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OCAA

— No. 24

39th Year

Future students invade college By ELIZABETH BATE

E-wing, students could then go to the recreation centre to get an in-

Halloween was a nerve-racking day for many high school students, but they weren't scared by ghosts and goblins; they were worried about college applications. (Photo by Marcia Love)

On

First-year radio broadcasting

student Sarah Carmichael

is

rebuild

homes

New

in

Orleans.

annual college

its

needed

when

to apply to.

came from

Orangeville run

fair is

from

staff

at

other colleges as

students

nating travel plans to

on Feb. 23, 2008,

colleges

visiting

very busy.

“It’s

have

the

New

Orleans

help rebuild

to

Mohawk Camp Hope,

a housing complex

volunteers

approximately 25

students will be bused

minutes from will

said

New

every

is

Weir, a recruiter

Lawrence College. “There

St.

and a

of

lot

genuine interest.” For added fun, students and staff

were encouraged to dress up in Ryan costumes. Halloween from recruiter the Droun, Canadore College, won the best costume of the day and received a Conestoga College key chain for dressed as a hula

girl

and

says the last-minute costume only

him

cost

spend the week paint-

applying.

“College

more more

definitely a lot

is

Morson.

practical,” said

“It’s

hands on.” Both were happy to pass on their enthusiasm about Conestoga to those interested in applying. a life-changing thing,” said

’It’s

McCleaary.

such a positive

“It’s

The

best advice that

recruiters

had

many

of the

to offer to students

thinking about applying to college

was do your research “You wouldn’t buy

first.

a car without

taking it for a test drive,” said Weir. “Same with college or university."

Devon

Ellis,

Grey

from

18,

Highlands Secondary School

in

was glad he made

Flesherton,

the

Ryan Droun, a

liaison officer

(Photo by Elizabeth Bate) from Canadore College, was the

Conestoga. more than just college (information) books,” he said. “It’s clarifying a lot of things for

Mary’s, Ont., came to the fair with her 16-year-old daughter

me.”

Eline.

trip to

$8.

Students’ fears weren’t the only

“I’m trying to attract people to my booth,” he said. “We are the

ones

tropical oasis of the north.”

recruiters;

many

attended the

fair.

After seeing the colleges from

Orleans.

said

winner of best costume at the college

on Oct. 31

fair

“It’s

his efforts.

He was

previously,

atmosphere.”

always

It

Mark

year,” said

from

homes during spring break. Twenty Conestoga students and

They

many stumany of the

Conestoga’s setup was one of

that

opportunity to help those in need and enjoy a trip to Louisiana, USA. at the same time. Staff at Conestoga Residence and Conference Centre, in collaboration with Mohawk College and Habitat for Humanity, are co-ordi-

for

to

the best they’ve seen.

Conestoga

to

talk

to

are a lot of students

20

away

as far

well to try to reach as

By MARCIA LOVE

they

programs

The

Orleans

but

wished they’d done more research

dents as possible, but

New

programs

versity

recruiters.

help rebuild

the

all

students can try to decide which

as

to

at

Conestoga has to offer. Brandi Morson and Shannon McCleaary, both first-year hospitality management students, were on hand from the Waterloo campus to answer students’ questions. Both women have attended uni-

across the province so high school

Students

Students

The

fair.

showcases colleges from

event

looking forward to helping

Conestoga College

Oct. 31

held

look

depth

across the province displayed

in the

being

Hinny

laid

also

parents

Haanstira,

by

rest

to

from

St.

She said she found it reassuring because she is originally from Europe and hasn’t been to a Canadian school. The fair helped to reassure her about what Eline will

be facing next

fall.

awesome," she said. “It's really informative. I'm glad I “It's

came.” For information on applying to any program students can make an

appointment

counselling

with

services.

ing, roofing, flooring, wall raising,

siding and assisting in projects.

not

is

many

other

Construction experience

required

to

volunteer,

as

Free

shot an extra health precaution

flu

instructions will be given by staff

members

By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE

onsite.

Conestoga- Residence life coRyan Connell said he is

ordinator

excited about the “It

What does

mon

trip.

gives students an opportunity

with the impending flu sea-

son? The answer

is

within the palm

of your hand.

Florida during the break."

campus

The trip will cost approximately $539 per student, which will cover

steering wheels have

transportation, meals, extracurricu-

vehicle

lar

activities

Habitat for

and

a

mandatory

will

According

be required to arrange their

own pledges and make

a

$100

Doon

on them to

ria

for

“Your can

in

this

sea-

apparent-

dirtiest things

to

Sarah Carmichael, a first-year radio broadcasting student, in the

is

plan-

Habitat for

Humanity trip. She said in order to truly understand what the people of New Orleans have been through people

need to see it with their own eyes. She hopes the experience will help her to appreciate what she has and what she takes for granted. For more information on this opportunity contact Ryan Connell at 519-895-2272, ext. 712.

you

steering

wheels,

doorknobs, benches, phones, MP3 players, computer keyboards and public transit vehicle interiors can contribute to increased outbreaks

of the flu both within the college

and greater communities.

The

active

virus

spread through

is

primarily

suffusion

of

air-

borne droplets via coughing and sneezing by an infected person.

The

virus enters the

body by way

7, 8

and 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p in. in Room 2E04. Students must present their Ontario Health Card to get

protect yourself as well

as others from developing

symp-

runny

fatigue,

nose,

sneezing,

received the shot because suscepti-

Although adolescents and adults under the age of 65 are less likely

bility is

to

develop

fatal

cases of flu-related

flu

especially

season,

for

quent exposure to peers and contact via interchangeably-used facilities

and equipment. “If you work in contact with (fluinfected people) on a regular basis, no matter how healthy you are, you could end up with

it

tive for students to aid in protecting

a difference.

it

is

immune

you work

in

contact

with (flu-infected people)

on a regular basis, no matter how healthy you are,

you could end up

with

it

yourself.”

Trina Price,

influenza respiratory illness affects

Jess Barfoot, a first-year police

foundations student, said a former place of employment required

November to April. onset symptoms of

peak season of Typical earlyrespiratory

ness and other influenza-like

and

include headache,

chills

briskly

appetite loss, fever,

illill-

cough

followed by muscle ache,

healthy,

sick

most of the

vigorous

a

system, however,

immune

isn't necessarily

mechanism. “You can be young and healthy, but it doesn't guarantee that you the ultimate defence

won't get the

flu,

so (the shot)

is

one extra precaution you can take." In the meantime. Price vehemently urges the obvious but oft-neglected practice of adequate hand washing.

