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UW’s Dissocia reinvents theatre Paul McGeown asst. arts editor
ake no mistake; Dissocia – the new UW Drama production – is not the kind of play that leaves you with happy, fuzzy feelings. Of course, if you’ve seen the poster, you’ve no doubt guessed that it isn’t beet juice spilling across the bathroom floor. Dissocia is an ambitious production. It includes the use of two big banks of video screens, which help to tell two of the show’s three interwoven stories. The complexity of interacting with video — and of interacting with a small, intimate audience — imbues respect for the cast and crew from the outset. Dissocia is the product of a 2009 workshop class taught by director (and UW professor) Andy Houston. The class was inspired by the work of Kevin Harrigan, who researched legal gambling in Ontario. However, Houston points out that there are broader themes at play; addiction in general, but also consumerism. The audience is welcomed by a casino hostess, who — with the help of a clearly troubled camerawoman — asks questions about luck and superstition. You are then ushered into the very intimate performance space; it seats just 27, and each seat is enclosed by a sort of cubicle. The isolation, says Houston, was borne of the idea that at a casino, “You go into this space that’s got lots of people in it, but...there’s almost no interaction between slot players.” The intimacy and the creative staging are backed by strong stories. The first involves sisters Audriss and Zada, who wrestle with how their father can love them, and at the same time abuse them to feed his gambling addiction. The strong, impassioned narration by Audriss (Cassandra Cline) is a highlight. The second story is that of Alex, a casino owner, and his son AJ. Alex confronts AJ about his gambling addiction, and the discussion quickly
A group of characters re-enact the feeling of winning and losing at a slot machine with coins scattered on the ground. turns to the legality of exploiting people via games of chance. These scenes are notable in that Alex confronts AJ in the context of a video conference; Alex is on one of the video banks, while AJ stands before the audience. It was a challenging scene for Sean Errey (AJ), who had to time his responses to the pre-recorded lines of his on-screen father (played by Anthony Flick). Errey played his character to near perfection, adapting admirably to a couple of spots where he lost his timing.
The third story takes place entirely on the video screens. It is footage of a problem gambler, caught by the security cameras in Alex’s casino. When asked how drama students felt about speaking most of their lines on film, Houston conceded that actors want to do as much as possible in front of an audience. Being told that this isn’t the case: “That’s a tough one to accept.” The use of video was central to the idea of the control that casinos and online gaming sites have over “luck.”
“It’s important that we experience Alex through video, because it’s such a medium of control,” states Houston. “It’s not reality, but it’s posing as the real.” There are a lot of layers to this show; it’d be worth seeing more than once. Unfortunately, Dissocia’s run is over for now. Fortunately, there is talk of a second run later in the term, and Houston says they may even take Dissocia on the road — starting with the Kitchener Open Ears Festival in late April. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Post Feds 2011 election, the Rhino Party talks about their controversial campaign and the incoming executive reflect on their election victory
Rhino Party reveals real deal Incoming executives reflect behind election campaign on election victory “I’m very excited to have been elected for an executive position this year, and look forward to transitioning into the role over the next two months. I feel that Feds is an exciting organization and I’m glad to for the chance to be a part of it for one more year.”
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The Rhino Party, from left to right: VP education candidate Edgar Bering, VP administration and finance candidate Marc Burns, VP internal candidate John Stevenson, and presidential candidate Ian Charlesworth. Adrienne Raw news editor
ith the Feb. 11 announcement of the winning candidates in the Feds 2011/2012 election, only one question remains unanswered: What was really going on with the Rhino Party’s controversial campaign? The satirical campaign provoked debate among students, who wondered if the Rhino Party candidates were just mocking student government and wasting student money. During the campaign and voting periods, Rhino Party candidates did nothing to respond to these questions, but now they’d like to set the record straight. The idea of the Rhino Party began in a conversation in August 2010 between Rhino Party presidential candidate Ian Charlesworth and VP education candidate Edgar Bering. Charlesworth joked that it would be funny to campaign as a Rhino party, playing on the long-standing Canadian political satire Rhinocerous Party. The idea was shelved until shortly before the candidate nomination period ended when the four Rhino Party executive candidates — Ian Charlesworth (fourth year pure math), John Stevenson (fourth year software engineering), Edgar Bering (fourth year computer science), and Marc Burns (first year math) — came together and decided to go ahead with their satirical campaign. There were several reasons that the Rhino Party decided to run in the 2011/2012 Feds election, said Charlesworth, and none of them were for the purposes of denigrating student government. One of the Rhino Party’s key motivations was combatting student apathy towards elections and student governance. “We were looking at the past few years, and election turnout has always been terrible,” said Charlesworth. “We were hoping that if we ran out there and made a bunch of noise, maybe people would start paying attention to the election and we’d get more people out.” Between their satirical and often comedic profiles and presence at candidate debates, the Rhino Party certainly prompted talk among students. The candidates pursued their goal of promoting student awareness by canvassing residences and the halls outside of classes. On Feb. 7 the Rhino Party executive candidates, in an effort to increase awareness about the upcoming vote, canvassed
students across campus. They were handing out 600-700 pieces of paper encouraging students to become informed and vote and talking to about 1,000 students overall, they said. Unfortunately, Charlesworth said, they didn’t get the results they were hoping for. Though the number of voters that participated in each of the executive races was, on average, 100 students higher than in the Feds 2010/2011 election, it wasn’t the significant increase the Rhino Party was hoping for. “I’m happy with how the votes were distributed,” said Charlesworth. “I’m not happy with the number of people who voted.” The Rhino Party campaign was about more than student apathy though. “We also wanted to raise criticisms that we have about the different, at least perceptions of the different, exec roles and certain things that we think are going terribly wrong, have gone terribly wrong, in the last few years we’ve been here and maybe the incoming exec can fix,” said Bering. “Part of why we did this was to, as I put it, shine a light into a dark corner and see what we find,” said Bering. Charlesworth said that a considerable amount of research had to be done for the Rhino Party’s campaign, including wading through paperwork, frequent visits to and communication with the Feds office, and a firm understanding of their opponents’ platforms. This research was necessary, they said, to be able to create an effective satire. The candidates also noted that their research uncovered several issues that they passed on to both their opponents and the current Feds executive, in the hope that these issues would be addressed. “We actually wound up emailing to our respective opponents, on Team Real and not on Team Real where there were people not on Team Real, ‘here are the sort of things we’re going to be saying and here’s the isssue we’re trying to point out with this, when we say it you might want to...’” said Charlesworth. Though the Rhino Party was determined to maintain its satirical presentation, they also wanted to ensure that important issues were brought to attention of students and candidates. “I think we’re the only candidates that worked on our opponents’ platforms,” said Stevenson. See RHINO, page 4
“I’m excited that the student body (those that voted) chose to elect me to the VP internal position. To be honest, I thought that voting numbers were going to be low, and unfortunately, I was proven right. For me, the election did not go as I thought it would, as one of the three candidates dropped out. This changed the entire dynamic of the campaign. I respect Rob’s decision, and know that he made it with the best interests of students in mind. There is so much work to be done within Feds and the university. Our term starts May 2, but the work really starts now. Arts students interested in university governance should stay tuned — I have to give up my seat on senate once my term as VP commences, so there should be a by election shortly. This is a great opportunity to really represent students to the highest academic decision-making body on campus.”
Luke Burke VP INTERNAL
“What can I say but that I am relieved and excited. I would like to thank all the students and volunteers that contributed towards this victory. I would especially like to thank Marco and his team for running a smooth and clean election. I congratulate all the Feds councillors and executives elect and look forward towards a dynamic and memorable year ahead.”
VP ADMIN & FINANCE I am thrilled that I was successful in being elected VP education. I was happy with the way the team dynamic played out, and I think it will be a fantastic advantage heading into office. Now that the election is over, I have lots to learn and can’t wait to get started! I don’t think anyone can effectively know exactly how an election will play out — there are so many different factors. What was surprising was how much fun the campaign trail was. A great opportunity to talk with students and hear about their issues — I hope these conversations will continue well into my time in office.
Natalie Cockburn VP EDUCATION
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Balloons drop for Colour Me Educated
RHINO: Almost elected to Feds Continued from page 3
Charlesworth also noted that one of the motivations behind the Rhino Party campaign was to have fun, a goal he felt they accomplished. “We used satire as our message,” said Stevenson. The Rhino Party campaign, Bering said, operated on the principle of “first make people laugh, then make them think.” “Sometimes we were just off the wall funny, but you can’t be constantly on political message or people will just stop listening to you,” he said. Despite their satirical, controversial campaign, the Rhino Party received a fairly significant number of votes from students: Presidential race Ballots cast (excluding declined): 2022 Percentage for Rhino candidate: 29.5%
VP Admin and Finance race Ballots cast (excluding declined): 1811 Percentage for Rhino candidate: 37.8%
VP Education race Ballots cast (excluding declined): 1936 Percentage for Rhino candidate: 15.4% Michael Chung
On Feb. 16, dozens of colourful balloons were dropped into the hands of students as part of the Feds Colour Me Educated campaign. The balloons contained facts related to the campaign and prizes, including gift cards from The Bombshelter and other UW swag.
VP Internal race Ballots cast (excluding declined): 1770 Percentage for Rhino candidate: 35.4%
In some cases, the combined number of declined votes and votes for Rhino Party candidates was greater than
the number of votes for the winning candidate. “There were times we were afraid we would win,” said Stevenson. At one point, Stevenson said, the group was approached by an engineering student who told them his whole class would be voting for them as a protest vote. “We actually had to sit down and go ‘what happens if we win?’” said Stevenson. “We were like ‘ah, we’re going to lose,’ then we’re like ‘oh no, we might not lose.’” “We went and looked through all the Feds policies to make up a nice, air-tight exit strategy,” said Bering. “While being a satire and a ‘hey come out and vote,’ we were also trying to provide the protest vote sort of thing, so we promised to resign if elected. But that of course means that we need to find a way that we can resign if elected such that it doesn’t just go to whoever got the next most votes,” said Charlesworth. The party didn’t want another candidate, who might not have achieved any significant student support, to be named to a position automatically, and also didn’t want to leave Feds without any leadership. “If we had won it wouldn’t have been because we, in particular, did something but because faith in the system was entirely gone,” said Bering. Ultimately, highlighting issues within the current system was the goal of the Rhino Party during their campaign. Though the candidates would like to see Feds improve, they have no definite plans for another campaign. email@example.com
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arlier this month, at an event in Baltimore, Maryland, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), awarded the University of Waterloo a gold medal for the university’s newly minted institutional identity. In July 2009, the University of Waterloo began a rebranding campaign intended to create an identifiable visual character for the university. The rebranding effort intended to widen Waterloo’s exposure to potential students and the international community, as well as reinvigorating staff, faculty, student, and alumni pride in the university. The university’s creative service team, in conjunction with the Ove Design and Communication firm, developed a visual identity based on the university and faculties’ colours, the Gotham typeface, and sweeping lines. These elements were, and continue to be, plastered on everything that visually represents university, ranging from brochures for prospective students to lanyards and lunchboxes. Along with the erection of stark, progressive pieces of architecture, including the Quantum-Nano Centre and Engineering V, the new iconography of the university is boldly crafting a new progressive image for itself. The desired image is unconventional, collaborative, risk taking, creative, connected, and innovated. While these buzzwords and the roadside banners they appear on have become an instantly recognizable mark of UWaterloo territory within Waterloo, the rebranding effort has now been recognized abroad. This month, CASE — an international association of professionals who perform communications, marketing,
recruiting, soliciting, and visual identity work for institutions of higher education — handed out a handful of other awards to the University of Waterloo, for director of alumni affairs Jason Coolman, Tina Roberts, and the Can You Spot Potential? alumni student referral program. The University of Waterloo edged out other District II institutions located between Ontario and Washington, D.C. to receive the honours. Meg Beckel, vice president of external relations said that this award was a “wonderful recognition for the new University of Waterloo visual identity that inspires students, faculty, staff, and alumni to become engaged in building a better future.” However, the future is not bound to be as blindly bright as initially envisioned by the university’s creative services team. The core of the original intended rebranding scheme was the infamous “laser logo.” After the leaking of the icon, a grassroots social media campaign caused the university to retract its campaign’s centerpiece. After a revised attempt at a finding universally acceptable logo, the university’s eventual response was to use a simple wordmark for its logo. The wordmark has proven its worth, despite its lack of creativity, by being a critical component of the award winning branding campaign. The University of Waterloo’s rebranding effort is not done yet. The university’s new website is to be unveiled in March. There are also more buildings on the books to be built and completed. Only time will tell if the university will be able to keep a tight stranglehold on Waterloo paraphernalia, print media, and web publications to maintain the visual consistency required to stay as identifiable as it can, it has put so much effort into becoming.
