Conestoga hosts ECE conference
He’s the voice on the Beat An evening host and music director lives his dream job
More than 500 people the largest conference
Southern Ontario. 3
Orphaned kittens find new home Maine woman nurses her furry friends
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to health for families to adopt.
Monday, March 29, 2004
Conestoga College, Kitchener
CSI in talks with a possible new drug provider By DESIREE FINHERT
Dusick, adding she sympathizes
who currently have on a bus to go to the drug store on a Saturday. The bus ride from Conestoga Residence and Conference Centre to the closest
with students, Mail-order prescriptions are one
of two reasons
Direct for drug plans
meeting on March 2. Judy Dusick, CSI’s general man-
provide a three-
month supply of any prescription ... and they will deliver
CSJ’s general manager
“They will provide a three-month supply of any prescription, not just oral contraceptive, and they will it
student's doctor faxing or telephoning in the pre-
Pharmex is same
they will continue to offer the
service over the
scriptions can be
Dusick said the second advantage of switching to
mately 25 minutes.
your home,” said
with the pharmacies will
pocket for their prescriptions up front and then wait for reimburse-
ments from September.
a certain lag time
students won’t have to pay out of
who use the health plan may know that there is dents
plan and getting back on line with the pharmacies,” she said. Pharmex’s willingness to stay on
Dusick. "That’s a real big advan-
The three-month supply
their health provider in
ing fee of about $5 and not three
Conestoga’s current health coverage and is underwritten by Industrial Alliance Pacific Life
delivered for free to anywhere in Ontario. There is only one dispens-
“If they’re going to deliver it right to your house it’s a particular
bonus for those who live in residence and don’t have cars,” said
Students can expect a reduction
of $8.93 for their health plan fee. “I’m still pushing them for a little bit more,” said Dusick.
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and Cozumel, Mexico’s largest island, is becoming a popular tourist destination. It is 28 miles long Taylor recently visited Michelle reporter Spoke reefs. coral for its known well is and wide miles 10 the beautiful island and gives her personal account on Page 3.
Hate crimes By CARLA
the circumstances, that
nized as the International of Elimination the
household and knows first hand the effects hate crimes can have on an
“When the anti-Semitic messages began appearing in my neighbourhood it made me begin to question
faith,” she said. “It
bourhoods in Toronto, Vaughan and even close to home, the
Kitchener- Waterloo area.
Kirsten Binstock, a first-year arts and sciences student, said she feels
was bom into.” The only possible
disgusted that people could be so
construction crew works on the roof of the Lyle S. Hallman Institute for Health Promotion at the University of Waterloo.
important day for peace seemed to
spray painted on surfaces in neigh-
by Tim Murphy)
Binstock grew up
Discrimination. Only this year, this
people could leam to
scapegoat for peo-
ple to be able to feel better about
themselves and what they’re doing.” The acts of hatred have not gone
by Premier Dalton and the Legislative
Semitism.” He also expressed his support for Ontario’s hate crime
come up with
tolerate other’s differences,” the 21-
taking place because of the
year-old said. ‘Unfortunately, under
The Passion of the
people are taking
notice,” Binstock stated.
say these acts are Christ,
like it’s a
these hate crimes were
On March 22 at Queen’s Park, McGuinty introduced a motion that reads “the Legislative Assembly condemns the recent acts of anti-
mitted was a rumour she heard.
continue to believe
depiction of the Jewish priests and children,” she said. “But to
Every year March 21
people can turn a blind eye to things that make them feel uncomfortable. That’s no reason to ignore
— SPOKE, March 29, 2004
Now deep thoughts
...with Conestoga College
'Random questions answered 6y random students
the worst pick-up line
you’ve ever heard?
By DESI REE
The Conestoga Students
(CSI) fee will only decrease by
2004, despite significant cost savings.
“Do you mind here
to a 93-cent decrease
board of direcmeeting on March 2. Although the student health plan and the recreation centre fees have in activity fees at a tors’
Next year students will save $8.93 for health care. In the 20032004 year
the health plan cost stu-
dents $185.68, but next year
only cost $176.75.
be saving approxi-
mately $1,200 by returning their
financial business to the
CSI’s general manager Judy Dusick said the Bank of Montreal
will offer the
interest rate as
CSI’s current back,
Bank of Montreal
waive the corporate service charge “If
the alphabet, put
which draws $100 to $150 per month from CSI’s account. Dusick said CSI is going to look at reducing or nullifying the cost of CSI’s staple service fees, because of the approximate $1,200 annual
said Dusick. “I
Based on 5,500
Dusick said CSI
fulfill their obli-
Dusick anticipates an enrolment September 2004 and, therefore, the rec centre fee will be lowered to $ 3 per stu-
board of direc-
have the space that CSI is currently housed in and have the
across the hall,”
will have to spend a little bit of money on renovating and making it a temporary location until such time that we have a student centre or have decided that we are not going to have a student centre.”
want and what they
like to see in a student cen-
to find out if they
need to put aside a
grants the space.
the student centre should provide.
the students for their ideas
planning to expand in to rooms
the services of a consultant to survey
gation to the rec centre.
research and development,” said Dusick.
toward the CSI development fund."
$16 per student equals $88,000. is $13,000 more than CSI
to the rec centre.
research student centres
from the other two areas what we have previously
charged for Sanctuary renovation,”
colleges and universities.
a combination of the $ 1
obligation to provide $75,000 per
pared to hire an architect and
raised to $27. is
a capital devel-
opment fund because we don’t know when it’s going to be.” The capital development fund fee was originally $16, and Dusick said she would like to see the fee “That
activity fee included a
what the students want.
rec centre fee will also be
academic year. For the last two years the student
the contract ends in the
“You must be Jamaican, because you’re Jamaican
(Photo by Desiree Finhert)
Judy Dusick, CSI’s general manager, looks over the budget report at a board of directors’ meeting on March 2.
survey shows students want
of 5,700 students in
dent. “I see “I
not be the best
looking guy here, but I’m
the only one talking to you.”
no reason why we should-
reduce that fee to $13 per stu-
dent which takes us just around the
CSI Health Plan be
activity fees will not
in the health
care fee, the rec centre fee and the
a student centre.
CSI president of student activiFalconer said CSI has
had over the
few years and it.
us in a position to offer
necessarily putting an
extra burden on the students,” said
centre yet, because
CONESTOGA MALL 747-1290
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found a way to reallocate
SmiCe Conestoga, you coufd 6e our next respondent!
research the possibility of building
just taken the
development fund. CSI
planning to use the
only decreasing by 93 cents. fee that
CSI Rec Centre
pays for banking, student fees are
“Do you have an older
ment," said Dusick.
$75,000 mark, depending on enrol-
decreasing for the Despite the decrease
CSI Association Fee
894-0770 on your Grad
whateverthe occasion from $149.00
THIS ENTITLES THE STUDENT
BEARER TO 1 0% OFF THE PURCHASE OF ANY REGULAR PRICED MERCHANDISE. offer valid at above locations - one voucher per promotion not valid on sale merchandise - not valid with any other promotion
— Page 3
By PETR CIHACEK The greatest knights in the world swarm London, Ont.. to com-
pete in the largest and most presti-
gious heavy-armour competition
will take place in July. For three days, the John Labatt Centre in
medieval battlefield where Shane Adams from Cayuga, Ont., will fight to defend his
of the world’s best knight. And the captain of the national jousting
team Knights of Valour works hard to get ready for the championship. “1 train
every day,” said Adams.
spend two hours in the and another hour and a half on
has to balance
training with resting pulled cles
fered in other competitions.
neverending battle he said, adding
most common injury is a shoulder or broken hand. But no injury could be serious enough to stop this fearless knight from participating in the that the
London tournament and
competing for the Jousting Champion.
