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on campus

College plans to offer

and software engineering programs. News 3

Find nice holiday gifts for friends

and

Boys

family at even

of Degrassi Snake and Joey from the hit TV show gab with the students at Conestoga. News 12

nicer prices at the college’s bookstore.

Feature

Monday, December

6,

new warehousing

1

2004

Conestoga College, Kitchener

36th Year

— No. 27

CSI president plans not to run for re-election By

RYAN CONNELL

president

who arc Conestoga Students Inc.’s (CSI) won’t be running for

ident’s position. All eligible candi-

president next year.

year term of full-time employment

in

2005

after

and have received a passing grade the previous semester.

dent.

$36,300.

dent activities.

hours per

It

is

time for Ontario’s post-sec-

ondary education system

to

be

Recommendations on how make education more effective

activities or the past-vice-president

of academics will fill the role. According to CSI’s governance

receives the same benefits that are currently offered to full-time, per-

past-president posicurrently filled by Jon Olinski, “has no influence on

manent employees of CSI, which includes dental, prescription, and RRSPs. The CSI also pays for the

board decisions but they will be expected on occasion to speak to the past history of the other boards,

president’s parking pass and a cell-

the

Bill Davis, a

makes

that

it

closing them?” she asked.

out

to create

education system. the biggest problems in is

universities

the

way

colleges and

funded,

are

Wilfrid Laurier University

Bob

said

(WLU)

economist

for

the

and

TD

Group, asked, “What would be the distinction between college and university?” Richard Walsh-Bowers, a WLU professor, said he is concerned for all students because of the low

Financial

funding.

“Students are less attentive

have

class because they

one,

if

to

in

work

not several part-time jobs to

pay bills - not just tuition.” he said. Increased classroom sizes has also caused problems.

government

quality.”

types of institutes.

tions to the federal government,” he

Carter,

a

member

of

already been

made

have

to freeze or cut

“No doubt said "I don’t

we’ll

know

make sugges-

if they'll

agree."

ties.

Elliston

she agreed with

replied

The review

is

holding a

total

of 17

make

choices.

said, “I think there’s

improvements

made without

taking

that

can be

away from

Second-year police foundations Conestoga, Nelofcr at

student

Ahmed,

19, said

she never saw her-

had

to

"We said,

(Photo by Melissa Hancock)

are forced to choose,” she

Rae review panel members, from left, Leslie Church, Don Drummond, Bill Davis and Inez Elliston listen to post-secondary education concerns from public members at the town hall meet-

“between

ing at

self being in the course she

tuition costs.

Inez

the minister

of training, colleges and universi-

concerned that he doesn’t have enough time to spend with individual students because of the number of students in one class. Doubling the number of professors would help the problem, he said. “In 1970, class sizes were 12 people,” he said, “and now their

Drummond

said suggestions

doors, or

discussions that are expected to be completed by early December.

that students in Scotland are not

Drummond

premier of Ontario and

to

a lot of

fees.

to the

that students are forced too early

Walsh-Bowers received applause from the crowd when he mentioned charged any tuition

2005

University of Waterloo, said he's

he said.

gated to help.

report to be delivered in January

public meetings and 20 roundtable

obli-

government should be

recommendations for a better system and draft a

education

Ahmed

education students are receiving,

the responsibility of

we opening more

member

lic’s

the advisory panel

Frank Reynolds, chair of the political relations committee at the

to ensure

the Ontario

it

“Are

Bob Rae and

Mary Anne Chambers

14, she said.

Panel

effective funding, he said, but the

is

choose a career path when only

tance will be given.

120 people.”" The Ontario government needs to focus on assuring the quality of

Not only

federal

Rosehart.

vice-president

"I’m a fanatic about funding formulas.” he said, "and the objective (of the advisory panel) should be a fairer funding formula." Rosehart said colleges and universities run two different funding formulas which makes for setbacks when the government tries to focus on co-operation between the two

Len

1

schools and perhaps more assis-

a better structured post-secondary

system

are expected to consider the pub-

Bank

However, Bob Rae, also a former premier of Ontario and leader of the panel, was not in attendance.

on how

problem lies. Students can learn to drive at 6, vote when they are 18 and drink alcohol when they’re 19, but have

the

chief

member Don Drummond,

Panel

senior

would not be

to find a better balance

education system,” she said.

in the

to

resources

student

next year.

Streaming students is putting up barriers she said, and that is where

Davis said when he served as premier and education minister he opened several federally-funded

panel were at the meeting.

came

but free tuition

academic barrier because certain

plan.

Falconer refused to comment about why he won't be returning

"We need

streams.”

affordable.

former pre-

than 200 people

would become an

phone

k

some change

able to offer a whole lot more.”

mier of Ontario (1971-1985). Four members from the review

president

it

ing a negative effect on students,

and the vice-

degrees,” he said, “but should be

have to be enhanced,” said panel

One of

province,

directors

for

education will

“Post-secondary'

the

in the

is

to

were heard during the post-secondary review on Nov. 25 at Conestoga College.

to voice opinions

which

harder for students to excel. "Conestoga offers some applied

students

More

tem

much

improved.

member

because Ontario's college system is the lowest funded educational sys-

said

40

week

being worked during the CSI Falconer office hours, according to the board remuneration policy. The president

in for

member Leslie Church

work

of these hours

not operational issues.”

she agrees classroom sizes are hav-

or

he chooses to decline. If he chooses to not be the past-president, the student of past-vice-president

The seven

Panel

to

He

required

with a majority

to Highway 401.

Conestoga’s board of governors, said

is

Falconer will assume the role of

tion,

HANCOCK

she

past-president on the board unless

policies,

By MELISSA

paid a salary of

two years prior to becoming presiHe was previously a director and then the vice-president of student.

Post-secondary education

currently

is

Falconer worked with CSI for

The president

serving his second year as presi-

Barry Gurski (left) and Cory Mather of the physical resources department blow the leaves behind the registrar’s office. The leaves were piled up and moved to a compost pile by parking lot 13, close

members

dates must be able to serve a one-

to seek re-election

away

only

president

Justin Falconer has decided not

Getting blown

the

are

eligible to run for the pres-

make

the decision in

five

is.

but

Grade

9.

different

Conestoga College on Nov. 25.


.

Page 2

— SPOKE, December

6,

News

2004

Now deep thoughts Conestoga College

...with Random

questions answered by

What

the worst Christmas

is

gift

random students

you ever received?

“A phone cord from

my

grandma. It was wrapped up but I’m sure she just found

it

somewhere

in

her house.”

Jason

Giles,

information technology

support services

“My

mom

got

me some

pig backpack. Piglet,

It

(Photo by Benjamin Richmond)

wasn’t

Andrew D’Alfonso, a second-year student in the woodworking technician program, cuts a piece of wood on a table saw similar to the one woodworking professor Martin Grinwis was using when he

was just some pig.” it

accidentally cut off parts of his fingers on Nov.

1 1

Ashley Parisien,

Woodworking professor

ECE

cuts off parts of fingers “Pink

floral

grandma

By BENJAMIN

RICHMOND

on the severity of the injury. Grinwis, for example, was taken to

pyjamas. They were This year’s

the ugliest things I’ve

Remembrance Day

one day Martin Grinwis soon forget.

ever seen.”

Jody Bye,

is

will not

working technology and technician

me

deer whistle after

when

the accident happened.

be

hit

health and safety act, the- police

to

a deer.”

“I

heard a scream and ran

Kyle Mallett,

over to help

phone the Ministry of Labour

respond

Jon Kohl,

Jon Kohl, a second-year student

“A flower drying Michelle

kit.”

W'heater

oft,

accounting

only

cut,

his

fingers.

accident

critical

was serious

injury,

the

enough

to report to the Ministry of

in the

woodwork-

ing centre have decreased over the

10 years, the

woodworking and

machinery programs tend to have the most accidents within the college. "The shops are the places where the most (accidents) occur.”

When

“A

not just the

initials.

It

was

blue and purple.”

Aakash Vaswani, information technology

support services

college,

there

is

an accident*

at the

such as Grinwis’s, the

health services office

is

contacted

so they can immediately respond to the injury.

There are doctors and

nurses in the health services office several days a week. If

no one

is in

the office at the time of the acci-

dent, is

all

Conestoga's security staff

trained in

first aid.

After security arrives to the scene

of the accident, the injured person

Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!

is

taken to either the health servic-

es office or the hospital, depending

to prevent

you can

it.”

Following an accident, Radigan a

files

Workplace

which

is

and

Safety

(WSIB)

Insurance Board

claim,

used to report the injury to

Radigan then remains

recuperation.

in

came

Some

information

Radigan collects when talking

to

when he

or

the injured person

she

is

is

planning to return and

she

or

representative from the min-

dent.

last

monogrammed lunch bag with my full name,

A

the accident. “1 heard a

although injuries

do

an ongoing basis to track their

istry

scream and ran over to help out," Kohl said. Kim Radigan. health and safety officer at Conestoga College, said

“Unfortunately, sometimes there just really isn't anything

whole hand

woodworking technician program, was in the shop during the

although they recognize not

accidents can be prevented.

contact with the injured person on

Labour. in

all

the board.

Despite not qualifying as a

woodworking student

helps the

Grinwis’s injury did not qualify

wasn't

accounting

to the accident.

as critical because his

out.”

arrived.

is considered to under the occupational

critical

Radigan

staff.

investigation

ring,

report. If the injury

will I

police

and support

the

the

Radigan then came to the woodworking shop to fill out an accident

until

said

committee determine how to prevent similar accidents from occur-

saw on Nov. 11. Grinwis was in the woodworking centre, where he was making parts for computer lab desks on his own

undisturbed

faculty

the

scene of the accident was safe and

time,

a

Once Grinwis was en route to hospital, security made sure

programs, cut parts of his lingers off his left hand while working on a table

“My parents got

injury

attention.

Grinwis. a professor in the wood-

ECE

because his hand needed immediate medical

hospital

the

the Doon health and safety committee meetings, which consists of

will

if he have any physical

restrictions.

to the college to take

part in an investigation of the acci-

Other participants in this included Radigan, her supervisor Rob Brown and a certified member of the health and services committee. investigation

“We

(participants in the investi-

gation) try to determine, basically,

what caused

the accident and sec

if

we can do to prefrom happening again,”

there’s anything

vent

it

Radigan

“We

(participants

in

the

investigation) try to deter-

mine, basically, what caused the accident and see if there’s anything we can do to prevent from happening again.” Kim Radigan, it

said.

One way accident

to

Conestoga

prevent a similar

from occurring

is

dis-

and

health

's

safety’ officer

.

cussing the information gathered

from

the investigation with the pro-

gram's faculty. The faculty is in charge of promoting accident prevention

them

students

by teaching

the proper safety procedures

to follow ery.

to

when

operating machin-

Students must attend the safe-

of their program before

Radigan has kept

in contact with

Grinwis. and said he

medical care and will return to

work.

when he comes appropriate

work

is still

“I’ll

back, to

doing too much.” Grinwis, his doctor

ment.

WSIB

The accident

is

also discussed at

sor

is

will decide

make he's

do and

they are allowed to use the equip-

ty sections

under

unsure when he

is

when

sure,

got

he’s not

and

the

the profes-

able to return to work.


News

SPOKE, December

2004

6,

— Page 3

Student forum has its ups and downs HOWDEN

By JENNIFER

her phone number. Bird declined.

Other questions asked included

On

Dec. 1, Conestoga Students (CSI) held an open forum in the Sanctuary to give students the

why

Inc.

chance

voice

to

concerns about topics such as board remu-

CSI

fee,

and the roles of CSI

activities

computer

of these issues involve CSI but the directors addressed them as best

should bring them up meeting.

they could.

One

About 100 students showed up,, however, only a few of them were* Directors Matt Jackson, Jessica

Wismer,

Leanne Bird, Jason Blamirc and Dariusz Czajkowski sat on stage and invited students to

CSI and

told

the directors

tions student.

know how any of

don’t

"I

other students feel but

speak up. The remaining two directors Amit Rajput and Nclofer

paid,"

Ahmed and

director honorarium.

right

it’s

Scott

Blamirc- suggested students

Genno and

with

concerns at

a board

“Those of you who think we

student praised

what a great job he thought they were doing. Then the microphone was passed to Charlene Genno, a public relaall

actually there for the forum.

"As a student in this corporation 1 don’t want you guys paid,” she said. other

directors.

vice-president

open

labs aren't

when computers will be fixed and why certain music isn’t played on the college’s radio station. None late,

their

neration, the student priority

the

she could gel the honorarium decision reversed.

the

don’t feel

1

for the directors to get

she said

referring

to

the

shouldn

get paid need to come out and be heard,” lie said. Being a director last year, Genno said she

an

t

knows how hard

issue

it

“I

know what

to get

is

be discussed board meetings. to

at

the

takes to get

it on something at a board of directors meeting unless one of you support me and say, ‘She wants to be heard.’ How am supposed to be heard if you guys are the ones making the decision

the agenda.

I

it

can’t say

1

Ingram-Cotton

were

absent because of classes. President Justin Falconer was absent due to illness.

