Student eyes Olympics By
Imagine for a moment, a 19-yearold juggling a full-time college
course load, training for the 2000
four hours a day,
ing on his
about an hour and a half from
and trying social
for the first time
some kind of
seem unachievable, even to the best of us, but for one Conestoga College general business student, this
rises at the
Shivers, an Orillia native,
dawn each day
be in the water by 5:30 a.m.
Kitchener Waterloo National
Centre to train with his teammates
on the national Olympic swim team. Practice consists of a combination
of aquatic and on-land exercises,
such as swimming laps and muscular
Shivers then hurries to Conestoga to
spend about seven hours working
on his studies. Because he carries a full course load, he tries to save time by completing his homework on his breaks
during the day, because school day
Students prove Doon at
is out, it’s
centre for another
During the evening hours Shivers completes any homework he couldn’t get
done during the day and
the sack as early as possible, as he
has to be up to do
goes out to nightclubs or movies on
Shivers said with a smile as if
hard to keep an active social
Shivers said to
“I don’t regret
his older broth-
in his footsteps eight years ago.
time to hold a part-time job. Shivers has been awarded $2,000 from Swim Canada and Swim
Ontario in the
the six-foot, 170-pound
or attitude about
way of a
also involved in a carding is
a provincial pro-
that grants eligible athletes
These programs are provided for athletes who meet time require-
approached a Conestoga College student Jan. 26 with a knife in a possible kidnapping
Orillia at a gentler pace,
The female student was standing by Door 1, around 9 p.m., when a man entered the door from outside, grabbed her hand and told her he wanted her to come with him. He then produced a knife. The man fled when he saw other
where Shivers’ hue potential shone through and placing fourth in Nationals, he began to be noticed his current
coach Dean Boles,
Anyone who has information about the incident is encouraged to contact Conestoga College’s
Boles said Shivers is a conscienand because of that
“He has amazing
speed,” he said.
“We just have to work on his techniBoles,
has been a
20 years as well as an
Olympic coach, said Shivers was overwhelmed at first. “In our program we swim farther,
has a big load on his plate, but
getting better with handling
bour some of the fastest swimmers in eastern Canada, and luckily he accepted, because now he is div-
ing into the experience of a
Shivers immediately chose school.
swimming See Student
choose between education.
or the Waterloo
a hood and black pants.
After a good showing at a meet
leave the building.
security services, at
white male in his early 20s, five foot seven, with light brown hair. He was wearing a black coat with
while to adjust to having so
changed Shivers’ life, and schedule, and he said it took him a
would meet with a coach one-onone whenever it was convenient for both of them to practise his areas of expertise, the butterfly stroke and
students approaching the door to
The student was not injured but was upset by the incident. The suspect is described as a
Training at Waterloo’s tre
time to himself.
Man holds student at By Mike Radatus
twice a month.
demanding Shivers has no
has been his goal Olympics since he
Two companies Shivers
a former competitive
ments at the Nationals competition, where Shivers placed fourth last year.
doesn’t really phase him.
have a competition, which happens
routine, however, has not squelched
Condor win keeps them in playoff hunt RAGE 15
swimmer, urged Shivers
have much of a social
when someone who
leaving during late hours,”
looks suspicious or someone that doesn’t look like he/she belongs on campus is asked to report the
he said. Hunter encourages students to walk in pairs and if they have any concerns to use the WalkSafe pro-
person to security services. A1 Hunter, supervisor of security services, said this is the only inci-
WalkSafe teaching building. located by doors 1 and 5.
dent to this effect that has been reported, but whenever anything like this happens it raises concern.
‘This incident gives reason to
gram when leaving
Students can go to security servif
they feel uncomfortable night and a WalkSafe
— SPOKE, Feb.
students about KPI
By Adam Wilson
of a college’s funding on the outcome of the
important that students are
students and the college
Performance Indicator student satisfaction
surveys, according to
Harris said the surveys are
gives schools a chance to improve in
areas where they did poorly,” he said, “and
vice-president of education.
allows students to voice their opinions and
The annual KPI surveys will be completed by students at Conestoga College beginning
concerns about their school.”
Feb. 7 and are mandatory for each full-time
poorer ranked colleges had to improve in
student enrolled in a college program.
surveys will be filled out by students
After last year’s surveys were completed,
hopes of getting more funding, said Harris.
Doon, Guelph and Waterloo campuses. KPIs are a method of measuring how well Ontario colleges meet the needs of students.
The independent surveys
vice-president of education, and Jenn Hussey, DSA vicepresident of operations, want to remind students about KPI surveys and how important it is for Conestoga College. (Photo by Adam Wilson)
percentage of students that are
fied with their school’s resources
employment and gradand tied for number 1 in
es; to identify the
to their future
In a guide for student governments, the sur-
the college’s resources and services; and to
identify areas of strength or concern to assist
percentage of students
believe their learning experience
percentage of students
the quality of their education; to identify the
importance students assign to specific
and the pro-
ments of their learning experience; to identify the importance students assign to each of
objectives: to iden-
you your whole life.” At the Olympic trials, which be held in Montreal
front crawl (freestyle)
Olympic All in
opens a few more doors by allowing him to compete in relay races. “I think
Mark’s goal will be to in
think Mark’s goal
the best coaches in the country and
alongside the best
country as well.”
doing well on the KPI sur“we can graduate from the
college in the province.”
was held Jan. 26 and some results are in.
