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Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.
— No. 2
CSI and college negotiations
begin negotiations from basic prin-
comes new goals and challenges and the chance Unfortunately
2007 problems as last the start of
argue that given the very significant financial contribution by the
of the same
Jackson sent a letter “(CSI) would
between the college and CSI
students to the Student Life Centre,
important to the CSI that there
Students Inc. (CSI) said the col-
hasn’t responded to the
clarity with respect to the rights
proposed agreements Student Life Centre
have to keep waiting for the opening of the convenience store and
and responsibilities of both parties set out in the agreements which will govern the operation of the centre ... By August 2006 we had been trying to secure agreements
for a considerable period of time.
over the and that
court," said Jackson.
You had not met any of
scribed deadlines so
(to CSI’s proposed agreements for the alcohol policy, food service and retail) otherwise we don’t know where they stand on
our lawyer to
see if there was any way of expediting them. To our surprise we learned from legal counsel there was little enforceable in these ini-
didn’t expect to
back with recommended changes,
also were reviewed by our He had lawyer.
where the college is sitting, we’re more
on these draft agreements. The documents which we have forwarded to you were develour by oped lawyer and are not intended to change
until his retirement.
Mike Then, Dinning took over the
ing with Harris.
Nov. 24, Harris sent a the
at this time, to the
ments submitted. At the core of proposed documents is a revised definition of the relationship between Conestoga Students Inc. and Conestoga College. This
enforceable by both parties.” On Dec. 19, Harris sent another letter to
time stating that
“a significant deviation, in our opinion, is the removal of oversight by the college, which oversight ensures
maintains that a
mutual understanding of the relationship is essential as a foundation
Darcelle Watts (executive assistant
programs and of the college and its ulti-
of student affairs) to set up a meeting to ensure the full comprehension of the relationship, so we can
responsibility for the facilities
reason CSI won’t work Dinning. Jackson wouldn’t comment on the reason for only work-
president of student
affairs, but for
mate accountability to the Ministry and Colleges Training, (of Universities) and Conestoga students.
“Since the CSI has rejected the negotiated agreements of August,
proposed that the only way to effectively move forward is to is
move forward on
August position and
Bv STEPHANIE IRVINE The
Students Inc. (CSI) says he is frustrated negotiations with college the regarding administration
Student Life Centre have
“We’ve just gotten to the point where we’ve said enough’s enough,’ said Matt Jackson in a recent interview. “We’re going to stand up for
because for too long we’ve backed down to what (the col-
like to see
said college administration
know what is
writing so that
can go back to the table know-
and where we
Jackson said the major turning point in negotiations
were naive to believe the partnership between them and the college
they got bet-
“We’re going to stand up
what we deserve and what we believe in because for too long we’ve backed down to what (the college) would
currently unwilling to respond to CSI’s previously proposed agree-
binding agreement and
days will get some results. “We have a plan of action to move forward,” he said. “I’d rather it
kind of a leg up
on them (the college). The students have motioned that the CSI settle this by whatever means possible, and we definitely have a plan that we’re going to move forward because we’ve received support
Bv BRANDON WALKER
for the child.
the college in writing to the pro-
Christmas brighter for 41 children. President Matt Jackson said CSI runs a Christmas Wish Tree program where students, staff and fac-
be irresponsible for CSI to go into a meeting without a response from
Continued on Page 2
Conestoga. He added the college and CSI have to start working together again as soon as possible. “This needs to be settled by the time my term's up because I'm not
ter for students at
go through what over
get this settled,
working with (the college) making improvements, not arguing over three simple agreements that need
“We're not willing to get into a personal battle here. I'm not going to make any personal comments about anyone involved," he said. "I haven’t up to this point and I'm not going to allow myself to do it now. I'd rather stick to the facts,
the issues here.
issues are that
students are suffering from these agreements not being met. The stu-
dents have been promised certain things and the CSI is going to hold
their part of the bargain.”
Christmas Wish Tree shines bright
Jackson said he doesn’t plan on meeting with the college. “It would
be signed.” Jackson added he doesn't want to engage in any personal remarks.
Jackson said he thinks a number of steps CSI took prior to the holi-
just so that
said the college and
ments, but that he plans to ask them again for a response.
maybe worse before ter,”
from the students
“I think that
Therefore, the college has with-
Jackson says enough
thought the college would come but
agreements. The subsequent agreements that were forwarded to us, retail, food services and alcohol
we wanted, we
can take a tag from a Christmas tree which has a child's name and age on it. A gift is then
The program is for less fortunate Conestoga students who have children.
to the generosity of stu-
too," said CSl's event
programmer.” Lindsay Silva. She said alumni services bought an MP3 player for one child. CSI also purchased gift certificates from Toys
R Us their
for the chil-
dents, faculty and staff at the college
we were able to make Christmas for 41 kids," Jackson said. “Departments like alumni servic-
from the tree but never received a gift because it was misplaced or
— SPOKE, January
Now ...with Random
questions answered by
Continued from Page 1 Jackson sent a letter
the weirdest thing
you can do?
“CSI maintains its position that the documents are not fundamentally different: we have however our
What’s your hidden talent or
actions while limiting the
sight rather than control of day-to-
Aiden Me Quo id.
at press time.
noticeable change between
original policy doesn't
Paul Osborne, Conestoga’s direcmarketing and the college rec
Atex Cannata, woodworking
centre, said nothing formal
place for O.T.’s. “It's open at night
now,” he said, referring to the fact the bar bistro
and running by now during the day. wasn't involved
involving that,” said Osborne.
Jackson said he wasn’t sure what originally proposed for O.T.'s
of second semester.
Jackson said CSI
of switching the alcohol license from the Sanctuary to the Student Life Centre, but until the bar bistro
faculty at the college, said he has
some concerns about the eventual opening of the bar bistro. “The union’s opinion about
to negotiate the
don’t see any value
college to court, Jackson said
would be too expensive. “That would cost thousands of dollars. It could cost between $200 and $500 an hour.
avenue we’re willing
but we’re not ruling
sleeve but wouldn’t
dents can sign, which
CSI has been
on a regular
thing the letter says
that this college has so greed-
project and in turn has
We can’t allow
students to go Being a trades
can fully understand the
problem of alcohol
in a lab;
are sober, accidents
as a student and
(Student Life and there is still no understanding (between CSI and the college),” he said. When asked if he felt the college has taken advantage of the inexperience of the individuals running "It
CSI, Boettger said, “That’s a question many people ponder. It would involve a lot of he said, she said to
drafted a letter frustrated stu-
we wouldn't want
liquor served throughout the afterisn’t sure
don't see any benefit
would be important
to the college, after investing mil-
lions of dollars in the Student Life
Centre, to have the paperwork
order for where
do think the situation is of bad blood between college and CSI. It seems both
creating a the
sides are very entrenched.”
Students take a day to remember and raise money for a good cause
take on a lot of the responsi-
he said. Jackson said he college wants to
can wake up
holds the liquor license.
once the bar whereas the revised policy states "once the bar/bistro is open, the bar known as O.T’s shall close and the college shall take all the steps necessary for this to
revised version. Jackson said a
Oct. 12 involves the O.T. sports bar
tion the fate of O.T.'s
agreement somewhere in the We will admit there are differences (between the proposed agreements in August and the revised ones from October) but we want the college’s position." In several cases the words "both an
have the right not to be tied down by the college, the right to operate and exist without the college shutting us down. When our lawyer reviewed the agreements, he said there was nothing enforceable. We thought we could come to
Aug. 9 and the revised policy dated located in the rec centre.
had to do with
of the changes were because CSI
with the intention that the
Dinning and Harris were unavail-
with their edited version of the
the college trying to control CSI.
the agreement on October 12, 2006 assuming that it would be the final version, we did however pro-
low student unions have with their The CSI did not forward
Jackson said about 100 of those were dropped off before the
spondence between the college and CSI on its website. To view it click on the link titled. Update on the CSI/Conestoga negotiations. Walter Boettger, president of OPSEU Local 237 that represents
proposed agreement which was forwarded to you on October 12, 2006 as it outlines very similar rights and agreements that our felcolleges.
things changed from the original
the association that represents me.”
so unwilling to even consider
for the sports bar to
close entirely. "There are a
Sanctuary and most events will go on as planned. CSI has posted most of the corre-
gling with the fact that this college
“I can move my eyes and nose at the
but the plan
Emma Syv.ret, first-year
a clear, glass
each of the 14 women who died in a massacre in Montreal on Dec. 6. 1989. The roses were placed in front of vase
a tremendous beer
chugger.” Eric Carpenter,
a large display in the foyer
4 on Dec. 6, which was declared in 1991 as Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against
The tragedy happened when an enraged gunman roamed the corridors
room. screamed, “I hate feminists" and opened fire on the female engineering students. “I
can play the recorder
Mourning turned about
Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!
women. commemorates the
This day also
(Photo by Samantha Saechao) into
the killing of a college stu-
dent at Montreal
Kuntz, a third-year business
Brundle, a third-year broadcasting student, stand in front of a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against
display at the college Dec. 6.
