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•Ontario Hydro scholarship Electrical engineering technician student wins By Jason Romanko Maria Muhr, a second-year elecengineering technician student, has been awarded the trical
Ontario Hydro scholarship of a
000 To qualify 1 ,
for the award, the stu-
dent must have a high academic
munity, be a team player and have first
interested in electricity
young age and had various jobs working with electricity, but decided to go back to school so she could get a better job in the field.
George Woods, an
professor for the electrical engi-
neering technician program, along with the other faculty, nominated
for the award.
great selection and to win.”
“She qualifies on every level for the award. She was a great selection and deserved to win,” Woods
said she was nominated award because she was a in a non-traditional role.
“I used to run into
Bradley in the medium-voltage drive department. It is a whole
old job, but lenge.
hiring immediately, but
By Bruce Manion
hiring six to eight
career fair to be held Oct. 2 will be one of the biggest ever,
manager of student employment services, co-op edu-
cation and alumni affairs. will be at Bingeman Park in Kitchener between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., said Mary Wright. fair
Students wishing to attend should bring their student cards, as there is a $5 charge for non-students. Wright said there will be over
employers attending the career fair and approximately 2,000 students attending from the 115
Unlike the job said, the
event through a steering committee. Before, most institutions held
the other institutions,
they were interested in
groundwork for landing a future Wright said.
go to work or
left, and Wayne Hodges, both first-^ear engineering technology students, survey the land behind the business wing Sept. 1 (Photo by Bryce Wilson)
why you have to why you can’t play
fair to be
will be there, all of
present themselves at the fair. The student employment ser-
She also suggests students come down to the student employservices
pick up a career fair
Students should prelist of questions
to ask the employers.
services displays a career
pamphlet and student (Photo by Bruce Manion)
brief description of
employers are looking for in employee candidates.” Wright emphasized that many employers at the fair will not be
“Employers are very specific about what they want in an employee. Some will want univer-
at the fair,
of the employers will be available in the guide book, which will the types of opportunities
within each organiza-
Other information available
Five police Waterloo,
which may interest LASA students,” Wright said. Some other examples of companies attending the career
students need any help while career fair, there will be a
up with members from four institutions to answer
communicate in the company they
plete a short questionnaire
are talking with.
Student employment also encour-
and act professionally, to smile and establish eye contact with each employer, and to exude enthusiasm and self-confidence during their presentations. For a follow-up, students should obtain business cards and
have hired Conestoga graduates in the past, will be S-S Technologies, Mortice Kern Systems, Hostess Frito Lay, ITS Electronics, OSI and Communications Tech
ages students to dress
and qualifications he or she has to offer the employer and interest
hired business administration stu-
should emphasize the skills
ed that students take several copies of their
at the col-
“For example, many of the banks which have
ing the companies by
GET A JOB!
guide book, research-
competing stuConestoga dents for employers’ attention and
Wright said many employers
the fair will be perfectly suited for
vices office also recommends dents target potential employers using the employer stu-
employers when to check status.
pamphlet and detailed information about many of the companies attending the fair. The pamphlet contains a map of Bingeman Park and offers pointers on how students should
by buses offered outside Door 4 every half hour
office are a career fair
be able to travel to and from Bingeman Park
be one of biggest in
grads and others will want
because of homework.”
see what positions are available in the marketplace and to see what
student a chance to
Wright said be wide enough variety
“It gives the
time in first year because she had to develop a whole new routine. “It’s still tough trying to find as much time as I would like to spend with her. It’s hard to explain
Wright said she around expects 400 300 to Conestoga stu-
to find the time.”
hard to balance
“There will be a better cross-section of employers than last year’s career fair, with good business and
students from the
to offer great
the fact that
ing are under no obligation to hire, but would likely not attend unless
we can have
The event promises
always changing. “There are so many different things you can do, you’re not just stuck in one spot.” As if being a full-time student and working a part-time job isn’t enough, Muhr also has to find time for her five-year-old daughter who has just entered kinderis
cess at the fair by selling themselves to the employers they speak
a bigger event with many more employers attending,” Wright
opportunities for students to with employers and lay
Muhr, the best part
institution takes a certain
University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid
can increase their chances of suc-
dents to visit the
role in the representation of the
everything you have
four co-sponsoring learning institutions of Conestoga College, the
of practical and no theo-
Organizers say career
really like the chal-
start to see
currently working with Allen-
wasn’t upset about being nominated because she just hapshe is a woman piens to be a woman who deserves
cal, so the
“I electricity professor
Now I have a lot of theory and not enough practiry in electricity.
standing, be involved in the
places that wouldn’t even take
resume because I was a woman. But attitudes are changing, at least now employers are willing to give you a chance.”
Students will be asked to com-
bus ride back to the college, Wright said. The questionnaire will ask students how many employer contacts they made and how responsive the employers were.
assess the usefulness of the fair in order to make any changes for
next year’s career added.
— SPOKE, September
five-week, four country Asian tour to
Before they can do that, Rechsteiner and Brookman have to make Canada an option over the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom and other English-speaking countries,
By Jennifer Dougall Two members
national education office are
Larry Rechsteiner, director of the
making contacts which are interested
with industries in
sending employees to Conestoga
of the students from these
several groups that have
contacted us (to say) they
may want weeks of
countries cannot find a place in post-
Joseph Brookman, manager of the office, left Canada on Sept. 18 to attend Canadian education fairs in Korea, Thailand and Hong Kong. Rechsteiner and Brookman will also
secondary education in their own country, so they look elsewhere,”
intensive activities here at the col-
will hold the equivalency of Japan does not have a Canadian
recruiting post-secondary students
when they study in Canadian institutions to come to Canada to study, Rechfull,
are hoping they will look to
“We’re selling an image,” Rechsteiner
Rechsteiner’s and Brookman’s job to
make Conestoga an
training courses for businesses
Region. served by Conestoga. They haye offered some of the courses even in the U.S.,
where there are some sub-
sidiaries of plants that are located in
Rechsteiner said. Rechsteiner and Brookman will call and fax the college frequently to
BON VOYAGE —
programs. We have a We have good students.”
addition to recruiting interna-
Larry Rechsteiner holds a suitcase Korean-language pamphlets for his trip to Asia.
(Photo by Jennifer Dougall)
Student council seeks an
increase in student input
says college financial aid officer
By Diana Loveless
concerns to the
DSA through class DSA president said
a recent interview.
April-Dawn representatives at one
are the key,”
Blackwell told the
meetings Sept. 18. “Without you, we won’t have any success at all.” Students in each year of every program may elect one representative to act as a of their
By Linda Reilly
250 students in each of the six schools make up the college. All major decisions, such as budgets, capital purchases and the DSA’s stance on issues, must be approved by the
Financial aid officer at Conestoga’s Doon campus, Carol Walsh, said she fears for the
to include educational issues
lot of first-year students aware of what they were tak-
ing on, but by their third year their debt-load
responding to the Ontario government’s
two or three years students were becoming more aware, but for most, they don’t have any other
future of post-secondary education
the board of directors will be responsible
on any stand
upcoming events and voicing
Blackwell will represent the student bod, along with other representatives of
issues concerning students.
at a consultation
the college Oct.
“The graphics department is segregated and we need to get involved,” said Susan Guttin, second-year graphic design and
the Advisory Panel on Post-Secondary Education in London. She and Cheryl Jack, DSA education
advertising class representative.
and communications co-ordinator, will meet with a student focus group at the beginning of October to build a framework for their submission to the panel. The government-appointed panel will be meeting with representatives from Ontario colleges and universities at a
asked if she thought she would have any trouble getting her classmates involved in DSA activities, second-year early childhood education representative Christine Klenot said, “We’re ECE students; we’re excited about everything.” The DSA board of directors will be chosen from the pool of class representa-
White Paper, a discussion paper on the
for final approval
students with the debt load they are taking
on with the Ontario and Canada student
Walsh said a
part of a shift in the
Representatives will be reponsible for keeping their classmates informed about
mates’ concerns about the
fearful for students
Blackwell said. The board is designed to have one member for every
For the first time, students from all programs will have an opportunity to voice
“We have good
and English-language schools.
department, which can in turn create
can be looked
college’s training and development
other Canadian colleges, universities
will attempt to obtain training
and pamphlets they are
of students in those four
Korea and Hong Kong.
“Their reach goes beyond the area
to Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and Japan have photographs of the Doon campus clearly displayed.
training days associated with
countries travel every year to go to college or university,” Rechsteiner
also be participating in corporate
Canada, look to Ontario and look to Conestoga College,” he said. Conestoga is at an advantage over other Canadian schools, Rechsteiner said, because of three factors: the English language programs the school offers, Doon campus’s school of business and the Doon campus itself, which Rechsteiner said was “very
for three to four
lege,” Rechsteiner said.
steiner said in an interview Sept. 17.
on Asian tour
college staff recruit students
series of consultations across Ontario
between Sept. 25 and Oct. 31.
that over the last
choice. “If they
there’s nothing they can
to school, then
ment a financial burden and who are unemployed or underemployed,” she said. She said that in order to apply for the extension, the student must be in repayment. Robinson said the Ontario student loan goes in six-month periods and the Canada student loan in three-month periods. “You must re-apply each time the loan period runs out,” she said. “You must
each time, your financial situation.” Loan default, before 1995, went back the government.
