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Monday, January

2003

Conestoga College, Kitchener

By VALENTINA RAPOPORT

“I just felt

Imagine a job where you can kick back and read a comic book. For Christopher Chettle of

there

dream come

took

a

Eight years after finishing

true.

only two years of a three-year

animation

classical

course

at

Sheridan College, Chettle opened his

own comic book

store.

had

1

was

figurines,

more,

of animation

comic books and much

the

love

Chettle's

represents

store for

comic book

it,

was

it

store location.

“The day I came and got the keys (for the location he rented) I

home

drove

lected

sorts

to

receive a family loan and find a

becoming the only comic book store in Cambridge. all

them

Once the decision was made, it him only six weeks to

literally

1

do

a time to

couldn’t believe

E.,

to beat

now.”

Retro Rocket Comics and Toys opened on Nov. at 457 King St.

Selling

1

punch,” he said, adding, “If

the

it’s

— No.

it’s a plane ... Cambridge’s own Retro Rocket Comics and Toys

it’s

Cambridge,

35th Year

a bird,

It’s No,

6,

it,”

laughing.

I

he said.

was very glad that I had col(comic books and other

“I

much

items) as

as

I

did because

would have cost me a

money

if

lot

it

more

hadn’t.”

I

While the majority of tion

is

illustrations.

still

some items

“Every Wednesday is like Christmas for me,” Chettle said, referring to the day when his new stock of toys and coniic books is delivered to the store. “I get to open boxes of new comics and toys.” Achieving his ultimate goal at the age of 30, Chettle still has a hard time believing his dream has come

sell*

his collec-

for sale at his store, there are

Chettle refuses to

“I’ve got certain things that are

my

babies,” he said. “I’ve got some Superman memorabilia and other stuff

won’t

I

sell.”

Finishing most of the renovations himself, with the occasional help from his family, Chettle was able to open his store within two weeks

was rented. came into the

after the location

true.

“My

relatives

“There are definitely worse jobs than reading comics and playing games.” Christopher Chettle,

it

family but also local residents of

owner

ages.

all

“I get a lot

doesn’t

“It

seem realistic. much fun,” he said.

It

seems like too Developing a love for drawings and comic books when he was a young boy. Chettle remembers the first

time he was introduced to

“A neighbour brought over full

like a trip

it’s

(when

who say down memory lane

of people

they’re

Chettle

I

a

box

just fell

in

store),”

the

in

said. “It’s

not just for kids,

become swept up

adults also

The

store carries

figurines

different

from the ’70s through including

’90s

the

many

including vintage

GI

to

Joes,

I’ve collected

since,” he said. Since then, Chettle has continued collecting all sorts of action figures

and many other action figures.

and comics, which now make up 80

can also be found. “There are a lot of kids

in the area

per cent of the items sold in his

and

store.

Chettle said.

them and

them ever

went to college I had boxes of toys and comics,” he said, adding. “I must have moved 10 times and half the moving van would always be my

“When

boxes

After college, Chettle worked at different part-time jobs and also

some

I

toys,

want

such as the Simpsons,

freelance animation

work

figurines

he

to cater to

them as

at

me

my name

funny

out there

Despite stressing over the financial aspects of the store, Chettle

said

waking up every day knowing he gets to go to work at a he

loves

now.

so nice to say

wanted

I’ve

have a store

I

this

for

so

With 7,500 comic books currentand 100 to 200 more arriving every week, the store is growing bigger every day. addition

adding, “Sometimes down and breathe.”

to

renovating

has

the

also

would walk with a tape gun in one hand and a staple gun in the other and my backpack full of flyers.” he said, referring to putting up flyers in downtown Cambridge “I

prior

to

the

store’s

need

to sit

actually

I

and get

making money games at the same

start

to play

time."

opening.

at

residence

month.

snowboarding

said

out because the holi-

books.

Chettle

I

ments. which take place once a

Bummed

the store.

someone else was planning to open a comic book store in Cambridge.

helps pay the rent.” he said,

it

days are over? Feeling stressed because you have another semester to contend with? Don’t fret,

done most of the advertising for

himself.

mine.”

Chettle

Sunday

always kept hoping one day I would have this (his own store). I always had it on the back burner,’ His decision to finally open his came after he discovered

games." he said. "It will be the perfect job w hen

it’s

end of the week. Resident are not sure what the events will be yet, but are hoping and it will take place soon. A ski

By KATE VANDEVEN

upcoming events at residence will keep you busy and away from the

store

also works part time serving at a Cambridge restaurant.

best part

that

appealing to adult collectors

only.”

for local stores.

he said.

In addition to running his store,

will all pay off in the end. "There are definitely worse jobs than reading comics and playing

is

Keep busy

“Many of the comic shops I went when I was young seemed aimed

In

Regardless of the long hours he w'orks. Chettle said he feels

well,”

store

“I

long and to be able to finally tell people that it has happened is very gratifying,” he said, adding, “The

“It

place that belongs to him.

to at

sells at his store.

I had to get somehow.”

but

“It’s

ly in the store

toys.”

did

Newer

I

and

Christopher Chettle, owner of

“People would look

Transformers, Star Trek figurines

love with

(Photo by Valentina Rapoport)

WWE wrestling Retro Rocket Comics and Toys, poses with one of the in Cambridge. store book comic only the is 1 and Nov. It opened

in

it.”

types of toys

comics. of comic books.

store

opened and were absolutely blown away,” he said. “They were nudging each other saying, T knew he could do it.’” Two months after it opened. Retro Rocket Comics and Toys has not only impressed friends and

when

Along

with

CSI

events

at

planning for its residents a casino trip, a bingo trip, movie nights, ping pong and

school, residence

pool

is

tournaments,

sundae

(wh*ere

you can make the

biggest sundaes you can for a small price) and euchre tourna-

Resident adviser Debbie Brock

at the

advisers

trip

is

also being

discussed.

that resi-

Although there are not a

dence is hoping to put on this semester include a bus trip to a Leafs game, a shopping trip to Toronto, and Winter Olympics. The Olympics would take place

details yet. plans are in the

over a week, with each featuring a new e\ent and points being tallied

to

some bigger events

lot

of

works

you a chance to get awaj’ from the everyda) stresses and have some fun. Look for flyers around residence

to give

find out about the

events.

upcoming


— SPOKE, January

Page 2

6,

Issues

2003

Organization

members

iearn to unlearn - only

think

unlearn those things that present barriers which prevent us

from

It

. . .

everything.”

On

unlearn

states

now as it was then. been adopted many times by

many people

a more prominent area of the a quote from Steve D’Amico

site

as relevant

has

and see

to hear, read

This quote was written by the 1 6th century philosopher, Nicholas Cusa, is

to ques-

ever heard, read, seen and are going

truths.”

and

how

tion everything. Everything you’ve

more profound

the deeper,

to

Unlearn opens

to think.

a door to teach people

“We must

how

people what to do or

tells

By HALLEY McPOLIN

“a -process

is

of

from

barriers that blind us

removing

our authentic selves, questioning our

since then (including a

classic conditioning, deconstructing

green Jedi-philosopher

named

“You

must

and reordering our identities, identifying and discarding negative val-

unlearn what you have learned” in

ues, repeatedly focusing awareness

little

who

Yoda,

stated.

Wars

the original Star

local organization has

and a

film),

towards one’s state of being.” There are countless more

been taking

message even further. Unlearn began as a concept

pretations in the

when Way Tang and Abhi and Arv Ahluwalia volunteered for the Race Relations

early

’90s

Committee of Kitchener-Waterloo. They were organizing workshops and conferences regarding

(Internet photo)

The Race Relations Committee

anti-dis-

of

Kitchener-Waterloo organizes workshops and conferences

crimination and anti-racism while promoting equality, respect and

deal with anti-discrimination and anti-racism issues.

non-violent conflict resolution. In a

name a life, we

Race

the

for

effort

fundraising

imprinted with positive messages. Pleased to see the outstanding

likes to

open

reaction from the public over the

- hearing

stories of

questions by

about the

strangers

entered a business plan competition in order to test the viability of actu-

company based on promoting these positive messages. In 1998 the group won the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award and the Wholesale/Distribution Award. “The concept of unlearn can be

ally creating a

we

applied to anything that

bom

habits, racism, ageism,

are not

“such as

with,” says Abhi,

sexism and

other forms of discrimination. If

all

you wish to benefit from the innocence and potential of a free mind, break free of the limits and the conditioning. Unlearn.”

The concept

is

often easier said

than done. Conditioning can come from anywhere in a person’s life; family, school, peers

and church,

to

NO E

The

Changes from

even has a section dedicated entirely to interpretations from peo-

tioning: allowing an outside influ-

ple about messages like this one.

provoke conversation and thought between perfect strangers, allowing the message to reach even further.

ence to dictate your own The same can be said of racist, sex-

One definition was from a woman who claimed her husband had phys-

Also, five per cent of profits are donated to charitable organizations

and other discriminatory attitudes based largely on ignorance

ically,

rather than the truth.

finally got out of the relationship

Ahbi says it’s not impossible to change your way of thinking. “To begin with, one requires a strong intention to stop or change a particular behaviour. Then one needs to

she was

concentrate on the process without focusing on the final results.” This is

from the inside

stress that unlearn can be any interpretation and that

seeing things for yourself. Abhi uses a box to describe the

many

walls people tend to put up, blinding them from certain tmths. “Slowly and relentlessly we build a box around ourselves. We soon

become comfortable inside our box and continue to live on ‘autopilot.’ We learn to adapt to its constricSelf-esteem and self-confidence are very much part of the box in which we imprison ourselves. Once boxed in it is difficult, but not impossible, to break out.” An example of this can be young adults comparing themselves to a body image put forth by the media. tions.

thinking.

ist

what Abhi considers “unlearning” taking things you have learned into consideration, but drawing your own conclusions based on the truths

you can

ment has been so affected by

really see.

One of the most important ideas behind unlearn is that there is no one idea. Because it encourages

out-

the inside out.”

site

and sexually

emotionally,

When

abused her for years.

projects across

Canada

won

awards,

to rethink everything she believed to

including the Lincoln Alexander

be tme about herself and what a relationship was to her. ‘“Changes

Award and

means

out’

several

different things to me,” she writes. “I am in the process of learning that

me

inside

a person of worth,

is

whose opinion

matters,

who

is

spe-

and who deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. As I grow stronger, these changes inside of me

cial

will

emerge

of a person that was

now

formulate a single interpretation and pass it off as true - it asks us to

thoughts.”

The unlearn Web site, www.unleam.com, begins with a simple message - “Warning:

unlearn: “I truly believe in

ex-husband

beginning

with positive feelings and

Michigan resident wrote about

mindedness.

It

it

because

power with open-

carries great

it

is

shell

left as a result

fill

A

The

to the outside.

my

of

the

year,

and

nces

keep them, and we

to

break

all

them. Year's

resolutions

almost as

much a

ture as the

holi^y

The

are

already hav-

part of our cul-

yearly promise to do some-

coming year has been around for a long time. The Babylonians celebrated New Year’s Day more than 4,000 years ago, although their festivities were held

thing for the

March rather than They did this because

January,

in it

coincided

with the spring planting of crops.

So people should not

feel

they break their resolution

goals

isn’t

a slogan that

mind,

n

bad

College lents

no

.

“I’m going to try and not spend much money,” said Mihaela

;o

Yaioveanu, 1 8, a first-year manigement studies student. “I already spend too much money on dumb things.”

if

“My

goal

is

to

get through the

try again in

next year without any big disasters,”

erguson

said

Kyla Ferguson, ’ , 4 a first-year

my hair my pro-

gram said

ixception.

28,

a first-year

to

engineering

applications

“The program '

is

student,

just that stressful.”

do

for so long already, I

do

and

it’s

tant for Jostens,

was taking of

pic-

next

tures

smoking, eating better, exercising more, and losing weight are favourites on the resolution list.

to

These are habits that most of us plan to change about ourselves well in advance, and not just on the spur

to travel more,”

moment.

Most

of

these

follow people with through their

resolu-

mined, but

next

among

year and

want

olutions on

I

said

Hutuleac,

20,

a

former

Conestoga

plished.

this

summer.”

to do.”

Will

money

;cident-prone person.”

We

so

yet to be deter-

College business student, “I possibly want to travel around Europe

truly a fresh start.

“We much

have

“I’m going spend less

them probably require a few failed attempts before they are accom-

is

design

student.

tions? That has

ates,

Hutuleac

graphics

gradu-

year’s

like quitting

the

is to

the next

in

graphic design stuprogram to be

first-year

work

it,”

Outside the Sanctuary, Liliana Hutuleac, a photographer’s assis-

Unhealthy habits are another popular resolution that a lot of people have for the coming year. Things

of

resolution

“The same goes for me,” said Laura Fama, 24, another first-year

social

something Gottfried wanted

time that

Flanagan

year

dent. “It’s a tough

that I’ve

environmental

to unlearn.

semester,” said Vinti Kendall, 24,

ons student. “I’m an extremely

it

and learn

said

“It’s

Flanagan,

any time. Take a

next

science student.

ends,”

at

closer look at the world around you

year,”

ivironmental engineering applica-

because

apply to anyone

smoking

and make these changes,

try

natory ideas about others or your own self-perception, unlearn can

pass graphic design

they want or often really need. This time of year gives us the motivation to

said that no matter what your you can never stop learning. The same can be said about unlearhing, Whether it’s discrimiIt is

“My New Year’s

“I’m definitegoing to quit

next couple

age,

in.”

all

site in the

new

ly

first-year

to

Web

their

Gottfried, 22, a

for is

Anne and Ed

the

of months.

