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Impr int The university of Waterloo’s official student newspaper

Friday, September 19, 2008

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vol 31, no 10

Let loose the play of Warriors

UW Drama takes a stab at Julius Caesar— see page 22 for details.

The senate has spoken UW students maintain the right to claim an hour between examinations

Mackenzie Keast

The motion to remove access to a one-hour buffer between consecutive examinations faced an overwhelming defeat on Monday, September 15 at the university senate, after student representatives lobbied for peer-to-peer fairness in the examination process. James Damaskinos staff reporter


tudents will retain access to a “relief hour” between back-toback exams after UW Senate voted down the motion to change the current exam relief protocol on Monday, September 15. The motion was defeated in a landslide victory after considerable debate from both sides on the matter. In a demonstration of student solidarity, a group of students attended the meeting in order to protest the motion. The current exam relief provision allows students who have two exams in a row, or students with one exam in the evening and another the next morning, the ability to apply for an extra hour between their exams. This process was initiated to give students the opportunity to

revitalize themselves before entering the second exam. The motion, authored by registrar Ken Lavigne, would effectively result in relieving students of the option to take a “relief hour” between back-toback exams. This motion received considerable criticism from the student senators and students. The motion was founded on the rationale of a low up-take rate versus the overhead. Calling attention to statistics, Lavigne stated that the margin of students using the program wasn’t significant enough to justify the resources needed to uphold the current exam relief system. “I think the most compelling vote that the students have submitted on this matter is the actual vote, the participation rate,” said Lavigne at the UW Senate meeting. “90 per cent of the students, who

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have had the opportunity, won’t seize it. Therefore, their vote is a more compelling one. That is how I reasoned this proposal.” According to the statistics presented by the Registrar’s office, in Winter term 2008, of the students eligible to

driving forces behind his proposal. According to Lavigne, the proposal was not rationalized on the basis of finance, but rather on the basis that the current system resulted in superfluous infrastructure. The infrastructure needed to continue the current exam

According to the statistics presented by the Registrar’s office, in Winter term 2008, of the students eligible to take advantage of the program, only 7 per cent actually used it. take advantage of the program, only 7 per cent actually used it. The program had its greatest uptake rate in Winter term 2006 when 13.51 per cent of the eligible students used the program. Lavigne also clarified some of the

relief provisions limits the ability of the Registrar’s Office to explore and maintain more efficient solutions to the problem of back-to-back exams, Lavigne said. “We have established an infrastruc-

ture that is under-utilized… if the participation rates dramatically increased, the cost would pretty well stay the same. From my point of view this is not a cost issue,” said Lavigne. Lavigne believes that the current pre-enrolment system could provide an opportunity to eliminate unwieldy examination schedules. “So it’s a question of devoting resources to this very popular and successful undertaking [pre-enrolment] or continuing with the less efficient exam protocol,” said Lavigne. “Frankly, given the resources I’m given to accomplish all of the tasks the Registrar’s office must administer… I’ve made the difficult choice and therefore the proposal to eliminate the exam relief protocol in favor of other more pressing and, frankly, more productive tasks.” See VOTE, page 4

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“Keys to victory” Part 1: Looking to young volunteers in hopes of mobilizing the youth vote election coverage Brendan Osberg reporter


n a rainy day in a drab office flat — something like what you’d expect at a call-centre — on University Avenue, Eric Davis welcomes newcomers to the campaign office where he works, with a smile and a firm handshake. He is the coordinator of the Young Liberal campaign, and he takes visitors through the guts of his humming Democratic machine with an offer of pizza and Timbits — he clearly knows how to appeal to students. The pizza and Timbits are some of the few frills of the day, however. The office space isn’t exactly high real estate, and its decor is spartan but efficient. In allocating campaign money, it’s clear that aesthetic niceties are not a high priority; winning is. Still, the calendar timelines and volunteer sign-up sheets that one expects in the middle of command central don’t take up the entire space; on one wall the words “Keys to Victory” are pinned up on the wall alongside smiling images of prominent members of the community. They are as diverse as Canada and most have their own contact base with one demographic or another. It creates a homey feeling and serves as an illustration of the varied groups that this cog in the democratic system is meant to serve. “I think people have lost faith in the ability of political leaders to make real change,” Davis muses over pizza when asked why young people have historically had such low turnout. “Also, I think a lot of young people haven’t really engaged themselves in politics, and I think a lot of them just believe that one vote won’t make a difference.” I pause for a moment to reflect on this. According to Elections Canada, only 39 per cent of 18-21.5 year olds turned out to vote in 2004; the turnout increases steadily with age, maxing out at about 75 percent among 58-67 year olds. More alarmingly though, trends show that early voter participation is a strong predictor of later participation, indicating that Canada’s participating electorate may shrink as time goes on.

Davis, and the other workers seem optimistic and enthusiastic about encouraging students to vote, and are determined to provide the necessary information to make it easier for people to find out where they have to go. They make it clear that, aside from active campaigning and party promotion, they intend to provide information on how to vote to as many students as possible without partisan advertising (after all, student populations generally tend to lean left). After a few introductions from the staff, Andrew Telegdi addresses the group. He is dressed casually with a button shirt and slacks, and walks with the confident swagger of one associated with a party leader. Contrary to the countless intellectual politicians who seem to strain to emulate “folksiness” — often with painfully awkward results — Telegdi pulls it off effortlessly. He avoids jargon and political platitudes, and his speech is concise but reflective. “[One of my] real basic passions,” he says to the group, “is human rights and civil liberties.” He goes on to tell a number of stories of his experiences as chair of the Citizenship & Immigration Committee, and, with dismay, of some alarming failures in due process that have taken place under the current government since that time. He outlines his reasons for working in government, discusses his projections for the high-tech sector development in the area, and then thanks the crowd for offering to volunteer. Finally, with some prodding from his wife, he lightens the mood with an anecdote from his University days campaigning for a student government position on Waterloo campus. Someone pulls out a poster showing his long hair and boyish good looks that purportedly went over well with female colleagues during his campaign, although a few of his old friends dispute the story with a little ribbing. And then the meeting is over. The students linger a bit longer to get a chance at the food and then disperse, ready to man the phones, put up signs and hit the message boards — proving that the younger gears in Canada’s system are also turning.

We will bring you more coverage of the upcoming election here at Imprint, including discussions with the other major parties, upcoming debates, and detailed instructions on what policies each party is putting forward, as well as how you can vote in the federal election on October 14.

Stephane Dion speaks at Conestoga College on Wednesday, September 17, hours after the Liberal party released an announcement geared towards post-secondary education. Dion’s speech included a child care pledge of $1.25 billion.

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Ryerson’s campus radio gives volunteers the boot UW may not have a monopoly on radio-broadcasting drama after all. While Ryerson University students took the summer off, huge upheavals haunted CKLN, Ryerson’s student-supported campus/community radio station, where station manager Mike Phillips

Feds president, Justin Williams protested the motion, criticizing the statistics presented as not being indicative of student support for the program.

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absent in May — and according to The Eyeopener, only pre-approved CKLN volunteers were admitted to the meeting, which had police security present to keep unwanted persons out. Nonetheless, the meeting degenerated into demands for an explanation for volunteer dismissals, and no elections took place. Though The Eyeopener’s report emphasizes Phillips interest in engaging the student body and placing more students on the airwaves, at the forefront of his changes to the

station the tally of dismissed volunteers includes one programmer, Carmelle Wolfson, who was only weeks from graduation when she received notice. Presently, Phillips dismissals have entered the domain of union representation, with two paid station directors’ firings drawing heat from CUPE 1281. Ryerson University is withholding CKLN’s $100,000 student levy pending resolution. See CAMPUS, opposite

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has introduced sweeping changes since his November 2007 appointment. According to Ryerson’s The Eyeopener, over 25 long-time volunteers were subjected to summary dismissal by Phillips. “Please be advised that your volunteer services are no longer needed, effective immediately,” read the abrupt notices, provided soon before access keys were deactivated. Then on July 16, Phillips held a meeting to elect two new members to volunteer board positions made

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“Not all exams are written equally. Someone might have an exam that they know is going to take an hour first and an exam that is going to take two and half hours next. In this case, the exam accommodations might not be something they would go for,” Williams said. “However, if a person is writing a two and a half hour [exam] and a two and a half hour [exam], they might consider this important.” “I question that there is only 10 per cent take up rate. For the students who need it, it might actually be quite higher than that.” Williams punctuated his argument by pointing to the students who attended the meeting to protest the motion: “I believe the gallery that currently is at the edge of this room is reflective of the interest that students have.”

“I’ve received an abundance of e-mails from undergraduate students, who when they found out about this loss, were quite upset,” Williams said. “I consider it erroneous to believe that students don’t value the system. Students do value this, they do consider it to be important, and they don’t want to see it lost.” Science Councillor Sam Andrey pointed to the fact that eliminating the current exam protocol could result in hindering a student’s ability to effectively write their exams. “The point of exams is to get a fair assessment [of a student’s abilities],” Andrey said, “and you can’t get that if you’re fatigued, tired or simply need to go to the bathroom.” Ultimately, an overwhelming majority voted down the motion. Although a final count was not

provided, support for the motion was provided by only “two lonely senators, one of them the registrar” as told by one student observer, according to a Feds press release. “I could not be happier with how the vote went. I was actually really surprised by the low number of those in support of the motion. The student turnout to the Senate meeting was impressive and I’m sure that it helped sway the vote, so I am very thankful to all those who came out,” Andres said. “As someone who has felt, at times, that student opposition on university-level committees or bodies is not taken as seriously as it should be, yesterday was an encouraging day for me as a student representative.”

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University of Windsor staff on strike; students worry about costs After failing to reach a deal with the University of Windsor, librarians and full and part-time professors declared a strike, according to the CBC, cancelling classes for 16,000 students as of Wednesday, September 17.

Students from the school of medicine and dentristy alone were spared from the strike situation, with classes simply relocated for the duration of the crisis. Other students shared concerns with the CBC about the costs they could incur if this strike extends classes beyond their residence contracts, forcing them to spend yet more money on their board for education.


According to the Canadian Press, both negotiating parties stayed at the table two hours past their 12 a.m. deadline to try to reach a deal, but the university administration ultimately found the union’s proposal unacceptable. Salaries are central to the union’s ongoing dispute.

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twin hurricanes ravage cuba, bolivian bloodshed, and spainair probe Nokyoung Xayasane assistant news editor

Pinar del Rio, CUBA Hurricane Gustav pounded the shores of Cuba on August 30, followed by Ike — hitting Cuban shores just over a week later. Officials report the damage to be the worst storm devastation in Cuban history. The two storms produced $5 billion in damages, destroying 340,000 hectares of sugar cane crop, and displacing 200,000 citizens, while hundreds of thousands of individuals search for temporary accommodations. Cuba’s infrastructure has been severely damaged, and repairs continue on schools, hospitals, power grids and road networks. The preliminary report was released on Cuban TV this Monday, stating that rebuilding and rehabilitating the damaged areas will cost “multi-millions and will require years of tense work”. Reportedly, 450,000 homes have been destroyed. Following this state-televised report, the U.S. government has increased their offer of $100,000 aid to a significant $5 million. However, this assistance was rejected by the Cuban government, stating that they “could not accept a gift” while under a US embargo.

