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Conestoga College, Kitchener 30th Year
28. Orientation Issue
Conestoga’s residence almost
piece bathroom, a television, and kitchenette with microwave and
By Ned Bekavac Rodeway
for another school year.
As of Aug.
September Page 2
ages staying with
two-semester sells openings can usually be found in January, and even Febraury when the nursing term begins, he said.
accepting applications, the
Rodeway must determine
manager of Rodeway
Though Rodeway predominantly
send out applications May 15, attached to the acceptances distributed by the college,” he said.
staying with us.”
“You get students of
“But you get students of
117 rooms. Gill
Aug. 30, but there
students,” he said.
an option “Seventy-five per cent of the students this year are first-year
Rodeway can house up
Suites for the 1998-99 school year.
215 students had
residence to be fully occupied in time for the new school year.
As of Aug.
says he expects the
air have and closet
About half of the 117 rooms are designated as non-smoking. Gill
residence near Conestoga College, is on the verge of full occupancy
Rodeway Suites, 55 New Dundee Rd., Kitchener, Conestoga’s student residence, can house up to 226 students in it’s 117 rooms.
(Photo by Michael Hilborn)
whether or not they chose the
“Some people even know by May 20 that they will be with us.” Rodeway Suites has housed Conestoga College students since September 1993. 14, If fees are paid by Aug. students
freezer-rental option ($85 per student to rent a freezer for their room), then by whether the student prefers a smoking or non-smoking
semesters, a savings of $125. Each of the 117 semi-divided rooms are equipped with a four-
just before the Aug. 30 student date, completing what Gill “pretty a been has said
$64.95 for two adults, with special senior and business rates available^
of return business. “There has been an improvement every year.” For more information about visit their
Rodeway Su ites,
site;http//ww^.sympatico.ca/ cam pus/conrez.htm.
will stop operating as a
while for people to
“It takes a
know of US. We have
Kitchener Transit will sell bus passes to students at Conestoga
What you missed
durlnffthosammer months town ghost a not College Conestoga
Page 2 By Amanda
think nothing happens at College over the
Conestoga College was chosen funding of to receive provincial support a $2.7 million dollars to
students, elementary participated in level, to college provincial the Skills Canada
competition held at Conestoga
tournament organized by former Conestoga students Page 12
5 to 6.
Graduation ceremonies were and at Conestoga June 25 Conestoga 1,180 About 26. students attended the ceremonies
which were held
at the recreation
half of the students
COMMENTARY Page 4
The power of the pen in journalists’
project designed to help students with specific learning
The Condor men’s hockey team have a new coach this year.
Ken Galemo played
from last year. Programs with
computer stations to the Learning Resource Centre. The stations information will be used for purposes only. 21, Conestoga faculty voted to give its union bargaining mandate to call for a
if a general strike in September reached not is agreement new
before then. Eighty per cent of faculty voted per and out of that 80 per cent, 77
supported the motion
Janet Zilio, professional
technology, und as usual,
applied arts programs are
with her family.
Conestoga two students in tragic
Martin Novak, 22, a third-year a and die apprentice, died in motorcycle accident Friday, June a third19. Kulvinder Tail, 44,
The Doon Student Association (DSA) decided to donate eight
include high confirmation rates and health sciences, business
Tuition increased this summer at yet the number of applications cent per four up were college the
during his retirement.
coached for 12 years.
Conestoga summer. Well, here s a brief summary of what you missed during your
Windsor before joining Huron he where Schools with
and Bob Hays, law and security, were thrown farewell parties over the summer. The two teachers have decided said they to retire but both have to teach will return in September part time.
saw the departure of Bob Gilberds, head of security, this summer. Gilberds plans to spend more relax time with his family and
died year woodworking student, 30. June accident in a car
of chair Lastly, one studies Edith Torbay, donated
husband of of her kidneys to her 32 years. a Torbay’s kidney replaced been already had that kidney and transplanted 11 years ago
was only expected
about six years. Torbay returned to work June 25.
— SPOKE, Orientation Issue
Conestoga child-care centre By Amanda
you want a safe, fun place for your kids while you are in school, better sign them up now for the Conestoga College Child Care Centres, because there is already If
licensed by the
fees for the centre are paid
fees at the
Maria Rogers, team leader at Boon’s child-care centre, says the centre is September but it may have future openings. (Photo by Amanda
attend school, but prices differ
according to amount of time spent care, said Rogers. to
which operates from 7:30 a.m. is
childhood education program said Rogers.
jointly run with the early
are able to contact her at the
more information, she
also will be giving out route maps, said Hussey.
will help students set
The four-month bus passes
and 16, Kitchener
selling student bus passes, said Jenn Hussey, vice-president of
a.m. and 2 p.m. on these days, said
really doesn’t do anything but set up a time for the
people from Kitchener Transit to come and sell the passes, she said.
“They take care of everything else.”
passes must be accompanied by a Kitchener Transit photo ID card which must be purchased for an
“These ID cards are good until they are dead, unless they lose them,” said Weiss. Weiss said passes are being sold on the September dates, even though classes will be well under way, because she has many other in the
“I can’t at
Student holding a used
provide students with an opportunity to save money by picking up textbooks second hand.
vice-president of op)erations, said the money raised from the sale will help offset the
Edwina Weiss, Kitchener Transit fare media administrator, said
said having the sale at the
By Melanie Spencer
a savings of
college benefits both students and Kitchener Transit. “Students don’t have a lot of money, so a sale is good, and the
additional $5 at the sale.
The representatives will be in front of Door three between 10
area to go to as well.
every school right the beginning.” at
NEED HELP WITH YOUR HEALTH?
cost of the association’s
of Welcome, which actually runs for two weeks, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4. Students have been dropping off their books at the
Sanctuary since April 20. The students set their own prices for their books, said Hussey.
Later in the year, a letter will
books sold and what
Students will then have one to pick up the remaining books, she said, or they will be given to the
peer services or community organizations such as
Literacy for Children.
YOU CAN VISIT A NURSE OR MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE A DOCTOR AT THE HEALTH & SAFETY OFFICE We information first
non-prcscription medications a place to rest when you are ill
The first option is to go through the school, she said. “If they (peer services) don’t need them or can’t use them, we will go outside. There’s plenty of places for those books to go.” In an effort
OUR OFFICE LOCATED
blood pressure monitoring
birth control counselling
students’ wait in line, Hussey said, everything will be
labeled and shelved.
She is also trying to get a book list to help make things more efficient, she said. We’ll
have the same
number of people, more, but
sale of used
the best routes for them.”
