— No. 56
Former president Irwin
But, during the
former Conestoga Students
Incorporated president has filed a formal complaint against the CSFs recent elections.
president before Christmas, the
he was questioning
a complaint on the process.
don’t really care
want to see things done said LeBeau, who filed the
complaint with the office of college principal Grant McGregor.
LeBeau’s complaint stemmed from the fact the voting procedure was changed half way through the election. P‘011 clcrRs were instructed to ask students to put their student numbers on the back of their ballots, to ensure nobody voted
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Students Incorporated president Phil LeBeau has asked for the resignaof current vice-president of
first day of the were not counted in the
Trevor Trewartha, the
returning officer, said the constitution states that the
sure voters don’t vote twice and
changing the voting process was the best way to do so. LeBeau asked if anybody had voted twice and Trewartha told
“So, in cross reference nobody
voted twice,” said LeBeau. “Everybody voted comectly as the polling clerk told them to.” Students who voted the first day
“Why throw away (the votes one group of people?” Continued on Page 2
saying he only said that because he was recognized by the chair of the board as. having the floor to “I
well a job
every wasn’t saying I at
better than him,” Harris
For example, at the March 28 BOD meeting Harris raised his
something to the the board of director
have the support of the board (of
get to speak,”
see,” he said.
shows he thinks he’s
shocked when he learned of
more important than
However, in an April 4 interview LeBeau changed his stance, saying he was just trying to send a message to the CSI that students were still in charge and the CSI is
request for his
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the rest of us
accountable to the students. “It’s not a personal attack against-'
Mike. They (CSI) have it’s time to go back
where they should be,” LeBeau
Harris denied these allegations.
After a 2
lege president John Tibbits final-
best interest of
heard the words he’s been for,
as the college learned
was officially approved for full ISO 900 quality system registration on March 26. This announcement by the it
Harris be impeached by the
not acted in the
Since Harris has said he won’t
LeBeau said the resignamore for “symbolic” rea-
Since Harris graduates from Conestoga College at the end of •
board of directors (BOD) meeting, which LeBeau attended to file a complaint about the recent CSI
has personally sent students to
Rules of Order as
(pao/o by Rem Nichoisonj
“How dare he say Fm not working
no longer acting in the of students. He’s
in the best interest of students? Phil
trying to follow Robert’s
for Harris’s resignation
LeBeau made the written request on March 29, the day after the CSI
Btad Whttefofd CSI Iitjjsi£tepi«,0n^ 4obn Kast, •^Bwsageit K»nner-of the cafeteria t oiitest on Marcn 27 Kinnfe Botifangiac a ^cond-year business student fioin
academics Mike Harris.
of the election voted correctly so tWoir v'otos should be counted, he added.
LeBeau asks By Dwight
votes cast on the
CSFs board of directors meeton March 28 to tell the board
dent numbers were required on each ballot. So, the more than 100 election
LeBeau, who resigned as
day of elec-
tions, poll clerks didn’t
files By Dwight
CSI president Brad Whiteford
said he received a written request
joins the prestigious
from LeBeau to force Harris to resign. Under the constitution, he doesn’t have the power to force any executive to resign or carry through with an impeachment.
LeBeau would have
be completely ISO
The ISO sets definable and documented standards for consistency
and quality for busi-
nesses to follow.
to argue his
Tibbits said a lot of people
board would then make its decision on whether to impeach Harris. If a
vote for impeachment
ed for certification on Feb. 26 by KPMG auditors after they reviewed and assessed the college’s International Standards Organization documentation and found only four minor nonconformances. Continued on Page 2
have never doubt-
up to the CSI executive to administer the sanction, which could be anything from a verbal
was part of a personal vendetta LeBeau holds against
see us giving
warning,” Whiteford said.
that,” said Harris,
which he not grant.
don’t speak up for students then
case in front of the
hard to understand. I’ve been working hard to do my job for two years. I have been committed to
to dismissal. if it
goes through, I can’t him even a verbal
worked hard and it is
The college was recommend-
— SPOKE, April
Fate of election Continued from Page 1 Mike Harris, CSI vice-president
proposed amendments as the docu-
of academics, said there have already been two sets of recounts, both of which had Jon Olinski
candidates and scrutineers author-
to the 2000 conmust be taken to the CSI’s general membership, which is the students, within one year’s time. Those who attend the annual meeting, which usually takes place in late April each year, then vote for or
ized the votes in a meeting and to
defeating Jessica Sperling by eight
(The discarded ballots were
not included in the recounts.) All
follow due process the appeal isn’t
He urged on and make the
move ahead and
be a yes or no vote
We either accept the candi-
After the in-camera session, the
voted to hold off on making
CSI president Brad Whiteford
the issue has been sent to the CSI’s
job of the lawyer will be
which constitution to use. He might deem the most recent constitution (1999) as the one to use, or he might deem the 2000/01 to decide
66 2/3 their program
on the CSI execuWhiteford said. “Since the amendments haven’t been taken to the general membership yet, does that rule die? That’s
gets better’ situations.” presidential candidate
in a terrible position,
wasn’t his fault.”
the lawyer can’t
snap by election.
to the lawyer,”
feels the col-
Sperling’s eligibility to run for
students out to
internal (to the CSI),
but the college should be involved
because they collect the (student)
The CSI has
to face the fact
a hefty job, but
dation of operations and needs to
should have no interference with
in a position to address
these concerns and he quit.” said she hopes things can be corrected.
right thing to hap-
pen,” Sperling said.
