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Impr int The university of Waterloo’s official student newspaper

Friday, January 25, 2008

vol 30, no 24

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Understanding student governance Part 1 of 5: Structures of power

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Acclaimed to fame

Justin Williams submits only Feds president nomination Michael L. Davenport assistant editor-in-chief


hen the Federation of Students opens their polls in February, undergrads will not be casting a ballot for president. They will not be casting a ballot for vice-president administration and finance, either. That’s because both of those positions have been acclaimed and will be held respectively by Justin Williams and incumbent Del Pereira. Although current vice-president education Jonah Levine stated he was confident regarding the abilities of the acclaimed, he also remarked, “The lack of an election is a disappointment.” The sentiment was echoed by president-elect Williams himself. “I would have preferred to win an election rather than be acclaimed,” said Williams. Incumbent Del Pereira originally had an opponent: math councillor Aly Sivji. However, Sivji resigned shortly after the all-candidates meeting on January 23. Sivji cited his high opinion of Pereira’s performance this past year as a reason not to oppose him. “I was sort of on the fence to run to begin with,” said Sivji. He added: “My whole platform was going to be ‘I have real work experience’ but Del already has the experience,” and “Withdrawing from the race has opened the door for me to explore some opportunities and interests which would not have been available had I won the election.” Stephanie Cabico and former Feds exec Renjie Butalid were both rumored as potentially considering running for president as well. Butalid told Imprint that he had considered candidacy, but eventually decided to dedicate his future to the Laurel Centre for Social Entrepreneurship instead. Cabico also confirmed that she had indeed considered running. “I feel horrible for not running. I don’t really regret it, but I wish someone else stepped up and [at] least gave some competition.” Cabico cited multiple personal and professional reasons (including other employment) for her decision not to finalize her candidacy, and explicitly specified that fear of losing to Williams was not one of those reasons. When asked about the implementation of checks and balances in this year’s elections, Feds executive researcher Rick Theis defended the electoral system: “The system of checks and balances was already present in the open nomination period. There are no mechanisms to protect against apathy and the fear of running for office.” Theis also noted that as last year had a 16.5 per cent voter turnout for president (a record breaking 3742 votes), it would be odd to ascribe the low number of candidates in this election to straight apathy.

Theories abound regarding why there are so few candidates this year. Both Feds president Kevin Royal and Graduate Students Association President Ian MacKinnon put forward the possibility that Williams is a “consensus candidate;” that students as a whole just agree that he should be president. This theory may seem strange, but there’s evidence for it. Potential opponent Butalid himself said, “When I made my decision not to run, I knew that the Federation of Students would still be left in capable hands, following a conversation I had with Williams back in November.” There’s also the fact (considering the comments of Cabico and Butalid) that the ambitions of some potential politicians simply lie outside Ring Road. Of the student body with the qualifications and experience, a Feds presidency isn’t something on which all would set their sights. A third theory held by those in Feds circles is the low candidate count has been caused by a lack of controversy over the past year. The bus pass, for years a nagging issue, has been settled. There’s been no recent public relations disaster such as Feds losing their liquor license or Feds dissolving a student club. Potential issues such as the CKMS fee (for the campus radio) and UW WUSC (the program which brings refugees to our campus) have already met the criteria for referenda, and thus will not be decided by whomever becomes a Feds exec. Low turnout might also suggest low Feds visibility. President-elect Williams did not speak on the specifics of his platform, saying he needed further consultation with his running-mates. However, he did say that he wanted to improve both the visibility and reputation of Feds. “I think one of the reasons people aren’t engaged with council is that they have a bad mental image of council.” He stated that actively engaging first years was a “big thing” for him. Williams also espoused a desire for greater co-operation between the Feds services, especially with regard to their working space. Williams, who comes from the faculty of environmental studies, has mentioned he would also like to see sustainability on his agenda. The last time the president of Feds was acclaimed was the 1997 election, when incumbent president Mario Bellabarba reclaimed his position unopposed. In fact, the entire executive was acclaimed that year, leading some students to demand another election be held. The current situation is more analogous to the 2000 election, where two of the vice presidents were acclaimed. That year had only eight per cent voter turnout. With the CKMS and WUSC referenda this year, hopefully more students will cast ballots this year than in 2000 — even if two of the Feds executive have already been decided.

Mackenzie Keast


Imprint, Friday, January 25, 2008

Waterloo law school becomes possibility

amna Iqbal & Joyce Hsu

The Seagram’s land location could be the future home of KW’s very own law school if talks progress between UW, WLU and Jim Balsillie of RIM. Ashley Csanady staff reporter


law school may soon be added to the plethora of new projects in the region supported by RIM’s Jim Balsillie. The school would potentially be another joint venture between UW and WLU, and located alongside the Jim Balsillie School for International Governance — which Balsillie supported with a donation of $33 million last summer — on the old Seagram lots. The proposed site, on the corner of Caroline St. and Erb St. is already home to the Centre for International Governance (CIGI), run by former UW professor and acclaimed historian John English, and was also supported by Balsillie. “Jim Balsillie has indicated he would support a law school that would have integrated programs with the Balsillie School,” said English, adding, “It is common to have law integrated with international studies as at the renowned Fletcher School at Tufts University.” English later added, however, that “there is a question of approval and it’s very early but there is much excitement about the prospect.” The tentative nature of the proposal was reaffirmed by the dean of arts, Ken Coates, who said, “The potential partners, UW, WLU, CIGI have not agreed to any initiative as yet. A law school would be a major undertaking and it would have to be done right.” The fact that UW has yet to make any public announcement as to whether it is interested was re-iterated by WLU vicepresident academic Susan Horton. There hasn’t been a new accredited law school in Ontario for 30 years, Horton explained. “Laurier put in an application to the ministry for funding for a law school back in May. At that time, it did not involve any other partners. It became clear that the project would take a while to obtain approval, and the discussions about approval are still in progress.”

“Should a law school come here, it would have a significant impact on the partner institutions and on KW.” said Dean Coates. “It would create additional opportunities for students, enhance the legal environment in the region and contribute to the general economic growth of the area. There are considerable opportunities associated with a new school of this nature.” Thomas Homer-Dixon, a new professor for the Balsillie school whom the Record touted as their “first major coup” said, “I think a law school would be a very potent complement to the already powerful combination CIGI and the new Balsillie School. From what I understand, the proposal is that the law school would specialize in international and IT law — which are exactly the areas that would be appropriate for the other two institutions. In fact, the three facilities together would be potentially a world-beating combination and would help further move Waterloo into the top tier of the world’s ‘learning and innovation’ communities.” “[Dixon is] one of the leading scholars on contemporary environmental change,” said Coates in the same Record article. “He’s very, very well known for his work on global climate change and the appropriate political and social response to that.” The benefits of a joint venture between the two universities, CIGI and the Balsillie School may be innumerable, but the idea will take time. Besides the fact that few of the major players have expressed their formal interest, the fact that there hasn’t been a new law school in the province for over 30 years speaks to the difficulty of such an undertaking. Balsillie may be generous enough to again open his wallet to the benefit of the region, but we will have to wait and see whether he’ll get the chance.

— With files from Amna Iqbal

Middle Eastern outrage Palenstinian students protest UW-Haifa exchange Travis Myers news editor


n the afternoon of Wednesday, January 23, all was not well outside a session promoting the University of Waterloo’s new student exchange program with Israel’s Haifa University. A group of UW’s Palestinian students and sympathizers gathered outside to express their anger at the interaction between the two schools while distributing literature expressing their discontent through information they had gathered regarding the treatment of Palestinians at the Israeli school. Rami Alhamad, leader of the group “Students for Palestinian Rights” was infuriated by the promotion of the

exchange. “Palestinian students make up a quarter of the students at Haifa, but they make up 80 per cent of the students facing disciplinary action. If we were seeing this here at UW, it would be looked at quite differently.” The flyers being handed out by the group contain this kind of information and more about the professed acts of discrimination against the Arab students, including information about the feud between Haifa and the West Bank school Birzeit University. Said Alhamad: “The Israelis destroyed the main [highway] leading to Biezeit school, they’ve cut off the professors and students from their school,” leaving, according to Alhamad, the students almost no opportunity to learn, with their choices consisting of the supposedly anti-Palestinian Haifa or attending underground classes and taking as long as 10 years to finish a degree. The Haifa exchange program garners a considerable amount of its interest from the fact that it is free. Heather Reisman who is, along with Gerry Schwartz, one of the two majority shareholders of bookstore chains Chapters, Coles and Indigo, donated half a million dollars to the exchange program between UW and Haifa. Reisman and Schwartz also faced scrutiny in 2006 when their support of over $3 million a year to the Heseg Foundation, a charity involved with the Israeli military, came to light. This involvement sparked the boycott of Chapters and its

related stores by Palestinian and sympathetic groups in Canada. The free Haifa exchange program, according to the Students for Palestinian Rights doesn’t come without a price. “[We] think this exchange program is discriminatory in its nature. Our objective is to highlight driscrimination and injustice and raise awareness. By supporting Haifa, you are supporting state terrorism,” said Alhamad. It seems the bitter conflict in the Middle East has found its way onto the UW campus.

Correction In the January 18 edition of Imprint, the name of the CKMS DJ pictured on cover is Ryan Cain. In the article “Campus conflicts spur Facebook groups” by Sarah Hewey, the deadline for nominations of Feds positions was incorrectly stated to have been on February 12 when it was in fact on January 21. Imprint apologizes for any misunderstanding.



Imprint, Friday, January 25, 2008

Dana Porter library gets a facelift

Rocky Choi

The Dana Porter library, lovingly called “the Sugarcube,” lives up to its nickname while illuminated at night, a look unlikely to change with renovations. Marco Baldasaro assistant news editor


njoy your Colombian Supremo, 1812 Reserve, or French Vanilla coffee blends at the Dana Porter Library while you can: renovations are on the horizon for the entire main floor and you may need to find a new place to get coffee for a few months. This latest project comes on the heels of a whole slew of library upgrades to both the Dana Porter and the Davis Centre. So far, donation

money has gone towards installing a state-of-the-art RFID security and collections management system in both the Davis and Porter libraries, renovations of the 3rd floor of the Porter Library which now include the Peter and Betty Sims Reading Room, a computer research area, new study carrels throughout the floor, and high speed workstations throughout the libraries. Despite these upgrades, both the Dana Porter and the Davis Centre have been able to avoid closing entire

floors for any significant period until this final project. According to a news release on the University of Waterloo Library website, the renovations to Dana Porter will “transform the main floor into a welcome and vital learning space that is flexible to the needs of UW’s growing and ever-changing student body.” The library raised $2.8 million in donations from the University of Waterloo for the renovations, with money coming from students, staff, faculty, retirees, alumni and parents.

The Kresge Foundation, one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations, also chipped in with a $600,000 U.S. grant to top off a hugely successful fundraising campaign. To date, this is the largest grant that the Kresge Foundation has ever awarded to a Canadian university. Interestingly enough, this generous grant almost never came to be. The Kresge foundation provides funding in the form of a challenge: a recipient of funding must raise the funding needed for a project, minus the amount of the Kresge Challenge Grant they are seeking. The deadline for meeting the $2.8 million target, was originally set for the end of 2006 and due to a failure to meet this goal, had to be extended twice. The most recent extension was announced in April of 2007. Design plans for the renovation are currently in the process of being finalized. The Walter Fedy Partnership, the project architect, has been busy taking measurements of the public and staff

areas. Planning for the proposed renovation will conclude in late February or early March with renovations slated to begin after the completion of the exam schedule in late April. Design plans were influenced by student and faculty feedback. Changes will include an increase in public space and individual study areas, additional workstations, more natural lighting and window views, and improved signage and displays. During renovations, the main floor will be entirely closed to both students and staff in order to make certain that the project is completed prior to the start of the fall term. To cope with the closure, library staff will provide alternative access to their regular services and resources while the project takes place. More information will become available from the library as the project takes a more distinct shape.




