Beer + ideas = telecom company company
‘Self-taught geniuses’ create that offers
Pumpkin mania runs rampant at the
CSI promotes MQUNTFORD
do some good
There are now 20 organizations in 20 countries that do the same
Oct. 16 by Peter Cameron, account executive of Planet Bean Coffee,
various co-ops and farms to check out the products and make sure
helps farmers and their
people are getting paid a decent
sure the products are ecolog-
sports balls, spices
grown, meaning that the cofgrown in the shade of tropical forests, which protects habitat for
quinoa, cut flow-
— No. 22
he said. According to the Planet Bean website, the FLO also checks to
by ensuring that they are paid a decent price for their products such as coffee, tea, does
Labelling Organizations International (FLO), which goes to
families achieve a better standard It
predictions on love
According to a brochure handed out at the Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) annual general meeting on
could be as simple as buying a cup of Planet Bean’s fair it
by auditors who the books and
Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.
Looking into the future Psychic Dan Valkos gives students
onday, October 29, 2007
(Photo by Leanne Mountford)
history of the trading relationships,
we wouldn’t have
farmers and drinkers of the coffee are not exposed to harmful chemi-
The CSI board
attended the CSI annual general meeting with Peter Cameron from Planet Bean Coffee. Cameron, who is in the middle of the back row, is promoting justice ‘one cup at a time.’
coffee, sugar, tea
mean, if you go back that what happened. And now
slavery because the people are not getting the return they need." About 50 years ago in Europe, a
lot of groups started working with groups in Africa to try to create bet-
alternative trade organiza-
trade certified. According to
Dinning, vice-president of student affairs,
a CSI annual general meeting and he congratulated them on an excellent relationship and for the positive revenue they are generating.
health clinics and roads, he said. Cameron likes to use the slogan,
“Promoting justice one cup at a time." For more information about Planet Bean Coffee and fair trade, visit their website at www.planet-
In other business, the relationship
between CSI and the college was discussed. President John Tibbits
proof that co-operatives like Planet
his first time attending
old familiar faces in security
In previous years there has been only one staff member who could
However, Anderson said usually only one or two people will be designated to write tickets at any one
They are responsible for Waterloo, Guelph and Kitchener campuses as well as the Conestoga Residence
for licensed events on
and Conference Centre, said John Anderson, a college security repre-
by Conestoga Students
staff is also the
are in contact with police about alco-
hol consumption on and off campus.
a step in the
right direction," he said,
material respects, the financial position of the organization as of
2007 and the
cash flows for the accordance with
said the licensed events at the
school so far this year have been attended and they have had
“They are honing
The new staff is trained at all three campuses and they are rotated
the trouble with alcohol
don’t think there
ordinator, an awareness co-ordinator
maximize the space. “I’m also happy to announce
co-ordinator. Andy Staveley, food service direc-
our other business ventures such as our massage therapy and Shooters photo studio are up and running and serving students better than ever.”
Stanciu also added that the CSI
and a Speak
for Chartwells at Conestoga College, introduced himself at the meeting and spoke about a food tor
that is being start-
with CSI. This will
board of directors has become more
who were first-time donors. Residence life co-ordinator Ryan Connell planned the blood drive in honour of Walker, a Conestoga College student who died in January 2006. He had wished to donate blood but could not due to his illness. According to Canadian Blood Services, every donation helps three people in need of blood. This year’s drive obtained enough blood for approx-
imately 78 patients. Connell said he was happy with the turnout. “At one point we had to turn a few people away because there weren’t enough beds for all of those
with the amount of people
we were very pleased who were willing to come
Walker’s parents, Anne and Richard Walker, attended the drive. His niece, Amanda Ross, was also pres(Photo by Marcia Love)
The Walkers have been donating blood
said she has donated approximately of blood, while her husband has donated
Anne Walker 618
Stanciu also said the Sanctuary is operational and they will con-
Conestoga students gave the gift of life at the William Walker Memorial Blood Drive on Oct. 17. Twenty-six people donated blood at the drive, held for the third year at Conestoga residence, including 1
to an area so
classes are not disrupted.
through them. are also
he feels about
the Sanctuary possibly
licensed during class time, he said
higher level security positions.
said the audit confirmed that
out and give selflessly.”
a positive thing,” said Anderson.
a base for future
concerns and ideas for the future.
events) by vehicle which
community engagement co-
law enforcement and
a focus for their term on the board.
willing to donate,” he said. “But
Each one of them has been assigned
only a few incidences with students. “Few people attended (licensed
These have resulted
Stanciu, president of CSI,
student funds dur-
sionalism, customer service, safety and the education and training of the
ing the 2006-2007 fiscal period.
provide an opportunity for students and college personnel to sit down twice a semester and talk about
actively involved in the college environment this year than ever before.
ended in generally Canadian
has increased the levels of profes-
of them are on a career path
Christopher Graves, back row, on right, Mike and president John tibbits, middle row, second from
Bv MARCIA LOVE
the security staff can write tickets.
because year this gone Conestoga College has contracted the jobs out to a new company
auditor’s report in
financial statements present fairly, in
in right direction’
Students give the
security ‘a step
By JENN SPRACH
along with CSI
ference in the communities where these products are grown or made. It helps with building schools,
Cameron, this means a TransFair Canada symbol can be found on fair trade products. The symbol is
“It’s about finally, us as consumers, paying what the product is really worth," said Cameron.
far, that’s it’s
The next residence blood 8,
Anne and Richard Walker hold a photo of their son William at the blood drive held in his honour at the Conestoga residence Oct. 17.
drive will be held on April
2008. Connell said he hopes the residence will hold a blood
drive once every semester.
