Sports have gone to the dogs their pets
Spice up your life The Spice Girls are back on
tasty Valentine’s treat
also has health benefits.
— No. 6
Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.
Student heads to Brazil By LEANNE
the kind of per-
comes her way. foundations
(Photo by Jennifer Marko) living in
residence, swipes her card to get into a hallway.
Ayala will graduate from the foundations program in April, but unfortunately she cannot
They have now installed a cardswipe reader for that elevator so guests can't sneak in. Guests will need the resident they’re visiting to swipe their card in order to gain
There’s lots of things that parents worry about when they send their child off to college, but one thing
them more than any-
ty students to volunteer
However, guests should
“There is a sign-in procedure where students have to sign in their guests and we require a piece of says identification," photo Kobylnik. "We also have staff
“We have 24-hour service at the front desk and cameras in the building," she says. "There’s never care of.”
She says she thinks residence is doing a good job with security. “There is swipe admission into the hallways and elevators and no
Mexico have too many
said residence staff
Kobylnik says one big issue is residents are propping their
by being mindful of the securiof themselves and other resi-
of an still
Kobylnik says there were some concerns addressed earlier in the year that one of the elevators was accessible without having to swipe to get into
"While the elevator is normally always monitored by front desk staff, we recognized a potential problem that could happen when a staff member has to momentarily
addition to rounds
are living in
provided to students
regards to rules, safety and security
and information on the staff and what they provide to them.
"Our resident advisers also receive training on what constitutes sexual assault and what they can do to help a student
Guatemala and Salvador and
they wouldn't be very challenging.
Ayala had her heart set on Morocco. Unfortunately, she was told group
dynamics would clash so she wasn t able to go. Ayala has strong leaderskills and the leaders were younger than her so the organizers thought this w'ould pose a problem.
also the others
the building," she all
atmosphere that you can definitely get comfortable in." Kobylnik says it an assault occurs, the. resident is to immediately notify a staff member. There 24 is someone at the front desk hours a day.
have any questions or concerns about this or any other issue, please come to the front desk "If residents
and speak to a staff member." says Kobylnik. "Residence is continuously working in partnership with
Conestoga College’s security services to revise and edit our procedures for sexual assault so that we are doing everything in our power to protect
help her as a police officer. "I
a continuous cycle little
life is vital.”
Ayala thinks this will be a good experience for her two children as well. She wants them to understand that it's part of life to learning
contribute to society.
"Sometimes people take things for granted. Whatever 1 learn. I can transfer to different things in life. she said.
Each team member going needs
She has sent out letters and teachers so far hoping to set up a table in the
to family, friends
Laurier forwarded her application to the University of Waterloo where they were planning a trip through the
not just the great people
Kobylnik. "During this time, guest could get into the building
says she doesn't have to worry about her safety in residence and it has never been an issue for Paris
room, there is a $2 charge to get back in. Also, if a card is lost there is a $20 charge for a new' one. Kobylnik says there is a mandatory building-wide meeting at the beginning of the year where information
get to the doors
and alcohol awareness, how combat homesickness, etc.
one to India. Ayala was born
without going past the front desk, says Paris. "It’s very reassuring and
put in place is the lock-out charge. If students lock themselves out of
while attending to a situation elsewhere in the building," says
he says. “As well, the residence provides ongoing programming that deals with this subject as well as things like drug
a great place to live."
Another procedure residence has
gel later into the school
says staff recog-
says that resident advisers are
required to do two rounds every hour
have been age residents to not sneak their guests into the building because
access their suite.
residence shouldn’t be able to gain access to the building, but having said that, their hardest
throughout the evening."
card access system." he says. Residents must also play a strong
a doubt in
communities and make
her see things differently, which will
does their best to maintain the safety and security of the building. •’All of the access points from the lobby into the various hallways and elevators are controlled by a swipe
was planning four different trips, one to Morocco, one to El Salvador, one to Mexico and
manager of Conestoga College’s
an information session.
trying to get in without the resi-
and says she
Wilfrid Laurier University to attend
son or daughter could be assaulted. John Kobylnik is the general
lives in residence
ing in the
$3,500 for the trip. The rest of the team members are University of Waterloo students who will be doing fundraising through
away from home, Ayala went
First-year health office administration student Stephanie Paris
Anaconda, making her nervous
through the Global Youth Network. After reading the flyer a few times and getting chided by a friend that she wouldn't be able to survive in another country, eating different foods and being
says the Kitchener- Waterloo Sexual Assault Support Centre was invited into residence in September to host a booth to advocate safe approaches for all students to pro-
her of the movie
gery to correct her vision.
meantime, Ayala is headdo some humanitarian work. Ayala found a flyer posted on the wall of Conestoga's Doon campus. It was an advertisement for universi-
of learning and every
Ayala thinks about going
policing until she has laser eye sur-
ing to Brazil to
Sao Gabriel da Cachoeria.
give her a better outlook of different
about big snakes and piranhas.
roles that keep Ayala busy.
As busy as she makes time to help Stephanie Paris, a first-year student
mother of two children are
Christian educational institution
to Brazil, she said that
port worker, a volunteer at the col-
student, a part-time personal sup-
lege and in the
Negro and teaching English
on any chal-
likes to take
also be living and
Although Ayala was disappointed about not being able to go to Morocco, she was very excited when the opportunity to go to
came up. The team, consisting
and is hallway and sell something, possible 1 candy grams for Valentine s Day. in
an attempt to raise the funds. If you would like to support
Ayala on her
you can donate
by visiting www.canadahelps.org/DonationDetails.aspx. type in her name. Cinthya Ayala, and the destination which is.
message box. If you would like more information visit program. the about or www.globalyouthnetwork.ca
who have been
before and eight participants, will leave
return June 3.
they arrive, they "ill get
three or four days of training.
be staying in schools and churches and sleeping on hammocks. The team "ill work in an orphanage and with street kid'' in a will
Ullage named Manaus. Ayala doesn't know what
be teaching school
subjects to the children along
(Photo by Leanne Mountford)
Cinthya Ayala, a second-year police foundations student, is
to Brazil to
— SPOKE, February
Now ...with Random
questions answered by
By MARCIA LOVE You may your shoe
fetish for stylish
Who is your dream
your wallet. There are the obvious problems women can encounter while wearing high heels, such as poor stability and the risk of stumbling or tripping.
However, those favourite shoes also strain lower leg muscles, cause curved toes and bunions and
“Eminem, because he melts in
to the back, legs, feet
second-year early childhood education
Bridgeport Family Chiropractic, said high heels put too much weight on one spot on the foot and stress the spine.
many women may
even realize their shoes have so much to do with back pain. "(Women) might continue to
“Meg Griffin, ’cause no one else likes her.”
wear high heels
for five to 10 years
before they realize what
back pain." Brooke Bilitz, a third-year financial planning student, said she only wears high heels because she finds them comfortable and attractheir
won't even wear
ning shoes at ing
she said. “I have a high
find high heels
Bilitz said her high heels don't bother her feet at all, and she even wears seven-inch stilettos. However, she said she has had some mishaps while wearing high
obvious.” Tina Matejin, third-year
better for me."
