Computer mogul Bill Gates made
Need a new place
his farewell tour.
The Red Papaya
exotic dishes at a
time, it was was running against a good friend," Sonsor
course, but at the
kind of sad because
bad for Nikki, but at the I'm looking forward to
the challenge. I'm so excited!"
Sonsor says meeting the CSI staff in her first year is what made her decide to first jump on the CSI board of directors. She had never been on a student government, but she wanted to join CSI when she didn’t
"There are sayers and there are doers, so I stepped up to make a
Sonsor also just wants student
know what CSI can "I
of Conestoga's most talented
many positives to CSI. "Fm driven and I'm very
"I'm so passionate about
want the best experience
possible for everyone at Conestoga."
“The old sanctuary was a great place to just
want the new sanctuary to be like that.” out and
Sheena Sonsor, new CSI president
With her new responsibilities on the horizon, Sonsor says she has a of ideas for her term, but she understands that the new board of
a student lounge space and a value added services that we could offer on that campus," she says. The environment was also a big part of Sonsor's
campaign and she
she says. "I've
been on the board for two I think I have the experi-
wants to make the school more
ence to work with the new board and
“Sheena is a great leader and so is Jenny. know they’re going to do great I
ideas she had in her elecspeech were to make CSI and/or Tim Hortons reusable mugs, online project submissions
on recycling and energy
year laid a very
improve our relations with the dents and faculty."
the current CSI she believes CSI is
and that Sonsor and be a great addition to the CSI board in the fall. "I feel confident they're both
good foundation for next year's board and I want to continue to
president., says in good hands
instead of paper, a greater
great things happen."
Roxy Stand current CSI president
what I can do to help and represent the Conestoga students,"
would like to see it used as a showcase of our extremely talented Sonsor says she also wants to improve relations with the satellite campuses. "We don't have a lot of representation at those campuses, so I want to get them more involved, so their experience can be as good as here (the Doon campus)," she says. Sonsor also wants to look at establishing a presence at the potential new Cambridge campus, which would be an upgrade to a full campus from the current satel-
of students don’t
what CSI can do to help, so want to keep students informed I and aware," she says. Sonsor says she thinks can bring
designer, and also getting the pieces
directors will have their
change," she says.
friendly," she says.
don't think the
new Sanctuary to be like that." Sonsor says she would like to look
"I want to work with the faculty administration and to make Conestoga more environmentally
2008-2009 school year. Sonsor says when she first heard her name, it was a bittersweet moment. She was running against a close friend, Nichole
improve the new Sanctuary. new Sanctuary is what it could be," she says. "The old sanctuary was a great want place to just hang out and is
something exciting happened for Conestoga students Sheena Sonsor and Jennifer Watson. Sonsor was named the next CSI president, and Watson was elected
board to get their ideas and hers into action. One of her main goals
board meeting to attend, nothing spectacular to occur for anyone. But during that Feb. 19 meeting,
— No. 9
was going to bo just another Wednesday. Just the usual Conestoga Students Inc. It
at a time
a deadly disease, lives every year.
Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.
Leaders named By ALEX
The billionaire was here -- sort of
going to work well together," says Stanciu.
"Sheena is a great leader as so is Jenny and I know, together they're going to do some great things."
Money, Sanctuary hot topics
board of directrors election platforms CSI board of directors, emphasized the importance of
By WEI-LON LEE
About 70 students heard candidates vying for spots on the Conestoga Students Inc. board pitch promises at an election forum Thursday. Students also had a chance to, ask questions and voice their opinions forum, held at the atrium
CSI president Roxy Stanciu.
candidates each presented platforms to a cheering audience of students.
“Students need to have better awareness of the different activities and events at Conestoga," said first-year
radio broadcasting stu-
dent Sarah Carmichael. “I want to
being a voice for the students." he said.
The second-year business management student also said his experiences both as an existing CSI board member and as past president of school council in high school has helped equip him with the tools he needs to make the coming fall semester an enjoyable one.
believe students have a
Josalyn Radcliffe. student
first-year nursing student
Josalyn Radcliffe said one of her initiatives as a
by Franca Maio)
Cold comfort Heat and Stroke Foundation during the Polar Plunge event on Feb. 21. More photos and story on pages 8-9.
George Fasken takes the plunge
of the other major themes of the session w as also inter-program
believe that students have a richt to study in no financial
grief." she said.
Will Pham, 'who
on the cur-
“There's nothing you hate worse not knowing how you're
aoing to get he said.
after an ev ent,
Another area of concern which was brousht up by both Pham and Ouellette is the new Sanctuary. “For those w ho remember the old we used to call it ‘the dunaeon' and it was a really cool and
student foundations Darvasi. a single-mother
raising her three-year-old daughter and returned to school after a
five-year absence, the main chal-
member of the board
of directors will be to introduce cheaper on-campus food options to help alleviate financial pressure on
tion available to students.
help CSI promote better awareness and participation among the stuFirst-year
body. “Basically what being on the board of directors is all about is
promised to improve communication and increase social events which will promote participation among differing programs. Ouellette said he also wants to
"People need to network with people in different programs." said second-year marketing student
Corey Ouellette. He
“I come from a poor family, being raised in the Jane and Finch area of Toronto, so I know what it's like to not have enough." she
Voting was held last w eek and should be announced :
— SPOKE, March
Now ...with Random
questions answered by
magnate encourages poverty
By WEI-LQN LEE
reversal at farewell speech
could vote in the United States
would you and why?