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Clubs days: diverse beliefs

Campus and community events Alice (Experiments) in Wonderland JANUARY 25 — FEBRUARY 3 Friday — Sunday 8:00 pm @ Theatre of the Arts Lewis Carroll’s ageless fantasia receives an electronic overhaul in which virtual characters interact with live ones, leaping on and offscreen, and from one venue to another with lightning speed. Created in partnership with Bradley University in Illinois and the University of Waterloo in Canada, and thanks to broadband computers and 2-D sets, this digital-age recreation of Alice In Wonderland uses technology to offer a new twist on Alice’s surreal journey. Tickets $12 General, $10 Students, $5 Children iWeb/Site/Welcome.html Fewer Poor, Not Better Poor: a lecture by Paul Born JAN 31 Thursday 4:30 — 6:00 pm @Arts Lecture Hall, room 116

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Serial reporting

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Friday, January 25, 2008 Vol. 30, No. 24 Student Life Centre, Room 1116 University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 P: 519.888.4048 F: 519.884.7800 Editor-in-chief, Maggie Clark Advertising & Production Manager, Laurie Tigert-Dumas General Manager, Catherine Bolger Ad Assistant, vacant Sales Assisstant, Jason Kenney Volunteer Coordinator, Angela Gaetano Systems Admin. vacant Distribution, Peter Blackman, Rob Blom Interns, Sarah Hewey, Taylor Schnaeringer Board of Directors President, Adam Gardiner Vice-president, Jacqueline McKoy Treasurer, Lu Jiang Secretary, Alaa Yassin Staff liaison, Rob Blom Editorial Staff Assistant Editor, Michael L. Davenport Lead Proofreader, Eric Gassner Cover Editor, Marc Kimmich News Editor, Travis Myers News Assistant, Marco Baldasaro Opinion Editor, Christine Ogley Opinion Assistant, Monica Harvey Features Editor, Dinh Nguyen Features Assistant, Cait Davidson Arts Editor, Andrew Abela Arts Assistant, Duncan Ramsay Science Editor, Adrienne Raw Science Assistant, Sherif Soliman Sports Editor, Yang Liu Sports Assistant, Olinda Pais Photo Editor, Jenn Serec Photo Assistant, Jamie Damaskinos Graphics Editor, Joyce Hsu Graphics Assistant, Yosef Yip Web Editor, Hoon Choi Web Assistant, vacant Systems Administrator, vacant Sys. Admin. Assistant, Peter Sutherland Production Staff

Keegan Tremblay, Rajul Saleh, Matthew Wiebe, Chris Miller, Cait Davidson, William Chau, Emma Tarswell, Gordon Li, Sarah Mask, Ashley Fournier, Megan Ng, Tracey McKenna, Tejas Koshy, Stephen Yi, Keshi Hasan, Sukhjeet Jocl, Paul Collier, Brittany Baker, Alicia Boers, Lily Lo, Sohni Satyajit Imprint is the official student newspaper of the University of Waterloo. It is an editorially independent newspaper published by Imprint Publications, Waterloo, a corporation without share capital. Imprint is a member of the Ontario Community Newspaper Association (OCNA). Editorial submissions may be considered for publication in any edition of Imprint. Imprint may also reproduce the material commercially in any format or medium as part of the newspaper database, Web site or any other product derived from the newspaper. Those submitting editorial content, including articles, letters, photos and graphics, will grant Imprint first publication rights of their submitted material, and as such, agree not to submit the same work to any other publication or group until such time as the material has been distributed in an issue of Imprint, or Imprint declares their intent not to publish the material. The full text of this agreement is available upon request. Imprint does not guarantee to publish articles, photographs, letters or advertising. Material may not be published, at the discretion of Imprint, if that material is deemed to be libelous or in contravention with Imprint’s policies with reference to our code of ethics and journalistic standards. Imprint is published every Friday during fall and winter terms, and every second Friday during the spring term. Imprint reserves the right to screen, edit and refuse advertising. One copy per customer. Imprint ISSN 0706-7380. Imprint CDN Pub Mail Product Sales Agreement no. 40065122. Next board meeting: TBA Next staff meeting: Monday, January 28, 2008 12:30 p.m.


ast week, right after a very difficult production night, 12 Imprint volunteers and I made our way to Ottawa for the 2008 national student journalism conference. The minor changes you’ll see in this week’s paper spring from some of the great workshops we attended during our time there. However, for me the biggest change in this week’s paper has been much longer in coming, and I dearly hope it stands the test of time. Just over a year ago, on January 22, 2007, the Globe and Mail began a comprehensive news series on the Pickton trial. “Day 1,” read the stark front page, which would maintain that ominous chronology for issues to come, inviting readers into explicit accounts of Pickton’s then-alleged crimes. The coverage itself was thorough; of that there is little doubt. But was so much lurid attention, and so prominent an on-going presentation, appropriate for one of the most heinous serial killers in Canadian history? A great many Canadians disagreed. As did a great many media outlets. In the days that followed, both the CBC and Globe and Mail opened discussion forums with the general public, inviting various opinions on what kind of coverage a situation like the Pickton trial merited. As a society, we’ve seen the danger

of “culture of fear” reporting — the kind of glamourized news-telling that heightens citizen panic — and many felt this was precisely the approach the Globe and Mail had taken. And yet I don’t feel it was intentional — rather, it was more an educational misstep in the Globe and Mail’s overarching pursuit of thoroughly investigative serial reporting. While the Pickton trial coverage highlighted some of the dangers of serial reporting (the dangers that arise, really, whenever the media fails to keep news in proportion, either through the language or sheer size of stories on a given subject), the Globe and Mail as a whole has proven quite effective at the form. “The Boy in the Moon,” an extensive three-part feature on one journalist’s struggle to understand and care for his severely disabled son, is one such example of serial reporting at its best. So what makes good serial reporting — and what exactly is its purpose? Well, here at Imprint one of the greatest complaints we receive is that the paper doesn’t dig deep enough and lacks the consistency needed to help readers connect the dots. This is in large part the result of our operational circumstances: we’re a student paper run by a volunteer staff that changes every single term. How then can we provide readers with the depth they require?

My solution is deceptively simple: each term, choose an overarching question that relates to student life, and write the heck out of it. Then hopefully, if our coverage is comprehensive enough, we can limit redundancy in future articles, while also providing readers with all the information we have in a few neat and tidy bundles — both in print and online. It’s an ambitious project. At Imprint, we had to create a specific reporters’ group, the H-Corps, to implement investigative reporting in the office, and we’re still working on creating the position of head reporter to further entrench the importance of such work. Meanwhile, the office as a whole is still undergoing renovations to provide volunteers with the interviewing resources they need, and Imprint’s research library is essentially being rebuilt from scratch. To this end, if you’re interested in helping us on the ground floor, by all means swing by the office every Friday at 2 p.m., or drop me a line at the email address below. Otherwise, I invite you all to read this week’s instalment, hopefully enjoy it, and give us some real feedback regarding this initiative — as with all the others yet to come.

Trade meets human rights


unitive, protectionist, political, or principled: economic sanctions can be many things, and those are just the ones that start with the letter “P”. Although our lovely country sometimes uses economic sanctions to express displeasure with the human rights violations of other nations, there is no hard and fast rule about their application. Stringent sanctions were imposed on Myanmar following the military junta’s brutal suppression of pro-democracy activists, but to be fair, Canada had little to lose in the way of viable business opportunities. What happens then when it comes to our dealings with China, an economic giant with whom we trade billions? While it is incumbent on Canada to promote respect for human rights, sanctions are clearly not the answer in this scenario. Although trade with China is increasing at a quick rate, we really don’t have that much weight compared to an economy that is either the second or forth largest in the world, depending on how you measure it. Not only that, but considering that China was our second largest trading partner last year, any sort of heavy-handed movement would hurt us just as much if not more. International trade minister David Emerson’s recent trip to Hong Kong, Beijing, and Mongolia brought the uneasy

dance of trade and human rights promotion back to the forefront. Between January 7 and 11 Emerson met with a multitude of foreign dignitaries, including China’s commerce minister, Chen Deming, and Mongolia’s president, Nambaryn Enkhbayar. During the trip, Emerson had two main goals: to secure a bilateral agreement protecting foreign investors from government interference. and to lobby the Chinese government to designate Canada as an official tourist destination — as it has with over 130 other countries. Many observers have pointed to both the Conservative and the Liberal government’s bluntly worded critiques of China’s human rights record as the reason behind the tourism snub. Although he went through a combative period, the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien curbed his ways in later years and promoted a very quiet sort of diplomacy with China. Paul Martin continued this trend, working to expand and strengthen trade links between the two countries. Having been extremely critical of these policies while in opposition, Stephen Harper’s government set out to establish a distinct position on the matter. As Harper put it in November 2006, the Conservatives wouldn’t “sell [...] out to the almighty dollar” at the expense of hu-

man rights. Things became especially sour when Harper met with the Dalai Lama in October of last year, who was given honourary Canadian citizenship in 2006. Since then, Harper and his ministerial staff have worked hard to repair the frayed links between the two countries. Gone are confrontational blusters, replaced instead with the “soft diplomacy” that characterized the later Liberal era. When Emerson was asked on January 10 about issues related to human rights, he was quoted by the Epoch Times as saying “[O]ur general approach on human rights and democracy is to operate on two tracks. We do make our views known, we’re very open and candid with our views on human rights and democracy and rule of law... we do not think that has to necessarily get in the way of carrying on trade investment and building a strong commercial relationship.” Although it was refreshing to have our government take a strong, public stand against human rights abuse in China, it very quickly proved to be an ineffective strategy. Rather than push China towards more progressive policies, it simply closed down avenues of communication between the two countries. See CHINA, page 8

Imprint, Friday, January 25, 2008

Bareback Mountain


o, there you are. You and your man are getting hot and heavy. You’ve got Madonna playing softly in the background, and it’s the moment of truth. The tension rises while you exchange sloppy kisses and fumble to take off each other’s clothes. You decide there and then that you’re ready to take the next step with him. You dig around for your pants in the satin sheets to grab that ancient condom out of your wallet; but he stops you and whispers in your ear: “No, fuck me raw.” This situation probably won’t be out of the ordinary if you are sexually active. Hell, if you’re a bar slut or an online whore, this kinda thing could even be commonplace. Welcome to the dilemma: barebacking. Flashback to the early eighties— the growing AIDS epidemic was terrifying. People didn’t want to give up the party lifestyle and the chance of infection was only a small deterrent to bringing home a new guy any time they wanted. Gay groups and sexual health clinics began giving away condoms like candy in a Santa Claus parade to help stop the spread of HIV among these “whore-mosexuals,” letting them continue on in their skanky ways without having to worry about dying, or worse, blemishing their skin with Kaposi’s Sarcoma. Then the nineties hit. A new generation of young hussies hit the scene and the ideas of safe sex began to go the way of the dinosaur. The term barebacking cropped up when young tramps needed to differentiate between protected and unprotected sex. I spoke to a friend of mine who is both an experienced whore as well as a regular barebacker. When I asked him why people do it he explained that the draw is in two parts. Barebackers enjoy the physical stimulation of unprotected sex more, as well as the psychological thrill of possibly catching your death. So let’s get back to you and your guy. A split second decision —what do you do? Do you put

up a fight? What if you ruin the moment along with your chances of getting some with him then and possibly in the future? Is your relationship strong enough to handle this kind of argument? The satin sheets might be very romantic, but what happens when you’re not in bed? You think to yourself, it’s probably best just to go along with it. I mean, it’s not like he asked you to smoke crystal meth with him (yet). Come on, it’s only unprotected sex. Plus, you guys have been dating for about half a month now, you obviously know him well enough to know if he’s a walking plague or not. And he never mentioned anything about having diseases, so really, you’re not running much, if any, of a risk here, right? You might as well just put up, shut up, get it up and forget about this “unsafe” nonsense. Just a sidenote, if you believe any of this crap you pretty much deserve to get the clap in your asshole. Think about it for a second, if he wants you to fuck him bareback you have to realize that he’s probably done the same thing with other partners. No matter how safe you think unprotected sex is, it’s not safe sex. So what do you say to your man then and there? It’s simple, just tell him straight up that your rule is no glove, no love. If he gets mad, tough shit! That’s his problem, babe. I think we both know he’s missing out.

Think about it for a second, if he wants you to fuck him bareback you have to realize that he’s probably done the same thing with other partners.

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Letters Had a reaction to one of our articles, editorials or columns? Write a letter to the editor at letters@imprint.uwaterloo. ca


ue to recent letters and news stories in Imprint, I thought it prudent to explain the Uyzantine relationship between the Federation of Students and faculty societies as compared with the connection between the Federation of Students and external organizations. In the former case, societies operate with a high degree of sovereignty, separate in many capacities from the Federation of Students. Primarily, the Federation of Students recognizes the autonomy of the societies and their independence with regard to financing and sponsoring activities. The Federation remains the sole

legal representative of the undergraduates of the university, and thus is charged with ensuring that the societies are acting appropriately via a series of checks and balances. These checks and balances – including the requirement to submit budgets, as detailed in a letter to the editor last week – exist and are outlined in an agreement between the Feds and societies, most recently renewed in 2003. With respect to external organizations — Imprint, WPIRG, CKMS — all three have autonomy in the sense that they are separately incorporated with their own governance structure. That said, the Federation of Students remains the officially recognized student union and has a duty and responsibility to the students as it relates to student fees. That duty can be reflected by directly and independently supporting an increase in a fee (Tatham Centre co-op levy), supporting a change at committee (via the Student Services Advisory Committee) or adding/changing a fee via referendum (such as the dental plan). In the case of CKMS, WPIRG,

and Imprint, the first two have been grandfathered in without referendum, while Imprint was added in 1982. Despite the autonomy, student referendums can be called on these fees by multifarious methods: via vote at council (as per this year’s CKMS referendum), via a vote at board (as per the bus pass referendum) and via student petition (as per this year’s WUSC referendum). On February 12 -14, students will have the opportunity to decide whether they support the elimination of the $5.50 CKMS tariff or, separately, the addition of a new WUSC fee to their statement. The Federation of Students habitually looks to its members for guidance via referendum, but such consultation relies on people voting. Decisions are made by those people who show up, so don’t forget to vote. — Kevin Royal

For many UW students it is difficult to think of reasons to keep 100.3 CKMS around. They don’t listen to it on a regular basis, they don’t really know what good it does.

