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CSI programmer

Unique

down

steps

Jody Andruszkiewicz is gone, but he leaves a lasting

electricity alternatives

Two Ontario

cities

methods

hydro conservation.

for

Laying the

impression on the

smackdown

his love of writing

2004

5,

words

in

Kitchener author incorporates

college.

Monday, January

are using different

and

Conestoga College, Kitchener

wrestling.

— No.

36th Year

1

Fragrances can

cause people

become very

to

By CARLA

KOWALYK

where you want in,”

A little spray can go a long way, according to Conestoga College’s and environmental

health, safety

and don’t rub

it,

“People

need to spray perfume or cologne

don’t a

just to get a scent.”

Collier also said that spraying

Carolyn Farmer for

urging

is

everyone

in

a

at the

college to be considerate “of other

just

awhile.

Working

the department of

in

and adjust your usage taking into consideration the well-being of

the store

others.”

Collier realize that

Ericha Johnson, a graduate of the

program

nursing

at

allergies to strong fra-

grances can

suffer

some severe

consequences. “A person’s reaction to perfumes or colognes could be as

minor as just getting the serious

sniffles

where

a lot of people

made some people,

spray perfumes and colognes

including herself, are very sensitive to scents.

Conestoga College, said people

who have

it

one spot on your body would be good enough to last in

people's sensitivities to fragrances

practical

it

she said.

mounds of

co-ordinator.

memorandum

ill

“There

comes

a customer who always and sprays multiple per-

is

in

fumes on smell

herself,” she said.

can’t even

“The

so overwhelming that she

is

tell

which scent

is

which

too much.” The school is not planning to folit's

of hospitals

throat swelling up, which makes it difficult for that person to breathe,”

low

Johnson said. “The most common reaction is a really bad migraine.” She pointed out that hospitals have a zero tolerance to people wearing a strong fragrance of any kind. “They ask us to use unscented deodorants and shampoos,” Johnson said. “It’s being considerate of other people and their aller-

reminder that some people are allergic to strong fragrances and that we should all be considerate of

or

as

as

their

gies.”

Erin Collier, a cosmetician at a

Shoppers Drug Mart

wear

without the

all

together.

memorandum

The

is

just

a

Collier did have one suggestion to try

and help make

mists are not too over-

in

Brantford,

powering and they don’t

way

last

as

for people

long as perfumes, but they can be

smelled by you and people near

overdoing

you

is

a right

fragrance

once

it.

“Just

in

the

spray spot

-

of

all

ages enjoy a frosty morning skate at the rink in front of the Kitchener is open every day for the rest of the winter season.

Come

out

The

By RYAN

CONNELL

The gay community at Conestoga is coming out of the closet.

journalism student Tam Maher, 25, is working with Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) to First-year

form the

first

club on

campus

the college such as the snow'-

at

not people within a five-mile

radius.”

for

(GLBT) students. Maher said it’s time to

such as gay-friendly restaurants,

CSI grants amounts up to $800 per club over the period of one school year. As well as funding, CSI assists in club promotion

support groups, books, and same-

available on the website, but for the

with the creation and distribution

time being, Student Services will

of posters around campus.

continue to offer the

process,

GLBT

A

message board might also be

sage board

Conestoga

for

GLBT

students

College

www.conestogac.on.ca.

Conestoga College. want to raise aware-

seek counselling or to network with others. The group only attract-

users

ed five to 10 people. Student Services counsellor Barb

the Student Services link

Maher

said. “It’s

of those

invisible

hoping that by changing

minorities, those populations that

Kraler

you just don’t see or hear from. want to change that.”

the group into a CSI-funded club,

is

meson the

website

students that allowed students to

ness at school,”

another one

Student Services has

sex parenting.

see a club

like this start at “I definitely

In the past.

offered a support group for

dered

and information for things

ings

board club. Through an application

gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgen-

at

To access the message board, must click on the Student

Services/Resources

on the

link,

GLBT message

then on and then

board icon.

it

Students are encouraged to chat

more exposure to the gay community on campus and show

on the message board and are invited to post if they wish to help with

Ethan Miller said the idea of a gay club starting on campus has been long overdue and is “the

how mainstream

the new' club.

best thing since sliced bread.”

ly

I

CSI vice-president of student activities

“Going by

will bring

the lifestyle has

Maher

become. “It

has been important historical-

having

it

come

out of the coun-

they say

selling office because

one in 10 people have a preference for the same sex,” Miller said. “To say that there’s zero representation at this college from a

environment,” Kraler

student level void.

perfume can be severe. Conestoga students, faculty and employees are being asked to use their fragrances sparingly.

new year

the

in

Conestoga’s gay club

to College

Allergies to

City Hall.

550-square-foot rink

this a situation

everyone can deal with. “To help solve this problem I think the students should wear body mists,” she said, nodding her head firmly. that

“Body

(Photo by Jason Noe)

Skating circles People

other people in the school.

their favourite fragrances

said there to

in the footsteps

and ban scents

That’s

statistics,

is

to say there’s a

not

a

good thing

because it tells me people aren't being who they are and that needs to be changed.” CSI assists in funding new clubs

it’s

a safe

said. “I’m happy to give up the leadership of that to the students. That’s always been my hope that it would someday go that way.” A project the club will be starting in the new year is a comprehensive

quite

resource website that talks about the

GLBT

lifestyle

in

Kitchener- Waterloo area, with

the list-

said she

is

not worried by

the negative

homophobic

that the club

might create once

reaction it’s

formed. “I

expect there to be some side-

way

I think everybody group is in agreement that is about visibility,” said this Maher. “We’re not willing to hide anymore and we’re coming out pub-

glances, but

in the

licly

so accept us. If people don’t

want

to accept us, that’s their prob-

lem. I’m not afraid.”


— SPOKE, January

Page 2

5,

News

2004

4

No-show teacher upsets MURPHY

no-show teacher has angered some students in the telecommunications program at Conestoga

we should be learning we graduate. It’s our last year, so we want to get as much in as we can." Due to privacy issues, the reason

College.

for the

By TIM

tion

that

before

A

Students

program say they

in the

professor not coming to

class could not be discussed dur-

an

Mike

with

interview

feel

they are not receiving their

ing

full

education because their pro-

McClements, associate vice-presi-

more

dent of the schools of engineering

than half of his classes due to seri-

and information technology. “I can’t say anything other than it’s medical, and it’s quite seri-

fessor has been absent for

ous medical problems.

“He’s missed more than he’s shown up for. So, in the 13 or 14 weeks we’ve had him, he’s probably shown up about four or five of those

Ritchie

said

w'eeks,”

Morgan, a 21 -year-old fourth year telecommunications student. Ian Rosinke, a 24-year-old telecommunications student, kept track of the missed classes as time progressed.

Digital

In

Telecommunications, of 80 hours, 64 were missed. In Telecommunication Devices, of 47 hours, 30 were missed. Students in the course said they felt uninformed and that a substitute teacher should have been brought in to cover the missed time.

"We

actually

him week of

see

didn’t

until the third or fourth

said. “We have he teaches, which total six or seven hours of class that he’s supposed to attend.”

Morgan

school,"

two classes

Morgan

that

head of the technolo-

ongoing or

doing

make up lost time. for some reason,

its

the prerequisite classes, a dis-

all

among

off,”

the teachers would where the class left said McClements.

He

said the teacher in the post-

cussion

determine

may have

requisite class

to start at

a different point in order to

make

sure there are no gaps. there

n’t available for the fall

due

She goes by Jane Doe, though obviously is not her real name. There is a media ban on the use of that

her real

name

cation

of

as well as any publi-

her

man who

because the

be out of

will

This

picture.

raped her

soon and also

jail

because Doe wishes

to protect the

information

personal

is

that

was

brought into court about her when the

man who raped

her was on

trial.

Approximately 40 students heard Jane Doe’s story

in the

Sanctuary

at

be some

On

Dec.

6,

Marc Lepine neering

1989,

25-year-old

classroom

This

situation

aware of

I

able

didn’t

So when one teacher

is

the engineering students as feminists,

women whom

he blamed his

problems on. In

remembrance of

the Montreal

experts

that students

women,

the engineering society and the Women’s Centre held a candlelighting ceremony Dec. 4 at St. Jerome’s University. As another part of Conestoga’s remembrance, Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) invited Jane Doe to

come

ond-year students the college

is

the

course available

fall

the

in

have a second opportunity to

will

“It’s

ing,

see,”

he

said.

not quite as simple as say-

‘We’ll just add

time.’

There’s

a

bunch of

teaching,

there’s

and there’s also the recognition the students have a pretty heavy schedule.” timetabling,

Food and

“It is

days

we

mourning

two

in

have a national day of

to

commemorate

the

women who were murdered in Women who were mur-

Montreal.

dered because they were

women,

and for no other reason,” said Doe. In Ontario, three

part

women

are mur-

men

they are killed by

is

victimized by police

The man who raped Doe was caught after she phoned the police. The trial took place in 1987. “I

experienced the legal process

as a second assault,” said Doe.

they

moil

when

the police

her physical trial.

lent.

of it

women

that the

happen

doesn't

keeps on going.

mur-

In fact,

it

much attention,” said Doe. Doe has an understanding

women

made

against

attacked her in her

home

in

the

Toronto.

