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architectual

achievements the world.

2007

12,

A

newsroom

learning

for

prices

in

gold? at the pumps has students

Conestoga grad a radio

hit

91.5 The Beat’s Mike Farwell says experience at Conestoga was ‘fantastic.’

journalism students

^

Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.

liquid

scrambling and questioning increase.

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Monday, March

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39th Year

— No. 9

CSI VP says second

Timmy’s still a no-go BRANDON WALKER

By

Jackson reiterated that he was reluctant to

Although the college has added the possibility of expanding the Tim Hortons to the agenda of a proposed meeting with the student union, it's still not going to happen, said

(Photo by Tiffany McCormick)

Conestoga Walk’s Safe

new head

“But the answer

of security

to be resolved involving the

Student Life Centre. for

you need

liquor licence.

for the college,” he said. “Security

title.

officially

“I spent three years in the traffic

the supervisor of safety and

division on a motorcycle, investi-

March

gating motor vehicle collisions,” he

academic community. (You) develop the skills you need to serve the college community, namely the

said

students.”

named

new job

security services, effective .

He was one of an undisclosed number of applicants vying for the

forensic

position

was

since

the

application

process started on Jan. 16. services

college

the

at

He

for

identification

charge of

With the

and

for five of those

unit.

Tribe,

who

also

is

charge of health and safety

in

at the

more than 30

college, will oversee

employees.

They include a

Tribe had such

health and safety

college

and blood typing.

security staff, 16 contract security

“You get

the supervisor

it

unit,

services exists in the support of the

duties as crime scene investigation

eight-and-a-half years.

He had been doing

13 years on the

also spent

in

years.

Tribe has been working for security

are

including 30 years on the Brantford city police force.

John Tribe has been

1

agreements

familiar face in security servic-

es at the college has a

experience

a lot of investigative at all levels,

developing

employee,

two college

“We

believe that

we have

a

job on an interim basis since the

policy and procedures, and multi-

very safe and secure environment,”

position

was vacated by Robert

cultural training,” said Tribe. “That

he said.

“We

will

Brown

June 2006.

brings the ability to liaison with

to

make

sure

it

in

Women

all

remain proactive stays that way.”

break through glass ceiling

the

and the

by saying he was confused expanding the Tim Hortons even on the agenda since the dent union already rejected the posal in August. “Unless there is something to propose we are hesitant to cuss the proposal as

it

is

why

Mike Dinning

demand

for

to

At a time when having a female U.S. president

only

is

not the glass

the

ceiling.

are progress-

and

more

new

reaching

women

heights

in

are

work-

(instead).

Conestoga College's own associate

breaking through the glass ceiling all her life. “I also went into the

to

vice-president of the school of

accounting profession

One

of

those

women

is

lib-

and media studies and career and academics, Catherine Koch. Being in the education profession for nearly

a

who

are leaping over the

proverbial barrier.

Information

Canada shows

from that

Statistics

women

are

20 years, Koch has held

management

position since her

when which

for

there

women, still

has,

a glass ceiling.”

Koch

said

women

is

to

her advice

change.”

other

to

be stubborn. “Think

who you

about

She has been with Conestoga for five years, where she started as the of business.

and

time.

a time

at

few

were

definitely had,

third year.

chair of the school

quite

are

and

don't

felt

oversight.

Dinning said Conestoga Students still hasn't responded with its position on the relationship or on

increased

Inc.

The college the bar/bistro

“How

coffee on

said Koch.

students and certainly for myself.”

female

to

in at the

if

we wanted

Tim

Hortons

kind of unfair for them to

demand

an

expanded

try

Tim

my

faculty,

Continued on Page 2

my

feels oversight over

a core issue.

is

we when we can

discuss the other

know what why we

don't

the relationship is? That's

(the college) took a step back and need to start over to facilitate an agreement on the issues," Dinning said.

He

said without even a reason-

able basis of oversight, there

is

no

place to start negotiating from.

“We're willing negotiate

to (sit

sight, but the principle is

the issue

down

and)

terms of the over-

the

and

I

of oversight

think most people

Hortons (especially since) there’s lots of room in the college for another Timmy's. And, just by

were

making

space was ready, the student asso-

mean

a longer counter,

the

lines

will'

go

it

doesn't

faster.

I

understand

that."

Jackson said settled

if

the negotiations

and

the

bar/bistro

ciation might be able to run a

few

think the college needs a second

events in that space.

Timmy’s (instead)," Jackson said. In December, Conestoga

However, the chance of that getend of the semester is getting slimmer and

the profit to student bursaries and

in post-secondary institutions. However, the times are beginning

first

came

high standards. “I have always set high standards for

was consistent with how

it

dis-

President John Tibbits said the col-

“When I got here there weren’t that many chairs who were women,” also the

“It's

(the

new

She also said to be very focused on being true to yourself and have

under-represented and hold fewer senior positions among professors

Koch was

expanded

an

wanted

college)

would facilitate discussion." The student association's proposals removed all forms of college

I

hour and asked

However, Koch said she has been

women

Ontario universities and

some

last

college

places around the world, including in

obtain a senior position within the

ing to the top of the academic pro-

eral

More

colleges

women

(the

student association's) position on the relationship before we met. We

stu-

want to get across is when we did the referendum we asked the students if they wanted a convenience store and they said yes. I have correspondence from

fession.

closer than ever,

is

Rodham Clinton woman breaking

Hillary

change as

between the two

the relationship

issues

store, but then they

college

college oversight.

Tim Hortons

campus. “The point

the

pro-

not reflec-

an

is

said

groups.

said the student union does

recognize there

left."

Vice-president of student affairs

negotiations are done and that that

plan,” Jackson wrote.

He

Falconer)

the college saying they support the

By BJ RICHMOND

I

(Justin

was

of our business and strategic

tive

in

“We

Student union president Matt Jackson responded to the college

guards and 12 Walk Safe personnel.

position

when

responded to the student association's proposals by sending its position on college oversight and

need

be an effective liaison

same

with

negotiate the three agreements that

bar/bistro, the retail space

to

"All I want is some written documentation from the college to protect our students. Put it down on paper, what they're proposing, then we’ll talk about it. If we went in with nothing in writing, it’ll put the next president (Roxie

came

the police forces and agencies that

in security,

for the Student Life Centre.

Stanciu) in the

no.”

is still

the student association's proposals

After months of written correspondence between the college and the student union, the two groups still haven’t set up a meeting to

without his career at Conestoga, Tribe has a long history

Even

what

listen to

expansion),” said Roxie Stanciu.

The

A

Inc.

ADAM HANNON

By

of

vice-president

the college has to say about (the

Second-year police foundation student, Jason Kalanda, and first-year paramedic student, Amber Verhoever, head out on a nightly patrol for Walk Safe. The service is provided by security services for anyone who wants company walking to residence, their car or houses in the area. It operates Monday to Thursday from 6:45 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.

