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David Johnston honoured at celebration dinner
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David Johnston’s got this great ‘why not?’ attitude, which has proven to be contagious. The team he is leaving behind is going to continue to reach higher because of that wonderful legacy of leadership that he leaves behind.
David Johnston, pictured here at an event, was commemorated at a thank you dinner which saw 1,100 guests taken on a tour of his time as the University of Waterloo’s fifth president. Ryan Webb news editor
here was praise this Tuesday for UW’s outgoing President and Canada’s next Governor General, David Johnston, at a dinner held to mark the end of his 11-year tenure. A crowd of around 1,100 admirers filled Bingeman’s, having paid $150 a plate, to thank Johnston for his impact on the university and to wish him luck when he assumes national office on Oct. 1. A video presentation highlighted Johnston’s leadership style and thanked him for his impact on UW. The video highlighted the physical expansion of the main campus under Johnston, as well as the establishment of satellite campuses in the Waterloo Region, nationally, and internationally. Members of the campus community praised Johnston’s collaborative approach, which suc-
cessfully brought in outside partners, both in government and the private sector, to further the interests of UW. Those that had worked with Johnston highlighted his approachable and helpful demeanor. UW Senator-at-large Reemah Khalid said she would remember Johnston as somebody who would always “give you his time and full attention... to really engage you.” Some of the partners in that Johnston had worked with also made video appearances. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty praised Johnston’s “contagious...‘why not’ attitude,” and later tweeted that, “David is a prince.” John Milloy, the provincial minister responsible for universities, spoke of Johnston’s persuasive use of a business card that Johnston passed to the minister, and which sought his support for the establishment of a medical school in downtown Kitchener. “Of course it was only a few years before
it became a reality,” Milloy said — referring to UW’s partnership with McMaster’s DeGroote School of Medicine. In addition to highlighting his more tangible accomplishments, presenters invoked many of the elements of Johnston’s personality that have made him beloved by those in attendance. Canadian actress Cynthia Dale read a poem about Johnston called “Grampa Book Goes to Rideau Hall” — alluding to the name Johnston, acquired as a result of constantly giving books to his grandchildren as gifts. Two of the gifts presented to Johnston, in particular, underscore his credentials as a patriotic Canadian. First, in recognition of Johnston’s a lifelong passion for hockey, Johnston was presented with a Team Canada jersey. Second, was the gift of a handcrafted cedar canoe, which included paddles for each of his children and grandchildren. The university also officially announced that they would name both an international scholar-
ship fund and the UW Research and Technology Park in his honour. The David Johnston International Experience Awards were initially announced in August with the stated goal of “bringing the world to Waterloo and Waterloo to the world” by providing domestic students funding to travel on exchanges for both work and study and to support international students. At the dinner, the office of development announced that the scholarship had already accumulated a $5 million endowment. When it came time for Johnston to address the crowd, he demonstrated the same collaborative spirit that he had earlier been lauded for. “If you see me as a leader look around you. I see leadership as the total dependency on the people around you,” he said. Following Johnston’s words, the evening concluded with a bilingual rendition of “O Canada” — an apt tribute to the man that will soon become Canada’s top political appointee. The wider student body had their opportunity to say goodbye to President Johnston on Thursday afternoon at an “ice cream social.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Student found dead outside Queen’s residence
As many Canadian universities wrapped up orientation week and first year students settled in for their first day, shocking news struck the student population at Queen’s University. A student was found dead, lying on the lawn outside a university residence, Victoria Hall, on Sunday night. Cameron Bruce, from Connecticut, had decided to attend Queen’s for engineering in the footsteps of his father, a Queen’s alumnus. Friends and former teachers of Cameron all remarked on the young man’s ambition to “begin his university career and his appetite for learning.” “He had the ability to warm up a room of people he might not even know,” a former schoolmate, Emily Messina said of the late student, who was actively involved in jazz band and the performing arts. Police are unsure of the cause of death, although they suspect no foul play was involved. The case is still waiting for autopsy results to determine whether the incident was a suicide or a tragic accident. As of now, a Facebook page was created in
honour of the tragedy and the family is postponing a memorial service for friends until Thanksgiving. RCMP officers swarmed at UBC frat party
Several RCMP officers responding to an out-of-control fraternity party at the University of British Columbia on Saturday became victims when the crowd of revellers turned on them. Police were called when the Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter hosting the event asked non-UBC students to leave and were met with refusal. According to The Ubyssey, when police arrived at the scene they were “swarmed” by the crowd and some officers sustained minor injuries before a backup unit arrived. The two-day festivity, themed “Golf Pros and Tennis Hoes” had an attendance of around 1,000, and took place at the university’s fraternity village. According to Staff Sgt. Kevin Kenna, the head of the UBC campus patrol, “We’ve had parties before, but there hasn’t been anything to that degree of violence that happened the other night.” RCMP made two arrests under the Liquor Control Act for public drunkenness and some parents were called. An investigation was also made after police received a tip of a possible
handgun present at the party, but a search of the area did not turn up any firearms. No one was arrested for the alledged assualt on the officers. UBC’s vice-president, Brian Sullivan released word that the university will work closely with police, students, previous fraternity leaders and international fraternity headquarters to curtail any further incidents. Typo in U of T diplomas
The University of Toronto Mississauga campus declared a massive diploma recall affecting a total of around 1,350 recent graduates. The typo affected 283 students who graduated November 2009 and 1,062 students who just graduated this past June. The infamous error is a typo in the official title of the past vicepresident and principal Ian Orchard. The error was detected shortly after the university’s convocation in June. A spokesperson for U of T Mississauga comments that the typo does not affect the validity of the degree and that graduates are invited to exchange their diplomas free of charge and to return their incorrect parchments for updated ones. – With files from Maclean’s, Toronto Star, The Ubyssey, The Globe and Mail, and Citytv Dinh Nguyen
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Big welcome back for UW students Left: A crowd of students observes a unique cross between a bouncy castle, football, basketball and a tug-of-war at the welcome week outdoor carnivale. First year Environment and Business student Erin Stewart reaches for the basket as Andrew Brown, first year AFM, pulls the bungie cord tight in an effort to keep her from making the winning point.
Mariana’s Trench set to rock campus on Friday
ollowing Orientation Week for incoming first year students, which was held last week, this week FEDS hosted Welcome Week for the entire student population. Events held over the five days included a pancake breakfast, an outdoor movie night and a special lecture by UW economics Prof. Larry Smith. On Tuesday, an outdoor carnival was held on the Village Green that included carnivale games, a trivia contest, and obstacle courses. The highlight of the week is a concert by Marianas Trench set to begin at 9 p.m. on Friday evening, and it’s is free for all UW students.
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Above: UW’s Dancers in Motion, which “celebrates Tamil culture through dance,” perform a short dance routine on as part of the Welcome Week outdoor carnivale. The Waterboys accapella group performed earlier in the afternoon.
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Left: King Warrior was a popular attraction for the ladies at the Outdoor Carnival on Tuesday.
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Inconclusive Israel-Palestine peace summit ends amidst renewed clashes
The latest round of Middle East peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the issue of constructing Israeli settlements in the West Bank were held this week behind closed doors at Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt. The talks come as a self-imposed Israeli ban on building the controversial settlements is set to expire on Sept. 30. Publicily, top American diplomats had been hopeful that their efforts to act as an intermediary between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would encourage the long-time rivals to come to an understanding that furture talks could build upon. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had said that both sides were “serious about reaching an agreement that results in two states living side by side in peace and security. “They are getting down to business and they have begun to grapple with the core issues that can only be resolved through face-to-face negotiations. Despite falling short of any agreement, the US envoy to the region, George Mitchell remained hopeful, indicating that “serious and substantive disccussion” between the two sides were “well under way.” Meanwhile, reports indicated that clashes between Palestinian militants, who had threatened to derail peace discussions, and the Israeli Defense Forces were renewed, as a mortar attack by Palestinians led to retaliatory airstrikes. The clashes between both sides only heightened uncertainty about the direction
of future talks as Secretary Clinton was set to leave the region on Thursday after a bilateral meeting with Abbas. There are no immediate plans for the rival leaders to meet. French government moves to raise retirement age
With the age of France’s population increasing, the French government has moved to raise the country’s retirement age from 60 to 62, and the pension-age from 65 to 67. The very idea of this reform, however, has been met with protest by many French, who famously cherish their leisure time. Since the proposed reforms were announced, over a million have taken to the streets in protest. Even as a vote was being held within the French parliament, thousands protested outside. “We’re here to remind people that unions consider that this reform is unjust and unacceptable,” said one of the protestors. Despite the protests, threats from union leaders, and opposition from France’s political left, President Nicolas Sarkozy is intent on passing this bill in order to fight France’s budget deficit. Defending the bill, Jean-Francois Copé, leader of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) says that French people “know there is no other solution than to pass this courageous refor begun in all of Europe’s big countries... We have to do this to revive France.” The measured successfully passed through France’s National Assembly today by a vote of 329-233 and will now go in to the senate for approval. Chinese official cancels trip to Japan
In response to a row over the detention of a Chinese fishing fleet in disputed waters, China has postponed an official visit to Japan.
Li Jianguo, vice chair of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, had been invited as a guest of honour to the Japanese lower house of parliament. However, Beijing said that it was delaying that trip “for various reasons.” The change of plans occured while an international incident was unfolding over a Chinese fishing boat that was seized after it alledgedly rammed a Japanese coast guard vessel that was trying to intercept it. China has made repeated requests that the crew be released immediately. 14 of the crew members were released on Monday, but the captain of the vessel remained in Japanese custody. The incident occurred in waters surrounding a group of eight islands between the eastern coast of mainland China and south-west of Japanese Okinawa that both sides claim they control. As Chinese economic and military power has increased over the last two decades, both sides have been strengthening their naval forces within the area in order to assert their individual sovereignty, leading to fears that the number two and three world economic powers may spiral into a direct conflict over control of the territory in question.
