Waiting for approval
College plans to offer
and software engineering programs. News 3
Find nice holiday gifts for friends
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.
Conestoga College, Kitchener
— No. 27
CSI president plans not to run for re-election By
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
and have received a passing grade the previous semester.
time for Ontario’s post-sec-
ondary education system
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-
Bill Davis, a
closing them?” she asked.
education system. the biggest problems in is
Wilfrid Laurier University
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
“Students are less attentive
class because they
not several part-time jobs to
pay bills - not just tuition.” he said. Increased classroom sizes has also caused problems.
types of institutes.
tions to the federal government,” he
to freeze or cut
“No doubt said "I don’t
she agreed with
said, “I think there’s
Second-year police foundations Conestoga, Nelofcr at
she never saw her-
(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-
self being in the course she
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
discussions that are expected to be completed by early December.
that students in Scotland are not
premier of Ontario and
a lot of
that students are forced too early
Walsh-Bowers received applause from the crowd when he mentioned charged any tuition
University of Waterloo, said he's
gated to help.
report to be delivered in January
public meetings and 20 roundtable
government should be
recommendations for a better system and draft a
education students are receiving,
the responsibility of
we opening more
the advisory panel
Frank Reynolds, chair of the political relations committee at the
Bob Rae and
Mary Anne Chambers
14, she said.
effective funding, he said, but the
choose a career path when only
tance will be given.
120 people.”" The Ontario government needs to focus on assuring the quality of
"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
schools and perhaps more assis-
a better structured post-secondary
are expected to consider the pub-
However, Bob Rae, also a former premier of Ontario and leader of the panel, was not in attendance.
problem lies. Students can learn to drive at 6, vote when they are 18 and drink alcohol when they’re 19, but have
member Don Drummond,
would not be
to find a better balance
education system,” she said.
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.
but free tuition
academic barrier because certain
Falconer refused to comment about why he won't be returning
than 200 people
would become an
able to offer a whole lot more.”
mier of Ontario (1971-1985). Four members from the review
ing a negative effect on students,
and the vice-
degrees,” he said, “but should be
have to be enhanced,” said panel
were heard during the post-secondary review on Nov. 25 at Conestoga College.
to voice opinions
harder for students to excel. "Conestoga offers some applied
because Ontario's college system is the lowest funded educational sys-
being worked during the CSI Falconer office hours, according to the board remuneration policy. The president
member Leslie Church
of these hours
not operational issues.”
she agrees classroom sizes are hav-
he chooses to decline. If he chooses to not be the past-president, the student of past-vice-president
with a majority
to Highway 401.
Conestoga’s board of governors, said
Falconer will assume the role of
past-president on the board unless
paid a salary of
two years prior to becoming presiHe was previously a director and then the vice-president of student.
Falconer worked with CSI for
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
dates must be able to serve a one-
to seek re-election
Justin Falconer has decided not
eligible to run for the pres-
the decision in
Conestoga College on Nov. 25.
— SPOKE, December
Now deep thoughts Conestoga College
questions answered by
the worst Christmas
you ever received?
“A phone cord from
grandma. It was wrapped up but I’m sure she just found
pig backpack. Piglet,
(Photo by Benjamin Richmond)
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.
cuts off parts of fingers “Pink
on the severity of the injury. Grinwis, for example, was taken to
pyjamas. They were This year’s
the ugliest things I’ve
one day Martin Grinwis soon forget.
working technology and technician
deer whistle after
the accident happened.
health and safety act, the- police
heard a scream and ran
over to help
phone the Ministry of Labour
Jon Kohl, a second-year student
“A flower drying Michelle
to report to the Ministry of
ing centre have decreased over the
10 years, the
machinery programs tend to have the most accidents within the college. "The shops are the places where the most (accidents) occur.”
not just the
blue and purple.”
Aakash Vaswani, information technology
such as Grinwis’s, the
health services office
so they can immediately respond to the injury.
There are doctors and
nurses in the health services office several days a week. If
the office at the time of the acci-
Conestoga's security staff
After security arrives to the scene
of the accident, the injured person
Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!
taken to either the health servic-
es office or the hospital, depending
Following an accident, Radigan a
used to report the injury to
Radigan then remains
Radigan collects when talking
the injured person
planning to return and
representative from the min-
monogrammed lunch bag with my full name,
the accident. “1 heard a
an ongoing basis to track their
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
woodworking technician program, was in the shop during the
although they recognize not
accidents can be prevented.
contact with the injured person on
Despite not qualifying as a
Grinwis’s injury did not qualify
to the accident.
as critical because his
is considered to under the occupational
report. If the injury
Radigan then came to the woodworking shop to fill out an accident
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
scene of the accident was safe and
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
Grinwis. a professor in the wood-
because his hand needed immediate medical
the Doon health and safety committee meetings, which consists of
if he have any physical
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
(participants in the investi-
gation) try to determine, basically,
the accident and sec
we can do to prefrom happening again,”
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
One way accident
prevent a similar
cussing the information gathered
the investigation with the pro-
gram's faculty. The faculty is in charge of promoting accident prevention
the proper safety procedures
to follow ery.
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
when he comes appropriate
doing too much.” Grinwis, his doctor
also discussed at
they are allowed to use the equip-
unsure when he
able to return to work.
— Page 3
Student forum has its ups and downs HOWDEN
her phone number. Bird declined.
Other questions asked included
Dec. 1, Conestoga Students (CSI) held an open forum in the Sanctuary to give students the
concerns about topics such as board remu-
and the roles of CSI
of these issues involve CSI but the directors addressed them as best
should bring them up meeting.
About 100 students showed up,, however, only a few of them were* Directors Matt Jackson, Jessica
Leanne Bird, Jason Blamirc and Dariusz Czajkowski sat on stage and invited students to
know how any of
other students feel but
speak up. The remaining two directors Amit Rajput and Nclofer
Blamirc- suggested students
“Those of you who think we
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
when computers will be fixed and why certain music isn’t played on the college’s radio station. None late,
neration, the student priority
she could gel the honorarium decision reversed.
for the directors to get
get paid need to come out and be heard,” lie said. Being a director last year, Genno said she
knows how hard
be discussed board meetings. to
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
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
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
not one student asked a
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
“Why do you
Between would yell
a joke” and
“dance for us.” One male student even asked director Leanne Bird for
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
honorarium. The money was to off-
would be a good
we would be
be there for (the students) more often," said Bird.
Genno questioned whether
Blamire. “As far as voting goes
and ’90s throwback party held
dance team made
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.