Luquin said he
to a lack of candidates, the
will be the first
president that isn’t
positions of president, vice-pres-
said the reason business students
ident of education and vice-pres-
typically are involved
of operations are
for a posi-
Harris, vice-president of
ness student. “I ran for president
few people actually submitted
However, Luquin isn’t intimidated by not being a busi-
could be because business
picked up election packages, but
getting bigger and bet-
Philip LeBeau, a general busi-
could have something to do
ness student, will be vice-presi-
with people realizing the amount
dent of operations.
of work that goes along with the
DSA,” he said. The new president of
the future. the
“I feel I
He said he many good ideas for
with student politics and
and we need
projects,” he said
Suggest a creative name that represents a positive image of our
our community or
education in general and win a $250 Gift Certificate from the bookstore. will also be a
Paul Luquin, a robotics and
be a major influence down the road.
students recognize that
education, said a lot of people
will hit the air this Fall
tion is for vice-president of stu-
because I’m training with one of
and win! Conestoga’s own FM Radio Station
The only competition
the finals (of the
year for the college
the best college in the
By Mike Radatus
into the trials with a time of 23.41
said he hopes
seconds in the freestyle event, said
they’re getting the best education in Ontario
he feels prepared for May.
about the college,”
a school finishes
government bases two per cent
“Enrolment was up
veys,” he said,
college in Ontario
based on the fact that students said
Shivers’ repertoire to include the
to Boles, Shivers’ forte
the 50-metre freestyle,
in their grading while
major accomplishment for the college, he
employers and everyone
Student prepares for Sydney 1
best school,” Harris said.
veys are described as a measure of students’
continued from page “Swimming doesn’t last
and honest the
improving programming and
“These surveys say a
to identify the
are satisfied with
satisfaction with their school
gram they’re enrolled in. The survey has six main
Harris emphasized that students must be fair
Being the number
for the first
year and Conestoga College placed
Performance Indicators which are accountability and excellence benchmarks.
The surveys were conducted
above average so we don’t
have to do anything
superior to most,” he said.
Harris will represent the as
education for another year.
decided to run for the same
can keep tackling
same things and I think get more accomplished the
year,” he said.
Three people have been nominated for the position of vice-
Gift Certificate for
Michael, a broadcasting
Brad Whiteford, a management studies student, and student,
Contest Rules are available
Kerri-Lynn Kit, a computer pro-
gramming analysis student. The DSA will appoint a
or from the
following the election.
The candidates will be making campaign speeches on Feb. 10 in the Sanctuary.
Voting for vice-president of stu-
this position will
president of entertainment after
ONLY IN THEATRES
dent affairs will take place Feb. 15 to Feb. 17.
Feb. 7, 2000
Hula your way to a degree By Tannis Fenton
Agreements have been reached
Alberta, Buffalo State University
Hawaii Pacific University in the computer programmer analyst and business administration programs, which at
as a degree
important to provide such agree-
and materials Eleanor
research and education services.
involved in terms of fees and
what’s available in housing and
a baccalaureate degree.
accommodations and other general information like that, he
his energy into things that benefit
we don’t help to
means every student has to negotiate on their own and that can be very problematic,” said McGregor.
Overtures have been
number of accredited
may, in of
courses they have to
campuses they McGregor.
to McGregor, a repfrom the University of Western Sydney came to Conestoga College Feb. 4 to complete negotiations on the possibility of completing the final year of the computer pro-
“(Negotiations) can take differ-
system was for the University of
and Barnsley England, said
analyst degree online.
These negotiations have taken
amounts of time, depending on
the university and the individual,”
in the negotiation stage of artic-
takes to complete the degree,
said he wants to put
The only agreement
ulation agreements with Sheffield
what take and what
determine for students
ated for the entire Ontario college
said McGregor, adding Hawaii Pacific University is just one of them. At this point, Conestoga College
depend on the
Conestoga College students.
adding that negotiations
with a variety of types and loca-
universities will give stu-
dents full credit, others don’t, he
Northwood and University in Michigan, which was the first agreement reached. Grant McGregor, college principal and dean of academic research and education services, said it’s
allow students from the college to
Lake Superior State University in Michigan, Royal Roads University in British Columbia, Saginaw Valley State the University ip Michigan, University of Western Sydney in
ized on July 27 last year, will
ments for students who want
proceed from a college diploma to “If
The agreement, which was
ments the college has.
ed an articulation agreement with Pacific
lar to other out-of-province agree-
Conestoga College has negotiat-
Hawaii Pacific University
six to eight
Hey, time to
Larry Rechsteiner, director of college planning,
stages of completing the school’s phot ° b v Ra v Bowe (
Strategic plan near completion The scan
By Ray Bowe
Conestoga College’s Strategic Plan 2000-2005
The planning task force is awaiting a compilation of numbers and comments submitted in its surveys, also called an environmental scan.
even questions regarding the aging population. An annual report is drafted regarding the progression toward fulfilling the school’s five-year plan and subsequent changes that may become necessary.
designed to determine the major goals
For instance, the task force has endorsed the writing of more succinct statements in the plan to promote clarity. The task force is composed of students, fac-
by CompuStat Consultants, located in Orangeville, who will develop summaries of the scan’s findings and forward them to the school. stages of compilation
preparing a comprehensive package
of the accumulated information and
projected for late February. Completion of the project is
The survey was completed by
students, faculty, sup-
port staff, administration, employers, advisory committee members, alumni, the board of governors and
support staff and administration. is to shorten the statements so
include academic excellence, student success, quali-
resources and fiscal responsibility.
the fifth survey,
influx of technology being integrated into
education, Rechsteiner sees the scans as the front line to determining what is important to students and the school.
anticipate virtual colleges
of each given scenario, such as the use of Internet for learning, the adequacy of special needs facilities and
essential in the future,”
from the scan are used
overall direction of Conestoga, or
three cornerstones of the Strategic Plan are the
mission statement, the unifying thread that directs the school; the vision, or the image the school wishes to
has yet to be complet-
an extremely useful weapon in
combating the unknown future. Linkages and partnerships will not decrease, said Rechsteiner.
With a reduction
amount of funds,
maintain or achieve over the next five years; and val-
high cost to develop such virtual colleges, he said. However, once the virtual environment is construct-
ues, the underlying principles the school’s policies
ed, the operational costs
are based on.
