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Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.

www.conestogac.on.ca/spoke

No 18

37th Year

(Photo by Meghan Kreller)

Hamming

it

up

at the

parade

Conestoga graphic design students in 2003 designed and built the Schneider Foods float for the annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day parade, held year on Oct. 9. The float has made an appearance in the parade ever since, with some modifications. For parade story and more photos, see Pages 14 and 15.

this

Research funding available By STEPHANIE IRVINE Faculty at Conestoga College learned recently about research funding programs available to them

through Canada’s largest academic research funding body, the Natural

and Council

Sciences

Research

Engineering of Canada

(NSERC).

“We

we

like to say

Anne

support peo-

manager

Alper,

of

the

research partnership planning pro-

gram

at

NSERC.

colleges

the

NSERC that

the

is

“That’s where

would

fit,

because

beginning to recognize

colleges are

playing an

important and increasing role in innovation.”

applied research projects at the col-

want

lege level and has set up

more than 10,000

university and

APICS By ANNELISE THOMPSON

“The Idea to Program’s objective

management

will attend a three-day

student,

APICS

(the

manageConference

association of operations

ment) International and Exposition from Oct. 29-3 1 Conestoga College is one of the largest of 270 APICS chapters in North America. Students benefit

who

join

the

chapter

from networking and apply-

spe-

is

NSERC

from the program over the last two years to develop case studies. “We want to see if the money given through this program helped the colleges,” said Alper.

look at the different schools and investigate what made to

to support

director

because the

colleges

so

is

direct response to

industry needs, this program

is

a

good fit for them. Another program Alper mentioned College is the and

Community

Innovation Pilot. This specifically to give

research

the

Scholars

Education Program. Tracey Lopers, Ontario Grand Valley affiliate student chapter liaison, said Conestoga has sent at least one student every year to a conference since the program

start-

ed in 2000.

“APICS tries to get between 40 and 60 students each year to attend the conference,” she said.

Kit said she applied to the pro-

gram

last

year but was not accept-

ed, so she is excited to be able to

attend this year.

want

go and have a good time, learn a lot and meet “I really just

new

people,”

to

.she said.

research

on

of the policies and proce-

all

dures needed to

make

the

program

work, as well as raising awareness of the program. “My job is to help increase the profile of the college, to market the capabilities of Conestoga to the community and the region,” she

Conestoga

remain

unconvinced

about the funding being a longterm solution. Jim Galloway, co-ordinator of the welding and robotics technology

programs at the college, said most funding programs have been set up to fund research at universities, not at colleges.

“I’m a

cynical

bit

from what

a long-term proposition.

lot

are so far out in the land of specu-

a great opportunity for our fac-

going to be 5 to 10 years I think before we maximize our

keep them current and

applied research function, in the

to

it’s

ulty

to

the college’s perspective,

engaged with industry in terms of what’s out there and current with research,” she said. “But also for the students, it gives them a really good opportunity to get hands-on experience and get them excited about research, and maybe that’s a

ing for scholarships and are eligible in

applied

office is only a couple of years old, Vuk said right now they’re working

so that other companies can come to us as well,” she said. Some faculty members at

ulty here to get funds.

takes students on a participate

at

want to take.” Because the

said.

“From at

of applied

career path that they decide they

Conestoga College, said she thinks the programs offered through NSERC will be a good way for fac-

Alper. to say

also

Innovation

development of technologies that have identifiable market potential, and then transfer them quickly to Canadian companies,” said

She went on done applied and in

“We

them successful, or what kept them from being successful.” In a recent interview, Angela Vuk,

the

to

Three Conestoga students will be l^elling to Orlando, Fla., as part I £vMlhe APICS scholarship program. Kerri-Lynn Kit and Jaime Nicol, third-year materials and operations management students, and Brian Ward, a second-year materials and

some

to help enable

college faculty to receive funding.

was developed

college professors.

operations

programs

research

NSERC, which has an annual budget of $700 million, supports more than 17,000 science and engineering students pursuing their master’s degrees and PhDs, as well as

funding to colleges, and will be using information gathered

cific grant

discovery and innovationr said

ple,

Of thartjudget, about a quarter is devoted to innovation. This translates into less than one per cent of the overall budget currently going to fund research at colleges. According to Alper, NSERC is very interested in supporting

for faculty

more

“Being able

to say that developis

“It’s

we have

sense that

who

are

the

interested

most faculty in doing

doing research,

research

all

protocols are well laid out and

or give us

tact,

who come

word of mouth

and network

colleges are perceived

comes

it

when “A

to research,” he said.

of the university researchers

lative research that

what

innovative

when

it

comes

and what is terms of what indus-

practical

is

in

try requires, there’s a big

discon-

think that colleges and col-

nect.

we

lege faculty in general have a fair-

have an established network of industry partners

how

the

to us

referrals

I

good handle on what industry is doing and the problems industry ly

is

facing.”

the sunny south

after

he graduated he was

hired for a full-time job.”

opportunities.

to get out

Vuk went on

ing the applied research program

trip to

Kit also felt that the conference will offer

I’ve seen historically in terms of

al

At the conference students

will

“At one conference, a motivationspeaker held a session just with

meet him and do book signings, so there are the student scholars to

is

be able to participate in interactive educational sessions, listen to keynote speakers and be taken on

usually just with people in Ontario,

various plant tours, including the

in

Kennedy

sand people, the students get to

with people will be different than

what we do

here,” she said.

“The

networking we’re able to do here

way we can meet new people and hear about their experiences.” A prime example of contacts that can be made through networking happened when Lopers attended an APICS conference in 2003. “I met this

a

woman from

Kellogg’s,

in

London, and we discussed the coop program here at the college,” she said. “Afterwards she ended up hiring a student from here for a work term, and through that con-

Space

and

Center

Universal Studios in Orlando.

special perks as well,” said Lopers.

She added

that at

meetings held

auditoriums with several thousit

in the front row.

“Also as part of the students’

“The helping out doesn’t bother

scholarship they are given a work

all,” said Kit, “because they’re paying our whole way there, and otherwise I wouldn’t even be able to go to something like this.” Students interested in joining Conestoga’s APICS student chap-

schedule, for a couple of sessions a day,

make

where they go sure everything

to help is

OK

and

while

they are there.”

Students

who

attend the confer-

ence are also given access to speakers and events that otherwise are closed-door.

us at

ter

should

visit

www.apics.org.

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— SPOKE, October

Now

16,

News

2006

Award has Nov.

deep thoughts

deadline

1

By VANESSA BUTLER

...with

Conestoga College

There was nolliing but good news report at the alumni associations' board meeting Oct. 2.

to

Random

questions answered by random students

Mike

Shipley, treasurer, reported

board has approximately in the budget to work with. Some of the funds will go to the welcome home award and an that the

$8,000

What's your dream Halloween

costume?

left

appreciation day for the board.

Himmelman.

IVIonica

“Ever since

I

was

young I’ve wanted be Cat Woman.”

to

The award

deadline.

good from

the

is

set

aside for the award. Shipley then

next year’s budget at around $50,000, which is up from last year’s budget by $10,000. A faculty report was given by

Anne

“The Pink Power

Charles, faculty representa-

Charles reported the fall semester is a busy time for all college faculty, with mid-terms, unit tests and other various forms of assessment already in progress. She also noted the office program has started an innovative project. Students from the program have been assigned to faculty as personal assistants. Students will be working two hours a week with their faculty member. Charles said this new initiative is an exciting learning experience for both students and faculty. "This will be a great learning experience for the students,” she said. “Students will work with the faculty and gain great working tive.

Ranger.” Bard,

second-year law

and security

ninja,

because they

are badass.”

Owen Moir, third- ’ear material and

operations nianagement

experience.”

Mary Wright, an

administrative

representative, reported enrolment statistics

indicate a 4.8

per cent

nearly 3,400 students enrolled.

As

The survey has

thus far

Conestoga

When completing the survey, alumni are asked to indicate which affinity partnership would interest them the most .software discounts, investment planning, discount memberships, insurance benefits and more. “I want it to be what the

Troy

Brundle,

a

Students Inc. director, delivered a

on CSI happenings and around the college. brief update

in

Welcome Home award has 20 applicants so far with a few more expected to trickle

students want,” said Milton.

Himmelman

said

a

in.

reported the student centre,

which is

lots of energy has gone into, expected to be open mid to late

November, with students not being overly upset with the delay.

there

is

after

no campus bar open before

4 p.m., and there are still not enough microwaves to be shared by the Conestoga student population.

at the event

Algonquin College in Ottawa. The alumni association is giving event, sponsoring the $ 2 000 to be held at

.

,

not a silent sponsorship,”

“It’s

speaking with students there .seems to be only a complaints. reoccurring few Students are still discouraged that

Brundle said

this year,

with 20 to' 25 third-year students

expected to participate

He

marketing

competition will be held

Association affinity partnerships

last

survey.

of having every Conestoga alumnus fill one out.

in

year with

from

Butter)

a meeting held

increase

grams.

Susan Milton, a member-at-large,

2.5 per cent

at

received 300 responses, with a goal

discussed the Conestoga Alumni

1

up

been a 22 per cent apprenticeship pro-

up

by

it

well, there has

increase in full-time students at the eollege. with first-year students

“A giant skunk,

ham

Shipley

association.

reported $3,000 of the budget forecasted

“A

Alumni association board members on Oct. 2.

and security

Tr/i7

(Photo by Vanessa

getting

is

advertising, with each appli-

cant expected to receive $200-$250

Lindsay Zatezoh, second-year law

director of

alumni relations, said the welcome home award has 20 applicants so far with a few more expected to trickle in before the award’s Nov. 1

Himmelman. “The

said

students spon.soring them and are appreciative of it.” Glenn Campbell, president of the

know who’s

asked that from the competition, some of them give a brief report on their outcomes and an overview of the happenings. The next alumni association meeting is the annual general meeting to be held on Nov. 6.

alumni

when

association,

the students return

because they have a big

tail.”

New Cambridge campus

Aniy Howard,

planned

second-year

By CARA LICHTY

media studies and health pro-

ntirs/nii

Conestoga College is hoping to have a new campus in Cambridge open by $eptember 2009. President John Tibbits made a

“I’m being

Woman my

Wonder

this year,

and

presentation

Cambridge

to

council Oct. 10, explaining the college’s plans for the

boyfriend

is

being

Superman.”

first-year office

administration

campus, which

approximately 2.000 students and 1.000 apprentices, all in technical and engineering programs, as well as 1.650 con-

would be beneficial in many ways to set up the new campus with the majority of programs being in technology Tibbits said he thinks

pretty cool.”

Barney

Kraft,

first-year

apprentice

structed.

for

call

building

a

200,000-

to

be con-

Tibbits said although

take

time,

the

it

new campus

will also

be asked to make a large contribution.

Funny money

it

large as the “It'll

in

Doon campus.

take 30 to 50 years, but

could grow to be bigger than the Doon campus’s 6,000 students.” Doug Craig, mayor of Cambridge, said he thinks the idea for expansion is a great one.

“Expansion

the college

it

Cambridge is an .said. “It would

By ERIC MURPHY

A

counterfeit

$20

bill

was

dis-

covered when a student trie^te purchase a parking permi^Wl

and engineering. "It would be much more costeffective to have all of those pro-

be so good for not only the City of

Conestoga College Oct. 2. The student was just as surprised when the news was revealed to

Cambridge

him.

grams

cussing this project for years

in

one

campus.”

said

"Forty per cent of the building would be shops and an

Tibbits.

industrial setting

is

much

cheaper.”

Tibbits also said that concentrating on engineering and technology

Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!

The plans

from the province. The federal government

could potentially grow to be as

tinuing education students.

“A pumpkin would be

of the programs would have a chance to benefit from this potential expansion.”

will

close to

Record

1

million to $25-million contribution

The estimated $50 million. It would hold

is

1

would have an excellent

opportunity to grow,” he said. “All

square-foot

cost

said.

story in the Oct.

said the project depends on a $20-

arts,

would be built Just across Highway 401 from where the Doon campus is.

Martina Depaola,

city

he

public relations and

“Liberal health

us,”

A

grams.

the new Cambridge campus would be favourable to the liberal. at

into

excellent idea,” he

but for the students.

"John and

and

it’s

finally

I

have been dis-

coming

now

together.”

Tibbits said he not only hopes he

get moral support from Cambridge city council but also from the province. "The big thing in the short term is that we need them to work with will

“We bills

don’t get

many

counterfeit

around here,” said John

Tribe,

interim supervisor of safety and security services at Cone.stoga.

“Most people don’t know

they’re

and are

vic-

Waterloo Regional Police

are

passing off fake

bills

tims.”

investigating the incident.


News

Patience By

AMY MEADOWS

child's age group,

campus

services

said

takes an extremely

it

unique person to work with special educational needs children. Deh Crawford, who has worked at Conestoga's ECE centre for two and a half years, said patience is the biggest attribute a special needs

worker ean possess. "You need a good understanding and lots of enthusiasm." she said.

anything

“You need a good understanding and lots of

enthusiasm.

may

llnd

it

not really

you need

to

work with

regular day care, but

it

does take a special

is

Dch

Crawford,

stipcrvi.sor ar the

at Conestoga

one thing people

"There is a refen al, then the right caseworker is assigned for the

thinking of entering early childhood education must understand is

child," she said.

that

ral

is

it

“We

mind, therefore, you can't use the thing for every child,” said

same

Craw'lord.

not a babysitting program.

follow a curriculum," she

said.

is done, between' two

"Once

the refer-

anywhere and four

takes

it

"It's

all

about setting

them up for a positive experience.” She said the other children arc very helpful to the few special needs children on site. “If they need help, they will help

Over her

ECE centre

Doon campus

’s

"They may be six or seven in their body, but only two and a half in their

weeks

months for the process

begin.

to

1

ostracize

8 years in the college’s

ECE

system she said she has seen the number of centres grow to six and now, with the closure of Waterloo's early childhood educadecrease to

tion,

said

make

to

is

out, they never them.” said Crawford.

frustrating."