College has

the

Conestoga Students “We’re willing to

meet with the college

because they haven't responded to

lege

is

willing to give

scholarships tion

if

its

the student associa-

agreed to expand

Hortons.

share of

the

Tim

ting resolved before the

slimmer.

"But it wouldn't be possible to open (the bar/bistro) during the day (before September)," Jackson said.


News

Now

deep thoughts Conestoga College

...with Random

questions answered by

random students

What’s the least school-related thing you Ve spent your OSAP on 7

“Prescription

underwear.” Blumenthat)

(Photo by Jessica

Mike

Ku/ik,

first-year

robotics

“An 8-8

split

shown by

blizzard of

work for student

plows for his dad s company T.C. Jeremy Chaves, an electrical apprenticeship student, weather has been difficult, as plowers are on call Maintenance, in his spare time. He said the recent school. snowfall. Often Chaves goes right from plowing to so they have to work whenever there’s a

Great opportunities for students at on-campus job fair

on a 6

the dealer

A

in

blackjack.”

Carlo Rodriguez,

R y LEANNE MOUNTFORD

first-year

robotics

As. summer is fast approaching and graduation for some students is around the corner, it s time to get those resumes handed out and find

“A car that

was a piece

of junk”

Kevin Arnold, first-year

L4SA

attending the fair in advance, said

Wright.

a job. 21 and 22. Conestoga

On March

College’s Doon campus will be hosting its on-campus job fair in the E-wing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This job fair is focused on employers who have summer, graduate or co-op opportunities available, said

Mary Wright, man-

ager of co-op and career services

have two kids at home, so maybe overdo it on clothes

Conestoga College. There will be more than 30 employers each day, she added. Students are encouraged to check online and research the companies

at

The company

can be

listings

them," she said.

important to research the

It's

companies in advance so students are aware of the positions being promoted and they need to know about the companies so they can ask appropriate questions, she said. Wright said she would suggest that students dress a little bit

more

found on the college homepage under current students then career services and on-campus job fair. “We certainly encourage stu-

businesslike and bring their resume with them so they have a copy to

dents to connect with (the career

request

and

office

services)

we

online because

check have an

available for

Times are changing

employers

the

if

it.

Career services can definitely

to

will

employer guide book

behind

leave

assist students with

resumes

in

reviewing their

advance, she added.

women

for

“I

I

for

them.”

lege

successful.

tive to the issue.

“I

Cinthya Ayala,

wouldn’t say that there

dence

first -year

of

evi-

is

ceiling

glass

a

in

said

system.”

college

Ontario’s

10 out of 24 Ontario col-

In fact,

“When

female presidents.

I

started

1987,

I

telling

you where.”

As two

Erik

O ’Neill,

first-year

radio broadi asting

tions

in

in the

the

Koch

is

one

ol

lop eight posi-

However,

college.

progress has been made over the past 10 years, as 10 of the 16 directors at the school are now female.

With

17

people

at

the

college,

including the president, who make salaries of $100,000 or more, nine

of them are

women and

eight are

men.

“My

Tibbits said the ratio

iPod.”

been dramatically

Nicole Kiera, first-year

health office

1

administration

the job.”

fessions.

sure they are sensi-

“We do

step toward

more female academia

personnel as well.

would have

slanted

to

the

An

he

article in 1

Record on Jan. 30 stated Wilfrid its

(WLU)

recently

women

in

education,” said Tibbits.

University

of

Waterloo

examined the issue with a survey they conducted in 2002, which

we’re

not

more women

but

saying

we

absolutely

have to hire a woman.” Tibbits added although the col-

the

issue

the organization." filling

the

presidential

position at the college, a search

committee, consisting of faculty, management and support staff, is formed to make the appointment.

ment. The survey also discovered

experience and education.

both government and industry are

Since it was founded in 1967. Conestoga College has never had a

attracting

more women

to

the

female president.

did in the past.” He said any organization always

“We

to

entering the workforce and

Candidates for the position typically are internal and move up the ladder from the chair level based on

ing to the top of several industries is a result of more women obtaining post-secondary educations.

ing a balanced administration.

women

concluded that women often view academia as a pressured environ-

workplace as well.

has to be aware of the issue of hav-

sensitive

When

don't see major barriers for in

change more and more

this

and there are a lot of women who can be promoted higher up within

the profession.

The

for

other institutions, is

breaking new ground for

women

reasons

including organizations Being

staying there. “Women have different expectations than in the past,

dean out of eight. unusual for a Canadian university,

WLU. among

few

a

this is

female faculty

fifth

Although

“I

Tibbits said he believes there are

universities have taken a

male side even 10 years ago. “We are certainly doing better than we

are trending to

Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!

worked their way through the system to top-tiered jobs in their pro-

make

appointed

for Conestoga,

2005, 41 per cent of faculty

not have a

ly try to

think there

women

In

policy here. First and foremost, we hire the best possible candidate for

based on

president,"

College.

someone

were women, which reflects that more women have been attending universities and colleges, and have

Laurier University

was only one John said Tibbits, president of Conestoga in

woman

“Implants, but I’m not

by

headed

currently

are

leges

hire

their gender, they certain-

Some

Koch.

polit efoundations

would never

Continued from Page 1 Koch is far from being alone when it comes to women being

The reason women

“There are a higher percentage ot women now pursuing advanced studies and getting higher levels of

academic Tibbits.

"Certainly there are

are progress-

qualifications,”

said

this college ty

to be

who have

women

at

the capabili-

president, either here or

elsewhere,” said Tibbits.

As

for

Koch, she said she hopes moving up the chain

to continue

here at Conestoga. “We would just have to get Dr. Tibbits to retire first,”

she said jokingly.


News

SPOKE, March

The

consumers could do now is panic buy in anticipation of an all out

consumers

shortage.

seen so

panic

are

buying

is

ridiculous based on what he has far.

recent rise in

gas

prices has caused annoyance, aggravation and financial hard-

serve

temporarily.

The Feb. thing

many

has

The when

unable to according

troubles began on Feb. 15 a

broke out

fire

the

at

refinery

the

The

around

turns

that

Petro-Canada’s website said is only temporary,

when

saying

Sugar,

a

third-year

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dfe

the

at

college,

Gas

gas

said

be resolved but

it

stations

the region continue to close after a

in

fire at

a

Nanticoke refinery on Feb. 15. This Petro-Canada at the corner of Ottawa and Straburg in Kitchener ran empty.

costs and supplies will have to

8

could take a

lot longer. “It

could

months,” she

said.

come down

to

though,

a couple

take

“It

of will have

some

at

otherwise,

it’s

mistake

The high dent

gas

price of

in drivers’

is

Robert

panic Theberge.

just

making a

Theberge,

spokesman told

wallets.

CBC

buying,”

said

Ivan, who would not give his last name, works at the Sunoco garage at the corner of University and

a

for Imperial Oil Ltd.,

news

if

tremendous people went out and a

started

unreasonable.” (Photo by Amy Meadows)

would be

“It

point •

fuel

Also,

ctv.ca.

made

it

the dif-

in two months, gas prices were around the 79 cents a litre mark. Now. for those stations

be over.

