Dressed for success
The year ahead Alumni board members review
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fills the void in the hearts and ears of alternative-rock music lovers.
Conestoga College, Kitchener
M ORR IS
not intended as a competition
but rather a
The annual survey
Ontario’s 24 colleges will take place
week of Jan. 3 1 Conestoga College has achieved
the highest average score for the past six straight years.
Conestoga remain No.
(Photo by Janet Morris) Kevin Mullan, vice-president of finance and corporate perform-
Monday, January 24, 2005
ance, reviews a copy of last
Indicators (KPIs) annual independent survey establishes benchmarks of excellence in Ontario’s
year’s KPI survey.
The college has done very well over the past six years, he said. “Students have rated us overall
The surveys mark used by
are also a bench-
the highest in the college system
the college acts on.
which means we’re doing things well, but our view is that we. can
“Every year we sit down and do a analysis by program on the KPIs,” he said.
always improve.” The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities estab-
“Each program is to look at the three areas of largest concern and
KPIs in 1999. The results of this year’s KPIs be announced in April.
Last year Conestoga attained an overall average of 87.85 per cent.
of the surveys.”
receive additional funding.
Kevin Mullan, vice-president of finance and corporate performance
— No. 3
determine which schools should
strength and weakness and ensure a college’s performance is at an
The four KPI surveys measure graduate employment, graduate
make changes based on
Resident advisers throw in the towel By ALEXANDRA MASTRONARDI
are responsible for patrolling that hall for the year. If a student
The Conestoga Residence and Conference Centre had three staff members quit within one week. The resident advisers (RAs) who before the holiday break
were having trouble balancing the job with their school work. said they
Charlene Genno, a second-year public relations student, said she
her job as an
negatively affected her
mate, the RA is responsible resolving the situation. They’re also responsible for ensuring no alcohol is being con-
in the hallways,
kept shut for
and the rules of the building are being followed.
the year to pay
for about half the cost
having a personal problem or conflicts with his or her roomfloor
(approximately $2,200). Alicia Goheen, a second-year
between home and work because you would come home from school and just want to relax but you have people calling your room and coming to your door with
amount of money she made
RA didn’t justify the job. “There’s no
home and work because you would come home from school and you want to relax but you have people calling your room and coming to your door with their problems,” she said.
Alicia Goheen, second-year
sometimes they lose one RA over the course of the year but never
“Sometimes students’ courses turn out to be more work then they took so much out of me, it’s like you’re working 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” she “It just
someone needs you at three the morning you have to be
no time for a
said she had
social life and the job
friends live right across the
saw them three times the whole I
Resident required to
lounge from 7 p.m. to a.m. but they’re on call at all times. in the
are assigned to a floor and
time for a job
can benefit from being an RA, said Kobylnik. a
good experience and
looks great on a resume,” he said.
Kobylnik also added an
together as a team.
five to three
favour of letting the board of direcvote
rather than the president
motion to the board to change the selection process, because she didn’t want future presidents picking vicepresidents just because they thought a certain person
would agree with
of their plans and ideas. Director Dariusz Czajkowski voted against changing the selecdents pick their
deal with situations that will help
later on in life,” he said. Residence staff have interviewed students interested in being an RA but no one had been hired as of
somebody they trust. “The president is picking somebody who he or she believes is
Conestoga’s child-care to the
Red Cross. See
the right direction or
each other and consider each other professionals because they work “I
you only tell Scott (IngramCotton) About?” Ahmed said. “Now I'm getting a little worried.” The nomination process for the that
said all board
directors should be able to trust
Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) changed its vice-president selection process at its board meeting on Jan.
tion process, saying that if presi-
RAs will sometimes have to
The money was donated
Czajkowski said. However, Wismer
students and get involved in plan-
of directors to select
ning events and
for the tsunami-relief effort.
expected and they aren’t able to do the job as well as they want to,” he Students
A wave of generosity inspired by
program raised $1,300
The general manager of the resJohn Kobylnik, said
(Photo by Jennifer Ormston)
should be able to say that
2005-2006 president and vice-president positions opens on the first business day of February and clos-
you things but you’re not going to tell the students. That just comes with the job,” Wismer said. “I don’t
es five business days later at noon.
think the board
announced to the board. CSI president Justin Falconer,
person to be vice-president
to pick a
can’t trust to keep information protected or isn’t going to personify
what the board thinks is their voice.” Director Nelofer Ahmed voted in favour of changing the selection process, but stated her confusion at the board meeting about what the vice-president and the president would have to hide from the rest of the board members if there is information that needs to be protected. “What does the president have that he has to hide from all of the other board members? Justin (Falconer), what don’t you tell us
Within three business days following the close, candidates will be
said in December that he wouldn’t be running for re-election, said he is now reconsidering that decision.
this point in time, there’s a
consider,” Falconer said. “I guess we'll know in the first week of February (when everyone must declare their candidacy).” lot to
Wismer and director Jason Blamire are other board members who have expressed interest in running for CSI president for the 2005-2006 school year, as well as current
— SPOKE, January 24, 2005
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Indonesian cities have ‘been turned into the ocea’
questions answered by
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you were to audition for American Idol, what song would you sing and why? If
ups aid to $ 80
Get Around by The Beach Boys because no one has ever sung that song on the show. It’s an “I
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oldie but a goodie.” (Photo by Melissa Hancock)
For weeks, the media has been on the front lines covering the events as they unfold
You Could Only by Tonic because that’s what sing when I’m in “If
College raises ORMSTON
the flood of horror stories
from Asia of helpless people being swept away by tidal waves, of once busy towns being flattened to rubble and of rotting corpses being thrown into mass graves, have also
Hannah Sacharow, marketing
probably sing Billie Jean by Michael Jackson “I’d
a big fan. he’s a child I
when she saw
images of destruction that inundated her television screen only one day after Christmas. So when she returned to her tragic
“The Rodeo Song by David Allencoe only to see how fast could get
childhood education (ECE) building on Conestoga College’s
firmed that child traffickers are taking advantage of the chaotic situa-
puses. If the college raises $1,000,
Reports from South Asia have con-
tsunami-hit countries to
abduct children and
she decided to do something to help. “My idea was to fundraise and I thought making colouring books would be a good and easy way to
Steve Black, first-year
general metal machining
would sing Like a
to a Jan. 13 article in the
Star, titled Girls ‘Sold’ in Sri
Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) and students from the police foundation and law and security administration programs also joined forces to raise funds for
of $420 during
in the collection
the school will
be doubled by International
learned about Sydney’s intentions
tant for CSI, said she believes the
after she noticed her
Janie Renwick, executive assis-
tures without colour in them.
be put to good use.
asked Sydney what she was going to doing and she said, make a colouring book. ... I’m going to sell it to help all those people who were washed away in the wave.’ Before you knew it, she had the whole table working for her,”
could prance around with
a pink boa.” Robin Cameron,
would sin^ Sober by Tool because nobody would know what to think when was done and they would be involuntarily placed in a state of
no longer be
fundraising for this cause,
bers of Conestoga College’s emer-
gency response club will continue in this mission.
police foundation student, said the
children set up a booth in
funds, although they are
anyone entering the building. They raised $335, which was matched by a parent and by the Canadian government. “So when all was said and done.
have considered holding a
competition between the college’s various programs.
Andy Knetsch. who origito raise money
for this cause, said he
Although the reports of death and terror coming from the front lines of the ravaged region from seem faraway COIlCStOga College, some students have felt its impact more strongly shave
Third-year mechanical engineering student Keith
Waterloo with his family, still has aunts, uncles and second cousins living in Sri Lanka, his parlives in
Although no one in his family was harmed when the tsunami struck Sri Lanka, an island where the death toll was more than 30,000 at the time of publication, he said he was shock when he heard the news. His Sri Lankan relatives have been in contact with his parents in
and said they were “devastated by the whole disaster.” At this time, De Silva encourages Conestoga College students to reassess their outlooks on life. “Students should think about
all still in
the planning stages. For instance,
had the idea
Their combined efforts culminat-
do it,” she said. Her teacher, Samantha Harper,
slavery or the sex trade, according
head of public relations for the group. “We’re trying to work out a deal with Pizza Pizza, but I’m waiting to hear back from them.” According to Nelofer Ahmed, a CSI director and president of the emergency response club, police foundation students will also be collecting donations from classes held at the Doon and satellite cam-
to the tsunami-relief effort.
“But I feel bad because lots of over there don’t have a mommy and daddy, so I feel sorry
money would be awarded pizza
will of her pupils brought tears to
College community are among the scores of donors who have pledged
molester, no offence.”
admits the good-
they earned a lot of money.
of unprecedented gen-
me and not
take the small
problems they have in life too serihe recommended. “There are a lot of people in the world who have it a lot worse than we do." ously.”
