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learning

Our

may

hair

cause us ample tress

thanks to

stress,

ends and

split

That

is

is

social services students Sadeta

Pam Brown,

and

full

heaven on earth. precisely why second-year

head of hair

Kraja

along with other

students, cut at least

10 inches of

Angel Hair which converts wigs for children

their hair to benefit the

for Kids program,

donated hair into

between

each

$1 ,500-$3,000

are best friends

untreated hair cut in the atrium Nov. 30.

Kraja’s long earthen locks will be

among thousands of pounds of

hair

sent to overseas manufacturers to be batched by colour, sorted and hand-

woven

These

to create a full wig.

are

when Brown

her

put

“virgin”

also decided to

wig, which Angel Hair has

reduce

to

$800 per wig. In addition to

the

duo decided

donating their

hair,

and

$800

to try

raise

faculty.

fessionals who oversee the child’s medical treatment and understand the family’s financial plight. Once approved, children are custom-fitted

most cases, the wigs

and under whose hair has been lost because of medical conditions such as alopecia, bums or cancer radia-

are a standard size.

tion/chemotherapy, and whose fami-

can be styled to look like their

lies are financially limited.

hair.”

for Kids

an appendage of

A

program

Child’s Voice

Foundation, a national non-profit organization inaugurated in 1995 to promote emotional and physical well-being of children

According

to Janice

in

Canada.

Murray, pres-

fel-

“It (started as) one person’s idea and snowballed into a group effort,” said Brown. Murray said children are referred to the program by health-care pro-

“Each wig

when

comes

it

made long

is

“We

managed

manufacturing costs to

in

for a wig, but in

The Angel Hair

By CHRISTOPHER MILLS

(chemically-

untreated) hair to beneficial use for a

given, free of charge, to children 19

is

so that

to fitting the child,

it

own

say does a shoebox

difference, well, yes

Murray

said the

number of

appliis

escalating.

months alone we

“In the last six

have ordered over 50 wigs.” For further information,

visit

Operation Christmas Child

countries.

many

of the

projects of Samaritan’s

Purse, an international relief organFranklin ization founded by

CEO

Graham, son of renowned preacher Dr. Billy Graham. The main distribution centre for Canada is in Calgary, Alta., but years ago, following a conference

(Photo by Christopher Mills) Volunteers help pack shoeboxes at the Operation Christmas Child warehouse on Nov. 26.

Kitchener-Waterloo, Graham decided it wo,uld be an ideal place for Canada’s second centre.

three age groups:

1

in

felt

it

managing the centre with her husband Paul. “Often to build a volunteer base you need sort of a local area to do that. been has Kitchener-Waterloo 12th year of

to be a very giving commuand a community where there

lot

movie

Babel, a

visit

from the

Kitchener-Waterloo Centre and a draw

photography

of the

staff

Multicultural

for entrants of a

Angela

contest.

Wigfield, international student activico-ordinator,

ties

kiles

were

"student

said

the

contest

to take a picture that the

felt

represented diversity,

respect or international education. “It

(the

picture)

was

people,

places, architecture, whatever their

take or spin on tic

it

was from an

artis-

standpoint,” said Wigfield.

The

prizes for the winners

were

keting student,

who won

tickets for a

Toronto Maple Leafs game.

and

A

volunteer.

think you take

I

has turned out

it

to be a good place to have it. We have about 6,000 volunteers in our

girls,

in

to four years,

sure each child personally receives The boxes are used as a

a gift box.

volunteers

helping

five to nine years, or 10 to 14 years.

ministry

tool,

Operation of success Christmas Child has been stagger-

share the

news of Jesus Christ with

The

Children are also Bible story booklet. The Greatest Gift of All. if they choose to accept it. Eleanor and Paul Ross have gone recipients.

the

colourful

ing.

Since 1993, more than 54 million shoeboxes have been delivered to children in 125 countries; 6.4 million of those boxes have come

offered

from Canada. In 2006 alone, 7.6 million boxes were shipped to 90 countries, with Canadians filling 738,079 of those.

overseas three times to distribute

“Last year out of here

298,000 boxes,” Ross

we

said.

did

"This

a

shoeboxes, and Eleanor said the boxes are the perfect touch for children

those

circumstances

and hope

As

“It’s

living

in

difficult

who need some

joy

in their lives.

saying you're not forgotten;

diversity.

Ross said the warehouse can accommodate around 200 volun-

thinks about you, that cares about you,” she said. “It says the love of

teers at

well. We’ll have a

God

in

ally

year.

Newfoundland represents

cultural

Small fishing communities Newfoundland are made up of

such as French,

cultures

German,

Mi’Kmaq,

Irish

and

These cultures have blend-

one time, so there are usu250 people on a full shift,

including supervisors.. Each year, volunteers flock

ed together to create the unique

Newfoundland

help pack special shoeboxes with gifts for children abroad. Boxes are filled with personal

culture.”

The second-place winner was Ryan Shantz, who entered a photo of Venice,

Italy.

He

said his picture

was taken while he was on a gondola showing what an Italian person or a traveller would see in everyday life. “It isn’t

just scenery,

it

is

a view

someone would see and how they would experience it.” Another feature of the week was that

two City

Irish

dancers from the Royal

Academy of

Irish

Dance

in

inform people of which items are and are not acceptable. Toothpaste, for

ing this year because of customs regulations.

A minimum

donation of $7

is

year the college

distribution

International celebrated has Education and ESL week and Wigfield is looking forward to next

each

year’s celebration.

appropriate

See Page

start-

photos

Volunteers inside

inspected.

carefully are

make

sure

safe, to

the

the

items

allowable

and

specified

age

group. There are boxes designated

there’s

it

is

somebody somewhere

for everyone and so

makes

a

difference

in

I

that

think

many

ways.”

Ross said the program alerts Canadians to how blessed they are.

make a

difference, well,

yes

it

does.”