(Photo by Petr C/hacek)
Canadian jousting team Knights of Valour, James Merilees (left) and Shane Adams, displays their Toronto. Adams and Merilees are readying to compete at an international jousting tournament in July in London. of the
Robin Hood, there
why he keeps
pulling his muscles and breaking
be coming up.
unique event.” Holly Kjeldgaard,
Labatt centre’s “It's
such a unique event.
be the second time
assistant general manager
the other knights to
Last year, the Labatt centre host-
conqueror will also receive a $1,750 purse. But for Adams, whose childhood superhero wasn’t Batman or Spider-Man but
500 years as 40 knights from seven countries competed in lightarmour and heavy-armour games. This year, warriors will be competing in heavy armour only, making it in
Memory CARLA KOWALYK
A1 Hunter, chief of security
of the use of school equipment that
would have taken
a lot of hard work.
they had paid for in their student
hands inside the computer’s tower,” Hunter said. “After that it’s just a matter of pulling out a chip.” Hunter said he’s getting tired of
number of computers
director of marketing.
6 men and four
registered for the tourna-
Knights are often called modernday gladiators and jousting has the reputation of being one of the roughest and most extreme sports in the world. Even though they are protected by 50 kilograms of stainless steel armour, jousters always
Southern Ontario’s largest conference for early childhood education
and future professionals was held at Conestoga College on March 26 and 27.
attended the two-day conference,
which was the 16th annual ECE professional development conference.
Dubbed Early Childhood ... Where It All Begins, the seminar
bruises or fractures as
they collide at a force of almost
ment. They are from Canada, U.S.,
100 kilometres per hour, striking
England, Holland and Australia.
each other’s chests or head with
July 7, 8 and 9, those brave
opponents off their horses in five fierce sessions of heavy-armour and open-gauntlet competitions.
thing to hear and see at the tournament. The event will also include
medieval musical and comedic acts and a parade through downtown London where spectators will get a chance to admire the knights’ splendid horses and marvellous costumes. Tickets for the event are available at
Ticketmaster and range from $20 For children, the fee is $15. Last year, 15,000 people saw the
really get hurt,” said
a real thing.”
But crunching of bones and won’t be the only
chasse around and
the thefts going
disrupts the learning of
“The computers look you boot them up,” he then
security because they have to toughen the rules of computer lab
began with opening remarks and an awards presentation to three excep-
responsible for the stricter rules,”
won’t load because there’s no
Hunter pointed out. “It’s just that we now have to have the cameras and extra patrols where as before
memory. So those computers really any good to the students.” Hunter pointed out that incidents like this one make it tougher on
photographer, motivational speak-
of the three awarded were
child care centre
of the Waterloo
campus child care centre. Harper was recognized with the exceptional teacher award and Sommer was honoured with the cooperating teacher award. The other recipient was Saginaw’s Debbie Ainley, who was awarded the exceptional edu-
tional local early childhood educa-
The keynote speaker year's event was author,
Conestoga’s Samantha Harper of
Conestoga hosts 16th annual By JASON SMITH
spectators should get ready
for a ferocious hardcore battle.
are hoping for 20,000 this
have been good so
“Ticket far (even
though) our heavy advertising won’t kick in for a while.”
stolen from college computers
college, said stealing
students were once again deprived
ed the largest jousting tournament Besides the prestigious
the largest heavy-armour tournament since the 16th century. “The elite of the elite will be coming up,” said Holly Kjeldgaard,
“I'm just a little kid living my childhood dream,” he said, adding that he’s loved jousting since he In July,
and “entrepreneur of
has been reported to the
and is Hunter knowlcontact the
can't be everywhere but
Hunter said. “The students are our best resources - they can help.” try to be.”
became the first person to fly across Canada in an open-cockpit ultra
Waterloo Regional Police still being investigated, but said that any student with edge of the crime should security so they can handle
that risk-taking is vital for growth."
The remainder of
consisted of an information
author of two best-selling books:
workshops, presentations and sem-
Gift of Wings,
There were many different
techniques and approaches relevant
wheelchair ever since breaking his
Canada in the ultra light craft; and Us Little People, a look at Old Order Mennonite chil-
in a fluke
those in the
great accomplishments in his
Hiebert has been confined to a
flight instructor in
opening his own
to the practice
and development of
touching slide show of his epic
The conference was sponsored by Preschool Support kidsLINK
Services, the Region of Waterloo
your attitude will make or break
Children’s Services Division and
importance of reaching
Conestoga’s early childhood edu-
the first paraplegic
topics, all reflecting current issues,
beyond imagined boundaries and
â€” SPOKE, March 29, 2004
everyone During the Second World War Jewish people were persecuted for no other reason than they were Jews.
by one was a
Lives, families and dreams were shattered ruthless dictator
who saw Jews
nightmare. Lately, Jewish people have been targetted again. The City of Toronto has come under attack by shameless vandals who have no respect for themselves, their city, or the lives of the people around them. In the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated, homes of Holocaust survivors defaced, synagogue windows broken. But more importantly, the heart of the Jewish community is
are in this together,
"How many times do
Anti-Semitic violence affects us
I have to threaten to
suspend your licence?"
be our school, our church, our faith. The anti-Semitic acts that have crippled Toronto are perpetrated by uneducated cowards who don't have a strand of moral fiber in their body. They come out at night; afraid sunlight will bleed through their empty soul. Afraid their hatred will have a face. Afraid to be judged by the very people they are so wickedly per-
Yet these people live among us. They run our government, handle our money, and take care of our children. To this day, some private clubs in Canada still reflect anti-Semitic views. It's a shame. Consequently, we don't know who these criminals
Crack down on drunk drivers Unfortunately, there will always
ing others while impaired behind
drive while intox-
of them will
injured a cyclist, received a 90-
driveways and no one will
ago, an intoxicated
be any the wiser, or hopefully,
they will be stopped by police.
weekends. Also, he will not be
term that he will serve on
There were many conditional
allowed to drive for three years.
be pulled over. They are the ones
sentences that spurred their deci-
The victim received severe head injuries, but was not killed in the
other vehicles, killing and
These actions may seem dim and childish, but is no stereotype for hate. There are around six million people in the GTA and they all fit the profile;
will not arrive
run off the road or crash into
they must be caught.
sentence will erase the memory or ease the pain. Hate crimes cannot be rightly served by justice. They can only be identified and not forgotten. When the perpetrators are caught we must shine a light on their face.
We must plaster them on the radio, newsTV like they plastered hate in our commu-
Only then will they be able to comprehend the embarrassment they caused the Jewish people, the community and the country. nity.
senseless act? arrest
their sentence after
They receive house
and lose their licence for a
This growing trend has caused
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
who have caused injury.
a fatality or crit-
that the federal
house arrest as a sentence and
we have a we share
bility to those
man in The accused, who
are taught at
will be serving his time at his par-
an early age that drinking and
entsâ€™ farm, is currently appealing
few years ago, the
increased from 14 years to
several individuals sent to their
of 4,000 signatures and then take
the petition to Ottawa.
were convicted of
Since then, the group has seen
the the their
not be pulled over. If you do
never happen to them or they will
Parliament authorized conditional
that are impaired
sentence for these crimes was
terms for offenders.
to record a
of the fortu-
He was one
to start a national peti-
demanding an end
tional sentences for
man was sentenced
acts of vandalism.