Herb Muise, first-year
would sing Danger Zone from Top Gun because back then Tom Cruise was a better entertainer and jets were cool.” Eric Chavez, second-year business administration
By RYAN CONNELL
Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!
merry Christmas for
Conestoga College. Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) had an overwhelming response to their annual Christmas wish tree which encouraged Conestoga students, support staff and faculty to at
gift to a child
tree a big
Christmas tree outside Door 4 until Dec. 10, which provided the age, gender and a Christmas gift
gifts forithe children.
suggestion for a student’s child. Popular gift ideas ranged from
students with children took advan-
LeapPad talking books to trucks and dolls. Those who picked ornaments off the tree brought their gifts to the CSI office where they would then be given to the parents.
CSI ensured no
afford a lot of Christmas presents because they are students. Ornaments were placed on the
ten by taking any
ornaments on the and buying the CSI purchased 50 of the 15
CSI president Justin Falconer was happy that so many
tage of the Christmas wish tree.
“There’s no question that there’s a
number of students
who have not
in the college
Financial need and
children," Falconer said. “I'm really
not have been able to
pleased to see the exposure of
the wish tree increase this year.”
Last year, 53 children were given gifts
thanks to the CSI, Conestoga
students, support staff and faculty.
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Alumni Association to create memorial BRENT GER H ART
Vicki Thornley collection.
Alumni Association of remembered Vicki
Conestoga Thornley 13
board meeting on the Student Services
The 26-year-old was
Conestoga College graduate of the diploma nursing program, who died on Jan. 4 when a car crossed the median of Interstate 75 in Piqua, Ohio, and crashed into the car that Vicki was driving.
also killed her mother,
to create a bursary,
an award or
some other memorial. The amount of the still
Vicki to be
collection funds will be used"-
be decided upon.
Ohio on her way
begin her nursing career. At the meeting, the alumni association approved the creation of a
visited the college earli-
er this month, as well as
Family Guy’s Stewie, Homer Simpson and Johnny Depp.
given to a graduating nursing student who helps peois
overcome adversity. The alumni association wants
one were a
from the he said.
“There’s not a lot of variety (this time around).”
Jansen, a first-year mar-
keting student, said the poster sale
was amazing because it had a good variety of really neat
Imaginus’s one-day event gave students one last opportunity to
caught his eye were “the Ghostbusters and Jack Johnson
buy posters on campus before the end of the school year.
Imaginus offered a variety of posters
tant/physiotherapist assistant program at the college, said She thought this
smaller than the one last semester, but that the prices were reasonable.
said he thought the prices of posters were “delicious,” adding, “They’re really good
cartoon posters. first-year student
Ashley Andrus, a
movie, music, animal, actor and
in the occupational therapist assis-
Pam Stortz, an IT support services student who is in her third year at the college, said the line she was in to pay for the posters was long and moving slowly. “They should have more people
working,” she said. She thought the poster sale was pretty good but suggested Imaginus should include taxes in
Andrus said she was most
ested in the foil prints, in particular
Keeper of the Rainbow foil which cost $19. “The foil prints are obviously
more expensive, but still)
(the prices are
pretty good,” she said.
police foundations student, said he
thought the poster sale was better last term as well.
feedback was pretty good. “Imaginus is a popular event for us. Lots of students seem enthused about it.” Egleston said although Imaginus
a decision at their
Board members approved the sponsorship
round number,” said treasurer and vice-president Glenn Campbell, but I would like to increase it in a good year, or even decrease it in case we have a really bad year.” Campbell said due to generous
Conestoga Classic golf tournament.
This year, the tournament will be May 30 instead of in the traditional month of August, at Rebel Creek golf club. held on
The golf classic was not the only sporting event discussed at the
The alumni event
Annual Alumni Skating Party on Feb. 6 from -3 p.m. at the the
The skating party will have free games for the kids, prizes as well as free movie passes for any entry,
3 with an alumni par-
ent or relative.
Conestoga will hold its next meeting on Feb. 9 in the Student Client Services building.
sales, CSI does charge them a fee for the use of the Sanctuary. He
said he did not
know how much
that fee was.
as numbers are conhave no idea (how well the poster sale went). We have to wait approximately a month for the
from Imaginus as far amount of money they drew in,” he said. “If 1 could go by the amount of students I saw in the Sanctuary, I would say it went pretreconciliation
Egleston said he didn’t
the poster sale
on Jan. 1 1 was as popular as the one last semester. “With Imaginus’s schedule, they do float around different colleges and universities, and this one was immediately after the student break, so the knowledge of it com-
ing probably wasn’t out there as
as the last time,” he said. “I
would say the last time around was probably more successful than this one.”
(Photo by Alexandra Mastronardi)
Power The management team Centre
Conestoga Residence and Conference
hoping to raise $550
for the victims of the
Nichole Jiminez, CSI’s event programmer, there is
Above, resident Ian Watson holds up a container with
set date as of yet for a poster
sale next year.
and head office
By JEN GALHAR DO
Although career services has offered
Workopolis Campus, an
Internet-based job posting site
more customized and
The new Jan.
was launched on
10 and created by computer
services at the college. Sara Free, a
career services officer,
students and grads will love
banner,” said Free.
The new job search website can be accessed through the main college website of www.conestog Click on
Dawn Hasson) Other stu-
Campus new site
a great site, having this better for students
jobs they want.
“It’s better for the
more focused on
grams as opposed being posted in one
Employers who wish to have a site must contact career services by telephone, fax
job posted on the
or e-mail. Career services will then post the jobs on their behalf.
The website is updated as needed a new job is received it is
posted within 24 hours.
on the new website, must use the username careerservices and the password usearch4jobs. Although jobs get posted each day, students and graduates accessing the website should keep in
not be a great vol-
of jobs yet. since the website was only launched recently.
then go under career services.
and graduates can look for jobs under their program or search under “general” for jobs that can be under any program.
“Students were really asking for something that was more college based and under our own college
the Sanctuary, Jan.
up and running
gymnasium on Feb
reaps the profits from their poster
career services office at Conestoga
up to buy posters at the Imaginus poster sale dents look through piles of posters.
the rec centre
The alumni association hasn’t decided where they will use the $5,000 donated to the annual fund,
Are you looking for a job? Are you tired of dealing with confusing
donation) as a one-time deal,” he “We have the funds.”
teams in the Alumni Soccer Tournament. The tournament will be held in
Feb., 7 meeting.
throughout necessary parts of the
came in the form of which were sold at a poster sale in the Sanctuary on Jan. 1
The alumni to
association’s budget and dispersed
“I just think the posters
more money than
“She was very tenacious, had great leadership skills and she worked very, very hard to accomplish her goals and was a peer
“Vicki was an amazing
to the annual fund.
Imaginus came, they sold and they By JASON
donations, the alumni association currently has
to California to
Last year, the association donated $ 1 ,000 to the annual fund. The annual fund is money donated to the college from the alumni
honour her legacy
Monica Himmelman, development and alumni relations officer, could not say enough about
remembered and to
a later date. In
to search for the
That’s a part of a really
search,” said Free. If
you have any questions about
services at 748-5220, ext. 3756.
— SPOKE, January 24, 2005
Nov. 26, 2004, 15-year-old Josh Melo took his
peers at school bullied .him
life after his
and sent him derogatory messages via
Reports state the Strathroy boy was bullied because of his sexual
aware of the bullying
Officials at the school said they weren’t
because Melo was so quiet and never told anyone about
National Institute of Health website, one out of four
to 10 students
bullied and one out of five kids admits to
being a bully, or doing some form of bullying.
statistics like this,
could the school not have suspected
something was happening? Schools should be more aware of what
and on the playground. They can't because
kids are afraid to
bullied won’t report
going on in the classrooms
just wait for students to report
will believe them. Students
what they see
in fear the bullies will turn
In fact, 282,000 students in
in fear that the bullying
Dawn wonders what the weather
arc physically attacked in sec-
ondary schools each month and only four per cent of those attacks are stopped by other students.
impossible for school officials to
going on, they need to do something to stop bullying before anoth-
er student takes his or her
Melo’s father called on the Thames Valley District School Board enforce
consequences for those found to be bullying other students.
