— No. 9
College denied SuperBuild funds By Laura Czekaj
in nursing with McMaster University in Hamilton. The SuperBuild Growth Fund, which held $742 million in its
the 35 colleges and universities to
government’s SuperBuild Growth Fund.
The announcement was made
a press conference Feb. 24 at the University of Waterloo.
The announcement comes blow to the college,
was established by the government in an to modernize and build
to the college later
by granting the college applied degree “It
post-secondary institutions, as well as improve education and
“I’ve got to think that
going to get
something in the near future.”
“It’s a total shock,” he said. “We thought the worst that could hap-
thought the worst thing
never imagined that
higher rate than any other college at seven per cent.
Conestoga College president
Centennial is planning to use the funding to grow by 4,300 students,
available in the system in
currently full,” he
“Students wanting a college
education will have to go else-
where they expect
to get the stu-
Dave Ross, spokesman for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, said the proposals that gained funding were chosen by the government on the basis that they were more competitive and more closely met the
munity support. Tibbits said he thinks the lack of
By Ray Bowe
tion can be ensured.
The Doon Student Association and the Ontario Community
lege tuition fees have increased
DSA and OCCSPA
109 per cent between 1990 and 1999. Also, in the academic year 1996-97, 38 per cent of the entire college system’s revenue came
climbing tuition costs.
members of the legabout setting up an open forum at Conestoga. Although most of them have not responded out e-mails to
has responded to Harris’s query, saying he would be interested in such an endeavour. Harris said students should not
wait for an organized
and urged students
symposium take it upon
enrolment is government operating
expenditures are steadily falling, inevitably forcing
leges to raise tuition rates, said
operating costs were
levelled out and sustained, there
would be a
possibility of freezing
asked student gov-
enable a tuition freeze. OCCSPA said student leaders
Kitchener- Waterloo Martinuk, MPP Elizabeth Witmer and Waterloo-Wellington MPP Ted Amott. According to a Feb. 14 press release, OCCSPA has asked student governments to invite their students to contact their local MPPs about how college educa-
for the plate!!
was still waiting Cambridge MPP
tuition fees, support funds,
ernments to provide contact information for local MPPs to ask for an increase to operating costs to
investments and donations. That figure is up from 23 per cent in
themselves to contact their local MPP about the rising costs of tuition and what is being done to Harris
Student Parliamentary Association are urging students to voice their concerns regarding Harris,
than the other weren’t selected.
Fanshawe had planned to use the money from the fund to add two additional buildings that
dent of education, said he has sent
him that significant funding
Tibbits can’t understand
Condor men’s indoor
at the oversight.
who had good
soccer team wins berth in championship tourney.
Tibbits said the minister did indi-
nothing from the fund is Fanshawe College in London, The president of Fanshawe, Dr. Howard. Rundle, says he was shocked and dismayed
engineering, communications, nursing and emergency services including a
Priority: PAGE 7
meet increased student demand. Tibbits was warned Feb. 23 by assistant deputy minister David Trick that Conestoga had not funding. However, received
the near future for those colleges
10 per cent this year compared to last year, while Conestoga’s applications are at a
growth in programs like information
down half or two-thirds of the
Conestoga’s proposal requested
to be proposals like Fanshawe’s and Conestoga’s fail to meet the requirements set by the government to achieve funding and why other colleges,
Centennial’s application rates are
Fun in the Mexican sun.
The big question seems
$39 million from the fund, which was allotted for a $66-million project to build a second campus in Waterloo located on property owned by the City of Waterloo beside Waterloo’s Millennium Recreation Project on University Avenue East. The campus would allow
proposal was more expensive than the other colleges’ proposals.
like Centennial, received funding.
half or two-thirds of the money.
would include skills training labs main campus. Rundle said Fanshawe wasn’t
given any funding because their
makes no sense unless they
had another plan for Conestoga,”
Conestoga president John Tibbits, because it doesn’t seem to make
supposed to be setting up meetings with local MPPs to disare
cuss public funding, tuition levels, student debt and related topics,
with hopes that Premier Mike Harris and Minister of Training,
Colleges and Universities Dianne Cunningham can find pragmatic
fair solutions to the
of Ontario students.
