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Condors lose a close one

Blood donor

team loses by a goal to the

Mohawk

Mountaineers.

2007

15,

learning

newsroom

to

17.

News 3

A home away from home Pairing

journalism students

for

be held on Oct.

up an international student with

a local family can ease the

transition.

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Sports

Monday, October

A

residence

Third annual memorial clinic

Spoke

Women’s soccer

clinic at

Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.

www.conestogac.on.ca/spoke

39th Year

— No. 20

Oktoberfest parade

draws huge crowd By CHRISTOPHER MILLS

parade with the bagpipe marching band, perhaps attempting to save

Since 1974, Onkel Hans has been

Oktoberfest

of

face

the

Kitchener. This year tion

as

“Overall, it has to be the bands,” Harry Moyer said when asked what

was no exceporange

loveable,

the

German ushered

the best for last.

in

in the

his favourite part was.

33rd edition

“The pipe bands have got to be favourite,” Ruth Anne Moyer

my

of the popular festival.

Oktoberfest began celebration

for

King Ludwig

came

to

in

1810 as a

Kitchener

in

A

1969.

celebration of the festival

small

festival

German

Kitchener’s rich

Today,

city-

celebrate

to

“The bagpipes,” she

And

was no shortage of families this year, with crowds as deep as 10 lining King Street, from

heritage.

Kitchener’s

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

on

nationally

CTV

to

Erb Street

"We’ve had

it

for

in

despite

Kitchener’s

zels.”

featured appearances by Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr, Waterloo Mayor

by them.

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

family,”

in

younger years. “(The group) was much bigger to

“(The parade) also keeps you added family,” with close Goodyear.

attendance

well,

as

Meghan

these patrons, but rather reinforced

smiling

bands, representing a wide range of and ethnic groups, organizations

Goodyear-Dubien

said.

enough,” “I haven’t seen mine Goodyear added. But perhaps the meaning of the

day was best Marilyn Hallam. think,

“I

think of

all

summed up by

especially

we

today, in

the blessings

our

she said. “There’s no guns in or people dying, at least not like walk can We countries. other lives,”

around here and

feel safe.

See Pages 8 and 9 for photos

out the

hand CSI gives students in need a helping for 10 years Food share program has been operating By JENNIFER

MARKO

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.

“The food

share

program

is

something that CSI has been offering students in need for many years,” said

CSI event co-ordinator

Lindsay Silva. “This

is

a place

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,

a

this faculty and staff all donate to program. If you are interested in

to just

receiving

food,

students

are

to

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

She

little

it, it

is

it

not that

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

donate.”

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-

“I’m

and CSI wouldn

t

break

offer.

which can help alumni an save money and even generate

.

“The food share program

is

for

need ... those students who are in ... a little CSI from just a little help o 0 es a long way,

in

income.

Mary Wright, manager of alumni services, said Conestoga graduates

said Silva.

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

a specific

to stuthat are operated are open dents and grads all the time, she

fairs

“Both the on-campus and the ones that are held at

RIM

Park.”

Wright said the way alumni servgraduates ices keeps in touch with magazine is through a bi-annual

“We es that

It

comes out

in

provide support to any classwant to run a reunion," she

said.

Most of 20

of

“They look at providing services tandem with the alumni depart-

port

of the servic-

called Connections. January and June.

and members

ambassadors

as

said Wright.

The organization provides many services

the that.”

to the college

Conestoga, trying to advocate the benefits of coming to the college,

said, adding,

one- else’s business.

tiality

money work

you are going to graduate next year, make sure you take advantage to of all that alumni services has If

searches,

shy about using the

go for

separate group from alumni servicgives es. The alumni association

BY FRANCA MAIO

a time to get together with

“It’s

tastes.

closed

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

was

part

Alumni services has lots to offer graduates

it’s

"The best

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

used

an animal lover. But

like

“We usually watch on TV,” her husband Ken added. “We won t be watching it on TV anymore. Led by Onkel Hans, the parade

“It’s

“It

Some,

it.

it

of

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.”

came.”

the

An army

attractions at this year’s parade?

Dieterle, found joy in even simpler pleasures. "The parade was great,” she said.

said

Scare up some costume ideas

nod-

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.

to Frederick

The sky was

right into

.

“It must run in the family,” said Goodyear with a laugh. Were there any other favourite

first

years past.

Goodyear-Dubien Kelly Kitchener also expressed parade’s importance.

Waterloo

said

ding.

clear and the uncharacteristic. heat and humidity, the

October crowd was

more

years,”

in

tre stretch.

than 1.3 million viewers, and even attracting upwards of 300,000

along the parade route

there

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?

the

at

Concordia Club inspired a

wide

“The bagpipes,” Goodyear and Goodyear-Dubien said in unison when asked the same question.

and

of Bavaria,

1

said. “I love a pipe band.”

wedding of

the

the reunions are held on five, 10, 15 or

landmark years,

years 'since graduation.

run by

The alumni association is graduate vola dedicated group of are a unteers, said Wright, and they

they provide.”