Do you believe computer ware can change the world?
chairman and co-
founder of Microsoft was at the on Waterloo of University Thursday, Feb. 21 to give his
Rebecca Grununett. first-year
‘farewell tour’ speech.
than 700 students, mostly
and some from
high schools attended the event. Gates, who was a keynote speaker at the
Davos World Economic
last month, message of helping
would, because the
Gates does. In fact. Gates believes software can be a valuable tool in helping to alleviate
those “at the bottom."
needs a change.”
those in need during your universi-
ty years than
had,” he said.
the “second dig-
be the way that with computing
market signals work very well for
the richest countries in the world,
of the poorest two
on the planet are
ing device will also be complemented by a “natural user inter-
which essentially blends speech and vision recognition and touch screens together to literally make your desktop into a computface,”
would ... to get a female president
“Only through enlightened value systems of universities, governments and individuals will these problems be solved," he said.
(Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton).”
would encourage you to have a much better
awareness of those in need ... than had.”
very dramatic. Your
ability to survive a
season that has
droughts really depends on your outputs in the previous seasons,” he said.
After the speech ended, students audience asked Gates ques-
had previously submit-
to invest in research innovations
than his vision of tomorrow.
the projects that his foun-
working on right now is the prevention and control of malaria, a disease which kills more million
shouldn’t be hard for the person to go and do that. We should make as seamless as possible.”
Another student, 18 year Cecilia Hou, asked Gates he found the courage at leave school and “give up
thing to start Microsoft.”
you’re young, in a sense
you’re not risking anything,” said
“There should be a free flow of between Canada and the
with the (Bill & Melinda Gates) foundation will be heavily involved with technology,
Canadian talent number of
despite a decreasing
However, the purpose of his speech seems to lean more heavily on his philanthropic work rather
president of the
of UW, Microsoft would continue
hardware advances will not be slowing down," he said. “The cost of computing equipments will
would. Everything that
what future of software and
technology will be “I
July of this
very poor,” said Gates.
cultural practices for farmers.
Billionaire chairman, founder,
he hopes the
Gates said his foundation is also working on ways to improve agri-
year, also offered his vision of
we working on
both breakthroughs in medicine and the use of software, computers and cellphones, to reach out to the
chairman and chief software archi-
hasn't killed anyone.”
ing without electricity, schools or
The keyboard and mouse
~baldness research," he said.
information," he said.
Gates, looking comfortable in a sweatshirt, said dark-blue
“And yet, up until two years ago, amount of money that went into malaria research was less than a 10th of the amount that went into the
“Screens will be cheap and pervasive enough that every wall, every horizontal surface we can think of will project some kind of
better awareness of
of the most pro-
would encourage you
Gates said one found changes in ital decade" will people interact
could go back to school, said “sure, of course I will,”
and I prompting a laugh from the audience.
there eventually affects
Canada.” Aaron Montgomery, first-year
don’t follow politics,
Tabitha Mueder, ftrst-year
“I would because they need a better president (than George Bush).”
practical nursing projection screen at UW, asked students to heighten two billion people living in the world. “Many of them are living without schools or roads,” he told onlookers at the University of Waterloo, Feb. 21.
William Henry Gates their
Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!
shown above on a
of the poorest
— Page 3
‘Obay’ these ads Colleges Ontario campaign aims give students more choices BY ELIZABETH BATE At
seemed like new prescrip-
ads lor just another tion drug.
Shiny, happy, smiling people are
pictured next to a green and white
Rob Savage, the director of communications for Colleges Ontario hopes the campaign will lead to a
"When Amy started herself, we had to nip
thinking for it
about post sec-
ondary education. that parents
have a strong influence on young people," Savage says. "We're not saying that university is a bad choice, but for
obvious these are not ads for a normal prescription drug.
ter suited to their skills.”
began appearing on public transit subways, buses and bus shelters across Ontario and in major Canadian cities such as Vancouver and Montreal at the beginning of February, it was clear that the drug, "from the makers of Whybecauselsaidso." did not really exist, but it was not immediately clear what the ads were for. When a Google search did not the
some people in
colleges are bet-
the Toronto Star, 24, and Magazine, as well as all the
half of the
"Our research shows
Obay" and "My son had ideas of his own. Obay put a stop to with
of the campaign
to the is
by a polling firm working in London, Ontario, where the campaign
being run more intensely
and over more variety of media. Savage says that this campaign is a good start to changing people's views about college as an option for post-secondary education, but
Toronto to develop the advertise-
"This has got to be a long term thing," he says.
just the beginning.
of a Toronto bus shelter displaying the Obay ads ran by Colleges Ontario.