“The government paid the bank those whose who defaulted would be in collection,” she said. “The government may even take your tax refund before
repay your student loan.”
student loans onto the shoulders of the banks. Toronto Dominion Bank and the
Robinson said the banks were restricted as what they could do. “The government sets the criteria,” she said. “The banks only administer the program.” She said the banks can’t give clients the service they would normally provide clients who had temporary trouble with
Bank of Montreal opted
said. “It’s a
how do the banks go about collecting their loans when that time comes? Just
On August 1, 1995, the federal government dropped the responsibility of defaulted
on student loans, according to Jeannie Robinson who handled student loans at the Royal Bank. “At present, the government has in place interest relief of up to a maximum lifetime of 18 months for those who find their repayinterest
Robinson said today there is no guarantee any student is going to get a job that will allow them to pay their student loan. She said she urges students to read and understand the documents they are signing. If
they don’t understand, she said they
New chairwoman confident college can provide strong education By
make her an effective chairwoman. A board member for five years, Mitchell
how we do
For Conestoga’s new chairwoman of the board of governors (BOG), her involvement with the college is an extension of her inter-
can only be chairwoman for one year because board members are restricted to
est in education.
said Mitchell, governs the college
that is near
me,” said Jacqueline Mitchell. that
and dear “It’s
parents instilled in me.”
Mitchell said the fact she has three children made her want to get involved in the
education process. “It
a selfish reason,” she said
serving two three-year terms.
The BOG, from a
why we do
college, she said, will have to operate
of efficient management was when 106 college employ-
evident last year ees
“We don’t get involved in the day-to-day running of the college. That’s the mandate of the president and his management team.”
received early-retirement packages. Five
Board members vote on policy matters concerning the college and matters which include Ontario colleges as a whole.
After provincial cuts of $7 million to Conestoga’s operating budget, Mitchell said one
voted as chairwoman
of the college’s greatest challenges will be exercising fiscal restraint. She said provincial
cutbacks have caused the college to
The college has
fund-raising this year. This should help with
scholarships and computer equipment, said Mitchell.
policy point of view.
by the other members of the board, said her strong leadership and thinking skills will
look again “at the organization and rethink
Despite these cutbacks, Mitchell believes the quality of education at Conestoga will not be hurt.
“Students have not and will not suffer,” fact, our enrolment is up this
she said. “In year.”
another challenge Conestoga is
being able to meet the
demands of its students. She said the average age of college students is rising. The average student at Conestoga
is about 26. have to constantly be looking at how we’re meeting the needs of the people we
serve,” she said.
All board members, Mitchell said, represent different sectors of the community.
While Mitchell said the college pleased with
faces this year
efficiencies, she said effi-
ciencies can be increased.
Mitchell, a market conduct director at ulife Financial, represents the sector.
group has meeting of ‘96
health, theology healing, eating disorders and parenting.
The women’s resource group held
meeting of 1996 on
Take Back the Night march. The group organized events such as a presentation on Sept. 25 by Priscilla de Villier, organizer of
group CAVEAT, and mother of murdered Burlington murder teen Nina de Villier.
The to the
to move de forum from room 4B06
Sanctuary was made
I look at who’s coming,” Madeleine Poynter, faculty in the student services program, “it’s
the converted. To me, we’re going to hit a lot more of the people that we want to catch there (in the Sanctuary).”
The group student, prepares to sink a ball on the billiard table
also decided to pro-
vide an information table with anti-violence awareness broch-
and hold a draw for a T-shirt with the slogan, “Expect ures,
(Photo by Diana Loveless)
Czech Republic ambassador visits
Conestoga College Research Assistance Cambridge; Larry Rechsteiner, director of Cones-
president John Tibbits before tak-
office; Bill Easdale, vice-president
ing a tour recently of Conestoga’s
of business at the Doon campus; John Sawicki of the College’s communications and public relations office and Wayne Hussey, executive director of community relations at the college.
met with college
learning resource centre and the
new business wing.
not eastern Europe,”
Chylek said during the tour. “We were always a part of the western world.”
International, a local
pany, had invited Chylek to speak earlier at the
Chylek said the Czech Republic is very pleasant to Canadians as
year term as a deputy of the feder-
are closer than
Chylek also said he was coming to Conestoga because he has been instrumental he
John English was meet Chylek, along
with Tony Martinek, a former college dean of engineering,
in creating future business
resource centre. The area includes books on topics such as sexual abuse, lesbianism, femininity, power, gender.
assembly of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic in
1989, in the country’s
democratic elections. In 1991, Chylek helped organize
a group of deputies of the federal
assembly to take part
between Conestoga and Vancouver Com-
held at the House of
who donated $50 or Conestoga were honored with an Adopt-a-Tree ceremony Individuals
important to be careful in
Student Assistance Program loan documents because mistakes cause delays of up to four weeks. Nicole Guitard, in her third semester of the journalism program at Doon campus, said she
at the begin-
and since he was in his second year,, only needed the short form. He had a delay in picking up his confirmation, because in order to
pick up the paperwork, proof of
income is needed and his place of employment delayed in supplying him with the needed information.
Palubeski, a first-year
student in construction engineer-
ning of June and priority-posted it next day. She was also regis-
ing said he applied for his loans
tered last year.
forever to hear
back,” she said in an interview Sept. 18. “I just heard
was a mistake
so the process
“They didn’t let
second week of
rative plaques placed beside the
he didn’t fill out
graduated from high school in 1993,” he said. “I’ve been out
of school more than two years.” Palubeski said he’d ^en in touch with the Ministry of Education and Training and they told him to try to find temporary funding somewhere else. He estimates that by the time he has bought his books and instruments, the cost will be about $ 000 For cases 1
for the college.
“They needed a connection to let them know where the money is,” she said. “Basically,
of the various grant amounts and their use.”
Other members include student counsellors Joan Magazine and Barb Kraler, health services
nurse Carol Nelson, and vice-president of student
Bev Cutone. The women’s resource group
next meeting at 3:30
3, at a location to
be determined. Students interested in joining the women’s resource group can contact any of the group members for
The names of
poor weather responsible. “Some people came early because they thought it was going to rain,” he said. Hussey also said the Adopt-aTree program will become an
the donors, along
said the college
donors will donate again next year. Peter Higgins, Conestoga’s that this year’s
groundskeeper, said the 69 trees planted were mostly a mixture of different
types of maples and
were planted in two Doon campus. Trees donated by retirees were planted in the area between the day-care centre and the student client sertrees
areas of the
with their relationship to the col-
on the plaque. Hussey said the 69 donors consisted of Conestoga alumni and
three years ago, said Higgins.
attended was Clarence Hope, for-
co-ordinator of the graphic
technician program and photogra-
were planted about
other trees were planted about a
year ago on the west side of the school of business. In addition to being able to visit their
donors and barbecue
their families attended a
Tree ceremony was slightly lower
main cafeteria. They were also able to take guided tours of the campus. Conestoga president John Tibbits and board of governors chairwoman Jacqueline Mitchell also attended the ceremony and thanked the donors for their assis-
than expected, Hussey held the
Hope said he was money to the col-
glad to donate
according to the financial aid
September. The mistake, he said,
Palubeski said he didn’t find
neering program, said he applied
the group’s funding needs.
emergency funding available of up to $500 through the school,
the mistake,” he said.
Radigan became involved with group two years ago, to fulfil
provide scholarships and equip-
Rob Songhurst, in his second year of the construction engi-
college’s health, safety and envi-
relations for the
Donors were able to choose which program their donation went to. In exchange for their donations, trees were planted and commemo-
post-secondary institutions grant program, said Kim Radigan, the
college, said the $4,000 raised
for cash-strapped students end of
OSAP form mistakes create at the
Training’s violence prevention
thanks college donors
By Linda Reilly
Events and speakers arc funded by various grants such as the Ministry of Education and
is to “Raise of issues affecting which can affect men
Chylek was elected for a two-
tunities in the Republic.
In 1991, a joint effort
The women’s resource centre was established in September 1995 in a comer of the learning
as well,” said Dietz.