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EGYPT Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as Egyptian President
After 18 days of anti-government protests, Hosni Mubarak stepped down from his 30-year long role as the President of Egypt. Protestors chanted “Egypt is free” and “God is great” and exploded in cheers on the streets of Cairo once they heard of Mubarak’s resignation. According to Egypt’s VicePresident, Omar Suleiman, control of the country would be handed over to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces with leader Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantaw. Military leaders who have taken over power of the country have stated that they will run the country for six months or until the parliamentary and presidential elections take place. They have repeatedly promised that there will be democratic change. Egyptian soldiers have tried to clear the protest areas in Tahrir Square in central Cairo, however they are still receiving some resistance. Amnesty International’s secretary general, Salil Shetty, has stated, “Those in power must grasp this opportunity to consign the systematic abuses of the past to history. Human rights reform must begin now.” ITALY Schepp admits killing his twin daughters in letter
Canadian-born Matthias Schepp, the father of missing Swiss twins, committed suicide after sending a letter to his estranged wife saying he had killed their children. Schepp had killed himself by stepping in front of a train in a southern Italian city, Cerignola, on Feb 3. The letter said the children were dead and that he would kill himself. It also stated, “The children rest in peace, they have not suffered.” Police investigations found that Internet searches before Schepp’s suicide revealed that he was looking
up information on poison techniques and ferry timetables. It is speculated that the children were killed and thrown overboard after their death. A police statement has said the trip was planned in detail. Further investigations are being carried out on the family situation and Schepp’s private and professional life. MIDDLE EAST Protests erupt across the Middle East
Ripple effects from the Tunisian and more recent Egyptian prodemocracy revolutions are being felt across the Middle East. Reports have indicated protests emerging from Yemen, Algeria, Iran, and now Libya. Security forces in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, used tear gas and batons this week to repel thousands of protestors calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. President Saleh, similar to other autocratic leaders in the region, has been in power for nearly 32 years. In Tehran, the Iranian capital, protests sparked but were quickly silenced with force by conservative MPs calling for the immediate trial and execution of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who are believed to have instigated the anti-government movements. Algiers, capital city of Algeria, also witnessed protests which were met by government force. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been in power since 1999. Opinions indicate that he has failed to address rising poverty and high unemployment, and many see him as an authoritarian leader. In the Libyan city of Benghazi, reports indicate that some 2,000 protestors were demonstrating against the arrest of a lawyer who spoke out against President Muammar al-Gaddafi’s regime. The lawyer was later released, but the protests calling for democracy continued. —With files from BBC World News and VOA News firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
UPCOMING EVENT The Federation of Students and the UW Women’s Centre are organizing a discussion panel to address the issue of sexism and hate speech on UW with regards to the “THE TRUTH” posters that appeared on some locations of the UW. This event is taking place on Friday, February 18th from 12:00-2:00pm in the Student Life Centre Multi-Purpose room. Students and Faculty members will be discussing the issues that violate UW Policy 33 that states “all members of the University of Waterloo community have the right to an environment of tolerance and respect” which clearly has not been displayed through these acts.
UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA
Denial of health coverage to some international students International students at the University of Manitoba continue to face complications while attempting to access Canadian healthcare. When an international student enrolls in a post-secondary institution in Manitoba, the cost for private health insurance through Great West Life is automatically included in tuition fees. Currently the annual cost from Great West Life is an additional $408. The University of Manitoba Students’ Union vice-president AisyahAbdkahar explained that even though an international student may pay a portion of their health insurance, they would be denied coverage. In order to receive medical care through the insurance, the fee must be paid in full first. Liz Gonsalves, former vice-president of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), distinctly remembers two cases of international students unable to receive medical attention. S he described one instance from this year where a student’s fees were not paid in full, “so when they were sick they were not able to go to their doctor.” She also recalls an incident from last year when a student had broken their leg by slipping on ice and had to pay the medical costs out of their own pocket. Various student-run organiza-
tions associated with the university are currently starting a province-wide campaign, collecting signatures to present to various government officials in order to ensure provincial health care is provided to all international students.
else, I think about how good this is for these communities.”
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On Jan. 24, a campus safety information session was held at Osgoode Hall for students and staff by York security and two male officers from Toronto Police 31 Division. Following the session, staff and students demanded an apology and explanation from the Toronto Police Service after hearing an officer claim that women can avoid sexual assault by “not dressing like a slut.” Osgoode assistant dean of the Juris Doctor Program, Ronda Bessner, stated, “I was shocked and appalled. I made contact with the police […] and we’ve asked for a written apology and an explanation.” She continued by saying that such statements place the blame on victims and make them uneasy about approaching police about sexual assault. She concluded, “It’s quite astounding that in 2011 you hear comments like that from a professional.” Toronto police spokesperson Constable Wendy Drummond has confirmed that the incident is currently under investigation by senior officials. However, she was unable to confirm whether Toronto police intend to give an official apology.
Research saves a tropical forest Earth and Atmospheric Sciences professor, Sanchez-Azofeifa, and his graduate students have prevented over 16,000 hectares of tropical forest from being logged in Brazil. The research proved that a forest in Mina Gerais, a Brazillian state, qualified for federal protection from logging since the forest was similar to the protected Atlantic forest in terms of “ecology and human settlement patterns.” The research was part of a project called Tropi-Day, which brings researches from 18 universities across Europe and across the Americas. The aim of the project is to improve “conservation efforts of Latin American governments by gathering in-depth information about the region’s tropical dry forests.” Sanchez-Azofeifa felt extremely proud of the success of the project, not just for the sake of the environment, but also for the people living in the forest. He explained, “The indigenous people have been living there in a sustainable way for more than 1,000 years, so when I think about this, I don’t think about myself or anybody
Toronto cops’ solution to sexual assault: Don’t dress like a slut
— With files from the Gateway, Excalibur and the Manitoban
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ebruary has the unfortunate calendar placement that couples Valentine’s Day with spring weather, a circumstance that has commercial companies injecting love into the air. Yet there are even more commercial myths involved in getting hitched than in the business composition of Valentine’s Day — ones that abuse and direct human emotion, all in the name of the gross national income. Word on the street is, a respectable partner should expect to spend at least two months’ salary on his loved one’s engagement ring. StatsCan nu m b e r s f r o m 2008 determine the national
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respectable partner’s, or “unattached individual” income to be $31,000, which implies a $5,166 ring is average, in the sentiment of the two-month formula. In the life of a student, the same figure equates to nearly two terms of paid tuition; a year of rent or groceries. I hope I am not the only one to find this outdated notion to be exhausting and unrealistic, especially since the origin of the formula is based on a 1947 marketing campaign. Although the two-month salary number is a convention when it comes to engagement stereotypes, it is actually the result of DeBeer’s diamond company’s ingenious marketing campaign, constructed to boost consumer spending in a post-war economy. The company, established in 1888, is the creator of the “A Diamond is Forever” catchphrase, and remains the world’s leading company. In this context, anybody buying into the commercial formula is actually a slave to a 60-year-old myth founded not on high standards of partnership, but the
financial gain of a diamond monopolist. It’s curious that humans assign such value to such a tiny object as a way to express the magnitude and longevity of their affection. Both the ring and the marriage, in a way, signify the largest leap of faith a person makes in a lifetime. Despite outliving a human many times over, the mineral will break down over time. If a marriage is successful, it will be held together by the strength, patience, and adaptability of both partners. It’s important not to lose sight of what matters in life before, during, and after a marriage. Who at their deathbed wishes they’d had a more impressive wedding band?
Or, why my friends need a reality check when it comes to proposals
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Team reveals motives behind bizzare platform, EIC is surpised and impressed Gina Racine editor-in-chief
was more than excited when I found out that Imprint was given the opportunity to sit down with the Rhino Party to hear what was really behind their election campaign. Not only did I believe it would make for a fantastic story (assuming all of their answers were not going to be "five tons of flax"), but I was also personally curious as to what the heck they were thinking. Their responses both shocked and inspired me. Obviously, most of us had as-
sumed their main objective was to get a rise out of the administration at UW and the general student population, which they fully admit. But what most of you probably did not think was that these four extremely intelligent gentlemen spent weeks before the campaign period doing research. They each spent countless hours digging through board minutes, budgets, and so on, learning their prospective positions. So when a question was asked of them during the election debates, aside from their typically comi-
cal response, they did have actual knowledge and facts to support their hilarity. I was even surprised a few times when they shot out some pretty interesting information during the debates and wondered how on Earth they knew some of the things they did. The four men running for the executive positions made it pretty clear to us that they had no intention whatsoever of winning the election, and had already strategically planned out a solid exit strategy if the inevitable did occur. They even mentioned that at one point during
their campaigning, they were beginning to panic as a large number of 4B students had mentioned that they would be voting for them. So if the Rhinos had no real intention of winning and had a platform that most would consider to be just plain jokes, why did they go through all the trouble of researching their positions, making pretty sick campaign posters, attending all the election debates, and participating very actively in the campaign process? See RHINO, page 7
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Rhino Party ran with hopes for better voter turnout Continued from page 6
They wanted to get more students to vote. And although they said they were still not so happy with the amount of people that did turn up to vote, they were satisfied with how everything concluded. After glaring at the four of them with camera in hand for about an hour, watching them casually drink from their Tim Horton’s cups and often share a laugh or two about the process, I
was so entirely impressed by it all. This group of people took so much of their personal time, with the full intention to not succeed in the manner that every other candidate hoped to, simply to draw attention to an issue that is important to them (and should be important to all students). Not only did they succeed in doing this, they also succeeded at something so much more
important. They did not openly admit this during the interview, and whether or not it was intentional still remains to be known, but they put pressure on other candidates that ran in the election to do a better job. Matt Colphon could have run for the position of president unchallenged, but because Ian Charlesworth ran, he was essentially forced to go through the process — each and every step of it. Charlesworth did
On Miss University Canada Julian Peter arts
ith my opinion on pageants in general aside, I want to address the manner in which this competition is judged. I am tired of being constantly spammed by contestants of these hack job online competitions. First off, I’d like to say I appreciate how you post a bio for each competitor on your website and not a picture. However, although you may be trying not to make this pageant about physical beauty or popularity, that is
entirely what your people’s choice competition is based on; how well these “ambitious” university girls can market themselves and, in turn, give your competition free publicity. These girls are not being judged by their accomplishments or their contributions to their community. They are being judged purely on the amount of friends they have on Facebook and the amount of time they are willing to dedicate to spamming each and every one of them personally with a pathetic plea of validation. If you want to have a competition that truly goes “beyond beauty”
and recognizes a person who is an extraordinary young female scholar, you should scrap online voting and judge your competition by academic achievement, community contribution, and university faculty recommendation. If you want to have some sort of voting by competitors’ peers, it should not be in the online manner. They are not genuine votes; just halfhearted finger clicks, thoughtlessly thrown away to stop persistent and agonizing spamming. ...But, then again, I guess this is just another beauty pageant.
openly remark that he feels Colphon will do a good job as president. I still can’t believe my previous assumption was way off the mark, and I guess it was pretty ignorant of me to think they did it all for a laugh or to push some buttons. They even admit that a lot of what went down provided some hilarious moments, but they had a much more profound goal, which is nothing short of remarkable.