Bhavini

trucks

ery

will

it

to

Oil

transport

Canada from the U.S. via the Great Lakes. Before the fire, which was the second one at an Imperial refin-

out

the shortage

is

help

ficult for ships to transport fuel to

day.

but no one

partly

Imperial

left

prices

The CN Rail to blame and

recent cold snap has

18,000 barrels of fuel a

1

was

strike

fire was put out in about two hours but halted business from

‘CIIK

increased

budget.

Nanticoke, Out. refinery.

Lotto

15 fire isn't the only

causing

and short supplies.

for

— Page 3

Esso stations the most, but locally, Shell, Petro-Canada and other stations have taped up their pumps and closed their .doors

Conestoga College students living on a ship

self

2007

pumps

Panic at the Bv AMY MEADOWS

12,

Columbia streets,

the worst thing

said the idea that

“I’m annoyed people are acting like anyone who is buying gas

panic buying,” said Ivan. “They are just buying the gas they would have at any other is

time

of the

regardless

situa-

with supplies, the average price 102.9 cents a litre, a hike that leaving a hole

The shortage was

said to affect

Edyta

Sikorska.

a

first-year

nursing student, said the cost

is

very high, but explained she

is

fortunate as the college and her

employment are close to where she lives, limiting the amount of time she has to use her place of

car.

“But

if

I

it

had to drive to and from would be a very differ-

ent story.” she said.

Conestoga grad goes big at the

Beat

By VANESSA BUTLER

grammer

or an editor,

all

those dif-

ferent things.

Mike

known

Farwell.

his listeners' as

to

most of

"Big Mike,”

is

a true

who

a

1996

Condor. Farwell.

is

“The people

work with here at some of the most talented and amazing people in the industry I've ever worked with. If I

9

graduate of Conestoga's radio and

program is hit music The Beat, where he has

television broadcasting the

news

director at

station, 91 .5

He

2004.

has been

in

in the

number of small

Farwell

he's ever

He

wanted

a

to the office it’s

"There's a

to

be

he said. of paperwork, a lot

of phone calls to answer and emails to return, and in between I try to find

time to get on the air and do

the performance side of

my job."

Farwell said his inspiration for entering the business- was an old

WKRP

show.

television

Farwell said the station mainly

going on all the time, you’re constantly barraged with information and requests. People are pulling

you

a million different direc-

in

sometimes it’s hard to stop spinning around from all those tions;

different

things.

rewarding

at the

do

also

is

It

end of the day

to

this."

Farwell said there that

he doesn’t

is

like.

not a thing

“It is

a very

demanding industry. It is extremely demanding on your time and personal

you

life

let

it

and

it

can be stressful

get to you, but really

if I

Cincinnati. “I wanted to be a cool DJ," he said. “I used to listen to the

radio

er

all

the time as a kid and

I

would hear those voices coming through the box and was hooked, it fascinated me. that's it, that’s what had to do." I

I

Farwell describes the industry as fascinating

and exhilarating. "Fast-paced. There is so much

that

want

to

information.

change

I

wouldn’t

that at all."

Farwell said this industry offers so many career choices. “I tried

teaching for a while, for me.” he said.

it

just wasn't

"You can do news, you can go

sports, entertainment;

behind the scenes and be a pro-

Kitchener,

the

to

Waterloo and Cambridge areas, although Guelph, London and Brantford also pick up the signal. “We try to get a pulse for what our listeners like, and what they like to do," he said. "I think we’ve found the right balance.”

so

enjoy the end result. I enjoy the contact with listeners; I enjoy being the person that gets to deliv-

in

"You

rewarding."

is

always going

students should not

you love and and have a true it then go for it, it's so

if

broadcasts

different.” lot

you,

to do.

I

something

sai'd

passion for

the only thing

no such thing as an average day at work. “The beauty of it is there is no such thing as an average day. read and write news every day. but the stories are different and the people I talk to are different. Every day when I come said there

disappoint-

people along the way, the hours are wacky, but if it’s something that is interesting to

Despite attending the University of Waterloo and receiving a bachelor of arts degree in English, he is

tie

will run into negative

radio stations.

says broadcasting

wouldn’t

I

get discouraged or give up.

business at

left

I

are

ed.”

January

and has worked

for 12 years

The Beat

.5

never

K-W’s

been since they started

1

Farwell

said

his

experience

at

Conestoga was fantastic. “The course at Conestoga really did pre-

me

pare in

a

lot

there,

for the industry.

I

did put

of extra hours while

I

was

editing and producing and

working on projects on my own. It goes to show you that if you wanted to apply yourself

all

the tools

"The peolead you and to

are right there,” he said.

ple that are there to

mentor you along the way made

all

the difference.

“Keep your eye on

the prize,

know

going to have to work your way up, and don’t give up.” that you’re

You can air at

Mike Farwell on 91.5 The Beat, or catch him

(Photo by Samantha Saechao)

listen to

on channel 20 on Rogers television where he hosts Farwell Live.

is

students' wal-

in

lets.

Toronto,

tion.”

is

Practising paramedic Mike Romano, a first-year paramedic student, shows hackey-sack skills.

off his


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Commentary

— SPOKE, Marc h 12, 2007

Page 4

TV

Reality

absolute tripe kicking buck after a gruelling day

When

a fantasy

escape reality and dive into

off the shackles

For some, shaking

s

work, many people

like to

world.

of a long day requires a

little

dose

of Grandpa's old cough medicine.

For others, a simple solution

someone

taking a journey into

domain of

to enter the

is

television

by

else s world.

a life in an ER room, or solving a mysterious of these shows can experience wonders watchers Las Veaas crime,

Whether you're saving

beyond

their wildest

dreams.

who plunge themselves into the lives things, who hope to hit the jackpot and earn

Unfortunately, there are those

of real people doing real

minutes of fame.

five

more and more viewers means

Sadly,

which

great ratings,

fuels the craze of reality television, escalating

it

to the point

in turn

where pro-

ducers have viewers sucking from their proverbial teat. Every day of the week, major networks toss viewers one bland realafter the other to feed their ravenous addictions. bad enough these shows are getting cheesier by the minute and what polluting the airwaves with a false sense of reality, but perhaps, ity

show

It's

is

most vexing,

shows

Survivor and the Apprentice ate con-

like

renewed: each time

stantly inal

is

spinoff versions of the orig-

w ith redundant

show.

Come-on, when Survivor reached

its

pinnacle and presented the

finale?

version with raunchy jokes and racist innuendo reality TV shows aren’t the only shows lacking content and

present a

And

new

dripping with stupidity;

game shows have gone

majority of people watch

game shows

my

During

loco as well.

image outweighs content; hence, the

In today's television culture,

school

1

was

last

Take the show Deal or No Deal; there is absolutely no content in show, and yet it is one of the most popular shows on television doesn’t exactly take a brain surgeon to understand

why

it

is

so pop-

fortunate to take a

was taught

Twenty-six stunning

women

flashing 26 sparkling briefcases that

'

make

the

world a better place and

visions of

who needs content when you got babes and Benjamins? When are producers and networks going to draw the line? Some of these new shows coming out are absolutely ridiculous.