Like the other victims, the balcony rapist

climbed

to the third-floor bal-

cony of her apartment. According to Doe, the Metro Toronto Police had a profile of the

was

women

plete.

“As a

was construed

tur-

light

of

as non-vio-

Police could also get records

of any past sexual abuse, whether

Doe had been tion or

in a mental instituwhether she had a past crim-

All of the information

inal record.

could be used against her other crime and

it

is

in court.

not like any

is,

and few

“The

women

actually report

it.

women who

he targeted.

single, white, dark-haired

Doe and

is

worse than

Doe

for

situation

it

has ever been,” said

possi-

a court of law, that

in

to sue them, for negligence

But

and

that

not

is

she wished to

all

accomplish.

“The

Doe

is

that

of policing

and the legal system now treat the crime of rape differently, or that changes have been made in the treatment of

women who

file

charges,"

said

Doe.

Her answer

is

simply

this.

“They

have not.” no secret

is

faith in

"All

body

1

that

Doe has

lost

Canada’s legal system.

won was

the right for any-

to sue the police,” she said.

Doe has a lot of ideas on how to make the legal system more accustomed

to victims of rape, especialsince the conviction rate is drastically low. ly

is

a

firm

disbeliever

in

Canada’s legal system. In 1998, she sued the Metro Toronto Police.

She launched the

suit after discov-

ering that the police rapist's existence, but

knew of

the

had decided

not to warn women living in the Chureh- Wellesley area in hopes of

We

need more support services,”

who thinks there should be more women's services availsaid Doe.

able as well as services for convicted people when they get out of jail.

W hen

the

ple.

man who raped me

gets out of jail, he’ll have

no job, and no one helping

He may recommit.

According to Doe, more prisons and longer sentences do not w'ork. She is a firm believer in support services.

“Also,

nowhere

women who go

to court

over rape must have a lawyer,” she said.

Following her rape. Doe said she move from her Toronto

didn’t

home.

illusion of Jane

institutions

It

meagre four per cent of

a

now

hold the police

of a crime,” said Doe.

“It sets the rapists free."

Only

is

it, it

to

discrimination in the investigation

should not be

treated as any other crime.” said

Doe.

result of

anyone

ble for

reported rapes result in conviction,

of vio-

first-hand.

in

but describes her victory as incom-

accountable

during the

injuries

"The crime of rape

“So while we think

catching him.

Since her injuries were minor,

the rape

to go,

him to get anywhere,” said Doe. “What do you think he is going to do?” The answer is plain and sim-

She did end up winning the case,

apartment.

Christkindl

system

in legal

she lived in a second- or third-floor

know.

much,

was

She went through a period of

Dec. 4 today, and will

fun!

Shoppers browse the Christmas market at Kitchener City Hall prior to Christmas. The Market is a traditional German market featuring crafts, food and entertainment.

to the school.

type of

against

sec-

particular

their

in

McClements agreed

problem

violence

the

considering making a portion of

and we have few duplica-

Massacre, as well as the continuing of

for

“In most cases these teachers are

Church-Wellesley area

to

said

place.

shooting himself with the automat-

gun he used. Lepine. referred

McClements

be an expense that the students

would

away, a

Doe.

ic

n’t

for the students.”

of shuffling of resources takes

lot

He

in

that will be of

assigned.

the hallways of the school, before

classroom as well as

teachers to do that, but that would-

adding because the college is a mid-sized school, all of the fulltime teachers are completely

experience rape and sexual assault

in the

hire

seeing what changes

McClements,

said

She became the fifth known woman raped by the serial balcony rapist.

both

for the to

fill.

lence

at

shot 14

we have

day of the

until the first

semester,”

to

women

He

we can make maximum benefit

college because

become

I’Ecole

Polytechnique.

and

timetables)

put in place

we had one

we were

situation

escalates, but we’re just not paying

burst into an engi-

we

more expensive

“In a field that’s already difficult to find people,

der

the massacre.

(student

it

certainly

teacher

moment

commemorate

ing

is

medical reasons.

dered every month. The shocking

of silence throughout the

be a question of examin-

“It will

“With the third-year students any additional time that

was-

Conestoga College Dec. 4. It was timely because the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre falls on Dec. 6. Conestoga broadcasted a college on Dec. 4 to

lost time.

semester

Victim of rape

women.

lence against

up

study the material.

However, from the University of Windsor was hired to do the job. to

former

a

DAWN HASSON

today she speaks out against vio-

semester for students to make

winter semester so that students

may

Jane Doe disbeliever She has been raped and abused by Canada’s legal system, and

ter

difficult issue.”

tions in that,” he said.

By

additional hours added in the win-

the

all

learning outcomes weren’t met in

He suggested

In August, another professor

pened. of informa-

“If,

is

looked like it was going to be resolved in a relatively short period of time. We didn’t conclude that this was going to be an

field,

lot

best to

said.

gy program but nothing has hap-

"We’re missing a

said that the college

“It

said his class has sent

letters to the

McClements

ous,”

should not be missing classes and

class

“I

wasn't going to be forced

my home,” she said. However, she lives somewhere else now, having moved to a new place in Toronto a few years ago. out

of

PITCH-IN!


News

SPOKE, January

2004

5,

— Page 3

Events programmer says farewell to CSI By

JAMES DOYLE

2001. Andruszkiewicz said he

in

was

A CSI employee who was known for his colourful

He

and high

shirts

energy has resigned.

also proud of his efforts to

bring student

life

was going

who

his last with the

CSI, and after

Andruszkiewicz,

handed

in his

resignation Dec. 2.

As well as serving as events programmer, Andruszkiewicz was vice-president

2000 - 01

of academics

in

.

numerous cussions

Judy the

now was

although he was sad to leave, the time had

come

been

“I’d

at

both

than

for a change.

CSI

almost three

full years,

just time to

go and

and

leaving better

later.

"Instead of having a long two- or

long time,

a

dis-

with

manager, they decided

that

that

year

Dusick,

broadcast

said

this

CSI general

Andruszkiewicz, w'ho graduated from the journalism print and

program,

knew

to be

served as CSI events programmer,

Jody

back on-campus.

said that he

it

was

find greener

four-month goodbye, goodbye,” he said.

it

was

just,

CSI president, was a valuable member of the CSI during his Falconer,

Justin

said Andruszkiewicz

pastures.”

Andruszkiewicz added

that since

he started school in 1995, he never really got a

chance to

“I’ve never taken

time with them.

"His contribution,

relax.

more than

I

think,

from

a

everything to vice-president of aca-

And even

was taking my quote unquote time off, I was thinking

demics all the way to an employee, has been significant. He always had the best interest of the CSI in

about school or work, or what not.

mind."

couple of weeks then,

I'd

when

off.

I

never taken time

off.

So, I'm

Falconer said the vacant position

going to take a couple of months

will be filled but not until the

just to relax."

can define the role of events programmer. He added that no activi-

During his time with the CSI, Andruszkiewicz helped bring the organization out of a $70,000 debt

CSI

be cancelled due to the departure of Andruszkiewicz. ties

will

(Photo by Jeff Heuchert)

O Tannenbaum! The CSI Christmas wish child

The tags on the tree represent a Christmas. Students were able to buy a present for a child.

tree stands near the stairs to the cafeteria.

and what he or she wants

for

Conestoga students have mixed feelings on CSI events BRYAN MARTIN

By

is

draw a dozen people. The events at lunchtime usually pack the Sanctuary because it is

responsible for providing entertain-

during school' time, they are free

Conestoga Students

ment

Inc.

(CSI)

for students throughout the

and many students go there anyway it’s the most comfortable

because

year.

Students pay for delivers

There

it

and the CSI

place to eat lunch.

The events

it.

has

been

controversy

regarding the events and whether they are doing the right things with

our money.

The CSI has had some success-

at

night are not nearly

as successful.

They usually

money, and many students have gone home for the day and don't feel like return-

would take a to the

ones

lot to

make him come

“It’s

just

so

repetitive with

would go

me

broadcasting graduate

keting

the events during the day, but

tained.

fail

to

it

student,

she

has

I

hope

in

2004 events

in

graduate of the

who

is now a dj, said he never went any of the events. But he felt things could have

been

better.

“It’s just

said

a

dians

so repetitive with come-

the time

all

and

that sort of

thing,” said Fox.

