Helps international doctors re-enter medical field.
Tracy Biggar enjoys royal
Off to the races Conestoga’s varsity teams
Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.
— No. 17
Lawsuit against Ontario colleges
moving forward By CHRISTOPHER MILLS The
between Ontario col-
leges. Elliott said that figure
from careful estimates as to how much colleges have taken from
leges and their students over the
students in allegedly illegal fees
during the period of the tuition
scheduled to be brought before Judge Joan Lax of the Canadian Superior Court on Oct. 5. In order to continue, it must be certified as a class action suit. Prosecuting lawyer Doug Elliott said once the case is certiis
can take up to a year to go to trial. He hopes to have it comfied,
pleted sooner. filed
on the colleges, so it’s just a when we can get the responding materials back from the colleges” he said. "We're aiming for the spring. We’re hopals
ing we can get a decision before another school year rolls around.” suit
“It’s purely an estimate based on information that we have available, based on the types of fees charged to college students across
Ontario college students
(Andy) Hassum and Dan Roffey on June 6. The two students claim the colleges were charging stu-
or core academic operations covis banned. Immediately after the lawsuit was filed. Training, College and Chris Minister Universities Bentley ordered all 24 Ontario colleges to stop charging such
ered by tuition
were answered by his assistant, who said Bentley would not comment because he was too focused on his election campaign. Hassum, currently taking a year off from the advertising program at Conestoga College,, said she noticed in her second year that she was paying more than she had
person, but for
She said she was ed to see
colleges across Ontario.
“I’m prepared to do whatever I have to. to put a stop to it,” she said. “It’s like if they’re going to mess with single mothers who are working like five jobs; these are the people you feel bad for, and that’s why I have had such sup-
million in restitution from the col-
part of the
continued to eat and talk and just
because they have a large child-
have fun. “We’re
care centre in the community.
Members of the program advisory
I’m not going
much of the gain,” Hassum said. “If we do win, I’m not get-
main co-ordinator of the event
good because you get
second years,” said
Kristie Johnston, a first-year
well as the chair of child develop-
ment and education studies. The students were served ham-
class,” said Janine Furtado, a first-
$200 million. This is That’s I want to stop it. really came down to is that
burgers and hotdogs
has to stop.” the government and those rules exist
for a purpose.
rules are there to protect
students from being charged
“This was to welcome the students and to celebrate the recipients of the awards,” said Vukelich.
said. tuition,” he for "They're trying to get around that
Elliott said a
By FRANCA MAIO September
Education regarding the legality of such fees, and it went directly
buy, parking spots to
vie for and
to the college presidents.
“Any suggestion is
to get out of
Vukelich and a desire for education. There were to
Among those invited students, faculty, staff the
were ECE and some
committee were also
“I think it’s fabulous,”
good introduction and helps make them feel comfortsaid.
At the halfway point the dents were
than hamburgers and good friends
through the playground gates to join in the festivities.
“We’d like to give the children a big thanks for letting us use their playground,” said Vukelich.
This year no Tylenol was needed
on time. Matresky, manager of financial aid and the student
leaves students with very
awards office, said everything has gone smoothly.
So what kind of message would
strong one, according to Elliott.
Continued on Page 2
financial aid office started
hand out loans Aug 27. Matresky said the approximate number of students at Conestoga College is 6,800 full-time students
more and more
dents getting at least
of the federal
make more very
Scheeringa said. She said she pays for school with a student loan and has a part-
job which pays for the monthly interest on the loan. She does not get financial help from time
•Matresky said the government has increased the amount a parent
can make before they are disquali-
from receiving OSAP.
said possibly five or six years
would have been
financial aid manager
quite substantially, so
more students getting at least some of the federal money,” he said. "The province,
unfortunately, didn't follow suit.”
because than the
the limit to close to $100,000.
"The big word
access," he said
adding, "The government
matter that he couldn’t discuss.
more students can receive
“The federal government
and have handing in
comment on a legal
nursing student, said she did not experience any problems with
them.” Tibbits declined to
paperwork. “It has been very steady the past two and a half weeks,” Matresky
choice but to proceed with the class action,” he said. “He’s not going to stop charging (fees) little
and the government
However, the biggest caused by late
bills to pay.