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
time program that will be offered
attend had a blast.
Training, Colleges and Universities,
requirement planning, transporta-
offered including Excel, organizational behaviour, or
100 students have
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
through the continuing education
ing needs identified by a group of
program is provide knowledge and
understanding in various safetyrelated topics pertinent to an industrial
environment, including due
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,
education for the school of business, said the
came out of
became apparent little, if
any, courses in
existence that focused specifically
ple aren’t out here,” he said.
we enjoyed back when we didn't know what we were doing in
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
come back in 2006 new program,” Donald can
to take the said.
program goes deeper with a prehensive term in
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-
should be getting back to
one night. This
a phenomenal idea.
ware component,” Donald
of the col-
dance team and said CSI should have advertised that the lege’s
would be the ance of the team.
because a majority of us are children of the ’80s and
students to the event.”
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
show,” he said.
Matt Knapp, a second-year marketing student, said the huge
screens were an
really get people in the dance and the few people are here are all over it,” he
for CSI, said this
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
bad of a venue,” he
think they should consider
making Thursday’s cheap drink night.”
Nichole Jiminez, event pro-
other organizations in the area that their
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
Elmira, for both their employees and
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
“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)
CSI has ever come up
“CSI needs to do a promotional where they offer free cover, free pizza or maybe have the first
the warehousing level one program. “It
caters to students
awesome party. love dancing and I don’t know why more peo-
BlackBerries, cellphones and other
already acquired in
program builds on
Weickert said the origin of both of
blamed it on a lack of advertising. “Something just isn’t jelling
with software related to palm pilots,
mandatory courses which arc about forecasting and purchasing, materi-
governors meeting on Nov. 22.
because there’s only 20-25 people
approval at the college’s board of
Ruiss said there about Thursday
here,” he said.
and traffic, and warehouse design and storage systems. One of
year broadcasting student.
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-
two and a
operating systems and learn to work
with plans to begin one of them as early as this January.
continuing education program
ing towards team leader or supervi-
and a dry
Doon campus. The program is technical, teaching how to program
Training, Colleges and Universities
called warehousing level
Not even the old school jams and the Much Music video dance
Two new programs
games have come back said.
The software engineering technology program is a three-year full-
appearance of the college’s dance
appearance at the the Sanctuary on Nov. 25.
Throwback bash not hip enough
Two new programs coming
(Photo by Alexandra Mastronardl)
CSI has done
people Stephenson. to
because relate the said.
is where we can most from our past,” he
— SPOKE, December
for If the
Ukrainian election has shown the world anything over the past
that the state of
not as strong as
led to believe.
Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have revolted against the Central Elections Commissions claim that Viktor Yanukovich defeated
Nov. 21 election.
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
Reports are saying most voters
harassed were supporters
Outgoing president Leonid Kuchma and Russian President Vladimir Putin back Yanukovich are older
will maintain ties to Russia. Citizens
woman who was
European Union and NATO. Most of
tions such as the
pro-west and supports joining organiza-
from younger voters and those who their election
live in eastern
one more country
of the country sup-
live in the eastern industrial regions
that has faced criticisms over
recently the United States has been criticized for their voting
in the state
of Florida. The
George W. Bush's brother
Jeb, used voting
governed by President
that did not pro-
heard over Afghanistan’s
presidential election because of irregu-
vide a record of
October cries of fraud were
voting stations that allowed citizens to cast numerous ballots.
year ago citizens in the country of Georgia staged a Velvet
Revolution after election results were proved to be
nate enough to have as a child.
younger couples dealing with
dent debt. this
couple took their
They spent every gifts,
personal hygiene items
with a $300
load of Christmas cheer that was
important for the international com-
spread throughout the city via a
In the greatest interest,
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
celebrity covers of Christmas songs
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
concerned about harming relations with Russia,
over the situation tion,
Russia has agreed could work.
more pressure to speak out because of its hisCanada is home to more than one million
country to recognize the Ukraine's post-
dangerous precedent could be
Soviet countries to this
Soviet independence in 1991.
set in future elections in
fails to find a
example of everything
against the “season of giving.” I’d
torical ties to the country.
Ukrainians and was the
loop through our heads and
and telephone number contacted
a lot of different things
but in our
army of opposites
own way we always come together for the
holidays and that
lucky to have food on
and a family
a house to eat I
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
need to think about
really matters at Christmas
and how fortunate many of us
doesn’t have to start with a $300
shopping spree for charity.
each just need to take a small step in
the direction towards
time of year a good time for
is published and produced weekly by the Journalism students
letters to the
should be signed and include the
she loves every second of
A homemade pair my Mom is
to a lot of different people, but to
The European Union has also voiced its concern and has recommended a re-vote as a possible solu-
idea of Christmas brings
December holiday madness, when
but must also consider that the Ukraine has faithfully provided troops
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
parents did their best to give
the My Little Pony mansion hedgehog named Norm, my
which may have
exchange. Not an entirely uncom-
tires to protest the
growing up. I what I was fortu-
this is a big step in
to ensure the
States, the country
course, the citizens are waging a battle that
munity to become involved
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
budget and went shopping together.
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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I’m old From
toddler to preschooler, from parent to pensioner, between bottles and bifocals, we
On Wednesday, to
age into different categories.
the ’50s, society
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-
our triumphs and responsibili-
feel like adults, but
don’t like to
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.
be labelled as one. Legally we can drive, drink, smoke, vote and die for our country.
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
and the origin of such wild stories keep us from happily taking on that
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?
do with themselves.
thing at once.
high school grads register for university with relish. They move into residence buildings or stay with their parents for four extra years.
out on their
part-time jobs to
college and start
two afford the rent. They go to wondering how a diploma
Amsterdam. Each lifestyle choice comes with financial responsibilities, either tuition, rent or
heaped on them, whether
care less about the rest
of the television.
back and forth between Alex Trebek and my two black Scottish terriers, Katie and Mackenzie, who were whimpering by the door. I
often take the dogs for their kilometre-
long walk (“walkie time”
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
tried to plan
escape route, but the
piercing yaps escalated to
form of food accidentally dropped to the floor. It is no wonder going for a walk topped their short list of favourite shine
dogs ran haphazardly
the road, in front
of me, their
extendable leads becoming tangled. It
doggie heaven as
they barked incessantly at leaves, passersby
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
by the turn of events,
and blabbed the
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
and, for the I
a long time,
25 years of age,
did have a bag. I’m not even sure
invented the excuse.
better than admitting
head high, tepid excrement
ahead a Doberman pinscher, who to be walking his owner, crossed
to tear things apart?”