"A few weeks ago I was standing on my porch and I jumped off to go and talk to my neighbour," Bilitz said. “I didn’t realize the' grass
slipped and snapped the
(Photo by Marcia Love)
Could your high heeled shoes be the reason Third-year financial planning student Brooke
heels right off."
day could be in charge of Badder Bus
women not wear high heels at all. “How much poison is too much?”
feet all day.
he said. “Poison is poison. There is no acceptable amount." Beth Awrey, a first-year accounting student, said she only wears
feet sore if she
second-year broadcast-tele vision
your back pain?
said she wears
high heels every day.
“Kathy Badder, so one
Winchester said he recommends
said she in
she said. “I had to
is worse. Continual wearing of high heels
on a daily basis increases the risk arthritis of the knee and may cause nerve damage to the feet. “By the time I see patients experiencing pain, there may be many of
in a puzzle of pain," Winchester said. "It becomes difficult to completely undo the damage.”
high heels on special occasions, such as birthday parties, dances
the rest of the time."
and class presentation days. She said the shoes sometimes
no acceptable length of time to wear high heels, a longer period of
Winchester said although there
“Wilma Flintstone, because she was if
Chad Leitch. second-year broadcast-television
“50 Cent, because
can't afford a dollar.”
Michelle Haack, first-year
marketing (Photo by Hotty Featherstone)
Winterfest Alumni family and friends enjoyed a free public skate and games held by the Alumni Association at 3. President Susan Milton said she was pleased with the 50-person turnout as
the rec centre Feb.
Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!
as CSI’s involvement.
or six times
— Page 3
Conestoga enjoys two snow days Conestoga College shut its doors on Feb. 1 and 6 due to the weather. Barry Milner, from physical resources, said the school has only been closed
By VANESSA BUTLER you are looking for something if you believe thoughts and touch can positively impact the lives of others, if you are ready to explore your beliefs about health and healing, if you are open to the idea we exist beyond the borders of our skin and if you are interested in If
learning how to practise sense perception with energetic touch, then
program. Healing touch is a complementary energy therapy that can be used with traditional in conjunction therapies or as a stand-alone treat-
(Photo by Vanessa Butter)
Students in the healing touch program refer to the items pictured above as a focal point. The students try to focus all their energy toward the centre of the room.
development or deepening
of spiritual connection, decreased
improved quality of
and practice sessions. There
mood, immune system strengthening and support and improved
Andrew Shishkov, a first-year woodworking technician student, showed up in time for class on Feb. 1, only to find out classes had been cancelled.
even speak. “I am am still aware of everything that’s going on around me." Healing touch practitioners use their hands with light or near-body touch to help clear, balance and the human energy system, thus promoting healing tor the mind, body and/or spirit. The healing touch program is a nursing continuing education multi-level program in energy-based therapy that moves from beginning to advanced so relaxed, but
focus on something peaceful, like nature or the beach,” said part-time a Leovina Canete, teacher at the Waterloo campus. Healing touch skills are becomin validated increasingly ing health-care systems around the country!
Hospitals that support the pracof healing touch as part of their
integrative health-care system have found that it facilitates the return of
Level six addition
the instructor level. In
throughout the world, are
increases and as research supports
Healing touch has had an active research program for over
0 years and more than 50 healing touch studies have been completed at universities, medical centres and in 1
The program has been taught since 1989 to more than 86,000 participants worldwide. Over the last 17 years healing touch has
been effective in demonstrating a positive impact in the health-care community. “It is definitely something that all skeptics should experience at least
once,” said O'Brien. "People need to experience how at peace healing
at the top of everyat the
meeting on Feb. 4. Topics covered included program expansion and the recent $2. 27-million funding from the government, but it was another
most attention. Tibbits John President announced a new sign at the Doon campus will soon be installed that will be visible from the 401. Tibbits said roughly two years ago there was a sign on the side of
topic that got the
important to the college. feel like we are losing
something by not having a
Installation of the base is curunderway outside the rently
woodworking building. The installation was expected
be started sooner, but frost as well as the construction of the pedestrian bridge delayed it.
something by not John
thinking about removing the old
was but there was a huge windstorm about a day or two after we developed the new logo and the (old) sign blew off, said Tibbits. Thoughts of replacing the sign have been on their minds ever since but the college wanted to "I
wait until they had the funds to net a good one. Tibbits said the
-j f im " the other side of the 401 the developbusiness, In other ment of the Respect campaign b\
Students Inc. Student Life was discussed.
CS1 and college staff hope the campaign w ill become a big part of students' everyday lives
college and in the community. Another item covered was donation being made b\
Kitchener trucking company, to
and coach program at Guelph campus that w ill take place on Feb. 13. Tibbits hopes the Guelph cam-
the truck the
having a sign.”
was redesigned so they were
the building but the college crest
work using energy-based con-
For more information on healing touch research go to healing touch
standing and practice of healing
snowmen was a
which students use a variety of hands-on techniques that facilitate energy balance for wholein
a series of energy-based therapy
Hospitals, nursing and medical schools, and allied health profes-
on the days
health professionals and individu-
(Photo by Charlotte Prong Parkh
smattering of ice pellets.
ety of energy-based modalities that are sequenced in levels one to five.
The program incorporates
closed on Tim Hortons, located at the Doon campus, was across southswept Feb. 1 because of the winter storm which and a snow of centimetres ern Ontario dumping 15 to 25
to health care.
(Photo by Wei-Lon Lee)
The healing touch courses
physicians, body therapists, coun-
ness within the individual, supporting physical, emotional, mental
from Conestoga and is now working as a nurse. O'Brien said when she
are open to
The healing touch program
mobility after surgery. (Photo by Wei-Lon Lee)
commitment to personal growth and knowledge of holistic a strong
pus will be the centre for transportation trades in the province in the near future.
expected the sign will be up and running in roughly three weeks. It
Tibbits said it will display the time, temperature and the college logo.
“That will become a landmark, the Schneider's sign." said Tibbits. adding. “Hopefully in the near future we will have one on like
Also discussed was Stratford General Hospital's construction on the emergency w ard and how it may impact the Stratford campus. Council members were told trailers from the construction teams around the campus may block some of the doors. The next council meeting wall be held on Monday, April 7
— SPOKE, February
Ontario strikes out
again for students One of It
is working to deadline. work underpressure and how organBut guess what? The Ontario government is doing
the oldest practices in life
tests people's ability to
ized they are.
1999. the Ministry of Education decided to overhaul the curriculum. One of the new policies was to eliminate deductions In
for late assignments. that the policy
became mandatory. going
ation of students. Being tardy
unacceptable, and this action
only puts a smokescreen up for misguided students. Sabrina Shaheen, a senior at Nelson High School in Halton, a recent student is
unfair to conscientious students like her
for the Burlington Post, says the policy
"Students will suffer when they graduate." she said of those not meet deadlines established by teachers. "... Education is essential in our competitive society. An education
system should teach teenagers how to live in the real world. Instead of being aware, students in the Halton District School Board are living in a bubble and are becoming unaccountable to the subjects
Whether it is teachers, parents or society, it will be everybody's problem once these students graduate." added Shaheen. Besides the obvious problem of creating a bubble for students, this also puts undue stress on teachers, who may get students handing in numerous assignments and projects months after the original due date.
and the culture of other races.