At the CSI annual general meeting on Oct. 27, a 53-1 vote was cast to give the directors a

$250

month

question.

set

lose

ting

about yourselves being paid? How is that fair?” she said. “Well, if there is something you

from their part-time jobs while they spend time in the CSI office.

want us to bring up at the board meetings let us know,” said

At

not one student asked a

first,

The directors were left siton stage looking uncomfortable. Finally, a student asked how she

could get involved with CSI. It was obvious students weren’t taking the

wages

the

“Why do you

position

Between would yell

idea because

a joke” and

us

“tell

students

“dance for us.” One male student even asked director Leanne Bird for

the

directors

think you should

get paid?” asked Genno,

forum seriously when a chorus of “who cares” and “no one wants to anyway" followed the question. questions

a

honorarium. The money was to off-

member

board

“We

was

who was

year

last

when

a

the

volunteer.

decided

would be a good

it

we would be

able to

be there for (the students) more often," said Bird.

Genno questioned whether

or not

Blamire. “As far as voting goes

always

come

encourage

everyone

’80s

and ’90s throwback party held

dance team made

to

our annual general meeting every year. Is that the answer

you're looking for?”

“As much as you can give me,” Genno. The next board meeting is on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 3E33.

RYAN CONNELL

edge

By ALEXANDRA MASTRONARDI

“We thought it would be a idea and a fun thing to do.”

party could get students out to the Sanctuary for the ’80s and ’90s

Much Music supplied everything for the party including DJs, big TV screens, lighting effects

throwback event held on Nov. 25. The party, put on by Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI), had a disappointing turnout, attracting about

25

including

students

said.

especially geared

time program that will be offered

attend had a blast.

Weickert

from

approval

the

arc awaiting

“The

Ministry

towards individuals

of

two

level

is

who

are aspir-

the

first

engineering

program

technology

is

now

awaiting

Ministry

the

of

Training, Colleges and Universities,

which

will take

approximately four

al

requirement planning, transporta-

tion

elective

courses

are

also

offered including Excel, organizational behaviour, or

project

fundamentals of

management.

More

100 students have

than

to six weeks.

already completed courses in the

The warehousing level two program is an extension of the level one program that is already offered

level

through the continuing education

ing needs identified by a group of

evening classes

companies located

in

the

school

of

The

program is provide knowledge and

first

designed to

level

understanding in various safetyrelated topics pertinent to an industrial

environment, including due

WHMIS,

diligence,

shipping/receiving regulations relat-

ed to the handling of dangerous

and safety requirements, and manual and automated lifting practices. Deborah Weickert, the chair of corporate training and continuing goods,

occupational

health

education for the school of business, said the

skills

there

it

were

came out of

the train-

in Elmira,

became apparent little, if

who have

that

any, courses in

existence that focused specifically

an

ple aren’t out here,” he said.

drink free.”

inter-

just for

we enjoyed back when we didn't know what we were doing in

party

6, 7 and 8.” Matt Ruiss, a third-year broadcasting student, said the ’80s and

“It would have been nice to dance for a greater number of people,” he said. “It also may have attracted more

to the

Doon campus

that students

program

designed so

is

from

(at the

next year.

the second-year

Waterloo campus)

come back in 2006 new program,” Donald can

to take the said.

"The com-

program goes deeper with a prehensive term in

Donald

said

its

third year.”

the

new program

holds similarities to the software

want to upgrade the skills of warehousing personnel.

engineering technician program that the college already offers.

Weickert said the courses were

"That program deals with the

taught by instructors with extensive

hardware component whereas this new program deals with the soft-

provides more indepth knowl-

experience

in

warehousing

inventory operations.

and

should be getting back to

one night. This

is

if

it's

the stuff

grades

’90s party

is

a phenomenal idea.

ware component,” Donald

said.

Ruiss

is

a

of the col-

dance team and said CSI should have advertised that the lege’s

would be the ance of the team.

first

appear-

because a majority of us are children of the ’80s and

students to the event.”

Much Music

They

casting student, said he doesn’t

have a good mix of music and they’ve really put on a great

know what the problem is between the Sanctuary and CSI. “I’ve been at this school for three years now and they can

“It’s great

is

fantastic.

show,” he said.

Matt Knapp, a second-year marketing student, said the huge

screens were an

awesome

TV

idea.

“They

really get people in the dance and the few people are here are all over it,” he

mood that

to

grammer

for CSI, said this

is

the

year the college has had the throwback party and they were hoping for a good turnout. “It seems like everybody is trying to remember the good old days and some of the older video first

Jesse Parent, a third-year broad-

never seem to get a out to these events. isn’t that

“I

lot

of people

The Sanctuary

bad of a venue,” he

said.

think they should consider

making Thursday’s cheap drink night.”

said.

Nichole Jiminez, event pro-

other organizations in the area that their

member

John Donald, dean of the school of engineering and information technology, said the program is similar to the two-year information technology program that is currently offered at the Waterloo campus. This program will be transferring

methodologies.

Elmira, for both their employees and

"We

control.

Crompton

in

it’s

I

the old school stuff even

The program will provide the knowledge and skills to enable students to design and program computer software and software design

Inc.,

“I’m really enjoying myself, an

computer programming, software control and electronic process

on warehousing skills and knowledge, a group of companies worked with Conestoga to identify relevant topics and develop curriculum.” When the warehousing level one program began, the first series of courses were offered on-site at (Uniroyal)

with,

program

est in

“The program

Ont.

The

devices.

CSI has ever come up

“CSI needs to do a promotional where they offer free cover, free pizza or maybe have the first

the fun-

the warehousing level one program. “It

the programs

wireless

caters to students

idea

awesome party. love dancing and I don’t know why more peo-

BlackBerries, cellphones and other

already acquired in

program builds on

damental

one program.

Weickert said the origin of both of

“When

business.

blamed it on a lack of advertising. “Something just isn’t jelling

with software related to palm pilots,

three

from

nights

mandatory courses which arc about forecasting and purchasing, materi-

governors meeting on Nov. 22.

The college

something and

is

because there’s only 20-25 people

approval at the college’s board of

approval

Ruiss said there about Thursday

here,” he said.

consists

and traffic, and warehouse design and storage systems. One of

received

most fantastic

1

year broadcasting student.

The program

software

three-year

the

is

did

machine. The CSI $1,000 to $ ,300 for their sendees. So, with all the cool effects and cheap $2 cover why did the party have such a poor turnout?

said Trevor Stephenson, a third-

sory positions.”

two and a

This event

who

Much Music

operating systems and learn to work

with plans to begin one of them as early as this January.

continuing education program

Conestoga’s

at

students

ice

of four

ing towards team leader or supervi-

A

September

However,

and a dry

office paid

good

Doon campus. The program is technical, teaching how to program

Training, Colleges and Universities

called warehousing level

next

out,” she

Not even the old school jams and the Much Music video dance

team.

responsibilities,”

Two new programs

games have come back said.

The software engineering technology program is a three-year full-

warehousing-related

of

in

today

for

said

appearance of the college’s dance

By

appearance at the the Sanctuary on Nov. 25.

their first

Throwback bash not hip enough

to

Conestoga

to

college’s

we

Two new programs coming

(Photo by Alexandra Mastronardl)

The

CSI has done

they can,

all

people Stephenson. to

the

“If

come

students

out

because relate the said.

it’s

now,

aren’t a

it’s

going

real

up

said

to

shame

is where we can most from our past,” he

this


Page 4

— SPOKE, December

6,

Commentary

2004

Ukrainians

democracy

for If the

rally

Ukrainian election has shown the world anything over the past

few weeks,

that the state of

it is

democracy

not as strong as

is

we

are

led to believe.

Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have revolted against the Central Elections Commissions claim that Viktor Yanukovich defeated

Viktor Yushchenko

Nov. 21 election.

in the

The commission awarded Yanukovich the victory after final polls showed he won the race with just under 50 per cent of the vote. Supporters of Yushchenko are disputing the results for a number of reasons. They claim nearly three million voles were improperly cast and the turnout at some polling stations was over 100 per cent. David Collenette. a former Liberal cabinet minister, was in the Ukraine to observe the election. seen an election marred by so

He told the Toronto Star he had never many attempts at keeping votes from

being cast.

Reports are saying most voters

who were

harassed were supporters

of Yushchenko.

Outgoing president Leonid Kuchma and Russian President Vladimir Putin back Yanukovich are older

and

United States,

in the

will maintain ties to Russia. Citizens

Yushchenko,

port Yanukovich.

born

who

is

who

Most

to a

woman who was

European Union and NATO. Most of

tions such as the

The Ukraine

married

pro-west and supports joining organiza-

from younger voters and those who their election

is

is

live in eastern

one more country

just

who

of the country sup-

live in the eastern industrial regions

his votes

came

Ukraine.

that has faced criticisms over

recently the United States has been criticized for their voting

procedures

in the state

of Florida. The

George W. Bush's brother

state,

Jeb, used voting

governed by President

machines

that did not pro-

how each

vote

was

heard over Afghanistan’s

first

presidential election because of irregu-

vide a record of

cast. In

October cries of fraud were

larities at

voting stations that allowed citizens to cast numerous ballots.

And one

year ago citizens in the country of Georgia staged a Velvet

Revolution after election results were proved to be

Of

ciation’s decision.

them and

larger than

it is

know of

a

nate enough to have as a child.

mon

From

concept,

especially

younger couples dealing with

for

dent debt. this

couple took their

They spent every gifts,

penny on

last

personal hygiene items

spree, they

were

left

with a $300

load of Christmas cheer that was

important for the international com-

spread throughout the city via a

is

carried

local charity.

In the greatest interest,

whirlwind

the

of

the

was sad when Christmas came to end for another year. My Sunday school Christmas pageant was a major holiday highlight for Santa would show up at the me end of the show. I was on a rampage on Christmas morning and there was no stopping me. One year we were up at 4 a.m. to open an

presents.

celebrity covers of Christmas songs

Another year

I

have stocking stuffers on the brain, an act of pure unselfishness and generosity like this seems bizarre.

since those days.

makes me wonder exactly when kindness became a rarity and when we lost the true spirit of

of pyjamas

war

something

Ethically,

if a

resolution

is

concerned about harming relations with Russia,

in Iraq.

over the situation tion,

is

Russia has agreed could work.

that

Canada

faces

more pressure to speak out because of its hisCanada is home to more than one million

first

country to recognize the Ukraine's post-

dangerous precedent could be

Soviet countries to this

if

Christmas.

As

Soviet independence in 1991.

A

the international

set in future elections in

community

fails to find a

former

solution

dilemma.

child

a

I

was

perfect

the

example of everything

that

goes

against the “season of giving.” I’d

drool

Wishbook.

Letters are

we

It

torical ties to the country.

Ukrainians and was the

loop through our heads and

I

over

peeked

at

the

Sears’

my

presents.

always on

know

list

and telephone number contacted

No unsigned

mind.

year the

this

new

a

a holiday

It’s

a lot of different things

it’s all

about

but in our

manage

to

my

family.

We

are

army of opposites

a six-member

own way we always come together for the

holidays and that

is

what

I

cherish

the most.

am

I

table

lucky to have food on

and a family

a house to eat I

think

what

I

we

it

to eat

it

making them for me. However, I still enjoy a good flip through the Sears’ Wishbook, but who doesn’t? I found that the meaning of Christmas changed for me in the past few years and I assume that

my

with and

in.

need to think about

all

really matters at Christmas

and how fortunate many of us

are.

doesn’t have to start with a $300

It

shopping spree for charity.

We

each just need to take a small step in

the direction towards

this

making

time of year a good time for

everyone.

is published and produced weekly by the Journalism students

letters to the

should be signed and include the

me

she loves every second of

Editor: Jennifer

editor. Letters

it,

Spoke

welcome

Spoke welcomes

because

had

I

my

means

that

A homemade pair my Mom is

wish

I

at the

to a lot of different people, but to

from

my

as

thought to

emptied

The European Union has also voiced its concern and has recommended a re-vote as a possible solu-

for the

The U.S.

As good

idea of Christmas brings

December holiday madness, when

depended on

life

time.

I

but must also consider that the Ukraine has faithfully provided troops

not found.

my

thought

things

materialistic

the

all

my own stocking and proceeded to empty my sister's as well. I would like to think that I’ve grown up a considerable amount

has already said the Ukraine will face consequences

me

parents did their best to give

However,

small

the My Little Pony mansion hedgehog named Norm, my

to a

stu-

asso-

which may have

fully appreciate

exchange. Not an entirely uncom-

tires to protest the

democratic process

growing up. I what I was fortu-

this is a big step in

gift

is

to ensure the

States, the country

who made

high-

out.

The United

a couple

many

course, the citizens are waging a battle that

munity to become involved

I

budget for their Christmas

and non-perishable food items. At the end of their shopping

than 200,000 people lined the streets of Kyiv and

ways have been blocked with logs and burning

much

Christmas

this

budget and went shopping together.

false.

