Reduce, reuse and recycle The new trend of going green
The Golden Boy
can even apply
Counsellors can help balance the stress
OHIP ponies up
Detroit hospital Jan. 15.
The 24-year-old Conestoga
dent underwent the potentially
needed funds. Before
agreed to help pay for the
$50,000, including $18,000 from a one-day fundraising blitz held at
forced to withdraw from the elec-
To prepare for Mercado underwent of
of the white blood cells in his body, leaving him very susceptible to infections. Barring any
complications, he'll be
weeks afterward and spend further two months in a fully ster-
they opt to take the bus instead? Sandy Stotz, the affairs co-ordi-
Mercado's spirits went into surgery. "He's a bit down, and in a lot of pain. But he’s remaining optimistic."
family doctor, was instrumental in getting the funding. “He wrote a
of the Better World Association spoke about
like a driver’s licence,
of being laminated, and contains an individual number that can be matched with each student’s
covered by OHIP.
for a four-month
That money will now be used to pay for Mercado’s care, prescriptions and expenses that are not
an exact match not usually cov-
ered by OHIP.
The current pass runs
less successful than
The pass has been available to students for years, however this year it contains some new security features. The picture pass is now
In the mismatch transplant, he will receive marrow from the closIt
only way to save his life, but an exact donor could not be found.
est possible donor.
— No. 3
Conestoga for $189 per is good for unlimited use
His doctors agreed that a
bone marrow transplant was
What’s big, will get you to school on time and is cheaper than driving your car? Grand River Transit was at Conestoga’s Doon campus on Jan. 8 and 9 to give you the answer. Staff from the GRT, the bus service for Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, were on campus to sell sold exclusively to students
By ELIZABETH BATE
the college bus pass.
cedure. estimated to be $200,000.
an attempt to
Cancer Institute after OHIP agreed to pay part of the costs for the pro-
work and a
Better World Today, which raises awareness about bone marrow donation, had teamed up with the
mismatch bone marrow transplant
Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.
Monday, January 21 2008
By CHARLOTTE PRONG PARKHILL
on a high note.
to support this cause.
of effort and work into that
and he deserves recognition.'' Martin also said that right now,
fundraising efforts have been put
on hold. “We're just laying low and we need to let Dany come through this - and see what the outcome is."
River Transit affairs co-ordinator, on Jan. 9.
or stolen. If a
student can drive,
nator for the
newer, more convenient bus service may help students to have a more relaxing ride to school.
“They don't have
with the driving,” she says.
And what about the cost? Although $189 per term seems like a hefty sum just to get you to college.
(Photo by Elizabeth Bate) student, gets his engineering software first-year Yyas, a Hitesh picture taken for his college bus pass by Sandy Stotz, the Grand
cheaper than driving
your own car. Parking at Conestoga's Doon campus for the second semester alone can run as much as $280. For those students willing to walk farcan be obtained ther, a pass in Lot
years that price goes up.
dents ample time to get where they
According to the Internet Auto Guide, car owners can expect their vehicles to depreciate by 20 per cent per year. Although this doesn't on a affect your pocketbook monthly basis, when you go to sell your car it could mean over $600 less for every year you've owned
are going. But
North Waterloo. East Kitchener or Cambridge, ample time is what they may need. Travel times from these areas can take over an hour with up to three transfers between routes. Stotz says the GRT is working to improve its serv ice for all riders by ing from
increasing the frequency of serv ice
and adding features.
“They don’t have
The new EasyGO system is an automated telephone system that
out with the driving.”
will replace the current Telerider
be able to
help riders plan their trips by giving them times for routes and con-
for $180. If parking
were the only
cost associated with driving, then the choice to
of wheels might be easy, but other expenses include
which don't come cheap. According to Statistics Canada, in 2006 Canadians spent over $38 million at the pumps. For the average. mid-range, city-driven vehicle
means paying about $52 per week in gas. In addition, gas prices this
(Photo by Charlotte Prong Parkhill)
Rob Sauve shows off his welding skills tour on Jan. 14. See story on Page 2.
you've had a
familiar with the area.
to Stotz. for the fall
over 700 passes
issued to Conestoga students.
What about convenience? Buses are available on the
routes during at
The system was supposed operational
Stotz estimates that
won't be up
and running until February. “They're just still working on a few glitches in the program. she "
two days that the GRT was on campus. For transit worker Virginia Fancy, being on campus for the two days each semester makes sense. "It helps the kids so they don
insurance companies with the Insurance
average student will pay approximately $200 per month, according several
passes were issued to students in
even their tuition. It's no wonder then that over
$1.50 per litre this spring, driving the cost of a 50- litre tank up to $75. For basic insurance costs, the
expected to soar as high as
So what do all these numbers add up to? The average student will spend $550 per month on their vehicle, making their transportation costs more expensive than
midnight, giv ing stu-
students are interested in a col-
lege bus pass and missed getting
one while GRT was on campus, they can be purchased at the in Terminal Street Charles Kitchener or the Ainslie Street Terminal in Cambridge until the end of January. After this month, students have the option of purchasing adult passes on a monthh basis for S58. plus a one-time picture card fee of $5. This option
more per month than
lege pass: however, er than driving.