She said she
prepared to accept
the lawyer’s decision either way.
the bright side, the contro-
“I’m upset with the way things have been handled, but I’m not mad at anyone personally.” She said this situation might bring about required changes. “It could be one of those ‘worse before
People are trying their best to get things cleared up. I hope it happens soon,” Sperling said.
get everything 100 per cent updated.
there will likely be a
“The corporation was left in a disbeen an uphill battle ever
lege should step in and help the
LeBeau said. CSI has a lot of constitutional amendments that need to be updated. He suggested maybe shutting the CSI down for a year to
Michael, Kerri-Lynn Kitt and Paul Luquin all resigned in the past year.
Although the CSI
becomes a personal attack. He’ll have to deem which rules, if any, were broken during the election. The CRO made some calls that it
a high turnover rate in the CSI. Executive members LeBeau, Ramy
Sperling, in an April 2 interview,
Harris said the problems with the
they are connected at the hip with
those ‘worse before
since,” Harris said.
could be one of
have put us
“The election procedure was misSome votes were counted, some weren’t. I just want to make sure it’s done fairly,” LeBeau said. handled.
a separate entity.
constitution and election stem from
March 29 interview LeBeau
reiterated his argument.
he can’t resolve the election on these grounds, then he’ll go to the “murkier waters” of what happened during the election, Whiteford said. “If he goes into the balloting and conduct, then
ensure this doesn’t Whiteford said. If the lawyer finds
and the lawyer may allow her stand on those grounds.
to run for a seat
her courseload, the chief returning officer shouldn’t
per cent of courses in
look at Trewartha’s role. Even if Sperling is ineligible because of
One of the proposed amendments, made by this year’s BOD, is time students
Whiteford hoped to have the lawyer’s decision by April
lawyer also has to
default. But, the
to allow part-time students, or full-
the election results official. In a
the president, then Olinski wins by
Phil LeBeau, former CSI president
lawyer finds she doesn’t have the proper courseload to be
be taken seriously.”
attendance, to discuss
verifying that with the
and some weren’t. just want to make sure it’s done fairly.”
don’t. Phil’s appeal has
The board went into a lengthy camera meeting, with LeBeau
“The election procedure was mishandled. Some votes were counted
load to run for president, so the
amendments to the conThe new version of the
can launch his appeal afterwards,’’ Ex-officio Ellen
he has heard varying stories about whether she has the proper course-
full-time president is being considered by the lawyer. Whiteford said
to follow in this case.
Olinski said he thinks the original
vote and recounts
should stand because each candidate and scrutineer agreed to the final tally. If he ends up losing the election because of the lawyer’s decision, he said he’ll likely file an appeal.
Continued from Page 1 Non-conformances refer to areas where the college does not comply
Tibbits said the college has a plan in
place to deal with these non-con-
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is you can find areas where you can do better, so now the next step will be looking at ways to improve the services offered to stu-
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areas that could use improvement. “One advantage of documenting the system and looking at the pro-
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“We’re trying to raise the qualiof the institution in every dimension. No organization is ty
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Guelph campus shows what’s Faculty
and students conduct
By Kyla Rowntree
pus April 1 to show the transformation of the campus into a centre of excellence.
— Page 3
workshops and demonstrations
people what he’s doing in class. “I am also learning here today,”
An open house was held at Conestoga College’s Guelph cam-
and students paropen house, volun-
ticipated in the
have been working water system and I have
said Hillier. “I
never done that before.”
dent in the one-year program, was
demonstrating former works.