The Cuban government had proposed a temporary, six month lift of the 46-year-old trade embargo in order to allow the country to purchase materials for reconstruction. Washington stands firmly behind the 1962 embargo, but continues to offer aid to non-governmental organizations helping Cuban hurricane victims. “We will continue to implement other components of our $5 million assistance package,” USAID administrator, Henrietta Fore reassured reporters in a conference call this Monday. The United States will give approximately $1.5 million in emergency humanitarian assistance to reputable international relief organizations and nongovernmental organizations. Humanitarian aid has also been extended by Russia, Spain and Brazil, while Cuba’s regional ally, Venezuela, promises to lend additional assistance. —With files from BBC News, and CNN International

Pando, BOLIVIA Governor Leopoldo Fernandez’s arrest has defused negotiation talks between Bolivia’s opposition and its government. Fernandez, an opponent of President Evo Morales, was ac-

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cused of masterminding an ambush in Pando — killing 16 people. Dissent has risen against President Morales’s plans to redistribute wealth and improve the rights of its indigenous peoples. Fernandez was arrested on Tuesday, without resistance, alongside one other local politician. The two were transferred from the city’s capital, Cobija, to Bolivia’s main city, La Paz. Morales supporters stood at

ment and indigenous supporters for instigating the violence. The unstable country is torn between supporters of Morales socialist governance and a minority who fear his reforms. The President is Bolivia’s first indigenous leader and was elected in the August elections by a landslide. “We hope by the end of the day to have agreed on the points that have been discussed up until now,” he

The leftist Bolivian government accuses the governor of allegedly hiring hitmen, who targeted and killed 16 farmers on the road to a pro-government rally. the airlines, holding banners reading “Fernandez, murderer.” The leftist Bolivian government accuses the governor of allegedly hiring hitmen, who targeted and killed 16 farmers on the road to a pro-government rally. If convicted, he may be facing a 30-year prison sentence. Fernandez proclaims his innocence. These arrests came as Bolivia struggled to quiet fears following violence in opposition-controlled areas, which killed 30 people in Pando. Government troops were called into Cobija to reinstate order. However, 100 people remain missing after the recent violence. Violence has receded, allowing blockade lifts and negotiations between the two sides. However, opponents continue to distrust the president, and blame the govern-

revealed at a news conference. “This agreement can serve as a foundation to keep talking.” —With files from BBC News, and Reuters

Madrid, SPAIN A probe into the August 20 passenger jet crash in Spain, which killed 154 of 172 people aboard revealed that the Spainair plane did not have its wing flaps extended correctly during takeoff. A malfunction in the cockpit warning system failed to warn the pilots of this problem. El Pais newspaper claims that the plane also had a overheating temperature gauge. However, the draft preliminary report did not attribute these problems to the crash, a source with the

investigation told CNN on Tuesday. A Spainair spokesperson stated: “We won’t comment on leaks (to the media) of an incomplete draft report.” Nevertheless, the draft report has been given to the government, Spainair, and Boeing in order to receive feedback. The MD-82 jet arrived in Madrid from Barcelona and was preparing to fly on to the Canary Islands. However, the pilots informed the flight tower of a “small problem” and taxied back to hangar. After finding an overheated gauge, a fuse was removed from the circuit, and once temperatures normalized, the plane returned to the runway. After climbing into the air, the plane immediately descended, hitting the right end of the runway, causing the tail section to slam into the ground. The jet then skidded and careered 1,200 metres before exploding, reported Francisco Javier Soto, technical secretary of the accident investigative commission. Soto told CNN that a preliminary report should be issued near the end of September, but that more time is necessary for determining definitive answers. The investigation has still to conclude if failures in the alert system, the wing flaps and the overheating are related. —With files from CNN International, Reuters

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Advocacy or dissent? Friday, September 19, 2008 Vol. 31, No. 10 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, vacant Systems Admin. vacant Distribution, Rob Blom, Ash Mukadda Board of Directors President, Jacqueline McKoy Vice-president, Sherif Soliman Treasurer, Lu Jiang Secretary, vacant Staff liaison, Peter Trinh Editorial Staff Assistant Editor, Dinh Nguyen Head Reporter, Andrew Abela Lead Proofreader, Paul Collier Cover Editor, Kevin Shahbazi News Editor, Yang Liu News Assistant, Nokyoung Xayasane Opinion Editor, Travis Myers Opinion Assistant, Keith McManamen Features Editor, Duncan Ramsay Features Assistant, Caitlyn MacIntyre Arts & Entertainment Editor, Mark Kimmich Arts & Entertainment Assistant, Marco Baldasaro Science & Tech Editor, Anya Lomako Science & Tech Assistant, Eric Gassner Sports & Living Editor, Adrienne Raw Photo Editor, Mackenzie Keast Photo Editor Assistant, Yosef Yip Graphics Editor, Tifa Han Graphics Editor Assistant, Jacqueline To Web Administrator, Sonia Lee Systems Administrator, vacant Production Staff Rob Blom, Ethan Oblak, Jeff Noh, Ryan Lee, Mavis Au-Yeung, Tejas Keshy, Andrew Dodds,, Cait Davidson, Susie Roma, Zach Arnold, Dagny Sootlon, Jason Wu, Alicia Boers, Tom Levesque, Sarah Schlorff Graphics Team Geoffery Lee, Nikoo Shahabi, Peter Trinh & Sonia Lee 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 staff meeting: Monday, September 22, 12:30 p.m. Next board of directors meeting: TBA


onday’s UW senate meeting proved a win for student advocacy, with the motion to end the official exam relief hours process voted down by a vast majority. Some two dozen students pressed into the tightly packed council chamber that afternoon to mark the occasion, wherein student representatives Justin Williams, Allan Babor, and Sam Andrey defended the student body’s need for fair exam relief procedures. In consideration for the students present, President (and meeting chair) David Johnston moved the issue in question to the top of the senate’s agenda, while many faculty representatives echoed student concerns about the motion; and the senate as a whole shared commiserating laughs about the intensity of student life. And yes, again, the motion was ultimately voted down. But some aspects of the decision still trouble me. A fellow Imprinter in attendance expressed extreme disappointment that more students hadn’t shown for the meeting, while only the day before English society president Allan Babor had shared concerns from some of his constituents about the existence of a student protest at all. The “sit-in” Babor had suggested for the Arts faculty was intended to rally student interest and demonstrate student solidarity, similar to that displayed at the senate meeting itself — but members of his faculty expressed concerns about the use of such a tactic. Staggeringly, fears of underhanded reprisal from the administration topped the list from concerned students.

Now, yes, more extreme measures proved ultimately unnecessary in this case: students protested the motion through formal channels and offered polite dissent in the meeting itself, such that reason and discourse more than won the day on their own. And by no means do I support protest for protest’s sake: you only need to mention unions to me — juxtaposing the pretense for general strikes staged in 1919 versus the frequency and disparity of their use today — to appreciate how fervently I feel working within a system can be the most effective means of attaining one’s objectives. What worries me, though, is the lesson that this most recent, quiet victory could teach. Students should absolutely be celebrating their win — and a word of thanks to their student government wouldn’t be out of line either, for all the work they did to champion the student voice — but they also should not take the circumstances of this win as confirmation that their own participation wasn’t necessary. Yes, there were relatively few students in attendance at the Monday meeting; and yes, the presence of relatively few students still made a tremendous impact on the senate members in attendance. But this might not always be the case, and by no means should students assume that others will always be around to “fight the good fight” on their behalf. Certainly, students are quite busy, and can be excused for not attending every socially-conscious campus event, no matter how worthwhile

the cause. But issues like this proposed regulation reform are terrifying precisely because they directly impact students, creating a vicious Catch22 for most overworked students: Because you can’t get enough time to fight for your student rights, you might have lost even more time to balance your numerous academic priorities. The answer isn’t always extreme shows of dissent. It also isn’t the occasional display of polite dissent. Because students have an extensive list of on-going issues they might be asked to champion throughout the term, the wisest course of action is on-going advocacy. Being actively aware of most student issues that might affect you — be they related to co-op programs, exam regulations, textbook prices, government reforms, issues of student safety and accessibility, and so forth — is crucial to ensuring you make the most of the services available to you, and also the student representatives elected to support you. And the best part is that active citizenship is easy: Even if you can’t attend senate meetings or student rallies, just by talking about the issues that matter most to you with other students in your programs, in your residences, or in the agonizingly long Tim Hortons line in the SLC, you’ll be doing your part to improve the campus discourse. And when all university students are part of that on-going discussion, we can’t help but make ourselves heard.

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o, how about that weather, eh? Forgive me, but with an election less than a month away, there’s not much I can do to stop myself from hawkishly watching the leaders run around the country, fully engaged in an all-out war of words. I find it difficult to hide my disdain for Mr. Harper and the Conservative government we have had since 2006, and thus far the current campaign has done little to sway me. “We need a mandate, a strong mandate to continue to lead this country,” Harper said to the National Post. This, despite polls showing support for the Conservatives hovering around 40 per cent, majority government territory — but of course they would never ask for it directly, afraid that Canadians would, well, be afraid of such a thing.

“All of the other parties are running on the same basic agenda … They will all want to work for that agenda in the next Parliament.” This suggests that Harper understands other parties could run a government successfully, working together through compromise and discussion. Instead, he chooses to ask us to champion the possibility of another Conservative minority government where his ideas should be implemented, rather than the ideas of a united opposition with twice as much support nationally. “Prime ministers are either accused of two things: they’re being accused of being too heavy-handed or of not being not in control… If I had to choose between those two things, I’d rather be accused of being in control…” What an inspiration. Where would Harper take Canada? “Canadians will choose between this government’s proven record and clear direction or an opposition whose increasingly strident criticism attempts to mask unclear and risky agendas,” Harper told the CBC. But what exactly has his record proven? The Conservatives ran their last election platform on the concept of accountability, and yet while they have finally admitted that their in-and-out debacle saw them overspend by over $1 million, they still maintain that clever loopholes allow it. It comes with irony too, as the CBC reports that some of the ads purchased were used to speak about the sponsorship scandal, and the untrustworthiness of the Liberals. We must acknowledge that Harper is the most experienced of all the leaders at being prime minister. He believes himself most able to ensure economic stability and a balanced budget, and in his wisdom he has concerns about his rivals, from the Globe and Mail. “My concern is that obviously, going forward, that we have a government that’s going to be sabotaged by a bunch of parties who don’t want our economy to be successful.” Clearly the Liberals, who balanced the budget in taking

over from the last Conservative government, are not fit to mind our economy. Rather it is Harper, who in two and a half years has shrunk a $12 —13 billion budget surplus to nearly nothing, who is best suited to guide us. I could be mistaken, but something smells a bit fishy here. While I see the Conservative Party as a walking contradiction, they somehow hold a near insurmountable lead in the polls. How much more of this can we swallow before we choke? Or is there some method to the madness? One thing is for sure: this should make for an interesting leaders’ debate — with all the yelling and venom-spewing you could want.

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Re: “Why Muslims can’t be astronauts” The article “Why Muslims Can’t Be Astronauts” in the September 12, 2008 edition of Imprint makes two suppositions: 1) Muslims or anyone practising any religion are in some way barred from going into space by their obligations to that religion and 2) that the world will be a better place if “we started just keeping in mind our faith.” Now I won’t presume to argue the latter statement on its own, for it is a personal belief and I respect that. However, in the context of the article, it implies that humans have no business exploring space since they should be observing their faith and focusing on problems on Earth. This point of view illustrates a fundamental misunderstanding about space travel. The reason we travel into space is to study the Earth and ourselves, so we can learn more about ourselves. It’s about getting a different perspective, seeing how things behave in a different environment so we can take what we’ve learned and apply to problems on Earth so that it can be a “generally nicer place.” Now I could go into a lengthy list of spin offs and technologies that research from space travel and space exploration has helped alleviate but for the sake of brevity I’ll only list one: breast cancer detection. Onto the first supposition of the article, the one which said Muslims apparently cannot become astronauts. It was this initial claim that drew me to read the article in the first place,

because I could immediately think of contradictions to the claim. The first Muslim traveled into space four years into the space shuttle program. Prince Sultan ibn Salman ibn “Abd al-”Aziz Al Sa’ud of Saudi Arabia flew STS -51G back in 1985. As recently as 2007, a Muslim astronaut, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, (of Malaysian nationality) served aboard the International Space Station during Ramadan and still succeeded in practising Islam in a fashion that was deemed appropriate. For that case, Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development prepared a series of guidelines for the astronaut to follow that would be acceptable. The bottom line is religions evolve over time. They have to. They are not static organizations and making provisions for space travel is just part of that evolution. Ludwik A. Sobiesiak 4A Mechatronics Engineering

Re: Exam relief Although I admire the enthusiasm with which Feds defends the interests of students with respect to the relief hour service, I must point out that the the arguments from the Registrar, Ken Lavigne, are not at all contradictory. What he means by overhead is the basal cost of operating the service that is unaffected by the amount of students using the service. Regardless of whether or not students are using the service the university still has to incur the administrative costs. Those administrative costs are difficult to justify when the service is underused, from a pure business perspective that is. As valid as the Registrar’s arguments are, I don’t believe it justifies doing away with the service. I’m a student who has quite heavy exam periods and I can surely understand why

that would be a valuable service. It’s a good time to collect your thoughts about the next exam. The service should remain, since Universities are not businesses. The service is philosophically important for providing a fair evaluation system. I just don’t appreciate when Mr. Andrey and Mr. Williams shoot their mouths off and make students look collectively stupid. Pardon my blunt tone, but honestly, Sam and Justin, shut up and think before you talk to Imprint. Your babble hurts your cause more than it helps it. John Heil 4A Biomedical Science Re: Warrior pride Hearing the cheering of over 3,500 fans, and feeling their enthusiasm for Warrior athletics was mind blowing, and being able to

contribute to Warrior football’s first ever touchdown on home soil is impossible to put into words. We have an outstanding coaching staff who provided us with the framework to achieve great things. As for our team I can’t say enough about the guys, but what I will say is when times were good we stuck together and when times were rocky we pulled together even tighter, staying positive and focused on our goal. They say you’re only as strong as your weakest link... well I think our chain is pretty strong but on Sunday, September 6th we added a few more links, courtesy of our fellow students and athletes. Much appreciation, and we’ll see you all on Saturday, September 27 for homecoming when we continue this Waterloo tradition with a victory over Laurier. Brian Adams 2A Arts

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The harvest is upon us


n more civilized times, the changing of the seasons from summer to fall was revered in a magical light. The autumnal equinox marked the time of year when, in the northern hemisphere, the crops sowed in the summer were ready to be harvested, eaten, preserved, and cherished. The harvest was a time for community celebration, of people living and working together for mutual gain, mutual benefit, mutual love. Great celebrations occurred across the land and the coming together of families, villages, and communities took place. Feasts were enjoyed and the land was appreciated for its life — sustaining bounty. What happened? What has driven us so far away from our food systems that people don’t even care that the land around them is becoming infertile due to mono-cropping, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, enormous tractors that compact the earth into concrete, and the actual machines that create the concrete and asphalt for our ever- sprawling cities and suburbs. How was the connection to the land that links our survival on having fertile fields to grow nutritious crops lost? In 1970 the American Henry Kissinger, the then National Security Advisor for Richard Nixon,

said: “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control people.” Who is acting on Kissinger’s beliefs? Petrolchemical-controlled scientists refuse to acknowledge the successes of traditional agriculture, while others advocate a spread of fast growing, genetically engineered

the ‘we have a lot of chemical’s left over from the war, let’s turn them into new compounds that we put into our ecosystems and have living organisms absorb revolution’). A debt cycle, however, was created as expensive inorganic pesticides and fertilizers became required purchases as soil became sterile.