The alumni

association

is

respon-

sible for affinity partnerships, discounted insurance rates

as

company

such with

for alumni, said

Wright. They are looking to expand

program in the future. few years ago, the alumni asso-

the affinity

A

the ciation started an award, called stufor award, Home Welcome

dents

whose parents

or guardians

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

Nov.

1

Continued on Page 2

award


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Page 2

— SPOKE, October

Now

News

2007

Students learn to write essays

deep thoughts

with help of writing consultant

Conestoga College

...with Random

15,

questions answered by

random

By. ELIZABETH

students

BATE

dents on just what

how

how

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

the

would be Germany so could learn about I

my

consultant

Commons

Learning

“It

to

is

for

the

holds

an

Academic Writing workshop to make sure students know it too. The workshop is supposed to be a half-hour

times

it

although somecan go longer if the stuin length,

dents attending want the material

culture.”

covered

in

more depth.

Katie Stortz,

“Academic integrity is expected and required of all Conestoga students.”

second-year marketing

student handbook

“Australia.

like

I

and laid-back

Lebold uses the time to go over Psychological

JenniferFitzgerald,

second-year

marketing

“I’d live in

because

my

graduates

successful

knows their

this

own

can help students to keep

ideas separate from others

I

1

and, therefore, she takes the time to

answer any questions

that students

caught committing an offence, whether on purpose or by accident, the penalties range

may

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

have.

Dianne

Pereira,

bachelor of science

a

third-year

nursing stu-

in

shop well spent. “The paraphrasing

thing,

the lecture, but by the end, she got

paper

it.

properly;

where

that’s

an academic offence

She to

is

tells

when

they are

workshop

always

cite

atten-

mis-

your

sources.

iffy,"

she said

According important

remember

at the

to

thing is

beginning of

Lebold. the most for

students

“Think as you read,” she says. "Think about where you’re getting your information from.” Students can

sign

up for the

Academic Writing workshop

“Whenever you

are reading

some-

thing for the purpose of writing a

graduates

event in SPOKE?

from

There is also a third award, which is presented by the premier of Ontario, and it recognizes suc-

first-year

EC

cessful graduates in Ontario.

It

Be sure

to place

an ad.

is

awarded

in February and the college can nominate three graduates.

Placing an ad Bursary available for

f^

“The States. I’d live in Ohio because Lebron

-

James

#t.4 I

is

my

a degree program. Alumni services

baby!”

sary

Annastasia Spence, first -year

students entering

ECE

for

students

also has a bur-

who

are

in

guarantees your information will appear in Spoke.

a

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

if

space

permits but ads always run.

the winter

blues, alumni services holds a fami-

“Japan.

It’s

really lead-

ing in technology.”

ly-orientated party called Winterfest, with skating and other

family-orientated said.

Sean first -

1

Hiiiier,

ear business foundations

It

is

held

at

activities,

she

the recreation cen-

summer, alumni services discounted tickets to Canada's Wonderland and Ontario the

ext. 3691.

sells

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

tre.

In

rate

www.conestogac.on.ca/friendsalumni/index.jsp

or

one-on-one help with assignments in the Learning Commons.

the college.

Melissa Cayenne,

to

to think.

Want to promote your upcoming

1

that's

necessary for students to make sure that they understand how to write a

in

obtaining extra money

nizes

you're get-

assist

Alumni services also has another award called the Alumnus of Distinction award which recog-

different.”

work.”

all

Continued from page

to try

own

this

administration

something completely

ing that integrity and for maintaining control of their

take

first-year business

I’d like

accountable for personally uphold-

dees the key to avoiding

Ada/n Cha/mers,

down where

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

ancestors are

paper, write

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-

where

and

ting things from,” she says. Lebold

writing.

from.”

“England.

is

American

Awards

Scotland

that’s

style

Lebold’s workshop comes in. Lebold says students may not even be aware they are committing

the sun

living!”

APA

format papers correctly, it also stresses the importance of honesty and integrity when writing to

SPOKE


.

News

Help save a By MARCIA LOVE

The

A

Conestoga graduate hopes to inspire other. students and youth to give to those in need by donating blood

memory

in

of a fellow student

who had always wanted

to give.

Ryan Connell, Conestoga

resi-

clinic

be

will

held

life:

Connell said about 30 people donated blood at last year’s clinic and he hopes there will be a better

3-8 p.m.

turnout this year.

at

1

who

Walker,

passed away had wished

in

January 2006, to donate blood but could not due to

lot

much of an impact

ers to follow suit at a blood clinic in

now

donor honour of William Walker.

in its third year.

