Symbols of our past and present The wheel
needed to escort people their cars and even the rez.
the college’s crest
things, including the
NEWS Monday, November
who needs bone marrow
Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.
— No. 26
Students are best By
Three architecture students at Conestoga College have won International Facility
The student chapter president of
but a teacher told
by acciJacob Hespeler Secondary School graduate said. “I had originally picked the diploma program to become an architect, actually got into
degree program and
Conestoga’s IFMA, Jonathan Douglas of St. Pauls, Ont. along with Amanda Ford and Samantha Janson, both of Cambridge, have put Conestoga on the map once
again thanks to their excellent aca-
involved in different extracurricu-
demic achievements and program
lar activities to better
three students are currently
management, a four-year degree program in architecture, and have earned the prominent awards which are traditionally won by students corning from highly regarded schools such as Georgia Tech, Pennsylvania and Texas A&M, to
took four of the top five awards,” Douglas said. “This year we grabbed three of the top “Last year
and we are the
school to do that.”
a graduate of
Jansen said she worked extremehard to win the awards.
“I’ve just had a diverse contribution
Amanda Ford IFMA’s
same by Worth
Metroplex Chapter, twice in a row. She believes that Conestoga is one schools
management program. believe these awards
of the facility
prove that Conestoga College has one of the top programs in both the United States and Canada for the teaching of facility and project management,” Ford said. years three past the “In Conestoga College has proven that the United States is not the only
Northwestern Secondary School, won the corporate headquarters council honour last year and a scholarship from the IFMA Philadelphia Chapter this year. He said the degree program
country to provide extraordinary
has widened his opportunities.
“Because the program is more industry-based, it gives you a lot of opportunities and you get to
of different things
other than facility management."
scholarship sponsored by the Corporate Facilities Council this year and the IFMA scholarship
from the Philadelphia Chapter last year, said she’s always been committed to the program, even though she came to Conestoga
College where she is enrolled in the French as a Second Language program.
However, she will return to Conestoga to continue her studies in the winter.
The IMFA has 18,500 members 125 chapters and councils
foundation promotes educa-
and research opportunities to advance the facility management
She said she
looking forward to
clothing, boots and a
Christmas is just a month away; have you made your list yet? Sometimes figuring out what you want sitting under the tree can be
just as difficult as searching for the
ing the holidays, Wilson said, are her family opening one present
someone on your
By SARAH JAYNES Local retailers are dealing with a of angry customers now that the Canadian dollar is worth more than the U.S. dollar.
Salespeople are being questioned about why consumers have to pay
retailers across the
“They don’t understand is
(the salespeople) can
personally do about
While some stores such as HMV, Wal-Mart and Zellers have dropped their prices by nearly 20 per cent,
stores that have
hit because American anywhere from $5 to $20 lower than the Canadian prices. “This has left consumers irritated,” says Ron Tracy, an employee
province, says his stores are slowly
Chapters in Toronto. Tracy says customers
Allan Greenfield, the owner of six
Hallmark Gold Crown stores
making changes, but it takes time. “Our customers have to understand that I still pay the Canadian
products even though an American name," he
The same goes
end anyhow, due to
Anita Warren, a mother of two, says she has stopped shopping at certain stores because they have not lowered their prices.
not been able to do so.
ering prices. However, lose
on products that list both a Canadian and American price, and stores are losing sales. In particular, bookstores have
the higher price
country who are paying the Canadian price'and can’t afford to lose money by low-
very understanding and blame the
Warren, along with thousands of other consumers, believes that the owner of a store should be taking the
shouldn’t have to deal with
some stores that show the
removing the tags two prices and instead marking them with only the Canadian price. are
students get jump on holiday shopping, others procrastinate
BY FRANCA MAIO
perfect gift for
Soaring loonie hurts shops lot
Aunt Dot the Clown, who has entertained at more than 5,000 events, celebrates the holiday season story. with Mikayla, Kenya and Shelby at a party held by Cambridge Metal Products. See Page 1 1 for
Conestoga has take leadership in providing equally talented stu-
(Photo by H/en DinhJ
camera because she
traditions celebrated dur-
each on Christmas Eve and enjoying a family dinner on Christmas Day.
ed her holiday shopping. “I have shopped for most of
He said the main items he hopes are under the tree are clothing, an
Jessica Herbert, a clerk in the college bookstore,
Brandon Drexler, a
engineering student, said he has not started his shopping yet. He admitis
a last-minute shopper.
Christmas Eve, Christmas Boxing Day.
Harrison, a program assis-
Conestoga College’s Doon campus and a newlywed, is looking forward to spending the holidays with her family and her husband.
She said she
item under the tree this year, but
looking to get jewelry," she only thing on want an engagement
said. "It is the
Herbert said her family celebrates days. three for Christmas
done her holiday shopping. She is looking for a particular not sure if she will receive
ing, and the malls are being flooded with holiday shoppers hoping to pick up that perfect gift. Brenna Wilson, a first-year general arts student, said she has start-
iPhone and a new television for his room. Drexler said his family usually has a family party during the holi-
not expecting too
She said she is looking forward to sharing family traditions with her husband. "It is pretty
until midnight, to
and we have
ener,” she said.
shop or have made a
the 24th and
hopes will be among the gifts from her husband. “A new hair straightHarrison said she has not started
family because we have a Latin American background," she said. stay
you have lis.t
of items you
are looking for this season, always
shopping yet, but she will start soon to beat the crowds at the
with the people you love.
giving, receiving and spending time
— SPOKE, November 26, 2007
questions answered by
By JENN SPRACH Conestoga College’s Walk Safe program is a little short-handed this year.
The program was designed
What would your theme song be and why? “Obladi Oblada by the
goes on no matter what.”
ment for faculty, staff and students. They provide services such as
second-year respirator) therap ) '
Mims, because ’cause I’m
even to the residence. “We've had to scale down because we haven’t had enough applicants,”
Anderson, a college security representative, adding they have hired one extra security staff person to is
There have been approximately incidences, said Anderson. “One instructor had his van stolen
resume and application aid
might also walk the grounds and report anything they
deem suspicious, he said. The staff work in pairs for
because love the movie Rocky.” I
well, there are 1
student went into security
tried to report the incident but
was brushed off by staff. When Anderson was asked about he couldn’t
incident he said
comment about it because he didn't know about it. He checked the logged reports in the computer which showed a report
shouldn’t have happened like
should have been investigated and
reasons, said Anderson.
the college. for
rates at the college are
with the public.
of the Tiger
Anderson. There have also been incidences of cars being hit with paintballs at
All staff are trained in
lege have been
However, Walk Safe does provide good work experience for law and
and are responsible for providing a safe environment while interacting
higher than the general area,” said
in the security office.
in Peel Region and the second time it
the first time
a financial need,
his or her
hasn’t deterred car
Anyone interested in applying the Walk Safe program can drop
A majority of the thefts at the col-
The program which
in with the cameras and as soon as you pick up the phone, it rings to a phone here and the camera isolates on that location,” said Anderson. They are located in each of the parking lots and can be identified easily by the yellow reflective post. Although there are 109 cameras
create a safe after-hours environ-
Anderson said he would look
6 emergency phones strategi-
around campus. "The emergency phones are
the incident and ensure
(Photo by Jenn Sprach)
The emergency phones on campus are wired into cameras.
pushed rings to an emergency line in the security office and the cameras focus on the phone. There are 16 emergency phones on campus. it
Joe/ Cook, first -
Cambridge campus helps students brush up on academic skills
ear business foundations
“Easy Like Sunday Morning by Lionel Richie
Whether you want to get a postsecondary education, make a job or career change, or just brush up on your academic skills. Conestoga’s Cambridge campus may be able to help you move toward your goal.
