— No. 55
Lazy days are here again
speaks up; gets warning By Dwight
date must be a one-year member or a member of the
glad he stood up
executive to time president.
Steve Coleman for the position of vice-president of activities in the
personality in college hail of fame.
“I was severely disappointed that was told I could not run for full-
time president,” Blanchard
possible for the
ensure that first-year students
Students Inc. 2001/02 execu-
tive elections at
full-time president, can do so, he will malce it happen. “If not. I’ll ensure word is executives and colput forth to
coming into the college and want to help out by running for
First-year computer programming analyst student Shaun Teskey catches some rays and a quick nap white waiting *
the CSI amendment
repealed and that any person
(Photo by Kirsten
CSI to investigate new health insurance
can be the full-time president,” he said at the meeting.
In doing so he broke a contract he
and the other candidates signed
Mustang back to
or the election process during
breach that contract. In doing so, he received a verbal warning
the warning he
from CSI chief returning
Trevor Trewartha. The warning will not appear on Blanchard’s permanent record. It is
which precedes a written warning and then disqualification from running for student government if a third warn-
just a disciplinary step,
During the March 6 candidates
Students concerned with the of extended health-care
coverage at the college will soon see an improvement.
COMMENTARY New video
Mike Harris, CSI vice-president of academics, said the CSI executive,
admits to breaking the conto
which is looking into how it can best meet the extended health-care needs of the student population, has met
with an alternative provider. Harris said the executive is look-
say something. “I fully believe in
what I did. “The people who heard my voice and heard what I said will only have more respect for me than they did before because there
ing at an alternative after
ple having a hard time getting the
changed by the CSI board of directors two weeks before last year’s election, states that any student running for president must have at least one year’s experience on either
CSI executive or
board of directors. Blanchard was stonewalled by the ruling and he felt something needed to be said. “I wanted to run for full-time president but then I was advised I had to have one year of BOD experience,” Blanchard said. Blanchard put forward the point that
Doon campus, does
throughout state a candi-
Blanchard said he will pursue CSI board of directors for the 2001/02 school year and then run for president the following year. Trewartha said it was just a verbal warning which had no effect on election to the
the current election.
He was affair
to give more was an internal CSI and the
Associates, an insurance
broker in Toronto that has a partOntario with the
College Student Association to
which the college belongs. Harris the
provider contacted the
about giving a presit could
entation about the services offer students.
“We need demographic
at the college,” said
Continued on Page 7
Election results suspect By Dwight The wait
CSI CSI board of director’s meeting on March election are still unknown.
continues. Because of a complaint raised by former
The possible new provider
plan started,” said Harris, “and also
view on March 21. “I’m still a student of this college. And even though I am a candidate, I want to express to the students that I am still a student and I think as they do, I do as they do and I live as they do.
Harris added that the selection
September with complaints about the service they were receiving from the college’s current insurance broker Campbell & Company. “The complaints dealt with peo-
others,” Blanchard said in an inter-
run for the position of
of drugs covered by the plan, the cost of these drugs and general customer service were also con-
who can The
questioned the CSI’s rule about full-time president.
Donald to bring more courses online.
In a way, Blanchard agrees with
a student out there that will stand up for himself and the rights of
meeting, a student in the audience
But, Blanchard felt he had to
decided to opt out.”
said and what did Brad Blanchard,
candidates will not question the
with the CSI. The contract states
28, the results of the
LeBeau questioned discrepancies in the voting process that may have seen votes, rumoured to be more than 100, discarded. In order to ensure nobody voted twice, it was required students put their student number on the
day of voting (March 13) were not counted. The BOD held a lengthy in-camera meeting on March 28, with LeBeau in attendance, to decide what steps it should take. At press time, the CSI’s stance was “no comment” on whether the original voting results were to become official. The unofficial results of the March back of didn’t
their ballot. But, poll clerks
do so and
the unsigned ballots
22 recount had Jon Olinski defeating Jessica Sperling by eight
— SPOKE, April
Graduates inducted broadcasting
Four vie for governor seat By Reni Nicholson
to strive for
Conestoga College who are vying for a position on the college’s board of governors. Student employment officer Sajel Boteju, alumni services
and part-time people employed by the board as a member of the
Conestoga College’s Broadcasting Radio and Television Hall of Fame on March 22. Jeff Hutcheson, class of 1978 and into
semesand ongoing until Aug.
in the fall
Dollars. He moved to CTV’s flagship morning show Canada three years ago. speech, acceptance his In
Hutcheson told about 200 audience members about his days at the Blair campus in Cambridge and how he
to be a radio disc jockey.
never even thought about got a job at
amazing how Hutcheson said.
