Going hog wild Thousands
Sanctuary’s sticky situation Students could lose one of their eating
and employees pigged out at the annual
NEWS Monday, September
they do not clean up their act.
GRT expands service to
college Grand River Transit makes bus route more accessible to residence.
Conestoga College, Kitchener
35 th Year
Teacher strike looms as talks break down says no need
Official By PETR CIHACEK
Teachers and support staff from Conestoga and other provincial colleges could go on strike soon as unsuccessful
them without a contract. If that happens students may not finish their programs as scheduled or might be required to take additional classes once the strike is
put students’ welfare
“There might be political reasons to (strike),” said Conestoga’s executive director of human resources Debra Marshall. “But I think at this point both parties are
leader says there panic.
However, Conestoga’s union is no reason to
talking strike at this
“Workload and salary are big “We’re also
time,” said Walter Boettger, presi-
issues,” said Boettger.
dent of the local Ontario Public Service Employees Union
strategy than strike.”
between OPSEU and management broke off Aug. 31, which raised worries among some Talks
of the college
that the negotiations
be calm, saying that
they are just taking time off to
time for negotiation. “If
avoid a strike.”
be stressful and have “a terrible impact” on students. But it would not be stressful for students only. Magazine said her job is to help students and it
but the union has
a different opinion.
receive a salary that
high school teachers and universiprofessors.
As high school
teachers receive increases of 3.6
per cent a year, in three years
wages would exceed those
of college teachers.
“For me personally it would be a tremendous conflict.” According to Boettger, the results of the provincial election
be important for future
that both parties
Cambridge purchases land
More money and quality of education are among the things Boettger is hoping the new government not
not going to get
plan for Conestoga College, says
Kevin Mullan, vice-president of finance and student services. The land between Fountain Street was Drive and Morningside at approved for purchase on Aug. a Cambridge city council meeting.
city at cost.
with 100 per cent certainty that we’ll not support the
The city will hold the land for Conestoga College for approxi-
college will have the $4.4 million
party the union
going to support, he was sure
The City of Cambridge’s purchase of 136 acres of land across Highway 401 is part of a long-term
Although he did
for future college
“This government has worn out its welcome with the he said.
Even though they disagree on
First-year nursing student Lisa Herrick performs her best hoola
hoop attempt as she races to the finish line. The relay race, held Sept. 3, was part of an Orientation event held for first-year McMaster students studying at Conestoga. The event, organized by third-year students, had been in the works since last spring. See Page 12 for additional photo.
the strike was to make students vic-
has an impact on our negotiation,”
(Photo by Valentina Rapoport)
“The (provincial) government
year the possibility of a strike
bigger because of the upcoming
year over three years. According
side) wants it to occur,” said Marshall, adding that there is still
The management proposes
go on strike even when they were without a contract for a year. However, this
salary increase of three per cent a
past, teachers did not
wants the management to improve the workload formula, which it says impedes the quality
stopped temporarily concerns counsellor Joan me,” said Magazine, who is the union steward for counsellors. “I’m very concerned for the students.” But Boettger said that in the
when both parties will resume their talks. Once they do, there will be a number of topics to dis-
will reach a set-
Progressive Conservative party.”
mately five years. It is
that at that time the
buy the land from the
Mullan says the college is expecting to receive funding for the new land from companies as well as individuals.
Continued on Page 3
Pondless pond party draws large crowd By
because the party was announced a.m. and the festivities to start at 1
rushed out of school doors when they heard there
free pork, hot
event, held Sept. 4,
near the pond to the recreation centre
the Patio Party instead.
Tons of students lined up outside the gates eagerly waiting for the
directors of the event to give the
green light so they could open up
shop on the food. It
attended the event. students were a
we could we came rush-
heard that a.m.
were kept waiting
another 30 minutes until
served," said Travis Paterson, a sec-
ond-year civil engineering student. Things didn't improve when stu-
instead of just testing their instru-
1992 and usually performs at festisaid Doug Boudreau, w'ho plays the drums.
and drinking the beer. There was a live band at the event named The Cavemers, who are a
band again,” said
classes,” said Delion.
Belair Direct booth w'as on dis-
play at the event and had a free for students to enter and have
ing student, said the pig event
loved the event, but wishes the band
was a bit closer to the crowd and there was more selection of beer. “What could be better. I’ve got meat, beer and ladies.” said
very impressed w'ith all the and I know they would be impressed with me if they saw' my chugging beer ability.” said Poulin. Carrie Gilmour. a first-year management studies student, said it was a good pig roast, but wishes the band would play more music
commotion calmed down
Belair Direct was also offering Ontario college students a 10 per cent discount on their home or car
had been delayed a week because All the
a big punch bowl spiked with rum.” Harinder Birk. a first-year student
as soon as the gates
a great venue and
“I feel this is
never thought I'd be able beer wfth my friends
lot of commotion once the water balloons were unleashed. Mike Poulin, a first-year market-
gate party with laughter, pork, beer
dent planners and found out they 14.
like a football tail-
awesome and wishes
of the blackout on Aug.
Gilmour. “I also think next year they should serve mixed drinks and have
The mood was
dents arrived to receive their stu-
people started digging into the pig
was estimated 2.500 students
Catherines group was formed in vals
get food at
annual Pond Party, but this year the
dogs, pop and, most importantly, beer.
took place more often.
Harinder. Jeff Delion, a first-year market-
student, said he loved the atmosphere and thought the pork from the pig was delicious. “This is so much better than high
a chance to win a portable stereo.
the event offering students special rates
on phones. One
ing your classmates for free. If students were to purchase a phone then they would be put in a M&M’s Meat Shop draw', with a chance to w in S50 worth of food. Additional story on Page 3 Photos on Pages 10 and 1
CSI changes funding of CJIQ and Spoke By CARRIE
CJIQ and Spoke
funding from Conestoga Students Incorporated (CSI) in a new way
“2002/2003 (school year) was the year we had a financial agree-
ment,” said Justin Falconer, president of CSI. the
CSI has donated
ue to work together. “We’ve always had a good working relationship,” he said. “Before they would give you a
going to cost $5,000,' he said. In turn, CSI will receive an agreed amount of air time. Another problem for both CSI
New posters cover Conestoga’s student lounge walls, but they are not advertising a new event but
lounge, solved the problem using a variety of methods. One year the lounge was closed for a few days with a'sign on the door saying closed due to the
rather a countdown.
The poster says that if students do not start to throw away their trash by Oct. 1, food will be banned from the Sanctuary. Conestoga Students Inc. put the posters up so on the first week of school students knew what could happen to their beloved lunch spot.
said, “I think the last thing the
wants to do Sanctuary or ban food from is either close
another council gave a visual display of garbage left
on tables by piling
“We’re not even a place that’s equipped to clean the tables properly don’t have the
cleaning supplies the
the least hindering
the solutions that could have
Previous CSI councils, during their own garbage crisis in the
“Anything that comes out of the is probably the biggest trash problem,” Falconer said, such as cups, bags and ketchup being
“If there is a need,
bly be filled,”
be given through advertisements. “At the end of the year if we
“He’ll be in charge of son,
The CSI will continue to grant Spoke $15,000 this year, but it will
munication,” Falconer said. “He'll be making sure informa-
year for their advertising.
Web site development, as well as maintaining other forms of com-
tion is passed
will be billed through
“The CSI wanted
advertiser in the true sense of the
to the students.”
Falconer said the new posidefinitely be an will improvement. This year alone CSI is putting on more than 50 events. “There's always something to do on campus, but people don’t
word, meaning they will book ads on a weekly basis and be billed for
The posters state that if the problem is not solved by the set date the
Sanctuary will follow the college’s classroom food and beverage policy. That would mean all food would
advertising.” Falconer said the relationship
be banned and only resealable bottles would be allowed into the
“Spilling on the floor does not happen all the time but when it does it’s annoying. “Someone has to go get paper towel or else someone’s, going to walk in the mess and make it
Falconer said thus far students are not co-operating. In the first
a solution that addressed the health and sanitation issue, I think ban-
ning the food
really assigned to
problem CSI has hired a communication specialist, who will be on an eight-month
By JASON MIDDLETON
Osborne said. There will be no guaranteed amount CSI will spend on CJIQ
years),” Falconer said.
CSI warns students to clean up trash
they would prefer you
have a project or need a piece of equipment (before providing finan-
put commercials on (in previous
and CJIQ in the past was actually getting commercials on the air.