"The CSI should throw bigger not so often. They

should advertise the events in advance and try to create a buzz throughout the student body.”

thrown

that

bonus,”

events, just

“At

“It's great

a

offered and hopes there are plenty

more

events

to an event at night,

enjoyed the events the CSI has during the day to be

a second-year

is

broadcasting program at Conestoga to

Kelly Phippen, a first-year mar-

able to eat lunch and be enter-

Fritz,

has

but

yet,” said Heyer.

puter analyst student, said he likes

Brad

comedians,

lunchtime "I

here

Mark Fox,

second-year

but nothing has really appealed to

ing to school.

events that pack the Conestoga

a

never attended a nighttime event.

comedians all the time and that sort of thing.” Mark Fox,

everything she said.

Brandon Heyer,

College Sanctuary, but have also

ful

continue,”

will

architect student, said he enjoys the

cost

com-

Sanctuary

the

said Fritz.

at night.

to

come.

my

old high school there was

never anything cool going on, so

Support staff banquet a huge success By JAMES

DOYLE

yous

seemingly

for

everyone

in attendance.

Thank you. That was the message

CSI’s

first

support staff banquet held

the

New Dundee Community

Centre Dec.

The

at

registrar, join the

child of vice-president of activities

the support staff does day in and

Ethan Miller.

day out. Support

Fthan Dec.

port staff’s hard work. Support staff in

gives a speech at the support staff banquet on and many others came out to honour all the supinclude custodians, librarians, cafeteria workers and the people

CSI vice-president of student Conestoga College President John

Miller,

5.

the registrar’s office.

activities,

Tibbits

to

show

their appreciation for

librarians,

staff include custodians,

cafeteria

workers, the

and

people

in the registrar's office

appreciated.

anyone

else

changed the whole atmosphere of the school after it was done, and I think it's something that would be very positive for this

directly involved in teaching stu-

“It

I

CSI and students what

which was completely funded by the CSI, was the brain-

on a similar event while at high school, and wanted Conestoga support staff to be

by James Doyle)

love that guy,”

favourite

president, and Fred Harris, chief

5.

event,

Miller put

(Photo

was Miller’s comment. The night saw the likes of Dr. John Tibbits, Conestoga College "I

at

college as well.”

The dinner got under way with was able

to set the

is

not

dents.

Volunteers offered their services

by

helping

to

serve

food

and

drinks.

rousing speech from Miller. entire evening with

on campus who

mood

a

He

of the

glowing thank

They

also ran a coat check and

sold liquor tickets.

A

’50s and ’60s style dance

held after the dinner.

was


Page 4

— SPOKE, January

5,

Commentary

2004

2003 was a hard year worldwide A

war, a vims, a blackout and two diseases. they all have in common? They all hap-

What do pened

in 2003. U.S. and British soldiers were invading Iraq in March, Canada smartly decided to sit it out, while dealing with its own problems. The main concern for our country was the SARS crisis, which crippled Toronto and caused the number of tourists visiting

As

the city to plummet.

By the spring, health officials believed they had the vims in check, but shortly after it reared its ugly head one more time. Since those last reported cases, Canada has been SARS free and Toronto has vigorously tried to attract visitors back to the sprawling metropolis.

took longer for Canada to rid itself of the vims then it did for the U.S. to take over Iraq. The U.S. search for weapons of mass destmction in Iraq did not produce anything significant. After the war, the rebel attacks on U.S. and British soldiers claimed more lives then the initial battle itself. But Ironically,

it

My New

media would rather focus on George Bush shaking the soldiers’ hands, instead of showing all the coffins arriving back in their country. As the year progressed, Canadian beef farmers were the

slammed when

its doors to our meat, of mad cow disease was found in one Alberta breeder-cow. No other cases were detected, but the isolated incident was enough for the border to remain closed to the beef, severely hurting Canadian meat producers. Then on Aug. 14, the lights went out. A blackout that was blamed on a power generating station in New York, shut off power to more than 10 million residents in Ontario and to parts of the U.S. In some areas it took almost a week to fully restore the elec-

the U.S. closed

after a single case

When

the lights

came back

new Ontario premier

we

on,

A I

kinder, gentler world

will ask for

advance, but here.

I

your forgiveness

may go on

A year has

world

American troops Iraq. Civilians

die every

doesn’t

still

AIDS and

occupy

Jeff

Morley

Dalton McGuinty and our Prime Minister Jean Chretien announced he was leaving politics, allowing Paul Martin to fill his shoes. Throw in the West Nile vims, debates on legalizing marijuana and the approval of gay marriage, and the year is pretty much complete. But what does 2004 have in store?

Maybe

maybe we’ll winter and maybe our new government will protect us from power outages and reduce our hydro rates. But no matter what happens, one thing is certain. We are in for another long, cold winter.

can

Kids are killing

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be any end to the

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Future expansion at the recreation centre? By DESIREE FINHERT

The

manager

recreation centre’s

and director would expanded.

the $84,000 went to the best place and that CSI plans to keep work-

like to see

lot

The money went

mind see added to

the back of his

in

that

he would like to

the

sports

and

from September to April, the is open 7 a.m. to p.m. Monday to Friday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The most expensive items purchased for the rec centre were a rec centre

“We don’t have enough storage because the building was built in an era when 2,500 students may have used it," said Osborne. “Now we have more than doubled that.” has

increased to

ble cohort.

A second purchase was made from Home Fit Exercise Equipment and consisted of mostly dumbbells and stretch cords,

“We’re feeling the crunch with the

Osborne,

new who

students,”

manager and

station

said

also the radio

is

the market-

totalling $993.

ing director at the college.

He the

(Photo by Tim Murphy)

said the dramatic increase in

A

building’s

Manager Paul Osborne says

use

partly

is

because the gymnasium is now being used as a classroom. In January, the

become

gymnasium

will

a primary learning facili-

paramedic, fire and foundation programs because a high fitness level is a graduation requirement. Osborne said it wasn’t too long ago that the gym sat empty most days in winter, only being used in the evening for intramural and ty

for

the

police

varsity sports.

“With the paramedic, police all

foundation

the time,

it

students

will

and

fire

here

be great to

student enjoys the

new

fitness

equipment

at the rec centre,

the double cohort

is

one reason

which was installed for the

dramatic increase

in

Miller said

Osborne have

said he knows he will be patient because there

to

no construction plans, even though he feels the increase in the are

building's use gives

him

a strong

case.

He would

also

like

see

to

a

physiotherapy clinic added to the rec centre, which may be a source of revenue for the college. “When you're adding offices, classrooms and generating revenue for the college it starts to pay

and

for itself

makes

that

it

less

summer the college a new multi-purpose

installed

classrooms.”

vated the ice rink and the Over

floor in the

gymnasium and

reno-

Bar.

A

student sur-

vey inquired what students would

room and

like to see in the fitness

subsequently,

dent

use.

new

for by the students,

which con-

tributed to the purchase of

new

fit-

ness equipment.

The

fitness equip-

Conestoga

contract

ment was bought. Osborne said the fitness centre on the second floor is always packed after school and that it continues to draw more students all the time since the equipment

extends until 2007, which gives the rec centre time to make further

has been upgraded.

ties

“We view

fitness as an

impor-

A

healthy faculty

tant part of college life.

and a healthy

student

make

farfetched," said Osborne.

Last

Time Sports

for a

more productive work-

ing situation.”

Access

to the rec centre

is

free

for students with a student card. It

COUNSELLOR’S CORNER:

was

the

$12 ancillary

to

is

up

As

a result,

we

feel let

is

renovations.

Vice-president of student activiEthan Miller said over the past couple of years the ancillary

fee amounted was given to lump sum.

to $75,000,

which

the rec centre in a

“I decided that above and beyond that we would provide them with $9,000 for equipment."

Miller said he

fee, paid

is

Approved rec centre improvements include a new sound system to the fitness room, which will be installed just after Christmas, and more dressing rooms.

confident that

It’s

out of reach (“This semester, I'll get all A's”). down, frustrated, even powerless when the first disappointing

grade appears. to

improve

this

semester”

is

more

step-by-step approach might include: attending all classes, with only sickness as an exception; staying ahead by doing textbook reading prior to class; and seeking help when necessary from faculty or a peer tutor. The latter are smaller, attainable.

A

achievable goals that

will

almost assuredly lead to higher marks.

Set goals for yourself that are realistic,- achievable and measurable. Failure saps confidence and motivation. Success builds confidence and motivation.

*

A Message from Student

Services

move

rec centre, towards the college.

I

want my grades

rec

go for expansion." Osborne explained that the rec centre was always a distant part of the campus, but the addition of E wing and the adjoining ramp has made it more accessible and that there is room to expand east of the

Goal-Setting

“I

stu-

to

may be

Instead, a long-term goal, such as

the

he said. “I think the next big

June 2002

at a

of us tend to set goals that

now

Conestoga College

I

Many

but

Students Inc. (CSI) signed with in

there,

“They don’t have room for any more equipment unless they start to rearrange what they do have,”

workshop about change helped me to recognize why my New Year's resolutions never worked. didn't need more motivation; needed smaller goals, or at least my long-term goals needed to be organized into easily manageable steps.

