looking for other things to do.
perform physical exercises aimed at
The Clemens Report
improving health and
Baseball’s hottest pitcher gets caught up
and they told
most Conestoga students were hopping on buses and Jan. 7,
into cars to get to the college for (heir Hi
second-year mechanical engineering-design and analysis co-op student, this semester will start a little farther from home. Wawzonek started his second co-op term in Germany at Magna, a
said he doesn't
what he will be doing besides some benchmarking, which is a used
aspects of performance, and
research and development.
worked in of Magna,
Modatek Systems, with
some other co-op students. He said he wanted to do his
co-op term abroad while be was in Milton, so he asked coworkers for recommendations and someone said he should try for a
position in Austria. "I said
to talk to the sec-
Amsterdam, and just
and talked to her and she said she’d set me up with what she could.” said he didn't hear anything
from her for a long time so he kept pushing and e-mailing and finally got
back for a long time for
view and this isn’t
thought, oh no,
going to work out and
started searching for another
finally received an e-mail ask-
ing him if he wanted to go to Germany. “1 was nervous, I was like WOW, this is real now. all 1 have to do is click confirm, and away I go for .
Stone software to help him learn but he didn’t have time to use it. “I’ve been so busy, with Christmas and other stuff going on,*' be said, adding, ‘‘I’m just going to throw myself into it and
While Wawzonek is there he said he would like to do some out check snowboarding,
four hours that
you can go
to 10 dif-
looking forward to
live in the
Netherlands and one of his friends
from home may fly over to visit him and have some fun. He said he would like to travel for his final co-op term and doesn’t
think he will stick to the
explore more than automotive and take the
if I just
myself short from
thing that selling
opportunities that are out there.” said he spent six to 10 hours
pushing to get this opportunity of a lifetime, and one of the main things he had to do was keep e-mailing. “I followed up and followed up, you know that’s how you have to
do it,” said Wawzonek. “You have to just keep following up on this stuff and eventually people are going to get tired of you bothering them and they are going to give you what you want."
Make a Making
a difference in your
munity can be easier and
thanks to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kitchener-Waterloo and
which allows college and
their time to truly
in a child’s life.
"There are three different pro-
grams students can volunteer for," said Alaina Holman, the volunteer and community relations co-ordiof
"The programs we offer
In-School mentoring program. GoGirls mentors and Big Bunch programs. "The majority of our in-school volunteers are college and universi-
The In-School mentoring gram allows volunteers to go
elementary school (ranging
from kindergarten to Grade 6) and provide mentoring to a child. “This program is excellent tor students because they do not have to
Enjoy a free skate Two-year-old Keenan Hack gets a helping hand from
to giving a lot of their
time” said Holman. Each volunteer goes to an elementary school once a week tor an hour for a minimum time period of
need of academic help, sometimes they just need a friend to talk to in a supportive environment." she said.
Lynsey Meikle, a second-year student
Conestoga with the
program by the school. “The children are not always
25 years old." said
love volunteering in the In-
for a semester of the school
The Big Bunch group runs from
tinue volunteering throughout the
three to four
hours every second week on one
leaders must be at least 18
years old and have access to a car
Elementary School in have been with the I
because they are responsible for
and September to December. A full group consists of five leaders and lo kids. The Big Bunch leaders
motes a healthy, active and balanced lifestyle for the young girls in the program. Volunteers commit to tw o hours a
January to April,
Holman. The program supports and
School program." said Meikle. "The program is only one hour and I can give that time to someone who needs it." Meikle started volunteering with BBBS one summer in the Big Bunch program and wanted to con-
such as swimming, bowl-
ing and craft sessions.
needs a friend because he does not have a lot of positive encouragement coming from his
have so much fun together
playing games and
him being happy." she
If you want further information on BBBS of Kitchener-Waterloo. check out bbbskw.org or contact email@example.com for volunteer
The Go-Girls mentor program two female volunteers to co-facilitate a group for girls ages requires
best relate to the pre-teens and
young teenagers which
organization and you have a
while skating on the rink at Kitchener City Hall.
open seven days a week
(Photo by Jackie AHwood)
Matthew Wawzonek, a second-year mechanical engineeringdesign and analysis co-op student, holds a book he purchased help him learn German, in preparation for his co-op.
