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33rd Year

What’s Inside

— No. 27

CSI seeking more power Student government wants to be recognized By

in legislation

which includes the board of gover-

Petra Lampert

nors.

Conestoga Students ly the

Doon

Inc.,

former-

Student Association,

wants to be recognized in legislation and is requesting increased governing power. Philip LeBeau, president of the CSI, said the group is in the process of submitting letters and a charter

in

response

to

the

Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario

Literacy lab is a free

community resource PAGE 5

(ACAATO’s) charter. The CSI is a member

of the

work together

to ensure that there is a student rep-

on every college commakes decisions or recommendations that will affect any

resentative

mittee that

student attending college.

LeBeau with local

said he plans to

MPPs on

meet

July 25 to dis-

cuss the legislation. In June 1999, ACAATO released a charter for Ontario colleges entitled Discussion of Key Roles and

and

Priorities,

Community

OCCSPA

College Student

“We’re here for your

responded

Parliamentary

representation. We

Association C C S PA)

make sure you get what you pay for.”

January 2000. In May 2000,

full-time

stu-

LeBeau there’s

ACAATO

president of the CSI

said

on paper that states that there has to be a student government at col-

Some main

leges.

ability,

He

said

student

government rights legislated. “We’re creating awareness for student legislation.”

OCCSPA

is

requesting that the

following be included in the legis-

each A college to provide for the adminisstudent government

at

tration of the affairs for students,

including the development and management of student institutions.

• Student government be the official medium of communication between the students of a public college and the college community,

in the paper

topics

included access, funding, account-

board authority, institutionand credentials. LeBeau said none of OCCSPA’s recommendations surrounding student government were included in al flexibility

the legislation.

He

said

ACAATO’s document

mention

did

lation.

Century.

21st

nothing

OCCSPA wants

in

released its second formal paper, entitled Ontario’s Colleges for the

Phil LeBeau,

dents in Ontario.

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College administration and

Ontario

which represents

Canadian musicians hit a cheesy chord

student government

that

more student

board of governor members were needed.

LeBeau

said the

students and

CSI

is their

represents

voice to the

college.

“We’re here for representation,” he said. “We make sure you get what you pay for.” ACAATO consists of all the pres-

Phil LeBeau, president of the CSI, holds a letter from OCCSPA sent to Dianne Cunningham, minister of training, colleges and universities, regarding student government legislation. (Photo by Petra Lampert)

idents of Ontario colleges.

Barbecue and car wash offered as thanks By

Summer

blockbuster won’t disappoint fans PAGE 7

Julie Porter

Burgers were char-broiled and were given a sparkly new clean for free on July 14 in the

cars

parking lot of the Canadian Tire store in Waterloo, in an attempt by

Kitchener-Waterloo Career Connections (KWCC) to thank the

the

community

COMMENTARY Page 2

Spanking for parents only affair

for

its

“A free end-of-theweek car wash and

barbecue thing

we

dance a hearty burger. “A free end of the week car wash and barbecue is something we thought everyone would really appreciate,” said student employ-

ment officer Jerrid Tremaine. Tremaine said that in between

some-

with

Development

District

thought

The

everyone would

centre helps students find

According to Karen Brent, lead employment officer, 2,500

student

Jerrid Tremaine,

student employment officer

students, a year use the job bank.

Most of them

are

between the ages

of 15 and 24.

“We we offer

help students find jobs and

group was able to wash about 25 cars and feed several people burgers, adding that fam-

rain showers, the

ilies

driving by

some food. The KWCC

would stop

in for

is

a

human

resource

employ-

A similar job-post-

ing program was in existence prior but was under a difto the

KWCC

ferent

centre for students which works in

free postings for

ers,” said Brent.

name and

did not have a

provincial and federal government partnership.

Brent said that many high school use the summer job boards and that Conestoga College students students

come

in

droves around

and June seeking work for the summer. Brent said typical job postings

May

School Board.

jobs year round.

appreciate.”

support.