Conestoga College was

new

bloom

this fall,

Oldfield said students get a ton

in full

thanks to continu-

ing education which introduced

new courses

three

students

to

interested in horticulture.

garden

Retail

centre,

interior

and hobby gardener

plant care

each accept

15-20 students per semester and cost under $200. Students taking these courses

of experience learning about horticulture, both theory and handson,

before

careers.

starting

She

of

greenhouses, such as the Belgian Nursery and big box stores, such as RONA and Home Hardware, who would love to

and knowledgeable

Conestoga grad. “Plants

either

will get to par-

visiting

such places as nurseries and

rience learning about horti-

watering

culture, both theory

Botanical

their

own

Gillian Oldfield,

take

plete,

“We

will

approximately three years.

students es

-

longer to com-

have seen a

fair

interested in

number of

these cours-

and programs," said Gillian

program administrator for continuing education. "A lot of students take them part-time while they are working full-time.”

Oldfield,

to

take

Oldfield.

now

hire

have the

knowledge

15-20 students but

much

can that

These new courses

will

how

employees

continuing education

grounds maintenance, horticulture crop production and landscape conaccept

know

“Employers

program administratorfor

Conestoga

also

peo-

ple don’t

care of them,”

careers.

of

hopes to introduce three new certificate programs

struction.

because

said

2008, continuing education at

and

hands-on, before starting

Gardens. In the fall

from too

Students get a ton of expe-

Royal

the

wilt

much sun exposure or die from over

ticipate in field trips

own

their

said there are plenty

hire a skilled

to

She said with these new programs and courses Conestoga is isn't

fill

being

making

how make

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

else’s life.”

national,

non-profit

charitable

manages

organization

that

blood supply

in all

territories other than

way of

the

provinces and

Quebec.

The organization operates 41

per-

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.

ALLWOOD

By JACKIE

IT diploma.

A Conestoga graduate has been awarded national honours in an International

Computer Driving

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

testing

more

Women’s Directorate (OWD). The OWD is a government

the

this

that funds

prevent

word processing,

while pursuing her

violence

against

women

had

just like any

above

to pass a math test, program when you are

19,” she said.

The ICDL’s

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

held

at the

college

in

September.

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

putting

is

her

skills to the test.

Cole

women pro-

and co-ordinates programs designed to address and

gram

and information and commu-

She did

1

The information technology program Cole graduated from is a specialty program designed for women and is funded by the Ontario

spreadsheets, databases, presentations

to

1

had to finish seven modules which included basic concepts of IT, using the computer and files,

too specific.

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

went

ICDL Cole

managing

is

When

standard for employers. Conestoga College is an authorized administrator of the program.

To successfully complete

“I also

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

women

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

funding.

same opportunity.

She said it is a way for women in poor situations to better their lives.

you (women)

“It’s great the

to

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

make

use of the facilities and get practical

they can

nication.

deal with the plants.”

able to

someone

— Page 3

2007

Conestoga graduate awarded national honours

interest at college By VANESSA BUTLER

of people don’t realize

Recent Ipsos-Reid polling shows

Horticulture

sprouts

in

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-

life

15,

donate blood

Conestoga College Residence and Conference Centre on Oct. 7 from

his illness.

dence

SPOKE, October

experience.

“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

of

us have experienced waking up

believed to affect one

in

.

ten.

careers.”

Here are some signs which might indicate

that

you or someone you care about

is

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 -

in life;

loss of joy

in

loss

energy; insomnia or sleeping too pains; digestive problems, much; loss of appetite or over-eating; physical aches and

PHYSICAL - overwhelming

exhaustion and lack

of

headaches. withdrawal; neglect of responsibilities or appearance; daily activities. reduced concentration, memory or ability to cope with

BEHAVIOUR -

irritability,

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.

are available

in

Health Services (1A102).

Gillian Oldfield,

tion at

A Message from

Counselling Services


Low

literacy rate

eyebrows

raises A

Commentary

— SPOKE, October 15, 2007

Page 4

recent report entitled Vital Signs, which looked at the

state of

Waterloo Region, found we have extremely low

literacy scores.

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

1

1

life,

many Ken

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

economy.

The recent

What do you draw from

the latest

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

persistent

easily.

ing

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-

horn?

It is

tion.

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.

The college

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.

we

Rarely do

consider the factor

We

breached.

is

wanes and

the econ-

chokes under the stranglehold

ing the nation to

become

on

reliant

foreign aid intervention and, in turn,

undermining the nation’s overall repute. Such corrosion furthers the

Opinion The che

is

individual and collective psy-

success of subsequent attacks and

the foundation of a nation and

the swelling of casualties.

media pays

little

regard to human-

in

wake of probable peace

the

ism

negotiations in Darfur. Afghanistan

assessing the after-effects: inflated

when immediate onslaught is more engaging. The scourge against

and Myanmar.

numbers and stagnant

innocent civilians merely ushers a

certainly benefit by

incursions.

coerced

are

into

factoids ren-

dering us void casual observers.

seamless

We, including prospective peace negotiators, tend to overlook

the

unforeseen; the seed which spawns all

civilian

Such

a seed

fragile

and discord.

unrest is

the

and often

upon not

numbers, but in the

to

wholly eradicate

to instil perpetual fear

minds of individuals,

as

a

reconstructive

must

under-regarded

escalating into the disintegration of

gressors from seeking

a nation’s welfare

skills.

agriculture,

-

industry,

in

but

it

when

terms of

social

is at

kill.

stake.

net-

social

frameworks and

security services altogether.