Organic agriculture has been ridiculed ad nauseam in neo-liberal publications and power-pleasing media as not having the capacity to feed the world. It fed the world for thousands of years. It sustained the evolution of human culture until we started treating it solely as a commodity based on appearance instead of nutrition; before we started spraying never

Many countries have cut off their grain exports to ensure their citizens will be able to eat, and, as reported by Global Research, people in Haiti are literally eating dirt. crops to be used as bio-fuels in combustion engines. The IMF and World Bank demand policy and regulatory shifts to a corporate controlled agriculture system if countries wish to receive a development or critical need loan. Subsidized “food aid” and imposed “free market’”policies mean low-priced foodstuffs pour into impoverished nations so even where subsistence farming has survived, the local farmers cannot compete with the imported food and lose their land to industrial agriculture interests. Peasant Far mers have been thrown off their land around the world with the guiding wisdom of the “green revolution” (A.K.A.

There was a marked increase in yields for a while, but if we are to believe the writings of Thomas Pawlick in The End Of Food, the levels of beneficial and diverse nutrients found in industrially farmed food pales in comparison to the levels of pre-revolution food. People now need to eat more to receive the same level of nutrition so to be properly fed would mean that any increase in crop yield must be offset by an increase in consumption (obesity would therefore increase). The ecological damage of “green revolution” style industrial farming and the associated costs of rehabilitating damaged natural systems add further to the argument against the spread of this misguided method of agriculture.

before-known-compoundsontoourfoods to “protect them” or to “increase yields.” This all comes at a time when there is an on-going global food crisis which has left additional millions in starving conditions as they cannot afford the increases in food prices. Many countries have cut off their grain exports to ensure their citizens will be able to eat and, as reported by Global Research, people in Haiti are literally eating dirt. By privatizing our food systems into the hands of a small number of agricultural tycoons, we have essentially entrusted our future health and well being into a corporate system which values profits over all else. With the harmonization of regulatory

frameworks dealing with agriculture and streamlined cross-border goods shipments under the umbrella Security and Prosperity Partnership, the backers of corporate agriculture stand to reap huge profits as chemically driven mono-cropping becomes more widespread — at the cost of ecological integrity and the long-term ability to provide nutritious food. Has the corporate power structure actually succeeded in bringing Kissinger’s prediction to reality? Is there now worldwide control over our food systems through futures market speculation, farm industrialization, fear-mongering, corporate lobbying, and private greed? Take a moment during the upcoming harvest equinox to remember the links you have to the land. Think about the food you eat, where it comes from, and how its production, storage, shipping, and sale impact on the systems that sustain our species. To take back control of our food, and, through that, control of our lives, we need to the existing power structures. Plant or support a community garden, visit local farms and farmers markets, and form a bond with your ecological systems, which if properly and carefully tended, can give us nutritious food, year after year.

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Construction — what’s the function? Blocking pathways, loud and disruptive... what good is the Master Plan doing me?



nother bright and sunny September brings the school year underway; bright new faces and sad old faces alike arrive from their various homelands. As you reacquaint yourself with our beloved campus, you might pause for a moment, tilt your head upward and breathe in that crisp, fresh campus air that you have grown so fond of. Of course, your little feng shui moment might go horribly wrong as you either lapse into a debilitating fit of choking and eye-rubbing in a massive dust cloud or get trampled by the seething mob of foot traffic that erupts from thin air every hour on the 20- minute mark. In case you didn’t notice, there is something radically different about your fair campus. No, Laurel Creek hasn’t gotten any more polluted, the frosh haven’t gotten any younger, and the food, well, you know. But somewhere, merely a summer and $258 million later, UW has gone on a frenzied construction binge leaving you short a couple greens and up a fortress and a giant pit. This Louis XIV-esque expansion has wreaked not only aesthetic but also logistic havoc. Sure, with its brown-bricked, cold war era buildings reminiscent of Klodzko Fortress in Poland, UW has never been terribly attractive — the ‘Margaret Thatcher’ of universities, if you will. However, there have been times where it looks nice, handsome even – I even saw a coffee table book of photographs of our campus for sale in a bookstore once. That said, patches of grass on campus are now a vanishing species. Don’t forget about the fantastic view and ambience of the Bomber patio as well. So boo hoo, you can’t play frisbee next to 40Crk_10.3125x7.5_Imprint_fin:Imprint the biology building anymore — but aesthetics

aside, I am a man of functionality. I heard from a press release that we need these buildings so that students have a place to learn. Fair enough. However, the industrial revolution has chosen an inopportune time to strike. Tall metal fences, presumably in place to prevent mishaps – specifically those around the Quantum Nanotechnology Centre (QNC) being constructed beside the SLC – have resulted in a logistical nightmare involving a massive bottleneck of people being re-routed through the math building with no other way around, resulting in at least one unconfirmed case of trampling. You would expect them to have left at least a small walkway on the outside. The point is, I’m sure you’ve never had to use “traffic” as an excuse for lateness, and if you have to complete a cross-campus walk in 10 minutes, it’s easier than you think to get lost in the kerfufle. So yes, people — including the 5,500 new first-years — need classrooms in which to study and learn and whatever else they are here for. While the new accounting building beside Hagey Hall should be completed soon (behind schedule, surprise!), you can expect the QNC and SLC green to be similarly occupied until at least 2011 — and if the accounting, pharmacy, and optometry projects are any indication, probably beyond that. I’m sure the new buildings will look great when they’re completed. But for now they are nothing but an inconvenience and an eyesore. Thankfully, at least you were left an element of choice – Mexico City traffic or the 1930s dust bowl. Personally, I’ll stick with leaving early and taking the long way around. - 10.3125 x 7.5 b&w

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Knitting Buddha


he decriminalisation of marijuana is quite easily one of the greatest controversies of our decade. Ever since Ross Rebagliati came so close to losing his gold medal from some misplaced molecules of marijuana in his body, there has been constant clamour, by civil libertarians, individuals and partisan politicians, against the stiff charges that people caught with trivial quantities of marijuana face today. They all have their own takes on the issue, politically motivated as their opinions might be. The truth is, marijuana has never been given a fair treatment by the law. Possession of small amounts of marijuana has received the same punishment by law as possession of hard drugs, while in actual fact these small amounts are only slightly more harmful or intoxicating than a few

Enforcement of the strict laws that exist against possession of even small amounts of marijuana is a huge waste of manpower and resources. It’s like having police stalk every smoker and present them with a criminal record. Having to organise regular raids to catch people who possess less than 15 grams of marijuana is a waste of our taxes. Particularly annoying is the fact that these criminal records from possession of almost harmless quantities of the substance go on to ruin the person’s life. Finding a good job and college becomes extremely difficult, running for public office is an impossibility, and all a result of an irrational stigma. Here we see an obvious case of a punishment unrelated to the crime committed. As in the words of William Buckley Jr., “Even if

Here we see an obvious case of a punishment unrelated to the crime committed. bars of chocolate. First and foremost, on the basis of constitutionality and equality, the decriminalisation of marijuana is a step in the right direction. The laws that make possession of small amounts of marijuana illegal are in themselves unconstitutional, as they place restrictions on people’s fundamental freedom to smoke marijuana under Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Furthermore, this restriction is not covered under Section 1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms under the clause “reasonable limits.” The reason being medical research has proven small amounts of marijuana to be 20 times less dangerous to a person’s health than equivalent amounts of tobacco. Therefore, if tobacco is not a “reasonable limit” under the constitution, is there any reason why marijuana should be classified as such? If tobacco is more dangerous than marijuana, why are marijuana users given a criminal record while chain smokers just pay higher taxes? The laws making marijuana illegal and tobacco legal are clearly discriminatory, particularly in their use of the term “reasonable limits.”

one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.” I support the decriminalisation of marijuana because it has proven effective in other places. In Australia and in the United States where this idea has been experimented with, it helped to reduce the number of criminal convictions, though a few were given for failure to pay fines and for avoiding criminal prosecution. However, it has been successful on the whole. It has also been cost-effective, reducing enforcement costs without leading to increased marijuana use. These facts prove decriminalisation of marijuana can work here in Canada. In conclusion, in a society where a substance’s legitimacy is measured in part by the bodily harm it does to the individual, marijuana is definitely not above the reasonable limit. After all, marijuana is just somewhere between chocolates and tobacco... E. Aboyeji


ne of the most pomo trends I have heard of in my years is meditation. Celebrities do it. Politcians do it. It’s like exercise and praying all in one, seemingly. A two for one deal in our ever quickly moving world. The funny thing is, meditation is basically the exact opposite of everything our society has become. North Americans — yes, us Canucks too — are fast paced (which may be hard to believe for those of us who grew up in the counties). We get up, we get our coffee, and we’re out the door. When I was in high school, my father was already at work by the time I was at school and he had over an hour’s commute. My mother balanced her job, us (possibly the hardest bit), her volunteer work, and her various illnesses. I’m not crying for sympathy when I say that life is

doing it wrong. I will openly admit I am far far too ADD to sit down and just meditate. Even focusing on my breathing will remind me of something else and brings me far and all over the place. Oddly enough, there is an activity that turns me completely devoid of thought and is actually a good antidote for us who have been taught to juggle four things at once. Knitting. I know, this sounds like a promo for “Stitch n’ Bitch,” but it’s the honest truth. Fellow knitters will nod their heads, you understand. Once you get going, you actually can stop thinking. You just focus on making little knots, knowing your efforts will one day bring you something beautiful to share with humanity (or alternatively saddle your friends with incredibly tacky sweaters they

The weird thing is, meditation is about stopping completely. You sit and you stare at the wall and try not to think. pretty frantic. As Prof. David Seljak will happily tell you, life is suffering. We all have — forgive the phrase my loving — nontheists, our cross to bear. Meditation is presented as the be all end all, the ultimate way to be rejuvenated and keep up with our Nascar speed society, racing for our own titles and riches for personal gain. The weird thing is, meditation is about stopping completely. You sit and you stare at the wall and try not to think. I know reading this probably isn’t taking up too much of your brain activity, but you probably have a hundred things going on at once. I know my thought process involves my schedule, my own dramas, my homework and is usually soundtracked by Neil Young or the Clash. But when I meditate, I have to learn to sit and be quiet and not think. Yes, it’s very difficult. If you meditate for the first time and feel refreshed, you’re

may never wear, but will provide good insulation in the winter). This actually is meditation. Making small breaths, knowing that one day your frustration that you can’t purl will pass, and with practice you will be able to become a master. You’re going to start off crappy, but once you get going, you honestly just focus and stop thinking. My roommate and I both have anxiety disorders, but we both knit when we’re frustrated to slow down our racing minds. Knitting is not like meditation. knitting is meditation. So for all my fellow Buddha huggers, I present this alternative to sitting and staring in the corner, pick up knitting. It will also save you money at Christmas, which I think Jesus would have approved of as well. So I say to you pomos getting enlightened, pick up some needles.


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Rules for rent

Don’t get taken advantage of by your landlord; know your rights, know what actions to take Caitlin McIntyre assistant features edition


he first peek into the student housing market is always overwhelming. Buildings of different shapes and sizes seem to spring up like weeds, cluttering the university scene with an abundance of choices. Although housing opportunities are plentiful, such a large selection tends to leave most individuals a little dazed and confused. Of course, everyone has their list of must-haves and have-nots that help in picking through the fog. How close am I to the university? How big is my room? Will I have a roommate? Is there a place to park my car? Soon enough, your long list of potential properties narrows down to one, and then you’re ready to sign up and move in… right? Wrong. After a student shows interest in a particular unit, they will be provided with a lease — but what, exactly, is a lease? As defined, a lease is a legally binding contract outlining the rules and conditions agreed upon by both landlord and tenant with regard to the rental of a house or unit. It is crucial that students read and comprehend all aspects of this contract, and that they receive clarification on all “foggy” issues before signing. Most conflict between tenant and landlord derives from misreading or misunderstanding the “fine print” conditions of a housing contract. Anything that is not either verbally agreed upon or included within the lease is not the responsibility of the landlord to supply. Some leases even appear all-inclusive, but can be deceptive in their wording. A student should know what utilities and other services they will be provided with, and what financial responsibilities fall to them long before their contract is signed. Although verbal agreements between landlord and tenant are valid in terms of a lease, they are often very difficult to argue should conflicts arise. In short, the best way to get what you’re promised is by getting it down in writing. For the most part, students are aware of the “ins” and “outs” of leases before they’ve settled on their desired unit; they cross their T’s, dot their I’s, and read carefully between the lines. But what happens if the landlord — all agreements made and papers signed — decides not to honour their contract? What happens when you, as a student, are denied the rights entitled to you in your lease? One of Imprint’s very own, photographer Yosef Yip, found himself in this exact situation earlier this year when he stumbled upon a seemingly appealing student housing complex. The buildings had been under construction for the duration of the year before, but the units were promised to be completed before the coming fall term. Concidering that the building was still under construction, each tenant was provided with a blue print depicting the size, shape and surface area of their future room. Yip and his roommates, carefully following the rules of off-campus housing, gave the lease a once, twice, and thrice over, before signing and packing up. However, come move-in day Yip was shocked to find that his room was not only differn’t from the floor plan, but was, in fact, quite a deal smaller than promised. Approximately a fift of his designated space had been walled off to surround a sort of water storage container outside. The tank cut awkwardly into the already snug corner unit, leaving Yip with a mountain of concerns: Where would he put his desk? His furniture? His bed? The missing space made manoeuvrability difficult, and left him with few options for his new living space. After taking in the state of his unit, Yip and his parents decided that the walled off portion of his room was in violation of the agreement he and his landlord has signed, and he decided to file a complaint.

