Condors lose a close one
team loses by a goal to the
A home away from home Pairing
be held on Oct.
up an international student with
a local family can ease the
Third annual memorial clinic
Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.
— No. 20
draws huge crowd By CHRISTOPHER MILLS
parade with the bagpipe marching band, perhaps attempting to save
Since 1974, Onkel Hans has been
Kitchener. This year tion
“Overall, it has to be the bands,” Harry Moyer said when asked what
was no exceporange
the best for last.
his favourite part was.
“The pipe bands have got to be favourite,” Ruth Anne Moyer
of the popular festival.
Oktoberfest began celebration
1810 as a
celebration of the festival
“The bagpipes,” she
was no shortage of families this year, with crowds as deep as 10 lining King Street, from
Oktoberfest draws more than 750,000 people annually, bested only by the original in Munich, Germany. Although popular for its festhalls arid beer-inspired celebrations, one festival
featured appearances by Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr, Waterloo Mayor
Brenda Halloran, appearing in her parade, and first Thanksgiving Day newly-crowned Miss Oktoberfest Nicole Stuber. Canada’s Next Top Model winner, Rebecca Hardy, was
younger years. “(The group) was much bigger to
“(The parade) also keeps you added family,” with close Goodyear.
these patrons, but rather reinforced
bands, representing a wide range of and ethnic groups, organizations
enough,” “I haven’t seen mine Goodyear added. But perhaps the meaning of the
day was best Marilyn Hallam. think,
summed up by
she said. “There’s no guns in or people dying, at least not like walk can We countries. other lives,”
around here and
See Pages 8 and 9 for photos
hand CSI gives students in need a helping for 10 years Food share program has been operating By JENNIFER
The next time you look in your cupboards, think about what you and consider donating it to Conestoga Students stuInc.’s food share program for
are not going to eat
dents in need.
something that CSI has been offering students in need for many years,” said
CSI event co-ordinator
Lindsay Silva. “This
where students are welcome to grab a few bags of groceries donated from the Kitchener-Waterloo Food Bank.” However, it is not just the food bank that donates to this cause. “Everyone donates to the food
share room,” she said. “Students,
this faculty and staff all donate to program. If you are interested in
come into the CSI office and we will show them the location.” The food share program has been place operating for 10 years and is in students in of convenience the for food need. Instead of going to the school. the in here right bank, it is Currently, CSI helps approximately 50 families each year. First-year early childhood educaMcinnes said tion student Colleen the program, of heard not had she
but would donate.
everyone should definitesaid Mcinnes. ly know about this, advised students who may be “I think
program because if you need big a deal and is no said sec-
“I’ve never heard of it,” ond-year recreation and leisure stuwould dent Aleisha James. “But I
Like Mcinnes, James said it is a good idea and encouraged students to use it if they need help. more “I’m sure CSI would be James. than happy to help," said sure there will be confiden-
and CSI wouldn
which can help alumni an save money and even generate
“The food share program
need ... those students who are in ... a little CSI from just a little help o 0 es a long way,
Mary Wright, manager of alumni services, said Conestoga graduates
ment, so the alumni department’s responsibility is to help support that
board of directors and to supthem with some of the things
can still access some includes provided at the college, serving those provided by career receive can graduates ices. There, job with assistance ongoing creating a resume or preparing for an interview. There are also other opportunities can take advantage of. graduates C “The career fairs and job fairs
to stuthat are operated are open dents and grads all the time, she
“Both the on-campus and the ones that are held at
Wright said the way alumni servgraduates ices keeps in touch with magazine is through a bi-annual
“We es that
provide support to any classwant to run a reunion," she
Most of 20
“They look at providing services tandem with the alumni depart-
of the servic-
called Connections. January and June.
The organization provides many services
to the college
Conestoga, trying to advocate the benefits of coming to the college,
one- else’s business.
you are going to graduate next year, make sure you take advantage to of all that alumni services has If
shy about using the
separate group from alumni servicgives es. The alumni association
BY FRANCA MAIO
a time to get together with
the (hot) pret-
The importance of Thanksgiving was not lost in the festivities for
proudly and waving to the applauding crowds. But as usual, the parade was highlighted by an assortment of
musical The organizers
Alumni services has lots to offer graduates
very good for local businessmarch as a es,” she said. “I used to later kid too, so it’s good to see it mema was Goodyear-Dubien on.” her ber of the Dutch Boy Cadets in
an animal lover. But
“We usually watch on TV,” her husband Ken added. “We won t be watching it on TV anymore. Led by Onkel Hans, the parade
a pimp, a Viking warrior princess and Little Bo Peep 1 ,500 costumes available at The Costume Shop in Cambridge. With Halloween just 16 days away, students should be looking for costumes now to ensure the best selection. See story on Page 5. girl,
are just a few of the over
“The horses,” Marilyn Hallam said. “I’m all great.”
attractions at this year’s parade?
Dieterle, found joy in even simpler pleasures. "The parade was great,” she said.
Scare up some costume ideas
year we've seen "This is the Marilyn Hallam of live.” it Kitchener said. “We’re glad we
Ruth Anne Moyer of Guelph. "It is very important that we keep it up. Siblings Kyle Goodyear and
back then,” she said. take up a whole block.
The sky was
“It must run in the family,” said Goodyear with a laugh. Were there any other favourite
Goodyear-Dubien Kelly Kitchener also expressed parade’s importance.
clear and the uncharacteristic. heat and humidity, the
October crowd was
than 1.3 million viewers, and even attracting upwards of 300,000
along the parade route
Street in Kitchener, a five-kilome-
of the centerpieces of the festival is Oktoberfest annual the Thanksgiving Day parade, broadcast
(Photo by Charlotte Prong Parkhill)
And how about their young niece. Drew Churchill?