Casey Kalvaitis. president of the Halton chapter of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, said in a Jan. 25 article for the Milton Canadian Champion, he recently received a copy of a memorandum from the Ontario Ministry of Education, under the title Growing Success, which directly addresses the issue of marking late and missed assignments. "Teachers must use assessment and evaluation strategies that are fair to all students,” states part of the ministry document. It later lists nine methods for dealing with late and missed assignments. The
"used as a
last entry, related to
reducing marks, says
E.C. Drury high school principal interview with the
Jan. 25, said she sees merit in
Despite our youth, tory that
to separate a student’s ability
would be a teacher revolt, but I'm not sure it's much different than what some teachers were doing before in terms of having some flexibility for students who feel overwhelmed and can't get some work in on time,” said Taylor. this first
Saskatchewan felt the tragic consequences of that cultural deficit as it buried two of its youngest citizens. in
of the Yellow
Quill reserve, east of Saskatoon,
former high school
bubble has suddenly burst.
letters to the
should be signed and include the name and telephone number of the writer. Writers will be
be published. no longer than 500 words. Spoke reserves the right to edit any letter
have spent their
and alone on a cold January
abuse and a lack of housing and
ability to care
our fellow citizens.
group of our citizens ignored for too long. Our
created by a cultural identity cri-
help for those with drug and alco-
heal as a group.
wants more counsellors and more
or-get-eaten country, instead
for the strug-
of the greatest things about
to an indi-
future filled with the obstacles
vidual to be punished or
look out for each other.
each other as a group
gling reservation. Specifically she
wrongs. They come together
would they have faced if they had grown up? An uncertain
for forgiveness and opportunity to
instead of leaving
and drug addiction. And maybe, just
they pray and they each
with better medical servic-
called a healing circle.
would not have been drunk
that night, causing
facing a problem in their
get together and talk.
with higher morale and
substance abuse the
community, often the
of action for native leaders
a sense of
would have been high-
the morale er.
ployment, high alcohol and drug
pride and culture on the reserve
hol problems. She and other native
es available the
Canadians are calling for a return
re-introduction of native teachings.
First Nations' reserves in this
country, suffers from high
from the native people. to traditional native culture
of Jan. 29, after being separated
money will make things better. It may be all we know how to do. In this way we could learn something
Feb. 2, a small First Nation
This policy is going to put high school students in a comfort zone that just isn't realistic in the real world. They could get used to being able to complete a work assignment two months after it’s supposed to be finished. But they won't get rewarded in the real world, they’ll get fired. then they'll be
may have left us with a debt we can never hope to repay.
to the First
always been taught that more
the land, the lives
Nations' community. We’ve
of minorities. To build a strong nation
ago our white. British ancestors founded this nation on the backs
had taken them outside
froze to death in the early
young country by
any standard. Less than
responsible for creating the unaccountable child?
Canada owes a debt
federal government, trying
methods of healing
something new and begin It’s
the native culture in
time to bring
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COUNSELLOR’S CORNER: When we
are going through
end. Suicide suicide
College hopes to double
some warning Talk of
may seem to
desperate, or that there
to believe the
— Page 5
in their lives.
who have considered
unbearable, or you are wondering
signs to consider:
- escape, having no
being alone, feeling hopeless or helpless,
suicide, death, or plans for suicide;
number of programs by next year
- desperation, hopelessness, disconnection from
relationship problems, work problems, school/failing grades, trouble with
the law, family breakdown, sexual/physical abuse;
By MARCIA LOVE Conestoga is looking to diversify ils market and allow people a greater opportunity
ondary education with its foundation programs. Conestoga president John Tihbits discussed improving access to foundation programs at the board of governors' meeting on Jan. 28.
lack of interest/pleasure
things, lack of physical energy,
disturbed sleep, loss of sexual interest, loss of appetite;
Behaviours - alcohol/drug abuse,
post-secondary education," Dinning said. "They allow for a
higher level of program comple-
prized possessions to friends and family, telling
Thfe college currently has seven
foundation programs, but hopes to increase the number of foundation and technique programs to
have no opportunity
students would have no opportu-
approximately 20 by 2009. Other business discussed includ-
to the college for a year and decide what they want to get into. “Without foundations, many
opening of the masonry the Waterloo campus in
sudden and unexpected change
to a cheerful attitude,
who suddenly becomes
a cautious person
you suspect that a person
of school, prior suicidal behaviour, putting affairs in order, giving
ask them about
happening with them. Talking about suicide with someone does not
someone cares about what
they are going through.
A partnership between Conestoga and the Ontario Masonry Contractors Association
Mike Dinning, vice-president, student affairs
resulted in the construction of the
a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
of this information applies to
you or someone you know, ask
new 10,000-square-foot centre devoted to masonry training. “(Foundation
people more opportunities to participate," Tibbits said.
number of students coming
Tibbits said the
room is not workshop is training
finished yet, but the
the first-cohort apprentices.
foundations who may have been unable to get into a degree or diploma program.” Mike Dinning, vice-president of
masonry The project is expected to be completed by June. Also discussed was a prospec-
tive roofing centre for roofing stu-
programs are important because they give people a chance to come
One low monthly fixed
post-secondary tougher than ever
cations to older programs offered
at the college.
High school students trying to get into college and university will find
According to a recent press from the Council of
Dr. Paul C. Genest, president
of the Council of Ontario Universities, said they had expect-
rising for the last
At Conestoga College, there has been a similar trend. Mike Dinning, vice-president of student affairs, said enrolment at the college has in the last
gone up 33 per cent years.
part of the
Conestoga has begun to offer different programs in the last two years, one of them including business foundations, which started last
Dinning said there has also been an increase
decade and the
Canada b USA
1>95 per null
said the provincial governtried to
one of been a steady
the reasons there has
increase in applicants.
Genest said the number only includes high school applications
and they will not know the number until September.
grams have seen a drop, while others have seen an increase. Genest said having the problem versities
applications has been
Ontario universities’ application centre is still processing applica-
*»95 per mdi
of increasing applications to uni-
applications level off.
According to the press release, 83,381 applications have been received for September 2008, up from 79.568 from last year and
ed to see the number of university
Ontario Universities, applications to university are up 4.8 per cent last year.
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Rez gets new residence
Woodruff life to
dence's strong relationships with college staff and will generate
engagement, leadership and edu-
including the resident adviser team.
keeping everything together, but vows she couldn't do it without
ordinate activities at the residence.
department of residence
Conestoga College's Residence Life program and overseeing leadership opportunities
By VANESSA BUTLER
worked closely with Conestoga’s
since April 2007.
Mother a student again
Woodruff has been with Campus Living Centres Inc., which manages the Conestoga residence, as a customer service representative She
has taken a position
Conestoga College as a student
Conestoga College's Residence and Conference Centre is welcoming Nicole Woodruff as the new
By WEI-LON LEE
ave you ever thought of
making a career change?
kind of like
What about going back
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been out of school for a long time," she said. “I need to get my brain back in school mode.” .
also babysits during
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children, said the profes-
sors are great.
applies for the nurs-
to get to the
Doon campus. goal for me, something
I’m doing for myself,” she said. She said she plans on applying in
her youngest son
Overall, Lewis said the experi-
has been a positive
one. "It’s been great, in the
after 10 years of being
has been a real chal-
lenge,” she said. “But
I'm doing it. It's nice I'm on the right path
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farther because she will be travel-
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only a five-minute drive.
also plans on faking biology and upgrading -courses chemistry which will enable her to apply for the nursing program at the Doon campus. Lewis said it is a real struggle
Application deadline: April 30, 2008.
