— No. 74
Student shows gratitude By Laurie Vandenhoff
times and they finally
said yes,” explained Wright, sur-
After losing his
mother to a and missing a week of
school to attend her funeral in Jamaica, all Marlon Wright wants to
thank the people
prised at the determination of his friend.
even more shocked
support from students,
“I’ve never been in a situation
wish I could go up to every single person and thank them for it,”
a first-year general
business student. death,
only has a part-
“I told everyone that
going,” said Wright.
Four people from
has happened, or even It’s
really cool people in this
Including the four classmates helped in his journey.
“They are some of the most unique people
said. “I don’t
have ever met,” he
have done without them.” It was' through their determination
time job, could not afford the $1,600 it would cost to fly to Jamaica.
When he received the news mother’s
know many of them.
however, knew there was something they could do. Karl
Noseworthy, Cassandra Speirs, Ryan Brueckner and Mike Ryan
never thought it would happen to me,” he said, emphasizing how
and collected assignments, hoping they could make a difficult time for
Students Inc. for
you see on
for the generosity of
him easier. They approached
Conestoga money and pub-
a fairy tale or Christmas
a miracle,” he said.
Brueckner even called the Jamaican embassy to get Wright a new passport since, his had
on Nov. 23 and returned a week later, had not seen his mother in six years. He moved to Canada from Jamaica eight years ago, when he was 1 8, to live with his father. “My dad said it would be a better education and it was a chance for
“They turned him down once, and he called them back. They
licity of their cause. Students heard of their plight and donated whatev-
er they could.
to get to
(Photo by Laurie Vandenhoff)
youngest of five boys, realized how hard his mother
care of her.
a whole lot more.”
“She was a single mom raising a couple of kids and raising them right. Not allowing them to go to jail or into bad company. It’s tough enough and she did that for me,” he said. “She is the one thing I would
after missing a
before he graduates.
for this year’s Skills Day.
the exception to a
Oakley is a Bluevale
Collegiate Institute in Waterloo.
wants to be a machinist. Oakley is part of the Ontario Youth
students to see.
Oakley hoped the demonstration would encourage other students to
here,” he said.
completes high school. Ontario students are finding
But with people like Noseworthy, Brueckner and Ryan in his
sure to be plenty of
support. “I couldn't ask for better
friends,” he said.
Tierney Hunter, a Grade 8 teacher
Our Lady of Fatima school
feels career explo-
necessary at the elementary
of the tech programs have
in four years with the elimination
of Ontano Academic Credits. Other students had the opportunity
Oakley, a Grade 11 student at Bluevale Collegiate Institute Waterloo demonstrates his machining skills in the machine
been cut in elementary schools,” Hunter said, adding that her students will probably
school tech courses.
She said several students
Conestoga’s Doon campus on Dec.
(Photo by Shannon McBride)
end up in technoand they need more
class will probably logical careers
opportunities to see demonstrations in
harder to plan for their future, especially with the added pressure to do it
get involved in machining.
Oakley will work for one of these companies for six months after he .
Social problems trouble students.
tough getting she
Precision metal machining
to get a full-time
hard to get back into
teamed with the experience needed
was on and Oakley was able to demonstrate his skills for younger
600 Grade 7 and 8 students from around the region were able to see
Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). OYAP provides the necessary skills
was more he could have
growing trend in high school stuHe’s planning his future 1 1
to see technological career options at
His mother was proud of him too, telling everyone so. Although following her death, Wright feels done.
could have done
Conestoga College’s Doon and Guelph campuses loaned shops and equipment to Skills Canada Ontario
an even younger age on Dec.
ers are trying to help
Students learn about technical career options on By Shannon McBride
aspire to be.”
However, he would never forget the
Karl Noseworthy, Cassandra Speirs, Marlon Wright, Mike Ryan and Ryan Brueckner (from left) worked together to raise enough money so Wright could fly to Jamaica on Nov. 23 for his mother’s funeral. Wright was more than appreciative for the support of his friends and students who donated money.
ones put on by Skills Canada.
“I think it’s great for the students
to see their peers stuff instead
of just learning all
the time,” she said.
— SPOKE, Dec.
college service detects plagiarism
By Laurie Vandenhoff
contain a particular piece, not detect
Students at Conestoga College can be sure that being accused of plagiarism will not lead to a long
explained Conlin. “There
comes back negYou cannot take away marks
you can do
in the student’s
you can’t prove it happened.” emphasis on plagiarism
If a teacher suspects that a stu-
dent has plagiarized, they should discuss
started in the last several years fol-
will help teachers detect plagiarism
lowing one serious case during the 1999/2000 school year. Three third-year students work-
However, a teacher who is not satisfied with the outcome of the discussion can find the plagiarized
At the Nov. 12 College Council new system was introduced to the board by Eleanor Conlin, chair of academic research and educational services, Fred Harris, the college registrar, and meeting, the
Janeen Hover, associate
The service iParadigms,
teachers can find out
whether material student’s work.
plagiarized in a
accused of plagiarism. All appealed
grade and accusation, said Hoover, an ' associate registrar. “They failed because plagiarism was confirmed and the grade was the
Since then, senior management
been cut down on
searching for ways to
appeals, with finan-
and human costs as central
The suspect document is sent to company through Conlin and,
materiaf to prove the student
not always possible,
has the option of
taking the student’s
“The teacher needs some backup “You
of offences are maintained by Hoover
only be a
in the registrar’s office.
not 100 per cent
If the database'
The Student Procedures Guide
People with mental social
illness are not
have a disease which affects their ability to live their lives
This was the message producer
James Gordon wanted
he brought together a team of 10 people with mental illness to create
Mask. was shown to nursing students at Conestoga College on Dec. 7. It was sponsored by the Women’s Resource Group. Gordon said he began to think the video Breaking the
doing research on the subhe didn’t find a lot of material
young people would
10 young people between the ages of 12 and 30 who have all been personally affected by mental illness. Through the use of artwork, poetry, music and drama, they conveyed both their anguish and their strength. Interspersed with facts and the symptoms experienced by those suffering from mental illness, the film is both moving and informative. Gordon said the project was
designed to allow the participants to use their experience with both the
He said film-makown area of expert-
a well-known folk-singer
from Guelph Tamarack.
thought he would be
able to use his musical background in the
a film that
would reach out to young people and
themselves, they partici-
Gordon was quick
to attribute the
Durham Region By Michelle Timmerman Durham Region may soon itself with a new university.
“The Ontario government is moving forward with its intent to establish a new university in the
notions about people with mental
Ontario Institute of Technology
will help clear
up with teachers.
sort of presentation so that
faculty is familiar with
a tough issue to publicize,” Andruszkiewicz. “On one hand you want to really encourage students to go out there and really develop their cognitive skills.
However, the hard part
educating students. said
Another reason cited for the of
have access to the and now there is a greater temptation and greater assumption that they won’t be able to track it down,” said McIntosh. However, for those honestly trying to complete assignments, the all
to source all
to avoid plagiarism is
“Outside of that there
Melanie Knapp, jvho participated accompanied Gordon to the showing at Conestoga College. in the film,
when she was
approached to be in the film, she didn’t think she could do it.
do it,” she said. She advised the audience to help anyone they knew with mental illness and not give up on them.
“This new approach to university education would give students a greater choice and flexibility in pro-
tied directly to the
needs of the marketplace.”
