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Monday, January

39th Year

www.conestogac.on.ca/spoke

Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.

2008

7,

— No.

1

Counselling services has

much

to offer

By ELIZABETH BATE

der,

among

held

The second semester of college much more comfortable

often feels

for students than the

who began

first.

For those

year

their school

in

the

made, classrooms have been found and routines have been established. However, the fall,

friends have been

counselling office

knows

that

the

According

to

Lynn

the

at

Robbins

Conestoga,

winter months are often the

most

stressful for students.

There

two workshops

will also be

exams, April

before

14-18,

counselling office will

Winter

ties

and workshops

to help

Robbins White also says reading instituted at Ontario col-

of the

many

Robbins White

shown

studies have

that the highest first

diagnoses of

mental psychosis happens in stuin the first- and second-year

dents

leges because the winter term has

of post-secondary education.

also proven to have the highest sui-

of

among post-secondary

this

the

While reading week provides a necessary break for students, there stresses to contend with.

still

So.

how do

students cope?

The counselling

office has

some

suggestions. In the winter semester

counselling services will offer at least six workshops to help stu-

at

which

students

18-24

with

being

ence as a factor

in the

diagnoses.

students

semester.

ment with

Applieation

Through

Process,

held

The in

January, will offer help to students navigating post-secondary applications to university or other colleges.

For those students who have difwith oral presentations and public speaking, there will be a ficulty

the

do if they suspect that they have a problem? It's a as simple as talking to someone

What should

family member, faculty

You

are

highest age bracket for the onset of mental disorders, but Robbins White doesn't discount the extra stress of the post-secondary experi-

dents fight stress and will also offer relaxation sessions that will run all

Guiding

trusted friend, or

member

make an

or

appoint-

him or her doesn't prove options include bringing attention

faculty

$18,000 to help pay for and additional photos.

story

Water bottle chemical could face ban

to the

of the student's family,

members

or to a counsellor,

be able to intervene. Whether the issue is applying to

massages and a sun lamp for

4:30 p.m. Appointments can also be made at the health centre.

Monday

Health Canada research, conin 2001 determined bisphe-

By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE

ducted

helpful, it

who may

able

to Friday, 8 a. in. to

Don't allow “Pure Life,” among slogans, water bottled

other

deceive you.

Pure,

unadulterated

may not be all you suming when drinking

water

re

con-

out

of

reused bottles. Health Canada stud-

have indicated. Bisphenol A, a synthetic chemical compound used in the manuies

facturing of polycarbonate-plastic water bottles, baby bottles and the

inner resin linings of food cans, has been found to leech into the the Consequently, contents.

McGuinty government

is

looking

into whether the chemical should be used. According to a Nov. 21 article in The Record. McGuinty had spoken

with experts and concerned

citi-

zens about a potential ban of the chemical, an alleged endocrine (hormonal) disruptor that has been linked to cancer in adults

sumed

in

it

con-

excess.

media relations Health Canada, said cur-

Rathwell.

Joey

officer for

rent data indicates the daily ingestion of bisphenol

aging (Photo by Leanne Mountford)

is

though

A

via food pack-

within the tolerable limit, varies by individual it

usage.

Remembering Nathan Lavoie Doon campus on management student,

flown at half-mast at the

The college flag was Nov. 29 and 30 in remembrance

of culinary

Nathan Lavoie, who died on Nov. 24.

good cause

one of their own on Help Dany Day. The one day blitz raised over Conestoga student Dany Mercado’s bone marrow transplant. See Page 5 for

of students pulled for

a counsellor or physician.

students suspect a friend may be having problems and talking to

school or something much more serious, counselling staff are avail-

dents with seasonal affective disor-

Pulling together for a Thousands

If

performance anxiety group (dates to be announced). Beat the Blues week, featuring stu-

(Photo by Charlotte Prong ParkhiH)

Much

thought to have to do with

is

age

enrolled,

students.

are

a

combat

In addition to the stresses

winter semester, says that

rate

the

become

the stresses of studying.

of any semester.

cide

final

exams in April. S.O.S, or Success Over Stress will offer students stress busters during exam week, April 21-26, 2008. The week

term has the highest drop-out rate

week was

during

for students

offered

Stress Free Zone, offering activi-

winter term can be the hardest.

White, a counsellor

other activities will be

mid-February.

in

“Health effects for any substance depend on the amount of exposure and how that exposure occurs." she said.

nol in

.

A safe for consumption, except instances of extreme use, where

pose health risks. The conditions of proper use, however, are not clearly stated on the bureau's it

may

Canada

Health

said

Rathwell

intends to conduct further assessments of the chemical through a

governmentally-orchestrated

chal-

lenge.

website, though exceeding singular use of a product containing this

"A re-assessment of (bisphenol A) exposure w ill be conducted following receipt of any new information submitted by industry in

such as water bottles,

response to the government's chal-

chemical,

may

contribute to increased expo-

sure. In layman's terms, heed water bottle use as intended: for one use

lenge

under

Management Rathwell prised of

only.