In the previous plan, 1995-2000, “resources were
applied to specific areas in the plan to allow focus in a certain direction,” says Larry Rechsteiner, director of college planning.
This is the same rationale which led to Conestoga becoming the first college to implement International Standards Organization (ISO) guidelines, which strengthen the quality of service through avoiding duplication.
observed a student hovering over our receptionist in Student Services huffing and puffing and blowing his chances for any immediate response. She was responding to someone on the phone and he was demanding immediate attention. He wanted to use the phone to verbally abuse one of the College's financial awards officers. In a matter of minutes, he managed to alienate two people who could have helped and usually do. Students are not the only ones resorting to rudeness. Students come into counselling asking how to deal with faculty who are abrupt and
you don't know program” has become
don’t belong in this
for the next survey regarding (strategic) thrust and initiatives,” said Rechsteiner. The strategic thrusts
This is the fourth survey the college planning department has conducted recently. The first three surveys focused on the mission statement, vision and to rank the importance
the direction of the school, said Rechsteiner. “The environmental scan numbers will be the basis
The scan asked respondents
and outside people
easier for students
values of the school.
trends, including the national
and provincial economies, environmental
to be achieved by the college over the next five years. The information found in the scan is in the final
also accounts for such outside influences
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unpopular questions. Faculty
are. under terrif-
pressure, but students are not to
lor college cut-
backs and concerns over job security.
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Whatever the worries may be - financial, family, jobs, marks, mortgage - and a little courtesy could go a long way. When teach a workshop to a class of students who are kicking a pop can I
around and walking in and out for cigarettes, hear understand faculty complaints. When their of front in students insulting faculty about feel ashamed. When administrators peers, memos which communicate only nasty resort to I
long for I
watch people shove
front of oth-
ers in the cafeteria or leave spilt coffee for the wonder how we lost our digstaff to clean up, I
courtesy cannot make the February blahs go away, but it could help us get along a little
A Message from
— SPOKE, Feb.
OSAP By Ray Bowe
15.1 per cent and College Boreal
(OSAP) funding should be aware of some changes to OSAP guidelines. The Ontario government has implemented credit screening, income checks and modi-
encouraging that more stu-
dents are paying back their loans, but default rates are said
Dianne Cunningham, minister
of training, colleges and universia ministry press release.
default rate belonged
to College des
Carol Walsh, a financial-aid cer at Conestoga,
not made, the loan will be consid-
be added to the Ontario
Restricted List, resulting in an inel-
“More can and must be done.” default rate for Ontario col-
igibility for additional
was 20.1 per cent in 1999, down from 25.4 per cent in 1998. Conestoga College has one of the lowest default rates compared
tance until the default
Ontario colleges. In 1998,
Conestoga’s default rate was 16.6 per cent.
Only two other colleges had
$534 million. The government is also running tighter income verifications on
students applying for
student debt, the provincial govern-
also introduced Ontario
ensure students do not incur
than $7,000 debt in a single aca-
more credit items for 90 days or more within the last three three or
and the value of the items
190,000 students were
In an attempt to alleviate the high
contact their bank within the six-
ered in default and the
lowered to what the entitlement
avoid defaulting, students can
their loans. If the first
have their loan entitlements
been accurately reported. “We’ve had a number of students
job placement percentage.
month grace period
would have been had
school’s low-default rate to
their loan applications
over $1,000, student loans will be denied.
For more information on the new changes, see
www.osap.gov.on.ca or go to the office
Carol Walsh, a financial-aid
placement rate accounts
says the school’s high joblow loan default rate.
for the school’s
(Photo by Ray Bowe)
dent/client services building.
College gets media savvy he In the attempt to attract the atten-
of new students, Conestoga
we do this training,”
of training and development, how-
excellent students growing,” said
“We’re excited Conestoga
ever, more commercials promoting other aspects of the college are on
John. “It’s a
By Laura Czekaj
College has launched a
college and we’re
attract a high calibre of students,
ested in full-time enrolment and
The commercial the high demand
ages 25 to 45.
parents of students.
technology training, says Pat John,
The course being
high school students
and development and continuing education.
graduate with vendor certification.
versities for students.
research to find better ways to feel sick to
copy of your timetable and sign up in STUDENT SERVICES (2B02) by February 10 th register bring a
hours will be selected from
submitted student timetables.
Please register in
research target it
Sandra Hammer, chair of board
sized an opportunity for the cof
are interested in a workshop but cannot attend at this time, please contact
board of governors meeting on Jan
beginning the week of February 14
Understanding the ro\e of
Conestoga’s student’s origins,
Conestoga This 4 session group
Picking out important information? Strategies for retaining information?
Research of Conestoga’s students in
dents’ choice of careers.”
ing at doing research to
chair of the marketing
a recent interview
get potential students.
marketing plan to
ized focus groups and conducted
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month-old committee has organ-
y experience panicky sensations and before or during a
attempting to com-
keting committee to research the
find that your
pete in this area by forming a mar-
nervous that you your stomach
for colleges such as
where they could apply,
'F get so
24 board of gover-
said at the Jan.
DO YOU DO THE
private colleges that
are advertising regularly,” Tibbits
DeVry on high school students who may recognize DeVry as a college
complete your work, are successful on assignments, but your test
He commented on
TEST ANXIETY WORKSHOP
The ad promotes only
from other colleges and uni-
an awareness campaign to
Conestoga’s foray into
postgraduate, post-diploma, infor-
mation technology course.
12 to 40 weeks and provides the
Tibbits agrees with St. John that
commercial promoting its school of training and development. sion
to build a bet-
Conestoga College president John
Future commercials will target
Shawna Bernard, Student Services.
lege to market.
the key,” agrees
John. “The background informatior will help us target our students.”