“No one was
But, both the radio station and the student association will contin-
(Photo by Jason Middleton)
$10,000 to CJIQ and $15,000 to Spoke. This year, CSI is acting as a customer for both, not a donater. “They (CJIQ) will come down and say they need a switchboard,
in the Sanctuary. Conestoga Students Inc. president Justin Falconer sits at a garbage-covered table from the banned be CSI has given students until Oct. 1 to clean up their eating habits or food will
air their advertisements.
However, Osborne admits CJIQ and CSI haven’t “always hooked up” to make sure the advertisements were done. “We’ve always offered them free
tionship as a “marriage made in heaven.” CSI is the “No. planner of social activities” and
been really disappointing. It seems people haven’t noticed it (the posters) or don’t care enough.” He thinks some students have a misconception that the Sanctuary
“All of our events can have
the ads,” said Christina Jonas, co-
ordinator of the journalism-print and broadcast.
“Although they have never had any control over the editorial con-
CSI had students coming them thinking that they did. Paying for ads on a per ad basis
responsible for providing the edito-
just wanted to make sure wanted to partner with
Paul Osborne, manager of CJIQ and manager of the recreation centre, said CSI plays an
important role with the
paper on campus. “It’s
(CJIQ and Spoke)
benefit to everyone
content of the paper and pro-
ducing the newspaper. Falconer said CSI values having both the radio station and the news-
has the same cleaning staff as the cafeteria.
“We’re not even a place that’s equipped to clean the tables properly. We don’t have table, spray or wash cloths. We don’t have the
same cleaning supplies
“In the cafeterias the staff will
pick up after you.
are seeking energetic, outgoing
individuals for various promotional
up your trays and throw out your garbage and they do it on an ongoing basis so it never looks that bad rooms.”
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Falconer thinks the cafeteria, the source of the problem, should offer
inquired into including
(Photo by Diana
wish the cafeteria would take
responsibility for the things they sell
and offer to clean our
without having to charge us.”
OSAP time again!
First-year accounting student
James Conely deals application.
By AIMEE WILSON According to Falconer, the Sanctuary has not had any renovations ever since it was created in
The Sanctuary was revamped over the summer to give it a new
1995. “It really lacked long-term planning,” said Falconer.
a professional night-
atmosphere,” said Justin Falconer, president of Conestoga Students Incorporated (CSI).
was also reconsummer. New fur-
structed over the
niture was brought in for full-time and executive staff as well as divider walls between the desks for more privacy.
Conestoga College's den was shut down for the month of August while construction and painting
“We wanted a
“The goal was
Miller was involved
Along with a new DJ booth, conwoodworking students, the Sanctuary also added new stage lighting and DJ equipment,
equipped for live-to-air events put on by broadcasting students. A mural was painted, by a University
new paint in both DJ booth. The
entrances and on pictures featured
Justin Falconer, president of CSI,
The $23,000 renovation
painted around the bar
responsible for approv-
ing any changes and hiring contrac-
for the reno-
the plans on
July. If the construction
such as the double cohort, not
enough time was left to make all the changes to the Sanctuary. According to Falconer, the college
Sanctuary would have been closed until mid-October.
The bar was planned
to other issues taking priori-
and a half times bigger in size and constructed so it would no longer be closed in. It would have extended further into the room and shaped into a half-moon allowing for bet-
ing better service,” said Falconer. Therefore, since the bar was not finished, a smaller service window
has been added on the side of the bar to allow for heavier concentration of people on pub nights.
be painted over the entrances
by Signart, including frosted decals on some of the windows, and a large refrigerator unit, provided by Coca-Cola, will be installed by the bar.
According to Miller, the renovations are a step in the right direction. “It’s long overdue,” said Miller, adding, “We’re livening the
place up and changing people’s
Other than promoting a nightclub atmosphere. Falconer said
the course of the year,
Sanctuary. For example,
“We were committed
“It’s really refreshing,” said Falconer, adding, “It’s reflective of
was contacted about until
The CSI development and maintenance fee of $16, paid by each Doon campus student, went
April 24 but they didn’t receive
and more efficient service during pub nights. According to Falconer, the college
vations totalled just over $23,000.
tion to the bar to allow easier
around the bar’s service window will be updated after every pub
towards the cost of the renovations. Original plans included an addi-
of Waterloo student, around the as
helping to design the exterior look of the Sanctuary.
like a separate entity,” said
know they when they
a distinct look.
Party a success for CSI, students By The
M CHEL LE TAYLOR I
week of school can be
Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) offered a few hours of relief from the pressure of classes stressful time.
paid about $650 to feed everyone
CSI, the just
feed rumbling stomachs, but to
for students to
meet people from other programs,” Miller said. "Conestoga needs
to the generosity
have enough food for
Although Miller was thankful for community’s contribution, he could not stress enough the importance of Conestoga’s student volthe
unteers. “I could not believe
part of the event. Jessica
together for this
section of CSI, great
Miller said. “Everyone stepped up
and Dolly Phan, both second-year marketing students, were just two
to the plate."
Miller explained that Conestoga
Meat Packers donated the pig for a pound which is a fraction of its
errands including providing meals to the
band Cavemers. help out with everything
can." said Phan.
be added over Highway 401
Continued from Page 1 was important that Cambridge
known yet what probe moved to the new
community by creating more jobs and launching the
acquired this land for both the city
expansion of the Blair area.
The college plans to extend the Doon campus directly across the 401 to accommodate the expected
recreation centre and library will
Conestoga. Mullan says. "Opportunities could have less-
they did not buy
people came together. I'm mesmer-
some help from
Foods donated sauerkraut and even Home Hardware provided the char-
such a big event CSI managed to get
ized by the quality of Conestoga
dations students, offered their secu-
police foundations student,
acquired at discount prices thanks
party throughout the day.
coal for the barbecue.
were an important asset to the Pond Party. While some served food and drinks, others, mainly police foun-
not normally the
familiar with .security he had no problem helping out. The turnout was a surprise to him though. “It’s a really good turnout." he said. “I thought there would be less.” According to CSI, an estimated 2.500 students showed up for the
All the food at the party
type to volunteer, but because he
event running smoothly. Volunteers
said sure,” explained Jardim.
In order to
While students enjoyed the free meal and activities, many individuals were hard at work keeping the
friends said they
needed help with the Pond
Jardim said he
Ethan Miller, vice-
Pond Party was held not
the designated area with alco-
with a tasty pig roast on Sept. 4.
According president of
He was responmaking sure no students
of these volunteers.
The construction of the new campus will create an economic spin-
off for the
and when more degree programs are added.
expected that the
two parcels of land, a walkway will be added to the bridge over Highway 40 1
— SPOKE, September
Your vote matters Earlier this
month Ontario Premier Ernie Eves announced
With resiawaited Ontario election sending voters to polls for Oct. 2. privatizing of dents having faced blackout issues, listening to talk and education services and the unfolding of gay-marriage health
could be responsible for the reconstruction of
rights, this vote
government and Despite the overwhelming issues at hand, the Tory time in the spotlight to bash their imporopponents, putting less importance on the issues that are more are they though as feeling are voters voters. As a result, some their competitors are using their
game not worth betting on. Ontarians need games and focus on casting their votes.
part of a political
the election at
to overlook these
Queen’s Park, Eves wasted no
too inexperitime characterizing Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty as April 2002, in Harris Mike for enced for the job. Since taking over
weak because of his
indecisive stance. on the
reconstruction of Ontario’s energy market.
McGuinty, who currently has a double-digit lead resiover Eves, has focused his campaign on arguing that Ontario government’’ “cynical Conservative dents need a change from the
province for eight years starting with Harris. had enough of being short-changed, he told have “Ontarians are telling reporters in Waterloo earlier this month, adding. People that has run the
more of the same
He may be right, however, what about his stance on the issues? “Somebody should tell Dalton McGuinty that if you want to be predurmier, you can't just say what you’re against,’’ Eves told reporters ever made ing a rally in Brampton. “He’s against every reform we’ve to improve the education system in this province.