For more information or to donate clinic, visit
at the nearest
— SPOKE, October 29, 2007
should lure students
By JOHN LINLEY
questions answered by
trades will soon be able to receive
entrants to the apprenticeship sys-
part of their education for free.
tem with job readiness
tuition costs for those admitted to
original but cute
costume.” Rebecca Schmidt, first-year
and trim, framing, exterior finishes and structures. rigging and building science Carpentry will also have an cidfl interior finishing
week work placement. Both programs will also -try to improve basic skills in communications, computer literacy, safety procedures and welding. Gilmore said these programs will help to improve the skills of poten-
training and will improving skills with basic electricity and motive power systems like brakes, fluid power, fuel, engines and drive trains.
candidates will proceed to enter the
carpentry or truck and coach industry and the apprenticeship system."
“The truck and coach technician and the general carpentry preare initiatives apprenticeship important to our region as many
college will assist the student in finding an eight-week work place-
ising candidates through the initial
begins on Jan. 7, 2008 at the Waterloo campus, and will also
Those wishing to apply to these programs are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions. The truck and coach sessions run on Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 at the Guelph campus. The carpentry sessions run on
The general carpentry program
Nov. 13 and 27 campus.
accept 24 students. It
All sessions begin at 5 p.m.
weeks of classroom
an excellent avenue to
enter into the trades and successful
After the in-school training, the
companies are facing critical skill shortages and they indicate that pre-apprenticeship programs are an ideal avenue to fast-track prom-
going as a
Are you feeling a little stressed? Are mid-terms and life getting you
loss or gain, increased negativity,
notice the feeling of your muscles
trouble sleeping, feelings of help-
lessness and depression.
Guided imagery has participants use their minds to find a comfort-
nizes this time of year
bumblebee because it’s an awesome costume that no one has.”
(PMR) and guided
The sessions run
attending a relaxation session) and
because Queen is awesome and so are
know another person who would
has affected her
Bernard said people who are anxious get sick more often.
so easy to get carried away with the excitement
Here are some warning signals
to look (or:
Your partner may be abusive
he or she:
know where you
very angry about
things, like not being ready
the “wrong" clothes Criticizes your friends
and asks you
to stop seeing
about hurting you. hurting your friends or commiting suicide
construction worker it’s
or decide to leave.
you, no matter
If you recognize these behaviours in your partner, you may be in a dangerous relationship. Counsellors are available in the Counselling Office, Doon Campus, Room 1 A 103, 748-5220 ext 3360, Guelph Campus, Admin. Office, 824-9390 ext. 148 or Waterloo Campus, Room 1C04, 885-0300 ext. 224. Information on community support is available through your Counselling Office.
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“I’ve seen the benefits in other
of the early signs of abuse.
are with at
and she has seen the increased relaxation can life
Often, this exhilaration prevents us from detecting
sessions. Bernard said
early signs of
myself." she said.
WHEN DATING TURNS DANGEROUS “Freddy Mercury,
she decided to start the sessions
needed. Students can
utes but can
definitely needs to relax. “I
have limited spots so students are The encouraged to arrive early. sessions usually last 15 to 20 min-
function normally. Practical nursing student Dina Pandzic said she
sleep and your
to another without taking
toms of panic.
radio hroadt 'idsting
and are happier. "It’s impossible to be relaxed and anxious at the same time,” she
Stress affects your schoolwork,
and deeply by breathing through your nose until you tdl your lungs to capacity, holding for a moment and then slowly exhaling. The deep breathing helps in reducing anxiety or early symp-
Shawna Bernard, a counsellor the college. “A lot of us go from
ation sessions offer three different
such as a beach, a forest or a place in your
campus this semester. Deep breathing involves
Jehovah Witness because you see them
noon in the Room. 2A121, the relax-
relaxation sessions are
helping out by offering free
progressive office administration
drop-in relaxation sessions. Held every Monday at 1 :30 a.m. Spiritual
Some warning signs of stress and burnout are chronic fatigue, weight
muscles and then relaxing them in succession. After tensing and
Free relaxation sessions help students destress
skills in basic electricity, heat-
Conestoga's Guelph campus, and will be accepting 24 students. The program will have 23 weeks
These programs provide training
and coach program
requirement for most
government is campus, funding the tuition-free programs to help address the need for skilled workers within Waterloo
for both trades.
They also provide the students with the opportunity to get their Grade 2 equivalency if they need
funding to cover the
trade readiness experience.
son for the school of trades and apprenticeships at the Guelph
have already gained in the They provide potential place.
Brenda Gilmore, employer
lack the experience
Those students wishing to enter the carpentry or truck and coach
The Ontario government
What’s your Halloween costume going to be this year?
Region must Employment numbers within
By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE
Despite a vast palette of arts and )lture-based events, including the
overall fortitude of culture in the
of course, economy.
imperatives were assessed in a tan-
according to the latest Signs report issued Oct. 2,
Waterloo Community Foundation and the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation
cern regarding the arts population,
of employment within the cultural sector, which has waned from 1.4 per cent in 2005 to just below one
measure quality of
DeGroot said justify some of
year despite a popula-
Martin DeGroot, executive direcWaterloo Regional Arts Council, said although the region tor of the
addressing, said DeGroot.
Simon Dowrick, manager of the Artworks show and sale, held Oct. 27-28 at Bingemans, can attest to the need for more public awareness on behalf of emerging artists.
from local artisans, is a great avenue of exposure for artisans who do not otherwise have a store
“If (regional) residents realized
year, the artisans can continue to
“Because of the prosperity of the
region,” he said, “(there’s) a diffi-
DeGroot said such a trend will cause many debut artists to become embroiled in the burdens of finance and
In order to prevent this, he said
cultivate their talents.