India’s government responded to this criticism by emphasizing its democratic values and insisting that its constitution “provides ample scope to accommodate any legitimate political demand through dialogue, civil discourse and peaceful negotiations.” The APC was called after the worst week of violence in recent memory, which included 18 protesters being killed in a single day in addition to four others being killed in clashes on Wednesday in the town of Mendhar. Postponement of North Korean succession conference raises questions about Kim Jong Il’s health
A landmark political event, which had been expected to take place earlier this month in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), has quietly been postponed, raising questions about the health of the country’s de facto head of state, Kim Jong Il. Bloomberg News reported that Kim is likely suffering from complications due to diabetes. Previously, without giving explicit details, the state-run media announced the country’s only political party, the Workers’ Party of Korea, would hold a congress in “early September” to elect its new leadership. As the Workers’ Party is the country’s ruling party, the congress was expected to have been an effort to formalize and legitimize the plan of succession that would see the ailing Kim give up some of his power to his youngest son, Kim Jong Un. Observers of North Korean politics anticipated that the event would be the largest since the last party meeting was held in 1980, which saw Kim Jong Il replace his father Kim Il Sung. Despite having died in 1994, the eldest Kim remains the Eternal President and legal head of state.
No end in sight for ongoing Kashmiri clashes
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held unsuccessful talks on Wednesday with Kashmiri separatists after months of protests and clashes have resulted in nearly 100 deaths since June of this year, when a tear gas shell hit and killed a Muslim student. Singh’s all parties conference (APC) included both pro-Indian and pro-Pakistani Kashmiris, but ended without any tangible results. The only agreement reached was that a fact finding team would be be sent into the area. However, separatists remained skeptical that such a team would truly get to the bottom of the situation, as most of those killed were alledgedly killed by Indian armed forces.
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s I was sitting in my best friend’s living room on Tuesday night, hearing the delightful voices of her roommates reminded me of an extremely vital part of the university culture — international students. And although Elaine and Becca will not be receiving their entire university education at Laurier (they are on exchange for the term from Ireland), I couldn’t help but marvel at how fortunate I am to be in the presence of such diversity in Waterloo. One of our volunteers just headed back to her home of India after pursuing her educational endeavours at the University of Waterloo. To say that her presence in the office was a pleasure would be a mere understatement. Another volunteer is just returning from a short trip back to Mexico to visit his family. He left his home to study at UW and is a shining example of taking advantage of opportunities when they are presented. These are examples of two very
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resident for most of the programs offered here at UW is $5,200 per term. The cost of tuition for an international student? An outstanding $28,400. Wow-zers! As the editor-in-chief of Imprint, I must say it is truly refreshing to see young minds that are eager and more than ready to learn in the office that truly appreciate every opportunity that has been given to them. The homemade sushi doesn’t hurt either. I always look forward to hearing about the exciting adventures in Waterloo through the eyes of two Irish ladies who are looking to have a craic, and think this city is just brilliant. Their youthful zest for life and unique style is awesome. I even think it’s adorable when they say a curse word. I guess they just confirm my belief that the true essence of student life in Waterloo is filled with so much diversity. In my opinion, international students only add more culture and more life to an already bustling atmosphere.
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his is a recording… Well, it’s that or a broken record. Back in June, I wrote about the Rolling Stone piece on thenGeneral Stanley McChrystal, and how it brought to the front pages a war that had been all but relegated to the page before the Sunshine Girl. Unfortunately, albeit not unpredictably, this is again the case. A Monday afternoon scan for Afghanistan-related news turned up a gem of an article on CNN.com about “new info” that had surfaced about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. As if the whole ‘we almost had him’ routine is still news, I thought to myself. If only. The piece talked about how, in the years following the invasion, the U.S. “came closer to capturing or killing him than has so far been acknowledged.” I hate to evoke a tired refrain, but close only counts in horseshoes (which, like auto racing, is not a real sport; therefore, close does not count). Nonetheless, I was intrigued. Had a piece of his clothing been found in the crater of a U.S. missile? Had U.S. forces entered a room only
to find his still-warm microwave dinner? Not quite: “Tantalizingly at one point… … information about his exact location was only one week old.” Please, stop me when it sounds like satire. That a piece like this was on CNN’s homepage – ahead of news about riots in Afghanistan that killed two – is undoubtedly frustrating for every American who: a) doesn’t listen to Glenn Beck, and b) isn’t busy watching Jersey Shore. The problem, of course, is that there is little to report. Admittedly, stories about dead protesters and civilians harmed by IEDs are not going to generate web traffic. Let’s hold off, for a second, on analyzing just how trivial human life becomes in the context of war (and yes, I recognize the irony in that statement). The fact that there is nothing to report indicates that no progress has been made and, more importantly, none will be made. That the U.S. effort in Afghanistan is rudderless is certainly not a new criticism. But to be nine years deep in a conflict and not have a purposeful
However, Afghan officials who are widely recognized as being corrupt (like Ahmed Wali Karzai, President Hamid Karzai’s half-brother) continue to have their back scratched by the United States.
mission statement is like rowing for shore from the middle of the Atlantic: you might make it to land, but it will be the current that decides where you end up. As it stands, the toughest decision facing U.S. officials is how to go about building a credible and legitimate government. The party line from most U.S. officials is that the focus is on cleaning up Afghanistan: i.e., ridding it of corruption. However, Afghan officials who are widely recognized
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different countries and two very different flavours captured in the personalities of hard-working UW students who are here for all the right reasons. Often I have seen students, some of which were my own friends, who have taken advantage of the fact that in Canada, we not only have the right to a post-secondary education, but we are persistently encouraged to pursue one. We are given many financial options to assist us when applying to university and face very few obstacles. In many cases, all we have to do is choose which school we would like to stomp our Ugg-covered feet on and whether or not we will stay in residence. International students face a number of obstacles when deciding to attend school in Canada, most obviously financial ones. Tuition for international students can cost more than five times the amount Canadians would pay. For example, the domestic tuition fee for a Canadian citizen/permanent
as being corrupt (like Ahmed Wali Karzai, President Hamid Karzai’s half-brother) continue to have their back scratched by the United States. With Afghan parliamentary elections set for this Saturday the 18, one can hope that there will be lots of talk about Afghanistan, about an official stance on corruption, and about a firm direction that will eventually lead home. But, in all probability, you’d rather check out the Sunshine Girl anyway.
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Disoriented from O-Week Lindsay Simmons assistant opinion editor
y arrival at the University of Waterloo has been official for less than a day when I am promised that the following week will be the best of my life. Dusk has crept across the sky and I am sitting amongst several hundred of my fellow frosh, staring at the dimly-lit stage that has been set up at the crest of the Village 1 Green. The mob of first-years around me erupts into cheers, all-too ready to accept the weight of such an impossible promise. I sit still, skeptical, praying that the night isn’t over, desperate for the reassurance that I don’t need to go back to my room — not yet. The last hour and a half has been spent turning from face to face to face so that individual features have melted into one watery blur of person. A man named Jerry, who really shouldn’t be allowed to own whistles
of any sort, has been pushing us together in a variety of situations that are supposed to induce some sort of immediate friendship. As I look around, I am witnessing cliques forming before my eyes, and all I can think is — I’m not a part of one of them. It has taken the three days since I left Ottawa with my family for the fear to breach through the shield of my anticipation. Through my excitement, it seeped in slowly, a thief in the night, until Playfair finally ended. It was at that point that the truth of my situation hit me: for the first time in my life, I was going to be alone. Not alone, but alone. I could call my parents, but I couldn’t ask them to come pick me up so that I could sleep in my own bed. I was stuck here, in this fluorescently-lit room with its thin mattress and empty walls and odd, freshly-disinfected smell, surrounded by people I had never met before and whom I apparently had no idea how to approach. For the next eight months. The loneliness is crushing; I feel like a
jigsaw puzzle whose pieces have been shifted out of place after 17 years of being in the exact same position, and I know that, no matter what I do, those pieces will never be able to return to their original places. My belief was that I could at least bear the weight of such change by making friends. But (and I don’t know about the rest of you frosh) I make new friends through other friends, and it just so happens that I’m the only person I know who chose to come to Waterloo. Everyone I introduced myself to, even the ones I sat with and ate with and teamed myself up with, felt far away from me. It took until Wednesday for me to finally integrate myself into a solid group of wonderful people — and of all places, they happened to live on my floor. Go figure. But let me tell you that Monday and Tuesday were the longest, loneliest days of my life. And, if anything, Orientation Week only made it worse; after
all, what is frosh week but taking several thousand strangers, splitting them up by faculty, team colour, and then throwing them together and expecting people to bond? I spent the next two days orbiting between the chaos of frosh activities and the alien privacy of my dorm room; an enormous portion of you can probably already guess that neither provided me with any comfort. I was told that Orientation Week would be the best week of my life. When it didn’t turn out to be, I felt like I had failed; what had gone so wrong that I hadn’t managed to achieve what seemed to come so naturally to everyone else? Is it fair that I had to pay money for a week that ended up making me feel even more alienated than before? Is it really fair that Orientation Week, which really just boils down to a bunch of mindless summer-camp activities, is so overblown?
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Community Editorials How I learned to stop hating and love the music Mika Ilic 3a general science
ow is this band not more popular?” I’m sure everyone has heard or said this at some point. Everyone wants their favourite bands to be more popular. It’s mainly due to the fact that if these bands were to become popular, the individuals can talk about how they knew the band before their popularity. Soon they start saying how the music was better before they hit it big. This is how the pretentious hipster is created. Popularity can be a good thing with the publicity, fame, and money but I think it’s a curse. Pop music sucks, let’s be honest. Lyrically there is no substance and the subject matter is always the same. The melodies are extremely similar because it’s meant for people to dance. Pop music has an agenda and it does it well. Pop music has its purpose and I do not want my
bands squishing into this restrictive door. The reason I like these bands are because they write good music, create intriguing melodies, and I get to manifest my inner emotions into a vocal representation. It’s true that the amount of work and effort the lesser known bands place is not proportional to the money or recognition they get. But that’s the best part because most of these bands are doing it for the fans and the chance to create music. On top of that, we as listeners have to find the music. That is where the real joy is at, when you stumble upon a new band and instantly fall in love. Pop music is the fertilizer and good music is the seed beneath. We have to dig through crap to get anything decent. Does anyone even realize how long these people stay popular, or become something more than a nostalgic trip back to our youth? Do you still remember Everclear and soulDeci-
sion? Flash in the pans that disappeared into oblivion. Being popular is like a death sentence and an instant subjection to 15 minutes of fame. When one artist dies in nobody cares land, another rises from the ashes like a phoenix. A really loud and annoying phoenix that will never die. It’s just how the industry is made. A new sound arises and people love it. Labels then find plenty of willing artists and cookie cutter them until the cycle repeats itself. It happened in every era from The Beatles to this dance and angst love driven decade. There is a silver lining despite all this radio dominance of pop. According to www.pollstar. com, the top 20 concert tours of the year lists Paul McCartney and the Eagles in number one and two respectively. Most surprising is that Iron Maiden is number 12 and TOOL is number 13, bands with actual talent and music intricately made for ear orgasms, while Justin Bieber is number 16.