Now the citizens of the Ukraine are following in the footsteps of Georgia and speaking against the Central Elections Commissions’ announcement. More

Take a look around you

procedures over the past year.

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of the writer. Writers will

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Commentary

and

I’m old From

toddler to preschooler, from parent to pensioner, between bottles and bifocals, we

On Wednesday, to

age into different categories.

made

the ’50s, society

we

that

Go

still

media

the

Parent

13

the bar.

sation

.

Decades later. North American culture once more wedged a new class between youths and adults. It happens around the age of 19 when high school is done and college or univer-

Thanks

we

ties

our triumphs and responsibili-

to

we

feel like adults, but

looming.

But,

the

it’s

don’t like to

paycheque wasted

at the

but cither way, Spoke is written by secondand third-year journalism students.

was CSI president Justin Falconer’s CSA that was being paid for by

The need to write fairly and accurately has been beaten into us since day one.

work

tor

CSI.

be labelled as one. Legally we can drive, drink, smoke, vote and die for our country.

CJIQ played

what Falconer had to say about the issue and about an article Spoke published in the Nov. 22 issue. Falconer said although there is CSA work being done on CSI time, the work

bar

and the origin of such wild stories keep us from happily taking on that

what

tinction.

College

Young adults are seldom eager to take on mortgages, student loans, careers, spouses and children all at once, but aren’t these the badges of adulthood that we should pursue with vigour?

CSI

do with themselves.

do every-

thing at once.

Some

high school grads register for university with relish. They move into residence buildings or stay with their parents for four extra years.

move

Others

own and

out on their

part-time jobs to

college and start

two afford the rent. They go to wondering how a diploma

ing

decision

the

until

after

they

visit

Amsterdam. Each lifestyle choice comes with financial responsibilities, either tuition, rent or

And

travel expenses.

heaped on them, whether

are

ties

further responsibiliit

care less about the rest

it

means

hood warrant

be

of the television.

I

was

My

still

back and forth between Alex Trebek and my two black Scottish terriers, Katie and Mackenzie, who were whimpering by the door. I

attention

shifted

often take the dogs for their kilometre-

long walk (“walkie time”

in

dog language)

But tonight of all nights, couldwas grumpy and in need of a reprieve? Didn't they know the weather outside was comparable to that of the North after dinner. n't

they

tell I

Pole? I

tried to plan

my

escape route, but the

paws

piercing yaps escalated to

wooden

scratching the

As my

feverishly

most of

I

began

life

They spent

was

form of food accidentally dropped to the floor. It is no wonder going for a walk topped their short list of favourite shine

in the

pastimes. Reluctantly,

I left

trekked

down

dogs ran haphazardly

the road, in front

my

spirited

of me, their

extendable leads becoming tangled. It

was

clear they

were

in

doggie heaven as

they barked incessantly at leaves, passersby

and

squirrels.

in the

foul

other direction

to notice.

the

editorial.

We were on a mission, swashbuckling adventurers. Just as I began to think the coast was clear, a stout woman emerged from her house and cantankerously said, “Aren’t you going to pick that scene of the crime. like

up?” stutter

to

by the turn of events,

and blabbed the

first

I

began

to

came

thing that

mind: “I forgot to bring a bag.’’ “Oh, don’t you worry about that,” she said

“I’ll go and get you one.” end of her driveway, waiting, the dogs’ leashes tangled around my legs,

with a gruff tone. I

stood

at the

and, for the I

The

first

time

in

a long time,

I

real-

is.

at

25 years of age,

I

had

did have a bag. I’m not even sure

invented the excuse.

Maybe

better than admitting

carry out

sen not

my

bag

in

vic-

held

my

head high, tepid excrement

my

troops,

in

who

ahead a Doberman pinscher, who to be walking his owner, crossed

our path.

My

two

dog

ly

weighing

Scotties, both

less than

I

I

else.

“Quick

to tear things apart?”

Maybe

Parent needs a refresher in what

constitutes news.

dogs

towards

deafening barking frenzy.

my

pillows.

finished the ridiculous chapter, closed the

book and turned That's

when

I

to set

saw

my

alarm clock.

her.

She was lying on her side, her left cheek on my pillow, looking up at me with her big brown eyes. I lay down beside her, my head on the other pillow and patted her furry body. I could hear the thumping of her tail resting

against the mattress and,

all at

once,

I

forgot

about the upsetting walk.

my devoted friend a on her head, knowing the following evening we would once again brave the elements and venture out for a promenade. I

leaned over and gave

kiss

into sight.

Amid my

struggle

unlock the door,

to

unravel the leashes and take off layers of

winter clothing, the dogs continued to bark and run around in circles. When they were only pups, had given them a bone for good behaviour upon return from a walk. Over time, this turned into a custom rather than a reward for proper walkI

ing etiquette.

The

irony

is

now

I

was

treating

them

for

doing something they wanted to do when

I

had the

Where was my cookie? Later that evening

I

was means to

thought

civic duty, however,

it

smug

I

had

face. I accepted my embarrassment stoically and bent over to pick up the infamous number 2. I imagined her, the valiant incriminator, peering out her window from the

snuggled under

left off in

my

my

where

book.

Katie, the elder dog, sleeps on a cushion

had cho-

expression on her

I

freshly laundered sheets and turned to

in

hand, a

in a

As my little dogs yelped hysterically, the owner looked at me and rudely snickered. become the laughingstock of the Had neighbourhood? Were my loyal pets making a mockery of me? I finally sighed a breath of relief when my house, a sanctuary from this insanity, came

lied;

why

to.

my

are taught to write about the good, the

didn't.

felt foolish.

truth

We

to the

1

I

Finally she returned and thrust a grocery

to their whines.

As we

glanced

I

are

Once she finished, yanked their leads, ready to make a quick get-away from the

I

my

or

10 kilograms each, lunged toward the beast-

was dark and feces

it

smelling, so

my cosy perch and head-

warmest winter outerwear, I opened the door only to be greeted by a gust of cold air. Not even out the door and already I was cursing myself for conceding Sporting

story

who (like the rest of my class) has a responsibility to write for the school’s

I

Up

soon became obvious nature had called;

ized

ed towards the closet.

front-page

to

bag.

who up until that been the leader of the pack,

and pretended not

indoors, idly sniffing

each other’s behinds. The only ray of sun-

CSA/CSI

were seemingly undeterred by the incident

abruptly stopped.

Startled

to feel guilty.

their time

I

Suddenly, Mackenzie,

door.

thoughts turned to a day in the

of my pets,

about the

appeared

It

a journalism student at the college;

bad and the ugly, meaning, we are not a public relations firm for CSI, nor anyone

building a

was unfair and incomplete. Now, I’m not sure if he was referring

the Life

however,

am

I'd get fired. I'd expect my boss to chase me away with a two-by-four! On CJIQ that night, Falconer also said

live in apartat

or the foul odour emanating from the Zchrs

point had

What? I

house.

hand, and continued on with

Ormston

the trivia

the air, rehashed what Falconer just said and then criticized Spoke for always being “quick to tear things apart.”

newspaper on a weekly basis in order to gain experience and receive marks for the course.

who

issue

Jennifer

unwind

competing.

Falconer’s clip was done playing. Parent

came back on

yard just so some people

still

A Day in

Ken Jennings,

Surprisingly, nerdy

genius,

radio station to defend himself, or that I was paying Falconer to do volunteer work. No. What really disappointed me was, once

a student

warmth of her house, gloating about her

switched through the channels resolved to watch Jeopardy.

I

the sta-

used the

going to supply the construction company with lumber at the expense of the lumber-

tory.

listlessly

until

tion wasn’t the lact that Falconer

lumberyard and volun-

have gone

dinner, cleaned the tomato-stained stove-

in front

mean we’re clairvoyant. What finally caused me to change

n’t

us?

At the end of some days all I want to do is my aching feet on an ottoman and relax. Following one particularly harrowing Monday, 1 drove home, ate a filling spagheta chair to

at a

ments might have a chance

of “young

title

rest

plumped down on

worked

I

As journalists, we can only report on what we are told and what information we find. Just because we are the watchdogs, does-

teered at a construction company. I’m not

the

Do you blame

trials.

prefer the

which depicts a grownup who’s

nights

top and

If

that’s

that the article written

we would

think

I

in denial.

ti

handing you a paycheque every two weeks.

like

title

students of Conestoga end because both CSA and hand to help students.

are at

company

getting rid

condescending

a

the

in the

last time I checked, when you have a job you’re getting paid for you do it for the

"adulteens?” adult,”

My

if

benefit

a clip of

OK,

For this distinct class of “I-don't-want-togrow-up-yet” adults, a new name is needed. But do our choices against complete adult-

exams, tenant-landlord disputes or a stolen faced with these monstrous

will

of their beanbag chair, experimenting with something other than macaroni and cheese or doing the dishes more than once a week.

passport.

When

dis-

Many young adults with half these medals are content with their merits and couldn’t

get

might lead to a career. And some youths travel Europe, postpon-

that

Opinion

trades.

Third-year broadcasting student Jesse was the DJ and the topic of conver-

This group of people lire pressured into making decisions without really knowing part is not being able to

Denise Muller

cars while listening

makes me want to rethink supporting my peers and fellow students who arc learning young adult will not only prevail, but do so with grace, generating a great story to tell at

The hard

good Conestoga journal-

team Conestoga media studies!

the

to

break

1

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(Photo by Jennifer Ormston)

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2004

6,

Fire safety tips for residence Death from smoke inhalation very By JUSTIN BASTIN

Check

-

something students rarely think about, even though it could save their life. Recent events such as horseplay with the fire Fire safety

is

extinguishers in the Conestoga residence have got students thinking

more about protecting themselves case of

in

from the Office of the Fire Marshal of Ontario. They are specific to people who live in an apartment building with three or more storeys. If

els at

yourself

ducts

- If

is

clear, take

keys, lock your door and

go

your

to the

nearest stairway

-

Do

Open

the nearest stairway door

to leave the building:

-

If

vents and air

(seal

smoke

enters the room, tell

phone them where

smoke-free room), closing

all

doors

smoke, do not

enter.

available stairways.

smoke

said

Cambridge Fire deaths due to

inhalation in residence-type

prevent

to

the

spread of deadly

a big

filled

ago there

One of the stairwells smoke and somebody left

fire.

with

Seal door with tape/towels

“Eight

Keep low

smoke

to the floor

for

fire

her residence at the University of Waterloo as being well prepared in case of fire, aside from the doors.

"There was a huge gap under the door and the door was flimsy,” she said. "I

door open," he said. people died because the

filled

the hallways. If they

would think that the big gap be bad because you’re

always told in elementary school to put a towel under the door.” In

any case, the bc^t thing to do catch fire, Robinson

you

il

assures us,

saying

is

to follow that old

we were

from

had closed the doors no one would have died.”

limes as kids.

prevention

Lisa Evans, a university student.

best defence.”

instructions

Eric Robinson, a

described

would

“In Toronto a few years

was

-

Listen

the

apartment buildings are very common. It is vitally important to close doors behind you in such a situation

-

with

Department,

the stairwell

authorities

stairways are blocked by

If all

officer

smoke.

and move to the balcony (if no balcony choose the most

are,

behind you

If there is all

residence-type apartment buildings

same way)

in the

there’s

- If there is no smoke, use the stairway and leave the building

-

-

bottom

the fire department,

you

not use the elevator

carefully

Try

you decide

the corridor

in

smoke, return to your room If you remain in your room: - Use duct tape to seal cracks around the door and place wet tow-

you see smoke or feel heat, close the door quickly and protect

a set of precau-

tions

door

the

- If

-

is

opening

slightly

fire.

The following

smoke by bracing

for

yourself and

common

taught so

“Stop, drop and

roll.

It’s

many your

Students must vacate residence during winter holidays By

ALEXANDRA MASTRONARDI

Yamoah

will

idays alone

The holidays can be a joyous time although students in residence may face not so joyous fees. As of Dec. 21 at 11 a.m., or 24

so

hours after final exams, students

he said.

is

experience.

The residence 9 after

Students

under a lockout which is in effect

leave the residence on Dec. 21 until

1

Jan. 9 although many students do not take the time to read all the pages in their lease.

1

a.m.

who must

stay in resiare

over the holidays required to submit a written

management

letter

stating their rea-

sons. If the student

is

approved

to

stay they are required to pay a flat

of $200 or $25 per day. Students may be approved to stay

rate

they need to

if

work or

they’re an

international student. Elliot Yamoah, a student from Ghana. Africa, said he was unaware of the additional fees until

10 days ago. “It’s

not fair we're given such

short notice, to

it’s

stated in the student’s con-

It’s

tract that students are required to

dence to

it’ll

is

for the holidays, until Jan.

have never seen snow before take some getting used to.”

"I

living in residence are required to

vacate the building.

be spending the hol-

residence but said he looking forward to his first snow in

almost impossible

come up with $200

in

10 days,”

said the first-year architect student.