Kathy Best enjoys a
Grub Crawl Feb.
slice of pizza at
24. For the
Jack Astofs during the see page 6.
concerns (Photo by Sherri Osment)
7 — SPOKE, March
More money The
announced a $40-million increase in
dents to be properly accommodated by special needs services or the
learning opportunities project, a
provincial project implemented in
learning disabled students in postsecondary institutions, said Casey.
tant with the Ontario
The intensive support allowance, whose funding has been frozen since the 1998/1999 school year, involves an individual education plan, which includes psycho-edu-
within the last three years in order the to effectively accommodate
intensive support allowance
streamlined claim process, which will increase the number of successful claims by approximately
Such assessments are required
better self-advocate their learning
could benefit learning disabled students and staff
“Selfishly for (the special needs)
confronted with,” Casey Having up-to-date psycho-edu-
would save college time and
students and the
money, he said. “It would further reduce the time placed on our department to
with specific learning disabilities received comprehensive and timeassessments,” Casey said. “In it
not need to
“I see several benefits if students
terms of the student,
be doing the excessive amount of
assessments, said Casey.
The $40-million be
to a Jan.
lion since 1995.
hopes the money number and frethe will increase quency of psycho-educational
services, said he
needs to teachers.
Federation press release, education funding has been cut $1 bil-
Rick Casey, a secondary school with counsellor transition Conestoga College’s special needs
reflective of their individual need, he said, adding that students could
million, he said.
funding and services to full scale psycho-educa-
why our proposal
didn’t succeed angry,” said
quite clear that the
The community seems
with Tibbits because he said the college has received an outpouring of support, both from businesses and from the public. bigger It’s going to have a
impact on the community than it will at Conestoga,” said Tibbits. “As this area grows and with the double-cohort issue it’s going to be harder and harder for young
people to get into this college.” The double cohort is an influx of graduates from high school the
12 and OAC students graduate because of secondary
Conestoga in the Key
The annual survey of Ontario’s 25 community colleges establishes accountability and excellence benchmarks regarding programs, faculty, services and facilities.
The 1999 survey ranked Conestoga number 1 in overall and facilities of quality resburces,
that basis alone
think that the provincial govern-
Conestoga,” he said during a
working together we can
what other opportunities Conestoga College.”
Arnott said as a result of the with Tibbits, other
Tibbits also said he finds the'
Arnott has called the minister of
because Waterloo Region has the
finance to express his view that Conestoga should be given other
demographic The economy booming and
a skills shortage which
upset about this
ahead with the second Waterloo campus unless it can find subbacking, said
Healthy eatingregular physical
Longarini’s photo that accompanied the Condors end of season report card
lege will not be able to
impossible, because the col-
Conestoga can provide relief for. will “I guarantee you that this
Performance Indicators surveys
government since ranked number 1
Wellington, said he can’t understand why Conestoga was not
area as Conestoga.
were given money, even though
weaknesses, Casey said. The college could implement
compete with non-disabled students as they meet academic entrance requirements for
because school boards have had their resources cut so deeply and
of testing for special needs stu-
cold only angers Tibbits. The explanation we got as to
both the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University
Ross’s explanation Conestoga was left out
also voiced their
support during a Feb. 29 meeting
Casey said students with specific learning disabilities would be bet-
they are both located in the
There have been problems getassessments up-to-date ting
Continued from page
dents would achieve their potential in terms of grades.”
