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Snowy winter

West

is

wonderland

Brent Gerhart takes a look at the first half of the NBA season.

Mr. Freeze blasted

Spoke

Kitchener-Waterloo early January

in

and and

behind scary

left

beautiful images.

News Monday, February

Bus

q

By MELISSA

to find alter-

GRT

He

strike.

he said. “Why minute (for nego-

fault is it?”

wait until the

last

tiations).”

Third-year computer engineering

Hugo Rodriguez, 21, said he rides the bus every day to school from Fairview Park Mall and doesstudent,

online newsletter from

GRT

stated they, “

...

demand

have access to a car. to walk,” he said. “Cabs are about $15 from where I live. I think maybe I’d have to buy n’t

“I’d have

a contract

that represents our true worth.”

About 36,000 passengers

GRT buses

ever}/ day,

he

ride the

said,

a bike.”

and

Mahir Stambolic, 22, a student

people would have to find their own way to get around if the driv-

CAW

President of the KitchenerWaterloo region Rick Lonergan said he “led the way” to the 98 per

residence and would not like hav-

cent in-favour vote. “Things are going well so far,” he

“If

said last year the average bus

back with

all

package and a wage of about $20.64 per hour. “It’s all part of our negotiations,” he said.

only rides the bus about four times week, but a strike would force a

lot

of schedule

shifting.

“I’d have to find another

way

to

ming/analyst student at Conestoga College, John Lafleche, said he

get to school and to work,” she

uses public transportation every day.

Her parents would have to pick her up and drop her off, she said, because taking a cab would be too

home,” he said. “I’m not a morning person, so I wouldn’t be able to get to class on time.”

When

asked

if taking

Students

a cab to and

.

,

,

Woodworking degree to be offered in 2006

my groceries.”

a

computer program-

“I’d be staying at

,

i

Wilfrid Laurier University student Devi Devendran, 22, said she

fits'

twice

(Photo by Ryan Connell) Jay tu Theobalb, a second-year apprenticeship student, sands a piece of wood in the woodworking building on Feb. 1 As well as the two diploma woodworking programs at Conestoaa, the college also offers apprenticeship programs like cabinet making, and will offer a degree program in 2006. .

to

walk,” Stambolic said. “I’d have to walk to Zehrs and walk all the way

now.”

driver’s contract included a bene-

First-year

walk to get groceries. you need bread, you need

in g to

“So, there’s no need for badright

at

Conestoga, said he doesn’t use public transit very often, but has to right now because his car has broken down. He said he lives at the Conestoga

ers strike.

He

a

it

whose

said.

workers stated there is, ”... a gap between what we bring home and the spiraling cost of living.” It also

said.

was

only lasted for half a day. “If a strike lasts half a day, then

settled.”

mouthing

said the last time there

strike

“I’m optimistic we will get to where we need to be and have an agreement

An

did not

“Nobody’s in favour- of the strike,” he said. “It’s just a procedure.”

drivers

are in the stage of active

Murray

who

possible strike.

expired on Dec. 31, 2004, he said, and 98 per cent of workers voted in

negotiations,”

driver Greg,

want to give his last name, said he has been a bus driver for about 23 years and is not in favour of the

Feb. 14 as the date for a strike.

“We

“Good grief money for

don’t have the

I

that.”

Chief executive officer of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Kitchener-Waterloo region Mike Murray said bus drivers have set

favour of a

left

Lafleche said,

yes!

native methods of transportation.

GRT bus

By

RYAN CONNELL

said.

expensive. “I just don’t

kno\v

how

it

would

work. There would be a lot of people rearranging their schedules.”

finally

By JENNIFER After five months,

HOWDEN all

residents at

Conestoga College’s Residence and Conference Centre can finally have a hot shower, after a major water problem was fixed on Jan. 26.

Many

residents

with

little

had been forced or no hot water

get hot water

Plans to offer a four-year woodworking degree program have been pushed back until September 2006 because not enough people applied for September 2004. The program received approximately 15 applicants, which was half the number needed. Michael McClements, the associate vice-president

of engineerinfonnation technology and trades and apprenticeship, said

were having the problem was difficult because there was no definite pattern. One room would be getting no hot water and yet all the rooms surrounding it were fine. Kobylnik did notice that if one room had a problem then the same room on the other floors would have the problem. He also noticed

rooms of each floor have the most prob-

one of the reasons why they weren't able to properly recruit people for the program was because it was approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities so late in the year that the college missed the opportunity to

advertise to high school stuAs well, McClements said

the last four

dents.

since September.

seemed

Conestoga residence general manager, John Kobylnik, said there were multiple problems but the residence was doing everything it

lems.

high school students aren’t being properly informed about the wood industry and college

could to

fix

it.

“Since the beginning of the year fie has been a list of things that

»h

been done. We’ve had all kinds of contractors coming in and giving us different solutions and it but nothing

we’ve been doing

was completely working,” he said. Figuring out exactly what rooms

create

wood

ing,

to live

— No. 5

from school would be too expen-

Riders of Grand River Transit

for

36th Year

3

drivers strike

if

sive,

The contract

News

may be

HANCOCK

(GRT) may soon have

11

foundations students are getting answers.

Conestoga College, Kitchener

riders

the cold

in

Sports

Clothing situation under control After a host of problems, LASA and police

7

2005

7,

the best

to

Residence tried many things to get the hot water fixed including

opening and closing the water

that

degrees.

“We have work

do on marketdegrees because to

valves to get proper water flow to

ing

rooms and installing a bigger water pump. They also noticed the cartridges behind the shower nozzle were breaking down which meant cold water was coming in and hot water

they’re not well understood in the public arena,” he said. “The gener-

the

wasn’t.

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college

al lack of awareness about the degrees has resulted in us not being able to generate the required

applicant pool to allow us to run this degree.”

McClements

said they plan to

more awareness about the industiy with the help of the

Wood Manufacturing (WMC), by

Council funded government.

a council that

the

federal

is

WMC’s

mandate is to plan, develand implement human

op

they go to institutions like ours, and virtually every graduate we

produce probably has more than one choice of a job because there is such a demand for these people.”