The showerhead dilemma Megan Taggart V1 resident
t has come to our attention that Village 1 maintenance has replaced the showerheads in our buildings. It’s nice to know that they are committed to keeping everything up to date and in good condition for the residents. That being said, it turns out the old showerheads were much preferable to the new ones. It would be greatly appreciated by everyone in the residence if the new showerheads were replaced with the old. If that is too much to ask, they could let us know where the old
showerheads are being stored; we are more than capable of replacing them ourselves. We understand that part of the issue might be an effort to conserve water with low flow showerheads; a reasonable idea. However, it is largely accepted by the intellectual community that it is more ecofriendly to use technology (cars, cell-phones, etc...) until it is worn out than to replace it unnecessarily. If you want to show your support on this matter, you can join the Facebook group, “Village 1 Campaign to Save the Showers!” or voice your concerns to your res life advisor.
Correction In the Feb. 11th issue of Imprint, the article “Government forces CRTC to rescind UBB decision, post-petition,” was an incomplete version. To see the final version, please go to the Imprint website at http://imprint.uwaterloo.ca/ We apologize for the confusion.
Letters to the Editor Re: Marie Curie
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his flyer is nothing but hate speech and systemic misogyny; it is sad that this is what freedom of speech means to the university. This makes many women uncomfortable to be on campus (especially math and science students), and it’s absolutely shameful of the university’s administration for allowing posters like this to remain up for three days. We hope the right actions will be taken to apprehend the persons who did this.
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very shiny, happy society has some dark, seedy underbelly — and the University of Waterloo is no exception. Just underneath the surface at UW is a bustling, interconnected community of people who speak to each other every day, sharing jokes, information, and insults. But so many of these people have never even made each others’ acquaintance. I’m speaking, of course, about the wealth of information and instant gratification that is the internet. More specifically, the twisted strands of the web that make up the Waterloo network. To put the influence of the internet into perspective, consider the recent snowstorm that threatened to close the university. One student created a Facebook event the evening of the snowstorm urging students to “cross their fingers for a UW snow-
day.” The “attendees” of the event skyrocketed to 2882 in a single night. After weeks of campaigning, and a three-day voting period, the voter turnout of this year’s Feds presidential election was 2342. Consider where you get your news from. On the morning of Groundhog Day, did you navigate to the uWaterloo homepage to see if the school would be closing, or did you log in to Facebook and scan your newsfeed? If you voted in the Feds election, did you attend the debates or did you follow along with the live tweets carrying the #votefeds hashtag? University officials have fully realized the power that the internet holds at this school, and the influence social media can have. Such was made obvious with the January release of UW’s Social Media Guidelines, causing all official Waterloo social media outlets to be sanctioned by the university.
More than being a vehicle for important news and information, the Waterloo network has become a source of sleazy entertainment and UW-specific memes. Sites like OMGUW.com and LikeALittle.com are geared towards sparking conversation between people who otherwise probably would not have come into contact. Sites like these, loaded with tasteless insults and tacky pick-up lines, should make us consider in what direction communication is heading. There’s a conversation happening under the surface of this academic society. The constant discussion is a volatile thing of changing substance and form, and the methods of communication are always evolving. It’s yet to be seen if it will be helpful or harmful to our little community, but it’s obvious that social media will continue to dominate the university scene.
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Finding the link: physiology, psychology, and biology Increasing brain enzymes to slow Alzheimer’s
A study published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics demonstrated that increasing the puromycin-sensitive amino-peptides (PSA/ NPEPPS), a naturally-occurring protease that breaks down certain proteins, would reduce the amount of Tau proteins in the body. Tau proteins are toxic to the nervous system and break down the number of nerve cells. This eventually leads to neurofibrillary tangles, which is a hallmark in Alzheimer disease and other mental illnesses. Researchers working on the project realized that PSA/NPEPPS can block the accumulation of Tau proteins. It will also slow down neural degeneration without any unwanted side effects. What this suggests is that using PSA/NPEPPS may be an effective approach in eliminating the accumulation of unwanted toxic proteins that cause the neural degeneration associated with the negative effects of Alzheimer’s and other devastating mental illnesses. In Canada, it is estimated that 420,600 Canadians over 65 years of age have some sort of mental illness and 280,000 have Alzheimer’s disease. Using PSA/NPEPPS as a tool for protecting neurons was first
looked at in 2006. By finding PSA/ NPEPPS and the potential that it has, scientists believe that they have a way of fighting the disease. Scientist discover link between climate change and extreme weather
Many people are aware of the effects of greenhouse gases. People have been told time and time again that greenhouse gases increase the overall global temperature. Now it has been proven that the climate change caused by these greenhouse gases may lead to higher chances of flooding as well. Two research teams have revealed that the gases may have an increase in rainfall, causing more floods. Both these teams used measurements and data collected from the United Kingdom. A team from Oxford had done research using comparative data that previously existed. The first set of data came from looking into the existing atmospheric conditions that were affected by climate changes, the second set of data came from simulation of an atmosphere undamaged by climate changes brought on by greenhouse gases. The study examined how the emissions from greenhouse gases shifted the odds of a flood occurring. It was discovered that the odds of a flood occuring was almost double. The second team consisting of Canadian and British scientists,
studied the amount of rainfall in 1950 to 2000. While the study has found that there was a flux in rainfall, there was an increase in of rainfall as the years went by. Some researchers are even comparing the extreme precipitation that is happening in some regions of North America due to the El Nino effect. Some of the regions get very heavy rainfall while other areas barely feel the effect at all. The researchers did not stop there, however. When they noticed that the evidence done was leading them in a certain direction, they explored it further and found that the phenomenon that influences precipitation on a global scale was the changing composition of the atmosphere. While these models are a good start to predicting the future, both teams warn that it is only the beginning. Adding to this, the future physical projections may change with sudden influxes of human elements, such as greenhouse gases. This does not only mean that we will see an increase in precipitation, but also a decrease in precipitaiton in parts of the world. Thoughts control effectiveness of painkillers
Research has found when people believe their painkillers are ineffective, the painkillers will have no
... doctors should spend more time focusing on the psychology behind patients’ illnesses rather than the physical.
effect on them. By changing the expectations of patients who take painkillers, the body will react effectively, or ineffectively, to the painkillers that are taken. During the study, heat was applied to a series of subjects selected for the test. As the heat increased, painkillers would be secretly inserted into the patient via an intravenous (IV) drip process. When the patients were told about the painkillers, they felt relief throughout the body. The researchers eventually told the subjects that the painkillers were no longer being administered. At this point, the patients felt pain despite having the painkillers administered to them. The researchers suggested that the effects of the painkillers can be considered a phenomenon. They
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marvelled at the influence of the brain on how effective a person considered their medicine to be. As a result, they believe that doctors should spend more time focusing on the psychology behind patients’ illnesses rather than the physical. This could help the field to overcome some of the roadblocks they experience while issuing a treatment. The subjects chosen for this study were all healthy and had no chronic conditions.The expectation of positive treatment was associated with activity in the cingulo-frontal and subcortical brain areas while the negative expectation led to increased activity in the hippocampus and the medial frontal cortex. —With files from Science Daily and BBC News
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Technology continues to take over Chinye Osamusali science & technology editor
Breakthroughs in supercomputer technology
Watson, a supercomputer created by IBM, has the capability to be useful in the medical field, in the legal field, or in intelligence agencies. It can also outsearch some of the top search engines. This week, the robot competed on Jeopardy against the top competitors of the show. Jeopardy questions involve puns and clues-within-clues and can potentially be about any aspect of life. Many artificial intelligence researchers doubted that IBM could put together a machine that was capable of successfully competing on the show. The success of IBM will prove that robots can have the ability to be active parts of human lives in the future. David Ferrucci lead the team at IBM in their quest to make Watson. The team took approximately 200 million pages of text from as many sources as possible and compiled it in Watson’s memory. When Watson is searching its database, it guesses the subject of the question from keywords. Once it knows what it is looking for, it can go through the database more carefully. The processor array in Watson is 2,000 times more powerful than that of the average desktop computer. As a result, he is able to formulate thousands of answers to questions in less than three seconds. Watson then double checks its answers against statements found on the actual pages of sources. If they match up, Watson is able to increase its confidence about that particular answer. To avoid being caught up by the different word-plays often found in Jeopardy, Watson also checks for connection between the words in the question to see if any could have any alternate meaning. After running all of these tests and going through all of its databases, Watson buzzes in the answer it believes to be the most correct. This in no way means that language processing for robots is any further developed. It does, however, demonstrate the improvement in questionand-answer systems, which is a huge achievement. Any type of information can be placed into Watson’s database, making it useful in multiple fields. It can also perform everyday tasks. However, IBM’s technology is not foolproof.
Correction In the February 11 issue of Imprint, incorrect information was published in the Tech Talk article titled “Solar powered boat to take the waters.” The article stated that Monte Gisborne had suggested that the boat is bad for the environment because it is polluting the water it floats upon, and that the boat emits hydrocarbons into the water. which was not the case. Imprint apologizes for the mistake.
There is still much room for improvement and the researchers in this field are anticipating a great future for this field. Merging gaming technology and cell phones
The Xperia Play may be opening new doors for games-capable smartphones. Sony is bringing together their Playstation Portable (PSP) device and their Sony Ericsson phone to create a game-capable smartphone that will allow consumers to have access to a variety of popular games on their smaller screen. This is being done largely in an effort to boost Sony’s name in the area of mobile gaming because the number of sales of PSPs are declining. Currently, Apple’s iPhone draws in many consumers because it has a fast processor and
screens with higher resolutions. Both of these features make the phone more ideal for gaming. The Xperia Play is a response to the threat Apple presents in the mobile gaming world. To step back into the competitive circle, Sony has created the Playstation Suite, a system that will give manufacturers the capability of including PSP gaming into their devices. There are also rumours about a new portable gaming system being launched in the future. The Xperia Play had drawn attention from the crowd at the World Mobile Conference. Although it does not follow suit with many other companies who are capitalizing on giving phones screens with 3-D capabilities, the phone is much anticipated as part of Sony’s strategy.
Car screens drawing the attention of consumers
There are many sources of entertainment which people spend many hours occupying themselves with. It is often heard that people spend too many hours in front of the television or on the computer. People walk with their eyes glued to the screens of their smartphones. However, it has been brought to the attention of the consumer electronics industry that there is a “fourth screen” drawing in the eyes of consumers. The car dashboard is becoming a place for people to spend both time and money updating and perusing. After predictions at a technology conference last year, a report in the IEEE Spectrum magazine finally confirmed that the car is assuming a role in the application
world. People spend a lot of money on in-car apps and online services they think will improve their in-car experience. There are apps that tell you about the state of the car, apps that allow you to transfer information between a cell phone and the car, or even apps that trigger alarms when the sunroof is left open. Touchscreen centre consoles will allow a driver to make hands-free calls or access a playlist. The boom in this technology is due to smartphone software companies teaming up with the car companies to create digital dashboards, centre consoles, and speaker systems. As technology continues to make life simpler and more interesting to consumers, new technology will continue to be developed to keep the commercial enthusiasm alive. —With files from New Scientist Tech and BBC News
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Sex with Sue Jeff Kelly reporter
Sue Johanson fills the gaps in sex education using vibrators, condoms, and gestures on Wednesday Feb. 16 at the Great Hall in the Student Life Centre.
In fact, it’s often Sue’s way of talking casually and humourously about these topics that make her such a compelling speaker.
don’t know what it is, but there’s something about hearing an 80-year-old talk about blowjobs that always proves entertaining, as students and faculty discovered in the SLC this Wednesday. Octogenarian sex therapist, Sue Johanson, packed the Great Hall for nearly two hours as she talked about what she described as her favourite subject: sex. Though she was quick to admit that she wasn’t perfect at explaining sex to her own three children, Sue went on to say that she finds it much easier talking about it with everyone else, especially students. “My job,” she said, “is to try to fill some of the gaps in your sex education.” We couldn’t ask for a better source of information. Sue started working with students at a clinic she opened in a Toronto high school in the 1970s, where she offered free and confidential counselling, testing, and treatment. Since then, she’s hosted successful radio and television call-in shows known in Canada as the Sunday Night Sex Show, and is regularly invited to speak to students.