College in this past September. Dec. 6 is a day to remember those who died in the tragedy and women in general and serves as a constant reminder that violence against women needs to stop. This commemoration at the college is put on every year by the
Women’s Resource Group, which
sayings about violence on them,
also accepts donations for shelters
which were made by students. Rose buttons, a white button with a
Last year, Conestoga raised a
of approximately $200 and hopes to reach that goal again this year.
also featured posters,
with battered fruits with different
the centre with a small
reminder around the button English and French, were given
a token of thanks for donating to the important cause.
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Conestoga’s Waterloo culinary skills program offers delectable dishes and decadent desserts MOUNTFORD
the food and students
ever get sick of eating
burgers and pizza day after day?
Are you one of those people who
microwave for two minutes is considered good eating? If so, you might be interested in heading over to the Conestoga Room at Conestoga College's campus where Waterloo
gourmet meals from serve to hungry cus-
experience (as possible),"
as close to a
a lot of pressure to run the
seem program is
restaurant smoothly, students
assigned a task, so they
what they are
ing, there is
the best parts of the pro-
the presentation, said first-
ing with hot oil and sharp knives
safety, since they are deal-
- everyone knows their of the song, but you need a
year culinary skills student Teresa feel
you cannot where you are
food and hands on as much
without. an eye
and have to be respectful of
takes a turn
every station, said
Since the Conestoga co-op pro-
is condensed, putting a year and a half of study into six months, it
a heavier program.
The students tend
a.m. and stay until 5:30 or 6 p.m.. plus they have homework. Some students don’t realize that
work. They think
es, said Saraiva.
September, there were 15
Saraiva estimates about four or five
of them will graduate.
of work, first-year
putting a smile on the customers' faces.
Information about the Conestoga
and not just noises, said Saraiva.
and makes sure everyone is doing their task, he said. Every student
of running a kitchen. Everyone
These students make everything themselves, from the bread rolls to the noodles and even the ice cream said chef de cuisine Philippe
think putting a tray of frozen food in a
the sous chef,
safety rules, said Saraiva.
be found on Conestoga's website.
(Photos by Leanne Mountford)
dish of pork tenderloin a spicy coating with garlic
mashed potatoes and
one of the meals Conestoga culinary
Kennedy checks on her
from-the-oven pork tenderloins. Students create fourcourse meals from scratch to
A dessert of poached pear with pistachio ice cream.
international students start Wang
What does CSAC stand for? What is it and who does it apply to? Fortunately for Conestoga students, there’s one person who can answer
Chinese students interact with each other, whether international students or Canadians.
said the school isn’t too large.
are an international
seems much bigger.
“Chinese students are sort of hard to find,” he said.
The club offers activities such as barbecues, dinners and karaoke; special outings such as shopping in Toronto and
special events such as parties and
Union. The group meets
Chinese Student Association of Conestoga (CSAC), encourages everyone to
have any contact with other Chinese stu-
Wang. “So by having this group, it makes it easier for other Chinese
students to get together.”
according to Conestoga Student Inc. (CSI) and their group policy, the organization must be open to all students, although it can be directed more toward other
head of the
For more information, look for the bright orange posters around the college or e-mail
The organization was founded on
Oct. 31, 2006, with four executive
are president, Kuilin
The executive members of CSAS Wang, vice-
make more friends know the college in a
are held in an
classroom that is available wing, around 3-4 p.m.
connection with UW’s Scholar Student Chinese Association, Taiwanese Student Association and Mandarin Speaker in
depending on the events being planned and why a meeting is
along with other Chinese students, to
of every semester. But it is flexible and more meetings can be held
a “second-year started a
Conestoga pose for a picture The executive members of the new Chinese Students Association of Aaron Wang, QiQi Liang and on Dec. 3. The members include from left, Hao Pang, SiSi Wang, group president Kuilin Wang.
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— SPOKE, January 15, 2007
at college? One person was killed and 19 injured during the Dawson College shooting in Montreal September 2006. Fourteen women were gunned down at the horrific shooting at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique in December 1989. In 1999, Columbine High School in Colorado saw 12 students and one teacher killed and 24 wounded when two teens went on a shooting rampage. How safe do you feel at Conestoga College? In an article in the Sept. 25 issue of Spoke, John Tribe, interim supervisor of safety and security services at Conestoga, said emergency plans have been updated with emergency services within the last year. Tribe also said that along with the emergency plans the college has 96 security cameras covering entrances, exits, corridors as well as the parking lots, four college security positions and 1 8 contracted guards. However, is campus seculocal
The college has gone without a head of security since May 2006 with no sign of a replacement
safety but staff
students need security
especially with all the recent school shootings?
Controversy surrounding the Student Life Centre has made security a non-issue.
college and CSI
Perhaps students should be asking why there is a delay in finding a replacement for such an important
Crack. Crack. Crack. Splash.
mate weather. The world
the size of
of the recent discussions between Inc. (CSI) and the college regarding the new Student Life Centre, nowhere has the topic of security been mentioned. The three main issues being scrutinized are the bar and bistro, the liquor licence and the retail store, however, with the proposed extended hours for the bar and bistro it is still undetermined as to who will be providing the security, during
1,000 football fields,
or the college?
In the past, CSI has provided their own security for student events, however, once outside the specified location such as the Sanctuary, CSI is no longer responsible for security and party-goers roaming the college halls and grounds become a college security issue. No institution can guarantee anyone’s safety but staff and students need security policies and procedures to be put at the top of college and CSI priorities. We depend on our officials to take a proactive stance on security at the college and to reaffirm and solidify a wavering trust to be properly prepared to deal with such unpre-
dictable and horrific situations such as the murders at Dawson College.
Anything else would be criminal.
alarming start to 2007, then what other signs of global warming
need to happen before society is
People will have their
should be signed and include the name and telephone number of the writer. Writers will be for verification.
be published. be no longer than 500 words. Spoke reserves the right to edit any letter letters will
an unnatural, accelerated selfish is
deadly, but can
approximately 20-feet world-
the use of energy-saving
help prevent another blackout.
They may be more expensive to buy but they do save on your hydro bill. Another easy life change is by reducing the amount of garbage thrown out. The three Rs, reduce, reuse and recycle, are simple. A clothing exchange with friends is a fun
such as hurricanes, tsunamis,
bottles or papers in the
just as easy as
oceanic flow patterns. Species car-
them in the garbage. The Earth will bounce back after we're gone. Global wanning won't
malaria and the avian flu. Weather related disasters are caused by change of pressure and rying deadly diseases can
cause the planet's water level to
possible helps reduce emissions.
eases internationally with events
inhabit regions they wouldn't
been able to before due to
and reduce. throwing
be the demise of our planet but
merely of the human species
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an inconvenient truth for
using public transportation
be changed? Climate change has caused many unnecessary deaths and dis-
World if a change doesn’t occur. Land level ice shelves melting will
letters to the
the characters did in
nature of people
way of life. own conse-
the not so far-fetched film
we want to live on the we will have to
quence in the end because they won't be able to live such lives. Humans might have to start liv-
to with their wasteful
depleting the un-renew-
able resources, such as oil, when there are other efficient energy
Carpooling, walking, biking or
people would have to relocate.
ing consequence to the lifestyle rich
wide. Land level ice
mean approximately 200
time to wake up.
can't sustain us forever.
use hybrid cars.
which aren't in Such an increase
middle of January ? But wait, everyone’s enjoying this mild weather and hoping it continues. Well,
planet longer then
Perhaps a significant lack of in
a serious problem
everyone through weather and
collapsing didn't bring in an
at the top of
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Hanging a travesty The government of
turned a criminal into a martyr. On the morning of Dec. 30, 2006,
Hussein was publicly hanged, just four days after his last appeal was rejected by the court, and less than two months since he was convicted of crimes against humanity by the Iraq Special Tribunal.