“Anytime you've been

in a

public

place, like at the mall, definitely

the

millions of Canadians every year, its

said

Price “If

registered practical nurse

especially within

eat

exercise and sleep well, you're not

time."

Health

Agency of Canada website,

you

If

it

make

not going to

is

going to get

systems.

yourself,” she

to the Public

1

(the vaccine)

said.

According

contingent upon the health

of the person to begin with. "By the time you're 6 or over,

impera-

pneumonia. Price said

environment throughout the projected

dent Shaun Grift said he's never

throat irritation and watery eyes.

groups with compromised

their free shot.

nesses

of the eyes, nose and mouth.

To help

Doon campus Nov.

students in programs involving freis

contact with," she said.

addition

be

will

Price said obtaining the vaccine

steering wheel

come

In

offered at

Agency,

helps promote a healthy academic

contracting

(one of the)

Health

office,

son’s influenza virus.

ly

Public

enough bacteprovide an ample

services

health

frequently-touched objects such as

deposit upfront.

ning to take part

to Trina Price, regis-

tered practical nurse at the

Humanity donation.

Students wishing to participate

com-

driving have in

back and help out. It’s a chance for them to do something more meaningful than a trip to to give

toms, free flu shot clinics, administered by the Region of Waterloo

employees to get the shot. “I had to get it one year because I worked in a retirement home,” she said. “But it’s not really necessary for

me

(this year).”

First-year police foundations stu-

make

it

a routine

to

wash your

hands a few times a day,” she

said.

And

of course, sanitizing your steering wheel is another advanta-

geous hygiene convention. For further information and a

community ule,

flu

shot clinic sched-

visit

www.region.

waterloo.on.ca.


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2

News

— SPOKE, November 12, 2007

Now ...with Random

School

deep thoughts

unveiled at College Fair

Conestoga College

questions answered by

random students

What would be the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?

Media and Design

of

By JOSHUA KHAN With

attractive banners-

and edu-

new School of

cational videos, the

Media and Design introduced to both high school

itself

students and

Conestoga College.

On

Oct. 31. the college hosted

its

annual College Fair, which is the area's largest information fair on

buy a monkey, haven’t you always

“I’d

post-secondary education opportu-

wanted a monkey?” Josh Nuhn, second-year electrician

— construction and maintenance

“I’d

Ontario’s col-

at

leges.

Joe Romer, the advertising program co-ordinator at the college,

about the media and design programs. He said the college has been on

high

students

school

an aggressive path of increasing the

media and design. Some like Laura Schmidt, a

Conestoga.”

dent

Hawaii.”

added,” he said. “Next September a

videos were marketing tools used

two-year interior decorating program, a two-year visual merchandising, a one-year media sales program and a one-year videography

to

Jidi Franklin,

program will be offered with more to come. “The objective is for Conestoga

but also a program specific video

College to become the centre for

said. “It is a shining

example of

media and design.” Romer said the campaign for the new school began last February, when two students were assigned to work on the marketing of the School of Media and Design during their five-week work experi-

student

work through

the integra-

in

and buy

accounting

“I’d

go shopping and

buy a

lot

of purses.”

Sheena Holliday, first-year

financial planning

ence.

He

had to research the marketplace and interview schools, guidance counsaid

students

the

sellors, other students, past

ates

a 37-keg party

my

gradu-

and the industry. After making

inquiries,

would throw

for all

Journalism co-ordinator Paul Godkin discusses the program with a high school student. It is one of the many programs included in the School of Media and Design. paign featuring successful graduates and their reasons for choosing

third-year

“I

(Photo by Joshua Khan)

along with other faculty, informed

number of program offerings within the School of Media and Design. “This year, the design communication fundamentals program was

quit school

a mansion

available

nities

Romer

said the students

third-year mechanical

engineering technology

television

dents produced not only a school

video promoting that

all

the programs,

be

eventually

will

mon

programs

to achieve a

The banners and videos did their job as students swarmed around the different program booths, eager to

more information. Brent Nichols, a Grade 12 student at Huron Heights Secondary find out

School, noticed

said

the

at the

first

thing

he

was

the

college fair

media and design banners. “As soon as you enter the gym, the banners are right

in

Restaurant.”

general business

would go on a long vacation around the world, then buy

all

the

Conestoga teachers

my

for

personal slaves.” Georgeta Hutuleac, third-year

program.

changed my mind about where want to go after high school.” Romer said the college fair was a

I've I

success this year because

terrific

students showed a lot more interest in the programs. In return, he said the prospective students also had a

much

better understanding of

programs had to offer. However, other programs

what

the

at the

college just have ordinary booths.

“This really

is

a pilot project.

Our

communication and if we can't do it properly then we shouldn't be here,” said Romer. “It

business

was

is

logical for our school to lead

We

worked closely with

“So we used a testimonial cam-

interest in the different

to

Conestoga

in

programs

in

Way comes

By ELIZABETH BATE

campaign

still

The United Way drive is over for another year and organizers are it

As of Nov.

human

1,

$35,590.

Conestoga had but

resources executive assis-

hopes numbers are tant,

that

when

the

final

of promotion

type

all

the schools within

last year’s total

next year. This year, only staff

Students did have an opportunity

The lunch

raised over

payroll donations.

Frank Mensink. associate viceSchool of of the

president Business,

$650. Seidl said next year there will be

few changes to the way the United Way campaign is run.

a

was

draws through

eligible for the prize

to participate in the lasagna lunch

Paula Seidl,

this

the college in the very near future."

exceed

after last year’s organiz-

held Oct. 24.

a success.

making

up short

er left the college.

won

the early bird prize

of two tickets to the musical Hairspray at the Centre in the Square and

gift certificates to the

the

Zen Gardens restaurant. The rest of the draws were held

won't match the goal of $45,000. but it will exceed last year's total of

lasagna lunch will remain a staple. Organizers will meet with CSI in

on Nov. 5 and winner information is available on the college website.'