By KERRY REED
(Photo by Charlotte Prong Parkhitt)
you can go four hours
while on vacation
He bought some Rosetta
central to so
— No. 2
meeting new people, he is hoping to meet up with some friends he met
Because he only found out about weeks before he had to leave he didn't have much time to
the steroids scandal.
the trip six
basically," he said.
retary for the big boss (in Milton),’’
classes of 2008.
Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.
Perseverance pays By JACKIE
"There are so mans programs for to volunteer for and BBBS can accommodate anyone's
brother's confihis friend."
— SPOKE, January
Now ...with Random
questions answered by
What was one
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you received for Christmas, but
By JOSHUA KHAN With television writers picketing, for most of the popular shows have been delayed, but it doesn't
being physically active. 5, the Writer’s Guild
can't take a
no matter how long
be airing new episodes, which
Caitlin Stephens, a first-year gen-
no more new episodes of
need a new one.”
don’t get togeth-
can't watch the
exercising at a
enjoying a winter sport.”
said for those
last protest the
and hundreds of thousands of viewers affected, the strike has been But the good thing, as individuals might become
instead of exercising
with a television remote.
there are other options available.
only reruns now.”
Stephens said she’s resorted to
“If you’re looking for something
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your best to bet,” he said. “Simple hobbies such as even playing videogames will do, then a hobby
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protest might be a
ice skating or
more people to
outdoors, the winter season pro-
new episodes of
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some way,” he there should be
until late spring or
her favourite shows, but her nights
predicts that the strike
“With popular shows not airing new episodes because of the strike, people now have the chance to participate in activities,” he said, it’s
tougher by the day, the industry
in activities if
Since negotiations are becoming
eral business student, said not
ABC, NBC and CBS
commercials become more
fitness club salesperson
to do, then
viewers, not televi-
you’re looking for
that their writers
Clubs in Kitchener, said students and other individuals now have the chance to be active.
been protesting against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
However, he said media should pay more attention to how the
union hopes to gain success through
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keep you busy and get of that-spare time.”
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An exercise in betterment Falun Data By WEI-LON LEE
about truthfulness, compassion and forbearance
of beliefs whjch stresses Chinese values.”
Those are the three core, beliefs Data (also known as Falun Gong or just Data), and they are the principles by which Wei Hua of Falun
everyday of her
physical form, Falun Dafa
aimed at improving health and mental alertness,
like tai chi does," said
Wei Hua, founder of the Falun Gong club at Conestoga College. But more than that, Falun Dafa is a powerful practice aimed at improving body, mind and spirit. The spiritual movement began in China in the latter half of the 20th century. is
a practice for cultivating character
compassion and forbearance. "To cultivate character really means to train your mind and spirsaid Wei. “In that respect, to
means for become a
cultivate yourself really
to train yourself to
practice of Falun
deeply rooted in traditional Chinese religions such as Daoism and Buddhisin, all of which stress the idea of bettering tai
oneself through cultivation.
way of conducting
public and in pri-
way of living your life and striving to make yourself more it's
enlightened than you are now,” said
Zhen. Furthermore, one of the reasons Gong has grown to over 100 million practitioners in over 80
is that it doesn’t impose an ideology, or a god, on its mem-
bers. he said.
"In fact, in
being, the Buddha,
not a god, but
who has we are
already accomplished what trying to do," said Zhen.
What Falun Gong
a cult religion.
“The whole concept of taking an ideal to its extreme goes against the very core of our faith,” said Wei,
much emphasis on
"The main thing about Falun
reported by the Chinese media in 2001 as “propaganda designed to discredit and undermine a peaceful
one thing; control. "The communist government is
“Not too long ago, Maoist (doc-
the department at University of Waterloo and a fellow practitioner of the fledgling movement.
practitioners of the
"Dafa," or great law, strive to be truthful,
However, Falun Gong has no inclination nor does it
agenda, contrary to
passionate to others and to practise
and imprisonment," she said. "We have no intention of subvert-
meaning, endurance. “But Falun Gong means different things to different people," he said.
plicated set of exercises than chi.
and for others,
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Community begins with “C” and ends with “Y” but needs “U”
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to believe in."
used to be the only religion
we were allowed
themselves, to be kind and com-
volunteer action centre
(Photo by Wei-Lon Lee) Kitchener on Jan. 6. They
tentious issue in China," said Zhen.
their meditations outdoors.
selves by letting to
the cold weather at Victoria Park
said the issue surrounding
the persecutions of Falun Gong practitioners inside China can be
Zhen Hua. a researcher
say they usually prefer practising
improve ourgo of our physical
Falun Gong is going to threaten its own power base in China, and that’s why the government is cracking down on any known Falun Gong members,” she said.
