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Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.

2007

— No. 26

39th Year

Students are best By

AARON O’CONNELL

Three architecture students at Conestoga College have won International Facility

Management

scholarships

second year

in

for

the

The student chapter president of

it

the

dent,”

me

but a teacher told

a row.

architect.

by acciJacob Hespeler Secondary School graduate said. “I had originally picked the diploma program to become an architect, actually got into

“I

Association

become an

intending to

degree program and

about the

‘Why

said,

I

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

not.'”

again thanks to their excellent aca-

involved in different extracurricu-

demic achievements and program

lar activities to better

involvement.

she said.

The

three students are currently

enrolled

in

project

and

facility

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

name

a few.

we

took four of the top five awards,” Douglas said. “This year we grabbed three of the top “Last year

five

and we are the

first

Canadian

school to do that.”

Douglas,

who

is

a graduate of

Jansen said she worked extremehard to win the awards.

ly

“I’ve just had a diverse contribution

program

the

to

Amanda Ford IFMA’s

is

my

won

has

which,

award,

and

got

resume,”

same by Worth

the

sponsored

Dallas/Fort

Metroplex Chapter, twice in a row. She believes that Conestoga is one schools

offering

the

management program. believe these awards

will

top

of the facility

“I

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.

School

“Because the program is more industry-based, it gives you a lot of opportunities and you get to

attending

Stratford's

explore a

lot

of different things

other than facility management."

Jansen,

who won

an

IFMA

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

Some

students

these

in

industries,

Secondary

Southwood

The

graduate

is

currently

College where she is enrolled in the French as a Second Language program.

Algonquin

However, she will return to Conestoga to continue her studies in the winter.

The IMFA has 18,500 members 125 chapters and councils

Through

nations.

IFMA

in

60

fundraising, the

foundation promotes educa-

and research opportunities to advance the facility management

tional

profession.

friends and

my

She said she

new

sister,”

is

she said.

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

receiving

just as difficult as searching for the

ing the holidays, Wilson said, are her family opening one present

someone on your

list.

The season

is

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

salespeople.

still

“They don’t understand is

nothing

we

that there

(the salespeople) can

personally do about

it”

he says.

While some stores such as HMV, Wal-Mart and Zellers have dropped their prices by nearly 20 per cent,

many

stores that have

there are

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

taken

a

prices are

at

Chapters in Toronto. Tracy says customers

not

are

still

Allan Greenfield, the owner of six

Hallmark Gold Crown stores

in the

making changes, but it takes time. “Our customers have to understand that I still pay the Canadian

my

Hallmark

is

says.

products even though an American name," he

The same goes

fewer

they

may

end anyhow, due to

the

in

sales.

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.

prices on

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

for

many

Warren, along with thousands of other consumers, believes that the owner of a store should be taking the

loss

and

that

customer

the

shouldn’t have to deal with

To counteract

this,

it.

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

dents.”

spirits bright

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

but

Conestoga has take leadership in providing equally talented stu-

in

(Photo by H/en DinhJ

Making

quickly approach-

new

digital

camera because she

days.

likes photography.

Some

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

my

Jessica Herbert, a clerk in the college bookstore,

said

she

Brandon Drexler, a

first-year civil

engineering student, said he has not started his shopping yet. He admitis

a last-minute shopper.

is

half-

Christmas Eve, Christmas Boxing Day.

Ada

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

much and

item under the tree this year, but

things,

“I

am

is

it.

looking to get jewelry," she only thing on want an engagement

said. "It is the

because

I

my

list,

ring.”

Herbert said her family celebrates days. three for Christmas

Day and

tant at

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-

ted he

iPhone and a new television for his room. Drexler said his family usually has a family party during the holi-

is

not expecting too

appreciates

but there

is

-an

the

item

little

she

She said she is looking forward to sharing family traditions with her husband. "It is pretty

“We

don't

25th,

it’s

late,

usually

we

until midnight, to

and we have

lots

foods.”

ener,” she said.

shop or have made a

Whether or

not

the

celebrate

the 24th and

hopes will be among the gifts from her husband. “A new hair straightHarrison said she has not started

my

traditional with

family because we have a Latin American background," she said. stay

open

up

gifts

of traditional

you have lis.t

stalled to

of items you

are looking for this season, always

mind

Christmas

shopping yet, but she will start soon to beat the crowds at the

keep

malls.

with the people you love.

in

that

is

about

giving, receiving and spending time


1

Page 2

News

— SPOKE, November 26, 2007

Now

Conestoga College

...with Random

Walk Safe

deep thoughts

questions answered by

random

students

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

because

Beatles,

life

goes on no matter what.”

ment for faculty, staff and students. They provide services such as

second-year respirator) therap ) '

why

I’m hot

Mims, because ’cause I’m

their

to

car or

even to the residence. “We've had to scale down because we haven’t had enough applicants,”

qualified

John

said.

Anderson, a college security representative, adding they have hired one extra security staff person to is

work study

a paid

available to

is

all

by

I’m hot

There have been approximately incidences, said Anderson. “One instructor had his van stolen

five

twice.” It

was found

off

resume and application aid

first

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

As and

well, there are 1

One and

safety

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

the

comment about it because he didn't know about it. He checked the logged reports in the computer which showed a report

was never

taken.

shouldn’t have happened like

“It

that,”

said Anderson,

adding,

“It

should have been investigated and

reasons, said Anderson.

Survivor,

no

the college. for

They

by

rates at the college are

security students.

with the public.

of the Tiger

"The

Anderson. There have also been incidences of cars being hit with paintballs at

All staff are trained in

second-year early

Dodge Caravans.

lege have been

However, Walk Safe does provide good work experience for law and

said Anderson.

and are responsible for providing a safe environment while interacting

childhood education

in Brantford.

higher than the general area,” said

in the security office.

Rebecca Coato,

in Peel Region and the second time it

was recovered

the first time

a financial need,

who demonstrate

his or her

fly.”

hasn’t deterred car

it

thieves.

students

Anyone interested in applying the Walk Safe program can drop

“Eye

on campus

A majority of the thefts at the col-

The program which

is

people

escorting

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

help out.

Lyndsev Ross,

“This

to

create a safe after-hours environ-

short-staffed

109 cameras

followed up.”

Anderson said he would look

6 emergency phones strategi-

around campus. "The emergency phones are

the incident and ensure

cally placed

tied

into

doesn’t

it

happen again.

