— No. 26
Plaque planned for Sanctuary
honour students who die while attending college
By Tracy Ford
Catharines to drop off fishing gear, before coming back to Kitchener.
The recent death of a Conestoga College student has inspired the
the accident occurred.
commemorating while enrolled
at the college.
Brenner was rushed to Hamilton General Hospital, but died around noon on Sunday.
native of Kitchener, Brenner
Terry Brenner, a mechanical engi-
neering (automated manufactur-
before entering his studies at the
who was car he
Security supervisor Al Hunter comments on crime.
a plaque in the Sanctuary
At about 3 a.m. as the group was back to St. Catharines,
on summer vacation,
fatally injured after the
in with four other
swerved and went off Highway 58, near the Welland Canal tunnel, on the Canada Day weekend. The 20-year-old had gone to St.
Mary’s high school
Lebeau, president of Conestoga Students Inc. (formerly Phil
Doon Student Association) said Brenner’s death inspired the group the
to install a plaque
Brenner and other students
at the college.
would have a lasting effect. Lebeau said the CSI will donate $50 to the charitable organization. The plaque will cost $100 initially. that
hearing about Terry’s death,” he '
The plaque, which will display name and program of the
a student dies during the
school year, the registrar’s office
student, will be displayed in the
and then the program coordinator and faculty of the program in which the student was enrolled. A faculty member can ask for counsellors from the student
Sanctuary to remind other students
about the ones
added to as each year passes. Lebeau said three students died last
services office to talk to the class if
The option of planting a tree was also discussed by the CSI. In the past the CSI has donated
they are having difficulty dealing with the loss.
to a charitable organization
individual appointments for
of the family’s choice but this year
If necessary, the counsellor will
are taking the loss par-
program gives special needs students head start on learning for coming semester Pilot
By Jes Brown
Then there was a question and answer period with a panel of three
Thirty-one students attended the special needs department’s second post-secondary accommodation
students with learning disabilities
support strategies (PASS) program
4 to 7. The program provided an oppor-
at the college July
change graduates head
to use its resources.
day students were back computer literacy lab completing hands-on exercises to learn writing skills and learning strate-
learning disabilities to get a head start
towards the future. .
on learning for the coming
“It’s an opportunity to get on campus, meet staff and learn about resources,” said Rick Casey, a special needs transition counsellor. “It’s an -intensified orientation
ual learning needs.
The program gives
gies as well as tive
“The numbers are up considerhe said, “We were able to
into contacting students earli-
Pamphlets went out to 22 high earlier this year so stu-
COMMENTARY Page 2 The huft family tragedx
September,” said Casey.
schools in Kitchener- Waterloo and
er this year.”
to complete assignments on the adaptive technology. Casey said the program was a lot of fun and helpful to students. Students had the chance to voice their concerns about disclosure issues and to get comfortable with the college and staff. “They don’t feel they are walking
attended last year.
day was spent on indi-
evaluation took place and free time
special needs office and the book-
The afternoon of
the students a
use the adap-
vidual training with adaptive tech-
Centre, literacy lab, writing centre,
Casey said only
technology in the
chance to get acquainted with the college staff, services and supports such as the Learning Resource
George Clooney stars in The Perfect
currently attend the college.
The afternoon on the second day was spent in the LRC learning how
information services co-ordinator Cathy Potvin helps
Duchesne work on a
The program kicked
graduate of the college
The underlying theme for this summer’s PASS program was success. “The students have shown success by getting here; we want to build on
provided on the
(Photo by Jes Brown)
beginning in September could sign
on July 4
10 a.m. with a speech from a
who has a diagnosed learning disability, and an overview of the learning opportunities project. It
was followed by a
that success while they are here,”
resource areas and staff
tour of the
The afternoon was spent computer
literacy lab “to get peo-
ple familiar with the computer
eracy lab and
cost the stu-
dents anything and a free lunch
on the LRC computers using computer programs Ebscohost and Newscan participant Laura
who have been
The program did not
gy such as voice-to-text software,” Casey said. The second day, learning disability specialist Barry Cull gave a presentation on the attributes of
that next year the col-
looking for ways to accom-
modate long distance students, possibly having them stay in residence.