Second-year accounting student Kelley said she consumes about two bottles of water a day and avoids refilling them. She said, however, her practice doesn't

Amber

reflect that

of most of her peers.

know do

“A lot of people them.” she said. "But I've heard you (shouldn't) because they re I

porous, whereas glass

When

informed

refill

ot

risks,

the

including potential links to infertility in women as well as breast cancer. Kelley said she would stop

said

200

the

plan,

com-

potentially harmful

substances, requires industrial and civil refute and/or confirmation of

harmful characteristics as well as demonstration of protected human health and environment through substance management. Health Canada is required

government by May 2008 of McGuinty's initiative toward Ontario becoming the first Canadian province to ban bisphe-

Liberal

part

nol A. "If the information (in the assesssafe

buying bottled water if research lends greater credence to such alle-

ment plan) doesn't indicate

gations.

the

"More research they

that

find

is

needed and

there's

it

enough

(bisphenol A) to have these effects, they should ban bottled water or find another if

we have

said.

way

to

to bottle

go back

it.

(even)

to glass,

she

to

report acquired findings back to the

as

is not.'

Chemicals

the

Plan." she said.

management

(of bisphenol A), then

government w

take the neces-

ill

sary steps to ensure that protection." said Rathwell.

For more information about bisphenol A. consumer product safety

and

Management

the

Chemicals

Plan.

www.healthcanada.gc.ca.

visit


— SPOKE, January

Page 2

Now

7,

News

2008

BY MARCIA LOVE

Conestoga College

...with

questions answered

would you do

New

Every

a friend

it

a

why

improve

Year's

some

signifi-

weight, most of us have attempted

seemingly

the

New

one

least

impossible

at

Year's.

The sad news

birthday.”

for

that

is

most of us

promises to ourselves.

Only about 20 per cent of those

Collins,

who make

first-year i

-t

“How

the

fire

ground

professional but really

funny as

well.”

mak-

following

the

until

a never-ending cycle of bro-

ken promises that part

we

-

This

make

learn

is

a

from.

why none of

New

most

for the

-

little

Year's resolution this

any year for that matter. That's right, am proposing a boycott on New Year's resolutions.

What good has ever come of them anyway? For many of us, the answer is nothing.

find our resolution to be

to

Year's resolu-

tions for the past seven years with

no positive

results.

1

to

overcome my

slight-

Yet everyday

same

wake up

1

to the

perfectly colour co-ordinated

and find myself washing hands about 30 times a day.

closet,

my

make

the

up

for failure?

me

Don't get ing

wrong, I'm not say-

resolutions are useless.

all

are

great

a

all

way

to

change your life for the better. But the truth is there is a time for everything, and Jan. may not be the day for everyone to kick a bad habit.

You may even

require

outside

help to assist you in a resolution.

Popular resolutions such as getting out of debt or quitting drink-

ing are harder to accomplish with-

out the encouragement of counsel-

consultants

or

support

So take your time and

don't rush

groups.

something if you're not feeling completely ready to resolve an issue.

ple

who

to find peo-

willing

are

to

support

you.

When you that

not the worst situation to be

It's

could

set yourself

You may need time

obsessive-compulsive nature.

ly

1

into

have made numerous attempts

1

every Jan.

if

little bit.

you're not ready to

If

lors,

New

a

1

us should

year, or

have made

would be nice

it

down

it

They

year.

I

accomplish than we thought it would be, so we eventually give up on it. Accepting this defeat is all the more discouraging. Smokers ask themselves if they harder

were

instructors

resolutions are actually

By February, most of us will have broken 90 per cent of the resolutions we've made.

We may

a

but

tone

commitment, why

us forget about

ing decisions

able to keep them.

ididhood education

never lead

lifestyle.

1

not follow through with our

will

in,

con-

to the

ing any resolutions or life-chang-

It's

Whether it is the promise to quit smoking, get a better education or the ever popular oath to lose

quit.

come

will

fit

So most of

Eve thousands

their life in

they

healthy and

cant way.

of the past year?

ear!

clusion

to yourself?

of people make the commitment to

What was your favourite memory

Keshia

be able to

will ever

promise you couldn't keep, so

by random students

“My 19th

year, relax

Inactive people

You wouldn't make

Random

new

a

It’s

deep thoughts

much

are ready,

it

will be

easier to achieve your

goal.

Jordan Pereira,

p re -sen ice

Tips for procrastinators

firefighting

By JOSHUA KHAN

she

"Time management is when you organize your

said.

important;

“Going clubbing

The

couple of months of colrenowned for making new friends and everlasting memories, as well as lots of partying. However, students should start cracking open books rather than kegs. Students in their final four months of their program must get serious first

lege are

in

Toronto.”