Parent needs a refresher in what
deafening barking frenzy.
finished the ridiculous chapter, closed the
book and turned That's
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,
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
unlock the door,
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
doing something they wanted to do when
Where was my cookie? Later that evening
was means to
civic duty, however,
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
left off in
Katie, the elder dog, sleeps on a cushion
expression on her
freshly laundered sheets and turned to
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
are taught to write about the good, the
Finally she returned and thrust a grocery
to their whines.
Once she finished, yanked their leads, ready to make a quick get-away from the
10 kilograms each, lunged toward the beast-
was dark and feces
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
who (like the rest of my class) has a responsibility to write for the school’s
soon became obvious nature had called;
ed towards the closet.
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-
were seemingly undeterred by the incident
to feel guilty.
thoughts turned to a day in the
of my pets,
a journalism student at the college;
bad and the ugly, meaning, we are not a public relations firm for CSI, nor anyone
was unfair and incomplete. Now, I’m not sure if he was referring
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
hand, and continued on with
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.
Falconer’s clip was done playing. Parent
came back on
yard just so some people
A Day in
radio station to defend himself, or that I was paying Falconer to do volunteer work. No. What really disappointed me was, once
warmth of her house, gloating about her
switched through the channels resolved to watch Jeopardy.
going to supply the construction company with lumber at the expense of the lumber-
tion wasn’t the lact that Falconer
lumberyard and volun-
dinner, cleaned the tomato-stained stove-
mean we’re clairvoyant. What finally caused me to change
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
ments might have a chance
plumped down on
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
Do you blame
which depicts a grownup who’s
that the article written
handing you a paycheque every two weeks.
students of Conestoga end because both CSA and hand to help students.
last time I checked, when you have a job you’re getting paid for you do it for the
a clip of
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
of their beanbag chair, experimenting with something other than macaroni and cheese or doing the dishes more than once a week.
Many young adults with half these medals are content with their merits and couldn’t
might lead to a career. And some youths travel Europe, postpon-
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
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
good Conestoga journal-
team Conestoga media studies!
What accosted my
recognize today. Twelve year olds were labelled teenagers when they turned the big
— Page 5
between children and adults
Nov. 24, was listening Conestoga College’s 88.3 CJ1Q FM in
the evening like a
At the turn of the century, boys and girls were thrust into the shoes of adults at the age of 12 when their parents required them to work on the farm. In
my room and keep my bed where she I
a towel at the foot
was engrossed in my novel, Angels and Demons, although it had taken a turn for the absurd, and was unaware Katie had jumped on my bed. Unbeknownst to me, she began slinking
(Photo by Jennifer Ormston)
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Normally they are not
for their next walk. this well-
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Fire safety tips for residence Death from smoke inhalation very By JUSTIN BASTIN
something students rarely think about, even though it could save their life. Recent events such as horseplay with the fire Fire safety
extinguishers in the Conestoga residence have got students thinking
more about protecting themselves case of
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
keys, lock your door and
the nearest stairway door
to leave the building:
vents and air
enters the room, tell
phone them where
smoke-free room), closing
smoke, do not
Cambridge Fire deaths due to
inhalation in residence-type
spread of deadly
One of the stairwells smoke and somebody left
Seal door with tape/towels
to the floor
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
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
to follow that old
had closed the doors no one would have died.”
limes as kids.
Lisa Evans, a university student.
Eric Robinson, a
“In Toronto a few years
apartment buildings are very common. It is vitally important to close doors behind you in such a situation
stairways are blocked by
and move to the balcony (if no balcony choose the most
If there is all
residence-type apartment buildings
- If there is no smoke, use the stairway and leave the building
the fire department,
not use the elevator
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-
smoke by bracing
“Stop, drop and
Students must vacate residence during winter holidays By
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
hours after final exams, students
The residence 9 after
under a lockout which is in effect
leave the residence on Dec. 21 until
Jan. 9 although many students do not take the time to read all the pages in their lease.
stay in resiare
over the holidays required to submit a written
stating their rea-
sons. If the student
stay they are required to pay a flat
of $200 or $25 per day. Students may be approved to stay
they need to
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
stated in the student’s con-
tract that students are required to
for the holidays, until Jan.
have never seen snow before take some getting used to.”
living in residence are required to
vacate the building.
be spending the hol-
residence but said he looking forward to his first snow in
come up with $200
said the first-year architect student.
The general manager of
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
security officer at
Conestoga College, uses a bank
of video monitors to
keep watch on a quiet Sunday afternoon.
repairs,” he said.
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
a while, but usually the hangover continues and the bad feelings are
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.
a low setting.
(usually emotional pain
Moreau to get as
Tuition fees didn’t stop students in
residence from donating their
groceries to help feed the hungry.
across the region.
Philippe Moreau, decided to take the initiative
and encourage students
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.
which are awarded when good deeds are done by students in various zones, were given to stu-
not give a
less fortunate,” he said. “It’s the
director of the food bank, sent a letter to the residence
them for their donations. Moreau reminds students the
preparing for the Christmas
said their goal
two pounds of food
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.
pounds of food.
said they have notified
the students of the food drive
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
ing in residence so their goal
as students you’re
die, just to feel.
as possible to
poor but you don’t eat everything you “I
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
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.
from Student Services Visit our website htto://www. conestogac. on. ca/isD/stserv/index.isp
— SPOKE, December
Students promote positive relationships By JANET
A photograph of two sisters enjoying playing the guitar together has
photography contest held in remembrance of the women the Montreal Massacre at Ecole Polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989
Three Conestoga College students were awarded prizes for entries that promote positive relationships.
The contest was held
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
She said she took the picture with positive relationships in mind.
could have done a
boyfriend and girlfriend situation but family lasts forever.”
Connie Coggan, public relations student "It’s
you have a good relationship with your sisters it will last longer than any most,"
She said she deliberately wanted a picture of family rather than
romantic relationship. could have done a boyfriend and girlfriend situation but family
(Photo by Connie Coggan)
Coggan’s picture was taken indoors with no flash using only the light streaming
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
7 entranties in
impact as well as composition,
The judges chose entry because
such as reflections of kindness, sup-
harmony and peace.
liked the lighting and the
Women’s Resource Group photography
and the healthy
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
contest and portrayed. It is of her two
The judging was based on emotional
did not look posed,
moment with a On Dec. 6,
looked like a healthy relationship with fun, fondness and love in a
1989, at Ecole Polytechnique, an engineering school in Montreal, Marc Lepine
had a nice age-range contrast and
said second place
sense of nurturing by a
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
men and women were
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
(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.