VOirtl FIT HERE!
took to'blogging about the mysteri-
bloggers suspected that the
ads were a form of urban attack, a subversive way of rebelling against
society, but with the cost
of the extensive advertising campaign. many grassroots, socialaction groups wouldn't be able to afford such an endeavor.
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The Torontoist, a popular blog, even speculated the ads were of Church The by placed Scientology, saying, "After all, else has the money to produce and purchase space for such glossy
The minimum wage is going up
have been popping up all over transit shelters and buses in Ontario
and Montreal?" After two weeks ot the mysterious ads circulating on radio, public transit
revealed what they are really for. saying, signs yellow Big
Unfortunately though, the problem of pushing your kids to do what
you want comes to
- especially when
Ontario and the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS). Colleges Ontario began the campaign not only to promote colleges Ontario, but to remind parents is not the only path
that university to success.
a press release
parents believe college
Hunting & Fishing Guides: for less than five consecutive
a school holiday
Hunting & Fishing Guides: for five or more hours in a day whether or not the hours are consecutive
Mar. 31, 2008 wage rate
31, 2008. the general
of $8.00 per hour. increase to $8.75 per hour from the current rate
Paid for by the Government of Ontario
being pressured into
a future that isn't right for them."
doing paid work in their home for an employer)
wage guidelines affect To find out more about how the new minimum of Labour web site. Ministry employers and employees, call or visit the
option children 'settle tor. "The opinion of college as the lesser alternative has lead to countless teenagers
Students under 18 and working not more than 28 hours
they are ads for ontariocolleges.ea. the website for the Colleges
over many of the original
know. you're an employer, here's what you need to
— SPOKE, March 10, 2008
End the war in Uganda now! Imagine your children, brother or sister, best friend or neighbour used as being abducted and forced to fight in a rebel war or being
The Lord's Resistance Army
sex slaves. For the last 22 years.
doing just that in
until Joseph Kony, leader of the LRA. will not give up his refuge the of president the Ugandan government and Yoweri Museveni, defer to Court Criminal International Republic of Uganda, get the all
investigations and prosecution relating to the rebels.
time the ICC defers the prosecution and hands over the inves-
tigation to the
Ugandan government and
offer a conditional
to the rebel leaders.
The Ugandan government
28 as a deadline for the rebels
to end fighting and sign a peace agreement.
government has rejected new conditions
accusing the rebels of trying to end peace talks
and resume war. sign the final approved peace agreement
The government can not with the
International Criminal Court
Joseph Kony will not stop the brutality charges are dropped.
Don’t hate your job, hate the criticism
We know It
ment can not make the ICC drop the charges against LRA leaders because they do not have the power to control the ICC. It the rebels sign the peace agreement, the government and the president will do
ICC to lift the arrest warrants commanders while giving control back to the
everything possible to convince the
leaders Flaving the ICC drop the arrest warrants means the wants the warwill precede with confidence to Kampala. The ranls withdrawn so the issues can be handled within the country.
The Ugandan government had lost jurisdiction to arrest
to get the
try the rebel leaders
was one of those people. Nearly every day as I.rang groI
get out of that store
charges are dropped.
Uganda peace and
will not stop the brutality until the
court truly wants to bring
If the international
needs to hand over the investigation
to let the
reason to stop this massacre and_ continue waging war on
and other leaders be prosecuted. If this happens,
and the surrounding
rebels have killed and mutilated countless civilians and
abducted tens of thousands of children and adults to serve as diers In
and sex slaves for
were abducted by the
than 500,000 people have been displaced in
Northern Uganda because of
Bringing peace to Uganda means the
warrants and give control back to the country’s government.
Constantly dealing with
being on one’s feet
customers and being on one’s feet all
hard enough for those
the world needs fac-
more meaning or
they need to set their sights high-
So be proud of your job. no matwhat it is, and know you fire
a part-time job that
helping to pay for your educa-
you have been
waiting years to have, enjoy each individual experience and the good it
every job you have toughed out
people despise their jobs more. In
these people have
tion, or the career
Criticism like this only
than most realize.
back of the restaurant.
in a factory is
find a job with
have also met some
Society needs that cashier
ple I have ever these experiences.
others telling them
of the kindest, most amazing peo-
or one’s self-esteem for that mat-
some people of work and
them they need
have witnessed the best and worst
noisy atmospheres, heavy lilting and possibly difficult co-workers is also an equally daunting job that
dream bigger and get out of their so-called “dead end job" doesn’t exactly improve company morale,
this senseless war.
who choose this line may actually enjoy it,
1998 more than 6.000 boys and
dream job. However,
in the service industry.
at the fast
food chain or the grocery store long enough to pay for further edu-
preferred choice of career.
have worked the factory and
convenience store jobs and
would probably jobs would not be our
the feeling ot
people to have a nice day.
ceries through the checkout cus-
we can remember
moved into the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. The longer it takes the ICC to drop the charges, the longer the war The ICC needs
I’m sure we’ve all had experience with some of these jobs, and
have been our very
which required us to stock shelves or endlessly remind
issued on five rebel
us have experienced
you something new it was proba-
and important, and
bly worth the time and effort to learn.