Crawtord

more speech-related issues. Crawford said the best way of working with children, in particular

them

person.”

difficult.

"You can work with a child on the same thing for weeks without them understanding it." she said. "For some people that could be

It’s

anything different than

necessary to work with special needs and said some individuals

Habilitation

.Some ol the lists, especially for speech related issues, arc long.” Another organization ECE works closely with is KidsAbility for

special needs children,

why

explained

— Page 3

everything age appropriate.

person."

Crawford

K-W

is

abilities.

than you need ti) v\a>rk with regular day care, but it does take a special

patience

out of the ordinary for a

assigned to help assess and diagnose various learning dis-

not really anything different

"It's

is

2006

ECE

in

A graduate of Conestoga C'ol logo's ECE program, she said if they notice

The supervisor at the early cliildhood education centre at the Doon

16,

a virtue

is

a career

for

SPOKE, October

live.

Something Crawford said she loves about the centre

is

how

(Photo by Eric Murphy)

spe-

A day .off

needs children are integrated

cial

with the other children. think

“I

learns and

fabulous, everyone

it’s

grows

together.”

Stephanie Rich, a second-year police foundations student, sits with Riker, a 12-year-old shepherd, her Llewellyn Security coworker, while visiting Conestoga College on Oct. 4.

Conestoga’s

Early advertising

increases event turnout Doon campus set ‘So far

no events have flopped

By JESSICA BLUMENTHAL Students wouldn’t enjoy school

much

as

if all

they

(fid

was

study,

said the residence life co-ordinator

Conestoga College’s Residence and Conference Centre.

for

"This year people are realizing the importance of getting involved (in

rez

events),”

Ryan Connell

of programming at residence, the former Conestoga student said.

always something going on keep students occupied.

Residence events and activities, like pasta nights and the annual Niagara Falls trip, are still planned. Students can go to the Mocktails night, during Alcohol Awareness week, and watch their friends play music in a coffeehouse setting in October.

easy as waiting in line for pancakes,” said Copnell. Students are rewarded for getting involved by earning points

“We

have younger students who are in the ‘get involved pha.se’ and know it’s a huge perk said.

to college life.”

the

most participation

ever, said

By NATALIE

when gift

they attend events. There are certificates

for

stores

like

first

three

weeks

of

school because that sets

a strong precedence

for

key

is

to

recruit

employers from the area looking

first-

gift certificate for participation for

September.

She believes get to

know

it’s

a great

way

to

other people and truly

experience

first year college. residence hands

The

out

and posts advertisements around to the school to inform residents of upcoming

the entire year.”

for

^^ar.”

Evan residence

Connell,

life

co-ordinator

)

The difference between this year and previous years is students are being told to get involved from the start, he said. “It’s a refreshing change that Conestoga is trying to push participation from their end.” This year the college handed out a different orientation package stressing involvement. There is also a student life website and the student life department on campus now. Not much has changed in terms

Residence

and Conference

she said.

this

co-op and graduate employees. There will be more than 60 different companies seasonal,

job

soring the event, assist students

er

is

spon-

year are residence ver-

sus residence activities. For

exam-

students into residence. She went on the Wonderland and

Blue Jays “I

trips.

recommend

students go into

as offering

letters,

interview

more

For

There will be more than 60 different companies at the job

fair.

information, by Room 220 on the second floor of the stop

Student

Client

Services Building.

fair

Students can also

5220,

ext.

call

519-748-

3340.

Congratulations to Alex Mackenzie, a year one stuin

Construction Engineering Technology-

name was

selected to win an

challenge

residence and get involved. If you

Architecture. Alex’s

game. “So far no events have flopped this year,” Connell said. “Students have been really supportive and there were huge turnouts.” Residence has events planned

are in residence then bring your

of year one stuApple IPod Nano in dents who filled out the Orientation 2006 Survey.

Residence events are open to all Conestoga students. Students who don’t live in residence need to

for the rest of the year so there is

sign in at the front desk.

ple,

Conestoga

Mohawk

will

in a paintball

friends

who

aren’t in residence to

the events,” she said.

as

assis-

WINNER ANNOUNCED IN ORIENTATION SURVEY DRAW dent

to

with putting togeth-

resumes and cover

well

is

available

tance.

such as CIBC, City of Kitchener, Waterloo Regional at the

and many

move also

New

a chance to see

what’s out there and to have fun,”

Zoltowski volunteered to help

Centre

part-time,

for

K-W YMCA

more. Career services, which

events. “It gives students

for Conestoga College ’s

Police,

1

of each month for the most points.

newsletters

involvement during the first three weeks of school because that sets a strong precedence for the entire

ANDERSON

Conestoga College is hosting an on campus job fair Oct. 18. Students are encouraged to head to the E-wing between 10 p.m. to meet with a.m. and

Zehrs, that residents win at the end

year broadcasting student, got a

“The key is to recruit for involvement during the

Connell.

“The

to

“It’s as

Magdalena Zoltowski, a

There’s a need for everyone to get involved in some form or another and this year we’ve seen

to host job fair

this year’

a random draw

Thank you again

to

all

students

with feedback about orientation.

who

provided us


Page 4

— SPOKE, October

It’s

Commentary

2006

16,

time

the finger pointing

_0Z2IE:

k

stopped Growing up involves maturity and taking

responsibility for our

actions.

Too many people play

the

blame game, always pointing

the finger

elsewhere.

Throughout history

it

has always been easier to point the finger

made me do

me

in

saw it on TV, the song suggested it or, the most recent, the video game showed it. If anyone feels these are lame excuses and easy-outs to take the another direction: she

it,

he told

to,

I

weight off perpetrators’ shoulders, you're not alone. They are unreasonable, inexcusable, unacceptable and downright unforgivable attempts to explain someone’s actions. The latest examples of this are the public blaming Kimveer Gill's rampage on a video game, It’s time for society to stop and a 14-year-old Atlanta boy’s blaming the media and shooting spree on a violent movie. social awkwardness for Video games, movie.s and the actions of violent music do not make people vioassailants. lent, they do not make people hurt other people and they do not excuse what those people did. Blaming anything or anyone other than the people involved will not bring back the victims. It will not help the victims’ relatives sleep easier at night and it will not make people feel safe. Even issues such as teasing and bullying, factors considered in the 1999 Columbine high school tragedy, are not excuses. You get bullied, you get help, you don’t get a gun. Violence and murder solve nothing, they only create heartache and send fear into an already fearful society. Marc Lepine, the shooter in the 1989 L’ecole Poly technique tragedy, took an easy out by blaming feminists for his problems. Lepine felt women were the cause of his troubles, as he wasn’t accepted to the school and women were, but that was no reason or excuse to seek revenge or take out anger in such a violent way. He blamed and society accepted it. There are doctors and psychiatrists for a reason, to help people. Guns and violence do not help, they only destroy. So why is it so easy for society to hate the actions yet take pity on the killers? Why is society so quick to assume the reason behind violent actions is a media product or social rejection ? Why does society blame everything and everyone ekse before they consider that maybe the problem is the assailants them.selves? Maybe the reason behind the tragedy is the gun holders and maybe the people with their fingers on the trigger are who society’s finger should be pointing to. It’s time for society to stop blaming the media and social awkwardness for the actions of violent assailants. It’s time everyone is accountable.

Where have

manners gone?

the

all

Gimmie gimmie never gets. Don’t you know your manners yet? Although I have not actually spo-

come from

allowed

may

me

develop

to

many

skills

to think

my

it is

generation that has

ignorant and just plain bad-man-

learning from

Not only have I become more communicative and social, I have

become more

More

of rude,

tolerant

tolerant,

all

of them are bad.

when

something

these

I

has allowed develop

many

me

skills

to I

its

my is

losing

if

I

I

did not understand

her theory and, although

I

don't

completely agree with her argument, I now understand where she

coming from. Where we differ

is

in our view of

the root of the problem.

She seems

I

happier place.

As

for

When

(actually

sonably

I

only ask

say hello, don’t grunt

I

no grunting

at all

would

Say

either please or thank

(or both if

you

you

are feeling adven-

Smile

3.

(it’s true,

they are worth

was young

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but I will surely

I

got pinched

my

parents led by

day

I

exam-

consider myself rea-

polite.

I

say please and

thank you and smile everyone, all thanks to

at

almost

mom

and

dad.

My

customers,

be preferred)

try. I

would

person this

my

a thousand words)

ple.

To

world could be a much

treated, the

developed.”

forgot to say please or thank

you and

Until lately

is

When

aunt

courtesy.

develop-

turous)

stand out as a minority.

always used to hear talk about how the world

is

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polite to, aged nine or

90, he or she will turn around and

someone

treat

else with that

same

respect.

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I

that note, thank

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it

you

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Pet your stress By BECKY SHARPE

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medical website, arteriosclerosis a chronic di.scase in

Have you been dealing with midterm exam anxieties or are you worried about an upcoming assign-

ing,

hardening and loss of

of the

ty

elastici-

to

lowartl.

"They give everyone a relaxing atmosphere and you can almost melt your problems away just watching them swim around."

shown

having a pet can reduce stress and

wv\ w.bestrriend-

spetcarc.com. pets can provide us with companionship, social inter-

help with

action and an emotional relation-

emotional well-being.

Howard

tension.

The

best stress reliever our pels

can give

is

also

something they

love.

Stroking your pet will reduce your heart rale, blood pressure and arteriosclerotic process.

According

to

develops with aging, hypertension and diabetes.

you have

Clinic’s

supervisor

a

Rabbits are friendly and make everyone laugh, they're soft and easy to cuddle, said Howard.

at

"Rabbits sell really fast these days because everyone loves to take

stress relief.

a

are excellent

individuals,

it

helps

for elderly to

bunny home to hug when they get "Something about rab-

sad,” he said.

up

build

which you

said.

Super Pet, Kitchener, on Fairway Road, strongly believes everyone should have a pet to bring them a little

a parrot,

to speak, it's w'ondertui

to chat with them when someone or something has really up.set you,” he

Clearly pets, whether a cat, dog or gcrbil. arc more beneficial than we give them credit for.

“Dogs

Mayo

can leach

It

Ron Howard,

birds are wonderful

off their mind. "It

your pels helps to gel things oil your chest and playing with them can bring humourous one-on-one time, which relieves to

saiil

for people w'ho love to get things

ship.

Speaking

and

lap

I

1

According

warm your

help your emotional well-being. “Personally love fish." said

impaired blood circulation.

Studies have

said.

looking for a cud-

is

dle. cats will

ment? Studies have shown having a pet can reduce stress and help with emotional well-being.

Howard

someone

It

walls results in

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2006

16,

away

their morale,"

is

which thicken-

SPOKE, October

bits

make people

(Photo by Becky Sharpe)

Rabbits are very cuddly and are highly

who

feel better.”

loves quiet,

soft,

recommended

for

anyone

lovable pets.

Jingle

way

the

all

starting in July As October begins, most of the population starts to decide on fall clothing or makes plans for Oktoberfest or Thanksgiving dinners. The warm days are few and far between; the leaves turn from green to orange and local retailers change their back-to-school displays into Halloween displays? I wish. Sure, fall has seen its share of Halloween candy, costumes and accessories, but even before these were put out there were Christmas knick-knacks and decorations on the shelves. It

(Photo by Jenn Sprach)

A college student crush

all

started in July, yes July.

was on my way to work on what seemed like the hottest day of the year. I was hustling to make it there

Walter Mendoza,

(left

to right)

on time, when what .seemed

students, hold up

one

of the

verse.

Dan Stauch and Bryan Remmert, second-year robotics automation can crushing projects from their problem solving and design class.

I

I

entered the store to

like

a parallel

uni-

employees working were around putting up about 100 Christmas ornaments, for what they called the “ornament premiere.” I kid you not, it was the very beginning of July and half the store was packed with Christmas

By ANGELO MAZZIOTTI

make

the annual tradition this year,

(pubelar

is

by no means against

n^raduating, but says she

is

against

her want to gag. don’t

“I

For most people, high school graduation is a time of celebration. It is also a time to let loose, throw inhibitions to the wind and party until you drop. For one local student. however, graduation day was just a day fike any other. Kiah Dubelar, a recent graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Guelph, decided to forgo

think

grad

people actually

becau.se tradition tells

crazy but

them

to.

Call

me

home com-

reactions

mittee.

They would not refund

listen.”

Dubelar said all she heard for the last two months of school was talk about the after-party. “I know' I sound like a bitter old woman,” joked Dubelar. “But I'm just not

much of

a party person.

I

absent on

ing for any excuse to get drunk and

Believe

it

graduation

is

night.

not

Her

another,

night.”

decision on her

made

clear that she

“To be honest

my mom

own I

stayed

came

to her

terms.

know home from her

didn’t even

way

and more

of saying,

know

later."

thinking back to when I was a kid I can remember my mom always being super stressed out

about Christmas, and when it was said and done, she seemed

all

relieved.

Of

course,

it was probably because I didhave to buy presents. Now that am older, I can certainly under-

I

1

think the idea of Christmas

the

when looking

at the dis-

all

not

materialistic

gifts

you

and based on what

receive.