Although Saddam was justifiably hated by many people, both in Iraq and around the world, his poorly timed execution has caused a great deal of outrage, notably from the country's Sunni Muslims. This outrage js also justifiable. Saddam was put to death on the day Sunni celebrations began for the major Muslim holiday, Edi ulAdha. Islamic law states, “No verdict should be implemented during the
holidays or religious
like a kick in the teeth to
many of the
defiles their holy
how you they
and discrete manner. The video
work? Did it ever occur to anyone that Superman or Spider-Man might the plan might not
so ingrained in our systems to attempt to be like the comic book heroes? To laugh in the face of danger, fight off enemies without batting an eyelash or save the world from ultimate destruction without ever thinking
citizens in a
democratic country, which is Iraq claims to be now. Saddam deserved a fair trial, and a fitting punishment from an objective state.
democratic rights in Iraq, instead of an actual example of those rights being adhered to. The government wanted people to see that he received a fair trial, even though
upon closer inspection, from the truth.
they might actually fail? After all, they were Clark Kent and Peter
am one of those stuone who wishes the semester could drag on forever and that the
world. I, myself, dents;
daunting task of finding a full-time job would just disappear.
unrealistic to attribute the
of superheroes to ordinary people and unfair to hold fear in this light; it gives the impression that fear is bad and not something one should want to abilities
students don’t often realize
until their final year, is that post-
secondary education is some of the best years of your life. While they are filled with stress over assign-
People say we should stand up our fears as that’s the only way to be rid of them. But what about just can't face? The bring you to your knees and no matter how hard
you try you go away?
of something? Are you banished to live a life of shame with the title scaredycat hanging takes humility to admit is
lawmaker in his country. Alseems to also have a
remarkable prowess for understatement. the
have waited until after Edi ul-Adha to conduct the execution, the Sunni protests and general situational outrage would likely have been minimized. It has been said, patience is a virtue. When looking back on these events, it becomes apparent that there
friends and have been like a secscary, and I know that
Most students work hard
journalism. Questions of self-doubt
Opinion essays and finals, they are also filled with days spent with friends, laughter and many memories. After going to university and now college, I am one of those who wishes that I could be a professional student all her life. When people ask me what I plan to do after grad-
stumble and mumble I something along the lines of, well, I may work the summer, then travel, or maybe, um. ugh. find a real job?? uation,
and uncertainty are constantly on my mind. What are we supposed to do when we supposedly know all there is to know and we go out and apply ourselves with these fresh skills?
the next time you ask a what they intend to do
with their life after graduation, consider the fear and sweaty palm syndrome that question causes. Instead, just say congrats on their hard work, and have fun finding yourself, whenever that time may eventually come.
some it someone
person that you love. It also teaches us that if you’re alone, you might as well ride the couch with a box of chocolates and wallow in
your own If
The question do we
afford. If Feb. 14
about love, than why does it have to be expressed with material things?
are a male,
ed to outdo yourself every year on Valentine’s Day. It is all about the biggest bouquet of roses, the biggest box of chocolates and the most expensive jewelry
you are expect-
Right around Jan.
much money on
early, but for
cash in on
"Valentine's Day gifts." The most popular include the "I love you" teddy bear and the awkwardly large card that screams "I must really love you if I spent this
already too late to find by Feb. 14. Today’s society glorifies Valentine’s Day as the ultimate day to express yourself to that spe-
huge card. remains,
our feelings with
be about spending time with the person you love? There is no reason to have a specific day to celebrate your love, nor is it fair to dwell on a day where
single people are forced to feel even more single. This year I vote that Valentine's Day be banned.
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Shopping malls back to normal that the holidays are over, shopping should be a more pleasant experience, as customers and sales assistants shouldn
nursing, police foundations, trade or
and arrogance Which do you do?
In addition to being a high-rank-
your feelings to that special someone. Why you ask? You only have one month until Valentine’s Day, one person’s pleasure, and another It
above your head? It
Minister Nuri al-Maliki's calls for national reconciliation.
The thought of leaving
hurried execution, along with the
degrading hanging video, have been a strong blow to Prime
January and time for classes to resume, to shed your turkey pounds and to desperately admit
You shouldn’t need a special day to tell someone you love them
the government's decision to hold a
go from here
graduation, and are that much closbecoming adults in the real
commence and most
How do you bring yourself to face something that terrifies you to your core? What if you can never face your
have, at times, been afraid? That their plans might not work and
them safe from any harm. Showing no signs of weakness or
them digging their heels in the mud, hoping for the school year to go slowly. I am talking about the students who are on the brink of
strive to be.
others, the second semester finds
they are afraid? Society projects the image of the alpha male, the one who provides for the family and keeps
but he should
the rights entitled to
of us have a clean
alpha male is the type of society thinks others
simply or terms tag-along because people feel they can't admit when they’re scared? Are people afraid to admit
a brutal dictator and a murder-
person hide or the
our positions or ourselves? Has being afraid become
Sunnis, such as politician
These combined factors make Saddam’s trial seem like a mere symbol of a person's newfound
The start of the second semester comes as a relief to many students. The school year is now half over,
defined as an unpleasant
was not but one of
most confident person shy away. What exactly is fear and why is it such a powerful word? Is it because when most think of fear they associate it with words like coward, weak and gutless? Is it because being afraid, in the most barbaric terms, makes you "less of a man?” Or is it because being fearful means we have lost the power to be secure and sure about
emotion caused by exposure to danger, expectation of pain, etc. It is an emotion that can make even the
believed the Iraqi government was interfering with the court's inde-
believe that the execution
carry out the execution
how you the
shown online and on some
Making matters worse is the fact that there was little effort made to
fear get the best of
There would be anger. There would be riots. And there would be good reason. There is precious little which could be more insulting than to execute an iconic symbol of a country and culture on a religious
an international criminal court, a defendant must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, yet the special tribunal established to convict Saddam only needed to meet a satisfaction of guilt standard. During the course of the trial, members of Saddam's defence council were assassinated, and the chief judge resigned because he In
— Page 5
of justice This, however,
Hussein on the gallows, and was
This has led to public mourning and protests by many Sunni in Iraq. Just imagine the state of outraged hysteria a western country like the United States or Canada would be in if the state publicly executed one of our former leaders on Christmas
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Beat the shopping blues before they beat you a sight
ness before you stop caring alto-
see too often.
searching for help with an item and
looking everywhere for an employ-
verbally abuse sales assistants by
sees you and scurries off
not allowed to print.
elsewhere, apparently too busy to
should point customer from hell have spent my entire out that working life in retail. It was as much a mystery to me as to every I
want to get out' of there and are either one of two just
types of customer; the type
doesn't mind waiting, or, the type
minds very much.
tomers could so easily lose their tempers with us, the people at their service.
was only when
she gives the nonchalant shrug as
riences without the sales assistant
began to see what was all about. Having experienced many a customer melt-down and having heard
From my most
to look at
Christmas and my shopping expe-
answers to your question from as many employees and get to choose your favourite. At the risk of sounding like a
experiences in retail
jobs has gone;
tants just don’t It
looks like the pride
shouldn’t matter whether you
full time in retail or part time Wal-Mart, take some pride in your job and some satisfaction at being able to help someone. Then those hard-to-please customers
frowned upon) a then what? You watch as her eyes glaze over and because
By now you
Sales assistants aren't completely
you and avoiding any
them incompetent, unhelp-
clueless and other things I’m
much everything there is to know would never put a I
There are only so many of these you can witsales assistant through
won't be nearly as scary. Employees respect your customers and their needs. Customers respect your sales assistants and their feelings. The two should live in perfect harmony. The end. Have a very nice day, thank you,
(Photo by Tiffany McCormick)
student wins scholarship
Second-year law and security student Marina Alekseeva accepts a scholarship from Paul Collins, president of the security company, Barber Collins, on Dec. 6. The award was given based
on students’ first-year marks of 80 per cent or higher. Only three out of 60 students qualified for the award, with Alekseeva receiving the highest award. Collins, who has been in the security field for 27 years, said to make in this business you’re going to have to be that exceptional student to be successful. Of winning the award, Alekseeva said she was totally surprised and amazed. it
By VANESSA BUTLER It
Christmas for students and faculty who use the college’s ATS Building,
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers made a donation of high quality category three meters to the college.
Greg White, a professor in the technician program,
said he's thankful for the gift.
“Gifts to the ATS Building help ensure the college’s high level of
Thursday January 18,
and make it possible. “Christmas came early to the apprenticeship program," he said. The meters will replace the previous ones that were considered training,
International Brotherhood of
Workers donated $4,000 worth of equipment as well as a plaque to the college, to commemElectrical
Brotherhood selects many of its apprentices from the students who are enrolled in the electronics tech-
Mark Kuehl, who manager of
the union and
graduate of the program, said most of the apprentices, if not all. come
from the college, and all go on to be placed and work somewhere in the related fields of the program. "The apprentices are put through 28 weeks of hard studying, training and work that prepares them for their placements in the work-
Pick up your
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enjoy a walk through the
Enjoy treats along the way. but don't forget to get your
required areas! Drop off your fully
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ballot) at the Info
number of great
For more information on the program go to the college's website or
Student Life Centre Info
force," he said.
— Page 7
Saving energy starts with the mind Realizing there are cheap energy efficient alternatives for students By NATALIE
our lack of a winter this year, global warming and our impact on the environment are major issues. The absence of snow this year has caused a lot of talk about what we’re doing to the planet and how much longer it can survive. There are many things we can all
do to not only help the planet,
be had there.” Schmidt said we should consider our house a big refrigerator that we to
keep the door
good for want to proit's
duce fewer greenhouse gases and, of course, we want to try to curb climate change.”
a not-for-profit organi-
one of these things
In a typical house, he said, heat
escapes through walls,
windows and doors and
from the top of the house and work your way down to the basement because of the stack effect, said
seal air leaks
because there are definitely savings
such as mould, dust, open cleaners or paint thinners and like
between inside the house and out, causing the warm
air to rise to the highest ceiling in
At the same time
the light output.