The broadcasting students honoured Hutcheson with hilarious work with Canada AM. Trifunovich has worked his special effects magic on movies like Murder at 1600, with Wesley Snipes, The Horse Whisperer, clips of his
of three inter-
were inducted into Conestoga College’s broadcasting radio and television hall of fame at the program’s banquet held March 22 at Bingeman’s. Hutcheson is on-air talent for CTV’s Canada AM, while Trifunovich is a special effects specialist in Hollywood, Calif. Robert Redford and Shanghai Noon, with Jackie Chan. “I’m not trying to name drop, I directed by
anything can happen. Set your goals and go for it,” said Trifunovich, who flew from Hollywood for the ceremony. “Who would’ve thought a kid from Fergus would be living in Hollywood and working with these great actors? It shows anything can happen.” The pair join Paul Cross (class of Ltd., freelance 1979) of television director William Elliott
(class of 1973)
(class of 1975), a technical opera-
in the hall
The broadcasting students also paid homage to professor Mike Du Boulay,
who is retiring at the end of
academic year, after 22 years teaching at Conestoga College. this
teaches the tele-
component of the broadcasting program, worked for CKCOvision
London, England, before becoming a professor at the
Last year an administrative
tjy Dvi/ight /rwin}
and Steve Coulter
tions director with
to the position
Universities Act. The counprovides
independent advice to the
you win the prize you bid on.
for the prizes will
be held on April
All winners not able to pick up their prizes in person will be contacted.
The students of the Recreation and Leisure Services prorgram in partnership with Argus and the Betty Thompson Youth Center, would like to thank you in helping us pull together for youth.
Guelph where the college is partnered with community agencies who deliver the employment preparation. Conestoga delivers the entire program in Stratford. Shirley co-workers Her Donezyk, student employment assistant and Lynne Proctor, coop advisor with student employ ment services nominated Boteju for the position.
knowledgeable on and even the
position’s requirements, said Boteju. “I
a new, fresher
to the board,”
who added IS
a visionary. ”I
promotion and growth future,” she said. “I’m moving with trends and up-to-date. I'm good at
keeping being a
Boteju said she easily relates to the mature staff, as well as the students. “I feel comfortable with both ends of the spectrum.” Taking everyone into account
of the college, as a whole, is important to Boteju. She said get-
college sector as a whole.
ting insight into what’s happen-
and working for the best
ing at the various levels of the
based on suggestions by current members of the board. Each of the appointed people are permit-
ted to serve terms of three years
and contributing to the growth and vision of the college would be satisfying, said Boteju. “Conestoga College is definitely where I want to be.” As a graduate of the college in
She said the incoming member must be familiar with the way the
1970, Himmelman said her longtime experience at the college
The outgoing support
on the board is Joyce program administrator for
Items will be on display from April 3rd to April 5th in the main cafeteria.
minister on the and is the only impartial agency in the province whose mandate is to consider the
with Job Connect, a provincially funded program to assist youth
look, almost a
If we pull
Three external positions on the board must also be filled. The positions are appointed by the Ontario Council of Regents in
the Ministry of
position for the fall 2001.
Pulling For Prizes
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Prior to join-
agency established under
Help us pull together and raise money for Argus and the Betty Thompson Youth Cetre. These local organizations provide sevicesfor homeless youth at risk in the tri-city area.
and next year an academic member’s position on the board will be vacant. A student is elected to the board every term. Vice-president of academics Mike Harris has held the position since September 2000 and has been acclaimed to the
April 3rd to the 5th
Argus and The Betty Thompson Youth Centre
Conestoga delivers the job development portion of the program in and Cambridge Kitchener,
which was introduced last year. Hutcheson worked as the weatherman and sports anchor for CKCO-TV in Ktchener for about 20 years, as well as being the host of other programs like Bowling for
Guelph 2000 with
employment or job placements.
care, maintenance, building, serv-
program’s annual awards banquet held at Bingeman’s. They join three others in the hall of fame,
between the ages of 16 and 24 and some adults to obtain
cafeteria or nursing staff,
office, clerical, technical, health
Neil Trifunovich, class of 1977, at the
liaison officer Jan counting on getting
The position was open to
a special effects whiz were induct-
being held April 4 for the board’s three-year seat for support staff.
