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on the increase Ontario colleges experience decline
Conestoga numbers up 7 per cent
By Laura Czekaj
increase to the population growth in that region.
Although Ontario’s colleges are tions for fall admissions, applica-
Key Performance survey has allowed information about the quality of the college’s programs and the success of graduates to filter out into the province, causing more interest in
increase over last year in applica-
according to a report the Ontario College
Conestoga, while other
points ahead of St. Clair in Windsor, which has the second
highest increase in application rates
with three per cent. Other colleges that
application rates grow, too.” Leith added that the college’s
were Niagara College
Conestoga, said there are numerreasons ous behind the col-
the perception factor,” he said. “Students see us as a good
demand.” Harris said this area views educa-
to assist col-
He added that because the college becoming a desired commodity more people are vying for a place
places a great importance on educa-
colleges that experienced increases
strong economy. He also noted that Waterloo
a relatively wealthy
and with more parents
being able to afford to send their children to post-secondary schools it’s
years our reputa-
an upward spiral
and, therefore, the
pointed out that
natural that enrolment
the better our reputation
he said. People from outside of Waterloo Region are being drawn to the colgets,”
lege, according to Harris.
semester roughly one-third of the college’s population
originated from outside the
community’s workers in
The only college outside southwestern Ontario that showed an increase was Durham College in
areas such as information technolo-
ondary education as a necessity.
gy, robotics and engineering is enticing people to view post-sec-
Jeff Wolder, a third-year market-
Reactions to the Conservative government’s May 2 budget were varied at Conestoga College. Highlights include an extra $1.8 billion for more than 73,000 students and a second round of funding for SuperBuild projects. As well, students will be able to earn $600 $1,700 a year instead of
update and rebuild post-secondary
Conestoga applied to the fund but was denied money. A second proposal is currently in
of the six
gets mixed reviews
it affecting their OSAP. The SuperBuild Growth Fund was established by the province to
in the college programs.
community. The SuperBuild
same region. “The culture of Waterloo region
act of compassion
Flushing pot an
Laurier University and University of Waterloo are all in the
making a recogniz-
grow to meet increasing student demand.
tion as a priority since Conestoga,
leges and universities to
Fund, the college
reputation and a skills shortage in the community.
the for posal SuperBuild Growth
Waterloo Region, the college’s
reputation gets.” Fred Harris, Conestoga College
with good press coverage and good
the better our
our reputation has
Gladiator dominates the big screen. PAGE 10
competition like UW, Laurier, Wilfrid
success with increased applications impressive because of all the
couple of years,” she
“As our reputation grows, our
at 1.4 per
at 3.1 per cent,
2.7 per cent,
two years in a row. “We have excelled positively
to experience an increase
Mental Health Week.
Conestoga has maintained a No.
Ontario’s 25 colleges that establish excellence. in benchmarks
Ontario colleges are showing a sixper-cent decrease.
status in the
Conestoga College have
Conestoga, said the college’s No.
New one-way phones
Jennifer Leith, associate registrar
experiencing a decline in applica-
ing student, said he feels that any contribution to the education sys-
The announcement as good news by
Conestoga College president John Tibbits.
would be good
funding for college operations,” said Tibbits. “We’re running a pret-
now.” Michael Harris, vice-president of academics of Conestoga Students
ty tight ship right
they put into is
than the alternative,” said Wolder. “With people getting OSAP,
$1,700 (as an earning ceiling) better than $600.”
For Joline Malleck, a micro-computer administration
budget’s promises do not add up to much. “For me it’s a little too late. applied for
covered only 20 per cent of my tuition. That’s hardly enough,” said Malleck. According to Ontario education minister Janet Ecker the budget means good things for the educa$500.
“We have created many new stu-
reluctant to get
university and college,” said Ecker
message of the budget.
know how positive I am until know exactly how they are going
spend it,” said Harris. “Everyone will receive an extra $200 in tax benefits but how many people would rather see it put into health and education? They’ve
about time they put some
dent in Ontario to be able to attend
better than nothing.
out of educa-
Harris said he is interested in finding out the outcome of the second proposal to SuperBuild. Students’ reaction to the budget
Westmount Golf and Country Club Waterloo on May 5. Ecker said students need more technical training, to compete in in
the world job market.
top of humanities, students skills,” said Ecker,
stressed the need for shared
College would be receiving new funding from the SuperBuild proj-
Ecker said people are working review those proposals that did not receive funds in the last round.
— SPOKE, May
Conestoga gets ready for pilot projects with applied degrees By Sherri Osment
ones that might be in the running for the applied degrees pilot projects include the electronics cluster
engineering in the lead to be
area looks like
the applied degree pilot project at
will be using
help of a consultant to do research before a decision is made. The research will include looking at
Tibbits said there are not a lot of
level of graduate.”
approve the projects has not yet been set up. The board will be set up by the minister of training, colleges and universities to decide which applied degree pilot projects will be approved.
