Imprint The university of Waterloo’s official student newspaper
vol 29, no 9
Friday, September 15, 2006
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Local golfer scores hole-in-one at the Canadian Open, gives hope for UW golf, page 32
Open arms to orientation students
Photos by Amy Brooks, assembled by Tiffany Li
Students hit the campus the first full week of September for a week of FOC-approved wholesome activities. To our knowledge, the Pink Tie survived.
UW student, family deported,Telegdi frustrated Sarah Allmendinger staff reporter
Manolo Rosales, 3B geography and business student, was deported to the United States on Thursday, September 7, along with his mother and brother. According to Federation of Students President Michelle Zakrison, Feds was unaware of
the situation. They have recently been notified and are trying to help. The family came to Canada five years ago when their work visas in the U.S. expired. Rosales and his family fled from Guatemala 20 years ago after his father tried to start a union in the government health department. As a result of his actions, Manolo’s father was beaten and tortured.
The family was applying to receive refugee status in Canada but was denied. They went on to appeal this decision and were denied again. At this point they tried to apply for humanitarian compassion and were also refused. It states on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada web page that, “Refugees and persons needing protection are people in or outside Canada who fear returning
to their country of nationality or habitual residence.” According to Immigration Canada the reason for the deportation was that the family could not prove that they had roots in Canada or that it was unsafe to return to their home country. See DEPORTED, page 5
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firstname.lastname@example.org News Editor: Ashley Csanady News Assistant: Vacant
Brendan Pinto Veronique Lecat staff reporter
Monica Harvey reporter
Western Fair officials were forced to cancel the beloved marshmalloweating contest after a woman collapsed during the “chubby bunny” contest September 6, an article from the Associated Press reported. The highly anticipated competition requires the volunteers to continually place marshmallows into their mouth and vocalize the phrase “chubby bunny.” Most contestants are able to successfully cram four marshmallows into their mouths. The woman is currently in Victoria Hospital, in stable but critical condition. “Some pretty funny things come out of peoples’ mouths after a couple of marshmallows,” said Dave Taylor, fair manager. Unfortunately for the woman, the only thing to emerge came in the form of air puffed tragedy.
The Feds executive gather round to cut the ribbon at Bomber’s grand re-opening.
UW welcomes Ethiopian refugee
Ethiopian refugee student Tariku Kebede discusses his experiences travelling from Kenya to Canada through the World University Service of Canada’s Student Refugee Program Suzanne Gardner assistant editor-in-chief
While most first-year students at the University of Waterloo are still adjusting to the concept of living in residence with up to 50 other students, Ethiopian refugee student Tariku Kebede explains that as a result of the 15 years he spent in a Kenyan refugee camp, he has already “learned to live with many different people with many different backgrounds.” This positive attitude seems to come naturally to Kebede, UW’s first refugee student sponsored by the World University Service of Canada’s (WUSC) Student Refugee Program, who arrived at St. Paul’s College September 4. Imprint met up with him at the St. Paul’s cafeteria on the second day of classes and found him chatting happily with several other students, thoroughly enjoying the eatery’s wide menu with large portions. Kebede is one of 33 students from the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya who are a part of the 2006 WUSC Student Refugee Program. Through this program, students are given the opportunity to continue their education in Canada with financial and logistical support provided by each school’s WUSC local committee. At the age of eight, Kebede and his mother entered the Kenyan refugee
camp which — at the most recent count at the end of 2005, is home to over 90,000 refugees — the majority of which are 15 to 17 years old. With so many student-aged refugees in the camp, Kebede explained that the competition for the Student Refugee Program was incredibly tough. All candidates had to complete a rigorous application process involving two different interviews and two different tests to prove their qualifications and abilities with the English language. The entire process took Kebede almost a year to complete and when asked about his feelings towards his acceptance into the program he modestly replied: “I could not believe when I got that chance.” When discussing his life in the refugee camp, Kebede maintains an optimistic outlook despite spending 15 years in a place he refers to being “just like a prison where [you] can’t go anywhere you wish. Everywhere you go is only under permission. You cannot move around like in the city.” During his time in the camp, Kebede successfully completed his schooling from Grade 1 to Grade 12 — but not without several complications and challenges. Oftentimes teachers would leave the camp unexpectedly, thus leaving the students with no instructor for large gaps of time. Also, many of the teachers at the camps were not
very well-educated, as any person who had completed Grade 12 was permitted to teach. Kebede himself was also a teacher in the refugee camp for two years after he completed his Grade 12
On life in a refugee camp, “[It’s] just like a prison where [you] can’t go anywhere you wish. Everywhere you go is only under permission. You cannot move around like in the city.”