Angela Onn, first-year ear!\

childhood education

and

pass with flying colours.

try to

Diplomas

are

and

reach

in

it's

crunch-time.

wee hours of the morning, how can student

prepared for the upcoming new classes and assignments? a

get

Joy Tomasevic, the learning

Cody Boyne,

adviser

pre -sen 'ice

great ideas.

firefighting

you have

"When

it

ers," she said.

ferent perception

She said one example of a system reading and studying class textbooks every week. "When you use a system, you

tion they receive."

is

don’t find yourself

cramming when

She said partying every other day, all the time or even working every hour of the day won't help your memory in regards to studying. "You have to have a good mix of studying

schoolwork,

Tomasevic also said studying

comes

to

to

has

some

you're

system.

be really prepared,"

the college,

at

better.

Tomasevic said the best way to make your life easier is to create a

and study time," she said. "A student should do things they want but also do things they need to do."

skills

and classmates can

friends

help you understand class material

"When

up."

exams come around.

In addition to studying until the

“Spending summer up north fishing.”

assignments, your marks will go

with

leisure time

studying

a

as

group, you're actually teaching oth-

One key

"Everyone has a difon the informa-

tip

out was that

if

Tomasevic pointed you study for small

periods of time throughout the week, you're more likely to do better on a test or exam.

"A person's memory is way when it comes

that ing.

much

Plus

it

stress

doesn't if

just built to study-

give you

you were

as

to just

study the night before."

So don't pop your party balloons Students can

just yet.

still

have

fun while attending college, there just has to be

work

some time

for

home-

too.

Keep those promises By HIEN DINH

cessful

..."

The

“Vacationing

in

Cuba!!!”

Keesha Na/vsnyk, first-war eariy-chiidhood education

start

of a new year brings

who want

hope

for those

their

bad habits.

to break

The concept of New Year's resolutions doesn't seem to have a specific origin but human beings naturally make goals because we constantly strive to

do

better.

Andrew Vint, a first-year business management student, believes people

fail

their

at

resolutions

because of laziness.

“Joining the firefighting

"It's

program.” Bengt Nyman, pre-sen ice firefighting

just easier to fall

bad habits," he

said.

back into

"Some

resolu-

how

to

go about

that.

Joan Magazine, another counsellor at Conestoga, said taking small, slow baby steps is the best way to achieve goals.

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Brenda Sandham, a counsellor at Conestoga College, said the idea of

want immediately (because) it's often a slow process. They need to

Year's resolutions give people

a sense of purpose for the

gives a sense of a

"(However)

I

new

year.

new beginning.

believe that people

set their expectations too high," she

said.

"They say

(to

themselves),

"OK, for the new year I'm going to do this and I'm going to be suc-

have a that

out:

to achieve.

"(People

they can't achieve everything they

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"Tell the supportive people around you what your goals are for this new year," said Magazine. "They can help you make doable choices.”

tions are often unrealistic as well."

It

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doing

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church

but they don't have a

realistic plan as to

realistic

process

expectation of what

is."

According

to

the

Associated

Content, an online media

company

that provides

information to consumers, the top three resolutions are generally to quit

smoking,

lose weight and to quit drinking.

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News

Winter driving

SPOKE, January

Fiction

safety kits

By KERRY REED Filling the bookshelf proved to be

an easy

a major benefit

task

ALLWOOD

Conestoga Students

trucks think they

have winter

Imagine driving down the road in the winter when all of a sudden your car hits a patch of ice and

slides.

it

The first way to avoid this is to make sure at the first sign of winter to have snow tires installed on your vehicle. Regular tires just won't do.

Simon

Patterson, an automotive

representative says there

Canadian Tire, between

at

a difference

is

all-seasons and winter "It

the

is

"Winter a

of the

Patterson,

tire

adding,

made of compound, and

stickier

whole purpose,

the

do not need to because they have and a 4x4 vehicle,

terrain tires

however, whether you drive

Patterson says every vehicle will have improved stability and handling with winter tires.

going

still

from the

better traction

they'll

he says.

you find yourself stuck in a ditch, what should you do? Hopefully you have a safety kit, which are sold at many places. The Canadian Automobile Association's

(CAA)

website has a

stick to the road better.”

you should have

With all-season tires you are able to keep the tires on most of the year however, with winter tires yo’u have to remove them after the last snow-

survival kit for both inside the car

in

fall

spring.

Patterson says because of the tires

being

made of the

sticky

compound

the dry roads in spring will

out

tires

Some

much

wear

the

faster than usual.

people

who

drive

large

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things

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Traction mats

prepare for the weather.