Conestoga College president John Tibbits said it would likely take a couple of weeks for a decision to be reached, but the first choice will probably be mechani-
and possibly programs in business and information technology. regarding approval of applied degree pilot Quality the as project
like ones in British Columbia and Alberta, which have been successful with applied degrees.
demand and employer
we’re going to have to do, is get support from our employers, and we know we have that in the mechanical area. We know that they would like a higher
other post-secondary institutions,
Applied degree programs will be four years in length so changes
right now are student demand and employer
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401 may slow students down
Skills By Donna Ryves
school students will be participating in the photography competition
while the precision machining competition will include both secondary and post-secondary school
of 40 competitions in the
Summer-semester students at Conestoga College may be slowed down by construction to Highway 401 and Highway 8 over the next few months.
of Ministry Transportation is planning road both highways. The stretch of Highway 401 to be repaired goes from Highway 8 to Homer Watson Boulevard.
According to an MTO representative from the regional con-
struction scheduling office
asked to remain unidentified, the extent of work will depend
on the current budget and fund availability. At this point, the ministry is in the planning and designing stage.
Scheduled for construction is the Grand River bridge on Highway 8 which is to be widened to six lanes. This is not a huge endeavour as the bridge was originally designed to
six lanes, said the
MTO source. Other work will include widening Highway 401 to six lanes, ramp improvements in the
westbound lanes and a new median wall from Highway 8 to Homer Watson Boulevard.
Technological Ontario Competition through Skills Canada on May 16. A conference will also be ^ held for young
by Skills Canada to encourage women to join ized
The photography competition and the conference will be held at the college’s Doon campus and the precision machining competition will be held at the Guelph campus. The college will provide facilities and equipment for the events that are six hours long. Secondary
Both competitions include a theory, hands-on and test component. Gail Smyth, the executive direcCanada, said that the students who have advanced to the
and to keep it up-to-date. “We’ve gone through many changes at the college over the years and we believe the information we have is
The reporting system has been used by universities since the early
while Algonquin, Confederation and Lambton colleges will begin measuring 20 per cent per year for the next five years. If the four-month project proves successful, it will expand to facilities,
the other colleges in Ontario.
be one of
is Milner said
you are one of the leaders, you have more say in it. It allows us, as a college, to once again be a leader within the “Obviously,
the labour costs that are being partially funded by the summer expe-
rience program, are relatively low, said Milner.
Since colleges and universities have different facilities, such as animal space and undergraduate laboratories, the only problem Milner sees is defining those differences and changing them so that colleges can use this system.
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Wheel in the
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provincial recognition in their
the operating costs are going.
employment, Smyth said. “They can see on a resume has
the leading ones in
Being a part of Skills Canada great
the colleges to see
colleges throughout the province.
Milner said. confirm that.” Also, calculating the square footage will help complete an report benchmarking annual accurate”
this is to reinforce the existing data
square footage, but taking invento-
manager resources Physical Barry Milner said the reason for all
ry as well.
going around to each and every room in the college measuring the
‘80s and is now being used at the college level for the first time. Conestoga is the first college in Ontario to measure 100 per cent of
the four students will not only be
Students who travel along Highway 401 near Conestoga College should get ready for some traffic jams over the
who promote technical
up of about 500 elementary and high schools and 15 community
skilled trades in technology as a
Using good old measuring tapes,
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tor of Skills
Have you ever wondered how big Conestoga College really is? Well, at the end of the next 16 weeks, four students working with the physical resource department will
choice career option to people because there’s a critical shortage workers in of skilled-trade Canada,” Smyth said. Skills Canada is a national nonprofit organization consisting of educators, students, employers, labour groups and government first
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Conestoga College hosts
By Ray Bowe
— SPOKE, May
Applied degree status step in right direction With the Ontario government deciding April 28 to allow colleges to grant applied degrees, numerous positive prospects and opportunities are opened for the college as well as the business community. The government is starting the program on a pilot-project basis, and colleges must submit proposals for applied degree programs by the fall. The Quality Assessment Board, an advisory body of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, will be the governing body that will grant or deny approval to
The board is expected to summer. Two of the main programs that may be in line for applied degree status at Conestoga College are the mechanical and electronic engineering areas. Mechanical engineering includes robotics, automated manufacturApplied degree status ing and design and analysis. colleges applying for the pilot projects.
release priority criteria this
has already been accepted in British Columbia and Alberta.