“My

before

Craioveanu

on

a

goal

several

Mirvish Achievement Award for Young People. It is always reviewing new ideas and projects and are currently working on the development of a network of youth trainers. Members are also working on a new line of T-shirts that will appear

Aaron

keep

stu-

are

in the col-

with fellow class-

has

homework, next year

— they

March. The new year has always been a time for looking back at the past, and forward to the coming year. Most people reflect on the changes

can just

some

Conestoga

itself.

in

ng

cafeteria

mate Jay Flanagan, surrounded by and papers

Ian for the next ly

New

Ferguson was studying

wellness and personal growth.” Unlearn has been involved in a

and

to

lege

respect,

“equality,

address

that

number of

and

guilty

feeling

left

of

that for ourselves.

she

responsible for the situation and had

people to draw their own conclusions, it is not the group’s place to

do

Eventually an individual’s judg-

ast

mes-

sage act as an excellent form of silent communication. They can

themselves as unattractive. Abhi calls this neuro-associated condi-

hed the experi-

We have all made them, we all try

encourage

T-shirts carrying the unlearn

Students reveal resolutions for the By JASON

will

it

side sources that they begin to see

Rather than looking at life through the haze of preconceived ideas, try

message - Way, Abhi and Arv

that

As we move through

few.

“there is no right or wrong answer,” one way of looking at it can be via the metaphorical “clean slate.”

people

and asked

actually being stopped

to

hope

in the

positive change.” Products such as

that

are constantly in a stmggle

between our own thoughts and ideals, and what others have taught us to be true. Although the group

Relations Committee, the group also developed clothing designs

designs

inter-

and ways to interpret the idea behind unlearn, which is exactly what the group wants. According to the unlearn Web site: “Our mission is to provoke thought

that

at least

those

they are not

who made

New Year’s

their res-

Eve.

The Babylonians also believed what a person does on the first day of a new year will have an effect on them throughout

the year.

It

gives a

person something to think about, as

we

begin the

2003.

first

full

week of


Health

SPOKE, January

By SiNEAD McGARRY is

yours.

type

of

cessful

health care. Increased interest has led alternative

they have control

While many patients receive suctreatments by turning to

olfcring

is

different

a

when

especially

over themselves rather than leaving everything in the doctor’s hands.

Alternative medicine

consumers

medicine

to

natural healing, there

become

are largely a placebo.

cine has existed for centuries, and

cine are alarming.

some provinces

is

it

a

is

assumption that such

more popular. The field of naturopathic mediin

— Page 3

many choices

Alternative medicines offer The choice

2003

6,

common

treatments

The miscon-

ceptions about this form of medi-

“People

the fastest-

who

don’t believe in nat-

growing health profession. “Alternative medicine is grow-

medicine don’t have much education on what it is that we do,”

ing in popularity as people realize

said Bretz.

ural

“We

are not individuals

medicines do not the answers,” said Karen

with a weekend course behind us.”

Armstrong, a reiki practitioner at Inside and Out. Kim Bretz, a naturopathic doctor, said, “People are living longer and are not satisfied with their level of health. People are looking for quality of life in addition to

an accredited school for a four-

lengthening

pathic

that allopathic

have

all

Naturopathic doctors must attend

classroom and clinical

medical science, anatomy, physiology, clinical diagnosis and naturo-

life.”

are

practised

virus.

cough

ment and prevention using said

a

ence of disease diagnosis,

it

when no

and

look there will be someone sneezing or blowing his or her nose. treat a

cold or the fiu?

There are many ways to treat that For a cold you could take an Aspirin and when uninvited guest.

you have the

flu.

sweat

it

out or try

another medication that might be stronger. But what I found is that a lot

of medicine

Susan

like

choosing

research to put together a full treatment plan for patients,” said Erika Shoyama, a naturopathic doctor, at the Canadian College of

alternative

serious

Although

that

my

life

has led

skin

rash

in

the

spring.

whose

Bretz,

me

this

society and that

supports this healing."

a powerful thing for patients.

who

Well, the hot milk

drank the water had

this

Willy Schill. a pharmacist at the Forest pharmacy in Kitchener, said, “Chicken noodle is

helpful,”

and

body

But which remedies work and which are just tales?

soup

replaces liquids, which the loses if a person sweats.

body

but old-

fashioned chicken noodle soup does

Academy

of

Pediatrics did a recent study on the

soup on the common of the study

results

showed that the soup cleared mucus fi’om nasal passages, which results

Jay

the person sweats. Also, she said

sodium intake

thirsty.

will

Drinking a

lot

while you have a cold especially

if

make people is

of liquids important,

you sweat. The body

loses a lot of water then

and

it

important that you replace

is

the

Another home remedy Schill rec-

ommended

is

taking vitamin C.

research, but

The best remedies for a common cold can often be found at home. Liquids and vitamins can help you recover faster. I have experience with some person should take about said

He

did

of this vitamin for two days and then reduce the dosage. The American Academy agrees

mg

and says taking this vitamin is a popular home remedy. However, it does not fight the infection. So what does it do?

According to the Internet site www.quackwatch.org. vitamin C does not prevent colds but ly reduces the symptoms. skin,

making

is it

it

slight-

also great for your

more

delicate

and

reducing the visibility of your pores.

home

remedies. WTien

and sick with a cold

I

little

ailments,

mother

pod.com,

would cut up an onion and cover

When

the

it

container

with sugar. filled with the juice of the onion it was my time to be tortured. Yes. you guessed

it,

I

had

to drink

spoons of that juice. Let

me

two

tea-

tell

you.

used a lot of toothpaste and ate a lot of mints while 1 was sick. But this was not the only thing that I felt was torture. My mother also thought

I

that

mixing hot milk with honey and

a raw- egg

would make me

did find one remedy

According to an article entitled. remedies or common

Common

w’as

my

I

that involved garlic.

other

a

1,000

This vitamin

water that you lose.

I

come across anything about an onion remedy while doing my not

loses while

cold. Also, the

the

and provide temporary relief. But w hat about the onion?

replaces

it

body needs to function properly. The body loses a lot of sodium if

homemade concoction?

Did any of those remedies work? No. not really. When I asked Hancock about the egg. honey and milk mixture she had no response because she had never heard of that remedy before. But she did saj' that drinking hot milk w ith honey w ill not hurt. In fact, if you have a scratchy throat honey will coat it

Beechwood soup

sweat,

did.

a slower drainage of mucus than the people who drank the soup. that

made me

honey coated my throat, but the egg. w'ell I don t know what that the

One group drank

You want more proof method works?

work

actually

hot water and the other group drank hot chicken noodle soup. In the end, the people

work,”

to

“Alternative Armstrong. medicine works in harmony with the body’s healing ability and

with colds were divided into two different groups.

not always the

said

stand a little more about how the body works. She said understandis

is

way our bodies need

she enjoys seeing someone under-

ing

medicine

ventional forms. “We want instant fixes in our

way,”

ranges

clientele

alternative

cannot offer quick fixes or emergency procedures that conventional medicine can, it is another form of treatment that individuals can try if they are unsatisfied with other con-

to the elderly, said

home remedies may

tales of old

person’s body, something that the

The

body works

After being told by his family doc

PMS,

medication, instead relying on some

cold.

the

Armstrong’s husband developed a

grandmother saying she never took

effects of the

how

are all reflected in our total health.”

my work are am connecting

contribution to their lives. It is a life commitment and I am very happy

that

men-

emotional and spiritual bodies

tal,

and

research the patient’s history. We aren’t just looking for one aspect of

visit

the inter-relation of physical,

“The rewards of

not working. Alternative medicine can treat many diseases from cancer and heart problems to

it

and learning

natural healing

his rash cleared up.

they find conventiontreatments or prescriptions are

your

work. The American

stopped using

unmistakable. I with people in a real way, making a

the body, but

at nurse a Hancock, soup the said College, Conestoga will increase the sodium level in a

So what can you do? You could try to cure your cold by using a home

at this,

He

the rash.

we

Naturopthic Medicine. “During a patient’s first

when

you have a

You might laugh

Chinese herbalist uncov-

from children

nutrients that your

Remember

visit,

the benefits of using natural healKaren extraordinary: are ing

and

to function properly.

remedy.

first

healing as a last

feel

listening to

he did further research.

said Armstrong.

are

than you most make you drowsy and unable

sicker

celebrities

makes you already

it,

persisted with naturopathy and

quicker relief of congestion. The study was done after volunteers

matter where you

But do you know how to

He

success.

People need to realize that alternative medicine is not new, it has been used for hundreds of years in

in

time of the

is that

full history on doing necessary

cream on

as a whole,” said Bretz. The stories that circulate about

al

By IZABELA ZARZYCKA

coughing. Yes,

fix to patients’

tudes of cases of total

for the rash except put cortisone

finally a

ly turn to natural

Grandma’s

quick

was nothing he could do

tor there

ered the problem: radiation poisoning from his eellphone was eausing

people are beginning to pay attention to their bodies. People usual-

treat-

the flu.

believe that alternative

medicine can heal disease,” said Armstrong. “I have witnessed many examples and know of multi-

the

talk surrounding cancer, eating habits, obesity and lifestyle,

com-

'Tis the season to be sniffing

try to find a

much

and co-ordinated approach to health care. “It is the art and sci-

and and

Naturopathic doctors don’t only

administrator at the

medicines over conventional treatments in her battle with breast cancer, alternative treatments have been put in the spotlight. With so

plete

infertility

headaches

that allows

be registered and practise

truly

“I

health food store

problems. “I take a

With

to

own Natuheal

foods wholesale.

usual

customer

a

to

Medicine.

choice is

Scott,

Zimmerman used

Canadian College of Naturopathic

Sommers

Armstrong.

year

Patricia

relationship

to 8.

depression,

natural

therapies and gentle techniques,”

cleanse our system. Instant fixes aren't what our bodies need,” said Alternative medicine

sell natural

4

to

must

students

exam

within certain provinces and states.

her natural medicine stand at Kitchener City Hall during the

sits in front of

before she decided to

burn off the

We

Zimmerman

Karin

Christkindl Market that ran from Dec.

take an aspirin to take away the pain of a headache, or take medicine to reduce fever or a cough. Our bodies create a fever

intruding

them

(Photo by Sinead McGarry)

outside

“We

it

disciplines,

write a licensing

mainstream Western health care. “Clients need to learn how to listen to their inner voice that always knows what steps need to be taken to move towards full health, happiness and vitality,” said Armstrong. Alternative medicine helps the body strengthen and heal itself. Naturopathy emphasizes the need for seeking and treating causes of a disease rather than simply suppressing its symptoms.

for a reason, to let

training.

After taking classes such as bio-

medicine usually describes treatments and health that

pro-

gram involving 4,500 hours of

Alternative

care

professional

full-time

year,

better.

a

http://members.trilearned that garlic is

at I

good cure

for a cold.

The

arti-

cle said to peel a large clove, put down it in your mouth and bite

every so often to release the natural juices. This method supposedly works and cures your cold within 24 to 48 hours. Are you

ready to try it? I know that I’m not. There is no way that I wdll chew on garlic. Not only w'ould I suffer, but so would those around

me.


Page 4

— SPOKE, January

6,

Commentary

2003

welcome

continues to impact society

9/11

back.

STTU RECOVERINS FROM NEW YEAR'S

Canadians will likely look back on 2002 as a year of unknowns. As television screens displayed the still unbelievable images of Sept. mourned with their neigh11, 2001 on its first anniversary, Canadians

IS IT READINS WEEK VET?

bours to the south over an event that will likely be remembered in some

form by every Canadian

who was

alive that day.

.

has shaped the news of every day that has followed. Economically, Canada has seen the downturn of major airlines and It

again several desperate attempts to convince Canadians to start flying Air as such airlines discount new and including discount seats

Canada's Tango.

The

federal

government decreased social spending and borders.

in order to boost

security at Canada’s airports

Media

reports are

still

dominated by

stories reporting

on

related

events of war and terror in the Middle East. Even Hollywood has cashed in on 9/1 1 and the terrorism concepts

surrounding the last 1 5 months. The big screen brought The Sum of All Fears with Morgan Freeman and Ben Affleck, which depicted a present-day America on the brink of nuclear war caused by a nuclear ter-

on Baltimore during the Super Bowl.

rorist attack

The small screen

is

joining the trend as well. Keifer Sutherland

San Francisco from a nuclear bomb

currently trying to save

is

in this sea-

son of 24. Recently,

Canada was

hit

with the news of an alleged

list

of Canadian

terrorist targets.

As

known

a country rarely seen as a serious threat but widely

American

hard to

ally, it’s

know

just

how

vigilant

as an

Canadians should

be.

After a

bombing

nightclub in October that killed about 200 were Australians, Canadians were reminded

at a Bali

whom

people, most of

that terrorist attacks aren't just targeted

towards the U.S.

News stories of the past year were a constant reminder of the state of apprehension most of the western world now lives in, not only on a personal level, but also on societal and governmental levels as

United States views Canada as insignificant and unimportant

well.

Health Canada is currently stockpiling four million doses of the smallpox vaccine to protect against a possible bioterrorist attack. Our government is obviously feeling the threat in our country more than ever.