Enrolment up ORMSTON
of the students are from China
and Hong Kong.
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
Janice Bennett, the program’s coordinator.
This increase can be attributed to
Bennett also accredits
"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
of Waterloo and the recruitment efforts by the two institutions
Buuck agrees the quality of the program is highly
students in the
close to the
benefit to take part in the program."
overseas, said Bennett.
certainly to their
held at the college’s
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
that really prepares the stu-
students are learning a skills,
including writing, reading comprehension, grammar, pronunciation
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-
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
Most are enrolled in either math or computer science programs at
what they have read and look main ideas.”
the university. In
to tackle a reading, get
2000, approximately 60 stu-
ing from context clues,
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-
Law impacts By JON YANEFF
students to already be at an inter-
The Dalton McGuinty governi,t
legislation forcing students to stay in
school until age 18.
As of now,
school until they are 16 years old. This SI 00-million plan includes
job placements and apprenticeships
lower Ontario’s 30 per cent high school dropout rate. The proposed law is expected to be passed
year or early next
they decide to enter
Basic, intermediate and advanced are the three levels students have to complete to graduate from an apprenticeship program at college.
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-
number of unspecified school
programs want to come
projects in January.
“This means there will be a major increase at the intermediate and advanced levels of the pro-
experiment with pilot
The plan will S70 million a year, plus an additional $30 million for expanded apprenticeship programs.
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
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
dents would apply to the college.
ment has pledged
good program," she
convinced that college is the way to go,” he said. “They are learning it is one of are
school and graduate and enter the
would equal 25 per cent of the salaries and wages of eligible apprentices, mostly for those in the
construction, industrial and
faster than if
be introduced. This allows students to get high school credits and complete the
basic apprenticeship level. If they
would have become
an apprentice right away,” said
Heath Beck. “If
faster, it’s better to pre-
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
said the first
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
computer science or
His only grievance, aside from the lengthy bike ride to school each day, is he misses his family in
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
while picked sand provides trac-
Milner said they take various things
deciding whether or not to shut-
"The safety of students and
job done. The contractor’s duties
staff is certainly
not only include the plowing of
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
“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
school or just cancel them due
“Any attempts and/or
to lower dropout
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
and pickled sand (a combinaand sand), but prefer because pickled sand can
brought into the building on people’s shoes.
“Salt breaks particles, so
down into tinier much easier on
the floors” he said.
for the environmental con-
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,
pass an exemption
nesses with payrolls of $400,000 or
employers have the support necessary to expand skill training programs. If the legislature approves the plan, the refundable tax credit
students as apprentices.
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
implemented when they were in still wouldn’t have looked for a job right after
the apprenticeship plan
high school, they
of $2,000 will be given to employers, encouraging them to hire the
Flakes will soon be flying
college education in the process.
relatively mild with
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
less, the tax credit
good pronunciation was a
The plows are ready for the snow
college allows for this and
second-year woodworking students
of Conestoga College’s
ships will be given to 1,500 high
facturing sectors. For small busi-
parking lots Milner said they are
to get apprenticeship
“I like the teacher.
"I think the
by 2006-07 to give 26,000 people chances to become apprentices each year. Also. $1,000 scholar-
does have some complaints.
away.” said Josh Berlett. “Going to
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
"I think the pronunciation class is
native Canadians speak.”
She said the workload is manageable as long as she does her homework everyday.
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-
whether or not the college is open on certain days, major radio stations in the area will carry the
as well as Conestoga's
located at 88.3.
— SPOKE, December
Conestoga celebrates a diverse holiday season By PAIGE HILTON
Kvvanzaa, Ramadan. Hanukkah.
we celebrate them or have friends who do, we may not know
a holiday celebrated
from Dec. 6
Karenga, an African-American university professor
ing of a lunar crescent on the previ-
ous evening and Eid-el-Fitr begins
based around seven
seven principles: unity, self-determination,
nomics, purpose, creativity and
festive part of
the sixth day, Dec. 31.
day families get together and have a large feast, simg, dance, stories
holiday third-year accounting
student Ragia Sidanmed, 40, cele-
brates. This year,
brated Ead on Nov. 13.
a year for
from Sudan. “On
our friends and
The kids wear new
and they trade
with each other,
almost similar to Christmas.”
visits with family
holds eight candles.
begins on Dec. 2 and
light of the candles repre-
sents the greatness and growth of the miracle.
Every night, another
until the eighth night
the candles are bunting.
the world there are
Smuk, an 18-year-old
December. based and
believe Jesus died in April and that
with his family and friends.
of Christ’s death.
They have a
said Jehovah’s Witnesses
National Day, a day to enjoy time
not really celebrating
and the giving of
“On Christmas morning, we have beef for
have a big
marketing student, said he gets to
on Christmas Eve and
on Christmas morning.
us excited because
houses an abunholi-
many more. Do some
research to find out about holidays
you are curious about, or ask
or classmate which holidays they
and social celebration.
dance of information on these
under the tree Christmas
the pagan traditions and
Eventually, the church accepted
thing in the
Christians wanted the holiday to be
soaked garlic bread and a shot of
focused entirely on the birth of
on her holiday season.
of the early Christmas cel-
ebrations were pagan, including the
Erin Corman, 21, a second-year
Eve and we
“Right now, Christmas overrated.
all that stuff,”
don’t believe that Christ died in
26-year-old accounting student
holiday day for
“I’m a Jehovah’s Witness and we
was no snow on
from Loas and celebrates
does not celebrate Christmas.
Jesus died," said Smuk.
nursing student, explained
the country's independence.
Christmas with family traditions
Day, most of them commemorating
enjoyed every year, but Jacquelyn
marked by a parade and speeches by
the First is
festival,” said Nalolit
night of Hanukkah, one candle
12 days of
than 6,000 years ago.
years, long before
dated back to Mesopotamia, where
people enjoy the celebration of Ead,
which includes prayer and
Traditions like the
Hebrew, the word Hanukkah
Christmas, carollers, parades and
lasts for eight days.
believed Christ was bom.
the Jewish holiday
begins on Dec. 7
month we celebrate a big which is called Ead.”
Ead. also a
more than 4,000
cent on the previous evening.
what about the history of
after the sight-
after the sighting of the
days of celebration and focuses on
on Christmas Eve.
