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Monday, March

1

5,

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2004

Conestoga College, Kitchener

14!

— No.

35 th Year

1

Residence Adviser of the Year

fires

CARLA KOWALYK

By

who

does the best job day in and It is voted on by fellow advisers at Conestoga’s Residence and Conference Centre, and comes with a $ 00 cheque. er

day

out.

1

Debbie Brock, a special studies student at the college and a resident adviser (RA) of two years, was this

And

year’s original recipient.

she was

On

then

fired.

morning of Feb.

the

19,

at

WELCOME f

He

signed the statement and

paid the

undisclosed amount of

door.

The Resident Adviser of the Year award is given to the resident advis-

Conestoga College ||

money back

to the resident.”

happens

this nature

report

filed

is

at residence, a

the school with

at

security.

Security said they have knowledge of the incident but could not talk about it because it is private infor-

mation. Bally Saini, a second-year police foundations student and resident adviser, said at the usual

which only employees of residence have access to. An undisclosed amount of money was stolen and,

When the RAs asked, Saini said they were told “Debbie won’t be

RA

coming back because of an undis-

“They showing

er residents have visitors

a bigger

guy wearing a it

enter-

live

building,

the

in

who do not they

must

piece of ID and sign in under the

be

in

would best interest and

told that

my

everyone else’s

it

if

did not

I

associate with any of the others RAs.” Debbie Brock,

must be

in the building at that

time and be aware of their

and his friends

there.

Feb. 20, Brock had a meeting

with John Kobylnik, the residence’s general manager, regarding the situation.

She said he

told her there

possibility she could

be

fired,

was

a

evicted

and expelled from the school. Kobylnik declined to comment on the issue, saying that he would not discuss any specific incident. On March 1, Brock was given a termination of employment paper. She was not kicked out of residence, but had her RA duties and her award taken away from her. “I was also told that it would be in my best interest and everyone else’s if 1 did not associate with any of the other RAs,” Brock said. Brock’s boyfriend,

who

am

by the

rules, if

ing,

I

cannot have someone signed

into

my room.”

I

who

he often visited.

didn’t live

didn't

lived in residence that

“He was signed under someone else,” she said. “He wasn’t there under my name so he was not my guest.”

According

to Brock, the resident

who had money room

is

from his a good friend of hers and her

boyfriend.

“As

stolen

far as the victim is

concerned, he helped

and

my new

into

me move

out

apartment,” she

was

fired, since

why

she

her boyfriend signed

some-

thought he signed

was

me

it

a

master key. said. “1

key and had used

it

on someone’s

all

“Residence

did

tell

it

me

they

just to cover for

but that’s not true,” Brock said.

had

to

move

out though.

I

could-

n’t live there after this.”

Brock said she

is

considering legal

action against the residence.

$90 fee per year we charge

for

Falconer says that without a the $1.89 fee is going somewhere in the hands of the

doubt,

CSA. One of

many

CSA

funding colleges get from the provincial government.

was

issues is

is

how much

Falconer brought up the fact that the

provincially and sometimes feder-

rently funds, per college student,

students

all

means with

the premier,

the

the minister of training, colleges

jail

ally

-

this

and universities and even the prime minister. According to CSI president Justin Falconer,

lobbies

CSA

helps unite

and their students and on students’ behalf on

issues such as funding.

“We

students,

more successful

rate as a prisoner in the

in

is

trying

are

getting

the

point across.”

Nel Ahmed, both CSI directors, all attended the conference to make sure that Conestoga’s investment in the alliance was going somewhere. “We pay $1.89 per student,” Falconer said. “We take it from

in

Confederation Bay, but

at

Thunder

was quick to point out that was not a vacation for the atten-

Justin it

dees.

“Going

to

Thunder Bay

middle of winter

and

helps unite colleges their students

and

lobbies on students’

is

in the

not a trip,” he

“It

was very cold

funding.” Justin Falconer,

Conestoga Students Inc. president

He

CSA

also

was

pointed out that the the creator of the col-

website that 84,000 students logged onto to keep up to date on the possible legestrike.com

strike.

was presented

at the meeting Conestoga students visited the site most often. It

that

One of

the things Falconer said

as

it

is

only

hours away from the Manitoba-Ontario border.” Each time the CSA holds a con-

two

ference

it

is

at a different

bers’ college. In

number they

so

CSA

held

College

said.

“CSA

because 5,700 stu-

we

members,

same

government cur-

system and that to change this.

although our college is dents, it’s not enough to turn heads,” Falconer said. “But with CSA and its other col-

158,000

provincial

behalf on issues such as

CSA

are a part of

he was proud of was that he got to show off at the meeting the fact that Conestoga had 13,065 signatures on the “Stop The Strike” petition in just two days - that is compared to Mohawk College

which had 22,000 and St. Lawrence College which had 847. The trip was paid for by CSI and

the

fighting to change

across Ontario, lobbying on their behalf college

Falconer, Jessica Wismer, and

the blame.

“I

know about this,” Brock didn’t know he had a master

“I didn’t

College Student Alliance (CSA). CSA is a group that works for

the

lege

unsure as to

night and, as a joke, tried

one’s door discovering that

four meetings held each year with

she said.

a statement with residence taking

in

On March 6 and 7, three Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) members packed their bags and headed for Thunder Bay to one of

colleges

is still

the

the association fee.”

said. “Management at the front desk watched him help me.” Brock said she told residence the victim helped her move out and even stayed afterwards to have a drink and relax with them. “Residence told me they would have to have a talk with the victim,”

Brock

CARLA KOWALYK

not in the build-

want to be named, signed a statement saying that he had found the key on his own at the front desk one it

By

wasn’t even in the building, and

“I

was her boyfriend, who

but often visited her

CSA

in

my boyfriend was not my room,” Brock said.

friends

in the building

CSI a believer

“At the time signed into

Residence told Brock they thought

On

visitor.

Brock pointed out that although her boyfriend had been signed into her room many times, he had lots of

fired resident adviser

it

Students trudge through the snow once again on their way to school. For a few weeks temperatures soared into the teens. Let’s hope this is the last snowfall of the year.

check-in with front desk, leave a

ident

was

The snow returns

Residence has a rule that whenev-

guest they are visiting. Also, the res“I

.

(Photo by Tim Murphy)

closed reason.”

dark jacket with a hood on ing the room,” she said.

Monday

meetings Brock wasn’t there.

according to Brock, residence says they have it all on tape. they have a video

TO EXPLORE C0NEST0CA 2004 APPLICANTS

The resident was not available for comment. As a rule, whenever something of

around 9:22, a room in residence was entered using a master key

said

AIL

May

mem-

Conestoga

will host the meeting.

Because Falconer

is

knowing

that

meeting

of

the

now

satisfied

with

Conestoga students’ money is going to a good place. “We are very happy with the value we’re getting for the $ .89,” he said. “They’ve grown a lot and moved in the right direc1

tion.”

He said this is backed up by the CSA’s growth over the past year. “They’re hiring a third

stafi

member, where a year ago thc> only had one. So they are moving along and drilling the issues.”


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— SPOKE, March

15,

News

2004

Two bachelor programs

Now deep thoughts ...with Conestoga College (Random questions answered 6y random students

How

do you pass time when

you’re stuck in a

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receive $100,000 from Kitchener’s Dare family By JAMES CLARK

Two

bachelor of applied technol-

ogy programs have received a donation of $100,000 from the Dare family of Kitchener to be used for program development and “I

listen to

music.”

the purchase of

The decision

Darrell Eailey

architecture

the

to

new equipment. money

to donate the

project

and

management program and

facility

advanced manufacturing techwood and composite products program was made before the new year by the Dare family and officials at Conestoga. Brian Dare, co-chair of Dare Foods Ltd., says the money was donated to Conestoga because, “We have been very impressed with Conestoga’s programs and, particularly, we have great confidence in the president, John the

nologies

“We crank up the music loud and we sing along.”

Sophorn Him and Faith Arroylo

Tibbits,” said Dare.

The Dare family has contributed community initiatives such as

to

health care and the arts along with

donations

past

“Just listen to music.

my

sister

if

I’ll

talk to

she’s there.”

Both programs were supposed to begin in the fall of 2003, but because of a low number of applicants only the applied architecture program is running. There are curis working hard to advanced manufacturing technologies program running by

course. Faculty the

get

the

fall

strate-

gic projects at Conestoga, says the

number of last “I

get out of the car and talk to friends or other people.”

Justin Marteleira

Kitchener.

were

Interviews

during

applicants

was down

year because students in high

programs. Wadia said the

two

inter-

views also help the teachers decide who is admitted into the program. He said 95 students are competing tecture program.

30 places

in the

applied archi-

The manufactur-

lot

of high paying

ing technologies program also has

in the industry

but high school

room

Wadia

it

as very sexy,”

said.

money

Free

By DESIREE FINHERT

30

for

students.

Both the architecture program and the advanced manufacturing

Essays must be submitted by 4, 2004 and the semi-finalists will be published. More than 500

Forget Kool

music and smoke.” Kevin Barnes

“I

listen to

FM’s

Instant Teller

measly $200,000 up for grabs. Conestoga College students can vie for more than its

$500,000.

The Millennium Excellence Award, the As Prime Minister Award and the Keith Pritchard Award

are

now

receiving applica-

The As Prime Minister Award’s $70,000 and will be based on an essay of the most innovative ideas and solutions for Canada’s future. “If you were the Prime Minister of Canada, what political vision top national prize

offer to

is

improve our

liv-

ing standards and ensure a secure

and prosperous global community?” is the award’s main objective.

The As Prime Minister Award national competition

open

is

a

to full-

time undergraduate or graduate

Smile Conestoga, you could 6e our neyt respondent!

students from colleges and universities.

Canada entered

the

skills

applied

There will be 50 semi-finalists and 10 finalists chosen by the Magna for Canada Scholarship Fund. Magna plans to award more than $500,000 plus prizes and intern-

Magna

International Inc.,

which supplies Canada with automotive systems and components. The winning essays will be pub-

entering the Students advanced manufacturing technologies program will study advanced tion.

properties of materials and use advanced computer programs to design, build and test

physical

projects.

Contact minister.com or for

The Award

students

towards students with excellent academic standing and a record of leadership skills and community service.

tion, tion,

copies of the online applica-

letter of recommendamust be submitted by June 7,

with a

2004.

Contact awardforexcellence.ca or the college awards office in the stu-

dent/client

services

building

for

more information. The Keith Pritchard Award given annually to two students their

is

in

second or third year of the

electronics and engineering tech-

lished.

PM

program

architecture

focuses on designing and construc-

Two

contest in 2003.

ships at

tions.

would you

students across

They focus on busidevelopment, management and liberal studies. The

ness

for struggling June

contest with

four

ry co-op terms.

the manufacturing field.

students don’t see

are

students to meet teachers and get a

for

“There are a

program

technologies

years, and each includes mandato-

school don’t often think of a job in

jobs

held

Explore Conestoga for prospective further understanding of the

of 2004.

Wadia, the director of

Jal

Kacey Logel, a first-year architecture project and facility management student, works on designing an addition to a school in Cambridge. The architecture program along with the advanced manufacturing technologies wood and composite products program received an $100,000 donation from the Dare family of

14 students enrolled in the

rently

Farya Azizi

(Photo by James Clark)

Conestoga

to

College.

www.asprime 1-866-AS-THE-

more details Millennium is

The bursary

is

at

Conestoga.

financed by a

trust

memory

Excellence

of a former graduate. The amount varies each

offering between $4,000

year for the award that recognizes

and $ 0,000 1

fund

to students

who want

make the world a better place. The national award is open to

to

students

nology program set

leadership,

An

diploma or certificate program, or second year of a bachelor degree program. The award is geared

process

first

creativity,

application

awards

their

in

demic standing and

year of a

in

up

office.

may

is

available in the

The

evaluation

also include an inter-

view.