Basically

1

believe that this can be partly

classes but they didn’t include

“I

my me

on the list of names at commencement. I thought they w'ould have a

more class than that.” So what did Dubelar do instead of attending her graduation ceremony? “The question is what didn’t I do,” she joked. “I played some Super Mario Bros. 3 with my little brother, caught up on some reading, threw on an old Tracy Chapman album and ate some perogies.

What

a night!”

went

something

like

this:

“Christmas already? You have got to be kidding me,” or "Oh my gosh, I don’t even want to think about Christmas.” A few weeks later I was in another store and saw Christmas trees and Christmas decorations, while at another store I saw Halloween stuff shoved to the back and Christmas items on the main display. As you can imagine, the same comments were made. The sad thing is, most comments made by the employees are “if you don’t buy it now, it’ll be gone in a

that

Christmas stuff before even over. It is easy to buy

start selling

summer is

into the sales

gimmicks and

money

be gone before Christmas.” Most of the comments

it’s

about the money!

them now,

they’ll

is

about religion and hardly about family anymore; it’s definitely

the earlier

all

I

n’t

be honest that was my thought too, however, we are trained to tell the customers that “if you don’t buy

upset me,” said Dubelar.

kid

and

graduation fee, tried putting the

worked hard and passed

a

as

never understood that mentality,

of “shopping early” but

that

just

When

play were extremely negative. To

blame on her parents and even w'ent as far as removing her name from the list of graduates. “That was really the only thing

is

“buy one now,

the

little

or not, Dubelar

mother did not attend her own big night either, but Dubelar w'anted it

Dubelar said just the thought of whole ceremony is enough to

well with her grad

customers entered the store for the next few months, their

spend three long, hot hours in a stuffy church then I’m not going to

“We spend

the

Dubelar’s decision to stay

their

blamed on greedy businesses

ornaments.

As

sit

the only person in her family to be

and everything is supposed to be forgotten come grad

“She said she me in any

did not

tradition tells

act like idiots.”

one

said.

deci-

to

if

“The main point that influenced my decision was the hypocrisy of the whole evening," said Dubelar.

own

made my

way.”

it

think people our age are just look-

four years in our

Dubelar

sion,”

I

doing,” she said. “People just do

hypocrisy of the graduation ceremony.

cliques, openly disliking

after

didn’t want to influence

the

little

until

stop and think about what they are

me

frantically running

of hypocrisy

Opinion month,” which you

stand.

All the

Grad a day

Sarah Jaynes

you

let’s

start the

the idea

face

it,

more you

buy. and that’s the grand scheme.

Christmas should never be about or the

gift

you receive,

when there are families in our community who struggle to make ends meet on a daily basis. especially

However. I think a lot of people buy into the idea of getting something, rather than sharing the day with the people they love.

My solution: the next time someone asks you what you’re getting your friends and family for Christmas tell them that they’re all getting your love and affection. If you’re a student on a budget like me and you really want to give a gift, I think a macaroni picture frame is a pretty good start.


Page 6

— SPOKE, October

16,

News

2006

Vehicles stolen By ERIC

MURPHY

uated on the 401 conidor, ConestogEjl a prime target,” said John Tribep

is

A

200

black,

Chevrolet

1

Silverado pick-up truck was stolen

from parking

10 of Conestoga

lot

security services “Last year

was

truck

Tribe said vehicle theft stolen at approxi-

mately 11:30 a.m. and video surveillance of the incident has been handed over to Waterloo Regional Police for investigation.

Waterloo poliee are also investigating the theft of a silver

CMC

(Photo by Annehse Thompson)

Getting in shape for the Second-year police foundation students have

weekend

the

morning fitness class

their Friday

that

the

the recreation

in

"With 3,500 cars

centre.

MP candidate

Kitchener AARON SCHWAB

By

when someone says we think about this, if

think

I

‘Here’s what

Municipal politics

something

of Kitchener’s

that a vast majority

population

is

hard-pressed to care

is

MP

about, but one Kitchener

can-

focused on combating

is

you have comments, speak

up,’

you’re only getting the groups of

who

people

agree

strongly

strongly disagree. If there’s a

or

mod-

McGuire

speak up. And activepursuing people and trying to

"I'm trying to set myself apart from being a standard politician,” said J.D. McGuire, of 24,

ly

wanted

Kitchener.

"I’m not really trying to say something different (than my competition); people are going to agree with me. people are going iq disagree with me. The biggest thing is to try to be different."

McGuire was born and Goderich. Kitchener involved

raised in

moved to 2001. He became and

Ont. in

municipal politics because of a drive to improve the he

city

in

now

"Even the Ontario time ran

McGuire, who

running for Kitchener’s

is

of

ning)

to try to

sage via the popular social

working

MySpace and

website

and

opinions from people who speak up on their own.

not

may

little

bit

more

skcs." he said.

and

to people,

let

some of the peo-

ward I'orm his and listen to what they

ple that live in his policies,

think the issues in the

community

are.

"Too many times.

1

think, politi-

cians arc telling us what the issues

and not

are,

we

really asking us

think the issues arc."

what

McGuire

are

maybe important

to

a

small

group of people that we maybe wouldn't have thought of otherwise."

McGuire

said he thinks actively

and actively pursuing opinions from apathetic or undelistening

cided. people

wise speak up

who is

wouldn't, otheir

important.

on

Mountain, which

more

said not

all

The group’s vice-president of finance, Sabrina Loiacono, says the motive behind the stickers, which are being distributed on campuses nationwide, is to reveal the special

politicians

my

do

own

his

Bush.

low

ing to

is

and

for munici-

really, really, real-

me

to try

how

people besides the 20 per cent of people

who

to

arc voting every year."

who

attended

Conestoga College and graduated from the computer programmer program, said politics is something he's been interested in from a very young age and has always been a background interest. "I’m not working in computer pro-

gramming ing in is

at all.

retail.

"

he

I’m actually work-

something where

that

it

doesn't .lake

know how

"But

.said. 1

ati

politics

really

think

education

to listen to people.”

dent.”

He

said the only

way

to deter car

your doors and don’t leave anything valuable out thieves

in the

to lock

is

open.

Canada president Riehard Diamond, Bush encourages Harper’s efforts to move Canada to the extreme right of the political .spectram.

“In fact, the

two are so

similar

they’re even saying almost exaetly

same thing when they speak Diamond. Diamond was referring to

the

Harper’s belief in protecting the definition of marriage

traditional

and

of

rejeetion

Kyoto

the

Protocol, both of which are positions held

by Bush.

While Conestoga does not have a Young Liberals branch on campus, students interested in getting involved can find a variety of opportunities on the group’s website, www.youngliberals.ca.

The Young

Liberals are a group

to

es the Liberal government at

all

on issues eoncerning Canadians aged 14-25. They elect one national president and five vice-presidents, along levels

with a president representing each province.

Learning the breath of By ALEX

MCNANNEY

she

.to

hopes

have

to

nobody look

at

it

knows

may

It

be a

new program,

already growing

out

The

fast.

tory therapy program,

it

as a positive

but

introduced

be holding

this year, will

its

Cun'ently there are 2,400 respira-

it’s

respira-

first

that increase

to five years.

tory

therapists

and

Ontario,

in

may not seem to be in demand as much as other programs while

it

event, respiratory therapy week, in

such as nursing. Peppier thinks

things are ‘supposed to work,’

E-wing on Oct. 25 and 26 from a.m. to noon both days. The extravaganza will showcase what the program is all about, provide information about what respiratory therapists do as well as dis-

will

and without don’t

knowledge.

that

the

1

1

into the traps of ‘being a

fall

politician.’"

McGuire

said he

is

just a regular

where his tax going and how his city

interests in

1

play

some of

the different types of

being run, and his interests in running for Ward 2 councillor are nothing besides caring about

equipment used Peppier,

a

where he

therapist,

hopes

is

lives

Program

and having a voice

in that.

always done things.' alford to do different stuff. I've

Lori

respiratory

to raise

awareness

1

1

to

health

in

care

face,

which is a need for more people in the coming years. The good news is. unlike many of the other health-care i^rofcssions,

most of the Ontario graduates in the

majority that train in Ontario, slay Ontario."

in

The program, which

is

thifl

functions as

dida^

place yearly

The program has

can

the

have

point of (running)

at all

colleges offering

program across Canada during

the third or fourth

week of October.

The program has been running well so

far,

and Peppier says she’s

happy with the

to

interest in

"There's excitement. students in our

is

encourage people to involved and listen up to what's going on: even if you're not going to vote for me., get out

just trying to

Conestoga

gel

leges

in

is

the

first

it.

We

have 40

class," she said.

one of only six colprovince currently

offering respiratory therapy. .

Peppier said nearly

the

200 applicants

program had this year, but

stay

province. Peppier said. "The

can

bound by ‘This is the way always done things, so this is

the way I’m going always do things.'"

other fields

it

same problems

face the

dents for the challenges of real

not be

and vote."

co-ordinator ccrtil'icd

still

and to let students know the program is offered at Conestoga. The event takes

afford to try different things, and

"My whole

in the profession.

for the profession,

"1 don't have years of political experience to say ‘This is the way

I've

still

life

don't have a knowledge of

1

dollars are

municipal level. 1 think it's because municipal government in general isn't very exciting, and 1 don't know that (municipal MP candidates) arc the

1

my name

and get

when

voting

out

to take a car,”

“People stealing cars don’t look any different from the average stu-

over the next three

guy with

reach

no record or

obviously more of a straggle

“It’s

and so I’m tryfind the people who maybe

to

moving

is

to raise

young age and lack of expe-

would vote in higher-profile elections and for some reason aren’t

trying

Bush

rights

awareness to make sure Harper doesn’t get the chance here in Canada.” According to Young Liberals of

part to be

it could work both ways," McGuire said of his rela-

for

in this area,

at

away

from Americans,” said Loiacono, “and we are trying

merits.

already, but

pal elections

takes someone

within the Liberal Party that advis-

“President take

think

“I

thing;

"The voter turnout

it

two minutes

said Tribe.

between Harper and

relationship

different than the rest,” he

said since he has

between two gay

the relationship

able to get involved, so

to try to

the story of

tells

cowboys.

in

to try to get involved

Brokeback

rience.

MP candidate

McGuire.

"Sometimes there’s things that up with everybody, but there's going to be some things that

He

there

said.

come

I’m going I’m going

McGuire,

J.D.

Kitchener

ly

McGuire said he is trying to get out and actually talk to and listen

a poster for the film

shady business, but scandals seem to be growing and voter interest is probably dropping because of that.

tively

active

some other (campaign) wcb-

than

said.

little bit

bad and involved

"Now I’m

a prob-

experience to run on, he has to run

just trying to

is

what’s going on.”

"With things like using the web and MySpace - and I'm working on launching a website - Tin hoping to be a

he

are.”

point of (run-

encourage people to get involved and listen up to

net-

actively searching for thoughts

leaders by inserting their faces into

of the political process, with the way the majority of politicians

McGuire

two

the

vote,

involved with the disillusionment

are

is

to the college.

publicly,” said

and

said.

“My whole

connect with peoincluding spreading his mes-

ple.

heard,”

grown a

older. I've

Prime

and

campaign lampoons

the

that I’ve gotten a little bit

someone

Chicopee-Grand River Ward (2), is taking to more unconventional

means

election last

about a 50 per cent voter turnout,” he said.

“Now

voice

“If experienced, less than

Called Brokeback Conservatism,

18, just really

to get out there

my

Bush

Minister Stephen Harper.

they turned

have

at

home.

calls

councillor

prod them a little bit and say ‘I understand you may be undecided on this, but what are your thoughts'?’ You don’t need to have an opinion to have a thought.” McGuire said voter apathy is an ongoing problem that MPs before him have tried to combat as well, with voter turnout in Kitchener hovering around 22 per cent since 2003.

W.

George

was one of those people who,

"I

when

lem but not unique

campaign

The Young Liberals of Canada have begun a sticker campaign targeting what has been called “copycat rhetoric” made by President

said his drive to get into

panies politics.

less likely to

sit-

ALDWORTH

By ROSS

changed over the years, going from something that really interested him to a drive to combat disillusionment that often accom-

erate or undecided person, they’re

and

had

targets Conservatives

politics has

voter apathy.

in its lots

Sticker

has fresh outlook didate

was taken from parking lot 9 at college between 2 and 4 p.m. afternoon on Sept. 26.

we

approximately 20 cars stolen.”

College Sept. 28.

The

supervisor of safety and

interim

years tic

in length,

training and prepares the stu-

a

new

life.

lab with a

simulator, providing students with

hands-on experience.

The

third year

is

exciting because

students get to go out to do clinical rotations at hospitals.

"They’re looking forward

to that

eventual goal of getting out there

and seeing

real patients.” she said.

Partnerships with local area hospitals

right

and clinies are being fomted now.


News

The darker By TARA RICKER Every year about Canadians are diagnosed

62,500 witli skin

growing number of Canadians are Hocking to tanning salons each year to

c'aneer.

Despite this

fact, a

obtain the perfect sun-kissed tan.

The question

are tanning beds

is.

dangerous than the sun? "Using tanning beds is like com-

less

mitting

Shayne

said

suicide,"

Nevins. an esthetician

at

Sanctuary

Day Spa

in

Waterloo.

International

The

UVA

fact is the

rays that are

emitted from the Ultraviolet sources

in

light

tanning salons are two to

three times

UVA

A

more powerful than

the

rays which occur naturally

from the sun, said Nevins.