Though no one knows where seems there

or

when

terror will strike again,

it

an ever-growing possibility that Canada could be

is

As much threats

as

we have

tried to

move on from

and the

Sept. 11, 2001

has presented to the western nations, our media, our govern-

it

ments and often our own memories cannot allow us

some reminder of how

that

day affects

we may

2003,

not see

much

without

to live

we

look forward

change. things were on

is

not because of what actually happened that day (terrorist

attacks have been

because of

how

ported and stood by them.

who live

border

and unimportant.

name of Canada’s

When

and

cent

asked to name our coun-

with

correctly,

common

around the world for centuries), but

our society allowed that day to change our world.

media will likely be stuck on topics surrounding Sept. 11,

2001 for a long time. The Canadian government will probably allow it to affect spending and law-making for many years to come.

The movies and

television

we watch

will

focus on terror for years. But that doesn’t

probably continue to

mean we have

to let

affect our daily lives.

it

Pierre Trudeau,

who

named George W. Bush

also recorded for the other

Jean-

I

Spoke welcomes editor. Letters

letters to

should be signed and include the

and telephone number

they don’t

simple questions.

we

expect?

know It

the

answers to

But, what can

has always been a

a nation

we pride

ourselves on

We

try to

on world

keep ourselves informed issues,

and

in

doing

so,

global citizens.

Americans need

to begin think-

States.

The world has many

different

countries and diverse cultures that are just as important as the over-

self-absorbed country.

Americans simply continue

to

prove that they only care about

commercialized and over-glamorized

American dream

society.

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being a global friend and partner.

and realize the world does not begin and end in the United

These numbers are remarkably low when compared to the Canadian survey. After polling 1,502 Canadians with the same questions, 90 per

contacted for verification.

No unsigned

their

These are our neighbours, and

tion.

be

have put

ing of others before thernselves

on.

name

We

come

87 per cent admitted to not knowing or refused to answer the ques-

the

of the writer. Writers will

by the

and, perhaps the smartest response,

is

two

most people

realize that

are probably not surprised

ignorance of Americans, but

welcome

to

have a worldwide reputation as

Spoke Letters are

as

questions.

Now,

died in 2000

troops

sent

needs ahead of our own.

U.S. president and a high number of correct responses was

leader only eight per cent

answered

We

on terrorism.

Opinion

prime;'

minister, the nation’s capital

felt

Afghanistan to help fight the war

survey

polled 1,500 American adults asking the

them.

to

Cabral

We

and our hearts went out

their pain

Marcy

are

Chretien, five per cent answered

Sept. 10, 2001.

The

U.S.

the

insignificant

try’s

We are living in a world that is different from the way This

outside

that those of us

the country’s largest city.

us.

This past year has been a news echo of 2001 and as to

once again

A recent Leger Marketing

involved.

own wants and needs. After the tragedy of 9/1 1 we sup-

their

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Food

SPOKE, January

6,

— Page 5

2003

Fad diets may be too good to be true WADE

By TANNIS

many

to

80 calo-

Type Diet published

and a whopping six grams of fat per serving.

to eight

sourcc.com.

contain as

60

as

ries

With every year that goes by Canadians are becoming more overweight. According to a report released by Health Canada, one out of every four people

in this

country

why

the health and

to

people

start

by combining certain herbs,

habits.

which

easy,

people

over

Peter

business

Canada and

all

and nutrition writers are

weight problems of Canadians and Americans.

know

all

that healthy eating

and regular exercise arc the best methods of losing the extra pounds, is

it

easier said than done.

You

McDonald’s once

last

only ate

week

at

with your specific blood type, can

about those new healthy-

cau.se

menus available at most burger joints? They seem to alleviate some of the guilt associated with eating fast food by making it seem healthy. What people don’t is

someone two

meals,

body

the

to

this for

stick

weight

and many more health problems. His book lists a variety of foods that he recommends for certain blood types as well as foods to .steer clear of.

He

characterizes people into cate-

by their blood Os have great

gories defined solely

full

defeating the pur-

totally

pose. However,

in

He blames

gain as well as cancer, heart disease

choices could

healthy

potentially feed

cells

together.

that the portions of these

so-called

combined

certain foods,

Type

types.

better to

endurance, self-reliance, strength

your king-sized caesar salad drenched with creamy sauce than a

and are daring, intuitive and optimistic. Type As are described as sub-

is still

it

get

double burger with cheese and bacon with a side order of greasy french fries. But be aware, the calorie and fat intake of the salad are still much higher than you would ever expect. Bottled dressing can

-

missive tofu-eating vegetarians are

more

who

likely than others to get

heart disease, cancer and strokes.

Michael Klaper challenges

Dr.

D’Adamo’s book

his article entitled Challenges to the Blood in

prove the theories before

changing

their eating

consuming in a day, therefore causing you to lo.se weight. According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (www.niddk.nih.gov/health/kid-

going to make these

ney.htm), people with kidney problems, or a strong family history of kidney problems should be wary of high protein diets. It is the job of the kidneys to take wastes out of

one

“If

is

New York Times

tined for the

best-

with the intent of chang-

list

ing the eating habits of a nation

author

believe

the

present

solid

obliged

is

scientific

D’Adamo

I

to

evidence

that supports this assertion,

more

protein one

lot

been

ing weights a

reduce the amount of carbohydrates that you drastically

to

consuming.

Atkins’

New

Diets

like

Dr.

Diet Revolution, the

ing these diets, but

not entirely

it is

it.

What

happens when you begin a diet restricts your carbohydrates is

you

log£

Since the

that that

water from your body.

human body

is

made up of

about 65 per cent water, this would cause your bathroom scale to read

you have

that

lost

some

weight. Yes,

you did drop a few pounds, but it was from losing water essential for rather than

life,

lift-

“Protein

In essence, all carbohydrates are sugars. If you are going to cut sugar from your diet it will ultimately

increase

While the general principles behind fad diets can be true, they often tend to leave you lacking in at least

guide

ucts as well as fruits and vegeta-

As

bles.

products like

for dairy

milk and cheese, choose lower

fat

ed and food preparation should be

ath-

he says.

Young

done using

insists that diet still

and exer-

the healthiest

way

to

pounds and keep them off “You have to go with the methods that are tried and true.” lose excess

He

suggests weight training

way of whipping

effective

shape.

into

more fat

is

an

yourself

“Muscle needs many

calories to sustain itself than

does. Therefore, building mus-

through

cle

resistance

training

increases one’s metabolism forcing the

body

to burn

many more

ries to sustain the extra

was developed.” Young believes

calo-

muscle

that

one is looking no substitute for a reduced-calorie diet. “However, you do need enough protein to build muscle through weight training.” if

to lose fat, there is

fat.

is,

and reduce injury for serious

cise are

an honest way of doing

that

options. Leaner meats are suggest-

enforce a

high-protein

are

can benefit from diet.

body composition,

your muscle mass therefore boosting your metabolism.” he .says.

helps to build and repair muscles

letes,”

low-carb,

lot

an increased protein

Sugar Busters Diet and the Carbohydrate Addicts Program all

method of shedding the pounds. People are losing some weight during the first few weeks of follow-

master trainer

some people who

suggests

diet returns to

cereals, breads, other grain prod-

Goodlife fitness club

fad diets over the last few years has

when your normal because you have done nothing to change your

gain the weight back

at

of the

in

on fad diets to help weight you will likely

rely

to lo.se

London,

consuming, the

harder your kidneys have to work.

Chris Young,

trend in a

is

you

“If

you

one area of nutrition. The food set by Health Canada suggests people will maintain a healthy weight by eating a wide variety of foods. It emphasizes

The

the blood but leave the protein.

which

fails to do.”

One popular

are

D’ Adamo believes the molecular

makeup of

choice

realize

the author of

is

are “dairy-eating omnivores.”

right?

How

D’ Adamo

J.

is

lower the amount of calories you arc

statements and publish a book desseller

in.

a

raking in the cash, feeding off the

We

what draws so many

is

book called Eat Right for Your Type, which tells readers which specific foods they should and should not be eating based on their blood type. For example, anyone who is a Type O is characterized as a “dominant hunter,’’ Type As are “docile vegetarians’’ and Type Bs

United States. fitness gyms, diet

the

Health clubs,

but

needed

industry remains a multimil-

lion-dollar

more medical evidence

feels

like the

tons of grapefruit .sounds quick and

This could be

clinics

seem

shed

not eating carbohydrates or eating

baggage. diet

to

magical cure. Guaranteed weight loss

some excess

carrying around

is

the pounds, fad diets

not put

slock into the blood-type diet and

who just want

For people

www.vegmuch

at

He docs

By

or no

little

fat.

following the prineiple of the

human body be sure to get all of the nutrients it needs to be healthy. Tips on healthy eating and getting the right portions are available on the Health four food groups, the will

Canada Web

A

site

www.he-

at

copy of Canada’s Food Guide will be mailed to you free by providing your address. “With every new year comes the hope for many to lose weight,” says Young. “My best advice for people is to get diet help from nutrition professionals and get a fitness program set up by someone who knows what he or she is doing. There is a reason these people are doing this for a living, they obvisc.gc.ca.

ously

free

know how

body works.”

the

Comfort food brings warmth during winter small onion, chopped

1

By DENIS LANGLOIS

250 ml

One here, isn’t it?

It’s

The month

after

cup) mushrooms

( 1

clove of garlic

6 raw potatoes, sliced

the holidays is upon us and the days are about to get shorter and

can of tomato soup of salt and pepper Mix hamburger with chopped onion, garlic, salt and pepper and 1

A pinch

darker. to the middle of anothCanadian winter. Around this time of year, a home-cooked meal

Welcome

layers

on

er

mushrooms. Place

would make a perfect

greased casserole pan with sliced potatoes. Pour undiluted soup over the ingredients and bake at 190 C

cially if

easy to

it’s

espe-

treat,

make and

deli-

(375 F) for 45 minutes.

cious to eat.

One comfort food I lasagna. Ground is

usually crave

This recipe will serve about six

mixed

beef,

people.

Another meal you w ill want

with creamy cottage cheese in a foundation of large noodles, is

again and again

been

in

my

1

usually

delicious.

CHEESEBURGER PIE

eraiions. Naturally,

it

is

is

far better.

This recipe has vegetables, dairy and meat, so you will have the protein and nutrients required to have a fulfilling meal.

The

best thing about lasagna

can be eaten

at

is

it

almost anytime of

day and stored in the fridge until you want another helping. Lunches and suppers will never be the same if you incorporate all the elements of this dish and try it yourself.

Best of

makes enough pans, so

it

all,

for

this

two

will excite

buds for nearly a week.

Lasagna

is

an

ideal comfort food that

is

make. not only delicious, but easy and inexpensive to

recipe

to

three

your

taste-

So. get the shopping cart ready and prepare to indulge in a dish that will allow you to keep coming back for more.

1

Bake

small can of tomato sauce

750 ml

(3

cups)

cheddar and

at

190

C

(375 F) for 25

minutes.

And that’s all it takes. If you bought too much hamburger, there

mozzarella cheese, grated 125 ml (1/2 cup) mushrooms

are other simple recipes that are

5 ml (tsp) basil

LASAGNA

After the hamburger is cooked with the chopped onions, add the

also cheap and delicious. With many of the ingredients used

(Makes 3-4 pans) package of hamburger

tomato soup, pizza sauce, sugar, seasonings and ketchup.

above, you can change the process

low

This www.quick-easy-recipes.com. but 1 made a few changes to make it even

EASY AND SATISFYING

1

5 ml

(

1

Simmer

tsp) sugar

cup) chopped onions ( tomato soup condensed of 1 can 250 ml (1 cup) ketchup

250 ml

1

5

15

ml ml

1

(3 tsp) Italian (1 tsp) salt

seasoning

and pepper

2 packages of lasagna noodles. 1 tub of cottage cheese

the ingredients over

heat for about

15 minutes, while

boiling the noodles in a large pot. Then, in a large bowl, mix the

cheeses together and place in a dish. Make sure the noodles, sauce

and other ingredients are layered between the meat.

hamburger casserole. recipe was derived from

and create a

better.

1/2

125 ml (1/2 cup) Ragu sauce

1

package of hamburger

pinch

,A

of

salt,

pepper and

oregano 1

egg

125 ml (1/2 cup) milk 250 ml (1 cup) grated cheddar

cheese Saute beef and onions in butter. Ragu sauce, bread and season-

.Add

ings and pour into an unbaked pie shell. Beat the egg and add milk,

cheddar cheese and spread over the beef mixture. Bake for 30 minutes at

R\MBl RGER .AND TOMATO CASSEROLE

hamburger chopped slices bread, cubed

lb.

1/2 onion, 1

similar to

other lasagna recipes, except this

one

3/4

make has

family for several gen-

tr>’

pie.

oven and begin a cooking concoction everyone can enjoy. recipe

to

cheeseburger

is

This recipe was derived from www.nancyskitchen.com and is

enough to make anyone hungry. And, as we look outside at our gloomy surroundings, this seems to be the perfect time to fire up the

The

in

190

C

These

(375 FI. recipes

are

definitely

worth a try because they are each great and simple. So. eat up.


Health

Indoor tanning beds: friend or foe? By

rooms cream walls

MARCY CABRAL

are graced with

of picturesque elegant beaches, while soft music is played paintings

Outside the snow is falling, the wind is blowing and the cold is

numbing. But inside the sun is spreading

s

warm, and

for a truly authentic experience. With the winter season in full

its

ultraviolet

swing,

it

industry

tanning

the

At Indulgence Village, 355 Erb W., in Waterloo, the winter season stops at the front door. Inside the atmosphere is warm, tranquil, and tropical, the perfect atmos-

St.

service priorities.