Alopg with Eves and McGuinty, who are the most popularized canand didates, is NDP Leader Howard Hampton. Similar to both Eves also put a lot effort into discrediting his
McGuinty Hampton has
When I was
end of the
you and the Conservative govern-
he told reporters, referring to Eves. to a Toronto Star poll that surveyed 1,002 eligible votissue voters are ers earlier this month, health care is the number focusing on, followed by education. Ontarians are worried about the shortage of nurses and doctors as well as the possibility of privatized health. Included in education issues are the misuse of the millions of
dollars the Conservatives have given to the education system over a
year ago. Teachers are
unhappy with pay, workload and
of banning teacher strikes. In addition, despite the recent blackouts, our
address electricity supply problems.
government has yet
to the future
stay in public reach?
which includes the deduction of mortgage interest and
the possible increase in corporate taxes.
ing the Walkerton water scandal will also be
these issues as
number of smog alerts. Also, let’s not forget the minimum wage which has been kept at $6.85 hourly in possible raise since 1994, or what some have called Ontario’s ridiculous insurance
will the increasing
rates that just
keep getting higher.
be endless and Ontario residents need some
answers now. It
hard to sidestep the political tactics being used to win the
spotlight during this election but as residents of this province
your research, form your
in a decision that
opinions and be involved
could reshape Ontario’s future.
think that a
ing trip last month, inhaling smog and exhaust gases was the last
provincial park should offer
thought I would do. How naive I was. Driving on a quiet country road toward Bronte Creek Provincial Park, I was excited about spending
minutes from the highway. The majority of parks in Ontario have a lake or pond, but it is not the case at Bronte Creek. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many nice things to be said about
three days in the nature
However, when the
staff at the
park office told us that if we want to go swimming or hiking the only
way was like
to take the
QEW to 1
got a punch in the stomach.
was a joke, but a few hours after, when I was At
Located near Oakville, Bronte Creek Provincial Park is just some 45 minutes from Kitchener, which makes it the most accessible provincial park around. But I could have as well put up my tent in my backyard and gone swim-
beat-up car on the
backed-up highway to get to the pool, I was far from laughing. I just
the other side of the park,
the issue of balancing the budget
promises of further tax cuts,
Pick your camping destination carefully
was not expecting
According to the park’s Web site, Bronte Creek includes a large pool, creek and trails. Indeed, there are six trails and the creek is just gorgeous. However, no one told us that we'd have to drive for around 10 minutes to get there from our camp site. Isn’t it false advertising?
one of Kitchener’s three And it would have
that is just
sites are quiet
and offer some degree of privacy. There are many animal species in the park and if you’re lucky you can even hear coyotes howling in the night. But, one of the cool things about camping is the break from driving and if you don’t have a car at Bronte Creek, you are confined to the campground
$20 per night to stay at the park and, unlike any other Ontario provincial park, you also have to
where, besides the 1 44 campsites, washrooms and an office, there is
pay to enter the pool. In its “generosity,” they charge campers only $2 while people who did not pay
$20 fee have
virtually nothing else.
Therefore, unless being stuck in
self a favour
a 50-cent discount, that’s
do yourand avoid Bronte
For information on Ontario’s you can check out
even though the Bronte Creek pool is one of the largest man-made pools in North well,
www.OntarioParks.com or 1
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Balancing work and school
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By JEN NIFER
With the college workload being it was in high school,
As we welcome in another school we say goodbye to the money that we worked so hard to earn over year the
(Photo by Petr Cihacek)
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about 150 people security Al Hunter
were put on a waiting list and forced to use weekly and daily parking. Head of says it might take as long as a month before all waiting students get a permit. Parking spots become available when students either drop out of their programs or carpool.
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continues with CSI vice-president of activities
‘Miller time’ By DIANA O’NEILL
stomach painted red and blue and got the students in attendance to break into a song and dance
He plans on bringing the students together and pig roasts are only the
the box,” said Falconer.
some fun with new approaches on how to enhance the current student community,
dent of activities Students Incorporated (CSI).
The just Ethan’s
head coach for two Olympic teams but he also teaches Sunday school. As he sim-
about the Bible, but about goodness.”
of Miller’s ideas and ingest some of the 660 pounds of pork offered. “He’s the pig man! We wouldn’t have had that without Ethan and
Not only did Miller get the entire school talking about the unconven-
Conestoga has to offer. By serving up more studentbased activities and cramming in as
social activity as he possibly
Miller hopes to make the school tight-knit like a community.
“Ethan is bringing his unique approach to this year’s student activities,” Falconer said, adding, “He’s going to add flavour to the regular yearly program.”
Miller brings the students together in
wild ways, as vice-president of
doors of the college for entertainment and we shouldn’t. I plan on
them off the couch and getthem involved in some grass-
Miller explains, “We have underestimated the students capabilities by looking outside the
of amazing people.” He plans on exploiting
mass entertainer or mass babysit-
he achieved his ultimate goal of utilizing his ability to motivate
because they’re all amazing in their own ways,” said Miller, adding, “Conestoga has such a compilation
and he that
position (with CSI)
tional pig roast gathering, but also
people and create enthusiasm.' “I talk to everyone the same,
know much do know I
Miller has a knack for finding
attended the recre-
ation centre party on Sept. 4 were fortunate enough to indulge in one
has a history of leadership roles. Not only has Miller
lowers by the end of the year. “He this pure excitement and
appointed position as vice-presi-
there will be a cult of Ethan fol-
as part of his recently
he thinks outside, outside
Falconer couldn’t be any more to work with Miller for the
current school year.
“He’s so passionate about what he does and he appreciates the little things,” he said, adding, “It’s just Ethan’s whole demeanour that blows you away.”
“Our people are
thick barley stew,
I am struggling with understanding course material
CSI vice-president of activities
I feel I
trouble keeping up with
Although the 21 -year-old Baden high
Miller has a clear goal to raise the
school, he didn’t feel inclined to
student spirit and Falconer is looking forward to being his partner in
was co-president of
take on a leadership position with
Conestoga’s student body. That is until Miller’s long-time friend Falconer, convinced
alternative perspective it
to take his
Miller started the school year off
on an original note for new students. He planned something different for every day of orientation week. By the end if it all, he had
crime for that challenge. “This year will be exciting for the students,” Miller said, adding, “The plan is to have fun and see
some changes around
It’s obvious that he thrives off the energy of the students and he is not afraid to admit it. “Our people are like a thick barley stew, each bring-
ing in their
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user-friendly for students $750,000 funding Upgrades to system create less backlogs for being No. 1 By KATE BATTLER By TIM
A new computer made
and prevented most ol" the delay said a Conestoga College easier
financial aid administrator.
new system, which
the college has been rated
the 24 colleges with an average rating of 88.125. Conestoga showed an employment rate of 93.6 per cent for graduates
for the past five years, but
entitlement, not just an estimate.
Although the power blackout that shut down most of Ontario on Aug. 14 slowed down the process, Matresky said their offices were running and caught up in a couple
haven’t heard as
the system being
down, or being
what most of them don’t
college receives additional funding along with that title.
The college receives approximately $750,000 more for being the No. rated college in the
months after the completion of which is the best in the
applications and assists students,
was implemented the summer. “From our end,
Matresky said the biggest problem this year was with the signa-
the start of
the entire pro-
system has completely
changed the way we look
cations,” said Matresky.
say the process has
A signature page is a declaration that the student’s OSAP applica-
gone relatively smoothly, and I’d say students are quite impressed
and gives permisAid Office information with the
tion is accurate,
heard as many complaints this year
the system being
or being slow.”
system were numerous hardware and software upgrades, but the end result was a more user-friendly system with to the
pick up their loan.
a student’s point of view, a student walks in here right
now with their signature pages, we can edit their application and give them an answer within five minutes as to their entitlement,” said Matresky.
College President John Tibbits said the amount the college receives lot
of different things with
money. However, he
“I'd say the process has relatively smoothly,
and I’d say impressed here,”
The college doesn’t 1
being No. 2 or even No.
goes into a quality assurance fund every year which is used for
gets the same amount of money percentage-wise based on the size and population of the school.
improving the college ways.
hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They can also go to the National Student Loan Centre from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both offices are located within the Student Client Services Building.
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This year a large portion of the to hiring
time teachers. The money has also gone to new Orientation sessions and the expansion of the LRC. “We put it where we think it’s going to make a difference,” Tibbits said.
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Conestoga College came out best
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for being No.
Conestoga has a higher percentage of full-time teachers than other colleges which costs a lot
were sent to the OSAP office in Thunder Bay along with applications, and others simply weren’t
rather technical, involving
financial aid administrator
like to see a greater reward.”
sion for the Financial to
Funny Money packs Sanctuary By
because remember want your business.”
Conestoga eagerly filled $100 during a
Cunningharti advised students to always ask themselves whether it is a good purchase and to be smart with their money. “It is important that all you students out there invest your money and get it into mutual funds as early as possible, because the rich
students College the Sanctuary to win
James Cunningham, comedian from
Toronto, travelled to the college to perform his youthful Funny Money
Funny Money based show aimed
and colleges across the country that are facing money problems The $100 was given to one lucky student after she was chosen from four other students to perform an
plans to continue doing his act across the country.