(Photo by Jenn Sprach)

The emergency phones on campus are wired into cameras.

When

the button

is

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

By LEANNE

“Easy Like Sunday Morning by Lionel Richie

-

it’s

MOUNTFORD

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.

self-

Adam Fridenburg,

Dianne Murphy. faculty member Cambridge campus, said the

first-year radio

broadcasting

Wanna

matter what, to

have

I

just

want

fun.”

Jess Broadfoot, first-year practiced

musing

individual’s

abilities

areas

subject

campus, an

test at the

different

in

measured and the campus recom-

are

then faculty at

mend

the

them.

For instance,

best

solutions if

to

help

someone

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

they

are

struggliqg

with a specific subject matter or

Jones, because

sexy and

it

it

may

be recommended that

they upgrade their

There

it’s

makes me

is

skills.

a quick turnaround time

for getting the assessments back.

Susan Garlick. co-ordinator of feel sexy.”

first-year general arts

sciences

preparatory program at the Cambridge campus, said she usually gets them back to people the same day or the following day. the

Milton Orellana,

and

— health option

Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!

I

don’t say that to

because they hear

basic and they think basic level, but isn't

it

that's just

that at all.

the

If

it

is

recommended

als that they

to individu-

upgrade their

skills,

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

campus.

the

at

Academic upgrading Students are

self-

Murphy.

program, said

directed

a

is

at all different levels

when they enter The students

given

course

outlines and they take the courses

they need depending on where they are headed, said Garlick.

Some

people have full-time or

part-time jobs

or other commit-

ments. so they arrange

go

to the class

around

when

they

their sched-

month or topic.

is

going on

it’s

It

to a business

not realistic to take a

weeks to do a math might be the wrong

six

choice," said Garlick. In

an average year, the program in

it.

she said.

Academic upgrading

is

available

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

then the

company shuts down and may want to brush up on

their

academic

Two

other

skills, said Garlick.

programs

that

the

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.

Monday

to

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.

ules.

Academic upgrading

is

offered

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

the

hours a week to these courses, said

Someone who

Garlick.

is

not work-

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

program,

the person

the program.

are

somebody

has about 100 plus students

funding for us,” said Garlick.

upgrading

two.

Tom

it.

students

move forward when they don’t know how. The first step is to find out what level people are at. By taking an

However,

by

correct

they can choose to do academic

assessment

Have Fun by Cindy Lauper, because no

way of saying the

programs.

skills

politically

the

at the

faculty help people

“Girls Just

Bomb

and basic

“That's

explanatory.”

“Sex

literacy

first

weeks. "But,

ment/training

we have

to be realistic,

if

readiness

January and again

starts

in April.

in


News

Tomorrow cheque p.m.

and he needs your help

five years,

NASCAR

Canada

Conestoga

and

driver

grad

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

marrow donation.

ness about bone

OHIP

the

if

donor

an exact

is

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-

condition.

The

000

for

procedure

the

is

.

Tuesday, Nov. 27 has been desig-

Day

Dany

Help

nated

at

Conestoga. Volunteers will be tioned at

sta-

entrances to the col-

all

lege from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. to take

donations. At firefighters

10 a.m.

be

will

Kitchener

challenging

more support through pledges Mercado. Part of the main road through the college will be blocked

ate

truck pull will take

place between Doors

1

and

2.

Leamington. “They were plead-

in

life,”

said Giles.

is is

my

son's

A

PRONG

new

PARKHILL Conestoga's Respect Campaign

delayed and

open the

first

is

classes on Jan. 7.

Life Centre

has been created. The programmer will be

responsible for co-ordinating stuto related initiatives dent-led respect, diversity and civic awareness.

Funding for

come from

this position will

the priority fee,

one of

the ancillary fees that students pay. “It's

paign

human

an

all-encompassing camabout respecting

that’s

rights,” said Stanciu.

Carol Gregory, director of student development/student life, said the college is currently looking for a

good candidate and hopes

the

full-time position will be filled by

January. "We’re hoping to increase student engagement,” she said.

Stanciu

also

gave council

an

update on the other services CSI provides. The photo studio and

massage

therapist

new rooms

have

moved

to

in the

Student Life Centre.

spiritual

been

across the hall

meeting room

is

A new being

3. It

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

Dany’s

life.”

open

in

January

now

scheduled

plan.

strategic

to

for a

“If

lot

to

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

will

need

attract students.

ourselves

to

work hard

"We have as

a

to

to posi-

world-class

tion

days and should be complete

polytechnic,” Tibbits said. “It's going to be a real dog-fight out

January.

Construction continues on

the

an opportunity for students to net-

there.

work with

the

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

to

Conestoga Nov. 14. The dinner and seminar provided

of additional training.

we want

the law and security

of Industrial Security, also known as CSIS, at a yearly event held at

meet the

in this

in

program had a meet industry professionals from the Canadian Society

chance

He

constructed over the winter holiin

Students

administration

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

students

network with future employers

When you

to

In other business, Conestoga president John Tibbits outlined the

college’s

LASA

By CHARLOTTE PRONG PARKHILL

Hortons was slight-

week of January

Conestoga Students Inc. president Roxy Stanciu announced at the college council meeting Nov.

life

dents want to help because they

run before students return to

just got a boost.

new Student

Tim

Door

trial

student

had a

new

full-service

located inside ly

staff position

“It’s just

(Internet photos)

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

the

CSI manager Christopher Graves amazed Help Dany Day has

taken off so quickly.

life.”

to

in

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

complicat-

ed by the fact that he is of Nicaraguan descent. In an interview on Detroit’s Fox News, Mercado’s

to save

student

raised his spirits.”

ing with us to help save their son’s

Tim Hortons Student

World

4 Compassion

by completing a brief health questionnaire and having a swab of cheek cells taken from the inside of their mouth. The more people who

tor

fire

Better

to

Camp

www.blood.ca.

CSI president Roxy Stanciu said Mercado is in critical condition, but rallied when he heard about the Conestoga fundraiser. “It really

parents

Donors can join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry

to pull a fire truck to gener-

and the

came

they

Mercado's situation

match.

cost

when

Tomorrow's

a

He has been at the River Regional Cancer Centre since Nov. 2 to stabilize his

14-year-old boy.