A host of CTV’s Canada AM and ed
Monica Himmelman, shop employee Lynn
Knowles and the
four support staff employees at
and looking toward the future.” Boteju, who has been employed with the col-
college operates. “( riie
member must) be aware
of the strategic role that the board |ilays in terms of policy making
good way of doing
gives her the familiarity with the
Continued on Page 3
SPOKE, April 2, 2001
Continued from Page 2 Knowledgeable and in tune with support
would be an advocate on but
a two-way street,” she would also communicate information back and forth to each
to the best
“If voted to the board,
corrunitted, dedicated, responsible
support staff plans to be
will strive for
effective solutions in all issues.”
available to support staff by having
drop boxes on campus and making available her phone number and e-
will be posting posters in the
college hallways in preparation for the election.
support staff to the board,
In hopes of increasing the
the college would be a main concern for the representative of the
of the college,” she said. Helping to resolve issues within
beneficial to each party.
“This has allowed
communication between the support staff and the board would be “I
port staff, faculty and students.
said she feels proper
behalf of the support
contact, with administration, sup-
Knowles has had
greases the college’s wheels and
McPherson, liaison Tanja Gancevich,
training officer with Job Connect,
staff) the oil that
you can get some good
energy and direction,” she said. If she is voted to the position,
she wants to work in conjunction with the union executive, “so that everybody
knows who’s on first.” Himmelman, who is the founding
but she has been a part of the college for more than three years.
president of the college’s alumni
Along with Boteju, Stroh worked
of time in
local boards such as the Kitchener
Kitchener- Waterloo and as president of Regional Hornes^ for
Larissa McicMillon, left, Catherine Cardiff and Jenn Castellan, all second-year nursing students, work on their marijuana presentation for the bio fair held in the Blue Room on March
(Photo by Kyla Rowntree)
the liaison office for 10 months,
with Job Connect.
Unsure of what exactly the board does, she said if she
is voted in, she spend most of her first year observing, but hopes that in doing so she can be the voice of the sup-
“I’m a good
listener. I can quickpick out the important points and look at them creatively and clearly,” she said.
"l feel that I
from the inside out, and 1 have a good knowledge of how government and board issues are presented,” said
She said she cares a is
Stroh said she would be able to bring concerns from support staff to the board, as long as she has the
college, as a whole.
Stroh has been employed with
with alumni services for two years.
She has spent a
nating her for the position on the
has been employed
— Page 3
certainly a position that
would respect and be conscientious
Stroh said having more contact between the board and support staff is a major goal.
Bringing concerns to the board
who was nominated for
from support staff at all campuses would be the main attribute she would bring to the position, she said.
by fellow print shop employee Ed Reihl and shipping and receiving employee Cliff Ingham, has worked at the college
requires her to visit the four satel-
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for president’s job Experience
must for any job.
workplace and when problems
for fewer surprises in the
experience will usually lead to the
Conestoga Students Incorporated realized
and now has safe-
guards to ensure the only type of person to be the full-time president
an experienced person.
any candidate for full-time president must have one-
year experience on the CSI executive or as a
of the board
of directors. a
would be unwise
have a student body president
has to step into the position from scratch.
full-time president, but
few high school student governments have a
budget of over $300,000 It’s
at their disposal, as the
amount of money
high school level and should be able to run for
for an inexperienced person to be in
no matter how mature or responsible that person may be. first- and second-year Conestoga students are prevented
which some find
unfair. First-year stu-
dents cannot run because the elections are held before they arrive at the college and second-year students cannot fun because they must
serve on the executive or the board of directors before running for president.
week’s front page of Spoke
student Brad Blanchard,
a story abotrt first-year
wasn’t allowed to run for presi-
dent for the 2001/02 school year because he didn’t have the required experience. Instead, he ran for vice-president of activities, but he
defeated for the position.
Blanchard spoke up
at the all-candidates
experience on the executive or
BOD shouldn’t be a necessity to run for which said he wouldn’t denounce
president, despite signing a contract,
meeting on March
Blanchard should be commended for speaking his mind and standing up for what he thinks is right, but he’ll likely get his shot at running for
currently exploring tKe possibility of being
on the board of directors
2001/02 school year and then running
CSI wants from anybody interested in stucommittees as an executive member, or on the
That’s exactly what the
dent politics. Sit on the
board of directors.
to the meetings,
watch the paperwork
on the president’s desk as he/she stays here
CSI works from
the inside and then
make an edu-
cated decision about whether they want to run for full-time presi-
BOD and executive is a person’s way to get acquainted with the
CSI,” current president Brad Whiteford said.
his/her program. Jon Olinski,
taking the second option.
and permits students not
in the little office in the
Sanctuary. Less training will be required for
each new president, which should mean
less rookie mistakes.
a good rule and one that should be followed for years to
to ensure the
true that the
wants to see
more controvermore the pubit
fipd the video’s double standard
intent is to get
people thinking and angry.
outrageous acts in order to stay on
the charts as the competition in the
music industry increases.