First-year personal support work-
incandescent light bulbs with com-
They use 60
motion censors to outside lights. There are many changes in habit that can be made as well.
make significant changes to their home, Schmidt offered many alternative ways to conserve energy. “Maximize the assets we have,”
into the wall that aren’t servicing
he said. For example, your cellphone charger. When it’s plugged in and your cellphone isn’t
sure there are cur-
on the windows so in the winter we can open them in the daytime to bring in the solar heat and close
more so media atten-
a lot of changes to
she said. “But I do my part in turning off the lights and using energy effi-
when she moves own home she will defi-
nitely take steps
toward making her
Schmidt said the important thing
you walk away and leave your computer running, it conif
that every little bit
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the environment and even
Phantom loads are energy consumed by adapters that are plugged anything,
try to shut off as
not paying for
the house, and
she said, “but
be energy efficient it can require major changes to the house. But for students who are unable
designing or upgrading a
not a factor in energy
to 10 times longer.
and fixtures to
to clean lenses
with lower wattage and to replace
80 per cent
instead of lighting up a
ed house the basement would not ” be any colder than the upstairs Lifetime goals for a house are making it efficient to reduce daily costs, healthy to prolong life and
also advised to use task light-
choosing the right hardware,” said Schmidt, “it’s having the right
than the upstairs,” Schmidt. “In a properly construct-
ing to focus light in certain areas,
ers and battery chargers, he said.
er student Danielle
thing can be applied to
CD players, DVD
ing energy efficient bulbs or bulbs
pact fluorescent bulbs.
Residential Energy Efficiency
ment causing cold air to rush into the basement to fill up that space. “That is why the basement feels
RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS
accesses that don’t have weather stripping or just through cracks in the walls.
energy adviser with
through ceiling fixtures, windows aren’t
tries to get
The same televisions,
sume 10 to 15 per cent less energy. He also recommended purchas-
creates a positive
pressure up there and
and everyone can do it,” Schmidt said. Not all appliances are created equal. Schmidt said to look for the EnerGuide or the Energy Star label on appliances, as these usually con-
order to have good indoor air quality remove sources of pollu-
kind of weather stripping can be peeled off so the land-
lord never has to
ly affect the others.”
wintertime by the drastic tempera-
“Because so much is spent on space heating, you want to concentrate on that area,” said Schmidt. “But do not underestimate hot water or lights and appliances
who has conducted more than 600 home evaluations. Sixteen per cent
access, he said. There’s also a dif-
ates negative pressure in the base-
per cent on lights and appli-
spent on hot water and another
plugged in, are still live and still drawing power,” said Schmidt. “So plug all of those things into a power bar and when you turn the
house more energy efficient. Seventy-one per cent of energy used in a home is used to heat the space we’re living in, said Schmidt,
inexpensive and easy to
of those adapters are
he said. “Sometimes
“You must balance
you shut your computer
cold or warm.”
and Elora Environmental for Centre Excellence in 1999. They provide home evaluations and make recommendations on how to make your zation started by
moisture and air quality indoors,"
sumes a “Even
and we want it insulated so we can keep the energy in, be it
“Every day the cost of our energy rising but there are things you can do to save money," said Glen with Residential Energy Efficiency
them in you want to do the reverse.” Schmidt said air sealing around doors and windows is important.
sure the house works as a
sealed tight, the
for future generations, he said.
Schmidt, a certified energy adviser
well as using sustainable practices
but help your wallet as well.
the evening. In the
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— SPOKE, January
THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS By BJ RICHMOND They
are in our
— dogs come when you
the Miacis’ ability to climb, while
homes, our hearts
dog's instinct to pro-
the other hand, cats instinctive-
box. while dogs are
dependent on their owners to let them outside to do their dirty work. Shannon Viljasoo. a dog behaviourist at
dogs crave attention and acknowledgment. "When reward-based therapies are used by owners the dogs
evolutionary until they
ed from the African wild-
was first domesticated in Upper Egypt, which is now Sudan, around 4000 BC. The wildcat followed the mouse into the farms and bams of the ancient Egyptians. The farmers welcomed the wildcats cat,
onto their property to solve their rodent problems.
was imposed No wonder our
each species' separate, and
can be so arrogant sometimes. The cat population spread from Egypt, and the animal became a household pet in Europe around the
quite different, evolutions.
two animals example of
from the same
a descendent of the
gray wolf, and domesticated about
130,000 years ago, which is even before people settled down and
began practising agriculture. Although it is unknown how or why wolves were tamed by man, both species were hunters with a common goal. Semi-trained wolves began to have considerable value to
walked the Earth about 50 million
the old saying
evolved into several
be leaders to
As dogs became domesticated, began to split into With puppies being swapped and traded, each with their own distinctive traits, more the species also
cally cost less than the responsibility
of taking care of -a dog.
150 breeds of domesticated dogs now exist. The domesticated cat species, on the other hand, only
their lives quite
differently. In contrast to dogs, cats
are not pack animals, and in
cases they view their owner as more
of a housekeeper than a leader.
Although cats and dogs differ in behaviours, one thing that remains consistent with both pets is the cost and responsibility of owning
year of a
in their first year, as
them spayed or neutered." She added worms are more common with kittens and puppies in their first year, and de-worming them is yet another cost. Despite the cost of owning a pet, cats and dogs have both found their niche in the comfort of people's homes around the world. Evolving from the same pre-historic creature, and travelling down two separate paths into people's lives,
both cats and dogs have their
of warming our
veterinary techniat the
always the most expen“Both cats and dogs get a lot of is
the cost of getting
and $1,100 and owning a dog costs between $.300 and $2,4(X). Since cats can lead a semi-wild life, they typi-
ducation.com. the average annual cost of owning a cat
and tell them to consistently
bonds with their owners, cats and dogs had to adapt to the reality of coinhabiting households with one another. Cats and dogs have different
Waterloo, said she recommends that
of time teach-
more placid and began co-inhabiting with humans. Cats became so
than dogs. These
Since both species formed tight
Eventually, the wildcats
overall, cats are
However, cats only appre-
modem cat and dog went species
respond readily." attention
been forming bonds with these animals for thousands of years. Despite their common bonds with their owners, cats and dogs have taken quite a different journey to get into the homes and hearts of humans. Comparing cats and dogs is like comparing day and night. (Literally, cats are nocturnal and
tory," said Viljasoo.
are our pets, and whether
dogs are day animals.) These two domesticated animals each have their own specific behaviours and instincts, which they have acquired throughout the evolution of the feline (cat) and canine (dog) species. For example, dogs can learn basic commands such as sit. come and down. Whereas, if a cat were told to sit. it would likely stare at its owner as if asking. “Are you kidding me?"
McCann spend ing the owners
they are cats or dogs, people have
ancestor. For example, the cat kept
and even our beds. They make us chuckle under our breath and burst out laughing. They lift our spirits and make us cry. They are part of our families
them, cats take
wolves, are pack
animals, and Viljasoo said the ers
provide them leader-
ship are viewed, by the dogs,
as their pack leaders.
cially the leader of that group."
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Cats take care of their own cleaning, and place high importance on their personal cleanliness.
Dogs must be bathed
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— SPOKE, January 15, 2007
— soy or By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE
Candles are capable of burning with which they are made. Candles, a widely popular
ultimately a safer alternative to
a derivative of
a product of crude
decomposed aquatic plant and animal material. Once paraffin is removed from a crude
wax most commonly
clean regardless of the type of
Winter won’t go away, but dry
By BECKY SHARPE
making business and
through a refinery. Certain grades
are approved by
decor item that appeal both to the senses and pocketbook, are free of vapours harmful and toxins whether they are crafted from soy
er of El
Soy-brand wax, soy is free and harmful vapours, burns clean with increased burn times, has natural additives and is
food and drug agencies for use in cosmetics, dermatological products and as a coating for food and
wax, according to www.candle-licious.com, a web-
derived from a renewable source.
devoted entirely to the candle-
“Neither type of wax than
Norjohn Emulsions in Thorold, a business producing asphaltic and wax-based emulsions. “Soy wax
doesn't have toxins or carcinogens,
whether the wax
amount of oxygen According
“Soy wax the,
regardless of what type of
wick exposed oxygen,
If the is
be left unattended. Badali said although the soy mar-
paraffin wax first,” she said. “It's dummy-proof and easier to work
someone of the opposite
Sometimes, we may even and then
We may feel attracted
someone of the same
“Don’t let someone try to sell you expensive soy candle on the premise that it’s safer,” he said. Doucette said though both waxes are popular
to personal preference.
emotionally and physically
people are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or
begin to explore their
sexuality only after they have left the formative years, their family,
coming out smoothly: accepting one’s sexuality may feel like a period of finally “coming home.” However, for others it is a task filled with pain, self-loathing and lack of support. This may be complicated by feelings contrary to
the transition in
messages received while growing up, one’s definition of “normal,” or one’s religious upbringing.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people need a supportive environment that nurtures positive feelings about their sexual orientation. The road to understanding, accepting, and celebrating one’s sexual orientation often cannot be traveled alone.
available in the
medical reference website located
ing process. “If
www.mayoclinic.com. there are a few ways you can clear up skin
skin will appear dry and flaky,”
be something that student's lack,
decreases flaking and redness.
you prefer a drink with some flavour low-fat milk and fruit juice your next best choices. are Caffeine should be avoided;
decrease the body's moisture and lead to skin dehydration.
often do you shower in the
winter? This plays a large role in how your skin can defend itself
The water can dam-
can permanently damage its natumoisture barrier. Use mild ral soaps and
possible try to show-
er every other day to allow your
skin to regain
she says. "Vitamin
foods.” It is commonly found in yellow and dark green leafy vegetables, whole milk, liver and butter.
the best for protecting
an anti-oxidant and can be found in oranges, grapefruit, broccoli, bell peppers, added.
