Student sets his
tuition fee changes Party plans to reduce the amount of
sights on Canada Conestoga student Carey Ruby plans to
money students pay towards
walk across the country with his
Mardi Gras at their latest
CSI sees the biggest turnout
Seeing Eye dog.
Conestoga College, Kitchener
College not flooded with applications By TORI SUTTON
should be told they need more advanced math ahead of time.
Conestoga College has not received the flood of applications expected for September 2003 programs.
At the March 10 college council President John Tibbits
said the college has not gotten as many applications as anticipated.
“I’m a little surprised by it,” said Tibbits. “But it’s still early and will
programs do not require math pre-
goes on.” Although the number of applications received is lower than what the college expected, Tibbits said applications to Conestoga have still gone up 40 per cent over the past
Nancy Hamacher, a graphic design teacher, sits with her “students.” The first-year graphic design student assignment was to create a look-alike of themselves. Hamacher said the intention of the project was to use the cut-outs as stand-ins for students who were absent from class.
OSAP now easier
Application process for financial aid By DIANA O’NEILL The new online process of
Assistance Program (OSAP) will soon be similar to one-stop shopping. Financial aid administrator Paul
Matresky said the Web site will be revamped and ready for students sometime between mid-March and early April.
be changing policy-
There will also be an option to have correspondence done via email, which, as Matresky said, is really useful during the peak summer months. This means students won’t have to wait by their mailbox for updates concerning their loans, because they will receive a quick response in their e-mail inbox. “There will be a no-paper option for the students to check off,” he said, adding, “So, overall, it will be
wise and the selection process will remain the same as well. Students
will just notice the changes made
paper and quicker service for which is what we’re
the online application process
“Students will definitely notice the differences,’’ he said, adding, will be more interactive and have capabilities that weren’t there “It
One major change
online system has been
undergoing testing since December and now the education ministry is
them and the
our end, there will be more reporting capabilities, which means we’ll see the changes on the applications, plus we’ll be able to pick up on any errors that were made, much faster,” he said.
There will be more edits built into the system; so, for example, if something doesn’t look right or add up, the screen will tell the students so they can self-edit. Matresky encourages returning students to apply using the new system as soon as possible. The OSAP application has been available online for four years now. Ninety per cent of students apply online and approximately 50 per students cent of Conestoga receive OSAP. However, the double cohort is expected to bring
more similar to email accounts, where they would
ment has also consulted extensively
answer questions such as mother’s maiden name, or pet’s name.
with the Ontario Association of
an easier password retrieval It
sure the sys-
tem works well for students. "Of course the government has rules, regulations and constraints, but I
students will sim-
think the students will reap the ben-
ply be able to access the system
Matresky, adding, “The
consent forms, they
would have to wait weeks for the paper out again.
print off a
three to four to
copy of the form,”
change will be more help screens. “There are parts of the appli-
mostly involving the terms used." said Matresky. If students have any problems, they
be able to click and find out meanings or answers much
and easier than previously.
underwent training for the new processing system. Matresky said he liked what he saw and is fairly excited to see the
Their side of the system will be completely revamped resulting in a quicker turnaround
he said, adding, “And
easier for us to detect
any errors immediately, leaving the returning students at the head of the line.”
Matresky says students should
question things about the
they are confused.
said the financial aid office to
During Reading Week, employ-
four years, surpassing the average figures for the college system. Last year, first-year enrolment at the college grew almost 12 per cent. Because of the implementation of the four new applied degree programs and the double cohort, the school was anticipating an even higher increase in the number of first-year students arriving at
Council members said applications may not be pouring into the expected quantities school in because of the tough admission policies the college has in place for pro-
grams requiring math
help and encourages applicants
to visit them.
“They have streamshould flow
lined the process so
starting in the fall,
listed in the college
guide as being
finalized. Rather, the
waiting for approval, something that may have deterred
students from applying.
we had 500 applicanew advertising pro-
“Last year tions for our
gram,” said Tibbits. “This year we’ve only had 180 applications for public
relations, most likely listing in the guide.”
because of its
Despite the slowdown of applicaTibbits said the amount of applications to the nursing degree tions,
program has doubled and Conestoga is considering discussing program with McMaster enrolment University. Conestoga would like to bump up the number of students admitted to 2004 levels instead of the expected 2003 intake. McMaster
Conestoga’s business programs require completion of more difficult
successfully complete the four-year
three other colleges in Ontario have
math admission standards
as high as
nursing degree program, granting
Increasing the intake of other is also a possibility but it
only feasible to boost the num-
bers in a few programs
president of Olinski, Jon Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI),
told council high school students
courses will be cancelled.
It is still
too early to
By LAURIE VANDENHOFF
those at Conestoga.
with Conestoga in their
baccalaureate degrees to those
Albasel for vice-president of academics.
Conestoga Students. Incorporated has a
executive for 2003-04.
was held March3-5, names of the winners weren't released until March 12 due to an appeal by the current vice-president election
Also acclaimed was Carie Laycock for vice-president of communications. Originally Laycock Abboud. Nizar against ran However, Abboud was disqualified he failed to produce an offifrom the college. The CSI decided on Abboud’s dis-
of communications, Jeff Stemmier. Ethan Miller won the vice-president position with the most votes
over Stemmier. But Stemmier claimed Miller broke some of the rules of the CSI and the election. However. Stemmier dropped his
input because he
chief returning officer, to release
allowing Sele Agbonaye, CSI’s
Tibbits also pointed out a
program, the public relations pro-
University, located in Hamilton,
tem gets up and running, the quick-
going on to college instead of university may have taken college preparation math. However, many of
er they can assist students.
“There are definite benefits for
programs are at Nearly all the arts
Students in high school planning on
those numbers up marginally said
Matresky. “An advantage, if students apply soon, is that they can get the application process over
asked Olinski. “Students need to know about this before
continue to be evaluated as time
for us to get the
(Photo by Laurie Vandenhoff)
“Is there a
word out about
Confirmed early on
in the election
current vice-president of
academics Justin Falconer, who was acclaimed as CSI president. Vanya Misic won over Maher
However. Agbonaye told he could appeal since
Agbonaye was not there when the decision was made and a byelection would be held once the transcript was available. Agbonaye said Abboud declined the offer. Since most CSI positions in the acclaimed. have been past Agbonaye said he was pleased with the 236 students who voted. There were
five spoiled ballots.
NDP plans to
with the “education friendly” platform the party has taken. “From the provincial lobbying
B y CARLA SANDHAM
appealing to Ontario students in preparation for the expected spring
ive of their platform as they
provincial election. College and university students
To accomplish these promises
face tuition increases each year, but Howard Hampton, leader of the
a matter of proper-
ly re-allocating funds.
not a huge shortage of “it’s just spent in
plans to reduce the fee by 10 per could cent. And such a reduction
money,” he said,
save each Conestoga student about
$180 yearly. “The party
pledges to will address the criti-
their election platform are to provide affordable day care for stu-
party also wants to introduce a better system for student loans. This
would include better access to student financial assistance by provid-
business and medical schools. Wolf added they hope to ensure is
not only immediately freeze and cut tuition, but re-regulate it at law,
Democratic Party candidate, said there platform called Public Power. election party’s the
ing upfront needs-based grants and expanding the number of students
ary education for financial reasons. “I don’t feel only rich kids should
qualify for assistance.
Lajoie said the area has a lot of great schools and students should not have to go in debt to attend
be doctors and lawyers,” she said. KitchenerLajoie, Dan shared candidate, Waterloo’s said, and opinion Wolf’s “Education should not be a privi-
them. “Students don’t get a chance to get ahead for 10 to 15 years after graduating because of huge student
lege, but a right for everyone.”
Besides slashing tuition costs, the
loans,” he said, adding he
on social assistance or the Ontario Disability Support program to apply for student aid.
also promised to inject additional money into college and
university systems, which Jon Olinski, president of both the CSI and College Student Alliance, said
have been short-changed for years.
students,” said Wolf.
trying to catch up.
Duff said the proposed financial assistance program would also allow part-time students and those
eliminate private universities. “Private universities drain public
(Photo by Carla Sandham)
form the next government they
which include optometry, computer science and engineering. Pam Wolf, Cambridge NDP canif
will put its
will raise tuition 15 per
NDP a top
with now. it needs to be dealt New the measures Other Democrats have committed to in
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) in a recent press release. The announcement came soon after the University of Waterloo cent this year for
He added the make education
Lajoie said education is a major issue especially with the reality of the double cohort. Wolf agreed and
said Joel Duff, chairperson of the
areas in which students have been sounding the alarm for years,
many of our recommendathat we have released this
point of view
The Liberals also addressed the issue of private education in their
colleges in Ontario are the worst
by the government Canada on a per student basis,” he
into the public sector.
each Ontario party paid spe-
cial attention to education in their
improving post-secondary educa-
NDP has shown commitment in
platforms, but the
Wolf agreed and said they would immediately increase these muchnational average. “If colleges are not funded properly by the government they turn to
the students for money,” she added. is pleased Olinski said the
“The government needs to stop making parents and children finan-
responsible for education,”
Grad packs may mean higher graduation fees By AIMEE WILSON
demics. The CSI board of directors is still working out many issues such as a reasonable graduation
The college may soon have a new graduation tradition.
pending on whether Students Conestoga
not Incorporated (CSI) will put together graduation packages. If the deci-
to start this tradition,
vice-president of aca-
pay a higher
their biggest fundraiser.