The presence of war countries

including

in

security in

be

order to forestall trans-

the nation, imposing

command

upon one

of

vul-

mind followed by the next. The human psyche is the quintes-

nerable

African

Sudan

Somalia has a similar clout on depraved victims.

and its

When ethnic clans

sence of self-preservation and nation’s

civilians

thought

rather

have

than

fear

if

is

freedom of

are aggrieved by disruption, families

thought, what chance of preserva-

dissolve and individual faith in the

tion

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

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Halloween now.

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

going

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,

$40

to $70.

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in

Kelly.

"We

get a lot of

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Tom

Hilborn is a Conestoga graduate and owner of Maskerade

Manor

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His shop has over 2,800 rental costumes and the vast majority of them cost $15 to $50. If you want something more elabohis

new costumes

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include

a

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full

going crazy

"That’s

when

all

promoting

start

over,

in here,”

reserving your costume early. "I’ve never been cleaned out, but

I've

definitely

been picked

over.”

Need some spooky props for your haunted house party? He rents those too. Animated characters $100 and include

ics to control their

ment.

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-

He

suggests

such as werewolves and

and Marilyn Monroe.”

he said.

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of

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the bars and clubs

up as Mounties, firefighters and

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is

girl

mummies

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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.

is

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anything

Red Riding

another popular

“They can

wear

to

it

as a

it

Halloween costume.”

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

First-year

around Labour Day.

"Once Oktoberfest start

is

for

Oktoberfest and then use

lulia

it

looking

Bavarian option.

Hilborn said Halloween reservations started

2007

Hood and Dorothy, naughty nurses and French maids.” He said the

said.

“The guys

lot

that straps

“They're

sexy,” he said. “Little

eat-

police officers. Last year, a

women

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here," said salesperson like to dress

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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.

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think

last

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make

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said.

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Students design RIM testing unit tion will greatly increase produc-

By JOHN L1NLEY

tivity.

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-

Blackberry.

gram.

The Blackberry Automated Work Cell was created last year by thirdyear students in the integrated advanced manufacturing technolo-

gy program.

The at

was unveiled on Aug. showcase of student

cell

1

the annual

the students

“It lets

real-

pany

work with students than

to

on the producand unloads

a process

ESL

similar companies,

and top keys, downloads the software and dispenses and applies the

said they are

Stoicoiu

but

working

students enjoy

come up

to

know what

By MARCIA LOVE

with similar projects to benefit the

any Blackberry

fails the

test,

very good opportunity lor

“It is a

International students received an

Conestoga at Survivor annual

welcome

to

official

he said.

be keeping

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-

security on

dents will go through adjustments when moving to a new country.

Safe program.

Leanne Mountford

This

Opinion

“They might feel homesick or may be isolating themselves because everything is new to

the unit puts

it

in

the

a bin.

Prior to this, workers had to test the keys by hand, so this inven-

students,

good being

and

solving

this process,”

through

Speeding law won’t fix problem Many

motorists

may

came

into effect in late

September.

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

is

that the

num-

ber of police officers monitoring the roads

is

miniscule

when com-

CHURCH?

fifth

Shawna Bernard,

their

legislation

the

to

pared to the number of motorists

is

known

a counsellor at

as culture shock.

issue of speeding rather than slowing the problem

down.

issues they needed to talk about.

do

fix

is

to

the

The

Ministry of Transportation

(MTO)

plans to improve road safe-

by making speed limiters mandatory on trucks, according to a July 3 Canadian News W'ire

ty

Group

“We were

theme of incidents that were coming up and we thought we needed to do something

about

noticing a

this

are

in

them know

Safe

and abusive relationships

to

let

students

“Students learned about rules and issues around drugs and

safety

alcohol, as well as things like drinking games and drinking and driving,”

Magazine

said.

Holmes from

Colleen

rec

the

were discussed with Keith Martin,

centre finished the interactive ses-

a counsellor, and Natasha Magon from English language studies.

destressing.

"We try to teach students about emotional and physical abuse using

English as a second language stu-

Magon

role playing,”

Const.

Nadine

said.

and

Cybulski

Shannon Carey, co-ordinator of Walk Safe, informed the students about safety in the community and Students learned about violence,

Pauline

sions with exercises and tips on

Zhong.

Sheng

campus and

Shore,

the

Walk

dent from China, said she enjoyed learning about the safety in the community session, and learned a lot

of important things.

She

said she

somewhat

is

“I

but

don’t like

it

as

don’t hate

I

much

Andres Garcia, a

Zhong

level three

student from Colombia,

ships. Students learned about per-

security.

students

it’s

OK

to say

favourite

part

Conestoga

was

“I

of

said. “I didn’t

adjust to living in a

illegal to

Garcia said he found

make

when he

quick and easy meals that are also healthy,” Reis said.

year ago.