Mercado's

at

for five years.

donate two years ago. His bone marrow helped save the life of a

met

is

gram, and a graduate of Grand River Collegiate Institute. He has also been a support worker for developmentally challenged people

Grand

Giles

donor pro-

mechanical engineering technology, robotics and automation pro-

for 10 years before he got the call

match. But Mercado can get a mis-

est possible

Mercado

to

to

only covers bone marrow

transplants

Blood Services

J.R.

hand

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

12

Student Life Centre

the

in

atrium.

at

now.

off,

Help

is

be presented to the

will

Dany Mercado Foundation

He's been battling leukemia for

teams

— Page 3

By CHARLOTTE PRONG PARKHILL

,

2007

26,

Fundraiser offers Conestoga students two ways your money or your marrow be part of a miracle

to

$ 200

SPOKE, November

The new Tim Hortons inside Door 3 is under due to open the first week of January.

construction and

(Photo by Aaron

shake

James

is

like a

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.

Barbuto

is

a

Conestoga graduate

has been with the Waterloo Regional Police Service for IS

who

years and currently works as a crime prevention officer. The event was sponsored by security companies Highpoint,

Barber-Collins and Tone-Gar.


Commentary

— SPOKE, November 26, 2007

Page 4

Areas with student housing need extra vigilance Student housing has always been a good place for college students to live

because

is

it

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

However,

in

places like

crimes and break-ins.

These

need

cities

implement procedures

to

housing a safe place to

ones used

like the

Kitchener- Waterloo to prevent these incidents and

in

make off-campus

live.

Olaf Heinzel, the public

Waterloo Regional

affairs co-ordinator for

Police Services, says the city keeps

problems

its

to a

minimum by

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

They let

know what

the students

So

said.

campaign

also run an education

far this school

year

seem

move

in.

in the

subdivision by

like noise

complaints, so

has been pretty quiet

few minor problems

the college, with only a their efforts

it

beginning of each year to

at the

expected of them before they

is

be effective.

to

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

first

parties converged on

numerous

a riot broke out in the area

the

When

street.

police

the

Some

breaking fences.

officers before arrests

students then began to throw beer bottles at the

were made.

offences and 27 Criminal

Students living

in that

Code offences were handed

out in September.

in

“A

lot

to find their

and items such as Playstations and iPods gone.

Amy

However, Const. thefts

Phillipo of the

London

happen when the resident

is

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

LEARN

first

means

time because of increased need.

stricter

and allows the officers

to

come

is

to the area and lay charges with-

also experiencing a lot of drinking-related problems

On weekends,

students

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

and violence

They need

to

of Kitchener-

lead

limit out-of-control

ensure the off-campus students adhere to the same

code of conduct as students

damage

public nuisance or

live in residence. If they

become

a

property, they should be punished by the

school as well as fined by the police. They also need to have a stronger police presence

at all

times to

make

sure things don’t get out

of control, instead of waiting for an incident before they respond.

The community

as a

whole must work together

arrests, serious injuries

I

don't appreciate the

is

a transit system to trans-

port people

who can't afford a vehiwho take it to do their

save the planet. But

these people

if

have appointments they need to get to

on time,

like getting to

an exam, they

may need

method of

school for to find a

to

make changes

and missing and damaged property

campus housing become the norm. A safe community must always be everyone's No.

if

in off-

priority.

out rude

minutes of tardiness; sometimes

and sometimes exams because the Conestoga bus only runs every hour.

of steel

Doon campus

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

at least

Most of the time heading isn't

it

home from

is

just students

a big deal but sometimes there

are other people

who

understand

are trying to

"the

is

the roads at

to

signifies

be changed.

takes more money number of buses on

where

at a specific

time and

it

isn’t

the this

on

talking

new

illegal for

cell-

car drivers Ion

;i

is

it

on one.

disappointed with a transit that

is

so highly regarded

community and

in

pose a chal-

I

lenge for those people

who

highly

praise the system.

Take your car keys and throw

make an

important

late buses.

Kitchener that you cannot miss or

ing

the

the

major things

is

mak-

understand

drivers

the

schedules they are supposed to be

running on and

by

if

late a

the

bus

is

Ainslie

the

discipline

GRT

Street

is

how

terminal

hand

tell

know drivers need breaks and

the couch,

appointment

late for, get a

hop on the

and see

Leaving two hours early option, especially

be

at

not an

which

is

to

what

do.

GRT for being there for

who like who cannot

people

you

those

please,

if

tol-

GRT

the last

is

is

recommend we

Thank you

you

if

time.

when you have

a class at 8 a.m.

the drivers

in

bus schedule and

GRT

make your appointment on

staff inside

to call the operator. I

be

they do not abide

schedules

these

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

some-

on talking on

them behind

day cares and school and elderly to get

am

1

system

one time but there are

should be taken. Everytime there

who may need

just flat

is

other measures that can be taken to

pick up their young children from

people

is

insist

perfectly safe to talk

the

it

to increase the

One of

school which

it

once a day

least

at

that boasts

frus-

and

why do people who drive down the road think

so

there” and then has a bus

something needs I

one bus a day

at least

way

mid-

is

while driving need

and

Driving

phones

in the it, it

when people are relying on get somewhere on time.

be taught

to

it

causes us to miss important classes

late

system to the

to

And, drivers who

ends up costing more than a few

have been riding the glorious

happening. 1

Allwood

their cellphones

fast

I

day long but

all

trating for the riders

Opinion

Since the beginning of the semester

they just stop a bus

them

A company

transportation.

many people

when

Jackie

cle or people

before they can get the next bus.

in the streets.

who

cringe.

not that

transit

around their McMaster off-campus housing. will leave a

It's

fact there

different

bylaw enforcement and increased

out complaints from neighbours.

Hamilton

makes me

erate

dle of a route and get off

it

part in lowering emissions to help

home.

of students have large parties and open themselves to thefts

ran into October for the

listen to a local radio

I

(GRT) advertisement,

Transit’s

area also face the threat of break and enters,

on more than one occasion students have arrived home

doors broken

Every time

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

arrived, they

as

Being

go green and

to

afford vehicles but

you are going

way

to say the

there,

prove

it.