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— Page 5
tumour survivors By HIEN DINH
Mitchell said the Brain
The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada estimates that there will be
Foundation of Canada was established in London, Out., in 1982 by
10,000 newly diagnosed cases of
brain tumours in
also estimates that
there are 5.5,000 brain
tumours survivors currently living in Canada. Support for these survivors is offered by the foundation through support group meetings. Group meetings can be found in Waterloo Region every two weeks at the Christ Lutheran Church in Waterloo with the next meeting scheduled for March I
to join the support
time couldn't find the information he needed to help him understand
what was happening
Northey, along with a neurosur-
geon and a neuroscience nurse, the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to help the people affected by brain tumours find the support and information
There are currently 17 different groups located across Canada, Mitchell said, adding there are groups in both Waterloo and Guelph.
are held very confidential environments,”
he said. “These groups give people the opportunity to get together with
our facilitators and discuss their different situations.”
The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada also actively funds
Mitchell said the facilitators are directly with
a national not-
our funding solely
the foundation and are trained to
donors, either through individuals
navigate the meetings.
are either nurses
or caregivers who have experience dealing with brain tumours. In some cases the volunteers are even survivors of brain tumours.” Mike Fluit, the foundation’s supservices manager, said the meetings are generally an hour and
a half long.
a round table discussion.”
family members, friends and even health-care professionals who just
making donations, or
want but if they don’t feel comfortable talking then that’s completely
tumour research. Mitchell said the foundation's main goal is to reach every brain by affected Canadian tumours through support groups.
port that they
therapeutic for people to be able
about what’s going on, ask
questions, share information and just
More information about support groups can be found
tumour.ca or by calling 1-800-2655106.
may be The
able to give you an answer.
health fair will run for
days on March 25 and 27 from a.m. to 3 p.m.
both the E-wing ot
Doon campus and
Student Life Centre. to cover a wide range ot topics It’s
and sate health practices to nutrition and exercise. student. nursing First-year Michele Bennett said each topic is from
covered by a group of three or four students and each group is marked
know,” said Bennett.
are listening to
an opportunity to demonstrate what we ve learned and to educate our peers in promot-
good health behaviours,
The fair will be interactive with many hands-on activities. Bennett said her group's project
ognize what noise-induced hearing
is. know umes and how
a Stress has become part of our everyday vocabulary. Why write Since stress is column on stress when everyone deals with it daily? misunderstood and mismanaged, let's start with understanding.
experience and Stress denotes the changes that we undergo as we It has physical and adjust to our continually changing environment. negative feelings. As emotional effects on us and can create positive or anticipation and excitement and can a positive inf luence, stress creates
a child, beginning or ending a of stress (death of a loved one, birth of most situations. These relationship), individuals respond differently to
they are construed as the thought of having threatening or dangerous. Most of us cringe at individual only
some find it a challenge. Most or us as pets. Most of us avoid contact with snakes. Others keep them
to parachute from an airplane;
in front of a class, and experience anxiety at the thought of presenting get totally turned on. while some will do anything to avoid it, a few
fair gives us
become stressors for an
gives the college population a
wi+h a high Although almost everyone responds to some situations
important for people to out because they gave their
input and said this
headaches, upset stomach and insomnia.
students, she said. “It’s
COUNSELLOR'S CORNER*. Stress and Stress Management
problems such as discomfort, anger and rejection, with health
on their There
ing loss prevention, and at their booth, students will be able to rec-
be 15 booths for stuon each day ot the tair. Initially, each group conducted a learning needs assessment of the
that won the T-ball compel us to action (remember that clutch single can result in for your team?). As a negative influence, stress
they determined what the
have a health question? the annual health fair run by
combat SAD while being energy conscious. People should begin to see improvement now that the days are getting longer.
available through ecoleds.com, helps
the information, education
counsellor Joan Magazine explains light therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) at the Beat the Winter Blues event held Feb. 20. Magazine said the full-spectrum student desk light, Life
Since 1982, the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has donated over $ 1.8-million directly to brain
Questions answered at annual health fair By LEANNE
Beat the winter blues! Student
from fundraising events we hold.”
support each other.”
(Photo by Holly Featherstone)
research to help find the causes of brain tumours, he said.
“The support meetings
by brain tumours. in
lost his eight-
"Mr. Northey had year-old
to prevent hearing
manage it and not to eliminate stress but to learn how to with Stress to help us. For more information or help
Management, talk with a counsellor
A Message from
Counselling Services, 1A103.
— SPOKE, March
Walk HEALTHY FACTS:
Walking can help relieve stress, also keep you active a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle it
vision watching and 30 minutes
By HIEN DINH
DAILY STEP GOALS TO MAINTAINING GOOD HEALTH
more of biking or
Highly active (children, youth or
Walking is one of the easiest ways to help maintain steps do you an active and healthy lifestyle. How many think you take in a day? According to a 2005 report from the Government of accumuOntario, the average inactive North American lates
about 3.500-5,000 steps during the course of a
report states inactive people should add another
2.000-3,000 more steps to their day to
few weeks ago
sounds like a lot but it only takes about five minutes to accumulate 500 steps. Colleen Cooper, a Waterloo Region public health the nurse, said people sometimes overestimate amount of time and effort it takes to walk a certain "
said. about teenagers getting their drivers license, she
and "A bunch of different students were interviewed school when a bunch of them talked about driving to they get their licenses. "There's a whole generation of kids
walked anywhere so they don't even see
10,000 Active (adults) Somewhat active (older adults) 7,000-9,999 Low active (adults with a chronic health condition)
as the only option.