I

Compass

the trunk

and

following items:

Many

drivers on the road aren

Conestoga has crowned Hero, and

Warning

I

Emergency food pack

I

Booster cables

drivers stuck in a ditch or in an

I

Road maps

accident.

Matches and a “survival” candle in a deep can (to

warm

These precautions may be costly but in the long run

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in the

winter

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line

do

Another campaign also

at

LRC

the

successful.

Approximately 60 students took' advantage of a Food for Fines campaign. saving $430 in the process. "It was very worthwhile for the students who brought in food items,” said Schneider. "Within the first

week of the campaign

the

LRC

paign.”

Some

students brought in food because they wanted to donate the campaign, said Schneider.

just to

“The students themselves have been incredibly generous and the LRC plans on undertaking the initiative attain next year."

a

is

its

Guitar

Jeff Dorak.

Dorak beat out opponents to win a $100 gift certificate for EB Games. Shawn Hillier came in second and walked away with a $50

little

may pay some-

is

it

I

1

gift certificate.

Dorak and Hillier were originally going to travel to Fanshawe College with other finalists Peter Knowles, Jarod Henderson and Srdjan Kokotovich to take on the winners of their competition. Due to the weather in both areas, the battle

between

the

(Photo by John Lintey)

from Conestoga’s Guitar Hero tournament pose with CSI director Will Pham. Jeff Dorak, second from left, was the EB champion, taking away a trophy and a $100 gift certificate for

The

finalists

Games.

two schools

including won. has s Guitar Hero 80s com-

was cancelled. CSI event programmer Lindsay

and those with the highest combined scores would move on to the

Dorak

Silva said they decided to hold the

next round.

petition earlier in

don't forget to practise kindIf

prepared

being

reduce the ness.

everyone."

200 pounds of food for CSI Cares Food Drive. "In total we raised 400 pounds of food throughout the entire cam-

should

but

And

something for

28.

are hesitant to

many people

thing

the

is

The third-year software engineering technology student won the title at the college's first Guitar Hero competition on Nov.

t

I

I

raised over

she said. “There

By JOHN LINLEY

run.

prepared for the winter and many times you will see some of those

light or road flares

I

how

has

College guitar hero crowned

website suggests just

I

kit in

sure you include the

collection

grown tremendously, especially series by the same author,"

cell-

checks on your battery, system, lights, brakes, exhaust system, heating and cooling system, windshield wipers and washer fluid. As the driver, you should also

Keep one

already had 100 books.

very excited arid surprised

campaign took off.” CSI did an amazing job with the campaign, said Linda Schneider.

ignition

make

said.

well this

before winter hits you take your car in

we

he

I

Sue Czubak, Linda Schneider and Susan Lee show food collected during the Food For Fines campaign,

staff at the college.

which include such

blankets,

CAA

our goal," she

“After four days of running this cam-

phone and shovels. Winter tires and car safety kits are only two ways of keeping yourself safe in your vehicle this winter. Keeping your car in good running condition can also help you keep safe on the roads says CAA.

The

pro-

from

was

"We exceeded

an emergency

in

LRC's @ease

dent of CSI.

of what

list

to the

a

gram. CSI's goal was to get 100 books during the period of Nov. 15 to Dec. 12. said Roxy Stanciu, presi-

to get the

tire,”

tures a collection of gently

donated

a four-wheel drive

is

it

Most of the books in the @ease program, which feaused paperback books, came

up

shelves

with the students."

stu-

fill

risk.

you see someone stuck, it is pushing

someone out of a pile of snow or lending them a cellphone to call for help. For more information on staying

CAA's

safe

— Page 3

2008

manager of the LRC. "They have brought in more than double the amount of books we originally hoped for,” said Schneider. “A lot of the books are pretty popular

bookshelf located in CSI’s office with gently used paperback books, which then were

dents to

needed.

“Even if truck you are

students

The program encouraged

a big

truck or a small car, winter tires are still

worked

Inc.

management

to hold a Fill the Bookshelf campaign in association with the Learning Resource Centre.

tires

If

tires are typically

softer,

that’s

compound

says

itself.”

tires.

all

stu-

dents.

with project

By JACKIE

Conestoga

for

LRC

fills

7,

winter,

this

visit

website, www.caa.ca, and

follow the links.

number of

competition after a dents asked about one.

"We had a lot of students come and ask about it, so there was demand for it.” she said. The tournament was set up

a

Despite his success. Dorak will

were completely random, and the players played on the hard and

continue perfecting his game. look forward to beating "I

expert difficulty levels. competitors, only Out of the

Through

one female entered the tourna-

the

1

in a

head-to-head battle format, so each competitor would play two songs

November.

The song choices and match-ups

stu-

in

Conestoga

1

ment.

This

is

the third competition that

the Fire and Flames b\ Dragonforce." he said, referring to

most difficult song in the newest edition of the Guitar Hero series.