Practitioners of Falun
suicides and mass self-cremations
cultivation of character,” said Wei.
afraid that the soaring popularity of
Falun Dafa apart from
those other practices
do not put
But Zhen would not classify his being religious.
a part of Falun Dafa.
As Wei explained, Falun Gong by
a collection of exercises
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— SPOKE, January 14, 2008
more change your pocket
The new year has arrived, bringing with it hopes of change. The federal government rang in the new year by giving residents
one per cent
As of midnight
cent in early
cent in 2007, and seven per
the provincial tax
is still at
to five per cent
eight per cent, leaving Ontario
residents paying an overall 13 per cent tax
save you cash on big ticket
minimum wage workers this year. minimum wage will increase to $8.75 an
There's also good news for
As of March
up from the current $8 an hour. The government began increasing year
minimum wage by 75
an attempt to balance the cost of living for low-income
The six-year plan hour
will slowly help
reach $10.25 an
Ontario by 2010.
The reason minimum wage
Minimum wage remained
so far behind the times
before 2004 there hadn't been a
$6.85 from Jan.
increase for almost nine years. 1,
1995 to Feb.
Redefining the resolution
Currently, the highest
$8.50 an hour and the lowest
$7 an hour
New Brunswick Lose
and Newfoundland. This leaves Ontario just above the average of $7.75 an hour. The government isn't only trying to protect your wallet this year but
2008 the Ontario government is planning to crack down on repeat drunk drivers as part of Bill 203, the Safer Roads for a Safer In late
threat of ethnic division in an oth-
always dismissed the
per cent are charged with drinking and driving which averages out to
two people per hour.
level in the
drunk drivers with a blood alcohol
will target repeat
“warn range" which
Anyone caught with
0.05 per cent to 0.08 per cent.
blood alcohol level
be subjected to a three-day suspension for a
will land drivers
in the first
blood alcohol level
of 0.02 the vehicle will not If
anti-resolution regime, but
degree of responsibility often feign
should wield them by their virtue
ing unnecessary self-fixation dur-
should be dealt with
over the long-term.
The resolution that heralds the new year poses as the epilogue to year
consumption and Most resolutions
are guilt-driven as
the Pakistan Peoples Party, a
movement vying rights,
bereaved and without a
with additional quandaries on the
resolutions in turn),
options do not exist. Instead of
making commitments that ultimately leave us
are disadvantaged this year.
appraise the aftermath
of the former year,
evoke change not by the premise of fulfilling solely
moral concern. It
The new year has accosted us
of creating options for ourselves
When we minister
Benazir Bhutto’s assassination has left
cowering and by
in brute crisis.
only from the holistic van-
tage that our personal delinquencies
exact a “Band-Aid” solution upon
most resolutions begin
people continue to drink and drive they run the risk of forfeiting
their vehicle to the
we must compose
our feeble areas. They require a
itively elevating the
above the pre-set
too infinitesimal and a
egocentric by sheer comparison.
deeds and used as vindication for
could be better utilized toward pos-
false sense of
contempt, mere days or weeks
Drivers would have to blow into the device before trying to start
are tokens of recurrent mis-
end up deferred, typically with
basically a breathalyzer attached to their car.
Back on Track
This means they can drive but only after installing the $1,500 device
Resolutions of dietary changes
ing a time
have to take the remedial measures course and have a six-month ignition interlock condition
not what pro-
30-day suspension and they will
with staunch compliance only to
Their licence will not be reinstated until they complete the course.
remedial measures course which costs approximately $500.
third offence will net
Lanka, where civilian protec-
close to the legal limit
a seven-day suspension and they will have to take the
one for yet another
and have thus refrained from
and a hapless excuse to expiate for our shortcomings of the bygone year. 1 deftly regard them with ill sincerity
The new laws
resurgence of internal atrocities
from the Ministry of Transportation show that approximately 16.000 people each year with a blood alcohol level above 0.08 Statistics
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Ready, set, go! Students get ready
Students flocked to the atrium the first day everyone back after the December break.
(Photo by Jenn SprachJ
Students stood in line more than an hour.
change, add or drop
been chosen one of 25 Wal-Mart stores in Canada to be open around the clock.
shoppers are excited about
feel that with their
the convenience to
Opinion understand the need for a store like Wal-Mart to be open to the public constantly. There is nothing that residents need overnight that cannot be
shop at any time will be perfect. In December, 190 out of 292 Wal-Mart stores across Canada were open 24 hours. The positive feedback from
Kitchener shoppers reassured Wal-
being open 24 hours
time was a positive change for the
stores that are already
open 24 hours.