regulates the appropriate intervals
elementary and secondary
ter able to
which identify students with spedone cific learning disabilities, be
School Teachers’ Federation, said the money will be allocated to
stu“I believe as a result, these
1998 to better help
school special education funding
Dale Leckie, an executive assis-
ensure that those with
order for Conestoga College stu-
By Tannis Fenton
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Conestoga aims high Asks
By Laura Czekaj Conestoga College has submitted
two proposals, one
Strategic Skills Investment
to the Rural
Strategy Fund, to gain assistance
fund would go towards improving
learning facilities for students at
because the college had to match
Doon, Waterloo and Guelph cam-
their request with $1.1 million.
and $1.2 million from the
in a proposal submitted Feb.
youth fund submitted Feb.
accepts a cheque
DSA’s Jenn Hussey on Feb.
peer tutoring from the (Photo by Ray Bowe)
By Ray Bowe
information technology,” he said.
den vice-president of opera-
increased over the years,
learning skills adviser. er,
don’t want the
campus, over 200 students received peer tutoring, an increase of 16 per cent from the fall of 1998. Peer services employs over 100 tutors in every major school of
such as a peer
may be clearly the IT (information technology) college in the sys-
the strategic skills
Peer tutors are given a Christmas
the college proved to be eligible
The money will go to developing seven new programs within the next 18 months. The only stipulation with the rural youth fund that all
programs must be made
available to students in rural areas.
college will find out if
receives any funding within the
next six weeks.
Tues. March 24
Charlotte vs. Toronto
because Kitchener, Waterloo and
The to the rural
from the up by
Live longer with daily physical activity, healthy eating and following your doctor’s advice.
youth fund which
study on campus, including nursing, journalism
She attributes the increase in the DSA’s contribution to a higher demand for the services. “The funds go toward recognition
waiting too long,” says Turner. During the fall semester at Doon
he had originally
to students wishing to use the
2000, says Turner. The annual allotment originally
The funds do not go toward the department’s operating expenses, such as staff wages, however. Peer services also employs a
also helps alleviate the cost bur-
Jenn Hussey presented $3,000 to peer services administrator Melissa Turner. The $3,000 contribution will cover program expenses incurred from September 1999 to April tions
mation technology infrastructure,”
also covers the cost
of training tutors, manuals and
presented its annual allotment to peer tutoring services on Feb.
strategic skills fund has $100 million in its coffers and has been established by the provincial
“Once we get those proposals we
life is short,
Agriculture and Food. However,
the top information tech-
really contributed to the college’s
“There’s a lot more firepower in
reception as recognition for then-
The Doon Student Association
nology college in the province.
Peer tutoring gets $3,000 DSA donation
College president John Tibbits
thought the college wasn’t eligible
college requested $2.6 mil-
improvements would include new computer labs. “It would go to upgrading inforTibbits
with college infrastructure.
Doon Students $2 Guests $4
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No. 1 college neglected Conestoga College will not receive provincial funding for
campus in Waterloo. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities announced at Conestoga is not among the 35 colleges and universities to receive money from the $742-million SuperBuild Growth Fund which offers money to help build, renovate and expand campuses. Conestoga’s proposal requested $39 million from the fund to contribute to a $66-million project to build a second Waterloo campus
the University of Waterloo Feb.
would make room for 2,750 new students. Conestoga would be able to move space intensive programs like nursing, information technology and robotics from the Doon campus to the new Waterloo campus to make room for the influx of high school students resulting from the double cohort. The double cohort will result in 2004 when both Grade 12 and OAC students graduate because of secondary school reform. Ministry spokesman Dave Ross said the 109 proposals submitted were judged on their ability to meet four criteria. The first was the number of new student spaces that would be that
Conestoga College president John Tibbits said he was made aware during a meeting with assistant deputy minister David Trick, on Feb. 29, that the provincial government had developed an additional criterion that
no one was
said approval in this area
was gauged by
number of student
spaces per million dollars. Conestoga came extremely close to meeting the criterion in this category. Tibbits said proof of this is that Wilfrid Laurier University received $12 million from the fund but had a lower dents per space compared to Conestoga.
amount of partnership funding. had raised $26 million from outside
criterion is the
Tibbits said the college sources.