Dianne Murphy. faculty member Cambridge campus, said the
matter what, to
Jess Broadfoot, first-year practiced
test at the
measured and the campus recom-
then faculty at
wants to prepare to write their general education diploma (GED) test, and they do well on the assessment, they get
may be recommended to just some preparation books. if
with a specific subject matter or
be recommended that
they upgrade their
a quick turnaround time
for getting the assessments back.
Susan Garlick. co-ordinator of feel sexy.”
first-year general arts
preparatory program at the Cambridge campus, said she usually gets them back to people the same day or the following day. the
— health option
Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!
don’t say that to
because they hear
basic and they think basic level, but isn't
that at all.
als that they
There -is no cost to complete the assessments or the programs because the programs are funded by the Ministry of Training. Colleges and Universities under the
Academic upgrading Students are
at all different levels
when they enter The students
outlines and they take the courses
they need depending on where they are headed, said Garlick.
people have full-time or
or other commit-
ments. so they arrange
to the class
month or topic.
to a business
not realistic to take a
weeks to do a math might be the wrong
choice," said Garlick. In
an average year, the program in
anyone including people that have their Grade 12 or higher. Sometimes a person will work at a company for 20 or 30 years and for
company shuts down and may want to brush up on
skills, said Garlick.
Cambridge campus offers are employment training readiness and focus for change. These programs are based
on career planning. They
are both block intake courses run-
ning 25 hours a week.
These two programs are teacher-driven; everyone takes the same subject and learns the same material, said Murphy. The difference between the two programs is focus for change is only for women and the participants must be on assistance. It is a 15-week program with an added women’s component, focusing on women’s issues. The employment/training readiness program is 10 weeks long. Both programs take in 17 students at a time. Focus for change starts in September and employFriday.
year-round and is continual intake, meaning people can join the program at anytime. Students can be in
program for a few weeks or a few months depending on what they’re working toward. If someone is working part-time, they may be able to devote 25
hours a week to these courses, said
ing might be able to finish in half
They may be able to write test in two days where someone else might take two
the time. the
has about 100 plus students
funding for us,” said Garlick.
move forward when they don’t know how. The first step is to find out what level people are at. By taking an
they can choose to do academic
Have Fun by Cindy Lauper, because no
way of saying the
faculty help people
to be realistic,
January and again
Tomorrow cheque p.m.
and he needs your help
Conestoga student Dany Mercado, 24, is in a race to get a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Tomorrow, Conestoga Students Inc. is teaming up with the nonprofit organization. Better World
promote the event. “I’ll be here until the end to help Dany," he said. Ron Giles is a Windsor man who founded the organization Better World Tomorrow to raise funds and awareness about bone marrow donation. Giles was on the registry
ness about bone
match bone marrow transplant in Detroit, Mich, at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. In a mismatch transplant, the recipient gets bone marrow from a donor with the clos-
Tuesday, Nov. 27 has been desig-
Conestoga. Volunteers will be tioned at
entrances to the col-
lege from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. to take
donations. At firefighters
more support through pledges Mercado. Part of the main road through the college will be blocked
truck pull will take
place between Doors
Leamington. “They were plead-
PARKHILL Conestoga's Respect Campaign
classes on Jan. 7.
has been created. The programmer will be
responsible for co-ordinating stuto related initiatives dent-led respect, diversity and civic awareness.
this position will
the priority fee,
the ancillary fees that students pay. “It's
all-encompassing camabout respecting
rights,” said Stanciu.
Carol Gregory, director of student development/student life, said the college is currently looking for a
good candidate and hopes
full-time position will be filled by
January. "We’re hoping to increase student engagement,” she said.
update on the other services CSI provides. The photo studio and
Student Life Centre.
across the hall
A new being
one of their own,” he said. “Kitchener firefighters got on board because a lot of them are alumni. All the LASA students and police and firefighter foundations students want to be involved.” Mercado’s father Luis said he wants Conestoga students to be part of a miracle. “It’s been a very difficult journey, a painful one,” he said. “And now we’re in the final stages! With your help, we can save feel he’s
be taken seriously
shortages,” said Tibbits.
He said enrolment growth will mostly come from three areas: oneyear foundations programs, degree programs and one-year post-diploma programs. “There will be a huge emphasis on growth,” he said. “The goal is to move to 10,000 students in five years." With local high school enrolment forecast to drop by up to 25 per cent over the next 10 years, post-secondary institutions
"We have as
days and should be complete
polytechnic,” Tibbits said. “It's going to be a real dog-fight out
Construction continues on
an opportunity for students to net-
owners and man-
agers of various security companies.
every handjob interview," said
“I tell the students,
(Photo by Hien Dinh)
community, we need to step up and take care of these skills
Conestoga Nov. 14. The dinner and seminar provided
of additional training.
the law and security
of Industrial Security, also known as CSIS, at a yearly event held at
program had a meet industry professionals from the Canadian Society
constructed over the winter holiin
needs of the region.. He said Conestoga is uniquely located to serve Canada’s technology triangle and an existing workforce that needs a
think of CSIS, do you
think of international espionage?
believes the college needs to continue to grow not just to meet the
needs of students, but
network with future employers
In other business, Conestoga president John Tibbits outlined the
By CHARLOTTE PRONG PARKHILL
Hortons was slight-
week of January
Conestoga Students Inc. president Roxy Stanciu announced at the college council meeting Nov.
dents want to help because they
run before students return to
just got a boost.
located inside ly
Conestoga student Dany Mercado, above, needs a bone marrow transplant. With him are his mother Ileana, brother Elias and sister Stephany. Kitchener firefighters will be on hand tomorrow for a truck pull competition to help raise funds and awareness.
Centre position and growing enrolment
B v CHARLOTTE
19 that a
CSI manager Christopher Graves amazed Help Dany Day has
taken off so quickly.
real ripple effect. International stu-
mother Ileana pleaded for people to register. "The most possibility to find (a match) is in the Spanish community,” she said. “It’s a simple test ... it won't take so much time
College council also discusses Life
ed by the fact that he is of Nicaraguan descent. In an interview on Detroit’s Fox News, Mercado’s
raised his spirits.”
ing with us to help save their son’s
Tim Hortons Student
by completing a brief health questionnaire and having a swab of cheek cells taken from the inside of their mouth. The more people who
CSI president Roxy Stanciu said Mercado is in critical condition, but rallied when he heard about the Conestoga fundraiser. “It really
Donors can join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry
to pull a fire truck to gener-
He has been at the River Regional Cancer Centre since Nov. 2 to stabilize his
for five years.
donate two years ago. His bone marrow helped save the life of a
gram, and a graduate of Grand River Collegiate Institute. He has also been a support worker for developmentally challenged people
mechanical engineering technology, robotics and automation pro-
for 10 years before he got the call
match. But Mercado can get a mis-
only covers bone marrow
Fitzpatrick will also be on
Today, to raise money for Mercado’s medical care and aware-
are registered with the
gram, the better chance recipients have of getting an exact match. For more information go to Canadian
Student Life Centre
be presented to the
Dany Mercado Foundation
He's been battling leukemia for
— Page 3
By CHARLOTTE PRONG PARKHILL
Fundraiser offers Conestoga students two ways your money or your marrow be part of a miracle
The new Tim Hortons inside Door 3 is under due to open the first week of January.