She says she would definitely
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“Ultimately I'd like to become a
Lewis decided not
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Be your own boss
Lewis doesn't have any regrets, but school had always been something she wanted to get back into for herself. 'Tve always liked school; it's something I've always
mother and student
wasn't given any sort of penalty." She regularly attends classes
Monday and Wednesday evenings
with post-secondary education, but to begin a family. "I got pregnant really young," she said. “It was a matter of being a mom
Heidi Le w is,
flexibility is great
time," she said.
miss class. It was my job to catch up, and I did," she said. "The
hockey practice. And by evening, she is a diligent student.
She said her children find it funny that mommy’s back in school. “They joke about it all the
“They joke about
a busy mother of three energetic boys. By late afternoon, she is a patient chauffeur running day, Heidi
cooks when I'm not there. It's been a real adjustment for him too, but it has been work-
10 years of being
week my son had pneumonia and
Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of these symptoms.
— Page 7
CAacaiate goodness What are
the health benefits to eating the popular treat? By HIEN DINH
which is not the “Chocolate is
health benefits are to eating
only type of chocolate that
best to eat chocolate with a
butter, sugar, vanil-
make chocolate a Brenda Kemp, Reid Candy &
on Jan. 29.
abundance of magnesium.
general cardiovascular health, he
an excess of
made from only ground cocoa
of red wine, have been
regular in our diets exce'ss
"If people don’t regularly con-
ter (the fat that
responsible for mus-
chocolates without any preserva-
heart healthy and healing.
of inexpensive chocolate bars are full of wax and preservalot
that also contain bioflavonoid
general, the shelf • Canadians consumed an average of 5.410 grams of chocolate each in 1996. That’s about the equivalent of
everybody eating a chocolate bar every three days.
16 degrees C.
the food most
commonly craved by
contribute significantly to bulimia,
Several medical studies
that eating chocolate
moderation can actually prolong your
ing risk of blood clots
not physically addictive
cause acne, proven
not melt as readily
cool dry areas 12-
Canada imported an average of 81,300 metric tonnes of cocoa annually between the 1993/94 and fiscal years.
The largest chocolate bar ever made weighed over 2268 kilograms and was made in Italy in 2000. The largest slab of fudge was over 907 kilograms and was •
and does not •
several medical studies.
chocolate contains only 5-6
best to store chocolate
they reach •
obesity and binge eating.
money. Everyone can afford a dolbar. lar or two for a candy Chocolate makes people feel
antioxidants, basically in fruits and
believes people will
snack on chocolates, whether it’s milk or dark, because it's one of life's simple pleasures. “Chocolate doesn't cost a lot of
chocolate can be therapeutic and healing but (people should remember) there are many others foods
thing better for yourself.” she said.
may want to restrict consumption of chocolate to about 20 grams per day." sugar. People
status of their nerves
"That way you're doing some-
typical chocolate formulation
It’s important people remember chocolate contains a lot of calories from fat and sugar, he said. "Even dark chocolate has a lot of
"Most chocoholics have poor magnesium diets so they crave chocolate To improve the calcium
tives or additives.
50 per cent sugar." he "Milk chocolate has milk fats and solids and may only contain about 10 per cent cocoa (content), which is very little chocolate."
Fisher said other foods containing high levels of magnesium include dried seaweed, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds and dark green vegetables.
going to enjoy
treat yourself then it’s best to
problems, asthma and Alzheimer's.
and bones. "Flavonoids can also be found in the cocoa bean," he said. "They are used to repairs tissues and are very
muscle contractions and
of sugar is generally along with cocoa but-
our soft tissues. Calcium sible for
can’t enter our bones and remain in
ease, cancer, high blood pressure,
of free radicals, little molecules that cause our bodies to age and disease. Antioxidants bond to free radicals and dispose of them
sume magnesium then calcium is
said pure chocolate
dants. Antioxidants help to get rid
says that antioxidant-rich diets have been linked to a lowered risk of heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular dis-
Fisher said chocolate's best qual-
though digestion. The website also
much calcium? Calcium sits on our soft tissues and that is not the
According to the Facts About Chocolate website, chocolate is one of the best sources of antioxi-
Recent research has shown
ease,” she said.
Cambridge, unmoulds bunny-shaped chocolates in preparation for the early Easter this year, which is on March 23. Bottom: The milk chocolate in this gigantic mixer was used to
have any of the health benefits
associated with dark chocolate.
definitely has a belter reputation
proven to guard against heart
Cambridge, said dark chocolate
a chocolatier at
flavonoids and antioxidants which,
"People have similarly been promoting the health benefits of red wine which also contains antioxi-
like a glass
(Photos by Hien Dinh)
calcium and magnesium balances out their calcium levels, he said. "What's the problem if you have
Candy & Nut Shop
Some people have
dark chocolate contains, a lot of antioxidants that are good for
ity is its
than milk chocolate.
Couch, a chocolatier at Reid’s
Alejandro Marangoni, a food science professor at the University of Guelph, said milk chocolate does-
and other treats are generally mixed with refined sugars, hydrogenated fats and other non-foods."
milk and other additives that
for being your cure for heart disease. Just
rarely available in
healthy treat but don't count on
high cocoa content to allow less
people will often read that chocolate is good for them and then eat large quantities of it.
Have you ever wondered what chocolate? Dark chocolate
years old than
of caffeine. This is sig-
America’s favourite flavour, according to
recent surveys with a
Chocolates can absorb other flavours and should be kept away from other household chem-
over 50 per cent of adults
preferring chocolate to other flavors.
wwwjnybabyshowertavors, co rwart tcleschocstats.htm
a Ziploc bag before freezing.
can be frozen
Top dogs gun for international U
Other exciting sports
Stories by Kayla Grant
obedience combines obedience and freestyle.
wenty-year-old Jessica Martin, is one of the
only send three teams of their
of Maryhill, Ont.,
youngest competitors in the is considered
competitions." big love "I laughed Martin. "But after competing in the Worlds the Nationals feel
sport of agility and
one of the foremost trainers in Canada. When she's not training Mikki. a 7‘/2-year-old her dogs
Shetland sheepdog, Kash, a five-
Scotia duck tolling
and Dice, a two-year-old sheepdog, Martin is attending school full time and prac-
sync with the handler. just isn’t competitive
Canada numerous times on
Kash don’t need
few minutes each day," she "It's
team could achieve
Award of Excellence.
games qualifying rounds. Martin's sheltie,
the fastest time are based out of
Ontario with a time of 15.887
Martin said she had always wanted a dog of her own and then she saw agility for the first time on tel-
before the award was created.
