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FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2005perspective on the urban jungle page 8 An outsider’s

Beating the heat with cool jazz

Waterloo uptown jazz festival kicks into full swing page 5

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JULY 15, 2005

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Profits continue to fall at Fed Hall Ciprian Mihalcea IMPRINT STAFF

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Ellen Ewart bumps a pass to her partner Andy Tso Tuesday in a friendly game of volleyball. The pair was enjoying the hot weather outside of the SLC with friends.

Co-op fee slated to rise this year Alex Korotin SPECIAL TO IMPRINT

While some of us are studying in airconditioned libraries or slaving for coop employers, the rest of the student population has the chance to relax courtesy of a well-deserved summer

vacation. UW co-op has decided to join the fun and is taking a roller-coaster ride this summer as the co-op fee increases and employment rates take a plunge. As of May 3, 84 per cent (3,443) of 4,100 co-op students have found employment, compared to 88 per

cent (3,084) of 3,518 students last year at the same time. A recent CECS co-op e-mail stated the final employment figure for spring/summer 2005 is just above 93 per cent. see GOOD NEWS page 4

In the 2005-06 Feds budget, which Carmen Lam, vice president of administration and finance, is moving to adopt at the July 24 council meeting, there is a $40,000 loss projected for Federation Hall.. Financial information for Fed Hall reflects a “quite exciting roller coaster ride over the years with some definite highs and lows,” says Lam, adding the budgeted loss is based on past trends. Operational and programming changes are planned for Fed Hall this coming year; however, Lam states, “Operational changes [cannot be made] over night and without changes we can only foresee similar outcomes [in] future years.” Fed Hall manager John Fedy adds, “Some of the changes and improvements that we are looking into at Fed Hall are the installation of a drop-in ceiling with the use of panelled material called lycra and the relocation of the DJ booth.” He added there is no promise as to when or if these changes will occur since they are still in the proposal stage. Fedy says several changes have already occurred this summer, such as the replacement of the carpet on the main level of the Hall [and] bringing the electrical outlets and fixtures up to code. In terms of programming, Feds have made several changes, such as the reintroduction of Summerfest I and Summerfest II this past summer — a move that the Feds Programming Committee introduced with the intention of improving the financial situation of Fed Hall. Reports of their success, however, have not been released. Other programming changes are being looked into Fedy says . “We have examined Fed Hall’s Thursday nights long and hard and are looking at improving this night by gearing its focus towards the first- and secondyear students.” “The Bombshelter does a great job of catering itself towards third-and fourth-year students on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Fed Hall would like to do this on Thursday nights for first and secondyears,” adds Fedy. Fedy says Feds would like to see Fed Hall Thursdays changed into a night where both underage and of-age students could “mix and meet each other

without segregation,” adding that “A campus bar is one of the best places for this to happen.” “Underage students can still have a bar night and take full advantage of all that Fed Hall has to offer without being centered out as an underager,” says Fedy. Some underagers have expressed annoyance with the process of identifying themselves with “fashionable orange bracelets and beautiful thick black Xs on their hand” and the implications which these hold. However, Fedy says in the new plan “we will be eliminating that.” This is possible since the building is divided into two levels. “We have the opportunity to have alcohol served and controlled on the second level and a night club for all ages on the main level.” The idea is that at the main level, “you won’t know who is of-age or underage.” Other systemic changes to programming include the addition of coffee house nights with live music and more comedy acts similar to Russell Peters, which The Crew organized in March. The idea of poker nights is also something that Fedy and the programming committee are considering for the coming year. Lastly, the programming committee also plans to have more concerts, both “large and small” at Fed Hall. To complement the changes in programming, Fedy adds, “Come the fall we will be working with a new local clothing company who will be bringing a new style to Fed Hall wardrobe called Loop clothing.” Despite all of these proposed changes, Fed Hall is still expected to lose $40,000 this coming year. Student councillor and budget committee member Renjie Butalid says these projections are very conservative, especially given recent trends. cmihalcea@imprint.uwaterloo.ca

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You just flunked your midterm. Respond with a movie quote. by Scott Houston and Kirill Levin

“I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.” Adam Basareb

“Asphinctersayswhat?” Colin Brown 1B computer science

3A pure math

“Talk low, talk slow, don’t say too much.” Meher Bokhari and Khan Taimur Mazhar

“Frankly, I don’t give a damn.” Scarlett Leung 3B accounting

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53. Extinct Italian language 54. Dead light wavelength 55. The first day of an invasion 59. There are two in unions 60. Drunken guy at the Bomber 61. Expected outcome 62. Out on the run 63. It’s big and it’s usually blue Solutions for July 1, 2005 A H E M

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Renison renews learning space Scott Houston IMPRINT STAFF

If you’ve walked by Renison College recently, you will have noticed that a construction site has appeared, seemingly overnight. In actuality, this project has been four years in the making. Renison is building its new academic wing during the next year and couldn’t be more excited about it. Thanks to support from the student councils, RASC and Renisix, the college is now able to build this long-needed upgrade. Yet, why was there so much fuss over losing the B2 green, but none over Renison’s — where people gathered to play volleyball and Frisbee just as much as the Green beside the SLC? Caroline Woern, director of development at Renison, thinks it is because of a lack of awareness from the rest of the university. The Renison student councils did have some objections at the beginning. However, through many talks throughout the last four years, a deal was struck and the students of Renison have bought a classroom which will act as a replacement lounge for themselves. There are many other features to the new building including a new, larger library, a multimedia lab for language courses, two group study rooms, a reading room, an archival facility, an East Asian resource centre, a seminar room and four new classrooms. With all of these new facilities, who will be paying for this? The students at Renison have been, with a small portion of their student fees. What does it take to get a new academic building? Besides getting the funds raised, the part of campus (either main campus, or the

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Universities/Colleges

Here’s a taste of some of the recent criminal activity at the University of Alberta (as reported in their student paper The Gateway): an intoxicated motorist flipping the bird at a foot patrol constable before unsuccessfully trying to make a getaway; a male throwing around road signs and barriers receiving a violation notice for stunting, then seen hours later knocking over a bus bench; a suspicious-looking male stopped on a bicycle, found to be carrying a crowbar, torch and pliers and later proven to have a previous record for trespassing on university property; and a combined $1,600 worth of debt appearing on two students’ credit cards hours after they were stolen from the Fine Arts Building. COURTNEY PARKER

Construction on Renison’s new academic wing is well underway outside the college’s Founders Building. university colleges) that wants a new building has to consult with the rest of the campuses. If there is no opposition from the governing bodies, the building can be created. Renison received no opposition from either students or other campuses four years ago, but had a lack of funding. Thanks to help from the students, they were able to raise the funds. The construction will be continuing until summer 2006, at which point Renison’s library

will transfer to the new building. The facility will be completely open in the fall of 2006. However, the construction will be student-sensitive and give students plenty of quiet to study during exam time. Renison invites the university community to watch the construction of the new academic wing with the webcam they will be setting up on their website (www.renison.uwaterloo.ca). shouston@imprint.uwaterloo.ca

John Tory speaks in Great Hall

A survey published last month finds that Canadians’ views of the United States are in poor shape. Fifty-nine per cent of Canadians report a favourable view of the U.S. compared to 72 per cent in 2002; more than half of Canadians believe Americans to be dishonest, and a startling 75 per cent have lost faith in their neighbours to the south based on the re-election of president Bush. Yanks seem to be aware of their less-than-flattering impression: 70 per cent of Americans see themselves as greedy, while 39 per cent admit to being immoral. Ninetyfour per cent of Canucks, on the other hand, believe that the world has a positive view of Canada. Yay us! International

Christine Loureiro

Maria Julia Mantilla — better known as Miss World — is fighting back against claims that a plastic surgeon in her native Peru did work on her ears and buttocks prior to her beauty queen ascendance. “He said he had built me, that he gave me buttock implants and fixed my ears and this is false: I’m not the creation of a surgeon,” she said. “He just did my bust and my nose. So I’m considering suing.” Thank goodness that’s been cleared up. In other news, Mantilla is currently training to climb a peak of the Himalayas to raise money for Tibetan children, making her the first fakemammaried, schnoz-modified non-surgical creation to do so.

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As Ontario Progressive Conservative leader John Tory greeted the students gathered in the SLC Great Hall on June 29, he casually pulled a Blackberry out of his pocket, likely reading one of the dozens of e-mails he receives from his constituents daily. This subtle action foreshadowed the speech in which Tory would invoke the oftproclaimed Waterloo label: “hotbed of technological innovation.” During his hour-long visit to UW, sponsored by the UW Campus Conservative Association, Tory limited his speech to 15 minutes, and used the rest of his time for a question-andanswer session with the students who filled the Great Hall. The lawyer and former Rogers Media Inc. CEO discussed what he believes is the advantage of business experience in the political sphere. Easily measurable goals and objectives are important in business, he told the audience. Concerned about the lack of planning and accountability in government, he said his business background is beneficial, and while government is not business, it “should be run in a more business-like way.” Tory also discussed tuition during the question-and-answer period. While he said he recognized the psychological or “sticker shock” effect of pricey tuition, he largely focused on ensuring financial aid and the quality of education in Ontario improve alongside the cost.