“It acts as
Your lips can crack in the winter and keeping them healthy is as easy as wearing a lip balm. Avoid using lip balms with sparkles and strong colours or scents. They can irritate your skin and create further chapping. The best suggested balms are bee’s wax products and anything
College, counsellors in Student Services can help.
our website http://wH’w.conestogac.on.ca/isD/stser\’/index.isp
snows the sun is magnified and can cause your skin to dry out faster or
even burn. Putting on
the best protection
against the reflective burn.”
with a petroleum jelly base.
skin during the healing process.”
Natural oils and fats found
lukewarm environment; your body will naturally warm up during the night.
“Fats and fatty acids help with cell
age needs to protect their skin more
winter than summer.
source for your skin's moisture
Sharon Connor, a representative for Mary Kay in Port Hope, says anyone who is prone to skin damin the
you become burned or have damage zinc will aid your
causes our body to lose water and may cause irritation to skin. Sleep
synthesis and are a
the epidermal barri-
with the synthesis of the
“Not many people realize that in when it snows the sun is magnified and can cause your skin to dry out faster or even burn,” she said. "Putting on sunscreen in the
acids are essential to your skin's
fatty acids are
get in a healthy diet and are found in
3 fatty acids are
take vitamins and use a cleanser to
found mostly in cold water fish including salmon, sardines and mackerel but can also be found in flaxseed, walnuts and sunflower
keep their skin healthy.
Connors also says students who Visit
and minerals can aid your skin in the defence and healvitamins
against the reflective burn."
A Message from
good, including your skin,”
McCleary also says
skin dehydration. to
to stay healthy
moisture and lead to
are confused about your sexuality, need support, or
can decrease the body’s
previous personal identity.
“A well-balanced diet will help supply your body with the
Using a humidifier while you sleep adds moisture to the air that your body will ingest slowly through inhalation. This will keep your skin moist. Also, keep it cool. When we
transgendered. Typically, while heterosexual people participate in dating throughout
sex, or to people of both sexes.
adolescence, people of an alternative sexual orientation
decreases flaking and should be avoided;
your skin can provide a defence.
age your skin's defence. Taking a hot shower dries out your skin and
confused about our attractions to others and our choices for a partner. in ten
says your diet can effect
temperature of the
though we are a gender different from that of our birth -
Conservative estimates suggest that one
Christine McCleary, a registered
COUNSELLOR’S CORNER: Coming Out Everyone has a sexual
can damage highly
tomers should opt for cost-efficient
Brussels sprouts and leafy greens." McCleary says zinc is important
against the cold and wind.
ket has gained in reputation and
we recommend customers
the flame will produce more carbon (soot). Candles should be kept away from vents or open windows to avoid the excess emission of carbon and, as always, should never
too long or the candle
first-time candle makers.
of the soy wax can vary depending on the genus of the plant as well as the conditions under which the plant was grown.
skin cells,” she said.
at dietitian Canadian Northumberland Hills Hospital,
Drinking water regularly
wax. Any method of refinement which differs slightly from another can alter the properties of the wax, which can affect both the melting. and burning
made should emit little smoke when burning. A
against the winter
licious.com, candles that are well-
In addition, Badali said the prop-
sensitive skin further.
not the type of wax,” he said.
qualities of the candle.
(Photo by Holly Featherstone)
burning flame should flicker
Doucette said since soy
effects of itchy, dry, flaking skin
not dependent on
ing points and the oils are, theresolidified
clean or soot-free depends on the
During refinement, the chemical composition of both soy and paraf-
soy or paraffin. “Whether or not (a candle) burns
a wax,” he said.
fin oils is altered to raise their
However, Connor says that you need to take caution when using
Badali said the cleanliness of a
chemically altered dur-
“The 100 per cent natural soy oil no longer completely natural as was sent through a refinery and
and easier to obtain,” he said. “However, the supply is limited whereas soy is renewable."
when you're up
won’t be going away anytime soon and neither will our dry skin. So how does one fight off the
cheaper option than soy wax.
renewability, the oil extracted from
but neither does paraffin.”
Soy wax, the newest fad in candle-making, is advertised as completely natural and safe to burn, inciting controversy over whether
to extract the oil.”
Badali said although soy
Badali said paraffin
wax,” said Shelly Doucette, an employee at Village Craft and Candle, 21 Water St. S., St. Mary’s. “The beans are
skin and vitamin
Village Craft and Candle, a candle-
have sensitive or oily skin should
that this winter has felt a little bit
with our warmer
than usual temperatures and
not really an issue in trying
passes this year, Chicopee
can open back up, and hopefully stay open longer than they normally would. For members who bought season
three days this season, Dec. 9, 10
come back when
Wesley Greenwood, a secondyear police foundations student, is
the value back by
also disappointed with this winter,
or lack of. "I’ve been
other ski hills
business development manager at
and by putting on special events
Chicopee, said they have had significant revenue loss because the
haven’t been able to break out
"There’s no one in the KitchenerWaterloo area who wants Chicopee
pulling for a bit of snowfall to get
would normally be open about 39 days by now. hill
open more than the people who work here,” Orth said. Approximately 400 part-time employees get hired over the winter season, and to date those people have only worked three days. Orth says that although these employees are not working right
had a great turnout for the three days we were open, but still
To make man-made snow temperature has to be
at least -3
costly because of
By JENN SPRACH Kitchener- Waterloo residents appear to be quite interested in the mysterious world of
psychics, so Fair
First Star in
four years have been fanChicopee. The number of memberships and day tickets sold has been on the rise.
has been coming to the fair
their last possible appointment.
“I did 43 readings this weekend,” said Corbie Mitleid, a certified professional tarot card reader and certified psychic. She discovered her “gift” at 21 years old
eight years, said she enjoys the event.
Warnerville, N.Y., for the past
has a waiting
readings as well
psychics at the event give lectures,
can gather a
hair readings, said,
of information from
makes no difference but
he cannot read wigs, weaves or extensions. His gift has been passed through generations and he was mentored since he was a chrld. A lot of people are skeptical about his abilities. To those he usually responds with,
me.” There have been them around
instances where he has turned
by revealing information he couldn’t possibly have known such as family and health problems people were having. Linda Kowey, however, takes a different approach to skeptics. “It’s not when see it. I
fair will return to
RIM Park Waterloo Wed. Feb. 7 2007 10:00 am - 3:30 pm •
(Photo by Jenn Sprach)
Corbie Mitleid, a certified tarot card reader, is shown consulting her cards at the First Star Psychic Fair at Bingemans in Kitchener, Jan. 7.
Bingemans on May 20 and 2 1. There is a $5 admission which is valid all weekend and gives you the chance to win hourly door prizes and go to free demonstrations and lectures. For more information visit www.e-psychic.com
encourage visitors to read info given out and choose a psychic they feel comfortable with to ensure the best at the fair
Ted Leydon, who does “I
about every kind of
including dominos and hair readings and
fair offers just
reading possible, including the more com-
three times a year
mon tarot card reading, dream analogy, psychometry, animal communication, palmistry and numerology.
have been guest speakers on TV and radio shows and have had newspaper articles written about their abilities.
professional tarot card reader to
Chicopee Ski Club, located in Kitchener, is one of many ski hills that has felt the effects of this winter’s shortage of snow. In the month of December, they were only able to open for three days.
“Things are on a steady climb upwards, so this is just a small bump in the road for us,” Orth said.
cheaper than a shrink and better at
into the future
a co-ordinator of the
The event was held in Kitchener Jan. 5, 7 and some psychics were full right up
the first that
board by now,” he said. “I’m
and continued to develop it because people needed her. “I’ve helped people through difficult times in their lives,” she said. “I’m cheaper than a shrink and better at it too.”
which has more than 20 psychics, has been in business for more than 20 years. It has been coming to the city for more than 15 years and has always been very successful,
eral years, but this
times a year.