Melanie Knapp and James Gordon were at Conestoga College on Dec. 7 for a showing of their film Breaking The Mask. The film (Photo by Mary Simmons) about people coping with mental illness.
the as an
institution to provide for a
and trained workforce, along
2001 Ontario Budget,
to establish the
UOIT. The investment
with the necessary research and
provide one-stop shopping for stu-
know-how, needed by the Durham Region to secure its economic
will support constniction of facilities
equipment, infonnation technology
goal for the university
dents looking for a mix of academ-
Cunningham introduced an Act
In fact, they are highly creative indi-
will educate stu-
Gordon said. “A common mistake we make is that people with
ment’s plan to ensure that
both academic and hands-on expe-
own role in the project.
to crush preconceived
and hands-on experience. It will be designed to meet the current and future employment and economic development priorities including
to benefit from
2001 to the provincial government on Nov. 27. If passed by the legislature, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) would develop innovative degree programs that link curriculum directly to the needs of the local business com-
was just the spiritual godfather, making sure everything got done,”
nomic growth and prosperity in said Dianne region,” the Minister of Cunningham, Colleges and Training,
don’t see a
saw how some of the others who were involved in the process were affected by it.“They were really
pated in a workshop, where they
of them had experience with
video equipment. In order to be able
very heavy essay component or
team involved, saying
confidence,” she said.But then she
learned the skills necessary to put
production of the film.
each participant directed his or
he said of his
Jody Andruszkiewicz, vice presi-
Evan, was diagnosed with schizo-
about the project
increase awareness about the reality
your own, claiming work done by someone else was done by you and plagiarizing material prepared by another person without properly
Mask smashes mental
Breaking The By Mary Simmons
“Probably every school will have
tions involved,” said Conlin.
copying during a
With an improved system in place, the outside database would
a worldwide organiza-
says punishable offences include
week of January with the academic co-ordinating committee
tion with 4,500 educational institu-
haye to have a panel and
Student Success what plagiarism is and how it can be avoided. The Student Procedures Guide
While work is being done to upgrade the process, those involved with plagiarism at Conestoga realize the problem is not widespread
uses a lot of people outside of the
has to be researched,” said Conlin.
have to have some concrete evi-
increase in plagiarism
back showing where the plagiarism
dents on the issue, a meeting the
within 24 hours, the report
students are taught in the
for his hunch,” said Conlin.
be given an appropriate penalty that vary from a failing grade to expulsion, depending on how many times the offence has been commit-
dents are not aware.
While Conlin said the college has
side source for analyzation.
But on the other hand, you don’t want them ripping off somebody’s
between student and teacher.
approach that student
offence usually occurs because stu-
dent of academics, said the
advanced manufacturing, and community safety,
The UOIT would be an innovative where students would
have the choice of learning degrees in
mix practical and knowledge and skills, that
to 6,500 students, furniture,
libraiy for degree-level stu-
range of choices to
geared to needs of the loeal work-
acquire the skills students need to
business and information technology
— Page 3
Operation Toys brings Christmas to kids By Julianna Kerr Scrooge had better hold onto his because Guelph-based charity Operation Toys is bringing Christmas to those who have a tough time making ends meet. President Ted Hulsker founded hat,
bags and told them to go for
ents were treated by
as they wanted.”
Tuziak has been involved with Operation Toys for three years. She said the time
“I put in
“We’re serving the community and helping children who otherwise wouldn’t be helped,” he said. “That’s what I call the main goal of Operation Toys - filling the gap, and helping those who fall through the cracks.”
said his favourite thing about
smiles on parents’ faces.
other organizations offering toys. said they
volunteer Pat Tuziak. “They could
because he didn’t like the way par-
we had an abundance we just gave the parents
of toys, so
approached him at a giveaway two years ago to thank him, saying, “If
to disclose a great
part of the process. Last year, she
deal of personal information to get
dressed up as Saint Nicholas to
have a Christmas.”
Volunteer Don Horrocks has also been working with the organization
made $10 more than that organization would allow, they “If they
wouldn’t get a
“The idea behind Operation Toys to make sure children have Christmas. We’re trying to make is
sure the spirit of Santa Claus
Operation Toys collects new and used toys all year for distribution in
December. Each year, toy giveaways are held in various locations Guelph. Tables are piled with stocking staffers, clothing and gifts. Parents can select for each of in
their children a gift
the day more festive. Tuziak said she is pleased with local support for Operation Toys. “We’ve had more exposure in the last two years for our group. More
businesses are getting involved and that’s
weren’t for you,
for three years. is
He said he many of
allows us to give quality used
give as much. If
bringing joy to others.
Tuziak said the group is definitemaking headway. A Fergus giveaway is scheduled this year for the first time. Everything left after the giveaways will be set up in a church and offered to those out looking at the last minute. Hulsker said joy comes out of
“They’re always willing to give us support if we need a truck or some-
we gave we wouldn’t be
how much money
be able to do much
(Photo by Julianna Kerr)
Operation Toys volunteers are in full swing, collecting and organizing toys and gifts. Shown here are volunteers (from left) Don Horrocks, Pat Tuziak and organization founder Ted Hulsker.
to help people.”
Since presents are offered to all who seek them. Operation Toys is
based on the honour system. Horrocks said he doesn’t think anyone really abuses the privilege. “As far as I’m concerned, there are very few people who take
advantage of us,” he said. Operation Toys tries not to give out violent toys, such as guns and knives. Hulsker said parents will have to go elsewhere for such toys. “Christmas is a time for peace,” he said.
Guelph giveaways will be Dec. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Westwood United Church on Willow Road.
The Fergus giveaway
will be at
Township of Centre Wellington Parks and Recreation Building on Belsyde Avenue on Dec. 22 from the
10 a.m. to
1 p.m. Operation Toys accepts monetary donations as well, and the group is
always looking for volunteers.
Those seeking further information or wishing to donate should call
normal; actually healthy is
By Stacey McCarthy
and seek out support. “start on self,” means you have to begin by analyzing yourself. Ask, what am I doing myself that is contributing to stress? tion
Stress has always been given a bad name. But according to Conestoga
College counsellor Carol Gregory, a normal, healthy
stress is actually
Then ask yourself what you can do change the cycle. Whether it is
“Stress is very normal,” says Gregory. “People might not con-
a healthy thing, but in
an expected reaction to
lack of sleep and
diet, the need to change must begin with you. “Step two,” says Gregory,
“involves looking to see
According to Gregory,
specific thing in
didn’t experience stress, they would-
causing you to feel stressed.”
be motivated to act. Stress is essential for an individual to respond
that weren’t resolved, or
to a situation.
a task or assignment you might be
“Everyone experiences day of their lives,” Gregory Gregory says talk
about stress or stress manage-
ment, they are really talking about
the feeling that
things are getting to be too much.
tasks are overwhelming.”
Gregory says there are many causes of stress for students.
Even when you
you have had
involved in a situation you have
whelming. But “Especially
try not to
ment.” says Gregory. “Break a large project into segments and start small just to get
This advice can be applied to almost
any circumstance. Step three,
a huge thing for stu-
“seek out support,”
involves looking for solutions and
a coffee, you hear stu-
Several options are available for
dents talking about workloads and
students, says Gregory. In addition
to peer tutoring, strategy counselling
in line to get
assignments and deadlines, along with part-time jobs and personal
she recommends simply talking to a
add to feelings of stress for young adults. “It’s difficult to balance workloads,” Gregory says. Through student services, pamphlets and workshops arc available to help you man-
Gregory says the advice she managing stress is based on a three-step SOS formula - start on self, start on situagives students on
“Seek out support. Find someone you can talk to and say. ‘Fm having a rough time. Can you help me with this?”’