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Commentary

Winter we

much of

year - snow.

last

love

I

Sometimes snow can be know, the kind

did not get to see

Huffy

the

comes down gently

white

is

number of complaints heajd while it was drifting down onto us ... or maybe believe

the

I

you

can

How come we cannot

complaints

understand

about snow so high that

gets

it

the

all

over your legs and leaves them frozen for half the day. wet, but

little

snow,

making us wade through

snow,

a sea of

After the months of heat and rain,

how come little bit

made

first

snow

ground so

we

there

was

still

no

snow

for Christmas

Day

that

is

it.

of the month?

us

Snow

couple of inches of packing

to hit the

something was

like

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

and

people cannot welcome a

of cold weather that

we used to? when we had no

felt

it

could

something

is

as the next per-

son because no one wants the feel-

And when Christmas

they want

Hakes.

snow

in

came around, and

our shoes or pile up on the ground,

much

plain just as

forts?

see

that

felt

rt

missing.

did not get in

it

same way

Last winter

However, the snow we had was, yes, a

snowmen and snow

build

will.

1

...

that

makes

against the coloured, or even white,

Christmas

So

lights

it

until the level

is

very pretty.

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

we

shoe,

should just take the time

winter feel like winter and not just

to appreciate

another rainy October.

can

feel

still

its beauty while our limbs.

we

A

the world of

major sporting Grey Cup is Jan Brady Super Bowl is Marsha,

13-year-old

takes her

girl

own

to this point she has not faced

any

Christopher

consequences.

The is

story of

young Megan Meier

a tragic one that left

me

my

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

out

falling

a

with'

friend,

that

mother (and others) created MySpace page under the guise of a young boy named Josh. Josh and Megan hit it off and friend’s

a fake

month before

chatted for over a

He began Megan he had heard she was mean to her friends, and that would be

the world

out here.

He

better off with-

also posted on a mes-

Megan was

sage board, saying

That was the

slut.

in

her

room

fat

straw

last

who was

will

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

at all.

rock and

Dion or

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-

roll

Maybe

complete with legions

cowboy hats that Super Bowl show

in

characterizes the isn’t

the constant

the

Canadian brand of

patriotism isn’t dependent on

who

sings at a football game. I

like

Lenny

Kravitz.

I

don’t care

from Timmins or Timbuktu. Canadian culture was amply reprehe’s

if

Sure,

that

the

the

it’s

League.

Football

eggheads

necessary here.

Maybe

zling.

will

Canadian

CFL

And

be quick to point out

CFL

longer than the

has been

around

NFL.

and football But let’s face it always will be, an American game. So,

when an American

the show,

it

is,

headlines

shouldn’t be a big deal.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Labs are As

student

a

school

this

at

1

wanted to write to the paper about something that has really been frustrating

the I

me

computer think

about

this

school:

labs.

great to have access to

it’s

these computer labs.

1

sometimes

have trouble getting work done at home because I get easily distracted by my PS2, or my roommates,

lab

as

their

own

personal

LAN

party. I

don’t care

if

your game.

I

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

thrown.

utilizes the labs for these very rea-

so please

sons.

the fact that there are other people

or any of the million distractions

have

my

at

I

So this is why, on week before 1 have a

a Friday, the

project due,

school,

But, of course,

good letter,

to I

be

true.

am

it

was

As I’m

just too

writing this

sitting in a

computer

work on my project, and I keep getting more and more frustrated. There is an entire row of lab trying to

guys

Nor do

stant

house.

in this lab that are

using this

These spaces are supposed shared by everyone

in the

to

be

in the school,

show some respect

for

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.

David Clark

can

take.

tbe

woman

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?

woman

The

her to stop bringing attention to the

woman walk away

much more

hand upside

The

unacceptable.

perpetrators

have not been

publicly identified because Megan’s

do not want repercussions

Admirable

at best,

former

but

if that

friend.

was

my

daughter, the names of these people would be plastered everywhere. Those responsible said they didn’t intend for

However, fragile

Megan

to kill herself.

13-year-old

girls

and Megan battled

are

ADD

^

all.

How

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-

one

have

tered and

to

still

wouldn’t get what

issue.

How

a store and asked

Megan's the

approached

also at

mom

without

head

is

let that

at least

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.

It’s

time to stop protecting and it easy for these sick peo-

making

ple to pray on the

young and

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a

beyond me,

innocent.

she deserves.

Classified

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

Pkcc

everyone

for

no

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

do?

Two years ago it was the Black Eyed Peas. At this year’s Grey Cup, Lenny Kravitz played the part

is

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

there

Megan’s mother

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-

Opinion

...

seeking charges on harassment but so far authorities have told them

later that day.

parents

Grey Cup organizers always try to glam up their image by inviting superstar American performers to

The

has received so far?

answer

your name released by the media? According to Megan’s mother,

a pancake breakfast and a perform-

Parkhill

this

point of suicide and not even have

and the Marsha, Marsha.

Prong-

like

know what punishment

woman

It

festival events, including

Speaking of which, would you to

telling

Grey Cup

Like a chess club kid inviting a cheerleader to her birthday party.

Opinion

Josh suddenly changed.

events, the

Charlotte

Mills

feeling

shocked, appalled and sick to

found

sented throughout the fours days of

must

and not only is the person who drove her to do it unapologetic, but

for the fragile teenager

In

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life,

and a

Canadian or American, just bring on the talent

2007

be held accountable

you

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-

it

not

will

nice,

Huffy and not the kind

is

that the

stuff

reminds me that winter just around the corner. But you

because

that

26,

Internet harassers

way

its

month we saw some-

Earlier this

thing that

on

is

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Microchips help

keep your pets safe By JENNIFER

to lose

as

it,

it

Innocente said this

oldest and

the U.S. an average of 8.000 ani-

worry

mals are returned as a result of the microchips per month."

do not

dearest friends.

You have no need

to

because your pet probably received a microchip at the time of adoption ... and if not, it is never too late.

Microchipping as

it

inhumane

is

sounds. In

a perma-

has probably

become one of your

mane

is

nent preventative measure. "I’m not sure of the Canadian statistics," said Innocente. "but in

pet and

You love your want

MARKO

not

as

fact,

it

inhuis

not

Third-year business administration

- management

heard of the microchips. "I

bought

Humane

at all.

studies student

Nikki Patterson said she has never

my

Society,

cat

so

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-

is

stolen.

Kathy Innocente, who takes care fundraising and community relations at the Kitchener- Waterloo

of

Humane

Society,

said

the

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

was devel-

oped

ago and

five to eight years

it

said “

I

don't think that

1

would I

implanted between the shoulder blades, under the skin. We don't

imal or no pain for the animal.

need

implanted with a chip.

is

to

use anesthetic.”