and what students expect when they graduate.
the graduation packs
proposal was for an 18-by
would include a five-by-seven picture of the graduate, a class composite and a liripipe. CSI was unhappy with the first quote and is
Falconer. Discussions between
Currently, first-year students pay a one-time fee of $34.60 to help “It’s a delicate issue,” said Justin
alumni association has been selling diploma frames at convocation, creating graduation packages, the diploma frames would be purchased by the CSI from the alumni
offset the cost of convocation.
investigating other options. For the past eight to 10 years, the
and the alumni association began in November 2002. “They've really preceded to look
at all sides,” said
Monica Himmelman, alumni
n-ri or iic ices officer. “They’ve included us every step of the way and listened
survey was distributed by Riz
to what we had to say.” At the beginning of the discussions, Himmelman wanted to make sure all the pros and cons were
Jamal for the CSI to 450 full-time students at Conestoga College in The first, second and third years.
looked at before a final decision was made. “As my role as CSI liai-
majority of the students said they wanted some sort of graduation
do something.” At each convocation, 30 volunteers from alumni association come to sell the frames and help assemble them when purchased. “We have a huge presence (at convocation),” said
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By JASON NOE
began on Bourbon Street and made its way to the Sanctuary at Conestoga College. It
end of the celebration to
a great turnout and peocoming, said CSI events programmer Jody Andruszkiewicz. "There hasn’t been a turnout like is
The doors opened
9 p.m. and students were given sets of free beads once they arrived. at
Xbox tour By J ASON
If you like playing Xbox, then the Conestoga College Sanctuary was
the place to be during the first
The Xbox Campus Invasion Tour rolled into the Sanctuary with three
multi-player stations for students to try-
Conestoga Students Incorporated (CSI) brought the tour lege
group of bikini-clad women competing against each other on a beach. It is one of Xbox’s newest releases and is currently the most popular game in Canada. “When we brought the game out today, it was funny to see all the guys crowding around to see it,” said Burroughs. “We usually get more guys playing these games than girls on the invasion tours.”
they want to play a certain
in this past October,
only five or six
people came out to play. The next
Once the doors opened, people continued to pour into the Sanctuary and by midnight there
like to see
Extreme Volleyball. basketball,
packed with students playing the games.
the college because they are
homework,” said robotautomotive student Mike ics Metcalf. “It would be really cool to even have it played on the big
screen in the Sanctuary.”
already planning on
bringing back the
several times next school year.
“We would next
like to see
September,” said Andruszkiewicz. possibly be at several of our
like to see
events,” said civil engineering stu-
take about 20 minutes to be wired
game company, does not the kind of tour that Xbox
Three Conestoga College
ing technology program at the
Guelph campus have each been awarded a Canadian Welding Bureau Gooderham Bursary. Murray Brown, Curtis Geerlinks and Mike Willman each won a $2,000 bursary which will be presented at a Canadian Welding Association meeting in Toronto on April 16. The bureau awards just five bur-
controllers waiting for a turn.
“The Xbox people are great to deal with, and the main thing is that
the students like the product." said
needed any assistance, the events team was there to answer any questions they might at
with these tours," said Burroughs.
“We’ve had no problems “Everyone knows
to take turns if
welding students across
a luau, and another Mardi Gras-theme party.” At the end of the night the draw for the free Montreal trip tickets was held, and the winner was Conestoga College residence adviser Holly Bietz.
tour will not return to
Conestoga College anymore this school year, but judging by the turnout over the last couple appearances. the
will be popular
with students next year.
required to write a 2,000-
as part of the applica-
Career objectives had to be outlined in the application.
Geerlinks graduated from the apprentice program in 1987 and
B.C. for several years
before returning to take the current program.
currently works with a custom fabricator and Willman has been involved with a research project at Ontario Power local
said these awards will
bursaries are given to stu-
certainly lead to potential career
opportunities in the future.
are in their final year
of technology studies.
Program co-ordinator Karsten
are all very
proud of the
three winners,” he said.
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confident in Xbox’s product.
dents from the welding engineer-
and Andruszkiewicz feels
students were gathered around the If
Andruszkiewicz. “But we’re most likely going to have a Halloween, a
songs that come with the original are easy to set up in
By SARAH Mc GOLDRICK
was and the Xbox area was for this
like to see a little
mid-terms tomorrow.” "We’re planning on having less of the theme parties next year,” said
who would have come
tonight, but they are studying for
Bursaries awarded to welding students
the college,” said civil engineering
Saman Ajamzadeh. “They many games, but the graphics are much smoother.” “It’s a great way to kill time, and
theme,” said marketing student Steve Robinson. Despite the bigger turnout, the CSI knows that it needs to improve on some areas for next year’s bash-
them has been
we're here to help
variety in beer, but
hockey, football, and auto racing.
Extreme Volley involves
door if they wanted any alcohol.
events next year as well because
also instructed to purchase tickets
post-Super Bowl party
time they arrived was during the
type of game.”
can only turnout and hopeful-
the school to give the students a lot
events team. “Our job
also to walk around and ask stu-
the Sanctuary, and
time the consoles arrived
games that stuThe tour, which has
Xbox’s graphics and they’re good for storing your songs on the hard drive if you want.” The Xbox system allows the user to download songs into the memory, and play them instead of the
been going on since last year, promotes the quality of the video game's graphics. "We try to make sure everyone takes turns,” said Andra Burroughs
were almost 200 people dancing and playing pool. Students were
dents can play.
are going to try and run this
build off this
more variety.” The stations
There were no shirts taken off in the Sanctuary, and the beads were only handed out as souvenirs. Participants were also treated to free pool all night long, and the
take requests for
breasts for them.
low low maintenance, and give a high return on activities,” said Andruszkiewicz. “It is also this great free thing we can bring into
such as beat the professional, and
the Sanctuary on
“It would be good if they had these parties on the weekends or on Fridays,” said marketing student Meghal Desai. “I know a lot of
stopped by to try out his dance moves with students.
dent Jeremy Meiers. “I really like
to colleges, universities,
(Photo by Jason Noe) in
stations are great for
tour travels throughout
to the college
Ontario promoting the gaming sys-
This was the third time the CSI
arcade for a couple days,” said CSI
brought the popular gaming system
Andruszkiewicz. “But treat for our students, been really supportive.”
keeping with the theme the beads were in the official colours.
were set up beginning on Tuesday morning, and the games ran until Thursday afternoon. It was free for all students, and featured all the latest games that Xbox had to offer. “It may take away from our events
their spring break.
Students and the college mascot dance at the Mardi Gras held than 150 students attended the CSI event.
Another thing the CSI is planning do is have a few less theme par-
are coming out, said computerprogramming student Bonnie
official colours are purple, green,
next year for students. think a lot of students are sick of theme parties, but more people
determine the date of Easter. Mardi Gras is always 47 days before Easter Sunday, and the
not a bad beer, and their
September, and it’s a lot better than our previous four bash-
believes in the quali-
original image hasn’t said Andruszkiewicz.
Mardi Gras came to New Orleans through its French heritage in 1699. Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” and is celebrated on that day of the week. The date can fall between Feb. 3 and March 9 depending on the lunar calendar, used by the Catholic
their alcohol at parties
Brick beer, but they just want to give students a little more choice in
a tree trip to Montreal, and free Toronto Raptors tickets. The party
beer for the same price as a normal
Almost 200 people attended the party, which saw the CSI give away
bottle of beer?”
Andruszkiewicz. “Although, where else can you get a 16 oz bottle of
March 6, which was a relief to Conestoga Students Incorporated
The Mardi Gras bash had one of
“We have enough
the biggest turnouts of the year on
was also broadcast
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— SPOKE, March
Guinness needs luck of the Irish St. Patrick’s
upon us again.
the world lift a Every March 17 millions of people around mark the occasion. ^ patron saint of Ireland, Today marks the spirit of St. Patrick, the island.
who is credited with bringing Christianity to the known as St. He died on March 17 in AD 461 and that has been originally a Catholic holy day, St. Patrick’s Day ever since. Though of a generic day of celebration. Patrick’s Day has evolved into more but observed as a religious occasion in Ireland, it is a although Canada, in here status same it does not have the Labrador. provincial holiday in Newfoundland and is one of the largest in North Parade Day Patrick’s St. Toronto The
organiza1988 and the parade has grown to include 100 floats, 14 30 marchers, 2,000 associations, 32 Irish county leprechauns and talking as well as a collection of wolfhounds,
However, some organizations think an official holiday is such as Guinness Brewery. official Guinness has formed the Guinness Party of Canada, an 17 recogMarch have to site Web their on votes taking party, and is nized as a national holiday.
promotional stunt to sell cultural heritage in other countries or as a
the favoured brand
one million pints are consumed in Canada alone. to have the At the time of publication, 74,648 people voted yes no. voted day recognized as a national holiday and only 3,896
Oddly enough, these people on their drinking preferences.
and had more reasons as
important for Canadians to honour the saint, the party
Guinness Party of Canada wants to be taken seriously in country, it’s going to need the luck of the Irish to maintain its
party status unless significant changes are
their leaders not to
like education, health care
But they also
be financed chiefly by major breweries.
summer month without
be true with the efforts of Guinness.
celebrating St. Patrick’s Day,
Patrick and what he stood
end nothing was accomplished. The
the efforts of St.
trying to take prime-
new levels. According to CBS, Clinton and former U.S. senator Bob Dole
ing the 1996 election, in which Clinton beat Dole to serve a sec-
Clinton also planned to host his own talk show, while Dole has
or school today, every-
in Ireland is in church.