The federal and provincial government have increased their fund-
as the loans arrived
that can’t be believed.”
and out of those, about 35-40 per
college students, with textbooks to
No major problems
by charging for things that are supposed to be covered by tuition by backdoor fees.”
Hosting the barbecue took more
permitted by the govern-
victory in this case send?
Hassum had sim-
both Elliott and
paying these (extra fees).”'
hood education barbecue. Sept. 12. Through the rain the students
not be registered with the college.
some games. help make
WVien asked if the lawsuit was purely about financial restitution,
were donated by members of the community, the Preston Rotary Club and the YWCA, to acknowledge the second-year students’ achievements in their field.
ized ‘hey. I'm not the only one
she said. “I’m not a very political
rain did not stop the eighth annual early child-
added that Conestoga President John Tibbits has been adamant that he will not stop charging such fees, and any student who doesn’t pay them will
in first year.
students bonding together
mean each student would be reimbursed for any illegal fees they
150,000 full-timers as well as
cumvent a tuition freeze in province. Under the policy of
move forward on behalf of all Ontario college students - rough-
provincial government, collecting
ered by the lawsuit,” he said.
dents illegal ancillary fees to cirthe
(Photo by Jennifer Marko)
Renshaw, clockwise from top left, Laura Carson, Desiree Walker, Nicole Haisman, Kristie Johnston and Janine Furtado enjoy an afternoon of food, friends and fun at the eighth annual ECE barbecue on Sept. 12.
number of college and amount of time cov-
year general arts student, said even with the increased funding.
post-secondary school. “The province of Ontario has introduced some grants, and the government as well has
opportunity to everyone
not otherwise go to school."
— SPOKE, September 24, 2007
questions answered by
If you could be any
leges should not be allowed to cheat
and the government sit idly by
should not be allowed to
"Secondly, the message
don’t do the right thing and
would you be and why?
their college bill
they don't respect students’ rights, students are prepared to fight to protect their
away with charging
he said. “If
illegal ancillary fees.”
get a chance to ask. whether
the premier or Mr. Bentley or one of
the other candidates,
aiding our education are illegal because they are supposed to be in
are standing for office in
Cambridge area what they’re going to do about the problem of
You never go saying ‘what
election to ask candi-
know how expensive
you should ask
they plan to do anything
being charged by colleges. And it their answer is no, then you should-
with our tuition.”
while colleges cheat students.” he students are prepared to stand up for
don’t usually take the time to break
fire in the
fees for so long because students
Continued from Page 1 would send a message that
restitution for fees
wants to challenge students
to hold political candidates to the
vote for them."
able to get
be really cool to see what it’s like to be ” turned into jam
Television lab nearing completion
Bv CHRISTOPHER MILLS
The new radio and
“A banana, because
being taken care
Conestoga College is finally getting up and running. Three weeks into the school year, at
of, but the
Steve Pan co-ordinator for broad-
effect on the program, as 70 to 80 per cent of the work is pre-pro-
Chancellor Boxes, third-year
“Planning, script writing, organizing as groups; nothing has changed,” he said. "We’re on the same track in
terms of delivery of the curriculum
pack a punch.” Ziw//
Derro, chair of liberal stud-
the condition of our
expected things to be
done by the time we got back, con-
“I’m excited that we have (the equipment); I’m viewing the glass as half full,” he said. "If I had the choice between waiting a couple
sidering we’re paying lab fees," she
weeks and not having the lab. wait two weeks. We have great
dents and this
to be great for
miss three sched-
semester wasted that
area is hampered or missmore than any other,” he said. Annelise Thompson, a third-year journalism print and broadcast student, was not as enthusiastic. ing
"All of the broadcast students I’ve
as last year.”
better learning experience."
journalism co-ordinator Paul
talked to were extremely disappoint-
Derro said the construction should have no bearing on the final outcome of the semester. But he was quick to
compliment the students.
wouldn’t be getting these our students weren’t work-
ing extremely hard,” he said. “These
things are a direct reflection of the quality of students
two-week delay in getting facility was initially
"Students are working on theoretiaspects for the interim period until the labs are commissioned,” he
genera! arts and sciences
With regards to any further delays, Derro said the college recognizes that there might be some short-term pains to obtain long-term gains.
