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vol 29, no 17

Friday, November 10, 2006

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Hagey lecture tackles war, torture, the media Margaret Clark arts editor

With one decisive clap of his hands, American author, journalist and political critic Seymour Hersh opened a students’ colloquium Wednesday, November 8 on national security and investigative journalism. Appearing later that day as the 2006 installation in the Hagey Hall Lecture Series, Hersh started his University of Waterloo tour by addressing the kind of audience he appealed to long before his work as a journalist made him famous. “Well, what are we doing here?” he said, turning to a student approaching the podium. “Are you going to introduce me? Okay, good.” Hersh proceeded to listen attentively, and with a touch of amusement, to the solemn litany of his life achievements to date: his Pulitzer-Prize-winning exposé of the My Lai massacre in 1969, his coverage of the Nixon era (from Watergate to U.S. involvement in the military coup of democraticallyelected Chilean president Salvadore Allende), his whistle-blowing on human rights abuses during the Gulf War and later in Iraq, and most recently his condemnation of the U.S. in regards to Iran and the Middle East. Now a freelance journalist whose work features most often in the New Yorker, Hersh is also the author of seven political books, including his most recent, Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib. The floor finally his own, Hersh immediately launched into personal anecdote, but the audience, packed at Hersh’s urging into the front rows of Davis Centre’s room 1302, never heard this first story in full; just as the fierce political critic was building to the crux of his tale, he was interrupted by a request that he speak up for the video camera. A terse silence fell over those in attendance as a surprised Hersh began to haggle over the use of a microphone. “I’m no fan of the media,” the past New York Times journalist declared to appreciative laughter as he grudgingly pocketed the recorder for a portable microphone. But when an apologetic student aid held out a second microphone, “for

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American journalist Seymour Hersh challenges students to consider U.S. foreign policy and the role of the media. projecting,” Hersh’s momentary accession to what he called “the mess of video media” fell through. Handing back both microphones and power packs, the award-winning journalist firmly shook his head and turned back to the audience, clearly interested in getting to the discussion itself. Hersh 1, technology 0. Changing tactics, Hersh opened the floor to questions, a move that immediately renewed the energy in the room. But there was no predicting just where a question

would take Hersh, as those about present-day world affairs drew Hersh to matters of journalistic professionalism, while other, more abstract queries about journalism elicited his personal views on war and the future of America. It was also abundantly clear that while Hersh accepted and was willing to answer questions from faculty and other staff members in attendance, he was keenly interested in responding to as many student questions as he could in the brief hour allotted for just this purpose.

No stranger to being accused of a liberal bias in his writing, Hersh at one point criticized Mark Halperin, ABC News political director, for saying that journalists need to practise personal neutrality (by not voting, for instance) in order to do their jobs effectively. “That’s so insulting to my profession,” said Hersh. “We’re professionals. We’re going to have opinions, we can’t deny it. And it may be that we’ll choose stories on that basis, but once we’re in a story, we know we have to put [our personal feelings] aside.”

Hersh went on to criticize government officials like John Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who Hersh said would only give interviews to those willing to write favourable articles about their encounters. “Pissing on the head of my government is just part of my job,” he explained, adding that journalists cannot be afraid to pursue a story simply because it may affect members of the government. See HERSH, page 6

Friday, november 10, 2006 News Editor: Ashley Csanady News Assistant: Rachel McNeil

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Library livens Cambridge Dinh Nguyen staff reporter


While delivering mail to a resident of Oil City, Pennsylvania, a female postal worker was attacked and bitten by a squirrel. The squirrel, which was identified as a “traumatic freak thing,” attacked the postal worker, Barb Dougherty, 30, just as she was leaving the residence. According to The Derrick newspaper, Dougherty saw the squirrel sitting on the porch watching her. After putting the delivery into the mailbox, the squirrel jumped at Dougherty, climbed up her legs and onto her back, savagely biting her. While struggling, Dougherty eventually got hold of the squirrel’s tail and pulled it off. After hearing her screaming, the resident’s neighbours immediately came to the scene. Dougherty has been taken to the hospital where she was treated for scratches and cuts. As a precaution, she was also given rabies shots. The squirrel has been sent to a lab for rabies testing. Now retuning to work, Dougherty may have to endure an unending string of jokes from her peers about finally getting some tail. India Coutesy Chris Hughes, UW graphics

The Musagetes Library, new to UW’s Cambridge campus, provides useful material for those interested in architecture. Jacqueline McKoy staff reporter

Waterloo’s school of architecture welcomed a new addition on Wednesday, November 1 with the official opening of the Musagetes Architecture Library, a state-of-the-art collection of resources. While the library has been open for business since last February, last week’s ceremony celebrated major additions and donations which have transformed the library’s collection. The library was generously aided by local philanthropists Louise MacCallum and Michael

Barnstijn, a pair of former RIM employees who founded the Musagetes Foundation, which provides support to local cultural initiatives. The foundation donated $2.5 million to help renovate and furnish the new library. Prior to the Musagetes Library opening, Waterloo’s resources on architecture and design were scattered throughout the university’s library system. Musagetes Architecture Library branch head Michelle Laing says that about 9,000 books were held at the University Map and Design Library in ES2, and the bulk of the architecture collection was housed on the eighth floor of the Dana Porter Library. As well, other useful

resources were in different locations throughout the tri-university library system (TRELLIS), especially in the Annex storage facility in Guelph. The new library has brought all these collections together, as well as provided more space for back issues of scholarly journals. According to Laing, students already appear to be benefiting from the newly consolidated collection. Laing found that “a former architecture student commented that he didn’t realize there were so many [architecture] books available.” See LIBRARY, page 7

Waterloo drops in Maclean’s university rankings Suzanne Gardner assistant editor-in-chief

The University of Waterloo is once again among the most highly ranked universities in the annual Maclean’s ranking issue. UW finished first in the “most innovative” category, second in the “best overall” category and the “leaders of tomorrow” category and third in the “highest quality” category. Additionally, UW placed second in “best overall” under the comprehensive rankings, losing out to the University of Guelph. UW has been in the top three for this category every year since the comprehensive rankings began in 1992. In order to determine the rankings within the comprehensive category, Maclean’s “takes a measure of the undergraduate experience, comparing universities in three peer groupings. Those in the Comprehensive category have a significant amount of research activity and a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including professional degrees.”

According to Maclean’s, the national reputational ranking is derived from a survey of “high school principals and guidance counselors, university officials, heads organizations, as well as CEOs and recruiters at corporations across the country, asking for their views on quality and innovation at Canadian universities.” In the spring of 2006, 11 Canadian universities agreed to no longer participate in Maclean’s ranking surveys. The movement began after the presidents of four universities — the University of Toronto, McMaster University, the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary — wrote a joint letter to the magazine, citing that they would cease to participate in the 2006 Maclean’s questionnaire because “the ranking methodology used by Maclean’s is oversimplified and arbitrary.” Despite their unwillingness to participate in the questionnaire, the University of Alberta jumped ahead to first spot in the “best overall” category, after being in sixth place last year. Media relations at the University of Alberta were unable to comment on if this change affects their view of the magazine’s rankings.

In a letter from the editors at the beginning of the Maclean’s ranking issue, the magazine responds to the accusations made by the universities who have decided to withdraw from assisting the magazine in the rankings. “The truth is that the Maclean’s system is as fair and comprehensive as any university ranking in the English language,” the letter defends. Last week, The Globe and Mail’s annual university report card was also released. Based on 65 different categories ranging from “overall satisfaction with the university experience” to the “size of classes” to the “tolerance of diverse ideas/opinions,” universities across Canada receive ratings from an A+ to a D. This year UW received 4 A+ grades: “overall academic reputation of your university,” “reputation of university among employers,” “reputation for undergraduate studies” and “reputation for conducting leading-edge research.” The lowest grade UW received was a single C- in the “availability of meritbased scholarships” category.

After several weeks of investigation, criminal charges against a three-month old infant from Patna, India were dropped. According to LO Hud news, the boy, Parveen Kumar, was originally charged with robbery, extortion and banditry after a local bus driver accused him of stealing the bus fares. Kumar and his father were riding the bus on the same day the driver was apparently robbed. Both suspects were added to the initial charge list. Weeks after the investigation, the local Patan police concluded that Kumar was accused as the prime suspect because the bus driver bore a grudge against his father. The infant has been cleared of all charges, while no information about his father’s condition was released. Evidently, The Grudge has spread outside of Japan. UK

“Jones, Jones, Jones,” a get-together recently held in Wales for people with the surname Jones has been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest gathering of people with the same name. With over 1,200 people from as far as New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Canada, “Jones, Jones, Jones” had more than double the participants compared to the previous record event. The previous gathering of 583 people in 2004 was held in Sweden with the theme name of Norberg. The event, which was filmed and broadcast over television, began with a 30-minute documentary on the name. Jones, next to Smith, is the second most common name in Britain and can be traced back as far as 916 A.D. It is believed that the name is a derivation of “John.” According to The Canadian Press, many people were denied admission during the event. Organizers turned away anyone who did not bring along ID, had hyphens in between their names, or used a Jones-related stage name. People who were simply jonesing for the event were also denied access.


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Hello, I trust you are eagerly awaiting the first real snowfall and the thought of Christmas shopping has not started to weigh heavily on you yet. For those of you who have not heard, the University of Waterloo has decided to make alarm security an in-house entity. The UW-IST department will be taking over all aspects of sales, service, installations and programming of all related security equipment. So, once again, with regret I depart. As of December 1, 2006, Security One Services will provide reference and consultation. All inquiries and requests should be directed to A.L. MacKenzie, Director of Police and Parking Services at 519-888-4567, ext 32828 or 519-886-9639 or It has been an honour and a pleasure knowing and serving you. Thank you for your friendship and support over the years. Enjoy the day .... Sincerely; Paul Tigert

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Due to an oversight on Imprint’s behalf last issue, three interviews were not included in the special municipal elections section. These are the omitted interviews. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Election day is Monday, November 13, 2006.

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Robert Ross

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Councillor Jan d’Ailly (pronounced Yan Dye-ee), who sits on a variety of Kitchener-Waterloo boards and committees, is running for re-election this year for his seat on municipal council. This incumbent councillor was born to Dutch parents in the U.S. He later moved to Canada and completed a BA in economics at McGill University. He moved to Waterloo in 1991 for work and made his home here; his two sons attend Waterloo Collegiate Institute and Centennial. D’Ailly is running with the hopes of dealing with the remaining issues left over from the RIM Park scandal, cleaning up city hall and building the community. In his own words, he wants to “make sure we build a city that’s warm and welcoming.” He also believes in the importance of student voting: students make up 25 per cent of Waterloo’s population, and are fundamental to making the city thrive. Student voting, according to d’Ailly, makes sure student and university concerns are recognized. Voting is imperative to making a better city for yourself. “If you don’t vote,” said d’Ailly, “you shouldn’t complain.” Councillor d’Ailly has history and experience in local politics. He promises to deal with student issues such as housing and noise policies, as well as roads, the transit system and parking. In regard to the noise complaints that have been levied against students in the past, he says, “Once you get the facts on the table and an understanding of each other’s [students and other Waterloo residents] issues, the solutions usually find themselves.” D’Ailly commented on an issue concerning many students, the potential turnover of water and sewer services to the regional government. D’Ailly said that he will not support the motion unless it will either lower costs or improve service without costing people extra money. He also said that he believes in environmental responsibility. D’Ailly stated that the city should be a leader on environmental initiatives. Councillor d’Ailly personally has experience dealing with environmental issues. He currently on several environmental committees, including the Clair Lake and North Clair Creek class environmental assessment committee, citizens advisory committee on air quality and the regional pesticide committee.

It’s not often a regional council candidate’s election flyer and platform proclaims “Legalize marijuana!” or “Make love, not war,” but then again, Mike Clancy isn’t your typical regional council candidate. Citing the baby boomer generation’s “betrayal” of their progressive roots as his reason for running and the cause of many of the world’s current problems, Clancy proposes his vision for Waterloo region is that of “Looseterdam” a city that rivals Amsterdam or San Francisco in progressive values. When asked why students should vote, Clancy said, “Because we have no opportunity to create a model city of the future.” He later added, “School is more than just learning and a city if more than just roads; it has got to be a place where you live and feel alive.” Clancy has what you could call an unorthodox platform to say the least. While most candidates listed infrastructure, the environment or transportation as the most important issue in this campaign, Clancy said to him it is raising the minimum wage. “It’s been done in other cities… if you live in the past you don’t move forward,” Clancy explained when asked if it is possible to make such a change at the regional or municipal level. Balancing the needs of students and residents alike is, to him, a matter of leniency. “When I was a student, students did a lot of things and it wasn’t taken seriously … there wasn’t this anal need to punish,” he said. “I can remember the things we did and basically you got a ride home and a little bit of a warning; there wasn’t this zero tolerance thing.” For Clancy, regional council is very important because “regional council is going to spend more of your money than any other level of government, whether you are student or other wise… it’s important that you elect a regional councilor that sets the tone [for the city in which you live].” With satellite campuses already in Cambridge, Kitchener and soon Stratford, UW is becoming a presence throughout the region. For Clancy, the region has a role to play in supporting its many students. “Each of those municipalities has been able to rejuvenate its downtown business… neighbourhoods have benefitted from the installation of those university campuses… I think it’s only fair that they return some of those revenues back to students in terms of lifestyle,” he said. In his own words, he said students should vote for him because “because there is more to life than just roads and sewers that Waterloo can become a party town again.”

Robert Ross didn’t decide to run for regional chair until September 28, when he realized that incumbent Ken Seiling was going to be acclaimed because he has no opposition. He wanted to provide a forum for debate. He explained, “if there is only one person, then there are going to be no issues and no debate.” Raising issues seems to be at the forefront of Ross’ platform. He clearly stated he doesn’t want to see the development of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system in the city. Citing that most cities on the continent have ripped up their LRT systems. “For the $300 million, the GRT has to prove to me that they have the ridership… it’s going to go from somewhere in Kitchener to somewhere in north of Waterloo. Eventually they will get to Cambridge and St. Jacobs,” he said. “The money is better spent on securing a safe and better supply of water.” Ross even goes so far as to liken the proposal to an episode of The Simpsons, where Springfield builds an expensive monorail system that fails horribly saying “just because everyone else has one, doesn’t mean we need one.” Ross acknowledged the need for improvement of transportation throughout the region. He suggests a perimeter road for the region, designated bus lanes and a reorganization of routes to improve the current system as opposed to building the LRT. Water ranks high on his list of priorities. He says it is the most important thing the region is responsible for since “they took over the responsibility of the water in response to Walkerton… and it was decided that it would be better if we had one entity in charge of all the water to ensure its quality.” He added, “That’s our number one thing because you can’t live without water… it’s the one thing people don’t think about.. They don’t think about it until there is a problem and [until then] it’s just in the back of their minds.” Ross states his youth, he’s only 38, as an incentive for students to select him for regional chair come election day; however, he is more concerned with getting people to vote than getting elected. “Just get out there and vote… Should they vote for me? It would be nice… I think water, transportation and our natural surroundings are important… [other candidates] will talk about them when they are brought up, but they won’t really bring them up,” he explained. He closed by saying if students are concerned about water, transportation and the environment, “then I would encourage them to vote for me.”


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Taking it all off for cancer Climate change replaces cotton candy

michael l. davenport

Kendra Boyd was one of over two dozen students to cut their hair to raise money for cancer research. Collectively, the host organization Smiling Over Sickness raised at least $4,700. In the process, some students also donated their hair towards wigs for cancer patients.


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A model of a wind powered energy source was featured as part of UWSP’s climate change fair. Rhyan Ahmed reporter

The University of Waterloo Sustainability Project (UWSP) hosted a three-day Climate Change Fair in the SLC this past week from November 6 to 8. Aiming to increase environmental awareness and showcase a multitude of subgroups within UWSP, the oncampus organization lined the Great Hall with posters and booths. Embedded within the heart of campus, UWSP is located on the third floor of the Student Life Centre and is comprised of a number of individual committees each targeting specific aspects of sustainability. “We’re a Feds service and our main objective is to educate students about environmental issues and also promote sustainability on campus,” said Tegan Renner, current UWSP co-ordinator and 3B environment

and resource studies student. Rather than executing a compilation of raw fact and information, the fair was designed to promote a fun, as well as educational environment on pertinent environmental issues. “We have games that you can play, movies that you can watch and it’s all about climate change. We’ve had various guest speakers as well.” Adam Krop from the Grand House Student Co-operative spoke briefly on the Cambridge-based student run organization. The student co-operative, in an effort to encourage environmental sustainability in a manner applicable to students, began the process of building residences using environmentally friendly methods. The aptly named “straw-bale” house was built by the co-operative for students using recycled wood, non-toxic paint, solar panels and a wastewater filtration/recycling system.

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Other topics showcased at the fair included posters depicting renewable energy sources and effective waste management methods. Games booths were decorated with colourful palm trees and activities where students could gauge the environmental impact of their daily activities. In congruence with the theme of the fair, students who proved to be exceptionally environmentally friendly were awarded boxes of seeds among other things. For a fitting grand finale, UWSP hosted back-to-back theatre style showings of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Depicting the strong link between politics and environmental responsibility was certainly a motive behind the presentation: “Al Gore’s film was incredibly powerful. It really proved to me that yes, climate change is happening, yes we need to act on it and yes it is possible as long as there is a political will,” said Renner.

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Bringing the war home When veterans return home, their war is never truly left on the battlefield. I’ve written before about the contrasts between my grandfather’s war experiences and my time at university. Both experiences happened when we were roughly the same age. While the friends I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had at UW will continue to affect me in the future, so too did my grandfather’s war experiences. About ten years ago, my family and I took the train to Vancouver with my grandparents. On the way, my grandfather met an American war veteran. Between Toronto and Vancouver, while the rest of us enjoyed the scenery, the two veterans refought the Second World War. I had only ever heard my grandfather’s war stories, but never before told in the company of another veteran.

My father commented at the time that men of my grandfather’s generation never lacked a conversation starter. All that they needed to ask when they met someone else their age was, “What did you do in the war?” and they were set for the rest of the evening. The late 1940s saw an unprecedented boom in housing development. The government of the day sought to avoid the turmoil that followed the First World War demobilization and embarked on a comprehensive demobilization plan even before the war was close to finished. Veterans were given all sorts of considerations, whether in education, land purchase or home ownership. Practically every community in the country had its veteran’s neighbourhoods, a collection of pre-fabricated housing built quickly to house rapidly growing families. Waterloo’s first veterans’ neighbourhood was developed just north of what later became University Avenue and west of King Street. This small collection of compact pre-fabricated houses and townhouses rang with the voices of children while their parents went

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about establishing their lives. The legacy of this development and those like it were remembered on Sunday, November 5 when the National Veterans’ Memorial was unveiled in the rededicated Veterans’ Green. Veterans’ Green is at the corner of Hazel Street and University Avenue across for the entrance to Wilfrid Laurier University. The Memorial was cited as the first of its kind to commemorate those who had returned home and the legacies that went before them. Cenotaphs and monuments like the National War Memorial in Ottawa commemorate those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country in the battles they fought. While those monuments hold a great deal of significance for the survivors, they themselves are not remembered. Times have changed since the first memorials of the Great War were erected in the 1920s and this is symbolic of our changing attitudes towards war and history. The glorification of war and the sacrifice of war continue to ring large, but they are joined by the legacy of war. In History 250, one of those core courses that at first appears to be itself more symbolic than practical, we have been examining the idea of historiography. What makes history? What is the best way to commemorate controversial ideas? The National Veteran’s Memorial goes at least part of the way to commemorating the peacetime lives of those who were willing to lay down their lives for their country, but were lucky enough to return.