They must be brought out of the darkness and placed in the public eye. Yet, no punishment will fit the crime, no conviction will repair the glass, no jail
perpetrators are expressing an opinion they are
entitled to have, but doing so illegally through graffiti
dence, until that one fateful day
instead of jail after they
to an end. if
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News LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Calender upsets resource group
the journalist called
Only a month ago, our school newspaper published all the winning stories and poems submitted by students of Conestoga College to a literary competition about women and violence. These were personal and powerful stories that
two objectify men and purpose of making the
promoting its fundraiser to increase awareness about stopping violence against women. Perhaps the broadcasting students is
should read this article to understand the difference between being part of the problem rather than the solution. Broadcasting students should understand that their fundraising project could perpetuate negative
We recommend view the video
that the students Still
their bodies for
gape at impacts on the respect we have for ourselves and expect from others. Years ago, Conestoga College, through education of employees and students, dealt with sexism and the poisoned environment it cre-
someone’s office. never OK is
truly are. It’s
some people turn
to grasp. television
to escape the constant
not a good role model
Well guess what?
are idolizing Spears than
like to take this
welcome everyone to the year 2004. may offend some people but It today sex is what sells. The men
because her clothes are too sexy.
being called disgusting and
a year-end pictorial.
have even gone so
When my mom was my role She was in my house every-
be doing something wrong.
shows have them and even
The calendar may be nothing more than an object, but the viewThey are students of this working to achieve a
Trading Spaces crew from
put out annual calendars,
Hood of public
have become a main-
we have to offer, and mentally, without someone critiquing our actions.
er must realize the people inside
be forgetting that
stream vehicle to
for the actions of children. Britney
the world what
was shocked to see such negative feedback from so many people around the school. The calen-
far as to say the
of the calendar are promot-
I was image has nothing to do with rape and violence. Power is what predators seek.
sexy pose promotes nothing.
empowering themselves with this calendar. They posed, as they wanted to, showing their personal beauty. applaud these men and women, wish them the best of luck with sales of the calendar, and hope I
achieve everything they
could ever dream
While interacting with them. I’ve realized they have brilliant minds in beautiful bodies, which may be too
But I commend the work they’ve could done and only wish that grace one of the pages someday. I
as sexual objects
for the purpose of financial gain,
sensationalism or voyeurism.
OK for our college com-
munity to support
Application deadline to request tutoring
great careers ahead of
(exception of Practical Nursing
poor taste work
for a small
Western Ontario and
The cartoon just seems
put that sign in the
choices toward building their pro-
Group of Conestoga
gay and a child molester
for. I do realChurch has
I’m not blind or deaf, so
serious issues to take care of
and address. But I feel by printing an cartoon
A tutor may be able to
time - don’t delay!
spread in Spoke about the broadcasting students’ calendar. If you missed
are great and for so
Don’t get caught
together and giving them
much grouping many
love and to
who you seemingly
ize that the Cathglic
calendar such as this would
The Women’s Resource Group of Conestoga College does not endorse this calendar and encour-
are told to
are encouraged to
not be allowed to hang on the wall
for society’s problems.
circulated in their work-
the younger years sometimes.
or public embarrassment
hide our curves, cover up our flaws
say these students won’t always be
selling females as bodies to
future students featured in the cal-
fun and beauty was theirs. Not to
endars are not subjected to ridicule
They have created something
your March 15 editorial cartoon was done in poor taste. I’m not Catholic, but I do have a very seri-
while others to
see as being proud of their
in real life.
lar, need to pay attention to the consequences of their choices
and women in these calendars are having fun. What some regard as
the negative reaction ple
What bothered me more about
and the public. Joan Magazine
can be found in the Conestoga LRC. Mounting evidence suggests that negative perceptions of women can affect
women. We know that
keepsake of a lifetime. After looking over the calendar the broadcasting students pro-
These calendars are a set-back to the pursuit of ending violence
ing of their role in the media. This
captured a time
celebrate to the college
perfectly clear that as a
Softly to gain a better understand-
we still have work to do to make our communities safe for women.
same issue of Spoke another article was featured about the Body Shop that
one day hope
Perhaps a calendar would be the perfect
about the Body Shop
helped shape the
friends or of
has been created
have a picture of myself, of
issue of Spoke, there
that will bring a smile to
paign to Stop Violence Against
ed? Perhaps the students can feel good about their passion for developing the project and seeing
would be acceptable or celebrat-
an example of
be that the students really
through, but to call
what was wrong good fun.
met along the way. be a scattered bunch of
people having fun
took and remember the
wrote, reminisce on
Sometimes memories aren’t enough though. It’s always nice to
of Canada and their 10-ycar cam-
believe that this form of
We have seen both calendars and admit we were shocked to see our students objectifying themselves for the sake of raising money. Can
Spoke and read
the difference in tone
and what was
glance through old issues of
professional ethics and standards that not only
career which includes self respect,
undress and seductive poses.
er side of broadcasting.
The purpose of college
“sexier” used. 'Perhaps that
between the male and female ver-
— Page 5
20 years I’ll look back on my at Conestoga College and hopefully have a few good laughs.
The Sexier Side of in Spoke on March 15, 2004 had a rather misleading headline. Nowhere in a The
two difone male, one
these students appear in
do wonderful things
many people around
Applications available in Student Services
— SPOKE, March 29, 2004
College diploma should
be better recognized
currently trying to establish
education nowadays able as university. to
just as valu-
Too many people
instance, during a recent internship
clearly thought less of
having only been to college. bluntly asked
"Oh, just college,” he said unen-
college students theoretical learning,
mittee meeting at the college, pro-
while offering university students
to talk about
program and the industry. But some depressing and disheartening information poured out of the mouths of my potential employers. In so many words, they said a university student with no writing experience would be hired over a college grad that has worked on a school newspaper for two years. It’s is.
a brand, like
students to get universi-
experience, but University of
Western also sees the value in a college education. The university has
political parties vie for
their positions in the
Ontario's youth will likely be less interested than ever.
of age) is the least likely to vote in an election. In order for the youth of tomor-
row to become more interested and involved in politics, changes have to be made. Currently, citizens feel separat-
of the Wal-Mart
could be just as good than the
to relate to us.
don’t seem to
being wiped away,
not better than the
- only different I don't understand why people and
employers think a university graduate is
qualified than a college
of droning lectures on
how to thi nk?
say university students are
book smart and college street smart And in a way that
who says we can't be
exams, leam theories, read
by going to college. two months, when I walk on
nose in the
voters don't vote
to office, but
vote to prevent
entering office. Jack Layton, the
leader of the NDP, has long argued that the voting system in Ontario should be changed. Layton wants proportional voting in Canada. Essentially, a party that receives 20 per cent of the vote would receive 20 per cent of the seats. In this way, voters could then vote for their candidate
am proud to
Furthermore, ers share
more votes they
today’s media savvy politician.