$38,230.

the

tallied

the proceeds

$40,000. That figure

reach

This year was the

first

many

for

including

student

more opportunities participation,

spring

to

plan

but

next

for

year’s

The

final

donation

be

tally will

fundraiser. Seidl hopes to have the

available by Nov. 16 and will also

of the organizers working on the

activities

spread out. giving stu-

be posted to the college's website.

campaign, including Seidl. "It's been a learning experience

dents and faculty more time to par-

People still interested in making a donation can do so through the Cambridge or K-W United Ways,

for everyone," she said.

Money

was

primarily

raised

year

this

because there were a limited number of planned

activities for students.

would have liked more for students, but she and her team were brought in at the Seidl says she

to plan

Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!

Conestoga was

that

advertising

available to

come

through staff donations

accounting

an

more high school students showed

will

“I

found out

gain the skills to get a job,” he said.

raised

third-year

I

offering

keting at Conestoga, in hopes of

calling

April Talbot,

next year,” she said. “But as soon as

to

and

Redwood

planning to attend another college

Paul Osborne, the director of mar-

travel to exotic

eat at the

in

was

I

because you want to know more about the program.” As the day went on, more and

at

Organizers don’t reach their goal, but like Clifford

front of

interested

because

to the fair

drawn

targeted

plan

United places

com-

goal.”

coming

ing/promotional

automated manufacturing

would

linked

through the college website,” he

tion of

wasn’t really

“I

broadcast stu-

the way.

“I

lege had an advertising program.

promote the college.

“The

even know the col-

Institute, didn’t

you,” he said. “In an instant, you're

“Students

lain Hankinson,

banners and program

said

then had to put together a marketpotential applicants.

friends.”

He

stu-

Forest Heights Collegiate

at

last

minute

to

handle

this

year’s

and donate. Lunch and learn sessions are one of the activities being planned to better educate people on the proticipate

grams the United Way offers community. "Then we’ll have an even

in the

better

or they can contact Paula Seidl

human

resources

at

3362. This year's campaign has barely

ext.

finished, but Seidl

is

already excit-

response next year,” Seidl said. The committee is also hoping to

ed about next year. “I’ve had fun running

make

said.

prizes available to students

in

519-748-5220,

it,”

she


News

SPOKE, November

12,

2007

— Page 3

HPV: vaccination promoted By VANESSA BUTLER

Human

a

papillomaviruses are

diverse group of

DNA-based

virus-

es which infect the skin in humans.

Over 100

different

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HPVs

are transmit-

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a perfect rea-

is

Your best

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is

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tion for girls

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ages nine

is

available

cal 1

and anal cancer in women. About

,350

women will

be diagnosed with

cervical cancer this year, er

400

from

will die

Since as

women

many

will

80 per cent of

be exposed to

their lifetime,

HPV

many of them

the age of 26,

women

as

and anoth-

it.

it’s

in

before

time for young

not only to ask themselves

what they know about

this sexually

transmitted disease, but what they

can

do

against

to it.

protect

themselves

Condoms do work,

but

a step

is

it

in the right

An HPV

against the virus.

infection

can take years to become active, therefore early detection

essential.

is

month period. The vaccination comes with a $500 price tag, but

asking questions before

or partial costs.

The Society of

Obstetricians and

Gynaecologists of Canada is

encouraging

all

(SOGC)

provinces and

ter-

but an opportunity to start

selves,

“The

most insurance companies, includ-

ritories to get

the leading cause of cervi-

the clear, but

getting three injections over a six-

might not even know they have is

it

in

The vaccination doesn't only offer young women a way to protect them-

with a prescription, and involves

ing those offered to colleges, cover

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skin-to-skin contact.

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some form of

worse is someone infected with HPV won’t necessarily have symptoms, meaning the person who passes it onto you

What's

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you do get vaccinated,

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papillo-

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Another thing

they dtf not provide a 100 per cent

guarantee, which

SOGC

is

it’s

too

late.

currently at the

forefront of working with

campus

communities to educate the student population on HPV prevention,”

Mike Haymes,

said

editor,

commu-

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SOGC. “The SOGC

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— SPOKE, November

Commentary

2007

12,

Stop blaming, start changing Ashley Smith, a 19-year-old inmate for

Women, committed

Grand Valley

at the

Institution

suicide in a segregation cell on Oct. 19.

Four Grand Valley employees have been charged with criminal negligence causing death. It

has been reported that Smith had a history of mental health issues.

According

to a Correctional Service report,

inmates have been identified

at

25 per cent of female

admission as having mental health

problems. Since Smith’s suicide, four separate investigations were announced.

They're going to get to the bottom of

who

to

and they're going

this,

to find out

blame.

In addition to the criminal investigation, there is

which

ner's inquiry

is

going

mandatory when someone dies

to

be a coro-

custody. And.

in

the Correctional Service of Canada will be holding an investigation.

As

Godin, from the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers,

well, Jason

has said his

members

will

own

conduct their

investigation.

But after countless dollars and hours have been spent on these ous inquiries,

is

The Office of

vari-

anything going to change? the Correctional Investigator acts as an

ombudsman

Too early for dieting?

dealing with the problems of offenders. Their 2006-2007 annual report,

which was released

September, includes the results of a

in

rqcent study they commissioned. It is

called the Deaths in

The study was from 2001

Custody

2005. The researcher took a closer look

to

investigations, coroner's inquiries,, correspondence

ments

that arose

at all reports,

from these 82 deaths and came up with some key find-

They say

investigative boards and coroners repeatedly raise

mon

concerns

in a significant

number of

to prevent deaths in custody.

And

these cases. There

improved

that the Correctional Service has

its

is

com-

no evi-

overall capacity

the Correctional Service often dis-

agrees with, or takes no action on, coroners’ recommendations. rec-

on Homer Watson Boulevard. One recent picket

included a mannequin dressed

and a sign

that read

“Who

black-and-white striped prison garb,

in

will die next?’’

mately, the goal for corrections officers

How

the public.

is

is

Godin has

to protect inmates, staff

and

inflaming the public and representing inmates as

MP Ujjal Dosanjh

is

the Liberal public safety critic.

