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Conestoga College, Kitchener

M ORR IS

By JANET

not intended as a competition

It is

but rather a

The annual survey

ranks

that

Ontario’s 24 colleges will take place

week of Jan. 3 1 Conestoga College has achieved

during the

the highest average score for the past six straight years.

The

3

Vacuity

36th Year

Conestoga remain No.

(Photo by Janet Morris) Kevin Mullan, vice-president of finance and corporate perform-

2005.

News

8

Monday, January 24, 2005

Will

for

Key

Performance

ance, reviews a copy of last

Indicators (KPIs) annual independent survey establishes benchmarks of excellence in Ontario’s

year’s KPI survey.

colleges.

means

to

show

areas of

The college has done very well over the past six years, he said. “Students have rated us overall

at

and student

satisfaction.

satisfaction

The surveys mark used by

are also a bench-

the

the

college,

results provide

said the

survey

good feedback

government

to

the highest in the college system

that

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.

full

Last year Conestoga attained an overall average of 87.85 per cent.

?

of the surveys.”

acceptable level.

employer

1

receive additional funding.

Kevin Mullan, vice-president of finance and corporate performance

satisfaction,

— 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

12

make changes based on

the results

lished the

will

Residence loses

members

three of

its

staff

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

left just

were having trouble balancing the job with their school work. said they

Charlene Genno, a second-year public relations student, said she

RA

her job as an

left

noticed

it

after she

negatively affected her

grades.

is

mate, the RA is responsible resolving the situation. They’re also responsible for ensuring no alcohol is being con-

sumed

in the hallways,

kept shut for

fire safety

way

doors are

precautions

and the rules of the building are being followed.

An RA

usually

makes enough

money throughout

the year to pay

for about half the cost

“There’s no

on the

having a personal problem or conflicts with his or her roomfloor

of residence

(approximately $2,200). Alicia Goheen, a second-year

to

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

distinguish

accounting

student,

said

the

amount of money she made

as an

RA didn’t justify the job. “There’s no

way

to distinguish

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.

just

idence,

Alicia Goheen, second-year

andformer

accounting student

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

said.

in

someone needs you at three the morning you have to be

there.”

no time for a

said she had

social life and the job

was ruining

her relationships.

“My

friends live right across the

from

maybe

me and

saw them three times the whole I

semester.”

Resident required to

RA

advisers

work two

are

shifts a

only

week

lounge from 7 p.m. to a.m. but they’re on call at all times. in the

They

1

are assigned to a floor and

who have

time for a job

can benefit from being an RA, said Kobylnik. a

good experience and

it

looks great on a resume,” he said.

Kobylnik also added an

RA

story

Page

is

a great

way

to

that

being

meet other

second

Kieswetter,

Board

CONNELL

By RYAN

the students

17

together as a team.

.

five to three

in

favour of letting the board of direcvote

for

the

vice-president,

rather than the president

making

the

decision.

Wismer made

the

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

all

of their plans and ideas. Director Dariusz Czajkowski voted against changing the selecdents pick their

own

vice-presi-

deal with situations that will help

dents,

them

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

press time.

could

leading

they will

in

be

Conestoga’s child-care to the

Red Cross. See

generally pick

the right direction or

the

next

president,”

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

tors

in

CSI vice-president

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

right,

The money was donated

Czajkowski said. However, Wismer

students and get involved in plan-

“The

from the

of directors to select

ning events and

activities.

child

for the tsunami-relief effort.

2.

Director Jessica

said.

“It’s

Genno

hall

expected and they aren’t able to do the job as well as they want to,” he Students

“If

Sydney

Members voted

three.

resident adviser

A wave of generosity inspired by

program raised $1,300

The general manager of the resJohn Kobylnik, said

their problems.”

(Photo by Jennifer Ormston)

should be able to say that

I

can

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,

tell

is

going

person to be vice-president

to pick a

who they

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

who

said in December that he wouldn’t be running for re-election, said he is now reconsidering that decision.

“At

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

vice-president Ingram-Cotton.

Scott


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News

— SPOKE, January 24, 2005

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For weeks, the media has been on the front lines covering the events as they unfold

in

South Asia.

first-year

human

service foundation

You Could Only by Tonic because that’s what sing when I’m in “If

College raises ORMSTON

By JENNIFER

said Harper,

Amid

the shower.”

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

first-year

Red Cross

the

I

probably sing Billie Jean by Michael Jackson “I’d

because

I’m

don’t care

if

a big fan. he’s a child I

come

Members

of

money

Sydney Kieswetter,

Juan Bulnes,

felt “really

sad”

said she

8,

when she saw

the

images of destruction that inundated her television screen only one day after Christmas. So when she returned to her tragic

first-year

service foundation

“The Rodeo Song by David Allencoe only to see how fast could get

child-care program

ir\

the

early

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,

Doon

said she

happy because

is

that.”

Her

concerns

warranted.

are

Reports from South Asia have con-

tion

tsunami-hit countries to

in

abduct children and

sell

kicked

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

off.”

Steve Black, first-year

general metal machining

“I

would sing Like a

Virgin by

Madonna so

after

the

holidays,

into

to a Jan. 13 article in the

Toronto

Lanka.

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

UNICEF.

ed

of $420 during

in the collection

the school will

week of

which

Jan. 10,

be doubled by International

Student Exchange.

learned about Sydney’s intentions

tant for CSI, said she believes the

after she noticed her

drawing pic-

Janie Renwick, executive assis-

money

will

“Tsunami

tures without colour in them.

be put to good use.

needs the

relief

money

I

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,

ECE

Tm

said Haiper.

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

The

“I

I

the

ECE

colouring

centre

books

right now.”

Although CSI

will

no longer be

mem-

fundraising for this cause,

bers of Conestoga College’s emer-

gency response club will continue in this mission.

Kevin

Cabral,

a

second-year

police foundation student, said the

children set up a booth in

and to

club’s

tsunami-relief group

on how

sold

the

several ideas

parents

and

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.

teacher

has

to generate

they

have considered holding a

competition between the college’s various programs.

“The one

that

raises

the

most

is

Andy Knetsch. who origito raise money

for this cause, said he

is

willing to

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

head.

his

than others.

Third-year mechanical engineering student Keith

De

Silva,

who

Waterloo with his family, still has aunts, uncles and second cousins living in Sri Lanka, his parlives in

ents’ birthplace.

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,

said

had the idea

nally

Their combined efforts culminat-

do it,” she said. Her teacher, Samantha Harper,

“I

first-year

them

slavery or the sex trade, according

I

campus

the

in

who

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-

about

to the tsunami-relief effort.

Cabral,

a small

her eyes.

“But I feel bad because lots of over there don’t have a mommy and daddy, so I feel sorry

-

movie

and

party

Sanctuary,”

kids

Conestoga

money would be awarded pizza

will of her pupils brought tears to

Sydney

the globe.

the

College community are among the scores of donors who have pledged

molester, no offence.”

human

from around

admits the good-

they earned a lot of money.

of unprecedented gen-

tales

erosity

received $1,300,”

who

money

lucky they

me and not

how

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.”

vulnerability.”

Herb Muise, first-year

human

Wish

service foundation

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

“I

Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!