— SPOKE, January 21
by random students
most memory-jogging aroma?
Ry CHARLOTTE PRONG PARKHILL From
beyond what you
Huge shops “I’m
from Mexico, so There’s nothing
like that here.”
sen 'ices foundations
face of trades
Kayla Bruce, first-year
general arts and science
“Burnt fuel because
path after seeing the plethora of
said. "We're operating at end of the welding indus-
Mars,” he the high
“I'm kind of checking out a lot of places,” he said. “But I heard
Conestoga was a good college from someone in the industry.”
10-year forecasts predict
skilled machinists will
the mature student to the
recent high school graduate, there are a lot of
“There are companies calling
up the college skill
a career in
who make up
looking for people with
the trades into your schedule.
cent of the
just five to at
Programs range from
part time, apprenticeship or co-op,
Or you can
diploma. learn a
Rob Sauve “There are companies calling up the college looking for people with these skill sets,” he said. “And
addition for truck and coach technicians, with in
experience with the three buses
and two transport trucks on site. Over a hundred people showed up for the open house, coming from as far away as Barrie and
already has a job. He's
ing course in the evening. “I wanted
weld properly,” he
be able to just
home.” There was also a tour on Jan. 15 at Conestoga’s Waterloo campus, things in
which offers carpentry, plumbing, and food and beverage management among other programs. For more information about a the career in trades, go to www.conestogac.on.ca/trades.
Giant-Sized Posters hours
second-year materials ations
Frames a Hangers <
“As a student, the smell of a good coffee.”
Galit Hashish, first-year
1000S OF POSTERS
when you open
taking a gas metal arc weld-
crappy old Jag.”
options the Guelph
tour on Jan.
“People have a perception of welding as this dirty, messy job,” said Jim Galloway, who co-ordinates two of the welding programs. But he said graduates of the welding and robotics diploma program are in high demand, and many have gone on to build aerospace
welding program co-ordinator
worry too much about the downturn in the manufacturing industry.
14 showcased the opportunities and the money to be made - in
Sound. Steve Nichols,
said prospective students shouldn't
and also stretches far beyond what you imagine. Being a tradesperson doesn't have to mean grubbing around under a kitchen sink or putting in 12-hour days at a noisy fac-
The Guelph campus
came from London
about the millwright programs but was less certain about his career
“Dragging out the
a professor in the
machining, industrial and automotive mechanics and welding. trade
are available for students
the smell of the tropical forest.
machinery and computers
also said a few students
have gone on to jobs with starting salaries as high as $85,000 a year.
Conestoga College's Guelph campus looks small. But inside, it far
the front of the building,
second-year police foundations
Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!
— Page 3
are here to help By JOHN LINLEY Did you find yourself feeling overwhelmed last semester? Trying balance school with your social
and jobs can often be too much one person to handle.
light box designed to give you more sunlight. Lynn Robbins White, a counsel-
lor at the college, said the event
symptoms of seasonal
They have a number of events
trying to help
semester to help stuwith
one meetings you can
up an appointment with
very confusing, but the staff
atrium for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week from Feb. 3 to Feb. 9. in
and symptoms of eating
disorders, as well as a
munity events and resources
with the stress of exams.
once. start to realize
you are run-
ning out of time and money, and without the proper grades you
won’t be able
do what you want
Individual Sports, Tennis,
Finally, the counselling services
office will be
once again running zone and drop-in
relaxation sessions, both with different
to help relieve
both cars severely damaged, Jan.
Degree students receive scholarships By VANESSA BUTLER
ices office in
Twenty-one students in degree programs at Conestoga College are the recipients of more then $25,000 in entrance and academic achievement scholarships provided by a number of college and community “I
for investing in
Marco Noguiera of and
Noguiera received a $1,500 entrance scholarship in integrated telecommunications and computer technologies. He plans on attending Conestoga to obtain a bachelor of applied technology (ITCT) degree.
Conestoga’s degree programs are
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Homer Watson Boulevard left comment on whether anyone was injured.
two-car accident on
CLASSIFIEDS Have the summer
exam time can be hard because
On Feb. 20, they will be having a Beat the Blues event in the atrium about seasonal affective disorder with handouts, music, prizes and a
(Photo by Jenn Sprach)
Christopher Steckly, a first-year
be information and
videos to,help raise awareness of
Success Over Stress
goodies and show a funny video, all designed to help students deal
reduction information, offer
The application process can be
counsellor to get assistance with
applying to universities online.