Martin said her parents wanted her to take a dog to obedience lessons
she was getting a dog. I
club and signed
seconds. Talk about
got an envelope in the mail congratulating me," said Martin with a laugh. “I didn’t even know what it was."
Schutzhund (Photo by Kayla Grant)
Jessica Martin and Nova Scotia duck brate receiving their Agility Trial
Since then her and her doggy partners have travelled across, the
country to compete
Championships. Last year the trio head off to
to represent Canada in the World Agility series for the third time. Mikki so far has seven out of
eight clean runs at the International level.
"Mikki made one mistake
past three worlds," said Martin.
Martin and Kash where also one
as an off-course,
runs a four-and-
half-year-old soft coated wheaten
The literal translation of the word means “protection dog.” Schutzhund is a dog sport that was developed in Germany which tests dogs, primarily
knocked bar from a jump standard results in a five-point fault. the dog deviates from the designated course, otherwise know
the necessary traits for police-
results in a.20-point fault.
A fly off (the dog crash
lands off the teeter) results in a
mastersJf a dog gets an off-course he
I Refusal: equals a five-point fault.
communication between handler and dog is a euphoric feeling. “When you and your dog are
refuses to take an object, has any backward motion within a specified
distance before an obstacle or runs by an obstacle.
in sync,” said Metz, “it’s high-speed chess with another
Agility for the rest of
Zephyr’s health and physical
he team walks into the ring.
"He’s a better thinker."
partner waits patiently at
the start line, the other walks
confidently out to the third obstacle.
the hours of training
the challenges they’ve
Dimly, the handler hears the electronic
notifying the team that
and judge are ready. The packed crowd teems with excitement and the tension plays havoc with the team’s nerves. the
The handler meets
the eyes of his
and softly says “OK." They have 40 seconds to run
largest contingency of agility
comCanada with over 450 handlers and their dogs competing at the 2007 Ontario Regional Championship. British Columbia and Quebec tie for second largest.
Height class is determined by measuring the dog two times after they are over 18 months of age. There are four jump heights in the
Every year different regions of the
country arrange a regional event that
and jumpers 75 points. Each fault the dog gets takes points off the
dog were to get 20 points apiece, they would leave the jumpers run score.
one of the
1978 as a half-time show for
horse events. Fast forward to 2008,
in the sport, primarily
The lowest is 10 followed by the 16-
regular division. is
against dogs of the
There are two other
divisions in agility
dogs over seven years of age and
drops a bar height and have a longer course time because the dogs generally slow down with age.
Standard runs have 100 points
ing sports today, in
number with the excepgamblers where points must
steeplechase, where speed
with a set
mistake will cost them time. The is
members. Handlers and their dogs compete in six events, trying to reach a qualifying score of 400 points. Each team starts an event tion of
and accuracy are
(Photo by Kayla Grant) a miniature poodle, holds her contact on the A-frame at a held by the Middlesex Agility Club in the London Agriplex.
and dog agility and dog sports are everywhere. Ontario alone has the
a course with 23 obstacles and any
other breeds can participate, for
“The communication between you and your dog is amaz-
being. In order to direct the dog
RUNDOWN OF FAULTS
compete in an invitational held by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The invitational asks the top dogs from all the states to participate. Other countries can to
to react to everything,”
of three pairs invited to Longbeach, Calif,
she has with her dogs.
doesn’t compare to the
personal and working relationship
Martin said that while family pets have a good relationship with their
The wins the round. 2001 World Record Holders for
pletes their rotation of dogs the
Mikki, achieved his
loaded to release a
The dogs must catch the ball in their mouth and turn to run back. The team that com-
dog must have 100 master standard qualifying rounds and 125 master
learning the basics,"
Her up and comer Dice, however, requires a little more time on the still
are trained to hit the box,
order to achieve the highest
and a box. The dogs which
Bronze, Silver titles and Gold Awards of Merit and the four more,
of four hurdles spaced 10
called an Agility Trial Champion of Canada (ATChC). The AAC added
assembled into The course- con-
Until recently, the highest
moves like the moving sidestep which requires the dog to move to the side in
enough, "she said." That’s
training isn't hard said Martin.
handler and dog. The course
tising kick boxing. The of Guelph student regularly places first in trials and has represented
Maintaining Mikki and Kash’s
she went looking for another
course with signs to direct the
of a judge
calling out direction there
Martin said she likes to place bets with her training friends to keep the
feel like fun matches."
Rally-0 is less strict then formal obedience and allows for disabled handlers or dogs to
dogs that require a lower jump height due to injury, imprecise measuring or handler choice. In the veterans there
and special divisions, no 26-inch jump height.
highest jump is 22, down to 16, 10 and finally six. Dogs that jumped 26 would be dropped down to 22 and so on. Instead,
— Page 9
awards in the sport of agility dvance judge Nancy Jones said one of her favourite things in agility is the teamwork that happens between her and her dog
Jones said one of the biggest challenges in disc dog is the weath-
and as long as you aren't making them
Dexter, a border collie.
“Everybody says I
have figured each other out took over 400 runs in agility
Jones also competes lively in
disc dog, a rel
heavier set dogs have a
leaping forward, not up, to catch x
H involving Frisbee.
thest catch and dis
but after injuring her knee,
prevented' her from
catch which simply
catches the Frisbee thrown the farthest wins. Handlers have three
which they attempt to hope their dogs catch them before they hit the ground. Another event is disc freestyle, which has the hanFrisbees.
great distances and
catch a Frisbee,” she said. “I highly recommend taking a les-
take a lesson for throwing
you have the best world but you can't
Any breed of dog can compete disc
dog although Jones does cau-
Pointers, spaniels and vi/I-
where These dogs work the handler performing
birds are hidden. front ol
something called quartering. Tracking falls easily into field as both sports ask for similar behaviours.
an old dog sport
very physical sport,” she said. “The handler must remain in "It’s a
contact with her dog. You’re really
baggage on the end of a line. It's amazing to watch a dog. They know exactly where they're going. It’s a thrill to have a dog take you from article to article.”
handler’s choice. The RPT becomes very useful in tracking and field two other dog sports.
“There are several good techniques for teaching your young dog
a blind quietly
an easy sport to train forsaid Jones, although finding practice space in the winter ca be difficult.
son or two.