Almost everyone at Sue’s presentation seemed to learn a few new things. Disparaging the poor quality of sexual education in schools, she decided to provide a “crash course” in anatomy. Starting with the “luscious and lovely” labia (the two sets of “lips” on the exterior of female genitalia) and ending appropriately enough with the anus, Sue explained the purpose of every flap, fold, and cranny, and whether it could be sexually stimulated (and if so, how). Dispelling certain sexual myths seemed to be a delight of hers. Sue talked about the lower third of the vagina possessing all of the nerve endings, while the top two thirds have none, so that the benefits of an extraordinarily large penis are very overplayed, or in her own words, “What’s the point of banging around in there when there’s nobody home?” In fact, it’s often Sue’s way of talking casually and humourously about these topics that make her such a compelling speaker. Stacey Jacobs, a lecturer at St. Jerome’s who teaches human sexuality, told her students about the Talk Sex presentation, and praised Sue’s phrasing and forth-
rightness. Other attendees were less familiar with Sue’s work, such as one first year psychology student, who had never heard of her before but found the talk entertaining nonetheless. There certainly were plenty of entertaining moments to be had, including Sue’s description of oral sex as “lunch at the Y,” her response to a question about swallowing after oral sex as possibly “an acquired taste,” and her reassurance to another questioner that it was okay to “put one finger in your vagina — God won’t zap you dead!” The one area about which Sue did not joke was on the subject of protection and safer sex. “You must practice safer sex,” she emphasized. “It is not a choice, it is non-negotiable.” Safety and being better informed sexually were her key messages, and she encouraged the proper use of condoms (the application at which she demonstrated on a dildo) and birth control for sexually active students. She also highly recommended that any students with concerns or sexual health questions should not be afraid to visit Health Services. Sue’s website, which contains useful sexual health information as well as biographical information about her, can be found at www.talksexwithsue.com.
The Princess and I I
’ve been to the Princess Café many a time. Never to eat, but to drink insurmountable amounts of coffee and what I discovered late in life, much to my chagrin, to be Italian hot chocolate. So when in a bind about where to eat after having been shooed out from another place because I had no cash on hand, I simply asked the first stranger I saw. They said, “I like Princess Café.” To be honest, my frequency to the place left little to my imagination. But if my experiences there were merely limited to coffee, hot chocolate, and debates about whether the girl at the counter looked like Miley Cyrus or Kat Dennings, I thought I should at least give the food a try.
I started my venture with a gander at the dessert fridge, ignoring the prices placed in front of the pastries like chocolate truffle cake, strudel, and mini cheesecake, knowing that if I looked at the cost first, I wouldn’t even bother. I did my best to get excited, if only to assure myself that a substantially small piece of chocolate cake or mini cheesecake was worth the $5.25 they cost. I could do no such thing. All was not lost, because for those of you with an uncompromising sweet tooth, there are affordable goodies. There are two dollar cupcakes and strudels, and if you’re lucky, even more affordable sweets will be there the next time around as the desserts have an occasionally rotating selection.
Having come to terms with this, I approached the counter, asked for a small cappuccino, and chose from what, at first glance, seemed like a limited menu of panini sandwiches, pastas, soups, and salads. A fair selection, considering that the place’s identity stands in the guise of a café with specialty coffees, teas, and even rotating house wines and imported beers. But what absolves the Princess Café’s apparently limited menu is the number of variations one can get from the panini sandwich selection they serve. The salad selection is acceptable and the soup is always changing. Having been unsure of what was more filling — soup or salad — the server suggested, seemingly unexcited by my question, to try the vegan soup of the day. I figured,
why not? With that, it was a resounding yes to the said vegan soup (though I had no idea what “vegan” tasted like) and “the original vegetarian” panini — a sandwich snuggly stuffed with roasted eggplant, red pepper, tomato, artichoke caponata, pesto, basil, and brie cheese. I took my cappuccino and found a seat. Now, I’ve had many cappuccinos in this town, the majority from the ubiquitous coffee chains, as well as London Fogs, the cappuccino’s English cousin (Earl Grey with frothed milk). If there is one thing worth noting about the Princess Café, it’s that I’ve come to enjoy its London Fog to a great degree. See PANINI, page 11
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Panini from the Princess:
not exactly hot off the press
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The cappuccinos, however, can be hit or miss. The strong foam that stood on its own and paired with what I would expect to be a strong, clean-roasted espresso, was unfortunately acrid and ashy (a symptom of an improperly cleaned machine). Unfortunately, for us customers, some places’ dishes depend on the skill of individual cooks and not the leadership skills of the manager who would otherwise push to make sure that the cooks are consistent. So it goes, dear readers, so it goes. It’s one thing when we depend on the foam, naturally sweetened in the frothing process, to sweeten our cappuccino, but it is certainly another when we depend on it to dilute the bitter flavor of what tastes like over-brewed coffee. Luckily, sugar was nearby. Waiting patiently, I took in the scenery, an echelon of hipster sophistication: retro-posters placed in
frames, stiff, white rococo chairs recycled from what seemed like some 12-year-old’s garden party, equally old tables, and paisley kerchiefs used for napkins. I could appreciate the sentiment. My meal snapped me out of it; a humble array of soup and sandwich accompanied by a thin, quartered pickle. My ancestors tell me a panini should be hot off the press unless there’s a good reason for it not to be. I assume that the panini, often using a hearty bread, needs such heat to soften it for easy consumption. This, however, was not the case with my sandwich. Conveniently, the local bread used for the dish was soft with a good amount of bite to it. Not too little to become immediately soggy with all the balsamic, briny ingredients in-between, but not too hard to be tedious to eat. It was overall a good pairing. I wondered, how the bread would fare with the cured meats that ac-
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Top: the original vegetarian panini sandwich and vegan soup. Bottom left: the Princess Café’s interior, decorated with hanging snowflakes. Bottom right: the Princess Café’s exterior, located next to the Princess Twin Theatre and Long and McQuade.
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A popular downtown Toronto pizzeria was shut down on Feb. 14 after police uncovered $1 million worth of marijuana on the premises. According to police, the 57-year-old owner of Pizza Gigi sold marijuana at the eatery. An early Monday raid by police turned up unspecified amounts of marijuana, Oxycotin, Oxycocet, ecstasy, a small amount of crack cocaine, and $8, 000
companied other sandwiches on the menu. For $6.46 alone, I would have liked something a little larger. As for the ambiguous vegan soup, I could only guess what gave it its earthen flavour. I say earthen and not earthy, my soup having the flavour of something edible, yet still in the ground. I did my best to ignore this one dynamic of flavor in lieu of the soup’s curried aroma, peppery taste, and strong nutmeg-like overtones. These were all supported by what I assumed to be a base of either carrot or some kind of squash, given its orange colour. As an accompaniment to my panini, the combo came to a resounding $8.10. Reasonable. Finished, the café’s host came, saw my empty plate, and conquered, taking it up and cleaning my place immediately. From there, I up and left, paying my dues of a good $14.25 (tip included), wondering who I could ask about where to eat next.
in cash. The man now faces one marijuana trafficking charge and 14 other drug possession charges. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. The now defunct restaurant, once a popular location with university and high school students in the area, is located at Harbord Street and Bathurst Avenue near the Central Technical Institute and the University of Toronto campus.
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Police say a Twilight-obsessed girl in Florida implicated a classmate in a made-up violent attack because she did not want her mother to know the bite marks and bruises on her neck were from consensual vampire-play with another fan. The 15-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man took part in “fantasy biting behaviour” in her home, and she became concerned about her mother seeing her injuries. She called her mother at work and said that she was attacked while out jogging. Her mother called the cops, and the girl
told them her fictitious story, as well as gave them the name of a classmate she said could have been the attacker. The police unravelled the story after they failed to match her shoes to any footprints at the park where she claimed to have been attacked. In the follow-up interview, she admitted the truth. The 19-year-old also confessed the truth to police. He had “serious open bite marks” on his body from his 19-yearold fiancé. Neither of them knew about the police report. The girl is charged with making a false report to the police.
New research in Egypt has uncovered what may be the world’s oldest prosthetic body parts. Two artificial big toes, dating back more than 2,000 years and found in the Egyptian city of Thebes, are believed to be intended for use and not simply decorations for religious or ritualistic reasons during mummification. One of the toes is mostly made out of wood, while the other is made out of an early form of papier mâché. Previously, the earliest known prosthesis was a Roman
artificial leg made out of bronze, dating back to 300 B.C. An archaeologist from the University of Manchester in England constructed copies of the two toes and asked people who were missing their big toes to try and walk using the copies while wearing replicas of ancient Egyptian sandals. For at least one of the volunteers, the replica was very successful. The big toe supports about 40 per cent of a person’s weight when walking and helps provide propulsion for each step.
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This is what GLOW is trying to promote, the ability to be comfortable with yourself and your relationships regardless of your sexual orientation or sexual preferences. Being open to being open is the key to encouraging sexual self-expres-
GLOW teaches University of Waterloo students about positively exploring and understanding sexuality. Yateh Larchie reporter
andied hearts, flowers, dinner for two, and general amour was in the air this past Monday as Valentine’s Day made its annual appearance. Luckily for us, Queer Sexuality Week began on the same day. How many times have you witnessed someone or was guilty of whispering about an individual being potentially gay and the listing of things that confirmed these suspicions: perfect eyebrows, immaculate clothes, perfect hair, or using a purse rather than a backpack. Have you ever been involved in or present when there was laughter and ridicule at the idea of a woman wanting to be a man? Have you ever made funny faces or seen people express discomfort at a lesbian couple kissing? These are all reactions to things that we do not understand and choose to make fun of, shun, or stereotype because it is easier to do so rather than take an individual for what they are. For those of you who have been living under a rock, Queer Sexuality Week is hosted by GLOW, the queer organization on campus. While we cannot be sure if it was planned or sheer coincidence that Valentine’s Day and the Queer Sexuality Week shared part of the week, we should be happy it had. Not only does it shed light on the ongoing discussion of sexuality, it also explores how love and sexuality bring an inherent complexity to every relationship. There are a significant number of students that identify as being queer at UW. For that reason alone it is important to have a Queer Sexuality Week, to make sure that those who are a part of the queer community are represented. Many of those leading a heterosexual lifestyle have very little to no exposure to the queer community before or even throughout their university career. Mainstream society does little to expose us to more than the status quo, and it has only been a recent phenomena to have homosexual people in the media as main characters and not as the comic relief. Furthermore, these queer characters normally play the role of the overly flamboyant or overly sexualized individuals. The lack of a holistic representation of the queer community is detrimental because
it fails to recognize that it is just as diverse as the rest of Canada. It deserves to be portrayed in a realistic and positive light. Thus, Queer Sexuality Week gives those of us who are not a part of the queer community an opportunity to learn about it in a fun, interactive way. It shows people how to recognize alternative sexual practices not as ‘weird’ or ‘bad’ but diverse. When speaking with Tabitha Viscontas, the director of education at GLOW, I asked her what she wanted people to get out of the events. “I think part of it is just an overall comfort with their sexual expression. It’d be great if they could be comfortable with other people’s sexual expression ... it’d be great if people could just say ‘allright this is who I am and this is how I express my sexuality’ and there are healthy ways to do it, and it’s OK to be different because not everyone is into straight vanilla sex, and not everyone has to be and that would be our main message,” she said. Just imagine if on Valentine’s Day you were to be with someone you liked or loved deeply but you were unable to fully express your sexual preferences? Other than not having a great Valentine’s Day, it could lead to internal struggles and heartache, which could be a huge strain on any relationship. This is what GLOW is trying to promote, the ability to be comfortable with yourself and your relationships regardless of your sexual orientation or sexual preferences. Being open to being open is the key to encouraging sexual selfexpression and facilitating a positive dialogue about the queer community. This could lead to its broader acceptance. This is exactly what is needed on campus and in our daily routines. In any case, Queer Sexuality Week is just one way of exploring other aspects of the queer community or your own sexuality, and does not have to end at the end of the week, in fact, it could become a personal journey. If anything, take a mini trip to the GLOW office in the SLC, talk to people, read about the queer community from their library, or just grab some free lube and condoms, but do not limit yourself to learning about positive sexuality for one week because you never know what you might discover about yourself.
