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Reduce, reuse and recycle The new trend of going green

The Golden Boy

can even apply

Kitchener Rangers’

new

Steve Mason

Counsellors can help balance the stress

A

learning

,

OHIP ponies up

finally

got

at a

Detroit hospital Jan. 15.

The 24-year-old Conestoga

stu-

dent underwent the potentially

life-

saving

surgery

Karmanos

the

at

needed funds. Before

raise

the

OHIP

agreed to help pay for the

risky

surgery,

they

raised

over

$50,000, including $18,000 from a one-day fundraising blitz held at

Conestoga

in

November.

leukemia

been

since

was

and

attend term.

forced to withdraw from the elec-

engineering program

trical

the

returned

disease

2007.

when

is

and

is

To prepare for Mercado underwent of

chemotherapy

the

surgery,

several rounds

designed

to

of the white blood cells in his body, leaving him very susceptible to infections. Barring any

destroy

all

complications, he'll be

in hospital

weeks afterward and spend further two months in a fully ster-

(Internet photo)

they opt to take the bus instead? Sandy Stotz, the affairs co-ordi-

Family

Today

before he

Mercado's spirits went into surgery. "He's a bit down, and in a lot of pain. But he’s remaining optimistic."

Harlan

Victros,

Martin

Mercado's

family doctor, was instrumental in getting the funding. “He wrote a

OHIP

them

put a

just

friend Dr.

believes

ing

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.

letter to

Ciiles

2008.

to April

phone number

a

Frank

for a four-month

That money will now be used to pay for Mercado’s care, prescriptions and expenses that are not

for four

ilized house.

is

who

instead

an exact match not usually cov-

ered by OHIP.

The pass

The current pass runs

one piece,

typically

less successful than

transplant,

fast

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

GRT route

from January

the

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

semester.

His doctors agreed that a

bone marrow transplant was

It

on any

October,

in

40th Year

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

battling

2002

www.conestogac.on.ca/spoke

life.

By ELIZABETH BATE

the college bus pass.

cedure. estimated to be $200,000.

has

social

an attempt to

in

Cancer Institute after OHIP agreed to pay part of the costs for the pro-

Mercado

work and a

of school,

but affordable

Better World Today, which raises awareness about bone marrow donation, had teamed up with the

his

journalism students

Dany’s

Mercado family

Dany Mercado

for

Buses not

transplant

mismatch bone marrow transplant

newsroom

Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.

Monday, January 21 2008

By CHARLOTTE PRONG PARKHILL

life.

Stressed out?

2008

on a high note.

for

your sex

goalie

starts off

cash

to

lot

in

compassion, ask-

to support this cause.

He

of effort and work into that

and he deserves recognition.'' Martin also said that right now,

letter

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."

in

case

is

it

ever lost

River Transit affairs co-ordinator, on Jan. 9.

or stolen. If a

why would

student can drive,

GRT, says

nator for the

that the

newer, more convenient bus service may help students to have a more relaxing ride to school.

“They don't have

to

stress

out

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.

it

(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

far

is

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

if

students are

com-

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

the vehicle.

increasing the frequency of serv ice

and adding features.

“They don’t have

to stress

The new EasyGO system is an automated telephone system that

out with the driving.”

Sandy

will replace the current Telerider

Stotz.

system.

affairs co-ordinatorfor

GRT

EasyGO

will

be able to

help riders plan their trips by giving them times for routes and con-

1

for $180. If parking

were the only

cost associated with driving, then the choice to

come

to school

with

of wheels might be easy, but other expenses include

your gas,

own

set

insurance

and depreciation,

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

are

(Photo by Charlotte Prong Parkhill)

fly

Rob Sauve shows off his welding skills tour on Jan. 14. See story on Page 2.

at the

t

Institute

of Canada.

major accident

in

If

you've had a

the

last

three

to

go downtown

familiar with the area.

According

they're not

if "

she says.

to Stotz. for the fall

over 700 passes

were

issued to Conestoga students.

What about convenience? Buses are available on the

all

week beginning

and run

until

routes during at

necting buses.

The system was supposed operational

in

January,

Stotz estimates that

it

to

be

however.

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

semester,

insurance companies with the Insurance

70

the

average student will pay approximately $200 per month, according several

1

passes were issued to students in

have

registered

Guelph campus

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

to

Sparks

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

6:15 a.m.

midnight, giv ing stu-

says. If

“We're hoping

for Feb.

1

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

SI

1

more per month than

lege pass: however, er than driving.

it

is

the col-

is still

cheap-


Page 2

— SPOKE, January 21

Now

News

2008

Doors open

deep thoughts

Conestoga College

...with Random

,

questions answered

What is

the

by random students

most memory-jogging aroma?