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How would it have been fair if he’d had to pay the monthly $480, utilities not included, when he was being denied an unreasonable portion of his room? Finally he managed to get a hold of the big guy up top to express his concerns. The response? “If you’re not happy with where you’re staying, you can move out because I have a lot of students that are lined up to take your room immediately.” Rude, evasive, and completely unreasonable, his landlord had not only answered Yip’s concerns with an underlying threat, but he had refused to acknowledge the wrong he had committed in denying him the full rights to his room. This is a direct violation of a legal contract, but with the threat of eviction hanging over your head, what’s a student to do? What are your rights? Where can you possibly go for help? It was for these exact situations that the Residential Tenancies Act was created. By setting down a set of uniformly valid regulations and rules, this act not only regulates the legal obligations of tenant and the landlord, but also ensures that the relationship between the two remains fair and un-abused. But what if

your particular lease contradicts the rights laid out for you in this governmentally regulated act? Well, that’s not a problem, because in its application the Residential Tenancies Act overrides any other act, waiver, agreement, or contract that may rise against it. It is the trump card of tenant rights. With this act also comes the Landlord and Tenant Board, a group of individuals who are legally obligated to hear and pass judgement on any issues within their jurisdiction, including those of disputes regarding the violation of leases. The board can also inform both landlords and tenants of their rights once bound under a legal contract. Unfortunately, violations of a lease must almost always be addressed from a legal standpoint, something that most students may find both frightening and undesirable. Yes, as tenants they do have certain rights, but why bother? Wouldn’t it be easier just to live with the discomfort of a bad landlord, or just to move, rather than attempt to force their way through the legal system on their own? More often than not, students choose to just accept what they are given with regard to their landlords. In doing so, however, they end

up robbed of some of the essential rights set up by our government to protect its people. It’s a battle that should be fought, but not alone. UW Off-Campus Housing offers the legal consultation that students need to push back against that frightening figure of the landlord, and the Residential Tenancies Act serves as the stepping stone to outline the rights of the tenant. It may not be simple, but there are ways to prevent someone from taking advantage of you when renting housing. All you need is courage, and a little bit of help from the right people. To find out more information on the legal counsel offered by the University of Waterloo, visit the Off-Campus Housing Website at To learn more about the legal rights and conditions of becoming a tenant, You can also consult the ombudperson free of charge at SLC room 3104 during drop by hours, Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. — 3:30, or call (519) 888-4567 x32402 to schedule an appointment:



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Waterloo campus, at your service

Amna Iqbal reporter


W offers a wide array of ser vices geared toward enhancing and promoting student life on campus. Covering aspects of student interaction, safety, academic and technical supports. This is a sweeping guide for first years and transfer students about the plethora of services available to make your UW transition a tad bit easier. Interactive, informed and in touch:

To stay up to date with student life news and events, subscribe to the monthly online Student Life Ezines at http://www.firstyearstudents. For international students, the first place to start would be the International Student Office. They serve as a connecting point for students from all across the globe. Services include the Shadow Program and the English Tutor Program. The Shadow Program works by pairing a new international student with an experienced UW student. The aim is to provide support and guidance while helping new students to adjust to a new university and country. The Office for Persons with Dis-

abilities (OPD), located in Needles Hall room 1132, promotes access to sources that ensure equitable opportunities for persons with disabilities. Support is available in the form of information, academic accommodation and support services both on campus and in the surrounding community. Academic Support:



There are abundant resources for knowledge seekers. Services provided include the Writing Centre, Tutoring in Residence, Career Services and Computing aid. The Writing Centre offers individual attention to undergraduate students who want to polish their writing skills. It is located in PAS 2081. Proofreading and editing services are not provided.

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Tutoring in Residence is a collaborative program run by the Department of Housing and Residences

and various faculties. Offerings include math, engineering, science, accounting and financial management. Each tutoring centre is staffed by upper year undergrad or grad tutors. They offer regular tutoring hours as well as midterm and final exam prep. This resource is also available to off-campus students as well. Fall sessions run from September 15 - December 1. Career Services offers a reserve of information in terms of helping one achieve his or her goals. The website has information on the Volunteer/ Internship Fair, Part-Time Job Fair, workshops and events.


Food Bank: If your wallet feels light, and so does your stomach, visit the Food Bank. Located in SLC room 2108, it is free and confidential. Counselling Services: Here to help students to do their best during their time at UW, they aid the process by offering Study Skills, Career Counselling and Personal Goals support. They provide free confidential counselling to registered students on personal peeves, professional choices and exam preparation.

Weekend getaway? The Federation of Students offers the Fedbus service to and from Toronto, Hamilton and London.

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U-PASS gives all full time undergraduate student unlimited access to GRT buses in the Kitchener Waterloo Region and Cambridge. Weekend getaway? The Federation of Students offers the Fedbus

The Computing Help and Information Place (CHIP) will serve to address your computing needs. They deal with issues related to software distribution, hardware repair, PC troubleshooting and Nexus Printing Accounts, and are located in MC 1052.

service to and from Toronto, Hamilton and London. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Federation Xpress in the Student Life Centre or online at This service is available only to UW undergraduates

and a Watcard is needed for purchase and when boarding the bus. On campus for the weekend? No problem. Look for Warrior Weekends events held in the Student Life Centre on select weekends. The aim is to provide students with a diverse assortment of activities on Friday and Saturday once a month. These events are free to all students with a Watcard. Keeping safe:

The University of Waterloo Police Service is an important part of UW and aims to provide a secure environment for the campus com-

munity. Its many services include the Safety Van, Student Walk Safe, Library Patrol and other awareness resources. The Safety Van is a service available to students, faculty and staff and runs from the first day of registration to the last day of exams. Women have first priority for rides. Cards for a ride, and run schedules are available at the Student Life Centre Turnkey Desk. Student Security also provides safe transport at night, with an on-going shuttle service. Hours of operation are from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and cover your location to a destination on campus. They can be reached at 888-4949 or ext. 84949 Library Patrol includes students in prominent security vests who keep all floors safe for studying. They patrol the Dana Porter Library during its last five hours of operation. Issues blues?

The Ombudsperson provides an impartial, independent, and objective service to all members of the university community. They investigate, mediate and advise individuals on issues such as academic problems and appeals, housing concerns, legal questions and ethical behaviour. So remember to interact, excel and stay well through it all!


Imprint, Friday, September 19, 2008


Red cap give me a stubby


hame on those of you who have not graced Ethel’s Lounge on a Tuesday night; who in their right mind would pass up four tacos for $2? Actually, I might — they really aren’t that good. But damn that’s a deal. The only catch is that you have to order an alcoholic beverage along with it. That’s where my old friend Red Cap comes in. Let’s flash back to Mackenzie in those magical first-year days. On a cold November afternoon, I returned $40 worth of Red Cap empties to the beer store in one trip. That’s about 65 cases of beer. Keep in mind that this was shared with roommates and floor friends. Nonetheless, you can appreciate how much we loved the stuff. It was cheap, relatively good, and those stubby bottles remind you of drinking 1940s cough medicine.

So Red Cap it was to chase down those meagre tacos which, after a year of enjoyment, have really lost their appeal. Apparently, so has Red Cap; its taste definitely isn’t something to write home to your mom about. It has a malty aftertaste that is incredibly light, with very little carbonation. The lack of bitterness will remind you of a Bud Light, which scores huge “yikes” points in my book. Not that I am comparing it to Bud Light in any way — I’m not. Bud Light tastes like shit. I just desire a bit of bitter in my ales, and I think Red Cap will leave you yearning. The taste may not be up to par with your sophisticated beer palate, savvy beer snobs, but you have to give Red Cap huge credit for designing what could be the world’s perfect beer bottle. To start with, it’s brown glass, meaning

sunlight won’t penetrate the bottle and skunk up your beverage like it would with clear glass. Second, the stubby size — brilliant. Who says beer bottles should look like Kate Moss? I like my beer with some girth. Finally – it has a red cap. That’s what I call marketing genius. Every time I crack open a new bottle I chuckle to myself, “Tee-hee, yeah. You are a ‘Red Cap,’ aren’t you. ” You can’t give Red Cap too many originality points for the unique bottle, however. The stubbiness is actually paying homage to Canada’s beer history; prior to 1982, almost all Canadian beers were bottled in those unique little fatties. Once the ‘80s rolled around, the American style pervaded and our stubbies were lost in the bowels of beer history forever. Then in 2002, Waterloo’s very own Brick Brewery revived the stubby

and filled it with Red Cap Ale, a beer that was originally brewed by Carling in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Look, you’re getting what you pay for, so listen up, Pabst drinkers. It’s a decent beer if you are looking for something cheap, and the fact that you can walk to the brewery from uptown should score huge points for environmentalists. You just need to think of this beer like you would think of a Laurier arts major — hot and cheap but no substance. Price for 12: $16.95 Taste: Value: Stub-iness: Overall:

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Through foreign eyes

From Lebanon, with love Sarah Sleiman reporter


’ve been moving around the globe for the past 17 years of my life, and I have to admit it has been an interesting experience. I lived in Lebanon, a country in the Middle East, for two consecutive years. Many of you may only know this country fom news reports — and honestly, I don’t blame you — even I sometimes find it difficult to locate this tiny country on the map. On the other hand, others who have heard of the country probably know it as a war zone, for this land of a mere 10,000 km2 doesn’t fail to make the news most nights. A war of 35 days struck Lebanon during the summer of 2006. The country is still recovering, and the area is admittedly not politically stable. The media has made sure the world acknowledges the area’s instability. But what about the little details the cameras have missed? Those beautiful details of the place and culture that only lie in the glistening eyes of people walking down the streets? So much has been left unsaid. Today, with the war past and peace established, the roads are back to their original state, not perfect, but Lebanese. Down in Beirut, the capital city, there’s no longer any sign of bombardment on the buildings or the streets. The narrow roads are jammed as usual, and to get anywhere the best and cheapest way is by transport services, which are popular shabby Mercedes cars that take a number of people along any main road. If you are standing on a street they usually stop and honk. Shout your destination, and if the driver nods, then get in. Even though you’ll be stuck in traf-

fic for a while, you never get bored. If one of the passengers isn’t deep in conversation with you, then the driver probably is, and if for some incredible reason he isn’t, then the roads’ beauty will keep you company. The driver won’t drop you off at your exact destination, so you’ll have to walk. Look around you and enjoy the beautiful, old architecture, listen to people chatter and salesmen yell out their prices. Lower your vision and watch the people for a while — so strong and brave to hold such beautiful smiles on their faces. Forget the area’s political instability for a moment and walk down “Hamra street,” — a very famous shopping district — and it’ll give you a day’s worth of entertainment. Only a few miles away, politicians will be arguing. To witness one of the many miracles God has created on these lands, visit the “Rouche” corniche during sunset and enjoy the sunkissed water as people jog around you. Later, head downtown (preferably at night), and enjoy a Lebanese dinner at any of the variety of restaurants offered. Start with the “meza,” or appetizers, and try the delicious hummus, fattoush, fatteh, lebneh and that wonderful tabbouleh. Then, choose from a great variety of such heavenly delights. Beirut is not the only place in Lebanon that is worth visiting. On the contrary, Beirut is merely half the story. Drive north towards Byblos if you are into ancient architecture; towards the cedars if you are more into sports and would like to ski; or maybe Harissa to get an overhead view from the well-known teleferique. If not north, then drive south to Tyr where some of the true beauty of Lebanon lies. There the road is nestled between

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Imprint, Friday, September 19, 2008