Catches are from the start they are and bonus points for far
The other events
sas flush birds out or point to
test (RPT) is a simple test of the dog’s ability to retrieve an object of
team is given one Frisbee and two" one-minute rounds to get as many scored by
wanted to keep her dogs active. Disc dog offered the perfect solu-
into a lake. This usually
dlers exercising their imagination
Jones originally started
o in p e t e
to retrieve a dead bird been shot, sometimes trekking through mud or swim-
waiting for an unsuspecting fowl to
throw consistently straight and low Trisbees," said Jones. "Ideally you want the dog to be chasing down the Frisbee and difficult
into the air then they should-
did see Dexter retrieve a
retrievers the competition involves
risbee while in flight." she
new sport Canada
“The wind can do wicked things
and went deep
where dogi I
Frisbee that got caught by the wind
lour feet coming off when making a catch. till
Like Metz, Leahey credits dog for her animals’ overall
(Photo by Kayla Grant)
healthy lifestyle, both mentally and
Jingles, a white
two very different sports. Tracking puts a dog on a scent much like in search and rescue.
physically. “1 think dogs that don't
herd, races through a set of
do any of
close similarities, are
very natural behaviour for
dog," said Bev Leahey,
both tracking and field with her labrador retriever Chance
this lead a very dull life."
and golden retriever Jake. Field can be many things said Leahey. Different breeds have been developed for hunting. With
Canada, www.aac.ca United States Dog Agility Association, www.usdaa.com I Canadian Disc Dog Association, www.canadiandiscdogs.ca I Canadian Association of Rally Obedience, www.canadianrallyo.ca I North American Flyball Association, www.flyball.org I Agility Association of I
A gem from the Caribbean fP| Experienced chef adds personal and unique touch
the city of Kitchener
By JOSHUA KHAN that
With a unique
popular by the day
if you suddenly something new for
lunch or dinner
the outside, the restaurant
Chefs with a
pare food, especially rant gets busy.
you will hanging
from the ceiling, the neatly set tables and the relaxed atmosphere as reggae music plays in the back-
usually hire staff to help
be too quick to judge.
Once you open
I’m doing ip because be different and food
doesn't look like much, but don’t
food and culture into the area. “There’s nobody really doing the Caribbean food on the level that
the first to introduce that type of
Kitchener, the restaurant
thought the bistro would be
a city full of
international cuisine and fine din-
that’s not to Ellison
and his restaurant. With one assishe prepares each dish himself, whether it's an appe-
tant helping him,
c.purse or dessert.
"Its not that
don't want to have
ground. You will also notice a chef and talking to visiting' tables
a staff,” he said.
do things the way you want. “A lot of my dishes are self-creat-
isn’t in the kitchen, but that’s
ed. For instance, there are a lot of
Some would wonder why chef
dedicated Elvis Ellison
Jamaica, Ellison’s days home coun-
as a chef started in his try
began training to
traditional prepare French-style cuisine. Since then, he has taken his skills and passion for
him on his numerous hotels
the culinary arts with
working at in Ontario and even England. However, when he came to Kitchener, he thought it was time to use his 30 years of experience and different. In something do December 2004, he opened the restaurant, Ellison’s Bistro, and switched his cooking style to one which was native to his roots and
rather than a
European one would
have staff and they
sauces out there, but
Each dish is also made from scratch, whether it’s
variation of them.
an order of bread or a fancy
That way it’s totally differfrom anywhere else.” That level of dedication has helped Ellison over the years.
(Photo by Joshua Khan)
of the chef.
But as the years went by and more people moved into the community, it was time tor a change. the years the
extended because there were a few dishes you couldn't find anywhere in
chef, Elivs Ellison
Kitchener,” he said. "So by
“One of the hardest things is when a large group of people come into the restaurant at the same time and everyone orders something different," he said. "For instance, some will order appetizers, some will want a main course while others will want desserts and they all want it at the same time. From there, you just have to hope for the best."
people would catch on
be something new in the city. “There weren' t a lot of Caribbean
restaurants around or any places
touch to each dish can be stressful.
regards to preparing meals, said adding his personal
In addition to
running the restau-
holds cooking lessons
and offers a catering service. In
teaches a basic course to groups of
(Photos by Joshua Khan)
Right: Ellison’s also provides
and dinner party servyou want the same type of service and Caribbean flavor, all you have to do is call catering ices.
(Photo by Joshua Khan) at
Bistro offers patrons a just
Caribbean cuisine than
the chef himself.
who want to learn some of cooking techniques. “It's not Caribbean food alone either, because I also know how to do a variety of European dishes," he said. "But if you want me to people his
show you how
Caribbean or European food,
If you’re not a good cook, Ellison can cater your next event.
“Most of my menus made, meaning
your budget and
dietary need,” he said.
patrons of his restaurant, Ellison
mainly a learning experience because there are some people out there who don’t even know
favourite in Kitchener.
hopes Caribbean food becomes a
cook. So the experience
not only great for them, but
Above: Appetizers range from $4.50 to $10.95, while main dishes start at $12.50.
soup or curried goat.
new dishes. was able to try to make the restaurant something that ing
prepares each dish from scratch, whether
customers came swarming in because they either knew or heard
“One of to
thing’ and that."
may soon become
future,” he said.
do Caribbean cuisine
have a the 'in-
to be a pail of
Gradvisor program connects students with alumni By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE
by providing insight regard-
ing career evolution and entry-level
unaware of Alumni Association of Conestoga can serve them will
soon be able to utilize a new resource more tailored to their field
of study than a typical
view or resume
The alumni’s gradvisor program, an
being revisited by the
services, said career-related inspi-
Walksafe to the rescue!
Second-year police foundations student Dave Teper, left, and second-year woodworking student Richard Freeman make their rounds during their Walksafe shift. Teper said the experience has
interesting as well as rewarding.
are a lot of factors to consider (in the job market).”
interested in facilitating
Gradvisors will be recruited based on inclination to volunteer, with -a subsequent registration
like to assist with,
not have time to
call if a
would consider (guest speak-
student needs a resource,”
rated by the est,
with a grad, whether
search support, resume writing and
job interview services in conjunction with grads of any era.
direction persists as well.
leads or a job shadow,
sense of what (their
of work," she
The program would allow
dents to either personally or elec-
network program-specific graduates eager to extend their volunteer tronically interact with a
which offers job
“My hope would
and the demand for experiential
at the lat-
having adequate student interest and ample graduates readily available within each program.
can contribute,” he
faces the possible challenge of
cally with the college's career serv-
“There seems to always be interest from students to try and connect
advanced over the
Gradvisor, which will be inaugu-
would be open dia-
logue with students regarding
The program, being reinstated a more technological conscience, will also work symbioti-
today,'” said Wright.
monthly meetings but
Mary Wright, manager»of alumni by Marcia Love)
leads for specific skill sets.
resource toward career advising, mentorship and job
guest speaking and providing job
current students for use as an aca-
connect graduates with
offers (students) the incentive
process identifying key areas they
association after years of dormancy,
to say ‘they
such a wide (career) Held.”
he said. “Times keep changing and technology keeps changing. There
way of having
a few (gradvi-
is a way that (alumcan give back from a career perspective and help mentor up-and-
a 1992 gradu-
ate of the electrician construction
and maintenance program, said the prospect of being a gradvisor would benefit students by helping them navigate the extent of their
mer Tim Hortons
relocating torthe forsite
serve students and faculty.
For more information, contact Mary Wright at 748-5220, ext. 2356
m wright @conestogac. on. ca.