Even though the bands that deserve better get shadowed by monstrosities, enough smart people support artists so that they can keep making more music. I will take my Epica and Kamelot, and everyone else can have Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. Now, I’m not saying the more obscure the band, the better. I’m just saying pop music songs are at the top for a reason. Of course there are outliers that end up in the bunch that I end up liking (Matchbox Twenty is simply genius). Although, for the most part, it is all trash (He ate my heart then he ate my brain? Seriously?) We all have to hear pop music but what helps me sleep at night is that at some point, they will go away. Bach and classical music is forever, Jonas Brothers are not. I have waited 14 minutes with Lady Gaga, just one more minute. One more minute.
How’s it going? Why nobody really cares Stephen Kearse 2a classical studies and political science
eople are assholes. A little harsh, perhaps. Well, then, if they are not assholes, they must be Stairmasters. No, no, better yet — people are walking restaurant bills with an expanded vocabulary. If observation counts for anything, the typical daily behaviour of the average person suggests that courtesy holds inestimable value in our society. We greet others warmly, we say “thank you,” and we ask for pardon with amazing rapidity and frequency. If you have ever entered a crowd in a large, open space, you will understand immediately; “Excuse me” quickly overlap with “Sorry” and “Pardon me” and the entire mash becomes an essential part of the standard crowd cacophony.
This practice of courtesy has been so successfully engrained into our social consciousness, in fact, that we sustain it with barely a modicum of thought. Thus, courtesy has become habit. Just as one gradually fails to notice how much time is passing when he/she goes through the ritual of checking favoured websites on the Internet, however, so do people steadily forget what they are actually saying. My two favourite examples are the interrogative greeting and the perfunctory personal inquiry (PPI). You all know the interrogative greeting. You’re on a jaunt down University Avenue, relaxing after a lengthy day of classes, when you see an acquaintance from Campus Crusade for Teas walking the other way. You say, “Hey, there,” and he says, “Hey, how’s it going?” and breezes right past you. Yet you don’t care.
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Nobody seems to mind this, regardless of whether one’s day has been nondescript or fraught with excitement. It seems as though “How’s it going?” has evolved into “How’s it going” and has been designated as the standard for simple greetings. The versatile, cashmere pashmima of “hello” has fallen out of vogue and been replaced with the shimmering silk scarf of “how’s it going” - brilliantly bedazzling to the point where nobody knows exactly what you mean. The interrogative greeting is dwarfed, however, by the PPI. In virtually every dealing between two strangers, the dialogue begins like so: “Hey, how are you?,” “I’m good, thanks, how are you?”, “Oh, I’m good, thank you. Now, how many Wacky Wavy Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tubemen did you want?” The customer could actually be feeling quite glum that day because her business
is floundering and she is grasping at straws to attract the merest morsel of attention. The cashier could be utterly dissatisfied with this job but is clinging to the thought of his comfy chair at home for sustenance. The possibilities are utterly immaterial, however, as the show must go on. The reason why these observations prompt comparisons to objects (ranging from the obscene to the oddly specific) is devastatingly simple: people are objects. Modern existentialism is annoyingly abstract and furiously fuzzy, but some of it makes a mite of sense. Jean-Paul Sartre posited that there are few things more uncomfortable than standing toe-to-toe with another person and staring into his/her eyes. In that moment, both people are confronted with the fact of each other’s personhood. In the context of courtesy, the only way each individual can maintain his/her perspec-
tive is to assume that everyone else exists solely in relation to himself/ herself. Thus, we have standardized responses to render interactions as efficient as possible except in cases of unusual interest (i.e. intellectual and/or physical attraction). In the PPI example, then, the customer and cashier repeat the ritualistic inquiry to move as quickly as possible to their respective goals - a bit selfish, no? I realize, of course, that this is not a comfortable thought. And that is precisely the point. If you understand why you do things, you are more likely to change that behaviour. If you realize that your complacency in interacting with others might be contributing incrementally to a shrinking potential for dramatic, positive change, you may be inspired to do something a tiny bit different. That, I think, would be a true courtesy.
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Sensitive and fishy
Sian H. Tsuei biotechnology/economics Artificial skin for sensitive touch
New products can now detect pressures less than that felt by everyday actions such as picking up a pen. Stanford researcher Zhenan Bao and Berkeley Researcher Ali Javey published this week in Nature Materials two different types of materials that can mimic skin senses. Bao’s group passed electricity through an elastic grid-system made of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) with holes, at regular intervals. When pressure is applied, the holes are no longer filled with air, but with PDMS, the electric current that was going through the holes would then change due to the difference between air and PDMS’s capacitance — a material’s ability to maintain electric charge. Bao’s device is so sensitive that it can
actually detect a butterfly. Javey’s group used flexible semiconductor wires that were pulled into a grid and laid out on pressuresensitive rubber. Each intersection acts as a transistor, and when the current changes at each intersection due to compression, the computer can locate the source of pressure. While these advances have allowed for much more sensitivity and flexibility than previous technologies, Stephanie Lacour of the University of Cambridge, U.K. remarked that the “ultimate prosthetic skin” should include more than just pressure-sensitivity and flexibility; the skin should also be able to detect shear stress that occurs when the skin is scratched. Nevertheless, this work has the potential to revolutionize the future of prosthetic skin. It might also be useful to cover upcoming robots to make the human-robot interaction more organic.
Time for transgenic fish
It just might be possible that when you visit the U.S. in a year or two, you’ll be eating the genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon that is about to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drugs Association (F.D.A.). Instead of reaching the market weight in three years, the GM salmon takes only one and a half. The winter growth arrest in the wild salmons is bypassed in the GM fish by allowing the fish to generate the growth hormones throughout the year. Because there is always a risk of salmon escaping from the farm, Aqua Bounty—the company responsible for the fish development—has promised that more than 99 per cent of the salmon are triploid, rendering the salmon sterile. The farms will also be mainly located inland and fitted with filters and baffles. The next GM food might be the EnviroPig, designed to maximize
biological absorption of phosphorus before the feces leak excessive phosphorus into the water system, which lead to algal blooms.
Microsoft reveals Internet Explorer 9 Browser Beta
users to focus on the relevant content more easily. The browser also takes on a “personality” of the website you’re browsing. Depending on the website, it may take on small icons and signature colour schemes of the browsed site. Just like Firefox , the new browser also allows favourite sites to be pinned on to the task bar. In fact, some sites, such as USA Today, have already customized their jump lists so that the users can bypass the homepage and directly enter the relevant sections of USA Today. According to the CBC, the new browser will be taking advantage of the modern multi-core processor to crunch the code faster. It will also be using the PC’s graphics processing unit to help load and run the images and videos faster.
The new, sleek Internet Explorer will be see-through, and include less buttons, icons, and toolbars, giving it a less crowded look and allowing the
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NYC has free wi-fi in parks
Thanks to the magnanimous giants local to the region, Time Warner and Cablevision are offering up to three, 10-minute sessions in the park, for free. Besides the fact that it’s slightly late for this occasion, the time offered isn’t that much either. The profit will probably come when the customers are on the verge of finishing a captivating Youtube video when the time runs out: each additional day will cost 99 cents.
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Dinos, Greeks, and cockroaches Jennifer Nguyen assistant science & technology editor Palaeontologists discover eight new species
Science students will now have to learn the names of eight new species. A paleontological dig near the Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park, B.C. has led to an abundant discovery of fossils. While some of the fossils belong to species already known, others are the remains of eight unknown species of arthropods that lived approximately 505 million years ago. One of the species is a primitive arthropod predator is named Stanleycaris as a dedication to the site of its origin. The find comes as a surprise, for it was previously thought that fossils could not be formed near the Stanley Glacier. In the 1990s however, an amateur hiker found fossils on a nearby trail, prompting Jean-Bernard Caron (a curator at the Royal Ontario Museum) to lead an excavation team to Kootenay Park to survey the area. The Stanley Glacier happens to be located 40 kilometres southeast of the Burgess Shale, an area known for housing tremendous fossil diversity. Ancient Greeks saw Halley’s comet too
Researchers claim that Halley’s comet was seen as early as 466 BC by the ancient Greeks. According to existing records, the Greeks noted that a large meteorite fell in the Hellespont region between 466 BC and 467 BC – something that historians were already aware of. They also noted, however, that there was a comet in the sky at the time of impact, a fact ignored up until now. Astronomer Eric Hintz and philosopher Daniel Graham of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah believe this was Halley’s comet.
