the sixth place. For men, “kissing” and “candle-lit dinners” came in second and third. If women preferred demonstrations of love to outright declarations of it, men did even more so; “hearing and saying ‘I love you’” didn’t even show up among their top ten preferences, nordid “giving or receiving surprise gifts” or “slow dancing,” although all three were on the women’s top ten list. Men likewise listed three kinds of activities women didn’t even mention: “holding hands,” “making love” and “sitting by the fireplace.”

Chicka hypnotism, and nano-brushes

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Hypnotism and our brains Amir Raz, a cognitive neuroscientist at Columbia University in New York, has discovered that hypnotism can be used to alter activity in specific areas of the brain. Previous studies have looked at how hypnotism can overcome conflicts in the brain, such as reading aloud the name of a colour while the text of the word is printed in another colour. This new study reveals what areas in the brain are affected — those responsible for visual processing, attention, emotional control and self-regulation. Many people do not believe in the validity of hypnosis but UW Prof. Colin MacLeod has been quoted as saying “this [study] gives hypnosis a lot more currency than it might have had in the cognitive world.”




For both genders, love is more tender than it is perceived by modern culture. People are also likely to change their style with time and circumstance. They may, for instance, have spent their college years as an Eros lover, passionate and quick to get involved, setting store on physical attraction and sexual satisfaction. Yet some years later they may find their happiness as a Storage lover, valuing friendship- based love, and preferring a secure and trusting relationship with a partner. The best news may well be that when it comes to love, men and women are more similar than different. It is also clear that no matter how hard we look at love, we will always be amazed and mesmerized by it.

More chickadees cause a ruckus More “dees” in a chickadee call may indicate more danger, a recent study from the University of Washington in Seattle states. The researchers studied thousands of black-capped chickadee calling patterns and the situations in which they were recorded. They also tested the birds by playing back the “dee” sounds and watching their reaction. They found that in the presence of harmless birds, such as a quail, there were less than two “dees” and in the presence of predatory birds, such as certain owls, the chickadees would extend their calls according to the level of danger to warn nearby birds — even up to 27 repetitions. Clean all those hard to reach places! Scientists working at the nano scale have created a tiny brush to clean their miniscule microcircuitry. Each brush bristle, made of a carbon nanotube, is 30 nanometers in diammetre (the typical size of a virus). The researchers grew the bristles onto a thin brush handle by sticking the handle into a furnace of carbon-rich vapours. Because they are not made from animal hair or synthetic and metal fibres, they are less prone to breaking down over time. Another advantage is their ability to conduct electricity.


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FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2005

UW boxers defy stereotype Carla Sandham EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

It was Monday afternoon and the temperature had reached 31 degrees with a humidex of almost 40. But the heat was no match for 23-year-old Mark Spence. Sweat trickled down his reddened face as he repeatedly punched the dangling bag in front of him. Left then right, he continued, his breathing more laboured after each jab. But he didn’t stop. “I really don’t like doing things half way,” says Spence after having recuperated from that day’s workout. “I’ve always been fascinated with boxing,” continues the six-foot, 152-pound UW student. But it was a book, The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, which pushed him into the ring. The story follows an English boy as he confronts the harsh realities of racism and war in South Africa. The boy, facing modern prejudice and tribal superstitions, takes up boxing and vows to become the world’s welterweight champion. “He defies the stereotype,” says Spence, adding he and a UW prof have also defied the “boxer stereotype.” Spence, a fourth-year civil engineering student, is “a really intelligent guy,” says UW Prof. Heather Carnahan, who met Spence at the Whip Boxing Academy last year. By day, Carnahan teaches students about head injuries and co-ordination. By night, this five-foot-two, 115-pound kinesiology prof practises her left hook with Fitz “The Whip” Vanderpool at his Kitchener gym. “I am a small person, but I know how to pack a punch,” she says sitting in her office at B.C. Matthews Hall. Carnahan, a 42-year-old mother of three, started boxing shortly after the birth of her youngest child, 10-month-old Viktor Dubrowski. “I had two babies back to back so I was in terrible shape,” she says. “But I lost tons of weight once I started boxing.” As successful academics and of average build, Spence and Carnahan say some people find it hard to believe they are boxers. “It’s not all egos and tough guys,” Spence says about the atmosphere at The Whip in the old tanning factory on Charles Street. “Everyone is so friendly and most are there just for fun.”