My experience

is

to the rafters in equip-

intentions for positive change, despite past resolution failures.

good

money

ment.

make New Year's

excited with our

the

athletics,

resolutions that generally didn't last past January 10th. that fresh feeling of having a chance to solve problems, achieve new heights and challenges that encourages us to set goals. As the new year begins, we are often

used

if

you can't go wrong funding

last year.

centre

have some faculty offices off the back of the gymnasium,” said Osborne. “And maybe a couple of

I

1

bought a calf press and weights, spending a total of $8,826 from V()2 Fitness in Keswick, Out.

approximately 6,200 because of several factors, including the dou-

all

I

leg press ($3,091), a lat pull ($2,020) and a Smith machine ($1,791). The rec centre also

The number of students using centre

televi-

year,

pus.

rec

new

vate women’s showers and extended hours. During the school

building

fitness

to

sion sets in the fitness rooms, pri-

located at the west end of Conestoga College’s Doon cam-

the

it

the best of all of the colleges in

Canada.

Paul Osborne says there are a

of things

make

ing with the rec centre to

it


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— SPOKE, January

5,

News

2004

bug

Flu

HOWDEN

By JENNIFER

Influenza, or the flu,

is

touch contaminated surfaces and transfer the virus to your own eyes, nose or mouth or

spread

person to person by droplets that

Yt

is

easy for people to confuse a

have been coughed or sneezed through the air. So you can imagine how fast the flu can spread in a building with more than 600 people like the Residence and Conestoga

cold with the

Conference Centre. According to Health Canada’s

and throat

website, the flu

common

a

is

per cent of Canadians each year.

these

in

influenza

your

through

nose or mouth, or by the droplets landing directly on your eyes. The flu virus is also found on

on

surfaces

have

they

touched.

with

starts

a

by

fever, loss

of

fatigue,

runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes irritation.

recover within a

week

doing their best to avoid the

flu.

Broadcasting student Kathy Carr says she tries to avoid germs especially after getting the flu last year.

Lysol around with

I

am

extra cautious,” she

Broadcasting student April Kimble

MCMURPHY

ing while tired risks not only your life,

Your plate is probably full of commitments. School, work, friends and family have no problem last

second of free

time out of your hectic schedule. It

seems

like there is

teachers told

me you

have a 70 to 90 per cent chance of getting the flu

if

your hands so

l

you don't wash wash my hands

always so

much

to do, and so little time. Slowly but surely, you fall behind on sleep. There are obvious downsides to

sleep deprivation, such as dozing

right

it

properly.

To properly wash your hands you must first remove all your rings. Then you rinse your hands under warm water to wash away any loosened microorganisms. Next use soap to cover all surfaces of the hands and fingers for about 10 seconds. Don’t forget the frequently missed areas like the

but the lives of every motorist

around you.

work aside comes and

the

done, sleep

is

When

for later.

work needs sacrificed.

things done during the day allows

Administration of sleep is responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities each

for time in the evening to relax, and

fact,

the National

Safety

Traffic

estimates

lack

that

year.

Not getting enough sleep can its toll on your health, too.

take

Michael J. Breus, of the American Board of Sleep

sity

Combined research

Dr.

arti-

importance.

outlines the severe risks of not

enough sleep. one of his articles found at www.sleepcmi.com, Breus says that reducing sleep by a mere hour and a half can lessen your alertness during the day by as much as 32 per cent. Lack of alertness can affect job performance and school work, but it also

getting In

has more serious penalties; driv-

mine

DARREN SMITH

When

night.

If

came

no students were being hired from any programs for security work. Al Hunter said this might have been the case because of concern regardto the college,

much

this

you change

sleep,

should look for a .way to

your sleeping habits.

On

www.canoe.ca,

Stanford

University’s sleep disorders clinic

some tips on improving your sleeping patterns. Try to accomplish as much as provides

you can during the daylight hours. Most people just want to relax after dinner and this causes them to push

of

two skills.

gives students the opportunity

Security recently hired

gram in May. As a student she worked with Group 4 for about 14 months, including 10 months of weekend work at the college. In May she was hired full-time but continues to work weekends with Group 4. Group 4 is a security service

in

our students,” said Hunter, “how can we expect anyone else to?”

He

started

hiring

students

five

years ago on a part-time basis and he’s had

He

good

believes

results. it’s

beneficial having

work here as they have knowledge of the campus people

of

ting If

influenza viruses,

grown

is

in fertilized

hens’ eggs and then purified.

The

flu

company supplying

contract work-

ers to help Conestoga’s full-time

from outside the college don’t.

Conestoga security at Doon oversees the 16 to 20 Group 4 employees at the Doon, Waterloo and

skills students learn

it.

you do end up

viruses are capable of changing from

rest for

year to year, so the composition of

also

the vaccine has to be updated annu-

influenza. If

ally.

This

is

why

it is

necessary to be

getting the

flu,

you should increase the amount of fluids you drink and get plenty of seven to 10 days. There are

new

medications to treat you take them within

48 hours of the

immunized each fall. According to the Health Canada

toms, they

website, nearly 10 million doses of

two days.

your

may

illness

of your symp-

start

reduce the length of

by an average of one or

think

OK.

daytime nap-

but should be kept to a

other sleeping disorders. You'll be

you did once you start to good night’s sleep makes. glad

notice the difference a

“Security

Her

from

security staff.

of the

clinic says that

is

is

duties

a good background

people and taking statements. She is

responsible for

is

making decisions

shift

when Hunter

absent.

Ross

who how It’s

is

is

commonly underestimated. A

is filling in

for an

long she'll be

known

if

lack of

sleep can lead to serious health problems.

Shannon Carey was hired by college

full

time on Nov.

16.

the

She

working at the college Dec. 2002 as a contract worker with

started 5,

Group

Carey has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida

She

not sure

some

at the college.

there will be a

is

it

takes a person with

good people skills to work in security and only one in 10 are chosen.

responsible for handling

code

of conduct

issues and deals with false permits. to learn all

she can

skills

not an

is

industrial setting."

said he

women

is

fortunate to have

on security as

it

provides a

better representation of the college

community.

The number of females into

student

She hopes

here,” said Hunter. “This

He

She has received training on the various security computer programs, interviewing techniques and things relating to the student code

employee is

Hunter said really

"We’re looking for special

4.

of conduct.

on sick leave and

not

of sleep

International University.

include interviewing

on the afternoon

(Photo by Kristen McMurphy)

The importance

hired by security

for police work,” she said.

students

Some

made

inactivated

The vaccine

fragments

the

minimal a nap longer than 30 minutes will most likely leave you more exhausted than you were before you slept. Most importantly, if you do have time for enough sleep but you’re just having trouble sleeping, see your physician about insomnia and

Shannon

exams. However, he disagreed with don’t have confidence

The ping

type of field to get into.

filing

Conestoga’s police foundations pro-

we

940s.

who have

reduce your chances of get-

flu to

ing a glass before bed.

learned in the program,” said Hunter.

report

like

"If

1

severity of the illness.

Also, avoid people

Flu vaccines have been around since the

prevent infection or reduce the

think trypto-

to put into practice the things they've

and investigative “It

the college are

other

this policy.

researchers

Guelph campuses. The number of contract employees varies depending on the time of year. Ross is interested in becoming a police officer but is not sure what

at

resolution,

ing access to critical information or

materials

Some

women

Carey and Patricia Ross. Patricia Ross graduated

sensitive

flu is

ting a flu shot.

When

to the influenza

the antibodies will help to

virus,

your by get-

reduce

to

you are exposed

For a good night's sleep, avoid nicotine and alcohol before going to bed. It’s not healthy to sleep on a full stomach, but don’t go to bed hungry because you won’t be able to

needs

you’re not getting any-

where near

while working

Conestoga’s chief of secu-

first

your hands.

re -contaminating

months.

tive for four to six

naturally induces sleep, so try hav-

studies deter-

that an average adult

conflict

rity

to inade-

around seven hours of sleep per

Grad one By

turn off the tap with a towel to avoid

in the

are effec-

caffeine,

phan, a chemical found in milk,

its

you should

contamination. Also,

The antibodies

time for sleep.

have all been linked quate sleep.

on sleep and

vaccine.

Getting

Highway

In

of moods. However, lack of sleep can get a lot more serious.

He

the risk of the potential of microbial

antibod-

of virus

later

sleep.

cles

ies against the strains

to be

Heart attacks, high blood pressure, depression, stroke and obe-

many

towels should be avoided because of

Another way

off in class or not feeling in the best

Medicine, has written

immune system produces

more precious than you

Sleep: squeezing every

"One of

in flu

After you get a flu shot, your

dryer or single use towel. Reusable

from

says she avoids the flu by keeping

By KRISTEN

Martin agrees with Kimble.

vaccine were distributed Canada during the 2002/2003 flu

season.

water.

not everyone does

you

if

General business student Susan

warm

dry hands with a hand

Finally,

changes of getting the

Students in residence say they are

but

soap with

the flu,” she said.