— Tariku Kebede WUSC sponsored refugee student
schooling. When reflecting on these experiences, however, Kebede explained that his rather difficult and often disrupted education helped him “learn to be patient as a refugee” and that this lesson is one of the “best
experiences of [his] life.” Since his arrival at UW, Kebede has already been very involved in activities around the campus, including participating in the orientation weeks planned by both the Faculty of Science and St. Paul’s College. He cited the Secret Science Dance he learned on September 5 as being “a lot of fun” and referenced the beauty of the Elora Gorge which he visited with his residence on the Saturday of that week. In accordance with the Student Refugee Program, Kebede completed an English proficiency test on the first day of classes to determine the level of classes he will attend at the Renison English Language Institute this fall term. Kebede received an advanced -standing grade and will also be attending a few classes in the mathematics department before beginning his degree in the Faculty of Science in the upcoming winter 2007 term. The WUSC local committee chapter at UW will help support Kebede through his first year at university before the student moves towards self-reliance in Canada. Kebede’s refrain when asked about his thoughts on Waterloo thus far: “It is simply beyond my expectations.” email@example.com
Becoming a sergeant appeared to be more involved and exhausting than anticipated for Madrid police officers who sat down to watch a video presentation on how to be promoted and were instead shown footage of a hardcore pornographic video. Computer technicians said it was a malfunction caused by a Trojan Horse computer virus, which was activated when the computer controlling the video was turned on. While it is sad to think about the disappointed police officers who were hoping to learn about how to be promoted to sergeant, it is even sadder to think that instead they learned how to screw people in even more ways. USA
Some people turn to hypnosis, some “think happy thoughts” when they find themselves in a highrise and others shell out the dough for therapy. There is a lengthy list of options for people suffering from acrophobia — the fear of heights. Jumping off a bridge is not near the top of that list. Nonetheless, a Florida man came up with this brilliant idea whilst out on a bike ride with his 10-year-old daughter Meagan. According to the Associated Press, Meagan’s Dad called out “Trust me!” before holding her hand for the 15-foot free-fall into the Intracoastal Waterway below. Luckily, Meagan landed in the water unscathed. Dad, however, was indeed injured with a broken leg. Meagan had to bike home to her mother to send for help. Charges were not pressed against the father since Meagan made the jump willingly. There was no mention of whether or not Meagan has been cured of her elevation apprehensions. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
FRIDAY, september 15, 2006
Municipal elections approaching fast
Most UW students live in Central-Columbia Ward 6. The ward councillor candidates for this ward are Mary E. Connolly and Jan d’Ailly. Chris Miller staff reporter
The City of Waterloo will be holding municipal elections November 13. Up for grabs are the positions of mayor, ward councillors, regional chair, the regional councillors for the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge, and school board trustees. This particular election is notable for the expansion of the old six-member council from a mayor and five councillors to a mayor and seven councillors. The University of Waterloo, currently in the Northwest Ward, will on November 30 be represented as part of the new Central-Columbia Ward. The council had voted to extend its size last year. Mayor Herb Epp, who took control of the municipal government three years ago will, along with the rest of his council, stand for re-election. Councillors Gary Kieswetter and Mark Whaley, however, have been put in direct competition by the boundary redistributions. Anthony Piscitelli, former vice president of the Wilfrid Laurier University Students Union and former member of the Wilfrid Laurier Board of Governors, has ended his bid to become a councillor. Piscitelli, who had formally joined the race in March hoping to “add a different voice to Waterloo City Council” as a representative of the student population, announced on September 1 that he would be withdrawing from the election. “I
have not yet developed enough community ties to run a competitive campaign in Waterloo, nor have I lived in Waterloo long enough to understand the historical context associated with the various issues,” stated Piscitelli in an e-mail. With Piscitelli out of the race, current Ward 5 councillor, Ian McLean, remains uncontested for the new Uptown Ward. McLean, along with his fellow councilmen, will continue to represent his constituents until November 30, 2006. He is the councillor liaison to the public works services department and serves on numerous city committees, including the Waterloo Economic Development Committee and the Waterloo Public Library Board of Directors. Aside from the Waterloo Regional Chair, Uptown remains the only position lacking a challenger. Despite the lack of student representatives on the Council, the City of Waterloo has been targeting student voters through its “You Decide” campaign, which instructs young voters on eligibility, who they are voting for and where to vote. Those unable to vote November 13 are invited to take advantage of the city’s advance polls at Conestoga Mall on October 28 or at the Waterloo City Centre on November 1, 2 and 4. Regular polls will be available on campus in the Great Hall of the Student Life Centre on November 13. firstname.lastname@example.org
