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Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.

www.conestogac.on.ca/spoke

MOLSON

38th Year

Conestoga has also received a $

Hallman foundation, which

sometimes

forward with plans to switch

$1 million

on King

at the

ed

The new campus will offer programs including apprenticeship (Photo by Jon Molson)

108 University Ave. E. in Waterloo, Conestoga College’s Waterloo campus.

University Heights, located at will

be the new home

for

campuses

where there are more services available and also from our point of view, it is more cost-effective.”

process that included offering the former high school to other school boards. But a commitment from the

Conestoga’s board of governors approved the almost $6-million purchase on Nov. 28. .Conestoga

provincial government to pay for

expressed interest in purchasing

will help cover the costs involved

don’t want to be in

that

students

campu.ses,

little

they want to be in bigger

of

about

say,

look,

someone has

recognition and we would like you to give us three million and in return we will put your name on the building. That is what we’re trying to do right now and you

University

all

the operating dollars for appren-

ticeship training

and prep studies

“People

who

give us a $3-mil-

in this initiative.

said.

Tibbits said before the commitment from the provincial government the risks for this initiative were much greater as the college

lion donation expect

faced the expenses of purchasing and renovating as well as funds for student training.

“Now we know

money

that

is

guaranteed and that is important obviously to get government funding in place, so that is what’s changed and made it worthwhile for us to move ahead,” he said.

You

tion.

some

recogni-

don’t just say thank you

and then leave, you have to sit down and talk about what kind of recognition. There are very few people who are going to give $3 million anonymously. I mean, some might, but most people want to be recognized for doing that.”

He

believes the recent federal elecmade it difficult in acquiring

tion has

additional

government funding. all, you don’t know who

just that,” Tibbits said.

Tibbits said Conestoga plans to the former Waterloo campus and interest has been expressed from potential buyers. sell

“Our goal now

have

you

power and second-

they are in power."

more

substantial donation.

in

“People say things during elections but I’m more interested in what they say after the election when

year, so

don’t get those in five minutes,” he

Heights after the Waterloo Region District School Board put the building on the market a couple of years ago. The college initially didn’t have the resources to go through with the purchase and had to wait out a

find

total

some minor

language training and adult educa-

“We

a

given us a million and they just want

training, culinary studies, English

improving the services," said John Tibbits, president of Conestoga

cost

— No. 4

promi.scs during elections arc

Tibbits said he hopes the gift from the Hallman foundation will help Conestoga obtain an even

“If

.square feet.

College.

to

.$7.5 million.

previous

“Our goal is to really grow the Waterloo campus, so we can offer more services to the students and keep growing it so we can continue

The donation

front the

Street to 115,000

tion.

raised.

is

Hallman Foundation will be spent on renovation and equipment purchases, which are expect-

and complete renovations on the former University Heights Secondary School. The acquisition of University Heights will almast double the amount of space at the Waterloo campus, which will increase from ties

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KPI time again and the college hoping to retain its No. 1 status.

It’s

to

is

.sell

it

this

wc could move all activity September, but if we don’t we’ll

in

to re-evaluate

it

then, but that

our goal to sell the campus,” he said. “Obviously it is important to sell it because we want to put the is

money from the sale toward the purchase of the other one and that is the key for us, but we can’t panic and we’re quite prepared to hang on

to the

former campus.”

Tibbits said the increased space at the

new campus

will allow for

greater student enrolment. “I think we will be training roughly on an annual basis approximately another 500 apprentices. That is quite significant,” he said. “So we’ll be able to grow the apprenticeship there hopefully by 1 5 or 20 per cent, which is a significant growth.” He said so far the college has raised about $1.5 million.

Continued on Page 2

“First of

College faculty to take strike vote Feb. 7 By BRANDON WALKER The

Public

Ontario

Employees Union college students

Service

sent a letter to

the province,

in

Jan. 10, stating concerns $87.3 mil-

lion

in

funding from

Feb. 7 for a strike vote.

“We’ve had issues on workload

what presents a problem. They also don’t receive any benefits or have

rounds of bar-

any union representation,” Boettger

mandate

said.

happen,” said Boettger.

workload, not salary.

Rae

the

Review isn’t being used to hire more support staff. The letter said isn’t put toward if the money

over the

last three

gaining,” said Boettger.

“We now

have data. A number of faculty at each college have logged their teaching, marking and preparation activities and we’ve supplied them to an independent agency. (The

improving the quality of education

agency has) compiled this documentation and presented it to the

by hiring support, faculty may

bargaining table.

According to Chris Bentley, the minister of training, the $87.3 million from the Quality Improvement will

make improvements

“students will see and benefit from

immediately and accountability agreements will ensure the extra money produces results.” The letter states the government’s first

principle for the funding

hire

more support

staff

is to

and faculty

so students will have better access to

a

new

course, the part-time

teacher has even said,

and

more pressure, he more strain on

that puts

may

“What

get a strong

some bargaining

to

not be taking the situation

seriously

and

I

believe

a proposed date of

Boettger said the system is underto get more funding he

funded and

thinks they need to take this step. “It’s

opinion, the government a

strike

mandate would help them under-

students.

The union has

my

“In

to get

is

stand our issues,” he said.

not a pleasant step to take,

hurtful

to

it’s

us as faculty because

we’re not taken seriously and to students because they might feel they won’t complete the year.

Continued on Page 2

said the college system from serious quality issues (in the Rae Review),” he said. “Teacher contact time (and) class size (are the main issues).” Boettger said one of the other

“Bob Rae

strike.

Fund

If it’s

we’re looking to do

their teachers.

management

It

only

says college

planned

on

spending the money to hire faculty for additional enrolment and none of the mon^y would be spent on improving student/teacher ratios or on reducing class size. Walter Boettger, president of Local

237,

Conestoga avoid a

gaining

which

faculty, said

strike.

represents

he hopes to

Boettger said this bar-

session

has

been

about

suffers

issues the union

with

is

is

trying to deal

the idea of hiring full-time

faculty as

opposed

to part-time.

“Part-timers receive significantly less

compensation for

their

work.

Also, they don’t have a commit-

ment

to the college

lege doesn’t have a

because the col-

commitment

to

them,” he said.

“Not

to

say

part-time

faculty

aren’t dedicated but the available

time they have for students is less. One of the reasons is they need to

work

at

order to

more than one

location in

make ends meet; maybe

a

few hours at Conestoga, a few at Fanshawe, a few at Mohawk. “Their sole income is not at one place of employment. And that’s

(Photo

by Benjamin Richmond)

Raising the ante Conestoga students

try their luck at

the college on Jan. 17.

See

story on

Student Poker Championships’ second qualifying poker night at

Page

6.


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— SPOKE, January 30, 2006

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Teachers not overworked

Now deep thoughts ...with Random

Conestoga College

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Continued from Page 1 “But it’s one of those situations where we need to make the point in order to get the college system back on track, to ensure quality for future students and returning students.

We

talk

all

about

but

it

it’s

time to do something.’’

Valentine’s

Day experience?

Boettger said strike

involved, but I

boyfriend and

I

went out

We

bus and since he was broke, had to pay. broke up with him two weeks later.” Heather Largy, second-year marketing

had

to take the

I

I

(was supposed a semi-formal on “I

Valentine’s boyfriend.

Day

I

I

went

settled

to

solo.”

Jo Gage, second-year broadcasting

management

“We

good offer on and there’s a lot of room for discussion on the key issues, salary and workload,” said Tibbits. think there’s a

the table

went

to

my

see Weezer

cousin on

Valentine’s Day.

I

got

weeks before

Daniela Huber, broadcasting

as faculty

works more

Day

altogether.”

Andy

funded system “All that

in

the Ontario

is

the worst

still

Canada.

money

second-year mechanical engineering

we’ve hired

significantly in the last four years,”

we’ve made improvements System (SIS), where students can get marks online, technology upgrades, new labs, new hardware and new software. “So, there’s been a significant to the Student Information

we want

to offer

a

And

fair

basi-

wage

efit

where the classes are a

venience.

workload. They do less of other things because the workload formula is based on the number of

num-

I’ve

been

single for three

Jon

Wolf,

a CSI director and second-year public relations student

Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!

with the least amount of inconimperative

“It’s

.

students are

all

and have the opportucomplete the year,” said

treated fairly nity

to

Jackson. “That’s

my biggest fear, if

to do. If a teacher

said

to

they do go on strike,

“My

has three differ-

workload

the

has

biggest worry

remained constant for around 20

doesn’t really

years.

of education with Ontario college students,” Jackson said, although

our faculty work hard, but the actual hours and the for-*

mula

actually the same, so

is

you

have it both ways. The workload formula hasn’t changed and they work within that formula, but somehow they’re working a lot harder. I mean, how? It can’t can’t

be.

“And

that’s not

my

interpretation,

that's scientific fact. If

company and

you work

he did agree

it

would be

hiring

full-time

faculty,

meant for. “Now, I wouldn’t say the Rae Review is a waste by any means. We’ve got $6.4 billion over the next four years. That’s (a large input) of cash to the college system. That gets us

raise.