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AUBREY HAGAR DISTINGUISHED TEACHER AWARD
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who demonstrate exceptional those are teachers commitment to students and to their programs and whose teaching skills are above average. They also demonstrate leadership in their schools and/or the college and in related work with their professions or in the Distinguished
community. For more information or nominations forms, contact one of the following
committee members: ..ext. 3259 2006 Award Winner - Geoff Johnstone ..VM. 3881 2007 Award Winner - Peter Findlay ...ext. 3496 Scott Paul School of Liberal & Media Studies 3351 ...ext. School of Business - Anna Bortolon ...ext. 3309 School of Engineering & Information Tech. - Kristin Higgins ..ext. 3913 Roth. Elizabeth Mary School of Health & Community Services ...ext. 3829 School of Trades & Apprenticeship - Fred Fulkerson
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— SPOKE, February
Protect yourself while and meat
Health insurance, extra cash By KERRY REED Imagine yourself lying on a beach with a cool drink in your hand and no troubles. But, after you get home you discover you have contracted hepatitis from the contaminated ice cubes which melted in the drink you had on the
ruption and trip cancellation.
you should consider bringing with you
because there are some
they can get the
sure you have
"One common people have
Republic or Cuba, hepatitis A and B shots are required. If going to the Caribbean then a typhoid shot is
to six to
cubes or that
said there are
your head while getting your hair done or by having any open wounds. The biggest one is
yourself while on vaca-
at the hotel
or resort take
departure tax of 25 pesos and without that you cannot leave the country.”
out of the country, conduct
if you where in Canada and obey the same laws. Be aware of any laws which could be different from Canadian laws and particularly know the alcohol and drug restrictions for each individual
“Students travelling alone without chaperons especially need to
other than health precautions, to
Silvija Smith, manager and coowner of Beechwood Travel and Cruise, 450 Erb St. W., Waterloo,
water, salon tools not being sterilized,
contract hepatitis are
spice aisle, will take
highly recommended. Make sure shots are received anywhere all
you can reach the meat tenderizer, found in
peeing on a jellyfish
sting will cure the pain but,
places as Mexico, the
and passports in there. Also, with your passport make multiple photocopies of it and keep them in a separate location from the original and leave a spare copy of it at home in case of emergency. “Take a Visa card which has not been maxed out and some spare emergency money in cash. Also, in
childhood routine shots up-todate and that your tetanus has been updated within the last five
make sure you
advantage of the in-room safes, if available. Put any valuables, cash
really nasty viruses.”
appropriate shots and precautions
drink from bottled water
unexpectedly in case of an emergency and trip cancellation so you do not lose any of your money if it
on their reading week need to be aware of the health risks before they go anywhere,” said Susanna Clarke, a reg“Students
have to have health insurance in case you hurt yourself while travel-
any regular medication, Advil or Tylenol, disinfection medicine and a meat tenderizer if planning on
tenderizer are just a few helpful tips
contaminated water. Always make sure you drink from bottled water because there are some really nasty viruses,” said Clarke. “Apart from getting
“Everyone should travel ample health insurance, trip
bers and never travel alone, especially at night,” said Smith.
Taking extra precautions
Dominican Republic are a must. Never drink water unless tled, and be very cautious of where you get any cosmetic makeovers.
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Respect By WEI-LON LEE
a basic human
and diversity awareness
college, said he doesn't like to use
Life Centre staff are for the Respect up Campaign and they need your help
to create a cross-college culture
on campus, simply because it gives people the impression that awareness to the
respect and tolerance.
Although the campaign is slated to launch this fall, staff have already arranged a series of respect campaign committee meetings for members to propose ideas about how the Respect Campaign should look and feel. ‘‘What we want to accomplish with the Respect Campaign is to
beginning and an end. "But just because the
help foster a
pus for everyone
lives here," said
effort to bring
Respect or has
ended, doesn't mean that we should stop respecting one another." he said. “The process is ongoing."
Vanessa Strickland knows about
about more inclusiv-
president of the Conestoga
have improved somewhat."
As Strickland explained, vandalism has always been a problem for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual and Questioning community. but on one Monday morn-
October 2006, she found that display had been torn down and taken away. “That was the last straw for us, and we took our case to the diversity committee, which was chaired by Deb Marshall from Human Resources at the lime, and that's how the campaign started." Besides property vandalism, ing
People need to
what they say before they
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Gong,” she said. For Hua, the issue is not just about respect and tolerance, but
Wei Hua, founder of the Falung
Conestoga, said she
laces similar discrimination
Like the pride club, the Falung
also has problems with van-
“People were taking the transparencies that put on the projecI
tor,” said the first-year
accounting practice student. “Even after I wrote ‘please respect others,
do not remove,’ they
the basic human rights of freedom of expression. “I think having a respect campaign is really great, because having respect for others is what Falung Gong leaches,” she said. However, the challenge will be to overcome the misconceptions that Chinese people have toward the Falung Gong. “People might not think this is wrong, because most Chinese view
us as an evil cult, so in that respect,
Though she could
not be certain.
do what they've been taught," said Hua. they actually think things
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But the GLBTQ club is not the only community on campus that
them.” things like ‘Oh that’s
right other mainland Chinese students.
be pretty bad
so gay' or don't be a lag’ that slip
club bulletin boards. to
out of people’s mouths." she said.
there arc also smaller things that
and in 2006" she said. “We still have some sporadic cases of vandalism here and there, but things
biotechnology student has seen her fair share of vandalism on the pride “It
BY NOON TO THE (2A101)
— SPOKE, February
Conestoga indoor soccer kicks Stories by
There were eight teams battling
soccer tournament on Feb. 3. The Condors played against the
could not capitalize.
the tournament and
was a game of chances for both but in the end it was Fanshawe capitalizing on more, edging the Condors by a score of 3-1
game was Niagara College who was The
goalkeeper makes a save to against the Condors. Alumni 1 went on to win 2-0. 1
With momentum, Conestoga had
several chances to take the lead, but
keep a 1-0 lead
the net to seal the deal.
crease for something you don't see every day, a goalie scoring a goal in
Conestoga Invitational women’s
(Photos by Aaron
losing to the
up of ex-Conestoga players. Niagara got off to a hot start when they scored on a corner kick
After their goalie kept them in the with numerous big saves,
Niagara made some pretty passes to move up the court and place a chip shot neatly in the corner of the
Condor’s net just out of the reach of the goalkeeper. With only minutes
Conestoga's goalkeeper. After plenty of missed chances and a number of key saves by the
Knights netntinder, the Condors scored a strange one themselves to even the score at one. With coach Aldo Krajkar screaming “at the
Condors Despite a storm
was another low scoring
day to take part in the 10th men’s Invitational Conestoga
second game of the round robin against the Niagara Knights. The Knights had a great chance early on to grab the lead, but were denied by the Condors goalkeeper
indoor soccer tournament.
with a great finger-tip save.
The Condors men's team faced off against the Fanshawe Falcons
Conestoga came right back with a chance of their own but the strike just missed the Knights’ net. After ringing one off the post a Niagara player took the ball in a scramble in front of the Condors’ net and placed it in the corner. Conestoga looked like they had it tied at the end of the game when a
players from various colleges
Conestoga the next
in an intense game of five-on-five soccer with both teams questioning
Fanshawe opened the scoring when a player blasted one off the crossbar before a teammate neatly
up the garbage for a rebound goal to make it 1-0. The Condors battled back with several chances to tie it up, but the picked
the Niagara goalkeeper for the
biggest save of the game, securing a 1-0 victory for the Knights.
finished off an incredible play and
has been tight like this all day and the goaltending, both ours and
great saves to keep his team
Conestoga’s effort did pay off they were given a free kick. A picture perfect cross and header
game at one. The two teams each had
chances to pull ahead, but with solid goaltending from each side the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
has been excellent
viewed most of the game from the stands because he said it gives him a chance to see what they need to improve on and Johnstone
This year’s Super Bowl was a
it gives the players and coaches a look at the different With a short break the Condors -teams they'll be facing later in the season as well as the coaches get a were set to play their third and final chance to see where they need to ‘game of the round robin, a game of improve the most and which playCondors from the past and present.
out of time.
exhibition, the atmosphere at the rec centre
feel like the final
tournament of the year. The final game was no different. Both teams battled competitively, but it was the Condors of the past who came out on top with a 2-0 victory and a place in the semifinals. Already leading 1-0, the Alumni team added insurance with a great strike to the bottom corner of 1
ers play well together. In the finals the Niagara Knights edged out the Alumni 2 team 1-0. Ford said the tournament ran smoothly and the turnout was great. “It was a great tournament again.