Gregory recommends the SOS program because “any one of the
some progress toward downward stress cycle. It
steps will start
can help you
gained some control.”
— SPOKE, Dec.
MR. DAVIS, IT’S TIME FOR YOUR SPONGE BATH - OOPS, BETTER WASH MY HANDS!
decisions Canadians should consider themselves lueky when
comes to choosing a post-secondaiy institution, because Canada is filled with colleges and universities. There ai'e two universities and one college just in Kitchener- Waterloo alone. Canada is also a strong countiy socially, but the country’s social conditions are a major restraint for young Canadians thinking about enrolling in post- secondary education. In a report recently completed by the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, it was found that seven out of 10 young Canadians who decide not to enrol in post-secondary education refer to community, culture, family, personal and school issues as major factors in their decision. “There is clear evidence that family income and parental occupation have some bearing on whether or not young
people choose to pursue post- secondary studies, as well as on what kind of education they choose to pursue,” Alex Usher, the foundation’s senior policy and research officer, said in an interview with Straight Talk. In the interview. Usher added, “The research leaves us with a less clear question about the role of financial aid programs have in broadening the choices of young people.”
Four common responses high school students have for not going to college or university are: I They want to take some time off before they continue
They don’t know what they want to do. They didn’t have the marks to be accepted. They already had a good job and didn’t need
Freedom of speech advocates to bother
with post-secondary education. Researchers have been able to successfully find out why students opt not to further their education past high school, but then it seems as if nothing is done with the information that
Banning book sends wrong message
HOSPITALS FIND WAYS TO COMPENSATE FOR THE PROVINCE-WIDE
In order to get a job nowadays, a college diploma or university degree is aJmost necessary to have.
Every high school teacher should be telling their students and encouraging them to piursue education after com-
but not her decision.
Mein Kampf, German
in Ontario is trying to help
implementing the teacher recertification process so
struggle,” outlines Hitler’s political,
Jews. Considered the official
This will.be great for the students because they know they will be receiving sufficient information from teachers
Croatia and Turkey, and
and who know what they are talking
about. their knowledge to ensure students are better prepared for whatever career they chase. Also, raising the passing mark up from 50 per cent to a 55 or 60, like it is in college and university, will challenge the students more to achieve better marks to get into a
be constantly upgrading
post- secondary institution.
handbook, the book
Criminal Code definition of
Should we not be able for ourselves if
after all, is
are, after all,
remove the book,
a question of
right to read
access to the book the
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Nazi Germany will deteriorate, she
published and produced weekly by the journalism students of Conestoga College.
the key to eliminat-
Giving people the right
are not endorsed
was the wrong
easy to under-
she would want the book
ing ignorance and intolerance, not
change the past or people’s
With her Jewish
But removing the book from the
shelves of one of Canada’s largest
remove the book from her
Within the almost
700-pages the book
mankind’s darkest periods? masterpiece.
applaud Reisman for taking a
whether or not she has the right
on sentences, grammatical enors
education, then their children will probably not take any additional courses after high school, or maybe even drop out of high school altogether.
the book unavailable, makes people wonder why the book was removed and want to it
a part of history, no matter
am comparing the con-
read the book?
of the novels, but the result of
trying to control people’s access to
about the countless
ence students all,
European history and
to the book’s elements of
By removing the book, she has unknowingly stigmatized those who want to read the book or have
bookstores across Canada.
mentary schools because they were
hate literature and can be found in
factor in whether or not they further their education. If parents aren’t enthusiastic with pushing the need for
gious group tried to have Harry
Does Reisman have the
Ultimately, though, the students’
Look what happened when a reliPotter books
Are we now being
In the fast-paced working world today, teachers need to
book sends the wrong message
including his hatred of
large chain such as Chapters-
Indigo deciding not to carry the
dents will receive a better education from qualified educa-
remove copies of Hitler’s Mein Kampf from the bookshelves. She said that the book is hate literature. And, after reading only a small portion of the book myself, I would have to agree with her clas-
pleting secondary school.
The Tory government
finding themselves at odds with the
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Dealing with frustrating
ty of these people.
would call me if there were a problem. That office
negative whisperings about a doctor
two weeks before he’s set to operate on you for the first time? If you’ve had the experience I’ve had over the last four months, you shake your head and curse our lousy medical system for
used to avoid it at all cost. I didn’t have much choice this time. I started having regular stomach pains sometime around the end of
That was what started
family doctor, the indig-
nities related to those little hospital
most of all, the
well-meaning family doctor held on as long as he could, before finally«answering
pleas to send
through the insertion of a tiny camera into the abdomen.
Well, I’ve never had surgeiy. In
was possibly making progress, I hung up and proceeded to wait somewhat patiently for word of
to see a specialist for years.
week until the a new patient. It can
take months. Satisfied I
Word came about I
27 years on this planet, I have been lucky enough to elude any serious illness or injury. That made me one of the lucky ones, by the way. Looking at letters from women on the Internet taught me that there is a huge number of patients with symptoms similar to mine who don’t get
don’t like going to the doctor. In
to see the
week later. new guy in a
month. “Not bad,” I thought. we’re getting somewhere.”
Suddenly there was something I couldn’t complain about any longer -
heard the rumours
month ago outside the college on Homer Watson Boulevard.
oh no! But
decided to write
umn, I started paying attention to my body as I drove. What I found was that my knuckles were white, gripping the steering wheel with a mighty force. My legs were stiff and my whole body tense. The simple procedure of driving had turned into a nervous ordeal.
A few weeks after my accident, a driver cut
heart speeding up,
Instead of it
heard a peep out of office.
figured I might as well
give the surly receptionist a quick call to
sure she hadn’t forgot-
ten about me.
surprise, the surly recep-
had been replaeed by someone who seemed legitimately inter-
asked her about
out the paperwork
“Oh, no. That specialist
accepting patients,” she said. After a
minute or two,
The doctor will
now.” That was the receptionist and wasn’t dreaming.
readied myself for at least a half“Julianna?
thought. Off I
was met by a
found it quite to understand him. He
body knew I was to see this guy before the month was out. Why that was my responsibility. I’ll never
He examined me for about two min-
Suddenly, she said, “Well, I have another specialist accepting patients
you up with
third attempt to explain to
I had no idea what he had just told me, she finally seemed to get it. I literally hadn’t understood what he said. I grasped something about December, and
his receptionist that
She didn’t answer when I asked why we didn’t just go to him in the first
clearly agitated after
“Pardon me?” for the third time. We spoke for about two minutes.
just get over it? It’s
I was hit managed to get over the nervousness in a week or two.
ran the red
over 70 kl/h light..
car and wondering
out. After all, it’s
probably a good
thing that I’m
of every driver around me.