Centennial College, which received funding, had listed more
raised on their proposal. However, in actual fact, Tibbits
had released no documentation of financial backing to
the government. Tibbits was told by Trick that proposals had to meet the standards of the first two criteria before moving on to the third criterion, which
demand for both the institution and the programming to be offered in the new facility. Being that the fund is named the SuperBuild Growth Fund, Tibbits was surprised that student demand didn’t play a more important role is
Students fume over gas prices
the demonstrated student
choosing which school would be funded. When it comes to student demand, Conestoga seems to take the lead because it has the fastest growing application pool among colleges in the province. However, this seemed to mean little to the government because colleges like Cambrian in Sudbury, whose enrolment has been declining over the past three years, was awarded money. The government recognized Waterloo Region’s growth by giving both the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier funding, but even though skilled workers are trained at Conestoga, the college didn’t receive a dime. received funding because they more Ross said and
met the criteria. “Only the strongest proposals were selected,” he said. Tibbits believes the system the government used to choose which schools received funding was flawed. ‘The explanation we got as to why our proposal didn’t succeed
the hardest hit
by the sky-
group of 12 University of
Waterloo students decided to show their displeasure
on Feb. 29, when
they pushed a student’s Toyota
University Avenue. At
the time, prices
a measly 73
are easily pushing
76 cents per
around Kitchener-Waterloo, with
no apparent end could very well
over a buck a
enced by the transfer of goods, such
come about. One way to at least try and
lowest price possible site
ning of March.
There have been suggestions
appropriate site map,
introduce legislation to put a freeze
on the premiums. Is
matter of supply and
demand or simple greed? Oil companies have known to tweak their sometimes by
or four cents a pop.
that people are
mercy of oil companies to provide them with gas. They can milk the consumer knowing they will pay the high prices. basically at the
one year ago, as
escalating gas prices, or the premier
the price of diesel.
barrel of crude oil
for that matter, relies heavily
Premier Mike Harris appoint an
price of gas.
allows you to click on to
The only way is
to deflate prices
to eliminate the
by the end of May.
includes both southwestern Ontario
prices keep hovering higher and
that unrealistic or insanely
and the Golden Horseshoe region,
and get up-to-date
leave their cars on the side of the
Could there be another gas sis
grows week by week. I know I’m being bamboozled and I don’t like it. However, as disheartening
At the current pace, gas prices litre
es the recent gas hikes to the price
province, a major crisis could natu-
Since the mini-protest, the rates
cap off my gas tank, especially as resentment deep-seeded the
upset. Their livelihood,
rocketing price of petrol.
only left me more angry,” said Tibbits. “It is quite clear that the process is highly flawed.” The final criterion is assessment of the project’s contribution to the long-term economic strength of the community or region. Since the community is currently in dire need of skilled workers, the government’s decision not to fund Conestoga is a gross oversight that must be remedied. These four criteria were all closely met in Conestoga’s proposal and the community’s need for Conestoga College graduates is immense. The question that arises is why the college which ranks number 1 among all Ontario colleges in student satisfaction, graduate employment and graduate satisfaction failed to receive funding.
and the date. Energy expert Ron Harper said
a Canadian Press article he attribut-
vehicles to school, such as myself,
pointing the location of each gas bar, its price
a luxury item?
cringe every time
just left their cars
on the side of the road because
price of gas
of the early ’70s
vers using a
message board pin-
Stranger things have happened.
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Mental health a concern By Walerian Czarnecki Mental health
an issue con-
fronting those in social services.