Electronics enginering encompasses computer engineering and
telecommunications. The reason these courses are first in line
because Key Performance Indicators show those programs as above average. KPIs are an annual survey of Ontario’s 25 community colleges to determine how they compare to each other in the education they deliver. In addition, there is a strong applicant pool, good job placement rates and strong support from industry for those programs. The college will use a consultant to do research before making the final decision on which program to pursue applied degree status for. Post-secondary institutions in British
Alberta already have the power to grant applied degrees. Mike McClements, dean of engineering technology and trades and apprenticeships at Conestoga College, said the main difference between university and college engineering students is preparedness. University engineering students have take many
OAC math classes in high school, including finite and calculus, whereas college applicants usually only have general mathematics.
this is the case, engineering students at
a high lab-to-lecture ratio, directly opposite of university curriculums.
Pot flushed by police Police officer didn’t consider pot substantial evidence It
The owners of the Revolution and Flying Dog, Gary and Sue Stewart, could lose their liquor
see that police
Applied degree status would turn these three-year programs
had released the
information about the marijuana
into four-year tenures.
license for charges of serving alco-
two ways the school of engineering could deal with applied degree if Conestoga were to be chosen
hol to an intoxicated person and
being found the media would have eaten it up, in turn causing the fam-
allowing drunkenness and disor-
pain and suffering.
said there are
The program could remain the same but add a fourth year to specialize in a specific discipline, or the whole program could be revamped. Although the process is in the initial stages, one has to wonder how it will work. Undoubtedly, there will have to be the addition of resources, equipment, faculty and, most importantly,
Sunjeet Chaudhuria, dean of engineering at the University of Waterloo, said the announcement should not affect his institution.
for a pilot project.
pointed to the fact that admission into engineering pro-
choosare already in high-demand, and unless grams at es to expand its engineering school, applied degree status will not make any difference. focuses on mechanical engineering but also offers chemical, civil, system design engineering programs. “We’re not going to compromise quality or the quality of our
co-op jobs,” said Chaudhuria. With the government giving colleges the power to grant applied degrees, the gap between a university and a college education is lessened. Hopefully, other college programs will also be included to give more students an equally great opportunity.
Wayne Szymkowski, who was
injured in the accident, said he and
article in the
said a local police officer testified
April 27 that he flushed a bag of
marijuana down the toilet after he found it on a young Kitchener man
car into a street sign.
article said Const.
10-year veteran of the
Waterloo regional police, testified that he flushed the drugs down the toilet in
order to spare the family of
Ryan MacNeill, 19, more grief. MacNeill was killed Dec. 1998,
home drunk a
Waterloo nightclub. MacNeill’s use of marijuana has become an issue in a hearing under the provincial Liquor License Act.
understand that the public needs
to be able to trust the police in col-
the evidence and pre-
to the public, but
was marijuana use change the outcome of the horrible
shared a marijuana cigarette before going to the Revolution about 9:30
fact that there
event that followed?
At the revolution, he said, they drank about eight beers and two shooters before they decided to go home. Van Breda was quoted in the April 28 story as testifying that he didn’t think the small amount of
Van Breda knew that no matter what he did, the boy’s life was lost and the boy’s family would suffer. He also knew that society would look down its nose at the boy for his decision to drink and drive.
marijuana was important evidenceand the only person he could have charged for the possession was
MacNeill, who was pronounced dead at the scene. It is bad enough for the parents to have to face the news that their son made the choice of drinking and driving. Do they really need fuel
Van Breda should not feel any remorse for his actions. He should be proud of the fact
that the posses-
no matter how small, would ruin the boy’s image and reputation.
that he cared for the feelings of the
family and tried to do what he
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By Jes Brown
By Petra Lampert
important for people be aware of how to take care of themselves in order to get out of “I think it’s
held in September to teach students how to avoid dangerous situations. The seminar, discussed May 4 at a meeting of the college’s Women’s Resource Group held in the Blue
Room cafeteria, would be
an hour long and held in the third week of September. Statistics show that acquaintance
most common form of assault, the meeting was told. The seminar would consist of discussion and allow students to pracassault is the
and how to detect the early warning signs of mental abuse. Joan Magazine, a counsellor with safety
the college’s strident services, said
students because of the
violence in our society.
amount of Magazine
she believes every person needs to feel self-confident about said
The Conestoga Blue
difficult situations,” she said.
Students wishing to attend the seminar would be required to make a down payment of $10. The money will ensure that students attend and would be refunded in full upon completion of the seminar.
Donna Spears, whose daughter was murdered by an abusive
as a guest speaker to
about abusive relationships and how to detect the warning
told the group.
recently received an from award appreciation
Conestoga Students merly
The group’s next meeting
take place on June 19.
Quality Policy banner
...* }il *
hangs outside the
Room cafeteria. The new banner is also
located at the
(Photo by Tracy Ford)
courses to go
body,” said Stewart,
the costs of putting in place expen-
qualifying mathematics (business),
sive systems for distance educa-
methods 1 and continuous improvement process. These courses are offered from Contact South, a consortium of 20 of the 25 colleges in Ontario. Contact South started with just a
tion, but they felt that provincially
colleges were the
taking care of himself or herself.