The partying doesn’t start until after. May you live as long as you want, and never want
as long as
use her power and celebrity even
a mockery of this important by displaying himself on silly
further to raise more awareness and money for important issues. It’s
sad to see a
ering herself on network television, just to
moting Weight Watchers.
themselves against an unprofessional backdrop, everyone loses.
and Royal Canadian Air Farce. Usually, people in politics and
This sudden surge of people abusing and mocking their former or current positions is not only
power appear on
isolated to the U.S. On a recent episode of the View, a show host-
However, it is wrong for them to appear on these shows to further
Hour has 22 Minutes
bring attention to themselves for a political campaign or proposal.
own agendas. Fame and celebrity
Viagara and another that spon-
cuss politics, sex and television in a satirical way, Duchess of York
tools that should not
Sarah Ferguson was a special
should cherish and
good and prosperity of
leadership and wisdom. Former
The duchess, who was divorced from Prince Andrew in 1996 and
president Clinton, however, has
banished from the royal family
The title of president is one that should symbolize strength, power,
prestige and importance low-
Americans and the rest of the world look up to presidents for their guidance and strength and when they thrust
ed by a group of
including one that endorsed
have agreed to appear on 10 episodes of 60 Minutes to debate political issues. The two men were
This disrespect for superior positions is an unpatriotic and unjust action on the part of these former
time television to
The duchess should continue participating in these humanitarian efforts, rather than exploiting her-
Support was great but
presidential candidate rivals dur-
a major Canadian brewery tried to implement a
national holiday in June, as that
would probably have better luck getting March 17 deemed a national
number of peo-
backdrop of tabloid TV.
ple bearing these important titles have plastered themselves against the non-serious and often insulting
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton, a face that has been spread and pasted across hundreds
and prime minister.
another holiday during Lent. Is Easter not enough?
was richer with
millions of dollars for charities
dent, senator, secretary of state
Recently, a high
after a suspected affair, has raised
for such political titles as presi-
Someone with a curious nature would wonder if St. Patrick would approve of a company specializing in selling alcohol pushing to have
If the site
Flicking through television channels could dampen your respect
also took part in a survey grilling
attributes that people utilize for the
rather than for their
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However, setting up the system is complicated and may require changes to the way faculty and
project under consideration by the college would allow
administration process grades.
Richard Gibson, head of informa-
system would be developed
tion technology (IT) functions for the college, said there are resource
would enable students
News put students’
to the college
stopping the college from jumping into an online grade system.
as soon as they arc
processed. This would
would take about two and a months of programming ,” said Gibson at the March 10 college
immediately rather than waiting for a mailed copy of their marks.
other colleges in Ontario,
such as Fanshawe College in London, have already implement-
the right programs
up with the marks, make sure the (program) co-ordinators have the proper tools and know what procedure changes we will have to make to our system as it is now.”
ed a similar system, some allowing students to view not only final grades but mid-term marks as well.
alarm sounds the Kitchener
more than 60 days
in the fall
(Web) services for
college expects to continue
working on the intranet over the next few months, said Gibson.
some of their salary while away. To be eligible for this the staff
amount of money
member must have
more than new
for teachers to pursue
college council meeting.
their salary, a
70 per cent of away on
their usual salary while
master’s degrees and doctorates,” cost of education is also being taken into considera-
can file for professional development leave and collect
them from spreading. However, the doors remain
constantly looking at
you don’t smell smoke or see flames, the safest thing to do
unlocked to let people through. Hunter says that the emergency
sabbatical. Courses must have some sort of relevance to the person’s position in order to receive compensation for the cost.
not available for
who fail to complete the course
they are taking.
The college plans issue
examine the next year’s
budget comes under review.
From the Sanctuary Picture this scenario Its
on a Sunday night
for a moment.
the next three
may simply forego the exams
to hit the books for an
watch the latest episode of Undergrads or vegetate for hours and delve underlying factor behind either decision
simply the nasty word that pops up
depends on a number of personal factors, but the reality
cram session. On the
front of the television and
world of video games. The
again called stress.
has to be dealt with
Now that exam
to exit the building.”
upon us, this nasty
exams can be
on the results of this one test.
treating diabetes both
CDA funding makes
February. You have four midterm exams coming up
most students, you may buckle down and decide
other hand, you
The issue of stress, although seemingly
into the lives of
some cases, upwards
almost every student. The
grades can rest
stressful about this?
manage, can be handled by each and every one out
Through a combination of planning, time management
this little thing called stress can
Daniel Drucker, research scientist
become more manageable. HELP
First things first.
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Set a weekly schedule when you have free be covering the desired material.
Too much studying can cause more stress. As the
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You need time to relax and unwind from the
this into account,
no reason why you won't be successful and stress free.
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old saying goes,
know when your exams
time to study, and block the time into segments
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exams are important, but there may be some that require more
SIGNS OF STROKE
As a student, you need
Secondly, you need to prioritize which exam you feel that you need to concentrate the most time on.
after nine years of
Currently, those upgrading their
which increases each year
and levels out
money. However, since the introduction
55 per cent of
gible for professional development
years seniority at the college. After six years, staff can collect
^degrees,” said John Tibbits, president of the college, at the March 10
days, and you haven't cracked open the books yet. What do you do?
improve the system and update equipment. He would also like to remind students, “if you hear an alarm, treat each one like an emergency.
for assistance. is
of the college’s new applied degree it is expected even more
times are avoided.
to the exits. In addition, the blue
working on an
mind when schedThey try to
more temperate and not
cold. In fact, even
emergency team sweeps the hallways and assists people
well, the college
John Tibbits, president of Conestoga College. “What is most important right now is pro-
still experiencing difficulwith the system can call the IT
College council members suggested the $300 limit be updated to stay in synch with the current costs of courses, which can total thousands of dollars.
and anyone is
cally close to contain fires
Physical resources also keeps
disappeared Feb. 28.
Group Wise inbox mysteriously
at the college.
working on setting up an intranet, a privately maintained computer network, on the school’s systems. “We’re just really starting to
able to prevent the system from
of the course. Textbooks can also be claimed as an expense, but become property of the college once the course is over. Those taking home study courses are not eli-
the exits if
Currently, the IT department
Generally, fire drills are scheduled for the beginning of each
closed-circuit television sys-
for tuition assistance. Staff is reimbursed for their costs after successful completion
faculty and staff at the college may have noticed old e-mails in their
the weather in
getting too full.”
was set when was established.
25 per cent of the cost of the course, up to $300 a year, is given'
emergency more quickly.
hard copies to students. In other college technical news,
enabling staff to contend with the
forms and ISO procedures on the are in the works. The site would only be accessible to those
have received instructions on how to recover any important lost documents and appointments. “Wc have taken off the function again,
In order to test this system
bles online rather than
uration setting that
the e-mail system
staff to access
by the system triggered the deletions as a result of a config-
opted to post timeta-
wishing to upgrade their skills through professional development
semester to acquaint students with the process and to evaluate the system itself. Fire drills also allow the fire team to be debriefed and to discuss the good points and the bad points of the
covered and fixed. A1 Hunter, head of security services, explained that when an is
ter the college
department responded and then gave the all clear. Because of the alarm, the
schools are doing it.” Last January was the
of Conestoga “They know other
maintain a high standard of safety, physical resources plans two
The alarms had been activated due to a faulty smoke detector in
became 70 per cent
“Our students see their friends from other colleges checking their marks on the Internet,” said Jon
given to faculty and support staff
schools by not offering their students online options.
By TORI SUTTO N
staff to locate
were automatically purged from the server to make more room
The fire alarm that occurred March 6 was no drill. It was the
ing boosting the
By JEFF MORLEY
some peocommunity feel
Professional development grants to undergo reimbursement review
alarm leaves students out in the cold
Despite the obstacles, ple in the college
marks on Web
7 — SPOKE, March
Youth program gets boost financial m 1 $
Yoga reduces student stress
By STACEY McCarthy
Finance Minister John Manley has announced a budget increase of to
By SARAH McGOLDRICK
$17 million over the next two years
Katimavik, a leading youth service-learning program, will benefit greatly as will
from the additional funds, Canadian youth and com-
number of places
Katimavik's mission nation's
to foster the personal
young people aged 17
teers with service learning, a combination of professional development skills and personal experi-
Canadian citizenship must also be
Some of the community activities Katimavik through available include: building walking trails, organizing teachers, assisting fundraising events, restoring land-
included with the personal profile. The learning program that is offered focuses on developing a volunteer’s leadership skills, learning a second language (French),
marks and landscaping. Volunteers are expected to work at least 35
by the Katimavik program. Only special personal items must be paid for by the participating youth. The 2003-2004-program year starts Sept. 10 and 24, 2003. The
hours a week on their community
deadline for applications
projects and partake in a
hensive learning program as well.