With her movie Truth or Dare, her self-published book and her latest video Music, I wondered what
herself in the spotlight again as the
grandmother on a crime spree.
tinues with cars,
blowing up a gas
shooting cops with a real-life looking water gun, running over
playing ball hockey and blow-
else she could possibly do?
for the public. I
controversy and a refuse to air
a lot of
after the video
consistent to talk
about her songs, books and
of her victims
of her targets are in
find her act
with her image.
getting old, along I
don’t think the
video should be aired because of the double standard and
think the violence towards
said the video
character acting out a fantasy and
allowed to do.
Madonna’s career controversy.
which enables her
The new song
violent in the
In an article in the Toronto Sun,
sense that All
on the American stations
Madonna’s ever changing entertainment style, I wondered what else was going to evolve out of her mind in order to produce a shock
ing up a gas station.
The video has sparked
She knows what to produce
said she hopes the video will
get people to ask questions.
The feedback is Madonna wants and I
the public should give her the grat-
of watching her video just
video ever produced on the market.
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are not endorsed by the
extremely wrong. If a male artist had produced a video that was all about violence
violent towards men.
most knowledgeable people available are representing
Well, she has done
The video was played only once
a man-hater in
about the violent content.
CSI set it up that a president can serve directly after gives anybody with the interest and the experience to
video and she
gains ratings in the industry.
with a taser gun and the spree con-
graduating from business
specifically runs over
of three, which
the full-time presidency earlier
heard how controversial and violent the video was, the later I stayed up to watch it.
robbing a bank-machine customer
devilish look in her eye as
means the president either has to take a year off in the middle of his/her program to serve as president or serve directly after graduating from
video are male and she has this
these men. s
This spree begins with
must be enrolled
full-time president, a student
of one course per semester and a
be Madonna’s cup
In the video
sort of controversy in today’s
Like usual, anything that creates
society seems to
the election process.
president next spring.
Video sends wrong message
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understatement. Government departments of agriculture are on a blitz to stop the
by Reni Nicholson
livestock, but there is nothing stopping hundreds of healthy sheep and
in their herds.
Daily, governments in North America and Europe have seized and killed many animals from hun-
dreds of farms to prevent the spread of the family of diseases
vidual farmers? Because nearly 100
killed in the
and have a
ble spongiform encephalopathies,
disease and foot-and-
group of diseases that
affect the animal’s brain. Prion protein,
the cause of the disease,
deadly for sheep and cows.
are the rights of the indi-
people in Europe have died from the human form of TSE, farmers in North America have lost their rights.
There have been no reported cases of death caused by TSE in humans in North America, and still these animals are being unlawfully slaughtered.
Tests have been done on sheep
infected with the protein created
and humans who have consumed the infected ani-
the animals are infected with the dis-
erated, only to then
United States. The Canadian and American governments suspect that some sheep may have been exposed to mad cow disease through contaminated feed before they were imported from Europe.
government agencies have
was no disease
one animal is discovered be infected with the disease, it has been the government’s initiative to go from farm to farm within a five-kilometre radius and kill off all sheep and cows for fear the disease has been transmitted. to
Has nobody tainted
stock being killed innocently?
Very few, but some herds believed to have been exposed to animals contaminated with the disease have been quarantined and are being monitored for symptoms of the disease.
Observing these animals, instead of butchering them without proof,
somehow becomes stagnant in human beings, posing no danger. So why are so many sheep being killed? More than 800 sheep were
destroyed in Manitoba,
has stepped tle
must be received by
for the following issue.
will benefit the farmers,
and the public. Farmers wouldn’t
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quantity of stock, animals wouldn’t
With no proof of illness, these animals arc being slaughtered because the only known method of testing
be killed innocently and trade and sales
letters will not
animals not suspect to the disease.
Reduce the health
with excess weight. Live better
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reporters at Conestoga College’s student
Letters to the editor
^Wai g- Mot. wa^it^t j
hear from you.
ing the disease.
of cows and flock of sheep for tests. The farmers have no control over
There are better ways of contain-
become infected when they consume the diseased sheep.
has been no proven case of sheep
intervened and seized the entire herd
Got something to say? Do you have a beef?
realized that there
medical attention if you have any of these symptoms.
Too many animals have been
find out that there
Unsteadiness or sudden falls, especially with any of the above signs
slaughtered, tested and then incin-
and hundreds more have been
cows from being
can be done on the brain. The animal has to be to dead to perform the test.
