Not By Choice rises to
College gets applied degrees Conestoga is one of only three Ontario
colleges offering four applied degrees.
Canadian rockers delight their fans at
AIDS and HIV on the
health department helps educate and assist people.
Doon has no venue ay CARLA While
However, other colleges such as
Niagara are able to bring in big bands and still have free weekly
events for students throughout the
await performances by Bif
and Our Lady Peace, students
for the arrival of
leges in ture live
However, Gerald Shea, a former Niagara College student, said he
students said they don’t con-
one a "real”
the cost to stu-
Niagara’s fee of $144.
Sanctuary and OT’s Sports Bar, but sider either
said. The CSI raised the student activity fee from $55 to $85 last year, but it remains below the provincial average of about $115, compared to
one of the few colOntario that does not feamusic and/or have a camis
pus pub. The college
— No. 28
Conestoga College, Kitchener
got his money’s worth.
year materials management student
“Each year two major bands performed at the on-campus pub as well as two comedians every week.” He also said they had pub
Jonathan Veitch, of OT’s.
nights every Thursday, including a
sucks. There’s only one beer
on tap, there’s not enough space and it’s uncomfortable,” said first-
“normal” bar, maybe with a stage where live music could be per-
beach pub night where two tonnes of sand was brought in and dumped on the floor. He added numerous
other free events were held year
wright apprentice, agreed.
But what also stops Conestoga from having band appearances is it doesn’t have the proper equipment, The Andruszkiewicz. said Sanctuary, which would be the most likely spot besides the recre-
OT’s and see something similar
he would never party
(Photo by Carla Sandham)
other colleges, such as Mohawk, Loyalist and Fanshawe, have a student building in which a
booth with a licence to sell liquor situated in the centre of the second floor at the recreation centre known as OT’s Sports Bar, but many students don’t consider it a “real” bar. about $10,000 for a big name band impossible’’ to find a musical artist the recreation centre, but
played at Andruszkiewicz said the concert
while others like Niagara simply have a bar on school grounds. When CSI events programmer Jody Andruszkiewicz was asked
several years ago.
would require investment from stu-
“real” bar, he said
Student Doon the Also, Association (former name of CSI) brought in Ashley Macisaac, Big Sugar, 54-40 and I Mother Earth
“These five concerts
get a student building we are not going to have a “real” bar, so students should start partying at the Sanctuary because it’s the
“I hate to say it, but the CSI cannot afford to throw one huge concert and not even come close to
Conestoga College. He said only between 250 and
300 students attended the outdoor Choclair concert in 2000, and for a concert to thrive here,
added must be a
of about 500.
equipment and the college’s demo-
allowed to party
music scene, the bands performed at Conestoga
for the live
of 2000. Choclair,
Blue Soundcrew and Jully Black
By PETR CIHACEK
college students are on a
budget and their financial
misery is an almost three-month wait for refund cheques if they opted out of their college s drug
and dental plans. Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) president Jon Olinski said this year
CSI received “quite a lot” of complaints from students. “The wait time (for the refund cheques) was longer than it should have been.” he said. “It was very
students opted out ot Conestoga s druc and dental plans because they plans.
“The demographics are all over when it comes to music tastes,” he said. Andruszkiewicz added it would be “downright
refund cheques in
said the average
school of about
Andruszkiewicz said the
Jay Mielke, vice-president of student activities, agreed the Sanctuary does not have the nec-
its costs,” he said. added, in many' cases, unless you sell out the venue, major con-
money. “Sometimes when a concert
equipment and added alsb require
does not fully attended the lose money, but usually^not a sig-
nificant amount,” Fehrman about concerts at Mohawk.
the circuit.” he said.
Andruszkiewicz said it’s unlikely music will ever happen here while he’s running the show
Andruszkiewicz said instead of blowing the activity budget on one concert, he
ber of other events from September
“We definitely consider a 300student turnout a success,” he said.
“The CSI cannot flagrantly throw money away to bring in some big
because there are too many hits against it. including competition from the universities in Waterloo
and nearby colleges. But. he and Mielke said the situation might be re-evaluated when or if
the college gets the necessarv
performer.” he said.
refund cheques frustrates students November. October or early However, this year the cheques came around Nov. 20. Olinski said the college allows students to opt out until Sept. 24,
then they send them to
ACL and a broker
Associates, which is between the college and insurance companies that produces refund cheques and mails them to students.
of a process.” said Kelly Morel, a consultant of ACL and Associates. “It’s not that the “It’s
college or the insurance is
cheques) through the mail,
which is unusual,” said Olinski. Morel said he and Olinski continually explore ways to make the process quicker.
“As a student,
for the delay as
took about two weeks
would “They hope
up and run-
necessary' to have a dental
every college in Olinski Ontario provides some kind of coverage and Conestoga is one of said
ACL and Associates
dental plan as
don't think you’ll
$71.68 per year but you have the peace of mind that if you get sick, anything. it’s not going to cost you both plans.
“The drug plan covers up to S2.000 a year.” he said. “On the dental plan, everyone is entitled to
great to have a just
$78 per year is
Olinski said last year the C$1 did a suivev to see if people w anted the dental plan.
"There was 80 per cent support and that’s the
for the dental plan
directly to stu-
$71.68 per year while average
also said the drug prescripis beneficial too. as it is plan tion
one free cleaning as well as up said
while a dental cleaning alone
"As a student,
have an o\ er-abundance of money to pay for vaccines and drugs to fight an illness. said Morel. “So you pay
Olinski said there are limits on
and drug plan?
week of November.
take just a few weeks.
could cut out a
said Morel, adding that the process
ing the cheques to students the
over-abundance of money to pay for vaccines and drugs
holding the money.” ACL both claim that
prescription drugs are up to SI 00
ning next year,” said Olinski. "And we definitely will be a part of that
bands are held in which has a capacity
dent, said all their
for three reasons: the cost, lack of
only place on campus where they will
ation centre for a concert, is not wired for it, or at least not yet, he
to play at the school.
of the student population paying the association fee. As of Nov. 1, 5,494 full-time students attend
all lost sig-
cater to at least one-third
— SPOKE, December
CBSA winter masquerade an
the poor attendance get in the
By ANDREA SMITH
of their fun. Erica Bahc, a practical nursing student, said the party was
Conestoga students and the Sanctuary were at their best during the first winter masquerade held on
masquerade) was just bad
timing. Right now, students have a
were hung from the painted on the was ceiling, windows and students were dressed up for the semi-formal masquerade put on by the Computer and
more people needed
heavy workload,” said Falconer.
should be held earlier in the
Jessika Kunkle, public relations liaison for the
People are swamped
Falconer also believes tHat
40 students managed to
dents can’t picture the Sanctuary as
have a good time. A buffet of vegetables, cheese, crackers, buns and meat was set out and alcohol was served at the
coming out and dressing up.” Kunkle says they didn’t advertise
a semi-formal atmosphere. “I don’t think students are used to
as mucli as they should have.
“Next year we
Loud music was played and prizes were won by the participants
Justin Falconer, vice-president of it
better than filling up
(Photo by Andrea Smith)
your basement with beer.” Two VHS videos, provided by Zellers, were awarded to, the winner and runner-up of the limbo contest.
Brown, Maria Lennoy (left to right), Linda Scott, Shauna Carson, Emma Malloy and Tom 28. Nov. Sanctuary the in masguerade winter Conestoga from Ireland, take in the Jessica Wismeris, a marketing student, proved how low she could go. She won first place and
when Christmas rolls is not enough money
around there to
are also students, but there
help. The Christmas Wish Tree
Conestoga Students Incorporated (CSI) puts the tree up every year as a
parents with the
Christmas season. If parents who attend the college cannot afford a gift for their child,
they can go to
angel or toy box ornament goes up on the wish tree. Finally, a staff
for their child.
a reality for
out a form, which includes the child's name, age and a suggested gift. Then a teddy bear,
Imagine students who spend thousands of dollars to go to
Stemmier, a management
then contacts the parent to
their gift is in.
“Everyone who signs up gets a
Although the majority didn’t
is so expensive now and sometimes Christmas presents just aren’t a reality,” he said. “For a parent it’s embarrassing (to not be able to buy their child a gift) and is
the biggest time of
make no mistake about
offering a course
can help anyone working
position learn specif-
run their business as
smoothly as possible. Deborah Weickert, manager, continuing education/corporate training at
Conestoga's school of
proud of the overall success of the program thus far. "Conestoga has had over 1,200
able in building team
The combined tions
and a little safer, plus it’s nicer,” Andruszkiewicz said. The presents also have to be unwrapped when given to CSI. not saying our students are
The key areas of
legislation, workplace coaching and developing people, teambuilding and continuous improvement. The program aims to give managers and team members lifelike
experiences that they can analyse
and learn from. The program
company requests it, provided the company can get eight to 20 peoalso offered on
registrations in this course since
inception in 1993,” said Weickert.
the Internet each semester through
The program ration
run in collabo-
also been successful in creating
uniformity skills, roles
and obligations,” said Scott
By MICHELLE TAYLOR
OntarioLeam. “The program has been invalu-
The two programs
project and facility
and advanced manufacturing technologies - wood and composite products) bring Conestoga’s total
Westinghouse. through the program. They
supervisory skills for business and
“It’s just the
sorry,” he said, adding, normal practice now.”
set a price range.
of parents realize that students
are buying the gifts.
aren’t asking for a lot.”
“This (Christmas Wish Tree) is more important than any pub night
can throw,” Andruszkiewicz
goes over a period of time. To go
one step further, it Andruszkiewicz
lasts a lifetime.” is
the participation. “I can’t
dents enough for being so compassionate. I wish I could shake hands and thank them.”
The two programs were recommended for applied degree status by the Postsecondary Education Board Assessment Quality (PEQAB). The announcement was made on Nov. 29 by Diane
Cunningham, minister of colleges and universities. The new applied degree programs will begin in September 2003. Initially, there will be 30
number of applied degrees
students enrolled in each program.
This means Conestoga
the fifth year the college hopes be able to enrol 50 students in
only three colleges to receive the maximum number of applied
programs with co-op placements.
and developing effective developing teams, computer fundamentals continuous applications, and
improvement processes and an approved elective. Upon completion of each the students
Two more degrees approved Success.
adding, “It’s not a one day thing,
Two more Conestoga
In total, six courses are offered
close to 10,000.
Exporters five Ontario Canada (AMEC) colleges. They are; Conestoga, Georgian, Mohawk, Niagara and
12. It will
Toys are distributed the last week of school; the last day being Dec. 20. “It’s easier
CSI events programmer
event will be a
ents under the tree.”
programs have received applied
raised will go to the
The CSI only accepts new
take place in front of
year for young kids.
the staff and students
offers skills in professionalism Wanted: managers looking to improve supervisory skills and add a higher level of professionalism to their workplace. Apply to Conestoga College for the manu-
CBSA for their awards banquet and The next
Only two staff members know who is on the list,” said Jody Andruszkiewicz, CSI events programmer. “The Christmas Wish Tree is a way for staff and students of Conestoga to give a young child a good Christmas.” Last year approximately 30 parents used the tree for assistance and
program. Already this year, about 1 5 students have contributed. in the
buy an The CSI let them
more than 25 students
Manufacturing leadership course By BLAKE GALL
movie Kissing a Fool
received the movie Notting Hill.
Children’s Christmas wishes can By CARRIE
sentatives helping out.
Sanctuary took about two hours, with three executives and 1 2 repre-
alternative to the traditional
academics for the CSI, said
will take dif-
limbo contest, ensuring a good
do the mar-
placed on a certificate.
price of the course ranges
depending on the number of people and which courses are taken. For further information contact Deborah Weickert at the college at ext. 3412.
The Record, only
two other colleges, Humber and Seneca, were chosen to offer four applied degree programs.
College president John Tibbits
each. Both are full-time, four-year
applied degree programs are important to the future of the college. “It raises our profile. I think it gives staff and students a bit of
a morale boost to realize we’ve
London’s Fanshawe received one of the two applied degrees proposed and Oakville’s Sheridan didn’t receive any. “I’m very excited about this,” he said.
“The whole management
team and faculty have worked very hard.”
