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Monday, January 23, 2006

Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.

www.conestogac.on.ca/spoke

No

38th Year

3

Residence holds memorial for student By TOM KALBFLEISCH

end of

class.

"On

On

10 at 8 p.m. family and

Jan.

the days that we had class 6:30 p.m. he would always be

until

friends of 19-ycar-old William Walker gathered for a memorial in his honour at Conestoga College’s

loved everything about

residence.

gram.”

Walker was a working technology student

who

On

Will

Walker

South Caradoc home.

my

exploring

my

by

most devot-

ed students." said Mark Forgeron, a

woodworking

in the

the

pro-

search of

in

pro-

first

name,"

ed on calling

me

Friends spoke

at

the memorial,

"It is because of his kindness and devotion that he showed in class that I have a more positive feeling

with him. did well,” remarked the

towards teaching."

ing professor. in

insist-

Mr. Forgeron.”

remembering

Walker spent many long hours

laughed

Forgeron. “Instead, he always

gram.

woodworking area of

unknown

the

through books, said Forgeron. “He is the only student in my 16 years of teaching here not to call me

in

"Will was one of professor

Walker was always

and

4,

died

peacefully

absolutely

just

related books. When he was not woodworking he was enjoying the more pleasant side of life, including colouring, playing with Lego

with

Jan.

remarked

leave,"

“Will

reading philo.sophical and fanta.sy-

anything went with

that

to

last

Forgeron.

the truth and he spent a lot of time

program

the

and

his

wood-

was

enthralled

it.

first-year

the

the time they shared

“Whatever Will Walker

did,

he

woodwork-

“He always wanted

to

make

lege and could always be found

sure that any work he did, he did right. That’s how 1 will remember

working on projects

him.”

the

the col-

right until the

New

First-year public relations students, from left, Avery Morris, Randy Bleasdale and Meg Lagrotta, admire a poster of actor Johnny Depp at the Imaginus Poster Sale in the Sanctuary on Jan. 10. Celebrity prints are always a big seller at the sale held on campus every year.

CSI president lobbying to save bus route used by students

Cadillac stolen

from campus HANCOCK

lot

security

around the Doon campus is diffiand it is hard to prevent people from going too fast. The roads of the campus don’t

College, said a security representa-

fall

By MELISSA

(Photo by Benjamin Richmond)

‘Depp’ in thought

By

ADAM HANNON

“Since

The holiday season was quiet for services at Conestoga

tive.

However, John Tribe said on Tuesday of the first week back to school, a vehicle was stolen from Lot 3. The name of the owner could not be given, but he said Waterloo regional police were called in to 1

investigate the theft of a brand new,

white, Cadillac Escalade. In these types of incidents. Tribe

said security services

works on the

case, as well as the police, and, “the

odds

are probably relatively

good

the vehicle will be recovered.”

He

said

under the Highway Act’s rules and regulations and so. Tribe said, radars cannot be implemented, but, if an extreme case of road misuse is identified, a student can be denied

most cases, stolen vehicles are only used for “joy riding” and are usually picked up a short time later where has been dumped. In

it

ing” and are usually picked up a

dumped. However,

where

it

has been

the vehicle has been

The

Doon campus.

61, are

along with five other

The funny

5.

thing wa§. Tribe said,

one

that

was a snowplow

that

the vehicle ahead of the

council approves the recom-

mendations, the routes would be eliminated in June.

Falconer said the route

because

it

very

is

who

use

helps them to get to

back routes for users who don’t have any other choice,” he said.

had just finished plowing and sand-

other options. For the most part,

ing the roads.

the students could afford to

depends on the purpose

When

“A

lot

of those students don’t have

Anyone with information about the vehicle can call security servic-

said, they are likely to get written

would be a huge inconvenience

es at 748-5220, ext. 3357.

up under the Student Code of

a

In said,

stolen for,” Tribe said.

other security

“We cannot

news. Tribe

legislate

common

sense,” referring to people speed-

ing around the

He

campus roadways.

said regulating drivers’ speed

Conduct.

He focus

main protect everybody, and

said security services’ is

to

reminding everyone that “speed kills” goes hand in hand with that.

much

lost

time,”

said

Falconer said eliminating the 61 lot

of students.

He

suggested

eliminating

it,

that

major

instead

studying.

can see their concern with the because it’s not busy at all,” he said. “But it’s the only thing we have so they can’t close it without “I

engineering technologist

route,

student, waits for the Preston

Route 61 bus.

leaving students stranded.”

Andrew Rees trical

is

Rees suggested that Route 61 be changed to include another major stop, such as Fairview Mall in

a first-year elec-

engineering technologist stu-

dent

at the college,

the

61

to

get

and he relies on to and from

him

Kitchener.

“Without the 61, I would have to the lExpress or 52 up to

Since he would have to do more

between buses, he said

it

would probably be a bigger hassle the buses were not on time.

if

v

this

would

He added that including the mall on Route 61 would also lighten the loads on Route 10, the often overfull buses which run between the mall and the college. “I hope they keep the route open

the school,” said Rees.

transfers

said

61.

take

it

stops, such

He

probably increase ridership on the

school most days.

of

as Sportsworld, in order to bring in

more passengers.

trical

Adam Hannon)

first-year elec-

He said he would have to leave home earlier to get to school, and he would arrive home later as well.

for

they could reroute

to include other

(Photo by

Andrew Rees, a

I

don’t always have lots of time for

Fairview Mall, then backtrack to

they would have already.”

car,

was

if

buy a

people draw attention to themselves on the road. Tribe

it

pretty

is

Rees. “Between work and school

lost control

“It really

crowded, so he schoolwork then. “Time on the bus during the day

number of passengers.

are not so good.

for parts

study on the bus,

it’s

sengers a day. If

I

work,” he said.

Route 61 has an average of 70 pas-

and taken to a “chop shop,” the odds of finding it stolen

when

rarely does any

placements and study groups. “They’re talking about cutting

of Door

difficult to

council because they ferry a below

school and work, as well as their

in front

it

especially

lost control

Nov. 24, a student

finds

being considered for

elimination by Waterloo regional

average

at

I wanted to put the same amount of hours in, I would have to work later.” Rees added that spending more time on the bus would also take away from his studying. He said he

Route 61, the only bus route running from Cambridge to Conestoga College’s

after

takes to get

“If

lobbying to save

is

it

school the less time

have to spend

decision.

Justin Falconer

of his car and slid up onto the side-

walk if

making a bad

is

it,

On

home from

Conestoga

important to the students

vehicles are only used for “joy ridshort time later

of

president

routes,

most cases, stolen

in

The

Students Inc. said regional council

the privilege of bringing a vehicle to school.

work part-time

I

school, the longer

cult

for ,

my

sake, as well as others,” said

Rees. “I’m sure they will

come up

with an alternative that everyone

can live with.”


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News

— SPOKE, January 23, 2006

Now deep thoughts ...with Random

Financial students fundraise

Conestoga College

questions answered by

What was your in

random students

By JON YANEFF

When

favourite song

2005?

“Red

is

the

New

Black, by

Funeral for a friend.”

Andrew

Mercier,

second-year police foundations

results in

Adopt a Family program asked if it would be OK for the money to go

doing something good something good, every-

third-year

whole organiAdopt a Family program was the best way to use the money that was raised. “We all decided we wanted to do something that would make a

which raised $315 from a bake sale fundraiser for the Adopt a Family program (which is run by Family and Children Services of Waterloo Region) at Conestoga College in December. The goal of the bake sale was to raise enough money for gifts and a warm holiday meal for a family of or a

three

single-parent family,

which would have meant raising $100 to $150 ($50 per person). The second- and third-year busiConestoga who are were able to raise enough money for two families and up to six people.

FPSA

apprenticeship program

at

FPSA

Mike

vice-president

Emrich and FPSA member Laura Grundy organized the event and took the cheque to Family and Children Services Dec.

“They were quite

“We

Emrich.

“Gold Digger, by Kanye West.”

John Brown, second-year general business

actually received a

secondary phone call thanking us for our contribution.”

“The majority of the K-W region families were supported so the

Grundy

By JON MOLSON

Global Deejays.” Nicole Jackson,

second-year

These Things I’ve Done, by the Killers.” Mike Turner, second-year general arts and science

“All

Other

at the FPSA execumeetings they decided in their inaugural year (this year) that they should do something to give back

tive

community. we were trying to get FPSA off the ground,” he said. to the

“Last year

“It is

very hard to get to school in

the winter,” he said. “I should be

using the sidewalk, but nobody ever at the

col^

He

it

harder for

to explain his reasons for trav-

on the road

He

in the winter.

problem, either at or outside of the college, saying he doesthis

know who

“I

to talk to in order to

it.

know who should be

don’t

it would be nice someone would do it,” he said.

responsible, but

want to say that I’m not too sure

program in four or years and hopes that this prob-

lem can be resolved before

if

“I

it

will get done, but

it

will get

done

this

and

financial plan-

ized.

He

made

“I

gingerbread,

has tried to alleviate the prob-

sugar

homemade

and

Skor Grundy. “I also helped set up the booth and I sat there most of the day because we were all

so overwhelmed with the supwe received from the student

port

body and faculty.” Emrich said the bake

sale

means

a lot for his program. “It just

goes to show you

people in the program and how they are able to give their time to help the community during the busy times of the school year,” he said. It is the first time FPSA has organized a fundraiser, he said,

and with the success of the bake sale there may be more charity events this semester.

at risk

life

snowfall.”

He

said

Conestoga

for maintaining

is

responsible

sidewalk on

the

Conestoga Boulevard. “As we are the property owner of the land that

attached to the side-

is

walk by the sports fields, we are required to maintain that sidewalk.”

Milner

said

the

Ministry

does not fund snow-clearing operations.

“This means that the college would need to enter into an agreement to clear the snow with the property owner and assume the liability that would be attached,” he said. “The college would then need this operation.

pay a contractor for

This would result

lowering a service on campus.”

residence to the college, but this

clearing

“It’s really

makes me Despite

been

at all.

a pain and sometimes

late,”

he

it

said.

the difficulty he has

all

West doesn’t want

thi'ough.

to

Kobylnik, the residence manager.

“The residence keeps the snowfrom the property as required and there are no issues.

cleared

This issue can be reported to the City of Kitchener by any member of

“As concern has

the public,” he said.

complete the entire program,” he said. “The reason is I cannot do seven courses and homework.” He said the sidewalk on Conestoga Boulevard is clear and

same problem

that I do,” he said. Barry Milner, manager of Conestoga’s physical resources

at

depaiUnent, said the sidewalk on

for the City of Kitchener, said

New Dundee Road

the abutting property

accessible 98 per cent of the time,

property and because of Conestoga has no legal right any type of maintenance.

taking about

the program, so

then.

40 per cent of

will take longer

it

to

getting there that

it’s

is

a problem.

