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Conestoga College, Kitchener

15

— No. 8

36th Year

Virus attack By RYAN CONNELL

A

computer virus infiltrated the network on Feb. 21, shutting down many of the labs. It made the Internet and the colcollege’s

'

lege’s website inaccessible, as well

as several drives on computers.

The

called Brotopia, hit

virus,

network

the

antivirus

college’s

Symantec was unable to

Norton Antivirus, recognize

the

after

provider,

it.

Conestoga’s chief information officer Richard Gibson said -in a

mass e-mail to college faculty that computer services installed a virus update patch to the computer servers at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 22. “This will prevent future infec-

we cannot force your PC perform a scan to remove an infection if present,” Gibson said in tions but to

the e-mail.

“We PC

are requesting that

users perform a Norton Antivirus scan on their PC.” A couple areas of the college’s college

all

Boon campus

weren't able to get

online until Feb. 23, such as the third

the

and fourth floor B wings and

IB

Jessica Wismer, a third-year marketing student and Conestoga Students 24th annua! Polar Plunge Feb. 17.

faculty area.

VP

CSI

‘Tough

acclaimed Conestoga Students its

new

Inc.

(CSI)

CSI board member Leanne Bird, management studies student, was

new “It

By TIM

MURPHY

excited about her

role.

would have been nice

to not

have just been appointed to the role so that I could have gotten the affirmation from the other board

members

glide

for charity

run as vice-president. is

and

slide

acclaimed to the role on Feb. 22. Bird was the only board member to submit a nominations package to Bird said she

make

It was a chilly Thursday afternoon at Conestoga College’s Doon

campus, and for about 25 people,

it

quickly became a lot colder.

The 24th annual Polar Plunge

good

took place Feb. 17 in support of the

of her goals for CSI will work well with the goals that CSI president Justin Falconer has set

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Sam Egleston, communications specialist for Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI), said all proceeds from

that

I’d

a

vice-president,” Bird said.

Many

for next year, she said. “I

care a lot about right now,

whereas his

talent is looking into

the future,” she said.

Some of the issues that Bird and Falconer plan to work on for next

the event

went

all

for

ria.

posed new student centre. The role of the vice-president includes working 15 hours a week

this year, as

little bit

different

wasn’t held on the

it

of the college pond as

in

previ-

ous years.

Due

board of director and executive meetings, as well as assuming the role of the president in Falconer’s

opted to

pond

absence.

exit.

Falconer was not available for

to safety concerns, the

move

the

jump from

CSI the

wading pool, with a slippery-slide carpet entrance and to a large

Participants

the

Dolly Phan, a first-year public relations student

slide,

would run towards glide

through

a

and CSI

self-serve employee, slides

wearing Spoke newspapers as a dress, headdress, newspapers shaped into a bouquet of flowers. plastic

Spiderman-themed

during the school year, attending all

charity,”

The event was a ice

(By Ryan Connell)

to the foundation.

he said, standing beside the wading pool donated by Canadian Tire that was set up just outside the main cafete“It’s

year include student advocacy, student representation and the pro-

comment.

a polar bear’

participants

vice-presi-

dent for next year. a

(Photo by Tim Murphy) (CSI) board director, reacts to the icy water during CSI’s

Polar Plunge

By RYAN CONNELL

has acclaimed

like

Inc.

gate

that

A crowd

ring

and boots. The

of students gathered

down

the wet

“bride” also carried

year participants raised more than

sprayed cold water on their backs,

along the pool waiting for the event

$2,582.

then leap into the pool.

to start.

Dan Dampier, a first-time jumper, raised almost $300, exclaiming he was cold after rushing from the freezing water but that

Volunteers shovelled

snow

into

always a good turnout,”

“It’s

the frigid water, as a roomful of jumpers in various costumes and state of undress watched from

raised wasn’t

inside.

but each jumper was required to

Costumes varied from shorts and T-shirts and jockstrap and cape

raise

combinations to girls in swimsuits covered in Spoke newspapers.

pating in the event, a

Egleston said.

He

how much was known at presstime,

said exactly

a

minimum of

$20.

With

approximately 25 jumpers particiminimum of $500 would have been raised. Last

the

jump was awesome.

“I’m tough

like a polar bear,

take that cold,”

I

can

Dampier shouted as

he ran inside.

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— SPOKE, March

7,

News

2005

Now deep thoughts

By MELISSA

Conestoga College

...with Random

Student earns national recognition

questions answered by

random students

is

the worst or weirdest

Winning the K.C. Hoi ness Award was not something she ever expected, but said she couldn’t have done without the

help of teachers,

classmates and family.

Deb she

job you’ve ever had?

can’t believe she

won

the

earned her national hon-

tlrat

ours.

She

received

November

M

I

kind of weird.”

Matt Chan, first-year general business

M

a

at

award

in

conference

in

the

Toronto.

tion

-

materials and operations

man-

agement student. The award is given to an outstanding student who combines academic excellence with APICS student and parent chapter participation and

international association dedicated

ing cherries

worst.

It

was

(paid) like

to the development and promotion of knowledge, training, certification and resources for professionals

the

$10 a

in

operations management.

as a student

“1 think

an active volunteer

at

is

the

our program really

is

the

meow!” she said. “And our faculty, wow, we’ve got some good cat’s

quality people here.”

Conestoga

College’s board of governors and

Cripps

is

expected

to

graduate

April this year and said she that

it’s

is

in

upset

almost over.

Guelph food bank. The $500 award has been won by students from Conestoga for five

She said she will take the skills and relationships she has gained at the college and make the best use

years in a row.

of them.

When

asked what she spent her winnings on, Cripps said, “I think I paid my taxes with it!”

“You’re only as good as your team,” said the business administra-

community involvement. APICS, an association for operation management is a professional

“Working at a farm pick-

She served a term on

representative

still

Cripps, 45, of Guelph, said

still

award

“Working at Sobey’s pushing carts. also work at a hair salon, so that’s

Cripps has participated in activiof the parent chapter, the Ontario Grand Valley chapter. ties

it

What

HANCOCK

She

said

she’s

not eligible for

scholarships or bursaries and so she

was honoured and thankful

won

to

have

the award.

way I could have own,” she said. She said she has people ask how she can relate with 20-year-olds so well in her program and said she always tells them the same thing. “People here are so understanding and no one person can succeed on their own.” She said people in her program “There’s just no

my

succeeded on

know

At the same conference, where Cripps was given her award, Conestoga graduates Bryan Cooper and Nathan Dorsch were awarded

Donald W. Fogarty Student Paper Competition aw-ard. Submission of an original, timely and relevant research paper in the the

of operations management, including goods services and processes found in business and field

industrial operations,

Tracey Lopers, one of their teachsaid, “The students are awesome. They’re going to be the next generation of business leaders.” ers,

they are there to co-operate

and be there for one another.

led to their

success.

She said the students always put their best foot forward.

basket.”

Sunny Grewal,

first-year

general business

“Cleaning hotel

rooms

is

the worst

job I’ve ever had.

People are disgust-

fSj

M0>,

ing.”

Jessica Cole,

first-

year registered practical nursing

when was a kid, because was hard on the back.”