(Photo by Aaron
Phillips, co-ordinator of the
LASA O 'Connell)
program. Speakers included CSIS president Kevin Murphy and Marlene Raasok, vice-president of the Sciences, Health of School and Services Community Biotechnology. Const. Peter Barbuto presented a learning seminar about crime prevention through the use of good lighting, landscaping and fencing.
has been with the Waterloo Regional Police Service for IS
years and currently works as a crime prevention officer. The event was sponsored by security companies Highpoint,
Barber-Collins and Tone-Gar.
— SPOKE, November 26, 2007
Areas with student housing need extra vigilance Student housing has always been a good place for college students to live
close to the school and a great place to meet people.
some cities it is becoming a concern. Housing areas in London and Hamilton are becoming hotbeds for violent
crimes and break-ins.
housing a safe place to
Kitchener- Waterloo to prevent these incidents and
Olaf Heinzel, the public
affairs co-ordinator for
Police Services, says the city keeps
having various groups work together.
"We work with the bylaw enforcement, campus security and the community to maintain a high quality of life and prevent situations from developing," he
also run an education
far this school
has been pretty quiet
few minor problems
the college, with only a their efforts
beginning of each year to
expected of them before they
London's Fleming Drive area near Fanshawe College, however, has lot of problems, particularly in the early months of the
been facing a school year.
During the after
weekend of September
parties converged on
a riot broke out in the area
officers before arrests
students then began to throw beer bottles at the
offences and 27 Criminal
Code offences were handed
out in September.
to find their
and items such as Playstations and iPods gone.
However, Const. thefts
Phillipo of the
happen when the resident
Police Service says
by not putting away their valuables,” she said. They do run one initiative every year. Project Liquor Enforcement and Reduction of Noise (LEARN), which started in September and Project fines
time because of increased need.
and allows the officers
to the area and lay charges with-
also experiencing a lot of drinking-related problems
house party or the campus pub and form a small mob, cre-
ating a very unsafe environment.
London and Hamilton need to follow the Waterloo, and work with students and school to parties
ensure the off-campus students adhere to the same
code of conduct as students
public nuisance or
live in residence. If they
property, they should be punished by the
school as well as fined by the police. They also need to have a stronger police presence
sure things don’t get out
of control, instead of waiting for an incident before they respond.
whole must work together
arrests, serious injuries
don't appreciate the
a transit system to trans-
who can't afford a vehiwho take it to do their
save the planet. But
have appointments they need to get to
like getting to
an exam, they
school for to find a
and missing and damaged property
campus housing become the norm. A safe community must always be everyone's No.
minutes of tardiness; sometimes
and sometimes exams because the Conestoga bus only runs every hour.
from Cambridge. However,
on the way home has been late. This leaves me and many other people stuck at the
either to the school or
bus station for
a half an hour
Most of the time heading isn't
a big deal but sometimes there
are other people
are trying to
the roads at
takes more money number of buses on
at a specific
car drivers Ion
disappointed with a transit that
so highly regarded
pose a chal-
lenge for those people
praise the system.
Take your car keys and throw
Kitchener that you cannot miss or
schedules they are supposed to be
running on and
know drivers need breaks and
late for, get a
hop on the
Leaving two hours early option, especially
GRT for being there for
who like who cannot
when you have
a class at 8 a.m.
bus schedule and
make your appointment on
to call the operator. I
they do not abide
over a phone number and
For the students who go to Doon campus from Cambridge
this isn't safe.
help with the slow times and the
a complaint about drivers or
on talking on
day cares and school and elderly to get
one time but there are
should be taken. Everytime there
who may need
other measures that can be taken to
pick up their young children from
perfectly safe to talk
to increase the
once a day
why do people who drive down the road think
there” and then has a bus
something needs I
one bus a day
while driving need
in the it, it
when people are relying on get somewhere on time.
causes us to miss important classes
system to the
And, drivers who
ends up costing more than a few
have been riding the glorious
day long but
trating for the riders
Since the beginning of the semester
they just stop a bus
cle or people
before they can get the next bus.
in the streets.
around their McMaster off-campus housing. will leave a
bylaw enforcement and increased
out complaints from neighbours.
dle of a route and get off
part in lowering emissions to help
of students have large parties and open themselves to thefts
ran into October for the
listen to a local radio
area also face the threat of break and enters,
on more than one occasion students have arrived home
station and hear the Grand River
This incident was just one of many on Fleming Drive, as 808 provincial
most of the
late isn’t that great
found a crowd of over 200 people smashing windows and
go green and
afford vehicles but
you are going
to say the
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must not contain any
year - snow.
Sometimes snow can be know, the kind
did not get to see
comes down gently
number of complaints heajd while it was drifting down onto us ... or maybe believe
How come we cannot
about snow so high that
over your legs and leaves them frozen for half the day. wet, but
making us wade through
a sea of
After the months of heat and rain,
how come little bit
of the month?
couple of inches of packing
to hit the
But what about Christmas Eve and the other days
happy as kids? Did we not wait for the
ing of snow in their socks or halfway up their legs. You have to admit, though, that when the bigger Hakes come down
even worse. I have heard people talking about how
people cannot welcome a
of cold weather that
we used to? when we had no
as the next per-
son because no one wants the feel-
And when Christmas
came around, and
our shoes or pile up on the ground,
plain just as
did not get in
However, the snow we had was, yes, a
snowmen and snow
against the coloured, or even white,
until the level
of snow reaches
where the buses are running late, the snow is piled on top of your windshield, or you can feel it going up your pant leg or in you the point
should just take the time
winter feel like winter and not just
another rainy October.
its beauty while our limbs.
the world of
major sporting Grey Cup is Jan Brady Super Bowl is Marsha,
to this point she has not faced
young Megan Meier
a tragic one that left
stomach when I recently read it. For those of you who are unaware, Megan hung herself in her bedroom on Oct. 6, 2006. After a 1
mother (and others) created MySpace page under the guise of a young boy named Josh. Josh and Megan hit it off and friend’s
chatted for over a
He began Megan he had heard she was mean to her friends, and that would be
better off with-
also posted on a mes-
sage board, saying
That was the
given to Prince and his controversial phallic guitar at February’s
fireworks, Hag-waving, blue-collar
Super Bowl. Let the Canadian content protesters wail and- gnash their teeth. Why don’t we drag out those
of dancing girls
Maybe we esteem
tired old chestnuts Celine
Bryan Adams, they'll say. Aren’t Blue Rodeo and the Tragically Hip good enough anymore? Do we have such low self-esteem that
don’t have low self-
complete with legions
cowboy hats that Super Bowl show
characterizes the isn’t
Canadian brand of
patriotism isn’t dependent on
sings at a football game. I
from Timmins or Timbuktu. Canadian culture was amply reprehe’s
be quick to point out
longer than the
and football But let’s face it always will be, an American game. So,
when an American
shouldn’t be a big deal.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Labs are As
wanted to write to the paper about something that has really been frustrating
great to have access to
these computer labs.
have trouble getting work done at home because I get easily distracted by my PS2, or my roommates,
I want to hear the constream of expletives that come out of their mouths, along with the racist, sexist and homo-
brought lunch and supper to the
phobic comments that are also
because I planned on working on it until I was done. I know I’m not the only person who
utilizes the labs for these very rea-
the fact that there are other people
or any of the million distractions
So this is why, on week before 1 have a
a Friday, the
But, of course,
sitting in a
work on my project, and I keep getting more and more frustrated. There is an entire row of lab trying to
in this lab that are
These spaces are supposed shared by everyone
in the school,
show some respect
room with you.
want to do my work, I don’t I want to hear about who is “sniping” you and how much of a “fag” they are for doing so.
responsible sent her a
acknowledging some degree of responsibility, but Had the gall to say she felt no guilt or remorse letter
over the situation.