The group’s goal
member and journalism
munity College resulted in a prothe Program of Cooperation Between Canada and the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic (CSFR). The project includes employment education and English training in the Republic. There have also been numerous teacher exchanges and workshops with
tion clinic, a date-rape awareness program, and speakers such as Rose Simone who spoke about
The college’s former employment equity co-ordinator, Marg Smith, formed the women’s resource group in 1994 with the purpose of creating a women’s
By Jennifer Dougall
Following the opening of the the women’s resource group has continued to plan events such as a breast examinacentre,
“The college was very good me,” he
“I’m just reciprocat-
— SPOKE, September
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“Keeping Conestoga College Connected”
Simpson circus begins again By Dave Luymes Forget about the
time for the O.J. Simpson
second trial, despite being a civil trial without courtroom TV cameras, will be no less O.J.’s
of a media circus than the
The differences between
numerous, and although there will not be fulltime afternoon television coverage of the actual trial, talk shows and news stations are gearing up for the rate-boosting event. The lawyers from the first trial, Marcia Clark, Christopher Darden, Johnnie Cochrane and Robert Shapiro are busy cashing in on the tragedy with book and movie deals, or lecturing to huge crowds. The civil suit is being launched in Santa Monica, Calif, against
the victims’ families,
seeking compensation for a wrongful death.
Superior Court Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki will trial, and he must remember media frenzy of the first one. As well as banning cameras from the courtroom, Fujisaki
preside over the the
paid their new, jacked-up
The civil trial will include much of the same evidence used previously in the criminal trial.
will try to
and planting, as of Los Angeles detec-
By Jennifer Dougall
decision required in a criminal case.
be able to use the Fifth Amendment to avoid taking the stand. If he does not testify under oath, he loses. The difference is that unlike criminal cases, civil
penalties consist only
of money, not imprisonment.
One more important unlike a criminal
United States, where only the defendant can appeal a decision, both sides of a civil lawsuit may appeal in the
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Letters from students
ball to the
Sure, there are things in that
numbers and addresses for verification.
the dust can go.
being taught with the
quality of education as ever before, but
has time to pay attention to a teacher there are critters scurrying across your desk?
Send your letters to: Spoke, 299 Doon Valley
Although I’m sure there are people in this school who look after this, I have yet to see
just too big.
Last semester, there were fingernail clip-
dust ball in
be edited and
for length, style
they teach. All letters should include phone
shouldn’t be thrown out, but I’m pretty sure
week after. no way that room could have been
complained, housekeeping came why should we have to
call in the first
busy hallways to get to their classes. And for what? To sit in a room that hasn’t seen a broom in months? Conestoga College is in need of a really good vacuuih. Last January, a friend dropped a hair ball on the carpet in Room 1C26. \^en we went to class the next week, it was still there. It
must be signed with the author’s name, program and year. Faculty must identify what program
cleaned from the time he dropped that hair
difference to note
well as the racial slurs
And I’m not even going to mention the enormous spiders, who up until a week ago, were making babies in the Spoke office win-
Conestoga students have
Mark Fuhrman. The jury’s decision in a civil lawsuit must be only more than 50 per cent, unlike the unani-
you have anything to say about Conestoga,
for evidence contamination
has ordered lawyers, witnesses and others involved not to speak about the case. This gag order, while being well intended, will not stop frantic speculation and hype by the media.
The Simpson defence
DROP US A
Could somebody please clean up this dirty mess?
N2G 4M4; phone
7485366; fax 748-971.
swallowed up by the the comer of the room. all
A little help goes a long way
This would bring on a third wave of lawyers and jurors eager to become instant authors, talk-show experts and celebrities after the trial,
becoming It is
drama of same channels.
of works when writing an essay, won’t work on Spoke. Marian Mainland, co-ordinator of the special needs department, and Rick
By Colleen Cassidy
instantly rich in the process.
a safe bet to say tune in next season for O.J. Simpson.
This is not my first semester in college.
In the Sept.
23 issue of Spoke
mix-up’’ by Jennifer Dougall.
Casey, a counsellor in that office, have both been encouraging. Their help in
semester on Spoke and it isn’t easy coming up with ideas and
Letter to the Editor the article
appeared the Conestoga College Bookstore was responsible for a textbook mix-up. In fact, it was the marketing program that created the mix-up. The bookstore is not involved
getting a fledgling, foundering reporter
enough. beats (that’s what journalists call
are assigned to write stories
in specifying texts,
merely orders the books faculty.
were very pleased with the helpful response of the bookstore in removing the incorrect text from the shelves and in dealing with the marketing students who came to return the text.
Steve Finlay, co-ordinator, marketing pro-
about) are the bookstore and special needs.
Kelly, the bookstore
I’m talking about the kind of informayou add to a 1,000- word essay when you only have 900 words. tion
accurate story. Jerry Frank and Dick Scott, journalism
and faculty advisors for Spoke, have both listened to my woes and have offered understanding supinstructors
enough information to write a story long enough without padding it sticking stuff in the story that makes it just a little
is much needed. They’ve been able to provide the information needed to write an interesting,
through the course
writing interesting stories that are long
Classmates, too, have listened sympaand have offered good sugges-
thetically tions. It
make a per-
Some years ago, I studied at the colOne of my former instructors used to say: Ask more questions. lege.
But little heed was paid to that advice. The needed facts were gathered. I figured if I was willing to wait long enough a lot of information would be offered.
But I can’t wait anymore. Questions need to be asked. There is no doubt it will all work out, though.
end of the semester,
reporter will be as seasoned as anyone
would be nice to land “the story” all dream about, but it’s not that
Hard-hitting questions that
son squirm while the reporter stares waiting for an answer are not one of my strengths. It would be me who would look away.
now, there’s a long way
go, and unless
a good luck streak, a
story won’t just fall in
can be after four months. Meanwhile, if I’m walking down the hall and my pace suddenly quickens and you see a glint in my eye, start heading in the other direction, quickly.
COMMENTARY chnngc women in strange, mysterious ways
after receiving the ring she
seemed to transinto a controlling force which, like a dictatorship, rules over the affairs of
was my intention to write a column about the sudden dominance exIt
have first-hand experience of this phehaving recently become engaged. But I’ve got to warn you fellas, I
not an isolated occurrence. The woman of my affections (who, for the sake of my own well-being shall remain
nameless) was and, for the most part, a
more often than not, are two of my assigned responsibilities. These duties are not so bad.
not bad enough,
altered. Star Trek, she says,
bad habit. Every driver has taken a driving examination. Turning and lane changes are
Changing By Wendy Cum mins while
while driving to school
basic driving skills tested while taking
the road test.
Without warning, a blue Topaz pulled out of its lane and into mine. I had to hit the brakes and swerve out of my lane just to avoid losing my front end.
Had I missed the Topaz’s signal lights? No, the driver hadn’t bothered to signal his lane change.
wondered how the driver expected me to know he wanted to move into my lane. Was I supposed to know what the driver was thinking? I can’t read minds. I need to see a signal I
can know what those intentions
You cannot pass a
you do not signal a turn or a lane
a safe manner, which means
some places in which signalling can seem a little redundant say on an empty stretch of will admit there are
road, or in the left-turn lane. However,
doesn’t hurt to do
The driver of the Topaz had nearly caused an accident. If he had signalled I would have had enough warning to
down and let the car in. Both our vehicles could have been damaged one of us could have been hurt and all because the driver couldn’t spare the two seconds it takes to flip a
signal light on. It
poor driving education that leads to the drivers on the road who have
Signalling whenever you plan to turn or
a lane change
a good habit to get
takes to flip the
more than worth
Drivers are not always paying attention.
either just plain laziness or just
The advance warning of a
may just preserve
What ever happened
As my 23rd
birthday slowly approaches, it time once again to reflect upon these wonderful words of wisdom my mother is
the appearance of
your vehicle and maybe even you. Don’t be lazy, let fellow motorists know your intentions use your signal lights.
my mind as a child. knowledge has increased, but
I’m not Albert Einstein. I am now technically an adult yet I am still not respected by my peers, especially by my parents. Why does age go before beauty? Beauty can provide a youthful glow to even the most ancient civilizations. So why not change that phrase to beauty before age? Robert Redford, Sean Connery and Paul Newman, each past the retirement age and certainly not collecting pension cheques, are respected and extremely talented actors. But, so are Brad Pitt, Winona Ryder and
cery store has one advantage: to ask for them. All in
not that bad.
item in a groI don’t have
must admit, being engaged is It does have some redeeming
The woman becomes more secure which allows
Vocalized jealousies are fewer and, as a result, the relationship is more harmonic.
one you love is an life and when all is said and done the love and affection makes it all worth while. the
Cruise, but are they given the
respect? Probably not.
So when, then do we reach that age when are respected for our mind our talents
we have been
ever gain the
taught to lavish on our
Are children today not given the same tures
received at their age?
hear the same overused cliches that haunt our every waking hour?
to the old sayings:
Respect your elders! Age before beauty! With age comes knowledge! These are all things we seem to be told from the time we can walk. Why? Who knows.
1 noticed, but it’s there now, capitalized and underlined:
curb yelling obsenities and toasting the world with their middle
signalling your intentions.