Rhoda

owner

and

Hadjiiyanni believes tanning salons in the area are lacking ambience. While I was researching the

she says,

industry,

I

discovered

most salons didn t have any atmosphere. I want my clients to feel like they re lying on a beach that

somewhere. Hadjiiyanni

does just

that.

s

Indulgence Village

When you

enter the

year-round.

from middle-

class workers to doctors, lawyers, university students and even high

pale sand

colour,

but inside the

early stage of skin cancer. The disease was caught in time, and she is

currently

undergoing treatment.

Her physician believes there be no permanent damage, but

will

rec-

she avoid the sun and

Seyieu says.

themselves about the industry, so they can make an informed decision. But being educated does not necessarily prevent people from the

tanning offers the best results. The brochure, from a local tanning salon Seyieu did not want

educate

and

tions,

by

sunscreens and tanning

was diagnosed with an

year-old

tanning, Hadjiiyanni believes her business has not suffered. She says, people, know the risks, ask ques-

and Mediterranean art sculptures. To the right of the entrance are racks of swimwear for both men and women, along with a variety of

The tanning rooms resemble soft little villas, which are painted a

listen,

school students, she says. Despite all the warnings and health risks associated with indoor

salon, the waiting area is quaintly decorated with floral print furniture

oils.

t

ommends

potential health risks.

different

I

she says, adding, and didn now she has every right to say I told you so. And I have no defence. Six months ago, the blonde 24-

the salons clientele are seasonal, while the other 60 per cent tan clients range

at

My mom told me not to tan, but

take precedence over seasonal tanners. She estimates 40 per cent of

My

I

Wilfrid Laurier University, wishes she had listened to all the warnings.

beginning pressure of the busy season. But Hadjiiyanni says year-round clients

phere for tanning. The indoor tanning salon boasts a Mediterranean motif and puts customer relaxation at the top of its

Manager

is

no such thing as a healthy tan. Nicole Seyieu, a student

crunch and

to feel the

rays.

tanning and says, avoid tanning salons. They are not safe. There is

According to an the

Mayo

article

published

Clinic in Rochester,

Minn., repeated exposure to indoor tanning can cause skin damage, including different forms of skin cancer.

It

can also cause wrinkles,

premature aging and damage to the eye s cornea and lens. The clinic is blunt about its opinion on indoor

tanning. I

thought

I

was tanning

safely,

mean, the salon monitors the amount of exposure you get and the brochure said indoor I

(Photo by Marcy Cabral)

named, explains the tanning procedure and promotes the warningplagued industry.

Tanning beds are increasing

Tanning occurs through the stimulation and oxidations of melanin in the skin during exposure to ultravio-

daily medication.

let

(UVB)

rays.

When

risks

activated,

and turn brown, however, too much UVB rays often cause sunburn. ty

UVB

ning

facilities control

and

UVB

both the UVA along with the

ratio

fect tan.

But

is

there such a thing as the

perfect tan? Hadjiiyanni believes there

The

happy with

When

ance.

I

more than

to

look for include

and you have a recipe book your mom thought you could use being away

severe stomach pains, diarrhea or

from home. Then there is that new grill your Aunt Martha thought would get you past your nothingbut-Kraft Dinner phase. So you re standing at the kitchen

cessing plant and

counter, the ingredients are

mal

The holidays

are over

all laid

Bacteria can often survive the pro-

make

its

way

into

your home and onto your plate. Bacteria such as salmonella, Campylobacter, and yersinia enterocolitica can be passed

from animeaning

to animal undetected,

to stop bacteria prior

there

According to Health Canada, more than two million of us suffer

do not require a visit to the doctor. However, there are some simple

to improperly han-

food preparation tips that can prevent food poisoning from ever

from

illness

due

dled food each year.

approximately 30

Food poisoning

Of

these,

to reaching the store.

Most food-borne easily recoverable

easily treat-

can often be mistaken for It is important to see your

The Canadian some simple

has

the flu.

to

food poisoning occurs. In severe cases it can result in kidney if

blood infection and paralysis. The average cost to the healthcare system each year totals failure,

are

from and often

Pediatric Society

tasks you can do keep yourself healthy and safe.

able, but

doctor

illnesses

occurring.

die. is

is little

They

fruit juices that

are unpasteurized. If milk

juices are pasteurized, label.

I

just

People tan indoors because it allows them to enhance their appearance quickly and effortlessly,, she

want

says,

professionals

comment on

the

indoor tanning causes skin cancer debate, they will say that

curly hair or a darker shade of skin, people won t be content with themselves until they have it all. But is it worth it? Apparently it is for hundreds of people, she concludes. Tanning

figure,

sonal needs. officially

People are never

adding.

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No Mary

week

off one

writes

month because she

suffers

The symptoms

irritability.

are the

of premenstrual syndrome,

known

better

PMS.

as

Mary, although

women

sents

Heredity can also be a factor of

the chart over a

PMS.

but the

PMS

month

period.

a

from cramps, backaches, anxiety and result

many remedies

cure, but

By CARRIE HOTO

used to have major pain

“I

stomach,

everywhere.

affects

women

most

after

It is linked to menhormones and has physical psychological symptoms,

they hit puberty. strual

and

Web

according to the occurs

in the

site.

PMS

two-week time frame

vitamins and minerals are not sup-

said,

and

to run out to

stay

foods and con-

posed

sleeping, being by my.self and tak-

Increase

daily diet.

had

I

be sick,” she

backaches, abdominal cramping, heart palpitations and weight gain. Emotional and behavioural changes can include: anxiety,

depression,

irritability,

panic attacks, tension, lack of co-

decreased work or performance and altered according to www.usdoc-

ordination, social libido,

tor.com.

The Web

PMS

that

site also states

can be aggravated by

PMS

hormonal changes.

usually

puberty, after pregnancy, after starting the birth control pill, after a hormone-related surgery or

begins

at

the

at

menopause.

of

start

Weight gain, bloating and brea.st pain are results of a poor diet. These symptoms can be eliminated with avoid sugar,

away from

PMS

During

.salt,

fast

try to

venience

amount of fruits, vegetables, brown rice, wheat pa.sta, whole grains,

would take Gravol

knock me

to

“Now

that

am on

I

symptoms

the

today’s

In

the birth control

pill

aren’t half as bad.”

quick fixes and quick solutions to all problems. However, you cannot find

permanent

relief in a tablet.

no

instant cure for pill to

with a

wash

it

“There

PMS

PMS, no

all

little

away,” said

cannot be cured

just as diabetes cannot

foods.

legumes, herbs and nuts

PMS

The

diet.

gests fish

the

your

in

Program also sug-

and seafood as excellent

sources of protein.

people want

society

stated that

joints,

important.

“A heating pad would help the pain go away and sometimes I

never suffer from

headaches, migraines, fluid reten-

also

is

added.

Deborah Robbins on the Web site, www.conquerpms.org. The site also

tion, fatigue, constipation, painful

A

suggested

www.pms.org

by

diet

said

three

eat

to

meals a day, with three snacks in between. The snacks should be starchy foods. Cut eat

more

fibre

down on

and drink

sugar,

six to eight

glasses of water a day.

The next symptoms

step in controlling is

exercise.

to

PMS

Try

to

be

take a 30-minute walk every day.

cured with a shot of insulin and arthritis cannot be cured with a shot

This will help ease both physical and psychological symptoms. The

of cortisone.

endorphins will ease cramps and elevate your mood.

pill,

But, don’t lose

all hope; you can from all the pain and frustration. Through the PMS Program, available on www.con-

some

get

relief

querpms.org, taking control of the condition is not impossible. One tip to

is

be prepared for

it.

The Web

said to create a calendar of

site

your symptoms. On the first day of your next period, count forward 28 days. Then count back 10 days to find out where your potential PMS will start. By recording symptoms, you will know what to be prepared for. Some physicians suggest doing

According to www.conquerpms.com, exercising regularly is more effective than anti-depressants.

And

using

for those stressful days,

techniques such as yoga and meditation to unwind. try

“I

am

relaxation

anxious, for two

moody and

just

weeks,” said crazy Katherine McIntyre, a third-year nursing student. “I ease the pain by exercising, not eating a lot of salt and increasing fluids,” she added. By taking vitamin supplements.

to replace foods vital to

region, but there are

Everybody knows about it, some even experience it, but what can we

dren and parents

many

chil-

are poorer

Balmer says

pre.scription drugs

there

are

17,000

“1 get headaches, really bad cramping and overall moodiness,” Candice Beselaere, a first-year

health office administration student

adding, “1

living in poverty. In

figure

had dropped

2000

Campaign 2000

a

is

national

coalition of 85 organizations that

watchdog.

acts as a

drives, but that

chipping

toms, the verdict

alleviate

is still out on whether these drugs actually work. A study by CNN in 1997 said prescription drugs like Zoloft and Prozac work because they enhance

the

level

of the neurotransmitter

Low

serotonin in the brain. tonin

is

sero-

associated with depression

and anxiety. These types of drugs are more commonly used in premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which is the most severe form of PMS. However, an article published in the British Medical Journal in April 2002 disagrees. It claims, “Drug companies blur the line between diseases and conditions to create concern and fear, prompting consumers to rush to the doctor and request specific drugs.” The article also said, “These conditions (PMS) respond best to lifestyle and nutritional treatment.” Over-the-counter drugs such as Midol offer temporary relief for cramps and backache. According to Davis’ Drug Guide for nurses^, Midol is similar to Ibuprofen. It is a anti-inflammatory non-steroid, agent. Ibuprofen is a painkiller without codeine or narcotics in it.

we

I

offer up to

relaxing

cause according

spend more than 56 per cent of the household income on necessities such as food, shelter, utilities and

tor, said in

For four consecutive years, the number of poor children decreased in Canada, giving the country the lowest child poverty rate since 1989. However, this area has some of

Record

children

- one

in six kids

below the poverty Surprised? dent,

I

I

still

become minimal,

their rent.

don’t

think

high-priced foods,

will give the

poverty.

stu-

rent increases,

gasoline

and

government

in

our region,

know how many

it is

For example, last January, lowincome earners who pay no Ontario tax increased to 730,000 people and the Canada Child Tax Benefit

2.

Change your

3.

Exercise daily.

4.

hydro.

gave $2,400 a year per child

So what do we do? Raise the minimum wage? It hasn’t gone up going to

working, low-income parents. I think it can do more. Poverty is a huge issue and hav-

help the homeless? They can’t even

ing homeless, starving children in

since 1995 and

how

is

that

get jobs.

should build more shelters and organize more food

Maybe we

to

our region is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Yes, poverty has decreased in our

diet.

Find a support group or a

friend to talk to about your feel-

They need to understand the changes you experience. 5. Consult a doctor or healthings.

care professional _

who

is

experi-

enced in treating PMS.

6. Parnpe.r yourself with simple^ ^pleasures, such as taking a bath.

7.

Avoid unnecessary

stress

m^

your life. 8.

your

Choose

to

take control of

life.

chil-

one of the world’s richest nations and yet so many people are unable

We

live in

children.

Study

When: Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. 1

DOS

interested or with questions. Enjoy the

For

to

Chart your symptoms on a

1.

to afford to feed

a disgrace.

Bible Where:

ways PMS:

calendar.

Fellowship

credit.

has done things to try and reduce

wasn’t. Being a

know about

I

site

naturally.

control

have urged

homeless, but also for the working poor who do not have enough money to feed their kids and pay

It

line.

that coalitions

Web

Eight natural

The

affordable housing, not only for the

886,000 living

article in

the federal and provincial governments to develop a strategy to build

the lowest-income families in the

country and there are

an Aug. 7

the

to

www.playtexlam-pons.com. With a few changes to your daily routine, the pains of PMS can

Conestoga ChHstian

Brice Balmer, a Mennonite pas-

abdominal muscles cramps with heat,

that

think the government needs to

I

help out.

12 hours of relief by

the

child poverty

working poof adults but

cramps and back pain They are discreet and

temporarily.

these causes.

The decrease means there were fewer children living in homes that

clothing.

would mean society more to support

in a bit

by

it

right

that

to 16.6 per cent.

with

Another product on the market now is the Playtex Heat Therapy heat patches. The patches

anti-depressants

996, 21.1 per cent of children

1

deal

have become popular to minimize PMS sympas

such

dren they support.

than ever before.

do about it? I was happy to hear that when Campaign 2000 released its 2002 report card on child poverty on Nov. 26, there was a decrease. In

still

who

your

fever.

ing Midol.”

Although

Everyon© can h©lp reduce

were

However, each pill also has a high amount of caffeine (60 mg).

dairy products and red meat. Also

There are more than 150 symptoms. However, one woman will include:

used to relieve pain and reduce

standing for the anthem

to vomit,” said

pink

of them.

them.

we were

me

is

all

using

caffeine, alcohol,

even caused

it

Erin Franklin, a first-year fine arts

tion.

symptoms can

when

caution

Midol pills contain 500 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen, a drug

better nutrition.

in

between ovulation and menstrua-

Physical

Nutrition

PMS

for

you can also reduce your symptoms. However, you need to take

— Page 7

McMaster University. “I remember one time in high school

break out

1

out,” Franklin said, adding,

it.

two-month period, Program uses a four-

2003

6,

According to www.conquerpms.com, many women find relief from PMS symptoms through do.ses of calcium, magnesium, vitamins E and B-complex supplements. Remember, herbals,

I

student at repre-

fictitious,

According to the Web site, www.pms.org, more than one in three women suffer from the condition and one in 20 women is considered to be severely affected by

PMS

my

in

would a sweat and sometimes dizzy,

felt faint,

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Life

dance celebrates female

Belly

have before.