The other two applied degree programs (integrated advanced manufacturing technologies and integrated telecommunication and computer technologies) began in
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College security ready for emergencies SHANNON McBRIDE
immediate responses because a serious incident would constitute police involvement and
deal with various emergencies that
takeover as soon as officers could
get to the scene.
ally deal with
often seems that way when we watch the television or read a newsit
“What you do
serial snipers, ter-
rorist attacks and countless reports of hate crimes and abuse. And the
10 minutes is very because generally that
worse or the
Massacre where a young man
school, not unlike
head of security services
Hunter says the college depends a great deal on staff and faculty dur-
But A1 Hunter, head of security services at Conestoga, admits that
“The chance of a shooting here remote, but no one
team after an early retirement from the Waterloo Regional police force, which he decided was a
they are hired, which
of their time.
include a variety of topics such as
Also relied heavily upon are the Student Services and special services departments. Hunter says there is a great deal of sharing between the various sections of the college. “It’s almost like a very small city,” he said. An integral part of the plan is an emergency response team. The
gency plans dealing with hostage takings and biological and chemical weaponry. “We have response plans for things like chemical spills, fires, bomb threats and fire arms incidents,”
These plans, he explained, gener-
a good underemergency plans
at the college.
biological and “Chemical weapons weren’t significant con-
cerns before 9/1 1,” he said. In fact, the college had a scare arrived
The suspicious package contained documents covered in a white powder that caused the receiver to alert security services. Though the substance turned out to be a
used to soak up moisture because the documents had gotten wet,
(Photo by Shannon McBride) tilt and zoom head Doon camthe around located cameras digital 64 features of the the resicentre, rec the in located are cameras Additional pus. dence and at Conestoga’s satellite campuses.
services and the emergency response team got some
dents would probably have
practice dealing with a potential
Security services personnel have dealt with other serious threats as well.
ago the school
dent evoked the bomb threat procedure, which involves a cursory
search of the building and a call to the police. After all precautions
were taken and all documented steps were fallowed, a designated decision-making team determined that the threat did not warrant an
evacuation. Hunter says for Conestoga’s size there are relatively few problems. “A high school with 1,000 stu-
here,” he said,
adding that he believes Conestoga students take their education too jeopardize being to seriously
removed from the college. But it has happened. Debarment from the college is the last step in dealing with a problem student. Most incidents warrant documentation on a student tracking form by the instructor or other involved staff
as a first step. If the
meeting situation could be scheduled with a dean and the incident could be permanently recorded on the student s escalates
“Anything to do with violence
adding that he has the power to suspend a student if he thinks a situation
spinning out of control. doesn't take violence
He says one of the most important things he tells faculty
is that it is
not their job to solve problems of a violent nature, but it is everyone’s responsibility to report those cases. “Threatening or violent behaviour
should not be ignored,” Hunter said. Despite an increase in reports of Student conflicts to security servicthere is es. Hunter doesn’t believe an actual increase in problems. “We have more awareness in our
the scale.” Hunter said,
way up on
school than ever before.”
emotion “1 “I feel that I
R y PETR CIHACEK Tears,
shows the pan,
of security services,
group of about 25 college staff are and refreshed annually to trameo auu trained
months ago when
everything from the most basic fire drill procedure to complex contin-
wealth of knowledge
Hunter said the security services department is trying to have a team that is cross-trained because of new
classroom management, documentation and major incident strate-
moments of members
These workshops are headed by Hunter and Edith Torbay, director of professional development, and
joined the col-
participate in several training ses-
Hunter spends his days at the college dealing with security and parking issues.
an incident. All new
never happen to us.
we should remain
Despite the ever-present reality
“Chemical and biological
our own, killing 14 women and injuring more than a dozen others.
The team has
concerns that have risen since Sept.
anniversary of the Dec. 6 Montreal
we have been
reminded of our
situation takes a turn for either the
to be getting worse.
in the first five to
i have expanded my I can do,
the difshe said. “I found out about ferent choices I have.” Some of the students are planning
marked the graduation of a program for women on social assistance called Focus For Change. The ceremony, which took place
to find a job,
lively. Nov. 29, was informal and the at classroom The small Cambridge College Conestoga campus was filled with voices and
while some would
like to take
Focus for Change studen t
niiwever, program group facilitator
was apply Clark said she is going to at program arts of bachelor for the Waterloo the University of
high-energy about her Murphy said srotip.” buzz in the class. “There’s always a
want to be a writer and so I human want to have experience in
Focus For Change is a 12-week weeks, prosram. During the first 10 in-class an through went students
studies." she said.
Although she is looking forward Clark felt blue to her new life. Murphy about saying goodbye to
preparation consisting ot courses
and such as employment strategies (Photo by Petr Cihacek)
personal management. job After that, they went out on a
placement where they shadowed people
There were 16 students enrolled program, with two dropping
Dianne Murphy (right) receives a Change program, she was of her students. She said not was she and overwhelmed
out prior to graduation.
For some students, the graduation was the last time they would see each other and it made the ceremony emotional. At the beginning, the students with talked about their experience then Murphy program. t'^
received gifts and hugs from
for passed around the classroom tears wipe to needed who those
Bowsers class then received
and and “tokens of completion" enjoyed a big cake. “You were one of the most She unique classes." said Murphy.
graduation of the Focus for from Lynne Jones during the
she said. teaching the also said she “loved"
was But they said the program and praised Murphy and
of them had pretty big said. obstacles to overcome." she
each “But they hung in. helped other and persevered.
separation time management and
of school and personal biggest problems.
was an incredible group of women." said Michelle Clark about "It
with (theml her classmates. "Being was amazing. 1 loved every minute of
Another student. Lynne Jones, gave said completing the program accomplishment." of her a “sense
hard to hold
an end. it
ceremony included Guests Pam Scheerer from Ontario Works, the proan agency that promoted at the
gram and '
mothers a chance
improve their lives. children "Just because they have to stay doesn't mean they have expand can “They home." she said. and get
health care The
and the answer
THIS KID NEEDS HELP...
more money and saying no
Roy After 18 months of research, former Saskatchewan premier included and Nov. on report 28, commissioned released his
and protect Canada’s
failing health-care sys-
$15 billion over three years, with
will cost a total of
jump-start the $8.5 billion needed over the next two years, to
report focuses on key areas,
waiting times for
which include shortening scans, easing the burden
MRIs and CT
of hospital emergency rooms and allocating more funds towards
Within the report,
also states that privatization
be a bad idea and not beneficial to Canadians,
to the disapproval
of political leaders. just a taste of
These suggestions are that has
else lies inside the report
individuals eager to reacLwhat
has to say.
After listening to the needs and demands of Canadians in 18 pubWe lic hearings throughout the country, someone finally got it right. are tired of waiting are tired of
six hours in an
being put on waiting
emergency room. We and we are
for important tests
cutbacks that threaten the level of health care we receive. have always prided ourselves on maintaining universal health
care and the only
Thankfully, Prime Minister Jean Chretien appointed the
Available and universal health care
and therefore should be
a priority for
top of political agendas.
Christmas means giving
not always right for the gov-
afford to celebrate the season.
hard to regain that Christmas
a year full of stress and
Although Romanow’s report was specifically commissioned by the prime minister and is “intended to strengthen and modernize medicare,’’ it doesn't mean all suggestions will be implemented. Romanow’s recommendations are just that, recommendations. Without the approval and support of provincial governments, his
With work, family obligations and just trying to stay on top of it all, no wonder people dread
mountains of bureaucratic red tape. The problem lies with the provincial politicians. They want the funds from the federal government, but they don't want to be told what
even dare to step foot in a mall. Who wants to put up with tired,
lucky enough to be able to enjoy
cranky salespeople, children run-
findings will be lost
Provincial political leaders see the suggestions as another federal
run their province. They want budget
way for the
to intrude into provincial political jurisdiction.
already facing a doctor shortage and
are without family physicians. if that is
not incentive enough to
before something It is
We are talking about people’s lives and make changes
then what will
time for our elected leaders to do something for the good of the
politicians are going to
revamped health-care system and
have to work together. illustrate
what Canadians want, need and
dinner where family surrounds you
most precious times of the
to get people, or
recently reminded of
am and what I have
forward to. Too
that’s nice that there are
Christmas, a time for giving
charities all looking to raise
bundled up and slipped
mittens on to walk
by the Conestoga Students Inc. Christmas Wish Tree and I began to
think about the people those chari-
ties are trying to
many people aren’t
would be a
surprised at the
really think about
maybe we more grateful. I encourage you to give this Christmas. Even if it’s only a small
don’t get a Christmas,
Cambridge Reporter a couple of
remember what so many of us get. It’s
Scrooges, but simply because they
time, take a minute to pause arid for-
down and thought about people that don’t enjoy
and some don’t even get the warmth home brings. As I looked through a copy of the
comes down to exam crunch
Canadians finally had a say in how the health-care system is managed. Our voices were heard. Our ideas and concerns were docu-
Now, we wait and hope
I’m too busy worrying about how I’m going to pay for things, or what
and sharing and loving
expect in health care. Taxes paid for the report and taxes pay for health care.
parcels to the nearest exit? I,
get to enjoy
how hard it make my way through
Christmas, not because they’re
presents on Christmas morning, a
the mall didn’t matter anymore.
over and people slamming
thing done before
in their right
the holiday season.
this is health care.
my worrying about the
have to buy and
stmggle to get by and can’t
toy for a child or a blanket or coat
of some of the
Cambridge Reporter/Firefighters Basket Fund, Cambridge Food Bank, Salvation
campaign. The Christmas Bureau
Miracle Campaign. to any charity no matter how big or small,
care this Christmas.
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you’re going, think about the lives
cheeks, caroling, over-the-top dec-
you are helping to checkpoint programs
orations, families gathered around
the tree and the raising of a glass to
Another image dead
Interest groups like (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Canada even have special campaigns going on during the holi-
in a ditch after a
behind the wheel.
that isn’t as fes-
of five teenage boys lying
are proven to
people from getting
no grey area
not an accident.
high school were
victims of this
the strain and distance of the gender
gap which harms and isolates our society on every level. This article
not perfect. Such statements are a
son was victim to
and attend the same weekend parties and share laughs. It has no tures
I was not in the same what matters now is death was at the hands of
Drinking and driving must be
voice and frantic sobs that there
without even knowing what perfection
goals or problems
would anyone go and ask a
Americans flocking seek advice.
North shows to
One woman appeared
on the show because her family was too involved in Boy Scouts. she got there she told Dr. Phil she didn’t like dedicating so
time to the organization. Dr. her Phil simply told her to turn to did She that. him tell husband and
and ever since things have been going great with her family.
is a good on or even a good listener. People
think Dr. Phil
then Dr. Phil will correct the person
Dr. Phil himself overweight?
Wait a minute,
show say something and his response is always “What are you
people want to go on his show so he can tell them what horrible people they are is beyond me. I can t
know what anyone means?
him what my problem
then he should find a solution, not modify my problem and tell me what I’m really thinking. Humans are complex. We balance a great many things all at once
and come across many problems our hectic
think that a
two-minute quick fix on Dr. Phil s show will save someone’s marriage to simpliis absurd. Dr. Phil seems you an give and problem fy every
that a five-year-old
adult lives are sim-
ply black and white.
top of the fact that he gives
you basic general instructions on
also talks to people like dirt.
show end up
regarded and considered intelligent and everyone else is wrong and has been doing things the
for years. Dr. Phil cannot seriously think
hardly even gives them enough time to explain their story. The a timeslot and
show has run
enough time to fix one person’s problems let alone five or six married couples. With help from has Oprah Winfrey, has and sensation huge a become marketed himself to the maxiPhil
has coffee cups on sale of books at his Web site, a bunch and a discussion forum. If the man is so concerned with helping
people then why is he being marketed like an action figure? I have hated Dr. Phil since I first heard of the
tions to a
find his simple solu-
complex world amusing
waste of the reader’s lime. The author should also watch her
strive for equality
material like this
person’s set of needs in a relais
should be working to abolish. These
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Out of the responses of the men interviewed there are too many
of these generalizations; it disregards the fact that we are all human. We are all capable of feeling the same emotions. Let’s not stereotype; it is so hurtful and dangerous. In the
poor choice of words as men on a whole were not represented here. I worry that women or men reading these this article will think that things are “what
and form some uneducated opinbleak ions. This article creates a and very sad view of relationships between men and women. There share are so many men that do not the
feelings as those in the
Many men do
er “cars, sports or breast size” their staple conversation pieces. are these men represented? Why not seek out a diverse group of individual opinions that
insulting and superficial remarks to begin to mention. I was most saddened by the comment, “you will put less Stock into her looks the longer you’re with her,” like a
business venture. their honest
But since these are
responses, they cannot and should not be censored. to give I would like to ask Spoke
of the crap.