Concordia Club inspired a
“The bagpipes,” Goodyear and Goodyear-Dubien said in unison when asked the same question.
said. “I love a pipe band.”
the reunions are held on five, 10, 15 or
years 'since graduation.
The alumni association is graduate vola dedicated group of are a unteers, said Wright, and they
sible for affinity partnerships, discounted insurance rates
for alumni, said
Wright. They are looking to expand
program in the future. few years ago, the alumni asso-
the ciation started an award, called stufor award, Home Welcome
award are Conestoga alumni. The year at the is given out once a annual alumni association general meeting in November. The money for the awards is raised through alumni services holds events throughout the year. This year the annual meeting will be held on Nov. 5. “You submit your name for that,
and you can get a minimum of $100 for the award. This year we actually have 30 recipients." Students can apply for this until
Continued on Page 2
— SPOKE, October
Students learn to write essays
with help of writing consultant
questions answered by
dents on just what
Annastasia Lebold knows
If you could live in another country,
which one would it be and why?
important academic integrity students.
Every other Wednesday afternoon writing
would be Germany so could learn about I
Academic Writing workshop to make sure students know it too. The workshop is supposed to be a half-hour
although somecan go longer if the stuin length,
dents attending want the material
“Academic integrity is expected and required of all Conestoga students.”
Lebold uses the time to go over Psychological
“I’d live in
can help students to keep
ideas separate from others
and, therefore, she takes the time to
answer any questions
caught committing an offence, whether on purpose or by accident, the penalties range
from having to rewrite the paper to expulsion from the college. With such things at stake it is
dent, found the time at the work-
If students are
bachelor of science
shop well spent. “The paraphrasing
the lecture, but by the end, she got
an academic offence
Lebold. the most for
“Think as you read,” she says. "Think about where you’re getting your information from.” Students can
up for the
Academic Writing workshop
thing for the purpose of writing a
event in SPOKE?
There is also a third award, which is presented by the premier of Ontario, and it recognizes suc-
cessful graduates in Ontario.
in February and the college can nominate three graduates.
Placing an ad Bursary available for
“The States. I’d live in Ohio because Lebron
a degree program. Alumni services
Annastasia Spence, first -year
also has a bur-
guarantees your information will appear in Spoke.
diploma program and enter into an applied degree program, said Wright. Students can go into the financial aid office located in the
Student Client Services Building, to find out more details.
To help alumni with
Stories only run
permits but ads always run.
blues, alumni services holds a fami-
ing in technology.”
ly-orientated party called Winterfest, with skating and other
Sean first -
ear business foundations
the recreation cen-
summer, alumni services discounted tickets to Canada's Wonderland and Ontario the
Place, said Wright.
They also have Chicopee ski lift tickets. For more information check the alumni services website reduced
Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!
For rates or to place an ad call Spoke’s ad manager at
one-on-one help with assignments in the Learning Commons.
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necessary for students to make sure that they understand how to write a
obtaining extra money
Alumni services also has another award called the Alumnus of Distinction award which recog-
Continued from page
ing that integrity and for maintaining control of their
accountable for personally uphold-
dees the key to avoiding
and cite sources correctly. "Think about, what did know before this and what do know now. Try to keep that distinguished.” She admits that sometimes the concept can be difficult to grasp
Association (APA) style for writing
and submitting assignments. “Academic integrity is expected and required of all Conestoga students,” states the student handbook. “Students are responsible and
academic papers, the kjnd most commonly adopted by professors at Conestoga College. While the lecture instructs stu-
ting things from,” she says. Lebold
Lebold’s workshop comes in. Lebold says students may not even be aware they are committing
format papers correctly, it also stresses the importance of honesty and integrity when writing to
Help save a By MARCIA LOVE
Conestoga graduate hopes to inspire other. students and youth to give to those in need by donating blood
of a fellow student
who had always wanted
Ryan Connell, Conestoga
Connell said about 30 people donated blood at last year’s clinic and he hopes there will be a better
turnout this year.
passed away had wished
January 2006, to donate blood but could not due to
much of an impact
ers to follow suit at a blood clinic in
donor honour of William Walker.
in its third year.
Conestoga College was
Oldfield said students get a ton
thanks to continu-
ing education which introduced
interested in horticulture.
and hobby gardener
15-20 students per semester and cost under $200. Students taking these courses
of experience learning about horticulture, both theory and handson,
greenhouses, such as the Belgian Nursery and big box stores, such as RONA and Home Hardware, who would love to
Conestoga grad. “Plants
will get to par-
such places as nurseries and
rience learning about horti-
culture, both theory
approximately three years.
longer to com-
have seen a
and programs," said Gillian
program administrator for continuing education. "A lot of students take them part-time while they are working full-time.”
15-20 students but
These new courses
grounds maintenance, horticulture crop production and landscape conaccept
care of them,”
hopes to introduce three new certificate programs
2008, continuing education at
hands-on, before starting
Gardens. In the fall
Students get a ton of expe-
much sun exposure or die from over
ticipate in field trips
said there are plenty
hire a skilled
She said with these new programs and courses Conestoga is isn't
a significant contribution
community. However, only one in five blood donors in Canada is between the age of 17 and 25. Canadian Blood Services is a
territories other than
The organization operates 41
manent collection sites and holds more than 19,000 donor clinics annually.
Anyone wishing to donate blood can book an appointment by calling Conestoga residence at 519-8952272 ext. 0, or by visiting the residence's front desk. For more information, visit www.blood.ca.