teering their time to conduct labs,
About 500 people attended event to see the upgraded
and equipment in technical learning and students in action in their
what we have to offer.” Stu Hood,
the public exactly
welding program faculty
that participated in the
event included welding and metal
automotive service plumbing, metal machining and computer numerical control machining and millwright. Each lab mounted a demonstrafabrication,
tion of the skills the students are
pieces of metal into a one-piece cylinder that can be used for things like
a second career,”
learning in class. Demonstrations
opportunity for prospective students to come out and see what we
like a drive-clean test in the auto-
motive service technician program and welding were held every half hour in specified classes. Joe Hillier, a second-year plumbing apprenticeship student, and David Boys, a third-year plumbing apprenticeship student, were working on testing a valve in a water system as a demonstration as well as showing how copper pipe is installed and put together. Hillier said he came to the open house because he wanted to show
part of a demonstration
(Photo by Kyla Rowntree)
said he used to live in
to take the
on the Internet to determine where the best course was offered and he said did
a wide the
“I packed up my family and we moved here because Conestoga has
of information in
(Photo by Kyia Rowntree)
Stu Hoock a faculty
welding program, said the open house was to show corporate partners who have donated funds or equipment to the college what the
their donations are providing for
Conestoga College, said
a great opportunity to
$400,000 worth of donations and equipment that corporations have donated in the past year. Christa Correll, a Stratford resi-
English, computers and practical
dent, said a friend brought her to
Much of the funding for the upgraded equipment is donated by corporations in the community. “We want to show the public exactly what we have to offer,” said Hood. “We want to show the trades and apprentices at work.” Hans Zawada, the chair of technology trades and apprenticeships
the open house.
Students and faculty were on hand to
employment prospects, application and admission
the best to offer in this field.” Bonneau actaed that other col-
process, financial aid, sponsorship and apprenticeship procedures. The theme of the first open house
offered a six-month
said Conestoga offers
Jaime Histrob, a first-year welder fitter program student, presented stick metal arc welding at Conestoga College’s Guelph campus open house on April 1 Histrob was welding as part of a
program at the Guelph campus open house on April 1
Ottawa and he wanted
Joe Hillier, a second-year plumbing apprenticeship program student, solders a joint on a piece of copper piping as
be held at the college was technology and trades.
“We’re really amaz.ed and impressed,” said Correll. “For us women, all these machine shops are so interesting. I went to Conestoga many years ago and my education has always helped me. I think this opportunity is excellent.”
Quality Policy Conestoga College continually seeks opportunities for improvement to Conestoga
meet and exceed the needs of our students, employees
— SPOKE, April ^
V'^mawiww V wiMi
More money is needed In February of this year, the Investing in Students
piled their report entitled Portals
In a time
Ontario and the timing couldn’t be more
tuition is being deregulated
Task Force com-
skyrocketing to unparalleled levels and
by the province,
this task force
government regarding post-second-
to the provincial
15 recommendations deal with
students to use.
making services simpler for what needs to be done
highlight such things as
for students transferring
between the university and college systems.
The following 14 recommendations concern issues educational institutions will face in the next century and what the province should do to deal with those issues. They deal with such things as ensuring “special populations’’, such as natives
and francophones, get
opportunities other residents of Ontario have.
recommendations deal with how
recommendations made to the government, with such ideas as
encouraging colleges and universi-
$1.7 billion from Ontario while
work together to create a works for both institu-
Perhaps the most important recommendations deal with easing
student debt (recommendations seven through 13).
students are incurring
tuition to allow educational institutions to
worth on the open mar-
task force says the government needs to involve itself
attending a post-secondary
don’t think twice
about something as simple as going park on a sunny day.
streamlining the application process for government grants and student
vert. Provincial grants
$10,000 per vehicle offset these
advance. Let’s not also forget that in 1991,
to say that in
Mobility Plus, then Project
loans as well as encouraging institutions to help students to complete
the sun shining,
1994 when the Harris government
struck a deal with the region’s three
get dressed, get
discontinued the grants. United Taxi continued to provide the serv-
taxi*companies because it couldn’t keep up with the demands for its
This was possible because the company’s 71 drivers are also
service. Mobility Plus
shareholders and were able to sub-
cannot accommodate a request.
This isn’t to say the government should run willy-nilly, throwing tons of
into the educational
only to have another slash the budget effort to control
Bob Rae’s in
and hack and
allotted to post-secondary institutions in
spending on education.
post-secondary system. Students need to be able to afford the edu-
post-secondary system, Ontario’s post-secondary institutions
will turn into to afford to
American colleges where only the
affluent will be able
send their children to get a college or university educa-
Furthermore, the Ontario government needs to universities
equalize monies given
In 2000, universities received an estimated $3.1 billion in operating
revenues with almost $1.7 billion coming from the Ontario government.
contrast, colleges received an estimated $1.5 billion in oper-
ating revenues with an estimated
drive to the park.
$856 million coming from the gov-
prudent for the government to invest some
cation they seek. Without the
would require you to
an unequal playing field even though 39 per
longer profitable to continue to pro-
vide the service and
seems like an unreasonable request to most since a lot can happen in two days. You
to pull the
could get sick,
refuses to reinstate the
could rain or
a simple pleasure that
vans off the road unless of assistance
vans have become a in
Mobility Plus dealing with the
not capable of
number of demands
and people with
The region needs
to continue to provide
tions with having to
costs of these vans.
unreasonable for anyone to expect
should look into supplementing the
The question of
and an invaluable
ed grants, the regional government
neous activity most of us take for granted, but for
quite evident there
to charge a
United Taxi has
you may want to go the park two days in advance.
also allowed the
United Taxi’s specially equipped
sidize the costs of the service.
specially equipped taxis
consider the impact taking these
soon be taken away from them.