There are no specific requirements for admission to the program, aside from the age restriction
making cultural discoverby interacting with others and protecting the environment through
are then asked to recite either out loud or in their heads,
“Mother please give me my enlightenment. Mother I am not
guilty at all
Created in 1970 by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi who studied with
Mahatma Ghandi, it has quickly made its way around the world as more people move towards
and 21, 2004. The deadline
for these application dates
an energy that
(Both of these forms can found and printed off of
across Canada. These individuals live in a group house rented by
begin three weeks following the
Sattler said through Sahaja or
Web site.) A document
Katimavik and a project leader
warmth One hand may
heavier than the other.
said to reduce
and anxiety. It is also claimed that it can treat and cure stress
ailments such as hypertension,
- comprised of many cultural groups from various communities
peace,” Sattler said. Sahaja,
epilepsy, spondylitis, infertility,
must complete a personal profile and mail
not have the
(17-21). After filling out a required
application form, candidates
demonstration said she
Charkas are points in the body where energy is believed to flow out of, such as the heart, lungs and mouth.
Those interested in applying can 1visit www.katimavik.org or call 888-525-1503 for more informa-
system that is comprised of three energy channels and seven charkas,” she said. al
felt at total
groups of 1 1 individuals peers from the same age all groups. These are diverse groups
“Some people have a very A woman at a
also connects us to the spiritu-
involved in the program, and living expenses and supplies are paid for
mother energy opened through the sixth cen-
forgive myself and
She added people who do not
peace reached doing said Sahaja yoga can only be achieved if one desires to find it. The inner awakening has also been referred to as self-realization, second birth, enlightenment, liberation, Moksha and
Practitioner Geraldine Sattler
are also starting dates
Sattler said the is
put out their hands and relax.
supervises the groups. There is no cost
yoga perand races
which means “born.” The term yoga means union with the all-pervading power of divine
to 21. Individuals are given a chance to volunteer their time in three communities across Canada for seven months, working on com-
munity projects and with community programs. The basis of the Katimavik program is to provide its youth volun-
the discovery of inner peace. The name is derived from the word saha which means “with”
program, which provides practical skills for Canadian youth aged 17
exercising, only relaxation will also
tains to all religions
of Sahaja yoga
ested in finding nirvana. Sahaja yoga, unlike traditional yoga, involves no stretching or
demonstration for students inter-
also called, the
from the moment of
and meditation will give a free
able for youth over the next
ing on April 10.
munities involved in the program. The $17 million will allow an increase of approximately 34 per cent in the
be the scene of and emotional awakenwill
subtle system can be accessed. “The subtle energy is present
the Canadian youth program
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By MARCY CABRAL
if you want the colour
experiment,” she said. “But
decide you professional then you should see a without nght job who can do the actually
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blond hair should last anyif where from three to six weeks,
been known then you’ve probably considering, are or to colour,
taken care of properly.
which do colouring your hair. But you got have only you choose? Not tone, but colour a on decide to
a boxed hair
last for colour says the shade will always almost it’s 16 to 20 washes red tone. that amount with a
ditioner and says for colour-treated hair of any longevity the this helps
between you’ve also got to choose several different colouring
shampoo and con-
pigment doesn’t stick
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Rating: Four out of five
three So to help you out, I’ve put to people and three different brands
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tried a Sarah Medic of Kitchener Nutrisse Gamier of shade blond was ultimately satisfied with
the results. blond 23“It did the job,” said the to lighten wanted year-old. “I just I didn’t shades, of couple a hair my
hydrating your hair with a specialhair colour. ly formulated liquid The colour is intended to wrap each
and moishair strand individually turize it while colouring.
want anything drastic.” She chose a non-drip cream as opposed to the liquid hair colour, because she has used the liquid in the past and does not like the mess that can sometimes occur when you are colouring your hair
Greenspan of Waterloo be daring and go from spunky, her ebony black hair to a red-head. fun and wild it, “I figured if I was going to do and get a I was going to have fun Kristie
could feel more hair neck than colour falling down her She hair. her in squirted being and reinforcements call in
According to Maryanna Ledoena of Le Salon in Waterloo, boxed hair colour should really only be used for touch-ups or a test on a particular colour. By test she means if you’re a natural brunette and want to be a blond, by trying a boxed hair colour
you can get the desired affect without spending tons of money.
„ advice, “I only have one piece of you she said. “Don’t wear clothes
expect to wear again. goes everywhere.”
through her shoulder-length
Rating: Three out of five
popular product says it works with your hair’s own natural tones and highlights and is on the This
cheaper end of the price which was a key factor in Erica Chau’s decision-making process.
guy the world his
he was born in Wales. Maewyn was considered a pagan and at 16
when he left for Patrick was appointed
of Ireland, but Scotland,
bishop until he died 30 years later. Now March 17 marks the anniversary of this missionary’s death.
(Photo by caria sananamj
Bloom’s Jennifer Smith, 20, holds a glass of Guinness at Molly poured. will be kegs full Kitchener. By the end of the day, 10 “This day was originally celebrated as a Catholic holy day in Ireland,” said Shingleton, in a thick accent. He added only southern Ireland acknowledged it as a holiday because northern Ireland
more of a
cultural thing than a holiday for the
he said, adding the south would have a parade and mass to celebrate. It wasn’t until the 1970s pubs were allowed to open on Irish,”
great beginner hair colour. Chau “It was so easy to use,” of he said, playing with the ends “I’ll definite!
freshly dyed hair. use it again.”
Rating: Five out of five
dye job, from the non-
for the at-home
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However, here in Canada the day has always been closely associated
t^7r>m At 12:30 1 9-30 p.m. n.m. to 7 p.m. At
aea and again
9 p.m., the Canadian National dance team will perform at Molly Bloom’s on Manitou Drive in Irish
Bloom’s Irish Pubs. She said the pub staff work really hard for St. Patrick’s Day and “we’re really good at it.” Their motto at Molly Bloom’s is “there’s 364 St. Practice days, but only one St. Patrick’s Day.”
Today, about 1,000 pints or 10 kegs of Guinness beer will be
Other live entertainment includes a Celtic grunge duo and several other musical performers. about those
men? Leprechauns, around
a familiar icon
Day, are not
with St. Patrick at information to according www.irish-holidays.com. “In Irish legend, leprechauns are associated
a far cry from their happy-golucky modem counterparts (bui
Day,” she said even though Kitchener’s heritage is
probably similar to the characters in the horror series Leprechaun),
the site explained. “They probably
Celebrations at Molly Bloom’s
he spent six years in captivity,” said Laird Shingleton, who was originally from Slemish, but now
During this time, Patrick became a devout Christian and after escaping he went to Gaul to study in the monastery for 12 years. He then left Gaul and returned to Ireland convert native pagans to to
available in non-drip.”
napped him and took him to Slemish in northern Ireland where
darker or lighter to get what
flowing through each Irish pub, which McKellar said will be full
years old was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village. “They kid-
look for it in the non-drip variety. I even suggest going a few shades
of the year,” said Susy McKellar, corporate manager of Molly
in Ireland, peo-
easy for you
easier to use than other
with green beer and good fun. “It’s definitely our biggest day
be with you today
Day, the day
chart of hair shades, “be sure to
you find the perfect colour,” Ledoena said, pointing to a sample
Ledona advised. She believes
ing this traditionally religious holi-
to dye your own hair. Nice’n’Easy is probably the best out with, hair colour to start
She wanted something easy, quick and, the ever essential, non-
around the world are also celebrat-
of Irish ancestry and others
decide on a
drip variety to
nothing special, so I said went with the cheapest price,” the Kitchener resident. Chau wanted a change, but a She decided to subtle change. her black darken touch-up and
to celebrate all things Irish.
While a big day
wanted a black colour,
By CA RLA S ANDHAM Happy
hair colour options,
Greenspan loves the new look and wishes she had done it sooner. She said if she knew the reaction was going to be so much fun she would have done it years ago. The only problem with choosing a red shade is the loose pigments in
the luck of the
reaction,” she said, running her fin-
(Photo by Marcy Cabral)
her roommate finished
could buy any of their favourite loggers in a shade of green. And last night, each Irish pub held a countdown and rang in the saint’s day at midnight when the green
beer started rolling again, said McKellar. Today, Molly Blooms’ pubs are featuring everything Irish. McKellar
be serving Irish dishes, such as Guinness battered haddock, leek and potato soup and chip butty (french fry sandwich), from 1 1 a.m.
said they will
they were looked cute on
in Kitchener and Waterloo began Saturday night when patrons
Another symbol of the day is the an shamrock. This comes from Irish tale
Patrick used the shamrock to explain
in his ser-
could the Son, and the Holy Spirit of the exist as separate elements
now same body. Many people believe
to find a
on four-leafed clover, especially Patrick’s Day.
News Spring season has
will celebrate the event on 23,” he said. “It’s going to
March Let the ritual begin! After this long and cruel winter, most of us await the arrival of spring impatiently. But for
pagans and wiccans, who celebrate the cycles of the sun and moon, the beginning of spring, or spring equinox, has even deeper,
meaning. Devyn Christopher
that are, at this time
day of spring was celby ancient cultures
life,” he said. “It’s a period of personal evaluation and cleansing.”
Because of the
effort of early
Christians to replace pagan rituals with Christian festivals, there is a
can be considered the foundation of human spirituality.”
stirring of life.”
ancient Egyptians to Scandinavians and Celts held religious celebrations
occurs day and the night are approximately equal. It usually falls on March 21, but according to Gillette, not everybody worries about the the length of the
connection between Easter and the spring equinox. According to an ancient Christian tradition, Easter always falls on the first
Gatineau Park, a conservation area along the Quebec and Ottawa bor-
25 kilometres of snow-
the Gatineaus, a person can
snowshoe deep into the 35,600hectare park and experience some of the wildlife and tranquility of the forest without seeing another
of a year,
The Green Man
and Mother Earth.
perceive the spring equinox as the “rebirth of the Earth after the
dancing and seed planting.” Many pagans believe that the coming of spring increases the power of their god and goddess
of the Wiccan
Church of Canada,
include a feast,
By JEFF MORLEY Snowshoeing
By PETR CIHACEK
after the first full
after the spring equinox.