January, said Hussey.
operations for the Association.
$52, she said. The representatives
will return to the college again in
There are six Conestoga College Child Care Cees in the area, said Rogers. Parents
cost $164, which
between the ages of four months and 10
Student bus passes to be issued Sept. 10, 11 and 16 at
Getting from place to place in a new city can be difficult, but with a Kitchener Transit bus pass, at least it can become a little cheaper.
and has a
The ratio of teachers to children varies from group to group. The centre has programs for children
Chirkut Amenarine, a trades and apprenticeship student, waits for the Kitchener Transit bus outside Door
All the full-time teachers at the centre have
Kitchener Transit to
are able to emulate
at the college,
capacity of about said Rogers.
$755 for an infant, $655 for toddlers, and $530 for pre-schoolers. Plans are also set up for
category, said Rogers.
Also, visitors must report to upon entering the site. The child care operates all
child care centre
No one, other than parents, is allowed to pick up the children unless the facility receives a note from the parents, she said.
not restricted to children of
monthly basis and vary according
Parents leave emergency names and numbers in case anything happens. The centre also follows strict security measures to protect the children, said
Conestoga students, said Rogers. to the
“It is a
building,” she said.
handled by the staff at the site. “We also have the excellent staff, a
Maria Rogers, team leader at Boon’s centre, said the child care programs are full for September, but may open up after that. “Parents only have to pay month to month, so we can’t tell if October will be full, too,”
childhood education, first aid, and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, she said. Rogers said there has never been an
be a quicker
process,” she said.
Welcome week to timewarp students By Meianie Spencer
timewarp back into the medieval days on Sept. 4. The movie of
Whether a student
sports or simply likes to
music, this year’s of Welcome will have something to please everyone.
The theme filled weeks
if a student
want it to be good.” Each day will represent a different period in time, he said.
a student can
in the evening.
day. Sept. 9, will
throw people into the future. Psychic Dan Valkos will perform in the Sanctuary from 1:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
only attend one day,
2:30 p.m., an outdoor obstacle course, and ends with a
attend one day,” he said, “I
week of begins Sept. 8 with
Caesar day. The day
two eventTimewarp, said
president Kristin Murphy.
a.m. in the Sanctuary.
theme on Sept.
with a guest lecture at 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
In the evening, Canadian rockers 54.40 will perform. Tickets for students are $10 in
advance or $12
while guests will pay $13 in advance or $15 at the door, said
Aug. 31, the kicks
day of class-
Welcome with prehistoric day. The free nooner will be a showing of the movie Devil’s Advocate at 11:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
Tuesday Sept. 1 will transport students back to the Wild West. The best-of-the-west day begins with the Molson
complete with a beer tent, a barbecue, an outdoor concert and other activities. The barbecue is the first licensed event at the school in a while, said Murphy. Each student will be mailed one free
pass for a burger and pop, he
Mike Merles goes for the airborne summer day campers.
By Ned Bekavac
,000 people will
getting a boost
The Roost has inked a sponsorship deal with Brick brewery that
Single and Sexy, will perform in the Sanctuary at 1 1:30 a.m.
will see the
day ends with the annual golf tournament at 1 :30 p.m. at the Doon Valley Golf Club just east of the campus.
Murphy. “It’ll be
other brands available
Week of Welcome
Sept. 2 takes students
the Roaring ‘20s, with a casino being held in the Sanctuary from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
flower-power day. Sept. 3, movie will be shown
outside the recreation centre at 9
p.m. followed by a
finishes with a
Aug. 31 Prehistoric Day Sept. 1 Best of the West Sept 2 Roaring ’20s Sept 3 Flower Power Sept 4 Medieval Times Septs Caesar Day Sept 9 Future Sept 10 Retro Day Sept 11 Back to Present
set up Julv
Jenn Hussey, Roost manager
pub began July 30. According to Roost manager Jenn Hussey, the pub will now feature more wood, signs and decorations, giving it more of a Alterations to the
Monday Night Football among them.
The Brick logo
the only one displayed.
Hussey, a second-year marketing student at Conestoga, said there will be notable changes when the
Roost staff will sport new green uniforms this fall. The pub plans to hire between 12 and 15 employees to encourage staff flexibility. “It’s important to have enough staff to cover for those students who may not be able to work because of school,” Hussey said. The Roost will be open daily from 1 1 a.m. to 1 1 p.m., unlike years past when the pub closed its doors from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Roost will remain open until a.m. for special events.
Hussey said. “Though it may be a walk for them, it is still closer than any other pub in the area.”
“Our prices are good.
draft is $3.50.
That’s cheaper than
anywhere.” Jenn Hussey, Roost manager
prices will remain as
they are, Hussey said. “Our prices are good. ounce draft is $3.50.
cheaper than anywhere.”
are going to
with the students
doors to students
enrolled in the
Roost will now serve two Brick draft beers.
Brick beers on tap,” Hussey said. “But we will still have other brands available in bottles.”
have two Brick beera,on tap, but
“By September, we
more of a
the fall semester approaches,
The Week of Welcome wraps up with a return to the present Sept. 11. The drama troop.
This year, there
In conjunction with the deal, the
while playing on the
Roost changes with sponsor
predicted the concert will probably sell out, or at the very
recreation centre as part of the college’s
week of welcoming.
Student planner and guide there to make school easier _
The idea is
By Jason Gennings
students are given
when they come
to register for school
valuable tool, the student planner, said Doon Student Association president Kristin Murphy. “If
then (they can) pull out the planner and start using it,” said Murphy.
to help the students in
said environment, new school and it’s
what they’re doing.
out by the college contain some DSA information, such as a page of the phone numbers for services offered and details about the drug plan, said
packages sent by the
registration college, he
there as possible so that
student council does, said Jenn Hussey, vice-president of opera-
one page.” Kristin
we want you
Students from different programs during registration arrive will week Aug. 24 to Aug. 28, with
“It is a great tool for all
“Student photo ID cards are in here, our orientation packages are here, and welcome-week T-shirts
responsiblities, that really key.
Murphy said Jack Fletcher, head of student services, recommends when students are the planner having trouble with their studies. “As well as being used as a daytimer,
fantastic in itself,
the dates for the events.
prints 5,000 copies of
college, and student’s rights and responsibilities,” said Fletcher
try to put as
college. “It’s a balancing act,” said
student the includes year procedures guide, said Fletcher. “Like a contract, it spells out all
You don’t have
Other valuable information given beginning of the
the student calendar,” said
as possible so that everyone will
ek w e\\ o way that a
to students at the
for services offered at the
Time management is the most important thing when you are in
faculty as well.
for every student and
head of student services
“The biggest thing we have
the planners, said
Murphy. “The student planner is a great piece of equipment for
College, we’re going to make it fun for you,”’ said Hussey. “We’re excited and
new students, telling them who is part of the DSA and what the
try to put
“Students on the day of their registration eventually end up in
Orientation packages will be in and envelopes, see-through
having programs on different days, said
are available here.”