(S.O.S) display table
the atrium along with one-on-
Also, during will
will include displays
school can bring.
acknowledge stress and depression and to help students deal with to
partner in a
joint bachelor of science in nursing
awarded students who have
their first-year at
semester of Conestoga, but
already completed a col-
lege diploma or university degree and have gained entry into the first
semester of the third year of these four-year degree programs. “The awards are given out, and in order to qualify, the students are assessed on individual academic performance,” said Jal Wadia, director of strategic projects at Conestoga. “A panel of faculty
each program exam-
four years in length. These pro-
ines the first-year students, as well
grams are structured on a specific academic base which combines
and business management skills and liberal studies courses. They are also built on an experimental base which covers theoretical studies and extensive project-based work and periods of co-op educa-
employment. The degree programs offered
in the areas
manufacturing technologies, health
and industry leaders blue
to enjoy in the
He said each award is sponsored by one company or by an individual donation.
determine appropriate candidates." Wadia said the annual ceremony
requires the recipient to be from
Guelph. Matthew Grime
$1,000 scholarship, which goes to a second-year student who is also a
in the integrated
advanced manufacturing technologies program.
President’s degree entrance
were given to completed the several
graduate of a Guelph
scholarships for each degree pro-
and a $1,000 second-place
a $1 ,500 first-place scholar-
scholarship. In the architecture
and facility management program, Anita Verberk of Forest received the $ ,500 award and Dan Stiplosek of Kitchener the $1,000 project
The Conestoga College alumni association scholarships are spom sored by the alumni association and go to outstanding alumni of the
who have chosen
to further studies at
to go on Conestoga as
degree program. Winners of these $1,000 awards were Jessica Bailey of Kitchener third-year of a
and Sebastian Urban of Guelph. Bailey graduated in 2007 from Conestoga’s mechanical engineering technology - robotics and automation program and then entered the integrated advanced manufacturing technologies program. Urban, a 2006 graduate of Conestoga’s construction engineering technology - architecture program.
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— SPOKE, January 21, 2008
not practical Winter Ontario
make them mandatory
be a good idea, but to
a step too
There has been a
of discussion around the issue over the
months and Quebec has already gone ahead with a provincial law making it mandatory for drivers to place snow tires on their vehicles from Nov. 15 to April 15 starting this year, according to a Dec. 20 ple of
to the article,
don't get nearly as
have two sets of
as (Quebec); it
Dec. 22 National Post
areas yes, however, that doesn't constitute
hope Ontario doesn
"Drivers simply need to pay attention and drive cautiously," he said.
article also states
Environmental Alliance, said snow
Pakistan in turmoil
for the environment.
reduce fuel economy, since
more friction between tires and the road, and if mandatory, cars would burn more gasoline. If winter tires became mandatory, motorists would need to spend a fair bit of money in order to have two sets of tires. Canadian Tire had Goodyear Nordic tires on sale for $33.74 each, which are regularly $ 44 99 and .
costs $137. 99. Other stores
you can, approximately $30 each, $120 before service fees to put the tires on That can be a lot of money, especially for someone who
you’re already looking
between $200 and $300 for not having the proper
with the Pakistani population.
after a euphoric
rising tide of Islamic fundamental-
well as the fine.
implement. Police officers won't be able to
on the side of the road
driving by. That leaves the
option of stopping motorists to check their vehicles or only fining peo-
think Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation and the provincial gov-
ernment should continue
inform motorists to drive cautiously
weather conditions and maybe insurance companies could offer dis-
counts to people It is it
and drive carefully
mean everyone should have
to the National Post article, the Ministry
has no plans to implement a law requiring motorists to have
Let’s hope they never do.
Pakistan and a genuine wish
modernize both the ical
were marred by charges of corruption,
misappropriation of funds and
abuse of power.
1988 and then
into office, first in in
1993, she was
ousted both times amid accusations
populist prime minister
President Pervez Musharraf.
despite strong U.S. objections.