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Hersh: his start in journalism Continued from cover

Asked about his most recent topic of interest, the possibility of U.S. nuclear action in Iran, Hersh went on to say, “Yes, it’s Chicken Little — ‘the sky is falling, the sky is falling!’ And you know what? I would love to be made fun of next year as ‘the guy who scared us all about Iran.’ I would love that, but the problem is: I believe Bush, I believe he believes in what he says [he’s trying to do]... I really do. It would be easier if I didn’t.” Regarding his personal history, Hersh was equally matter-of-fact. When asked what prompted his career in journalism, he replied without hesitation, “I flunked out of law school.” A follow-up question about the lessons he had learned as a young reporter then revealed a more complete picture of the now 69-year-old “journalist for life.” Coming from a lower-middle-class family with no money, Hersh worked at a liquor store after law school, where an opportune run-in with a passing acquaintance landed him a job as a night shift police reporter in Chicago. With unexpected frankness, Hersh stated that the bulk of the job originally consisted of “smoking the dope [the police] had grabbed that night, and watching the 8mm films they confiscated.” But his perceptions of police reporting changed dramatically after his first encounter with dead bodies, when being the sole reporter on the scene of a dramatic car crash taught him his responsibility as a member of the media. Near the close of the colloquium, Hersh turned that sense of responsibility on its head when, referring to the trend of newspapers becoming “profit-centres,” he said, “It’s ruinous what’s going on. …We’ve got to separate the news from the big corporations.” He also offered two pieces of advice for students looking to get involved in journalism. “Read before you write,” he said, “and then get the eff out of the way of the story. It doesn’t need to be sensational to be good.” At 8 p.m. that same day, Hersh appeared in the Humanities Theatre to give a talk entitled “U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib to Today.” After

three introduction speakers, Hersh took the stage and proceeded to move the nearly-full house from laughter at his witticisms about members of the U.S. government, to appreciable silence throughout his brutal accountings of war, torture and murder. After outlining the “Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib” and making his argument for U.S. President George W. Bush’s personal responsibility for the prison torture therein, Hersh went on to draw parallels between “the kids” who served as soldiers in Vietnam and “the kids” now counted among American combatants in Iraq. Hersh, who stressed that “the GIs who [commit human rights abuses] are as much victims as the Iraqis — it’s the higher ups who’re really to blame,” especially highlighted the mental degradation and homelessness rates of young American veterans of the Iraqi war. He made the overall argument that the costs of the U.S. war in Iraq, already high in terms of sheer numbers, could not be measured in death counts alone. When Hersh opened the floor to questions, he was asked to comment on a series of “what if ” situations about the future of the Middle East, to which he responded ultimately with caution (at one point tugging at his tie in Rodney-Dangerfield fashion and quipping, “if I had the answer to that, I’d play the race tracks tomorrow!”). Hersh especially stressed that the U.S. has alienated the Muslim world in ways with consequences that may take years or even generations to fully materialize. Regarding the role of the media in politics, a topic that arose in the last question of the evening, Hersh received strong applause for stating: “I strongly believe it is the press’ job to hold public officials to the highest possible standard.” In conjunction with the earlier statement that “our democracy is a lot more fragile than we think,” the relevance of Hersh’s presentations to a Canadian audience were not easily questioned by those in attendance at either of the UWsponsored events.


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UW nominated as haven for vegans Rachel McNeil assistant news editor

The University of Waterloo has been successfully topping charts such as the university rankings in both McLean’s magazine and the Globe and Mail of late, but they may have some more unexpected achievements on the way, as UW has recently been added to’s “Top VegFriendly Colleges” contest. The animal-friendly organization is affiliated with PETA, which encourages vegans and vegetarians world-wide to avoid eating meat and aid innocent animals by approaching the controversial issue from unique angles; they frequently run contests searching for the Sexiest Vegetarian and their website boasts pictures of nude protestors holding signs for “Bare skin not bear skin.” Meanwhile, peta2 is trying to take the vegetarian cause to the university level by inquiring about North America’s most veg-friendly institution. By filling out a short ballot on the peta2 website and selecting whichever schools “sounds the yummiest,” students can win a $100 Visa Card — which they might need to buy a new keyboard after drooling on their own when they hear of the veg-friendly options some schools have to offer. Currently, there are 44 universities on the voting list, including the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph. Yet some vegetarian students are still wondering how UW got on the Veg-Friendly Colleges list, seeing as the

vegan corner in Village 1 — the UW residence with the most vegetarian options — consists of a counter smaller than most students’ desks. However, this one small section accommodates a large array of vegetarian tastes: offering three varieties of soy milk, varied hummus flavours and daily specialties such as tofu steaks and couscous royale. As well, all French fries and onion rings are deep fried in vegetable oil to suit vegetarian dietary needs. “I’m lucky to be a vegetarian because I don’t have to wait in line as long,” said Sanya Sagar, a first-year Arts student who’s lived in Village 1 since September. She believes the vegetarian counter’s size is comparable to the number of students who order from it. And while the food served is tasty enough for Sagar, she admits to being disappointed by her lack of options because there aren’t any hot breakfast options at all and meal items for lunch and dinner are the same each day. However, Sagar says the lack of selection is compensated for by her floor’s support of her veggie decision. While she could have landed on a floor with meat-eating manics, Sagar’s floormates have been remarkably understanding; in the past, she’s been bombarded with ignorant comments about the animal-overpopulation that makes it mandatory to eat meat, which she’s glad to be rid of at UW. Yet whether UW can be considered the most veg-friendly college in North America based upon its mere acceptance of vegetarian choices has yet to be determined — perhaps only the official rankings can tell if UW needs to start accommodating more veggie tastes and increasing their vegan options. To cast a vote, visit

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V for vandalism

tim alamenciak

Somebody really wants us to remember, remember the fifth of November. In honour of Guy Fawkes Day, a British holiday commemorating the anniversary of a failed attempt to blow up Parliament, somebody spray painted a giant “V” on the central services building (CSB). The “V” is a reference to the popular comic book and movie, V for Vendetta.

Library: architectural proves literature enlightening Continued from page 3

Laing is especially pleased that the new space provides opportunities to showcase many of the rare works in the library. The library’s expanded rare books collection includes such artifacts as a 1535 Latin treatise by Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer. The collection has been added to periodically since UW’s inception but recently received an influx of resources thanks to two significant private donations from philanthropist Spencer Clark and Canadian architectural historian William Dendy. The rare books collection now has text on pivotal developments in northern Europe and early North American architecture.

“We have a really good collection,” Laing boasts. In a press release, school of architecture director Rick Haldenby agreed that, “In collaboration with the UW library, we have created one of the best collections of rare architectural books.” While Waterloo’s architecture library holdings may not be as expansive as U of T’s, the library, with its more that 30,000 volumes, is comparable to or better than those of McGill, Calgary and Dalhousie. The wealth of the Musagetes Library is also benefiting those outside of the UW community; the Cambridge Public Library has begun to use a portion of its annual budget to purchase materials related to architecture and urban design.

Correction In the article titled “Vowel change sparks 45 minutes of heated debate” in the November 3, 2006 issue of Imprint it was stated that “[renaming the Women’s Centre] was one of the few...change[s] to come out of the controversial service review to be implemented.“ In fact, of the 33 changes recommended by the review, 23 were ratified as-is and 8 were implemented with modification.Only two were rejected. Imprint apologizes for the error.

Friday, november 10, 2006 Opinion Editor: Paul Marchwica Opinion Assistant: Ryan Webb

Friday, November 10, 2006 — Vol. 29, No. 17

A letter to ribbon thieves

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Dear person who stole my ribbon, I believe you punked my yellow Support the Troops ribbon from the hood of my car. The ribbon was given to me by my parents, from the parents of a close friend who has gone over to Afghanistan. I check the headlines daily for his name, fearing to see it because it’s almost always bad news. While I realize that this action may have been a simple act of late-night vandalism, I lean toward the more romantic notion of some misguided peacenik hippie trying desperately to be heard in a world where Big Brother is always coming down on them. Shine on, you crazy diamond. Go to your peace rallies and stick flowers in the end of riot troops’ guns. Leave my goddamn ribbon alone.

I do not support the war; I do not own a gun rack. I support the troops. I support the Canadian soldiers trudging through the harsh political climate of Afghanistan; trying desperately to understand why they’re there and why our government insists on this mission. You, you don’t support anything. I bet you don’t wear a poppy on Remembrance Day, claiming some flimsy excuse of “I’m a pacifist.” If you want to cling idly to your visions of flowers, faeries and life in the great green pasture, that’s fine. Do so on your own time, and don’t let your little happy magic world bleed in to the real world. Lock yourself in a bomb shelter and live off Spam — both worlds would be better off. I used to be proud to call myself a pacifist, but after your recent ribbon-stealing debacle, I hesitate to use the word. I don’t want to be aligned with an unappreciative jackass like you. I’m anti-war, but pro-people. You cannot go on living this way; either wake up or shut up. Trumpeting peace is acceptable behaviour, but bashing the current


war effort or past veterans only serves to hurt more people. You do not have to agree with the war to support the troops. Take a trip to the Legion one day, you dirtyhaired peacenik. Talk to a 60-year-old man who may look cute with his glasses and hairy nose, but will go on to tell you about reaching for his friend’s hand and getting just that — a severed hand. Things like that don’t just happen in the movies. People die; people kill. The war effort is, in my opinion, largely misguided. But the soldiers are out there fighting anyway. They are fighting for us — for our country. It may not be true in the writ of the war, but it’s certainly true in the hearts of those who man the cannons. In closing, please return my ribbon. You can bring it by the office. The pacifist in me won’t let me punch you, but hopefully this letter serves as a decent lesson. Either recede to your nice, peaceful fried-Spam bubble or realize that maybe there are more layers of morality to the statement “Support the Troops” than you think. Love, Tim.

Graham Moogk-Soulis

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Let’s put this mercy killing to rest compassion into a courtroom? Bergeron’s lawyer will be sending a copy of the judgment in the case to Ottawa along with a request for the government to take another look at the assisted suicide law. I swear if they overturn this law, you might as well kill me because I wouldn’t be able to live in a world like that. I’ve been dying to discuss euthanasia for a while now. The life you have is given to you, so what sense does it make to take it? You already have it, so relax already. Unless you have some painful incurable disease or condition, then man, I dunno if you could relax, but you could at least stop talking about ending your pain. Currently, laws in Canada prohibit assisted suicide. This law, however, is rarely if ever properly enforced. As recently as October 19, a Montreal judge sentenced André Bergeron, a man charged with attempting to murder his wife, to only three months probation — the same amount of time you’d get for say, sneaking out of the house when you’re a teenager. When speaking with the CBC, presiding justice Judge Côté is quoted as saying “that it was clear that Bergeron did what he did out of love and not aggression, and given the circumstances, he should not serve any jail time.” How could Côté call himself a judge, when really he is more like a 12 year old trapped inside the body of an idiot? I mean, who would bring

I mean, who would bring compassion into a courtroom? In general, prosecutors can easily be convinced to not press charges in cases concerning assisted suicide as they rarely, if ever, result in a conviction. It is as though this law isn’t really with us anymore, but I refuse to give up on it. It has been in this inactive state for a while, no longer having any of the things which would make it a real law in any sense of the word, but there is no way I’m just going to let it go. This law is meant to protect vulnerable people. The elderly, chronically ill; people whose lives are devalued by today’s society. We are not meant to interfere with natural processes like pain and suffering, or IV drips, or breathing machines. Breathing machines unnatural, you say? Well if I may retort, fuck

you. The way I see it is that anyone who even condones murder should be executed. I’m so sick and tired of these right-to-die compassionazis. Someone should really just put them out of their misery. Our society today has a lack of emotional, psychological and spiritual support for people in pain, and keeping them alive in this emotionally hollow culture is the only way we can turn this country around. Regardless of your religion, there is a simple rational reason for not allowing people to put an end to their own suffering — the bible says it’s wrong. We have agreed as a community that killing is absolutely always wrong regardless of the context in which it is committed. Well, unless it’s in self-defense. Or if we are fighting a war. Okay, so there are exceptions, but outside of those, fuck you, murderer. It’s so completely selfish for someone to want to take his or her own life. Do they ever stop to think about how ending their grievous suffering will affect the people around them? What about me? It makes me sick that these self-centred jerks would not take into account how it makes me feel. I’m Brendan Pinto and I’m single (and if you haven’t figured this out, I’m never letting this sign-off die no matter how tired or old it gets), so tell your friends.


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1870? Been there. Organic foods for the classier consumers

there is no absolutely proven benefit to organic foods (and I am not sure that there isn’t), it does not justify calling the organic standards “useless” and advocating their removal. If I am wrong, then I look forward to the forthcoming articles such as “Champagne is a fabrication,” “Bottled water is a fabrication,” “Clean air is a fabrication.”


To the editor,

I couldn’t help but chortle as I read Bryan Gillis’ response to Trish Garland’s article on “organic” foods. At the beginning, it was an extremely well-written article, laced with facts. Then he jumped off the train of science and onto a train loaded with fool’s gold. It started with his claim that “these pesticides are harmful in large doses, one must keep in mind the mantra, ‘The dose makes the poison’.” I’d just like to point out something called “Non-monotonic dose-response,” where dose and response are not related by corresponding increases. Hence, some endocrine disruptors produce their highest effect at intermediate doses. There’s a long long list of chemicals that work this way, so I can’t begin to list them all, but here’s a sample for Bryan Gillis to “digest:” octylphenol, dioxins, hexachlorobenzene and phthalate esters. As a nail in the coffin, Cavieres et al found, in 2002, that a common dandelion herbicide (a chlorophenoxy acid, ‘2,4-D’) produces its highest response at the lowest level tested. Bryan finished by saying that he hopes the general population will “continue to do away with many of their current [useless] standards.” Let’s start with getting our facts straight, and then we’ll redesign standards.

To begin with, I want to be clear that I love Waterloo. It is a great school and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. However, I do have a bone to pick with my fellow students and even some of the staff here on campus. I’m a friendly person and it brightens my day to exchange a small smile or nod with complete stangers. Some of you may think that is creepy or bizarre, but I know some people feel the same way. I’ve got to say that when I’m on campus, or on my way through the Research and Technology Park, when I try to make eye contact with anyone I find that 90 per cent of the time I get avoided or ignored. I acknowledge that between classes there are a lot of people bustling about, but when there are only a few people around, I like to lighten my day by making a small connection with a fellow human being. I also understand that people may not be comfortable with looking at a stranger, and there are those days when even I prefer to keep to myself. But in my hometown of Cambridge, and even within my neighbourhood in Waterloo, I receive a response from a much larger percentage of the people I initiate eye contact with. Why is our school unfriendly? Or is it just me? Am I difficult to smile at, is there a third eye or second nose that I’m unaware of ? I’d like to think not, but so far I am often discouraged by the constant lack of polite greetings. I’m beginning to think I will be forced into the role of the Polite Smile Outlaw, only able to send out my quick greetings when you’re unsuspecting and unaware, and even then attempting to avoid persecution. So, I appeal to all who read this to make the slightest effort to make our campus a little friendlier. I look forward to seeing you all on campus and giving you a slight nod.

— Neil Malhotra 4A chemistry

— Jessie Brown 2A arts and business

— Tiffany Tsun UW alumnus

To the editor, In response to Bryan Gillis’ opinion piece titled “Organic food is a fabrication,” [Imprint, November 3] Mr. Gillis seems to believe that there is no general good in organic farming to justify its existence. Since human bodies are capable of processing the “trace” amount of pesticides on conventional food, Mr. Gillis then claims there is no reason for organic food to even exist. He fails to recognize the harm associated with pesticides other than those from direct ingestion. Pesticides often persist for generations in the environment, in our bodies of water, in our land and in the air. These chemicals bioaccumulate in the bodies of small creatures, passing through the food chain from prey to predator. However, despite having good reasons to take precaution against pesticides, it is difficult to assess their ultimate cost on the health of the ecosystem. The argument of Mr. Gillis seems to say that if the human body can survive the effect of pesticides, then we should do away with higher standards that try to offer consumers the choice to be pesticide-free. Pesticides may be good enough for Mr. Gillis, but certainly not good enough for a consumer who appreciate the finer things in life. Many products on the market may not be proven to be better for you and in many cases they may cause more harm than good. The essence of our democratic and free society justifies having products that cater to consumers’ needs and desires, regardless of whether these choices will achieve greater good. This is the very reason why we have sparkling wine and champagne. Similarly, choosing organic food is a choice for the consumer — and not for Mr. Gillis — to make. Even if

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Abortion rights threatened in the U.S. A recent United States Supreme Court decision may be used to turn back the clock on a woman’s right to choose

During the American mid-term elections on November 7, the New York Times reported that a controversial referenda, that would have made all abortions illegal in South Dakota and required teenage women to get parental consent to have the procedure, failed. A sigh of relief may have been uttered by women’s reproductive rights groups, but to no avail, as November 8 saw the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments to ban “partial birth abortions.” Since the turn of the millennia, women’s rights to control their own bodies seems to be coming under attack in a very regressive way. While the fact that this legislation did not pass, prevents a full regression into a pre-Roe vs. Wade era. Yet, society still seems to be taking a step backward for every step forward. This makes the current case before the Supreme Court particularly troubling. While “partial-term abortions” has been a heated issue, even amongst some pro-choice activists, it’s not the procedure itself that is important, but what it stands for. Despite the fact that this case could endanger all abortions, “partial term abortions” seem to be so controversial that they have become fair game.