Challenge me and prove that you are worthy to be the next generaso tion of journalists. You have much opportunity to do this. Find
something provocative. If it s a real story about people. I want the want don't I experience. human
automated response and writing. There are too many of those papers. If you cannot do that, at don’t offend others with ueneralizations and stereotypes.
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having good relationships. The big question on my mind is not “what do men really want?” I am insulted the author would generalize the want and thoughts of
women and men alike. Xhe
former university like this would not be seen in the school paper. If it was, it would be a satire, meant to convey the ridiculousness of the
not defined by their gen-
does not refer to the men as boys. In a school newspaper this is not
Call Brian Wall
has a child-like sense.
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assumptions and stereotypes keep
person really trying to say?” The and again problem their then states really
the editing of this article
ings and exploits that fact.
on what they
you’ve been a bad husband or an unloving wife and cons you into giving his show human emotion. He knows that crying equals rat-
Thousands of people, including those five boys, would be here today if drunk drivers had made the
beyond me. a show had recently Dr. Phil weight titled Get straight with your where he explained how you could
so sick of this
Quick fixes and simple solutions are what everyone wants. Shows like Dr. Phil concentrate on fixing
overa middle-aged, white, bald, weight American about their person-
cab or spend the night, but don’t get behind the wheel.
prescribes the wrong medicine
marriages, sex lives, financial problems and just about anything else that people can get help for. Why anyone would want to talk to
ment, “they perfect their bodies
people from relating and ultimately
do not spend hours on Again, what is the state-
typically suggests immaturity and
identify a sex in such a way.
use of the word
program. But next time,
genders they identify themselves
before you get annoyed that you’re
not right to define or
beings no matter what gender or
sure It is
So this holiday season, before you get into your car after having one too many, stop and put your keys back in your pocket. Take a
time for drunk driving accidents. We’ve all been stopped
drunk driver swerved and hit the boys late one night on their way home. This, to
their limits are.
The Christmas season
people don’t think and don’t realize
was awoken by a phone call. My friend told me through a choked up was an
a drunk driver.
Four days before Christmas,
but five best
The message should-
nature and harsh, but
bush on driving
and share sarcastic ges-
group of friends is gone. Imagine it: your little clique wiped out. It’s tragic enough that one per-
in the halls
seen the commercials,
The sooner we can accept
a superficial chat that
ing a red ribbon on our car.
what? Because some random man had one too many drinks one night, and
was not directly friends with them, but we would pass each other ness.
such a young age.
and continue to raise the pubawareness, the sooner the
This article helps to further along
sons’ lives had been taken away, at
the sad, but sim-
your readers’ intelligence. The This
be sugar-coated; drinking and
especially around Christmas time,
their tireless efforts
not the hardest thing. I’ve
viewed one-on-one these men would not have given the same responses. The topics chosen by the author to discuss and to write about are stale and again insult
Dear Editor, some time out of 1 have taken my busy schedule of obsessing over chocolate and the size of my thighs to offer my opinion on the article from Spoke’s Dec. 2 edition, entitled, “What do men really want?”
strong, despite the fact that their
stereotypes create barrier
can show our support for simply by plac-
ever had to do. They stood there so
the Dec. 2 issue of Spoke.
wake and hugging of those five boys was
The interview in a group discuswas a poor idea.^here is no doubt in my mind that if inter-
certainly not newsworthy.
didn’t have to happen.
— Page 5
response to Spoke’s feature on what men really want, published in
sounds a little much, I know, but it’s one of the most prominent images to appear in my head. It’s one that I can’t shake and still have not come to terms with, because it It
Letter to the editor
The holiday season conjures up images of snowball
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Combating AIDS and HIV
Thpv annnvmous prenre- and ai offer anonymous They nffpr A needle testing. post-HIV exchange buy-back program is also in place to promote harm reduction. Sharp containers can also be
By SARAH McGOLDRICK The number of reported cases of
HIV and AIDS
given out, which can help prevent needles being left exposed. It is also recommended that peo-
AIDS, or acquired immune
ciency syndrome, is the result of the suppression of the immune system, related to the infection of the
share needles also be testB and Hepatitis C.
ed for Hepatitis
able, with a lending library.
Over time the immune system becomes weak as well as the CD4
T-lymphocytes or CD4 T-cells. AIDS is passed from person
“People can come in and get info talk with the staff,” said Teena Scofield, co-ordinator of volunteer
person through sexual contact, or by sharing needles, syringes or
She said there
someone who has HIV. with HIV may not show
of the infection for many it is important to be tested.
especially time as
Worldwide there have been a 42 million cases of HIV/AIDS. According to a United Nations report on AIDS, more than
(Photo by Sarah McGoldhck)
provides assistance dealing with
number of deaths
that the tests are
across to newly positive people of the importance of telling their partners.
The province has mandated
partners of HIV-positive people be notified in case they have been exposed to the virus. Roberts said in most cases people want to know if they have come
last five years, more than 50 per cent of cases were the result of heterosexual contact. He added that
in contact with a positive person. “We maintain complete confidentiality of the person who has HIV,”
dom, but they
numbers were equal among
men and women.
Community Region Department, located on Regina Street in Waterloo, where he is Health
said that the safest
vent the spread of
keeping your partner informed of
your HIV status. Roberts said in many cases people were not aware that they had
who have AIDS or HIV positive. He is also
involved with testing for the dis-
The department offers anonymous testing at weekly
get tested together and find out
contact has three
also want to encourage the use of a condom every time.
to use a con-
aren’t always consisPeople get caught up in the heat of the moment and forget all about it,” he said. Roberts said the average person tent.
years old, which shows that young
familiar with the risks,”
he said. Roberts said there are some warning signs for those who think they may have been exposed to the sexually
They include an unusual discharge, a burning sensation when urinating and new or strange lumps and bumps after sexual
on a regu-
your HIV status so a health plan can begin as soon as possible,” she
are pregnant or might
be pregnant to find out their status. There is a risk involved, as women can pass the HIV to a baby through breast-feeding. “We encourage doctors
AIDS/HIV may want to contact of Committee AIDS The
Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA), located on
Frederick Street in Kitchener. centre has been located there
people understand the threat of the
since 1985 and offers support for
people in the community.
“There are a lot more ad campaigns. We have a generation who grew up with condom use and are
The centre helps clients who are affected by and AIDS/HIV.
is normal for their bodies.” People who think they have come in contact with an STD such as
encourage women to get tested. With treatment now you can significantly lower the risk for the
Anyone who has questions
More food being considered B y JEFF
many people who
promoting is making a personal safe sex plan, which gets people to sit down and think about what sex means to
months. The department
Roberts says it is important for people to recognize that these numbers do not say that those with AIDS were homosexual. He said that of the reported cases over the
happened within the
also helps get the message
and HIV-related issues
year was 70.
reached 82. The
Scofield, co-ordinator of volunteer services at
of Waterloo, the number of reported cases of HIV in 2001 has risen to 198, while the number of cases
lar basis. It is
2002 and 3.1 million people died from the disease. According to Mark Roberts, HIV case manager for the region
being affected with AIDS and a lot don’t come in to be tested. “Some people don’t want to
people were infected
she has seen an drug users
goes out into the community to help raise awareness and provide
A person signs
Community Health Department AIDS/STD Program at 883-
Main St., Cambridge on the 2nd floor, Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. and 99 Regina St. S., Waterloo on the 2nd floor, Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and at are held at 150
at located Frederick St., Kitchener Thursdays from 4 to 7p.m.
forty-three per cent said they
Ninety-three per cent of the
respondents thought that information
The Canadian public has an oppor-
consumer was important. Wilson says, “Health Canada has stated that they recognize the
tunity to take part in public consulta-
They are being held to gather comments on proposed regulatory changes that would
important role that public opinion
of irradiated foods.
play in the
Canada Gazette lists wheat, flour, whole wheat Hour, potatoes, onions, whole
and ground spices and dehydrated
seasoning preparations as the only
If these foods do get approval, Wilson says that each product will have to undergo labelling. She says, “Current Canadian regulations require prepackaged whole
The Nov. 25
issue of the
foods currently permitted to be
Health Canada has decided to provide information sessions on the
Wilson, of the Food Safety Network, says that irradiation technology in
Canada is mainly used on spices. The amendments would add mangoes, fresh and frozen ground beef fresh
and frozen poultry, prepack-
shrimp and prawns. Irradiation
by which energy
process helps to reduce the risk of
food poisoning, such as E.
(Photo by Jeff Morley) foods Health Canada has proposed to be irradiated for safety reasons.
microbes and bacteria. In addition, increases shelf
by slowing the
ripening process and sprouting.
also enhance the safety of the
products and their quality.
However, despite the benefits of irradiation
Health Canada has also found that the
consumption of these irradiated
the practice, nor are
they confidant of the benefits.
Wilson explains a recent survey
commissioned by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. She says that the
survey revealed Canadians approach
foods would not result
in the loss
would it result in any the consumer. Irradiation
foods that have been irradiated be identified as such on the label and internationally
irradiated foods with caution because
they are uncertain about their safety.
nized radura symbol.”
thought irradiation was a good idea
when given a
brief description of the
process. Forty-two per cent thought the process
a bad idea. Fifty-
four per cent of people said they
would not buy irradiated foods because of safety concerns, while
sessions will be
taking place across the country and dates and times will be posted,
.more information look to the Web site www.hcsc.gc.ca or contact the Food Safety Health Canada
— Page 7
Pets require love and responsibility MARCY CABRAL
As she walks through door,
animal from never being adopted, or
the big heavy
possibly worse things.
herself to adopting a pet, the shelter
around the eage-tllled room with a
docs have a return program.
smile and begins her search.
too big, she
thinks, aloud. This one’s cute, but
merely one out of
wants a pet
always wanted a
be issued to have the cat spayed or
adopting these three cats from the
people refuse to
allows the adoptive owners time
shelter also requires the completion of
over the decision.
a lengthy three-page adoption form
handle the responsibility.
decide what they
the pet for, she says, adding.
to take care
of the animal once
the initial novelty wears off
are they expecting to spend?
at the shelter
can be adopt-
fee for a
ter to notify the
$257, but the shelter will reimburse $150 if the dog gets spayed or
animal will sleep,
call is also a
same. However, just is approved does not
simply handed over.
Written within the adoption form
clause stating the shelter maintains the
right to visit the owner’s
after the adoption and, if the shelter so
from a superintendent if you live an apartment and who will look
extra time to
owners usually within 36
shelter to ensure the owner’s decision has
interact with the animal, Deekon says. You just can’t come in and say I want that one and expect that to be it. The form is extremely detailed and includes questions such as where the
pared to purchasing an animal from a breeder.
and does not allow same day adoptions.
In order to adopt
they want a pet are not necessarily ready
waiting period of 48 hours. This
can check up on the animal
twice a year after the
go on vacation.
concern, but bit
the flag song
Toronto, which ran from Nov. 28
was proudly featured
Aboriginal music awards, a lacrosse skills competition, fashion shows, teachings and food, to
attractions of the festival
each followed by a powwow. Kelly Nixon, a Conestoga coun-
and contact for Aboriginal students, said the Grand Entry rep-
resents the beginning of the pow-
enter the circle to the beat ot the
Grand Entry of
Nixon added nificant event.
The procession of dancers
from the east entrance by Eagle Staff bearers and other flag bearers.T
served in wars.?