Are you kidding me?
her to stop bringing attention to the
woman walk away
have not been
publicly identified because Megan’s
do not want repercussions
daughter, the names of these people would be plastered everywhere. Those responsible said they didn’t intend for
to kill herself.
and Megan battled
pathetic and insecure does
be (especially an ADULT) to perform such a cold and calculated manipulation of a child? As far as I’m concerned, this woman could be drawn and quar-
wouldn’t get what
a store and asked
but at least her crusade continues.
Lack of Internet legislation be damned, how can our society, our government, and especially we the media, protect people like this? I understand the intent to protect the other young girl, but she was involved too. She willingly and knowingly helped her mother abuse a former friend for some sick pleasure. Underage or not, she deserves no such protection. I know the Internet is hard to reg-
excuse has too long been used as a reason to not address certain issues. If that type of harassulate, but that
ment had occurred in person, action would be taken. But apparently nothing can be done now because it’s
the Internet? Please.
time to stop protecting and it easy for these sick peo-
ple to pray on the
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people play games
on these computers. In fact. I’ll probably do it as well at some my time at during point Conestoga. However, I do not want to hear a play by play of what’s going on in
legal action they
have an adult prey on a child is something totally different and so to
and depression. I don’t really give a damn what the intentions were. They mentally and emotionally tortured a young girl for no reason at
Two years ago it was the Black Eyed Peas. At this year’s Grey Cup, Lenny Kravitz played the part
What is this world coming to when you can drive someone to the
tunate case of kids being cruel. But
mindedness. But somehow, hackles rise when our multiculturalism extends to our American neighbours. This is puz-
only a stars-and-stripes performer
for their daughter’s
headline the halftime show.
none. Megan's parents are
would be one thing if Josh actually existed and it was just an unfor-
ance by the Barenaked Ladies. As Canadians, we pride ourselves on our multiculturalism. If the halftime show was filled with Asian, Latin and aboriginal performers we!d be patting ourselves on the back and smugly congratulating each other on our open-
seeking charges on harassment but so far authorities have told them
later that day.
Grey Cup organizers always try to glam up their image by inviting superstar American performers to
has received so far?
your name released by the media? According to Megan’s mother,
a pancake breakfast and a perform-
point of suicide and not even have
and the Marsha, Marsha.
know what punishment
festival events, including
Speaking of which, would you to
Like a chess club kid inviting a cheerleader to her birthday party.
Josh suddenly changed.
shocked, appalled and sick to
sented throughout the fours days of
and not only is the person who drove her to do it unapologetic, but
for the fragile teenager
— Page 5
Canadian or American, just bring on the talent
be held accountable
wind throws against you and makes you feel like you are being pelted by drops of ice. Now, 1 have to admit that when it does begin to pile up and make it difficult to get to school, I com-
Huffy and not the kind
reminds me that winter just around the corner. But you
month we saw some-
Stay safe Travellers are
By VANESSA BUTLER Around
with nothing but
blue skies, white sandy beaches and the sound of waves
have before check-in to
avoid confusion. For further information about travel documents, contact Foreign Affairs Canada
about various countries on
crashing against shorelines.
Before we make these dreams a
reality, there are several things to
take into consideration prior to taking off.
you are planning to travel outCanada, you will most likely need a passport, and in some instances, a visa. Your passport is the only proof of Canadian citizenIf
Canadians travelling outside the country to obtain the document.
you plan to set
tion of visits
and deny entry
entry and exit permits and health certificates
entering a coun-
screening of passengers and their belongings. Security measures at airports are intended to ensure the
more successful your employment
safety and security of the travelling public. Be sure to have valid photo identification with you for domes-
piece of luggage.
tional travel insurance
and your passport for
ness ventures abroad, you
you can about
a bikini, in
offering you a
operated by Canadian
Label all baggage with your name and the name of a contact person or hotel at your destination
Thousands of Canadians live and work abroad. The majority do sucand for many, working is
an enriching experito find paid
Whether you plan employment, pursue ence.
are a breastfeeding
woman you have unique health concerns
older traveller, as a
from what you are used to. Making your first contact will be easier if you know how to greet people, how to dress and how to behave in your
on the road. you take to avoid sexual harassment? How can you make your hotel room more secure? Make sure you have adequate health and travel insurance. For more information about working, flying or travelling Canadian visit the abroad, Agency, Transportation www.cta.gc.ca. Passport Canada, www.ppt.gc.ca or the Canadian Air Authority, Security Transport
new work environment.
exploring the planet
Smokers must not light up, Non-Smokers Health Act bans smoking on all commercial
mother, a busy executive or an
to deal with
woman to others, women
improper for a
to refuse to transport unruly pas-
work while abroad. When packing your bags remember to use luggage sturdy enough to to
Find out as
social beliefs of the countries they
anyone on board
sengers. Air carriers have
affected by the religious and
likely to be.
From young backpackers to businesswomen, experienced females of all ages are exploring the planet in growing numbers.
need to decide what you want and where you want to do it. If you are offered a job overseas it is important to investigate it carefully before you accept. The more preparation and research you do in Canada, the
an airplane to threaten or interfere with crew members or other pas-
It is strongly recommended you buy travel insurance in case you need to cancel your trip due to illness or other specified problems
opportunities or explore
entry requirements, limit the dura-
and put your name, address and telephone number inside each
You are also responsible for finding out about visa and vaccination Every country has the right
proof of Canadian citizen-
get a passport and find out about a visa and vaccinations before they leave
You should ask your air carrier which travel documents you
time of year every-
one wishes they were somewhere hot.
— SPOKE, November 26, 2007
Also learn about your destination. Take time to learn about the political, cultural and economic environment. The working conditions and pace of
keep your pets safe By JENNIFER
Innocente said this
the U.S. an average of 8.000 ani-
mals are returned as a result of the microchips per month."
You have no need
because your pet probably received a microchip at the time of adoption ... and if not, it is never too late.
become one of your
nent preventative measure. "I’m not sure of the Canadian statistics," said Innocente. "but in
You love your want
Third-year business administration
heard of the microchips. "I
Nikki Patterson said she has never
from the had a it
Microchips are used to make sure your pet can be returned to you if it
microchip already implanted." she
ever gets lost or
have microchipped him myself, only because he is an indoor cat. would need to do a lot ot research to help me decide on whether or not to microchip him if our living conditions were different." 2007 is a Ainsley Moir Conestoga business administration graduate and said she has heard a bit about these chips and thinks it is a good idea, assuming there is min-
Kathy Innocente, who takes care fundraising and community relations at the Kitchener- Waterloo
microchips are tiny transponders with a memory circuit that has a
unique number. “The chip is the size of a grain of rice.” said Innocente. “It
five to eight years
don't think that
implanted between the shoulder blades, under the skin. We don't
imal or no pain for the animal.
implanted with a chip.
the United States auto-
matically implant a chip into their
the cost of adoption
However, her pets have not been
pets don't have a chip since
they are indoor cats and
well trained and loyal." said Moir.