Humane

societies

Canada and

all

over

the United States auto-

matically implant a chip into their

animals,

why

said

Innocente. That

the cost of adoption

is

However, her pets have not been

“My

pets don't have a chip since

they are indoor cats and

my

dogs are

well trained and loyal." said Moir.

is

so high.

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

taken?

“Most like the

shelters

ones

at

have scanners,

the grocery store,

that they use to scan the

animal.

If

(Photo by Jennifer Marko)

back of an

they detect a chip they

Oreo, a

1

0-year-old cat,

was

microchipped two years ago

can pull up your information online and get your pet back to you as

the

soon as possible."

in

Pond

at

Mills Veterinary Clinic

London, Ont.


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26,

2007

— Page 7

success

for

Woodworking department hands-on fun By WEI-LON LEE The workshop smells of paint and varnish, and as

fresh

you enter

room, you can't help but

the vast

hear the constant buzzing sounds

of

whirring

saws

and

machines. Once inside,

sanding you soon

find there isn’t a place to stand or

touch which

isn't

covered

in

wood

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

British

as

far

he

past,”

said,

adding that students usually prefer to do their co-op work in Ontario or

somewhere

dust.

as the

closer to their homes.

"Students want to limit their ing expenses as

“We have around 170

stu-

dents from our three

much

said O’Reilly. "Living costs can get really high in the west, especially

(woodworking) programs

in

B.C.”

Even though

combined.” Dennis

liv-

as they can,"

the

woodworking

department offers three separate programs, there are many overlapping aspects in all of them, espe-

O ’Reilly,

program co-ordinator

cially in the first year.

“Students from

all

programs

the

of the same machinery and

inside the Such is life Woodworking Centre of Ontario's workshop at Conestoga College. Laying about are numerous dis-

use a

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-

year, then

pentry.

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

is

processes to get their job done,” said O’Reilly.

Students entering their respective

move

woodworking students on machinery

to

rely

“Some

of the stuff

70 years

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

old.”

Stud«fil Life is

“Currently,

we have around

170

The woodworking centre

might be over 60, 70 years old,”

Showing respect during an

on-campus speech.

mi mppmt

til iipliffliilittii plan

fsi

ft# Stadiif lit# Cinfti til i«p«i!

projects completed by students are

industry,” said O’Reilly.

Confederation College’s Thomas Russell urges respect

administrators

also

sold at the end of each semester.

(Photo by Joshua Khan)

to join

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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

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the technology; unlike

carpenters of bygone times, these ly

lot

“What we

usually do

hold an

is

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

addition to

making

furniture

and cabinets, students also do some restoration work.

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of the stuff

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— 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.

to 22.

The

festival featured

and a seniors’ afternoon tea. All proceeds went to St. Mary's Hospital.

Photos by Christopher

Mills

.


News

SPOKE, November

26,

2007

Here comes Santa Claus

(Photos by Jackie Allwood) estimated that 67,000 people attended Cambridge’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

is

— Page 9


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Feature

— SPOKE, November 26, 2007

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Sabrina Kosiorek,

first-year

a-

hearing instrument specialist stuIt’s

something your parents may

dent, said she doesn't have any tat-

many young

toos and doesn't plan on getting

never approve

of. but

people believe tattoos are well worth the money and effort put into

any.

them. aside

Setting

the

rebellious

image which tattoos may have given off seen

in the past,

more

a

in

artful

they are

now

and meaning-

ful light.

(Photo by Marcia Love)

Ben Ryan, manager people are

now

of

Way

Cool Tattoos

getting tattoos

because

Kitchener, designs a tattoo for a customer.

in

of

an emotional attachment or

for

Ryan

said

a sentimental reason.

Ben Ryan, manager of Way Cool in Kitchener, said most

Tattoos

people are now getting tattoos because of an emotional attach-

ment or

for a sentimental reason.

Someone may choose

a

certain

type of body art as a tribute to a lost

loved one, or to show an important aspect of their

“We

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life

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who

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picture myself as an 80-year-old

,

I

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want something

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would

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Kosiorek

why

said

understands

she

a lot of people get tattoos, but

said she does not have a reason.

Mirjana Mirkovic, a first-year legal office administration student,

she

said

maybe as a

that.

that

hopes

someday

to

some form of body

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art.

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“I

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my

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parents won't

let

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get

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the tattoo cost her

$100, but the price didn't really matter to her.

She said she finds

tattoos attrac-

tive to a certain extent, as

long as

they aren't over-the-top. :

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“I

don't like big, crazy ones,”

Brown

said.

said tattoos are reasonably

priced, considering the

amount of

time and effort put into them, and the fact they will last a lifetime.

small piece of body

art

may

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cost

about $100. “(Tattoos are) a type of art is

how

art, and always popular,” he said. “It’s people choose to express

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College crest

SPOKE, November

Clowns By HIEN DINH

has a

lot

$200-$400

Children giggle quietly as Aunt the Clown starts her magic show. Aunt Dot, who is dressed in a ridiculously

of history

showy

the attention of

room

as they

all

sit

grabs

outfit,

down and watch

ALLWOOD

Ever wonder what all the symbols on Conestoga College’s crest represent and how the institution got

its

The

name?

name

college's

came from

Appalachian Mountains to the Ohio Valley for the Pennsylvania Dutch. the

actually

they

did

get

to

Kitchener and Cambridge? The wagon was brought by the

Abraham Weber

Conestoga

the

how

So

family,

who

set-

tled here in 1807.

Doon Heritage Crossroads wagon on

valley River and Pennsylvania. This area was also the place where

has a Conestoga

during

splay

the

Conestoga wagons

warmer weather. They also have

originated.

pair of sides

The wagons were by

built

farmers

part about being a

mid-

is

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-

memorialized

wagon wheel,

it

by our Oktoberfest parties and the fact the area's name used to be New

logical

Berlin.

symbol,, which

is

were also the builders of the Conestoga wagon. But these early

settlers

base achievement. In addition,

attests to this.

barns in Pennsylvania.

Armed

with the knowledge of Conestoga wagons went for an adventure into the bush where was told there are three wonderfully kept wagons. I

1

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

ally a

1

through the bush, so

1

took that

rout®.

An

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

to

modern

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

on

unfortunate

it’s

(clowning) business

wish

"I

used by the collink with its

in the

business for a

I

over 20 years. Penlington runs

more

Conestogas

3,000

than

travelled

the

dirt

roads.