He was first a comedian for six years and had a skit on students being broke which always received
embarrassing sequence of dance moves in front of the crowd. Cunningham first displayed the
The winner was an excited Holly
like Financial Tips, students
James Cunningham gave tine
of students are stressed because of money problems. He says if they were to have a budget, much of
disappear because the students would then have a system to manage their money. their
“Money is like very of you
beer, in then out
Funny Money, Sept. 2
Cunningham said he knew show something
Cunningham. “You have
Johnston, a Conestoga student who plans to spend her money .on gro-
good reaction from the
triggered the idea for his
three moves in front of the audience and received cheers from the
bing the bank.
and the poor get poorer,”
Cunningham won the 2002 Canadian Organization of Campus Activities Lecture Award and has
at students from
crowd for his efforts. The moves were passing out the money, funky fisherman and rob-
students on ways to save
be responsible with it.” Studies show 68 per cent of college and university students to
Ontario are experiencing some sort
of financial difficulty.
during his stand-up
usually broke because they spend too much of their money on drugs, alcohol, shopping and eating out when they should make their own food.
Of all the things which students buy many could be a lot less expensive says Cunningham. The key is to look around for the best deals, he says, and only buy the things you really need and cut out some of the luxuries you have.
He expresses the importance of having a buffer fund. It consists of a reserve fund used for a rainy day, for example when your car breaks
down or you desperately need money to get out of a bind. Cunningham says students’ money goes towards tuition,
“These luxuries could be things like cable and cellphones. It is important to find out if you really need those things, and if you do, search around for the best prices
books, school supplies, rent, food, transportation, phone bills, clothes, laundry, Internet, cable and enter-
not be interested. He realized he had to spice it up with a little com-
edy and simplify it for students. He has been doing his show for three years and has plans to continue doing
in the future.
Conestoga Residence. Conestoga Students Incorporated Jody programmer events
Cunningham Funny Money
his performing act in 2001 at a con-
ference at Centennial College. Cunningham plans to return to Conestoga every year.
Local magician works his magic Childhood hobby turns into a career
By JE NNIFER
Barney’s all-time favourite
Conestoga College students were by the astonishing tricks of Barney the Magician in the Sanctuary on Sept. 2. The audience cheered as Barney
the into crowded Students Sanctuary to see this CSI-hosted event over the lunch hour.
called on three
the audience to help
great doing a job
because puts a lot of smiles on people’s faces and you meet a lot this
Barney the Magician
www.paguide.com Physical Activity
Ackert, 19, volunteered to take part in a wand trick that turned out to “I
out though,” said
Ackert, an early childhood education student, after the show.
Barney told the audience
was inspired to pursue a career magic after watching card tricks
he in at
Later he admitted the circus story
was false. Magic was a childhood hobby for Barney. “Then it became full time,” he
The audience was
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members of him on stage
not be as simple as “It’s
took to the stage dressed in a black tuxedo, with the faces of various
Disney characters on his colourful
which he performed three times, was pulling a watch out of an empty bag.
Barney’s Cheers and clapping were heard as he pulled metres of colourful paper out of his mouth; later, this pile of paper magically transformed into a live bird.
There have been a
magician, said Barney, a Kitchener resident. “It’s great
Highlights of the show also included balloon and card tricks, mind reading and pulling a white
bunny out of a box.
doing a job like
puts a lot of smiles on
people’s faces and you meet a lot
of people,” he said.
(Photo by Jennifer Ormston)
Barney the Magician dazzled Conestoga College students with his magic tricks Sept. 2. in the Sanctuary. His show consisted of card and balloon tricks, bunnies and birds.
New technology assists DARREN SMITH
more convenient can’t find space
Vehicle thefts increased last year and Al Hunter, head of Conestoga security,
problem such as having more than 3,300 vehicles parking at the to the
of crime and what
the lock config-
uration,” said Hunter.
enter or leave the
one step being ensure student security on
lots are but
of security cameras which are expected to be complete in three weeks.
feature that will help reduce
new gated Lot
theft is the
the entire college gated.”
a card access gated lot,” said Hunter. “You'll need a prox-
head of Conestoga security
imity card to either get in or leave
type of system would be
Lots 11,12 and
would save the
see the entire college gated.”
be completed are
zoom cameras which allow
13, as well as park-
ing areas 8 and 9 and on the far east side of the campus near parking
meeting has taken place to the reason Conestoga
radio station. is
the cafeteria as
CJIQ's program problem during the summer. According to him. thjs has been an ongoing Burley,
director, first noticed the
coverage of large areas. They’re
security has taken to ensure student
Emergency tions in
different lighting conditions and if the subject is two or three hun-
to continue to
everybody on Al Hunter
night so visibility really should
between Lots in
“These phones ple
He lots are
the area of Lots 8 and 9 as well as the far east of the campus in Lot 1 1
two or three weeks. They be very visible being 10- feet with the school bus "crossing
through the participation of
ly reflective but will have a light on top and a strobe light that is activated when dialled.
Being equipped with an automatic iris allows the camera to open the lens as the lighting con-
installed in three parking lot loca-
yellow sign colouring scheme. Not only will these units be high-
“The only way
— Page 9
tie in to
“They are also at locawhere they are visible to
taking responsibility in reporting
activity -the better things will be and the most important thing for security is its connectivity to the college
being able to perform a preset patrol of certain areas and zooming
ronment but the only way
will connect peowith security,” said
Technology does help in the campus but Hunter
security of the
attributes the greatest feature they
are digitally record-
ed and monitored. The recordings are kept from five to seven weeks.
it’s going continue to be that safe is through participation by everybody
have to the students. “I think probably the greatest security feature we have are 12.000 eyes. There are almost 6.000 students at this campus,”
a very safe envi-
Some people have up or turned down the
the solution but just
CJIQ gets back on the airwaves By CARLA
back and check issues of concern. Hunter said these cameras are not
ecpiipped with an automatic
not be an issue with the cameras, said Hunter.
A I Hunter,
that lot. Ultimately
black and white to keep the reso-
Most break-ins have occurred morning or early afternoon.
within three weeks.
dred metres away you can started
Hunter said that they work closewith regional police and a number of arrests have been made. “We are in fact on the 401 corridor so we’re very susceptible to
to truant park-
college every day.
at their leisure.”
Kast said he likes to have music playing al home and doesn’t mind the
in the cafeteria.
nice to have some music playing as long as it’s not overpowering or too loud.” “It’s
Student Dick Van Alphen. 20, agrees that music is nice as long as it’s not blaring. “It’s
quiet without the radio sta-
tion,” said the first-year advertising
we have that
student. “It’s nice to hear
kind of a
this radio station
operated by the
Mark Burley, CJIQ program
background sound it’s niqe to have rather than just dead air.” The radio station is run by volunteers on the weekend and students during the week. Both broadcasting and journalism students have time slots to learn the ropes of working on the air. Most of their grades depend on their performances.
Burley stressed that
have the most listeners during the day in the cafeteria and the
nice for everyone to hear a bit of
Sanctuary," Burley said.
kind of a shame that
this radio station that is
important to students
broadcasts because students
work hard on
Burley pointed out that the time
effort the students put into the
Conestoga College and they can't
effort put into other students’ pro-
Burley suggested the box that contains the toggle switch for turning the radio off and on cafeteria
the site of the prob-
“The box used
be locked and
turn the switches
turned off,” Burley
can be any number of
a person hearing a song they don't
no different than when
computer programming students' work gets displayed at the end of the year. Just like the radio station, they’ve spent all year working on it.” The meeting to look into the problem took place on Sept. 8, at which time staff from both the radio station and the cafeteria the
devised a solution to help fix the problem. The box covering the control
panel for volume
will be locked
and turning it off. Then nobody it back on.” Burley added the cafeteria is the
and a volume con-
will be installed in the food
place with the biggest captiv e audi-
will only be accessible Burley or one of the people working behind the counter. This solution will allow both par-
John Last, the cafeteria's food service director, agreed thar the stem 'of the problem lies in the unlocked control box. “I believe what is happening is the controls in the dining
ties to either turn the
down depending on in the cafeteria.
(Photo by Carta Kowalyk)
volume up or
the noise level
Matt Ruiss, a second-year broadcast radio and television student, demonstrates his DJ radio station on the third floor of Conestoga College. Sept. 5.