In an effort to stop bullying, this
a review of
Less sex doesn’t mean safer sex
the school board will begin
anti-bullying and safe school programming.
has been given a mandate to examine
they were with and what that per-
Teenagers aren’t being as promiscuous and hormonal today as most adults are lead to believe. However, they haven’t been the
recent report from the Sex
Information and Education
help schools create a culture that encourages students to speak out
Council of Canada said that Canadian teens are waiting longer
someone they know, needs
help the school board better understand
won’t completely stop it from happening. No matter how much research is done or how much data is collected bullying will still go on because there will still be students who want to
bullying goes on,
The fight against bullying should ultimately start at home. Children must be taught the consequences of bullying and what kind of effect it can have on a person.
you teach a child understanding, compassion
and tolerance they are more likely
tracting sexually transmitted infec-
can be heard
Students need to realize that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and to be accepted
welcome letters to the
should be signed and include the name and telephone number of the writer. Writers will be
the risk of contracting
eases you can contract could be
hard to really
The kinds of
life-threatening so be sure to
vent pregnancy, but ridiculous
about their partner’s past,
people reach their 20s,
Once it becomes
before they get manned.
your partner regularly that although you love and trust him or her, you can only trust yourself with your life.
they ever had an STI.
infections and dis-
If they do love you, they’ll be more than eager to get tested to
increasingly difficult to be sure
prove their love and devotion
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or spreading an infection increases
you should stop getting tested. Encourage your partner to get tested on an ongoing basis, and do it
change from using condoms to relying only on birth control, which is a great way to preif
is no need for protection once they are on birth control.
a “faithful part-
report shares that once teens
“faithful” their previous partners
to get tested
on our partners more to get tested and to do it
commonly use is that if they monogamous relationship,
are in a
you should stop getting
are in a relationship with
because you are
higher risk of
unprotected sex. The excuse that
safe from getting any diseases. After a drop in the mid-’ 90s, the rate of chlamydia has been rising for both male and female Canadian teenagers and will keep
when someone walks by and a group of people make fun of him or her because they don’t like the way he or she looks. It can be seen when posters for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Club (GLBT) are ripped down because It
rising with the persistence of
Although we may think the days of bullying and name calling are behind us because we are in college and have grown out of it, the truth
have become shockingly high and they continue to
then, can bullying be stopped.
is, it is still
and respect people - no
they learn to accept and respect each other, then, and only
age group put
you think you’re
few years ago. However, their chances of con-
matter their race, background, gender, social class or sexual preference.
more likely to control compared
partners and are practise birth
have sex, having fewer sexual
information regarding harassment and to develop strategies that will if
people do not report
son’s sexual history was. result,
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What happens when your computer hates you? T I
hate PAmrvitarn computers.
desk almost hurts.
had a strong dislike for them because they always crashed or would just shut down, usually when you are working on something important. until
good friend of mine, and while he didn’t answer when I asked what it was, I just assumed it was legit.
was some kind of
nasty, horrible virus
and the first thing it does when you open it is forward itself to everyone on your
Then comes the part were it really screws you by making your Internet browser useless.
wait until the next day to decide
said,* so I
told to bring
and they could remove the virus for me, at the low, low cost of unit in
seemed like a lot to me but what choice did I have? When I dropped my computer off a few hours later I was told that it would probably be ready in about It
Wrong, they didn’t take the spy would cost me another $50 and I wasn’t ready to shell out that much. They also wanted to put a couple programs on my computer that would help against spy wear and viruses. I went for an update on my wear- off, that
virus protector, at another $70, but skipped the spy wear program,
another $100, figuring
row a copy from
you want, the empty -r-j space on the
But the ou so-called expert
thing else done to I
you’re used to having a computer and using it whenever
was subject to the messy roommate.
Rather than one of the ground floor or upper apartments I had
owned, and somehow managed to get maple syrup on almost every surface, I
including the ceiling and living
as well as a
met a most unfortunate fate. My current problem is not find-
ing shelter, as I have a plethora of friends offering worn-out couches,
and my sub-compact makes for an excellent
to a cardboard box.
can rule out 95 per cent of the apartments in it due to budget or location conI
phone, without exaggeration, about 30 apartments over the I
course of a week. four calls back.
We enter the apartment from hell.
the place out.
arrive at the building,
appears to be in very poor condition. The landlord arrives in his beat-up Honda Accord, and appears to have brought his
who cannot speak few broken words of
starting to get a
still wasn’rworking. I still couldn't go online. So I phoned the store and spoke
to the person who had just given it back to me. He said it was fine there and started asking me all kinds of questions that implied I
admit I’m aumn 1 m no computer
apartment he is moving from, probably in an attempt to prevent people from knowing how he really lives. It
smells like the
defecated in his pants, attempted to on them to clean them,
at this closet space,” the
girlfriend to enter the bed-
ly refused to enter the
the soiled pants around over
A hint of dead cat also wafts in the air. Hearing: The anguish of a thou-
being overwhelmed by the
Words cannot describe it. burley 40-something-year-old
know what he did but he work now it had to
computer back and
After hooking everything up for a second time, I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best, and I got it. So, as
running along with no serious problems that I can see. However, I’m not holding my breath, because is
funny looking back on those it’s not funny when they cause accidents. How many warnings from police and the news media do people need before they actually slow down and It’s
than one month has passed
day of winter and I all be used to the idea of driving in the snow. thought
Maybe some of us
scenarios now, but
begin to drive cautiously? I
guess for someone to really
However, bad drivers are annoying enough without throwing adverse
ten to warnings they have to get
weather conditions into the mix. Can I get a shoulder check over here? How about a turn signal?
ciate the sensibility of those
of you are the most rude, inconsiderate and uncaring
have yet to encounter.
landlords have foralthough they don’t
wear a snappy uniform or operate a cash register, they are still in the customer service field: people pay
and they provide
makes me nervous
be out on
a clean fashion.
For $600 a month, no one is going to pay for an apartment with
more than once. The point I’m trying to make? Landlords, you offer a service,
someone who won't
I still meet up with tailgaters eager to give my bumper a kiss while driving on black ice.
with temperatures below freezing and snow falling I have encountered the music blasters
courteously share their music
For now. I’d rather camp out
Conestoga 2005. Friday March 4 Saturday March 5 Sunday March 6
some people are responsible and allow extra time for driving when the weather takes a turn.
Kudos goes out to those of us slow down, drive defensively
with fellow motorists.
I wonder if that person in the big blue van ever did clean off their
others at the last
held on the last weekend of study week. It is a great opportunity to build your volunteer hours and gain valuable experience. If
interested please contact
and the cost and inconvenience of having their car in the shop a few days before dhey take heed of all the warnings out there. Of course, I’m forgetting that
into a fender bender to truly appre-
had stressed caution. One might need to experience an
be done with. I’d already wasted most of my afternoon taking my
in the first time.
a fine layer of grime offered by
just love driving behind a mini
Last time I checked even WalMart or McDonalds employees answer the phone, provide information in a prompt and courteous manner and offer their products in
er look around to
sand dead souls. Taste: I wouldn’t put anything from that man’s apartment in my mouth. Touch: My hands remained in my pockets the entire time, least I stumble upon the weapons of mass
standing in the hallway.
In order to make money, landlords must sell their products, which are empty apartments.
destruction President George
room, crossing her arms over her chest and I
the store and he
hastily trying to clean the
really starting to frustrate
Finally on Sunday I was told it was ready so I went to pick it up. I hooked it up and started it. The anticipation was killing me. Unfortunately it was a no go. It
not computer illiterate
over the roads
roof or the rear windshield.
and his father the doorway, as I
received the grand tour.
book an appointment and check
and then forgot about them behind his couch for three
the last pile of garbage.
$590 per month.
balding gentleman said, motioning
but I’m either,
garbage, takes a right at the broken
down washing machines,
Here’s the perfect place I say to myself, re-reading the ad of one of the landlords who took the time from his busy schedule to reply: For Rent, clean, large one-bed-
I begin my search for a new apartment with a glance through
expected, he leads basement, past the
probably be ready the next day. After a third day without tle frustrated.
English, which seem to involve asking my age, then proceeding to check out my girlfriend’s body.
of a very
Turns out he hadn’t finished the work for some reason or another and told me my computer would puter.
The customer doesn’t come I find myself homeless. Previous to this homeless state,
On Saturday I talked to the fellow who had been working on my com-
After consulting a number of people, I headed over to Best Buy and asked them.
spy wear they had found on computer.
After staying up until the wee hours of the morning I decided to
the upside, or so
got a call from the store telling
MSN messenger. It
a whole dif-
It all started Wednesday night when I naively decided to accept a web cam photo file sent to me over
thing online slowly starts to drive you up the wall.
know what was going on with my computer and told me to phone back the next day. So I did. talking to really didn’t
the inability to
— SPOKE, January 24, 2005
worries, your food they find something
and a follow-up inspection date
sure that the
(Photo by Kristen McMurphy)
Gus Goutos, owner
local health inspectors arrive unan-
nounced with an extensive list of violations to check for. Another inspection is performed a minimum of three times a year by Steritech. a company which specializes in food safety and whose
to the proper
cafeteria workers are
on one of these
very rare and
Harvey’s 100 per cent score on
any given time without notice.