Applications

March

3

1

good aca-

financial need.

are

due by


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The

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15,

2004

— Page 3

sexier side of broadcasting Conestoga students create

their

own

show that school isn’t all about exams and studying calendar

to

By BLAKE GALL

Move over Sports Illustrated, watch out Chippendales, there’s a new calendar on the shelves with the

models

hottest

College has to

What

Conestoga

offer.

started as a sarcastic con-

between two students

versation

soon became the master plan

money

raise

to

for the annual broad-

casting awards banquet.

Mike

Cameron,

a

first-year

broadcasting student has been the brain child of this unusual project.

was

“I

talking about

classmate and

we

with a

it

realized students

our class are really attractive,”

in

Cameron said. From there the to roll

seemed

ball just

Cameron decided chance and make the

with ease.

to give

a

it

broadcasting student-produced

first

calendar

Conestoga history. to convey the many

in

“We wanted faces

of broadcasters,” Cameron

said.

“The calendar shows the hardworking side along with the fun we all have and the beauty." Before shooting could begin for

Cameron was

the calendar

required

propose the idea to broadcasting

to

Mike

co-ordinator

Thurnell.

thought the calendar was great terms of showing initiative to do

“I in

something

(Contributed Photos)

Mike Cameron thought the calendar would be a unique way to raise money for the program while showing off the beauty of his fellow students. First-year broadcasting student

models were stuck a

little

in

one pose for

longer than most people

times to assure faculty this would

would find comfortable. But Cameron was quick to say that the experience was good fun and he had a blast doing it. After the photos were all taken it was time to send them off for printing before selecting which pictures would make the cut. Next came the editing of the calendar done by Holden. Finally, the calendar was

be tasteful and safety would be

ready for printing.

ensured.

most of the $600 needed

like this,”

Thurnell said.

However, the college was to be in no way affiliated with the calendar. Thurnell explained that this project is independent of the College

and completely created by the

stu-

dents.

Cameron

called

somewhat of an

process

the

uphill

battle

at

Students in the broadcasting pro-

gram were

told about the calendar

and anyone wanting to participate was asked to sign up. After two weeks only six men and two women put their names on the sheet. The calendar idea was

first

Cameron

put up

to get the

calendars printed while

on campus. But looking for

is

if

what you’re

an autographed copy,

then stop by the Sanctuary

March

24 or 26 where the models will be signing their photos. The calendars only cost $12.50 and all the 22,

money

is

being used to make a film

awards banend of the semester. something students will

for the broadcasting

quet

at the

“This

is

be able to look back on

in 20 years and be proud of,” Thurnell said. “The best thing that came out of

of this was learning that if you have the drive you can do anyall

some

Cameron

were pre-ordered. The calendar can be purchased

thing,”

through broadcasting students here

parents.”

said.

“I'd like to thank

God and my

looking like a dismal project.

Slowly but surely others began As they heard about

signing up.

friends getting involved they decid-

ed to give

a shot themselves.

it

Eventually

women had

men

25

and

16

agreed to model for the

The guys ranged equally between the three years of the pro-

calendar.

gram while

the

of the

majority

female models were

first-

and sec-

ond-year students.

With the help of Darcy Holden, a friend hoping to study broadcasting

Conestoga next year, Cameron began the photo shoots. After one month of photographs and 20 to 40 rolls of film. Cameron wrapped up the photography

at

process. “I is

never realized

to

take

good

how

Cameron said. He also pointed out ing

is

not

all

difficult

quality

it

photos,”

that

model-

fun and games.

Some

Calendars are being sold for $12.50 each. Models will be signing autographs in the Sanctuary March 22, 24, and 26. All the models are broadcasting students for the

who

volunteered to help raise

annual broadcasting awards banquet.

money


Page 4

— SPOKE, March

15,

Commentary

2004

Practice what

you preach Everyone has a

how can anyone

different idea of

possibly

what marriage should

know whose

perspective

is

be, so

the right

one.

Some people ers say

it

is

say

must be a man and a woman, while othbetween two committed people who love

it

a union

each other. Tim Ryan, a Catholic priest from Toronto, said in a March 8 issue of the Toronto Star, "All abstract theoretical arguments aside, I genuinely cannot even imagine how the legal recognition of these already existing, loving human relationships would do anything but help to strengthen and enrich our society." How can one argue with his logic? Ryan has been suspended by the Archdiocese of Toronto for supporting same-sex marriages. He submitted a personal statement to the Supreme Court last July supporting the proposed legislation to broaden marriage rights to same-sex couples. Ryan is now no longer allowed to celebrate mass in public

or in a church.

war and hatred, people who are in love from making a commitment and proclaiming their love in front of their family and friends. How does this make the world a better place? "God is always calling us out of our comfort zones." These are the words of V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the worldwide Anglican community, in an Associated In a world filled with

are being prevented

Press article

March

8.

I

Robinson's installation ceremony took place on March 7, and he is the new leader of the diocese of New Hampshire.

However, there are many conservative Anglican dioceses and parishes that oppose his lifestyle. Church is supposed to be somewhere people can go to find love and acceptance. However, churches are alienating people because they want to be married and happy but, in the eyes of a particular religion, they aren't going about it the right way. It seems odd that the government is being more open-minded, as far as marrying same-sex couples, than churches where you are supposed to be loved unconditionally for who you are. Some government leaders aren't as tolerant as others though. United States President George W. Bush has endorsed a con"Our nation stitutional amendment banning gay marriages. must defend the sanctity of marriage," Bush said in his State of the Union address Jan. 20. However, many courts in British Columbia and here in Ontario disagree with Bush's sentiments. These courts have judged the definition of marriage in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which had an opposite sex requirement, as being unconstitutional. The unbiased views of Canadian courts have given numerous American couples the opportunity to come here and wed. Bush needs to realize the limits of his power and that if people want to be married, there isn't much he can do to stand in their way, since they have the option of being married in Canada. It seems like some governments and some churches just want everyone to be the same. But people should stop and think what kind of world this would be if everyone was the same.

tle

cock to

"Kiss

grab

my

the

Me my

plastic green hat a right,

straighten

My name

is

on March

nationality, but

seems

to

1

7 there

be one dominant nation-

ality - Irish.

Even though

less than

10 per cent of the population in

Kitchener

many I

is truly Irish,

there are

never used to understand the

hype surrounding

St.

Patrick's

Day, until three years ago.

An

mine introduced me to Molly Bloom's. So, on that sunny afternoon, a small group of us headed out to celebrate her heritage. The sheer atmosphere was exhausting. They had dancers

Irish

doing

friend of

Irish jigs,

bands singing old

green beer. Being bold,

complete

Hoto

festive apparel

I

with

Because

Opinion

friends

shamrock drawn could

barely

pint, I

more

ingest

we

thick

to a

we moved

more famil-

singing

to the

to the bar

my the

Day and

will all raise a glass to the

saint

of

Ireland,

And,

I

would have

best part of the day friends.

to

St.

Just

is

say the

to

being with

hanging out and

catching up on old times.

Spirit of the West.

The bar was packed

tighter than

It

People were

is

one of the

cialized

up three rows deep. But

Christmas, with

there

were no problems, no bar

ents, or Valentine's

brawls, no yelling, everyone

was

commer-

least

traditions.

lined

not

It's

the chocolate.

It's

like

of the pres-

all

Day, with

of the lovers, or Easter, with

good time. By the

just having a

Irish,

me on

not

educate

Patrick.

dance

and dancing

I'm

will

patron

green beer. After a few

pints

floor,

the

all

all

of

just about cele-

end of the night, the all-day event

brating Irish history and traditions

was

and having an uber good time. Many of us will be in the same

had taken

its

toll

on me.

completely

drained.

some new

friends and

So,'

evening.

with

for

drive

home we serenaded our cab

to

with swollen heads and

sore stomachs. And,

weren't

tried

...

school

the

For the entire 20-minute

driver

boat the next day, heading back

some old

we departed However, we

friends,

I

done.

the

and head

history of St. Patrick's

I

almost finishing one

moved on

iar drink,

head.

the

in

of

Irish tunes and, naturally, a lot

rush

some

home from

a can of sardines.

posers, like myself.

will

school, throw on

Carrie

to take part in all the festivities.

stout. After

Bars are swarming with every

We

same merriment.

Carrie

Day.

to end.

This year I'm planning on the

and I'm

Hoto and I'm German. But for one day a year I'm Irish. That day, of course, is St. Patrick's Day. And as we all know, everyone is Irish on St. Patty's

come

see the evening

lit-

my

I'm Irish" button and

pot of gold,

ready to go.

Guinness,

Letters are

Day excitement

St. Patty’s

it

will take a

year before the thought of green

beer stops making us cringe

I'm sure he was glad to

in

time for

St. Patrick's

-

just

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News

SPOKE, March

Bookstore spring cleans By DESIREE FINHERT

at the

book

The Conestoga College’s Doon bookis spring cleaning and prepar-

store

ing for a

The

store

unsold

book

March is

fair.

now

textbooks,

fair

returning

its

organizing

fair

on March 22. E-wing corridor

street-level.

will lend

its

space to 15 publishers

showcasing possible books. Andraza said the fair is a good place for faculty to network with

a

“If they are

medical uniforms.

thinking

Unsold books for the full-time January programs are being sent back to publishers throughout March.

The purge

is

31.

meet

necessary for the

The bookstore

ers,

will be

^

Bookstore supervisor Mary Andraza said the store tries to reduce stock levels and inventory to create more shelving space for

EMC

the spring programs’ textbooks.

Charts.

here."

look

at

Some

what available

see is

and

a copy.”

CCI Learning

include

Solutions,

Paradigm Publishing and Bar

publishers.

Early childhood education

stu-

dents have been on placements and

nursing students did not Feb. 2.

The books

will have

start until

for these pro-

Solutions special-

izes in computer training material and has adopted a line of certified

business

professional

programs

(CBP).

an extended shelf

performance-based products supported with instructor

al

fully

materials.

Bar Charts features laminated quick reference study guides from

anatomy

to zoology.

Bello, Bar Charts’ Canadian sales representative, is

planning to bring approximately 120 different titles to the book fair including books on math, anatomy, computer science and lan-

guages.

This will be the second year that bookstore has organized the

the

fair.

was previously run by

It

the

library.

side

deal

the

bookstore

VTR

with

in

January, a

Uniforms,

Cambridge was made

to sell

in

med-

uniforms all year. Bookstore clerk Tannis Gayler

said

VTR

was highly recommend-

ed.

“We had

such a great response to we thought we

the scrub days that

Cook

will

be attending the

showcase the CBP program, which she describes as a program that validates and develops busi-

would carry scrubs all the time.” A sample stock of sizes, colours

fair to

and patterns

ness professionals.

purchase for $30 a set. Students can order from the sample stock provided and their purchase will be

EMC

March

ical

CCI Learning

Sarah

— Page 5

After the two-day scrub sale out-

of the publishers attending

Their eastern account executive

However, not all programs will have their books returned to the

grams

can with

the publish-

closed on that day.

“Not every book is going to be off the shelf on March 4.’’ said Andraza. “But there is a chance that if you come in after the fourth, you may not find your textbook

textbook

they

bookstore’s year-end inventory on

March

of

changing Ithe

2004

Clem

publishers.

and taking orders for

into

15,

Paradigm specializes

in

computer, keyboarding, networking, web development and allied

life.

health products.