West’s greatest concern hit

by a

“It

is

being

“We would

car.

has almost happened twice,

(during

He

my

said

time

some

at

Conestoga).”

drivers

and

stu-

dents aren't that understanding

at

times.

have been honked whole bunch of

“I

a

and called names by

at

is

not college that to

do

then assume the risk,”

he said. “The City of Kitchener bylaw related to snow-clearing places the responsibility

owner

on the property

that is attached to the side-

walk to maintain the sidewalk free from snow and ice accumulation within a set

number of hours

after a

in

Milner said he has reviewed snow at residence with John

complain about the problem. “There will be other complaints eventually when others have the

am

“I

of

Training, Colleges and Universities

lem by using a bus service in the winter, which would take him from inconsistent and, at times,

that

there’s plenty of character in the

to find funds to

year.”

show up

foundations

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elling

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Dennis Dixon,

am my

I

West also has a speech impedi-

service

the three-year

first-year civil services

“They say

it.”

doesn’t

gram. West expects to graduate from

fold.”

said.

cur-

by DJ Tiesto.”

seven

West

rently in his fourth year of the busi-

is

Between the two

puts

‘drunk driver’ because of

resolve

ness administrative-accounting pro-

Avenged

Ruby

the drifts

for Strings,

“Bat Country, by

in the

Lee, Tyler

n’t

residence the whole time.

first-year police

participat-

bake sale were Jeanette Gill, Mario Mota, Wilkins, Banu Karan, Kaitlin Neil, Ross Ditner, Oxana Petrenko, Jeff Russell, Craig Klassen, Brett Fergusson and John Berwick. The third-year students were Wassen Mahdi, Jill Schnittker, Tina Mangroo, Sarah Stephen and Lori Bell. ed

igate around, over

lege for four years and has lived in

John Dwyer,

financial

who

about

plows the sidewalk.” West has been a student

“Adagio

second-year

planning students

lenges getting to school in the winter

drive out onto the street.

tarts, squares Portuguese delicacies.

bars,” said

has never complained to anyone

on a wheelchair and his only option when the sidewalk by the plaza on New Dundee Road is snowed in is to

muffins,

the end.”

dents living in residence, his chal-

and even through of snow. West is dependent

college) and sold desserts, which included cookies, cakes, the

cookies

ment, which makes

to cautiously nav-

stu-

manned

the booth (located at the front of

make the money we did, but all the work was worth the effort in

pedestrians.

go beyond having

the

able to keep the booth well organ-

spasms and because I have a disability. Not everyone understands

for

sale,

not in class,

son,” said Grundy. “We just wanted to help and didn’t expect to

There are moments throughout every Canadian winter when buildups of ice and snow create challenges for both motorists and

stu-

when

ning schedules the students were

people,”

These moments are difficult Marty West. But unlike most

BsCN

During the bake

difference over the (holiday) sea-

a

“The Sound of San Francisco, by

said their

zation thought the

commute

Student’s

organization.”

dents,

Emrich said

6.

excited,” said

“This year we. wanted to build on that and continue to grow as an

wasn’t a prob-

it

Just ask the Financial Planning Students Association (FPSA),

part of

MTBI

Cambridge,” he

in

“Obviously

said.

lem.”

ning students

Mark Egan,

towards families

body wins.

ness administration financial plan-

“Laffy Taffy, by D4L.”

K-W families

for

been brought forward, I will discuss the issue with the pereon responsible

works

public

to

make them

aware.”

Jim Rola, operations supervisor owners

all

are

responsible for snow-clearing on the sidewalks in question within

24 hours of a snowfall. “If they are not cleared then this

he said. problem we) will enforce the winter snow-

becomes

“When

a

bylaw

notified

issue,”

(of the

clearing bylaw.”

The City of Kitchener plans on assigning an officer to investigate this

problem.


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News

SPOKE, January

2006

23,

— Page 3

Regional strategy

hopes MOLSON

By JON

Some ter.

people believe bigger is betbut in temis of regional growth,

an increasing population can,

if

properly dealt with, result in

many

problems It

was

regional

for

Regional

this

concern that to adopt

Growth

(RGMS)

Strategy

not

in

pre.serving

tions of the

approximately 470,000, the Region

The

0th

Canada and

strategy’s process

200

began

in

with a report from the regional chair entitled Planning Our Future. Since then, conferencing has occurred with municipal, 1

township and regional staff. Interest groups and other public and private stakeholders have also played an important role strategy’s

in

The goal of the strategy is to provide direction for growth management across the region throughout

“The RGMS was introduced to manage growth within the region which is on the thre.shold of a significant growth spurt, being 50 per

40

years.

The

to direct all funcpolicy and develop-

is

RGMS

policy

is

the approval of

research,

all

aspects of

environmental

regional forests.

“Waterloo Region tinuing

a

con-

is

tradition of lead-

when

ership

it

comes

to

land use planning.” Kevin Ehy, director of community plan-

ning for the Region of Waterloo

focuses on issues such as: protect-

The

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

He

roles of the department.

planning and management of the

implementation

process.

next

ment

the

the fourth largest in Ontario.

the

Eby’s role

the Regional Official Policies Plan,

April

1

heritage

plans of subdivisions,

Management

largest urban area in

region’s

the challenges laced because ot a

2003.

currently the

the

growing population.

growing areas in the counWith a total population of is

Waterloo.

led

1

of Waterloo

rural and urban communities; developing a rapid transit system;

com-

munity planning for the Region of

the

fastest try.

said Kevin Eby, director of

al.so respon.sible for

Since Waterloo Region’s forma973, it has maintained a constant ranking as one of the tion in

ing environmental and ecological systems; promoting both distinct

and co-ordinating health and social services programs in order to meet

communities.

council

have success

to

Implementation

for the

Coordinating Committee (ICC) is co-ordinating the execution of the

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For more information or nominations forms, following committee

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of

the

members:

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made

said the contribution

at

work

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“Their participation is critical to any successful implementation of a broad planning agenda,” he said. “It’s absolutely impossible to implement (this type of strategy) without their support.” He said the implementation

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future elections and staff changes it will succeed,” Eby said. “This community has always led

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as

Greater

the

was concerned.

the

John Tribe, security representative at Conestoga, said there were not a lot of thefts from vehicles in

times, said Tribe.

fall

2005 semester

at the col-

what

and amenities. is designed to act as an enduring outline for the region and provide a foundation for the new Regional Official Plan. It will also help conduct master plan updates as well as additional growth initiatives. “Waterloo Region is continuing a tradition of leadership when it comes to land use planning,” said

The

RGMS

regional

news

chair,

Ken

Seiling

in

a

“Building on the original regional plan, we have set the stage for future growth based on limiting urban sprawl, protecting farmland and environmental release.

areas, setting the basis for a leading transit

system, and protecting

Region

go there ties),”

(for recreational

is

going on,” he

said. “In fact,

number of

a

things

happen where people have reported unusual activities and things have worked out well.” Tribe said the vast majority of

people breaking into cars

at

the

so far this year the occurrences have

“They were people who were committing car thefts and they would come on campus because

been few and

it’s

incident in past years, however,

far

between, he said.

“There’s more cameras in lots,” said Tribe.

slow

down some

“I think

it

all

the

tends to

of those activities

an all-you-can-eat salad bar

(for a car thief),” he said.

Although

impossible

is

it

for

security to be watching each indi-

because people do see the cameras.” If a person diseovers his or her

day, they

vehicle, loeker or anything else has

officer

been broken into, it is important for that person to report the incident to seeurity services and security will

day long and would be observing

deal with the matter.

every

“We ed

in

take a report. We’re interestthe facts, the times,

who’s

involved and what has been taken,”

“Where incidences

of huge growth pressures

traeeable then

south-

all

college were not from the college.

Theft from cars has been a com-

mon

he

in

activi-

said Tribe.

residents have enjoyed in the face

ern Ontario.”

10, right

at

“Students and users of the col-

we have had

around the recreation centre complex because there are vehicles that

locked

lege should also be observant of

“Most of the thefts that have happened have been in the evening hours and basically in Lot

tunities

ear should be

the college’s parking lots.

munities offering a wealth of oppor-

the quality of life Waterloo

TVOntario

lege went really well as far as theft

Toronto Area and well planned com-

edge

tvo

semester do what we can to solve that crime.” To prevent your car from being broken into people should not keep anything of value in plain view and

The

some of the reasons con-

are a high quality of

lege,

By STEPH BAULK

this is

different.”

tributing to the region’s rapid

Is

last

that

Eby

Nominations open on January 9, 2006 Nominations close on February 24, 2006

down

said.

we form

are

a liaison

with Waterloo Regional Police and

vidual car throughout the school

do have

who

a full-time

bylaw

issuing tickets

is

all

things as well.

Cameras lot

stationed

also

are

so

in

a theft does oeeur,

if

security can review the tapes and

use them for evidence. “I think it’s

been so quiet said Tribe.

unusual that

(in the

“What

don’t know, but

it’s

parking

it

the reason

a

good

has

lots),” is I

thing.”


Commentary

— SPOKE, January 23, 2006

Page 4

New

strategy

helps students

succeed The Ontario government has launched $1. 3-billion Student Success Strategy

the third phase of

which

is designed modernize secondary schools to help students thrive. The government plans to help students in a variety of ways. They will add a new Specialist High-Skills Major to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) that will allow students to complete a minimum bundle of courses in specific high-skills areas which can lead to employment sectors, apprenticeships and post-secondary institutions. its

to

They plan

to introduce new legislation that, if passed, require students to keep learning in a classroom, apprenticeship or workplace training program until they will

are 18 or until they graduate.

Expanding co-operative education programs throi gh increased partnerships with business and community organizations will allow more students to experience the “real world.” In creating new dual credit programs, which will allow students to earn several credits toward an OSSD through post-secondary and apprenticeship courses, graduates be able to

will

utilize a

Expanding co-operative education programs

more

practical skill set then they

would learn in a classroom. The government plans to introduce a

new

through increased partnerships with business

co-ordinated

and formal links between high schools and

and community organizations will allow more

post-secondary opportunities to help students decide what they want to do with their

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Commentary

Voting

your

is

One

vote.

ure out

didn’t appear to be acting.

my

election day, and I’m casting

game of

the

politics

same vicious

repeat the

He answered a lot of the actual debate questions either talking about Canada and Quebec as if

fact

about the other party over and over (whether it’s true or not) with a

strategic, very competitive

heartbeat

showing too much emotion. Most of the time Martin

Discard the debates. All are

Nobody wins you

yelling

is

they

if

trail

If

you do look

to sell .some-

how

at

That’s not to say his stories

try.

the politi-

cians acted in the debate, you’ll notice a series of strange individu-

spent his time on the

and in the debates telling little tales of the people he’s met on his travels around the coun-

used to .sell dial-up Internet over the phone, and, if that can be sold, anything can.

you want

Conservatives are more into savmoney than spending it, tradi-

ing

tional ideas

he

other things.

if

he’s the

adult and his audience, the politicians and the rest of the country, are his children.

fear of

change and are a

definitely

New Democrats

for the

almost trying to be a blank

slate.

He seems

isn’t.

very

Blah

blah blah.

That’s not to say he’s a stupid man,

because he

power

in

...”

The

They seem

New

The seems

scary

thing

Gilles

is,

have a

little

more

Democratic

seem

They

likes to rub

it

in.

I

don’t feel old,

I

really don’t.

Some

people

in

my

class

were

when they found out my They thought I was 19 or 20.

surprised age.

because I’m lighthearted, childish and it might have something to do with the Batman lunch guess

box

own In that

it’s

carry around.

I

I

march

to

my

thing

is

you

need to get out and vote. It’s the way your voice will be heard.

only

opinion, the two things

me young

keep

are

humour

and sports. They’re both a huge part of my life. If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re destined to be laughed at. And it’s harder to get through life if you take things too seriously.

The

When

best

way

to look at life isn’t

by what happens to you but how you respond to it. To give you an example, my car was broken into near the end of first semester and all of my CDs (more

were those

my CD player taken. To get into my car, they

first

noticed the broken

window and missing stuff, I was in shock. I didn’t know how to react. Then I started trying to decide how What’s the

It’s like

I

couldn’t

that

quote

lost.

about 15 years. Doesn’t matter to me if it’s indoors or outdoors, heck. I’ve

even played

Not only a kid,

wanted

plastic cases,

left

Big deal. Something else that’s kept me feeling young is the game of basketball. I’ve been playing now for I

were

I

had

I

Edward Norton’s character about owning things, “The things you own, end up owning you.” And it’s so true. It was only stuff

shape,

smashed the passenger window, which cost $200 to get fixed.

all

from the movie Fight Club where Brad Pitt’s character says to

than 100) as well as

When

realized

I

it’s I

is it

in the

a great

snow.

way to stay

a great time.

in

When I was

thought, like most kids. I’d

play in the

NBA

one day. As

grow

I

got

and then quickly stopped getting any older and started to

taller, I I

realized

say short)

my

how

slim (or should

chances were.

That’s not to say

Look

taller

it

can’t be done.

bright side?

Boykins, a player for the Denver Nuggets. He’s an inch

tion

shorter than me, at five-foot-five,

I

to feel

about

it.

How could this situahave been worse? They could have taken my car. That would have certainly been worse. I’ve got

favourite

my health. Some of my CDs were in my bed-

room, so that’s pretty good. Then I saw the humour. Since I started buying CDs I was always annoyed with the plastic fold-over case

always put

they

my CDs

come

in a

in.

I

binder and

those plastic cases were just taking

at Earl

and he’s living the dream. However, I’ve heard he can bench press 300 pounds, I might be able to do half of that. As a kid I looked up to so many players. Michael Jordan, because of the amazing things he could do in the air,

Larry Bird, because of

how hard he worked and how he Magic Johnson, amazing passes he

carried his team.

because of the would throw and

how he

carried

The

Canada

show them what

I

Jeff

against Jeff and one of his friends.

was guarding me and I spent game lighting him up. I hit shot after shot, including the game winJeff

the

wasn’t surprised the next day

when

showed up at the court, remember him saying he knew I’d be there (I was there every Jeff I

day, practising).