The researchers retraced the comet’s path and calculated that it would have been visible for 80 days in 466 BC. This agrees with ancient sources, that says it was seen in the western sky for 75 days. The sighting is further confirmed by Aristotle, who mentioned the event in his works 100 years after it happened. Before this sighting, the earliest observation of Halley’s comet was witnessed by the Chinese in 240 BC. Cockroach brains can protect from E. coli
A new study has shown that the brains of cockroaches possess the fighting power to combat “superbugs” that are resistant to antibiotics. Dr. Naveed Khan and his team of researchers at the University of Nottingham in England investigated the “brain power” of these insects on E. coli. They mashed up the brains with the bacteria and let the slurry incubate in a Petri dish overnight. The next day, they observed that 90 percent of the E. coli had been killed while human cells were unharmed. A closer look at the brains and nervous systems of cockroaches reveal their unusual composition of proteins (rather than fatty acids). The nervous systems of locusts were also of interest, after scientists observed that soldiers in Afghanistan were infected by antibiotic-resistant bacteria while the locusts remained healthy. This research is a breakthrough for modern medicine as it provides a new source for antibiotic development. Traditionally, scientists have been looking to plants for antibiotics, but more research could eventually result in patients swallowing bug brains to cure their ailments instead. —with files from CBC, BBC, and The Toronto Star courtesy of wikimedia commons
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hat’s happening here?” A young woman asked as she walked up to the crowd surrounding a seemingly-unimportant, white tent outside of Roy Thompson Hall. “The Trust film premiere. David Schwimmer and Clive Owen will be here,” somebody answered. The woman thanked the respondent, looked around a moment, and took her place behind the barricades surrounding what would soon be a busy red carpet full of media and celebrities. The premiere was part of TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. Now in its 35th year, TIFF was originally founded as “The Festival of Festivals” in 1976 and showcased a collection of the best films from film festivals around the world. Today it has grown to be an integral and vital part of Hollywood’s marketing campaign, attracting over 200,000 viewers a year. TIFF is non-competitive and serves as a launching pad for many studios to have the “Oscar Buzz” surrounding their films. It is usually an early indicator of Oscar favourites. Films that have been showcased at TIFF and later won at the Academy Awards include Crash (2004) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008) which both won Best Picture. Standing outside of Roy Thompson Hall on that chilly September evening, the audience seemed to care little about next year’s Oscar contenders. Most were focused on snapping pictures of their favourite celebrities as they made their way inside. That night, those who came early were able to see both David Schwimmer and Clive Owen up close. While both did spend some time with the fans, they didn’t make it to those further down the line among whom you could hear the chatter: “George Clooney was really good about this, he spent a lot of time outside and made it all the way down the line of fans,” they said, their voices tinged with disappointment.
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Music Reviews “The Stalker” and “Treadmills of Love” are the catchiest and most memorable songs from the album. It should be noted that their lyrical structures definitely never show the slightest trace of cheesiness. Cheesy isn’t bad, but Hunter Valentine’s lyrics are poetically angsty. The artists are genuine about delivering their messages through their songs, making music that blows mainstream pieces out of the water. I would definitely recommend this album for pop-punk lovers. While it’s not classified as the mainstream music many of us are accustomed to, it’s a pretty sweet and sour piece of ear candy. — Vanesa Sale
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unter Valentine, a three girl pop-punk band from Toronto, presents their second full length album “Lessons From The Late Night.” The album is gutsy, staying true to speaking about relationships. The music keeps you interested for the whole duration of the albums playtime. Lead singer Kiyomi McCloskey’s raspy vocals add flair to the songs, reminiscent of Janis Joplin, whom McCloskey has cited as one of her influences. Her voice demonstrates a certain emotional rawness, which is not easily found in many modern music artists. The headbang worthy drums provided by Laura Petracca mesh exceedingly well with McCloskey’s voice. Having listened to their previous album The Impatient Romantic, you can hear the improved difference between the two albums.
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he landscape of hip-hop music has gone through several revolutions throughout its short history. First, N.W.A. vividly and grotesquely portrayed the brutality of street violence to create the sub-genre of “Gangsta” rap music. Hip-hop then entered the mainstream through the likes of MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice in the early 1990s, opening the doors for future rap artists to become marketable and financially successful. Up until the beginning of this new decade, hip-hop has been without its first true revolution, but the debut album from Cleveland rapper Kid Cudi marks the beginning of an era. Man on the Moon is a concept album based on a night of dreams and nightmares experienced by Cudi as he does soul searching and self evaluation. The album is divided into five “acts” each with their own mood and lyrical style: "The End of Day," "Rise of the Night Terrors," "Taking a Trip," "Stuck," and "A New Beginning." Although concept albums in hip-hop are rare, the quality that makes Man on the Moon so distinct from other popular hip-hop albums is the lyrical brush with which Cudi paints his dreamscape.
Lyrics such as, “I got some issues that nobody can see and all of these emotions are pouring out of me” display an honest and vulnerable persona which is non-existent in the lyrics of other popular rap stars like Lil Wayne. The reason why Cudi’s lyrical content is so revolutionary is the fact that he seems to convince his audience that he is an average person with troubles like self-doubt, social awkwardness and heartbreak. Listening to Man on the Moon creates a relatable experience for the listener, whereas many other rap artists aim to make their audience bow before them in adoration. Critics would be quick to dismiss Cudi’s creativity as a clone of Kanye West’s album 808s & Heartbreak, but they fail to acknowledge that Cudi is signed to Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D Music, and that he was also the co-writer of 808s & Heartbreak. Although I would recommend that the album be enjoyed in its entirety, there are several tracks I recommend checking out. Self deprecation has never sounded as cool as it does on "Soundtrack 2 My Life." Arguably the strongest of his songs, Cudi sets the mood for the entire album with the line “I am happy, that’s just the saddest lie.” The melodic sing-song vocals of "Simple As…" are reminiscent of a children’s schoolyard rhyme or lullaby. Backed by a strong beat and produced by collaborator and mentor Kanye West, the result is a playful and inventive representation of a dream through song. Kanye West steals the show on "Make Her Say," a track he both produces and raps on. A clever Lady Gaga sample and classic hip-hop beat are complemented by genius wordplay completing the one-two punch. Kid Cudi proves to be a shining example for future rap artists that money and violence are not the only ways to be respected in "the game." This far into hip-hop’s history, it finally has a global audience, and Kid Cudi is the only artist thus far that is speaking to the majority of everyday people. Cudi is currently in the process of writing his upcoming second album. The sky is definitely not the limit for the man on the moon. — Rob Saavedra
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with only an acoustic guitar, Scott describes what it is like to live as an artist in a beautiful and honest way. Between the relaxed guitar playing and wisdom in Dunbar's raspy voice this is most definitely recommended for any artist in need of relatable content. In extreme contrast to this track is a politically and comically fueled piece called "I'm Dick Cheney." The content, sometimes questionable, speaks of the extreme power that the government has over society, with specific mention to how journalists are "owned" by the government and how any information the government finds questionable will undoubtedly be unexposed to the general public. Finishing the song with the ever popular catch phrase, "don't hate the player, hate the game," Scott Dunbar is a brilliant musician with a sense of humour and beautiful diction. — Julia Peters
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Book Review The Primal Blueprint Mark Sisson
verybody has heard the saying ‘So easy a caveman could do it!’ But have we ever really thought about it? In reality genetically we are not all that different from our hunter gatherer ancestors. Yet our diet and food and lifestyle has changed more in the last 50 to 100 years than probably in a thousand years. Mark Sisson has come to the conclusion that maybe our caveman ancestors had some insight that we have lost. Marks uses a prototype caveman Grok as our example. This book The Primal Blueprint grew out of years of personal and communal experience. The book focuses around 10 Rules of primal living. Basically the primal blueprint will teach you to eat differently, exercise differently and get better results. In many ways, based on the results people get, it teaches you to live the 80/20 rule. Get 80 per cent results from 20 per cent of the effort. Eat more, eat great food, work out less, and get better results. Now many people when they hear about this program think it is a new version of Atkins, it just is not so. As can been seen from the carbohydrate curve, Atkins aimed for the ketosis zone, primal aims for a weight loss sweet spot then
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elevating to a maintenance level for carb intake. Also Primal emphasis moving, moving often and moving in different ways. The Primal Blueprint also radically modifies the food pyramid, to one that is not controlled by government lobbyists. You eat lots of plants, good protein some fruit, and minimal grains. Mark has also created an exercise pyramid that challenges conventional wisdom, one of the big points in this book is that most people over train thus diminishing the returns and even causing injury and harm. Check out the exercise pyramid for Mark’s recommendations. Mark also stresses throughout the book, that living primal is a dynamic lifestyle, constantly open to change as new research comes
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toronto international film festival.
Two security personnel stand guard inside the TIFF perimeter outside Roy Thompson Hall.
TIFF showcased a total of 339 films this year... Many of these films were Canadian.
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Every September, for 10 days, this scene plays out many times over in the Hollywood of the North. Fans gather at red carpets just to get a glimpse of their favourite stars, sometimes arriving early in the morning, hours before the first premiere of the day, and remaining until late in the evening. The films’ directors, actors, and other stars arrive in black Cadillacs while fans watch on. Some sign autographs and pose for photos while others head straight toward the line of media outlets waiting for them on the red carpet. While the red carpet premieres certainly draw large crowds, many of the lesser known independent films have strong support as well. With TIFF offering many packages which encourage viewers to see films with less hype behind them, many smaller films get good exposure. The attendees at many of these films are real cinephiles. There is often a question and answer period once the film ends and it is often easy to speak directly with the cast or director. While not as visibly a part of the festival, they are definitely an integral part, proving that it isn’t only well known actors and a big budget that make a film worth watching. Considering both red carpet premieres and smaller films, TIFF showcased a total of 339 films this year. A total of 258 of these were features while 81 were short films. Among these were 112 world premieres and 24 were international premieres. Many of these films were Canadian, showing under the categories of Canada First! and Short Cuts Canada. These films were shown on approximately 37 screens in downtown Toronto. While TIFF is known for bringing media and attention to the Yorkville neighbourhood of Toronto because of the influx of celebrities in the area around the time, the entertainment district is now the centre of many showings and premieres. With this year’s opening of the Bell Lightbox, a sky scraper which will be open to cinephiles year round, it seems TIFF has found a permanent home in the entertainment district. It may be only 10 days, once a year, but this festival transforms Toronto from a city largely behind the scenes to one on the front lines of celebrity and entertainment news. Celebrities are spotted out and about in the city every day. People crowd streets, hotels, and restaurants in hopes of spotting somebody famous. Media outlets spend long days covering the event. Lesser known films gain support, and lesser known actors and directors gain a following. People take in the arts and culture of film quite willingly. And for those who got David Schwimmer to sign their Friends DVD, or got to shake Clive Owen’s hand at the Trust film premiere, they are likely the best 10 days of the year.