So, that leaves laziness. Drivers who fail to signal are accidents waiting to happen. They rely on the driving skills of those around them to compensate for their dangerous habits. Under the Highway Traffic Act, motorists are required to make sure that any turns or lane changes they make can
and our independence? If the youth of today have changed their own attitudes and increased their use of foul language aimed at their “elders”, will we,
a certain item began to appear on the list: feminine hygiene products! It was never on the list before, at least not
attitudes^ rules for respect
was disturbed to notice five young children sitting on the edge of the
had a close
However, since the acquisition of that ring
grocery shopping. It’s peaceful. The air with soothing music and I’m surrounded by one of my favorite things in
By Sara Maxim
Signal lights have a purpose; Didn’t you take driver’s education?
When we ourselves have children, will we teach them to respect their elders and all the manners we learned as children. Granted, I am still nowhere near the age of retirement, nor have I exceeded any IQ records thus far. Yet, I too have developed bags under my eyes the size of pillowcases and just recently identified a wrinkle growing near my eye.
How is it that 10 days can make a difference between being asked for identification at a local bar and being passed off as an age of majority card holder? Does a birthday really make us look that much
all it is only one day. At midnight you can’t drink and by 1 a.m. you can. Does the stress of that one hour bring wrinkles
only bouncers can see? Is
that magical 19th birthday that
gain us respect?
is it later
on, once we’ve
When do we deserve
again those suppressed memories
depends on us
imbedded with self
as children: “Respect yourand others will respect you.”
Conestoga students divided on lack of Internet access in classrooms By Shawn Leonard An
informal survey on campus has
students are divided over the college’s lack
of Internet access in computer classrooms.
Most other colleges and universities are line which helps students in their studies, and teaches them how to use the syson
tem. Conestoga does have limited student
access to the Internet in the library, but the librarians are the only it
ones allowed to use
information for the students.
Students will miss out on gathering
administration student, said she feels lucky
would not help
won’t affect students’ studies much, said Aaron Watchom, a first-year business
because her course teaches her how to use the Internet. “I don’t have it at home and
student, also feels
have no experience on how
information over the Internet, but overall
and the purchasing of
paying of these
have no choice but to concede. This concession would not be so bad, except shows like Oprah, ER, and feminine hygiene infomercials keep showing up on
have also fallen under
What was once my money is now “our money,’’ while her money remains “her money.” Most of “our money” is distributed among bills and groceries. And the
vetoed; and simply out of the
in all her glory, has proclaimed equal rights and privileges to the use of the remote control. Though I shudder every time her delicate fingers punch in a
However, at the risk of losing some great in-laws, I’m going to write it anyway.
TV, for instance, is no longer the haven it once was. Now I am taunted and haunted by shouts of protest and undaunted nit-
once they receive an engage-
have never been on
to get the infor-
mation needed for projects.” He does admit that it would be useful knowledge to have later on. Andie Henouffer, a second-year business
are not taught
program.” law and security wouldn’t be helpful
B.J. Barry, a first-year it
with her studies in her program. “I don’t
even use the computers here at school. The law and security course doesn’t actually have any computers in the classrooms.”
Second-year robotics and automation
dent John Marinovic said he had been on the Internet before and would not use it if
he were given Student access here. “I wouldn’t have any use for it because it
would allow students to get on subjects that would
be beneficial to their assignmentsin their course said first-year business accounting student
Weil, a second-year business man-
agement studies student, agrees
accounting student Margaret Porchaez also says that having the Internet here wouldn’t affect her at all because her
ty not having access to the Internet. “Not having student access to the Internet is a
course doesn’t use computers that much.
loss to all students.”
students will be missing a great opportuni-
— SPOKE, September 30, 1996
STUDENT LIFE SPOKE
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Jason Smith, pus on
computer program analysis student,
mountain bike Sept. 19.
(Photo by Ross McDermc®)
Doctor available for students By Doug Coxson
without the doctor needing to be present.
people probably don’t
health office exists, and provides ailing students with
making a big comeback,” Nelson
nurse Carol Nelson, of Conestoga’s health and safety
because they are potential conthey already have it, we have to know
rence in the health office, with blisters from new shoes requiring the most attention in the first few weeks of classes Nelson said. Non-prescription medications such as lyienol, antihistamines and decongestants are available free of charge to students and faculty. The health office offers a rest area for people who aren’t feeling well, who need some privacy, or who are generally having
Nelson said. “The doctor will even see you if you already have a doctor in the area,” Nelson said. “It’s more of a convenience thing for staff and students.” The health office also gives allergy and hepatitis B
a bad day. Nelson said.
to let is
to people with their
serums. Tuberculosis skin tests are provided
give lots of advice and referrals to other agen-
cies in the area,”
people know that the doctor is such a shortage of doctors in the area,’’ Nelson said. Dr. Jodie Wang is available to staff and students on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:20 a.m. until 11:10 a.m. People wanting to see the doctor don’t always need an appointment, but they absolutely need to bring their health cards or they will have to pay their bills just
here because there
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ECE and health sciences people who need
health care and advice along with other services, said
Walk Safe Volunteers
said. Several referrals to the
Waterloo Health Unit are given to people coming in asking questions. Staff at the health unit offer several free medications, services
and information on every-
thing from sexually transmitted diseases to acne.
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STUDENT LIFE Conestoga’s solar-car team looking for new “We would
By Jason Romanko Spectre, Conestoga’s solar-pow-
ered race-car team
few good people
looking for a
ish building a solar car in time for
Sunrayce ’97. Sunrayce ’97 is a cross-country ^solar race sponsored by the United P>tates Department of Energy and
some business students join to help with the fund-raising and accounting side of the project.
from various programs so
of our bases are covered,” Huang said.
The hardest part of recruiting for team is keeping the new
on the team for the long out of two people stay
The team will travel 1,760 kilometres from Indianapolis, to Golden, Col., during a 10-day
with the project,”
hard for some people to stay enthusiastic over a two-year peri-
The Spectre racing team had
on exhibition at Doon campus’ main cafeteria in an effort to drum up new team members. Shin Huang, project manager, said he would like the team to increase to 30 members from its current level of close to 20 memsolar car’s frame
more team members
needed for the labor-intensive
“We’re short on people to do mould making, right up to
they sometimes forget the commitment involved and the not-soexciting aspects of designing and
building such a complex project.”
The Spectre team is a little behind its original schedule for having the car ready for testing. to
shooting for sometime in
the later part
of the month.”
By Sara Maxim
Since the school year has just
This year, along with the floor
Rodeway Suites hired a residence advisor to ook after the emotional wellleing of students. Ritu Pareek, a epresentatives, las
tudent herself, will be this year’s idviser for the residence.
responsible for taking care
are having stress,
or any other
motional problems,” Pareek said. ‘Even if someone is bored or just vants to chit-chat. I’m here.” Pareek, 22,
x)st-diploma environmental engileering program at Conestoga.
While she has never lived at Rodeway Suites before, she did tiowever live in residence for five the attending while years
The Spectre team vers for the race.
also needs dri-
because they’re going to have to know the ins and outs of the car for trouble-shooting purposes dur-
to qualify for the position.
four drivers for the car,
like the drivers to
ing the race,”
with two drivers racing each day.
designed to travel
through a number of interviews with the management at Rodeway Suites and with Jack Fletcher, the
In dealing with
One week before school started, moved into residence and officially became the Rodeway Pareek
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Pareek said she experienced a lot of homesickness her first year in
idence advisor in early August.
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She submitted a resume and went
Pareek applied for the job of res-
the office across
speeds up to 90 kilometres per
relocation for one
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roommate she said. “I think usually you can find a workable solution.”
said will turn to
ing up, things will start picking
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Pareek said she has not had to deal with many problems. “So far it has not been that bad because people are having a lot of parties,” Pareek said. “But later on in the year when work starts buildto get to
SOLAR Shin Huang (left) and Jon Sterzik, third-year automated manufacturing students, stand behind the lightweight frame of Conestoga’s solar car. (Phoio Rick Kew)
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begun and people are
have the car ready for testing by September, but obviously that is not going to happen. We are cur-
solar car let’s get involved,’ but
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— SPOKE, September 30, 1996
Day-care centre helps with recycling By Ross McDermott
the floor in the
recycling because the recycling
of the activity room. His eyes sparkle with the innocence and
bins are part of their classrooms,
so they think about
only a child could
children’s parents contribute
and identify what’s inside.” The centre does have to be careful about what types of donations it accepts. “We have to be careful about the chemicals that might be in the materials,” Roberts said.