Pond Party provides students
(Photo by Carrie Hoto)
Students, above, wait in line for some pig roast during the
Pond Party held on Sept. 4. Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) estimates about 2,500 students showed up for the event
throughout the day.
works hard preparing the pork for the thousands of students who arrived for a free roaster,
meal. (Photo by Aimee Wilson)
(Photo by Michelle Taylor)
Darren Palmer, and Jeremy Meiers, all second-year civil engineering students, and Chris Pignatelli, a second-year computer programming student, enjoy some beer during Conestogaâ€™s Pond Party. The party took place on the Recreation Centre patio due (left
to construction of the
Learning Resource Centre.
(Photo by Carrie Hoto)
Laura Eaglesham, director of finance, serves up some of the 660 pounds of pork found at the CSI Pond Party. The event was a welcome back for students on Sept. 4.
â€” Page 11
stress-free food fun
(Photo by Kate Battler)
the Beatles tribute band the Caverners, up outside the recreation centre before he gets into costume to entertain the students at the
warms Pond ight,
plays the part of
to get a piece of
this yearâ€™s event.
volunteered his time during the Pond
student, Nearv a second-year police foundations a refreshing bucket with Stepan eye on things" He is shown
o. ice coid
Coke. (Photo by Aimee Wilson)
— SPOKE, September
Virus disrupts conference centre’s computer network By
RYAN CON NEL L
onto the network.
Residents were without Internet week while Logisense, Golden Triangle and Conestoga
must have been a new student because we didn’t have any problems during the summer,” Kobylnik “It
Party animals and the Internet were the biggest headaches for college residence
move-in day on Aug. 31. Approximately 530 new and returning students were welcomed into the Conestoga Residence and Conference Centre, including those
“(They) moved in, got set up on the Internet and that’s what caused a lot of problems.” New restrictions were implemented in August when Logisense Corp. was hired to control the
Residents were assigned one of three time slots during the day to move in, with close to 30 student volunteers helping with luggage,
stayed in residence for college courses over the summer.
giving directions and other tasks. Resident general manager John
Kobylnik said the Internet’s inacwas the most popular complaint staff received from residents during the students’ first cessibility
computer entered the
to repair the
network. Technicians were having
work on the problem because virus caused so
can be used in the building.
Internet in order to be able to sign
amount of data
can be passed along the Internet in a given period of time, residents are able
were last year. Koblynik said Logisense was
to fix the
so that these
programs can catch and remove the viruses without causing havoc to the network.
many network problems
after their first
Students were able to access the
one who just moved in and connected their computer to the
dence last year. “There has been some upgrades,” Kobylnik said. “But we just had a lot of problems with people not being able to get on. It seemed like all the time we were contacting
Aside from the Internet probmanaged to enjoy themselves Labour Day weekend with a lot of residence parties. Residence staff and advisers had to monitor a lot of social activity
during the weekend with
completely shutting down the system. Kobylnik said it had to be somework,
alarms under false pretences ,
The sound of a shrieking fire alarm was a surprise midnight awakening for students at the Conestoga Residence and Conference Centre on Sept. 3. Residents and staff were evacuated from the building on the first
week back to school after a fire alarm was pulled in the hallway on the sixth floor.
Conestoga resident general manager John Kobylnik said he was
Kobylnik can confirm
pulled the alarm.
yeah, a student
Kobylnik said. The residence and the college have strict policies toward students who pull the fire alarms under false it,”
“(Pulling fire alarms) thing that
Resident advisers (RAs) walked the hallways on move-in weekend to monitor party activity.
Kobylnik said management has residents' date of births on file so that if there are problems with certain residents and they are underage, then staff can confiscate all
must have been a new student because we didn’t have any problems during the summer.” 'John Kobylnik, resident general manager
Kobylnik said there weren’t too with most students conducting themselves appropriately. The most common issue was
hallways instead of being in a room which is against residence policy. Another drinking problem included catching students with beer bottles which is strictly pro-
“There were a lot of people around drinking,” Kobylnik said. “We were trying to control that.”
only damage that
happened was a vending machine was pushed over, causing a small amount of damage to its exterior. The machine was picked up within 10 minutes of being pushed over. Residence is still investigating who was involved in the vandalism by reviewing security cameras. Students can receive fines that range from $20-200 for disobeying residence rules.
On Labour Day residence offered fun activities and free food in the parking lot to welcome residents and encourage everybody new people and the RAs.
hibited in residence this year in order to limit the amount of broken
underage drinking was monitored more this year because
burgers were handed out. A Velcro wall and an air-blown boxing ring
more Grade 12 students entering were a year younger
because of the double cohort.
played tunes to brighten the
and free pop and ham-
this year as well as organizing different games to
unable to go into too many details about what happened because it is still being investigated, but dent
(Photo by Ryan taken seriously by both residence and college
(to fix it).”
Norton or McAfee as well as get their Windows updates from the
Internet at the start of the
away from home on for
programs such as
hired to handle the restrictions this year after having to deal with too in
future incidents with
quickly and easily. Golden Triangle continues to be the centre’s primary Internet provider, but they are not in control of the restrictions
troubles entering the network to
Residence asked everybody to disconnect their Ethernet cables from their computers and not access the
Students were unable to access the Internet beginning Labour Day afternoon when a virus from a stu-
for almost a
take pretty seriously.
don’t want anybody messing
around with the Kobylnik said.
Repercussions can be as drastic removal from residence and even removal from the student’s as
program at the “Something understand (in
people don't anything they do
Kobylnik said. “You’re not just dealing with us, you’re also dealing with the school. So anytime we have an incident, the college going to know about it.”
Third-year nursing students (back to front) Ellen Becker, Clinton Baretto and Christa Snow prepare for an afternoon filled with fun. This was the first year for Orientation for McMaster students attending Conestoga, which was organized by third-year nursing students. The event included a relay race where students raced to put on scrubs and catch water balloon IV bags.
— Page 13
expansion benefits students
public transportation will have a much easier time getting around
town this year. Grand River Transit (GRT) has expanded many of its existing routes as well as added some new ones.
“Some areas of the city weren't receiving service and some services weren’t running often enough,” Grand River Transit customer Arlene representative service Matthews. “So changes were made said
make everyone happy.”
to try to
sometimes students can get sick and
A new Sunday bus
on a usual boring Sunday.” Kathy Carr, broadcasting student
ostly positive feedback
happy with the she said. “They now
“Most people (.pansions,”
ive bus service
Tore and seem grateful for it. Despite all the positive feedback concerns lere have been some ^pressed.
people are confused over services that have undergone
ame changes because r
to find the right route.
routes are farther
houses then they
be making it hard for sento get to ors and disabled people ised to
One of the new services added Sunday Route 10 bus. Route 10
jne of the buses
used by Conestoga els from the Doon
campus to many
Before Route 10 ran on Sundays, were students living in residence the stranded. Now they can catch and then get on a connecting bus 10
or Kitchener Waterloo and spend the day there. Second-year broadcast student.
school months of September to April.
From Fairview Park Mall
101 This bus will help students reach in only the University of Waterloo time the half is which 25 minutes,
live in resi-
in can get sick and tired of being A new residence,” she said, bus lets them get out and
every 60 minutes.
took prior to Sept. 2. The route runs almost non-stop the from Fairview Park Mall to
Sunday about on a usually boring day. The bus runs from 8 to midnight
- and back University of Waterloo - every 15 minutes Monday to
Route 10 run-
In addition to the
dents can catch the Express Route
stops along the way.
Conference Centre. This front of the Conestoga Residence and
Kathy Carr, 18, said although she has her own car and doesn’t usualthinks a ly need to take the bus she bus will benefit students,
ning on Sundays
Fairview Park Mall, making
Route 10 buses now stop in Grand River Transit on Sept.
most frequently students.
(Photo by Jennifer Howden)
runs more has
Friday from approximately 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.
Passengers can only board and designated exit the express bus at express stops. The designated stops include Fairview Park Mall, the Kitchener Transportation Centre on Caroline Street in uptown Waterloo following stops at the Waterloo: south camof University
Biology II, Columbia Davis Street entrance, William G. Centre, and Engineering 1. Other transit changes include: a
service to Waterloo’s RIM Park recreation complex; the openin ing of a new bus terminal
changes introduced by at Forest Glen Plaza; in routes redirected
Kitchener and Waterloo and
Chicopee. For more information on the route nearest you call Grand River Transit at 585-7555 or visit
The route has been extended to Bechtel and Pioneer evenings and weekends. Also, it now picks up drops off students right outside and
Conestoga Residence and Conference Centre. This means have to walk that students will not across from stop from the old bus
night. the recreation centre at stuCarr thinks the bus dropping is residence outside right dents off
a lot safer. “I
need more than a bandaid solution?
myselt at the recreation centre by night,” she said.
especially students, “Now make the females, won’t have to
The bus now does 15 minutes
the route every to Friday, 7 to
and every 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., time half-hour between those two every halfslots. The bus also runs hour on Saturdays. have Other new services that and 110 Route Express started are
to help express routes are designed campuses their to students transfer at a faster rate.
and minutes 30 Fairview Park every and to Friday, 7 to 9 a.m.
the regular 6 p.m. during
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blood pressure monitoring community referrals birth control counselling
pregnancy testing a place to rest
when you are
— SPOKE, September
Recycling important on Conestoga works on being environmentally DAWN HASSON
Wood The physical resources department works tirelessly to expand Conestoga College’s recycling program, while remaining efficient with limited funding.