The truth is that is does plenty of good for UW students and the surrounding community. A friend of mine who had volunteered there for many years had this to say: “Speaking as a once long-time volunteer programmer of CKMS, it provides a number of benefits to UW fee-paying students: • a venue to hear local/indie music which other mediums can’t provide with the same intensity of exposure; • sponsoring of local indie-music; • knowledgeable, tech-savvy support staff to help educate djs, broadcasters, musicians; • a venue for students to acquire valuable real-world media skills while in school; • venue for a variety of ethnic, public interest, and sociocultural communities; • venue to connect UW to the wider KW community and vice versa; • venue to listen to, experiment with audio media, spoken word and projects for new academic

courses such as SPcom (speech communitcation), with a community of like-minded individuals and a variety of top-notch audio technology.” There you have it. CKMS 100.3 in a nutshell. UW students who plan to vote should also consider that CKMS is one of the only independent non-conglomerated media outlets in Waterloo region. You can find programming on CKMS that you won’t find anywhere else. Whatever you’re into, CKMS is bound to have a show for you. Go to and click on the schedule tab to see what shows are on when. The shows cover talk shows, lecture series, rock, underground, hiphop, jazz, roots, blues, electronica and more. All of this is on the FM dial at 100.3 or streaming through their website at Let’s make CKMS yet another bragging point for UW alumni and current students! —John Heil

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Conservative confidence


he last thing we want to hear around this time of year is exactly what we should be expecting. As the weather goes back into an inhospitable deep freeze, it comes time again for some to wander through the streets preaching the good news. Yes, soon enough you may well hear a knock at your door — a politician visiting to plead for your vote. It’s time to take a long, hard look at our current Conservative government and to decide if they have earned another shot. They haven’t done so badly, have they? No huge scandals, no mass mismanagement of our tax dollars; how could they not be deserving of another term? After two years in power, they no longer have the right to call themselves Canada’s new government. In two years, there should have been more than enough time to implement changes and advances worthy of re-election. Two years ago we elected the Conservatives hoping that they could clean up corruption. Fast forward to today, and the non-profit, non-partisan group, Democracy Watch, gives them a “D.” Essentially, their rush through the Federal Accountability Act has left behind so many loopholes that it has actually invited more corruption, a notion summed up nicely in the act’s deletion of a rule that

required staff and senior officials to act with honesty. In short, they manhandled the one issue we elected them to work on. If Stephen Harper ever teaches political science, he will need to start every lecture by reminding the class to do as he says and not as he does. It was he, after all, who ribbed poor old Paul Martin endlessly about never doing anything with his Liberal minority government. Yet, despite Stephane Dion’s Liberals bowing out of votes so that Harper could easily pass his bills, not one breakthrough piece of legislation has been tabled. Paul Martin would have killed for that luxury. The Conservatives really don’t seem to have a clue how to govern. When the people elect a minority government, it means that they want diverse views to be represented. However, parties that would have attended the Bali climate change talks — global warming being a hot issue — were barred from representation. Removing hard-working MPs from that cabinet file and replacing them with a barking guard dog in front of the folder is not progressive, and like the Canada’s new government line, hearing that the Liberals did nothing with the environment file is getting stale too. When it comes to governing, the Conservatives should just admit that the Liberals knew how to do it bet-

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Left: 34.Nd7! played under time trouble Morrison finds a spectacular continuation with 34...Rxe3 35.Nf6+ Kf8 35...Kg7 36.Nxe8+ 36.Qxe3 Qxe3 37.Rxe3 h4 38.Re8+Kg7 39.Ne4 Bc8 40.Nd6 Be6?? 41.Rxe6! Black promptly resigned in light of 41...fxe6 42.Ne8+ which wins the rook a clear minor ahead.

Tournament success for UW chess Jamieson Pryor special to imprint


o most, flying across the country to gather in a big room and re-organize a few pieces on a board would seem ridiculous, but to many the contest of wills and mental fortitude was a matter of defending university honour. This was certainly the case last month, when my Waterloo chess team drove to Guelph university to play in the Canadian University Chess Championships. The game of chess has always been surrounded by an air of mystique and complexity. To give you an idea of a typical chess game at the CUCC, picture the following: You enter the tournament hall and a tournament director calls out the pairings. You and your three team members sit down side-by-side and arrange your pieces. You extend your hand, shake with your opponent and press their clock. Beyond this brief exchange of pleasantries, you have no other focus but to completely and methodically annihilate your opponent’s king. Each tournament hall houses roughly 70 people, but the rooms are eerily silent — with the exception of the constant striking of chess clocks. Some players amble through the first stages of their game quickly, often rifling through a clean 20 moves of theory before they begin to think. Others may fail to navigate the opening with the necessary delicacy and ultimately tender their

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resignation before their teammates begin to play. Throughout the tournament, many players will get up and wander around the room to avoid mental exhaustion. Unsurprisingly, the CUCC, which has five rounds in a short two days is incredibly taxing — both physically and mentally. Games can take on average up to two or three hours, and for many players it is completely uninterrupted. Theoretically, the game can take an almost infinite amount of time; for every move a player makes an additional 50 seconds is added to their clock. My first round game was a clear example of this when I wandered into a dubious variation of the Alekhine’s defence. I ended up in a losing endgame, but with careful maneuvering secured a draw. Sadly, all that maneuvering caused the game to extend well past lunch and into my break before the next round. This kind of exhaustion is all too typical for a chess player. The CUCC tournament is divided into two divisions: A, which is for the top players from each university and B, for all other players. Each university can send as many teams as they like, however, it is rare that universities can field more than two teams and have any expectation of performing well. This year Waterloo sent three teams, one for the A division and two for the B division. The A team consisted of Kyle Morrison, Sheng-Jun Xu, Jamieson Pryor, and Angel Xia. On the B1 team: Alfonso Cheng, Max Reznitsky, Iljya Kalai and Kieng Iv. On the B2 team: Minh Nhat, Scott Rostrup, Andy Feng and Richard Demsyn. When the haze of competition lifted, we found the A

team undefeated and tied for second place, unfortunately losing only on tie-breaks (in chess, ties are resolved by seeing who had to play the strongest teams). In the B section Waterloo B2 won first place and Waterloo B1 took second place. As far as my memory serves me there has never been a team that has successfully secured both first and second place in a division at the CUCC. It was also unusual that the B2 team outperformed the B1 team. Some notable performances were Sheng-Jun Xu on the A team who scored first place individually with four out of five points, and Kyle Morrison, who had a master strength performance (a chess master is a player who has been titled for consistently playing at a very high rating). In the B division Iv Kieng tied for first place individually with four and a half points, and Andy Feng with a close second. Alex Pham also secured the board prize. Chess is rich with elegant strategies and fascinating tactics. Sicilian dragons, Spanish binds, English attacks and more can all be within your reach if you’re interested. Numerous players have doubled or tri pled their abilities here at the chess club within their undergraduate careers. Yet at the end of the day, it’s all about playing even just one really great game.

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A green peas pleaser


Tiffany Li

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500g (about 2 1/8 cup) frozen green or yellow peas 1 scallion (aka spring onion, green onion) 750ml boiling water 1 chicken or vegetable stock cube 100g (about ½ cup minus 1 tbsp) mozzarella or bocconcini 1-2 spoonful(s) of sour cream a few pieces of bread or crackers

Put the peas and the scallion in a large bowl. Add boiling water and stock cube. Stir until tender and cooked through. Once the peas are soft, remove the spring onion and discard it. Put the mozzarella into a blender and blend until smooth. Add peas and their liquid and blend until smooth. Take a large pot and pour all of the soup into it. Reheat until warmed through and the cheeses and peas meld together. Ladle soup into bowls and dollop with sour cream. Serve with bread or crackers.

Alternative flavour dimensions: Sometimes I love to jazz up the colour and volumize the taste by sautĂŠing a few pieces of bacon in a fry pan until crispy. I blot the excess oil with paper towels, then add the bacon to the soup. The crunch factor and hint of saltiness bring more life to this ‘green with envy’ soup. If you want spicy sweetness, wash and cut 4 medium sweet potatoes (with their skins on) into 2 inch pieces. Coat evenly with 2 tbsp of olive oil, ½ tsp salt, 1 tbsp paprika, 1 tsp cumin, and 1/8 - Âź tsp cayenne pepper. Dump contents onto a baking sheet at 425F and bake for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden.





dentity crises not only occur with humans but with fruits and vegetables as well. I realise that compared to the scale in which humans experience identity crises, vegetation does not quite stack up. However, our well-being depends on food consumption, so it doesn’t hurt to have a better understanding of the foods that fuel our bodies, which in turn can assist us in eating better quality foods. To determine whether a food item is a fruit or a vegetable we turn to Enotes’ Science Fact Finder explanation: “The technical definition of a fruit is the (often fleshy) part of a plant that surrounds the seeds. By this definition, tomatoes, apples, pumpkins, eggplants, squashes, rose hips, peppers, peapods, cucumbers, and corn kernels are all fruits. All other edible plant parts are considered vegetables. Lettuce, carrots, and spinach are examples of vegetables.� also states that a fruit is actually “the sweet, ripened ovary or ovaries of a seed-bearing plant.� A vegetable, in contrast, refers to a “herbaceous plant cultivated for an edible part (seeds, roots, stems, leaves, bulbs, tubers, or nonsweet fruits).� So, to be really nitpicky, a fruit could be a vegetable, but a vegetable could not be a fruit.

With this confusion sorted out we can focus on our fruit du jour, green peas. When I look at the nutritional values of peas, they are off the charts and could definitely give spinach a run for their money with their eight vitamins, seven minerals, dietary fiber, and protein. By eating just a cup of these jade spheres, you will have 50 per cent of your daily vitamin K1 needs. This vitamin activates osteocalcin, which acts like a glue to hold down calcium needed to maintain strong bones. The high amounts of vitamin C found in peas are essential to the development and maintenance of scar tissue, blood vessels, and cartilage. Green peas also contain a large amount of Manganese. It has many roles which include the regulation of normal brain and nerve function. Manganese aids in the formation of connective tissue, bones, and blood clotting. Additional nutrients include a great source of dietary fibre, vitamin B1, folate, vitamin A, and phosphorus, just to name a few. With so many health benefits, it is easy to see why this humble, yet delicious dish has an international reputation. Countries around the world have their own special adaptation of pea soup. If we look to our francophone neighbours, their rendition is a classic yellow pea soup. Flavour notes in this national French-Canadian dish include salt pork and fresh herbs.

Germany’s pea soup also contains meat, which varies from bacon to sausage or pickled smoked pork known as kassler. Dark breads such as rye or pumpernickel usually accompany the dish. The Netherlands have a green splitpea soup called Erwtensoep. Hearty chunks of sausage and pork make this soup more stew like. It has a very thick consistency and is enjoyed with bread, cheese and butter. Scandinavian countries enjoy their pea soup with pieces of pork, onion and herbs in it (carrots would also be nestled in the soup if you lived in Finland). Sometimes the pork would be enjoyed on the side. Mustard would be added to impart a tangy note. Traditionally pea soup was eaten on Thursdays followed by pancakes (depending on which country you resided in it was either eaten as dessert or as part of the main meal) in preparation for Friday’s fasting. Britons refer to pea soup as pease pudding (pease adapted from the Latin pisum). It has a thicker texture resembling that of hummus as well as a light yellow shade (due to the use of split yellow peas). Water, salt, spices and either ham or bacon would be added to the soup.



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Making the best of Krap Dinner


on’t you just love Kraft Dinner? Isn’t it just the most delicious meal you’ve ever had the privilege of experiencing? And don’t even get me started on the sheer finesse that sauce preparation requires. Forget the study of architecture: Kraft Dinner preparation is truly the greatest fusion of art and science that I know of. The sights — that brilliant, electric-orange colour seems to be completely unique to the entity of the cheese sauce. The way the pasta glistens in the light once it’s been coated with more butter or margarine than you’d eat in a month (or more, if you’re a NAA-A0A0 stickler for following theBLACK directions on the box).

The sounds — that brilliant symphony of squishing and slopping sounds that remind this author of a night in a bathhouse… Yes, every minute of the Kraft Dinner experience is sheer heaven. So for those of you who want nothing more right now than to indulge in a box of orange, cheesey emptiness, drop this paper now and get some. For everyone else — that is, those who have somehow managed to resist the temptation of lusty macaroni erotica — we’re talking food today. Why is it that just because we’re students, we’re automatically required and expected to eat food that’s bland, unhealthy, and convenient? Oh, that’s right... because we’re poor.

You may just find that cooking can be very therapeutic when you’re not being accosted by the conflicting demons of exhaustion and starvation (night class, anyone?). Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. yourself with a hellish schedule that You may not have a lot of money to doesn’t seem to jive with your culispare, but I urge you to start thinking nary endeavours, consider doing the differently about your food. Eating as bulk of your cooking on the weeka student doesn’t have to be all KD end, and freezing extra portions to and instant878118B01_FCB ramen noodles. Contrary to dish outJan. throughout the week. You 11, 2008 popular belief, it is possible to eat healthy, may just find that cooking can be TD Canada Trust_Student Banking _N27493 satisfying food on a budget. No lie. very therapeutic when you’re not A big reason why we eat un- being accosted by the conflicting healthy, cheap food is because it’s demons of exhaustion and starva28_0018_N27493_A2_ST convenient. tion (night class, anyone?). When eating cheap, a little planAlthough it’s probably the most ning goes a long way. If you find clichéd piece of cooking advice out

there, it really does pay off to plan your meals ahead. Planning for even one or two full day’s worth of meals when shopping will ensure that you buy and use exactly what you need –— no more, no less. When planning your grocery trip, be sure to be completely honest with yourself and your eating habits: don’t forget to pick up snacks and things to munch on in between meals. Do you really want to be subjected to the ludicrous price of vending machine goods when you can avoid it? I believe that the key to delicious food on the cheap is to learn the art and science of doctoring up dishes. There is no better way to truly cheat the system than to turn your cheap, ordinary food into something extraordinary with a few simple additions. This is where it’s completely worth your while to invest in a few esoteric ingredients — though they may not be what you’d usually pick up. As an example, consider the following:

Making Kraft Dinner? • Add some Dijon mustard and black pepper. It’s a bit of an acquired taste, but trust me, you’ll never have a more expensive-tasting macaroni experience.

Got a pot of rice? • Throw in some caraway seeds to the boiling water. The comforting odour released by those little fruits will keep you hovering by the stove every time. It’s the easiest way to give a deep, rich flavour to your rice.

Vegetarian? • Try mixing in some jerk spice with your veggie ground round. You won’t find a better way to hide the bland veggie product taste than this. Next week, I’ll shed some light on the best spots to hit for all your food hacking needs. Until next time, keep those fists tight!