“Actually, Loyalist and Niagara
towards a diploma.
about 400, Stewart
one college couldn’t make distance education necessarily go by
the realization of that time
(Photo by Donna Ryves)
coming on line at Conestoga this summer. Four new courses have been added to distance education for the spring and summer catalogue. They are qualifying math (basic),
More Internet courses
regulations are being met.
the continuing education program. “It
Stephen Case, purchasing manager for the college, inspects dangling wires in a computer lab to ensure safety
David Stewart, the director of
locally to justify
a couple of courses on the Internet himself. “Although
be in the classroom.” He said that other people enjoy the disto
tance education courses because of
time constraints. With no set class,
students from Conestoga
College, four from Algonquin and
students can take the courses in their
from some other place would add up to a nice healthy class,” said
courses in the future. There should
In the beginning only es
Stewart said Conestoga hopes to
number of Contact South
be 10 more coming on fall
line for the
— SPOKE, May
urges Qonestoqa J ^ security students to empty lockers
watch out signs of
heat stroke By
By Jes Brown lure of the sun
While the tempting
don’t fool yourself by thinking that it’s safe to stay outside all day. Unfortunately, heat exhaustion and
dents to empty their lockers,
of heat exhaustion,” says Wang.
of the sun and wearing a hat are two ways in which heat exhaustion
“I think there’s a bit of a
number of on a
the students if they’re here
will be re-issued
they come.” Lockers are reassigned during the summer because the college has
summer job entails working outaccording to Conestoga side,
empty these days, but
of the lockers are.
posted and the electronic message board flashes a message for stu-
being unwell are the warning signs
of Conestoga College
heat stroke are very real concerns for this time of year especially if a
College physician Dr. Jodie Wang. “Increased thirst, dizziness, nausea, fatigue and general feelings of
have the same locker
two- or three-year program,” said Allan Hunter, the head of security
lockers, according to Hunter.
after the spring
can’t return to
two-week grace period and then
finish their year
and assume they
the locks are cut off and the prop-
students are spread
a drain on security resources having to empty the lockers during
Last year there were nearly 300 still had locks on them
and notify the owners.” that sometimes notification is not possible because
Security gives students a one- or
takes up almost the whole security
Books, clothing, tools, calculators and other electronic equipment are some things that are found in
Hunter said that if a locker is going to be vacant for a long time and locked, security would like to know because there could be food
for the college.
may be warded off. Wang also suggests sunscreen with a SPF of 30 as a good way to avoid
erty inside the lockers is
people away from other duties.
300 lockers So does cataloging the property inside and attempting to contact the owners of “Opening close
the country working for the summer, or they have just moved on.
Security holds the property they
time,” he said.
the property, he added.
owners for five-tomonths and then disposes of it. “We need to be rid of those things by fall.” Hunter said the property
to see the student lose
and heat stroke
“Drinking a lot of water on a is very important.” says
humid day Wang.
sports drinks are a
keep up a good level of
salt in the
sweat, she says.
Wang warns cal
confusion or headaches could
time to seek medical attention,”
age at Conestoga because of the programs used on the college’s
The “love bug” computer
mean that heat exhaustion has become heat stroke - a much more
bug” enters computer systems through e-mails that say, “I love you” or “Love letter for you.”
obese people are particularly at “even a top athlete in superb condition can succumb to heat illness if he or she ignores the warning signs.”
Journal cites dry, hot, red fever;
shallow breathing; a rapid weak pulse; seizures; and small pupils as
warning signs that
time to go to
which we don’t use,” said Abraham. “It can get in but it won’t do any damage. Since
don’t use Outlook
ensure that the computers remain bug-free, like having most servers run the Norton anti-virus protection program. The program to
saved on the G-drive and tries to file. If the file can not be
most costly and the most rap-
most effective Abraham way to stop computers from getsaid the
idly spreading virus in the history
of computing.” The virus is not able to do dam-
ting a virus is to use protection.
Your business education
can’t progress any further.” The college also has taken steps
consultants computer-security ICSA.net was quoted in a May 5 Record article as saying it is “the most virulent, the most damaging, the
Peter Tippett, chief scientist at
risk for heat illnesses but
be be using
(the virus) to
support specialist at the college. The virus known as the “love
to the British
“In order for
which recently caused chaos in computer systems around the world will not be a threat to Conestoga College computers, said Michael Abraham, technical
Journal, children, the elderly and
to security at
College not bothered by ‘I love you’ computer virus
from the sun.
Tribe said that the addition in A-wing has created some new
Conestoga College has installed one-way emergency inter-
safer place to learn and work.
remote areas in the school that are removed from the general flow and are quite far from the security office.