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any type of filter.” Students also questioned Tory about the PC waste management policy, energy use and the Ontario green belt, as well as the province’s relationship with teachers and doctors.

A 78-year-old great-grandmother was arrested in Atlanta last month after shooting her 85-year-old ex-boyfriend in their retirement complex. Lena Driskell was upset that her octogenarian ex Herman Winslow had found a new squeeze, so she surprised him as he was reading the paper by pressing a pistol to his head and, despite a security guard’s intervention, firing multiple shots. “I did it and I’d do it again!” Driskell yelled to the police, who found her in a bathrobe and slippers with her finger still on the trigger. She has been released on $25,000 (U.S.) bail and placed under house arrest in her granddaughter’s home, complete with ankle monitor.

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Ontario PC Party leader John Tory fields questions from a captive UW audience during his June visit to the campus. UWCCA president Brendan McLaughlin thinks Tory’s visit went well. “I like how he handled all the questions,” he said, “I think everyone came away with a better understanding of what the PC Party of Ontario stands for.” McLaughlin wanted students to hear the PC party’s views directly from its leader, “not through


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London attack seemed inevitable

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Terrorist bombing in London result of U.K. involvement in Iraq

The good news is that the number of students employed at the beginning of summer 2005 has increased; however, the proportion of the total number of students was 4 per cent lower this year. The 93 per cent final employment rate (as of last week) is a result of a combination of continuous-phase employment and students finding their own jobs outside of the co-op system. While both of these involve a student working for a shorter period of time as a result of late employment, the latter is more likely to provide them with a generic position, unrelated to their areas of study. The possibility of finding a job, however, is little consolation to some students, such as first-year engineer Simon Ruggier. His experiences in finding his first co-op placement proved to him that “checking Jobmine

every day takes too much time, and it's stressful not knowing if you'll get a job.� He also commented that“being rejected from every job you applied to is a little insulting.� With the recently approved co-op fee increase of $21, increasing the fee from $420 to $441, things should improve at CECS. First-year student Erik Levinson says “overall, I found the co-op experience to be a positive one, but certainly there is much room for improvement at CECS.� While, in comparison to last summer, the early May co-op employment rate has taken a slight drop, the numbers are by no means a bad omen. Due to cyclical changes in employment figures, “as has been the case for a number of years, it remains difficult to predict the employment picture.� Though the tickets have gone up in price, the Co-op Job Stunt Track is still a hot item with UW co-op students.

Like many Canadians, I reacted with a mixture of shock, sorrow and anger to the news of the horrifying terrorist attacks in downtown London, now dubbed “7/7.� The disaster, which took the lives of 52 people and counting, has even been referred to as England’s own September 11th. I see things entirely differently. The deluded band of egocentric, paranoid terrorists that I think have made up the present and past governments of the United States of America has been launching petty, cowardly attacks on legitimate sovereign nations for decades, and 9/11 was something they had coming to them. The World Trade Centre and the Pentagon I think were governmentconnected targets, and those attacks were not aimed at the general population. In London, on the other hand, it was the mass transit system that was blown up, harming no one but civilians. The bombings were evidently retaliation for the British involvement in the American-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. After the Madrid bombings, which were timed to coincide with a national election, Spanish voters threw out an arrogant liar of a president — who sent their troops to die in Iraq — and elected a socialist who soon withdrew the troops to safety. In doing so, Spain wisely diminished its chances of provoking another attack. We in Canada think of ourselves as relatively safe from terrorists, but were it not for the intelligent, thought-

ful decision of an awesome former Prime Minister, Jean ChrÊtien, to keep our troops out of the Iraq quagmire, it’s more than likely that we’d now be in line for some sort of terrorist attack. Thank heavens we had (and continue to have) the Liberal Party of Canada in office! Their foreign policy continues to save Canadian lives, both military and civilian. 9/11, the Madrid bombings, the London bombings — note that all of these were in retaliation for a country’s

It’s an accepted truth that alQaeda does not represent Islam any more than tyrants like Hitler and George W. Bush represent Christianity. involvement in the war of, er ‌ on terrorism or the senseless invasion of Iraq. All of these conflicts were initiated by supposedly democratic countries and the al-Qaeda response is simply retribution for unwarranted aggression from egotistical imperialist powers. Clear-thinking individuals often have to say to the conservative types, “We told you so!â€? Supporters of the terrorist invasions of Iraq might as well admit that were it not for that war and the so-called war on terrorism, England and Spain would never have been attacked. Avoiding the Iraq war would have been a win-win situation: over 100,000 Iraqi civilians would not have per-

ished, nor would have 1,500 U.S. troops or the thousands of innocent civilians in the aforementioned AlQaeda terrorist attacks. With George Dubya at his side, British Prime Minister Tony Blair continued to play straight into the terrorists hands by vowing to pursue the war on terrorism with even more vigilance. It’s almost as if the leaders want another attack! After all, without 9/11 — and his mock sincerity and empty rhetoric about protecting America — George Dubya would, in all likelihood, have gotten trounced in the 2004 election. The war on terror has been a colossal failure: Osama bin Laden continues to roam free while the U.S. army continues to shoot civilians in Iraq – a country whose current and former governments had nothing to do with 9/11 or al-Qaeda. Muslim friends of mine condemn the various attacks just as much as anyone and it’s an accepted truth that al-Qaeda does not represent Islam any more than tyrants like Hitler and George W. represent Christianity. Let’s hope that the 9/11 backlash against Muslims that occurred in the U.S.A. does not reoccur in the United Kingdom. One wonders what has become of this world when the so-called “good guys� – the world leaders – have become some of the worst terrorists in the planet’s history. R.I.P. to the victims of the London massacre and likewise to the victims of the U.S./U.K. massacres in Iraq and elsewhere. What goes around comes around, I suppose. mjohnson@imprint.uwaterloo.ca

Editor’s note: The opinions expressed above are those of Mark Johnson and not neccessarily the opinions of Imprint.

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Thousands of spectators flocked to the Uptown Waterloo Jazz festival this weekend to hear some of the most outstanding jazz musicians the world has to offer. The festival has grown tremendously in the last 13 years and is certainly an eagerly anticipated s ummer event in the tri-city area. The 2005 artist line up features fantastic homegrown talent such as Summer Brockwell and Robyn Pauhl, as well as internationally acclaimed jazz icon Dee Daniels. Daniels took the stage with her band at 9 p.m. Friday night and immediately captivated the audience with her warm stage presence and charm. Her unique arrangements of classic favourites like “Makin’ Whoopee” and “April in Paris” were particular standouts. In addition to the well-loved standards, Daniels performed one of her own tunes: “Midlife Crisis,” a song about turning 40 made the audience laugh and showed off Daniels’ powerful voice. In the final numbers of the evening, Daniels demonstrated her phenomenal range and amazing gift for skat, a vocal style that imitates instruments. Dee Daniels has numerous recordings and is a highly sought after performer not only on the Canadian jazz festival circuit but also throughout U.S. and Europe. The festivities on Saturday were

augmented by children’s activities such as balloon animals and face painting. Saturday’s concert series began with the cool tones of Robyn Pauhl, a graduate of Humber College who certainly proved herself as an up and coming great Canadian artist. Everything Irie Jazz ensemble and pianist Michael Kaeshammer finished off the day. Kaeshammer, who grew up both in Germany and Canada is an internationally recognized jazz pianist whose career has taken him all over the world — and he’s only in his mid-twenties. Kaeshammer performed with drums and string bass to an ecstatic crowd. His exceptional musical prowess, not to mention his style and charisma, make him one of Canada’s leading jazz entertainers. He left the audience clamouring for more at the end of the evening. Local performer Summer Brockwell proved she has the stuff to share the stage with Daniels and Kaeshammer with her dynamic performance which opened Sunday’s concert. The singer, who is best known for her role in the Waterloo Stage production of The Secret Garden has gone on to sing on cruise ships, casinos and touring stage productions. The Ron Schirm Quartet, Tim Louis, and Bernie Senensky and the Moe Kaufman tribute band brought the stellar festival to a close. MARK FOLKES

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Acclaimed Canadian jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer plays to an excited crowd on Saturday night.

Post-coital Revelling/Reckoning

There are a few great albums that showcase bonified songwriting talent and track order transition that creates a context that conveys meaning beyond the individual songs. I tend to binge on certain CDs like Ani DiFranco’s dual album set Revelling/Reckoning like a junkie rides the H-train. I don’t own a set of headphones, so class is my detox, pop radio is my rehab and the painful silence in between is my withdrawal. Welcome to my relapse. I got back into Revelling/Reckoning, specifically the second disc, Reckoning while I was screwing around on my acoustic guitar absentmindedly. I accidentally stumbled onto the opening chords of a song called “Grey.” As it turns out, “Grey” is an incredibly simple song, but Ani Difranco is one of the only artists that I don’t automatically try to mimic. Normally, I’ll learn any song that I really like, but she’s so good that listening alone is

satisfying enough. The instant I could play it, I wanted to sing along, so I started copying the lyrics into my trusty songbook. That meant digestion of said lyrics, which brings me to my current binge. I’ve figured out why I love this album. Listening to it is like getting laid. For a moment, let’s assume that the human soul is where emotion is from. Reckoning is intercourse for your soul and its good sex, too. I don’t feel like going through all the stages of courtship, comparing them to tracks on the album — I am only interested in the climax. The climax occurs at “Grey” which is a song that succinctly captures that feeling of nothingness that we shouldn’t feel, but sometimes do. “Grey” is definitely the initial orgasm. It isn’t an orgasm of pleasure though; it’s something else. Where sex equals friction to certain parts of the body resulting in pleasure, that song and the songs leading up to it create emotional friction with the soul eventually resulting in something I like to call an “emorgasm”. I’d better not delve into a definition too deeply for my own sake, so let’s just say a state of heightened emotion is reached.