He

has criticized

and said there should have been adequate super-

vision so Smith didn’t get into any trouble. Let’s put aside, for the

moment, is

the fact that an

MP commenting on an ongoing criminal case

patently unfair to the accused.

attention

from the

enough funding

prison in the It’s

government doesn’t provide

for mental health assessment, treatment

training in Canada’s prisons?

funding, so

Could Dosanjh possibly be deflecting

fact that the federal

many people first

Or

that,

and

ate

I

looked

like.

staff

with proper mental health-care

with mental illnesses might not end up in

place?

inflammatory displays and make some Let’s not forget that Ashley

real

Smith was a 19-year-old

woman

with a

family and a future.

thin legs then

can remember loving

re-evaluate

I

Sarah Jaynes

and playing with make-

time

first

The

way

the

Opinion

is

in

scares

Grade

me

3 are actually leaving the

classroom

at

Lately

hearing these things and thinking

they are

to think that children

lunchtime to throw up

Forty per cent of girls between the ages of nine

meaning they

and 10 are on

that they

need

they look

fat too.

There

,

diets,

you then

an extraordinary amount

is

of pressure

today’s society and

in

doesn’t help

when

it

is

it

of

their

Lindsay Nicole

Lohan,

Richie

Hilary

and

Olsen are just a few

Duff,

Mary-Kate

stars

who have

been accused of or have actually

models who these

suffered from an eating disorder

of role

children look up

who

are

to,

role

models

giving them the wrong

If

this year;

ers

are

some admit

in

denial.

had a nickel for every time

I

my mom say “I look fat in or “I am never eating again,”

this”

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I

would be

rich

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right

little

now.

girls are

focus has been

it,

while oth-

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women young

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it is

it

is

in

TV

in

seen on

be seen on all

which are accessible

of

young

to the eyes

children.

There

is

no reason

a child

unless she suffers from obesity. is

obsessed with

her appearance,

it

she could

is

have

deep physical and psychological issues.

Anorexia and bulimia

kill

people;

they are not temporary fixes to help lose weight. It

is

extremely depressing to

are viewing than they are going to

ders

are

have a skewed perception of

However, being aware of

and eating disor-

occurring

so

young. it

and

encouraging positive role models

ty If

young

exposed

to

girls are

endless

going

to be

pictures

of

and healthy

activity

can keep eat-

ing disorders at bay.

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SPOKE, November

12,

2007

— Page 5

Alumni meeting attracts old faces and new friends By

AARON O’CONNELL

Conestoga,” he

said.

“The school

definitely a lot bigger than It

was a night

the past

A

to remember, both and the present.

Welcome Home

record '38

Awards were given out students

is

only the

fifth

general

given

Conestoga. “I knew it was a good school and it was one of my top choices, but having my dad as a past grad made the decision a lot

year that the

easier” said Rick.

Although not everyone receiving an award could make it, the night was still a success as the meeting brought one of the largest turnouts

deserving students who have a parent or guardian who graduated from Conestoga. to

Two award

winners actually had both parents graduate from the col-

ever.

lege.

said

Rob

who

Krause,

student,

said his

to

Alumni Association has handed out the Welcome Home Awards, which are

architecture

dad was a big influence on him and his choice to come

meeting of the Alumni Association on Nov. 5. This

is

was.”

there with his son Rick,

first-year

who

to first-year

annual

the

at

Rob was a

it

Monica Himmelman, alumni

relations it’s

and annual fund

officer,

just the start of things to

Alumni founders. She said it was a tough choice to leave but felt it was her time to go. “I turned 60 last March,” Himmelman said with a laugh. “And I

actually thought that once

that point

I

would probably

Himmelman thing

waited

was organized

in

I

got to

retire.”

until

every-

her depart-

ment before revealing that she would be moving on. “There were so many things that were going on in our department and I thought if I go there will be nobody,” Himmelman

“They hired Mary (Wright) as which was wonderful because she was the one who hired me nine years ago. So I guess what said.

manager

come. “Alumni services now is just going to take off, it’s going to be so

goes around comes around.” Other members leaving after

1986, said he hardly even recognized the school when he arrived. “I

great.”

year

include

Norm

Betrand.

walked into the school and saw a Tim Hortons and a Coyote Jack’s which was never here when I was at

of the Alumni board are leaving after this year including

graduated

in

computer programming back

in

In other business, three

Himmelman who

is

members

one of the

(Photo by Aaron O' Connell)

First-year student Rick Krause, along with his dad Rob, stand with Alumni Association president Susan Milton after receiving a

Welcome Home Award on would always have

it

this

who has been on the board for many years, said he would never forget Conestoga and

a place in his

heard this saying before but, Conestoga to me, is like a river and whether I’m coming or going it will still be here,” he said. heart.

Linda Taylor and

Nov. 5.

Betrand,

“I’ve

In other business. President

Tibbits spoke about tors that will

John

some key

fac-

change Conestoga

in

the future.

The main

factor

was

the

growth of the college this year and the sustainable growth we should see in years to come. “This year we grew by 17 per cent in first-year students and we should see a sustainable growth by 10 to 15 per cent for the next five years.”

Recycling old electronics can help save the environment By HIEN DINH Future Shop has partnered with the Ontario-based company Greentec to help keep old electronics out of landfills.

Anyone can now drop different

types

off seven

of used electronic

products to any of Future Shop’s

Canada. These products include used

1

cellphones,

players,

CD

CD-ROMs,

players,

portable

bat-

MP3

DVD

players and ink cartridges.

Electronics

million pounds of electronic waste

prevention

substances such as lead, mercury,

was

Best Buy.

cadmium and chromium.

reuse of the old products in that

Environment Canada reports that every year Canadians bury or incin-

same year. Each person is responsible for backing up, removing or erasing all

erate 158,000 tons of obsolete

such as computers,

com-

puter and electronic equipment.

A report from Renewed Computer

27

stores across

teries,

household electronics and cellphones contain potentially harmful

Technology, a not-for-profit, charitable organization located in Mississauga, showed that almost 20,000 pounds of electronic waste had been diverted from landfills through" recycling in 2006. 1

The

report also

showed

that 1.76

diverted from landfills through

of their personal data, software and files

from any electronic product he

decides to recycle.