In addition, the
said the report does not
“The (population) in arts and cul-
said this year the
and what our values
said the show,
“Because the event
work other jobs (enough of
only once a
have go it
alone,” he said.
said as long as artists
continue to hone their creativity to
opposed to mass market cus-
target specific buyers as
select artisans’ booth fees through
toms, the region’s
VIP silent auction. show allows arti-
sans free reign to discuss
contributed to developing the arts industry by reimbursing the cost of at a
or gallery to exhibit their work.
buying local Canadian products would encourage a healthier community, they’d change their buying habits,” he said.
flee the region.
emerging artists. need to develop strategies to recruit and retain artists,” he said.
asserting their talents.
recruitment strategies specially aimed toward post-secondary grad-
of infrastructure allocated to initiatives hinders artists from
thousands of independent artists either established or attempting to
while the population flourishes in addition to an overall increase in yearly fiscal grants given to arts organizations in the region by provincial and federal arts coun-
mittees to help develop incentives
benefits of applying for arts council
necessarily take into account the
ucts and increased education of the
between the arts and business
helps people connect themselves to
must be placed on the value and potential of young artists by developing confidence through increased marketing and
has a vigorous
sented in the report, particularly
facilities to establish
preservation of local culture.
and inspirations with cus-
tomers, an asset intrinsic to the
for the exporting of local art prod-
the declining cultural
said the arts populace
businesses. However, high living and rental costs paired with a lack
blossoming with young, neophyte
which assigned the arts and culture gamut a grade of C. The primary focal point of conaccording to the report,
DeGroot. “We have a young and vibrant arts community and we need to look for ways to alleviate
larger than the
areas other alongside including environment, education
recent Oktoberfest celebrations, the regional arts canvas is in need of
hundred people employed
— Page 3
tend to be indicative of the
The Vital Signs
report can be read
cheap long distance
offer By HIEN DINH
Imagine this. You’re 37 years old and you own one of the most successful
Schnarr and John Stix, two best friends from high school, who own and run Worldline, out of an office
Onlinetel Worldline. tance deal
has been with
Worldline for seven years. Schnarr, president and
University of Toronto with a degree in business. He is the technical
behind the company and travels all around the world.
Stix, executive vice-president of
responsible for the
marketing aspects of the company. “They (John and Jody) are big thinkers. It’s
August 2004. The
geniuses,” said marketing director
Laurin said. “Now, just three years they have 130,000 sublater, scribers and over 100 employees.”
Worldline offers long-distance calling to flat-rate
Canada for a
of $3.95 a month.
offers long-distance calling to any-
Canada, the U.S. and 24
international countries for a flat-
of $13.95. Customers can register up to two numbers (home or cellphone) and
people that can guide you through the regulations,”
there is a one-time $10 activation fee for new users to access Worldline’s network. “So a student can call her moth-
er in Vancouver, talk
few beers and say, ‘let’s start a telecom company’ — it’s another thing to hire the right
“It’s pretty I
don’t understand half
me because of how this
Schnarr and Stix always had a vision of doing Voice-over-IntemetProtocol (VoIP), which removes distance in long-distance calls, he said.
“So everything (becomes) a local call and (because) there are no long-
scribers are in
can say things
ads like zero cents per minute. “We just charge a flat-rate. It’s an
unusual pricing system." Laurin said Schnarr and Stix have been in the telecom industry for over 15 years.
“(Before Worldline) they started a
scribers everyday,” said Laurin.
of Worldline’s subCanada. Sixty per
people up there. Their (Rogers’) janitor bill
Canada. The other two
of people try to become but it costs hundreds of
person dealing with the regulatory from Bell Canada, you will never
become a CLEC,” said Laurin. “There are companies bigger
who have tried and failed to become CLECs so it’s really incredible that this small company became (a) CLEC because now we
are the provider.”
Worldline will be launching their subscriber line) (digital
bundles soon. They are launching their new idea
affordable dialup Internet service
are right under
thousands of dollars and takes several years. If you don’t have the right
Bell Canada, the only incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) in
one building costs month and
rent for a
they have 20-storey buildings in
hoping to expand to the U.S., starting in New York and Miami, said Laurin. Schnarr and Stix have also launched 295.ca, Canada’s most $2.95 per month. Worldline is one of three compet-
more than our
across the country.” is
can be so low,” said Laurin. “Our head office is right here in Kitchener and we only have 12
access bandwidth - only our cost base is so low, therefore our retail
40 per cent are spread
We are charged the same to
is cheap. CLECs also provide bandwidths to the thousands of other phone carriers who aren’t
cent are in
their cost to purchase
Ontario and Quebec and
did a promotion for Labatt Breweries called the Labatt’s Blue Line. That was their first major
blue in the face and never pay more than $3.95 a month,” said Laurin.
CLECs. and Stix then sold and started in 2001
“They are basically
“It was (also) Canada’s first voice network (VoIP) ever, ahead of Bell and everybody else. The promotion included free calling to anywhere in Ontario but you had to listen to a 20-second Labatt’s Blue commer-
(Internet protocol tele-
which allows subscribers to television through their
Internet connection without having to buy cable. Worldline is also
service via the Internet, like the
already popular program Skype.
7 King St. N 561 Hespeler Rd.
Connect when asked.
519.593.2303 519.895.1228 51 9.886.4500 519.624.9492
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— SPOKE, October 29, 2007
Statutory holiday really
Family Destruction Shortly after his re-election. Premier Dalton
give everyone the day off
holiday designated for families.
said the holiday is-a “small thing" in the big picture but
will be important to Ontarians.
Annually, starting Feb. 18. 2008, the third be just that, a
job would be to provide Ontarians
named Family Day. Monday
with a statutory holiday he
said he thinks
erful recognition of his party’s priorities.
can remember, Sundays were supposed
family days, days for spending time together, not shopping or working, but spending quality time with loved ones. Now, Sunday is just con-
sidered another day of the week, not necessarily a time to relax or
really necessary to designate a
Premier really think
day will be spent the way
he thought of the countless consequences his actions will bring to small businesses?