The real proof of my sex analogy is in what follows the climax. So there’s an “emorgasm,” a catharsis if you will. There’s the heightened state, then a feeling of release. Once the song is over, I just don’t feel like paying attention to the album anymore. I just stop caring. Sure the music is still on and I’m just sort of sitting there doing nothing but thinking, “What the hell are you still doing here?” I’m sure that the songs after “Grey” are great, but despite the many times I’ve heard them all, I couldn’t tell you what any of them are called or about. I enter an emotional refractory period until the next “emorgasm.” Yup, there’s two, that’s why it’s good sex. So the album and I rest a bit, but soon its gentle caresses gradually become more intense and next thing I know, we’re at it again. This time the song is “School Night,” a song about the tragedy of choosing between two loves. After the second emorgasm, there’s the cigarette (song 14 called “That Was My Love”), some playful cuddling (the title track Revelling) and a final instrumental track to lull me into a peaceful slumber. And I’m spent. dhutz@imprint.uwaterloo.ca

Demon Days are here to stay Gorillaz Demon Days Parlophone

As the first virtual band, Gorillaz are a total failure: the people behind the band are well known and their music doesn’t correspond to the instruments their cartoon avatars play. Of course this has absolutely no effect on the actual music, which in this case just happens to be very, very good. Gorillaz is the brainchild of Damon Albarn (better known as the frontman of Blur) and Jamie Hewlett (the graphic artist), plus whatever hip-hop DJ is coolest at the time of the production of an album. This time it is Danger Mouse who joins the duo as well as countless guest stars mostly culled from the world of hip-hop — and Dennis Hopper. Sounding even less believable as a band of cartoon misfits than in the debut, the album combines choirs, string instruments and electronic beats into an emotional and entertaining album. The horror theme doesn’t headline this time around as it did the debut, but it still lingers somewhere in the background, providing scenarios to be explored in the songs and art-

work, as well as some interesting sounds — most notably the intro, which samples the Dawn of the Dead soundtrack. Albarn limits his own performances mostly to choruses and lets his guests take the centre stage in many of the tracks, which further brings into question the whole concept of a virtual band that has no unifying voice. The rap doesn’t kick in until halfway into the fifth track, “Dirty Harry” — this album’s reference to Clint Eastwood — and is prominent in a handful of songs, but it never feels out of place. Also, the rap tracks are more melodic and interesting than their mainstream contemporaries. The only real problem is the slowdown between the infectious first single, “Feel Good Inc.” (featuring De La Soul) and the immensely danceable “DARE,” which uncharacteristically doesn’t feature Albarn at all. Some tracks, like “White Light,” are not as polished, but still sound great because they are flanked by better songs — like the bittersweet “El Mañana.” Since the disc is technically hip-hop, it is not recommended for people who are not fond of the genre. Everybody else will love this album. Even my mom did! — Kirill Levin


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Live 8 rocks Barrie crowd

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The crowd gathers to watch Sam Roberts at Live 8 in Barrie. Amanda Kind IMPRINT STAFF

It was hard to refute Bob Geldof’s claim that Live 8 was “the greatest rock concert ever!” Some of the greatest musical acts of all time teamed up with popular newcomers and a bevy of stars to promote the Make Poverty History campaign. Live 8 definitely put the spotlight on poverty in Africa and made concertgoers and home viewers alike a little more aware of the immediacy of the situation. The cause aside, Live 8 also solidified the amazing stage presence and musical genius of some performers and lent validity to the catch phrase “they suck live” to other artists. Whether it was the lack of a sound check, the travel, or nerves, a few artists were nothing short of appalling in their live performances. Performances from around the globe were broadcast live on the large screens in Barrie’s Park Place, including those of Green Day, Destiny’s Child and The Who. Green Day, live from Berlin, rocked out with a cover of “We are the Champions”

and Destiny’s Child, live from Philadelphia, brought down the house with a rendition of their smash numberone hit, “Survivor.” The same could not be said for some others. Madonna was never a knockout singer, but she sang in tune and augmented her performance with shocking dance moves and risqué costumes. It’s obvious the material girl hasn’t done a lot of live performing in the last decade because her performance of “Like A Prayer” was painful. Black Eyed Peas were even worse. Their performance was so far from the quality of the CD, people were looking at each other somewhat mystified. Canada’s concert in Barrie was no exception as far as the range of great performances went. It was clear that there were sound issues and Jann Arden, who is known for her excellent live performances, definitely suffered. Tom Cochrane also seemed to have musical difficulties. However, Simple Plan and Bryan Adams gave awesome performances. Simple Plan was not only vocally and technically superb,

but the way they engaged the audience and expressed their views on the cause was solid and professional. Adams, who is currently touring, wowed the crowd with a bevy of hits culminating in an acoustic version of his hit single “All for One.” Highlights also included the African Guitar Summit, Quebec’s Les Trois Accords, Motley Crue and Sam Roberts. The positivity and excitement of the crowd was temporarily dampened midday when Great Big Sea cut their set short to make way for Celine Dion via satellite. The crowd booed mercilessly and some chanted for Great Big Sea to return to the stage. It was quite clear Dion should have appeared live or not at all. Her performance, which was a number from her sold out show in Las Vegas, looked like a circus act and was certainly not representative of the impassioned solo performer who won the hearts of Canadians a decade ago. Hosts Dan Aykroyd and Tom Green were anything but funny. Their pitiful banter between sets garnered little audience attention and was almost embarrassing in contrast with the professionalism and depth of Will Smith when his short segment was broadcast from Philadelphia. Aykroyd redeemed himself momentarily when he brought out his harmonica and played along with The Tragically Hip. With the G8 summit now over, the question still exists — was Live 8 a success? The world leaders obviously did take notice of the concert. Their resolve to boost aid to Africa by $50 billion was a disappointment to campaigners for Make Poverty History, but the recognition the cause has garnered as a result of Live 8 can certainly give it the stamp of success. akind@imprint.uwaterloo.ca

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My girlfriend has bad taste in music

I climbed into the passenger seat of her car. Adjusting the seat, I finally got comfortable. Settling in, I noticed that she had a CD player (always a novelty when your own car is a 1988 Corsica). “Oooh,” I thought to myself, “I wonder what CDs she has.” After locating the CD pouch in the backseat, I quickly flipped through each one, growing more and more despondent as I neared the end. Staind. Linkin Park. Christina Aguilera. I sighed, took a deep breath and muttered to myself – “Shit. My girlfriend has bad taste in music.” Yes, no matter what relationship you’re in, music plays a factor whether you agree on each other’s tastes or not. Everyone has some taste in music, there’s no doubting that. How many times have you just met someone and the question, “So what do you listen to?” comes up. It’s a sensitive question. The answer can be so strong that bonds are made that last a lifetime. Or the answer can start a stream of insults which almost always ends in, “I can’t believe someone listens to that!” In the past, I’ll admit that I’m guilty of using music to instantly gauge how I interact with a person. I’ve made a lifelong friendship with a guy I met in Toronto who’s a bigger Queens of the Stone Age fan than I ever will be. I’ve also broken up with a girl because she’s hated The Beatles. And in highschool, I didn’t speak to a friend for a year during his Dave Matthews Band phase. After a bit of personal growth and maturity, I’ve decided not to do that anymore. One thing I’ve

really taken to heart is that everyone has their own musical tastes and to ridicule someone because of it is petty and shallow. Who knows – maybe you’ll learn that you actually do enjoy listening to Wang Chung (although I highly doubt it). And then there are the mixtapes. I’m sure a lot of people out there have made a mixtape or mix CD for the person they’re dating – I know I’m guilty of that behaviour. I call it the “High Fidelity Syndrome.” Remember that movie? Well, to summarize, the lead character always makes mixtapes for his girlfriends based on his feelings or random, inane thoughts in his head. We’ve all done the same thing at one point or another. And if you haven’t, I’m sure now is a good time to start. But let’s get back to my girlfriend. We’ve already established that she is to music what I am to cars – we just know enough to get by. However, I’m cool with that. See, I’m such a music nerd, I’ve had no choice but to influence what we listen to. In the time that we’ve been together, I’ve helped to expand her musical knowledge somewhat, dragging her to see bands she’s never heard of. The point I’d like to emphasize is that although music and relationships go so well together, like peanut butter and jelly, it isn’t and never should be the one thing that should bind relationships together. Whatever relationship you’re in, music should be only one of the many common interests that you share with each other. As for my girlfriend, regardless of whatever she listens to, I’ll still feel the same way for her. And who knows, maybe one day, she’ll have great taste in music. Maybe. dgeorgec@imprint.uwaterloo.ca