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— SPOKE, April
Guelph campus students rebuild 1 988 Mustang for the drag strip By Kyla Rowntree
“So many people want to see it,” “The enthusiasm from the students and other professors is just ecstatic. The college morale is just incredible when it comes to
as the task of rebuilding
edelbrock intake manifold, hooker
headers, a shift kit and four 10-rear
components have the car to soup it up
for the races.
include a speed-pro camshaft, an
There are about 200 first-and second-year apprentices working on
speeds of about 160 km/h.
Jim Palmer, automotive service technician faculty, says this
for students to
Since the students work on their cars mostly in class, this proj-
designed so stuto
service every part of an automobile,”
Palmer, “and this
are doing here.”
their apprenticeship. is
expected to reach
really get to
kind of parts.” Chris Bruckman,
September. Palmer sandblasted the rust spots and prepped and painted the car.
service technician student
completed will be about $4,500, well below its resale value, said
the first time that a car has
in as a sehool project
at the college.
will drive the car,
would like to have it ready The car has about 360 horsepow?- Tto race by June and hopefully a liter and has been upgraded to a 5.8 tle sooner. litre engine. The car, which will not be street The students have rebuilt the legal because the car would probaPalmer.
Palmer said students and faculty always stopping by the shop to see the car and how far it has come. Students have been donating miscellaneous parts for the Mustang at the college are
throughout the entire project. “The students want to see raced,”
is how a 1988 Mustang looked before being rebuilt in the automotive service technician program. Jim Palmer, an automo-
donating parts so they can get
tive service technician faculty
member, purchased the Mustang
frame the summer before bringing
to class. (Photo submitted)
Palmer wants to display the car at fairs, open houses and mall displays in order to promote the college.
to get the college
logo on the car,” said Palmer.
to class in
Palmer purchased the frame of the car in May after beginning work on the body during the sum-
mer before bringing
be used for racing purposes
system, electrical components and
automotive service technician program at the Guelph campus are rebuilding a 988 Ford Mustang that will probably be hitting the drag racing strip. Students from every year in the program are working on Project Conestoga students
bly not meet emission standards,
Conestoga design students are working on a painting and lettering scheme for the car. Chris Bruckman, a second-year currently
automotive service technician stusaid doing this helps him learn more about how to take things apart and rebuild them. “I Ulink this is good experience
Bruckman. “This projmore of a challenge. You
for us,” said ect
really get to
kind of parts.”
From left, Martin Mechler, Azfar Usman and Jim Palmer, from the automotive service technician program, work on rebuilding the 1 988 Ford Mustang on March 23 at Conestoga College’s Guelph campus. (Photo by Kyla Rowntree)
Conestoga College continually seeks opportunities for improvement to Conestoga College
meet and exceed the needs of our students, employees
— Page 7m
Peers recognized for hard work Appreciation
students’ extra effort By Kyla Rowntree Conestoga College
ing the students at the college take the time to
office,” said Turner. “They put in numerous hours on top of their heavy courseloads. I think they make a difference and I think it is
someone else’s life. The week of April 2-6 is peer appreciation week which recog-
nizes and celebrates the 150 stu-
as peer tutors and
them.” peer service
administrator from student servicsaid tutors are students with
at the college.
Tutors are paid $10.50 an hour to offer their services to students
five-hour contract within
who need extra help can
“They put in numerous hours on top of their heavy courseloads.”
pick up this low-cost tutor service
learning skills adviser
Hosts are students matched up with international students to help
to life at
There are about 25 hosts at the college who volunteer an hour per week. Melissa Turner, a learning skills adviser from student services, said this is a very important week. “We have over 150 peers in our
Drug cost dnd service a concern
tutors are very people ori-
of academic informa-
peer appreciation reception will be held on April 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the Blue Room at Conestoga to celebrate
peers at the college.
RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS
JOIN PEER SERVICES IN CELEBRATION OF
PEER APPRECIATION WEEK
Continued from Page 1 Harris added that the provider did not offer any additional savings
Peer appreciation week, April 2-6, is recognizing 150 tutors and hosts. Some of them are: (left to right) front row, David Poidevin, Ryan Grass, Robert Good and Jung Choi; second row, Sylvia Pladwig, Alex Josic, Beth Gellatly, Andrea Lutchman and Linh Tran; third row, Stephen Potidevin, Sean Campbell, Melissa Bowman, Amy Emmerton and Lyndsay Davidson; fourth row, Huy Nguyen, Tim Benedict, Richard Shim, Gail Cryer, John McDonald, Stephen Lyon and Chris Shaw.