The PASS program learning
part of the
four-year pilot funded through the learning opportunities task force of the Ministry of Training, Colleges
— SPOKE, July
Local tragedy turns into media circus famspread about the murder-suicide of a local street of small the to flocked Ontario ily, media from all over Mooregate Crescent. homicipe rate The startling event sky-rocketed Kitchener’s of the city. resident down the spine of each
and sent chills years to three Four children, ranging in age from seven Luft, Bohuslava mother, their with months, were killed along Jr. on July 6. Luft (Bill) Vilem and her husband, semi-detached home late Their bodies were taken from the the family s court file that night. Justice Gary Hearn sealed notified of the murders. just hours after the public was media specuBefore the police called it a murder-suicide, gun on himthe turned then family, lated Bill Luft killed his was self. It was believed that he
experiencing financial troubles and battling a mental illness. Without speculation, there
hear enough about the worst
would be nothing to tell the onlookers, whether they were on
multiple murder in the history of
that the pub-
watching the news wants to know. Photographers shot the bizarre scene in front of the house as
the region. reporters tried to gather as
much information as possible from
clock was ticking neighbours and friends because the press incident. and police were revealing little about the situation gets tricky
and the privacy of the collide. It
reporters and the
the public’s right to
remaining members of the Luft family
of curiosity of neighbours, the speculation duty of the officers that turned the already
tragic situation into a free-for-all. Three pages of the local paper the following
coverage of the situation, dissecting the family’s history. street as dusk Flashes from photographers’ cameras lit up the selling sandwas house the canteen van parked outside fell.
wiches and soda pop. occurred It was a major tragedy that
dued community of K-W. A tragedy that was across Canada. The spotlight is on Kitchener now. The actions of the will be police, as they try to investigate the murders, all
The conclusions drawn by neighbours, longer media professionals and outsiders will be remembered investigators. than the final conclusion drawn by the
reminiscent of the car crash that killed Princess Diana crashed into the or the death of JFK Jr. when his plane about the worst enough hear can’t public The Atlantic Ocean. It is
multiple murder in the history of the region. of the murders or that It may be because of the proximity of a quiet community. backyard the murders happened in the the way a driver will to similar human curiosity,
scene of an auto accident. by the horrific nature of a crime unthink-
able to most people.
shake their heads in disbelief, wipe lingering tears four from their eyes and stand in silent awe at the idea of
small children killed for no reason. The media is a necessary evil. It
but vacy of the family and take over an entire block for days, without it the public wouldn’t be satisfied. Media tell their community what they can and look hard to people more. They are the voices for a community the find
the questions trying to find
sounds strange. In fact, it sounds downright
moose. seems there
guard the entrances to banks and stores, others are standing in front
of Nathan Phillips Square and the old Toronto City Hall. They are part of Toronto’s continuing millennium celebration.
will be auctioned off
both live and on line, with the proceeds going to support local charities and Toronto’s Olympic ath-
Toronto gave a call to artists in February seeking designs and sponsors for 300 moose. The response was overwhelming.
sponsored by a
Labatt Breweries of Canada headed up the charge and was followed by hundreds of other sponsors each paying $6,500 for one
or $30,000 for a herd of
There’s everything from the Olympic Moose, sponsored by the Toronto 2008 bid committee and designed by Charles Pachter, that stands in Nathan Phillips Square, to the Moosepaper, sponsored by the Toronto Sun and designed by stands in the
Toronto exceeded the goal of 300 by 25 moose. The moose were intended to bring attention to Toronto and it seems to be working. There have been articles in USA Today and the
Chicago Tribune. Inspired by Chicago’s Cows on Parade
Keeping Conestoga College connected
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strange statues aren’t limited
to animals, either.
Norfolk, Va„ has had a mermaid population explosion and there has been a drastic growth spurt in 111.,
six-foot ears of
or formerly unique,
idea began in Zurich with cows and was aped in North America originally by Chicago, which naturally would have a strange attachment to
after the tragic events started
by Mrs. O’Leary’s fateful beast. The moose in Toronto are definitely works of art, and give the interesting, off-
downtown core an beat attitude.
are large fibreglass animals invad-
What could be
on parade Waterloo? pigs
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corporation, individual or organization and designed by a local
Margaret Glew, which
multi-coloured cows in New York; five-foot New Orleans, La.; and more
son each patron will be invited to donate their moose to an auction.
not be cows, but the city will milk them for all they are worth.
six-foot -hares in Saginaw, Mich.;
Yorkville village park.