news UW flying high with new aviation programs Deported:UW student forced FRIDAY, september 15, 2006
Amy Brooks imprint intern
Emma Tarswell staff reporter
Starting in the fall of 2007, the University of Waterloo will be offering prospective students a chance to study aviation in both the faculty of environmental studies and the faculty of science. One of the degrees, a bachelor of environmental studies degree in geography and aviation, will teach students how to interpret weather patterns, identify land formations, read multi-layer maps and utilize a range of technical programs. The other program, a bachelor of science degree in science and aviation, will allow students to specialize in either physics or earth science, both of which include an ardent science and technology base for a distinctive variety of careers in the aviation industry. Both four-year programs were created in a partnership with the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre and will welcome their inaugural classes in the fall of 2007. Morton Globus, professor emeritus in the faculty of science and aviation program co-ordinator, said “it’s hard to tell with a brand new program how
many students to expect but we are hoping for 15 students and after that 25 students a year.” When asked what prompted UW to develop this unique idea, Richard Vollans, a co-ordinator in the faculty of science, explained that “a need has been identified in the industry for pilots and people who can specialize in certain fields. The only
way to evolve is to provide a program like this and establish the future of aviation.” Students interested in the programs will need to complete a large list of high school requirements in order to be considered. For the geography and aviation degree, students will need a Grade 12 university-level English credit, a university-level math credit, a Grade 12 earth and space science credit, and three additional university-level or university/college-level courses. The science and aviation program also requires aGrade 12 university-level English credit, but students interested in
the program will also need to have taken advanced functions and introductory calculus, and any two university-level courses in science, which includes physics, earth and space sciences, geometry, discrete mathematics, mathematics of data management, chemistry and biology. The program will be a regular four-year degree that will cost $25,000 in tuition fees. In addition, flight training is expected to cost approximately $50,000, according to Globus. This fee w i l l provide s t u dents w i t h both their commercial and private airplane licences, as well as pay for items such as textbooks and flight headsets. Globus stated that, “flight training is becoming a requirement for many aviation and aerospace careers and an aviation degree is quickly becoming a requirement for commercial pilots. “The field of aviation is very vast and diverse [and] a huge number of employers will certainly welcome students with comprensive understanding of math and science as well as aviation skills,” Globus concluded. “Analytical and critical thinking are also valuable skills that employers will look for.”
to leave country Continued from cover
Feds is looking at drafting a letter that proves Manolo is a student at UW, which would prove he has roots in Canada. This letter will also mention that he is a co-op student who has been working in Canada therefore creating more roots. Feds is hoping that the university will sign this letter and will send it to Immigration Canada in hopes they let Manolo back into the country. Currently, Rosales and his brother are being held in a facility in New York, while his mother is being held in another facility also in New York. Rosales has a second brother who is still in Canada but only because his wife is pregnant and her pregnancy is considered high risk. Once the child is born, they, too, will be deported. Friends of the family disagree that the Rosales’ have not made roots in Canada. Gurpreet Randhawa who has known the Rosales’ since they came to Canada said, “They have lived in Canada for five years, have jobs here and Rosales is in his third year at Waterloo. How are those not roots?” Rosales’ father and eldest brother were both working as truck drivers and his mother was making extra money working in a factory. Robin Rosales, the brother in detention with Rosales, was working as a layout engineer before being deported. Immigrations Canada considers Guatemala safe to return to since the family has made
trips back and forth to the country in the past. Recently, Rosales’ father went to visit his sick mother and ended up being kidnapped and beaten. He fled Guatemala and according to family friends was last known to be in Mexico. UW president Johnston was not available to provide a comment. Local MP Andrew Telegdi said that this problem goes deeper and is very controversial. According to Telegdi, the previous government was working on the deportation of undocumented workers. The government suggested that there should be a halt on that because, if all the undocumented workers were actually deported, Canada would suffer a severe recession. Instead, it was suggested that the focus should be put on deporting criminals. The previous government agreed on this; however, when the new government came into power,these suggestions were ignored and the deportation of undocumented workers was continued. “Essentially, [the Rosales] fit the category [of undocumented workers] and should not have been deported.” Telegdi said. “However, they are not the only ones.” According to Telegdi, the problem lies with the fact that “the current Minister of Citizenship and Immigration knew nothing about immigration when he accepted the portfolio and neither does his secretary.” email@example.com