The word Easter is derived from Ostara, the name of a Germanic spring goddess. Also, today’s egg painting and egg hunts find their roots in egg rites of ancient pagans.
It’s also a great way to get exercise and to try something a little different.
Trevor Brown, a lawyer from Ottawa, enjoyed the exercise and the new way of trekking through the forest. “This is great! I could do this every weekend. Although, I think
legs will be a
Brown’s wife, Sara, said liked the
snowshoes were a little awkward, but we all soon got the hang of it. It was fun and a good workout. It’s something Trevor and I can do together.” According to the Web site www.cycloparcppj.org, snowshoeing probably originated in Asia approximately 4,000 years ago. the
Subsequently, the native people of
North America have historically used them to travel, trap, hunt and even trade with. Traditionally
wood and raw
However, today there are many
(Photo by Jeff Morley)
Sara Richardson-Brown of Ottawa snowshoes up a rocky slope Gatineau Park, which is along the Quebec and Ottawa border. models made out of aluminum and plastic.
easy to get.
Milton and Hilton Falls Conservation areas all have snowshoeing trails in the Halton Region, while Laurel Creek Conservation Area is located right in Waterloo. The Valens Conservation Area in
only costs 1 0 dollars per day, making them affordable for beginners. Snowshoes generally range in price from $150 upwards. However, if Ottawa is just too far
there are other snowshoeing desti-
exercise and a whole
Contact your outdoors store and
snowshoeing for some great
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Canada across walk to vision has Man H ”
However, in 1998 he began using dog, the assistance of a guide although he was extremely hesitant
By DIANA O’NEILL as His dog sits quietly at his feet, a Carey Ruby does impressions of
As he speaks
avoiding the unknown.”
was 21. The 37-year-old was bom and between farm a on raised Shakespeare and New Hamburg,
His ability to speak to the community helps him offer some clarimisunty to a subject that is often
effective treatment is surgical insertion of a shunt that would
drain the excess fluid. Throughout Ruby’s teen years, he battled his anxiety and struggled with various phobias. “I was a nervous wreck,” he said, adding, “Back then things looked
to his optic nerve, as
neglected to seek medical attention.
by using a white cane.
“People have fixed views, and due to the lack of understanding, it can put limitations on a person’s
(Photo by Diana O'Neill)
ambitions.” Ruby appears to be restless by nature, itching to get outside and see what the world has to offer. Due to his childhood being spent
learned to deal with his dis-
(students) while,” he said.
concept of work being physically challenging. He also has ambitions of raising awareness of blindness and visual impairment and won-
Eventually his fears resulted in
on a farm, he has developed the
Even walking around
of the college in an organized fashion would be a step towards Ruby’s ultimate goal. “We can learn off each other and
tance of community.”
he said. “Things aren’t always as they
can even just get five people walking with me, it s a piece of the puzzle,” he said, adding, “When all workis said and done, we are all ing together to realize the impor“If I
or cure hydrocephalus, but the
just “I like to educate people who see the blindness and not the hydrocephalus, anxiety and depres-
this spring and encourages people to come and join him. He is looking for help with his training and to gather some ideas from people
ence enlargement of the head, soft spots of the head and vomiting. isn’t a
Community Retreat. Ruby is planning
believed to occur in about two out of every 1,000 births. The symptoms vary depending on the age when the condition is diagnosed, but an
speaker for the Independent Living Centre and the Good Neighbours volunteer group. Hard was to imagine, considering he almost completely housebound in
accumulated which explains
branch of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and is a pub-
community. He raised approximately $200 for Hidden Acres Building their and Camp
walk were not only on a personal level for Ruby, but also for the
organizations. his time to various
genetic factors and
when he was driving. The advantages of
and leisure College and also devotes much of
been commonly described as water on the brain. by a It’s thought to be caused mix of both environmental and
physical benefits.” Ruby finds now that by walking, he knows Kitchener better than
when an abnormal amount of cerefluid
safe a in a social and
atmosphere,” he said, adding, I find now that my way of thinking was limited before and walking
baby, but his buddy. Ruby is enrolled in the recreation
and was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at the age of three. According to the hydrocephalus
pvprrise; good exercise
almost five years. teaming up dog Argus, guide current his with whom he refers to as not only his
now that after Ruby doesn’t
his vision since he
brings you back to basics by offering a physical challenge with
with a “I got too comfortable just cane and I was so used to
to never guess that Ruby continues and bouts of anxiety battle depression, nor that he is legally cent of blind, having only five per
singing telegram lady.
how he could
beside Argus, his guide dog of to walk across Canada.
Ruby came up with the idea to generate interest and promote the product of walking. His ultimate goal that he is striving to achieve is walk across Canada. In the summer of 2002 he started preparing for his goal by tackling the roughly to
17-kilometre jaunt that connects Kitchener to Baden. Ruby recruited
and family for company and support. The trek not only increased his daily walking distance, but also acted as a good stress reliever and created a social
“The Baden walk extended
The Doon campus is a good ground for Ruby because
of the distance between buildings and classrooms. He asks that anyone interested in helping him or interested in joining him on his walks just approach him.
this college is a
neat atmosphere,” he said, adding
you a sense of time and It can be reflective because it brings you back down to
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tures luxurious hotels that provide
you’re not staying at that particular
water display along with music and
Paris. Outside, there is a replica of
For instance, the pirate
of 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers. This
called the Fiori di
Furthermore, the Mirage Hotel man-made volcano that erupts every night. The lights are so the
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p.m. with a
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and was created by Dale Chihuly. Also inside the Bellagio is a garden full of exotic plants and llowers. If
bright from this show, that
lobby that features a ceiling
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The show starts at 4 show every 90 minutes
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you’re into photography, the garden is an excellent photo opportu-
the Treasure Island Hotel consists
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city of sin
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O’Call Buffet which is much cheaper than most places, but still offers a
lit, and people almost everywhere. You don’t have to worry about wandering into danger.” Also, unlike Florida, Las Vegas
areas of the city are well
per person, but be aware that this restaurant is smaller than most oth-
Travel, in Kitchener, says, “All the
selection of dishes.
cities. Las Vegas is considered fairly safe, with no “bad” areas that you should avoid. Mary Covacs, an agent for Orion
up quickly. Make
the Vegas strip
there,” says Beryl Bain, 21,
Las Vegas last summer. “The hotels are just incredible. Each one has something unique to
But there if you
a lot of walking to do,
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other free event you’ll want
located in downtown Las Vegas, so if your hotel is
located on the strip you’ll have to take a cab there. But
the extra dollars to travel to see this performance. It consists of a
multimillion-dollar canopy which displays a show that uses 2.1 mil-
and 216 speakers. up and down the canopy, and music fills the entire street. Before and after the show, jugglers and other street performers are there to provide more free entertainment. After the show, you might want to do some shoplights
ping in the
(Photo by Lesley Leachman)
stores that line
to pick from.
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Avoid study marathons. time of day. Be aware of your best area. study regular Use a
hour you speed in class.
through a long, hot bus ride
to enter the bars T
three hours to view
but this a fan of architecture.
you re not However, if
the area a tropical feel. If
comfortab'te- Remain falls place when productivity
Bally’s offers a variety of
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Ask yourself, "How did
Carnival every type
sign on your door-
Rio Suite Hotel otters the World Buffet that has of dish imaginable.
Italian, Mexican. dishAmerican Latin and Japanese
required to tip everywhere you The maids, the taxi drivers, the
and waittour guides, the waiters all expect resses, the bellhops, etc., planning be tipped. When you re make your finances for the trip, mind. in this sure you keep rememAlso, one other thing to hunber is that there are literally Vegas. Las in do to things of
beneficial to plan the things you you want do there before will maxleave for your trip. This
you imize the amount of time stay. your during have
The top five things to do in Las Vegas:
availCelebrity shows are also
able, such as
prices for Caesar's Palace. Ticket
shows are costly, and in some book your cases you may have to tickets well in advance.
you're looking for a more trathere is ditional Vegas-style show at Showgirls or Bally’s at Jubilee shows conthe Rio. (Both of these so you must be 18 or If
they re in
between Luxor. Ticket prices run worth $60 and $90 US, but are well
famous. perThere are many remarkable the formances to see, but some of Cirque include most popular shows Island, de Soleil at Treasure Mirage, Siegfried and Roy at the
other buffets. you won’t find The dinit is expensive.
the economy of Las made up of the service This means that you are
Along with gambling. Las Vegas shows are what made the city
Chinese. It foods from seafood to entrees that also has many exotic
ner buffet costs $25
thing you need to be aware
Avoid noise distractions. misuse your time Notice how others Get off the phone.