The information and paperwork receive begins with a mail-out sent to first-year students
“Rights and responsibilities that really key. You don’t have rights
unless you are responsible.” Fletcher said he does not expect
students to go through and read everything, but they should know what is in the guide in case they
have to use some of the services, like appeals.
study tips throughout,” said
students arrive at the
new environment and
and the guides can
help, said Fletcher.
— SPOKE, Orientation Issue
COMMENTARY Journalists, take caution So, you want to be a
we also have the power to One slip of the pen is all it takes;
a good tape recorder, a
pen and a closed mouth. One thing you will learn, if you truly love to write for newspapers, maga-
one reason for one not to keep his or her word. But then we also face a dilemma. To tell the truth is sometimes not as easy
that there are lines that
can never be
cKoas«ff ^ VQcat wx> poitu-tcon...
zine, television or radio, is
tmth, but what
half the truth?
Anthony Wil.son-Smith, a columnist for Maclean’s Magazine, stated in his Aug. 3 column that, “Journalism is not a profession. It has no universal code of conduct, or specific requirements. The time
to seek the
the truth only wants to be
Do we keep our word, or do bond of trust to report the
not a profession.
What better Job could one ask for? we have to do is go out and talk to people and then come back and tell the
has no universal code
public, in words,
don’t save lives;
don’t save the
to either destroy or help save
We We An I
what people have been it.
what reporters do.
columnist for Maclean’s Magazine
are suppo.sed to report the truth, but
The time has
report on those
conduct, or specific
old gentleman recently asked
These questions may or may not arise your day as a Journalist, but they are
He suddenly had
we should always be aware of and always know the answers to. Wilson-Smith said, “Everyone in
this concerned look on and then said, “There is much power you people (Journalists) have over
Journalism would benefit
comment actually made me “Wow, he’s right.”
are the ones
will include in
our stories and what
are the ones
the facts (which others have told us) will be
Alt this power we “people” have with our tiny little pens, yet there are no mles that exist to make sure this power is not taken
more out of
takes a lot
why is it so many
approached the computer
to ring in her order, she asked;
an original hamburger?” The server simply responded,
answer, she told
of the products front of you?
decide to share
words, thank goodness,
from her were, “Well,
nity presented to her to
It would have been easier to Just place her order and say thank you. Instead, she wasted her energy, and got herself
Unwanted sunshine spreading
by going through the process of thinking up what things she could say next. All for a humburger and fries.
you don’t know the price
they print out right in
you don’t know the poor service.” She made her remarks in a degrading
Maybe she was having a bad day, but does mean she had to share her unhappiness
as annoying as the
handled herself with the professionalism that probably got her hired.
The woman waited
cold beer to pour. I
with the unsuspecting people around her? I’m not saying that I am a walking smile, but it is very rarely I will snap at a person I
easier to prepare yourself for the
prepare yourself for the sun than
concluded that she had been a walking wretch the entire day and I took pity on the I
the misfortune of
would be lowering
the Scottish motto:
didn’t take the opportu-
produced weekly by the journalism students of Conestoga College.
editor; Anita Santarossa; Issues
Happiness spreads, but so does misery. So, to the hamburger huffy and any others who thrive on being grumpy, try to live by
Activities editor; Michael
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“Be happy while y’er
leevin, for y’er a lang time deid.”
SPOKE IS published and
into contact with her.
Unwanted sunshine spreading can be Just as annoying as the thunder storms that roll in unexpectedly, but it is a lot easier to
stood in line beside her, choking back a few choice words that were as ready as a
thunder storms that
enough for the entire line to hear. The server was visibly distressed, but
direction of her day.
at the server.
burger she was inquiring about was $2.49, so I told her.
myself to her level should a thought or two with her.
to do nothing but complain about the size of her hamburger and how it was hardly worth eating.
know, but the prices are on the wall.” I quickly glanced up and saw that the
Not happy with
was going to be but unfortunately it was not. that
“It is ridiculous that
I was patiently waiting in line at Harvey’s while a blonde woman in her mid-to-late 20s waited to be served.
go ahead and
decided she wanted a value burger combo she rudely placed her order, which was followed by a snarly
coming generation of Journalists (including myself) will take action to persuade the media industry to reach a universal code of ethics soon. In the mean time, use wisely your pen of much power.
witnessed a display of misery in our
agree, and hope that the
excuse for doing nothing about existing problems.” With him I most certaisly
to agree on a new industry-wide standard of behavior, because there is no
community and our
sunshine more enjoyable than thunder storms
a person to be miserable than to be happy.
institutions put aside their behavior long
decide what facts
would make every day so much
mainly funded from September
Doon Student Association (DSA). The views and
opinions expressed in this newspaper do not necessarily reflect the views of Conestoga College or the DSA. Advertisers in SPOKE are not endorsed by the DSA unless their advertisements contain the DSA logo. SPOKE shall not be liable for any damages arising out of errors in advertising beyond the amount paid for the space. Unsolicited submissions must be sent to the editor by 9:30 a.m. Monday. Submissions are subject to acceptance or rejection and should be clearly written or typed; a WordPerfect or Word file would be helpful. Submissions must not contain any libellous statements and may be accompanied by an illustration (such as a photograph).
— Page 5
Local committee plans AIDS walk By Anita Santarossa
Sandy Stauffer, support co-ordinator for the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area, says the Rainbow Youth Group welcomes people aged 1 6-25 to join. (Photo by Anita Santarossa)
outlets for people
and on Dec 1 ACCKWA will be holding an open house for World AIDS Day, said Bartram. ,
The AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA) plans events surrounding AIDS and HIV, said Deanna Bartram,
“A vigil, who have AIDS,
of different sexual orientation
discussions and/or plan activities.”
The Conestoga College commuand surrounding cities offer a variety of social outlets for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, said Joan Magazine, counsellor for student services at Conestoga’s Doon campus. She said the Doon campus started a gay/lesbian club about nity
one student came
and suggested organizing a club.” The club is currently dormant, but Magazine hopes that new and returning students will be interested
a great priority to
also important to
“and the club can act as both a social group and stresses,” she said,
location of the club, but
said she hopes once a group
formed a special location campus can be organized.