As said in The Record, this is going to force competitors to extend hours and eventually malls will
hours scares me.
to "consider a sim-
As someone working
Wal-Mart will force other places to be open 24 hours in the near future. With seven Sobeys stores being open in KitchenerWaterloo 24 hours. Shoppers Drug 24-hour having a Mart pharmacy/pharmacist and convenience stores being open late. don't that
Unit popularized val-
day. allowing staff to their families,
and forcing customers
a Scottish person's buttocks, but oth-
Every year the Oxford concise adds new words and phrases to their book. While Paris,
sadly, did not
Take agroterrorism, meaning
Language is constantly evolving, take a walk down memory lane. The 1950s had beach bum surfer slang such as “Dude, that's aweThe 1960s had "groovy some.” baby” and “peace and love” while
the second edition of the Oxford
cleaning, re-vamping displays and re-pricing items.
tion run wild.
bad enough that stores are open on Sundays. Surely we don’t need to shop day and night.
loved to read,
which made rne realize that one day want to be a published author. But 1
number of main
than 260.000 words.
words and phrases, now
on reading next. While reading I am able to escape from reality, especially if am hav ing a bad day. and experience someone else's world. It allows me to let my imagination run free, which is exactly what I need since 1 want to be a I
Oxford English in 2007 more than 2.500 words where added to According
about the books and w hat
because I forgot how much I love it. received three This Christmas books -Twilight. New Moon and Eclipse,
nessed the malfunction.
Have you read any good books lately?
Take the happened January 2005. If someone mentioned a wardrobe malfunction to you in 2000 chances are the meaning would be lost on you. Fast forward to 2008. and not only do you understand the meaning but you also probably witthat
age a country's agriculture.
I had been hearing about them from a friend of mine for months and thought would give them a shot - and I am glad did. I was sucked in and was able to let my imagina-
Store staff also need time to get
some of their jobs done without cus : tomers milling around. These restocking
an act by terrorists to disrupt or dam-
psychedelic way, was included
serious and help people
make the cut, Austin The new word, sha-
gadelic, an adjective
find greater understanding in situa-
father Frank Zappa.
lar after a certain incident.
ley girl slang with the help of her
can barely stand
Sometimes you can predict a new word or phrase will become popu-
extended mall hours that are enforced around Christmastime.
Stores need to close
can personally say that think-
ing about the mall being
As someone who works
John Winters, president of* the retail consulting firm John Winters, said in a Jan. 4 Record article that the experiment is paying off for Winters believes
1970s had airhead valley to call their own such "Eww! Gag me with a spoon." the
be open 24 hours as well. mall
super spy Austin Powers brought
Sunrise Centre, located at Fischer-
hawf and Mike Myers’ popular
Hallman and Ottawa
What do Paris Hilton, Austin Powers and Moon Unit Zappa have in common? They have all coined
days a week. The Wal-Mart
hours a day, seven
now open 24
a phrase or popularized a colloqui-
shopping 12 hours a day wasn't for you, then you will love
the fact that
(Photo by Sarah Jaynes) classes where CSI had posted a sign to welcome
(Photo by Marcia Love) Katherine Phibbs and Amy Marshall, both first-year nursing students, studied for their final exams in the Student Centre last month. Students can now rest easy for a few months, as the anxiety of exams is over, or at least until April 21 the start of this semester’s exam week.
24 hours of low prices? If
Opinion as time
went on and
into high school.
and began to spend a lot of my time online and with my friends. However, in the last two years. I have begun reading a lot more, as have mv friends. We like to talk
a childhood pastime
should be remembered, not as
as .an enjoyable can help us on our worst days, and make our best days even brighter.
night by Noir day, by student College are,
Kevin Truong is a busy guy. The second-year graphic design student sets at
band though. and he doesn
try to bring (to
portive of his decision to perform.
graphic design student
“out-of the closet" since he was 15 years old. but has only been per-
forming as a female
just decided to slap
contract) and ensures that he will
pair of heels
have no shortage of performance opportunities. Since November he
about three years. "I was just watching shows and it looked really cool,” he says. "So, I
Truong's new title came with a cash prize (the amount cannot be disclosed under the terms of his
won't be doing
Truong, 21. grew up in Waterloo Region and attended Bluevale and KCI high schools. He has been
time after he
"The judges are elite drag queens from other cities." Truong says. Canada Gay Miss "From Continental to Miss Gay Universe.”
opportunities for female illusionist performers, Truong says that he
His alter-ego, Noir. won the title of Miss Club Renaissance 2007 on Nov. 29. The win is not Truong’s but
laughs, but “They've always been
gious win so
don't subject myself to them
quite grasp the concept of drag,
stand-up comedy; he is a female illusionist (aka drag queen), and a
he was also Miss Tri-Pride
much, but they do hurt. Truong’s family has been sup-
choreography and acrobatics.