By Tannis Fenton
Students going on co-operative
The revised student
al-of-teaching forms will be in
use for the next performance
nominees at the association’s monthly meeting Jan. 27.
review of Conestoga faculty.
process for both faculty and
are part of an
effort to refine the evaluation
asks the stu-
to evaluate the instruc-
The changes inspired by
Sue Carpani and David Bosch, co-ordinator; communications and Matt Zlatko Lakoseljac Levert,
semester long, can’t run for executive positions, said Henhoeffer,
member of the
executive requires completion
cost approximately $15 and will
include the Biz Bash, which will
allowed to vote.
be held after the banquet.
Henhoeffer said the
will follow the elec-
paying for half the cost of both
Those who buy Biz Bash tickets, which cost $4 in advance and $6 at the door, before Feb. 2 will be
other business, Topping In announced the CBSA raised $1,032 from the Chocolate Blitz, a
said elections will take place Feb.
entered in a draw to win a limou-
fund-raising event that sold boxes
which time nominees will make five-minute speeches in
sine ride to
and from the Biz Bash
of chocolate from Jan. 18 to Jan.
front of the class representatives
before they vote.
ble of fulfilling the duties of the
two students from each class are
position, said Topping,
by students on placement. CBSA treasurer Trevor Topping
daily duties that couldn’t be ful-
sentatives about themselves, their
Zane Culliton and Randy Pelley are running for computer liaison; Hisham Abdul-Ghafoor and Jeff
The new forms
meeting announces nominees work placements, which
and dinner for two
Henhoeffer added the
The awards banquet, which has set for April 13, was also dis-
be selling chocolate again Feb. 8
chocolate cost $2 each, $3 for five
will be held at the
Hotel in Kitchener. Tickets will
and 9 near Door
and $25 for a case, which contains
mandated Key Performance
accountability and excellence.
are established by inde-
By Adam Wilson
pendent student satisfaction surveys conducted
year for the
College Conestoga placed number 1 in graduate employment and graduate satisfaction and tied for number 1 time.
The next performance review will take place in March or April, said Edith Torbay, chair
of professional development.
reception in the Sanctuary.
committee wanted to have a
up Conestoga College will hold a week-long event for students who have applied for a program
Each student who has applied will be invited to the school for
11 p.m. or
will be held after the
convocation ceremonies on June 21 and 22. The DSA executive committee agreed to hold the event and
services. to sign
help at the booth during the
program and a tour of the school on Conestoga’s spring their
break, Feb. 28 to
have a booth
of jam club
assistant promotions Michael said the jam club
for a place to prac-
tise in the school.
The jam club is designed for people who want to play musical instruments to get a chance to do so with fellow students.
Conestoga College rp
opportunities for improvement to
meet and exceed the needs of our students, employees
they would be. was decided by the executive committee that the jam club could use the Sanctuary between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., or any on p.m. after 9:30 time It
Conestoga College continually seeks
better if the
around 7 or 8 p.m. Michael said he would be present for the first few weeks to get the club settled and to monitor
The club inquired about holdWednesday nights
because of the noise they would
at the school.
to display pictures
She asked for volunteers
licensed event with a DJ, that
The Doon Student Association will
in student satisfaction.
help out by serving the alcohol
Potential students invited for tour
at all Ontario’s
community colleges each year. The KPI surveys were conducted
Post-convocation party planned for Sanctuary
— SPOKE, Feb.
Scholarship gets taxed glance it seemed the federal government was taking on students up to their necks in debt by awarding $2,000 to $4,000 scholarships to recipients of the Ontario Student Assistance Program. The Millennium Scholarship was designed by the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation to assist students in keep-
ing their personal debts to a minimum. The student assistance program is the largest of its kind in Canada as $2.5 billion has been set aside over the next 10 years.
Canada-wide and each be awarded to students. Some provinces, such as Alberta, handed the money over to
The scholarships province decided
no questions asked. Ontario, however, chose to deposit the money directly into OSAP accounts, therefore lowstudents,
ering the students’ debt load. The first round of scholarships
“lucky” Conestoga students in January 2000. When presented with this view of the scholarships, students surely would jump for joy at the chance at a helping hand, but
they find out the truth about this “gift” from the prime mood could change.
Since 1971 the Canadian Income Tax Act states that any scholarship or bursary over $500 is considered taxable income. Despite a three-fold increase in the cost of living and a nine per
cent increase in tuition between 1992 and 1998, this still applies to recipients of the Millennium Scholarship. Some students will lose as much as half of their scholarship to taxes
and they will have
less access to
Canada Child Tax Benefit, as they will be ineligible because of their additional income from the scholarships. Some students may find they would have been better off refusing the award.
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) alliance of 17 representative student associations
unions from across Canada. They are asking all students to contact their members of Parliament to protest taxing of the scholarships. Michael Harris, DSA vice-president of education at Conestoga, says this gift really is going to the government.
sacrifice our children in
Possession of child pornography
can’t vote and
blacks have to
after, the single
who depends on money when
she is promised it, finds out she is not eligible to get any money back from the Canada Child Tax Benefit program, because the scholarship makes her ineligible. What a nightmare. What do students have to do to catch a
break these days? How long do our governments really think young adults are going to be able to handle its high demands? If the provincial government had chosen to hand cold cash to the honoraries of this award, students still would have had to give back almost half in tax, but at least they would have
$2,000 in hand. Students need all the help they can get. Mike Harris and Jean Chretien just aren’t getting the message.
person has a right to free-
“The provincial governments are the ones getting the
advantage here,” he said. As soon as they announce “you have won $4,000,” they just as quickly slap your hand and say, “but we’re giving half of it to income tax and the rest is going back to the province.”
and student I
What Sharpe has fact that his
of the bus.
begin to understand his desires, but
whether or not someone should
dren are involved.
have the right to possess child pornography.