Innocente said to chip a pet that
does not have one will cost $65 to $85 and can be done by a vet. "The vet have spoken with has said she has never seen anything I
bad happen with these chips." she said. "They don’t travel, can't be dislodged and last up to 75 years." But what if your pet runs away or is
“Most like the
the grocery store,
that they use to scan the
(Photo by Jennifer Marko)
back of an
they detect a chip they
microchipped two years ago
can pull up your information online and get your pet back to you as
soon as possible."
Mills Veterinary Clinic
— Page 7
Woodworking department hands-on fun By WEI-LON LEE The workshop smells of paint and varnish, and as
room, you can't help but
hear the constant buzzing sounds
machines. Once inside,
sanding you soon
find there isn’t a place to stand or
co-op work terms who are spread out across southwestern Ontario this semester, he said. “We don’t have any students out in the western parts of the country this year,
but we've had students
who’ve gone Columbia in
adding that students usually prefer to do their co-op work in Ontario or
closer to their homes.
"Students want to limit their ing expenses as
“We have around 170
dents from our three
said O’Reilly. "Living costs can get really high in the west, especially
as they can,"
department offers three separate programs, there are many overlapping aspects in all of them, espe-
cially in the first year.
of the same machinery and
inside the Such is life Woodworking Centre of Ontario's workshop at Conestoga College. Laying about are numerous dis-
carded “legs” of tables or chairs which students have been practic-
programs first get a taste of designing and customizing in the first
ing on, perfecting their art of car-
phase of their programs: “It’s a pretty hands-on profession,” he said.
The difference, however, between these young aspiring students and their predecessors of ages past
processes to get their job done,” said O’Reilly.
Students entering their respective
woodworking students on machinery
of the stuff
But don't let the implications of that fool you; each table, chair and cabinet have been carefully measured, designed and tested to meet the required standards of the
Stud«fil Life is
we have around
The woodworking centre
might be over 60, 70 years old,”
Showing respect during an
til iipliffliilittii plan
ft# Stadiif lit# Cinfti til i«p«i!
projects completed by students are
industry,” said O’Reilly.
Confederation College’s Thomas Russell urges respect
sold at the end of each semester.
(Photo by Joshua Khan)
« student citiir«i onvironmtntal design
students from our three programs combined,” said Dennis O'Reilly, program co-ordinator. The Woodworking Centre of Ontario offers Conestoga students three separate programs: woodworking technician, woodworking technology and architectural millwork. “Both woodworking technology and architectural millwork are coop programs which require students to complete six academic terms and three work terms in the
There are around 40 students on
b&ktng for student volunteers
hosts a kind of garage sale where
onf##r Opportunity For Si u denis
restore might be over 60,
into the production
get the job
(Photos by Wei-Lon Lee)
Second-year architectural millwork student Rob Turney, left, prepares to build a cabinet project while first-year student Alannah Hutton displays one of her creations.
the technology; unlike
carpenters of bygone times, these ly
exhibition sale of any leftover proj-
been purchased by our students,” O'Reilly said. “But we generally encourage our students to buy their own work.”
ects that haven’t
Student projects that aren't purchased are either donated or thrown out, which O’Reilly said is a shame. In
and cabinets, students also do some restoration work.
of the stuff
Interested students should
imp into As
pill 1} far
V Page 8
â€” SPOKE, November 26, 2007
Festival of Trees sparks holiday spirit
Kitchener City Hall was the home of the 18th annual
15 a variety of trees and Christmas decorations that could be viewed and purchased by the public. The event included a poker night, lunch with Santa Festival of Trees from Nov.
and a seniorsâ€™ afternoon tea. All proceeds went to St. Mary's Hospital.
Photos by Christopher
Here comes Santa Claus
(Photos by Jackie Allwood) estimated that 67,000 people attended Cambridgeâ€™s 35th Santa Claus Parade Nov. 17. The highlight of the evening was the arrival of jolly old St. Nick himself, with Mrs. Claus at his side. It
â€” Page 9
— SPOKE, November 26, 2007
A&w nqw v&/u<3 By MARCIA LOVE
hearing instrument specialist stuIt’s
something your parents may
dent, said she doesn't have any tat-
toos and doesn't plan on getting
people believe tattoos are well worth the money and effort put into
image which tattoos may have given off seen
in the past,
(Photo by Marcia Love)
Ben Ryan, manager people are
Kitchener, designs a tattoo for a customer.
an emotional attachment or
a sentimental reason.
Ben Ryan, manager of Way Cool in Kitchener, said most
people are now getting tattoos because of an emotional attach-
for a sentimental reason.
Someone may choose
type of body art as a tribute to a lost
loved one, or to show an important aspect of their
Three Unbeatable keeps
are sort of collectors
he said, “But most
“1 can never find something could justify,” she said.
“Sometimes want to go get some crazy tattoo done, but can't
picture myself as an 80-year-old
get a small per-
are sort of collectors of
people are getting them maybe as a
with something like
One low monthly fixed
get a small percentage
most peoare getting them
tattoo art. But ple
a lot of people get tattoos, but
said she does not have a reason.
Mirjana Mirkovic, a first-year legal office administration student,
maybe as a
some form of body
love tattoos,” she said, “but
want something meaningful.” Mirkovic is from Serbia and said
she would like a tattoo to represent
s q-95 per
tntli flat re
Brown, a second-year management studies student, has a tattoo which she said is a dedica-
tion to her family.
ing for their permission.”
“It’s a tattoo
now,” she said, “so I'm wait-
ankle of a
heart with six stars that represent
family’s birthstones,” she said.
love tattoos, but
first-year legal office
Ryan said most of the customers coming into Way Cool Tattoos have a well thought-out idea of the
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the tattoo cost her
$100, but the price didn't really matter to her.
She said she finds
tive to a certain extent, as
they aren't over-the-top. :
don't like big, crazy ones,”
said tattoos are reasonably
priced, considering the
time and effort put into them, and the fact they will last a lifetime.
small piece of body
about $100. “(Tattoos are) a type of art is
art, and always popular,” he said. “It’s people choose to express
Clowns By HIEN DINH
Children giggle quietly as Aunt the Clown starts her magic show. Aunt Dot, who is dressed in a ridiculously
the attention of
down and watch
Ever wonder what all the symbols on Conestoga College’s crest represent and how the institution got
Appalachian Mountains to the Ohio Valley for the Pennsylvania Dutch. the
Kitchener and Cambridge? The wagon was brought by the
tled here in 1807.
