3 1st Year
— No. 47
the spirit of giving
some campuses are black sheep By Anna
used textbook sale are not available
are not memDoon Student Doon campus stu-
them because they
A second-year welding engineer-
Conestoga’s Guelph campus says
he is fed up with the way
yearly fee of $54.50, which covers
campuses are treated by the
on the other hand, pay a
the cost of
DSA services and activ-
When Jamie Talbot and his class-
recently that I found
mate Kevin Lee first visited the Kenneth E. Hunter Recreation Centre on Doon campus, they were
was,” Talbot said, adding he wasn’t
asked to present their student cards
Waterloo campus on University
and then told to leave, he said. “We were told by a person at the rec centre to get a membership
Doon Student we wanted to use the
Talbot said. “But
big Conestoga College
aware of the plans to build a second
Guelph campus is in the back woods and the news doesn’t seem to reach there, Talbot said.
“Nobody from Guelph campus aware of the extra-curricular ities.
We’re really kept in the dark,”
Talbot said he was also upset
told us about either?”
executive to pro-
when no one from Conestoga
vide representation for students at
College informed Guelph students
Guelph, Waterloo, Doon, Cambridge and Stratford through a
about the Conestoga leather jacket held on
was told by the Guelph campus contact the
Student Association and ask about the sale,” said Talbot
who added he
had never heard of the DSA before. “By the time I was able to find out who the DSA was, the sale was he
on Guelph campus, he was
only informed about the location of
welding labs and-the material he
the school spirit?” he
“People say college years are
the best years of your
College because they don’t have access to the
At present, students from satellite campuses may access the rec centre if
they agree to pay the $20
DSA services such as the
prescription drug plan, ships
bursaries, bus trips
representation and access to servic-
DSA prescription said DSA president
es such as the
and they at the
Classrooms and computer labs will be open over the holiday
board of directors meeting in
By Beverley Grondin
student representation at satellite this
needs to be con-
student association such as the
best poised to give these
Although classes and exams be over by Dec. 22 for the holiday season, classrooms and computer labs will remain open will
pleased to see that
help those students by giving them representation through a student
Guelph and Doon campuses
Talbot said he doesn’t mind paying the fees
- he only wishes
two campuses would be more open.
“Conestoga needs to improve (with)
same time on
All buildings and classrooms
be closed Dec. 25, 26 and 31 and Jan. 1 and 2. Hours for the Kenneth E. Hunter will
on certain days over the two-
wants to take action and
people the services they need,” said
shitty so far.”
recognize students from Guelph
strapped Conestoga students received gifts this Christmas after Conestoga stude|i3 and employees (Photo by Anna Saifert) donated money to the wish fund.
want to give those students
are only generic
2000, said class
reorganization of the
Alycia Punnett, DSA promotions assistant, helped organize the Chrlshnas Wish Tree event and decorate the six-foot hand-painted Christmas free in tiie DSA% office on Doon campus. Thirty chlidrenf^ financially
Allege 11 p.m. until
Guelph and Doon campuses will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 27 through Dec. 30. at
Learning Resource cenhours dur-
ing the holiday
Dec. 23 and until noon on Dec.
are also posted.
Classes for trades certificate
and apprenticeship programs, preparatory studies programs and academic upgrading courses will begin Jan. 3.
All regular classes will resume Jan. 10.
College has was encouraging
Conestoga College students’ and"
employees' charitable respt»nse to the
Christmas Wish Tree event, held from Nov.
Student Association’^ 1
to Dec, 7.
children Christma.s should be a magical time of Santa Clause ^
reindeers, bright lights and wishes
may be a reminder of a
world that has neglect-
This year’s Christmas Wish Tree event, oiganued by the
has brightened the smiles of 14 girls and 20 boys.