— Page 11
"The quality of our instructors and the friendly faces helping on the lifts are the people who make all the difference and the whole experience at Chicopee,” he said. Chicopee is not alone in this season's struggle; all of Ontario and the eastern U.S. is being affected by this warm, wet weath-
money, we just haven't had temperatures cold enough,” Orth
been terrible for avid skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers. And it's even worse for businesses that depend on the snowfall. Hill,
colder weather does.
no snow. weather,
used, Chicopee has
been making snow
Ontario will agree
start to winter leaves
By PEGGY O’NEILL Most people
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— SPOKE, January 15, 2007
Their scandalous escapades from the previous year are forgotten, but surely only
more racy and
interesting to look
future holds for these tabloid
adopt one baby when you can have an entire orphan-
age? Second on the
Spears will rekindle her love for former flame Justin Timberlake.
and shakers but until anything really happens all we can do is predict what might happen. have come up with
Timberlake reportedly offered to help Spears out with her new
two will not only tie the knot in 2007 but they will also buy a Namibian orphanage. They fell in love with the African country when baby Shiloh was
album, which she is currently two These on. working Mouseketeers are meant to be. Next are Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. There is no question that this random couple will divorce this year. They may be one of the hottest Hollywood couples at the
born there and are keen to adopt
celebrity predictions for 2007.
one occasion That’s
celebrities are involved..
into a crystal ball to see
his demonstrated by pinning and defeating John Cena on the first
Fourth on the
be hard to top K-Fed’s short-lived music career in 2006, but scarier things can happen, especially
in Italy and Los Angeles last year, but with endless rumours about their marriage being arranged and that baby Suri isn’t really Tom’s, these two are best off just to end it. The jig is
for celebrities as well.
Lopez and Anthony
The beginning of a new year means new beginnings. This is true
to be replaced with
celebrity predictions for
Hollywood bad boy
of 2007. This
be sure to on more than
step back in the ring
may be hard
Cruise will not make a single film Cruise has only manthis year.
aged one movie a year for the past three and his last effort. Mission: Impossible 3, was a If he is smart he should flop. devote himself to Scientology and leave the movies to actors who
Sixth on the
quite clear he doesn’t have a future
Ninth on the
Jay-z and Beyonce land on lucky get
number seven. These two
The immortal one himself is going to make a music album. It is more than evident that Hogan cannot get enough of the spotlight and will do anything to be in it even if it means
adopt another a safe bet that will
hooked on adoption, especially after gaining custody of Malawian tot
Last but not least are Jennifer
engaged this year or call it quits. With such huge success from both their careers, it’s no secret they like to keep getting bigger and bet-
Lopez and Marc Anthony. These two will split and Lopez will get back together with Ben Affleck. As
music but rather with the
then she did.
er things can happen,
careers turn to dust.
Eighth on the
daughter Brooke by travelling around the world with her to promote her album. Too bad he ended up doing more of the promoting
reunite they will
Monday Night Raw
are the Spice
The time has come
things have happened.
Cross pendant becoming a meaningless ornament faith, but as
For many years there have been
amongst religions regarding whether or not the
cross should have such religious significance, or any at
cross respectfully, with while others do so carelessly.
The most seems
now be a new
meaningless. The cross
his cross before playing a
bol of our time, not as a sign of
watched a friend of mine
religions believe that the it
believe all kinds of danger. wearing a cross around your neck will not give you anymore protection than your neighbour
asked myself why he would do Was it because he wanted God
medallion to be worn for decora-
almost satanic looking, are sold
almost any store where
way God would want
cross protects the person wearing
trend. Crosses of various sizes
doesn’t wear a cross but lives
his life the
cannot be worn without an honourable motive otherwise it is
part as a religious
an image of mockery.
sacred item such as the cross
a sacred gesture have noble inten-
so why would we condemn them for a genuine belief? would hope that the way we live our lives would indicate we believe tions,
irtGod, rather than the wearing of a cross.
However, there are those with
who feel closGod when wearing their crosses. For all others who wear it
simply because he wanted God to be with him while he played? Some are offended when they see
people wearing a cross, but those
as a meaningless ornament,
most sincere and wear
to ask yourself
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By ALLISON STEINMAN
much back to much
Aries March iw'Tw-J- *
getting the job
done rather than do it. These skills them, don't
Your hope-tilled nature
are your tools for success in this
afraid of them.
don't try to rush
forming an imme-
One of them is a man, Eddie, who had been a maintenance workare dedicated to a
er at a small-town
Before that he fought in the war where he sustained a leg injury. Eddie never thought he gave his entire life.
focused on the idea that death is only the beginning of what hap-
main character, with the majority of the story about what happens afterward When Eddie wakes up after dying
god-like figure, but
he finds himself
and are ready to accept each life brings you. Take time this new year to impart your enjoyment on those who need a little boost, your enthusiasm may be just what they need. challenge
Capricorn December 22
off the emotions of
around them to your advantage. In this new year don't use people to get what you want, nothing is worth it.
With every new year comes goals you strive to achieve. Don't rush your path to personal success,
to be both a collaborative
them somehow. Through each
of the people Eddie meets, the book shows the eerily seamless connection between one fife and another, a
off what you
ST RATH AH
You are drawn to the past and its ways of society and romance. You wish life could be like the
care for yourself. Don't stop car-
ing, but take this
lenge and put yourself once,
won't hurt to take time
novels you read
but know what era you live in. Accept your life as it is; in the
game in North Carolina. board were 75 people; 32 members of the Marshall University football team; 12 coaches and
None of them
journalism student holding in the
palm of her hand.
pressure and opposition,
realism and atten-
tion to detail are the film’s greatest
emotions were events and portrayed as accurately as possible.
McConaughey even delivers cemetery Lengyel’s stirring speech to his players, encouraging
Are Marshall. The movie focuses on Marshall
University’s attempt to rebuild
informing his players that “funerals end today!” This leads to the team’s homeopener and the town’s first football
program following the
but three of
The rebuilding process
Reflecting on what
wife and three sons,
Lengyel reaches out to Marshall and is given the task of rebuilding a non-existent football team, and by extension, the heart of a devastated town.
brings a good mix
does a great job of re-creat-
ing the atmosphere of that game, as
go on a recruiting trip. Throughout the movie, Dawson second
thousands of the town’s citizens file down the main street towards the stadium.
gauntlet of emotions, to
despair to joy.
does a brilliant job conveying to the audience the emo-
dent, as everyone wants to recapture past joys, but
like to lose his
their past, but to
since the disaster.
following the tragedy, with many on both fronts showing reluctance to move beyond what’s been lost. to
move on and embrace
the right thing to do.
and players, in Lengyel put together a team of rookies and
“Hollywood,” giving the viewer an accurate glimpse of the town's struggle to overcome a tragic loss, deep well providing as as those insight into emotional
as he struggles with the
loss of his friends
the ultimate story of tragedy,
of empathy and light-heartedness
performances, the success of the
courage, redemption and persever-
to the character, but the best per-
hinges on the chemistry between McConaughey’s Lengyel and Fox’s Dawson.
Matthew Fox. Fox portrays Red Dawson, Marshall wide receivers coach avoids the fateful flight
at the last
Dawson, along with of the town,
convinced that moving on from the
the filming is
honest and the acting
Are Marshall is a film well worth watching about an event that should never be forgotten.
to be lived,
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Both actors met with the coaches they portrayed, and Lengyel was even on set during filming, as wanted to make sure the true
but don't give up daydreaming.
just for you.
Your emotions run deep and you care for people sometimes too much that you often forget to
no way to honour the
been too far from you. Keep in mind what you are showing off, is it truly what you want to be known for? For this new year try attracting the spotlight when you
the mystery of life
was returning from
February 19 March 20
attempts to do the impos-
from a small school who observes the plight of Huntington in the
enjoy being around people of the
August 23 September 22
culminating with a season-opening
possess, the spotlight has never
by the maintenance man’s side, and will be undoubtedly caught up in this colourful adven-
reader will feel like he or she
Huntington, attempts to restore
Jack Lengyel, a Midwestern coach
nature. However, that’s not always the case. You know people who may need help in their ways, and as their friend, take time this new year to aid them in being more honest and truthful.
Lengyel, an outsider with noth-
are honest and truthful and
Matthew McConaughey portrays
school mirrors the town’s attempt
At 7:37 p.m., a small charter jet crashed into a forest, just two miles shy of the runway at Huntington’s
ed to a god. Heaven
ahead of him. Eddie has the task of meeting five people from his life on earth with one thing in common, he affected
er challenges that will help others to personal success.
morning of Nov. 14, 1970, coal-mining town of Huntington, W. Va. was changed
enjoy the ride and attempt small-
on their path
any religion. The book’s interpretation of heaven is based more on the corre-
Are Marshall a moving and inspirational story
So You play
mention of a
he had never
others; they the instrument,
was years ago, with a journey and a series of lessons it
the aspect of living
with his wife,
of the most
was Eddie’s meeting
connection only to be learned at the end of one’s days. Each person Eddie meets has a life-lesson to
Eddie’s death was a surprisingly small part of this story. The book
November 22 December 21
Cancer June 22
a new, unexplored
way. cast of characters to
"slow down." Life
presents the journey of the soul
accom60 some odd the day Eddie
By CHRISTOPHER MILLS
Year’s resolution, add to
Author Mitch Albom’s book. The Five People You Meet in Heaven, after death
you never slack from focusing solely on it. Be cautious and don't get too involved in just one thing. The new year is about realization and you need to realize how many things need attention.