Many fee! trolled
lies. it doesn't seem that which Canadians vote is going to change anytime soon. Subsequently, we have to work in the current system. While most of us our jaded and disenfranchised
with government, the only way
we can make change pate in
Let your local
issues and concerns.
get involved in politics in
that politics is
by an old-boys club.
on council and get involved. finally, while it may seem boring, go out and vote. People
die for the right; least exercise
basketball, badminton, soccer,
* Summer Adventure Camp outdoor
organized games nature study
summer camps contact: Conestoga College Recreation Centre
For more information on our
(519) 748-3512, Ext
Summer Sports Camp
way. Even at the municipal level you can make an impact on the local issues in your community.
of your children
Ages 8 -
our elected representatives and have a duty to hear us out Also,
circle games, arts, crafts,
Summer Fun Camp
Better yet. run for local office,
many young in
young workers, or young fami-
A variety of fun and interactive camp activities that will capture the
gown and hat I am going to stick my
Conestoga has realized
nor do they
they would garner.
ty the quality
know our know how
practical experience. There, the stig-
to save ourselves a few thousand
the challenges that face students,
both cost more than the other brand,
ed from politics and politicians, in part, because of the way in which most people vote and our lack of representation at all levels of gov-
teamed up with Fanshawe to offer
received the better representation
the age groups, ours (20-30 years
textbooks, but also have the smarts
one would experience when buying a GAP shirt over a Wal-Mart brand. The GAP shirt and university feeling
Get « U
across a resume brings
colleges are start-
As if 1 had not been turned off" enough by this guy’s cold reaction, I was recently shot down again along with thousands of other college grads and students. During a program advisory com-
programs enabling their students to compete with those in university. But it works both ways at Fanshawe College in London. The college has seen the ing
hear negative com-
ments about attending a community college over a university. For at
More and more
or simply refuse to
brand as an institute of technology and advanced learning.
noses out of the air because a college
It's almost time to strap on those walking shoes and toss the leash on your favourite four-legged family
member. May 29 marks third annual
Lions Foundation of
Canada Walk For Dog Guides
foundation told the
dog was so upset about
his owner's death that she wasn't
ed triend of the allowed to stay
tribution of canine vision, hearing
to Kitchener- Waterloo.
as "a fun five-
walk for people and
pooches of all ages." takes place all over Canada and helps raise funds in order to
provide dog guides free
of charge to Canadians w ho need them.
Walk For Dog Guides unique history. The held in memory of Rita
Francois, a local
merly had a special services dog. After Francois's death, her fami-
grandson Luc second-year police foundations student at Conestoga, decided to bring a dog guides walk including
to the Kitchener area.
Perreault family decided wanted to keep the dog. as it had become an important part of
w alk going
back the foundation and for other people to be able to get the dogs they need."
The walk has grown
every year and Perreault said he
happy with the support his family and the foundation have received from the community. "It’s growing every year. As for very
this year, so far it sounds pretty good. The numbers keep growing so it looks good from here." K-W helped raise $8,500 in the first year
of the walk and attracted about 150 dogs and 100 people. Last year's
encouraged to come out
young woman strolls down a college hallway on her way to class. As she turns a comer a classmate greets her.
cancelled the teacher
"Really?" asks the
"No. April Fool's!" exclaims the
Monica Himmelman, alumni Murders Tastefully Executed, a compaservices officer, said
ny that stages murders, was for
The company brings play
through clues, the
going to be great fun." said.
The event will be held at the Wings of Paradise butterfly conserv atory in Cambridge.
“The purpose of the event
recognize the volunteers that have made the past year so successful,” she said. to
By REBECCA LEARN
history of the foolish holi-
day is not straightforward as there was never an official April Fool’s Day. People theorize it caught on in many cultures from celebrations involving the first day of spring.
The beginning of
occurred in France during 1582. Prev iously, the
new year had been
anthologies were donated to
ev entually returned to Earl’s family
Waterloo campus for a
day of the walk.
and co-workers gath-
The bocks have a nameplate and memoriam inside the front cover and are filled with stories written by Canadian women. Anne had worked with the women's resources depart-
Anne Earl worked in the LRC for many years. She began working in Cambridge campus came to
shifted to Jan.
w here the two books w ere presented.
line to receive
took a long time for
news of the change to spread and some people did not get the message for years. The more stubborn
changed over the years to simple prank-playing once the calender struck April. The evolving custom reached England and Scotland before arriving in the American colonies of both the English and French. And the rest is history, as the day has always remained a favourite for practical jokers and those seeking a laugh at the expense of their friends and family. So if you hear the famous words "April Fool’s" this week, be sure to think of the French who placed a giant "kick me" sign on the rest of the
8:30 a.m. and the walk begins 9:30 a.m.
742-5280, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.dogguides.com.
you learn would be under constant harassment from simulated media, con-
It was a learning experience for Waterloo regional staff when a backhoe struck a 20-inch crude oil pipeline in the village of Ayr.
cerned citizens, social services groups and urgent calls from emergency crews. The staff handled the situation
was just a
with relative ease, cutting power
Fortunately, this event
took place in the offices of 150 Frederick Sl, Kitchener, on
22, to test the region's emergency
Many of the simulators were new to the concept
of an emergency
simulation, so a few errors were
expected to happen during the day. ‘This
ing in an emergency exercise, so will
and gas and evacuating a .6-kilometre zone of people who were at risk from the poisonous gas. With suggestions of terrorism and accusations of incompetence, 1
Bruce Hunter, the region's emergency measures co-ordinator, and Beth Carter, a communications assistant “I wouldn’t be surprised if my boss fires me at the end of the day,” Hunter joked before the exer-
hospitality area. Registration
For more information or to receive
calendar and they kept celebrating
new year on April
a pledge package and pamphlet call
The event was organized by
The Walk For Dog Guides
place at the Waterloo Park in the
individuals did not accept the
incentive prizes starting at the
Guides, proudly displays
You can bring your pledge sheet and money to the walk or you can mail them. However, if you bring your pledges to the walk, you will
be a learning experience,” said
hundreds of phone
staff did not,
to deal with
questioned on suspicions
of terrorism, the police,
participants refused to con-
firm or deny the allegation.
According to Carter, that was a huge mistake. She said emergency services personnel
deny claims of terrorism. “We’ve heard reports
group of terrorists?” demanded Olaf Heinzel, public relations officer for
Regional staff was given the scenario of a backhoe setting off an
explosion which created a poison-
Waterloo regional police,
playing the part of a journalist.
ous cloud of gas leaving three dead. It was then up to staff to
answer. Overall, the exercise was
determine what actions the region
evaluators will be examining the
successful in testing the plan, and
The catch was
ment. helping them choose book
Earl's co-workers then spoke about
ered at the ceremony on
in the early 1970s. Earl then
K-Ws Walk for Dog
shirts, sweatshirts, vests,
Gregorian calendar was introduced and New Year’s Day was
(LRC) in memory of a beloved member of the LRC staff who died
the library at the
and some were even ridiculed and made the butt of
Fond memories Learning
in the country.
else eventually called these people
happened to all of us at some point. We’ve all been a victim of a stupid April Fool’s joke and it is usually never funny. However, the origin of April Fool's Day doesn’t have anything to do with jokes, it relates back to the changing of a It's
celebrated over eight days, start-
money growing demand
solve the case.
ended on April
participants to raise pledge
family and the Lions Foundation of Canada asks is for
together for a very worthy cause.
People and dogs of
By JASON NOE
Murder will be the theme at Conestoga College's Alumni Association banquet March
you do not
to the walk, although
have to bring a dog to
numbers increased greatly as the walk raised a total of $16,500 and brought 200 people and 250 dogs
(Photo by Jason Smith)
Luc Perrault, co-chairperson and pledge form.
more than a century
something." said Perreault. "So got the
Playing the fool for
Murder on at
"My mother and owed the
the reason the walk
ear and special skills dog guides to
services dog cost approximately $10,000 by the time they’re done
The worthwhile and pet-friendly event highlights the work and con-
— Page 7
improving the daily lives of Canadians with visual, hearing, medical and physical disabilities.
Lions Foundation of Canada and keeping in mind that these special
the date of the
as easy as a walk
the time they had spent with her,
sharing family stories and recipes
her needlew ork
Scholarships possible. Conditions
ends, Easter Weekend and
member of the faculty of the ics program. Anne was the program as
attended the ceremony, along with a
for the graphics
For more info
Waterloo requires people for it’s Pit Crew, and Grounds maintenance Concession Stand starting weekErbsville
summer months. The ends
STUDENT WORK Many
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For a great starting pay
apply at workforstudents.com/can.