Writing that really Schmecks
I’ll bet Edna Staebler never had writer’s block. The prolific writer, famous first for her humanistic profiles of ordinary people in ordinary settings and second for her Schmecks cookbooks of Mennonite cooking, died earlier this week in her 101st year. Though she graduated from the University of Toronto with an arts degree and had a passion for writing early on, she was pressured to do otherwise. As she wrote in her book, Whatever Happened to Maggie and other people I’ve known, her mother and husband were not supportive: “Why waste your time?” her mother asked, “You’re not a real writer, you have to have talent.” Her husband urged her to stop thinking about herself as a writer, “You’re not a writer until you’ve had something published.” Her first long piece “Duellists of the Deep,” about swordfishermen in Cape Breton, was published in Maclean’s in July 1948. Even more than 50 years after it was written, the writing remains lively and fresh. That, and subsequent pieces, won Staebler early accolades and she never looked back. Pierre Berton, who wrote the foreword to her collected writings, was in awe of her writing: “Most writers remain dispassionate; they observe; they absorb; they write. Edna does more; she becomes part of the narrative. She lives the lives of the people she writes about; she listens to their problems and they become her friends — not just for the moment but forever.” In some respects you might consider that she was an embedded journalist. Her modus operandi was
to live in a community, preferably with a family rather than in a motel, and write about what she saw. Staebler was chastised by a fellow journalist for doing more than just asking questions when she wrote a story. As she explained in her afterword, “For me it presupposed too much, [to simply ask questions] merely got answers to something already half-known; there was no place for surprises and all those delightful things that happen when you become friends with people, and they are natural in your presence and you learn from them by living their lives with them until you feel you have assimilated enough to write an understanding piece about them.” Among her colleagues Staebler included Pierre Berton, W.O. Mitchell and Farley Mowat. Over 20 years ago Staebler also helped found The New Quarterly, along with Mowat and Harold Horwood. The New Quarterly is a literary magazine that operates out of St. Jerome’s University. Next month the magazine is hosting the Edna Staebler Golf Classic in her honour at the Grey Silo Golf Course. Editor Kim Jernigan said that it had been hoped that Staebler could have made an appearance. Staebler’s legacy will live on. In 1990, she established the Edna Staebler Award for Non-Fiction, administered by WLU, and in 1994 the Joseph Schneider House established the Edna Staebler Research Fellowship. If anything, people will be enjoying her cookbooks for generations to come. The best advice that all writers should keep at hand are these final words from her book, Whatever Happened to Maggie: “And when it is written, and edited, and published, there might still be mistakes, hurt feelings and regrets. But you can always hope that the story may have done something to increase someone’s understanding — perhaps only your own. Amen.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ontario faces tuition fee hike Angelo Florendo staff reporter
University students are finally beginning to feel the effects of Ontario’s restructured tuition framework. Announced earlier this March, the provincial government’s alterations included increased government funding and the creation of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), an organization commissioned by the government to evaluate universities’ overall performance. Of higher importance to the students — as well as their wallets — was the removal of the tuition cap which allows universities to raise tuition fees without ceiling restrictions. There are still several rules regarding increase limitations, however, including: tuition fees may be increased by a maximum of five per cent at any given post-secondary institution, with subsequent annual increases of four per cent. Graduate programs and other specific programs may increase by a maximum of eight per cent, but only if the overall increase within a given university remains below the five per cent boundary. According to Statistics Canada, tuition fees across the province have seen a 4.6 per cent rise, demonstrating that universities in Ontario have stuck close to the five per cent maximum. Some lucky university students, such as those enrolled in graduate programs at Queens’ or Waterloo’s nanotechnology program, have not had their tuition fees increase at all. These cases are atypical as outside of the nanotechnology program, UW’s tuition fees have seen significant increases across the board.