Yet the Supreme Court
things that are
damentally right and wrong.
The Supreme Court
ing the case of John Robin Sharpe, a 66-year-old retired city planner is
that if posses-
will lead to oppression.
but child pornography
only one producing or enjoying child pornography.
to be considered
should the court rule pos-
always the chance
be circulated in society especially
on the It’s
exercising his “freedom of expres-
he had a different
he would have a right to
ering the issue. There ought to be
sion of child
freedom of expression
should anyone else, not
turbing than having to question
detrimental to others.
of expression but
The abuse will prevent children from functioning as healthy It’s a adults later on in life.
Sharpe was charged after police found boxes of child pornography, including photographs of
vicious cycle that will not end
should be done to defend the
naked boys, home.
we do something now.
pedophiles should be put on the
which have been described by
back burner and protection of
police as being “extremely vio-
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Conestoga looking for No. By Anna
well Ontario colleges
good and the great compared to
other Ontario colleges
establish Key Performance
way one of his
needed more improvement,
lege’s rate of graduate
ment, graduate satisfaction, stu-
dent satisfaction and employer
cent - higher
than the rate Sheridan,
Humber, Mohawk, Fanshawe and Centennial. Conestoga was
random survey conducted
Conestoga Jan. 25, a majority
Waterloo.” Gbenga Adeniyi,
vey should be considered important because it is a student’s only to voice
any concern or
atmosphere in the
dent lounge, the Sanctuary,
“It’s quite serious because the
college gets conclusive results
a former business
Waterloo. “The Sanctuary
It needs more lively music and a better organization of
He added the events organized by active
students don’t have
access to a fridge and can’t
bring lunch to school.
said she paid
$1.80 for a 500-millilitre carton of chocolate milk.
sets the price, it’s
the college it.
they do.” price
stores is $1.19.
Glenn Lamont, a
to get a
the college. “I to
of the nursing program. “I think the quality of education
had quite an experience
obtaining a course guide.
whole day to get one because no one knew where they were located,” Jeanine literally a
be working because
things have improved over
ences trying to get
time, please contact “Shawna Bernard, Student “Services.
increases the price of food
voice her opinion on the quality
lishment of KPIs seems
are interested in a workshop but cannot attend at this
ed to describe
said she want-
the item at local Zehrs’
pared to col-
preparing before, during and after class
added, “although Beaver
method, mind mapping or other techniques
university students are
through the Cornell
food services by Beaver
A second-year management studies student said the KPI sur-
the University of Waterloo,” said
effective note -taking
“Because the prices of
and serious survey gauges program quali-
Alexis Wynveen, a second-year nursing student, said she
such as house parties and a student centre like the Fed Hall at
cost of textbooks and
of Doon campus students said they regard the KPI survey as an
$17 per semester. “Why do I have to pay the fee? If some people want to play sports, then they fund themselves,” Harth said. Other students said they were
computer analyst student
seriously because there
Conestoga College also made a
good showing by tying
ate satisfaction with 76 per cent.
will consider the survey
place in overall student satisfaction.
also first in gradu-
“Conestoga needs functions such as house parties and a the Fed Hall at the
concerned about things such as the
computer analyst student, said he
The surveys measure each
tered and I’m
dent said he has difficulty with
“The KPIs are important to the school if it wants to keep improving the quality of educa-
directly with us,” she
meet the needs of students and
should be better
the marketplace. Survey results
The independent surveys measure
important are the
interested in your
KPI surveys to you?
Ontario colleges will
week of February 25
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Feb. 7, 2000
since the (licensing of the
“However, the textbook prices are
at the college.”
(Canadian Tire Plaza)
Flying high Tom Gawel, a mechanical engineering student, dives into the water for a mean bellyflop.
Tom Gawel print
climbs out of the pond, leopard fuzzy pants still intact. (Photo by
By Mike Radatus
number of people were
allowed on the ice
Cold weather of -34
Over 100 students stood
chill factor couldn’t stop the
cold to watch as fellow students
DSA’s Polar Plunge 2000 from
dared to jump into the water that
being a success.
raised $1,300 for the
Heart and Stroke Foundation, as 21 participants jumped into freezing
be cleared of ice a second
time just hours before the event. Patty
College pond outside the main
in the past.
teaching building on
Four paramedics, one
for this event.
ment manager, said the event raised a similar amount of money
and was covered by
lifeguard and one nurse were on
CKGL, The Zone
hand for safety reasons and a lim-
92.9 and Magic
â€” Page 9
Taking the plunge Alex Szaefer, a journalism student, took a leap of faith into the freezing water with his boots on. (Photo by Mike Radatus)
Masked men Marauders, Masked The Andrew Dean and Dane Pleau, both robotics students, take the plunge into the icy water. (Photo by
DSA POLAR PLUNGE
# ifSt. fk*-
Survival of the fittest watt* slides and wipes out as he tries to get out of the chilly Jerry Stager, a computer program analysis student, slips,
— SPOKE, Feb.
Marketing students second By Anna
experts, he said.
“There was our chance to make
After 40 hours of intense
personal contact with the industry
and work toward our future jobs, didn’t get back to us,” but the
a project, a team of four third-year
marketing students from Conestoga
College finished second in the 1999
received an honorary membership
had only three weeks
magazines. Finlay said he
up, screamed and
team members. ‘“Oh my God! our
winning a World Cup of
Rafael Bazzarella, Scott Boyer, Mark Smith and Richard Paquette (absent) in Toronto, November 1999.
know they could compete against university students, he said. “This award shows that our college education
with university,” said Bazzarella.