We

are

but doesn’t

at par,

they say you

put us as the leader of the pack by

a week, and it’s always 35, and they ask you to work 38, you can always refuse,

any means. We’re still one of the lowest funded provinces in the

for a

work 35 hours

country.

“So

but you’ll get overtime.”

prepared to give

is

but the lower work-

money. it would

tional

“In fact,

Continued from Page 1 “I’m out there on a regular basis trying to raise money,” Tibbits said. “What we will do is dependent on

if

n’t

an increase in the number of sections of both carpentry

and plumb-

ing apprenticeship students.

list,

until

going

there’s

we did have room

defito

be

money from

Rae Review recommendations

would be disappointed

to

something

if

it

went

else.”

spacious Waterloo campus, lege

to

expand

it

allows the coltruck/coach

into

apprenticeship training

“Previously they would be on a waiting

would

said, “I

definitely gets to the right purpose. I

result in a sig-

hope

nitely

the

concern for

that’s definitely a

load would eat up any kind of addi-

can docuthe investments to improve

a waste

some of the funding from the Rae Review went toward things it was-

the learning resource centre, student

we

new year

is going to go which in<um improve the quality

quality at the college; investments in

all

we’ve been

the this

is

to teachers’ salaries,

accountability, that the

So,

could be a

it

long and lengthy battle.”

Management more money,

at

Guelph

as well as possibly expanding the

millwright and welding

facilities,”

not going to go and spend $7 mil-

or had to travel to another part of

lion if we only have three. We will spend three and keep raising the money. We’ll do renovations at a rate that we have the money.”

the province for the in-school por-

he said. “It makes for a wonderful opportunity to serve our local

tion of their apprenticeship train-

apprentices

money

is

the

renovations.

“The renovations are much simpler; the

bigger uncertainty

is rais-

money. You have to go around and ask people and it takes time,” he said. “It’s one of those things you have to keep working at it and I believe it is going to happen because I believe this a worthwhile ing

years.”

and CSI both sup-

will give students the greatest ben-

big-

ger but that impacts a teacher’s

CSA

me,” Jackson

Ontario.

more complicated than doing

hate Valentine’s Day.

said

port students and avoiding a strike

He said the union wants more money and a lower workload.

in

Tibbits said raising the

“I

He

pay additional salary or hire more people, he said. Tibbits said there may be cases

“I believe

has really been

spent. (In this college)

how much money we

Vernon,

Falconer resigned.

to

New campus more avoid Valentine’s

after

from the government

technology improvements.”

try to

week

He

services,

“I

he undertook Just last former president Justin

position

than the workload, the college has

little

Conestoga

a

that.

ment

first-year

have 300, show me where we’re building more of those.”

As soon

also

is

18

investing significantly,

Day.”

Jackson

College third-year business management student and president of Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI), a

years but what has to be under-

rate

Valentine’s

definitely don’t support a

best funding they’ve seen in

the faculty that’s similar to the going

broke up with my boyfriend and it’s two

“We

said,

funding we’re receiving

cally,

just

Matt Jackson, president of the College Student Alliance (CSA),

ent courses they get a benefit from

investment in the college.

“I

ing,” said Tibbits.

This past year the provincial government provided colleges with the

is

I’d

happen-

that’s

ber of preparations a teacher has

centre,

broadcasting

know where

like to

full-time faculty

some

Todd Donald,

are here.

students in the class and the

services, we’re building a student

first-year

who

“So, less work, more money.

more than 100 members.

pulled to the stage by

broken.”

changed? What it would there’d be less work for the

is

the workload formula

the college has hired

he said. “We’ve improved student

friends and ended up getting some bones

hasn’t

(teachers)

some “some

that

to get a collective

is

stood, Tibbits said,

“I

the problems in

(programs),” Tibbits said,

mary focus agreement.

when

(teacher) strike.”

only have 10, 11, 12 (students). Show me those large lecture halls

bar-

is still

add more

faculty

mean

Tibbits.

gaining with the union and the pri-

lege, said

“Why would we

Tibbits.

are

“One of John Tibbits, president of the col-

college system

with

overworked. “What I’m having trouble understanding is we’ve had the same workload formula in existence for 20-something years, so the formula hasn’t increased, there’s no suggestion it should increase.” On average, that formula says teachers teach on average 14 hours a week, but don’t forget teachers teach from September to May, said

7.

Tibbits said in the last four years

pick him up, he wasn’t there, so

is

our energy into now.”

my

When went

nothing

if

“The discussion should continue and we’ll do everything in our power to come up with a settlement. That’s what we’re putting

to go) to

with

a vote to

is

by the mediator, the teachers would go on strike around March

“When was 1 6 my for Valentine’s Day.

there

if

he hopes a mediator gets

nificant addition to faculty,” said

Tibbits said he doesn’t feel teachers

the

he said.

ing,”

He for

also said the available space the

grams

and their employers and gives a clear pathway to

locally

college’s

carpentry pro-

high school students into good paying Jobs in the construction indus-

and will also allow us to expand our programming to meet local

be quadrupled and the shop capacity for plumbing will be

try

doubled.

needs.”

will

“We will

have a minimum of eight

sections of carpentry apprentices

from

six sections this year, as well

our section size has increased capacity,”

run a tions,

up

White

minimum

said.

“We

in

will also

of 10 plumbing sec-

up from eight sections

last

White said there is still a lot of work to be done in preparation for the fall semester.

“My

faculty and staff are already

up their sleeves preparing to open a Skills Centre qf Excellence on time to meet the needs of the rolling

project.”

year with larger section sizes.”

students,” he said.

Greg White, chair of trades and apprenticeship at Conestoga’s Doon campus, said the purchase of

White said these apprentices previously had to enroll at the Guelph campus. “By moving them to our new

that

University Heights will allow for

“We

the fundraising

are hopeful

campaign

is

successful to allow us to offer the

top-notch training in a top-notch facility.”


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SPOKE, January

Checking up with student By BRENT GERHART

“I’m really excited for

“Once With another semester underway,

the student

we’ll be able to rellect

the people responsible for promot-

of the model on the

ing student

going

life

at

the college are

excited about the possibility of a healthy 2006.

To make sure Conestoga students enjoy their winter semester to the fullest, student life co-ordinator

Leanne Holland Brown said she has some words to live by. “First, you should check out your pulse,” she said, “and if you haven't checked out your pulse lately, it's beating strong at Conestoga." To go along with the building of

the

new

student centre, which

venture

joint

is

finalized,

and

facilitate

the stu-

information “booster shot.”

CONNEX and listening CJIQ. There are also plenty of events happening in the Waterloo Region this semester, including the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, the checking

one-day maple on April 1. Third, Holland Brown suggested largest

immunize

able at Student Services to help stu-

An

committee

orientation

an

in

is

attempt to create

more student engagement with

dents

succeed.”

Finally,

she

“Sometimes students

need

Getting involved in activities outside school, in places such as the

demand, an expanded orientation model is in development.

rec centre, or even being involved in

Holland Brown said the new student life website is also under construction and debut in early spring.

student

by checking out

life

some, but it has the ability to influence your entire life. “You want to graduate from Conestoga with the right skills, but a really important part is also meaningful relationships, positive memories and moments you experience along the way when you look back in 20 years, those are the

the

leadership opportunities that will be

new

posted on the

may

site,

student

web-

life

goals for a healthy stu-

The student experience may be

get connected with those services.”

entation and. to help meet popular

.set

brief for

to

ori-

also help relieve stress.

things

you think

By PAIGE HILTON

tion rate is also

measured but

inter-

nal data is used.

During the week of Jan. 30

stu-

dents will take part in the survey that rates Ontario’s 21 colleges

of

applied arts and technology and the

and advanced learning. Last year Conestoga rated No. 1

three institutes of technology

John Tibbits, president of Conestoga College, said he is nervous about KPIs, but the college focuses on making needed improvements for students rather than the score.

many ways,

sports in

“It’s like

— you can never be

many

able

results are

Indicators

(KPIs) were established in 1999 by the Ministry of Training, Colleges

and Universities and are run across the

same week

sure

if

you’re going to be

in

April,

track

first,

to

but

students’

every year by an independent con-

expectations and satisfaction with

Kevin Mullan, vicepresident of finance and corporate

the

compared

performance.

results to see

sultant, said

KPIs rate four areas: graduate employment, graduate satisfaction, employer satisfaction and student college’s gradua-

The

college. to

results

can be

previous year’s

the

what needs improvement and what is working well. “Some colleges have taken the approach where the goal is to be No. 1 We’ve always felt any good .

dents, including the

GERHART

The winter semester

is

underway

and so are new health services hours.

To

Conestoga stuon duty between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and docbetter serve

dents, a nurse

is

tors are available

Monday

through

Friday for selective hours.

“We

In total, there are four doctors

health services.

at

One doctor does

dents.

We can never be sure what the

And

may

look like health it

is

the exact

“The

reality of the situation is over the years the service improved,” she said. “We started

that

ice has

first aid,

but the serv-

grown and grown.

said.

hopes to see significant growth in the apprenticeship diploma program, a smooth move into Conestoga’s newly acquired University Heights in Waterloo and better funding from the federal government.