— SPOKE, March 29, 2004
rejuvenation with aromatherapy
and fragrances can help
Bv LESLEY LEACH MAN
known to made from
decorates grassy hillsides with
field to heal
gland, releasing endorphins which
wounds. Romans used
oils in their baths to relieve tension
use of essential oils from different healing herbs. Oils
But for Jan Scott, of Kitchener, lavender plant.
and soothe aching muscles. Scott explains that most aromatherapy treatments rely on the
For her it serves as a gentle method, known as
help respiratory conditions.
oil blended with six teaspoons of water into a spray bottle and use it before bed. Also, cold compresses can be applied to the forehead to ease headaches. Blend five drops of essential oil with a cup of water
seemed to work. It was then ing
she turned to aromatherapy.
and soak a cloth
had seen an advertisement for it in a magazine,” explains
Scott. “I thought I’d give
worked well for me.” Aromatherapy is an alternative healing method that uses essential oils and fra-
then are '
are said to have the abil-
throughout history to ease pain and
The ancient Greeks were
instance, ylang ylang to
with tea tree anxiety was with chamomile.
were treated oil and her
She firmly believes that arois a healing method with “It
works with the body, instead she says.
inexpensive compared to some medications. Aromatherapy
can have wonderful done properly.”
this is not true, they
out at each station they
But don’t worry. Mocha hasn’t gone anywhere, he’s just switched
Mocha’s love for radio began at a young age and by the time he reached 14, he knew that he want-
show host but
also music director.
ed to be a DJ.
music and being
over to the evening show.
7 p.m. to midnight, he can be heard, same voice, same enthu-
music director. Once Kiss 92 switched over to Jack FM, Mocha worked on production and produced the morning show. And from here, well The Beat he came. Doesn’t his radio career sound
er Beat DJ. If
listen to 91.5, you’ll
Mocha and Kwame
each other as brothers, although
warns Lundy. you are interested in this alternative healing method, Scott
“And pregnant women should avoid aromatherapy as to
has been affect
“Don’t be afraid to try new “There is something to be said for a method that is things,” she says.
have no doubt won’t be
not only the evening
passionate about, on-air.
now,” he says.
music directorfor The Beat
he’s not on the radio, he watch TV, read magazines, both Maxim and Stuff, oh and of course music ones. He says, “I’m an anything kind of
guy” The one thing he doesn’t do
here he went to Kiss 9.69 in
Calgary, then back to Kiss 92 as
be the biggest and
says they help each other
career at Kiss 92 in Toronto.
matherapy with caution, because some oils can cause rashes. Additionally, she warns that aromatherapy is no substitute for traditional medicines if you are truly ill. “It can help change your emonot cure diseases or ease chronic
people with sen-
tional or physical state, but
“Never ingest an
should also use aro-
Ont., after he finished his two-year
siasm, just a different time.
Lundy adds sitive
You may have heard Mocha weekday mornings on 91.5 The Beat, until recently when AJ took
really close since they’ve followed
Mocha grew up
said for a
be a mild aphrodisiac.
should be used with caution.
However, Lundy warns that aromatherapy is not harmless and
child, her warts
of intruding inside
Aromatherapy is an alternative healing method that uses essential oils and fragrances to help affect the mind and body. These scents can help reduce stress and treat some ailments.
little By KATE
Aromatherapy has been used suffering.
reduce stress and
aroma therapist. She says she grew up with alternative healing method
with vega b
Lundy learned about aromathera-
py from her mother,
as lavender and vanilla
grances to affect the mind and body. different
method add about
eight to 10 drops of essential
calm nerves and
also another treat-
Lundy suggests spraying an
well as her overall
essential oil into the
body aches and
oils directly into
unable to sleep.
matherapy can be applied in several different ways, depending on the
Night after night,
from sleeplessness for many months.
and by burning scented candles at night. However, Shelly Lundy, who has worked as an aroma therapist
Scott had suffered
treated for her restless-
ness through lavender
stimulates the pituitary
tree sap) to the battle-
and carries its gentle scent on the warm summer’s breeze. For centuries, lavender has been used to rejuvenate homes and
clusters of purple
mind and body
has been collecting records
his spare time
says his career has
been a “rocky road” but he he wants to be. “It’s radio, if
you love the
you’re going to love your role at
says he always finds him-
in the future,
10 years from now,
The Beal. “As long as
radio and I’m on-air.
something he doesn’t want to do or think about when he’s at home.
work at.” As for The
listen to the radio.
self critiquing the
ness and are passionate about
have a job I’ll
be happy no
both a music director and evening
Beat. You can hear him
by Kate Vandeven)
host at 91
weekdays from 7 p.m. to midnight. Mocha grew up in Scarborough, Ont., and after he finished his two-year radio-broadcasting course at Seneca College, he began his career at Kiss
By MICHELLE TAYLOR hands gripped the seat and I prayed for a
wondered how warm the air would feel or what a palm tree would look like. ..safe
had seen pictures of islands 1 had never been to a
Cozumel, Mexico: seats
tropical place. Pictures just aren't
driver went look-
was the end of February back was longing for Canada and some sunshine. As the airplane landed, safely of 1
could see the jungle sur-
rounding the airport of Cozumel,
Mexico. The rush of warm stepped off the hit me as 1
mood lifter. mood was about to change. As we entered the airport, the sea
of people to
of us turned out
was setting in. As soon as all the driver
planes arriving at the
The worst of
the guards decided to close
doors. With so
small area, the temperature began
two hours of waiting, and sweating, I was finally on my to rise. After
w'ay to the resort.
to get a taxi.
As we resort,
needed a van. Because we were staying at a five-star resort, shuttles were waiting to take us there. So were a lot stood on the curb waiting
for our turn for a shuttle, drivers
at the lobby, naturally
time in months.
was on vacation
with stucco walls and a straw roof.
was very modern and
complete with a fantastic shower. difficult to find
For about $80 (US) you
you can't the
your mask alive with
in the water,
of hundreds of
was paradise. As the week came It
to an end, my days of relaxation were over. The flight
uation than the flight to Mexico.
thought of the
evening had just as
Employees also served drinks on the beach.
is Mexico’s largest 28 miles long and 10
miles wide. its
started to explore the
few geckos and lizards. There was also a garden for flamingoes and parrots by the main dining room.
easier to nav-
graced the pathways as well as a
From the land how many fish are
igate. Beautiful flowers and plants
take a ferry to the mainland and
The rooms were round huts
Tulum and Xel-
choppy mess. The sun was great though and the pool was huge. I could have stayed on that resort forever. We were there to attend my oldest
from the Caribbean
expecting clear, blue water and white sand, but because of high winds and the coral it was a dark,
to take a
Since we arrived late at night, we set out to find our rooms. They were located by the pool and just a Sea.
The beach was a little when 1 saw it.
with nothing to worry about.
morning it was difficult to choose what to eat. There was bacon,
of our family and friends greet-
help but feel relaxed for the
everything started to get bet-
The place was
groups of people into vans. Once they saw our group of five, it was a mad dash to get us into a van that
were also everywhere serving any drink of your choice. There was a bar in the pool, at the main lobby and
pulled up to the Iberostar
around the resort
of other people.
I got used through the tube and
us what had taken so long, n't
few panicked minutes to breathing
This was not a good
Because of an unexpected snowstorm, we sat on the runway for more than an hour. This caused our plane and several others to be
coral reefs, so
(Photos by Michelle Taylor)
A man (top) waits to take tourists for a horse-and-buggy woman weaves a blanket in the markets of San Miguel.