The DSA, students
\cjrs old, received
and employees of Conestoga College are to be
aged lioin two
people came together
as a da.-.s this year to nominate a
his or hei
said Alscia Punneli,
motion weeks. She added that
who wished to remain anonymous,
some business .students are Ihnd-'rai.stag cm more for the children’s C'hristmas
Doon campus group,
Conestoga C ollcge sludenis ^ind employees donated money and III Its for the wish fund
buy four presents ” she
few days ago, a mother and daughter walked into the D.SA : drop off a gift, said Punnett. -I-' '
A picture of a six-foot ChrStmas tree was draw»% the executive and hung on an
aitd ahg# name and the kind of gift requests
door in the Sanctuary. Reindeer
naraetags, each bearing a child’s
Christmas loses face
were designed and placed on the free; The DSA executive also designed flyers to promote the monthlong Invent and circulated them in departments on Doon campus.
given to the children were mostly winter accessories
such as gloves, mittens and
The Christmas Wish Tree event has been held
since 1991 to help
# The DSA has also organized die is
then distributed to students
program, which oper-
A Student may access the service as often as necessary without ^ / ,
completing form^ answering questions or giving his/her name.
has become the time of year
spend enormous amounts of money and anticipate what we to
get in return.
Over the years
exempt from the
the world are celebrating at this
of the dark commercialism that
time of year.
associated with the season.
explain where the fat
red and white suit
Santa Claus and what
When many Santa,
elves running around a toy facto-
people think of think
should be a time to spend
with family and friends, a time to be thankful for what we have.
Christians have taken the
of forgetting the true meaning of the season.
We have all sunk into the depths
the craze of the year
boutiques and malls.
with an “X.”
an American mag-
of the season has
“Christ” out of Christmas and it
We buy what we are told to buy and follow the lists to a tee. We focus on material items and what
should be a time to
spend with family and friends, a time to be thankful for what
receiving than giving.
does he have to do with the Christmas season?
that the real spirit of Christmas is in giving.
Christmas been lost.
People from different cultures and religions from all comers of
They have shown
Without the Christmas Wish Tree event, 34 children would have awakened this Christmas Day, thinking Santa had forgotten them. The DSA, students and employees of Conestoga College are to be for their generosity.
However, can someone please
,^The stu3lehl%od bank is located off the main cafeteria. Students /may access the food bank by seeing a representative at student; services or Janie and Becky at tlie DSA office. Tuition hikes make it harder on students to suppon their families, let alone splurge on Christmas gifts. College tuition has gone up 10 per cent every year for the past few years. The Record in Kitchens reported in a Nov. 27 editorial that there ^ ^‘s more child poverty in Canada today than 10 years ago. In 1989, one child in .seven was poor, Jottey, it’s estim^ed at one child in ^five, the editorial reportc^Jhere are 14 million pi^children 4i»ow, half a million more than 10 years ago. :^0tie editorial also noted that in 1996, 12 per cent of local families ywete poor in Waterloo Region, up from 10 per cent in 1986.
employees. ^"ates year round.
season there are dif-
celebrations being held, includ-
and every year J ^there has been an overwhelming response from Conestoga students aril’
ferent religious observations
The thoughts of presents
many African/Americans and African/Canadians who celebrate Kwanza have put aside the
precedence over the true mean-
making of gifts and have resorted to buying gifts from stores. With the hustle and bustle of buying gifts and decking the halls, the true meaning of
gifts like the majority
of people, but
don’t lose sight
of what the true meaning of
for me. all
to put the
Christmas and the Christmas season haye been lost in our pocket-
and look what the true
meaning of the season
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Friendly volunteers are
By Beverley Grondin
part of his holiday is spent at his
The holiday season is upon us, but what was once mainly a time
^ morning,” she
have evolved into a time to cele-
on Christmas Day and then we go celebrate with my relatives,” he
to celebrate religiously
The majority of students polled random survey at Conestoga College’s Doon campus Dec. 9 said they do not observe the reliin a
gious angle of
gion plays a big
said his family does not celebrate
the holidays religiously,
“Boxing Windsor and visit
Day,” said Danforth.
spend the whole week relaxing.”
her family celebrates Christmas at
her uncle’s house Christmas Eve.
“We open ner,”
ing friends or family afterwards.
would wish him some-
Call Alzheimer Society at 742-1422.
nursing, said her family celebrates
over for dinner
on the table
for an unexpected guest.
commitment. Training program provided (with certificate upon comple-
observe during dinner.
rate religion into the festivities.