They do not accept
by donating old catalogues, magazines, or old letterhead paper from their places of
products or items
chubby fingers grasp an empty paper towel roll, and with colorful
employment she said. “The kids use old magazines
crayons he begins to transform it into a piece of art work. He could be any child at Doon campus’s day-care centre where
cut up and illustrate,” said Roberts.
the gleeful shouts .and unrestrained
laughter of his classmates.
the children actively contribute,
a daily basis, to the college’s recy-
expense of purchasing expensive picture
Children at this age are always putting things in their mouths, said
about how it uses materials that could be easily ingested. “There is
Roberts, so the centre
of the local businesses.
shoe company, sometimes donates leather that does not meet com-
pany specifications. The children
well to using old materials. find the children thinking
use this leather
about what they can use the mate-
and forcing us adults to think about how we can use materials. The kids pick up on our recycling efforts and they’re usually
purchase leather from a supplier,” Roberts said, “the activity would be too costly.” Another item used by the children are empty 35-mm film con-
centre gets donations from
centre, says the children respond
Marie Roberts, team leader
She said the day-care centre has and toddlers in its programs so they must be careful that the materials used in those programs meet specifications and
packages. The day-care
The Bonnie Stewart Co., a
We can’t always be sure of
the quality or ingredients of mate-
put different things
Danielle Flannery, a first-year early childhood education student,
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE Danielle Flannery, a first-year ECE student, points out some recycled materials used by children day-care centre.
(Photo by ross McDermott)
using recycled materials. “They
contact Marie Roberts.
get excited,” she said, “lots of big
“The only problem,
said Roberts, “is that people, in
of new ways to use old materials.
you can’t see inside. Then we poke holes in the lids of the containers and the kids
Flannery said the materials help to make her job a little easier
But the children do much of the
can use their sense of smell to
said the centre uses a variety
of items, from old fabric to computer paper, and
entertains the children.
endeavor to help
and have no where
donate mateto the day-care centre should to
the events put
on by the week of
Attendance of the Doonapalooza events were, for the most part,
and the class representatives were not in place yet. He said each department has a representative on the
Attendance was better than it has been in the past, FitzPatrick said, because the events were held
which drew the were the Ashley Macisaac concert, which drew about 400 people and the movie Twister, which drew about 250 events
people, FitzPatrick said.
most poorly attended events was Sportsarama, which Krista Ogg, vice-president of operations, said drew low numbers because of the possibility of rain and lack of promotion. FitzPatrick said some of the events were not promoted as well as others because there were only certain
were not enough workers
The presentations were generally well received. They were for educational purposes so there should be no basis for complaint, he said. Despite the events being well received and enjoying good atten-
couple of the more controver-
events people attended were
the parents or post notices on the
doors of the building.
dance, FitzPatrick said there will
Twister, can be held outside.
be some changes for next year. More volunteers will be recruited earlier and there will, hopefully, be better weather so the outdoor events, such as Macisaac and
also said the music and
Patrick said there were no
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Currently, the centre has lots of
Macisaac and Twister make Doonapalooza a By Eric
materials because the year has just begun, Roberts said, “but if it’s bright and colorful stuff it will be
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Student services offers variety of resources ^ Sara Maxim might
you have never
estoga’s student services office,
you may be unaware of the
seriously depressed and contem-
variety of resources available to
Jack Fletcher, chair of student services, can direct you to the
dent services has become increasingly busy in the past few
“We have here.
a service standard
to be able to get within two weeks of
Promotions for the 1996 Kumbaya Road Show for AIDS wrapped up in the main cafeteria Sept.
ses to either the St. Catharines,
tour artist. First prize is a Sony Discman plus a 10 CD Kumabaya library. Second prize awards 20
winners a 10 is
a national benefit
concert featuring Canada’s leading
and comedians, with all proceeds going towards helping people cope with AIDS and HIV, according to promotional
be doing promo-
Concerts were held rate
Nfld. to Victoria, B.C.
shift supervisor, cafeteria
Sept. 12 and Oct. 2.
Beaver Foods, along with other Canadian food service corporations, promoted Kumbaya at colleges and universities throughout the country.
Doon’s main cafeteria displayed posters, T-shirts, and hosted draws for Kumbaya tickets and T-shirts. Winners at Doon included Amy Vandenbreckel and first-year Law and Security Administration students Tammy Bacher and Mary
cafeteria’s shift supervisor,
were drawn by the Doon Student Association.
The grand prize, as well as first and second prizes, will be drawn on Oct. 4. First a college or university will be randomly drawn by promotion officials, then a student from that instution will be drawn,
based on past years, the students who passed ranges around 80 per cent.. ever,
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who don’t regto come in to
buy food, draw and see what’s
able in the cafeteria.
“We’ll be doing promotions
The grand prize is a Sony personal-component stereo system
The concerts and prizes have been sponsored by Sony, Sam the Record Man, Muchmusic, Network Campus, Molson, and Concerts Canada. Artists performing at the Kumbaya concert include: Wild Strawberries, Bruce Cockbum, Tom Cochrane, Bass is Base, The Jeff Healy Band, Earthtones, and Jann Arden, among many others. Delahunt said Beaver Foods’ head office is responsible for all said,
Would you like to earn some
The purpose, she
available from last year.
problems, Fletcher said.
CD library which includes CD from each 1996 Kumbaya
Hamilton or London shows ween Sept. 21 and 23.
passed the received tutoring
counsellors for a
variety of reasons ranging
Mullen. These students had their choice of two tickets and VIP pas-
The percentage of
making an appointment.”
until we start getting into October. This year we’ve already got a number of requests.”
“Usually we don’t get requests for our peer tutoring program
sellors work only part while some also teach.
program offered by
years, Fletcher said.
are available each
day, Fletcher said.
Kumbaya AIDS Road Show
College cafeteria promotes
Although there are five counworking in student ser-
(Photo by Irish Jackson)
at ConWhile many of these
two counsellors available each
dents to the support group that would be of the most help.
student services that can assist. Fletcher said, there are usually
groups have become independent from student services, counsellors can still direct stu-
counsel-ling, tutoring or a support group, there
support groups available
area that meets your needs.
PRIZE WINNERS Cafeteria shift-supervisor Donna Delahunt (left) presents draw winners Mary Mullen and Tammy Bacher (right) with Kumbaya concert tickets and T-shirts on Sept. 19
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year,” said Delahunt. “I think the
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STUDENT LIFE Biz Bash date set
Health and safety everyone’s concern, says safety co-ordinator
Safety continues to improve at Conestoga By Peggy Sue
By Sean Some
say business can’t be
Association has refuted that old saying.
Biz Bash of the year goes into full swing Oct. 3 at Stages Night Club on King Street in Kitch-
mixed with pleasure, but the Conestoga Business Students
This will be the
bash has been held
Many improvements for campus safety have been achieved since receiving the Women’s Safety on Campus Grant in 1991. The grant comes from the Ministry of Education and Training. making It is to be used toward physical changes around all of the campuses to increase safety. Kim Radigan, health, safety and environment co-ordinator of Conestoga, said a safety audit group was formed when the college first received the grant.
The Biz Bash is an organized party put on by the
fund-raiser and fun event for
safety audit group had 33
volunteers consisting of students
who toured specific areas Doon campus with a safety
enclose the treed area
with a fence to stop any possibility
of attack by people hiding there,” said Radigan.
would have been very
were identified. Then any trees and bushes in these areas were trimmed back. A lot of work has been done to improve the lighting systems at all the campuses, Radigan said. Some lampheads were replaced.
always up to standard,” she said. “But many people felt it was still
lighting in the past
The Doon Student Association ran a pilot escort project. Walk
“It’s just great the
DSA has taken said.
have been a lot of requests for it and it’s something really nice to have use of.” In 1991, a personal push buzzer was installed at the Waterloo campus. The purpose of the buzzer was so staff working alone late at night could alert security if they were needed.
purchased two radios for
said the business
association has basically boo-" at Stages,
The bash will be closed to the public.
capacity of 800.
Con$6 in advance from the for the Thursday night from
bash or at the door for $8. Babbit said the CBSA will j.-
tickets to be sold. ^ funds generated from
ticket sales is
CBSA At the
for future, use.
bash of the year, a prize wheel set
am - 3:30 pm
(Bingeman (Par^ "KitcHener, Ontario
up, said Babic.
OctoSer 2, 1996
banked by the
other^ sales at the
sums of money to%ips,^ on certain nights. Babic said he would like to use the wheel large
but didn’t think the would offer prizes as expensive as the
Over 100 employers attending
ones Stages usually
There are traditionally four Biz Bashes each school year. The last one always takes
Tree transportation avaUkSfe
place on the night of the business awards banquet in April.
Last year the CBSA raised nearly $50,000 from bashes
and almond sales. This year, almonds will be sold starting the first week of October. Babic said he is going to try to have the almonds available throughout the entire school and not just limited to the cafeteria.
said he hopes to use this
year’s funds to purchase pre-
available free of charge
on a sign-out basis for business students.
can’t charge students to
use any equipment
for them,” said Babic. “Technically students have paid for equipment already by sup-
Student LT>. Ccird required
Tor more information
The Student Tmpibyment Office
ked a private party where there is a
staff in non-violent crisis interven-
Stefan Babic, president of the
computer equipment used in the CBS A office was bought with
The radios enabled
ulty to contact the guards using the
was felt that such a service would need a paid staff member as It
escort service had been rec-
The DSA received $500 in start up funds from the grant for the Walk Safe program.
Instead, possible areas of assault
business computer labs and
Safe, last semester.