The Centre for Reproductive Rights says Far from the gruesome portrayal above, that the term “partial birth abortions” is used the Centre for Reproductive Rights says the by adversaries of the procedure. Medically, procedure, according to medical professionals, these procedures are often referred to as is among the safest options and can be used “intact dilation and evacuation abortions.” as early as 12 weeks into gestation. The NaThe procedure, according to the American tional Abortion Federation (NAF) president Pregnancy Association, entails having a and CEO, Vicki Saporta, released a statement synthetic dilator inserted in the cervix 24 regarding the Supreme Court proceedings hours prior to the procedure itself. On the that said, “This is a dangerous and broad ban day of the procedure the dilation process is prohibiting abortions as early as 13 weeks continued, then a cannula (a flexible tube in pregnancy — abortions that doctors say used to extract liqare safe and among uids from the body) the best to protect is inserted to begin women’s health... ... if you disagree with the removal process. Politicians should Thereafter, a curette not legislate mediabortion, it is not your (a spoon-shaped incal decision-making; strument used for prerogative to take that right women should be cleaning surfaces) able to make deciis used to scrape from someone else who may sions and receive away remnants and care based on their desperately need one. forceps may be used individual circumfor larger pieces. A stances.” The same suctioning follows statement reported to ensure removal of all fetal remains, which that the American College of Obstetricians are then examined to make sure everything and Gynaecologists also oppose the ban. was extracted. The procedure normally takes According to the NAF, the proposed ban place between the 15th to 21st week of ges- lacks definition. It is not a ban on late term tation. A crude depiction of the procedure pregnancies, but a ban on a specific procein the Times article described it as “partially dure. Herein lies the danger. Once different extracting a fetus from the uterus, then cut- kinds of abortions start to become illegal, it ting or crushing its skull.” The same article opens the floodgates for Roe vs. Wade (the also reported that opponent to the procedure, American constitutional amendment that solicitor general Paul Clement, likened it to gave women the right to an abortion) to be “infanticide.” challenged and defeated. Thirty years of

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progression have been driven to a halt in a few short months. The fact that the referenda did not pass in South Dakota, Oregon and California may indicate a glimmer of hope but their mere presence on the ticket and the case currently before the Supreme Court are dangerous in every sense of the word. Regardless of your individual views on abortion — in any of its forms — a medically defended practice should not be challenged on moral grounds. A right is a right, and if you disagree with abortion, it is not your prerogative to take that right from someone else who may desperately need one. If getting an abortion is something you personally would never do, then fine. It’s each individual’s choice, but it should not be dictated by the state. If something is deemed medically-safe but goes against your personal moral values, then don’t get one yourself. Though some people don’t morally agree with alcohol, birth control and even vaccinations, moral or religious viewpoints should not be sufficient reasoning to make something illegal. Many things are a matter of choice; abortion is merely one of them. If it’s not your body, then it’s not your right or the state’s to determine what is right for it. Roe vs. Wade gave women the power to control the fate of their own bodies. Once this is taken away, it’s hard to say where the line will be drawn in the future.

Embryonic stem cells are not the only way life. Why should we tolerate the creation of other humans only to violate their rights to live? Furthermore, what is the necessity in doing so when there is an ethical source for these coveted cells? What are the medical advantages to using ESC? Many studies have found that there are, in fact, no advantages to the use of ESC. Many argue that ESC alone possess the What could possibly be uncompassionate characteristic of totipotency (ability to difabout stem cell research? Stem cells are in- ferentiate into any human tissue). However, finitely dividing cells that, when prompted, studies have shown that ASC derived from begin to differentiate and form specific cells. bone marrow can be reprogrammed to be Stem cells can give rise to many different tis- multipotent (able to differentiate into many sues, allowing them the capacity to repair or types of tissue) according to an article in replace damaged tissue. Stem cells research Nature Cell Biology. Combining all sources of ASC, the only promises hope to those with chronic diseases. Stem cells could be used to cure many die- tissue that cannot be grown through reproseases, including Parkinson’s disease, Type I gramming of the cell is placenta. Moreover, diabetes, and all sorts of cancer. What could science has shown that ESC, with their infipossibly be more compassionate than easing nite ability to grow, are much more difficult to control. This uncontrolled cell growth the suffering of another human being? may sound familiar, While there is like cancer. In fact, nothing ignoble ESC have proved to about attempting ... the zygote is a living be tumorogenic acto cure a disease, we must ask ourselves human being in the earliest cording to an October 23 article in The Globe if the cure is worth and Mail. stage of life. destroying human The advantages life for. The fact to using ASC are apis that stem cells parent in the success can be taken from different sources. There are embryonic stories of at least 70 treatments involving stem cells (ESC), and there are adult-type ASC. Stem cells derived from umbilical stem cells (ASC) (including perinatal tissue cord blood have been successful in treating — umbilical cord blood, etc.). ESC are taken patients with thalassemia and sickle cell disthrough creating a living human in-vitro and ease according to a study in a 2003 issue of then harvesting the undifferentiated cells Journal of the American Society of Hematology. when the embryo is one week old. Anything More recently, scientists have been able to known about biology, and any embryology use ASC in therapy for patients with heart textbook, tells us that a zygote is a living disease, as seen in a September 21 article in organism at the moment of fertilization, the LA Times. Embryonic stem cells have and since the zygotes are created using hu- yet to successfully treat any disease. man DNA, we must know that the zygote is — Paula Dubois a living human being in the earliest stage of

opinion The bigger they are, the harder they fall


FRIDAY, november 10, 2006

If there is one universal truth in the realm of the media, it is that everybody loves a sex scandal. There is nothing more entertaining than watching some nom du jour come crashing down amidst the fiery debris of their own hubris when some past or present sex-laden secret is revealed. Of course, not all sex scandals are created equal. Sure, some are wonderfully titillating and capture our attention for a time — such as anti-gay mayors being outed by newspapers and their 18-year-old page boyfriends, or a New Jersey governor (father and husband) coming out as gay after allegedly being blackmailed by the man he was sleeping with — but some still manage to rise above all the others and bitch-slap you into utter awe with their magnitude. Such was the case last week, when Reverend Ted Haggard was outed by a male prostitute to a local radio station down in Denver, who revealed that he had been paid for sex by “Pastor Ted” for the past three years. Now, at first glance, this doesn’t sound like a very big story; revelations over clergy members having gay romps tend to crop up in the news fairly often. This, however, is substantially different. Ted Haggard was the head and

founder of the New Life Church, a 14,000 member evangelical megachurch in Colorado, a pulpit over which he repeatedly launched blistering denunciations of homosexuality, same-sex marriage and all that “sinful sodomy” stuff in general. He was also the founder of the Association of LifeGiving Churches, an association of over 300 evangelical congregations. But, neither of those were Rev. Ted Haggard’s most important post. He was, up until very recently, the head of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), an evangelical group founded in 1942 that has since grown to represent over 30 million members of the Evangelical faith. In fact, in his role as the head of the NAE, he regularly participated in weekly conference calls with President Bush on matters of faith and political policy, and made frequent visits to the White House. As put by Lauren Sandler, author of Righteous: Dispatches From the Evangelical Youth Movement, “Ted Haggard may not just be the most important evangelical you’ve never heard of, but the most important evangelical, period…,” further noting that Haggard and Bush are so close that “…he and the president like to joke that the only thing they disagree on is what truck to drive.” So, there you have it. Ted Haggard, one of the leaders of the evangelical movement, a man who has spent decades denouncing homosexuality as a sin and who was a personal advisor and friend of President Bush, has been allegedly paying for sex for the past three years from a gay male escort. Haggard even admitted to buy-

ing methamphetamines and allegedly wanted to organize an orgy with five to six “young college boys.” Haggard is now, of course, utterly disgraced. He has resigned from all of his posts and has been cast out from many of the associations in which he held significant power. While the aspects of this story are delightfully entertaining, what this story really illustrates is how far some people will go in denying the truth unto themselves, and that despite the repression and denial they may go through there is little they can do to change what they are. Ted Haggard is, undoubtedly, a tortured man who has been fleeing from this aspect of his sexuality for a majority of his life — and yet no matter how far he went in repressing this sexuality personally and in the public sphere, it still managed to catch up with him. Unfortunately, this won’t bring about any real changes in the evangelical movement. While it would be nice to dream that they might have a revelation — a change in heart where they follow Haggard into a new stream of belief where sexuality is a thing to be embraced, rather then repressed — it won’t happen. Instead, all that we are left with is the shell of a man who couldn’t accept who or what he was, and is now paying dearly for it. I won’t say that he deserves it, but from the sound of things, it was only a matter of time.

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Friday, november 10, 2006 Features Editor: Kinga Jakab Features Assistant: Ellen Ewart

Stand by Yoga vital for well-being your gals

Local yoga guru teaches how to better mind and body through simple exercises. Tiffany Li

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I was recently sitting with some girlfriends, drinking hot chocolate and discussing boys. One friend had recently gone on a few first dates and we were just shooting the shit. All was going well when, like a familiar wave of nausea, it began to hit me once again that there is something terribly wrong in the way that girls judge their fellow girlfriends. My first wave of this nausea was probably at the end of high school. In our co-ed group of friends we had well-known male and female slut (I use this word loosely, as they were both more promiscuous than average). I defended the girl without question and the boys stood by their guy; yet, we never once thought that we had to agree with their behaviours in order to defend them. What struck me then was that my “feminist” guy friends would not defend the promiscuous girl, although they had no trouble defending the “player” guy. Now that we’re older — for some of us — the problem has matured. Girls, we have become our own morality police. If you ask another girl to hear your latest love woes or joys, you’re going to get a lot more than just listening — namely, specific advice and moral judgments. If your once hot affair blows up in your face (no pun intended) your girlfriends are going to say that they told you so or that they didn’t but it was pretty obvious if you had asked them and above all that there is some common saying that you neglected to heed. Basically, that it was kind of your fault. So I’ve taken to a new tactic. I ask my guy friends. My girlfriends get a slimmeddown version of the story after it’s long over. But why? Because guys stand by their buddies. They might see disaster coming but they appreciate your right to choose. You get a short and sweet, blunt version of their opinion or advice. “He’s too sketchy,” “Yeah, he seems cool,” “Good work, pro-star,” etc. I can bring up a problem without asking for advice. Maybe I just want support. Maybe we all need to have a beer in the pub or head out to a club. Guys understand this. And most of all, when my love interest has hurt me and moved on, they won’t say “I told you so,” they’ll say, “That sucks.” Girls, what are we doing? Why do we try to keep our best friends’ behaviours in check? The world is tough. We need allies. We need each other. My advice is this: the next time a girlfriend brings up a love dilemma, give her credit, not advice. Give suggestions if she asks, but remember that maybe she doesn’t want any. Respect her right to learn for herself and don’t take it upon yourself to judge her. Remember that, in the end, the “Old Boys’ Club” is comprised of men who stick together not based on the choices they’ve made, but the sheer fact that they are men. We could have that, too. — Christine Ogley

“It causes you to deal with yourself… microcosm of your life on your mat… caught in a cycle of desire and aversion,” were but some of the profound statements made by Anastasia (Asia) Nelson. Now an alumnus of the University of Waterloo, Nelson is currently an instructor and director at Pranalife Yoga studios in downtown Kitchener, in addition to being an instructor to her weekly power yoga classes at Columbia Ice Fields. I participated in one of her classes in addition to asking her a few questions about Yoga. Eight years ago, as an undergraduate she took classes with Satchi, a guru whom she adored. The first couple of years came and went, and yet Nelson mentioned that her body felt relatively stiff and kept resisting the ability to let go and ease into some of the positions. It was her second teacher, Jennifer, who helped Nelson in not only maintaining a pose but also connecting yoga to the wellbeing of the mind and body. Nelson’s life long passion with this mentally stimulating and physically challenging form of exercise was born and from it, stemmed her desire to inspire and teach others. When asked what types of attributes and skills were necessary to maintain the varied poses, Nelson maintained that you must pay attention to what is on your mind — meaning that when you approach any situation in life, it’s the same method you will implement with the poses you perform on your mat. “How you do anything is how you do everything.” Another important factor is to whittle away any stress that may be plaguing you. If it is present on your mind, it inhibits your ability to fully embrace a pose and to maintain it for a period of time. Yoga teaches a person to clear and cleanse their mind and body — to let go. The yoga taught in her class today was filled with a variety of poses. Nelson said that we took Asthanga yoga and noted that traditionally the name stemmed from poses that one guru tailored for their student to aid their mental and physical well-being. Asthanga was originally created for an athletic star named Pattabhi Jois.

To create a personalized effect, Nelson said that in her class, she takes Ashtanga but adds a flow of vigorous activity at the beginning of class to an eventual slow down and focus on posture and breath near the end. Yoga aids in allowing one to let go of stressors and provides additional health benefits. She mentioned that it helps lower back problems, asthma, migraines, insomnia and reduces depression. It has even helped cancer patients alleviate some of their pains and reduce the symptoms of the degenerative illness. Inspired by the benefits and the history, Imprint asked Nelson for some helpful poses that students could perform to reduce their stresses of school (see continuation on page 15 for these poses).

The poses are offered courtesy of Pranalife Yoga. They will attend to target areas and you can perform them at home. These moves will help to reinvigorate your body and alleviate any stiffness you may have. If you are interested in learning more about Pranalife Yoga, please visit For information about taking yoga classes on campus, visit and click on the “wellness” heading on the bottom left hand corner of the page. If you are interested in learning more about yoga in general, Nelson recommends www., picking up a copy of Ascent magazine, or Yoga and Joyful Living magazine. see YOGA, page 15

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Waterloo alumnus, Anastasia Nelson, demonstrates the outside warrior pose.

The human condition examined What defines humanity? What should we strive for? Sure these questions sound like a crappy opening line to a first year paper on the “human condition” but more than that, they are the basis for liberal arts studies. Everyone of us, at one point or another, has pondered our existence. Although not all of us are existentialists, we do occasionally, and hopefully profoundly, question ourselves. Finding a purpose in our lives is one of the oldest questions and one I do not pretend to have the answer to. But I have, in my meager 23 years of existence, realized that there are certain truths that no matter how often and how positively they are found to be false, seem to remain true. Good things happen to good people and there will be happy endings. Sure it’s wishful thinking, but I happen to believe that the more wishfully you think, the more likely you are to have good

things happen to you. Crime can pay, bad guys can win and nice guys will usually finish last, but I’ve found that more often than not, people end up getting what they want, more than what they deserve. What I’m saying is set your goals on virtue and not value. I think the best way to live a good life is to set a good example. I’ve been told many times in business scenarios to dress for the job you want, not the job you have — that when you embody the spirit of what you want, you are more likely to believe in yourself and attain your goals. I believe the same goes with lifestyles. Don’t put off goals for later, live your dream as if it’s your only chance. I think the best way is through volunteerism and philanthropy. If you’ve ever admired Warren Buffett for donating $37 billion to charity, then remember that awe the next time the United Way is in town. Part of living a good life means helping others to do the same. And the very best way to become a good philanthropist is to do your research. Find out how much of every dollar donated goes toward the cause and how much goes to administration. Find out how the charity affects things locally and choose your charities wisely. Remember that organizations that give hand-ups are usually better than those that give hand-outs. Buffett put strict conditions on the money he

donated and so can you. He demanded that Bill or Melinda Gates be involved with the organization when his money was used. Demand to know how your money is helping and once you’re satisfied that it’s a good cause, give as generously as you can. Finally, champion a cause. Even if it’s a lost cause, find something to be passionate about. There are always things we love yet all too often we remain apathetic. This campus already sees tremendous passion in its student leaders and from its environmentalists. I say bravo to those who are working toward change. In the United States an election measured the country’s temperment. Things like human rights, foreign policy and traditional values were passionately debated. As the house changed hands for the first time in 12 years, the homeland that so clearly voiced a majority two years ago, seems to have hit puberty as the voice cracked. So even if we have not yet found the purpose for which we were made, it’s important that we begin to live passionately and to spread life. Passion, generosity and optimism are more important than existential equations. Once we become passionate and generous with our thoughts, our purpose will find us.


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GRT bus routes easier than you think Cindy Ward reporter

Well folks, it’s that time of the year again. Winter is at our doorstep and we must now find alternative ways of getting around other than our mighty two-wheeled machines. For most of us, the choices may include snowshoes, bumming a ride with our roommates and better yet, public transportation. The Grand River Transportation (GRT) bus system is a pretty popular choice amongst students and offers a lot of valuable and timely ways to get around the tri-cities. The GRT website ( is an excellent source of information for all GRT services, maps, routes and fares. With a little research and planning, maneuvering around Kitchener-Waterloo can be simple and painless. For those of you who don’t know, many years ago the GRT nicknamed themselves “The Get Around Gang,” but abandoned that label soon after.

A one-way fare is $2.25. Tickets can be purchased in groups of five for $7.75, which works out to be $1.55 each. For anyone traveling sporadically, buying tickets is definitely the best way to go. For those who plan to travel at least twice during the day (40 or more times a month), purchasing a GRT bus pass is the most economic at $57 a month. GRT also offers a special student pass for each semester (based on three months) at $148.00, which works out to $49.33 a month. Monthly passes and semester passes are both available for purchase at the Federation of Students office in the SLC. Feds offers a discount on the semester pass at $139.00. Many other locations are available for purchasing tickets or passes: the GRT bus terminal located on Charles St. W. in downtown Kitchener, the Ainslie St. bus terminal in Cambridge, Forwell Variety, Zehr’s, Sobeys, Shoppers Drug Mart and many more. Tickets are also available at the Turnkey desk in the SLC.

If you decide to go for the monthly or semester passes, please remember that all passes must be accompanied by a GRT photo ID which can only be purchased at the Charles St. terminal or the Ainslie St. terminal for a reasonable one-time price of $5 These photo ID’s must be obtained prior to purchasing any passes at the Feds office. If you are a cash fare or ticket user, you can ask the driver for a transfer. These transfers are good for unlimited use during the time noted on the transfer, which is 90 minutes or greater. As for the routes available around the tri-cities, you can purchase a route map for $5 at the Turnkey desk or any bus terminal, or go online to www.grt. ca. Individual route maps are free and are available at all of these locations plus, each bus you board will carry a selection of route maps for that area of the city. The iExpress bus route has become extremely popular since its inception in 2006. It has only 13 designated stops and can fly through town. The Cadillac of bus routes, the

iExpress travels from Conestoga Mall to the UW campus, WLU campus, and then all the way down King St. to the Charles St. terminal, continuing then to Fairview Park Mall, and on to the Cambridge Hespeler Rd. area, finally looping back at the Ainslie St. terminal in downtown Cambridge. The iExpress has special bus shelters for each of their stops and soon these shelters will offer lockers and bike racks. Speaking of bikes, all GRT buses come equipped with two bike racks on the front of each bus. If these racks are full, bikes are allowed on the buses, crowd permitting. Most GRT buses are also equipped with front-end hydraulics. These are called ‘kneeling’ buses and are very handy for people with carts, walkers, strollers or people in wheelchairs. The GRT system is as well organized as it can be for the time being. The region is currently trying to address the problem of the poorly serviced areas on the outskirts of the cities. They are still working on

Bullfighting brings sense of community A UW student reveals his adventures as an exchange student in Ecuador Matthew Piggott reporter

My first night as an exchange student in Sangolqui, Ecuador, I was lucky enough to arrive at the beginning of the annual festival of Maíz y Turismo (Corn and Tourism). This event began on a Friday night at the end of June and lasted for the next five days. The climax of the first night was an amazing display of fireworks that took place at one of the city’s soccer stadiums. Canadian fireworks experts beware; if the type of display I saw ever catches on, you may be soon out of a job. What occurred is without a doubt the most interesting and inventive fireworks display ever. In Canada, we view fireworks as projectiles to be shot into the air and explode into many different colours and shapes. This display, in contrast, was centered around a metallic structure several metres high with hundreds of fireworks and firecracker attached to it. The object of the display was to set off the fireworks and collapse the structure as this happened. What at first appeared to be a column then collapsed into a star and finally, after wild shaking, a few big projectiles finally petered out. All of this was done in accompanied by traditional music being pumped out on huge speakers. That was the first night. Saturday morning began with an endless parade down the main street. Bands playing in exquisite harmony, groups of cowboys on horseback, traditional dancers, some llamas, people of all kinds — even a giant chicken advertising for McPollo marched on by. Meanwhile people watched from the roofs and sidewalks while vendors threw food and drinks to everyone in sight. The majority of the parade was made up of men on horseback showing off their riding skills. As they rode by, people from the sidewalks would run up to them with cups of alcohol of all kinds and swap drinks. This may explain why the horses went mostly sideways instead of forward! This mix of people on

horseback in the middle of a modern city gave rise to an interesting clash of technology and culture. After the parade we discovered that a man on horseback lost control of his horse and left a huge mark on the car of my host father. When my host brother confronted him about it the rider either didn’t notice or didn’t care and rode on. If two cars collide you can exchange insurance numbers and move on but who would bother or even carry insurance on a horse?

