— No. 31
Tuition just tip
of fee iceberg By
were the most important,” said Michael.
Along with the tuition fee for Conestoga College, students must pay a whole slew of other fees. They pay alumni fees, athletic fees,
fees, a graduation fee,
The drug plan which $71.68
locker fees, parking fees, student
Lots of students use CSI servichave paid for in the CSI fee without even knowing it, said Ramy Michael, vice-president of student affairs for CSI, formerly called the Doon Student
registration student survival
offers car pooling services, maintaining and doing renovations on
the Sanctuary and free
the things students
might not know they’re paying for with their CSI fee, said Michael. Doon campus students pay a CSI fee of $61.50. This fee covers the operating costs of the CSI, including organized trips, events and activities for students. Students from Waterloo and Guelph campuses pay $27.28 in
minor compared to last year.
Included in the CSI fee, for all campuses, is a $7 capital development fee which funds grant initiatives like the Strategic Investment Fund, used for new computers and
DVP players. The Awareness Week barbecue an example of an activity that most students attend, without realizing that their fees help to provide the free food, said Michael. The cost of guest speakers, prizes and publicity for events also come out of CSI fees. Michael said students can also access information and resources which are funded by the fees at is
Michael Harris, a CSI vice-president of student affairs, is dedicat-
De la Soul’s new album bombs.
COMMENTARY Baby born
helping students with appeals and ensuring a student representative is part of that process, said Michael. “A kitty has been set aside (from CSI fees) to help students with lawyer fees should they need it,” said Michael. Students were asked what the most important service is that the CSI could provide to students as part of the KPI (Key Performance to
“I think it’s totally worthwhile,”
technology enhancement fees, a drug plan fee and a recrefees,
another service students pay for. It is mandatory unless a student is covered by another drug is
said even though
as long as
for a small
actually use the plan,
available for use it worthwhile to all students. “The most popular items that students buy on the drug plan are anti-depressants and oral contraceptives,” he said. The college does not receive any money from the fees of the drug plan, Michael said, but a slush fund has been developed from CSI fees to offset an increase in it’s
the plan company’s
Students also pay $25.75 for
According to Mary Wright, manager of alumni services, the alumni fee gives students who graduate from the college an automatic lifetime membership with alumni services. Part of the membership, according to Wright,
Cambridge students get bus route to Conestoga By
Sportsworld before going on to the college.
a free subscrip-
Getting to Conestoga College
alumni magazine Connections, which is published
just got easier for students living
Cambridge. Buses began
twice a year.
reduced rates on home, auto and health insurance through alumni services, as well as yearly reduced offers on season passes for places like Canada’s Wonderland and African Lion offer
Safari,” said Wright.
resources or help with a project they are doing.
telephone appropriate alumni and then have services
them contact the student requesting the meeting.
resources,” she said.
Students also pay an athletic fee of $34.30 which, according to the college handbook, helps with the cost of running the intercollegiate athletics
program, which gives
students the option of participat-
ing on a school team which
petes with other post-secondary institutions.
a different fee
“The overwhelming majority
recreation fee, which allows stu-
responded they felt that special events and educational issues
dents access to the recreation centre’s facilities.
to the college
Jean Bourdon, assistant manager of transit operations south for Grand River Transit, said this is the first time GRT has provided
from Cambridge to Kitchener. She added the Cambridge bus is service
alumni services to be put in contact with alumni from their programs who perhaps can help them find
said Sporstworld will
act as a transfer location
by bus. During regwould take about 45
to the college
Jack Fletcher, director of student services at the college, said he’s
glad the buses
called 61 Preston
will provide both
might take some pressure off our “It
rush-hour regular routes.
people can board the bus and go on to Cambridge. •Bourdon said during rush hour it would take students approximately 15 minutes to get from Cambridge
bridge and thinks it’s about time.
Jack Fletcher, during He said the rush hour will run college has lobdirector of student services every half hour, bied for years from 6:30 a.m. to to get 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Cambridge service to allow stuservice will run every hour from dents from Cambridge who don’t 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. on have cars to come to the college by Buses
Buses depart from King Street in Preston and go directly to the col-
our parking lots,” Fletcher said.
might take some pressure off said the service also will ben-
Conestoga night school dents and Preston high school
rush-hour buses will come up King Street, along Fountain Street, along Shantz Hill,
and down the 401 to Homer Watson Boulevard to the college. Regular-route buses will run every hour departing from downtown Galt with a stop at
Kitchener to Preston. Fletcher also said Cambridge bus service will benefit Cambridge
who can now
— SPOKE, September
Pregnant woman turned away from hospital
boy was bom on Aug. 14. But unlike other children, wonder was brought into this world in the small conof an ambulance, which had pulled over to the side of the
There's no anesthetist available
Neil Fehr, waited outside the
of their first child, David. She had no painkillers and no moral support from her husband. The unbelievable part of this scenario was that the pair had his wife, Maria, struggled with the birth
London Hospital 45 minutes
been turned away from Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital. The parents are Canadian citizens. They pay taxes, vote during elections and yet they were turned away from a hospital. A public hospital which receives health-care funding from both federal and provincial governments could not assist this woman.