A Conestoga graduate has been awarded national honours in an International
Licence (ICDL) contest. Tanya Cole, an information technology (IT) graduate, successfully
completed her ICDL, which started in Europe in 1996 and is now the standard for computer literacy in over 140 countries. ICDL is a world recognized program and has more than 3.5 million people who have completed the program. Having the licence means a person should have the skills to operate a range of computer applications and provides a performance
Women’s Directorate (OWD). The OWD is a government
while pursuing her
just like any
to pass a math test, program when you are
19,” she said.
contest, called A Brighter Future, required entrants
complete the program's seven modules and write an essay. She received the Canada-wide award from Bryn Jones, the CEO of ICDL Canada, at a reception to
She received an iPod and an engraved plaque for her first-place finish.
Since graduation and successful completion of the ICDL, Cole has moved on to working at Geek
Squad where she
skills to the test.
and co-ordinates programs designed to address and
and information and commu-
The information technology program Cole graduated from is a specialty program designed for women and is funded by the Ontario
spreadsheets, databases, presentations
had to finish seven modules which included basic concepts of IT, using the computer and files,
she decided to investigate about the alternatives she
one of her teachers who told her about the ICDL. In addition to having her hands full with her education. Cole is a mother of two girls ages two and
standard for employers. Conestoga College is an authorized administrator of the program.
To successfully complete
Cole said she found out about alternatives to Microsoft certification at the college job fair. She spoke with one employer who told her that if job applicants had the Microsoft certification he wouldn’t hire them because the
says she thinks more should become involved in
IT as there aren't many
currently in that career.
She says the programs have helped her gain confidence in herself and her work that she wouldn't
and children. Cole said only women with below average to low income are eligible for the specialty program
have had otherwise. She thinks if she were in another country she wouldn't have had the
She said it is a way for women in poor situations to better their lives.
“It’s great the
government wants improve yourself."
a niche that currently filled in the industry.
She said the Doon campus is a great venue with beautiful landscape. "Students are able to
use of the facilities and get practical
deal with the plants.”
— Page 3
Conestoga graduate awarded national honours
interest at college By VANESSA BUTLER
of people don’t realize
Recent Ipsos-Reid polling shows
87 per cent of young Canadians rank' blood donation as a to their
“Besides being afraid of needles, people don't see it as an easy task to donate blood,” Connell said. “A
Walker’s sister will be volunteering on the day of the blood drive,
co-ordinator, wants oth-
Conestoga College Residence and Conference Centre on Oct. 7 from
“A lot of students want to know more about gardening, for their own enjoyment and for their
COUNSELLOR’S CORNER: DEPRESSION These in a bad mood or ‘'feeling the blues Some lives. our on impact minimal have feelings are usually of short duration, and self-doubt, and guilt for weeks, people experience sadness, loneliness, hopelessness, depression, an illness characterize experiences months and even years. These Most
us have experienced waking up
believed to affect one
Here are some signs which might indicate
you or someone you care about
experiencing depression: feeling formerly pleasurable activities; crying a lot or loss of warmth towards key peope emotionally “empty”; hopelessness; worthlessness; or self-doubt. of sexual desire; deep sense of shame
FE ELINGS -
loss of joy
energy; insomnia or sleeping too pains; digestive problems, much; loss of appetite or over-eating; physical aches and
PHYSICAL - overwhelming
exhaustion and lack
headaches. withdrawal; neglect of responsibilities or appearance; daily activities. reduced concentration, memory or ability to cope with
you to consider suicide as an these symptoms persist, or if their intensity is causing a knowledgeable professional. On option, it is important to seek assistance with (1A103); a nurse and doctor campus, counsellors are available in Counselling Services If
(Hnoto Dy vanessa turner;
program administrator for continuing educaConestoga College, said horticulture is in full bloom.
Health Services (1A102).
A Message from
— SPOKE, October 15, 2007
recent report entitled Vital Signs, which looked at the
Waterloo Region, found we have extremely low
With a community that has three highly regarded postsecondary institutions Conestoga College, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University these numbers are surprising and unacceptable. The report found that only 47 per cent of people in the area who are 15 or older have a diploma or degree from a
high school or a post-secondary institution.
According to www.wrvitalsigns.ca, the Vital Signs is an annual community checkup through which the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation measure the vitality of the region. The test identifies significant trends and assigns grades report
key areas critical to Waterloo Region’s quality of such as housing, transportation and the environment. While other areas were not a huge concern, the reading and writing skills of local residents came as a surprise to in
people. Coates, the University of Waterloo's dean of arts, said in an Oct. 3 article in The Record that the issue has to be addressed so that the region continues to have a strong
Waterloo Region's low literacy rate needs to be addressed
What do you draw from
security of the nation
ing in a year.
insurgent attacks in Afghanistan, or
With the decrease in higher education, positions that are essential for our community will not be filled nearly as
obvious that even with the exceptional post-secondary institutions in the area that people are not being educated about the programs and courses that can be taken to upgrade skills that are necessary to obtain a good job. It is never too late for someone to obtain a higher educa-
people in university and even at Conestoga College are mature students either taking a full-time program or taking a part-time continuing education course. Conestoga offers a wide variety of courses that help people get jobs, including ones in business, health, languages and technology.
also offers a course on basic writing skills that focuses on sentence structure and grammar. This course is offered to anyone and would really benefit people who are unsure of their English writing skills.
consider the factor
chokes under the stranglehold
ing the nation to
foreign aid intervention and, in turn,
undermining the nation’s overall repute. Such corrosion furthers the
Opinion The che
individual and collective psy-
success of subsequent attacks and
the foundation of a nation and
the swelling of casualties.
regard to human-
wake of probable peace
negotiations in Darfur. Afghanistan
assessing the after-effects: inflated
when immediate onslaught is more engaging. The scourge against
numbers and stagnant
innocent civilians merely ushers a
certainly benefit by
dering us void casual observers.