Mark Bramer,

the

program co-

resources strategies that support the long-term growth and compet-

woodworking degree program, said he was dis-

of Canada’s advanced products manufacturing industry and meet the developmental needs of its workforce. Pamphlets were also distributed

appointed that the program wasn’t offered in September, but he is

itiveness

wood

to high schools educating students

about the wood industry and the job possibilities.

McClements

said that with the

WMC

they plan to inform

help of

high school students that baccalaureate degrees in the wood field

now

exist. Previously, the only other degree program that comes close is a wood sciences degree

offered British

by

the

University

of

Columbia.

that exist within the industry, so

what we’re doing at the present time through the Wood Manufacturing Council is creating the awareness that this $ 15billion industry in Canada is very healthy,” McClements said. “The find

industry

enough

says

for

the

optimistic that the promotion they are planning to

do

will attract a lot

of students.

Bramer

said the degree

steer people

the

would

of engineers where they would not only learn the skills to make in

direction

wood

products themselves but would also gain the knowledge of how to organize a company that will pro-

duce the product

in

an efficient

manner.

“What we’re the need for

really looking at

wood

is

engineers and

currently the universities are not

“The public isn’t aware of the industry and the opportunities

wood

ordinator

they

skilled people

can’t

and

tapping

into

that

area,”

Bramer

“You’re not only selling them a wood program, but you’re said.

selling

them an industry

in

a

sense.”

Conestoga College currently a two-year diploma in woodworking technology and a three-year diploma in woodworking technology with a co-op comoffers

ponent.


— SPOKE, February

Page 2

News

2005

7,

Conestoga residence

Now deep thoughts ...with Random

hot water problem

Conestoga College

questions answered by

How

fixes

random students Continued from Page 1 Maintenance workers replaced about 2 cartridges and more were 1

do you beat

ordered to be installed

rooms

the

the winter blues?

of

in the rest

were having the

that

problem.

During the summer months, the residence operates as a hotel and

“Sex,

and

Barb

Pauli,

first-year

lots of

Kobylnik said they didn’t have any problems during that time. “With the hotel guests it’s not really a problem because they are all showering at different times. With the students you have the majority getting up at 7 and 8 a.m. and so

it.”

LASA/police

everyone

foundations

using the water

is

at the

same time which contributes to the problem and just made the cartridges

down even more,” he

break

said.

Although residence was doing everything

“Doing doughnuts there’s

snow

when in

could to

it

water was not getting to

College’s Residence and Conference Centre.

dent,

parking

lot.”

Marc Hallman, first-year

graphic design

but

took a

of cold

lot

showers,” she said. “There

going out with friends,

lis-

tening to music and forgetting

about the weather.”

Fiona Kaimi,

childhood education

“Relax

my

in

my

patio set

and my

the

to

so terrified that

But

it’s

I’m

it.

going to go away

get so excited to show-

er now',

I

w'hich sounds ridiculous,

you go without it for so long. It has really improved my mood and I’ve made it to class on time more often

how much

residence

could have

make

situation

the

done

“We have lounges with showers in them that could have been designated for students without hot water or they could have given us an update on the situation

more

often.

Even things

night) that

cared really could have

from,” she said.

because she didn’t

the third year

is

Coggan has

and, again, there were

summer

26, the water was shut off more maintenance. The pressure relief valve was removed because

On Jan.

in pressure to

thought

said she had

about asking for her money back because of the hot water problem but said she didn’t actually ask

know what

five

shower and looked*

after a cold

my

for

at

who had obviously enjoyed

that I paid the exact

money ing,

“It’s

the I

my

loss has really

been the

Residence’s

tsunami fundraiser nets $655

a

not right

By

ALEXANDRA MASTRONARDI

same amount of

as eveiyone else in the build-

and had

made

fact that

largest disappointment.”

classmates, also living in resi-

hot shower,” she said.

The

her

arrived to class

I

better.

received nothing to compensate

my mind

“That thought crossed every morning as

would show residence

months

rights were.

dence,

at that time.

of a five-pound drop

Coggan

to

like

overnight passes (so she wouldn’t have to pay if a friend stayed the

she said.

it is

to

said.

showered in her friend’s room a lot and I showered at the rec centre on multiple occasions. I was always wondering where my next shower would come

easier

I

she

better,”

motivate myself to get out of bed,”

for

foundations

“I honestly didn’t believe

“As a public relations student

think there were a lot of things

because of

it.

no water problems

LASA/police

Coggan couldn’t have been hapwhen she realized she was

pier

get

the

Jessie Bramhill,

she feels they could have handled the situation a bit differently.

find hot water wherever they could

had a problem with the hot water. She also stayed in residence over

kitty litter

first-year

Coggan and her roommate had

Conestoga

said Kobylnik.

but you just can’t understand until

in the cold.”

at

major complaints are now fixed,”

bed for an 8:30 a.m. class kndwing you are going into a freezing cold shower and then walking to school

lived in residence and she has never

feet

box with my hydroponics equipment shining on me.” in

noth-

is

rooms

of the

again.

This

kitchen with

some

ing harder than trying to get out of

“My roommate

second-year early

students were forced to take cold showers because hot

finally getting hot water.

didn’t last very long.

it

“I definitely

“Going skiing, having fun,

Some

year with no hot water.

Second-year public relations stuConnie Coggan, had gone without hot water since September. She did have a brief time in November where her water was hot

the

(Photo by Jennifer Howden)

water

fix the

problem, there were many students who were going through the school

to live without regular

the system and the hot and cold

hot water for five months.”

water pressure was balanced. “The rooms where we got the

Although Coggan knows the problem wasn’t residence’s fault,

Who

says college students are

cheap?

The Conestoga Residence and Conference Centre raised $655 for victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami in southeast Asia.