The dancing begins IS in the arena. The flags k
a celebration of
win prize money
style and dance form, the ability to stay with the druin beat, and the tra-
ditional outfit they wear.
large part of the
The Grand Entry begins with the drumming group
These groups also sing ditional
in their tra-
can compete for prize money as
Turtle Island New's,
and Tourism Guide for June
2001. stated there are some customs that must be followed for
dancers must follow the beat of the drum at all times. Some dances
groups participating in the
drum first Grand
which was Nov.
The drumming sound
not the only
can be heard during a
chaos of the holidays and really think
These are abandoned and
visitations, Carreira’s desire for a
She reads the
gathering accessories, and applying detailed resalia
My parents are going to freak when
for Christmas with Cassie,
But hey, what fun would the holidays be without a few surprises? laughs.
good, she says. I’ve saved an
culture be the
Regalia are treated with respect by the dancers and are considered
dress in particular, called a
a lot of noise.
area to pack
the grass with
for the dancers behind
them. The Turtle Island
they enter the circle from the south
and move clockwise with the drum.
dress is considered a medicine dress, and is treated with ceremo-
These dancers are able to incorporate their own moves, giving each
ny and a great deal of respect.I
dance a personal
to the traditional teach-
ing, the dress
from Ontario in an area known as the Lake of the Woods. His daughter was sick, and he saw the jingle dress in a vision and w'as told howwell to use it to make his daughter
the dress to his people to be used for healing. Originally, the jingles
were made of
type of dancer and has different meanings. Each dancer must wear
glad she never got
Christmas she’ll get to spend the holidays with her new calico, feline
self to love and nurture an abandoned
She says she really wasn’t ready for a pet back then, but this
over once more, and then adds her signature to the bottom.
clothes. This traditional clothing,
significant in a
excessive to me. Although she doesn’t agree with the
animals don’t endure anymore pain, but visits to your
the gift, Deekon remembers asking a kitten when she was lit-
course, they want to
This allows people to get over the
mals; Carreira says, adding, So of
The dancers' outfits often make noise too, with the movement of the fabric, the beads and other detail work that is on the
in the first
row of a drum, or to strike one. However, they are allowed to sing, sitting behind their husband or the man who asked them to sing. The
drum groups, which
song. In this festival, there were 19
other competitive. Dancers are able
There are two main types of powtraditional and the
carried by the highest
ranked members, such as those
wows, one being
are not permitted to
There can be healing as they allow Aboriginal people to connect with
ered the flao for First Nations people and
every drum, and he decides who can be part of the group. Women
the prayer for the
offered, she said. Lillian
a Whitefish River First Nation
rich with tra-
sung and a prayer
recipient can pick up the animal
because she understands the shelters
can be put under the
and when Christmas
not going to
instead, the shelter issues- a
She says she
Aboriginal festival alive with colour B y BRANDI STEVENSON
However, the shelter
For Carreira, the added safeguards
adamant about the waiting
period. After the
are within the limits of the pri-
In order to prevent people
ready to care for an
away perspective adoptive own-
believes these extra pre-
ensure they go to people with good
the animal's arrival
ents, she says.
We don't ask anything inva-
cautions help keep the animals safe and
neutered as well. The adoption fee the
out the form
ing spur-of-the-moment decisions, the
then they aren’t the proper people to care for the animal.
allows for identification.
applicable, a certificate
the installation of a microchip,
director of the
deworming, care of ears and
choice of a household pet
the perfect opportunity.
I’m living on
neutered. For eats however, the charge
importantly, she wants to save an ani-
buy pets as Christmas pres-
Deekon’s mind as
(Photo by Marcy Cabral)
doors of local humane societies each
keep them. Deekon believes when peo-
invoked. But with the holiday season
one? Kellie Carreira
long the owner da-ides
they arc unready or did not realize the
ple return an animal
she says. They
look so sad.
become hollow voids and
could take them
the .shelter will
side of the room. Peering into cages,
her heart begins to ache.
bursed and there are no hard feelings. But
Jder quest continues on the other
the adoption fee
returned to the shelter within
made from metal cones
Their regalia are
and usually have beadwork.
to imitate the grass
ing in the w ind, or a horse's
gallops across the plains. It is
a grass dancer's responsibili-
several feathers, leather,
They dress in bone-beaded breastwar shields and some may
grass dance has been gaining
ing their dances.
specifically for the dresses.
sometimes portrays old hunting methods or mimics animals from
resents the connection
popularity for about 10 years, espe-
w ith Mother
in slow- steps
and one foot
suppiosed to stay on the ground in
order to sta> in touch
w ith Mother
Earth. Traditionalh-. their regalia are leather, but
can be made of fabric,
and usually haxe a
often haxe a full-length breastplate that
almost touches the ground and
a shaw l
— SPOKE, December
Not By Choice By TANNIS
Trasheteria on Macdonell Street featured hot Canadian rock-
Not By Choice (NBC), whose
success has skyrocketed over the past few months.
Following the summer-long Pepsi Taste Tour with fellow Ajaxians
the stage. All of the opening bands
were being judged on
Jimmy Eat World and
favourite, 11:11 (Eleven Eleven),
Despite the immense talent on display, most of the people in the
audience were there for one reason; to see NBC, As soon as it was time for them to go on people gathered in front of the small stage to ensure
of course, the
earned them a
lead singer and guitar play-
Mike Bilcox says playing small clubs has a different atmosin
album at the cerethe Kool Haus in Toronto on Nov. 23. Edge 102.1, a favourite indie at
phere than stadium shows. “The fans are a lot closer to us and it is
popular alternative rock station.
are getting a
are going to play
stuff all of the
you guys,’’ Bilcox told the crowd. With the audience new, all hyped up to hear something band other the at looked Bilcox
members and smiled. “You take my breath away, with Members all the things you say...” of the audience started jumping and cheering to the song, but not
was new, in fact it is the most well-known for.
song they are
Standing All Alone.
good view of the guys.
by You) Award for
bands type event. Featured were Handheld, Jetison Idol, No Word of a Lie, Another Season and crowd
ance for the night in a battle-of-the-
ranks with other popular like New Found Glory,
Their first single, Standing All Alone, has made its way onto the charts with their pop-punk style. The song is also being featured on Much Music’s annual compilation in
band-mates drummer AJ Bovaird Glenn “Chico guitarist
album Big Shiny Tunes
off of their album. He took brief breaks to speak to the audience with
out of the chilling cold. Members of NBC mingled in the crowd while local bands took over
major label album Maybe One Day
Goldfinger, belted out every song
doors opened. Patrons at filed into the dark club gathering the of front in and bar the both in stage. People were excited to get
in the smaller
he said following the show. Bilcox, whose major musical influences include Green Day and
each category. Lineups were already formed outside of the Trasheteria by 6:30 p.m.
small nightclub in Guelph was brimming with big sounds on Dec.
sponsored the awards where the public could vote for the best artist
for the progress of
Bilcox says they
have been far too busy in the last few months to have worked on anything. “I have been working on stuff but not really as a band.” he said. “I usually do that in individually,
For Bilcox, Dunning, Killeen and Bovaird the last few months have
the way,” said Bilcox. “But
“I feel like
Vancouver touring with
... awesome.” ‘Not many people get a great
that this is pretty
starting out to tour with a
huge band awe-
some experience,” he said. Over the last few months
have gone from being local celebrities to being recognized all over Canada. “We get the chance to meet
talk to the fans
great,” Bilcox said.
drummer for Not By Choice, had a few problems equipment at the beginning of their set. They were quicksorted out and the show continued as planned.
you perform so you all
(Photo by Tannis Wade)
Not By Choice, sings his Mike Bilcox, lead singer and Street in Guelph on Macdonell on heart out at The Trasheteria guitarist for
They hung around
and stay around
have their markers
ready to sign countless autographs
for the fans.
this is the first
year the Conestoga This Residence and Conference Centre has an addition; a rock band.
residence and he thinks as long as
have created the
Hollow Reign has been playing
band Hollow Reign,
heard jamming throughout the week.
rooms, but after some complaints
from neighbours, they were moved to the basement, where they are allowed to practise without disturbJohn Kobylnik, general manager of the residence, said the decision
band downstairs was
the best solution for everyone.
The band start,
own room, working
said they had a rough
they feel everything
and said the “roar of the
audience” gives him a high.
Vanden Heuvel plays the bass and writes lyrics and music
However, in just the short time they have been together, they have finished three songs and have five
He wants the group to go places and said the reason he started this band was because he was “starving for something new.” His roommate, 19-year-old Ryan Ische, plays the rhythm guitar in the band and said he has been into music since he was bought his first
guitar four years ago.
for the band.
won’t be a problem.
mid-October. lyrics and
they practise in the early evenings,
in the works.
'Vanden Heuvel wanted to
form a rock band and put a notice up at residence looking for members.
Vanden Heuvel, who year of management
been playing music for
in his first
guitar player said
he has “an addiction to being on
worked really hard up to this point and we will continue to work hard.” Since their job the
be ready to go on
of the time. “You always
mood to play,” said Bilcox. “We owe it to the fans to give them a good show; we have to
are also hoping to
on the road again
and Ottawa. They are scheduled all the way until Dec. 23 when they get cally finish playing, it is
“We basidrive home and
Like Sum 41, NBC is attempting break into the United States market. “Our manager is doing his job,
hopefully talking to labels in the U.S.
going to play
and we may be New York some-
time soon,” said Bilcox.
getting airtime on
Much Music U.S.A
as well as play
on some of the smaller campus
tions across the country. Like here, their success in the
on the response from
to say thanks to all of
our fans,” Bilcox added. If it wasn’t for all of you guys we wouldn’t be
NBC will be relatively close to the area on Dec. 17
they play at
Phoenix in London with Simple Plan. For more information on tour dates visit the band’s official Web site at www.notbychoice.com.
Now That You are Leaving is the newest single released by NBC. They are looking to have a video
from an audience” would be
has been interested in music
for about six years and said he will
Ben McGrath, who mer,
Year,” said Bilcox.
Conestoga residence home students have started a band in the
to relax for the holidays.
three to four nights a week. After try
out by January.
9 years or older. “Since this has started I have realized that it is still hard to be a musi1
Peterborough, Newmarket, Quebec
er cross-Canada tour in the
Since September the band has been working like crazy to get their album out there, sometimes playing
at the University of Waterloo campus bar, the Bomber, on Nov. 29. The event was only open to those
By KATE VANDEVEN
to a sold-out
after to sell
each show they Killeen,
have to give your best
(Photo by Tannis Wade)
people have paid to
he joined because he
liked the style of
music and thinks
playing in the band “goes on a
much deeper level
then just making
be with the band
Matt Moffit, who is the lead guisaid he joined to have some fun and get the experience of being tarist,
in his first
pre-service firefighter, and the 19-
band member said
Moffit, 19, is in his first year of general business and said he has
in his first year of the
interested in people being able to
been into music his whole life. Like the other members, he thinks it would be great if the band went somewhere, but he is not going to
computer programmer analyst program and said he became interested in the band because of his roommate, but thinks the band will lead
hear his music, than making “big
to interesting opportunities.
Since they all have musical backgrounds, they feel they work great together and are hoping to display their talent to an audi\
His goals are to be as original as possible and to play in front of an audience.
Ische thinks “feedback
regards to the band taking
band member Ryan band goes, it
said, “If the it
sings and writes lyrics for the band.
at the at
school, in residence Chinese restaurant
What do women
who the last article in a two-
looking for someone
be honest, courteous and listen to what they have to say and what they want. Cleaves said, “I want
men and women
part series about
— Page 9
By NICOLE CHILDS This
someone who There are so many misconceptions and mysteries surrounding men and women in relationships. One side wants one thing, and
they don’t get
However, Edgar said she want to be taken to McDonalds. Cleaves agreed and said, ‘Take me someplace that I want to go, where we can laugh, but
how can we understand each other’s sides, if we don’t know what they want?
make it They
are one of the biggest
men. They are
why sometimes. And as much as men sometimes hate the way
to right) Christina
Ahrans, Julie Cleaves and Crystal Edgar laugh as they chat about men.
cliche rings true, they can’t live
with you,” said Cleaves.
go for her pants.”
were Crystal Ahrans,
Cleaves and Stacey Bisson, eral business students at
women want sex as much as men. When asked what women talk about behind closed doors, the
out of their mouths Penis sizes, positions, adult toys, how he uses it and how good he is at it, are all topics of
While men and
sex fairly equally,
of the conversation that differs. Cleaves said she finds that the
conversations about are women detailed
CleavGS more like, T had sex in
the girls, of
course you’re going to talk about guys, just like guys talk about girls,”
Bisson. Ahrans laughed and added, “It’s not all about clothes and
girls also said
they talk about
what they want in their relationship, or rather,
what they’re not of.
admitted that they do gossip about what’s going on in other people’s lives.
asked what annoys them about men, they had a long list of
pet peeves. Mainly, like feel that
in a relationship they
are too controlled.
how they expect you not be friends with any other guys,
said Cleaves. the cockiness
agreed that sometimes have all
often annoys them.
they use you for pretlAich everything," added Edgar.