A person in danger can push the
button on the yellow call box and
located in the
the call will go to a line in the security office. When the call is received at the security office the
comes up on the display. If there is no one in the security
office, the call is
forwarded to the
portable radios that the security officers wear, so a person in dan-
ger should be able to reach some-
one at all times. “We’re always looking for tiatives,”
Conestoga College security staff member. “Our mandate is to provide a safe and secure environment. We take a proactive approach to safety.”
new call boxes is new A-wing near
room 2A621 by Another
located on the wall
Sanctuary by room
1B20. The third call box is located on the fourth floor near the elevator beside 4B19. The new emergency call boxes were funded through the women’s safety grant and were activated on April 21.
There are another three call boxes on the Doon campus, which have been in place for two years. One is located by 1D17, another by 2D 16 and the third is across from the bookstore.
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Security Supervisor Clifford Laurin shows off the new yellow emergency box located near the Sanctuary. There are several more located around the college. (Photo by Sherri Osment)
Community walks and
— Page 7
College hosts the Canadian Mental Health Association’s walk-a-thon By Tracy Ford The sun was shining and the sunwas in abundance as participants of the Walk and Roll for screen
Mental Health geared up for this year’s fundraiser held at Conestoga College May 7. The walk-a-thon was part of fund raising efforts planned by the
year hoped to raise over $22,000, said Lynne Sosnowski, a special event produce. “This year we expected 400 hun-
dred people to attend,” she said, compared to 226 people last year,
Association to recognize National
Mental Health Week. The fundraiser has been held every spring for the past three years. Last year the organization earned $16,500 from pledges and
was also held at Conestoga The walk was a major
an opportunity for families to come out and socialize,” said Sosnowski.
Centre, Youth Line and the Centre
Wendy Vnoucek, the volunteer chairperson who works at the Distress Centre, says the money is needed.
funding source for the year. “It’s (the fundraiser) to
various mental health needs in the community such as the Distress
association also wants to raise
awareness in the community about mental health issues. Each participant could either walk the course or roller blade
“It’s a great family event, just an afternoon to get out for a walk,”
she said. “It was fabulous last year and I wanted to do it again this year,” said Vnoucek.
Valerie Cole, a radio personality
from CHYM FM, an event sponsor, was appointed honorary chairperson of the event and also appeared as the host of the day. Participants were expected to gather pledges from friends, family
and neighbours and there were prizes awarded to the people who The collect the most pledges. grand prize for the adult with most pledges was a barbeque afternoon for up to 50 guest at Sports World and the child with the most pledges won a Waterpark pass. “We have less individuals this year and more groups,” said Vnoucek, but she said the turnout was more than the expected 400
Dennis Thompson, 43,
Arnold, 15 (middle) and
members of Tri-City In-line Skate Club, take a rest before heading down the course at the third annual Walk and Roll for mental health held at Conestoga College May 7.
(Photo by Tracy Ford)
Sosnowski said the event was Tropicana, a Caribbean music band, entertains the participants at the walk-a-thon held by the Canadian Mental Health Association at
Conestoga College May
(Photo by Mike Radatus)
into the walk.
other communities have had with
Sosnowski’s said Conestoga was chosen for the past two years
selected because of the
“It’s fun, it’s
healthy and enter-
it is a central part of the area organizers want incorporated
a beautiful trailright along the river. The college is the centre of all that,” she said.
Former presidents of Conestoga honoured during memorial service The Church family requested a
By Ray Bowe
and memorial for deceased
Conestoga College presidents James W. Church and Kenneth E. Hunter May 7. Family and friends of both men attended the memorial service in the Blue Room that quickly moved outdoors to the pond area. About 65 people attended. Church was the founding president of the college in 1967 and remained in that position until 1974. He died Jan. 8 at the age of 83.
Church’s son David spoke about his father, including stories about
black walnut tree be planted because one of Church’s hobbies was woodworking. He used black walnut in much of his work. He
also involved in radar design
Steve Hunter told an anecdote about his father having to go through numerous interviews to gain security clearance from the U.S. government as well as taking
also told about
and building Lancaster bombers. His tree’s plaque reads: “scholar,
become an accomplished
president of the
college after Church in 1974 and remained in that position for 13 years.
Hunter died Nov. 11
year, at the age of 77.
Hunter’s family chose a red oak a memorial tree. His plaque reads: “Fair science frown’d not on as
taken from a
Thomas Gray poem.
a child to
the family is honoured have Hunter’s name adorn the
He added to
recreation centre at the college. While Hunter was president of the college,
he was responsible for
acquiring the funding for the complex and it was his wife, Margaret,
who was in attendance but did not speak, who helped attain equal both male and female
Hunter’s son Steve spoke about his father’s life, noting his work as president of Hycon, a developer of
Church was fond of
high-altitude cameras, starting in
using television and the graphic
1963. Hunter worked to develop cameras for U.S. missions such as
Apollo 13 and the U-2 spy plane.