“Then we have a big dessert, dance around, the tree and go to
her family also has traditions they
that her family does not incorpo-
to provide companionship to people who have Alzheimer’s disease. Two hours a week
“My dad would break a piece off me and wish me something,
watch movies,” she
our presents after din-
unleavened bread that
for Christmas dinner
Lilli Petersen, first-year
just stick with our
which helps make her
Christmas celebrations special.
New' Year’s,” he
Monteiro’s family also has anoth-
very family oriented.”
Other than church, his family
close family,” he said.
Day we go
“I’m going to
go to church Cv. Christmas Eve Danforth and Christmas Day,” he said. He is Wesleyan, which is a branch of Christianity.
doing something a
agement said he
“We do (a present when we wake up
What do you think should be included? Have any ideas or suggestions?
“We can’t have meat on that day, we have mushroom soup, pero-
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Rec centre wants DSA to match Coke funds By Anna
replace former sales employees
who were Ian James,
and recreation, has asked
being promoted into
and recreation wanted to wait
benefiting the rec
an ongoing partnership
that is benefiting the rec centre
generates revenue for new equipment.”
new equipment,” he
Copier contract causing crisis
a good community
said at a Dec. 7 meeting that
two was postponed in 1997 because Coca-Cola was hiring
informed on the agreement.
not ready to comthe
hasn’t been fully
Post-Graduate Program 2000
colour photocopier for
Conestoga’s future student associ-
another year despite a $1,223 loss
ation to resemble student associa-
DSA president Ellen Menage said
Fanshawe and Humber
directors are essential in opening
The Fanshawe Student Union is a student representative body
comprised of an executive council,
$327 but cost $1,550 between August and December 1999. She said the DSA is willing to
student administrative council and
endure the loss because
dents use the copier frequently.
lines with the five
“There are loads of part-time and tions
and the operabe distributed
Simcoe, Woodstock and
mas Elgin campuses. Humber
photocopier generated only
Students pay 15 cents a sheet to
from just under 200,000 students
recent study that concluded
that quality of education at
munity colleges interesting
the quaUty of the education.
Nearly 90 per cent of instructors
report morale problems and
cent experienced decreased job
also concerned that
students and employers of recent
coUege graduates were not questioned.
said a better indicator of qual-
would be surveying employers
an ideal position to assess the
Approximately 70 per cent of
according to a Conestoga College
professors reported that there has
quaUty of coUege graduates.
been a decline
Kevin MuUan, Conestoga’s vicepresident of finance and adminis-
“QuaUty is based more on outcomes such as the competence of
was commenting on a study done by The Centre for Research on Work and Society at York University authored by Dr.
Jerry White, a sociology professor
in 1991-92 to just over 218,000 in
more subcommitunder the DSA’s board of
she would like
supporter,” said James.
10-year contract between the
vice-presidents on the
The DSA executive has decided to
private enterprise scholarships.
kind to the rec centre.
The renewal of
award for one female and male student, and donate $5,000 in
manager of athletics and
12-month contract with Coca-Cola after the company agreed to disburse two $500 athletic scholarships, a athlete
interested in joining an extended
storm the prospects of expanding
executive has decided to brain-
presenting the idea at the next
board of directors meeting in
monopoly of services, company donates money to
^ student operations, is currently conducting research to find out if
said the partnership with
any new contracts were signed,
Because the recreation centre allows Coca-Cola to have a
bodies under the
from Guelph, Cambridge, Waterloo and Stratford campuses would be
changes were completed before
The Doon Student Association
match the $5,000 donation Coca-Cola has given to the Kenneth E. Hunter Recreation to
College has two separate student
evenly,” she said.
in the quality of
nearly 80 per cent of class-
grown an average of about
20 per cent
in the past decade.