Changes “I

teach people

how

to ski.”

for health office

MURPHY

By TIM

Ryan Molyneaux, first-year

LASA/police

foundations

because

“Work have a tanning member-

don’t

ship. In the

winter you don’t get as

much Vitamin

B,

so that

VP

Conestoga was number 1 ” he “We’re definitely among top.”

student

fall

change has had no effect on students or staff working in the health

the

office.

hood education

Doon campus

has moved under

the

said

affairs,

wing of

Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!

in

the

moved

health office from the occupational

tions

terms of how

“1 think in

health and safety administration to

es the students,

Student Services. “One reason why

significant

time to do for

it

was

A number positions

was

a

good

had been

said.

of new administrative Student Services

in

accommodated

He

it

the infrastructure

Services

Student

enhanced,” Harris

can cause depression.” Jack Jelinski, mechanical technology automated manufacturing

were competing with other campus

mists of time,” he said. Harris said the administrative

office located at the

semester, the college I

The general manager of the residence, John Kobylnik, said they living centres in the province to see

health

College’s

said is a logical move. Fred Harris, vice-president of

year

it

last

and staff increases. “I have no idea why the college put it there, that goes back into the

Conestoga

Student Services, in what a college

out. This

decade and has undergone renova-

of growth in the

Students donated $105 more than the residence’s goal of $550.

the

move.

said he could only surmise

it

under the occupational health and safety designation because the health office may have landed

more of a first-aid staThe move is because of a lot

started as tion.

it

it

servic-

hasn’t had any

impact up

until

this

could raise the most money. saw, 1 figures last

“The

new positions created to accommodate the administrative move is a new executive director of the

said.

the

Ashleigh Latimer, an early childstudent, said she

donated to the fundraiser to help a victim

she’s

known

since

her

childhood.

"My

point."

One of

who

ever

friend’s brother

and

there 1

wanted

1

to

moved over

donate what-

could afford in hopes

it

will

reach him.” she said.

McLaren. “1 do have some background working from that perspective,”

"1 hope was able to help him and the other victims.” The residence encouraged dents to donate by pinning

One

of her previous

posters and sending flyers to each

jobs was managing Grand River

room. A donation bin was set up at the front desk and staff also went doorto-door collecting money.

Student

McLaren

Services,

said.

Jacqueline

Hospital’s mental health services.

McLaren tion

started in her

on Dec.

1

3.

new

posi-

1


>

News

Clothing fundraiser

now under By JEN

GALHARDO

just

pay the $500

my own

out of

(to

cover the

GST)

back

^Conestoga College regarding problems with clothing ordered as a

get the clothes to the students as soon as possible.

fundraiser for the law and security administration and police founda-

bad because I made students so unhappy.” However, things weren’t going to

Nelofer Ahmed, a second-year student in police foundations and president of the Emergency

Response Club, sold clothing to students in the two programs to raise money for a much-needed

dummy

When the clothes Ahmed discovered that

some

were wrong, items were missing, some names were spelled wrong and the clothes were not good quality, she said. orders

Ahmed

met

with

Snap

explained

that

was

this

employee

Productions

neglected

that the prices

that every time

to

to take

As

a result,

didn’t collect

Ahmed

said she

enough money from was left short.

a result,

cancel

Ahmed

the

orders

Productions

and go

decided to with Snap

Bodnar’s

to

Distributing in Kitchener. said the employee from Bodnar’s Distributing only charged

her

Nelofer A hmed, police foundations student

them something else because she does have a few extra pieces of clothing

In

addition

GST on the clothing. More than

200 items of clothing were ordered with some articles priced at $43. “That was fine. I (decided I) would

$10,000

to

Bodnar’s

this

Distributing did not have

clothing

attire

that

the

off,

it

reason the

was held was

The one piece of good news is Alumni Association

their

Conestoga voted in favour of purchasing the dummy for the pro-

money now.

said.

has placed posters around the school to let stu-

know

dents

problems with the clothing are being taken care of. that the

students

Volunteer

in

the

Student

Management Committee

of the police foundations program, is in charge of volunteering, have suggested using that extra

which

money

to provide refunds to stu-

dents for the

wrong

clothing, said

Ahmed. This

is still

under consid-

Ahmed

remains upbeat.

“I’ve done some good things and some bad thing and I am just going to take

it

as a learning experience.”

fund guarantees scholarship for 10 years

By MELISSA

trust

HANCOCK

said about his students taking the

becoming a mem“Most students are

extra course and

For the next 10 years, a student business administration materials and operations managethe

in

ment

program

College

will

Conestoga

at

be

guaranteed

a

scholarship of $1,000. Materials management teacher Paul Knight said the Purchasing

Management

Association

of

Canada (PMAC) has provided

the

scholarship for about 20 years to a second-year student who is taking the principles of buying course,

which has an additional cost of about $200 over and above tuition.

a

The student

also has to be

member of

the PMAC, which $60 extra and the stu-

costs about

dent must have achieved the highest

mark

in the principles

of buy-

ing course.

newsletter on Conestoga’s website states, “The (PMAC) association views Conestoga’s materi-

management program

as dedi-

cated to high educational standards

preparing

future professionals.

Irdnestoga has more

dent

PMAC

members than any

stu-

other post-

secondary institution in Canada and is the only Canadian college to earn

PMAC

PMAC.

smart enough to

know

recognition

for

the

will be

come from an

This past school year, every student enrolled in the principles of

night for

buying course, about 46 students,

students

received their certificates, he said,

and

annual golf tourna-

ment held by the said.

In January, all

the

association,

he

annual student

materials

management

was held at the Holiday Inn on Fairway Road in Kitchener,

was a very proud moment. “We all work very hard,” he said.

where the scholarship was awarded, Knight said.

not easy and the students will

He said he keeps the name of the scholarship recipient a secret until student night because he likes it to

that

“It’s

attest to that!”

A

trust fund of $10,000 has been up to ensure that students will still be awarded the scholarship 10 years from now, Knight said.

set

“I think

it’s

excellent to

know

the

scholarship will continue,” he said.

be a surprise. This year’s said

involved,

Andrew

Silcox,

it’s

great to

(PMAC).”

vice-president

for the central Ontario district of the Ontario Institute of PMAC, said the idea for the trust fund

came from members of group of

He

the local

PMAC.

said significant changes are

being “is to

made and

the local district

be dissolved.”

“We

wanted to make sure Conestoga students are taken care of,” Silcox said.