I was told that the following scale is used: one person killed is a bad day; two people killed is so-so; and three people killed is pretty damn good! From the parade everyone proceeded to the arena for an afternoon of raucous bullfighting. It is easy to see how the parade could logically progress to the bullfight. Ecuadorians usually eat a small breakfast consisting of coffee and maybe some bread or other pastry. On a mostly empty stomach they would then ride on horseback in the middle of a hot and sunny day for several hours. All of this was done in long pants, buttoned up shirts, ponchos and hats, with scarves around the neck. Add in the massive amounts alcohol and of course you would want to fight a bull. The bullfighting took place in a huge ring surrounded by a hastily built wooden structure held together with twine, wire and ripped up T-shirts. It would flatter this structure to say it looked like something designed by a group of totally plastered civil engineers and found on the back of a napkin in the Bomber bathroom at closing

time. Security issues thrown aside, we climbed up the shaky wooden ladder to the third storey. The bullfight resembled a game of soccer, long periods of inactivity followed by a few seconds of intense excitement. If you’re thinking of the bullfights in Spain with a lone man fending off a bull, then banish those thoughts from your mind. This event was a hodgepodge of competing interests with a bunch of amateur bullfighters cavorting around the ring. Clearly some of the parade riders had found their way to the ring as there were several people passed out on the ground apparently unaware that there was a mad bull running around ready to spear anyone in his way. Some were on horseback and functioned roughly as “officials.” They kept things in order but also did their fair share of antagonizing the bull into running around the ring. There was another group who stood along the sides of the ring and while they did participate, they did not attack the bull and only jumped back into the stands when he came too close. Finally, there were those who openly antagonized the bull, threw things at it, pulled at its tail, stabbed it with prongs and waved red flags in its face. Those were the ones who faced the best chance of getting killed or seriously hurt, and many of them did. One man who decided to ride the bull fell off and then was completely flipped in the air by the bull. As he lay on the ground, he made the mistake of moving and the bull then threw him with his horns again. The overwhelming majority of those involved in the bullfight were men; however, a palpable shock could be felt from the crowd when near the end a lone woman dared to enter the ring and face down the bull with her own cape. This caused a great amount of confusion among many people; in fact, it went so much against the culture that many people present strongly disapproved. Although there was an obvious level of cruelty and masochism to

the event, I have to admit that it was a lot of fun. The bullfight was an event of collective community experience — when the bull charged, everyone in the stadium felt a surge of emotion. When someone was hurt the pain was shared by everyone and the person was quickly pulled off by whoever was nearby. In an individualized North American culture, how often can we say we feel anything like this? How then would I rate the event? I was told that the following scale is used: one person killed is a bad day; two people killed is so-so; and three people killed is pretty damn good! That being said, I’m glad I didn’t take up my friend’s offer to go into the ring. Even though my injury or death could have helped make the day better, I would much prefer being able to explore Ecuador in one piece.

many options, which may include mini-buses for those areas. Most routes run every half to an hour during the day (the #7 Mainline runs about every 7-10 minutes). All routes increase frequency during rush hours and decrease after 6 p.m. The #7 runs a “late-night” loop on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. from Charles St. to UW and back. Should all else fail and you find yourself standing cold and lonely at a bus stop one evening, GRT has a phone service called Tele-Rider. Each bus stop has a four-digit code on it that pertains to the last four digits of the telephone number for that particular bus stop. An automated computer voice will tell you what time the bus is due for each route that passes that stop. Some final advice: please be courteous to old folks and people with strollers or wheelchairs, keep the music volume levels to a minimum and remember the warmest seats on the bus are right at the very back.


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Lubing your bologna, cranking the cuke We’re over half-way through the semester now. This means that a lot of you, especially those of you who are away from lovers, are probably starting to get a little antsy by now. Hey, it’s nothing to be ashamed about — you’re all adults. Adults who have needs and desires, not to mention all the tension and stress from your busy schedules and course work that needs to be relieved somehow. It’s no wonder that you get up in the middle of the night to take a short break from working on that assignment and you start eyeing your roommate’s new vibrating toothbrush. You have needs that sometimes your hand just can’t fulfill and we all know that the average high-quality sex toy doesn’t always fit into a starving student’s budget. Heck, a rabbit vibrator like the one from Sex and the City can cost you anywhere from $50 to $160! But not to worry, dear reader, your very own sex columnist is on the case! I have developed a fabulous list of

great ways that you can satisfy those carnal urges using everyday items from your very own home: For my male readers, you could try slipping a condom into an empty toilet paper tube or into half of a paper towel tube. Then fold the open end of the condom open over one end of the tube and hold it down with your hand. Lube up, slide in and pump. You can get free condoms from Health Services and everyone has empty toilet paper tubes, so this is a pretty cheap method. You could also try this: squirt a bunch of lube into a plastic bag and then smush it between your couch cushions or between your mattress and your box-spring. The tricky part here will be not getting any of the lube on the furniture. Once you have the lube baggy in position, just insert and “go to town.” What about grabbing a couple of small, clean sponges, wet them with water, squeeze them out and line them up in a plastic cup. Squirt in some lube, rub some lube on yourself and, well, you know the rest. Or how about this: warm a cantaloupe or some other small melon on the counter in the sunshine or carefully in the microwave. Cut a hole around the same diameter as your penis on one side and scoop out a little of the

melon goo, while oththen cut a ers prefer to smaller hole warm theirs on the opup for a few posite side seconds in the of the first microwave. hole. Then slip it Lube up, into a coninsert penis dom, tie off and experithe end, insert ment with and enjoy. covering and The benuncovering efit of using the smaller food items hole as you like these is s t r o ke i n that you can and out. peel and eat Or you them aftercould grab wards — it’s that vibratver y enviing toothronmentally brush and friendly! Christine Ogley and Veronique Lecat try rubbing Of course, the back of if you find it — the non-bristled side — below the idea of playing with your food unthe head of your penis. appetising, you could try using other No problem for you either, ladies! items from around your house. I’ve got inexpensive tips for you all Things like thick highlighters, the too. handle of a hairbrush, your toothThe next time you’re at the gro- brush carrying case, etc, could be cery store, buy yourself a nice firm the just thing to help you through fruit or veggie: an unripe banana, a a nice refreshing study break. Just cucumber, a zucchini, etc. When you avoid using items that are sharp, get home, decide if you want to use contain harmful chemicals (like C it warm or cold. batteries) or are breakable (like a Some people like the coldness of perfume bottle). And when in doubt, a previously refrigerated cucumber, use a condom to make sure that

everything is nice and clean when you use it. For a variation on the above, try cutting your cucumber in half and hollowing it out a bit or use your empty toothbrush holder — put an electric toothbrush in the open end and use this contraption as if it were a regular vibrator. If you’re just looking for some external stimulation, forget about using the other props and just rub the back of the vibrating toothbrush on your clit. If you don’t have a vibrating toothbrush you could try using something else, like a small container. Or you could try using a towel, sheet, or blanket — hold one end of the blanket between your feet and the other in your hands. Then rock your pelvis to rub your clit on the fabric — instant and inexpensive pleasure. Whatever your pleasure, remember to wash anything thoroughly before you insert! Hopefully these tips will help to get you through the rest of this semester. Though, if you want to stay on good terms with your roommate, it might be a good idea to invest in your own vibrating toothbrush — at least don’t tell them what their toothbrush gets up to in the middle of the night.

features Yoga: for inner peace and outer strength


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Tip: To intensify this workout, lift both legs simultaneously, lowering when you alternate arms.

Continued from page 12 Neck and shoulder stretches

Alternate side stretch Reach both arms up and grab hold of your right wrist with your left hand. Arch your body to the left, stretching the right side. Lengthen your right side all the way through to your fingertips for three to five full inhales and exhales. Repeat on your other side. Tip: Relax your jaw and shoulders, and focus on opening through the side ribs. Shoulder roll Sit upright on the front half of your chair, raising your arms to lengthen through your sides. Lower your arms and begin rolling your shoulders slowly in forward circles three to five times. Allow your spine to arch when your shoulders come forward. Reverse the motion and roll your shoulders back and open, letting your shoulder blades drop. Tip: Let your neck sway in a wave-like motion as your shoulders roll. Deep shoulder stretch Sit upright on the front half of your chair, knees hip-width apart, feet planted on the floor. Lean forward, sweep your arms behind you and interlace your fingers, palms facing each other. Set your wrists or forearms on the back of your chair. Slowly arch your chest forward as you come upright. If you wish, continue arching your back and let your head tilt backwards, drawing your chin to the roof. Sustain that stretch for three inhales and exhales. Tip: To get a deeper stretch, ask someone to take hold of your wrists and slowly draw them higher. Spinal stretches

Seated forward fold Sit at the edge of your chair, knees a few feet apart, your feet planted on the floor. Exhale and fold forward at the hips while you let your arms dangle, relax in your neck and jaw, and rest folded over for four to five deep breaths. Tip: If this is too intense, keep your knees together. You can also place a coat or blanket on your lap. Seated cat stretch Sit upright on the front half of your chair, knees hip-width apart, feet planted on the floor. Rest your hands on the top of your knees and lengthen upward through the spine as you inhale. On your exhale, arch your back like an angry cat, let your chin lower toward your chest. Hold this arch for a full inhale and exhale, and on your next inhale, come back to neutral. Repeat three or four times. Tip: As you arch, visualize creating space between each and every vertebrae of your spine. Spinal twist Sit forward on your chair, a few inches away from your back rest. Set your left hand on your right knee, and as you exhale, begin to twist to the right. Place your right hand behind your tailbone on your chair, or wrap your arm around your back rest.

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Hold this twist for four or five breaths, lengthening on each inhale and twisting deeper on each exhale. On your final exhale, release the stretch, come back to centre and rest there for a few breaths. Repeat on the other side. Tip: Look as far right as you can when you twist right (and left when you twist left).

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Leg warmers/Core strengtheners

Alternate leg/arm lift Sit upright in your chair, feet and knees hip-width apart, feet planted on the floor. Lift your left foot a few inches off the floor. Meanwhile, raise your right arm to parallel with the floor. Hold the position for two deep breaths. Meanwhile, rotate your wrist and ankle a few times each way. On your second exhale, lower your arm and leg. Do the same with your opposite limbs. Do this three or four times on each side.

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Fierce pose Stand in an open space with your feet hip-width apart. Inhale and raise your arms, reaching for the ceiling. Squeeze your elbows towards each other. As you exhale, squat down like you are sitting into a chair, bringing your thighs parallel to the floor. Hold this pose for three to four deep breaths. On the inhale of your fourth breath, reach through your arms, return to standing. Do this at least twice, holding each time for three to four breaths. Tip: Imagine you are holding a balloon between your knees — don’t pop it, and don’t drop it. Warrior pose Find a space where you can stand with your legs in a lunge position. Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Exhale and step your right foot behind you about five or six feet. Bend your left knee until your thigh is parallel with the floor, staying on the ball of your back foot. From your core, lift your body upwards as you raise your arms to the ceiling. Lengthen in your spine as you allow your tailbone to sink toward the floor. Hold for three to four breaths, then inhale and return to standing. Repeat on other side. Tip: Draw the knees away from each other to get a good stretch in the hip flexor. Practice these poses gently. Remember to consult with your yoga therapist or doctor if you experience any pain.

Twist on comfort food

A mum-dinner brings heightened appreciation from a student such as myself. My recent trip back home allowed me to savour my mum’s cooking and to do a bit of learning; I was able to snag a dinner dish recipe from her. When I asked her for measurements, at first it was difficult for her to say. Her mind is her recipe book; she just throws ingredients together, knows which items complement one another and the finished product always ends up

emitting a heavenly aroma with a blend of great tastes and textures. I, on the other hand, have a ways to go before I can remember all the recipes I devise, but I’m working on it! The recipe I asked of her is a quick and simple dish that complements fluffy white rice. Eggs — both the white and yolk — are an excellent source of nutrition. Egg whites are a great source of protein and riboflavin (vitamin B2) and the yolk itself offers flavour, protein, iron, vitamins A and D, choline — a nutrient that aids in cardiovascular and brain functions — and phosphorus. I adore the look of this dish, which is the reason I wanted to share it with you. It is so vibrant and colourful that it is sure to brighten up your meal time!

Mum’s shrimp egg medley

Véronique Lecat

1 tbsp vegetable oil (my mum uses sunflower) 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced 1 medium-sized red bell pepper, diced 2 cups of chopped chives 1/2 pound shrimp, shells removed and deveined 1 tsp salt 1 tsp sugar 1 tbsp oyster sauce 4 large eggs, lightly beaten Few drops of sesame oil

1. Heat a skillet on medium heat, add the vegetable oil and garlic and cook until golden brown to bring out the flavour. 2. Add the red peppers and chopped chives and cook for one minute. 3. Add the shrimp and cook for another minute until a bright pink colour shows 4. Add the salt, sugar and oyster sauce. 5. Stir in the eggs and incorporate until just mixed and eggs are evenly distributed throughout dish. Do not overcook the eggs. 6. Put the medley onto a pretty dish and sprinkle with the sesame oil.

Serve immediately. Makes enough for four. Enjoy!



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crossword Across

How do you feel about the Feds’ improvements with Fed Hall? By Tiffany Li

“It’s sweet that they’re getting everyone involved with all-age events!” Kyle Nafekh & Ashley Dean

“I refuse to go as long as you keep bringing back that trash — Nickelback.” Sevag Gharibian

“I’d be more likely to go to Fed Hall.” Chris Duffy

“I haven’t noticed any improvements.” “I concur.” Raymond Choi, Edmund Wong

1A arts

3B science and math

Graduate studies, computer science

1. Puts numbers together 5. Funny jokes 9. Tear and mutilate 13. Necklace of twisted metal 14. Turned sharply 16. Second highest clef 17. Moonfish 18. Ancient math tools 19. Equipment 20. Whimpering cries 22. Snow rushing down a mountain 24. Puddle jumping footwear 26. 1981 dinner movie subject 27. Hindenberg 30. Cobalt blue titmouse 33. Locked up 35. Echolocation system 37. Grass mat 38. Secret rendezvous 41. 22nd Greek letter 42. German angel 45. Coming November 13 48. Older person 51. Really desired 52. Spiky weapons 54. Blackthorn fruit 54. Repeat 55. Powers the Midnight Sun (2 wds) 59. Telegraph code 62. Musical work 63. Dealing with the middle part of the eye 65. White light 66. Over-worked horses 67. Really stinky 68. And others 69. Fleeting happiness (2 wrds) 70. Moved fast 71. Roentgen in human tissue

1A, arts and business

November 3 Solution

“Lots of people there, fun atmosphere, so the improvements had an impact.” Kathleen O’Hara

“I think they’re making improvements in the right direction.” Crystal McLellan

“I think it’s great, and yes it does make me happy.” Megan Bokovay

“I feel indifferent... I haven’t been there yet.” Lauren Smith

2A arts & business

3A science and business

3A science and business

2A arts and business


1. Chemistry basis 2. Marijuana street name 3. Spans moat 4. German castle 5. Feds after bachelors’ home 6. Latin feminine for ‘white’ 7. Yellow-fleshed tropical fruit 8. Hypotenuse-adjacent side ratio 9. X-men nemesis 10. Informal Alexander 11. Mormon state 12. Anecdotal knowledge 15. Naughty-sounding Newfoundland and Labrador placename 21. Trendy New York district 23. You’ve likely got two 25. Make darker 27. Vaulted church recess 28. English actor, latest Humbert Humbert

29. For each 31. Destroy by fire 32. American pleasure lake 34. German bread grain 36. Potato peel 39. Sneaky 40. T-shirts 43. French all together (2 wds) 44. Never tells the truth 46. Chilled out 47. Canuck band that raised a little hell 49. Come to pass 50. Leader of town council 53. Condition of rest 55. Short musical composition 56. Opaque gem 57. Olympic sled 58. Body of water 60. Winning it all 61. Skinny fish 64. Timothy Leary’s drug of choice

Friday, november 10, 2006 Arts Editor: Margaret Clark Arts Assistant: Dinh Nguyen

Arts Imprint


Eavesdropping on a dramatic on-stage party UW drama department rehearses for the upcoming production of The Importance of Being Earnest

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Cross-dressed as Lady Bracknell, Greg Carere watches Jack (Brendan Riggs) and Gwendolyn (Michelle Jedrzejewski) on a couch during rehearsal. Duncan Ramsay reporter

There’s something slightly strange about watching a work-in-progress — like dropping in on a self-conscious friend before they’ve had a chance to clean. There’s awkwardness, of course, and your friend’s desperate reassurances that no, most of the time it’s much better than this, ignore the dog, he’s just shedding; but at the same time it’s so much more interesting. You’ve seen your friend’s house dozens of times before, but did you actually know that she reads the Sun in the mornings? Or apparently has over two dozen remotes for a VCR and television? And as for the dog — well, no need to go there. Listening in on the UW drama department’s November 3rd’s rehearsal of their latest production, The Importance of Being Earnest, I couldn’t help but feel much the same way. After being greeted by a small troop of unapologetic extroverts, I was led in to the Modern Arts Theatre with the distinct impression that what I was about to see was theatre with hair curlers in — and I was very much looking forward to it.