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Journalism grads honoured at daily By Laura Czekaj
awards dinner was talking to other from other papers and the relaxed atmosphere that is nonexistent in the newspaper industry. She added that she was pleased that she won. Klager graduated from Conestoga in 1996, then went on to work at a small weekly newspaper in Espanola, in Northern Ontario, called the Mid-North Monitor. He moved to the Sentinel-Review shortly after because it was a bigger, daily paper and had better career opportunities, he said.
Scott Utting, news editor at the Woodstock Sentinel-Review, describes Bob Klager as a good,
“He is a big part of this newsroom,” Utting said. Klager was one of two Conestoga College’s journalism graduates who were presented with awards at the Western Ontario Newspaper Awards dinner held April 28 in Windsor. The other was Hillary Stead, who works at the Guelph Mercury. Stead won the Toronto Star for Editorial
papers under 35,000 circulation while Klager won the Canadian Press Award for Novice Reporting - under 35,000 circulation. To be considered a novice reporter, a reporter has to
Utting said he
His goal daily, like
The Record, then
included in his submission covered
him,” said Utting.
such as Nicaragua and a councillor charged with fraud and drug possession.
Klager credits his training at Conestoga for giving him the basic
Stead submitted three editorials
enjoyed the program,” he said. “Working on Spoke taught me what I needed to know.”
to the competition
and said she also
entered other categories, which she
She said the best part of the
also credits the college with
to his wife. Tara, a
employment, but also employ-
the student’s related field.
it thoroughly now that the charged is going to trial.
awards and he is happy about it, but after a week-long vacation he is looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Stead, who graduated from Conestoga in 1989, declined comment on her experience in the colleges ’journalism program. Prior to attending Conestoga
to bigger and be hard to replace
did not win.
newsroom have been congratulating him on his win at the WONA
“When he goes on
of his writing as well as some photos to be judged. Stories that were
“The cover letter and resume won’t get you a job,” Doersam said. “Its main purpose it to get you an interview.” Students may check the status of potential employment and find out where their resumes have been sent by calling the jobs hotline (748-5220 ext. 562), which is updated every Friday afternoon. Graduates of the college are able to use the resume referral
“Bob cares a lot and he knows when something is a real story,” said Utting. “He is a very thorough
Conestoga College graduates or
service serve students looking
drop off a resume in the student employment co-op education and alumni services office where it will be referred to employers in
went into detail about the case and continues to
bly a national paper, like the Globe
Not only does ral
ers looking for trained staff.
to a larger
By Donna Ryves
those set to graduate in June can
Graduates can use resume referral system after graduation
working for the Sentinel-Review was a murder, which Klager
during a recent interview. Klager had submitted six pieces
Klager moving on to
Citing an example of Klager’s thoroughness as a reporter, Utting
looks good on a resume and
not looking for-
Klager said that people
Klager said he received a plaque and $100, but recognition is the “It
another paper because he is a valuable member of the newsroom.
hard to replace him.”
be on a
“He is a big part of this newsroom. When he goes on to bigger and better places it’ll be
journalism classmate he became
Students may bring in their resumes and cover letters to have them critiqued by an employment officer. Tip sheets offering information on how to polish resumes are also available for students in
free for the first six
Currently, employers are able to
post jobs on the college
lege, said that students
During the work term portion of Conestoga’s program, Stead worked at the Guelph Mercury and has remained there for 11 years. The WONAs were attended by about 400 people from 3 1 papers in
advice on what to include in a resume.
“The service is something you can use for the rest of your life,”
graduation and students are charged $25 each year after that.
Laurie Doersam, employment officer
service for years after graduation.
referral service is
College, Stead received a bachelor arts degree Guelph.
(www.conestogac.on.ca) by ing out a job sheet.
However, students are not yet
able to apply to the postings. In the future, the college is hoping to
content such as marital status and age in their resumes.
update the site for students to access the postings and directly
and read the tip sheets before you write your resume,”
respond online, Doersam said. “The nice thing about the existing system is there is a personal
More housing a
PEER TUTORS AND PEER HOSTS DESERVE A THANK-YOU! !!
By Laura Czekaj
money into the currently privately owned building to construct a new wing that would extend towards Highway 401 The college would also have to investing
TUTORS AND HOSTS HELPED MANY STUDENTS THIS SEMESTER FROM ALL PROGRAM AREAS
Rodeway Suites Conestoga and Conestoga College are currently negotiating
result in additional student
purchase property for additional
The decision rooms to the located
add about 100
across from the college,
THANK-YOU PEERS FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!!
Kevin Mullan, vice-president of
finance and administrative opera-
Ryan McNaughton, genmanager of Rodeway Suites,
confirmed the college’s par-
said negotiations look promising.
for the addition
have been drawn up, but financial matters are still up in the air.
further, saying the college
deciding on whether to proceed.