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Moe directed by Canadian favourite Dennis Simpson. The musical review is based on the music of Louis Jordon. Best-loved songs include “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie” “Cal’donia”, “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” and many more. The songs themselves sell the show, but the energetic dancing and awesome voices of the cast make it an experience not to be missed. Lee Seigel’s rendition of “Cal’donia” was a particular standout as was the conga line. Check out Five Guys Named Moe this weekend — it will close July 16. Theatre Cambridge presents Shady Business from July 19 to August 6 and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks from Auwww.princesscinemas.com

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gust 9 to 27. This is a great opportunity to see live theatre and student tickets are only $12! Da Capo Productions set up shop in the recently vacant Waterloo Stage theatre on King Street with a production of the acclaimed musical Honk! based on the story of the ugly duckling. Student tickets are $15. It’s great to see the theatre put to use during the summer, because even when the Waterloo Stage Company was up and running their season

ended in May. Da Capo Productions will not be a permanent resident there; Honk! runs from July 14 though July 30. The company has cast Honk! using students from the highly revered Sheridan College theatre program. If the production is anything like the performances at the college, Honk! promises to be a sensational show not to be missed. akind@imprint.uwaterloo.ca

Local Summer Theatre Listings Honk! presented by Da Capo Productions. Runs from July 14 to July 30 at the Waterloo Stage Theatre. For more information visit www.da-capo.ca Five Guys Named Moe presented by Theatre Cambridge. Runs from June 28 to July 16 at the Cambridge Theatre Centre. Shady Business presented by Theatre Cambridge. Runs from July 19 to August 6 at the Cambridge Theatre Centre. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks presented by Theatre Cambridge. Runs from August 9 to 27 at the Cambridge Theatre Centre.

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Luxury, rain and ding-dings in Hong Kong Bianca Tong IMPRINT STAFF

An assault on the senses is the only way to describe the experience of Hong Kong: the mixed smell of dried mushrooms and exhaust, a sweaty blanket of humidity on the skin, a sea of people and countless neon lights and signs greet the newcomer upon arrival on the island of Hong Kong. People walk with an extra spring in their step and stride with a sense of purpose, whether they are off to complete the latest business deal or pick up the latest Louis Vuitton bag. Recently returned to China in 1997, after 155 years of British rule, the socalled Special Administrative Region (SAR) includes in addition to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the southeastern peninsula of China, as well as the New Territories and various outlying islands in its reach. Housing a population of just under seven million in an area smaller than Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge, there is no shortage of things to do, places to eat and things to buy in Hong Kong. A concrete jungle to the max, the sky is a welcome sight amidst the 50-storey-plus towering office and apartment buildings, and green space is a rarity confined to public parks. Chanel, Hermes and MercedesBenz share valuable street-estate with thousands of boutiques selling electronics, DVDs/VCDs, beauty products and Chinese herbal medicines.

One Canadian dollar is worth just over six Hong Kong dollars, and can buy quite a lot for bargain-hunters. At street markets, bargaining is a must since vendors automatically inflate their prices by 100 per cent and upwards of 300 per cent for unwary tourists. Name-brands are priced as you would find in Canada, but the selection is the main selling point. Malls are five-storey affairs here, often including movie theatres, ice skating rinks, grocery stores and top notch restaurants. For the food aficionado the bevy of noodles, cafes, buffets, bakeries, seafood, dim-sum and regional Chinese restaurants number so great that one could try a different one every night for six months. The sub-tropical climate of Hong Kong means it is intensely humid all the time in Hong Kong, but the frequent rainstorms are no problem to the locals. The storms have different levels of intensity: amber, red and black. A black rating means “You ain’t going to work today, there’s going to be so much rain you won’t be able to see your hand in front of your face!” Typhoons are no stranger either, wreaking havoc once or twice a year. Due to the size and denseness of Hong Kong, there really is no reason for many HKers to own cars. Serviced by an amazingly efficient public transportation system, people have access to streetcars (affectionately called “ding-dings”), subways, trains, buses, and ferries. The beauty of the

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Students gather on the platform in front of the jump-preventing doors at the Causeway Bay subway station. Hong Kong transportation system is the innovative Octopus card, a smart card with a microchip which riders can add money-value to and pay transportation fees with, eliminating the

need to carry spare change around. Introduced in 1997, the use of the card has also grown to include payment at various convenience stores and restaurants, such as McDonald’s,

car parks, payphones, cinemas and schools. Octopus cards have become so popular that the company has incorporated them into watches and cell phone covers to make swiping the card easier. The nightlife in Hong Kong pulsates with an energy that matches no other. The streets of Causeway Bay, expatriate-dominated Lan Kwai Fong and swanky Soho are as busy at night as they are in the daytime. Crowded with people still shopping, eating late-night food or “siu-yeh,”nibbling delicacies at dessert houses, singing at one of hundreds of karaoke bars or dancing the night away in posh clubs and lounges, the possibilities are almost endless for the night-owl. Moreover, HKers tend to sip at their 60HKD wines rather than the less popular domestic beers, which go for around 36 HKD in most clubs. Despite the crowded streets and lively nights, Hong Kong is not all hustle and bustle. Outside of the main thoroughfares there do exist quieter, less hectic communities where people can meditate at various temples, relax on white sand beaches, golf and learn to windsurf. It is here that the wealthy locate their multi-million dollar houses; the majority of people live in high-rises due to sky-high realestate prices. A myriad of sensations, Hong Kong is simultaneously alive and modern, classic and primitive, worldly and singular. btong@imprint.uwaterloo.ca

Ticket, arrest or a bad rap — just for driving your car

When modifying your car, it’s pretty obvious that you need to make sure what you’re doing is legal. If you choose to modify your car in a way that the Highway Traffic Act deems illegal, then I have no sympathy for you and your thousand-dollar tickets. Additionally, there is no question in my mind that street racing is a problem and something needs to be done about it. But what I am interested in is the link between street racing and car modifications and the police blitzes that occur each summer as people cruise in their modified cars. Various Ontario police departments participate in a program called eRASE (Eliminate Racing Activities on Streets Everywhere). While noble in theory, this program has proven to be more of a hassle to myself and my fellow law-abiding

car enthusiasts. Toronto Police also issued a press release last year in which they claim, “Street racing is becoming an increasing problem with the relative ease of modifying certain models of cars [read: my Civic] … There have been six racing-related deaths in the GTA recently, including one in Toronto.” Factually speaking, of the six racing-related deaths the Toronto Police are speaking of, only one modified car was involved. In my experience, people with modified cars don’t street race! Why? Simply put, these car enthusiasts have too much money invested in their cars to risk damage from an accident that may occur from street racing. Profiling of modified cars is a huge hassle to the many people who have legally altered the appearance and/or performance of their vehicle. Of course, the few tuners who do street race have made a bad situation worse. Notably, tuners have become known as criminals and trouble to society in a large part due to movies as well — movies like The Fast and the Furious, in which tuners are portrayed as thieves and hijackers in addition to wreckless street racers.

Police profiling has resulted in many of my friends and myself being pulled over simply because we have any sort of modification done to our cars. I’ve been pulled over by police more than a few times — a couple times for driving ten kilometers per hour over the speed limit, a couple times for no apparent reason. Each time I pull to the side of the road, put my window down, and wait. If pulled over for no reason, the car is searched. This can include anything from a simple check under the hood to tearing door panels apart. Is this type of bare-bones search legal? No, not without a search warrant. But what do you tell a cop who wants to tear apart your car? “You can’t do that!” Well, guess what, you just bought yourself a $150 noise violation ticket, or a spot in the database of “people known to be associated with street racing” that the police keep — even if you were within the speed limit. The tuner culture also includes meets, where people gather to chat and have a look at each other’s cars. The most infamous in Ontario takes place at Woodbridge, where I’ve seen over 350 cars gathered on a Saturday

night. A friend recently told me of an incident at Woodbridge in which a crowd of about 30 people were surrounded by five police cars and two police helicopters, then threatened with arrests for loitering the entire 90 seconds they were there. Talking to people like my father, who have been involved in the tuner culture since the ‘60s, it becomes evident that profiling is nothing new. The only thing that has changed is the cars that are being targeted — instead of my father being pulled over for driving his ’69 Camaro SS through town, I’m pulled over for driving my Civic. In fact, if you look at the situation closely enough, you’ll notice that my father’s car isn’t even plated. Nor does it have street legal tires. At the most extreme point, my car modifications included 17” wheels and tires, a 4” lowering kit, altezza taillights, 2-10” subwoofers, front component speakers, and pink wire loom. Not a big deal. I was happy with the way my car looked and everything was completely legal. There will always be an aspect of the tuner culture that is illegal, and I will never condone street racing because it takes lives.