Hell,

Brace yourselves for Mark Burnett's newest production. Are You

my

a co-worker

1

remember

listening to a variety

how

to bring

which

book.

Sunday

come

to

when

the world anxiously awaits the

Skeptics have voiced their complaints regarding reality television for it

seems

the envelope

is

At the rate viewers are swallowing

only pushed further and further. this

prime-time

alien invasion.

One of my sugges-

tions included not letting feelings

results of an adult trying to outsmart a 5th grader?

years, and yet

need for a full-out

to the

tripe.

TV

will

of nationalism get in the

way

of

humanitarian assistance for those in

world. During a speech to the

only get worse. Will this reality TV nonsense ever come to an end, or have we now defined ourselves as a couch potato society incrementally consuming

more and more senseless

ture

life.

I

made

the

that differences in cul-

and language could be over-

come no

matter

how

difficult

of desperation

one should

it

insisted

provide

1

suggested every-

1

1

do not know how to sign, me to thinking, would the world did?

And to

if

some.

I

got

enough people

as absurd as

it

Travellers

immerse

countries of different

would also have a greater

connection with the citizens of those countries during their a

way

that only

people

visit in

who

share a

language can achieve.

The thousands of languages

myself it

be a better place

in

because of differing languages.

common

just learn universal

sign language. Although

is

have been more

than a couple minutes,

argument

television each year?

Viewers really need to get a

class, that couldn't

who

a solution for getting beyond any possible language barriers and out

sound

desperate need around the

often and truly

without fear of being isolated

was

I

expressed on the subject.

humanity closer together, ranged from going to' church every

has television

later

debating the exact same idea with

This mind-stimulating reality show offers adults a chance to put their wits to the test as they answer questions from a 5th grade text-

What

couple of years

arise in

ethnic and cultural backgrounds

might be for some people.

as professional writers were

of ideas about

Smarter Than a 5th Grader.

more

themselves

A

may

form of commu-

nication into the education system.

Opinion

classmates as well

this

This type of initiative could encourage future generations to travel

to

over the next few weeks both the

possibly contain SI million big-ones.

implementing

Jon Molson

but also their lives.

was on how

outweighs

any complications that

by a teacher who wanted to a positive impact not only on the

first unit

are taught French.

potential reward

The

make

The

ular.

Deal or no deal?

it.

same way we

year of high

'writing abilities of his students,

today.

stop making

will

with your hands

it

writers craft class that

for senseless entertainment.

this

It

Say

there really any need for the series to sink to an all-time low and

Was

we stop watching bad TV, the networks

If

epic spectacular of Survivor All Stars, shouldn’t this have been the

that

currently exist shouldn't be

viewed as

umph

a

to the

problem, but a

human

spirit.

tri-

They

offer each society a link to the

might

think the answer

past.

However, a second language

sign language -

would make

yes.

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Imagine a world where everyone

a brighter future, a future that,

shares a

common

tion to the

ent

in.

language

in

addi-

ones they are already

flu-

Children around the world

could be taught sign language the

for

hopefully, through increased com-

munication, will result appreciation for similarities

all

in

a greater

of humanities

and differences.

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2007

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— Page 5

Drinking against

the clock It’s a scene everyone has witnessed a thousand times, the bars

Jenn Sprach

close and everyone pours into the streets.

Some by

are so drunk they are carried

friends, others

some

es and

How

vomit

bush-

in the

Opinion

can’t walk straight.

some

did they get so drunk,

two or three hours. The answer is simple, people drink against the clock. This means they arrive at the bar once it gets going around 11 p.m. or 12 a.m. and then the power drinking begins. They go up to the bar and instead of ordering one drink, they order two at a time and finish them twice in just

fast,

dangerous

this so

20 minutes

until four

people wouldn't allowing them to feel

consuming.

They drink on a time

fast

because they are

limit.

they got there

If

at p.m. that with three hours to 1

1

have a good time.

is

Many

for alcohol to

bars and clubs don’t open 9 or 10 p.m. and most people don’t show up until 10 or II p.m.

bloodstream. By then most people are done their first and

enter

drink so

leaves them

What makes takes

of two,

the effects of the alcohol they are

as quick.

it

were open

the bars

It

instead

the

until

sometimes second drink so they're

stayed open until four two there would be less

If the bars

not feeling the effects.

instead of

When people drink too fast they tend to get violent and stupid.

power drinking. People would bar hop more,

The

them

effects hit

of a sud-

all

den and people become a\pre of their emotions and react to whatever emotion they are feeling which can lead to a dangerous situation. they feel angry they fight,

If

they feel lohely they find a

person

want

to

make

to party they

themselves on the dance

Many

are not aware of line,

I

four, ing.

all I

too did

solution

could help prevent

it

sometimes

silly,

but

this situation

at

home

away

five in the

Flying

morn-

Yet, they are less drunk then they went to the bar because

one thought through

bottom

lip

pierced

me that

good times aren’t being away by the clock’s minute

hand.

has been going

my mind

a lot in the past

I

as though

it

exciting that everyone should expeit

many people make

definitely

have told a few friends, whose opinions I value a lot, about getting a lip ring and in return, I have gotten quite a few responses. Most of

Once we reached our cruising altitude I was a little disappointed

friends,

came who

my

from

female

said lip piercings get

infected and just aren’t safe.

of them think a tattoo

When

I

told

my

is

Most

just fine.

male friends,

thought both the piercing and tattoo would be pretty awesome. they

Now

and not worry about

getting

it

infected.

It’s

a big decision because

who

it

may

have mixed emotions because I can see where they both are coming from. But at the same time, I don’t really care because it is me that it’s affecting and not

change

them, or

could be labeled. But that would not necessarily stop me. It would be who I am and in the end, it was

I

is it?

really don’t

I

ring.

lip

Maybe

know why

Maybe the

it’s

want a

I

curiosity?

new image? Maybe

I

am

or add another

interesting character to the person

am

I

Image

a

is

society. If

I

very big factor

was

to get

it

my

care about and what they have to

1

get

my

lip

pierced there’s

going to be a tiny little hole right under my bottom lip. It's not going to

look so pretty

down

some 20 years

the road. (That goes for get-

ting a tattoo too.)

What it? It's

ple of

if I

get

going

it

say. I

I

listen to

listen to

done and

1

regret

weeks before I can take

cou-

So.

is

them a

lot

more than

lip

it

out

that

had grown up at bit. all went down from there, but

It

just

made me

realize

I

luckily

I

don’t

mean

the plane.

learned that you should never

I

sit

toward the back of the plane. Inevitably you will have to take the plastic pancakes over the eggs and cheese because there will be no

no room head.