Cleaves agreed and said. “And if they’re interested in a girl they just
rave in Toronto.
some men show off their rears are attractive to women, they can’t stand them. The tightness may show off their rears, but it also shows a little too much of their
cheeks and say, ‘You have got the roundest, nicest ass I’ve ever
package. Edgar said she likes a guy who dresses casually, and jeans and
think of the
think of one-
want someone who will do what they want to do sometimes and not feel like their male counterpart is always controlIn relationships they
to cheating while only
don’t really care either way. Edgar said, “It doesn’t matter to
often. Usually if
never gets done.” Cleaves laughed and added, “I usually wait for the guy and maybe that’s why nothing happens.”
that if they
Bisson feels that
said they cheated because they didn’t feel they were getting
should be a
Another said she was experiencsome personal problems she didn’t know how to deal with and
men, they agree
comfort of being
surrounded by you people
that while attrac-
because your wouldn t set and you know friends friends
attractive." said Cleaves.
when you first meet a person, it becomes less noticeable the more you get to know them.
she likes meet-
she acted out in the wrong way. was another topic
"In the start everj'body looks at
easier to take the
Another said she cheated out of spite, after her partner cheated on
comfortable meeting people through friends.
when a relamuch ending.
that the longer
a person the
he becomes but said reverse as well. "If
ize girls for taste ash in
smoke, then they shouldn’t com-
they have to taste
Bisson said simply. “If they don us smoking, then they can
smoke either; it’s a two-way street." The girls had interesting things to say about what attracted them to their
sometimes is not whether a guy overweight but whether he
she was drawn
While men spend a the
cultivating their muscles,
“He made a point to call all weekend to get my
number," she added. Ahrans laughed as she explained how she picked her previous boyfriend based on his shoes. She said you can tell a lot about a man s jjersonality based on his shoes. When asked what was the best thing a man could do for them, their
answers ranged from gi\ing them chocolate to just being their friend.
stereotypical fascination for is breasts. But what about a
men's penis tion e\ery
an issue for them they They said that they have to date a guy who weighs more than them. The issue for them
the girls said that they don't like men that are too built, saying. "Too
and look at the stars. In the winter, cuddle on the couch while watching a movie with candles all around and a full body massage for me.” When asked whether or not
smoking. our mouth when guys If
mer, go to
can smoke girls smoke.
sumwalk on the chocolate, drink wine
for different seasons. “In the
Cleaves had different variations
nant about this topic, saying that a it’s unfair that smoking is such
but don’t like
while Edgar thought a picnic lunch
most men hate it when women smoke. The girls were very indig-
“I don’t think it’s fair that
anyone should approach anyone, if you have an interest in someone why not try to take it somewhere.” Both men and women feel more street.
or back to subtly
said she cheated
they like him.
also felt that their cheating
she would like a candlelit dinner
when you touch your hair an indirect way of saying you
two out of
have an attraction to somebody.” They all agreed that occasionally while talking they’ll lightly touch
the attention they deserved.
be split. While men are labelled as the ones who will most likely cheat in a relationship, the ratio of who has
Three out of the four
Edgar had a friend who went up a gas bar attendant and said, “How many points do I have to get for a date with you?” Flowers and candy are typical ways in which men try to woo women. But is that what women When asked what really want?
smile and then look away. Bisson said, “It’s a psychological
date she likes equality, and while it depends on the scenario, it should
attention? Will she look at him, bat her eyelashes, and smile? According to the girls, they use contact,
Her reaction was
Edgar said she
around, slap him and say,
“woman’s date” was, they had some different
“Some guy thought
that the right thing to
So once a woman knows she likes somebody, how does she get his
their idea of the
Edgar said she thinks the guy should pay to a point. If you’re in a long-term relationship it should be
approach whom for a date, the girls
the privacy of your laughed Cleaves.
gets along with her friends.
said that while
Bisson said that even on a
said, “I like to
pays.” She said she likes to offer to pay on a date but he usually ends
talking to her female friends.
experiences on dates.
a white T-shirt are always a good combination. Cleaves agreed and added that she likes backwards
of the biggest questions is who should pay. Each woman had her own idea regarding this issue, but they all agreed that in a long-term relationship, the costs should be split. Cleaves said, “You can always follow the rule of whoever asks
think that tight pants that
she can inter-
in a different
come up and grab
night stands and
Bisson said she likes to have another perspective when she needs to talk rather than always just
guys T had
good? Yup,’ but with girls
and other times I want to say what I want to do.” Ahrans said she wants someone
have a 50/50 relationship. He can say what he wants to do sometimes
ling them. Cleaves
goes down.” Bisson said,
with girls. “They’re fun to hang out with, wrestle with and when you kick their butt at sports fun to make fun of them it’s because they think because they’re guys they are the best,” she added.
Bisson said she agrees it’s easier to meet people through friends even though she met her current boyfriend at a
don’t really like
on the couch with them
just getting a piece of ass.”
honest, respectful and
The women have had some bad
you up with someone unsuitable.
“To be honest,
females were not ashamed to say that
women, making them feel that it’s unhealthy or wrong for women to their
while watching a movie. Cleaves said she looks for a guy who is fun and makes her laugh. “If
has created a stigma for
don’t want sex.
All agreed that they want a
One major male misconception
hard to live
them, they love too
women, women find it the same way with men. As much as
and correct those long-held misconceptions,
phone call. “It makes you happy when he hears his phone and then turns it off because it means he’d rather be
(Photo by Nicole Childs)
act or their little quirks, the
In order to break the
a surprise.” said the worst things
can do on a date are talk only about themselves and take or make a
them, without knowing
a date they liked the surprise
understand them. But
will be totally himcan be myself.”
other side just
women? Come on, women do discuss
does size really matter? According to the girls, yes.
line is true, it's not
it is. it's how you use it. be surprised to find out may Men that women really don t care too much for large penises. In the end.
the topic of
the girls all
laughed as they agreed with Edgar who said. "Boys ne\er really grow up. the\' are little boys their whole lives.
Their tovs just get bigger.
was a comipt
R y VALENTINA RAPOPORT
over again in
new language and a new culture. For many families that immigrate to Canada each year this is reality and often the only chance at a bet-
and friends in Romania, immigrating to Canada is a big gamble for the couple who hope to build a better future for their son.
They originally applied to come to Canada five years ago, but the They were
be long and
qualify because they
themCanada) and arrived in
are able to financially sustain
Canada on Jan. 18. “You send resumes, you call and nobody calls you back,” Claudiu adding no employer in said, Canada has yet asked to see his
(Photo by Valentina Rapoport)
Claudiu, Vlad and
Simona Bularca immigrated
.com, which assists those interested in immigrating to Canada." While listing many of the new and pur-
“While one from these
suffer a loss of
even automatic inadmissi-
Mennonite Coalition For Refugee Support
Despite having eight years of experience in the engineering field and his wife, having 14 years of
hearings (where immigration officials decide if the individuals are
with refugee claimants from 35 different countries and is run by many volunteers
one time were
refugees themselves. refugees like “It’s refugees,” she
of reward with the work that do.”
engineering degree from Romania. "If you don't have Canadian experience it doesn’t seem to
experience, finding jobs in Canada has been harder than they expected.
Canada from Romania
don't have a date set for their
In addition to stricter regulations,
immigrants must also overcome being stereotyped. Those who disagree with the number of immigrants allowed into
argue immigrants are taking jobs away from Canadians as well as taking advantage of tax dollars by
here really feel
their lives are in
unwilling to return to their native
comers who come here
(CIC), Canada Immigration 250,346 immigrants were accepted into Canada in 2001. Next year between 220,000 and 245,000
only trying to improve their own lives, but also end up helping
Refugees are claimants
by reason of
on Queen The program, Street inside the Working Centre located
building, helps refugees
Canada’s economy. “The Canadian economy relies said. she immigrants,” on “Sometimes Canadians don’t
as a country that accepts a
arrangements as well as language
(immigrants) are willing to take factory jobs in order to survive.” As for the Bularcas, being
of immigration claimants each year, immigration laws are changing. After Sept. 1 1,
and culture immigrated
10 new immigration regulations have been implemented making it tougher than ever to become a
Canadian resident. Canadian lawyer David Cohen outlines many of the new changes at his Web site www.canadianvisa
Changes A new
1991, Valenzuela said
comers experience when they anive. “People who come here don’t works. said,
walk them through
“They need support.” is
accepted into the Canadian sociewas one of their biggest con-
don’t know what to expect,” said Claudiu. “You don’t know if they (Canadians) will
accept you.” Regardless of the
implemented, that allows security threats to be removed quickly and imposes harsher penalties for people using or selling forged/false documents.
worked so hard
Claudiu described his family’s
as stressful because they lived day-by-day, life
accepted by Canadians they
were both eager
The Safe Third Country agreement was signed with the U.S. that allows Canada and the 9.
equipment was added including false document readers and digital fingerprint machines that allow prints to be sent to the
new Canadian communi-
“I adapted to this country right away. The people are very nice here and everybody is calm and helpful,” Claudiu said.
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was hard to live a life in a country where advancement was limited. “It was a life without many
allow the sharing of created overseas information on immigration and emigration cases. 4. Additional overseas screening
were added bringing the
U.S. to send back any refugees which have crossed each other’s
checks on refugee claimants soon-
tion to reach officials before the
5. Visa exemptions were lifted from countries who have had a high rate of travellers with improper documents. 6. An advanced passenger information system was implemented,
which allows passenger informa-
fraud-resistant cards are
to the couple, although
Permission was granted to
used for permanent residents. 3. An intelligence branch was
they consider themselves
consider themselves lucky. “We don’t complain. Other people have less,” Claudiu said. Not knowing if they would be
to Canada’s immigration laws following Sept. 11
Immigration Protection Act
been in Romania.
less stressful than their life
do certain jobs. They
claimants with legal issues and living
society.” Valenzuela said neware not
While Canada continues
Bularcas say their
problems (adapting).” The Bularcas are happy with their new life in Canada and
“As you can see here,” she
said referring to the program’s volunteers, “they are serving
year in the hopes of a better life. According to Citizenship and
Simona and Claudiu is adapting new home. "He tries to talk and wants to and more.” understand more Simona said, referring to Vlad’s attempt to speak English. “Erom the first day he hasn’t had any
thing newcomers who to her office are looking the opportunity to go to
January, and are strug-
relaying on social assistance. Valenzuela strongly disagrees with the stereotypes saying the
allowed to remain in Canada),” Valenzuela said. “I think those (refugees) that
numerous families and individuals who immigrate to Canada each
immigrants are expected Canadian residents.
gling with the cultural differences.
regulations are only delaying the process for those who are in desperate need of a safe place to live. “There are families who have been in Canada for two years and
well to his
Having careers as mechanical their
senior kindergarten and according
recognized here." she said, adding, "It surprised me.”
his electronic technician job,
presently taking a business course and hopes to one day start
told us that
what family and friends who were already living in Canada had told
after their arrival, the
old son Vlad.
them before they
working as a project administrator for a Toyota con-
‘Nobody tells you how hard really is.” Simona said, referring
only the rich and
now have an
car and Simona
from Romania with
Almost a year Bularcas
Last January Claudiu and
high positions took
advantage of others," he middle class doesn’t
your life a new country with
Imagine having to all
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uniting with the
to attain a
or day, breathing can be a reliever. Start to bring
higher level of
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including breathing, meditation and
you feel like pulling your hair
Do you feel as though there are enough hours in a clay? If this sounds like you, yoga
offers an alternative stress release
technique that could help you dur-
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yoga helps and serenity. Yoga addresses the complex
number one word “and” as you breathe in. Count the number two the next time and breathe out. Repeat the cycle until you have
relationships people have with their
reached four on your out breath and
external and internal worlds.
then start again from one. This tech-
nique allows your breathing to slow
selves and take care of their insides
the oldest system of per-
sonal development, allowing indi-
op a greater awareness of their physical and psychok^gical needs. This
lives by encompassing the body, mind and spirit. “Yoga really challenged me physically and mentally. The outcome
word meaning yoga is that
a better posi-
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the stress and
do through day and helps ease my mind
focus on what out the
could bend the
headaches and prevent insomnia. While sitting in front of the comput-
exam, pranayama is recommended. This type of yoga
allows students to alleviate stress
er or writing an
do in life is inhale and the thing you do in life is exhale,”
a metaphor for
encountering a stressful
“I love to
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According to an article on the Web www.stressfreeyoga.corn,
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general health, relieve stress, allevi-
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thoughts to various situations, help-
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Web site, www. hathayogalesson.com,
allows you to relax. “Yoga
me gain control in my day, it me to stay clam, clears my and allows me to focus on
Sarah Merry, 22, a Waterloo resident, practises the plough yoga position before a history exam.