Best

Buy

also has a recycling sys-

tem in all of their stores in Canada. “There are bins in the stores for customers who want to bring in their old phones or electronic products,”

said

Marty Sokoloski, inventory supervisor of an

lost

Nathan Wood, a

area

in architecture, said

throws electronics

Customers can also bring

in their

“I didn’t

first-year student

he normally just

in the trash.

know how

or where

.(to

old computers, laptops or television

recycle them)

sets.

can just throw them in the blue box.” Matt Weiler, a third-year market-

“We just package and

send every-

thing off to our distribution centre,”

he

said.

‘Those

bits

then get sent off

to a recycling plant.”

Other

retail stores that

electronics

include Staples, which

and toner cartridges, paper and used batteries. The Source collect

print

also collects old batteries.

I

don’t think you

ing student, said he

knows

electronics in the trash

the air and

recycle old

...

know where

is

putting

horrible for

water but he doesn’t to recycle them.

“There’s not too much awareness (about where to take your old electronics) so I didn’t know where to look.”


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Page 6 s — SPOKE, November

News

2007

12,

Beat a winter cold or flu with natural remedies By JENNIFER

MARKO

from the home.

flu shot that

can be taken

is

It

How

mmm

- cold and flu season. you going to beat it this

here

are

but

year?

Why

He make

not try out

some

natural

the

*

remedies? Frank Mardian, clinic manager of the Mardian Naturopathic Clinic

and Health and Nutrition Store on Ottawa Street in Kitchener, said naturopathy

is

way of therapy. He

natural

a

healing using drug-less

said naturopaths heal with medi-

cines that do not cause

harm

to the

body. “All doctors take an oath to

do no

“When you

go to a medical doctor and he gives you a prescription for a drug that can cause liver problems, that is technically doing harm to the patient.”

(Photo by Kerry Reed)

Show some

holiday spirit

Paul Buckley, a sales associate from Sleep Country

Fairway Road

in

Kitchener, dives

right into the

Canada on

Give a Kid a Coat

go into any Sleep Country location in November and donate children’s and adults’ used and new winter wear. All donations go to a local Salvation Army. Donations will still be accepted in December. program, which encourages everyone

to

Mardian said the difference between regular medical doctors

in

work

approaching, and already here for

some, offers a

Mardian said his clinic homeopathic remedy made

Amy

son

at

why

it,” I

I

me

are very weak.

think that getting the flu shot

I

is

beneficial to your health as well as

others around you."

down with a cold or the to get as much rest as

flu

she

tries

she can on

her tight schedule. She said she

medicine -

Benylin

and

Neocitran. “1

such as drinking

sick,

lemon and honey tea and I pump myself full of multi-vitamins,” she

my body

enough job on

When

Marshall said

it

is

up

to the indi-

it

never

lasts

he said.

does a good

own.”

its

he gets sick. Henry takes

Nyquil daytime and gets plenty of rest. At night he takes the normal Nyquil to make sure he

is

able to

sleep.

my body

can do a better job the cold/flu than

and Nyquil

at fighting off

any natural reme-

dies around,” he said. "But on the

other hand,

you have the mindset you will get ... the whole mind and

if

for natural remedies

body mentality.”

He said natural remedies work more on people who want them to work.

He

said the best natural rem-

edy he has found

said.

third-year

“1 didn't get the flu shot."

“I feel that

better faster

do use some herbal remedies

Fm

when he does

“I find that

when she comes

Marshall said

other hand,

the

longer than a week.

can't get .sick because their

immune systems

On

computer programming student David Henry said he rarely gets sick, but

sure to get the shot

have family around

dies.”

1

she said. “Another rea-

make

“They are growing to be more and more popular," she said. "They may actually work better for your body than other medicines or reme-

I

a hospital in Hamilton that

because

that

because

the health-care field and

requires

when is

home,

effective as

"1 receive the flu shot

toms.

season

at

sure to get her flu shot every year.

takes

flu

own remedies

it would not be as remedy he offers.

and naturopaths is medical doctors treat one symptom while naturopaths treat all the body’s sympSince cold and

people can choose to

their

First-year nursing student

is

harm." said Mardian.

said

Marshall said she gets colds and the flu regularly and she makes

am

vidual whether or not to try natural

remedies.

at

is

to get lots

of

rest.

R.I.D.E program proves effective By JACKIE

ALLWOOD

White crosses, 271

Highway

Everywhere program (R.I.D.E) is supposed to be reducing this num-

in total, line

ber.

The program

21 in Forest, Ont.. the red

ribbons that adorn them fluttering in the

1977,

in

started in Etobicoke

and was a community

policing effort to address the con-

breeze.

The crosses were erected by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada and the OPP to represent the number of people

cern of drinking and driving.

who

the

are expected to be killed

drunk driving

this

Olaf Heinzel, public affairs coordinator for the Waterloo regional

main objective of

police, says the

from

holiday season.

program

is

to

make

the roads

safer.

The Reduce Impaired Driving

He

says

it

has

become

a part of

our society and drivers know police are out doing the most visible thing possible to stop impaired driving.

The R.I.D.E program hopes

to

discourages drivers from drinking before they get behind the wheel.

The message

isn’t to stop

people

from drinking, but if they are going to drink they need to do it responsiHeinzel says.

bly,

There has been a steady decline impaired drivers in the last few

in

last year there was a impaired drivers, which

Heinzel says spike

in

mirror

happens every once and a while. Many times long weekends are when the R.I.D.E program is most

occurrences in the country he says.

talked about but the police are out

years, Heinzel says,

after a short

spike in charges in early 2000.

Sometimes

“We do

statistics

see a steady decline in

terms of the

number of people

(who drink and

drive).”

Statistics

looking for drunk drivers year round.

R.I.D.E programs are held

from the Oktoberfest

R.I.D.E programs showed that out

the

get behind the wheel of a car, they

of 19,888 cars checked only three

says Heinzel.

two separate functions.”

impaired driving charges were

laid.

program

when more prominent

is

now we

“Right

for our festive

WHEN DATING TURNS DANGEROUS

the

events are usually the time

“If you're going to drink don’t

are

all

time but long weekends and certain

which

run from the end of

will

November He says and stop

are getting ready

R.I.D.E program,

to early January.”

the

sites

number of

officers

have not yet been

determined.