I

for

my

believe

I

would have had arms or my was actually sit-

I

legs,

or back. That has to be

good

up

for the

posture.

Once

to the landing.

and

I'd

turned

my mp3

player on

all

still I

like that.

I

a chance

I

I

had

out, or a very

dumb,

try

careless and

My

mind has been made

my

lips

way

anything to them.

too

much

up. to

I

do

been

looking forward

love rollercoasters

imagined

it

to

was never

be somewhat

told there

was

wouldn’t be able to hear for the rest of my trip. I thought the language barrier would be a problem, not a hearing barrier. As our plane started to descend the pain in

my

ears started and just got

intense the

wanted

lower

more

we dropped.

I

scream and cry but felt the child two rows ahead of me was doing enough for both of us. The airplane trip back was not any better because chewing gum, wearto

I

ing earplugs, sitting in the front of the plane

I

after

was

I

and keeping your arms and

legs out of the aisle doesn't

work

and got as comfortable as I possibly could I finally fell asleep. As

and therefore, does not make the trip any better. So when someone says

was dreaming of being on

they've never been on a plane. I'm

I

the

beach and soaking up the sun woke up to an excruciating pain

I

in

going to congratulate them and rec-

ommend

a car or a boat.

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piercing a fun, sponta-

neous and daring new look to

like

ting forward instead of straight

it

sit

through

myself, actually.

unreasonable idea to forget.

to be a very long

ride,

the

could

more than

I

going to be permanent. If

my

I

think they deserve

in

done,

I'm just insane and want to be spontaneous. But whatever the reason is and whatever choose, it’s I

friend, otherwise

out

find

I

now.

choice to get the piercing done. The only thing stopping me is the opinions of those people whom I

it’s

to experience.

once they get to you. I expected the food to taste like it had come from the hospital, so I wasn’t extremely disappointed and the cheese and crackers were great - who can go wrong with Cracker Barrel? After I was done my meal it was time to relax and take a nap on my neighbour, because that's the only way I was going to be able to fall asleep. Thankfully it was my best left

clouds I once on were nothing but mist. However, it didn’t ruin to

thought

If you’re wondering why I even want to get my lip pierced, I will tell you this. I still don’t know why. I don’t have a real reason. I just want a nice, small, thin black ring draped over the left side of my bottom lip.

something

I

realized

Finally,

eggs and cheese

I was eager to see what everyone was talking about as the plane started to lake off from the Toronto airport with Cancun as its destination. I was starting to understand all the fuss, to watch something that seemed so big on land become so small in a matter of minutes was

I

I

an oops smile.

it

out to be.

I

off

Opinion

wasn’t quite

past three years.

them

"the

looked down the had just been hit by the drink cart. I understand not apologizing for the food, but when you almost take someone’s knee

As

knee.

aisle

Summer McPhee

They made it seem was something very

shock.

in

rience. Surprisingly,

few months. The other is getting a tattoo, which is what I really want and have been thinking about the

my

took my people had asked

May when

airplane trip

first

the

ticked

until last

if

is

that

which caused

way overrated

is

You’ve never been on an airplane?

at

Piercing debate my

6,

they

as appealing as

Getting

on Conestoga College Drive on March

at their

Up

home

may sound

injured after a car accident

out everyone keeps drinking until

what they

can't believe

people drink

beverages and laughing with friends. As long as the booze doesn’t run

floor.

that last night.

The

When

Car trouble! No one was

vehicle to spin into a snowbank.

are casually sipping

random

are doing; leading to the

famous

stay until close.

if

a fool of

because they usually want to

fast

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fill

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a mobile home park

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retirement.

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New

SPOKE, March

— Page 7

2007

12,

seven wonders on the way By TARA RICKER

which are bound to fascinate everyone who sees them.

Out with the old and in with the is what millions of people

Mayan

The

ruins

of

central

new

America

around the globe are thinking when in comes to the seven wonders of

into decline long before

Many

the world.

the architecture and art from these

People are voting for what they believe to be the greatest architec-

achievements in the largest poll ever conducted, an attempt to recast ancient history by ranking the top architectural marvels as the “new” seven wonders of

tural

global

Besides the vast scale of the wonder, the new list

Mayan

and magical focus for the decentralized network of farming vil-

viewpoint from the ancient

who

still

much

pretty

The sacred symbols

laid out the original

new

the

wonders had

to

list,

be completed

before 2000 and in an “acceptable” state of preservation. The list has

been narrowed to 21 sites which are currently being voted on. The sites include the Eiffel Tower in France, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the Statue of Liberty in New York, Britain’s Stonehenge and Moscow’s Kremlin. Four of the seven original sites are on the new list - the Pyramids of Giza

in

Egypt, the Eiffel

in France, the Taj

Mahal

and the Hagia Sophia I

was

nity

in

in India

Turkey.

recently given the opportuvisit

to

Chichen

Yucatan, Mexico, which the sites in the running.

Chichen ruins,

Tower

Itza

is

ancient

home stone

Itza is

to

in

one of

Mayan

buildings

crimes of the world cultural histoOne surviving codex, housed ry.

Dresden, Germany and called,

Dresden surprisingly, the Codex, is a wonder of brilliant drawings and decoration and cryptic hieroglyphics. I climbed the main pyramid known as the “El Castillo” or the “Pyramid of Kukulkan.” There are 94 steps on each of the four faces. Three times 94 equals 364, and when you add one, the central platform you get 365. Thus the pyramid was a rep-

made

to the

same

still

not

being

Empire State

To be included on the

civi-

in

the completion of the

Building in the U.S.

Mayan

the codices,

which were ancient bark paper books. This is one of the great

Mayan weavers are much aware of symbols’

gious ceremonies that can be both very traditional as well as a fusion

Tower of Pisa in Italy, the Eiffel Tower in France, the Taj Mahal in Washington the India and Monument and the Empire State

They burned

very

in

Great the Pyramids in Egypt, the Hagia Sophia in Turkey, the Leaning

excel-

of the

copying, the

which were compiled include

lization.

depict-

meanings. Offerings are

Building,

systematically destroy

in

seven more than 2,000 years ago. The seven wonders of today, 1931 after

start

ued to have been inhabited until at least 1521 and some of the moi;e remote cities even longer. After 1521, the Spanish tried to

sites,

is

the

the ancient cities were repopulated by 1000, and contin-

were principally less commercial They were the spiritual

centres.

signaling

in techni-

artistic

Most of

cities

ceremonial

and

Post-Classic era, or period decline.

world.

ed on the walls and carved into stone can still be seen in the weavFar from engaging in rote ing.

in

lence,

modern Mayan

place.

wired voters

the

that

in the

may

today’s global village have a differ-

Greeks,

on

expertise

cal

in

poll,

itself a

ent

sites live

have been a sudden loss

fell

Columbus.

of the traditions reflected

lages that

the world.

reveal

are from cities that

seems to be the favourite. Whatever it was, the cities were abandoned and there appears to

deities in reli-

of Catholic theology. The Maya developed an elaborate

and sophisticated system of timekeeping that is still very much in

The ancient Maya

place today.

used 17 different calendars based on the cosmos. These calendars were, and still are, calculated by the traditional

Mayan

priests.