We rented a jeep for a day and drove around the entire island. It doesn’t take long to drive around it and you can’t get lost. There is one main road which runs along the coast and leads you straight to San
then a bus to Tulum. Tulum is the sight of one of the world’s largest
home: dark, cold and
As my mood turned
to a sour
lagoon of Xel-ha with dolphins
reminded myself of one thing: I would be back. No doubt about it, Mexico
would see me
through Tulum, in
Miguel. To rent a jeep costs about $60 (US), so you will want to plan your
did find a beautiful
water and white sand. It was unbelievable. We a few hours there and then made our way into San Miguel. San Miguel is a shop-
per’s heaven. city
friendly and fascinating.
San Miguel, we our
Cozumel Country Club. My brother-in-law was hoping to be able to play a round of golf there, but when he found out it was going to cost him $150 (US) to play on the Jack (Photo by Michelle Taylor)
inside of the Iberostar
rooms was a
modern while the
Nicklaus-designed changed his mind.
crystal blue waters of the
Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico surround the island of
can take hours to tour just the markets. I found the locals to be very where.
6 p.m. food was
the city and onto a
at the resort.
the city of
took us out of
by the pool food
meals a day
had just gotten off a cramped plane and now had to get into a cramped van. Claustrophobia increased.
aged to get a photofew graphs of some rocks and a church. If you want to see
He found a lot more people. As seven more people squeezed their way into the
be the lineup to go through
go on the
sights of the sea.
told to get into the
— Page 9
Tulum and Xel-ha,
didn't get a chance to
the site of
— SPOKE, March 29, 2004
Time By JEFF
change our eating habits
Unless you haven’t noticed the posters covering the entrances to
to wait in
forever for something that’s
she’s a dance instructor and
This annual campaign, which
in the early ’80s, is
the Dietitians of Canada.
This of course raises the question,
dent, thinks col-
have poor eating while
a yogurt and a piece of
“It’s easier for
my make food and
bring food here
Costello adds that unhealthy eat-
6 o’clock every
around the college there’s not many
own eating habits way to tell.
are there’s a
Canadian Food Guide
Nadine Devin. if
you’re eating accord-
Devin does understand for
Only 61 per cent of
covered by the student health plan are
advantage of the
College’s prescription drug compa-
health plan at a board of directors’
meeting on March
by Claim Secure by
Making or dental
health plan for full-time students starting in
September, January or
prevent the spread
time will have to be paid for in
CSI with a claim form.
Those who don’t need or want
been given information on
know how to use it, use it or how much get
said Miller. “I paid
and reduce the
the risk, but
of spreading the
Cell changes caused by
detected through a gynae-
papilloma virus can cause
warts that can be spread
by a con-
for both dental
enrolment. Similar dates will apply
school’s health plan
from sexual contact
the only 100
the safest bet even though
report said out of the
can lead to cancer of the
some women and can
result in death,”
decrease the possibility of contracting the virus. If
you’re concerned you have
HPV or would
more information, contact a
family physician, nurse or gynaecologist.
drugs claimed by students 12, are
Dusick said “That’s plan
tive,” said If
why we have
covers oral contracep-
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contracted a form of
cancer every year.
diagnosed with cervical
and pick up a pamphlet. Claim
for next year.
America alone, there are 10,000
dad’s plan won’t cover
online. Submitting this
“The plan covers
Opt-out forms are
and Feb. 27, 2004 for February
changes of the cervix, a dangerous
photocopy of your health card.
aren’t fully protected against.
papilloma virus, or HPV,
pleased with the school’s health
from your insurer or a
Early childhood education stu-
students starting in September, Jan.
you are covered by a pre-estab-
opting out was Sept. 26, 2003 for
warts and abnormal cell
sexually active, using a
a cure for HPV, but
genital warts if untreated.
health plan, but ,
refund. However, the deadline for
transmitted diseases (STD).
apply for reimbursement by saving
guarantee students a health plan
there are treatments available for
HPV. For people who choose
condoms - even when used properly - don’t prevent all sexually
per cent effective
she’d like to use
areas of the skin are susceptible to
ting a letter
through sexual contact. Unprotected
February students paid $142.39.
Recent studies are finding
includes dental and optical needs.
lished health plan either
The majority of student claims
by the student. The student can
January students paid $151.79 and
n e s s
can go unnoticed
sometimes be missed.
report also said few students
not active until October and any
the event as well as quizzes
Waterloo Regional Health nurse
order to opt out you must prove
paid for the $185.68 health plan fee.
work can be done using
health coverage needed before that
for her oral contraceptives.
genital areas not covered
plan and uses
There you can
other things, answers
dental to eyeware to accidental and
an “opt out” form for a refund. In
everything from prescriptions to
the school’s health plan can submit in
a claim for prescriptions
used by students. offers a full
to the dentist in years
your student card. The student card
stated that 61 per
money than what CSI lot
spreading the virus through sexual
said Miller. “I haven’t
cent of the health plan
health plan that
through the school.”
Dusick discussed with directors a report submitted
or candy,” says Devin.
nancy, but sometimes even a con-
coverage for a
Canadian food guide, versus chips
and can help protect against preg-
“I'm not currently on an oral con-
cussed the usage of the student
that's in line
school’s health plan.
Fleming, 22, opted out of the
Rodding says that often there are no symptoms of HPV. This increases the chances of unknowingly
not enough infor-
mation readily available on
of sexually transmitted diseases Miller said she doesn’t
Or if you're
busy to stop, bring a healthy snack
healthy eating, background informa-
lege students following the guide
12 of Top 25 claims are oral contraceptives
website can be found at www.dieti-
ing to the guide then you’ll ensure
Devin also suggests trying
Eating according to public health nutritionist
fruit to bal-
out,” she says.
a small muffin,
ent options at school such as a salad,
over half of Conestoga students spread By DESIREE FINHERT
a sandwich or pasta.
you’re wondering how healthy
being used by
All you have to do
design and analysis student
instead of spending $8 on a burger.”
habits like eating at
First-year mechanical engineer-
meals and regular eating
could do with a
food usually from home.”
“Instead of just a muffin and a
All he eats
architecture student, describes his
eating habits as
into each meal.
Pizza or grease.”
or three of the four food groups
“Harvey’s has killed me.”
gests trying to
eat healthier at
ing habits like?
Rich Beamish, a second-year
don't really buy food here,” says
gained quite a
probably not feasible, so she sug-
maintain healthy eating habits.
the importance of
healthy eating during school hours.
what are Conestoga’s students
the things the
Maria Dahor, a second-year marketing
Second-year accounting student
the cafeteria, or the giant banner
hanging inside, March
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— Page 11
Not just one way to do your taxes By JAMES
the old saying goes, there are
Unfortunately, the time has to
The deadline lax
Kitchener, said his
30 and Jim
This, he said,
Even though the cost of getting your taxes completed by a professional is going
computer,” said Groff.
The QuiekTax website claims product
themselves,” said Yantz.
me,” said Anderson.
public do their
income tax done by
Schwass tant thing
running them,” said Schwass. said the most impor-
taxes are filled out correctly no
they are only as good as the student
said to the
tages to computer programs.
off onto their
know all of the deductions they can make and will not get as much money back. He also said there are disadvan-
dents or their parents
parents who, in
Nick Groff, a
because she had mutual funds.