The general manager of

resi-

John Kobylnik, said the lease is for academic terms only. “It's a chance for maintenance to come in and make necessary dence,

(Photo by Justin Bastin)

Keeping an eye out Brian Kean, a

weekend

security officer at

Conestoga College, uses a bank

of video monitors to

keep watch on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

Counsellor’s Corner

-

Cutting/Seif-Harm

repairs,” he said.

Students

leaving residence

for

reminded that all refrigerators must be emptied and unplugged and any electronics should be unplugged in case of the holidays are

power outages. The residence takes no responsibility for damages due to power surges. Also, garbages must be taken out, windows closed and the heat kept at

come in many forms. Sometimes we deal with painful someone to talk to whom we feel we can trust. However, other times we may become withdrawn, thinking that no one is available to listen, and no one will help anyway. Or maybe we lash out angrily- shouting or hitting because we feel out of control. Using alcohol or drugs can be a way of coping Expressing hurt can

feelings by having

for

a while, but usually the hangover continues and the bad feelings are

still

there.

people, cutting or self-harm has become a way to cope with feelings and anger) they can’t seem to express. It can also feel Some say it brings a release, ending the like a way of staying in control. emotional pain by providing physical feeling and even evidence that they exist.

For

a low setting.

some

(usually emotional pain

Residence

hunger

fights

Cutting By

ALEXANDRA MASTRONARDI

Moreau to get as

Tuition fees didn’t stop students in

residence from donating their

groceries to help feed the hungry.

know

across the region.

dence residence,

Philippe Moreau, decided to take the initiative

and encourage students

to

donate whatever they could afford.

“I’m really into charity and I believe it’s for a good cause,” he Students in residence went doorto-door collecting the food.

Zone

which are awarded when good deeds are done by students in various zones, were given to stu-

points,

dents

who

generously donated.

not give a

little

to the

less fortunate,” he said. “It’s the

most important

Katherine

Schmidt,

thing.”

executive

director of the food bank, sent a letter to the residence

formally thank-

them for their donations. Moreau reminds students the

ing

food

is

resi-

preparing for the Christmas

drive.

He

said their goal

collect

two pounds of food

person

in residence.

People

who

self-harm usually say they do not wish to

The reasons people self-harm are numerous and individual, as are the methods used. Perhaps someone has experienced a form of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; bullying in school for being ‘different’; depression; parents’ separation or divorce; a significant loss; strict family rules; or generally feeling misunderstood and unable to talk about what was going on. Or sometimes people really don’t know why they are doing this - just that it is taking its toll on their body and not really ending the pain. The consequences aren’t worth it. Cutting and self-harm usually brings negative attention in relationships, scars that don’t fade, the need to wear excessive clothing, and energy spent in keeping this a secret or trying to stop.

is to

liv-

is

to

pounds of food.

said they have notified

the students of the food drive

much

you or someone you know wants

about cutting or self-harm, professional counsellors are available to listen in Student Services. The college’s Learning Resource Centre also has various resources (books, articles, videos) on cutting and self-harm, and resources are available in the community. Our counselling If

There are about 530 students collect about 1,060

talking.

for every

ing in residence so their goal

Moreau

said.

as students you’re

why

does the

die, just to feel.

as possible to

poor but you don’t eat everything you “I

get so

the

much food

help out the community.

The Conestoga Residence and Conference Centre donated 197 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. The food was donated during the food bank's Thanksgiving food drive, which collected a total of 355,159 pounds of food from The manager of

said the residence set out

to talk

services are free, voluntary, and confidential.

earlier this time.

“For Thanksgiving the students were given short notice so we hope to collect a lot more food this time around,” he said.

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from Student Services Visit our website htto://www. conestogac. on. ca/isD/stserv/index.isp


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— SPOKE, December

6,

News

2004

Students promote positive relationships By JANET

MORRIS

A photograph of two sisters enjoying playing the guitar together has

won

the

photography contest held in remembrance of the women the Montreal Massacre at Ecole Polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989

Winners chosen

who died

in

in

Women's Resource

Group photography

contest.

Three Conestoga College students were awarded prizes for entries that promote positive relationships.

The contest was held

in

remem-

women who

died Ecole at Dec. 1989, 6, Polytechnique in Montreal. Second-year public relations student Connie Coggan took first place, winning $150. with a picture of her two sisters, Mandy and

brance of the

Tricia.

She said she took the picture with positive relationships in mind.

“I

could have done a

boyfriend and girlfriend situation but family lasts forever.”

Connie Coggan, public relations student "It’s

the relationship

Coggan

I

see the

you have a good relationship with your sisters it will last longer than any most,"

said.

"If

other relationship.”

She said she deliberately wanted a picture of family rather than

romantic relationship. could have done a boyfriend and girlfriend situation but family

a

(Photo by Connie Coggan)

“I

lasts forever.”

Coggan’s picture was taken indoors with no flash using only the light streaming

in

from the

windows. Second place went

to Damian Dudek in management studies who won $100 with a picture of

two brothers reading together. Dudek said he got into photography less than one year ago. “I thought I would be able to capture the emotions they were looking for,” he said. Third place was awarded to Lee Thomas, a general arts and sci-

ence student, who won $50 with a picture of a young couple.

Second-year public relations student, Connie Coggan, won first place received $150. Her picture, shown above, was chosen because of the sisters

Mandy and

There were

1

7 entranties in

all.

impact as well as composition,

wonderful

expressions

The judges chose entry because

such as reflections of kindness, sup-

ly

“We

harmony and peace.

liked the lighting and the

on the

Women’s Resource Group photography

lighting

and the healthy

relationship

it

Magazine

said in the third-place

entry the judges saw a healthy

subjects of the winners.”

and technical quality. Joan Magazine, a counsellor in Student Services, helped run and judge the contest. She said all of the entries were very well done but the winners had the most qualities the group was looking for. Entries judged had to portray images of positive relationships, originality

port, tolerance,

the

it

contest and portrayed. It is of her two

Tricia.

The judging was based on emotional

in

the winning

did not look posed,

relationship that

moment with a On Dec. 6,

was sharing

a

gentle embrace.

looked like a healthy relationship with fun, fondness and love in a

1989, at Ecole Polytechnique, an engineering school in Montreal, Marc Lepine

shared activity.

roamed

had a nice age-range contrast and

She for

its

said second place

it

was chosen

sense of nurturing by a

man

towards a child.

“We felt that

the soft focus actual-

gave it a warm, harmonious feeling and the sense of physical proximity gave a feeling of closeness."

and entered a classroom where he separated the women from the men. He opened fire on female students, yelling, “You’re all a bunch of feminists.” Lepine committed suicide after 14 women were murdered and 12 the

halls

other

men and women were

injured. It

was

later

found

through

Lepine’s suicide note that he carried extreme hatred towards

women. Dec. 6 was declared a national day of remembrance and action on violence against women by the federal government. Commemorative events occur annually across Canada to remember the women killed and to continue action to end violence in all its

forms.

(Photo by Lee Thomas)

ee Thomas, a general arts and science student, won third place i the contest and received $50. The judges chose this picture recause they saw a healthy relationship symbolized by a couple sharing a gentle embrace.

(Photo by Damian Dudek)

Second place went to management studies student Damian Dudek who won $100. His chosen for its sense of nurturing by an older brother towards his sibling.

picture

was


News

Enrolment up ORMSTON

By JENNIFER

ity

English classes

in

of the students are from China

and Hong Kong.

Enrolment College’s

Conestoga

in

English

In addition to the active recruit-

language for academic studies (ELAS) program

the rise in enrolment to the pro-

has tripled since 2000. according to

gram's reputation.

Janice Bennett, the program’s coordinator.

This increase can be attributed to

ment

Bennett also accredits

efforts,

"It the students arc learning what they need in order to succeed in university and they can get it at

the college’s partnership with the

Conestoga, which

University

university,

of Waterloo and the recruitment efforts by the two institutions

to

students

attract

is

Buuck agrees the quality of the program is highly

10-year-old

ELAS

students in the

All

gram, which

close to the

benefit to take part in the program."

from

overseas, said Bennett.

is

certainly to their

is

it

pro-

regarded.

held at the college’s

"It

demanding, skill-based

a

is

Waterloo campus, have been admitted to the University of

dents for their university studies.”

Waterloo; however, because their English skills were not strong

broad range of practical

enough, the university has granted them conditional acceptance with the proviso they must successfully complete the college's program

commencing

before

their universi-

ty studies.

program

The

that really prepares the stu-

ELAS

students are learning a skills,

including writing, reading comprehension, grammar, pronunciation

and speaking.

They learn strategics that are transferable to their studies at the University of Waterloo, said Buuck.

These students have demonstrated exceptional math skills in high school and participate in one math course at the university while com-

“For instance,

how

they learn

speaking class

in a

when

tion

they are participating in discussions, and in reading com-

.

program, said Chris Buuck. chair of English language studies and communications.

prehension classes they are taught

said. “But there is still a difference between the way we speak and the

how

way

Most are enrolled in either math or computer science programs at

what they have read and look main ideas.”

pleting

the

ELAS

the university. In

to tackle a reading, get

Austina Liu,

2000, approximately 60 stu-

meansummarize

ing from context clues,

an

19,

ELAS

stu-

gram. By 2003 enrolment had risen to 105, and this year it has reached

fun because you really do not do much, but you learn a lot. You learn

semester once she completes the ELAS program.

speak and sound more like North Americans.” Like aay college student, Liu

80. -The major-

“I think

it

Law impacts By JON YANEFF

students to already be at an inter-

The Dalton McGuinty governi,t

will introduce

legislation forcing students to stay in

school until age 18.

Ontario

As of now,

must

students

stay

in

school until they are 16 years old. This SI 00-million plan includes

job placements and apprenticeships

which

lower Ontario’s 30 per cent high school dropout rate. The proposed law is expected to be passed

will help

late this

year or early next

if

they decide to enter

Basic, intermediate and advanced are the three levels students have to complete to graduate from an apprenticeship program at college.

the

School of Apprenticeships

Trades and at Conestoga College, said enrolment in apprenticeship programs at the college and throughout Ontario colleges could increase because more stu-

who complete

ticeship

at

will

to college,”

number of unspecified school

said.

“Students

programs want to come

appren-

high school

he

projects in January.

“This means there will be a major increase at the intermediate and advanced levels of the pro-

cost about

gram.”

will

dis-

experiment with pilot

The plan will S70 million a year, plus an additional $30 million for expanded apprenticeship programs.

McClements programs

said apprenticeship

high schools

in

start the

students off by exposing them to a

The government’s four-year plan expand the apprenticeship system includes an investment of an to

additional $11.7 million annually

learning

tice right

“I

Mike McClements, dean of

According to a Nov. 7 article in the Toronto Star, Education Minister Gerard Kennedy said a tricts

my development by more hands on and experiencing theory from different teachers. not just one, as I would have been taught if I became an apprenadvancing

a college.

dents would apply to the college.

year.

to

apprenticeships

mediate level

ment has pledged

good program," she

a

is

career.

“More students

convinced that college is the way to go,” he said. “They are learning it is one of are

didn't

want

my

return

to

school and graduate and enter the

said

if

the

Through

would equal 25 per cent of the salaries and wages of eligible apprentices, mostly for those in the

construction, industrial and

would increase

college advances

faster than if

be introduced. This allows students to get high school credits and complete the

higher level

basic apprenticeship level. If they

pare

test this

allows

I

my

skills

would have become

an apprentice right away,” said

Heath Beck. “If

Tanja

for

I

can learn

at a

faster, it’s better to pre-

my

career.”

Poschl

said,

“I

enjoy

is

McClements

in

ready. is

expected to be above nor-

mal precipitation which means

more snow than usual. The college spends in excess of $200,000 per year on snow removal, which includes the Doon, Waterloo, Guelph and

to

ELAS

said the first

program

while the

Doon and Guelph cam-

puses use a combination of staff

and private contractors to get the

be a seven-year post-secondary

education. "1 plan to at least get a master's

degree

in

computer science or

elec-

tronic engineering."

His only grievance, aside from the lengthy bike ride to school each day, is he misses his family in

China.

in

looking into

the

it.

With the milder temperatures expected this winter, freezing rain becomes a concent and it is handled differently than snow, said Pete Schlei, lead hand of the grounds department. “We use pickled sand because salt just

bores holes

in

the ice

while picked sand provides trac-

he said.

tion,"

students are

snow

days.

Milner said they take various things

into

when

consideration

deciding whether or not to shut-

down

the school.

"The safety of students and

job done. The contractor’s duties

staff is certainly

not only include the plowing of

said,

snow but also the removal of it. Each parking spot at the Doon campus costs an average of

people onto the campus, can

$39.50 for a contractor to plow throughout the year said Barry Milner, manager of physical

“so

safely get

we

paramount,” he

think

if

them home

we

bring

we

as well?”

“Our decision is not only based what's happening at six o’clock in the morning but also on

what’s projected for four o’clock in the afternoon."

resources. for salting slippery walk-

They must also make judgment calls throughout the day as to whether or not they want to

changes McGuinty’s government is making

ways, Milner said they use both tion of salt

run the evening classes

salt

school or just cancel them due

said

the

“Any attempts and/or

apprenticeships

to lower dropout

get at

students

in

an earlier stage

be good,” he said. “If students aren’t sure what they want to do for the rest of their life, this makes learning easier and the students will be more enthusiastic about will

school.”

salt

and pickled sand (a combinaand sand), but prefer because pickled sand can

wear down

the

floors

if

it’s

brought into the building on people’s shoes.