New textbooks that may be ordered for the fall semester can be previewed by students and faculty

er Jennifer

EMC Paradigm’s account managMacDougall

said her

will be kept on a clothing rack for students to peruse and

delivered specially.

The bookstore hopes the on-campus uniforms will be more convenient to purchase for nursing and paramedic students.

company’s products are education-

(Etx>to

Conestoga College’s Doon bookstore unsold books to publishers.

b/ Desiree Finbert)

clerk Jarka Kolar returns

FREE FOOD! Thursday In

March 1 8th Front of Door #3

9-2 While Quantities

last.

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more

quiet study area by post-

new signage

ing

A the

the docu-

in

ments section of the the weekend.

library over

lack of quiet study space in

LRC

was raised

a College

at

Council meeting in February, and again on March 8.

Student Service*

“They are using the resources and

WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?

we

on

Sometimes

may be

it

seems

true or

it

like

there aren't enough hours

may be

in

the

week

to get everything done. That

that you're not using your time as efficiently as possible.

how many hours remain

week

during the

think

that.”

Catherine Wilkins,

To assess

where your time goes, complete the inventory below, and be honest. Most of the items are done every day so those will need to be multiplied by 7 to arrive at a weekly total. One item may be done any number of times a week so you'll need to multiply that one by the number of times each week you do it. After you have responded to all the questions, you'll have an opportunity to see

I

should capitalize

LRC

directorfor the

Construction to expand the

LRC

was completed over

summer

which

square-foot expansion,

for studying.

the

resulting in a 5,600-

cost Conestoga College approx-

Number of

Multiply

Number of days/week

hours/day

Number of hours/ week

imately $1 million. There are currently two quiet study rooms with 21 private three seminar rooms and the Dooner’s room, which

carrels,

un

average,

sleep

in

now many nours ao

X

yc

is

a 24-hour period, including

available after hours.

However,

naps?

additional

the

space has brought increased noise levels.

On average, how many hours you engage

in

grooming

X

a day do

Director

activities?

for

LRC

the

Catherine Wilkins said the new area seats 200 students and the

S

noise builds.

On

average,

how many hours

“They

a day do

are using the resources

and I think we should capitalize on that,” said Wilkins.

X

spend on meals, including preparation and clean-up?

College presi-

John

dent

How much

time do you spend commuting to and from campus and how many times do you do this a week? Include the amount of time it takes to park and

walk from the parking

Tibbits suggest-

X

ed

the

that

tables

the

in

blue room, next

main were

the

to lot.

cafeteria,

excellent

On

average,

how many hours

a day do

Tibbits

X

you spend doing errands?

students

group work.

“The students would

On average, how many hours do you spend each week doing extra-curricular

build their

activities

How many

hours do you spend

week do you work in

like to

student centre,”

services

library

a

own

said Tibbits, suggesting that the

(working out, groups, clubs etc.)?

On average, how many hours

for

doing

class each

might extend

into that building.

at a job?

LRC

representative

Laura

Riso said the students are using the periodicals, references and

week?

reserved material which cannot

On average, how many hours

a

week do you spend

be taken out of the

with friends, going out, watching TV,

going to parties, etc.?

ADD ADD

number of hours per week column to compute the number spending each week engaged in daily living and school activities. the

of hours you are

books, which makes the blue

room

impractical.

FACT BOX SUBTRACT 168

The

LRC There are 168 hours in a week. hours remain for studying, since

Now you can SUBTRACT 168 this

is

not one of the activities

to find out listed

library.

Wilkins said students are also using staff, media services and

how many

above.

5,600-square-foot can get pretty loud,

but there are places to find relief.

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These include:

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2004

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— Page 7

Woodworking students impress judges with By MICHELLE

TAYLOR

and Laaksonen

all felt

they weren’t

prepared for the presentation part

A

team

College recently

of

Conestoga

Canadian

annual

first

four

woodworking students won the Spirit award at the

Wood

Council Engineering Competition.

The competition was held on 15

Carleton

at

Feb.

University

in

Ottawa.

only had

pictures of the catapult while

being

of

built,” said

the

it

was

were older,” said Saunders. McIntosh said they were also surprised by how many students were

students

All four students also said they

were intimidated by the other

siasm during the competition. The

at all,”

first-year students,

is

Bruce Durward.

stu-

Their catapult took the students a

and Pat McIntosh, had to design and build a catapult and then compete in various events.

crazy,” said Laaksonen.

One test.

as

of the events was a distance

This involved launching a as

far

possible.

ball

The students

placed third in this event with a dis-

tance

of 31

metres.

They

also

placed third in the power competition.

This involved launching a

seven-pound ing the

ball

power

and then comparweight ratio of

to

ished

to build.

some

Saunders,

McIntosh

“We

fin-

details at the competi-

team was student run Conestoga's woodworking

stu-

woodworking competition. The

dents were the only students

the

at

were

rest

all

engineering students

from 10 universities and colleges across Ontario, British

Columbia

and Quebec. Mark Brahmer, program co-ordinator of

woodworking

for the col-

lege, said all the students’ meals,

tion.”

Despite being

intimidated,

woodworking team

felt

great experience. “It

the

was a

it

was a

great

and

hotel

“1

travel

Wood

by the

was taken care of

Council.

have to give credit to the four

eye-opener to the technology available to students,” said McIntosh,

woodworking students who had

who

they went to the competition,” said

suggested to his teammates

build

it

here and adjust

it

to

before

(Photo by Jeff Heuchert)

to see

what other

col-

leges could do.”

Brahmer. “Visitors tion

at the

competi-

were very impressed by

is

later

only

on Friday nights

open

until

their

catapult.”

Moe Visram wishes he

Third-year student little

that they enter the competition. "It

was great

their catapult.

Durward,

month

sponsored by their schools, while their

walk in you don’t have a chance said Durward. first

They were building it right up to the day of the competition. “The last two weeks were

Craig Laaksonen, Greg Saunders

were mainly con-

had

other

"When you think wow, we

award

the other colleges

tinuing education students and they

dents' designs.

Spirit

The four students were also surwere the only first-year students there. "The students from prised they

Saunders. "Most

PowerPoint presentations.”

awarded to students who show the most enthu-

The

“We

of the competition.

spirit

at the

could get his dinner a

Doon campus

cafeteria. Harvey’s

2 p.m.

Conestoga students

left

without a late night eatery By JEFF

Many

HEUCHERT

of Conestoga’s architec-

doesn’t get enough business during the afternoons as it is. let alone a Friday night. He says it is not fea-

with the amount of

on Fridays

to

work on

the

computers.

These students would

like to

able to get something to eat

be

when

they stay.

Third-year student says

it’s

Moe

Visram

a hassle to have to leave

would be taking

"We

on a Friday night, to waste a halfhour to 45 minutes just to buy some food,” he said. Visram says he would prefer Harvey’s to stay open so he could stay late

but then

Pat McIntosh

of the catapult they built in

award

at the

Canadian

Bruce Durward, Craig Laaksonen and Greg Saunders show off the arm just one month. The four woodworking students recently won the Spirit

Wood

we have

down

to supply

and

says.

He adds

that

students

Food service director

for

the

school John Kast says the cafeteria

Council Engineering Competition.

still

have

vending

machine services available. student, third-year Another Amanda Baulk, says she would prefer if Tim Hortons stayed open later, but thinks the main cafeteria should as well to satisfy everyone.

Currently

the

main

cafeteria

2:30 p.m. on Fridays, but Harvey’s i§ only open until 2 p.m. Tim Hortons stays open until 4 p.m. and Dooners and the E-Wing cafeteria until 2:30

open

until

p.m.

Kast says decisions, such as the cafeteria's

get something for supper.

hours,

were

with consultation

with

all

resources.

good

Everyday $1-69

in

Ontario.

©2004

McDonald’s Restaurants

of

Canada Umited. For the exclusive use of McDonald’s Restaurants

of

Canada

Ltd.

and

its

franchisees.

m

i’m lovin’

made

physical

It’s all A different McDeal

Not valid with any other offer At participating McDonald s Restaurants

they

in.

"It’s all boils

stays

eat.

on Fridays

money

demand,” Kast

the school just to get something to

(left to right),

later

sible to stay

nology students are not happy with the hours of the school’s cafeterias. Due to the nature of their program, many of the students have to stay late

(Photo by Michelle Taylor)

open

ture-construction engineering tech-

if


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The nomination

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period

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will

begin

March 1 5th and end March 22nd at noon.

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15,

2004

— Page 9

humanity

Is

doomed? By HALLEY McPOLIN

that lack in certain respects that

humans

are similar to

Have you ever

though

as

felt

you’ve been born into an inherent-

managed

to

survive

weak

time. Birds have

but have

throughout skeletons,

body? Have you ever

sloths have slow reaction time and

wondered why so many people from chronic back and joint problems or have issues with vision at early ages? According to one theory, there is a logical and somewhat troubling reason behind

seals can be considered morbidly obese - but all these features serve

ly detective

suffer

all

of

this.

them

one way or another. Mullar is an evolutionary biologist and leaches a in

Dr. Kirsten

fourth year course in evolution at the

University of Waterloo. She

According to this theory, which has been circulating for several

believes the theory in question

years, the reason behind

sons.

ty's physical faults lie in

humani-

our lack of

evolution over an extended period

is

flawed for several different rea"Natural selection

is still

acting

of natural selection

on humans,” Mullar says. "AIDS and SARS are just two such examples. Now medical science in developed countries plays a large

society,

role

in

ity

may

not have otherwise survived,

of time. Loosely translated, the theory states that, because of the lack in our modem our species has lost its abilto filter out "bad” genes.

There are several different

defi-

nitions of evolution, including the

idea of natural selection. In the wild, this the

comes

weaker or

into play

when

developed ani-

less

treating

individuals

who

but this has really only been hap-

pening

in the last

or so -

we

50

100 years two or three generations of humans. In order for flawed genes, meaning to

are looking at only

mals die before they are able to

recessive alleles that are rare to

reproduce. This allows only the strongest genes to be passed along

accumulate

to future generations, thus build-

ing a stronger gene pool.

in

This process occurs less and less our society because we have

built

a strong civilization around us.

enabling the

what

pass

weak can

and considered

to survive

be

genes along. As a even as our intelligence

expands, the

human

race

is

becom-

ing physically weaker with

- not a very

rather than stronger efficient

method of ensuring our

future existence.

pen

if,

time

What were

to hap-

for example, a catastrophic

were to wipe out advanced civilization we have grown so dependent on? Could we survive long enough to rebuild our society? Or would our physical weaknesses be our downfall? Although all hypothetical, many scientists and researchers believe

human popula-

it

Mullar asserts

we have

not had be affected by these circumstances, and any suggestion of de-evolution would be a contradiction in of itself.

enough time

nearly

“defective” result,

in the

would take hundreds of generations ... meaning over 3.000 or more years.” tion,

“It is essential to

to

remember that many gen” two or three “You also need

evolution occurs over erations, not just

Mullar maintains. to take into

account the frequency

of genes (alleles) in a population. In addition,

humans

carry a load

of five per cent recessive alleles

natural disaster

which, although not that high,

the

due

we would survive manner we have all

in

the

along: using

our brains. The reason

we have

such advanced intelligence

compensate cal

same

is

to

for our lack of physi-

strength,

speed,

natural

defences and other physical features that separate us

from the ani-

mal kingdom. In fact, there are

of years ago

species

in

which a bottleneck

(an evolutionary event that greatly

narrows the variability

in

a popu-

lation) occurred.”

Whether we’ve evolved as much as

we can

or we’re evolving

all

the

something science has yet to determine. There will always be speculation about our species and the world around us, but consider next time you complain this: about a sore back or fuzzy vision, perhaps it is because you are simply another imperfect human being and perhaps that is exactly what you were meant to be. time

is

.

many

is

an event tens of thousands

to

. .