“I don’t twist their arms,”

Because the

PMAC is a non-prof-

of

OPSEU

three

and three

people from management. tives

western and eastern Ontario.

The formula calculates the number of hours a college faculty

member should be working each week. For example, it takes into account time for in-class teaching,

marking and meeting with

students.

The maximum number

of hours faculty can be scheduled work is 44 hours a week. Walter Boettger, president of to

Local 237, said some faculty members at Conestoga College have had to put in anywhere from 50 to 70 hours a week. “They’re saying it’s too much,” said Boettger. “The formula’s flawed and it doesn’t reflect the (actual

time spent working by

teachers).”

“There were a so

I

of people didn’t expect to

something to strive for. Eighty-one per cent was Boakes’ mark for the principles of buying course, he said. “If

that there is

you do the work and put

for

in

what Boakes

be spending his $1,000 on, he said he will probably use it to further his education.

need

to

will

be pro

show

an issue with the

workloads. “If you can provide pertinent data to support your issues, it’s all

helpful,”

said

now

all

Boettger.

“Right

on the bargaining team’s shoulders to assemble the information into a package that’s presentable to management.” But a heavy workload isn’t the it’s

only thing that will be on the table. Salary is the runner-up, fol-

lowed by benefits. College teachers should be earning between that of the highest paid

high school teacher and

that of the lowest paid university

professor. Currently,

teachers are

most college making closer to or

same as high school teachers. Instead of having a whole host of items to negotiate, the spotlight the

will

be mainly on two

issues.

“You’ll find that this round of bargaining is dually focused —

workload and

salary,”

Boettger

said.

He said management may or may not agree to the changes, but said

it

depends on funding as

Information from the survey,

unlikely that you always what you’re asking for in the

“It’s

along with workload diaries that some faculty have been asked to

get

keep, will be presented by the bargaining team to management to

The union would like to see a revised formula with less marking

support the claim that current workloads are excessive and that the formula needs to be revamped. Boettger said the biggest problem with the workload is that over

hours for teachers and smaller class sizes. The formula may also have to be made program specific,

the

years

class

sizes,

bargaining process.”

some programs require more evaluation time than others. since

in-class

teaching hours and evaluation hours have increased. As a result, teachers are starting to feel the

Negotiations will begin after

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NEEDED! For Explore

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Friday March 4

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held on the

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It is a great opportunity to build your volunteer hours and gain valuable experience. If

all

workload information has been compiled and presented to management. the

time,”

he said, “you’ll get something out of it in the end.”

As

will

at the negotiations to

lot

Boakes said he thinks the scholarship and the trust fund are a good idea because it gives students

the

vided

well.

the

when he won.

win.”

so

recipient

was Brad Boakes, who he was pleasantly surprised

then say ‘that’s

it,’

The taskforce includes

scholarship

“Any professional association can do it for a number of years and

principles of buying course.”

Knight

it

it organization, the money for the scholarship has generally always

beneficial.”

get the support from

A

als

ber of

years ago.

were selected from various colleges that represent northern,

Some

must start before then to reach an agreement. Evidence

workload information necessary modify a workload formula set by management and OPSEU

agreement and a notice to

out until Aug. 31, but negotia-

will help

to

1,

tions

the taskforce accumulate faculty

people from

collective

bargain was served to manage ment. The contract does not run

council (management).

The management representa-

a result the proceeds from a

The

expired Jan.

by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and Colleges Compensation and Appointments

grams, said Monica Himmelman, officer at Conestoga.

workload formula.

force put together

development and alumni relations

eration. Despite all the controversy,

Ahmed

result,

effects of going beyond the parameter hours set out by the

Faculty at colleges across Ontario have until Feb. 15 to fill out an online workload survey for information gathering by a task-

of

dummy, can now be used elsewhere.

“Students were freaking out,” she

As a

that

Snap

refunding students out of her own pocket, once again. She said she is still negotiating with Bodnar’s Distributing about refunds, howev-

want

to pur-

Dec. 2 Emergency Response party, which were to be used to purchase the

Productions offered, such as boxers, so Ahmed said she began

M ULLFR

The 20-minute survey

the

all

By DENISE

left.

the

As

er students

Ahmed

see her and she

them their money or offer

will refund

quoted did-

the students and

As

as a learning

it

experience.”

charges

come

happy

chase a new dummy for the program, but that is no longer needed.

done some good and some bad things and am just going

tell

a sweatshirt

said if they are not

things

for

colour was changed there was a fee.

Ahmed

they should

“I’ve

Snap

for

n’t include taxes or freight

and

there have been problems with pricing where the company did not give the right quote. For students with wrong orders,

fundraiser

fundraising purposes.

The

two years

To top

I

Productions in Toronto to order clothing and discuss pricing and

first

past

for the students in police

law and security administration and pre-service firefighting education and training.

formula

right

year there have been problems with the clothing order. For the

better.

arrived,

foundations,-

Ahmed

the

“I felt really

get

me, I e-mail them

away and deal with it.” According to Ahmed, this is not

At this point, she said, Christmas was coming and she just wanted to

tions programs.

“If students e-mail

pocket,” she said.

to help

modify workload

control

You may have seen a few posters the Doon campus of

—varound

Survey

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Page 4

— SPOKE, February

7,

Commentary

2005

Evil prevails

throughout history Jan. 27

was an important day. when sappy cards were mailed

wasn’t a time

It

pagne

were raised

flutes

Instead,

it

cham-

to lovers or

in toasts.

commemorated

a

more somber occasion

sary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a Nazi death

-

the 60th anniver-

camp where

million

.5

1

Second World War. Overall, approximillion people, including Jews, gypsies and others undesir-

lost their lives during the

Jews

mately

1 1

able to the Third Reich, suffered a similar fate at the hands of the Nazis. In 1944, the term genocide was coined by a Polish scholar to describe the extermination of six million Jews in the war, approximately 40 per cent of the race at that time, according to statistics in a

The Record. More specifically, the word refers to the many people from a particular ethnic group. However, genocide was not a mid-20th century phenomenon.

Jan.