We, including prospective peace negotiators, tend to overlook
unforeseen; the seed which spawns all
numbers, but in the
to instil perpetual fear
minds of individuals,
escalating into the disintegration of
gressors from seeking
a nation’s welfare
security services altogether.
The presence of war countries
order to forestall trans-
the nation, imposing
mind followed by the next. The human psyche is the quintes-
Somalia has a similar clout on depraved victims.
When ethnic clans
sence of self-preservation and nation’s
are aggrieved by disruption, families
thought, what chance of preserva-
dissolve and individual faith in the
does the nation have?
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One way will be to teach students in high school the importance of higher education and ensure non-students know that it is never too late to go back and learn new
spring to mind? Or direct impact on the economic and government
strongholds of the afflicted parties?
of labour force truancy, thereby forc-
peoples on Africa’s Perhaps sheer casualties
component of every human being. It is the pith which governs one’s
upheavals or rebel attacks displac-
With the region's low literacy scores now in the limelight, it is going to be very important for the government to increase these numbers.
which precipitates the aforesaid
on human psyche
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head to a cosfor something
For just one night, you can be
whoever you want
From Marie Antoinette to Marie Osmond, King George to George Bush. All you need Start planning for
Conestoga Students Inc. is holding its Halloween party in the new Sanctuary Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $2 in advance and are available in CSI's self-serve area. Get them quick - there are only 400 tickets available.
Event programmer Lindsay Silva said the event will be all-ages, with a wristband policy in effect. And have great prizes for great costumes. "I think our grand prize they
to be a trip
provided by Breakaway Tours," she said. is
Not sure where to get a costume? The Stag Shop has four locations and they are just now stocking their shelves with over 50 costumes, ranging in price from in the area,
get a lot of
Hilborn is a Conestoga graduate and owner of Maskerade
His shop has over 2,800 rental costumes and the vast majority of them cost $15 to $50. If you want something more elabohis
this year movie-quality Darth Vader, an Alien 3 costume and The
Flesh Eater, a
reserving your costume early. "I’ve never been cleaned out, but
Need some spooky props for your haunted house party? He rents those too. Animated characters $100 and include
ics to control their
dressed as nurses, pirates
you don’t want to take a chance on showing up at a party in the same packaged costume as sev-
such as werewolves and
and Marilyn Monroe.”
the bars and clubs
up as Mounties, firefighters and
noise and move-
Cam Pizzey, owner of The Costume Shop at 566 King St. E„ Cambridge, said when young women come to his store, they’re usually looking for just one thing.
— Page 5
The Costume Shop has over ,500 rental costumes but also sells wigs, masks, makeup and acces1
sories. Employee Melissa Aerts is a walking advertisement. “I wear a different costume every day,” she
around Labour Day.
"Once Oktoberfest start
Oktoberfest and then use
Hilborn said Halloween reservations started
Hood and Dorothy, naughty nurses and French maids.” He said the
sexy,” he said. “Little
police officers. Last year, a
onto yours and looks like ing you.
here," said salesperson like to dress
success on Halloween
eral other people,
said she’ll be going to
a house party, but she hasn’t decid-
ed on a costume
was an army
probably just buy a few different pieces and put a costume together myself.”
(Photos by Charlotte Prong Parkhill)
Value Village is a good option. Its two locations in Kitchener and Cambridge are crammed with used
Try Freddy Krueger,
Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or a werewolf for gory fun! However, masks can be hot. Creative
clothing and accessories but they also carry a wide variety of new
Halloween items. If you need to visit the Conestoga registrar’s office on Halloween, be prepared to deal with some unusual characters. Clerk Cheri Atkins said everyone in the office dresses up.
available at your local
dollar store, grocery
store or Value Village.
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— SPOKE, October 15, 2007
Students design RIM testing unit tion will greatly increase produc-
By JOHN L1NLEY
Conestoga College students have developed a testing unit tor Research In Motion which will be used with their wildly popular
Calin Stoicoiu, a professor of engineering technology, co-ordi-
The Blackberry Automated Work Cell was created last year by thirdyear students in the integrated advanced manufacturing technolo-
was unveiled on Aug. showcase of student
work with students than
on the producand unloads
and top keys, downloads the software and dispenses and applies the
said they are
By MARCIA LOVE
with similar projects to benefit the
very good opportunity lor
“It is a
International students received an
Conestoga at Survivor annual
Conestoga on Oct. 4. The event was held in the rec centre and included workshops on safety in the community and on campus, safe and abusive relationships, public health and healthy sexuality, healthy ways to destress, drugs and alcohol and healthy eating. Survivor of purpose The Conestoga is to make students aware of the help available both on and off campus.
eyes on their speedometers after a new provincial speeding
the college, said international stu-
dents will go through adjustments when moving to a new country.
“They might feel homesick or may be isolating themselves because everything is new to
the unit puts
Prior to this, workers had to test the keys by hand, so this inven-
Speeding law won’t fix problem Many
into effect in late
According to a Sept. 29 article in The Record, speeders doing 50 kilometres over the speed limit will be fined anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 and have their vehicle impounded for a week. For a second offence, they could lose their licence for up to 10 years. Although these penalties are extreme and justified, there are so many speeders that only a few will be caught. The fact
ber of police officers monitoring the roads
pared to the number of motorists
a counsellor at
as culture shock.
issue of speeding rather than slowing the problem
issues they needed to talk about.