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demands are high.” The Student Services executive director said she also has some tips

the things going

for students to stay healthy during

in

now

that

healthy

lifestyles

and have

that

is

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and having a good social

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heard any negative comments,” she said. “I think

it

might take some

Doctors

be available:

will

getting used to.”

opposite.

with offering

going to be,” Tibbits

the future? Tibbits said he

“We’re inside more during winter and tend to pass on more of the viruses. The most consistent thing is to constantly wash your hands and lead as healthy a lifestyle as

to

it.

a better experience for stu-

work

Services executive director, services cut back,

try to

it

With more time dedicated to following up lab reports, McLaren said

although

is

we can

make

available every weekday.

two half days per week while the others do one full day. Jaqueline McLaren, Student said

all

can guarantee

their

between student times.” Along with the new hours, year

from around the area on hand

coming

hard to keep

stu-

“We’re providing a lot of primary care for students now. So, you have to do the followup to the lab, the contact with the specialist and the documentation. We have so many students

upcoming

dent centre and the student portal,

Health office reduces By BRENT

nationale

does her best

lab.

recent improvements for stu-

where students can view marks online.

The

Defense

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a nursing

not to put a lot of pressure on them. That puts more pressure on faculty and people running services for students to keep improving.” Tibbits said the college has made

you can always try to be better. And by being better hopefully you’ll end up on top.” Mullan said the college uses the survey results, which will be avail-

The Key Performance

satisfaction.

National

in

is done in a neutral environment,” Mullan said. “We want students to give feedback, so we tend

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(Photo by Brent Gerhart)

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Leanne Holland Brown, student

Conestoga’s reign last?

Will

for

most

the

dent experience in 2006.

said.

just

offers

“It

making

of their student experience and the most of life.”

of people avail-

lots

she said.

in Character,”

students advice in

themselves

developing framework for a model of student life.

“There are

greatly

real life student expert. Will

festival,

against anxiety and stress.

be

She also suggested checking out a Keim, by visiting www.willkeim.com “I encourage students to take a look at his book called Education

to

students

more

the

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world's

said

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life

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from

advice

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— SPOKE, January 30, 2006

Canadians get some backbone Voters finally take a stand against

scandal and corruption, voting in a Conservative minority government The Liberals had

on

the lead early

in the election

cam-

paign and, as usual, they were content. After 12 years in power, and with polls assuring them they would win, all was well. Or so they thought.

However,

their

campaign was mediocre

election day neared, panic set

now

in.

at best.

And, as were

Political experts

predicting a Conservative Party victory.

As

the ballots

were counted, it was clear that the Liberals were blindsided by a party that ran a smooth campaign headed by an eversmiling leader.

On Jan. 23, Canadians voted for change. But, cautious change. After 12 years of Liberal rule, Stephen Harper and the Conservatives won a minority government. The magic number for a majority government was 155 seats. The Conservatives settled into their

new

As a

minority govern-

ment, the Tories

have

to

be nice

if

mem-

in

motion.

and future governments

to follow.

In a country that is known for its passive nature, Canadians have finally taken a stand for what they believe in, but are keeping their new government under their thumb to avoid any future messes. It’s

Of

my

position

at the helm with 124, the Liberals following fairly closely with 103, the Bloc at 51 and the NDP at 29. It’s clear that Canadians voted for lower taxes, less crime and a less-corrupt government, but they made sure not to give Harper all the reins. As a minority government, the Tories will have to be nice to their opposition party members if they want to set anything in motion. This will give the family-oriented NDP a chance to have a say, and prevent Harper from doing anything stupid like putting abortion back on the table. It’s clear that Canadians were sick of the corruption and scandal that came out of a Liberal government that had so much time to play. Twelve years is eight years too many for any party to rule a country. The Liberals got what they deserved. Once the new government is in place, Harper should be able to hold his position for about 18 months, before he and the rest of Canada have to go through another election. This should give the Liberals enough time to find another leader since Paul Martin announced in his speech on Jan. 23, that he is stepping down as the Liberal leader. The first things on Harper’s plate include selecting a cabinet, coming up with a budget and implementing tougher

rules for his

Paper

they want to set

anything

about time.

the things I’ve lost,

all

beware

thief

what a

miss

I

newspaper the most.

little

game

apartment building to see

if I

it

has

in

my

who

is

can get

my

stealing

Hancock

And, not

Opinion

of the local newspaper. The Record. I

have

tried everything to catch

knew

definitely

I

I

was dealing

poor news junkie who finds it plausible to take something that

with a professional paper snatcher.

does not belong to him or

sounded,

My fell

all-night

mission

stake-out

through pretty quick.

bitter coffee,

set

her.

my

I

drank

turned on a movie and

alarm for 6 a.m. - just

in

case sleep tried to sneak up on me. Well, although

my

adrenalin

was

pumping and my veins were jumping with coffee,

I

failed the mis-

The next morning my alarm

to scope out the situation.

was

clear.

went

I

opened

it,

my

called

I

payment from

woman ment

direct

my bank account. The

their circulation depart-

in

told

the dreaded

had bounced a

me there had been no prob-

lem with any payments and then she

my

account for the month’s

subscription of stolen papers.

left

open.

to

the

front

peeked out

was

I

alert.

door and

left

and

no one was there

right

to see

fuzzy, penguin-clad sneaking

was

suit. It

The Record with

thought that

had

Down oh,

ing.

I

thought someone was com-

Keep

it

ly don’t

pay

nothing

is

know their

bounded with

I

quick slipper-footed steps, but wait ...

together

girl,

keep

it

I

for.

lobby and there,

in the little

box room was

a

printed

thick

mail-

stack of

newspapers.

Oh,

crack of

In a world

free, this

that they will

where

person should

have

to

pay for

paper thieving by dealing with finally catch them.

I

have considered having only an

the same.

I

it’s

just not

love the smell of fresh

newsprint in the morning.

The paper baron’s day

rounded the comer and into the

freshly

at the

online subscription, but

together. I

be getting up

who

knowing

at night

to get the paper they obvious-

me when

clear.

the hall

need to stand

feel the

I

can go to sleep they’ll

to be sure

I

However,

dawn

I

asleep on the job and

charade

snow

crisp

it.

really to

face-to-face with the person

wafted through the crack in the

alarm. Stake-out paper

this

The smell of

It

window

my

was scrapped. month of

pile.

through the

leafed

The news junkie strikes again! A couple of weeks ago I spoke to management at my apartment and told them what had been going on. I was told there was nothing they could do about it and that I was to call The Record again.

my

TV

fell

After one

housecoat and turned

camera channel on

to the lobby

I

thief

swiftly slid out of bed,

I

my

grabbed

missed

sion.

approached the

my room number on my surprise, I had again been beaten. No paper.

one with once

copy

this

I I

front-page sections to check for the

Melissa

into the front lobby in time to beat

the culprit

sight.

Carefully,

For about two months now turned into this fun

credited

Letters are

the devil we don't know!

It's

to their

opposition party

bers

will

will

come

soon enough. Another all-night stakeout

may

be the only

catch this person. frankly.

And

way

to

today, quite

I’m not feeling very

tired.

Spoke

welcome

Is published and produced weekly by the Journalism students

of Conestoga College

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2006

— Page 5

Don’t worry be happy By JANET MORRIS

combat the winter "You can receive

You might be feeling sluggish and without energy. You might find yourself lacking interest in your everyday activities and you might be feeling the effects of sea.sonal affective disor-

More remedies

blues. light treatment,

and acupuncture treatment.” she "It's really

.said.

and

important to

outside.

get

you

If

try

are

studying, you should try and study

where there

areas

in

is

natural

light."

der (SAD).

SAD

a type of winter depres-

is

“(Acupuncture) works with

sion that affects an estimated half

million

people

every

what you have, and attempts to remove blockages caused by

winter

between September and April; in particular during December, January and February, according to

Conestoga College, said there are things people can do to

body's natural desire to heal. "It works with what you have, and attempts to remove blockages caused by injury (physical or emotional) and insult to the body,

responses from the body. Free non-invasive

regularly.

affective disorder.

activity

lethargy, increa.sed appetite and daytime sleepiness. Shawna Bernard, a coun,sellor at

a

Acupuncture simulates an injury without actually injuring tissues in order to elicit wound-healing

it

to

homeostatic balance point.”

and low amounts of light can lead to symptoms of SAD such as increased sleep, carbohydrate cravings, in

Tennant,

massage therapist, said acupuncture works with the registered

include avoiding sugary and starchy foods and exercising

its

winter months.

decrease

and acupuncture. Robynne Madill

seed acupuncture, a non-needle acupuncture tool used to stimulate or .sedate a given meridian (energy pathway), will be available to students on Jan. 3 inside Door 4, at the Beat the Blues workshop. More information on SAD will also be available at the workshop hosted by Student Services aimed at bringing awareness to the subjects of depression and seasonal

the body, and return

tures keep people indoors during

A

beating the

it to its homeostatic balance point,” she said.

emotional) and insult to

change in seasons as daylight becomes scarce and cold tempera-

to

massage therapy

include

and return

injury (physical or

SAD Association in England. People are not immune to the

the

blues

Rohynne

Ma

Jill Tennant,

1

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Other adjustments daily

routine

to

to a person’s

improve

their

mood can

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Don’t forget your hard hat Construction on the new Student Centre continues through the winter season. The project spans the next year with a predicted opening in September 2006. Tours are available for any-

Consideration 101 I

find

very difficult to believe

it

Conestoga College can so poorly demonstrate that that students at

they attend a facility of higher

Those who witnessed this still made no move to offer their seat. From this I can only conclude that there are college students who

education.

are so insensitive or so personally

walk with a cane, yet three times in the past two weeks I have had to stand on the bus leaving the college because no one had the

frail that

I

they cannot think of oth-

ers before themselves.