Go, go, go is often how you operate; always in motion. Relax and take some time to just be. As
concept of death and
The book has
fling as the
year and try something different each week.
matter the disappoint-
ways can give the impression that you are boring and when it comes to ceitain aspects of your life you do lack flare. Be adventurous in this new
sands of years. However, there has never been a mystery quite as baf-
ments of today, you never let it darken tomorrow. Spread this attitude amongst your friends and family; impart on them a little hope for this new year.
September 23 October 22
rather than a thinker.
The world is a place deeply laden with mystery, ones that have continued to baffle humans for thou-
of the soul
the world or
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Stallone gives By CHRISTOPHER MILLS
Rocky a great farewell speech with his son,
attempts to talk him out of fighting. “It’s hit; it’s
asks, “what’s wrong with wanting to stand toe-to-toe and say Rocky is immortal and ‘I am?"’
how hard you can how hard you can get
and keep moving forward.” With those words, actor and
steps back into the
spotlight to take his hits from the critics.
sixth instalment in the critics
and some would argue Rocky IV
was not much better. The announcement of the new film. Rocky Balboa, was exciting
me, but even could not refrain from a hint of skepticism after the last Rocky movie. And now, after
Dixon's management team
made the original so Rocky is once again a
out boxer, living alone
younger days as they
The film somewhat
and present footage
also tortured by his past and
once again imirounds of
go out the way
he has states,
way of that Rocky
deserves one more chance to ride
to be a
metaphor for Stallone's journey, bringing back a character that everyone told him couldn’t - and shouldn’t - be brought back. In a
main event. Responding
off into that heroic
to his son’s insistence that
escape the pain of days gone by. tates life in the closing
also presents us with a
stories of his
cially during the fight scenes.
seamlessly woven together, making
appropriately called Adrian’s - and happily posing for pictures with patrons,
and the new, espe-
evident Rocky’s paradoxical battle
his sleeve as he attempts to
toughness comes from the heart.
and mixed emo-
has passed away, and Rocky
— and shouldn’t
— be brought back.
provides an outlet for that pent-up
the slums of Philadelphia.
not a paper
the death of his wife,
champion, and Rocky clearly
Rocky, or even Rocky its success by returning
constantly taking easy fights.
out to prove he
be a metaphor
movie begins, Dixon is by fans and crit-
make a buck on it by setting up an exhibition match. Both fighters are opposed initially, but finally give in for different reasons. Dixon
been justified and critics across North America should be mailing Sylvester to apologies their is
While Rocky Balboa
bringing back a character the
seeing the film,
fight between Rocky in his prime and the current heavyweight champion, Mason “The Line” Dixon, played by real life fighter Antonio
would be a Rocky saga,
Rocky V was
buys into the storyline or not, the real strength of Rocky Balboa is in
director Sylvester Stallone, speak-
Ballet not just for the rich
after the disaster that
Stallone does just that,
giving his lovable brawler the heroic
rience ever, so
Join us twice a
We will be holding meetings every other week It’s
movies and games. meet new people and
mean, there were businessmen and preppy-looking women and annoying children, but there were also young adults, seniors, just regular liked the crowd; it was a people. huge mishmash. When the lights went down and I
of future misogynist
boyfriends and perhaps a dominatrix-goes-classy lifestyle.
There was a scene where two Arabian men were fawning over an Arabian princess and to be honest
stranger’s lap the entire time cran-
Nutcracker and not exactly
story of the
they do, but here’s what
got out of
Christmas and opening gifts when a crazy uncle or family friend shows up and gives a young girl a nutcracker as a toy. This girl’s brother gets jealous, as siblings do,
and breaks the
toy, thus ruining the
Next thing you know, it’s nighttime and everyone goes to sleep, and only the girl is left on stage. Out of nowhere the creepiest looking rats come out and start running around, however, they Christmas.
Despite being completely clue-
of events happen the
little hot under the collar. In the end the nutcracker returns the little girl to her home and leaves her sleeping on the couch, in one of those "Ahhh, only a dream ... or
off as a
It was great, until the curopened and realized just how big the guy’s head was who was sitting in front of me. Needless to say pretty much sat on a complete
excited as, there
found strange about the
was pretty sensual, potentially making some audience members a
was, a bal-
the orchestra started playing
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businessmen and preppy trophy wives who bring their annoying children to see people dance in
to the land
sweets and meet a bunch of crazy
whole visit was that everywhere they went the women were put on a pedestal, praised by the men, carried around and flaunted. It almost
type ballet-goers as rich,
back for the semester!
They then venture
tend to stereo-
and saves the
be objective. However,
He then takes the girl to the Kingdom of Snow to meet the Snow Queen and her cavalier.
to see the
are scared off once the broken nut-
Conestoga s Pride
less to the
deeper meaning of anyI have to say the whole
thing was really beautiful to watch. The ballet was so well done it made me wish had had every little girl's dream of becoming a ballerina. The complete synchrony between the movements and the music was amazing and the coswill also tuming was incredible. I
add that the Snow Queen's cavalier had such enormous muscly thighs was templed to raise my hand and ask if he could crush something between them. This is why don’t I
normally go to ballets or any situation in which am expected to act I
like a lady.
Who’s making the grade
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time to see who’s on their
to making the honour roll, and who’s not making the grade in the
Conference. Buffalo Sabres, A+: These guys
are the toast of the
running away with the conference in one of the most difficult divisions
due to Daniel
Afinogenov and Ryan Miller have all
shown they have
the ability to
get the job done, and have help
this Sabres team one of the most feared in the NHL. Atlanta Thrashers, A: It was
for thought from
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for obesity. That was che of a recent
How often were
2 How long 3 Did you
4 How many
factors involved in effective
diets for creeping
ear for other reasons (just because
In fact, they are a
the food was fhere, you were out
increased intake of "fast
and young adults
with your friends)?
of obesity in children,
losing weight and keeping he challenging.
junk foods" combined with sedentary lives as
a result of IV, computers and
video games, generation "X"
30-60 minutes per
Monitor your progress
measure that the goals you
the necessary changes
absolutely perfect or entirely bad.
specific goals. to
and author of a
physically active for day.
key to successful
suggests Judy Toews,
"Balance and moderation are what
5 I low frequently are you eating? 6 Were you really hungry or did you
weight, but active living
"other" foods did
enjoy what you were
foods' are says,
As the old adage
to bodies, there’s
for us, while others are junk.’
only one per customer." can
into a healthy diet,
must be eaten
small changes in specialist
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helping you reach your weight loss
ideas to help get
In a journal, record everything that eat
for the next 3 days.
much and 3
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Ask your doctor
the playoffs last season
win the cup. Eric Staal isn’t performing up to expectations either. These guys have to get their game together or else they could be teeing off at the golf course come to
Marian Hossa who
Canadiens, A: Probably one of the most consistent
great team dynamics.
one of the hardest-working players to ever play in the NHL, Saku Koivu, this team has taken on his work ethic and it’s showing in the quality of hockey they play. Also a great goaltending duo of Cristobal Huet and David Aebischer has provided a great one-two punch for the Canadiens. If they keep up the hard work and consistent play the First
half of the season, they should
far in the post-season.
Jersey Devils, B+: What can you say about this club? When you have one of the greatest goalies to ever play the game, Martin Brodeur, you’re expected to do great things. What has always worked well for the Devils
their ability to shut
with great defence and to utilize
team is no different. Their strategy is to get up one or two goals and then play defence the rest of the night. What more can be said? It’s winning them games.
the neutral-zone trap. This
New York Rangers, B-: Consistency has truly been an issue for the Rangers. When they ’re hot, no one can touch them, they’re
Spezza, Mike Fisher and Antoine
The only marks
Sens are playing their best hockey of the season. Leaders like Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Phillips are demonstrating great do-as-I-do leadership and it’s inspiring the team. Ray Emery proves himself night after night
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Islanders, C-: At the
month and a half he has been outstanding. Bonus marks to coach Ted Nolan for sparking a fire under Alexei Yashin (who has been known throughout but the last really
his career for being unmotivated),
but the rest of this team must get
something going or else they will be missing the post-season yet again.