The couple was
They were not turned away because there were no beds available or because the maternity ward was
could not perform the delivery and it was suggested they
the Tillsonburg hospi-
the country’s pettiness
45-minute drive away.
not were They away because there were no beds available or because the maternity ward was understaffed. Maria was transferred to London because there was no anesturned
laws to punish them more severe-
Kenneth Starr entertained and cap-
need a caesarean section. This was a hospital, was it not? Could they not have offered to take her to London in an ambulance, making the trip faster? If there had been a terrible car accident, there would have been
other does not.
line of celebrities
to assist the injured.
Bill Clinton did
during his term in office, but best
Maria, so he couldn’t be sure whether or not she would
party wishes to pre-
serve the fundamental rights of
thetist available at the hospital.
believes in gun control, the
ing the Oscars. There
was a long
his tryst with the fair
tivated the world for months.
strives to abol-
cast a light
death penalty, the other
that has not
shone so bright since
to nationalize the
Richard Nixon uttered the words
not a crook,” and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
can be transported from hospital to hospital with no worries about the mother or the baby. Maria was still in the early stages of labour when she arrived at the hospital, according to Brenda Butters, chief executive offi-
the door, each fabulously attired in
out of politics and out of earshot,
In a sense, Clinton brought the
casual designer duds, each with a
bleached smile and the confidence
and denies her reproductive choice, and the other promotes women’s
soap opera, necessary to sustain the fickle minds of the American pub-
that only earning the equivalent of
cer of the hospital.
the Gross National Product of a
believes in her right to her
The brave woman
started off for
On the way, Neil stopped at a provincial police detachment to ask for help. An ambulance was dispatched for the rest of the
can experience contractions for hours before delivery begins, but in rare cases, such as this, a woman can proceed rapidly through the labour stages. Suppose the delivery hadn’t gone smoothly. If Maria had begun to hemorrhage there would have been no one, except the
the Tillsonburg hospital
Inside the conventions, celebri-
the audience with their
The Practice’s Dylan McDermott reciting the charter of
paramedics, to assist her.
movie can provide.
growing stronger and pain increasing.
The length of labour
Ethridge performing a rousing version of This
This way, the politically ignorant
can cast their ballots for the party
David had had
suppose Maria had
required a caesarean section? Paramedics are not trained for dif-
Paramedics spend two years in college compared medical school. They should not be expected to complete the job a doctor is trained to do because of a bad call made by medical staff. Anaesthetists should be on call at every hospital not just the major ones. There should be no reason why a person should be denied medical assistance not even for something as natural as
know a thing or when you can
vote for the party which assembles
to a doctor’s nine years in
the best group of stars for
the entire world for the next four rests
The Republicans and Democrats sit at
either side of a
White House, and
about a society by the people that
chooses to celebrate.
Americans have a short attention span. Perhaps without the glitz and
shallow place. Actor Ben Affleck mused on The Rosie once O’Donnell show that he thought it strange that during the recent war
glamour of the Kennedy family’s endearing Camelot, we would have little
we where many
have inaudible unin-
former Yugoslavia that his
interest in politics.
Gwyneth Paltrow was
what made headlines on CNN news. “I mean, isn’t there a war going on?” he asked.
spired by politics.
Perhaps these silver-screen idols so faithfully worship are
amount _of focused on the upcoming meager
Perhaps Americans need glam-
race going on?
really the only things keeping the
millions tuned in to watch plot
on the rights of citizens who haven’t been bom yet. Perhaps as a society, North
Unfortunately, the future of the
United States, and really the
result of the
delivering a baby.
believes in the rights of
supported by the coolest
unglue themselves from Annette
Benning and Warren Beatty long enough, perhaps
orous or potentially scandalous
the forest from the trees and the
candidates for the presidency to
sustain their interest.
from the glamour. Or per-
we wouldn’t even
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By Tracy Ford
Three employees of the college’s shop have responded to the
school’s request for proposals to contract out the department
The employees Kathy
McManus and Ed
prepared the proposal and sent
college employees on Aug. 4.
want to get out the Knowles.
contract out the shop for
ed for equipment. In an agreement with the college and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which represents print shop workers, employees can apply for a one-year leave of absence from the college to work for the contracted employer. If they wish to stay with the private
according to the
costs include increased
use of college photocopiers due to the lack of a true rush service at the print shop.