“Salt breaks particles, so

down into tinier much easier on

it’s

the floors” he said.

As

for the environmental con-

is

step in what he hopes

Another big concern for college

The college leases the Waterloo and Stratford campuses and snow removal is included in the lease,

As

cent.

rates

pass an exemption

manu-

nesses with payrolls of $400,000 or

high school.

me

Tax

employers have the support necessary to expand skill training programs. If the legislature approves the plan, the refundable tax credit

students as apprentices.

“I feel

can

Credit will be introduced to ensure

will overall help society.

Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program will also

Chen only the

cerns over the use of salt

and Conestoga

area

This winter

Training

implemented when they were in still wouldn’t have looked for a job right after

The

I

the apprenticeship plan

Apprenticeship

high school, they

Bonuses

K-W

Stratford campuses.

of $2,000 will be given to employers, encouraging them to hire the

apprenticeship program.

here,”

Flakes will soon be flying

college education in the process.

30 per

came

BORS

relatively mild with

to

who

I

Being able to take the apprenticeship program at an intermediate level is an advantage for students because they don’t have to decide whether they want to be an apprentice right away. Instead, they can ponder their future while getting a

Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program was

dropouts

right

experience.”

less, the tax credit

school

My

good when

By MIKE

College

enjoy

good pronunciation was a

is

will

The plows are ready for the snow

college allows for this and

second-year woodworking students

of Conestoga College’s

teacher.

not very

the

ships will be given to 1,500 high

Some

work

to

facturing sectors. For small busi-

training.”

1

He

end he

parking lots Milner said they are

the best

to get apprenticeship

I

“I like the teacher.

at the

he said.

"I think the

away.”

by 2006-07 to give 26,000 people chances to become apprentices each year. Also. $1,000 scholar-

ways

does have some complaints.

away.” said Josh Berlett. “Going to

a

you don’t study. He thinks

mates, also enjoys the pronunciation class the most.

dent from China, said she hopes to start her university studies next

1

if

"I think the pronunciation class is

native Canadians speak.”

She said the workload is manageable as long as she does her homework everyday.

for

hard

is

books are too expensive and some of them you don’t use at all but you have to buy them anyway. just threw them in my locker for the whole semester.” Eric Chen, 8, one of Liu’s class-

dents were signed up for the pro-

the record high of

(Photo by Jennifer Ormston)

_. * ^ student Eric Chen, 18, says the program be prepared to enter university.

Cl AC LLAS

to present informa-

at

the

to snowfall.

With regards

to

finding

out

whether or not the college is open on certain days, major radio stations in the area will carry the

news

as well as Conestoga's

CJIQ FM,

located at 88.3.

own


— SPOKE, December

Page 10

Feature

2004

6,

Conestoga celebrates a diverse holiday season By PAIGE HILTON

Sidanmed said

Kvvanzaa, Ramadan. Hanukkah.

We’ve

seen

all

marked on

holidays

these

our

but

calendars,

we celebrate them or have friends who do, we may not know

unless

what they

a holiday celebrated

is

from Dec. 6

Jan.

to

and was

1

Ron

Maulana

by

established

Karenga, an African-American university professor

and

Ead

be

place

that

end of

ing of a lunar crescent on the previ-

communi-

ous evening and Eid-el-Fitr begins

Kwanzaa

based around seven

is

seven principles: unity, self-determination,

work

collective

and

co-operative eco-

responsibility,

nomics, purpose, creativity and

is

festive part of

Kwanzaa

the sixth day, Dec. 31.

On

this

day families get together and have a large feast, simg, dance, stories

known

as Eid-el-Fitr,

is

holiday third-year accounting

student Ragia Sidanmed, 40, cele-

Sidanmed

brates. This year,

cele-

brated Ead on Nov. 13.

“Usually

that

we

one month,

fast

and

once after

a year for

this

Sidanmed, who

we

day

families.

is

said

from Sudan. “On

visit all

our friends and

The kids wear new

and they trade

one feast,

gifts

things

with each other,

almost similar to Christmas.”

is

In

at

sunset and

one month

After

visits with family

celebrated

On

holds eight candles.

at

which

begins on Dec. 2 and

it

and

light of the candles repre-

sents the greatness and growth of the miracle.

Every night, another

candle

until the eighth night

when

the candles are bunting.

all

the world there are

countries

that

A

of

lot

celebrate

many

National

Smuk, an 18-year-old

We’re

December. based and

Smuk

believe Jesus died in April and that

with his family and friends.

al

of Christ’s death.

me

is

National

They have a

when

said Jehovah’s Witnesses

when she

country.

says there

it

the ground

is

my

Bible-

really

Bible

in the

National Day, a day to enjoy time

in

celebrates the

memori-

very

is

not really celebrating

It’s

it’s

and the giving of

gifts

can be

developed more

first

her

said

an influence

is

“On Christmas morning, we have beef for

breakfast

and then

Dan

side.

first

have a big

religious

we do

the gifts.”

a first-year

19,

The

morning

marketing student, said he gets to

on Christmas Eve and

gift

the rest

on Christmas morning.

“It gets

us excited because

open them,”

considered a

Internet

houses an abunholi-

many more. Do some

days and

research to find out about holidays

you are curious about, or ask

a fried

or classmate which holidays they

we

see

want

really, really,

now be

and social celebration.

dance of information on these

celebrate.

under the tree Christmas

all

the pagan traditions and

We

open a

them

Eventually, the church accepted

many of

Christmas can

thing in the

after that

widespread,

Christ.

comes from

Cronkhite,

Christianity

more

“It

Corman.

As

tree.

Christians wanted the holiday to be

with

breakfast

soaked garlic bread and a shot of

my mom’s

Christmas

became

focused entirely on the birth of

on her holiday season.

garlic

of the early Christmas cel-

ebrations were pagan, including the

student,

Portuguese heritage

Many

and

just presents

she said.

Erin Corman, 21, a second-year

Eve and we

“Right now, Christmas overrated.

all that stuff,”

gin,” said

don’t believe that Christ died in

26-year-old accounting student

holiday day for

she

“I’m a Jehovah’s Witness and we

was no snow on

from Loas and celebrates

why

does not celebrate Christmas.

Jesus died," said Smuk.

is

practical

nursing student, explained

the country's independence.

"A Day

celebrate

students

Christmas with family traditions

Day, most of them commemorating

said he

floats

civilization

friends.

Christ’s death,

business

dignitaries.

enjoyed every year, but Jacquelyn

lit.

A

is

marked by a parade and speeches by

the First is

Supounpitek.

festival,” said Nalolit

In Laos

night of Hanukkah, one candle

is lit

12 days of

than 6,000 years ago.

the menorah,

is

years, long before

dated back to Mesopotamia, where

people enjoy the celebration of Ead,

of fasting,

which includes prayer and

dedication. tradition

wait until

gifts,” said

Traditions like the

(Internet photo)

Hebrew, the word Hanukkah

Hanukkah

we

Christmas, carollers, parades and

lasts for eight days.

means

and

believed Christ was bom.

is

it

cres-

the Jewish holiday

begins on Dec. 7

Around

month we celebrate a big which is called Ead.”

this

Hanukkah

The

and poetry.

Ead. also a

and read

more than 4,000

cent on the previous evening.

One

faith.

The most

new

my

to

what about the history of

Finally,

after the sight-

after the sighting of the

days of celebration and focuses on

on Christmas Eve.

Christmas? The holiday dates back

month.

to

and cultural heritage.

a

is

it

her family

Furtado, 20.

also takes

to

ties

gifts

first-year

in

midnight to open our

that

Ramadan begins

open

ly gets together

friends and relatives.”

at the

a

said

grandmother’s and our whole fami-

visit

The month of fasting is known as Ramadan and Ead

can be

“On Christmas Eve we go

we go

and

place

to

Kwanzaa

unite with their families,

to

morning and we meet

the

in

from

Furtado,

student,

Portuguese tradition

prayer.” she said. “It has to

encourage African-Americans

Karenga created

LASA

which they

to pray,

is it

a cultural tradition.

Christina

mosque

to the call

on Christmas Eve

gifts

a

"Everyone who was fasting goes

place

activist.

is

Ead

on

prayer.

each other there. After

are.

Kwanzaa

the holiday

focused

one,

religious

to

said Chronkhite.

Whatever holidays

are observed,

and appreciation for the

respect

beliefs of other is important.

Another explanation for opening

Happy

holidays, Conestoga!

Bookstore stocking up on stocking stutters By DESIREE FINHERT

A

As a money

busy school schedule doesn’t

always allow time for Christmas

student, spending time and

two commodities

are

no one can afford

that

to waste.

To help eliminate

the

stressful

shopping. Driving to the mall, find-

task

ing

College’s bookstore

is

through swarms of bustling people,

on stocking

and Christmas

laden

cheer.

a

parking spot and wading

with

brightly

coloured

parcels, can be as stressful as

ming

for an

exam.

cram-

of

shopping,

stuffers

Conestoga stocking up

has already started her shopping

Conestoga College logo.

bookstore.

at the

Other Christmas

always pick up a couple

“I

All of the store’s merchandise,

ideas include T-shirts in

including textbooks and supplies,

packages of three

can be viewed on their new website

of things from the bookstore

my

for

kids,

and long-sleeve

like markers,” said

shirts in

Andraza.

Mary Andraza, manager of retail campus services.

special-

$24.99.

cation, student resources

izing in novelty

Crewneck

registrar’s office.

store

is

Plush

men

“Conestoga

are $2.95 and

Mom,”

playing

trivia

cards,

cards,

games and mind-

embossed

has

also

Andrea her

started

Christmas shopping on campus. "I

picked up some T-shirts and

some

really

neat

light-up

pens,”

said Blasman.

with

bookstore.

Red

traditional

fleece

white

the

stockings trim

are

about a size seven, but they’re not

meant

for

your

foot.

a

T-shirt

bearing

the

new

college baseleft

site

and

if

But

they’re in stock. all

purchases must be made

at the store

where

gift

wrapping

tissue paper, tendrils of curly rib-

bon and a glossy school

crest are

of the wrapping, which

part

ideal gifts.

a small.

A special gift for the holidays is a glass

tree

The Christmas

ornament for balls

come

tree

design and the word Conestoga

“I

shirts

like

when

it

gets

closer

to

But don’t wait too long. As of

But many items, sold great

yet.

might grab a couple of sweat-

Christmas,” she said.

frosted on each.

make

is

for

Blasman said she hasn’t stopped shopping for her four kids

in

red or blue and have a decorative

is

also a seasonal option. Plumes of

$3.50 for a large bag and $2.50

delicate,

the

students

over from the sidewalk sale are also

still

This fireplace decoration comes with

in a

cap are $19.95 and items

$7.25.

The bookstore even provides stockings.

ball

wrapped

the

Conestoga

front are $39.95,

T-shirts

employee

Part-time

Blasman

$1.95.

at

on

bookstore

the

and

can see the prices of their textbooks

or

“Conestoga Dad”

bender puzzles are inexpensive stocking stuffers

On

sweatshirts

with

Clauses,

angels and snow-

employee Andrea Blasman has already started buying Christmas presents for her four children at Conestoga College's

There are also three links on the college website via continuing edu-

Santa

Part-time

http://conestoga.bookstoreware

at

3000.ca.

each

items.

(Photo by Desiree Finhert)

pack-

ages of two,

This year the

operations and

calculators and golf balls.

clothing

all

year,

Dec.

Christmas

gifts,

be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

desktop clocks, coffee mugs,

shot glasses, piggy banks, desktop

13, the

Monday to

to

bookstore hours

will

Thursday and 8:30 a.m.

4 p.m. on Fridays.


Feature

*C

Deck the By JENNIFER

ORMSTON

One

SPOKE, December

2004

6,

— Page 11

handmade wreaths

halls with

my

ol

5s

classmates jokingly

piped up and said, “I’ve had mine

With the sleigh bells jingling, the brightly sparkling

stars

my

Frost biting at

nose,

for years!"

and Jack

The

realized

the

class burst into laughter and

tone

once again, the holiday season had crept up upon me.

had been set for the remainder of the day. According to Terrie, the first step in

This year, instead of putting up same, old decorations, 1 decid-

wreath making, weaving the garland around the grapevine, was the most

1

that,

the

my collection and cresomething original. A quick browse through Conestoga College’s continuing ed to add to

crucial

ate

education handbook informed

easier than

Although

I

myself a creative person, a notion reiterated by my middle-school art Mrs. Perrett,

teacher,

delve

my

into

said

Once

the

had imagined. have never considered

I

decided to

I

difficult.

wrestling a snake," she while zealously tossing the

garland around the vine.

me

knowledge to attempt such an endeavour was attaining

that

and also the most

"It’s like

this tedious task

was com-

pleted, the fun began.