United Taxi’s wheelchair service
vans off the road would have on the
For the past 10 years United Taxi has had a fleet of five specially
deplorable. Action must be taken to eliminate that disparity and further
equipped vans, which enable the
action must be taken to ensure that students can even attend a post-sec-
cent of Ontario’s 436,856 full-time students are in college. Yet this task force wants the university and college systems to
such a disparity between the colleges and universities
In today’s high tech world, a post-secondary education is a must.
getting that education shouldn’t
students must go into a debt so
hardship to repay
According in the
accommodate people article
Kitchener Record, the vans
1991 and cost
7 per cent of
company does service
argue that the
not need to provide
because the region
already has Mobility Plus, which
cial services division.
purchase and con-
usually requires users to
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Engineering students beat university By Jody Andruszkiewicz On March 20, the number 1 college in Ontario beat the number 1 university
Kitchener-Waterloo section of the of Electric and Electronic
Engineers (IEEE) Student Paper’s night.
the William G.
Davis centre on the University of Waterloo campus, five Conestoga students, split into teams of three and ‘two, captured first place in their respective categories and tied at
for first place overall for their projects, beating out the
of Waterloo presentations.
The one of the
project to claim a share
Corrall and digital
place prize was Jeff Nemanja Jevremovic’s
robots of other machines
to Corrall, a third-year student in
said costs thousands of dollars.
electronic engineering technology:
this project is to
replace a normal film canister in a
on February he and
to Corrall, research
a component Jevremovic
Dalsa was also involved in the by critiquing it from an
computer systems co^p. This module would allow an analog camera to double as a digital camera without the user having to buy a digital camera, he said. The module would replace a normal film canister in a 35-niillimetre camera and store 48 digital pictures at a resolution of 128-by-128 pix-
is in its final
stages and should
be ready by April
The other project on process monitoring via Web browser or wireless personal digital assistant
(PDA) was designed by third-year Greg Ferguson, Dan
electronic engineering technology:
while both 2000, Jevremovic, who are in the same class, were on their co-op terms. Construction of the module began in September.
telecommunications systems program. “It (the project) enables users to monitor all relevant information in an electronic system,” Nowak said,
The Waterloo-based company construction
adding this project could be adapted to anything from parts per minute produced on an assembly
line to the temperature
The idea behind
charge-coupled device-based imaging system (CCD), according
Dalsa, the best in the world for --
of machine vision cameras mounted on
to real-time monitor.
(Photo by Jody Andruszkiewicz)
of a specific
piece of machinery the user would
and Nemanja Jevremovic celebrate their firstplace ranking at the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineer’s student paper’s night for their digital imaging module for 35-mm Jeff Corral, seated,
Toyota plant could be monitored at one time,” he said, adding that any time any of the criteria the user outlined to be monitored changed, the user’s PDA would beep and show
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Construction of this project began in September and is currently going through its final testing to be completed by April 19. According to Rudy Hofer, a professor in elettronic engineering tech-
of practical industry apphcation.
He also said that while these projCraig Nowak, off
and Greg Ferguson show
night. Their project
and Electronic Engineer’s student paper’s is based on real-time monitoring via Web
browser or personal
(Photo by Jody Andruszkiewicz)
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leges, as universities take
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that winning feeiing
triggered Student’s logo picked for skateboard parks By Kyla Rowntree
designing the logo.
wanted something really modern looking, vibrant and something
A fire alarm was set off at Conestoga College’s Doon campus on March 29, around
Ivan Ramirez was one of the 29 second-year graphic design students who entered a competition to the
Ramirez was announced the win-
bookstore and the woodworking building.
knew the competi-
the building for
smoke and fire but didn’t find any. Then we saw the alarm was
pulled on Level 3A, between the
he was confi-
A1 Hunter, supervisor of security services, said the
dent with his design however he
ner of the
looked through magazines and got a good look at skateboarders in action.”
logo of the skatebotuding parks Anywhere and Nowhere in Cambridge. design
going to be
pulled,” Hunter said.
The Kitchener Fire Department also responded to
Ramirez’s winning logo
be representL c h ing the Cambridge skateboard parks recreation Anywhere and Nowhere. t
The top logo was picked by a focus
group of skateboarders, skate park staff and park administrators. “We’ve had a lot of fun doing this. We want the students to know important this
going to be around
for a very long time.”