Kimble and Martin are on the track. Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to avoid contracting the flu. However,

usually

is

shake hands with infected people

infected

can to reduce the chance of getting

thumbs, under the nails, and backs of fingers and hands. Rinse off the

or 10 days.

from October until April, but the peak month is January.

me

I

quite often,” she said.

Flu season in Ontario

“I don’t carry

as

January

in

Most people

said.

You can become

“I

time case of

muscle aches and

appetite,

the hands of people with the flu

and

typically

are followed rapidly

get the flu by breathing

droplets

A

flu.

germ free. wash my hands as often

her hands clean and

headache, chills and cough, which

respi-

ratory illness that affects 10 to 25

You can

hardest

hits

this

field

said, adding,

getting

has increased, he

many women were

in

support roles like dispatch operator or technicians.

Now

they’re

more

on the front line. Hunter expects both Carey and Ross to provide direction and guidvisible

full-time position for her.

about investigative techniques and

took a five-week contract,” she said. “Beyond that I’m not sure.”

wants to become a police officer working in narcotics. “I want to be in the OPP and go

ance

north,” said Carey. “I

the college’s representatives in hi^

“I

She

is

security

excited to be working with

and considers

learning experience.

it

a

great

live in a

small town.”

would love

to

in his

workers absence.

if

absence

required.

to the contract

He

said they

axA


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News

SPOKE, January

5,

— Page 7

2004

Future soldier predicts world’s end By MIKE WILSON

Capitol of the U.S. was

Omaha What was on your

New

of

list

smoking? Lose weight? You may have wanted to include hoarding food and learning to use firearms because this year could be the beginning of the end of civilization

we know

That

in

warheads.

China

Finally,

will capitalize

the situation by expanding

it.

according to someone on

is

to

one of his posts. With the U.S. unable to support Israel, countries in the Middle East will begin to invade and they will defend themselves with nuclear

Year's resolutions this year? Stop

as

moved

Nebraska,” said Titor

Now

ders.

it

is

officially the

on

bor-

its

Third

World War.

the Internet claiming to be a soldier

from the year 2036.

If Titor is a

scam

artist

he

is

a

You’re probably skeptical now.

Maybe

you’re laughing. But John

Titor’s story

one

is

that has attract-

ed a

lot

of attention.

than

at

least it's well written

His

entertaining.

A

war will start in the U.S. sometime this year or next. By 2005 we can

not true

If it’s

and

writings

are

chronicled on johntitor.com.

According to forums, a

civil

expect

his posts in Internet

war

2015 we can expect

because of

when he showed up on Internet forums with his story in November 2000. very good one. Consider first

oppres-

its

2015,

nuclear strike cities in the

launches

against

the

my

perspective),

was over but more than 10 months before Sept. 11, 2001. At scare

a

major

United States (which

the "other side” of the civil

from

this point his predictions

is

war

The

U.S.

You may be

China and cities

were

nei-

ther fashionable or timely.

Europe. The United States counterattacks.

Y2K

That’s almost a year after the

Russia

n’t

asking,

"Why

he predict some event

doesin

the

near future, such as the winner of

are

AFE

(American Federal Empire) ... thus we (in the country) won. The European Union and China were

now our

gets insulted that people try to get

and the

him

along

with

also destroyed. Russia largest

trading

the

is

partner

the

to predict the

time

outcome of

foot-

Do you

year?

last

WAR PREPARATION So what should you do

think

has a few

So why

isn’t

he trying to stop the

1

impending war? "Consider this: You are a time traveller who wishes to go back in time to 1941 because your grandparents live close to Pearl Harbour in Hawaii. You realize you can’t stop the war but you may be able to help them prepare for it. Strangely, Dec. 7 comes and goes with no sneak attack. As the war in Europe rages on, Japan fails to join the axis power, there is no war in the Pacific and the United States remains neutral. Then, you watch as Germany begins to develop the atomic bomb all by themselves.” Titor also talked about what life

Do

.

not eat or use products from any animal that

eats parts of

Do

2.

own

its

not kiss or have intimate relations with anyone you do

not know. 3.

Learn basic sanitation and water purification.

4.

Be comfortable around firearms. Learn to shoot and clean a gun.

5.

Get a good

and learn to use

first-aid kit

Find five people within 100 miles that you and stay in contact with them.

6.

Get a copy of the U.S. Constitution and read aimed at Americans).

"People raise a great deal of their

8.

Eat

own food and do more “farm” work. Yes, compared to now, we do

9.

Get a bicycle and two week.

.

work long hours. After

the war,

my

father made a living selling oranges up and down the west coast of

My

sets

The

Internet

world.

Titor’s

nuclear attacks,

still

Also, all

around after

in

the

the phones are

running through Internet networks. Solar power

is

much more common

and we have a hydrogen

some “paradoxes of

time travel” too.

Strangely,

He could

really aren’t any.

grandfather in the past and alive

in

the

"worldlines.”

back

car.

REBECCA LEARN

in time,

future.

He

The

there his

kill still

be

trick

is

doesn't really go

he just

sort of skips

identity

thief can

your whole

quickly

what they put McCaffery

in

10 miles a

He

says

in

this

reality.

worldline

he

news events sometimes

notices that

happen at different limes and different teams will win football games (more reason not to start predicting outcomes).

theft online

to do online business only with companies they know and trust.

remember people

in cyber-

their

Also,

said,

space are not always what they

“Everything should be shredded,

tect

there should be nothing just put in

mented every day. “You see a lot of people carry 10 credit cards in their wallet. They may have a whole book of cheques and they cany unneeded identification on them,” said Det. Jim

the garbage.

seem.

The

Canadian

Broadcasting

There are individuals who will check through your garbage to assume your identity.” He said to take a look at what you put in the garbage and consider how it can be used by other people. "It’s quite amazing what we just

Corporation (CBC) did an indepth consumer report with identity theft

put out without any thought to

avoid keeping a written record of

A

it.”

determined identity thief can

“Carry the bare essentials. That’s you need, so if something goes

also photocopy information legally.

have certain

Transcripts of divorce cases, which

protection

Some

tips.

ideas they

had, which are different from the

ones McCaffery mentioned, are: 1 don’t leave ID in your vehicle, 2)

remove mail

as soon as possible, 3)

identification

personal

numbers

no

social insurance numbers, are part

and computer passwords, 4) choose difficult passwords and 5) pay attention to your billing cycle and if something is late call the compa-

need to carry a whole book of cheques on you” adding, “There’s no need to carry your birth certificate either. In your day-to-day course, what do you need your

of the public record, according to

ny.

birth certificate for?”

best advice

missing you

McCaffery

only

“There’s

said,

include financial information and

Microsoft Network (MSN) money article on protecting your-

A

self

from

identity

also “keeping a

list

theft

suggests

of credit card

numbers and company telephone numbers in a safe place so you can cancel them quickly and easily if they are stolen or

lost. Just

be care-

where you leave the hard copy.” The article explains there are two types of identity fraud. The first is debit card theft, which directly impacts a bank account, and the ful

toys.

careful

garbage.

away.

life

things you have to take care of.”

handmade

it

over to another alternate

when shopping

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all

iron creations to

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McCafifery of the Niagara Regional Police fraud department.

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of spare

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10.

closest friend raises

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and another works for a

horses

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hot

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to prepare for the

tips:

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Super Bowl, so he can prove he is from the future.” Titor says he has no desire to prove to anyone that he is from the future and even

destroyed

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when

McCaffery said a good way for someone to know if they have become a victim of identity theft is to “have a credit

check done on

yourself once

twice a year.”

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way

it

or

will

be visible

are

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your credit record.

who

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on the

net.”

if

there

any strange transactions on

shopping online. "Unless you are

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Canada

identity theft,” he said, adding, "It’s

on Internet fraud, “When conducting transactions online, ensure you are visiting a

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identity back.”

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and

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article also

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the different credit agencies.


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— SPOKE, January

5,

Feature

2004

smackdown

Laying the By JASON SMITH

said 8 years as a journalist, the dream of every writer has become a

After

1

Greg

for Kitchener native

reality

Oliver, 32, has found his

own

per-

mix of profession and passion

with the release of his book. The

Of Fame: The

Pro Wrestling Hall Canadians.

Like

many

successful

Oliver found interest

He

an early age. first

piece

friend in

-

a novel he wrote with a

Grade

I

to it

just followed

Growing up

at

my

in

River Grand It was there

Institute.

known

Road

Warriors,

Kolol'f

and

writer.

were a lot of people experimenting. Kids were running (news-related)

worked nights

The

at

and not n't

a legit sport, but that does-

mean

said

it

Collegiate

of work

at

The Record on

a daily

basis.

However, that didn't stop Oliver. graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University in 1993

He

with a bachelor of applied arts

blossom.