1992, a similar audit was done at Conestoga’s other cam-
The results of the inspection developed into recommendations
fered with the wildlife.”
body. All the equipment in the
be paid through
expensive, and would have inter-
the past, but the
TTie CBS organizes these bashes to raise money for the benefit of the business student
grant does not allow for the use of
of the In
plished by the college’s physical
to join in.
Last year, a pilot project to train
was held. The one-day training session happened during the Employees for Excellence Conference. The materials needed for the training
session were purchased through the grant.
A buzzer system was installed in the
women’s locker room
Kenneth E. Hunter Recreation Centre in
The grant also supplied the money to purchase security mirrors for the new business wing. “Health and safety has to be everyone’s concern on campus,”
Radigan said. If people have a good suggestion, Radigan wants them to feel they can come forward and share it.
STUDENT LIFE Doon recreation
a student-initiated program By Jason Seads “We make
the frame and they
how Greg Bums,
one of only two recreation leadership teachers, defines the twoyear program. Denis Kuhl, the co-ordinator and second teacher for recreation leadership, says the difference
in the delivery.
“Our program is student-motivated and student-initiated. The student doesn’t have all the answers, and neither do I. They
are in control. “It
Sanctuary during a nooner on Sept 20.
Canada, drug abuse, Brett Hull and the World Cup of Hockey. Bronson also made fun ofg. magic by performing card
Sanctuary were the target of comedian Rick Bronson’s jokes during a nooner Sept. 20. Bronson, who hails from Montreal and is now based in
He made the secrets of the tricks known to the audience while trying to trick people on stage.
Edmonton, made fun of audi-
Bronson said he became a stand-up comedian after
ence members such as Lisa Melo, a first-year constructionengineering technology student, when he placed a plunger on her head without her knowing. Bronson, who has performed on the television show Just for Laughs, also made fun of topics such as the possibility of Quebec separating from
watching a fiiend perform in a club. He thought he could do better and has been a comedian for 12 years.
During his years as a comedian he has toured North
(Photo by Erie whitiieid)
targets students in jokes Whitfield
The recreation leadership program began in 1980 out of a YMCA building in downtown Kitchener. From there it moved to the Waterloo campus and finally
Comedian Rick Bronson By Eric
not a student-
— Comedian Rick Bronson performs
said his students will get
from 400-450 applicants. This Burns and Kuhl decided they could let in 37 and still keep
summer campgrounds and
a United Way fund-raising drive to be held Oct. 15.
“The course is based on adult learning instead of pedagogy,” said Kuhl.
that is important is that faculty
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not always the purveyor.” Second-year recreation leadership students, Monica Stubgen
and Kari Brook, enjoy the program and how it is set up. “It is a lot of work, but it’s like camping work mostly fun,”
The two chose the Conestoga program because it has the
looking at our teaching methods,” said Kuhl. “One thing is
sibility for learning.”
but these students are adults.”
parks and recreation departments.
The students do much of their work on their own. They even decide when and for how long to
that the student takes the respon-
Kuhl said the whole educational process seems to wait on the teacher. “That style of teaching
tional facilities as well as
the quality of education.
cost-effective, the rest of the col-
he said. “Now our second- year students are familiar with the campus and its students.” Recreation leadership students are planning activities this year for all students to take part in.
exercise programs in retirement homes and correc-
have group meetings. “Because our way of teaching
After graduation, the students said they are hoping to find
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OSAP are taught successful budgeting
Students receiving By Sara Maxim Investment
planning and counselling were
part of a
inar organized at the college for
Four guest speakers were invited
credit counsellor at the
Counselling Centre in Kitchener; Anita Bosagri and Brenda Beke, representatives from Royal Trust in Waterloo and Peggy Sue Ironside, a second-year journalism student at Conestoga. Catholic
Wunder, a credit counsellor for more than 27 years, described a
I’m not just including those regular expenses that I know are going to happen, but I’m including
making a list of the student’s income and expenses was to balance the two figures. If the figures do not balance, Wunder suggests
on a continuing basis, spend more money than you have
students should break
a plan, list
a plan for spending your
plan for at
Wunder. He explained the two types of expenses a student will have. ^There are the regular expenses such as rent and utilities, or the occasional expenses such car future time,” said
repairs or gift giving.
sum of money
guest speaker to talk with the stu-
first option open was to start a savings account. The student would always have access to their money and would earn interest from it as well. However, Bosagri warned, the interest rate on a savings
Bosagri said the
down further to a certain amount
had expected a better turnout.
rates of interest
17 Gazes fixedly
Money Market Funds,
23 Folded a page 25 City 28
that students could
how you and make your money
I’ve pointed out
Across 1 Stooge name 4 Secure 8
A Great Lake weather
18 19 20 22 24
learned in the
Morris said when he was first hired at A.G. Simpson they placed him in the spot-welding department because that was something
employment has left Conestoga’s Cambridge campus. Set up for students with a Grade 10 education or those eligible for
front of him.
campus’ Welding program left eight years ago, the program was sponsored by the Ontario government. A Now the program is no longer in existence. Due mainly to government cutbacks, the program that helped three Cambridge men find bridge
unemployment, the course ran nine months, five days a week, six hours a day and offered 10 more weeks of paid unemployment. Bill Shannon, a former instructor program, said that some stuwere honest enough to admit they had only taken the program to keep their unemployment insurance coming in. in the
wanted to keep alive,” he said. I
of people realized that they liked it once they got in lot
the college should keep the course
“Without that course, A.G. Simpson wouldn’t have hired me,”
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32 Marls of TV's
52 Swiss peaks
33 Toward 34 Kind of gin 35 Transmits
37 Caeser and chicken 39 "The - Tattoo" 40 True
42 Soil 44 Byron, Shelley,
37 Spirited horse 38 Decrease 40 Mocked 41 Soft drink
Drench Payed the pot
A continent (abbr)
45 Friend 46 Golf item 47 Bradley and
45 Beat 48 "Waiting for the Robert-_"(2
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Answers to follow next week .
admit, however, that at
he had just taken the course to see if he’d like it.
wasn’t going to
chances,” he said. “But the course
me how to be responsible. me ambition. Stamina it taught me to start some-
thing and finish
said he enjoyed the pro-
gram. “I thought the teachers were
They taught us a lot.” Goddard admits the real learning
Morris, robotic welding
technician at A.G. Simpson, feels
Safe Hat Day
he’d learned at college.
took the program
was because my unemployment insurance was going to run out. I didn’t think I would like welding.
Rui Monteiro, a former student in the program who now works at Babcock and Wilcox said he’s always been interested in welding. “I don’t have any regrets taking the course,” he said. “I needed a job and it got me a job.” Michael Goddard, also a student in the program, now working at Babcock and Wilcox, said that with the course he learned enough to go out and understand the job in
the students of the
Capone 30 Accede
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Course leaves lasting impression on working Cambridge graduates for
27 Does sums
during that time.
week, then take out that money next week, plus whatever interest was earned on it
were short-term holdings
such as treasury ment bonds.
20 Blind as 21
poses,” she said. “It’s very acces-
“You can much better stand to be broke for one day a week then you can for five days at the end of the month,” Wunder said. Bosagri, an investment officer.
counsellor Joan Magazine said she
would suggest a Money Market Fund for student pur-
there,” he said. “It
could be done.
By Wendy Cummins
The seminar, which was held on 1 1 was attended by only
to talk one-on-one with the speakers and get their individual questions answered.
low and there could be a
each week because the smaller the unit of time, the more manageable
Cutbacks bring an end
had a chance
She explained some ways in which she had learned to budget while attending Conestoga and let the students know that everyone was in the same situation, but with
sible to you. It’s earning higher
month. Students should then break it
ished, the students
they are given by
into a certain
After the guest speakers had
Peggy Sue Ironside was
“Your income and expenses must
short term investment
choices that were ideal for stu-
budgeting format for students to
as entertainment or clothing.
the next to speak.
cutting the flexible expenses such
coming in.” The last point he made was
of income and a
to a student
entered the work-
force. “I learned in that course and succeeded in it. I followed it through and my attendance was great,” Morris said. “Now it’s no longer
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wants loan payment changes By Diana Loveless
that she will represent
students at the panel consultation
Concern for post-secondary eduwas at the heart of a student forum at the University of Waterloo on Sept. 20 - 22. Universities and colleges across cation
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Shakedown Street employee Derek Wildphong says laws concerning hemp licensing are impeding (Photo by Dave Luymes) what could be a profitable industry.