“Strawberry picking

it

I

Derek Choban, secondyear mechanical engineering student (Photo by Janet Morris)

Lauren Maciborka, 13, receives some advice on her company design logo that she graphic design workshop. She is a Grade 8 student from St. Brigid Catholic school.

“Cleaning

at

By JANET MORRIS

Campbell’s soup. You never know what you’re eating.”

Jessie Bramhill, first-year

law and security administration

“I

worked

gown

at

store.

a wedding I

Marina Kozomara, first-year law and security administration

The manager of recruitment

Conestoga College hosted

its

Program

more pressure is to make

said

fourth annual trades and technolo-

being put on

gy career day for Grade 7 and 8 students from local school boards. The event, held on Feb. 17. promoted the benefits of technical education and careers to students from local public schools. Students were able to choose a workshop of interest and get hands-on experience in that field of

career choices earlier.

study.

Participating students were given

meet with

the opportunity to

col-

lege faculty and students in specif-

technical

ic

areas

of study,

questions and engage

in

ask

hands-on

workshop selling. Some of he workshops to choose

activities in a i

ics,

architecture,

wood products cal nursing

ming.

graphic design,

production, practi-

and computer program-

if it’s not designed properhe said. “Skilled trades are a part of everyone’s life and we want

scalpel

ly,”

to present the trades to

open their eyes to that.” Lauren Maciborka, a 13-year-old Grade 8 student from St. Brigid

students and promote their impor-

Catholic school, participated in the

“We want tance,”

students

Derek Ethier

students

are

not

trades are and this

said.

sure is

“Some

what the

our opportu-

show them.” was just one of many peofrom Waterloo Region District

nity to

Ethier ple

School Board

from included: electronics, robot-

Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!

for

the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship

just hate

waiting on people.”

during a

Workshops help students make career choices

tripe, that’s

cow stomach,

made

who

helped plan the

day.

Other

to

graphic design workshop.

Maciborka said she

is

interested

in fashion design. "1 just like art

and

thought

1

it

would be fun

Maggie White, a 14-year-old Grade 8 student from Lincoln Heights public school, also

school

boards involved were the Upper Grand. Wellington Catholic and Waterloo Catholic in partnership with Conestoga College. district

to

try.”

pated

in the

partici-

graphic design work-

shop and is interested in advertising. “1 want to create advertisements for newspapers,” she said. More than 500 students from

Ethier said not everyone has the opportunity to go into university and this event gives students more

events.

options.

ed to accommodate the increased

"Everyone wants to be a doctor or a lawyer but a doctor can’t use a

and

local

A

schools participated

in

the

second session has been creat-

from surrounding schools scheduled for May 17.

interest is


News

SPOKE, March

and movie

Ski

2005

7,

— Page 3

tickets

big alumni sellers By BRENT

GERHART

interaction that

comes with

ticket

sales.

Spring

The

may be

Alumni

Conestoga

approaching, but

Association

will

being a service,

Shane Hollingshead

up pieces

lines

of the cabinet

he

Chicopee and Cineplex and Galaxy tickets are not the only

and alumni four-hour lift

items available.

money,

African Lion Safari and Canada’s Wonderland tickets are scheduled to go on sale on April 30 and May respectively. Last

selling at

$21, $7 less than the

1

it

Wonderland tickets were $29 for adults. They are expected to be about the same this year. Bingeman’s Waterpark tickets are scheduled to go on sale in

has helped Chicopee

ticket sales already

surpass last

year’s total.

“Chicopee sold

June and Ontario Place, Ontario Science Centre and Sportsworld

really well,” said

“Three days before Christmas, we were hit with a bunch of snow and I couldn’t Williams.

believe

how many tickets we

HANCOCK

He

A1

said friend and teacher,

Sparling, suggested he should have

A

former graduate of the woodworking technologies program at

Conestoga College

be compet-

will

ing nationally after placing a

first in

woodworking competition

at the

run before using the

test

piece of equipment.

Sanders said, “We’re not given enough materials to do a lot of practice work.”

The machine has only one pur-

college.

A

done a

of six competitors had about nine hours to work independtotal

building cabinets from

pose, he said, and he expected

was going

work

to

it

properly.

advance, but no actual construction

Another challenge Sanders said he faced was when he ran a jig on the wrong side of one of the cabinet doors. He then had to rebuild both doors because there is a certain way they have to be done so they

of the item was permitted until the

match.

ently,

all

woodworking

scratch in the

tech-

nologies building on Feb. 19.

They were given

the drawings of

cabinet about one

the

week

in

date of the competition.

“It cost

Carlo DeFrancesco, president of

Ontario

the

chapter

Wood

Architectural

of the Manufacturers

Association of Canada

was

(AWMAC),

and said all pieces are judged in accordance at

the

contest

with the quality standards of the association.

said.

0 years. Chris Sanders, of 23, Peterborough, received a first-place cheque for $400 and will have all 1

expenses paid to attend the national competition being held on May 26, 27 and 28

in

Ottawa.

my

“That was

mistake.”

He

said he lost points because of and was quite disappointed. This was the second and last time Sanders competed in the competi-

About 50 cents from every movie

sold.”

association

of the tickets as well as Cineplex

produce such student benefits as The Welcome Home Award. Although the winter weather helped improve Chicopee ticket sales, Williams said it was not the

fee and

tickets sales to

an

employee

at

a small advantage over

some of the some

competitors because he’s had experience outside of school. “I

felt

said. “1

was confident going in.” However, he said he does not feel his work will win nationally because of a few problems he faced during the competition.

The preparation to

that is

be done before the competition

date

One

was

lacking,

Sanders

said.

However, he said the

was

last

time he

the competition he didn’t

in

finish the project within the

amount

of time given and did not win, and

he

is

happy

to say that

complete the project

nologies 21,

who

set

he did

time

this

Rachel Myers, up for the com-

amount of time

competitors are given

is

decided by

AWMAC. She said

a

few weeks

in

advance,

the association gets a highly expe-

rienced cabinetmaker to build the project the competitors will

be given. The time it takes the professional is doubled and set as the amount of time given for the competition.

competitors were on their lunch break and it turned out that it wasn’t set up properly which

Myers

caused mistakes.

student,

helped

of the machines was not set up

until

Himmelman

it

is

the

selling

become

third

year,

Williams said she hopes

this

and

go back

to normal.

“Hopefully sales will be better than

last

year,” she said.

ago

years

we had

much

rain

and

it

was

“Two

excellent

we had

weather, but last year

too

cold.”

Williams said she invites any

familiar.”

member

student, staff or alumni

in

who

sales,” said Williams.

Himmelman

usually the top

year’s weather will co-operate ticket sales will

they

“We’re already past 230

motes the education of woodworking technologies across Canada.

is

beat everything.”

find the

and

Wonderland

also

more,” she said, first year we have items, people don’t know we have them. Flowever, by the

second

for last year’s

their

tickets a little bit

AWMAC

which helps

she said, “but because of the weather, the movie tickets

tickets is helping.

we

fund,

“Wonderland

second year selling Chicopee

“We’ve marketed

put towards the alumni

sales.

selling.”

she

said

believes the fact that

said she enjoys the

unfamiliar with the office

is

to visit.