Here

consideration to vacate a seat for

me.

decorations.

guess

find this so deplorable

I

because the action is so automatic to me. 1 have even vacated my seat so someone with a greater difficulty could sit down.

a

People who have difficulty walking or standing should be offered a seat on a bus by those

who are

not so afflicted.

The person shouldn’t have

one who

is

struction site

wants a seat, just ask them. To those students who do readily give up their seat for me, and there are many who do this, it

gac.on.ca to

you

greatly appreciated.

Although

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haven’t yet fallen on

the bus, the times

I

have had to me with

stand have left considerable extra pain for days. For those who pretend they

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A

30,

News

2006

shot to cure spring break scares

By TARA RICKER

of the skin and eyes). An individual may

Imagine yourself lying on a beach this spring break with a

Sounds like Think again. One cubes in your drink

occurs cases.

A

Many

vast

the

in

majority

of

it,

cook

peel

it,

it

or leave

also important to

It is

it.”

remember

only to eat food that has been well-cooked and that is still hot when served, drink only purified water that has been boiled or dis-

A virus is acquired indi-

infected with chlorine or iodine,

rectly through water or food con-

or commercially bottled water in

Hepatitis

tamination

or B.

complete recovery

but

period,

paradise, right?

could contain traces of hepatitis

or

ill

require convalescence for a long

cool drink in hand.

of the ice

are boil

be

human

with

feces.

Carbonated

containers.

sealed

professionals

Inadequately treated water, or pol-

drinks without ice, including beer,

encourage individuals planning on

health-care

A

hepatitis

luted fresh or seawater, can cause

are usually safe.

to get a

infection. Shellfish, such as oysters

vaccination

and mussels, are frequent carriers. Milk, cold meats and other food contaminated during preparation can also be virus carriers. Hepatitis B spreads by contact with an infected person’s blood,

Also avoid uncooked foods, espeand salads. Fruit and vegetables that can be peeled are usually safe. Avoid food from street vendors and always remember to wash your hands before eat-

Canada

travelling outside

B

and

before leaving the country. “If

you

are planning

on taking a

trip

outside of Canada, especially

to a

developing country, you should

get a vaccine six to eight

before your

trip,” said Dr.

weeks George

Miller of Kitchener.

Most

including Miller,

doctors,

use a vaccine called Twinrix.

combined

hepatitis

A

It is

a

and B vac-

semen or other bodily fluid. Most travellers are at low obtaining a hepatitis

occurred in

who

countries

ple ages

in tourist

1

8 or older.

The vaccine should be given

in a

series of three doses, every three

months

after the

first

“The vaccination will last for at 20 years for hepatitis A and

about 15 years for hepatitis B.” Hepatitis A and B are both viral infections of the liver that vary in severity and duration of illness.

The

hepatitis

cause flu-like

A

and B viruses symptoms, abdomi-

nal pain and jaundice (yellowing

A

stay in rural areas or

accommodations where may be

inadequate.

“People the

who

don’t stay in ‘five-

accommodations are ones most likely to get sick or

star’

least

hepatitis

hygienic standards

the

dose, said

Miller.

infection.

have travellers to developing

However, cases of

cine that can only be used on peo-

A

risk of

tourist

is

ing or drinking.

“Don’t use tap water to brush teeth, use bottled water

your

spread through

(Photo by Tara Ricker)

instead,” said Miller.

He

said receiving a vaccination

Canada

Health

recommends

strongly

that your travel plans

before travelling has proven to be

include contacting a travel medicine clinic or physician six to eight

very effective.

weeks before departure. shown

“Studies have

100

that

per cent of those who receive a vaccine become immune to infec-

two doses,” said one dose, at least 94 of people become

appetite, low-grade fever or tired-

ness.

When

these problems hap-

you end up in hospital,” said Miller. “Having this information with you

tion after getting

pen, they usually start three to five

will inform physicians of

Miller. “After

days after vaccination and usually last for one or two days. A very

cinations

per

cent

immune

infected,” said Miller.

Since hepatitis

cially shellfish

for

example,

short

a

before

term,

for

travelling

to

contaminated food and water. Health Canada strongly recommends travellers to developing

high-risk countries.”

countries exercise precautions to

sore arm, which happens to one

minimize their risk of exposure. “The key principles to remember

out of two. Less

rare but serious side effect

generalized allergic

happens,

this

The most common

it

is

reaction.

a If

typically occurs

side effect

within a few minutes to a few

after receiving a vaccination is a

hours following the injection. “It is important to carry your vaccination card with your passport at all times during your travels in case

common

side

effects include headache, loss of

what vacyou have already been

given.”

Remember

to

check with your you are plan-

local physician if

ning on going away this spring break to see if you should receive

You don’t want

a vaccination.

have

to

to think twice before taking

a sip of that cool drink on the

beach.

Conestoga poker champs play on safe bets By BENJAMIN RICHMOND

an opportunity to prove their poker skills without paying an entry fee or risking any money. Instead of wagering money, players in the Student Poker ers

Students displayed their poker

Conestoga College without gambling away a single dollar. Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) held its second poker night on Jan. 17 in the Sanctuary. Although the event was held by CSI, the poker night was run by Student Poker Championships. skills at

The company was started last summer by Red Hot Poker Tour. Both organizations give poker play-

Championships

compete

for

16 colleges and universities from

Windsor

to

Ottawa.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for the

AUBREY HAGAR DISTINGUISHED TEACHER AWARD

Would you

a

grand prize supplied by the company’s sponsor. Travel Cuts. Student Poker Championships is currently in the midst of an Ontario-wide student poker tournament. The company travels to

nominate a distinguished teacher? like to

Each school

in

the tournament

has a series of four poker nights, which act as qualifying matches

toward forming a varsity poker team. The top two winners from each qualifier will be added to their school’s varsity poker team. Each team will consist of eight students who will compete in the Student Poker Championship finale in Toronto on March 25. The school with the best poker players, determined by the average of the players’ finishing positions, will be named the champions. Conestoga added two members to its team on Jan 17. Geoff Graham and Brian Gray were the top two winners at the qualifier, joining the two winners from the first event to make up half of Conestoga’s varsity poker team. The first members of Conestoga’s poker team were Chris Ansari and Kevin White, who won their team

CORRECTIONS Distinguished

teachers

are

those

who demonstrate

following committee

PD -

Student Poker Championships, said there are usually about 80 players

each

at

schools

event,

some

although

show more

interest

than

“The University of Ottawa

ext.

3381

reported in the Jan. 23 edition

of Spoke, incorrect information was provided. Hypnotist Tony

Lee

won’t

be

coming

in

Spoke errors.

the

no

having

think

good

a

is

idea.

money It’s

all

team.

who know what

starting

to pick up.”

From novice

to experienced play-

ers, there

his

We have a lot of good players they’re

doing,”

first

Kirschke

website.

For those students considering being added to the poker team,

poker night at the college after learning about it on the school’s

Although it was his first tournaPoker Student with Championships, Kirschke has been

ment

game

about six

for

Much

I

started playing

on the

there

said.

are

two chances left at last two qualifying

Conestoga. The

poker nights will once again be held in the Sanctuary on Jan. 31 and Feb. 21, starting at 7 p.m. Players will need to bring a piece of government ID to verify they are the legal gambling age of 19, and a valid

who

student

ID.

Only students

are currently enrolled at the

college can participate in the qualithe poker

on

Registration

for

these

two

televi-

fiers.

Poker

events will begin, at the door, two

Championships uses the rules of Texas Hold’em for their tournament. Texas Hold’em is the popular variety of poker played at the World Series of Poker and on the World Poker Tour. Another participant in the qualifi-

hours before the scheduled tourna-

like

Student

was Dave Mann, a third-year student in the computer programfor

“I

management program, entered

but is

er

apologizes

on the game.

first-year student in the operations

poker,

6:30 p.m.

CSI events

Mann said he agrees with not having the students wager money

were 39 students participating at the Jan. 17 poker night at Conestoga. Daniel Kirschke, a

for

ext.