“Here's a child who will get this box full of these little things, who will be very content and very little

Eleanor Ross,

happy and very excited about it. so it changes the thoughts of having to

manager of operations

non-perishable treats. Each year, a list of guidelines is sent out to

centres where they are

2 for

“We say does a shoebox

hygiene items, photographs, and

example, was disallowed

less this

little

Probably 250,000 to 260,000 boxes will go out of here.”

uplifting notes, school supplies

traditional

dancing for students. first

1

required to cover shipping costs. The boxes are then shipped to the

Guelph who performed This was the

gifts,

1

lot

to

different countries to

cities in

Irish

donated by the Alumni Association. The first-place winner was Minal Hoddinott, a first-year business mar-

who

of those things

two

of disasters in the world and a lot of people were answering that need as

Scottish.

including the showing of the

now

too large,” said Ross,

in her

boys and

base.”

Language Week. During the week many other events Student Life Centre,

area, not

specifically for

year will probably be a bit less. you know, last year there were a

various

in the

was a good

are a lot of people

in taken was photo The Newfoundland, with the description, scenic of photo “This

The event was part of International Education and English as a Second

took place

a

is

program that annually distributes Christmas shoeboxes to underprivileged children around the world. Since 1993, it has been one

into account

Conestoga students took a trip around the world on Nov. 23, thanks to displays showcasing different

a

known

www.achildsvoicefoundation.com.

College goes international ALLWOOD

make

dqes,” said

Kitchener distribution centre.

“They

cant children waiting for a wig

it

manager of Eleanor Ross, Child’s Operation Christmas

nity,

By JACKIE

a shoebox

in

her hair to such a cause was further fuelled

low students and

Brown

to

Kraja said the notion of donating

lies.

their braided, chemically-

Delivering joy

manufacture.

each by asking for pledges from

Kraja and

seasonal affective disorder.

News 10

of financially disadvantaged fami-

who had

journalism students

ident of Angel Hair’s board of direc-

clogged shower drains, but for some children the chance to have a

for

6

Students donate hair By HOLLY FEATHERSTQNE

7

Feature

his special

News

bank account.

that won’t drain your

Tony Lee rocked the Sanctuary Nov. 22 with

have more of things, for a

More than 60,000 volunteers worldwide help

gram going

to

keep the pro-

lot

of

people,” she said. “It helps us to look at the perspective of materialism.”

strong.

Target countries are highlighted for each distribution centre. This

Ross said it also provides joy to people as they think about the child

boxes from Canada will be going to 14 countries: Argentina,

and the difference their relatively small gifts will make.

Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guinea, Cote

“I think that’s a good thing for families and individuals to do,” she said. “And it’s good for the people

year,

Bolivia,

Nicaragua,

d’Ivoire,

Paraguay,

Senegal, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Each box is hand accompany

delivered, as

volunteers air, train,

the

boxes by

bus, car and foot to

make

in the

country that are a team that

are going to distribute the boxes to say there are other people partner-

ing with us to help us."


'

Page

2

— SPOKE, December

Now ...with Random

3,

News

2007

Conestoga goes

international!

deep thoughts

Conestoga College

questions answered by

random students

If you could get one gift this Christmas,

what would it be?

“A horse, even though

I

probably won’t get one.”

Sarah Hamilton, second-year markerting

(Photos by Jackie Allwood)

“Continuous good

and operator of the Royal Above: Tara Tarzwell, left, has been dancing for 1 1 years and is the owner who has been dancing for 10 years. The City Academy of Irish Dance, along with Krissy Plesa, right, Education and English as a two were at Conestoga College on Nov. 23 as part of International

health.”

Second Lanuage Week. Right: Ryan Shantz displays the photo

Ditto Bajrcunovic,

second-year

that

won him second place

in

the photography contest.

financial planning

“I

could use a good

sleeping bag.” Effie Penner,

;><!«

juii •.iuanui'j oi(

smh vim sum,

first-year

human sen 'ices

“I

need a new watch.” Ross Graham, first-year

human

services

(Photos by Jenn Sprach)

students that Iran gets snow, adding a

lot of Above: Sohrab Soleimani Karim Abad, from Iran, tells people don’t know that. Garcial, right, and Below: Dulce Gomez holds Mexico’s flag at her booth with her two friends, Andre and English as Education International in participating was She Columbia. from both Andres Lopez, a Second Language Week which featured displays by students in the B-wing.

“A

digital

camera.”

Julie Mi/'/ward, first-year

human

“A

services

flight to Britsh

Columbia

my

to visit

best friend and go

snowboarding.” Lindsay

Piett,

first-year respirator) therap i '

Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!


News

money

Students raise

SPOKE, December

embarrasses students

Conestoga’s Financial Planning Student Association will be running their annual charity bake sale

Wednesday

money

to raise

By LEANNE Laughter hypnotist

isitchener- Waterloo.

same

year

Conestoga Students

charity.

goal

for

in the

region

will all be

(Photo by John Lintey)

made

planning,

in financial

Zimmerman, a second-year financial planning student, and Carla Van Every, president of the student association, are two of Scott

as well as faculty and alumni.

Association president Carla Van

the students

Every said the sale helps out charity,

who

will

be running a bake sale

and Children’s Services

as well as provides opportuni-

to benefit Family

of Kitchener-Waterloo.

ties for the students.

develop their volunteer and communication skills, and the networking opportunities can open doors

“We're hoping to continue contributing

to

the

community anB

represent the profession

in

a good

for the future.

way,” she said.

Van Every

these

said

She hopes everyone

events

in the .school

can

come

out to support this great

charity, but

usually go

warns

that the treats

“So come early, and come hunVan Every said.

gry,”

Glidecams give broadcasters a taste of Hollywood technology By CHRISTOPHER MILLS Exciting changes broadcast the

are in store for

program

at

Conestoga College, thanks to new glidecams acquired by the depart-

lowing someone down a hallway with a glidecam produces a very watchable and interesting shot.” Students are still learning how to use the cameras, with a lot of attention required to

era

ment. Steve Parr, co-ordinator of the broadcast-television program, said

new cameras

the

will

allow stu-

is

make

sure the cam-

mounted properly and

to have

can float freely. “Moving with such a complex and somewhat heavy apparatus it

sit

right so

it

experiment with techare close to those used that niques entertainment mainstream by

attached to your body is a learning challenge, but lots of fun for the

media.

get

dents

to

similar

“It’s

which

volunteer from the audience to

is

used

in

a

steadicam,

many

of the mov-

to

ing shots you see in movies and shows these days,” he said.

students as well,” Parr said. “They

perspective

movement

and freedom of

in their shots that previ-

ously they have not experienced.”