Christmas? The holiday dates back
and cultural heritage.
midnight to open our
ly gets together
friends and relatives.”
grandmother’s and our whole fami-
The month of fasting is known as Ramadan and Ead
“On Christmas Eve we go
unite with their families,
morning and we meet
prayer.” she said. “It has to
a cultural tradition.
to the call
on Christmas Eve
"Everyone who was fasting goes
each other there. After
and appreciation for the
beliefs of other is important.
Another explanation for opening
Bookstore stocking up on stocking stutters By DESIREE FINHERT
As a money
busy school schedule doesn’t
always allow time for Christmas
student, spending time and
no one can afford
To help eliminate
shopping. Driving to the mall, find-
through swarms of bustling people,
parking spot and wading
parcels, can be as stressful as
Conestoga stocking up
has already started her shopping
Conestoga College logo.
always pick up a couple
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
like markers,” said
Mary Andraza, manager of retail campus services.
cation, student resources
izing in novelty
are $2.95 and
games and mind-
Christmas shopping on campus. "I
picked up some T-shirts and
about a size seven, but they’re not
they’re in stock. all
purchases must be made
at the store
tissue paper, tendrils of curly rib-
bon and a glossy school
of the wrapping, which
A special gift for the holidays is a glass
ornament for balls
design and the word Conestoga
But don’t wait too long. As of
But many items, sold great
might grab a couple of sweat-
Christmas,” she said.
frosted on each.
Blasman said she hasn’t stopped shopping for her four kids
red or blue and have a decorative
also a seasonal option. Plumes of
$3.50 for a large bag and $2.50
over from the sidewalk sale are also
This fireplace decoration comes with
cap are $19.95 and items
The bookstore even provides stockings.
front are $39.95,
can see the prices of their textbooks
bender puzzles are inexpensive stocking stuffers
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-
(Photo by Desiree Finhert)
ages of two,
This year the
calculators and golf balls.
be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
desktop clocks, coffee mugs,
shot glasses, piggy banks, desktop
Thursday and 8:30 a.m.
4 p.m. on Fridays.
Deck the By JENNIFER
— Page 11
piped up and said, “I’ve had mine
With the sleigh bells jingling, the brightly sparkling
Frost biting at
class burst into laughter and
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
my collection and cresomething original. A quick browse through Conestoga College’s continuing ed to add to
education handbook informed
myself a creative person, a notion reiterated by my middle-school art Mrs. Perrett,
had imagined. have never considered
wrestling a snake," she while zealously tossing the
garland around the vine.
knowledge to attempt such an endeavour was attaining
and also the most
this tedious task
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
had mastered the
using the glue gun.
was now ready
on a bigger challenge:
tricky task of wreath
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)
fairly regular intervals
was a mess, her
The course was to be taught by the same instructor as the scarecrow class, Terric Burton, a veteran
ing and complaining
instruction and materials,
in the floral
received good value for our money.
industry and a truly
was elated by
the thought of being guided
witty pro once again. 1
arrived at the three-hour class,
stood by my workstation and nervously assessed the situation. The faux
and gold ribbon, and ivy.
and glue guns
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
When the class finished ects, we assessed one
started out with the
on in North watching hol-
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
people with the holiday
fun to think everyone
and materials, but each person made something unique, said Burton as we looked around and realized tions
different each wreath was. Susan Gray, one of my classmates, marvelled at her work and
movies have stood the test of time, and preserved their public interest
With such a large number of wholesome holiday hits
watch them all. Thus, like any genre of film, people have favourite Christmas movies they watch year after year.
cost $27.12, plus
After an enjoyable
survey was taken around the
college to see which holiday
website, at www.conestogac.on.ca, to learn
more about upcoming con-
tinuing education courses.
so, in light
the story of a
vince his parents, and Santa Claus, to get
Wonderful Life with James Stewart and A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim were also choices in the category of received 29 votes.
movie was the closest of the three categories. The choices for this category were Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph
won’t be her
the Grinch standing
Christmas season. “It
popular movie all.
Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
demonstrates even the mean-
of people can be influenced by
category, and over-
people voted for the
the spirit of the holidays."
Rudolph came in a close second with 28 votes, followed by Frosty
Frosty remain holiday favourites to
Home Alone and The Grinch with Jim Carrey. Christmas Vacation was released
with 22. Despite being around for
more than 35
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
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
Snowman and A
(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
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
other to another craft course.
students were sur-
one more time,
of the holiday tradition
into three categories: best classic,
nity to join Terrie
is the most favoured. Twelve movies were selected for the survey and were equally separated
That evening, Ashley and I logged onto the Internet and went
Christmas is a time when families spend time together and uphold
tacky fake flowers.
“I would pay more if 1 wanted to purchase one that looks like this
to her usual
scarecrow making 101.
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
my wreath and then put on the finishing touches, using pine cones and plastic grapes instead of the
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
bums from the glue gun; moan-
1977,” said Terrie to the amusement of her 1 students. I loosely wrapped ribbon around
was brimming with
glue gun, wire cutters and craft supplies strewn about.
to the survey, the
of the movie’s most
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.
holidaymovies, are cur-
on video and will throughout television
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
— SPOKE, December
Degrassi boys grow older but
Snake and Joey may be aging but they remain popular
Canada’s youth when my dad would go out and plow snow in the winter time. I
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-
A-list celebrities of
faced Snake Simpson and the fedo-
memorable icons from the early90s Canadian television series, Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi
Brogren jokes back.
would have had
Canada’s youth had grown to know and love each day from their living rooms have now aged considerably. Stefan Brogren (Snake), 32, and
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
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
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
Generation as the same characters played when they were
teenagers. Brogren plays a
older Mr. Simpson, a teacher for the
generation of Degrassi stu-
whereas Mastroianni plays
Brogren Mastroianni they
One of Mastroianni ’s most mem-
original Degrassi successful as
nothing but his fedora covering his private parts.
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
relive the old series again.
was, airing in other countries the
(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
“The show’s honesty
(the first generation of kids) start-
plucked out of
the acting, or the flashy wardrobe,
schools across Toronto. These
qr cool sets or visual stimulation (that interested viewers) because it
was a very simple-looking show but the good writing was always there.”
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
always be remembered for?”’
than what the kids on the original
Brogren says he
worked with such
“They’re so talented and so ahead of the game because they're
professionals,” he says.
something for so long, you kind of
pr<5ud to have
Conestoga College got a blast from the past on Nov. 23, when Brogren and Pat Stefan Mastroianni, from one of the most
shows of the
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
Sanctuary to listen to Brogren and Mastroianni, better known as Snake and Joey, talk about their time on Degrassi, which
of advice for anyone
Mastroianni even gave a
suggestion to anybody
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
male student from
to be, is to
work,” he said.