Vegas has many lavish restaurants. Kitchen For example, the Big
attention. Pay attention to your about study roommates Agree with
YOU AND THE OUTSIDE WORLD: .
small waterfalls. sand and palm trees
There pools, which gives in between the
Choose a place that and auditory distractions. classrooms. Use the library or empty
Hotel provides an all-night
is Additionally, Bellagio’s Light younger the for club a popular known crowd. Celebrities are even
of structural design. relaxation If you’re after some have excelin the sun, most hotels For pools. swimming lent Hotel, Suite Rio the instance, the which is located just off of pools swimming four has
One Ghost Bar
great,” says Bain.
your body “It was a dry heat, so nothing could get used to it. It s here in get we heat humid lika-the
lounge party at an indoor, outdoor strip. the overlooks that
you are interested in construction. piece Hoover Dam is an impressive
summertime. “The heat was
the weather is a bit cooler.” peoBut, on the other hand, some the in Vegas Las of ple like the heat
can be boring
inside of son to have a tour of the about allowed are You the dam.
surand five Jacuzzi-style spas
and Method Crystal Christopher Lawrence. (But be 21 aware that you must be at least
Nevada desert and the tour will per person cost you about $30 US per perUS $10 additional an and
T^E MANAGEMEN T TECHNIQUES
offers four swimming waterfalls.
doesn’t have a particular vacation season. “People travel to Vegas anytime, is says Covacs. “The temperature peogreat all-year round, but some
nightclub search of more of a atmosphere, Ra at the Luxor was Las voted the best club in city, by different a has Ra Weekly. Vegas almost every night, including
another popular tourist destination. However, unless you re interested of entertainment, including nont Street offers a variety show. musicians and a spectacular light
sure to be there early to avoid line ups. Also, every hotel and casino in Las Vegas has a bar or lounge, so place to if you’re looking for a drink there are hundreds of spots
small pools and five jacuzzi-style spas surrounded by tanning for perfect is weather desert hot The
the street. But be warned - this is and a popular spot for tourists, you’ll find that things can be
(Photo by Lesley Leachman)
you’re looking to relax
over to attend).
Treasure Island Hotel the 2. The water show at Bellagio 3.
the Mirage Strip hotels
— SPOKE, March
Students are priority for vice-president of academics By AIM EE WILSON
position along with university stu-
However, Shields pushed hard to have Falconer on the committee and he was chosen. Falconer joins 11 individuals from across Canada including uni-
Conestoga Students Incorporated vice-president of academics is the only student sitting on former finance minister Paul Martin’s education platform committee. Justin Falconer, a 22-year-old third-year business administra-
tion-management studies student,
currently representing all Ontario colleges and will provide
has come up with the 10 most important issues regarding educa-
insight into the Martin campaign.
students,” he said.
and The committee
attended. After hav-
targeted the lack of respect colleges have encountered. “Colleges
play a unique and important role,”
he said. Falconer has formed a group of college representatives from across Ontario to gather a collection of concerns, ideas and feelings about Ontario’s education system, which he will bring forth to the committee. To achieve
Martin’s youth campaign, James Shields, asking him if he was interested
received a message on his voicemail from the co-ordinator for
working for them.
Falconer was considered for the
to the campaign platform along with personal insight and how colleges play a role in the tives
asked Falconer to prepare a paper on how community colleges can be improved. Falconer plans to address key issues he feels need to be implemented by the federal government concerning communi-
on how community leges have been treated in the
community. Martin specifically
card and evidently, a strong positive impression.
Falconer said he
bring student and college perspec-
Falconer expressed his dissatis-
ing the privilege to express his feelings to Copps and showing his devotion to Ontario’s education system. Falconer left his business
committee to help college
and college research, online broadband learning, teaching, tax measures and private sector incentives, immigration and education, literacy and assessment and funding issues.
ship candidates Paul Martin and
executives, association presidents,
attended a college student alliance conference along with Conestoga Students Incorporated president Jon Olinski, which Liberal leaderSheila
education specialists, corporate
November 2002, Falconer
Confederation College have all given their input to Falconer. “I’m
Sheridan, St. Clair,
George Brown, Centennial, Fanshawe, Sault St. Marie and
versity presidents, early childhood
an incredible honour,” said
from Conestoga, Humber,
said that in the
government had always overlooked the role that colleges can play in the national past, the federal
economy. “In Canada,
our competitive advantage has to be our skilled workforce whose education can be easily upgraded.” He also said that colleges are gaining a lot more
nomic priority.” His plans for the campaign’s future is getting
(Photo by Aimee Wilson) academics, is all about the students. Falconer is representing all Ontario colleges on Paul Martin’s education platform committee. Justin Falconer, 22,
the last time
down and enjoyed a meal with your family and friends? Jeff Crump, president of Slow Food Ontario, guesses that it has
of as California cuisine.” He was impressed with her ideas and with the Slow Food movement, leading him to start his own convivium in Ontario in August
to fast food.” In Italy, the movement has affected the educational system. For every course a student must take in school, one hour a month must be
dedicated to the food aspect of that subject. Slow Food hires experts to train teachers about identifying
The concept behind Slow Food
been way too long. Slow Food is an international movement which was founded in Italy in 1986, spread to Paris by 1989 and now has more than 60,000 members in five conti-
defend the authentic palate of
natural organic food against
food counterpart and to educate people about what they are eating, with whom and why.
If any students want to get involved and voice their opinions, Falconer advises them to contact their member of parliament and express their concerns. He also advises students to come to him
The movement has two main focuses. The first is to protect and
animal species, plant and agricultural techniques in danger of extinction
of the gifts
far. Falconer’s impressions of experience have been positive.
“I’m really happy with the sincerhe said. “In the end, I’m com-
mitted to the student.”
down and chew
Nothing like that has happened in Canada yet. Crump says, but the movement is still very young here.
to take part
Schools who have students
sions with students
will take the fast-food item the children
Slow Food Ontario
familiar with and
the real item. For example, he has
through the Ark of Taste. The second is to promote food and taste is
with any concerns or questions and he will give them proper
started a national
to take time to eat
used macaroni and cheese, demon-
involved with the second aspect of the movement, although he certainly supports the first.
involved with the Slow Food movement through his career as a chef when he was working with Alice Waters at her restaurant, Chez Panisse, in
one of the
friends,” he says.
taking his message to
children, as are others in the international movement.
North America, we have become a fast food nation,” he says. “So that makes the way we educate here slightly different than in Europe. We have to introduce kids to natural food as “In
"Alice started the organic movement in California in 1971,” he
“She invented what we think
take time to eat with family and
In the United States, Waters has
and getting him
Organization encourages people to slow By
Dinner and a homemade
“We just hope
to change people’s about food,” he says. “Most people have their heads in the sand. If they knew, they would-
n’t eat it.”
says that most people
don’t question the quality.
Home-grown herbs and a natural, healthy way
(Photo by Mary Simmons) can enhance the flavour of food in
“We want people to start thinking about what they’re eating,” he says. “Don’t question why organic food is
so expensive, focus on is so cheap.”
about Slow Food, adding 150
in the province.
Crump said it costs $90 annually to be a member in Canada. This fee entitles the member to six issues of Slow
writer Anita Stewart of Elora.
worth the money,”
towards protecting Ark projects.”
magazine, which Canadian content by
will also cover events
bers will get to meet international members, attend a lecture series, taste education classes and learn
to really taste food.
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of your time
says, “but the fee also goes
Since starting the Ontario convivium. Crump has spread the word
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Week of March 17-23 1
A conflict between
change or an unexpect-
family has gotten you caught in
plans you had for your birthday
the middle of
You might have
you have the time and the suits you, investigate the
Metal gods have answered the prayers of local fans with a show featuring extreme bands, one of
them Kitchener’s Dead of Winter. The show takes place March 22 at the Circus Room in Kitchener and it is
going to be a big experience for
band called Iron Bitchface. The show comes after a long hiatus which was blamed on a
three years and
lack of support for this kind of
in the region.
moved to Kitchener in there was a lot more
places for bands to play and
just a depressing collection of
bars,” said Schizoid, adding that the
be our biggest show in Kitchener,” said Jason Smith, aka
situation in other parts of the coun-
band’s singer and
try is not
“I’m sure there have been other good bands around, but they are
in addition to a
usually swept under the carpet,” he
couple of underground shows.” Dead of Winter was formed in 2000 and plays an aggressive form of metal music that they call "true black metal.” The band’s drummer Michael McCurdy, aka Abyssious, described their music as “extremely fast, extremely cold and extremely raw.” Dead of Winter is playing the
said. “It’s not like there’s really a
second public gig
Ottawa, Writhing Elizabeth
with the project,” said Schizoid.
you to feel better. Someone else might need your help but is too
musicians who perform any musical styles that are at all aggresfor
said any kind of religion
After three years of existence. Dead of Winter intends to rise from the dead to record their material this
control or to be controlled. “We don’t want to be part of any
been very productive the past although we’ve been rehearsing over those
who need something and for those who want to
many of your
The town of Laramie, Wyo., was forever changed on Oct. 6, 1998. Gay college student Matthew
Shepard was brutally beaten night and then tied to a fence in ty
the middle of nowhere.
found him uncon-
scious about 18 hours
Matthew Shepard never regained consciousness.
died five days
picture of a vicious hate
eight actors took on the char-
than 50 residents of the town.
City’s Tectonic Theater Project.