Marketing professor Peter Finlay
team created a wonderful
plan by developing a
break-even strategy, which includ-
mail system organized to
most profitable customers,
was approximately a 40-
was hard work,
competition and the college students were up against university
dents got together for the next
competition, the group would be
wanted to attend in December. The students wanted
enriched with the right skills to
banquet because the event fea-
tured a lineup of leading industry
completely interactive job board. Over the next six to eight months, MacDonald plans to add a
month ago. Rob MacDonald, 35, a student in Conestoga’s Webmaster certificate
program, says the Web page for Kitchener highlights local attractions. The Web site includes tourism, educational facilities,
entertainment and real estate.
service to local businesses that sell retail
seeking a technology partner and additional employees in the next
he regularly receives inquiries about Kitchener from various parts of the world and has started to hone his knowledge of the community. quickly “Kitchener.com is said
digital pipeline to
Kitchener,” he said.
The unique site has live action footage of Highway 401 and other highways so that browsers can decide whether to attempt a local
V V V V V V V V V V v Mon. Feb. 4 V 8:00pm V v * The Sanctuary V V ^brought you by 1
mounted at high traffic areas along the highways to provide the
focuses on Kitchener
or stay home.
to be present at the
place, he said.
“I think this
“Luckily, the project didn’t
Web page for designed a Kitchener which has received 6,000 hits since it was established
never returned the stu-
Ministry of Transportation’s cam-
development of “The Kitchener.com is an incredibly
Conestoga’s marketing, jour-
nalism and graphic design stu-
ing class but only one group
plans for the future including a
year in the program,” Boyer
The response has been very pos-
students in Finlay’s direct market-
rewarding experience.” MacDonald said he has graduate
dents’ calls regarding a banquet
By Tracy Ford Conestoga
job, said Finlay.
through with the project because
The project first attracted some 70
(Photo by Anna Sajfert)
Conestoga graduate’s A
students,” he said.
was a boost
national marketing contest
was imporwas a national
“To God!’ was
hugged the other
would do well in the competition, but at the same time he wasn’t expecting anything because it was the students’ first national
Canadian Marketing Association, which notified them of their win. After reading
tions to various
industry, as well as free subscrip-
assignment into a five-page report.
submit their work. The team decided to revise a former 40-page class
which permits access
Mark Smith in
Rafael Bazzarella, Scott Boyer,
Richard Paquette and
and university marketing Student RSVP Award. college
board systems in the early days of the Web, has decided to return to Conestoga College to
part time after graduating
12 years ago from two other college programs.
has received a certificate
focus his Internet development
knowledge. “I returned to college to seek the
required skills to
become a Web
developer,” he said.
also a part-time
from the machine tool setter operator program and a diploma from
second-year student in a bachelor
the mechanical engineering tech-
of arts program
nician program from Conestoga
previous course was com-
I have always maintained any computer skills,”
puter driven and
he said. “My objective is a career change that is Web focused.” MacDonald said he began the new Webmaster program at the college last September to help
would be continuously evaluating the latest breakthroughs because is
so easy to get
genuine interest in
the Internet and
to continuously read
and study the Internet and the associated technology,” he said.
Student victimized by road rage ByTalisha Matheson
was a mistake
because she could see him getting
A Conestoga College student was a victim of road rage on
Highway 401. Welk said she was
at the lights at
Fountain Street and
driving and while he
said she drove
Valley Drive to parking lots No. 8
and 9 to the student/client services
where she had
“I didn’t notice
the light turned green,” she
there for about 15
seconds and he wasn’t moving, so
“If they are
busy reading a paper
or talking on their phone wait.
anyone again. just
don’t want something like
happen again.” According to a psychology of
May Lome Korman, a psy-
road rage study conducted in
chotherapist and researcher for
the Clark Institute of Psychiatry,
he was behind
until I pulled into the lot,”
1998 by Dr.
papers at the registrar’s office.
car and began cursing at her and
ly to act out
banging on her window.
sion than the rest of the popula-
she grabbed her cell phone to it
look like she was calling the
police and the
the traffic lights.
Welk added the man got out of his
young, was reading while he was
ing, but I kept driving,” she said.
She said the man
she isn’t afraid to
drive, but said she will never
down Fountain Street to get to Doon campus because it is a shorter route from her home than taking
upset as he drove through the lights
Valley Drive Jan. 15.
Sarah Welk, 20, said she drove
said she did not report the
the licence plate
was so scared
stated road rage
tend to have an aggressive al^' tude. It
suggests that one
on road rage aggres-
to use the
as possible or not at
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— SPOKE, Feb.
By Talisha Matheson
events planned for
black history month, but have not
three of six college
versity student associations in the
surrounding region have events
planned for black history month.
president of student affairs of the
(DSA) there was
yet released what the events are.
However, Fanshawe College
sites state there are
was not mentioned
College’s student asso-
one day planned, but due to the lack of student interest the one day
event has been cancelled.
Hamilton would not
the issue of
lights different events.
This period was chosen because
for the free
Negro and and
Lincoln, former presi-
dent of the United States,
Days remembered 1923,
their event calendar.
encompass the entire month of February and it highexpanded
of Guelph, said there are a series
had nothing planned for February. Black history month is 28 days
of events planned for February.
out of a year designated to the
Renaissance was organized, Feb.
progress, richness and diversity of
Djims Milius, of the University
Feb. 7 to 10 there will be
two workshops on the status of refugee women around the world and one on the black liberation movement and on Feb. 17 there will
be a major panel discussion
with special guests.
The University of Waterloo’s West Indian Student Association
1926, an African American,
promoted Negro history week and, in 1976, the month-long celebra-
when Martin Luther King met with President Johnson to
21, 1965, the day Malcolm X, the American black nationalist, was assassinated and Feb. 11, 1990, the day Nelson Mandela was
Today, the national and interna-
Students learning French eligible for money By Ray Bowe
The summer language bursary
Those who wish
to apply to the
By Walerian Czarnecki
financial-aid office. Applications
must be sent to the provincial co-
The preliminary numbers for the that show semester winter
ordinator before Feb. 15.