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

a

Conestoga College Institute of Advanced Technology and Learning was formerly Conestoga College of Applied Arts and

The

“applied, arts” part of the

college's former

name

is

company

Vi8f§8iflt!ias!8tS?iS8i»S8fMfa

Q. T. Pie. Happy Space charges approximately $125 per hour (for each

Ii|lii8ltirii8liiMsreatIj«f&i8liB8

the

Discounts are avail-

Gang

worker.

cian and a strolling magician.

She charges around $130-$ 150 per private birthday party and

also provide their location, food,

able,

loon

artists, a caricaturist, a

musi-

They

decorations and giveaways.

COUNSELLOR’S CORNER:

College Alcohol Inventory

The

was developed

following College Alcohol Inventory

at the University of

Wisconsin-Eau

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.

Claire.

It

True

False

1.

True

False

2.

True

False

3.

True

False

4.

have drunk 5 or more drinks two weeks. 1

1

1

1

have drunk to

False

True

5.

1

in

a row at least once

intoxication at least

have drunk alone

in

the

last

once

in

in

the last

the last two weeks.

3 months.

5 days

daily (at least

have drunk alcohol

of

each week)

tor the

month.

last

have said or done something under the influence

of alcohol

1

regret during the last 3 months.

False

True

6.

repre-

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

1

1

ris-

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.

The

False

True

7.

True

False

8.

True

False

9.

1

1

1

experienced a blackout (memory loss) while drinking 3 months.

I’ve

last

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

to

in

(i.e.

the

3 months.

the effects of alcohol at

least

of which the crest is a subsidiary part, was granted approval in 1977, by the Garter King of Arms

True

College of Arms in London, England. The armorial bearings also fea-

True

10.

False

1

have experienced withdrawal (shakes, sweats, flushed faced) 3 months.

after stopping drinking in the last

at the

tures

symbolism. Technology

11.

False

My

drinking has

ment and development of knowledge. The maple leaves which entwine the torch acknowledge

Carrier

Ontario, and the rainbow with

national

identity of the col-

lege, as well as the Province of

its

colours signifies

all

art.

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

months.

is

represented by the flaming torch, which in the language of heraldry

the

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

out:

Technology.

An article titled, Conestoga Wagon 1750-1850, Freight 100

Check

www.thefathershouse.ca

sister,

star-

well-known Pennsylvania Dutch and around central are

,

for

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

185 King

mostly sea-

is

sonal.”

entertainer).

The Chuckle

booming

could make a living as a

clowning business

clowning business for

fessional

the

that

full-time clown,” she said, “but the

children and

who have been

isn’t

year-round.

all

be of a talismanic nature.

patterns

sight

“I just totally get

mime

in

in

the

its

Artfully painted hexagonal like

1

said

12. During the last 3 months,

False

True

1

have often drunk

in

larger

amounts

or over a longer period of time than intended.

also stands for scientific achieve-

Ontario.

Once

it

all

Canadian heritage. Hex signs are a form of folk art, thought by

some

the

also symbolizes

for

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,

lives

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

with her

Conestoga name, which in turn was endorsed by then Minister of Education William G. Davis. 1

5,000

years and co-owns

armorial bearings

Kitchener area. In 1967. the college’s board of governors selected the

over

who now

Waterloo Region Clown, 519-5733080, Kazoo’s, 519-884-6444, Kelly Klowns, 519-648-3581 and Klazz Klown, 519-664-2173.

Bobo

include:

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

done

Penlington specializes

long time.

of the set-

Pennsylvania and

in

must’ve

Other clowns

seeing

is

laughter and joy.”

in

same time. Now, one would assume that the

1800s. tlers left the valley

“I

shows,” said Gregg,

clown

together to be unified

makes balloon animals. Gregg is one of many clowns

1700s to the mid-

Many

sional entertainer since 1975.

come

people

wagons brought by the Shantz pioneers around the

the

German

in the

a

from

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.

I

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

total

score concerns you, please consider talking to a

counsellor at Counselling Services. “If

Alcohol

is

their

prices around the holiday season.

work alone but have often worked with other perform“I largely

her closely, trying to figure out the

By JACKIE

Clowns generally increase

parties,

range from company Christmas parties to picnics. that

Dot

— Page 11

for hire corporate

for

2007

26,

causing you problems you have a problem with alcohol.

A Message from

Counselling Services,

1

A103.


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— SPOKE, November 26, 2007

Entertainment

Conestoga grad publishes

first

romance-suspense

— The e-Entity

novel

By HIEN DINH The holiday season

always an

is

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

in

2001.

in

“(After going to school)

some (is

travelling in Europe,

where a

“When

own

1

did

of the) destinations

lot

I've included in said.

I

which

my

novel are,” she

got back

started

I

called

my

company

communications

StoneCastle

Communications.”

who

Johnson,

Hamilton,

lives in

has always had a love for

Ont.,

writing.

knew that at some

“I

book

1

wanted

to write a

my

point (in

life).”

“1

had about 101 ideas in head and I couldn't choose one

she said.

my

jumped

specific (idea) that really

me. Johnson's story idea came

out

to her

after a personal experience she

“I

man

was

decided

had

through the Internet.

single at the time so I

The

e-Entity by

Johnson.

Casey

comes

It

out

A. in

December. “I

never met him but that whole

idea about people being devious,

deceptive and deceitful over the Internet,

thought,

1

“Wow, what

I

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

becomes-

lived abroad.

novel.”

“He really surprised me because he was intelligent and very articu-

the

late in his e-mails ... knew he was well-educated. He was polite and he seemed to have compas1

murder,

conspiracy,

“From

(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

tions

“However, within the

first

or so (of talking to him) noticing

month started

inconsistencies (in what

he said) and

I

knew

that

perhaps he

who

he was claiming to be. started looking into it a little bit

wasn’t I

I

(and found) he wasn’t try

he said he was

in the

coun-

in.

spy

theft,

conversations.

I

it

whole government

this

ever have working for her.

for

who

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

a

great story idea.

at

with a

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

become my

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

about

it.”

Although Johnson is not completely happy with her book, she has put the idea of perfection to bed.

“(The on my novel).

time

last

30th

Am

I

I

I

was

(of

the

checked)

revision

completely happy

No, but then again, I ever will be because I’m striving for perfection and

with

it?

don't think

1

1

think that that’s almost impossible to acquire.”

Johnson hopes

to write as

many

novels as possible depending on how people receive her book. “I absolutely plan

novels

if

people

on writing 100

like

my

writing

style.”