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College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The
and up on the boulevard. I’ll just have to “ride” it
complaints department at the
15, I didn’t see the other
take control of their health.
very thick accent.
doctor had already faxed over, and
driver coming, since he
mation with a very large grain of salt. Decisions must be based on
week of October. week or two passed and I hadn’t
been a month and, when
into a paranoid driver after being
essential to take that kind of infor-
the result of officially turning
saw coming had that
conduct and bedside manner have allegedly been filed. Now, I think it’s
beat again and reach a normal
uled surgery. Complaints about his
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should be in to see the specialist in the next two to four weeks. That was
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the office, although I
me to a specialist. I was told my case sort of priority sta-
jokes or spout nasty rumours (as long as you don’t use offensive
car these past
game. You remember that game don’t you? It’s the one where you peel all the stickers off and rearrange them so you appear smart. The “funny board” gives you the ability to post messages,
notice a problem until
getting out of
minor and he does them
tinue to call the
honth time. I
something about a scope. “Surgery,”
“Rubik underground,” which
online version of the classic cube
After effects create
when you hear
Vvhat do you do
and sound-byte sections. You can enjoy the embarrassment of a student driver, read a child’s note to a pilot or hear a public service
one), a coffee sample or your
and voodoo-curse e-mails. They’re so crazy you’ve got to see them to fully appreciate the insanilovers,
low thought.” An example of a shallow thought most college-age kids would enjoy sending to friends is “a cheap thought is a terrible thing to
are fact or fiction. Quite frankly,
you’ll get a kick out of the pictures
these were not as amusing as they
dealing with “aluminum
dumb question” or the “ shal-
If you like to laugh at people’s misfortunes or pure stupidity, then
links will take
For a quick giggle, check out the
Under the miscellaneous bies you can find offers for a Rancher candy (apparently tion.
can view numerous different strips each day, including the strips “Smirk of the Day” and “Gibbletoon.” Feel free to overload your friend’s e-mail boxes with them
find such alluring free olfers?
to receive stuff for
look under the “free stulf sec-
good a laugh. Be really
hours aad help you avoid that
send funny sayings, attachments and cool pictures to your friends. As well, you can find
and the top
— Page 5
Dec. 17, 2001
— SPOKE, Dec.
Amphibians, insects and By Marcy Cabral
kindergarten program said.
PD Cockroaches, tarantulas and rats enough to frighten most people,
but for the children at the
Day-Care Centre they were special invited guests last week. School-age children
at the centre
do creative on-site which won’t come out of
the budget, she said.
The daycare co-ordinated
centre are funded
But, for the most part, the
through a specific budget, which allocates
were treated to a visit from Shannon Pennington of the Laurel Creek Conservation Nature Centre, as
coincide with the profes-
look for any
encourage the children to be more aware of their awn
ity at the rec
tarantula, a turtle
children were taught about
the animals, the foods they eat and their natural habitats, and, were able
and see the animals
Children were also shown
hung them outside as they were taken on a nature walk through the campus bird feeders and later
For this month’s professional development day, however, the
We also try and plan gym facil-
centre decided to bring nature to
Conservation Authority and pro-
Schenck said. Pennington and her “friends” brought nature up close and personal to the children and received reactions from excitement and awe to frightened looks and children backing away. Her “friends”
centre or by bringing
Monique Schenck, an
included a cockroach, the skin
“We look at the school curriculum for those days.
school boards. calendar and try to book activities
opportunity for us to
development day scheduled by both the public and separate sional
more aware of
look for any opportunity for
us to encourage the children to be
The Laurel Conservation Nature is part of the Grand River
vides several nature programs for
Melissa Whigahn lets a cockroach from the Laurel Creek Conservation Nature Centre crawl on her shirt at the Doon Day-
Care Centre while Katie Schenck looks on.
AtmOPATlMG TEST COMTEMT SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS USE A VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES FOR IDENTIFYING IMPORTANT information AND COMMITTING IT TO MEMORY.
(Photo by Marcy Cabrai)
By Stacey McCarthy While some students groan over
PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO ANY STUDY GUIDES... that the instructor
class before the exam.
climbing a few sets of
ASK THE INSTRUCTOR WHAT TO ANTICIPATE ON THE TEST... if
PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION JUST PRIOR TO THE EXAM... any points the
integral part of their program.
“In addition to in-class theory
are expected to
hour-long fitness class
once a week.”
GENERATE A LIST OF POSSIBLE QUESTIONS...
are also part of the fitness classes.
Weekly runs outside •
order to complete their program.
they do not volunteer the information.
Administration must undergo
extensive exercise every
school to get to their classes,
you might ask
you were making the exam, then see
you can answer them.
Students are marked on their par-
on any of the fitcomponents. These components are simply done for practice to improve students’ time ticipation but not
REVIEW PREVIOUS TESTS... graded by the
for the final
CONFER WITH OTHER STUDENTS... to predict
what will be on the
Included in these practice
ness courses are warm-ups with laps
ups, pushups, skipping, side-sup-
PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO CLUES... an instructor might test for a particular idea, as when an instructor says something more than once writes material on the board pauses to review notes asks questions of the class says, “This will be on the test!”
that indicate -
ports and a “beep-test.”
completed throughout an eight-week period in preparation for the final test on tice tests are
final test at the
end of the semester includes a 1 .5mile run, pushups, curl-ups and a flexibility
In addition to the fitness classes,
students are taught
in-depth nutritional learning.
of the elements they learn about are energy sources, carbohydrates,
For more information on this technique and other learning and study strategies contact Student Services, 2B02, for an appointment.
metabolism and cho-
says that while taking the
physical portion students are also
taught health issues. “In
a fitness pro-
and a cardiorespiratory workout does for us, and we made our own fitness program as a major course project based on that.” activity
Colour therapy not a By Denis Langlois
she said. “Receiving colour
therapy in the winter can recharge
Put your medicine away and various colours of light
Colour therapy, which involves the use of coloured lights to treat
ailments,’ is not a
as a healing agent
thousands of years ago.
There pists in
are, however, some theraWaterloo Region still using
today to help their patients.
Along with helping winter blues,
your battery for you.”
Jane Epp, a registered massage therapist with Park Place Therapeutics, said colour therapy
to beat the
said colour ther-
apy can be used to
ailments as well.
For example, red is said to stimublood flow and may be used for the treatment of asthma and chronic cough. Blue is said to treat diseases of the heart, while yellow promotes digestion and strengthens the nerves. Green is said to treat cysts and whooping cough and orange is said to promote the appetite. late
also said studies have been
can benefit almost anyone.
can help anybody and everybody,” she said. “People who are grumpy in the winter and people
blue paper can actually help certain
with more serious problems and
conditions can get
prove using pieces of
have a special pair of glasses that are made up of different “I
When I use them to read, it
makes a huge
who has been using this
said in a typical colour ther-
apy since 1996, said a study done by the University of Waterloo geogra-
apy session she attempts to determine which colour the patient is
phy department shows the amount of incoming solar radiation in Waterloo Region during different months.
The results indicate that in the month of December only 4.5 mega-
“The colour they lack is usually the one they like most,” she said.
joules per square metre per day of
“Also, people tend to
sunlight reach earth, as opposed to
sciously the colour they need because they tend to surround themselves with it by wearing it.”
the 22.7 megajoules reaching earth in June.
we run on batterIn the sununer we get recharged, almost hke
but in the winter they slowly run
missing in their bodies. The absent
stopping them from
Jane Epp, a registered massage Therapeutics on Dec.
the missing or treatment
body by two spothave tuning forks vibrate a musical tone through their bodies. there
vibrates the fork and places on the acupuncture points of the
YOU MEAN YOU DON’T HAVE YOUR ISIC
made into a neat package of truffles each participant took home. But they must be consumed right
away because this is real chocolate. The kind containing only cocoa chocolate liquors and sugar.