(Photo by Jason Noe)

Winter returns Wayne

driveway on John Street in thought winter was over after a snowhas come back in March with colder weather.

Miller clears his neighbour’s

Waterloo, on March less February, but

it

7.

We

(Photo by Jason Middleton)

A

real juggling act Doug Hunt performed at the 12th annual University of Waterloo juggling festival on The festival at UW’s student centre attracted close to 80 people. Hunt holds the world’s

Brantford’s

March tallest

6.

stilt

walker record.


— SPOKE, March

Page 10

15,

News

2004

Power

Celebrating the By AIMEE WILSON

The Body Shop Canada ment on

The Body Shop Canada

brating 10 years of campaigning to

STOP

company’s web

The campaign kicked

cele-

is

the

International

8,

in a state-

March

Women’s Day, with

Women

Violence Against

Foundation (CWF).

CWF has supported more than 600

site.

off

projects

communities

in

across

Canada. These projects are aimed

at

building healthy relationships, pre-

(SVAW).

women and women and girls

venting violence against

Body Shop

Last week. The

Fairview Park Mall took part

girls,

at

in the

Power of 10

a decade of

-

and to give

skills for

economic independence.

Daisy compact mirrors are on

company’s in-shop campaign. The commit-

sale year-round for

$8 with 50 cents

from each purchase also donated to

ment.

Body Shop Canada chose The

CWF. From March 12 Body Shop Canada

Power of 10 campaign theme which

Double Your Donation Weekend.

To mark

The

the tenth anniversary

symbolizes 10 years of campaigning, 10 years of

members

customers and

making

staff

difference

a

All the lighting of a pink pillar candle to

demonstrate their ongoing dedi-

through donations and volunteering

cation to put an end to violence

and 10 ways customers can help.

against

“Since 1994, our staff and cus-

tomers have been persistent helping to

women

violence against

stop

and we are honoured

many

have so

in

influential

to

Canadians

join our chorus for positive social

Only together, can we

change.

make

a difference,” said

Margot

Franssen, president and partner of

women. Karen Redman, MP, was

Liberal

in

attendance to

candle along with fran-

light the

manager BJ Agnew and

chise

assistant

manager Kim

were sent

pins

to

1 1

and

all

SVAW

ceeds went to support the

fund

the

at

pro-

Canadian Women’s

The a

Kitchener

the

weekend

Kitchener- Waterloo

Sexual Assault Support Centre. The

Body Shop Canada the

money

CWF. The on sale

SVAW

were offered for a donation of $2 from March 8

to

14,

hosted

at the

Body Shop throughout

March

Snider.

SVAW

Commemorative

monies raised

to

then matched

raised and donated

it

to

pins will continue to be

until

quantities last

and

15

will

from

support the

fund as well.

Last year

Kitchener

The Body Shop

raised

in

approximately

$1,200. “We’re hoping to beat last year’s total,” said

Agnew.

(Photo by Aimee Wilson)

Kim Snider, The Body Shop Kitchener assistant manager, holds up one of the commemorative pins being offered for $2. All proceeds from the pin will go towards the STOP Violence Against Women fund at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. '

Ten Canadian

showing

celebrities are also

their support.

“They help

lend their voice to the campaign,”

A

Agnew.

said

involved singing

few

those

of

17-year-old

include:

Lavigne,

sensation Avril

MacMaster, former

fiddler Natalie

Toronto Raptors player Jerome

“JYD” Williams, MuchMoreMusic personality Bill

Welychka and

edi-

magazine Sally

tor for Chatelaine

Armstrong.

Body

Shop. Your courageous campaign

way

leading the

is

women and

Canadian

for

girls,” said

Armstrong.

Fifty-one per cent of

women

in

Canada have experienced some

MCMURPHY

By KRISTEN

of younger South Africans.

'There

Every day, about 600 people die

from AIDS-related complications. South Africa’s death

rate

has

increased by 50 per cent over the past six years

- an alarming

fact

mainly a result of the

is

H1V/A1DS epidemic

that has

been

sweeping through the country. In

from

a

recent

South

study,

researchers

Africa's

Medical

Research Council examined death statistics

from 1998

According

MRC

to

to 2003.

kaisemetwork.org,

statistician

found an increase

Ria Laubscher in the

in

death rate

the

is

groups.

It

is

sexually

age

active

our view that

this is

mainly due to AIDS,” she says

in

blame,

an

article

from

population:

commitment

individuals work-

together towards

safer

this

Martin,

said

a delight to see so

is

many groups and ing

ending

in

calamity,”

social

building

a

Canada by creating stronger

social

foundation

at

the heart of

Canadian communities.”

According

to

The Body Shop

women

and the education

system more than $4

theme

year.

as the

campaign because

half-

half-daisy for

reflected

it

“We

billion

have a role to play

all

both the seriousness of the issue

making our communities

and the hope

place to

made.

petals,

that a difference

can

With only half the

the daisy symbolizes the

women who It

is

have also

live.

working

this issue

we

and

in

safe

Only by speaking

together

forces can

a

a

out,

joining

bring awareness to

and help put an end

to the

violence,” said Layton.

at

“This

is

a culture in

which male

is

expected,” the Post reports.

Kaisernetwork notes

that studies

on the outbreak show the amount

virus.

The HIV/AIDS problem

in

issue isn't a

South Africa.

It’s

new

been a

There are many theories behind the in

HIV

population

is

of victims with the virus will eventually reach a plateau

and possibly

begin to decrease. South Africa -

growing concern for years.

mous

its

South African culture.

her

about 5.3 million people have the

why

this issue. “The Body Shop of Canada has distinguished itself for

on

The

Washington Post points a finger

admired and female subservience

HIV

Jack efforts

South Africa not improving

a population of 45 million, has the largest

committed

their

New

social services

symbol of

The design of the

experienced violence.

promiscuity traditionally has been

world’s

Layton for

leader

a

being

mirror

51 per cent of

South Africa, a country with

report.

Martin and

Party

issue has taken the majority of the

a distinct rise in deaths in

younger,

Democratic

costs legal, health, employment,

be

AIDS epidemic

of support from both Prime

Minister Paul

offered

the

(Photo by Aimee Wilson)

The Body Shop Canada received letters

compact

was created 1994

BJ Agnew, The Body Shop Kitchener’s franchise manager, and Kim Snider, assistant manager, promote the kickoff of the Power of 10 campaign March 8.

loves me,

not.”

Canada, violence against

daisy.

left,

me

he loves

form of violence. Each pin and

contains the

From

game “he

indicates the

adding, “It

“Congratulations to The

that

of 10

so enor-

South Africa. Although the

delay in the 1980s to address the

along with the rest of the world -

is

becoming increasingly aware of the need to fund health care and

counselling programs.

(Photo by Kristen McMurphy)

South try’s

Africa’s FHIV/AIDS

climbing death rate.

the last six years.

epidemic has contributed to the counThe death rate has risen 50 per cent in


Feature

SPOKE, March

15,

— Page 11

2004

(Photo by Desiree Finhert)

Kroot carnivores take cover

in

a plastic forest during a skirmish

Nexus Games Workshop,

battle at

in

won and

At Nexus battles are By DESIREE FINHERT

army

is

victorious.

bucks,

The war has begun!

Any player with a 15-piece Warhammer 40K or Fantasy army

Thirteen armies march through

can be a member.

the plastic terrain,

burdened with

I

can think of nothing else

that requires that little

Nexus

for

the time.”

Opponents

Recently, the draw to the

money

prizes provided

go

compete

will

Kitchener, Feb. 26.

for four

by Nexus. Trophies

most

my job

part of

tle-top

games and

provide

games, collector cards and

artifacts

swords and shoulder can-

skirmish tables has been to rack-up

will

They gleam under

experience points.

skirmish wins, best army appear-

like

ance, best sportsmanship and best

Canada,

army, which

Australia,

arms with

lights as they raise their

The war rages every Thursday Nexus Games Workshop

the

Kitchener,

when

arrive with

hundreds of model

support

at

third of the

in

ence points.

20 players

15 to

The faux-grass

diers.

System

Petcherkine, 24,

the fury of battle.

tables

sol-

are

measured and the soldiers take on one of the

their attack positions

currently one

way, with 164 experi-

Petcherkine

is

looking forward to

playing his Daemonhunters army

“I

Tonight the mission

is

to escape

have no doubt that

am

I

The league

sets

up

different sce-

members

army struggling

suits,

two Rogue Trader workshops on

wings.

May 15 and on May 22.

hours to paint one model

It

rattles across the table to

ble

on

up.

The player takes out

uring

side.

its

stick

players

tum-

Three dots are face his

meas-

and repositions

three

inches

across

his

the

board, giving his infantry shelter

He

The dice bounces once and lands

not allow his

men

to fire

on the

To

models must er.

the end,

tated

By

one army has been devas-

by the luck of the dice.

Soldiers

nated

hours.

lie

wounded

from the

or are elimi-

table.

The other

“It feels like

job,” said Laforet, as he

of,”

worked

at

Laforet,

Nexus since

1999. “There

is

of

an

abandoned

wielding sickles.

and games, but tion

games

I

“It’s

warehouse not

all

fun

run demonstra-

for customers. That is

who

these

are develop-

games and providing

wealth of fiction written tasy

and

science

a

in the fan-

fiction

game

who

battles

worlds,” said Laforet,

with Space Marines and Vampire

Counts. “There are a to explore, not

lot

of aspects

even getting into the

painting and configuring you can

do with the models.” Tonight the battle has been won,

a big hobby to be a

said

all

it

who

has

opened

in

always the benefit

have the same interest

but the war continues. Armies will

regroup to glue swords and shoulder cannons to their bodies. Their

armour

will be painted in red gore

and ghostly grey

in

preparation

for the final battle.

and getting together to play a game rather than staying at

home

playing

computer games.”

He

said the depth of

game, num-

ghost-

in

and pewter

be glued togeth-

in the

tournament,

armies must be fully painted.

“The game everyone

is

more fun when

is

playing with painted

models,” said Petcherkine.

returned

is

showing up. However,

The

the only expense.

palm-sized model

$300.

last for three

and play as part

you

paint or play well.

part

“I get to paint

if

“Games Workshop ing

grey, shining gold

first

To compete

turn to attack.

can

took Petcherkine three

play, the plastic

Army

The game may take 20 minutes

an international reputation

available and work-

shops makes the hobby interesting.

and skull white.

enemy. They must wait another

it

some modified with

$25, but $20

takes another turn.

with two dots showing. This will

but

astronaut-

Registration for the tournament

in the trees.

games he enjoys

the

playing.

possible to build

people

like

advance across the board.

Laforet,

an environ-

it’s

carnivores leap from the rooftop

army wears

shadow

Denmark, France and Spain.

wounded on

order to gain experience for the

ly grey,

in

Kingdom,

of being relatively congenial with

plastic

Players roll the dice for their

work

.

supervises the skirmishes. Kroot

the turf dotted with red gore paint.