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Left: Sarah Sloan, age 11, and Amber Janics, age 7, are conscious about their relationship with food even in elementary school. Centre: Leslie Moskovits, an organic farmer on Cedar Down Farm acknowledges that food plays a huge role in her social life. Right: Ritesh Bhargawa, owner and executive cook at Masala Bay, is passionate about buying food and cooking, and has developed his relationship with food over a lifetime.
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Riddle me this: We see each other about three times a day. I’m almost always at your place, but you can usually find me around town if you need me. I can make you sick or I can make you moan with pleasure, and you can’t live without me. Who am I?
ven though the advent of grocery stores, microwaves, and fast food has cut down on the time spent with our food, most of us still have a strong relationship with it. It’s more than just a relationship of necessity; sure, we need to eat in order to survive, but the way we think and feel about eating goes way beyond that. Babies don’t think about food. It’s pure instinct that causes them to scream for milk or spit out the carrot mash that’s been put in their mouths. But children learn quickly to think about food from a variety of sources. Amber Janics is seven years old and goes to Lincoln Heights Public School. She said that if she has the choice, she chooses healthy foods. “Last year, we learned about the food groups when I was in Grade 1 … and at Brownies and Sparks.” When I asked how she knows which foods are bad to eat, she said, “Sometimes I go shopping with my dad, and I look at the labels, like how much sugar or fiber they have, and salt they have, and then I know if they’re good to eat or not.” For Amber, though, it’s not just about the numbers. When she eats healthy food, she feels that she has lots of energy, “and when I have junk food, I get really hyper, and after that, I get grumpy and fall asleep.” Despite the early health education we receive and the huge array of information about food that’s available, many people still develop a very tense and confused relationship with food. All good relationships are built on trust, but how do you trust your food when it can betray your health and well-being? Contradictions are abound: whole
wheat is good for you, but all carbs are bad. Butter has too much fat, but margarine has evil trans-fats. Nutrition bars have ingredients like molybdenum glycinate. Too much of this so-called information exacts its toll on our feelings towards food. Sarah Sloan goes to the same school as Amber, but at 11 years old, she has developed a stronger attitude towards food. “Healthy foods are really good for you. They give you energy, and you don’t want to get fat like the people on The Biggest Loser, ’cause it’s really unhealthy and it makes you die at an early age.” Sarah admitted that she worries about getting fat and having to diet, but she blames this concern on watching too much of The Biggest Loser. She advised that you should get healthy and fit “so that you can live good and long.” The connection between food and body is just one aspect in the big picture. Food is also, among other things, a source of income, an expression of culture, and a centerpiece of social interaction. Leslie Moskovits is an organic farmer on Cedar Down Farm. Food has played a huge role in her social life. “A lot of the people that are my friends are also either farmers or are in some way connected to farming. Like, we really honour food as an existential part of what makes our lives good, so there’s always food at social gatherings ... Food is what brings people together.” This belief is rooted in her upbringing. Speaking of her family’s ties to food, Leslie said, “So we’re Jewish, and on Friday night, my whole family would come over for the Sabbath meal and it was a big deal! Like, we got an amazing, multi-course meal every Friday and it was a central part of the week. It happened every single Friday; my aunts and uncles and grandparents would come over and we would eat together!” Leslie affirmed that part of what makes food good comes from your relationship with it. “I feel that personally, as a farmer, let’s say, I experience food to the utmost degree. Not only do
I get to eat it and prepare it and work with it, I grew it. And so there’s an enormous amount of pride that comes from knowing that a) you grew it, so it’s amazing what your hands have done, and b) you’re confident in the quality and in what it’s doing for your life.” Ritesh Bhargava also works with food and has a relationship with it that has developed over a lifetime. He is the owner and executive chef of Masala Bay, a popular Indian restaurant in Uptown Waterloo. Although he has put his favourite foods on his menu, when it comes to his personal eating habits, he said, “I never eat all this (pointing to the menu). Ask my wife, I never eat butter chicken ... The dal, the one which we have, it’s our favourite, but we don’t eat this style because it’s got cream and butter and all that.” Instead, they eat a simpler daily fare of lentils, rice, and vegetables; the same food his mother cooked at home. Despite his upbringing as a pure vegetarian, he started eating meat during his training at the Taj Mahal Hotel in India. “Everybody, my teachers and everyone said, ‘try it, try it’. So I tried it, but I didn’t say to my family that I started eating [chicken]. It was only years later that I told them, ‘I eat chicken!’ They were not happy about it, because the religion, right, you’re not supposed to eat it.” The sacrifice was worth it, though, for a long and rewarding career. “This is my work and this is my industry, and I love it. If somebody tells me, “Okay, do something else”, I can’t. I can’t. You know, every morning, I go shopping and buy vegetables and I cook it, that’s my passion. I’m into it, you know, I really love it. This is my place.” Our relationships with food are complex and evolving. How do you feel about your food? What does your food do for you? Understanding and improving this relationship is like a great friendship: if you work on it a little bit every day, you can benefit from it for a lifetime.
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Campus Bulletin UPTOWN WATERLOO BIA EVENTS 2011 February 19: UpTown Waterloo Ice Dogs Festival March 10-12: UpTown Comedy Festival May: UpTown Waterloo Jazz Fundraiser June 18: UpTown Country July 15-17: UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival August 25-28: Waterloo Busker Carnival September 11: UpTown Dining October 9: 29th Annual Pancake Breakfast October 9: 32nd Annual Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race October 11: Thanksgiving Day Parade For more information about the above events call 519-885-1921 or email email@example.com or www. uptownwaterloobia.com.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Influenza immunization offers the best protection for persons over the age of six months. Even though the first cases of influenza have been detected, it is not too late to be immunized. Influenza vaccine is available through UW Health Services, Monday to Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 2 - 4 p.m. on a walk-in basis. The current flu vaccine offers protection for the current influenza strain present in the community. Exchanges for Undergraduates and Graduates - 2011/2012 academic years: Ontario to Micefa, Paris, France. Application deadline is March 14. For info and application forms, please contact Maria Lango, International Programs, Waterloo International, Needles Hall, Room 1113, or by email at mlango@ uwaterloo.ca. Quick tips for green binning in winter – place cardboard or newspaper in bottom of bin ; layer food scraps with paper waste that will absorb liquid ; minimize the amount of liquid. For more info www.regionofwaterloo.on.ca/ waste. Professor Andre Roy has been appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Environment and tenure in the Department of Geography and environmental management. He is a highly respected leader, administrator and teach as well as internationally recognized. His appointments will begin on August 1, 2011. Are you a gay man? Get involved with ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and area) and help reduce the spread of HIV through prevention and education. Honorarium. For info contact Leesa at 519-570-3687, ext 306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CENTRE FOR CAREER ACTION WORKSHOPS Monday, February 28, 2011 Interview Skills: Preparing for Questions – 2:30 to 4 p.m. TC 2218. Learn how to improve your performance in the job interview by viewing and discussing taped excerpts of actual interviews. Note: since the activities in this workshop build on the material presented in the online Interview Skills module (under Marketing Yourself) of the Career Development eManual, you will need to complete the interview Skills online module as a first step before registering for this workshop. To access the module, go to cdm.uwaterloo.ca and select the UW student version of the Career Development eManual. Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Interview Skills: Selling Your Skills – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., TC 2218. Note: activities in this workshop build on the material presented in the online Interview Skills module (under Marketing Yourself) of the Career Development eManual, you will need to complete the Interview Skills online module as a first step before registering for this workshop. To access the module, go to cdm.uwaterloo.ca and select the UW student version of the Career Development eManual. Working Effectively in Antoher Culture – 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., TC 1208. This workshop is geared towards students who will work abroad and international students who want to work in Canada. Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Career Exploration and Decision Making – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., TC 2218. Note: this workshop is open to 4th year, Masters and PhD students, Postdocs and staff. Thinking About Optometry? – 5:30 to 7 p.m., TC 1208. A career advisor will review key factors for the application process. Thursday, March 3, 2011 Exploring Your Personality Type (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator-Part1) – 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., TC 1112. Note: materials charge of $10 payable at Career Services prior to the first session. Once you have registered and paid the fee, you will be given information on how to complete the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) online. The online test must be completed at least a day in advance. Career Cafe – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., SLC. Every Thursday during the term an advisory is on site to answer questions on topics such as career decision, resumes, interviews, job search, etc. Business Etiquette and Professionalism – 2:30 to 4 p.m., TC 1208. Proper etiquette is crucial to a successful job. Monday, March 7, 2011 Academic Interview – 12 to 1:30 p.m., TC 2218. Note: this workshop is open only to 4th year, Masters and PhD students. Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Work Search Strategies for Internatitonal Students – 2 to 3:30 p.m., TC 1208. Note: since the activities in this workshop build on the material presented in the online Work Search module (under Marketing Yourself) of the Career Development eManual, you will need to complete the Work Search online module as a first step before registering for this workshop. To access the module, go to cdm.uwaterloo.ca and elect the UW student version of the Career Development eManual. First hour of the session covers general job search strategies; last half hour details visa requirements. Thinking About Pharmacy? – 5:30 to 7 p.m., TC 1208. A career advisor will review key factors for the application process. Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Work Search Strategies – 10:20 am. to 12 p.m., TC 1208. Note: since the activities in this workshop build on the material presented in the online Work Search module (under Marketing Yourself) of the Career Development eManual, you will need to com-
Imprint, Friday, February 18, 2011 email@example.com plete the Work Search online module as a first step before registering for this workshop. To access the module, go to cdm.uwaterloo.ca and elect the UW student version of the Career Development eManual. Career Investment Assessment – 2:30 to 4 p.m., TC 1112. Note: there is a materials charge of $10 payable at Career Services prior to the session. Once you have registered and paid the fee, you will be given information on how to complete the Strong Interest Inventory online. The online test must be completed a few days prior to the workshop. Explore Your Options: Science Careers of Recent Alumni – 5:30 to 7 p.m., TC 2218. While this event is geared to Science and Applied Health Sciences students, all students are welcome. Thursday, March 10, 2011 Exploring Your Personality Type (Myer Briggs Indicator, Part 2) – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., TC 1112. Career Cafe – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., SLC. Every Thursday during the term an advisory is on site to answer questions on topics such as career decision, resumes, interviews, job search, etc. Monday, March 14, 2011 Interview Skills for Academic Positions – 12 to 1:30 p.m. Note: this workshop is open only to 4th year, Masters and PhD students. Limited to 30 participants. Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Dental School Interviews – 5:30 to 7 p.m., TC 1208. Note: since the activities in this workshop build on the material presented in the online Work Search module (under Marketing Yourself) of the Career Development eManual, you will need to complete the Work Search online module as a first step before registering for this workshop. To access the module, go to cdm.uwaterloo.ca and elect the UW student version of the Career Development eManual. Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Success on the Job – 2:30 to 4 p.m., TC 2308. Note: this workshop is geared towards students who have limited experience in the work world. “Thinking About Dentistry? – 5:30 to 7 p.m., TC 1208. Thursday, March 17, 2011 The Power of LinkedIn – 10;30 to 11:30 a.m., TC 2218. Career Cafe – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., SLC. Every Thursday during the term an advisory is on site to answer questions on topics such as career decision, resumes, interviews, job search, etc. Career Interest Assessment (Strong Interest Inventory) – 2 to 3:30 p.m., TC 1112. Note: there is a materials charge of $10 payable at Career Services prior to the session. Once you have registered and paid the fee, you will be given information on how to complete the Strong Interest Inventory online. The online test must be completed a few days prior to the workshop. Monday, March 21, 2011 Careers Beyond Academia – 12 to 1:30 pm., TC 2218. Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Successfully Negotiating Job Offers – 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., TC 1208. Note: this workshop is geared towards graduating students. All About GMAT – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., TC 2218.Presented by Stuart Kovinsky, Academic Manager, Kaplan Ctr., (Southern Ontario). Thinking About an MBA – 5:30 to 7 p.m., TC 2218. Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Interview Skills: Preparing for Questions – 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., TC 1208. Note: since the activities in this workshop build on the material presented in the online Work Search module (under Marketing Yourself) of the Career Development eManual, you will need to complete the Work Search online module as a first step before registering for this workshop. To access the module, go to cdm.uwaterloo.ca and elect the UW student version of the Career Development eManual.