Lloyd added that the logo will be featured on helmets, decals, hats and shirts. Ramirez said he had a lot of fun
given the task by Cambridge’s community services department to build a park for skateboarders. The skateboarding season for Anywhere and Nowhere runs from May 1 till the end of August. The parks average about 80
manager of the Anywhere skateboard park. “There was amazing creativity
came out of
Lloyd, the manager of the Nowhere skateboard park located in the Karl Homuth Arena in
skateboarders a day and sessions run from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
Cambridge, said his 10-year-old park began with a student who skateboarded walking into Cambridge city council and asking for
Cambridge. Lloyd said
$10 a season or $l a
called that because after that
day he was
in the arena.
dim view of
gering false alarms.
nal offence,’’ Hunter said. If caught, the perpetrator could
a mobile skateboard
ferent parking lots around the city.
^^ogfSfjl^ he added.
park that travels
in a trailer to dif-
can go just about anywhere, said Lloyd. “This park Anyyvhere is designed for kids without transportation,” said Lloyd. “We bring the park to them.”
,./Sv^S^th a controlled evacliatiotv somebody .could still be
a s4fety thing.” Hunter -s^d 'security services eontint^s investigate the >incidet^"dnd encourages anyone with information^ to come for,^vard. The Waterloo regional
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very pleased to have this partnership with Conestoga,” said Lichti,
means of elimination by
from the skateboarding parks in Cambridge, present Ivan Ramirez, a second-year graphic design student at Conestoga College,with a $500 cheque for his winning logo on March 28.
and Doug Lloyd, manager of
Doug Lloyd and Colleen Anywhere and Nowhere
Hunrington Society of
Societe Huntington du
SPOKE, April 9, 2001
— Page 7
Literacy lab Students with a learning By Kyla Rowntree The ment
knowledge maps and flowcharts of any learning material.
also outlines a view-help index
that allows for clear
needs and learning disabilities. Some of the latest technology
ware and software tial
Special learning devices in the lab enable students to learn without
speak to the students as
other college or
funded by the Learning unless
in this software that allows the
words or abbreviations.
capable of reading an entire docu-
ment in selected voices. ReadPlease 2000 is a screenreading computer program that will read any text displayed on the screen.
about the size of a marker with a scanning device on the end allows students to scan any
from a document and define
parrot organizer is a voice-activated electronic organizer that can
be used as a calculator, alarm clock, memo pad and planner. Su Lyttle, the computer technician consultant for special needs
assistance phonetically and an auto correction.
services, points out that the highquality equipment is excellent.
computer technician for special needs services
The program provides
a piece of interest-
ing software in the lab that pro-
vides students with screen reading and magnification. The program
a voice reader.
magnifies the display of word
includes a talking dictionary with
processors, spreadsheets, databas-
over 175,000 words with synonyms.
es and online services.
“You won’t find all this equipment in any other college or facili“unless
ty,” said Lyttle,
Bill Vastis, a first- and second-year recreation leisure student at Conestoga, uses the JAWS software in Conestoga’s literacy lab on April 2. Vastis, who is blind, uses the literacy lab to write documents.
(Photo by Kyla Rowntree)
with a post-secondary education.
A reading pen
visually or audibly.
speak naturally into the computer with continuous speech.
allows students to
a more advanced word
another unique piece of software in
of scanned text images.
that converts text into voice.
“You won’t find
The software Kurzweil 3000
voice to pronounce any unusual
have hands-free operation of the software by using their voice. Students can create such documents as business letters and spreadsheets merely by using their
vides audio and visual presentation
ple voice conunands.
The program handles specialty vocabularies and allows for a hands-free mouse control with sim-
converts text to speech while the
tion software that allows students
another program that
Dragon Naturally Speaking
and the program converts the
program is capable of reading from word processors, spreadsheets and
with a learning disability to achieve
The scanner scans
easier for a student
includes a pronunciation dictionary and spell checker. WillowTalk is another program
hardware and software
typed, into speech.
affect their education.
complete sentences. This software also includes a spell checker and word prediction
that help stu-
despite their disability.
a program designed
they type either by
dents to reach their highest poten-
the selected text into the computer
consists of adaptive hard-
ly visually impaired.
well-organized format. to convert text to speech.
Kurzweil 1000 is a program that advanced reading tools for people who are blind or severe-
at their fingertips
written proposals and reports in a
brand new advanced pieces of equipment and featured in the lab
have top-quality equipment
with concept maps, process flows,
of top-notch equip-
of adaptive software
a four-year project that
is in its
third year at
leges,” said Lyttle.