The

the sunlight creates a

ebrations and ceremonies.

tern

The stone cities may be abandoned, but they had been aban-

like

Mayan

history

first

mid,

is

being,

settlements

generally

came

near the

I I

terraces,

diamond patwhich looks

for these snake heads.

got to the top of the pyrahad a great view of the

and understood why it has been nominated to be one of

new wonders. Standing on a pyramid which took 19 years to build made me think of the intelligence and determination of the Mayans. I

Chichen

believe the ancient city is finally receiving the credit it deserves.

the centre of

the

into

coast.

During the Classic Period, from 250 AD to 900 AD, the Mayan

moved

in

entire site

BC to 250 AD, and is when the Mayan

on the a body

When

typically divided into three periods, the Pre-Classic period lasted from

300

calendar.

stone at the foot of the stairway. During the spring or fall equinox,

cal-

endars are used to time the planting of crops and to schedule sacred cel-

doned before.

Mayan

resentation of the

There are serpent heads carved

inland, into the rain forest,

and their art, architecture, religion and science went from one achievement to the next. A major and mysterious disruption occurred about 900. Experts have speculat-

The new seven wonders of

the

world will be announced during the official declaration in

by

mouth and

Tara Ricker)

the ancient city

whose name means

“in

the

at the Itzae’s Well,”

military

was

political, religious

power

in

Yucatan,

Mexico.

ceremony

ROGERS

Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday

July 7, 2007. You can vote at

ed many reasons for the disruption, from climate change to ranging epidemic, but pleasant revolution

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News

— SPOKE, March 12, 2007

By

CARA LICHTY

your

life on hold. If you have a passion and want to bring something

Once upon a time there were four young men who dreamed of designing their

own

line

of clothing

dream is now becoming a The aspiring line, named

that

reality.

Storytime Clothing, is strongly based on just that, stories.

The company consists of co-owners Mike Reinhart and Nigel Edwards and designers Darryl Graham and Taylor Jones, all of

who

are in their late teens or early

20s.

They wanted everyone

that

to

make designs

could

relate

to

regardless of age or gender.

With inspiration from stories like Little Red Riding Hood, the princess Repunzel and Little Miss Muffet. Storytime Clothing to spark a feeling

those

is

sure

of nostalgia

who wear one

of

in

these

designs on their back.

These guys are proving that startyour own company doesn’t mean you have to put the rest of ing

Oasis Joe’s Barbershop By PEGGY O’NEILL

it,”

Around every corner you can find

hair salon

a

women But

caters

that

to

and usually men.

it’s

not often that you run

into a barbershop designed specifically for men.

he said.

rockin’ music.

Bischof worked at a smaller barbershop with his brother in Breslau for about 10 years before he realized he wanted to be in a

"There are tons of salons around the cities, but nothing really just for guys,” he said.

bigger shop,

has been a goal of Bischof's for

in

a

more

area.

He

owner of Oasis, on Feb. 10,

shop jobs, but never enjoyed it as much. “I had a good construction job,

alter a six-month renovation peri-

but the social aspect just isn't there

od.

and

Joe

Bischof,

his business

He became dressing both his

familiar with

“I

young age because mother and father worked at a

couldn't stand doing hair at but then 1 got laid off from

one job and just kind of

fell

that's

being

_as hair dressers.

first,

also

He

in a city

TV

plasma

still

not done

that will play

mostly

"I’m trying to create a home he said. “This isn’t a

1

in the

mixing business with love what you do, balancing your flare with the rest of your life becomes no problem at all. to life

are

branch out

printing the shirts.

sizes for strictly

enough

to try

and put

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And

capable they are. with their batch ol shirts becoming available soon.

& March 22, 2007 Job •

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a man’s paradise to hire another employee and start doing shaves with hot towels. "I’ve had all different ages of customers coming in already, any-

where from 3 up Bischof

to

seniors,”

said.

men

at

Oasis

start at

$15 for kids and seniors. $18 for students, $21 for a regular cut and style and $26 for a specialty cut, which would be for someone who has longer

hair.

Bischof said he doesn’t feel like he has hit a career plateau at all

He

still

has

many

other plans

to reach.

“1 would still like to train new employees on how to use clippers and maybe down the road be able

to serve a

couple of alcoholic beverages to clients,”, he said.

(Photo by Peggy O'Neill)

Joe Bischof recently opened Oasis Joe’s Barbershop.

voters

all

to the polls By ROSS

ALDWORTH

phone

survey

determine

to

lifestyle characteristics of voters in

the

election, the City

of Kitchener has decided to take

2010

.

he city to

has commissioned a reasons why

identify

Kitchener voters do and do not in municipal elections and to

and non-voters. The information will then be analyzed and submitted to a committee of two councillors. the city clerk, director

review the findings and make suggestions

evaluate the City of Kitchener’s current municipal voting process

turnout tor the 2010 election.

from local voter's perspective. Municipalities across Waterloo Region experienced low turnout rates in 2006. with Kitchener’s 26 Wilmot's low of 24 per cent and Wellesley’s high of 31 per cent. The $30,000 survey will he carried out by the demographic com-

pany Environics. Approximately 600 citizens will be randomly selected for a tele-

of

communications, three non-elected candidates from the 2006 election and three citizens who will

vote

per cent turnout sitting between

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clothing or you can e-mail them at

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be

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their youth.

survey

@ 10:[iiimuti m E WING

for

Edwards said he and the other members love reminiscing about

action to try to raise turnout in

E WING

women.

Storytime Clothing should motivation

first

and goals

m

to

tops,

it’s

2006 municipal

10: flTItan inTn

tank

that much more moti- -entrepreneurial calling. A little show people what we are imagination, some spare time and a capable of,” he said. big passion can go a long way and

involved

yet.

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polos,

vating to

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sense to involve the people you care about loo. With friends

After a record low turnout

Graduate,

will

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out there

it

company

sweatshirts and eventually separate

only makes

it

the

However, they are looking

care about something

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by making T-shirts that will come in youth sizes, medium to

Conestoga

Calling

EMPLOYERS WANT YOU! MEET WITH BUSINESSES

As of

helping friends, from the people who make the designs to the people

“When you

I

start

large.

rush-rush kind of place. I want to bring the social, active part back into barbershops.”

Business has been picking up a quicker than Bischof expected and within a year or two he wants

a

is

kids at heart and

College marketing student, said he wants his company to be friends

feeling,"

lot

who

Reinhart,

all

said. "This is something for everyone, who didn’t love being a kid?”

When you

pleasure.