Together, they painted a vivid and
The play was written by Moises Kaufman and members of New York
telling their stories in the residents’
no Matthew Shepard
character in the play, yet after nearly three hours, we felt as if we knew
Laramie to interview its residents and tell the tale of how the town has been changed. The company stayed
The most obvious challenge facing this play is making sure the audience can keep the more than 50 characters
Laramie for a year and recorded hundreds of hours of audio tape with any resident willing to talk about in
Matthew and his murder. The play first opened in New York in 2000 to rave reviews. The March production in Waterloo was presented by Toronto-based ensemble Studio 180. The group features
several University of Waterloo alumni, and the Laramie
makes us angry
Shepard’s death shines some light
This story must be told in order it not be forgotten. The shocking violence in a town of 26,687 people that
no one more than
and it should help open our eyes. dents,
should be incredibly proud of the way in which they shared this story.
props, a nearly naked stage, and a
Laura Linney and Steve Buscemi.
has also been produced, based on the It features such stars as Christina Ricci, Janeane Garofalo,
a great pick, especially
since there don't appear to be any
by the audience. The actors worked well together as
further dates for the play in the area,
a cohesive unit, each one giving a passionate and sincere performance.
Matthew Shepard was beaten and
at least It’s
at this point.
January 20 February 19
You could be hearing some news this week. Don't
react to a situation right
a positive outlook things should
go your way.
Leo July 23
tion. If things it’s
Chaos and unfinished business keep you busy sorting
stop and re-evaluate your situa-
you have investigated every-
through every detail of your
for the better in the
Resolve one issue
a time; don't
August 23 September 23
You could be presented with
your hard work seem worth Luckiest day:
clairvoyant issues for four
someone to turn
ccroi seto. dietitian
SOMEONE YOU KNOW. CAtf -800-BANTING 1
like the play, as
sure to look
to carefully evalu-
lem before you make a
number of things you have
members of Studio
played by only eight actors. Studio 180’s ensemble did a fine job of it. Through the use of minimal
carefully at both sides of a prob-
Cancer June 22
small gift of appreciation this
host of different clothing acces-
consider ourselves, our opinions and our preconceptions. It forces us to
film of the
ate a situation.
friendship or relationship
could be starting this week. After a long time of struggling you could finally meet some of your personal goals.
from which we can hide. This happened less than five years ago. The Laramie Project forces us to
K Hi ***1
This didn’t happen in some distant
After Shepard’s murder, five members of the theatre company travelled to
His assault drew
on hate crimes. The Laramie Project makes that light brighter.
Shepard’s story through the actual testimony of more tells
Marvin Hinz, Alison Lawrence, Mark McGrinder, Kimwun Perehinec and Dylan Roberts.
Lesley Dowey, Deborah Drakeford, Jonathan Goad,
Waterloo. The play’s eight ensemble
of the Arts from March 5 to
18 hours, he fought for his in
was gay. For
Laramie into the spotlight. As Shepard lay dying in hospital, the world watched and waited, offering its hopes for his recovery.
the University of Waterloo’s Theatre
Director Joel Greenberg
Feb. 12 to
for dead because he
May 21 - June
materialize this week. If
80 also performed the show Toronto’s Artword Theatre from 1
you get any
ed mind will work
been working towards will Studio
Play brings tragic story to
time try and use
Someone may be
B y JULIANNA KERR
Several different problems have
November 22 December 21
atheist,” said Schizoid. “I
don’t like religion at
you get through many
lence and darkness, they have nothing to do with Satanism.
sive or controversial.”
goals this week. Great strength
like to write
such as sex or drugs,” said Typhon, adding that although their lyrics give an impression of vio-
means of support or encouragement
have rough plans to record our songs as the first Dead of Winter
demo.” The band has eight original songs. The music and lyrics are the work of Tim Grieco, aka Typhon, the
you could say
afraid to ask.
coming closer to out what we plan to do
or do something which will help
By PET R C IH ACEK
Someone could be offering you new job or project at school. If
of Winter rocks spring
Abyssious, Typhon and Schizoid, are playing March 22 at the Circus
St. E. in Kitchener.
and stay out of any
If possible, try
ebrate your birthday later on.
(Photo by Petr Cihacek)
ed occurrence will throw any
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— SPOKE, March 17, 2003
College hockey season ends By
MARC HULET and
last home game on Feb. 12, Rickwood estimated that there
were between 100 and 130 people
hockey season is over for the Conestoga Condors and it was far from a memorable
have done an excellent job of promoting the team,” he said. “It’s
team’s season, which ended with a 4-10-1 record, left him dis-
appointed and confused.
in the year.
The team played most of
year in front of only a handful of friends and family. But at their
goalie Jeff Young’s his
linemate Brent MacDermid, were cornerstones of the team. “Brent and Andrew played on the same forward line
He was He kept
21 points, with McDermott netting 10 goals and nine assists for
the league in
like a third-
poised and season long,” said
ways but were team leaders,” Rickwood said. Another bright spot for the Condors was the addition of Tyler
Rickwood. “Jeff proved very quickly that he could compete at this level. We’re really looking forward to Jeff’s advancement next season as the backbone of the program.”
Smith halfway through the season. “He made our team considerably better, more than any other
players on our team with junior
for next season,
says he’s leaving to pursue a
Players need to realize that
said 12 players could
However, he team changes will
coaching opportunity with the University of Waterloo and also to spend more time with his daugh-
changes to the roster would be made to improve and enhance the core group of players.”
Rickwood would like to see more offensive production and one or two, physical, agile defencemen added to help the team make the playoffs. That said, Rickwood is optimistic
No one replace
be held in April. Rickwood leaves the team with some fond memories, but also with
years as head coach,
didn't find the formula to
commitment. It’s next coach does.”
about next year’s team. “I believe the team will be the best I have seen in three years if all players that are eligible to return do,
well, the quality of players
and play hockey.”
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he was. In six games, Smith was able to score two goals and added two helpers for four points. Rickwood called Smith a “vocal leader who played more than any other player on the team. Even when injured, he adjusted his style to best suit the team’s
Smith’s junior experience was what made him the impact player
Scoring wasn’t their only contribution however, as they both set the example on and off
team scoring.” MacDermid lead the team with nine goals and 12 assists for
most games, and
year player. consistent
and were one-two
win as we would not to
have lost any game,” he said. “I expect him to be in the league’s top 10 scoring next season.”
outshot, outhit and
The game was
a great attitude. If the
ished the year
out of the sea-
outplayed our opponent from the drop of the puck to the final whis-
nothing shutout of Cambrian early
tive thing to
should achieve great things next season on the ice.
Coupled with a year-long lack of fan support, it was a frustrating season all around for Rickwood and y*
Another high point was a four-to-
yean did medal, but should have made the playoffs,” he said. “We had enough talent to be in the middle of the pack all season, but never showed it. As soon as we did something right, we did two things wrong.” this
not deserve a gold
However, Rickwood said the fan support began to improve during the last few home games. He pointed to that as the most posi-
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“The team we had
Ferguson, another first-year player,
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great B y NIC K
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By NIC K
on a team, say like the Raptors, and put Vince on the Lakers, would Kobe be able to carry
championship rings on
the third has three
Bryant’s merchandise any day of the week.
“In general, not as a
statistics from amazing players - Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady and
Kobe Bryant, high school.
Foot Locker outlet in Fairview Park Mall, says his store doesn’t
drafted out of
All three are valid candidates for this year’s
MVP award, and
terms of apparel,
Andy Obermayer, manager of the
a lot of
Kobe Bryant merchan-
dise to begin with.
deservedly so. For the season, Garnett is averaging 23 points,
13.2 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 40.6
minutes per game.
This may be due to the fact Bryant's shoe bombed last year.
the current points per
a big contract with
Kobe Bryant, Tracy
leader with 31.5, is averaging 6.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists
while playing 40.3 minutes per
box on your foot. It was designed in part by European car manufacturer Audi. Bryant’s relationship with Adidas has since expired and it remains to be seen what shoe company he
game. Bryant, arguably the most talented of the three, comes in second to McGrady in the league for points per game with 30.7. Bryant is also
averaging 6.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 41.8 minutes per game this season.
Bryant has been the hot topic lately because of his masterful dunks and impeccable shooting. Of the three, Bryant is the only one with a championship ring. In fact, he has three. For Bryant’s recent dominance in the NBA, he was named Western Conference Player of the Month for January and Player of the Week for games played from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2. Bryant averaged 30.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.42 steals in leading the Lakers to an 84 record in January. Starting Feb. 6, he scored
40 plus points per game for nine games in a row. Every morning it seems fans are waking up to the Bryant highlight reel.
rounding Bryant, fans
will sign with next, if any.
McGrady hasn’t had much luck with his shoe
this year Foot Locker had to recall the T-Mac shoe because of poor sales.
be a force in the
for years to come. He is the staple of the Orlando Magic offence, and with Grant
headed by recently acquired general manager J.P. Ricciardi, is putting together a strong team of
The Blue Jays have designated
as their ace,
hoping for another strong season from the right-hander. Halladay proved he could pitch with the big boys last year by putting up a strong 19-7 record with a 2.93 ERA (Earned Runs Average).
applied to Halladay, considering, before last year, he hadn’t
more than eight games
in a season.
The came from behind to Beta Cama Pie on March 5.
intramural ball hockey,
In the middle of the first half, the score was 3-1 for Beta Cama Pie. However, The Individuals captain
over the goalie’s
franchise player in Minnesota.