Waterloo resident and yoga student. union.
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Teens’ sexual attitudes influenced by pop culture Bv MICHELLE TAYLOR Imagine. You are in the heat of passion trying to make a decision
whether or not
one catch. You are only 14 years old. The Alan Guttmacher Institute, a organization
focuses on sexual and reproductive health, reported, in
while 93 per cent of teenage girls reported their first intercourse was voluntary, one-quarter of the girls admitted Is
peer pressure or influence
a concern, not just in this country, but around the world. An article on
because these kids are very susceptible to whatever might be in style at the time. If parents allow their
With 60 stores across Canada and many more operating in 10 countries around the world. La Senza terms of parents, Dow said is still a lot of parental conbut there is a lot of pressure on
Provocative stars such as Britney Spears are criticized by parents and
Dow doesn’t think so. “It’s what’s within you, rather than what
concerned citizens blaming them for influencing teenage girls. These stars are seen as role models by
you put on that’s going to determine how you act.” She said it seems to be more of a societal
who emulate them. teenage girls that are
influenced; even children are dressmodels. role their like ing
Marketing has taken a hold of this trend and run with it. Stores geared
young girls, or what’s called the tween age (8-14), are popping up everywhere. La Senza Girl and Stitches Junior are just two examples. La Senza Girl, an affiliate of La Senza Lingerie, sells everything from cute purses and shoes to “cool to
“There’s never a dull satin dolls
an advertisement Christmas trends is
look like their favourite star. principal Dow, Sharon
Crestwicke Christian Academy located on Speedvale Avenue in Guelph, believes stores like La Senza Girl are something that just has to be dealt with on a daily basis. “The market is wide open
(younger than 15) that is not intercourse. There is a lot of oral sex. In
on the parents to buy what is in style at the time. However, does what teenagers wear determine early sexual behaviour?
Barnaby Barratt, director of Midwest Institute of Sexology
Does peer pressure have something to do with this need for sexual behaviour and trendy clothes?
Mich., agrees that
impressionable. Peer pressure
tops that don’t cover the midriff. “Being a private school, we have a
be neat and clean
and modest, but the whole defini-
modesty has changed Dow, also pointed
behaviour,” he said. “I think people should listen to what they want and
out that the shirts are
Dow, who has been a teacher
20 years ago. One of
than they used to be and the
Collegiate in Kitchener, said girls aren’t
From the Sanctuary Merry Christmas
parents being role
Corporation (BBC) article reported researchers
University of New York, were based on an analysis of the U.S. National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. The study found that teenagers were more likely to have sex before the age of 16 if their parents smoked or drank heavily.
also found boys
also likely to have sex at a
are on their way, school's almost over, snow's on the ground. That cam only mean that Christmas is about to arrive. And not a minute too soon. wander the haUs If you look around, you can just see the stress on the faces of students as they of Conestoga College. Major projects are due and aU our students care about right now is making sure they are handed in on time. However, this isn't a problem endemic to Conestoga. It's like this aU over Ontario. But take heart Conestoga students, your winter break is soon at hand. You'll be able to visit family and friends from home. There will be so much food, the pounds and mches will just add to your waistline. The frozen leftovers coming back with you to Conestoga wfil feed you for the rest of the the best part of aU is that you'U be able to get your laundry done for free. Enjoy the break. Use those two weeks to really rest up. A semester can really be a drain on a student's well-being. By using the vacation time wisely, students will come back to Conestoga recharged and ready to succeed in their studies. But over the holidays, some unfortimate things wUl happen. Perhaps the most unfortrmate thing that will happen this holiday season is people will drink and drive. No matter how much education occurs, it's sad to say some readers of this piece wfil stUl get behind the wheel of a car after having been drinking. Please don't drink and drive this holiday season. Simply put, it's a stupid thing to do. Not only is it stupid, but your family and friends could lose a loved one when all it takes is
The research pointed out key
a positive role model.
they do. Although his friends
shop at stores like La Senza Girl and Stitches Junior, he finds when a girl dresses too provocatively for
her age, he loses respect for her. “Girls can wear what they want, but
The Alan Guttmacher Institute found that most young people begin having sex
the time they’re 17, more than half have had intercourse. So,
safe to say that by the time teenagers reach college most have
had sex. But for those that haven’t, does the pressure stop there? Rachel Heintz, a first-year adverstudent
they see stars
Britney Spears they tend to
want to be and act like them. According to Dow, early education can help teenagers decide what the right decision
sex education in
grades 7 and
because students start to mature and relationships become more important. “High school is
pendent atmosphere.” According to Heintz, in college people tend to have more serious relationships. “Sex means more. It’s
not just a roll in the hay.”
For Heintz there wasn’t a lot of pressure to have sex when she was in high school because she had a circle of close friends, but she said
Role models are essential like
may be more
a household without open nication
by the time they left school half of them were still virgins and the other half were not.
does she feel about the young as 12 wear?
clothes girls as
“The biggest thing if
have stuff like that kids are educated about it and
Experts and young people alike both agree that parents are the key to sex education and children’s
respect for their body.
to Rapoport, girls his
people to be influenced,” she said. “In college it’s more of an inde-
important factor. “People live in
CSI events programmer
age feel pressure to dress in low-' rise pants and short tops because
engage in risky behaviour, especially smoking, are especially likely to be sexually active.”
a lot and
of pressure to have sex, but it depends on who you hang around. “For others there may be. I think there is more pressure on girls.”
College, said there
save lives. Christmas is a time for happiness and enj 03rment. It truly does come once a year. And as cliched as it sounds, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. "When students return to campus, they will have great stories to teU about their holidays. Even better is what they will get from the CSI when they return. There will be tons of events and activities for students to participate in starting Jan. 6, S003. But you have to be here to experience it. And the only way you can do that is to have safe and happy holidays. So while the stress of exams and final assignments might have you bogged down, take heart in knowing the holidays are coming and it's going to be a very. Merry Christmas and
age if their parents drove without wearing a seatbelt. Girls did not seem to be affected by this. The article quoted the researchers as saying, “Adolescents whose parents
that the findings, conducted by researchers at the Southwest Texas State University and the City
that she reflects societal trends.”
teenage sex. The article explains
Ernesto Rapoport, a 14-year-old Cameron Heights at student his
Britney Spears a lot. the These people do become role models for them.” According to Ban-att, every generation has its own role model, but they reflect social attitudes. “It’s not
What about models?
the girls that
around with don’t
United States have found a link between “risky” behaviour by adults and
she believes pop
said she believes
this as well.
stars influence the
21 years, has noticed a difference in the way girls dress now as opposed to
that Britney Spears has influence,
staff struggle with
sexual desires,” Bairatt said. “This
big thing at this age.” Rapoport said he doesn’t have a
wear what they want.” According to Barratt, there was a lot of “hoopla” during the ’60s due to a suspected correlation between rock and roll and sexual behaviour. Today there is an objection to rap and hip hop. “There is some sort of idea that music is going to release
a factor. “I think children are
you wear do not determine your sexual behaviour. “There is no evidence of a link between clothing and sexual the clothes
a child, the things that are on T’V now would never have been on.”
minds of very young adults
anything else. “I much more open.
those age groups
the kids and
year, chlamydia, the leading cause of infertility in women, rose by 17 per cent. Barratt said the lack of education is a problem, “There is a lot of sex-
reported that in
Girl does well. In
one year, 1999-2000, gonorrhea rose by 31 per cent in males and 26 per cent in females. In the
children to buy the items then the store has
get to high school,
too late to
making those kinds of deciyou need to make them now and decide what you want for your lifestyle.”
said they teach the
Barratt agrees that education
such fear of their sexuality and they need education,” he said, adding, “Adolescents are having sex with less
less safety regard.”
Sexually transmitted diseases are
said a lot of T’V program-
aimed toward young
dren and parents have to watch for that. “I think that when parents
have young children they should be watching what the kids are watching on T’V because that’s where the ideas
from. They shouldn’t
be shocked (about the clothes) because they should have known what their kids were watchinj^ |
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September 23 October 22
sudden change could disrupt in mind for your birthday. You’ll have a good day if you don’t dwell on issues of the any plans you had
financial suiprise, or bonus,
By DENIS LANGLOIS
But don’t spend
in-store for you.
While only a small percentage of the population
any extra funds yet; an unanticipat-
ed expense could be
Luckiest day: December 11.
force students to write with their
Dan Ackroyd, Mike Bullard, Mike Weir and Jay Ingram are all
But left-handed people when buying
feuding. Don’t get involved with
Luckiest day: December 14.
thing to anger you.
your time and
get rid of this person
way let him
M A new
control, consult an adviser. This per-
panionship. Don't rush into any-
son could help you do something you wouldn’t have thought of.
Luckiest day: December
to avoid this person.
A battle between close friends will leave
at all possible,
middle of the war.
don’t pick sides. Let
your geeky brother, or your too much time of the computer?
mos and caffeinated The Web site,
you’ll have to stretch your funds to
through the holidays. Don’t
splurge on anything you don’t need.
Luckiest day: December
Luckiest day: December 12.
sudden change in everyday life will force you to stop and look at your current situation. Don’t make
studentyvhp hay studied clairvoyiptt issues for four
categories, including shirts, gadgets,
computing, caffeine, electronbooks, cube goodies, which are
you can use in a cubical at work, and a clearance section. This Web site offers some unique
such as the DeskMate
enough space to fit the ftidge. Another
ture is that this fridge
his career worthwhile.
was when the mother of a young man, who recently lost the use of his right hand and was extremely
into the store
can cool or
was able to buy items he hadn’t seen anywhere else,” he said.
The temperature con-
from 4 C to 71 G, which is hot enough to warm leftovers. Caffeinated soap is another prodtrol
etable-based glycerine soap has a peppermint scent, but is infused
with caffeine anhydrous. In layman’s terms, you’ll get your caffeine fix in the shower because as you wash yourself your
skin absorbs the caffeine.
small enough to
many cramped spaces such as deskThere is tops and dorm rooms.
of this soap costs S6.99 US. Another gift for the geeky person is
the roll-up keyboard.
dard keyboard, but rolls-up into a
ple with laptops.
intentions for positive change, despite past resolution failures.
experience at a workshop about change helped me to recognize why my New needed smaller didn’t need more motivation; Year’s resolutions never worked. manageable goals, or at least my long-term goals needed to be organized into easily I
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want my grades to improve this semester” is more attainable. A step-by-step approach might include: attending all classes, with prior to only sickness as an exception; staying ahead by doing textbook reading The latter are class; and seeking help when necessary from faculty or a peer tutor.