Conestoga College has 4,250
cover their tuition
main drawing points of the program is Young Canada Works (YCW) involvement. YCW is offering a number of summer
job placements to students gradu-
ance will be given in
available to students
wish to learn French during
five-week sessions at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Students can receive a $1,625
College enrolment remains the same
summer language program can pick up an application at the
during the year.
Royal Bank's Anne Quesnefle (right), personal financial services representative, and SHvana Hall-Ufford, sales manager, were at Conestoga College Jan. 27 promoting Royal's student services such as student Visa cards, credit (Photo by Tannis Fenton) lines and investments.
released from a South African
discuss black voting rights, Feb.
and supplies. There are nearly nine million French-speaking Canadians and texts
from the summer language
Notification of bursary acceptlate
and, if accepted, applicants should notify their school within three
Conestoga experienced a 3.5 per
dents enrolled, five per cent less
than in the
semester, says Fred
increase, said Harris.
students are staying in their
until the third
graduating, said Harris.
pattern that has
a better retention rate,” he said.
weeks. Otherwise, students could
been happening for the past several
“We’ve had a 2.6 per cent
years,” said Harris.
spring sessions at
French, or be at the post-second-
The summer language program is administered by the Council of
Ministers of Education, and stu-
of those were discontinued from
they can also gain admittance
dents can contact the council on
Students can study at a variety of
To be must
pus in Trois-Pistoles, Que., the
by the time
schools, including the University
of Ottawa, or the University of
If students ria,
do not meet
they have been full-time stu-
dents for at least one semester
can be reached
www.cmec.ca/olp or by 1-877-866-4242.
enrolment has been
offered and expanding current pro-
capacity, said Harris.
increased programs capacity when they began to offer
gradually rising for the past three
“The business management program went from 60 to 90 spaces to 120,” said Harris.
There is also a move to increase summer classes. One of the few programs that runs in the sum m er is robotics.
These students have a work semester in the fall or
and come back the
to classes during
Harris said there could be a two-
gram, which will run during the
summer, as well as a chef-training program, which will run from
program, and the
bers, but said. “It’s
not specified, said Harris.
Guests $4 L icensed
exemptions from some courses in
Students $2 V
from other colleges and
Reasons for the increase
year computer programming pro-
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difficulties, or financial,
Tues. Feb. 8
program did not
health or personal reasons.
students have dropped
out for various reasons, whether their
was a 4.9 per cent
“In the past two years we’ve had
Harris, the college’s registrar. “It’s
lose their bursary acceptance.
be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident and have completed at least Grade 1
there are over
transfer credits to their
a hole in the information like to have.”
Enrolment numbers have been increasing in spite of rising tuiti^
tuition increases in past
have held steady
10 per cent.
“They’ve had no obvious negative impact,” said Harris.
Paramedic program gets wheels By Nicole Furlong
gram has received an opportunity for the
in the form of an ambulance from the Region of Waterloo.
Region program has been two years, students to Waterloo
expanded to will be able to use the vehicle, which is worth several thousand
tor of ambulance services for the Region of Waterloo, late last year knowing the region occasionally
older vehicles in order to
vehicle, as well as loca-
where the students
tion finding, this
to plan the quickest route to
for a number of years,” said Pmo, who added students used to
graduate from the former one-
year program with only about
eight hours of
“With the extension
passed by regional council,
has the resource as well. “In a
of Conestoga students, the region
would donate the most well-kept, second-hand ambulance to the
and Sherry Foster, both first year paramedic students, are shown with the program’s new ambulance, which they can use to practise driving skills. (Photo by Nicole Furlong) Jennifer Neilson
one of the few in Ontario
excited about the addition to the
have an ambulance, which gives students a leg up when applying for jobs after convoca-
Spiegelberg said she
a real bonus for our
to the course,
back in expe-
students the opportunity to prac-
course includes riding with
ational boating safety in
2A507 on Doon campus
until April 1.
be written and marked
ing on patients themselves, with the guidance and assistance
operate a 40-horse power
a personal watercraft such as Jet Skis.
Navigation, will run
Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m in
a response to last year’s changes to
motor but they are prohibited from operating
the British Columbia-based recreational boat-
Conestoga College’s new safe boating
The new boat operator competency measdrawn in September 1999 require youth,
after April 1,
1983, to have proof of
watercraft, will require proof of competency.
Joyce Irving, continuing education program
Letters to the Editor '
any person operating a
to reduce the
dents in Canada,” Irving said.
number of Canada is 200 and
said the current fatalities in
some 6,000 accidents
are at least 12 years of age but
Clubs Week Sign
annual level of boating 15, 2002,
1999, a pleasure craft operator
“The changes are designed
boat fitted with a motor, including a personal
As of Sept.
to operate a boat fitted
a completed rental-boat safety chec kli st.
accompanied by a person 16 years or older while operating a 10-horse power motor.
card from a Canadian Coast Guard course or
Oceans, require children under 12 to be
proof of having taken a boating safety course
material necessary to pass the
The proof of competency can be
certified to operate a watercraft, said
tion Jan. 29, will provide the students with the
said. “If I
require proof of competency
with a motor.
as a pilot course through continuing educa-
reduce on-the-job training time for new paramedics, he said.
The new measures, announced in April 1999 by the federal Ministry of Fisheries and
competency on board
were to hire a paramedic graduate from the old program design, I would have to spend the first few weeks training them to drive an ambulance and making sure they felt region,”
of the course.
way donating is
safe boating course
The course, taught by Leslie Head, owner of
the back of an ambulance and
work, as part of the
During that time students observe paramedics
cent of a paramedic’s job entails
time paramedic professionals.
rience, she said.
The hands-on program gives the
Up until this point,
Conestoga By Anna
component of the
the ambulance, the
in the best interest
this as a
With the generous donation of program now
to a two-
we now have
course,” Spiegelberg said.
such as performing patient care in
acquire newer models.