Mastroianni says. "But the thing
loved high school, but do you
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
cafeteria naked, there
I’m still here, I’m still acting and T’m still enjoying it so I’ll keep
go back and do it "I would
again?” Brogren asks.
could go back and
know what I know now.” CTV's Degrassi: The Generation
Next on Tuesdays at
about the show and the fame that came with Snake,” he 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
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
thought the event went really
well and everybody ested.”
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.”
“I got to choose between being Snake or Slim, but I’d rather be
“It just takes a concept or idea and a little bit of heart and drive and you’re halfway there,” he
they continued with questions from
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
video of Degrassi couldn’t be played due to technical problems,
get into the acting business, saying
jobs that are really good quality arc
aired in the late ’80s.
nationally-known television star its
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
acters for tons of different
Students ask two Degrassi actors By STEPH BAULK
However, working with such a long-running series and becoming can have
who act on the new much more professional
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
from the old
where his character, Joey, had to walk through the cafeteria wearing
series to be as
the stepfather of one of the stu-
original series, Kids of
from 1979 to 1985.
The Degrassi Junior High was only on CBC from 1987 to 1989. series
Degrassi High aired
seasons from 1989
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.
— Page 13
Cambridge campus students want challenging jobs Placement By DENISE
provide a learning experience
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,
and interview people
fields to get a better
sessions that allow them to talk to
about certain jobs.
the women’s penitentiary on Homer Watson Boulevard, while
chose to be a personal support Hilltop
All the students in the
have a two-week period,
ing Dec. 6, during
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
financial aid are in luck. Originally, loans
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
to the financial aid office in
Services Client Building as early as 9:30 a.m. on the
the 5th to pick
The National Student Loan Service Centre
also be in the financial aid office to help out
hands quicker rather than wait until the 10th," said Matresky.
students do not pick up
loan the second semester
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
$210 per student per September 2005.
Currently, the federal govern-
pore over notes at
here and take
by the Technical
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
Doon campus how-
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
out of service students can to the E-wing elevator
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
functional in case the
was also looking
she decided upon personal support
about potential risks involved with their
Couto said she’s not scared about working at the jail and can handle a lot
of verbal abuse and just shrug
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
get from floor
for that certain period of time each
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
with the elderly,” Stratford said.
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
elevator at the
Alzheimer’s ward. She said the is an amazing establishment.
back she might get from female
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
early childhood education, before
Stratford said she called Hilltop
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
tion to offer.”
There are other ways
Matresky said. The review was announced in the 2004 budget by the Ontario government. A panel, led by former premier Bob Rae,
“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”
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
how much money
and then there they need to
Manor, and the
no ifs, ands or huts. “She talked like a mile a minute,” she said. “She introduced me to ly,
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
by Denise Muller)
that begin Dec. 18.
because they think
‘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
ever, they will not
loans available earlier
be a cor-
want to work at a men's jail, because women scare me,” she
to get into.
have so much control over us, and they can do whatever they want,
her classmate, Christine Stratford,
ment home on
always wanted to see what it is like to work behind the law enforcement scene and to see what people like judges do.
officer because she has
do her two-week work placement
grams they might want Couto said she chose
has decided to
order to better understand
job placement decisions.
of $165 compared
form out which is
called a loan agreement. Students j
from the certificate to the agreement form. If by chance something
does not match, the loan agreement goes to a place in the NSLSC called Acceptation
Handling and in the release
causes a delay
of the loan. for
year of 2005-2006,
to the Ontario Student Assistance
tion necessary in the student loan
Program, which loans $110. The
two loans are consolidated into one, with the federal government supplying 60 per cent and the provincial government supplying
40 per cent. Matresky says the provincial government has not yet committed to increasing the $110, how-
be on one form and no transfer any other form will be necessary.
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)
prior to this,” Said Matresky.
Marching along 27. baqpiper marches and plays during the Kitchener Santa Claus Parade Nov.
— SPOKE, December
Reversed songs may contain
satanic subliminal GALHARDO
By JEN Everyone
^of Conestoga College
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?
people believe some songs
can only be heard when the song played backwards.
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.
heard The Beatles
were putting backward messages in their music, they began playing all their records backwards looking for other 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
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
The case was dismissed because
Zeppelin, the phrase,
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Yoko Ono, “I shot John Lennon” is heard when played backward. This is strange because Mark David Chapman is the one who went to jail for the murder of Lennon. There are other songs that have messages in them as well. Most are from the 1960s and 1970s. However, one of Britney Spears’s songs has been targeted as well. In Spears’s song Hit Me Baby One More Time, when played backwards you can hear a distorted voice saying, “Sleep with me, I’m not too young.” Jessica Blumenthal, a first-year journalism student, said songs are all about interpretation and how you interpret a song will influence the message you get out of it. “If you interpret a song a certain way, you’re going to think it has a certain message.” Blumenthal said she does not
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Aboriginal CHANTELLE TIMPERLEY
erty for native Canadians.
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
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
but the Ontario govern-
ment has alternate plans.
an area rich
and wildlife. Mathias's portion of the land has been in his family for close to five generations.
The government decided open land there
Mathias’s ancestral land
258 square kilometres. about three kilometres
from where Mathias his
the last bit of wilderness
means to the people.” He also suggested other measures, such as writing Ontario’s minister of
"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-
of wild game, and
destruction of natural resources.
not seen in the white community,
think he expresses
MacPherson. “Over the
understand that point
"We do right
away with a of
on the area as being an
area that the people of Ontario will
he said. “If we area, we won’t
for future generations.”
said other parks in
southern Ontario, like Algonquin,
brought back personal memories of my own.” Darcy Higgins, a 19-year-old resource
Mathias’s presentation taught him a lot and motivated
about the situation,” he said. “I’ve got a few extra sheets of information I can bring to other groups I’m
In 1999, Mathias held a fall fast-
you can’t perform them
The Anxiety and Personal Performance elective any student needing an elective in winter semester or for students whose timetables allow them to fit this elective into their schedule. It is offered to students who recognize they have public speaking anxiety, test anxiety, or workplace/ is
In the Winter Semester 2005, the “Anxiety and Personal Performance” elective will be offered out of block on Thursdays from 3:30 - 6:30 P.M.
can negatively affect you in a number of areas related performance to school performance. Test anxiety, public speaking anxiety and workplace/ you in overcoming assist can anxiety can be barriers to student success. This is an elective which
experience excessive anxiety
writing a test?
knowledge more on the region, and I can actually go and write a letter
areas for that very reason.