In a deal brokered
by the Bush
eight-year exile was approved by in
The goal of the United
political leaders of
that the U.S.
any kind of legitimacy around
landscape of her country.
prime minister - from 1990-93 and
Bhutto’s death has also dashed
Benazir Bhutto was a great leader,
driver needs a breathalyser installed in their vehi-
drink and drive but just because a few people
Likewise, just because a few people don't
remember 9/11. As many people of Pakistani
get into collisions and don't have winter tires.
opening for Nawaz
Seen as a pro-western moderate by the United States, Bhutto was the linchpin of efforts to stem the
democracy, and a
president of Pakistan,
Instead, the death of Bhutto has
Dec. 27 assassination of Bhutto
ished into thin
probably have to deal with getting points on your driver's licence as
Pakistanis around the world will to
A law for mandatory winter tires would also be extremely difficult to
great victory to Islamic extremism.
brought in a law with similar penalties, some people would decide to forego the tires and take their chances. Of course, if you did get caught without the right tires, you would
no doubt come
was awash with
in that very instant,
ing her supporters through a car’s
sunroof, the street
Bhutto, a champion of democracy,
herself vulnerable by
received Benazir Bhutto with out-
only drives occasionally or a short distance every day.
falling increasingly into disfavour
day of infamy for the people of
former populist prime
similar prices online.
the cheapest winter tires
goes up from there.
system which was
Dec. 27 will be remembered as a
they have better traction and therefore cause
Although not known
a religious fundamentalist, Sharif
remains very close right in Pakistan.
to the religious
Bhutto's widower Asif Ali Zardari,
nicknamed “Mr. 10 Per Cent”
the kickbacks he allegedly took, or
of the military dictator by reintro-
a populist right wing Islamist, or a
ducing Bhutto through elections
to maintain power.
of graft and financial mismanage-
allowed back into Pakistan because
she could provide legitimacy to a
rock and a hard place.”
to the phrase,
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Make over your
— Page 5
Fanatical diets need to be a thing
With 2008 underway, toward dieting have to
of the past. attitudes
There are so many people in the world obsessed with dieting and
losing their extra pounds that they
become possessed. There is nothing wrong with losing weight, especially
safer to lose weight in the correct
a person healthier
amount of time for you. Even though most people loath going to the gym, it is, unfortunately, one of the easiest ways to start
happier, but going about
Rash and spur-of-the-moment do not work. Sure, you may get the results you want fast, but diets
keeping the results
slim to none.
Most people who begin a diet end up weighing more than when they started it. can vouch for that. Diets do not work, but planning and talking to professionals does. 1
the time to
go at least twice and soon you will
feels to get
can be your best hated going but once it
lived for the
not to mention the results
was hard work but worth
easier and safer to lose
of time for you.
Instead of going on crazy, unhealthy diets, you should seriously sit down and make a game
and nutrition plan goes hand. in hand. To get results you need to have both. A proper meal plan will make the transition from what you eat now to the new diet easier and less of a shock to your body.
not starve yourself by eating
you cannot do it on your own there is no shame in asking for help. Go to a local gym and talk to a trainer, go to the doctor’s office or
consult a nutritionist or dietician. Getting help makes it easier and
plan for yourself. It
day; you need to eat to However, make it healthy
(Photo by Hien DJnh)
the beginning of a
new year, challenge yourself to make a difference. It will be it.
any wonder we’re obsessed with diets and body image? Tabloids full of weight loss success ries, extreme fad diets and photos of celebrity (gasp!) cellulite sit on the racks right beside the chocolate bars and candy at the grocery store checkout. Is
Police are abusing
regional police officer
with impaired driving, dangerous driving, leaving the scene of an
accident and driviiK with over 80
mg of alcohol The
in his blood.
35-year-old. seven-year vet-
Township of Wilmot. After many years of enforcing the law against
drinking and driving, this officer
has ended up making himself and the police force look foolish.
There have been other incidents have called police action into
question, including the death of a
man who was Vancouver
past year caused many people, including me. to wonder if police in Canada have been pushing the
through stop signs. This last practice isn’t too bad, even though it means a ticket for normal people, but most of the time they are not putting any lives in danger.
However, they are putting people's lives in danger by driving drunk and tasering people because they don't like their tone of voice. Even flashing their badges to get
out of speeding tickets while they are off-duty is an abuse of power.
placed on administrative duties, a punishment I don't think fits the
This officer has ended
up making himself and
eran of the force allegedly collided the in another vehicle with
that any other person charged would probably
COUNSELLOR’S CORNER: You
can’t stop crying.
Jan. 20 to Jan. 26. For tips on quitting, go to www.nnsw.ca.
normal reactions to loss in our lives - a reaction we call grief. Grief does not only have to be a result of losing a loved one to death. We grieve any even kind of loss: the breakup of a relationship, the loss of good health or are the loss of a dream to reach a certain goal. Although these feelings all
sometimes helps to talk them over with a counsellor as part of the healing process. Writing your thoughts in a journal, reading books about yourself grief, and talking to friends can also help. Most of all, give permission to grieve. Feelings left bottled up will only come out later,
delaying the healing process.
continue to work too, unless they
the police force
drive vehicles for a living, but this
a police officer
to set ty.
once and a
while the odd officer will flash the cruiser's lights enabling them to go
traffic light to get to the
also speed past peo-
slow speed traffic zones (school zones) and do a rolling stop ple
should also be setting an
Hopefully future police officers, including those currently studying at the college, will learn from this and other officers' mistakes and
drunk or abuse their powers when they are in the field. Public safety depends upon it.
will not drive
you have a friend who
grieving, don’t worry about saying the
good listener or remind them how much a hug or some time together. If you are grieving a loss
thing to them. Just be there, be a
you care with a card, and would like to talk with a counsellor or find out about resources community, come to Counselling Services.