The students still use other means for getting steady shots, like tripods and the jib camera, but the glidecams provide a new way to draw viewers

into the action.

“It fits nicely

with the focus on

esthetic values in video in the final

year of our TV program,” Parr said. “It also prepares them for the advanced shooting styles they are likely to experience if they get a

job with a medium to large size production company, as glidecam technology is used in a variety of short films and corporate, video productions.”

TV

began traditionally Students experimenting with film-style techniques in their third year of the program, but with the new two-year

second year. niques Parr said the glidecams create a way for the cameraperson to follow the

He

jokes.

told the audience that he

used to think hypnotism was “a crock of shit.” He was making fun of it one day and asked a girl he was dating to let him try it on her. A few minutes later she fell on the

up on

stage.

tried to

hypnotize a few

them

licked the

He asked everyone

in the audi-

ence to put their hands together with their index finger and thumb pointing up. He then asked everyone to close their eyes and told

people to relax. Lee instructed everyone to hold their hands in front of their faces and move the top part of their index fingers apart and keep their eyes focused in between. After this routine, Lee asked anyone who couldn’t pull their hands apart to come to the stage and one girl did. There were 1 2 seats on the stage and Lee asked for volunteers to come forward and take a seat. After the seats were filled, Lee got the volunteers and audience members to follow another routine of volhis. He then asked some of the unteers who were not going under

He was

“I

know,” he

hypnotism

was wrong. He that

show.

believe

I

was

licking

person

off a

I

said.

L’Heureux said he but very dirty and

felt

refreshed

commented

that

home and

burn

he would have to go his clothes. His friends,

who were laughing him, got videos of the show. He joked he’s afraid that he’ll be applying for a CEO job at a big company one day and he’ll be on at

the blacklist for this. Near the end of the show,

Lee had another volunteer come on stage and told him to hold his hands over his genitals. He then got all the females on stage to take a self-defence class. Each one took a turn kicking the volunteer. Before the last girl went, Lee told her that

guy had been cheating on her was payback time. She it

kicked hard.

The volunteer was hunched over between kicks and had tears in his eyes. Lee gave him a Sleddogs CD and got the bartender to get him a drink.

forehead.

Once the show was wrapped up, Lee mingled with some audience members while others headed

cold

home with

it

perspiration

off her

They were then told how was and they began to shiv-

and hold on to their clothing. He told them they could only get warm

er

cam-

after the

whipped cream

and

the stage.

Dan L’Heureux,

remembered everything

can’t

off.

management

said he didn’t think

happened

this

down and he

some

the students under hyp-

possible, but he

circled the

sit

student,

was one of

audience looking for other people who were already under to come

go

do wouldn't

whipped cream

First-year business

said he

it

to

on the volunteer's clothes in the nipple and genital area. He then told the two males under hypnosis that this was a very sexy lady, and the two of

ever since.

to

come

told the volunteer, if

of whipped cream and sprayed

nosis.

do

He

what he was about

if he could realand he was successful. He said he has been performing shows

other people to see ly

show, Lee got a

in the

bother him. Lee then took out a can

studies

floor.

even wiped

perceivable

movements or shakes of

to talk

Once Lee had a handful of people under hypnosis, he told them it was really hot and described the temperature. The group looked like they were sweating and one girl

in

little

Lee began

and interact with the audience. He asked them questions and told

on

broadcast-television program, students now begin learning the tech-

action with very

stage,

At one point

he was secure with his sexuality, that

of the show.

Lee then

fast.

grades, with a very attractive Grade

9 teacher.

Once on

presents.

The baked goods

off

mate like animals with their chairs, have verbal orgasms and act like they were in the third and ninth

by the band, Sleddogs. They then introduced Lee and played music to accompany him for the rest

purchase Christmas dinner and

by students

started

by hugging the person closest to them, which they did. Lee stood close to them and one girl grabbed him around the waist while another took hold of his arm. During the show, Lee got them to

with a couple of songs performed live

from the bake sale to the charity, which

All proceeds

goes directly helps needy families

the stage

Inc.

The sold-out show

this

to raise $1 .500.

is

Sanctuary as

some very unusual tasks. The X-rated show took place on Nov. 22 and was hosted by

It has been running for over three years and last year they raised more

association's

filled the

Tony Lee took

and made a selection of students do

The bake sale will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the E-wing by Door 6.

The

MOUNTFORD

for

'Wiily and Children’s Services of

than $1,000 for the

— Page 3

Hypnotist Tony Lee

for charity

By JOHN L1NLEY

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2007

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jolts as

mostly unaware of the shake

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Parr said the

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and makes them

feel like they are

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Page 4

3,

Commentar

2007

Immigrant’s

death sparks Taser talk to the Taser there have been varied reactions by the public last month, there is airport Vancouver's at Dziekanski death of Robert

Though

it is a tragedy. force Tasering to be also unfortunate this death had to occur to

one thing for sure, It is

re-examined.

RCMP

died minutes after being Tasered twice by an immigrant arriving in-Canada to see his

who

Dziekanski.

was

officer,

a Polish

mother. in the airport for

The man had been waiting

hours for his mother to

arrive.

He could

was connot speak English, was in a foreign countiy and

fused.

attempting to video of the incident shows a flustered Dziekanski reaunknown an for airport barricade himself in a secure area of the

A

son.

He picked up

a

computer and threw

counter

in the

secure area.

on the

it

One of the

officers

against a

began zapping him with

a Taser.