Then he challenged me to a game of one-on-one. Wow, did I get beat. But it doesn’t take away

my

and

Chantelle

let-

Timperley

performance the day before.

Opinion

money, due to the “reassessment” of my income tax return and any changes that they “may have made.” I hadn’t gotten one of these letters yet, but somehow I’m still ing

Malcolm and his older brother Chris. They would come and play at a local court with some of my friends and 1. One game, it was Chris and I

alone.

a

being charged interest for not pa>

could do, mainly win.

I

me

times in a row stating I them another huge amount of

it

up faxing four times over a period of two months because they kept telling me it was too dark and needed to be enlarged. The last time I had the librarian assist me and make it as large and as light as possible. They still called me, but not until a week

-

sooner.

They randomly choose my file making me

am

ner.

have ever

ter three

But I also had local players I looked up to. Older guys I would play with on a regular basis at an outdoor court near my house. And I took great thrill in playing them, not only because I looked up to them but because it gave me an

remember

I

sent

for review every year,

I

with gov-

Customs

himself on the court. Magic always seemed to be smiling.

opportunity to

help but laugh.

beat.

my

up space.

it is

but they are the

Revenue Agency has

owe

class.

Youth through laughter Twenty-six years ago this Tuesday, I was born. I know, don’t say it. I’m getting old. Everyone

offices,

biggest pains in the ass

Party

like a party fighting

working

know what

don’t

I

ernment

dealt with.

to be in the middle.

The most important

Duceppe, representing the Bloc,

among

to

restrictive of people.

personality or expression at

He’s

and keeping things the

they’ve always been,

Grifferty)

Government offices the ultimate nemesis

spending money. Freedom for the

way

these stories as

indi-

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Have you cast your vote yet? Today is election day and the candidates have been campaigning for your vote for months.

people.

aren’t true, they probably are. But tells

making change,

vidual rights, private ownership of property, trying new things and

Then, he ends his little story by pushing his party line. “Put more

all.

make an informed

Liberals usually base their deci-

on different acts. Stephen Harper is a mannequin. He reminds me of the Terminator, no als putting

to

sions around

He

I

It

about the Liberal scandals. Jack Layton’s playing the character of Mr. Rogers meets advertising

^ecutive.

much

i.ssue they were talking about is a provincial matter, not a federal one.

decision you have to ba.se it on the principles behind the parties.

campaign

thing.

either

because he’s happy about Canada or because he’s upset from all the mudslinging he’s receiving

car salesmen.

really

doesn’t take

they're already separated or passing the buck by saying whatever

tears

choose a party based on how a politician acts, then all you do is choose the slicke.st of the used It

is

looks like he’s going to burst into

matches.

or loses those and

and cold.

Paul Martin, on the other hand,

in the background to mess with your mind and music that tries to hypnotize the messages into your brain.

really

He came

be

Di.scard the hypnotic political commercials. That’s exactly what they’re designed to do. Hypnotize.

They

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English debates, but that could just because he had to focus on speaking English.

played.

is

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across as wide-eyed and confused a lot of the time, at least in the

thing I’ve started to fig-

how

is

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people being paid to not help you, who are just waiting to lead you on

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words being smudged?

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— SPOKE, January 23, 2006

Taiking trash compactors here on By JASON SONSER

of the cafeteria

at certain

times of

the day.

Students will

some

seeing

start

changes being made Conestoga College.

around

“Through a source

we

lege had,

that the col-

are looking at a

new

address

she said.

in,”

all

the issues that

compact

students rated the general cleanli-

the equivalent of 12 full

surveyed, 13 per cent of

washrooms

garbages into one small cube.

ness of the

Martin Building Maintenance, the

ing system in the cafeteria,” he said.

per cent said they were

college's housekeeping contractor,

Hinsperger said in essence, these new devices are mini trash com-

Hinsperger said due to the surand vey’s Martin’s success,

campus grounds. Chris Hinsperger, resident man-

cleanliness of the

pactors.

“Currently,

think they’re set so

I

every five times the door

that after

is

Conestoga would like to continue it on an annual basis. “(Housekeeping is) definitely satnumbers, but there was a place on the survey where people could

Maintenance, said as a contractor,

opened and people deposit garbage, they have a ram inside that actually comes down and compacts the

Martin’s prides itself in self-assess-

garbage right inside the container.”

ments. There were quite

ager

Martin

for

Building

Hinsperger said

ing their services.

"One of looking

the things

we

are always

continuous improve-

at is

reduces the amount of times

“It

we have

ment.” Hinsperger said. Hinsperger said he has quite a

bit

of

this creates a lot

of advantages. to

change the garbages,”

he said. “These units have not only

contact with the physical resources

a set device inside but also a

department and various faculty and

bug

have

staff at the college, but didn’t

so

light,

of fruit

ity

it

little

reduces the possibil-

and things

flies

like that,

direct contact with students.

thus reducing the odour.”

“We developed an actual survey where they could grade us on certain aspects and it turned out to be

user friendly.

a positive experience,” he said.

current time, we’re using the facto-

The survey was sent out midNovember to students via the col-

ry setting of

lege’s e-mail system.

ming

Vogan,

Cheryl

administration

assistant in the physical resources

survey was meant to

office, said the

gather information in regards to the contract

college

the

has

with

Martin’s and what students thought

about the cleanliness of their surroundings. “In order to do that,

down

survey

we

broke the

into specific areas like

you. At the

saying ‘thank you’

it

messages

we

responses which

all

the

little

outdated and required a

lot

of

and people had to push on them sometimes to get the paper

repairs

towel,”

Vogan

Hinsperger said the new, no-touch paper towel dispensers were supplied at

no cost as long as Martin’s

who left

are both in the

main

“Aesthetically, (they are) a

state

of cleanliness around the col-

lege.

One

were fair, 58 per cent said they were good and 37 per cent said they were excellent.

eight per cent rated

for the general cleanliness of

COUNSELLOR’S CORNER:

more eye-pleasing than having an open container of garbage,” he said. Hinsperger said people have to be

away

for the trash

door to open. has a timer, so

“It also

are) just passing

talking to them.

by

It

You all

it

(if

people

shouldn’t be

can’t stop crying.

You

normal reactions to loss

has a two-second

Vogan

know

said

it

important to

is

these compactors are on a

cent rated

it

cent said

was

it

it

as

it

as poor,

fair,

45 per

good and 45 per

as

excellent.

have any concerns regarding housekeeping, they can call Hinsperger at (519) 748If students

they

5220, ext. 3544 or they can

visit

they

him

2A103 between 5:30

a.m.

said

and 2:30 p.m.

in

in

our lives

-

feel

numb. These

a reaction ’we call

not only have to be a result of losing a loved one to death.

feelings are

grief.

Grief does

We grieve any

kind of loss: the breakup of a relationship, the loss of good health or even

dream to reach a

Although these feelings are natural, it sometimes helps to talk them over with a counsellor as part of the healing process. Writing your thoughts in a journal, reading books about grief, and talking to friends can also help. Most of all, give yourself the loss of a

certain goal.

permission to grieve. Feelings

left

bottled

up

will only

come out

later,

delaying the healing process.

trial basis.

“There’s a considerable cost, more so

we have

to

be able to realize a

Vogan said. Housekeeping would not disclose the price of the new garbage comsavings somewhere,”

pactors because they are being used

on a

trial basis. it’s

ing) staff have to

the garbage cans,

may

If

you have a friend who

is

grieving, don’t

worry about saying the wrong

good listener or remind them how much a hug or some time together. If you are grieving a loss

thing to them. Just be there, be a

you care with a card, and would like to talk with a counsellor or find out about resources community, come to Student Services.

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and empty

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their

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as excellent.

two per cent of students said were poor, seven per cent said were fair, 52 per cent said were good and 38 per cent

actual reasons why,” he said.

rated

rated

In terms of the general cleanli-

little

labour savings to the costs of the

Judo

as fair,

the student lounge and office areas,

not 100

indicated they weren’t satisfied

cafeteria.

Hinsperger said another area of concern for students was the state

Mon

it

good and 27

Three per cent

staff.

them as fair, 3 1 per cent them as good and 60 per cent them as excellent. Students were asked about

ness of shop areas, five per cent

As

Hinsperger said he would like to

advantage of in the near he said. Hinsperger said two mini compactors were installed Jan. 5 and

services are used.

e

adequate

it’s

as

said they

more than adequate. gives us room for improve-

ment, not only because

take

“If

said.

numbers

it

it

it

of cleaning rated

future,”

so than a plastic garbage container,

“In

or

for the general cleanliness of

per cent rated

good portion of students

feel Martin’s services are

the appearance and presentability

them as fair, 33 per good and 62 per them as excellent.

and

veys, Hinsperger has already taken

paper towel dispensers that were a

the

cent rated them as

are going to

less than a foot

make some changes. washrooms, we had

indicate a

said

35 per cent said they were

students rated

57 per cent rated

obviously,” he said.

said

cleanliness of entrances was

the option of program-

different

washrooms, classrooms, corridors and hallways, to try to get some pretty specific feedback,” Vogan said. “We’ve always had a general idea, but we needed some specifics that we could actually have something quantitive to be able to go forward and for Chris to be able to use.” Vogan said based on some of the comments students made on the surthe initiative to

that,

Hinsperger

were

good and 60 per cent said they were excellent. Students were also surveyed on

as poor, 12 per cent rated

per cent satisfied but because those

“It actually talks to

we have

with

fair,

the cafeteria, five per cent rated

ments directed specifically at certain staff members, who they were happy with, and I was quite happy

corridors

five per cent as fair,

Three per cent of students

per cent said

As

coma few com-

college’s

by

34 per cent said they were good and 62 per cent said they were excellent. the

cent rated

or leave

suggestions

fair, 42 per good and 30 they were excellent.

rated

cent said they were

ness of classrooms, six per cent of

“It also

Hinsperger said the devices are

but

make

as poor, 15

In terms of the general cleanli-

not only with the tangible

isfied

they were excellent.

The

tioned as suggestions in the survey.

smart pack indoor waste compact-

and the physical resources department recently surveyed students to gather their thoughts about the

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Hinsperger said the mini compactors are on a 45-day trial and

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Page 8

News

— SPOKE, January 23, 2006

Help yourself by helping others By JESSICA BLUMENTHAL

experience,” she said.

Agencies are also always looking is

for help redesigning their posters so

students

those interested in design can con-

Getting your foot in the door

sometimes

difficult

for

make their way in the real One of the simplest ways to

trying to

world.

get noticed

is

by volunteering said

an employee at the Cambridge Volunteer Bureau (CVB).

“When a student

tribute as well. It's volunteers who help to make a community successful said Heidi Duarte, who’s the manager of

development and marketing for the Cambridge, North Dumfries United Way. Duarte said there are 3 member agencies that are always looking for 1

volunteers for a non-profit

volunteers in different capacities.

organization, both gain

something valuable. The student learns

life

experi-

ence and the organization gets free

staff.”

“When

a student volunteers for a

non-profit organization, both gain

something valuable. The student learns life experience and the organization gets free staff,” she

added.

O’Mahony

Heidi Duarte,

said the

keeps a running

United Way

CVB

list

always

of volunteer (Photo by Jessica Blumenthal)

opportunities.

A

lot

of the agencies are looking

And there’s something for everyone. From recreation and child care

for people to help out with fundrais-

handicapped, youth, disabled and health care, CVB can place students in their area of study said Sharon O’Mahony.

est jobs.

to

“Even business students can volunteer for a non-profit organi-

zation

in

their

marketing

or

fundraising departments to gain

ing events which

“Funding

is

is

one of the hard-

always going to be a

offers volunteer opportunities in

84 cents goes out

The

national

to the charities.

average operating

The operating cost of the United and most non-profit agencies is 16 per cent. That means if some-

cost

one donates a

The hard work done by volunteers is a good way to help out the

Way collects

dollar,

the United

16 cents and the other

areas

of study

homeless shelter

for

work.

difficult task,” said Duarte.

Way

youth aged 16-24, such as fundraising, marketing and personal support

Non-profit organizations like Argus Residence (above), a

is

26 per cent so the non-prof-

agencies run at 10 per cent below the average Duarte explained. it

community and there is always a chance to get part-time work at the agency said O’Mahony. “Students don’t have to commit forever. There are fundraising opportunities which last a weekend or a couple of weeks,” she said.