This answer is no. Nothing comes for free and McGuinty people will be paid out of the pockets of other people.
s gift to
Businesspeople and taxpayers will pay the bill for this one. Many will resent Family Day as an occasion where a day's salary must be paid without a day's labour being done or a day s worth of
working class families
by reducing taxes? This way, average not have to work so much and thus, will
have more time together. Ontarians must work so living
be able to take
jobs because the cost of
they weren’t taxed so much, they would
a bigger paycheque, which in turn would result
in their schedules for quality time
more room McGuinty said he can't think of a better way for his government to get back to work than to give families a little more of what they value
they will designate their
Each family has others, while
have their children
The National Post
like to drive nicer cars than
seven different a
movie theatres and
can easily gain business on
of McGuinty’s Family
so, provincially, the cost
will carry a
hefty price tag indeed. Economists have already estimated the
iday will cost the Ontario In a
economy between $1.5
province worried about productivity and decreasing manufac-
turing jobs, such an
won't be a knockout for many
carry a punch. Hopefully
4.4 million voters out of a possible
have to ask, what the
wrong with those of you
you to You picked
Why are you so Why is so hard
a pretty horrible time to
million of those people voted, the
the third-highest tuition fees in the
country, but we’re also seeing fewer
in a landslide.
McGuinty, whose first task new term is to impose a new tory
also have the worst
students enrolling in post-secondary
top of that,
gent people simply cannot afford to
also a great
undermining the basic goal of the
he’s going to
pointed to the increase
2003 election platform
Once again I’m
the question I’ve pondered for the
or seven years:
said they'd vote
sure this point hits
home, think about this: in 2004, McGuinty's Liberals enacted a tuition freeze, as part of a campaign
intense pressure from Ontario students.
Only two years
ed the freeze, breaking his word.
proponents of the plan
province of gang crime.
health-care system, or to rid our
like a nice thing for
for his second straight majority
trouble fulfilling his “promises” from
Students in Ontario already have
nothing to improve our crumbling
government. Congratulations, you’ve
Ontario, fees went up $1,300.
a ballot in a
McGuinty was voted
voters turned out to cast their bal-
allowed a premier
party? I’m willing to bet
paid an average of $190 more this vote would
our voices heard.
be lazy. Dalton
course, there will be
Ontario colleges and universities
but thought their be a waste, actually voted for that
have to make a change and have
than Family Day, which they
day Family Destruction Day. Anyone with
in turn pay for more more classrooms and more student aid. Most students at
So, what do nearly half of us do?
toughening on crime, and so on. the
per cent over the next four years,
to see if
increasing tuition by as
currently running a contest
with a better
I'm not baffled, I’m appalled.
Only 52.6 per cent of
than one property, a cottage for in
gone, and I'm baffled. Actually, no,
So many Ontarians complain
This was part of the
Another election has come and
these luxuries require a family to
making businesses suffer by shutting them down for yet why doesn't McGuinty let families decide for themselves
which Dalton thinks
Election apathy baffles
goods or services being produced or sold. and a half to It will be a day when employers have to pay time employees whose presence is required on that day to run the business.
as a bene-
for students. Yeah, raising the
minimum wage supposed
a whole 60 cents
dollars of additional debt students find themselves in?
Thank you Ontario for making endure four more years of the Liberals. The stupidity never ends.
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procrastination New legislation has flaws,
inconsistencies pace and not hitting their brakes
There are many new driving laws our roadways due to Bill
here on Sunday night writ-
story and the irony hits me.
of us at
the one fault people willing-
one time or
happens because sometimes
we underestimate how long
we we have something more
project will take or because feel
important to do. Sometimes it's as simple as waiting for the right
feels like school
of those are on expressways, high-
about the amount of time you'll need. You can't write an eight-page essay in a night, let realistic
over the limit) and repeat offenders could receive up to a 10-year sus-
decided by the courts.
of Bill 203.
take the most
the task that will
way you complete without
basically a breath-
alyzer hooked up to your car. disable the car
act also includes
ing blue lights for police vehicles
you are making yourself a more valuable and reliable employee.
to increase visibility.
While I agree with most of the act, one section in particular bothers me. It is the one about stunt driving. Now, it’s not that this is a bad idea, but rather
wonder how well
people are being charged with speeding 50 km/h over the limit. I’m assuming a majority If
This just proves the limits posted
currently should be the
and not the maximum.
with the hardest task or
not have their lights on
driving at 40
if this is
Especially since I’ve seen police
a matter of safety or just
act also includes increased
creating laws, such as this section
driving east on
slow lane is usually running at 120 km/h and the fast lane is moving at around 140 km/h. It
the 401 to Toronto in mid-day, the
the speed limit.
evaluate our speed
tion interlock devices.
an immediate seven-day suspension and anyone caught stunt driving (which is 50 kilometres an hour
exams, procrastination can be a dangerous enemy, so here are some tips on
ple are going at least 10
develop good work
not just speeding.
well, police are able to issue
These things cause accidents
and allows offenders to get there licence back after installing igni-
working on your assign-
ways and 400
lane or not checking their
up in December and need to start thinking about study-
are driving too slow, in the
penalties for drinking and driving
do the research the old-fashioned
has just started, exams are coming
do research, avoid those sites as much as possible. If you do find that you somehow wandered onto one such site, then set your watch for 10 minutes. If you can't trust yourself to get back to work after the 10 minutes, then maybe you should head off to the library and
mood. Even though
act includes increased mini-
yourself. It is
on poor time management; blame it on Facebook, but the fact is, the only one to blame is
that the police never charge people
an urgent deadline due to
203, the Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act, which came into
every two seconds.