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.

It’s

that time of year again.

head in

to the malls

(Internet photo)

Casey A. Johnson, author of The e-Entity, has always loved writing.

is

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


Entertainment

SPOKE, November

26,

2007

— 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

last portal

has an ethereal presence and provocative lesson with which anyone can identify, regardless of age,

of inspiration toward fulfilling a

heady

pursuit or far-reached

life’s

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

desire, allow

onward

find

to

“treasure"

his

capable of resonating with

religious

novels.

Written by a former rogue and political dis-

Coelho demon-

himself,

senter

strates that despite

how

trivial

is

any

der.

Although not a recent publication, The Alchemist spurred some

I’ve

found, subsume the ideas of the

sensation within the fictional realm

readers into one dominant pool of

this

possible

but

inferences,

The

Alchemist provokes the reader

own

harness his or her

quest and reassess precisely

devoted to

they've

intently

aborted

how -

or

- it.

Coelho’s manner of writing isn’t overtly bombastic, allowing for a leisurely read that

is

your studies, have you gen-

digest alongside

to

but potent

enough

enough

light

to

(Photo

by Holly Featherstone)

The Alchemist

hidden around every corner. It leaves the reader reflecting not only on the book but on their

merchant,

crystal

a

matic

has a profound effect on me.

destiny

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

The

of

all

was subsequently 1998.

in

During the I

college

last

started I

was

and acclamation from former U.S. president Bill Clinton.

Santiago’s assumed treasure

in

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

ing

“To realize one’s

mentality.

tion”

is

a person’s only obliga-

is

thing,

all

the

helping you to achieve it.” The alchemist, whom the boy encoun-

itself.

tered during a caravan crossing of

despite

the desolate African desert, adopts

The novel imparts

us

to

that

constant whims, vagaries and upheavals life thrusts the

boy

as an apprentice, teaching

in

him

to

identify portentous occur-

assured: our identity, because

unspoken language of

Though

we

are

subtly inspired by reli-

You Know...

dream

who

defined by what, either

is

concrete

the universe.

Did

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

the

rences: the

(Photo by Jenn Sprach)

If

we

immaterial,

or

oft

of.

By Adam Nov. 29 to Dec. 1,2007,

GRANT

Megapole: Quebec Is a Joke, Canada Is the Punch Line, God

few summer days second year at

Bless

my

Queen (and

the

Assorted

Canadian superheroes. Ferguson

was

10th anniversary.

away from changed how he viewed The

title

pulls

you

WHY

instant

and you as,

aren't

when he says Canadians nice, they're just more polite

about being mean.

In his

chapter

(Internet photo)

Author

Ferguson

Will

reflects

on the negative points

Canadian culture non-fiction book,

in

in

his

Why

I

funny Hate

called

The day Canada became Ferguson writes, “A survey of Canadian history from the fun-lov-

Canadians.

nice.

reserves and residential schools),

ing days of the slave trade (usually

any

unacknowledged)

was bound

to

than a

bloody."

tion of the

about

to the annihila-

Beothuk Indians (shame

that)

to

apartheid

(our

ON

some

Through

his writing style,

serious

to

of get

topics.

he asks

some ugly

truths

where Canada’s Airborne Regiment beat, tortured and killed

the coun-

“What’s to hate about being Canadian? We’re the nice ones." Ferguson squashes that belief in an

Kitchener,

dal,

HATE

I

CANADIANS

Canada

in

St.,

candidly about the Somalia scan-

celebrat-

such things

At the Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick

about their country. Ferguson talks

try.

find yourself saying

humour

uses

across

the reader to face

Ferguson

time

superiority

the

effectively

penned the book after returning from a year in Japan. He says that his

2pm

Her

All

discussing

I

its

8pm

Offspring) and an entire chapter

strolling through a

1997, the short novel

ICelSy

Dysfunctional

Inbred,

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

left,

translated

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

before

table

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— SPOKE, November 26, 2007

Beowulf an epic By KERRY REED

October 22

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-

would be

day

to

spirit.

make

a

A

quick

list

and

fix

stick

Based upon an old English poem, Beowulf proves to be anything but old.

The movie and

Taurus

Scorpio

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20

November

At this point in the year, bad time to procrastinate for the it

holidays.

The malls

are

so hurry

with

shoppers,

want

to beat the

a

is

filling

you

if

huge crowds.

modern technology through the magic of

told

is

enhanced

Director

April 20

an epic tale that

is

uses the most

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and suspense

of action

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live action.

Robert Zemeckis and

Anthony

of

cast

all-star

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-

dom

is

title

character

monster

the heirless king after his

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Sagittarius

November 22 December 2

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Are you ready for the holidays? With the stress of shopping increasing by the day, a gathering with friends

you

is

search

in the

way

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to relax before

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it

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digitally

a mission to slay the seductress.

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After an the coy

eventful

confrontation deal with

and revengeful Jolie and

leaves her alive

in

a seemingly glori-

through the busy mall and search-

times hard to

someone on your

By JENN SPRACH

list.

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January 20

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love a

friends

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and family. The holidays

are the perfect time to host a party for the

festive

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a

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impulse to buy a

gift that is not

your

will quell

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on

from that

the rest in

all

Montreal’s

is

in

Lepine

14

killed

separates this school shoot-

from the

rest is

specific

said

theatre

instructor

In

all

it

Leslie,

was gender a

at

who.

the

when and how

but

it

always leaves the question of why. Writer Adam Kelly was living in in the

same area the

as

school

palm of her hand.

(Photo submitted)

Writer

in

Adam

Kelly will

forming his one-man

Anorak,

at

The

play.

attempt to under-

1

way

these people are the

to

see this

All this production can

man

let

come

people

man

do

is

vide more information as to

pro-

why

to

own

to their

bare his soul on

Tom

conclusions.

Leslie,

part-time theatre instructor

All of the plays

Tom

come

stage.”

they are

produced by Poor

at Conestoga College

Productions ask more ques-

tions than they answei'.

The company outlaw

is

"We need

it

known

because

theatre

the

produces.

to find out

people (those

as the

of

who

why

these

are considered

Leslie.

bare his soul on stage," said Leslie

in selling

“We’re going to see this

Theatre from Nov. 29 to Dec.

of these

killers.

rights to the play.

The

outsiders) get pushed away," said

"We’re going

buy the

be per-

play,

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.