There was an
BENEFITS OF REGULAR ACTIVITY
Improved fitness Better posture and balance Better self-esteem Weight control
only way to option. This generation sees driving as the B. point to get from point A " Cooper said her department encourages students of all
ages to walk to school
Stronger muscles and bones
types of weather. students walk to school
Feeling more energetic Relaxation and reduced stress
only takes about 12 minutes to walk a kilometie, kilometre yet many trips made in our region that is a “It
everyday to stay
The guide suggests walking whenever stairs
living in later
HEALTH RISKS OF INACTIVITY
walk to school then they should learn better.”
Premature death Heart disease
Obesity High blood pressure Adult-onset diabetes Osteoporosis Stroke Depression Colon cancer
Waterloo Region public health nurse
in a car.
would be "If people ever tried to walk then they shocked to see how easy it is to get somewhere." Health Canada's physical activity guide says that Canadians should try to accumulate 60 minutes of physical
but said walking can be a fun social activity some people see driving
often overlooked because
over elevators and reducing inactivity
for long periods of time.
The Region of Waterloo Public Health recommends inactive people start by trying 30 minutes less of driving, video game playing, computer use and tele-
then they learn better," she said. "Walking can also be a stress reliever.
taking any necessary breaks during your day then becomes harder for you to concentrate.
“There (aren’t many types of) weather that you can’t walk in. Just put on a raincoat, layers or boots and you are good to go."
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Conestoga’s top ten study By JOHN LINLEY
Do you study that’s
have a specific go-to
method or memory tool worked for you? Then why
Some of the possible topics the advisors would like to sec covered
with other students
them benefit from your
from the learning skills services hope you’ll do. They will be in the cafeteria on March IK19 from a.m. to p.m. to videotape Conestoga students office
sharing their top lips for success.
Joy Tomasevic, a learning advisor, said they
Joy Tomasevic and Bonnie Lipton, learning skills advisors, are organizating Conestoga’s Top 10 Study Tips. They will be in the cafeteria on March 18 and 19 from 1 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. filming students sharing their best tips for college success.
hear students tips on a variety of more than just studying.
“We want anything that student would find helpful,” she said. “We want to help them be successful in their
nation, concentration tips,
ry tools, giving presentations
balancing their social school work.
not just with
ly important to your success.” said Tomasevic. "This allows us to connect with the students and enhance their study skills." Bonnie Lipton, another learning
(Photo by John Linley)
are test taking, avoiding procrasti-
— Page 7
be more helpful than
clip will be 60 seconds or and the ten best tips will be put on the learning commons website which can be at www.conestogac.on.ca/ learning-
other study skills videos, most of which are very academic and play
er student rather than a six minute
out like lectures.
"Students will pay more attenone minute clip by anoth-
tion to a
forum for students to share personal methods for suc-
zone out with
those after the
cess, as well as research alterna-
If the clips
to create a
ways of They feel it
are a success, learn-
ing skills services hopes to
important for students to be actively involved in the learning process and find a
an annua! event, with a top ten every year.
“Topics such as taking notes are not all that exciting, but are huge-
to film a
tip in the cafeteria,
top ten can be found on the website after
they are chosen.
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Stroke and Heart for plunge the Taking Bv
you were given the chttrice to
pay it forward, how would you accomplish the task? How would you give back to the
community, in a way paying it forward. Taking the good fortune you've had and passing it along to Russell
one of the it
for the foundation.
coordinator Waterloo Region. Heart & Stroke Foundation, said Tom Russell
raised about $1,800 for the foundation.
The highest amount rose among all
Lindsey Silva, CSI event planner, 27 said the event is celebrating years
at the college.
Silva said there
a hot tub for in after they
into the pond and they were given a towel and a cup of hot
decided to sign up for CSIâ€™s yearly polar plunge to raise money for the
There was a square piece cut into jump the ice so participants could
latter was into the cold water. placed against the right side so par-
There were four judges. Bob
The Beat Mocha hosted
could climb out of the
Students braved the frigid temperatures outside to watch students The take a dive into the cold water.
Thomas said she participated because it is a fun event. Carla Agnew, first-year paramedic student, said she participated because it seemed like a good
various costumes, such as Disney or Superhero's, while
others chose to recreate cials like the
Nestea ad where
Gauci said the event, held Feb. raised $5,800 for the Heart &
Stroke Foundation. They were still taking donations
day of the plunge.