Steritech are far superior to any-
required health and safety standards.
through a massive binder of health and safety records, Kast is undeniably pleased with the cafeteria’s high scores on all its reviews and specifically points out
prepared and served
and utensils are being
something we are extremely proud Kast says. Steritech or health department
inspectors can visit the cafeteria at If
vinyl gloves are not a health
“Gloves are used at the deli bar but it’s mostly esthetics,” he says. “At Harvey’s it would be dangerous wearing gloves while dealing with hot
more than anything, ensuring
hands regularly, especially when moving from station to station, and direct contact with
Fresh sanitized water
on hand behind the counters peratures, equipment’s
Sub in the E-wing cafeteria, hands a As with all food service areas in the
thing the local health department
appearances are also
tracting a food-related illness.
requirement as long as there is proper hand washing,” Kast says.
cafeteria, as are logs of
important to keep a clean food
reason most employees do not wear gloves while handling food. this
prevent their customers from con-
perature,” says Reid. “But
employees are aware of the set
for a food establishment to
lege maintain the highest of stan-
Kitchener area, says there are
services director John Kast
insists that all cafeterias in the col-
with a fine of about $600.
trained and fully
an eating establishment is not a light matter,” Kast
food you eat and the environment your food is prepared in is up to par with health and food safety guide-
dards and that
after the first
says, recalling a recent Applebee’s
Conestoga’s cafeteria services are
While you’re filling stomach with wraps, subs, pizza and fries, the employees of
write-up, the violation continues.
sure the food tastes good.
return to ensure that any needed changes have been made.
more to feeding a population of more than 6,000 students on a daily basis than making is
scenes in our school’s cafeterias,
you can There
of health and safety codes, the food establishment will be written up
If you’ve ever been concerned about what goes on behind the
and reviewed check list readings
to ensure the
important areas are being covered.
Conestoga’s food services areas safe, clean and well-main-
you think otherwise, Kast
encourages you to contact him either in person at his office in the
hands properly and frequently.” Proper hand-washing refers to 30 seconds of cleaning with soap and
main cafeteria, or via the Let’s Talk message board, also in the main
water to prevent the spread of germs. Kast says that employees follow the hand-washing procedures and can conveniently do so at various hand-washing stations throughout
behind the cash
to questions personal-
and promptly. have been very proud of our
and safety record at this campus,” Kast says. He intends to keep it that way. health
Conestoga’s bookstore goes online to better serve students By JASON
Mary Andraza, manager, operations and
Tired of wasting precious time
the bookstore just to get simple
Well, the bookstore has a
website that will give you
the bookstore, said
’’Basically, the information
college page before
"We have a very com-
prehensive (page now, with) information, hours and locations, and
of the book-
new Point of Sale/Inventory Management system that was
in the fall.
The system was purchased from Carleton
there’s also a
guide on the
new website which
explains that faculty are supposed
be getting their desk copies of
textbooks from the publishers and
go about doing
of the publishers’ represen-
ed,” she said.
site is just part
of information, including the price
she hopes people will use the web-
not the bookstore.
type of thing,” Andraza
student could even use that
they had a problem and wanted
campus administration staff at the Waterloo, Guelph and Stratford campuses, said the bookstore has been pleased with the new website. ”We think it's cut down on some of the traffic in the bookstore because
noticed in semesters
by, a lot of students
source them somewhere else,” she said. “We think that (the website)
down on some
said the bookstore’s
Student Client Services
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haven't opened the online
ordering up to full-time programs,
don’t have the facilities
at this point.
We’ve opened what they do
for full-time students to
course number, or
distance education students, which
website for a few years,” she
“Because of space limitations, have the room to be picking and packing and shipping huge full-time textbook orders.” Andraza said the website shows every item loaded into the book-
and the availability,” she said. “There’s two ways to search; you can search by
updates about every 10 minutes.
course number, to find out what the
system, the time
required textbooks and
an order has been cut down. Andraza said with the system
arc for your course, and/or
obtain their resources and do
their learning online outside of the
colleges that have had
according to Andraza, are students
been very helpful in assisting with some of those routine
’’(Students) either have to
YlSf tx: A Rip R
textbooks,” Andraza said. “It’s cer-
search for course material.
shipped out to them. Distance education
Continuing Education catalogue, and our phone used to ring off the hook as far as people wanting to know the price and availability of
She said the website
2005 JOB FAIR
have decreased as well.
related to that.”
books, then leave and
Andraza'said after locating a specific
item on the website,
how many copies the bookstore has, how many are on students
order and either the selling price or
“Sometimes, what they quote us on the phone and what it comes in at are two different prices.” According to the bookstore’s new
takes to process
by credit card for example,
simple as telling the system the
is paying by credit card, the system sending that amount to the bank, the student swiping their credit card and the transaction
The other part of the system is the management side. "As we sell something, it relieves
along with the invoice from publisher,”
dent were to pay for their materials
don’t firmly establish
the selling price until
She said because of the new Point of
from our inventory, where, as we used to have to manualcount and track everything on
spreadsheets,” Andraza said.
website, the site provides distance
The bookstore’s website can be found at http://eonestoga.book-
education students with the oppor-
— Page 7
earlier than usual By BRENT
Program (OSAP) loans are able for students to pick up
who come from modincome families are less likereceive OSAP,” he said, “but
“Students erate ly to
that can also
ing on the
be changing depend-
mendations for financial
Conestoga College financial aid office opened its doors to students
thing that can change
The Rae Review
not the only
government will adding $45 per student in September 2005. Aside from the adding of funds
year it stated on Jar. 5,”
for the next school year, in
decided to release it a few days earlier so students can
have the money early and get into
made changes in the budget make OSAP more accessible
the semester with their feet running.”
Although events such as the doumay have initially been feared by any finance committee, Matresky said the number of students on OSAP has gone down in the last few years.
think about five
closer to the 38 to 40 per cent range.” Matresky said even though tuition fees have remained fairly stable (over the last few years), there have been less students quali-
always have the situation students don’t believe
enough money,” he
“and we'have to
sure they have reported stuff
for next year are asked to
apply between the end of March and beginning of February for any
programs beginning from Aug.
them and review
until July 3
report and change their income when picking up their first loan in the fall, Matresky said he has never had many major issues
accessing OSAP,” said Matresky. “But now, I would say
who are avoiding the office because of owed money from last
office will be getting in touch with
however, Ontario harmonized its standard with the federal rule and lowered the status of independent students to four years after high school. Despite the odd issue
Although students have until the end of the semester to acquire their loan, Matresky said the
years ago, you would have about 50 per cent of the student population
Prior to this year, potential stu-
makes the decision. “One of those times the government may make the decision,” he said, “is when there is a poor credactually
dents had to be out of high school
persed about half of what we have,” said Matresky, “about 700 to 800 students,
2004 the provincial government
Matresky, who has been with Conestoga for 26 years, said plenty of OSAP students picked up their loans as soon as possible. “I would say we probably dis-
Matresky said there are very few where the government
ing, as the federal
said financial aid administrator Paul
loans usually start on the
10th, but this
Rae Review’s recom-
Student Client Services Building. This winter semester, the
earlier than normal.
the student provides us with the proper documentation, and we have the authority to make the
Helen McCart stands
(Photo by Brent Gerhart)
Australia table on Jan. 17.
She was educating Conestoga students about going University of Western Sydney to get a degree.
said he stresses students apply as early as possible for
“The government has been making a real conscious effort to
the system available early,” he said, “so students who are coming out of
high school and are
tem can apply
to the sys-
after their letter
Travel, Volunteer, Children, Peace Education, Fun!
acceptance. But, returning students
should apply early as well.”
Looking for an amazing
Matresky said the OSAP system so advanced now, students will get an answer almost immediately.
Matresky said financial aid has to if there is any cause for an OSAP student to get more money. “We have a fair amount of authority here,” he said. “The government tells us what the rules are, see
sooner they will have an answer, which gives them more time to budget and figure out how to properly spend their funds, he said.
Brazil, France, Italy,
Germany or USA
Five mature adult volunteers (over 21 years of age) required to lead a group of youth
isting starts in
rocks Conestoga radio By DENISE MULLER
dents Jeremy Yaksich and Colin Stroeder, both 20, run the show
listening to his favourite
never thought that he, too, might one day be a radio personalbly
September 2003, been doing just that.