Joan Magazine, a counsellor, held a workshop on drugs and alcohol.

and

to

about

Now

first

know

in it

grow marijuana."

eating with the students.

how

his

Survivor

learned about illegal things

Canada," he

was

students

ESL

said

learning

no to a relationship," Bernard said. Serena Reis discussed healthy

“We show

home,

as

here,”

it

language studies, and Shawna Bernard taught students about safe and abusive relation-

tell

adjust-

said.

co-ordinator of

English

“We

three

level

a

ing to living in Canada.

on campus.

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

flying

let

about situations that come up." Students learned about healthy sexuality with Diane Redding.

problem able to go

for

rights

their

Canada, and

students.

label.

Conestoga.

at Survivor

Survivor Conestoga

work with RIM, or

the Blackberry, tests the front, side

learning about the English as a second language program had fun

to

There are currently no plans for the students to

in

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

If

work on

(Photo by Marcia Love)

International students

hire outside workers.

projects.

During

nated the project and said it will boost the popularity of the pro-

it

hard to

new country moved to Canada a

he feels more comfortable

thinks

his

English

will

improve.

release.

A

speed limiter is a built-in microchip rhat enables a truck engine’s top speed to be preset.

Why make

then,

if

the

MTO feels

it

will

the roads safer to put speed

limiters

on

trucks, can’t they also

be put into cars and other vehicles?

Adult Recreational Center 185 King St. S Waterloo

If

speed limiters were installed in law enforcement wouldn't

cars,

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have to spend hours sitting on the side of a highway with radar equipment. They would be able to spend their time more effectively by controlling crime and not worrying about something a microchip could handle.

Something definitely needs to be done about excessive speeders, but attempting to scare them with penalties

rather

than

help

in

fixing

the

going to the long run. There just

problem probably

isn’t

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.

training day.


students INC


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News

— SPOKE, October 15, 2007

Thanksgiving Day parade

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(AH photos by Christopher Mitts)

Newly crowned Miss Oktoberfest, Nicole Stuber, waves

to the

crowds as the parade passes through downtown Kitchener.

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Participants

Street into

An

inflatable version of the loveable Oktoberfest

and towers over patrons.

mascot kicks

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in

Day parade make their way down King the 39th annual Thanksgiving _ Oct. 8. An estimated crowd of 145,000 looks on .

downtown Kitchener on

the parade

An annual

favourite, the local

bagpipe band closes out the parade

in

style


News

SPOKE, October

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

for

parade spectators.

Onkel Hans takes a moment

to smile for the

camera

15,

2007

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News

— SPOKE, October 15, 2007

CreateAthon gives something

FREE Drop-In Relaxation Sessions

nothing

for

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

services

received free advertising from Punch Integrated

during the

Communications Cambridge company's Inc.

second

brochures, posters and books tor their volunteer fairs and for pro-

“I'd just like to say

we

graphic

through the

night to produce as

much work

as they can for local

Spiritual

1 1

:30

@

12:00

came from

a

-

the CreateAthon and event,” said Coyle.

“We

Room, SLC Room 2 A 121

it

we

was

did

a great

put a few ads in local newsasking any non-profit

“We

what we needed and gave us what

we a

needed.

"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

their assistance.”

Kroft.

chair

non-profit

were

in

tried

to

(organiza-

most need of our

The organizations

participating

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

Sending unwanted

calls, letters, or

gifts (e.g.

Showing up uninvited

>

at

happy.”

of

Waterloo,

For further information on the Punch call CreateAthon, Integrated

Communication

519-653-4800.

include:

flowers) (i.e.

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,

Do

Police.

Room

1 C04, 885-0300 ext. 224. Information on community support

Sponsored by the

is

available through your Counselling Office.

Women’s Resource Group

K-W

Musical Production, Nutrition for Learning, Hope Springs and Grand River All Breed Animal Rescue.

emails

places the target frequents

has a

“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.

Repeated telephone

it

it.

Stalking

may

the

thing turned out amazing.

WHEN DATING TURNS DANGEROUS Actions that constitute stalking

ot

board for the Kitchener- Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, said every-

Housing

the

tions) that

;

listened to

on the applications we select

Shawna Bernard, Counsellor Counselling Services

They

They

Some other local organizations who benefited were Supportive

services.”

Facilitated by

are absolutely happy.

munity.

(organizations) to apply and based

papers

12:30 P.M.

way com-

ished and professional and

States and Puerto Rico. “This is the second time

A.M. — 12 noon

-

idea

Coyle said. CreateAthon is an international network that involves over 40 agencies across Canada, the United

Guided imagery?

Mondays (2), Wednesdays

company North Carolina called RIGGS,

The

Muscle Relaxation?

(their)

Rosemary

non-profit organizations.

in

designers an non-stop

work

to

thrilled

creative in the

engage with

did a great job.

gives

how

see a business in the

a.m. on a Thursday morning to 8

It

• Progressive

to

community be

Punch.