In a story about

tour-

anyway. Plus, it’s a great way to improve your poker strategy without spending any money.” Both Kirschke and Mann said they believe Conestoga’s varsity team will do well in Toronto for the finals. “I think we’ll have a great

spot

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to

then with

my

about the fun of the competition

Wednesday from 4:30 p.m.

team

now and

every

friends, but this is

a

is

Internet.”

varsity

players in the Jan. 23 edition of

“I play

involved

others.

soccer team practises Monday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and

women’s needing more

In a story about the

February.

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

of

vice-president

Scott,

time competing on a tournament level.

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from there

contact one of the

Edith Torbay

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poker been 28

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months. Kirschke said he became interested in poker after seeing it on television. “I started watching championship tournaments on TV, and

the community.

For more information or nominations forms,

Nov.

the

at

night. In total, there has

playing the

exceptional

commitment to students and to their programs and whose teaching skills are above average. They also demonstrate leadership in their schools and/or the college and in related work with their professions or in

positions

mer/analyst program.

Mann

said

although he has been playing poker for about 10 years, this

was

his first

ment

time.

said he was going to make another attempt at the varsity poker

Mann

team at the next poker night. “I’ll be back here at the end of January to try again.”

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— SPOKE, January 30, 2006

Conestoga hosts Trade and Technology Day By KRISTIN GRIFFERTY

She said she hopes her session will

help

make

students

the

informed decisions about the trades and technology field, including the education needed and pos-

Conestoga played host to local Grade 7 and 8 pupils on Jan. 17 for Trades and Technology Day. Both the Doon and Guelph campuses welcomed local pupils and promoted trades and apprentice programs and the careers they can go into. The college offered two half-day workshops in which the pupils were allowed some hands-on work,

Georgia Gingrich said she was learning a lot at Conestoga. “We've been drilling and playing around

as well as an opportunity to ques-

with the tools," Gingrich said.

Conestoga faculty and students. The workshop and lab sessions included programs such as carpentry, graphic design, plumb-

fun."

tion

ing,

automotive technology, indus-

trial

mechanics and computerized

precision machining.

Each session

began with a general infomiation meeting, then pupils were moved on to specific workshops.

Conestoga student Bronwyn Mitchell lead one of the work sessions in woodworking. She said she was given about one day's Third-year

notice regarding her position, but said she

new

teaching

had been look-

ing forward to the challenge.

Her pupils seemed

to

be enjoying

her session, where they were learning to use a drill and sand

wood.

“It's

Classmates Tyson Greer, Austin Jeffries

and

Shannon

Lorenz

agreed with Gingrich, saying that

it

was fun working with the tools in the shop, and even more fun to be away from school for half the day. The younger pupils seemed just as enthralled with the tools as they

were with the attention that they were getting from local media. smiled and pioudix Pupils

showed

off their

work

to local

television stations such as

CTV

and Rogers cable,

while

instructor

Mitchell kept her cool

‘Tve never taught (Grade) 7 and 8 before," said Mitchell. "Teaching is

sible careers.

a long-term goal for me.”

and continued on with the lesson, and later, a tour of the shop.

(Photos by Kristen

Grifferty)

Top right: Third-year Conestoga College student Browyn Mitchell leads a group of Grade 7 students on a tour of one of the shops.

Right; Local student Matt Fchlotzhauer learns

thing or two about handling a

aboard to work abroad

All

a

drill.

Bottom: Grade 7 and 8 students, left to right, Georgia Gingrich, Tyson Greer, Austin Jefferies and Shannon Lorenz put their new skills to work.

By CHANTELLETIMPERLEY

important to check and see any member of your family

It is

if

Every year thousands of Canadians travel the world and

holds citizenship in a country you

arrive at their destinations with

Ancestry status

not just an eye for sightseeing,

work in the country without a work permit or a visa for a certain

but a job waiting for them.

Working abroad opens

the door

experience and

international

to

the opportunity to live in a differ-

ent culture.

young

also enables

It

people fresh in their industries to acquire skills to compete in the global market. It is not difficult to achieve once you understand how you do it. According to the Canadian Consular Affairs website, the first document you need is a passport. It

government-issued identifiand the only form of ID

is

cation, that

is

globally

recognized as

proof of your citizenship.

A the

passport

is

paperwork

needed to enter

to

out

fill

your cho-

be interested

allow you to

There are many programs

avail-

able to people interested in work-

ing

abroad.

International

youth

programs are offered through the Canadian government for persons between ages 18 and 30. More than 30,000 short-term contract opportunities are available each in more than 20 countries. The programs include working holiday programs, young workers exchange programs and co-op

year

education programs. Participants

must be able a

visa,

to find a job,

transportation

expenses.

apply

and and cover daily

arrange

living

The

application

process requires a valid Canadian the

most

common

requirement for anyone wishing to leave the country.

They represent

passport, a round-trip air ticket

and an

initial

The

savings of money.

Student

permission by a foreign govern-

Program (SWAP)

ment

through

for

visiting.

in

may

period of time.

for

sen country.

Visas are

may

you

to enter that country

for work, tourism or study.

They

can be obtained through the eign embassy

in

Abroad

an

initiative

is

Travel Cuts and the Canadian Federation of Students

for-

for post-secondary students to gain

the

some travel and work experience. Most of the jobs are in the retail,

Canada of

country you wish to

Work

vi.sit.

Visas are not always required,

depending on the place and the

amount of time spent there. Most require one if you intend to stay longer than three months,

clerical or ho.spitality industries.

SWAP

arranges the travel, job

and accommodation,

who

ideal for students

how

to

go about

it

all

which

is

are not sure

on

their

own.

although rules for each country vary. You should make sure you

application deadlines are available

have

on the website

it

before leaving Canada.

Printable registration packs and

at

www.swap.ca


News

Minimum wage

Showing

By TARA RICKER

Conestoga’s accomplishments By BRENT

GERHART

choice and the right choice,”

prospective

we’ve got incredible students and incredible accomplishments, let’s put it out there in our recruitment

2005

lor

focus groups and students together, said Conestoga’s director of student development. “We’ve got incredible students and incredible accomplishments,” students, the

fall

brought employees

said Carol Gregory. “Let’s put

out there and celebrate Overall,

it

was

1

found from

a real desire to

all

make

groups a differ-

ence,” she said. “There’s real .sense

of things changing here.” Last

fall,

student

life

was

initially

presented

to the president, the college executive

and the board of governors. Jan. 20, all focus group par-

On

ticipants received a

it.”

Gregory said she was

impressed with the contributions.

“What

report

results.

On

summary of the was

Jan. 23 the report

put on the student

life

website for

students and employees to view.

made

Future presentations will be

and the Alumni Association of Conestoga board.

to college council

conducted

who are younger than 18, employed for no more than 28 hours a week, will rise from $6.95

Feb.

wage

invited to participate as well.

In total, 14

employee groups con-

tained 82 participants while nine

student groups had 74 participants

the students’ perspective.

The

Those affected by

minimum 1

general

increase are people ages

so

if

it

Consumers will notice jirice Jumps at service sector businesses, but

restaurants,

those

“It

Liquor

at

a

wages

servers’

will

increase

bringing the general

Job,

$8 per hour on

to

will

follow

minimum wage

F'eb.

1,

2007.

weren’t for 3()-cent increas-

would be no increases

there

whatsoever,” said Jenniler Gorel. Corel, 20,

working

at

a retail

store in Waterloo trying to

pay off

is

her student loans. clear the price of

rise

after

raised in first

some goods

minimum wage

When 2004

is

Ontario’s rate to $7.15

from

hike in nine years,

it

was hard not to notice the price of a cup of coffee breaking the $1 mark and fast-food combos ringing in at

about $7. benefit,”

Nigra, 21,

of student

students

for

hour.

Another

minimum-wage

that

does help.”

increase I'rom $6.50 to $6.75 an

increases

can be frustrating as a student

working

I

$7.25 an hour.

to

won’t have a dramatic effect on the

earners

little bit

Minimum wage

labour

cost of living as a whole.

were asked if they would actually benefit from the 3()-cent increase the answer was always yes. “The government is not likely to hike minimum wage by $2 or $3, es,

of the

what’s the point, but

affect

force,” she said.

said

(Photo by Tara Ricker)

Lindsay

The Ontario government

Nigra. is

is

raising the general

$7.75 an hour starting on Feb.

a third-year .sociolo-

minimum wage

to

1.

development

“There

is

much happening at now to enhance

college right

the the

student experience,” said Gregory.

“Many committees

very hard this semester towards

change

in

services

and

positive

systems provided to students.” Although she is excited, Gregory said the changes are not going to

this is

an area we really wanted to develop at Conestoga. Students need to feel an identity with the college.”

happen over

By using a read, think and write format, the focus groups allowed everyone the opportunity to give

a solid foundation.”

feedback regarding the ques-

tions.

Gregory facilitated the groups with Leanne Holland Brown, student life co-ordinator. The two were able to notice patterns. “Employees and students talked

Conestoga’s Clothesline project

working

are

“The more connected you feel to something, the more likely you are

their

the

8 or older.

minimum

Caro! Gregory,

tion for her.