“It really is
to the students,”
said Magazine. “I realize students get busy with their studies, but I
advisor for the group
What you get out of something is what you put into it.” There are a variety of off campus themselves.
who support gay, bisexual and said persons, transgendered lesbian,
presently located on 122 Frederick
lesbian and bisexual youth group
discussion that is
opportunities to get to
gay, lesbian and bisexual people of the same age group that are in the community,” said Stauffer. “Issues surrounding gay, lesbian and
bisexuality are discussed, allowing individuals to raise questions or explain problems they have. It’s a group, so they know they are not
creative eye par-
Deanna Bartram, fundraising
she said. year we
takes place in group meetings
“It is a
Stauffer, support co-ordinator for
“The group invites youth between the ages of 16 and 25 to meet once a week for discussion and activity planning,” she said.
event t^es place at Kitchener City Hall, said
held in total confidence.
“\^^ether the club will continue is
“There wasn’t anything available the college for the gay and
become involved community in order
four years ago. at
Waterloo and Area
will be held afterward,”
Walk Canada, held
By Anita Santarossa
February, the Chairs for Charity
Sept. 27 there will be a
fundraising co-ordinator for the
She said the event a great opportunity for people
auctioned off and
teams together. “Local universities, high schools and colleges usually get several teams together to participate, but the majority of people sign up individually.” The mandate of is and provide support to education for those with HIV and those affected by it, but also to encourage the prevention of to get
admitted to Ontario’s Ministry of Health permanent funding program, said Sandy Stauffer, support co-ordinator.
a step in the right
direction,- but operation
continue to rise and we haven’t had an increase in funding for the
transmitting the disease, said
the said, she However, permanent funding program is
Week will be held Nov. 23
better than living in fear of not getting any funding at all.
Special needs average Counsellor says most learning disabled students have
average intelligence or better. Many of them are intellectually
Mainland means those with an
grant, to identify
the identification and education of special needs students. These
funds will be dispersed over a
too, said he
a vast improvement over
and educate students with
“Their disability is they don’t process information the way most
“These are not students
says counsellor By Michael
(Photo by Michael Hilborn)
help are often dealing undiagnosed problems,” she
you knowing classroom, a
walked into you were at least as smart as everyone else, but unable to keep up with your classmates? According to special needs co-ordinator Marian Mainland, this is the problem facing up to
300 Conestoga College students every semester. Mainland, a counsellor since 1983, said many of the students who qualify as learning disabled
ondary being “It’s
easy to identify the people disabilities
with physical we’re well equipped to deal with them, but the ones who really need
Consequently, by the time they get to high school, they often fail and teachers their tell to
needs. Mainland said. “They don’t want to be lumped in
with the so-called dummies.” biggest the said Mainland challenge facing the special needs co-ordinators is identifying the specific
she would like to improve on those numbers so that more students can be identified sooner. The special
these people are of
counsellors and two support
Mainland’s job will be made easier in September, thanks to a special provincial grant.
special needs co-ordinator
while the other 40 per cent show up over the school year. She said
identified at the time of admission,
a $2.7 million grant that
dedicated specifically towards
only nine province to
the purchase of
way most people
they learn,” she
interest in the martial arts, Mainland said is a way for
Mainland said 60 per cent of the students with special needs are
notes in class. Both counsellors have
are classified as slow learners and forced to take classes with other
process information the
with a plan.
phonics software programs for computers and tape recorders for people who have problems taking
difficult to deal
problem the begins in the early grades, where children who are otherwise bright,
people have problems processing information aurally, while others information.
receive this funding,” he said. He said some of the money
with written have to do an
would go towards
the exact nature of the student’s problem. For instance, some
first priority is to
Bill 82,” said
also a special needs
“These are not students who are failing everything,” Mainland said.
keen which him to
feeling of inner peace he achieves
Aikido helps him to convey the same philosophy to his through
— thereby helping them
82 was a fund set up by the Bill Davis Conservative government in 1979 to address the needs Bill
students of requirements.
Mainland, the funds in that program were poorly administered and very little of them actually went to the people they were designed to help. Betty Stevenson, who ironically, was the education minister in the Davis cabinet in 1979, will administer the current program.
Mainland said he takes a great from inspiration of
man who is own battle
currently fighting his against a disability.
the wall in Mainland’s office a quotation from the is
former heavyweight champion. “I hated the training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the
champion.’” “That’s what needs special
try to teach the
— SPOKE, Orientation Issue
DSA By Amanda
inks one-year deal with beverage
Doon Student Association (DSA) events now be sponsored by Molson Canadian and Mark Anthony products, which produces Mike’s Hard Lemonade, among
Molson will be sponsoring Doon Student Association Welcome.
Molson will donate the tent barbecue. She said this is a
because the tent will
money on the tent, any money from
of either companies,’’
Hussey said Coca-Cola was also interested placing a vending machine in the Sanctuary, but was not able to because of the
throughout the Week Amanda Pickling)
The sponsorship is not just for the Week of Welcome, said Hussey. Mark Anthony products and Molson products signage will go up in the
barbecue will be licensed and sponsored by the two companies as well as by Meats and Weston bread company, said Hussey. for
“Giving out prizes
planned, she said.
benefit for the
has had problems Hussey thinks the encourage more people to
students and volunteers,” she said.
She said the DSA sent a proposal to the companies and they came back and told what they could offer. The two companies will have a big impact on the Week of Welcome events that are
In the past, the
The companies have decided Jenn
getting volunteers, but
other alcoholic beverages.
volunteers at the events.
the association’s events for
The movie night, which will be held outside the recreation centre, will also be a licensed event.
policy, said Hussey.
to students,” she said.
“Mark Anthony products will be sold, and we will have Molson on tap,” she said. Hussey said there hasn’t been anyone
Those students who are of age will get bands and will be able to drink, while those who don’t have bands won’t be served alco-
reacting negatively to the sponsorship of alcohol producers.
holic beverages, she said.
students obviously drink,” she said.
At most events
“Coke was concerned with In
income for the DSA, so
night, said Hussey.
She said the two companies
there will be a wristband
are keeping our friendship alive,” she
softball By Anita Santarossa
be a full-time student, as meet the academic standards throughout the term. to
Playing softball won’t get you a job but to be successful you have
be able to plan your life and have a good attitude, said the head coach of Conestoga College’s
you can’t pass you can’t Broome.
women’s varsity softball team. Yvonne Broome said she runs the team like she would run a
can be stressful enough aside from the dozen other things going on in students’ lives, but part of being part of the team deals with these
here to help each other
out,” she said.
together we’ll be successful, win or lose.”