Teresi, 28, has
one of the three voices on CJIQ’s Monday night one-hour is
classic rock show,
involved,” he said.
volunteer position, not
week and has
everyone wants to jump in and say, ‘Hey, can I do this, can I do
resident has no
Mobility Plus will not cross the line between Kitchener and Cambridge.
AM 590, AM
Chet Greason, a former broadcasting student from the college, got a part-time job doing social work at Foundations, an organiza-
640 and, of course, Conestoga
tion that helps people with disabil-
has held him
good fun doing awesome.”
Teresi listens to ferent
He is in charge of giving out the show’s phone number and e-mail address, and has recently added the quote of the week to his list of responsibilities.
also does the
opening clip for the show’s This in Music History segment. Second-year broadcasting stu-
That’s where he met Teresi.
“We’d be driving ing
in the car,' play-
and he’d and this
say, ‘Oh, this is so-and-so is
so-and-so,”’ Greason said.
when Greason graduated and
the radio show, he got Teresi to
take his place. “I
might be a great
Summer Villages), Waterloo Region is a volunteer non-
promoting peace education and cross-cultural understanding through
There are no religious or business
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Although Teresi has a new ride to and from the radio show, he still needs someone to drive him to his Wednesday night power lifting group. “We’re really stuck on (finding) someone to pick me up for power
amazing experience ever!"
Angela, Canadian Delegation Leader io Finland, 2004
can be reached
1197. classic rock
with disabilities in the K-W area. Teresi lives in Cambridge, and
boxes for an auto parts company called Yazaki North
that offers transportation to people
once a up
think that’s really cool, and I’m glad I have him on the show.”
But none of
a job cleaning
get in the way.
AH travel costs aad
Yaksich said he thinks it’s cool doing what he wants to do without letting his disability that Teresi is
Minimum weekly commitment
month of July 2005.
night ever since.
Unfortunately for Teresi, Greason will be leaving to teach English in Japan in April. Mobility Plus is an organization
formal training in radio and has never before worked in the busi-
has been driving
Teresi has also been a camp counsellor twice, goes to Mexico every year, does a form of weight
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Teresi to and from the radio
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and a passion for travel. Leaders are responsible for
incidentals are covered.
Yaksich said working with Teresi is like nothing he has ever done
an international camp.
opportunity for him to be on the
in cross cultural understanding
show runs every
night from 6 to 7 p.m. on Condor at 88.3 FM.
— SPOKE, Janaury 24, 2005
Man! He By RYAN No!
will admit to shaving
on a pair of sleek pantyhose and begins with the makeup, carefully painting on a base of
foundation and powder.
because he always enjoyed performing and seeing people have a
like felt lime first “The Halloween but with a little more attention,” he says. “The apprecia-
become an icon in Kitchener’s gay community in promoting has
as the beautiful
with a smile
stunning shade of wine-coloured lipstick, throws on a wig and he’s
female Drew. Brad describes Miss Drew as a soft, androgen name that reminds
Reba from Transforming McEntire to Madonna on stage in mere seconds may seem like a
and acceptance, transweek from a
forming himself each
on some fake eyelashes, applies a
The shows continuously
daunting task for a female actor but not for a professional female
Brad Hamacher, 27, of Kitchener,
Performing since he was 18, Brad says he started doing drag |fl(|l||gte
when Miss Drew
about to me.”
The large crowds that attend Miss Drew’s drag show at Club Renaissance, 24 Charles St. W., Kitchener, are
Brad’s performances each week. His mother, Sandi Hamacher, even brags about being his biggest
Minnelli and, his favourite, Reba McEntire during his shows. “I like to give the
worker, says her family has grown
to accept her son’s sexuality
he says. “Whether I’m throwing a flag in the air, catching a rifle
back or pulling some-
thing cool out of
all to really try to
him being one
as an acting job. just goes back to
Sandi says her son was a meek and mild child growing up who was very
past the lashes to find out
“When he grew up he be a few different things. He wanted to be a fireman, a
Miss Drew goes “back
in the clos-
part of being a talented per-
eight years in jazz and ballet before
instructor five years
place where he
Showing strong points of design and choreography and creating effects in dance, Brad teaches jazz, ballet and colourguard to children between the ages of seven and 12, and young adults from 13 to 21 at Kiwanis Kitchener-based the Kavaliers dance studio. Lori Karaba, a fellow dance instructor, says she loves working with his carefree and professional
a kind-hearted individ-
loves to bring happiness to
others,” says Karaba.
don’t take the time to look
drag, and at the end of the night
easy to get along with.
Brad does not
Both my husband and I enjoy watching him get ready at night. My husband can’t get over how he takes so much time to get ready because he always wants to be so perfect when he leaves
purse, I use
be effective with performances.”
different to enjoy,”
his job over the past couple of
more could we ask
former, Brad has also trained for
takes the stage.
Brad incorporates his years of dance experience into each of his performances. He does many different impersonations including Madonna, Shania Twain, Liza
help but be drawn to him.
and the surrounding areas. Many might feel they need to prepare for an evening of cheesy dancing when going to see a drag show, but it's far from the truth
charismatic and people just can’t
and impersonators from St.
different professional female illu-
night out and they leave
humanitarian who connects with children in such a meaningful way.
He always makes -
be his dance instructor 12 years ago. “Whether he is performing on stage, working with charity organizations or talking to an eight-yearold about her toe pointe. Brad is always aware of and sensitive to the needs of others.” Karaba says Brad is very' much a
of Brad’s performances that
sure to give pos-
feedback to each member’s performance and always ends with
policeman and a baker,”
receives a strong
a closing act where he sings Beautiful by Christina Aguilera. He is seated at a round table in the
to the children as if they were the most important peo-
middle of the dance
Although Brad’s family lends him’ a lot of support, his
wasn’t easy at
was gay) was that there would be no grandchildren,” Sandi says. “I’m
used so or
to his reflection in a mirror as
He removes his and pours a bottle of water high above his face, washing away all of the makeup that he painted on at the beginning of the night. As the song comes to a close, he takes the microphone and re-introduces himself; this time not as Miss Drew, but as Brad slowly undresses.
husband.” Sandi sees her son
mately once every months. two Each time he
Cheryl MacDonald, one of the co-owners of Club Renaissance where Brad performs and works Friday nights as a “shooter
makes Brad so
from many other illusionists that perform is his versatility. “As a performer. Brad is a human chameleon where in his latest act he changes into three different people
a high-five. “He speaks
his opportunity to see
young performers. “There
nothing more special
show up to my knowing their left foot
than having a kid class, not
from the right, then watching their last performance 10 months later and seeing how they have matured smiles. performers,” he as “Knowing that I had a small part in that
to describe. It’s
will never be able almost like being a
that the children
dances, but most are not aware of
Miss Drew. Many of
Brad’s transformation act of
changing from Shania Twain
Reba McEntire to Madonna recently earned him the prestigious Miss Embassy 2004 title in a Hamilton drag queen pageant. He was the
non-Hamilton drag queen to win the title. first
warm and personperson who makes
parents have seen Brad perform
MacDonald says he
develop self-esteem and confidence in children,” she says. Brad says that the most rewarding part about being a children’s dance instructor during the day is
others feel very comfortable.
“Brad is like a brother and a sister all rolled up in one it) us at the bar. He has an amazing spontaneous sense of humour” she says. “He’s very upbeat which helps create an
“The mothers absolutely love
show and, more so. are jealous of as am 1!” how fabulous he looks Karaba says. “He has the moves, the music, the hair and, most
importantly, the confidence to be a
wonderful entertainer.” Karaba fondly says Brad also has a great rapport with the young adults he teaches, which she considers essential when working with teens.
“Performance aspect of Brad’s fortunate to have
and we are so
ent and passion with us.”
his experience in dance.