“We’ve been talking about
Now, thanks and the
approached John Pmo, the direc-
remained they were not attaining any driving skills.
this is a
experience in their chosen
topical letters that
include the writer’s
name, address and phone number for
Feb. 7 to Feb.
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Angela's Ashes barely Angela’s Ashes blazed brightly as a book, but it
couldn’t light a match.
who grew up
many immigrants by
and few joys and leads into his early teenage years.
that eventually kills three of her
the hovels of
the tale off by
look back on
most successful movies derived from books, the movie followed the book closely and was well acted. However, the Similar
as the reader
delves into the story one might
and every day food and
Alan Parker, who has also
spent in squalor
Evita and Mississippi
a struggle to get
Burning, conveniently forgets the
Angela’s Ashes is named after McCourt’s mother, Angela, who
goes through the
had stayed awake they would have watched Oscar winner Emily Watson, who is best known for her performances in Breaking If they
America and returning to their homeland in search of work. The plot follows McCourt as a child, chronicling
stages in his childhood.
The movie version of the book had good intentions, but fails to
McCourt’s family do the reverse of
the audience from catching up on
The book is a memoir written by Frank McCourt, an American teacher
although well done, cannot save
despite the poverty and disease
on the silver screen
By Laura Czekaj
Hillary and Jackie,
movie, especially Joe Breen
Her performance is moving, but nothing seemed to ignite the
of “interfering” with themselves.
Admittedly, four bare butts lined against a wall
every cent on alcohol at the local
Michael Legge, Ciaran Owens
and Joe Breen also
star in the film
Although engaging in its way, humour in the movie was dif-
pub, rather than food for his fami-
cult not to laugh
fused over too
plot in sight, the acting,
movie with episodes
bring the character of Angela to
restrain himself from spending
debut as young
Frank. For instance, Frank and his
obvious good intentions cannot
boring to actually witness.
a memoir, a detailed diary
that is interesting to
much time and
summary, read the book, but Some books
avoid the movie. should never be
Emily Watson as Angela McCourt
one of them.
Angela’s Ashes. (Internet Photo)
Conestoga’s men’s varsity hockey team wins By
Condors’ goal was
scored by Dave Stewart, assisted by
The Conestoga Condors men’s hockey team won
home game of Jan.
the season 6-3
goal eight minutes
into the first period.
ed by Jamie Hickey and Steve Wesseling.
The next two Condor goals were scored about 10 minutes into the
goals of the
with just three
minutes remaining in the
coach Ken Galemo, “and what we needed.”
the second period.
Marie Cougars, but a
the doctor confirmed that he
not and he
Cambrian on Nov.
by Traynor and
use of his
although he feels they are only at 60 per cent. (Turcotte)
think that leads the
team,” said Galemo.
Fleming’s 1 1
goal was scored
minutes to go in the third
scored on power plays.
trouble with our
Galemo. “At you can’t control your
scored by Thede with 25 seconds
the second period.
be able to play hockey again, but
Brent Shantz scored another goal
Saturday, Jan. 22, against the Sault Ste.
Galbraith scored the Condors’
Condors with eight minutes
received a concussion in a
This was Turcotte’s
since he broke both wrists in a
he’s willing to take a chance.
Bridges and captain Greg Thede. that
— Page 15
by Jon Suckert and Matt
Traynor and Stewart.
Doctors told him he would never
The second goal was scored by Nick Guthro, assisted by Corey It
The consistent goal-tending of Anthony Gignac was an asset to the
Mike Tray nor and Dave
this calibre if
could cost you
Mike Traynor fqrces his way past three Fleming players as he heads towards the net to make a play during a Jan. 26 game at Conestoga College. The Condors won the game 6-3 in the home season closer. (Photo by Sherri Osment)
Conestoga makes move on second seed Humber By Nicole Furlong
on the road, Gignac said
will definitely motivate his
to a strong
team for their next game, which is
equally as important as this one, as
standing goaltending, Conestoga’s
men’s varsity hockey team won their second game in a row on Jan. 29 at Humber College in Toronto doubling the second-place team in
can beat any
coach Jason Snyder said, adding
Humber could best
very easily be the
After a scoreless
Condor John Suckert
scoring off one minute into the
second period, assisted by Steve Wesseling.
About 10 minutes
Association league, 4-2.
every win counts for Conestoga.
Conestoga’s net tying the game.
Then with one second left in the Dave Stewart, assisted by Dave Longerini and Mike second,
are struggling for a
Traynor, put Conestoga one up on
playoff berth as they are currently
Humber, making the score 2-1. The third period was a whirl-
tied for third place
College in the
the pressure has
Not only did Conestoga play three periods tirelessly,
every effort they had, for the in
a while the team played
with a lot of heart.
other to see
Traynor, assisted by Stewart and
Greg Thede, scored the game-winning goal. captain
up as they
scored once again in the third.
Both teams shot off the bench right
with both teams fighting
with this win.
until the end.
minutes of the game
were played but
defence and attentive goaltending,
This much-earned attributed to a
win can be number of factors, as
team pulled together to make
happen, but a large portion of credit
should be directed towards goal-
(April 3-7, 2000)
TESOL teacher certifica-
Sanford Fleming College where they this
won 6-3, suited up to start game as well and came
tion course (or
spondence). 1000’s of jobs
through for his team.
“As a veteran
needed to step
I felt I
With only three games season, all of
information package, call toll free:
the Condors managed to keep the puck out of their net. With four seconds left in the game and Humber’s goalie pulled from the net, Traynor solidified
win by shooting the puck into empty net from his blue line. When asked what the win means for the team, Snyder said he’s not taking this win for granted. the
“We’re taking it a shift at a time and a game at a time,” he said. Conestoga plays their next game against Seneca College on Feb. 4 in
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