Doon Heritage Crossroads wagon on
valley River and Pennsylvania. This area was also the place where
has a Conestoga
warmer weather. They also have
pair of sides
The wagons were by
part about being a
symbolic of the Conestoga wagon. However, it signifies a number of things. In addition to being reminiscent of the Conestoga
knew Kitchener’s history involved German settlers, which
technology, since the wheel is the oldest invention and the techno-
by our Oktoberfest parties and the fact the area's name used to be New
were also the builders of the Conestoga wagon. But these early
base achievement. In addition,
attests to this.
barns in Pennsylvania.
with the knowledge of Conestoga wagons went for an adventure into the bush where was told there are three wonderfully kept wagons. I
1 noticed the wagons however, were on private property, so I walked up to the house and knocked but no one answered. Just outside the door there was a plaque stating the house was actu-
City of Cambridge heritage landmark from 854. There was a way to get to these wagons eventually, by trekking
through the bush, so
from the Doon Heritage archive Crossroads library stated there is only 70 known Conestoga wagons currently in museums and in private collections, and it hoped more will emerge from barns and sheds throughout the northern states and article
represents the hex is
involved with the
we have a good time.” She charges approximately $100 per hour for her shows, where she performs comedic magic and
used by the collink with its
business for a
over 20 years. Penlington runs
Waterloo for three years. “Right now we have approximately 15 clowns,” said Ruth Katz, also known as Q. P. Doll. She has been a professional clown for 14
Conestoga College Institute of Advanced Technology and Learning was formerly Conestoga College of Applied Arts and
“applied, arts” part of the
Q. T. Pie. Happy Space charges approximately $125 per hour (for each
Discounts are avail-
cian and a strolling magician.
She charges around $130-$ 150 per private birthday party and
also provide their location, food,
artists, a caricaturist, a
decorations and giveaways.
College Alcohol Inventory
following College Alcohol Inventory
at the University of
might be interesting for you to complete the inventory and then compare your score with the average scores that were recorded at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair.
have drunk 5 or more drinks two weeks. 1
have drunk to
a row at least once
intoxication at least
have drunk alone
the last two weeks.
daily (at least
have drunk alcohol
have said or done something under the influence
regret during the last 3 months.
sented by the phoenix heads
have drunk during the last 3 months so that could do something that felt could not do as easily without alcohol talk, relax, be more outgoing). 1
ing out of flames. There are three
of them, one representing applied arts, one business and one health sciences.
Along with technology,
these are the four major academic
foundations of the college.
experienced a blackout (memory loss) while drinking 3 months.
college’s armorial bearings,
have driven under the influence have missed school or work due once in the last 3 months.
of alcohol in the last
the effects of alcohol at
of which the crest is a subsidiary part, was granted approval in 1977, by the Garter King of Arms
College of Arms in London, England. The armorial bearings also fea-
have experienced withdrawal (shakes, sweats, flushed faced) 3 months.
after stopping drinking in the last
ment and development of knowledge. The maple leaves which entwine the torch acknowledge
Ontario, and the rainbow with
identity of the col-
lege, as well as the Province of
The dominant colours of the armorial bearings - red, blue and gold - have been adopted as the official college colours.
harmed my personal
relationships in the last 3
represented by the flaming torch, which in the language of heraldry
Years of America’s Westward Expansion, claims it was an all-purpose farm wagon and freighter. It's most important service, however, was hauling freight over
An article titled, Conestoga Wagon 1750-1850, Freight 100
well-known Pennsylvania Dutch and around central are
Meeting Times: Sunday 10 am & Wed. 6:45 pm
Happy Space, an entertainment company, has been running out of
depending on how many hours an event is booked for. They provide face painting, bal-
Entertainment Company from Ayr, Ont. but also'has a fulltime job as a child youth care
St. S Waterloo Adult Recreational Center
could make a living as a
clowning business for
full-time clown,” she said, “but the
who have been
be of a talismanic nature.
“I just totally get
Artfully painted hexagonal like
12. During the last 3 months,
have often drunk
or over a longer period of time than intended.
also stands for scientific achieve-
Canadian heritage. Hex signs are a form of folk art, thought by
lege to signify
A trip to Doon Heritage Crossroads and a heritage site deep in the bush on the corner of Blair Road and Fountain Street,
Cambridge. "My husband and used to perform together as a team in Saskatchewan. He’s not so into clowning anymore but I still love it. in
Conestoga name, which in turn was endorsed by then Minister of Education William G. Davis. 1
years and co-owns
Kitchener area. In 1967. the college’s board of governors selected the
Waterloo Region Clown, 519-5733080, Kazoo’s, 519-884-6444, Kelly Klowns, 519-648-3581 and Klazz Klown, 519-664-2173.
and offers balloon animals, magic, juggling and plate spinning. She has had success as a clown but she
Arlene Penlington, also known as Zoe the Clown, has been in the pro-
wheel on the crest of the college’s
re-settled here in the
of the set-
laughter and joy.”
same time. Now, one would assume that the
1800s. tlers left the valley
shows,” said Gregg,
together to be unified
makes balloon animals. Gregg is one of many clowns
1700s to the mid-
sional entertainer since 1975.
wagons brought by the Shantz pioneers around the
magic behind her tricks. Kate Gregg has been a profes-
For more information, call Zoe the Clown at 519-632-8004, Aunt Dot the Clown at 519-653-3387 or Happy Space at 519-885-1850.
ers,” she said. “I find that the best
the kids in the
Score Add your scores on questions 1-12 (one point for each True answer). This is your severity score. The range is 0-12. 50% of UWEC students average score is 2.4. 84% of UWEC students score 5 or below. If an answer to any question or your
score concerns you, please consider talking to a
counsellor at Counselling Services. “If
prices around the holiday season.
work alone but have often worked with other perform“I largely
her closely, trying to figure out the
Clowns generally increase
range from company Christmas parties to picnics. that
— Page 11
for hire corporate
causing you problems you have a problem with alcohol.
A Message from
— SPOKE, November 26, 2007
Conestoga grad publishes
— The e-Entity
By HIEN DINH The holiday season
exciting time of the year but for
Casey A. Johnson this season is a little more special. The 41-year-old will be releasing her first romance suspense novel. The e-Entity, this December. Johnson graduated from Conestoga College in 1998 with a diploma in journalism print. She then studied at York University where she graduated with a degree anthropology
“(After going to school)
travelling in Europe,
of the) destinations
I've included in said.
novel are,” she
has always had a love for
knew that at some
to write a
had about 101 ideas in head and I couldn't choose one
specific (idea) that really
me. Johnson's story idea came
after a personal experience she
through the Internet.
single at the time so I
never met him but that whole
idea about people being devious,
deceptive and deceitful over the Internet,
would (wander) around
“I elaborated on it and this is where the fiction came in: 1 had (the two main characters) in my story actually meet and then, of
course, she finds out he's not
on one of the (online dating) sites to see what it was like and I ended up chatting with a gentleman who
“He really surprised me because he was intelligent and very articu-
late in his e-mails ... knew he was well-educated. He was polite and he seemed to have compas1
(writing) the first word to end (of the book) took me about a year and a half,” she said. Johnson said her family members are the best individuals she could
“However, within the
or so (of talking to him) noticing
inconsistencies (in what
he said) and
he was claiming to be. started looking into it a little bit
(and found) he wasn’t try
he said he was
ever have working for her.
he said he was going to be and
people in the world. Throughout (our conversations) I knew would never meet him because he lived too far away but I really enjoyed our intellectual sion
great story idea.