"This is a huge step for the college and the programs (involved),” he said. “It really moves us up to state-
can be really juicy or sweet or tart.”
ty to get all the
a fantastic opportuni-
one place. “As a result, the students
general arts and sciences,
(Photo by Christopher Mitts)
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Facebook takes over students’ spare time By JACKIE
Facebook is a new trend that is monopolizing many people’s spare network that took the Internet by storm has more than 24 million current users around the
by building things
people use their real con-
30 days. users we count on here,”
one of her friends was in a bar when a strange person approached her and gave her a hug.
(Facebook) an inva-
lege has one for
Students can also use this group
in the office
accounting student, said he likes
how you can
limit people that
add or what they
students to join.
Conestoga Students Inc. uses theirs to keep in contact with the students and list upcoming events.
a privacy option users
Facebook account. Shadoe O’Dell,
broadcast journalism student, said
active users in the last
effectively,” said Zuckerberg.
“I just find
Center that the number
sion of privacy,” said Gilmour.
nections to share information more
Facebook developers, was shown in a video on the site telling 800 students at the San Francisco Design
Mark Zuckerberg, one of
her from Facebook.
With that many people around the world on Facebook and how open the developer wants it to be, how do they ensure people are safe? Carrie Gilmour, a first-year
world, according to the developers.
adding they are pushing to make the world a more open place.
“We do social
person they said no but recognized
0 per cent of the Canadian popucurrently uses Facebook,
most of the
for convenience. “If
Facebook also has an application that you can use to start a group. Students have started a group for people in their programs to join
while Student Services
in the col-
For some, Facebook kill
time and for others
laughed and said they doubted
his friends continued to laugh.
Zuckerberg said everyone has and connections, and through the connections you can come to understand your friends, acquaintances
O'Dell said he finds Facebook has no value and could drop it at any time and not miss having it, although friends around him “It kills time,” said
O’Dell said he is not part of any group but might add the CSI group
way of communicating,
their best is
contact with people
they haven’t seen or talked to
“We (the developers) have always thought Facebook was a tool that everyone he
world could use,"
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Samantha Murray, manager and student adviser
office, said students
receive their foundation in English
because the Conestoga Language Institute has a fantastic reputation. “If an English language student requires English upgrading or is here to learn English, they'll go
she said. “There are also support services in place. Students can take
advantage of many of the support services here on campus offered through Student Services’ Learning as well.”
a first-year English as second language student from Shenzhen, China, heard about Conestoga through his cousin who a
be the best college
He came thought
to Canada because he would be easier to learn
other colleges or uni-
he would like to
back to Conestoga for a mechanical program. Di
from Suzhou. China, came to Conestoga to improve his English skills.
easier to study here,"
chose Conestoga." He said he likes Canada, but wishes there were more events for
mates have made his experience at Conestoga more enjoyable. Conestoga was Wei's first college of choice because he didn't know
Latin Arabia, Saudi America. Europe and Russia. Hai Hua Cao, a first-year ESL student from Guangzhou, China, heard about Conestoga through his
Wei said he loves Canada because of the friendly people and said his teachers and class-
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"Sometimes we get very bored
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Murray said there are about two weekend activities offered a month aimed at international students. The last event was a trip to Canada’s Wonderland on Sept. 22.
tuition average college student pays somewhere around $3,000 in of textbooks and worth $500 to $300 that to Add year. school for a paiking. Then you school supplies plus $189 to $365 for a bus pass or
need to factor
housing and food. All working full-time can be
to start focusing
on reducing post-second-
normal living expenses
these costs for a student
that financial burden. ary education fees in order to help students lift post-secondary attending What's more, with the number of students
education increasing, quality of learning
do something about
dive, and our political leaders need to
of Students — Jen Hassum, chairperson of the Canadian Federation
Newswire Ontario, said in a Sept. 6 press release by the Canadian and unicollege (CNW) Group, "The Ontario Liberal platform fails versity students.” to the press release, last year the
cancelled the tuition fee freeze es that for
has also allowed
McGuinty government with tuition fee increas-
He students are as high as 36 per cent over four yeais. of dollars of community colleges to charge hundreds which some believe
ancillary fees to students, In a Sept. 15 article in
to be illegal.