Broome and her husband have been coaching the team for the past four years, and both have
She said she
realizes that school
“We have to travel several times throughout the season, but the girls seem to get their work done on the bus trips, and we even rent out a study room when at our away games. We have even had students write
exams while my husband
acted as proctors.” Students learn not only about the I
extensive credentials in the sport
for 16 years, both she and her husband are Level 3 national certified
coaches, and she played on the Canadian National Team that won the World Championship in 1972.
Wings Stanley Cup champions, autographs a progra Jamieson (left) and his brother Josh at Ortario Sporte
(Photo by Michael Hilboi
Youth resource Centre in Guelph. profit
SPOKE Classified Ads are
for every 25
Student fee is $5 for every 25 words.
manager at: 748-5366
Yvonne Broome, coach of Conestoga’s women’s varsity softball
encourages anyone with any background and skills to join. “We can teach you the skills to play, but your character is what has to be determined to want to learn.”
you can’t pass, you
months, said Broome, but in that two months they have found that the girls can come a long way. “We learn from ourselves, each other and by observing other teams for strategies,” said the
game of softball but they also learn how to organize therpselves, work as a team and build character, said
“Many girls haye used me as a reference for job interviews upon graduation,” she said. “Knowing how
organizing your life to include extracurricular activities are two
Last year’s team had only two veterans, with the rest being
employers consider when hiring.” The team practises every day for
managed to win the bronze medal. “The key to the success of the team”, said Broome, “is that we approach the game as not just
school comes first, because without an education you cannot succeed.
which Broome. Aug. 31, but
said they usually find that people cut themselves, and find
out on their
She said her philosophy
In order to join the
be able to commit or not. “If you’re willing to stick,
have a place for you,” she said. “We’re here for the kids and to promote the game of softball.”
— Page 7
Ex-inspector arrives as security supervisor by Jason Gennings
to the job description
He admits most officers don’t have such a varied career. His other involvements included being captain of the police diving team, and a hostage negotiator.
There is a new sheriff in this here town, and Conestoga College will have to get used to our new security supervisor, Allan Hunter. Hunter, 52, has been hired to replace former supervisor Bob Gilberds, who retired at the end of
Milner said he would like Hunter “on stream” with the college before they address the changes coming. “We feel we have selected a very competent individual who will
bring a great deal to the college,”
things with in the police services,”
Gilberds to get
Drawing on a 32-year-old career as
Hunter will bring
“I think it was opportunities, which were given to me, and desire on my part to do different
he hopes that the
Hunter stresses that although he has taken a retirement package from the police, he did not come to Conestoga College to
Conestoga include more than the
average police career.
with the Waterloo police force, to
particularly the law
begin his 32-year career. His career includes time as a
program. “One of the first things I’m going to be looking at is determining
At 20 years of age he
He has sold his beloved sailboat Pogo, named after a beagle, and postponed plans to relocate up
detective, as a staff sergeant for
assignments officer dealing with major crimes, and as a policy management employee. Hunter also spent time in charge of internal audits, and research and special
hobbies were just distractions from work,” said Hunter, a long-time KitchenerWaterloo resident. “On their own I was no longer enjoying them.” Hunter said he needed to keep working, and so Aug. 4 he returned to the working world about 80 after beating out “I
commander, and was soon promoted to the rank of inspector. Hunter said he was part of the team that created the policing standards branch, which is a
would be some changes
combination of internal affairs, public complaints, the freedom of information department, and legal
where security is scheme of things
in the greater
we make any
decisions,” said Hunter.
planning to speak to
students as they arrive to
and he wants them
Later, he served as a detective
that security is a resource
available to them.
In the future, he said, he
law program as well, but no plans have been made
like to teach in the
in that direction.
In the for
challenges” at Conestoga
Allan Hunter, the
Conestoga College on Aug.4.
OSAP applications up
By Michael Hilborn
seeks students class, board reps
the bursary pot and of that cent, the college
By Melanie Spencer
There are many benefits to joining the board or becoming
Week of Welcome With quickly approaching, the Doon the
student involvement in the board of
table will be set
The number of students applying government funding has increased compared to this time
board was limited, said Hussey. This year, the constitution has been changed to allow an unlimited number of students to join the board, but only two members for each program in the various schools at the college will be allowed to vote.
two weeks of activities with posters, banners and pamphlets, to get more people involved,
said Jenn Hussey, vice-president the with operations of association.
after the meeting, the students
receive pizza and a pop, she
Hussey said prizes are also given away, like T-shirts and
Twice a semester, an appreciation night is held to thank both board of directors and class
overspending or going
representatives for their help,
on a shopping spree,”
At the end of Jenn Hussey, vice-president of operations
the year, all of
receive letters of for
Hussey student group will also try to visit classrooms to make sure everyone is aware of what the
board and representatives do, she said.
association is also trying to get more people involved as class
between the students and the association.
association is accountable
for the purchases it makes, like the new color photocopier, she
students,” she said, “we’re
spending students’ money.” In previous years, the number of students
for any contract.
applications on the Web.”
amount of money the bursaries was
Carol Walsh, financial aid
$350,000 lasryear--and there should be more than that this year. She said she could not say exactwill be ly how much more money
Until this year, the student loan
available until the final registration
the bursaries fees,
CIBC is the said Kevins currently involved in educational financing only in Ontario. Previously, the bank also held the student loans in Manitoba and Nova Scotia, buThas since backed out of those provinces. The Royal Bank is now carrying the student loan programs there, he said. Kevins refused to discuss the stating of negotiations, state merely that it was “a bit of a
applications for these.
tied to tuition
which have increased by 10
per cent over last year, she said. Under current legislation, 30 per cent of the revenue from tuition fee increases must be dedicated to
can become representatives, said Hussey. “We encourage at least two per
class, in case
up,” she said.
one can’t show
takes over the loans, students will have to fill out a new set of papers in order to maintain their funding,
was the case in Manitoba and Kova Scotia, he said.
program was financed and administered by the Canadian Imperial
Bank of Commerce,
London, Ont. vice CIBC to According president John Kevins, that may change over the next few months.
operations, said the bank is in the process of negotiating with the
result of concerns
Kevins said there
question of loan guarantees to be settled with the federal government before the bank can decide
on whether or not to continue with the student loan program. He said the CIBC currently has 700,000 outstanding student loans on its books, but was unable to give an exact dollar figure on the amount.
from students, employees and
smoke-free: the following entrances are designated
Doors #1 and #5, Doon Main Building main entrance to E.C.E.