are not the only
But the moose are for a good cause. At the end of the moose sea-
moose on every
moose to have over 300 fibreglass on display around downtown
The downtown core of the
Maybe it’s slow down
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Crime not major problem Students and By Tracy Ford
— Page 3
July 17, 2000
Hunter said in each assault case were injuries, but they were
Students and faculty feel safe at Conestoga’s Doon campus, according to A1 Hunter, director of security services.
certainly a feeling of
safety here,” he said.
study conducted by the
Statistics reported that
crime rate fell 22 per cent between 1991 and 1998 and is at its lowest rate in 19 years. Experts are also seeing the same
“The most common crimes would be theft - we have some mischief problems like willful damage but not a lot,” he said. Security services also responds
such as fighting,
age but not a
But even with lower
The study said the majority of is committed by people between 18 and 25, the ages where most of the population pur-
up ways to help staff and
crime is rising, according to a 1998 Environics poll. Three-quarters of Canadians feel that crime is getting worse.
crime, the fear of
— we have
has dropped for the
There were 307 incidents that services responded to last year, but Hunter said he wants to concentrate on preventative measures rather than appresecurity
“The most common problems would be
results across the
they are leav-
late at night.
The walk safe program under which students can get an escort when travelling across the campus runs from 6:45 p.m. to 12:45
p.m. Students can contact security to request this service.
sues post-secondary education. Hunter, who retired from the
Waterloo Regional Police after 3 years, said crime isn’t a major problem on campus. “There is a general level of maturity here.”
The most common crimes com-
is also a camera system in main building, which moni-
tors the halls.
also said the youth
violent crime rate
cent higher than
10 years ago, mostly because of youth fighting
mitted on campus are thefts of vehicles, books, equipment or
each other. Half of youths charged in- 1998 were charged with property crimes and 21 per
wallets, but the security office has
cent with violent crimes.
don’t really have a lot of
crime,” he said.
There were four assaults reported at the college during 1999 and two incidents this year to date.
Ten 10 per cent were
Al Hunter, supervisior of security services at
graduates of the
Ontario high school curriculum
described as a des-
tinations-based curriculum rather
than an ability-based one. It
asks that students determine
where they think they
ing in the future
versity or the workforce
phere partly to the fact that the
campus,” he said. He did say, however, that because the campus
from time to time students or staff have raised concerns about feel-
colleges were consulted in
riculum and the ‘C’ level courses were designed by college academics to
meet college requirements.
“The biggest concern will be dealing with all
secondary school applicants who have graduated from the
curriculum and the
transition courses that will allow
students to cross over to different
20003/2004, when students taken the
graduated from the old one.” Jennifer Leith, associate registrar
they will not have taken the level
one who have
and will have either graduat-
ed with a ‘C’ level (college level) or a ‘U’ level (university level).
then asks them to take courses, credits, that are appropri-
are not situated in the core
of transient people walking on
will start arriving in 2003.
The controversial new curriculum designed and implemented by
ing unsafe, but generally every-
The weighting that has been done in the past, when colleges evaluated courses high school students have taken, like adding 20 extra
out after security
(Photo by Tracy Ford)
the development of the
though reports he
charged with violent crimes. Hunter, who keeps a log of inci-
comfortable on campus.
(of the city),
advanced course level
marks, will no longer be done.
associate registrar, problems will arise
so close to
College prepares for grads from By
services responds to an incident, on his computer. Security personnel responded to 307 incidents
trying to select students
from both programs. “The biggest concern
be dealing with all the new secondary school applicants who have graduated from the new OSSR curriculum and the ones who have graduated from the old one. How do you compare the two? They are so difwill
don’t have a lot
“It (the college) is like a
or any other
to participate to prevent
high school system
“The Waterloo board was concerned about problems Grade 9 students were having
with the these
plunked right into the new curriculum of course, they have to learn to adapt, and of course it’s going to be difficult initially.”
She said she has hopes
new curriculum to
parking lots are perfect targets for
make it easier grammar and
“Perhaps the new curriculum be back to basics,” said Leith. Leith said the college has had to begin promoting the college programs to younger and younger students, as students will be asked to will
decisions about their futures
sions for kids in Grades
said Leith, “I’ve had requests
Grade 8 teachers who are up career displays.”
ferent,” said Leith.
be a challenge to make a comparison between the two.” Leith went on to say that a lot of “It will
important information about the old curriculum was unavailable.