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Page 4

Commentary

2008

7,

The good,

the bad

and the upcoming If

you are

a sports fan,

2007 brought some good news and some bad

news.

The Kitchener Rangers presented 2008

announced

tee

nament

in Jr.

that the

A

Memorial Cup bid to the May 9 the commit-

their

committee on April

site selection

18,

and on

Rangers would host the most significant tour-

hockey.

tremendous achievement for the Rangers and for the people of the Kitchener- Waterloo area, with the Memorial Cup taking place in This

May

is

a

2008.

The fans deserve this, since they not only support Jr. A but all levels of hockey. With the Rangers leading the OHL so far this year, they should have a legitimate chance at winning the Memorial Cup in front

home

of their

fans.

Kitchener knocked out bids from four other teams including their

London Knights and John Tavares, and

the

rivals,

Oshawa

the

Generals.

Ontario, but failed due to Balsillie.

who

centres around billionaire Jim Balsillie.

The bad news

perately tried to bring a National

made an

some poor business $175 million

offer of

and then

earlier this year

Hockey League team decisions.

to the Pittsburgh

$220 million

later offered

so des-

southern

to

to the

Penguins Nashville

Predators.

Because he wanted a team

in

southern Ontario and the

NHL wanted NHL team.

both teams to stay put, Balsillie lost his chance at buying a

His unusual strategy of selling Predator tickets

in

Canada even

team agitated many of the NHL’s owners as commissioner Gary Bettman who clearly stated that he wanted

own

though he didn't well as

the

Kids need boundaries

both teams to stay where they are. be interesting to see what 2008 holds.

will

It

look forward to

Athens

In

in

the Beijing

is

2004, Canada

One

thing

won

medals —

12

to

at the

Games.

Everyone is hoping for better results in 2008, with both the federal and provincial governments offering more financial help to attain better results. In Ontario, a Quest for Gold lottery helps amateur athletes, with approximately 1.400 having benefited since 2006. Ail profits from the sale of these lottery tickets are distributed by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion to support amateur ath-

and the ministry's overall

letes

ACTIVE2010. The proceeds go

Healthier Ontarians

to the athletes to help

ue their pursuit of athletic excellence al

at the

and international competition while

strategy,

them: contin-

highest levels of nation-

fulfilling their educational

goals; increase athletes' access to high performance coaching; and to

enhance training and competitive opportunities available

to

athletes.

British

Columbia has a similar

On

federal

a

level,

lottery.

Canadian Olympic Committee recently

the

launched a money-for-medals program, officially known as the Athlete Excellence Fund, which will pay $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver

and $10,000 for bronze, starting in Beijing. There will also be $5,000 payouts for top-five and top-four finishes at world championships in the three-year buildup to each Olympics as well.

formances about.

bode well for Canadian

strategies

Go

in the future. In turn,

athletes,

Canadians

will

and for

their per-

have more

to

cheer

Canada!

uncomfortable silence. Besides having your mom drive you. what is wrong with this picture? Oh, the changing times or

parents living vicariously through their children but there is

When

date and then

1

I

their child but

A

children

experience

few

that should wait a

child shouldn’t be expect-

to

when

is

best for

that decision

means an eight-year-old is playing Grand Theft Auto and Halo then someone’s

made an

error in

judgment. 1

think that as our generation gets

ed to make informed, logical deci-

and driving away

sions.

should keep

to

are not miniature versions of them-

I

begin to have

They shouldn’t be expected bear the same responsibility we

some misgivings. Some would we coddle our children too much but from what I’ve seen

ourselves have.

enough coddling,

served alcohol

argue that

there hasn’t been let

alone thought going into raising

our kids. I

was

that age,

my

parents

came with me

to the

date at that age

was out of the ques-

movies and a

A

never went to the mall alone and

becomes parents they in mind that children

older and

selves.

friend of the family recently at

her son’s

15th

Parents need to stop trying to be cool, stop trying to be their kid’s

birthday party. Beside the fact that

best friend and start doing their

she broke the law, she also stopped

job.

being a parent. There

is

a time and

place for everything. Part of the fun

of growing up

is

being able to

try

you weren't allowed to before. Childhood doesn’t last long things that

When shook

I

turned 20,

their

my

parents

heads and wondered

where the time had gone. Maybe it’s

time for some

to

slow down and

enjoy being parents.