Tampa Bay Lightning, D: Goaltending has been a huge issue with the Lightning since they won the Stanley Cup in 2004. Marc Denis is not living up to expectations, and he’s causing the team much needed points. Vincent
out as soon as everyone on the
healthy, they might be the
to beat if they
Maple Leafs, C+: have plagued the poor Leafs all season long, and it’s demoralizing the team. Mike Peca is out for the season with a knee injury. Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker and Kyle Wellwood have all missed time due to injury as well. Toronto
Andrew Raycroft is same problems he had
battling last sea-
must find some way to stop the puck night after night or the Leafs aren’t going to making the playoffs for their second year in a row. Boston Bruins, C-: Their season has been filled with ups and downs. Picking up possibly the best free agent available in the off
they have been battling hard northeast division.
struggling as of .the in
They have been
but have been
many teams Conference. Tim
has also been struggling
month will determine whether they make a big move for a superstar
make the playoffs. Washington Capitals, C+: One name defines this team, Alexander
Ovechkin. After winning rookie of the year last season he is carrying his team on his shoulders due to all work ethic. his around Watching him play must inspire his team as they are still in playoff contention. Watch them try and make a big push before the post-
having an outstand-
Panthers woes continue. They have
bottom continuously been a dweller in the Eastern Conference, and nothing has changed. The signing of Ed Beifour, Alex Auld and Todd Bertezzi in the off season was supposed to help this team compete. They are still missing a key ingredient for a successful team: Offence. They will continue to fall short in the second half of the season.
Philadelphia Flyers, F-:
giving this team the lowest possi-
because they most out of any team in the league. These guys just plain out stink, they have no motivation Their captain, Peter to play. Forsberg, seems content in just giving up on his team, refusing to participate in a shootout, going down with "injuries” on a constant mark,
would take some
sort of miracle,
like all other teams in the Eastern Conference catching malaria, for these guys to make the playoffs.
to success next season for this
a fresh start and
get rid of Forsberg.
season will be an Just a small two-
in the east this
losing streak could be the
difference between third and 13th position.
be exciting to see
the season unfolds, and
to the final eight,
gets out early to practise their golf
Pittsburg Penguins, C: After
ing season, but he can’t hold this
New York beginning
be the number goaltender for the club, taking over struggling for the constantly Martin Gerber. The acquisition of Mike Comrie from Phoenix will help them up the middle. Watch
as of late, and his play in the next
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still quite young, but just watching Sidney Crosby (the curEvgeni rent NHL points leader), Malkin (most likely going to win rookie of the year) and MarcAndre Fleury you can see these guys are destined for greatness. They probably won't make the playoffs this season, but watch the next 10 years, you won’t be able to
Dipietro to the
struggling with these losses, but
be a powerhouse. Their superstars
inevitable these guys are going to
CLASSIFIED summer of^your
top picks as this team
the latter part of the first half of the
playing fantastic since being trad-
player "that gets bonus
carried the team on his shoulders
the past few years,
every night he should be a number
Carolina Hurricanes, C: Last year's Stanley Cup champions are having problems mimicking their performance last year. Cam Ward playing as stellar as he did
with playoff contention. After hav-
general manager Garth
Your family doctor, a registered but some foods
these guys are
of next season),
be playing out
city they will
season they struggled early
did you do each activity?
page out of Straka's book the Rangers will be fine come post-
With sniper Ilya Kovalchuk, Vyacheslav Kozlov, goaltender Kari Lehtonen (who is proving
potatoes, not ouch French fries, may be to
the off ice troubles this
Couch potatoes? French
Martin Straka for keeping his team rolling with his continuous points. If the rest of the team can take a
Senators, C+: Last guys were heavy favourites to win the cup; this
only a matter of time before these students excelled in
— Page 15
— SPOKE, January 15, 2007
Team Canada’s golden By NICK CASSELLI Hockey, it truly is a Canadian game. Fans across this great nation can once again treasure this grand sentiment following Team Canada’s third consecutive gold medal at the 2006-07 IHFF World Junior Championship in Sweden.
the engraving of a
ey record, as the gold medal count,
Fortunately, the Canadian juniors
have provided the only diagnosis fit to combat the bitterness of a devastating defeat; the sweet taste of gold.
Yes, the golden era has arrived;
Winter where Canada’s men’s Olympic team sufdefeat
juniors have resur-
rected and have
This 2007 gold medal also marks
dating back to 1974
second only to 1992 to 1997, Canadian juniors claimed five straight gold medals. Perhaps what was most impressive, is this gold medal was earned on European soil, a feat the under 20 boys have not accomplished run
since 1997 in Geneva.
The success Canada has shared
nament originated, will now look like this: Canada, 13; Russia, 12. Since the origin of the World Juniors, Canada has captured 26 total medals, a feat which exceeds Russia’s second place total by The 2005-2007 championship is
Canadian hockey fans
were pierced with the sharp
antidote has long been needed
replenish our nation from the
tainted Turin aftertaste.
And, for Hockey Canada the timing couldn't have been better.
new junior hock-
fered a shattering loss at the hands
of the Russians.
era has begun
professional level can be attributed
toThe fine minor hockey programs across this wonderful country.
Tuesday January emotional
the primary focus of the program;
ensuring players receive the necessary learning opportunities to fur-
initiative that celebrates
hockey and teaches valuable
sons that kids take off the ice and into
2007, was a
was the night that the wings honoured one of their most influential Yzerman, by and raising his number players, Steve
Oyer the past quarter-of-a-centuYzerman has been the face, heart and soul of the Detroit Red Wings franchise. The hour-and-a-half ceremony ry,
featured various coaches, players
and friends who talked about Yzerman’s great accomplishments. Finally, when the time came Yzerman himself to approach podium, he was unable to speak
minutes, because the
applause of the
over-powered the humble thank yous that Yzerman graciously said while waiting for the excitement to die
their skill base.
as our wonderful nation
continues to provide our most precious resource, our youth, with the
hockey will always be Canada’s game. Go, Canada Go!
teammates and coaches he had over the
coach Scotty Bowman for his leadership and guidance. The usually stone-faced Bowman even shed a few tears, and the praise from Yzerman continued to come. Some people watching may have wondered why Yzerman ’s speech only consisted of humble remarks of his unworthiness of such praise and thanks to others, but those people must not have known Yzerman, because that’s just who he is, a humble Canadian boy who was able to play for his favourite team.
speak volumes of his accomplishments, it’s the little things during games (like winning the
an important face-off then literally crawling off the ice because of a knee injury) that made him such an iconic player to so
As he was giving his speech, came to realize just how much respect had for Yzey, and how much he meant to the game. As listened was awed by how humble and genuine Yzerman was. He continually said the only reason he was even on stage was because
once a beginner, whether it be Wayne Gretzky, Sydney Crosby or Mario Lemieux; all of the Canadian greats were once part of the minor hockey program. Canada's minor hockey system is
professional at anything
Red Wings say goodbye By ANNELISE THOMPSON
Development Program is all about development opportunities for both players and coaches. Fundamental skill development is
hockey fans. It was with heavy hearts that we watched a beloved leader walk across the ice surface of the Joe one tions of
(Photo by Annetise Thompson)
on display for fans to admire-at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. is
The ceremony preceded a matchup between the Wings and the topseated Ducks. The Wings plucked a
2-1 victory, in tor.
honour of their men-
friend and former teammate,
Toronto’s professional soccer club holds tryouts (Photo by Jessica Blumenthal)
Rock-solid First-time rock climber
Rahul Farid holds on
By JORDEN FELICIANO tight while scaling
Rock Oasis in Toronto, Jan. 5. Some people use rock climbing as a way of achieving their New Year’s resolution of getwall at the
who The Toronto Football Club (FC) of Major League Soccer (MLS) is gearing up for
2007, and held open tryouts over the Christmas starting
a professional soccer
as the in
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After selecting eight players
November expansion hosted by the MLS, which is the
roster spots, the tryouts
and technical skills but still sees room for improvement. “He’s wonderful on the ball for a kid his size,” said Johnston. “But at 18, there are a lot of tactical skills he lacks and will have to improve to make it through the camp."
was a good experience
and the intention of
but, unfortunately, that
Only one player was selected by team in the end, 18-year-old Jamaal Smith of York University. He was urged to try out by his York coach, Paul James, in hopes that he would get some exposure and maybe get noticed by somebody on the staff. Apparently he caught the attenmost important person.
format started with
application and pay
participating in the tryouts.
cuts narrowed the
ber to 250 players, and then to 50 players, and while there was only one player selected, several of Kitchener- Waterloo’s best were successful in making the cuts. Nelson Melo, 21, of Cambridge, expects to attend Conestoga in September and made the cut of 250 players, while Joel Abwunza, of Kitchener, and Damir Hadziardic,
of Wilfrid Laurier University,
50 cut. “It was a good experience and felt did well enough to make the last 50 but, unfortunately, that didthe last
Nels on Melo,
tion of the
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liked Smith’s height, just over
James wasn’t surprised a product
happen,” said Melo,
of his university squad made the cut,
but echoed Johnston’s sentiment that
of the Ontario Soccer League.
improvement. “Of course the kid won’t be perfect at 18 which is why he really needs to work hard at training there
so that he adapts to the style
and pace of the game
soccer for the Supersonics
Melo, who is currently at Fanshawe College, plans to attend second year of police foundaConestoga next year and will no doubt be planning to play on the school soccer team. his