were having the
judge the two programs because this curriculum is so new. We have to judge its difficulty,” said Leith Leith said that there is an assumption that the new curriculum is more difficult and cited the difficulty
Teaching English as a
year adapting to
A One-Year Starts this Call for
Conestoga College fi
— SPOKE, July
report of key performance indicator statistics, used to rate colleges’ per-
Conestoga College stacks
up against those
in the rest of the
Confederation College in
of Conestoga’s programs exceeded the provincial average by
academic support for Conestoga, said a KPI sub-committee estab-
the college meas-
as 17 percentage points,
while others fell below the provincial standards by 14 percentage
tied for first place overall in
lished at the college council’s May 8 meeting met recently to brain-
storm ways to use KPI results to improve the college.
recreation and leisure servic-
program and the early childhood education program ranked highest
2000 KPI survey. However, Conestoga failed to place first in
Conestoga, with 93 and 92 per cent
any of the four survey areas - graduate employment rate, graduate
respectively, while the provincial average was 77 and 80 per cent.
Conestoga’s management studies program (89) and graphic design
and student satisfaction. KPIs are annual surveys which are compiled by the provincial government to rate Ontario’s 25 community colleges and consist of 95 mutual and
program (83) ranked high but the provincial average was low at 67
and facilities. The an accountability and excellence benchmark that the government uses to determine which
Some programs at Conestoga that ranked lower than the provincial average were civil engineering technology, at 59 per cent, broad-
schools should receive additional
per cent, and electronics computer systems, at 42 per cent. In those
communication and feedback.”
— radio and
of the items that were dis-
meeting were publiand working with faculty to improve programs and schools that need work.
Conestoga’s competition was
standards for constancy and qualiThe college is trying to become
for faculty to confer with stu-
dents to get a better understanding of what students expect.
“If we better understand each other, we can do a better job help-
ing,” he said.
at the college.
said the college received low scores on questions about students
Ways to improve communication between students and faculty, which Bamford said are on the
said another suggestion
next year, which will result in clarifying workplace procedures
receiving feedback from faculty
committee’s agenda, include estab-
and the college. Ideas compiled from the subcommittee’s meeting in June and an upcoming meeting scheduled for August will be summarized and
Web sites to post program information and modernizing faculty computer systems.
Incentives for faculty to improve low on the survey
presented to college council in
areas that ranked
are also being discussed, according
Bamford, including possibly rewarding teachers on a monthly
said he has high hopes for improvements in the college
obtained through analyzing
to the survey are cur-
and 66 per cent. All of Conestoga’s mechanical engineering programs exceeded the
questions regarding programs, faculty,
programs the provincial averages were 64, 77 and 56 respectively. Bob Bamford, co-ordinator of
called capstone questions,
By Laura Czekaj
ties for first in
works, said Dave Ross, media spokesperson for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and
“KPI’s and ISO (the International will Organization) Standards
improve inter-departmental systems, which will improve communication and feedback,” he said. “We will improve relationships with students by focusing on the
question pertaining to the program’s usefulness for life outside work, the ministry will be issuing the next
the question and will
a group that establishes documented and definable is
survey with a re-worded version of
of the capstone
college as a whole.”
Six faculty enrolled
By James Campbell
skills an employee to
progress to the If
you’re a teacher
do, not to mention get paid more, then the In-Service
Teacher Training Certificate Program may be for you.
The program, by
formal education in
there are six faculty
j une 29
who also works in physical preparation for the esthetics class on (Photo by Petra Lamport)
from Conestoga and 98 others enrolled from 17 colleges from within Ontario.
1996-2001 collective agreement states that this pro-
progress to the maximum step on the
appeals to teachers
18 and 54 agreement hours in states that this program length the entitles an employee to and entire
According to Kathy Tellier,
resources during the summer, paints room
instructional evaluation and content update and integration.
started in 1987
and is now being offered St. through Clair College
Brad Whiteford, the CSI’s vice president
on the salary grid. The program consists of six modules: introduction, learning
complete. Tellier said the
ence someone has as a teacher, the fewer modules they would have to take, though the first and last modules are compulsory
and each can cost from $425
2-week program 1
Danijela Ninkovic, a focus for
immigrated to Canada from Macedonia with her two children 11 years ago. (Photo by Julie Porter)
Loretta Morrison holds her focus for change graduation Morrison plans to work with computers in the future. (Photo by Julie Porter)
Focus graduate says course changes lives By
calls herself a strong
advocate for focus for change, the 12-week Conestoga College course
geared for single
dren. their tragedies,”
the focus program
1999 “but everyone should have a chance to move on from them.” Crane understands tragedy and moving on very well. ,
their plans for the future. All
plan to pursue post-secondary
Twelve people graduated from Conestoga College’s focus for
change program June completing a 12- week course re-evaluating to devoted
interested in pursuing careers in
social work. Others listed jobs like administrative assistant,
are raising children
school and work. Debbie Cox, co-ordinator of
children gathered at
campus she was amazed
for the cer-
emony that the immense challenges
taken on in such a
short period of time.
have a tremendous respect “ All for all of you,” said Cox. you kids that are here with your moms, listen. your moms have worked very hard. They’ve done “I
you with a high
12 very empowered
and gave themselves permission to grow.