B y MARY SIMMONS

little

friends, but

and

ters, sisters

most of

women who

they are real

all

free.

are

not dancing in order to

is

man. “Belly dance

entice a

both a celebration

is

of the female spirit and a physical display of strength and beauty of women,’ says Voula Valedis, an

Ottawa

A

D

Studio

at

instructor

109

at

Kitchener.

St. S. in

tradition steeped in culture

and

history. Valedis has seen the popularity of the dance increase since

she began dancing and teaching 20

at

a

She is currently heading up Tsiganes, a dance troupe of approximately 20 women which performs at dance recitals, multicultural festivals and shows. Tsiganes, which means gypsies, was formed two and a half years ago, combining the belly dance and

flamenco groups at Studio D. "Belly dance is open to all types of bodies, Valedis says. “It comes from within you. You don’t have to ”

ipate in every

me

hit

that

watching them intently. even get into the women Some music themselves and mimic the

sidelines,

movement, learning the choreography as they watch their friends perform.

and teaches 100 Ahrens

it

was

plans to continue dancing for

without

know how

it,”

she says.

lived

I

my

life

it.”

she came back to Canada, began taking classes and opened her own studio in October

When

can and hopes that

she

will be able to share her love of belly dancing with her

2001

daughter. to

adored

“I absolutely

“1 don’t

would love

at

W.

St.

Germany.

one day she

"I

dances

Haft Vadi Studio

at

years, having

and wife.”

She

who

Valeda has been dancing for six been introduced to dance while studying in the

My

amazing.’

mom

just

is

another

is

instructor in Kitchener

‘wow, husband and son were in the audience and when I looked out at them, they were looking at me, amazed. They couldn t believe this was me, their

on and

Valeda

Dharlene

I

this

on the

practice, others stand

some

was really this,” she says. “Then the curtain parted and the lights came and it doing

as long as she

years ago.

be a size five.’’ Valedis says

Ont.

cancer fundraiser. “I was standing behind the black curtain, getting ready to perform

that she is not a stripper

you and she

in Fergus,

performance

passionate about belly dancing. Ask any belly dancer and she will tell

I

entire troupe does not particdance number, so as

The

.

can be more care-

I

look forward to coming to dance and being part of the group.” Nogueira remembers her first

are wives, mothers, daugh-

They

almost like being a

It’s

kid again.

.

When

be dancing with

both Valeda and

asked,

her in 10 years when she’s 19 and I’m 42,” she says, smiling at the

Valedis say that belly dancing is women, for exclusively not

thought.

although

As she dances with the other members of Tsiganes, the passion and enjoyment come through in the dance. The women are intent on

nine dance.

traditionally a femi-

is

it

have taught men,” Valedis I found they weren’t as serious about it. They fooled around more, wanted to touch and make it into something it’s not, so “I

says, “but

staying on cue and dancing their parts meticulously. As soon as they break, they are simply women talking about their lives, struggles and

now my group

Valeda says the thing about belly dancing that makes it so special for

she says, adding there are some songs that move her to tears when she is dancing to them. Janet Nogueira started dancing with Valedis a year ago when she joined her level one class. She is now part of Tsiganes and will be

even an upcoming wedding, but as soon as Valedis calls their attention back to the performance, they are ready to practice for their upcoming show, which will be performed at the King Street Theatre Centre on Jan. 11. The two-hour show is open to the public at a cost of $22 per ticket and Valedis says it will be an unfor-

performing with the group when

gettable,

dances, she

is

when

that

she

transported to anoth-

er world.

powerful,

passionate,

feel

"I

emotional,

in

all

one,’’

Canada

represents

in

Greece

it

in

fills

the

Somewhere

ography and pointing out the odd

she

fell

asleep.

intently,

Occasionally she joins

eiTor.

Studio D.

moving among them and keeping an eye on their movements in the

became aware

wall of mirrors that lines one side

It

was then

that she

at

of Valedis’ belly dancing classes

“It’s

a lot of

me

gave

fun,’’

she says.

a self-confidence

“It

didn’t

I

since “It

and my Valedis says. “Without belly

soul,”

dancing,

I

is

my body

could not survive.”

itself is

ing

me

plaints

insane. is

Why does

it

it is

is

full

a

of illusion.

good brain workout,”

of

“It takes a lot

'

cality.”

subjected to this? sick of

I,

for one,

Unfortunately, whenever radio on, to

am

it.

I

am

I

turn a

almost guaranteed

hear one of the two aforemen-

tioned bands and

I

am

seems

sick and

dirty work, including writing, play-

ing and touring their albums.

Some people poetry,

.

paint, others write

some pick up

a guitar and

that just

play music. These individuals were

because the radio is always playing it. I have to like these and other bands. Why can’t I make up my own mind about what I want to listen to? I understand that they play what people want to hear.

never concerned with turning a

tired

of

it.

It

message

to try

and help it

complaints

Ticketmaster, thinks

it

with

about

a

forget

about

company

that

can charge a “convenience

fee” to people

who just want

their favourite

musicians play

to see live.

Thanks to Ticketmaster fans can no longer afford to see a good show. More artists need to follow Pearl Jam and eliminate Ticketmaster from the music

When

did music videos

make

or

break a band? Whatever happened

cal level.

the entire

And whatever happened cal rock?

to politi-

Folk singers had a gen-

Valeda is conscious of the fact dance moves are contradic-

complete package, including album and the band’s live

performances? The advent

MT’V

and

“This

quick to correct any

me

is

could lead to injury.

how move

to

Don’t think of the stigma.

afraid.

We

dents, she

that

exactly opposite to

is

your entire life,” she says. “It’s driven from very low.” Nogueira says she would recommend dancing to all women. “Go for it,” she says., “Don’t be

how most people move their bodies. As she instructs her stutory to

at Haft Vadi Studio

you’ve trained your body

It’s

a

way

to find yourself again.

have such busy

about

us.

This

is

lives.

my

We forget

time.

It

gives

strength.”

about the money MuchMusic brought

a gluttony of

one-hit wonders.

Now am

please don’t get

a

fan

me

of watching

song. All

am

I

saying

is

that

we have

to

learn to see bands for all their talents, not just their looks or

funny

videos.

problem

biggest

with today’s music industry is with one man - Fred Durst, the front-man for Limp Bizkit. That power-hun-

hack epitomizes problem. His music is boring and unoriginal. His music no-talent

label

is

machine bands

then

strictly a

that

money-making

promotes horrible

like Staind instead of help-

young

foot in the door.

artists

get a

there

copycat

are

Manson, meet Alice Cooper. Angry female vocalists, meet Janice Joplin. Rebel punk bands, I would like to introduce you to The Sex Pistols, The Ramones or The Misfits. Or how about the rockers who Marilyn

complain about how bad filthy rich?

will use

are rich

My

gry,

And rebels.

wrong, music videos. They offer a chance for fans to connect with the performI

ing talented

of

movement

that the

today’s

scene.

to the

and the physi-

ers or to get a different feel for a I

They simply were trying to touch people on some psychologi-

profit.

like the musicality

is all

And how can

Another problem I have is paying $20 for a CD. Giant record companies believe that they should be profiting while musicians do all the

incredibly beauti-

it

and more interesting than

ful

myself a beginner - an advanced beginner, but still a beginner. I have much more to learn and I still take classes.” Sarah Cardey has been dancing with Valeda for about 18 months. sider

being too famous.

Opinion

versity in

other types of dance,” she says. “I

mainstream

I

five years

“I consider

can take

skill. It

society, instead of hindering

to

first began dancing ago while attending uniNew Brunswick.

although she

over 20 years to become a master dancer. After six years, I still con-

political

James

(Photo by Mary. Simmons)

Dharlene Valeda instructs a belly dance class in Kitchener on Dec. 5.

the keys to dancing well.

Where are today’s Bob Dylans and Neil Youngs artists who wrote songs with a

get

determine what we should like? mean, according to the radio, we are all a bunch of Nickelback and Creed fans. My question is why should we be

It

uine complaint.

One of my com-

the radio.

not simple.

of layers and contradictions

Today’s music industry Could someone please tell me what drives today’s music? Never mind, it’s all about the money. The music industry today is mak-

the music visi-

Valeda says, adding that muscle awareness and co-ordination are

in,

of the studio. “Belly dance

and signed up.

The dance

studying their chore-

ing, but enrolled her daughter in

and jazz classes

make

to

is

is full

they practice, Valedis watches

along the 'way, she stopped dancballet

dance ble.”

-

begins.

them

the music.

is

“This dance is absolutely intimately connected to the music,” she says. “Even more so than other types of dance. The goal of this

room, the

dancers focus and the performance

As

exclusively

and the technique can be complex,

Nogueira says she has always loved to dance. She can remember being a child going to a Portuguese club with her parents and dancing until

her

spirit.

The music

August.

is

female.”

cabaret-style celebration

of women’s

spirit

it is

to

be

Pink and Kid Rock,

I

you as examples. You and famous and in the

You are going to get people who are interested in your life. Deal with it. It must be such a hard life making millions of dollars to do something you truly enjoy. Any time you want public eye.

to trade lives, just give

me

a

call.

won’t get into pop music and all that now, but please just give me a break. Stop trying to tell me what I like, and I think I will be just I

fine.


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— Page 9

2003

6,

A day in the life of a Kitchener panhandler I

“Thpv’rf here “They’re hpre

II

Bv PETR C HACE K I

Gee,

the

That thought went through my mind when on one sunny Sunday I put on an old scruffy coat and track

when

much

left in

is

the purpose

my

ence firsthand the

“At the end of the month it’s they get their welfare

cheques,” she said. They usually buy

always

how

out

to

In a recent interview, 5taff Sgt.

of a panhan-

the

there

first,

was

a

confu-

little

ple

I

most people were nice and polite. Some of them even apologized for having no change to spare. Although I braced

was surprised

support each other if they can. When they meet they greet,

and

sion because the real panhandlers

asked

me for money and some peoasked turned out to be pan-

try to

shake hands and chat.

Maurice told me it was OK to panhandle on the same stretch of King Street as he did and after we

handlers.

While 1 was mentally preparing myself to approach my first “victim” by the City Hall, a man in his 40s with long greasy hair and a beard came up to me and said, “Hey bro, do you have 50 cents?” I told him I was panhandling too

myself

dler

hear some swear words,

did not hear any.

I

me one suggestion: “Don’t (panhandle) in front of the beer store,

young people are

they will cut you off really quick.” Unfortunately, I found out that in

rude.

was a real panhanand gave me some advice. He

I

1

found out

that

more likely to give Within

money

one

than

hour,

I

seniors.

his

the street for three years.

handle in front of a business when it is open. He said he never had any

them. The largest amount of money I received from one person was

major trouble with the police. “Sometimes the cops come and ask me, ‘How much do you have,”’

$2.75 and

we

started to talk.

He

told

me

name was Maurice and that he had been panhandling and living on persistence

is

He

said

the key to success in

the business.

“Never give up, buddy,” Maurice told me. “First 10 guys will say no, but

that

after

you’ll

get

buy a

bottle.’

enough And sometimes

they give

me two

bucks just to get

said Cliff.

some

to

(money). Remember, 10 times.” Although I thought that panhandlers were territorial and that there was competition among them, I found out that people panhandling

me

downtown Kitchener are a closeeach other knit Mill group. They know

“And

I

approached approximately 23 people and got money from four of

At

say, ‘Not

I

started

changed when

met Marlene, a clean,

all

well-

From

professor,

college

Michael Dale

has had a good run at life. And this year as he turns 50, this $tratford native said his life

from over. “Middle age has a

the

who

lot

students are

advocate in likes playing the devil’s class.

“He’s funny and keeps things

Greg Heenan, 20,

Dale’s essentials of class. He added, history Canadian in

"He knows what he’s talking about and he talks to you, not just at you.” Another student of his, Meredith Chipps, 23, agreed he is a fun

very

approachable

and

keeps things simple,” she said, adding he's a joker and a storyteller. Dale originally applied for a posi-

Continuing Education six years ago, but after having his resume sent around the entire col-

tion in

lege.

he was instantly hired to teach

journalism program. However, his life has not always

in the

“When somebody on

is

panhandling

private property or municipally

do so they could be charged.” According to Thonlison, panhandlers are rarely fined because they

do not have any “legitimate source “It seems kind of silly that they would be given a fine when they have no means to pay for it, he said. “For the most part they are

refused to give her name, said are her daily

“We have

move along.” money Petr collected was

just told to

All the regulars,”

donated

she said.

to the Salvation

Army.

living life to its fullest test. nrocecded to open the test and proceeded which came in an envelope. As he he pulled it out of the package, began reading the first question and

easily.^

realized he

many

covered in class. “I wasn’t sure if

completing Grade 9, Dale guidance counsellor his said of encouraged him to drop out like school because she said people him (working class) didn’t go to college or university. “Since the school system wasn’t interested in

me

get a head start

thought I would on the competition I

working world.” And so he did. Dale worked

in the

estate,

in

industrial settings, sold real managed a Mister Minute (a

own phoshoe repair store), had his the worked and tography studio for severdriver cab a as shift night al years.