effect Sept. 30.
been "researching" procrastination and now I've come to the crunch time of an assignAll
— Page 5
well thought out?
new road laws
on most highways peoI
our speed limits are outdated. Many of them were posted more than 10 years ago and a lot has
changed in terms of driving habits and car safety. What I find most annoying and dangerous are people who cause traffic problems in the first place. You know, the ones who cut traffic
off in the fast lane to pass
don’t follow the speed
km/h over that maybe
doing 100 km/h while they themselves are going 102 km/h. This just leads to people tailgating and passing on the right, which
becomes much more dangerous then them moving at one steady
they expect us to
also need to enforce laws
who are when
driving in the
need to take a hint from our Quebec and post minimum and maximum speed limits. We cannot address only a part of the cause of accidents and expect everything to be perfect. We must
all of them for the roads to be a safe place to drive. For more information about the Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act, visit: www.mto.gov.on. ca/engish/about/bi 11203 .htm
Set reasonable expectations for yourself. If your essay
eight weeks, break
due in steps and
due dates for each of those
You should also plan a specific when you're going to work on an assignment. That way you prepare your mindset and are ready to work. By scheduling work times with a start and an end
because an assignment seems too large to tackle, but by breaking it
time, you will better avoid distrac-
seem more to com-
Smaller tasks can be done in a shorter amount of time and
down you make
manageable and easier plete.
Be realistic about the amount of time you’ll need. You can’t write an
blocks of time, break your
into smaller bits.
minutes then take a breather for 10 to 15 minutes, then work another
into blocks you'll
relieve any frustration
a great place to get infor-
mation and do research, it also goes hand-in-hand with distrac-
Reward yourself for completing an assignment before or on a due date, and come up with consequences for not meeting dead-
people start working on their project only to be pulled
MSN or e-mails, by Facebook. What starts out as a quick check can turn into hours
When you go
There are hundreds of websites on the Internet that give tips and
on the Internet to
We know and
health, it is
our drinking water. I know 1 like to have a smoke, but
ered dirty doesn't
act like pigs.
are living in a society that
are contributing to the
Throwing cigarette butts everywhere is disgusting. The side of the road, parking lots and the ground around the school is
has information on how to beat it and councillors are available to
your car doesn’t have one, go and buy one. smoke butt being thrown out
window causes more
College is a time to experiences but it is also the time to
develop good work habits. By beat-
ing procrastination, you are making yourself a valuable and reliable
out the window.
the ashtray inside your car
to the dollar store
your ashtray on the ground
of the school or anywhere else. There is always a garbage around
to put those butts
need be, keep a bag in your car your garbage and put it in there. Walking through a pile ot ashes and butts is gross, especially on a wet day when it sticks to your shoes and ashes are all over the bottom of your pants. Even I don't like when smokers If
not a giant ashtray.
These butts have chemicals in that are soaking into the ground and eventually going into
a dirty habit.
Let’s not add
bad for our
fuel to their fire.
should probably quit
When you’re driving down the road and you are done your smoke,
estimates 4.5 trillion smoke butts are littered every year around the
exercises to help beat procrastina-
help you learn
ing to non-smokers ridicule us
trying to help the planet and yet
20 minutes. able to # be that may
having a title page without an essay? Get into the habit of being proactive. Why do assignments at the time crunch causes stress and stress can make your college experience hell. can also affect other course It
can't sit for
Doon campus, listen up. I know as a smoker myself listen-
Smokers of Conestoga College’s
require less preparation, so plan to do them near the end of an assignment. What’s the point of
Doing projects under
smokers clean up their act
According to Natural Resources in 2001 (the latest statistics available) a total of 21 fires burned
show some courtesy. On campus there are many recep-
areas, so there
don't like to drink butt-tainted
Smokers are disgusted by the few smoking areas we have left and we need to step up and do something about it by keeping them clean. When you are done your cigarette, take a few seconds and put it an ashtray.
smoke in the nonsmoking areas inside doorways, Also, don't
and please, when you're driving, think before you flick your butt. Our forests and water are in
trouble, let's not help the
something every smoker wants, but I am with the non-smokers on this.
24.3 hectares because of people’s
throw the butts all over the ground. Believe me. the cleaning staff at the college does not need the extra
careless disposal of cigarette butts.
If we clean up our non-smokers won't try
to force us
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Waterford, Ont. Pumpkins were
for the 25th annual Pumpkinfest, held Oct. 20. Far left, the pumpkin pyramid
towers over attendants in the centre of town. Left, children
enjoyed a haunted pumpkin patch. Top, giant to
— SPOKE, October 29, 2007
out can be inexpensive
Finding time to relax and watch a good chick-flick with some girl-
go out and enjoy the town can sometimes be hard to do. Going to school, working and all the other responsibilities you have friends or
“The most popular night is Tuesday night, where most people order pounds and pounds of chick-
$3.99 plus taxes for a week or the store has two deals where you can rent three movies for $8.99 or six
en wings,” said Franklin. After a delicious meal,
movies for $14.99.
said Jordan Hass, a first-year gen-
and science student. and I really need to go out for a date soon to really
Dinner and a movie is generally the fundamental girls’ night out. But, being a college student
a hot spot
the flow of cash can be tight. That
does not mean you have to nix your plans. Instead, take advantage of
college and university students on
nights domestic bot-
a regular night admission for
$6.50 and on Tuesday the admission is $4.20, is
according to their website. If this is still too expensive, you
renting movies because
love adding margaritas to
Macfarlane, a first-year police foundations student. “The drinks add to our fun together.” A different spin on a girl’s night could be hiring a psychic to come
grey sleeveless vest and sports large metal beads around her neck, which she affectionately calls her “pearls.”