Sixty-two per cent of the college’s waste
up garbage out
the waste container
garbage out of the garbage can and empty into the
into the recy-
manager Barry Milner.
Physical resources manager constantly
looking at ways to get rid of waste
that are friendly to the
while staying within their budget.
shipped in are picked up by another
to include glass matecorrugated cardboard and
college also recy-
wood, metal, motor oil and computers. However, the program is always evolving. One of the recommendations that came forth in a recent audit was to cles
container,” said physical resources
with a paper
the recycling material and
into the recycling
in the late '80s
resources took over and expanded
picking up the recycling material
tional cost to the school.
of a garbage can and empty
which are a combination of materials that make plastic plates and cutlery. The college had to turn it down because the amount produced is not feasible and the costs could take money away from aca-
Cribs in the
program meet safety standards are
a composting program, but struck
to the school.
Humanity. The Mennonite community has also taken some of the college’s older desks for their
donated to charitable organizations such as women’s shelters. Also,
styrene products were the cleanli-
computers the computer services
ness of the materials and finding a
company who delivers them will come back and pick up the empty
space to store them prior to being picked up and recycled.
The college donates old
other items, to Habitat for
try and find a home Cheryl Vogan, an
early childhood education that
the college purchases
boxes to reuse.
no money from the min-
run recycling, said Milner. health issues raised in
the discussion over recycling poly-
Another program suggested was
as a win-
Milner takes pride
Every year, top soil for the gardens costs about $300, which is much cheaper than administrating a composting program at three times the cost on little waste from the
on a budget
recycling program run by student
in physical resources.
in the school’s
program, which has been pushed along this year with extra blue bins
academics into a composting pro-
They’re the ones that take the stuff and actually put it in the proper containers to make this thing
work,” said Milner.
for the corridors at a cost of
“The students and staff are the who make the program viable.
CSI vice-president has high hopes for Conestoga
By ETHAN MILLER
of Student Activities
dreams and heavenly warmth, immune from all worldly trou-
subconsciously anticipated buzz of horror fills the room,
involved with CSI.
willpower and self-commitment, you thrust your helpless body into painstaking action, decimating
the seemingly impenetrable force
decrease departmentalization at the school by providing grass-
thoughts of approaching assign-
roots, participative, student-based
ments and exams flood your saturated brain, as your quivering foot touched the frigid, stale floor.
events that will build on the tradi-
average morning in the
not, but the reality
pageant (with a pub nights and a
been as successful as attempting to hook a defibrillator up to a rotting tree stump. As the two per cent of the college population election
already know. I’m Ethan Miller,
of activities for
Studies student and first
voted in the
The annual pond
101” management show and the double
appearance of Tony Lee will also be sure to rock the boat. It’s time to get off the couch, out of the comfort zone and into the fun zone. Stop makin" love to the
and textbooks and get involved with your college - I guarantee you won’t regret it. evision
& Hangers •'Film
Some of these events include ’70s game show week, pig roasts, an
around Conestoga have
past attempts to enhance student vitality
am by no
causing your brain to teeter from fantasy to reality. Coaxing all
morning: windy yet quiet, bone chilling and dark as a bat cave. You lie beneath the thick, soft flannel
CBSA By JAMES
Business looking for
good men and
The student-run organization, known as the CBSA. requires two students
class to attend
meetings that are held once or twice a month. The student representative will then report to their
The student also give the
Kunkle, says that
should be a good year for the because of the executive this
Kunkle. “They are
very well liked and well respected
throughout the school year. The bashes usually have a theme and
every student of the
another successful event put on by the CBSA and Kunkle expects this
of 69 students went on that was held the
last year’s trip
second last weekend in March. Kunkle says that student representatives will help plan and organize these events but volunteers are
“The executive said
“This year’s will probably be even twice or even three times big-
The president of
ideas for fundraising events.
ered under the
year’s trip to be even better.
feedback and present their
ating from a
that is available for students gradu-
on the issues
“Anybody who is becoming a rep will
mation technology and media stud-
Posters will be around the school advertising student representative
number of fundraising events
fund the annual awards banquet.
More parking spots By
Anyone that is interested becoming a student representa-
should go to the Room 1D14 D. tive
say hi and introduce
dents enrolled in business, infor-
stop by the office and give us contact information,” said Kunkle.
are held during the school year to
in the orange lot at Security guard Alt Elliott points to a car without the proper parking pass checked their guards security of team a school, of week first the Conestoga College. During tickets were issued. week, following The warnings. issued and passes the assigned lots for
just have to
goal is to provide a higher quality education for stu-
— Page 15
which is held at the end ol the year. Funds also go towards a yearbook
the positions of class representa-
for a few
2 and to offset the price of new equipment. A1 Hunter, head of security at
spots in Lot
college, said there is no provincial funding for parking not
being on a waiting list for a spot students could still be accommodated by paying weekly or daily
These large spots were added to accommodate those who had vans
with side exits.
“We have to generate our and we own revenue ...
and provide adequate and safe parking.”
used for large addi-
and E wing. No money is made
which saves them money. These
we have to be realisand we try and provide adequate and safe parking,” said about
college students return permits after they parking their find someone to carpool with,
revenue and tic
$15 without a permit. Hunter said in order to be fair to those who have paid for parking,
support parking. “We have to generate our
in a fire or
head of Conestoga
tions for educational use like the
Security was reasonably lenient first week of school unless
SuperBuild funding. “We really need to be
of the campus as well as some having been enlarged to more than 20 feet wide.
Parking rates have increased this year to accommodate the 300 new
some cases our
that type of access,” said Hunter, adding, “parking in the handicap
-zone without a permit
The number of handicapped parking spots has increased near
Parking has sold out at the college but Hunter said that despite
are then resold at a reduced rate depending on when
purchased. said “It’s been my experience." Hunter, “that by Christmas time
we're able to accommodate every' one.”
first are living away from home Tor the vou are here from out of town; some w'he and doing are you one to report to about what _ time What a change! There's no time What day? your was "How ask. one to no also is Curfew-what’s a Surfew? There to say “I love you. would you like to have dinner?’ and
newspaper, government. Read Spoke, your school happenings on campus.
with to familiarize yourself
xtssrr.K. (Photo by
the E wing Sept. ISA president Jessika Kunkle stands outside student reprefor lookout Kunkle and her executive are on the year. school the help plan events throughout ntatives to
your new community.
A Message from Student
— SPOKE, September
New awards new
Last year, a
pacemaker implant saved Max’s Now
he can spend more lime with
Students in need of extra cash
have new award options (Spoke Photo )
Studying by the pond nications,
AWSTMtt Please give to the
left to right) Cristina Areine, telecommucomputer engineering, and Patrick take advantage of the beautiful weather
First-year students (from
registrar of the Student
while studying out by the pond.
year according to the associate Office.
Janeen Hoover said the Conestoga College Achievement Award and the Entrance Award are available for students in need.
The Entrance Award
TIPS FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS
directly out of high school, said
Hoover, and awards $500 to students admitted and regis-
tered in the
every day on
year of a two-
or three-year ministry-approved
reading and assignments than to try to catch up on a week's worth of work on a Sunday afternoon.
diploma program. “The students coming in this year may not have seen it, as their high school
why we’re allowing applicants come in and apply up to Sept.
REVIEW CLASS NOTES.
Reviewing class notes as soon as possible after class increases understanding and retention.
Transfer your notes or summarize information. Organize and rewrite your notes, make a chart, diagram or flashcards. Discuss or teach what you are learning to another person. Anytime you can interact with or think about the information in a new way you increase understanding and retention.