However, the job which he said happiness brought him the most professor, was before becoming a with the 5tratford

work Festival. Even favourite

Dale said and said his

as a child.

he enjoyed the arts

childhood activity

was

scenes

performing plays, especially friends. from Disney movies, with making But after spending years Dale annually. $14,000 only about his by encouraged was he said friend, to

who was

go back

his psychologist,

to school.

tic.

of Therefore, in 1989 at the age 36, Dale

to reintegrate

him-

education system

at the

began

self into the

University of Waterloo. years since It had been about 20 but he said school, to gone had he

he took the risk and dove

in.

perfect “If you’re waiting for that

do something, it won’t to dive in and take have come. You said, chances like I did. Dale you and risks adding. “Life’s about you hold fears your let shouldn’t

moment

to

back.” at Dale said the first semester he diduniversity was hard because

n’t

know what

his

professors

evaluatexpected of him. but after said he ing the whole experience

wouldn’t trade

it

for' anything.

was a fun experience being on my 30s and a uni% ersity campus in "It

40s,” he

said.

of Howe\’er, he does recall a time E^•ery stufear and embarrassment. a drawing of nightmare dents’

I

could write

it, I

exam became realit>' pt down to write an He for Dale. room exam in a large examination

blank on an

1995 and continued his studies to in 1997. later earn a masters of arts From an “angry young boy” to an sees educated man. Dale said he not himself as being successful because he makes a decent dollar, life. but because he has “lived a However. Dale, who some students know as being a carefree and witty

individual, suffers

from depression

and takes medication for

his

ill-

ness.

"There’s a histoix' of depression adding he in my family, Dale said, he can help others who share ”

hopes

by talking about it and it under the rug. "sweeping not he said, "It’s a day-to-day thing,” likes to he days some and added

this illness

run and hide. enjoyed Dale, who thoroughly the

$tratford theatre,

provided him and man\ chance to actors who are insecure a hide under the mask. he said. “It’s a sense of freeing,

said

it

to publish a politi-

book or novel. However, he said he has to muster up the courage to get a book

cal

in

at

He has written many poems and

hopes someday

felt bothered him, but as an adult he embarrassed. Dale survived and graduated with degree an honours bachelors of arts

workinu

be someone

and short stories about the occult

it

“It

Michael Dale

to

other than yourself.” Dale also finds writing therapeu-

thought I was dead.” Dale said. was a frightening moment. He said if he was 16 and couldn’t have write an exam it wouldn’t

other personal roadblocks.

After'

knew nothing about

“You can pretend

been 'because the question had not

War, Dale said he encountered

his

teacher.

“He’s

larger

trespassing.

they

customers.

Cold traditional family during the

many

a student

some

in

He also said the most common problem the police deal with is

some panhandlers

cocaine. clear of speed, heroine and nonAlso, while growing up in a

said he great and as he chuckled

interesting,” said

as

municipalities.”

of income.”

rily

is far

Dale said he doesn’t feel old in in touch spirit and is able to stay profeswith his youth working as a sor at Conestoga. work here “It is a great joy to said with such an elite group, poland history teaches Dale, who

He added

the extent

to

bottle behind a comer and when I saw him approximately five minutes later, he was totally drunk. An employee at the Wine Rack,

primahe experimented with drugs, stayed he said but marijuana,

going for think it will be it.” said Dale. “I because at great to be 65 and 70 miracle. new a achieve I age every

itics.

is

owned property they can be asked to move along and if they refuse to

Dale angry described himself as an young boy" who wanted to blow he said the world up. As a teenager, so

fallen into place

a a high school dropout to

panhandling

to time and we have undertaken enforcement actions in the past,” said Thonlison. “But certainly not

panhan-

money

that

j

College professor enjoys SANDHAM

that

the

-

By CARLA

But he added

Kitchen in downtown Kitchener and that he spends most of his money on wine. At one point I saw him buying wine at the Wine Rack on King Street. He disappeared with the

impressive anymore.

I

away

myth

addic-

not a major problem in our rqgion. “We do get reports of it from time

get might be true. Maurice told me he gets free food at the 5t. John’s

dressed woman in her 30s. I asked her if she had a few cents to spare and she told me that she was “asking the same question.” We started to chat and she told me one day she got $130. After too that, my $5.75 did not seem

off the street.”

asking people for money.

first I

cases the

dlers drink

got $5.75 altogether. was satisfied with the

result but everything

After a few minutes I said goodbye, went eiround a comer and wrote down everything they told me. Then 1 took a deep breath and

in

I

some

true that

tion problem.

“Thursday nights are the best because everybody gets paid,” said Marlene. “But 5undays suck.” 5he told me about a church where I could go if I was hungry and gave

people sim-

is

it

many panhandlers have an

was

Some

ply ignored me, but nobody

chatted for awhile. Cliff, a short man in his 50s, joined us. He also

believed that

to

that

explained that the police cannot arrest you unless you’re aggressive and follow people or if you pan-

and

regional police said

An employee at a Wine Rack store on King Street says some panhandlers are daily customers. Their drink of choice is Imperial Canadian Sherry, selling for $6.25.

embarrassed.

At

Brent Thonlison from the Waterloo

(Photo by Petr Cihacek)

I was excited about it, but at same time I felt nervous and

dler.

of

the store sells.

but to experilife

bottle

a

Canadian 5herry for $6.25, which is the cheapest wine Imperial

bank account, improve my

was not

situation

financial

her store. busier as

find

I

five

they had

“some change to spare.” I’m though Even depressed

she usually has three to panhandlers a day coming to

stories, said

downtown if

9:30

The employee, who even knew panhandlers’ names and life

this.

pants and ventured into Kitchener to ask people

(at

a.m.).”

can’t believe I’m doing

I

the

in

thing

first

morning when we open

published because he fears possible criticism.

“Writing said,

“it’s

ripped

As Dale

is like

the

giving birth,” he

fear

of having

it

apart.’

for other future endeavours “My life is like a book, it

said,

unfolds in chapters. He added he is unsure what the but is curfuture will bring for him, for rently considering running

ciri'

previously council again. Dale had city 5tratford of been a member until council for several years,

being defeated last term. When asked if he had any regrets in life.

Dale said

He added you

"life is

learn the

your failures. Besides the failures

what it is.” most from in his life.

Dale said the best things to happen marriage to to him were his Darlene and the successful reunion

40 with his biological sister after years.

From

all

his

life

expenences

Dale said he has learned there more hope for humanity and not accept his limitations and

them w'orry him. "I became much mellower ”I aged.” Dale said, adding. today. am I who happv with

is

to let

as

I

am


— SPOKE, January

Page 10

Issue

2003

6,

Support for children of alcoholics an unspoken rule when there’s a parent who is an alco-

“There

By DIANA O’NEILL Roughly 53 per cent of men and women report that one or more of their close relatives has a drinking

Stats to according problem, Canada. According to the Web site, www.alcoholscreening.org, alco-

holism

known

also

is

as

dependence syndrome. ease that

issues,

Conestoga College counsellor at student services. “The rule is to not

adding,

let the secret out,” she said, adding,

see

“This

in turn affects the children,

autonomy

for they don't have the

to

will

it

“You

come

get a picture of the

family and then

how

it

out,” she said,

a lot easier to

it’s

can relate to the

problem.”

There are support groups

a dis-

it

can have a profound or even disastrous effect on the entire family. If

you were the child of an alcoholic, then your emotional and psycho-

may have been

They view

an

family as

their

embarrassment and are ashamed bring their friends home. They’re cautious, for they don’t want them to

to witness a scene.

who have grown up

People

homes tend

alcoholic

away

get

to school

specialize

working with adult children of

Everyone

Al-Anon has been in existence for more than 50 years providing support for those affected by some-

to speak.

through, but in the meantime, education, education, educa-

list,

tion.”

family

groups meeting in 115 countries. ing Alcoholics

meet

to

ing in others, therefore unable to

used. “It dis-

open up and express their emotions, said Magazine. However, putting their problems on the back burner will only result in negative outcomes. Magazine encourages students to come and

tributions

office,

that creeps into families unknow-

talk to her about their experiences. She does not claim to be an expert

ingly,” she said.

we become knowing it.

our thinking and

without

Children of alcoholics are especially vulnerable as they do not have

power to choose

the

uation.

is

It

to leave the sit-

an insidious disease

The alcoholic family has been described as one of inconsistency, chaos, unpredictability and perhaps violence, according' to www.couns.uiuc.edu/Brochures/a dult.htm. Family members usually feel that they have a secret that no one can discover.

mother began drinking

Jessica’s

when

Jessica

First

old.

it

was only 14 years was white wine and

Magazine has found

be revealed that there

my

with

upstairs

friends I

getting

my

mother yelling out my name from downstairs,” she said. “So I went down, only to find her in a pile of her

own

puke.

the

bathroom

the

way

her

tried to get her to

to clean

her up, but on

and knocked she turned and

there she fell

head.

looked

I

at

When me,

I

could see that she

gave herself a black eye.” Jessica told her friends

she wouldn’t be

able to go out that night and sent

them on then

their

ran

a

changed her

way without

her.

bath for her into her

put her to bed. “It

She

mom,

pajamas and

was not talked

about the following morning.” Jessica seems hesitant to discuss

certain

aspects of her mother’s

alcoholism. “It hasn’t diminished,

but

it’s

a lot better than

it

before,” said the 22-year-old.

was She

currently lives in Kitchener with

who now 18 years old, but was just when the drinking first began. her stepdad and brother,

is

10

will

‘They don't necessarily seek

is

control.

,

Constantly seek approval and

affirmation

“Al-Anon is based on the 1 2 steps of AA,” said Darlene, 46, who has been attending for almost nine years. Although she works at a law

meetings

,,

Overreact to changes over

Usually feel they are

10.

differ-'

ent from other people.

'

Are super responsible

11.

cussion.

or,

super irresponsible. 12. Are extremely loyal, even' in ,,

Adult children of alcoholics:

Guess

on us and not the alco-

Anonymity is of the utmost importance at Al-Anon and it is intended to be a safe place for children of alcoholics to seek comfort.

;

alty is undeserved.

to end.

13. Are impulsive. They tend to lock themselves into a course of action without giving serious

3. Lie when it would be just as easy to tell the truth. 4. Judge themselves without mercy. Have difficulty having fun.

alternative to consideration behaviours or possible consequences. This leads to confusion, self-loathing and loss of control over their environment.

2,

holic.”

the face of evidence that the loy-

what normal be]ta\-

at

is.

Have

difficulty following

a

from beginning

-

'

,

an alcoholic parent unpredictable “He was

was

also an

pretty bad, even

though he tried to hide it. Sometimes it wasn’t noticeable.” Her mom’s disease is not really discussed among the family, which is

common

a

behavioural pattern

for loved ones of alcoholics.

doesn’t

stepdad

it.

exactly

There

will

be periods when he will just sleep downstairs for two weeks straight,”

much. about

“I it

didn’t really

many As

do much

she said, adding,

at first,”

“But I went to Al-Anon a few times and that definitely helped.” Despite Jessica’s insistence, her

in her voice.

times.”

speaks,

Jessica

she exudes

just her

responsibility

and strength, quali-

said, adding,

ties that help,

because, as she puts

some

it,

“I’m the mediator of many

“Once

and a

in awhile, it’s

bottle of wine,” she

“So

it

is

still

worri-

to a point.”

Jessica realizes that alcoholism

fights.” It’s evident that she is the

a disease that doesn’t have a cure,

one most

yet. But,

mother refuses. “She still thinks she can do it on her own,” she said,

concerned that her mom will slipup and return to her old ways, there is a lot of hope

to receive

slowly adding, “She’s told

me

willing, out of her family,

to discuss the situation as a

help deal with

she continues to give her

mother support. She advises other

to

children of alcoholics to attack the

it.

Although she

that

way

disease head on and right away.

is

“Confront the problem before ^ets worse.”

“He’ll threaten to leave and then

Jessica's

is

fine the next day.”

COUNSELLOR’S CORNER:

Goal-Setting

on the other

brother,

hand, was kept from knowing about it

at first.

He was

young

too

to

even

understand or remember any incidents. “He’s said, adding,

ize

how

aware of it now,” she “But he doesn’t real-

serious

Although

it’s

it

a secret kept within

home, a few close friends are aware of the situation. It’s a means for her to cope and get things off her chest. Jessica and her mother are even at a point in their relationship where they can discuss the addiction. “She talks

more now than she ever said.

I

used

to

make New Year’s

fresh feeling of having a

resolutions that generally didn’t last past January

chance

to solve

1

0th.

It’s

that

new heights and challenges we are often excited with our

problems, achieve

encourages us to set goals. As the new year begins, good intentions for positive change, despite past resolution

that

failures.

really is.”

the confines of their

“There are a

lot

a workshop about change helped me to recognize why my New Year’s needed smaller goals, or at resolutions never worked. didn’t need more motivation; least my long-term goals needed to be organized into easily manageable steps. get all A’s”). As Many of us tend to set goals that may be out of reach (“This semester. a result, we feel let down, frustrated, even powerless when the first disappointing grade

My

experience

at

I

I

I’ll

appears.

has,” she

of hidden

things she needs to get out.”

There were periods in Jessica’s younger days when she was embarrassed of the drinking. “Every so often I would feel depressed after my mom’s behaviour ... she would say stupid things sometimes.” Jessica would often leave the house when her mom was drinking. She would even call in sick to work because she would be crying too

is

any form of outside support. She has suggested Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and counsellors, but her

mother has yet

she said, pausing before adding,

was

could hear

it

an alco-

is

holic parent.

everything I

to discuss

other areas of their lives and

describe the incident.

ready to go to a club.

that students

come

in the past will

“My

weekend and

category.

fall into that

9.