I

(

was

children

a

merry Christmas for

whose parents

1

15

are students

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

donate a

gift to a child

may

success

tree a big

whose

par-

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

gifts.

child

was

forgot-

ornaments on the and buying the CSI purchased 50 of the 15

tree after

CSI president Justin Falconer was happy that so many

said he

tage of the Christmas wish tree.

“There’s no question that there’s a

Dec.

10,

1

number of students

who have not

in the college

Financial need and

surprised

it's

students

I’m with

children," Falconer said. “I'm really

not have been able to

ents

CSI

for

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.


News

SPOKE, January

2005

24,

— Page 3

Alumni Association to create memorial BRENT GER H ART

By

Vicki Thornley collection.

The

The

Alumni Association of remembered Vicki

Conestoga Thornley 13

Jan.

board meeting on the Student Services

at its

in

Client Building.

The 26-year-old was

a

2004

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.

The crash

also killed her mother,

Karen Thornley.

was

Vicki

to create a bursary,

an award or

some other memorial. The amount of the still

Vicki to be

collection funds will be used"-

is

be decided upon.

to

Ohio on her way

begin her nursing career. At the meeting, the alumni association approved the creation of a

budgeted

association

SONSER

decided

Superman

Monroe,

and

visited the college earli-

er this month, as well as

Family Guy’s Stewie, Homer Simpson and Johnny Depp.

They

Vicki also

Award, which

won

the

Homeward

given to a graduating nursing student who helps peois

overcome adversity. The alumni association wants

ple

one were a

lot better,”

from the he said.

“There’s not a lot of variety (this time around).”

Mike

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.

(posters).”

Imaginus offered a variety of posters

to

students,

including

Jansen

it.”

tant/physiotherapist assistant program at the college, said She thought this

semester’s

poster

sale

was

smaller than the one last semester, but that the prices were reasonable.

that

said he thought the prices of posters were “delicious,” adding, “They’re really good

cartoon posters. first-year student

posters

He

prices.

Ashley Andrus, a

some

the

movie, music, animal, actor and

in the occupational therapist assis-

said

Nine

dollars,

can’t beat

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

the

working,” she said. She thought the poster sale was pretty good but suggested Imaginus should include taxes in

print

the prices.

Andrus said she was most

inter-

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.

Luke

Lovell,

a

second-year

police foundations student, said he

thought the poster sale was better last term as well.

Sam

specialist

for

CSI,

said

student

feedback was pretty good. “Imaginus is a popular event for us. Lots of students seem enthused about it.” Egleston said although Imaginus

(increase

6

make

a decision at their

college.

Board members approved the sponsorship

"One thousand

dollars

is

a nice,

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

of

a

hole

the

in

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

association’s

next

Annual Alumni Skating Party on Feb. 6 from -3 p.m. at the the

is

rec centre.

The skating party will have free games for the kids, prizes as well as free movie passes for any entry,

child under

1

3 with an alumni par-

ent or relative.

The

Alumni

Association

of

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

far

cerned,

I

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

-as

the

ty good.”

Egleston said he didn’t

know

if

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

much

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

at

hoping to raise $550

is

raising

for the victims of the

tsunami.

Nichole Jiminez, CSI’s event programmer, there is

Above, resident Ian Watson holds up a container with

no

donations.

to

set date as of yet for a poster

sale next year.

An

Imaginus

refused to

salesperson

comment on

and head office

officials

New job

search

site

By JEN GALHAR DO

were not

sites?

If

so,

the

now

has

its

own job

search

website.

Although career services has offered

a job

search

site

new

before

Workopolis Campus, an

through

Internet-based job posting site

is

site, this

more customized and

students

graduates

for

of

Conestoga.

The new Jan.

site

was launched on

10 and created by computer

services at the college. Sara Free, a

career services officer,

is

sure both

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

ac.on.ca.

students,

and

Dawn Hasson) Other stu-

1 1

.

Campus new site

is is

easier for

although Workopolis

a great site, having this better for students

them

jobs they want.

students

site,

“It’s better for the

they see

it’s

students that

more focused on

grams as opposed being posted in one

list,”

pro-

the jobs

to all

explained

Free.

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

and when

posted within 24 hours.

Anyone

interested in

searching

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

mind

there

may

not be a great vol-

ume

of jobs yet. since the website was only launched recently.

“Keep checking

then go under career services.

Free said

using this

and graduates can look for jobs under their program or search under “general” for jobs that can be under any program.

for jobs

it.

“Students were really asking for something that was more college based and under our own college

the Sanctuary, Jan.

of the

up and running

When

available.

(Photo by

some

the sale

College

in

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

left

job searching

line

four

The alumni association hasn’t decided where they will use the $5,000 donated to the annual fund,

said.

Are you looking for a job? Are you tired of dealing with confusing

Students

all

donation) as a one-time deal,” he “We have the funds.”

the

1

According

Egleston, communications

to

association approved

continue sponsoring

teams in the Alumni Soccer Tournament. The tournament will be held in

Feb., 7 meeting.

posters.

1.

like

throughout necessary parts of the

came in the form of which were sold at a poster sale in the Sanctuary on Jan. 1

would

The alumni to

association’s budget and dispersed

posters,

all

“I

meeting.

it

for.

she

girl,”

said.

“I just think the posters

Elvis

to

alumni donate

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

last

Marilyn

the

to the annual fund.

Imaginus came, they sold and they By JASON

donations, the alumni association currently has

but will

Thornley.

through

to California to

at

Last year, the association donated $ 1 ,000 to the annual fund. The annual fund is money donated to the college from the alumni

tutor.”

travelling

will

honour her legacy

other business,

$5,000

Monica Himmelman, development and alumni relations officer, could not say enough about

remembered and to

a later date. In

collection

how

decide

and

to search for the

the

website.

That’s a part of a really

good job

search,” said Free. If

the

you have any questions about

new

website,

contact

career

services at 748-5220, ext. 3756.


Commentary

— SPOKE, January 24, 2005

Page 4

We

should accept

fellow students

who

for On

they are

Nov. 26, 2004, 15-year-old Josh Melo took his

peers at school bullied .him

own

life after his

and sent him derogatory messages via

e-

mail.

Reports state the Strathroy boy was bullied because of his sexual

ori-

entation.

aware of the bullying

Officials at the school said they weren’t

because Melo was so quiet and never told anyone about

According

Grade 6

to the

it.

National Institute of Health website, one out of four

to 10 students

bullied and one out of five kids admits to

is

being a bully, or doing some form of bullying.

With

how

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

many

will get

worse or

come forward

kids are afraid to

no one

that

bullied won’t report

going on in the classrooms

is

just wait for students to report

will believe them. Students

what they see

who

in fear the bullies will turn

America

In fact, 282,000 students in

it

in fear that the bullying

Dawn wonders what the weather

aren’t

will

be

tomorrow

like

on them.

arc physically attacked in sec-

ondary schools each month and only four per cent of those attacks are stopped by other students.

Although is

it

is

impossible for school officials to

know

everything that

going on, they need to do something to stop bullying before anoth-

er student takes his or her

own

Melo’s father called on the Thames Valley District School Board enforce

stricter

its

to

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

life.

month

the school board will begin

anti-bullying and safe school programming.

has been given a mandate to examine

why young

The review

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

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recent report from the Sex

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help schools create a culture that encourages students to speak out

Council of Canada said that Canadian teens are waiting longer

they, or

someone they know, needs

Although

may

review

this

help.