Reid has no problem putting the chocolate in its rightful home. “I can eat this stuff by the pound,” he said of the dark chocolate bar that would be the main ingredient in the truffles being started that day.
Anita Jantzi of Kitchener mixes chocolate at a truffles workshop
Reid buys Guitard chocolate in 10-pound bar form from Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory in is
and Jody Vanes wanted
truffles for Christmas. Also, “It’s
something to do for fun,” Hilverda
a corporate head-hunter
trained in French, Italian and Chinese cuisine. “People like my workshops because they are fun, informal and hands-on,” he said. He has taught con-ed classes at Conestoga College for three years with his son Richard helping out. Reid and his son prepared the first batch of chocolate, while pass-
but loves teaching
ing out pieces to the crowd of eager
melts in your hands,
Kat and Mars
extra ingredients to
popular bars is filled
cooking classes for fun.
on the calling himself The Seasoned also has a business
ness card says he
With discounts Dec. 15.
ners for small groups. Reid’s busi-
chocolate and chocolate with Irish
(Photo by Lisa
porate functions and intimate din-
Participants tasted hard chocolate,
“You guys have
Conestoga College’s Waterloo campus Dec.
does pig roasts, theme dinners, cor-
teaches private lessons.
chocolate-lovers. Participants then their
batch that would be
they returned on
Sister-in-laws Melanie Hilverda to
Pam was fill
Small of Waterloo said she
interested in learning
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“If you’re going to it’s
worthwhile to do
said. truffles are
ounces or half a pound of chocolate and four ounces of 35 per cent cream. The mixture is then melted on the stove over a pot of water. It must be then chilled for four to five hours before preparing into truffles.
University Shops Plaza 170 University Ave. West
“Colour therapy will help, but other methods may be necessary.”
Although colour therapy has been
Saturday, that chocolate
“Some people need medication treat
patient feel good.
whether medicine is a better method of treatment depends on the patient.
pounds of chocolate at a truffles workshop at Conestoga College’s Waterloo campus on Dec. 8.
simply make the
have some to
have all colours of the spectrum aimed at their body at timed intervals to help or to
a musical note that goes
Death by chocolate By Lisa
patient can either have the colour
performs colour therapy on Sarah Brown at Park Place (Photo by Denis Langlois)
“When we know
y Mr ^irniti/fimr- ^rtfrrirf f r - r(
Car buying tips from an expert By Daniel Roth
“Shop around and know your you know your
prices,” he said. “If
Whether new or used, buying
car can be discouraging.
point in his or
have to purchase a
James O’Shaughnessy, a certified mechanic at his family business,
Arnold St., New Hamburg, gives some suggestions about what to look for in a used vehicle.
“Having a dealer to work with is an advantage,” he said. “Sometimes
buy a car from a licenced dealer than from some better
O’Shaughnessy said a good dealer
running a professional busi-
ness and needs customers to operate.
selling a car for
need the customers to survive,” he said. “They will do what they can to make sure you are happy and will come back.” Something he wants people to be aware of is that a car with higher a profit but they also
kilometres isn’t junk.
You should be
at the overall
the vehicle over the kilometres
having someone look vehicle with you.
“Make sure that you have it checked out by someone you trust who is mechanically inclined,” he said. “There’s a lot of things on a car that a mechanic would notice
most other people
just wouldn’t see.”
tomer to pay a small fee to have a certified mechanic come with them. He wonders why people buy all kinds of different insurance to protect
themselves but won’t spend
to have a certified mechanic look at a car. “You can ring up a $1,000 mechanical bill so fast if you’re not willing to spend a measly $50 on the insurance to have a licenced
technician to look at
getting old,” he said.
He said a lot people judge a car by the high kilometres not considering
for you,” he
what has been done to the vehicle or what will be coming up that has to be done.” He recommends you look at the previous records of the car and consult your mechanic about some of said.
985 Porche 944 he
things you should investigate Overall, he said the
drives now,” he
Don’t ever purchase a vehicle without driving it beforehand. When you are on the test drive, O’Shaughnessy recommends ask-
O’Shaughnessy points out one of the benefits of a vehicle with higher
he said. “It’s better $30 than after you
some suspension components and body work can cost you more than you’d expect.” The basic things a certified
vehicle if the current
mechanic looks for in a safety are to make sure there are no holes in the
“Go with your gut feeling. “Make sure the car feels 100 cent the way it should feel for money your spending on it.
owner isn’t have those two proce-
would recommend staying away from vehicles that have not
$1,000 on a car you should expect a $1,000 ride. He says to always consult the previous owner or the dealer on the
vehicle that isn’t very good.”
each car’s specifications.”
Besides knowing what you want in a car, doing good research on all
“Don’t be shy to ask the person you’re buying it from about things you are unsure of,” he said.
“If you’re spending
There can’t be any cracks
will look at the basic things, your lights. They must not only work, but the lenses cannot be
Your Your ational.
Minor things such as operational wiper blades, windshield washer sprayers and mirrors must also be in good order. Something a
not emitting a certain level of pollu-
hydraulic lines of the brakes.
for the e-test before is
you buy the car
a good investment.
They must be operational and not leaking any fluids. You must have a safe amount of brake friction material left and your emergency brakes must work.
of younger peo-
must work. must be oper-
been emissions -tested,” he said. “Your vehicle must pass a test by
They will look for any extensive rust damage, which has created jagged edges on the outside of the
(Photo by Daniel Roth)
said if you’re buying a vehicle
ride of the car feel?
dures done for you.
kinds of vehicles will be beneficial.
pass a safety.
can be registered in your
Knowing the history a used car.
you should expect to spend some money to have the car
you are buying a vehicle privately, a certified mechanic will have to perform a safety check on it. It must also be emissions tested If
might be worth having more ' kilometres on a car because more parts have been replaced, and there might be a better service history,” he said. “Besides, low kilometres can drive up the asking price of a “It
would you put you’re wife and kids and have them drive it to
the overall condition
in the car
was taken care of before
records for the
the past problems.
of people think that a vehiupwards of 120,000 kilo-
ahead of the
O’Shaughnessy urges the cus-
suggests buying a
vehicle from a licenced dealer.
prices, you’re 10 steps
ple are not aware of
is that if
work has been done on an
from passing an emissions
safety check. “If
anyone has done any custom
to an exhaust
a safety because
Student remembers friend through campaign By Janine Toms
when Juliette was still alive when her parents found her. She had been
bottle of fabric soften-
er she had
lay by her
side in a desperate display to end
Her scheme was unknown to anyone but Juliette’s closest friend. Crystal Langevin.
the city streets the
had spent an evening on a rooftop exchanging their thoughts. It was then
Langevin made her friend promise to discard the piles
would never be
paramedics arrived to find Juliette in critical condition unable to
Her body was
arrived at a Toronto hospi-
was dead. She recalls
where friends and family
gathered to mourn their
at the funeral.
numbness and I
n’t cope with it. She was the last you’d ever think would kill herself.”