February 1 to 28, 2011 Rotunda Gallery presents “Maps of
Obsession” by Collette Broeders. Reception February 3 from 5 to 7 p.m., City Hall, 200 King Street, W., Kitchener. For more info 519-741-3400, ext 3381. Homer Watson House & Gallery presents “Kitchener Waterloo Society of Artists” from February 5 to March 13. For info call 519-748-4377, ext 233 or firstname.lastname@example.org. rare Charitable Research Reserve hosts a number of community events that we invite you to participate in. For more info www.raresites.org or 519-650-9336, ext 125. Saturday, February 19, 2011 UpTown Waterloo Ice Dogs Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info contact Sheila at 519-888-4567, ext 33203 or email@example.com. Sunday, February 27, 2011 Build-a-Change Competition – this is an international development challenge for students to develop creative solutions to development problems. Winner gets $5,000 grant. Application due today, February 27. For more info http://buildachange.ca. Monday, February 28, 2011 An evening with Elizabeth Witmer, MPP Kitchener-Waterloo, from 6 to 8 pm. For tickets/info, RSVP by February 25 to reaumeMS@gmail.com. March 2011 Need help with your tax return? Free income tax clinics for persons with low incomes Monday and Tuesday evenings in March beginning Tuesday, March 1 at 105 University Ave., E., Suite 2, Waterloo. To book an appointment call Monday or Wednesday 519-885-6640 between 1 and 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2011 WAM presents Ron Tite, comedian/ businessman at Bomber, SLC, from 7 to 9 p.m. “You are your brand.” For more info www.facebook.com/ uw.WAM. All students, staff and faculty welcome to this free event. Friday, March 4, 2011 FEDS First Year Commission will be holding a talent show at the Bomber from 7 to 9 p.m. It is a free event for all UW students ; a variety of acts and prizes, so come out to the last event of the year! Sunday, March 6, 2011 A concert of “Baroque Music by Women Composers” performed by one of Canada’s newest baroque ensembles, Musathena at 8 p.m., K-W Chamber Music Society, 57 Young Street, W., Waterloo. For info/tickets 519-886-1673 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.k-wcms.com. Saturday, April 2, 2011 Elmira Maple Syrup Festival – excite your tastebuds at the World’s largest one day maple syrup festival. Lots of food, activities and fun for everyone. www.elmiramaplesyrup.com.
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Waterloo Arts is Fine: Part I
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Caitlin McIntyre arts editor
here are a number of hidden treasures at the University of Waterloo which teeter just barely on the outskirts of the average student’s everyday travels. These wellkept campus secrets are mysterious, and at times hard to come by, unless visited deliberately or stumbled upon by accident. The optometry building has their glasses-centric Museum of Vision Science, the science department shelters an alcove of dinosaur bones in their Earth Sciences Museum, and slotted away in their East Campus Hall isolation, the fine arts department has UWAG. The University of Waterloo Art Gallery, known for the past four years
as Render, came under new management last June when Ivan Jurakic stepped into the position of director and curator in the ECH facility. Since then, the gallery has overseen changes, some big and some familiar, paying homage to the old and bursting forward with the new. “Essentially, from June onwards we looked at the gallery as a re-launch almost from scratch,” Jurakic said. The re-launch in September involved a new program with yearly gallery seasons and some serious building renovations. The last upgrades the university gallery saw were about 10 years ago. Since then, however, it has remained relatively the same untouched space. “The gallery really needed a kind of update, to make it more contemporary, more profes-
sional, to make it a more engaging space.” The renovations divided the space into two distinct sections, Gallery 1 and Gallery 2. That way, with the exception of large shows and student exhibitions, there would always be two shows running at all times. The first gallery is the larger of the two, has a more national and international focus, and hopes to feature both emerging and mid-career Canadian artists. This year, the second gallery has focused exclusively on artists with ties to the fine arts department at the University of Waterloo. Graduates, professors, and other faculty members have been and will be showcased in an attempt to display what Waterloo has to offer to the art world. “There are a lot of challenges to ECH as a building,” said Jurakic,
“namely the location, parking issues, and now all of this construction is happening… if it means a journey for [people] to come here from the centre of campus, from the SLC… when they come in these doors… I want them to feel the wow factor.” The gallery does not disappoint, the art alone is well enough to wow, but now the facility, too, has a lot more shine. Season 1 of the new gallery is proving to be quite the success, with some 155 people showing up to their last opening on Jan. 3, 2011. None of their events have housed much less than 150 people, and they’ve been receiving great feedback from their patrons and the fine arts community. It’s not just those with budding artistic fame who get featured on these
clean white gallery walls; undergraduate and graduate students in the fine arts faculty also get a crack at the exhibitions. The gallery gives students the chance to have people critique their work in a gallery setting, to get comments and real time feedback for their studies at school. The students are exhibited once a year as part of their finals, and sometimes the displays are the first time that these students have had their work exhibited or promoted. Though there is far more to the gallery than its gorgeous new looks, you’ll have to either check in next week to get the low-down, or take a stroll across campus and check it out yourself. Check out next week’s issue of Imprint for Part 2 of Waterloo Arts in Fine.
Diving In: Waterboys head to Internationals Caitlin McIntyre arts editor
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From left to right: Jake Redekopp, Andrew Zhuang, Glen Davis, Ricci Tam, Joel Derksen, Nick Maldonado, Tristan Pilcher, Dan Johnson, Zach Ayers, Dan Le Forestier, Crawford Doran, Sam Bartel, and Robert Nelson.
’m sure you’ve seen them before, rocking out popular hits in matching scarves in the Great Hall of the SLC or just around campus. They’re Waterloo’s very own all-male a cappella group, and they’re going to the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Competition (ICCA) on Feb. 26. Founded in the summer of 2008, the Waterboys became the first organized, auditioned, campus-wide a cappella group on UW campus. They didn’t officially come upon their name, the Waterboys, until 2009, and have been an ever-present part of our school ever since. I sat down with three members of the group’s executive — their president Doug Epp, conductor Crawford Doran, and VP adminis-
tration Robert Nelson — to discuss the group’s upcoming trip. “This is the first time that any University of Waterloo group has ever gone to this competition,” said Nelson. The ICCA is an international competition run in the United States and founded in 1996. The competition was created as an opportunity for university-based, student-run a cappella groups to come together and perform. Though there is an intense degree of competition throughout the event, it also serves as a great chance for groups to grab feedback and compare techniques with other schools in order to improve their own performance. Any university-based group can participate in the competition, so long as they make it past the initial application, and send in a set of recorded performances for review. See FOR THE BOYS, page 18
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Correction In the Feb. 11 issue of Imprint, the article, “Jim Bryson and the Weakerthans” listed the first opening artist at the Feb. 5 Starlight concert as Andrew Ledwell. The artist’s name is actually Daniel Ledwell. Imprint apologies for this mistake.
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s citizens of the Internet, one anonymous group always promotes the idea that piracy, or downloading stuff for free, should be allowed and indeed practiced like safe sex. Not everyone likes the idea of safe sex and not everyone will practice it, but hey, it’s an option; they try to make it sound prettier by adding the word “safe” before everyone’s favourite word, “sex.” Of course, not everyone likes the idea of free downloading and not everyone will practice it, but hey, it’s an option, and they try to make it sound prettier by adding the word “free” before the word “downloading.” Over the past weekend or so, some of you may have heard the news that Crysis 2 was leaked out. This was not the demo, but rather the actual full game with multiplayer and the “master key” to activate the game, oops. To do a little damage control, Crytek, the makers of the game, first — wait for it — blame pirates. I thought that this was possibly the cheapest way to do damage control. What did piracy have to do with anything? See, the thing is, I don’t see the problem with piracy. Really, I don’t. Now, I’m not saying that I myself pirate games. I mean, why would I EVER do such a thing! But let’s hypothetically say my friend “John” pirates games. What’s that “John?” You want to share a story? Why not?
Once upon a time, John wanted a game that was to come out; we’ll call that game “Sisyrc.” Now unfortunately for John, Sisyrc is still in development, and there’s no demo for it. Oh, poo. Suddenly, John finds out that a version of it has leaked out onto the Internet. Hurray, John exclaims as his innergamer takes over. He downloads the leaked version of the game, plays it, and decides it is shit, prompting him to immediately delete it and never think of it again. Months later, the exact same scenario happens with another game. It was leaked, just like Sisyrc, and John downloads it. John likes this game. In fact, he likes it so much, that he immediately deletes it, runs to the store, and buy a real version. Isn’t that neat? THE END. The problem I have with developers blaming pirates is that they are trying to throw the fault elsewhere. Bringing us to the core of the problem, developers and publishers are just scared that they are going to lose money due to the hurt in sales. See, instinctively, I never play demos. Why? Because they are demos. In case you weren’t aware, demo is short for “demonstration,” meaning that they want you to see what they want you to see. You might get five minutes of the most awesome cutscene ever, or you might spend the most awesome five minutes fighting the enemies in the game, but that’s just it: it’s the most awesome five minutes of the game. Everything past
these five minutes can usually be summarized by the word “garbage” (Unless proven otherwise). Hurting sales should never be blamed on pirates. I know that pirates have a tendency to raid the mighty castles of gaming developers or publishers, and then throw the loot into the public with no thought of “consequences.” There was no “but” to that statement, because there usually aren’t any consequences. In the example of Crysis 2, I already know that the game will be an inevitable piece of dog-doo on a stick once it comes out. Sure it looks pretty, and it might have a few saving graces, but really, it’s just another “walk in a straight line” FPS (first person shooter). What this means is that this game will suck, and that by buying these crappy games, we are helping the market become saturated by crap games. By downloading games and playing them first, then buying them, I think pirates have done a smart thing. They let publishers and developers realize that they can’t get away with making a generic game. They need to make sure gamers are having something that’s not just another run down a pretty-looking corridor. Buying games just because they have big names like Halo or Call of Duty attached to them makes the world of gaming that much crappier. And you’re at fault. Speaking of fault, I wonder who at Crytek got fired for leaking the game — I mean releasing it three months early.
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If they pass this first stage of competition, they move through to the quarter-final stage, which is where our Waterboys are headed. The competition this year is based out of Pennsylvania State University. “We’ve been practising like mad,” said Epp. “This past term has been the first time we’ve really incorporated choreography into our performance, which is new to pretty much everyone in the group.” The Waterboys have been increasing their performances around and outside of the university, doing Bomber open mic nights, and holding concerts in order to get as much practice in as possible before their upcoming performances.
However, the Waterboys aren’t strangers to public performances, and are often seen in populated areas in the SLC performing many songs. “Those [students] who hear us, their response has been great… it builds our confidence,” said Doran. “On the other hand though, we wish more people would hear us… it’s something that we’re trying to work on this term and in the future, improving our visibility and getting ourselves out there more.” The Waterboys are composed of some 15-18 University of Waterloo undergrads, most of whom are in their third and fourth years. They do however have grad students, first years, and the occasional alumni adding to their roster of performers.
“At the beginning of every term we hold open auditions to everyone, so every member of the group has to re-audition,” said Nelson, “anyone who’s interested can book a time slot for 15 minutes… and see what they can bring to the group.” With the competition just around the corner, and their bus leaving for Penn State on Feb. 25, the Waterboys are just about ready to hit the international a cappella stage. “The competition has been tough,” said Doran. “It’s meant some compromises and some sacrifices, but it’s also been a lot of fun.” As for whether or not they’ll put their talents on the stage for the ICCA next year, the Waterboys will have to get back to us on that one.