Tour

hammers

Ry CHARLOTTE PRONG PARKHILL From

beyond what you

imagine.

Huge shops “I’m

from Mexico, so There’s nothing

like that here.”

Karen Marroquin,

human

sen 'ices foundations

latest

who

are

face of trades

is

hockey equipment

after

Kayla Bruce, first-year

general arts and science

parts.

“Some

“Burnt fuel because

reminds

me

mobiling on

of

it

snow-

my

path after seeing the plethora of

of that

stuff

is

up on

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

He

Conestoga was a good college from someone in the industry.”

said

10-year forecasts predict

skilled machinists will

great

still

in

From

demand.

the mature student to the

recent high school graduate, there are a lot of

“There are companies calling

also

up the college skill

to

a career in

fit

good option

a

who make up

looking for people with

these

ways

the trades into your schedule.

cent of the

10 per

just five to at

Guelph.

full

time to

students

Programs range from

sets.”

third-year business

part time, apprenticeship or co-op,

Jim Galloway,

certificate or

Or you can

diploma. learn a

new

skill just

for fun.

Rob Sauve “There are companies calling up the college looking for people with these skill sets,” he said. “And

a Waterloo

when know

to learn

students

here,

leave

they

The building

also

has

a

huge

addition for truck and coach technicians, with in

2006.

programs

Students

who

is

that started

get

hands-on

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

region

police

management

ing course in the evening. “I wanted

how

make

to

weld properly,” he

be able to just

my

shop

fix things,

home.” There was also a tour on Jan. 15 at Conestoga’s Waterloo campus, things in

at

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.

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Matt Watson,

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management

last

day

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“As a student, the smell of a good coffee.”

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Galit Hashish, first-year

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“The smell

of justice

when you open

officer

taking a gas metal arc weld-

said. “I’ll

their stuff."

administrative

“Campfires

It’s

women,

for

dat®

Nikki Patterson

think of

be

offers.

dad’s

crappy old Jag.”

times with

campus

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

four months.”

18,

out

machining department,

welding program co-ordinator

these jobs.

find

to

worry too much about the downturn in the manufacturing industry.

changing,

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

Owen

came from London

about the millwright programs but was less certain about his career

-

tory.

“Dragging out the

precision

trades

in

a professor in the

Lou Dropka,

machining, industrial and automotive mechanics and welding. trade

a

learning

The

first-year

with the

are available for students

the smell of the tropical forest.

filled

machinery and computers

tools,

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

out changes

He

try.”

the front of the building,

stretches

Guelph campus

at

the

Criminal Code.”

Joel Campbell,

second-year police foundations

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Counsellors

2008

21,

— Page 3

;

are here to help By JOHN LINLEY Did you find yourself feeling overwhelmed last semester? Trying balance school with your social

to

life

for

and jobs can often be too much one person to handle.

The counselling

services office

light box designed to give you more sunlight. Lynn Robbins White, a counsel-

lor at the college, said the event

symptoms of seasonal

(he

is

disorder.

They have a number of events

sunshine

trying to help

planned dents

this

make

“We

easier.

semester to help stuwith

deal

it

the

stress

The events

one meetings you can

up with

set

the counsellors.

immediately,

Starting

can

set

students

up an appointment with

a

very confusing, but the staff

counselling office

in the

there

to

have displays

set

are

will also

atrium for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week from Feb. 3 to Feb. 9. in

the

There

will

the signs

and symptoms of eating

disorders, as well as a

of com-

list

munity events and resources

avail-

able.

there

in the

atrium.

have

stress

will

some

with the stress of exams.

foundations student,

everything seems

to

pile

up

at

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

to

he said.

after school,’’

Individual Sports, Tennis,

Finally, the counselling services

office will be

once again running zone and drop-in

their stress-free

relaxation sessions, both with different

methods

The

to help relieve

gen-

&

both cars severely damaged, Jan.

9.

Police

Degree students receive scholarships By VANESSA BUTLER

students. For

all

mation,

more

infor-

counselling serv-

visit the

ices office in

life

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

would

like to

extend

COM DEV

tude to

for investing in

grati-

International

my education,”

Marco Noguiera of and

“Persistence

my

Room

1A103.

said

Kitchener.

diligence

is

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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CLASSIFIEDS Have the summer

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eral stress.

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

exam week

Success Over Stress

goodies and show a funny video, all designed to help students deal

“You

They

a

reduction information, offer

help.

up

be

police

The application process can be

some winter

dreary

she said.