“We know

of $7.45

per cent

only

three

main questions asked involved why choose Conestoga students College, student connectedness and student success. Gregory said student connectedness was a really important ques-

to stay,” she said.

rate

per

10

prices

“Minipium wage increase equals

students.”

director

“Increased

such as coffee shops and fast-lbod

$6.65, the

of their own. to view the questions, which were initiated in a joint effort of an alumni association group and student life, from

minimum

per hour.

was

semester towards positive change in services and systems provided to

The teams were

the general

increase to ,S7.75

hour from the current

increased.

were

1,

will

150 participants. The activities were held at Doon, Waterloo and Guelph campuses. However, Cambridge and Stratford

this

wonder

I

know

only

It is

working very hard

“.Sometimes

has increased.

do

“Many committees are

said Nigra.

every

24 focus groups, which included

more than

especially with the cost of tuition,”

the

at

economy that employ minimum-wage workers, who are

When minimum-wage

processes”

The

student

go up

parts of the

On

she said. “Stakeholders noted that

choice

business

— Page 9

2006

you notice a little extra change in your pocket next month, it’s probably because your paycheque If

To make Conestoga the most attractive

gy

30,

set to

University of Waterloo.

about making Conestoga an attractive

SPOKE, January

“It’s

change

a

night.

new

direction

and

a

that is sustainable requires

Gregory said she hopes people notice the college

is

moving

in the

right direction.

“We want

to

increase

positive

student engagement at Conestoga

College,” she said. to

create

“We

also want

an environment that

is

Celebrating Healthy Tleiationships

consistently both student-friendly

and student responsive.”

February 2006

Conestoga College Since 1990, campuses around the world have organized “Clothesline Projects” to raise awareness and to celebrate healthy relationships.

Wednesday February

CLOTHESLINE

(t-shirts

Shirts will

Carol Gregory, director of student development, looks at the report on fall 2005 focus groups, entitled Shaping the Exceptional

Student Experience Engagement Towards Excellence.

F E

O

I

E

C T

10:30-2:30 first

and materials provided)

day be displayed on the clothesline

February 14-16^

(Photo by Brent Gerhart)

8,

Make a t-shirt to hang on Conestoga’s clothesline in the main cafeteria

inside door #3

all

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— SPOKE, January 30, 2006

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down

Eat up and slim

Cafeteria begins to offer healthier food through Chartwells’ Balanced Choices ADAM HANNON

By

Low

muffins, snacks and salad

fat

dressings are also available.

trying

are

With

lifestyles.

Chartwells,

healthier

live

to

this

food

the

mind,

in

services

provider for Conestoga College, has

begun

offer

to

their

“We’re helping drive our business

Balanced

way

going,’’ said

choices in the college’s cafeterias,

service director for Chartwells at

such as certain sandwiches and

Conestoga College.

the

sal-

people’s eating habits are

Andy

Staveley, food

ings.

would or

leaner cuts of beef, and using

“Life is

about choices and

options.

“It’s

made using

We

live in

a

democracy, you have a

and you should have one with your food choice,

enabling the consumer to

have a healthier choice and clearly identify what the healthier choice

oil

and salads. This would mean buying

as

marked with a blue sticker. The sandwiches are made using whole grain bread and lower fat fillads, are

canola

entrees as well as their sandwiches

greater variety of food options.

Choices program at the school. As part of the program, healthy

Certain entrees are

porate healthier options into their hot

program from Chartwells, such

the

According to a recent survey done by Chartwells at the college, the two main requests students made were for healthier food and a

These days, more and more people

received supporting material about

well.”

Anr/y Staveley,

Chartwellsfood service director

be.’’

Staveley said that he and his assis-

non-hydrogenated

tant

manager, Pemell Richards, both

margarine to minimize their satu-

took an online nutrition course that

rated and trans fat content.

was about 25 hours

long.

They

also

as a binder containing food informa-

and standards. He said they are working

Staveley added that they will be

to incor-

about

and democracy, you have a choice, and you should have one with your food as well.” This year, Chartwells started servoptions.

ing

is

We

choices

live in a

stir fry in

the smaller Dooners

ordering more specialty foods for

cafeteria, instead of the busier

the cafeterias, such as the smoothies

cafeteria.

which arrived on

students better access to the healthy

He

said

it

Jan. 19.

wouldn’t be possible to

Richards said

are shorter.

healthy options offered at the col-

in the

lege.

Staveley.

fry,”

said

main gives

He added that they are trying to get healthier choices for existing prod-

they

ucts

sell.

This includes the

choice of whole-wheat dough from Pizza Pizza and

“It stir

this

food, because the lineups in Dooners

completely eliminate unhealthy options, because not all students care about healthy eating. He said 40 per cent of Chartwells’ revenue comes from Harveys, which is generally one of the less

“People also like

tion

more

white meat and less red meat.

“Life

program

main

all

natural fruit juice

cafeteria.

doesn’t have less calories,” said

Richards. “But it’s all

it’s

healthier because

natural.”

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SPOKE, January

30,

2006

— Page 11

different

way to cure boredom By VANESSA PARKER

humourous

facts collected

from

all

over world.

While riding on the Toronto subway reading the advertisements

The came

posted along the top edge,

have continued to research and compile unusual statistics for

to

I

started

read one ad that stood out from

the rest.

The advertisement read 14

Nations with more sheep than people.

This bizarre statement grabbed

my

attention

and

eagerly contin-

I

ued to read on: 10 notable events that

happened under the influence

of alcohol,

eight

great

sau.sage

and the list that truly intrigued me, five body parts

events,

named after Italians. The ad was for the book of

release of a

simply

lists

titled

Book of Lists. The advertisement worked me because soon after I saw was

The for it

I

bookstore counter paying $28.75 for my book of lists. The Book of Lists, The Original at the

Compendium Wallechinsky,

Curious

of by

Information,

Amy

David Wallace,

Ira

Basen and Jane Farrow, contains

first

edition

of

this

book

out in 1977 and the editors

almost three decades. This is the first year a Canadian edition has been released. The Canadian edition includes li.sts from the original authors but also includes

additional

material

(Photo by Melissa Hancock)

about Canada

and Canadians by This Morning CBC producer, Ira Ba.sen and author of Wanted Words, Jane Farrow. Some well-known Canadian contributors include Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and actor Mike Myers. So, if you are interested in finding out how penguins have marriage-like ceremonies or which animals have come back from extinction, this is definitely a

book

Poll Deputy returning

officer,

before the Jan. 23 election began. registration officer,

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mayhem

his poll booth at Highpoint

said a few apartments

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is

Apartment

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accessible and easy for

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your attention for hours.

(Photo by Paige Hilton)

Putting the brakes on speed 2004 Guelph

have been trying to deter drivers from speeding by using this elecsponsored by Colley Insurance. Traffic Sgt. Pat Milligan said the sign records data, including the average speed of drivers and the amount of traffic in the area, but it doesn’t record licence plates. At this spot on Woodlawn Road drivers were either speeding past the sign or slamming on the brakes when it caught their eye. Since

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Have you recently moved from your home country to Canada? Is English your second language? Are you on an international student visa, of landed immigrant status, or did your family originate from a country other than Canada? Have you recently emigrated from a war-torn country? Are you dealing with issues such as culture shock, unfamiliarity with college or community resources, racism, or a lack of cultural familiarity? Will you be experiencing a Canadian winter for the first time? Our college community

is becoming enriched more and more with students from various backgrounds. This creates a wonderful opportunity for growth, learning, and diversity. However, it can also pose transition issues for those who are new to the

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SPOKE, January

tV

Entertainment

2006

30,

Classic ’50s-style dining

Horoscope Week of January

2006

30.

By JASON SONSER

Mel’s breakfasts, which

think are

I

Libra

have two bad habits I can’t seem One is my tendency to put off my school assignments and the I

September 23

to shake.

October 22

second

Take a break this week, Aries, you know you need it. Go take a stroll, even if there's a snowstorm out. Just dress warmly and bring your Global Positioning System. Lucky day: 31

Don't forget to throw out your

garbage

today,

cafeteria

the

in

up

Libra, you're starting to pick

some

How

lazy habits.

would you

you were in your parents’ house? Lucky day: 2 act if

my

is

When

love of food.

pulled myself

I

dream

a very creepy

A

craving.

October 23

November

craving for breakfast

Located

21

at

with that one class that tends to

on the reading.

pile fall

easy to

It's

Remember

your waiter or this week, Scorpio, as it's only polite and it’s common courtesy. Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you. to tip

generously

Lucky day:

behind. Lucky day: 4

plaza closest to the University this particular restau-

As was

be expected for about on a Saturday, Mel’s Diner was crowded. My parents and I were lucky enough to see a free booth near the back. to

9:30 a.m.

As we made our way

1

floor,

21 iJi'lj May

;

-June 21

^

4s

"

..

Sagittarius

/

November 22 December 21

'/

past

Smile a little more, Gemini, it. Easy does it, you don't want to pull a muscle. Feels good, though; you should do it more often.

Try

to

remember

to floss.