Dziekanski was then held

There

no evidence

is

that

down by the four Mounties. Dziekanski posed a threat to the public

oi

The Christmas year

is

Though he did damage property, he did not appear to be directing

who

calm

tried to

the

man

Dziekanski even appeared to back away from the

RCMP

officers

during the confrontation. The video shows the officers did not make any attempts to subdue the man without using any form of weaponry. The man who shot the video of the occurrence claimed to hear the

even arrived

officers discussing the use of a Taser before they

at the

is

that millions

it

of people

There have been 17 deaths

in

Canada

since 2003 due to the use of a

a fan of Christmas

...

well, at least

not the commercial part of I may sound, many people who

am

bitter as

I

the

fall

I'm a college student

work while

Taser. jolt

from

the

volts of electricity through

weapon sends 50,000

as dangerous as this should only be used by police to

restrain people

who pose

a threat to those around

Police should first resort to less drastic as physically holding

They need or

if

it

to is

them or themselves.

measures of subduing, such

if

they are using the Taser out of neces-

being used as an easy

weapons such -

,

is

way of gaining

Officers involved will

now have

that is not likely to be

media and

RCMP

has been tarnished.

to explain their actions in

an inquiry

over quickly and will be scrutinized by the

the public.

Even more importantly, strict procedures outlining when be used must be drafted. Lives depend on it.

a Taser can

am

I

in

As

it.

one of

into the

who doesn't

school so I’m

budgeted

a

live

1

would be able

spend each month,

to

life.

calculating earlier this year

how much money would have

set

to

aside

for

a

I

knew

little

my

bit

I

of

Christmas

gifts.

And

control.

as firearms, should be used only as a last resort.

dead and the reputation of the

to

money

and securing a person.

ask themselves

Police need to have reasonable grounds for using a Taser. Such

A man

forced

When

the body.

A weapon

worrying more about

monthly

bills, the

so,

every year

I

go

to the

mall and spend hundreds of dollars to

buy

the well-being of their

homes and

my

loved ones “stuff." Does

What would be Opinion never touch

it

again?

spending really gets out of hand

everyone

during the holiday season.

lous

when

list

at the

top of

it

Stats Canada December 2002, Canadians spent a total of $30 billion. Canadians upped that in December 2004, that

reports

spending a

total

of $34.5

going

he just going to

$80 sweater or is wear it once and

to

show

time with the ones you love this

Christmas.

This year less

1

challenge everyone to

time thinking about junk

the

trees.

an

season

all

goes out

logical thinking

window and people spend money as if it literally grows on The

General

Certified

with

to like that

forced to spend ridicu-

they care? Just spend

how much

spend

seems during the Christmas

new one is shinier, smaller and so much cuter. Is my brother really

digital

is

amounts of money

going to buy and think more about people who aren't as fortunate as you are. Try participat-

It

that

new

in

billion.

Association

that

in giv-

them? The cost would be a fraction of what it would be for brand name products. Why does it seem like

the

Accountants

need

harm

comes to being obessed with consumerism but the

North Americans are

Canada reported

sister

the

ing your loved ones simple cards that show them how much you love

camera? Doesn't her old one work just fine? Of course it does but this

my

their

condition of their

families.

North America feel the need to spend billions of dollars every year during the holiday season? I am not

Christmas trap every single year.

scene.

One

start

Hien Dinh

gadget

buy for others and

in

did not feel endangered.

sity.

Why

as he waited in the terminal

over North

all

new

cool,

they're going to

buy useless, materialis-

to

what

about

the official time of

crap.

tic

towards anyone.

Bystanders

America

of giving, or guilt?

gift

when people

police.

hostility

same regulations

results should have the

floor.

man and backed him

Four officers then approached the

Same

Canadians have admitted

some type of

of

84 per cent of to living

debt. In 2006,

Canadian household debt was

at

an

all-time high, reaching $1 trillion.

People need to stop thinking

that you're

ing in Operation Christmas Child,

annual

worldwide event

encourages people

to

that

stuff shoe-

boxes with toys that get shipped off to children

all

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Secret Santa Presents do not have

to

By KERRY REED

empty your bank account Kan Ye West and many more

Uedley,

two

C

is

artists'

CDs

from

HMV’s

for $25.

the time for giving but

what happens when you do That can happen in a secret Santa gift exchange. You never know what to get that is not tacky or cheap when shopping on a tight budget. This Christmas will be easier for the secret Santa gift givers because the following is a list of secret Santa gifts ranging from not

ever

gifts for selection of

hristmas

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know what

to give?

Cartier, Burberry, Giorgio

Givenchy and Cacharel fragrances

Paris,

come

$3,97 to $95.

Armani, Lancome

together with a

gift

certificate for $95.

A

cheap but perfect gift for anyone who loves Arnold Schwarzenegger is The Terminator DVD at Wal-Mart for $3.97. For a very merry redneck Christmas the official Redneck Christmas CD from Wal-Mart is the ideal present for any of your redneck friends. The CD goes for $6.88 and includes the all-time favourite Christinas songs: Rudy, the Redneck Reindeer, 12 Redneck Days of Christmas and Rudolph Drank the Moonshine. In most cases Secret Santa gifts- are supposed to be inexpensive so diamond stud earrings do not fit the bill. However, at Michael Hill Jewelers in Fairview Park

For

those dirty minds out there the most fitting gift is a Minds board game lor $2~.99. Or another great game is Fred which sells for $29.99. Fred is designed to make a fool out of anyone playing by making people do silly dares all

Dirty

Dorothy Hopkins, sales assistant Store

Or

DVD

VCR deals.

games

are great

because

gifts

it

A

DVD

player Wal-Mart has great

DVD player from only $27.73 and comes in pink/white and black/grey.

progressive scan

Vision

two great colours

A

$19.83 which include, three different DVDs. In one of the sets there is Dodgeball, Grandma's Boy and Freddy Got Fingered and in another set there is There’s Something About Mary, Shallow Hal and the Girl Next Door. At Fruits and Passion, in Fairview Park Mall, a bubble bath set is available for the holiday season for only $24.

“Board

to a

Diamond

gift sets available for

great gift for a

is -

guy

is a men’s mini set of cologne. Shopper’s Drug Mart, on Fairway Road, Kitchener, has a set for $35 which includes David Beckham, Nautica Blue, Davidoff and original Nautica scents. And if you are a big spender, a

Sean John’s Unforgivable cologne

gift set

goes

for $75.