College designs course to train students in ISO Committee ponders marketing plans ity in
to involve students in
implementing a new
cation course as early
ISO committee best way to market
designed and the is
to appeal to students.
general and would give
certification of college
help students get jobs Conestoga
an example,” Edith Torbay, the quality assurance manager,
told the meeting.
Bill Jeffrey, the college’s
course would include 16 hours of internal auditing, somethe
would benefit the
dents and the college. “If
can do a general educa-
quality, not just
ISO, these students
would be a
Conestoga is in the process of the by certified being Standards International
Organization, an organization that
audited,” said Jeffery.
advantage to the college because it will be constantly
required to maintain con-
Jenn Hussey, former vice-president of operations for the Doon Student Association, now known as Conestoga Students Inc., and a member of the ISO steering com-
tinuous internal auditing in order to maintain the level of quality
mittee, told the meeting the course would be a good way to
specified by ISO. By creating a program within the college to
definable and documented
standards for constancy and quality for businesses to follow.
train students to
provided with a
policies to students,
involved,” said Jeffrey,
An example for the final project would be
for the stu-
ready supply of auditors.
in the course
The ISO committee discussed re course and some of the possi-
dents to audit an external company, not necessarily Conestoga,
ble course outline at
auditors, but the training is strictly
Students would benefit by takthe course, according to
oriented, while the pro-
posed general education course would cover numerous quality systems. By making it a education course the
would be available
employers that the student
familiar with quality systems, a fact that is
becoming more impor-
and industry. Joe Martin, dean of the school
tant in business
Conestoga College students may have a better chance at getting jobs once the college becomes ISO certified, according to spokespeople from two local automotive compa-
every program. “The course would be on qual
the general education
mentation in each category
Different categories suit different
businesses better than others.
and they were equal in experience, but one had ISO, that resume would be considered before the one that doesn’t have it,” said Theresa
employment co-ordinator at Lear Corporation Canada Ltd. in
She added that if local companies were aware of the college’s goal to become ISO certified and that the college
in the process of training
would be a bonus
to the students
definitely increase the level
of respect for the school,” she said. Conestoga is in the process of
Organization that sets definable and documented standards for con-
and quality for business
Bruce Francis, human resources manager at Lear, said ISO training would mainly benefit students if
Sutherland Shultz Inc., located in
“Automotive companies in this area are ISO certified and most other companies are involved in some quality system management,” she said. “People that have come through an institution that is registered as a quality system will be perceived to have gone through a
system where quality did matter.” Bill Jeffrey, dean of the school of services
would look at their qualifications
grams would benefit as well. For example, he said, students in nursing would benefit from certification because hospitals have their own version of quality management systems in place and therefore, students will be used to a
ISO on a be would
said the benefits of
putting a general
education course out and letting students
someone knows what
our procedure may work compared to another company may be entirely different.”
During the nies
given ideas on
a result, there
set path to
Sutherland Shultz certified its panel division in 1998 and is considering
we will be
However, both Fronchak and
Sutherland Shultz, because both
companies incorporate ISO ing during orientation.
returning students and employees ISO Internal Auditor Training
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Francis said ISO training only plays a minor role when it comes to
The companies then determine the best way for them to accomplish certification.
participates in the process.
“We may be
other areas, said Fronchak.
quently hires auditors.
written Sutherland Shultz has and approved its own procedure.
an asset to students. He added that although ISO is more prevalent in technology and business, other pro-
being able to fit the application moreso than if they have ISO.” ISO procedures differ from com-
and the ISO management
for the college, agrees that being certified will be
would be a benefit, but
a necessity,” he said. “Primarily,
they are directly involved in the auditing process because he fre-
Lear is currently ISO 9000 certiand is in the process of being certified QS 14,000 which is an documentation environmental
good thing because if an industry is ISO registered and they know the graduate is coming with a background in ISO, obviously that is ly
doubt students will benefit once the
assurance for the college’s ISO steering committee, said she has no
they apply for jobs.
auditing,” said Jeffrey. “It
Cambridge, does not base its hiring on ISO training, according to Jerry manager. project Fronchak, However, he said it is helpful to
become ISO 9001 certified by next fall. The difference between ISO 9001, 9000 and 9002 is the docu-
Edith Torbay, chair of quality
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By Laura Czekaj By Laura Czekaj
— SPOKE, May
Gladiator A once
fight for his
Groove Station of passion releases album and must
sold into slavery
By Donna Ryves
hard to go wrong with a compacked with current top hits such as Chris Sheppard’s Groove Station 6 CD album released May 2. The Groove Station albums are released annually in conjunction with the Groove Station radio show in Canada. The songs are picked according to what radio listeners request most. The dance album includes 18 It’s
Maximus and his wife and son. Maximus escapes from the men who are supposed to execute him and races home to save his family, but he does not make it in time. Found lying in home, Maximus (Russell Crowe, right) must fight for his life in the in the film Gladiator, which is directed by Ridley (Photo by DreamWorks Pictures
Roman arena Scott-
effects in the film bring to life the
something about an
individual battling against incredible
General Maximus’s struggles in the movie Gladiator show the glory
and the grief that come
Russell Crowe’s (The Insider) portrayal of the
and powerful performance.