If you’re looking for a new read over the Christmas break, try
“M>y mom retired a few years ago and she has now come out of retirement, on her own accord, to
director of public rela-
and marketing. “She goes out and she makes sales calls. She goes to the libraries and drops off copies (of the book) and she's (even) gone to a couple of television stations (to promote the book). She’s absolutely ecstatic
Although Johnson is not completely happy with her book, she has put the idea of perfection to bed.
“(The on my novel).
No, but then again, I ever will be because I’m striving for perfection and
think that that’s almost impossible to acquire.”
to write as
novels as possible depending on how people receive her book. “I absolutely plan
on writing 100
Johnson (Photo by Franca Maio)
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? If not, you might want to as many popular products are starting to disappear from the shelves. With lineups the stores and parking lots full, you better get going before all the must-haves are gone.
that time of year again.
to the malls
Casey A. Johnson, author of The e-Entity, has always loved writing.
currently working on
The e-Entity along with a comic strip she hopes to get completed by spring 2008 called TDuck & Dillon. a sequel to
— Page 13
Travel through the pyramids
chasing the dream of treasure By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE
gious pilgrimage and even having
Mecca, the novel
cited the Islamic If
you're vying for one
has an ethereal presence and provocative lesson with which anyone can identify, regardless of age,
of inspiration toward fulfilling a
pursuit or far-reached
Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist to further impel you. At an age where our owff navigational instincts and self-discovering impetus is ripening, this beguiling literary journey of a humble yet intrepid shepherd boy forging
capable of resonating with
Written by a former rogue and political dis-
strates that despite
Although not a recent publication, The Alchemist spurred some
found, subsume the ideas of the
sensation within the fictional realm
readers into one dominant pool of
Alchemist provokes the reader
harness his or her
quest and reassess precisely
Coelho’s manner of writing isn’t overtly bombastic, allowing for a leisurely read that
your studies, have you gen-
by Holly Featherstone)
hidden around every corner. It leaves the reader reflecting not only on the book but on their
has a profound effect on me.
ing journey of Santiago, an Andalusian boy once confined to his flock as a shepherd, and his yearning for a transcendental treasamid the Great ure buried Pyramids. Along his illusory quest, he is acquainted with the importance of deciphering omens and believing that, whether they pose as gambits or impediments, will ultimately serve to advance his
was subsequently 1998.
During the I
and acclamation from former U.S. president Bill Clinton.
Santiago’s assumed treasure
proposed by the king, who assures that “when you want some-
end is pleasantly surprising, though he, as well as myself, deduced that sometimes, it’s not the mere tangible reward that is self-gratifying, but what was also
the universe conspires in
unveiled along the mystified path
“To realize one’s
a person’s only obliga-
helping you to achieve it.” The alchemist, whom the boy encoun-
tered during a caravan crossing of
the desolate African desert, adopts
The novel imparts
constant whims, vagaries and upheavals life thrusts the
as an apprentice, teaching
identify portentous occur-
assured: our identity, because
unspoken language of
subtly inspired by reli-
defined by what, either
you drink one large Tim Hortons coffee a day for one year you will spend $507.35 and will be waiting in line for an average of 24.3 hours?
our direction, one thing remains
(Photo by Jenn Sprach)
By Adam Nov. 29 to Dec. 1,2007,
Megapole: Quebec Is a Joke, Canada Is the Punch Line, God
few summer days second year at
Canadian superheroes. Ferguson
away from changed how he viewed The
and you as,
when he says Canadians nice, they're just more polite
about being mean.
on the negative points
Canadian culture non-fiction book,
The day Canada became Ferguson writes, “A survey of Canadian history from the fun-lov-
reserves and residential schools),
ing days of the slave trade (usually
tion of the
to the annihila-
Beothuk Indians (shame
his writing style,
where Canada’s Airborne Regiment beat, tortured and killed
“What’s to hate about being Canadian? We’re the nice ones." Ferguson squashes that belief in an
candidly about the Somalia scan-
At the Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick
about their country. Ferguson talks
find yourself saying
the reader to face
penned the book after returning from a year in Japan. He says that his
Offspring) and an entire chapter
strolling through a
1997, the short novel
wanted a book that wouldn’t require a lot from me. In short, I wasn’t looking for a commitment. What I came across was a book called Why I Hate Canadians. Written by Will Ferguson in ing
bookstore looking for a quick, easy read.
and arcade games on
and Aaron Werhof, right, this new discovery means they can enjoy a little one-on-one ping pong every once in awhile.
Saturday matinee at
Canadians aren’t nice, they’re just more polite about being mean By KAYLA
the second floor of the recreation centre. For Brandon Ruttle,
has thus acquired international recognition
endorse the boy’s treasure-monger-
diate the novel’s thematic crux.
Santiago confronts a gypsy woman, an elusive former king,
discussion questions to further
any novel that is capable of having me occasionally withdraw for further contemplation
with Coelho and
of the ping
the recreation centre
original 1988 version, published in
vagabond Englishman and a charis-
Few students know
year after the release of the latpaperback edition, which contains supplementary material including
erously pause and reflect and. by standards,
Ping pong hidden
(Photo by Wei-Lon Lee)
stupendous our desires might be, we exist solely to assert on behalf of them, while refusing to surren-
The majority of
spirituality or philosophical
on the treatment of natives and the separatist movement. Why I Hate Canadians is the ideal book for anyone who is looking to get a better understanding of our country or would simply like to read a good book. Throughout the book Ferguson tries to define what being a Canadian means. When reading the book, like
Canada be messy ’and more
birth, the creation of
The book Deeply
Best Play of 2004 by The Montreal Gazette: the Anorak
4Vz out of
“courageously complex as theatre comes.
and filled with litand dirty dark secrets of Canada's past, Why Hate Canadians is well worth the
a teenager trying to
a 16-year old boy.
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— SPOKE, November 26, 2007
Beowulf an epic By KERRY REED
The holidays are a little over a month away, so now is a great
Your indecisive nature will set you back while you are shopping
time to allow your inner child to
during the holidays.
shine and really get into the holi-
Based upon an old English poem, Beowulf proves to be anything but old.
The movie and
At this point in the year, bad time to procrastinate for the it
to beat the
modern technology through the magic of
an epic tale that
uses the most
With a little over a month to shop for the holidays, you need to uije your investigative personality to find something special for everyone on your list.
Robert Zemeckis and
Hopkins, Ray Winstone and Angelina Jolie take you back to the age of heroes and monsters. The tale begins with Hopkins as the mighty king Hrothgar. His king-
the heirless king after his
Using your curious nature will you when you are trying to figure out what to buy for the people on your holiday list. benefit
November 22 December 2
Are you ready for the holidays? With the stress of shopping increasing by the day, a gathering with friends
to relax before
Shopping for one person on your list at a time will help reduce the overwhelming stress of holiday shopping. Try not to leave
a mission to slay the seductress.
After an the coy
confrontation deal with
and revengeful Jolie and
leaves her alive
a seemingly glori-
through the busy mall and search-
times hard to
someone on your
By JENN SPRACH
good gathering with
and family. The holidays
are the perfect time to host a party for the
August 23 September 22 -
Wm3i I s' .
set a limit
out to the mall.
impulse to buy a
gift that is not
the rest in
separates this school shoot-
was gender a
when and how
always leaves the question of why. Writer Adam Kelly was living in in the
same area the
palm of her hand.
forming his one-man
attempt to under-
these people are the
All this production can
vide more information as to
bare his soul on
part-time theatre instructor
All of the plays
produced by Poor
at Conestoga College
Productions ask more ques-
tions than they answei'.