According to VP education Jeff Henry, the university’s overall tuition fees increased at the provincial average of 4.6 per cent, while professional and unregulated programs rose to eight per cent — the maximum increase allowed. For the majority of undergraduate students, this has translated to an additional $175 per term. Frosh enrolled in unregulated programs such as engineering, computer science and chartered accountancy will unfortunately be affected to a greater degree. “For those students entering firstyear in engineering and computer science, the hit will be about $560,” said Henry. The cost increases in tuition, along with mainstay university expenses such as books and meal plans have some fearing that UW cannot keep up with their students’ financial needs. Though the university continually stands by its claim that “No student will be denied higher education for financial reasons,” Henr y believes the motto is “misleading. What they really say on paper is that they will meet a student’s OSAP unmet need — that is, they will provide bursaries for the difference between what OSAP calculates you need and what OSAP gives you.” These questions of increased student debt also raise concerns about where the money from the new, more expensive tuition will
be applied. “UW spent $11,792,137 on bursaries to undergraduates last year despite only taking in $10,237,000 in set-aside funds,” said Henry. “Already, the need is outstripping the funding.” There are concerns that instead of increasing the quality of education, some Ontario universities such as UW will simply apply the money in an attempt to alleviate their own debt. “Students are unlikely to benefit positively from this increase overall,” said Henry. “UW would argue the [tuition] increase has only let them tread water in terms of quality,” he added. This fact points to the possibility that funding may be applied to student aid initiatives, yet Henry notes, “The university is also not setting aside any of the money from these increases to cover needs-based bursaries.” The McGuinty-lead Ontario government hopes that textbook tax credits and increased government funding, which are also included in their restructured tuition framework, will alleviate some of the impact that rising tuitions have brought. “Considering that residence fees also jumped this year,” notes Henry, “another dent has certainly been made.” email@example.com
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Fall decisions for Imprint
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The new staff of Imprint hard at work on this weekâ€™s issue. Amy Brooks imprint intern
Volunteers, staff and editor-in-chief all sat around the table ready and waiting to begin the impending meeting. Tim Alamenciak, the editor-in-chief and chair for the meeting, kicked off the proceedings with the announcement of two jobs at Imprint. A volunteer co-ordinator position and a sales assistant role were the two vacancies. The first position to be elected was the assistant editor-in-chief. Two people were in the running for this: Suzanne Gardner, who has been lead proofreader and a major source of help and ideas around Imprint, and Sarah Allmendinger whom has previously held five section editor roles, as well as a position on the board of directors. The debate was tabled until Gardner arrived and could relay her speech to the group. After many questions, a motion was passed to accept Gardner as assistant editor. Next on the agenda was the cover editor position. Three people applied: Paul Marchwica, a consistent proofreader, Anya Lomako, a first year with extensive previous experience from high school, and Dinh Nguyen, another first year who was enthusiastic about getting involved at Imprint. After much deliberation Lamako was elected cover editor. Former arts editor Margaret Clark re-applied for her previous position. Clark was quickly re-instated in her role as arts editor. Following the arts editor, the assistant arts editor post was up for grabs. Four people in total wanted this much sought-after position: Ozgur Demirtas, Tiffany Li, Emma Tarswell and Dinh Nguyen. After
the four applicants were questioned, a discussion ensued before a motion was passed to elect Nguyen as assistant arts editor. Ashley Csanady stood for news editor and was unchallenged. Having previously held the position in the summer term, she will continue her role as news editor. There were no applicants for assistant news editor, assistant opinion editor, sports editor, photo editor, web editor, assistant systems administrator or graphics editor. Paul Marchwica who previously ran for the cover editor role, decided to run for the opinion editor position uncontested and was voted in soon after. Next was the features editor position. Kinga Jakab, who was features editor last term, spoke of her enjoyment in her role and the future of the features section. Jakab was re-elected with no opposition. The features assistant opening appeared after with two candidates: Julian Nam and Ellen Ewart. Both were experienced and had clear ideas of what they wanted to achieve and how they would do so. Ewart was later voted in as features assistant. After running uncontested, returning science editor Rob Blom was re-elected for his third term. The assistant science editor position was tackled by Stephanie Anderson: a biology student who will bring a new dimension to the science pages as Blom is a math student. Assistant sports editor was applied for by Shawn Bell who showed a keen interest in writing for the sports pages. He ran uncontested and was voted in by Imprint staff. A first timer at Imprint, he will be under the supervision of former sports editor Salim Eteer. Emma Tarswell, the previous assistant news editor, ran for the lead proofreader position and won.