While still attending high school in August 1985, Oliver began to publish the Canadian Wrestling Report. The report, which was a small newsletter, was normally three or four pages long and eventually found its way across Canada and around the world. Oliver attributes his inspiration

“Hulkamania”

WWF

and the of the mid-’ 80s. “Everyone was talking about it at school, so my brother and I got into it too.” said Oliver. “We had a newsletter program on our Apple II. and played around making a newsletter. My dad sold a couple at his office, I sold a few at school and we were off." Oliver said the newsletter was a

to

work with

in

found immediate

journalism and

the Toronto Sun.

who now

“At that time, there

Many things weren’t too And here we were - two legitimate journalists who

real,

became impossible

it

juggle school work and eight hours

shouldn't get coverage,”

Oliver.

him and

that Oliver’s

a

was

encouraged by fellow writer John Powell to help take charge of a pro wrestling section on the site. “Sure wrestling’s entertainment

legitimate.

he

Sports,

Angelo Mosca. The newsletter also gained him coverage in The Record. The local newspaper did two stories on the Canadian Wrestling Report, which coincidentally led to an employment opportunity for the young

websites.

dream.”

SLAM!

division of Canoe.ca, Oliver

Eventually, the hours caught up to

were noticed and, whether he knew it or not, his career began

for the newsletter to

Ivan

as professional wrestling.

Writing for

an early age

talents

to

and interview many pro wrestlers

Record, covering sports for a year.

Kitchener,

in university,

important contacts as well as meet

said

write,"

spent his high school years attending

make

After purposely removing himself

from the topic while

working at Canoe rekindled Oliver’s interest and passion in the mat wars

aspect and allowed him to

Oliver

7.

Oliver. “I enjoyed

and

writers,

in his craft at

recalls writing his

always loved

“I

helped him in a business

it

including the British Bulldogs, the

Oliver.

fect

many ways. He

great experience in

knew how

to bring

people the real

news and not just rumours.” And so began the Internet legacy of SLAM! Wrestling. Oliver and Powell became co-founders of the department in 1996 and haven’t looked back since. Oliver has many fond memories big leagues of pro wrestling, but

Toronto with his wife Meredith,

also working with the small-time

himself

library

beginning first

resides

working in the of the popular newspaper

found

in

summer

April 1991 during his at

was really fortunate,” he said. was a great place to learn.”

He

spent five years with the Sun.

working

3 different jobs through-

1

same time period, when Oliver was given the chance to move to Canoe in October 1996. Canoe (http://canoe.ca) is an offshoot of Sun Media and is known out

the

and respected as a widely recognizable

Canadian

Internet

independent

promotions across North America. He has had the unique privilege of writing about

watching young superstars begin their dreams before they became household names. In one instance, he recalls attend-

and

Ryerson.

“I “It

(Internet photo)

Greg

Oliver, (left) with wrestling

news

resource.

Sexton Hardcastle, whose real name is Adam Copeland, would later become WWE superstar Edge.

Although Oliver was terminated from Canoe due to downsizing in December 2001, the change of plans would prove to be a blessing

It’s

like

with

holding your

own it

up and hold it, looking at it.” Always the consummate professional, Oliver

made

a point of send-

ing a copy of his

book

included within.

He

many words of

in disguise.

Along

hands.

child in your hands. I'd just pick

to

everyone

has received

appreciation from

several wrestlers, but said the one

downtown

Oliver received a severance pack-

Toronto bar where he watched a young kid from Orangeville by the name of Sexton Hardcastle. On the same night, Oliver came across an old writer’s notebook that had the very same name in it with the

age from Sun Media for his accumulated 10 years of employment.

most is a letter was obviously written on an old typewriter from wrestling oldtimer and legend Gene Kiniski. Oliver also reflected on a message that was left on his answering machine by another legend of the

ing an indy

show

at a

words “could be good was higher.”

if

ceiling

for the

AUBREY HAGAR DISTINGUISHED TEACHER AWARD

With

the

this, the writer

free time

on

now had some

his hands. Paid free

time.

With

a distinguished teacher?

off,

squared

was ‘Greg, thanks for putting me over.’ Those are won-

journalist has kept his ties not only

such as Bret Hart, Chris Jericho,

with the wrestlers he’s served dur-

Roddy Piper, Whipper Watson, Gene Kiniski, Rick Martel, Killer Kowalski, Mad' Dog Vachon,

ing his career, but with

-

Chris Benoit,

Edge, Sky Low Low

Butcher,

the

and many more are profiled. only took Oliver three months

It

complete the text for the book, but he insists his work is the product of 18 years, dating back to 1985 when he was writing his newsletter

teachers are those who demonstrate exceptional commitment to students and to their programs and whose leaching They also demonstrate leadership in their skills are above average schools and/or the college and in related work with their professions or in the community.

For more information or nominations forms, contact one of the following committee members:

high school.

in

work put

into three months.”

is

proud of his

his

book has a

much

better shelf

“It's a

book

for

anybody who was

a wrestling fan in Canada.

of the

It’s

at the

sion screen.

who

moms

for

grandma

as

heels on the televi-

And

it's

for the kids

are watching today.

stars

for

sat in

watching and

television

Whipper Watson. It’s dads who watched screamed

It’s

for the

of today, tomorrow and the

past.”

Oliver also said he can

day

his

The popular Canadian

SLAM!

Wrestling

wrestling

Canoe and helping to

itself,

maintain the website and continuing to write.

ever-changing world of

the

In

one thing

wrestling,

changed

that has never

is

news

-

to the average

find

“I

it

Oliver’s

and the Canadian fan.

desire to bring the truth

-

fascinating talking to

old wrestlers,” he said. “They real-

and had none of the

perks that athletes in get

-

And

coverage, travel expenses.

they

WWE

‘real’ sports,

regular salary,

insurance,

tell

great stories. Today’s

wrestlers are well off, but is

much

just

with

the indy wrestler

always

was...

like

it

fewer

places to work.”

During

his career, Oliver shared in

Award at the Toronto Sun when he was on the news desk for a Dunlop

life.

grandmas and grandpas who front

priceless,” said

It’s

Oliver.

health

his

Truth, Oliver said he

the

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my

book may not be as popular as WWE-released biographies such as Stone Cold Steve Austin’s newly released Stone Cold Although

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of

work,” said Oliver. “Eighteen years of

derful feelings.

ly lived life

culmination

the

“It’s

Kowalski.

circle, Killer

“All he said

professional

to

Distinguished

that

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Canadians. The book details all of the top pro wrestling stars to come out of Canada - whether fans knew they were Canadian or not. Top names pride and joy

Christian, Val Venis,

to nominate

time

valuable

this

that stands out the

Oliver completed what he calls his

Abdullah

like

Kowalski.

Killer

termination,

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Would you

legend

of his career, not only following the in

Oliver,

words*

in

remember

books were delivered

to

him.

“Throughout the day

coverage of a past subway accident. He is very active in his community,

working as a cub leader, coaching summer soccer and reading for children once a week at his local library.

He

has also written about a number

of other subjects including science fiction,

local bookstore.

For more information on Greg Oliver,

I

found

myself walking over and just picking up a book, holding it in my

books, and sports.

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Canadians can be found at any

his

book

or

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4

i

By BRANDI

STEVENSON

adding, “So that’s less coal that’s

being put on the grid from wind,”

being used.”

he said.

pleased that wind ener-

Hydro has been a hot commodity lately. In the wake of the August

gy reduces the amount of coal

blackout and the recent elimination

being used.

hydro price cap, some Ontarians have become more ener-

Medical Association estimates

gy conscious. Several Woodstock

in health care

of the

residents

have been energy conscious for 14 years. In 1989,

option to

was

ice

Woodstock Hydro

offering

started

a

pay-as-you-go

consumers. The serv-

its

initially

offered to help

Glaser

is

He

said the Ontario

costs.

and

He added

work time

lost

air pollution kills

about 1,900 Ontarians each year. Even though consumers pay an

income

of

levels.

it is

“It

environmentalan

is

alternate

source of electricity that does not rely

on

coal,” she said,

more sustainable

a

She also liked

“(Wind)

is

source.”

the fact that she’s

power. The blackout and the hydro

their investment.