This was the topic of the panel
Behind the Mask,
to deal with
mental health issues.
rience as a chef and had earned a
resources like social workers, psy-
degree from Carleton University,
importantly includes people in
40 years of age,
Hughes went through
medications could be found that could control his manic-depres-
chaired the panel of five speakers
each brought different per-
spectives to the presentation.
emerging issues in the field,” said Kroger, who works for the Waterloo regional health about
Homes out of Kitchener and Cambridge and a graduate of Conestoga College, spoke about non-profit housing and support for those with mental
Hughes then got involved with
people -take for granted have a nice place to live,
selves run the organization
support each other.
involved for the past nine years. gration of people into the
Laurie Robinson, co-ordinator
and a part-time teacher at Conestoga College, said
in residence at
currently receiving treat-
ment for rapid bi-polar disorder, which is another term for manicdepressive
Mental Health Centre in Whitby. Casey touched on the various hospitalizations his daughter endured before the right medications were found, as well as the fact she was misdiagnosed, because of the limited resources that social services have due to
tions, she said.
Services that could benefit people.
Robinson works for a new family-oriented program that
Shopping Centre. Heather Tebong, co-ordinator
allows children with mental
of the community psychiatric program at Grand River
properties that support 180 peo-
not the main issue.
people are trying to rebuild
and need support because they might not have famitheir
ness to be
face a crisis situation
to talk to
can help them, she
don’t have the social
children and their families
five times per
in the past.
24-hour support for
The afternoon to
family and homes, unlike they
said Hildreth. is
a social worker four to
Strengths are focused on and built
upon so people can improve
also a crisis
Patrice Butts, a
She said there is a connection between mental health and the
vivor of mental illness. “I
consider myself a lucky
students to offer exposure to a
someone, said Robinson.
The social services program at Conestoga College organizes this day for both first-and second-year
trends of medication use.
them such support.” The second speaker was Ed Hughes, president of Waterloo
a client does need
Host Refugee Market Square
medications and the
connections,” said Hildreth. “This gives
Casey spoke about the experi-
Rick Casey, a counsellor with Conestoga’s special needs services, brought the parent’s per-
gration into the community.
support them in difficult situa-
about de-institutionalization of mental health consumers and inte-
a job to go to and family that will
Patty McColl, a social worker
where consumers them-
Wednesday March 15
bours, their friends and their family,”
ences of his
such as their neigh-
Homes Services and still does when he needs support.
Hughes got involved
spective to the presentation.
the organization Waterloo Regional
health issues to improve their quality of life,” said Hildreth.
“We’re trying to promote
“We want to encourage people who are recovering from mental
being a chef,
great deal of personal anguish.”
for Waterloo Regional
and addictions counselling programs at Conestoga College,
hospitalizations before the right
“We’re helping families
of community and mental health
to the indi-
Hughes had 20 years of expe-
Kitchener on Feb. 17.
16 and 24, he has seen who’ve had
With the permission of the Lutherwood works with
develop a support system around
Program Day held Waterloo
destroyed their lives,” he said.
consumer in many ways,” he said. Hughes spoke about the many young people, between the ages of
delivery system every term, said
in social services.
an attempt to bring
be school, family or counselling
process,” she said.
terms of the political
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— SPOKE, March
Students eat for awareness By
Jack Astor’s and Kelseys,
About 50 Conestoga descended on rants
after another during the
DSA Grub Crawl on Feb.
$10 each to participate in the crawl. They were transported by bus to the restau-
rants for all the
food they could
on the corner of Homer Watson and Manitou in Kitchener and ended at the pub night at Loose Change Louie’s, on University in Waterloo. The other
The grub crawl was held
of safe-break awareness week, which promotes a safe reading
Conestoga. The college’s
and Confused, a trivia game in the Sanctuary and a Nintendo
awareness weeks, and
Kroeker, vice-president of stu-
year marketing student.
“Everywhere we’ve gone we’ve found the food to be not only
“Our goal was to promote that you can go out and have fun with-
ample enough, but delicious.”
out drinking,” Kroeker said, “or
Farrelly, a second-
goggles smeared with Vaseline to simulate what vision
recommend doing another
grub crawl next year. “I feel that everyone enjoyed themselves,” Kroeker said.
to drink that
already full while at the third
Mike Harris, vice president of education for the pated in the DSA hosted Grub Crawl, Feb. 24.