At the same time, I can’t sit back and condone the misconception that anyone who modifies their car is a street racer, or the excessive blitzing by police that results in my friends and I being pulled over three times a week. Can anything be done about this? Possibly. Is anything being done about this? Slowly. Groups have organized themselves to not only improve the reputation of tuners with police and authorities, but amongst the general public as well. Through promotion of legal racing on race tracks, education and awareness of the dangers of street racing and illegal modifications, a dent can be made in the street racing culture. Unfortunately, education of the police as to the nature of the law-abiding citizens who are simply car enthusiasts who choose to modify their cars doesn’t prove effective. I hope that some day car enthusiasts can overcome the belief of the police and public that we are all up to no good. If racial minorities can overcome profiling, I’m sure we can too. kamcgreg@imprint.uwaterloo.ca


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Student life down under: an Australian exchange Krystina Benson SPECIAL TO IMPRINT

For those who are in need of a distinct life changing experience, you should definitely look into doing an academic exchange. I had always fancied Australia. As a teenager I was drawn to the country which seemed to be the farthest place away from my hometown, Guelph. Australia is tropical, has a massive coastline, a surfer crowd, a laidback culture and people with sexy accents. It was unexplored territory; it was down under. I lived in Queensland state, in Brisbane (pronounced Briz-bin), the third largest city in Australia with a population of over 1.5 million. On top of experiencing lectures in a new academic setting and meeting new classmates while attending the University of Queensland, I also lost my culturally -bound virginity. I had never really traveled outside of Canada other than just across the border to the USA. In Australia, the simplest of activities became an adventure. At the pub, I drank Toohey’s New instead of Keith’s and I ate a shark burger instead of a Wendy’s cheeseburger. I grocery shopped and bought fresh exotic seafood, ordered prawns and scoured the stores for orange cheddar cheese. I stumbled over strangers on the sidewalk, as Australians walk on the sidewalks like they drive their cars — backwards compared to North America. I was almost run

over when crossing the street, because I was looking the wrong way for traffic. When driving, I would pull onto the street in the wrong direction and turn on the windshield wipers instead of the turn signal. However, I got accustomed to a lot of the differences and eventually even remembered to order my coffee with milk by saying, “I would like a ‘half white’ please.” Once the basics were tackled, I moved on to other adventures by traveling outside of Brisbane. The University of Queensland gives its students one week without classes to prepare for final exams. I thought to myself, “I never had a week off to study before, why study for a week now?” So instead of studying, I went on a five-day trip up the coast to Cairns to check out the Great Barrier Reef. I made many discoveries at the Reef, such as the pain of a subtropical sunburn while out on a catamaran, followed by sunstroke and a brief emergency room visit. While snorkeling and chasing tropical fish, I made the discovery of the possible inspiration for fluorescent crayons, which I had always wondered about as a five year old. I also discovered the shocking feeling of a sea cucumber that was thrust into my hands by an instructor, and the horrors, oh the horrors, of seasickness. There were many highlights of my time in Australia, but some notables include surfing in Surfer’s Paradise, sleeping in hostels, meet-

Surf’s up! A team of surfers get ready to ride the waves in Surfer’s Paradise, Australia. ing people from all over the world during a trek down the East coast, visiting the Queensland Art Gallery to see authentic Aboriginal dot art and terrifying and exhilarating myself by bungee jumping 43 metres off of Kawarau Bridge, just outside of Queenstown on the south Island of New Zealand. I returned to Canada with memories and a photo album full of in-

credible experiences, a vocabulary of Aussie slang like “Good on ya, mate,” “fair dinkum,” calling flip flops “thongs” (I get the weirdest looks here when I say that) and calling bathing suits “togs.” I also have classes that count towards my degree and, more importantly, the satisfaction that I wasn’t one of those people that just talked about doing what I always wanted.

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Now, I find myself brainstorming new ways to feel challenged and I’m always on the lookout for new ways to experience life. For those of you reading this who are reminded of their own travels, good on ya! For those of you thinking about it, check out the exchange possibilities in your faculty — tuition is the same, but the experiences are mind blowing.

Cruising away from the stresses of university life

The Costa Classica sets sail from Catalina Island with a ship full of eager vacationers. Carla White SPECIAL TO IMPRINT

As the summer weather is upon us, and vacation time is racked up, travel plans flourish. With a brother in Australia, co-workers at the cottage, and a friend in Europe, it’s hard to slave away in a hot warehouse during the summer months. But I can’t really complain; I had my turn to travel in February with a Caribbean cruise. A cruise is more expensive than a resort getaway, and it is not all-inclusive. For about $2,000 (varies depending on

the cruise line) you get an eight-day, seven-night vacation, which includes a room, entertainment on the ship and all of your meals. Since the cruise we went on was European (Costa Cruise Lines), everything was priced in Euros, which also made it more expensive. The food alone was worth the money. The theme was Italian, so there were about eight courses at each meal, and with more than three meals a day, it’s not hard to put on the vacation pounds. I was starting to feel like a Hobbit by the end of the trip with first and second breakfast, elevensies, lunch,

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snacks, pre-dinner, dinner, post-dinner and midnight buffet. Breakfast served up omelets right before our eyes, pre-dinner was cocktails and the best tasting pizza, and dinner forced me to try new things, like poached apple, grilled lobster and cherry soup (cold, not hot). The good (and bad) thing about a cruise is they give you a credit card that you use for the week and don’t pay off until the last day. It’s very convenient and quite easy (especially when everything is priced in Euros) to rack up a hefty bill, and you have no idea how

much you have spent until the last day. The card is used to pay for drinks, any purchases at the many shops on board (including clothing stores, a drug store and a beauty salon), the casino, the Internet Café and to pay for excursions on land (unless you plan them yourself). If you plan excursions yourself, or buy anything that is not affiliated with the ship, the currency is American. English was the minority language; Italian was majority, then Spanish, French and German. Amazingly, every staff member could speak all five languages, and though it was a huge barrier, they always did a fantastic job of making sure everyone could understand what was being said. We saw a lot of different cultures without even leaving the ship. The evening entertainment usually included music, and the crew made sure they sang a song in each language. The ship is usually in port for the day (about eight hours, give or take) and it moves at night. The first couple of days were hard, just getting used to walking on moving ground. But by the end it was weird walking on land, like when you have been jumping on a trampoline for a while, then you jump on the ground. There is always something to do on a cruise and there is not enough time to do it all. No matter the time of day, the entertainment crew was always busy pleasing the crowd. From crafts for kids, to ice sculpture demonstrations, skits, musical performances, dance les-

sons and all night dance parties, you are guaranteed to never be bored. Or, if relaxing is your thing, the top deck was full of lounge chairs for tanning, two swimming pools, and two hot tubs; and, it was never a problem finding your favourite waiter to serve the cocktail of the day. Traveling during the winter is highly recommended. It breaks up the long season and helps relieve the winter blues. However, it is expensive, especially a cruise, and if that’s not in the poor student’s budget, there are many places, even in Canada, that are enjoyable — especially now while our weather is nice. Travel now while you have the time, because no matter how close, far, cheap or expensive traveling is, it is a vacation away from the stresses of life and enjoyable nonetheless.


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Oriental pasta

Pollo Fiesta Mexicana

A quick and healthy dish for pasta lovers

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Oriental pasta combines fresh summer vegetables in a light pasta dinner that is quite refreshing on a hot summer night. This recipe requires only a few ingredients that are easy to find at your local grocery store and very inexpensive. The steps are simple to follow making oriental pasta an excellent dinner choice after a long day. Treat yourself and your body to a healthy and tasty dinner. Ingredients: 1 pkg. angel hair pasta (a.k.a cappellini) 2 tbsp. olive oil 1/4 cup of butter or margarine 1 tbsp. soy sauce 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 red pepper, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 carrot, peeled and chopped 1 broccoli head, chopped 1pkg. mushrooms, whole white button Black pepper and salt (to taste)

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Oriental pasta makes a delicious, healthy dinner in only a half hour. Instructions: Cook noodles in boiling water in a medium saucepan on high for 7 minutes, or until slightly tender. In a large skillet add oil, garlic, red pepper, celery, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms and cook on medium heat until vegetables are tender (10 minutes). In a strainer drain noodles and rinse with cold water. Put noodles back into saucepan, add butter and stir noodles on low heat until butter melts. Add noodles and butter to the vegetable skillet, add soy sauce and brown noodles on medium heat for five minutes. Serve immediately. Serves six.

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Looking to add a little heat to your already blistering summer? Here’s a recipe with just enough kick to make you wish you hadn’t used that inflatable wading pool as the campus’ biggest margarita. The recipe is for Pollo Fiesta Mexicana, or Mexican Party Chicken. If you’re trying to watch your carbs, or you’re just sick of rice, try using this recipe on salad or even on top of a big cheesy plate of nachos. I always serve this recipe over Mexican rice. You can buy pre-made Mexican rice mix, which can include just seasoning or rice with seasoning already, but I usually make mine from scratch. Basically, Mexican rice is flavoured by three things: turmeric, peppers (especially chili peppers) and ground cayenne peppers. Now, I don’t usually give specific recipes. Usually if I watch a person cook, or if I’m reading someone else’ recipe, I use whatever proportions seem right to me. I despise rigid cooking where specific amounts are imposed. The exception to this, of course, is when baking, since often the proportions need to be precise. I make each dish to fit my tastes, or the tastes of the people I’m cooking for. After all, when you know what other people like, why not personalize your recipes. You’ll truly impress the people around you when you learn to cook instead of learning to make just a few dishes. Besides, who likes measuring anyway?