Like the board of directors, there is no limit to the number
another financial institution
ATTENTION SMOKERS! As
outcome, however, students would funding, still be able to access the lender. the not is CIBC if even
/Can enter their
but there have not yet been any
numbers are in. The increase
“This year, the students
saries in place for students who can demonstrate a financial need,
on the Web.”
said there are also bur-
information about events at their bi-weekly meetings, to be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays,
concerns and views of students,
Class representatives provide
an opportunity for students
voice any questions or concerns
“The board of directors stops us from overspending or going on a shopping spree,” said
time frame is faster,” she said. “This year, the students can enter
funding for bursaries
efforts, she said.
any significance in those numbers. “It could be that the processing
stops us from
number of applications was 200 more than th^^ameTime last year, but there was not necessarily
to last year’s statis-
there were 4,500 full-time students enrolled at Conestoga as well as 31,000 part-time and “distance-education” students. government the Although oversees the student loan program, the rhoney comes from the char-
according to Conestoga’s
31 , the
Hussey. The board meets once a month for about one-half hour and
per cent for administrative
financial aid administrator. Carol Walsh said that as of July
allowed to take
(Photo by Jason Gennings)
to Student/Client Services Building
from smoking at these entrances. Please watch for the signs and refrain locations on campus. You may use any of the many other outdoor
Week Of >Nelcome Schedule Travel with us as
we warp through
Monday, August 31 Free MeeiicR 11:30 am, The Sanctuary Featuring The Devil's Advocates, as seen on speakers corner.
FREE FOUR ^ARTT Tuesday, September 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Outside by the Pond Free concert featuring Derivation and Planet Smashers. Free BBQ burgers. Wear your WOW t-shirt today! Sponsored by MolsonI Wednesday, Septembbr 2 10:30 am - 2:30 pm, The Sanctuary your hand with lady luck at the casino games. Black Jack, poker, crown and anchor, and the horse races are just some Of the of chance. Don't miss your chance to win great prizes! Try
Thursday, September 3 ^VfROOR 9:00 pm. Recreation Centre
this movie is outside! summer's blockbuster hits. Tickets only $3 for students $6 for non-students. Free 600 ml of coke with admission. After the movie stay around for a camp out.
Bring your lawnchairs
September 4 ^VIE 11:30 am The Sanctuary Free movie what else can we say. Friday,
Tuesday, September 8 4%WE/94^ 10:30 am 2:30 pm. Outside by the Pond Run through, over and around a series of hilarious obstacles. Take the challenge or challenge a
8:00 pm An all ages prizes
feilE/TeC^I NiCHT event, VIP
lee/E CffARCE leviR#
Wednesday, September 9 R#yCHIC ||E4lRIHC# 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. The Sanctuary A
Thursday, September 10 8:00 pm. Recreation Centre Featuring 54-40. at the
store for you!
event. Ticket information available
September 1 1 4llOIV41ft C0UP 1:30 pm tee off, Doon Valley Golf Course
$25 entry fee/person. Register by
Tues, Sept. 8 at the
Doon Student Association The Doon Student Association provides services and organizes activities for the students at the Doon Campus. The DSA represents the voice of the students to College Administration
and education. All full-time students at the Doon Campus are members of the Doon Student Association.
The DSA is funded through a compulsory student activity fee of $54.50 paid by all full-time students of Doon Campus. The fee collected by the College on behalf of the DSA.
The DSA is committed to addressing the issues that concern membership, while providing opportunities for social and educational advancement.
issues affecting policy
Meet the DSA Executive Committee
Gerry Cleaves, Student Affairs
Tara Llanes, Education Co-ordinator Patty Stokes, Entertainment Manager
Jessica Umlandt, Public Relations
^ Karla Hebden,
Photo not available
Photo not Bryan Bambrick, Promotions Assistant
Becky Boertien, Director of Student Life
DSA for more information on
Sharon Van Hemmen,
DSA services, activities, and opportunities to voltmteer
Telephone: 51 9-748-51 31
Fax: 51 9-748-6727
information hotline: 51 9-748-5220 ext.8DSA
Recreation Centre Facilities Available oval/running track
Indoor running area
Lighted outdoor tennis courts
400m outdoor speedskating
American-size squash courts
Condor Roost Licensed
Adult Leagues Shiftworker’s
awareness and your
be scheduled based on availability of times that teams can play. Games will run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
from October 1998 to
1999 from 8
beginning October 17 for eight weeks
Dates: 2 days, October 17 and 18
be arranged with co-ordinator
Learn the Safe
Join our certified instructor as he offers an
’and Women Games will be scheduled
on the hour with
be posted and printed for all teams. All teams are welcome, but registration will be limited in each division. games will be held Women’s League
ipants to supply their
to 11 p.m.
runs from October 1998
participants are required
hand, elbow and knee pads.
O.S.A referees assigned to all games, plus on site convener supervision. Weekly stats
on Tuesdays from 7
be held on Thursdays from 7
The league runs from October 1998
We ask partic-
recreation centre at 7 p.m.
Men’s league (2nd division) - games will be held on Mondays from 7 to 11 p.m. The league runs from October 1998 to April
$250 deposit required
Men’s 35+ Soccer League (New Division)
from 7 to
be held on Fridays
The league runs from
Adult Powerskating- Beginners Do you want to improve your skating skills for the
upcoming season? Join us
Dates: Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m.
help develop balance, power, speed and
travels in the
read and interpret topographical maps, minology, grid and magnetic bearings,
magnetic declination and resections. Then
we will spend a day in the field putting our new skills to the test. Students will receive their own topographical map with case, and be available. Students are
expected to provide appropriate clothing
to travelling respon-
and proper safety precautions.
spend a day
Join our certified instructor as he intro-
Yoga. The program
men and women of all ages. will teach you how to relieve stress through various It
techniques and methods of relaxation.
October 17 from 9
time to be arranged with co-ordinator
Uplands practicing our
Dates: 2 days October 31 and November 1
stoves, water treatment,
Introduction to Hiking
weeks beginning Sept. 13
the gentle, relaxing form of Tai Chi.