Senate standing committee advocates drug law review down
By Dave Luymes
Street does not encourage
the use of marijuana or any other
A small store
illegal substances, but
between businesses in downtown Kitchener is part of an industry hoping the government will change its mind about cur-
port the use of
rent marijuana laws.
to adults over the
said he restricts the
sale of marijuana paraphernalia
does supand hemp
in the store reads:
block away from Kitchener City
4.1 acres of trees equals
Hall on King Street, sells an
made from hemp,
others display a marijuana leaf.
store also sells literature
juana, as well as paraphernalia
used to smoke pot - all legal. Hemp products are made from the stalk of the marijuana plant, tetrahydrocannibinol where (THC), the active ingredient of scarcely found. is producers grow a brand of pot that is low in THC and has a stronger stalk. It can be the
used to make such things as rope, clothing, luggage and paper, to
ployee at the store for two years, calls the current law, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, “illogical and irrational.” Wildphong pointed out a sign in the store that read:
A problem with selling
products, it is
very expensive. Since
Department of Agriculture, not the Department of Health. “That’s like the Department of
Health telling us
responses to the provincial gov-
ernment’s White Paper, a discussion paper on the future of post-secondary education in Ontario, published in July. Between Sept. 25 and Oct. 31, the government-appointed Advisory Panel on Post-Secondary
Education was to hold consultations with representatives of colleges and universities in Thunder Bay, Sept. 25; Sudbury, Sept. 26; Ottawa, Oct. 10; Hamilton, Oct. Oct.
Oct. 30 and North York, Oct. 3 1
The executive head of each
lege and university has been asked
develop a response
EducaJohn Snobelen says
In the discussion paper. tion Minister
aid program,” she “But governments should not
use that (increasing student debt load) as an argument to increase tuition.”
more equitable determination of
and institutions that meets our needs, accountability and respon-
Income-contingent student loan repayment has been promised by the Tory government, but has yet
accessibility, a range
also addresses issues
such as the balance between student, private sector and provincial shares of post-secondary funding and how costs can be reduced by
As of September,
further 10 per cent to establish a trust
vice-president of education
University of Waterloo
Federation of Students (FEDS), Kelly Foley, has been chosen to join with other representatives in addressing the panel discussion in Hamilton on Oct. 16. “I see this as a unique opportunity to have a voice and have an impact on future policy,” she said
an interview Sept. 22.
Blackwell said Sept. meeting of class representatives
a joint review between Senate and the House of Commons Committee, to review
fund to help students
Conestoga raised per cent this
educational institutions. cost of education to students
and the resulting debt load were key concerns raised by participants in the FEDS discussion group, including guest speaker Jane Pak, Federation of Students’
Annual Lakehead University
of Canada’s drug laws.
“At the end of the day, students have to pay a greater share of cur-> post-secondary education rently they pay about 19 per cent of the actual cost,” said Bonnie Patterson, president of the Council of Ontario Universities.
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and colleges were forced to raise tuition fees by 10 per cent, with an option to implement increases of a
secondary sector while achieving
and promoting greater transfer
develop public policy on the post-
forms to the existing Ontario and Canada student loan programs to include an income-contingent loan repayment plan and a fairer and
he has asked the panel to use this series of consultations to advise him on how his government can
eliminating program duplication
names of individuals to meet with the panel,
a problem with the cur-
Substances Act, also known as Bill C-8, was made law in the spring of 1996, but the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs recom-
students to be part of a focus
hemp laws belong
co-ordinator, will be calling on
dents to fund their educations.
no facilities in Canada hemp, it is grown in Canada and shipped to China, where it is made into cloth and sent back at a much higher price, Wildphong said. He and others in the industry
Blackwell and Cheryl Jack, DSA education and communications
the province are leading similar
age of 19.
She told the group she has grave concerns about the ability of present and future generations of stu-
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SPORTS soccer team
wins opener against By Rick Kew The women’s varsity soccer team had the visiting St. Clair Lady Saints “marching in” to Condor music as they defeated Windsor 3-0 Sept. 21
St. Clair tested
once during the game. student, could have been better
maestro as she directed traffic for her team telling her defenders how to handle the ball as unseen attackers approached from behind. Coach Geoff Johnstone said. as
Stubgen, a first-year recreational leadership student, the team did
frustrated at their lack
of scoring. Conestoga’s second goal came after
Brezinski, a second-year law and
from close range assistant
side that surprised the St. Clair
keeper. all players had which would give the
Johnstone said field time,
players valuable experience.
Saint keeper couldn’t handle.
The Condors’ final goal, scored by Sacha Rochons, a first-year mechanical engineering student, came on a long ball from the left
However, he placed his strongest 1 1 on the field for the final 20 minutes and they executed threeway passing-plays and give-andgoes flawlessly, resulting in solid
security student, to blast a shot
Kesselring, a first-year business classified
though the score was
with his team and that was
Clair to do anything constructive
fights for the
Kirk Lyon, for
ball control in the mid-field area.
The Saints on the other hand were blessed as they intercepted Conestoga passes throughout the game, while their own passing game succeeded with pinpoint
to the St. Clair Saints.
studying in the electrical apprendors in the Fanshawe
foot of an attacking Saint who passed to the right comer. A returning pass was sent up in front of the Condor net and a charging Steve Peto headed the ball behind the Conestoga
After a slow start against the Falcons, the Condors earned a 2-0 lead on goals by Andre Lyn, a first-semester environmental engineering student and Roberto
Condor coach Geoff Johnstone team was not
Dimatteo, a second-year construction engineering student. Taylor, named outstanding player of the game, frustrated the
Fanshawe forwards on with
said the play of the
an indication of the player’s level of talent. He said that because 50 men tried out for the team, he has had to use the exhibition games and practices to evaluate the technical skills of the players. With the roster down to a more manageable size, he said he and his coaching staff can now concentrate on teamwork and fit-
going wide of the goal. Late in the second half, with the Falcons pressing, the Condors were unable to clear the ball and Fanshawe tied the score with goals by
Dave Kohek and Nick
Despite nine strikeouts by Conestoga player of the
Day, the softball Condors lost to the visiting Seneca Scouts 4-2, Sept. 18.
Seneca opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning and added two more in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead.
Conestoga scored the fourth first- year
in their half
when Amanda White,
law and security student,
drove in two runs.
Seneca pitcher Debbie Wadsworth helped their pursuit of victory by walking eight batters during the game. Wadsworth helped her own cause by striking out seven Condors and batting in a run. With shadows creeping across the third baseline toward the pitcher’s mound, the Condors found themselves needing to score in their half of the seventh to win the game. It looked as though they would
The Seneca coaches positioned outfielders
defend against a longcould result in an
However, a game-saving, sliding
Although the game was never
at the plate.
Day, a third-year business student, slapped the ball into right field advancing Remmert to third
the deciding factor in losing the
be played Sept. 22 at Belleville and the Condors were to visit Canadore College in North Bay on
The Condors were unable
duce another run, even though
Next home game:
The Condors, who out-hit Seneca 8-6, are 1-1 for the season.
With Day stealing second base and Remmert holding at third, the stage was set for rookie White, who represented the winning run, to win or at least tie the game with
in the glare,
Program: Management studies Year: 3 softball
looking directly into the late after-
off her glove.
to lose the ball
year recreation leadership student,
noon sun, appeared
catch by the Scouts’ left-fielder
out of their reach, the Condors’
dent, singled to put the tying run
error on what looked
missing two more, poked a fly ball into shallow left-field that
Belleville’s Loyalist College to
Larry Taylor Men’s soccer
the fifth inning taking advantage
be a routine throw out
Athletes of the
White, after looking at a couple of pitches and swinging-away but
fly ball that
St.Clair, Oct. 2,
in fastball action
it off as Shelley Remmert, a second-year law and security stu-
Condors did not mount a serious attack throughout the game,
The Scouts scored another run
In the 3-0 loss to St. Clair, the
the second half found itself at the
several acrobatic saves.
Conestoga goal kick
ticeship program, kept the
By Rick Kew
game Andre Lyn showed good their
not as fortunate Sept. 21, losing
although Conestoga player of the
season opener, the men’s varsity soccer team salvaged a tie against visiting Fanshawe Falcons Sept. 18, but was
as two No.
to help while Ivan (Photo by Rick Kew)
By Rick Kew In
Men’s soccer team ties, loses first two games
Fawn Day, pitcher for the Lady Condors, throws an underarmed Seneca Saints on Sept. 18.
VrkiC of St. Clair tries to block.
The women’s soccer team was scheduled to host Lambton on Sept. 24 and are visiting St. Clair
Condor John Callaghan
Position: goal keeper
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The service was excellent. The food seemed to appear magically exact
course was complete, delivered by
was cooked medium-well
with a slightly-sweet sauce. It
was accompanied by Yorkshire
a puff of dry pastry inflated with sliced
and bmssel sprouts - exploded with flavor broccoli
a dark, sweet sauce, smothered
with an Asian strain of mushrooms and accompanied by a serving of rice. Both the mushrooms and the rice were rather bland, but the fish was surprisingly light in flavor and could bring a smile to any “land lubber’s” face.
an appropriate choice. This gen-
off the meal and satisfy sweet tooth, the HoneyCmmb Cheesecake is a heavenly dessert. Deliciously sweet, smooth and creamy, it has a flavor unsurpassed by any other cheesecake. The Elm Hurst Inn is a wonderful restaurant. Its elegant setting
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and considerably lighter in the wallet, the Elm Hurst Inn is highly
Mahones’ new release Rise Again focuses on boozing and partying By Eric
you’re a drinker, then you
might be able to
relate to Rise
Again, the Mahones’ new album. The Kingston band, whose Celtic-rock sound
similar to that
band the Pogues, focuses of most lyrics on alcohol and parIrish
songs such as Paint the the Boozer and
Town Red, Down
paint the f to
to hit the streets,
I’m in hit the streets, and ers red. We’re going bloody
go out nuts tonight, chasing
ing town.” Lyrics like these
continue throughout the album.
about British prisoners shipped off to Australia.
song. Rise Again, and Away are about
the slower Far
and relationships. also like to sing
about the United States and
draggin’ the days, which sounds
about drinking. suit on Rise Again
about travelling to the United States and drinking (What a surprise!).
dance to Celtic music. Rise Again is great. However, if you just want to sit back, relax and listen, the sound of the whole album gets tiring after If
club Tuesday, Sept.