First, I score the chicken. This involves taking a large chicken breast and slicing it almost all the way through on one side. Space about one finger width away from the first and repeat. Once the first side is done, turn the breast over and repeat, but this time slice in between the slices on the opposite side. When finished you should have cuts that roughly resemble an accordion. Please don’t use your chicken breast for musical purposes. Now add your seasonings. I use cayenne peppers, chili powder, diced onions, fresh garlic (finely minced), a dash of vinegar, a dash of orange juice, a shot of tequila or bourbon, black pepper, just a little turmeric and a dash of cumin seed. The last two, when used properly, really give that authentic Mexican flavour. Throw the above ingredients into a large Ziploc bag with the scored chicken and let sit for anywhere from five minutes to a few hours. Remember that vinegar and orange juice are acidic and so they will tenderize the meat. The bourbon and tequila will also tenderize the meat, but if left too long, the meat will caramelize — that’s bad. After the meat is tender and flavoured, throw the meat on the barbecue. This is why you scored the chicken instead of slicing it into strips. By leaving the breast intact, it is still possible to flip it on the grill. It is extremely difficult to cook chicken that’s been cut into strips, unless you’re using special equipment. Once the chicken is fully cooked, serve the breasts, still warm, over your Mexican rice, on a plate of nachos or even on a salad with grape tomatoes and green peppers. I swear, it will be the breast meal you’ve ever had. janstett@imprint.uwaterloo.ca


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The key to writing a bi-weekly column throughout the summer is to write a column a week in advance of its appearing on the news stand that will still be relevant three weeks later when the issue is finally pulped. The days leading up to the actual writing of the column are intermittently interrupted when I consider: would that make a good column? Generally, the distillation takes a week

before I manage to come up with something that I can live with. Added to the business of choosing a topic, I must also consider where I will fit the actual writing into my schedule. As a friend said to me today, “Where do you find the time to do it all?” Honestly I don’t know. My only defence is that there are 168 useable hours in the week. Given that these are also the summer months, the distractions are numerous. On a personal note, while at a regatta on July 10, I managed to take the tip off of my middle finger. While the blood was quickly staunched, only typing with nine fingers is a bit of a challenge.

My week started off trying to sort out my priorities, getting the schoolwork to balance with the living. As the weeks grind inexorably toward the end of term, the schoolwork that remained at the bottom of the syllabus becomes due. As a distraction — and to ground myself on what really matters in life — I began to read Douglas Coupland’s recent book Terry, a catalog of artifacts from Terry Fox’s 1980 Marathon of Hope. The coffee-table book is filled with rich, annotated photographs of everyday items that accompanied Terry on his run. I had picked the book up on a whim, but I was quickly drawn in. See PRIORITIES, page 12

What’s your favourite problem?

“You know what I hate…” I groaned inwardly. Not again. Just let me sleep. Just for a little bit. You’d think that a five-hour bus trip would allow for some moments of quiet solitude, especially between two strangers. But the girl next to me obviously didn’t agree. “Burmese women don’t get proper sex education.” “Really? What’s so bad about that?”

Everyone’s got a bone to pick with the world. You know what I mean — everyone has some kind of gripe over a problem that they wish would just disappear. The student think-tank on campus, the Forum for Independent Thought, is in the process of launching its new centre-based model in the coming few weeks. The forum is inviting the entire campus population, from puny frosh to lab-ridden grads to bumbling dinosaurs — err profs — to contribute their experiences and ideas to help decide which issues research centres should be created to tackle, and which resources are best employed to find effective solutions. See ISSUES, page 13

Andrew Shannon and Stephen Dunscombe

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I tried my best to feign interest. What a combination. A nutcase and a chatterbox! I should have sat next to the Hell’s Angels guy two rows up. “It’s horrible … you know some of them don’t even know which part is which? That’s terrible for hygiene … and studies show that 34 per cent of the…” Ten minutes of pain later, she was still carrying on. “And so what do the NGOs do about it? Nothing, that’s what! In fact…” I’d had enough. I held up my hands. “Wait. So what are you doing about it?” Silence. Then, “Well of course when I graduate, I will. It’s such a catastrophe you know, and…” “If it’s so bad, why aren’t you doing anything now?”

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Islam and the London bombings

Nevermind that when I first checked my email last Thursday, by noon I’d received three separate messages from the most prominent Muslim advocacy groups in the U.S. and Canada unreservedly condemning that morning’s horrific attacks in London. Nevermind that the Muslim Council of Britain had over a year ago penned a letter reminding British Muslims of their duty to maintain their nation’s peace and security by cooperating fully with authorities’ efforts to thwart terrorist activity. Or that their counterpart in the U.S., the Council on American-Islamic Relations, long ago initiated an ongoing campaign to dissociate themselves from the proclamations and actions of terrorists via their “Not in the Name of Islam” petition. Nevermind any of that, because none of it will seemingly put an end to the refrain that Muslim leaders don’t speak out against terrorism. Take, as an example, Thomas L. Friedman’s comment in the following day’s New York Times that “The Muslim village has been derelict in condemning the madness of jihadist attacks.” A Muslim like myself wonders at

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University degrees only good as toilet paper University establishments — if I should call them that — are terrible, despicable, entity-consuming corporations narrow-mindedly seeking profit. It is a shame; it is a pity; it is a furious pain to have attended and observed and graduated from death itself. I will admit, a beautiful thing happened after I graduated with a useless corporate piece of paper not worth much more than a piece of toilet paper for wiping my own ass: I was left with a $37,000 debt to pad the much cherished memories of the dollar making dungeon. The government, the university and the corporations involved must work very hard to put people with little money into a significant and glorious debt and suck them dry for 10 years ensuing. The university has given me one thing I will forever hold dear though: disillusionment. This sentiment is captured well in a Metallica song. The lyrics of the song go: “Where do I take this pain of mine, I run but it stays right by my side?” However it goes, good luck to the big bastard corporations in the future. May all future suckers pay into the mindless ivory porcelain God. Fuck! Alumni 2005 Bachelor of Nothing Degree. — Ian Spitzig UW alumnus

first which Muslim village Friedman has been watching. But in hearing this sentiment over and over again, one is forced to ask why there is such a discontinuity between what Muslims are saying and what non-Muslims are hearing. In part, we might blame the inaccuracy or incompleteness of media reports. As evidence of Muslim negligence, Friedman goes on to write that, “To this day — to this day — no major Muslim cleric or religious body has ever issued a fatwa condemning Osama bin Laden.” If I didn’t know better, I’d be terrified of what the conspicuous Muslim silence reveals about the community’s true beliefs on al-Qa’eda-style terrorism. But the truth is that orthodox Muslim scholars have condemned both 9/11 and other incidents of terrorism en masse. For its part, the Council on American-Islamic Relations expressly implicated bin Laden upon the appearance of a videotape showing him celebrating the attacks; “For anyone who was not convinced of Osama bin Laden’s complicity in the events of September 11, the content of this videotape should remove all doubt… We restate our condemnation of those who committed this crime and look forward to seeing the perpetrators brought to justice.” Unfortunately, there seems no option at the present time but to continue to condemn — loud and clear.

However, it must be pointed out that the sheer volume that that condemnation necessitates has the adverse affect of drowning out all the positive work Western Muslim groups do for their own communities. As recent events indicate, today’s terrorists do not discriminate between Muslims and non-Muslims. If our societies are to be successful in combating terrorism, they will have to enlist the help of the Muslim majority. Alienating them by misrepresenting the Quadriir efforts is counterproductive. — Junaid Quadri, MSA

— Nigel Gopie psychology graduate studies

Priorities: greater than midterms Continued from page 11

Particularly poignant were the lifesize images of a golfball and a lemon, representative of the two tumors that forced Terry Fox to end his run west of Thunder Bay. Coupland’s annotations give one pause to consider certain questions. I was all set to write a lengthy rumination on selflessness and finding one’s purpose in life on Wednesday night. Like any student, I needed to be re-oriented after plumbing the depths of academia. However, ironically, the writing of the column was put off to make way for midterm studying and, more importantly, some sailing.