Anyone who owns an iPod could use an iPod alarm clock by Scosche available at Wal-Mart. It goes for $37.83 and in addition to being a clock it also plays all your tunes while charging the

brings

people together.”

iPod.

This next idea has

Dorothy Hopkins, sales assistant

is

a great gift for the Santa

who

buy for their person. The Fragrance Sampler and gift certificate costs $95 at Shopper’s Drug

to

Mart. Elaine Mcluckie, a sales assistant, said, “Everything in the store is perfect for a Christmas present. But, the holiday gift lines are perfect for secret Santa gifts

because you get a

lot

of products for next to

nothing.”

The promo bath

set has all the scents in different

and Passion offers

in

bubble baths Fruits

decorative Christmas ball decorations.

The

scents include: pure pear, very lemon, grapefruit-guava, pear-linden,

green apple, field berries and orange-cantaloup. Music lovers can enjoy Rihanna, Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake,

Game

Also it gets everyone laughing and having a ton of fun.” For people who need to upgrade from a

your secret Santa enjoys a good laugh then the ever

there are

the

together!

different sizes.

popular Dane Cook has a new CD out with all his hilarious jokes. Rough Around the Edges is $16.74 at Wal-Mart.

Go

Park Mall, said, “Board games are great gifts because it brings people

Mall, Kitchener, a pair of cubic zirconia sterling sil ver stud earrings are $8 (regularly $25) and come in three If

at

Fairview

in

The

gift certificate

comes with

six unisex

mini

fragrances. Cartier, Burberry, Giorgio Armani,

Lancome Paris, Givenchy and Cacharel are the complimentary scents. For all the secret Santa gift givers out there keep in mind that you do not have to go to the dollar store to find gifts on your budget. All you have to do is some digging around stores to find great deals.

Top

right: Fruits

promo bath

and Passion’s

sets are selling for

$24. Right: Dorothy Hopkins,

sales assistant from

Game

Store,

favourite

Go

a the

shows her

games

for college

students.

Above

left:

cubic zirconia ear-

rings from Michael

Jewelers

sell for

Left:

HMV

CDs

that sell for

sells

making a great

Hill

$8.

a selection of

two

for

gift.

Photos by Kerry

Reed

$25,

3,

2007

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— SPOKE, December

3,

News

2007

HURRY! Only 22 days

By JOSHUA KHAN

shop

to

left

on your list, then why go the technology way. To relive those memorable Christmas mornings with your family, a camcorder may be your best bet. The tant present

not

Student

Life is

looking for student volunteers to join faculty, administrators and support

To some

the holiday season

staff on a College

Committee that

will

develop a student centered environmental design

and implementation plan for the Student

Life

Centre and beyond!

Interested students should drop into the Student Life Office (2A101) for

Your commitment would be a

minimum

of 8-10

hours

(2 this

more information

semester, 8 next semester)

is

moments

time where magical

a

are

made with

friends and family. However, the magic takes place after the Christmas shopping. As one of the most hectic seasons

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help you out, here are

some

gift

sug-

However, get shopping, because there is no guarantee they will be on store shelves Dec. 24. gestions.

is

the

video game. Guitar

Priced

3.

at

$99.99, the enter-

video

game systems comes

guitar

which famous songs by controller

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students during the past couple of

because

years

mind

it

helps

off school and

when

play

get

perfect to

is

friends are over.

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dent, says the

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it

Hero

is

fun

to

play

allows people to play their

favourite songs,” he said. “It also

takes music to a

when

comes

whole new

level

games.” DVD shoppers should also be aware of the new releases coming it

to video

out just in time for Christmas.

most notable one for crowd is Superbad: a

The

the college tale

of two

teenagers having the night of their

head off

lives before they

Sarah

to college.

Davison, a second-year

law and security administration student, says the

movie

is

a treas-

to

priced at $369.99

is

Future Shop, also has the ability

at

take

to

while

pictures

recording a video. So

you're

Dad ends

if

up shedding a tear over a

him

got

you cam-

gift

for Christmas, this

moment

corder can capture the

you can remind him of to come.

it

Despite the rules stated cellphones ringing

in

student

hear

their class.

in

The sound of hearing

so

for years

handbooks, teachers often a

famous rap

song can be annoying, but cellphones can benefit students when it

comes

to school.

Cellphones can be useful because if

you're stuck

on

accident

become

has

which

corder,

your

Carl Hayes, a second-year law and security administration stu-

1,

your

ensure

recordings are smooth. The cam-

Hero

1

also a stabi-

is

and children bustling through malls and department stores. The search for the perfect gift can be endless. To

tainment masterpiece for various

!

but there

function

lizer

Just in time for the holidays

ou nsc

DVD,

ly to

direct-

of the year, Christmas has parents

entertaining

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DVD

Hitachi

Camcorder not only records

school or

at

way

the

to

in

an

school,

there is the option of calling someone for help. They are also a con-

way

venient

remember

to

a friend's

phone number when you're doing a last-minute assignment. With Christmas sales hitting stores everywhere, the Bell Mobility Motorola KRZR Cellular Phone is a steal. Priced at $49.99 at Best Buy, the cellphone comes with a three-year agreement.

Its

sleek and

sophisticated look, along with

its

advanced music system and wiretechnology,

less

make

sure to

is

people jealous.

However,

if

you're just looking for

up

a small gift to pick

for friends,

then picking 'an item that can forever

the

is

lent idea

way

to go.

An

could be a simple poker

many

last

excelset,

ure everyone's willing to receive.

which can be found

“Superbad would be a great Christmas present because not only does it appeal to teenagers, but it

ent stores. If you're stressing about

also appeals to

young

adults,” she

very funny movie you can watch over and over

said. “Plus it's a

that

again.”

them through

gift to

help

the rest of the school

year should take a

trip to

Whether you're up

Wal-Mart.

late

studying

poker

encourages get-togethers

set

with friends and creates memories

meant to be shared. you don't know anyone who

that are to If

many make your Christmas shopping that much easthen there are

other ideas which can

ier.