He

consumer

hydro

said, “It

bene-

they are helping to change the

variety

because

friendly.

ly

Glaser said they see a return on

their

caught on in Woodstock, attracting people from a

to her

not relying on one source for her

on

fits

eventually

Guelph resident Katija Blaine signed up for the program. Using wind energy appealed recently

bill,

additional fee

customers handle their debt. The idea

air

pollution causes $9.9 billion a year

the

sense that

in the

way

He added

electricity is generated.”

that although the upfront costs of

price deregulation have reminded

her

that

resource.

energy

“An

electricity is a

a

is

valuable

alternate source of

good thing

to have,”

said Blaine.

building a wind generator are high-

Since the blackout, she said she

According to an article from www.metering.com, 26 per cent of Woodstock energy consumers use

hidden cost

this service.

to the

environment. Coal

a pol-

more conscious of her electricity use in the home, purchased high

luting

and non-renewable source,

efficiency light bulbs and installed

One

aspect of the service

is

the

er,

“coal has a hidden cost.” This is

the

damaging

he explained.

play unit inside the home, so cus-

wind elements program

tomers can see exactly energy they are using

and

Mail,

people have signed up. Glaser said, in what we’re households even signed up to have 100 per cent of their electricity generated from wind. “They’re volunteering to pay $65 a month more on their hydro

"They

doing.”

bill

to

believe

Two

know

electricity that

She

is

amount of they use a month is

that the

she

first

heard about Select

Power’s wind elements program, she liked the idea but just wasn’t if it was a viable option. Sometimes you hear about envi-

sure

ronmental solutions and inventions that

people are working on. but

it’s

(Photo by Brandi Stevenson)

not available yet, she explained. “I

has been a hot topic lately. Woodstock has had pay-as you-go hydro for 14 years. Guelph residents now have the option to buy wind energy. Electricity

was pretty excited to learn that it was something I could purchase,” Blaine said.

of

president

the

a lot of

any time,

and how much it is costing them. Each customer also has a smart card. They use the card to buy power in any amount they want and then insert the card into the unit. In a Nov. 3, 2003 article written by Colin Perkel for the Globe

When

Since the official launch of the

how much

at

trying to conserve energy.

is

an auto-thermostat.

meter that replaces the regular one. There is also a disspecial

is

effect

-

Woodstock Hydro, Garry -Roth, said pay-as-you-go customers have reduced their energy consumption by 15 to 20 per cent on average. Roth said the display unit made the customers more aware of how much energy they were actually using, and were able to put a dollar value on it. But reducing energy consumption should have more than a dollar

value attached to erating

it.

Coal-fire gen-

which

stations,

supply

about one-third of household energy, are

Counsellor’s

Comer -

Expressing hurt can

come in many

Cutting/Self-Harm forms. Sometimes

we

deal with painful feelings

by

whom we feel we can trust.

having someone to talk to

However, other times we may become withdrawn, thinking that no one is available to listen, and no one will help anyway. Or maybe we lash out angrily- shouting or hitting because we feel out of control. Using alcohol or drugs can be a way of coping for awhile, but usually the hangover continues and the bad feelings are still there.

harmful to the environment.

The Ontario Medical Association has said air pollution health

is

a public

The Ontario Clean

crisis.

Air Alliance said coal-fired generators

Ontario are the single

in

For some people, cutting or self-harm has become a way to cope with feelings (usually emotional pain and anger) they can’t seem to express. It can also feel like a way of staying in control.

largest industrial contributor to this

According

crisis.

to

www.cleanair.web.net, coal-fired generators produce a

number of

harmful chemicals, including

The

generators

also

release cancer-causing toxins into the air like arsenic

and chromium.

Ontario

2002,

In

much

physical feeling and even evidence that they exist. Cutting does the talking. People

self-harm usually say they do not wish to die, just to

bullying in school for being 'different

pollution as 5.6 million

The

provincial government rec-

tors are.

shut

how harmful

these genera-

The Liberals promised

down

coal-fired

feel.

5

to

generating

by 2007 in their election campaign. That leaves the province searching for alternative energy production methods. Several Guelph residents have been using an alternative method 2003. Select Power, since Oct. 3 which is an affiliate of Guelph Hydro, is offering wind energy to its customers. For an extra $6.53 a month, consumers get 75 kW-h of electricity a month from the Ferndale Wind Turbine. Tony Glaser, from Select Power, said by buying wind energy, consumers are diverting their electricity usage from coal. “The wind energy displaces an equal amount of coal," said Glaser,

;

depression; parents’ separation or divorce; a

significant loss; strict family rules; or generally feeling

about what was going on.

cars.

ognizes

who

The reasons people self-harm are numerous and individual, as are the methods used. Perhaps someone has experienced a form of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse;

Power

Generations’ coal plants produced as

a release, ending the emotional pain by providing

sul-

phur dioxide, which contributes to the haze that looms over southern Ontario.

Some say it brings

this

- just

that

it is

taking

misunderstood and unable to talk

Or sometimes people really don’t know why they are doing its toll

consequences aren’t worth

it.

on

their

body and not really ending the pain. The

Cutting and self-harm usually brings negative attention in

relationships, scars that don’t fade, the

need

to

wear excessive

clothing,

and energy spent

stations

1 ,

in keeping this a secret or trying to stop.

If you or

someone you know wants

to talk about cutting or self-harm, professional

The college’s Learning Resource videos) on cutting and self-harm, and

counsellors are available to listen in Student Services.

Centre also has various resources (books, resources are available in the community.

and confidential.

A message from Student Services.

articles,

Our counselling

services are free, voluntary,


Sports

Condors By

JASON SMITH game

a frustrating

In

pass in front of the Condors’ net.

was

that

overshadowed by penalties, the Conestoga Condors men’s varsity hockey team fell victim to the St. Clair Saints on Dec. 5. After coming out strong and going toe-to-toe with the impressive Saints lineup,

Condors found themthe penalty box much too

the

selves in

often and eventually lost control of the

game,

falling prey to St. Clair

by

a final score of 9-4. “1

as

But

The Condors were

firing

on

all

cylinders as the puck dropped and

looked to surprise the top-

they

ranked

St.

Clair

Condors

Dennis opening the scoring just 3: 19 in. Conestoga stormed down the ice with a three-on-one break after

coughed

Clair

Conestoga’s

puck

the

neutral

Schulz led the

way

up

Tim

zone.

into the Saints

zone and made a nice tape-to-tape pass to Dennis,

who

After a few' questionable calls by

Condors constantly found themselves sitting in the

many times

wouldn’t last long. Just over two minutes Clair's at

one

Shane Tatomir

later,

tied the

St.

a few key saves to

his team in the game and gave them a chance for a possible come-

keep

back.

brought crashing

game

capitalized on

power

three

as

Saints

the

two separate

took

five-on-

plays.

first

down to reality Clair’s Rob Simpson

period and was scored by Franco

when

Subrani.

scored with 21 seconds

As first

the buzzer

sounded

many of

period,

skaters

seemed

the

to end the Conestoga

frustrated

- mostly

with the amount of time they spent in the

St.

Condors goalie

Young was

Jeff

left

in the

Reid Porter gave the Condors one

glimpse of hope, scoring his sec-

ond goal of

the night with seven

a half minutes remaining

and

regula-

in

tion.

game. The Condors could not bounce back from the 9-4 deficit. Coach Cressman made no excuses over six minutes

left in

Nice players, a solid team, and

was phenomenal

the goaltending

especially

where we could have put

we

the

final

period of

washed

away

Rob

as

had

own

in

a

game

Conestoga seemed to have a little bit of extra wind in their sails as they held St. Clair scoreless for most of

in.

some unbelievable

the period.

Clair at the nine-minute mark.

With a the

few'

period,

minutes remaining the

Condors’

in

Bob

scored a power play goal for

St.

Clair didn’t stop there though.

St.

Rob Simpson completed

the

hat

of

but

“When

we’re relying on two lines

and four defencemen and you get that many penalties and you get power plays and penally killing, it

call the

(the

lines,"

he

said.

Cressman

concerned

too

isn’t

about his team and

is

looking for-

ward to the rest of the season. "We're not a bad hockey club. We’re getting better all the time. We’ve got guys that haven’t played at this level

of hockey and

We’ve got a big second Brent

it’s

lough

to

learn.

and we’ve got

half

MacDermid was

coming

the team’s

offensive threat scoring four goals in the game. Three of

them came

second period. Brent

is

in the

the leading

goal scorer in the Ontario College

was named

OCAA athlete of the week. Four Condors are ranked among

were

with eight goals and seven assists for

penalties

MacDermid

ranked number two

is

15 points; Scott Bradley

number four with

six

is

ranked

goals

and

cheap shots and

seven assists for 13 points; Andrew McDermott is ranked number nine

made

with five goals and six assists for 12

referee) just calls

made some

their goaltender

two"

sucks the wind out of those

the top 10 points leaders this season.

and he doesn’t take control of the game. But we can’t blame the referee. We had enough chances with our power plays that we could have put it away, and

game around.

ultimately turned the

power plays was filled end of the

that

"These are men playing this game and it’s tough hockey,” he said. stuff,

Joel Gardiner followed suit as he

share

their

opportunities with a few

of their

“Yeah, you

but

first,

away, but

more depth Cressman said his

Athletic Association and

Conestoga

Simpson scored his second goal of two and a half minutes

didn't see as

the

as

it

-

period

didn’t.”

the night just

action

second

the

in

net.

Clair having

team’s penalty minutes were what

up.”

an excellent hockey

"(St. Clair is)

club.

Schuchard stopped 44

their roster,

sition.