renewal meeting, but made the changes after it found out the CSI
had spoken with an alternative
CSI would most make a decision at its board of directors meeting on March 28, and any new coverage will take Harris said the
effect in September.
go with what we feel is our students,” added
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Teaching the early childhood educator Conference workshops help participants refresh By Reni Nicholson
Conestoga College was host to 13th annual eont'erenee for
lives of children
“The conference gives ECEs a
^early eluldhoocl educators, attended
by about .300 people at the Doon campus March 23 and 24. The event, which has been held at the college every year since the second conference in 1989, is southern Ontario's largest annual conference of its kind. This year's conference. Early Childhood... Where It All Begins, was co-sponsored by the preschool support services program at
knowledge, gain new skills and network with colleagues,” said Judi Neufeld, supervisor and program manager of early intervention services with kidsLINK. to refresh their
Region of Waterloo’s
affiliates at the college.
workshops were con-
and child abuse; and the role of early childhood education in positive social development for children.
from 4 workmorning and 13 in the
Participants chose in the
Bergman, professor of
The workshops, taught by univer-
childhood education at Seneca College in Toronto, spoke before the morning workshop session. She spoke about the topic
and college faculty from across Ontario, and area child-care consultants and professionals, focused on the development of early educa-
entitled Restoring the Soul of the
tion for children.
Early Childhood Educator.
ranged from profes-
sional interest areas such as
his points understood.
has 25 year's experi-
kidsLINK, the Region of Waterloo child-care division and the ECE
a resident of
ence providing motivational speeches and inspiring workshops. He used humour, storytelling, music and fun
ducted March 24.
with Laughter featured
child- care division.
Friday night’s schedule entitled Light
knowledge and gain new
Other speakers included Neufeld, Jeffrey, dean of Conestoga’s health sciences and community
a non-profit organi-
zation from St. Agatha dedicated to
Windsor, addressed the topic Conquering
lum and program development;
Confliets with Children.
By Jody Andruszkiewicz
According to Barry Milner, manager of physical resources at Conestoga, London-based Martin Building Services is a company he feels can take Conestoga to a higher level through its services. Conestoga’s current contract
with Double expires on
Double & M, a London-based company which submitted a bid to the college to retain the cleaning
First-year broadcasting student Kevin Teixeira entertains his classmates while waiting for class to start on the third floor on March 1 5. (Photo by Rent Nicholson)
been working with
the college for the past 10 years, but Milner said it was time to
review the needs of the college and to give other companies opportunities to work with the col-
In part lives,
and Stress Management
discussed that stress
we respond to
the continual change that
these changes in different
and agencies, and 13
retailers including educational toys
and books, and child-care products were available. “If they like you,” said Michael Graves, sales and marketing con-
Palmer Group, a produces the World’s Best Silly Putty, “most times they’ll be willing to try the sultant for the
crowd constantly surrounded
Graves’ display and
face in our everyday
physically, emotionally and
2001 - March 31, 2006,
with the potential for additional five one-year contracts to be added.
During the college’s pre-qualifyperiod, Martin Building Services, an ISO 9002 certified company, had to meet the criteria ing
A goal is not to eliminate stress but to learn how to manage
it, even use it to help us. Raise your awareness of your stressors and your reactions to them. Don’t ignore your problems.
of five years expecleaning academic build-
student client services
recreation centre as well as
Building Services can certainly provide all the services the college is
Milner went further in saying that Martin Building Services, the only ISO certified company to submit a bid, will be able to meet the college’s needs as the school expands because of the company’s ISO certification and its commitment to keeping Conestoga’s Key Performance Indicator ranking in facilities very high. KPI’s are used as benchmarks of excellence for colleges across the province. Before Martin Building Services
Milner said the school checked the company’s references and received high praise. Currently Martin Building Services works with Toyota, the Canada Trust tower in London, tract,
Fairview Park mall in Kitchener and Humber and Centennial col-
of 750,000 square feet of
But what Milner are
What can you change? Can you avoid or eliminate the stressors? Are you working too many hours? Is this interfering with your educational goals? Can you reduce the intensity of your reaction to stress? Are you making a difficult
Service’s internal policies.
situation a disaster?
only 5 minutes in length and worth
5% ofyour grade. all
Having mutually-supportive friendships, setting realistic rather than and being good to yourself all contribute to managing stress. For further assistance, talk to a counsellor in Student Services.