Staff from the KWCC were on hand to suds off summer grime from cars and feed all in atten-

is

Human

Resources Canada, Lutherwood-CODA, Conestoga College and the Waterloo Region

part

include retail sales, kitchen help and jobs posted by non-profit organizations, to

be

filled

which usually have quickly and are

snatched up quickly. Brent said the service that provides is important and

KWCC

necessary as

it

allows employers to it finds jobs

post jobs for free, and for

young people who otherwise

might not be able to find decentpaying .work that they need to make some money.


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— SPOKE, July 24, 2000

Protect our

doctors from pro-life fanatics It

be an end

that there will never

seems

to the abortion

debate.

We will live with the picket lines, the anger on both We will exist amidst the controversy, the unsettled. Something we should not have

to live with, regardless of

the politics, regardless of the anger, is bullets

and knives

into the flesh of our country’s doctors.

stuck deep

On

sides.

July II, Dr. Gary Romalis, a Vancouver gynecologist, in the back with what was described as a long,

was stabbed

was the second violent attack on Romalis’s life came in November 1994, when a sniper’s bullet came through his kitchen window and almost killed him. large knife.

the

It

first

Since Romalis started provid-

We fought to

ing abortions, he has had to live

keep the death penalty out of our judicial

with a large level of unease and discomfort.

He has had to worry

about his family, about his four

system.

wondering

children,

We must

also fight to keep it out of

if

a bullet

intended for him will instead

one of them. According to an article written by Romalis for the Globe

kill

our medical system.

and Mail, he has had to equip his purposely non-descript car with a remote starter he activates at a distance, in case it has been wired with a bomb. His car has shatter-resistant windows and Kevlar door panels. He never gets put of the car on the street, and uses a remote control for his garage door. His house has bulletproof windows and the patio where his family holds barbecues has a fence that prevents a sniper from getting a clear shot. His curtains are opaque and the doors are always locked. He has a special alarm system in his home and office, and video cameras are continually moni-

Leave spanking

of the parents, not teachers

tored.

Romalis always wears a bulletproof vest on his way to work. it is

OK to kill

some-

In the United States, ers believe in the

many

states

with deeply religious vot-

cally abused can

on the spanking law

would

what types of punishment will work for their children. Teachers come and go in a child’s life, from

to

year to year and semester to semes-

esteem as well as disrespect for authority. As well, abused children often feel betrayed and abandoned. And growing up in a house where

whole “eye for an eye” way of thinking.

it

entirely surprising that the militant

deranged use

this

same model, eye

and obviously

for an eye, to exterminate

abortion doctors?

is

woman’s

right to choose, too

surprising

is

although

many Canadians

few are willing

support

to stand

up

to

and the threat of a large knife piercing their lungs and heart to denounce and express outrage against these senseless acts of violence against our country’s doctors. Even those who are pro-life cannot justify killing doctors. We fought to keep the death penalty out of our judicial system. We must also fight to keep it out of our medical system. We have to keep this killing of physicians separate from the emotions and politics of the abortion debate and see it for snipers’ bullets

it is

should

children are spanked for discipline

can leave a child confused. Such children begin to ask why their parents say they love them and then

dis-

discouraging.

which has been a part of the criminal code since 1892, was challenged the recently by Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and Law, which argued the law violates a child’s right to equality and security and sanctions the use of cruel and unusual punlaw,

Judge David McCombs said even mild forms of corporal punishment

do no good and in some cases may cause harm, and Cheryl Milne, one

who

brought the

challenge on behalf of the foundation, said

it

leaves children vulner-

able.

McCombs lines

older grades.

sient existence in the child’s life?

cipline children

of the lawyers

in

more definite must be drawn between corsaid

poral punishment and abuse. to strike a

Sometimes corporal punishment will work to some

Not only does physical punishment hurt and humiliate the child, it

remember

hurt them.