Theatre, thriving

Mark Kimmich arts editor


am strangely calm as I enter the Theatre of the Arts on a temperate Saturday morning. It’s about 9:30 a.m. and in about half an hour, I’ll be thrust into a situation in which I am a true novice. Theatrical production is not one of my areas of expertise, so I’m about to get something of a crash course in the field. Something about the atmosphere is comforting though; the theatre itself is tucked away in the bottom of the Modern Languages building and is unpretentious. While I am keenly aware that I stick out like a sore thumb in this place, the students milling around are clearly actors, and they are doing a fantastic job of acting like they don’t notice me, which is something of a relief. So, I make myself at home and look around. After a few minutes of looking lost, someone whom I later identified as Prof. Bill Chesney, associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and production designer of the theatrical production I’m here to cover, leads me to the office of firector Jennifer Roberts-Smith, who shakes my hand warmly, introduces herself, and tells me to “go take a seat in the house.” While RobertsSmith is petite and welcoming, she clearly has an air of authority, and my student-sense does not desert me, so I do as I’m told. Roberts-Smith herself is a theatre veteran, with varied experience in the field (including acting, direction and production), though her degrees all come in the field of literature. The trial by fire mentality with which she intends to conduct Julius Caesar is one with which she is familiar, since while she began as a young theatre producer on the east coast, she endured a long audition process and was cast by legendary director Michael Langham as Miranda in the 1995 Atlantic Theatre Festival’s production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. “I didn’t even meet Langham throughout the process, he was obviously off in England doing other things,” said Roberts-Smith when I got a chance to sit down with her, “so the first time I met him was on the first day of rehearsals for The Tempest. Roberts-Smith’s acting chops come through in the interview as she smoothly uses an accent and lowered tone to caricature Langham. “I started reading my first scene and about two words in Langham says ‘no,’ and this happens over and over again, so that was my

Rehearsal for UW production of Julius Caesar sets stage for things to come first day of acting. I basically learned how to act over the next month in rehearsal.” So trial by fire is right up Roberts-Smith’s alley, and it is my impression that she intends that the actors in her production enjoy a similar — though probably more instructed — education. Even though it is almost exactly two months before opening night of UW’s interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in mid-November, the lighting scheme in the Theatre of the Arts is set to what I imagine must be its only setting during those times when there is no performance taking place, a setting that is somewhere in between “off ” and “I’m-trying-to-romancemy-woman.” So I try to keep my eyes open as the tables and chairs that have been set up on-stage fill. Eventually, about 25 actors (almost all of whom are UW students), the stage manager Heather Muir (who is a senior drama student), Muir’s assistants, and four faculty and staff including Roberts-Smith, Chesney, lighting director and faculty member Scott Spidell, and costume designer Jocelyne Sobeski fill the chairs set up on stage. At about 10:05 a.m. (all the drama students I know are typically at least a couple of minutes late for any appointment), the first meeting concerning this year’s production begins. RobertsSmith leaps headfirst into an eloquent pseudo-lecture concerning how she intends to interpret Julius Caesar for the purposes of a performance taking place in 2008 at the University of Waterloo. The lecture is clearly based on substantial knowledge of the play and potential interpretive means, and so I quickly find that what I’m hearing is of educational value, and I find that most surprisingly of all, I’m actually enjoying my time here. Clearly, theatre is about far more than the performance since Roberts-Smith is discussing touches on both literary and visual fields. The concept for the play centers on an important dichotomy, that of “individuals and the state” or “parts and wholes” as Roberts-Smith puts it. The way that she intends to use the story, in a figurative sense, and the stage, in the literal sense, in order to display this theme is where she really shines. The basic premise is that the acts of the play will take place in different time periods beginning in an unidealized classical Rome, then to the modern (represented by the 1930s), and finally to the contemporary. A guideline to understanding the look of the play in all of its temporally layered glory lies in the literary genre of Steampunk. Steampunk is a science fiction genre that places advanced steam technology in the Victorian era creating the particularly strange

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The actors, production crew, and director of Julius Caesar meet at the Theatre of the Arts for their first rehearsal. effect of Victorian stylistics and aesthetics with modern technology. For the purposes of the play, Steampunk becomes important aesthetically in that it is the melding of aesthetics from different time periods that will influence the look of the play. However, Roberts-Smith plans to also use Art Deco and classical influences when staging the play and styling the actors. From here, Chesney describes the set (suffice to say, the set will create alienating spaces that will heighten the separation between parts and wholes), Spidell describes the concept for the lighting, and Sobeski describes the costume design, both clearly discussed beforehand with Roberts-Smith, and both ideas fit with the interpretation of the play. At this point, I feel like I have learned something about the play as literature, as well as the thought that goes into theatrical interpretation, so I’m feeling rather tuckered out — luckily, it is lunch break for the actors, and it is nearing home-time for me. I am struck by the fact that the actors will have to be here until six this evening, but I push that terrifying thought out of my mind, and introduce myself to the faculty and start talking a little bit about the educational process of the play. During Spidell’s explanation of the lighting concept, there was some discussion about the fact that some of the students are involved in two drama classes that revolve around the production of Julius Caesar. One course is given credit for acting in the play, and the other is given credit for assisting in the plays production. Few students will be enrolled in both classes, and those that do will need to “get ready for a sledgehammer” according to Spidell. “These kids will put in about 150 hours above and beyond class time for the acting class, and about 100 hours above and beyond class time for the production class, so in order to be in both, they really need to take ownership of the project.” See Caesar, page 24

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Theatre Watch: Drama in and Around Waterloo Marco Baldasaro assistant arts editor


all tends to be a busy season for theatre goers, and this 2008 season appears to be no exception. Boasting both excellent theatres and an diverse selection of dramatic productions in relativley close proximity, Waterloo patrons of the theatric arts should have no trouble this term finding something to suit their taste — whatever that happens to be.

Comedy for the Community: Improv Performances Monday, September 29, 7:00 p.m. Kitchener Public Library 85 Queen St. N, Kitchener

Community theatre at its funniest. No registration required. For more info, please call: 519743-0271 ext. 255, or visit: www.

The Last 15 Seconds

Thursday, October 9 — Saturday, October 11, 8:00 p.m. Registry Theatre 122 Frederick St., Kitchener The Last 15 Seconds of the lives of Mustapha Akkad and his killer. Mustapha spent his life promoting Islam in the West and was killed by a Muslim extremist. A collective creation-in-progress. Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar. For more info, please visit: www. Tickets available at the Centre In The Square box office.

12 Angry Men

Thursday, October 23 — Saturday, October 25, Thursday, October 30 – Saturday, November 1 Kitchener–Waterloo Little Theatre 9 Princess Street East, Waterloo

One For The Pot

Wednesday, October 8 — Sunday, November 2, 7:00 p.m. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse 40 Benjamin Road, Waterloo One For The Pot revolves around a young man, Billy Hickory Wood, who must prove to a rich mill owner that he is the only surviving child of a late business partner in order to claim a £10,000 inheritance. A seemingly endless string of mistaken identities, unrequited romances, and hilarious confusion causes this bubbly farce to boil over in a bevy of laughs. Don’t miss it!

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. Tempers get short, arguments heat up, and the jurors become 12 angry men. Tickets available online through The Centre in the Square.

God’s Middle Name

Thursday, November 13, 7:30 p.m. The Centre in the Square 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener Part of The Centre’s Great Canadian Play Series, God’s Middle Name is a compelling tale of one mother’s journey through the uncharted territory of raising an autistic child. Tickets are

available at the Centre in the Square box office.


Thursday, November 20 — Saturday, November 22, 7:00 p.m. The Centre in the Square 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener K-W Musical Productions presents a production of Annie at The Centre in the Square as their 60th Anniversary Fall Show.


Mamma Mia!

Tuesday, November 25 – Sunday, November 30, 7:30 p.m. The Centre In The Square 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the Greek island paradise they last visited 20 years ago. Tickets available at the Centre in the Square box office.

Captain Hook’s Revenge

Friday, December 5 and 12, 8:00 p.m. & Saturday, December 6 and 13, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Kitchener–Waterloo Little Theatre 9 Princess Street East, Waterloo In this new take on the classic tale of Peter Pan, Captain Hook plots his revenge against the young boy with the help of his crew of enthusiastic but inept pirates. With the help of the Lost Girls and other Neverland locals, Peter has to find a new wife for the chief of the Neverland tribe, a mother for the Lost Girls, and save his new English friends from Captain Hook’s fury. Au d i e n c e p a r t i c i p a t i o n i s strongly encouraged–lest ye walk the plank! Tickets available online through Centre in the Square.

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caesar: Production an educational experience

Pulp Fashion


’m no elitist; no Arts Snob as it were. Not entirely, at any rate. I’m merely thoughtful, discriminatory, critical and demanding. We’ve our biases, sure, but with a total of eight years of Honours degrees under the belt, supplemented nicely with European and South American excursions, who wouldn’t? Is this not enough cred? I’m probably an elitist. Still, hear me out: this week we’re drawing a line in the sand. The other day, I was sitting eating my cereal, and I began reading the junk mail that is continually making its way to my kitchen table. In that pile lay a rather bold flyer for “The Bay” that read “The Art of Fashion.” Some of you may be reading this and thinking to yourself, “what’s so bold about that?” or “big deal.” But lovers of the arts

should take note. While I’m taking the risk of sounding like a moralistic jerk on this one, artisans and aestheticians should be aware that their territory is being taken over by the elite of the business world for the sole, and wholly evil, purpose of making money. Now you’re probably thinking “the nerve.” and you are right to be thinking that. Clearly the line between consumerism and the arts has always been a blurred one. After all, painters sell their paintings, musicians sell their music, and I’ve a few chums who will draw anything on anyone’s face for a nickel, but I didn’t think that the Mona Lisa was painted by Da Vinci Corp. While I would love to argue that hierarchically, fashion simply rates lower than the well entrenched, canonical arts of literature, music, and

the visual arts, it is probable that this reaction only betrays, among other things, a bias for the ear over the eye. Still, though I may grudgingly be prepared to acknowledge that in fact, literature deserves to be championed inherently no more than the outfits of the catwalk, lets call a spade a spade: The Bay and its wares are to fashion as Dan Brown is to the art of literature. If fashion is going to be considered as art (and it certainly should), we must be clear in our definition: Couture is the art form; what is commonly understood as ‘fashion’ is merely pulp. Where couture is the creation of unique pieces of clothing where artistic choices are made in the process of creation, and that final creation is evaluated by a critical community, art reigns. In the belly of the corporate beast however, what was once unique has been run through think tanks and manufactured in sweat-shops almost strictly to increase its mainstream appeal and reduce its overhead cost. Of course, those filthy creations retain some shadow of the former glory of their artistic predecessors, but they are not unique creations, they are wares peddled with money in mind. Ladies, you look great. There’s no doubt about it. But if what you consider art is mixing and matching your outfit from what really is a relatively narrow selection of predetermined components, dictated arbitrarily, and kept in constant flux on the whim of the powers that be, then I can’t help you. It’s not art, its consumer culture. And you just bought in.

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Continued from page 22

This is clearly an enormous endeavour, but the possibilities for learning are equally enormous. Taking both classes has produced some wonderful successes in the past including Heather Muir, the stage manager for “Julius Caesar.” As a graduate of both classes, Muir is more than adequately prepared to take on the extremely important role of stage manager in the current production according to all of the faculty involved. Students will in fact be involved in all aspects of the play, from costume design and creation, to stage management, to acting. While this is an amateur production, the workload, it seems, is not. So I’m now leaving the theatre somewhat changed. I won’t overemphasize the change, but I know a little

bit more about theatre, and I’m a little bit humbler about my own workload this semester. I’m also excited to see the final product in November. Having seen the first breath of an artistic endeavour, seeing it in its full glory with costumed actors, acting on a completed set, with all of the kinks ironed out of the interpretation will be this first experience coming full circle. Mostly though, I’m excited to reconnect with the actors in November and find out the impact the process has had on them and their educational experience. The performance opens with a Dean’s Night performance on November 12 and continues Nov 13-15 and Nov 20-22 at the Theatre of the Arts in Waterloo’s Modern Languages building beginning at 8.00 p.m.

Way of the movies


any people simply go to a movie and enjoy what is being presented to them on the most basic level: they focus on the plot and watch the actors. It is the strength of those characters and the story that dictates their opinion of the movie. Many others, however, require a lot more from movies to be wowed. I for one focus on the costume design and the set design and the script itself; the way the cinematographer has chosen to light a scene and the way the director has placed his actors. By focusing on these aspects, films become more interesting and more of an art form than the simple telling of a story by actors. Of course, actors do play a major role in any film as they are obviously what we see immediately when watching any movie. They bring the characters that the script-writers have created to life. They are the people who give these characters voice and distinct personalities. Lots of times an actor makes or breaks a movie: for example, had the character of Annie Hall been played by anyone other than Diane Keaton, I highly doubt that Woody Allen would have been able to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The public perception is that Diane Keaton is Annie Hall, now to my knowledge neither Woody Allen nor Diane Keaton have said that this is true, but the fact that most people believe it to be true, shows the strength of Keaton’s performance.