The display

counsellor to get assistance with

applying to universities online.

effective

bring

to

the

(S.O.S) display table

the atrium along with one-on-

in

trying into

Also, during will

will include displays

are

blues,’’

that

school can bring.

is

acknowledge stress and depression and to help students deal with to

Conestoga

is

also a

partner in a

full

joint bachelor of science in nursing

program

awarded students who have

the scholarships

their first-year at

went

who have

to

semester of Conestoga, but

first

bridging students

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

members

in

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

as

technical

specific

degree

field,

studies

in

the

appropriate business

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

tectural

in the areas

management,

at

of archi-

advanced

manufacturing technologies, health

grades

high-school

is

held every

November

and industry leaders blue

room of

to

for parents

to enjoy in the

the college.

He said each award is sponsored by one company or by an individual donation.

The

Guelph

Foundation

tion

Conestoga are

their

determine appropriate candidates." Wadia said the annual ceremony

Community award

Scholarship

requires the recipient to be from

Guelph. Matthew Grime

won

the

$1,000 scholarship, which goes to a second-year student who is also a

secondary'

in the integrated

is

advanced manufacturing technologies program.

The

President’s degree entrance

sponsored

scholarships,

were given to completed the several

Grime

school.

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with

University.

Most of

graduate of a Guelph

Conestoga College,

offers

by two

scholarships for each degree pro-

gram

-

ship

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

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one.

The Conestoga College alumni association scholarships are spom sored by the alumni association and go to outstanding alumni of the

college

who have chosen

to further studies at

students

bridging

to go on Conestoga as

who

enter the

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Commentary

— SPOKE, January 21, 2008

Page 4

Mandatory winter

law

tire

not practical Winter Ontario

may

tires

is

make them mandatory

be a good idea, but to

a step too

There has been a

in

far.

lot

of discussion around the issue over the

last

cou-

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

CBC

news

article.

According

to the article,

requiring winter

tires.

we

"In Ontario,

Quebec

is

the

don't get nearly as

you

for

have two sets of

to

councillor for

CAA

follow

as (Quebec); it

Sameer Ahmed,

tires," said

a law

suit.

them making

Dec. 22 National Post

in a

t

much snow

areas yes, however, that doesn't constitute

make

province to

first

hope Ontario doesn

Let’s

some

mandatory

consumer

a

article.

"Drivers simply need to pay attention and drive cautiously," he said.

The

article also states

some concerns

Hartmann,

Franz

Dr.

Environmental Alliance, said snow

Pakistan in turmoil

for the environment.

director

executive

of

Toronto

the

reduce fuel economy, since

tires

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 .

it

,

show

costs $137. 99. Other stores

Latitude X-Ice,

SUV

tire

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

your vehicle.

at

According

CBC

the

to

article,

drivers

Quebec

in

between $200 and $300 for not having the proper

with the Pakistani population.

Pakistan.

Moments

after a euphoric

stretched arms,

moments

tires.

And

If

Ontario

minister

prominent figure

a

nascent democracy

hope

Muslim League.

rising tide of Islamic fundamental-

from 1997-99.

well as the fine.

much

implement. Police officers won't be able to

and

tell

which

tires

motorists have

when

sit

on the side of the road

driving by. That leaves the

option of stopping motorists to check their vehicles or only fining peo-

who

ple I

think Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation and the provincial gov-

ernment should continue

inform motorists to drive cautiously

to

in

bad

weather conditions and maybe insurance companies could offer dis-

who

counts to people It is it

illegal to

doesn't

cle.

use winter

tires as

incentives to

mean every

and drive carefully

it

snow

do,

it

doesn't

know how

to

slow

down

mean everyone should have

to

to the National Post article, the Ministry

of Transportation

has no plans to implement a law requiring motorists to have

tires.

are

likely

Let’s hope they never do.

Letters are

to

you,

tell

ism

any hopes

democratic

a

vision

Pakistan and a genuine wish

modernize both the ical

civil

and

for to

polit-

like

many

that country,

in

office

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

could build

is

best

remembered

populist prime minister

nuclear weapons

in

who

as a

tested

response to

1998 -

India’s

President Pervez Musharraf.

despite strong U.S. objections.

In a deal brokered

administration, into

Pakistani

by the Bush

Bhutto’s

re-entry

an

after

politics

eight-year exile was approved by in

October of

The goal of the United

political leaders of

her terms

that the U.S.

was twice

Bhutto,

like

Pakistan

the

any kind of legitimacy around

Musharraf

landscape of her country.

Sharif,

of

prime minister - from 1990-93 and

But he

in Pakistan.

Bhutto’s death has also dashed

Benazir Bhutto was a great leader,

Twice elected

tires.

According says

still

driver needs a breathalyser installed in their vehi-

in winter,

descent

But

so.

drink and drive but just because a few people

Likewise, just because a few people don't

have winter

do

in

remember 9/11. As many people of Pakistani

with

get into collisions and don't have winter tires.

the

we

that

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

to

maintain Musharraf

last year.