Gift certificates, memberships,

concert tickets and even different

exam or late for class, the Aroma 24-cup Cool Touch Coffee

types of lessons can

Urn can help you stay up longer you normally would on a

seem when

for an

than

school night. If a

family

friends and family. like in

most impor-

ones

that

a

mean a lot to They may not

Christmas

big

gift

an envelope, but the expe-

riences that gift is the

differ-

assignments and need a break, a

likes poker,

Students looking for a

at

come

with them are the

matter most.

(Photo by Hien Dinh)

Shoppers fill Fairview Park Mall on the last weekend of November. Christmas is the consumer’s favourite time of

year.


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SPOKE, December

Inhumane punishment am

I

shocked, appalled, disgust-

whatever adjective you want, but the most accurate one is infuriated at the Saudi Arabian jususe

ed,

secluded area where the raping of both occurred.

Alex

™n

tographs.

McNanney

has been sentenced to six months in

most preposterous and biggest gross misuse of justice 1 have ever seen.

prison and 200 lashes of a

whip by

Her crime: being alone with

a

only as “the Qatif

girl,”

she was raped 14 times by seven attackers after her and the

man

she

was meeting were jumped by seven Saudi men at knifepoint. They were forced from the car and taken to a

a rape victim being given

any kind of punishment?

What

not related to her in a car.

Known

is

wrong with

is

band

system? How can they sit by and let this happen? Well, according to the Saudi penal code, which follows Islamic Sharia Law almost to the letter, it is

justice

woman to be alone male who is not her husband

forbidden for a

or relative. Doing so

is

considered

adultery.

So

me

let

woman

is

get this straight:

alone with a friend

if

a

who

happens to be male, she’s committed a crime? Look, 1 know religious beliefs are

is

This tion,

down is

and

if

offend anyone by say-

I

— Page 9

it.

Sharia

Law

rights

violations

like

need to be taken to the United Nations, and the lawmakers in Saudi Arabia need to get their collective heads out of their collec-

this

.

tive asses.

Please tell anyone you know about this, and get this story out.

We

right idiotic.

a stupid piece of legisla-

ing that, then so be

Human

many coun-

I'm sorry, but punishing a girl because she was alone with someone who isn’t a relative or her hus-

Opinion

with a the Saudi

in

in the

tion I’ve ever seen.

the

is

Why

a Saudi court.

man

This

high regard

Middle East. But this specific law is the most inhumane, disgusting and vile piece of legisla-

The two victims were meeting because the female was set to be married, and wanted some old pho-

fte system. case you haven't heard, a young Saudi girl, only 19 years old,

in

tries

2007

rape victim

for held

3,

all

can do something, and

make this vile excuse of a law known worldwide. Maybe,

that’s

just

maybe, our governments

will

needs to recognize that women are not beneath men, and start treating

then do something to help correct

women

To the Qatif girl, am sympathetic. You are the victim of a senseless

with the respect any

human

being deserves.

Something must be done about this

miscarriage of justice.

this horrible

wrong. I

and disgusting law, not an adulteress.

Don’t give pets

Christmas

for

GRANT

By KAYLA

giving animals as gifts

a bad on their Animals Do is

idea. In an article written

You've woken it's still

early,

and although

dark out you're too excited

to wait. Slowly you creep out of bed

your parents room.

and

tiptoe past

You

take the stairs slowly, pausing

and flinching every time a loose board squeaks. Finally you're downstairs and there stands the Christmas tree and underneath it, ahh, the gifts. But what's this? A box with holes? Every child has asked at one time or another for a pet and while getting

website entitled

Not

Why

Make Good

PETA

Gifts,

writes;

“Although people who give animals as gifts invariably have good intentions, it is unfair to give an animal to anyone unless you are absolutely certain that the person wants that particular animal as a

companion and

is

willing and able

to give a lifetime of proper care.”

Getting a pet requires

a

long

may be an unfornot be it may

thought process, said Glen Mills,

Animals require a lot of care said Laurie Spratt, manager

“If they're in doubt take time to

one for Christmas

gettable experience, the best time.

Creature Comfort, a pet store

at

in

think about

it,”

at

he

said.

Animals require a-lot of time from their owners as well as commitment. A young puppy or kitten requires house-training and daily interaction. Small animals, like

avoid the Christmas season.

rodents, fish or reptiles, need to be socialized and have their cages cleaned weekly. If you're thinking about giving an animal for a gift, you have to

she said.

take into consideration a person’s

your loved one a good book.

birds,

“A

lot

of.

animals end up in and rescues

societies

because someone got a pet that wasn't quite what they wanted,”

So if you’re shopping this season and happen to come across an animal for sale, maybe it would best to “furget”

it

and instead get

ability to care for a pet.

“There

a very long process in

is

getting a puppy,” said Spratt.

“You

need to research. Different breeds,

agrees.

“Reptiles need different care than

you

If

185 King

are considering getting a

PetSmart offers a variety of

pet,

animals for sale, including cats and dogs that can be adopted from

K-W Humane

the

Society right

in

Everyone who adopts a from the store must fill out an

the store. pet

)lication form.

Even

if

it's

a

hamster,"

said

Fisher.

The

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Counsellor’s Corner

die, just to feel.

dog versus small dog.” PetSmart manager Chad Fisher

large

cats or dogs.”

commitment.

“Maybe

wait until February.”

humane

that

PetSmart.

Spratt also thinks people should

Jacobs.