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Bieber my balls: New film might just win you over 3-D Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Jon Chu Paramount Pictures
I was most hesitant about the 3-D bit, but the production pleasantly surprised me. Used mainly to draw viewer interaction during on-stage footage of Bieber, the 3-D aspect of the movie was well in moderation. It wasn’t overdone and it was used wisely; the concert footage is just that much more epic with the thousands of Beliebers singing, dancing, and openly crying at his performances. The best part of Never Say Never is that it is an honest production: a good kid with a passion for music encountered a series of lucky events that just happened to work in his favour. Why all the hate when someone just happens to be in the right place at the right time, uploading the right YouTube video? By the end of the movie, which includes personal commentary from Mama Bieber (Pattie Malette), I can’t justify the hating. Somehow, in a way I never thought possible, I have become a slave to the luscious, seemingly synthetic locks of a 5’4” toddler. Yes, world, I’m serious: I love Justin Bieber. And if y’all don’t like it, you can Bieber my balls. — Eleonora Meszaros
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Justin Bieber — whether you love him, hate him, or love to hate him — will no doubt surprise you in some way with his latest effort, Never Say Never, which banked nearly $30 million at the box office on its opening weekend. While the whole “Bieber Fever” thing may seem overblown to many, you can’t blame the Bieb team for taking advantage of the huge momentum that has carried the 16-year-old Stratford native into a sea of success. That success includes a recent Grammy award nomination and a concert in Madison Square Garden which sold out in just 22 minutes (Yes, it’s true, and it was mentioned multiple times during the 105 minutes). Going into the 3-D experience, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I’m still half-speechless at the entire viewing experience. The movie is a balanced mix of Bieber’s experiences on the road and flashbacks to his life in Stratford, coupled with past footage of Bieber concerts, all
dramatically leading to his show at Madison Square Garden. Amidst a mix of ridiculous moments, like a slow-mo montage dedicated to his hair, the movie chronicles the clever use of social media that made Justin Bieber a household name. Want to be the most famous star on the planet? Get tweeting. The movie features a great lineup of other ridiculously popular stars, like Miley Cyrus, Sean Kingston, Will Smith & Co., and Usher; it even includes a Snoop Dogg cameo, in which he explains the recent decisions behind his hairstyle. Equally funny as it is random, there was nothing that made fellow viewers in the theatre laugh more than the brief spiel from the Doggy himself. It is the focus on the close ties to his family that really reaches out to viewers emotionally. Seemingly, the life of the Biebs and his single mother has been one of continuous challenge. The result is nothing short of a miracle to the family, who express their gratitude to Bieber fans everywhere by randomly handing out concert tickets, bringing fans on stage during shows, and constantly keeping in touch with Beliebers everywhere via Twitter.
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e doesn’t ask for it, but his presence demands attention. Though demanding, the man tending his own door is not intimidating. A calm silence falls as Pat Robitaille approaches his stage — the standing-room-only crowd knows why they have come. Having just performed open-mic the previous night, his approach is quite friendly. With a beat-boxing introduction, Pat Robitaille seizes our attention as though we were bulls lassoed in midrun. He isn’t just a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist — as if these talents weren’t enough — he is truly a musician and performer. He wants to show us everything he can do, and wants to present every talent seamlessly in one musical composition. A clear supporter of incorporating modern electronics into his live set, Pat Robitaille writes real music for real music fans. He literally called out that certain “head-bobber” attitude
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we all fall ill to frequently: if it appeals to our lowest common denominator, we love it. Pat Robitaille does not appeal to this denominator. As evidenced by his crowd-favorite track “Superman,” he has an ear for catchy hooks and pop tones that do not compromise his ability to write layered music requiring difficult live renditions. At no point during his over 60 minutes of solo work did the audience break their attention. Those who came in were frozen by more than just the weather outside: beer in hand, they had been stilled by his sound. It was Pat Robitaille’s first solo set without a backing band in about three months, and he did not disappoint. Live recordings were made, and it was announced that Maxwell Music House’s founder and president, Paul Maxwell, had become Pat Robitaille’s first manager. Pat Robitaille has released four studio LPs and several EPs and is currently performing in support of his most recent release entitled Change. He has a very powerful voice with a decent range, and believes his
musical strengths lie in his voice, the keys, and his guitar. The technology he uses live allow his voice to provide a large-venue-like feel. With his instrumentation, he has no problem mixing in his RC 50 Loop Station, subharmonic generator, and BOSS Space Echo Effects. Considering the level at which he plays his instruments while singing, Pat Robitaille has the potential to perform side by side with any musician that has the chance to meet him. If Dallas Green or John Mayer came calling, he would not disappoint. I urge you to take the time and check out Pat Robitaille. You will not be disappointed. With the amount of material he has released already, there are hidden gems to be found everywhere. Furthermore, his recorded works do not fully portray the power of the live sound. They are completely different works of art, and I look forward to hearing Pat Robitaille back at Maxwell’s Music House on March 11 with his full backing band. Regardless of the stage or artists that surround him, Pat Robitaille will perform.
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t’s hard to believe while walking through these -15 Celsius temperatures, but ladies and gentlemen, baseball is just around the corner. As you read this, players are reporting to camps, managers are dusting off their lineup cards, and umpires are chowing down at their local buffet in preparation for another season of North America’s slowest sport. With an offseason that was very unpredictable, yet somewhat expected, the landscape of the league has changed — but only slightly. What I mean by that is simple: several teams pulled off unexpected moves in the free agent market, yet looking at the teams, it’s not very surprising that they, in particular, were the ones entering the fray. For yet another offseason, the major players in free agency were Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Even Texas’ foray into these waters wasn’t surprising — this is the team that changed the structure of contracts foreverwhen they laid down their 10-year, 250 million-dollar deal for A-Rod all those years ago. While the Angels were expected to jump back into contention by spending on Carl Crawford, and possibly even ace closer Rafael Soriano, they were out-spent and out-hustled by the Red Sox and Yankees. Surprising in the sense that the Angels were the expected winners of those two players, yet not surprising when you look at the two teams who plucked them. There’s no doubt that the Phillies and Red Sox had the best summers. The Red Sox have built a lineup that may make opposing pitchers knees shake like Charlie Sheen in church. By adding speedster Carl Crawford, and all-around, franchise-lifting Adrian Gonzalez to an already solid foundation, it may be impossible to make it through a game against Boston without giving up a run. The Phillies went the other way in signing Cliff Lee, giving them a rotation that is quickly being compared to the greatest rotations in league history.
Schwende scores twice, Hartigan patrols his crease as Waterloo routs Lakehead 5-0 in the opening game of the OUA Playoffs Chester Yang
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aterloo was simply too much for Lakehead on Wednesday night, blanking the Thunderwolves 5–0 in game one of the best-of-three series. The two teams meet in the playoffs with plenty of bad blood between them. They opened the season with a pair of games in Lakehead against each other and split that series, with Waterloo taking the first game and Lakehead the second. They met again last weekend with a pair of games at the CIF and again split the series. In the last two games before the playoffs began, tension ran high as the games progressed. Both teams played their physical game to a T, finishing banner_ad_v6.qxd:Layout 12:00 PMvigour. Page 1 every check with See JAY-TOP, page1 222/15/11
From the outset, no one expected this series to be a cakewalk for either team. “Lakehead’s a good team, we’re very evenly matched,” said head coach Brian Bourque before Wednesday night’s game. Just as the Warriors centers their offense around captain Chris Ray and surrounds him with a balanced supporting cast of capable players, Lakehead also runs a deep team that centers around forward Matt Caria. He led the Thunderwolves in scoring during the regular season with 10 goals and 26 assists. “[Lakehead]’s got a few good players: their whole first line with Caria and McDonald,” said Warriors assistant captain Kyle Sonnenburg. “Caria’s a good player.” Caria is joined on offense by linemate Ryan Macdonald, Brock McPher-
son, Kris Hogg, and Adam Sergerie as returning members of the Lakehead offense from last year, where they won the OUA West playoffs before falling to McGill in the Queen’s Cup. The team is not lacking in offense, ranking third best in the country with an astounding 4.18 goals per game. Bourque and Sonnenburg know first-hand how good Caria is. Caria, along with Lakehead defenseman and captain Jordan Smith, were both chosen as part of Canada’s contingent in the World University Games a few weeks ago. “He’s a really good player, one of the best offensive players on the Canadian team,” said Bourque. As the final whistle blew on last Saturday’s loss against the Thunderwolves to end the season, Warriors defenseman Ryan Molle let his temper get the
best of him, taking a match penalty, and as a result was suspended for the first game of the playoffs. When the puck dropped on Wednesday night to open the first round of OUA playoffs, the Warriors were ready to play. Returning to action for the Warriors was Steve Whitely, a hulking stalwart on defense whose presence on the penalty kill was sorely missed. His ability to clear the puck immediately paid dividends after the Warriors took two quick penalties to hand Lakehead a lengthy five-on-three. Smart defensive plays by the penalty killers as well as a razor sharp Hartigan snuffed out any Lakehead chances, including a big save on the doorstep that forced Hartigan to slide across the crease. See WARRIORS, page 22
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Three Warriors punch their tickets for CIS Championships
n what head coach Jeff Slater called a “fantastic, ear-splitting atmosphere” at the University of Guelph, the Waterloo Warriors put up some good performances in the OUA championships this past weekend. In fact, three Warriors performed well enough to proceed to the CIS National Championships in Calgary on Feb. 24-26. Waterloo’s squad was led by Wesley Greig, who finished third in the 100m breaststroke, and then claimed a silver medal in the 200m breaststroke. Greig also added a fourth place finish in the 50m breaststroke, and his times moved him up the Warrior record books, giving him the second fastest time in the 100m breaststroke and third fastest in both the 50m and 200m breaststroke. Greig capped off his weekend with and eighth-place result in the 400m individual medley. Evan Dzik continued Waterloo’s string of strong performances as he qualified for the CIS Championships, posting a time of 57.01 seconds as he
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Waterloo’s Evan Dzik competes in the butterfly earlier this season finished 10th in the 100m butterfly. Dzik has been in form lately, having finished second in the 50m butterfly and the 50m freestyle at a tune-up meet in St. Catharines a few weeks ago, and his times have pushed him into the top 10 in the Waterloo record books. On the women’s side of the ledger, Bronwyn Kemp became the third Warrior to qualify for the CIS Championships as she placed eighth in the 200m breaststroke in a time of
2:40. Kemp had been working hard to return to her previous level following a fall co-op term, and her work will continue in Calgary in two weeks time. Other top performers included Graham Fink’s ninth-place finish in the 1,500m freestyle and Alex Johnson’s 11th-place finish in the 50m breaststroke. email@example.com
Playoff Previews Figure Skating
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ather your roses and teddy bears, because the OUA figure skating championships are coming to Waterloo. The province’s premier university figure skaters will congregate at RIM Park Feb. 17 and 18. Though Waterloo is hosting, they’re in tough to bring home a title; the sport has been dominated by three teams — Guelph, Queen’s, and Western — since 1992. In addition, Waterloo’s two champions in 2010 – Kevin Dawe and Adrienne Corbett - will not be back in 2011. Dawe
and Corbett won gold in last year’s senior free skates, but Brandon Prete and Shannon Murray will skate for the Warriors this year. While the first day of competition will be over by the time of publication, those looking to catch some of the action on Friday can catch the Senior Similar Pairs at 12:15 p.m., where Warrior women Laura Beecraft and Mercedes Grzenda will try to dethrone defending champs Tessa Mailling and Krista Ricciatti of Guelph. Other Warriors competing include Katelyn Fraser and Marissa MacLean in the Senior Silver Similar Dance, while Christina Morettin is in the mix for the Gold Free Skate.
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he Waterloo Warriors women gun for their second straight OUA championship this weekend, and they’ll be doing it close to home. Waterloo will be “hosting” the university bonspiel at the Guelph Curling Club, which runs Feb. 17-21. While Varsity Curling coach Steve Hertz likes the Warrior women’s chances, he notes that, “Every year, any team has a good chance to ‘get hot’ and win it all.” Waterloo does have experience in its favour: last year’s skip Katherine
Pringle is helming the team’s chance at a repeat. On the men’s side, the Western Mustangs look to come away with their third straight championship. The Warrior men, with Jake Gardiner at skip, will try to prevent that from happening as they chase their first title since 2005. The team is strong, stemming from a wealth of junior and OUA experience. The gruelling championship will see each team play eight round robin games over a four-day span. The top four teams advance to the playoffs on Monday, Feb. 21.