States

in

president of Pakistan,

was

power but

as

give

all

have van-

air.

a

to Pakistani

most

the

Pakistan,

Instead, the death of Bhutto has

for

Dec. 27 assassination of Bhutto

way

ished into thin

an

probably have to deal with getting points on your driver's licence as

same

that

a huge

is

leader

suffered

remember

no doubt

Sharif,

Pakistanis around the world will to

is

and in

that legitimacy

created

crushing setback.

A law for mandatory winter tires would also be extremely difficult to

However, there

Bhutto’s assassination

death 'of

the

rights

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

the

hopes of

blow

tears.

no doubt come

Opinion

salut-

was awash with

in that very instant,

with

women’s

ing her supporters through a car’s

sunroof, the street

However,

Bhutto, a champion of democracy,

after the

herself vulnerable by

made

be fined

will

Wei-Lon Lee

crowd

received Benazir Bhutto with out-

blood and

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

you get

If

A Michelin

goes up from there.

system which was

U.S. -backed

Dec. 27 will be remembered as a

they have better traction and therefore cause

nuclear test

Although not known

in

explicitly as

a religious fundamentalist, Sharif

remains very close right in Pakistan.

So

February elections,

the

for

Pakistanis

to the religious

*

can

choose between

Bhutto's widower Asif Ali Zardari,

nicknamed “Mr. 10 Per Cent”

for

continual support

the kickbacks he allegedly took, or

of the military dictator by reintro-

a populist right wing Islamist, or a

ducing Bhutto through elections

military dictator

and power-sharing.

ing

legitimacy to

Basically,

its

Bhutto

was

only

more than

Pakistani

who wants

noth-

to maintain power.

politics

of graft and financial mismanage-

allowed back into Pakistan because

meaning

ment.

she could provide legitimacy to a

rock and a hard place.”

to the phrase,

gives

new

“between

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is

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SPOKE, January

21

,

2008

— Page 5

dieting habits

Fanatical diets need to be a thing

With 2008 underway, toward dieting have to

of the past. attitudes

change.

Kerry

There are so many people in the world obsessed with dieting and

Reed

losing their extra pounds that they

become possessed. There is nothing wrong with losing weight, especially

something

that

safer to lose weight in the correct

a person healthier

and

amount of time for you. Even though most people loath going to the gym, it is, unfortunately, one of the easiest ways to start

if

make

will

is

it

happier, but going about

way

it

the right

extremely important.

is

Opinion

Rash and spur-of-the-moment do not work. Sure, you may get the results you want fast, but diets

keeping the results

is

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

losing weight.

a

Make

the time to

week

to start

how

find out

go at least twice and soon you will

great

feels to get

it

moving.

know from

I

friend.

can be your best hated going but once it

I

became

first-hand experi-

gym

ence the

routine

I

lived for the

not to mention the results

Getting help

makes

was hard work but worth

it

easier and safer to lose

weight

amount

the correct

in

of time for you.

Instead of going on crazy, unhealthy diets, you should seriously sit down and make a game

sweat

A

It

the

end.

in the

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.

Do

not starve yourself by eating

nothing

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

survive.

consult a nutritionist or dietician. Getting help makes it easier and

all

fitness

plan for yourself. It

gym,

got.

I

day; you need to eat to However, make it healthy

in a

choices.

Since

it

worth

(Photo by Hien DJnh)

the beginning of a

is

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

it

Police are abusing

powers

their an

Recently,

off-duty Waterloo

regional police officer

was charged

with impaired driving, dangerous driving, leaving the scene of an

Jackie

accident and driviiK with over 80

mg of alcohol The

Allwood

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

that

question, including the death of a

man who was Vancouver

at

the

seems

this

tasered

airport.

It

past year caused many people, including me. to wonder if police in Canada have been pushing the

boundaries

and

abusing

their

National Non-smoking

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.

The

officer

who was

charged was

placed on administrative duties, a punishment I don't think fits the

power.

This officer has ended

crime. I

up making himself and

Will

Opinion

eran of the force allegedly collided the in another vehicle with

do know

who was

that any other person charged would probably

Week

is

you

COUNSELLOR’S CORNER: You

can’t stop crying.

butt out?

Jan. 20 to Jan. 26. For tips on quitting, go to www.nnsw.ca.

You

Grief

feel angry.

You

feel

numb. These

feelings are

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,

natural,

it

delaying the healing process.

continue to work too, unless they

the police force

drive vehicles for a living, but this

look foolish.

is

a police officer

to set ty.

We

know

all

that

once and a

while the odd officer will flash the cruiser's lights enabling them to go

through a

traffic light to get to the

Tim Hortons

station

or

quicker.