Tai Chi will help
Date: September 19, time to be arranged
upcoming season? Join us
Adult Powerskating-Intermediate Do you want to improve your skating skills
We will then
transportation, appropriate clothing
Join our instructor as he introduces you to
form of oriental exer-
the basics of clothing and footwear selec-
sibly in the backcountry.
more advanced rock climbing skills. All technical and
and top-roped climbing on easy
help develop balance, power, speed and
$250 deposit required
Tai Chi for
includes techniques for belaying, rappelling
be supplied. Students are expected to provide
understand progression. Instruction
November 1998-April 1999. Cost: $750 per team (GST included) with registration
Dates: Sundays from 3 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $800 per team (GST included)
technical rock climbing
from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The league meeting will take place Monday September 21. at the Conestoga College
vides a solid foundation of understanding
ate rock. This introduction to climbing pro-
to 11 p.m.
day course) Sundays, September 12. October 7 and November 7 Dates:
to April 1999.
This course presents the fundamentals of
intermediate levels of rollerblading. Safety is
Introduction to the
Cost: $1000 per team (GST included)
Indoor Soccer Leagues for
and from the course
Dates: Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:50 a.m.
overall fitness level.
recreation centre at 9 a.m.
$250 deposit required
gym and Classroom
The league meeting will take place Mon., Oct. 5 at the Conestoga College 11
Olympic-size ice arena
supplied. Students are expected to provide
8 weeks beginning
to 10:20 a.m.
0 August 1998
Softball Coaches Brian and Yvonne Broome August 31, 1998 4:30 p.m. Diamond #1
Thursday, Sept. 10
Saturday, Sept. 12
Saturday, Nov. 7
Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Soccer Coach Geoff Johnstone August 31 - September 3 3:30 p.m. for Goalies 4:30 p.m. Everyone
Game) Wednesday, Sept. 16
Tuesday, Sept. 29
Wednesday, Nov. 25 vs.
Coach Ken L. Galerno September 8 to 1 5 p.m. Recreation Centre Arena
Saturday, Oct. 3
Canadore vs. Conestoga
Saturday, Dec. 5
Saturday, Sept. 26
Cambrian vs. Conestoga
St. Clair vs.
Thursday, Oct. 8
JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! work? There are many part-time employment opportunities within the Conestoga College Athletics and Recreation Department. Below is a list of part-time positions available for the 1998-1999 academic Looking
or to apply for
Lambton vs. Conestoga
Thursday, Oct. 8 5 p.m.
Seneca vs. Conestoga
Friday Jan. 29
Men’s Soccer September Thursday, Sept. 10
Saturday, Oct. 17
the operation of the intramural
S.A.C. members will have the opportunity to develop leadership, presentation and people skills plus meet all kinds of peosity athletic
you think you want to be part of S.A.C. please contact Marlene Ford at 748-3512 ext.452. ple.
February Wednesday, Feb. 17 7:30 p.m
Conestoga Tuesday, Sept. 22 5 p.m.
Seneca vs. Conestoga
Men’s Hockey September Sunday, Sept. 13
Friday, Feb. 19
7:30 p.m. Sault vs.
Saturday, Oct. 3
Dutchmen vs. Conestoga
with a variety of functions with
7:30 p.m. Boreal vs. Conestoga
January Wednesday, Jan. 13 7:30 p.m
Recreation Centre at 748-3512.
S.A.C. (Student Athletic Council) The Conestoga College Athletics and Recreation department is looking for a few good men and women to become part of S.A.C. for the 1998-1999 athletic season. All positions are for one year. The purpose of S.A.C. is to assist ath-
Canadore vs. Conestoga
of the positions, please contact the
^Scorekeepers ^Timekeepers ^Varsity Team Managers ^Cllff the Condor ^Hockey Game Announcer ^Videographer (demo tape required)
St. Clair vs.
Wilfrid Laurier vs.
Lambton vs. Conestoga
and Saturday October 31
Wednesday March 17
Saturday, Oct. 17
2 p.m. Boreal vs. Conestoga
Ontario Colleges Athletic Association
Friday March 5 and
October Friday October 30
March Saturday March 6 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association
March 20 Canadian Colleges
Athletic Association (C.C.A.A.)
— SPOKE, Orientation Issue
strive to strike
rich with sio pitch
Students have also purchased
said 50 acres of the land, near
Arthur, Ont., will be
intend to build playgrounds
park near town of Arthur
for kids as well,” said
“The main purpose of
to create a friendly, fun, family
getaway for weekends.” Referring to the business end of
they are trying to promote having
fun while making money.
By Anita Santarossa
“We Two former Conestoga
and Jim Schill are the head conveners of the Labatt Slo Pitch (Photo by Anita Conestoga College’s Doon campus Aug. 1 -2.
students have invested in the Quirke Slo Pitch Organization, which held a recreational slo pitch tournament at Conestoga College’s Doon campus Aug. 1-2. Jim Schill, a former electrical engineering student, and Clinton DeSousa, a former business administration and accounting student, are two of 10 shareholders in the business.
“I didn’t like school much, so I decided to get into something I do
sports and business,” said
DeSousa with a smile. Quirke Slo The
Organization holds three slo pitch tournaments a year, said Schill,
and the Aug. 1 weekend’s tournament began two years ago. “We managed to get 1 1 teams participating this year, which is 23 down from actually teams we had last year,” said Schill.
The Civic Holiday tournament will
Conestoga College, while Quirke will organizing other be tournaments once The Ranch
Burlington and shareholders)
completed, said Schill.
The tournament has attracted teams from as far away as St.
the majority of the teams are
chased the land two years ago, and
the Kitchener- Waterloo area, said
ground/ball park, so people from
convenient place to stay when they play said in tournaments,” currently has no ball diamonds, but it has two camp
“The winning team receives a $250 cash prize along with sports bags and becomes a qualifier for the Labatt Provincial Tournament,”
two ponds and
a creek, said DeSousa.
Labatt. All teams are guaranteed three
games and cash
top three teams, said Schill.
Survey camp prepares students for work By Anita Santarossa ..if
you are away from home for the
better perspective of
Immediate problem solving and practical experience are two things third-year civil engineer-
you are anticipating academic problems?
you are not sure your previous study habits work for you in College?
Forest, Ont., said Gerry
Pike Lake in
Conestoga College’s Doon campus.
three-year civil engineering program, and was scheduled this year between Aug. 17 and
24, said Nakluski.
Don't wait Don't hesitate.
you have questions, concerns about anything
We are here to help you succeed.
out of town because
away from commitments at home like family and friends, and allows them to focus strictly on the takes the students
See a Counsellor in Student
Room 2B02 Student
FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL
us at 748-5220 Ext. 360 or 337.
some extensive complete,”
A lot of preparation work goes into this course, said Nakluski.
an integral part
of the course, where students find out what kind of materials
and equipment they will need, as well as being able to tackle problems immediately rather than waiting for the end of the term.”