Interested

CVB’s

can go to www.cvbinfo-

students

website,

cam.on.ca, for more information or to get it

matched up with a non-prof-

agency. Each community has

own

its

volunteer bureau so students

can be placed across Ontario.

(Photo by Eric Murphy)

Martin graces Guelph with visit The Prime

campaign bus was parked outside Molly Bloom’s Irish Pub in Guelph as Paul The pub was open only to people from the Guelph who were on a list.

Minister’s

Martin addressed a packed house inside on Jan. 14. University of

(Photo by Eric Murphy)

Prime Minister Paul Martin was escorted by his security as he made his way into Molly Bloom’s pub in Guelph to address Liberal supporters from the University of Guelph.

(Photo by Eric Murphy)

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Feature

— SPOKE, January 23, 2006

Workshop helps you

beat the blues By JANET MORRIS

feeling

lethargic

and

sad

or

depressed,” she said.

Need a pick me up? Want to go to a Leafs game? You could win tickets at the Beat the Blues

workshop

Jan. 31 inside

new event

a

is

hosted by Student Services aimed

in

ne Project

i

i

of

the

tives to pills or “just dealing with

event

will

“healthy relationships” means to you.

“There are many different therapeutic options out there, and your

Shawna Bernard,

a counsellor at

we’re looking to show

normal if they experience the blues in one form or students that

it

it’s

is

also possible to

beat them,” she said.

Bernard said the event is aimed at recognizing and validating that the winter months can be hard and

^-shirt and materials provided

g:hirts will

be displayed on the clothesline February ms, 2006.

and we spend most of our she said. indoors,” “Biologically we tend to want to sleep more and our energy levels go down.” Typically, if people are feeling depressed these are the hardest months, said Bernard. “This event is a drop-by service, meant to create awareness about this topic and to normalize it.” Bernard said it’s important to know there are things you can do receiving or

light

i

wise.”

Madill Tennant is licensed in modalities such as acupuncture, reiki therapy and reflexology

many

and she is also a personal trainer. She will be at the event to answer questions and perform free seed

studying

in

Madill Tennant said she uses gold seeds to stimulate or silver to sedate.

The seeds

are

held on with a

small piece of flesh-coloured adhesive tape.

“They

do not

are very small, and

hurt,” she said.

“They can

an ear for up to four days,

stay in

at

time the wearer should peel

much

which it

off,

getting natural

can enjoy a shortened therapy for

treatment,

treatment,

students to

know

that

they don’t have to feel powerless to

i

your body best in times of imbalance, be it stress, illness or other-

like

free.

“We want

I

and honestly evalu-

how it affects your body is the best way to gain a complete understanding of how you can help ating

you would a Band-aid.” This service would normally take 30 minutes and cost $40. Students

light.

I

heal,” she said. “Trying

pathway).

has to do with the lack of sun-

outside

i

it

different things

time

“It

acupuncture

I

to help

light

like

Ce ebrat ng Hea thy Re at onsh

conscious preferences are not always what your body wants most

acupuncture therapy. The seeds are a non-needle acupuncture tool used to stimulate or sedate a given meridian (energy

long.

Decorate your shirt on Wednesday February a from 10:30-2:30 in the main cafeteria.

it.”

forming free seed therapy, a light therapy box and free ballot prizes to win Maple Leaf tickets, movie passes and information on treatments for depression and SAD.

another, but

Come decorate your t-shrrt to depict what

a regis-

therapist, said she

include a guest acupuncturist per-

this event

I

massage

of non-invasive therapeutic alterna-

(SAD).

Conestoga College, said she hopes students will drop by. “The months of January and February are the hardest so with

onestoga's C othes

tered

of depression and seasonal

Highlights

(Photo by Janet Morris) a naturopathic doctor at the Natural Health Centre, has a gold seed applied to his ear the Shen Men position, a homeostatic balancing point.

play music during the event.

will be attending the event with the hopes of improving the awareness

affective disorder

Daly, 39,

tion,

bringing awareness to the sub-

jects

Tom

ing CJIQ, the college’s radio sta-

Robynne Madill Tennant,

Door 4. The workshop at

Student Services plans to create a mood for students by hav-

lighter

The workshop runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

ps

February 2006 (Photo by Janet Morris)

Conestoga Co

1

1

ege

Robynne

visiting the college to

may

a registered massage therapist, will be provide free seed therapy to students who

Madill Tennant,

suffer from anxiety or depression.


News

SPOKE, January

23,

2006

— Page 11

Binge drinking has serious ramifications Wow! That was believe

can’t

sitting. A standard drink is eonsidered 12 ounces of beer, five ounces

BLUMENTHAL

By JESSICA

a crazy night!

so drunk

got

I

of wine or

.5 ounces of spirits. Matt Ruiss, a former Conestoga

1

I

pas.sed out.

so hungover and I’m never

feel

I

thing

last

remember

I

is

knows how

doesn’t

need alcohol

Such phrases can be heard after a night of heavy drinking. In postsecondary institutions, partying hard seems to go hand-in-hand with studying hard.

and

Dawson

when she

said

brain that controls

lived in res-

"1

think I’m just older

now

so

which

call

it

my

little

of

bottle

who

is

also a former Conestoga student. "1

can do a lot of things that 1 wouldn’t normally di) if was sober, like 1

dancing.”

Alcohol suppresses the part of the that controls judgment, resulting in a loss of inhibitions. That is why people feel more at ease to bust a move on the dance lloor or approach a stranger. Since judgment is affected with alcohol use, the likelihood of having brain

co-ordination,

physical

level of 0.8 per cent.

a loss of co-ordination,

they won’t blow over

accidents as well. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has started raising more awareness, stating that an average 2()()-pound

brain cells,

if

knowing

pulled over

liver

failure,

irritated

and bleeding from ulcers, high blood pressure, nerve damage and heart fail-

stomach stomach

man can drink six beers in two hours on an empty stomach without having a blood alcohol concentra-

lining

ure.

Josh Curtis, a University of

Waterloo student, said he’s fully aware of the harm that binge drinking has on a person’s body and mind. However, he

(BAC)

unwanted unprotected sex is

j

[just enjoys feeling that loss of

increased.

control and not thinking about ^

feeling I

the assignments that need to be

of losing

1

done.

Binge drinking not only affects people physically,

1

binge drinking is better because I can be studious and reliable all week long and on the

it

find

weekend go Dawson,

this

by a police officer or in a R.l.D.L program. There are many long-term effects of binge drinking. There is a loss of

car

tion

However,

concerns them since these drivers are driving with blurred vision and

causing blurred vision, slurred speech and loss of balance. Binge drinking can lead to unconsciousness, coma and death. Vomiting while unconscious can lead to death by suffocation. Alcohol is a factor in a lot of fatal

The

inhibitions.

at

goes out on the

"1

courage," said Laura Moore,

affects

leads to a loss of

home, she only weekends.

lives

what most peo-

is

ple enjoy about drinking.

1

judgment

at

and

not

to

Drinking affects part of the

drunk, but since she started university

so.

the

Niagara College she would go out every night and get idence

do

to

drink,” he said.

currently in university.

is

party but

choose

often students binge drink

depends on a variety of factors. Calla Dawson, 21, has gone to college

to

for fun and stress relief without having to poison your body. “You can go out and have a great time dancing or just hanging out with your friends and family without alcohol being involved. It’s just choice and I a

tak-

ing that shot.

How

student,

Ruiss said there are better outlets

drinking again.

The

1

one’s inhibitions

1

crazy," she said.

second-year a of Guelph student, goes out once or twice a week so that’s when she puts on her “drinking face” and “always goes

wjMj

m*

University

also affects their lev-

els

of

motivation. to

be

and

all

effects

of

.Students

need

aware of

this,

the

other

alcohol, so they don’t

jeopardize their future. fe

big or goes home.”

Although high school

stu

dents are educated on the

ill

effects of binge drinking

and

^

bombarded by ads, most students don’t listen to the information and warnings given. Binge drink-

they arc

ing

cla.ssified for

is

a

male as consuming

more than

five

drinks

one

in

sitting and. for

female,

a

as

consuming

(Photo by Jessica Blumenthal)

more than four drinks in one

Former Conestoga student Laura Moore said she passes out and doesn’t remember a

lot

of

weekends due

.

• ,

to binge drinking.

Rec centre used as classroom By

ADAM HANNON

“People are trying to stay more which is great,” said Osborne. The downside, however, is that the gym is usually only available to other students on Friday afternoons, as well as around noon hour fit,

While some schools might only gyms for intramural and

use their

varsity sports, that’s not the case at

Conestoga.

Throughout the week, the the college’s

gym

recreation centre

in is

used as a learning and training facility

for students in the police

foundations,

pre-firefighter,

para-

medic and law and security administration programs. “The gym is being used as a classroom, except they’re not

on a few days. Osborne said there haven’t been many complaints from students he expects that there will be more soon as the recreation centre continues to run out of open yet, but

gym

time.

fitness,” said

“We’re about as full as we can be,” said Osborne. “If ws had any more (time and space) taken up, we’d probably have a lot more

tor

complaints.”

learning calculus, they’re learning

Paul Osborne, direcof the college’s recreation cen-

“It’s

tre.

He

said the training the students

receive at the facility helps to teach

how to be successful in chosen career, where being

students their

physically

“A is

fit

fit is

student

a requirement.

is

a healthier student,

a better student,” said Osborne.

He added that there seems to be more people using the recreation centre each year.

a very busy place, but there’s

nowhere “It’s

else (to hold the classes).”

a real catch-22,” he said.

“Five years ago empty most of the it’s

it

was

sitting

time, and

now

bursting at the seams.”

“Down

the road we’ll be in a

position where

we need to expand,”

he added. an addition would cost more than $1 million.

He

estimated

Police

that

work can be exhausting Conestoga College,

Helen Wilmer, a foundations program during their fitness class fitness instructor at

in

trains first-year students in the police

the rec centre.


News

— SPOKE, September 23, 2006

Page 12

CSI events look good By BENJAMIN RICHMOND

As with any pub need

will

Students can ring all

in the

winter long,

new

year,

Conestoga

with

Students Inc, (CSI).

CSI has several events scheduled

The event took place 10 in the Sanctuary. From

Poster Sale.

on Jan.

animation,

to

art

posters

variety

the

year’s

this

at

of

was

sale

said

directors,

the

of

CSFs

poster

sale

always brings students into the “Students love the aspect of buying miscellaneous Sanctuary. posters of

all

championship

month.

this

On

Country Night. "We’re (CSI not sure if it will be an annual first-ever )

event, but we’re looking forward to it

a shot to see what staff

it’s

like,”

came up with

the

idea for a country dance, after surat the college,

and

receiving a positive response.

The

veying students

come

dressed

in

funny costumes

pledge package

office in

in

the

CSI

Room IB2L

who

have never attended a CSI

event to get involved

if

they are

interested in a particular theme. “If

Students wanting a more relaxing

you come with a great

attitude,

jumping into ice cold water can attend Movie Mondays

then you’ll likely enjoy yourself.”

every week

events, the Sanctuary at Conestoga

activity than

at

1

1

:30 a.m.

in

the

Sanctuary.

Wolf

said he encourages students

With a winter packed

full

of CSI

College appears to be the place be this semester.

to

Jan.

at

qualify for the Toronto Regional

Poker Tournament. Players with a valid

at

the door

at the

college in early

December and again on

Jan. 17, and had an overwhelming number of poker players attend.

CSI

also

welcomed back Dan

Valkos to the college

Tony Lee

next big event, Conestoga’s

The CSI

event. “You’ll find

their

7 p.m., Conestoga poker players can compete for a chance to 31,

to students

their

giving

students

Stroke Foundation. Students inter-

to

over with.

sale

said

i.s

many

more chance

enjoy playing

poker, they have one

getting ready for

Wolf

CSI

classic

during

ested in participating can pick up

this winter.

Valkos gave free psychic readings

types.”

With the poster

the

take part in the student poker

who

poker night

one

usually a lot of

and have a great time.” All proceeds from the Polar Plunge are donated to the Heart and

For students

low as $5. Wolf,

is

show

required.

with some posters selling for as

Jonathan

said the turnout

strong and students

enthusiasm

the

to

ID can sign up two hours before the game starts. StudentPoker Championships.com held a student

Imaginus not only had a wide selection of posters, they had them at the right price for students,

diverse.