Spoke

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Thanks

SPOKE, January

7,

2008

— Page 5

for pulling

for me’ By CHARLOTTE PRONG PARKHILL

in less

than 24 hours.

awarded

T-shirts

The team was Dany had

that

signed personally, saying “Thanks

S

I

even thousand pulling for one. That was the theme of

Help Dany Day fundraiser and truck pull at Conestoga College Nov. 27. Seven thousand students pulling for one of their own, who desperately needs their help. The one-day blitz netted over $1 8,000. and donations are still coming in. Dany Mercado is a Conestoga the

who

student

fighting for his life

is

A

parent,

at

at

the

he

feel

over-

“But

with everybody's support we can keep going - we can have hope.” Volunteer and Conestoga gradu-

Dany.

army of cheerful volunteers and Mercado friends and family members descended on Conestoga to begin

we

times

whelmed.”

to save his life.

27, a small

prevailed

which brought in a total of $6,400 in donations. Luis Mercado, Dany's father, stressed that Help Dany Day was about more than just raising money. “As a

collecting

So on Nov.

mood

jubilant

truck pull,

Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, where he is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia. Dany's doctors believe he needs a bone marrow transplant, and soon, at

(Photos by Charlotte Prong Parkhitt) Kitchener firefighters organized a truck pull for Help Dany Day, and teams raised over $6,000 in pledges. Dany's father, Luis Mercado, below right, collected donations from students and faculty.

for pulling for me.”

ate Levi ily

Hesch

friend

who

said.

a

is

Mercado fam-

spent several hours

donations near Tim Hortons. “He's just a very genuine, very nice guy,” he said of

Karen Oullette worked with her

Dany summer in

agrees. last

Conestoga's mechanical tool room, but he also worked two jobs in the raising the necessary funds for evening at group homes for develDany to get his transplant in the opmentally challenged young United “He's States. adults. OHIP covers selfless,” very “With everybody’s said. bone Oullette marrow transplants

if

support, we can keep can have going. hope.”

the

We

an exact match, but no such donor has

Litis Mercado,

been found for Dany. He can get a mismatch bone

marrow

Dany ’sfather

mismatch transbone mar-

plant, the recipient gets

from

the

possible

closest

match. The procedure will cost the Mercado family $200,000. Kitchener firefighters got into the act

by organizing a truck

front of the college.

pull

Teams of

12 people collected

in

10 to

pledges and

were timed as they pulled Pumper 7 down the main driveway in front of Door 2. Hundreds of people cheered the teams on.

A

group of

first-year pre-service

in

the

Student Life Centre atrium, it was revealed that with a $3,000 donation from CSI and further donations total

on the Help Dany website, a of $18,500 had been raised.

Dany's younger sister Stephany thanked the crowd for their support. “You could have just given your money to Tim Hortons, but you helped us,” she said. “That

means a lot to us." Luis Mercado agreed. "On behalf of the family. I'm so grateful to all the students,” he said. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Steve

Pederson.

to raise

over $500

match.ca.

beat police foundations!" said

team member They managed

At the formal cheque presenta-

You can donate to the Dany Mercado Foundation at www.helpdany.com. Learn more about the bone marrow' registry at www.one-

had the fastest time. "Just make sure you mention firefighter students

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rather for others than ever worry about himself."

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transplant at a hospital in

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row

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— SPOKE, January

Page 6

7,

Feature

2008

is

a portrait of just

of

many orphaned

This

one

children

in Africa.

Because

of the devastating effects of

AIDS, many parents

of

children are dying young,

leading to

many

“child-

headed” households. The photo was on display as part of World Vision’s One Life

Experience, held at

the Kitchener Farmer’s Market from Nov. 29 to

Dec.

One

9.

Experience a tour de force

Life

By WEI-LON LEE

gles for life and death,” said the area dentist. "They really

tew mud bricks, two dirty blankets and a few half-broken bowls and plates are

have to fight to survive.” Fleming, who went to Rwanda this past summer with his daughter on a volunteer trip, said although he is a demist by profession, he

K-W

A

thatched

roof,

a

the only worldly possessions that she has. She lives with her father and mother and her five sisters in a tiny hut. ling,

She has already lost one to AIDS and her youngest

sibsis-

has just tested positive for the

ter

HIV virus. Though life

is

tough for her and

her siblings, the Malawian

girl

is

attends always and church, which is providing her with

studious

an education.

This

is

the story of Olivia.

not need to go to the

One does city of

Nthondo

in

Malawi, Africa

go

to

this

summer

human

being,”

Rwanda

as one.

went there

"I

as a

he said.

As you walk through

monplace in Africa; virgin rape. Olivia was the victim of one of Africa’s most common misconceptions about AIDS; that having sexual intercourse with a virgin would Another misconception which

AIDS in Africa AIDS because

to endure.

their lifestyles or sexual

just

one among

900,000 Malawians who suffers from HIV/AIDS. Through a captivating audio tour and powerful, real-life imagery, you could experience the impact of HIV and AIDS by stepping into the life of a real child at World Vision’s

One

Life Experience held at the

Kitchener Farmer’s Market Nov. 29 through Dec. 9.