Tiffany Li applied for the assistant photo editor role. Li, the resident recipe creator at Imprint, was accepted. Gautham Khanna ran for the systems administrator position. Last winter, Khanna acquired the same position and Imprint staff re-elected him for the fall term. Last but not least, Steven McEvoy ran for the assistant web editor role. Steve is a regular writer for Imprint and is an important influence around the office. He was not present for the voting because his wife was expected to be going into labour and give birth to a baby girl, but he was voted in. The meeting ended after a discussion about the future columns that would appear in Imprint. All the old favourites like Graham Barclayâ€™s â€œType-in-Stereoâ€? and Shayna Sparlingâ€™s â€œLovin in the â€˜Looâ€? are still at Imprint. The new columns include TrishGarlandsâ€™ â€œSustainable Stepsâ€? and a new sports column by Clive Peters. Mark Johnsonâ€™s â€œExtreme Centreâ€? was declined its re-application. Appearing now is â€œStar Hammerâ€?: a new comic strip by Jim Lee offering a satirical take on superheroes which will feature a continuous story line. After a long meeting, many positions were filled, opportunities were created and the future of Imprint was once again sealed â€” at least for the fall term. There are still several vacant positions available to students hoping to learn more about the world of journalism. If interested, you can come to the Imprint general staff meeting on Monday at 12:30 p.m. to apply.
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Friday, September 15, 2006 — Vol. 29, No. 9
Student plague spreading
Student Life Centre, Room 1116 University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 P: 519.888.4048 F: 519.884.7800 imprint.uwaterloo.ca Editor-in-chief, Tim Alamenciak firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising & Production Manager, Laurie Tigert-Dumas email@example.com General Manager, Catherine Bolger firstname.lastname@example.org
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This fine month marks two special occasions: a flood of new intellect to UW, and a concerted effort on behalf of Waterloo Regional Police to target “unruly university students,” according to Frances Barrick’s article on the front page of The Record’s September 11 local section. That’s right — a force of police are patrolling the neighbourhoods around here, looking for well, you. A series of articles written by Barrick ran in The Record. It began with “In crackdown on keggers, plastic cup is a clue,” and followed up with 573 words of sensationalistic vomit titled “Parties too much for mom.” “Parties too much for mom” focuses on the ordeals of two residents of Albert St., Christine Carmody and Deborah Easson. Both live between University Ave. and Columbia St; both say are student-friendly. “The story of residents hating students is an old one. We feel the story [in The Record] kind of got spun that way,” began Easson when we talked on the phone Wednesday morning. Easson couldn’t stop talking, save for when she said “Am I giving too much information?” It’s a wonder that the interview with The Record was, as Easson said, short.
Carmody’s apprehensions were similar to Easson’s, “I’m concerned about that it [the story] might look like student bashing. We’re talking about a small minority that abuse substances.” “Christine and I are trying to say [residents hating students] is not the issue. We don’t hate students — we love students. I’m a distance ed student myself. My family has a history with the university,” said Easson. Easson has lived in her house on Albert St. most of her life. Her parents built it in 1958. She also currently provides accommodations for three Laurier students whom she described by saying, “I would gladly call them my daughters.” The issue, according to Easson, is only halfrelated to the student presence. For the other half, she cites inadequate patrols and charges by police. Barrick takes steps to prove this in her story, recounting the tale of Sgt. Steve Billings giving a high school student a “break” by not charging him with underage drinking. But Carmody strays from placing blame on bylaws and police officers, “They just don’t have the resources to sort this out.” That’s the story. Two residents frustrated with the situation — not student-haters. Where does this anti-student attitude come from, then? The sources are not aligned against all students; the area is relatively small and a minority of residents are causing problems. The trouble is, we never heard from anybody else. No students; be they rowdy or calm. The first story focused on the police patrol on one particular night. Barrick, a Record reporter since 1983, is the police beat reporter and rode in
the car with them. When asked if she consulted students on the story, she replied, “I did speak to the students that were nabbed by the police.” Interesting choice of subjects, I might say. Though none were included in the article, I imagine some fine quotes were gotten. The second piece was notably absent of any student commentary. According to Barrick, “Neither one are definitive pieces on student housing. My aim was not to cover all bases of the whole issue. There were many other parties I could have spoken to who I did not.” The aim of journalism is to report facts in a fair and balanced manner. It is here to perform a civic duty. Barrick took that aim and instead thought, “I’m going to tell… some… story… I guess.” Our telephone conversation was raucous. I kept asking her why she didn’t talk to students; “That is another story to be done another day. I was only covering one side of the issue,” was Barrick’s response. Another day wasn’t specified to me nor to the readership. The necessity of getting the whole story seems to have given way to the thought that it is acceptable to only cover one side of the issue and present that as though it is the full story. When people give their side of the issue, that’s called an editorial or an opinion piece. Reporting should be thorough and get all the facts. Beyond not talking to students, Barrick didn’t even have the occasion to mention that Easson accommodates three students herself. Nor did she get to the heart of the matter — enforcement. See RECORD, page 10