Would you like to try • Deep breathing?

are

that they

opportunity

com-

in the

munity.

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?

K-

now has new

moting volunteers out

differ.

They

W.

said the centre

Inc. at


News

SPOKE, October

Lockdown procedure

Duck, cover and hide. Duck, cover and hide. That’s what a 1950s’ cartoon told children to do if they heard a loud

bomb

atomic

drill siren.

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,

gency.

you know the suspect! s), you

should also give their name(s) and a description of the weapons involved.

gone postal”

line yellow, phaseline red or phaseline green. Phaseline yellow means that

there

is

down

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 to

fact

the college has a

picious.

dure.

come

someone decides campus and shoot

into the

somebody,

going to happen,” he

it’s

said.

“You can’t stop something like from happening.” However, what the college hopes to do is minimize the number of that

casualties inflicted

when

major

a

incident does occur.

“And that’s where the school lockdown procedure comes in,”

and

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

lege.

good

find try

conceal

to

“You don’t want

you’re reporting a firearm

Coming

to

Canada

student

as an internacan be a difficult

transition.

Conestoga College’s homestay program can help with the transi-

to put

it

that

find

out,” said Tribe.

rooms and

down

the point of having a

said

is

not to lock the exterior

offices.

“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

mass

notification.

of concern

are'a

is

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-

job then

yet,

no cheques have been

a new country

in

ily.

“My

awareness,” he said. Tribe also said

received,” he said.

the

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-

On

leges and universities. “I believe we’re going to have to do them, simply because it raises

“As of

Another

but they are not stan-

funding.

said.

fill

drills,

dard practices performed by col-

liv-

minimum

of four times a

coming

new person

a

to find the best

into their

family, said Chen.

The student pays their homestay family $650 a month and receives in return a

and

all

own

their

room, three meals

a

day

other basic needs.

Students is

week

with the student, speak in English to the student at all times and they must be enthusiastic about wel-

may have

breakfast

to

in the

prepare

mornings

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

homes-

“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

the

think they are appropriate for the

said

Chen. "They need

and board

room

to an international stu-

in their home. “Homestay helps

dent

the student feel

like they are part of a family,” said

Chen. This year

10

new

students chose to live

international in

a

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

way

is

you want you have to

doors of the college, but locking the interior doors such as class-

He

ing preferences.

where

is

a Canadian family provides

www.partyfactory.ca

a

if

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 college.

The homestay program

SSSItl

yourself

taining personal questions and

Felicia

519-888-SPOOK

make

and with the new culture, said Chen, the international student adviser and housing officer at tion

tay,

go through knowledge out, to

a target,” said Tribe.

he

tional

519-763-1941

to

we have

“Part of the process that

yourself to avoid

notified.

that in

By KERRY REED

Scottsdale Rd.

you should

being seen by a potential gunman.

A new home

519-740-1314

is

we do have a paging system, but we do not have a paging system for any other building or any other campuses,”

When

I

cover, then

there

any kind of incident, security services and the Waterloo regional police should be

He explained

1

is

“In this building,

said Tribe.

Victoria St. N. Kitchener 51 Hespeler Rd. Cambridge

the highest level

lockdown proce-

"But I’m not really worried about something like Virginia Tech happening here,” she said.

lockdown

if

is,

I

Sarah Hamilton, a second-year marketing student, did not know

to students

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-

immediate danger

It is

“Call 911,1 guess,” she said.

that

staff.

becoming more and more prevalent

Sanja Stokich, a first-year finanplanning student, admitted she does not know what to do in an

cial

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)

dure.

the public address system: phase-

a

of situation

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-

emergency.

is

means

that

general lack of knowledge on the

progress,

Phaseline red

the “student

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lockdown procedure one of these announcements will be made on there

If

in

of alert, and this

it’s

it is the kind our educational institutions fear most.

drills.

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is for

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15,

may

run into.”

I

program,” she said.

“I

need to

know

all

the right

they are

in

it

for

reasons.”

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

as

family works.

most cases the family and the engage really well, but sometimes it does not work out. In

student-

personalities will, click,”

fortable or else

it

to

will not

The students and

the

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

their


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News

— SPOKE, October 15, 2007

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Browsing for jewelry Chantelle Steffan and

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first-year practical

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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

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21

seems

September 23 October 22

April 19

Optimism

Celebrity politicians.

Libra -

important as midterms approach in a couple of is

time to put those

It is

weeks. Your positive out look will

back need

help you

and your friends get through the stress of studying and

ies.

instead

writing the tests.

party,

-

rate.

the closet 'because

you on your studMid-terms are coming, and in

to concentrate

of attending

you should

books

the

latest

be hitting the

to be

least expect, step out

very similar to

of the

Christopher

entertainment world and into the political world. And a fair share get

Mills

Phillies,

becoming

player

history to record

the

second

and pretending that

in

reality

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strikeouts and 100 wins in both the

mil

20

in

American and National leagues. He was elected to the U.S. Senate

October 23-

November

(Kentucky)

2

in

1998.