Nap, a big Leaf fan, said he plays because he needs a balance
too soon to be putting the
After all, Ricciardi wasn’t brought to Toronto to sign high-
hope he can do here what he did in Oakland, which was take a few years, develop young talent, and make a run at
Vernon Wells, and American League Rookie of the Year Eric Hinske, the Toronto Blue Jays can only look to improve.
said. “I love
the end of the
Individuals had the
regained his team’s lead, but again the Individuals rallied back. The it
to take the lead,
and the teams are approaching playoff action. The top six teams make the playoffs, which started
it 4-3. But Beta wouldn’t relent, and fought to re-tie the game at 4 in the second half. Shawn VanLoom quickly
Unfortunately for his team,
and fight pitches off,” Tosca told reporters after a pre-season game. Including a few other fresh faces and a few familiar ones such as Carlos Delgado, Kelvim Escobar,
brought to Toronto for his keen eye for
priced free agents and put together a winning team right away.
Christmas Day hitter. He can fall out of bed on Christmas Day and get three hits. He’s amazing. The guy can square up the ball, let the
Pie finished the regu-
in fifth place,
missing a playoff spot. Garibaldi
regain control by putting the ball in
in first place.
Western Conference Player of the
Month for February. He led the Timberwolves
11” forward has many accomplishments, he has yet to lead a team to the promised 26-year-old,
players looking to ink in the history
Doctor J, Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan remains to be
Shaq,” he said.
COUNSELLOR'S CORNER: A
record for the
month of February. Although
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Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca speaks highly of Stewart’s abilities.
Individuals scored two
sistently year after year?
between school and recreation.
season in the hands of a pitcher that has yet to prove he can pitch con-
play for fun, and to get In
something no team in Major League Baseball can afford to
Individuals beat Beta
By BRANDI STEVENSON
one-year $6. 2-million contract.
Jays’ fans can only
Considering Stewart made $4.25 million last year, this wasn’t exact-
but with a strict payroll and mini-
“I put a shot
Like McGrady, Garnett
ly a deal for the Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ training camp is heating up in anticipation of the season to come. The Blue Jays have many new faces in training camp this year. The Blue Jays management,
“Fans have cooled off lately on Kobe because they don’t know if he can carry the Lakers without
signing outfielder Shannon Stewart
Ryan Nap and teammate Jamie Hough each scored to tie the game
on injured reserve, thriving off of the
you put Kobe
the weather fool you,
Players like Bryant, Tracy and Garnett are the future of the NBA, although they are only three of the
This being said, the Jays have a few familiar faces on
around the corner, and with a new season comes another 162 games of baseball. Blue Jays baseball that is. spring
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Rise to the challenge of rock climbing By BRANDI STEVENSON
there are bolts,
Since you don’t have to worry about your pro, sport climbing is more of a physical challenge rather than a mental one. He said, “Sport
Jean Gamilovsky, from Mountain Equipment Co-op in Toronto, said there are different classes of climbing and each one poses
Traditional climbing, or trad, is a psychological exercise, he said. “II
some professionals,” he Knowing that you’ll always
be safe takes the adrenaline out of the climb, he added. Since this method is so sate, he
causes permanent damage to the
said trying top roping indoors is a good way for a beginner to get into
climber would place wedge-shaped objects, usually
Other climbing classes include rope, boulder mg, gym, big wall, alpine and mountaineering. Top roping can be done in climb-
metal, into cracks or holes of the rock. These objects become
a rope system.
climber’s protection, or pro. attach their rope to climber.can The the pro so they won’t fall as far if they slip or let go of the rock.
“anybody, from gym and
can go the
anchored, to a belayer at the bottom of the route. The belayer keeps
your own. Bouldering is climbing boulders on the ground in a variety of shapes and sizes. Although it may not
It is all
climbing rope goes from the climber to the top of the route where the rope is
tems could be complicated, so he recommends taking a course from a professional before heading out on
Part of the thrill of the climb
climbing has more gymnastics in people it.” However, he said some dislike sport climbing because it
you go traditional climbing you would have to have a very strong head,” said Gamilovsky. Trad is outdoor climbing on a rock face.
shock so it doeswhen you fall.”
Top roping is one of the safest said methods, climbing Gamilovsky. However, it doesn’t appeal to some seasoned climbers.
which usually don’t
break your back
safer than trad because the pro
rewarding challenges the mind and
during the climb so the rope the climber doesn’t fall if they slip. In case the climber does slip, a belay device attached to the belaytight
knowing you are relying on your own pro. It becomes a mind game, he said, “because you’re placing your own protection; you have to
to ensure that if the
in Kitchener, said
bouldering and weight training. Roberts has been working there for four years, and has been bouldering for five. He said he started climbing because, “it appealed to my
move. Higher Ground gym climbing
the rock, they won’t fall. Gamilovsky said the rope is spe-
designed to protect you.
Nolan one key to playoff run By JAMES
Owen Nolan from
deal sent shivers
lown the spines of the Leaf
a gritty checking line
Carolina Hurricanes. The 34-yearold brings experience and solid play to the club. “He’s had a solid career and we were looking for at
told reporters after a
strength of the
R y JAMES
chip in offensively. The Leafs are built for the long haul of the playoffs upfront.
returns to his play of a
Conference and play for Lord Stanley’s Cup.
place in tourna-
we played each game with everything we had.” Miller was proud of the way the
The Conestoga women’s indoor soccer team was one goal away from moving into the provincial finals.
On March 7 and 8, the Condors took part in the Ontario College’s Athletic
regional tournament. After winning their their first game and losing
second, a win in their final game would have put Conestoga into the provincial tournament.
team competed each night and played as a team. She believes that
game was intense. We knew we had to win in order to make to Ontarios and we it
played a good game.”
“Our third game was intense. knew we had to win in order to make it to Ontarios and we played 1a good game. We came up with a 1
tie to Seneca.” said
Rebecca Miller. missed Although the team advancing by one goal. Miller said "We that the season was a success.
March 7 and 8. Twenty-four coltook leges, including Conestoga, part in the
men’s and women’s
started out the 5-0 convincing a tournament with
The men’s team
was a hole
Amanda Drexler led Conestoga with two goals in the tournament. Jen Santos, Milena Ribeiro and Anna Naso
chipped in with one
one of players. “She
great saves and distributed
which set up many good plays and scoring opportuni-
the ball well,
says she expects five current play-
team for the entire seabeen son. Conestoga would have competitive. more “We had a small team of 1 play-
Miller also points to goalkeeper
one person was missing
team. The coaches are also excited about new players who will be
win over Redeemer. Bojan Djokovic led the way for the Condors with three goals. Boris Kubura and Ereyi Antony also contributed with a goal each.
have a good team next year.”
Johnstone said he was happy with since the team’s play, especially toughest the in were they felt he
“Defence did a good job forof shutting them down, the wards kept control of the ball, and
he was called upon, (Vukmanoic) he was big. Conestoga's women’s team with a started the tournament well over Canadore. victory 3-0 Milena Ribeiro, Jen Santos and
Conestoga’s second game saw Djokovic add another goal and Miro Orasanin scored to give
Conestoga a 2-0 victory. Dino Vukmanoic earned his second
shut-out of the tournament.
Conestoga’s third College. Niagara against Conestoga played a strong game and got the game-winning goal
from none other then Djoko\ic. Vukmanoic earned his third straight shut-out.
The 3-0-0 record put Conestoga and division their in first advanced them
to the provincial
flying high after
Association (OCAA) regional indoor soccer tournament was hosted by Conestoga College on
roping tests endurance,
The Ontario College’s
the regional tournament at
they have a proven winner between he the pipes in Ed Belfour. It
Women’s team comes up K.
making people stronger. Strength is what bouldering is all about, while
he also likes
The Conestoga men’s indoor
and the defence plays strong in able front of him, the Leafs may be
check, they provide the Leafs with
has got the help he needs. On March 9, Quinn acquired Glen
Quinn has been
Toronto’s Achilles heel has been the shaky play of their defence. this
Nolan and the emergence of Nik Antropov gives the Leafs a onetwo punch. And if Shayne Corson and Darcy Tucker can keep their emotions in
he year’s trade deadline, and thinks
ing itself to Leafs General
ately needs help.
gives the Leafs grit and depth upfront. He gives the Leafs two legitimate scoring lines, and should The vastly improve the power play. problem is he does not play on the
and Wade Belak is less than averthe age. Robert Svehla has been Buds top defenceman, but desper-
to feel excited
as they learn
And the return of Roberts the top line difficult to keep off the score sheet. The addition of
Cup parades is visions of Stanley Nolan Tiled their dreams. But is top? the over them ;nough to put The simple answer
thus far, not a defensive
defenceman, Aki Berg Lumme are not top end blue
daple Leafs pulled off a blockluster trade in acquiring power-
Mats Sundin and Alex Mogilny have lead the team
reward then climbing. Teaching
instructing offers a different kind of
the goal is to get to the top, he said. In bouldering it’s about performing
Kitchener on March
Sportsworld. They offer top roping,
different challenges. In top roping,
acts as a safety device
you have to trust the protection that you place.” Another climbing class is sport. In sport climbing, you drill holes in a rock and place bolts in them as
as frightening, Chris Roberts,
from the climbing
er’s harness will stop the rope.
(Photo by Brandi Stevenson) tries out the climbing wall at
Conestoga's head coach Geoff
the Condors. their second Humber. Drexler
scored Conestoga’s lone goal.
The team’s against
not for Conestoga, but this was enough and the game finished in a 1-1 draw.
The women narrowly missed and finished third
with four points.
be hosting the
provincial tournament at Park on March 21 and 22.
The men p.m. and
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