Jason Maraschiello(middle), Brooke
and Melissa Vaillancourt (above)participated Heart and Stroke Foundation.
student administration dressed up as Tinkerbelle for the
temperature outside was minus 6 in C. Some students dressed up
(Photos by Franca Maio
Green information literacy consultant (LRC), Burt Last and Carol Gregory Director student development and student life, who judged each jump. CSI president Roxy Stanciu and Particia
Russell said his father-in-law suffered a stroke, so he feels a very
to a press release.
students signed up to take the plunge and raise money for the foundation.
ferent people fall back into a pool of water after tasting the drink.
CSIâ€™s annual polar plunge to raise
and Jackie Allwood) Elena Goron
Conestoga ISTUDENTS INC
(Photos by Jackie Aiiwood and Franca Maio)
Over 30 students participated years polar plunge to benifit the Heart and Stroke foundation. The students
took the zero
degree dip in the pond rasied over $6,000 for the foundation.
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— SPOKE, March 10, 2008
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Sign a donor card, save a By KAYLA
agree to organ donation
think, with the simple act of
name you can change
the wishes of
the donor, while only 58 per cent
have not been
a stranger’s life for ever.
By signing your donor card, which comes with your G license,
Anyone can “become an organ donor and at any age. The oldest
organ donor on record was over the age of 90. •Donation doesn't have to happen after death a potential donor can also participate in a living dona-
you’re insuring that
your death your organs can he used to help save someone's life. What’s more, you can also allow for tissue donor which allows for
corneas and eye tissue. Tissue donations do not interfere with open casket viewing for the
or part of an organ.
Only patients who have suffered brain death (heart and lungs may be working but there is no upper can become functions) brain is because vital organs must be maintained artificially by a ventilator so they can be transHowever, only those planted. whose hearts have stopped and cannot be artificially supported by a ventilator can become tissue
According to Health Canada 147 Canadians died last year because they failed to receive an organ in time. Canada has one of the lowest organ donor rates among industrialized nations. There are fewer than 14 donors per million people in this
which has 31 donors per million. What's more, the gap between transplant patients on waiting lists and the number of available organs is widening. While signing the card is important there
also another vital step
donors must dis-
to take. Potential
cuss the decision with their family. "Speaking to your family is crucial," said
Brian Vindemel with the
Trillium Gift of Life Foundation.
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most successful of all transplant procedures and long-
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Vindemel said the Trillium Gift of Life foundation does not primarily deal with living donations but if people where interested they can go through the specific organ dona-
“Toronto General Hospital
with organ donation without the
of the best transplant hospitals
consent of the family. According to Health Canada 96 per cent of rela-
and you can phone
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Katie Erb, a first-year business student, studied Life
before heading south for
— SPOKE, March
Never take for granted By VANESSA BUTLER
For 32 years of her
ical engineering design work, a year ago, which allows him to work from home and care for
baby she fed me my baby food on the toilet, it would go in and out, 1 couldn't digest fat, 1 now need to take pills to digest
she never wanted to
something was wrong. commonly fibrosis, Cystic known as CF, is the most common,
have children, but she has a horse, a husky and two birds. Although Kim was born with the
disease, she wasn't diagnosed until
lungs and digestive system. Thick is built up around the lungs, causing severe breathing problems. "It starts with sleep. I need 12 hours every night so my body can
describing her day.
have to take
along with one set of antibiotics on an empty stomach. I try to get to the gym and do some inhaler,
form of cardio everyday," said Kim, who is 39 years old. "I use an air compressor, where 1 inhale salt water, the salt steam breaks
do 20 minutes, then 1 cough for 30, then I bang all different areas of my lungs for 45 minutes with a percusthe thick mucus.
that for about
for five years.
Kim was 16. Kim has one sister, who will never have CF. Kim went through a battle this past summer with cervical and cancer where she was forced to have a hysterectomy. Kim had to undergo numerous treatments and tests at Sick Kids Michael’s hospitals in Toronto. She had to do a salt sweat test, where doctors measure the
the higher the
a person's sweat,
mine whether or not a person has CF. Kim scored 84 out of 100 on her
a malfunction of the salt
which runs all mucus membranes, reproduction, sinuses, intestinal tracks, lungs and
said she has breakfast, takes
bowels. "I have been sick, sick, sick
with double pneumonia, I was in the hospital every year until I was 12. In my late teens I developed
don't set an alarm," she said.
"My day just
kind of goes.”
Kim's husband Jay, whom she has been married to for 12 years, has a rare blood disorder. Jay
my was bom
chronic bronchitis, and had allergy
induced asthma. "My mother used to laugh,
"I’m a Dairy
peanut buster parfait but
pills just to eat
and had bad diarrhea.
always looked like was pregnant, my stomach was always bloated," said Kim. Every now and then Kim would have to pause to cough. "All my I
on Kim's right Jung. She will be on antibiotics for the next eight
said the cyst
get sick, the infection
goes straight immediately
my am on
my life." CF never hug
and never kiss so they
on a conversation without coughing, so it was always don't
three feet away, can't contract
said she has always been in
and out of hospitals. "I've lived my whole life sick, I was always in the hospital,
studied in the hospital,
didn't lack for any-
my parents didn't
thing as a kid,
she was a walk-
have a horse,
scared of bacI
can pick up a bacteria
also borderline diabetic.