They

a

little

also speed past peo-

slow speed traffic zones (school zones) and do a rolling stop ple

in

an example

He

who

is

for the

supposed

communi-

should also be setting an

example

for drivers.

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

If

you have a friend who

is

grieving, don’t worry about saying the

wrong

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

in the

sto-


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21

,

2008

— Page 7

(Internet photo)

Believe

it

or not,

you can green your sex life. Andriana

condom

Bertfni’s

couture includes

made

dresses

out

unused condoms.

of

Get your green on Living the green By KAYLA

GRANT

a big impact

From

light

bulbs to condoms,

if

you look hard enough, chances are you’ll find a green option.

going green may seem ing the environment

While

trendy, savis

worth

it.

Celebrities and organizations alike

have joined the cause this past year to advocate for and offer alternatives in the crusade to fight global

warming.

Now, you're probably thinking, bulbs sure, but condoms? As

light

the saying goes ask

and you

shall

Treehugger.com offers a how to green your

receive.

section on

full

sex

life,

featuring a top 10

list

with

when

advice on what to look tor

buying condoms, toys and even The website also eco-undies. offers advice

on how

to

be eco-

friendly in other ways, such as

how

green your community, summer, wardrobe and car. Visit the website

to

more

for

mean? To ecologist Janet Cox, owner of Factory 163, being green isn't just a phase but a way life. -

"For

me,

• Five is the number of planets

places nearby instead of driving.

making

"People

the

choice

walk places make a huge

to

differ-

ence," said Cox. It

takes

some

discipline, she said,

but getting into the habit

help you further on

now

will

in. life.

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.

Cox

said there

and gloom

is

a lot of

scenarios

‘going

green

is

a

doom

regarding

warming and personal changes alone won’t make a differ"Our

planet

is in

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

2004.

"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

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

ending up

never wear again. Soon you will be able to dispose of them safely,

thanks

a

to

new

by

initiative

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

to

drop off

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and

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average

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the self-serve area to

who

are interested.

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said

Graves.

The m

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Canada approximately 27 per all waste was recycled in 2004. a 65 per cent increase from

fl

In

kilt

cent of

9.6

Cox.

2000

"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

self-serve

beside the

area

is

located

new Tim Hortons where

students can also go for photocopy-

and incinera-

K IZ3

%

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

footsteps.

Ln Ch

own

recyclable shop-

bag and bring

it

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

things. It's

whv

not

use

a

easier for everv-

one." said Shelley Read, a cashier

who

has worked for Zehrs at

Beechwood plaza

the'

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.

reusable ones.

ted

tUnpdC"

their

different recyclable items such as

.

Recycling has become second

other retailers and grocery

stores are being conscientious, cre-

reusable bag?

are going to be implement-

the school

hectare Ps* person.

Waterloo.

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

measure*? «g’cbal

in

Many

als.

ing bins in

needed

Shop

ping bag so that numerous plastic bags don't have to be used each

"We

m/.t

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zc prvdkice

pep j

ay

be reused or recycled properly.' said Allysha Bendik. a customer service representative at Future

ating

construction.

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

Eco-footprint

“We

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

tors.

its

somewhere? Perhaps you have an

,

posting activities prevented about 64 million tons of material from

Cox.

have an old cellphone drawer

old pair of glasses that you will

Some

she said.

cling has a large

Do you

that is collecting dust in a

to

Source: Treehugger.com

serious trouble,"

Alerts, in 1999 recycling

is

everyone lived like the average North American. If everyone lived like the average European, if

ence.

my

your fridge

we would need

global

process

of constantly evaluating impact on the planet," said

By SARAH JAYNES

to

start

tips.

But what does “going green"

of

biking

or

Numbers

Cox

transportation.

is

walking

suggests

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Repairing Police

had a portion

repaired a

of

Hespeler Road

traffic light.

in

traffic lights Cambridge closed

Grand River floods Jan. 14 while city crews

trails

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

combined

with the coJd

pose a serious hazard.

Last year.

Max underwent

surgery to implant

a

new

kind of pacemaker, one with technological advancements unavailable just 5 years ago.

Every time you give

to the

Heart and Stroke Foundation,

you fund research

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21,

BY FRANCA MAIO

-

You

week.

this lie

approach you

seems

It

a

like telling

give you an advantage.

will

Don't do

Be your

it.

usual honest

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

whether

receive appreciation and respect.