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However, it’s still the little things that make a movie perfect. Actors can only go so far in creating the character; they don’t decide what they get to say or who the character will be: they are given lines and the history and oftentimes the future of the character. They can only go as far as the director and the writer let them, and usually have rather limited creative freedom. This isn’t to say that actors have no input on their characters or that they solely show up on set and say their lines — they do get some freedom — but they are still bound to the script and the story. They can’t decide that their character is going to live if it is written that they will die and they can’t decide that their character is the leading lady if the character has been written as the mousy, goofy best friend. The actor is also not entirely in control of how their character looks, although many try to be in control and only some succeed — like Johnny Depp in Pirates (do you really think Disney wanted him to dress like Keith Richards?). Of these little details the role of costume design and make-up are often overlooked. However, the costume designer and makeup artist are huge when a movie is in production: they set the tone and often times reflect the story simply by dressing certain characters in certain colours and certain styles. Unfortunately, over the past few years mainstream blockbuster movies have become more of a spectacle and producers have arguably stopped looking at the artistic merit of a script –looking instead at the dollar amount that they will bring in. Think of super hero movies, pretty much ever comic book character has been optioned into a movie since the release of Spiderman and X-men because producers and production house heads see a moneymaking industry in the genre. Luckily, quality films that pay attention to detail are still produced, just as the films of the golden age of cinema were. What am I referring to when I talk about that “golden age” as a standard for contemporary cinema? Check out Singing in the Rain and Sunset Blvd for a better idea. Each of these films go back to the early years of cinema, With Singing in the Rain following a group of actors and a studio facing the invention of talking pictures, and Sunset Blvd. is a depiction of a worn out Hollywood starlet after her career has ended. Both are great films and will introduce you to two classics. I realize that there are still films being produced that are great, but looking at the classics often shows us where today’s cinema should be.

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Book Review The Good Neighbors: Kin – Book One Holly Black (Author) Ted Naifeh (Illustrator) Graphix


rom the publishers of Jeff Smith’s Bone comes a new series from one of the authors of the Spiderwick Chronicles. The series Kin debuts this fall with The Good Neighbors. This is a fantastic graphic novel; the story is strong and compelling, the characters are enticing and draw the readers in, and the artwork is excellent. This is the beginning of the story of Rue Silver. Rue thought she was

a typical student; she had good friends, hung out, went to class and broke into abandoned buildings to climb and explore in them. But now her mother has disappeared, and her father has been arrested as the prime suspect of killing her and one of his grad students. However, the story is not as direct as that. Unbeknownst to Rue, she is a faerie, just as her mother is. Rue embarks on a quest, a quest to save her father, a quest to find her mother and after discovering her fey roots a quest to understand herself and her role in the world. A battle is brewing between the faerie world and our world, and a dark faerie has planed to make mortals live in fear of the good neighbors once again. This book reads like a cross between Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and Stardust, but with a much

darker edge than Stardust. Drawn completely in greyscale, it has an otherworldly feel that is strangely familiar. Black’s story draws you in and compels you to read on and Naifeh’s images powerfully compliment the words. The only drawback of The Good Neighbors is that the book leaves you hanging; desperate to find out what happens next. Despite this, I cannot find a release date for Book


Two anywhere. As a consequence, once you are hooked you might have to wait a while for the next installment. Still, in spite of the potential delay, The Good Neighbors: Kin - Book One is more than worth the effort. — Steven R. McEvoy





Chastity chords


ver the last few weeks of August I found myself enjoying a life of leisure, or as my father would say, “being unemployed.” So in lieu of my current situation, I spent the few remaining days of my youth watching the fourth season of Weeds and old re-runs of Saved By the Bell. During a Jonas Brothers promotional commercial break, I came to two very insightful observations. First, Kelly Kopowski has an ass like a peach, and two, any musician who has publicly made proclamations of chastity has had their career plummet harder than the U.S. economy during Bush’s reign of atrocious government. Marketing popular music has consistently remained a very bizarre and peculiar enigma with regard to the selling and distributing of music amongst the global population. For the most part, record companies and advertising consultants have typically embraced the ideology of using sex as a means of pushing high volumes of units out of the record store and into the homes of teenagers — as well as both young and mature adults. Since the era of High School Musical, new and young musicians who have yet to swipe their v-cards (The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Jordin Sparks) have been the most successful in terms of financial gain, media exposure, and popularity amongst the masses. While I could discuss the palpable biases, gender barriers, and transformations of the music business to validify the use of sex in the music industry, being the titanic asshole that I am, I feel it is more pleasurable and beneficial for you readers to observe the artists who have openly announced their decision to live a life of purity, innocence, and celibacy only to have ended up in a downward spiral because of it, which, in the end, will, or dare I say has, hindered their career. To be fair, Miley Cyrus is only 15. However, in this day and age, 10-year-olds are bringing guns into elementary schools while teen pregnancies are still a commonality (did anyone catch that flick Juno? I heard it was swell). That said, we cannot deny the fact that many of these teen stars have an unprecedented amount of stress in which they can easily be derailed or swayed into making many bad life choices. In Miley’s

case, while she will never have to worry about her future livelihood, in a few years she will decline from the clouds of celibacy and stumble into a tornado of cocaine, morphine, and prozac. She — like Britney — will want to explore her sexuality and identity at the cost of her record sales, public image, dignity, and career. She will never be able to piece together her success when replaced by a derivative product — or artist — and will end up just like Britney: pregnant, ugly, and in need of labiaplasty (look it up). As mentioned, the music industry is heavily biased in favor of male artists. During the 2004 Superbowl, I, like you, can vividly recall the “wardrobe malfunction” in which J.T. clearly ripped Janet Jackson’s shirt, causing the whole “Nipplegate” incident. Timberdouche got away like O.J. while Janet became the unfortunate patsy and scapegoat. Similarly, if senior citizens like New Kids on the Block and O-Town can make comeback records and sell digital albums on iTunes, you know there’s overt favoritism. Thus, the Jonas Brothers will only fall as hard as society will let them.

To be fair, Miley Cyrus is only 15. However, in this day and age, 10-yearolds are bringing guns into elementary schools while teen pregnancies are still a commonality. Interestingly, while the Jonas brothers exhibit pride in their chastity and clearly have no problems embracing their life choice, it is mildly ironic that their wholesome image possesses heavy sexually charged undertones. Just look at the behavior and mannerisms of their fan base — one that is made up of preteens, teens, and fundamentalist Christians. Truthfully speaking, it would be naïve of us to think that, while these youngsters have decided

to abstain from sex, they aren’t getting any play. Clearly when you’re in the position that they are — having misguided delusional teenaged girls and boys throwing their obsessive yet undeserving love and bodies before them — it’s not hard to see them eventually give in to all the things that most people do in junior high. So on that note, I would assume that the Jonas brothers hold the Guinness World Record for the most handjobs and Blow J’s ever. A decade ago Britney dropped her first solo album, which sky rocketed her to instantaneous fame, while Jessica Simpson became a fixture in the public eye with her sophomore album — Britney in a Catholic schoolgirl uniform, and Jessica with a promise ring. Coincidently, both artists declared their desire for purity only to become social pariahs with the media and the general public. While Jessica apparently followed through with her commitment, Britney unfortunately gave in to sin. In contrast, Christina Aguilera and Beyonce Knowles have consistently remained favourable with steady record sales, positive press, and popularity amongst consumers. In light of this, artists (or rather female artists) who avoid publicizing their life style choice have been more successful in the music industry. Although most, if not all, artists mentioned in this article lack talent, substance, and musical depth, it is the blatant use of their aesthetic assets in combination with the aforementioned, which has ultimately led, or most likely will lead, to their downfall. While an artist’s individual decision regarding life style choice is their own business and decision, it is inevitably their own fault for not understanding or realizing the consequences of being a celebrity in a society that thrives upon lowbrow entertainment, freedom of speech, and observing the misery of others. Because the music industry is so cutthroat, it can and will swallow up an artist faster than a drunken Pamela Anderson working through a weekend bender on Diddy’s Yacht. However, in the case of career decisions, sometimes, some things are better left unsaid.





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Album Review

The Recession Young Jeezy Def Jam


think this is Jeezy’s effort to diversify a little — pretty surprising for a rapper who rose to prominence by droning “trap or die” ad infinitum. In The Recession, we see Jeezy moving into self-reflective mode; lyrics about the grind are subtly replaced by lyrics about why Jeezy is on the grind. It’s an interesting shift. Jeezy acknowledges his newfound self-consciousness best on “Word Play.” In his signature tell-it-like-it-is style, he raps “y’all want word play/But I’m ‘bout bird play,” and one of my favourite lines, “I’m way too intelligent to play up my intelligence.” He stays true to form, refraining from wrapping his messages in unnecessary metaphor. Despite this, he still manages to deliver his most sophisticated lyrics yet. He may not impress T.S. Eliot anytime soon, but he does seem to have impressed hip-hop laureate Nas, who shows up on the awesome album closer, a Barack Obama anthem titled “My President.”

Don’t get the wrong impression; the lyrics on The Recession are still money-cash-hoes, but they aren’t as simple as “Jeezy like to drink/Jeezy like to smoke/Jeezy like to mix Arm and Hammer with his coke” anymore. But Jeezy’s never really been a rapper per se — he describes himself as a “motivational speaker.” To this extent, his austere hooks (“Now I command you [...] to get money,” for example) are undeniably the best thing about his tunes. A killer hook on “Put On” has made the single into a pretty huge street anthem, but there isn’t a single hook on The Recession that even comes close to touching it. It seems that in getting more complex he loses the powerful repetition of his early hits, which was kind of the point all along. The production on The Recession is also a step back from the high points of his previous two albums. While it’s still pretty standard Jeezy production, much of which is done by his usual roster of Toomp, Drumma Boy, Shawty Redd, and company, it loses a bit of urgency, maybe because of the fact that he’s essentially recycled the same beats for three albums now. As with his previous albums, Jeezy makes the most out of just a few guest appearances. Kanye absolutely slays it with a vocoder on “Put On,” Lil Boosie sounds like he could be Jeezy’s manic wild-card sidekick on “Everything” (in a good way) and Nas is, well, Nas, on “My President.” Ultimately, the album boils down to a handful of good to very good songs, most of them featuring a guest, and a lot of phoned-in Jeezy fare with aspirations of lyrical grandeur. When all is said and done, this fact is pretty comforting. It’s nice to know that even in a recession we still have Young Jeezy. — Andrew Kai-Yin MacKenzie



his week, I wanted to mention some of my greatest inspirations. Like many artist, most of my content has been an amalgamation of other comic artists. In fact, one of these cartoonists that I’ll talk about is someone that I recently remembered last month. Sometimes, it’s great to live off of nostalgia. For now, let’s start with an inspiration that is more recent. I’ve mentioned once before that when it comes to comics, I’m more of an independent-scene fanatic. Craig Thompson, who is my greatest emotional inspiration, is the reason I’m into comics and graphic novels. I promise I won’t talk about him anymore, but please take the time to look at his bibliography. With a certain 592-page pseudo-auto-biography that I’ve mentioned being within that list, it makes me excited for his new novel coming out called Habibi. After Thompson, I started to venture into enjoying other comic artists like Hope Larson and David McGuire. I actually find indie comicists to be more of an inspiration to me than your typical Marvel and DC fare for one specific reason: a broader range of ideas. What makes a Marvel/DC comic is the concept of a superhero against a slew of super-villains. Of course, I don’t mean to degrade the quality of superhero comics, since people like Kevin Smith and Frank Miller have bent the rules to make gorgeous creations. But it’s an extremely rare occasion, if not at all, to see a basic slice-of-life comic from DC unless it was done through their independent Vertigo production. And to add another nice contrast, take a look at DEMO by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan,

which fuses the concept of life issues with supernatural powers. When it comes to animation, I’ve always been a big fan of Walt Disney and Chuck Jones. While they were the pioneers of animation, it was more exciting to contrast their work. Disney Studios had one approach to artwork and humour, and Warner Bros. had theirs, and it was beautiful. Of course, a lot of cartoon fans’ dreams came true once Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Zemeckis, Williams) came into the scene, merging almost every high-roller animation studio into their credit list. But there’s been a cartoonist that I didn’t even think about until recently, and that’s Don Bluth. Everyone from this generation knows who Don Bluth is; he’s the creator of many of my favourite animated films like An American Tail, The Rescuers, and my personal favourite (although not his) Titan A.E. Once a Disney chief animator, he left with some of his fellow coworkers to create Don Bluth Productions. His material expanded multiple themes and plotlines, and his work was extremely mature for animation promoted to family audiences. These people have one important item in common: they learn from each other. Indie comicists grew up with Disney and Jones as much as I did. Bluth expanded from a set portfolio and created some of the most original cartoons I’ve seen. Seeing things like this makes me realize that the world of animation then had no limits, and fortunately the world of animation today is still jumping borders.