The Record McGuinty says he won’t
an upfront tax tuition but will instead give post-secondary students credit at the start of the school year. to a Sept. 5 article in
would restore tuition fees to 2003 levels, saving the average undeiUniversities graduate university student about $460 a year. College and Minister Chris Bentley said the
costs hundreds of millions of dollars
plan was unrealistic and would
in its first year,
and even more
press release reports that on Aug. 29, the revised and released the salaries of Ontaiio uni-
versity presidents in the
presidents was over the average annual salary of the top 10 university
to the article,
care about sky-
don t rocketing tuition fees and massive student debt because they Ontario famishare the same financial reality as the vast majority of
seems as though everyone has
a daily to-do
This year 3.650 first-year students began classes College. This
600 more than
as long as their
arm Between checking messages,
or 2010. enrolment at Ontario universities
by an additional 46,000 students, according to a Sept. 6
the past 17 years, the student-faculty ratio
has gone from 17-1 to 26-1, resulting in Ontario falling further behind the U.S. and other jurisdictions regarding student engagement with their professors
need to look
political parties really
Conestoga Students students
breakdown of college
At Conestoga College, students can opt-out ot the
Inc. health plan, saving
never use the recreational
a recreation/athletics fee for
choices for the students
in ancillary fees.
should be able to
use? Parking permits can cost up to $365 for a school year. That’s a
We’ll get together soon or call
you next week
things are for certain, the political parties need to focus on solv-
ing the financial hardships of students and students must make
ting chatting to friends ly
experiences with the people
have a barbecue or
lems related to the stress of our
a precious and delicate
moment. So make
too long to-do
time with the ones you love.
You never know,
not be there tomorrow. Life isn't complicated,
health problems for you.
thing and can be taken
matter what your career
these are the
things that will lead you to live a
you care about.
work, work to
you’re not enjoying
There are so
long and happy
through Messenger or
enjoy yourself for once.
the dog for a walk or have a bub-
These things may seem
body and mind. So take a break, you deserve
haven't had time to pick up, take
spending time with friends, family
Try reading the book you
we begin putting off the that make life worth living,
are not taking
momentarily reduce the
equally important, everyone
needs time to rejuvenate them-
or chat with fellow co-workers to
Call up friends or family and
voice heard on Election Day, Oct. 10.
breaks to get up and
Spending quiet time by yourself
to getting colds
or flus that are going around.
amount of money.
immune system making you
for themselves, family or friends.
pay $117 for
more of these fees be decide what they want
Eating unhealthy also weakens ihe
chores and going to work and
and quality of learning.
school there seems to be no time
today because people
often eat unhealthy food on the
mails, running errands, doing
Today’s world has become so fast people’s true priorities have
have a different flavour, You pick your favourite
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Conestoga College students have pay a little more this year for a four-month bus pass. to
Over 280 employers will woo prospective employees at the annu-
would be $2.50 per admission and
only gives the rider a 90-minute transfer before they have to pay
“College students should have to pay less for a bus pass than high
Randall, a first-year electrical engi-
The Grand River Transit pass $189 whereas last year the price was $185 said Linda Smith, a
arts and health option student at Conestoga College, said the col-
neering student at Conestoga. "We have to pay a lot to go to school; we should not have to pay a lot just
the largest fair of
“Bus passes increased this year because the population in the
adding it is a whole lot cheaper then driving and, is more economically friendly. High school students don’t get it any cheaper. They pay an initial $5 for photo ID and $48 a month for a bus pass, said Smith, which works out to be about the same as college students pay for two four-month
event, which will be held at Park on Sept. 26, will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is
kind with an
estimated 5,000 alumni and current students attending.
and the price of everything
has gone up," said Smith. “In turn the price for bus passes
fares had to increase.”
website states a college
bus pass gives the user unlimited
on all GRT routes for the four-month period. “Any college student with a GRT student pass,” said Smith, “can use the bus as many times as they want
of students don’t care,”
said Cruikshank. “But this
thinking about a job."
cars on the road,
lege bus pass
what's out there says Tao
Cruikshank, student/grad employ-
Waterloo. to see
Kitchener area are
— Page 5
a first-year general
increase reasonable it
to get here.”
really don’t like
any day of the week whereas they were to pay as you go
up high school students,” said Ashley Corbett, a second-year early childhood education student at the college. “There are way too many high school kids on the bus, sometimes I can't get on
offer unlimited use during the
also states Wilfrid
think the price for the bus pass
the bus picks
dents pay $41 .58 for a pass
entire school year.
bus passes for the University of
should include- the price of a bus pass in the tuition.” said Kyle
think the price for the bus
student at the college. “Other than that,
(Photo by Sarah Jaynes)
Conestoga students wait for the 110 express bus to Conestoga at Fairview Park
school/alumni ID card.