IMPROVING MEMORY

achieve that.”

same supposed

seller,”

MAKE CONNECTIONS between

petition, said the

very prepared,” Sanders

we’ve consistently been

future career.

“I’m a very detail-oriented person,” he said. “It’s a huge challenge for myself when speed is a factor.” Third-year woodworking tech-

now

same

I won, I’m he said. “I wanted to build something that represented where I come from, the college and Wiggers. I feel I didn’t

graduation. is

is

it

is

disappointed,”

around.

He

weather contingent,”

Himmelman. “When

pouring rain outside people are going to the movies instead of Chicopee, but those are the two

“but

“Despite the fact that

competition up to two years after

Wiggers Custom Furniture Ltd. in Port Perry and said he feels he had

“It’s really

“(The competition) is great for the students,” he said. “It gives a chance to see what you’ve got.” Teacher A1 Sparling also said the competition is great because it pro-

and $1 from each of

said she attributes the popularity

said

competed two years ago.

ticket

the other tickets acts as a source

said. “I’ve

tion.

so,

Students are allowed to enter the

about 45 minutes,” he

that

still

The competition has been held by AWMAC every year for more than

me

been able to learn some watching them.” Former graduate and previous winner of the competition, Kevin Clark, 23, of Whitby, attended and said his odds were on Sanders. Clark also works at Wiggers and laughed as he said, “We told him if he didn’t win he’d be sanding for the next month!” Clark said he lost the national competition by six points when he

now.

tickets are available

Monica Himmelman, development and alumni relations officer,

and Galaxy movie

stuff just

,

year Safari tickets cost $22 and

the weather.

By MELISSA

lift

to save students, staff

year and

Former student wins woodworking competition

said

because she

is

she

more

didn’t

enter

into the draft-

ing part of woodworking. “It’s

pretty

cool

though,”

she

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students, especially with the

co-operative this year than last

during the woodworking competition on

built

get to

tickets.”

Margie Williams, development and alumni relations assistant, said the weather has been more

Feb. 19 at Conestoga College.

we

weather washes away. Until Chicopee closes its doors, the alumni association continues

regular price.

(Photo by Melissa Hancock)

know

Ski Hill tickets until the winter

passes

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— SPOKE, March

7,

Commentary

2005

Governments need to take responsibility for health

care

To say the health-care system in Ontario is a disaster is an understatement. This was proven a few weeks ago by an unnecessary death that occurred in a Kitchener hospital. Patricia Vapari, a 21 -year-old university student, died after leaving a hospital’s emergency department without being seen by a physician. Vapari was told she would have to wait eight to nine hours to see a doctor for what was described as flu-like symptoms. She opted

to

go

home and a morning because of the

for the comfort of

visit to the university clinic in the

long wait.

However, by the time she was diagnosed with a meningococcal infection and given antibiotics the next day it was too late. Vapari died a short time later. We are not blaming the hospital for the death. Considering the circumstances that doctors, nurses and support staff are asked to deal with on a daily basis, we should be lucky that there aren’t more stories like Vapari’s. The death of this young woman can only serve as a reminder of how the provincial and federal governments have failed Canadians. On the day of Vapari’s visit to the emergency room there were only two doctors working. With patients totalling anywhere from 140 to 180 a day, it’s no wonder waiting times are in the seven- to nine-hour range. Our emergency room service has deteriorated so much that it can hardly be called a true emergency service anymore. What is even more disturbing is that health spending in Ontario rose by 32 per cent between 2000 and 2004. More money is not the answer to the problem, more family physicians are. In Waterloo Region alone an estimated 30,000 to 55,000 people don’t have a family doctor. All this added strain on emergency rooms and walk-in clinics leads to the longer wait times, like those experienced by Vapari, when a person is truly in need of emergency

care.

Back to the books

Students’ call for censorship shocking Ken

Hamilton

the

recently *

spoke

students

to

in

his story

cations of such a ruling

I felt

I’ll

much more

Upon based

fight is

than that of an individ-

must wage

to

my

war journal-

we

get things

larly interesting piece

about a glob-

nuclear-smuggling ring,

al

came

across a

shocking

One

column

I

figure left

me dumbfounded.

Thirty-six per cent of U.S. high-

school students believe newspapers

should

I

government

receive

reread the figure, certain

my

I

chagrin,

eyes had not failed me.

had

my

young

had minds

In 2004, the death toll rose to 53,

more than double the 2002 figure. Hundreds more were imprisoned

alarming opinion?

this

and tortured.

mind: they’re on drugs, they’re

that

false pretenses,

In North America, journalists

may

waged

a

war on

the largest debts in

American

histo-

citizens of

some

its

of their hard-won

civil rights,

their constitutionally

In

who promote moment

to consider not only the repression,

the intimidation and the threat of

bodily

harm many overseas

jour-

nalists face, but also the precarious

25 per cent have only a

situation

partially free press, according to a

North

of

American

reporters, like Peters.

2004 study by Freedom House, a to

opinion, the one-in-three

censorship should take a

to

and learned a staggering 37 per cent of countries do not have a free

non-profit

my

high-school students

immediately did some research

press, while

guaranteed

freedoms.

approve the news. I

not be fighting for their lives,

but they are struggling to protect

accumulated one of

ry and stripped

that revealed

statistics.

been mistaken. To

Letters are

when

rationale

great

These students want the same

defend their pro-

later, I

unsaid.

watchdog

eign journalists, with 43 murdered.

what

government

few days

some groups

left

was appalled.

delinquents, they’re Republicans!

fession.

A

I

Scores of possibilities ran through

ual defending his principles; rather, his case signifies the

be blunt.

America’s

a sense of grati-

man whose

tude to this

that

particularly “black year” for for-

itself.

After listening to his compelling presentation,

opinions

Reporters Without Frontiers said 2003 was a

on freedom

of the press and democracy

approval before publishing a story.

people need to die before

would prefer were

Opinion

and the impli-

structure.

How many more

ing

Ormston

Media

was perusing the Feb. 14 Canadian edition of Time magazine, reading a particu-

right?

targeted and murdered for express-

Jennifer

Conestoga College’s journalism pro-

gram about

media will be suppressed, jourworking abroad are being

nalists

the identity of a confidential source,

pledges made by Prime Minister Paul Martin and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty to reduce waiting times in hospitals. If this isn’t a wake-up smack to the head then who knows what will get these politicians actually doing something. We know there won’t be a quick fix to this problem but Martin, McGuinty and their governments need to put some form of plan into action. Patricia Vapari came into this mess of a health-care system looking for help but she all too easily fell through one of the enormous cracks that snake across the face of this less of

their

tempt of court for refusing to reveal

ists

Vapari’s death can also be used to illustrate the meaning-

Peters,

Spectator reporter charged with con-

The voices of wide need

organization dedicated

democracy and freedom.

clear,

Moreover, while many American

to

without restriction.

Those students

teenagers are hoping the voice of

journalists world-

be heard, loud and

still

have a

lot

of

learning to do.