Brad cannot attribute his knowledge of hair and esthetics to just practising.
and he looks
Miss Drew is also a character who’s not shy of how provocatively she decides to dress, wealing stomach-revealing outfits or showing off her lips tattoo on her upper
events he has helped to organize,
a 20-year-old drag queen from
hosted by Miss Drew at Club Renaissance in January 2004 where approximately $1,900 was raised for ACCKWA from dona-
goes by the name have seen her perform a billion times, but yet everytime I have to see more and more.” Goldrick, who has been doing drag since he was 16, has been a fan of Brad’s ever since he first saw him perform in Hamilton three
make many of my
myself or buy second-hand and alter them,” Brad says. “It’s not too often I will go buy a brand new outfit because it’s more fun making an outfit to my ideal wants.” Aside from all the glitz and glamour that is accompanied with being a drag queen. Brad has also ensured that his prominence in the gay community isn’t used in
Brad has also made considerable contributions to
causes including performing several times at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children
He has many local
organizations including tri-Pride,
and the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA), a non-profit charity that works to assist the
community with education about and support and advocacy for people who are infected with and
by HIV. Troy Nowe, ACCKWA’s volun-
Brad plays an important part in creating new and innovative fundraising events and has been a driving hosting events and force in
“(The hardest part about doing is convincing people that I am a real person, much like an actor,” he says. “I just entertain ip a
Brad a caring, com-
passionate and professional person,
he uses his vivacious and infectious personality to draw people in while
as being an advocate for sex in the gay community, Brad has also been considered a pioneer in the Kitchener- Waterloo
Brad has helped
to raise thou-
gay community and for many
1996 from many of the
people who have been inspired to follow in his high-heeled foot-
sands of dollars for
“Miss Drew certainly
fundraiser which raised $10,000
for the organization at the
“Through the fundraising events Brad has kept AIDS, HIV, as
Nowe. “Brad continues community
promote safer sex. He is well aware of the issues facing the comto
Aside from all of the performing and fundraising. Brad says one of is
“It’s easier to find a
Cheerios box than partner,”
proud and thankful for
of the support the local talent has given me. I feel proud of them for doing what they enjoy,” he says. “It’s definitely hard to be differ-
$hreddie in a is to
lend a helping hand.
also juggle having a personal life at
“It only took one performance to keep me dazzled with her moves and amazing choreograph,” he says. “I know myself and some other ‘girls’ hope to have the knowledge and experience that Miss Drew has.” Brad says he enjoys seeing people experiment in drag and try new things, and that he is always glad to
the hardest parts of his job
Chinese auctions and tips. his head to raise
— Page 9
to use his stature in the
couraged by some of the ignorance in the community from people who get confused by something that is
Brad says he learned much of what he knows today from Gina’s School of Esthetics in Waterloo where he was the school’s first male student. Brad then advanced to the Voila Institute for Hair Design in Kitchener. “I also learned (how to do makeup and hair) from watching other performers, studying magazines and practising on other people,” he says. “The look of Miss Drew is constantly changing as my interests change because I love new
Brad explains. “Some
people don’t look at it as an acting It just goes back to ignorance where some don’t take the time to
look past the lashes to find out
Brad really is.” Brad admits that he does get
Brad performs every Thursday night at Club Renaissance in the All That Glitters is Gold drag
(Photo by Ryan Connell)
Miss Drew’s popular acts
Aguilera’s Beautiful. herself to the
Miss Drew makes twirling a rifle look easy while she performs her as little as five minutes to change costumes and wigs.
rnuiu uy nyaii
tight pleather outfit.
when she performs
crowd as Brad.
the performance by introducing
of the artists
an shows nach week.
she impersonates during her
— SPOKE, January 24, 2005
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By DENI S E
motorcycle course not
1,500 students go
through the program per season. Last year there were seven accidents in Conestoga College’s motor-
said the worst injury he has
a broken bone.
"We’ve never had anyone run
the program’s co-
a building or anything like that.”
ing students safe.
Usually an accident will happen
during a panic situation and the stu-
helmet, a leather, denim or Kevlar
dent might pull too hard on the front
jacket, sturdy pants, boots that cover
“The odds of a motorcycle being on its side in the course is probably at least one or two a weekend,” said Mike McCormick. He said sometimes a student will be parking a bike and the two will
brakes, causing the front wheel to
considered a tip-over and
always a certain
dealing with a its
kind of like falling off a bicy-
said about 35 to
between April and October every year. Seven accidents within that time frame is not an extensive amount, especially classes are available
brought up every year meeting.
McCormick, 40. The program does have
twice a year, and then once again, in certain
guidelines in place to prevent most
The program follows the Canada helps in preventing 90 per cent of accidents,
These guidelines have been tried and proven for more than 26 years. In case of an accident,
cle, I guess.”
and full-fingered gloves.
regarding the program are discussed
Safety Council curriculum, which
vehicle that doesn’t stand on “It’s
in place, to
said there are
fact that there are accidents in
leave, that’s a serious accident,” said
keep the students as safe as possible.
soon as a student has to
sure the student
said there is
accidents from happening and to
and the bike are back to business.
control of the vehicle.
lock up, and the student could lose
— Page 11
have a role to play. “They have to have safety gear they have to wear or they can’t ride at all,” he said. Students must come prepared for class sporting a certified motorcycle
the instructors have
But the instructors aren’t the only ones that are responsible for keep-
during a refresher meet-
This year’s meeting
go over what can be done to resolve any problems without limiting the stuthey
dents’ learning experience.
“You can make it really safe, but when they go out in
then they’ll die
the streets,” he said.
some same way you would let a
give the students the reins at point, the
when he’s riding his bicycle.” McCormick said he doesn’t think the number of accidents is of great
(Photo by Denise Muller)
concern as far as the safety of the program is concerned.
Mike McCormick is the program co-ordinator for the motorcycle program at Conestoga College. He says it’s not uncommon for there to be about seven accidents throughout one riding season in the program.
Skating party raises $5,500 for Thornley siblings By MELISSA
head office gives for have a Christmas party.
Family, friends, co-workers and
about $10,000 has been
support a local family on Jan. 16.
donated to the family from companies where family members have worked, including Indigo and TD
Centre played host to the Thornley Family Skate that brought in more than $5,500 in donations for Kerri and Ice
Jan. 3, Kerri received
and her older
Vicki, had been
However, he said he was happy
sustained critical injuries.
She said she took posters to the banks and sent out more than 50 e-mails to people telling them
California and her mother, Karen, 50, and brother, James, 21,
a head-on crash in
was organized. Two hours of ice time was donat-
ed by the ice centre, said volunteer Christine Finlay, where she is a price
would have been about $ 1 80 incredible,”
Flower arrangements and $50 was donated by Ennio’s Pasta
of Vicki Thornley’s, were
They said they would both give $20 each and had $50 from another friend who skate to
could not attend. “It’s
about the number of people
centre. She said when she walked through the doors her first ice
reaction was, “I can’t believe
House, the coffee shop Lettieri donated cookies that were in turn sold for $1 each and complimentawas donated by coffee ry
Diebolt, also a
Kerri’s, spent part of
the day selling cookies
up for the skate. “Within the first five minutes we already had $500,” she said with
out the complimentary coffee.
who helped out
“I’m ecstatic about the turnout,"
Douglas, a co-worker of Kerri’s at Coles bookstore in Fairview
upon myself to help out,” she said. “I wanted to show my support, love and care.”
Kerri has been at her brother’s bedside since the accident. Jamie is now at a Hamilton hospital, being
Park Mall, led in the organization of the event and said it took her
week of preparation.
She said the support has been wonderful.
Budd also said she was amaz,ed at number of people who showed
19, told her.
and Spittal Becky McCrudden, both who were
Elora Budd, 25, of Cambridge at student part-time a and Conestoga College, said she heard about the family’s tragedy on the radio and read about it in the news-
office at the college will be accepting personal donations for the
their support today,” she said.
We have people donat-
money without even
have any expectations
for a turnout,” she said. “It’s been
she said. “I never dreamed we’d
Finlay said she didn’t
from the registered nursing program last spring. She said the disability services
(Photo by Melissa Hancock)
during the day.
many people have come out and donated and don’t even know the
around Conestoga College, where Boterman attends school and where Vicki Thornley graduated
Douglas said she had a team of
per hour. “It’s
Ohio that also killed the other driver, Kenneth Evans, 40, of Piqua, Ohio. “The news came as a terrible shock to Kerri, 24.” To help the family out, a skating
and Christine Finlay are both skating instructors at the Cambridge Ice Centre. They received two free hours of ice time for the Thornley Family Skate on Jan. 16. Volunteers Sara Douglas
Vicki and Karen are dead
take place. Posters were also put up
Canyon and Las Vegas en
They the Grand
help her settle
Another volunteer and co-worker of Kerri’s, Katie Boterman, 19, said she helped to promote the fundraiser for the Thomleys.
a donation before stepping
According to an article in The Record on Jan. 4, “Kerri stayed at home in Kitchener when the other three headed off on a combination fun family
at the ice centre for a
routine public skate with his child.
younger brother, James (Jamie),
Steve Rade, 38, said he hadn’t heard of the family’s tragedy until
a car accident and her
her mother Karen Thornley
Jan. 10 article in
even strangers put on their skates to
when and where
Budd said she spoke with mayor of Cambridge, as well as
police and fire chiefs and asked they attend the event.