“Bring a few Cruikshank.
She also suggests that stupick up the guidebook, which was available on Sept. 18. Career service employees will be at Door 3 today handing out the guidebooks or students can pick up a copy at the Student Client sion.”
Get chatty chatty with your mahi mahi.
suggests that students
of booths they want to visit, as they will not have time to visit them all. “Go through the guidebook,” said Cruikshank. “See
choose a top 10 or 15.” She also suggests students do research on the companies they are interested in so they know what ing,
“Come up with well thought out questions (specifically ones on the industry),” she added,
and “be pre-
pared to talk about yourself.”
A bus will pick up students from Conestoga College’s Doon campus at. Door 3 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
experience,” an “It’s Cruikshank, “(although) a
overwhelming. And there’s tons of free stuff.”
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Foreign doctors By CHARLOTTE PRONG PARKHILL
Gaspar, chair of the nursing proEight doctors, three dentists, a
Program applicants had
pharmacist and a midwife walk
not the beginning of a bad
nursing program, a
Conestoga College this year. This pilot program is the first of its
care professionals an opportunity
diploma instead of the two
to get a practical nursing
years normally required.
dermatologist from Nicaragua are
health care,” said Gaspar.
English was anoth-
er requirement, because of the need to
fast track students will
students are immigrants
had a medical career in their home country - a dentist from Mexico, a family physician from Cuba and a all
and documents. “We could compress our existing practical nursing program because the candidates had educational
into a lab.
Shore, co-ordinator of
the English language studies pro-
gram, worked with the students for eight weeks over the summer, focusing on medical terms. She said the students are highly moti-
part of the group.
According to the website for the and Physicians of College Surgeons of Ontario, foreigntrained doctors must pass a series
vated and have an amazing spirit. “They've created a great network
of exams and do a residency before they can qualify as doctors here,
Shore said foreign-trained profes-
and there are a limited number of spots available.
“For a variety of reasons,
always easy for foreign-educated
(Photos by Charlotte Prong Parkhi,
coming to Canada for years, and the government does little to help them get into the healthsionals have been
care system. “But the need
“What could be
Thirteen students from around the world are taking part
educated health-care professionals coming to your bedside who’s also a doctor?” Camaraderie and a sense of a nurse
that trains foreign-
head straight for Tim Hortons.
And when they go for many Canadians, the
are clearly evident while
Practical nurses, personal stories Yin Ban
William Alvarez Alvarez wants people to
to his native
have very good
weather, very good food, but
ruption are the main reasons Alvarez decided to
here with his wife and five children five years ago.
going to the University of Waterloo
worked as a personal support worker in a nursing home. He also writes for Spanish language newspapers and magazines, to obtain an optometrist licence, he has
focusing on naturopathy. “I believe cine,” he says. “That’s the best
emergency room doc-
listen to the
and Mohammadion, a dentist, husband and wife team who immigrated to Canada from Iran
to live based partly
just over a year ago.
culture, children live with their par-
Canada is professional discrimination. “I know a Cuban doctor (here) who is working cleaning offices, yet some Canadians are going to Cuba to get (medical
ents until they marry,” says Ahrari.
procedures),” he says.
very difficult for us because
a different culture here,”
says Ahrari. In Iran they were very close with their extended family, but
Mohammadion guage as a
she says. “And also,
good job like we had in our country.” She says after their first year here, Ahrari wanted to go back home. “Now, all are satisfied.” “Canada may be the best country in the world for education and a good life,” adds Ahrari. “We decided to come to Canada for my can’t get a
think there are
good opportunities.” Like proud parents
a decision about where
on where she
After they graduate from the prac-
nursing program, Ahrari hopes
continue her education
a dentist here. “It’s not
depends on me, how determined I can be,” she says. Between the two of them, they have over 30 years of experience, and impossible, but
they’d like to be able to help people.
the adjustment has been'
they feel they
“This country try,”
says Ahrari. “There are a
her high school courses.
are hoping she will be eligi-
ble for a scholarship.
Mohammadion, daughter will
Ahrari and their
cultures and they live together very friendly and lovely.”