A Message from
Counselling Services, 1A103
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you can green your sex life. Andriana
Get your green on Living the green By KAYLA
a big impact
bulbs to condoms,
you look hard enough, chances are you’ll find a green option.
going green may seem ing the environment
Celebrities and organizations alike
have joined the cause this past year to advocate for and offer alternatives in the crusade to fight global
Now, you're probably thinking, bulbs sure, but condoms? As
the saying goes ask
Treehugger.com offers a how to green your
featuring a top 10
advice on what to look tor
buying condoms, toys and even The website also eco-undies. offers advice
friendly in other ways, such as
green your community, summer, wardrobe and car. Visit the website
mean? To ecologist Janet Cox, owner of Factory 163, being green isn't just a phase but a way life. -
• Five is the number of planets
places nearby instead of driving.
walk places make a huge
ence," said Cox. It
discipline, she said,
but getting into the habit
help you further on
At the past Kyoto meeting. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the Kyoto Accord's goal to reduce emissions by six per cent (from 1990 levels) couldn't be met. The government has until 2012 to accomplish this. Canada’s emissions have gone up 24 per cent since 1990.
a lot of
warming and personal changes alone won’t make a differ"Our
we’d need three. Unfortunately, we only have one. • Shoppers worldwide are using 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags per year. This translates to about 150 bags a year for every- person on earth. Remember to bring your own!
Eighty-three per cent of
Americans now say global warming is a “serious" problem. This is up from 70 per cent in
"Governments need to making changes to policy." Every little bit helps, even if you don't want to change your lifestyle. Simply picking up litter or recyimpact on the environment. According to Earth 9 a division of the group Global 1
do some simple things that have a great impact on the environment. If you rent, it's harder to have control on whether Students can
energy efficient said
never wear again. Soon you will be able to dispose of them safely,
Conestoga Students Inc. General manager Christopher Graves said that CS1 wants to move footprint. green a toward Conestoga College already has a system of recycling in the hallways that allows students
.re a ct
the self-serve area to
LiniJc L .S-A
Canada approximately 27 per all waste was recycled in 2004. a 65 per cent increase from
"But if you're living in a place where you can control the temperature, then turn (it) down." Another little thing to do that has
nature to North America and Cox hopes the green trend w ill follow in
new Tim Hortons where
students can also go for photocopy-
ing or printing.
Conestoga College is not the only place going green these days. Other stores like Future Shop. Best Buy and The Source are accepting
bag and bring
back the next time
they are shopping. “Plastic bags are terrible for the environment and a huge waste of plastic that could be used towards different
easier for everv-
one." said Shelley Read, a cashier
has worked for Zehrs at
for 16 years.
"The customers are pleased with grocery stores switching to these haven't heard a single combags. I
plaint," she said.
Food Basics, Shopper's Drug Sobeys and even Kernels popcorn have created a reusable bag for customers to purchase. “It's the least we can do as conMart.
sumers." said Samantha Vogeel. a mother of two who says that site
cellphones and batteries as well as old electronic games so that they
used to go through 50 plastic bags a week before she started using the
don't get thrown out.
different recyclable items such as
Recycling has become second
other retailers and grocery
stores are being conscientious, cre-
are going to be implement-
hectare Ps* person.
time someone goes shopping. For a small price the shopper can buy a
of the items that are going
allow drop off from any students
ing bins in
ping bag so that numerous plastic bags don't have to be used each
tLat 3 hctnan
be reused or recycled properly.' said Allysha Bendik. a customer service representative at Future
An tfCiXooiptwt is
are trying to encourage cus-
however, this program will allow students to dispose of other materi-
program well before the new Tim Hortons began its transformation, but experienced a delay due to the
tomers to bring anything electronic back to our stores so that they can
paper, plastic and cans or bottles,
be accepted are cellphones, batteries, eyeglasses and printer cartridges. CSI began planning the
somewhere? Perhaps you have an
posting activities prevented about 64 million tons of material from
have an old cellphone drawer
old pair of glasses that you will
cling has a large
that is collecting dust in a
Alerts, in 1999 recycling
everyone lived like the average North American. If everyone lived like the average European, if
we would need
of constantly evaluating impact on the planet," said
By SARAH JAYNES
But what does “going green"
Conestoga goes green
â€” SPOKE, January 21
(Photo by Kayla Grant)
(Photo by Jackie Allwood)
had a portion
traffic lights Cambridge closed
Grand River floods Jan. 14 while city crews
Water covers part of the Walter Bean trail off Fountain Street. The Grand River Conservation Authority warns banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery. Fast-moving waters
with the coJd
pose a serious hazard.