“We will help whoever we can, basically.” Su
Lyttle ensures every student
comfortable lab’s environment. Lyttle uses
in the lab willing to assist any-
“Hopefully by the end of the four years the LOP will filter through other universities and col-
uses the lab
techniques such as
turning the lights off and providing
each station with its own lamp because she feels the soft lighting creates a comfortable, quiet study
always help or
tance,” said Lyttle.
whoever we can,
encourage any special needs student to use the lab instead of having to fight
access lab.” Lyttle
that after the
funding ends the lab will still continue to run suecessfully. “We’re not shutting up shop,” said Lyttle. “We’re still going to be here. I am quite confident with the efforts that we have been through with this lab that nobody wants to see the project shut down or fold up.” Lyttle added that statistics point
hardware overwhelmingly helps the students. to the fact that
another piece of screen reading and magnification software. The program is designed
enabled the college to enhance and update the facilities in the lab to meet the needs of the
found a lot of students complained about the fluorescent lighting,” said Lyttle. “I think this
“They keep coming back.
for blind and visually impaired
dents stop using a piece of equip-
Inspiration is designed for these
students and the software accom-
students in particular.
The purpose of the project is to encourage more students in second-
more of a calm and pleasurable environment.”
Some students learn more easily by thinking with pictures rather than words and the program
The program provides
ary school to consider continuing
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for the
the subdued lighting creates
Lyttle said there
“We think it works,”
said Lyttle. If stu-
ment then we need
whether we need it. had that happen yet.”
A Special Message
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From the CSI Would you
nominate a distinguished teacher?
For information or nomination forms, contact one of the following committee members:
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— SPOKE, April
World’s largest By Jody Andruszkiewicz
program and make presentations. During
Conestoga has many distinctions can be proud of and now it can add one more to that prestigious list the
largest student chapter of the
cated to using education to improve
sionals in materials
bottom line companies worldwide.
students can find out what their edu-
school starting in the
sors and instructors
comprised of students from different years. Golder said the student executive is designed like this so that students
chapter and the
Additionally, the executive of the
involved with the executive who wish to continue working with the
parent chapter, the Ontario Grand Valley chapter, one of more than 270 chapters in North
student chapter organizes an annual
student chapter’s executive already
resume binder of all first-, secondand third-year students that is sent
Marys, Listowel, Palmerston and
Milverton. In maintaining
membership at the Golder said the
out to potential employers. Golder said the job binder
have knowledge of how the execuworks and there will be continuity from one year to the next. Golder also said the student chap-
idea because there are employers
During the membership drive, Golder said the executive arranged to have professionals come in to talk to first- and second-year stu-
According to Golder, four students from Fanshawe are interested in joining the Conestoga chapter to get the student benefits from APICS.
were very helpful by allowing the executive to go to every section in each year of the
management field is. Going one step further,
Giving a lot of credit for the success of the chapter to its executive. Colder said the 127-person membership has been very aggressive
has nearly 70,000 individual and corporate members dedi-
APICS and how
uing their education in the materi-
Callie Colder, the chapter’s presi-
dents about being involved with
agement (APICS). “It
even spoke to a secondyear maiketing class by accident. tour, they
Ontario Grand Valley chapter has helped the student chapter by offering students discounts to functions
cational society for resource
and giving them the same benefits and accessibility to resources as any professional. “We set up functions with profes-
APICS chapter at college
has so many members because has a large pool of students to draw from.
Word of Conestoga’s
Fanshawe College, where
APICS-affiliated student chapter.
Golder is the president Conestoga’s student chapter
of the educational society for
resource management. APICS the largest student chapter in the world. is
(Photo by Jody Andruszkiewicz)
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Student Empioyment Invites ALL UpComing Graduates to Register for the IZeM'ivyis/tZe^^rciVS&vvCce^in
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SPOKE, April 9, 2001
Free e-mail, message boards and links offered to By Jody Andruszkiewicz
can get straight to services like free e-mail and the message board from
There wasn’t a lot of room for expansion on the former Conestoga Business Student Association Web site found at but
Kowalyk has changed
new CBSA Web
obvious that Kowalyk, a second-year computer programmer site,
been building a better
Kowalyk, 21, said the former site needed to be changed because there was a lack of information on a site that sees an average of more than 3,000 hits per week. “The original page had nothing to do with the CBSA,” he said, adding •
a lot faster for users, and the site doesn’t have to reload pages
class projects, meetings with pro-
each with six megabytes of storage. In addition to the free e-mail and
used the Hot Dog Professional software that was donated to the CBSA to write the code that brings the CBSA site
everyone.net, a will
as users cMck the banners.
“Obviously it’s not going to be anything large,” Kowalyk said,
referring to the revenue site,
porting unlimited e-mail accounts,
ners on the top of each page.
instructors, or for stu-
CBSA. Advertising space Will be made available in the form of ban-
small amount of
used books. The message board is set up so the different programs in the school of business have their own area to post things. However, each area is open to all students. The free e-mail provided on the CBS A. site is also open to all students, even ones not in a business program at Conestoga. There are 65 active e-mail accounts, with the CBSA site sup-
hosted by the Canadian
and faculty up-to-date on
e-mail to co-ordinate meetings for
electronic bulletin board, and free
made and paid
also said the
also be a source of revenue for the
a business program at Conestoga.