They say their daughter believes that the government here really cares about people and their prob-
“We had we had
lems, and gives them freedom.
People are the same. doesn’t matter what language
we had money,
Mohammadion. “Here, we don’t have anything. But, we get something else that’s more valuable for me.”
decided he wanted to
easy process to emigrate from China to Canad; “They don’t care about us. It’s a big population,” say Ban.
difficult for her.
they have a shortage of doctors in our hospitals, the
Ban is taking the becoming a nurse
program as a
have time an
energy for further study,” laughs this mother of two “I like Canadian's health care system because it very supportive.” she says. “China has a big popuk tion.
They have no chance
to take care
son.” In the four years that
Ban has been here, she’s bee She and her fam
able to visit family in China twice.
ly belong to a Chinese cultural society that meel every two months to share food and information. Sh
Chinese food at home, but her so Canadian food. “And like cheese!” she say: “No one eats cheese in China.” traditional
demic achievement -
97 per cent
Bodies are the same. you speak.”
work in an emergency department again. Mohammadion may
about their oldest daughter’s acaa
Alvarez says the only discrimination he has faced
decides to go to university. “In our
haven’t any family here, and
around the same time, and the fami-
trained for nearly 10 years
social problems.” Social
that lead to poverty,
very good country,” says
a doctov “but things
than guerilla warfare and cocaine. “It’s a
“If you are coming as a doctor to Canada, you have to be ready to be frustrated,” says
10 years of experience as a physician before coming to Canada
there,” says Hazraty.
with her husband and two daughters
civil war broke out in the former Yugoslavia. Marie has been working as a personal support worker in a nursing home, and is glad that in this fast track program, students are being given some credit for the medical knowledge they already have. “This should have been done long ago.” She says many foreign-trained doctors are working outside the health-care system. “In Toronto, you see doctors driving cabs.” Marie points out that 40,000 people in Waterloo Region don’t have a family doctor, and waiting times in emergency rooms are unbearable. “At least we can do something. We can
safety and the safety of
country for the
children and the
He was an orthopedic surgeon in Afghanistan for 25 years before coming to Canad with his wife and six children two years ago. Hazraty has passed two of the required medica exams, but
will take five
to get a licenc
to practice here. In the
meantime, he's happy to be the practical nursing program. “It is a good opportu nity for me to be in my field and to work in a hospi tal
Hazraty says he is happy with the Canadian militar presence in Afghanistan, though he hopes they will bi
Marie left behind a career that she wa* passionate about and worked hard to attain, but she still thinks it was worth it. “Oh definitely. That's the price I paid “It’s a
was war. The Taliban was
come home soon. “They are great people an< appreciate they are helping,” he says. “Hopefully
kids,” she says. •
one day peace will come to our country and I will ‘.badpjo work as a, doctor." *• .«• ’
— Page 9
Faire volunteer rules By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE While meandering through a medley of lords, maidens, squires, a madcap herald and a host of eclectic dance troupes, a particularly distinctive lady of fairness and
merrymaking included dressing communicating with the actors while in character and embracing the “chivalrous” customs of the time. Biggar’s role as queen included opening the ceremonies and knight’s tournament.
This year, however, she also aided
COUNSELLOR’S CORNER: Mature Students
Biggar said her involvement with
Tracey Biggar, formally known as “Queen Charlotte of Mearth,"
and embellished bodice and speaking donning
a scarlet cloak, skirt
is a journey of exploration; one that stretches comfort zones and embraces diverse ways of thinking and doing. Returning to school after years of being out in the workplace or raising a family can be intimidating, exhilarating, challenging, and
the fair did not stem
from a particular interest in anachronism, though she often studies the cultural and social aspects of the period to sup-
with an assumed English accent,
plement her understanding of her
throne as “Queen Charlotte,”
presided with “King Bertram" over
the royal court actors at
Park’s 10th annual Royal Medieval Faire Sept.
which lured 5,000
“Most people involved have an
interest in history, but
the event has garnered a great deal
of continuous support from local
involved since the faire’s
no exception. Karen Lucas, artistic director and co-ordinator of the cast, said the devotion of the volunteers and actors, combined with the city and greater community’s espousal, has kept the fair an ongoing success. “The City of Waterloo has supported the fair from the first meet-
inception in 1997, said earning the
exalted role of the
Pretenders, wasn’t her intention.
done quite a bit of acting, didn’t want to be queen,” said
helped as an
auditioned for the
on a whim. The Royal Medieval
volunteers and she
(had) with the recreation
and leisure department,” she said. “With all of the wonderful and tal-
who return year we can make
annual non-profit, volunteer-driven
after year to help us,
patrons in inter-
niscent of the medieval era. Part of
Many mature students are apprehensive about returning to school and are concerned about how they will perform academically. Their challenges are different than those of younger Students, including but not limited to: balancing parenthood and home life with school, and
re-learning and re-developing study and research
before the royal court.