A child

also leaves a lasting scar.

will only

degree.

punishment and not the reason for it. A better form of punishment can be found for disciplining children. Excessive force used with the false pretense of discipline shows a lack of patience, control and understanding from the parent or teacher. The lines aren’t always clear between corporal punishment and abuse.

Abuse doesn’t

is

child will not

explore or try

want

new

Raising a child requires patience,

the parents’ lead and imitate adults.

Children

who

see hitting as a form

of love will grow up hitting the

ones they love.

Corporal punishment has no good outcomes. Perhaps parents

amount of force used by a parent or teacher that would cause permanent emotional damage; a child should be taken from an abusive

feel

physical discipline

sary, but teachers

have no

ing their hands on a child.

dence but also evidence of emo-

mainly funded from September to

ment from Conestoga Students

Inc. (CSI).

Doon

exchange

Student Association,

in

newspaper do not necessarily

endorsed by the CSI unless

News

Editor: Petra Lampert;

CSI

logo.

Phone: 748-5220,

299 Doon Valley

ext. 691, 692, 693,

Dr.,

Room 4B14,

Kitchener, Ontario,

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for the insertion of

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in

the

views of

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are not

their advertisements contain the

be liable for any damages arising

amount paid

for the

9:30 a m. Monday. Submissions are subject to acceptance or rejection

is

May

space. Unsolicited submissions must be sent to the editor by

Circulation Manager: Julie Porter; Faculty Supervisor: Jerry Frank address

old-

formerly called the

reflect

out of errors in advertising beyond the

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SPOKE’s

The

advertising in the paper. The. views and opinions expressed in this

Editor: Tracy Ford;

neces-

right lay-

est

tional scaring.

published and produced weekly by the journalism students of Conestoga College.

is

law in the country is out of date and should be refreshed to exclude the allowances it gives teachers.

family not only for physical evi-

Conestoga College or the CSI. Advertisers is

to experiment,

things for fear of

guidance and respect from adults and children. Children will follow

impossible to measure the

Keeping Conestoga College connected

com-

being wrong and getting punished.

just leave

is

child

the

will not

mit the disobedience again, but that

physical scars, but emotional ones. It

humiliates

It

enough so he or she

the pain of the

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lack of self-

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child because they are only in the

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show

ter

Teachers have no right

senseless.

who have been

and parents to

ishment.

No. But what

Why

Children

allow teachers

The

murder. is

continue

is

In Texas, for example, families of the criminal’s victims are allowed to view the execution through the safety of thick glass. It is the antithesis of rehabilitation. It is murder for

what

Parents have a better knowledge of

physically

very principle.

a

child’s life for a third of their day.

which

For a long time, society has struggled with the idea of using Capital punishment, murder as punishment for murder. which thankfully has been abolished in Canada, uses this

So

Canada’s Supreme Court ruling

And all because someone thinks that one who they think “kills the unborn.”

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in

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and should be clearly written or typed; a WordPerfect

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Persistence key to freelance writing Guest speaker gives By Jes Brown

zines,

including the

New

York

success

tips for

to journalism students away. He says he does the bulk of his

Conor,

writing

who

12, Paul

Times, Maclean’s, Equinox,

Gains’s English teacher would

the National Post, the

children have gone

make him

Globe and Mail and

to bed.

class

the British edition of

When

he was

in

Grade

stand up in front of the and read out his writing, in what seemed like an intent to embarrass him. “She was so impressed with my writing ability that she gave me 52 out of 100 that year,” he says.

Gains,

who

is

now

journalist,

on track and earning enough money to

because he wanted to find a job that he

support his family

Villeneuve,

but says that usually

Chopra, boxers Evander Holyfield

and Lennox Lewis and Peter Garrett from the musical group Midnight Oil. Gains says that freelance writing can be a viable career for

He

he writes less than

to

he’d never have to

20 hours a week. Gains also conducts writing work-

retire

Gains spoke about the skills needed to be a freelance journalist, including persistence and a thick skin. He also talked about freelancing stories from his travels in Japan, Korea, North Africa, Libya, England and the United

than

from.