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kind of pacemaker, one with technological advancements unavailable just 5 years ago.
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BY FRANCA MAIO
give you an advantage.
Let your artistic side lead this
week. Your creativity and imagination will prove to be beneficial.
Spend time creating
and sincere self and you will
receive appreciation and respect.
music or a story something you'll keep.
Taurus April 20
You race into the and exchange your skis
neck. Avoid colds by keeping your
neck warm, drinking
get jealous, just simply ask
a lover checks out this
look. This will reveal
green tea also high
as exciting as the hills in
Canada where he once
You want it all and more. Beware of biting off more than you can chew, with having it all
a boost this week.
You’re blunt, what you say
what you mean, an
this will' give
the boot to the edge of
prefers to travel up and
the ski so the skis can be steered
with said the majority are families is a 50/50 split between and snowboarders.
you. Don't question
accept that everything
Let them talk
excellent sense of
an unexpected issue arises. Use your sunny disposition and a night out to help them decrease let
Your advice-giving nature
be needed by a loved one
helps to stais fly-
and private lessons for $47
said their discover
features lessons that can be taken in
a group or privately to learn
snowboard. Lessons are at 9 a.m., a.m. and p.m. on the weekend and at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. The program runs throughout the ski or
said they group people by age
and there are usually
Orth said the predicted end date for the ski
like to ride the rails, the
and snowboard season
four or five students from Conestoga College who will then become Team Conestoga and compete against other students from other colleges and universities.
She said there is a lot of interest tournament with 10 to 15 students stopping by CSI daily to in the
Lindsay Silva, Conestoga Students Inc.
event programmer, said there this year, just
student poker tour
Silva said she
not sure where
the major tournament will be held
5 p.m. at the Sanctuary located in the
this year, but last
She said prizes have not been
Hot Poker Tournament is holding the event, and are going to all the colleges and universities in Ontario. At the end, they create a team of the
revealed, but last year the grand
Silva said a
was a trip for two to Europe. Desiree Donn, a second-year law
and security student, said she plays
Texas hold ’em
awhile with friends, but will not be able to attend the poker challenge held
school because of work
Grant Moshonas, a third-year design student, said he
does not play poker so the event is of no interest to him. Michelle Palmer, a second-year law and security student, said she
not a poker player.
"Nope,” she said when asked if she plays the game. "I have no idea
how you The event
tour will end on Feb. 7. is
8 years of
age or older.
As an Aquarian you are a humanitarian and always looking for a
to help. A good project ward off boredom is to
The Father's House
get involved with a cause such as
Habitat for Humanity or similar
Chicopee group lessons, a couple of hundred said,
people with one instructor.
This allows skiers to ski with bet-
Texas hold ’em rules because starting on Jan. 17, the student poker tour stops at Conestoga College for
Leo July 23
speed when the skier
like to try skiing or
global sports equipment manufac-
BY FRANCA MAIO Get your chips
you for assistance. it out and use your
only gets taken away from those take advantage of
Put on your poker face
Your shoulder will be needed to cry on this week. A friend will experience a difficult situation and will
face ready and brush up on your
This week will bring you a feel-
skis again, but
challenge of the snowboard.
and acrobatics. The skier performs different jumps and flips in the air. One of the jumps includes a
mix of skiing
skis are crafted.
for a pair of skis.
on as well as a variety of jumps. There are also some half pint parks which are similar to the main snowboard parks but on a smaller
Capricorn January 19
ing of security
idea without potential
Conestoga gears up
more people skiing or snowboard-
and give an idea with much potential. Watch for jealousy from oth-
He said having two legs that can move separately makes it easier to perform the tricks and that is why some are leaving their snowboards
said he has tried the half pint
once, but will not go near the
ski hills are
November 22 December 21
Snowboard parks often have
Orth said many freestylers are to skis because of the
at the result.
thought about putting on a pair of
four years ago.
meaning of things and
you need. The Rail
keting and business development at
of anti-oxidant rich
Orth, manager of mar-
the hills in eastern
not stiffen, providing you with the
However, he wanted a new challenge and attempted snowboarding
foods like berries. Try sipping on
new technology means
www.head.com. Reed said he
Reed said his parents first took him skiing as a young boy and he
are as unpredictable as the
because they rule the throat and
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snowboard. Robert Reed, of Hanover, decided to give snowboarding a try for a
has enjoyed the sport for the
Taureans are vulnerable to colds
challenge just being able to stay
you, you need a
and snowboarders share
September 23 October 22
volunteer work. St. S Waterloo Adult Recreational Center
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You're a very logical individual
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The answer man Jennifer Sprach
journalism student holding in the
palm of her hand.