Ministry of Transportation
plans to improve road safe-
by making speed limiters mandatory on trucks, according to a July 3 Canadian News W'ire
theme of incidents that were coming up and we thought we needed to do something
and abusive relationships
“Students learned about rules and issues around drugs and
alcohol, as well as things like drinking games and drinking and driving,”
were discussed with Keith Martin,
centre finished the interactive ses-
a counsellor, and Natasha Magon from English language studies.
"We try to teach students about emotional and physical abuse using
English as a second language stu-
Shannon Carey, co-ordinator of Walk Safe, informed the students about safety in the community and Students learned about violence,
sions with exercises and tips on
dent from China, said she enjoyed learning about the safety in the community session, and learned a lot
of important things.
Andres Garcia, a
student from Colombia,
ships. Students learned about per-
said. “I didn’t
adjust to living in a
Garcia said he found
quick and easy meals that are also healthy,” Reis said.
Joan Magazine, a counsellor, held a workshop on drugs and alcohol.
eating with the students.
learned about illegal things
no to a relationship," Bernard said. Serena Reis discussed healthy
language studies, and Shawna Bernard taught students about safe and abusive relation-
ing to living in Canada.
sonal and physical boundaries.
them,” she said.
Bernard said the counsellors at Conestoga thought this workshop would be important because they found international students had
down them. What the government needs
about situations that come up." Students learned about healthy sexuality with Diane Redding.
problem able to go
work with RIM, or
the Blackberry, tests the front, side
learning about the English as a second language program had fun
There are currently no plans for the students to
Canadian customs and culture
problems, rather than just life doing a made-up project," he said. RIM approached the college with the idea of working together, partly because it is cheaper for the com-
tion line, the cell loads
(Photo by Marcia Love)
hire outside workers.
nated the project and said it will boost the popularity of the pro-
new country moved to Canada a
he feels more comfortable
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Something definitely needs to be done about excessive speeders, but attempting to scare them with penalties
going to the long run. There just
aren't enough police officers to sit on roads and watch people drive by.
(Photo by Vanessa Butter)
Training for the future Conestoga College second-year preservice firefighters pose outside the rec centre on a The group was getting ready to perform confined space rescue training.
— SPOKE, October 15, 2007
Thanksgiving Day parade
(AH photos by Christopher Mitts)
Newly crowned Miss Oktoberfest, Nicole Stuber, waves
crowds as the parade passes through downtown Kitchener.
inflatable version of the loveable Oktoberfest
and towers over patrons.
Day parade make their way down King the 39th annual Thanksgiving _ Oct. 8. An estimated crowd of 145,000 looks on .
downtown Kitchener on
favourite, the local
bagpipe band closes out the parade
a ‘Hans’ down good time
Above, members of the Preston Scout House Alumni Band march down King Street backdrop as the crowd claps in unison. Below, Kitchener City Hall provides a great
and vantage point
Onkel Hans takes a moment
to smile for the
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— SPOKE, October 15, 2007
CreateAthon gives something
FREE Drop-In Relaxation Sessions
Jane Hennig, executive director
By HIEN DINH
for Volunteer Action Centre of
The old adage is you don't get something for nothing. However, 12 local non-profit agencies beg to all
received free advertising from Punch Integrated
Communications Cambridge company's Inc.
brochures, posters and books tor their volunteer fairs and for pro-
“I'd just like to say
night to produce as
as they can for local
the CreateAthon and event,” said Coyle.
Room, SLC Room 2 A 121
put a few ads in local newsasking any non-profit
what we needed and gave us what
"What they created for us and for number of other charities is real-
valuable and a resource that we could not have dreamt of without ly
most need of our
were generally those with the least amount of marketing funds available to them.
season a “They, designed brochure for us and a PowerPoint presentation,” she said. "It's so pol-
real 'pop' to
calls, letters, or
Showing up uninvited
For further information on the Punch call CreateAthon, Integrated
home, work, entertainment)
Stealing mail Following, watching, tracking
Threatening harm to the person being stalked, family or friends Threatening or harming pets not minimize or ignore this behaviour. Report threats to Campus Security (Doon campus Room 2B10 ext. 3357) and/or the You may need support in dealing with the stress of being stalked. Counsellors are available in the Counselling Office, Doon Campus, Room 1A103, 748-5220 ext 3360, Guelph Campus, Admin. Office, 824-9390 ext. 148 or Waterloo Campus,
1 C04, 885-0300 ext. 224. Information on community support
Sponsored by the
available through your Counselling Office.
Women’s Resource Group
Musical Production, Nutrition for Learning, Hope Springs and Grand River All Breed Animal Rescue.
places the target frequents
“We have almost zero dollars for any advertising and so we're very
Stalking is a crime that happens on college campuses more often than in the general population. Stalking is not a single event but a pattern of actions that makes the person being targeted feel frightened and controlled. Over time, these actions may become more aggressive and dangerous — sometimes even life threatening.
thing turned out amazing.
WHEN DATING TURNS DANGEROUS Actions that constitute stalking
board for the Kitchener- Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, said every-
on the applications we select
Shawna Bernard, Counsellor Counselling Services
Some other local organizations who benefited were Supportive
are absolutely happy.