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Album Review

Brad Sucks Album: Out of It


he second album by Canadian artist Brad Sucks has just been “released,” and by “released” I mean put up for free download. Brad Sucks is a one-manband formed by Brad Turcotte, who writes, records, and produces all the “band’s” music. Turcotte has been one of the earliest adopters of the open source music revolution. Not only does he allow the free download of his music, he also has the source files for his songs up for free download and use for remixing or as music for any project. While Out of It sounds like it has more synthetic input than the first album I Don’t Know What I’m Doing, it is a perfect sequel with just enough deviation from past music to keep you hooked. Out of It also follows the template of the earlier album, as it begins with the funky Dropping Out of School, a

song guaranteed to keep your replay option engaged. The album then goes on to tracks like “Fake It” and “Understood by Your Dad,” two songs that merge simplicity with good ol’ rock and roll, and concludes with the slow and mellow “You’re Not Going Anywhere.” Out of It continues Brad Suck’s habit of making music that is extremely addictive. Also, do not be alarmed if you involuntarily start bobbing your head and dancing to the music in your place. While most positive music reviews will tell you that a record is worth your money, you don’t even have to pay to try this one. What other excuse do you have to deny yourself some darn good music? Out of It is available on the Brad Suck’s official website, along with other downloadable and purchasable goods and details about his gigs. — Sherif Soliman

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The Large Hadron Collider that could Eric Gassner assistant s & t editor


ast week was a momentous occasion for science and possibly our understanding of the world around us, as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) successfully fired a beam of protons around a 27 km tunnel on Wednesday, September 10, 2008. The LHC is the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, seven times more powerful than any previous one. However, the LHC’s purpose is not just to fire beams of protons, but to attempt to recreate the big bang and discover more about the universe, new particles, and maybe even other dimensions. The LHC is located at a CERN laboratory (CERN being the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva where it spans the border of Switzerland and France around 100 m underground. It has been over 20 years in the making and has required a lot of preparation to get to this point (and about $8 billion). It is a very long process to get the LHC up and running (which is why I wouldn’t recommend getting one for personal use). First the LHC’s eight sectors have to be cooled down — by the end of July their temperature was optimal -271°C; this makes it very difficult to repair because a sector has to be raised to room temperature first and this entire process can add months. Second there is electrical testing of 1,600 superconducting magnets before all of the circuits are powered together in each sector in order for them to operate in unison. Then the next step is to synchronize the LHC with the Super Proton Synchrotron accelerator. Finally, when everything is working appropriately, the Large Hadron Collider sends out two beams of subatomic particles referred to as ‘hadrons’ (these are either protons or lead ions) which travel in opposite directions in order to gain energy with each lap around the circular track; the particles are then collided at a high energy (hence the title, Large Hadron Collider). Firing the first proton beam around the track is one of the first steps toward reaching design performance (which is expected to be around 2010).

Once the LHC has reached design performance, the real experiments will begin as beams are collided at what CERN hopes will be 30 times the intensity of previous particle accelerators. By colliding these two beams, they are aiming to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang (and by just after, I mean a trillionth of a second after) and then analyze the particles created. No one knows specifically what will actually happen when this occurs. There have been concerns of black holes being created, which is a definite possibility, but they would not be dangerous because their small size would cause them to decay from Hawking radiation. What physicists are actually hoping to find, however, is a particle known as the “Higgs Particle” or “Higgs Boson.” If found, this particle could help scientists understand the origin of mass itself and it would provide a greater understanding of the nature of particles in general. There is also the possibility that the Higgs Particle does not exist, or that it will not be found which could cause problems for existing theories in physics which rely on this particle (such as the Standard Model). It is also possible that other dimensions could be involved instead. Alternative dimensions could contain completely new information that configures mass in ways that we currently can’t even comprehend, voiding previous theories. In the end, no one knows what will specifically occur when the LHC is running properly and there is also a good chance that it will take years to analyze the data from the experiments. But after all this talk of black holes, alternate dimensions, and secrets of the universe, one can only hope it doesn’t disappoint.

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Taylor Helferty staff reporter

Hubble Repair Life Risking

The repair of the Hubble Space Telescope is no normal mission into space. This mission is the only chance scientists have at repairing the Hubble, the most important piece of equipment for space discovery. They also have only 11 days to fix it before they lose their chance. First they have to repair two pieces of equipment: the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Space Telescope Imaging Spectograph. Next, they will be installing two new pieces of technology: the Cosmic Origin Spectograph and the Wield Field Camera 3 (10 times better than the current one). As well as equipment repair and integration, there is a general refurbishing of the spacecraft itself. This refurbishing includes gyroscopes, guidance sensors, batteries, and the outer blanket layer. With all these repairs and improvements, the Hubble will be the best it has been and ready for another 10 or so years of service, but at the risk and bravery of the astronauts repairing the device. Working in weightlessness and lifethreatening conditions will test their nerve, skill, and patience within a small window of time.

New iPod Nanos go green

Well, not physically, but they are definitely environmentally friendly. Apple has announced that their new line of iPod Nanos are free of arsenic, BFR, mercury, and PVC, as well as being recyclable. Additionally, by 2010 they hope to boost recycling within the company. Although most MP3 players by other companies have done well in environmentally-friendly practices, action by a popular and widespread company like Apple is a nicely sized step towards green mainstream technology. PVC — or polyvinyl chloride — is a plastic found in many household products that emits many dangerous toxins into our bodies and the environment through its lifecycle. There is a growing campaign to remove PVC from products due to its dangers, so as ridiculous as changing the product design from tall to short to tall again to keep releasing it is, this new innovation is a good move for Apple and the environment. Scientists presume evolution before life

Scientists have proposed the theory that long before life, in the primordial soup, natural selection was occurring between molecules. It is presumed that life arose from complex molecules, assembled from simpler units strung together. To try and examine how natural selection might occur between these chains,

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mathematical biologists Martin Nowak and Hisashi Ohtsuki created an equation. The equation models how longer chains require more assembly reactions and therefore should be less frequent than short chains. As well, if there are assembly reactions that occur faster than others, the chains created dominate the population. The fastest molecule chain takes up all the resources, driving the other sequences extinct. It’s basically the race for life before life even occurred. New species of ant found

Discovered in the Amazon Rainforest was a new species of blind, subterranean ant. The ant’s name — Martialis heureka — means “ant from Mars” due to its odd characteristics: pale, blind, adapted to dwelling in the soil, no eyes, and massive mandibles (probably for kicking insect ass). The amazing thing is the ant belongs to a new subfamily created uniquely for it. No new living subfamily of ant has been discovered since 1923. Not only that, but it is a descendant of the first ant lineage — 120 million years old. It is presumed that these blind, subterranean predator ants evolved from wasps at the dawn of ant evolution. This discovery could give us new insights into the evolutionary path of ants — an incredibly old species — due to this species keeping many morphological traits from its past.

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Don’t suffer in silence


or the most part, people are hesitant to write about endometriosis because of the lack of information available about its causes. Recently, information about toxic chemicals has provided a glimpse into a few possibilities, but answers remain tentative. However, the fact that between 8 and 15 per cent of women in Canada have endometriosis definitely makes it worth exploring. In women who suffer from endometriosis, the endometrial tissue that lines the uterus also grows in other areas of the body, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, outer wall of the uterus, intestines, and other organs. These growths, called implants, are not cancerous, but can cause pain if they become entrapped in the surrounding tissue. In a healthy reproductive system, the endometrial tissue thickens every

scan or MRI can be helpful in making a sound diagnosis. Although endometriosis is relatively common, there has not been a cure found for relieving women of the disease completely. Women’s College Hospital in Toronto offers a selection of options that can improve the living quality of women suffering from endometriosis along with common treatments. Among these options are diet and exercise. Because a wholesome diet that is rich in vegetables and whole grains is associated with overall well-being, it is suggested that adjusting a diet to follow Canada’s Food Guide can improve the function of the immune system. In addition, women with endometriosis should consider substituting their dairy food sources with alternatives like soy and rice, because dairy consumption increases

It is important to understand that the issue of endometriosis is as real as the dire need of a public voice and governmental direction of the medical profession toward a cure. month to prepare for a fertilized egg in case of pregnancy, or simply breaks down and sheds it as menstrual blood. The endometrial implants follow the same cycle — except that because of their location outside the uterus, the blood cannot easily leave the body. As the blood decomposes, it may cause irritation and pain that can occur both during and outside the menstrual period. Another possibility is the formation of scar tissue and endometriomas, also known as chocolate cysts because they are brown in colour. According to the B.C. Health Guide, the province’s official online publication, an endometrioma can be as small as 1 mm to over 10 cm across. Both these issues can affect fertility by disrupting the natural uterine and fallopian tube environment. Surprisingly, symptoms for endometriosis are as unique as the women who have the disease. While some women suffer from debilitating menstrual pain, also known as dysmenorrhea, others only discover they have the disease when they see their doctor about being unable to get pregnant. Other symptoms include pain during sex (dyspareunia), pain between periods and during bowel movements, chronic pelvic pain, menstrual irregularity, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and fainting. Diagnosing endometriosis is a process that can involve any of a number of procedures, but it usually starts with a pelvic exam where the health professional will examine the vagina and rectum for any abnormalities that may suggest endometriosis. Next, the patient may be directed to have a laparoscopy in order to reach a formal diagnosis. This procedure involves looking inside the abdominal cavity using a laparoscope, which is a fiber-optic tube with a lens at the end that is used to visually search for endometriosis. Your health professional may also suggest other procedures, such as a CA-125 protein blood test to be performed. Also, an ultrasound, CT

the production of prostaglandin, which can increase pain. According to Sherry Rier and Warren G. Foster, endometriosis has been linked to environmental dioxins. Consequently, a health professional may suggest minimizing red meat intake, as dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are often stored in animal fat. Women should also attempt to engage in aerobic and meditative exercise when they are not experiencing pain, as this may lower estrogen levels, which can slow the progression of endometriosis. Multiple studies show that women who lead lifestyles that include exercise and a healthy diet have a much smaller risk of developing endometriosis. Furthermore, it is common for health professionals to offer their patients drug options to help ease the pain and reduce the progression of endometriosis. There is a myriad of drugs available — both over-the-counter and prescription — and this option should definitely be pursued along with the diet and exercise suggestions to get the best treatment results. Alternatively, a laparoscopy and hysterectomy are two treatment options that are more drastic. Laparoscopy, as discussed above, is used for diagnosis but can also be used for the removal of eudiometrical implants or scar tissue. The growths can be controlled in a number of ways, the effectiveness of which your doctor will discuss with you if the procedure is necessary. Two common ways of removal are through excision and with the help of a laser beam. Although a hysterectomy does not provide absolute protection from endometriosis in the future, but it can significantly improve the quality of life of an individual. This treatment is the most drastic of all available endometriosis treatments and should only be used as a last resort with the guidance of a health professional. A hysterectomy involves removing the uterus and sometimes cervix,

the ovaries or Fallopian tubes along with the endometrial implants in order to decrease the chances of endometriosis recurring in the body. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine also offers alternative methods of support for your body as it deals with endometriosis. Dr. Andrew Weil, a Canadian Health Advisor, provides nutritional advice on this subject in the August 18 issue of the Vancouver Sun. Dr. Weil suggests taking Omega-3 fatty acid supplements, starting with one gram a day and increasing the dosage by 1 gram weekly until it reaches 3-4 grams on a daily basis. Alcohol is to be avoided as it affects the way estrogen is metabolized. Lastly, for pain relief, he suggests drinking raspberry leaf tea, which soothes menstrual cramps. Awareness is the first step towards action. It is important to understand that the issue of endometriosis is as real as the dire need of a public voice and governmental direction of the medical profession toward a cure. That is not to say that the Canadian government is stagnant on the matter in any way. Quite the opposite, where research lacks in the posession of a cure, a diversity of drug options are provided to better cope with this disease. However, the public needs to unite in expressing desire for medical progress in this area and take refuge in each other on a communal scale by forming support groups. This will help those suffering from endometriosis on an individual level and affect the public using a great strength — numbers.


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Wael Elsweisi staff reporter

First human study on plastic bottle chemical (Bisphenol-A)

Exposure to bisphenol A (BP-A), commonly found in food containers, water, and baby bottles is linked with Type II diabetes and heart disease, according to the first large study involving humans. The study was led by Tamara Galloway of the University of Exeter, U.K., and involved 1,455 participants. Those with the highest exposure to BP-A were three times more likely to have heart disease and 2.4 times more likely to have diabetes than the control group. Specifically, the study is of much significance as recent studies have

given conflicting findings concerning the effects of BP-A. One of the debated issues is t that, until now, studies were being done on animals, which are known to metabolize the chemical slower than humans to an extent large enough to raise suspicion. Despite this latest study, the use of BP-A continues to be debated by the many regulatory bodies worldwide. Further struggles with embryonic stem cells

A body’s rejection of transplanted organs is nothing new, but recent studies using human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) suggest that they too face rejection. Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine have injected mice with

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hESCs and noted an immune response that killed essentially all of the transplanted cells within a week’s time. This is not surprising since previous studies that injected mice with mouse ESCs also mounted immune responses. The idea here, as Joseph Wu of Stanford notes, is that stem cells do not fly under the radar as other scientists have believed, since ­ after all, an embryo is foreign to a mother, as half its genes come from the father. Even mice immunocompromised using common anti-rejection drugs ended up killing all of their injected hESCs, though surviving up to 28 days. However, this time period is not long enough for therapeutic effects. Stem cells are of much significance as, under the right conditions,

they can transform into any cell within an organism. Overall, the study reiterates that we still have a long way to go before using stem cells to cure people.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a disease that constricts the flow of air in the lungs. The disease’s major contribution is smoking, and it is linked with 30,000 deaths in the U.K. alone every year. The latest research dealing with sulforaphane, a compound commonly found in broccoli, has linked its consumption with increased protection against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung damage in general. In addition, the compound is thought to exert its effect by activating a gene called NRF2 in the lungs, which in turn activates several mechanisms aimed at removing or modifying various toxins and pollutants in them. Sulforaphane is not just found in Broccoli though, it can also be found in the other members of the