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

why

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feel intimidating

it

and powerful.

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.

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you teach a child understanding, compassion

and tolerance they are more likely

to accept

a

Once

tracting sexually transmitted infec-

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someone doesn’t

in the

teens

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mean

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increasingly difficult to be sure

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Commentary

SPOKE, January

— Page 5

2005

24,

What happens when your computer hates you? T I

hate PAmrvitarn computers.

Up

now

.

It’s official.

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

This past

I

week was

And

Battler

came from

good friend of mine, and while he didn’t answer when I asked what it was, I just assumed it was legit.

Was

I

a

ever wrong.

Turns out

it

was some kind of

nasty, horrible virus

and the first thing it does when you open it is forward itself to everyone on your

MSN

list.

Then comes the part were it really screws you by making your Internet browser useless.

how many

wait until the next day to decide

what

Great,

to do.

viruses and

me

how much

can pick

said,* so I

I

there

I

was

told to bring

my

and they could remove the virus for me, at the low, low cost of unit in

$50.

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

up

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

three days.

how

Seeing as

I

I

want any-

didn’t

figured

you want, the empty -r-j space on the

But the ou so-called expert

thing else done to I

could bor-

a friend.

you’re used to having a computer and using it whenever

So

was subject to the messy roommate.

He

my

ate

used

ty ranny

my

could pick

it

computer,

up

I

that night.

that uidi

I 1

everything

my

fan,

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

room window,

as well as a

couch

met a most unfortunate fate. My current problem is not find-

that

ing shelter, as I have a plethora of friends offering worn-out couches,

and my sub-compact makes for an excellent

Hyundai alternative

to a cardboard box.

My

problem

finding a

is

new

apartment.

the classifieds.

can rule out 95 per cent of the apartments in it due to budget or location conI

straints.

phone, without exaggeration, about 30 apartments over the I

Bad

course of a week. four calls back.

received about

the

pile

of

.

all

utilities

We enter the apartment from hell.

the place out.

arrive at the building,

I

The

which

appears to be in very poor condition. The landlord arrives in his beat-up Honda Accord, and appears to have brought his

“Look

who cannot speak few broken words of

all

a

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

I 1

know what

I

was doing.

admit I’m aumn 1 m no computer

first man

genius

apartment he is moving from, probably in an attempt to prevent people from knowing how he really lives. It

smells like the

man

defecated in his pants, attempted to on them to clean them,

urinate

my

at this closet space,” the

girlfriend to enter the bed-

in terror,

she adamant-

ly refused to enter the

his

the soiled pants around over

head,

A hint of dead cat also wafts in the air. Hearing: The anguish of a thou-

being overwhelmed by the

tour.

Words cannot describe it. burley 40-something-year-old

Sight:

A

don’t if

sure every-

know what he did but he work now it had to

didn’t

it

me

irked

anything

I

make

was OK.

thing I

Bush

seeking. Sadly,

I

I

I

home

at

home. This

hadn’t changed

since

took

I

whole mess

this

Morris

Good

thing

I

topped up

my

computer back and

forth

from the

store.

After hooking everything up for a second time, I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best, and I got it. So, as

I

write this,

my

computer

running along with no serious problems that I can see. However, I’m not holding my breath, because is

something

bound

is

to

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

Opinion

More

than one month has passed

since the

day of winter and I all be used to the idea of driving in the snow. thought

first

we would

Maybe some of us

are.

scenarios now, but

begin to drive cautiously? I

guess for someone to really

lis-

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

try to

make

it

seem

like

you

of you are the most rude, inconsiderate and uncaring

people

I

think

gotten

have yet to encounter.

many

that

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

them

rent,

and they provide

It

makes me nervous

to

be out on

the roads.

a clean fashion.

For $600 a month, no one is going to pay for an apartment with

this

same

more than once. The point I’m trying to make? Landlords, you offer a service,

tour experience

someone who won't

return

I still meet up with tailgaters eager to give my bumper a kiss while driving on black ice.

Yes,

even

with temperatures below freezing and snow falling I have encountered the music blasters

who

at

various

intersections

courteously share their music

increase

in

their insurance

rates

For now. I’d rather camp out

my

car.

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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.

who

I wonder if that person in the big blue van ever did clean off their

and

refrain

from turning

others at the last

in front

moment.

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phone

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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

a

service.

For Explore

This event

care.

And some

into a fender bender to truly appre-

had stressed caution. One might need to experience an

happen

again.

wind-

shield fluid.

to

be done with. I’d already wasted most of my afternoon taking my

blizzard?

Janet

my

in the first time.

wanted

just

did at

because

a fine layer of grime offered by

experienced

Volunteers

Don’t

just love driving behind a mini

into

take anoth-

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

is

sensory system

er look around to

said

it

would

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.

my

to bring

was

In order to make money, landlords must sell their products, which are empty apartments.

destruction President George

can recall

me

told

me. back

months.

room, crossing her arms over her chest and I

He

the store and he

I

Smell:

situation

with landlords

hastily trying to clean the

is

whole

this

really starting to frustrate

computer

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

didn’t

not computer illiterate

and

over the roads

roof or the rear windshield.

you

in

room. Recoiling

father along,

more than

and his father the doorway, as I

landlord

received the grand tour.

for

book an appointment and check

was

and then forgot about them behind his couch for three

the last pile of garbage.

$590 per month.

lit-

I

swung

then past

balding gentleman said, motioning

apartment,

computer

but I’m either,

be something

garbage, takes a right at the broken

room

included, only

my

down washing machines,

remained

wreak havoc

drivers

I

into

first

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

I begin my search for a new apartment with a glance through

me

expected, he leads basement, past the

probably be ready the next day. After a third day without tle frustrated.

Wdf, was

English, which seem to involve asking my age, then proceeding to check out my girlfriend’s body.

I

of a very

food, broke

Turns out he hadn’t finished the work for some reason or another and told me my computer would puter.

my

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-

I

then?

After consulting a number of people, I headed over to Best Buy and asked them.

Once

thought.

I

spy wear they had found on computer.

When

After staying up until the wee hours of the morning I decided to

the upside, or so

got a call from the store telling

Opinion

MSN messenger. It

On

a whole dif-

It all started Wednesday night when I naively decided to accept a web cam photo file sent to me over

check any-

thing online slowly starts to drive you up the wall.

Kate

ferent story.

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

in


News

— SPOKE, January 24, 2005

Page 6

No

worries, your food they find something

MCMURPHY

By KRISTEN

and a follow-up inspection date

rest

a lot

A

sure that the

(Photo by Kristen McMurphy)

Gus Goutos, owner

times annually,

local health inspectors arrive unan-

customer

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

school, Mr.

would check

19.

Sub maintains

is

fresh and

cooked

is

tem-

to the proper

for,”

make

cafeteria workers are

last

assessment.

“A

Kast says.

perfect score

on one of these

very rare and

inspections

Harvey’s 100 per cent score on

any given time without notice.

Steritech are far superior to any-

preparation area,

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

by

done

inspections

making sure

prepared and served

food that

and utensils are being

Flipping

unannounced.