This tournament raises
soccer scholarships so again we’ll be
have a really tough game
coming up because a lot of the members of the team have played for me,” said Johnstone. With a laugh he added, "They also like to stick it to the old man so it’s a good
The Fanshawe Falcon’s goalkeeper watches the the net. The Condors’ and Falcons’ game ended
strange as a red carpet in the
attending the game.
stadium amidst the
other shows than the actual game.
to the semifinals.
tournament and I wanted everyone to get a chance to play. Sure we want to win, but the main thing is that everyone has fun.” In the finals it was the George Brown Huskies defeating the Alumni 2 team -0. tion
A Conestoga defender heads the ball to a teamrriate in a game against the Alumni 1 team. The Condors knocked off Alumni 1, 1 -
of a football
Instead of a live
treated to a
promised dancing I
would stop watching. After they it like men” and began circling a football while snapping their fingers like they were in West Side Story, I had seen enough of the pre-game celebration.
decided to “settle
be asking too
of the media machine that
Super Bowl. After
they do have
was even stranger is that it led nowhere; it was located a half-mile from the stadium. Seacrest’s appearance was perhaps an attempt to bring in more viewers,
views and winner predictions in the week leading up to the big game. I just think the majority of the actual
For the majority of the show. Fox had American Idol host Ryan Seacrest hosting a red carpet event
of a singing competition should be
Boston for sporting supremacy. Two groups of fans met on the street and
where he interviewed the
heavily featured in one of the biggest
was geared more
rather than keeping the football fans
already been watching.
Fox’s highest rated
show. But that doesn’t
Hard work seemed to finally pay Condors stuck it to the Alumni team and handed them their first round robin loss with a 10 victory, but it wasn't enough to
taped performance of Abdul’s poor
off as the
ball roll in
challenge for these guys.”
John Krasinski which team he would be cheering for. Krasinski was wearing a Patriots hat. Another Fox celebrity who made an appearance was Idol judge Paula Abdul, who was on hand to debut
be more about
some scholarships money we made,” said
able to give out
get no easCondors as they were team which is playing the Alumni made up of past Conestoga player who have been coached by
The next game would
The New York Giants were able to overcome all odds and defeat the
indoor soccer and varsity
ier for the
moment was when he asked
an invitational tour-
nament that’s competitive and that’s what you want to see,” she added. Ford said the tournament is great
together,” he said.
what players have good chemistry. “I was mixing up the lines a little bit to see which players fit well
sporting events of the year.
cross-promoting the Fox network’s
competition pitting the underdog against the undefeated.
England Patriots 17-14 in the most watched football game ever. While the game was a success, the pre-game show left a lot to be desired. Clocking in at four hours
Marlene Ford, said the tournament has always been competitive. “When you get athletes together they are going to compete from start to finish,” Ford said. “We have firstand second-year players as well as players who had played back in the
Super Bowl pre-game should be more about New
was very tight in the first two games and Condors’ coach Geoff Johnstone said good goaltending was the key.
player hit a strike that was stopped
a win, loss and
southern Ontario on Feb.
Condor’s goalkeeper did just that and snuck one between the Knights goalkeeper’s legs from her own
pressured for the tying goal, but ran
with a shot that seemed to fool
The Condor’s goalkeeper kicks the ball away from trouble at the 14th Conestoga invitational women’s indoor soccer tournament
something you wouldn’t expect to see from a critic of singing voices.
ing a segment about the ongoing
stating historical reasons
analysis, player inter-
football talk should be
on the day
of the game.
football fans will
Idol or the sports rivalry dancers.
Perhaps next year the network could shorten the pre-game, which would mean less filler so they could concentrate on the the teams involved.
switch up the order and have the celebrity
leading up to the game.
interviews and segments could per-
haps have more players from the and present offering their
upcoming game. The Super Bowl is already one of
analysis of the
draws of the pre-game should concentrate more on entertaining the biggest television year.
reaching out to
The game of football should be the main draw.
be watching a four-hour pre-game
show, and most of them want to see football, not the cast of American
C'CsCfo By SARAH JAYNES
singers have also used
showcase their individby each performing a their individual solo song from
this tour to
â€œSpice Girls, Spice Girls," has been chanted all over North
America since Dec. 2 when
group kicked off its reunion tour in Vancouver. Old or young, male or female, lifelong fans of the singers have been awaiting a reunion concert since 1998 when Geri Halliwell,
known as Ginger, left the group. The remaining foursome otherwise
appeared on the
with the Stars, showcased her danc-
ing ability with a
Melanie C. belted out a song from her new CD during a laser show.
Geri Halliwell and Emma Brown performed impressive choreographed dances while they sang older songs from their solo CDs. Beckham Victoria Although
The British phenomenon was labelled the biggest group since the Beatles when they released their
enjoys performing in the group, she has committed a lot of her time to her clothing line. She did a little spin
tried to maintain their girl
good in 2001 after album on their own
but broke up for
around the catwalk
most widegroup in history.
ative designs at the
Spice Girls the
in one of her creshow, leaving the
1996 they released their first by followed Spice album. Spiceworld which was released in
with various costumes, flashy light shows and crazy backup dancers
reuniting for one last reunion tour for their fans.
crowd and the
excited and engaged in the dancing. Not only is it exciting to sing
along to your favourite Spice Girls songs, but the concert is extremely visual
with lights, lasers screens
from the 1990s; giving fans the chance to hear them perform their hit songs
and colourful props. The crowds have gone wild
Toronto and Montreal
the group has received
The shows have been
extremely entertaining and exciting for fans who have been following their music for years. They cover
Wannabe. Say You'll Be There, Mama, and their new song Headlines, that was released in all
the big songs, such as
right before they started the ly.
Clockwise from bottom Spice Girls perform
their signature outfits; Geri Halliwell
(Ginger) sings her solo
Raining Men; Melanie Brown (Scary) dances
piece jumpsuit, an
her leopard oneoutfit
the 1990s: Melanie
Chisholm (Sporty) flexes her famous biceps; the group struts their stuff: Victoria
sings Holler, a song released Geri
Bunton (Baby) sings a track
from her solo album.
New York, and
continue to show their appreciation for the Spice Girls as they continue
through the U.S. later this month. Although they planned to continue their tour in Australia and Asia, they announced that they will end their tour in Toronto
on Feb. 26. cancel-
ing their last dates so that they can
concentrate on their families and their solo careers.
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