In the seven years since he quit

event-marketing

business, he has been published in

various newspapers

and maga-

a lifestyle

a

job,”

more

shops.

He

said

held

one

in

someone with

make

the persistence to

He

work.

can decide when he

who

There are usually

ideas he pitches

he works for and where he goes for his

nine or 10 partici-

else.

wants to work,

stories.

pants for the

Freelance journalist Paul Gains successfully markets

full-

day workshop, which costs $60 and

(Photo by Jes Brown) publications. day for stories to a host Of includes lunch. Gains includes wakGains says he enjoys working at his e-mail. Gains often does intering up early and packing his three home because he gets to spend young children off to summer views and editing in the mornings camp or school before checking while his two oldest children are more time with his children,

typical

it

someone

turns

His advice

Deepak

author

June and will hold one in September.

Gains, stating that he

A

Stares.

a job that

life,

“It’s

the

began

said he

freelance

of his

July 10.

in

Gains has a quota system to keep him

GQ.

could do for the rest

speak to journalism students on

his job

writing

also works at thier home in Cambridge. During his career as a freelance writer. Gains has interviewed celebrities such as musician Eric Clapton, actor Kevin Spacey, race-car driver Jacques

his

after

to

a successful

came Conestoga’s Doon campus freelance

and Owen,

Olivia, 4,

7,

four months, and his wife, Denise,

says that

down one it

someone

to

to never turn

is

if

of his

down

a job, constantly look for ideas,

read every day and write down your goals. “If I can make a living from this,” said Gains, “anyone can. It’s

not rocket science.”

Middle income families have trouble getting money from OSAP By Tracy Ford Canada’s universities and col-

becoming more inaccessible to students from middle to low income families, according to a study released by the University of leges are

Alberta.

The

Federation

of

coin-

findings

university’s

done by the

cide with a study

Students

at

the

University of Waterloo.

The study concluded tuition fees

that higher

have discouraged

stu-

have a debt.” She said anyone from middle to high-income families will be expected to get funding from parents or their spouses. The system is compliant with the Family Law Act, which states parents or spouses are expected to contribute toward the cost of their child’s or spouse’s post-secondary education.

Walsh said the size of contribution expected by the financial aid office is determined by the income of the family.

dents from lower income families

from applying

to

institutions.

said that although

post-secondary “If

It

student assistance

is

available, stu-

dents are discouraged by the possibility

of higher debt.

The study found that for every 100 students from lower income areas

who

One

attended university in

number dropped

1991, the

to 93.

you are

can expect to spend $10,000 a year on

were upset that the government was assisting the provincial government and the scholarship’s design was not benesaid students

federal

fiting students.

Since then, the federal govern-

ment has lowered its loan forgiveness program to $6,000 from $7,000, meaning for each year an only responsible to repay $6,000.

“They were trying

Carol Walsh,

financial aid

“The issue

has always been high debt.”

Walsh

said college tuition

siderably

is

con-

lower than university education received

of the same calibre of a universi-

is

administrator of

to appease the

students,” said Walsh,

ty-

“You’re investing in your future.

Our grads have good

futures,” she

said.

Carol Walsh, administrator of financial aid and student scholar-

ship and awards, said enrollment at Conestoga College is up and the financial aid office expects an

increase in

OSAP applications.

will

get

OSAP,”

you are living away from home and attending school, you “If

said

Walsh, “but of course they will

There are certain guidelines to be met before a student can receive financial aid

fall

“A student with a car worth $10,000, they aren’t going to get OSAP,” she said.

Last year the federal government

university and college tuition and

can expect to spend $10,000 a year on educational costs,” she said.

“Middle

“Students from lower income families

decrease their indebtedness. Walsh

tuition, yet the

educational costs.”

pability.