,

difficulty with intimate

which they have no '

seri,

Have

8.

These perceptions are worthy of careful examination and dis-

people

who

7.

and does not accept out-

side ones.

project through

cope, he just denies

a

relationships.

alcoholism meeting together,” she said, adding, “The focus of the

but has done extensive reading on the subject and has met

The second-year nursing student can remember exactly when her mom hit what is commonly known as rock bottom. Her voice is slow, as she chooses the words to was

Woititz.

6.

There are certain generaliza5. tions that recur in one form or another at virtually every meet-

at the

herself,

then Grand Marnier.

“It

Anonymous (AA)

ously.

1,

Jessica’s grandfather

identity.

attend-

Take themselves very

The following is taken from the of Children Adult book Alcoholics by Dr. Janet Geringer

iour

alcoholic.

her

given the opportunity

Anon. “We are just people who have been affected by the disease of

By DIANA O’NEILL The name of the student in this changed to protect

is

Al-Anon also has a phone where members can call others

she also volunteers with Al-

Life with story has been

picks a topic, ranging from boundaries. to feelings

Perceptions about alcoholics

same time as their husbands. Al-Anon is financially supported by their own conbegan

did not

torts

abused by someone else. There is no cure for addictions,” Darlene said, adding, “Maybe someday there will be a medical break-

recovery.

from other people, usually end up resurfacing. Adult children of alcoholics are generally wary of believ-

vulnerable

willpower, financial status or being

fear,

“Alcoholism is a family disease, for it affects most everyone in the family,” said Darlene, an Al-Anon

who

be a solution in sight. “It is a chemical imbalance of the brain. It has nothing to do with to

They usually

who

additional

are

The wives of men who were

name

know

at their free will.

The group offers support at a time when there does not seem

resources

there

dissatisfaction, apathy, or distance

last

each other,

that can help achieve a successful

affected.

volunteer and member,

in

feelings of

their

same

behind. But the

that

one else’s drinking. According to www.al-anon.org there are more than 26,000 Al-Anon and Alteen

be eager to

to

and leave the

and chaos of

pain

in

There are several different formats to the meetings. One is a speaker meeting, where a number of people go and one or two share

to

cover what has changed in their since they have joined. lives Another format has a group of people together under a chairperson

in the

alcoholics. Students should

It’s

in need.

their experiences.

be seen in the children’s behaviour.

a parent abuses alcohol,

want her

initial

alcohol

ence.

logical well-being

a

community

following elements: craving, loss of control and physical depend-

When

Magazine,

Joan

said

holic,”

It gives them the chance speak one-on-one amongst

share our experience, strength and hope,” Darlene said.

“We

counselling under that category, but after discussing personal

speak out. Everything remains hidden.” Magazine said that this can

characterized by the

is

is

Instead, a long-term goal, such as attainable.

A

“I

want my grades

to

improve

step-by-step approach might include: attending

all

this semester’’ is

more

classes, with only sick-

ness as an exception; staying ahead by doing textbook reading prior to class; and seeking help when necessary from faculty or a peer tutor. The latter are smaller, achievable goals that will almost assuredly lead to higher marks. Set goals for yourself that are realistic, achievable and measurable. dence and motivation. Success builds confidence and motivation.

A Message

from Student Services (2B02)

Failure

saps

confi-

it


Life

new

Find a By JASON MIDDLETON

to

You’ve been talking and getting know someone that you met on a

personals is it

Web

love at

Five

site.

first

The question

tions

is,

ing for a

way

to get out

New

professor from

Fordham

Internet dating

York

University,

a

it’s

and

still

Now ator

the 38-year-old owner/oper-

nearly

helps

1,

300 area people

enjoy the luxury that she enjoyed.

Lockie said the use of an online dating service

one of the few actually pay for

is

things people will

One

cyberspace

friend, love, a

that you’re interested in, you’re not

good time or .some-

friendship,

gories:

Eor those people looking to fill lives with meaning or help in

need, volunteering

usually the

way

places

hospitals,

are

to go.

Duffy. for dif-

into

retirement

have a

can get

ficult for students

is

Common

all

said

“They are receiving treatment comfort, not for cure.

their

someone

we have

diagnosis,”

exams, and

It

men

to

relationships,

who

out there for people

lot

are

of a

“I think it’s sort

visit.”

Duffy explained.

sit

All of the patients at the hospice

ing the sick are welcomed. Although you are meeting people under very

sense of what happens.” Other qualities of successful vol-

sad circumstances, it can fulfill the needs of those looking to lift their

unteers include

treated by medicine. The sad truth is, they will all die sooner rather than

unteers

at

Region, said that volunteering there is not for everyone.

By CARLA

home

funeral

opportunity

He

is

for

a

misunderstand-

said there are

some ways of

getting around misunderstanding.

spirituality,

emo-

so they get a true

good

listeners,

I

Lockie said that the Internet is a hangout for weirdos and

not

ple aren’t walking around with a

creeps. “There are weird people

on them telling you, ‘Hey I like to hike and I like to work out.’ But online you have those same people there telling you what they’re interested in and what they

over the world;

do.”

here to stay and shouldn’t surprise

profile

that

in

a normal

face-to-face conversation an enor-

mous amount of information

is

dis-

perately tries to

two

to

make up

four hours a

for that

week with

them. -

Duffy said that despite

all

these

obstacles. Hospice has 160 active client support volunteers

Anyone who

Internet kind of thing.

You

just

volunteers with the

have to be smart

avoid these people), that’s

(to

all.”

Levinson said Internet dating

is

anyone.

“Now 2003

I

(that we’re)

think online

everyday

played non-verbally.

all

not just an

it’s

life

moving life is

into

part of

and there are few

things that happen online that surprise anybody.”

days Hospice of Waterloo Region has the opportunity to attend monthly support meetings. This helps them cope if the person they were matched with has passed away, or simply if they

want

to vent their feelings to others.

Anyone who

feels they have what it takes to help at the Hospice is welcome to call 519743-4114 and ask to speak to Leslie Duffy. Hospice of Waterloo Region is located at 544 Park St. in Kitchener.

peo-

who speak English fluently, and people who have not grieved a sig-

ple

nificant death in their lives in the

days

free or attend school at night are

past year.

contact Hospice of welcome Waterloo Region. However, they must go through rigorous training before they can be matched one-

Duffy also noted that volunteers must be ready to give a year commitment, and when matched with someone they must spend at least

to

'

is

who have some

Students

Hospice of Waterloo

What

“Training covers things such as

spirits.

This can be incredibly difficult for someone looking to help others. Leslie Duffy, co-ordinator of vollater.

into a bar peo-

they get.”

dying. Nurses, doctors, or anyone interested in palliative care or treat-

can no longer be

“When you walk

also tour a

takes

that

member

a

“We

communication,

have illnesses

comes when

and dying,”

opportunity for those who plan a career working with the sick or

with the dying.

cost

tional aspects of death

homes, and shelters. Most people want to change their lives and make a friend or two along the way. Hospice of Waterloo Region a special person to be able to

in

now and 80 clients in the community have been matched with a volunteer. “We just have a wonderful group,” said Duffy. “They enjoy the fellowships that they get from meeting others and the support that

tation including a police check.

it

profile

in their final

on-one with a client. In the spring, volunteer hopefuls go through eight weeks of training every Thursday afternoon from 1 to 4. There is also a huge screening process involved. Volunteers must submit several pieces of documen-

because they get not as easy to

a

“The online environment des-

Volunteering for Hospice of Waterloo Region can be a good

welcomes volunteers, but

make

members.

into kinky stuff.”

it’s

to

Levinson said

have added the alternative in because I know that there is not a

Help people smile clients

site is divid-

“I

Lockie adds,

“The

members

which they can describe themselves and even post a picture.

intimacy and alternative.

in

On the Net you never know 00 per cent what a person is

palliative

Web

divided into four sub-cate-

site is

like.”

By KATHLEEN DESCHAMPS

site caters to

men, women to women, and men and women. From there the Web

space. 1

Web

ed into three categories,

not the case in real

is

Each membership at pcrsonalis free and allows the

stoday.com

those out there looking for a

thing kinky. Her

of the differences

you have

world.”

For Lockie, her all

arise in the dif-

that the safety that

ings.”

There

that.”

think the

1

continue to be offline and

it’ll

in the real

ferences between cyberspace and

is

just out there looking for sex.”

communimuch greater

Achilles heal of online

order to e-mail or chat with other

ships

real space.

cation.

wishes to contact another member. They must purchase tokens in

if

“The problems

and there arc people who arc just looking for someone to go to the movies with and there arc people

The

Internet.

on the Internet. “If you go online to a clothing site and see a really nice sweater that you like, you could probably go to Sears and find that sweater there. But when you go onto a dating site and see a man or a woman

emoticons, smileys and That is probably the

with

frowns.

of development of most relation-

you are sharp and smart you can come across well on the Internet,” he said, adding the Net is also an easy way for shy people to meet others. Levinson warns that there is room for deception on the

of www.personalstoday.com

are looking for love

like a

introduction (to dating)

slob.

“Certainly,

.so

because there are

thing

who

Internet will continue, but in terms

be totally relaxed and dress

Internet dating.

— Page 11

home,

way of meeting people because you

in

2003

“Try and be very careful with what you say. If you say something and you think that it could be misunderstood then don’t hesitate to say something more. Say didn’t mean it to sound like

can log onto the Internet

at

in

you need the (in person) aspect of it. Even something like dining in a nice restaurant, or walking along handin-hand in a park somewhere. As an

anxiety-ridden

less

far

babysitter.

found a way to stay meet people through

people

consummate

an online relationship

nothing out of the

is

people without having to find a Instead, she

standard

there are certain

it,

things you cannot

said

“(The) pros (of Internet dating) are

.relationship

a

in

“Let’s face

ordinary.

and meet

far

Levinson.

City’s

found herself in a predicament. She was a divorced mother look-

you said

Internet chatting can only get

so

is

Paul Levinson, 55, a communica-

ago Wendy Lockie

years

them

find

there.”

type?

6,

love on the Internet

able to go to a store to find them.

The only place you can

SPOKE, January

your dog barking about?

SANDHAM

Here’s

how

it

works.

A

animals

radio

microphone is attached to the dog collar, which relays the dog s voice

that

s

dog barks and its owner tries to decipher what Bowser wants. "What's the matter boy, you want to go Tor a walk?" he or she might

A

...

and our answer

may be

right according to

hand-held receiver.

which looks similar

instructor (a.k.a. animal

Cyr

cator).

dog's speech.

mals telepathically.

ask.

This guessing game may not be so hard in the near future as tech-

The "voice converter" classifies the dog's emotions into one of six

how

nology goes beyond voice-activat-

categories which includes frustraself-expression, menace, tion.

lators.

That's right, Takara Toys, Japan

s

toy-making company, has come up with the “Bow-lingual”. The device, which has been sold in Japan for almost a year now, supposed to translate any is canine’s barks, yelps, growls and

third largest

whines into human language. Currently, Takara is supposedly working on an English translation model for North America, which about $150 US. After three years of studying 100 dogs from 14 breeds, Takara came

will sell for

a matter of practising send messages and how to receive and interpret them," she said, adding animals have person“It is just

to

demand, soitow or amusement.

alities

Sayings such as “This is fun. “I'm bored, let's play," and “You're ticking me off,” will then appear on

do.

the Bow-lingual's screen or come out of its speakers. Pictures may

also appear according to the dog's

CNN

agency,

article

Masami

by Reuters news

Ochiai, president

of Index Corp. (which is a partner in the development of the Bow-lingual) was quoted as saying, “This is

and feelings just as humans

However, some people are skeptiwhether or not a "toy can actually tell what a dog is thinking. of 22. Harnock. Rodney Kitchener, said he wouldn t spend

cal

a penny on the device.

mood. In a

communi-

said she can talk to ani-

to a walkie-talkie, then converts the

ed car starters to doggie-talk trans-

to that is

possible.”

Georgina Cyr. a spiritual iridology

a

to

is

Ochiai

receiver,

patterns

The

it

not

between

about

two

we

up with a 200-word vocabulary for

Instead,

fido.

was possible

communication

human

beings.

asked ourselves to

if

it

communicate with

“It’s

a toy and

made

to

amuse

people.” he said, adding he usually has a good idea when and what his beagle Hunter needs without such

technology. But. in time, dog owners in North

America will have the chance to judge the accuracy of the Bow-lingual for themselves.

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— SPOKE, January

6,

Life

2003

Tolkien influences music of Led Zeppelin Bv LESLEY

LEACHMAN

other allusions are found

many

within their texts.

Lord of the Rings has been awing people since it made its

way

to the big screen last year.

However, the novels written by J.R.R. Tolkien had a deep impact

on two men long before director Peter Jackson ever turned the Lord of the Rings into a film. These novels influenced them so greatly, that many of their song lyrics can be references

as

interpreted

to

Tolkien’s works.

According

Web

to

the

Led Zeppelin

(www.geocities.com/ Athens/2406/), Robert Plant of Led site

Zeppelin once

told the press that he

and band member Jimmy Page would “play music and write songs about Lord of the Rings.” He also said that after reading Tolkien he

knew

that

he had to move to the

country.