All employees will wear uniforms and carry their own business cards. The equipment used is eSA approved. Employees
Building Services will require a
job of this size as the company will be responsible for provid-
own equipment and
Martin Building Services will be
A Message from
considerable amount of equipment
Cut one cup of coffee from your morning routine.
training programs are lengthy and there is an extensive health and safety manual for employ-
take better care of yourself, building your physical and emotional well-
being? Exercise, sleep, nutritional eating and watching what you smoke and drink add to your physical health.
Milner said the reason the contracts are so long is because a company has to have a certain amount of time to amortize over (the course of) a contract.
on the Cambridge, Waterloo and Guelph campuses. While Milner said the college received very good service from Double & M, he said Martin
ings in Ontario that were a mini-
Ifyou failed the first test of a course, decide what you can do to increase your chance of success next time.
ence participants took the challenge of making the putty.
the early childhood education cen-
Services will assume the cleaning
full day of information
booths and displays from 1 area education organizations, communi-
Even the cleaners are ISO certified
development; the teaching value of games; new approaches in eurricu-
required to clean the main academic building on the Doon campus, the
the woodworking building, employee services building.
ensure quality service. “They provided us with a sense that this company can provide a safe environment for their workers
and our community,” Milner said. “They’re head and shoulders above anything we’ve seen in the industry.”
— Page 9
career counselling program Will assist residents of Perth
Conestoga College’s Stratford campus will be home to a full-time
choosing career paths
and Guelph, where it is partnered with community colleges who
career counselling program, start-
ing mid- April.
Conestoga delivers the entire program in Stratford.
The program, which will be fundHuman Resource ed by Development Canada (HRDC), will help residents in Perth County
Leis said the objective of the
to help people
unemployed or underem-
would then be directed to the counselling program for an assessment.” Leis said the college already offers some career counselling courses, but this one
HRDC. “It is also
not as intensive as a
course,” added Leis. “Individuals
choose a career path that is right for
ployed to determine their next
three sessions over the span of a
Kim Way, a facilitator for the employment training readiness and focus, for change programs at the college, has been hired to head up
excited about the
reach their career
helping people in their career and
when you can help someone reach their career and employment added Way. Andrea Leis set up the career counselling program and is also a manager of Job Connect, a provincially funded program that assists youth between the ages of 16-24 and some adults to obtain employment or job placements. Conestoga delivers the job development portion of this pro-
Leis said the counselling could
satisfaction when you can help someone
position because she enjoys
“There’s a great
only need to
focus for change programs She added the program
as a second step for people search-
ing for employment.
step could be going
one of the community'partners, such as the Job Finding Club or Partners in Employment. They to
take the form of one-on-one or
group sessions. “Sometimes people work better in groups when they can bounce ideas off one another.” She added it could also be more efficient to run group sessions, but she won’t know how the program will play out until it gets underway. Leis said individuals could end up enrolling in Conestoga programs after their counselling, but may also go into other college programs or different types of training. “We are not just feeding our own programs,” she added. Although the career counselling program will be based at the Stratford campus, it will also have a satellite location at the Listowel
(left to right), Tanya Lee and Brandon Tschirhart take a break from broadcasting production classes and hang out in the Sanctuary on March 14 (By Jody Andruszkiewicz)
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Krauss sings simple and down-to-earth
you need someone to
By Jody Andruszkiewicz
standing on a street corner
Diabetes Association.” Corot Seto, dtetttian
SOMEONE YOU KNOW. CALI CAN«^0!AN oiAseitis
good other forms of music can
song so that you want to
of years ago, Krauss
simple and down-to-earth. It’s not hard to get involved in his songs,
telling a great story: his
ouch potatoes, not French fries, may be to
3 How many eat
for obesity. That was the of a recent arycle exploring
factors involved in effective
and lived standing on that comer. While a six-minute song about
body weight, but
In fact, they are a ‘
increased intake of "fast
junk foods" combined with sedentary lives as a result
of TV, computers and
video games, generation "X"
same with your
"Balance and moderation are what need,"
suggests Judy 'Loews,
and author of a
song, and that only enhances the quality of Cueball. In today’s world of one-hit ders and
tened to from
completes this collection of
you’d also be doing a
disservice to yourself.
30-60 minutes per
the necessary changes,
Monitor your progress
specific goals. to
measure that the goals you
one per customer."
As the old adage to bodies, there’s
Your family doctor,
must be eaten
a big difference
helping you reach your weight
musician Eugene Krauss’s debut CD, entitled Cueball, recalls stories that listeners can to.
lerc are .some ideas to help get
In a journal, record everything that eat
for the next
much and 3
1 Did you
eat a variety
2 Did you
ow much? Houf often?