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Pope Benedict’s war on social change misguided
Late last week, Pope Benedict met with a group of Ontario Bishops in the Vatican, and proceeded to lecture them, and Canada as a whole, on one of his favourite topics: homosexuality and same sex marriage. According to reports by the Associated Press, Pope Benedict said, “In the name of tolerance [Canada] has had to endure the folly of the redefinition of spouse and in the name of freedom of choice it is confronted with the daily destruction of unborn children,” while Catholic politicians are bending over backwards for “…ephemeral social trends and the spurious demands of opinion polls…” while ignoring their faith. His speech included the statement that Canada has removed “God from the public sphere.” These statements, of course, are a continuation of the Pope’s “War on Social Change,”
and more of the same general chatter that typically comes from the religious-fundamentalist right-wing of the American social and political spheres. Indeed, even his blatant jab at our elected officials is nothing new. Our elected leaders, while all have personal religious leanings of one stream or another, thankfully understand that while their religious inclinations may have an influence on their own personal lives, their duty to the public which they represent is to remain unbiased despite those influences. A politician’s duty is to stand for what is best for all of their constituents — not simply for those who follow their self-same religion. What is new, however, to the Pope’s usual repertoire, is the note that Canada, as a whole, has removed religion and the Divine from the public social sphere. Essentially, the Pope is now rallying not only against same sex marriage, but also the separation of Church and State. This is, needless to say, worrisome. If we were to listen to his suggestion and bring God into our public sphere, the inevitable and instant stumbling block would be: Whose god? Yours? Mine? Your next-door neighbour’s? I am certain that my God has no problem with who I am, who I love or how I love them.
Your God — well, you’d have to ask Her (or Him). My point is, following through on the Pope’s short-sighted proclamation would cause absolute chaos. Within such a multicultural nation as Canada it would be impossible to remove the line between church (altar/temple/ mosque/etc.) and state, as the moral guidance provided by every individual religion differs from nearly every other — and there is no rational way to justify promoting one religion over another. While the Pope has every right to dictate the proper course of action to the religion which he leads, that is where his cone of influence rightfully ends. Canada — as a secular nation — is no more beholden to the Pope then we are to the Dalai Lama. Thankfully, at least, the Dalai Lama realizes this. Perhaps the next time these bishops meet with the Pope, they should suggest to him that he ought to better understand the ways of the modern world, before he deign to try and give the rest of us input on how it should be run. email@example.com
FRIDAY, september 15, 2006
The doors of the infamous Playboy Mansion, that have been shut for 50 some odd years to the general public, are about to be flung open by a new tell-all book. Bunny Tales, written by former Hugh Hefner girlfriend, Kitchener native Izabelle St. James, will unleash their proverbial can of worms. Hugh Hefner is part celebrity, part icon and part myth. He is the living embodiment of male sexuality in the western world and the archetype of perennial bachelorhood. So what will happen when this cultural mainstay is jeopardized and a societal belief is challenged? Macleanâ€™s magazine recently ran an article featuring St. James, an excerpt from the book and other naughty tales from within 10236 Charing Cross Road. Once the glamorous faĂ§ade of the mansion was stripped away it appeared to be nothing more than an R-rated Neverland for a boy who never grew up. Anne King, who wrote the Macleanâ€™s article, put it best when she wrote, â€œLike Oz, the wonder vanishes upon closer inspection.â€? Among other things, St. James explains how the girlfriends, while being allotted a $1,000 a week allowance were â€œtightly controlledâ€? and suffered â€œSurvivor-like power strugglesâ€? between the girls. The most intriguing sections of St. Jamesâ€™ writings, of course, were her accounts of the goings-on in Hefnerâ€™s bedroom. This seemingly titillating subject â€” who wouldnâ€™t want to know what goes on in Hugh Hefnerâ€™s bedroom? â€” proved to be more than a tad disappointing. Sex at the Playboy Mansion is strictly regulated, with the girls â€” yes, plural â€” being scheduled for when they are or are not allowed in the bedroom. While in his bedchamber, Hefnerâ€™s ladies do have the option of keeping their panties on, but are encouraged to provide visual stimuli of all sorts while Hefner is being intimate with other women â€” yes, plural. Ironically, according to St. James, the creator of Playboy always finishes manually and is, by the sounds of it, terrible in bed.