It

Nexus employee Adam

my

United

United States, Japan,

Laforet said

26, loves to

of

Italy,

faux swords and T-shirts in

of

The

16 and the league final

Some

that day.

to play in

narios for the

to

going

to kick all of these losers’ asses,”

his “angel” unit lie

without capture.

army perform-

painting skill and

ment with

tournament.

in the

a combination of

is

ance.

said Petcherkine, in spite of his

battlefields.

men

Alex

analyst

is

to the players with the

They

online

nons.

neon

store lines.

comics,

novels,

games

ber of

Games Workshop is the international company that creates the bat-

axes,

the

description.”

lost

is

upon

that’s

not

price of a

starts

starter kits are as

at

much

$8. as

Petcherkine agrees that the models are expensive, but said

about

how much you can

it’s

all

(Photo by Desiree Finhert)

Nexus employee, Adam Laforet, 26, loves to work

get for

your money. “If this five years

game and

entertains I

me

(Photo

for

paid a thousand

A gamer

rolls

the dice and ponders his next move.

by Desiree

Finhert)

in

environment with the games he enjoys playing.

an


Page 12

— SPOKE, March

15,

News

2004

Bettas add personality to your tank By

JASON NOE

to,

doesn’t

it

They

are lively, vibrant, fascinat-

ing and sometimes aggressive.

Betta

(short

fish

for

mean

that they enjoy

empty and dirty container,” said Robyn Rhudy, author of Robyn’s Pond Book. being

a cramped,

in

Compared

“Bettas need care like any other

water

living thing, including food,

changes, things

room

to grow,

warmth and

with

interact

to

such

duces

to goldfish, a betta pro-

waste and

less

comfortably

as

which also

smaller

in

Rhudy enjoys

But

fish.

because

benefits a

the

100 years. Also

more than

known

of

this,

choice for pet owners for

lar

spaces,

attracts aquarists to the

plants,” she said.

betta

splendens) have been a popu-

able to live

is

Siamese fighting

as the

they originated from Asia

fish,

where

their habitat included rice

fields,

stagnant ponds, ditches and

slow-flowing streams.

They are an extremely and instinctively

fish

territorial

they

this,

held

often

fighting contests with the fish.

Eventually bettas were domesti-

and slowly spread west to France in 1874 and by 1910 made cated

way

their

Europe and North

into

protein diet,” said Kish.

*

“They also require weekly tank main-

its

which intrigued the Asians.

Because of

1

become

aggressive towards the males of species,

much attention as a dog or cat and can even be trained to do tricks. “There is a betta for every person,” said aquarist Sherri Kish. “They are the most beautiful fish there is.” Kish has adored bettas since she was 1 and has always had a tank with one in it. She has occasionally bred pet store bettas over the years and has extensive knowledge of the requirements of the fish. "They are amivores and require meatbased food, which is a high

just as

n

I

fact,

they

are

very

happy

tenance and

$

0^

Aquarists

in large

tanks

believe

of

also

there

is

,

and

water

feed-

ings twice per day.”

myth,

another

which

do well as

that bettas

is

America. The emphasis was then

long

placed on breeding the fish for

there are not

the lily vase plant

other

and

beauty, rather than

Today

its

its

fighting skills.

bettas enjoy a broad range

of admirers and can be found almost every pet

store.

unique from other water

in

They

life,

that

as

will eat the roots

fish

resem-

are

or are of

course

have an organ called a labyrinth,

which allows them to breathe face air. However, because of

sur-

eat the roots

starvation

Rhudy has been an

and

relaxation

being able to care for

and has a fondness for the

another

tions about properly caring

she also feels that pet stores abuse

and

bettas

betta.

"Just because they can use atmos-

pheric oxygen to breath

they have

we

Are

a

if

little

have no idea for them.

fries,

come

but even McDonald’s

to realize that

it’s

also

giving us larger waistlines. That’s why, in an effort to

cases, people

to properly care

some

“They are

^

beautiful and full

of personality,” she

said.

will

simply purchase the

"Mine

fish

used to cock his head to the side and

and only give

it

minimal

attention.

However,

inspect things.”

it’

pet

buyers

life.

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it

is

bettas

require

in length,

although they can

changing

the

name

In his

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Application deadline to request tutoring Is

April

book Fast Food Nation,

Eric Schlosser explains

how

2,

2004

(exception of Practical Nursing st

fast

1

food menus have changed drasti“In the late

.

semester)

1950s, the typical

drink order at a fast food

restaurant contained about eight

announced that its American restaurants will phase out the Super recently

ounces of soda; today, a “Child" order of

Coke

at

McDonald’s

is

12

ounces.

A

“Large” is 32

Coke

ounces.”

McDonald’s been

recent the

has

on

making

McDonald's

drastic

statement

website

changes to menu,

explains that the

its

om

company

fr

feels

February’s

the

change

introduction

is

necessary

to

of

deliver

an

Platters

“exceptional cus-

includes

a

consistent and rel(Internet photo)

evant menu, with a

range of choices that support a balanced lifestyle.”

The change

is

only taking place

because Canada’s Super Size fries have never been in

the

U.S.

as large as the fries in the U.S.

McDonald’s

in

Protein

intended people

tomer experience that

Canada

has

recently taken anything referred

life

forever,” said Kish.

to

“Large.”

soft

near

live for

more than two or three years. “I see them being part of my

cally:

make dam-

food meals a little less aging to our health, McDonald’s fast

But,

being "Super Sized” off the

to as

menu,

french

how

fish.

if

and there are no

much?

too

Upsizing your fast food meal gives you a bigger drink and more has

some

in

‘lovin’

MCM URPHY

By KRISTE N

not true,

other food sources around. However, bettas arc not fish that grow bigger with age as they remain between one and two inches

sense of

bettas in there.”

aquarist and animal lover for years

for a

is

as the fish will only

some people may have misconcep-

this,

live healthier.

This

ble bettas

as they

of

for

on reduced-carbohydrate diets - to a wide selection of

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there

in a

is still

maze.

time

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salads and grilled chicken products.

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Feature

Sandman can

SPOKE, March

By LESLEY fall air is

LEACHMAN crisp

about being caught

and the sky

She holds

It’s

events. But,

the hands of

no

holds

meaning.

begins to darken as Lissa crosses the bridge.

— Page 13

be

to

dream The

2004

play tricks on the mind

Your dreams are never what they appear

£

15,

if

j

in a web, the psychological

just a reflection of

the

dreamer has

same dream without seeing a

tfuT

spi-

both her children as they peer over

der that day, the spider could be a

Her children giggle in delight as they watch the bright leaves twirl off nearby trees and

symbol of fear or

the edge.

land into the surging river below.

visions of hell to

Suddenly, Lissa feels dizzy. She

fills

But one of the most common dreams he interprets is the vision of Hying.

with icy

Her lungs feel as if they burst. The bitter temperatures her limbs numb. Panic sets in. water.

will

turn Just

when

Lissa fears the worst, she

wakes

up.

(Photo by Lesley Leachman

“Dreams can have a

The average person has three to five dreams in one night. Dreaming usually occurs during (rapid eye movement) sleep and they are a way for the body to reboot the brain.

REM

“Flying variety of

Nathan Coleridge,

dream expert

didn’t

want

to sleep. This

her so

much

anxiety that she decid-

ed

caused

nightmare interpreted. had to know what it meant. 1

to get her

“I

it so often that I was convinced was a sign of something significant,” recalls Roberts. “It was tear-

got

Her body is dripping in cold sweat and she’s twisted between her bed sheets. Lissa Roberts, 32, suffered from these nightmares for months. She had been having the same terrifying dream up to four times per week. “It was horrible. I would wake up in tears, panting and I’d immediately check on my kids to make sure they were alright,” says Roberts. "I feared that my dream was some sort of premonition about the

it

ing

me

Roberts

then found Nathan Coleridge, of Toronto, to help decipher the elements of her nightmare.

felt

this

interpretation was.

“At the time

promotion

at

was being offered a work, but I was truly I

I

couldn’t perform

it

as well as the previous person and

would be

I

fired,” she says.

rarely

have

And

this

was

Roberts. She says the dream reflection

of her daily

was a Her

life.

children were symbolizing vulner-

and the raging water repre-

ability

sented her feeling overwhelmed

usually occurs during

REM

(rapid

eye movement) sleep and is a way for the body to “reboot” the brain.

Dreams can the

memories to subconscious and sort out emotransfer

tions.

“Dreams can have a powerful impact on our lives. They can bring up parts of our personality that we didn't even know existed,” says

He says an average person can have three to five dreams in one night. During eight hours of sleep, two of those hours

are spent dream-

ing.

However, he warns that not all dreams hold significant meaning. Usually if a dream occurs within the first two hours of sleep or if the dreamer has been exposed to exter-

literal

exactly the case for

says.

Coleridge.

with drowning.

images. They’re usually a jumble

water cut off her cries for help. In fact, the nightmare was so powerfully frightening, Roberts

accurate

is a psychology gradufrom the University of Toronto and considers himself to be a dream expert. She says Coleridge helped her to understand that her dreams had nothing to do with her children or

of things that can represent events in our lives,” explains Coleridge.

it wasn’t anything like she had dreamt before. It was almost as if she could really feel her body fall from the bridge and the freezing

how

realizes just

dream again,” she

Coleridge explains that dreaming

life.

looks back now, she

Coleridge

reoccurring

her

As Roberts

ate

so real and intense,

says

nightmare

the difficulties in her

frightened that

apart.”

Roberts

“Dreams

future.”

with emotion and smothered with

Having the true meaning of the dream revealed lifted a lot of stress from Roberts. She says Coleridge also taught her ways to control her

own dreams. “Soon afterwards

never had the

I

nal stimuli, such as movies, or if

the

dreamer

ication,

the

on any type of meddream doesn’t hold

is

much value. For example, if the dreamer was watching a documentary on spiders and later dreamed

freedom or

represents

ly

lives.”

a dream can have a meanings depending on

in

the person,” he explains. “It usual-

powerful impact on

our

dreams about veg-

etables.

no longer knows which way is up. Helpless, she tumbles over the edge and is swept away in the angry waters. She tries to shout for help, but her throat

guilt.

Coleridge says he’s examined a variety of dreams, everything from

relief

from a great stress. Or it can also be a symbol of determination and rising to the top. Another common meaning is that the dreamer desires sexual release.”

Opposites also play a large role

in

dreams. Coleridge says dreaming of one thing can often mean another. “The subconscious mind doesn’t deal with opposites the same way does. conscious mind the Dreaming of death can often really mean rebirth,” he explains.

“Because the two are so closely related, the subconscious mind can’t separate

it.”

because of these confusing symbols in dreams that Coleridge It’s

recommends people have dreams

interpreted.

He

says

their

know-

the meaning of an unusual dream can help give people clarity

ing

and lessen “It’s

their fear of nightmares.

important that people realize

dreams can mean almost anywhat has been literally dreamed about,” he says. we dreams and “Everyone their

thing other than

shouldn’t ignore them.”

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— SPOKE, March

Page 14

Man

15,

Feature

2004

forced into slavery

speaks about By PETR CIHACEK

his ordeal

farm animals he had to tend and next to became his only

bered

The day

Arabs slaughtered

the

friends.

(my

Every night he stayed up

Francis Bok’s people and dragged

him

slavery

into

engraved

painfully

is

in his heart.

1986 when 1 was seven.” says Bok, summoning forth dreadful memories. “My mother asked me to go to the market to sell eggs and peanuts. And then the Arabs swarmed the market. They shot many men and cap“1

was captured

in

women and

tured

rivers of

children.

I

saw

That day, Bok became a slave. That day, he lost his childhood, freedom, family and happiness and his life

became a

living hell.

It was the darkest day of his life. The 23-year-old man still vividly

militiamen on horses

the

recalls

he called

animal.’”

Sihdan like a horde of bloodthirsty

to escape.

At

uttered by people

running

tribe

Dinka directions and

from

in all

his

sleep next to the ani-

the

are silenced

bondage.

on

And

fore-

runaway slave. He was returned to Abdullah who tortured him so

Giema Abdullah, who made his life bitterer

given to

man

than a

venom.

glass of

“I

a

was

sleeping next to

the animals.

anyone

to

never had

I

come and

talk

severely that

to me.”

victim

team,

Bok became

the

property of a cruel master whrf'saw

hjm

inferior to his cows,

made him

minute he arrived

came at

the very

his master’s

farm.