“Mocktails” or non-alcoholic cocktails were served. Kroeker said that she would def-
have an alternative method of get-
business student, said that she
organized the crawl.
you do choose
Kathy Best, a second-year gener-
promote safe-break aware-
ness week. The activities included a showing of the movie Dazed
East Side Mario’s on University in
“Grub crawl is an absolute blast. The DSA does a terrific job of and running this organizing
as a part
also held other activi-
the students that partici-
Grub Crawl, Feb.
a kiss from the
Jack Astor’s during the
24. (Photo by Sherri Osment)
(Photo by Sherri Osment)
Youth officer conference gets millennium logo
By Donna Ryves
for students to get volunteer hours in,” said
foundations program took part in
POOL SHOW Challenge Gerry to a
Mon. March Learn
they be selected.
The students assisted the comby registering participants
for the Province of Ontario.
The conference titled Youth in New Mi llennium was held Feb. 17. The purpose of the conference was work with youth
cost of their stay
by the police college.
police officers were charged $65
was covered However
to unite people
employees of the of
ideas for the better-
ment of youth.
Social Services and
LASA/police foundations program coordinator,
was one of the advisers were volunteers at
foundations and journalism, contributed
by putting together a book-
and brochure for the conference.
The community and
course in the LASA/police foundations
program requires 40 hours of
Services also attended the conference.
based on academics and motiva-
by Committee of Youth Officers
the provincial conference hosted
Students had to submit a
for students to pass.
“The conference was a good way
Millennium, the committee
new logo design was needed,
Douglas. He mentioned that Conestoga College had a graphic design program and several
dents entered their designs.
Alice Vellema, a first-year graphic
and was awarded $300.
Job readiness program leads to self-discovery ByTalisha Matheson
She explained the process of OSAP, where to
about the dangers of credit cards,
are returning to school after a
“Some of these people have been out of school for nearly 20 years,”
Three things the students learn in the program include
self-discoveries through activities,
trends in the workplace and
school suitable for their needs.
of Cancun, a Mexican city along the Pacific Ocean, is covered with hotels and beaches. Huts are used as beach bars where tourists can get alcohol or food. The area is known for its beautiful white sand and emerald water. (Photo by Mike Radatus)
The ETR program runs eight weeks with six weeks in class and two weeks on field placement. “At the end of it all there will be a dozen people going off in different directions,”
She said everything
Drink on the beach Cancun’s
By Mike Radatus
Cancun where they
Students interested in escaping
can explore. People can go snorkeling on the
the cold next spring break should
on mountain bike on the beach. band entertains on the boat
try travelling to the tropical cli-
islands or go
mate of Cancun, Mexico.
tours, as well as sit
Cancun has grown
for tourists over the past
and many are students. This could be because of the
with bars that are open
At the majority of
people can drink
night for $20
At Coco Bongo they have high-wire acts, live impersonations of famous musicians, two large screens of these nightclubs.
showing videos of the songs, confetti
falling constantly and an imi-
movie Cocktail with
tation of the
tapes of the tour are
the Jungle Tour tourists drive
ski jet through a valley,
as they are led on a tour of the
There they stop to explore
more than cheap drinks and
sun-kissed beaches. some
ancient pyramids and learn
about the vegetation and animal life
There’s lots tourists
of shopping for
tequila into the
Vendors will always
floor is so
more than one
more money than some of
another club called Senior
Never take the
before hitting someone.
but they need to beware.
the bartenders tossing bottles of
Frogs people drink beer by the yard. Patrons are
warned that mas-
enhance the appearance of others and they are not responsible.
also have drinking
who can drink or who can
drink the most tequila shots. loser has to
climb a ladder and go
a waterslide leading to the
coast of the Pacific Ocean. is
5 days/40 hrs.