“I think people
have become overrun by people and that it is important to protect other parks
lives on, so seeing all the pictures
I've seen clear-
> know your skills but
point across during his presentation
for the past 30 years and it has become something he shares with
difficult to concentrate
made them come
Katrina Siks, a 23-year-old senior
don't protect this
environmental issues are so
extreme anxiety oven thinking about doing a speech/presentation? get so nervous that you feel sick to your stomach, confused, and find it
in his traditional
environment and business student, said she thought Mathias got his
in the future,”
students said attend-
ing the event
can connect emotionally with what he was saying,” said Siks. “I’ve been on the lake he
the beauty of
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.”
MacPherson said the issue with Temagami affects him personally. He has been frequenting the area
“Anxiety and Personal Performance” General Education Elective
as a people
can’t continue to rape the planet.”
WINTER ELECTIVE INFORMATION
a lot of our
have got to understand that
continue living there,”
need the land as
needs me,” said Mathias.
(Photo by Chantelle Timperley)
“Over those years
said he will not be relocating.
Alex Mathias from the Temagami First Nation dressed speech at the University of Waterloo.
”1 think he has a point about environmental conservation that I've
cut logging encroach
can work around
eating real meat instead
said people need to stop the
do remember things from lived on Obabika Lake as a growing up. Most kids want-
or whatever they
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.
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
always knew was going to go back there, which did.”
vation of wilderness in general.
MacPherson. a retired industrial and canoeing enthusiast
he said. "They're going to have a hard lime clear-cutting if I’m living
Earthroots.org calls for the preser-
Oltertooth.com, the official website
Mathias and McPherson both people visit
I’d think, I
of going to the supermarket and
years or so that I’ve
ed to grow up and 1 never grow up.
He also hopes to see other neighbouring communities get involved.
Mathias began touring universities a few years ago after he met Ed
appreciative for the area, a big part of
David Ramsay, and Temagami.
— Page 15
Temagami made him
“and I’m thinking to myself, ‘You know. I live here and I don't do that anymore.'” Mathias said his favourite place
day. something like today,” he said,
The estimated area of the woods be chopped down is ,700 football fields in size. The size of
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.
to the logging
industry for clear-cutting.
great living as a contractor and
eastern Ontario, near North
every year, and
involved with in the university.”
you are interested
more about and/or registering
2B04 and mention
you want to
for this elective,
one of the teachers about
limited, therefore students should enroll A.S.A.P.
— SPOKE, December
Cafe can By
ious coffees and other items for
a dessert display,
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
main courses. should come as no surit when I nearly died of shock walking down King Street in uptown Waterloo a couple of So,
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-
place, at 120
a variety of items,
daily soups, and
I had dropped However, I didn’t know what flavour to choose because the restaurant offers a wide
Gelata seems like a rather small
selection, including vanilla, hazel-
place. There’s a really big sign out
because of the busy the outside.
front with the store’s
doesn’t seem to be a
size of the dessert, considering the
something we would
slightly disappointed with the
After taking ever,
dessert was soft and spongeThe chocolate on top was
cone of hazel-
was a generous
was was surprised
spacious the place was. There are a
The gelato was
fell in love.
this visit. All
of the tables, except
for one, either hadn’t
empty plates and coffee cups. The table I did find was wobbly, making my expeor were topped with
decided to minutes
up with the idea of going on a
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
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
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-
once again, by the quality of Whole
in for a gelato.
looking through the windows, there
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.
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
By KRI STEN
spectacular and everything melted
Experience Vancouver on a student budget
and topped with
a cheese filling
including different types of Panini
Towne Square, one may overlook this cafe
of sponge cake soaked with coffee or liqueur with
sandwiches, desserts such as gela-
an Italian ice cream.
an Italian dessert con-
a variety of
of the main items offered
of a budget.
sisting of layers
The menu has
and coffees. One
being on a
counter, and a lot of walking
catch myself spending more time
your sweet tooth
Whole Lot-a Gelata was I would recommend
everyone with a sweet tooth.
Vancouver has several hostels, I found exactly what we needed in Grand Trunk Hostel. For $200 a week the hostel but
to the conclu-
room with a dou-
would happen, although, to save money I would be acting as our travel agent and we would be planning the trip on
and there is also a public kitchen and common area. Grand Trunk
an extremely tight budget: less
and time getting w&nt to go.
sion that this trip
$1,000 for each of us, including accommodations and the flight there and back. The idea of the trip became a reality when we purchased our plane tickets. We shopped around and found our best deal through Harmony Airlines, which neither of us had heard of but decided to go for because of the cheap rate than
Vancouver departing Feb. 25 and returning on March 5. That allows us seven days and eight nights to see what Vancouver has to offer. Once our flight was finalized, we headed to Chapters in search of a tourist’s guide to Vancouver. After looking through about 20 books on the subject, we decided on Vancouver and Victoria for Dummies by journalist Paul Karr.
Most of the tourist books consame information, but we chose this book because of its tain the
area with total strangers.
offers a private
I’ve heard hostels are dirt cheap and a good alternative to a hotel or motel as long as you’re not fussy about showering in a public washroom and sharing a common
a week at my part-time job, I know I will be able to save up a little money each payday to put
considering the time of year we would be going. We both paid about $560 for a roundtrip ticket from Toronto to
You’re going places.
checked out hostels, which are accommodations for thrifty trav-
up more still had our accommodations,
than half of our budget. to figure in
food, inner-city travel and sight-
close to Vancouver’s
After the costs of our flight
and hostel, we are both left with about $40 a day. We decided that while we are in Vancouver we will only eat one restaurant meal per day.
For other drinks, meals and we will be getting our own groceries and keeping them at the hostel. Our plan is to splurge on one meal at a fancy restaurant snacks
during our stay - just to say we had a little taste of upper-class Vancouver.
With flight, accommodations and food figured out, all that was left to do is find interesting ways to fill up our week in Vancouver. Our book includes pages upon pages of where to shop, what to do, and what’s not worth doing in the city. Everything
by neighbourhood and cost. The book also directed us to which has an straight.com, incredible amount of up-to-date for Vancouver information tourists.
dining guide, restau-
and bar reviews,
and community events page are just the beginnings to what the website contains. Instead of spending a fortune on
we’re going to take
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and colour photos
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blown up and
way we will save money while having beautiful art framed. This
remind us of our
The rest of our trip is undecided. Our copy of Vancouver and Victoria
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— SPOKE, December
Horoscope Week of Dec.
singing career, you shouldn't quit
your day job. Most people won't tell you your latest endeavour hasn't been successful. Read
their faces, that will tell
September 23 October 22
Your admission crush's heart
commonality you both share. Find out what that is and get to know them better. Who knows where it might take both of you.