Emotional abuse

For those drivers

who

think they

can avoid the R.I.D.E stops, think It is often difficult to recognize and identify emotional abuse because, unlike physical assault there are seldom visible signs of the abuse. Nevertheless, emotional abuse may be the most painful and damaging aspect of an abusive relationship.

Flow are you affected? Do you

feel that

your partner controls your

Do you

feel that

your partner does not value your thoughts or feelings?

Will

your partner do anything

to

life?

win an argument, such a put you down,

threaten or intimidate you?

again.

Heinzel says the programs are set up in areas that aren’t easily avoided even when you get advance notice of the stop ahead. There are other officers besides the ones doing the R.I.D.E checks watching for people who do avoid the stop he says. “We had a recent incident where someone did not stop. That driver was followed and was stopped at another location.”

Do you

you cannot do anything

feel that

right in

There are some devices on the tell you if you are able to drive after you have had a drink. However, Heinzel says he doesn’t

your partner’s eyes?

market that supposedly can

Are you

told that

no one else would want you, or

that

you are lucky your

partner takes care of you?

Do you have

When

you

to

account

try to talk to

for

every

moment

of

your time?

your partner about problems, are you called

names such a

bitch or idiot?

If you recognize these behaviours in your partner, you may be in a dangerous relationship. Counsellors are available in the Counselling Oflice, Doon Campus, Room 1 A103, 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.

Sponsored by the

Women’s Resource Group

recommend people

use

measure

consumption.

their alcohol

these

to

“Alcohol does change the way people behave,” he says. ’’Any amount can impact on that (driving and behaviour).”

For more information on R.I.D.E programs Waterloo visit the Regional Police Services website, www.wrps.on.ca.


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Feature

Students without borders Canadians students have many opportunities to volunteer. But some go beyond our borders to help others. Three Conestoga students who recently went abroad share their stories. By CHARLOTTE

PRONG PARKHILL

grief, but

seeing people persevere, be resilient,

able to laugh at the end of the day

S

hannon Luckhardt earned Conestoga Kampala, Uganda over the Luckhardt, 23,

is

a fourth-year

BScN

credits

who

did

her clinical placement in Africa for 10 weeks, working at the

ing the evening meal in the morning.

Mulago National Referral Hospital. The hard lessons learned in Uganda reinforced what she

into things,” she said.

had already learned

in

Upon

her nursing program. “This place-

As

a nurse in the pediatric ward of a busy public hospiLuckhardt was responsible for about 50 patients. By comparison, a nurse in a Canadian pediatric ward would typically care for five. With 30 new patients every other day, there was plenty of opportunity to hone her practical skills, like drawing blood and putting in IV lines. Many of the children had malaria or secondary illnesses related to HIV/AIDS. Family members stay with the hospitalized children 24 hours a day, helping with basic care and further crowding the ward. “The role of the nurse there is obviously a lot different,

After graduating

Shannon Luckhardt found

patients to look after,” she said.

hospital this

It

in

was

a Ugandan

in

before

try

what she estimates

the first of

is

really cheating

I

work

I

its

people.

It’s

should help out

in

a social injus-

my own

coun-

internationally again.”

Luckhardt said her experiences in Africa won’t just be filed away. “Children were dying that I knew could be saved in Canada. You want to be empowered, you want to make a dif-

be about 30 deaths

to

that

she said. “I feel like

her time on the ward.

ference. But

you need to accept the reality, because you need go home and be able to sleep at night,” she said. “I know for sure that I will go back to Uganda again.”

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end up

2004, she went to the Ukraine as

much

total.

Many

children

orphanages because of the prostitution and drug addiction in

country.

she

born with health problems related to drug addiction and HIV/AIDS.

lot

of

chaos there,” she said. This past summer, Moroz joined International Student Volunteers and went to Costa Rica where she create

sustainable

a

lifestyle.

It

agricultural

was sometimes hot and

work, building fences, putting in gardens and working the

dirty

Puerto Rico

of the children are

is

But she met a handsome British

named Tom who

didn't

seem

to mind that she smelled like pig manure. “1 met the person I’m

going to marry!” she learned so

said.

much about

“And

myself.”

I

an island with a

population of 4 million people, and

almost 3 million of them

live

in

San Juan. Van Allen saw a huge divide between the rich and the poor, with wealthy people living in gated communities and everyone else living in the congested city.

But she always

soil.

student

plagues the poverty-stricken

Some

felt

safe as she

home each day and up the twisted, unpaved roads to the orphanage. She got lost several times and had to stop and ask for directions, which usually ran along the lines of “Go up there left

her friend’s

drove

into

anywhere in the world.” Van Allen has always known she wanted to do international mission work and felt that the best way to do it was through medicine. So communication and doing volun-

protection of a volunteer agency, unsafe. “There’s a

little bodies relax and cuddle your arms, and you can do that

these

after earning

that

felt

stiff

“After a while, you feel

better

it,

in

first.

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spent six weeks helping villagers

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you don’t get it.” She spent six weeks al the orphanage, which houses about 30 you’re

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is

it

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by

than a textbook,” she said. “Until

of

two countries

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culture

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them and singing to them. The babies were so unaccustomed to at

different

A tale

Allen’s

works for Scotiabank, which helps financially support the Fundacion Hogar Nihito Jesus Orphanage in the mountains above San Juan. For Van Allen, 37, a second-year

“The opportunity

bathing and feeding them, holding

her husband and chil-

orphanage was a perfect

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to help staff care for 10 infants

dren to Puerto Rico. The husband

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Van Allen doesn’t speak Spanish but overcame the language barrier

itself

opportunity presented

moved with

opportunities:

aunya Van Allen loved her summer job. But she worked hard and didn't get paid.

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“They’re very nice, very affectionate people,” she said.

commitment? •

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the organization’s

is

For more Costs:

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summer.