26

article in

deliberate massacre of

Instances of mass murder have been documented throughout history, such as the early 1900s Turkish attempt to purify its population of

Armenian

Christians,

which

left

1

.5

million people dead.

a sad testament to humankind that since the birth of this odious word, its usage has become commonplace, and not just as a noun to It is

Jen considers her summer vacation.

describe past atrocities.

Between 1975 and 1979, two million Cambodians died as a resu.lt of their Communist leader’s plan to implement communal farming in the style of Mao Tse-tung, whose regime in China was itself responsible for tens of millions of deaths.

Rwandans, one-tenth of the counmurdered by machete and grenade-

In 1994, almost one million Tutsi try’s population,

were brutally

wielding Hutus in a clash of to 1995,

has resulted in the death of approximately two million people and the

urbanized people: rural

Why

bet

The Holocaust is long over, but the fate of many people today is as who it was for the emaciated Jews in Auschwitz and Dachau,

hay.

Wrong.

and

were herded

my

into homicidal gas chambers, their bodies later

burned in

life.

girl,

won

Sure, the “good” side

the war, but

it

did not prevail throughout

had, the lives of many may have been spared which they too succumbed. At a recent session of the UN General Assembly, held in honour of

the course of history. If

it

the bloody genocides to

but

course for the last 10 years called

certainly not

despise the discrimination

the Ariss Valley Golf and Country

hick.

I

who simply don’t understand my way of life. Not only that, they come to my town and say things

like,

city'

“This place

the liberation of Auschwitz, Secretary General Kofi Annan said, “Terrible things are happening today in Darfur, Sudan. It is easy to say

ghost town,” or “This place

‘Something must be done.’ To say exactly what and when and how, and to do it, is much more difficult. But what we must not do is deny what is happening, or remain indifferent, as so many did when the Nazi

wrong.

that

factories of death Jan.

is

25

article

were doing

their ghastly work,” according to a

on www.washingtonpost.com.

You may question what you can do to make a difference. The answer simple. Immerse yourself in news from Sudan and other conflict-tom

countries. Understand that the blood of genocide victims as

you read

this article.

is

being shed

And, express your abhorrence for these

atroci-

by petitioning the government, becoming involved with a human rights agency or discussing the topic with your family during dinner. The choice to act is yours. However, if you allow yourself to remain

ties

complacent to the bmtal murder of innocents, are you too not partly to

blame?

You should

I’m proud to be a country

from people from the

is

out in the boonies.” Again, that I live in

is

a

way is

so

Club. Believe

it

or not,

it

used to be

farm where my father’s beef I grew up. He sold it to the group of cattle

men who

turned

course

today.

I

located just outside

tain those

I

me

not their fault, since they

of

my

town’s

that,

history'

and

five

it

hits

to

and

it’s

personally because I’m proud of

don’t

where I’m from and

rural

I

don’t like to

But since the majority of people it’s

inevitable.

So let me my town and

educate you both about

my life. First of all, my town is ghost town. We have had

not a

way

my my

Ariss and

The

store is also

post office,

my

clean

uncle’s offices,

who

welcome

love to read fiction nov-

I

is

my

background.

have some.

So

the next time

you meet some-

one from the country, don’t be too

town’s

quick to judge him or

her.

You may

learn something interesting.

to

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I

my

The only way to treat ignorance is with knowledge and now you

the

come

my

I

Does that sound much different from a city person’s life? The only

and residents from

about 60 households must

Conestoga College,

els.

difference is

third year of the jour-

have a boyfriend

around- a

boss, Elizabeth Begg,

at

and

father’s

owner and operator of the Ariss Village Variety store, which has been operating for almost 100 years.

a golf

their

my

have a part-time job,

community.

My

hear negativity from people.

today are urbanized,

know

in

gram here

enter-

but I’m part

me

don’t

part-time

Village Variety store where

house

I

boyfriend, and no, I’ve never rolled

I’m

a small town called

only takes

don’t wear overalls,

chase people with pitchforks, father has never tried to shoot

nalism - print and broadcast pro-

Guelph. Not only

It

I’m

at the Ariss

my

of Guelph.

that

in the hay.

minutes to drive from

Ariss,

is

know

city people call a

into the golf

it is

work

I

also

what

it

who come in trying to find friends who live in my area as well as those who are lost. Being lost is common among city people,

which

prefer the country to

the noisy, busy city.

I’ve lived in a rural

community for the entire 22 years of

should you care? Because

towns do have a history and

some people

rolling in the

bleak as

crematoriums.

rural

now you’re thinking overalls,

pitchforks, hicks

displacement of countless more.

homes

in Ariss, including mine.

communi-

ties. I

rural deliv-

ery routes serve another 530

that are almost foreign to

words

Two

pick up their mail.

Brace yourself. I’m about to use

rival ethnic groups.

two million Muslim Bosnians were systematically murdered by Serbian forces under the leadership of Slobodan Milosevic. Moreover, for the last two decades, ethno-religious conflict in Sudan

From 1992

Rural communities aren’t ghost towns


News

Mature students a growing population I

recently had a five-minute wait

for the bus that

from '

the

would

college

me

shuttle

work

to

that

evening.

Desiree

I wandered into the crowd of waiting students and surveyed the road to see whether the bus was on its

way.

surveyed the crowd to see

I

Finhert

if I

Opinion

had any friends. And, I did.

had not merely nimed, they were spinning. tables

saw a man, loitering outside the no smoking boundary, but I couldn’t remember his name. He seemed puzzled as I. He tilted 1

his head, looking as tourist in a

was

I

confused as a

He

afraid of being the strange

bus stops.

random people But, after an awkward

talks to

remembered.

stare, I

sauntered over and murmured a possible surname under my breath. 1

And, I

did

was

I

right.

his

name, but

with this reassurance came a flood of distant memories and a tidal wave

of questions.

“here.”

The strangeness was not

really

seeing an old acquaintance at the bus stop or partially forgetting his name.

was thumbing through the brochures to go back to school as a mature stu-

The term Velos generation comes from D-Code (www.d-code.com) lit-

my head. What

if

I’m back to school when

I’m 32? Mature students are a growing population at university and college campuses. More people are changcareers

before they’re scheduled for a mid-life crisis. What worried me is that I’m due to graduate in five months and the teacher leads

er time,

should

another

life

chance meeting with

and another

world completely. waiting for the bus just like me, carrying a backpack and sporting a jacket and jeans gear. the

backpack

my

former

to believe that I

thumbing the college 1

write

my

final

exams.