Wolf

night, students

bring their student

Sanctuary on the night of the dance. Valid IDs and a $2 cover charge will also be cards

throughout the month of January

and into February. The winter semester started off with the return of the Imaginus

to

2006 winter semester

for

dance will be on Jan. 25, starting at 9 p.m., and is open to students 19 and older.

on Jan.

18.

will also

be returning to

the Sanctuary this February. said Lee, the

XXX

Wolf

hypnotist, put

on an entertaining show last semester. “He (Lee) put on a great show and it was a lot of fun.” Aside from the return of Lee this February, students can also expect the return of the Polar Plunge on Feb. 16.

The college

is

(Photo by Steph Baulk)

celebrating

the 25th anniversary of the event,

where- Conestoga students into the

pond behind

jump

the college.

Just another manic A

car accident on

Doon

Monday

Valley Drive, just up from the college, created a minor

dents trying to enter the parking

lots

on Jan.

traffic

jam

for stu-

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Feature

Massage therapy By KRISTIN GRIFFERTY Kelly Sprague

practise

a 22-year-old

is

student just like any other student out there.

She studies

for finals,

preps for assignments and struggles to

make

classes.

it

morning

to her early

But unlike most of you,

Sprague’s

daily

class

activities

include oiling up and rubbing

her

classmates,

fellow

down while

approximately 50 other students

sit

and watch.

No, she doesn’t go to a school preparing her for a

stint

Springer. Rather, Sprague

on Jerry one of

is

approximately 150 students

at the

Kitchener campus of the Canadian

of College Hydrotherapy.

Massage

and

Massage therapy has slowly become a competitive and sought after career

choice for Canadians.

The Kitchener campus is just one of six campuses that the CCMH has.

Students can attend a program as

their

skills

on

a

not

These include working

real-life

while being supervised another registered massage

SPOKE, January

in a

by

world on a cruise ship, and the pay

spa or even travelling the

therapist.

is fairly

Sprague says although the course has been challenging, she is glad she has stuck with it, and is looking forward to her career in massage

For Sprague, setting her goals high has helped to motivate her while in the program.

therapy.

own

“Anyone who is looking into the program should know that it is a lot harder than you would think,’’ says Sprague. “The amount of time you need to study is way more than any other course have taken, but the program is short and have

that

I

enjoyed

reasonable.

“Hventually clinic,

1

want

but

taking

which includes

clinic shirts,

blood

the

all

need to be able to

1

registered massage hoping to be practising in a clinic by next summer, building up a good clientele.” practise

as

therapist,

1

a

am

Massage therapy tuition is $I5,()0(),

explains

time,”

“After

that

my

open

to

understand that

1

take

will

Sprague.

it.’’

The school’s

often a pro-

is

many

fession that

think about but

never pursue. Sprague urges these

through

and

pressure cuff, stethoscope, sheets

people

and towels. While the schedule is demanding, Sprague laughs when asked if she

research different schools and see

enjoys her time

gram back

“You

get

at .school.

to

know your

class-

if

to

follow

there are any that appeal to them.

Since Sprague has begun the proin the

in 2004, she has worked on-school clinic, bought her

mates and teachers pretty well,

own massage

considering you are touching each

odd massage

and gives the and friends

table

to friends

short as 18 months, or as long as

other

only

knowledge about

pathology, anatomy, business and a

all the time while wearing your underwear,” Sprague said. “Like other colleges, you are usually with the same people throughout the program. You learn to adapt to each other and we’ve gotten pretty close and go out and party with each other from time to

of friends, as well as furthering her

two years, in order to become a registered massage therapist. But it isn’t all back rubs and head massages like you may think. Massage therapy is a gruelling pro-

work

time.”

study.”

gram

that

includes courses

like

with arrangement the school’s clinic where students are expected to work at lea.st once a week.

The

school’s

on-site

clinic

offers student.s the opportunity to

After graduating from the pro-

gram of massage therapy, there are numerous employment options, with a high demand for these professionals.

— Page 13

hos-

pital, in a

1

2006

program

relaxing

patients

exams

23,

it

body and how

the

works.

“My

friends

love

it,

give free massages

all

says Sprague. “While ing out from finals,

I

my

because

I

the time!”

am

stress-

friends are

always there to offer to help

me

For more information about the Canadian College of Massage and

(Photo by Kristin

Grifferty)

school’s website at www.collegeof-

Massage and Hydrotherapy student, Kelly Sprague, practises her massage skills on Adam Leonard. Sprague is just one of many students who took an alternative

massage.com.

post-secondary education route.

Hydrotherapy,

check

out

the

Canadian College

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News

— SPOKE, January 23, 2006

Page 14

Students prepare A 2004 Student

showed that 87 per cent of students said voting is important Canadian citizens and 88 per cent said they woutd vote in future elections

for ait

By BENJAMIN RICHMOND

Vote survey

“We

it

(the action plan)

for youth, to get

them interested

riding.

Students across Canada can have their voices

heard this election day.

got

This plan included setting up a College. Therefore, students could

being held

conveniently register to vote while

good luck last to 40 people registering.”

a political party

and

are their views on the access

students

to

the accounting program, said she

believes the cost of tuition

vote

Deb

Garcia, a first-year student

issue

political

that

has

a

in

a

is

direct

on students. “There should

effect

in

the

College.

distriet

they

live

summer. “We had time with about 30

the aid of the volunteers, students

Tara Stanley, a fellow first-year accounting student, said she agrees

residing in other districts were able

was

“I

the

said

a

little

she

register.

disappointed with

“People can’t complain

was

about the government

after

communi-

to a lack of

their first

some

the

day back

it

to school

holiday break. Another

students

may have

already

registered or even voted in their rid-

ing before returning to the college.

first-year accounting

showed

students

voting and she had

education

the Elections

Canada

ty

to learn

about taking part on

election day. Elections

The

24-age demographic has made up less not

vote.

18-

to

with the election in the form of data entry,

answering telephones and

collecting information from voters.

Hertzberger said she and Elections

Hertzberger said she was pleased with the outcome of the three-day

involved on election day.

than eight per cent of the overall

turnout

voter

in

federal

recent

elections.

Garcia said she will vote because she believes every voter can make

com-

a difference. “People ean’t plain about the

government unless

they vote.”

by Student Vote 2004, 88 per cent of students

In a survey held in

would vote

said they

in the

future

and 87 per cent said they believe voting

is

an important responsibil-

citizens. In the of all Kitchener-Conestoga riding more than 1,400 students voted during ity

the last election.

There are key issues that affect success at college. For most of you, college will be the first time that you will be asked to do so much, in so little time, with so little external discipline. These Learning Strategy workshops uncover the minefields that need to be circumnavigated, and at the same time, offer a mountain of great advice* on how to succeed in your academics.

up to your

tests;

how

Students

memory

Canada had

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of

summer

is

greater

and organize information; how to use

how to become

a lifelong learner.

Hertzberger said an action plan

made

to

increase

turnout amongst students

voter in

the

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college on the second floor

lege during the last federal election

and

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how

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This was the second election Conestoga students had the convenience of registering on campus. Elections Canada was at the col-

-

become more

Concentration

a registra-

tion table with volunteers set at the

full

at

prepared for the upcoming election. On Jan. 9, 10 and 11, Elections

to

comprehension;

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“The government Canadians. should put a cap on how much school should cost.” Despite these crucial student

inquiries

about the process.

with Garcia about more affordable

post-secondary

interest in

many

Canada encourage students and young people in general to get

Despite the disappointing turnout,

This year Hertzberger said her

many

registered a total of 27 vot-

Aside from registration purposes,

reason for the low turnout could be

Garcia,

Canada

low turnout on Monday.”

Hertzberger said she attributes the

unless they vote.”

With

dents attending college.”

ers in five districts. Hertzberger said

cation to the students and because

to register to vote in

their parents’ electoral riding.

registration at the college. Elections

Canada Conestoga

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low turnout

in

be more government aid for stu-

about 50 peo-

expected more people to

it

in the

while attending school, or they

may choose

despite

the

in

Kitchener-Conestoga riding. The choice of which district to vote in is up to the student. Students may

cost of post-secondary education.

last election,

to register

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however, was not

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was

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during the

table

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Conestoga

at the college.

when choosing

out applications and send

fill

them

Hertzberger said the turnout

Some

issues students tend to look

to

in voting.”

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Entertainment

SPOKE, January

23,

Bring out your inner

— Page 15

2006

artist

By TARA RICKER

Libra

If

September 23 October 22

You're always in the centre of

Try not

the storm, Aries.

to put

in your mouth this time you might not like the taste of defeat. Be civil and apologize. Lucky day: 24

your foot

as

^ Time

Make

and lock your door, unplug your phone, throw on your headphones and turn up ZZ Top or whatever is in there.

Lucky day: 23

APhT'oTLo

i

October 23

iJfjP

November

Kitchener

in

currently

is

offering a variety of visual art pro-

grams

this

The

winter season.

programs

include

basic

sculpture and painting techniques,

The programs

are designed for and children. Soheila Kolahdouz has been teaching adult and children pro-

adults, families

-

21

grams at the gallery for three years. Kolahdouz has a bachelor of fine of the week.

you focus your energy

then though, as this won't be

an average week. Try to block

everyone out. Lucky day: 27

Time

up that room of you can find it. Walk gingerly from bare spot to bare spot. Imagine, once it's clean you'll actually be able to walk normally. Lucky day: 26 to tidy

yours, Scorpio, if

Gemini May

Mj ^

Gallery

drawing basics, watercolours and

Scorpio

to party, Taurus, at least to

sure

you need

Libra,

for yourself Close

you’re looking for a creative

way to beat the winter blues, Homer Watson House and Gallery may be the perfect place for you. The Homer Watson House and

scrapbooking.

celebrate the end

until

This week,

some time

-

Sagittarius November 22 December 21

21 -June 21

Are you feeling a little insecure, Gemini? Don't let those feelings of worthlessness pile up. Get out there and do something to boost your self-esteem and help others. Volunteer. Lucky day: 23

Don't

quit

now,

Sagittarius,

you're so close to finishing the

Hang

even if you just do enough to get by. At least then you'll have something to show for it. Lucky day: 25 year.

in there,

from the University of Waterloo. enjoyed art as a child and my mother always told me to pursue arts

“I

school.”

art in

Kolahouz said adult classes are cancelled at the gallery because not enough people register for them. “People in Kitchener- Waterloo

often

don’t express a

who

of interest in the

lot

“Many of

she said.

arts,”

visit the gallery are

tho.se

not even

aware that Homer Watson was one of Canada’s most famous painters.” One of the programs Kolahouz teaches at the gallery

is oil

in the

program

are

told they will paint three paintings

over six weeks. Students

who

supplies and objects that they

attend

-

Pfpo

Capricorn

July 22

Be careful walking upstairs this week. Cancer, as you might trip and fall. Even worse, it will probably be in front of that guy or girl you've been cmshing on lately. Take it in stride. Lucky day: 26

December 22

Ever the

-

The

own

a snob.

participate

program look at it as a fun night out and a chance to improve or leam a new skill. “Attending a program like this in the oil painting

first-year clinical

motivation to get

my

Homer

come

By DENISE MULLER

also

courses

in

for the first time last year.

Conestoga College. These programs are held

“After visiting the gallery

I

found

Aquarius January 20

-

too.

Life

is

too short to feel

any other way. Lucky day: 29

Your birthday hard. Although

time, Virgo,

week one

cpming

up,

you think you've

February 19

-

March 20

it's

big this week, Pisces,

while working on an assignment

you

The

cruellest simplification pos-

a

rundown siding-faced

attention into the details in

daring, and don't be afraid to try

The two say nothing

projects this

something new. Lucky day: 29

they enter the

things in

life that

add up

wonderful ones. Put special

any week. Lucky day: 27

It

stops, backfires,

is

in a

GMC

holding together.

and Jack hops to

each other,

out. until

is

a second-year

journalism student holding fate in the

palm of

his hand.

two

old

guys

mountains (filmed in Alberta) to tend to sheep for the summer, Ennis and Jack’s newly developed relationship

jumps

Ennis tells Jack that the two men were later found brutally beaten to

For more information or to register for a program, call

Homer Watson

House and Gallery or website

at

visit

their

www.homerwatson.on.ca.

“My dad, he made sure me and my brother saw it,” he says. “For

to a

new

know, he done

all I

level.