Stages night7, the
hailed as “two guys
cleverly crafted side-splitting popfolk songs.”
Well, they’re partially right.
Rusty Berther are definitely guys, and there are two of them. But the rest is
Their second album. Scared,
lows their debut entitled Bloody Jeff and starts off promisingly enough. The opening song. When Love was New, has a light melody and funny lyrics like “I liked your Bart Simpson tattoo,
when you had
the sixth song, called Trash the Planet, is really quite funny.
Down the Boozer New York, which
package for the Ausband Scared Weird Little
In a press tralian
as Rise Again, they have
with songs Streets of
lyrics yes, but
a song called Across the U.S.A.,
describe the lucky prisoners as the ones who don’t survive the journey. It’s one of the few songs on the album not about
what do two men from Australia know about Bill
By Jennifer Dougall
the first five songs.
The song has a live feel to it, with people cheering in the background as the Scared Weird Little Guys sing, “Bum more coal, spray more aerosol
The ozone hole
getting bigger and brighter and
wider and stronger.” But it all goes down
The Scared Weird Little Guys’ second song is entitled Bloody Bill, and claims U.S. President Bill
Michael Jackson’s nose, the Beatles splitting up and Canadians winning the World Series. Clever
Nothing, unless they are pursell albums in the by bashing its president. Something else becomes apparent about the band in the fifth
posely trying to States
song, called the
The Scared Weird
the drinking songs are
rhythmical, fast-paced and feature
mandolin and accordion. Even some of the slower songs, like Down To The Wire, concern
accents, just so they can say the
word “bastardo.” They use the word 8 times in just under two 1
minutes and 20 seconds. The Scared Weird Little Guys try very hard to take stand-up comedy out of the nightclub and onto the big stage.
could have done
The band might have had a following in Canada if bands like the Barenaked Ladies and Moxy Fruvus hadn’t already done it and done it much, much better. Because not only are the Scared Weird Little Guys not very funny, but Flemming and Berther, who sing the same melodies at the same time, also have the gall to be out of sync on most of their songs. Flemming and Berther race through the spectrum of music, playing everything from folk to
country to metal,
not very well.
The Scared Weird
should promote their music solely as a
and leave the big
stage to the musicians.
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songs that make no sense and they sing in bad Spanish to write
down the browns. We’re going to go down to the pubs, and take this f
Holloway Jack, which
to the Wire.
Scared Weird Little Guys more comedy than music
considerably heavy in the waist
pointing Yorkshire pudding. If
erous portion of fish
able, perhaps the grilled Marlin
stiff-starched white shirts.
describe the huge chunk of beef.
The steamed vegetables -
and fresh - lightly sprinkled with bacon bits and flavored with an invisible, yet noticeable, tangy dressing. The croutons were a bit large, but overall, it was an excellent salad. The King-Size Prime Rib is a crisp
fection, lightly spiced,
that sticks out
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— SPOKE, September 30, 1996
ENTERTAINMENT Trainspotting injects reality of drugs into veins Funeral, successfully gets across the surreality of being in a junkie’s head.
By Peter Marval In a year of pitifully drab movies, the
us the brilliant dark
comedy Shallow Grave
One scene has Renton disappearing
’with Trainspotting, a delightfully disturbing film
about heroin addiction. In the opening scenes of Trainspotting (the title refers to the British pastime of counting trains - a
metaphor for indulging one’s
From left to right, Spud (Ewen Bremner), Mark Renton (Ewen McGregor), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) star in Trsinspotting. in;
and Begbie (Robert Carlyle), who boasts
he doesn’t need, to use
drugs, but gets a kick out of beating the hell out of people.
The movie, which
sion to scenes - for example, the ironic Perfect Day by Lou Reed, during an overdose by Renton. Hilariously funny one moment and graphically tragic the next. Trainspotting is exciting, energetic
Four Weddings and a
the second highest grossing British film after
Diverse musical talents from Elastica to
contribute to the film’s soundtrack, adding dimen-
and thought-provoking, but defmetly not for the timid.
party to the ghastly accidental death of an
caught by the law, and the nightmare-like hallucinations of withdrawl.
addict’s neglected infant, the consequences of being
(Kevin off clean, but eventually caves
Miller), an off-the-mark philosopher;
Trainspotting does a superb job of
drug use. “Take the best orgasm you ever had, multiply by 1,000 and you’re still nowhere near it,” Renton assures us about heroin use. There are no worries about the problems and concerns of everyday life, just where the next hit is going to come from. At the same time, the film does not cheat us of the horror and anguish of real-life drug addiction. We
duced to the film’s anti-hero, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), who rejects material possessions and a culture he views as sick and stifling. Renton escapes through drugs - primarily heroin. “I choose not to choose life, I chose something else,” he declares, as he and his friends shoot up in an Edinburgh flat. “And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?” The fdm, based on a novel by Irvine Welsh, focuses on Renton and his buddies, a group of crooks, liars and psychos. There’s Spud (Ewen Bremner), who partakes in the funniest scene in the film when he confronts a job interview panel while on speed; Sick Boy (Johny Lee
illustrating the realities of
in a useless activity that gives
a sense of purpose), the audience
public toilet into a deep blue pool while trying to rescue two opium suppositories.
on the wall
By Linda Reilly
Goldie Hawn plays an aging preoccupied with her youth and her lips. Bette Midler plays a good Jewish wife who gives her all to her family. Diane Keaton plays a woman who gave up her career to raise a daughter, who has announced star
Refreshing and entertaining. The First Wives Club opened this weekend with a blockbuster cast. It was also tops at the box office, grossing $19 million, according
released their first Sept. 21 at the 1996 Haldimand-
Match and Country
to entertainment reports.
Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and
has been playing guitar since age 15 when he got his start with Frank Leahy, Canadian fiddle
He went on to join Family Brown and played throughout Ontario and Quebec with them.
middle-aged women, old college friends, brought together again by a mutual friend’s, suicide. These three funny ladies have a common bond: their spouses have left them for younger women and want to take the family fortunes with them. After the shock wears off and
country musician, according to his
their tears dry, they decide not to
played with include Ronnie Hawkins and Terry Sumsion. Being a family man, he stopped
but to get even.
hatches a scheme to
she’s a lesbian.
with her help
that the trio puts its get-even plan
Ivana Trump makes a cameo appearance with the one liner, “Don’t get mad, get everything.” If
you’re expecting rolling-in-
the-aisles funny stuff, you’ll be
This movie is a must for anyone who has ever been dumped. For those who haven’t, you’ll
enjoy the film.
their ex-spouses pay.
marry (Cathy) and to raise a son Matthew, 17, and daughters Chrystal, 12, and Leslie, to
Friend Terry Sumsion, according to his publicity pieces,
iiRpopfeaRt DSA RsiiRbeps
the singer to return to the enter-
That is just what Thomas has done, but recently he has decided to go it on his own, according to his
new band Ron Weber from
said he got a
and singing. Bobby Boisclair from Quebec plays lead guitar and also sings. According to Herman, he was labelled “The King” in Montreal and is billed as one of the most Sarnia playing
Robert Barry of Port Dover
months ago, Thomas
decided to independently produce his
The night before recording was Herman, they were one song short for the album so to begin, said
writing the song.
— James Thomas entertains the crowd
the 1996 Haldimand-Norfolk International Plowing Match and Country Festival in Selkirk on Sept. 21 (Photo by unda Reiiiy) .
The Writing’s on
turned out to be the the
which song for
the Wall, title
According to Herman, Thomas is also an accomplished songwriter and wrote most of the music for the disc himself “Also very much a family man, James wrote Mirror of her Eyes on the CD for his wife Cathy and Let the Eagle Fly for his son Matthew,” said Herman. The group will be playing the Calgary Stampede in 1997 and are
planning a 12-week western tour early in the
originally planned for later this
year but they have had so local
bookings the tour has been
Saskatchewan, Alberta and British
Columbia but they were booked on the spot at the International Plowing match to play a week in Montana, so they will be incorporating that into their western tour,
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