The UW drama department was established in the late 1980s, emerging from its previous status as part of the English department to become known as the Drama Group, which under its first chair, Dr. William Chadwick, eventually became the modern drama department. Unlike others, the UW drama program is not designed for the purpose of training students for the theatrical workplace. “We’re a liberal arts training program, so we’re trying to provide a broader experience for our students,” said drama Prof. Bill Chesney, “but one that includes a lot of practical work.” The department also focuses on providing a thorough education in both the technical aspects of the theatre as well as the dramatic side of such things. The program itself is structured in much the same way as an arts degree, and although auditions are required for certain performance courses, no auditions are required to choose drama as a major. The department usually runs three productions a year, directed by a faculty member or guest director, which vary in period and subject matter. Each performance is cast by

open auditions, screening both members of the department and the public at large. Casting, rehearsals and construction will take place across most of a term, culminating in a mad rush to piece things together before the final week of performances. It was this rush that I stepped into during my visit. It didn’t take long after my arrival for operations to commence. Within minutes of sitting down, the theatre was quite suddenly filled with a range of hoots, whistles, growls and humming that was really unnerving. This, I was told, was merely the phenomenon known as the actor’s warm-up and any fear for one’s life was consequently unfounded. Mildly reassured, I awaited the arrival of the actors, who appeared shortly and began to rehearse shortly after that. It was an informative experience — although the cast was clearly almost ready for a major performance, I was as interested in what rough patches there were. The set was just bare bones at the time — just enough furniture to fulfill the play’s movements, without decoration or accent. The actors were costumed in rehearsal clothes,

designed to imitate the added weight and movement of their full costumes, without the risk of damaging the elaborate final garments. What impressed me most, however, was how much fun the actors were obviously having with their roles — rolling their lines with lavish accents, tossing Wilde’s zingers back and forth with barely suppressed glee, it was obvious that these people were having a party between themselves onstage. It was a shock for me to realize this. As someone who finds even the smallest public presentations an exercise in terror, I had never thought that actors would in fact enjoy being onstage — rather I had just assumed they were just far better at dealing with their nerves than I was. Perhaps this then is one of the secrets of a good production — that the cast be as affected by their roles as the audience. Whether or not that’s true, it’s going to be interesting to find out how that sense of fun has transferred when the full production of The Importance of Being Earnest hits the stage. Whatever the case may be, I can’t wait to find out.



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Readers beware: after 2:15 p.m. on November 18, 2006, students and staff enter the Physical Activities Centre (PAC) at their own risk — of getting funky, that is. Having bested the McMaster team in last year’s annual Ontario University Competition for Hip Hop (O.U.C.H.), the University of Waterloo Hip Hop Club — which first founded the event in 2003 — won the right to host this year’s competition on home turf. The UW O.U.C.H. team of 16 dancers, picked through a rigorous audition process that was absent in previous years, has been training on their four-minute routine for an average of 10 hours a week since October 15. Though hip hop is generally perceived as very free-flowing and rule-bending, the team meets as early as 6:45 a.m. on weekdays to perfect their moves. Imprint hauled itself out of bed to chat with 13 of the eager young performers: David Lee (2A Math/Business Administration) Lee confessed he had never really danced before first-year university, when he got curious about The UW Hip Hop Club and was subsequently hooked. “I tried ballroom before, but I didn’t like it. [As for hiphip,] I like the whole environment; you really forget everything when you’re doing it.” Lee is looking forward to seeing other competitors at the upcoming O.U.C.H. Nicole Kinoshita (4B Legal Studies) Kinoshita said she had been with The UW Hip Hop Club “on and off ” for four years, while also participating in UW Dance Pack. Kinoshita revealed that UW had two teams competing at the first O.U.C.H., but that the 50 dancers Chan cited earlier in the interview made up just one of those groups. King Xia (2B Actuarial Science) Xia counts himself among “the oldest continuing members” of the UW Hip Hop Club, stating that while he took part in small dance performances before coming to university, the UW Hip Hop Club was where dancing really took hold in his life.

“There’s a lot of energy involved in hip hop, so I think it’s really cool for guys to do.” Xia added that the UW Hip Hop Club choreographer “F.J.” inspired him, and that he’s looking forward to winning at this year’s O.U.C.H. Kim Chan (3A Biomedical Science) Chan, the vice-president internal for the UW Hip Hop Club, explained that she has formal training in ballet and hip hop, but prefers hip hop because “it’s just a lot of fun, and I find that doing dance can really balance out school.” Regarding past O.U.C.H. teams, she mentioned that the UW Hip Hop Club’s first group was a whopping 50 dancers strong, and that when it started

O.U.C.H. had only five teams in attendance. This year’s group is unique, she added, because it represents the first year auditions were used to select UW’s competitors. Jackie Plessl (4A Kinesiology) Plessl has been with the UW Hip Hop Club since her first year, but also participates in UW Dance Pak. Finding jazz and ballet “too technical,” she said what she most enjoyed about hip hop was how the form “lets you express yourself.” One of her friends at Western University is participating in another O.U.C.H. team, and Plessl is looking forward to the friendly rivalry at this year’s competition. Nicolas Chow (2A Honours Science) This is Chow’s second term with the UW Hip Hop Club, but he already thinks this year’s team

is “definitely better than last year,” attributing the distinction to the “sharp, precise hits” the team makes with every move. Chow really enjoys the diversity of the choreography the UW Hip Hop Club explores, and is also looking forward to beating McMaster again this year. Alyssa Smith (1A Arts/Business) Smith just started with the UW Hip Hop Club, but has previously competed in jazz, tap, hip hop and ballet. “I love how you can feel the music in hip hop,” she said, and added that this year’s O.U.C.H. team is a blend of four different dances, with different styles for each portion. She feels their routine is “really coming together, but we still need to practise!” and is looking forward to seeing the other teams perform. K ali MacIsaac (3A Biomedical Science) This year is MacIsaac’s second O.U.C.H. and she is looking forward to seeing the perVéronique Lecat formances by McMaster and Brock, two schools that have done well in previous competitions. “Last year was really exciting, but … this routine’s definitely better — there’s a lot of energy.” MacIsaac was “bummed” upon arriving at UW to have left her home dance studio; she joined the UW Hip Hop Club because she wanted to continue a dancing tradition that started when she was four. Warren Aguinaldo (2A Civil Engineering) Aguinaldo admitted that before he started at the UW Hip Hop Club in first year university, he “sort of thought [he] couldn’t dance.” He encountered the club after being “bored one night,” but after seeing the choreographer, F.J., perform he was hooked. Aguinaldo added that he loved the music for hip hop, and especially the dances F.J. creates. He

assured Imprint that this year’s routine is “really different” from the previous ones. Jenna Withrow (1A Honours Arts) Though Withrow has taken part in many dance forms, such as jazz, tap and ballet, she only attempted hip hop after coming to university — and she’s been hooked ever since. Calling it “funky,” she likes how free the form is and also the the UW Hip Hop Club Club as a whole, which she said has a very open environment and also offers the opportunity to do shows at places like Fed Hall. Winnie Li (2A Civil Engineering) Li, who didn’t do dance before she came to UW, admitted she got addicted to hip hop after originally showing up at practice to de-stress and get some exercise into her schedule. “I got to know the people and realized, wow, this is really fun.” She added that she enjoys the variety in this year’s O.U.C.H. routine, which has lots of changeups in the tempo “so it’s never too repetitive.” Daniel Santos (2B Honours Math Co-op, C&O Major) Santos started at the the UW Hip Hop Club just this term “for leisure.” He is certain this year’s O.U.C.H. routine will win, and especially loves “the little dances” that make up the team’s overall performance. He added, “the energy level in hip hop is great, and this routine especially is fast-paced but lots of fun.” Choreographer and fellow teammate F.J. Sarmiento, Minah Tenedero and Martin (last name unavailable) could not be reached for comment, though fellow teammates assured Imprint that all three would most certainly be in attendance at the group’s final performance. Tickets to this year’s O.U.C.H. are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. More information on the event can be found at, while interested parties can learn more about the the UW Hip Hop Club at www.

Osborne award keeps artists booming Sonic Boom music awards celebrate new, original work while paying tribute to the old Kinga Jakab staff reporter

Most often, tragedy gives birth to some kind of bittersweet beauty. Such is the case of the Matt Osborne Memorial Award and Sonic Boom, the award ceremony to follow, this November 10 at UW’s Fed Hall. The biggest Sonic Boom awards of the night include CKMS’ best show of the year and the Matt Osborne Memorial Award for local emerging talent. The Matt Osborne Award includes $500, donated by the Matthew Osborne Memorial Trust Fund, to be used for additional artistic development plus about 15 hours of studio time in CKMS’ Palindrome Studio to either get a project off the ground or work towards a demo. The Matt Osborne Memorial Award is especially significant in light

of the tragic death of Matt Osborne, “an extraordinary singer, songwriter and musician” who died in his sleep on the morning of April 23, 2004. Osborne, of The Matt Osborne Band and The Matt Osborne Duo, was described as “a passionate artist and proud supporter of campus community radio as a fertile environment for the fostering and promotion of local talent.” Osborne was an active member in the community, launching jam sessions at The Circus Room in Kitchener and co-ordinating “wood sounds” a couple of times a year for roots-based musicians to get together. The Matt Osborne Memorial Award is open to any band that is creating and performing original work and the contest closed October 31 with an eclectic blend of hopeful bands, musicians and singers/songwriters.

The first band is as local as it gets. The Shady J’s, composed of Jason McDowell, John Wideman and Ryan Drudge, belong to UW and two of the three members still live in residence. The Shady J’s boast sales of 40 unprofessionally recorded CD’s to students in their residences at a mere 50 cents a pop and another amateur recording of their second CD this summer. The Languid Lotus Project grew from Amber Long is CKMS radio show Lotus Quotes and is “ever-evolving” in its “dreamy fluidity.” Long asserts the dream of the Languid Lotus Project is to create a CD so that their music is available to those who can’t make it out to their shows. “The Rabble Rouzer is what happens when you take a group of broke solo artists, all revered and individually respected in their own right, and throw them in a jam hall with a case of beer,”

said its members. Members of Rouzer include Galac, an emcee and founding member of EMBASSY; Riddim, a multi-instrumental emcee; Shakes on cello, flute and violin; Ryan, a classically trained pianist player; guitar player, JRad Bellenie; and Ace Kinkaid, “who has more soul in his pinky than most bands have en masse.” Candice Marie Gartner, singer, songwriter and musician, is a “vibrant songstress in action.” Composing music since the tender age of nine, she uses her music to convey meaningful messages about unjust realities while remaining optimistic and hopeful about the future. Especially controversial is a recent song entitled “Preying Upon the Poor,” a song about female exploitation in the Thai sex trade industry. See SONIC, page 22


FRIDAY, november 10, 2006

Sarah McLachlan Wintersong Nettwerk

Halloween has come and gone and occasional flurries have been spotted. That’s right — it’s time to dust off your festive CDs and start your holiday shopping. And when I say “holiday shopping,” I mean treating yourself to some new seasonal albums, of course. One needs to get oneself in the mood. I’ll admit it: I love the holiday season and everything that comes with it, especially the music. The sappier the better is how it usually goes for me with this genre, though exceptions are always made for hilarious entries into the holiday catalogue, such as this year’s effort by Twisted Sister. Yes, the boys of Twisted Sister were not going to take being excluded from holidaysale profits. No, they weren’t gonna take it anymore. So for my first dip into the holiday album pool, I fished out Sarah McLachlan’s newest. I’ve been a huge Sarah fan for years, and was thrilled by the idea of Sarah and holiday music being blended together on one album. Fortunately, I was not disappointed. With a healthy mix of traditional tracks (such as “Silent Night” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”), cover songs (such as John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas [War is Over]” and Gordon Lightfoot’s “Song for a Winter’s Night”) and one original piece that shares the title of the album, Wintersong delivers. This is classically-beautiful holiday music at its best, with a generous dash of flair to keep things interesting — not 15 pieces of flair, but still a sizable dose.

The highlight of the album for me is McLachlan’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s classic winter song “River.” McLachlan clearly channels Mitchell’s great range of depth and emotion in this song about the melancholic desire to escape from the joy of the holidays. If you’re in one of those moods to curl up in front of the fire with a cup of hot cocoa, this is the new CD to act as your soundtrack to the evening. — Suzanne Gardner

The title song was definitely a highlight of the album, as title tracks usually are in Hip albums. It’s combination of bluesy-rock and flamboyant style show just how much this album has been a return to form for a band that seems to tr uly exemplify the longevity — that sort of prolific genius is rare in the music industry these days. With concerts in the near future in nearby London and Toronto, Hip fans can expect to hear most of the new album in concert in true sublime, Hip style.

The Tragically Hip World Container Umvd Import

The eleventh and latest effort by Kingston’s favourite rock band, The Tragically Hip, bucked the trend of sucky albums. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Hip, but starting with Music at Work and up to Between Evolution the band has been getting progressively crappy with each album. When they announced they were releasing a new album, entitled World Container, I fully expected an all-time low. I was pleasantly surprised to find the album rocked. The album contained a few singles that were released earlier, letting me know what to expect. “The Lonely End of the Rink” premiered on Hockey Night in Canada and “In View” was available on the Hip’s website in audio and video formats. This album reminded me more of the Hip’s earlier work. Many songs contain Gord Downie’s signature rant-style lyrics which are often thought-provoking and double entendre’d. Gord Downie even joked in concert that the album’s title was a typo and should have read “World Contain Her.”

— Jeff Anstett

Cradle of Filth Thornography Roadrunner Records

Have you ever caught the gaze of a two year old at just the right time, and by the intense, focused and somewhat bewildered look on his poor face you can tell he’s right in the middle of filling his Huggies? That’s the look I’d have on my face if I ever saw anyone I know put this CD into their stereo and enjoy it. I know that death metal has quite the intense following that will probably hate me for saying this, but since this paper is probably above their average reading level and they’re too busy feeding their tarantulas to even give a shit what I say about their favourite bands. I can comfortably tell you that this album is a joke. Sure, there’s some shredding metal on this record and some obvious talent exuded by the members of the band, but they take away any hope of musical credibility in their songwriting with their goofy image and appeal to people who think that listening to songs about mutilation somehow makes them cool.

November 10 Sonic Boom Awards — Federation Hall 7 p.m. — $10 non-students, $8 students November 10 Floral Watercolour Painting — Waterloo Community Arts Centre 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — $55 November 10 Amanda Martinez — Registry Theatre 8 p.m. — $22 in advance, $25 at the door November 11 Couples Country Line Dancing — RCAF Wing 404 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. — $6 per person November 12 Richard Laviolette, Ghost Bees and Ryan Standley — 130 King St. North 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — pay what you can November 12 Author Event: Tanya Chapman, Jenn Farrell and Zoe Whittall — Jane Bond 7 p.m. — Free admission


Music, at least for me, is supposed to stimulate me and make me feel at least something appealing that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience. If I wanted to experience what Cradle of Filth is offering with this disc, I’d jam a curling iron down the front of my jeans. — Andrew King

Under Byen Samme Stof Som Stof

gression of emotion in her voice; what sounds ghostly and helpless on the first few tracks grows forceful and angry towards the end of the album. I picked up this album thinking I’d need to hunt down a translation of the lyrics to fully appreciate it, but Under Byen’s orchestral mastery alone takes the listener on a whirlwind tour of human emotion. Not a note of this Dutch gem was lost in translation.

Paper Bag Records

I have a litmus test to which I hold reasonably downtempo music in a foreign language: I leave it on in the background while studying, hoping that its inventiveness distracts me. In the past, I’ve had a lot of trouble finding quiet, foreign music that I could really get into — until I got a hold of the new Under Byen album. This relatively obscure Scandinavian combo’s third North American release follows the sound of neighbours Sigur Ros but adds a dark, primal undercurrent to their ambient beats. Something this ensemble knows is how to create motion, whether it’s in the tinkly toy-like interlude “Panterplanker” or the jarringly desperate title track that follows it. The band’s arsenal is full of unusual instruments such as bass clarinet and lapsteel; flowing, polyrhythmic piano tangles with an array of edgy percussion to create a sound full of character and longing. Under Byen ’s lead vocalist has the makings of a Bjork-soundalike, except for a dark, caged sound that carries her vocals through the 12 tracks. Although without liner notes in English I have little idea what she’s saying, you can feel a pro-

— Jacqueline McKoy

House of Fools House of Fools EP Drive Thru

I don’t know who this band is or where they came from, but I gave this short little release a taste, and it didn’t leave anything too bitter in my mouth. These songs aren’t groundbreaking by any means, but House of Fools offers more here than just a ridiculous band name and gives us something that just screams “guilty pleasure” to me. These are five enjoyable little soft indie rock tracks with good song structure and soothing undertones, and despite my initial fears, they do manage to avoid crossing the line into pretentiousness and keep the melodies seemingly honest. House of Fools enhance their tracks with some cute piano and some surprisingly fitting group vocals that really work well with their lighthearted approach to music. Try it if you think Brand New would sound good with less angst and more bubble gum pop. I won’t search out further material from these dudes, but this one will probably fit into my rotation somehow. — Andrew King

November 13 Ideas and Issues: Reflections on Recent Films — KPL 12 p.m. — Free admission

Imprint’s Music Mix A Perfect Circle “The Holllow” Evanescence “Lies” David Usher “Black Black Heart”

November 15 Author Event: Carol Off, Linden MacIntyre and Nina Chapple — Knox Church 7:30 p.m. — $8 November 15 In the Minds Eye Film Festival: Parenting Under the Influence — KPL 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Free Admission

Dj Mystik “Moonlight Shadow”

November 16 Cyanide Kiss with Stanley — Grad House 8 p.m. — $5

The Hidden Cameras “I believe in the Good of Life”

November 16 to 19 Waterloo Animated Cinema Festival — Gig Theatre All day — $10 regular, $6 children

Seven Nations “The Paddy Set”

November 17 Expedition Canada Film Screening — Humanities Theatre 7 p.m. — $11 advance, $13 at the door



FRIDAY, november 10, 2006

Sexually explicit content delivers orgasmic experience Film festival movie, Shortbus, explores mixing of sexualities and the borderline between love and lust

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Former Much VJ Sook-Yin Lee and her in film husband Rob doing couple therapy. Shortbus John Cameron Mitchell THINKFilm

Shortbus takes place in New York, expanding between the milestones of the September 11, 2001 tragedy and the blackout of 2003. It focuses on the lack of equilibrium in people’s lives during that time period. Exploring the sins and neuroses of contemporary NY inhabitants, it offers a passionate, unrefined account of imperfect people learning to live life. All the characters unite in a salon called Shortbus, which is based on a number of actual clubs known

to the director of the movie, John Cameron Mitchell. It is a high-end entertainment club where live music, art discussions and ‘60s style orgasms happen. The plot circulates around three catalyst characters — Sofia (Sook-Yin Lee), a sex therapist who has never experienced an orgasm and a homosexual couple consisting of James (Paul Dawson) and Jamie (PJ Deboy), who are seeking help from Sofia when they decide to sexually open their relationship to exterior partners. The three start off trying to help one another solve their problems, but ultimately it is the interfering of external people that transform

them the most. While these characters are at the core of the plot, the movie tangles in one character after another, while still managing to make them as paramount as the main characters; Mitchell creates an interdependent network between the individual, so that the role of the main character is juggled each time the narrative switches to a new character. Mitchell presents an array of distinctly diverse, fascinating cast who enter each other’s lives like the bright squares in a Rubik’s Cube. These innovative characters include Severin (Lindsay Beamish), an emotionally challenged dominatrix and Tobias (Alan Mandell), New York’s retired mayor with repressed homosexuality. This array embodies Mitchell’s idea of New York, which has traditionally offered sanctuary to the nation’s most ambiguous outcasts. But the goal of Shortbus’ eccentricity is not to astonish; each individual represents their own struggles, demonstrating that while every person carries their own set of values and interests, they are united in their emotional anxieties about personal relationships. Besides the magnificent character development, level of acting in Shortbus doesn’t fail to astound either. Mitchell is extremely selective in choosing his cast. He also spent three years developing the characters collectively with the actors. Each is original and meticulously personal. No matter how unconventional the character may be, each is magnetic in their own way. The magnificently flexible cast allows the movie to switch from moments of roaring laughter to bitter heartbreak. Another interesting component of Shortbus is the director’s ambitions towards the sexual content. Mitchell aimed high. Before producing the movie, he requested that all scenes including intercourse

be unsimulated. Every sexual endeavour and orgasm is real. This gives the movie its rawness, making the intimate moments bold and saucy. Indeed, Shortbus doesn’t fail to educate, entertain and amuse the audience with its sexual originality — there are homosexual, heterosexual, sole and multiple partner sexual encounters, all of which are spiced with their own originality, corsets and red lingerie and always a touch of humour. One of the funniest moments in the movie is when Sofia, the sex therapist, places a remotecontrol vibrating egg in her undergarments in a desperate attempt to save her relationship with her husband. The husband, Rob, ends up misplacing the remote, which falls into the hands of a frustrated television watcher. After thoroughly yelling at her husband and retrieving the egg from her underwear, Sofia destructs it by smashing it to pieces with a large plastic leg. However, it is important to clarify that despite the explicit sexual content, the movie must not be classified as pornography. Shortbus is an uncensored case study of human sexuality in the modern public, and it delivers immense amounts of romance and tragedy in the plot, which is virtually impossible in a pornographic work. While the sex content is high, Shortbus doesn’t fail to add meaning to the plot. It bravely explores the topics of happiness, detachment, emotion and love. All of the characters personalities are summarized in their emotional instability. All in all, Shortbus expresses better than ever that with a modern society as diverse as it is, assimilation is pointless. Instead, Shortbus embraces human sexuality, uniting humans in their one common cause — the desire to be loved. — Anya Lomako

UW drama resurrects dead Irish playwright I say, dear readers, it appears that there may be some hope in this world. Against all odds, I have discovered an example of excellent taste and refined intellect at the University of Waterloo in a place other than this column. Walk with me, friends, past fair Porcellino and into the bowels of the Modern Languages building. In this neglected, cavernous wasteland beneath the Theatre of the Arts you will find a bright, bright light, and with it hope. Here, a group of students and faculty have been working tirelessly on the noblest of tasks; together they hope to bestow upon the University of Waterloo the gift of Victorian elegance, of biting satire and unrivalled wit. This week, the UW drama department brings us Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. My heart was filled with joy when I stumbled upon these brave labourers attempting to bring my favourite Irish playwright back from the dead. Indeed, the world has been a hollow place since this decadent, scandalized genius traded his pen for a beautiful Jacob Epsteindesigned tomb in Paris. One of the great figures of the Victorian era, Wilde’s writing illuminates this miraculous time in history when opium dens littered London and real men wore hats. A noble figure of high social status, Wilde is able to provide an intimate account of the nineteenth-century art snob; consider, for instance, the virtuous art connoisseur Dorian Gray.