•To help people

Luckhardt hopes to work with

world. “You don't have to go to Africa to see a health-care

system

inspiration in the resiliency of

the African people while volunteering

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health standards are comparable to those in the developing

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this child.”

five

aboriginal people in northern Canada, where she believes

“Sometimes we even had two children on one cot.” Luckhardt’s pragmatism and positive attitude served her well when she dealt with her first death. “Not just death, but pediatric death, which is really hard,” she said. “Even the doctors and nurses had sort of abandoned this child. There’s more of an acceptance - we’ve done everything we can for

had

I

much.” Luckhardt has travelled before and made the decision to become a nurse while on a nine-month backpacking trip through New Zealand after graduating from high school. "I definitely wanted to be in a helping profession.” She estimates it cost her $6,000 to $7,000 to go to Uganda. But she pointed out that doing a clinical placement over the summer freed up her time this fall. She only comes to Conestoga one day a week this semester, which enables her to work more hours and to live at home in Owen Sound, saving on rent.

tal,

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returning to

“They put so much time

things to do in the next hour! People don’t savour things as

picture.”

many

being

“There was so much time to enjoy life.” Canada, she found it was a difficult transi-

back into our fast-paced society. “Suddenly,

tion

ment helped me appreciate how bigger systems’ issues can affect the patient situation - the politics, education system, funding - all of those things are bigger than me, a single nurse,” she said. “That was really visible there. And that’s what fourth year is all about - understanding the bigger

because they have so

still

very inspiring.”

it’s

She also found inspiration in the day-to-day life of the average Ugandan, and had to teach herself to slow down a little. No one was on time for meetings. Women would start cook-

in

summer.

student

-

a degree

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with

in

speech

the

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AIDS

Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo and Area, she decided to go back to school to get of

Taunya Van Allen believes exposure to other cultures

make her a

better nurse.

much more,”

she said.

will

a nursing degree.

To volunteer paid

in

of her

all

Puerto Rico, she

own expenses

including

immunizations, travel costs, accommodations and a car "Volunteering

rental.

way

isn't a

cheap

She plans Africa believes they are

to

that in

do volunteer work in future, and she everyone, whether

the

in

the medical field or not,

your education,” she

should consider doing the same.

She feels fortunate that working in the insurance industry for 15 years, she was

"In order to truly understand the

financially able to afford the volun-

serve your time

to

get

laughs. after

teer experience.

“Was

it

worth

wasn't

all

work and no

play.

ed El Yunque, the national rain

for-

With the vast majority of

Puerto Rican tourists visiting the

on one-day excursions from cruise ships, most only see the city of Old Spn Juan. “I got to see so island

we to

will bring her

Van Allen did some scuba diving while she was there and also visitest.

lucky

Canada, you need

Ultimately,

it?”

she said. “Every penny!” It

AIDS pandemic and how are here in

in

Africa,” she said.

her nursing career

back to Canada.

"I

really enjoy the four seasons.” she said.

She also wants

her country in

a

rural

girl

to get

back to

roots by working

clinic

or

in

northern

Ontario.

“As much as enjoyed Puerto love Canada,” she said. “We have so much. I'm so glad I was I

Rico,

I

born here.”


Opinion

SPOKE, November

Hollywood superstars need Everyone has an opinion about the life Britney Spears the

ing the

leading at

is

moment. She has gone from livwhat most of us believed was good life, to dealing with one

problem Is

after the other.

our society that needs to

it

know about her and or

ties,

is

media forcing her

the

it

other celebri-

from school or who George Clooney is dating at the moment. Our world has changed so much with respect to our Hollywood gazing, if you want to call it that. The number of celebrity magazines has grown since the death of Princess Diana, when, if I remember correctly, most of us wanted everyone

and others down our throats to sell papers and magazines? She has not

to boycott the tabloid industry.

been out of the spotlight since her

Hollywood?

album back

first

know

don't need to

makes;

celebrity

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care

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life

if

Maddox

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picking

is

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move a have too much

my

in

mid-90s.

in the

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What has

better about our

a

way

so

it

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we can lives?

Or

feel is it

for us to avoid dealing with

the issues

we need

to deal with?

Does a career in the entertainment industry give the public the

We

all

deserve to go

home

without photographers following

right to

us so fascinated with Is

weight.

know what

don’t think

I

Just

so.

because

someone decides to follow their dreams and become an actor or a does not give anyone the

singer,

them around

right to follow

ure

out

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they

are

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dating or

who

doing,

beach with-

at the

tabloids

make

us feel like

we

that I

satisfying

my

curiosity,

I

judge.

We would

not want this to happen

we

to us, so

should take a stand industry

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Wei-Lon Lee

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you have undoubtedly realized this fact and have embraced the optimistic outlook that Star Trek has adopted about the future of mankind. An outlook, I hope, that you have adopted for yourselves as For those not familiar with Trek

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by

techno-babble and other

the

nonsense that Star Trek seems to throw

at

really

about

you.

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racial

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What

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show and indeed, what separates it from all the other sci-fi shows is its resolute belief in human optimism and the human ability to make a better

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nuity

and human inge-

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at

the

things Trek.

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in this

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taking

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pictures of us in our swimwear. Our hunger for Hollywood has grown, or there wouldn’t be so many tabloid magazines appearing on bookshelves and there wouldn’t be more and more magazine shows appearing on television. My last count was six celebrity-focused

celebrities are

know what

out having a nosey photographer

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with our family

doing with their free time?

should

or what mess Paris has created or

Lindsey Lohan is out of rehab. admit that in the past I have picked up a tabloid to see what was happening in Hollywood. While 1

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Entertainment

— SPOKE, November 12, 2007

Page 10

American Gangster a

QMJOl-’E Week of November

2007

12,

By LEANNE

Libra

MOUNTFORD

American Gangster

hit

screen on Nov. 2 and

September 23 October 22

is

%

big

the

hit

definitely

worth watching.

Ridley Scott, Directed by American Gangster is based on

You know exactly what you life and you know

want out of

how

achieve

to

it,

a

most

trait

people admire about you.

You

are looking to find balance,

the true story of Frank Lucas,

inner-city streets of Harlem, N.Y.

dance of

who

with a purer drug than the streets

Lucus

were used

Washington. Other actors include Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin and John Hawkes.

wait.

the driver for a crime boss.

After his boss dies, Lucas

to for a

You

Scorpio

The costumes and

look very authentic for a

-

21

story set

in

stay

to

mysterious,

sets

the ’60s and

accents sound

of the

realistic.

telling the

how you

ones you love exactly

feel.

Being a gangster movie

filled

with drug trafficking and violence, it’s

not the most original script, but

keeps your attention as you watch the story unfold.

mu You

Sagittarius

May2i

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,u '* 21

communicator

are a great

and you have no trouble using words. You love to find peace and balance in your life.