But what is so special about Vanessa Strickland? Nothing. Aside from her closely cropped hair, which catches the eye for a moment, there is nothing remarkable about her physical appearance.
But looks can be deceiving, and
listens to her,
is nothing ordinary about Strickland, president of the
clear that there
Conestoga Pride club. Outspoken and passionate, she walks around the classroom and gestures emphatically as she speaks.
they are out there,”
she said. “They are just afraid to
very important for people
community to have social especially when they are
Conestoga Pride club
So even friends the
you’re not gay, but have are, you should support
community of lesbians,
sexuals, transgenders, transsexuals,
main mission of
“People want to have a good time and they believe my abilities will enhance their present and future lives with good news and the excitement the future holds for them,” said Phillips. Alicia Stepaniuk, a second-year marketing student, said, “You need to spoil girlfriends and yourself
every once and a while. Money should not be an issue when you are having a great time together.”
student said she
raised in a het-
me and any “But
kind of confusing.” it is very imporqueer community to be
important for us to
OK,” she said. Growing up, people get that’s
of messages that being queer is not the right way to be, she added. get the impression that
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that society has creat-
ed for us,” she said. And at a time when young people are still finding themselves, that
can create a “It’s really
of anxiety. hard to figure out
are different.” Vanessa Strickland, president Another
of Conestoga Pride
people have about the queer
community is that it is deviant. “And that is completely false, queer people are normal, regular people that lead normal lives,” she said. “We don’t lead those unortho-
addition to offering support,
the Pride club
also a source of
on queer-friendly information events in Kitchener- Waterloo and allows first-year students -unfamiliar
with the area to get to
for activities, they range
nights to going to
bars as a group. "It varies depending on who we have coming and what we want to
do," said Strickland.
you are when you see all these stereotypical images in the media that don’t represent you." she said.
“But then there arc no alternatives, and you’re left wondering: so where do go from here?” One of the main misconceptions that people have is the “oh. that’s gross” kind of attitude, said 1
Another issue that gets brought up often is the question of AIDS. "Eve heard a lot of people use the argument that if you’re gay, you're going to get AIDS,” she said. “But you can be straight and still get AIDS.”
kind of stuff anyways.”
family was very sup-
issues,” she said.
that society is
kind of ridiculous, since a
supposed to work,” said Strickland. The second-year biotechnology
and acceptance. “We’re bombarded with attitudes from childhood that being hetero-
heterosexuals fool around with that
$65 per per-
tant for the
out, said Strickland.
support group for the queer community and anyone else who is sup-
Jenn Moore, a first-year police
Tarot cards, photometry, phychometry, tea leaves and energy cleaning are the physic abilities
not just limited to the gay and les-
By WEI-LON LEE tight black jeans, a
Psychic Roz’s Consultant on Waterloo Street in Waterloo. “My husband and travel to the client’s house and he
Conestoga Pride club is they’re queer, get used She wears
Phillips performs for
police foundations student
by renting one. Niki Douglas, an employee at Blockbuster Video on Weber Street Kitchener,
“Parties are a lot of fun to do," said
have private sessions with each
foundations student, said,
describes everyone’s auras while
to our fun
and your friends can enjoy a movie in the comfort of your own home
up in blankets and watch the movies with all my best friends.” Renting new releases for two
offer half price fajitas for $7.49, 1
$ 5 are on Thursday nights, martinis are sold on Friday
love adding margaritas
Stephanie Franklin, a waitress Crabby Joe’s on Hespeler Road
nights with the deals.”
house and hold a group ses-
tles are $2.75, Tuesday nights have 29 cent wings, Wednesday nights
daily specials that are perfect for
seems to be extremely popular with
The Cineplex Odeon Fairway Centre, on Fairway Road in Kitchener,
see a chick-flick.
time for fun.
have had a
nights at Blockbuster costs $5.39 plus taxes, favourite releases are
has been such a long time
nights and kids eat free on
By KERRY REED
think a lot of that has to
with the whole anal sex issue, but
related events that are available to
Conestoga students,- and Conestoga Pride can connect students with these events, she said.
club, contact Vanessa Strickland at
pride @conestogac. on .ca.
also find the Conestoga Pride club
search Just Facebook. on Conestoga Pride under group search, and click on the Conestoga Pride logo.
— Page 9
Older generation keeps art of collecting alive MARCIA LOVE
Brenner said he doesn't have as people trading in their comics anymore. He said the most valuable ones in
which some may
long forgotten, but hobby
throughout Waterloo are striving
would be worth $ 50. “People would rather sell their
on eBay where they could possibly get more money for
of collecting alive. With new forms of entertainment such as the Internet. Play Station and
iPod, the idea of
1965, has several thousand coins.
years old. store
the late 1970s, and
His store now has between five and 10 million stamps. He said young people today are
busy with computers and don't have the attention span for collecting that children did a decade ago.
Despite their disinterest
he said his sales have first
took over the business.
who are McAndrew said.
the older people
more interested,” “The ones who are more serious
about collecting are people with a higher income
keep up their collection.”
most valuable item he store is a $5,000 US sai-
boat stamp. Interest
(Photo by Marcia Love)
for 14 years.
comic book trading
has also declined.
Mike Drandzyk has worked at the Kitchener Coin Shop since 972 and is now the owner. The store, which first opened in
seems like a thing of the past. John McAndrew, owner of RJM Stamps in Waterloo, has been collecting stamps since he was eight
John McAndrew, owner of RJM Stamps in Waterloo, holds a 1 943 Canadian aircraft stamp. John Brenner founded Lookin’ for Heroes in Kitchener 18 years ago.
The store has between 50,000 and 60,000 comic books. Brenner said people have now rediscovered comic books because movies based on comics have cremore interest. Most of his customers are men between the ages of 8 and 30. ated
sought, but people are
reading the books for pleasure.