(Photo by Jes Brown)

The money would be

able debt.

is

attending school you

to attend post-second-

to

given directly to the bank in which the student took the student loan to

away from home and

ary education due to financial inca-

Robotics and Automation student Ryan Myers works on his 3rd-year project in the woodworking building on July 17.

monetary award given

recipients with a consider-

OSAP loan is taken out, the student

living

student per hundred each year

was unable

ships, a

OSAP

income

families

through the cracks.”

introduced

Millennium scholar-

Climb Higher

“Some some

(families) are prepared for

families aren’t,”

Walsh

said.


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— SPOKE, July

24,

2000

Day-care centre Limited spaces available for “We have

By Petra Lampert The

day-care centre

college’s

fall.

Currently there for infants

there for

is

a waiting

list

some space

available

preschool, junior and

She said children are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

we

“Certainly

senior

accommo-

try to

dren.

gram,” said Schenk.

most of the

She said

child-

anyone who would

that

for the fall,” said

like their children in the day-care

Shelley Schenk, early childhood education manager for the col-

centre should contact the centre by

lege’s child-care centres.

inquire,

care centre

is full

calling 748-5229, or stopping in to

whether

it

for the future. She said there’s a high demand for infant and todand care dler “At this point, fewer spots are available for them most of the child-care because of the centre is full for the

small

day-care

worker-to-child

Shelley Schenk,

Schenk said the are set by

manager, child-care centres

Day Nursery

Act

that governs all the child-care

with

the child’s age.

For example, the ratio in the infant care program (children up to 1 8 months) is one worker for three children and for school age children (including children up to age 10) the ratio is one to 15. The day-care centre has a licensed capacity for 82 children. However, the number of children in the centre varies.

10 full-time employees

and a variety of ongoing part-time employees,” said Schenk. Conestoga’s day-care centre is open to anyone in the community, including the college community. Schenk said that the college’s staff, faculty and students are not the only ones to take advantage of the centre’s services.

if

“We recommend to students

that

when

they

apply for a pro-

gram

to put the

name

on the waiting for

list

child said

Shelley Schenk,

they get accepted to their pro-

gram

centres in Ontario.

“We have

or

Schenk. “Then

the

staff to child ratio varies

now

care,”

ratios

The

be for

child’s

fall.”

ratio.

and toddlers

families

date students’ children in the pro-

this point,

for infants

surrounding

kindergarten, and school age chil-

“At

list

Kitchener- Waterloo Region.”

and toddlers. However,

is still

waiting

fast

coming in communities such as Ayr, Plattsville, Cambridge and Guelph,” said Schenk, “in from the to those addition

from spaces are filling up fast for the

fall -

up

filling

manager

of the college’s child-care centres,

stands

have a spot, especially for infants and toddlers.” She said parents usually contact

through the child care division of of the Regional Municipality

the day-care centre throughout the

Waterloo. They

school year and the majority of the

partial or full subsidies.

the Early Childhood (Photo by Petra

Lampe

they’ll

“We,

spaces are confirmed during the

in turn,

may be

entitled to

are supervised by students in the

Schenk. a lot of outside

college’s early childhood education

school-age children in

program who do their field placements at the centre. Students in a

She said there are activities for

the day-care centre full-time during

would be paid by

the

summer.

“We

typical

try to plan special activities

summer for the fall. “We invite families

the region, instead of the parents,”

meet the

detailed tour of our centre,” said

She also said a student can apply for additional funding through

Schenk.

OSAP

“Although we’re an on-campus location, we don’t have a complete

fees.

Waterloo Park.

On

turnover of children in the

variety of activities for children.

were

Wings of Paradise

Depending on the

butterfly

said

in front of

Education sign at the Doon campus.

staff

Schenk.

coming

in

in August to and have a more

“New

fall,”

children

are

who

lack

funds and need to use the day-care service

may

in order to offset child care

centre offers a wide

child’s age, there

involving

small

groups, music, science and

art, like

activities

painting and clay moulding.