66 minutes of handed out.

into

St.

for them,

night

any hope the Condors had was

With

team and said they were simply outplayed by a very strong oppo-

with penalties. At the

Moving

the

for his

goal lead.

play,

St. Clair’s

on

then replaced with Jason Lafortune.

last

big saves.”

of 48 shots on

Saints.

second, regaining his team’s two-

quickly

penalty box.

The second period

game

after receiving a nice centring

Young made

half minutes remaining in the

This proved to be the turning point

goaltender.

lead

keeping the puck out of the net

The first St. Clair five-on-three power play goal came with six and a

skating

with a 5-on-3 disadvantage.

buried the puck

Conestoga

a goal with an impressive glove save.

With a minute and 20 seconds remaining in the period, the Condors were finally able to capitalize on the power play as Brent MacDermid beat Schuchard to bring his team within one goal. The Condors seemed to have new life and hoped to pick up where they left off in the third period but were

box,

penalty

much

the

favour of the

in

second goal of the night with just

behind Ryan Schuchard, the Saints

However,

8-3

second period though. Conestoga’s

St.

in

As approximately

50 fans rose to their feet cheering in the Kenneth E. Hunter Recreation Centre, Clayton made his move and seemed to have St. Clair’s goalie Ryan Schuchard when beat, Schuchard absolutely robbed him of

game

Jeff

it.

advantage of their opportunity and

with

with a breakaway on the

in

Schuchard wasn't the only one

two.

Conestoga goaltender Jeff Young made a few early saves, allowing his team to stay confident and score the all-important first goal of the game.

was full of goals defenceman Josh

and

to stay onside

the

be able to regain

team by gaining an

period

walked

ice.

scoring an unassisted goal to

make

ished once again and they would not

at

of the

first

pass up the middle of the

tiful

trick,

in the

game

the

early lead.

The

an early form of a beau-

— Page 11

2004

5,

game

fill

However, the goal wouldn’t be enough to help Conestoga make a last-ditch attempt at a comeback. To add salt to the already open wound, St. Clair’s Franco Subrani scored his

the referee, the

are.”

given

Saints goaltender.

first.

assisted

nine goals. But we’re not

deep as they

gift in the

on the goal. once again, the Condors couldn’t hold on to the lead. St. Clair’s Kevin Emery banged away in front of the Condors net just a minute and 15 seconds following Conestoga's go-ahead goal and managed to pick up the garbage to

the

into

head coach Dave Cressman.

we gave up

was

Christmas

Clayton managed

7:21

Conestoga’s lead had quickly van-

"We're hanging our heads because

Clayton

Ryan Ferguson and Brent MacDermid

ante

a great start,”

thought

said

Conestoga to back, as Reid Porter upped the

didn't take long for

strike

tie

we had

to Saints; penalties

fall It

SPOKE, January

big.

points and Reid Porter

number 10

in the

comes

in at

league with seven

goals and three assists for 10 points. The Condors will resume play in the

new

year, returning to the ice

on

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Write a letter to the editor. Letters to the editor

must be received by Tuesday

So you've decided at

noon for the following issue. Letters can be e-mailed to spoke@conestogac.on.ca, dropped off at the Spoke newsroom at 4B14, or mailed (see address at bottom of page 4). Please include your full name, address and phone number. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

for

your

New

to get in

shape

now

what?

The recreation

centre at the college

has plenty of choices to help get you

back

in form.

For a more relaxing workout there Pilates and yoga, which also help in reducing stress, something that

is

most students can If

relate to.

you're looking for something a

The road reopened before Christmas.

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your advantage.

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Year’s resolution,

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— SPOKE, January

2004

5,

CSI advertisement

A message from

the CSI president

Dear Members of CSI, Conestoga Students

(CSI) has been redefining

Inc.

purpose on campus, the core competencies of our association and has embraced a posi-

its

governance style. Since taking office, this year’s executive has been challenged with great success, to offer innovative new meet the demands of our members and clients. More attention has been focused on organizational strategy, redefining core competencies and forward planning. We are preparing, for the first time ever, a multi-year operational plan and working towards Board priorities as both employees and Directors strive towards the mission of the

change

tive

in its

solutions that

organization. Involved students have already experienced positive changes as significant

groundwork has been accomplished

for the future

development of the organization.

The new mission statement, approved by the CSI Board of Directors states, “...to enhance student satisfacand community awareness.” We are excited as we begin to develop ways that CSI will make members increasingly aware of the positive experience that Conestoga already offers to its clients. Establishing this policy was important as it has became a daily objective of our staff and Directors. The first experience we wanted the staff and students to feel this year was a revitalized and eager CSI. We tion through active college

gave the outside of the Sanctuary a capabilities inside, to better relax first

contact with the

CSI

this

we began

while continuing to improve the lighting, sound and performance

and entertain you as you prepare

summer was

that other student associations will

Furthermore,

face-lift

personalized.

to

meet your academic

goals. Also,

Our summer mail-out was an innovative

be looking to duplicate

at their

own

your

solution

schools.

preparing to complement our existing staffing structure with the addition of a com-

munications specialist as a step to mitigate the communication gap that was historically hindering.

An

impact

analysis will be conducted to determine the effectiveness of this initial step in our overall strategy at the end

of the academic year. Another effective component in improving our communication with our members was the addition and installation of the

UCTV network at the Doon campus.

from student means, we are excited about

ums when communicating

A change this year was the

this

communication addition

As as

it

a revenue source, not deriving proliferates our awareness

introduction of a strategic activities planning

model

that

allowed the selection of values

be measured with con-

to

tinuums. This year, the executive and staff agreed that offering an increased variety of events was our goal. Admittedly, not

have been well-attended, but

coming

ent interests, are

more student

to

we have

seen a greater diversity of student involvement than in past years

our events. The next step

is

to

- meaning

all

of our events

different students with differ-

engage students with authority, responsibility and accountability as

we move

to host

inspired events in the spring semester.

Another avenue where

we were

successful with engaging students

was

the exposure of the provincial election to our

of the few colleges to not only host a candidate’s forum but also house polling tion

medi-

with students.

Many

on campus.

This was the

stations.

first

members.

We

were one

time Conestoga hosted a polling

students were able to identify the voting activity on October 2nd, hopefully leading

them

to vote

when

The Conestoga poll had 21 per cent greater voter turnout than the provincial average. The organization’s new governance change ratified at the annual general meeting was key to guaranteeing streamlined

they went

sta-

home

for the evening.

A new change has a qualified general manager, who has

for students. activities

management of the

services and activities

experience in operating educational institutions, overseeing service and

The GM reports to the Board of Directors that is comprised, in part, of nine students. This will mitimanagement team of students has on the overall service standards of the organization - as it is continu-

organization.

gate the negative effect an inconsistent

ously important to have the organization operate smoothly regardless of the change in personalities, temperaments and priorities. Student tives

now

have a greater chance of succeeding

with proper authority, responsibility and accountability given to the

Board monitors the GM’s performance, while the executive observe on a daily

the

execute services and activities for our clients. Students will see the benefits of this

basis.

These changes were key

new model

GM. On to

initia-

a bi-weekly basis

being able to successfully

during their entire academic period with the col-

lege.

As of December, ties offer

for the first time in

CSI

history, the

Board developed and approved a

priorities list

on behalf of its members. These

priori-

annual goals to the General Manager and executive of the corporation, as well as to the college administration. Typically in the past,

the president focused

stamp.” Under the to the will

on whatever they wanted

new

to, strived to

convince the Board what he/she was doing was beneficial and looked for a “rubber

system, the Board becomes the initiator of policy and priorities, not a reactor. Meaning the president will be accountable

of the Board and only has authority to work on the priorities of the Board -

this is a positive

change and a great improvement

in

accountability as the Board has representative students from the members-at- large. Just recently

food bank, but

CSI became

we have

active

members

in the

food bank, not only have

also offered to connect students

who

we

secured regular shipments of food provisions to our on-campus

are seeking volunteer opportunities to the food

other student volunteers and Conestoga alumnus kicked off the Checkout

Hunger campaign

at the

bank association. CSI

directors,

Stanley Park Zehrs by packing bags of food in

the beginning of December.

We

have finished the semester by hosting a Support Staff Appreciation Dinner and a faculty retirement event.

CSI has much organization

to celebrate as

we have

we have some; however,

spent the last eight months redefining ourselves and correcting our internal deficiencies and like any

in a

new CSI we have acknowledged

our weaknesses and threats, created plans for improvements based on

our strengths and opportunities, implemented appropriate solutions and remain focused on monitoring. There the

coming months we look forward

to a

renewed school

spirit,

is still

plenty of work to do and in

student initiated activities, effective communication and continued dedication to

our lobbying with the administration and government on student issues, like the recent tuition freeze. If students

have any concerns or questions,

I

am

always available to meet with you.

Sincerely yours,

Justin Falconer

President,

CSI

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