(April 3-7, 2000)
TESOL teacher certification course (or by
closed off and only a cou-
of jobs available
ple of feet deep.
For those spending
don’t feel like
offers a variety of other
The Sun Tour takes
of students advised to offer about 75 per cent of what is asked and then start bargaining. Tourists
agement, bursaries, scholarships
she gave students
valuable handouts they
can look over.
also received a handout
Jason Matthews, a 25-year-old
people out of
who want to fife,”
obtain those goals.
Students finish the program with
Conestoga’s financial aid
was well received and helpful. Walsh spoke to ETR students about financial aid and preparing for
and know what
they want, he said.
also mentioned the pre-
Matthews said he feels the program enables students to discover themselves and their goals. It helps them realize how they can
campus within the ETR program depends on what the student
Cambridge student, said through the program he discovered what he wanted to do with his fife.
put on our
a certificate, but most of
forms are assessed, money man-
long period of time.
OSAP, how OSAP
Employment/Training program (ETR) at Conestoga’s Cambridge campus has been a success, according to staff and students. Dianne Murphy, group facilitator at the Cambridge campus, says the ETR program is for people Readiness
Matthews said the hardest part of program was the self-discover-
of 10 personal skills they know are good about themselves,” list
said. “I bet they’ll
time, but they will lot
have a tough
leam a whole
— SPOKE, March
International students Some
By Walerian Czarnecki
more peer hosts international
Conestoga College. a lot more internation-
be paired up with a host. of them hear of the pro-
the international office
or have been referred to
looking for more volunteers,” said Melissa Turner, peer services
benefited from the
“There are al students on campus, so there’s a greater need, so we are always
administrator with student services.
13, said skills
good match,” she
a great way to learn about diversity
student peer hosts
also reduces isolation and
shock for them,” she
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“Those who are
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who take how to
has to contain a behavioural change that has bee
There are many
strategies that students
can use to
whether it is for tests, formance anxiety, which is related to co-op placement Students incorporate exercise and eating and sleej anxiety,
class then splits into three options
performance anxiety and
ing patterns, said Gregory. “It’s phenomenal the changes
the hardest one.
students, not the teachers, set the goals so tht at their own pace, said Gregory.
Joan Magazine, a counsellor with student services, teaches public speaking, Barb Kraler, a counsellor
with student services, teaches anxiety and Gregory teaches the other public speaking option. The course is split into seven weeks of the option
comfort level,” she said. The key concept taught
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Too few people chose performance anxiety, but there were enough for the public speaking option. “We had 20 students for that option,” she said, adding it is
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two weeks of theory about
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then apply the content to their situation and try make some changes,” said Gregory.
with most people taking the public-speaking option
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tural support group, which formally stopped meeting Feb. 24,
In the past year, in
beneficial for the interna-
tional students as
dent population rises.
peer services administrator
Bernard said the peer host pro-
as the international stu-
be academically strong,” she said. The program has only been in existence since 1996 but has been
with students services.
“We’ve had 24 students come
involves one hour a week. “It’s not one where you have
are currently waiting
would be beneficial said Turner. “It’s a good volunteer experi-
and ask for a peer host this year,” said Bernard. “There are two stu-
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Teaching English as a
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Ever since her early high
“We did sample tests within the (LASA) program which
school years, Const. Debra
Walker knew she wanted to be
gave you an idea of what you
a police officer.
were getting yourself Walker said.
At 23, she
Walker said of her job
that the best part
new every “No day is
with the North
Walker said she finds cus-
Perth detachment of the OPP.
tody disputes the most difficult
Conestoga’s law and security
intervene with a child
getting a job
law and security program,” Walker said.
Walker graduated from the program when she was 19. She then went to the University of
Conestoga College, from the law and
OPP in Const.
was the focus on how
much from that I used when I
“There was so course that
interesting part of
was her field placement. She shadowed a Waterloo regional police officer for two weeks on the job.