She said she wants
the country’s best selling
able to help the
one of these students.
popular amongst cus-
had to go through
year general business student,
Morris, a sales associate
Radio Shack Waterloo,
what they are doing they should do
Heather Yantz, a first-year gen-
eral business student, said in the
because of a pro-
motion the company
seen a dramatic increase in the
does his taxes.
failed attempt at filling out the
Schwass, a tax repairer
plete the task.
only two things that are certain in life
matter what method you choose to
QUICK TAX FACTS Your return should include: I AT4 slip, which shows tuition and education costs
which shows scholarship income I T5 slip which shows any income from investments, such as RRSPs or I
You can claim moving
the cost of movers, van rentals, lodging and food costs during the move
You can also carry over unused amounts
the next year
(Photo by Jason Noe)
Workin’ the beat A Waterloo Doon
regional police officer directs traffic after an accident at the intersection of Homer Watson Boulevard and on March 19. The damaged vehicle was removed on a flat-bed truck. Nobody was injured in the acci-
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— SPOKE, March 29, 2004
Giving kittens a second chance By TIM
Connie Stevens looks
“Often kittens are orphaned so
young they cannot feed or defecate on their own, so you have to force feed them then clean them up and stimulate them to help them urinate
For the past three years she has oeen fostering, the furry felines from her local animal shelter in Saco, Maine, so that she can nurse them back to health for a family to
and defecate. “This can be very time consuming, and once I had a set of six twoweek-old kittens, that were getting hungry by the time I had finished with the last kitten, so it seemed never ending,” she said. “But watching them grow was incredibly rewarding. Watching them take
She also writes a daily account of her activities in her online at
www.webwmn.corn/kittyblog. “I started the web log because
used to overwhelm
was on with kitten stories,” she said. “Everyone seemed interested, but I thought it more appropriate to start a place where people could
instead of forcing
their first step, the first
Stevens said that without foster
many kittens would have to be euthanized as soon as they were given to the shelter, as many would care,
and sometimes not so cute, stories on people.” She said she first heard of the
time to take care of the sick ani-
idea of fostering kittens eight years
ago while reading a magazine. “I went to the local shelter that
for all the
was volunteering with and asked
they did that, and was
ed again to animal “I
volunteering at the
found out they were fostering
right in with both feet.
a set of kittens that night,” she said.
She took home an older pair of were in good health,
were needed. care of.
no way they can care young kittens and pup-
belong to care. “I
fun they were.
while in Stevens
matter what foul
they can’t help but
and big enough, they are returned to the animal shelter for spaying or
adopted the same day. “It is so good for the soul when you see them all grown up and happy and content.” She said most people foster kit-
laugh,” she said. the kittens
neutering, then put up for adoption.
some type of
and are screened
sure they are suitable caretakers. “I
have two rooms where
COUNSELLOR’S CORNER: Finances
and was unemployed, so I could devote a lot of time. I had 17 fosters in my house at one time, not to mention my own five cats,” she said. She said for the most part kitfoster,
tens are easy to take care of, as
good health and well Common problems
also heart breaking.
“There are times that kittens can I had one kitten die
from pneumonia,” she
“All foster parents can do
health for families to adopt.
come from the Animal Welfare Society (AWS) and continue to
not be saved. in
Connie Stevens holds one of her foster kittens she raises in her home in Saco, Maine. For the past three years she has been fostering kittens from her animal shelter where she nurses them back to
adding “Fostering is
employment meant she up her volunteer work, so the idea was put on hold. She was laid off from her job three years ago in May, and decid-
ment, and the staff do not have the
told no,” she said.
grieve for the ones they have
She said young and sick kittens become very people oriented once they have healed because of the close contact with their caretaker. “I have often been told that I ‘make’ good kittens. Healthy,
vibrant, energetic, cuddly, outgo-
I’m bringing joy
with the kittens can include upper
respiratory infection, internal para-
into other people’s lives, because of
Are financial pressures creating stress for you? Is it difficult to concentrate on studying because you’re not sure if you can pay the rent or buy groceries this month? There are a number of things you can do to help ease your financial
my own cats bring
your financial situation has changed, check with the Financial Aid office to see if you can have your OSAP entitlement reassessed. They also have information on bursaries. The Conestoga College bursary is available to all students. There may be some other bursaries and scholarships available for students in specific programs. Scholarships and awards available for students in each program are listed in the Student Procedures Guide you received at the beginning of the If
Another way to relieve the pressure is through employment. Ask at the college’s Student Employment Office (Room 2B04) for help finding part-time work during the school year or contract work for the summer. Opportunities for employment may also be available at the college through the work/study program, including working as a peer tutor. Service clubs and churches also provide support. If
more immediate needs, Student Services can provide a limited grocery vouchers and provide access to the College/CSI-sponsored
College Tour Guide!
you would like to discuss any of these options or other ideas, please ask speak with a counsellor in Student Services. If
from Student Services
Please send your
to the Registrar’s Office located in the
Student Client Services Building.
(519)748-5220 ext 3727.
Week of March 28
September 23 October 22
the place to
be mighty tough
down, put your
up and breathe! Give yourself
wants while you
your brain do
Things around you will slow
By JAMES CLARK
include samples of poetry a woman wrote during adolescence, a man’s
You arc in for a big surprise if you think the show The Simpsons, which is on after school, is the
account of growing up in a trailer park in Alberta and the story of a
down to a crawl, but try not to get moody about it. If you can delay
coolest thing about the
your plans or just adapt
arguably the coolest thing about
The publicly funded broadcaster, known as being smug, is making a valiant effort to project
image in order to entice Canadian youth to its network. a cool
This effort led to the creation of website www.cbcradio3.ca,
CBC, nearly four years ago. It may take a few minutes for the
site to load, but
worth the wait.
The website is pleasing Today
because other people will be equal
confused and confusing. Try keep it simple and just ride it
more than a day or
Taurus April 20
try to really talk
good day, but don't let that bring you down. You’re just capable of a
your true colours show!
browser’s eyes and ears.
The main page of the
from the edge of a picture taken by
don't freak out too badly if you do. Learn
songs on the
The music seems even
picture has ranged
while you are reading the articles
men’s urinal to
browsing through pictures taken by Canadian photographers. The images are of everyday things, but seem surreal in the context they
or a fish
pictures reflect the con-
of the website.
do ah exceptional job life
By JAMES CLARK
from those mistakes.
The temperatures may
will be full
Try to put off any important
messages or meetings week. Right
be uber receptive to
Do what you
isn’t the best
the site usually offers short videos
lead-hand, said his crew was out
help your friends see the beauty
your personal creative energy.
that’s right in front
January 20 February 18
spring cleanup at
Conestoga College. The groundskeeping crew at Conestoga are hoping to get the majority of the cleanup completed by the long weekend in May. Barry Milner, head of physical
good energy, but it
to use. Just trust
tasks that require focus.
at least as far as people's
feelings go. Try not to get upset
with friends their
These sites www.120seconds.com; showcasing short
on the include
www.justconcerts.com; a site that will provide you with your fix for live
recordings of concerts and stu-
da.com; the source for the music
on radio3, and www.rootsmusic.com; a site dedicated to Canadian folk and altfeatured
radio 3 website
the jewel out of
hard to put into
words how incredible
music make er than
and infectious Canadian
started to melt.
have literally collected yards and yards of garbage,” said Schlei. After the bigger pieces of debris are picked up the grass will be
you don’t prepare properly you aren’t going to have any turf in the fall,” said “If
in the spring
Milner said some rows of the
“The appearance of
raked and small piles of rubble will
be swept away by a company hired
said the spring cleanup takes
approximately 350 complete. is
very important,” said Milner.
“The grounds are the first thing people see when they come to the college.”
Milner said there are also other things being taken into account
held at the end of March, require a
when crews start doing cleanups and maintenance work around the school. He said the grounds have to be prepared not only for use by
motorcycle training course
some parking lots.” Once all the snow melts and f he
not as soft, workers will
sure the turf grows properly.