A student of classics at Trinity College Dublin, and then Oxford, it is no surprise that our boy Oscar emerged as one of the pre-eminent talents of his day. Besides being a playwright, poet and novelist, Wilde was very involved with the Aesthetic movement that took hold in England during the late nineteenth century. A reaction to Victorian ideas about art serving a social purpose, Aestheticism celebrated beauty and the notion of art for arts sake. Accordingly, Wilde saw it fit to wear his hair long and parade around wearing peacock feathers and multi-coloured carnations; a noble endeavour. Brilliant, flamboyant and arrogant, Wilde acts as a role model for arts snobs everywhere. Once, upon arriving in the United States for a lecture tour, the Irishman remarked to a customs officer that “I have nothing to declare but my genius.” Such admirable honesty! In selecting The Importance of Being Earnest for its fall production, the UW drama department has exhibited fine form. The play follows a crowd of wealthy young Londoners as they attempt to cope with Victorian social codes, with Wilde cleverly constructing a series of hilarious misunderstandings, replete with mistaken identities, misled lovers and the respectable practice of “bunburying.” The Importance of Being Earnest has long been a favourite of the cultured elite and is widely celebrated as a comedic masterpiece. Its arrival on the UW stage presents a great opportunity for all of you wannabe intellectuals; indeed, no arts snob is complete without an appreciation for Oscar Wilde’s wit. The play runs November 15 til the 18 at 8 p.m., and tickets are available at the Humanities Box Office for a mere $10 if you are a student! Take advantage of this chance, dear friends! Godspeed.

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FRIDAY, november 10, 2006

Documentary-style film creates real-life drama Death of a President Gabriel Range Muze

Strangers in Paradise Terry Moore

Honest Lee Lee Liddell

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I generally find that fiction is a reflection of how we would like life to be rather than how life is. This holds doubly true with comic books; bestowing superpowers on the most unworthy of hosts. But Strangers in Paradise is a dystopian portrayal of how life can sometimes be chaotic, fucked up and unfair in the worst of ways. SiP follows the love story of Katchoo, Francine and David, with a few tertiary characters stepping in to provide romance during dry spells. Their love, though, is not like literature attempts to define normal love. Katchoo loves Francine, Francine loves Katchoo but struggles with her desire to be heterosexual, and Katchoo and David love each other too. For a small period, the three live together in mutual love. Strangely, this tense triangle is made perfect by Moore’s brilliant characters. Moore’s epic graphic novel came to me in six pocketbooks. While the complete package totals up to about $100, individual pocketbooks are only $20 or so. It’s well worth the price and the effort to slog through hundreds of pages. SiP is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully woven. Occasionally the novels slip in to prose; a statement that belies that perhaps there are some things that aren’t worth drawing — like telephone conversations. Like any good series, SiP dangles happiness in front of the reader. For a small time, Katchoo and Francine fully realize their love for each other, only to have it muddled by other people. Their love, as drawn and discussed, is perfect. They fight, they understand each other and, most importantly of all, they don’t simply tolerate each other’s imperfections — they revel in them. A comic bookish subplot lies beneath the whole surface, propelling the story and adding a vital layer of scenery. Katchoo was once part of an elite team of girls that infiltrated highpowered organizations and the government by literally planting themselves in with the man of power. They would be wives, girlfriends and mistresses until the man in power gave his power away. Be forewarned: this book will grab you by the arteries and hold you close, twisting the knife in your leg. The characters could not be more lovable. The plot is tumultuous enough to leave this particular editor-in-chief reading for an entire Saturday, yet well-constructed enough to avoid triteness. Moore has created a series that perfectly balances every aspect of human relationships. His portrayal of love and lust could not be more spot on; but the suffrage of Francine and Katchoo could not be more depressing. And for any naysayers who would attempt to defile the good name of graphic novels, brushing them off as grocery store kiddie stories, read this book. It will change your opinion of comics and your understanding of love.

Honest Lee is a metafiction-styled autobiography of the author, Lee Liddell, covering everything from his childhood to, let’s say, his mid-twenties. I can only guess because I was forced by my better judgment to stop reading halfway through the book. I knew 20 pages in that this was going to rot more brain than a night of binge drinking — with none of the fun-but I thought I would give this work the benefit of the doubt and see if I could find any diamonds in the rough draft. Liddell is easily impressed by himself, pointing out each and every instance of his attempt at humour, congratulating himself all the way. Some work, but most don’t. This “book” is a 473 page misanthropic diatribe with little, if any, new insight. Really, everyone is so “fake” and you are the only “real” person you know? What a novel concept for a story (no pun intended). I never liked Catcher in the Rye either, but at least the social commentary was subtly elucidated by the text instead of being explicitly told in the most condescending of ways to the reader. Can you picture what a 473-page blog entry would look like? Got that in your head? Good, you just saved yourself a huge amount of time. The book intrigued me as a friend recommended it. The cover reads “From the talented reader of The Da Vinci Code,” and I thought that I might get a laugh or two out of it. I did, granted, however only after sifting through the better half of the book, the majority of which is, unfortunately, very poorly written. Perhaps part of what I found unpalatable is the fact that I could identify with the author in many of his views. However, the method by which he brings these views to light can be characterized as weak attempts at humour at best. Part of why this may have happened is because the author makes it clear that if you don’t find anything he says funny, this is an issue with you and not the text. If you don’t laugh, it means you don’t get it, because this author is so much smarter than you. When you are overconfident with nothing to back it up, it’s no longer called narcissism. It’s clear that Liddell thinks far too much of himself for no real reason, so while a great deal of this book is written to explain his social maladjustments, it’s pretty clear that he is really just a dick who no one would want to hang out with to begin with. The only real genius in this book is that it is so unnecessarily long that you start to forget what good writing actually looks like and start to believe the pages have something to offer.

— Tim Alamenciak

— Brendan Pinto

In this movie the president of the United States, George W. Bush, is assassinated. No, this is not some bullshit metaphor; this movie is literally about the hypothetical murder of the 43rd president of the United States. Death of a President’s story began with a large amount of protestors getting increasingly violent and out of control, much more than the Chicago police could handle. Despite the outrageous yet mild attack attempts made at the president’s limousine, the presidential team arrived safely at the Sheraton Hotel where a speech about the economy was to be made. Although his security team was uneasy, Bush was lulled into a false sense of comfort by the surrounding smiles and applause as he concluded his discourse. In the wake of a successful speech, almost immediately after leaving the hotel, Bush is abruptly shot twice. After being rushed to the nearest hospital, and operated on, he is pronounced dead. The presidential homicide and the events immediately following came across as being so eerily realistic. The amalgamation of real footage and CGI effects allowed for total immersion in the fantasy situation, never even letting you think to ask if this could be real or not — because not one bit of it seems artificial. This piece of fiction attempts to come across as a true documentary and does so wonderfully. The amount of protest footage shown in response to Bush’s visit to Chicago was quite substantial, which leads me to believe that there may be a hidden message behind this. What’s even more notable though is that apart from the people

invited to the gathering, no footage of large welcoming parties is shown at all — not even in the background of the protest footage. Unexpectedly, this film doesn’t dwell on the tragedy of Bush’s death for long. The theme quickly shifts focus from mourning to finger pointing, which is quite a natural reaction to a death of such magnitude. As outrageous as it may seem, the first suspect is a Syrian man who, as it turns out, was convicted on an extreme evidence deficit. Without even the privilege of doctored evidence, this man was convicted on a partial finger print and gun shot residue — both very weak pieces of evidence. Fingers have a way of pointing where people want them to, perhaps fitting a preconceived profile — no matter how wrong that profile ends up being. Watching the film, I put all political biases towards Bush aside. This was was done so that I could experience the film from a completely objective perspective, to experience the natural human emotion reaction to the death of such a powerful man. Oddly enough though, it was not his death that elicited the strongest reaction from me; I felt much more empathy and emotion for the Syrian man falsely accused of the assassination. Instead of just being a form of catharsis for some animosity-filled individuals, I think this film might have actually been a commentary on contemporary society and our compulsion to jump to conclusions. Jumping, it seems, is a presumably simple activity rendered quite catastrophic and deadly without prior knowledge about how accurate the conclusion landing pad actually is. — Andrew Abela



FRIDAY, november 10, 2006

Dance-dashing right into pop culture Nine years after its debut Dance Dance Revolution continues to challenge and engage new audiences the world. Since then, he’s stopped playing and his record has been beaten” Since graduation, Chmielowiec moved on to Pop quiz: What subculture musical phenom- working for various companies in Japan. Even enon with the abbreviation “DDR” hit Japa- though he’s no longer playing, Chmielowiec still nese arcades in 1998, and continued to spread maintains a tie with the game by offering tips, and through Korea, Europe, Canada and the United translating (from English to Japanese) notes on States? Is it (A): dial-on-demand routing, (B): the topic of DDR. All this can be found under the Afghan Disarmament, Demobilization and the DDR section of his award-winning website, Reintegration Program or (C): the Deutsche Chmielowiec has been deemed Demokratische Republik? If you guessed any by many as the best DDR player in Canada. Evidently, he is a respectable DDR advocate. of the above, you’d be wrong. Originally called Dance, Dance, Dance, DDR, For many the answer should be obvious. Most people, even if they have yet to try the thanks to many like Chimielowiec, is one of the game, would have heard of it from their peers most famous games of the generation. Almost or the media. For those who have been living nine years since the game’s release, it has managed behind a barricade of textbooks and term pa- with minimal changes — simply by adding more pers, DDR stands for Dance Dance Revolution, songs — to still be popular. Currently, there are, the video game that combines gaming consoles including the GameCube Super Mario rendition, over 95 official versions of the game — each with music and dance. The concept of the game is fairly simple: containing different challenges and music. When playing DDR, a person can expect anything from Players are provided with dance mats — or if they’re at the arcade, dance stages that replicate the standard techno and new age dance to hipa videogame controller. The mats consist of up, hop and R&B genre of music. As the music pool for DDR increases, so does down, left and right arrows. The players then choose their preferences: the number of players, its fan base. As of now, dozens of fan sites have the level of difficulty, the song they’ll dance to, and been created to suit the many different aspects so on. When the game starts, arrows will appear of the game. On a daily basis thousands of fans on the game screen and players are expected to, visit popular sites like and on beat and in time, step on the mats in ways to update on news and game that synchronize with the arrows on the screen. tips. Hundreds of real-life communities have sprung from it. This Combinations of one or includes the growing more arrows may appear nameless DDR group at different speeds, causing the players to jump Attracted to the regularly- of UW. The group, which consist of about or move quickly, imitatheld DDR tournaments, 20 members, does not ing dance steps. Simple as it may parties and get-togethers, organize events. Instead, they simply show sound, many people give up upon first try at the the media has also taken up after class to dance, cheer each other on and beginner stage. It takes a liking to DDR. socialize. an average person several Attracted to the months to advance from regularly-held DDR light to heavy stage. Levtournaments, parties els beyond that, such as challenge and secret levels called “oni” (demon) and get-togethers, the media has also taken a take even longer. Currently there are only a handful liking to DDR. The game has appeared in variof people who are able to endure the hardship ous places in pop culture. William Matsumoto, and excel through all the obstacles DDR poses. who, while juggling flame torches, played DDR Yet one of these austere few came from right and landed a 249 combo (without missing steps) on the prime-time TV show Master of here at UW — Aaron Chmielowiec, bachelor of Champions, has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres mathematics/computer science graduate. Rumour has it that Chmielowiec is the Show. DDR has made it into popular scenes on first person to get beyond challenge stage. South Park, Will and Grace, the Lindsay Lohan According to many members of the UW movie: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, DDR community, he is the first person (ex- Madonna’s “Hung Up” music video and many cluding the likes of game designers and so others. Hundreds of stories have been told and on) to discover the DDR secret stages, which recorded of people losing weight thanks to the can only be unlocked by doing exceptionally aerobic exercise DDR offer. This has captured well on challenge mode. With that, he be- the attention of many education systems. Many schools have taken an interest in DDR came the first person to try the “oni” levels. Furthermore, Chmielowiec is a legend well and have implemented the game into their curknown to DDR players in K-W. Even those riculums. According to Amped news, at the preceding his years at UW know of his name beginning of 2006, it was announced that DDR would slowly be phased into 756 Western Virginia and achievements. “I heard that Aaron is crazy at DDR,” school programs. Institutions like Brandeis Unisaid Jordon Lepointe, a 2A UW mathematical versity in Massachusetts and Churchville-Chili physics student. “He can do amazing [freestyle] High School in New York also offer phys-ed stunts and is easily one of the best players out courses featuring DDR. In Norway, DDR has there. At one point, he was the best player in been registered as an official sport. Dinh Nguyen

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Michael L. Davenport

University of Waterloo student Michael Biggs dances in the shadow of DDR’s greats — one of whom, Aaron Chmielowiec, also hails from UW. And like many sports, there are very complex ways to play DDR. Different people have different strategies and styles. Some people dance stiff, facing the screen while others do combinations of 360-degree turns and flexible arm and leg movements. Furthermore, depending on the way they play, players may be grouped into one of two types of playing styles: the “tech” players or the freestyle players. “Tech” players focus on fast non-creative movements to get the stage done as best as possible. Freestyle players on the other hand, do not limit game play to just their feet. They are inventive and will use other body parts and add additional steps or creative patterns to their dance when possible. Tech players are usually focused on

the more challenging levels, while freestylers enjoy coming up with new dance routines for lighter stages. They often memorize dance steps for certain songs in order to perform more effectively. It is said that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. If so, DDR is a spectacular game. Many clones including the well known StepMania, Flash, Flash Revolution and Text,Text Revolution are direct rip-offs of the original product. Currently, DDR is available for PC, GameCube, PS1, PS2, X-Box, Gameboy Advance and individual arcade machines. Versions for newer consoles like PS3 and X-Box 360 are also greatly anticipated.

Sonic: artists gear up to music awards Continued from page 18

Artist Tibor Torok looks to music and art “as a tool of the soul to describe with impactful shades and hues my experiences of injustice, chaos and abnormalities within society, consumer culture” and the like. Torok’s last project, The Sorrow of One — Living in Electronics, is described by Torok as “the collective global cry of injustice from the ill attempts the rich and powerful have taken,” and won the Berlin Beats Artist of the Month in October. Torok best describes his work as ethereal and pensive. Glenn Pattison does it old school, recording at home and claiming studios are too expensive. Pattison currently has three demos CDs and is working on a fourth, hoping that he wins the Osborne award so that he can record better and to allow him the opportunity to work with live musicians. The band Intransit is made up of Mike Christie, Joel Mieske, Mark Walsh and Keith Heppler. Intransit is influenced by pop, Brit rock, indie and ambient genres and compare themselves to Death Cab for Cutie, U2 and Sigur Ros. The band plays around southern Ontario regularly, has landed a small distribution deal with Japanese label Duotone Records, participated in a week-long feature on CBC’s New Music Canada and won Wilfrid Laurier’s battle of the bands earlier this year. Honouring bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica and Pantera, Omega A.D. is a raw metal band that is “dynamic, moody, intense, hard rocking.” Omega A.D. has released two independent CDs and performed at more than 100 shows, including opening spots for The Killer Dwarfs, Helix, Nazareth and April Wine. Operation Overlord was assembled in Kitchener in 2002. The group consists of Justin Burkholder (Bugsy), Justin O’Hanley (Demo)

and Greg Brandt (G-Tech). “Sick and tired of today’s mainstream sound, we bring the music for tomorrow,” said Overlord. Making their first public appearance at the Charity Jam in 2004, they have since spent hours in the recording studio honing their skills as hip-hop artists and will be performing at Fanshawe College in London in November. If declared winners, the boys would like to create an album that would give them a start in the industry. Spanish-English artist Will Grande says that one of the most important things in his life is to see people smile and hopes to accomplish this by giving people good songs to dance to. His demo CD includes almost all English tracks, backed up by Spanish-flavoured guitar playing and a final Spanish track called “Rock Me Out.” Last but not least is The Alex Tintinalli Band, composed of 14 year-old guitar prodigy Alex Tintinalli, Mike Boltz and Leo Tintinalli. Formed in 2005, the Kitchener band plays blues-based rock originals including some classic rock covers, have played a number of shows and are currently recording their first album to be released by Christmas. A multitude of talent combined with high anticipation for this year’s winner make up Sonic Boom on November 10. The award honours and hopes to perpetuate the contributions that Matt Osborne made to the local talent. The ceremony starts at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by The Boom Bash After Party, commencing at 10:00 p.m., which will feature performances by The Jolly Llamas, Canary Mine, John McKinley Band du Jour, The Mike Erb Band, The Alex Tintinelli Band, Bocce, The Pale People, singer/song writers Mary Anne Epp and Scott Wicken, Three Sisters, Languid Lotus Project, Titus, Galacticus and DJ Zeus.