It can take time to adjust and an
important part of that adjustment includes developing competence skills,
learning and study
a willingness to utilize resources, and an openness to learn
ings for adults and children alike,
Biggar said the unique appeal of
board of directors and has been
efforts for the faire’s
specialized (study) in (any) historical period.”
sometimes unsettling, and despite a wealth of life experience from work, home, or prior training, adults feel unsure of what is expected of them in the college environment.
by Holly Featherstone)
Top: Tracey Biggar on the
With a myriad of games and mus-
Here are a few observations about mature students that might ease some of the
Biggar said the community regards
uncertainties about returning to learning:
the fair with great fondness.
fair) has such a magical on people. (They’ve) grown
up attending the fair (and) feel it’s like coming home,” she said, recalling last year’s bestowal of “queen’s
FEEL APPREHENSIVE ABOUT RETURNING
KNOW THAT MOST ADULTS LEARNING. The truth
that most adults do very well
before, and they actually enjoy
not better than they did
THINK ABOUT WHY YOU ARE RETURNING.
Don’t be surprised
reasons other than the ones you had anticipated to continue your learning.
favours,” bracelets given to select
“maidens” who demonstrated personable manners and chivalry. Lucas said the prospect of
DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU. what =>
community with both
important to you and how
MAKE YOUR WELL BEING A PRIORITY. keep you physically, emotionally, and
no right way to do fit
circumstances and goals.
Don’t compromise on the things that
Make sure you
actors alike in anticipation of the =>
continuous whims, woes and wonders amid the vast realm of Mearth. “I think the ‘pretenders’ in all
us enjoy being whisked
DISCUSS YOUR PLANS.
Think about how others
might support you.
Mature students are also sometimes concerned about fitting in socially. The Counselling Services Office can help. For more information, contact Counselling Services.
A Message from Counselling Services,
for a day.”
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a great way
Sales tax exemption on bikes and helmets helps consumers reap the benefits By VANESSA BUTLER Cycling has many benefits. It is for your health, promotes healthy lifestyles and reduces the number of cars we have- on our roads thereby reducing green-
house gas emissions. The Ontario government is proposing a sales tax exemption on bikes and helmets for those con-
Valiante, director of advo-
Trade Association of Canada (BTAC).
motorists on the roads.”
Valiante said it is important to have the infrastructure in place in order to make people more comfortable riding a bike. This infrastructure includes dedicated bicycle lanes and secure parking as
well as the ability to take bikes on
sories will provide a direct incen-
and off of public
cycling,” said Valiante.
two increase the popu-
they are out there. People
cycling has an important role to
buy and ride bicycles as
and send a strong message
play in improving health, the environment and reducing traffic congestion, said Paul Nielsen, president of the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada. Bicycles have many proven benefits. A bicycle is the most energy efficient vehicle on the road. A bicycle can cover the same dis-
bicycle helmets, parts and acces-
have the confidence to ride their bikes and not have to worry about vehicles and other
of cycling as a
“People also need to
benefits of cycling.
people a financial incentive to buy
is really going to encourage people to buy.”
tance as a car, but uses zero fuel
and omits zero greenhouse gases.
hopes the tax relief on bicycles and helmets will give
Bicycling reduces the risk of serious conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity
Varsity By ALEX
and diabetes. Bicycling also reduces urban and rural congestion, as well as
professional sports. But for
the Conestoga College men’s out-
door soccer team, there was none present on Sept. 15. The Condors lost
have a good balanced team-
have responded well to our coaching strategies and if we continue on the
same path like our chances.” The Condors host rival Humber I
on Sept. 26. In
to a great start,
spotless 3-0 record as of Sept.
Johnstone said he was pleased with the team’s play overall.