Truong spends Thursday nights in a
don’t want to belittle it in any way, but it is basically lip-syncing,” he
performer. a local club.
“Talent in the drag community,
a Kitchener sushi restaurant and, what little time is left, he is a
good grades, works part-time
gay community, (it's I’m a drag queen I'm a drug addict or I don't have a home,” he says. “It’s a lot of stereotypes and
up as a beauty pageant with swimsuit, question and answer and talent competitions. Truong’s
Bv ELIZABETH BATE
was like ‘oh, Mind you, 1 was not very and
Truong has grown com-
in a pair
heels,” he says. His favourites are
Truong says as a female
good at it, but basically something
money and it’s
like to do.”
The major reason he has decided to keep it as a hobby is because the careers of female illusionists are often short-lived.
very young,” he says.
Truong’s favourite part about performing is the freedom of self expression.
do this because I'm proud. I'm Nojr I’m still Kevin,” he
black, strappy sandals.
probably be for AIDS, although nothing has been confirmed yet. The contest, as many drag contests
get older the
obvious by his numerous
fortable in his
Hamilton and Toronto as well as at Club Renaissance in Kitchener at least two Thursdays a month. He will also participate in two charity events, one of which he says will
on a wig and a
are a lot of drag queens that lot
career to be," he
illusionist, but there is
a stigma surrounding the occupation.
with who I am and people say I don’t care what other and other people think."
Kevin Truong poses for a promotional photo the atrium of the Student Life Centre
drag, as Noir,
(Photo by Jackie Attwood)
Timmy’s gets supersized
Doe, a deer, a female deer a car accident involving a deer. The Ministry of Transportation says it is currently peak season for these animals to be near or on roads outside urban areas from 5 a.m.-7 a.m. and 5 p.m.- 1 1 p.m., so drive with caution.
Just before Christmas a 23-year-old Elora resident died
Doon campus went from a
with large lineups to a large,
However, lineups are
serve area with more room.
as long as ever.
ON-CAMPUS CHIROPRACTOR Covered bv CSI Health Plan
HEALTH SERVICES 748-5220
(Photo by Holly Featherstone)
â€” Page 7
ronto Baptorsius: LTfl. Clippers
— SPOKE, January 14, 2008
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“I’m Jewish Olive Garden rant.
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to say: not very.”
as an agnostic, decides to
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the Bible for one year.
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Jacobs, an editor
of extreme living. In his
second massive proj-
he reads both the Old and
stones an adulterer.
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blind faith that leads to his
eats a crick-
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At first, obeying all of these rules seems ridiculous and pointless. But
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Julie run into an old college friend
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sheet of the rules
The Year of Living Biblically
if is the. grander
codes - the
By MARCIA LOVE
And after reading -This may be changed too.
hard would you be willing
to fight for
something you believe
That’s the question Luanne Rice
helped with her grief
her latest novel. The Edge
BY FRANCA MAIO
living without him.
Holly has a great support group, at times she pulls away from them because she feels they do not understand. She watches the rest ot her friends get married or have children and it leaves her feeling empty.
Imagine having your loved one with you, helping you grieve his death. In Ceceila Ahern’s new book, called
love you, the main character Holly loses her husband to a brain tumour. A month P.S.
after she receives a
takes place in a shore-
town in Rhode Island, USA, where the Second World War has left a famous landmark - a sunken line
German U-boat. As the locals
lose sight of the
significance of the sunken submarine, plans are made to raise it and turn
Holly's character helps educate
into a tourist attraction.