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SPOKE, March

7,

— Page 5

2005

Death shouldn’t tear a family apart The death of a loved one doesn’t always bring a family together A family is a close-knit group of

who

people

admitted to the hospital, the only

share goals and values

and have long-term commitments one another. They should love each other and care for each other no matter what curveballs life throws at them. A family should always be close and when a tragedy

was family and

thing that mattered

to

being there for my grandfather. Unfortunately, the day came

who

when he

belongings.

left

us forever. There was

we

nothing else

could do except

endless hours at the hospital beside

er to plan the funeral

and comfort each

my

other difficult decisions. But that

think that, but

it

You would

doesn’t necessari-

My my

Recently,

away

grandfather passed

was

after a heart attack. It

we knew would

something

happen.

comforting him

grandfather,

and each

happen.

ly

At a time

When my

tered.

I

grandfather was

find

come

tear

good memories we have of him

matter.

Instead,

to an end.

my

petty could

father’s family fighting

course, to

convenient location and noticeably short one very tall,

disgustingly

messy previous room-

mate who

the reason

is

search in the

first

my

began

I

place.

As my move-in

date approached, excitement increased. It peaked as the boxes and boxes of my pos-

my

sessions slowly

contempt

my

out and

my

roommate

began pouring wine on carpet and leaving Minute Rice

increased. his

moved

for I

$180 Reebok shoes. See how high you can jump now,

at

my me

fit

several

in

Of course, in my excitement to move out, I forgot one detail. I had to physically move all those neatly

It

of

my

trips

two futons, an

of

enter-

me

Bert!

is

more

materialis-

things or remembering that someone who you care for is no longer with you. Family members should be trying to keep memories alive, not

someone who

creating horrible

new

ones.

former roommate vision for granted I’ve noticed.

They say moving encing half of a

is

fire,

and

in

the

many

Of course,

that is right.

were drowned

10th trip bringing boxes into

my

apartment, a

fire

Of to

course,

my my

Goodbye

girlfriend.

Bert,

and know

ruined one-sixth

In the end, the

Happily,

move ends

a

several-month-long chapter in my life of trying to escape my old apartment, and the beast within.

would have

rub off on

in alcohol.

the completion of this

after

the

been preferable. foul mood began

were opened and aching moving day muscles

pleted, the beers

like experi-

move was com-

beat-up subcompact Hyundai Accent.

All those trips with futon, TV and dozens of boxes down from the third floor, was repeated halfway across town, except this time it was up to a second-floor apartment. Luckily of course, I am an aristo-

and could afford my own delivery van. complete with a crew

what

money and

tic

that things so

of

that

my

you

college

experience.

CLASSIFIED

Although a hatchback, a moving

cratic

it,

shouldn’t

my

prepared packages.

in his

Money

apart.

Think about

overshadow the death

grandfather,

them

important, the

get.

really bothers

ways

tainment centre, a 27-inch TV, clothes, cookware, boxes of books, computer, a cactus and more into

Opinion

member

a pie

my shoelaces.

tie

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for: it’s low-rent, large in

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and

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everything I’ve been

is

searching

the

and how he will be missed. There should not be any arguments about who gets what and how much they should

apartment, as well as bake

new humble abode, a onebedroom apartment on Kitchener’s west end,

is

up

My

a loved one should bring the family together and not

The fam-

should pull together and share

and make

petty

especially during a time of need.

ily

who would move, unpack and set all of my belongings in my new

for a habit-

us.

let

come between them,

The death of

the

Moving sucks, but so did The saga of my quest

some-

you would

over things that just don’t matter

able living environment has finally

just lost

loved and someone

pull togeth-

beloved grandfather family apart.

my

tore

never really mat-

it

all

family should never

differences

would

my

death of

never really been an intimate one, but until now,

We

truly

how

is

like this,

not what happened.

other.

dad’s side of the family has

we

one

only wanted to see his children happy and his family in peace. I can only hope my grandfather cannot see any of this childishness.

A

don't understand

I

who meant so much to

closer together so they can cope other.

What

suffering.

think the family

It

should

have been spent on the funeral and will get my grandfather’s

this matters!

was only a matter of time before he slipped away. The family spent

it

how much

comfort each other and hope he was in a better place and no longer

should bring members

strikes

a time like this. They’re fighting

over inheritance,

van

it

If I

is not.

thought

into the

my

back of

feat of strength,

of terror on

we

sped

two kayaks little car was a

fitting

my

down

imagine the look

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7,

News

2005

Assignment based on The Apprentice Two student teams By DENISE

MULLER

A

group of second-year advertisis

Conestoga

from

students

ing

College

LRC

organized the show.

Becky

planning a trade show

Miller, 19,

who

is

Precision, said the group

ing to figure out

on Team

is still

try-

where the show

will be held.

for the technologies department as

and

part of their event marketing

“It’s

sponsorship class.

Fourteen of the 3 1 students are

in

for

show

the midst of organizing the

show show off

kind of like a

students to

network

their skill sets,

Tech at Work, which will showcase the talents of the computer programmer analyst, software engineering technician and electricalled

engineering

cal

technician

with the employers

show

The

which

event,

4 from 3

will

be held

and have

skills.’”

programs

three

The

year now,

which

in its

is

has also never

(Learning Resource Centre),”

An

awards show, which is part of Tech at Work, will probably be held at the back of the LRC because the students need to find space for 150 people to stand, and it’s ready for any electronic equip-

ment requirements.

“(The technologies department) thinks they want it to be in the Blue Room and then in the back of the

Defence

said fac-

high school faculty, counsel-

Great opportunities make all the difference

The theme for the gala is an enchanted forest and tickets will

April.

cost $25.

second-year advertising

the

Trudy Koen, 23,

ment that

is

program work placeand is on the team

recruiter

organizing the gala.

program

advertising

about.

is

all

This sort of learning

is

referred to as experiential learning,

She said people from the adverindustry, work placement employers, Conestoga College president John Tibbits, the alumni

which means

learn

to

through

projects and working with clients

program

and getting the experience though you were in a real work

kind of like a show for stu-

show

dents to

said Victoria Bugdal, 20,

will be the

Friday that

team leader

run like the

is

first-year

students and anyone

is

invited.

for the

ting,” said

having fun with

what makes us

for stu-

this

is

make

to

sure things get

Wendy

sure everything is

is

Vasco, to

make

a part-time teacher at the

many people

so

involved in a group event.

about

how

trying

to

different idea

should be run and just

it

co-ordinate

everything

into one, flowing, cohesive idea

is

a

sometimes.”

Rossignol said

one gets a All the

money needed to run the come from sponsorships

and other available funds.

it’s

a great experi-

Koen

said she thinks the event

$5,000 to $6,000 and each person in the class is responsible for obtaining $100. fun with

it,”

we’re doing

Viva Vasco.

event

taste

of the different

roles that are being played.

“There’s

so

learning that

will cost about

what makes

half of the second-

works, especially

ence, particularly because every-

own events

The other

how the process when there are

“Everybody has a is

student

and marketing company called

college and also has her

all

definitely valuable

it is

but also really frustrating to see

little difficult

“Basically,

up-to-date.

we’re doing

Trudy Koen,

gala will

up

think

going to happen.”

hit reali-

is

I

and then the event

The Apprentice. “We have a boardroom meeting

it

it.

this exciting

as set-

Bugdal.