Crowds of people wait for Hollywood stars to arrive at the TIFF.
photos by Paula Trelinska
A TIFF staff overlooks the crowd as David Schwimmer arrives on the red carpet.
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Movie Reviews David Schwimmer Trust Millenium Films
ameras flashed as David Schwimmer stood at the podium in Roy Thompson Hall and introduced his newest film, Trust. Before the film, people clamoured to get a photo and once it was over, the audience sat in silence a moment before bursting out in applause. The film, the second to be directed by David Schwimmer, is one that tells the tale of a family reeling from the revelation that their daughter was sexually assaulted. Will (Clive Owen) and Lynn Cameron (Catherine Keener) are well-to-do suburban parents raising three kids in a town near Chicago. When their middle daughter Annie (Liana Liberato) begins talking to a boy named Charlie in a volleyball chatroom, they don’t take too much notice; he seems harmless. As Annie gradually finds out that Charlie is older than she originally thought, she is unfazed as their relationship has progressed to the point of sexual exchanges between the two online. When her parents leave to drop her older brother off at university, Annie heads to the mall to meet the man she thought was 25 and a
volleyball player. Instead she arrives at the mall only to find that Charlie is a man well into his forties. She has been groomed for so long that Annie follows him to a motel room where she is sexually assaulted. It is not until a friend reports having seen Annie with an older man that the police and her parents find out about the incident. When a child like Annie is sexually assaulted, it shatters not only their life, but also that of their family. Will is angry and determined to find the man who assaulted his daughter, while Lynn is determined to make sure her daughter heals after the incident. The family is torn apart by different emotions and feelings. The plot of the film is realistic, timely, and convincing. Well written, the film portrays not only the dangers of the internet but also the journey a family goes through after such a traumatic event. Schwimmer goes back to his dramatic roots with this film, directing in such a way that the film is believable and gripping, all the way through. Liana Liberato delivers a stunning performance as young Annie Cameron. At the tender age of 14, she filmed a scene which leads to the rape of her character
with a maturity beyond her age. She shows a depth to her character which isn’t always shown on screen, and portrays the complicated emotions of a rape victim very well. Catherine Keener and Clive Owen also portray their characters well, immersing themselves in the roles and the emotions. The film, while dark and serious, is good for both parents and children to watch. For any children going online, this film makes the dangers all too real. For parents it serves as a warning that children are not always as open as you may think they are, and that online dangers can affect them more easily than you think. Before the film began, Schwimmer said that this was a deeply personal film for him, and its not difficult to see why. The subject matter is heavy, the performances incredibly deep and personal, and some scenes very difficult. Schwimmer, however, did an excellent job of navigating this tough terrain and making a movie with a message, and a warning. This story is all too real for some families, it’s important that Schwimmer was able to bring it to the big screen and show the reality to others. — Paula Trelinska Courtesy of the movie insider
Luca Guadagnino I Am Love Magnolia Pictures
Am Love is an Italianbased movie, which uses a series of snapshots in order to give insight into the life of an upper-class family. Throughout the first half of the film, the focus is divided between the parental figures of Tancredi and Emma, played by Pippo Delbono and Tilda Swinton, their children Edo and Betta, are played by Flavio Parent and Alba Rohrwacher. The beginning of the movie addresses any family of wealth and social status issues. The members struggle with revelations in sexuality, identity, inheritance, and love. The second half of the film begins to focus more on the character of Emma, and how she’s slowly drifting away from her family. Though Emma is the main character within the film, it is very difficult for the audience to become too attached to her. The viewers are forced to observe from the sidelines as she begins to fall away from her role as the perfect Italian housewife and into the arms of another man. This affair is the beginning of the unravelling of
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the Recchi clan, and results in a tragedy that shatters the family completely. Emma’s affair is almost surprising because there is very little lead in, and most of the development coming up to her adultery is hidden from the audience. The tiniest amount of flirtation is shown between the two, before suddenly Emma is whisked away into the arms of this man who she has very little interaction with for the first half of the film. This lack of lead-in is a common theme for many of the revelations that the characters in I Am Love come to. The audience is left constantly surprised and at times even confused by sudden character shifts that seem too abrupt and without reason. However, the abruptness of these changes is in contrast to the overall flow of the film. Artistic shots and bizarre camera angles serve to draw out scenes by focusing on the small details. This adds to the cinematic beauty of the work and also serves to add a stark realism to the film as a whole. The camera focuses on tiny details in each room, and follows a servant through a
large Italian villa, in an attempt to give the appearance of a realistic Italian family. Love scenes give a classical atmosphere with blurred body shots and interludes of clips of nature between each movement. However, sometimes the artistic cinematography in this film is to a fault. It brings attention to things that aren’t necessarily important, and at times even draws the audience’s attention away from the significance of the rest of the other scene. While beautiful, the use of city wide views and large hilly pans draw the film out a bit too much, and make scenes that would otherwise be both significant and interesting seem rather boring. This is essentially what causes the disassociation between the audience and the film, and makes the film fairly difficult to fall into. So while the film is a beautiful piece and shows intriguing insight into the Italian upper-class, audiences should remember to go in expecting something artistic and drawn out, and not so full of twists and turns as the trailer might lead them to believe. — Caitlin McIntyre
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ith the start of the fall term, new and returning students are bombarded with information regarding the school’s regulations and services, including that of the Feds and GSA’s health and dental plan. Most students put off learning about these benefit programs until a serious injury or health condition occurs. Not only is it necessary for practising effective preventative health care on campus, but this term, it is especially important to find out about your health and dental coverage as some major changes have been put in place by the Feds and GSA. The most significant modification is that the combined Feds and GSA dental plan has been separated to better reflect the claims being made by undergrad and graduate students in the premiums paid by both groups. As it was, undergrad students were paying more premiums than they were claiming, while graduate students were doing the opposite (as more graduate students enrol their spouses and dependants in the school’s dental plan). Feds’ recent survey of approximately 2,000 undergraduate participants revealed that students voted in favour of keeping the coverage the same with a moderate increase in the dental plan fee as opposed to decreasing coverage for a lesser increase in fees. The GSA received similar results from their membership. As a result of both the separation
and the survey, there has been a marginal increase in premiums for undergraduate students and a major increase for graduate students. According to Sarah Cook, VP Administration and Finance of Feds, the dental plan tends to be highly unstable with last year’s insurance claims going over by $1 million. The health plan, on the other hand, has existed for a longer period of time, is self-insured (allowing the GSA and Feds to pay less administrative fees to the insurance provider), and most of its costs and expenses are easy to calculate and predict. Thus, the undergraduate and graduate health plan will continue to be combined into a single plan in order to avoid unnecessary expenses and bad administrative decisions. Another major change is the addition of a product that will benefit students in times of a serious disease or condition. A student may have their tuition refunded in cases where their withdrawal from a term is deemed warranted. This offer will be available to the University of Waterloo for a free trial period of two years, provided by Sun Life Financial. The Feds and GSA plan, which covers full-time undergrad students and members of the GSA, includes health, dental, vision and travel.
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A tale of two mascots
Secrets of the Tie
Dinh Nguyen features editor
Angela Gaetano staff reporter
hat’s 40 feet long, 11 feet wide, pink, and obsessed over by a group of lonely adolescents? A tie, you perverts. The emblem of the mathematics faculty, the large pink tie, a familiar sight here at UW. Hung from the math building annually, the symbol is associated with UW’s math faculty. Tiny replicas of the tie are given to math frosh yearly, and sometimes worn at various formal university events. Although the tie is a well-known mascot at UW, few people are aware of its historical significance. UW’s math faculty began as a department under the faculty of arts when it was formed in 1960. Mathematics began as the faculty’s largest department and quickly grew in size, scope, and prominence, expanding to include graduate programs and the fledgling computer science programs. Mathematics’ original chairman, Ralph Stanton, was key in its development, and was successful in recruiting several highly regarded instructors. Stanton envisioned his department as an independent, stand alone discipline. As fleets of the country’s brightest mathematics students were attracted to the Waterloo math department, his argument for its liberation from the faculty of arts became more compelling. Although his efforts were met with stiff resistance, Stanton was eventually successful, and the University of Waterloo became home to the first independent faculty of math in North America in 1967. When the faculty’s official space, the Mathematics and Computer (MC) Building, was opened in 1968, the math students decorated it with the first giant pink tie, to thank Stanton for pursuing his vision of math as separate from both arts and science by referencing his love of flamboyant neck ties, for which he was famous. The hanging of the tie quickly became a beloved tradition, and was targeted for good natured attacks by other faculties. It has been stolen, trekked across country, and even paint bombed by various groups on campus. As a result of these attacks, the current tie is actually the third model bought, and is guarded 24 hours a day during frosh week by a dedicated group of math students, “the tie guard,” established by a UW math grad, Marco Koechli.
The Welcome Week scavenger hunt key, worth a trip for two to France, was hidden underneath this tombstone in the Peter Russell Rock Garden just outside of MC. The scavenger hunt was part of a weeklong celebration put on by Feds, welcoming returning and new UW students to campus. Check out the next issue of Imprint for coverage on the week’s most anticipated events — A night of Lol with Trixx, and the Marianas Trench concert.
key worth several thousand dollars has been found, but not yet turned in. Hidden as part of Fed’s Welcome Week scavenger hunt, the key has a phone number and instruction attached to it that leads to a generous reward -- a trip for two to France with six days accommodation. As of press time, the phone number has been called but the key has yet to be seen. While many members of Fed’s and the Welcome Week co-ordinator team have said that the hunt has been won, they cannot completely confirm it without seeing the key. Hence their decision to carry on as though nothing has been found.
Clues released as of September 15
To find it you must be clever. This is the first clue you will be given. There will be more least the key stay lost forever. Look under, not low though. But remember before you do; just as under does not mean low, low is not the answer to this clue.
The key is on the main campus, don`t worry it is here.