Another sexual icon of our time, Joe Francis, the creator of the Girls Gone Wild video series, has also been featured in a not-so-positive light in a recent L.A. Times article. The reporter, Claire Hoffman, details a night out with Francis in which it becomes clear that he, much like Hefner, is more image than substance. He seems to have problems with rage, women in general and â€” from an account provided by a girl who appeared in one of his videos â€” sounds as bad in bed as Hefner. Nonetheless, Francis is idolized just the same. Hounded by girls wherever he goes hoping to be the next to â€œgo wildâ€? â€” and not by visiting the African Lion Safari â€” Francis is living what some may call a dream. Much like Hefner, men want to be him and women want to do him â€” New York Times even touted him as a possible successor for Hugh â€” but also like Hefner, he seems to be a little boy who never grew up. Hoffman, who visits his office with him, says, â€œFrancis looks more like a kid visiting his fatherâ€™s office than the chief executive of his own company.â€? Both these men are living the â€œultimate male pornographic fantasy,â€? but underneath the surface it appears to be little else. Hefner has literally created a harem for himself and Francis has managed to get girls to beg him to film them as they strip. While Hefner may have once been revolutionary in bringing sex to the mainstream, they are both stuck in a world where male sexuality comes first and women second â€” or, not at all according to St. James. Both men claimed to have freed women in their sexuality. Hefner by allowing the â€œgirl next doorâ€? to be seen as sexy and Francis by â€œliberatingâ€? women to express their sexuality; however, with either man, itâ€™s never been about female sexuality. Itâ€™s always been about them living out their pre-pubescent masturbatory fantasies â€” and, essentially, thatâ€™s what they both still are, little boys who have no idea what they are doing, but think they are God merely for doing it. Bunny Tales is in stores now and the article from the L.A. Times can be found at www.latimes.com/features/magazine/west/la-tm-gonewild32aug06,0,2664370.story.
Record: students cast in a negative light Continued from page 8
There is a problem on Albert St. That problem will not be solved when the local media vilifies students and uses paragraphs like this one from the September 12 issue: â€œLarge parties, with up to 23 kegs of beer, could supply hundreds of party-goers. Drunken students staggered out onto the busy street, vomiting, urinating and breaking beer bottles on the other properties. Students had sex in front of the neighboursâ€™ homes.â€? While these incidents were confirmed by the sources, they come from various incidents, not necessarily one specific orgy of student binging. Easson said, â€œI think the paper [â€Ś] was trying to spin it. To get some kind of story going and get some energy in it.â€? Barrickâ€™s level of â€˜spinâ€™ is not simply painting things in a certain light. She specifically does not contact accused parties, nor make mention of an attempt; a journal-
istic fubar tantamount to pooping on the coats. The Record occasionally recognizes the great contributions the universities and college make, but they are just as quick to forget. It seems that Barrickâ€™s tales of public drinking, urination and omitted sources rank higher than a massive effort by students to fundraise for Cystic Fibrosis. Shinerama took place September 9 and earned such lofty coverage as a small photo (stock, from 2003) and a blurb in the â€œAround the Regionâ€? feature. You could not get a coffee without getting your windows washed (and damn well, mind you) anywhere in the city. But the problems of Albert St. take precedence? Clearly, Carmody and Easson are not the cause of the anti-student aura cast by The Recordâ€™s series. Easson professed her love for students, but expressed the most frustration at the lack of enforcement. She enjoys the energy that students bring to the city, citing Princess Cinemas and the
numerous ethnic restaurants as things that wouldnâ€™t happen if we didnâ€™t have such a diverse climate. Barrick was just covering one side of the story. Covering it poorly, mind you, but at least she was making an attempt. Those on fat Torstar budgets should take care to remember that the area they serve is growing rapidly. Alumni from our universities and colleges are moving in permanently; student populations are growing; the city is expanding. Barrick is content to tell one side of the story â€” the side that villifies students. A thorough job of reporting would seek to include all aspects of the story and provide a fair and balanced picture. At the very least, get the facts of a one-sided story straight. I sincerely hope that The Record can revise their reporting methods before further damage is done to the complex fabric of relationships we have in this community.
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