"The

sub Jan.

its

is

it

is

something we are extremely proud Kast says. Steritech or health department

of,”

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

Employees wash

oil.

also

it’s

sure dishes

sanitized,

and

more than anything, ensuring

that

washing

their

their

hands regularly, especially when moving from station to station, and direct contact with

little

is

food.”

Fresh sanitized water

is

always

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

inspectors’

his

of Mr.

“The

tracting a food-related illness.

course, there’s

for

is

it

requirement as long as there is proper hand washing,” Kast says.

cafeteria, as are logs of

important to keep a clean food

guidelines.

says that

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

its

three

many

for a food establishment to

“Of

lege maintain the highest of stan-

the

in

He

the cafeteria.

there

nurse

a

Kitchener area, says there are

ways

services director John Kast

least

Reid,

April

insists that all cafeterias in the col-

At

the restaurant

left

with a fine of about $600.

lines.

trained and fully

an eating establishment is not a light matter,” Kast

it’s

inspection that

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

if,

says, recalling a recent Applebee’s

Conestoga’s cafeteria services are

Food

levied

-is

“When

While you’re filling stomach with wraps, subs, pizza and fries, the employees of

work making

fine

fined

your empty

at

is

will

write-up, the violation continues.

sure the food tastes good.

hard

company

the

return to ensure that any needed changes have been made.

easy tonight.

more to feeding a population of more than 6,000 students on a daily basis than making is

when

given

scenes in our school’s cafeterias,

you can There

violation

is in

of health and safety codes, the food establishment will be written up

If you’ve ever been concerned about what goes on behind the

safe

is

and reviewed check list readings

ter

in the

food tem-

thermomefrequently-

a

to ensure the

important areas are being covered.

Conestoga’s food services areas safe, clean and well-main-

are

tained.

you think otherwise, Kast

If

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

He responds

cafeteria,

behind the cash

registers.

to questions personal-

and promptly. have been very proud of our

ly

“We

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

SONSER

Mary Andraza, manager, operations and

Tired of wasting precious time

who manages

at

the bookstore just to get simple

book

things like

prices?

Well, the bookstore has a

website that will give you

all

campus

retail

the bookstore, said

site.

’’Basically, the information

kinds

was very

college page before

on

the

limit-

"We have a very com-

of books.

prehensive (page now, with) information, hours and locations, and

of the book-

new Point of Sale/Inventory Management system that was

refund policy.”

implanted

prehensive faculty

store’s

Andraza said

in the fall.

The system was purchased from Carleton

Technologies,

Canadian-based

company

bookstore’s

there’s also a

com-

guide on the

new website which

explains that faculty are supposed

a in

to

be getting their desk copies of

textbooks from the publishers and

Ottawa.

if

to

“A

to

go about doing

of the publishers’ represen-

said.

ed,” she said.

site is just part

that, all

how

tatives, that

of information, including the price

The

”It lists

she hopes people will use the web-

new

come

not the bookstore.

services,

type of thing,” Andraza

student could even use that

they had a problem and wanted

contact a

information

Andraza,

is

representative,

the

also

manages the

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

gone

we

noticed in semesters

by, a lot of students

would

their

of)

list

maybe go

source them somewhere else,” she said. “We think that (the website)

down on some

has cut

of the

traffic

She

phone

said the bookstore’s

website’s

also

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“We

haven't opened the online

ordering up to full-time programs,

because

we

don’t have the facilities

at this point.

We’ve opened what they do

said.

an excel-

for full-time students to

course number, or

(their)

know

the textbook

if

know (they)

(they) can

title,

it

up for

distance education students, which

inquiries.”

similar to

lar

at

other

this_ particu-

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-

we

just don’t

store’s

inventory

system, which

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

search

sec

to

the

price

materials

arc for your course, and/or

l/o Employers

obtain their resources and do

is

way

students,

their learning online outside of the

colleges that have had

is

textbooks material

according to Andraza, are students

been very helpful in assisting with some of those routine

’’(Students) either have to

SEKp|0ES, Room220,

that

tainly

lent

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their

have

textbooks,” Andraza said. “It’s cer-

search for course material.

\ /

order

and

shipped out to them. Distance education

the

in

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

to

online

college.

have decreased as well.

“The

tunity

who

related to that.”

calls

there.”

who

(make a

in,

books, then leave and

search by

title

or by

you can

ISBN number.”

Andraza'said after locating a specific

item on the website,

it

tells

how many copies the bookstore has, how many are on students

order and either the selling price or

estimated price.

“The

estimated

appears

because

if

the

we

the

in

only arrived,

we

get the

now

she

said.

“Sometimes, what they quote us on the phone and what it comes in at are two different prices.” According to the bookstore’s new

it

takes to process

fully integrated,

and

if

a stu-

by credit card for example,

it’s

simple as telling the system the

as

stu-

is paying by credit card, the system sending that amount to the bank, the student swiping their credit card and the transaction

dent

going through.

The other part of the system is the management side. "As we sell something, it relieves

inventory

along with the invoice from publisher,”

Management

Sale/Inventory

dent were to pay for their materials

don’t firmly establish

the selling price until

book

price

book hasn’t

She said because of the new Point of

it

from our inventory, where, as we used to have to manualcount and track everything on

before, ly

spreadsheets,” Andraza said.

website, the site provides distance

The bookstore’s website can be found at http://eonestoga.book-

education students with the oppor-

ware3000.ca.


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OSAP

SPOKE, January

24,

2005

— Page 7

opens doors

earlier than usual By BRENT

GERHART

Ontario

Students

Assistance

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

avail-

that can also

in the

ing on the

be changing depend-

mendations for financial

Conestoga College financial aid office opened its doors to students

thing that can change

“OSAP

The Rae Review

not the only

OSAP

fund-

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

“We

decided to release it a few days earlier so students can

May

have the money early and get into

made changes in the budget make OSAP more accessible

the semester with their feet running.”

“independent students.”

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.

"On

the whole,

I

think about five

for 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-

fying for

OSAP.

when

semester.

“We where

always have the situation students don’t believe

enough money,” he

“and we'have to

said,

make

sit

Students

OSAP

down with

their

file

and

sure they have reported stuff

accurately.”

who

are

interested

in

for next year are asked to

apply between the end of March and beginning of February for any

programs beginning from Aug.

The

stu-

with students.

them and review

is

those

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

number

who are avoiding the office because of owed money from last

dents

they’re getting

the

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

involved.”

Although students have until the end of the semester to acquire their loan, Matresky said the

to

years,

years ago, you would have about 50 per cent of the student population

it

to

Prior to this year, potential stu-

maybe more.”

ble cohort

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,

of

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

situations

ing, as the federal

said financial aid administrator Paul

Matresky.

is

aid.”

be

loans usually start on the

10th, but this

decision here.”

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

1 .

aid

Helen McCart stands

at the

Study

in

1

2006.

financial

(Photo by Brent Gerhart)

G’day mate

administrator

Australia table on Jan. 17.

She was educating Conestoga students about going University of Western Sydney to get a degree.

to the

said he stresses students apply as early as possible for

OSAP.