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Year’s resolutions that generally didn’t last past January 10th. problems, achieve new heights and It’s that fresh feeling of having a chance to solve the new year begins, we are often As goals. challenges that encourages us to set 1
Instead, a long-term goal, such as
Weiser said he loves providing a who cannot find items to suit their needs and said he has encountered some people that have made the ups and downs of service for people
nine pop cans in
became so popular that within
of his products.
server and crashed.
August 23 September 22
excited with our
started the store
ThinkGeek.com has more than 500 products listed in numerous
launched on a Friday the 13th in 1999 by three guys and a girl,
February 19 March 20
said he’s a pioneer for the left-
presents for those
than 25 years ago, people on this
quickly became a
an abundant supply of gadgets, giz-
Luckiest day: December 15.
Luckiest day: December 15.
lowers of witchcraft,” Weiser said.
accused of being devil spawn or
look no further than If so, ThinkGeek.com, a Virginia-based Web site offering computer lovers
to get into a situation
Tired of searching for the perfect
January 20 February 18 someone
By JASON MIDDLETON
Buying gift for
Something will happen which will make you want to celebrate. You’ve earned all the success com-
you much needed com-
thing too quickly though.
your finances are beyond your
version of the store and
friendship or relationship
opened the store, in from Ottawa, came to the store and then flew back home,” he said. Recently, Weiser received an email from a man in South Africa who was interested in buying some
^Lawrie Weiser, Sinister
one man flew
In the past, left-handed children
But once gas prices began going up, Weiser said customers stopped coming. He then opened an online
were forced to write with their right hand at school and home. Weiser said some parents would tie their child’s left hand behind their back and force them to use their right. The left-handed were “associated with bad luck and at its worst
had problems finding things
Luckiest day: December 11.
open my own
over the world.
for myself, so the obvious
my own Luckiest day: December 10.
products to thousands of people
calls “his per-
her think he or she has won.
unresolved issues regarding friends.
the term identifies a person
authority figure will try
could lake you by surprise. Take
obvious answer once
claims to be the only “sin-
Weiser opened the store
Waterloo region, for example, no stores that cater only to
Lawrie Weiser, the owner of the
because of what he
had problems finding
studies left-handed people.
November 22 December 21
never found any.” In
things for myself, so the
istrologist” in the world.
the 10 to 20 per cent of the popula-
anything that doesn’t concern you.
of companies looking for exclusively left-handed products but
cards and other merchandise for
Luckiest day: December
called and .sent letters to hundreds
there are “I
and actors are
continent had no place to go for
Sinister Shoppe, a Toronto-
based store on the Internet,
could cause two friends to
someone needs your be honest when giving it.
products for their personal use.
A relationship with a close
said almost 25 per cent of astronauts,
The stigma of being left-handed is gone and teachers no longer
often face challenges
— Page 13
Something ‘sinister’ for southpaws
Week of December 9-15
Set goals for yourself that are realistic, achievable and measurable. Failure saps confidence and motivation. Success builds confidence and motivation. A Message from Student Services (2B02)
— SPOKE, December
Whipping up a batch recipe,
While demonstrating the
By MARY SIMMONS
she gave helpful hints to the stu-
At 9 a.m. on Nov. 30. we came to Conestoga College s Waterloo campus prepared to learn the secrets of making the crunchy
She also answered questions from students as she went along. recipes because cookirtg
just the white with a
you want it to be yellow, mix just the yoke with water and if you want it to be dull, water,” she said. "If
informed the class that this is exactfirst ly what is done; the dough is at baked and logs two shaped into
160 degrees C (325 degrees F) for 30 minutes, then cooled, sliced and returned to the oven for another 15
has been instructing recreational cooking courses at the college for more than seven years. She graduated from the food and
batch of biscotti in
the class the variations that can be is
a very versatile recipe,”
she said. “You can try
As everyone moved to their corroom to get their hands
dirty trying out
what they had
learned, the kitchen
assortment was available for
with the sound of laughter and diswe helped each other
and cried out for ingredients we were missing. Goumas reminded the class to try the recipe again within a
two so the
probI don’t think that will be a lem since most of the women
attending the class intended to
ent combinations of liqueurs and
hobby of mine," she
ing as a full-time career.
Ingredients: 150 ml (2/3 cup) sugar
hazelnuts and cinnamon; ouzo with anise seed to give the biscotti a licorice flavour; pistachio nuts with
sliced almonds. “It’s
beverage management program at Conestoga College and has also taken Cordon Bleu courses in Ottawa, but has not pursued cook-
Other choices were to combine
top,” she said, sprin-
for decorative pui'poses, but it also lets people know there are nuts in
frangelico. a hazelnut liqueur, with
like to put
and cherry brandy, sliced almonds and maraschino chemes
learned would. not be
After the egg wash is brushed on with a pastry brush, it’s time to decorate the top of the log. “With so many people having nut
means twice-baked and Goumas
ner of the
ways this can be done. you want it to be shiny, mix
the class. “I really enjoy
students watched and took notes in preparation for the second half
After forming the dough into two logs, Goumas brushed an egg wash on the top, informing students of
The first half of the four-hour session was a demonstration. Goumas mixed up a batch of biscotti while
Biscotti is an Italian
perfected through trying out versions and combining them for the
the chance to
of the continuing education course, greeted everyone cheerfully and handed out copies of the recipe she
when we got own dough.
to the other.
unsalted butter since it gives a betthe ter flavour and texture to
dessert sold at specialty shops. Violetta Gotimas. the instructor
of butter into 50 ml (^cup) portions. She said she prefers using
temperature when you a recipe," she said, cutting a
close to perfection as
room make pound
"Everything should be
whipped, mixed and beat our
when we began mixown dough. Personally, I
the class to try
50 ml (/cup) softened butter 30 ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil 2 eggs 7
(Photo by Mary Simmons)
the ingredients for biscotti during class on Nov. 30. the demonstration portion of the recreational Instructor Violetta
tsp) vanilla extract almond extract.
500 ml (2 cups) all-purpose flour 10 ml (2 tsp) baking powder 1 ml (/tsp) salt 125 ml (fi cup) almonds or hazel-
Cream sugar and fluffy.
butter until at a time,
Beat in eggs one
at 160 degrees C (325 degrees F) for 30 minutes.
let cool. Slice
return to oven for 15 minutes.
Divide dough shaping each half into a
By JASON NOE
reaches extreme temperatures. If feel obliged, you can even tip
the grill crew, because
than the Mongolian Grill.
Every restaurant also features the outer Mongolia, which acts as a bar and lounge. It also serves as a
enter the restaurant, you are seated and the server takes your orders for drinks or
and chairs, offering a relaxing atmosphere while you wait, surround the lounge. The bar has more than 25 different mixed martini drinks, ranging from the tropical “el nino” to a classic gin with an olive.
Mongolian pizza for $6.79. you on
server will then instruct
to properly select
from the thing to
not mix the
various meats you choose. This
interested or with questions. Enjoy the
fellowship of friends.
of the starters
because most meat requires different temperatures to cook properly
When: Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.
sitting area for
you can choose from include the vegetarian rice wrap for $4.95,
for tables to open. Several couches
chicken quesadillas for $5.95, and
gets hot in
are seeking a unique dining experience, look no further If
restaurant offers a
including the salad bar. is also a great time to go to
grill. They offer a lunch quickmeal for $7.44. It includes one
lamb, pork, chicken, fish, and beef You also have your choice of vari-
and vegetables from the buffet as well. Once you have chosen your desired meats and vegetables, the grill has several spices and oils that you can add to your bowl.
After you have selected everything you want,
time to head
over to the heart of the restaurant, the grill. When it is your turn, the grill crew takes your food and
on while you watch. They use sticks to stir your meal, and it usually takes about eight minutes for it to be done. The grill can cook over 25 meals simultaneously, and throws
feast costs $14.93,
and you can get as many bowls of stir-fry and salad as you want. The dinner meal costs $10.95, and offers one trip through the buf-
through the stir-fry buffet, served with three flour tortillas. The lunch feast includes as many bowls of stir-fry and salad from the salad bar as you can handle. The special runs
from Monday costs $10.97.
on the weekend for $11.97 each.
In Waterloo the Grill is locatat 170 University Ave. inside
the University shops plaz^In Cambridge it is located at|9 3
News By HALLEY McPOLIN you
ehairs were in the room. Because the seats are simply folding metal chairs, it can produce a pretty uncomfortable couple of hours, and if the play is longer than two hours the ache can get aggravating. People in the very back row
worth checking out.
the Kitchener police station, the outside
hard to even identi-
fy as a theatre unless you’re look-
were warned the buz/ing would
you walk in you’re greeted with a beautiful and
probably distract them,
ing for a sign. But once
wanted to move. If you are willing
into the stage area.
fort for a
stage inside looks slightly
one side rather than on both is in the theatre on King
decent show, however, the
revolves around five
allows the audience to concentrate
find themselves locked in a public
people sitting directly
washroom overnight. The set was a simple
across from them.
— Page 15
seating for approximate-
20 people, depending on how
along as a result of their differing
suddenly bonding over background stories - done
exactly what these characters were!
very creatively using a two layer
in which the flashbacks would lake place. They chatted about coffee (which turned out to be a metaphor for
on a tacky tile Nothing else was needed to
table, all sitting
get the idea across to the audience;
soon as you saw the
you were you’ve been set
exactly where you
there a hundred times before.
The play began with the famous Mills’ tune Music Box
sink similar to
was eoncerned. At
those found in a public bathroom, a
Kurt Cobain s Journals
characters began to be introduced
at a time.
Each woman was
cliche, creating a sense of
the play, but at limes
got to be
entirely too predietable. This just another girl party in
interesting that the
the characters actual-
stereotypes” after they
talking about her “minstrel cycle.” It
were some low
“what does oppression
my cup of was well done and performed superbly. The audience definitely seemed to get a kick out of it and it gave room for some
obvious flaws, the
dialogue could be quite humorous shots, such as the
upper-class snob, the blond bimbo,
and the hostile cynic.
be some sort of exception
in the much-acclaimed Vagina Monologues, wrote the play, basing most of the characters loosely on people in her life. The actors involved were professional and convincing in their roles, three of whom played up to four separate
Newcomer Paddy who most
the artsy lesbian, the quick-witted socialite
men), sex, relationships, family and even dumped out their purses so we could take a look at the kind of junk most ladies carry around
dialogue that didn’t
seem appropriate. There was
to identify with at least
dryer and paper towel rack, a couch
Dancer, rather unfittingly as far as
to trade in
During my visit, a play entitled Shaking the Dew from the Lilies (a metaphor similar to “draining the lizard’’ only meant for women) was
the difference mainly being seating to
theatre offers big entertainment
Little Registry Theatre,
wards. Shaking the
from the Lilies ended its run on Nov. 30, however the Registry Theatre continues to offer good plays for reasonable prices (about $20 per adult) and is always worth a visit.
to retire, again
reflection of contradictions By NICK HORTON
By LESLEY LEACHMAN
He may have
died eight years
ago, but his image
influenced early Nirvana. In the
details the publici-
demo tape. He too many people
Jordan says he will third
retire for the
time after the current
and soaring. Kurt Cobain’s Journals was recejitiy released and has already made it on the best-sellers’ list at
time. But, he adds that despite
Jordan told reporters after practice Nov. 28 there is “no chance” of
musicians face while trying to
and as took his music Nirvana’s popularity grew, he
conflicting pieces of his person-
For instance, the warning “if you read you’ll judge” is inscribed on the cover of the book, but on the next page it
“when you wake up
morning, please read my diary. Look through things and figure me out.” This is just one of the
processes. Another notable contradiction
he writes. But further
In the letter firing Foster,
says that Foster isn’t committed enough to the band and that they
replacement drummer. Cobain adds at the end of the letter; “We (Cobain and band to find a
lyrics are) sarcastic
the guts to
from his early days as a hopetul Seattle youth, trying to
for himself, to the time just
book opens with
a letter to
Dale Crover. the drummer for Melvins, a rock band that
history to hitting the
Ticket sales rose immediately, fan support started
A year later he returned to a playing career because he said he
and more money started
to roll in.
Professional sports after
ments during his
the magic of
Overall, Journals offers a sec-
entices the reader to attempt to figure him out. Nirvana fans will
enjoy this reflection.