Her blood sugar numbers are high, but not high enough. "I do plan on living long enough to become diahave been so misdiagnosed my whole life, I am everything CF is,
out being so healthy,
Doctors said she should have been dead by the time she turned 23.
before CF being diagnosed,"
me. At 32, everything made
never really been depressed about it, I guess the lowest point was I had to give up my career of hair dressing, four years ago in November, it was too much work, basically I don't work anymore," "I've
to the point
I'm in trouble," she said. take the time
care of myself,
need to take
says she has a constant batwith herself. "People are going
to think I'm lazy, but
to be 80," she said.
can't be predict-
CF and life's
says since knowing she has learning to cope with
lot better. "I
"I’ve never been the kind of person to be like poor me. I’m coughing 'poor me,’ I was mad to be in
the hospital," said
would have found out she had CF as a child, Kim would have missed out on a if
found out, my whole
can talk more without coughing, she can eat what she wants.
which has paid our rent a couple of
I've got a
her doctors had
how long she had,, she "My lungs are really good.
ahead to me."
Some facts Canada has
At the present time, approximately 3,500 children, adolescents,
and adults with
Kim displays her medicine cabinet where each day she has
take an array of antibiotics to help her cope with Cystic Firosis.
Approximately one in every 25 Canadians carries a defective version of the gene responsible for CF. A carrier has only one copy of the gene responsible for CF. Carriers do not have cystic fibrosis, and can never get the disease. In most cases, they are not even aware that they are carriers, because they do not have cystic fibrosis, or any of its symptoms. Some of the signs and symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis are difficulty
coughing which expels thick mucus, excessive appetite with weight loss, skin which tastes salty and repeated bouts with pneumonia. If a physician suspects CF, he or she will probably suggest a "sweat test". This simple and painless
sweat. A high salt level, along with other symptoms, points to the pres-
As an example, Kim demonstrates take with her for her treatments,
the antibiotics she needs to
of salt in the
ence of cystic fibrosis. Approximately of 60% patients are diagnosed in the first year of life, and 90% by 10 years of age.
These two diagrams show the difference between a set of CF lungs and a set of normal, healthy lungs. In 2003, 524 people with CF were evaluated for lung transplants, and 368 were accepted
world. I'm not going to let it keep me from Jiving, enjoying life, in five years I could be dead," she
"We have great family, great friends, we belong to a church
It is estimated that one every 3,600 children born
without turning purple, and enjoy life knowing what is wrong with
Since having the treatments
to run a
keep myself active, but I have to be careful not too push my body
betic," she said.
went undiagnosed and untreated for so long, and to "I
Simple tasks take people with
times, and they've really helped us
twice as long,
the ice-cream," she said.
Last November, doctors found a
would cough up blood
another course of antibiotics, and has to repeat that course of antibiotics in the evening and before "I
Neither of Kim's parents had CF. Her mother died of cancer when
— Page 13
part of her daily routine, Kim demonstrates how she uses a percussor for 45 minutes. The percussor is used to beat the lungs to lossen the thick mucus that surrounds them. Kim then
to get rid of the
Kim s As
Kim has to use a machines to help treat her Cystic Fibrosis condition. Kim uses a flutter valve, (top part of her daily routine,
to lossen the thick mucus that is built up around her lungs. She also uses an air compressor, which contains a salt saline chloride solution. The air compressor creates a steam which Kim inhales and is also used to lossen the stubborn mucus, (left and top right.) Kim uses these machines everyday for approximately 30 minutes. left)
Photos by Vanessa Butler
Kim’s husband, Jay, uses the percussor on her back to lossen the mucus around her lungs.
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— SPOKE, March
Pass on the
alarm at residence
Regional roads cut down on
By ELIZABETH BATE
Students at residence get
Region of Waterloo wants it on your driveway.
Firecrackers have been
staff at the residence
like to sincerely
nienced because of said Kobylnik.
was not a
-Certain systems are
main one,” he said. Even though fire drills the
are just a
a penalty for
not participating in one.
"There are a couple of sections of the Student Resident Agreement that deal with fire prevention. Under this agreement, students can be fined and/or evicted from residence, depending on the seriousness of the Kobylnik.
morning of February 15, were set off at 4
any time issues
ed, this will resolve
contractors getting here in a time-
Conestoga student and resident Stacey Smith was certainly not impressed with the whole situation. "I was thinking that it was just in my room," she said. "I was tired and wanted to go back to sleep." Smith says she thinks she han,
thing,” she said. ting too cold so a friend's car.”
Smith was unable
a.m. and students waited outside
alarm was too loud and hurt her ears. However, her roommate was
-10 C while
able to go back to sleep.
residence staff did not
However, once the residents were let back inside the building
shut off the alarms.
the alarms stayed on and
7 a.m. that same
shut off until
morning. “There was a problem getting the system to reset,” said Kobylnik. Unfortunately, the contractor that deals with the residence fire panel is it
not local, so fixed,
took a while to get
although, Kobylnik was
eventually able to silence the panel
Leanne Lobe, supervisor of Water Source Protection Programs, says the aim of the program is to reduce the amount of sodium and contained
contractors don't think that
be so easy. Sue
aware of the environmental con-
worried that the region
hasn’t properly considered things like liability.