We could use any or all of the supplies Terrie gave us to decorate. This particular ornament can be used throughout the winter, not only at Christmas, because Victorian decorations arc opulent, tasteful and use such colours as

and enroll in the college’s one-day Victorian wreath course, which was held at the Waterloo campus. 1 had previously completed scarecrow making 101, a general interest

My younger sister Ashley, impressed by my scarecrow, had decided to join me on my craft-

continuing education course, and

making adventure.

felt

side

artistic

had mastered the

I

using the glue gun.

I

fine art

was now ready

on a bigger challenge:

to take

of

tricky task of wreath

the

burgundy and gold instead of red and green balls and shiny tinsel.

However, her lack of experience with the glue gun immediately (Photo by Jennifer Ormston)

became apparent.

making.

At

Jennifer’s workstation

fairly regular intervals

was a mess, her

she suf-

The course was to be taught by the same instructor as the scarecrow class, Terric Burton, a veteran

ing and complaining

instruction and materials,

her direction

in the floral

received good value for our money.

mon.

industry and a truly

delightful teacher.

was elated by

1

the thought of being guided

by

this

witty pro once again. 1

arrived at the three-hour class,

stood by my workstation and nervously assessed the situation. The faux

flowers,

and gold ribbon, and ivy.

holly,

Terrie, undeterred

comedic

As

1

by

was up

cal expression,

and glue guns

When Terrie

approached her to assess the severity- of the bums, she quickly concluded they were minor. "It glue-gun burns were terminal, I

would have dropped dead

in

my

When the class finished ects, we assessed one

glue gun,

work.

my

started out with the

diffi-

RICHMOND

holiday traditions.

on in North watching hol-

tradition carried

American families is iday movies together. Many unfor-

gettable Christmas moments have happened on film, and are relived

through television every year.

boobytrap sequence in Home Alone or the heart-touching scene where Scrooge changes his mean-spirited attitude toward Christmas in A Christmas Carol, holiday movies fill

the hilarious

people with the holiday

It

their proj-

another’s

fun to think everyone

is

same

instruc-

and materials, but each person made something unique, said Burton as we looked around and realized tions

how

different each wreath was. Susan Gray, one of my classmates, marvelled at her work and

most

popular

Christmas

movies have stood the test of time, and preserved their public interest

With such a large number of wholesome holiday hits

for decades.

available,

it’s

difficult for

people to

watch them all. Thus, like any genre of film, people have favourite Christmas movies they watch year after year.

A

tor

cost $27.12, plus

supplies.

$50

After an enjoyable

survey was taken around the

college to see which holiday

movie

afternoon. ings,

I

tidied

straight

Conestoga College’s

to

website, at www.conestogac.on.ca, to learn

more about upcoming con-

tinuing education courses.

We

could not

so, in light

of giving,

decided to

fans.

the story of a

boy trying

to

con-

vince his parents, and Santa Claus, to get

him

a

BB

gun.

Christmas

defeated

Miracle

the

on

Story

1947 34th

narrowly of

version

Street,

which

Wonderful Life with James Stewart and A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim were also choices in the category of received 29 votes.

It’s

a

best classic.

The race

for

best

children’s

movie was the closest of the three categories. The choices for this category were Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph

the

the

four movies

from

their

continuing edu-

won’t be her

last.

had

all

the votes

the Grinch standing

Christmas season. “It

popular movie all.

was National

Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Chevy

starring

demonstrates even the mean-

of people can be influenced by

in its

category, and over-

Chase.

Forty-four

people voted for the

the spirit of the holidays."

movie

placed

Rudolph came in a close second with 28 votes, followed by Frosty

against

The

up

Christmas

Santa

Vacation,

Frosty remain holiday favourites to

Home Alone and The Grinch with Jim Carrey. Christmas Vacation was released

this day.

for

with 22. Despite being around for

more than 35

Jenn

Tittle

years,

Rudolph and

of the business admin-

istration - marketing program said Rudolph is still a favourite because its message is applicable to all generations of people. “Rudolph is the best reindeer ever. He makes it OK

to

it

longtime

were counted, on top as the best children’s movie with 36 votes. Cale Fair, a third-year student in the broadcasting - radio and television he program, said believes Dr. Suess’s story shows positive the the impact of

was

est

first

Snowman and A

After

it

(Photo by Jennifer Ormston)

making was Lesley Prange’s cation course with Terrie Burton and she said Victorian wreath

Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty Charlie Brown

best children’s and best comedy.

an all-American Christmas, telling

each

best Christmas movies

for solid support

veyed and asked to choose their favourite movie from each category. With 36 votes, A Christmas Story was chosen as the most popular movie in the category of best classic. This 1983 movie stars Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillion. The movie depicts

treat

other to another craft course.

Christmas. All

students were sur-

opportu-

one more time,

of the holiday tradition

we

into three categories: best classic,

One hundred

resist the

nity to join Terrie

is the most favoured. Twelve movies were selected for the survey and were equally separated

A

spirit.

The

store."

The course

That evening, Ashley and I logged onto the Internet and went

Christmas is a time when families spend time together and uphold

often

from a

tacky fake flowers.

skepti-

1

Conestoga votes

it’s

“I would pay more if 1 wanted to purchase one that looks like this

my

to her usual

scarecrow making 101.

Whether

the

we had

her hand, feeling sorry that another animated craft session with Terrie had come to an end.

“She goes through like some people go through men - she is already on her third one," referring to the two guns I had accidentally broken in

One

between

that

my wreath and then put on the finishing touches, using pine cones and plastic grapes instead of the

supplies:

said,

By BENJAMIN

commented

burgundy pine cones

Terrie alerted the class to culties

coming from quickly became com-

packed up my belongmy worktable and helped Ashley peel some glue off

antics.

struggled with

bums from the glue gun; moan-

1977,” said Terrie to the amusement of her 1 students. I loosely wrapped ribbon around

was brimming with

table

garland,

fered

glue gun, wire cutters and craft supplies strewn about.

be different.”

According

to the survey, the

most

and

Clause,

the

1989.

first

Some

memorable

time

in

theatres

in

of the movie’s most

moments

include

Chase whipping down a steep hill on his flying saucer toboggan, a squirrel jumping out of the family’s tree and the excessive amount of Christmas lights displayed on the house.

other

holidaymovies, are cur-

on video and will throughout television

rently available

on December. air

The CBC begins its holiday programming on the evening of Dec. Rudolph the Red-Nosed 1, with Reindeer. Conestoga students can see their choice for the best holiday

movie, Christmas Vacation, when airs

on CBC, Dec.

5, at 8

p.m.

it


— SPOKE, December

Page 12

6,

News

2004

Degrassi boys grow older but

still

Snake and Joey may be aging but they remain popular

stay hip

with

Canada’s youth when my dad would go out and plow snow in the winter time. I

RYAN CONNELL

By

adored my father and put him up on this pedestal. I thought what he did was the coolest job in the world so 1 definitely think would have followed in his footsteps - or become a stripper,” Mastroianni

They’re what Canada would con-

own

sider their

Canadiana pop

A-list celebrities of

The

culture.

of the

faces

tall,

freckle-

1

faced Snake Simpson and the fedo-

Jeremiah

Joey

ra-donning

are

memorable icons from the early90s Canadian television series, Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi

laughs.

High.

tion

Brogren jokes back.

would have had

jeans,

the

characters

that

Canada’s youth had grown to know and love each day from their living rooms have now aged considerably. Stefan Brogren (Snake), 32, and

versities

speak

to

about

the

Degrassi series.

Pat Mastroianni (Joey), 32, were

Mastroianni hates that the next is going into its

Conestoga College by Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) on Nov. 23 to answer students' quesinvited

connec-

him and

found

Pat,

plowed snow with him." Through the years. Brogren and Mastroianni have become close friends, touring colleges and uni-

Since those days of large hair and tight

with

probably

“I

a psychic

generation series

to

fifth season and he expects it will be ending after the sixth season. He says he does miss the old series when he was a teenager and all the experiences he had back

tions in the Sanctuary.

Brogren and Mastroianni now on CTV’s Degrassi: The Next

star

Generation as the same characters played when they were

then.

they

teenagers. Brogren plays a

much

“My God,

older Mr. Simpson, a teacher for the

new

generation of Degrassi stu-

that

whereas Mastroianni plays

dents,

and

Brogren Mastroianni they

One of Mastroianni ’s most mem-

say

never

orable

experiences

the

series

was

expected

original Degrassi successful as

nothing but his fedora covering his private parts.

it

“When

would wonder if the was not giving me the opportunity because I was

walked through the was nothing underneath the hat (to cover me) well, there was something and it was quite large,” Mastroianni laughs. “But you saw my ass and it was all hanging out there.” Looking back on the memories, Brogren says he wouldn't want to

known

relive the old series again.

was, airing in other countries the

States

(Photo by Ryan Connell) In above photo, Stefan Brogren and Pat Mastroianni, who played Snake and Joey on Degrassi High, have aged considerably from their teenage years when they were on the show, as seen in the Internet photo at left.

United and the

United Kingdom.

“The show’s honesty

was

such

Mastroianni.

“It

a

was

is

why says

hit,”

definitely not

(the first generation of kids) start-

ed,

we were

just

plucked out of

the acting, or the flashy wardrobe,

schools across Toronto. These

qr cool sets or visual stimulation (that interested viewers) because it

kids

was a very simple-looking show but the good writing was always there.”

new

have agents and managers and this is something they wanted to do right from the get-go. They know they’re on a show that has this history behind it and they are

go,

‘My God,

I’ll

always be remembered for?”’

remembered is

series are

sion.”

says.

than what the kids on the original

Brogren says he

scries were.

worked with such

“They’re so talented and so ahead of the game because they're

television series.

professionals,” he says.

“When we

A

“When

you’re

is

with

associated

something for so long, you kind of

blast

a

pr<5ud to have

a long-running

Conestoga College got a blast from the past on Nov. 23, when Brogren and Pat Stefan Mastroianni, from one of the most

TV

shows of the

’80s,

two of them Mastroianni was quick to reply saying, “I don’t go that

way bro, sorry.” The boys from Degrassi about how they got started industry, saying

it

was

a fluke.

Sanctuary to listen to Brogren and Mastroianni, better known as Snake and Joey, talk about their time on Degrassi, which

of advice for anyone

the

When

their

behind-the-scenes

pretty

Mastroianni even gave a

“I

much

little bit

who wants

to

far

suggestion to anybody

in

who make your own

the entertainment industry, or

do a theatre play, write one, produce one, but in this industry, you basically have to make your own

When

a

male student from

the

to be, is to

work,” he said.

work.

"Get into

my mind

theatre,

I

as

Joey

for

so

long?”’

Mastroianni says. "But the thing

is

loved high school, but do you

“I

really

pursuing

rather

If

it.”

Mastroianni was never given

work on the original show and become interested in acting, he says he would have probably worked for his father’s construction company. “When I was a kid growing up

the chance to

before Degrassi,

I

used

to

cry

I

cafeteria naked, there

I’m still here, I’m still acting and T’m still enjoying it so I’ll keep

want

go back and do it "I would

to

again?” Brogren asks.

move

forward.”

Mastroianni

mind days.

“I just

wish

1

could go back and

know what I know now.” CTV's Degrassi: The Generation

airs

Next on Tuesdays at

8:30 p.m.

about the show and the fame that came with Snake,” he said.

said.

He then proceeded to joke about how he was named Snake because

Degrassi Street, air

he was “hung like one,” keeping

takes a concept or

crowd laughing and having a good time. Nichole Jiminez, CSI events programmer, said Snake and Joey were brought to Conestoga because they were recommended the

little bit

of

heart and drive and you’re halfway there.” Pat Mastroianni Snake chimed in, telling the crowd about some projects he has worked on since Degrassi, and how he has kept his career going. Brogren talked about not getting

how he named Snake on the

blended really well with the ’80s and ’90s throw back week. “I

it

thought the event went really

well and everybody ested.”

she said.

seemed inter"They had a

the part of Mastroianni and

really big lineup after for auto-

got to be

graphs so everything was really good.”

show.

it

DEGRASSI FACTS

“I got to choose between being Snake or Slim, but I’d rather be

just

Degrassi

old

his

“It just takes a concept or idea and a little bit of heart and drive and you’re halfway there,” he

“It

he wouldn't

says

reliving

the Sanctuary

and because

they continued with questions from

crowd

all

in

between.

wants

the audience and kept the

for lots of char-

shows and movies, where sometimes I would get a part and sometimes I wouldn’t, so sometimes in the back

in the

video of Degrassi couldn’t be played due to technical problems,

entertained.

Mastroianni

talked

get into the acting business, saying

few and

cons,

would audition

jobs that are really good quality arc

“My

aired in the late ’80s.

nationally-known television star its

of

casting director

that

idea and a

came for a short visit. More than 100 students crowded into

for as far as television

from the past

audience declared his love for the

that

acters for tons of different

Students ask two Degrassi actors By STEPH BAULK

show

However, working with such a long-running series and becoming can have

who act on the new much more professional

the

concerned.”

of teenagers

living

definitely

is this

Brogren says. “But there are a lot of worse things you could be

up to that Degrassi reputation of good televi-

Mastroianni says the generation

popular

from the old

famous episode

the

where his character, Joey, had to walk through the cafeteria wearing

series to be as

-

for?”