Lucky day: 2

Maybe

relationship,

as

Sagittarius,

it's

only giving you grief and dis-

you from your Lucky day:

tracting ity,

school.

of people

real prior-

we managed

to get to

Capricorn December 22

-

January 19

able, as usual.

was comfortUeaning back on the sat in

red-and-white cushioned bench, putting my arms on the table, I took a look at the surroundings as we waited for someone to serve us. first

glanced

at

my

favourite

Dean. He was wearing a long coat, walking on a street. The line under his name read. Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

OSAP or not, be careful finances for the next

Lucky day:

with your

little

while.

time to get involved

It's

volunteer. There

is

so

much you

the kitchen, also

sit at

glanced

to help.

it

feels

Lucky day: 3

Aquarius January 20

When dismay,

my

at the time.

my

feast.

To

sausages and

my

at

father had

home were

the

fries

where people could

to enjoy their meals.

at the

As

I

waitresses talking,

his plate

warm.

started I’ve

watering in always enjoyed

I

had

visits.

The

yet crunchy near the

I

my

liking,

however,

smothered

in

toast

She ordered it was somewhat

tasted like. it

juicy and wasn’t hard to chew. Very

yummy,

indeed!

My

cup of coffee, which had been refilled a number of times by our waitress, was a smooth, very hot brew. Unlike some other restaurants I’ve been to, their morning coffee tasting like utter sewage, Mel’s Diner’s coffee was very good. Putting

in

my

desired

amount of cream and sugar, I downed it like it was water. When I got my bill, I was reminded of the reason why I liked Mel’s Diner so much. Cheap prices. For the

had,

amount of food and coffee I I only paid $12. $10.67 was

the actual price for the food and

caffeine and

I left a $1.33 tip. Mel’s Diner also has a variety of burgers and hotdogs, dinner plates,

pastas and sandwiches.

Among

their

line

of burgers,

the

is

was

Mel’s sandwiches include Rancho Chicken Wrap ($6.99), Reuben Sandwich ($5.99) and a Tuna Melt ($5.99). Sandwiches come with soup, salad or fries and coleslaw. Dinner plates include a plate

named

Stir

Fry City, Baby ($8.99),

which has sauteed vegetables stir fry

sauce with rice

in a

in a tortilla

bowl.

like neither cold.

The French

it

well done, yet

coleslaw.

with a light buttery flavour.

weren’t to

My

anticipation.

soft,

what

a bacon double-cheese burger, and the Unforgettable Easy Rider ($9.99) is a half-pound burger on French stick bread with bacon and cheese. Burgers come with soup, garden salad or fries and

The sausage was juicy and was delightful. The bacon and ham

When we were handed menus,

my mouth

was

The Waterloo Cowboy ($11.99)

delicious,

maple symp and

sprin-

kled with confectioner’s sugar.

mother had no complaints about her meal. Her eggs, toast and steak were the next best thing to

is

a 10 oz. steak with vegetables.

As

I’ve said. I’ve been a patron of Mel’s Diner for years. I enjoy their food, their prices and their friendly service.

-

February 18 Leo, Leo, Leo, you’re always a flirt.

This time

it'll

catch up to

you, as the person you

flirt

with

have a boyfriend or girlfriend approach from around the comer who won't be happy; run as fast as you can. Lucky day: 30

will

If

your birthday

one

to

hold your hair back while

not

same

for them. Party hard but

safe, take a taxi.

Remember,

top

of

things like

be

5

JOB FAIR ‘o6 Wednesday, February i 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. RIM Park, Waterloo

Pisces -

March 20

things.

MSN arc a arc

Lucky day:

February 19

constant distraction,

as

telephone and TV.

Buy some

the

week, you fall short at you know you gave it your

Reach

This will be a busy week, Virgo,

on

It's

you haven't done the

like

Virgo

keep

week,

praying to the porcelain god.

August 23 September 22

so

falls this

Aquarius, remember to get some-

for the stars this

Pisces, even if least all.

Better to reach your maxi-

mum

potential.

And

earplugs and get to work. Lucky

how proud your

day: 4

ily will be.

Just think

friends and fam-

Lucky day: 2

Network with over 150 employers

Free admission with Student/ Alumni ID

Free transportation to and from the Fair

of

www.partners4empl0yment.ca Brandon Walker

is

a second-year

journalism student holding fate in the

palm of

his

hand.

my

burger, the Elvis burger ($7.99)

However cold my food was, I was happy. My eggs were cooked

crust,

fries,

other

same comThe eggs,

and toast on

home

My

cold, the sausages the only

things being

toast

eye.

I

items on the plate.

My

I

relatively

the

to

plaint about his food.

and

James Dean Burger ($5.99) is Mel’s equivalent of a cheese

lukewarm.

ham were

warm, compared

father

tried a piece of steak, curious as

I

my

home

eggs, toast and

were

fries

number

our breakfasts arrived,

right into

since

to the

plus

my mother’s breakfast included

was this boy almost marching washroom, which was about 10 or so feet away from where we were sitting.

there

all;

ing

experienced in previous

can do to help out and feel like it

Having the biggest appetite in my I decided to have the Hungry Mel. My mother had the steak and eggs ($8.99) and my father had Mel’s Favourite. The food took about 20 or so minutes to arrive, not bad considerfamily,

to perfection, not burnt as

you're a part of

good

3

at

school, Capricorn, join a club or

two pieces of regular toast. Other items on the breakfast menu include steak and eggs, crepes and pancakes, omelettes,

and motorcycles and Breakfast

Mel’s Diner also has a bar, near

You've been a little too thrifty Cancer, and it'll catch up to you this week. Whether you're on

or sausage.

Various other posters lined the walls. Posters of Elvis Presley, cars Tiffany’s caught

lately,

The Hungry Mel is a monstrous plate with two eggs, two pieces of bacon, two pieces of ham, two sausages, home fries, two pieces of French toast and

dug

poster of James

ij

ham

of patrons in the diner

I

1

and the choice of

fries, toast

es scurrying back and forth from

the booth unharmed.

troubling

that

Mel’s Favourite includes two eggs,

home

my

Instead of ordering

to

a 6 oz. steak and the large

the kitchen,

time you take a few

it's

back from

steps

tables

Mel or Early Egg Combo.

bacon,

which

mother substituted it with fried tomatoes. She ate it by the time I was ready to steal some off her plate.

Favourite to $7.99 for the Hungry

feasting on their food and waitress-

The booth we that's

across the

checkerboard

the

After asking the waitress for a

cup of coffee, I began browsing the breakfast menu. The prices ranged from as low as $2.99 for Mel’s

waffles, etc.

950s-style diner.

1

black-and-white

Gemini

instantly

140 University Ave. W.,

rant resembles a

waitress

I

the familiar decor.

-

in the

The end of the month is here, and time's flying by. Make sure you keep up-to-date

had a

shuffle in and recognize

I

of Waterloo,

Taurus,

I

from Mel’s Diner. Having been to this establishment at least a hundred times over grin as

Scorpio

the early

morning hours of Jan. 21,

the past several years,

Taurus

away from

in

hot, a fact to

grumbled.

a bargain for the prices.


News

SPOKE, January

30,

2006

— Page 13

Finding your true iove oniine By VANESSA PARKER

compatibility areas of

have

Internet users

all

been bom-

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in the

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life

sense of humour, spiritual

intellect,

barded with pop-ups tor online datI’m sure most users ing services.

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item personality questionnaire that

online dating service’s recent rise

helps match up compatible people.

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in

Online dating

to

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men

into dates

girls

now being .seen as a widely way to find a date.

is

joke are usually denied.

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dating

site.

Match.com, currently has more than 15 million people from around the globe using

its site.

"More than 60,000 new people register

on our

Kristin

Kelly,

every day," said

site

senior director of

“There

is

never a lack of options

The web

offers

a site for everyone,” she said.

One

site that is

crowd

is

Plentyoffish.com, a free dating site that

allows

users

to

seen

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ads

for

is

(Photo by Benjamin Richmond)

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Entertainment

— SPOKE, January 30, 2006

Underworld Evolution is a joy on a primitive level By MIKE BORS

Anyone who saw 2003’s Underworld has surely been sitting on pins and needles awaiting a .sequel.

Well, their prayers have finally (Internet photo)

James Franco and Sophia Myers as

Tristan

Tristan

and Isolde row each

other’s boats.

and Isolde a

film

been answered as Underworld Evolution hit theatres on Jan. 20 and millions of people flocked to the megaplexes to see whatever

that special as they are

came of their beloved heroes. OK, so maybe this analogy

rehash of the first inspired visuals,

bit

WOOS

that

realize kill

its

holds back the film

is

simply the

two main characters. Even though Franco is a great actor when it comes to the scenes where he rams his sword through acting of the

If

high-paced action, gruesome

tales of horror or

dull

haps

comedies seem

and unentertaining, then peris

it

time to

down

sit

romance movie. Tristan and Isolde

is

of an enemy soldier, kicks another one in the crotch

to a

the

a love story

that takes place in the

beginning

of the Dark Ages. Tristan, played

time that the story of two ill-fated

by James Franco, is a young man who was brought up in the heat of battle and despises the Irish. Isolde, played by Sophia Myles, is the daughter of the Irish king. While Tristan was taught how to use a sword and shield, Isolde only knows of the pleasantries of

lovers has been told.

life.