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Understanding student governance A five-part Imprint special report

Part 1: Structures of Power January 25, 2008 Part 2: Representation through History February 1, 2008 Part 3: The Electoral Process in Action February 8, 2008 Part 4: A Working Dynamic February 15, 2008 Part 5: Obstacles and Optimism February 22, 2008

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On student societies David Yip staff reporter


tudent government is definitely not sexy. But it may provide you with coffee in the morning, in the case of C&Ds; money, in the case of funding and scholarships; and potentially fun times, in the case of student events. National student groups and Feds exec lobby initiatives speak for you in far-away Ottawa, but close to home — day in and day out — student societies come up with activities, provide services, and represent you to your faculty. For example, the Science Society provides its services as a means of communication between science undergraduates and the faculty of science. Somewhere in the middle, of course, is the Feds, representing you to the university as a whole. All officially-recognized student societies line up with the faculties on campus. Arts is represented by the Arts Student Union (ASU), Engineering by the Engineering Society (Engsoc A & B), Applied Health Science by Applied Health Sciences Undergraduate Members (AHSUM), Mathematics by Mathematics Society (Mathsoc), Science by the Science Society (Scisoc), Environmental Studies by the Environmental Studies Society (ESS). Even students in Independent Studies are represented by the Society of Independent Students (SIS). The School of Optometry and the School of Architecture are signatory to the Societies Agreement as well. Most faculties also have codified departmental societies, such as the Political Science Students’ Association or the Environmental Resource Studies Students’ Association. The relationship between Feds and these societies is described by the “Federation of Students Societies Agreement,” a relatively uninteresting policy document that has four major sections. The first establishes a Committee of Presidents. If that sounds powerful, it isn’t, officially, as societies do not having any decision-making powers except where “explicitly agreed to by the Federation and the Societies.” Instead, the section’s role is to provide a space and means for society presidents to communicate. The second section is about money. Your tuition bill covers, obviously, your tuition, but also an assortment of ancillary fees — some refundable, some not. The university collects all this money, and gives the society fees to the Feds. In turn the Feds then hand that cash over to the societies, but only after the societies have presented a budget. Why the glorified money laundering? First, the centralized collection of money

is probably much easier. Second, it allows Feds and the other society presidents to withhold money from societies that have either acted irresponsibly (at least in a fiscal sense) or otherwise collapsed. The third section deals with responsibility. Feds takes legal and financial responsibility for the activities of the societies. In practical terms this means society events must be looked at by Feds so as to ensure that Feds insurance will cover any potential mishaps. Finally, the Agreement describes representation. Essentially it establishes that Feds remains the representative of the whole student body to university-wide bodies and to bodies outside the university, except in “matters pertaining to that faculty exclusively.” As an example, Engsoc represents engineering students to the Engineering Students Societies’ Council of Ontario (ESSCO). Outside of this agreement the societies are autonomous, having their own budget, their own fees, and their own activities. Each society generally has its own constitution and bylaws, separate from that as Feds as well. For example, Scisoc collects $9 from each undergraduate student every term, which forms the budget of the society. At about 3,000 science students per term, that’s about a $27,000 budget, which according to Scisoc President Samantha Brown, mostly goes towards services such as the yearbook or holding social events such as semi-formals. Endowment funds such as the Arts Endowment Fund (AEF) and the Waterloo Engineering Endowment Fund (WEEF) are also completely outside the jurisdiction of Feds, and as such Feds does not have any say over their collection or disbursement. While none of this may seem very interesting, it’s important to know who’s responsible for what. That way when you have a problem with your fees, coffee, or events, you’ll know who to blame. Speaking of which, all the aforementioned societies can be reached through the UW website, where you’ll find updated lists of society executive members and (for the really adventurous) documentation of society constitutions, bylaws, and policies and procedures. These executive members are excellent resources to contact regarding society matters; but if for any reason you find those channels blocked off, you’ll want to speak to the Feds VP internal to get your issues with society actions sorted out.


he Feds umbrella holds under it three primary charges: the student societies, the student services, and the clubs. The clubs framework is perhaps the most flexible of the three. As the societies are tied to university faculties, departments, and programs, and the services are instituted by Feds directly (to fulfill an unmet need), it is through the clubs framework that you and at least six of your friends can take initiative and form your own group to cater to a student interest. As of this publication date, there are 112 clubs listed on While clubs gather students around said common interest, the executive of said club must interact with the Federation of Students in order to reap any benefits of being an official club. Getting a club off the ground requires a constitution, a bit of other paperwork, and the blessing of the Internal Administration Committee. Oh, and at least six other people who want to join. That’s pretty important. Once the club is up and running, club executives work primarily with the vice president internal, vice president administration and finance, and the clubs director. On one hand,

(that means you)

clubs can treat these people as “gophers.” Want help with the club financial statements? Just nag the VPAF. Want your next event on the event listing? Just send the information to the clubs director. On the other hand, all three of those people have the power to “conduct random reviews of any club ratified by the Federation of Students in order to determine the integrity of the finances and general operations of the club.” So don’t cheese them off, and don’t break the rules. (Especially the ones about having open membership.) Yes, there are things clubs have to do every term to stay active — clubs must have an executive every term, there are occasional club meetings, and there’s other bureaucractic overhead to go along with that. But there is an advantage to being an official club rather than being just a bunch of guys and gals who meet in RCH every week. Clubs get can get reimbursed for up to $50 a term if the money is spent on approved club activities. Clubs get discounted rates for booking facilities such as the Bombshelter. And, perhaps most awesome of all, is being a club grants you access to the Feds button-maker. Yes, they have the power to make buttons.

The federation of students Guy Halpern staff reporter

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A place for student clubs Michael L. Davenport assistant editor-in-chief


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he Federation of Students (Feds) is the acting representative of the undergraduate student population in dealings with the University of Waterloo, the City of Waterloo, and the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. It works to promote student participation in all aspects of campus life, including athletic, cultural and social activities, as well as managing a number of businesses on behalf of the student population. Its executive council is made up of four positions: President, Vice-President Internal, Vice-President Administration & Finance, and Vice-President Education, which serve on the student council and board of directors, as well as in part on UW administration’s student life management board and similar inter-campus committees. These executive positions are one-year contracts, with students voting in a new Feds exec every winter term. If students wish to remove a member of the Feds exec outside those elections, they may conduct a referendum at the annual geenral meetting or mid-year general meeting. Taken as a whole, the people who inhabit these four executive positions can be seen as “agents of change” for the student body, mandated not just to maintain but also to improve student life.


The president acts as the overarching representative for the student body in any dealings with UW’s administration, senate, and board of directors. Although this may sound a bit vague, it includes meeting with senior administrators and external organizations in matters that relate to students; for example, in a given week that might entail meeting with GRT about the U-Pass, leading the undergraduate caucus at the Senate, and meeting with the head of the staff association. Along with responding to queries from students and staff, dealing with management and HR issues, and spending time on special projects, the president also supports the various vice-presidents in their efforts. The president chairs the bylaws, policies and procedures committee, the governance review committee, and the board of directors of the Federation of Students. The president is responsible to the board of directors on fiduciary issues and the students’ council on issues such as the Sustainability Office, as well as supervising the executive researcher and the general manager.

VP Internal

The VP Internal (VPIN) is responsible for a broad array of portfolios, ranging from the supervision of clubs and Feds services to ensuring open communication between students and their representatives. The VPIN also spearheads initiatives relating to diversity and student life issues, as well as a myriad of other smaller, more specific committees and areas of focus including campus sustainability, mental health awareness, health and safety, LGBT issues, and others. Although the VPIN’s activities vary broadly on a day-to-day basis, they include working with the internal funding committee (which oversees approval of funding for student projects) to sort through requests, advise students further on their proposals, and submit requests for cheques. Aside from those major duties, the VPIN also fields questions from student groups and university staff. On a practical basis, the only staff that directly reports to the VPIN is the clubs and services director, although the VPIN also works closely with positions ranging from accounting to kitchen staff. The VPIN reports to the board of directors.

VP Education

The VP education (VPED) has a portfolio that in some ways deals in extremes. While on the one hand the VPED has a responsibility to students to work on a campus level in dealing with academic and co-op issues, the VPED also interacts with student organizations at other campuses on a provincial and national level and lobbies politicians at all levels of government on issues related to education and student life. This translates into day-to-day activities that can vary widely from conference calls with politicians of all stripes, speeches on education related topics to students, administrators, and the community, or simply meeting one-on-one with students who are having financial or academic difficulties at the school. This can take the form of helping the student understand their right to appeal grades or academic offences or simply helping them work though the various options available for funding the education. The VPED reports to the education advisory committee and the board of directors, and oversees a diverse group of offices including student financial aid, co-op and career services, and the government affairs commission.

VP Administration and Finance

The VP administration and finance (VPAF) supervises the finances of Feds and all related aspects. On a functional level, this includes working with the general managers of the various Feds business (including the Bombshelter Pub, Feds Hall, and Federation Express amongst others) as well as the overarching Feds general manager. The VPAF’s oversight of the Feds businesses is not limited to strictly budgetary matters but also includes working on personnel issues, training, and any sort of licensing issues. The VPAF position is a varied one in that the issues on the financial agenda change frequently. Ranging from dealing with the liquor licenses to Tim Hortons agreements to helping faculty societies create their budgets, all financial and business operations fall under the VPAF portfolio. The current VPAF, Del Savio Pereira, also filled in for the Bomber and Feds Hall manager positions while they were in transition.

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Student council and the board of directors Maggie Clark editor-in-chief


Student societies

ne of the most important power structures within UW student governance is the balance maintained between the Feds executives, their board of directors, and student council. Student council representatives are elected annually by the undergraduate student body during the same elections used to usher in a new Feds executive. Seats are available according to faculty or residence, with anywhere between one and five seats allotted to any one student section on the basis of historical demographic weight. The student council is responsible for the approval of referenda and elections (though referenda can also be created through the board and student petitions), and also has the ability to introduce policy for the Feds exec to implement on their behalf.

During the Feds board of directors’ annual general meeting, undergraduate students have the opportunity to promote five council representatives to serve on the board. This number, when weighed against the four Feds exec who also sit on the board, ostensibly shifts the balance of power in favour of student council, though the Feds still, clearly, have the privilege of being the board exec. In practice, this situation places the board of directors and student council on a fairly equal footing, with Feds both guiding and responding to the decisions of student council. So while Feds provides the most accessible face of student governance, it bears remembering that student council is also deeply involved in the policy creation process, and often equally responsible for the consequences therein.

Graduate Students Association puts the “rad” in grad Chris Miller reporter


igh atop its hillside fortress, known to the naïve as the “Grad House,” the Graduate Student Association plots to satiate its members’ hedonism over platters of tiny sandwich wedges and the limbs of their tutorial students.

Really? Like its undergraduate counterpart — the Federation of Students — the GSA often flies under the radar of busy students, despite the role it plays in organizing social events and determining academic policy. So if you believed the above scenario, please keep reading. Like Feds, GSA offers a number of services to grad students. Legal and income aid are

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regularly available to grad students (income aid during the March/April tax time), while health and dental plans are additionally available for those not covered. Up to $100 is available for students hoping to organize social events. One of the more visible services is the Grad House located next to the Dana Porter Library, which offers food, drink and events to its patrons. The GSA has a somewhat similar governance structure to Feds. The GSA Council is the body responsible for determining the official policies of the organization. Composed entirely of grad students, membership of the council is divided into the GSA Executive and the GSA directors-at-large, along with a single representative from each department. The executive consists of a president, currently Ian MacKinnon, along with three vice presidents representing operations and finance, student affairs, and communications and organization. This group, along with six at-large directors, make up the ten members of the board of directors. Committees are also formed to pursue certain issues. Explaining the purpose behind this system, MacKinnon says, “GSA is structured so that a lot of the activities being run are co-ordinated by department-level GSAs (think student societies at the department level). The larger depart-

ments such as civil engineering and psychology do a great job of this, but some of the smaller departments may not have the same choice of activities since they don’t have a large volunteer base to run program-specific events.” Though the acclamation of Justin Williams as Feds President has raised some eyebrows and prompted concerns about undergraduate apathy, MacKinnon is optimistic about post-graduate governance: “I don’t think apathy is a large problem with the GSA, but the scope of our operations is a lot smaller than Feds. The grad student turnout during the bus pass referendum was almost 50 per cent, so it’s hard to say grad students are apathetic about student issues.” In the broader context of student governance, the GSA has had a long-term working relationship with Feds, with MacKinnon noting that, “In a lot of cases, such as the health and dental plan, it makes sense for us to partner up with Feds to make use of the economies of scale given to us by combining undergrad and grad populations.” As for the relationship with graduate organizations on other campuses? “We’ve only just started to really interact with other grad associations in Canada,” notes MacKinnon, “so it will be interesting to see how information sharing will impact the GSA in the future.”