November 22 December 2

pggjllPlll

-

carefully as

it

may

hurt

someone

you care about.

Capricorn December 22

-

January 19

You have a good understanding of the people

in

your

life,

and you

have a knack for being able to know what they need without actually being told. is

Your patience

unlike any other sign.

Next time you have a major

make

decision to make, try to list

a

of pros and cons, instead of

overthinking the decision.

It

save you a

in

lot

of worry

will

the

end.

Aquarius January 20

-

February 18

Try to tone down your impatience

when you

are

working

You

are your

own

can sometimes find

person and it

hard to

with others. Everyone does not

work with other people. You

learn at the same speed or the same way. A little patience will go a long way.

always consider another person's point of view when having a discussion.

Virgo

Pisces

August 23 September 22 You life.

do,

February 19

You

love to plan every part of

Lists,

make

and life

a

lists little

of things to easier.

Use

your organization and planning skills

to

before

it

balance

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March 20 are passionate and

passionate. ers

You

com-

love to help oth-

and always make sure their come before your own.

needs

schoolwork

piles up.

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is

a second-year

journalism student holding fate in the

palm of her hand.

Frank Denzel

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by

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look very

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authentic for a story set in the ’60s

and ’70s and most of the accents sound realistic. The cinematography and lighting

it

definitely

The

storyline flows

wealth

and poverty. Although I this movie the best of

the year,

it

(Internet photo)

with an abun-

makes

for a

good

The movie runs just over two and

the

in the box office in its opening weekend, from Nov. 2

top spot

it,

to Nov. 4, by generating million in revenue.

evening out.

on seeing

filled

American Gangster took the

definitely has a lot of

great aspects and

place or unnecessary. is

depicting

wouldn't rate

a half hours, so

cast

done,

well

really

well and no scene seems out of

The

Honest to a fault isn’t always a bad trait to have, but sometimes you need to watch what you say

The costumes and

are

nevertheless,

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played

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but you also crave the attention of

others and you have a hard time

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talent. is

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the

October 23

November

love

fills

cheaper price.

70s and most

another person’s point of view.

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who

you always seem to come up short. Don’t give up, because good things do come to those but

I

washrooms

if

you’re planning

suggest stopping first.

at

It

was

$46.3 fol-

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Sports

SPOKE, November

12,

2007

— Page 11

Cross-country runner wins gold MCNANNEY

By ALEX

Yandeau said he believes the guys have learned a valuable life lesson, something that sometimes

perhaps the best kept

They're

Conestoga College. This year’s cross-country team has been performing phenomenally, and

takes people into their 40s and 50s

secret at

with

before they figure

fanfare.

little

much mental

The men's team medaled every time they raced this year. They won gold at the Fanshawe Invitational

cal.

on Sept. 29 and then repeated

said his

On

Oct. 13.

Oct. 27

on

He

Championships, the team finished second, earning the silver medal and a trip to the Canadian College Association Athletics

and Drew Jansen. Sharratt has won two gold and a silver, while Jansen has three top-five finishes.

only

and

Sharratt

is known as the team and Yandeau has been proud of his work ethic and team-first

attitude.

fastest,

Clair Invitational.

St.

Neil

Dignam and

made

the decision to support

Stu

Parsons

one

“They

(Santos,

Dignam and Drew and

“It

doesn’t matter

guy or

port.”

he

said.

time

at the track at St.

high school

weeks, and the college decided to reward the team’s extra effort.

order to

Head coach Ken Yandeau said the team has just been working hard. "They’ve worked their butts off for two weeks and they set themselves a goal and achieved it,” he Yandeau said cross-country running

is

emotionally versus being out there

You watch

Rodriguez very definition of that sport

Wayne

like

rather than individuals.”

the

itself.

Gretzky,

player in

The youngest player ever reach 500 home runs, Rodriguez

baseball. to

on pace to shatter Barry Bonds’ home run record. However, his transcendence of the

is

newly-set

less due to his and more due to

sport of baseball

is

athletic abilities,

his astronomical salary.

He

$250 mil$80 mil on

money

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I

if

A

spoiled child

never thought I’d say

become perhaps after

the

agent

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in

history.

used to despise

him

ration of a sport

I

A-Rod

for his

for the deterio-

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love.

two things happened: realized that Rodriguez was not responsible I

amounts

ludicrous

the

money people were him, and

I

Derek

Jeter.

Ego

Mr.

Now

I

of

willing to pay

saw him play next

ever-selfish

to the

himself,

actually have a

twinge of admiration for A-Rod.

He may be financially greedy and somewhat socially awkward, but he does not rub his talents

in

any-

one’s face or go around singing his

own

praises.

Realistically,

command more per year in

his

Rodriguez could than $30 million next

makes

contract,

my

a

stomach turn. But if that’s what a team (perhaps the World Champion Boston Red Sox) is willing to shell out, then all the power to A-Rod. How many people out there would decline and

thought

that

and

it

and encourage them, and all they> need is a bit of support to realize they can do this.”

best to see

makes you

think do you want to be the one

“While they’re out

slacking off?” he said.

members

other team

peer pressure.”

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the

go over

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Yandeau said, team members

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the

is

lion contract, leaving

I

But the thing

“Jessica Shantz said not going

twist

of the parent, not the child.

three years of a 10-year,

most sought major league

interesting

Barth, back row, left to right, Larissa Wilton, Christopher Santos, coach Ken Yandeau, Neil Dignam and Jeremiah Passmore. Absent from the photo are Jessica Shantz and Brittany Zettel.

agents, owners, etc., but not

the players. fault

recently opted out of the final

the table, to

their

I 1 11 Unbeatable

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The Conestoga cross-country team came in second at the OCAA Championships, Oct. 27. Team members are, front row, left to right, Stuart Parsons, David Sharratt, Drew Jansen and Aaron

the best

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Benedict’s

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a few occasions, some of the guys on the team have said they need to skip one practice because they were feeling the pain. That

was where came in.

wind by

in

doing the 400-metre run.

what they’ve made a decision do now is to run the first half of the race together,” he said. “They can support each other verbally and well,

found they’re stronger as a team

a fairly tough sport, involv-

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season,

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fourth place runners placed really

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