The Condors defeated Mohawk 5-4 on Sept. and then pounded
progress,” he said.
The Condors took
1-6 in back-to-back
a 1-0 lead into
on the strength of a goal by Yousufi. But a series
of mental mistakes lead to three
The women’s outdoor soccer team battled to a 2-2 draw against Sheridan on Sepl. 15. Renee Blanchard and Jasmine Campos scored for the Condors. The team next travels to Humber to take on the Hawks on Sept. 26.
unanswered goals by the Bruins. Johnstone said he was impressed with rookie well
Sirio’s play as
Miskovic and Michael Werchola. The team heads to Humber to take
likes his team’s chances.
Head coach Geoff Johnstone
Fleming- Peterborough. Head coach Joel Hussey said before the game he
with no holes,” he said. “The players
game, the Condors’ inexperience was on display. Sheridan had the benefit of having most of their team compiled of returning players, while the Condors had seven rookies in their
Conestoga varsity sports, the men’s rugby team suffered a tough 24-12 loss against in
powerhouse, the Sheridan Bruins. after the
the national voice
Canada. It advocates, promotes and seeks to motivate, unit and inspire Canadians to make bicycling a primary form of transportation and recreation. For more information on the proposed tax relief or general information on cycling, go to of cycling
The team plays next
There was no doubt
Soundclash at the Kitchener on Sept.
Screams were expected to be heard from movie theatres after the
After closing the
Aug. 31 release of Halloween. However, they've been silent as release
most movie-goers yawning
becomes very predictable after the first few scenes. As the movie progresses to Myers in the insane asylum, it becomes unclear as to whether this movie is a horror and
the camera. After
releases such as.
Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects,
way back to the two more encore
Halloween would be one of the better of the nine that have been
overdone blood and gore that are more shocking than horrifying.
released over nearly three decades.
movie begins the plot takes you back to Michael Myers as a young deranged and slightly the
takes the viewer
30 years ago when
John Carpenter originally released the biggest horror film of our time.
include a few
With fans yelling compliments each song the energized band constantly danced around to a mix of
cliche after cliche.
with a twist of hip-hop had the fans
newest album. Street Gospels. Zaki Ibrahim and her band opened
Her catchy on
you’re a hardcore fan
ready for Bedouin
of the audience.
2007 release Michael
Myers should be put
haven't seen before
seemed Zaki was
Soundclash and she was very appre-
pretty safe to say
and dancing to the
to get the fans
that after this
from the '70s, you can finally put your mind at ease, your questions will
Soundclash and Zaki’s powerful
voice did not disappoint.
(Photo by Aaron O'Connell)
loose ends from the past eight ver-
fans weren’t singing along.
moments when you
and again and again. This 110minute movie seemed like an eternity as it dragged on and on with
film are fairly informative and even
The atmosphere was full of energy and there wasn’t one song where the
older songs as well as songs off their
out of Halloween 9
45 minutes of the
Soundclash fan Tim Lalande said show.
However, if you are a sucker for a good ending, you'll love this movie because it comes again and again
The only good thing
the mask, his family and what triggered Michael Myers to become the serial killer
just an overall great show,”
Besides the boring plot and horrible
or a drama.
phenomenal, the music, the
almost seemed like this remake of
rocks at the Element
that the fans
the Night Feels
stage to perform
be somewhat of a
screaming of over 850 fans
and hopefully final remake of Halloween was expected
Song, the talented
By SARAH JAYNES
Bedouin Elements in
can’t believe this reac-
Zaki said following one of the
are great, thank
The young Toronto-based with her backup
play for 850 fans
returned to the stage about halfway
Malinowski, bassist Eon Sinclair and drummer Pat Pengelly, have
through the Soundclash set to sing
toured with the legendary Vernon
back up vocals.
Buckley from the ’70s reggae duo, Maytones, and have played with
The show, presented by Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI), was moved to the Elements from the campus because CSI needed a bigger venue. “We know Bedouin Soundclash is a popular band that just put out an album,” CSI events programmer Lindsay Silva said. “So we held the show at the Elements to sell more
a couple of
Eon Sinclair and drummer Pat Pengelly downtown Kitchener, Sept. 1 1
three-piece band, consisting
Marley, the son of reggae legend
Bob Marley. They formed
have already released three albums since they got together back in 2001
off to the U..S. for
shows before they take
their tour to the
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