“We encourage walk-in service,” “We are just here to
help everybody.” If the college
out public services, period.
“There has been overwhelming letter campaign,” said Wallace. “The faculty has supported us on that and they are very concerned about this.” Wallace said other colleges which have contracted out services, such as the bookstore, cafeterias and print shop, are rated low in the response to the
ate Ontario colleges.
overall in the surveys because of
employees won’t work for the concompany. She said they have already told management about their plans and they will
the level of service the college gets
exercise their rights as the union.
Being an employee of the con-
of the Ontario Public
agreement with an outside compa-
do not want to remain with the company, they can exercise their bumping and layoff rights at the college.
Wallace, president of the support
firm, they can. If they
shop employees’ proposal.
“At the union we are certainly
plans to privatize the print
to reconsider the
college announced July 19
mize the investment
ing price increases, loss of service
years, hoping the
George Brown College requires 48 hours to do a rush job, something that can be done at Conestoga
(Photo by Julie Porter) ——
ding for operation of the depart-
Service Employees Union.
shop if a suitable proposal is received from large print shop
shop services have been conbeen print-
to the union.
asks the college’s academic opera-
with the outside companies bid-
a pump repair crew who are outside Door 5 on Aug. 17.
other colleges where
and asking them to show their supby signing the letter and
tracted out, results have
and support staff opposing the plan
posal to the college to compete
to present their pro-
at the college
Rick Polkiewicz, a construction worker, operates the
said replacing the equipment needed in the shop can be phased in over a few years. The proposal
letters to faculty
request for proposals by sending
good department, we work well and there is no reason to change it,”
The union responded
no longer represent the
— Page 3
shop submits proposal
“The faculty has supported us overwhelmingly,” Knowles said. “We don’t plan to go to work for another company.”
from departments like the print shop and the reason why Conestoga is high on the list is because of the exemplary service the print shop gives. “The print shop is a benchmark service,” she said. they (the college) want to compromise that?”
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Students put on display By Tracy Ford
aspects of the project, including
design, fabrication, commissioning
Third-year robotics and automa-
(programming and debugging) and
tion students got a chance to dis-
play their final projects Aug. 16, in an open house attended by
employer representatives from the
observed the class had drifted apart over the last three years since they
project gave everyone a chance to
had begun the program, but the
use the knowledge they gained while in the program.
project reunited them.
summarizes all the skills that we have learned in the past three years and it puts them into a final “It
a physical project,”
can actually see
the mechanical side of
year for their final project,” said Wood. “The graduating class takes it
The light-assembly system used work stations positioned on a
central, rotary table.
to station the lights
and then either accepted or rejected based on quality. The jellybean packager also con-
sisted of five
organized on a conveyor-line, designed to package and label an assortment of jellybeans.
students were responsible for
After the decision
ification, as well as
central control unit.
Funding for the project was provided by donations from business-
es and the college.
Mike Wood, third-year robotics and automation student
four months,” he said.
the projects to completion,
their final grade.”
“We have every
acquired during classes and during co-op work placements.
trailer clearance lights for transport trucks and the other sorted, labelled
but leadership and team-
and packaged jellybeans. “They (the students) do
criterion for the projects
each group took responsibility for one work station, which included design, assembly, testing and mod-
learned not only
two fully integrated robotics manufacturing systems. One assembled and
another and one
class leader, designed
the technical skills and
Thirty-six students, including 17 in
ning of the final year when smaller groups gathered to disctfss ideas. Each group had to present the idea to the class for a discussion and
would say they have achieved
said completing the project
not only gave
“If we need parts, the college will buy them for us.” The graduate employment rate for the robotics and automation program is 100 per cent.
Much of the to the
and the mechanical side
but leadership and teamwork
open house was com-
pleted the projects were disassembled and the parts that were donat-
ed were given back
project began at the begin-
learned not only the techni-
program’s co-op component
demonstrates the theoretical and the practical skills of the students, according to a college press
class develop soft skills.
donate materials for the projects.
the technical it
dents have done their co-op placements in the last couple of years
mechanical, electrical and pneumatic systems, as well as programming and problem solving skills.
and a mem-
Joel Awde, a third-year robotics engineering student
ber of the team which designed and built a light assembly machine, displays their creation at the open house in Room
16. (Photo by Tracy Ford)
for next year’s projects.
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and new lot-ease woes
Students will pay more for parking
but with 360 new parking Doon campus, the massive
confusion and parking problems that happened last year as the new school year began shouldn’t recur.