many people come
were able to she would have
attend the skate,
been overwhelmed with
transferred there after
coma. Co-workers at Coles will also be making personal donations to Kerri and Jamie, she said, along with the
(Photo by Melissa Hancock)
skating fundraiser raised
more than $5,500
— SPOKE, January 24, 2005
Women’s By PAIGE HILTON Medical
health forum raises important issues
as a birth control method like condoms, diaphragms or the birth con-
important that you know it should be used as soon as possible (after a person has had unprotected sex), because we think it works
The Women’s Health Matters Forum and Expo was held Jan. 14
better it you use it sooner. But it probably has some effect up to five days after intercourse.” she said.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre to educate
the public about
and pressing issues
and 15 to raise awareness about the needs regarding women’s health in Canada. Advocates and doctors spoke at the forum on topics ranging from osteoporosis,
Dunn ty is
and violence against
important one-time pro-
doesn’t work prospec-
method of birth control time you have sex.)”
over the counter, instead of being available only through prescription
pregnancy or the
tion of that pointed out.
when used so
have become convinced Plan B must be available for purchase without a prescription after seeing
where women could have used more information and easier access (to the information.)” it
remember Plan B
birth control fails
must not be used
Diagnostic screening, she said, is are only asked about violence if the doctor or nurse has a clinical reason to ask. MacMillan outlined clinical reasons as any
obvious physical trauma or other signs the woman has been or is being abused.
about violence each time they
The screening methods used
for being at the
Dr. Harriet MacMillan, a profes-
a hospital or clinic.
when any woman, no matter
is asked whether she has experienced any domestic
described an Ontario study that is looking to find whether women
said universal screen-
what her reason
it when you need it is your medicine cabinet.” At another seminar, women, and a few men, were told of new research into violence against
The study hopes
these methods of screening, using one or the other or both depending
women and decrease the occurrences of domestic violence.
COUNSELLOR’S CORNER: You
normal reactions to loss in our lives - a reaction we call grief. Grief does not only have to be a result of losing a loved one to death. We grieve any kind of loss: the breakup of a relationship, the loss of good health or even the loss of a dream to reach a certain goal. Although these feelings are natural, it sometimes helps to talk them over with a counsellor as part of the healing process. Writing your thoughts in a journal, reading books about grief, and talking to friends can also help. Most of all
permission to grieve. Feelings delaying the healing process.
have a friend
grieving, don’t worry about saying the
ing to them. Just be there, be a good listener or remind them how much you care with a card, a hug or some time together. If you are grieving a loss and would like to talk with a counsellor or find out about resources in the community, come to Student Services. t
when the women are stricken with the disease themselves, they must still take care of their whole fami-
Although many abusive men may have problems with binge drinking or may have witnessed violence in their own home growing up, and abused
suffer from depression or have an unwanted pregnancy, MacMillan
said these are just
symptoms, and not
some common definitive ways
of describing abusers or victims. She said abuse can happen to anyone, and anyone can abuse.
tional problems, she said.
There are numerous other problems that can be linked to women's
one being the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. Although people suffer from the disease all over the world, Africa
one of the con-
tinents worst affected.
in Africa and director Stephen Lewis Foundation,
dedicated to helping vicat
forum and spoke of the catastrophic effect HIV/AIDS has on the African people.
of his speech was dedicated to comparing the outpouring of relief efforts and money to the victims of the tsunami in Asia and what he found to be the reluctance of government to give support and aid to Africa in
Africa at this
There are dying.
time of need.
are at death's door,”
“Those numbers conhuman calamity which is
need for help all
in the country, link-
there are 12 million Africa currently, in des-
perate need of help.
Lewis said although he is moved and encouraged by the amount of aid given to tsunami victims, he feels Africa deserves the same con-
sideration and help from governments across the world. “While it’s inevitable and instinctive that one responds to an overwhelming, instantaneous episode
of the power and force of the tsunami,” he said, “somehow we cannot
Lewis expressed frustration at the world's quick action to help tsunami victims when so many people in Africa are suffering.
Abused women also have a higher risk of injury or death and emo-
A Message from
Student Services our website http ‘//www. conestoeac.on. ca/isp/stserv/indvY jvp
spent eight years as Ontario’s New
ing the health of
tims ol the disease, appeared
distinct personality traits to distin-
can’t stop ciying,
any given year. Furthermore, she said researchers have discovered that abusers and their victims have no in
women who are abused. They could give birth prematurely and their babies may have a low birth
more than two AIDS) in Africa
of abuse in their lifetime, and one in 10 to 12 Canadian women are
MacMillan also said there is added concern for pregnant
hospital or clinic,
place to have
beaut * Sue McHugh (left) and Bev 3 keover b00,h at the Women's Health Matters Forum and Expo
either universal screening or diag-
B before they are in a situwhen they need it urgently.
would benefit from being asked
only a back-
up method when is
advance because you never know when you might need it,” said Dunn. “The best
a prescription in
and because we also provide
manent method of birth
vide emergency contraception to the women who come in to see us,” she said. “We sure do see the need it,
“If you’re not using a really per-
the immense need for women to have access to it. “(The Bay Centre has) been very
said she and her colleagues
prevent a is already no evidence that it to
to ask their doctor or a doctor at a clinic for a prescription
and inevitably pregnancy do
Since the drug is only currently available with a prescription from a doctor, Dunn said the best bet for
College Health Sciences Centre, explained the drug delays or stops ovulation
harms the pregnancy and there is no indication that it causes an abor-
Dunn, medical director
for Birth Control Toronto and a family physician
forum was Plan B, the emergency contraception pill many advocacy groups are urging the government to allow people to buy the
"There have been millions of doses used and there haven't been any serious concerns about side
women. One topic making headlines
drug has been
tion, depression, multiple sclerosis,
studied and the medical
What must be done, is
to convert the
the response to the of the tsunami into an equal and powerful recognition of
the other crises in this world that simultaneously harass the human
Lewis said. “And remember whether
poverty or disease or conflict or environmental catastrophe, those crises can collectively
very large part of humankind.”
The forum, in its ninth year, boasted more than 150 exhibits and 40 seminars. Exhibitors included the Kidney Foundation of Canada, College ol Nurses Ontario and the Osteoporosis Society of Canada.
There was also a bookstore where guests could browse through literature
relating to all
on women’s health. For more information about the forum and women’s health issues, topics
Jansen also said he looks for a who he can trust and won’t cheat on him. He said he would also like a girl who is comfortable girl
of a two-part
will never understand.
when it comes sex. Some girls try
opposite to figure
not always clear. So
a girl to be smart, attractive and
a helping hand, ladies.
he doesn’t want a to pretend to be something
a male. That’s
because in this article some at Conestoga College the beans on what they look
of the guys
accounting student, said a girl should be entertaining, fun and be
about making things happen, not having things happen to you".
hot or not
not that big of a
believe, the physical aspect didn’t
important thing in a relationship
seem to be as important when it came to men finding a girlfriend. Mike Jansen, a first-year market-
being able to have a good time with someone. “If there’s no fun and no chemistry, just drop it like a dirty shirt,” said Brundle.
ing student, says he finds a girl able to laugh attractive.
want someone who can laugh because they’re bad.”
He also said he who he can talk to who is responsible.
Brundle said although whether a
“She’s got to realize I’m still a guy and I have to be with the boys said. sometimes,” Donald “Everybody needs their little bit of
PREPARING A WEEKLY STUDY PLAN IS A GREAT PUCE TO START
and one However, Brundle said the most
his personal space.
looks for a girl
time. If not,
There were a few things that were mentioned more than once. They included intelligence and a good
second-year accounting student, said he looks for a girl with a good personality. Tristan
are a turnoff for him.
said he believes
deal to him, there has to be
can be lost. Donald also explained he looks for a girl who understands he needs
at the top
able to have a
there are three areas of compatibil-
Aleksandar Zica, business
Zica also mentioned he likes a who can dress properly. “I don’t like thug, gangster
Troy Brundle, a
don’t like thug, gang-
and understanding of his feelings and who know how to deal with a relationship. However, friendly, kind
agreed with Dezort. Girls With attitudes
dent, said he likes girls
— Page 13
interest in her
Bojan Cvjetkovic, a
There were a number of guys
helpful and sensitive to his
office administration executive stu-
for in a girl.
are about to understand the phe-
student, says that although he l ik es
pass on the bitchy
out what males want. Yet
smart and caring. Dezort also said he does not like
“At school. I’d rather see a girl not done up and ready to learn,”
dent, said he likes girls
In life there are just
4:30 5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30
Kyle Dezort, a third-year electrical engineering technology stu-
workshops, work, and then block off time Your blocks of study time will become visible.
like lectures, labs,
Use the time between classes wisely
for things like reading, researching
for the semester. Mark In all due dates, test dates, midterms be able to see the whole month and be able to prepare for the busy
Make out a monthly plan and
To make an appointment for
learning strategy assistance, visit the Student Services
A Message from Learning Strategies Visit
our website http://www£0ne$fagacm.£aIi$B/st$m/Lad£&i£S
(Photo by Jen Galhardo)
Marco Lunghi and Mike Jansen keep ladies Chantelle Gear, Stacey Richter, Lili Pereira and Ashley Otto constantly wondering what they want in a girl.