However, there are some people
someone who may not understand
U-boat's crew close to their hearts
pain after the death of her husband,
what it feels like to lose a soulmate, showing them how much pain a person goes through, the struggle and finally the acceptance of losing
she considered a best friend.
a loved one.
by pulling readers into Holly’s grief and leading them through the character’s the story
The book is a rollercoaster of You cry with Holly after
jokes and Gerry, Holly’s deceased
husband, says he needs to leave her a
so she will
(Photo by Franca Mato) In
the book PS.
other small tasks she usually for-
Love You, the main male character leaves
for his wife after his death.
her get over her fears of singing in
She takes the reader through
Holly’s grief, but she also intro-
note ends with P.S.
Gerry. She shows you the different
month thereafter Holly is given a message from Gerry, which help
Ahern's characters are humorous and can be easily related to.
sides of loss while guiding her lead
character through the daily task of
Dublin, Ireland and know in the end that the character you have been rooting for will be OK.
Halloran and her teenage daughter Mickey are among this small group of people, committed to preserving the town’s landmark and determined
with her best friends, and finally telling her to live her life. Each
front of people and taking a trip
reading another note from Gerry, laugh with her and her friends as
and do not want Nature-loving
mother informs her that there is a package waiting from Gerry that is titled.The List. Each Holly’s
hold the resting place of the
turned into a
you has also been
currently playing at the Galaxy in
Cambridge and other
make local how important
residents see just the U-boat
As their battle to save the landmark continues, the Hallorans meet war veterans and other likeminded souls who are brought together by their
The book encourages thought and shows what
individual the conse-
quences can be of simply following the crowd.
daughter and father-son relationships.
told through a series
of main characters and the tragic events in their lives that have made
them who they a
Though The Edge of Winter has slow, somewhat dull start to it,
the novel soon takes off and to deliver
such as divorce, death and alcoholism.
The novel brings many unex-
plored topics to light, such as the respect and forgiveness of ene-
the Career Possibilities.
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war tales. As The Edge of Winter draws to a close, Mickey Halloran proves what can be done when people put their heart into something they truly believe in.
plan or idea
new with courage and remember
positive sign. Execute your
your dominate keywords,
Try to stay focused
You arc a social butterfly and tip sometimes the balance between work and play. A detailed date book will help keep you organized. ter.
Family 800 Ottawa Kitchener, has a wide
After going to the Fireside
year and being impressed by a
a stable person with a
to return to
This semester will begin disastrously but your ability to adapt
will present itself to you this week, you might be wary and resistant to change, as you usually are. Accept the offer and experience increases in money and happiness.
your jealousy and secretiveness anger others and the disaster will turn
Stay calm and don't
the restaurant in
was told take them. It was no
that they don't
around 6 p.m. there was a line extending out the door. On the plus side, the restaurant
had an outdoor
minimum The line moved
kept the cold to a the
quickly and after 15 minutes,
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you because you
challenge you have been looking
and your ambition and energy will be put to the test. If you can conquer this semester you can conquer anything.
drinks and catch up.
that the restaurant
to get past still
floated around on
After being seated,
Cancer may be feeling a little lonely and depressed. Ward ott these feelings by getting together
may seem cluttered now with school just getting
you organize your books and rearrange your living area to be
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you? Is it difficult to concentrate on rent or buy groceries this studying because you’re not sure you can pay the your financial month? There are a number of things you can do to help ease
financial pressures creating stress for
Financial Aid office to see your financial situation has changed, check with the have information you can have your OSAP entitlement reassessed. They also in bursaries and scholarships available for students
on bursaries. There may be
and awards available for students in each beginning of the program are listed in the Student Guide you received at the Website. College school year. Information can also be found on the
specific programs. Scholarships
details but hate the pressure
You are always willing to exper iment and create an idea but hate working with the details. In group
February 19 March 20
August 23 September 22
Use any extra money you come across to catch up on bills.
it my meat was very filling, requiring a doggy bag. The whole meal including the drink, appetizer and tip came to just under $50 and" was well worth it. A full menu, along with hours and contact information for the
COUNSELLOR’S CORNER: Finances
was only using a
always looking for story and photo ideas. If you have
Leos love shopping and spending money, always looking for the life of luxury. Be cheap this week, stay away from the mall and anywhere you can spend
with friends and having
ribs fell right off
ahead. This semester should be an easy one for you. Instead of taking
something active like skiing or
and my partner ordered rice. Each meal cost $16.25. Other meal items ranged in price from approximately $7 to $19. A meal of baked
butter knife to cut
was a decent
of a clenched
included a half
didn't realize until
face value and
ordered a baked potato as
rack of ribs, the chicken, a choice
vegetables consisted of broccoli,
both decided to
cauliflower and sliced carrots and
sauce sitting on top. The mixed
basket of garlic bread for an appe-
cheese for $1.