The

lyrics to

songs,

some Led Zeppelin those

particularity

Ramble On and

the

Evermore, use terms

Battle

for

of

that are spe-

Tolkien’s books. The charGollum, the Ringwraiths and the kingdom of Mordor, plus cific to

acter

For example, the song Over the Hills and Far Away (from the album Houses of the Holy) has references to the novel The

“Leaves are falling all around; it’s time I be on my way. Thanks to you I’m much obliged; for such a pleasant stay. But now it is time for

me my

to go; the

way. But

autumn moon

now

I

lights

smell the rain

pain, and

heading

Evil

One

up and slipped away

crept

with her.”

Frodo’s quest in the third book (The Return of the King), when he

kingdom of Mordor and

is in the

about to destroy the ring in the flames of the Mountain of Doom.

Hobbit, the story which preludes

and with

Rings trilogy. The hobbit Bilbo, the wizard Gandalf and a group of dwarves journey away from their homelands, past a

my

Frodo’s (a hobbit, and the main character in Lord of the Rings)

the ring.

mountain rage. The lyrics “Hey lady, you got the love I need. Oh maybe more than enough, oh darling, darling walk awhile with me,” describes when Bilbo comes

quest to destroy the ring that has been bestowed on him from Bilbo.

him. The “Evil One”

During the Gandalf (a wizard that on his quest) spends his time plan-

lord of

across a ring that has extraordi-

ning Frodo’s journey to the kingdom of Rivendel. By the end of the

the ring and this is

the

Lord of

the

The "hey lady”

powers.

nary

refers to the ring

love

These words

summer

months, helps Frodo

The

“girl so fair” is a reference to

Gollum, a lesser

the novel,

is

villain in

trying to steal is

from

it

referring to

Sauron. the main villain

who

Mordor and who

is

the

also

is

seeking the ring. At the end of the novel, Frodo has to struggle to keep

what the song

is

refeiTing to.

Additionally, the song the Battle

wants He ends up

from.

novel.

later in the

state:

powerful to dangerous.

becomes it

it

causes a lot of trouble. beginning the Furthermore, lyrics to Ramble On (from the

Led

parallel the start of

to

enchanti-

novel. Fellowship of the Ring,

album

way.”

of Evermore, from their untitled fourth album, is a parallel to The Battle of Pelennor Fields. This is

its

ng powers. The ring is the point of being Bilbo However, obsessed with it and “walk awhile” with it. keeping the ring and

it’s

Frodo departs from Hobbiton (the countryside where the Hobbits live) and the only life he’s ever known, to set out on his quest that he may never return

and “you got the

need’ refers to

I

it

end of

lyrics describe the

These

Zeppelin

are:

11)

summer,

“Mine’s a tale that can’t be freedom I hold dear. How years ago, in days of old when magic filled the air. ‘Twas in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a

My

so

girl

fair.

But Gollum and the

in the

The Return of the King. The chorus, “War is the com-

Also, later in the song the lyrics

told.

war over the ring

the final

mon

The sky

and bad

Oh

up your swords and is filled with good mortals never know.

cry; pick

fight.

that

well, the night

is

long, the

beads of time pass slow. Tired eyes on the sunrise waiting for the

eastern glow... The pain of war

cannot exceed the woe of math... No comfort has the

afterfire at

night that lights the face so cold,” refers to the struggle of the Riders

Rohan and the Men of Gondor (who are fighting for good)

of

(who

eight

the

against

Ringwraiths

are controlled by

who wishes

Sauron,

to use the ring for evil

The line “... the good and bad, which mortals never

purposes).

know” can be

interpreted as being

powers of the Gandalf versus the evil powers of the wraiths. During the battle, many people are killed. Those who lived to see the morning had to gather the slain in a mass funeral pyre. This is what the line “..no comfort has

the

the fire at night that lights the face

so cold”

Over

is

suggesting.

the Hills and Far

Away,

Ramble On and The Battle of Evermore are just some examples of Tolkien’s influence on Led Zeppelin’s songs. Other Led Zeppelin songs such as Misty Mountain Hop and No Quarter to references contain also Tolkien’s work.

Think Link for local volunteer opportunities Bv REBECCA LEARN

Cumin, who

is

a

organization which

an opportunity for networking, doing volunteer projects and meeting other college and univerfrom all over students sity It’s

Ontario.

A program called Link has had a group going strong in Waterloo and has just recently started a group in Kitchener.

“Being around Christmas time, usually do some service projects like Operation Christmas 26-year-old Jen said Child,”

we

member is

of the

a branch of

obligated to still

show

Guides of Canada. said the group is open to anyone between the ages of 17 and 30, not just Guide members. She said the group is for people who "because they’re in school, or because they’ve just had a baby or started a new job,” have a hectic schedule. She said it’s up to each person how much time they choose

them of everything

to put in.

every year that

the Girl

Cumin

The group meets once a. month Cumin said members are not

but

up.

They

will

receive a newsletter informing that’s

going on

in the city the

“swap

Cumin

they miss a meeting, she said,

if

conference

and just out for the weekend.” stories

adding, “That’s the point, no one

from

expects you to be there.”

I

all

moved

said

is in

sort

knows people

she

over the province. to

Ottawa,

and

of hang

I

“When

already

knew

50 members who don’t come regu-

When I moved to people. Kitchener, I already had a group of people in this 'area that I knew. I had met them every year at the con-

larly to meetings.

ference.”

Cumin

said there are “about a in members active dozen Waterloo,” but there are as many as

“When I went to Guelph, it was a way to meet people,” she said.

“There’s a provincial conference

we go

to,”

she said.

It’s

a chance to see

members from

all

over, play games,

do sightseeing

neat

There is networking going on and you can apply for interprovincial

and international trips through the Girl Guides. There are also opportunities to go camping in the summer either with the Link group or as a Guide leader. adviser, Laura The area’s Causier, can be reached at Icausier@hotmail.com with any questions about the group.

Cumin said if you are a male under the age of 26, there is a group called the Venturers, run through the Boy Scouts, which offers the same sort of opportunities to help out in the community.

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himself desperate to get the acting

Findley

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the reader.

abandons his family and complies with Jonathon. Subsequently, their marriage

Findley’s other works that at times

apart to the horror of

son and are astonished

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quickly and easily their

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— SPOKE, January

6,

News

2003

Sneaker Pimps rock during By

They

SAM ONDRIAS

were to ask the students of Conestoga College if they knew who the Sneaker Pimps were, the majority would probably look at me funny and say “who?” On Dec. 4 I began a three-day road trip that started in Toronto If

I

Dayton singing in a pub and convinced her to join. Their debut album. Becoming X, came out in ’97 and that

ring a bell are Spin Spin

Sugar, 6 Underground and Tesko Suicide. Dayton was asked to leave in ’99 because Comer found his

voice and

Dec. 6. Here is some background information on the Sneaker Pimps for

Bloodsport.

the deprived individual:

create

Comer and Liam Howe

began the Sneaker Pimps

’94.

in

a huge success. Songs

was

may

where I saw, in my opinion, a poor performance by Korn at the Air Canada Centre. Then I was off to see the Sneaker Pimps in Montreal at the Cabaret Music Hall on Dec. 5 and in Quebec City at the Kashmir Night Club on

Chris

Kelli

ex-vocalist

spotted

it

was a voice more

suit-

ed for the music. In 1999 they released Splinter, with Comer on

2001 the group was the Placebo’s on

vocals. In

guests

special

European released

2002

In

tour.

album,

latest

their

The Sneaker Pimps mix

dmms, and

bass,

guitar,

synthesizers to

unique

their

they

electronic

plays

is

The type of music

band

that the

same

songs to keep themselves and their fans interested. This gives some

night and

they

songs that you got sick and tired of

tell

performance thing every

old

always

is

A

The

new life. The Sneaker Pimps’ shows are a lot more intimate so you can

of performance that Korn gives is similar to Britney Spears. They are doing a job that just hap-

speak to the band and they may actually respond to you, or you can yell at them and they will hear

pens to involve music rather than music for the sake of music. It is nice to see songs that

you. of their

new album

back in Grade I used 10. 1 used to like Korn more when my taste for music was bitter, but now that music is just ear-piercing

said

will

noise.

Sneaker Pimps if they are into bands like Portishead, Radiohead,

up.

fan can

dance around. The atmosphere is a lot more intense in these types of

don’t spice

venues.

they aren’t into their shows.

Songs at the concerts that got the crowd moving were their more mainstream singles such as Spin Spin Sugar and 6 Underground, which were changed to fit the band’s new style. Songs like Low 5 and Fuel had thumping beats that got the crowd “body movin.” Songs like Loretta Young Silks and their new unreleased song Sorry, It Was Me, would cool the crowd off with

type

I

admire this band because they around with their music

play

by

are live.

this is, take

Korn

What

I

it

Korn members

their soft melodies.

when they

sound.

staged, they always play the

their

best suited for smaller ven-

ues such as nightclubs, bars or concert halls - places where people can

mean

for example.

tour

iive

are bored because

just playing

to listen to

But the big difference between Sneaker Pimps and Korn is that the Sneaker Pimps alter their music

when on

they are

tour, they

Since they are

live.

revamp some of

their

asked

I

it

maybe

a

Kom

be

the direction

will

sexier,

be and he visual and

mellower.

little

is

ommend

NIN,

Comer what

yesterdays news.

I

rec-

that people look into the

Blur, or anything electronic

because these guys will surely show you that bands in the mainstream are a waste of time.

Conestoga slashed by Humber hockey team By NICK HORTON

behind.

Dave Cook followed soon

Dominated used

lightly,

a

isn’t

but

that in their

word

Humber

to

be

did just

win over the men’s

hockey team just prior

the

to

OCAA hockey.

the best they could, but things just

thrown

out

for

checking from

rookie year in

“It is his first

we

like he’s

the

year in the league and been here three or four He’s very consistent and

weren’t in the top four teams at

Adam

happy with the way the game was being called. “The referee is atro-

years.

gives us a chance to

period goal by Condor

cious, he’s throwing players out for

ly basis. Tonight

point.

game

mouthing off,” he said. Pugliese was thrown out late in the game for his second misconduct of inciting.

A

Tim Gies being

Humber

his

end of the season. Right not there are two teams struggling and I think right it’s still in our hands at this

The final 6-2 score doesn’t

assistant captain

referee.

is

it’s

defensive

way

this

coach

Johnston.

Andrew McDermott

left the

one goal apiece

Humber

period.

by the

this

player Chris Pugliese also wasn’t

said

tied at

the calls

the team. This is a big task consid-

ering

Humber, Sir Sanford Fleming, St. Clair and Cambrian. With the top four teams making the playoffs, Conestoga is right in the hunt. “I would be very disappointed if

game,”

Conestoga showed up for the game, but didn’t accomplish much

Humber’s offensive supremacy over the Condor defence. This being said, Conestoga took a few blows early in the game with

great goaltenders, carries

only ones distressed over some of

key guys that got

say on arguable

Christmas break.

serve justice to

many

that did stay in there did

I’ll

weren’t going our

else.

saves throughout the game. Young,

calls.

“We had some

first

McDermit added

like

kicked out,

The guys

period and Brent

Conestoga’s second goal in the final minute of the game. Conestoga players weren’t the

after with a slashing major.

then

after

one

came

out

strong in the second period and scored three straight. Humber added two more goals in the third

Condor goaltender

Jeff

Young

kept the score from going into double digits

by consistently making

win on a nighthe just didn’t have any help,” said head coach Greg Rickwood. Including Conestoga, there are six teams participating in the OCAA men’s hockey league this season. They include Conestoga, Seneca,

We have a big weekend series Sudbury in early January and I think that series will be the difference,” said Rickwood. up

in

Conestoga’s next home game is 22 against Fleming. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

Jan.

From the Sanctuary Life is waiting for

you at Conestoga

Something cool and interesting is going to happen at Conestoga College in the Winter semester and you have 'a chance to be a part of it. Three departments, Conestoga Students Inc., the Alumni Association and the College are joining forces to produce “Life at Conestoga.” All students, staff, faculty, alumni and anyone else who has a vision of what life at Conestoga College is like are being invited to participate in this great idea. Mural designs, 4’ x 4’ in size, wid be placed in various areas around the College. This is a great idea as it is a way for any member of the Conestoga College community to show off how much they love this school. But not only that, it’s a great way for us to show our pride in Conestoga. Far too often people complain about a lack of school spirit and pride. These murals will change that. Visitors will see more than just students and staff wandering the halls of a college. They wiU see a variety of ideas and beliefs about what Conestoga is all about. They wlH see that Conestoga College is a progressive learning environment that continually strives to offer the best education to its students. Additionally, these murals wid depict the great student life this coUege offers its students. Prospective students wQl be able to gauge how amazing this school is simply by looking at .

^

the murals.

Conestoga has been the number one college in Ontario for four straight years and is seeking to repeat that prestigious accolade once more. Wouldn’t mm^als depicting the greatness of this codege continue to heighten our reputa-

(Photo by Andrea Smith)

Hit

tion?

think that these murals wouldn’t have anything but a positive effect on the reputation of Conestoga Codege. It’s equally hard to think these murals won’t instd a sense of pride in ad of our students, It’s

hard

to

past and present. This is a truly unique

way for members

of the Conestoga

community to show

Submissions should be provided to the CSI office by Jan. 1 5 in a sketch format to show what you are proposing to display. Conestoga Codege is providing the mural boards, CSI wid reimburse the artist for suppdes needed to produce the mural and the Alumni Association wid provide the plaque showing the title of the work and the artist’s name. The chance to leave a lasting impression on this codege is being offered to you. Show your passion and pride for Conestoga and let us know what you think about “Life at Conestoga.”

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CSI Events for January 2003 Enjoy Free Pleasure and other

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Year’s

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