Jesse “The Body” Ventura was a flamboyant, larger-than-life

Your patience

work

your benefit during mid-terms. Having will

patience for those long

to

tests,

and

even longer essays, will get you through the rough part, and that leaves you with more time to spend the way you choose.

WWF

Try to keep your emotions in check while preparing for midterms.

will save

It

you a

lot

of

grief in the long run.

wrestler.

He shocked

'$/'

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-

adapt to the stress of finishing assignments, and studying for the

who

tests better than those

find

it

You love

a good challenge, so work because of mida couple of weeks is not

terms

in

affecting you.

get

It’s

a challenge to

those assignments done,

all

and find time

hard to adapt.

perhaps the most famous

June 22

-

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July 22

-

is

It

time to

start

Your discipline

adapting to

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

will

Predator),

do we

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

mayor

Rudi Giuliani Republican nomination.

politicians?

athletes

must constantly work

to

hold their interest and keep their support coming in. Politics is no different,

as

representatives

are

elected by the people, and would not be in any position of authority if it

were not for the people.

strangely,

politicians

rarely

Yet

hold

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

the

is

quite sim-

ple.

actors these days are

Hollywood, but in and parliamentary

offices across the continent.

Schwarzenegger,

Thompson: actors,

January 19

the

a

California in 2003.

congressional ,

(and

Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of the state of

clearly not in

Cancer

Why

So

Thompson’s current pled

with

Hollywood

past

second York

New

for

the

cou-

run,

by

victories

should be sending a clear-cut and powerful message to politicians in North stars,

Fans drive the sports and entertainment businesses, so actors and

The biggest

to study.

something

Reform party candidate to ever be elected to state or federal office.

And now, as Law and Order actor Fred Thompson campaigns

the added

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

for

You adaptability puts you in good stead as mid-terms quickly approach. You will be able to

candi-

first

America. More and more of these

co-star of Ventura’s in

November 22 December 21

joined his

know that their survival hinges on giving the audience what they want.

And

j

Thompson

men

celebrity-turned-politician

J

them?

i-

little

they were not.

elect

them

be

real

is in

1998 when he was elected governor of Minnesota, becoming the

the nation in

first

Sagittarius

why do we trust

to

he

debate on Oct. 9 in Michigan, and although looking a

Opinion

-

who

ty-

dates’

elected.

Jim Bunning was a professional baseball player for 17 years with the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia

to...

York. Ironically enough, Thompson’s on-screen persona is

growing at a shocking Candidates, sometimes ones

you’d

new shoes

The number

— Page 13

2007

15,

The Oscar goes

2007

15,

SPOKE, October

all

made

Ventura. their living as

performing for audiences

been attained.

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

stars

are

entering

the

political

fray,

take a page from Hollywood book, and learn to

their fate

the that

depends solely on the

“audience." Voters are no longer afraid to take a chance on an unfamiliar candidate, especially

one with a familiar

if it’s

face.

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?

you

help

during the time leading up to midterms. sitting

You will have no problems down to finish some assign-

ments and study for the

test.

be anything but.

Aquarius

Leo

I

July 23

|

-

January 20

August

7

22 Creativity might

come

in

handy

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,

February

-

1

you While they might be following the pack to an after- school gathering, you will use that independence and head Your independence

will set

apart from your peers.

home in

to study for

your mid-terms

a couple of weeks, or finish off

an assignment.

Virgo

Pisces February 19

August 23 September 22

March 20

Be watchful of your tendency your two cents in while

to put

others

are

discussing

a

topic.

Your big heart will either hurt you or help you while studying with friends. You could end up

|

They

might not want your advice. Your input might start a disagreement that could have

giving them

all

the answers, while

thinking that they are helping you.

been avoided.

Franca Maio

is

a second-year

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.

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Sports

— SPOKE, October 15, 2007

Head-to-head Welcome Has there ever been an issue more overblown than steroid use? Especially

I’m

downplay

the

though

here and

sit

foolish

his or her health little

enough

- and

competitive edge,

life

how

is

professional

about

another

wrestling,

hot

cism and scrutiny.

that

I

bed

for

men

are

jacked up as big as can be, and almost undoubtedly juicing, does it

for a

our problem?

it,

been out-

since

steroids? Although these

to risk

-

has

how

And

because there are many, and some are severe. However, if is

the time he used

at it

illegal

League

Major

lawed.

negative effects of

steroids,

an athlete

substance that was not

banned

Baseball

professional sports?

in

not going to

line

or

by

will grant that both players

that both players are naturally big

Contrary to popular belief, steroids

guys.

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

is

faster,

that

hit

a

baseball further or lay out bigger hits.

When you

lift

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

muscle

fibers

came

league,

the

into

No

he would

wrestlers

Michaels, was quite small relative

marvel

to

do get bigger from

competing today. I'm sure some would reference

folks, people their early

20s into their 30s.