A few minutes passed waitress before the returned with our drinks and rushed to say, “I'll be right back to take your orders.” When
oval plate arrived with ribs
ordered a root beer.
water and my partner, after scrambling to find the drink
only had a short wait
of baked or mashed potato,
baskets along the ceilings giving
This semester will present the for
After finishing our appetizer,
ress appeared with a big smile
This semester will be an easy adapt to
were seated in our booth. The decor included large mirrors covering the walls and hanging the restaurant
some of the crust was a The cheese was worth
the extra $
asked us what
chose to go out for dinner on a Saturday evening. 1
really hit the spot.
selection of scrumptious meals that
drive for money.
York strip sirloin cost $16.95. Other items on the menu included sandwiches, salads, pizza, seafood, souvlakis, burgers and, of course, their all day breakfast a tough choice with such a wide selection. Our garlic bread was good,
ready for a delicious meal under
The semester your
lasagna cost $9.95 and a
up your appetite and get
$ 20 this
— Page 9
Dining under $20
>C Week ofJanuary
help to calm nerves. Try to put
your work area near a window to give you a feeling of space.
You are a dreamer, and dreams can be achieved, but you must recognize they take dedication and hard work. You
do well in any-
Ask at the college Another way to relieve the pressure is through employment. part-time work finding help Student Employment Office (SCSB, Room 220) for for Opportunities during the school year or contract work for the summer.
employment may also be
world as you see
available at the college through the work/study
program, including working as a peer
Service clubs and churches
thing which involves your imagination and creativity so show the If
more immediate needs, Counselling Services can provide a number of grocery vouchers and provide access to the Coilege/CSI-
sponsored food bank. Jennifer Sprach
ideas, please ask you would like to discuss any of these options or other speak with a counsellor in Counselling Services. If
journalism student holding fate in the palm of her hand.
from Counselling Services, 1A103
— SPOKE, January 14, 2008
Stop taking the fun out of paintball ing innocent people.
Recent paintball and pellet gun Kitchenerin the
According to The Record article, most of these guns are exempt from the Firearms Act because they use air to power them instead of gun-
Waterloo area have sparked talk about stricter rules on the guns. The sport of paintball has
become more popular over years, but there
known as markers, make things safer.
been playing the sport for about five. In that time, except from the
from have never witnessed
a case with a
separated and placed
walk out of tank and hop-
attached to the gun. -following rules should be applied
paintball facilities should be
allowed to stock and
and associated paintball equipment. This will stop places such as Canadian Tire and Wal-Mart, stores that carry so many products and have a limited knowledge of the few markers that they do carry, from stocking them. These places do keep the markers behind locked glass and I believe only sell to people 8 years 1
older, but parents
and kids need
more about these prodthen just what they are. a lot
people to dis-
mantle their markers before leaving.
Kitchener have to be
locked case after city coun-
is a good idea. A lock only few dollars and I think most players would prefer to keep their equipment locked up in a public
place than not having
to paintball markers.
think for safety purposes, the
have seen people the arena with an
leave the paintball facility
per and the barrel of the gun are
sure the gun, the air tank, the hop-
anyone being injured. However, I have witnessed children as young as 10 years old coming in with guns their parents have purchased for them with no clue to use or take care
who buy should
accountable for any vandalism that
a Kitchener paintball
shot in the face with a
already has a ban on
these guns in city parks.
in the city,
However, the idea of registering guns is a little overboard. Most tournament paintball players these days use electronic paintball markers and, as most are aware with any technology, things go wrong and break. Players will often have a few different guns in case they run in to technical problems. Also, because of better marker models constantly the
On public may have
to-shoot paintball, pellet or
around should be charged as though they are carrying a firearm and this would deter people from stupid acts of vandalism and hurt-
Beth Hobson from the
someone drinks and
don't ban alcohol.” At paintball facilities, players are all required to wear masks on the playing field and have barrel covers on their markers when they are off the playing field.
can be very dangerous to shoot
someone who is not wearing a mask. The few people who are being idiots and shooting people on the streets need to be caught and face harsh punishments. For those who enjoy the sport and play safe, they shouldn’t be punished for other people’s actions.
By CHRISTOPHER MILLS m
music the way some in fairy tales. But l hecir it came from my mother and father. Once upon a time, they fell “I believe in
so begins August Rush, the
of a child’s quest to
find his real parents.
a profit for their caretaker.