St.

manager

assistant

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you or someone you know wants

counselling services are free, voluntary, and confidential.

a

the store assumes would be helping them.

gift,

that parents

to talk

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News

2007

Are you singing the winter blues? By SARAH JAYNES The snow has already

barely fallen and

have

Canadians

of

thousands

SAD,”

started

the

sing

to

blues

snowy Canadian

about the cold,

winter they are about to endure. It is not uncommon for students to feel

December. “1 can tell

people experience depression

out

difficult to

study and complete work.

what doctors as “sleeping mode” where

Students are often refer to

even though feels like

This

it

it

in

early in the evening

is

time to go to sleep.

it's

condition

scientifically

is

referred to as seasonal affective dis-

SAD, which name because

order, or

is

well suited

to the

it

leaves

you

in

“The chemical is released in large doses because your body wants to sleep all the time,” said Gajewski. In

addition to the season, there

Other than working out, the only to beat SAD is to expose yourself to bright and cheery conditions by adding more lighting in your home, spend time with friends and family doing the things you enjoy

Students get stressed out over exams, Christmas shopping and generally juggling work and school. It

becomes overwhelming for students to manage their time without having a nervous breakdown; understandably

cold,

the

miserable

"The symptoms of SAD only usuoccur in the fall or winter because the seasons change and peo-

ally

ple don't

like

the cold,” said

Gajewski, a physician

Martin

Waterloo,

who

Dr. in

said students need to

way

There

ment

is

also a light therapy treat-

therapy involves the patient sitting front

in

of a special

fluorescent

and become extremely depressed. you are a student who is otherwise healthy and hasn’t experienced

Katherine

Fitness

ly

before,

you

may

have.

One of Conestoga College's best known alumni is saying goodbye. Himmelman began Monica

December she

and

wellness

from

Barth

trainer,

Women’s

Fitness, said she sees an increase in

students

who come

to the

gym

ask-

of people

who

from depression

are

suffering

in the winter.

Barth said students need to eat a

balanced

diet,

sleep

properly and

exercise moderately.

be

will

retiring,

leaving her role as the alumni relations

and annual fund

officer,

a

position she undertook in 2003.

She said she enjoyed working for the college and she will miss every-

my

feel

“I

ment

nity to tion,

that

is

greatest

have had the opportu-

1

come

accomplish-

into a brand

new

posi-

have the support of my immedi-

manager and of the institution and be given a mandate to grow the ate

alumni portfolio,” she said, adding in the employment world it does not get better than having the full support of

the department and the college. “It

nity,

Applying to university

is

a very exciting time and yet,

it

can be

and

I

hope

occasion.

the

that

you are considering or currently applying to through the OUAC on-line process, we can help

universities

If

She said

with

Room 1C20

services

grown and

the asso-

has been recognized receiving three

employee recognition awards. She said the awards could not have happened without the support of her manager and co-workers. “Two of them are for community involvement, and one was for team spirit,”

she said pointing toward the

plaques. “All three of those repre-

me, the support and the have gained from my colleagues here at Conestoga.” sent

to

respect that

I

Himmelman

said the fundraising

and the annual fund were new

for this totally

“I

believe in what this college stands

education you and

for, the

gained and diploma, so highlight.

I

I

I

think that has been a

look forward to volun-

She said if Conestoga College needed volunteers, she would not

down

turn

the opportunity. starting

in social

with the region and her

started

college,

the

at

Himmelman worked

in

to

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She said she has always been in touch with the college since graduating from the social “All along in I

my

work program. career with the

had always been

in

touch

with the college,” she said. “I had

been on the social services advisory committee for, I think, 7 years as a 1

From 1990

field.

to 1996,

I

was

the

president of the alumni association.”

job

said she found out about the

at the

who

college from a neighbour

brought the job posting home.

Himmelman, who has recently became a grandmother, said one of her top priorities

spending

in

January will be with her

some time

grandson.

She also hopes to visit friends and spend time with her mother-inlaw,

who

she adores.

However, although she is retiring she won't be a complete stranger. She plans on volunteering in the areas where she feels that she is an asset and she will continue to support the college.

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lot

December

in

her and to the college

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skin breakouts.

effective than antidepressants for a

sadness

BY FRANCA MAIO

more intensity than a normal lamp you would have at home. This type of light therapy has been said to be more light that has a lot

not help their mental state,” said

"If

bidding adieu

you can undergo that will release biochemicals to your brain to lift your mood and give you the feeling of being outdoors. The light that

Gajewski.

prepare themselves for the

Monica Himmelman

self.

winter or they will crash very quick-

really

(Photo by Franca Maio)

Monica Himmelman stands with the three awards she has received during her nine years at Conestoga College.

and take some down time for your-

weather

Not only does depression leave you in a miserable mood around your friends and family, but it leaves you starving for food made of carbohydrates and sugar which causes weight gain and possible

you may otherwise

on the aggression I encourage it,” she said. Barth said she tells her clients that exercise is one of the best ways to release stress, not only for the weight loss but for the feeling of release.

unhealthy food and even brings on that

that students are taking

their

can contribute to stress and depression at this time of year. that

does not help.

never experience.

November and

are a lot of other personal factors

depressed, moody, tired, hungry for

headaches

ing for tips in late

machines, and

the winter.

sad about short winter days and

long nights that drag on, making

it

said Gajewski. chemical that Melatonin, a affects sleep, is a big reason why


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3,

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3,

2007

— Page 11

sky’s the limit for 2ylite

2007

By WEI-LON LEE

March

2

1

September 23 October 22

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April 19

«

approaching, you

finals

ith

need to tone down your energy so you can study tor those important

tests.

You when

which

like to plan it

is

time to

"Rap is something you do; hip hop is something you live.” Those were the eternal words spoken by the great hip-hopper KRS-ONE, and it is a philosophy

-

will help

down and

sit

study. Having a plan will help you look over a Ft he information I

without feeling rushed.

that

2y day of

Tha

ite

1

Titan lives by every-

his life.

2y ite, whose reaf name is Yasser Akkila, has always had a love of 1

hip-hop

music and culture ever was a child. first taste of hip hop was

since he

“My when

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May

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where

November

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first

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moved

actually

1

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saw

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to

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to

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for the

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time,” said Akkila. “After that,

was hooked, and

had a love for

I

hip hop ever since."

Bring a group of classmates of you can benefit

together so

all

from each

other's

studying for

wisdom while

finals.