Pat Mastroianni

dents.

it

show

always be

remembered

the stepfather of one of the stu-

like

the

is this

I’ll

The

original series, Kids of

was on

the

from 1979 to 1985.

The Degrassi Junior High was only on CBC from 1987 to 1989. series

Degrassi High aired

seasons from 1989

for

two

to 1991.

Degrassi High did a 90minute special called

School’s Out that aired in January 1992. • Degrassi: The Next Generation started airing in 2001 and can be seen on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on CTV.


News

SPOKE, December

6,

2004

— Page 13

Cambridge campus students want challenging jobs Placement By DENISE

MULLER

provide a learning experience

will

motions of finding a suitable job. Others will

Some students in the Foeus for Change program at Conestoga’s Cambridge campus have made some interesting, if not different,

participate

and interview people

info

in

fields to get a better

sessions that allow them to talk to

in

certain

understanding

about certain jobs.

the women’s penitentiary on Homer Watson Boulevard, while

“1

chose to be a personal support Hilltop

at the

Manor

and

retire-

Street

Elliott

in

Cambridge.

program

All the students in the

have a two-week period,

will

ing Dec. 6, during

start-

which they

will

pursue job-related endeavours to further

Couto and do job placements, where they actually choose a facility to work at for up to two weeks and get some hands-on students, like

Other students will do a formal job search, where the instructor helps the students go through the

OSAP By JEN

running low on money ? Do you need to purchase books for the coming semester? Will you have enough money for rent? Many problems plague stuthose

but

dents,

who

receive

financial aid are in luck. Originally, loans

were going

to

be released on Jan. 10. however, the date has been bumped up to Jan. 5, said Paul Matresky, a

Conestoga College financial aid This means students will be able

go

to the financial aid office in

Services Client Building as early as 9:30 a.m. on the

Student

the 5th to pick

up

their loan.

The National Student Loan Service Centre

(NSLSC)

will

also be in the financial aid office to help out

money

the

try

to

into

and

students'

hands quicker rather than wait until the 10th," said Matresky.

Some

students do not pick up

loan the second semester

their

Cambridge Campus

will go it bank account. It

important to remember that this Isn’t the case, even if the student is

picked up the loan in September. There’s more good news. The

Canada Student Loans Program, which is operated by the federal government, will be increasing

its

$210 per student per September 2005.

as of

Currently, the federal govern-

per

a

week per

Stratford, 22,

maximum student,

pore over notes at

Don’t fret

lower

it

sit

here and take

if

By MIKE

be

inspected

Safety

by the Technical

Standards

Association

She said she knows what it’s like be a woman, and can imagine what a woman in a confined area must be like. in

her.

woman

she talked

alternates

are

to for

is

almost every

Doon campus how-

ever.

E-wing is closed, students can use the ramp by the recreation centre to get to the second floor. If the D-wing eleIf the elevator in the

vator easily

is

out of service students can to the E-wing elevator

go

ondary education.

month. Students with disabilities may find themselves stuck on an upper level of the school while the elevator on that level is closed for

As for the D-wing elevator by Door 5, the freight elevator by Door 6 can be used if a student is

change in about 10 years,” Matresky says. For a single student, over the course of 34 weeks, just over $1,500 extra will be available thanks to the federal government

inspection or other reasons. There

have so much informa-

their desired floor.

stuck on the third or fourth floor. The A-wing has an older handicapped lift that is no longer used but

still

Stratford

functional in case the

was also looking

at

she decided upon personal support

about potential risks involved with their

job choices.

Couto said she’s not scared about working at the jail and can handle a lot

of verbal abuse and just shrug

it

off.

out of order to floor

A-wing elevator is not functional and someone is unable to get from floor to floor. If the recreation centre elevator is out of order people could exit the

second floor by the ramp connected to the E-wing. The only elevator without an alternative is in the Student/Client

Services Building.

and

first

just

get from floor

for that certain period of time each

the

“They

She said being a personal support worker will be more hands-on and she can really lake care of the patients, something she has always wanted to do. Neither woman is concerned

which renders the device unusable

is

.

with the elderly,” Stratford said.

worker.

conducting the review of the design and funding of post-secis

She said the elderly amuse her, and she loves the stories they tell. “I’ve always had a fascination

inmates.

elevator at the

funding,

Alzheimer’s ward. She said the is an amazing establishment.

home

back she might get from female

the elevator

Don’t worry folks; if an elevator down or under repair, you’ve usually got some backup. At least once every month, each elevator at Conestoga College must

the staff.”

early childhood education, before

Stratford said she called Hilltop

is

all

Stratford will be working in the

Originally, Couto wanted to work in a men’s jail because she was afraid of the negative feed-

Milton didn’t accept

BORS

almost

tion to offer.”

There are other ways

either.

Matresky said. The review was announced in the 2004 budget by the Ontario government. A panel, led by former premier Bob Rae,

main

“That would create some problems,” said Barry Milner, manager

of physical resources, “nothing that would be insurmountable, we might have to get some assistance, whether it be from the fire depart-

ment or whoever”

increase.

The government

will

also be

raising the parental contribution

dents will be able to have a higher income and the students will still

qualify for a student loan.

Matresky said presently, when students pick up a loan, they get a student loan

certificate

how much money

and then there they need to

ment loans

have to

Manor, and the

government

eral

says

to

just

1

almost immediate-

no ifs, ands or huts. “She talked like a mile a minute,” she said. “She introduced me to ly,

it.’”

Unfortunately, the penitentiary

preparation for their job placements

Until the Rae Review's recommendations are released, it is not likely the provincial government will make any announcements on whether they will match the fed-

directly into their

week

in

by Denise Muller)

that begin Dec. 18.

because they think

loans

‘Wow, these people

to accepted her

levels so parents of single stu-

with the loans.

“We’re attempting gel

Nina Couto, 19, and Christine the

“This

administrator.

to

(Photo

ever, they will not

you

Are

like,

to

loans available earlier

GALHARDO

was

said.

Stratford, will

experience.

be a cor-

“I

tion.

Some

to

want to work at a men's jail, because women scare me,” she

work-related educa-

their

pro-

to get into.

have so much control over us, and they can do whatever they want,

her classmate, Christine Stratford,

ment home on

in

sit

always wanted to see what it is like to work behind the law enforcement scene and to see what people like judges do.

at

worker

on

will

officer because she has

rectional

do her two-week work placement

22,

in

Doon campus

still

the

at

grams they might want Couto said she chose

has decided to

19.

others

order to better understand

job placement decisions.

Nina Couto,

And classes

of $165 compared

is

j

which

they get

form out which is

a separate

fill

j

:

j

called a loan agreement. Students j

from the certificate to the agreement form. If by chance something

must

transfer information

does not match, the loan agreement goes to a place in the NSLSC called Acceptation

Handling and in the release

Fortunately,

this

causes a delay

of the loan. for

year of 2005-2006,

the all

academic

the informaj

to the Ontario Student Assistance

tion necessary in the student loan

Program, which loans $110. The

will

two loans are consolidated into one, with the federal government supplying 60 per cent and the provincial government supplying

to

40 per cent. Matresky says the provincial government has not yet committed to increasing the $110, how-

computer.

be on one form and no transfer any other form will be necessary.

The

federal

government

is

also

allowing a first-time expense of $300 towards the purchase of a doesn’t sound like a lot of money, but it was zero dollars

(Photo by Jennifer Howden)

“It

prior to this,” Said Matresky.

Marching along 27. baqpiper marches and plays during the Kitchener Santa Claus Parade Nov.


Page 14

— SPOKE, December

6,

News

2004

Reversed songs may contain

messages

satanic subliminal GALHARDO

By JEN Everyone

many

music, and

to

listens

down

students walk

^of Conestoga College

the halls

with their

headphones on, enjoying their tunes. However, have you ever wondered if you would hear any messages if you played the music backwards? Would you hear gibberish, a message from Satan or maybe a subliminal message?

Some

people believe some songs

contain

messages,

satanic

which

can only be heard when the song played backwards.

is

These first became public knowledge in the late 1960s with The Beatles. There was a mistake in the studio and a lyric was laid backward in the song Rain. John Lennon liked the sound and left it in.

When

fans

heard The Beatles

were putting backward messages in their music, they began playing all their records backwards looking for other messages.

were consid-

Satanic messages

ered subliminal and people once

thought the messages could influ-

ence people’s actions. the rock band Judas was put on trial because the phrase “do it” was in one of their songs and two teenage boys heard it and thought it was a sign they should commit suicide. One of the

1990.

In

messages do not influence a person's actions. Sometimes, the messages were thought to be actual messages that Satan put in the songs. In the song Stairway to Heaven by Led the judge said subliminal

Priest

boys succeeded.

The case was dismissed because

Zeppelin, the phrase,

my

sweet Satan”

played

“Oh

here’s to

heard when

is

them.”

else did.

general arts and science student,

is

student

is

er in satanic messages, saying she it’s

With

the rising cost of gas prices,

www.ontariogasprices.com,

At

drivers can find the price of fuel

from the gas station around the corner, or across Ontario, as updated by fellow

“Certain people, such as Britney

thinks

it

is

just

a

publicity

stunt.

In the

song Kiss, Kiss, Kiss by

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Aboriginal CHANTELLE TIMPERLEY

By

erty for native Canadians.

hosts

Some people enjoy

the hustle and of living in suburbia. Others enjoy the simple life, which to most people these days is nothing hustle

more than a Paris Hilton

reality

show. living

Ironically,

simple

a

life

now seems to be more complex than one would think. Alex Mathias, a 56-year-old TemeAugama Anishnabai man from the Tcmagami First Nation, is the last Tcmagami aboriginal living off a on family ancestral land. He spoke at the University of Waterloo Nov. 23 to a crowd of students -and. professors about the struggles he faces with his land. All he wanted was to live in peace at his cabin, where he has reserve

lived for the past 12 years with his

Mary Carol and

wife

daughters

two

their

but the Ontario govern-

-

ment has alternate plans.

Temagami

is

located

an area rich

is

north-

in

Bay,

wilderness

in

and wildlife. Mathias's portion of the land has been in his family for close to five generations.

The government decided open land there

to

Mathias’s ancestral land

is

close to

258 square kilometres. about three kilometres

from where Mathias his

it

is

he

lives, but

the last bit of wilderness

people have

means to the people.” He also suggested other measures, such as writing Ontario’s minister of

left in

Temagami.

"1 believe the province of Ontario and the logging companies took out almost everything, and there is so little left that we the people and the public as well have to try to save it,” he said. “Because no matter what happens with the government, they seem to get their way, and if they get it. I’m sure it’ll be all cot-

preservation

for

Temagami

in

“There’s a

lot

of wild game, and

destruction of natural resources.

not seen in the white community,

think he expresses

it

well,”

MacPherson. “Over the

five

known him.

understand that point

"We do right

fill

there,

UW

Some

away with a of

why

it

hit

on the area as being an

area that the people of Ontario will

he said. “If we area, we won’t

for future generations.”

MacPherson

said other parks in

southern Ontario, like Algonquin,

brought back personal memories of my own.” Darcy Higgins, a 19-year-old resource

and

environment

sophomore

studies

student,

said

Mathias’s presentation taught him a lot and motivated

some “I

him

now

1

can apply

my

about the situation,” he said. “I’ve got a few extra sheets of information I can bring to other groups I’m

to

In 1999, Mathias held a fall fast-

ing spiritual

ceremony on

his prop-

feel that

you can’t perform them

in front

of your

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“I think people

have become overrun by people and that it is important to protect other parks

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point across during his presentation

for the past 30 years and it has become something he shares with

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that

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in his traditional

you:

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environment and business student, said she thought Mathias got his

in the future,”

not

it.”

students said attend-

ing the event

can connect emotionally with what he was saying,” said Siks. “I’ve been on the lake he

want

the beauty of

feci

no chemicals in our soil. You do buy good veggies in stores, potatoes and stuff, but you don't know what they use for fertilizer.”

we

Temagami

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and much

MacPherson said the issue with Temagami affects him personally. He has been frequenting the area

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the land

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need the land as

needs me,” said Mathias.

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filled

better

“Over those years

said he will not be relocating.

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there's

”1 think he has a point about environmental conservation that I've

cut logging encroach

“I

I

He

can work around

I

eating real meat instead

own gardening

said people need to stop the

think

1

he needs.

who

I

do remember things from lived on Obabika Lake as a growing up. Most kids want-

1

the clock.”

place called

a

is

or whatever they

much

there because

I

Temagami.

of

Chee-skong-abikong Lake, saying it is special to him because it is a sacred site and he gets good energy from it. “I go there once in a while just like a battery going to get charged up.” he said. “You come away and you feel great, and you don’t have to go back for months.” Mathias touched on some of the simple pleasures he takes in living in the wilderness, such as doing his own hunting and only taking what

with,” he said.

and

was.