She said

“Basically, we’re really

ty series

Vasco

advertising

who

off their skill sets,

network with the employers and show that, ‘yeah, I have these

teacher,

I

much think

I

that

you’re

never would

have learned just reading a

text-

book,” she said. The students have to budget, advertise and promote the events.

we’re really having

They

said Koen. “I think

location to host the event, dealing

are also in charge of finding a

this exciting for us is

with the media, designing and post-

and then the

ing any necessary signage and cre-

all

this

is going to happen. “We’re going to see the hard

ating and sending out any invitations or mail-outs.

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Organizing the events as part of a assignment is what

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the students to

with salary while

the

is

ported or helped the advertising

Throughout the week

for,

who

are doing,” said Rossignol.

she said.

a number

a second-year

association,

nating everything for that week,”

in

is

student

advertising

we go over what we’ve done and every week there will be a different leader co-ordi-

specialists

of

students, to be held at the end of

for

every Friday and

We’re looking

this feeling

success.”

“Basically, instead of sitting in a classroom and being taught the theory of something, we’re actually

dents have a three-hour class every

formidables font toute la difference

something and

into

doing.

do their co-op terms. Bugdal said the second-year

Des possibilites

Awards Gala

turn

tising

next six weeks, while the students

nationale

ing an Advertising

work

we’re going to have

and small- and medium-sized business owners will be invited to Tech at Work. “The purpose is for people in the industry to see what (the students)

who

Defense

also a

is

lors

skills,’” National

called Phoenix Event

is

advertising

Amanda Rossignol, 19, member of the group. She ulty,

year class

Marketing, and they are organiz-

she said.

“It’s

all

together.

advertising program,

student

been

to 7 p.m., has

held in the past, but never with

third

I

Victoria Bugdal,

dents.

May

that, ‘yeah,

these

stu-

on the best trade show or awards gala

vie to put

in

votre diplome.

store for you.

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(Photo by Denise Muiler)

From

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Miller, 19,

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gather information

for

the Tech at

Work

Amanda

trade show.

Rossignol, 19, and Becky


News Former MuchMusic VJ visits Thursday By

RYAN CONNELL

many ers

organization

period this Thursday.

represents

Stroumboulopoulos, hosts his

who now

own prime-time news and

current affairs program on the

The Hour,

CBC

be talking about his experience working at MuchMusic and his new television program. called

will

Conestoga Students event

programmer

Jiminez,

who

is

(CSI)

Inc.

Nichole

responsible

for

to

school

can charge Stroumboulopoulos anywhere from $2,000 to $100,000 per visit. Jiminez said the type of guest speakers that CSI books depends on what other events they have scheduled during the month. A Battle of the Bands event was originally scheduled for the same week, but was cancelled due to low

guest speakers,

Several celebrity guest speakers have already visited the

thinks

Stroumboulopoulos’s visit will be a good educational experience for “Students are definitely interest-

music here and he has a very strong music background with his old job at MuchMusic,” Jiminez ed

Sanctuary

this

in

visiting the Sanctuary'.

Hypnotist Tony Lee will make his last appearance at Conestoga

how

to return

your family, personal or

list

of twenty questions to determine

how often do you go back to try to

Have you claimed

to win

money that you

and win more? These are just some

how gambling

is

recuperate what you lost

really lost?

Do

p

ever hide

do you have a strong urge

indications that gambling is

a problem

in

your life.

p

talk to

runner-up

Jiminez said they deal with an organization called the National Speakers Bureau (NSB) to book guest speakers. NSB provides

package deals depending on

interfere with

betting slips or lottery tickets from your family? After winning,

and The Bachelor Jamie Blyth.

year on April 6 and CSI’s endof-the-year luau party will take place on April 21. this

a harmless means of entertainment, but gambling

life.

the day before?

If

casting program in Toronto.

in

feels like

affecting you. For example,

T,

CSI has several other events planned for March and April. They will host a Mardi Gras party in the evening on March 24, and they will have a week of comedy beginning March 28 with several comedy acts

Bom

it

Gamblers Anonymous has a

Stefan Brogren and Pat Mastroianni from Degrassi High,

Toronto and raised in Rexdale, Ont. and Malton, which is located northwest of Toronto, Stroumboulopoulos is a graduate of Humber College’s radio broad-

said.

— Page 7

year including for-

mer MuchMusic VJ Master

students.

many

becomes a problem when the behaviour begins to

Some of the speakers the

participation.

she

2005

COUNSELLOR’S CORNER: Problem Gambling

everywhere. For

in a year.

organizing events and bringing in said

7,

Casinos, video lottery terminals, Proline, lottery tickets: the opportunities to gamble are

speak-

you want book with-

Former MuchMusic VJ George Stroumboulopoulos will be visiting the Sanctuary at Conestoga College to speak with students and conduct a question-and-answer

SPOKE, March

well

are worried that your level of gambling

is

no longer fun and you need help to stop,

a counsellor. Special community programs for people with gambling problems as

as self-help groups are available

gambling can destroy your

life.

in

our area. Like other addictions, problem

Sadly, that’s

one thing

p

can bet on.

A Message from Student Services Visit

our website http://www.conestocfac.oaca/fsp/sfsefv/fn(fex.fep


Page 8

— SPOKE, March

7,

News

2005

(Photo by lim Murphy)

A

student gasps

in

shock as he plunges

into the freezing cold

kiddie pool.

(Photo by Ryan Connell)

The

cold water brought immediate chills to the stu-

dents this

his

:

who

participated

student (above)

swimming

in

who

the Polar Plunge, such as slid

down

the slide wearing

trunks. (Photo by Tim Murphy)

Tiiffr

Student Dan Dampier Âť

the air

in

(left)

throws his hands up

in

victory after jumping into the kiddie pool.


News

SPOKE, March

(Photo by Ryan Connell)

Students crowd around the slip-and-slide and kiddie pool that were set up beside the pond this year. The ice on the pond was too thin to walk on which prevented students from being able to plunge { into

it

*'"

>s

in

'X

v-w

(Photo by Tim Murphy)

/

a Spoke wedding, gown. ^

First-year student

r ’

y )'

— Page 9

(Photo by Kristen McMurphy)

(Photo by Tim Murphy) First-year public relations student Dolly Phan (above and centre), a CSI self-serve employee, jumps out of the cold water

dressed

2005

Students watch from the balcony behind the school that overlooks the pond as students jump into the freezing cold water at the 24th annual Polar Plunge. All of the money raised was donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

this year.

'rfteji

7,

pool. (Photo by R)

•yv

Lauren Kelterborn grimaces

Third-year marketing student Jessica Wismer (above and centre) adjusts her Spoke wedding gown as she hops out of the kiddie

in

shock as she slides on her

belly

down

the slip-and-slide.


Feature

A game with Love, war By MELISSA

and

HANCOCK

have made the game of chess what

religion

been encouraging more

You sank my

battleship!

Pop

women

to

of triumph from childhood games that

still

on the shelves

linger today

There is another game that has not been forgotten, but has perhaps been neglected, and has a universally identifiable call of victory.

Checkmate! Chess is definitely a popular game

among people of all age groups, but when was the last time you saw a commercial on TV for a chess set? All year round there are flashy ads for games that come with CD ROMs, or have buttons to press and make sounds, or are considered to have more educational value than any other game on the market. Some people are unaware of the significance behind the

game of chess and how

beneficial

can be for the mind. Kings, castles and dirty

little

it

ras-

known as pawns, all on the game board, but

otherwise

cals,

have a place also have a place in history.

talked about facts can inspire just

about anyone to play the game.