The two types of

UVB

UVB

(ultraviolet

(ultraviolet

ly far less

increasing

greatly

their

of

risk

developing skin cancer, she said. especially true

if

tanning

B

rays).

rays cause premature aging,

burning and even skin cancer.

than

D you

need, certain-

The sun itself is healthier for you and your skin as long as you use proper sun protection, she said. The most popular device used in

mulates.

Lhilike skin cancer, pre-

Plexiglas surface with goggles for

mature aging of the skin w'ill occur in everyone who is repeatedly exposed to the sun over a long lime, although the damage may be

eye protection and relaxes as the body is tanned from both above and below. "Control and moderation are key," said Steven Gilroy, director of Smart Tan Canada. Smart Tan Canada is a benchmark for professional indoor tan-

apparent and lake longer to

show up in people with darker skin. Tanning salons promise customers an everyday golden-brow'ii skin, or a quick skin

makeover

for

bed.

a clamshell-like tanning

is

The customer

lies

down on

a

ning.

“Our job

is

educate tanning

to

events.

salons on the safest and latest tan-

"Many people like to tan before going somewhere south because they think they are getting a base

ning trends,” said Gilroy.

they

but

are

she said.

not."

"Using a tanning bed and then

Smart Tan Canada only company’s tifies

is

one of the

Canada

and educates salon

"We

lay-

in

that cer-

are trying to help the indus-

become more

professional and

ing out in the sun actually does

try

UV

more damage

reduce the risk of over-exposure to

melanoma

and non-melanoma skin cancers." Individuals with a high risk of

your skin.” The rapidly-growing tanning industry assures customers that

skin cancer generally possess one

artificial

of the follow ing

to tan

traits; fair skin,

red

UV

and

to

radiation

that

it

is

way number

a safe

provides a

tanning

outdoors,

control," he said.

ture vitamin D," .said Nevins.

ically pleasing tan

doesn't take

much

sunlight to

"It

make

is

not

is

artificial,

When

joining

there are a for.

you

cise,

calculated,

“It is

is

very pre-

controlled expo-

sure designed to give

you

a cosmet-

without burning

your skin."

and rush the tanning process,

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16.

News

2006

how

Students learn By TIFFANY MCCORMICK Preparing to survive Canada and

Conestoga was

the order of the

annual Survivor Conestoga College on Oct. 3. From -4 p.m. in the E-wing of the .school, 70 English Language Studies (ELS) and second-language speaking students were engaged in seven information workshops. They were: Community and College Safety'. Harassment, Safe Relationships Boundaries, Healthy Sexuality, Healthy Eating, What you should know about Drugs and Alcohol and De-stress at the Recreation Centre. The students were divided into colour-coded teams and given 12 minutes at each workshop. The purpose behind Survivor Conestoga College is to inform stuthe

dents what on-campus services are available

them and introduce general knowledge of

to

them to a Canadian culture

well

as

as

Conestoga.

Some were

of the services represented Student Services, coun-

said the event

and

ter

student,

Relationships

Bernard,

said

event

an

Coming from China, Ma said he knows in different cultures things

reach activity as

done 1

Canada

1

must know

Canadian culture," he said. Melanie Reed, former co-ordinator of ELS and creator of Survivor Conestoga College, said the event began with students who were in need of counselling and those who were having trouble understanding the

relationships. "It

was

to

familiarize

students

with what's appropriate and what isn't.”

she

said.

is

"We wanted

to

make sure the students were safe." Reed said there are many differences in each culture and some of the students assume many things. “Some students think Canadian food is McDonalds and that’s it,”

the

outit

important for the

is

college

differently.

live in

t

Shawna

Boundaries was his favourite work-

"If

support

to

international

stu-

dents.

studying

dents

people fur-

helps

“It

ther adjust to

Canada and

adjusting

the college.” she

at

to

said.

shops at the event: What You Should Know About Drugs and Alcohol. Harassment and Safe

eating

Relationships Boundaries.

she said. “Eating well and taking

can be awkward for the students to ask for help in these areas but with the workshops students will be able to recognize the faces of service it

and hopefully develop

providers

relationships with the staff.

“We want

she said as an example.

students to

know

there

not alone

become more

know what to do in situations and know what

continued, said it’s really for the students so they can adapt more

familiar

international is

for the

benefit of the students.

"We hope

they

independent,

to

lege,”

Bernard said. “That they’re if something happens to

them.”

Bernard suggested for international

students

with

should get to

become more

to

they

college

the

know

the staff and

become

a

Bernard

new

country.

very impor-

tant.”

Deborah Lee, a

level

3A ELS

stu-

dent, said in her country they don’t

about issues the event dis-

talk

cussed.

Being from South Korea and a first-timer to the event, Lee said the issues were easy to understand because of the workshops. “1 liked how there were events going on,” .she said, as each workshop had either a demonstration,

game

or visual to look

at.

Leanne Holland Brown, student life

co-ordinator, said the event

isolat-

"Anytime you can help lege

is

is

new country new person.

feel

when

they have

it

is

confidence

enthusiasm and they are with

when

their groups. "It’s really

rewarding to see them

ELS,

here.

tant as there are particular

“Learn about Canadian culture but maintain your own culture,” she

when someone comes

students

said.

Of

that while all

Bernard said the workshops are

itself,

equally important she feels healthy

by Leanne Mountford, left and bottom photo by Tiffany

(Right photo

McCormick) Fitness technologist, Colleen

Holmes, had students, staff and volunteers up and active in survivor’s workshop De-Stress at the Recreation .Centre.

Holmes, who represents the rec centre, said

important

it’s

make

the students aware of the recreation facilities to

because “It

she said. Pauline

fitness

is

gives you long

health,”

she

said.

important things.”

everything.

and good “Two very life

Shore,

co-ordinator of is

very impor-

concerns

into a

new

culture.

them

better acquainted with their team-

At the beginning of the event stuwere given a ticket, and prizes were randomly awarded on breaks and at the end of the event. The catch, however, was students had to say one thing they learned from the workshops. dents

Prizes included items such as rice

cookers,

Canada

Conestoga

T-shirts

Hortons

scarves,

and

Tim

gift certificates.

The event concluded with snacks and a social time for students to mingle with friends, new acquainvolunteers

and

faculty

members. Shore said she feels the event was big success as each year the members involved are learning and honing their skills. a

"The students it,"

really

seemed

to

she said.

She hopes that for next year more diploma students will become involved and that the students will

become more confident

in

knowing

there are services here for them.

our responsibility to help

integrate,” she said, “as inter-

national back.”

build a sense of

mates.

enjoy

said the event

to

between the class levels.” Shore said she hopes students will become more aware of the .services, use them and will become

getting answers to their questions,”

"It’s

the event

in

community in our area,” she said. “And a sense of community

tances,

a remarkable thing

should remember the things they enjoyed in their home country such as sports and hobbies and bring them said

foster a

a wonderful thing.”

She said

to see the students’

they enter a

of being in a

is

student’s positive transition to col-

to

ences

care of ourselves

to culture,”

"Try to become involved with any activities on campus," she rec-

She said some students

(Photo by Leanne Mountford) the crowd gathered, students got ready for a fun and informative afternoon. They talked amongst themselves and got to know their teammates and other students going through similar experi-

“It’s

is

more pertinent issue. “Food is so central

fantastic.

ed."

As

a

students as well as the services, sports and clubs offered.

ommended. “Don’t become

life

Canada.

Student Services held three work-

Bernard said she knows

o

t

buy foods from their own country, how to stay on budget and suggests healthy meals to cook. Reed, who is happy the event has

adviser for

a

Services

Student counsellor,

shop.

are

is

assist s u -

semesshe

first

important,”

is

feels

said.

was very exciting

Safe

that

students in the

event

necessity to

playing field for international

said.

ELS

a level 3

the

to level the

are services available in the col-

education, said the event

certain

Ryan Ma,

"Anything we can do

stu-

Reed said the Healthy Eating workshop advises students where

and recreation. Samantha Murray, manager and

selling. security

student

hope

"There’s a strong focus of com-

munity building," she

fourth

I

said they also

dents will build relationships.

day

as international students partook in

Shore said she

easily to Canada.

boundaries are."

Munay

to outwit,,,

students

tend

to

hang

to

Shore said she wants the students know that “everyone is working

to make their school experience more special.”


SPOKE, October

16,

2006

and outplay Conostoga

outlast

(Photo by Tiffany McCormick)

.

Aron Wang,

level

4

ELS

student,

and Ted Chen, manage-

(left)

ment studies student, hold up the Canada scarf Wang won during the event. Before Wang and other winners could claim their prizes, they had to say one thing they learned during the event, held in the E-wing of the school.

Kate Fraccek,

level 3 ELS student, Aron Wang, level 4 ELS 5. student, and Kyoung'^Kim worked together to come up with some quick and healthy meal ideas in the Healthy Eating t\Ol lUU.

Student, '/W\J I

(Photo by Tiffany McCormick)

Police officers, Lisa

Kitchener,

Nyusa

(left),

and Jim Jensen

College Safety Workshop. Jensen said police

in

of the

how

students about Canadian laws and

tell

it’s

Waterloo regional police Division

very important for students to

an emergency.

By LEANNE

MOUNTFORD

2. 3.

Imagine going

to a

new

country,

Drugs and alcohol Healthy sexuality Security

4.

and Walk

services

Safe

emergency.

At the beginning of the stations, all students had the W-model

not

Oct.

3, international

students

Survivor Conestoga College shows you that you’re not alone, and shows you how to deal with the

new Safe relationships

change,

6.

Healthy and easy meals

said

and recreation

culture.

Noraldien

5.

7. Fitness

Acceptance and integration being accepted and fitting into the

alone and homesick.

knowing the language, knowing where to go when you need groceries and not knowing how to get help in an not

On

1

Community and know how to contact the

to contact the police in the

them an

activities

in

to

help

Canadian culture in called Survivor

adjiKst to

afternoon

Conestoga College.

From

1

to

4

p.m.,

English

as teachers, coun-

and officers of the Waterloo Regional Police acted out skits and

sellors

showed

Each point of

interesting displays split

up

are: 1

.

Honeymoon

person 2.

W repre-

culture.

attended

he

this is

come

learn

4.

adjustment

for three years, said he

in

Canada

wants to

when

continue his education and eventu-

They

ally

when a new

to a

realizing the

new and

starting to

and understand the new Mental

has lived

wants

to

take

Jessie Lee.

very important to

“It is

how you can protect yourself, how to eat

learn

healthy and learn about

i.solation

cul-

feeling

helps

STDs

and the practice of safe sex. “They don't pay too much attention to it in Cuba,” .said Ca.stell. Survivor Conestoga had lots of information about sex. health and safety,

he said.

Olia Andreyeva.

who

is in

level 4.

from Belarus, said she liked the new activities and meeting differIt

level

4 ELS student

Survivor Conestoga College four “It

College was learning about

is

very important to learn

ality,

she

.said.

Andreyeva said she found adjust

people

to

Canada.” said Lee, who is in the accounting program at Conestoga College.

At first you feel excited about coming to a new place, but then you get homesick, she said.

Students taking English as a

how

you can protect yourself, how to eat healthy food and leant about sexu-

Olia Audreyera, from Korea, attended

esting part of Survivor Conestoga

ent people.

sexuality.”

advanced

years ago.

differences between your

3. Initial

Emam, who

English.

old home.

ture.

« « «

excited to

Culture shock

The seven categones were: Abuse <

is

new

place.

into seven different categories.

1

the letter

Lee.

Sudan, Survivor

Conestoga College to take in the activities because he thought the information would be important. .

sented the different stages integrating to a

language studies students took part in trivia games, demonstrations and brainstorming at Doon campus.

They watched

explained to them.

.said

Emam, from

I

participated

(Photo by Tiffany McCormick) Students discuss their answers in the What You Should Know About Drugs and Alcohol workshop, which was held in a quizshow format. Housing adviser for the international office, Kelly Guthrie (back left), and Student Services counsellor, Joan Magazine (back right), hosted the workshop.

.sec-

healthy

eating

was

the

that

most

ond language are assessed and put into one of four levels. Each level takes one semester to

important topic of the afternoon.

complete.

cook homemade food.

Giovanni Castell, who is in level 2, from Cuba, said the most inter-

here,” she said.

Surprised by the amount of fast food in Canada. Andreyeva likes to

“There’s

a

lot

more

calories


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Place your bets By ALLISON STEINMAN

did only because of the last card

was

that

game

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involving 52 cards,

and much more than dumb luck. Texas Hold’em poker is the most popular and most played variation of the game and is the primary game played at the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour. Players are dealt two cards each face down, followed by five cards dealt face up in the middle of the chips,

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by Natalie Anderson)

(Photo

Members at the

RBC team

cheered each other Diabetes Research.

of the

Ride

for

at the Family Fitness

Centre

Kitchener on Oct. 3

in

exciting,” said King,

playing

Ride for research better than last year Linda Thompson, a volunteer with JDRF, says the turnout this

something,” said Klos.

The energy level was soaring in the Family Fitness Centre in Kitchener the morning of Oct. 2, as teams competed at the annual Ride

year w'as better than

the ride, said he

Research Research Diabetes Juvenile Foundation of Canada (JDRF) had teams of five, from companies such as TD Canada Trust, Royal Bank of Canada and Clarica, as w’ell as

lot

said the foundation relies mainly on word of mouth to get volun-

individuals, taking turns riding sta-

teers.

for Diabetes

“This ride

is

and

it

year,” said

my

last year.

third year

doing the

seems a lot bigger this Thompson. “There are a

of (financial) corporations here ... and a lot of individuals.” Bill Klos, who has been volun-

teering with

JDRF

for four years,

tionary indoor bikes for eight min-

“The chairperson usually goes

of 40 minutes per

out and shakes the bushes, basical-

utes for a total

team or individual.