The passionate, almost violent sex-scene shows exactly how

it.”

was no gay marriage, and homosexuality was simply not accepted. Thus, the two In 1963, there

men

could never live out their love they should have and the way they wanted to, except in that summer, in complete solitude on Brokeback Mountain. After that summer, Ennis and Jack went their separate ways, purthe

way

“normal”

despite

lives,

house in the mountains somewhere and live out a fairytale dream. Both Jack and Ennis each mar-

Jack’s wishes to get a

women and

little

started a family,

despite their true nature burning

within them.

After a few years. Jack cannot stand the separation from Ennis, a

guarded man of few words. He finally seeks him out and pays him a

much-needed visit. From this day forward,

men’s

lives are

whole

Jack wants by “fishing trips” that

due

to certain societal

for

his

who

father-in-law,

sells

large farm machinery. this, Jack always seems push more for the married life with Ennis. Ennis, on the other hand, sees that gruesome image from his childhood, and backs

to

away every

time.

This film, based on a short story by E. Annie Proulx, tells the tale of

two hearts crippled by that expects to

a society

know how someone

should behave. It’s

relate

a tragedy that everyone can to,

but

is

powerful because

only thus more such a close-

it is

up of these two men, who make a tell each other that they

point to

“ain’t queer.”

There is no moral to this story. There is no screaming pro-gay propaganda. It is merely a story of two people who fall in love and are meant to be together forever, but the odds are against them. This

is

a story of the past that

unfortunately

The

still

rings true today.

story ends in a

way only

true love story would. There’s

deprived of their real feelings the two young men have been their lives

them back to Brokeback Mountain, where they relive the summer of 1963 every time. Soon, Ennis’s marriage falls to pieces, and he winds up in a trailer, working on a cattle farm. Jack’s life, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. He works with his wife

Despite

death.

ried

trailer.

Shortly after being sent into the

Brandon Walker

hood memory. “There were

suing

trailer.

Jack pulls up shortly after

aren't particularly enjoying.

truck that only rust

little

to the

on the

love Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) have for each other in Brokeback Mountain. The first five or so minutes of the film start out silently - no words spoken. Ennis hops off a transport truck on the middle of a dusty gravel road and ends up in front of

How can you make it a little more enjoyable using creativity? Be

the

some-

heartstrings, regardless of background, upbringing or even sexual orientation. Everyone has felt it and everyone can identify with it. It’s a movie about two gay cow-

sible for a film so focused

Pisces

or you might get

ahead of yourself Remember,

at the

take

old birds.”

It’s

boys.

Dream

of

with

college.

one’s

within another soul.

shower), don't sing too much karaoke as other people will get annoyed. Lucky day: 24

step at a

partnership

ed to sign up for one.” Students can choose to work independently but Kolahouz keeps a close eye on the classes to offer helpful hints and words of

thing that will pull hard at every-

got a great singing voice (in the

August 23 September 22

this

is

Aquarius, try not to party too

Virgo

Take

and

variety

gallery but are administered by the

shacked up together,” Ennis says. “They were the joke of the town, even though they were pretty tough

a story about a soul that finds

It’s

itself

February 18

good

offers

out about the programs and decid-

and parental expectations.

a big picture without the big

It’s

week, Leo, just don't let it get to your head. Face the facts, you look good every week, the difference is this week you'll be feeling

a

Gallery

Not another cowboy movie

It's

picture.

be looking good this

House

Watson

Lynes, 35, has lived in Kitchener all her life and visited the gallery

Later, Ennis tells Jack of a child-

You'll

encouragement.

intellectual, Capricorn,

off as too much of one thing to be smart but something else to be ignorant of someone else's thoughts and beliefs. Lucky day: 29 try not to

who

individuals

a

paints out,” said Patty Lynes.

would

like to illustrate in their paintings.

Cancer

me

gives

Those enrolled

is

paint-

ing.

the class are asked to bring their

June 22

(Photo by Tara Ricker)

psychology student at the University of Waterloo. She says taking an art program at Homer Watson House and Gallery is a great way to relieve stress.

Jen Boyd, 24,

the

punctuated less often than

Hollywood lots

here.

Be

of Kleenex.

Six out of five stars.

a

no

sure to bring


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Entertainment

— SPOKE, January 23

A A

Million Little Pieces million

By KRISTIN GRIFFERTY

reasons

my hand

lift

my

to feel

without the aid of any painkillers

rightfully deserved.

again to find out the fate of the

or anesthesia

is

enough

author and his difficult battle.

any addict want

to quit.

front four teeth are gone,

hole in ken, and

A

I

have a

life

my cheek, my nose is bromy eyes are swollen nearly

is

Million Little Pieces

is

the real-

story of Frey and his experience

centre as an alco-

in a rehabilitation

holic,

drug

and criminal.

a'ddict

Frey finds himself on a plane with no money, no luggage and absolutely no idea how he got there or where

with a colorful mixture of

teeth,

I

I

spit, snot,

vomit and blood. Have 1 gotten your attention yet?

urine,

one book you read this semester besides your textbooks, let it be A Million Little Pieces by new author James Frey. A Million there

If

is

Pieces

Little

Frey’s

is

which became an er.

to

Some

novel

first

instant best-sell-

credit his instant success

Oprah, for selecting his book to the long list of book club

he

He

going.

is

missing four front

is

has a broken nose and eye

passionately retells his experience

crime,

especially

adults,

this

of going through detox.

He

quickly

learns that at age 23, after

more

than 10 years of substance abuse,

one more drink or drug intake surely

will

him.

kill

Frey writes

in

such a

way

that the

is

Fact or in

which

personal

life

to

the

experiences, and

many

is

whether

compassion

it’s

addiction and criminal activity. For

of you who are English lovers, it’s a memoir. Or is it an autobiography? Or a fictional piece of literature? Bottom line, it is a those

somehow

which

has been forgotten

in

Frey’s

novel,

Pieces, has

suffering with the

thanks to the likes of

Frey became the highest grossing

of 2005, thanks to his “memoir” A Million Little Pieces. author

Frey paints a vivid

picture of his life in a rehabilitation centre, after

the

effects

when

of with-

more than 10 years of

drug and alcohol addiction. Frey shares with the reader his thoughts, feelings (both physical and emotional) and all the people who were

Million

Little

many

ing

same

that

lives,

it

it

really

deep within. These people include none other than Oprah Winfrey. However, in recent news, it has have been revealed by the website The Smoking Gun that parts of the story have been embellished and falsely presented as true fact.

a website

is

Little Pieces delivers is that

which features mug shots and other revealing documents about everyone and everything. For the past few weeks, Frey has been publicly defending himself

any-

one can change his or her life and the lives of their loved ones around them. If you’re like me, you will be reluctant to put down this book and saddened when you finally reach the end. But never fear, James Frey is here. As a former addict, he knows what it’s like to want more.

A

His follow-up to Pieces

Million Little

My

called

is

it’s

Friend

big brother,

it

quickly climbing up the best-

is

and

sure to be just as

is

successful.

matter?

By TOM KALBFLEISCH He’s 50 feet to

when someone makes

own

the author’s

not everything

word

is

personal written

a

life,

that

word

for

exactly what happened.

In Frey’s case, the

poor guy was

an addict and an alcoholic for more than 10 years of his life. Surely we

expect him to remember everything that went on in his tumultuous life. I feel that the importance of this issue has been heavily focused on something trivial, while ignoring can’t

and his book. Cnn.com quotes him as saying, “I’ve acknowledged that there were embellishments in the book, that I’ve changed things, that in certain cases things were toned up, in certain cases things were toned down, that names were changed, that identifying characteristics were changed.” So what’s the big deal you ask? Well, quite frankly,

I

am

asking the

very same question.

Frey wrote a book. A book. Not an essay, nor a historical starters,

text or journalistic article.

I

am

quite

to

smooth the

situ-

ation over a little. In an article on cnn.com, she claims that “Although some of the facts have been questioned, the underlying message of

James Frey’s memoir resonates with me, and I know it

redemption still

in

resonates with millions of other people

climbing buildings,

Sony’s Reader

is

The evolution of books new hand-held

with the

is

upon us

electronic

who have read this book and who

and white film about a giant gorilla named Kong. Directed by Merian Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, the original film debuted groundbreaking stopframe animation, which at the time

was a

great leap in the world of motion pictures. Directed by academy award winning Peter Jackson, the remake version not only improves on the stop-frame animation of King Kong, but also makes the film much more believable and enter-

1

em

audience, Jackson turned to

WETA

Workshop. Known

Chronicles of Narnia, began work on Kong.

Even with

There are many e-book down-

on the reader’s eyes. Sony’s Reader is the size of a paperback but can store hundreds

also play mp3s.

loads

of books.

The Reader book

at

displays one page of a

a time on a high-resolution

electronic paper that

is

apparently

indistinguishable from the real thing.

According to Sony’s web page Sony created the Reader to tackle complaints u.sers had with existing e-books. Users complained that their eyes would become sore from - starting at a computer screen for hours reading e-books. This new Reader guarantees an easy read

without any strain on your eyes.

life is

not an issue since

it

can turn up to 7,500 pages on a fully charged battery. That’s one impressive paperback.

One great advantage is found when travelling. It is so tiny it can be taken anywhere without adding any weight to your luggage. There are various ways to download novels. E-books have been around for .several years but have never caught on in the market.

Sony believes for reading

the Reader could do what the iPod has done

will

have

its

own

fictionwise.com

site

where

and

free-ebooks.net.

E-books usually sell for about $ 0 which is half the cost of buying a paperback or hardcover novel. Avid reader and Guelph resident,

there for

Janna Cecchin, has always liked the convenience of e-books but finds them hard to read on the com-

are

University

Andrew it

of Guelph

Fairfull said

are

some

modem

film Jack

Black’s character does not know of the existence of Kong, while in the original his character knows all start.

Adrian Brody’s character in the 1933 version was the first mate onboard the boat that brings the crew to Kong. In Jackson’s version,

the

character

is

a

screen-

1933 film, Ann Darrow was simply terrified of Kong. In the remake, she comes to sympathize with him and even the

In

writer.

save his

life in

New

York

City.

Among there

inconsistencies

the

many

are

similarities

between the remake and the original. During the ship voyage the

Denham,

films a conver-

be down-

Jack Driscoll

1933

in the original

The costumes and dancing in the theatre when Kong is first shown to the public is almost

film.

identical to that of the original.

The way dinosaur

that in

the

Kong

kills

remake

is

the the

same as the original. The cast of the movie includes Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, Jack Black as Carl through special

Denham effects,

and,

Andy

Serkis plays the great Kong.

Like Lord of the Rings, the filmwas done in New Zealand and was released to theatres on Dec.

way so money and

cussions being done in this

awhile,” she said.

other features.

at

new

differences in the

release. In the

loaded online. “Classes are already

why

advantage any time

movie closely

the

resembling the 1933 version there

offered online with tests and dis-

download

likes the

student

he would love

textbooks could

if

cheap and convenient way to read a book but staring at the computer strains your eyes after “It’s a

during the day.

down-

to

in

puter screen.

Cecchin also

you

eager to see an e-book sales. With more books being bought online the idea of cheap or even free textbooks is a possibility. Students

increase

1

of obtaining a novel

to listening to music.

Sony

like

It’s

is

load,” she said.

loading sites that offer free down-

electronic

Battery

always open when-

book.

bookcase can

This

“The web

with e-books downloaded

hold hundreds of books and can

This electronic novel can

WETA

between his stars Ann Darrow and Bruce Baxter. The dialogue used was from the meeting between Ann Darrow and

ever you feel like reading a certain

be read for hours without any strain

reader.

for the

computer-generated scenes in The Lord of the Rings and The

sation

the reader will also be compatible

from

its

mod-

tries to

people can download e-books but

other locations.

to a

it

feels affection to the extent that she

Canada by

cost between

take the film from

933 version and adapt

and believe an author should focus on the words and the words alone. James, you can lie to me all you want, I will keep reading, because like I said, I enjoy a good book. agree,

I

not in stores yet

The Reader will initially $400 and $500.

April.

giant

this

knows exactly what to do. The new King Kong movie is a remake of the original 1933 black

will continue to read this book.”

Are paperback novels history? but will be available in

comes

it

gorilla

director,

By VANESSA PARKER

and when

about the gorilla from the

the book’s important message.