- it

music or a story something you'll keep.

is art,

it

will be

Taurus April 20

Scorpio

May

-

week

this

20

new

hits

down

a

You race into the and exchange your skis

challenge.

rental store

When

weather.

neck. Avoid colds by keeping your

another person

neck warm, drinking

get jealous, just simply ask

of water

a lover checks out this

week

look. This will reveal

green tea also high

yo.u'11

in anti-oxidants.

be surprised

were not

as exciting as the hills in

western

Canada where he once

May

21

June 21

-

You want it all and more. Beware of biting off more than you can chew, with having it all

a boost this week.

comes

down

Don't

the

all

leave

responsibilities.

your usual

unfinished business,

back

come

will

it

of

trail

haunt you.

to

You’re blunt, what you say

what you mean, an

this will' give

You

is

you

will shut

the boot to the edge of

last

He

32

prefers to travel up and

June 22

-

of boxes

selection

rails.

down

the ski so the skis can be steered

with said the majority are families is a 50/50 split between and snowboarders.

and

a

sometimes

it

is

which

you. Don't question

Learn

is

unlike

enjoy

it,

it.

accept that everything

to

December 22

igfl

come

to

Let them talk

who

excellent sense of

it.

them

-

the

January 20

August

will

when

an unexpected issue arises. Use your sunny disposition and a night out to help them decrease let

-

February 18

Your advice-giving nature

and

to help

Aquarius

be needed by a loved one

fibre

helps to stais fly-

according to

hill,

Head’s www.head.com.

website,

turer

If

you

He

start at

and private lessons for $47

program

said their discover

features lessons that can be taken in

a group or privately to learn

how

to

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

1

1

winter.

He and

said they group people by age

and there are usually

ability

six

Orth said the predicted end date for the ski

like to ride the rails, the

March

and snowboard season

is

24.

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

three weeks.

ask

Lindsay Silva, Conestoga Students Inc.

event programmer, said there this year, just

student poker tour

best

your poker

out,

for the

show up

when

it

will start.

Silva said she

is

is

not sure where

the major tournament will be held

at

5 p.m. at the Sanctuary located in the

this year, but last

new Student

Toronto.

Life Centre.

year

it

was held

in

Red

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

company

called

was a trip for two to Europe. Desiree Donn, a second-year law

prize

and security student, said she plays

Texas hold ’em

at

home once

in

awhile with friends, but will not be able to attend the poker challenge held

at the

school because of work

obligations.

Grant Moshonas, a third-year design student, said he

graphic

does not play poker so the event is of no interest to him. Michelle Palmer, a second-year law and security student, said she

is

not a poker player.

"Nope,” she said when asked if she plays the game. "I have no idea

how you The event

play.”

tour will end on Feb. 7. is

open

to

anyone

1

The

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

way

to help

The Father's House

church

get involved with a cause such as

Habitat for Humanity or similar

loose.

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

no sign-up

22

stress

humour

feel better.

Leo July 23

It

new

speed when the skier

down

which dollars

1

a

enjoys the

like to try skiing or

an hour.

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

you would

back-flip.

is

still

seriously

Put on your poker face

-

Your shoulder will be needed to cry on this week. A friend will experience a difficult situation and will

If

offers eight-session

ing

face ready and brush up on your

This week will bring you a feel-

he

skis again, but

to

challenge of the snowboard.

and acrobatics. The skier performs different jumps and flips in the air. One of the jumps includes a

bilize

a

has

snowboarding, Orth

a

ter control.

said that

according

ease,/

mix of skiing

is

called, Intellifibers.

to

rails

scale.

Reed

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

the

idea without potential

tf

July 22

transfer

ing.

Conestoga gears up

^

safely

more people skiing or snowboard-

Another reason

and give an idea with much potential. Watch for jealousy from oth-

_

seeing

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

ers.

Cancer

ski hills are

Freestyle skiing

slide

November 22 December 21

power from

new way

Snowboard parks often have

Sagittarius

Chicopee, said

Orth said many freestylers are to skis because of the

the hills.

Gemini

to

moving back

years.

He

at the result.

flex

helps you

thought about putting on a pair of

four years ago.

meaning of things and

you need. The Rail

flexibility

keting and business development at

skiers

what

made them

of anti-oxidant rich

Orth, manager of mar-

do

the skis

and there

Canada

the hills in eastern

don't

the deeper

lots

not stiffen, providing you with the

when

However, he wanted a new challenge and attempted snowboarding

foods like berries. Try sipping on

and eating

new technology means

www.head.com. Reed said he

Reed said his parents first took him skiing as a young boy and he

21

the slopes

upright.

He

-

are as unpredictable as the

because they rule the throat and

lots

— Page 9

snowboard. Robert Reed, of Hanover, decided to give snowboarding a try for a

has enjoyed the sport for the

You

Taureans are vulnerable to colds

2008

,

challenge just being able to stay

Dwayne

when

hill

you, you need a

lived.

October 23

November

are skiing

suddenly

it

will

and snowboarders share

Skiers

September 23 October 22

situation

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February 19

Pisces has a tendency to feel

You're a very logical individual

who

studies

making

all

the facts before

a decision.