The survey camp has always civil
ing course, said Nakluski, and
more time to complete projects than regular classes, he said. Regular school-year courses don’t allow enough time to complete certain tasks that would be expected in the work force, he said.
for the past 20 years it has been held at Pike Lake. Prior to that,
in other courses is
Student Services OfficeAVaterloo
very segmented, and
Campus Ext. 224. Office/Guelph Campus 824-9390
doing calculations for submissions due each morning. “It is actually a very intense
work is done during the and evenings are spent
been a part of the
and feeling lonely?
DeSousa. Both Schill and DeSousa said they enjoy running tournaments, and their new land purchase, called The Ranch, in Conn, Ont., will keep them busy with their future
Harry Jaipersaud of the Red Devil co-ed team makes it to first base in a semi-final game of the Labatt Slo Pifeh Qualifiers tournament at Conestoga’s Doon campus Aug. 2. (Photo by Anita Santarossa)
are hoping to
full-time career, and our ultimate
allow five hours per week over a of 16 weeks,” said Nakluski. “The survey
up to mirror that of the real working world, so students get a set
it was held at various places such as Grand Bend and the
Students live in the 10-unit motel and farmhouse with several dorms, said Nakluski.
Nakluski has been the only who has regularly gone to the camp with the class. “Normally, two instructors go up, but I’ve been the only faculty member that has repeatedly gone over many years.” instructor
— Page 13
Welcome New and Returning Students
Welcome New and Returning Students
WE WISH YOU SUCCESS!
WE WISH YOU SUCCESS!
r WELCOME WATERLOO CAMPUS STUDENTS
English Language Studies
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WE WISH YOU SUCCESS
Message from the President elcome
always a time of expectation and high hopes.
be a most successful
and enjoyable one for you. Conestoga Ontario’s
highly skilled students,
excellent relations with our local
and industries, we have
Your success here
goes beyond the classroom and
what you learn about
Whether your involve-
step to a rewarding future for you
look to you for
graduates have an outstanding and
is in athletics,
most from your Conestoga education, to take full
advantage of the
opportunities you have here. 1 also
member of the
peer tutoring, clubs
you learn and grow, and
teamwork, creativity and
wish you the best for the com-
Conestoga College President
— SPOKE, Orientation Issue
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Victorious Verve has vim, vigor Ned Bekavac
show ever got
The Verve’s troubled North American tour
lation the this
Phoenix Plaza Amphitheatre
band was on the verge of break,
withdrawal left Ashcroft as the band’s sole vocalist and left him strapped
time for good.
The weeks leading
to the Verve’s first-ever
North American arena tour were not easy. Shows in Chicago, Pontiac and New York were downscaled due to poor ticket sales; their scheduled gig at the Molson Centre in Montreal was cancelled altogether. When opening act Massive Attack removed itself from the tour and Verve guitarist Nick McCabe pulled out because of tour-related stress, one could easily have forgiven the UK quintet for canceling the entire North American leg of the tour. Yet on this night, Richard Ashcroft
much of the
With a booming rhythm section of Simon Jones and
997 release Urban Hymns,
including the sombre Drugs Don’t
Sonnet,the gorgeous Velvet Morning, and
Lucky Man. Though he has been said to be snide and arrogant, Ashcroft owned the stage with his latest single.
is for all
us from the
are here because of
Richard Ashcroft, vocalist and lead guitarist for Verve
are here because
Ashcroft said as he introduced On
from Northern of
quickly became the Richard Ashcroft Show. While other singers look as though they
smaller stage and the fact that much of the concert took place before dusk, the Verve
are but going through the motions, Ashcroft
was void of the enormous light and screen show that overwhelmed the Copps Coliseum crowd in Hamilton just two days later.
sang like a
in love with his
The band churned out 10
sounds of the lovely Space and
“This song is for all of those who believed in us from
hypnotic set, the band tore through the rollicking Come On as the audience chanted its romping chorus. Ashcroft returned for two acoustic tracks. its
Sister and See You in the Next One (Have a Good Time), to open the band’s
Somehow, To close
of the Nike commer-
the Nike commercial.”
preferred to stay in
somehow single-handedly beat the odds. Though the band hit the stage with little fanfare, the
Mich., on July 29 amidst specu-
breakthrough Urban through the
outdoor venue. “I know we’ve had some trouble lately, but we’re going to do our f ing best!”
ground. rolled into the
— Page 15
for last, Ashcroft
America, we have
to play this
song,” he said.
What followed was
a 10-minute swirling
epic that had Ashcroft improvising and
way through one
As they said their good-byes, you couldn't help but get the feeling that the band was going to
For during 90 solid minutes on
they put pure, passionate, gimmick-free
music back on the map.
Tea Party a rockin’ picnic By Melanie Spencer Something always seems to go wrong when a concert with more than two bands is planned for London, Ont. It usually involves one band not being able to perform at the last minute. The Tea Party concert on July 30 at the Western Fair Grandstand
was no exception. Shortly before the show began, an announcement was made informing concert goers that EMI recording artists. Econoline Crush, would be unable to attend, as they were stuck in St. Louis. Many people sitting around me said they
wished it had been the act, Joy Drop, who released their debut album the day before, who had been a no-show. Joy Drop played far too long to people who were being merely polite.
occasional clap pierced
an apology to
an opportunity for the
play an extended
they didn’t disappoint their
Econoline Crush, the majority in
support of 1997’s Transmission, to
The Canadian rockers singer and and keyboardist Stuart Chatwood and drummer Jeff Burrows played music from their independent album and three major-label releases for almost two hours. guitarist Jeff Martin, bassist
(Photo by Joseph Cultice)
While a few fans in attendance may have been mildly disappointed by the absence of
and Stuart Chatwood,
Canadian rockers Treble Charger took the stage next by announcing to a screaming audience that they were not Econoline Crush. Then they launched into Ever She Flows and the mosh pit sprang to life. During their short set, the recording artists played many of their hits, including the haunting
Jeff Martin (centre)
the three-quarters full grandstand
the otherwise silent night.
took the opportunity songs to offer some of wisdom about
while introducing Psychopomp and Release, which Martin has described in the past as relationships,
women on behalf of way women are
band which began with Correspondence from The Edges of Twilight, and After a lengthy
for one encore
included a stunning version of the song. Winter which appears on both independent CD and their
instrumental Solstice, their
major-label debut album. Splendor Solis.
Near the end of the night, Martin joked with the audience about the sound of the band’s next album.
said critics would describe it as Jim Morrison playing bluegrass. “Gotta love those f ing critics,” said Martin with a laugh.
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Published on Feb 14, 2017