Team members

mum

raising

of $100 each

a

mini-

in pledges, indi-

viduals raising $1,000 or

teams

more and

of $2,500 and perks, although most teams seemed like they were competing to show' the most spirit and make the most noise. with

received

total

a

said Klos.

ly,"

incentives

“Someone know's

someone and they

other people

call

Dave Kohler, who participated in was riding for a

who

co-worker

has had diabetes

ANGELO MAZZIOTTI

lost their hair

condition

One year

is

a long time for a

tCTgo without a haircut.

Two

guy

years

even longer, but

is

how

that’s exactly long Mike Figura will have to

where ones’ ly

due to an incurable

called

alopecia

follicles are

attacked by their

areata,

mistaken-

own immune

which results on the entire body. sy.stem,

in hair loss

wait until he cuts his long curly

been growing his hair exactly one year to the day, and it is still nowhere near the length he wants it to be. "I want it to be about 10 inches," locks. Figura has

he

said. "It’s

Figura Gallery hair to

only

at

much

a

better cause.”

A/t'/te Fit’ll ret.

who plans on donating his Locks of Love. a non-profit

financially

disadvantaged chil-

dren under the age of

1

8

who

suffer

from long-term medical hair loss. “I really can’t think of a much better cau.se." he said. "Being a hairstylist, see how important hair 1

can be to someone. Kids especially can be really sensitive.” Most of the children who have been helped by Locks of Love have

Figura first heard of Locks of Love from one of his clients. “A young girl told me about it,” he said. “She was diagnosed with leukemia at a very young age and had lost all her hair through

chemotherapy. It broke my heart to think of all the kids that must suffer from this. It was the least could do to help out a great cause.” 1

This

is not the first time Figura be donating his hair. Last November he had his first trim in

will

same.” King, who has been playing poker for about four years, said he taught himself how to play because he knows how to play every other card game so “Why not poker?” “I’m kind of conceited when it comes to cards,” he said. “I’m good at every game.” dice, nothing is ever the

King barely hesitated before saying his favourite thing about poker

beating other people.

seems

at

City Hall in tents set up outside. “The problem was we had to get the bikes

all

down

there into the

“That became a real hassle. Then the man in charge invited us over here (to Family Fitness).”

tent,”

he

said.

at the fitness centre for three

years

now. “Family fitness is very good to us. They’re very generous. They provide space and they provide workers to help us out.”

“It’s

a laugh.

Most of the time King's

strategy

work. He has had many victories at the poker table. Many poker players have a favourite hand on which they always bet. but King says simply if he wins with a hand, he likes it. “My favourite poker hand is a winning poker hand,” he said. However, he doesn't deny that he has tasted his share of defeat, or what poker die-hards call “bad

as the river

being sucked out

hate

“I

like

he said. Being “sucked out” or “rivered”

that,”

the only thing that bothers

isn’t

King

at the

poker

who

don’t

players

get out of a

table. He lists know when to

hand as one of

his

biggest poker pet peeves.

“I’m annoyed by players

when they’re move made on them," he

can’t

tell

who

getting a said.

King is fairly confidant when comes to his goal to be a winner

it

at

the poker table.

work

"I

hard,”

going to win

He

said

it

he

said.

“I’m

all.”

it’s all

to

come

“If you

you

aren’t

a learning experi-

n’t

week and something you should-

out every

learning

he said,” be coming out at all.”

every' time.”

King has ample opportunity

to

because he does come out every week to tournaments in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. In fact, he plays poker five to six days a week most weeks, and he isn’t the learn,

only one.

A co-ordinator at the Red Hot Poker Tour, an organization that runs free poker tournaments at bars throughout southern Ontario, said there are about 360 applicants a week. “Running the tournaments is a really fun job and the hours are good,” said Br>'n Choppick, who has worked with Red Hot for a year. “But what 1 really like is the social aspect of the whole thing." During a tournament Choppick has many responsibilities such as setting up equipment, making sure players are satisfied as well as fol-

lowing the rules and making sure everything runs smoothly.

“The element of luck is what draws people to the game,” said Choppick. “But what makes them the fact that after awhile yo.u

beats.”

stay

King reminisced about a recent loss he experienced in which his opponent had a higher hand than he

become

for

it

known

card.

is

skilled,

and then you can

play upon the fact that other people still

think

it’s all

about luck.”

Locks of Love

more than two years and donated all of those clippings to Locks of Love. “That was the longest my hair has ever been,” he joked. “People

wondering was wrong with me,

started

a great

something was actually

if it

cause so

it

it

all

goes to

was worth

it.”

There are a few rules one must follow when thinking about donating hair to Locks of Love.

The

a hairstylist at Hairport

is

as

Kitchener office of Clarica. Klos said the ride used to be done

hairslylisl

about five now."

organization that provides hairpieces to

really can’t think of

fun

about strategy, and I love embarrassing people,” he said with

pretty funny, but again “I

is

a roll of the

is

The long wait worth By

is

but

“Our workplace decided we would put in three teams to raise money for a wonderful cause,” said who works at the Kohler,

Klos said the ride has been done

I

“Every game

who

money

for a long time.

they know.”

Klos said he is a strong advocate of volunteer work and thinks more people should volunteer. "I have a very close friend who since passed away from diabetes and just figured it was time to do

for

thinks that free poker well.

flipped over in the middle

table, also

ence.

them. “It’s

ANDERSON

using the

According to the website www.redhotpokertour.com, there are more than five million poker players in Canada today. Poker enthusiast Rob King is one of

enjoys

By NATALIE

the best

of the

organization’s website states

that all hair

donated must be a mini-

mum of 10

inches or 25 centimetres,

and bundled in a "ponytail" or braid. Hair may be coloured or penned, but cannot be bleached or chemically damaged. Hair swept olT the floor is not useable. If your hair

can it

donate

still

it

if,

is

curly

you

pulled straight,

reaches the length requirement.

“Apparently

I

qualify

under

all

these niles,” joked Figura. “But seriously,

it is

a great cause, and

love to see as

many people

ble get involved.” For

mation

visit

I

would

as possi-

more

infor-

info(glocksoflove.org

(Photo

by Angelo Mazziotti)

Mike Figura, a hairstylist at Hairport Gallery, will be donating his hair to Locks of Love to benefit financially disadvantaged children under the age of 18 who suffer from long-term hair loss due to medical conditions.


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Night Terrors features Barn of Fear By

MEGHAN KRELLER

Kim Glo’s Fami stiulcd pumpkin patch where fami-

Although off as a lies

picked out their perfect future

said Snyder. At night, the amount of actors in the barn triples for more chiutces to make people scream.

The Trail of Darkness is a 40minute hayride that also features a section ol walking through portions ol a bush and a com field. However,

now much more, co-owner John Snyder. By day. families ean be entertained with activities such as hayrides, clown shows, a petting zoo, a corn maze and much more at Kim Cdo's

those on the ride aren't alone. Snyder said. “We have about 26 actors out there who will do some pretty crazy stuff.”

Family

he said.

jack-o-lantern.

is

it

said

ness

Fall Festival.

But when dark-

although everyone is welcome, prepare to be scared if attending Kim Glo's Night Terrors, said lalls,

Snyder.

Night Terrors consists of the Corn Bam of Feiu- and the Trail of Darkness.

Maze, the

The Corn Maze has evolved from one acre

now

to almost five. Although remains pretty plain, in the

it

Snyder

future, .see

said,

he would like to

.scenes along the paths similar to

Bam of Fetu'. The Bam of Fear

the

Road. He. along with his first cousin. Beachler. bought the property Irom the original owner who had been running the farm since 690. Jell

Snyder,

1

Since their reign. Snyder said the cousins locus has been mainly on the nighttime attractions.

"The

lished," he said.

the nighttime

along but

who

is

also one of the

actors, said although

it's

impossible

Snyder said growing these

each and every person, everyone always .seems to come out

crowd

to Kim (ilo’s. Parents who bring their kids during the day will return at night with a group of

“When there's a wagon with 50 people on it you probably aren’t going to scare everyone,” he said.

Iriends and leave the kids at

home, Snyder afso said he hopes, by growing Night Terrors, they will he

"But the people who aren’t getting seared are either having fun watching other peoples’ reactions or lookat

cool stuff

we do

features scenes

corpses, vampires, werewolves and more are in for a surprise, said

Scenes along the ride don’t only attempts to make people jump, but flames, pneumatics and much more, said Snyder. “Although most of the guys aren’t

"The best part about it is you never know which ones are real and which

oohs and awws coming from them,”

are props,” he said.

we hear a lot of

he said.

This

Although the same barn is used during the day and night, it's much

more toned down during

the day.

October marks Snyder’s fourth Halloween sca.son co-owning the fami, located on the outskirts of Kitchener, just off of Cedar Creek

main

the

attrac-

“When all my ideas are made into a reality the nighttime activities will definitely be

our specialty,” he said. Snyder said, although they try to add something new every year, circumstances don’t always allow that

consi.st ol

as jumpy as the girls,

become

tions, said Snyder.

along the

Snyder.

said.

eventually

way.”

around every comer. Groups that walk through looking at .scenes of

activi-

has brought a different, older,

ties

entertained.

ing

it

“They had started model before we came was pretty small pota-

toes.”

scare

to

daytime activities had been pretty well estab-

already

to happen.

Business has almost doubled since the cousins started running the fann four years ago. Snyder said about 12,000 people visited the first two years and about 20,000 last year. As for this season,

Snyder said the more

the merrier but,

as

alwavs. he

is

(Photo by Meghan Kreller) Although co-owner of Kim Glo's Farm, John Snyder, feels comfortable cosying up to one of his props in the Barn of Fear, those who enter after dark should beware.

depending on Mother Nature to be on his side. When you .see a significant ri.se in aUendance it’s usually because of a

about the weather.” For information about entrance fees and hours of operation visit www.kimglo.com/fall06.htm said. “It’s all

significant rise in temperature,” he

Bring the tricks, the Stag Shop will supply the treats By

SUMMER MCPHEE

they are very tight).” said Snyder.

Trick for Treats, perfect for house parties, clubs

and the boudoir

is

the

Stag Shop’s slogan for promoting their

sexy selection of Halloween

She said, however, that they do cover most of a guy’s body. “Of course, the girl costumes arc always much more revealing than the guys," said Snyder.

Usually someone

costumes. Sheri Snyder,

(Photo by Peggy O'Neill)

Paul Taylor,

World War

manager

soldier,

Woodlawn Memorial who was killed in action. of

Park, kneels beside

one

of the

tombstones

a

of

First

manager of

the Stag

Shop on Hespeler Road in Cambridge, said there are a couple of costumes that the Stag Shop carries year-round, including the

History lives at By PEGGY O’NEILL

Woodlawn Memorial Park

atively funny,” he said.

“And

the

elderly get involved because they

Has a name on a tombstone ever you? Maybe a name sounds familiar, but you just can’t remember why? If historical fig-

we

“If

forget, we’re

doomed

to

costume, school girl costume and the French maid costume. ‘Those are the three that are bed-

room costumes,”

repeat,” he said.

Woodlawn had an

nurse

in

Guelph, one of the largest and most

bring their children to cemeteries

everything just

breathtaking

after

Sunday church where they would give their respect and usu-

Taylor will be running other events instead such as releasing doves on Mother’s Day and a blue Christmas event, where people come in after dark just a week before Christmas, light candles and walk around the cemetery singing Christmas carols. They even bring in a women’s choir to sing. Taylor said that next to the spirit walk, the blue Christmas event is popular because the same families usually come back year

buying the costumes,” said Snyder. She said popular costumes are the firefighter, paramedic and NASCAR

after year.

said Snyder.

ures interest you, the perfect learn it

more about them

is

way

on a

to

spir-

walk.

Woodlawn Memorial Park in,

Ontario,

holds a

walk every September. Woodlawn had a partnership with the Guelph Civic Museum for about 120 years. The museum was starting lo try and educate children and youth on cemeteries and their importance to a community. After a few years the two groups came up with spirit

something called the spirit walk. The event, which happens once a year in September, is a guided tour throughout the park by actors who are playing the roles of past historic

community members.

Paul Taylor, manager of the spirit walk, said the walk attracts all generations of people.

because of the costumes and some of them are rel“Children enjoy

it

ally run into other neighbours, so it

was

a day to

meet people and

talk with friends.

Today, however, Taylor thinks whole generation of people who don’t know anything about what cemeteries except for Hollywood teaches them. “We’re trying to teach our chilthat dren cemeteries are a resource of history and that if it wasn't for the people who are buried in Woodlawn. Guelph wouldn’t be the community it is today,” he said. Taylor feels that we should never take for granted the deceased or the history of their past. there’s a

The

staff

at

excellent turnout this year for the spirit

walk, but

for a

little

to

it

will

be the

last

run the walk every five years

instead of every year. actors

one

while. Taylor has decided

more time

to

It

now

gives the

research the

character they are playing and get

Taylor

right.

thinks

Woodlawn can

the

events

but

women who

wear something a little more ri.sque for Halloween will come in and buy them. “A lot of younger girls who have really nice bodies are coming in and want

it

What

to

to

purch 4 .swill be a bar or a private house is

makes

costumes and not generically made so you can buy unique

is

their

that they arc sexy

sized costumes.

“Everything

is

sized

in

small,

or large so you can find

something that will appropriately fit you and flatters your body nicely,” said Snyder.

The fact that the costumes more revealing also makes them

are dif-

ferent.