A

sion will have to be

week fact,

major deci-

made

this

but watch for an error in it

Meeting Times: Sunday 10 am & Wed. 6:45 pm

March 20

could seriously affect the

others' pain as their

come

own.

A

friend

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— SPOKE, January 21, 2008

Page 10

The man behind the mask Despite

all

the buzz, Steve

Mason

is still who

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humble

just likes

going to the arena

early so he can tape his sticks and

bond with

been quite a year for goalie Steve Mason, and

It’s

only

it's

Week

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London Knights

he was confrom the OHL’s Kitchener

to the

won

Rangers, and then he

but at the

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same

sometimes you

like

Steve

Mason 1

1,

Mason

has turned

Mason

or

into

a

house-hold name in Kitchener, which is an honour that his new coach and GM, Peter DeBoer, feels is

settling into

credibility

instant

in

the

OHL All-Star Classic

DeBoer.

that

sure

team.

added bonus,” Mason fun

to

win under pres-

time of year,” said

that

...

all

buzz both in local as households, he’s a normal guy

the

media

as

Mason

insists

I

think

it

your

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

World

well

Mason. between the pipes Jan. 25 when the

Juniors,” said will be

on Friday, Rangers face

against

off

the

Belleville Bulls at 7 p.m.

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at practice.

beginning of the season. “It’s the biggest tournament for

Mason

Despite

said.

much

knows how at

Mason

teammates during

junior hockey

well deserved. "It’s

Below: drill

of his

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

10

not too

like that to

added with a laugh. But his ability to stop a puck

playoffs (for us) with a proven guy

it’s

“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

“Actually,

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

your

returned to the Rangers

an

(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

goaltender because

a

for

his

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Mason

and was just

1

their

Kitchener Rangers

Jan.

isn’t

for the support the fans

“(Kitchener fans) really support

Steve

privacy.”

like

the

nice

time,

nice but at the

have shown him since arriving on

at the

“(The attention

is)

your privacy," he said. But that doesn’t mean he

time,

grateful

a gold

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

teammates.

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his

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questions

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Sports

Forget the bye, Well football fans,

it's

time of

that

year again. Three weeks of playoffs

and

clone

are

Bowl

Super

the

matchup is set, so gel geared up for this weekend when you get to watch ...a whole lot of NOTHING. This

week

No

Bowl.

make

with Dallas defeating Buffalo, 30-

cussion

and Tampa Bay thumping 13, Oakland, 48-21, respectively.

XXXVI

does

Washington saw the 1983 Redskins defeat a young Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins,

the Patriots

27-17.

game was

NFL

amount of adver-

and max out media coverage for the game. Let’s be tising dollars

honest folks: are

we

sup-

really

posed to believe there are any advertisers or fans

Super Bowl is coming? I’m pretty sure even abo-

who

know

don’t

the

riginals living in caves in the far

recesses of the planet are aware that

the

upon

us.

NFL

Perhaps attempt

teams

from

to

championship

week

the

an

is

championship and heal

the

let

off

is

their players

rest

injuries. If that's the case,

defeats

These

it

purpose completely.

the

made

teams

far

this

it

because of their abilities to fight through injuries and adversity. The

we

reason

see so

Super Bowls

is

many

lopsided

because teams get

A

it

wasn’t close

It

was

That brings us to the

fans

football

famous “wide Scott

attempt

onds

won, 20-19, for

the

their

the

second Super

to this year’s

weekend

to

NHL

be held

in

Patriots

are

NHL

The

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

puck

in the

when

back of

the net.

This

something the

is

weekend has needed

star

NHL

all-

to get the

fans excited and out of their seats.

And

with so

players there

many is

highly skilled

no doubt

that

jaws

last

event of the skills

in

the

2:12

that

was within

just

three

we

just saw, of the six years

the

week off was games were

as

a

WR

Isaac Bruce caught a pass

the

won by

down, giving the Rams a 23-16

onds.

giving

the

And

their

us

to

arguably the most exciting Super

Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta. The Tennessee Titans were

Bowl

ever:

making

their first-ever appearance,

the

making

Rams were

Louis

St.

their first visit to the big

ice

eliminated, four of

were

close, three

a field goal

The evidence

lead.

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

McNair

brings

that

alas,

Patriots

title.