The company outlaw
to find out
bare his soul on stage," said Leslie
“We’re going to see this
Theatre from Nov. 29 to Dec.
rights to the play.
outsiders) get pushed away," said
stand what goes on inside the heads
The term anorak is actually a slang word in Quebec for outsider.
interested in produc-
Kitchener to put on the play.
Kelly wrote the one-man
to the college
the rights but offered to
The Anorak, a second-year
Kelly wasn’t interested
where Mark women.
Mark Lepine when
journalism student holding fate
while listening to CBtT radio and
one which stands
of buzz about
has a good poten-
ing the play and tried to track Kelly
Pisces March 20
Being finicky will be helpful to you while you walk through the
they were playing scenes from the
you don’t hear about a lockdown in a school somewhere,” said Tom Leslie, president of Poor Tom
ones you care about.
"There’s been a
Dawson College and Columbine, to name a few. “Hardly a week goes by where
Your generous nature is more evident around the holidays as you try to find the perfect gift or find a way to give back to -the
a real actor
This old poem proves it can transcend time while keeping true to its roots and in doing so. immortalizes
School shootings have become
like these affect
ing for that hard-to-find gift for
to the last minute.
Having the movie’s action scenes enhanced allows the director to go where live action can not. It is so well done it is some-
from his injuries. She is enraged and decides to avenge his death. Beowulf learns of Grendel’s mother through" Hrothgar and sets out on
be patient while walking
College theatre instructor
Beowulf ends up making a mother.
nothing but his bare hands. seductive
secret affairs with unlikely candi-
played by Angelina Jolie, but dies
Cancer June 22
and turns that will keep you on your toes. It goes everywhere from an unloving marriage to
dom’s rescue as the hero Beowulf with his small army that includes his trusted friend and comrade Wiglaf, played by Brendan Gleeson. Beowulf plans an ambush by luring the monster into the meat hall and fights him one on one using
Grendel goes crazy and attacks the kingdom. Ray Winstone comes to the king-
Grendel gets away and returns to
Glover’s character can’t stand the
Beowulf that opened
ous trade. Beowulf will take over for
played by Chtispin Hellion Glover.
time the hall
theatres on Nov. 16.
being attacked by the gigan-
Ray Winstone plays the
merrymaking the kingdom enjoys at the famous meat hall and every
“Everyone needs he
very close to home.”
Tickets cost $10
People need to be aware is not going away. play,”
The Anorak will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. I, at The Registry Theatre, which holds 150 people,
tickets can be
Far out Flicks, 519-743-7102, or
Old Goat Books, 519-880-9595. For more information about Poor Tom Productions visit www.poortomproductions.ca
Kitchener prepares for Memorial By CHRISTOPHER MILLS
Sullivan, says the benefits to host-
For the second time in their stoKitchener Rangers
ried history, the
are preparing to host the
an era of bigger, better and
advanced Kitchener seemed destined
to fall short again, after losing
to a city
conclusion that like
of media and international hockey scouts. It really becomes a who’s who of hockey, and not just lot
and showcase the
known Steve a long time; 25 years ago when he was a
think the right
decision was made.”
The national Canadian Hockey League tournament - featuring the winners of the Western, Ontario and Quebec leagues, along with the host team - rotates between the three leagues each year. It brings
tremendous exposure to the team and city selected to host it. Last it was hosted by the year Vancouver Giants, who ended up winning the tournament. "This city deserves to host the
was announced Rangers chief
city's ability to
host a large scale event."
2008. "There was a but
great chance to
hearing they would be the hosts
began putting together an organizational committee, headed by retiree John Thompson.
describing the team's reaction to
won't be good enough. “For example, in terms of transportation, what are we going to do to make our drivers and that experience beyond the ordinary?”
the city,” he says. "There’s a
operating officer Steve Bienkowski
Rangers head coach and general
opportunity to pro-
"It’s a great
Canada,” DeBoer says, his voice calm yet serious as he makes sure recognize Kitchener’s fans. to "They're so passionate. This is a tribute to their loyalty.”
Dave Hurfurd, communications director for Vancouver mayor Sam
says he’s confident his
volunteers will do a good job, but
and 2005 (London).
ing the tournament are tremendous.
was the business
“He came to me if we get the bid,
and said 'John, are you interested took
be glad to be involved way." I’d
of five seconds to say
Thompson refers to as management team. There are also more than 700 volunteers
of 15 that the
recruited to help with the event.
“We’ve adopted as our theme beyond the ordinary,” Thompson says. “Our role is to three words:
the details, the host-
beyond the ordinary."
faced with a
“We’re optimistic that we can achieve that goal, and even modestly surpass
the lofty goal.
Kitchener’s size - both in terms
of population and arena capacity it
more people could actually see it (in Vancouver),” Hurford says. “Vancouver seats 16,000 plus. Last year, they had around 14,000 per game and set attendance records, but they still had empty seats,” Thompson says. “Because fans and the media,
only seats about 6,000, a
renovation to add more occupancy.
Canucks, as well as compet-
for about 600-
700 more people.” The Rangers borrowed
“There will be seven divisions of four teams, four to a side,”
The other big attraction is the annual CHL awards event, to be held at Center in the Square the day before the championship
“We’ll be the big show
Thompson know that
As far as accommodations, Thompson says the committee had to book more than 700 rooms
sors and they might pay around
hotels to guarantee space
primarily for VIPs and spon-
and avid fans can come and take part at a more modest price.”
sions, extra events, everything.”
Many for the ily
events are being planned week, with a focus on fam-
Thompson committee will
says the goal of the to
have events that
be of interest to family and
some from the Fame and some
we’ve purchased ourselves," he “Things like shooting the puck in the net or shooting hoops.” Thompson also says die committee is considering one or two other “major” activities, but that was as far as he would go, saying plans have not been finalized. “Fans can definitely be excited that
teams,” Thompson says, a hint of excitement in his voice. “Each team is going to be adopted by a Grade 5 class in Waterloo Region and they'll do a display about their team.” Other festivities include an exhibit from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, the Memorial Cup golf tournament to be held at Whistle Bear golf course, a fireworks display and a Road
though,” he says.
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“There are so many passionate people here, it’s a great luxury to be hosting the tournament,” he says. “We want to put on the best
personnel and fans. “Economically, this is going to have a multimillion-dollar impact on the community,” Thompson says with excitement. “Hotels, restaurants, revenue at conces-
seating so that minor hockey, teams
for teams, families,
Dream Jo w
Memorial Cup teams and they’ll play a Memorial represent
ing with other large city attrac-
disadvantage like Vancouver.
over a larger city, “In terms of accommodating
million in revenues.
enthusiasm, through volunteers. For each one of our tasks we’re asking people to make sure we go
tough task. When putting forth a bid, each potential host city must guarantee the CHL at least $1.8
each driver with a fact sheet on each team in the tournament, so they have key information on each city, as well as that city’s hockey
ing, the organizing, the logistics are
thing we're looking
of 50 members, including a group
money from the city and will pay it back over five years. One luxury the Rangers do have over a larger city is less competition. Last year, the Giants were
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