After a fierce battle, a severely

wounded

based on a Celtic legend, is quite similar to the more popular works of William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet. .

In Shakespeare’s play the story is

about two families

Verona, a town in Italy. Despite being members of warring families, Romeo

and

down-

feud

stream and ends up on Irish land.

lives

Tristan

floats

After recovering from his wounds, Tristan falls in love with Isolde

and the two quickly find themtwo warring

selves in the middle of nations.

Tristan and Isolde

is

not the

first

The movie,

in

and it is the end destroys the

Juliet fall in love

that in the

of the two lovers.

Tristan and Isolde

is an old-fashioned medieval romance movie that both stirs the soul and makes one think. Unfortunately, the movie

does not quite meet the standards of an old-fashioned love story. What

belly

and finishes off a third soldier by chopping off his head. Franco might want to rethink the approach he brings to playing a romantic part. The scenes in which he and Myles are “falling in love” seem fake and misleading. Franco fails to captivate the collective heart of the audience such as Ryan Gosling did in The Notebook. Perhaps Franco should go back to being that rich, snobby friend of Peter Parker. Despite the acting problems, the movie flows well and does not linger on any one scene too long. As far as romance movies go, Tristan and Isolde is one to go and watch but don’t expect the powerful

romance scenes seen

in

first

sequel

film should

a fun

is

way

first

werewolves,

film introduced

this

either species

The

is

one shows us

common

is

than

up

right

where

sarily

hokey with

they’re

mood. Many

are

Bill

all

neces-

Nighy (who

reprises his role in a flashback)

reminding us what scenery chew-

her family.

ing

is all

She is joined by fellow fugitive Michael (Scott Speedman), who

film

is

the only person to survive a bite

The

first

is

but

shot in very dreary, pale tones

The performances

Selene (Kate Beckinsale), a vampire, on the run after she killed Viktor (Bill Nighy), a vampire

who murdered

all

close-ups and slow-motion shots help to maintain this intense feel.

the first left off, with our heroin

elder

aren’t

simply a film’s Matrix-

that instantly set the

willing to admit.

story picks

effects

Needless to say, no expense has been spared in the fake blood department with some very enjoyable fight scenes to show for it. As with the first film. Evolution

to

us to a universe of vampires and

they have more in

special

acceptable.

an afternoon.

While the

By TOM KALBFLEISCH

a

is

of an overstatement but any-

one who saw the

the heart

The

about.

The main complaint with

from both vampire and werewolf and now possesses the powers of

the

with the unnecessary sex. film

managed

to play

around with and, in doing so, convey an interesting sexual tension between Selene and Michael. In Evolution, that issue, and the ten-

both.

Together they learn the truth of two species can sion, are all cleared up. be traced back to one man and his Overall, Underworld Evolution two sons, one of whom was bitten — is fun for fans of the monster by a bat, the other by a wolf. movie genre. the origins of the

The

Notebook.

Peer Supported Learning Groups Winter 2006 Schedule PSLGs are FREE weekly study sessions that are designed to help students through historically difficult courses.

They

offer a chance to meet with a tutor and other classmates to compare notes, discuss concepts, develop learning strategies, and prepare for exams! This semester, PSLGs are offered in the following courses:

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MET Math

James

2

CIVIL Math 2 & Mechanics of Materials

NURSING A&P 1 & Math

Karsten

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Underworld Evolution.

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Sports

SPOKE, January

Head-to-head: Pittsburgh Steelers are finding

so they

ways

win the biggest

will

why the games get played! Nobody would have pictured the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were ranked sixth in the American Football Conference (AFC) going into the National Football League (NFL) playoffs, would reach Super Bowl XL. It just

game

of

them

they

all On

That’s

doesn’t happen that way, but

if

everything

happened the way it was supposed to, then the games wouldn’t have needed to be played.

Now

is

set exactly

the

way

it

In his 13th NFL season running back Jerome (the Bus) Bettis stuck around for another year in hopes of playing in his first

Super Bowl will

at

in his hometown of Detroit and Ford Field against the Seattle

Seahawks Feb. 5. “Big Ben” Roethlisberger,

his

in

second

NFL

season as quarterback, led his team over the Denver Broncos 34-17 in Denver Jan. 22.

He completed 21 passes out of his 29 attempts and threw two touchdowns for 275 yards in the win. Roethlisberger has seven

touchdown

pas.ses

and only one interception

Jan. 15 the Seattle

playoff

game

Feb. 5 the Seattle

Super Bowl With all the

first

Jon Yaneff

in

in

Seahawks won

will

continue

and

their

On

franchise history.

Seahawks

— Page 15

win the Super Bowl easily

will

win

their

franchise history.

hoopla surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers and their history-making run to Super Bowl XL in Detroit, many have Opinion forgotten about the Seahawks. That’s fine. The Seahawks are used to being forgotten with a 5 pas,ser-rating in his three playoff about. After all. West Coast teams are almost games. always the most overlooked in all professionBill Cowher, in his 14th .sea.son as head al sports. Unfortunately, this Seahawks team coach of the Steelers, led his team to an 11 -5 is definitely not one that should be overwin-loss record and is taking the Steelers to looked. their first Super Bowl since 1995. The Following a slow 2-2 start, Seattle flew Steelers beat the AFC North champion under the radar throughout the season by Cincinnati Bengals 31-17 Jan. 8 and the AFC winning a franchise record 11 -straight South champion Indianapolis Colts 21-18 games. While NFL fans everywhere were Jan. 15. focused on the Indianapolis Colts and their The Steelers are the first team to win three run for an undefeated season, the Seahawks road games to get to the Super Bowl since the were displaying the league’s highest .scoring New England Patriots managed the feat in week after week. 1985. On the NFL’s second biggest weekend, the The Steelers have an impressive defence, Seahawks showed the world they are capable anchored by strong safety Troy Polamulu and of winning a big game and then some. The linebackers James Farrior, Joey Porter and NFC champions easily handled the dangerLarry Foote. Farrior led the team with 112 ous Carolina Panthers with a 34-14 victory. tackles on the season. In the convincing win, running back Shaun In the Super Bowl the Seahawks will be a Alexander ran for 1 34 yards and a touchdown challenge, but the Steelers have beaten the while quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw for top three teams in the AFC (Denver, 2 9 yards and two touchdowns against one of Indianapolis and Cincinnati) and shouldn’t be the most dangerous defences in the NFL. Just fazed by the Hawks and NFL MVP Shaun a week earlier, Hasselbeck also showed he Alexander. The running back tallied a NFL could do it on his own, too. record 28 touchdowns this season. After Alexander left the NFC Divisional The Steelers also have a prominent running Playoff game early with a concussion, game so anything the Hawks throw at the Hasselbeck proved he could carry the Steelers defence, they should be able to Seahawks to victory. The Boston College counter at the Hawks defence. graduate threw for one touchdown and ran The Hawks also have National Football for another as Seattle won 20-10 over a League (NFC) Pro Bowl starting quarterback strong Washington Redskins squad. Matt Hasselbeck, who has been able to lead The Steelers defence may be good, but they the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl in have yet to face this year’s regular season team history. Hasselbeck’s numbers have rushing leader (Alexander) and a quarterback been similar to his quarterback counterpart who is just entering the prime of his career (Roethlisberger) this season, but his inexperi- (Hasselbeck). If the Seahawks can establish ence in the playoffs (four games) may catch the run early and build off a few play action up to Hasselbeck in the big game. passes while having Hasselbeck use his 1

the script

should be.

he

first

will

2006

vs. Seattle

Seahawks dominance

win big games,

to

30,

1

The Steelers and Seahawks both earned their spots at Super Bowl XL and, without a doubt, expect the Lombardi Trophy to make its way west to year’s to be no different.

Seattle after Feb. 5.

1

Roethlisberger

reach the

is

the

only quarterback to underrated scrambling mobility, Seattle will

AFC championship game

in his first

two seasons and his only playoff loss came to the eventual 2005 Super Bowl champion

(Internet photo)

Steelers’ quarterback

Roethlisberger

is

Ben

ready

take the lead and not look back.

The Seahawks’ undersized defensive

line

speed to their advantage and presPatriots. sure the second-year Steelers quarterback, So odds are that there’s nothing stopping Ben Roethlisberger. If all goes well. Big Ben the Steelers from hoisting the Super Bowl can give a repeat performance of Panthers trophy and maybe they will send Bettis into quarterback Jake Delhomme’s three untimely will use

its

way the Broncos sent quarter- interceptions. Over the past few years the Superbowl has back John Elway into retirement in 1998, as a Super Bowl champion. produced exciting match-ups. Expect this retirement the

for his first

Super Bowl game.

(Internet photo)

The Seahawks’ NFL Alexander Steelers

will try

MVP Shaun

to run over the

in Detroit.

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