Oprah was able

own

king of his

tall,

tropical island

taining.

selection to read something about

For

the theatre

To help

afflictions

pulled at something

A

that

seller list

multiple pro-

come forward

The Smoking Gun

message

trip to the dentist for

problem

book was published, saythe book changed their

that

main

Leonard, and like

cedures, including two root canals

But the Million

alcoholic quit drinking.

drawal on the body from narcotics and other addictive substances. A

and

a tool for

Frey battled have

since the

Oprah Winfrey and her dedicated, *cult-like book club.

A

become

that deal with the gripping

Author James Frey and his book, (memoir, non-fiction, whatever you want to call it) quickly topped the

In the novel,

explicit in detail

of alcoholism and addiction. People that

list

is

that the reader feels

for Frey, or the explicit detail

terms of this novel.

best-seller

Frey

the

about what it’s like to try and stay sober in a world full of temptation. The point being made here is that

for reading pleasure,

an

as

wildly popular for

reasons,

a book about alcoholism,

book

serves

make

to

His endless trips to the toilet where he heaves anything and everything from his stomach would make any

certain that,

explanation that Frey goes into,

It’s

among young

novel

amazing educational tool in the fight to beat any kind of addiction.

— does

shares them with the rest of the world.

is

splattered with alcohol, drugs and

there to share the ride with him.

author decides to write about his

own

become addicted

fiction His book

book

from addiction,

suffer

to

like

since readers

it

you can’t help

but root for Frey. In a society that

explaining

favourites. But after reading just a few paragraphs of this book, you

there’s this

Despite his wrong-doings and attitudes in the past,

is

reader actually experiences what

So

struggled with.

wanted in three states. Frey then takes you on a journey to hell and back as he vividly and socket, and

join

By KRISTIN GRIFFERTY

something that many can relate to. His fight to become a better person is something I’m sure all of you have his struggle to survive is

open them and look around shut. and I’m in the back of a plane and look at my there’s no one near me. clothes and my clothes are covered 1

Readers of any age can appreciate this true story. Joining Frey and

and

jungle

turning each page over and over

My

face.

read James Frey novel

to

is

king of the

can see that any praise given to Frey

I

This ape

can’t students save

asked

textbooks

as

well?”

ing

14, the

same date

vious blockbuster

Fairfull.

The Sony Reader It

also has

displays

many Adobe

PDFs, personal documents, blogs, news feeds and JPEGs with the same readability as paper.

as Jackson’s prehit.

King Kong is a very entertaining movie that goes by as fast as the constant action in the movie. Lasting three hours and seven minutes, the movie is a must-see.


Sports

The Great One By BRENT

December

In early gift that

GERHART received a

I

only comes once in a

life-

time.

down-

After wandering through

town Toronto by myself for a couple of hours, waiting anxiously to

Maple Leafs take on the

see the

went

the

go

to

there at about 3:30 p.m., but little

was

1

ready for what would happen

for a stroll

The more

Gretzky’s Restaurant.

me

it

Still

Although

it

had not been

my 1

can

at

the

time inside the establishment,

amazed

never help but be

first

“greatness” the restaurant puts for-

ward.

After

there

all,

many

is

accomplishments and memorabilia from just one person. And, growing up a Gretzky fan didn’t help me

Women’s soccer team needs players By

The coach

for

women’s

four or five

more

is

Brent

looked

at

it,

the

more

1

walked towards

room entrance and

began viewing other incredible accomplishments. Then, a sudden shock hit me. As strange as it may

An

felt

a presence behind me.

me

and greeted

1

turned around and could

my

He’s not,”

was

to

but

there,

1

together 1

said.

a

1

managed

sentence.

to

“Hi,

Gretzky looked

at

1

My

food

could not

cat.

my

chair.

in the restau-

rant.

who were

Almost speechless,

person.”

ness to take care of.” In shock,

past

eyes.

who

establishment.

was beginning to calm down after meeting my boyhood idol, a middle-aged woman saw me shaking with excitement. The lady grabbed my arm and in an attempt to calm me said the worst thing you could say to almost any male Canadian hockey fan. “It’s OK,” she said. “He’s just a I

Quickly, 1 pulled my arm away from the clueless woman. “No!

walked back

“You

didn’t

you?”

1

.see

who

Just

walked

asked a young couple in the booth

seated

beside me.

“No,” they replied. Apparently, Gretzky wasn’t very recognizable

I

replied. “Just a person?

Wayne Gretzky

is

not just a per-

He’s practically royalty. Actually, I’m sure some would argue that he is, in fact, royalty. Along with the young couple

son.”

next to me, later reapproached Gretzky, who was seated beside the 2003 Heritage Classic

seated

I

picture.

Surprisingly enough, for a

2006

— Page 17

hospitality

would be back and had some “busi-

standing right behind me.

Wayne,”

with a friendly,

Following the brief encounter, Gretzky turned around and said he

“The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky himself, was not believe

put

me

Wayne Gretzky was

aura.

Slowly,

Opinion

“Hi,” and smile.

waiting,

1

Gerhart

own

23,

man

is

has gone through so

the media, especially

On Dec. 6, Gretzky was in Toronto to scout Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe, however, with the loss of his mother to lung cancer less than two weeks later. I’m sure he had more important things on his mind. With everything going on, Gretzky was still a class act. He is rather quiet and seemingly shy, but willing to sign everything brought

forward.

He may not live in Canada anymore. He may be the coach of one of hockey’s most southern teams. However, there is still one thing you cannot deny. The Great One will forever have Canadian hospitality.

varsity

looking for

any of the practices, held 7 to 8 a.m.

and Thursday evening from 4:30

to

6:30 p.m., in the recreation centre. “And we also take part in an open recreational league every Thursday night as well,” Miller said.

Players

who have

experience are

preferred, said Miller. “At varsity,

an expected skill level.” Miller also said former high school players should be able to there’s

make the transition to varsity. The team is currently in third league (stats as of Jan. 15), out of eight teams. Miller said the league helps prepare the team for the

place

the

in

regionals. “If

recreation

we

didn’t partici-

pate in the league we’d only have

about three hours a she said.

week of

prac-

tice,”

“That’s not enough time to prepare a team that’ll get a medal. the league

is

So

kind of like a practice

too.”

They have an alumni tournament

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The Great One was extremely

Rebecca Miller said players can try out at

much and

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soccer said the team

I

felt.

dining

sound,

next.

As

and found myself on one picture on the wall beside a booth. It was of Gretzky from the 2003 Heritage Classic game in Edmonton, Alta. There was something strange about it. real

telling

in his 1

fixated

Los Angeles Kings, I thought 1 would casually head to Wayne

Something kept

has Canadian

still

marvel over everything any less. While waiting for my dinner,

SPOKE, January

Shawna Bernard


Sports

— SPOKE, January 23, 2006

Page 18

Blue Jays ready to

busy off-season

fly after

Birds have improved lineup after significant signings seems

It

yesterday

just

Toronto Blue Jays

won

Right after signing Burnett, the

the

Millwaukee

back World Series championships (1992 and 1993). The Jays had many key weapons and all-stars, such as Joe Carter, John Olerud and Roberto Alomar .and pitchers, Jimmy Key and Jack Morris,

who

all

obtaining

were instrumental

on the role of Santa Claus by giv-

$55 million contract Dec. 6. Burnett and ace Roy Halladay make one of the best one-two start-

ing general manager J.R Ricciardi more money to spend on free

Though Burnett

agents so the blue birds can hope-

career with only a 49-50 win-loss

in

those championship seasons. Jays’

fully return to their status,

five-year,

owner Ted Rogers has taken

championship

while capturing the tough

American League (AL) East division. The Jays finished the 2005 season with an 80-82 won-loss record.

ing

pitching

threats

record, he brings

starts

in

MLB. his

Jay

some much need-

ed innings (209) and strikeouts (198) to a team who didn’t have a starter with more than 13 wins on the season. If

Burnett’s

numbers improve

36 of 41 games, with a 2.43 earned run average and made his first all-star appearance

with a new offence and defence behind him than Toronto could have two starters with 20 or more victories. Halladay won the Cy Young in 2003 and was on pace for another Cy Young worthy season (12-4 record and a 2.41 earned run

for the Baltimore Orioles last sea-

average) until a line drive off the

son.

bat

Some MLB experts are confused to why the Jays committed so much money for a closer. Well, the Jays

Kevin Mench hit his right ankle, ending his season on June 8. With Halladay healthy again and Burnett reunited with his old Florida Marlins pitching coach, Brad Amsberg, for the first time since

First

addressed their

Ricciardi

pitching needs by inking free-agent closer B.J.

million

Ryan

to a five-year,

contract

closed the door

Nov. 28.

$47

Ryan

in

are hoping their 29-year-old lefty can convert saves in a bullpen that blew 21 saves in 2005.

swung

Jays

back-to-

of Texas Rangers’ outfielder

deal

a

Brewers

with

Dec.

baseman

first

the 7,

Lyle

down

then Toronto

games. Next Ricciardi landed a number 2 starter in A.J. Burnett by signing the 28-year-old right-hander to a

rotation.

The Jays then had to bring in more offensive weapons to complement their stellar pitching, so Ricciardi pulled the trigger on a

couple of trades.

with

ers,

work out for the Jays. The Jays need veteran

these

lineup to satisfy

so hopefully

all

all

his play-

the

moves

trades

designated hitter and a fourth outfielder.

The Bosox traded for second baseman Mark Loretta from the San Diego Padres for backup catcher Doug Mirabelli. They also brought third

in

reliever

Josh

Ramirez

for

shortstop

and

relievers

Sanchez, Jesus Harvey Garcia.

void that Delgado

have made will merely

behind.

The moves

the

Hanley Anibal and

Delgado

such as outfielder Vernon Wells and catcher Gregg Zaun, to become leaders and help fill the presence left

Beckett,

Guillermo Mota from the

Marlins players,

starter

baseman Mike Lowell and

Yanks and Sox fill

holes in

New

lineups that are only getting older,

Delgado signed off-season by acquiring third baseman Troy Glaus from the Arizona Diamondbacks for Batista and 2005 Gold Glove second baseman Orlando Hudson Dec. 27. Glaus slammed 37 home runs and batted in 97 Tuns last season for the

York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, have had limited off-season moves. The Yankees sharpened up their bullpen by signing relievers Kyle Farnsworth, Mike Myers and

but the Jays are getting stronger

Red Sox by

signing him to a four-

D’backs.

year

to

The Jays found lost

the big bat they

after Carlos

with the Marlins

In

Hudson

last

the

Jays

lose

infielder that single-handedly

an

won

games on defence with his dazzling catches, but became expendable after the

reasurrance of infielder

As

for Toronto’s rivals, the

Octavio Dotel to contracts. They also stole Johnny Damon from the

and have respectable backups when their starters aren’t producing.

So, the Jays’ future looks brighter than the glare off Ricciardi’s glasses.

Whether or not he makes more trades before spring training begins

2004. They also re-signed Bernie

March, Jays fans should be conmoves the Jays have made and I think they should be enough to handle the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, and take them to their first division

Williams and he

title

deal

man

centre-field.

Damon, along with Gary

Sheffield

and Hideki Matsui combined for an outfield that drove in 314 runs in is

expected to be a

in

tent with the

since 1993.

Aaron Hill. Hill filled in at third and chipped in with three homers and drove in 40 runs during his rookie campaign.

Now

Ricciardi

more two new cor-

has done

ner infielders taking over the jobs

earn more victories in close

time

and the Jays 2004 first-round draft

looks solid. The Jays 2004 all-star Ted Lilly, one of AL’s best up-andcoming starters, Gustavo Chacin and Josh Towers round out the Jays

may

split

pick Zach Jackson.

only converted 31 saves and had an earned run average over four. If Ryan can convert the majority of the saves that Batista

will

in the

work

couldn't hold

and

minor-league left-handed pitcher

2003, the Jays starting rotation

who

fielder

Reed John.son in left field. With all weapons on the team manager John Gibbons has to find room

Batista,

Ryan replaces Miguel

Hillenbrand will probably remain as a designated hitter and Hinske will be switched into a out-

season.

Overbay and right-handed pitcher Ty Taubenheim for starter Dave Bush, outfielder Gabe Gross and

Overbay hit 19 homers and batted in 72 runs, with a .276 batting average in 115 games in 2005 for the Brewers. A full and consistent season should improve his numbers.

and

after acquiring

of the threesome tandem from

last

year (Eric Hinske, Shea Hillenbrand and Corey Koskie). He traded Koskie to the Brewers for minor league pitcher Brian Wolfe.