However, Snyder said, “they’re not to the extent that your boobs are hanging out.” “They came out with some really cute ones this year like the gangster revealing

girl

or the native

The

girl.

store

girl,”

also

said Snyder.

carries

plus-size

have a co.stumc that is called the dark cowgirl which includes chaps and black, shiny material and

costumes which arc tamed down and

we’re sold out of them,” said Snyder.

tomer

at

She added a Mounties' costume popular with men.

likes

their

“We

“Men they’re

She said ly

come

typically

in

is

because

by their girlfind a matching costume,”

dragged

friends to

at

be pretty emotional

most people visiting. “There's a certain amount of emotion, but it’s not a sad emotion, it's more happy,” he said. for

She said around this time of year Stag Shop costume suppliers send what are still considered bedthe

room costumes,

wearing

who

Shop costume

party.

medium

said Snyder.

sometimes remember the real live person when they were still living.” Taylor and the staff at Woodlawn started the spirit walk because they felt that this generation hasn’t been getting the proper education on cemeteries. Sixty or 70 years ago parents used to

intrigued

ing a Stag

in

in

general guys are usual-

here to get their girlfriends into

skimpy outfits. “They will look but

it

wear

more covering. Shari Macintosh. 22, a regular cus-

takes a special

our costumes

guy

to actually

the male’s costumes, (because

Halloween

costumes

because they are sexy. "Halloween is an excuse to show a lot of .skin,” said Macintosh.

She said the only place she would wear one of their costumes would be at a club or in the bedroom. "It’s not something I would wear at

at

the Stag Shop, said she

a family get-together, with the

kids, sharing

Macintosh.

Halloween candy,” said


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The annual The

inflatable

VIA

Rail

is

Onkel Hans, the loveable Oktoberfest mascot,

one

of the

many

is

a crowd

participants that sponsors the parade.

favourite,

Kitchener- Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade has a duo purpose, celebrating the turkey-eating holiday as well as the beer-drinking, sausage-eating festival.

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16,

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The Concordia

not have been

who

better for the patrons to lake

in

gathered

32nd annual K-W Parade on Monday

the

Oktoberlesl

Schwaben

the

C'ltib,

Alpine Club and the Transylvania CItib all had members and supporters participating in the Club,

The weather could

age-old

for

ihe

event.

made

parade) and

is

band

really cold.”

parade,

the

they

ages,

all

entertained

who

Klk hener resuleiU

from

Oktoberfest

ing

the biggest

to

Kitchener.

German

event

He

Kitchener visiting relatives.

in

responsible for bring-

Florida,

declined to give his name, was

said that Thanksgiving

is

of

from

theme

Superman. One gentleman

Shelley Bosch,

the

rendition

their

Williams’

.lohn

brings people together.”

The Concordia Club,

the

Band.

Heritage

crowd with

it

is

celebrat-

ed on a more national scale

in the

United Stales.

“There was a

of local talent

lot

Kitchener’s parade) and

(in

hometown crowd, which because

Also featured in the parade was Lyndsey Weber, the newlycrowned Miss Oktoberfest 2006.

into an event benefiting the entire

he said.

community.

travel

itself

Featuring adults and children of

began at the club in 1969, and its founding fathers decided to turn it

to

inter-

if it’s

in

Philippine

the

opting

it

was

a

alright

is

brings people together,”

it

with it local recognition and a busy week of public appearances,

What was once

event in one festhall has grown into

Thanksgiving is a special time because its meaning is unique to each individual. “It’s a time when we should be giving thanks for everything that we have here in Canada,” Reyner

as

Miss Oktoberfest is the secondmost requested icon during the fes-

a nine-day event in

said.

tival.

drawing more than 700.000 people. People like Rosemary Reyner of Kitchener have been going to the

Weber received

the

title

dinner on Sept. 29, a

at

a gala

title that

car-

ries

The most requested icon is, of Onkel Hans. The orange-

cour.se,

skinned man in lederhosen is the face of Oktoberfest. and the float featuring the inflatable version of the

German Clubs were represented at the parade such as the Alpine Transylvania, Concordia and Schwaben clubs.

because

Celebrations of the

parade route on foot.

Various area

alright

Herb Epp took

traditional

more

parade

lot

the

was bigger and longer, but after 30odd years, always like coming to

tional

was a

it

hometown crowd, which

of the four,

approach,

(Photo by Meghan Kretter)

lot of local

wished them a happy Thanksgiving from their seats in the back of a pickup truck. Waterloo Mayor

more

bands;

national

Bosch’s argument was valid, as there was only one big interna-

talent (in Kitchener’s

their

a

“There were a

said.

I

“There was a

way past. Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr and his wife waved to the crowd and icons

Oktoberfest was really big,” Bo.sch

the parade, even

morning.

The parade, held on Thanksgiving Day each year, covered five kilometres of King Street, from uptown Waterloo to downtown Kitchener underneath clear, blue skies and sunshine. Crowds as deep as five people in some places clapped and joined in songs as local celebrities and holiday

tradition

moustached German character

always gels the parade kicked off in style.

The parade is the centeipiece of the weeklong festival to celebrate Kitchener’s rich

German

heritage,

The

now

result

the

was a

largest

tradition that

is

North American

celebration of the Bavarian festival. a

weekend-long 15

festhalls,

parade for years. “We come every year,” she said of herself and her husband. “We love bringing our (10-year-old) grandson.” Reyner said her favourite part of the parade is the bands, a sentiment shared by Shelley Bosch, also of personally

like

the

bands,

as evidenced

although the parade used to be bet-

city’s

ter

by the presence of the prominent German clubs.

back

in

the

’70s,

is

much

“Thanksgiving is a very spiritual for me,” the visitor from

thing

Florida said.

“It

God

thanks to

means giving

we

for the life that

have and for the ability to share the gifts that we have with other people. That’.s important to me.” For others like Bosch, the meaning

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is

their engines

human-

has just died. Distressed by the

utes or

news he agrees

fulfill their

The goal of every horror is

film

achieve an emotional con-

to

nection with

its

audience that

strong enough to invoke

most primal

ity's

and vul-

fears

without

nerabilities

When

done successfully horror films don't just create a world to be looked at, but a world that surrounds and immerses the viewer. The original Omen, released in 1976, is considered by many to be one of the better modem day movies of this genre. Its story centres on the birth of the Anti-

who

is

named Damien

(Harvey Stephens) and raised by an unsuspecting American couple in England. Damien’s arrival foretold

is

in

Book of

the

Revelation, which

a series

lists

of signs or omens as a warning to all of humanity. The movie is regarding vague somewhat Damien’s master plan to eliminate the human race, but it does involve a state of political turmoil and a series of wars as a result of this disarray. Despite its popularity, certain aspects of this movie have in recent years seemed a little dated, and fittingly enough, on June 6, 2006 a modem day version of the film

was

The 2006 coming out on

released.

tation

is

interpre-

DVD

on

Oct. 17.

This is

new

version of The

Omen

faithfully accurate to the origi-

nal,

with the exception of a few

minor revisions as well as additional scenes, which allows further

progression

character

for

development and the overall plot. Without revealing too much of the plot, the 2006 version of the

movie begins with

the discovery

of three flaming comets by a Vatican Observatory Priest. This is followed by scenes displaying a series of tragic modem day events, such as the explosion of the

Columbia

space

shuttle.

Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami that devastated coastlines across

the Indian

Ocean and

attacks on Sept.

1

1

.

the terrorist

Frantically

and scholars attempt to decipher the meaning behind these events through references stated in the Bible and their conclusion, which is explained to the Pope, is that the birth of the Antipriests

Christ has occurred.

It is

turbes

has just lost

whom

Damien

tion

(Internet photo)

The 2006 version of The Omen, starring Harvey

as far

is

involving

plot

And

driven,

in

particular

shows

Robert questioning his wife’s nanny and it allows for additional growth as well as insight for both characdesire to hire another

can

regarding the character of

Damien

there

ensuring the lights are off in vacant

home

is

no obvious

areas of their

are at least

two

helping to restore our pristine environment? If we cannot learn to consteps

in

serve

energy,

must think

realistically

Power

in

log creates a delightfully eerie

wind,

effect throughout the entire dura-

Fortunately, while

dia-

tion of the film.

Despite the classical appeal held by the original Omen, the remake is by far a superior

motion picture. It takes an almost religious approach in honouring the storyline of its predecessor and the few modifications that are

made allow

more complete

as well as diverse

for a

be presented. Both movies, however, place a lot of effort into developing their characters and this creates an added level of mystery throughout the film

to

film.

It

also prevents the horror

movie from

ly costs

mind

Inc.

1 1

bines,

I

has

2 wind tur-

am

come with witness replace

poles.

what could potentially antiquated

power generation:

the

coal-fired

wind

tur-

initial integra-

power

may

turbines

grid,

seem

economically-

by providing employment

and generating revenue for properowners whose land occupies a

revolutionary prophecy. Omnipotent and graceful, three 37-

ty

metre blades revolve rhythmically. Despite such a picturesque vis-

Can we really put a price on our environment though? Nature is invaluable and any investment toward restoring what we all too often abuse cannot possibly be unjust no matter the monetary

bine,

a

turbine.

help reverse environmental dam-

for certain character roles. This

PUB

age while replacing Canada’s main supplier of energy: coal. According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association, Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased over 20 per cent since 1992. I find this statistic shocking considering our country is aiming to reduce such emissions by six per cent as part of its commitment to the Kyoto Protocol, ratified on Dec. 7, 2002 by the Fiberal government. A fonnidable approach in reducing carbon dioxide and other volatile

tion?’’

we

find

Tf*

gradual

ourselves asphyxiating on our

own

lot

more

other than for their only son, but

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tion to the

age, turbines have the capacity to

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they seem to display a

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associated

operating

costly, but they are

feasible

in

that there are

cent.

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bear

ing costs decrease every year by five per

Melancthon Township the turbines stand near hydro In

over-

relief as

power

bines. In fact, operat-

(Photo by Holly Featherstone)

where Hydro approxi-

erected

mately

with

current-

it

to 12 cents

but

costs

fuel

Melancthon Developers

up

generate

exploring Township, Canadian

Authority

claims that

sacrificial

strong affection for a few characters

allows the

Omen to maintain

up to the very last scene, which makes either version of the film a worthwhile experience for any cinema fan. a high level of suspense right

1

gases would include a replacement of harmful power generating methods with renewable sources, particularly wind. Wind is efficient because it is natural, readily available and is converted from kinetic energy to electrical energy without combus-

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terms of reflecting on our personal

falling into the trap

from the beginning

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environment.

per kilowatt hour to

their

in

Damien’s laek of significant

The chemistry, in both versions, between Mr. and Mrs. Thorn is also captured quite well, making the couple very lik-

AI.3L

change

either fear

damage our environment has sustained.

commanding presence

of just having

ju

who

or simply do not care about the

must be implemented to both meet demands and rehabilitate the

ters.

able. Right

who

blame them?

depiction of the devil’s son and

to capture his subjects.

One scene

when

individuals

concerns, the Ontario

such as Robert’s guilt about his sudden in the political world, rise Katherine’s fears about having another child and even the motivations of Keith Jennings (David Thewlis), a photographer who is so obsessed with his occupation he uses both film and digital

methods

implementation to visual esthetics. I am lead to believe, however, that such complaints stem from anxious

cal generation

liked

emotionally

ask some gruelling questions: do people realize that, on a large scale, such habits have adverse effects on the environment? Do they ever reckon that perhaps an act as sim-

between the two young actors playing the part. Both have a

most about the remake is the way it adds more depth and humanity toward its main protagonists. This is done through scenes that are more I

involves everything^ from cost of

of terrible

description.

What

Such scrutiny

to

then

Damien’s

events to come, but that

go

immune from

alteratives to electri-

of

sets off a chain

will

me

unfortunately not

societal complaints.

is

choice for a better performance

really

I

really necessary.

birthday party,

given the circumstances

as

was

such a repulsive substance to supply most of our power, especially if the government must reduce emissions by all of six per cent. Wind power, though a plausible solution to an economic dilemma,

energy consumption. Unless we learn to avoid unnecessary use of hydro, renewable energy is clearly our future. With regards to cost

Everything is going great for the Thorn family until the unexat his fifth

the incessant use of

ple as turning off the engine

Stephens as Damien, is set to hit shelves on Oct. 1 7.

approach.

nanny which

per-

their car is idling in a parking lot or

stylistic

its

suicide

is

nately laden with has lead

In the ’70s version a series

pected

me

Opinioh quite

that

Such misuse of the resources that our developed society is so fortu-

still

in

errands.

I

prosperity.

successful

Featherstone

leisurely

such unrestrained use of illumina-

Daveyown. Robert eventually receives a prominent political position in England where the three of them settle down and hope to live in quiet of photographs effectively show Damien growing up, but in the remake it is done through a montage of home movie clips, which proves to be even more

Holly

running for five min-

more while they

I

their

is

too often:

where not needed. For example, when happen to pass a rather large house after dark and it seems as though every room is lit inside, often wonder whether

(Seamus

Fitzpatrick),

all

electricity

name

they

witness

Another habit

mother because of complications during labour. Thorn agrees to keep the adoption a secret from his wife Katherine (Julia Stiles) and lets her believe that child,

I

park and vacate their inadvertently leaving

vehicles,

his

the

a folly

motorists

an unusual

to

who

adopt a child

-

of our time

all

request by the hospital priest to

the

losing

ability to be entertaining.