"This experience, really

this

from

forefront of

tour

is

what

reality

is in

many

Arnold Fleming, a volunteer with World

African

countries,’’

said

And

reality really hits you, hard.

In a

country with more than 12 people, Malawi has over

million

half of their population living in abject poverty.

dren have

lost

Over 500,000 chilone or both parents

AIDS. But

it

statistics,

ally

one thing to read about and quite another to actu-

is

experience

And

it.

experience is something that in abundance.

Fleming has

"Their daily lives are really strug-

forming voodoo traditional

rituals

masks and

using prayers.

is

is

of

promiscu-

ity-

becomes known in the that you have contractHIV virus, it’s like you have

“When

it

community ed the

said

leprosy,”

would want

Fleming.

to associate

“No one with you.”

World Vision myths and misconceptions and to overcome stigindifference and denial ma,

One of

is

the goals of

to dispel

these

AIDS

Houses in reeds and

African villages are tree

made

mostly from

branches with a thatched

mud

bricks,

roof.

Photos by Wei-Lon Lee

victims.

World Vision also provides local communities with technical expertise,

teaching rudimentary irrigation

techniques and training ical

new med-

personnel.

"We do

Vision.

to

that people get

towards

designed to bring you to the

Many Africans still believe that AIDS could be cured by per-

cure the disease. associated with

is

Olivia’s

world, you soon find out about the tragedy which has become so com-

to meet Olivia, or to appreciate the kind of hardships that she has had

Olivia's story

'

didn’t

all this in

consultation with

community leaders,” said Fleming. The time spent in Rwanda has been very rewarding, he

said.

"To see the grateful and smiling faces of these hard-working people

This

and knowing you’re making a difference in the world is rewarding enough," said Fleming. If

you would

like to find out

a portrait of Olivia on

One

Life

Experience held

at

the Kitchener Farmer’s Market.

more

Olivia was just 17 years old when she became a victim of

about World Vision Canada, or about their child sponsorship programs,

you can visit www.worldvision.ca for more information.

is

display at the World Vision's

This

is

often

how

a victim of

erished, alone, forgotten.

AIDS would end up

in

Africa;

impov-

a consequence misconceptions about AIDS.

“virgin rape,”

of


News

SPOKE, January

7,

2008

— Page 7

Beat weight loss burn-out Trainer says nutrition Libra

MARKO

By JENNIFER

September 23 October 22

During the holidays most of us more than usual and get little

exercise because of the cold weath-

long run. During this semester,

semester off on the right

try to get

foot.

Procrastination only hurts in the

ahead of the game and

try to stay there.

This results in weight gain. However, if you would like to lose a few pounds alter the holiday season you should not rush into it. er.

Calberry, senior level trainer

Bill

Goodlife Fitness at 589 Fairway Rd. S., Kitchener, said the club

at

Taurus April 20

May

-

usually sees an increase in

Scorpio 20

October 23

November

week and

berships a

-

weeks

21

memtwo

a half to

after the holidays.

gets so busy because people

“It

make New

Year’s

resolutions

to

lose weight," he said.

You

are a comfort-seeker,

during

challenge

semester,

this

yourself to

your comfort

leave

Use your passion

hut

zone.

for the field

why

you’ve chosen to remind you

program when you're feeling overwhelmed this you picked

that

and female members

stresses

should

May

You

new new

21

Sagittarius

June 21

-

November 22 December 2

Try to

are adaptable, so with the

timetable and possibly a few teachers,

you

have no with the

will

moving

problem

A

talk less

is

right into a routine.

depends on prior

BY FRANCA MAIO

Capricorn December 22

July 22

-

January 19

chances

Your responsible nature will help you stay on track and get your homework done. Try to persuade a procrastinating friend to do the

that box.

same.

semester

means new

beginnings. The beginning of a

new

means more semester to push yourself out of

YAl

-

January 20

-T

22

Your optimistic outlook helps

Use

your friends and yourself start the new' semester with tons of

new

energy.

year

:

Tm

this new'

“People

force,” said Calberry.

up because they made a resolution, but they soon get tired and burn out.” revved

all

who

Calberry said members

join

because they want to lose weight to complete their resolution usually

“I think

dent’

it

is

I

regular ‘stu“If

can find the time (and

money) to eat one small meal a which usually consists of some form of deep-frying and lots the

day,

of cheese.”

She said

on bipayments

my

Kalbfleisch.

said

if

that

does not make her

runs

gain weight then a well-balanced

monthly more affordable than

meal of turkey, potatoes, stuffing and various other vegetables will

Fitness

and

because

diet,”

I’m lucky

quit after three to four weeks.

Goodlife

holiday foods are actual-

a step up from

ly

not

full year.

to

good

harm her much.

health

association,

adding milk, honey or sugar tea

not take

will

said

She added she also drinks

it

will

Amanda

your

to

away from

the

LASA

Warren,

add calories

a

first-year

aware of

is

benefits of tea.

am aware

“I

tea

or a cold.

student, said she

some of the

antioxidant properties of the tea.