Are you a morning Can you study during your lunch hour the afternoon? Do you need to find
be productive in time after work? Setting aside a quiet, separate place in your home that will be your study place and always studying there is an effective strategy. still
ever done a budget.” Janeen Hoover, associate registrar Students must have an overall average of 80 per cent in Grade 12 courses and attained an
Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Hoover stressed that all Grade 12 courses are being looked at, advanced or general, and are considered regardless of admission requirements of any
STUDY WHEN YOU ARE AT YOUR BEST. A
students have never
ENGAGE IN ACTIVE LEARNING.
out for us in time. That’s
to compliment that, have the Achievement Award, which is for students
be returning to sec-
SET REASONABLE STUDY GOALS.
After studying your effectiveness
student to have an overall aver-
reduced. Take breaks often. The average attention span of an adult is approximately 30 minutes. Find your optimum attention span and study
age of 85 per cent at the end of the academic year. Both the
students to demonstrate financial need.
SKILLS THA T YOU NEED FOR LEARNING are
Each award’s application form requires students to detail
you have already developed by juggling multiple responsibilities: managing time, setting priorities, asking questions, and knowing yourself.
These are the
that make learners successful.
them and the formula for success
living expenses during a typical
At participating McDonald's Restaurants
in Ontario. Offers at participating
$ 169 ] Big
show need,” Hoover
vary from those shown.
Playing yourfavourites, every day of the week. McDeals every day of the week.
“Normally, a student should be able to
budget,” said Hoover.
students have never ever done a
nrrsT M McChicken*
McDonald's Restaurant of Canada limited. For the exclusive use of McDonald's Restaurants of Canada limited and
ATS By J EFF
— Page 17
addition costs $2.5 million
are presently holding class
First-year students are current-
The ATS Engineering Complex undergoing at the Doon campus is construction to expand the building as a result of the new manufacturing degree program offered at the college this
The addition is being built accommodate the students in the new program. Next year, first- and secondyear students in the program will
being used for the college’s
$2.5 million and
noise will be done either
of physical College,
will result in the
The new addition
to the construction the road
between parking Lots 8, 9 and 10 will be closed until the con-
two to three meeting rooms, a few specialty labs and rooms for faculty and four large classrooms,
into the early
throughout the entire school year
building expanding approximately feet.
on the weekend,” he says. Construction began close to weeks ago and is expected to
the school hours.
they’ve minimized the noise during
should not cause a problem for those students. Putt says, because
other engineering programs.
campus. While construction takes place on the complex, classrooms inside
hold their classes in the
2A309 and 2A311 on
a comparison. Putt estimates
for those in
one of the new classrooms
being built will equal in size three of the classrooms the new students
(Photo by Jeff Heuchert)
3. The addition ATS Engineering Complex at the Doon campus continued Sept. construction The year. next new manufacturing degree program will make room for students from the early the into and year school entire began close to five weeks ago and will continue through the
Construction to the
Lot 10 that leads to
and 9 and to the pathway to Services Client Student
garden completes the Butterfly
cycle of Bv LESLEY Urban
sprawl has caused the
food) without the other.” Harper advises supplying wild-
flowers as well as traditional plants
instance, are disappearing, it
den. you can't have one (source of
depletion of natural
Certain types, such as the painted
difficult for butterflies to survive.
pye-weed (Eupatorium macula-
easily enticed into urban areas. "Recreating a habitat for butter-
not only allow people to enjoy seeing them, but it may help reduce the extinction of some butterfly species," says Lynn Harper,
an employee for the nature Garden Mosaic. Butterfly gardens are simple to
Conestoga students wait about 25 minutes.
outside the bookstore on Sept.
Conestoga paraphernalia lines the shelves
ed Conestoga College
The voices of Conestoga students have been heard. The bookstore has expanded
inventory to meet the requests ol
dad sweatshirts. A wider assortment of Conestoga paraphernalia has also been added, ranging from coffee
supervisor of retail operations and
services, there last
year for more selec-
tion in the clothing
of the bookstore.
This year, the store variety of in a
Conestoga College gear
entation and registration
an average wait of about 25
was busier during orientation
supervisor of retail operations
and campus services
Security staff is also at the door proper directing students to the lineups for returns and purchases.
women, infants and children. The bookstore has stocked its shelves with more items bearing
has temporary staff working to keep up with the rush of or students wishing to purchase
store include a larger clothing line
According to Andraza, the line-
rainbow of colours.
to wait in line.
and registration week. Andraza said of the infamous bookstore
In addition, the bookstore
nursing optional general interest
ing books this year. Students interested
what the bookstore has
ments. According to Harper, your garden must be planted in the sun and have shelter from the wind.
Bookstore offers variety More
located in the
the college just
logs are a great source for flowers that may not be readily available,
But be aware vibrant colours may not attract butterflies. "Butterflies feed off
but typically exotic and cultivated as plants, like hybrid plants (such
roses or geraniums), don't ofler as much pollen as native plants, says
Sarah Coulber. the program's assistant of the Canadian Wildlife get
Foundation (CWF). plants native to your region and to the conditions your garden experi"Try
Coulber says certain plants must be provided for the adult butterflies larvae to lay their eggs on tor the
(butterfly) will eat
as a caterpillar but other
milkweed plants must be provided adults to eat."
the carrots or parsnips will entice
black swallowtail. not just It is important to provide food sources but other aspects of the butterflies' habitat as
she says. "If you
butterflies to stay in
w ell. r
of your garden
well diverse with types of plants as and as plant heights (trees, shrubs,
provide shelter." a water "Provide Coulber water source with a shallow dish of on or land to them for with pebbles
puddles which provide them
with minerals. "Another very important thing to remember is to avoid using pesticides (herbicides and insecticides). Even organic ones' can seriously
of insects, including
Harper says there
be a butterfly gardener shouldn't without.
Coulber says providing a butteryou enjoyfly garden will give the ment. but will also complete life.
"Butterflies are important polliwe nators and without pollination,
would not have says.
(caterpillars) to feed off.
Vegetable patches can also attract female butterflies. For example,
Business hours are Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m.. until and on Friday from 8:30 a.m.
your local garden cenyou with most of provide will tre catathe plants you need and seed
average wait tor students
require thistles to lay their joe-
eggs while others feed from
fruit to eat.
can't just turn wildlife habilawns, and (they) are try-
garden ing to return parts of their of into a habitat for all sorts wildlife."
— SPOKE, September
Monster duo comes together By HALLEY MCPOLIN
Besides a little too much history on a supporting character that
Caution: prerequisites for seeing
most of the audience would deem
this film are required.
In order to get a full appreciation
a fan could ask for in this
Jason, the latest instalment of both
Robert Englund does a won-
Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th series, one should be either a) one hardcore Freddy fan or b) one devoted Jason nut. The movie, which made an impressive $36 million (US) during weekend, has been its opening described as gory, hollow, silly and
derful job reprising his role as
Freddy who, more entertaining always manages
Veteran Jason actor Kane Hodder has been replaced by Ken Kirzinger (who was actually the stunt co-ordinator in Friday the
movie monsters, while agreeing with these statements, would also argue that this is exactly what they
were hoping for. Krueger and Jason Freddy Voorhees have grown into modernday Dracula and Frankenstein legends of their time. So, it’s no sur-
Monica Keena does
with a brief
by Freddy himself,
pleased with his present situation.
Nightmare (1994), as it really hasn’t got much to do with the actual series, not a peep has been heard from the claw-wielding villain since Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991). He’s been stuck purgatory stewing in his rage over his being forgotten
in a hellish
the box office. credit
said aloud in fear of stirring old
crasher, Jason Voorhees.
By manipulating the masked madman with the machete, Freddy
the residents of Elm Street, the name Freddy Krueger has become
nothing more than a whisper
dark - a
that should never
Freddy decides he must find a way to remind people of his existence. Once the fear returns, so can he. Unfortunately, Freddy can’t do it
author Jane Urquhart. This
year One Book, One Community has taken place and, according to one of the organizers, Tricia Siemens in an interview with the Kitchener Record,
“The whole idea
community interested reading and out to the
regains return to
power he needs Street
only one problem: Jason is having too much fun and is now taking the
Freddy so richly deserves. Now he and Jason must battle for supremacy, and what a battle it will be!
doesn't take itself too seriously.
best thing about this
including blood, gore, nudity lot of cheesy dialogue, while
to pull of
even travels from Elm during the course of the film so as not to
of a plot. Street to
Camp Crystal Lake
office for almost three
more funny than frightening, but famed Hong Kong director Ronny Yu (The Bride with White Hair) manages to balcertainly
ance these elements so perfectly you can’t help but appreciate
Freddy and they can handle
Jason fans and. if it, the general public - baring in
rating of course.