“The government has been making a real conscious effort to

make

the system available early,” he said, “so students who are coming out of

high school and are

tem can apply

new

to the sys-

after their letter

Travel, Volunteer, Children, Peace Education, Fun!

of

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.

summer

experience?

is

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

The

students apply,

earlier

the

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

from Canada

man

Visually impaired

isting starts in

rocks Conestoga radio By DENISE MULLER

When

dents Jeremy Yaksich and Colin Stroeder, both 20, run the show

listening to his favourite

Dave

radio stations,

Teresi proba-

never thought that he, too, might one day be a radio personalbly

But

September 2003, been doing just that.

since

Teresi, 28, has

He

one of the three voices on CJIQ’s Monday night one-hour is

classic rock show,

The Cambridge

radio,"

Greason

said.

who

one

always wanting

is

involved,” he said.

people

in a

be

to

“When you

Monday

get

training called

volunteer position, not

week and has

TNT.

everyone wants to jump in and say, ‘Hey, can I do this, can I do

resident has no

this.’”

power

lifting

America

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-

this

has held him

back. “It’s

“I

good fun doing awesome.”

it,”

Teresi

said. “It’s

Teresi listens to ferent

103.5

radio

FM.

College’s

at least

stations,

97.7

CJIQ

FM,

located

at

seven difincluding

88.3

FM.

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.

He

also does the

opening clip for the show’s This in Music History segment. Second-year broadcasting stu-

Day

ities.

That’s where he met Teresi.

“We’d be driving ing

all

my

in the car,' play-

classic rock

and he’d and this

say, ‘Oh, this is so-and-so is

so-and-so,”’ Greason said.

So, left

when Greason graduated and

the radio show, he got Teresi to

take his place. “I

thought

might be a great

C1SV

(Children’s International

profit organization

children.

lifting,”

Teresi

Summer Villages), Waterloo Region is a volunteer non-

promoting peace education and cross-cultural understanding through

There are no religious or business

affiliations.

Learn more about

CISV

at:

www.cisv.ca or www.cisv.org

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

“It

was

the most

The The

amazing experience ever!"

Angela, Canadian Delegation Leader io Finland, 2004

he said.

can be reached

at

622-

1197. classic rock

Monday it

|

Inc.

with disabilities in the K-W area. Teresi lives in Cambridge, and

also blind.

725-9292 or

boxes for an auto parts company called Yazaki North

that offers transportation to people

is

tfcTS-v

once a up

think that’s really cool, and I’m glad I have him on the show.”

He

But none of

at

a job cleaning

get in the way.

ness.

AH travel costs aad

show

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-

camp.

has been driving

Teresi has also been a camp counsellor twice, goes to Mexico every year, does a form of weight

every

interest

contact us at fiona_main@hotmail.cora. Applications are due January 31. 2005.

before.

good working with some-

at the

travel is scheduled for the

For an application form and further information, contact Fiona or Pat

Teresi to and from the radio

“It’s

with day-to-day programming

March.and

You like working with children, have an

and a passion for travel. Leaders are responsible for

incidentals are covered.

Yaksich said working with Teresi is like nothing he has ever done

ity.

an international camp.

opportunity for him to be on the

And Greason

with Teresi.

to

in cross cultural understanding

show runs every

night from 6 to 7 p.m. on Condor at 88.3 FM.

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Feature

— SPOKE, Janaury 24, 2005

Man! He By RYAN No!

all

men

CONNELL

will admit to shaving

their legs.

on a pair of sleek pantyhose and begins with the makeup, carefully painting on a base of

He

slips

foundation and powder.

He

glues

because he always enjoyed performing and seeing people have a

illusionist.

great time.

sionists

like felt lime first “The Halloween but with a little more attention,” he says. “The apprecia-

Toronto, Hamilton,

become an icon in Kitchener’s gay community in promoting has

diversity

tion

woman

as the beautiful

with a smile

known

is all

man

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

to a

illusionist

him of

people give

that

and acceptance, transweek from a

forming himself each

on some fake eyelashes, applies a

ready.

The shows continuously

daunting task for a female actor but not for a professional female

Brad Hamacher, 27, of Kitchener,

as

Miss

himself.

Performing since he was 18, Brad says he started doing drag |fl(|l||gte

need

when

they

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

more than

receptive

Brad’s performances each week. His mother, Sandi Hamacher, even brags about being his biggest

to

Minnelli and, his favourite, Reba McEntire during his shows. “I like to give the

fan.

Sandi,

a

retired

Canada Post

worker, says her family has grown

and

to accept her son’s sexuality

new and

he says. “Whether I’m throwing a flag in the air, catching a rifle

behind

my

back or pulling some-

my

thing cool out of

years.

all to really try to

“I like

him being one

illusionist),”

(a

female

all

my

of

it

don’t look

as an acting job. just goes back to

at

it

ignorance where

Sandi says her son was a meek and mild child growing up who was very

some

past the lashes to find out

very

who Brad

really

is.”

Brad Hamacher,

1

“When he grew up he be a few different things. He wanted to be a fireman, a

life

in

Miss Drew goes “back

in the clos-

et.”

As

part of being a talented per-

eight years in jazz and ballet before

becoming

a

children’s

dance

ago

same

instructor five years

place where he

was

at the

taught.

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

female

to

ual

who

a kind-hearted individ-

is

loves to bring happiness to

others,” says Karaba.

It

don’t take the time to look

wanted

his

live

drag, and at the end of the night

“Brad

“Some people

the house.”

easy to get along with.

Brad does not

for?”

personality.

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

said he

purse, I use

be effective with performances.”

proudly.

says

she

crowd some-

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

thing

What

help but be drawn to him.

Catharines

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

what entertainment

is

charismatic and people just can’t

and impersonators from St.

He’s very

audience.

appreciative

feature

different professional female illu-

night out and they leave

a

woman

a

feels like

One

to

humanitarian who connects with children in such a meaningful way.

illusionist

He always makes -

who used

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

crowd reaction

sure to give pos-

feedback to each member’s performance and always ends with

itive

policeman and a baker,”

receives a strong

she says.

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

ple

Although Brad’s family lends him’ a lot of support, his

mother says

wasn’t easy at

first

it

to

biggest

when he

first

told

thing

me

(he

was gay) was that there would be no grandchildren,” Sandi says. “I’m

used so or

to

it

floor, singing

to his reflection in a mirror as

he

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.

adjust to.

“My

is

it

now though

doesn’t bother

me

my

husband.” Sandi sees her son

perform

approxi-

mately once every months. two Each time he

makes sure

crowds see

a

class act.

wig and

tiara

instead.

Cheryl MacDonald, one of the co-owners of Club Renaissance where Brad performs and works Friday nights as a “shooter

makes Brad so

says what

girl,”

different

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

before the

right

eyes,”

MacDonald

audience’s

a high-five. “He speaks

on

Earth.

a great

It’s

his opportunity to see

them grow

as

young performers. “There

is

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

is

a feeling

to describe. It’s

will never be able almost like being a

I

parent.”

Karaba explains

know Brad

is

that the children

performer and

a

dances, but most are not aware of

Miss Drew. Many of

Brad’s transformation act of

Club Renaissance

changing from Shania Twain

drag show.

Reba McEntire to Madonna recently earned him the prestigious Miss Embassy 2004 title in a Hamilton drag queen pageant. He was the

to

non-Hamilton drag queen to win the title. first

is

warm and personperson who makes

a very

able

to

the children’s

parents have seen Brad perform

explains.