(organizations) to apply and based
ished and professional and
States and Puerto Rico. “This is the second time
A.M. — 12 noon
Coyle said. CreateAthon is an international network that involves over 40 agencies across Canada, the United
Mondays (2), Wednesdays
company North Carolina called RIGGS,
designers an non-stop
creative in the
did a great job.
see a business in the
a.m. on a Thursday morning to 8
Would you like to try • Deep breathing?
annual CreateAthon on Sept. 27. “The CreateAthon was a 24hour marathon that went from 8 a.m. on a Friday morning,” said Matt Coyle, graphic designer for
Are you feeling stressed?
now has new
moting volunteers out
said the centre
Duck, cover and hide. Duck, cover and hide. That’s what a 1950s’ cartoon told children to do if they heard a loud
And fittingly, it is what Conestoga College is telling, students to do now. Just like back then, schools today have a standard practice for handling crisis situations, and Conestoga is no exception. But today’s threats do not involve
weapons of mass destruction, but where an individual threatens or tries to inflict harm to another using firearms or some rather situations
other weapon. Yes,
you know the suspect! s), you
should also give their name(s) and a description of the weapons involved.
line yellow, phaseline red or phaseline green. Phaseline yellow means that
Canada. John Tribe, supervisor of safety and security services, said he received around 800 .e-mails and phone calls the day after the Virginia Tech shooting incident, all wanting to know about the col-
both in the United States and here in
lege’s security procedures.
the college has a
someone decides campus and shoot
going to happen,” he
“You can’t stop something like from happening.” However, what the college hopes to do is minimize the number of that
incident does occur.
“And that’s where the school lockdown procedure comes in,”
During phaseline red, if you are in a hallway, you should look for the nearest classroom or any location that would offer protection
However, Hamilton said she would also like to be more informed about campus security and what to do if there was someone armed with a gun in the col-
against projectiles. If you cannot
“You don’t want
you’re reporting a firearm
as an internacan be a difficult
Conestoga College’s homestay program can help with the transi-
out,” said Tribe.
the point of having a
not to lock the exterior
“Providing yourself with the most secure protection is really your best wish,” said Tribe. The main area of concern for most universities and colleges, according to Tribe, is not the lockdown procedure itself or the emergency responses put in place, but rather
submissions have been made by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities about expanding paging systems across Ontario colleges and universities and that the provincial government has promised more
the college website, students
out an application form con-
no cheques have been
a new country
awareness,” he said. Tribe also said
received,” he said.
For a new student, homestay at Conestoga College is 100 per cent guaranteed said Chen. As long as they have been accepted into their program and the college the student can apply for a homestay fam-
leges and universities. “I believe we’re going to have to do them, simply because it raises
but they are not stan-
dard practices performed by col-
of four times a
to find the best
family, said Chen.
The student pays their homestay family $650 a month and receives in return a
room, three meals
other basic needs.
with the student, speak in English to the student at all times and they must be enthusiastic about wel-
match with the student's application form to a family that has a similar application,” said Chen. Homestay families must be screened and have to till out an application form before they can be matched up with a student.
and make their lunch but will come home to a prepared dinner. It all depends on how each individual
“After the family applies for a
six students chose residence
homestay I have to go to their house and base whether or not
“Even though the applications match together it does not mean that
think they are appropriate for the
Chen. "They need
to an international stu-
in their home. “Homestay helps
the student feel
like they are part of a family,” said
Chen. This year
students chose to live
and the other students made their own living arrangements. Most students who pick the
homestay option are from countries where English is not spoken said Chen. “A homestay program can be less worrisome for the student,” she said. “They do not have to worry about finding a place to stay, the utilities and other circumstances they
you want you have to
doors of the college, but locking the interior doors such as class-
a Canadian family provides
There has to be a more active involvement in terms of training exercises and drills, he said. Tribe said secondary schools and elementary schools do have lock-
The homestay program
taining personal questions and
and with the new culture, said Chen, the international student adviser and housing officer at tion
go through knowledge out, to
a target,” said Tribe.
“Part of the process that
yourself to avoid
By KERRY REED
being seen by a potential gunman.
A new home
we do have a paging system, but we do not have a paging system for any other building or any other campuses,”
any kind of incident, security services and the Waterloo regional police should be
“In this building,
Victoria St. N. Kitchener 51 Hespeler Rd. Cambridge
the highest level
"But I’m not really worried about something like Virginia Tech happening here,” she said.
Sarah Hamilton, a second-year marketing student, did not know
also the type of crisis that
Stokich knows the college has a
is a potential problem and you should be cautious and be on the lookout for anyone sus-
“Call 911,1 guess,” she said.
becoming more and more prevalent
Sanja Stokich, a first-year finanplanning student, admitted she does not know what to do in an
lockdown procedure, but said she doesn't know any more than that. “Yes, would like to become more familiar with (it),” she said.
kind of scenario, and
(Photo by Wei-Lon Lee)
the public address system: phase-
John Tribe, supervisor of safety and security services, says there must be more active involvement in training and practising lock-
part of students about the emergency response procedure and even the existence of a lockdown proce-
general lack of knowledge on the
— Page 11
lockdown procedure one of these announcements will be made on there
of alert, and this
it is the kind our educational institutions fear most.
emergency, try to stay as calm as you can, give your full name, location and the nature of the emerIf
By WEI-LON LEE
program,” she said.
The homestay family must be able to provide the international student with physical items, such their own room, bed, linens, desk and chair. But, they must also live within 45 minutes of Conestoga by bus, eat supper a
most cases the family and the engage really well, but sometimes it does not work out. In
personalities will, click,”
fortable or else
The students and
be comwork.” families
have a two-month commitment and after that the student has the option of moving out on his or her own or staying with that Canadian family.
many cases the student and Canadian family form a deep bond with each other,” she said. “In
— SPOKE, October 15, 2007
(Photo by Elizabeth Bate)
Browsing for jewelry Chantelle Steffan and
Shona O’Kane, both
nursing students, examine fashion accessories at a jewelry booth outside the cafeteria on Oct.
(Photo by Sarah Jaynes)
Sex with Sue Sue Johanson, a
registered sexual health nurse, pretends to be shocked by the personal sex ques-
at her Talk Sex presentation on Oct. 4. Some of the questions were about penis size, how to prolong your partner’s orgasm and how to reduce personal wetness. When Johanson was asked her greatest accomplishment she answered, ‘Being my age and still
Conestoga students asked her
credibility with students.’