Prices for

said that he’s

sports highlights or be used with the Playstation 2.

along with sports magazines and

into

shop

with fixing up the shop. Over the next year he plans on putting in a

something enjoy about shop,” Bischof said. Oasis barbershop combines a comfortable and inviting atmosphere with a touch of nostalgia. Vintage model cars are displayed throughout the room,

hair

a larger

five years.

a

opened

Owning

central

worked construction for two years in between his barber-

One is Oasis Joe's Barbershop, new hair salon in Waterloo.

is

you

“We’re

think that’s really important,” he

city

on

will

members

advertise

turnout

in

to

for

improve

The

citizen

mid-March.

in

“We had do better

how

a disappointing voter

2006, and in

we want Ward

*2010," said

to

2

Councillor Berry Vrbanovic. Vrbanovic went on to say that the survey will offer insight into dents' perspectives,

which

resi-

will lead

changes in the process. he results of the survey are expected to be submitted to committee by May I, 2007. to

I


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SPOKE, March

2007

12,

— Page 9

Thalassemia fundraiser an evening of emotions Bv

ANGELO MAZZIOTTI

handed the evening over

Anita Aimola stepped to the microphone and. fighting back tears,

friend

reminisced about her dear who passed away last

month. Aimola.

who

is

president of the

Guelph chapter of the Thalassemia Foundation of Canada, was overcome with emotion when talking about Corrado Falcitelli, the former

who

president of the foundation, lost his fight

with the disease

last

month.

Aimola focused on with

times

the

Falcitelli

in

good her

to

mas-

am

of ceremonies,

off festivities

dinner/dance

thalassemia fundraiser.

The gala raises money and awareness of the Thalassemia Foundation of Canada. Also known as Mediterranean anemia, thalassemia

form of anemia

in

is

an inherited

which affected

individuals are unable to

make

nor-

mal hemoglobin. The only treatment to combat the anemia is regular transfusions of red blood cells. It

is

estimated that more than two

people

North

across

address, speaking of his love for

million

She spoke of and sense of humour. She said that even when he was sick, he always tried to focus on the good things in life, and always maintained the highest

America carry

optimism.

30s. Aimola remains hopeful that a cure will one day be found.

everyone

in his life.

his kind, gentle nature

Aimola closed her speech with a quote from

“We w'ing.

are

all

angels

and we need

to

with one

embrace each

other in order to take flight."

Switching gears. Aimola then

I

work

know that one is paying off, and day we will find a cure.” The opening addresses were followed by a five-course meal complete with everything from ravioli to chicken breast smothered in a creamy gorgonzola cheese sauce,

the genetic trait for

which received rave reviews. Countless door and raffle prizes were handed out during the evening; something that Aimola

was a

said

real

testament to the

sponsors.

“This year we have a 30-inch plasma screen television' to give away,” said Aimola. "Every year w'e receive countless donations and

from sponsors.

We

prizes

was diagnosed Aimola with the disorder at a young age, and was not expected to live past

hold this evening without them.

herself

the tender age of 10.

raised

date, the

Now

in

her

Guelph chapter has

over $100,000 towards

"My

a

You

can't really put a price

at

a thalassemia fundraiser.

it

means

on how

to this foundation."

S'V

bs 1

The evening was then turned over Sound Samsation Entertainment

who

' .

:

1

1

I

.

m iliiliiii

provided entertainment for the

event.

The music was blaring until when the few guests who

2 a.m.,

were bled

all

all

to

heartfelt

thanks goes out to

times were had by

'

much

of our volunteers and evervone in attendance

cure," said Aimola.

Good

could not

thalassemia.

To

Falcitelli.

annual fundraiser.

living proof that our hard 1

13th annual

at the

at the

tonight

Mark Moretti. who added humour and kicked

ter

left

out

Banquet

on the dance floor stumof the Guelph Place

Hall.

Adam shows

Amoila, off

who was diagnosed

with thalassemia at birth,

a few dance moves.

Coriastoga March Meetings served at the 13th annual Thalassemia Foundation dinner/dance fundraiser proceeds went to the Thalassemia Foundation of Canada. Dinner

in

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— SPOKE, March 12, 2007

Week of March

Sports

A

2007

12,

Aries March

September 23 October 22

April 19

"I am" are often words that come from your mouth. You are many things and don't mind letling others know what. Keep in

mind

you are more than just verbs and don't let what you are overpower who you are. that

You often

find yourself in the

middle of situations as "1 balance" is one of your stronger attributes.

You're

able to keep check and don’t let things get out of control. Don't let others abuse your abilities.

people

in

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20

Your sentences begin with "1 have" as you enjoy telling others what. Possessive by nature, you until

yours.

it's

settle

Remember, what

you have in materials doesn't define what you have within you.

and went Feb. 27, and many fans are excited and bewildered by the actions of many teams.

The San Jose Sharks made

October 23

-

and it you have enough, what you desire will be yours. acteristic

-

as

You

think" enters conversations. rarely fly by the seat of

your

pants as knowledge often gives

you

upper hand. There

the

is

nothing wrong with thinking but for once, don't think just do.

see," not just physically but

"I

quiet

many

the

at

sur-

Canadian team saw the Edmonton

team.”

fan

favourite

Ryan

Smyth to the New York Islanders. Thousands of Oiler fans in the oil capital of Canada are fuming over the trade and want a reason from Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe.

Lowe has said he was afraid Smyth would walk away from Edmonton as a free agent this summer. so when contract negotiations between Lowe and Smyth’s agent Don Meehan fell through, he the

Smyth,

trigger.

faithful

who

is

Gary Roberts from

fans in the nation’s

Oilers

ship

club couldn’t get forward

deadline,

GM

the biggest trade involving a

Edmonton always on the go

The Ottawa Senators were

capital confused. Senators John Muckier has said; “The market was just too high for our

And

21

or disastrous, depending

were dissapointed the

would’ve walked away.

leaving

terrific,

pulled is

Perrault. But Leafs fans capital,

be

November 22 December 2

"1

play.

But

don’t

the

believe

from the Alberta

below the surface. You tend to see what most don't and give others an

The Toronto Maple Leafs continued a trend, bringing back centre Yanic Perrault. But Leafs fans were disappointed the

forward

dub

Gary

couldn't get

Roberts

from Florida. He eventually wound up in Pittsburgh.

The Montreal Canadiens also did make a splash, much to the

not

anger of their fans, who thought the team needed a proven goal tender.

The Vancouver Canucks made two minor deals, but overall did not a huge impact at the deadline, and the Calgary Flames made

make

move

their

a few

weeks

getting

in

"My

Conroy

pick are the Predators, they

have Forsberg," said Cambridge

Hawkshaw. a 20-yearemployee at Sam’s Club. Marty Steuhler, a 20-year-old student from Cambridge as well, native Jeff

old

thinks

it’s

the Buffalo Sabres.

“The Sabres man, they have so much depth," was his reasoning. Luis De Costa, a 20-year-old Kitchener student, thinks it will be the Sharks, but is still pulling for

his

New

beloved

York

Rangers.