Unlike generations before me, changing careers has become com-

It

my

school.

mon. Working at the same job, even working in the same field for 15 years or more has become passe. Being a Jacqueline of all trades, I’m guilty of the same inconsistency. Of course, if I do go back to school in 10 years, there’s a good chance I

former professor was now a mechanical construction

class

that caught

attention.

To answer

my

blunt invasion, he

me that he had quit teaching massage therapy and after years of travel he was back at school. told

My My

start

me

brochure, before

He was

was

long

video instruction and an

The new Student Services website is

geared towards the Velos genera-

Conestoga College and surrounding community is also included in the website. in

The

Student

Services

co-ordinates

attempted

Meksula

to

this fiend.

“It’s

said Student Services

per format for easier navigation.

The purpose of the website is to inform students of upcoming events

National

Defense

Defence

nation ale

nice to receive positive feed-

more user

is

friendly than similar

websites he has visited “It’s really easy to navigate and thorough,” he said. “I think it’s a

is

always looking to include new inforin order to respond to students’ changing needs. “We want to

book time with a counsellor to begin

introduce the services

getting help.”

great tool for students looking for information. They don’t have to

we

offer as

'The process for making an appointment with a counsellor is described on the website, which can be accessed through the main college web page (www.conestogac.on.ca) and then selecting student resources and then

“We are considering including a relaxation section that will provide

on campus, provide connections to

conOntario College October.

back from your peers," said Meksula. Counsellor Rick Casey said the site

approachable and student centred.” One example of feedback suggested students struggle with creating and maintaining a relaxation routine, said Meksula.

The site was launched in the spring of 2004 and is organized in newspa-

for the at a

for the

Counsellors in

mation

tors to explore the entire site.”

H

ference

such as the tsunami.

“We created a site that offered information without requiring visi-

has been positive. Praise website was also received

equal opportunity to post articles,

the website, Jennifer Meksula, said

respond to

built in collaboration

announce upcoming events and post responses to world events,

and mobile.”

The counsellor who

was

all

All counsellors have input into the maintenance of the site and

website the Velos generadescribed as “getting more

integrated, connected

own home.” Meksula said the feedback from students and faculty at the college

members of the counselling services team and members of the college’s web development division.

tlie

tion is

site

I

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Listening to the stories that my former professor shared during our ride to the mall put an uneasy notion

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— SPOKE, February

Page 6

7,

News

2005

Region making plans

go green

to

organics pilot study for Waterloo

MCMURPHY

By KRISTEN

You won't be scraping your

in

launch in the

“Right

longer.

Following

next

fall to

eliminate

whether we should go

Howard there

says the city

is

nowhere

in Etobicoke in September 2002. Known as the Green Bin program, residents put food scraps and other biodegradable items in a special composting

post collection

bins

to

near

as

years of

start

Howard

on a composting

says

delayed

project.

“We

yet because we’re taking our -time,

researching the progress that similar

programs are having,” she says. the anticipated program

Until

launch next

fall,

we can

reduce the

amount of garbage we dispose of by recycling glass and plastics and

Keele Valley landfill closed. This shutdown resulted in a 300 city’s

avoiding heavily-packaged prod(Photo by Kristen McMurphy)

per cent increase in disposal costs

Wet/Dry

its

haven’t started a program like this

the

year.

life left in it,”

in references to the city’s

hold garbage disposal reduces waste from landfills by using organic garbage material and turning it into compost. The program was designed to cushion the impact that would be

Michigan landfill. Nobody else wanted Toronto’s garbage. Over the past few years, the rest of Toronto has gradually jumped on the bandwagon and the city hopes to reach its goal of a 60 per cent diversion of waste by next

taking

“We have a landfill (in KitchenerWaterloo) available to us with 25

garbage. This extra step in house-

for waste to be trucked to a private

is

is

as

be the most efficient and effective.

These are emptied into a largand collected weekly with the regular household

its

households

time to choose a system that would

pail.

Guelph has had

leaning

desperate

Toronto’s, so the city

er outdoor container

felt

is

throughout the region. The area’s garbage situation

curbside com-

when

in

simi-

a downfall in the cost of

distributing

collection.

later

more

towards the Green Bin system, but

and recyclables

three months

at the

Guelph’s Wet/Dry system.”

lar to

lection service in addition to our

its

of 2006.

Toronto, or something

amount of garbage accumulated in the region. This program will come in the form of a compost col-

Toronto began

is

to

with the Green Bin system used

the

regular garbage

fall

now we’re looking

deciding

Toronto and Guelph, Waterloo Region plans to launch a like

new program

is set

different systems available to us,

footsteps of

the

in

says the project

research phase and

its

left-

much

overs into the garbage for

cities

Howard

Region.

K-W’s recycling program is expanding next lected by initiating a composting program. waste management program, similar to the Green Bin program, since 1995. Ninety-eight per cent of the non-commercial population participates by sorting their garbage into colour-coded bags. Wet garbage.

fall.

The

city

hopes

to

reduce the amount of garbage

ucts.

As

col-

goes,

community response Howard says she gets a cou-

far as

phone calls every month from residents inquiring about

ple of

such as food scraps, diapers and plants are placed in green plastic

see-through bags. Milk and other dry items thrown out in clear blue bags.

cartons,

glass

are

With both programs running

smoothly, it looks like it’s about time Waterloo Region follows the

the program, but she’s not rush-

example. Which is going to do.

running.

Cari

ager

Howard working

is

exactly what

it

ing to get the operation up and

“We want

is

the project

on

a

man-

household

time

to do this right the first and prevent any growing

pains,” she says.