“Collection really died about 10
years ago. Less than five per cent
of comics sold are to collectors now. People are buying them now for the graphics and literature.”
Drandzyk said his customers can range from eight-year-olds to 89year-olds.
The amount of business
he receives depends on what is happening at the time to attract people. “There’s always new themes, new coins, new reasons,” he said. “More recently there was the millennium and Olympic coins.” Currently, the most valuable coin in the store is
a $3,000 1948 silver
Drandzyk said a collector’s commitment to collecting items depends on what he is really interested in. “If you collect coins, there’s a reason you do that,” he said. “Unless that reason goes away, whether you do it a lot or a little, you’ll still continue to collect something. People who have left their collections for 10 or 15 years
of a sudden dig the collecand start all over again.”
(Photo by Kerry Reed)
Steven Maiato, 15, and brother Domenic Maiato, 13, enjoy helping their dad sell fruit and vegetables at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and Flea Market. It is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays year-round. The market also runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays until December.
TTENTION ALL MATURE STUDENTS
Thursday Nov. 1
join us for
refreshments, meet other
and share ideas on how to enhance your experience at Conestoga
— SPOKE, October 29, 2007
Students’ glimpse into future Week of October
tells of love, life /iA
September 23 October 22
Dozens of students
up to from psy-
not be a
impulsive and treat yourself to
Your easy-going personality you through the stress of mid-terms. You can also help will help
a balance between
learn about their future
to run for parlia'"
ment,” he said.
Valkos loves the work he does, when he is able to connect with students and give them a reading that makes them happy. “I love working with the students
Conestoga on Oct. 16. According to Valkos, most of the students asked him about their love
celebrating the end of mid-terms
lege, their future financial success
and giving them
and when they might lose
Your imagination comes
but since the stress of
starting to decrease,
to use a free night to cele-
not stray from those
trying to figure out
brate the end of mid-terms.
Sagittarius November 22 December 21
Psychic Dan Valkos his crystals,
with a fun night out with friends.
Use your energetic personality
and use your energetic personality
energize your friends after the stress of
Valkos also does private readings, house calls and presentations at hundreds of places which is why he feels his resume is one of the most
Cancer June 22
Breathe, the stress of testing
and have some much-needed fun.
Let loose and have fun!
out with friends, relax
most of the now.
January 20 February 1
have been given the
Your independence helps while
should have studied more.
couldn’t ask for a different
future for myself,” he said.
Worry about what others are doing: know
Everyone’s finished but
one else looks
this stuff but
such a wreck
— what a
Worry about negative consequences: •
never get the job
watch a movie.
mingle with classmates and
never be able to handle college studies.
have to ace everything else
must be dumb.
I have to get an “A”. I’m going to mess up and look stupid.
studying for mid-terms, but the is
margin for error,” he said. When asked what his plans for the future are he said he plans on doing what he does best until he is
remember a thing; this always happens to me. mind goes blank... I’m not cut out for this.
per cent accuracy with a 3 per cent
Use your exuberant nature once mid-terms commence. Take your friends out or invite them over to
have learned to trust my and remember that no psychic can ever be 100 per cent personally run 85 to 95 accurate.
Worry about performance: •
the course, the program.
if I fail; I’ll fail I
never make anything of myself!
course— how can
Worry about bodily reactions:
August 23 September 22
Bringing order during chaos is what you do best. Now that midterms are almost done, you can
your friends relax after weeks of studying and trying to help
Your intuition will help you tune into what others need after a long week of tests and projects during mid-terms and beyond.
get projects finished.
never get through
My hands are shaking; my head aches.
I’m going to get
Normal people don’t do
of the above worries increase anxiety and actually perpetuate more worry and gives one the sense of losing control. However, as much as anxiety feels out of control, it is in fact, something that we can learn to overcome. There are many effective strategies we can use which will help us
reduce our negative thought patterns, reduce the physiological anxiety response, and develop more effective behaviors to avoid falling into the anxiety cycle. What can you do? There are many things that you can do to overcome your battle with test anxiety. •
Here are a few on-campus resources: an appointment with a counsellor in Counselling Services to leam
anxiety reduction strategies;
journalism student holding in the
palm of her hand.
Inquire about a Test Anxiety group and/or a Relaxation group for help with the physiological
symptoms in Counselling Services; Read Edmund Bourne’s Anxiety and Phobia Workbook
A Message from Counselling
tests. In fact, a little anxiety increases your and can actually enhance your performance. Anxiety however, can cross the line from being a positive energy to becoming a distressing drain. Often such anxiety has a strong worry component. Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?
almost done, so
Most students experience some anxiety before
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phonies” he said.
most psychics are good,
with friends to a movie and dinner or enjoy a day of shopping.
be a psychic, the only difference that he has been doing it longer.
plished since 1969. “I
“I’m obnoxious and I’m a smarhe said. He has taught workshops, published books and has his own TV show on Rogers television to name a few of the things he has accom-
Be open to new ideas thrown your way once mid-tenns are done
also plays a big role in his success.
over 26 colleges for the past 9 years; this year was his 14th visit to Conestoga.
Valkos believes that everyone can
Valkos feels that his personality
of the psychic
five per cent are
psychic research and has
been doing readings Celebrate the end of mid-terms
he also looks highly
honest and ethical.
which help him the answers to students’
joked when he described his early encounters with his psychic ability that occurred almost 40 years ago. He originally became an investigator
on the (Photo by Sarah Jaynes)
Valkos said he originally became aware of his psychic abilities in older than
always would never lie but and put a positive spin on
have intuition and are all in tune with the people around us,” he said. “We just need to listen to the still sound and voice inside ourall
do something impulsive.
listens to his inner voice.
and stable are
Valkos said that he
education, careers after col-
the only psychic^
something you’ve had your eye on
to study for finals.