Part of the process of apply-
my belief that I
be a police
she said. “I loved
a job with a
her lots of support and
He added he does
worry about her a she’s
the road at night
or in bad weather.
“I’m pretty excited,” Aitken
The most said,
“They’re very clear about what police services look for
Walker said the most benefi-
road since November.
Aitken, said that he’s giving
October 1998 and was hired in
challenges and opportunities.
July 1999. She has been on the
Walker said she decided
Walker applied to the
are limited.” I
Guelph where she earned her
BA in sociology.
need of protection.
frustrating because our
Conestoga College, from the
knew about and how to go about
no custody order do anything,” Walker “The only time we can
about policing and
part of being a police officer.
definitely the job for
said. “It’s a neat career. It will
of challenges for
a great undertaking.”
Every step she has taken high school has been
toward the goal of becoming a police officer, ‘1
have the best job
world,” she said. “I just hope
say that in 15 or 20
Const. Debra Walker dons the uniform she’s worked to achieve since high school. (Photo by Sherri Osment)
Condors soar at regionals By
The Conestoga men’s indoor team
Association championships after
games. The Condors
scored within a minute.
24 ended in a 4-3 Condor loss to the Country Boy Freestylers. Despite the Condors’ efforts,
scored by Zlatko Lakoseljac and was followed almost immediate-
Country Boy led 3-0
at the half.
Condor goal was
scored by Sherifali.
and without turning to face the net, scored with a backward kick.
some awesome saves.” Condor Terry Lopes injured an
However, Country Boy managed to get the ball past Condor goalie John Abramovic one last time, giving Country Boy the 4-3
ankle toward the end of the sec-
the Condors want ther in the game.
Dhanapala said Lopes
he’s hurt before,”
Sanjeeve Dhanapala, said the one-
on-one defence has
aggravated an existing injury. “He went over on the same ankle
can’t rely on the goalie to
keep bailing us out like Johnny did today,” Dhanapala said. “He made
got the ball
said that Lopes’s
ankle was slightly swollen, but
was only a
Conestoga got off
trounced Confederation College 10-0.
gave them their second victory
day when they
against Centennial College
These feelings are
The Conestoga women’s team tie
March 4 but ended
reach a certain goal. it
give yourself permission to grieve. Feelings left bottled come out later, delaying the healing process.
you have a friend who
saying the wrong thing to them. Just be there, be a good listener or remind them how much you care with a card, a
hug or some time
Conestoga College rec centre on March 17 and 18.
Condor Bojan Djokovic takes the ball around one Boys during an indoor soccer game Feb. 24.
ISO Team Student Stelian
A Message from Student Services (Room 2B02)
(Photo by Sherri Osment)
a counsellor as part of the healing
to loss in
will only If
George Brown. The women’s team was eliminated and will not be playing
by losing 2-1
process. Writing your thoughts in a journal, reading books about grief, and talking to friends can also help. Most of
The Condors won again with 1-0
them over with
with a 4-0 win
Although these feelings are natural,
or even the loss of a
Seneca, March 3 in their first game of the tournament. They this
won 4-2 over
played to a scoreless
can’t stop crying.
our lives to be a have only not does a reaction we call grief. Grief of kind any grieve We death. to loved one a result of losing health good loss of the relationship, of a breakup the loss:
score of 4-2.
— Page 11
Centennial College on
The men’s Conestoga College indoor soccer league game on Feb.
The second half saw the Condors make a comeback with two goals
going undefeated during
Jack Fletcher Carol Gragory Lynn Rpberts Barb Kraler Joan Magazine
Services Lynn Gresham Charlie Matjanec Monica Himmelman
Dan Randall Debbie Blumenthal
Barry Cull Judy Hart
Jeanette Walker Judith Bates Marian Mainland
Frank Abel Trish Weiler
Roger Mainland Betty Morsink Rick Casey