Bulls Chicago Championship teams, and
believe to be the starting
include the career record for points per game average with 33.2, All-
only getting stronger. few of Jordan’s accomplish-
However, the eminent suicide note that Cobain wrote, which
was not included
of the group
of early Nirvana. For example,
Washington Wizards on Jan.
from the best player
point of his social
Jordan has invested
plished musician suffering Irom
popular and Cobain’s descent
before his suicide, as an accom-
Jordan had nothing to lose by coming out of retirement. The Wizards organization, which
the off-season also leaves the Wizards with the opportunity to market a marquee player after
do nothing but slag MTV,” he writes. "I’m the moody, bohemi-
for third last in the
the business of
At 39 years old, he pulls in close to $40 million a year through business ventures and product endorsements for more than 70 items. When he retires at the end of the season, Jordan will have put new into a dying franchise. life Trading for Jerry Stackhouse in
Additionally, as Nirvana gets
NBA for the final
with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan became president of bas-
or off the court. Jordan will
we know how mad you’d
towards cliched bohemian ideals that have been exhausted
into the playoffs, Jordan has
Washington into the spotlight. Before he made his comeback, the Wizards’ future didn’t look bright. In the 200001 NBA season, the season before he returned, the Wizards’ record was
continue to be
Chris Novoselic) we don’t have
million contact in 2001 with the Washington Wizards, giving up his duties as part owner of the team. Although not accomplishing his goal last year of leading the Wizards
really shitty that
Although many of the entries
business, and basketball
and hopefully humourous rebut-
tain control of himself, but his
cessful baseball career.
before the recording session for Love Buzz. just
opinions and feelings that
Jordan retired for the first time in 1993 in hope of launching a suc-
His handwriting becomes sloppy and is carelessly scrawled across the page. He struggles to main-
describes his writing.
was forced to make decision. Cobain fired drummer
grunge band. Nirvana, recorded everything that affected him in a series of notebooks, which expose the of
video ideas, and
lists, all of which Cobain wrote before he committed suicide on April 5, 1994.
after this season.-
Nirvana has landed a confor a three song single.
“At the end of this season, I am not looking at another contract. I just want to finish this year out and
a collection of diary
entries written in Cobain’s
season comes to an end.
Journals also acts as a window into the struggles that young
to their shows to judge them instead of having a good
Jordan signed a two-year $2.1
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Contenders and pretenders of the Bv JAMES DOYLE
Who are the contenders and who are the pretenders of the NHL? Surprise starts from Minnesota, Tampa Bay and them
Louis has done well to put
themselves a point up in the Central division. Injuries have hit the Blues, but they have been able to play
through the pain. Projected number
Brent Johnson went down Blues to bring in
Pittsburgh have put
early, forcing the
Barasso as Fred Brathwaite’s backup. Injuries have cost the services of the Blues best defenceman and team captain Chris Pronger. St.
But which of the top teams can continue their pace? And which
Louis, however, has persevered to earn 29 points, one up on the Stanley
struggling teams will pick up the
Dallas and Boston have got off to
top teams in
slack? Starting in the Western confer-
ence, Dallas, Vancouver and St. Louis are leading their respective
The Dallas Stars have received strong goaltending from divisions.
has 12 wins through to' Dec. 1, with a .935 save percentage and a 1.63 goals against average. Add in strong scoring from Mike Modano, who has 30
Guerin with 24,
and a supporting cast of Pierre Turgeon, Scott Young and Jason Amott, and the Stars look poised to make a run at the Western conference
The Vancouver Canucks
putting together a fine campaign.
Markus Naslund and
up the league. Naslund, who has 27 points, leads Bertuzzi by only a point for the team lead. Brendan Morrison has contributed with 26 Dan Goaltender also. points Cloutier leads the league in wins with 14 and looks ready to backstop the Canucks for a deep playoff run. are again tearing
Speaking of the current champs, the signing of Curtis Joseph in the off-season has not to improved or
up a notch.
The season’s biggest
thus far has been the play of the
waiting for the ski season to begin, here ’s the latest scoop to help you This article
features the latest information on resorts within an hour or so of
Waterloo region and the bigger resorts located across Ontario.
place to ride the slopes this year. "We’re right in the middle of everything,” said
ing manager. Chicopee has added
two- and four-hour passes to
accommodate busy schedules,
perfect for college stu-
have a break between classes, they could hit the hills. It also gives people a chance to get in a good ski throughout the day and still have their evening. "It’s designed to fit into people’s schedules,” Orth said. Chicopee is currently in the snow-making process and plans to open Dec. 7, weather permitting. According to Orth, the 12-run
includes four intermedi-
four advanced and four begin-
which allows a whole come and ski in one
Snowblades and twin-tip skis can be used in the terrain park this Visit well. year as
The West’s biggest disappointment at the quarter point in the year is the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks
man. Weeks has posted a 2.07 GAA, a .931 save percentage and eight wins in 20 games. Rod Brind’ Amour is leading the team with 24 points, 14 of which are power play points. Expect the
the Pacific division last year
be ready to make a
serious run at the Stanley Cup. But the Sharks have
been anything but
contenders with only 20 points
and sitting in last in their division and 13th overall. Don’t let a bad start fool you though, as the Sharks should be hitting their stride any time now. Turning eastwards, the Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and
with 15 goals. Veteran Cliff Ronning has also contributed with
and 13 power-play Strong goaltending from
Dwayne Roloson and Manny Fernandez have made Minnesota a team to watch. The Wild are still young, however, so don’t look for their red-hot pace to continue
a terrain park and night skiing for all those night owls.
Outcast, a 24 per
Dropzone, an exciting halfpipe and Mogul Alley where you can show
your carving skills. Visit www.gleneden.on.ca. Boler Mountain London’s ski club, is convenient for those who don’t want to leave London for a ski getaway. “You can
with 12 wins. The defensive system that the Devils play should put them into a playoff position and
most of the year, but has looked week. Leading
in the past
with a shoulder injury and
a loose can-
Alexei Kovalev sits third in the league with 33 points. The secret to the Penguins success is their power
for the Talisman mountain
Consists of 21 runs, two terrain parks. Adrenaline Alley, a snow-
tubing park, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the Bruce
equipment has been upgraded and additions have been made to their ski and snowboard rental stock. Hockley plans on opening Dec. 14. “It depends on how things go,” said Woolner. A new eight-week freestyle course for skiing and snowboard-
ing will begin in January for those
two double one T-bar and one carpet. Therefore, it meets
two quad chairs, one the
Maple Leafs, seem to The groove.
struggled early on, but
a found Washington Capitals
though, have the best player in the
The Pittsburgh Penguins have turned some heads this year with their high-octane power play. Owner Mario Lemeiux leads the points
Other east notables in the east
teammates about his desire to win. If Cechmanek can keep it together and LeClair comes back 100 per-
include the Toronto
standings in the
not a playoff
yet, and with teams like Toronto and Washington below them in the standings, watch for
ing for the eastern
12 wins. is
off at any
cent, the Flyers should
and Martin St. Louis have lit the lamp all year. Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is one of the best in the league and is proving it again
Cechmanek can go
in the Southeast division.
have success in the regular season, but with unproven playoff goaltenders, don’t expect a deep run for Beantown. The Cinderella Carolina Hurricanes
third in the
Philadelphia has been solid for
league with a 1.91 goals against average and has a .932 save percentage. Look for Boston to again
make them a team
in the east is
Lightning have put themselves in a tie for fourth place overall. Youngsters Vincent LeCavalier
with 8 and has a 2.20 goals against
28 points through 23 games, the
and John Grahame have helped the Bruins maintain first place. Shields is tied for ninth in the NHL in wins
and learn.” This year, Hockley has replaced the rope tow on the beginner hill with a handle tow to allow more
the Atlantic division.
sit in first
away from being a
Devils are helped by the presence of Martin Brodeur who has put up
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
games played. Thorton
with no real big-time
last year after he failed to lead his team past the first round. This year, the duo of Steve Shields
12 slopes, five
for first in the
has been helped by Glen Murray, who is having a banner year with 28 points. The Bruins lost Byron
out of contention as the season grows longer. Lemieux is still not
points in 23
The top team
Lemieux, Kovalev and defenceman Dick Tamstrom are one, two, and three in power-play points. Watch for Pittsburgh to slip
Hurricanes to again make the playoffs but don’t expect a big run
looking strong with the help of Joe Thorton, who has 34
Minnesota Wild. Collecting 31 points through 24 games gives the Wild the third most points in the tough West, and if the playoffs started today, the Wild would finish fourth overall. Minnesota has been led by the young Marion
decide where to go.
you skiers and snowboarders who have been anxiously
playoff’s last year.
likes of Brendan Shannihan, Sergi Federov, Brett Hull and others take
Arturs Irbe as the Canes’
Yzerman to The season does not start in Detroit until the playoffs, when the
Kevin Weeks has taken over for
ing for captain Steve
hindered Detroit. content to just play for now, wait-
By AIMEE WILSON all
Carolina Hurricanes sit atop the Eastern conference. Boston is right where they were going into the
The Wings look
Ontario ski For
demands of everyone’s
level. St. Louis Moonstone, 26 kilometres north of Barrie, opened Nov. 29 with four
in Jaromir Jagr and can’t be looked over forever. The New York Rangers are another anomaly in the league. With one of the
highest payrolls in the league, the Rangers should be a better team But, as they have proven in the past, money doesn’t always bring happiness.
season have revamped the lodge to give more seating to go with the three ’
Bus service from Barrie and a bus service from Toronto makes it even easier to visit Mount St. Louis Moonstone. daily
“We’re easy to get to,” said Huter. “We’re right off of the 400 highway.” Visit www.mslm.on.ca. Blue Mountain Of course, there would be no reason
mountain resort. Blue Mountain has a 720-foot vertical and is two and a half miles wide. According to www.bluemountain.ca, “Blue Mountain is a snow largest
www.hockley.com. Cedar Highlands
Also nestled in the scenic Hockley Valley, has made many changes to offer their guests more variety. Cedar Highlands is now open to the public weekdays from
The nine alpine-run facility has snow-making their upgraded
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Weekends and holidays are reserved for pri-
two high-speed, sixperson lifts, one high-speed quad,
and snowboarders of all levels a wide variety of terrain.” With more than 253 acres of land. Blue has 34 trails ranging
process and added
to their rental
three quads, three triples and one
from beginner to double black diamond. Blue also has three terrain
members. “We plan on opening the first weekend before Christmas,” said Bill Matthews, general manager. With 105 acres and a vertical of 300 feet. Cedar Highlands has expanded from 11 to 21 runs this year, ranging from easy to expert. A quad chair has been added along with new snow-making equipment. “We have the most unique and
take a city bus to our front door,”
spokesperson, said. Boler Oliver, to
According Mountain plans to open between Dec. 14 and 20, weather permit-
whether the tube this
Hockley Valley Resort Located 45 minutes north of Toronto, has something for everyone. With
more than 300
Hockley Valley has 12 runs, a terrain park, trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing and Spikes lounge which offers a place to eat and relax. “It’s
get a kick start
co-ordinator. “It offers
an opportunity for people
With 165 acres
you want to go
further north for
a ski or snowboard getaway, here the latest information
on the bigger
consist of 10 chairs
There are also two
cables and one magic carpet. “It’s a
variety for your dollar,”
said Robert Huter, general
With expanded snow-making equipment this year, Huter said it will “give us more fire power,” adding, “We’re known for our con-
The Outback Mount
Louis Moonstone’s terrain park, has lots of rails and a huge pipe to challenge yourself. It
parks that have
walls, three half-pipes includ-
ing two super pipes and a snowboarding park. There’s plenty of
park to challenge yourself and show off your tricks.
There are 12
high-speed express chairs to get you to the top faster. For night
23 trails are For those who
skiers or snowboarders
challenging runs in Ontario,” said
Matthews. Visit www.cedarhigh-
Louis Moonstone offers 35 slopes, two board parks and 1 3 lifts to carry you to the 500-
ment such as skis, snowboards, and ski and snowboard boots. They
until 10 p.m.
prefer high speed
has four runs open January until
March. Whatever your style, Ontario’s for ski resorts have much to your winter adventures.