Another area icant attention
that requires signifis
the sports fields.
permits the grounds crew will use fertilizers,
top dressings, and seed-
important to take
care of the fields in the spring even
though they are primarily used
Peter Schlei, the groundskeeping
at the college but also to
meet bylaws. “Obviously Conestoga wants to be a good neighbour,” said Milner.
ing on bad areas.
concentrate on cleaning the grass areas around parking lots to
be working at and Guelph campuses. The campuses in Stratford and Cambridge have leases that will also
include spring cleaning.
f\ Today swampy,
your responsibilities, but drop the details you can afford to forget they're not going anywhere.
will wander, so stay
here and now.
your intuition and explore the
worry. Links to
blocked off for sweepers to drive
“They can’t take their bikes out and ride around on the sand and the salt because they are new riders,” said Milner. “So, for due diligence purposes we do some early sweep-
Don't get so obsessed with the future that
be hard to put
resources at the college, says the
an important time to
time to be serious. Try to focus on
similar entertainment you need not
you are looking
demonstrating the site’s ability reach every Canadian.
of an average
working on these areas as soon as
entitled Tales of an
Spring cleaning at Conestoga
on track once you do. Be
People can on.
made by, onee again, Canadians. The videos range from tributes to kung-fu movies to a one-man play
hard to get started,
careful about losing things, but
the background. In past issues the
of reflecting the
might be even harder to
smarter than they
experimental to hip hop, all of which will get your toes tapping and wondering why they to
as the cover, has a large picture as
November 22 December 21
The songs are selected from a number of different genres, from
to both the
Canadian under the age of 25. Past articles on the website
ones you really need.
been going on be a
Friends will be there for you least the
Enjoy the positive, creative energy flowing around you. It might feel like you're the only one having
^ mM' and
16-year-old paintball champion.
While you are reading the interesting accounts of fellow Canadians you have the opportunity to listen to music by Canadian artists. It’s doubtful you will recognize many songs, if any at all, that are played on the site, but this doesn’t mean the music isn’t
— Page 13
schedule, you'll do fine. Just don’t
CBC on the WWW
going around. Keep a smile on!
Where's the bling bling? Turns out you don't have quite as
cash as you thought you did.
to freak out (tempting as
a big difference!
August 23 September 22
Diana O’Neill Everything changes. The people
you can always count on sliding along at their
and the details you thought you had down will start rearranging.
year journalism student
who dabbles with astrology and likes to read tarot cards just for kicks.
Barry Gurski, of physical resources, greases up a John Deere 935. The machine can be used for cleaning up
cutting grass in the
â€” SPOKE, March 29, 2004
At the end of the nomination period for
there were only eight Director nomination forms
and the Primary them
Electoral Officer has acclaimed
to their positions
Your Conestoga Students
on the CSI Board.
Board of Directors
Jason Blamire Dariusz Czajkowski
These directors of CSI,
will join Justin
on the board
representation student advocacy
— Page 15
Drug testing a necessity Steroids have no place in base-
70, set by
any level. That’s the sentiment many baseball fans are now
Selig has said he’s
in favour of stricter drug testing and immediate penalties to those
Unfortunately, players are only
being tested twice a year, within
league level will have to be
by the player’s association, which agreed to their current collective
agreement the league held only anonymous drug tests that
passed on the
and impose immediate suspensions
a player fails a
hopefully begin to be resolved not
which begins March 30. It’s
the legitimacy of players
penalties for this season, so that
anyone caught using drugs
we’ve of the
year suspensions won’t be handed out until a player has failed five
Giants, hit 73
gle season, breaking the record of
runs in a sin-
a popular activity with visitors. Amateurs and professionals alike
Sportsworld to see what
a fun place to spend a
frosty winter day.
go to Sportsworld year-round,” says Jeremy Wilson, 21. "Summer’s good there because there’s the water park and go karts, but there’s a lot to do in the winter, too.” Sportsworld is home to the “I
region’s largest indoor golf driving
for rock climbing vary
catches the eyes of
motorists passing by on the 401. Visitors can bring, their
more than 50 per cent of play-
half-hour driving range expe-
a heater as
they drive their golf balls onto the turf.
Wilson says the driving range is a go if you need to
great place to relieve “It’s
very therapeutic,” he says.
Sportsworld’s indoor rock climb-
York Mets pitcher
Steroids affect your heart.
Steroid abuse can lead to cardio-
vascular disease, including heart
stating in a
attacks and stroke.
abuse can affect both
baldness, cysts, acne and
The player’s association has to wake up and do what’s right for the game of baseball. They say oppose random testing they invades
Well, fans don’t care about play-
also an increase risk
of contracting infection. Sharing needles or using dirty needles puts
and fans are the ones
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strong your study
complete homework assignments on time?
frequently catch yourself thinking about something totally
One token at the indoor batting cages costs about $3, and is good for 25 swings. There are six batting cages available and guests can
unrelated to what you are reading?
choose between hardball or softball, and can also select the speed of the pitch based on their batting
of time that you spend studying?
be prepared to spend a
games award it
like a televi-
30 bucks at the arcade one time and got a cheap foam football,” Wilson says. “The arcade "I spent
takes thousands of tickets to
win a decent prize
on located is Sportsworld Sportsworld Drive just off the 401, on the Highway 8 exit. It’s open daily until 10 p.m.
you do not
Do you depend mainly on
your test paper without carefully
checking for errors?
often spend too much time on the thus having to rush through the last half?
often lose interest
half of the test,
your studies during the
days or weeks of the term? often spend the class period doodling or daydreaming instead of listening to the instructor?
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Arcade lovers can explore the
mood. The abuser may become angry and hostile for no reason. alter a person’s
what so many of us dreamed of doing when we were young?
male’s or female’s appear-
aren’t taking steroids, they
All three have denied
or rent them.
fans are seeing players using their
on rental equipment needed, but a basic unlimited climbing pass
range, enclosed in the large white
to participate in
sion of trained instructors. Prices
are activities operating year-round it
climbing, under the close supervi-
one of Kitchener’s main attractions in the summer, but there
soon begin flocking
drugs such as steroids,
Play year-round at Sportsworld By KRISTEN
ers use steroids.
with stiffer penalties.
ance. These include male pat-
Glavine said for those
major league year-round
Today’s baseball is dominated by the hitter, not that there’s anything wrong with that, as long as
It doesn’t help that former major leaguers Jose Canseco and Ken Camaniti have both said pub-
2001, Barry Bonds, an outfielder for the San Francisco In
ping drug use
which build your muscle
sad for baseball fans, but
time the players association proves they’re dedicated to stop-
of steroid use.
Today’s prominent hitters such as Barry Bonds, the New York Jp Yankees’ Gary C" Sheffield and Jason Giambi
paying the players’
Babe Ruth. /r jSF' Fans are begin- JJ JBJF ning to believe Jr
they’ve been cheated as well?
legends Roger Maris and
That caused the league to stiffen
automatically penalized. Yet one-
hoping to adopt a model similar to what’s used in the National Football League. They have year-round random testing Selig
are true, shouldn’t they
look at these three
players, they sure look physically
too long into the regular season,
Five to seven per cent of those tests
on an unfair play-
Well for fans,
This whole situation has over-
bargaining agreement in 2002.
feel like they’re
no new policies have been put in place, and it's simple to see why. The final decision to implement stricter drug testing at the major Yet,
on the all-time run list, and all three accomplished this in only the past five seasons. Chicago Cubs’ slugger Sammy Sosa is the
Commissioner of Major League
only three players
up the top
â€” SPOKE, March 29, 2004