“The

qualify for financial

program

provides

the

assistance.

opportunity for children to social-

Schenk said some parents may be eligible to receive assistance with their monthly child care fees

ize with peers

and choose the type

of activity, provided in the rooms,

they want to partake in,”

said

Teaching English as a

Second Language

A One-Year Starts this Call for

Certificate

Program

September

more information

519-748-5220,

ext.

656

Get a

every week during the summer,” said Schenk. “We take field trips on

campus and During the

off campus.” first

week of

July the

children visited the water park at

The day-care

are

throughout the year.”

Parents and students

said Schenk.

Conestoga College fl

jolt,

Read Spoke.

to tour the

sanctuary

July 20, they

outside

of

Cambridge. Each day the centre provides a morning snack, home cooked lunch and an afternoon snack for the children.

can

A menu see

is

posted so parents

what type of food

is

week during

the school year

help two days per week.

“During the summer, we have who choose to do their placement in 1 more flexible way, rather than during the school year,” said Schenk, “and some confull-time students

tinuing education students.”

Child care fees are due on the first

of each month. The rates for

September

are: infant, $825; tod$700; preschool, $575; junkindergarten, ior/senior $425;

dler,

school age during morning, lunch,

$110; and school age (afternoon) $140.

Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.

offered. In addition to the staff, children

to

5:30 p.m.

Upgrading


SPOKE, July 24, 2000

— Page 5

Literacy Lab helps students learn Doon campus

Variety of state-of-the-art technology available at By Jes Brown

and is open to memcommunity outside the

nity resource

Master,

bers of the

device

portable

a

to

read to you or help you brainstorm,

first

and a portable note-taking device you can carry to class. These are some of the tools avail-

technology specialist will conduct

improve word recognition, pronunciation and grammar. Also explained in the orientation are the computer programs that are available in the lab, such as

an orientation, to explain

Inspiration,

A

wrist-watch that vibrates to

keep you on

track,

computers

college as well.

When a user enters the lab for the

that

time, a peer tutor or adaptive

all

the

a

brainstorming tool

designed for people

adaptive technology.

who

prefer to

Literacy

This technology includes, for

think in pictures rather than words.

Lab, which helps students cope

example, the WatchMinder, a silent vibrator alarm system in a wrist-

There are several text-to-speech such as programs, TextHelp, Aurora and WillowTalk. Text-to-speech software reads what is typed on screen back to the user.

Doon Campus

able in the

with problems which might otherwise prevent them from completing their assignments or courses.

watch for students with attention deficits designed to keep the student on track during long classes.

Computer technology consultant Su Lyttle said people who use the

It

lab include special needs students,

get the wearer’s attention at ran-

people with peer tutors and health

dom

services students.

Another piece of equipment is the AlphaSmart, a portable keyboard

Student services usually refer people to the Literacy Lab. disabilities students usu-

Learning ally

come

to the lab

through the

a quieter place to work,”

Lyttle said.

The

lab

is

a considered a

emits a 2.5-second vibration to intervals.

note-taking

who

device for students

“We have some very state-of-the-art facilities.”

Su

can’t write notes in class for

various reasons. Also available

Lyttle,

computer consultant

is

the Reading Pen, a scanning and

special needs department. “It’s

software

commu-

reading

dictionary;

voice

Organizer,

a

organizer;

and

the

the

Parrot

recognition

Language

Dragon Dictate and Dragon speech NaturallySpeaking are recognition programs that allow virtually any application on the computer to be controlled without using the keyboard, which is useful for students with carpal tunnel syn-

drome or

tendinitis,

or

vision

impaired students. Another piece of software is Kurzweil, which provides both an auditory and visual presentation of scanned text and images. It has a dictionary and thesaurus and word lab staff will also give advice

on what software and hardware should be bought for personal use. Lyttle and the others in the lab don’t

sell

that they

Jeremy people

Birch,

how

to

CPA

graduate, works

in

the Literacy Lab teaching

use the adaptfc/e technology.