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September 23 October 22
important as midterms approach in a couple of is
time to put those
weeks. Your positive out look will
and your friends get through the stress of studying and
writing the tests.
the closet 'because
you on your studMid-terms are coming, and in
be hitting the
least expect, step out
very similar to
entertainment world and into the political world. And a fair share get
history to record
and pretending that
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strikeouts and 100 wins in both the
American and National leagues. He was elected to the U.S. Senate
Jesse “The Body” Ventura was a flamboyant, larger-than-life
your benefit during mid-terms. Having will
patience for those long
even longer essays, will get you through the rough part, and that leaves you with more time to spend the way you choose.
Try to keep your emotions in check while preparing for midterms.
grief in the long run.
adapt to the stress of finishing assignments, and studying for the
tests better than those
a good challenge, so work because of mida couple of weeks is not
a challenge to
those assignments done,
and find time
hard to adapt.
perhaps the most famous
Capricorn December 22
world around you, because
it's not going to adapt to you or your moods. Be watchful of those around you. the ones you think are your friends might turn out to
more than ordinary
Because they come from an arena that’s dependent on the audience. Whereas normal politicians attempt to sway an audience for their own benefit, these
rently looks to be running in
popularity to former
Rudi Giuliani Republican nomination.
must constantly work
hold their interest and keep their support coming in. Politics is no different,
elected by the people, and would not be in any position of authority if it
were not for the people.
Republican presidential nomination in 2008, one has to ask, what makes these entertain-
themselves accountable to their constituents, seeking instead to pursue their own agendas once
ers so successful in the political
their position has
arena? The answer
What is this world coming to when professional performers have become more trustworthy than our
actors these days are
Hollywood, but in and parliamentary
offices across the continent.
California in 2003.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of the state of
clearly not in
Thompson’s current pled
should be sending a clear-cut and powerful message to politicians in North stars,
Fans drive the sports and entertainment businesses, so actors and
Reform party candidate to ever be elected to state or federal office.
And now, as Law and Order actor Fred Thompson campaigns
overmatched at times, he managed to hold his own. He cur-
even if it’s just to publicly support a cause or candidate. Current politicians would be wise
You adaptability puts you in good stead as mid-terms quickly approach. You will be able to
America. More and more of these
co-star of Ventura’s in
November 22 December 21
know that their survival hinges on giving the audience what they want.
they were not.
1998 when he was elected governor of Minnesota, becoming the
the nation in
why do we trust
debate on Oct. 9 in Michigan, and although looking a
Jim Bunning was a professional baseball player for 17 years with the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia
York. Ironically enough, Thompson’s on-screen persona is
growing at a shocking Candidates, sometimes ones
— Page 13
The Oscar goes
Ventura. their living as
performing for audiences
elected officials and political candidates? Fred Thompson has spent years on Law and Order (the original series), playing a highly-conservative district attorney in New
take a page from Hollywood book, and learn to
depends solely on the
“audience." Voters are no longer afraid to take a chance on an unfamiliar candidate, especially
one with a familiar
Someone like Arnold Schwarzenegger has been coming into people’s homes for years, bringing them action-packed (and
even light-hearted) entertainment. He has never hurt them, used them or lied to them. Though they don’t know him, there is a certain ele-~ ment of trust and appreciation that exists.
Who would have thought that we’d need to turn to Hollywood to bring stability and credibility back to politics?
during the time leading up to midterms. sitting
You will have no problems down to finish some assign-
ments and study for the
be anything but.
22 Creativity might
mid-terms get closer. You need to be creative with your
as the will
so you can get all those assignments done and find time to study, see friends and sleep. time,
you While they might be following the pack to an after- school gathering, you will use that independence and head Your independence
apart from your peers.
to study for
a couple of weeks, or finish off
Pisces February 19
August 23 September 22
Be watchful of your tendency your two cents in while
Your big heart will either hurt you or help you while studying with friends. You could end up
might not want your advice. Your input might start a disagreement that could have
the answers, while
thinking that they are helping you.
journalism student holding in the
fate (Photo by Holly Featherstone)
palm of her hand.
Zicke-zacke, zicke-zacke, hoy, hoy, hoy! Chantal Chauvin, an employee at Hans Haus, an Oktoberfest souvenir shop one of the popular-selling items. Oktoberfest ran from Oct. 5 to Oct. 13.
— SPOKE, October 15, 2007
Head-to-head Welcome Has there ever been an issue more overblown than steroid use? Especially
his or her health little
cism and scrutiny.
jacked up as big as can be, and almost undoubtedly juicing, does it
steroids? Although these
because there are many, and some are severe. However, if is
the time he used
negative effects of
substance that was not
not going to
will grant that both players
that both players are naturally big
Contrary to popular belief, steroids
do not help you run
I once had the great fortune of speaking with the legendary Cal
one is getting a competitive edge over their opponent. And wrestlers come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s hard to argue that one
Ripken Jr. Cal told me that in the late 1980s when Mark McGwire
must be huge to compete. Arguably one of the greatest
do acknowledge it
baseball further or lay out bigger hits.
weights, you tear
and newer, stronger fibers grow back in their place. If you take steroids, you speed up that "healing” process, allowing you to lift more often and giving you a
Michaels, was quite small relative
do get bigger from
competing today. I'm sure some would reference
folks, people their early
20s into their 30s.
and how steroids can cre-
to risk his or her
more steroids a user more he/she has to work out in order to maximize and maintain the benefit. But you will not see a 100-pound weakling boost up to 250 lbs. It just does not takes, the
Then what about all the home you ask? Barry Bonds’
line here folks
alleged steroid use began in 1998. Other than his freak 73-home run season in 2001 his career high was 49. He had three 40-home run sea-
sons and four 30-home run seasons
prior to 1998, so to argue that he
suspected based on their physical
Then you have players like McGwire
Barry Bonds and Mark
power before the use started would be
Mark McGwire was “caught”
shares of the just
days before the stock
admitted she used steroids from
2000-2002 and, more importantly, during the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she won five medals. Reports are also surfacing of the in Major League Baseball, where a few
rampant use of steroids
players have had their reputations
of an advantage to you?