Due to a clerical error last summer, 50 per cent
security services sold
more passes than parking
the school’s blue
could hold, and
the road because
they couldn’t find places in the lots to park. to security representa-
According tive Cliff
Lauren, the school
additional guards to
monitor and direct
traffic in the lots.
ongoing parking decal sales so that even during the first week, people (could) buy passes, and we’ve added a lot,” said offered
The new parking
located behind the
Construction finished the
week of Aug.
Lauren, a security representative, displays parking decals on sale at Security Services. Although the cost for yearly spots rose by $12, most of the decals were sold out by the first day.
students arrive at school
without decals and can’t figure out where to park. Some try to park in
(Photo by Julie Porter)
lots that are sold out.
“We have one
“We added the lot because last year the
new wing (the new infill
technology wing) was added
to the school with
a capacity for
Security staff will not ticket
students,” said Lauren.
“We have one
of the lowest
colleges and universities
between the nursing and
wing and the
goes to the
goes to the college, but that we can
who was once
According to Lauren, designated parking spots for the year have gone
stores in nine
countries and are 'm
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weekly parking rates rose by $1. Still, Lauren says, the rates are rea-
Semestered parking rates rose $5 and
confusing and the rules stringent, no one has become angry
We are a worldwide
day,” he said.
year to $170 this year. Last year’s annual general parking rates went from $117 to $125. last
the lots every day no employed by the college. Lauren said that on a busy day he tickets 25 vehicles.
Students buying parking decals
revolutionary approach to
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Security only tickets about half
the lots in a day, as the
in the cost
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enforce parking rules.”
Lauren said there are approxi-
will notice a
Kitchener,” said. he
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week of classes. “All
Lauren said the most poplot
gally parked cars at least during the
had to have a place for them to
of the lowest park-
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Residence expands New By
be completed by 2001
-Construction on an addition to the
begin in September and is expected to be completed by September 2001. will
six-storey addition will be
joined to the existing residence,
said the best time for stu-
of $250 was required to enter the
across from the college on Homer Watson Boulevard. It will provide 200 additional beds. The present four-storey residence houses 232 students.
to live in residence.
manager Rodeway Suites of
“I like the fact that
ing ministry approval to buy the
the expansion,” he said. “I like
which is owned by Dacon Corp., in Kingston. The residence is managed by
Campus Living Centres
At present there
get into the existing residence.
a possibility of students
cancelling,” said Jack Yong, assis-
we always have a waiting and with the addition we won’t have to turn students away. It will
picked out of a
said the addition will have bedrooms and a lounge on each floor. Each bedroom will have its own telephone and TV. Students will share a common room and a
because they can
bathroom. The existing residence is a dorm style with shared bedrooms.
said the residence
about enforcing rules, but only to the degree that permits everyone to be comfortable.
easier for students.”
A draw is held to decide who gets into
Fletcher said the college
the end of April) is $3,750, which includes hydro, cable, phone and Internet service. It does
the college does not offer a meal
cost to live in residence for
not include food, however, since
“I’m looking forward
the school year (from September to
early as January,” said Yong.
Jack Fletcher, director of student
“People have been applying as
services, said the addition will pro-
soon as they know be attending Conestoga and
May, or want
June 2 and the lottery was held a few days after that date. A deposit
dents to apply to residence
dence. “If student residence,
Brad Stroeder, from KWE Inc. in Cambridge, does some electrical work in a room in the A Wing on the second floor on Aug. 17, (Photo by Petra Lampert)
Live longer with daily physical activity, healthy eating and following your doctors advice.
Quality Policy Conestoga College continually seeks
opportunities for improvement to
meet and exceed the needs of our students employees ,
— Page 7
By Petra Lampert Rap group De La Soul its fifth
Mosaic Thump, on
album, entitled Art Official
volume of a
part Art Official Intelligence series,
with the remaining two
than any other
Beastie Boys, Tash and
artist in hip-
history, the trio has constantly 11 -year
career and they never follow the
reinvented itself over
Soul’s lyrics tend to be
thought provoking, while the energizing. are instrumentals However, at times the sound of drums, horns and guitar are too
Busy Bee and Freddie
8, Set the Mood, featuring Indeed, drowns out her vocals and
swallowed up by instrumen-
Explicit lyrics are used frequently throughout the album, which is not unusual for the rap .
consists of 17 tracks
The Art of Getting
and the best ones tend to be those
featuring guest artists.
B.D.S., featuring Freddie Foxxx, showcase an exceptional amount of
The most vigorous, bouncy and enjoyable songs on the
Rhymes; and Track 9, All Good, featuring Chaka Khan. Other guest artists include The
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