I

Even though Mathias made a was keeping everyone happy before he moved back to Temagami, there was something missing. “One day 1 was doing a dock on Lake Tcmagami and three canoes paddled by and it was a beautiful

steroids

of view

it

always knew was going to go back there, which did.”

vation of wilderness in general.

MacPherson. a retired industrial and canoeing enthusiast

clearer,

great

he said. "They're going to have a hard lime clear-cutting if I’m living

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recommended

of going to the supermarket and

years or so that I’ve

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He also hopes to see other neighbouring communities get involved.

Mathias began touring universities a few years ago after he met Ed

I

“I

when

who

in

vis-

know I'm

and

appreciative for the area, a big part of

up

thankful and

ancestral land

natural

David Ramsay, and Temagami.

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said

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said

will

it

day. something like today,” he said,

in

The estimated area of the woods be chopped down is ,700 football fields in size. The size of

is

He hopes holding draw more people and educate them on how valuable the land is to him and his people. “People can go up to the ceremonies.” said Mathias. "It would be helping them to learn more, and get the feelings of what the land about 70 people.

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I'm sure there are many people out there, just like me, who have an

sweet tooth. Often,

Their prices seem to be fair, depending on what you want. A medium coffee is about $1.50, while a medium cone of gelato

looking over a restaurant’s dessert than

their

and

appetizers

room

to spare.

I

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goes for $4. There’s even a staircase leading

stumbled upon a recently-opened dessert and coffee shop called Whole Lot-a

second floor, where more tables and comfortable couches tempt one to loiter for hours. There are various children’s toys and even a small table where the kids can sit, making it a very family-ori-

Gelata.

ented cafe.

prise

weeks ago.

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little

I'd

place, at 120

a variety of items,

cakes and

to,

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On

Waterloo

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I had dropped However, I didn’t know what flavour to choose because the restaurant offers a wide

Gelata seems like a rather small

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place. There’s a really big sign out

nut,

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because of the busy the outside.

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street.

name,

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lot

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size of the dessert, considering the

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almost $1,000.

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After taking ever,

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discovered

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expense. like.

dessert was soft and spongeThe chocolate on top was

to

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a waffle

finally

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was was surprised

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smooth,

spacious the place was. There are a

soft,

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I

The gelato was

and

of flavour.

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fell in love.

ed to

mouth.

I

was impressed,

try

recent

visit, I

some Tiramisu

at

on the

this visit. All

first

trying to

floor during

of the tables, except

been wiped

for one, either hadn’t

empty plates and coffee cups. The table I did find was wobbly, making my expeor were topped with

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unpleasant.

move

after

decided to minutes

I

about

boyfriend and

I

came

up with the idea of going on a

trip

to

talk about

would never actually do. The more I thought about taking the trip the more I became intent on following through with I

will be graduating in

the spring, hopefully to

move on

to a “real” job, with “real” bills

which will leave little time and money for week-long getto pay,

aways. Also, working at least 30 hours

The only negative was find a table

10

because I was irritated. However, overall my experience at

On my most

few tables by the window looking out onto the street, a shelf with var-

my

When my

the idea.

once again, by the quality of Whole

visit,

nut gelato.

inside. I

an earlier

in for a gelato.

looking through the windows, there

However,

Vancouver, B.C., during reading week, I thought it was just

on a red-and-white checkerboard tissue-like paper. At first glance, I

Lot-a Gelata’s desserts.

coffee.

seeing expenses.

Next to the cost of our flight, accommodations are going to be the second largest expense on our trip. An average hotel at $100 a night would end up costing us

The Tiramisu was a small portion

in

gelato,

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grated chocolate.

spectacular and everything melted

is

Experience Vancouver on a student budget

and topped with

a cheese filling

including different types of Panini

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of sponge cake soaked with coffee or liqueur with

sandwiches, desserts such as gela-

an Italian ice cream.

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an Italian dessert con-

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The Wax on Nov.

guitarist, hits

a high note during the band’s performance

Not By Choice, one of Canada’s most successful independent bands, brought their high-energy

performance to The Wax, on Nov. 24. With about 100 people in attendance, the Ajax band made their first appearance in Kitchener since releasing their new album. Second live

Hand Opinions. The band headlined which

included

Flashlight

Brown and

the concert

Toronto’s

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local

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songs, including their

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hits.

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mean,” said Bovaird. really haven’t been paying atten-

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numbers or anything, but

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would rather not know.” Not By Choice may be proud of second album, however, the

their

band’s guitarist and backup vocal-

Glenn “Chico” Dunning said he wishes they could have done more.

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Dunning. put

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we

into

know, we don’t have in the world to do cool,

we

love

loved our

it

first

there

Bovaird said with the recent album

Green Glory and Jimmy

releases from bands such as

Day,

New Found

way more

still

come by

with

may be harder their new album.

money

to

“As far as store shelving and media goes, we’re up against every major label pop-punk sort of genre band in the world and we’re this Canadian indie band just trying to get our foot in the door.”

believes the competition is

for per-

is

hoping

their pre-

fident

in

their

But

it’s

music, they

than

we

well

their

abilities

is

con-

to create

were surprised how debut album was

room

for

improvement. “Every time you work on some-

“It

was

like

we

said Bovaird, “and

wow!

It

when it came out in Japan,” he said. “Boom, it flew off the shelves

was

sold a record,” I

was

like, ho,

fantastic.”

Bovaird said Canada was not the only place which opened its arms

Killers

May 21 - June

Sagittarius 21

want you to look on You might think

November 22 December 21 If your

mood

is

a

little

stark,

on some bright

the bright side.

try putting

things are different than they

colours to cheer yourself up.

you just aren't looking hard enough. Try to find the pos-

Give orange a chance, and shove your black clothes into the back of the closet. It'll make you feel

itive in everything.

better.

there.”

Dunning said the band may not have won any industry awards, but having an independent band that sold more than 20,000 records does not happen every year. Not By Choice is hoping to continue such success and avoid feeling the wrath of the sophomore jinx and being labelled as onealbum wonders. “People keep saying that to me and I don’t really know what it is,” said Bovaird. “It just seems like an excuse, you know, if your album bombs.” Bovaird said as a Canadian band, it is hard to be strictly original with their song subjects. “I find because this country is so hard to tour, and if you have a record out in Canada, you can only tour it

it

many

so

times, but

hard,” he said.

you tour

“So when the time

your second record, usually most Canadian bands, all they write about is being on the road, and who cares. We’ve got a couple songs like that on the new album, but it’s not saturated, you know what I mean.” to write

Along with

the

new

Capricorn December 22

will bring

family gatherings, you can't wait

could be the one for you. Listen

to feel at

you

was just

its

again and soon

Stars are in

love

is in

the

air.

your eyes and nothing

you down. This person

closely to their needs and they'll

never

let

you

go.

Aquarius January' 20

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February' 18

Take some time to enjoy your be an important support and will become your family one day. The more you take care of them the better they will take care of you. friends, they can

Taking care of yourself and othalways been your strong point. Don't think it goes unnoticed or unappreciated. A lot of people love and care about you and are grateful for the gifts you ers has

share.

Virgo >

Pisces

August 23 September 22

February 19 March 20

-

stuff,”

trying to

another level

of

home

will be.

the

with writing guitar

“it

Romance and

You would be amazed at how much you love tradition. As much as you might say you hate

lyrical possi-

go up and kind of bring something that we haven’t done in other songs, and I think we did that, which is good.” Dunning said since the new album has a much different sound than the first. Not By Choice has grown out he said,

-

January 19

second album, Dunning said the band also developed a more defined sound. for

bilities

You have been active.

a little too Don't lose your breath

like Destiny's Child, take

on yourself. going and things.

it

easy

Get a good pace try not to overdo

Have you been too busy a

shower?

personal

to take

Please don't put your

hygiene on the back

burner, for the sake of your health

and from

to

save everyone's noses

falling off.

original genre classification.

“I think

received.

off.

appear, but

got a surprise a year later

“I think

Dunning said even though the band may not know it yet, he sonal good and

“We

comes

Although Not By Choice

the

I

a better record."

it’s

vious success will continue.

that.

so

having an impact right away but I think in the long it’s

you

but

record.”

is

differently,

little

could have it,

all

said

Bovaird said the band enjoyed getting back in the studio, but he believes

said

Eat World, success

sales are going.

know what “I

but he

41,”

Dunning, “and this time it is like we’re doing our own shows and the

their

their

Sum

with

The

Not By Choice.

to

it

you really disagree with. Take a long look in the mirror and go with your gut. You'll never regret following what matters most to you. things

Gemini

chooses Kitchener thing, six

get

any work done and you need to get focused so shut

GERHART

in

at

24.

Not By Choice By BRENT

You won't

of the tube.

Don't be fake and go along with

life.

how much

-

21

we used

to

be a pop-punk

band,” he said, “but

we’re just a because if you record,

it’s

proud of

now

pop-rock

band,

listen to the

just pop-rock,

that.”

think

I

new

and we're

Janet Morris

is

a 2nd-year journalism

student in tune with the universe.


Sports

SPOKE, December

no end

Still

NHL

to

— Page 19

2004

6,

sight

in

lockout

By KATE BATTLER

book arenas

to

for January,

is

il

looking unlikely that anything will So. major league baseball has been done and gone for a while. NHL football is over halfway through its season. And NBA bas-

come of

ketball

Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Both of these leagues have seen_

off to a solid

is

But where

NHL

is

strong and there

NHL

The

Hockey League (AHL) or

start.

hockey you

met since Artest,

left,

received the harshest of

and

the suspensions given out to players of the NBA’s

all

Detroit Pistons for his involvement in a Nov.

20

brawl.

is

still

is

no end

going

Meanwhile,

Sept. 9 and there

is

no

that

it

will be

NBA fight

about

The payments will include for November and another for December. Monthly payments for following months will vary between $5,000 and $ 10 000 The money for these payments is coming from a pool that has been .

saved up over the years from union

DEAK

By NICOLE

thing

1

of the National Association (NBA)

fans

Basketball

were asked about the recent brawl Pacer-Dctroit

during

the

Pistons

game on Nov.

Indiana

most said

19.

basketball.

not

ball,

When

can see happening

in foot-

This

is

Dedicated

NBA

punish-

ments were too hard, especially for Artest.

they found the fight to be entertaining,

were too

penalties

the

but

From

Indiana

the

Pacers,

for-

with the fight, look at

ward Ron Attest was suspended for the rest of the season after he

punched a fan

in

the

face,

hockey.

The

penalties

weren’t too harsh.”

and

guard Stephen Jackson was sus-

Chris Hay,

pended for 30 games after fighting with a fan. Forward Jermaine O'Neal received a 25-game sus-

second-year

Anthony Johnson was suspended

“He should have been punished.

games. Also, guard Reggie was suspended for one

Fans will do stupid things, but he should have let security handle it,”

for five

Miller

game

for leaving the

bench during

an argument.

On

the Detroit Pistons side, for-

ward/centre

Ben Wallace was sussix games after he

said Mastronardi.

"Now

he’s los-

like the players didn’t

have any discipline.”

Langey,

Scott

a

second-year

woodworking student, also said fight was entertaining, but

the

the

penalties were appropriate. it

it. He punched some guy in the face so he should be suspended for the rest of the season,” Langey said. “This isn’t good for basketball, but I don't think any

less of

each

lawsuits have been

Two Detroit filed

a

Pistons fans have

lawsuit

against

the

Nobody deserves that.” some fans said

fered concussions from the inci-

the other hand,

months

dent.

More

who

Players

are

playing

in

European hockey leagues and the few that have gone to the NHL farm teams will also get lockout pay even though they are getting

The

somewhere

NHLPA

else.

planning to hold a meeting with more than 200 of the players in the next week or two in Toronto. The NHL held a meeting is

in New York to update 30 general managers on the sit-

on Dec. 2 the

(Internet photo)

Gary Bettman, the

uation.

it.”

To date two filed.

scrapped.

receive the

paid to play

because you never real-

Indiana Pacers, saying they suf-

On

will

season taken place.

would look

ing $5 million, that’s like a $5-million fine.

has said the initial cover the next 24

second-year woodworking student,

ly get to see

woodworking student

fees.

NHLPA

Chris Hay. “If they were any lighter

penalties weren’t too harsh,” said

“I liked

pension after being restrained front charging into the stands, and guard

The

and each player will same amount regardless of what they would have potentially made had a regular

the

it

“There was nothing wrong

harsh.

dues and licensing plan

fight.

"There was nothing wrong with fight, look at hockey. The

Frank

fan felt the

penalties suited the

the

felt

crime and they enjoyed seeing a

good

absolutely ridiculous!”

Mastronardi said he

they

are expected.

began two World Hockey (WHA) and the Association Original Stars Hockey League (OSHL), have come and gone. Although the OSHL is still trying Since

the

lockout

managers from all on Dec. 2. The reason for the meeting was to update the managers on the

the general

start-up leagues, the

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