Los of Anaheim). the
Rafael Palmeiro, a free agent first baseman who has not played since the 2005 season, publicly declared to have never taken steroids, then
banned suband was suspended for 10 days on Aug. 1, tested positive for the
Opinion Despite ever-mounting evidence
lax sports fans
Bonds himself has vehe-
mently denied steroid use since he broke the single-season home run record in 2002. There is also the pending investigation of a group of player on
team who allegedly
2005 Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots. When was the last time you heard about that? But the most glaring and disturbing place in sports where steroid positive
The number of wrestlers
died this year due to past
Adams and Bam Bam Bigelow are four names who all passed
this year, all reportedly
to past steroid use.
Then, of course, there was the deceased tragedy involving wrestler Chris Benoit, who killed his wife and seven-year-old son before taking his own life. It is reported Benoit had an abnormal testosterone in his sys-
tem, as well as a lethal mix of painkillers.
leagues seem to be on the issue.
Barry Bonds continues to be celebrated as the home run king of
2005. the forefront,
steroids during his time with the
using Androstenedione, a border-
are lightning rods for skepti-
has been proven that steroid
Anaheim Angels (now
Too many people look at a guy and say “Oh, he’s huge. He must be on steroids." The majority of players already suspended under Major are the last players that
although illegal and potentially dangerous to the health of the user, do not give this incredible competitive advantage mat people speak of. Though it does give an edge, that edge is short-
Martha Stewart was found guilty and sentenced to five
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman
wholesome. What do these three have in common? They’ve all cheated at some point in their lives. Richard Nixon
Doctors and law enforcement have said that Benoit's actions (he murdered his wife and son before hanging himself) were more likely related to brain trauma caused by
shame within the sports community. Even Martha Stewart showed she wasn’t so nice and forever in
Benoit here, talking about
boost of energy for more aggres-
In fact, the
Mark at first base and how big he was. And
However, steroids do not magically give you strength and ability.
stand next to at
rpore miniscule than people think.
the United States.
steroids give an edge,
one of the most
vilified presidents in the history
sional” sport, the results are pre-
a of overwhelming evidence against them, but one must realize lot
of course was booted out of the White House after the Watergate
top of the
World Wrestling Entertainment
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Kennedy. With all those serious signs of steroid abuse within their company. what have the officials done? Given the top spots in the
names were several top stars for the company, chiefly Randy Orton. Umaga, King Booker and Mr.
wrestlers have to use steroids to get
decides to push and not push.
People are dying
Participate in the
the blatant use of
allowed to continue
a deceased base-
admitted to steroid
at the age of 41 due to complications of steroids.
abuse, died direct
effects of steroid use, but they have
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Condors lose a close one Women’s soccer team coach says By
the difference in a
Mountaineers defeated Conestoga Condors 2-1 in women's soccer action on Oct. 3. the
Both teams started off assertively, battling back and forth throughout the feisty first half, but it ended knotted
out aggressively,” Condors coach
Aldo Krajcar said
game. “After the first 10 minutes we knew we were in for a tough after the
strike just catching a piece of the
goalkeeper’s hand. The second half started off like the first. The play was even and full of one-on-one battles in the
find the back of the net.
second half the Condors capitalized on a 2 on 0 when Renee Blanchard directed a perfect pass into the back of the Mountaineers’ net. With the momentum on their side, Conestoga began to control the
the play, pressing in the Mohawk end, but were unable to capitalize on any more chances.
front of the
half didn't see too
chances but Conestoga had the best one on a breakaway with the
back with some pressure of their own and tied the game at one during a right
few defensive lapses,
not from our back four but from our midfielders and they capital-
He added, girls.
give credit to our
or four breakaways in the game, but only capitalized on one.”
have a record of -3- as of Oct. 8 while the Mountaineers moved into third
record of 3-
West with a (Photo
struggled on the
The power of the Durham Lords was too much for the Conestoga women's fastball team, as their
by Joshua Khan) her all.
mound, and after it was time
Durham-11, Conestoqa-1 held her ground on the mound, giving up one run and striking out five
RBls. But the all-round pitcher also
Condors. Condors’ pitcher Laura Matheson
with power,” she said.
Even with great chemistry,
inning,” said Day.
Head coach Fawn Day said it all came down to the opposing team. “Our fielders have to be on their toes at all times because Durham hits
any other team in have areas they can
for her to call
also couldn’t put
Danielle Smith went 2-for-2 at bat, driving in two runs and generating five
got off to a hot start in four innings, as pitcher
three stressful innings,
Despite giving up runs, Matheson wasn’t the only player having an
record dropped to 6-3 after a bitter
battles for the ball during a
wings get clipped
By JOSHUA KHAN
11-1 loss at
— Page 15
had a few defensive
Just minutes later the Mountaineers pulled ahead on a rebound goal and they never
As of Oct. 4, the Condors are tied atop the Ontario College Athletics Association standings with a 6-3 record (although they have played more games than the rest of the colleges),
6 Page 16
â€” SPOKE, October
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