MacDonald says he

way

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

at

his

at

weekly

“The mothers absolutely love

his

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

is

an important

life

and we are so

him share

his tal-

ent and passion with us.”

Beyond

his experience in dance.

Brad cannot attribute his knowledge of hair and esthetics to just practising.


Feature

and he looks

SPOKE, January

like

teer

things.”

since

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,

was

a 20-year-old drag queen from

thigh.

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

“I

outfits

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

many

charitable

causes including performing several times at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children

and

at

more than

He has many local

different fundraisers.

also raised

money

for

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-

affected

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-

is

passionate and professional person,

he uses his vivacious and infectious personality to draw people in while

dress.”

making

.safe

difference

a

process,”

Nowe

As well

as being an advocate for sex in the gay community, Brad has also been considered a pioneer in the Kitchener- Waterloo

the

in

says.

Brad has helped

to raise thou-

ACCKWA

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

including

the

AIDS

Walk

steps.

“Miss Drew certainly

fundraiser which raised $10,000

in

last year.

An AID

tions,

for

AIDS

benefit

for the organization at the

event.

“Through the fundraising events Brad has kept AIDS, HIV, as

light,” says

in

Nowe. “Brad continues community

promote safer sex. He is well aware of the issues facing the comto

munity.”

Aside from all of the performing and fundraising. Brad says one of is

to

same

time.

“I feel

“It’s easier to find a

Cheerios box than partner,”

it

who

“I

proud and thankful for

all

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

an icon

Goldrick,

lend a helping hand.

also juggle having a personal life at

the

is

“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 spot-

the hardest parts of his job

Wayne

years ago.

alone.

ACCKWA,

eyes,” says

Kamara.

Chinese auctions and tips. his head to raise

well as

my

Kitchener

Brad shaved

money

too!

drag)

fundraisers.

“Not only

— Page 9

so different.

to use his stature in the

vain.

40

says

co-ordinator,

2005

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

resources

one

24,

find a

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

job.

ent.”

look past the lashes to find out

who

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

dis-

(Photo by Ryan Connell)

in

a

of

Miss Drew’s popular acts

Aguilera’s Beautiful. herself to the

show.

(

Miss Drew makes twirling a rifle look easy while she performs her as little as five minutes to change costumes and wigs.

One

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tight pleather outfit.

It

She ends

is

when she performs

crowd as Brad.

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can take

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the performance by introducing

3ba McEntire

is

one

of the artists

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Accidents MULLER

By DENI S E

motorcycle course not

in

when roughly

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.

is

"We’ve never had anyone run

cycle program.

According

He

ever seen

the program’s co-

to

SPOKE, January

into

a building or anything like that.”

The students

ing students safe.

number

uncom-

Usually an accident will happen

motorcycle training

during a panic situation and the stu-

helmet, a leather, denim or Kevlar

industry.

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

the ankles

isn’t

over.

fall

This

considered a tip-over and

is

make

Instructors

He

always a certain

when

dealing with a its

own.

kind of like falling off a bicy-

McCormick

said about 35 to

40

between April and October every year. Seven accidents within that time frame is not an extensive amount, especially classes are available

program

during

a

is

brought up every year meeting.

staff

Issues

McCormick, 40. The program does have

more

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,

the

McCormick.

said

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

it’s

in place, to

be

McCormick

emergency procedures

said there are

and

all

uncommon

fact that there are accidents in

leave, that’s a serious accident,” said

keep the students as safe as possible.

and then

The the

soon as a student has to

as

sure the student

said there is

risk involved

“To me,

accidents from happening and to

OK

and the bike are back to business.

control of the vehicle.

accident.

an

necessarily

not

lock up, and the student could lose

— Page 11

also

mon

the

2005

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

ordinator, this

for

24,

the instructors have

first-aid certified.

But the instructors aren’t the only ones that are responsible for keep-

ing.

detail,

during a refresher meet-

This year’s meeting

McCoimick

is

Feb. 5.

go over what can be done to resolve any problems without limiting the stuthey

said

dents’ learning experience.

“You can make it really safe, but when they go out in

then they’ll die

the streets,” he said.

“We

have to

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)

kid go

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

HANCOCK

$200

head office gives for have a Christmas party.

their

staff to

A

Family, friends, co-workers and

The Record

about $10,000 has been

stated, “...

support a local family on Jan. 16.

donated to the family from companies where family members have worked, including Indigo and TD

Cambridge

The

Centre played host to the Thornley Family Skate that brought in more than $5,500 in donations for Kerri and Ice

Canada

On that

Jan. 3, Kerri received

and her older

sister,

he arrived

Vicki, had been

However, he said he was happy

make

sustained critical injuries.

moving

She said she took posters to the banks and sent out more than 50 e-mails to people telling them

to

California and her mother, Karen, 50, and brother, James, 21,

going

planned

stop

to

at

route.

is

in

condition

critical

a head-on crash in

after

was organized. Two hours of ice time was donat-

fundraiser

ed by the ice centre, said volunteer Christine Finlay, where she is a price

The regular

instructor.

would have been about $ 1 80 incredible,”

she said,

“so

really great.

ing

skating.”

Flower arrangements and $50 was donated by Ennio’s Pasta

of Vicki Thornley’s, were

at

the

They said they would both give $20 each and had $50 from another friend who skate to

make

a donation.

could not attend. “It’s

incredible,”

said

Spittal

about the number of people

at the

centre. She said when she walked through the doors her first ice

reaction was, “I can’t believe

it."

House, the coffee shop Lettieri donated cookies that were in turn sold for $1 each and complimentawas donated by coffee ry

enthusiasm.

Volunteer

Donna

co-worker of

Diebolt, also a

Kerri’s, spent part of

the day selling cookies

Starbucks.

1

up for the skate. “Within the first five minutes we already had $500,” she said with

5 volunteers

and giving

out the complimentary coffee.

who helped out

“I’m ecstatic about the turnout,"

paper.

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

know who

until

fellow

Sara Douglas,

Park Mall, led in the organization of the event and said it took her

week of preparation.

She said the support has been wonderful.

Sara friends

Budd also said she was amaz,ed at number of people who showed

19, told her.

about a

and Spittal Becky McCrudden, both who were

the

have

skating instructor,

Thomleys.

here showing

all

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-

family.”

Thomleys were

office at the college will be accepting personal donations for the

their support today,” she said.

We have people donat-

money without even

about

“They were

have any expectations

“I didn’t

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

the

around Conestoga College, where Boterman attends school and where Vicki Thornley graduated

(left)

Douglas said she had a team of

per hour. “It’s

to

western

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

skating

was

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

and James

the skate

take place. Posters were also put up

in.

Canyon and Las Vegas en

“Now

were

They the Grand

help her settle

to

ice.

Another volunteer and co-worker of Kerri’s, Katie Boterman, 19, said she helped to promote the fundraiser for the Thomleys.

trip.

was

26,

to

a donation before stepping

onto the

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),

“Vicki,

awesome,” Diebolt

Steve Rade, 38, said he hadn’t heard of the family’s tragedy until

word

a car accident and her

move and

so

said.

her mother Karen Thornley

killed in

Trust.”