Leber hereditary optic neuropathy is a condition that causes blindness in young males by attacking and destroying the cells of their optic nerve. A new genetic approach aimed at preserving the cells of the optic nerve proved successful. Briefly, young rats with faulty ND4 genes in their optic nerve had them replaced with functional copies. After a period of time, the treated rats retained most of their optic nerve cells, while those untreated lost 40 per cent within two months. The study is published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. — With files from BBC News, Scientific American, and Newscientist. com

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Mind, body, spirit Adrienne Raw sports and living editor


ind. Body. Spirit. The triumvirate of human existence. Mind: our awareness and intellect. Body: our physical being. Spirit: our immaterial self. The mind, body, and spirit are intrinsically and tangibly linked. Research has shown that what affects one will affect the others. These interactions are complex, profound, yet generally easily identifiable. Before you can understand the complex interactions of the triumvirate, you have to understand each of the individual components. Of the three, the mind and body are most easy to explain and grasp. The mind is the seat of human consciousness, the control central of the body, and the rational aspect of our being. The body is the physical structure that contains the mind and the spirit. The spirit is much more difficult to grasp. There is no definitive definition of the spirit, but most definitions agree that the spirit is the spiritual or immaterial component of the human being. Other definitions incorporate religion into the definition, such as Christianity in which the spirit is regarded as an immortal vessel in relation to God. For the purposes of this discussion, the spirit is an immaterial component of the human being. The spirit is willpower and determination, the little voice in the back of your head that urges you onwards and keeps you from quitting. Each of these components of the human being is powerful on its own, but in connection with the other two components, this triumvirate governs human existence. The mind is an incredible organ that exerts a powerful influence on the human body — an effect that can be either negative or positive. Mental stress, such as that caused by exams or assignments, can manifest physically through

mind /mahynd/ n. the seat of consciousness, awareness, thought, volition, and feeling

headaches, upset stomachs, and other physical discomforts. Conversely, the mind is also capable of healing the body simply through the power of belief. The placebo effect has been observed where patients believe they are receiving medicine and their bodies — heal, while what they’ve actually been given has no medicinal capabilities. Much of current philosophy on medical care and personal wellness addresses the link between mind, body, and spirit through an emphasis on holistic practices. These holistic practices require medical practitioners to focus not only on the biological aspects of a medical condition, but on the emotional and/or spiritual causes and impacts. Holistic treatments involve mental/emotional and spiritual treatment, as well as traditional medical treatments. The National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine identifies a field of medicine called mind-body medicine which, according to their overview, “focuses on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, and on the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioural factors can directly affect health.” The concept of the mind-body connection, particularly its application in the field of medicine, has been part of human culture for over 2,000 years, dating back to traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Today, mind-body techniques are gaining in popularity in Western culture. In 2002, 17 per cent of the U.S. adult population was using mind-body techniques including relaxation, meditation, and hypnosis. Medical research is underway to determine the effects of mind-body interventions on speeding up the healing process and preparing the body for surgery. The influence of the human spirit is equally as powerful as the influence of the mind. And like the connection between the mind and the body, the spirit can have both negative and positive influences on the body. That little voice in the back of your head can be the powerful motivator that pushes you when you’re ready to quit. It’s

spirit /spir-it/ n. 1. (a) the vital animating essence of a person or animal. (b) the intelligent non-physical part of a person; the soul. 2. (a) a person’s mental or moral nature or qualities, usu. specified. (b) energy, vivacity, dash. (c) courage; assertiveness, determination. the voice that says, “I can do this. I’m going to do this.” This spirit — this willpower — can be the drive that pushes the sick back towards health. It’s the voice that told cancer survivors “You can beat this.” and the one that tells car crash victims “You will walk again.” However, that little voice in the back of your head can also be your most powerful demoralizer. It’s the voice that whispers: “You can’t do this.” It’s the voice of your doubts, worries, and fears. It’s the voice that urges you to quit when you’re struggling. The spirit can be either your best friend or your worst enemy. It all depends on what that little voice says and whether you chose to listen. The connections between the mind and spirit to the body are not one way, however. The body can also have a profound impact on the mind and the spirit. In fact, there is a lot of uncertainty as to whether it is the state of the mind or spirit that influences the state of the body, or whether it is the state of the body that influences the state of the mind and spirit. Once we acknowledge that the connection exists and explore the impactseach component of our being has on the others, we can be well on our way to a happier, healther life.

body /bod-ee/ n. the physical structure, including the bones, flesh, and organs, of a person or an animal, whether dead or alive

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No longer feeling blue


ctober 13, 2001. That was when the UofT Varsity Blues football team last tasted the gratifying high of victory. Since that date they’ve experienced the agony of defeat 49 consecutive times. Setting an alltime record for Canadian football futility isn’t something you like to be reminded of on a daily basis, but that’s exactly what the UofT players and coaching staff have faced for the past seven years. Endless articles and reports from newspapers and sports pundits would touch on their march to becoming the all-time worst football program, culminating with their embarrassing 48th consecutive loss to Western by a score of 44 — 1 on Oct 13, 2007 that cemented their place in history. For a team with just one win in the last decade, the euphoria and elation they felt when 18-year-old rookie Andrew Lomasney converted on his 32 yard field goal attempt to give UofT a 18 — 17 victory over our very own Warriors

must have been indescribable. A 58 — 7 drubbing of York this past weekend puts the Blues above .500 for the first time since the 90s. So what is this turnaround like for many of the veteran UofT players who had been accustomed to their losing ways? “I feel like the weight of the world has come off my shoulders,” said fourth year quarterback David Hamilton in an interview with the Toronto Star. While Hamilton’s words are the typical cliché you would expect from a post-game sports interview, the psychology of losing can be very difficult to parse into words and in that sense Hamilton’s comments are very apt for the situation. Research from psychologists such as Sian Beilock of the University of Chicago show that losing — particularly “big losses” — can carry a deep emotional charge which alters future performance. For amateur university athletes,who often have their self-identity wrapped around the sports they play, losing can have particularly devastating consequences.

Hap Davis, a psychologist at the Canadian Sports Centre in Calgary, found that when athletes were shown tapes of their failures, peaks of activity were found in areas of the brain that have been linked to depression. Areas associated with performance showed blunted activity. Other sports studies have shown that dopamine and seratonin levels — which affect motivation, happiness, and energy levels — drop after prolonged periods of losing. The outward effect is decreased performance that feeds into a vicious cycle of loss. UofT had six different coaches in seven years, but often had difficulty recruiting top players due to funding cuts (which were due to poor performance), a losing reputation, and dwindling fan support. So, what can be done to shake up a culture of failure and break the psychological loop associated with it? Pro and amateur sports teams alike often will jettison players, coaches, and front office staff associated with the period of loss

in hopes of creating a different psychological environment. In general, watching a loss is demoralizing for an athlete; however, individual athletes cope in different ways and some are exceptions to the generalization — such as Dan O’Brien, the decathlete who, in 1992, after winning the world championships, failed to make the United States Olympic team altogether. O’Brien watched videos of his failing pole-vaults everyday in order to de-sensitize himself to losing. He redemmed himself by winning a gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Many others aren’t as lucky and may be discouraged by the losing and quit or carry around the emotional burden forever until they can redeem themselves in competition. The results of sporting events go far beyond just the box scores at the end of the day; they affect the very livelihood of the people playing them.



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Sports Snapshot September 6 football home opener vs. McMaster


coring the first ever touchdown on our new field was electric.


t’s one of those things where if you lose the game then it really doesn’t mean anything, but since we won the game it couldn’t mean more. It’s magnified because it was in front of all our fans and the freshmen new to the university. Also because I get to celebrate it with my family (my other teammates, we’re family). Everyone was telling me that it’s history but the real history we want is waiting for us in November and that’s after a long playoff run. That’s our collective goal. That’s what I want to be remembered for.


ntil then, I hope to see everyone out for homecoming against Laurier on September 27.

— Tyler Smith, Defensiveback #20

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Warrior Wrap-up Women’s Soccer OUA Standings

Men’s Soccer OUA Standings

East Division

East Division

GP Ottawa 5 Carleton 4 Toronto 4 Queen’s 5 Laurentian 4 Nipissing 5 Ryerson 4 RMC 4 Trent 3

W 3 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 0

T PTS 1 10 1 10 9 0 9 0 6 0 6 0 3 0 3 0 0 0

L 1 0 1 2 2 3 3 3 3

West Division York McMaster Laurier Brock Western Guelph Windsor Waterloo

GP 5 4 4 4 4 5 4 4

W 4 2 2 2 2 1 0 0

L 1 0 0 1 1 4 3 3

T PTS 0 12 8 2 8 2 7 1 7 1 3 0 1 1 1 1

GP Carleton 5 Toronto 4 Queen’s 5 Laurentian 5 Nipissing 5 Ryerson 4 Trent 3 RMC 5

W 5 3 2 2 1 1 1 0

L 0 1 2 2 2 2 2 4

T PTS 0 15 9 0 7 1 7 1 5 2 4 1 3 0 1 1

West Division GP York 5 Western 4 4 Laurier 4 Windsor Waterloo 4 Brock 4 Guelph 5 McMaster 4

W 5 2 2 1 1 1 1 0

L 0 1 1 1 1 2 4 3

T PTS 0 15 7 1 7 1 5 2 5 2 4 1 3 0 1 1

Women’s Rugby OUA Standings

Men’s Rugby OUA Standings

Russell Division

East Division

Guelph Queen’s Toronto Trent York

GP 2 2 2 2 2

L 0 1 1 1 2

W 2 1 1 1 0

T 0 0 0 0 0

PTS 4 2 2 2 0

Western McMaster Brock Laurier Waterloo

L 0 1 1 1 2

W 2 1 1 1 0

T 0 0 0 0 0

PTS 4 2 2 2 0

Football OUA Standings Queen’s Western Ottawa Windsor Toronto Guelph Waterloo Laurier McMaster York

GP 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

W 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 0

L 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3

Queen’s Brock RMC Toronto Trent

W 1 1 1 1 0

L 0 0 1 1 2

T 0 0 0 0 0

PTS 5 5 5 4 0

T 0 0 0 0 0 0

PTS 10 10 8 0 0 0

West Division

Shiels Division GP 2 2 2 2 2

GP 1 1 2 2 2

T OTL PTS 6 0 0 6 0 0 4 0 0 4 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

McMaster Western Guelph Waterloo Laurier Windsor

GP 2 2 2 2 2 2

W 2 2 2 0 0 0

L 0 0 0 2 2 2

Game Recaps Men’s Tennis Wednesday, September 10 Waterloo 7 UOIT 0

Men’s Soccer

Men’s Rugby

Saturday, September 13 Waterloo 1 Western 1

Saturday, September 13 Western 29 Waterloo 8

GP 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3

W 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0

L 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 3

T PTS 7 1 6 0 4 1 4 1 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0

Wednesday, September 10 Guelph 60 Waterloo 7

Women’s Soccer

Women’s Tennis

Saturday, September 13 Western 3 Waterloo 0

Wednesday, September 10 Waterloo 6 UOIT 1

Sunday, September 14 McMaster 36 Waterloo 0


Sunday, September 14 Waterloo 0 Windsor 0

Saturday, September 13 Waterloo 4 McMaster 3

Saturday, September 13 Western 49 Waterloo 3


Field Hockey Saturday, September 13 Western 1 Waterloo 0

Saturday, September 13 12:00 p.m. Waterloo 6 Toronto 1

Sunday, September 14 Toronto 5 Waterloo 0 Guelph 7 Waterloo 0

2:30 p.m. Toronto 4 Waterloo 1

Cross Country Saturday, September 13 Guelph Invitational Men 3rd Women 3rd

Upcoming Games Baseball

Men’s Soccer

Women’s Tennis

Friday, September 19 At Brock, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 20 vs. Laurier, 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 20 At Guelph, 1:00 p.m., 3:15 p.m.

Sunday, September 21 vs. Guelph, 1:00 p.m. (CIF Field 2)

Saturday, September 20 vs. Montreal, 9:00 a.m.

Women’s Soccer

Sunday, September 21 At Toronto, 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 21 vs. Guelph, 3:15 p.m. (CIF Field 2)

Saturday, September 20 vs. Montreal, 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 21 vs. Toronto, 1:00 p.m.

Cross Country

Saturday, September 20 At Western Invitational, 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, September 20 vs. Laurier, 3:15 p.m.

Friday, September 19 At Laurier, 7:00 p.m.

Men’s Tennis

Sunday, September 21 At Toronto, 9:00 a.m.

Field Hockey

Saturday, September 20 vs. York at Western, 6:30 p.m.

Field Hockey OUA Standings Western Toronto Guelph McGill Queen’s Carleton York Waterloo

Women’s Rugby

Sunday, September 14 Waterloo 1 Windsor 0

Saturday, September 13 McMaster 4 Waterloo 3

Sunday, September 21 vs. Queen’s at Western, 11:15 a.m. vs. McGill at Western, 2:30 p.m.


Saturday, September 20 At Ottawa, 1:00 p.m.

Men’s Rugby

University of Waterloo Campus

Saturday, September 20 vs. Trent, 1:00 p.m. (CIF Field 1)

September 20

vs Trent Excalibur

Athletes of the Week

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Warrior Soccer

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September 20

September 21

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Kelly-Lynne Spettigue Cross Country 3rd year, Engineering Waterloo, ON

Warrior Tennis September 20

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