Science Imprint


Friday, november 10, 2006 Science Editor: Rob Blom Science Assistant: Stephanie Anderson

Keynote speaker addresses climate concerns Rob Blom science editor

November 4 marked the second annual International Day of Climate Action, initiated by the Sierra Youth Coalition. In response, the University of Waterloo Sustainable Projects (UWSP) hosted a twoday fair to raise issues concerning climate change and sustainability. Public speaker Adam Krop, fundraising and public relations of Grand House, brought these issues to the public. “Global warming is a global problem,” instructed Krop during his introduction, “It’s about how we are connected and how we live.” Krop emphasized how the requirements of infrastructure have had an unnatural effect on Earth — a built environment that has gotten out of control. Greenhouse emissions have naturally risen due to our quality of life, increased energy consumption and disposal of green space. Addressing these issues, Krop outlined how all this came about.

Gas emissions broken down 21.3% — Power Stations 16.8% — Industrial Processes 14.0% — Transportation fuels 12.5% — Agricultural byproducts 11.3% — Fossil fuel retrieval, processing, and distribution 10.3% — Residential and commercial 10.0% — Land use and biomass burning 3.4% — Waste disposal and treatment 72% — Carbon Dioxide (CO2) 18% — Methane (CH4) 9% — Nitrous Oxide (N2O) Robert A. Rohde Global Warming Art project

“There is a disconnection from nature and ourselves. We’ve become consumers rather than citizens. In a world driven by economy — competition versus co-operation — we’ve lost sight of the importance of sustainability and how we’re harming the planet in return for profit.” Krop then discussed data on gas emissions (shown in the table) — concentrating on our elevated carbon dioxide level and stressed the importance of net-zero carbon emissions initiatives, such as the Grand House. Outlined in September 22, 2006 edition of Imprint, the Grand House Student Co-operative is an incorporated non-profit housing co-op, with the goal of building a sustainable 12-room residence, incorporating the latest research in alternative construction methods. The main design incorporates the use of bales of straw — an innovative solution for an environmental-friendly, energy-efficient, low cost insulation that is suited to Canada’s seasonal climate. The Grand House is one of many sites devoted to this technique in Ontario. Other ongoing research and techniques look to optimize energy use, waste disposal, land use and food production and transportation. Every inch of the site has a purpose. The location and orientation of the building maximizes sunlight in the winter and minimizes it in the summer months. Mature trees adjacent to the site provide much needed shade in the morning and eliminate carbon emissions. The location adds possibility to fuel-efficient traveling – harbouring close to public transport and an ideal distance to campus and other . Energy conservation methods will include wind power and a powerful hybrid combination of solar and continuous micro-hydro power. During winter, streams flow faster and complement the solar system — which thrives through summer. Among those, a green roof design will be implemented, as well as gardens and edible landscapes, and most importantly — permaculture.

Foul fowl flu flux David Judah reporter

Sometimes, when people don’t take all the antibiotics prescribed to them, something bad happens. Instead of the antibiotics killing the bacteria infecting the person, they only kill most of the bacteria. The bacteria that are left then take advantage of the unoccupied space, proliferate and start the infection all over again. Worse yet, the bacteria that survive tend to be more resistant or even immune to antibiotic treatments. This process of resistance and adaptation is not only a basic trait of bacteria but of all life-forms, from virus to animal. It is even the case for Asian bird flu, a fact that recent findings in the Orient now make abundantly clear. China’s plan for combating the bird flu was the routine vaccination of their poultry. The idea is that if fewer birds are infected, the chances of the virus evolving in such a way as to efficiently infect human hosts would decrease with it. Unfortunately, the plan went awry, as such schemes are apt to do. The vaccines worked in a way; they efficiently blocked two of the three major strains of the H5N1 bird flu, but much to the dismay of scientists, the vaccine failed to prevent infections by a third strain of the virus from Fujian province.

This virus spread wildly, replacing the other strains as the major form of the bird flu virus, a jump to 95 per cent of cases from 3 per cent. The Fujian strain of the virus is now building a reputation for itself with 22 confirmed infections of humans in China. Furthermore it has spread to Laos, Malaysia and Thailand, where it has infected both poultry and people. So what comes next? While the current regimen of vaccines has proven ineffective, if they are supplemented with appropriate vaccines scientists may still be able to salvage the situation. Of course, this solution has to be carried out carefully or it might meet the same fate as the anti-bird flu vaccines that preceded it. Regardless of the possibility of failure, attempts to control the H5N1 virus must be taken. Should the virus mutate into a more virulent strain and spread farther abroad, it could spell disaster for the human race as a whole. To put things into perspective, the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 infected 20 per cent and killed 2.5-5 per cent of the world’s population. While medicine and health care on an international basis has since improved, a pandemic of that magnitude today would make conditions like AIDS, cancer and malaria seem like fond memories of days gone by.

Rob Blom

Adam Krop adjudicates sustainability, climate change and net-zero carbon emissions during the climate change fair hosted by UWSP. Concluding his lecture, Krop urged students to get involved within environmental initiatives. After his talk, he held a public forum discussing the benefits and drawbacks of

scientific extrapolation and trends concerning current global warming and climate change issues.

Transplants of retinal cells offer hope for treating retinal disease Faisal Naqib staff reporter

Good news for people suffering from age-related macular degeneration, blindness due to diabetes or other retinal degeneration diseases. It seems scientists have finally found a method to replace damaged retinas, which could mean a cure for the above-mentioned diseases. These diseases affect the photoreceptors of the eye; the cells that convert light into neural signals. The first ocular tissue transplantation involved whole eyes from normal salamanders to blind, cave-dwelling salamanders and was conducted in 1920. After the transplantation, the salamanders’ vision was restored. Then, in 1959, scientists successfully transplanted a mammalian retina; fetal rat retinas were implanted into the eyes of adult rats from the same strain. The retinal cells would interact with the surrounding ocular tissue but could not form the proper neural connections required to replace vision. Researchers have struggled with this problem since then. Researchers from London, England show the first signs of overcoming this obstacle, and report their findings in the November 8, 2006 issue of Nature. Their solution was to use stem cells at a particular moment in their development where they would be able to form the correct neural connections. The researchers used an animal model

composed of rats that were bred to have nonfunctional photoreceptors. This mimics macular degeneration’s progress. The transplanted cells were stem cells that had been specified to become retinal cells. These cells are called retinal precursor cells. After transplantation into the rats, these cells were able to differentiate and form neural connections with the hosts’ underlying neural networks. The scientists were able to measure the mice’s vision by observing the rats’ pupils’ reactions to light. These results have shed new hope for people with damaged retinas. It is hoped that this method will work in humans, but several obstacles still need to be resolved. The first being that the retinal precursor cells need to be at the correct stage of development for them to form the correct neural connections; this means the cells need to be harvested from a fetus during the second trimester. This is obviously not feasible. An alternative could be to grow the cells in culture, but more investigation needs to be done to determine whether these cells act similarly to normal retinal precursor cells. Another problem is one similar to any transplanted tissue; insuring no tissue rejection by the host. With the hopeful solution of these problems in the near future, the methods could be passed down to the clinics where doctors will be able to reinstate some people’s lost vision.


Your vote against climate change

According to the Campaign against Climate Change, on November 4, 25,000 protestors took to the streets of London, England demanding firm action on climate change from all political leaders. The marchers included people of all ages, social groups, ethnic backgrounds and religions. This vast range in diversity is unlike the young hippie crowd of the 1960s. Climate change is becoming more than just a green issue; it’s also a global peace and economic issue. The Kyoto Protocol Conference currently underway in Nairobi, Kenya, has put out several reports stating that Africa is the most vulnerable to climate change. Global climate change is already causing floods, droughts and hurricanes. African governments and humanitarian organizations are screaming for international governments to take action to mitigate the effects of global warming. But not much is changing. The single-minded pursuit of economic growth is rendering the international community incapable of tackling climate change. However, according to economists, addressing climate change is the only way to preserve our ability for economic growth. New studies are saying that we

only have a 10 to 15 year window in which to take the action needed to avoid crossing a catastrophic turning point in regards to climate change. On November 7 and 8, the UW Sustainability Project held a Climate Change Fair to raise awareness here on campus. There were guest speakers, information booths and movie showings which aimed to present the importance of this growing problem to students. If you feel you would like to take greater action against climate change but can’t seem to find time to attend protests or organize events, or don’t think you have a loud enough voice in this global issue, think again. One way to make your voice heard is by partaking in a fundamental act of democracy — voting. Municipal elections are this Monday, November 13. I urge you, plead with you and am willing to peer pressure you into voting. It is crucial to vote for who you think is going to do the best job. In the past, voter turnout for the municipal elections in Ontario has been deplorable. According to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, In 2003, only 40.18 per cent of Ontarians voted in the municipal election. To change this — vote, and ask your friends, family and neighbours to vote as well. Investigate the people who want to be your mayor and local ward councillors. They make decisions that affect your roads, sewer service, bylaws and recreation services. Also, be sure to investigate those people who are running for

your regional chair and regional councillor positions. These people will be responsible for things such as garbage, housing and development, public transit and public health. If you want to push for a much-needed green agenda, vote for the candidates you think will take serious steps to achieve environmental sustainability. If we hope to be environmentally sustainable on a global scale, we must act locally to stop climate change. After voting in the elections, stay informed on local issues. Hold your newly-elected representatives accountable. Participate in your local government’s green initiatives. Write letters to your local government pushing for change. You can crank up the volume of your concerns by writing an informative letter and mass-emailing it out to others asking them to sign it and mail it to the appropriate representative. If your representative is sluggish in responding to your environmental concerns, tell your neighbours, poster your neighbourhood or write to the editors of your local news sources. If they are still not listening to you, vote for someone else next election — or better yet, make yourself a candidate. This Monday, November 13, be sure to get out and vote. It’s as easy as visiting the SLC Great Hall between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. For more information on the Global Climate Campaign, visit their website at

World seafood markets may collapse within 50 years Stephanie Anderson assistant science editor

Fish may be off the menu within the next five decades if today’s present trends continue, according to a recent study published in Science. “Impacts on Biodiversity Loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services” describes how the decline in fish populations may be connected to the loss of marine biodiversity — and not to over-fishing, as has been explored by many scientists in recent years. The study attempts to connect the effects of habitat loss, pollution and over-fishing while addressing the concern of our fisheries in the year 2048. Experts have suggested that protecting certain areas of our seas and oceans would lead to a decline in the damage and may preserve today’s fish stocks. “There is a finite number of stocks; we have gone through one-third, and we are going to get through the rest,” said Boris Worm, the biodiversity research leader of Dalhousie University to the BBC News website. Fisheries have seen this decline and it has affected their sales, but the rate of decline appears to be increasing exponentially. Thirteen scientists from more than four countries have compiled and analyzed data through four sources including capture records, archives, sediment cores and archaeological data. It ranges from the last 50 to 1,000 years and covers more than 7,800 seafood species worldwide. The data used to provide information on declining rates mainly relied on catch records from the open sea. At least 29 per cent of fisheries were in a state of collapse — making a profit less than 10 per cent of their original profit in 2003. “Unless we fundamentally change the way we manage all the ocean species together as working ecosystems,

then this century is the last century of wild seafood,” remarked Steve Palumbi, a scientist from Stanford University who worked with Dr. Worm to complete the study, to the BBC News website. As a whole, biodiversity appears to be in decline according to historical coastal-zone records from North America, Europe and Australia. These zones of decreased diversity appear to be more prone to blooms of algae, beach closures and flooding. Ecosystems of low diversity have been shown to result in smaller, less robust fish. Dr. Worm and colleagues used these findings to describe why fish stocks have declined so rapidly in the past few decades. Intuitively, as resources are destroyed and biodiversity weakens, the stability of the ecosystem and the quality of the water decrease exponentially, resulting in a low potential for recovery. Fortunately, scientists suggest that these trends are reversible — as long as steps are taken to ensure that biodiversity is conserved in crucial areas. Research by Dr. Worm suggests that protected areas have an increase in biodiversity while re-establishing the fish populations in the surrounding waters. Dr. Worm painted a picture of biodiversity on the BBC News website: “Marine life is a bit like a house of cards. All parts of it are integral to the structure; if you remove parts, particularly at the bottom, it’s detrimental to everything on top and threatens the whole structure. And we’re learning that in the oceans, species are very strongly linked to each other — probably more so than on land.” Many fisheries have already addressed the problems associated with over-fishing, according to Howard Johnson, a fisheries industry analyst, and sustainability programs have been

implemented. Since fisheries are aware of these problems, many individuals within the industry find the data presented in the study by Dr. Worm to be terribly pessimistic. “There’s now a global effort to reduce or eliminate fishing practices that aren’t sustainable. With that increased awareness, these projections just aren’t realistic,” remarked Johnson to Time magazine. With the fish export trade at a whopping US $71 billion according to Time magazine, this collapse would devastate worldwide markets. Several large corporations have already agreed to sell only sustainably harvested seafood as approved by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program in California. These products will bear the “Fish Forever” seal of approval. But the move to sustainable fisheries isn’t enough. “If everyone in the U.S. started eating sustainable seafood, it would be wonderful, but it wouldn’t address the global issues. We’re at the very beginning of this,” said Brian Halweil, a Worldwatch Institute senior researcher, said to Time magazine. The date of 2048 stated as the “year of collapse” for global markets is a scare-tactic. This date is a projection of what may occur, and not a solid prediction. This study sets out to provide information on the downward spiral of certain fisheries while presenting feasible solutions to keep the damage to a minimum. Dr. Worm said that politicians have ignored any recommendations to end the over-fishing, especially of the North Sea cod. To ensure that fish do not become a thing of the past, protecting areas to halt habitat-loss and reducing pollution of oceans is a step in the right direction. However, if current trends continue, the future of the market for fish is in jeopardy.


Future Discovery launch could improve failing space telescope Servicing mission may prolong Hubble’s life Bianca Sayan reporter

For months, the fate of the Hubble Space Telescope was in question while NASA decided whether to continue servicing the aging satellite. Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has become famous for its sharp, vivid pictures of outer space. The Hubble has already received several servicing missions, but many of the t e l e s c o p e ’s necessary redundancy functions are failing. According to Reuters, this has prompted NASA to examine future plans for the Hubble and the practicality of yet another servicing mission to extend the life of the fading telescope. Wary after the Columbia disaster, NASA originally wasn’t willing to integrate a potentially dangerous servicing mission into a shuttle flight in 2004 but has since decided to assign the $900 million mission to a future Discovery launch.

However, this mission will only temporarily prolong the life of the telescope, as decommissioning is still slated for after 2020. In fact, a planned future mission to the telescope includes the installation of a module which will assist in the Hubble’s eventual controlled decent into the Earth’s atmosphere. Regardless of Hubble’s future, it will have a successor with the eventual launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, to go up in 2013. While the Webb Telescope is a va s t t e ch nological i m p r ove m e n t upon the Hubble, it is only Phil Isard equipped to sense infrared, while the Hubble was able to focus also on the visible spectrum, as well as ultraviolet. This servicing mission will include the installation of a new camera, gyroscopes, batteries, insulation and a spectrograph. The thoroughness of this mission prompted U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski to comment to Reuters, “We’re essentially going to get a new Hubble.”



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science Discovery of new chronic pain genes 26

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As distressing as it may seem, pain has many advantages. Pain provides a clear sign that something in the body is malfunctioning. These failures might be the result of an external force including bacterial or viral infections, or due to systematic failures. This type of pain is often referred to as acute pain, which tends to fade away as the problem causing it is treated. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is another major type of pain that often occurs following therapy and most surgeries. It is much more severe than acute pain and tends to be more difficult to deal with since it has no benefits to the human body. According to a cutting-edge study, a gene may allow physicians to identify those at risk of surgical chronic pain before going under the knife. This gene seems to only be active in a selected number of people, and is able to decrease the probability of developing severe chronic pain and sensitivity to pain stimuli.

Chronic pain occurs following 15 per cent of most hernial repairs and almost 50 per cent of mastectomies. According to an article in Nature Medicine, rat studies concerning the new gene seem to monitor protein changes post-surgery. When the levels of a specific enzyme called GTP cyclohydrase (GCH1) were increased, the animals seemed to exhibit normal pain responses instead of showing signs of chronic pain. Post-surgical statistics in humans seem to back up the hypotheses predicted by the study. People with one gene copy of GCH1 reported a lower frequency of pain after surgery. This new genetic discovery allows for many opportunities in the diagnosis of chronic pain, as well as new possibilities in drug research. By being able to identify and sequence this new gene, research could design advanced painkillers made to activate the chronic pain gene to suppress the severity of the stimuli. According to researchers at Harvard Medical University, it could open possibilities to individualbased painkiller treatments, which could cause an increase in precision and efficiency.

Stephanie Anderson assistant science editor

Double the pleasure by doubling the protection

A new male contraceptive is in the works which will arrest sperm development, rendering the male infertile. The active ingredient of this contraceptive is a molecule that is able to prevent sperm from accessing the growth factors it requires, causing the sperm to stop maturing. The long term affects of this process are unknown as this project is still in its early stages. These results were published in Nature Medicines October 29 issue. Some scientists not willing to run the risk of rendering men infertile in the long run are attempting to work with non-hormonal options by instead abolishing the ability of the sperm to swim or attach to eggs. But don’t be looking to the drug store counters just yet — this method of contraception has only been proven in rats, and it’s still several years from being tested in human subjects. But men are finally getting options, putting some control into their hands in the female contraceptive-dominated market. Elephants’ intelligence is reflective

There’s an important test of awareness that few can pass — the mirror test. Being aware of one’s self in a mirror was thought to be exclusive to humans, dolphins and chimpanzees. The November 7 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that one

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elephant at the Bronx Zoo continued to use the mirror to investigate an “X” that had been painted on her head. If anyone has seen a cat or fish react when faced with a mirror, they often jump and attack, not realising that it’s a reflection. The implications of this discovery are important, and researchers will attempt to replicate with other zoos and other animals. Computers to learn by ‘thinking’

How should we organize the millions of images found on the internet? Why, teach our computers how to identify the objects in the image of course! Researchers at Penn State have ‘taught’ their computers 330 words which they can then use to describe images. For example, a picture of four individuals playing badminton — the computer would use the words such as “sport,” “badminton” and “racquet” to describe it. This process, referred to as “Automatic Linguistic Indexing of Pictures” will shorten the amount of time spent searching for images using search terms and will also eliminate the need for internet-users to personally tag their images. As more words and images are inputted, the computers are able to increase their vocabulary. Just don’t rely on those fuzzy photos — the computers aren’t that comprehensive just yet.