Aura reading a fascinating experience By TIM

MURPHY

aura-capturing system,” a

kirlian

A

photo can

tell

“advanced

they contaminate the

you more about

yourself than you think.

sensor which analyse

my

she

tells

me

will

bio-data.

across an interesting booth, one 'which would strike the eye of any aspiring photographer - an

I’m not quite sure what my biois, but I can rest easy knowing it is about to be analysed. “You’re very adventurous and passionate about what you do,” she

aura reader.

says,

Touring the Kitchener Winter at Bingeman’s Park, I

Psychic Fair

came

As

1

woman

approach the

ing the booth, before

I

operat-

can say

hello, she speaks.

would

“1

photo,” she said,

me

not charge

your adding she would to

take

for the experience.

“I’m red,”

package,

traits

a free photograph.

neur.

I

woman

my

personalized

observe, looking at

I

package she hands me. What does that mean? Reading through the chakra analy-

Although the sign on this mystewoman’s booth indicates step inside for there is a $20 fee,

The

preparing

printout.

sis

rious

is

a

temporary

employee for First Star, a company which travels to various fairs in

am

include

my

learn

1

like

1

personality

excitement and

The aura-capturing system,

a

a winner, sexual and an entrepre-

also have lots of willpower.

1

Apparently

my

aura

is

You know what they

large.

say, big

hands, big aura.

who

dare enter

my

aura will be

overwhelmed by my strong and

am

then asked to remove any healing

powerful presence, not to mention my radiant energy. Perhaps my

crystals or magnetic materials on

aura motivated the

my

me

person.

Luckily,

home

;it

I

left

I

that

my

healing crystals

day,

what

with

Jupiter’s location in relative position to the

Moon and all. my photo,

Snap. She takes

and

My

mind-body

No wonder my

Kleenex, and

my

1

am

to

is

a

wipe down

apparently sweaty hands,

lest

spirit

graph gives

me some alarming news. Sixty per my energy is focused on my body, 35 per cent on my mind and 10 per cent on my spirit. Perhaps

white cloth of mystery.

It

to give

cent of

giving

I

woman

the free reading?

my slack-jawed expression, she tells me look good. “Here” she says, handing me a

despite

the experi-

tical,

loving

action-oriented

approach” can also be interesting. They’d better be careful, or I’ll use my strong aura on them.

the

bio-date

recalibrating,

but

it

105 per cent

I’m always so

An

sensors

need some appears I’m all

COUNSELLOR’S CORNER:

Eating Disorders

Did you know that one out of every hundred women might become anorexic? Estimates of the frequency of bulimia vary from five to twenty out of one hundred college-age

women. Men

also develop both disorders, but in

Anorexia nervosa

is

much smaller numbers.

by an all-consuming fear of “getting fat.” There body size and sometimes compulsive exercising.

characterized

intense preoccupation with food,

is

an

Dieting can gradually lead to a loss exceeding 25% of original weight. Serious health issues such as cessation of menstruation, malnutrition and lowered heart rate occur. Some starve themselves to death.

also quite

video recorder connected to a laptop computer, frames me, and

state,

ence was fascinating. Having your friends spend an evening making fun of your “prac-

I

physical, energetic, competitive,

Be careful though, because those

Ontario.

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tional-energetic

data

the

love

vide interesting and entertaining information about yourself.

the time.

girlfriend

thinks

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An

overcoming Eating Disorders is for the individual to problem exists. Medical and psychological help is available in this community. Talk to a counsellor in Student Services or the nurse in the Health Services Office (Doon Campus only). One immediate benefit is the feeling of relief at no longer having to keep such an important part of one’s life

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SPOKE, February

7,

2005

— Page 7

The ups and downs of a

Winter Wonderland

3 /

(Photo by Tim Murphy)

Above, slippery road conditions put a car in the snowbank Conestoga’s green parking lot on Jan. 24.

in

Homer Watson Boulevard between Road and Bleams Road now complete, the commute

Below, with the widening of Blockline

and students coming from Kitchener and be much easier and safer.

for faculty, staff

Waterloo

will

(Photo by Denise Mutter)

student walks under trees covered in early morning frost along the path from the registrar’s office to the college on Jan. 31

A

(Photo by Kate Battler)

Tow in

were busy on Jan. 23, helping motorists involved east of the Highway 24 exit to Cambridge.

truck drivers

the ditch just

in

accidents. Slippery conditions

made roads dangerous

for drivers, including this

one who ended up


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provincial government specifically

affecting

health.

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mem-

name a

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of

Status

OWHC,

enthusiastic about the coun-

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work.

fund a number of research

make

women’s

of

tra-

start

are others

new

of the

who

year, there

are either

still

cele-

upcoming

holidays.

A

specific

approaching

is

holiday

that

the Chinese

is

New

Year.

Traditionally,

celebrations

begin

when

moon

the first

of the

lunar calendar appears, which hap-

pens

sometime

between

OWHC’s

The

at educating the puband raising awareness about the most recent goals, victories concerning problems and lic

three days of the

This year, according to the Chinese Zodiac, is the Year of the Rooster. According to New Tang Dynasty TV’s website

issues,

concerning

report

women’s

women’s

year,

friends

is

associated with

bom

People 1925,

speak

1948,

1960,

Those born a monkey (1920,

5/en/index.htm), the Year of the

1944,

1932,

1968,

1956,

people and are very inventive.

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of

who

people

visit

devoted to whatever they’re doing,

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and can be eccentric. People bom in the year of the-Qog

1937,

and are known for

little,

(1922,

their

bom

Those

under the tiger (1914,

loyal people, but are

known

1998) are

to

their short

Those

be sensitive and

courageous, but they are

known

(1923,

for

bom 1935,

in the year of the pig

1947,

and

Rabbits (1915, 1927, 1939, 1951,

people,

chivalrous

ambitious, articulate, and reserved.

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(1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000) are known for their excitement, stubbornness and energy. They’re also known for

insight to

who you

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For more information on the

OWHC,

1980,

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1972, full

and compassionHowever, they can be shy and

pessimistic at times.

1963, 1975, 1987, 1999) are tactful,

it.

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health.