and beauty of the ancient
Maximus’s fight to bring the final wish of his Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, to
sold into slav-
forced to become a gladiator, a competition to
Colosseum brings him face
Commodus. The reality of the chaos and tality
played by Richard (The Field), wished for Maximus to succeed him in place of his son Commodus, played by Joaquin Phoenix (Return to Aurelius,
amazing camera work and the passion of the actors.
With incredible realism there little left
to the imagination
to the battle scenes.
Gladiator is a film that is well worth seeing on the big screen. Seeing the marvelous structures of ancient Rome, as if they were
wishes, commits patriand orders the deaths of
Jordan, Santana, Britney Spears,
Cher and Moby.
of the songs are original,
while others are remixes.
get annoying listening to Sheppard
some of the album. Sheppard has been part of Canada’s rave scene since 1988 and continues to produce albums annually.
Gladiator doesn’t spare any vio-
at the introduction
the ruins of his
There will be a Groove Station 6 tour that will host three acts from the album. The show hit the roads
from coast-to-coast May.
Additional information on the Groove Station show or album can be found on the album’s Web site
The popular song Maria Maria by Santana is redone in the Pumpin’ Dolls Club Mix that is a world exclusive. Other remixes are included, such as TLC’s song Unpretty, which is done in the Don’t Look Any Further Remix. In total there are about 10 exclu-
on the album, meaning
they aren’t available on other col-
site features weekfrom the radio show, and track samples from Groove
fans and a downloadable screen-
National radio stations who have supported the album’s release are Radio Station Groove the Network, Toronto’s Hit 103.5 and
also has a contest for
Thomas debut album
By Laura Czekaj Carl Thomas’s debut album. Emotional, inspires one emotion in its listeners
The CD, which is produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs, is a mixture of moaning, groaning and pathetic attempts to rap.
Emotional, much so
extremely mellow, so
pick-up lines that would
listeners want to catch up on their sleep, and it’s all downhill from there. The single I Wish, is a confusing diatribe about Thomas’s love for a woman and her love for him. However, she loves someone else and he then goes back to saying he loves her. The album should include a secret decoder ring so listeners can understand what is
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has the voice to
same sentence over and over, he is moaning as if he were in
the average song
agony. If this
an eternity, especially is about three minutes. Thomas is incoherent throughout and what can be
And that is just the beginning. Thomas co-wrote the majority
An example falls
carry off soulful lyrics.
quent whereas Thomas’s interludes are long, tedious and occur so often they detract from the songs
Another interlude that inspires sickness is Trouble Won’t Last. The lyrics start off with, “But I’m saying. Here I am saying, laying and praying that I am laying something hot. ‘Cause baby it’s cold outside and even when it’s not it still is.” Now what does that mean
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Alexandra as well as the turntable magic of DJ Sella.
The long-awaited debut release from Toronto’s post-punk trio theivyleague
to fruition April
The band’s label Flagship Sound hosted a Signal Sounds Series in Toronto at the Blue Moon Tavern, Queen Street East a few doors away from the Opera House. The lineup for the CD release located on
as they rocked their heads to
party included fellow label-mates
Next to take young punkers
to the stage
Fall Alexandra, a
Searles, opened the evening with an eclectic mix of house, trance and dub foundations. The loud pounding bass riffs reverberated on the walls of the deep tavern. Moving back and forth from
talented quartet based in Stratford.
turntable to turntable, Sella inject-
quick quip, putting the rowdies
ed energy into the early evening
As the crowd grew, people moved up to the front of the stage band rocked. Following some humourous bantering from
the crowd, the singer replied with a
theivyleague released their debut CD Music From Open Windows April 29. theivyleague is Jay Harris on bass, Jay
Bradley on drums and Damian Valles on guitar
At about midnight, the headliners took to the stage, theivyleague, a math-rock trio out of Toronto, played every track from their eightsong, 50-minute debut CD titled
Music From Open Windows. The band’s sound is an explosive and healthy concoction of epic intros, mercurial climaxes and
theivyleague releases freshman By Ray Bowe
able rhythmic tandem, especially Jay Bradley’s impressively off-beat
drum rampages. The band cleverly
taking each one into a multitude of directions with soft-spoken vocals
Valles’s throaty holler
exceptionally unpredictable time changes. All the while, the bass and
be one of the best this side of any hardcore band. Keep your eyes open for this
at the Signal
Sounds Series included DJ
Alexandra. (Photo by Ray Bowe)
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