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Imprint, Friday, January 25, 2008

Down the hole

Duncan Ramsay assistant arts editor


t’s funny!” says the technowizard. “It’s funny! You’re not laughing. You’re not laughing! LOL! LOL! LOL! ROFL!” “OMG” says Book, and one cannot help but agree with him. In their latest production, Alice (Experiments) in Wonderland, UW theatre has undertaken a huge step forward in the history of theatre. Working in collaboration with the theatre departments of Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. and the University of Central Florida, Experiments in Wonderland makes use of a new videoconferencing technology called the Digital Video Transport System (DTVS). Using this technology, UW Theatre has created a production involving three casts, three crews and three theatres, all performing together at the same time from thousands of miles away. It’s an important, revolutionary step in bringing theatre into the modern era, as well as a documented historic first, and I can only applaud UW Theatre for bringing this idea to life. But I cannot in good conscience send anyone else to sit through this disaster. I should point out, before anything else, that the technology itself is not what caused the failure of this production. The three plays are connected by means of video feeds projected on to three white sheets suspended above the stage, and for the most part, this connection is incredibly smooth. The play runs as if the three sets of actors were in the same theatre. It’s not perfect — the positioning of the screens makes it difficult for the left and right audiences to see the full production clearly, and certain aspects of the sound and camera placement need work (to be fair, I wouldn’t be surprised if these things were solved by the opening night). I also felt that more could have been done with the various screens to emphasize the connectedness of the three stages, and the down-the-rabbit-hole nature of the story. However, all of these glitches are easy to forgive in the context of such utterly cool technology. It would be like complaining about the reception range of the very first cell phones. No, it isn’t the technology that’s caused this production to fail, but the play they chose to stage it with. Put simply, Alice (Experiments) in Wonderland is a lifeless, flaccid thing that attempts to make up for its lack of genuine entertainment through a kind of desperate exuberance. It’s like being handed plastic carnations on a first date. Given the opportunity to work with the story of Alice in Wonderland, using a set that incorporates three separate time-space locali-

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ties at once (can you feel the trippiness people?), these three theatres have combined to create something that is without sparkle, without magic — to put it bluntly, without wonder. Instead, what we get is a painfully meta production that spends half its time accusing the original book of being out of touch with today’s children and the other half attempting to be in touch through the means of “technowizards” and Wikipedia references. It was when I heard the line, “kids today need action, adventure!” that I actually started wincing. Very little remains of Lewis Carroll’s original story, which could have been for better or worse had any other story actually replaced it. Experiments in Wonderland instead consists of scenes vaguely drawn from the original story, as loosely connected as the levels of a video game (and yes, the scenes are actually referred to as video game levels). On top of this, although I’m no literary purist, some of the things that have been done with Carroll’s work are just wrong. Listening to the rap version of “The Walrus and the Carpenter” is like watching someone savage a kitten. What disappointed me most though, in the midst of all this, was that this production has been graced by some of the most lackluster production values I’ve seen out of UW Theatre. The costume design in particular failed to impress — a few costumes were decent, such as the Book and the Caterpillar, but the majority looked like something purchased from a costume store. Tweedledum looked like a cross between Barney and Bam-Bam Rubble, and as for the white rabbit, let’s just say that very few stages would be improved by the spirit of Flava Flav. I would comment on the acting, but the reality is that very little of it seemed to be taking place. Every actor on the stage spoke in the same over-loud, round-voweled caricature one would generally expect from Boffo the Clown. I don’t blame the actors for this — it seemed to be all that was asked of them. What really kills me here is that in three separate theatre departments, filled with budding stars, Doctors of Theatre, and some of the most talented members of the theatrical community, no one saw this coming? No one said, “Hold on a second, we need to re-think this?” Was there really no one who saw this script as the embarrassment it was? Because really, that’s what it has come down to. By using this new technology, UW theatre has drawn the attention of the theatrical world, and that this play, Alice (Experiments) in Wonderland, should be the vehicle to deliver it there is nothing short of shameful. I applaud UW Theatre for taking that huge step forward. I just wish it hadn’t involved falling flat on its face.



Imprint, Friday, January 25, 2008

Movie Review

Not quite “punk”


D/MM/YYYY’s “Batman Guitar Clock” from their 2007 release, Are They Masks? It makes a statement and it’s noisy. Is it punk? Give it a listen. “Batman Guitar Clock” is a song that will camp out in your brain. As tumorous as that may sound, if you dig it, it’s definitely a song you’ll want to hear on a regular basis. Lasting a mere 138 seconds, “Batman Guitar Clock” is not a lengthy piece, but is powerfully played nonetheless. Lyrically the song makes bold statements with opening lines that read, “The new thing / Place a crown on a piece / Of shit now you’re down on / Your knees and pray to it.” In the same blatant manner, on a less corporate and more personal basis, the song continues with lyrics: “Oh my God we made/ The team now lets go/ Snub our old friends.” Passionate, humorous and intriguing these lyrics mirror the band’s scattered sound. Featuring synthesizer, electric guitar, drums and loud vocals, many could categorize this song as punk. However, DD/MM/YYYY categorize themselves on their MySpace as “rock/ progressive/ new wave,”

leaving the overused and misunderstood “punk” classification M.I.A. While “Batman Guitar Clock” may have a sound reminiscent of punk, DD/MM/YYYY is as versatile as a well made spork, varying in sound from song-to-song. This versatility is something that critics say is evident in Are They Masks? The band is made up of Tomas Del Balso, Mike Claxton, Jordan Holmes, Matt King and Moshe Rozenberg. Originating in Toronto, DD/MM/YYYY is well experienced in cross-Canada touring. Having recently preformed shows south of the border, the band is gaining momentum. Recently NOW Magazine, recognized DD/MM/YYYY’s Are They Masks? as being one of “five local discs [that will] jump-start your indie cred.” This is a much deserved title given that the band is now well established in Toronto’s underground scene. In contrast, The Onion, a New York based satirical news source, recently included DD/MM/YYYY in their list of “Worst band names of ’07.” Although the band’s name is unconventional, I will say that it probably ranks higher in social acceptability

than some of its “Worst band names of ‘07” counterparts. They include the likes of “Car Full of Midgets” and “White Pee.” Regardless, good music under an unconventional name is certainly not a bad thing. As for “Batman Guitar Clock,” it is not necessarily playable on all occasions. It is not a song you want to grind to with an anonymous or significant other, and chances are it won’t make for calming study music. In turn, a good place for this song is on your personal MP3 player. It’s a fun tune that will get your head bobbing on that tedious bus ride. As a result this song is sure to grow on you. Above all else, the best setting for any of DD/MM/YYYY’s music is live in concert. While this is arguably true for most music, DD/MM/YYYY offers an exceptional live performance that avid fans must attend. Their next show in Toronto runs Tuesday January 29. Chances are not everyone will like “Batman Guitar Clock”, but DD/MM/YYYY is a band that offers more than one sound. For listeners craving something less harsh, give a listen to “Mr. T Cereal.” If you desire a little Full House in your music library, check out “Twin Star”, a satirical song about the Olsen twins. Conclusion: you should make some space on your MP3 player, computer, or frontal lobe, for a track from Toronto’s DD/MM/YYYY. A good sampling of the band’s music is provided on their MySpace at www. . For continued updates check out the band’s website at

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t’s truly been a while since I’ve seen a movie without any idea what will happen. In this day and age, where trailers give away entire plot lines and friends just can’t keep their mouths shut, it’s refreshing to see a movie that not even the internet can ruin for you… at least until now. Cloverfield hit theatres last Friday, and given the prerelease cloak of secrecy surrounding this movie, chances are that virtually every blog and self-proclaimed critic out there is talking about it. First of all, let’s answer one of the biggest questions haunting would-be movie-goers; is the entire thing shot from the video-camera perspective? Yes. Is that unfortunate? Certainly not! While there are definitely those who will lose their lunches trying to sit through it, most people should be able to look past that (so to speak) and be able to enjoy what the movie offers. For me, the whole “unedited video recording” point of view conveys a lot of ideas and emotions that traditional shooting may miss. One such thing is the elimination of many standard movie conventions in various aspects. The only visuals we are given are those which are recorded in said videotape; no camera effects or sudden scene changes. There is

no musical score, just the sounds that would typically be heard. Yet, the lack of these devices works to provide a greater connection with the plight of such ordinary characters by taking away the distracting elements and leaving only the raw experience itself. As much as the protagonists of this catastrophic event want to know what’s going on, they are completely in the dark, just like the audience. As much as they want to know where the creature came from and what will become of it, whether their friends and families are alright, whether they will even survive this disaster, no one is given an answer. In sharing this knowledge, or lack thereof, with the characters, we are able to sympathize with them on a much deeper level than traditional movies allow. We feel glad for their triumphs, saddened by their losses, and ultimately become part of the story itself. While there are a few tricks used by means of the camera, to shift our attention and bring us back to reality, the majority of the movie puts you right at the centre of the action. As for whether you should go see it, I would definitely recommend it, except to those of you who may get a little nauseous. And for those of you who are still wondering about the monster, yes, you do get a very good look at it, as well as at its small, slimy, spider-like parasitic friends. — Rajul Saleh






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Tamas Dobozy reads to St. Jerome’s Mark Kimmich staff reporter


he St. Jerome’s Reading Series continued this past Wednesday, welcoming Tamas Dobozy as its latest guest. The series, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and organized by St. Jerome’s English professors Gary Draper and Tristanne Connolly, allows students and the public alike to enjoy the work of a wide variety of Canadian literary talent while having the freedom to ask questions concerning the nature of the guests’ work as well as on the craft of writing in general. Dobozy is a native of Nanaimo, BC and his past works, When X Equals Marylou (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002) and Last Notes and Other Stories (HarperCollins, 2005), both received wide critical acclaim, with the former being shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award. The space provided for the esteemed guest proved to be far too small as the audience scrambled to find seats in the sardine can of a classroom. Dobozy made light of the overwhelming response to his read-

ing by remarking “I can’t believe the turnout. The last time I read I ended up reading to two people at a bar in New York. It was depressing.” For the listeners at Dobozy’s Wednesday reading, though, the experience was anything but depressing. Dobozy began writing creatively as a poet. “But,” he said, “it took me far too long to realize that my poetry wasn’t very good.” However, to the delight of both critics and readers — though not always publishers — he shifted his interest to the form of the short story. “Originally,” said Dobozy, “I hoped that a collection of short stories would help me get noticed by a publisher interested in publishing a novel.” However, after attempting to write a novel, he realized that the short story was the medium intended for him. “Every time I try to write a novel, I get to page 80 and realize that I could say everything I just said in 80 pages and everything that I have planned for the rest of the space in 20 pages. There’s just too much space!” Dobozy’s reading was made up of a story entitled “The Rope of

Names” from an as-of-yet unfinished manuscript. The planned book is a collection of connected short stories centering on the Siege of Budapest, which took place from December 1944 to February 1945. Dobozy’s interest in the siege itself stems from his Hungarian heritage, the fact that he lived in Hungary from 1992 to 1995 and the idea that the siege is “a national trauma that Hungarians won’t discuss.” Dobozy for his part recognizes the importance of the psychological aspect in his work, though he did not always. “When a friend pointed out how often [in Last Notes and Other Stories] the stories revolved around characters with mental illness, I was surprised. I realized though that the people who surround me in my life are — probably — crazy, and I thought they were completely normal.” Though the psychological aspects of his work are evident, he says that he made “a conscious transition from the visual [in When X Equals Marylou] to the internal or psychological [in the unfinished manuscript].” In his reading of “The Rope of

Names,” his interest in the psychological is clearly evident. The story follows a former Hungarian informant for Communist invaders who survived the war and emigrated from her home to Canada. She eventually comes across a mysterious man from her past and what ensues is the stuff of a deep psychological thriller, set in Toronto no less. The entire story revolves around their intense and interesting relationship, as well as the important psychological healing that results from it. Dobozy’s apparent mantra, that “storytelling is how we survive,” seems to shed some light on the story. While he obviously means this in a literal sense, in that “storytelling is a recipe for how to accomplish something,” the progress that the characters find in “The Rope of Names” is clearly a result of their ability to tell their stories. While storytelling is a survival mechanism, it is also apparently reflective of the life that it helps to maintain. Dobozy’s narrative style, while it does not fit into the typical mould, is engaging and fulfilling, much like the man himself.

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Dobozy currently teaches in the department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. The SJU Reading Series continues on Wednesday, March 5 at 4 p.m. in STJ 3012 with guest Alayna Munce.

There’s a “new” holiday in town


t’s getting to that time of term when most of us are looking forward and feeling the dread of upcoming assignments and midterms that (horror of all horrors, some of us have already had things due). However, we all have a little bit more time before things become truly hectic, and maybe that’s why it’s the perfect time for my favourite “holiday” to be upon us. Yes again, my dear gaming friends, it’s time to celebrate Wintereen-mas! While this year marks the fifth anniversary of the randomly happened-upon celebration, Winter-eenmas is quickly becoming a gaming phenomenon of vast proportions. While the first mention of WEMas, in, wasn’t very epic, in its second year, steps were taken to truly develop the holiday as more than a mere episode from a webcomic. The storyline and epic-ness of WEMas has evolved within the comic as too did the gamers who follow its ideals in real life.

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If you take a look at the comic’s website, now with a full domain dedicated to the holiday (, you’ll find a whole array of different things you can do to support the holiday. In the beginning, the most common way to celebrate the festivities was to get together with your buddies and game your brains out for the week that denoted the merriment of the end of January (from January 25 to 31). As more and more people got involved, this slowly this evolved into bigger gaming parties, such as giant LAN parties and even meeting up in MMOs and a large number of other methods to celebrate and unite gamers all over the world. The website now even contains such things as information on how to create your very own WEMas crown, how to organize a gaming party and discussion on what effects such a holiday has on the gam-

ing community on the whole. My favourite part of this holiday is that it gives us all a chance to truly come together as a community and embrace what we are to the fullest. Shooter gamers will play alongside their RPG brethren and maybe even see what it is that ties them together. It’s no real coincidence that WEMas shares some of the language of Christmas. Just as Christmas’s main ideals are based on joy and good will towards men, so too is WEMas associated with the greatest of joy and sportsmanship: video games. The comic and holiday creator, Tim Buckley, says it best in a quote from the holiday’s FAQ, “Winter-een-mas is a holiday of sorts. More specifically, it is a celebration of video games and the people that play them. Video games allow us to do things, go places, see stuff, that we couldn’t do in real life.

They can be an escape from reality, a release after a long day, a fun activity with friends, or just an enjoyable way to pass time. They give us a lot of entertainment. So why shouldn’t they be celebrated?” I think this really gives a good glimpse at not only where the origins of the holiday truly come from, but also what it has evolved into. Though this is something that was established from pure happenstance of a webcomic artist’s glimpse at a better ‘future’ for the gaming culture, it has evolved into something so much greater. If you haven’t had a chance to bring WEMas into your gaming life, try doing so today! Even if you can’t fully enjoy all the aspects of the holiday, you can embrace the spirit of it and pass out the cheer to others. Make WEMas cards to give to your gaming friends, get your girlfriend playing Duck Hunt or Gears or invite

a random fellow DS player in the SLC to a game of Mario Kart. Whatever it takes, make sure you make use of this special time of year. Oh, and if your non-gaming friends look at you funny when you mention this little tidbit of a holiday, you can quote the creator, “Much like you don’t have to be religious to enjoy Christmas, you can celebrate the spirit of Winter-een-mas even if you aren’t a gamer. You can celebrate in your own way, be it with anime, computers, tabletop gaming, whatever. Just wish some people a Happy Wintereen-mas and support the nature of the holiday!” And maybe they’ll be a little bit more inclined to pick up that spare joystick you have kicking around in your closet.