The Registry

unusual plays

Kelly wrote the one-man

in the

about

to the college

the rights but offered to

and

what, where,

to

part-time

Conestoga

we have

cases

The Anorak, a second-year

way

Kelly wasn’t interested

L’ecole

shooting occurred.

is

He became

Canada

December 1989,

Polytechnique

where Mark women.

Mark Lepine when

Franca Maio

his

production.

down

Montreal and

journalism student holding fate

sold-out show."

heard

while listening to CBtT radio and

one which stands

is

College.

Try to

first

first

Anorak on

company.

ing

February 19

our

to be

Leslie

of buzz about

lot

has a good poten-

it

ing the play and tried to track Kelly

What

Pisces March 20

Being finicky will be helpful to you while you walk through the

tial

show and

Kitchener theatre

Productions,

apart

Virgo

at

this

instances

everybody.

they were playing scenes from the

and

for

school and

in

you don’t hear about a lockdown in a school somewhere,” said Tom Leslie, president of Poor Tom

But there

ones you care about.

season.

searching

to city

"There’s been a

years,

Dawson College and Columbine, to name a few. “Hardly a week goes by where

Aquarius

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

is

it

Beowulf.

enrolled

recent

in

massacres

with

mall

tell if

animated.

is

This old poem proves it can transcend time while keeping true to its roots and in doing so. immortalizes

School shootings have become

the

it

like these affect

more prevalent

community during

if

ing for that hard-to-find gift for

to the last minute.

July

to

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

The Anorak

brings

be patient while walking

to

acts

College theatre instructor

B3 SesF

July 22

unorthodox

unforeseen foolishness.

Beowulf ends up making a mother.

and

dates

nothing but his bare hands. seductive

many

secret affairs with unlikely candi-

played by Angelina Jolie, but dies

Cancer June 22

earsplitting noisy,

ruthlessly

with

filled

is

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

his

immediate

twists

Grendel goes crazy and attacks the kingdom. Ray Winstone comes to the king-

Grendel gets away and returns to

mall again.

in

death.

Glover’s character can’t stand the

is

Beowulf that opened

ous trade. Beowulf will take over for

Grendel,

played by Chtispin Hellion Glover.

time the hall

in

theatres on Nov. 16.

being attacked by the gigan-

boisterous

tic

(Internet photo)

Ray Winstone plays the

merrymaking the kingdom enjoys at the famous meat hall and every

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tale

at

122 Frederick

“Everyone needs he

shootings

said, hit

Everyone

at

see

to

this

school

very close to home.”

knows

someone

at

in

Kitchener.

advance and

the door.

Advance

this stuff

adding,

St., in

Tickets cost $10

$12

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

purchased

Far out Flicks, 519-743-7102, or

Old Goat Books, 519-880-9595. For more information about Poor Tom Productions visit www.poortomproductions.ca


Sports

SPOKE, November

Cup

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

Memorial

Cup. In

an era of bigger, better and

more

advanced Kitchener seemed destined

technologically

arenas.

to fall short again, after losing

previous

bids,

both

2002 (Guelph)

in

“It

was

to a city

much

pretty

conclusion that like

it

a foregone

was going

Oshawa

of media and international hockey scouts. It really becomes a who’s who of hockey, and not just lot

junior, but

NHL

and showcase the

earlier

says,

known Steve a long time; 25 years ago when he was a

player and

little

we had

shock

the best

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

cup

as

much

as

was announced Rangers chief

“I’ve

since

1

year.

this

at

felt

region

city's ability to

the decision

in

we

also a

host a large scale event."

2008. "There was a but

promotethe

great chance to

hearing they would be the hosts

presentation and

It’s

began putting together an organizational committee, headed by retiree John Thompson.

describing the team's reaction to

first,

as well.

or Sarnia,”

DeBoer

Peter

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

manager

opportunity to pro-

"It’s a great

mote

go

to

any

city

in

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

Once

and 2005 (London).

Thompson

ing the tournament are tremendous.

manager Thompson

was the business

I

“He came to me if we get the bid,

and said 'John, are you interested took

me

Rangers,”

the

for says.

in

a role?'

be glad to be involved way." I’d

The

It

of five seconds to say

all

host committee

is

any

in

comprised

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:

all

Thompson

the details, the host-

The committee

beyond the ordinary."

faced with a

“We’re optimistic that we can achieve that goal, and even modestly surpass

confident yet

it,”

Thompson

still

says,

acknowledging

the lofty goal.

Kitchener’s size - both in terms

of population and arena capacity it

at

a

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

it’s

million-dollar-plus

renovation to add more occupancy.

There’s

now room

NHL

in

the

same

city

as the

Canucks, as well as compet-

for about 600-

700 more people.” The Rangers borrowed

the

Breakers

hockey tournament

ball

for charity.

“There will be seven divisions of four teams, four to a side,”

Thompson

says.

TOURISM

Cup-style schedule.”

tions.

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

says. it’s

in

town,”

“Everyone

will

Memorial

Cup

week.”

game.

As far as accommodations, Thompson says the committee had to book more than 700 rooms

sors and they might pay around

in local

hotels to guarantee space

“It’s

primarily for VIPs and spon-

Thompson

per ticket,”

we’re looking

at

and avid fans can come and take part at a more modest price.”

sions, extra events, everything.”

events.

Many for the ily

events are being planned week, with a focus on fam-

and

“One

variety.

thing

Thompson committee will

is

says the goal of the to

have events that

be of interest to family and

including

children,

have

“We’ll

Hockey

Hall

of

interactive

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

we’re

doing

community)

involve

the

exhibit

featuring

all

60

is

(to

an

CHL

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

says.

though,” he says.

DeBoer

definitely

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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

TOMHr

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using additional

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-

A

Three Mountains

$75 “But

seating so that minor hockey, teams

with

Resort

says.

CHL officials,

for teams, families,

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each

the

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Memorial Cup teams and they’ll play a Memorial represent

ing with other large city attrac-

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disadvantage like Vancouver.

slight

over a larger city, “In terms of accommodating

Aud

playing

NHL

million in revenues.

undergone

enthusiasm, through volunteers. For each one of our tasks we’re asking people to make sure we go

is

tough task. When putting forth a bid, each potential host city must guarantee the CHL at least $1.8

done

with

providing

stars.”

the

and

at is

“One

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

professionally

asks rhetorically.

thing we're looking

puts

of 50 members, including a group

ensure that

that

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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