Thursday morning, my priorities again changed. Waking up that morning, and later heading into my midterm, all that was on my mind were the London explosions. Suddenly a midterm didn’t seem quite as important. The Britons, in contrast, appeared stoic, taking the mentality of que sera sera. It served them well once 60 years ago; it served them well again that day. There was no panic in the streets and their well-oiled emergencyresponse machine quickly fell into place. There is nothing left then, but to return to schooling, but not to lose sight of what’s beyond the pale. nmoogksoulis@imprint.uwaterloo.ca

Claire Mousseau

MOVING PICTURES

Biased media makes us blind to real suffering

Forget the bus – buy a car! Public transportation increases the mobility of area residents, reduces traffic congestion, creates employment, reduces our dependence on oil, and helps preserve our environment. Grand River Transit’s (GRT) Regional Chair, Ken Seiling, touts the GRT as “a great defense against climate change,” according to the GRT website. He goes on to further state that we “can help reduce our number of smog advisory days by taking the GRT.” Isn’t it ironic, then, that GRT buses advertise local car dealerships? Certainly this is a source of income for our public transport system; but do we risk sending mixed messages to our public in exchange for a little cash? The advertisement I witnessed was located on the back of the bus. It can be argued that the majority of the people seeing this advertisement will be behind the wheel of their car so it would be all right if they purchased another. However, there are still many pedestrians, bus riders, and cyclists who are exposed to this large poster. More importantly, we should be encouraging those behind the wheel to walk, bike, or ride the bus. Taking the bus is a personal choice, but the GRT should encourage ridership instead of offering alternative (environmentally unfriendly) means of transportation.

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My, my, what a half-week we’ve had. The release of Karla Homolka, the impending NHL labour agreement, and the ousting of former Native leader and convicted racist David Ahenakew from the Order of Canada, all fought for headlines in newspapers and television reports alike. But wait … wasn’t there something else? Something bigger? Something involving the reunion of a Red, no, Pink Floyd?… and a preacher named Bono? Hmm… oh yes! Live8! I knew I was forgetting something. Only a fortnight ago, the world was waiting in anticipation for a series of rock n’ roll concerts helping to fight against the long-standing plight and poverty of Africa and its people. Even for a couple of days after we all snapped our fingers in unison between watching 18 hours of music coverage, Africa was still the top issue on everyone’s minds, and weighed heavily on the social conscience of the western world heading into the G8. But then, faster than you can say attention deficit disorder, the world suddenly stopped caring. Actually, that’s not entirely true — the world merely reverted back to its ways of

apathy directed at the continent home to the birthplace of humanity and only stopped caring about Africa. To paraphrase one of my favourite Calvin and Hobbes comics, it proves yet again that any 15-second television commercial truly surpasses our average collective attention spans by a good 14 seconds. This of course was the result of the London terrorist attack, perhaps the sexiest headline for sales and rating-driven editors in the wake of 9/11. In a two-handed slap to the face of every debt-stricken African nation, not only did awareness of their plight disappear from the mass media, but they also lost out on much needed aid from the rich G8 nations as Tony Blair, the strongest proponent of African debt relief, was pulled back to England. As a result, the agreement signed was seen as only a small step towards solving the systemic problem instead of the giant leap Bob Geldof and company were hoping for. In a media-controlled society such as ours, the hypocrisy of turning a blind eye to the 50,000 innocent people who died in Africa from extreme poverty the same day about 50 innocent people were murdered in London is painfully obvious to an objective observer. This not to say that the story of the bombings should not have been covered, but mathematically, should have occupied only a single page of newspaper coverage for every thousand on Africa. It was painfully

obvious that this ratio was not followed. In fact, as I flip through the news section of Tuesday’s Globe and Mail, there is not a single article, column or picture related to Africa. Yet coverage on the London bombings includes the main headline, picture, and article, as well as a supplementary picture and a pointer towards an inside section dedicated to the topic — and that’s only the front page! Of course, in the fast-paced world we live in, a story cannot be followed forever. But despite the urgency of Africa’s situation it is resoundingly clear that poverty, even extreme poverty, just doesn’t sell papers. Tragically, at the end of the day, this fact may just cost lives. kruch@imprint.uwaterloo.ca


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Letters Bisexuality is apparently only for the weak

There is a myth within the gay community that has been around for quite some time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big and has many different parts, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fairly simple: bisexuality is really nothing more than the mass delusion of a bunch of guys who are too afraid to own up to being fully gay. Instead, they claim to be a member of some mystical and imaginary middle ground for no other reason than â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier.â&#x20AC;? Then, after sufficient time has passed for these delusional few to have grown a slightly bigger set of balls, they make the final transition to their â&#x20AC;&#x153;trueâ&#x20AC;? gay identity. The New York Times, the Toronto Star and several other well-known newspapers published a study done by a group of researchers in Toronto and Chicago. You can gather the gist of the study by reading the headlines: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gay, Straight or Lying?,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bisexuality Study Asserts No Such Condition,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bisexual? Bull****.â&#x20AC;? Yes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; apparently I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist. Oops! My bad! I do so apologize! Allow me to simply implode out of existence and allow you to return to your perfect little black or white world. Poof! Random sound effect! Gone!

First of all, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;studyâ&#x20AC;? in itself has quite a few problems. Primarily, the problem lies with its sample. The researchers in question only sampled 101 men who responded to a newspaper ad â&#x20AC;&#x201D; roughly divided into three equal categories: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gayâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Straightâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bi.â&#x20AC;? Now, if I did a sample on the upcoming federal election and polled only 100 people, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be about as likely to find that the Communist Party of Canada would be the next official opposition as I would come to any other result. For any study, a poll of only 100 people is so tiny that its results are utterly insignificant. The results were rather curious as well â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they sat these 101 guys down and showed them a couple of porno flicks, one with lesbians and one with gay men, each doing what they do. They then measured the arousal of the men by using a sensor which monitored penile tumescence. In other words, they waited to see if the guys got hard-ons. This question would be answered by looking to the head researcher of the study, a Dr. J. Michael Bailey, professor of psychology at Northwestern University in Chicago. This professor, who only last year stepped down from the head of the psychology department for ethics violations, has been linked to a racist eugenics movement known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human Biodiversity Instituteâ&#x20AC;? by the Southern Poverty Law Centre. His previous study (which looked at transgendered individuals) has been under fire for coming to the conclusion

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that the majority of trans people are â&#x20AC;&#x153;especially suited to prostitution.â&#x20AC;? This study came from a survey sample of only nine people, some of whom claimed not to have been notified that they were in a scientific study (which is an ethics violation), and one of whom the doctor allegedly slept with (also a violation). To top it all off, Dr. Bailey is on the record for saying that â&#x20AC;&#x153;allowing parents to choose the sexual orientation of their children would be morally unproblematic.â&#x20AC;? None of this was mentioned in the Times article, of course. The most infuriating thing is that now those people who think that really Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just stupid and confused will have this to wave about as if it were the gospel truth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and to those people, let

me be blunt: First, yes, some people do come out slowly using the â&#x20AC;&#x153;biâ&#x20AC;? label, but this does not apply to all of us. Second, there is nothing easier about being bisexual. We get called â&#x20AC;&#x153;fagâ&#x20AC;? just as much as you do. Our own sexuality is far more complex and intricate and can take far longer to understand. Your coming out speech doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require a footnote to fully explain just who and what you love. And you will never have to deal with your friends expressing relief about you â&#x20AC;&#x153;getting over that whole gay thingâ&#x20AC;? when you dump Jimmy for Jane. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not straight. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not gay. We are neither and both. We are bisexual. And, ironically, we are not the ones who are confused about things. gbarclay@imprint.uwaterloo.ca

Issues: a forum to problem-solve Continued from page 11

Whatever the issues raised among the campus community, an official group with a well defined mandate can be created to approach that specific problem. These brainstorming sessions are all part and parcel of building a sustainable research network among all levels of the university and channelling studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; creative energy into innovative solutions via action plans and policy proposals. For those seriously passionate

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Stem cells in the 20th century cure-all Fatema Nahar SPECIAL TO IMPRINT

The media is abuzz these days with developments in biotechnology. With biological weapons, SARS and stem cell research prominent in the news, biotechnology is garnering a lot of moral debate. The lines have indeed become fuzzy, specifically regarding stem cell research. Advocates remind us the research can lead to a potential cure for debilitating diseases and injuries, including Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, burns and spinal cord injuries. The ones who oppose the research plead that embryos are living entities and stem cell research is just as immoral as aborting babies from a mother’s womb. However, the verdict remains with the individuals and their bias on the genesis and preservation of life. Stem cells, in a nutshell, are the raw material for the generation of life. The primitive embryo is a mass of totipotent cells, which means they have the ability to differentiate into many different cell types. More specifically, “Stem cells are cells that (a) on dividing are capable of recreating themselves at least on daughter cells and (b) have the capacity to differentiate into several lineages,” as stated in the 2001 annual review of Biomedical Engineering.