Imprint, Friday, January 25, 2008

A voice says it all


hen I was really young, I wanted to be a voice actor. I loved cartoons quite a bit back then too but before seventh grade, I didn’t really draw a lot. So instead, like many geeky kids back then, I tended to re-enact cool scenes from things like Batman: The Animated Series and Beast Machines. The voices of these characters always amazed me, and they still do. To lend your voice to an animated creation is a phenomenon in itself, and seeing these voice actors and actresses speak like their characters is either really cool or extremely creepy. It’s no surprise that these voices entertain their cartoon audience.


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Note that like most feature productions, the cast makes the characters. When a script is given to an actor or actress, (s)he has the job of trying to immortalize their given role. This could lead to something amazing like Marlon Brando’s Vito Corleone from The Godfather, or it could lead to something horrendous, like Ben Affleck’s characters in anything that isn’t a comedy flick. While we’re on the topic of Hollywood celebrities, some have been hired to do some of the most memorable voices. While voice acting may not pay as well as live action films, many film actors and actresses have been able to create their most memorable characters through voice-only performance. Chances are, if you do a main character’s voice in a Disney or Pixar animated film, a good number of people will remember you for being that specific role. Patrick Warburton for example is known for two things: David Puddy on Seinfeld and almost the entire world population of middle-aged male simpletons in Disney cartoons. He’s known for being Buzz Lightyear from the Pixar series of the same name, Kronk from The Emperor’s New Groove, and Mr. Barkin from Kim Possible. Other actors and actresses that have also voiced for Disney/Pixar include Craig T. Nelson (The Incredibles), Ellen DeGeneres (Finding Nemo), Robin Williams (Aladdin), and Kevin Kline (The Hunchback of Notre Dame). Voice acting to me is where the necessity of good acting seems to be the most obvious. A lot of animé fans will agree with me that until recently, we preferred to watch animé in English subtitles with the Japanese voice track (and some still do). At least with the Japanese track, most of us couldn’t 1/21/08 1 tell if the3:10 voicesPMin Page the animation

were sounded as bad as a cat under a bicycle tire. Now we’re fortunate to have a more seasoned English-based voice casting agency that tries to avoid this problem. English animé voice actors nowadays tend to be of two main groups: voice acting regulars, and (again) Hollywood celebrities. Within regards to the regulars, voice acting is seen as more of a priority for them than live action acting. Voices from personalities like Johnny Yong Bosch, once a former Power Ranger, and Jennifer Hale, one of many Canadian-born voice actors and actresses, know exactly what their job entails, based on their experience in animé series and series-franchise movies known as OVAs (Original Video Animations). When it comes to full-length original feature films however, the voice roles are usually given to the Hollywood folk. While some may think of this as just a cash-cow idea, it helps to hear familiar voices in animé that are geared towards casual animé fans, such as Christian Bale (Howl’s Moving Castle), Patrick Stewart (Nausicaa) and Anna Paquin (Steamboy). Although it’s kind of weird to hear Paquin play a boy’s voice, it is common ground for many female voice actresses such as Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons) to play juvenile males. The voice-acting profession — from what I’ve seen — is a very competitive and populated field of business. I wouldn’t know two bits about how to become a part of it, so I can only recommend those interested with a few ideas. Practise unique voices and imitations, audition when ready and possibly practise some puppeteer or animation skills; they may serve you well in the future for this kind of career.


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Barber at the Bond

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Acoustic crooner Matthew Barber is playing the last of a string of shows at the Jane Bond this Sunday January 27. He starts off the Sibling Rivalry Tour this February with his pop folk blend of music with a stripped down, drumless band. Paul Parkman reporter


unday nights this January at the Jane Bond have been filled with Matthew Barber’s stripped down acoustic-pop songs; Willie Nelson and Randy Travis covers, and Barber’s sweet and soulful voice. All of this is in preparation for his upcoming tour (with sister Jill Barber in what’s being dubbed as the “Sibling Rivalry Tour”), in support of his new record Ghost Notes (due March 4 from Outside Music). Barber has been using his series of shows, at the Jane Bond, as a means of brushing off some of the cobwebs and getting himself back into the swing of a live setting, testing new material and the odd country cover to boot. “The Jane Bond has always been really supportive of me and my music in the past… so it made sense to use the Jane Bond as a nice low-key venue, somewhere where I could work on newer songs and have fun with it,” commented Barber in an interview with Imprint. As for the upcoming “Sibling Rivalry Tour” Barber noted that he will have a band, but that it will still be pretty stripped down, with no drums; just Jill and Matthew playing together with possibly a Les Cooper guitar, and Paul Matthew (The Hidden Cameras) on upright bass and maybe even a piano somewhere in the mix. “It’ll be a really full sound, but still be pretty mellowed down,” Barber explained, “which I think is appropriate for a tour with me and Jill, and is more of the way she likes to do things, which I’m into doing too.” The new record, Ghost Notes shows Barber shying away from the rockier sound of his two previous efforts and finds him focusing more on a simpler, stripped-down and rustic sound. “I just felt like it was time to show that side of what I do a little bit more compared to the last record, and I’ve always done solo shows ever since I started, and that showed a quieter side to my music, and I just wanted to put a bit more of an emphasis on [the new record].” Recorded at The Tragically Hip’s

Bathouse Studio in Bath, Ontario in November (rumored to be haunted), Barber noted that there were a few spooky moments while recording, specifically during the new song “Somebody Sometime” in which Barber swears you can hear a voice on the tape which he hasn’t been able to pinpoint the origins of. When asked about the title of the record Barber recalled a few other surreal moments, but ultimately noted, “Basically I just like the ring of it — I like how it just rolls off your tongue.” Barber also mentioned that if you buy the record Ghost Notes there will be a download code insert, and through Zunior (an online music store) you’ll be able to enter in the code to get a free digital EP of four or five songs that didn’t make the record. “I think that the [digital music shift] has created more access all over the world,” said Barber. “But having said that, I also think that people’s attitudes toward music have become more disposable. I think I’m old fashioned in the sense that I do miss albums, and like music to be appreciated in the length and package of the songs, including artwork… but I think that releasing music digitally is where we’re heading right now.” Barber has played three out of four shows at the Jane Bond so far, with his last one coming up this Sunday, January 27. The show should be something to look forward to as Barber mixes old favourites and new little gems into two roughly 45 minute sets, fulfilling any requests the best he can while providing the perfect complement to the Jane Bond’s lively ambience and casual presentation. It’s an excellent way to forget the weather outside and with his unique acousticpop songs it’s something that should not be missed. The doors open at 8 p.m., and entry is a mere $5, a steal for such a wonderful songwriter and strong performer. Barber will also be back in Waterloo on April 2 at the Starlight in support of his new album as part of the “Sibling Rivalry Tour”. For more details on the tour his new record and a preview of a few new songs visit Barber at


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Welcome to the future of design Chantelle McGee staff reporter


elcome to the future! It looks a lot like the fourthyear electrical and computer engineering students’ Design Project Symposium. The eighth such annual symposium, this culmination of three upper-year design courses, took place on Wednesday, January 23 and showcased projects whose purposes ranged from the whimsical — such as the electric hookah — to the pragmatic — such as the colour converter for colour blindness. The projects demonstrated student innovation in order to improve current technology. Poster presentations covered the main floor of the Davis Centre, which was crowded by 9:00 a.m. and grew more so throughout the day, while students waited to present their work to those interested. Most projects had hands-on demonstrations or videos showing how the project worked. The Infusion Cup, awarded at the end of the day, was given to the design project team that demonstrated good planning, technical innovation, marketability and creativity. Dr. Bill Bishop, fourth year design co-ordinator, said, “Judging was exceptionally hard this year.” He pointed to the large number of phenomenal projects as the reason behind this difficulty, a sentiment echoed by representatives of Infusion Design and Infusion Angel on hand to award the Infusion Cup. The $2,000 prize was awarded to the team that created the Incredible Foosball Machine. Team members Evan Murphy, Adam Neale, Chris Olekas and Richard Winograd were “ecstatic” and called the win “absolutely amazing.” The project consisted of a

mechanical interface where metal rods mimic the action of rods on a foosball table. Sensors capture input from the rods and send it to a computer where it is rendered into graphics. According to Neale, the project has been in development since the team members were in their 3B term. “There are four hearts and souls on this table,” Neale said regarding the team’s feelings on the project. Future plans for these Infusion Cup winners include competing in the Ontario Engineering Competition on February 9 at McMaster University. The winning project was just one among many incredible projects. Joanna Ma, along with group members Lily Chai, William Tang and Dennis Yan, created the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Smart Office Environment. The problem they were trying to overcome was effective use of office time. An office user’s RFID tag, which is read once the person enters the office, allows colleagues to find out if the person is in the office or not, thereby saving the time spent hunting someone down. When questioned about the experience in designing the project, Ma replied, “It’s really fun.” It is a good opportunity to see what they can actually manage after four or five years of the degree program, she added. Luc Gallant is a part of the design team (including Adam Wilson, Kamil Szynkarczuk, and Michael Klein) that loves to cycle. They created Ridemate, an automatic transmission system for bicycles. Sensors read wheel revolution and pedal direction and feed the information into a computer board that adjusts the gears appropriately, creating a better ride. Gallant said the design experience was “enlightening.” It was, he added, a “huge accomplishment for

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The Infusion Cup prize-winners stand with their best overall project at the conclusion of the eighth Design Project Symposium. From left to right: Chris Olekas, Richard Winograd, Evan Murphy, Adam Neale. us” to see the project go from paper to the end product. Hanif Khalili-Pooya, Sadi Khan, Abdallah Ibdah, Alvin Fung and Lakshan Dias created a way to digitize the health infrastructure in order to reduce the paper trail associated with written medical records, as well as minimize error. The team designed a “smart card” to be integrated with

Design Symposium Results Best Overall Best Seminar The Incredible Foosball Machine — Evan Murphy, Tire Pressure Management System for the Adam Neale, Chris Olekas, Richard Winograd Midnight Sun Solar Car — Cliel GilbertSchacter, Karl Kerterich, Jaroslaw Kuszczak, Second Best Overall Riaz Mohamed Seamless Wireless Integration — James Ho, Best Poster Cosmo Jao, Christie Kong, Jonathan Lee UW Power System Simulator — Mohit BhatHonourable Mention nager, Jaisal Chautian, Mohammed Rahman, Beat Buddy — Neven Klacar, Han-Joong Lee,Tiai Amit Singh Hao Lus,Tom Yang Wang

one’s Medicare card. The card contains encrypted information such as patient’s medication history, social network information, family medical history and doctor’s prescriptions. Though there were some development obstacles, the instructors push the students to plan well, said Dias. Planning is needed from the beginning, said Ibdah: “Rigorous testing” is required to minimize the propagation of any mistakes through the phases of the project. Dias said that all the attention his group was getting from the symposium was “really cool,” and that “it makes you feel good.” Dhanashri Atre, Apoorva Mehta, Jerry Johns and Justin Thomas created a system that used eye-tracking for cursor control. An infrared LED finds the centre of the pupil and information is sent back to a computer program that tracks pupil movements against a reference point to determine how the cursor will move. This design can be used for computer users with special needs, gaming or when using an ATM.

Though there is not yet a “click” command, voice recognition software can be put on as an extension. Thomas thought the idea stood out because it targets an audience in need. Though it is hard to say what will happen to the project in the future, Thomas hopes that they will continue to work on it; he said they had a vision and hopes his team could follow through on it and that the finished project “exceeds expectations.” Atre said the project was challenging. She stresses the importance of market research — determining what is not yet done or what is needed — when developing a new product. The design experience is different from a normal classroom or lab experience, Johns said. In the design situation, Mehta added, there can be imperfection and no details; one has to design the complete system. Atre summarized the design symposium experience: “A lot of sweat, some tears, but mostly smiles.”