The Whirlpool, Away
Jane Urquhart, a Canadian author, has wrote
brated novels including
Underpainer and Away. and The Underpainer - all of which have received international awards
be reading from her latest
(Photo by Darren Smith)
New security system
In response to the expected demand, local libraries and bookstores have stocked up on copies of
Cora Yackobeck, from
hard to see but she
Contractors work on the
of the trade while
those aspects of the
novel during the event. the
woodcarvers,” says Findlay. “The
to get the
747-8733 or look online www.therecord.com/onebook. For information about Jane Urquhart’s The Stone Carvers, go to www.mcclelland.com.
discussing books.” For more information about the
event, call at
should be opera-
Got a hot news tip?
Last year nearly 7,000 members of the community assembled to
a few days.
interested in reading and out to the
enforces the $4 a day parking fee.
system and say
and product design at Conestoga College, will be displaying his own woodcarvings and
success can be attributed to the rare opportunity for readers to authors.
Peter Findlay, faculty in mate-
The film’s strength is drawn from the nostalgic loyalty of the fans, which explains why a movie
book-reading session at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex featuring Canadian
On Sept. 26, One Book, One Community will be holding a
but dissolved and to the
promoting reading among adults is inviting Waterloo Region to gather together and “get on the
people of Springwood, including
a fine job in
of this nature could be number
by himself - he needs an errand boy to help him with his dirty work ... at least until he’s strong enough to finish the job. So, Freddy sets his sights on the most obvious person: the seemingly indestructible, notorious Camp Crystal Lake party
by the world. As a
Community gathers Canadian author gets promoted by local group
Kelly Rowland makes an appearance as
almost as long as their franchises
prise that the anticipation of these
recap of the ghoul’s pasts, as told
Freddy’s small frame and to give Jason a more “sympathetic” look. Brittany Murphy look-alike
two horror icons duking it out on the big screen has been around for began competing - and fans will movie has been a long time coming.
to pull off a witty
and use fish. “With
By DESIREE FINHERT more humane
drink a beer,
in a boat,
Oldfield said, she would like to students want in gener-
tishei to are eating. This allows the
mimic the natural food source when choosing a fly. As May said,
e-mails for course proposals. "Is there something I’m missing that s
you against the fish." However, May is against this technique, saying if you don’t know how to use the pump you can
working on the winter schedule which must be completed by Sept. 19.
Continuing education Alexander McLean, 51, said he has fished for years and this course is an extension of what he already
hurt the fish.
“How would you feel if I stuck a pump down your throat and pulled who out what you eat?" said May,
about running the con-ed courses is the resources. find trying to
Currently she is trying to locate a for the vocal lessons that
some good habits some bad habits,”
the winter. Another the lack of storage at the
By JASON SMITH year has begun for the
Conestoga Condors and
are college’s varsity sports teams
game and the varsity hockey the playoffs by a sinmissed team Women's softball and point.
with familiar faces, as
numerous new ones, the nearby fields and the Kenneth E. Hunter Recreation Centre were
with energy, enthusiasm and
Classroom doors squeaked open
Students have been vying for softspots on the school’s rugby,
and men's hock-
have already been
made and many of be finalized by
the rosters will
week. Marlene Ford, Conestoga s athdoesn't letic director, said she exactly what to expect this forward to see-
year, but she looks
“We’ve got players on each team, but by looktryouts, ing at the students out for there’s
teams to do well this year. Although our faithful Condors witnessed a good stream of success to last year, everyone is hoping
Conestoga's athletic department. hoping they do well
great look to improve on last year s 17/ showing, beginning on Sept. season regular when the new •
improve as always. The 2002-2003 school year saw Conestoga’s male indoor soccer
The men’s soccer season will women's begin on Sept. 15 and our to busisoccer team will get down ness on Sept. 16.
compete in a golt Conestoga Sept. tournament on Sept. 16 and are tryouts badminton 17 and will
expected to begin during the week of September or the
official date will
the rec centre.
If things are already healing up. you’re a sports fan or just simpl\
who successful for us,” said Ford, with experience of has eight years
The Condors rugby team
The year has
a big surprise to the
college last year but
is contact hockey or ball hockey, encouraged- to sign up at the tec Oct. centre between Oct. 13 and
Wed. Oct. 22 5:00pm Co-ed Basketball Oct. 13-22 Wed. Oct. 22 5:00pm Non Contact Hockey Oct. 13-22 Wed. Oct. 22 5:00pm Ball Hockey Oct. 13-22 Wed. Oct. 22 5:00pm
co-ed ested in registerirfg to play nonvolleyball, co-ed basketball,
and touch football.
fought hard and proud to finwin the in third place and medal at the provincial
of Conestoga’s varsity teams were already under way.
ball. soccer, golf,
Intramurals will begin on Sept. with co-ed slo-pitch baseball
Experience might not have been waron their side, but the rugged riors
varsity sports however.
Condors the form of the first-ever rugby team.
each Sept. 2. sending shivers up sevfor tryouts but spine, student’s
REGISTRATION/SIGN-UP CAPTAINS MEETING Co-ed Volleyball Oct. 13-22
The excitement doesn't end with
surprise of the year
Cressman, leads the team into batlong playoff tle, and hopefully, a
to the quarter-finals
face Studio. Some con-ed courses cancellation when public demand is unavailable. is low or equipment
(Registration for Session #1
games beginning on Sept. 26. These games will most likely be cuts used to make the team’s final new head coach, Dave as
lost a of the playoffs where they
to fly high.
two people registered because it is Glass taught at Blown Away
exhibition will take to the ice with
placing third in the provincial championships. The men’s soccer
As the doors opened to ring in halls the new school year and were
Conestoga College Grand River.
Intramural sports schedule
Condors are aiming to soar team win the bronze medal
Other courses like Introduction to Glass Blowing will run with only
Festival property manager.
at con-ed fly fishing course being offered the on time and includes practical
sewing machines in every week, said Oldfield about the sewing classes running this September.
his catch prefers to research what
knows. “I want
cool and current?
courses and will receive
This means the fisher will cast the line behind and forward repeatedly until the line is approximately
fish’s to extract the contents of a fish the insects what see stomach to
Grand River and
he hopes to teach the Conestoga again next
weight of the
and not the
'time on the
In fly fishing the
currently 10 hours, including prac-
bobber and wail tor
but interesting as who is cur-
include belly dancing, embroidery, and public speaking. The con-ed fly fishing course is
line is cast
fly fishers will
working on the 2004 winter may which selection course
of people get bored with do spin fishing because what they
May, who works for the Ministry ol Ontario Resources’ Natural lot of “A program. Stewardship a
challenging than spin fishing and has been teaching the sport lor 10
is not skilled in landing a fish there said a lot of stress put on the fish,
are quality lor
said fly fishing
the courses offered at
and natural predators
a fly the fish
hooked superficially. "The majority of fly fishers use a create barbless hook, which do not you’re il and injury, an as much of
courses for the college's four campuses and thinks it is important that
happy including factors like water temperature, brightness, oxygen, rocks, depth
teaches his class to find
ulated fishing areas by instructing them how to think like a fish and
the second year run-
Former Grand River Troutl itter’s guide Steve May, 36, who is teachfor
Oldfield works year round putting educationcontinuing together
to attract that
always looking for what
ing fly fishing at Conestoga’s
ply fishing lime than other fishing and hunting fly spoi ls says Conestoga College’s
offers fun alternative to fishing
a unique pastime
Fly fishing is
support your Condors, out and cheer on our guys
and gals. Ford and the Conestoga athletics department want to remind all stuno dents that there is absolutely to charge to Conestoga students teams. varsity the watch any of You may be surprised that you 11
of the faces on the
the field, court, or ice as
walkyou see in the classroom or daily a on hallways ing down the basis.
“We’ve got a lot of home games coming up in September and October,” said Ford.
SESSION #3 ACTIVITY
REGISTRATION/SIGN-UP CAPTAINS MEETING Co-ed
Volleyball Jan. 5
Wed. Jan. Co-ed Indoor Soccer Jan. 5 14 14 5:00pm Jan. 14 Non Contact Hockey Jan. 5-14 Wed.
“So come and cheer (the Condors) on and hopefully we’ll here have some playoff games October as well.
â€” SPOKE, September
my head I
not sure what
love the outdoors
powerful music than at The barefoot
jamming on my
have worn a tea cozy on
afraid of lightning
an army brat
Nights at 7:00 and 8:30
September 15th Hall,
have never heard more
when my computer crashes
to challenge myself by finding solutions to