“However,

when she has a cough

that

it

is

the better

to reduce the risk of cancer, stroke

and heart disease. Researchers are

teas

she drinks are green and oolong. She believes green tea helps

childhood education student, said she drinks Tetley at least once a day.

people lose weight.

usually after school.

look

to

possible

into

beneficial qualities of tea.

According

to

association,

the

there are three types of tea.

black

tea,

includes

The

Earl

first,

gray,

sencha dancha

According

website, tea might also help reduce the risk of kidney stones, strengthen

bones and teeth Kirk,

tries to

is

told

tea

that

now whenever she

stressed she has a cup of tea

and

she

a first-year early

Allbright said in the past research has been done mostly on green tea, but as new research is done on black

childhood education student, said she

reduces stress, so

and your immune

system. Jessica

She said she was

to the tea association’s

drink tea twice a

and she likes peppermint

week

is

fine.

tea, the results are that

some of the same

tea.

black tea has

health benefits.

-

semester to

make

COUNSELLOR’S CORNER;

Goal-Setting

on top of assign-

ments and have fun before the

* 0th t's Year's resolutions that generally didn't last past January heights and new achieve that fresh feeling of having a chance to solve problems are often challenges that encourages us to set goals As the new year begins we failures resolution past despite change, excited wTh our good intentions for positive I

done.

Pisces

Virgo

people

into exercise with

February 18

friends, stay

is

jump

just

caffeine over coffee,” she said. She drinks mostly orange pekoe and will stick to tea over coffee. Shazia Yousaf, a first-year early

and hojicha. The third type is oolong and includes formosa oolong, ti kuan yin and pu-erh.

August

full

mistake

biggest to

is

any other dinner. If I’m hungry I’ll eat more, if I’m not, I won’t,” said Molyneaux. like

otherwise, tea does not have.” she said. Sunny Cheng, a first-year general business student, said the types of

English breakfast and Irish breakfast. The second type, green tea,

Leo July 23

“The make is

at all.

“For me, Christmas dinner

which,

includes jasmine,

P.MI

weight

Kelly Allbright, assistant to the

The answer is tea. According to the Tea Association of Canada’s website (www.tea.ca), tea has antioxidants which may help

continuing

A new

regular eating patterns.

president of the

stones?

-

more likely to gain the weight back when you go back to your

Brenlynn Molyneaux, a 2007 Conestoga College graduate, said she does not worry about her

are

an ode

What can warm you up on a cold day and possibly help lower high cholesterol and prevent kidney

Cancer

He wants everyone to know that is not the way to go as you

dieting

days.

good, but

sometimes it is best to stay quiet and concentrate on homework.

change.

June 22

ously.”

paying a

Tea:

it

To join Goodlife you can pay by any method you choose. However, not everyone feels the need to lose weight after the holi-

consult their doctor, but younger

activity

the industry’s doing

Calberry said nutrition is the most important aspect to losing weight any time of the year. “If you get your nutrition right you will burn more calories and will be able to exercise more vigor-

weekly

and work more.

nature

talkative

-

jump

not everyone

that

how

“It’s

these days,” he said.

and your health," he said. “People in their 50s and 60s might want to “It

Gemini

men

than

tend to get personal trainers.

He

semester.

roughly

is

women

post-holiday weight loss

where they are physically.”

are

Calberry said the number of male even, but more

to

people have better knowledge of

eat

Your energetic personality gives you the attitude that will start your

key

is

used

to

make New

my New a workshop about change helped me to recognize why goals smaller needed motivation more need didn't Year's resolutions never worked steps manageable easily into organized to be needed goals or as least my long-term get a A’s Many of us tend to set goals that may be out of reach Th s semester first dsappoinring the when powerless even frustrated feel let down As a result we My experience

at

i

f

February 19

August 23 September 22

March 20

I’ll

i

i

Try to pull away from your timid nature and introduce yourself to

someone new during

semester.

this

Pull

yourself out of that shy

new year and try to meet some new people, see new places and enjoy the new year.

shell this

grade appeam instead, a long-term goal, such as

"I

want my grades

to

improve

this

semester

i$

more

classes with on y attainable A step-by-step approach m ght include attending pnor to class, and reading textbook sickness as an exception staying ahead by doing latter are smaller The tutor peer seeking help when necessary from faculty or a marks higher to lead achievable goals that will almost assuredly all

Franca Maio

is

a second-year

journalism student holding fate in the palm of her hand.

Failure saps Set goals for yourseT that are realistic achievable and measurable *-o r go a sett-., motivation and confidence bunds Success confidence and motivation or any other assistance see a counsel or in Counsel mg Servces

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