Community Editorial — Apple-Mania: Are You a Mac?


teve Jobs did an incredible job of keeping the technological world on pins and needles in anticipation for Apple’s annual Keynote for 2008. For weeks, the online community argued about what Apple was going to come up with next. Bloggers, podcasters and online computer magazine editors speculated on the many different rumors accompanied with some inevitable wishful thinking. One of the most anticipated ideas was that Apple was going to release a tablet system. Widely respected blogs in the tech community exclaimed that it would have a touch screen, come with a dock, be a digital picture frame, come with a glass screen, and represent the manifestation of the wet dreams of every Mac fan there was. Well, last Tuesday was Apple’s long awaited miracle-unveiling day, and while they did not have a tablet computer, what was uncovered was even more

intimidating, and to some, downright outrageous — in a good way. As lights were dimmed, a new Mac vs. PC commercial premiered, summing up Apple’s accomplishments for 2007. Following that was Jobs’ opening speech, in which he talked about how “extraordinary” 2007 was for Apple. Jobs’ first announcement was Apple’s new backup system: Time Capsule, which will utilize Time Machine, the backup software bundled in Apple’s brand new operating system, Mac OS X 10.5, also known as Leopard, and provide a backup hub of 500 GB (Gigabyte) or 1 TB (Terabyte,) shared over a wireless network. That announcement was followed by the declaration of iPhone’s sales figures. Apple sold four million iPhones in the first 200 days of shipping, equivalent to 20,000 per day: But the crowd still awaited more. Next came a big one: Jobs announces

that iTunes will now make available movies for rent on iTunes. He further announced that they had the support of every major film studio. Users would be able to download movies for prices that range from $2.99 for rentals to $3.99 for new releases. Users would be able to watch those movies on Mac, PC, iPod, or iPhone systems. Time limitations include 30 days to start watching the movie, and 24 hours to finish it once it had begun playing. The service is currently available for U.S. users, and will be available elsewhere later this year. That was exciting news which made Apple TV’s average performance appear to have some hope. However, the wait for the big news was over. Steve announced the latest addition to the Apple MacBook family: MacBook Air. The shot was finally administered, and it was time for the climaxing crowd to sit back and enjoy the show. MacBook

Air is the thinnest laptop in the world. At a minimum of $1,799 in price, and a maximum of 0.76 inches in thickness, the Air’s thickest part is thinner than the thinnest part of a Sony TZ series. The energy-conserving LED screen lighting, the aluminum casing and the mercury and arsenic free display made the Air a much more environmentally friendly computer than earlier designs. According to Apple’s website, the Air meets ENERGY STAR requirements, and has received a silver star rating from EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool.) This helps alleviate pressure targeted at Apple from environmental groups regarding how their earlier products were negatively affecting the environment. The news of this futuristic computer was not very well received in online communities. Many expressed their skepticism and dismay at the major

disadvantage of the absence of a builtin CD-ROM drive. An exterior sleek CD-ROM is offered as an optional purchase for $99, and the Air can use any CD-ROM drives shared over a wireless network. However, the fact that you need another computer just to install something from a CD still disappoints many. Another substantial problem was the fact that the Air’s battery is built-in and not changeable by the user as in earlier MacBook computers, which in a way defeats the whole ultra-portability aspect. The big figure at the bottom of the receipt would not help either. So, the next few weeks are still vague for the future of the Air. Practicalityoriented customers would think twice about it, but “Macheads” in U.S. and Canada are already placing their orders for the latest Apple sensation. — Sherif Soliman


Imprint, Friday, January 25, 2008


Epic journey up the fallopian tube


lthough you are likely to feel ill-equipped for having a child at this point in your life, realistically speaking, your body is in prime condition for conception. Wow, isn’t that a scary thought? And as you fling that condom into the trash can, you can almost hear the little spermatozoa wail in failure of their life destiny — rescuing the princess egg from her dark, moist tower. Don’t get too empathetic, though — please the spermies, and you will have another wailing bundle of joy nine months down the road. So, what is behind fertilization? For guys, they’re ready every day. The male body produces, on average, 85 million spermatozoa per day per testicle. This equals to more than a quadrillion sperm cells in a lifetime. Per ejaculate shot, between 200 and 600 million spermatozoa

are released, which is enough egg competition to use contraception during intercourse, taking into consideration that it only takes one sperm cell to fertilize a female egg. The female egg, on the other hand, is released only once a month and is fertile for 10 to 24 hours before it is flushed out of the body. The female reproductive system is located in the pelvic area, which is where we will focus. Only, to make the journey more engaging than high school gym sex-ed, we will now take the perspective of sperm and egg. This is Taylor and Ernie’s heroic journey through the female reproductive system on their way to meet Mamba, the egg. You and the gang of spermatozoa you grew up with are excited. You have fnally made the journey from the testicles of your owner through the urethra and out the head of the penis with

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extreme speed and agility! You are now in a new, fleshy, unknown area. But where t o n e x t ? Yo u are all anxiously bumping into the fleshy walls, and less than 90 seconds later, find an opening, and the crowd attempts to swim through all at once. You enter a wide tunnel, like a canyon. Congratulations! You have made the journey through the vagina, where you entered, through the cervix and into the uterus! The gang gives a little cheer. Plus, there is more mucous here which makes it easier to swim. You know this is the right way as you sense the warmth at the end of the tunnel; it guides you through the canyon with into a Fallopian tube, and this tunnel is much more narrow. As you look around, there appear to be less of you than you started with — some of the gang must have got lost along the way, and Ernie is nowhere to be seen…yet the warmth is undeniable now, and you carry on to find the source of the heat. The journey is long and exhausting; the tunnel winds and seems to carry on forever. You are tired of swimming, but the intriguing warmth keeps you focused, until, finally, you see it… …Mamba is sitting comfortably at the end of the Fallopian tube, just outside the ovary where she

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was made. She’s a bit bored as the other eggs in the ovary still have a month to go, and there is nothing to do but mature and wait until the commotion coming from the Fallopian tube settles down. Whatever could that be? Sounds so loud! She has been here for a good 10 hours, and has only about 14 fertile hours to go… “Is anyone even coming to keep me company?” she begins to wonder, and just then she sees the swarm of spermatozoa heading right for her… …Taylor sees Mamba at once and knows what he must do. He swims ahead of the crowd and attaches himself to the bubble Mamba is inside of. He begins to burrow in

with all the strength he has left. This bubble is called zona pellucida, and it must be penetrated in order for fertilization to take place. Taylor is propelling himself using his tail with all his might, until, at last, he breaks through the barrier and joins Mamba. Bingo! In three days’ time, after some cellular development has taken place, this union will travel back down the Fallopian tube in at attempt to attach itself to the uterine wall and develop into an embryo. Mamba and Taylor have fulfilled their destiny, and will now work together for the next nine months to develop into a fetus.



Adrienne Raw science editor

Supercarrot takes flight

A genetically engineered carrot provides more calcium to the body, according to a U.S. team at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. One of the carrot’s genes has been altered, allowing the calcium within the carrot to cross more readily over plant membranes. As a result, a person eating the new carrot can absorb 41 per cent more calcium than if they ate the old carrot. The genetic engineering of carrots is only the latest in a long line of vegetables getting genetic makeovers. Both broccoli and potatoes are also being engineered to be more health-friendly. Work on broccoli will increase its sulforaphane content, a chemical that may help ward off cancer. Potatoes, meanwhile, are being developed with more starch and less water, allowing them to absorb less oil when cooked. In the case of the carrot, scientists hope it will ultimately offer

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a healthier way of consuming calcium. Dairy products currently represent the primary source of calcium, but can cause allergic reactions in some and concerns about their high fat content in others. Though scientists have high hopes for the genetically engineered vegetable, they admit that much more research needs to be conducted before the supercarrot would be made available to consumers. Scientists create beating heart in lab

It’s alive! A breakthrough procedure by scientists from the University of Minnesota has created a beating heart in a laboratory. The procedure involved stripping all existing cells from a dead heart, leaving behind only the protein skeleton that created its shape. The skeleton was then seeded with live stem cells that eventually grew back over the skeleton and linked together to form a new organ. The cells used to seed the organ would come from the prospective patient’s own stem

cells, reducing the risk of rejection. Currently the highly experimental procedure has only been performed with rats and pigs. It is still a long way away from being performed with humans, but scientists hope the breakthrough could one day allow doctors to make a range of transplantable organs and blood vessels, customized with the patient’s own cells, from scratch. Electronic nose detects human illness

Engineers are currently developing electronic versions of medical practitioners’ oldest diagnostic tool: the human nose. The new technology will analyze the unique odours of diseases, allowing doctors to diagnose illnesses from pneumonia to lung cancer based on smell. The odours of different diseases arise in several ways. Bacterial infections can be diagnosed by characteristic scents in gases emitted by the bacteria. Nonbacterial illnesses, such as diabetes, can be diagnosed by biochemical

changes prompted by these illnesses, which alter the scent of the human body. These odours can be difficult for the human nose to detect and identify. The new electronic nose technology, originally developed for other uses such as sniffing out chemical leaks, can distinguish and analyze the subtle scents found in human breath, urine, blood and other bodily fluids. Although the current technology isn’t perfect, it can be used as a screening process to identify

patients who should undergo further testing. The electronic nose is not, at the moment, a widely used technology, but doctors hope it can someday be used as a less-invasive technique that can speed up the diagnosis of illnesses and identify diseases in their early stages. — with files from BBC News, The Sunday Times and Scientific American




Imprint, Friday, January 25, 2008

uw track team off and running Track team sets personal bests on the weekend despite lack of training facilities at Waterloo

recruit top talent. As such, training takes place at both the PAC and the Waterloo Rec Centre. Despite the lack of a track, the campus facility offers a 30m rubber straight away, hurdles, high jump, shot put circle and conditioning equipment. The team also make regular use of the weight room and use the pool for post-event recovery. Team captain Jenna Bell hopes that the return of all four members of the women’s relay team will “better previous results and again qualify” for the CIS championships following last year’s end of a four year drought. She added that despite there only being seven members of the women’s team they “are quite good at holding [their] own at competitive meets.” The season continues at McGill for the Team Challenge on the weekend of January 25-26, and a potential season finale at CIS championships on March 6-9.

Tom Ellis staff reporter


he 2008 track and field season is underway, with the Warriors making a flying start recording 25 personal bests at the Can-Am Classic on the weekend of January 11-12, to add to the total of 45 for the season. With events scheduled for all but two weekends until mid-March, the

Kyle Raymond in the 4x200m relay.

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Jaime Hausemen showing the intensity of the UW track team in the relays. Warriors are hoping they can keep building on these early successes. Head coach, Jason Dockendorff, is not surprised with the strong start to the season claiming that “due to a slightly different training regimen the expected results are now surfacing.” The ultimate aim this season is to “qualify many of our athletes to the national championships, to have the highest team placing and most representation at the CIS championships.” Based on preliminary results, these aims are highly achievable both this year and in the future, with Dockendorff adding that the team “has an excellent group of freshmen to carry us through the next few years.” The basis for success this season will be teamwork, something the Warriors have in abundance, despite track and field being primarily an individual sport. Some of this season’s best results have come in the relay, a team event, with both the men and

women’s 4x200m and 4x400m teams in the CIS top 10. Other outstanding results this season have seen top 10 CIS finishes for Jeremy Yang in the high jump, Colin Lawrence in the 1000m and with Kate Bickle showing lots of early promise with strong splits in the relays. The men’s 4x800m team of Colin Lawrence, Alex Magdanz, Wesley George and Colin McLean have also impressed with a top eight CIS time of 8:11.21. According to Coach Dockendorff, the “greatest chance for CIS level success lies with varsity record holder, and team captain Jenna Bell.” Bell competes not only in Pentathlon where she is ranked fifth nationally, but also in the 4x200m and 4x400m relays described by the coach as “a feat not many can do.” These results are even more impressive when one considers that the UW team lacks a full sized competition track, something which other universities offer and use to

UW track team captain Jenna Bell.

Something amiss with CIS The NCAA flourishes with millions pouring in, while the CIS flounders


he Rose Bowl, the Orange Bowl and March Madness. These are terms that are very familiar, to football and basketball fans here even in Canada. The pervasiveness of the NCAA reaches across the border, as college bowl games and the annual March Madness basketball tournament receive prime billing on the Canadian sports channels. While their Canadian equivalents the Vanier cup and the Canadian Interuniversity Sports basketball championships pass by with little to no fanfare or recognition. The irony of American collegiate sports having a higher profile in Canada than local collegiate sports is both disheartening and disappointing. The NCAA was able to bring in revenues of $564 million U.S. in 2006, $508 million of which came from television and marketing rights fees. It also recently signed a $6 billion USD television deal with CBS which runs through 2013. The above figures don’t include tickets, concessions or local advertising revenue which is left up to the individual universities. Top division I teams in the NCAA bring in tens of millions of dollars in revenue from their sports teams and millions more from alumni contributions. The University of Texas generated more than $47 million in revenue from its football team alone in 2003-2004. By contrast; the Canadian Interuniversity Sports federation (CIS) does not have any national television contracts and

The CIS and the heads of the Canadian university system need to ask themselves, whether sports are an expense or an investment for schools. few major national sponsors. The revenues generated by the CIS are paltry compared to the NCAA. Canadian universities are often deep in the hole from running competitive athletic programs, while their US counterparts rake in millions of dollars of profit from their varsity teams. The funding squeeze that Canadian universities have faced in the past decade have only intensified calls for already underfunded sports programs to be cut even further. The funding differences between Canadian and American schools highlight the gap between athletic programs in the two systems. Top American universities jet their players around in private charters and spend millions on building world class training facilities. Meanwhile, here in Waterloo, the athletics facility doesn’t even include a track. Elite high school athletes from Canada often leave for greener pastures in the States where the lure of full athletic scholarships, higher levels of competition and national exposure prove much more tantalizing than the prospect of playing for underfunded teams in front of sparse crowds.

The NCAA board of directors recently approved a measure that would allow non-US schools to join the NCAA. Rumours are already swirling that UBC, Simon Fraser and several other western CIS schools are considering a defection south, tempted by the lure of higher revenues. The inability of the CIS to raise the visibility or revenues of Canadian university sports, spurs a vicious cycle where a lack of funding leads to sub-par facilities, talent drain to the south, little media attention or fanfare, and creates a perception that university sports in Canada are third-rate. The million dollar question is: why haven’t university sports taken off with the Canadian sporting public? University hockey is totally ignored for the OHL game, whereas the American collegiate system has a vibrant and devoted following in the Northeast and places like Minnesota, and the Dakotas. Unlike the American university system, the Canadian schools do not act as a major developing ground for the pro-sports leagues. Part of the excitement surrounding NCAA games is witnessing the development of future NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL stars. CIS football man-

ages to send a handful of players to the CFL each season, but, the majority of CFL players still are NCAA alumni. Most of this tracks back to the lack of funds and facilities to attract elite athletes to Canadian universities. The CIS and the heads of Canadian university system need to ask themselves whether sports are an expense or an investment for schools. University athletics programs act as an important feeder to Canadian, international and Olympic programs. The degradation of sports programs at universities also damage Canada’s standing on the international sports stage. At a time when sedentary lifestyles and obesity are on an intrepid rise, Canada’s public education institutions should be seeking to promote a more active lifestyle among students. A strong sporting culture headed by the school’s varsity teams will promote greater interest in sports and healthy living that can last a lifetime. The only way for this to happen is a financial investment and commitment by Canada’s universities to rebuilding university sports into a highly visible self-supporting entity.