Look for me out of sight, the engraving `57 may be your light. If this does not provide the answer to your plight, keep looking for no more clue there shall be tonight.
Under flat and heavy I am sealed, You may lift this fourteen, Under which the key may be revealed. Without this work, the key will be undoubtedly be unseen.
Comedian, he is not. Though humourous this may seem. The thing you look for must be sought, under something which was never green.
—With files from the UW math faculty.
icture this: thousands of frosh engineers gathered in Fed Hall, chanting and cheering. Smoke spreads, music booms and lights spin, while each one is anxious and anticipating the arrival of something epic. Something very long and rigid. Clearly, they are all awaiting The Tool. Measuring 60 inches, and triple chrome-plated, the rather large wrench has been the University of Waterloo’s engineering mascot for 43 years now.
Further investigation by Imprint revealed that the key is no longer in its original hiding spot. During the event, clues leading to the location of the key were gradually posted on the Welcome Week Twitter page and Facebook group. A total of three clues were released at different times on Sept. 13. The key was discovered roughly three hours after the third clue was posted. By the time Imprint staff made it to its original hiding spot (five hours after the release of the third clue) at the Peter Russell Rock Garden, the key was already gone. Originally, the Welcome Week team planned to release a forth clue on the morning, and fifth clue on evening of Sept. 14. However, as the key was found before this could happen, the clues were released later than the promised time. The fourth clue was released on the afternoon of Sept. 14, while the fifth was posted on Sept. 15.
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Iron: How the Tool was stolen In 1967, the engineering society debated a symbolic token of their proud and dedicated faculty (and possibly for their arrogance too). The Tool didn’t get its title right off the bat; there was a competitor: a sword. With heated meetings of both society “A” and society “B,” the pipe wrench was stiff competition, and lead its way to victory. Then it came down to size. Some of the society was in favour of the small wrench that was used as a gavel at the meetings — but that’s not how engineers do it. They went big— really big. During his co-op term, society “A” President Jim Pike was on the lookout for the perfect sturdy tool. He finally found the perfect 60 inch pipe wrench at an industrial supply distributor called, The Ridgid Tool Company. But being a
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barely 10 year old faculty, $350 for The Tool was hard to come by. In a letter to the company, Pike explained how the university had the largest engineering faculty in Canada, and a distinctive reputation in academics. He also added that it was also where co-op was initiated, and they would be honoured to have their wrench as a mascot. In return, the company replied with resounding pleasure at the idea, but under two conditions: they must keep its original orange colours, and it must be referred to as “The Ridgid Tool,” for respect of the company. Agreeing to these, Pike whisked “The Ridgid Tool” and brought it to a machine shop in Waterloo. After being dipped in chrome — Pike explains he
wished a chemical engineer could have told him what happens to orange paint in chrome dip – they added chains for extra protection. With all this reverence for the new gleaming shaft of The Tool, it was bound to be sought after by mathies, artsies, and other universities alike! This is when the Action Committee was created. They are a group of students dedicated to The Tool in public and private spaces. They keep a vigilant eye over it, as The Tool may only be touched by those garnishing the sacred iron ring of engineering. This is presented to graduating engineering students in the tradition of “The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer,” or better known as “The Iron Ring Ceremony.” Only once
students have taken the oath of the engineer may they at last touch the cold, hard steel that is “The Tool.” As the wrench eventually went from “the ridgid tool” to just “the tool,” the action committee, over time, became known as tool bearers, (its protectors). There is not much known about them. Despite the heavy guard, the tool has been stolen. The last robbery to date was in January of 1982, when the tool was being taken back by a blockade of vehicles after the Welcome Back Stag. A Tool Bearer had stopped unexpectedly before they made it to the hiding place; then, U of T engineering students attacked him and snatched the mighty wrench. It was gone for two months, with bitter negotiations back and forth.
Finally, in March of 1982, the sneaky engineering students sent the 60-inch tool back — in a 45-gallon drum of reinforced concrete! The Tool Bearers diligently worked to free the tool from the firm solid, only when they broke through they discovered that “U of T” was engraved in it. Coming from a small group of engineers 40 years ago — who were set on establishing a central symbol for Waterloo engineering — the Tool has grown to a protected obsession. The phrase, “Engineers rule the world,” has been passed around time and time again. They are seen as an emblem of superiority. With The Tool, it’s all a matter of showing everyone else that UW engineers have the biggest wrench.
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UW Healthcare Health Benefits Students can save even more money by combining UW’s health plan with network savings. Prescription Drugs Your Health Plan covers 80 per cent of eligible prescription drugs costs, as well as up to $8 of the dispensing fee for every prescription or refill. The prescription medication must be on UW’s customized ODB Formulary. Fertility drugs are covered up to $2,000 per lifetime, and extemporaneous drugs are covered only if one of the ingredients is listed on ODB Formulary. Health Practitioners All services by a health practitioner are covered up to 80 per cent
to a maximum of $400 per year. Psychiatrist — assessments must be for educational purposes only, and only the insured student will be covered (not enrolled spouses or dependants). Massage Therapist — with a written referral by a MD; $30 for 30 minutes, $55 for an hour. Chiropractors — one x-ray per year; $40 for initial assessment, $25 for subsequent visits. Physiotherapists - no more than $45 for initial assessment, $35 for subsequent visits. Diagnostic Services The plan covers lab tests, x-rays, and ultrasounds to diagnose an illness at 80 per cent. It must be performed in a commercial lab and are only covered if they are not by provincial health care. Ultrasounds for pregnancy and
monitoring an illness are not covered. Naturopathic doctors Osteopaths — must be a doctor in osteopathic medicine. Registered dietician — must be preapproved by UW Health Services. Podiatrist/Chiropodist — one x-ray per calendar year Speech therapist — with a written referral by a MD. Vaccinations Students are covered up to 80 per cent and must pay 20 per cent or $15, whichever is less, for ingredient costs. Vaccinations or contraceptives from UW Health Services are free, but injection fees may apply. Home Care A home nurse is covered if approved by Sun Life and certified as medically necessary. Accidents and Emergencies The cost of an ambulance, dental accidents, travel accidents, and ac-
cidental death and dismemberment are covered. Medical equipment and services covered at 80 per cent are the cost of stipulated medical equipment (e.g. hearing aids, crutches, wheelchair rental, permanent prosthesis, etc.), contraceptive devices (excluding insertion fee), orthopaedic shoes and modifications to shoes, and the cost of room, board, and nursing care for convalescent or chronic care in a licensed nursing home or clinic; eligible expenses for blood glucose monitors or insulin dependent diabetics are covered up to $120 per five years; hearing aids and its repairs (not including batteries) are covered up to $400 for five years; the surgical removal of toe nails or the excision of plantar warts are covered up to $80 per calendar year; and wheelchair repairs are limited to a $200 per lifetime. A prescription from a physician, podiatrist, or chiropodist is required for these claims . Out-of- Province Referral The plan covers 80 per cent or up to $60 per day for 60 days a year with a written referral by the attending physician in the province of residence.
Dental Benefits Preventative services Recall exams, cleaning and polishing, bitewing x-rays, oral hygiene instruction and the application of fluoride are covered once every 12 months, scaling is covered up to two units per policy year, and a complete/new patient exam and complete/ panorex x-rays are covered once every 36 months. Root planing is covered up to eight units per year. The extraction of impacted teeth is also covered, but considered oral surgery and will receive a smaller network reduction. All are covered at 70 per cent. Basic Services Fillings (white fillings covered for all teeth), oral surgery, root canals, and gum treatments are covered at 70 per cent. Major restorative services Crowns, bridges and posts are not covered, but have dental network savings.
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The beginning of a global perspective Dental Accidents Treatments must be done within 12 months following the accident in order to receive 80 per cent coverage.
Vision Eye Exams The plan covers one eye exam, up to $50, every two years. Eye Glasses and Contact Lenses The cost of new/replacement eyeglasses or contact lenses are covered up to $75 per 24 months. Laser Eye Surgery The plan covers laser eye surg er y up to $150 per year.
Travel The plan covers for up to 150 days per trip for an unlimited number of trips at up to $1,000,000 per lifetime.
t didn’t sink in right away, what I’d actually gotten myself into. Not at Pearson International Airport, where I embarked on the first leg of my 24-plus-hour journey. Not in the departure lounge of the international airport in Hong Kong, where I fell asleep on my back-pack and almost missed my flight. Not even that first night in Singapore, where the taxi driver was crazy, didn’t speak English, and drove on the wrong side of the road. But by the second day, I was really starting to realize—and internalize— something that had been abstract for me for a long time. I’d flown half way around the world to spend five months in a country and culture I didn’t know with people who were very different from the ones I’d left behind in Canada. There are a lot of reasons behind my decision to travel on this exchange to the National University of Singapore. I thought it would be fun. I thought it would be a great chance to travel. I thought I could learn something new.
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But most of all, I did it because I’ve always known that the world is a big place and I decided it was time to see a bigger part of it. People are always talking about this global community we’re all a part of. How globalization and increasing interconnections are making the world seem like such a smaller place. How there are few, if any, truly isolated cultures. It’s part of popular culture, everyday life, and newsworthy debates from around the world. It’s a phrase and a concept people recognize. Everyone knows we’re part of a global community. It’s just one of those facts of life you don’t really think about. It’s never been a very relevant discussion for me. Yes, in a theoretical sense I understand what a “global community” is. Yes, I know about globalization and its effects on the economy and cultural practices and society of distant peoples. But, I’m a little ashamed to say, it never really intruded into the bubble of what I considered to be truly relevant and important in my life.
That would probably have never changed, except I decided to be more than a Christmas vacation tourist and really see what the rest of world is like. And I’m realizing that this whole “global community” concept is a lot more complicated than I thought it was. And a lot more relevant. This is my world and my future we’re talking about. And I have a lot less idea of what’s going on than I thought I did. So maybe it’s time to take a look at what being part of a global community really means. To us and to the world.