"He (Abdullah) welcomed me by and giving them sticks to beat me,” says Bok, his deep voice solemn but firm. “I was forced to tend goats and calling

cattle.

his

I

children

was sleeping next

to the

animals. There was nobody to love

me.

ahd

I

never had anyone to

talk to

Bok was

“When

1

was

was

come

me.” beaten every day. The

released,

in

group, partly because, at that time,

English and

memories of his ordeal were still too

also because the

“It

made me

the fight for emancipation of the millions

cry

when

slaves,

Bok

webf site www.iabolish.com that you & can visit to learn more about slavery and to support the American Anti-Slavery Group.

Bok

fall,

also published

autobiography Escape from

where he describes in ^g horrifying detail the hell he went Slavery,

through while lasted

that

in

a

bondage. The

whole

I

remem-

hell

miserable

decade.

A -

Chile, Paraguay and other coun-

“The biggest victims of those

who

go

the

to

at the

International

available for

In total,

27

ment and a repreof

sentative

the

American chapter give

to

ery

documents

that

could

found

approximately

million people,

And

the

number

the

which he

in the

lost his

Millions

throughout Asia,

rise.

and

the

nent

is

with

The website, indeed, contains

labour.

one million blacks live in bondage, forced to serve their Arab-Berber masters. Amnesty International has been to

pressing the Mauritanian govern-

which

slavery in

officially

abolished

1980, to take practical all

slaves.

China,

thousands of people suffer from forced

ern African country where approx-

ment,

traf-

In

Burma and

government-sponsored

100,000

conti-

plagued

human

information on Mauritania, a westimately

are

bondage

on

places such as

organization’s website.

in

trapped in debt

ficking.

Islamic fundamentalism. In other

sacre in

reunited

of his family members. Most

is

people

enslaved

other continent.

the

same mas-

all

a num-

bondage.

live in

across

Asia than on any

the population of Canada,

be

on

are

ber almost comparable to

any information,

also

are

in brothels

More

freedom.

Bok has no hope of being with

work

Europe, Australia and Asia.

Canadian chapter

was com-

of

thousands

women

of

Millions

Amnesty

of

in

Brazil,

are being trafficked as sex

forced to

‘Arabs have black slaves.’”

No one

year,

is

slaves to the U.S.

and scream,

streets

Argentina,

in

Each

women

westerners,” he says. “They should

100,000 women and children have been captured and enslaved in bloody Islamic militia raids. Slavery has been rooted in Africa for centuries. In Sudan and Mauritania, the gruesome practice was born out of racism and skewed

pretty comfortable life.”

tries.

are oppressed by non-

such as Sudan, where more than

sheep and goats and my father had a lot of respect from people. I had a

existence

that are

of cows,

lot

debt

reports,

only criticize themselves.

slavery in other African countries

a

American Anti-

bondage or sexual slavery

evil is

he

“We had

to the

Group

Slavery

his life prior to his enslavement.

“I lived in a privileged family,”

to

for long hours every day.

According

know what

However, the organization does not provide any information on

to the ly

work

book is dedicated time Bok remembers so fond-

portion of the

on a regular basis and forced

done by nonwesterners” and think they can

to

steps to free

of them were killed

painful.

do when

conditions, being tortured or raped

mostly run by

“don’t

referring to slav-

recalls.

But Bok did not want to join the

dreadful

is,”

W

slavery.

are

who

Caucasians

of slavery often live in horrendous

black

Amnesty

as

every corner of the world,

rights

adding that organ-

such

izations

human

ignoring

is

person.”

his

Sudanese family in Ames, Iowa. That is where the American AntiSlavery Group, an abolitionist movement from Boston, Mass., found him and asked him to tell his story to raise public awareness on

much

how

** launched a

a^^^^

fact is that the

refused

1

and after a few months he moved in with

he did not speak

is

of goodness

of

.

Anti-Slavery Group.

“The

infested with the plague of slav-

erty and their fate is ghastly enough to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Victims

according to Charles

is

nessed horrors most of us can scarcely comprehend, Francis is an amazingly kind, warm and caring

Last

N.D.,

power-

stands six feet,

spirit

i

UN JH

the United

scars

inches

To boost

iMm

That

is

Jacobs, president of the American

International

Hipp. “Despite having wit-

says

He was

Fargo,

American Anti-

of those unfortunate

who

powerful his

Cairo,

to

Egypt, where he got

in

millions of people are held as prop-

about Francis’s character

Karthoum, he was arrested and tortured by the government security who thought he was telling foreigners about slavery in Sudan. He was held in their dismal jail for seven long months.

Bok escaped

zations.

and sports baggy jeans and sneakers doesn’t seem to be scarred in soul. According to Hipp, everyone who meets Bok is astounded by his powerful smile and positive views on the world. “One of the most amazing things

However, that end of his misery. Not at

he

ery. In

Even though he has

speaker

African countries, bondage stems

by Arabs, and yet they get little or no help from human rights organi-

unfortu-

his body, the intelligent,

seven

capital.

States

beating

kill

By PETR CIHACEK

slaves,” he says,

people.

Dressed like an Arab, he reached the nearby town of Matari where he was enslaved by the Arabic police who did not want a fugitive slave to get away. But, after two months, he escaped from their bondage and eventually reached Karthoum, the

resettled

First

says

of black Africans brutally enslaved

Today, you would hardly believe

finally escaped.”

livestock.

beyond any imagination.

abolitionist

help

heavy chains of

threat of violence.”

master’s

rather die than to be

a slave,” says Bok.

meat and sleep outdoors next to the All the fear, pain, emptiness and

little

around the world are forced to work for no pay, under the

ful

refugee status.

misery Bok had to endure goes

are getting

community

on

labour for long hours, eat rotten

The

and hands as a

him.

After

Victims of slavery

Slavery Group. “Twenty-seven mil-

he tried to flee again he would

would

the

is startling.

Bok was one

1

bloodthirsty raids.

in

from traditional beliefs, poverty and other social causes. But not only the black continent

number of those

Abdullah also tied up his skinny hands and legs for 10 agonizing days and warned him that if

17,

to the

women and

enslave

There are hundreds of thousands

lion people

bears scars

In

At the tender age of seven, the same age Canadian kids usually get their First Game Boy and join their First softball

still

all.

ofslavery

by

tions officer for the

brutality.

wasn’t the _j

Bok

painful reminder of his

I

men and

who

children

at

his ankles, chest

“But

such as the

“There are more slaves today than any other point in human history,” says Jeffrey Hipp, communica-

Bok

a

country’s

Francis Bok,

the

nate people

he

identi-

on

children

kill

the voice for all

women and

men,

scars of the

as

places

become

has

Dinka

fied

Sudan. North Sudanese Arabic militiamen often venture south of the country where they

over North America.

all

visited

lets,

Bok

saw

Although he tried to flee the marketplace, the Arabs caught him and herded him and a group of other children like animals to nearby donkeys. As they cried and screamed for their parents, they were strapped to the pack animals and taken to a slave market in Kirio in northern Sudan, where Bok was

clear English with just

White House and met U.S. president George W. Bush and a number of other prominent people.

ly

count.

speeches

northern

in

who

a slight accent, has been giving

but

head,

Boston and

(Internet photo)

Children are waiting to be sold at a slave market

He’s appeared on major media out-

was quick-

more corpses than he could

now speaks

tribal

his

to

a speaker for the group.

Since then, the former slave,

Bok decided he had

never seen a dead body before,” he said. But that day, he far

move

decided to

become

because of his

who

slavery,” said Sage.

“And that moved him so much. He remembered what he left behind.” The sad eyes of the children in the pictures did what even months of convincing could not - Bok

tried

twice,

took him to our office where

were victims of

why and why

then falling dead. “I’d

“We

master

a black slave

that point,

He

beasts.

there are echoing screams of terror

my

director Jesse

associate

its

he saw pictures of children

mals,” recalls Bok. “He never answered but beat me with a stick. Then, after a few days, he came and asked me, ‘Do you want to know why we call you a black slave and make you sleep next to the animals? Because you are an

storming through the market near his village of Gourion in southern

They shot dozens of men and chopped off the heads of others with their large swords. They were merciless. They were worse than death itself. In Bok’s memory,

me

made me

he

blood everywhere.”

meet Sage.

abeed,” a black slave.

asked

experience).”

after a few months, even though he had no intention of joining the group, Bok finally agreed to

hoping that one day someone would come to free him. Nobody came. As Bok's skin was much darker than that of his Arabic master, Abdullah called him “abeed, I

I

But,

late,

staring into the infinite darkness,

“One day

he says. “I told them

it,”

wasn’t willing to talk to them about

sleep

In total, approximately

27 mil-

lion people, a

number almost com-

parable

the

Canada,

to

live in

population

of

And

the

bondage.

number is on the rise. "The world needs abolitionists more than ever before,” says Jeffrey Hipp, communications officer for

American Anti-Slavery Group. “Over the past couple of years, we’ve built up an online activist community. We’ve recently used it the

to mobilize

campaigns

thousands for action for targeting

slavery

in

Sudan, the U.S. and Mauritania.” Through various campaigns, the

American Anti-Slavery Group says it has helped to free more than 80,000 slaves worldwide since its founding

in 1994.


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Summer and Full-Time Employment On-Campus

15,

2004

— Page 15

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— SPOKE, March

15,

The cure By JENNIFER

in

a

double vodka and soda on a regular basis may be an indication you have a serious mental illness. college

students

\\Hio are suffering from depression are turning to drugs and alco-

ongoing adult depression

in

the mental illness, said Weiler.

"Overall, the issue

really peo-

is

ple attempt to help themselves,

which compounds

problem of

the

depression with drugs and alcohol."

However, many of these people

they are drinking or using drugs

are oblivious to the fact they have

problem.

they

Instead,

to deal

with their depression?

Some

think

people don't realize they

they are just taking part in the

have

partying lifestyle often associated

Instead,

with going away to college.

drinking and drug use

The problem often starts with people feeling depressed who, instead of seeking professional help to deal with their problems, turn to alcohol, according to Trish Weiler, Conestoga College's on-

youth behaviour.

campus

"This can turn into a vicious

may

lead to a long-term

cyclical

their

typical of

stu-

may be

mental health illnesses. "I

think as to

w ork

a

community we

together to eliminate

the stigmas attached to mental

ill-

nesses so people can get the help

nature

Students should

of using

some

a

for

short

becomes

time.

feel

Then

of their life, according to the alcohol and depression website, www.rcpsych.ac.uk. part

as a community

think

we need

to

work together

to eliminate the

stigmas

attached to mental illness

...”

Trish Weiler,

know

fact,

may be

heredity

blame

In in

these

people's

addictions

of the coping mechanisms they chose to take. Drugs and alcohol are not the only

resulted because

"Alcohol is like other drugs acton the brain, such as tranquil-

between depression and smoking cigarettes, according to researchers

get the desired effect. In conse-

often

quence, the drinker finds that he or she can take larger quantities

approach involving a combination of

but feel very

medication, according to Weiler.

Once

little

benefit."

drinkers build up their tol-

erance to a high level, their habit turns into a dependency.

With drug abuse, the consequences can also be severe. There is research that indicates the use of even a small amount of

you know someone

COUNSELLOR'S CORNER Stress and Stress Management Part 2: Coping with Stress In part

we

all

we discussed that

1,

face

changes

in

in

our everyday

stress

lives,

is

the continual change that

and that we respond to these

different ways physically, emotionally and mentally.

not to eliminate stress but to learn how to manage it, even use it to help us. Raise your awareness of your stressors and your reactions to them. Don't ignore your problems.