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uckle up, it’s playoff time. The Warriors men’s volleyball team cemented their spot in the OUA postseason over the weekend, earning a playoff berth with a convincing three-set victory against the visiting Ryerson Rams on Friday night. “We are simply a better team than we were when we played the Ryerson Rams the first game of the season,” commented coach Chris Lawson. “We are playing with much more confidence and the guys have
worked very hard to improve all aspects of their game.” Waterloo’s playoff season begins on Saturday as they travel to Kingston to face the Queen’s Gaels in a do or die matchup. Waterloo split the two matches with Queen’s this season, including a 3-1 upset victory in Kingston on Jan. 15. But the Gaels sport a stellar 16-4 record and will be a tough matchup for Waterloo. “[The] keys to beating Queens will be to pass well and serve tough,” said Warriors’ outside Aleks Poldma. “They have many national team calibre hitters, thus serving tough is crucial to get them into trouble.”
When one of the greatest hitters of this era says he wants to retire a Cardinal, ... you do what you have to do, and pay what you have to pay, to make that happen.
et’s start this mish-mash of sports babble with the annual plea for sanity: please, pay attention to NCAA Basketball before March Madness. It’s not that hard to open a webpage and scroll through the scores and stats a few times a week. Heck, maybe even watch one of the games that are plastered around your cable subscription. Everybody gets Peachtree TV (get off the couch and call Everest College today!), so there is really no excuse not to take a few hours of your Saturday afternoon and watch a game. Otherwise, don’t be surprised come mid-March when your bracket has already tanked… Not sure what to make of the whole Albert Pujols situation down there in St. Louis. When one of the greatest hitters of this era says he wants to retire a Cardinal (which is a classy move, something that is lacking in sports these days), you do what you have to do, and pay what you have to pay, to make that happen. Sure, you’ll likely pay a heavy premium into his inevitable decline, but what you get now from a marketing standpoint, is definitely worth the extra bucks… Speaking of bizarre contract situations, how did Rickie “Mediocre” Weeks land a $50 million contract? Talk about paying for promise that may or may not materialize. The one good season of his six-year career (last year) wasn’t even that phenomenal. His average defense aside, his performance doesn’t merit the huge contract; extra-base hits are nice, but he has yet to show he can stay healthy, and his high strikeout rate indicates, he may be a poor-man’s version of Carlos Pena… Milos Raonic. Get used to hearing that name, he’ll be around for a while. The Canadian kid who took the hopes of a nation into the fourth round at the Australian Open has taken another jump up the rankings with his victory at the SAP Open. Raonic became the first Canadian to win an ATP event, with his victory over Fernando Verdasco, since the defector himself, Greg Rusedski, in 1995. Let’s hope that Raonic doesn’t jump ship like a certain unnamed tennis pro did some 15 years ago…
Everybody should be excited for the start of the championship curling season. The Brier, whose draw was looking questionable early on, now looks like a can’t-miss tournament. Any tournament with Glenn Howard, Kevin Martin, Brad Gushue, and Jeff Stoughton is unequivocally a must-see event. The only downside: no Wayne Middaugh… On the flip side of things: the women’s draw has a fair amount of household names, but the real
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intrigue is when Team Canada meets Team Manitoba, which pits Jennifer Jones against her former teammate Cathy Overton-Clapham. Not sure how much animosity there is between the two, but that should be something to mark on your calendar… Seventh Inning Stretch…
Baseball fans can rejoice that Brandon Webb will most likely be ready for opening day. Once upon a time, he was one of the premier pitchers in the National League and could very well be so again. Whether or not he recovers fully from his shoulder surgery, and if he can handle pitching in the American League (against the DH) will be the biggest factors in determining how valuable of an asset he is to the Texas Rangers. Those two changes, coupled with pitching in a hitter’s ballpark, could suggest that this may not be a fairy tale after all… Jose Bautista…If he can produce half of what he did last season it’ll be a fun ride again in 2011. His breakout year was definitely the highlight of any fan of the Toronto Blue Jays. A close second would have to be the Roy Halladay perfect game, followed by the Roy Halladay playoff no-hitter. Any true Blue Jays fan, or baseball fan in general, had to enjoy those moments immensely… Overtime…
Everybody in Canada should be thanking Milos Raonic. Not only for taking back the title of “last Canadian to win an ATP event” from a non-Canadian, but also for giving us a reason to pay attention to tennis between the Australian and French Open. And let’s put our cards on the table: the French Open isn’t a real major to anyone outside of France. Tennis on clay? Get serious… Huge hat tip goes out to the Cleveland Cavaliers for continuing to show up for their games. Could anyone really blame them for calling it a season early? Last year, when the New Jersey Nets were losing at a record pace, it was funny, but the Cavs situation is just sad. After such a heartbreaking off-season (Lebron who?), it’s a shame to see them wallowing with the ghosts of historically bad franchises… Shout out of the Week:
A belated Canadian-style shout out this week to Chatham, Ontario native Andy Fantuz, formerly of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, for signing with the Chicago Bears. Let’s all hope that he gets a shot to play next season, and that there is a next season. firstname.lastname@example.org
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That’s what happens when you have four aces on your staff, and your fifth starter is Joe Blanton, a guy who can now claim to be the best fifth starter in the league. Teams will have just as much trouble scoring runs against the Phillies as they will not giving up runs against the Red Sox. Yet, even after both teams spending so much money, neither seems like a sure lock to win it all, or even make it to the World Series. Both have distinct holes in their teams — the Red Sox rotation is old and overpaid. The Phillies lineup, while daunting at times, showed last year that it could be shut down for long stretches, and with the loss of Jayson Werth to the Nationals, the Phillies could struggle to find runs. Isn’t that amazing? Teams with gargantuan payrolls, that spend astronomical amounts seemingly every off-season, actually have very easy-to-identify flaws. It’s amazing, no doubt, and it’s the reason the MLB has still been able to flourish despite not having
a salary cap. Over the past 10 years, there have never been back-to-back champions, and only the Boston Red Sox can claim two championships over that stretch. Think about that — the NBA, with its cap system, has had the Lakers win championships backto-back and the NFL has had the Patriots win championships backto-back, yet the MLB continues to somehow foster parity, despite allowing its more profitable clubs to spend as much as they’d like. So while it seems like an easy excuse for, say, Jays fans to complain about the system and our lack of money to spend in free agency, it has become clear that free agency times isn’t the place where championships are won. That, and Toronto somehow unloading Vernon Wells on those suckers in L.A., gives us no choice but to go into this season filled with hope. Even so, I’m still saying the Phillies will meet the Red Sox in the World Series. email@example.com
Cricket World Cup: Greatest Show On Earth
any people on campus wonder what that baseballlike game is, being played in the gyms of the PAC, on the pavement next to the SLC, and behind UWP every weekend. Well, it is the game of cricket. For those who did not know, the Cricket World Cup is starting Feb. 19, and cricket lovers on campus have been buzzing as the exciting opening day grows closer and the banter and trash talking has begun among different teams. I recently got to sit down with the president of the University of Waterloo Cricket Club, Parneet Kohli, and two intramural members, Arnav Khurana and Vinod Sajja, as well as cricket enthusiast Rameez Akhtar. All four participants had a great love for cricket and were highly knowledgeable about the game. Parneet Kohli talked about cricket at UW, saying that the cricket club on campus was growing, and that competition among the teams was fierce with high quality of cricket being played. Parneet was proud that there are over 100 players in the league split over seven teams. Arnav Khurana, who represents the team, Unusual Suspects, was quick to note that the teams were well diversified and there were players from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, and even had an exchange student from England and South Africa. The topic soon moved to the World Cup and, since three out of my four interviewees were Indian, it was not surprising that Arnav, Parneet, and Vinod were backing the Indian team. Rameez, although from Pakistan, backed the Australian cricket team. However, the Indian contingent was quick to back up their support. “The World Cup is being played in the subcontinent and India is the favourites to win it. We have the strongest batting
line-up and, most importantly, this is Tendulkar’s last World Cup. So he will want to win it before he retires,” said Parneet. The person he is referring to is Sachin Tendulkar, the best batsman to have played the game and most arguably the best all-around cricketer, which in turn has given him God-like status in India. Vinod then went on to say that, “Subcontinent pitches and conditions favour the Indians who have the crowd behind them and will be cheering India on the whole way.” Rameez Akhtar had a different point of view. While the Indians were indeed a strong side, he felt that the Australians will prevail for their fourth consecutive World Cup due to their professionalism and having the most balanced team. He also labelled India as being over-confident, which would lead to their downfall. Having mentioned Sachin Tendulkar, other stars were also mentioned who were expected to shine. Rameez pointed out Australia’s fast bowler Shaun Tait, and England spinner Graeme Swann, as threats to opposing teams. Arnav thought that this would be a batsman’s World Cup and mentioned Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi to hit the most sixes while he backed West Indies superstar Chris Gayle and Australian captain Ricky Ponting. Parneet also added that he felt that Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga would be the most difficult bowler to face. Many will be surprised to find that Canada will be participating in this event. Who would have thought that the Canadians would play in a cricket World Cup before the Raptors make it to the NBA championships eh? Asked about their chances, Parneet said that while the Canadians were an inexperienced team, they were capable of
upsetting a major team but, “have a lot of work to do in order to catch even the weakest teams on the international stage such as Bangladesh.” He was quick to praise how quickly cricket was catching on in Canada but said that a better infrastructure was required. “First of all, the Canadian Cricket Board needs to set up a cricket camp outside of Canada during the winter, as no one can practice for six months, which is far too long for an international side. Also, cricket needs to start at grassroot levels, so more youngsters in schools should be encouraged to go out and play cricket.” Arnav and Rameez also pointed out that facilities for the Canadian team need to be upgraded and more talented players need to be nurtured properly. Before the interview came to a close, Parneet said that the UW Cricket Club was screening the big games either in the SLC or RCH. Games involving Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka will be shown live for the public as well as the semi-finals and finals. So how would they celebrate if India won? Arnav had a mischevious grin on his face and said, “I would probably take my shirt off and run through campus.” Parneet laughed and agreed. Rameez said that if Pakistan won it would represent “the biggest gift to the Pakistani people, after all the terror and tragedy Pakistan has gone through in the last couple of years.” The World Cup promises to captivate the minds of every cricket fan out there. My interviewees said that their school work will be hit hard, as all games start at three in the morning, but said it will be worth it and that no true cricket fan would ever miss what they call the greatest show on Earth.
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Midway through the first period, with the Warriors looking dangerous on the powerplay, Sonnenburg wound up for a sizzling slapshot from the point that echoed around the rink. Kyle Schwende, screening Lakehead’s goalie Alex Dupuis, pounced on the rebound and put the Warriors up 1–0. Lakehead tried to counter but Hartigan displayed incredible reflex and agility, making a number of difficult saves. Before the period was over, Schwende scored another goal after a rebound from Ray to send the Warriors to the dressing room up by two with all the momentum. Waterloo outshot Lakehead 19–12 in the period. It didn’t take long before the Warriors extended the lead to three goals. Less than a minute into the second, Sonnenburg pounced on a one-timer pass from Ray at the top of the circle and unleashed a booming slapshot past the helpless Dupuis. Lakehead took some bad penalties from undisciplined play, giving the Warriors a total of 11 powerplays, while only having six of their own. Waterloo took full advantage of the powerplay chances, capitalizing three times. Despite Lakehead’s attempts to get a goal late in the game to snap
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the shutout, the Warriors managed to control play throughout. Sitting comfortably at 4–0 after two periods, the Thunderwolves pulled Dupuis to start the third period, hoping to spark the team. However, a slew of bad penalties coupled with a few checking from behind misconducts, which looked like attempts to injure, sapped any momentum they had built up. The team will travel to Lakehead this weekend for a Friday night game and a Saturday game (if necessary). Both games will be held at the Fort Williams Gardens in Thunder Bay, a place that Sonnenburg admits is quite different from the CIF rink.
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“They pack 3,500 every game, exciting atmosphere. It’s more like what guys might play in front of in juniors. You don’t get to play in that kind of atmosphere often, so it’s tough but it’s also exciting,” he said. The Thunderwolves have been outstanding at home this year, boasting a 10–3–1 record. The overtime loss was against the Warriors at the beginning of the season. The Warriors have struggled on the road this year to a 5–9 record but Bourque is confident in his team. “[Lakehead] will play well; I’m sure our guys will play great. It’s going to be a good series.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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