especially relating to things
CBSA awards banquet and
happenings within the CBSA. He said he hopes students and faculty use the message board, an
Outside of the revenue-generating aspect of the
free e-mail pro-
vided on the
has more information
Kowalyk said the site has a lot of room for information to keep stu-
pointing and clicking across
the Internet to the
message board, Kowalyk said the CBSA site has a links section and space has been reserved for
Adam Kowalyk works on used
new CBSA Web
promote all upcoming students about the CBSA. to
Jeremy Vender Gaag, a second-year mechanical engineering student, lines up this tough shot while playing pool in the Sanctuary on March 30. (Photo by Dwight Irwin)
becoming the victim of sexual assault. Most people believe that sexual assault happens in “dangerous” places such as parking lots or dark alleys. However, more than half of all sexual assaults are committed in private homes or by men who are known to the women. Women are less likely to report these assaults or to be believed, although assaults taking place under these circumstances are no less criminal than those committed by strangers. A sexual assault happens when a man thinks his desires are more important than a woman’s are. By using pressure or force, the attacker imposes his wishes, which are more important to him than the woman’s right to say no. Some men believe that women say no when they mean yes, or even that women secretly want or deserve to be raped. This is not true.
woman wears, where
inviting sexual assault or giving
sexual assaults are responsible for these crimes, not their victims.
she goes, what she drinks or
up her right
she talks to does not
say no. These myths blame the
Any woman of any age in almost any situation can woman is sexually assaulted, it is not her fault. If you know someone who has been sexually assaulted, listen to her. Let her know that it victim for the crime, not the offender.
be sexually attacked. If a
was not her
that she is not alone. Let her
that help is available through
college and in her community, including the following agencies:
Sexual Assault Treatment Centre
A Message from
Crisis line, counselling support
Short-term counselling for recent survivors
Sexual Assault Support Centre
Support groups Student Services (Room 2B02)
But he said the
progress and should be ready for
act of a sexual nature imposed by one person upon Canadian women has been sexually assaulted, while a small percentage of survivors of sexual assault are adult men. Most women live with the
(Photo by Jody Andruszkiewicz)
Cool hand Jeremy
— Page 9
— SPOKE, April
Getting a head start on a career By Reni Nicholson Teaching
Conestoga, which is a member of the chamber, donated the
cliikiren about careers
an early age was the aim of the ninth annual Cambridge Career at
they see a career that they arc
The grade school curriculum forever changing,
Grade 9 or
be taking by said
special projects co-ordi-
Byrne, a co-op placement officer
nator with the chamber, adding that
About 1,200 Grade 7 and 8 students from Cambridge schools
for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. “They need to know, so they can
took the opportunity to
nections with about 38 businesses
from all over the region. Students from both the Cambridge Catholic and public school boards were in attendance. The day consisted of a session with., local co-op advisers and the opportunity to meet potential employers who had booths set up at the col-
The college began
nars are included in this year's cur-
The career tion
and the informaways in which
understanding of what for
employment, said Oldham.
chair of the career
good way for know what options
the students to
love to see the kids get excited
“I personally love the event
of the seventh and eighth grade curriculum.
four years ago.
system said Brad Hyde,
dents for things that
are out there,” she said.
The event school
which is organized by the Cambridge Chamber of in
follow the appropriate curriculum in high school.”
Students are also required to volunteer in their community as part
lege's recreation centre.
prepared for until college,”
said the career fair
awareness for gives the kids an
the students. “It
idea of what Jobs are out there
go about getting the
left to right, Stephanie Pyke and Maureen Grade 8 students at St. Andrews Catholic School in Cambridge, examine the Cambridge Memorial Hospital display the chamber of commerce career fair, March 28, at Conestoga
(Photo by Reni Nicholson)
By Jody Andruszkiewicz
ESL instruction. Tibbits said eventually the col-
open the board of governors meeting on In a small
26, Joe Beingessner, lead
Conestoga College president John Tibbits and the board with the school’s ISO 9001 banner and certification plaque.
On Feb. 26, auditors from KPMG, a Kitchener auditing firm,
the college for
certification. Tibbits said the
as a surprise because the final deci-
announced so soon. Conestoga is one Of an elite group of educational institutions in North America to have full ISO 9001 certification. During the meeting, Tibbits academic bargaining has begun
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pete with the school board.
high schools offer free train-
ing." he said, citing that adult edu-
cation and training being offered in that area consisted
of adult students
Also raised during the discussion for a vice-
president of academies.
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for a long time as
bargaining teams have met a handful of limes. J'he contract for
major market for adult edu-
was Conestoga's search
the faculty expires Aug. 31 of this
Tibbits said Conestoga had been
and the three area universities Wilfrid Laurier and Guelph. During discussion at the meeting, Waterloo,
it was revealed the Upper Wellington separate school board is getting out of adult education.