This was the sixth suicide at her Scarborough high school in five
sorrow? It was then that she began to develop the feeling that she too, wanted to die. Langevin, a first year social
are faced with
similar thoughts of hopelessness.
She looks back
and then took a step back ... felt ashamed.”
being asked at the she was doing and
how “You know, know anymore.”
She, along with family, friends
and others affected by the
embedded in her wrists. “It’s become a trend, we
chapter of the
Yellow Ribbon Campaign (CATS)
comfortable with death.”
Twice in two weeks Langevin was taken to hospital following
The organization promotes awareness about teenage depression, suicide and other emotional
continued to try to to cope, resorted to heavy drinking and drug abuse. find any
shirtsleeve to reveal dark red scars
social services student
to all this
worker student at Conestoga College is working towards a diploma that will better enable her
Could Langevin become
to help those
did not seem like her.
shock. “Just losing her...
request of Juliette’s parents that her body not be disIt
Langevin received a call a.m. informing her that
struggles with her
and then I took a step back... I ashamed,” she said.
providing information and a listing of crisis contact numbers in
Initially, support through these hard times was hard to find. Langevin’s father still refuses to
acknowledge her suicidal tenden-
Langevin has had her share of let-downs and self-despair, and hopes to share her experiences
“He behaves this
as though none of
ever happened,” she said.
Langevin still struggles. There has not been one day when thoughts of Juliette do not pass through her mind. But in all this loss, hope has sur-
one day launch a
feel there is
CATS brochures are available in the student services office.
are you bringing
By Michelle Timmerman
or going to a wild house party.
Conestoga College students were It’s
how they bring in the new year. ning to plan
students are beginare going to
route this year
whether it is simply spending time with
be the popular
blow out party. go to a house party, it’s
Ryan Eldred and
time to relax and spend time with family this
with friends to a
going out to din-
ner with the fam-
going to be
students this year
choice this year. First-year architec-
party scene, whether
ture-construction engineering tech-
will see a lot of friends left
for school and
going to a party,” said Eldred.
Whatever you are planning
Year’s Eve, have a safe and happy
not seen in a white,” said Sadler. First-year law
People flock to celebrate
COUNSELLOR'S CORNER: The Meaning of Christmas
Christkindl By Mary Simmons
Another holiday season
swarm of people descended
on Kitchener City
Hall, but they
which ran from Dec. 6 to 9. An abundance of wares were on sale from over 80 vendors who came from across the province to
and a time for family get-togethers and mingling with friends. However, these feelings may be forgotten as we remember Christmas
participate in the event.
If your appetite warranted, there
was also plenty of German food for everyone to enjoy.
your own fun. This holiday season, why not make
There was even a
we have to
Christmas means many things to many people, but the common thread that it is a time to make your own meaning, your own traditions, and
we cannot afford to buy, family meet, or loved ones whom we cannot visit.
shopping not yet done, presents
and children alike enjoyed skating on the rink. Stands were set up where they could warm up with hot chocolate and whipped cream or hot apple Hall. Adults
organ grinder wandered with the sound of his music frghting with the sounds of chattering,
just around the corner, and with that, comes
a mixture of excitement, anticipation, and sometimes dread. We may he anticipating the spirit of the holiday season, a break from school,
weren’t protesting, they were celebrating
a special time by
doing things you want to do, for yourself?
may be a
good starting place, or you may have i4eas of your own:
scene, featuring a llama and a
inside City Hall, sorting though the displays of goods. Everything
from clothing, jewelry, toys, music CDs, videos, candles, folk-art and candies to available,
throughout the duration of the market. Various local choirs, carolling groups and bands were on hand to listeners
candles • Go for walks • Read a good book • Drink eggnog
Be with people you want to be with Make chocolates or your favorite cookies • Cive because you want to • Be alone when you want •
Watch a movie you like • Celebrate whatever spiritual beliefs have meaning for you • Do something self nurturing for yourself
to be •
A variety of events was planned
If the holiday season
a particularly difficult time for
Christmas music. The Christkindl Market has been an annual event in Kitchener for the past five years, although it originally dates back to 1310 in Munich, Germany. The markets were called Nikolausdult at that time, after St. Nikolaus, and they were an
you, talk to a counsellor
opportunity for farmers to swap wares.
After the Protestant reformation of the church in the 16th century,
name changed to Christkindl, which means Christ child in German. the
Similar markets are held in
German-speaking nations, as well as England and North America. The Kitchener Christkindl Market was the first of its kind held in Canada.
on taking some
are both planning
“I’m going out
kind of a
dition,” said sec-
Another popular choice among to
dance in Cargill, and then going to a keg
am going out with my boyfriend my family to a dautce,” said
friends or a big
— Page 9
student, is, taking the family
going on a
business studies materials manage-
new the ing year with their
nology student Natasha Zettler is also planning on hitting the dance
asked in a random survey
of year again!
The time when
Dec. 17, 2001
from Student Services (Room 2B02).
— SPOKE, Dec.
Page 10 -
Comedians rock the Sanctuary By Tannis Wade The music was
comedy career in Vancouver, B.C. He was working as a psychiatric pool games
ceased and couches were faced forward. This recipe, combined
when he began
two extremely talented Canadian comics, made for great noontime entertainment. Ron Josol opened the show, which rocked the Sanctuary on Dec.
the first story in
probably established within the last 10 years. Some even - seem to
change ownership every year. However, one restaurant in Kitchener is still thriving with
who have been
Today, nine years after he began
over Canada, the United States and Europe. all
Restaurant, located at
don’t want to run out foi^any
Sheppard makes every
and the children he gets
saucers and they look
you and go,
they are doing in
‘Santa will see what he can do.’”
visitor receives a
Year for a docu-drama Me What’s Funny.
Stade and Craig Campbell.
“We hope to put the movie
the film festivals at the end of next year,” said Collins.
Canadian comic Sean Collins headlined three shows at Yuk Yuk’s downtown Kitchener on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 This show was much more vulgar than the campus show on Dec. 5 at Conestoga in
(Photo by Tannis Wade)
W restaurant many
in the kitchen
because of Stone’s values. “Sid Stone was a chef, and his thoughts on everything were give the people the best and do not overcharge.
English dish she said.
the people value for
the start of
an empire, and I’m
milkshakes and cigarettes. She said the cigarette smoke was so thick, you could part it with your
Hughes maintains same hours. “We do not extend our prices either, even in Oktoberfest as some do,”
one of Rockway’s
Oktoberfest means nothing to the restaurant, since “I
have no beer
here for them!”
With over 30 years the
at Rockway, same people
have returned over and over for their fish and chips, but said a lot of people probably do not even know that she is the owner since she mostly in the kitchen.
According to Hughes, Sitone’s friends and family did not think his choice of specialty meals would be successful in the two
busiest days but
However, both restaurants were ’50s and ’60s Hughes remembers how 1 1:50 a.m. everyday was called “stand-by time” because within 10 minutes, students
served over there,”
successful. In the
“He gave their
around and said to
everyday and thinks the restaurant has done well over the years
not unusual to see
way of life. “When you get
course, the old bones and Joints
groan and moan in the morning. But I love the people, I love the work, I love what I'm doing.
see girls like
Sheppard has been
toys, but the popular
Barbies and Easy-
Bake ovens and boys like any toys.” The only thing negative about the Job, Sheppard said, was the commercialism of the holiday.