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Stem cells are the raw material for the generation of life. They can be used for many life-saving treatments, but some people are opposing such research. Stem cells ensure the growth, renewal and maintenance throughout ontogeny. The much-debated embryonic stem cells (ES cells) are cells that “retain the properties of primitive ectoderm cells, i.e. they are undifferentiated but have the capacity to differentiate into all adult tissues,” the review reports. They can be cultured for extended periods and genetically manipulated without losing their differentiating or pluripotent capabilities. The reason ES cells are so desired for research is because they can be retained under defined cultural conditions to maintain their pluripotency, yet expand without differentiating into other

lineages. These cells can be artificially established ex vivo from transient stages of differentiation. There are some principles that govern the dynamics of all stem cell population: “(a) the irreversibility of stem cell population, (b) the progressive commitment to a particular lineage, and (c) a hierarchical framework with increasing numbers of cells with a progressively decreasing capacity for self-renewal, proliferation, and lineage potential,” as written in the annual review. Although these principles are generally proven true, they’re being challenged by some. With the proper culture optimization protocols and

differentiation parameters for culture assays, it is possible to provide next-generation therapeutics, including gene, cellular,and tissue regeneration therapies. Research is gaining momentum and showing progressive results. Investigators from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore reported at a meeting that injections of human embryonic stem cells restored some mobility to paralyzed rodents. Meanwhile, an Israeli research team has further demonstrated the flexibility of human embryonic stem cells by converting them into two potentially valuable types of cells. Under the proper conditions, the lab-grown stem cells transform into insulin-secreting cells that could help treat people with diabetes, reports Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and his colleagues in Diabetes. Some of the same scientists report in the August Journal of Clinical Investigation that they have converted human embryonic stem cells into cardiomyocytes, the muscle cells that drive the beating of the heart. Most recently, South Korean scientists say they have made stem cells tailored to match the individual for the first time. This is only, however, scratching the surface as stem cells are far more complicated to engineer and the advances in research on them have been exponential.

Sketchy cybercrime male fossils phone, but to pay homage to the original they made the phone vibrate when you press the 0 key to erase a doodle. -with files from CNN.com Really, really ancient fossils found

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Canada to fight cyberhate

On Friday, July 8, Canada became the first nonEuropean country to sign an additional protocol to the International Cybercrime Convention. The convention itself is meant to expedite international co-operation in investigations and extraditions relating to four types of cybercrime: confidentiality offenses, fraud and forgery, content violations and copyright offenses. The additional protocol combats the online dissemination of xenophobic propaganda, which is the spread of racism online. “No one country alone can combat racist hate, particularly cyberhate,” said Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler. Forget a photo, take a sketch!

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For nearly 50 years, people of all ages have enjoyed doodling on an Etch-A-Sketch and now it’s coming to a pocket near you. A company named In-Fusio created an Etch-A-Sketch game for cell phones, and it will be introduced in Britain by mobile carrier Orange. Instead of using knobs, users will control the doodle using the keypad, and they can finally do something they’ve wanted to for years: save an image (up to three can be saved). Part of the fun of the original, of course, was turning the EtchA-Sketch upside down and shaking it to erase the image; In-Fusio couldn’t recreate that on a cell

American and Chinese researchers have discovered fossils in southern China of some of the earliest complex lifeforms known to science. Scientists from Virginia Tech and the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology found fossils in limestone deposits that date back to the Ediacaran era (spanning 600 and 542 million years ago). The organisms are vaguely similar to some fungi and algae, but are not closely related to any modern species. The fossils reveal clues about how the very first multicellular organisms developed. Hearing voices? They’re probably male

If a schizophrenic person is experiencing auditory hallucination in the form of voices, those voices are less likely to be female. According to a study by Dr. Michael Hunter at the University of Sheffield, among male and female schizophrenic patients studied, 71 per cent reported that when they “heard voices,” they were male. “Psychiatrists believe that these auditory hallucinations are caused when the brain spontaneously activates, creating a false perception of a voice,” says Prof. Hunter of the university’s psychiatry department. “The reason these voices are usually male could be explained by the fact that the female voice is so much more complex that the brain would find it much harder to create a false female voice accurately than a false male voice,” he adds. dganthan@imprint.uwaterloo.ca dhutz@imprint.uwaterloo.ca


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Expectations run high for Warriors’ basketball recruits Local athlete David Burnett tops UW coach’s list of fresh talent Janine Gilbert

make everyone better. I can expect him to make an immediate impact and develop into a top OUA guard.” In the fall, Burnett will be enThe Waterloo Warriors men’s basketball team rolled in honours science. has announced their recruiting class for the fall Western Canada recruit Ben Frisby is a 6’5” season. forward. He was the co-captain of his team at Team prospects are looking quite high as all Argyle High School in Vancouver, B.C. recruits were accomplished co-captains of their In the 2003-2004 season, Frisby led his high school teams. The Warriors plan to con- team to the B.C. Provincial ‘AAA’ championtinue to strive after the successes of last season. ship, where they had an overall record of 35-6. David Burnett is the local recruit from The following season, Frisby helped to lead Rockway Mennonite High Argyle to a record of 36-4 School in Kitchener. He is and a No. 1 ranking before a 5’10” point guard with an upset at the provincial many accomplishments “He is exceptionally championships. already under his belt. “Ben is a very complete quick, skilled and Warriors head coach player with a high basketTom Kieswetter said, “He ball I.Q. He has a competicreative...” is exceptionally quick, tive fire that makes him Tom Kieswetter, skilled and creative with ready to play at the univerWarriors head coach sity level,” commented excellent court vision and decision-making.” Kieswetter. Burnett helped to lead Frisby is a talented player his Rockway team to the 2004-2005 OFSAA as he received numerous tournament all-star ‘A’ championships. He was awarded confer- awards and an average of 16 points and 7 ence MVP and was a first team all-star, averag- rebounds a game last season. Ben will be ing 17 points and 7 assists per game. enrolled in honours arts in September. Coach Kieswetter also commented that, Also in the recruiting class for the “David is the type of point guard who can upcoming season is Matthew Hayes. He is a IMPRINT STAFF

Hockey’s back and it’s a good thing

It’s a good thing that the entire National Hockey League season was lost. It’s a good thing that the NHL and its players’ association reached a tentative agreement last Wednesday to end the 301-day lockout — the longest period of labour strife in North American professional sports history. Now that the deal is in place and awaiting no more than a rubber-stamp approval from the players’ union, the sporting world can look into the rear-view mirror at the last 10 months and see just how positive the NHL shutdown was. First, it was a good thing that the negotiation process was led by a pair of egocentric men whose machismo instincts somehow consistently outweighed common courtesy, common dignity and common sense. The 2004-05 NHL season will forever be little more than the Bob and Gary show, a childish game of fingerpointing, name-calling and fights over whose wallet is the fattest and whose propaganda factory is more effective. And it’s a good thing that the players stood by their principles — even when they couldn’t all agree on what they were. It’s a good thing that 700 men — each of whom make more than a quarter of a million dollars annually — decided to take an entire year away from what they all love doing for the interest of protecting themselves from some non-existent professional sports poorhouse. It’s a good thing that these 700 men stuck to their guns, since they could have gotten a better deal back in September. And in December. And in February.

It’s a good thing that the owners adhered to their collective stance as well — after all, the owners came out as the “winners” in the collective bargaining wars. The new salary cap between $37 million and $39.5 million, the linkage between salaries and revenues and the league-wide 24 per cent salary rollback are all included in the new deal, ensuring that the diminutive commissioner will be hailed as the saviour of the game — by the league’s 30 owners, if by nobody else. And it’s a good thing that, since the owners will be saving so much money in the new NHL, astronomical ticket prices will remain relatively unchanged. It’s a good thing that schmucks like me took a public stance supporting one of the two sides. Otherwise, we may never have learned that the lockout was six of one and a half-dozen of the other — this was a battle of good versus evil where good never showed up. It’s a good thing the deal took this long too. It’s a good thing that, in the opening months of the work stoppage, negotiation sessions were about as frequent as solar eclipses. And, it’s a good thing that the real negotiation sessions didn’t commence until long after the season was lost. Considering the mental capacity of each side’s boss, I suppose it’s a good thing they negotiated at all. It’s a good thing the lockout didn’t affect the game’s fans. And finally it’s a good thing that, by next October, the NHL work stoppage will be placed on indefinite hiatus, replaced by actual on-ice action. It’s a good thing that the game and the few gentlemen it has left will make a conceited effort to repair the seemingly irrevocable damage that the game has suffered. And it’s a good thing that the National Hockey League work stoppage has finally ended. It’s just too bad that it took this long. amcguire@imprint.uwaterloo.ca

6’8” forward and was co-captain of the Midland High School team in Midlan. Hayes started playing basketball in Grade 10. He was awarded team MVP this past season and was named school athlete of the year. Warriors coach Kieswetter has positive prospects for his new recruit: “Matt is an outstanding athlete. He is seriously aggressive and a quick learner.” Matthew will also be enrolled in honours arts in the fall. The fourth recruit for the Warriors basketball team comes from Oakville. Joel Reinders is a 6’8” forward from King’s Christian Collegiate. He too was co-captain of his team, averaging 12 points and 8 rebounds per game. “Joel has a huge upside. He is athletic with good overall skills and an excellent understanding of the game. Despite being from a small school, he was one of the most improved players in the Halton region,” stated Kieswetter. Reinders will be enrolled in honours science at UW this fall. —with files from UW athletics jgilbert@imprint.uwaterloo.ca

AT A GLANCE 2005-06 Warriors recruits David Burnett, point guard Rockway Mennonite H.S., Kitchener 5’10” Enrolled in honours science Ben Frisby, forward Argyle H.S., Vancouver, B.C. 6’5” Enrolled in honours arts Matthew Hayes, foward Midland H.S., Midland 6’8” Enrolled in honours arts Joel Reinders, forward King’s Christian Collegiate, Oakville 6’8” Enrolled in honours science



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