McDonald,

of

the

Kitchener- Waterloo chess club and organizer of a chess tournament held Feb.

1

ple at

He

20

8 to

said the all

at

Kitchener City Hall,

game can be

great for peo-

and analytical thinking for people any age.

at

People with Alzheimer’s could

may

find

it

helps them

concentrate for longer periods of time, he said.

At the same time, a child or adult with Attention Deficit Disorder could find

it

same way. school it was only

helps in the

“When I was in who played chess,” McDonald said, “but now, more and geeks

more regular Joes

A

thumb he people should remember is to

word checkmate is derived from an Arabic word meaning dead.

women who enjoy

In fact,

is

should be the the

game

the

Don’t forget that the strongest, most deadly piece on the board is the queen! For the first 500 years, she didn’t exist as a piece on the board. In Yalom’s book she explains that it wasn’t until around the year 990 that the queen came into play. She writes that a battle for higher status between two empresses in a European kingdom, mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, Thephano and Adelaide, made for two figures who could have been models for the

game

in place of the queen, but

eventually got

moved

when

aside

queen was introduced on the board and made her way up the food chain in the kingdom. She would assist the king in some of his most important and difficult decisions he had to make. “The chess queen brought femithe

nine essence to the game,” wrote, adding

it

the

to

game

many

for

it.

At one point, they tried to ban the game, she states, because it used to be a game of chance and the church disliked

all

games of chance.

Chess used

it

is

today

which we can now expefrom the comfort of our living

moves can wait. Whether you are seven or 75, there is no reason not to play the game of chess. Even if you see it as boring, try to remember that even before the

life battles

tenth century, people fought the real-

and precise thinking.

rience

rooms.

Even a half an hour can refresh mind and set it on a path of new

the

be played with dice,

to

which piece was moved.

Yalom stated the people of the church saw the white pieces on the board as the pieces of God and saw the black pieces on the board as the

pieces of the devil. But,

by making

of strategy,

it

the

game

into

one

could no longer be

banned.

The church was further mollified by creating two new valuable pieces for each side of the board

-

the bish-

These replaced the elephants that were once used, according to Yalom, when the church came to play a more significant role in the ops.

lives

of people in society.

The world of chess

is

definitely

an intriguing place for the minds of anyone, but you have to pick up those pieces and challenge yourself

piece.

A vizier, or right-hand-man to the was

to learn the art of a

Sometimes, when it is

game. first starting out,

easier to keep a cheat-sheet

on

remember how each piece moves on the board. That is probably one of the more tedious parts, but after that’s memorized, it’s smooth sailing from there. The fancy hand

to

(Photo by Melissa Hancock)

University of Waterloo student Angel Xia takes her time before

making a move at the Kitchener-Waterloo chess club tournament on Feb. 19 at City Hall.

Yalom

reversed traditional roles.

The inclusion of women, Yalom in the book, brought the element of love and courtship to

states

game

the

as well. Several carvings

have been discovered of a man and woman playing a game of chess and it is clear that some articles of clothing were removed during the course of the game. “Chess provided an excuse for lovers to meet in the intimacy of gardens and boudoirs where they

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when buying luggage

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luggage I'm going to take. focus

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everything

is

go on vacation the

I

think about

I

7,

my

1

usu-

old black duffle

bag on wheels and throw as much my belongings in it as can. But after talking with Krystal Snider, a of

I

sales

representative at

Fairview Mall.

Bentley

in

might put more thought into my luggage when go on vacation this summer. 1

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Luggage

actually an important

is

on vacation, but

part of going

it’s

usually given the least thought.

"You don’t want to spend money on something that is going to break the

very

time you

first

use

it,”

Snider said.

The

first

thing you should think

when buying luggage is what you need. The standard lug-

about size

gage sizes are 30 inch. 26 inch and 20 inch. A 30 inch is recommended for one person who is going away for two weeks or two people going away for one week. A 26 inch is for a person who is going away for one week and a 20 inch is for a week-

end or overnight trip. A 20-inch luggage can also be used as a carry-on on an airplane. However, different airlines accept different sized carry-ons.

Krystal Snider, a Bentley sales representative, stuffs herself into a 30-inch luggage to sheets,” said Snider.

“Make sure you contact your airline

“The higher

the number, the better the quality.”

handles missing. The airports can really destroy the luggage,” she said.

and get the correct measurements. There is nothing worse then packing

Snider points out anything 600 denier or under will most likely not

a carry-on and then being told you have to check it in,” Snider said.

stand up to the abuse airlines tend

Sometimes even the best luggage damaged when it comes off the baggage carousel. This is why a

to put bags through.

warranty

“A piece with 600 denier has about the strength of a backpack

come

Once you know what

size you want you should take note of the

strength of the luggage.

The

stan-

dard suitcase has a strength of 1 ,200 denier,

which means there are 1,200

stitches per square inch rial.

There

is

of the matesome luggage with a

2,400 denier or is

1

,680 nylon, which

equivalent to 2,400 denier. “It’s

like

a

thread

count

on

and a backpack

will definitely not

hold up in an airport,” she said. Snider said she has seen some really

damaged

suitcases

come

into

her store to be repaired.

huge gashes down the back, wheels broken in half, material ripped right off and zippers and “I’ve seen

is

so important. Warranties in one-, three-, five- and 10is

year coverage and generally the higher the warranty the better the luggage. Most warranties will cover manufacturing defects such as zippers breaking, wheels falling off or the pull handle getting stuck. They don’t usually cover airline damage

though because the airlines are supposed to cover that for you.

“You want to make sure the store you buy from honours the warran-

No

point in getting a 10-year warranty if the store is not going to

ty.

it is

A zipped-in pull important so that the handle doesn’t come lose and get damluggage. is

aged during the flight. A hard back and reinforced sides help keep the frame from being damaged when luggage handlers throw it around. Inside the luggage, a wet-dry bag useful so

you can

poo and

if

store

is

your sham-

explodes during the it doesn’t get all over your clothes. A shoe compartment keeps shoes from being loose in your bag. it

flight,

A

laundry bag for last-minute dirty laundry and a hanger spot in case

you have a

suit that

you don’t want

wrinkled are just some of the other features some luggage offers.

You can which hold

is

also use a garment bag, specifically designed to

suits.

Most

already have a piece of black luggage, Snider has some suggestions

make it stand “You can always

that will

be

(Photo by Jennifer Howden)

terns

will

comes

off

the

baggage carousel

at the airport.

the colour.

In the past, black

is

has

been the most popular luggage colour but, unfortunately, this

makes

it

hard to find your bag

bright

on

will work. Just

do anything you can to make your luggage unique so you aren’t waiting forever at the carousel going ‘is that one mine?’ or ‘is this one mine?”’ she said. And, of course, the price is

The

important.

mostly depends on the brand name and the features

it

price

has. isn’t

always necessarily the best luggage. You should shop ar ound and see who has the best deals. In my opinion, spending $200 on a piece of luggage

way

too much, you can get much better deals out there,” Snider said. is

Locking your luggage sonal

choice.