You have demonstrated what focus for change
seeking knowledge, empowering each other and growing,” said Cor.
When Cox asked the how many of them felt 12 weeks ago,
they started the pro-
gram, that they would one day go to college, only three raised their hands.
receiving their certifi-
each graduate revealed
computer software analyst and as
university to pursue sciences.
Bemie Billson, an academic upgrading teacher, said that he wanted to congratulate the graduates on being brave and for handling the course with such patience.
hoped the graduates would make new discoveries that would challenge Billson said that he
and delight them. Carol Sampson, program co-
employment servicof Waterloo, Region the for es said when you are working in ordinator of
hard to see that what you’re doing is worthwhile.
“Focus graduation makes me feel as if I’m in the right field. I feel immensely glad knowing that
“I thought I
had met the man of
dreams. I thought I’d get married,” said Crane. “Then one day
my dreams came home me with a shovel. That
took only one
become a welfare
People don’t understand it can be.” With no support, no home and no one to look after Crane’s two toddlers, one of whom had a disabilijob ty, going out and looking for a
quality of life.”
and preparing for the future.
Kim Crane, a 1999 graduate of focus for change, told the graduates that for her, the classroom they were sitting in was where her life started to change.
took to get here,” said
was impossible. “At
that time, $3.15
mum wage. It was like, why bother giving up welfare,” Crane remembers. “The thing is, though, the
longer you stay on welfare, the
more beaten down your spirit self-esteem Your becomes. declines. You think you’re not going to get out, like you’ll always
be on welfare.” Crane said she knows what it is like to try to stretch one dinner’s hamburger so that it can last over three days.
But the hardest thing came when her daughter’s daily medicine cost
$600 a month. “Mike Harris wasn’t going to help me. I could only get $110 covered, so I couldn’t afford to give
Crane heard about focus
for change, she thought she’d give it
was no room for failure,” she said. “I had lives depending on me. It was both empowering
Crane finished focus for change and then went on to complete upgrading and a sociology course. Now Crane is planning to take social
She aspires to be in a position one day to challenge politicians and decision-makers on policies for people in poverty. She said she wants people to know that not everyone on welfare
be there. “I’ve never met anyone on wel-
who’ve said ‘Oh, I love being on welfare.’” She volunteers at the Salvation Army, where she often recom-
try. I sat
(Photo by Julie Porter)
“Focus is the first step to success. out of It lets you get all your fears the way and lets you get down to your goals.” Crane said her whole
changed since she attended focus for change. “I
door and says ‘let’s sleep together,’ I can say ‘you’re not good enough. You re
not even near good enough.’” Crane said she has been known to
even give out the phone number for Debbie Cox, focus for change’s coordinator.
“Debbie gets you up and going,” said Crane. “Focus instructors are not only teachers, but support systems for people who don’t have anyone.” Crane said she is happy about the messages she is sending out to her children.
“Children learn what they see. My children’s chance of success
becomes greater success becomes
Job market good By Tracy Ford
completion of their
studies, according to a survey con-
to finding jobs Conestoga’s gradu-
have a high success
uate job placements in a survey
The most recent key performance 1999-2000, Conestoga placed eighth, with a surveys in
graduate employment rate of 91 per cent, two per cent less than the two tied for first place Sheridan and Georgian - and one
per cent less than five colleges with
pared to other Ontario colleges.
The college placed
ducted by a company hired by the Ministry of Training, Universities
Mary Wright, manager of student
of our grads stay fairly
great opportunities,” she said.
She recommended students focus on a specific target or field, and keep in contact through profession-
further afield as
well, but there
a lot of local sup-
you are prepared ahead of time because you don’t want to miss out on some great that
port for our grads.”