'roid rage

an athlete

enough little

how

foolish

life

for

a

competitive edge,

is

that our

still

and how steroids can cre-

ate animals.

to risk his or her

— and

health

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

is

problem?

Then what about all the home you ask? Barry Bonds’

The bottom

line here folks

is

that

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-

League Baseball’s

policy

sons and four 30-home run seasons

would be

prior to 1998, so to argue that he

lived.

suspected based on their physical

had no

appearance.

alleged steroid

Then you have players like McGwire

Barry Bonds and Mark

who

steroids,

power before the use started would be

talent or

It

much

Mark McGwire was “caught”

have

shorter

shares of the just

dumping

for

company ImClone,

days before the stock

But

in

is

Marion

sports.

fell.

common

most

the

cheating occurs

place

professional

Jones

recently

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

that really

including

tarnished,

who

Troy Glaus,

like

much

of an advantage to you?

took

allegedly

Angels

Angeles

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

stance

stanozolol

McNanney

Despite lievable

Opinion Despite ever-mounting evidence

supporting

all

these cases

is

what

how

is

coming

truly

to

unbe-

lax sports fans

Bonds himself has vehe-

baseball.

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

Carolina Panthers

the

team who allegedly

football

tested

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

team’s

the

after

occurs

use

professional

in

is

wrestling.

The number of wrestlers

who have

died this year due to past

steroid use

Mike

flabbergasting.

is

Awesome,

Sherri

Brian

Martel,

Adams and Bam Bam Bigelow are four names who all passed

just

away

due

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.

On

and

leagues seem to be on the issue.

of steroids,

use

his

Barry Bonds continues to be celebrated as the home run king of

amount of

2005. the forefront,

sound

current

steroids during his time with the

and

careers

shorter lives.

Does

using Androstenedione, a border-

are lightning rods for skepti-

has been proven that steroid

users

absurd.

prison

in

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

months

repeated concussions.

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-

steroid

Martha Stewart was found guilty and sentenced to five

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman

runs,

Alex

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

happen.

,

is

shame within the sports community. Even Martha Stewart showed she wasn’t so nice and forever in

Benoit here, talking about

Chris If

and he’s

his competition,

boost of energy for more aggres-

In fact, the

Shawn

time,

all

Mark at first base and how big he was. And

sive workouts.

However, steroids do not magically give you strength and ability.

of

stand next to at

of

Marion Jones

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the United States.

determined.

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While

steroids give an edge,

one of the most

is

vilified presidents in the history

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“profes-

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it’s

a of overwhelming evidence against them, but one must realize lot

Richard Nixon

the juice’

off

of course was booted out of the White House after the Watergate

matter? Although

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SPOKE, October

Condors lose a close one Women’s soccer team coach says By

One game

AARON O’CONNELL

goal

of

was

the difference in a

opportunity

as

the

Mohawk

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

“We

at zero.

expected

Mohawk

to

come

out aggressively,” Condors coach

Aldo Krajcar said

game. “After the first 10 minutes we knew we were in for a tough after the

match.”

The

strike just catching a piece of the

scramble

Mohawk

net.

goalkeeper’s hand. The second half started off like the first. The play was even and full of one-on-one battles in the

midfield

as

neither

team could

find the back of the net.

Midway through

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.

in

front of the

half didn't see too

many

chances but Conestoga had the best one on a breakaway with the

Mohawk came

back with some pressure of their own and tied the game at one during a right

looked back.

"We had

a

few defensive lapses,

not from our back four but from our midfielders and they capital-

ized

on

their

chances,”

Kraicar

said.

He added, girls.

“I

give credit to our

They played

hard,

we had

three

or four breakaways in the game, but only capitalized on one.”

With the

loss, the

Condors now

have a record of -3- as of Oct. 8 while the Mountaineers moved into third

place

record of 3-

in 1

the

1

West with a (Photo

-0.

A Condor

struggled on the

The power of the Durham Lords was too much for the Conestoga women's fastball team, as their

the first

(Photo

A Condor

gives

it

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

Condors,

O'Connell)

Mohawk

Oct. 3.

improve on.

it

a day.

as

Conestoga’s it

fielders

together.

with power,” she said.

Even with great chemistry,

to

it

comes

start

to offence,

hitting

inning,” said Day.

we

the

first

“Not the

fifth

in

inning.”

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

still

“When have

any other team in have areas they can

like

for her to call

also couldn’t put

Danielle Smith went 2-for-2 at bat, driving in two runs and generating five

by Aaron

against

sports,

off day,

Oct. 4.

got off to a hot start in four innings, as pitcher

game

three stressful innings,

Despite giving up runs, Matheson wasn’t the only player having an

record dropped to 6-3 after a bitter

home on

battles for the ball during a

wings get clipped

By JOSHUA KHAN

Durham

lapses’

Condors'

Fastball team’s

11-1 loss at

— Page 15

home

at

had a few defensive

2007

Just minutes later the Mountaineers pulled ahead on a rebound goal and they never

1

first

‘we

15,

the

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),

and

will

make

the playoffs.


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15,

2007

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