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would like to build an ESL sehool that would* serve Conestoga lege
other news, there was
mittee involved in the search has
met twice and Tibbits said the wrap up in June. Ads
sion about Fnglish as a second lan-
Tibbits said the person filling the
position will possess a
Waleiloo's math deptirtment sends foreign students who fail to meet FSl. iet|uirements to
Tibbits also spoke brielly about
recommendations in the Investing in Students Task Force
report prepared for the Ontario government. He said the first 13
Waterloo's .science ilepartment will now also seiul students to
recommendations dealt with the improvement of .service:, for stu-
Conestoga over the summer
SPOKE, April 9, 2001
A jarring By Reni Nicholson
This venture to find what else may be hip is a risky one for hip.
Downie’s jarringly inharmonious song style that would be slightly familiar, but surely surprising to most Hip features
simple story of not telling
Not even singing for most of the vocals in song, Downie’s Starpainters are matched by the
would expect from
and long held
start to finish.
a nice and relaxing
introduction to the end of the
Eerie and poetic spoken lyrics, similar to
Insomniacs of the World,
Goodnight. sounding in
delivery, the song can its
Occasionally melodic, but disso-
Hip tune from way back.
mon, Downie presents
his talent of
“Everything will be just fine,” said in Track 10, along as you
dream of the
Vancouver Divorce, the second Track on the CD, sounds more like the Downie we’re used to. Ithas a recognizable tune that most Hip fans would appreciate. The song actually sounds like a Hip cover song, but it’s not.
mixed with honky-tonk
nant, sounding like a
a good introduc-
poems that can be heard throughout the CD.
voice in Blackflies. This song sounds
tion to his fantasy
very well be used for utilizes his ability to dra-
matically change the pitch in his
sounding tunes of an organ.
styling we’re used
intensely slow track tells the
sounds smooth from
what most but
Using an eerie tune to start off the song. Nothing but Heartache in Your Social Life, features a spoken
almost ear piercing in combination
doesn’t quite contribute the spicing
by Downie. This Track
at the high octaves
but in such an ear-bending manpast the
with Downie’s attempts and failures
to interpret his music, as always,
ner that didn’t permit
anything, “because he didn’t elabo-
album Coke Machine Glow is a gamble from
matched by the accompanies
up the song can keep to the vocal
writer to poet, overnight.
journey in Track
Chancellor and the Never-Ending accompanied with good beats, make for two Hip-lover lik-
Downie’s debut solo
Using his ability to take a word and make it possess five mean-
12, Mystery, is well
attempt to go from singer-song-
of starting on a high note and
Canada Geese, with its fairly heavy chords and out-of-tune lyrics, makes for a song that sounds as if it was recorded in a band mate’s garage. The poetic lyrics of the
unsynchronized with most of the band’s melodies throughout his
will recognize the familiar
Downie does with
with the storytelling lyrics we’re used to from the Canadian
These are works he’s created over realm of the Hip’s
quickly lowering his tone.
The CD is packaged with a book of poems "written by Downie. fit
Sounding almost country-western, Downie’s song entitled Trick Rider makes an attempt at a song
the years, that couldn’t
Coke Machine Glow is a gamble from what’s commonly known as
attempt by the Hip’s leader
harmony takes away from what would be a great sounding song.
All credit should go to the band and even to the lyrics, but not to the Jim Morrison crossed with Chris Isaac sounding voice of the Tragically Hip’s lead singer Gordon Downie. Downie’s debut solo album
one of those few albums
to lull the listener off
and dreams, flows nicely with a folksy-like tune even when Downie
world seen through his eyes
phrase in French. shines
through with a
pace and more familiar
sounding lyrics in
Boy Bruised by
creating poetic verses in an unfortu-
Lofty Pines, a song about chances
world of imaginary lands.
Downie’s manner of expressing the
courageous attempt, but he shouldn’t quit his day a
can be purchased with a
wants students to name the new
in the following ballot with
name of the pub. Drop
recreation centre has a new hotline in place. It is easy to access. From outside the college
bar, in the
concourse of the rec centre. fill
collection of poems.'''
Conestoga’s recreation centre and Spoke
— Page 11
phone - 748-3565
your idea for the
inside the college
suggestions off at the rec centre,
Spoke, or send interoffice mail to the rec centre, c/o
Tony Martin, through
Deadline for ideas
the student services office.
April 16. Winners will be
in the April
23 edition of Spoke.
College Tour Guide!! The student who chooses the best name will
win an editor 's
donated by Pepsi.
Life is short,
Melody, Information Centre, Or call 748-5220 ext. 730
Live longer with daily physical activity, healthy eating and following your doctor’s advice. ww.porhcipoctionxom
fietit 11-888-334-9769 r
â€” SPOKE, April
CSI Board of Direotors Eleolions
up a Nomination Package Or to ask any Questions
Contact the CSI office 748-5131 or 1-866-968-7274 if long distance