Most

is

a per-

airlines

like

when

A 29-inch lug-

lightly as possible and only packing the things you need. Try leaving appliances like hairdryers and

hotels have

stickers

home because most

them

available.

having problems fighting all your belongings into your suitcase you can use what’s called a Packmate. A Packmate is a kit that If you’re

provides reusable storage bags that let

you

roll the air

so you have

up

more

out of bulky items space.

The

kit cre-

75 per cent more space. After you are all packed you should consider taking some accessories to ates

to

make your

travelling a

more

little

comfortable, convenient and safe. If you’re in for a long flight consider purchasing a travel pillow to keep

your neck supported during your little in-flight nap. Also, an eye mask can help stop the sun, the lights, the inflight movie and the other travellers from keeping you awake. You can

unlocked luggage because it’s easier for them to do baggage checks. However, you don’t want anyone to

the

steal

anything from it. Snider suggests using twist ties or heavy-duty

noisy people from waking you. Bringing along a little travel alarm

plastic ties, like the ones used to keep price tags on merchandise, from Canadian Tire. This way it’s easy for airlines to get in and if they cut them off, you won’t have wasted money on a lock. There are also locks available that have a universal code so the airline can open the lock if they need to instead of

clock can help you adjust yourself to your destination’s time before getting

it

you’ve bought your lug-

gage the next step is to pack. The airlines have weight restrictions on how heavy your checked-in and carry-on luggage can be. Failing to result in

age

some

also purchase

hefty fines.

The

aver-

weight restrictions are 70 pounds for checked-in luggage and 22 pounds for carry-on. It’s tricky to pack under the weight restrictions because suitcases are already heavy

some earplugs

to

keep

humming of the airplane and

there, eliminating

any possible

the

jetlag.

There are many things to help keep you organized and your belongings safe while on vacation.

A

passport/plane ticket holder

will help

keep

all

your documents

together.

Money

off.

that

pack under the restrictions can

other thing that can help you

decide on what luggage to buy

luggage decorated with crazy patterns. The pathelp you find your luggage faster and easier when it

a

curling irons at

Now

time so they know you’ll bringing a garment bag.

off

tie

they are empty.

gage weighs between 15 and 17 pounds, a 26-inch weighs between 12 and 14 pounds and a 20-inch can weigh between 10 and 12 pounds. Snider recommends packing as

Even slapping some

cutting

ol

Snider shows

out.

when

fit' into if*

colour ribbon on it or use a luggage strap which helps you identify it.

airlines will allow

to take the

One

red, blue

or green luggage as well as luggage with flower or swirl patterns. If you

garment bag on as a carry-on, especially if it is something really important like a wedding dress. Call your airline ahead

you

more towards

“The most expensive luggage

There are many other features that you can look for when buying well-

made

on the carousel. Today, people

are leaning

help you out,” Snider said.

handle

show how much you can

They wear

belts are also very useful.

pouches that you can around your waist or around your neck. They are very thin and fit neatly under your clothing so you can keep your money and important identification close to you, minimizing theft. “There is so much out there that are

either

Help make your vacation go more smoothly,” said Snider. “All you have to do is look around. You'll will

be surprised with what you’ll

find.


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By JASON

bird,

SONSER

Vilon took the initiative to

They’ve been a phenomenon for They’ve told tales of superheroes who were faster than a speeding bullet, who swing from skyscraper to skyscraper and who had superhuman abilities. Comic books have indulged the imagination of millions over the years. They’re also responsible for decades.

many

stores dedicated to providing

people with their comic desires.

There are many stores area

which

a plane,

it’s

in the

K-W

are either fully comic-

book based or have comic books as a main component. Gemini Jetpack, located at 255 King St. N., Unit 6, is a unique store that has a vast comic book selection. Their main seller, however, is anime (Japanese anima-

start

Gemini Jetpack as a business, and Wendy Reyn became involved as a co-owner shortly after. The store opened on Jan. 2, 2002. Vilon said during the first year or anime, comics and gaming

so,

were

split fairly

evenly in terms of

the products that were in the store.

“Now

gaming has fallen a little bit, comics are still increasing, but anime is running away with market-share as far as. what we the

have,” he said.

Although the main focus of Gemini Jetpack is the renting and selling of anime, Vilon said Gemini

and

and story style than the North American comic books. “One reason is that they come in graphic-novel formats,

story each

action figures,

a kids’ line his store

what the

is

store

tries

to

offer.

“That

includes

comic

posters,

books, T-shirts,

anything related to (that) and a high-level

of customer service,”

Vilon said. Vilon also said he was dissatisfied

job he was in and he figured he could start a comic book and in the

of a

and every month,” he

“One of the major

anime, gaming and collectibles like

which

sort

book where they can elaborate on the storyline more than the typical $3.50 North American comic, where you get a slice of the thicker

you’ll

includes pop-culture collectibles,

book,”

the

Vilon said manga has become very popular in recent years because it has a different writing

mainstream when it comes to the comic books his store sells. Those include comics by DC, Marvel, Image, Dream Wave and Dark Horse. There are also independent comics like Cerebus and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac by Slave Labor Graphics. Vilon said the most popular-selling comics Gemini Jetpack sells are the Marvel and DC comics. The least popular comics were those in

Jetpack, said the sign on his store

notice

typically

is

differences

black-and-white,

having the anime-style

character designs and things like that.”

Both Vilon and Reyn said best-selling

manga

their

are the Fruits

Basket, Inuyasha, Berserk, Rurouni

Kenshin and Hellsing manga. Vilon said the store of the North

units

more American

“Marvel brought out some kids’ books and DC has some kids’ books, so we thought we’d bring in to introduce new readers to comics, but they didn’t go as well as expected,” he said.

terms of running the store. don’t have to worry about our boss coming down on us, (but)

them

The

in

comic books.

the

“We pride ourselves on having each and every cover showing. We’ve had a lot of compliments on

and sometimes you sit down and you wonder how you ever make

said.

that, in that

store has a

the

it

comic wall

covers

shows a

that

of various

lot

of the

axt.

behind-the-scenes role as opposed to Vilon.

running Gemini Jetpack has been one of learning.

“If someone were to come in here with a comic question, I’d be lucky if I could find it on the wall,” Reyn

going through over again,” he

you asked me where income tax receipts are from our last quarter, I could tell you that.”

He added they get a lot of knowledgeable people in the store. “Every aspect of our store has

said, “but if

it’s

very challenging.

(It’s

been) a

crash course in reality as far as little

at

Gemini Jetpack

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said a lot of the customers

loyal.

all

things behind the scenes,

any money,” she said. Reyn said she plays

Reyn

who shop

was

“I think the first year

the

“We

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Jason Vilon and Wendy Reyn, co-owners of Gemini Jetpack, have a wall of comics in their store so customers can easily browse for their favourite titles.

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me,” she says.

and an occasional lunch

DES POSSIBILITES DE CARRIERES

the

“It’s a much more slow-paced way of living out there,” Bramburger says of Lake Louise. She’s 40 minutes from the nearest grocery store or

well. After a tiring day’s work, she

PART-TIME CAREER

to

with other employees of the hotel. “I’ve heard nightmare stories about roommates and they scared

call.