Carnahan says anyone can learn to box, “You just hit as hard as you can.” But boxing is more than throwing a punch, she says, it’s a complex skill, with a lot of strategy. Spence adds many people come in thinking they know how to throw a punch, but soon find out they were doing it all wrong. “It’s all about timing, defence, moving and ducking,” says Carnahan, who has yet to fight competitively, unlike her husband who has been sparring for some time now. Spence recently put his fitness to the test during his first fight last month. He has been training since October 2004, but admits the fight was more of a brawl than he wanted. “I was so nervous, I abandoned all game plan,” he says recalling his fight against an experienced fighter from Guelph. “I was surprised how hard I had to hit.” Spence lost the match, but not without putting up a good fight. “It was so exciting,” smiles Carnahan, who watched from ringside at the Brantford gym. “There was lots of blood, bloody noses … a real brawl.” During the fight Spence, typically an outside fighter, found himself fighting on the inside, which threw his game off. By the third round, Spence says he felt good. “I didn’t feel the pain during the fight,” he says, “but it hurt bad after.” Despite his loss and the pain, Spence says, “I will get in and do it again — with awareness next time.” As for Carnahan, she too plans to compete in her first fight in the near future. “I just want to do one, then retire,” she adds. Spence plans on training to compete for the rest of 2005 and possibly longer depending on how things go. He doesn’t plan on making a career out of boxing, “I’m hoping my degree might help in that area,” he says. But he does want to stick with it long enough to develop his skills to a point where he is satisfied that he gave a 100 per cent effort. “I’m driven to find out how good a boxer I can be. I think that’s when I’ll stop . . . when I reach that realization. Yes, the more you do something the better you’ll get at it, but I think everyone has certain physical plateaus. Well maybe not plateaus, but asymptotes rather,” he says, “that’s the nerdy engineer talking.”


When she’s not in the classroom or home with her three children (10-month-old Viktor pictured), UW Prof. Heather Carnahan is in the ring at the Whip Boxing Academy in Kitchener.

Dear Montreal, way to give up a winning team

On this Canada Day weekend, Two-Minute Warning offers an open letter to all those Montreal Expos fans regarding their former team’s new location and new spot at the top of the National League East division: Dear Expos fans (both of you), Well, this is a bit of tough luck, eh? Here we are, at the midway point of the Major League Baseball season and the Washington Nationals

are in first place. Talk about a kick to the teeth following one to the groin — not only were you strong enough (or stupid enough, or drunk enough on Molson 50) to stick with the team throughout all these years, but now, only months after they move the Washington Ex-’spos are poised for the playoffs. I know things may seem bleak right now, but things aren’t really as bad as they seem. After all, you Ex-’spos fans should be used to a misfortune or two here or there. First, there was Blue Monday in 1981, where the ’spos best chance to reach a World Series floated away with the ball that Los Angeles’ Rick Monday lifted over the right-centre field fence. Then there was 1994, when the best ever ’spos roster only got to play 104 games because of the

players’ strike. And don’t forget the emotional roller coaster piloted by former owner Jeffrey Loria, who vowed to save the team before pulling the lime-green Astroturf rug out from under your collective feet. After all that, a pennant for the 2005 Nationals would be almost welcome! And think of all the hassle you’ll avoid by missing out on a playoff experience. People might actually want to attend post-season games in Montreal, so the worry of finding tickets is no longer yours to have. And with all the congestion caused by a winning team, the strip clubs on Rue Sainte-Catherine would be unbearably packed. If you Montrealers like anything more than baseball, its women who derobe for money (okay, there’s lots you like

more than baseball, but strippers seem to be at the top of the list). Not only that, but you’ve generously given the city of Washington something to be proud of — God knows it wasn’t at the White House. And, since you weren’t ever proud of the Ex-’spos, it was sure nice of you to share. So the next time a mood of bitterness sweeps over you and you decide you miss your ’spos (as long as they’re winning), just take a deep breath, smile, and buy yourself a brand new Washington Nationals cap. Besides, you brought this on yourself. Sincerely, Two-Minute Warning


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