(Photo byjes Brown)

computers, but she said

do

tell

people where they

can get the proper technology. Lyttle said that the lab

off

some

equipment

of the

“What we

college and those outside the col-

is

a won-

visit

the Literacy Lab,

including library staff from Wilfrid

Laurier University

who took

and

a tour

she said.

it,

do

is

is

very state-of-the-

art facilities,” Lyttle said.

The

show

open Thursday 10 a.m.

8:30 p.m. for people in the

of the facilities July 18.

“We have some

try to

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lege as well.

to

the Literacy Lab,

area are interested in

derful resource for students in the

come

in

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can’t

make

until

commu-

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to the col-

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Trinket begins

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music industry with

its first

CD,

Set to Explode.

The extensive and well-formed offerings

on

this

CD

set the stage

for a beautiful career in the music industry.

Some

the

lyrics

of the tracks

make

sure to listen to

what the musicians, Scottish-

born Sherrie Laird and Ontario native Blair O’Halloran, intended.

difficult

love.

of the

stomach,

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surround

don't be fooled by the familiar

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sound. This band offers a fresh out-

instrumental

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accompaniment is

band members can play instruments and can strum more than three cords. They seemed to have struggled while composing their masterpieces, which introduce a the

riffs.

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although somewhat

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and

typical for

type of band. But as a whole, the

CD, the music cords, the lyrics and members create a lively combination. The band’s album might be

the

tour

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listener

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music and

It

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interesting

and deviates a wee bit from the normal poppy beat one would expect with such predictable

other earnest teen drama. Older

too the

much

with the 6red cliches of

and

romantic,

music

itself

strengths

fabulous,

that the listener

is

have to guess much at what the musicians are intending, and nothing preten-

there is

tious

or

about

this

simply sounds Sherri Laird

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truly

redundant,

it

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and

far too much like millions of others.

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the

doesn’t

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album does not hold up. One of Only You’s

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not particularly

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lyrics.

R&B,

is

it is this easiness that makes the album boring. The lyrics are inspired, it would seem, by Dawson’s Creek or some

more expansive and powerful on the track. All You Gotta Do, and one can almost forgive the generic pop beat and cheesy lyrics. Produced by Hi-Bias Labelhead, the album is intended to be a mix of pop-rock and

real

is

it

but

But for the lover of

which

listenable, as

is

individual to the Canadian

music scene. It has a sound that is very much American, and for this reason might get airplay. It is a sound that is easily listened to - it is not demanding on the listener,

the album. Laird’s vocal range

industry

genuine sounds. Trinket

(CD cover photo)

This album

Ricky Martin and Carlos Santana

music

those of the Laird and O’Halloran during the recording also

fairly

obsessed with the Backstreet Boys,

ized

we

process.

The title track, Only You, has moments of glory, but is definitely not the most memorable on

overlooked by the vast commercial-

Trinket

songs were

to

album, but

if

that

the range of emotions heard in the

But

they aren’t too

appears as

roots,

the genre of endless

already popular rock bands.

intended.

according to the groups’ biography,

Coined as “deeply-rooted in old fashioned love-themes,” most

male rock bands.

it

it

with a barfbag on hand. But that’s

groups like Matchbox 20 and other

Unlike the others,

Scottish

is

considering

from the normal numbing beats and lyrics that are played on the radio every day of the week. All of the songs are originals and

to

jilted

this

Laird’s

sound

melodramatic, the listener would

have

while others are reminiscent of

Of course, jilted love is one

SULK's debut

R&B

unfortunate,

don’t hear anything too different

original, but

effective, guitar

in

this

is

love

jilted

album, Only You, were any more

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tunes sound unique,

themes included in

where It

sound that can remind the reader of a group of friends practicing in each other’s garages. A traditional rock sound with a dash of new millennium mixes, the combination creates an unforgettable result which should satisfy anyone’s need to hear real drums, a real bass beat and less still

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