Although the study in
some cases the data is which questions the
overall accuracy of the report, said
The study released November was funded, in
the graduates produced,” he said.
at least part
of the funding
being derived from
the study being conducted by a university, there is a perception of bias, said
points to another error in
the report’s claim overall operat-
receive as a reimbursement for
through an arms-length research
ing costs for the coUege system
their municipal taxes.
declined from $378 million in
by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). Data was gathered from surveys completed by 517 college professors, and among its findings were the following items:
Total revenue from the college
states “grants allocat-
1994-95 to $342 milUon in 1996-
ed to compensate for municipal
taxation are usually increased as
report claims these savings
were attributable to savings in the compensation paid to coUege academic and support staff. However, according
municipaUties raise their rates.”
However, according lated ta
and are fixed
yearly decline from $1.7 billion in
non-salary expenditures such as
1992-93 to approximately $1.5
school supplies, maintenance and
effect for years
billion in 1996-97.
Particularly problematic about the
declined from $378.4 million in
error is that the report uses these
figures to support
enrolment has increased
claim that the
resulting decline in faculty
port services compensation affected
$75 per capi-
for full-time post-secondary
system has experienced an almost
these rates are provincially regu-
have been in
and are beyond the
of the added MuUan.
Though such an
error isn’t fun-
damental to the study, less questions
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that comes a mixture of excitement, anticiand sometimes dread. We may be anticipating the spirit of the holiday season, a break from school, and a time for family get-togethers and min-
I gling with friends. However, these feelings may be forgotten as we remember Christmas shopping not I yet done, presents we cannot afford to buy, family I obligations we have to meet, or loved ones whom I we cannot visit.
common thread is that it is a time to make your I own meaning, your own traditions, and your own I fun. This holiday season, why not make it a special the
I time by doing things you want to do, for yourself? I The following ideas may be a good starting place, i I or you may have ideas of your own; I I Make candles. Go for walks. Read a good book.
Drink eggnog or holiday cheer.
I Make chocolates or favourite cookies. I Give because you want to. Be alone when you want I to be. Watch a favourite movie. I Celebrate whatever spiritual beliefs have meaning for you. Receive! I If the holiday season is a particularly difficult I time for you, talk to a counsellor in Student Services. I HAPPY HOLIDAYS I SEASON’S GREETINGS ********* I 'k'k’k'k'k'k'k'k
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— SPOKE, Dec. 20, 1999
Go back By Adam Wilson
only a few days is
check out these holiday
whole family over the holidays. Each movie is a Christmas the
classic that deserves to be this
Land of in
Misfits only to get
In typical Christmas fashion, the
time to take his
Grinch sees the true meaning of Christmas and everything turns
clear in this ver-
Christmas (1966) This movie is another
one” and the villagers celebrate Christmas together.
How the Grinch
out happy and joyous as the
for a live-action version of
the Grinch Stole Christmas
through to get the one Christmas
reside at the foot of the mountain
Christmas Story (1983)
What would one boy have
In this version, Rudolph travels from the North Pole to the Arctic
book about a
sion as well: treat people as
times in car-
narrates Dr. Seuss’s
Christmas from the villagers that
with Santa Claus.
toon form on television. The 1964 version of the movie
other reindeer on Christmas
a Christmas tale that
has been told
“blinking beaker” and lead the
Reindeer (1964) Rudolph the Red is
and adds more
Rudolph the Red Nosed
time of year.
Christmas cartoon. Boris Karloff
a fantastic film.
The movie away, but there
time for Christmas
he wants the most? Peter stars
nothing more than a
gun for Christmas. He
convince his parents, the Santa
at the local
mall and anyone
will listen this is the per-
fect gift for him.
Nightmare Before Christmas. Filmed in stop-motion animais
in every aspect.
Skellington, a lonely skeleton
he’s walking through the
night, he finds a
to Christmas town.
door that leads
Jack discovers the wonders of Christmas and wants to bring it to the “dead” Halloween town.
movie, that everyone can relate to
Jack kidnaps Santa Claus and
and the whole family can watch
Carrey as the Grinch. Yes, he will
together during the holiday sea-
process, has to
when Christmas comes around. FuU of excellent music and songs
The Nightmare Before I
him home, and fill
in for St.
and produced by a Hollywood great
Christmas film you
should watch over the holidays
The Nightmare Before
a definite watch for the
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,500 people walk through our doors. research, places to work
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