“That’s

James Thornley.

.

Jan. 10 article in

even strangers put on their skates to

when and where

“I

took

it

Budd said she spoke with mayor of Cambridge, as well as

the the

police and fire chiefs and asked they attend the event.

this

many people come

Diebolt said

if

out.”

were able to she would have

Kerri

attend the skate,

been overwhelmed with

all

the sup-

port.

transferred there after

waking from

coma. Co-workers at Coles will also be making personal donations to Kerri and Jamie, she said, along with the

a

(Photo by Melissa Hancock)

The

skating fundraiser raised

Jamie Thornley.

more than $5,500

for Kerri

and


— SPOKE, January 24, 2005

Page 12

Women’s By PAIGE HILTON Medical

health forum raises important issues

as a birth control method like condoms, diaphragms or the birth con-

professionals

Canada gathered

across

News

from at

she said.

trol pill,

the

new women's

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.

"It's

Metro Toronto Convention Centre to educate

the public about

and pressing issues

in

health.

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,

cancer,

Dunn ty is

and violence against

stress

confident

she said.

effects,

you know

that at

tection.

It

it

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

it is

now

Dr. Sheila

in

“If

and

tion of that pointed out.

Women’s

when used so

women

fertiliza-

not occur.

Dunn

ation

have become convinced Plan B must be available for purchase without a prescription after seeing

I

how we

hope, in

we

where women could have used more information and easier access (to the information.)” it

is

crucial for

remember Plan B

to

is

women

birth control fails

or

must not be used

not used.

It

MacMillan ing

control, get

Moor^m\^at“7

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

when women

obvious physical trauma or other signs the woman has been or is being abused.

University,

about violence each time they

visit

The screening methods used

are

for being at the

violence.

Dr. Harriet MacMillan, a profes-

a hospital or clinic.

when any woman, no matter

is asked whether she has experienced any domestic

women.

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

McMaster

is

The study hopes

to learn

whether

these methods of screening, using one or the other or both depending

on

the

MacMillan

situation,

would

help

women and decrease the occurrences of domestic violence.

said

women

Canadian

one

in

three

COUNSELLOR’S CORNER: You

feel angry.

You

feel

numb. These

feelings are

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

all,

permission to grieve. Feelings delaying the healing process.

left

bottled

up

will only

give yourself

come

have a friend

who

is

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

women may

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.

the

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

is

one of the con-

tinents worst affected.

Stephen Nations

Lewis, Special

the

United

Envoy

for

in Africa and director Stephen Lewis Foundation,

is

dedicated to helping vicat

the

forum and spoke of the catastrophic effect HIV/AIDS has on the African people.

Much

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

Visit

Africa at this

There are dying.

They

Lewis

said.

stitute a

its

time of need.

4.1 million

moment

people in

in

time

are at death's door,”

“Those numbers conhuman calamity which is

of

Democratic

Party,

need for help all

stressed

the

in the country, link-

women

people.

He

to the

said even

Jy-

He

said

orphans

in

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

what

is

happening

else-

where.”

Lewis expressed frustration at the world's quick action to help tsunami victims when so many people in Africa are suffering.

health,

ol the

leader

forget

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

guish them.

which

wrong

who

ing the health of

tims ol the disease, appeared

If you

(to

last year.”

health of

HIV/AIDS

out later

lost

distinct personality traits to distin-

weight.

can’t stop ciying,

Lewis,

million

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

Grief

more than two AIDS) in Africa

of abuse in their lifetime, and one in 10 to 12 Canadian women are

abused

We lives

positively overwhelming.

some form

report

MacMillan also said there is added concern for pregnant

You

in

Ilf

hospital or clinic,

in

at

nostic screening.

place to have

sor

TlanTi and

Stents

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

Toronto

advance because you never know when you might need it,” said Dunn. “The best

see situations

w lth

si,S

,

a prescription in

pro-

and because we also provide

abortion services,

She said

< fran,>

is

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,

Dunn

“If you’re not using a really per-

the immense need for women to have access to it. “(The Bay Centre has) been very

for

pregnancy,”

for Plan

said she and her colleagues

proactive,

prevent a is already no evidence that it to

woman

to ask their doctor or a doctor at a clinic for a prescription

and inevitably pregnancy do

tion

(the next

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

either fails

is

use another

to

harms the pregnancy and there is no indication that it causes an abor-

Dunn, medical director

Sunnybrook

it

pregnant there

in Ontario.

for Birth Control Toronto and a family physician

at

You have

tively.

Bay Centre

at the

women

“It’s

is

forum was Plan B, the emergency contraception pill many advocacy groups are urging the government to allow people to buy the

as

communi-

safe for

is

it

"There have been millions of doses used and there haven't been any serious concerns about side

contracep-

women. One topic making headlines

drug has been

the

to use.

tion, depression, multiple sclerosis,

sex,

said

studied and the medical

What must be done, is

to convert the

obviously,

momentum and

power of

the response to the of the tsunami into an equal and powerful recognition of

tragedy

the other crises in this world that simultaneously harass the human

family,”

Lewis said. “And remember whether

important to

it's it's

poverty or disease or conflict or environmental catastrophe, those crises can collectively

unsettle a

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

kinds of

on women’s health. For more information about the forum and women’s health issues, topics

visit

www.womenshealthmatters.ca.


Feature

what guys

Finally, GALHARDO

By JEN

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

This

the first

is

of a two-part

series.

some

girls

will never understand.

face

it,

we

can’t

always

when it comes sex. Some girls try

Especially

opposite to figure

here

is

win.

said Jansen.

who

Aleksandar Zica,

the

so hard

not always clear. So

a girl to be smart, attractive and

a helping hand, ladies.

You

he doesn’t want a to pretend to be something

sophisticated, girl

else.

that

is

a male. That’s

because in this article some at Conestoga College the beans on what they look

of the guys

ster

wannabe

girls.”

operations student

casting student,

Small,

ity

when

''Managing time

first-year broad-

it

comes

space.”

a

third-year

accounting student, said a girl should be entertaining, fun and be

NEXT WEEK:

What women

want.

Is

about making things happen, not having things happen to you".

and

MONDAY

hot or not

is

not that big of a

8:30

some

9:30

believe, the physical aspect didn’t

important thing in a relationship

2:30

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.”

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

.

10:30

He also said he who he can talk to who is responsible.

physical attraction.

11:30

what women

TUESDAY

7:30

Brundle said although whether a

12:30

my jokes,

use drugs

“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

to relationships.

social, intellectual

and one However, Brundle said the most

“I

who

his personal space.

Anonymous

looks for a girl

at

a

time. If not,

WEEKLY PUNNING

physical.

girl is

There were a few things that were mentioned more than once. They included intelligence and a good

is

girls

Andrew Donald,

second-year accounting student, said he looks for a girl with a good personality. Tristan

are

are a turnoff for him.

said he believes

deal to him, there has to be

who

Cvjetkovic said

of the

good

can be lost. Donald also explained he looks for a girl who understands he needs

girls.”