-

hill

and computer room where

from Regina

LA RESERVE DE L’ARMEE DE TERRE

the

of concerns but her strongest reservation was knowing she would be sharing a dorm-style apartment list

natural people-lover

ARMY RESERVE

down

Indoors, there’s the employee

in the hotel’s

THE CANADIAN FORCES

build an ice castle on the middle of frozen Lake Louise or to toboggan

terly cold climate

recalls.

“It’s just

live

Banff,

the

is

great but she has the

fun outdoors.

It's

not

most

uncommon

to

school-mode, but for now she's perfectly content doing what she’s doing.


Sports

SPOKE, March

Women’s team starting to come together

7,

2005

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2005

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also

students

Marlene Ford,

women’s

The

extramural

the

the

at

college.

athletic director at

recreation centre,

also

helps

Condors hockey team is starting to into its own. Conestoga hosted an eight-team

with the coaching as well as playing goalie for the team.

tournament Feb.

ing the

come

rocky

1

8,

but got off to a

McMaster

against

start

Michelle Guy was the lone goal scorer with Terri Ford assisting. During the second game against Sheridan College the team started 5-1.

losing

University,

to get things

moving

in the right

direction.

Dan Twomey, one the

es, said

team

of four coach-

really started to

“We seemed we

was

like

something clicked

and the team started to come

With

win,

that

the

Although the team

Rounding out the coaching Jeff Jones,

staff

Scott Foster and

Ryan Howe. All four coaches

are

Condors

moved onto the semifinals Durham College.

together.”

are

game,” said Ford, “but

first

definitely played better as the

day wore on.” Conestoga went on to win the second game 4-3, with Laura Ketterborn and Cortney Zettler each scoring. Guy added her second and third of the tournament as well as picking up an assist. Laura Sferrazza and Danielle Blackstock assisted on two goals each.

play well during the second game. “It

pretty nervous dur-

to face

lost 2-0, the

Durham

scored on Condors fought back but were unable to get the puck girls

played well.

the first shift but the

past the goalie. the best

“The

game

the

said

it

was

team has played.

played awesome just couldn’t beat their

girls really

we

but

Twomey

goalie.”

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live simply that simply live. Stop being such a consumer! Did you

may

others

need to buy the last five you have purchased? Help someone else with your money. really

An

empty-netter sealed the deal, forcing Conestoga out of the tournament.

Durham went on

things

Being candid and honest

a

is

you have. But there’s a difference between being truthful and being brash. Your choice of words is key to very valuable

trait that

keeping the peace.

to lose 3-0 to

Fanshawe College in the finals. Ford also said the team played well and added, “We have only played one game together since November, unlike most of the other teams, who have been in a tournament or two already this year.”

Twomey

— Page 15

tournament

said this

was a good step forward for the team and everyone is eager to see what they can do the next time out. The Condors next tournament will be hosted by Seneca College on March 18.

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get the better

on the

you

inside

sunshine

will look

and

and

out.

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warm

all

goodness. The more rays you

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feel

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let

(Photo by Kate Battler)

The Conestoga Condors women’s extramural hockey team used a tournament 18 to improve their team chemistry on the ice.

focused on the task save play time for

at the college, Feb.

work

You

your sexual urges rule

your mind and direction.

Stay

hand and

at

If

later.

you

have more time

first you'll

are just going to have to

wait a

little,

because as

be patient.

coming

are

your

Things

way.

Just

not happening as fast

it's

you would

like doesn't

mean

it

,

New By

to

be positive, even Arturs Irbe,

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender was a day for the ages. No, not when National HockeyLeague (NHL) commissioner Gary Bettman announced the NHL to be the first North American profesIt

.

sional sport to cancel a season

Feb. 16, but talks to

when

on

the league held

“uncancel” the season on

New York City. Although the 2004-’05 season was cancelled three days earlier, Phoenix Coyotes owner Wayne Gretzky and Pittsburgh Penguins centre/owner Mario Lemieux were rumoured to be getting together to spearhead talks to try and put together a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), Feb. 19, in

allowing for a shortened 28-game season.

Gretzky initially denied on The Fan 590 that he was meeting with Lemieux.

On

Feb.

18, reports that a deal

that included a $45-million salary cap between the NHL and the

National

Hockey League

Association

(NHLPA) had

Players’

already

been agreed to, in principle, brought the hockey world to life. With the NHL and NHLPA’ s “big guns” meeting, the signs continued

and

NHLPA

executive committee

member, flew

in

from Latvia for

the meeting.

Kiprusoff,

Calgary

the

Aki

and

goaltender,

Flames Berg,

a

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman,

were pulled from league

game

their

overseas

and David Aebischer, the Colorado Avalanche goaltender, packed his belongings and was awaiting word from the meetings. Reports were running wild. At about 3 p.m., The Fan 590 reporter Howard Burger, who was on the outside of the talks, stated satellite trucks were being set up outside the building and a 6 p.m. press conference was being scheduled by the NHL. To further add to the suspense, ESPN, who may have threatened to pull the plug on covering the NHL, reported a

to avoid injury

new

CBA deal was NHL season

It

year

all

progress.”

The meeting was supposed

to

NHL

signify the day the

and its season was saved, but not even two of the greatest players of all-time, Gretzky and Lemieux, could bring an agreement. fans

may have

ridden

rollercoaster of emotions

long, but on Feb.

coaster

A

July 23

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August

January 20 February 18

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22

was taken

19,

to

all

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it

has to

offer.

life

are

of convincing.

shell takes a lot

It

won't hurt you and you'll feel better about yourself if you try.

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Virgo

If you're lookin' for big money, you have a strange way of doing it. The surefire way to get big money is to save big money. Show some restraint and put your

pennies

Matthew Good said you have had another day of decomposing light in a world called catastrophe. This is not going to stay around long; things will get much better after this week.

away

already.

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August 23 September 22

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February 19

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March 20

OK,

so Prince Harry wouldn't

attend

your birthday party or Cheer up; your

Paris Hilton's.

birthday will be out

all that

awesome withHave a

celeb hoopla.

small gathering of close friends instead.

season

the roller-

new

heights. .

over. This time, the

for good.

and someleave your

You

times timid and to

Fans that followed the discussions

was over

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Aquarius

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;

a

would soon be underway. finally gotten their

Leo

'

at all.

for,

and the walls, once again, came crashing down. Less than an hour after the 6 p.m. press conference report, NHL and NHLPA representatives began to exit the meeting, and a somber feeling was cast upon the hockey world. The positive reports that had been broadcast constantly throughout the day were false, an agreement had not been reached, there would be no press conference and the two words fans dreaded were heard, there had been “no

NHL

won't happen

hit,

and rumours closely had their hopes dashed in an instant, it was

had

_

appeared to be the day hockey

fans had been waiting

“eminent,” and an

NHL fans

'0Z

p

wish, the 2004- ’05 season would take place after all. Or would it?

but reality

As talks progressed and all outgoing reports were optimistic, the hockey world held its breath. Early in the day, Roger’s Sportsnet reported Miikka

end of the day.

hope

talks brought false

BRENT GER HA RT

for fun at the

NHL

season

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Janet Morris

is

a 2nd-year journalism

student in tune with the universe.


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