Christ,

a testament

of this is going on Robert Thorn, a senior American played by Lieve diplomat, Schreiber, is informed at a hospital in Rome that his newborn son

While

& Fairway)

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Turbines would be a superior power generation, which emits 22 toxins during combustion, according to the Central Research Institute of Electric Power. I am appalled that our economy continues to depend heavily on alternative to coal-fired

implications.

Furthermore,

fail to

1

see

how tur-

bines could be regarded as “visual pollution.’’

We

should consider the

function and long-term benefits of

such

amiable

resorting

to

before

structures

conclusions

hasty

regarding visual esthetics.

I

seldom

hear of complaints regarding high-

ways congested with ous automobiles. befitting

tainted

gas-glutton-

more

Isn’t that a

example of “visual

Perhaps not

until

pollu-

^

air.

Ontari™ According the to Ministry of Natural Resources, wind power has the capacity to displace

850,000 tonnes of carbon

dioxide emissions produced annually. Bear in mind that the average

automobile emits 100 tonnes or carbon dioxide annually. for order in Consequently, Canadians to appreciate the implementation of wind power, we must foresee the long-term benefits

it

will

provide to our economy, our environment and ultimately, our health.


News

SPOKE, October

16,

2006

— Page 17

Evanescense •

not fade

will ADAM HANNON

By

leelings ol

The word Evanescence means lo gradually fade or disappear. While the American quartet seemed to it

fading

doesn't look like they'll be

away anytime soon. new release The Open Door,

of a person

they're

hack,

Their

the hand's

is

their 2(X)3

album since

studio

first

major

The album

label debut Fallen.

starts off

strong with the

mourning. The

cide. This

is apparent in the lines, long to be like you/Lie cold in

"1

typical Evanescence style, the track combines Amy Lee's haunting soprano with the blasting rhythm guitars of

the

a testament to the cohesive

duo of Lee and Balsamo Sweet Sacrifice manages to be

writing that

heavier than the band's pre\ ious rock songs, such as Bring Me to

My

and

Life

Tourniquet, while of the heartfelt sincerof the band's 2003 piano ballad.

retaining ity

all

My Immortal. Lee show's excellent vocal control, and sings with much more confidence ister

her higher reg-

in

than she did on Fallen.

mid-tempo number. Call You're Sober, Amy Lee

the

In

Me When openly

express'Cs

tow'ard

her ex-boyfriend

Morgan of

Seether. with such lines

"Don’t cry

feelings

Shaun

me/If you loved me/You w'ould be here with me,” and "Couldn’t take the blame/Sick with shame/Must be exhausting to

as.

to

your own game.” At first. Weight of the World seems to be a fairly straightforward hard rock song. However, it also features notable orchestra parts and a heavy interlude featuring graceful operatic vocals by Lee. lose

The

fourth track. Lithium, deals

ground

you/There's room

like

inside lor two/and I'm not grieving for

Teny Balsamo and John LeCompt. is

lyrics tell the story

who

has lost the one they love, and by the end of the song, .seems on the brink of sui-

hard rock anthem. Sweet Sacrifice. In

It

the .song well,

because Lacrymosa means, "related to sadness.” In the piano-driven ballad. Like You. Lee takes the listener on a jouniey ol deep introspection and

have disappeared,

and

and pain, which

loss

name of

suit's the

you/Tm coming

In the lyrics of

for you.”

Lose

Cotitrol,

Lee

expresses her desire to throw away her stress and concerns. However, her vocal performance on the track doesn't do the lyries Justice. This is not to say that her performance was poor, per se.

It's

just that

her soft

and eerie vocal delivery throughout most of the song doesn’t .seem to fit the idea of losing control very well. The music for the song, however, adds a level of suspense and tension which helps to tell the tale of the song, perhaps even better than the lyrics. At some points, it sounds almost as if the guitar itself is going crazy, and losing control.

On The Only One, an orchestra once again accompanies the band. Lee expresses feelings of hopelessness felt by herself and others, but cries out that they

need to carry on, with the lines, "Don’t look down into the eye.s/of the world beneath you/Don't look down, you’lt fall dow'n/YouTl become their sacrifice.” The song is convincingly sincere and emotional, although it

would benefit from being slightly faster. The slow tempo of the song,

with Lee’s willingness to deal with

as well as the gentle vocal delivery

her pain instead of trying to subdue

of the

her emotions. This

clear in the

to

make some

she sings, “Lithium-

in

an otherwise solid track.

chorus

when

don’t

want

is

lock

to

inside/Lithium-don’t

me

up

to

for-

w'ant

get/How it feels without/Lithium- I want to stay in love with my soitow/ Oh but God I want to let it go.” Cloud Nine starts off with eerie sound effects, combined with synthesized drums and bass, to create a unique sound. Lee’s distorted

making Cloud

this effect,

Nine a good place

to

Queen

is

VHl.com.

Snow White

that

written through the eyes

of a stalker she had. This

is

a defi-

nite

standout track because of the

way

the

band manages

to

might be enough

listeners lose interest

1

!

lacks a catchy

interlude,

it

melody to The slow,

really stick in

combine

unfortunately,

is,

All That I’m Living For starts off strong, with the heavier guitar

song’s chorus. er,

The

verses,

are disappointing. This

music and electronic The end result is one of the far.

of Lee’s lyrics are influ-

enced by her feelings of sadness, pain or .discontentment.

On The

howevis

most-

because the verses lack any real groove or distinctive music parts to accompany Lee's voice. Despite its flaws. All Tliat Tm Living For is one

imposing

Many

and

ly

of the best tracks on the

band’s strong performances so

melody

also slow and boring.

one of Lee's most beautiful and pow'erful vocal performances to date, with truly creepy lyrics and effects.

your head.

beautiful vocal

in the first verse

enough

emotional vocals that make up the

be indeed.

In an interview with

Lee explained

verse,

The th song. Your Star, is perhaps the album’s weakest link. Although it has some interesting guitar and chofal parts in the songs

vocals during the song’s verses also

adds to

first

CD.

to see

such a good track

of the

CD,

artists

put their chaff and

since that

is

It’s

nice

end where most

neai' the

filler

songs.

Good Enough,

is

a unique Evanescence song. This

is

The

last

because the

number.

it is

probably the only song

band has released w hich expressand content-

es feelings of happiness

Open Door, Lee and Balsamo have managed to bring these two influences together seamlessly. The

ment instead of ones of sadness, pain

album’s seventh track, Lacrymosa.

and orchestral strings as the only

actually features

some of the music

from a Mozart piece, the

guitar

Balsamo.

music

The

in addition to

written

by

orchestral parts in

Lacyrmosa are borrowed from the section of Mozart’s

Requiem of the

same name. Lee’s

lyrics describe

and anger. Instead of heavy guitars and drums, the track features piano

accompaniment

to Lee’s voice, giv-

ing the song a very relaxing vibe.

This

is

a solid

album that is a from Fallen,

lyrical step forw'ard

and has many excellent tunes.

CD

like this, After making a Evane.scense will not fade too soon.

(Photo by BJ Richmond)

Parade practice Second-year broadcast student, Jordan Corcoran, adjusts a camera as he directs his classmates their dress rehearsal for their coverage of the KitchenerWaterloo Oktoberfest Parade on Thanksgiving Day.

Andrew Revelle and Randy Sachs during

VISION PROBLEMS

RECOGNIZE THE

Sudden loss of vision, parckvlariy in one eye or double vision

HEADACHES

SIGNS OF STROKE

Sudden, severe and unusual headaches

WEAKNESS Sudden weakness, numbness and/or tingling in the Eice. aim or 1«^

HEART

AND STROKE TROUBLE SPEAKING

FOUNDATION

of speech or trouble understanding speech

Temporars

loss

Seek immediate

DIZZINESS linsieadiness or sudden falK, especially with

any of the

abos-c signs

medical altention if y'ou have any of these svinploms.


— SPOKE, October

Page 18

Salsa

Entertainment

2006

16,

isn’t just

a dance,

a movement

it’s By JENN SPRACH

salsa doesn't exist, said a Waterloo

Using this system you learn to dance by elements or one step at a time, .said Tremblay. Everyone who can walk, can

dance and language

salsa dance, he said.

A

who

person

shouldn't dance

instructor.

a person in a wheel-

I've seen

on crutches dance and a blind person dance." said Jen Kozak, who has been teaching dance for five years and dancing it herself for seven. All a person needs to salsa dance is passion, said Kozak. As long as you have fun on the

^Irair dance, a person

fioor the rest will come.’'

The your

change adding it's a

salsa experience will

she said,

life,

very welcoming, friendly environ-

you need

‘All

and a will to become part of* the salsa movement." The salsa .scene is all about meeting new people, mingling, having fun and great energy, said a parttime dance instructor. All you need is a pa,ssion for music and the will to learn and have fun, said Pat Gillies, 50, who has been teaching dance for two and a half years. However, she added, “You have to be prepared to

ment open to all skill levels. Kozak was first introduced to salsa dancing on a beach in Cuba

practice."

while on vacation.

finds

Her best friend was from Ecuador and loved to dance. He infected

me

with the salsa addic-

Salsa is more than a dance, movement, said another

who

fttstructor

for

A

two and

it’s

a

salsa

has been teaching

a half years.

Conestoga

second-year

College practical nursing student it fun atmosphere.

‘I first

in a friendly, relaxing

came

out with a friend out

of curiosity and to try said Ovi

tion."

slippery shoes

is

He

new

things,”

Moga.

has been dancing ever since,

for approximately a year.

Dan

Cesario, 30. described salsa

an

as

It’s hot, steamy and sexy," said Looey Tremblay, inventor of the

experience.

elemental system of salsa dance.

and

come

‘I

and exhilarating

uplifting

to

for the music, the fun

look

at

the

girls"

man

Waterloo

said.

Deanne Eckert, of Waterloo, she loves

it.

“I love the

said

music and

1

love to dance."

She first came out because her husband had always wanted to try it. “My husband had to twist my arm,” she said. Carlos Silva, 25, of Kitchener, comes out to keep in touch

said he

with his roots. “I've been dancing since

my

was

I

in

mother’s belly.”

people can go

Places

learn

to

salsa dancing for free include the

Quebec

E

Guelph. It has free lessons at 9 p.m. every Wednesday night. There is a $5 cover but water is free. The Flying Dog, at 341 Marsland Dr., in Waterloo, gives a free lesson at 8:30 p.m. every Thursday night. On Friday nights The Club, at 130 King St. S., in Waterloo, offers free lessons at 9 p.m. There is a dress code in effect for these places which includes no hats, no running shoes, no jerseys bar, at 41

St., in

and no ripped jeans. For more information check out salsaontario.com or e-mail Jen Kozak at kozy_j@hotmail.com

the

(Photo by Jenn Sprach)

Jen Kozak and Looey Tremblay demonstrate how salsa at the Flying Dog in Waterloo on Oct. 5.

to

dance the

Saosin lives up to hype on long-awaited debut AARON SCHWAB

By

drummer Alex Rodriguez;

Every now and then, an album debuts after having

its

release date

postponed for what seems like forDuring this long waiting ever.

albums like become so over-hyped, period,

tations far

The

exceed the

self-titled

this

often

that

expec-

final

product.

full-length

debut

album from Corona, CA’s Saosin, is one glaring exception to this cl&pressing pattern.

bassist

Chris Sorenson; and vocalist Cove Reber who joined the band in mid-

2003

-

had made promi,ses

full-length

and

this

CD

was

that a

works,

in the

year they finally delivered

what Shekoski calls the album they’ve been working on their whole lives. The album, which has been called the “Chinese Democracy of emo’’ (after the Guns ’n' Roses album written almost 12 years ago that

tributed for promotional purposes

on the 2005 Vans Warped Tour, and ^vas therefore nicknamed the Warped Tour EP. All the while though, the band - guitarists Justin Shekoski and Beau Burchell;

at their

absolute

band, that’s saying some-

artist.

shoes,

those

but

because of his constant refusal to

new album, however,

play the same note twice in succes-

lack of screamed or shouted vocals

not without his

- something rare to behold within a band that’s often lumped in with

Burchell

synchro-

sion.

And I’m

own demanding

amount of time put

unreal

into

its

completion.

album, Saosin had never had the desire nor the resources to work with a major label producer, and were r^uctant to take one on for their Capitol Records/EMI debut. But the sheer knowledge and passion producer Howard Benson has for music shows immensely on this disc. On Saosin's independent releases, their sound is still incredibly Until

this

full-length

is

lead guitar parts,

harmony

a complete

is

in

the

British

military

Kosovo.

At the ripe age of picked up his

14,

first guitar,

Musically, each of Saosin’s five

members have honed significantly

Sorenson’s

changed

their skills

this

record;

playing

bass

the least of all the

bers, but

has

mem-

even he can be heard playriff along

odd scale-based

ing the

with

for

usual

his

straightforward,

However, simbe Sorenson’s greatest asset; with two very intricate gui-

chord-driven style. plicity

may

are often played in

hardcore

album, placing fills more strategically to work with the guitar harmonies and rhythm. The greatest improvement on the new album is .seen in Rebel ’s vocal melodies. Reber, the youngest member of Saosin (but not by much) at 21, had some incredibly big shoes to fill when Anthony Green left Saosin as original vocal-

California

the

quiet

scene.

managed with

falsetto

to balance lower-ranged

crooning.