Wright said the best time to start is during your last
you are putting into you put a bit of energy
which everyone hears so much
a very strong area.
we have had a lot of job oppor-
seen an increase in opportunities for
a long period of time, chances are
tunities,” she said.
each week into your job search for
found jobs within the
the energy that
Last year the office posted
Wright said Conestoga graduates are doing well in the job market. Figures show 91 per cent of Conestoga’s 1998-1999 graduates
specific job field that
hitting a particular
“Certainly in the school of busi-
4,269 jobs through the entire year and 2,983 during the 1997-98 graduating year.
from networking.” important to expand
Wright. “IT (information technolo-
looking for a job “If
find that a lot of our
the grapevine and establish links to
year of school.
has posted 4,538 jobs so far this year, with July and August still to go.
able to graduating.
has really grown in the
“Even though it’s a healthy job market and there are lots of live jobs out there that people are aware of, in the newspaper or the postings
might have information on job opportunities.
college’s extensive resources avail-
the ending dates for specific programs may recruit people in January to start work in May. “It’s really important that you are prepared ahead of time because you don’t want to miss out on some
- Kitchener- Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge area,” she said. “Certainly, some of them are area
manager of student
local to Canada’s technology trian-
employment, co-op education and alumni services, said some of the success could be attributed to the
you are going to find it pays off.” “If you leave it to the last minute then you are probably going to be a little bit
out after graduation.”
She said resources
in the office
are helpful in job searches.
said she has
managers, buyers and purchasing department personnel as well as an increase in the health sciences area.
Wright said. “People sometimes have a bit of a negative connotation about the trade opportunities and I think that is really old thinking about what tunities
Mary Wright, manager of student employment, co-op education, and alumni services, looks through pamphlets displayed in the Student employment office. (Photo by Tracy Ford)
mean.” Wright said that more students
are pursuing further education after
receiving their diploma.
seen university graduates coming
to the college to get a
complement what ies are
and vice versa,” she said. are always going to be
Quality Policy Conestoga College continually seeks opportunities for improver, ent to Conestoga College
meet and exceed the needs of our students, employees
Special effects steal the True story of Perfect Storm By
is an odd adjective to use describing a storm so hostile,
so full of rage that
without a lover, children without fathers, and a Massachusetts town
unable to bury six of their dead. It is an odd adjective to use unless you love storms, or if you are telling the story of the Andrea Gail,
ing boat captain
based on the selling is
characters find them-
selves cast in the
New York Times best-
book by Sebastian Junger.
the real life account of the 1991
of culmination a storm savage a and Grace, Hurricane nor’easter, a term fishermen and those living on the battered northeast use for massive Atlantic
storms like the one that wreaked havoc on the poor souls who found themselves on the Atlantic that role of
Billy Tyne, a seasoned sword-fish-
make incredibly alive, overshadows their performances, no matter
only after the crew leaves the
dock that the real story is played out on screen. It is then, after the crew of the Andrea Gail has loaded a successful catch into the
hatch, that the audience meets the mighty and ruthless protagonist of the story, the storm.
Andrea Gail and forced to fear its own demise. The audience rocks with
Junger and is the real Storm is based on the New York Times best-seller by Sebastian (internet photo) crew. its and doomed the Andrea Gail fishing boat life account of a 1991 storm that What the movie forgets is the aspect of the movie, the real story of waves so enormous it can almost feel the Andrea Gail is the men who intuition of two rough and tumble
seasick in the cool of the ater. It is
George Clooney plays the
Wahlberg’s character is particularly hesitant, having to leave his lover, played by Diane
they are to go back out on the
one of the worst ever storms by recorded
him and his crew hardly when they set out.
the big screen
for a poor-paying catch,
come through on
play with fate and voyage past the Grand Banks in the fall to make up
— Page 7
July 17, 2000
forced to almost
cry and feel the ice cold water of the freezing Atlantic hitting
face. is signifi-
agreed to swordfish
on the Andrea Gail
that fateful mis-
sion but walked off the boat seconds after getting on it, days before the left the
saying that all they
Anyone who has read lunger’s novel knows that what the film for-
One man could feel was doom. spoke of a cold chill spilling down
gets to include is the
through his body as his foot hit the
many premoof doom that made the
Gail’s very exit
deck on the Andrea Gail. This is an important aspect to the
shore that day
from the the more horrify-
story that the
While the storm
fished the seas and died on
about the families whose fives are put on hold from the time their father’s boat
harbor, until the time
out of the
month later. While a small boat being thrown around on a savage sea makes for a
great action movie, the true and
of the Perfect
come through on
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