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Warriors split on Black and Gold Day
THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
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Both varsity soccer teams found their first wins of the season early
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Men’s golf three-peats at St. Lawrence Invitational
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Rugby captain Caitlin Martin (#30) breaks a tackle during Black and Gold Day. The fullback was unable to score any tries against the #2-ranked Gryphons. Black and Gold day reportedly attracted 2,500 frosh and fans.
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Black and Gold didn’t go quite as planned as the women’s rugby was served notice by the #2 ranked Guelph Gryphons. The annual Black and Gold game had the Warriors competing in front of 2,500 boisterous fans at the North Campus fields by CIF. Gryphon fourth year eight-man Jacey Murphy was a key player in the loss as she found a way to score three consecutive tries during the second half as Guelph mashed their way to a solid victory. Although the first half had great action with end to end play, only third year centre Britt Benn scored points in the half for Guelph. Warriors were unable to capitalize on their chances to earn points in the game. The Warriors found themselves overmatched by their Gryphon opponents in the second half. Only Guelph was able to secure point in the second with Murphy finding banner_ad:Layout 9/14/10 PM Newman Page 1 adding insurance. gaps for three tries, and1 rookie hooker12:23 Breanna
Athough the Warriors played a tough game and showed a lot of heart, their short eight-game season won’t be getting any easier. They will have to take their experience and apply it quickly as the Warriors will be travelling to Western to face another tough squad. All was not bad for the Warriors as rookie Emily Sanderson stepped up to show that she belongs in the league. The squad plays their next match in London on Saturday, September 18.
UOIT 0 vs Waterloo 61 The men’s side had a little easier time with their match-up, and sure made things interesting for the frosh fans. Richard Lebel, who played with Canada this summer at the World University Rugby Sevens Championship, scored two tries and added three converts for 16 points.
Warriors set to put on a show for Sports Day
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A new chapter in sports testing has officially been opened Andrew Arevalo reporter
ometimes things happen in sports that most sports fans don’t pay too much attention to. It’s not your fault, it more of the sports analysts’ fault. As sports analysts, they are suppose to pay attention to intricate details. Slowly over the last three years, something has happened in sports that nobody has really talked about it. Everybody rips baseball for the steroids, and rightly so, but have you noticed something? Baseball now has the toughest testing for steroids. They test the most often and it’s the most strident. Bud Selig announced this past summer that minor leaguers will be subjected to blood testing randomly and it goes into effect immediately. This will make baseball the first sport in the U.S. to conduct blood testing, HGH, and steroids testing, and this is something you really haven’t heard from the major sports networks. Baseball has been crushed by people for steroid use and rightly so, but let’s give them credit for this. The testing is more often, to more people, and at more levels including the minor leagues — leagues which don’t have players unions. So what does this mean for baseball? As of Thursday night, in five of the games there was a shutout, and in another game Cincinnati scored just one run. In four
other games a team scored just two runs, and in the highest scoring game of the night there was a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Six out of the twelve games on Thursday were a shutout or one run at most was scored. In the National League, 9 of 16 teams are hitting under .260, with four others at .262 or below. That’s 80 per cent of the NL hitting under .260. In the AL, 6 of the 14 teams are batting under .260. There was an article by Sports Illustrated’s Tim Marchment in May which said the real change in May was the slugging average, down 24 per cent, and showed the league is hitting a .257 average right now. The key to his entire article stated that it’s the lowest average since 1992. Anybody remember what 1992 was? The year Jose Canseco arrived in Texas and the steroid era truly branched out. Folks, take away ‘92 until last year and we’re playing pre-1992 baseball! And don’t tell me we’re in a cycle, because we’re not. The only cycle we’re in, is that “nobody is on the cycle.” Fans love to use the term “cycle.” ESPN isn’t necessarily to blame for this, but ESPN is a factor in this. I’ll give you a cycle that was true: the fundamentals of basketball eroding from about 1985-2005, for about 20 years. ESPN showed highlights and not actual games since most people don’t watch games, only highlights. SportsCenter show
ratings are much higher than game ratings, so the highlights reels created a generation of young kids who wanted to dunk, make behind the back passes, and other great plays. They wanted to because they grew up on highlights, not watching the entire game. And because of that you can argue that the fundamentals of basketball gradually eroded to some degree for 20 years. But in baseball you don’t go from “everybody is hitting long balls” to “nobody can hit” overnight. That’s not a cycle, that’s sudden. That’s a faucet being turned off, and the steroid/HGH faucet has been turned off. The games are now faster, it’s not that the pitching is really great. I’m sorry but if San Diego’s pitching was great they’d win the World Series, and you and I know that they won’t. The faucet has been turned off: this is not a cyclical thing. As of Thursday night, it was the 13th time this year we had a no-hitter into the 8th inning, and it was at a hitters park. I honestly think baseball deserves some credit for this. The media continues to bang on baseball for the steroids, but now in minor leagues you have random blood testing. A good friend of my dad’s used to work in minor league baseball down south in Texas when they had no blood testing. Blood testing is when you get to the heart of HGH since it isn’t present in urine samples. Curtis Granderson, a player
representative for the New York Yankees, said “whoa whoa whoa, we gotta fine tune this testing, not so fast.” But where does baseball not have to deal with the players union? Single-A, Double-A and Triple A baseball: they’re going right after them.So give baseball some credit. Now, you can argue that baseball isn’t as interesting. I would argue that a 2 hour and 27 minute baseball game is every bit as interesting as a 3 hour 17 min slug fest. I do believe that in the society we live in today, let’s be honest, for people who go to a lot of baseball games, generally you’re pretty successful people. The games are expensive, so people who frequent ballparks probably have their own businesses, went to university, and have nice cars. Games starting at 7:30 P.M. is not great for the sport. With a 7:05 P.M. start, the game is over by 9:28 P.M., you’re home by 10 P.M. and in bed by 10:20 P.M., that’s regular. But when you’re getting home around 11:14 P.M., asleep by 11:58 P.M., you’re losing sleep, and that’s not good for the average American and Canadian worker. I don’t know if the lack of steroids is good, but I will say that the home run derby certainly isn’t what it used to be. Nowadays, baseball looks a lot like the early ‘90s and ‘80s baseball, but let’s give baseball some credit: a lot of people aren’t giving them credit, and they are really tightening the faucet against performance enhancing.
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The men’s golf team dominated the links once more at the St. Lawrence Invitational. Rank won the event for a second straight year. Imprint Staff
Men’s golf proves too tough to handle south of the border
The Warriors were able to finish first during the St. Lawrence Invitational in Canton, NY, for the third year in a row. The team was led by Garrett Rank who, once again, burned up the course with a tournament best 6-under par. Sophomore Evan Koriko shot 2-over in the two round tournament, earning him a bronze finish. Senior academic All-Canadian Mathew Robson tied for sixth place as he shot 6-over par. A second Warrior squad headed down to Michigan on the same weekend to compete in the Fossum/Michigan State Invitational. The Warriors let their game slip finishing 10th overall out of 15 entered teams. The highest ranked Warrior in this tournament was freshman Brandon Pierce who shot a 151 total, good enough for 16th place out of the 82 competitors. The team will open the OUA season on Sept. 20 in Kingston, at the Queens Invitational, where they are defending champions.
Baseball drops double-header home opener, but rebounded by splitting their second double-header the next day
The Warriors opened their season Saturday with two back-to-back games against the Western Mustangs, proving to be doubly unsuccessful. During the first game, the Warriors ground through the game in a pitcher’s duel. Both pitchers allowed no runs deep into the game as Waterloo starting pitcher lasted six innings and only allowed two hits as he struck out seven batters. Joel Smith came to the mound in relief, but allowed one in the top of the seventh. The team was able to answer back and brought home a run in the bottom of the eight but ultimately lost with a score of 2-1 after a wild throw by catcher Dave Allen trying to catch the runner at third allowed him to score. Smith was saddled with the loss. Moving onto the second game, Western showed no mercy taking the win at 6-1. The Mustangs capitalized early on pitcher Stefan Sawicky, as they grabbed an early 2-0 when Sawickhy walked three runners in the first inning. Waterloo then traveled down the highway the next day for a second round of double headers against Toronto. The Warriors started off strong, jumping to an early a 3-0 lead and held it strong into the seventh inning. Then the Blues answered back with a two-run home run and they were back in the game. The game went down to the wire as the Warriors held a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth, but the Blues found their rally caps and won the game with a final score of 4-3. The loss had the Warriors starting off the season with a dismal three-game losing streak. Showing some promise during their second game, the Warriors took home their first win of the season with a close call of 3-2. Once again Waterloo jumped out to an early start, scoring two runs in the first inning. But the Blues were able to chip away at the lead and found themselves even by the seventh inning. The Warriors lead off with a single, and two sacrifice fly balls found the runner on third. Under pressure, Ben Norris beat out an infield single to allow the run to score. Rookie pitcher Brandon Beattie earned the win in his first appearance on the mound as a Warrior.