A

at the University

it

If

may succumb

to.

produces tolerance so we need a larger and larger dose to izers;

drugs.

addictive substances people suffer-

Studies have found a correlation

mg

Many students suffering from depression are turning to alcohol and who this is happening to, encourage them to seek help.

cases.

ing from depression

Conestoga on-campus nurse

to

of.

Research indicates males who have a history of depression on their paternal side may have a genetic tendency towards the illness, according to Weiler. In other cases, many people who suffer from depression, combined with alcohol and drug abuse, have had some sort of trauma in their past;

(Photo by Jennifer Ormston)

depression

nothing to be ashamed

quences because people only

“I

is

the stigmas often associated with

is

better

Weiler.

said

rationalize

Another factor preventing

alcohol and drugs to relieve depression has devastating conse-

drinking

they

they need," she said.

addiction."

The

problem,

a

dents from seeking help

need

nurse.

cycle and

bottle

predisposed with

is

So why aren't more students coming forward and admitting

ter.

a

someone w ho

feel bet-

make themselves

hol to

come from a

specific hard-core drugs can lead to

Increasingly,

depression doesn’t

for

ORMSTON

Drowning your sorrows

Feature

2004

of Alberta.

Depression can be treated, but it

is

The college

offers professional

help for students

who

think they

suffering from depression.

They can

either

services

office,

go

of a course decide what you can increase your chance of success next time

If you failed the

requires a multidisciplinary

a counsellor, doctor and sometimes

may be

goal

do to

What

first test

,

can you change? Can you avoid or eliminate the

stressors?

Are you working

too

many hours? Is

this interfering with

to the health

or to

Student

Services to meet with a counsellor.

your educational goals? Can you reduce the intensity of your reaction to stress? Are you making a difficult situation a disaster? The presentation is only 5 minutes in length and worth

5%

of your grade. Can you take better care of yourself building your physical and emotional well-being? Exercise, sleep, nutritional eating and ,

watching what you smoke and drink

all

add to your physical

health.

Cut one cup of coffee from your morning

routine.

Having mutually-supportive friendships, setting realistic rather

than perfectionistic goals and being good to yourself

all

contribute to managing stress.

For further assistance, talk to a counsellor

A Message from Student Services (Internet photo)

in

Student Services.


Entertainment

VHS By JASON The

VHS

trusty

become

itself

tape

an

seeing

is

increasingly

item on video and

extinct

retail

store shelves. It

was not too long ago when

VHS

repeating

is

with the current popularity of

itself

DVDs. As

the prices of

have

ers

the

format had replaced the aging

beta design, but history

DVD

play-

dropped

significantly

they were first introduced, more and more consumers have decided to embrace the technology, rather than purchase a new VCR. since

now

Stores are

DVD

with

filled

cheap as some tapes are, they do not have the same quality as the

VCRs

that are

for sale. Even franchises like Shoppers Drug Mart, Zehrs Markets and Home Hardware are still

DVD

reasonably priced

offering

"Once you watch DVDs it is very difficult to go back to VHS,” said Waddell. “The quality of the tapes is

"DVD

players are often free with

new TV.”

John Waddell of Toronto-based Video Flicks. "More people buy DVDs over VHS, said

except for children's movies.”

many

Video Flicks

is

currently ordering

number of DVDs compared to VHS. company will cease

into the store,

On April

1

,

the

VHS

to

shoppers and only

DVD, simply because tapes are rapidly decreasing in sales and are available to movies on

cheaper prices. “VHS sales had declined by 50 per cent over Christmas,” said retailers at

Waddell.

He

DVDs

with

special features and bonus

scenes, simply

put

more on

because they can

on a

a single disc than

tape.

Now

movie may have

a two-hour

hours of bonus footage and viewers have a choice of watching a 111m with or without commentary from the director or actors involved in the

production.

Both factors are

also said the holiday season

is

when people buy new

typically

"If treated

well,

hypothetically

last

VHS

degrades a

DVDs

should

a lifetime, but

every time

little

it

Beckett, manager of Waterloobased Generation-X Video and Media.

The demand

for tapes

is

dowm

in

and Beckett believes there is little interest from consumers in buying VHS anymore. “It was an out-of-date format even before it caught on,” he said. Beckett believes VHS never store

took off as

fully

DVDs

where

have.

a

item

sales

They

are also

cheaper to bring into his store to rent, unlike movies on video cassettes.

“Even though VHS rentals have plummeted, most of the studios have not adjusted their new release

VHS

pricing accordingly,”

many

players for their movies.

he said. “This means

But on the downside, smaller stores like Video Flicks are facing tough competition from retail giants such as Wal-Mart. Costco, Best Buy and Future Shop. “There is a lower profit margin on DVDs,” Waddell said. This past Boxing Day, Best Buy was offering the hit film Finding

will cost a non-chain store like us

Nemo

under $10.

Shoppers lined up before the store even opened to purchase the DVD and a number of other items that were for

reduced

At the same time, music giant

HMV was selling VHS

tapes for as

low as $4.99 trying to get

rid

of

(Etoto by Jason Noe)

titles

anywhere from $70 to $100. This is compared to a DVD, which costs $20 to $30 and usually rents

DVD

sales are increasing while

their entire

catalogue of

VHS

DVD

Beckett said. “Because

lectors are so fussy about quality,

Studios are now re-releasing movies on DVD that could only previously be found on VHS formats and Beckett believes this is

the

why they are becoming popular among consumers.

point,

so

the

studios

opening up

their vaults

ing

that

stuff

unavailable on

has

VHS,

are

and releasbeen

long

if it

studios

in

forced to strike

many cases new prints and

col-

are take

ever was,”

continue their entire VHS catalogue.

But how popular

So from a

film preservation view-

a godsend.”

it’s

ting in

VHS

how long customer’s demand

depends on the

and how long studios keep producing them. Beckett said many major studios have started to quietly dis-

DVDs be in

to evolve?

Beckett estimates high-definition television will felt

tapes, but for

will

the future, as technology continues

care of the original film elements.

Beckett’s store will continue get-

“Because the format has taken off

Some studios are even discontinuing movies on DVD that could previously only be

sales continue to decline.

films but re-releasing

VHS.”

also

VHS

found on VHS.

five or six times better than the

with collectors,

in price.

(Photo by Jason Sloe)

and even when you are not watching it,” said Christopher

you watch

his

three times the

offer

poorer.”

also loading films on

Also, for those not yet ready to

do away with their tapes, electronic companies have even combined VHS and DVD players into one compact design.

renting

much

Hollywood studios can produce DVDs at a faster pace, compared to VHS tapes, which are duplicated in a recording farm. The studios are

attracting people to the format.

players.

a

DVD.

surging

players, leaving only a few spaces for the remaining

overstocked movies. But as

their *%

— Page 17

2004

15,

slowly being filtered out

is

NOE

SPOKE, March

make

its

presence

on the market and a new format

will arrive to take full advantage

of

that.

“High-definition

DVD

most

like-

ly,” he said. “The current DVD technology won’t look as bad then

VHS

as

does now, but the

differ-

ence will be pronounced.”

The

of replacing an system may also take place again, although it will be interesting to see if consumers will be so quick to embrace it as they have with entire cycle

entire entertainment

today’s

DVDs.

“My

advice

while

it’s

enjoy

to

is

accumulating

to think t\vice about

a collection that

DVD

you may want

here, but

fills

a

room of

your house,” said Beckett.

King not the ruler of this Kingdom By HALLEY MCPOLIN

(already bristling with originality)

now

bedpan full of supernatural problems for staff and

to

that is creating

Danish film-maker Lars Von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, The In 1994,

patients.

a

Somehow

the

doctors

use his newly acquired powers communicate with the restless spirits and, with the help of some

other offbeat characters, attempt to

that

have managed to dismiss any sug-

rid

combined elements of his past work and director David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. The result was a black

gestions of paranormal activity up

jngrained malevolence.

now, when the signs become more and more apparent. Peter Rickman (Jack Coleman) is

Bemie’s) plays the overly-eccentric

Idiots)

created

a

comedy/B-quality Riget

...

the

as,

horror

called

more commonThe Kingdom. Now

or, as

known

ly

miniseries

it

is

American king of horror

is

tak-

until

an unfortunate

down an otherwise road.

King’s Kingdom which premiered March 3 on ABC, is a remake of the unfinished Danish series. The haunted

coma

Stephen

Kingdom Hospital built

over an

is

ancient

apparently gravesite

who

falls vic-

tim to a hit-and-run while jogging

ing his best stab at the series.

Hospital,

artist

vacant back

Before he descends into a he sees visions of a ghostly

little girl

accompanied by a talking

anteater, later leading to a state of

enhanced consciousness ... or what like to call SPAS: Sudden Psychic Ability Syndrome. Rickman must I

the

hospital

of

its

deeply

Andrew McCarthy (Weekend

at

Hook (believe it or not, that name is pulled from the original series) who sits stereotypically on Dr.

between genius and nutBruce Davison (X-men, Runaway Jury) is the main antagonist in the series, while Ed Begley (Six Feet Under, Batman Jr.

lously overdone

never know).

The two-hour

premier began like an episode of Outer Limits, cheesy narration and all, then quickly tumbled downhill. It was interesting to see the mutual influences of Trier and King - for example, as the injured Rickman lay helpless on the side of the road

we

series

hear him talking in his head,

followed by some animals doing

same - but

just isn't enough.

the border

the

bar.

Like many of King’s movies, the music seems out of place on sever-

Forever)

is

the harmless, image-

obsessed Dr. Jesse James (where they

came up with

that one.

I’ll

al

it

occasions, which can completely

an atmosphere of tension something much sillier than

distort

into

intended. Also, the

ing the

little

ghost

makeup adornwas ridicu-

girl

intentional,

this

...

once

but

“creepy” gives

way

to

could be again;*-

“dopey”

rather quickly as a result.

On

a side note, one major aspect

of the original series has been seemingly

left out:

the giant baby.

Although this was nothing more than an experiment in strange for Trier, it did add something eerie that will be lost in Kingdom

One has to wonder how' King will be able to carry this series, which was left unfinished in Denmark due to a failed second season and a couple actors’ deaths. It seems only a matter of time Hospital. far

before the to rest.

Kingdom

is finally laid


H — SPOKE, March

Page 18

New book

15,

m

Entertainment

2004

brings history to

Horoscope **I9|

life

Week of March 14 -20

yjjf

By JASON MIDDLETON

Releasing the book

Hendley ’s best experiences

A

former Conestoga journalism student has an amazing story to

writer.

tell.

because

Although 37-year-old Nate Hendley did not graduate from

published for a long time.”

accomplished

November

Alonzo

to get a

20

published

articles

worked

Post,

for

to be released this spring.

more

series of daring

With copies

most famous bank robber in Canadian history, was responsible for a three-year crime spree

Stories in print. Altitude assis-

that

caught the public’s imagina-

tion

and made him an instant

Canadian short novels. Most of them have had to be reprinted because the first set sold out. Another 80 books are in the works. Subjects range from

singing

Altitude Publishing, an Alberta

created a series of

A

books about historic Canadian

former Conestoga College student

book Edwin Alonzo Boyd: The Life and Crimes documen- Canada’s Master Bank Robber.

CBC

After seeing a

recently published the

Stories,

on the famous bank robber Hendley thought it would be an “I

had

of been aware of

soil

he was and

it

tell.

just occurred to

who

me this

400,000

than

the

1

Amazing

5

of

praises

the

is

the

home

by and

thing. It’s time to

make

and the only way

to

0

go

Wfifi

it’s

who

find a lot

up.

bly just a misunderstanding.