Saosin has pulled out

on

their

self-titled

all

the stops

debut

full-

goes to show that bands nowadays can still make it to a major label on a strong do-ityourself work ethic, and do it without compromising their musical values and visions for the sake of record sales. At an average age of only 22, Saosin is just scratching the surface of what promises to be a long and fruitful musical career. length, and

it

just

British rocker is inijeed Blunt

Blunt hails from Tidworth, England where his prior gigs ranged from guarding the Queen to over

becoming a reputable

he not only

outgrew them by at least three sizes. What’s most notable about Reber’s vocal performance on the

fijled

sible to ignore the re.sults of the

this

pretty well for himself.

song called. You're Beautiful, brought him instant fame, is slowly

the release of

co-ordination and tight songwriting

-

serving with

Toronto fans were treated to a from the British singer at the Air Canada Centre on Oct. 3. Singing songs from his hit album. Back to Bedlam. Blunt played hit after hit to an almost sold-out crowd. The singer, whose most popular

EP and

full-length,

voice, but has

finest

For a boy from across the pond, James Blunt seems to be doing

passionate performance

new

On Saosin’s two. previous EPs, Rodriguez’ perfected his ability to sound like he has more arms than he has pieces on his drum kit; drum roll after fill after double-bass beat, he astounds further on the new

showcases Saosin

Heartbroken By KRISTIN GRIFFERTY

perfectly

nized with the rhythm.

the

summer's

and, considering the sheer

thing.

Anthony Green and 2005’s promotional five-song disc that was dis-

melody

vocal

Wai-ped Tour

Survive.

last

Reber, to most ears, has a very high

The band recorded, self-produced and independently released two EPs prior; 2003’s Translating The vocalist

however, the band has managed to refine their sound and technical prowess to an almost uncanny level; every single guitar is placed perfectly in the mix, every drum fill playing off of the bass guitar, every

disc,

Circa

in

with Shekoski’s.

of

original

new

sing

to

which

over three years ago.

with

With

ist

Somewhere between

because I’ve loved them since I first heard their first EP; whether or not you like this album, it’s impos-

has yet to see the light of day),

Name

lead guitars and drummer. at the helm on the

Benson

and an equally detailed drummer, a simple and driving bass line is almost always what’s needed to hold the songs’ rhythm together. Shekoski and Burchell’s guitar playing can be described as just that: intricate. The band has nicknamed Shekoski “diarrhea hands” tarists

not just gushing about this band

(pronounced SAY-ohsin) debut album was released in North America on Sept. 26, but was in the works since the band formed Saosin’s

displaying incredibly well co-ordinated play between the two tight,

Blunt

and has

been playing about his experiences and heartaches ever since. Thankfully for his fans. Blunt was recognized by music mogul Linda Perry and was given the opportunity to record an album. It is that album that brought Blunt to Toronto for the second time, first to Massey Hall in 2005 and now. to

the much larger crowd at the Air Canada Centre. Blunt opened with some new material but quickly got into some

ences, Elton John and the Pixies.

fan favourites, including Tears and

times Blunt was able to get them

Goodbye Long Jimmy. Rain.

My

Lover and So

After starting the North American night.

Blunt was

in

fine form.

He from

He

that

was

some new

well

received

fans.

also

ity

of the performance, there were

off their feet.

Whether

it

was giving

a standing ovation, or getting

into the few upbeat numbers he performed, the crowd appeared to be thoroughly enjoying them-

added a few well-known

cover tunes from his

own

infiu-

The only time

crowd was unimpressed was during the opening act. Favorite Sons, also from the United Kingdom, stated at the slightly

beginning of their

restless

the

or

set that

while

th0

crowd didn’t know who they were, the band didn’t know them and could care

less.

However, fans held in there and were rewarded with an hour and a half of sappy love songs from the shaggy haired Blunt.

As Blunt

finishes the last leg of

back to the album worthy to follow Back to Bedlam. Fans can only hope that there is enough heartache and despair in Blunt’s bu.sy life to keep him writins more sad hits. his first

world

tour, it’s

studio to create an

selves.

confidently tested

material

captive in their seats for the major-

him

tour leg of his world tour in Ottawa the previous

While the audience remained


Sports

SPOKE, October

16,

2006

— Page 19

Business student wins gold Team Canada

defeats

United States

rival

wheelchair basketball Gold

in

BRANDON WALKER

By

T ('

For Katie Harnock. ters is gold.

A

all

that glit-

gold medal, that

e a

m

a n a d a

p e n c tl the lour-

t)

is.

The third-year business student

n a

spent from July 6 to 14 competing

strong,

with

Team Canada

basketball in the in

me

n

l

wheelchair

with a 78-

Gold Cup games,

28 victory

Amsterdam. The 23-year-old

in

against Mexico.

said she wasn't

surpri.sed at Canada's gold medal victory against an old rival,

too

“The

the U.S.

minutes were

"It was weird because we were winning the whole game and near the end I looked at one of my teammates and we both knew they

weren’t coming back. This

we came

is

what

here to do."

Harnock

intense, until

significance of the victory until the

who

beat

71-35;

Canada

"When they played our anthem and our flag was hanging the high-

.very

next

realized until the

World Cup comes around,

w'e’re the best

team

in the

world."

“spirited

said the

the quarter Netherlands in a

affair."

home team

Harnock good rough. By

put up a

“They got really half time we were only leading by about 10, and they were still tryfight.

ing to

make

game of

a

arm cut open when

it.

got

I

my

a girl ran over

me."

Germany overtime

took C.'anada to double

in

the semis,

llarnock's

team squeaked away with a 68-63 victory. "They're tactically very strong, and disciplined, but not dirty. It's just

how

We get

they play.

along really well with them off the court," .she said.

Next up was the gold medal game A backand-forth affair, Canada ended the game with a 58-50 victory. “It was one of those games where we knew against the rival U..S. team.

we had

We

them.

anything to rally back.

game

had muster up

just sort of

this feeling they couldn’t

best

opened

finals against the

when we

then Australia,

they beat 52-37.

medal ceremony.

est, that's

we

were up by 20 points, then it was just a slaughter," said Harnock. Next they played France, who they

said she didn’t feel the

first

five

Cup games

was

It

the

I've seen us play,” said

Harnock.

“When they played our flag was

anthem and our

hanging the highest, that’s until

when we

realized

the next World

comes around, best team A'a/ie

in

Cup

we’re the

the world.”

Harnock, (Photo by Brandon Walker)

third-year business student

Katie Harnock, 23, represented

Team Canada

in

wheelchair bas-

and won a gold medal in Amsterdam. Harnock spent July 14 competing in the Gold Cup games.

ketball

The highest scorer on the U.S. team only had 10 points. “She shot five for 20 from the field and the point guard only hit three out of 13 shots,” she said.

Harnock had only good things say about Canada’s coaches.

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from

Calgary and British Columbia. Harnock’s mother, Barbara, witnessed the gold medal game. “It was amazing. There were so many Canadian fans there, a lot of them were friends and family from our team. The whole venue was full. Everyone was very supportive."

She said most of the time even foreign fans want Canada to win. we “Sometimes aren’t the favourites. Sometimes the fans want

to see us lose

because we win

so often.”

Harnock

said she plans

on play-

ing point guard for a U.S. college next

year,

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Conestoga. She also plans on playing for

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— SPOKE, October

16,

Sports

2006

Red card feud a memory*

just

By JORDEN FELICIANO

Rooney with a

With .so much controversy surrounding Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo’s involvement in the

red card given to England’s

Wayne Rooney,

Manchester

his

United teammate, during the 2006 World Cup, many soccer experts

and fans wondered if Ronaldo could return to Manchester United and be successful in a country that did not want him back. After Rooney stomped on the groin

Portugal

a

of

Ronaldo rushed protest,

Hawks

fly

Shane Lloyd prepares to catch a ball during a i'5-O loss to the Humber Hawks on Oct. 5.

COUNSELLOR’S CORNER;

line out.

The Condors rugby team

suffered a tough

Te^t knxiety

some anxiety before

Mo.st students exp)erience

by Condors

tests. In fact,

a

little

anxiety increases your

enhance your performance. Anxiety however, can cros.s the line from being a positive energy to becoming a distressing drain. Often such anxiety has a strong worry component. Do any of the.se thoughts sound familiar? alertness and can actually

many England

an action

Worry about performance: I

I

should have studied more.

canT remember a thing; this alway.s happens lo me. m not cut out for this. My mind goes blank

Ronaldo

returned

training

to

camp with Manchester

in

August

without incident and has improved

game and convinced United

his

fans that he can be a top player on the squad.

Every stadium United travelled

jeering every time he touched the

shootout to Portugal.

was Ronaldo who

it

converted the final shootout goal to secure victory for Portugal.

England was out of the World Cup and haven’t won one since 1966, the World Cup they hosted, and the media needed a scapegoat. “English fans and media essentially crucified Ronaldo with daily reports, hoping the public buzz would propel Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United, to ship Ronaldo out of town,” said Johnny Mazza, former host of Conestoga College radio station’s Football Fix Weekly.

their dislike for him,

ball or

booing and

appeared to be fouled.

“The constant jeering perhaps forced him to change the way he plays,” said Mazza, referring to Ronaldo’s reputation for embellishing fouls.

Mazza

believes that

maybe

.

.

.

a blessing in disguise for Ronaldo.

“Instead of just going to the grass whenever he feels contact,

we

him

see

struggle to maintain

balance after evading tackles,” said

Mazza.

Mazza

said if

Ronaldo

left

I have to get an “A”. Fm going to mess up and

player.

year-old star to leave.

mature very rapidly during those

young soccer players in all of Europe to Manchester in the summer of 2003, both Ronaldo and Rooney who were 7 and 8 years old respectively when they joined

Itxik .stupid.

1

Worry about what others are doing: Everyone seems to know •

No one else looks

this stuff but

such a wreck

like

me.

— what a

The Manchester boss nurtured

“He’s become more acclimatized game,” said Mazza. “He is 21 years old and players

to the English

years.”

What

Fll never get the job

FI! never

I’ll

if

have

the course, the program. ..Fil never

fail; Fll fail

I

I

• ^ •

— Fll never get through

course— how can

I

do

that?

ties

By ADAM BLACK people don’t do

this.

I

of the above worries increase anxiety and actually perpetuate more

The men’s soccer team

Mohawk

wony and

gives one the

much as anxiety feels out of control, it is in fact, something overcome. There are many effective strategies we can use which will help us

sense of losing control. However, as

we can

learn to

reduce our negative thought patterns, reduce the physiological anxiety response, and develop

more

effective behaviors to avoid falling into the anxiety cycle.

What can you do? There anxiety. •

tied the

Mountaineers 3-3 on Oct.

many

things that you can

do

to

overcome your

battle with test

an appointment with a counsellor in Student Services to learn

some

effective test

anxiety reduction strategies;

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Inquire about a Test Anxiety group and/or a Relaxation group for help with the physiological

symptoms in the Student Services Office; Read Edmund Bourne’s Anxiety and Phobia Workbook

Sign up for the Anxiety and Persona! Performance Winter Elective

Mohawk

1-0 to

minute of play. By half time the Mountaineers led 3- and hopes of a Condor comeback were diminwithin the

first

1 ,

in the

LRC; in

Student Services.

Things didn’t get easier for the Condors, as Jorge Corta got his second yellow card of the match, which meant an automatic red card, forcing the team to play the rest of the game one player short. But the heart of this Condors’ team gave them determination.

They

didn’t

want

to

go

silently into

the night. Within the final

A Message from

the tying goal against

Reading very

late in the

match.”

Student Ser^’ices

by Victor Noble. Coach Geoff Johnstone praised the effort the team is putting forth this year, and the way they play as a team.

The Condors went down

ishing.

are

Here are a few on-campus resources;

Make

Correia,

Men’s soccer team Mohawk Mountaineers

3.

that

Jason

this.

it

I

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said

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be able to handle college studies.

Fm sweating all over. comes again. My hands are shaking; my head aches. Normal should leave. feel like Fm going to get sick. Maybe

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important,”

coach

want.

to ace everylhing else in the

feel sick

I

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sonality issues.

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the

in

ball at his feet but at times

who have different per-

Ronaldo enjoys the seems to embellish fouls against him, and

make anything of mytself!

games

After seven

Mazza’s suggestions seem correct as Ronaldo has been putting in fantastic performances for Manchester United, already scoring two goals. “One of the goals was really of a competitive men’s indoor soccer team in Cambridge.

both talents

Everyone’s finished but me I must be dumb. Worry about negative consequences:

1

United. loser!

the

English Premier League (EPL) at this stage in his career it could ultimately effect his development as a

Ronaldo himself was beginning State he wanted to join other clubs in Spain and Italy but his manager refused to allow his 21Ferguson brought two of the best

'

this

treatment from opposing fans was

!

to

during their pre-season matches with Ronaldo in the lineup was another opportunity for fans to vent

to

“Both players stated repeatedly neither was angry at each other,” said Mazza, “but I feel the media in England had selfish motives and tried to create a wedge between the two.” that

Rooney was shown a red card and sent off in the World Cup quarter-finals, which England went on Ironically,

by Adam Black)

to the referee in

a hot-tempered player

of raw talent.

supporters and media shunned.

to lose in a

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defender,

is

lot

utes

of the

game

1

5 min-

they received

goals from Justin Barbuto and Zor.nn

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to tie the

Condor goal

game wa.s scored

“Every game we’ve played we’ve started off slow,” said Johnstone. “These guys never give up though, they play with such heart. It’s really an amazin J bunch of guys to coach.” Assistant coach Duane Shadd thinks the team needs to start their

games

off

instead of always

more quickly coming from

behind.

“We have some

tough competi-

coming up,” said Shadd. “It’s hard enough to try and play catch up. We need to give a whole 90tion

minute

effort.”

The Condors have no more home games this season, but they do have games coming up against Redeemer and Fan.sliawe college.s.


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