Avail student card is required all
times to gain access to the
Recreation Centre. Anyone without a valid student card will
be required to
pay a $6 day pass to be granted access.
March Break Camps our March break camps.
Camps will run: March 1 4th to 1 8th 2005 Prices: 51 25
per child for a week.
$35 per child Thank you for your co-operation.
Intramural Sign Ups
Once again Conestoga College will be offering
for a day.
Prices include skating
Phone (519) 748 -3512 Fax (51 9} 748 -4214, or visit
748-3565 ext 3565 up until January 18th for Ball Hockey and
Recreation Contra Hours
up until January 20th for Ice Hockey & Volleyball. Registration
Captains Meeting with be held January 26th at 5pm at the recreation centre, at OT's Sports Bar. Mandatory
Monday - Friday 7:00 am -11 :OOpm Saturday 7:00
am - 8:00 pm
— SPOKE, January 24, 2005
By TIM MURPHY The band members of Vacuity meant their name to be ironic. In the dictionary, vacuity
defined as a
that is pointless or inane.
fans of Vacuity
band that way. “The music scene
would describe the
isn’t like that (definition)
unless you’re Britney Spears,” guitarist Greg Osborn says in an interview at the Horseshoe
Tavern in Toronto on Jan. 15.
The alternative-modern rock band consists Rob McFee, Paul McGough, Greg Osborn
and Emeri Scheweigert, all in their early 20s, who recently bought a house together. The men have spent the last eight years perfecting their sound during basement record-; ing
s ession s.
Learning to play together as a band was “a lot of trial and error,” says drummer Emeri Scheweigert,
washroom of the Horseshoe Tavern. As a steady stream of slightly-intoxicated patrons pass by. Scheweigert receives many compliments for the evening’s performance. A school bus of friends and family departed from Kitchener to support the band.
Vacuity has played five times well as a
number of other major
Toronto, as cities
sound (in larger venues), but pay your dues,” Scheweigert
“It’s a better
you have says,
shows Vacuity has played. Vacuity’s
given away free
shows a few years ago, including a monthly residency at the Walper Pub in live
Photos by Tim Murphy
As high school ended,
focus on the band.
They spent the next year in basement recording sessions to create a full-length, self-produced album. The Middle Ground is a 12-track album, which has helped the band gain significant recognition, landing them an east-coast tour this past summer. Vacuity was also featured in both Canadian
Musician Magazine and Canadian Music Network magazine. Osborn said the band is planning to release another EP this summer. “It’s hard to plan much past that, because things change,” says Osborn.
Vacuity will be playing at the University of Waterloo Student Life Centre in Waterloo on Jan. 22. are also
Fervid Whisper and Blind Ambition
For furthur information on the group, go online to www.vacuity.net.
Vacuity takes the stage at the Horseshoe Tavern
in Toronto on Jan. 15. Greg Osborn, Emeri Scheweigert, Rob McFee and Paul McGough have been playing together since they were 14.
Drummer Emeri Scheweigert says band members hope they can make a living playing
Horoscope Week of Jan.
is the first in a series of stoon the film industry.) It’s been far too long since we had a decent hand-drawn movie. With the ever-looming monopoly of computer animation, it is no
Dreaming of travelling isn't going to get you anywhere. You need to pick up that phone or get
computer and get planare tough to motivate, ning. unless your whole heart is into it.
a feeling you have Your true love is standing right in front of you and you have a choice. Based on your excellent sense of judgment you It's
choose the right direction.
come and go over
because as with
You have been
gling with a major
and you need all the support you can get. Use the wisdom of those around you to help make it through.
November 22 December 21
you’re looking to escape from your daily realities. With computers taking the lead in animation, audiences are losing interest in 2D. In the same way, audiences lost interest in black and ie,
white films when colour became the rage in the ’40s. if
you’re looking at
good reason. But you will regret it always if you didn't try in the place.
December 22 January 19
Other studios that have thrown
DreamWorks with Shrek and Shark
the first place,
You can be times.
are a truly consider-
deep down. Be proud
of your sense of humour,
you very well
a real turkey some-
But despite the antics you
started out with
January 20 February 18
explanation of an electronic voice
and images of the dead
All the while,
were given time
several other quotes, an eerie pall
cast over the theatre.
was a good
start for a
and over again, it will hurt so bad. There's no need to hash and
you thought you were busy last week, this week you are swimming in it. Beware; no one is waiting to throw you a lifeline. You'll have to call out for help on
rehash, this time around.
a design sense that
You can put
good use in your next project. It's a good idea to trust your instincts even if it seems a bit unusual. it
will be inspiring.
Pisces February 19
while the getting
a 2nd-year journalism
student in tune with the universe.
Geoffrey Sax, wanted to pull a fast one on the viewers at the end of the movie, but it needed to be done
more gracefully. I’m assuming supposed
15 minutes of the
justice to cut a little out
though. Also, a
of the scenes seemed
was like watching a soap opera - where every scene is repeated about five times just to make sure the audience gets the the same.
Hitchcock had the idea that the you show an audience, the more viewers’ imaginations can less
sounds of fuzzy, crackling radio stations. It would have done the
Alfred Hitchcock movie.
wife, Anna, a young son and an ex-wife. Very good then, the characters were established quickly and the plot moved
B-list. I’ll still give
ing for creativity. the
a fair rat-
The idea behind
few more months in the editing room. I give this movie two and a half used
very clever idea, but
Hitchcock was the master at that and the director of White Noise is
movie. Voices whispered, clocks stopped ticking, a horrible accident - the audience was filled with sus-
could argue the acting helped pull
However, the feeling of suspense dragged on and it seemed like
arrangement is Grab it and
the plot to thicken,
rushed and unsatisfied ending.
made up of his
coming your way.
hold onto it with both hands. This type of chance doesn't come along very often, so get yours
nothing was actually going to happen. It took more than an hour for
Jonathan Rivers, and his family
August 23 September 22
becoming annoyed with the constant snowy TV screens and the
passes, the truer that
was a suspenseful, psychological thriller. Had it been done with better pace. White Noise would have been like a modern
At the beginning we are introduced to Keaton’s character, Something has sparked a fire in your eyes but Nelly will tell you
seems, the more time that
Considering the movie was about the dead communicating through TV and radio frequen-
using a de-tuned receiving apparatus.
not be such a bad idea. White Noise, starring Michael Keaton, hit theatres Jan. 7, just in time to start the new year off with a
of a not-so-good movie. Keaton proved to the audience that he can still play any role thrown his
The dark mood
any more engaging or original than the aforementioned films. People have gotten sick of watching 2D characters do something that a 3D character could do just as well. It again goes back to the comparison of the 2D film to the black and white film. People assume that
you are giving off this week. Keep that glow going by figuring out what made you so happy in
successfully changed the
If you’re getting tired of good previews and bad movies, waiting until this one comes out on video
that best describe the aura
audience hasn’t cared as much because we are prone to think that newer is better and right now CG is at the top of the pile. Movies like Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast were huge successes when they came out over a decade ago, and their storytelling wasn’t
Previews can be misleading
way. You're scared and with
Playful and endearing are
Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story, the completely computer generated (CG) film ever, had an originality that rivals any other great storytelling. Disney and Pixar’s subsequent releases all seem to have loosely followed the same idea of taking a “what if?” scenario. What if bugs had a world not unlike ours (A Bug’s Life)? What if monsters really did live in the closet. (Monsters Inc.)? The exception to this formula is the fall’s The Incredibles, which
said never let the
When you’re sitting in the theatre with your popcorn and your sweet-
fear of striking out get in your
on such recent hand-drawn
films as Lilo and Stitch. Atlantis:
competition. However, the movie
out have been phenomenal.
movies are moving towards, do you really want the most realistic movie possible?
from a story aspect, most of the computer-animated films that have
heads are better than one? I don’t think so. Not in your case. Don't It just confuses the issue. doubt your decisions. Stick with what makes the most sense on your first instinct. -
Planet has been just as good as the this is not
The Lost Empire and Treasure
us a heightened level of realism
This will be a difficult period in
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. So why can’t hand-drawn movies keep up? The truth is that the story-
Sure, computer animation gives
year’s Robots and Nickelodeon with
Friends can the years,
— Page 15
the pencils gone?
Libra September 23 October 22
Although there’s not a
things to say about this film,
sometimes mask thd
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