C

For the second year

a

in

Toronto

row

Canadians can enjoy the taste of Guinness beer on St. Patrick’s Day

member

as a

awarded

on

to party

Hey

leader

are looking

But

-

take charge! Others

up

not a

that's

you

since

you this week. problem for you,

to

love

the

limelight!

You're revving your engines and are rarin' to go. Ready, set

...

Taurus April 20

make

drive to

Watch out

for

on

-

May

Association. In

Strategic Objectives

won

Day

a

World

Golden

Award

for

mar-

keting an existing

a

and

product

currently

is

October 2003,

another award for

on the party’s website, www.guinnessvote.ca, asking members to vote on the issue. At last check 104,638 were in favour of the holiday and 3,758 were against it. The numbers are rising

Only 33 companies in the entire world were honoured

daily.

last year.

a

poll

may sound

All of this

like a bit

pub-

creativity in lic relations.

of

It's

not only inter-

the luck of the

By LESLEY

LEACHMAN

apparel,

speak of

lucky leprechauns, kiss the blarney stone and raise your pint of green

beer

in

honour of

On March

17,

St. Patrick’s

who came

to Ireland in

Originally from St.

16.

life

St. Patrick,

432 AD.

Roman

was captured by

raiders

age of

For six years he worked

harsh conditions as a shepherd the Irish countryside.

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Gonchar versus Leetch Toronto than Gonchar. Gonchar wasn’t what the Leafs needed, whereas Leetch fits the mould

Brian Leetch

Opinion

He

weapon of choice

Sergei Gonehar, the heavily

is

shopped, high-priced defenceman

of

formally

Washington

the

much

After

speculation,

The Leafs were

in

6

Boston’s

boost

will

the 14th-

ranked powerplay and add another

ship

legitimate scoring threat in Boston.

McCabe

On

Gonchar would

the Leafs,

have been a

the aging 36-year-old leaves the

on an already Leetch is a seasoned veteran and is the full package. He has the knowledge, skill and experience that will benefit the Leafs and their defensive core. But Leetch won’t do for the Leafs what Gonchar will for Boston. Boston needs Gonchar. His offensive prowess and powerplay eapability gives Boston another dimension. Boston may not go far in the playoffs, but Gonchar will benefit Boston more than Leetch will Toronto. Leetch brings to the table what

Big Apple, shaken and

the

Gonchar, but couldn’t close a deal

and he was shipped

to

Boston.

Almost immediately, the Leafs replied by snagging New York Ranger defenceman Brian Leetch. Leaf fans are rejoicing, while Ranger fans are so astonished they are walking around with paper bags over their heads and cursing GM Glen Sather. Leetch has never played for another team in his NHL career. For 17 years, Madison Square Garden has been his home rink, And now his shrine if you will. disillu-

knowledge,

ship,

Gonehar is currently at the tail end of a $3.65- million contract. Up for arbitration this summer and being only 30 years old. there is potential for Boston to become Gonchar’s permanent home. He was a first round draft pick

They took

(14th overall) by the Capitals in 1994. Minus his first season, in

last

Two

the deadline.

went down with

in to take

pro wrestling’s version of the

World

Series, Stanley

NBA

Cup

Championship

Superbowl all in one. And for one hell of a night.

it

work

work

Toronto.

thrive

Many

last

year,

as a Ranger.

(Internet photo)

XX

a

but for

religion, an obsession

like a

and a way of

fans call

what

the

is,

it

the

in

it

magic.

And

if

then magic

was

when

the

air

grand-daddy of them all.” However, this year’s show wasn’t just an ordinary WrestleMania. It

was

the

20th anniversary of the

event that has

become synonymous

The

wrestling

amazing years of memories. WrestleMania XX celebrated success

World

of

Michaels, Triple H, Chris Jericho,

the likes of Chris Benoit, Ric

The

Undertaker,

Shawn

Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, The Rock, Steve Austin and Brock Lesnar stood at the forefront of the promotion, WrestleMania XX was not just about them or the

circle.

fans celebrating with them.

Growing up, most people - especially young men - find themselves

about everyone before them.

It

was

who had come

fifth

and sixth

play nearly 30 minutes

Quinn

have to rely on the likes of

Drake Berehousky and Brian Marchment, who seems to

Karel

McMahon

it

Sr.

(Vince

all

died just within

hype

that

is

known

with the at

near

stickhandling abilities of Belfour and the Leafs can turn up the ice

But perhaps most appealing about at

which the

reports,

Washington Capitals,

the

Gonchar’s peddlers, wanted a player off the current roster, a prospect and

Nik Antropov and Carlo

pick.

Colaiaeovo were rumoured to be heading south, along with a first

round pick.

The Leafs did give up their firstround pick, which will be a late pick

weak

in a

They did

draft year.

anyone from their current roster and were able to hang on to Colaiaeovo. Toronto only lost two not lose

mid-level

prospects

in

Maxim

Kondratiev and Jarko Immonen to acquire one of the best ever. The Leafs know that it is now or never, so the future does not matter. Leetch is a win now player the

same as Ray Bourque was when Colorado picked him up. They went on to win a Cup in 2000. Gonchar does bring offence, and a lot of it, to the table. But he is also more likely to pinch and get caught, giving up an odd-man rush against.

And

the asking price w'as just

too high.

Wrestling

years,

you don’t have

father,

Hulk

why. Vince been on

it.

to

for

trial

himself has

for allegedly supply-

who

don’t believe, no good enough. But those who do believe, no expla-

For those

nation It’s

is

is

needed.

truly a one-of-a-kind indus-

And

who do

ing his employees with steroids,

try.

many

they look forward to the next 20

children have been hurt try-

mock

the promotion (which

merly known as the

and appreciate everyone who has had a hand in making the industry successful. It was also a night to

it all and aware of how hard every pro wrestler works simply to entertain them. And at WrestleMania, the fans too, were there to pay tribute to their heroes and friends. Wrestling is a funny business. It’s very personal and fans interact with the athletes constantly. With that in mind, most fans are supportive and emotional about the sport. But lots

are

explanation

McMahon

fans, all of that

They see through

wonder

seen nothin’ yet!” night to celebrate

But for wrestling is fine.

the “sport” through the

Hogan, Roddy Piper, Paul Omdorff and Randy Savage to Bret Hart, Mr. Perfect, Razor Ramon and Diesel to today’s crop of superstars. WrestleMania XX was a way to say “thank you” and “you ain’t

March 14 was a

is

and he can use his stick to break up passes. Add that to the

of people despise everything about

many low blows

aimed

WWE),

as pro-

fessional wrestling.

the

Jr.’s

also a smart defensive-

perfect

Pilar,

into the

And

men and have made the busi r is today. From Vince

and becoming subdued by interesting storylines and one-

As

and

industry

wrestling fans alike celebrated 20

Flair,

it.

Toronto’s

all

ability

On the other hand, many people around the world simply don’t buy

“the

screens, biting their nails, scream-

squared

and his

will hide the lack

the last couple of years.

greatest superstars took to

stage in what they call

in

more who have

former owner of the

WWE

Leaf powerthrough the

Smith, “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig, Crash Holly, Road Warrior Hawk, Hercules Hernandez and many

life.

that’s

is

historic night

stage,

before or after

middle of the

New

remember those in the business whose lives have been lost. Men like Owen Hart, Stu Hart, The Bulldog “Davey Boy” British

from Victoria, B.C. to Sydney, Australia sat around their television

the

New York,

in

up minutes

will not

ness what

memories emerged to find themselves on the biggest stage of all in

game

Klee can

women who

20 years of

help

a night, and head coach Pat

Entertainment and the

athletes,

only

will

of depth

Vince McMahon’s brainchild had made it through some very troubled times and succeeded like no empire

of-a-kind

rating, playing for a horrible

to eat

with the word “wrestling.”

ing out loud

bag

Leetch played close to 30 minutes

Brian Leetch, the veteran.

grow out of the others, it becomes

WWE’s

As millions of dedicated fans

Leetch’s

points and a minus four

playoffs.

won’t

it

fans

and makes

the world.

comes 39

leadership and

in

to the already talented

year.

Cup

Stanley

definitely

popular brand of entertainment in

packed

trophies

He is a smooth-skating defender who can make the first pass out of the zone with ease. And the addition

It

Leetch

zone player. His positioning

a

games with Toronto.

Gonchar will and become a staple in

this

Finals,

WrestleMania XX was live from the planet’s most popular wrestling arena, Madison Square Garden in New York and whether you love it or hate it, the fact is, it’s the most

Brian

like

defenceman. The top four guys, Leetch, McCabe. Kaberle and Ken

Some

tainment.

table

York Ranger team. Leetch has four and is minus two in two

in the drama, violence and hype of professional wrestling.

and most special

the

to

Nor does Gonchar. Along with all the

play

a

Leafs got him. According to most

points

caught up

night in the history of sports-enter-

It’s

team the most?

games and being

Leetch was the price tag

rat-

Leetch.

respective

ing the last four

healthy scratch Feb. 16 and 17.

decent 28 points and a plus 13

Trophy

benefits their

have fallen out of favour after miss-

quickly.

shark doesn’t work

in

Opinion

defencemen scoring with 44 points and is plus 12. Tomas Kaberle has a

a

WrestleMania around the world tuned

in

pay off. old age homes and signing players who have already jumped the third has yet to

Boston. Leetch will retire a Leaf, with the memory of winning the

part in the biggest

deadline deal

and the Raiding

games. But who will benefit their team the most? Well, better Leetch in

of people

second

But these guys don't bring a Cup and Conn Smythe

of the three

injuries

Bryan

blue-line.

having one heck of a

is

Stanley

year pick-

didn’t

14, millions

Which trade

up veterans Doug Gilmour, Housley and Owen Nolan at

ing Phil

on the

is

ing.

leader-

which he only played 31 games, Gonchar has been far from disappointing with 418 points in 656

By JASON SMITH

Sergei Gonchar, the sniper.

experience.

road

this

(Internet photo)

line.

Leafs already have,

this veteran leader-

year, as he sits tied for

liability

suspicious blue

sioned.

On March

But none of

bringing

is

Belfour,

mention skilled veterans up front like Captain Mats Sundin and Alexander Mogilny.

Although, Gonchar, the leading

NHL,

Ed

have won Cups before, as well Conn Smythe Trophies. Not to

bean town. the running for

foot 2 native of Russia his scoring touch to

the

experience. Players like

as

in

Doyle

Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts

who

monger

James

are built

on veteran players with Stanley Cup

Sneaking up on plays and shrug-

point

the right

The Toronto Maple Leafs

ging off defensive duty mirrors his shockingly low plus/minus.

defensive

Capitals.

for

fit.

the powerplay.

is

Gonchar was not

Sergei

which makes one wonder why the Leafs were after Gonchar to begin with. Gonchar isn’t a defensive defenceman per se; his nicely,

Horton

man

the right

is

the job in Toronto.

for those

believe,

on televihad to undergo a name change because the World Wildlife Foundation didn’t want to

years and reminisce on the magic

be thought of in the same breath as

agree with the statement of “Stone

ing to

sion, the

their idols

WWE

was

also for-

WWF)

and McMahon also went on record by telling the world that professional wrestling was indeed scripted and

was “not

real.”

that is

known

as

World Wrestling

Entertainment.

As avid

followers,

most fans

Cold” Steve Austin when asked

“why

wrestling?”

“Simply put, it’s like a drug. Do it once and you’re hooked. You’re a junkie.”

Amen.


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