“With the prices of toys today, don’t
know how some people can
afford them. Kids today are asking
computers and Playstation
child once asked for a car for her
coming and asking them, even famous
up when they sec him, but
some are terrified of his board. “You have to put the kids at ca.se. give them a cookie, say chat with them.”
in the sleigh.
grandfather, and soon to be
great-grandfather, says that having this
reiilied to the little girl
that all that stuff lit
.Sheppard said that children usual-
sleigh and a doggy.
prefers to be
called Santa’s Helper instead of an
The movie will star Collins as well as two other Canadian comics, Tom
except for being good with children,
ihcm any“You say,
Santa their wishes as
Santa arc under the
approached him. He said that there were no specific Job qualilicalions,
Most of the
six, but there are
they have been behav-
and watching what you say
break,” Collins said.
called Don’t Tell
Sometimes older children get
Sheppard got the job when manat Cherry Hill Photos
five years, loves
His big break could come sooner than he thinks. Filming begins in
gingerbread cookie, a page to colour and some crayons.
has been playing
real Kris Kringle?
Santa for the past
been close so many times to catch-
Canadians don’t know the amount of fish and chips that we eat in England.’ Then when he purchased the Inn, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding were another
Swiss Castle Inn for 22 years before moving across the street and taking over ownership of Rockway. She came to own the restaurant 30 years ago, in an unusual way. “Sid said to me, ‘I don’t think I can carry on, which one are you going to buy from me? Are you going to have the Castle or are you going to take over Rockway?’
Sheppard gets to play Ihc famous role of Santa Claus at Fairview Park Sheppard,
hopeful. “I have
The 79-year-old said the best thing to hear from a customer is
If s Ralph Sheppard’s goal to see a smile on the face of every child.
him when he bought this little place, ‘You will never make a go of
Sid Stone, who also owned the former Swiss Castle Inn directly across the street, Rockway offers
By Kathleen Deschamps
Unfortunately, nothing has
“Mostly, what you like to hear is, ‘Boy! That was great, it hasn’t
more wine, I don’t want to be up until two in the morning,” said
to get a spot
1472 King St. E., has been serving up some of the best fish and chips in town since 1947. Established by
past few years hoping on the show.
an authentic taste of history with
the Castle. I’m fed
the New York City set of Saturday Night Live (SNL) four times in the
and atmosphere for over
the industry, Collins performs
on restaurants that have withstood the test of time.
come up with a
Collins grew up in the Ottawa Valley of Ontario but started his
by asking them questions and interacting with the crowd. Based on their conversation he is
telling a story.
the flow,” Collins
He often includes the audience
can be hard, but hang in he said. Collins has been to
in his act
has performed at three times before,
stage, Collins prefers to like
Conestoga employs a unique style of comedy. "While most comedians stand on
the industry be really dedicated.
suggests anyone hoping to start in
Richard Pryor has been Collins’ comedic idol over the years. He enjoys watching Pryor’s work and claims it inspires him to write and perform his own comedy. “I have about three hours of material to go from but most of the time
audience had grown larger and more involved in the show. Collins,
Being a performer of any kind
Canada can be
have always been a clown,”
headline act. Sean Collins, took this
JosoTs act immediately drew in the audience as he spoke of his Asian heritage and life growing up in Toronto. Josol has been doing comedy for five years all over Canada. After a warm reception, the
two are campus shows and the rest are at different Yuk Yiik’s
soon discovered his love for the stage and decided to pursue it as a
over the stage.
a children’s hospital
nights at a local
Santa, he replies without hesitation, “I certainly
Ralph Sheppard, who plays Santa Claus at Fairview Park mall, laughs with seven-year-old Dylan Meggs on Dec. 5, (Photo by Kathleen Deschamps)
— Page 11
Dec. 17, 2001
HOROSCOPE By Daniel Roth
Happy Birthday Sagittarius! You will have good fortune and
Your gut feelings you from having an
Luckiest day: December 19.
go out of
you start a project, make sure you finish it. Procrastination will get you in more trouble than normal. Expect a sudden change towards the end If
Ocean’s Eleven cast members (from left) George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Elliot Gould and Don Cheadle are just a few big names from this star-packed film. (Internet photo)
of the week. Luckiest day: December 23. Taurus: April 20
May 20 If
something you wanted
fulfillment will be
Gemini: June 21
By Tannis Wade
Somebody must have had deep
going to be of this week. A sudden change may make you re-evaluate your current situation.
Luckiest day: December 20. Libra: September 23 October 22
area of expertise that
for the success of the heist.
card shark who,
worked with a couple of the stars on other projects, which likely paid
the cast for
The movie 1960
movie. In a Dec. 2
article in the
Toronto Sun, Roberts said
remake a movie
was not a
This provides the and cast with many areas that can be improved upon. Because of the reviews 1 had already read 1 was not sure what to expect when seeing Ocean’s 2001. 1 ended up really enjoying the flick, once all the characters were masterpiece. director
finally introduced, that
If you feel trapped by the current situation you are in, be reassured that someone close to you has noticed you are not
any legal matters this week. You can avoid a ticket by watching your speed and where you park. for
They will offer advice to help you feel better. Luckiest day: December 17. Daniel Roth
Over the next week, pay close attention to
ant issues for three year^.
Other specialties include a master pickpocket, played by Matt
a safe cracker, a body contortionist,
whose love else.
man money exceeds all
a cold, ruthless for
also just happens to be
dating Danny’s ex-wife Tess (Julia Roberts).
Roberts seemed to get a
press attention for her part in this
played a minor She was great in the role, but I was expecting a little more than 30 lines from her. It almost seems as if the love of
film, but she only role.
more important than
the others involved
Soderbergh had to effectively introduce them all to the scene.
Benedict they are not sure what
After about the fifth person
lost but things quickly
Pisces: February 19 -
appearances as themselves.
money each person
Having 11 people each playing
like Joshua Jackson from Dawson’s Creek and Topher Grace, who stars on That 70’s Show, make
an important role in the heist,
Scorpio: October 23
November 21 Watch out
to play poker. This is
other lesser-known celebri-
single take because the actors pre-
was overall a poorly made film. Most of the scenes were shot in a partying
and an expert on explosives. Benedict, Millionaire Terry played by Andy Garcia, owns all casinos being robbed. three
a remake of the
Davis Jr. and the rest of the infamous rat pack. I have not seen the original, but from what I have read the premise of the movie is only vaguely similar. I understand the 1960 version Sinatra,
plays Rusty Ryan, a
Damon. Soderbergh had already
Each member of the team has an
together a phenomenal cast includGarcia,
Aquarius: January 20 -February 18
Luckiest day: December 23. Cancer: June 22
ing George Clooney, Julia Roberts,
Luckiest day: December 21.
positive the payroll
Steven Soderbergh to bring
you keep an mind, you
this week. could involve legal issues ,so
Luckiest day: December 22.
be victorious at overcoming your problems. Be sure to thank the friends who helped you through your slump.
was still enormous. Leave it to Oscar-winning
working in your favour this week. If you play the lottery, this would be the best week to do so.
movie Ocean’s Eleven. Despite reported pay-cuts taken by all the bigwigs,
pockets to pay for the all-star cast that plays in the
Virgo: August 23 September 22 unexpected Some changes will frustrate you this week. Don’t get discouraged if things don’t work out the way you
Luckiest day: December 18.
from someone It
Change and coming later in
Capricorn: December You
bring you happiness,
be more than will-
ing factual advice or information
Luckiest day: December 19.
don’t be disappointed.