Ask your doctor about a healthier
you 5 grains,
Physic it! Ac tivity
2-3 milk products and 2 meat and alternatives)
the time you eat. After the
days ask yourself the
Krauss’s exceptional story-telling
needs to be
start to finish.
doing that does a disservice to
as the 54-year-old
Krauss’s lyrics are, that
have one decent song while the remainder are filler, that
erences to Canada. But what else could I expect from a musician
has travelled country?
moderation. Making small changes
brings something special to every
into a healthy diet,
Losing weight and keeping
for us, while others arc ‘junk.’
All foods can
How often were you
absolutely perfect or entirely bad. Ifs simplistic
physically active for
becoming generation "XL".
2 How long did you do each activity? 3 Did you enjoy what you were
of obesity in children,
yours. In fact,
with your friends)?
how long for 3
Like his lyrics, the music on is easy and flowing. Krauss has assembled an interesting collection of musicians to help ear.
the food was there, you were out
identify with his lyrics
that they are
hungry or did you
frequendy are you eaung?
5 Were you
Record everything you do and
retelling all that he’s seen
eat for other reasons (just because
we have come
foods did you
the serious effects of physical inactivity. is
an engaging song telling about a man standing on a is
welcome change. The music accompanying
high in sugar,
have long blamed improper
music heard on the radio
diets for creeping
Perhaps one of the most engaging aspects of his lyrics
found myself smiling as I listened to I-2-T-4 Blues because I could relate to having to pay income taxes. I could also relate to Krauss’s ref-
Nowhere will you hear anything heard on Top 40 stations. In fact, Cueball is so far from the typical
lyrics isn’t harsh or offensive to the
The lyrics to Krauss’s songs are easy and flowing. They gather you in and Krauss masterfully spins
ALL ADDS UP!
way he composes
them so that you have dazzling imagery playing in your mind.
Couch potatoes? French
Eugene Krauss’s Cueball is a stellar work of folk music. However, unlike other folk artists
ing about peace and love. Rather,
everything else that has flooded the airwaves, it’s often forgotten how
mally nothing to write home to mom about, Krauss, who currently lives in Powell River, B.C., makes it easy to listen to such a song.
Amidst the pop, rock and
turn to. Call the
SPOKE, April 2, 2001
By Jody Andruszkiewicz
that 1,700 colleges across the globe
Conestoga College wants
recognized as the top school for
Conestoga’s director of educational technology development, is
(Photo by Jody Andruszkiewicz)
for the college.
ter.com, an online
sold used trucks,
based assetcontrol.com, an online asset disposition
tioned off a company’s assets to the
United States. Currently,
course management software that allows instructors to manage courses,
give online tests and give marks
Three existing programs at Conestoga use WebCT software, the career development practitioner, human resources management and
computer programmer, also a two-
However, Donald said one of the problems with this process is the training and education of instruc-
tors to actually deliver courses in
But, said Donald, the “college
Donald said Conestoga
now has a new
hotline in place.
lum development. “When you put a course Donald said with respect
online,” to cur-
riculum development, “you have to develop the curriculum ahead of for having the
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and bandwidth - as well
also helping the
college by providing funding for the infrastructure
(information technology) capabili-
Food and Rural Rural Job Strategies Program. This program will help Conestoga build and develop 80 online web-enabled courses in
technology marketing programs.
Twelve courses could be ready by September. Conestoga could have 1 1 0 courses online by the end of this year with the 80 online courses from the Rural Project and the existing 30^ ready.
Entrade Inc., Donald worked for seven years at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates as director of information service where he was in charge of developing, installing and maintaining software for the company’s 40
company that and Rhode Island-
said courses will be offered
software to develop online courses
Two of the sites he worked on were California-based truckcen-
calendar year, but Donald
John Donald, Conestoga’s director of educational technology development, works on the WebCT software that will be used enable courses to be taken online. highest bidder.
web-enabling (readying these programs to be instructed online) these programs in April and they should be ready by September. All of this work is being done under the Ontario Ministry of
school of information technology and Donald,
manager co-ordinating the development and implementation of business-to-business e-commerce
Donald said the college
Beginning his job on Nov. 1, last year, Donald came to Conestoga from Entrade Inc., where he worked for one year as the project
software engineering technician, a two-year program and
Additionally, Conestoga wants to
create this entity.
offered in 12 differ-
semester that will use
in information technolo-
charged with trying to determine the infrastructural requirements to
Some of the full-time programs being prepared for the upcoming
Waterloo, said Conestoga, in line with its goal to create a polytechnic institute, wants to develop applied degree
graduated with a
in civil engineering
ent languages. There are 187 insti-
technology across hired John Donald to
help bring that goal to
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