These are

management

personality. Despite

at the top

list.

able to have a

there are three areas of compatibil-

Aleksandar Zica, business

were

Zica also mentioned he likes a who can dress properly. “I don’t like thug, gangster

Troy Brundle, a

don’t like thug, gang-

“not wanted”

who

and understanding of his feelings and who know how to deal with a relationship. However, friendly, kind

agreed with Dezort. Girls With attitudes

first-year

dent, said he likes girls

girls, too,”

— Page 13

interest in her

Bojan Cvjetkovic, a

There were a number of guys

bad

helpful and sensitive to his

office administration executive stu-

girl

wannabe

for in a girl.

“I

first-year

management operations

business

are about to understand the phe-

spill

a

student, says that although he l ik es

is

pass on the bitchy

is

needs.

are selfish.

Lets

nomenon right,

“I’ll

out what males want. Yet

the answer

who

girls

said Dezort.

to

who

are

smart and caring. Dezort also said he does not like

2005

24,

want

really

funny,

nice,

“At school. I’d rather see a girl not done up and ready to learn,”

things

who

dent, said he likes girls

w'ith herself.

In life there are just

SPOKE, January

1:30

is

3:30

4:30 5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30

Kyle Dezort, a third-year electrical engineering technology stu-

9:30 10:30

Fill

In regular

for soda!

and

commitments

workshops, work, and then block off time Your blocks of study time will become visible.

like lectures, labs,

leisure activities.

Use the time between classes wisely

for things like reading, researching

and reviewing.

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

finals.

You'll

weeks.

To make an appointment for

learning strategy assistance, visit the Student Services

Office.

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

at

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

For

and swimming.

more Information:

Phone (519) 748 -3512 Fax (51 9} 748 -4214, or visit

748-3565 ext 3565 up until January 18th for Ball Hockey and

Registration

Activitiss

posted dally

Recreation Contra Hours

ndoor soccer.

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

Attendance Hi

Monday - Friday 7:00 am -11 :OOpm Saturday 7:00

& Sunday

am - 8:00 pm


Page 14

— SPOKE, January 24, 2005

By TIM MURPHY The band members of Vacuity meant their name to be ironic. In the dictionary, vacuity

remark

Few

is

Entertainment

for

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

of

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,

standing outside

the

men’s

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

Ottawa

in

number of other major

Toronto, as cities

from

to Halifax.

sound (in larger venues), but pay your dues,” Scheweigert

“It’s a better

you have says,

to

referring

to

the

numerous smaller

shows Vacuity has played. Vacuity’s

EP,

first

given away free

Confrontational,

when they

was

started playing

shows a few years ago, including a monthly residency at the Walper Pub in live

Photos by Tim Murphy

Kitchener.

As high school ended,

they

decided to

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

on the

bill.

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.

Band members

(left

to right)

Drummer Emeri Scheweigert says band members hope they can make a living playing

in

Vacuity.


Entertainment

Where have

Horoscope Week of Jan.

2005

24,

SPOKE, January

-

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

& Desiree

wonder working

Movie trends

(This

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.

on

that

You

more than

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

been having.

choose the right direction.

will

old fogies

the

that

2D

in

#

haven’t

October 23

fair

telling

still

come and go over

made a

will be

because as with

up

to

all

take

Don't

let that

to

relationships,

work and

they

you

relationships

those

good

passion.

friend go.

You have been

life.

gling with a major

life

strug-

decision

and you need all the support you can get. Use the wisdom of those around you to help make it through.

Gemini

«

May

21

Sagittarius

June 21

-

November 22 December 21

Two

Babe Ruth

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

June 22

-

good reason. But you will regret it always if you didn't try in the place.

December 22 January 19

o

story-

telling formula.

Other studios that have thrown

it

hats

their

the

into

CG

ring

are

DreamWorks with Shrek and Shark

By MELISSA

HANCO CK

the first place,

and maintain

You can be times.

drum

-

up,

you

are a truly consider-

deep down. Be proud

of your sense of humour,

you very well

it.

a real turkey some-

But despite the antics you

ate person

this

it

suits

The movie

started out with

week.

January 20 February 18

August

22

an

explanation of an electronic voice

phenomenon voices

the

recording of

and images of the dead

fit.

All the while,

were given time

to

read

several other quotes, an eerie pall

was It

cast over the theatre.

was a good

start for a

movie of

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.

your

when you

think about

it

over

If

own

before

it's

too

late.

A

%

a design sense that

very creative.

You can put

it

is

to

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.

A

nice

Pisces February 19

little

March 20

while the getting

Janet Morris

is

good.

a 2nd-year journalism

student in tune with the universe.

making

for a

It’s

good

all

if

director,

the

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

the

is

inferior.

is.

15 minutes of the

justice to cut a little out

though. Also, a

lot

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.

It

me,

we

this

movie

it

Hitchcock had the idea that the you show an audience, the more viewers’ imaginations can less

A

movie

Although

take over.

first

guess, for

I

sounds of fuzzy, crackling radio stations. It would have done the

point. Trust

on.

took place

fault,

-

think

Alfred Hitchcock movie.

activity

my own

ending was

make people

to

wife, Anna, a young son and an ex-wife. Very good then, the characters were established quickly and the plot moved

my

B-list. I’ll still give

ing for creativity. the

got

movie was

it.

go on

will it

a fair rat-

The idea behind

fairly unique.

It

just

few more months in the editing room. I give this movie two and a half used

have

could

stars out

of

a

five.

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-

not.

pense.

could argue the acting helped pull

However, the feeling of suspense dragged on and it seemed like

script

arrangement is Grab it and

is

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

within the

August 23 September 22

it

becoming annoyed with the constant snowy TV screens and the

like

thrills.

Paranormal

Virgo

passes, the truer that

cies, it’s

was a suspenseful, psychological thriller. Had it been done with better pace. White Noise would have been like a modern

expectant

At the beginning we are introduced to Keaton’s character, Something has sparked a fire in your eyes but Nelly will tell you

older,

is

it

seems, the more time that

it

Considering the movie was about the dead communicating through TV and radio frequen-

using a de-tuned receiving apparatus.

Aquarius

Leo -

And,

way.

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

as viewers

July 23

because

of a not-so-good movie. Keaton proved to the audience that he can still play any role thrown his

may

The dark mood

5L

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

flaws

boo.

two

you are giving off this week. Keep that glow going by figuring out what made you so happy in

You'll find

successfully changed the

If you’re getting tired of good previews and bad movies, waiting until this one comes out on video

Capricorn

that best describe the aura

You have

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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

July 22

Playful and endearing are

that

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

Cancer

4 words

When you’re sitting in the theatre with your popcorn and your sweet-

fear of striking out get in your

first

on such recent hand-drawn

films as Lilo and Stitch. Atlantis:

competition. However, the movie

out have been phenomenal.

first

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. -

come

an entirely

assessment.

Granted,

next

Planet has been just as good as the this is not

but

your

Age and

The Lost Empire and Treasure

.

us a heightened level of realism

This will be a difficult period in

Ice

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. So why can’t hand-drawn movies keep up? The truth is that the story-

Finhert

Sure, computer animation gives

-

Fox with

year’s Robots and Nickelodeon with

Mike Bors

that

it

maintain

Scorpio

May 20

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November 21

Friends can the years,

However,

Taurus

all

Tale,

ries

decent film.

April 20

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2005

24,

Although there’s not a

lot

of good

things to say about this film,

it

all

together.

can

A

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nicely delivered

sometimes mask thd

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