The Jets-Ravens’ game was good defensive football, but made you get that “I’ll never get these hours back, what am I doing with my life”-feeling after watching it.
enjoy Greek Mythology (big time nerd, yes) and so the other day I sat down to watch the movie “Clash of the Titans,” which features many of the characters from these myths, thrown together into a story. The general premises of the movie is that humans are tired of things going wrong under the careful watch of the Greek Gods, and decide to wage war against their superhuman counterparts (I’m sure you can figure out how this goes — let’s just say this idea was as bright as Rex Ryan, but we’ll get to that later). I’d seen the trailers for the movie and was psyched. And from about scene 3 on, it continually let me down. The special effects were shoddy and unrealistic, the storyline was boring, and the characters were anything but compelling. Coincidentally, when I sat down on Sunday to get my NFL fix, I was greeted with the same lackluster performance. For a week that was supposed to answer a ton of questions about teams; a week that had several key matchups and interesting plotlines, the games mainly fell flat. First, there was the Thursday game between the Saints and the Vikings. Other than one brief drive at the end of the second half, Brett Favre was rusty and off, and Drew Brees wasn’t a whole heck of a lot better. The game was low scoring, with various mistakes from both teams, and
ended rather anti-climatically. Then came the Patriots-Bengals tilt, which was supposed to be a close game between two playoff contenders, that is, until the Patriots steam-rolled the Bengals, taking a 24-0 advantage and generally doing what they wanted, when they wanted, to whomever they wanted. The Texans-Colts game was good in parts, but surprisingly the Texans had control for most of the game. Then we got to Sunday night, where the new-look Washington Redskins were hosting the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys, going into the season, had the fourth best odds (according to Vegas) to win the Superbowl. The Redskins were on the upswing, thanks to the addition of new quarterback Donovan McNabb and coach Mike Shanahan. Everyone was hyped, the game was supposed to be a battle between two veteran teams with star-studded lineups. Then the game started and that perception died fast. The slugfest went on for more than three hours, was rarely compelling and only went on to reignite the question—how does Dallas head coach Wade Phillips still have a job? Monday night was no different, although probably, the most telling. The Jets-Ravens game was good defensive football, but made you get that “I’ll never get these hours back,
what am I doing with my life”-feeling after watching it. We listened all offseason as Rex Ryan told everyone but my grandmother that his Jets were Super Bowl contenders, only to see his “bright, young, star” quarterback Mark Sanchez lose his nickname of “The Sanchize,” and have it replaced with (as me and my Dad now refer to him as), “Check-down Sanchez.” Sanchez looked incapable of throwing down-field. He rarely made it through his progressions (I know guys who play so much Madden, that they probably could have done a better job at this), and for the whole game, his longest pass was a measly 13 yards. The NFL is a quarterback-driven league. I’m not sure how Rex thinks they’re going to win it all with Check-down Sanchez, but he looks about as smart as Tiger Woods right now. In the end, this week one had more sizzle than steak. Arian Foster had a big day, which was thrilling. Chris Johnson had another electrifying run. Michael Vick may actually be back after this week’s performance, but in an overall sense, we learned very little from this week, and were given very few enjoyable games. Luckily, unlike Clash of the Titans (which will never get a sequel — please, for the sake of people everywhere), the NFL still has time to make it up to us.
Men’s soccer finally finds a way to win at home
The men’s team opened their season last week against the Laurier Golden Hawks. After failing to capitalize on their opportunities in the first half, Laurier showed them how it’s done by potting three unanswered goals. Waterloo dropped their home opener 3-0 versus the Golden Hawks. The men were able to earn first win of the season last Saturday when they defeated the Guelph Gryphons, but saw a loss against the McMaster Marauders on Sunday with a score of 2-1. The Warriors finally found their first win at home after beating UOIT 5-2. Midfielder Mohamed Aborig had a dominant game, beating the Ridgeback keeper three goals. The Warrior’s will face the York Lions at home on Saturday.
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Off to great start
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Richard Lebel lead the Warriors to a 61-0 win with two tries and three converts for 16 points Continued from page 25
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Eight Warriors scored tries, and the Warriors scored three quick tries. Rookie Hanser Ulrik and eight-man Zach Bentley each scored two tries of their own, while Ben Vandenberg , Blake Smith, Dan Snider, Caleb Ashley and Evan Pitcher each added one try. The Warriors then travelled down to Toronto to extend their undefeated season. This match wasn’t quite a cakewalk as the Toronto Varsity Blues pushed the Warriors to a 20-15 win on Wednesday evening. Although there was little rest between the two games, the Warriors were able to earn five important points in the season. Richard Lebel scored his third try of the season, and was named athlete of the week for his efforts. Also adding tries were Zach Bentley, Zach Bogdon and Ben Vandenberg. The Warriors followed up their dominant performance with a less than stellar one. They committed 22 ball handling errors which allowed Toronto to control the ball. That meant the Warriors had to play solid defence most of the game. Waterloo will look to maintain their winning streak as they host the undefeated McMaster Marauders on Sunday, September 19 at 1:00 pm. One of these teams will not be going home happy this weekend. email@example.com
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Queen’s University will be the site of the CBC’s inaugural ‘Sports Day In Canada.’ CBC is working with ParticipACTION and True Sport in a bid to celebrate sport in Canada, from the grassroots through to the elite levels. CBC host Scott Russell will be broadcasting live from Queen’s brand new Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC). Sports Day in Canada will tour the country throughout the day and showcase a number of amateur sports in the City of Kingston. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for our amateur sport community to show how active Kingstonians are,” said Leslie Dal Cin, Queen’s University, director of athletics and recreation. “Our city and university have a tremendous history and reputation for participation in sport. It is an important part of our community fabric and we are delighted to be a part of this historic day. We are delighted to share in the festivities and welcome everyone to the Athletics and Recreation Centre and our outdoor fields to help celebrate the inaugural Sports Day in Canada.” The six-hour broadcast will televise the ITU Triathlon World Championships women’s final, 2010 Men’s Rugby Canadian Championship, and also some features and vignettes. The Canadian Commonwealth Games Committee will also host a media conference to announce the Canadian flag-bearer for the opening ceremony for 19th Commonwealth Games being held in Delhi, India, this October. The Waterloo Warriors hockey team will be part of the celebrations, although they will be in Huntsville for the festivities. The team will be hosting the Huntsville Otters minor hockey program and surrounding Muskoka communities for clinics throughout the day, followed by an exhibition match against UOIT later that evening. “We’re thrilled to support Sports Day in Canada.” coach Brian Bourque told gowarriorsgo.ca. “The town of Huntsville has been gracious hosts for the event and for it to be a part of Sports Day in Canada is the icing on the cake. Huntsville is a great community and hockey town. We look forward to showcasing university hockey in Ontario and the importance of developing and maintaining our athletes in our home province.”
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The University of Calgary Dinos may have the best recruiting class ever sought in the Women’s varsity hockey world. Hayley Wickenheiser, captain of Canada’s women’s hockey team and coming off an Olympic gold medal win last February, announced her commitment this past Wednesday. She has reportedly enrolled in classes at Calgary for the fall term. Canada’s all-time leading scorer will definitely add what the team needs to make a push for being the nation’s top ranked club. They have never before been ranked as a top-10 team in the nation. The Dinos recently recruited fellow olympian Kelly Bechard to be the assistant coach to former Olympian Danielle Goyette.
Calgary Dinos football coach suspended
The Canada West Complaints Committee has reached a conclusion about a complaint submitted by the University of Sasketchewan against the Dinos’ head coach Blake Nill, following a football game in Calgary on September 4th. They have decided to suspend him for one game. The suspension came after Nill had an inappropriate reaction to a hit against one of his players. That player received a concussion from the play. Nill’s team filed a complaint that the hit was a head shot and warranted discipline, but the league disagreed. This isn’t the first time Nill’s behaviour has gotten him into trouble. Last season he got in a heated argument with his rookie son Taylor after winning the Uteck bowl. He later issued an apology for the encounter. Also, back in 2001 when he was coach of the St. Mary’s Huskies, Nill received a one-game suspension for remarks he made about an opponents’ football program after beating them 105–0. The suspension was later rescinded.
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Jordano Tonial enters the women’s washroom, almost dies Jordano Tonial distraction columnist
f you’ve never accidently entered the washroom of the opposite sex, take it from me, it is one of the most terrifying experiences of your life. The worst part is the realization; when the pieces come together in your brain and it dawns on you: you’re doing something that looks really disturbing. I’ve been in this horrifying situation twice in my life. The first time was at a Wal-Mart in Kentucky, and the sudden ‘realization’ came when emerging out the stall, there was a woman in front of me looking horrified with her seven year old daughter at her side (also looking horrified). I quickly ran out of the bathroom in a state of sheer panic, trying to explain (while weeping loudly) that I was not a sex offender, just an idiot who apparently needs Robert Langdon to de-code that ‘person with dress’ means ‘human female’ (after all I wear dresses all the time when my mom goes out of town, does that make me a girl? Actually, don’t answer that.) The second was recently at work, in the employee washroom, where the consequences of anyone finding out I was in there would surely lead to all of my co-workers seriously worrying about my intelligence and sexoffenderness (definitely a word.) 7:36 pm – I notice there are no urinals. Weird. 7:37 pm – I enter the stall anyway thinking ‘I guess people only take poops here.’ 7:38 pm – I hear the door open and close, okay totally normal. 7:38 pm – I hear a feminine voice humming to herself. Okay, most definitely not totally normal. 7:39 pm – The sudden realization hits me, and I become a neurotic mess. 7:40 pm – I cower in the stall considering my options: 1. I could just wait a really long time, let her finish and then I exit. Now my main problem with this plan was that I’d be forced to stay in the stall for upwards
of a minute, and at this point my heart was beating like a thousand beats per minute and I was completely high on adrenaline. One minute in this stall would have killed me, I am sure of it. And as my imagination began to run wild, I imagined the sight of my mother, at my funeral wondering why her son died in the women’s washroom, from a heart attack, with his pants down. 2. ‘Bathroom Option Number 2’ has nothing to do with pooping, ironically. It required me to wait for her to enter a stall and then the moment the door closed, to make a mad dash for the door and pray to every god that I’d ever heard of that I would not run into anyone on the way out. She entered the stall next to mine. I ran out breakneck speed, but apparently when adrenaline is coursing through your veins and your heart is beating a thousand beats a minute, the run from the stall to the door is way too short. I had envisioned a cross country dash in my head, like I was trying to cross the Rio Grande and illegally smuggle myself into the United States. Anyway long story short I was going way too fast, and I ran right into the door, a loud BANG erupted, I fell to the ground and began bleeding from the nose. The stall door opened… I briefly wondered what the woman’s reaction would be to the spectacle of hearing someone race through the bathroom, smash against the door and see a 19-year-old man on the ground, in the women’s washroom, bleeding from the nose, sobbing to himself, his face red from embarrassment and the fact that his heart rate just topped 250. Through the blood and tears (and other liquids, to which I will stay blissfully unaware of their make-up) I opened my eyes to see my friend Andrew. A man. So I was in the men’s washroom after all. Oh good. “Dude…what the fuck is wrong with you? I thought someone was being murdered out here. You are so fucking weird sometimes.” Well, I took solace to myself, at lest I wasn’t a sex offender, (a registered one anyways.)
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