As when

field goal.

within a touchdown and two were

the defense for a 73-yard touch-

Super Bowl

two

the

shocking turn, the Rams took the lead on the very next play In

the field and Vinatieri split the

first

with

teams separated by a

uprights from 48 yards out as time

expired,

touchdown, and

a

finished

remaining.

down

and

led his

It’s

in

the final sec-

games

there, the

is

speak for themselves. time for the NFL to stop worrystatistics

economic

ing

about

and

to start putting the fans

its

on-field product

first.

interests

and the

Step back, leT

games go on and give

the

NFL

exciting that

we

us the

championship games

deserve.

look

young stars more room and more room for makto see.

understandable that players

want

not

is

to

but

risk

injury

to

they

have

to

that the all-star

weekend

want

for the fans and they

to see

effort.

the

all

The Youngster Game has also changed its format this year. The young talents will be given the

league,

freedom of more 3-on-3 game.

ice

by playing a

After a disastrous display

last

year where the players were lollygagging around the ice at a pace

much slower

than a regular season

or playoff game, the

talent

new system

moving

endless

we

taking plays

game

all

All the changes the future.

around the

skill

are sure to see breath-

The

long.

(Photo by Christopher Mitts)

bode well for

NHL

A sports

finally real-

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.

Former

Detroit

Red Wings

the Ottawa Sports Hall of

lie.

The Edmonton Oilers have

arc

New

Jersey Devils,

is

second

Even

Detroit

Red Wings

to

a

1

now

1

sitting

in

fact:

1

4.

a

and

four points out ol

the last playoff spot.

the

Nicklas Lidstrom has helped the

Fame on

The stunning

Edmonton has

13

players

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

in a

Despite this, the current NHL season has been all about the rising superstars. As an organization

they became the The Edmonton

face of Chicago.

Junior Championships.

Seventeen-year-old

Stev en

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.

games

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

League,

that's

struggling,

the

Chicago

Jan.

1 1

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.

the

legend

captain Steve

for the

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

with

goal

from Warner and broke through

past years.

defensive pair of Chris Chelios and

players.

field

nine of those featured a final score

1:30 remaining, the Patriots drove

hasn't been tinkered with, and with

be the

National Hockey League,

old age

with

some disappointing events

to the final round.

The new shootout format, which will

NHL

leagues With major sports becoming inundated with young talent, the spotlight no longer shines on those who started entertaining fans back in the 90s.

game

tied the

competition on Jan. 26, is purely for the fans and should make up for

advance

will be

Young

time.

all

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

level

In the

Rams

After the

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

of

themselves,

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.

may

will drop.

skill

in total

17-17, setting the

tied,

finish

It's

case their puck-handling skills and to

427-267

ing outstanding plays that every-

shootout

year.

posses-

three field goals and a touchdown.

new

a

first six

sions, but the Titans defence sur-

The

on the

Atlanta on

created

red zone on their

into the Titans

out-gained

turnovers, leading to 17 points.

one wants

has

short

The Rams drove

prised everyone by holding them to

gives the

All-Star

26 and 27.

Jan.

Rams

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

game.

yards,

while

more excitement has been

little

Orleans.

of Dyson lunging for the goal line and coming up less than a yard

to the title

but the Patriots defence forced three

a 47-yard

in the final sec-

Bowl victory. The New England

New Louis

in

St.

way

records on their

game-tying

Instead, the Giants

Bills the win.

The

if

the

Bowl

would have given

that

would be no dynasty disnot for Super Bowl

but there

end zone. However, the gap quickly closed and linebacker Mike Jones grabbed Dyson. The image

numerous offensive

final three

remember

Norwood missed

field goal

The Rams destroyed

league, setting

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

hit

show on

“greatest

the

game.

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

by

turf.”

considered a modern day dynasty,

1

down

for

The Rams held a 16-0 lead, but Steve McNair led his team back, with Al Del Greco kicking the

at the end,

a competitive

the

NFL

leading

Opinion

weekend has new

All-Star added

but

out there

left

have

There

League veteran, had stepped in an injured Trent Green to start season and stunned the

break

For the most part, the to increase the

Mills

could

relevant.

it

to outlast the rest.

NFL

I

off before the Super

reason the

give would

Christopher

— Page

2008

,

10 yards from a game-tying touch-

20 years.

in

Kurt Warner, an Arena Football

this extra

that

loathe most, the ever pointless and irritating

dance

usually benefits a

it

team more than a grittier, hard-working team that fought hard talented

21

game go on

the

let

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

the

is

extra rest and

SPOKE, January

their

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yet. but the stats

this season don't

the

in is

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NHL draft.

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pick in next year's

The be a

attention

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along

away by the media may

too much, but Stamkos*.

with other young hockey it. In a tew years

players, deserves

come, they're going

to

face of hockey, even

dethroning

the

to

if

it

be the

means Sidney-

talented

Crosby.

But the most important people hockev fans should pay attention to are those superstars who helped

mould

the

W ithout

NHL

into

what

these legends

it

is.

we would-

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Stanley:

Cup moments.

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