Taurus April 20
simply an honest
taking over your
Stop and think about
time you have wasted sitting front
(Photo by Brent Gerhart)
Mike Bilcox, Not By Choice singer and
The Wax on Nov.
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
bands Other Influence and Glory
During their 60-minute set. Not By Choice performed more than 1
songs, including their
months down the link you are like, I wish I did this, I wish I did that," he said, “but that’s when you start keeping those ideas in the back
of your mind for the next record.” Bovaird said the band made one change with Second Hand Opinions.
approach, to writing songs and put-
them together and recording he said. “The only real change we made was the producer (Murray Daigle), which was the guy who did our demos and it realwasn’t much of a change ly because we knew him so well." To go along with the change of producer. Not By Choice is also promoting Second Hand Opinions ting
differently than their debut album.
That You Are their debut album. Maybe One Day, which sold more than 20,000 copies in Canada. Not By Choice also performed
“When the first record came out, we had a national tour for the next
Alone and Leaving from All
single. Days Go By. from sophomore album, which was released on Oct. 26 on Maplemusic
promos a don’t think
AJ Bovaird, Not By Choice’s said people are enjoying
too early to
mean,” said Bovaird. really haven’t been paying atten-
numbers or anything, but
would rather not know.” Not By Choice may be proud of second album, however, the
band’s guitarist and backup vocal-
Glenn “Chico” Dunning said he wishes they could have done more.
know, we don’t have in the world to do cool,
Bovaird said with the recent album
Green Glory and Jimmy
releases from bands such as
may be harder their new album.
“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
were surprised how debut album was
improvement. “Every time you work on some-
said Bovaird, “and
when it came out in Japan,” he said. “Boom, it flew off the shelves
sold a record,” I
Bovaird said Canada was not the only place which opened its arms
May 21 - June
want you to look on You might think
November 22 December 21 If your
on some bright
the bright side.
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.
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
hard,” he said.
“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
Capricorn December 22
family gatherings, you can't wait
could be the one for you. Listen
to feel at
again and soon
Stars are in
your eyes and nothing
you down. This person
closely to their needs and they'll
Aquarius January' 20
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
August 23 September 22
February 19 March 20
with writing guitar
You would be amazed at how much you love tradition. As much as you might say you hate
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,
second album, Dunning said the band also developed a more defined sound. for
You have been active.
a little too Don't lose your breath
like Destiny's Child, take
on yourself. going and things.
Get a good pace try not to overdo
Have you been too busy a
Please don't put your
hygiene on the back
burner, for the sake of your health
save everyone's noses
original genre classification.
got a surprise a year later
Dunning said even though the band may not know it yet, he sonal good and
Although Not By Choice
a better record."
vious success will continue.
having an impact right away but I think in the long it’s
could have it,
Bovaird said the band enjoyed getting back in the studio, but he believes
Eat World, success
sales are going.
know what “I
Dunning, “and this time it is like we’re doing our own shows and the
Not By Choice.
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
chooses Kitchener thing, six
any work done and you need to get focused so shut
Not By Choice By BRENT
of the tube.
Don't be fake and go along with
be a pop-punk
band,” he said, “but
we’re just a because if you record,
listen to the
a 2nd-year journalism
student in tune with the universe.
— Page 19
By KATE BATTLER
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-
Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Both of these leagues have seen_
off to a solid
strong and there
Hockey League (AHL) or
met since Artest,
received the harshest of
the suspensions given out to players of the NBA’s
Detroit Pistons for his involvement in a Nov.
Sept. 9 and there
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
of the National Association (NBA)
were asked about the recent brawl Pacer-Dctroit
game on Nov.
can see happening
ments were too hard, especially for Artest.
they found the fight to be entertaining,
with the fight, look at
ward Ron Attest was suspended for the rest of the season after he
punched a fan
weren’t too harsh.”
guard Stephen Jackson was sus-
pended for 30 games after fighting with a fan. Forward Jermaine O'Neal received a 25-game sus-
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 leaving the
the Detroit Pistons side, for-
Ben Wallace was sussix games after he
like the players didn’t
have any discipline.”
woodworking student, also said fight was entertaining, but
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
lawsuits have been
Two Detroit filed
Pistons fans have
Nobody deserves that.” some fans said
fered concussions from the inci-
the other hand,
European hockey leagues and the few that have gone to the NHL farm teams will also get lockout pay even though they are getting
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
Gary Bettman, the
To date two filed.
paid to play
because you never real-
Indiana Pacers, saying they suf-
season taken place.
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
Chris Hay. “If they were any lighter
penalties weren’t too harsh,” said
pension after being restrained front charging into the stands, and guard
and each player will same amount regardless of what they would have potentially made had a regular
“There was nothing wrong
dues and licensing plan
"There was nothing wrong with fight, look at hockey. The
fan felt the
penalties suited the
crime and they enjoyed seeing a
Mastronardi said he
began two World Hockey (WHA) and the Association Original Stars Hockey League (OSHL), have come and gone. Although the OSHL is still trying Since
managers from all on Dec. 2. The reason for the meeting was to update the managers on the
start-up leagues, the
Grab a year
student, Matt “O'Neal should have received 10 games instead of 25. but Ben Wallace should have
games instead of
how the fight NBA, Pearce
it makes the players look bad and the sport look like a joke. “This is an embarrassment to the
image,” he said. “This
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pended for shoved Artest in the face after being fouled and forwards Elden Campbell, Derrick Coleman and guard Chauncey Billups were suspended for one game for leaving the bench during an on-court "The penalties issued today (Nov. 21 ) deal with only one aspect of the incident - that of player misconduct,” said NBA commissioner David Stem, according to a press release on the NBA website, www.nba.com. "The actions of the players involved wildly exceed the professionalism and self-control that should fairly be expected from
Championship is bound to attract even more attention than usual when it runs from Dec. 25 until Jan. 4. With returning players that otherwise would have been long gone to the NHL, this year's tournament is looking to be a star-studded event. With more than 300 of the planned 1,230 games already missed, it’s looking more and more likely that the whole season will be
handing out lock
has taken to air-
tournaments to keep fans tuned in. The World Juniors Hockey
Fans have mixed feelings
vious seasons and various world
ing classic hockey
planned meeting on the horizon. The NHLPA announced on Nov.
the lockout began.
looking for a
improvements on fan turnout since
Well, the lockout
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