— with files from EurekAlert and Scientific American.

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UWSP and STEP coordinator Michael McWilliam lectures on the evolution of technology and its interaction with energy use during the climate change fair. He addressed issues concerning future energy crisis, the Stern report as well as alternate energy methods currently available.

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Friday, november 10, 2006 Sports Editor: Shawn Bell Sports Assistant: Doug Copping

Waterloo wins fifth at nationals

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Imprint bought me a ride on the Greyhound for the rugby nationals in London. As if I was getting paid I strolled to the bus station, ticket in my back pocket, camera over one shoulder and a pack over the other. There was snow on the ground but the sky was clear blue as the Greyhound pulled out of Kitchener. This was exciting: the women’s rugby championship. Teams from all across the country converging at Western for a weekend of rugby. Imagining the campus in an orgy of rugby fans and hooligans, I fell asleep and awoke in downtown London with no snow and overcast skies. At the bus station I got a coffee and sat down outside to await my chauffeur. There were homeless men with white beards and black toques bumming smokes but none of the high school toughs so common in the Kitchener terminal. It was awfully cold, the sun behind thin clouds and the streets grey, quiet and dirty. By the time Bill, fiftyish, wearing a Harley ball cap, arrived in his minivan, Waterloo’s first game against Guelph was over. “I’m sure I’ll know where the games will be,” Bill said, “I used to come to games in London all the time.” The houses got nicer and the trees larger and then we were through the stone gates and crossing the Thames River onto campus. Western’s campus is very nice. The buildings are stone models of parliament and the girls wear tight jeans tucked into thigh-high boots. It all seems rather fashionable. There is a beauty of a football stadium right in the heart of campus; no rugby on that field. There is an Alumni Centre but no one inside knows of women’s rugby. The Alumni Centre had a Gazette, though, so I flipped to the Sports section but there was no mention of where this tournament might be taking place. “I bet it’s up on the soccer fields,” Bill suggested. So we walked rapidly through the crowds of pretty people talking on cell phones between classes to some far back corner of campus and the soccer fields. Nothing on these two fields. Bill seemed to be out of ideas. We went to the office of the Gazette. No one there had an idea where the rugby tournament might be. “Although I should find out,” some guy said, “I’m supposed to cover a game tomorrow.” He called people at Western Athletics, to no avail. By now the Warriors had started their second game against St. Francis Xavier University. Finally he got some lady who knew. As we stood watching she wrote a very long list of directions on a scrap of paper. “The tournaments actually not on campus,” she said, “I’m sorry, it’s out in Thorndale.” Bill was not happy when he heard this. “Why would they have a national championship in Thorndale? What sort of operation is this?” We left campus and drove to Thorndale; Bill muttered the whole way. I watched the clock; these first round robin games are 25-minute halves so we were pushing it. The traffic was busy through London but eventually we got out of town into the country on a two-lane highway with tractors cutting hay in fields along the road. “This is a long ways out,” Bill muttered, “How many students will they get out here?” It was a 25-minute drive before we saw the hand-painted road sign pointing “CIS Rugby National Tournament.” The St. George Rugby Club in Thorndale has a club house with a bar and coffee that sits back off the road behind a half-full gravel lot. Past the clubhouse are four rugby fields in a square. Behind the fields a barbed wire fence separates the railroad tracks from the girls leaving the fields with slumped shoulders and muddy uniforms. Bill dealt with the people at the gate while I hurried back to the fields where the girls were done. On the way a fellow from UW Athletics

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Nancy Radman (3) pushes towards a try with the support of Katie Selman (11) in Waterloo’s victory over Laval. stopped me. “Not so good,” he responded to my inquiries. “They lost to Guelph in the first game 25-0. They lost to SFXU in the second game just over. 45-0.” The Warriors were on their charter bus by the time I made it to the field and cut off a tired coach Ciezer. “Let’s talk later,” he said, “I’ve got to warm up. They were tough games. Call me at the hotel. I’m in 113.” Then he was off. I wandered around aimlessly for a bit. The SFXU fans wore matching blue T-shirts that read “Number 1 Fans.” They were older people, parents no doubt. There were no students to be seen except the few reporters scampering around in hoods scribbling quotes in stiff notebooks. Bill waited in the parking lot; they wouldn’t let him in without paying five bucks. “This tournament’s no good,” was all he said. That night Bob Dylan played London. We swore to avenge the day and went out to get an interview. No luck there either. They say Saturday’s another day. Hung over but the day was of nice sun and warm breeze. Bill showed up early, determined. We got breakfast at a little joint in Thorndale. The Greek cook said, “yes, very busy, people from Guelph, London, Waterloo.” The parking lot at the rugby club was packed when we arrived in the middle of the St FX – Western semi-final. I wore a camera and held a notebook, hell I thought I looked the part, but the ladies at the front wouldn’t offer a press pass so it cost another five bucks to enter and Bill said goodbye. A tremendous game was underway. These girls were hammering each other. I couldn’t help but wince to see these hits. Half of Western’s front got injured in the first half. The SFXU fans in blue were crazy, yelling, banging bangers, and charging up and down the sideline en masse with the play. It was too

much. SFXU won the day and advanced to the gold medal game. Their fans rushed the field. Western’s pitiful cheering section left. The Warriors watched along the sidelines and once the game was done took the field for the fifth place game against the Laval Rouge et Or, who wore sharp red-gold-black jackets and stood apart for being so French. This would be Dianne Kelly’s game. At the opening kick she was screaming to her teammates and off the start she was flying around the field knocking down anyone in red. The Warriors came to play. Laval pushed early, down inside the 22 metre line, and then Waterloo took over and the Rouge et Or were kept on their heels for the rest of the first half. With ten minutes left the domination paid off as the Warrior pack pushed Laval back into their own end zone and Kelly dove on the loose ball for her first try to put Waterloo up 5 - 0. That would be all for the first half. “So far so good,” coach Ciezer said. To start the second half, Kelly and Sam Kristopherson led the Warriors up the field and Kelly promptly scored her second try. Laval came back and scored a try and a convert before the Warriors again marched the field and Kelly punched in for the try and a 15-7 Waterloo lead. Kelly would add her fourth try on a long solo run and Kendra Cook, in what may have been her final game as a Warrior, kicked a convert for the 22-7 lead. A late Rouge et Or try made no difference and Waterloo won fifth in Canada. “The girls were ready to play today,” coach Ciezer said. “We played tough with our forwards. We wanted to win. Fifth in the country, I’m very satisfied.” Then he offered me a ride on the charter bus to Waterloo. On the bus the girls were happy and boisterous, playing cards and yelling for the ride back over the 401.

“Laval played strong,” Julie Crip said as we rolled along. “But I think everyone here had the best game of their life, today. Everyone pushed as hard as they could.” “Yesterday we lost to Guelph and SFXU,” graduating scrum half Jung Fung said. “Both of them are playing for the gold medal game, so we lost to the number one and number two teams in the country. Fifth place is a nice way to end the season, with a win. We came in as the sixth seed, people were asking whether we deserved to be there, and I think we proved we did by beating Laval.” The talk was loud and friendly; they were clearly close friends and a team well satisfied with the season. “It was very exciting to be here,” Crip said. “It’s a different experience to play this high caliber of rugby. Hopefully we’ll be back next year; this experience will push everyone to play harder.” “To play in the top six of Canada is an amazing privilege, to begin with,” Anna Kierke said. “Then, getting fifth and only losing to the top two is a pretty good accomplishment.” “Our goals were to make the top three and get to nationals,” Coach Ciezer said before he got off. So coming in fifth here is a step up on our goals. We’ve been to the tournament now, so the girls know what to expect. We played the best two teams in the country; now we know where we stand against them and we know what to work on to get there again. It’ll take a lot of work, but I hope to get here again next year and get a higher ranking.” In Waterloo the moon was full and the skies were clear and I walked home with the last of the whisky and thought about the other Warrior teams who might make nationals.


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Cricket fighting Suzanne Gardner assistant editor-in-chief Swimming

Waterloo faced the Toronto Varsity Blues for a dual meet on November 4. The women’s team lost 107 to 46 and the men’s team lost 98 to 64. From the men’s team, Warrior Oleg Chernukhin earned three first place rankings, in the 100m breaststroke, the 100m backstroke and the 200m breaststroke. UW’s Angela McIsaac was the only individual in the women’s meet to gain a top three placing, with a third in the 50m breaststroke. The Warriors will next find themselves at the OUA Divisional Championships to be held November 18 and 19 at U of T. Badminton

UW finished off a successful season on November 4 with a 10-3 win against York. With this win, the team brought their record for the season to four wins and one loss. The Warriors host the OUA championships on November 18 in the PAC.

Men’s volleyball

UW hosted the Toronto Varsity Blues on November 4, in their second weekend of home play. The Warriors started off strong by winning the first set, but unfortunately lost the following three. Kostya Kovalenko was named player of the match for Waterloo, leading the team with eight kills and five digs. The men are in action November 10 against Queen’s and November 11 against RMC, both in the PAC, both at 7:00 p.m . Women’s hockey

The Warriors were defeated by the University of Guelph Gryphons on November 4, by a score of 4-1. Tempers were high in this penalty-filled game; the Gryphons scored three of their four goals on the power play. The Warriors’ sole goal, scored by Kaity Martin, also came when their opponents were a woman down. The ladies head to Guelph November 8 and next play at home against Queen’s University on November 18.

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Left hitter Hilary Lemieux (15) and middle Kate Flanagan (11) block the Gee Gees en route to Waterloo’s upset victory. Women’s volleyball

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Alexis Huber’s save is not enough as Warriors fall to Guelph.

The Warriors faced the top two teams in the OUA East Division on the weekend of November 4-5: the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa. The ladies lost three straight sets against U of T on Saturday, but pulled off a 3-2 upset of the Ottawa Gee Gees the next day, marking the Gee Gees’ first loss of the season. UW’s Bojana Josipovic was awarded player of the match for leading the team offensively with 12 kills, two service aces, 15 digs and three stuff blocks. The Warriors next game will be against Laurier on November 10 at 6:00 p.m at the WLU Athletics Complex.

We are a global people. The world grows smaller each day and with every foreign story come flashes of our own inner desires. Like the desire to watch animals fight. Whether it is heavyweights or dogs, cocks or tiny insects, people like nothing better than picking sides and placing bets on nature’s brutal glory. A friend in China spoke of her foray into the sporting world… Walking through Xi’an’s winding, narrow streets, lined with markets, low-hanging telephone wires and seas of people, you hear the sound of crickets chirping from a tiny cage that hangs outside every shop. It is good luck in the autumn to have a cricket singing outside your home or shop. Further into the old Muslim quarter you come to a narrow, busy street. There’s an old mosque on the corner and across the street a narrow, garbagestrewn alley. There are stray dogs wandering in the alley and a group of Chinese people huddled in one back corner. All of the people are smoking cigarettes. A few women stand on the outskirts of the group of men huddled in a circle. Old men, wearing sweaters or traditional Chinese jackets, with horizontal buttons on the front, along with their little caps and little beards, look like ancient emperors and make up the rest of the crowd. There’s one man sitting on an old stool, wide of the circle, before a wooden stump. In the centre of the circle a ring sits on a tray. There are two men sitting on the ground, each holding a tiny bamboo cricket cage. All the men around the circle are talking in Mandarin. One, who holds a cigarette between his middle and ring fingers, takes charge and the two coaches bring their cages down to the edge of the ring.

The coaches lean their faces in close to the cage. It looks like they are blowing into the cage. The ref says something and the coaches each take a cricket from the cage. “You want? You want?” The old man on the stool is asking me. On his wooden stump are piles of bills. “You want?,” he asks again. There is a bigger cricket in one corner. The coach has one hand cupped around it, keeping his insect in its corner; with the other hand he is stroking the cricket’s back. In the other corner is a scrawny cricket. That coach also cups one hand around his cricket but he is not stroking it. I put three quay, something like 25 cents, on the scrawny cricket. The ref calls out a bunch of words, ready set go or something, dramatically raising his hands; the coaches raise their hands with a flourish; the crickets crawl towards each other, people are yelling things, some people have books or newspapers and they’re banging those. The coaches are leaned over the ring shouting at their crickets. The crickets get in close to each other, feeling each other out with jabs and pokes, waving their limbs around for quite awhile, every so often moving to another side of the ring. Eventually, the scrawny cricket starts beating the big one, hitting it, over and over, until the big cricket is stunned, until he’s not moving. The loser’s coach jumped in then, with gentle hands he picks it up, talks soothingly to it and rubs its back, while the winner is held high in the ref ’s hand. The people have a little cheering procession, and the owner takes his champion and holds him high. The bookie gives out money, the crowd mills around and I walk home through the streets with crickets singing and the coins jingling in my pocket. That was her story. But she is not alone. All across this planet unassuming foreigners are stumbling into exotic rings, naive but curious, gambling and discovering, in the process, a universal truth of human nature: we love competition and we love watching animals fight.

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The Waterloo Warriors men’s hockey team had a strong weekend, taking three of a possible four points to keep pace with Lakehead atop the OUA Far West division standings. On November 3 the Warriors played host to the Brock Badgers at the CIF arena. The Badgers came into the game with a 5-1 record and had beaten the Warriors in a preseason game. Waterloo controlled the play in the first period, outshooting the Badgers by a margin of 15-6. But the game remained scoreless until, with just under a minute to play, Sean Roche took a pass from Shane Hart at full speed, blew by the Brock defenceman as he came in off the left wing and slid the puck through the legs of the Badgers’ goaltender Thomas Lee. Joel Olszowka also picked up an assist on the goal which gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. The Warriors would add to their lead in the opening moments of the second period. During 4-on-4 play, Ryan MacGregor found a wide open David Edgeworth who buried the puck

behind Lee just 11 seconds into the frame. Seven minutes later Waterloo further extended their lead. This time, winger Doug Spooner collected his first goal of the season. Kevin Hurley and Mike Della Mora drew

the assists on Spooner’s goal, putting the Warriors in complete control of the game. Brock would break the shutout in the last minute of the second period with a goal by Shawn Doucet, making it 3-1 heading into the final period. In the third, the Warriors completely shut down the Badgers, as they had done all game, allowing very few scoring chances and looking like the better team throughout. Waterloo’s defence played a very strong game and Curtis Darling made 25 saves in the Warriors’ net to get the win.

The celebration was dampened by an injury suffered by third-year winger Frank Fazio late in the first period. Fazio limped off, favouring his left leg and did not return. The Warriors had a short turnaround as the next afternoon they were in Toronto to take on the York Lions. UW’s season-long nemesis of taking too many penalties and giving up power play goals came back to haunt them in this game. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie as York got power play goals from Tyler Harrison and Sean Langdon in the game. For Waterloo, the two scoring plays were identical. Both goals were scored by Roche and both were assisted by Hart and Dave Philpott. Rookie goaltender Jimmy Bernier made his second start of the season and made 26 saves in the game. This weekend the Warriors travel to Kingston for games against the Queen’s Golden Gaels on November 10, and the RMC Paladins the following night. Their next action at home will be on Friday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.


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Womens team unites in Gillian Maxwell’s absence.

Kimberly Lee earns an average of 19 points per game against Lakehead. Adnan Khan reporter

The Warriors’ basketball team opened up their season this past weekend with high hopes of a successful season, but without star forward Gillian Maxwell, who will be sidelined the next couple of weeks because of a knee injury. Losing a star player at the beginning of the season might be a cause of concern for most teams, but not the Warriors. Coach Mano Watsa has his players playing hard and as a collective unit. “I’m more demanding of our players this season, our veterans know what to expect. My standard for the ladies is higher. I’m pushing them harder than I pushed them before and that’s not always easy for players to deal with, but I think that they’re enjoying being pushed,” said Watsa. Watsa believes that the key to a successful season is to play good transition defence and more importantly good team defence. “We have a focus

Feleshia Watson brings defensive intensity. on our defensive transition and we are a team that takes a great deal of pride in our team defence,” said Watsa. The coach wanted his players to play the game the right way. He emphasized that how the team plays the game is equally, if not more, important than the results themselves. Waterloo opened up their OUA season November 10 against Lakehead University, losing 66-62. Rachel Harmsworth, Kate Poulin and Kim Lee were the top scorers for the Warriors, each dropping 14 points. As expected the Warriors experienced first game jitters. There were many unforced turnovers, easy baskets missed and miscommunication on both sides of the ball. However, the Warriors played the game very hard and that is most important. “There was very little communication out there but it’s the season opener and we can only go up from here,” said third-year guard Lee. As the season progresses and as more chemistry starts to develop amongst the players the Warriors

photos By Simona cherler

Kate Poulin shines, earning 15 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals.

Melanie Belore and guards push relentlessly for victory.

will click on all cylinders and they will be a very hard team to beat. The Warriors were making mistakes but their tenacity is what kept them in the game and tenacity is a characteristic that all strong teams must have. The girls refused to give up. Even with the high intensity shown throughout the game, co-captain Nicole Tisdale feels they can improve. “I think that we need to increase the overall intensity, we need to get it done on the boards, offensively, defensively, we can’t afford any lapses,” she said. The second game of the Lakehead weekend saw the Warriors win 85-79. Lee and Poulin both had monster games; Lee dropping 26 points while Poulin scored 15 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and threw 7 assists. From start to finish Lakehead could not match the Waterloos intensity. They were out hustled, out skilled, outmatched. The Warriors played hard throughout the game and they would not let Lakehead go on a run. Waterloo beat Lakehead to the spot to grab rebounds,

they hit the deck first to get the loose ball. They refused to lose. “I told our girls that we had something to prove tonight and we came out and proved it,” said coach Watsa. Lakehead could not keep up with the fast paced tempo of the game. “I think we definitely stepped it up, we definitely put more intensity into our full court defence. I was impressed with how we played,” said Nicole Tisdale. Coach Watsa’s philosophy of defence first proved to be important in the victory. “I thought our main thing was defence,” Poulin said. “Our full court defence made everyone, including myself, have a better offensive game.” Waterloo’s work ethic and hard-nosed play is proving to be a very valuable asset to the team. The Warriors will only get better as time passes and their chemistry builds, and with the return of Gillian Maxwell, Waterloo will be a force to be reckoned with in the OUA.



WARRIOR [M] HOCKEY Friday, November 17 vs U of T Varsity Blues 7:30 PM, UW CIF Arena

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Sean Roche | [M] Hockey

Kate Poulin | [W] Basketball

Sean, a third year Engineering student from Ottawa, Ontario, led the Warriors to 3 points this past weekend in OUA action. On Friday night vs. Brock, Sean scored the opening goal for Waterloo in a 3-1 victory over the Badgers. On Saturday in York, Sean scored both Waterloo goals in a 2-2 draw with the Lions. Waterloo now sits tied with Lakehead atop the Far West division with 11 points.

Kate, a fourth year Kinesiology student from Kitchener, Ontario, led the Warriors in this past weekend as Waterloo split a pair of games with Lakehead to start the OUA season. On Saturday night, Kate led the Warriors to an 85-79 win over Lakehead with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals. On Friday, in a 6662 loss to the Thunderwolves, Kate scores 14 points and added 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

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