Can’t find your
way around campus? Ryan Shantz can
third-year marketing student
information desk rep-
help you locate that hard-to-find classroom
or just help you find your
the college. The desk is and operates from Monday
the Student Life Centre
Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, the desk is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— SPOKE, January 21, 2008
The man behind the mask Despite
the buzz, Steve
is still who
Bv ANNELISE THOMPSON
going to the arena
early so he can tape his sticks and
been quite a year for goalie Steve Mason, and
he was confrom the OHL’s Kitchener
Rangers, and then he
but at the
house-hold name in Kitchener, which is an honour that his new coach and GM, Peter DeBoer, feels is
OHL All-Star Classic
added bonus,” Mason fun
win under pres-
time of year,” said
buzz both in local as households, he’s a normal guy
and there are 60 teams playing for one goal and if we can come out on top it’ll be right up there with (winning) the
Mason. between the pipes Jan. 25 when the
Juniors,” said will be
on Friday, Rangers face
Belleville Bulls at 7 p.m.
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deflects a puck into the corner during a two-on-one
beginning of the season. “It’s the biggest tournament for
knows how at
well deserved. "It’s
just adds to the
buzz and excitement of the Memorial Cup this year,” he said. Winning the Cup has also been on Mason’s game plan since the
like that to
added with a laugh. But his ability to stop a puck
playoffs (for us) with a proven guy
“To add a guy lineup
new dressing room at the Aud when he added another notch in his belt by being named to the 2008
Above: Steve Mason shut down most practice last week.
louder since No. 35 rolled into town. there’s
usually a lot of goals scored,” he
returned to the Rangers
(Photos by Annetise Thompson)
team and they come in numand it’s nice to see junior hockey games supported so well.” Those same fans are already wondering if their team will be able to bring home the Cup. According to DeBoer, the rumblings have grown
and was just
for the support the fans
“(Kitchener fans) really support
nice but at the
have shown him since arriving on
your privacy," he said. But that doesn’t mean he
World Junior Hockey Czech the in Championship Republic and was named the world junior MVR Upon returning home, he received an emergency call from the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, because they needed a backup goaltender for their Jan. 8 game. medal
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Forget the bye, Well football fans,
year again. Three weeks of playoffs
matchup is set, so gel geared up for this weekend when you get to watch ...a whole lot of NOTHING. This
with Dallas defeating Buffalo, 30-
and Tampa Bay thumping 13, Oakland, 48-21, respectively.
Washington saw the 1983 Redskins defeat a young Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins,
amount of adver-
and max out media coverage for the game. Let’s be tising dollars
honest folks: are
posed to believe there are any advertisers or fans
Super Bowl is coming? I’m pretty sure even abo-
riginals living in caves in the far
recesses of the planet are aware that
championship and heal
injuries. If that's the case,
because of their abilities to fight through injuries and adversity. The
because teams get
That brings us to the
famous “wide Scott
won, 20-19, for
to this year’s
format for the skills competition similar to the slam dunk contest that we see during the NBA All-Star weekend each
The new event allows three players from each conference to showbe as creative as possible
trying to put the
weekend has needed
to get the
fans excited and out of their seats.
event of the skills
just saw, of the six years
week off was games were
Isaac Bruce caught a pass
down, giving the Rams a 23-16
arguably the most exciting Super
Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta. The Tennessee Titans were
their first-ever appearance,
their first visit to the big
eliminated, four of
a field goal
team down field and in one of the most athletic displays ever seen by a quarterback, he broke away from several sacks, sprinting and twisting his way across the field, buying time before throwing a perfect 16-yard pass to Kevin Dyson. This left the Titans
within a touchdown and two were
the defense for a 73-yard touch-
shocking turn, the Rams took the lead on the very next play In
the field and Vinatieri split the
teams separated by a
uprights from 48 yards out as time
the final sec-
speak for themselves. time for the NFL to stop worrystatistics
to start putting the fans
Step back, leT
games go on and give
young stars more room and more room for makto see.
understandable that players
that the all-star
for the fans and they
The Youngster Game has also changed its format this year. The young talents will be given the
freedom of more 3-on-3 game.
by playing a
After a disastrous display
year where the players were lollygagging around the ice at a pace
than a regular season
or playoff game, the
All the changes the future.
are sure to see breath-
(Photo by Christopher Mitts)
bode well for
ized. that something -needed to be done in order to make the fans
happy and bring some hype to the all-star weekend. They should be rewarded with a boost in the TV ratings.
the Ottawa Sports Hall of
The Edmonton Oilers have
four points out ol
the last playoff spot.