Freddy Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) delivers a subdued yet emotionally powerful performance as Evan, the young orphan who spends hours each day just
sounds of everyday life, hearing nature’s music and believing if he could somehow learn to make his it
away by her and
York. After a
the film picks
walked away from
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The music flows
ducing instant chords. In an insightful conversation that
envelopes the theme of the movie, tells
calling out to me,
only some of us can hear
Wizard informs Evan that the problem isn't with only some of us but the fact that “only
us are listening.”
golden ticket and changes his name to
August Rush, marketing him
any club or seedy joint he can
August eventually breaks the rest
an inspiring tale about
and ultimately change
film's artistic production
equally astounding. August hears
thinks her child died at
symphonies in everything from boys playing basketball to the wind blowing through trees to traffic in
losing a girl
thanks to an overprotective
and Louis, despondent over who he’s convinced is "the one,” have lost their passion and become convinced that music is no longer worth making. that
a cosmic force binding
and the key his parents.
into scores of music.
together, providing a
Wizard (Robin Williams). Wizard
runs a group of young, homeless
musicians. In exchange for shelter,
play on the streets each day and turn
performances by the New York Philharmonic orchestra, and the soundtrack brings the entire movie drop
and the film does a
seamless job of editing a wide range of natural sounds and activi-
escapes the orphanage to the rush of New York City where he meets
bind people and things together,
Lyla and Louis have both
Cue young Evan, who
encounter produces a child.
Muscle Relaxation? Guided imagery?
gets his hands on a guitar for
inexplicably over the strings, pro-
Russell), a world-class cellist, at an
the first to rec-
through Evan, as his fingers
Would you like to try • Deep breathing?
ognize Evan's magical
come to find him. Up-and-comer Jonathon Rhys Meyers (Henry VIII in NBC’s The
Tudors) plays Louis Connelly, August’s passionate Irish-rocker
responsible for their actions.
for the first time.
She said was a very professional, modern atmosphere seems to prepare students well.
by Kitchener city Coun. Geoff Lorentz who said, “Every time
Louis Adult Learning and Continuing
Education Centre visited the Cambridge campus
keep up with the competition. agree with a statement I
them but can't shoot them, except for a legitimate activity like a shooting club event. I think anyone carrying a ready-
(Photo by Leanne Mountford)
Conestoga holds open house
out, players will continue
Council made the ruling after a
the child causes.
The musical journey, coupled with
performances by Meyers, Russell,
Academy Award-nomHoward, make this
one Rush you don't want
very confusing. universities
a very exciting time and yet, it can be you are considering or currently applying to
— Page 11
Guiding You Through the Application Process Applying to university
can help Roger Clemens
the latest pro athlete to try to prove
Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
innocence in the court of public opinion and keep his legacy alive. his
The seven-time Cy Young award winner appeared on 60 Minutes on deny the steroid allega-
12 noon- 1 p.m. Room 1 C20 or 3-4 p-m.
Jan. 6 to
made against him George Mitchell Report. tions
under oath on and could face prison time
to weep, Sosa pretended to forget how to speak English and Rafael Palmeiro wagged his finger and
Mark McGwire began
stated in the interview
innocent and has never
will also testify
Jan. 16, if
to take a lie-detector
openly denied steroid use, only to test positive a short time later. All these players have had to face
questions about their athletic
drugs, going as far as saying that he
might agree prove
can help by Golding
You Through the Application
claim innocence but have no proof are still seen as guilty until proven
other players Mitchell Report, but
There were 88 in the
them have decided and admit guilt, or deny once and go quiet. Clemens seems to be taking a dif-
the majority of
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by actively trying
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Clemens’ current defence of shock and disgust somewhat mirrors that of Bonds. Clemens though, still has his chance to face a grand jury under oath.
The only way Clemens can truly name is to provide unde-
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no matter what it any
takes. If he really hasn’t taken
drugs, performance-enhancing then he should have no problem clearing his name.
However, if he is guilty of taking and human-growth hormones, he needs to come out and
time career home-run record
Bonds was indicted
obstruction of justice
enhancing drugs, and could now
Back in 2005 when a number of baseball players were accused of steroid use. their
as they want, but until
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Clemens can prove to the and more importantly the
stand jury, that he
face jail time.
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in the sport-
always carry dark shadow with it. and the many records he holds cannot be
his storied career will this
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shocked former teammate, Andy
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