You will hear important news from a friend this week. Your life is about to expand through a business success, a good social life or
Luckiest day: December 23.
Leo: July 23
ing to help you out with a prob-
success on your birthday. Your friends will
fortune and success. Your friends
attached to any of the characters
because there were so many. It all begins with Danny Ocean, played by George Clooney. Only
days after being released from prison, Ocean puts together an elaborate plan for a heist of three of the most prominent casinos in Las Vegas. Because it is' such a huge job, Ocean needs to find a group of people who can help him pull it off.
Danny’s true motivation was
planning the job.
storyline forces the audience
team as they
to root for the heist
work towards reaching their goals. The best parts of the movie were the seemingly unexpected obstacles the
team ran into but were
Overall the great cast, fast-paced
cinematography and talented direction, along with the occasional attempt at humour, made this move enjoyable to watch. stars out
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SportsLawrence wins tournament
By Vanessa Laye
Sheridan beat them 4-0, stopping them from going on to the third game.
Recreation Coordinator. Playing their third
back. the Llniversity of Toronto’s
Mississauga campus team didn’t have a chance against St. Lawrence
(Cornwall campus), which took the gold with a 3-0 win at
However, Conestoga held tryouts its team for two weeks in November.
Conestoga, Sheridan, St. Lawrence and U of
especially the fact that they don’t play enough together.
Conestoga’s coach Andrew Hill
registered to play in Conestoga’s
team has some problems,
tournament, which cost $250 dollars per team. Conestoga’s recre-
“Our biggest problem is that we been hitting and St. Lawrence drilled four of our guys and they were like what hap-
ticipated in the tournament that ran
from 8 a.m. to the 5 p.m. final, with each game having two 12-minute run-time periods and one 10-
tournament sometime in February, which they have been running for at least the last 10 years. “We would like to have had 8 teams sign up for the tournament, but we only had five teams because
tournament on Dec.
Five post-secondary schools par-
minute stop-time period.
from the schools
are prohibited to play in these tour-
order to allow other stuparticipate
"Most teams are made up of allplayers from each school’s intramural hockey teams,” said star
December extramural hockey
Despite their losses the tourna-
nated the ice in the second period, with Brad Boivin scoring with just three seconds left
against St. Lawrence, they
ment went on, with the final game between St. Lawrence and U of T. The game was evenly matched as the first period ended with the scoreboard blank. But U of T stood its ground as St. Lawrence domi-
students are in the middle of exams,” said Ford. Conestoga lost both games during the tournament. At their 8 a.m.
on the clock.
tired in the third
keep up the
University of Toronto player
By Vanessa Laye
which he hopes
Ryan Baird was shocked
the scoreboard with a goal and two
team, scoring two more goals to
was surprised. I haven’t done a whole lot,” Baird said modestly. “I
/If the Montreal Canadiens acquired you in the late 1950s or
offensively, Baird believes there is
always room for improvement. One thing he would like to work on is his defensive skills.
ted for a Stanley
“I focus too
did anything special, but just help the team.” Baird said he had no idea that this
existed, or that he
taunted and teased
Fire, but has taken a
few years off simply because he was to old to play.
at the age of 22 and in his semester in the Material Management program at the college, Baird was coaxed into playfirst
ing for the Condors by his team-
mate Darryl Burns. -V'..
played against some of them
(teammates on the Condors) in it was Burns who asked
out for the team,” said
Baird. “1 wanted to play, but to see
“He has the
school was going to go
Centreman for Conestoga’s varsity hockey team Ryan Baird received the Source for
Sports male athlete of the
week award by
he really depends on him offensively to set up shots and to put points on the board. At the time of the award, Baird said
tied for the league lead
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DIZZINESS Unsteadiness or sudden cspctially with any of the
medical attention if you have any of these symptoms.
Before this hockey season ^ Awen got "underway, Canadiens captain ^Saku Koivu was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymto
the entire season.
there is a
Koivu could actually the line-up by the end
of the season because his treatment is going well, but the
for the captain to play
again will likely not come until next year. So, the loss of Koivu already has the team at 8:^ man-
Canadiens man-games, and that
roster that have played in
for having a great start
to the season and^
referred to as hockey’s version
of Mr. October.
meaning comes with that nickname as Savage has been injmed in
the past couple of
years, and therefore plays his best hockey in October.
Sorry Brian, but you're long
overdue for your injury
lost during the 1999-2000 season set by the Habs.
Winger Oleg Petrov came
The Canadiens have already over 70 man-games this .season. and currently have five lost
players on the injincd
those players, winger Donald Audettc. was acquired in
Canadiens’ games so far. Another shock is that winger Brian Savage is on that list. He
Many hockey fans will remember that year because that was when Canadiens winger Trent McCleary needed life-sav-
games short of the National Hockey League’s record 536 man-games five
out for three to four months.
of the team, but there are’
expectfed to be
Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Therien, and ultimately
Sudden, severe and unusual headaches
ing surgery to his throat after blocking a shot from the stick of
VISION PROBLEMS Sudden loss of vision, one eye or double
is the first to warm up on the and the first off the ice. When asked what other superstitious things he does or believes in he wouldn’t say. “I don’t want to jinx myself,” he
socks, not practice socks.
for a cast.
Baird’s current average of points
Shtefan has since taken the lead with 18 points. still
them, you were probably
The most valugame went to
to jinx the rest
Rickwood. “It’s hard to get the puck off him because of his size and stick control.” But don’t let his tough exterior fool you - he real Ryan Baird is very
able player of the
recent years if you' signed with
you walked in tho door. But
or three of his opponents,” said
Clair Saint Pavel
composure with two
ability to beat
you were basically
phoma and was expected
packs his dirty socks and doesn’t return them until the day after. “If I do something, anything, and
College’s Athletic Association. (Photo by Vanessa Laye)
puck and the
league with 10 goals.
Condors coach Greg Rickwood
player in the league offensively.
Ottawa to Guelph four years ago. For two of those years he played in the
Although Baird came in the middle of Rickwood believes he
“I can’t just neglect
practice one day and the entire
win the game
Canadiens need good health plan
want to get my average higher.” Although he is highly talented
(Photo by Vanessa Laye)
“I’m missing a lot of chances because my timings off,” he said. “I
awarded the Source for Sports male athlete of the week for November 26 by the Ontario
Daly takes the puck up the ice
few minutes of the game. St. Lawrence players Stephan Champagne and Chris VanBeilen came through for the fight until the last
game at Conestoga’s extramural hockey 7. U of T lost to St. Lawrence 3-0.
ment on Dec.
Hockey player shoots high After two long years off the ice, Conestoga varsity hockey player
Last year, not one player for Habs played in all 82 games.
playing in 8
theory flying around the
called cur.se on the
team angered the fabled ghosts of the Montreal Forum when they moved into the the
Molson Centre Ironically,
is about the time that the Canadiens' injury plague began, and they have
missed the playoffs for three consecutive
also speculation that
Molson Centre was
a former native burial ground.
from the Dallas Stars on Nov. 21. He played in only five
think about the injury-plagued
games before leaving willi severed tendons in his wri.st after
New York Ranger
the best health care plan
winger Radck ran over it.
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