Nicklas Lidstrom has helped the
under the age of 25. These over-hyped yet talented teenagers come from the World
winning frenzy since
record of 33-9-4.
have the media
Despite this, the current NHL season has been all about the rising superstars. As an organization
they became the The Edmonton
face of Chicago.
young guns, forwards Sam Gagner
Stamkos. of the Sarnia Sting, is a prime example. The teenage phenom. who has 32 goals in 34
Blackhawks have turned things
and Andrew Cogliano.
around by signing not one. but two teenagers. Nineteen-year-olds Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toevys
Some may say these young rookies may not make a difference just
to the forefront while the old fade
Brodeur. the legendary goalie for the league with 24 wins.
Yzerman drops the puck
ceremonial face-off between current Red Wings captain Niklas Lidstrom (5) and Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson Yzerman, who won (11), at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on Jan. 12. was inducted into medal, gold three Stanley Cups and an Olympic
record of 2 -2 -4 as of Jan.
Jaromir Jagr has 39 points tor the New York Rangers. Martin
catching up to some However, although they may not be in their prime, hockey greats such as Jaromir Jagr. Brendan Shanahan and Joe Sakie are still scoring. But the media is too busy to notice, concentrating instead on young NHL stars. So far this season, the old-timers are showing fans age means nothing. In 45 games, the 35-year-old is
from Warner and broke through
defensive pair of Chris Chelios and
nine of those featured a final score
1:30 remaining, the Patriots drove
hasn't been tinkered with, and with
National Hockey League,
some disappointing events
to the final round.
The new shootout format, which will
leagues With major sports becoming inundated with young talent, the spotlight no longer shines on those who started entertaining fans back in the 90s.
competition on Jan. 26, is purely for the fans and should make up for
Another competition that was changed was the fastest skater event. The competition will be a head-to-head sprint this year rather than one lap around the ice. The actual all-star game itself
score from each conference will
remember be given an additional one point. The two players with the highest
judged based on a from one to nine by a panel of celebrity judges yet to be named. If the player scores he will and
The players will be able to start from anywhere they want on the ice
Never before had a Super Bowl ended on the last play of the game, but Adam Vinatieri would soon change that.
17-17, setting the
case their puck-handling skills and to
ing outstanding plays that every-
three field goals and a touchdown.
sions, but the Titans defence sur-
red zone on their
into the Titans
turnovers, leading to 17 points.
The Rams drove
prised everyone by holding them to
26 and 27.
is equally the most exciting and heartbreaking finish in the game’s illustrious history. There have been 41 Super Bowls thus far and 35 of those have been played with a two-week break after the conference championships. Only
more excitement has been
of Dyson lunging for the goal line and coming up less than a yard
to the title
but the Patriots defence forced three
in the final sec-
Bowl victory. The New England
records on their
Instead, the Giants
Bills the win.
would have given
would be no dynasty disnot for Super Bowl
end zone. However, the gap quickly closed and linebacker Mike Jones grabbed Dyson. The image
The Rams destroyed
stage for the most dramatic Super
right" call, as kicker
with six seconds left. McNair Dyson over the middle and it looked like he would cruise into the
games, arguably the three most exciting Super Bowls ever. In 1991, the NY Giants met the Buffalo Bills in Tampa, Fla. It was the first of four consecutive Super Bowl appearances for the Bills and definitely the most heartbreaking. All
considered a modern day dynasty,
The Rams held a 16-0 lead, but Steve McNair led his team back, with Al Del Greco kicking the
at the end,
weekend has new
League veteran, had stepped in an injured Trent Green to start season and stunned the
For the most part, the to increase the
to outlast the rest.
off before the Super
10 yards from a game-tying touch-
Kurt Warner, an Arena Football
loathe most, the ever pointless and irritating
usually benefits a
team more than a grittier, hard-working team that fought hard talented
game go on
been six seasons since the AFL-NFL merger in 1966 where the pre-Super Bowl offweek was eliminated: 1983, 1991, 1994, 2000, 2002 and 2003. 1994 and 2002 were very lopsided,
week of the year
extra rest and
Oilers also rebuilt
starting their pair of
yet. but the stats
this season don't
Ontario Hockey being named
pick in next year's
The be a
away by the media may
too much, but Stamkos*.
with other young hockey it. In a tew years
come, they're going
face of hockey, even
But the most important people hockev fans should pay attention to are those superstars who helped
have seen dazzling goals. wj|=, nessed exciting playoff series or been able to cherish a few special n't
— SPOKE January, 21, 2008
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