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UPCOMING Sunday, January 27, 2008 Come walk or skate in support of the Alzheimer Society, “Manulife Walk for Memories” from 2 to 4 p.m., Waterloo Memorial Rec Complex. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Register online at www. or call 519-7421422. Wednesday, January 30, 2008 Ladies WOW Fun Seminar Series – 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Arthur and area Community Centre. For more info call Wendy at 519-342-4029 or wsmith@wisemoove. com. Saturday, February 2, 2008 Free Mock LSAT Day – write a free Mock LSAT, brought to you by The Princeton Review. Register by calling 1-800-2review or visit Room to be announced. Tuesday, February 5, 2008 Rotunda Gallery presents “Mapping of

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a Quest - Soheila Esfahani.” Opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Gallery, 200 King Street, W., Kitchener City Hall, Kitchener. Thursday, February 14, 2008 Heart Matters Film Festival dedicated to the memory of Michael Bird and Tim Walker. The two films shown will be Field of Dreams and The Edge of Heaven, at the original Princess Cinema at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2008 Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region is proud to present “Hockey Night in Waterloo Region with NHL hockey legend Darryl Sittler,” at St. George Banquet Hall, 665 King Street N, Waterloo. Call 519-653-8966, ext 239 or shelly.friesen@ for more info.

STUDENT AWARDS FINANCIAL AID 2nd floor, Needles Hall, ext 33583. Please refer to to view the current loan pick up procedures and full listing of scholarships and awards. January 25: Final OSAP application deadline (with reduced funding) for fall and winter term. Deadline to submit Signature Pages and supporting documentation for fall and winter term. Last day to submit OSAP Rollover Form to add winter term to fall only term.

VOLUNTEER Volunteer with a child at their school and help improve their self-esteem and confidence. One to three hours a week commitment. Call Canadian Mental Health 519-744-7645, ext 229. City of Waterloo, 519-888-6488 or has the following volunteer opportunities: “55+ MC for Friday Flicks and Hosts/Hostesses” – for afternoon drop-in programs. Call for more info. “Uptown Country:Print and Publications Designer and Website Designer” needed now until June. “Buskers Carnival: Logistics Coordinator and Director of Corporate Sponsorship” needed for this high-profile festival. Volunteer Action Centre, 519-7428610 or, has many opportunities available – visit the website or call today! The Kitchener Youth Action Council is currently seeking volunteers aged 14-24 who are concerned about issues facing youth and young adults across Kitchener. For more

info e-mail Distress Line Volenteers Wanted - Canadian Mental Health Association is seeking caring volunteers to provide supportive listening and crisis deescalation to callers living in Waterloo Region. Please call 519744-7645, ext 300.

CHURCH SERVICE St. Bede’s chapel at Renison College offers worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or take a break midweek with a brief silence followed by Celtic noon prayers on Wednesdays. Come and walk the labyrinth the second Thursday of each month, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more info contact Megan at 519-884-4404, ext 28604 or


Saturday, January 26: “Are You Thinking About Med School?” – increase your chances of a successful application. 1 to 3 p.m., TC 2218. Monday, January 28: “Networking 101” – three week session. 4:30 to 6 p.m., TC 1208. Tuesday, January 29: “Exploring Your Personality Type (Part II)” – 2 to 4 p.m., TC 1112. “Business Eqiquette and Professionalism” – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., TC 1208. Wednesday, January 30: “Starting Your Own Business: The Basics” – 4:30 to 6 p.m., TC 1208. Thursday, January 31: “Interview Skills: Selling Your Skills” – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., TC 2218.


English Language Proficiency Program (ELPP) – all workshops are scduled bertween 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.. Monday, January 28 or Tuesday, January 29 – “Sentence Structure.” Monday, February 4 or Tuesday, February 5 – “Critique Writing.” Monday, February 11 or Tuesday, February 12 – “Punctuation.” Monday, February 25 or Tuesday, February 26 – “Articles/Prepositions/Pronouns.” For more info/registration call 519-888-4567, ext 32655 or kmaclean@ or ext 33245.

Weekend counsellors and relief staff to work in homes for individuals with developmental challenges. Minimum eight-month commitment. Paid positions. Send resume to Don Mader, K-W Habilitation Services, 108 Sydney Street, Kitchener, ON, N2G 3V2. We’ve got what you’re looking for – let’s make 2008 your best summer yet – Camp Wayne, northeast Pennsylvania, USA. Counselor-specialists for all Land and Water Sports Inc. Tennis, golf, basketball, baseball, football, martial arts, soccer, outdoor adventure, camping, mountain biking, climbing/ropes, roller hockey, archery, rocketry, water-ski, wakeboard, sailing, canoe/kayaking, fine arts-theatre, ceramics, woodworking, drawing, painting, CDL drivers. RN’s for our Health Centre. Let’s get the ball rolling now! Online application www.campwayne. com ; ; 1888-549-2963. Summer of your life! Camp Wayne for Girls – children’s sleep-away camp, Northeast Pennsylvania (6/21 - 8/17/08). If you love children and want a caring fun environment we need counselors and program directors for: tennis, swimming, golf, gymnastics, cheerleading, drama, high and low ropes, camping/nature, team sports, waterskiing, sailing, painting/drawing, ceramics, silkscreen, printmaking, batik, jewelry, calligraphy, photography, sculpture, guitar, aerobics, self-defense video, piano. Other staff: administrative, CDL driver (21+), nurses (RN’s and nursing students), bookkeeper, mother’s helper. On campus interviews January 31. Select the camp that selects the best staff! Call 1215-944-3069 or apply on-line at Have the summer of your life at a prestigious coed sleepaway camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, two and a half hours from NY City. We’re seeking counselors who can teach any team and individual sports; tennis, gymnastics, horseback riding, mountain biking, theatre, tech theatre, circus, magic, arts and crafts, pioneering, climbing tower, water sports, music, dance or science. Great salaries and perks. Plenty of free time. Internships available for many majors. Interviews on February 6. Apply online at Call 1-800-

869-6083 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time on weekdays for more information.

HOUSING Attention Cambridge School of Architecture students! Live conveniently and comfortably right across the street from school in this beautifully renovated apartment. 4, 8 and 12-month leases available with excellent signing bonuses and rental incentives! Call Darlene or Joanne at 519-746-1411 for more details. Apartment for sale – condo apartment, two bedrooms, indoor parking. Harvard Place, Waterloo. $145,000. Call Richard at 519-579-2920. Two to seven bedroom houses available for May or September. Over 300 options! Houses or apartments, large rooms, back yards, free laundry and parking, bright and many newly renovated. Showings starting now so don’t delay! or call 519-572-0278. Spacious, well maintined house available to rent at 11 McDougall Road. Only five minute walk to UW campus. Utilities and internet included in rent of $425/month. Contact 519-893-2000 or Four/five bedroom house for rent. Close to UW. Call 1-905-509-3284 or e-mail

SERVICES Med school interview? Practice makes perfect. Half-day seminars by former chair of admissions at a Canadian medical school. Improve skills/confidence. E-mail:

COURSE INFO SP-100 Forest Firefighting course to be held in London, Ontario March 1216, 2008 and Waterloo, Ontario March 19-23, 2008. Course will be held during evening hours during the week. To register, please call Wildfire Specialists Inc., 2233 Radar Road, Suite 5, Hanmer, Ontario, P3P 1R2, toll free 1-877381-5849. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources accredited. No guarantee of employment.


Imprint, Friday, January 25, 2008


Warrior Wrap-up Men’s Hockey OUA Far East Division

W L T OTL PTS 35 1 17 4 0 29 1 14 5 0 23 1 11 10 0 22 2 10 11 0 22 2 10 10 0

Far West Division GP 20 22 22 21 22

W L 16 3 15 6 15 7 13 4 4 17

T OTL PTS 0 1 33 0 1 31 0 0 30 0 4 30 0 1 9

Mid East Division Toronto Queen’s RMC Ryerson

GP 23 23 22 23

W 11 10 8 7

L 11 10 12 13

T OTL PTS 1 0 23 3 0 23 2 0 18 3 0 17

Mid West Division Brock York Guelph UOIT

GP 23 23 23 22

W L 13 7 11 9 10 12 4 15

T OTL PTS 3 0 29 3 0 25 1 0 21 3 0 11

GP 21 21 21 23 22 22 22 23 21 22

W 19 17 14 11 8 8 7 5 6 1

L 1 3 6 10 8 10 11 12 12 17

T OTL PTS 1 0 39 0 1 35 0 1 29 1 1 24 6 0 22 3 1 20 4 0 18 6 0 16 3 0 15 2 6 2

Men’s Volleyball OUA McMaster Guelph Queen’s Western Waterloo Ryerson York Windsor Toronto Laurier RMC

GP 15 15 14 14 16 14 15 14 15 16 14

W L GF GA 15 0 45 7 12 3 38 20 10 4 37 24 9 5 34 19 9 7 35 29 7 7 28 24 7 8 29 30 5 9 17 30 4 11 19 36 3 13 17 41 0 14 3 42

PTS 30 24 20 18 18 14 14 10 8 6 0

Women’s Basketball OUA

Women’s Volleyball OUA

East Division

East Division

East Division

Carleton Ottawa Toronto Queen’s Ryerson Laurentian York RMC

GP W 14 14 14 12 14 11 14 9 14 5 14 2 14 2 14 0

L 0 2 3 5 9 12 12 14

PF 1182 1077 1065 1035 1059 951 949 747

PA 844 915 938 944 1088 1239 1141 1281

PTS 14 14 14 12 10 10 10 8

York Toronto Laurentian Queen’s Ryerson Carleton Ottawa RMC

West Division GP Windsor 13 Brock 13 Guelph 13 Lakehead 14 13 Laurier McMaster 13 Western 13 Waterloo 14

W 9 8 8 7 6 6 6 4

GP 15 16 15 15 16 15 15 15

W 13 13 11 5 4 3 0 0

L 2 3 4 10 12 12 15 15

PF 1186 1036 1127 924 907 812 807 750

PA 944 837 964 951 1121 941 1066 1283

PTS 26 26 22 10 8 6 0 0

Toronto Ottawa York Queen’s Ryerson Lakehead RMC

GP McMaster 15 Western 15 Laurier 15 Brock 15 Waterloo 15 Windsor 15 Lakehead 16 Guelph 16

L PF PA PTS 4 1043 885 14 5 1059 946 14 5 1017 963 14 7 1063 1013 12 7 942 913 10 7 973 989 10 7 1015 982 10 10 962 1058 8

W 15 12 9 8 8 8 7 6

L 0 3 6 7 7 7 9 10

PF 1125 1111 990 956 995 1063 978 1020

GP 15 13 13 13 14 15 13

W L GF GA 13 2 42 11 10 3 33 13 8 5 27 22 4 9 20 30 4 10 20 33 4 11 15 29 0 13 0 45

PTS 26 20 16 8 8 8 0

West Division

West Division PA PTS 742 30 1007 24 938 18 947 16 963 16 956 16 1053 14 1074 12

McMaster Waterloo Western Laurier Brock Guelph Windsor

GP 14 14 15 15 15 14 15

W 11 11 10 9 8 5 2

L 3 3 5 6 7 9 13

GF 35 35 36 32 29 24 13

GA 15 20 21 24 28 29 41

PTS 22 22 20 18 16 10 4

Men’s Hockey CIF Arena

Game Recaps

Game Recaps

Men’s Hockey

Women’s Hockey

Thursday, January 17 Western 3 Waterloo 4

Saturday, January 19 Western 1 Waterloo 2

Friday January 18 Laurier 6 Waterloo 3

Sunday, January 20 Windsor 3 Waterloo 1

Men’s Volleyball

Women’s Volleyball

Waterloo vs. Lakehead 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 25 Waterloo vs. Lakehead 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 26 Women’s Volleyball PAC Main Gym

Friday, January 18 Guelph defeats Waterloo 3-2

Friday, January 18 Waterloo defeats Guelph 3-1

Saturday, January 19 McMaster defeats Waterloo 3-1

Saturday, January 19 McMaster defeats Waterloo 3-1

Men’s Basketball

Women’s Basketball

Saturday, January 19 Waterloo 57 Laurier 74

Saturday, January 19 Waterloo 68 Laurier 84

Men’s Curling

Women’s Curling

Waterloo vs. Brock 7:00 PM Wednesday, January 30

Wednesday, January 16 Waterloo 59 Brock 55

Wednesday, January 16 Waterloo 63 Brock 72

Sunday, January 20 Varsity Curling West Sections

Sunday, January 20 Varsity Curling West Sections

Waterloo 11 Brock 4 Waterloo 5 Windsor 2 Waterloo 5 Western 9

Waterloo 1 Brock 8 Waterloo 8 Windsor 5 Waterloo 2 Western 10

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Athletes of the Week Art Hare - Swimming Art, a 5th year Math student from Belleville, Ontario won the 100m fly and 100m back events this past weekend at Laurier. Art's winning performance in the 100 fly was a lifetime personal best by more than 1 second. He also lead off the 200m medley relay for Waterloo which also placed first. Art has been consistently improving throughout the season and is setting himself up to contend at both the OUA and CIS Championships.


Gillian Maxwell - Basketball Gillian, a 5th year Human Resources student from Kitchener, Ontario led the Warriors to two critical road victories this past week. On Wednesday at Brock, Gillian led the Warriors back from 16 points down in the first half, scoring a team high 16 points and adding 7 rebounds, in a 59-55 win. On Saturday at Laurier, Gillian scored a game high 22 points as the Warriors defeated the third place Golden Hawks 84-68. The win moves the Warriors into a tie for fourth place in the OUA West division and pulls them to within 2 points of third place Laurier. Gillian was also named OUA Athlete of the Week.

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