— Sports Stand
not the best yet
Condors took on
they stack up against the true
greats in the history of
Being unbeaten success, so
a sure sign of
with the only
go through a season unde-
1972 Miami Dolphins.
They went 14-0 in the regular season and then marched through the playoffs en route to a Super Bowl win. The season was two games shorter back then, but they are the measuring stick.
of this year have yet to go undefeated or win the Super Bowl, so the jury
Another good barometer of a team’s greatness is wins. That award goes to the 1985 Bears, who an
record with 15 wins.
William “The Refrigerator’’ Perry and good of “Sweetness” Walter Payton. Who could forget their magical Super Singletary,
Bowl Shuffle? Or
could forget the hurting they laid on the rest of the league, ending with a 45-10 drubbing of the Patriots in the NFL Championship game? No one, that's who. Speaking of dominance, the 1998 Denver Broncos would like
The Condors The
Davis, the Broncos
immortal John Madden, a huge proponent of offensive linemen -
men in the trenches” - and the running game said the Patriots do not need a running game because “the
they are playing so well, something
he never thought he’d
anyone that’s ever listened to Madden, we never thought we’d hear him say it either, which says a heck of a lot about how good this team
behind are the 14-2 San
arguably the best quarterback and
wide receiver of all time in Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, respectively. They went 14-2 in the regular season, before winning three playoff games by an average of 33 points, capped off with a very lopsided 55-10 win over Denver in the Super Bowl. And last but not least, rounding out
Washington Redskins, who also went 14-2, with a demoralizing passing attack and stingy defence, outscoring opponents by a disgusting 261 points.
So how do up?
this year’s Pats stack
must give credit where it’s due. And so far, this Patriots team looks simply awesome. They have been destroying opponents to the tune of 40 points per game. Tom Brady and Randy Moss have been conjuring up images of Montana and Rice, as they’ve connected for 732 yards and 10 TDs through the first seven games of the season. Brady is on pace for an astronomical 61 touch-
which would shatter
the current record of 49.
leaving them in
make the post-season. The Falcons only gave up one
shot in the
was to powerhouse Carmine Carnochan who gave the Condors early hope with a goal 10 minutes into the game. However, the Falcon’s Amanda Ruberto answered back just minutes later for
when Conestoga’s slow defence gave her a clear shot on net. Throughout the scoreless second the
despite his negative qualities
caught cheating earlier raised
most people accept that Belicheck is just that good at what he does. Just seven
into the season,
(Photo by Charlotte Prong Parkhttt)
swooped down on each other and collided several times, amid shoddy
ing the intensely physical game.
“A couple of
way; sara rom ivouzounas, Fanshawe’s assistant coach. “We should have had a penalty shot.” Falcons’ head coach Martin
team already has a 4.5-game lead in their division, and has already outscored opponents by
Conestoga’s Carmine Carnochan speeds past Fanshawe’s Kristina Melhuish. Carnochan scored the only Conestoga goal the team’s last regular season game. Painter said that while he has a
strong midfield, they played a slop-
py second half. “We had to do a better job neutralizing their key players,” he said, specifically Carnochan and the dynamic Justine
year with an even stronger team.
but with a shallow pool of players to
choose from, they never had
much of ttmy
gins t ricaou t
week and work on
basic soccer and
said the college needs to build
a soccer culture, but
do when the women’s team went several years without winning a single game. “We have competitive players (at t rie school) who don t come out,” he said dejectedly as he followed his players off the field in to
a chance. t
out four nights a
Krajcar said this year’s team was an improvement over last year’s,
12 rookies out of 15 players,” he
“We have some players who’ve never played competitive said.
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The Patriots also have the aforementioned Bill Belicheck, who
brought the one win, three
On last week’s edition Monday Night Football,
could enter discussion as the worst team in NFL
Francisco 49ers of 1989, featuring
division and locked out of the play-
games, finishing 14-2 for the season and going on to win the Super Bowl in convincing fash13
reach 4,800 passing yards
only one top- 10 pass defence
Condor’s record losses and three
legs of 2,000-yard rusher Terrell
the Fanshawe women’s action
averaging 300 passing yards per is on pace to become just the fourth quarterback to
Behind the arm of hall-of-famer John Elway and the
season play with yet another
So what are we missing? Are drawbacks to this juggernaut? The answer is yes. The Patriots have had a very easy schedule thus far. They’ve faced
— Page 11
fight it? Let's
indulge those gun-jumpers and see
The birds of prey battled it out on Conestoga’s soccer field when the
the halfway point of the season. |when we can’t even tell who the best team in THIS year's NFL is. people want to crown the Pats as So I the best team of all time.
By CHARLOTTE PRONG PARKHILL
»4s the 2007 version of the New England Patriots the best NFL football team ever assembled? At
about to get
Eight of their last nine games are outdoors in the northeastern U.S.
That means a lot of cold weather and snow to deal with. And the lone game that isn’t outdoors? That's right
what could be a
battle of 8-0 teams.
As for top- 10 ranked pass defences? They’ll face four: Washington, New York, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, currently ranked No. 1. The bottom line is that the Patriots have been phenomenal so far, but they’ve faced six of their weakest opponents, and a dysfunctional San Diego Chargers team. With all of the tough teams they have yet to face, and the elements they'll be forced to battle, the New England Patriots will not keep up their current pace. It would be exciting to see, but
just not realistic.
The living members of those 1972 Dolphins can get their champagne ready, because Pats will NOT go undefeated this season. They
will finish 14-2 (with likely
and Giants), and barring a playoff match-up with one of New England’s poisons or the Denver Broncos
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