After studying for hours, your

imagination will help

when

is

it

The 24-year-old Kitchener rapper former Conestoga College

time to plan an evening out to

general arts and sciences student

a Palestinian born in Kuwait, but

moved The

Sagittarius November 22 December 21

June 21

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While studying for finals, curb your talkative nature because

friend

when

others are studying, they

done.

don't

want someone talking

day,

in

Procrastination

not

is

your

when studying needs to be By studying a little each

you

will

cover everything and

avoid the major stress involved

their ear.

with cramming the night before.

Cancer June 22

-

December 22

open the textbook and begin to the

it

minute will not benefit you.

Patience

is

a

July 23

come

handy while studying with classmates, as all of you go over

years.

had a chance to work with emcees from Norway, from Britain, from France, and it’s really been a rewarding experience.” Akkila said he really appreciates the level of support from not only the local hip-hop community, but the

track concept album, his second.

visits

the

once

people

The self-proclaimed

hip-

“real

-

to limit

your

activities for

weeks because coming up quick and

the next couple of finals are

they will need your

full attention.

artist

has

rewards as well as its hurdles. “It’s not easy being an independ-

its

ent local artist,” he said. “You’re

your

basically

own

marketing

power.”

Underground hip-hop

when

limited

it

comes

^^ady

understand.

what

they

is

a laugh out loud

comedy for the whole family. Vaughn plays Santa’s older in Santa’s

who grew up

living

shadow.

to

promot-

Studying with friends can be a thing, but sometimes it can

delay the process of studying.

make

sure

you get

it

done,

To

try to

how

to

not drink alcohol (shisha or other-

wise).

whole family

is

evil

efficiency

When will the

crunch time rolls around screw-up Fred save or kill

Christmas? Fred Claus's plot is filled with twists and turns making it a very unusual Christmas story. The well-designed costumes and sets will

make you

While the movie

functional family.

As you laugh through the twists and turns of the plot you may be reminded of other Christmas films like A Christmas Carol and The Grinch who Stole Christmas.

depends on how the

label treats

is

definitely

worth watching, 1 would wait until it's released on video because it is not a film that needs to be seen on the big screen. I

at

would have been just

as content

home

my couch

curled up on

with a cup of hot chocolate. I rate this movie 3 out of 5

stars.

Help

l

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its

E-x-t-e-n-il-e-fl

artists.

“Some

believe you're

actually visiting the North Pole.

one eggnog happy hour. story begins to unfold as sib-

Kevin

expert,

Spacey, threatening to shut down the Christmas operation forever.

make

H-o-u-r-s

labels slave their artists.

You work

for them,

you have

to put

kind of music that they

review before meeting with the

out the

study group.

want you to put out." That is not the kind of music that he wants to make. The aspiring hip-hopper said people expect a lot from him because of his Palestinian heritage. “People want to see you get political, people want to hear something different coming from a different

Franca Maio is a second-year journalism student holding fate in the palm of her hand.

He does smoke

to listen to other

your music.” Akkila said he would like to be signed by a major label, but it

good

North Pole. fully equipped with elves, workshops, lights and Frosty's Tavern which offers two

The North Pole

The

is

artists are

a way, that’s a good thing.

people telling you

August 23 September 22

from

in

You don’t have

Virgo

your classmates while gaining

Vince Vaughn's newest movie, Fred Claus,

for

ethnicity

This funny comedy is sprinkled with morals and topped off by an

ling rivalry takes over Santa’s dys-

ple.”

“But

J«owledge

By JENN SPRAOH

his first trip to the

January 20

or

for the

the times and of the people.

“The materialism and the sexuality that you see on MTV and in mainstream rap are not really problems of hip hop itself,” said Akkila. “The problem really lies with peo-

Yasser

said.

brother Fred,

“Hip hop IS the people.”

ing their music, he said.

Your helpful nature will benefit you and the ones around you while studying. You can help

he

of hip hop are really a reflection of

February 18

one of your friends begins to feel overwhelmed by the stress of remembering all the information from the textbook.

in

awhile, said Akkila.

I

I

Comedy -

His

I

something that worked it’s been two years in the making, so I hope people will it,”

is

Akkila.

Palestinian/Arabic.

“It’s

enjoy

was released

name

His real

I

2005.

it.

Try studying for

he released The Blink

very hard on,

is

for

on Oct. 23, 2007.

1

in

Titanopolis

I

I

After a run-in with the law, Fred makes a deal with Santa and takes

Aquarius

optimism while your exams when

this,

a 16-

Behind The in 2004 and the mixtape Turn off The Media volume

global “hip-hop village” as well.

Being an independent your

Before

is

hopper” said the culture and values

22

Use

His new CD, Titanopolis,

been an seven

has 2ylite emcee/producer

“Basically,

the textbook trying to understand

August

FAST FACTS

thing.”

Hip hop is not a big giant that comes down from the mountain

in

Leo -

trait that will

shrugged his shoulders. “Sky's the limit.”

he was just 17 years old. “It’s been a blast,” he said. “I’ve

something that cuts across boundaries and borders,” he said, adding that hip-hop music and culture can connect people across the world in ways that no other

asked about his future Titan just smiled and

anything, not just politics,” he said.

1999, and began

in

Orange

at

Tha

I

and

last

over.

writing poet-

musical genre can.

-

January 19

Finals are almost here! Breathe,

plans,

I don’t want to be pigeonholed by anyone or any-

“Hip hop

Capricorn

July 22

studying because leaving

artist started

When

that limit his

as an artist.

ferent,

performing raps around 2001, when

Gemini 21

rap

and rhymes

ry

May

Gulf War was

let

Titan’s

“I'm happy to do something difand to have a message in my music, but at the same time, I want to be myself and able to rap about

is

United States shortly

to the

after the

he doesn't want to

Tha

own growth

and

celebrate the end to finals.

Monkey, Diverse,

new album, Titanopolis, is available Cadence and Encore Records

2ylite

breed of rapper,” he said.

Though he burden of

is

glad to carry the

his heritage,

Akkila said

in

the

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for the it

Another

CFL

season

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over and

Saskatchewan Roughriders

was one to remember. The Roughriders captured

their

first Grey Cup win since 1989 by edging Winnipeg Blue the Bombers 23-19 in a back and forth

battle

on Nov. 25

in

Toronto.

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