Koskie finished his Jays tenure with a .249 average, 1 1 homers and 36 runs batted in after only 97 games in a injury plagued 2005

(Internet photos)

Troy Glaus (above) and B.J. Ryan are two key weapons on offence and pitching who will help make the Toronto Blue Jays a strong contender

(Photo by Brandon Walker)

A

tall order Ma Xin, a former general business student at Conestoga, has his shot blocked by Ryley Maxwell, a Grade 6 student at St. Bernadette’s school, during a friendly game of basketball an indoor court in an apartment building near Fairview Mall.

at

in

the

2006 season.


Sports

SPOKE, January

— Page 19

2006

23,

Head-to-head: East versus west some

Eastern Conference scores

surprises

an old-time Western shootout

It’s

Some hockey fans may have thought the Hoekey League (NHL) would

The Western Conference

National

with

hit roek bottom after the lockout. Those people would have been completely wrong. Just like a broken relationship, the NHL has found a way to bounce back and they’ve shown the fans that they were really missing out. There were rule changes made, the players have really responded to them and, as a result, there have been teams surprising their eritics throughout the NHL halfway

throughout the

have

In the

Eastern Conference the salary cap

team and has turned some of the teams into powerhouses in the process. Teams such as the New York Rangers, the Buffalo Sabres and the Carolina Hurricanes have all made unbehas affected every

being in 2003-

lievable strides this .season after

the

basement of the conference

in the

'04 .season. like a

team on

a

mission and they have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

second

are

2003-’04 as of Jan.

15.

New

in Jaromir Jagr (69 and they have .several affordable playmakers such as Martin Straka (48 points), Michael Nylander (40 points), Martin Rucinsky (31 points) and rookie Petr Prucha (21 goals, 27 points), who have chipped in nicely considering in years past the Rangers have wasted money on players who didn't produce on the scoreboard. Rookie goaltender Henrik Lundquist is also having a remarkable season with 17 wins, a 2. 13 goals against average and a sparkling .926 save percentage. If he keeps it up he may be looking at the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year) instead of tbe Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby or the Washington Capital’s Alexander Ovechkin. The Sabres don’t have very many offensive weapons considering their leading

points)

Tim Connolly, only has 36

points,

but their goaltending has been explosive.

The saving tandem of Martin Biron and Ryan Miller have combined for 27 of the team’s 28 wins and they have been the main ond

why

Canes (64 points)

the

Carolina’s goaltender Martin Gerber has surpri.scd his critics as he’s posted a 22-7-2 win-lo.ss record with a sharp 2.72 goals against average. Three major disappointments in the East

but the Detroit

Aebi.scher remains hot and

as offensively productive as years past, but

Tanguay and

line

first

of Pavel Datsyuk between

come

playoff time

goaltender

Roberto Luongo (18 wins) and team capJokinen (48 points) having steady

To do so. The Predators will need goaltender seasons, the rest of the Panthers’ players Tomas Vokoun to keep stealing victories, cenhave been mediocre at best and missing the tre Steve Sullivan to maintain his point-a-game playoffs should be in their future.

pace and have Paul Kariya continue re-emerg-

for the Pens, much hype was made phenom Crosby (48 points) and free agent signings, such as forwards Zigmond Palffy, Mark Recchi and John LeClair,

ing as an

As

NHL star.

toughest

the

Conference, but

division it

NHL

may

be

Western

the

in

to

very well be

regards

in

As of Jan.

defenceman Sergei Gonchar and goaltender

to the entire

Jocelyn Thibault, but they only have 31 points in the standing to show for all their

four points separated four of the division’s top

Ottawa Senators lead the Northeast division (with 63 points) and they appear to be

Cup contenders come

Miikka Kiprusoff continues

playoff time.

is

not a

who

is

second

in total ice

time, will need to stay consistent for the rest of the season since the

Flames are the lowest scor-

ing team in the Northwest.

man

at

who was

him.

Since then he’s improved every

The Toronto Raptors went on a tear in December, winning seven out of 14 games and ended the month on a two-game winning streak. They started January by keeping the streak alive,

winning

five

of their

seven games. Only winning half

first

of their not

games

in

sound great

their

December might but compared to

record in November, one win

facet of his

game

Leave him open as ly

since last season.

at the

top of the key,

Dikembe Mutombo did frequentwhen the Raps played the

Houston Rockets, and he’ll hit jumper after jumper. If the defence guards him tightly he bums them with his quick first step to the basket. Try to double-

team him and he

hits

Mike James

year to

The

Oilers have goaltending problems of

own. Neither Ty Conklin nor Jussi Markkanen are among the Top 30 in the goals against average and save percentage categories, yet players such as Shawn Horcoff, Alex Hemsky, Ryan Smyth and Chris Pronger manage to keep the team in the hunt.

Bosh makes

Bosh and

his

ing while Carter tried to cle

jump

front iron

Bosh ing

is

shots

that

make mira-

often

not only carrying the scor-

most

load

nights

but

or Charlie Villanueva for an open

he’s getting assists

three pointer or fools the defence

tantly,

Bosh has been stellar for the Raps since November. For the first few weeks of the season he

with strong post-up moves and

better.

quick spins to the hoop.

player like Carter doesn’t do.

had trouble passing out of the constant double or triple team. And he

jump on opponents quick inough when he had the ball and hat gave them time to throw an

on the team. He can literally carry them on his shoulders in a way that even Vince Carter, an all-star dud

didn’t

he’s

rebounding, he’s blocking shots,

team.

The Raps should give Bosh a touch on every possession, double team or not. He’s the central force

grazed

and went out of bounds.

out of 15, they look like a different

Chris

last

Jersey, couldn’t.

teammates better. In the past, teammates would end up standing around and watchis

and most impormaking his teammates Those ai'e things a flashy

ever say,

is

get

Stars

the

spectacular

would back,

dunks, in

among

that sits near the

goals against. Turco,

ca.se for his first

the

Vezina

league leaders

in

Mike Modano

defenceman

To say

and defenceman Sergei one of the best offensive

season

Zubov continues

NHL.

in the

that

in the

to be

I

am

completely surprised by any

Western Conference would be an

overstatement. Strangely enough, the West

phasing out pretty close to

how

1

is

pictured

it.

The only minor .shock would be the collapse of the 2004 Western Conference runner-ups San Jose Sharks. The southern California team greatly

improved

its

roster with the shocking

addition of franchise forward Joe Thornton

(from Boston). Thornton brought along a lengthy winning streak and quickly improved the Sharks record, but the team still lingers

from playoff contention. Goaltender Evgeni struggled from the get-go and has already missed 10 games due to shoulder and groin injuries. The former Calder Trophy winner’s record is still below .500, save percentage below .900 and goals against average above

Nabokov

all

very uncharacteristic for the Russian.

Western Conference half-season predictions (Detroit

Lubomir Visnovsky (Los Angeles Kings) Vezina Trophy (Best Goaltender): Miikka Kirprusoff (Calgary Flames)

in

December

Bosh wants the ball in his hands in crunch time. Not necessarily to score, but to

make

the

never, let

some of swamp-

lands of Jersey, but he’s no leader.

Red Wings)

Norris Trophy (Best Defenceman):

big time decisions

line,

helping the team win three of

the four

games

that

week.

won

Villanueva

rookie of the

draw the extra coverage in order to give his teammates more

month honours after averaging more than 14 points and nearly

room. Although it sometimes seems like Bosh and James hate each other on the court, what they’re really doing is trying to get the best out of each

five

off the bench.

other.

one home victory

for the

came

lowly Atlanta

and

to

“It’s just

him

the court or

letting

me

me know

letting

on

him know

Jan. 2 to 8, after he averaged 25.3

which he’s shown

team

in

making a strong

2()03-’()4

me

my

on

NHL’s most

Dallas Stars are

goals against and wins. Captain

He may have had

thing Carter

carry us to victory.

is

something needs to be done a certain way,” said Bosh, in the Toronto Star, Jan. 14. James was awarded Eastern Conference player of the week for

he’s

And one

who

their

difference between

Carter

often the

Hart Trophy (MVP): Pavel Datsyuk

The

traded from Toronto

New

is

Kings. Goaltender Marty Turco has been the

3.00,

Raptors show potential after strong play extra

Pacific Division

main focus on a

offs.

Vezina Trophy (Best Goaltender); Dominik Hasek (Ottawa Senators)

vault

making sure teams everywhere take notice. The Stars have been on a roll since the new year began and managed to furthermore increase the gap from the streaky Los Angeles

1

a big reason

BRANDON WALKER

The

With goaltender Dan Cloutier out until midApril, the Canucks are without a true No. goaltender, but Alex Auld is doing his best to prove he can backstop the team into the play-

Maple

(Toronto

he

leads the league in shutouts (six) and

Hart Trophy (MVP): Peter Forsberg (Philadelphia Flyers) Norris Trophy (Best Defenceman);

McCabe

to prove

one-year wonder. Currently, Kiprusoff, only to Florida’s Roberto Luongo

Eastern Conference half-season predictions

Bryan

only

question mark on their goaltending situation as

So, the NHL has been full of surprises and disappointment, but one thing that is for sure is the NHL is back and is entertaining millions of fans throughout North America.

Leafs)

15,

teams (Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers). The Flames are the front-runners in the division and may be the only team without a

Other than the Canes, the Flyers lead the Atlantic division (with 63 points) and the

Stanley

as well.

four

talented players.

the

By

Avs could very well

forgotten division, but the

team

The Northwest Division was predicted

with

Marck

returned to his old form after a disappointing

lead in the West.

tain Olli

season and find themselves tied for third in goals in the East with 159 with the Philadelphia Flyers. The play of leading is

and also challenge for the

division’s top spot

Sakic, Alex

past the competition.

Trophy, ranks

all

scorer Eric Staal (59 points)

offensive team, the

need the Red Wings to slightly stumble, or even create a surge of their own, to take the

Team Canada

Jrx:

rookie sensation

surpri.se

38 points) and hasn’t shown any signs of improving. Despite their

David

goaltender

Svatos continue leading the conference’s most

bottom of the league

tenders continue to stop pucks every night.

The Hurricanes have been swirling up

Colorado

if

Division, remain in striking distance and only

the

if

Central

However,

Northeast (with

the Sabres find themselves secNortheast division with 59 points

noise

weak

to finally overtake Detroit in the sits last in the

any of the

close,

Captain Steve Yzerman and longtime teammates Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper may not be

Hockey Town. Add in three-time Norris and the Penguins. Trophy winner Niklas Lidstrom plus the reliThe Bruins haven’t impressed anyone able goaltending tandem of Manny Legace and before or after the Joe Thornton trade Dec. Chris Osgood, and the Wings could be that sent the superstar to the San Jose favourites going into the Stanley Cup playoffs Sharks for forwards Marco Sturm and as well. Wayne Primeau and defenceman Brad The Nashville Predators, who were my pick

The team

With the division being so

four teams could be in the lead after 82 games.

wingers Hendrik Zetterberg and veteran Brendan Shannahan, has worked wonders for

Stuart.

Opinion

Red

are the Boston Bruins, the Florida Panthers

With two healthy goaltenders, the Sabres

goals

new NHL,

Division.

with the

(as of Jan. 15).

may make

the

have reacquired their position near the top of the Western Conference and lead the Central

arc leading the

Southeast division and arc 14 points ahead of the Atlanta Thrashers.

why

in the

may be

It

Brent Gerhart

panned-out

far

what was anticipated.

clo.se to

York has the

NHL’s leading scorer

reason

fans

NHL .season.

of the west, everything has so

in the Atlantic division

with 57 points (25-12-7 win-lo.ss record) and are two wins shy of their win total of

scorer,

half of the

first

its

excitement

1

The Rangers have played

They

da/./lcd

and

action

While the new rule changes were said to bring a change amongst the usual front-runners

Also,

through this season.

high-llying

fans

for

that

four rebounds

and seven game. He also shot a dazzling 1 3 for 2 1 from the three-point

points,

assists per

rebounds a game for the month, in only 25 minutes coming Six out of the seven

December were on against

the

wins

the road.

in

The

Dinos

Hawks.

The Raptors play in Denver at 9 p.m., shown on the

Monday Score,

host

the

Chicago Bulls

7 p.m., shown on in Sportsnet, play

Wednesday

at

Rogers Milwaukee Friday night at 8:30, broadcast on the Score, and host the Sacramento Kings at 7 p.m., aired on TSN.


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