"The Sharks

prior to the

Craig

from Los Angeles.

sometimes people don't see because they just can't lopk.

He wound up

Florida.

eventually

Pittsburgh.

deadline,

honest opinion about themselves or their situation. Try not to be too

winning the

bringing back centre Yanic

Louis Blues, bolstering an already

power

residents think

at

continued a trend,

biggest splash at the deadline, landing winger Bill Guerin from the St.

potent

K-W

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the

on Bertuzzi’s health.

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trade deadline

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Whether it’s your dream job or dream date, "1 desire" is on your mind. You don't just want; you long for and are always trying to obtain. Desire

The

MCNANNEY

The Detroit Red Wings traded for Todd Bertuzzi, a deal which could

November

want everything and don't

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deals

flurry of

firepower, but in

my

just I

have too much

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believe

boys.” he said.

harsh,

The

Red Wings

traded for Todd Bertuzzi, a deal which could be

Capricorn December 22

Detroit

or disastrous,

terrific,

-

depending on Bertuzzi’s

January 19

health. These words since

"1

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isn't

them or you. It takes a strong person to own up to how they feel.

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use" others or yourself to get

what you want? While working hard and accepting help is fine,

Also looking

crawling over others' backs won’t get you anywhere. You can't use people like disposable cups, you don't deserve anything

if

at the

western con-

ference, the analysts at

TSN

were

puzzled by the lack of action by the Anaheim Ducks. With the Sharks getting Guerin, the

you do.

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is a positive, always being 100 per cent prepared will even-

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wear you

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from you. While knowing is good, you can't know everything and there's nothing heard

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SPOKE, March

2007

12,

— Page 11

Canadian author releases fourth book Coles, says she loves

Bv SARAH JAYNES

comes "He

David Wickes, who was once a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air

one

fifth

in the

able.”

Wickes says

works.

down

it’s

the practical thing to do, I

really

me and

with

talk

to

me

^

believable

into

ones,

fascinating.”

Wickes’

just

months

wanted to fly airplanes." At 19 Wickes decided to drop out of university and join the air force

novel look him 14

first

produce,

to

while

the

other three have taken him eight

months each. currently finishing his is novel and has an outline for a

He

fighter plane for

where he flew a

team of cops and Minnesota that sit

a in

characters

university.

decided

the

each

about what they are doing,” he says. "They are wonderful people that really help me develop my

Wickes was born and raised in Montreal where he lived with his parents until he decided to go to

1

have

“I

detectives

says.

was

is

novel.

hard enough to write, but to be able to sit down and write a novel is quite a challenge," he

"It

favourite part

his

about the whole experience research that goes into

"It is

but than

when Wickes

his signings.

such a nice guy. always always very approach-

is

friendly,

Force and than a distributor of beauty supplies, never imagined that he would be the proud author of four novels with a

do

to

fifth

eight years.

few years. always wonder how many have in me,” he says. novels

sixth to release in a

enjoyed my time in the air force but decided I needed to grow up and find a career." he “I really

"I

1

“After

says.

1

my

finished

fourth novel

had another novel found the fifth in me, but than one and now the sixth one." So far, Wickes has sold 8,000 I

Wickes spent 37 years import-

didn’t think

1

I

ing and distributing beauty products

in

Montreal, and while he

was working he decided that he would go back to university and obtain a degree.

His family relocated to Toronto

where he completed a BA in economics at the University of

Canadian author, David Wickes, stands outside of Coles bookstore at the Conestoga Mall on beginMarch 3. Wickes signed copies of his fourth crime-fiction novel, Killing Mind, released at the characters he writes are ning of the month. All of Wickes’ books are crime-fiction and he said the composites of people he has met in his life. write a novel himself.

Toronto.

"My wife was was working a full-time job. was a full-time student and raising my travelling a

lot,

1

daughter as a single parent while my wife was away," says Wickes. While in university he picked up his first novel and decided he

would take the time to read. had never read a novel “I before.” says Wickes.

“One day

1

decided to wind down and read a novel and from then on I was hooked on reading and could hardly put a book down once 1 started.”

After Wickes’

love

of reading

took hold of his life, he decided that he was going to retire early and

“I

was a

ters,”

my books

an ego and

it

"You need

to

have

takes a certain confi-

dence to be able to approach and meet new people." Jenifer Hayes, an employee at

are

more

his

hopes for the future.

exciting and suspenseful

novels and possibly a movie. producer a have “I

"I

published with

my

distributor

and fourth have been on my own,” he says, adding the biggest risk in self-publishing is putting up all your own money, but if you love writing and have confidence it is

characters, a

interest,

but

worth the

and to travel to their do book signings. do about 100 book signings a

their stores

composites.

from you and him and from her and mould you

stores to “I

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of

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risk.

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6

Steps to shopping

hr.

& restaur.

Narnia soundtrack a journey to the ears By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE

Avowed admirers and of

vagrants

the

reaches

undisturbed

curious

farthest, _

of

most the

unknown can jointly embark on little Lucy Pevensie’s quest - beyond the elusive wardrobe - into the vast The

track.

The

tracks, lacking diversity in

Blitz,

providing a lively prelude to the composition. The scores distinctly mirror the chronology of the

ing.

The compilation triumphantly

motion picture accompanying Walt

original

Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the

flourishing with jubilant brass, fer-

vent choral

Evacuating London, paints a scenic mental visual of a locomotive, trailed by a score.

current of billowing steam, acceler-

Wardrobe (2005) lends a bureau of melodic wonders to the ear's rap-

ating through the serene English countryside as depicted in the

ture, transporting the listener to the

movie. Soaring female vocals are supported by a mild electronic beat

very land bearing Aslan’s

camp

and the beavers’ dam to the Stone Table and battlegrounds illustrated in

the

intrepid

excursion of the

Pevencie children.

Contemporary British film score composer Harry Gregson- Williams (Kingdom of Heaven. Metal Gear saga) meticulously employs timeless elements of orchestration, including recurring themes and prominent instrumental solos, with strategic use of percussion with a

modern

flair.

Such an amalgam

ensures a palatable soundtrack for listeners

of

all

ages.

which emerge from majestic solo piano and sinuous clarinet. The next few tracks feature emiflute piano and dainty nent melodies, evocative of the protagonist's playful

innocence and tem-

vocals and

orchestration.

The

vigorous

Battle,

my

and apex of the album's thematic sequence, exudes Gregson-Williams' creative use of tribal-inspired percussion and male

favourite

track

choir grandeur.

The culminating

track.

Only

the

Beginning of the Adventure, is genuine to its title, resplendently capturing an air of rejoice through use of exquisite

wooden

flute

and

xylophone. Harry Gregson-Williams’ musically-artistic

petency to inspire listeners of

tuated with spurts of female vocals, escalates in volume and tension,

through Narnia.

all

ages to engage vicariously in Lucy journey mystical Pevensie’s

And

for those indi-

creating a suspended yet profound

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