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ate.

women.

advocacy group to push for-

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Funding research projects are a primary part of the council’s work, and since 2000 they have funded projects aimed at specific

a

positive self-images for

women’s health. Not only does the council work as an

new

the zodiac

women’s health

Some of these include projects concerning mental health treatment, prevention of unplanned pregnancy, breast and gynecological cancer screening and information services, healthy eating, physical activity and

ence aimed

sionate, religious

ter,

1985,

use of a hysterectomy.

areas of

Women’s Health Matters Forum and Expo in Toronto, a confer-

most important.

tion are the

During the to their literature, the

acute care, an Ontario

OWHC

three days of the 15-day celebra-

outlining the best practices in the

including

first

first

and family get together to visit. On the last day of celebrations, there is a Lantern Festival which can be very colourful. The Chinese Zodiac is associated with the Chinese New Year and each year with one of the 12 animals of

reports of

chair,

also the

(1919, 1931, 1943, 1955,

1967, 1979, 1991, 2003) are pas-

talented

advo-

council has released numerous

Jane female member of the Metropolitan of Toronto Board Commissioners of Police and a member of the Order of Canada. recently helped The annual ninth the sponsor is

Rams

snake, horse, sheep, monkey, roos-

tionists at times.

to

health status report and a report

Pepino,

perceptive, cheerful and talkative.

the zodiac are

ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon,

rat,

1954,

1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005) are

According

Council

The 12 animals of the

1942,

1930,

1990, 2002) can be

1978,

charm, hard workers and perfec-

women

their lives.

Ontario Women’s Health

1966,

1984, 1996) are said to be

brated 'as a family,” and the

chiefoperating officerfor the

under that

1924,

premium health care, and keep society and the healthcare system accountable for women’s health at each stage of

Mamie MacKinnon,

bom

for 15 days.

,

to

on the

horse (1918,

of those

traits

animal.

encyclopedia, the celebration lasts

to act as the

Year

cate for

health gets

mon

Chinese Zodiac

two main goals are

New

we’re really working to

government’s agenda.”

Not only do the animals of the reflect the upcoming year, they also represent com-

1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001) are known to be vain “and selfish, but their wisdom and ability to sympathize make up for this. People bom in the year of the

values.”

Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia. org/ wi ki/Main_ Page) an online

voice of Ontario

women’s

and honesty. Those bom a snake (1917, 1929,

Smitherman, the Ontario government’s minister of health and long-term care, and states their

This year, the Chinese

research scholars and that

confidence

trustworthiness,

their

begins on Feb. 9, and according to

late

January and early February.

The site also says “New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are cele-

make sure

Rooster will bring “happiness, colour and drama, but this has to be balanced with good old-fashioned common sense and tried and tested

The council advises George

health

da,” she said.

few.

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dog and pig. There are many descriptions of each animal that vary from source to source. There are commonalities between each description, however. Those bom under the rat (1912,

sure that

gets on the government’s agen-

just to

“We fund a number

the chief

was

to

Foundation of Ontario and the Canadian Advisory Council on the

brating or preparing for

field.

scholars and we’re really working

of the Heart and Stroke

bers

advance discoveries in the

“We

Members of the council include women who are doctors at presti-

of us with western

wind down from Christmas

ditions

and the

operating officer for the

women’s

SONSER

women’s health, but it funds numerous research projects to

Mamie MacKinnon,

1998 to advise the on issues

in

legislation concerning

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First half of BRENT GERHART

By

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2004-05

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were also

season sur-

halfway point, one thing was for sure, the first half produced a fair share of excitement. passed

its

Whether und of

the exciting turn-

is

it

Phoenix Suns, Shaq

the

new Eastern conhome or Kobe Bryant’s

ninating in his

ference

Los Angeles

inability to lead the

Lakers to a solid record, the season has had it all, and more.

all

suspended, but for one

game each. The surprise of this

may

so far

season

Eastern conference and

lustre

year’s season

matching its season 2003-04 season.

O’Neal’s former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, have been any-

MVP honours.

Derek Lisher and Gary Payton, the Lakers franchise player, Kobe

Since losing O’Neal, future hall of famer Karl Malone and guards

took part in a Nov. 19 bench-clear-

place in the Pacific division and, as

however,

of Jan. 31, they were tied for

first

mer

fan favourite Vince Carter

Western Conference

was

sent to the

as

was not even

it

a

three

NBA

ing brawl with the reigning

ond

last in the

ference.

champions, the Detroit Pistons and

overall in the

their fans.

standings.

much

The

occurred

event

publicized

when Pacers forward Ron him

is the Miami The Heat obtained one of the

off-season acquisition

Heat.

while he lay on the timekeepers’

game’s most dominating players, former Los Angeles Lakers centre Shaquille O’Neal. Since his arrival in Miami, O’Neal has averaged 22.9 points per game. Although the number

The event provoked Artest to run into the crowd and attack Pistons supporters. Overall, Artest was suspended for 73 games (the remainder of the seaJackson and Stephen son), Jermaine O’Neal were suspended for 30 and 25 games for getting involved in Artest’s. altercation, and Anthony Johnson was suspended for five games for doing the same. The Pacers’ Reggie Miller and

Chauncey Billups, Eldin Campbell and Derrick Coleman

Detroit’s

AHL By BRENT GERHART

is

enjoying the spotlight,

NHL

thanks to the

And

lockout.

they expect the light to shine even Feb.

Manchester, N.H.,

14,

home

of the Los Angeles Kings

AHL

the Manchester host the 2005

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Dodge

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the

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Canadian

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2005

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skills

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kick off the festivities on Feb. 13

7 :05 p.m. and the Star Classic

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AHL

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at

All-

scheduled for the

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game

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may be

team over the .500 mark.

his

a three-player and

Another team benefiting from an

Artest had a fan throw beer on

table.

exciting

son.

weeks old when the Indiana Pacers

bang,

off with

1

thing but their usual self this sea-

Bryant, has barely been able to lead

started

— Page

of the

total

NBA’s Western conHowever, this season the guard nicknamed Kid Canada has helped guide his new team to first

The season

2005

is

Phoenix Suns. During the off-season, Phoenix signed unrestricted free agent, and Surrey, B.C. native, Steve Nash, and the move is paying dividends as Nash is an early favourite for Last season the Suns finished sec-

7,

away from

already only nine wins

be the play of the

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