“If a client calls
do?” she asks.
and they want you supposed
wells,” she says. “It's reaching critical levels.”
The program began on with the
sessions- for contractors
thousands of dollars of damage to
owners, so they can learn
Waterloo Region District School Board complained. The sand was tracked in by students and caused
a part of the program.
Pryde says other insurance facmay cause many companies to
delay signing up for liability issues
their floors. After that the
“We’re in a specialized field in summer,” she says of the company which takes on construction jobs in the off season. “Other companies may be able to just switch insurance companies, but we can’t.”
Despite the resistance. Lobe
excited about the chance to educate
"Individuals need to understand
To attend an costs
contact the Region of Waterloo’s
Water Services Department 575-4426.
off themselves,” she said.
(Photo by Hein Dinh)
What a mess Jim McCuaig, a carpenter with Jamesway Contraction, stands near the mess that used to be the old Dooners cafeteria. Dooners has been divided into two sections and is undergoing construction to become classrooms.
ON-CAMPUS CHIROPRACTOR Covered by CSI Health Plan
FAT BURNER $49.99
can be worked out.
Pryde says the company tried using sand instead of salt several
increasing amounts in our drinking
Pryde, secretary-treasurer of
Ertel Inc. a local salting contractor,
continuing to address the
She said she would like to know what set the alarms off. “Plainly I would like to know why we were all woken up, dragged out of the building, left in the cold then had the alarms keep going off. I'm still a little bitter
by talking to local insurance companies and hoping they will agree to support the SAS program. So far only one insurance company, Economical Insurance, is in full issue
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ronmentally friendly salting program of its kind in Canada.
must conmore environmen-
In addition, contractors
sider the use of
know how to
the residence should learn
driveways and on sidewalks. Smart About Salt is the first envi-
reducing the possibility of a
also not impressed that
m m B 1 Wmmm
working with rock
be properly trained
She said the
firemen went inside the building to make sure everything was
back to back
for approximately one hour with
companies often see rock salting as a more effective way of managing ice, thus
“We ended up getwe went and sat in
the fire alarms
so they use less rock salt in parking
dled the situation well. “I
stored in an environmentally sound
Water Source Protection Programs department announced a new initiative to reduce the amount of salt used in the area with the Smart About Salt program. The program is designed to educate contractors and facility owners
terms of the service
than once a year, but the yearly test
Kobylnik said he met with a company February 21 to get a quote for fire alarm service and they
“This involves having fire
the cause of the February 15 fire
John manager Residence Kobylnik said the residence has a fire drill every term and the alarms
alarm, which started at 4 a.m.
returned to rock
before the contractor arrived
salt in the kitchen, but
licensed as an environmensound salter under the SAS program, contractors or property owners must first do a self-assessment and -then upgrade their salting methods following the region’s tally
You know you're supposed reduce your
an early wake up
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tomato and eggplant rooms, wedges. This certainly strove to differ from your typical husky canned prepared soup, abound with textures, shapes and colours that provided equal marvels for the
complimentary pot of green
tea served in dainty china saucers
Libra September 23 October 22 ram with
Nephele from Mercury. She begged the ram to save her children. He did but was sacrificed and gained his place among the stars. Your place sent to
within the stars will present
(innocence) will return to earth. Scales are the balance, use you
provides a warming welcome from
incredibly amiable, but not intru-
Taurus a white bull with jewel horns and a crescent moon to attract Europa to climb onto his back. He jumped turned
Eos, goddess of
mortal lover and sent a scorpion
to the heavens and proclaimed his love for her and they became lovers. Approach your crush this
to kill Orion.
Orion. Sting someone for results.
The scorpion was the stars following
November 22 December 21
Leda wife of
King of Sparta and two eggs. The twins were inseparable and during battle one was she laid
and attractively priced, meeting two of the primary dining concerns
you ponder your options. Speaking of options, Red Papaya boasts nearly infinite options, from
even the simplest of palates
and duly rhapsodized, bestows an open-concept, spacious and sanitary ambience, providing a hybrid of food-court casual and visited twice
dapper cafe elegance. Tropical greenery and
the pinnacle of
in the stars.
us feeling nutritionally replen-
Cancer, the crab was sent to attack Hercules while he fought a
Half man, half goat. Pan God of woodland and fields was fond of
nine-headed serpent. Cancer was prevailed. Hercules Cancer is in the stars for his obe-
find a lavish desert to be anti-
thetical to the experience.
to the lunch itself
good, with notes of an exotic roasted peanut flavour. The rolls them-
blends and two entrees, bearing in mind most entrees at other eateries
as a tad greasy
an appetizer, two fresh
mediocre in flavour. The soup had notable freshness, comprised of a light and delicately
spiced clear broth, crouton-sized
chunks of chewy tofu and a myriad
of diced fresh vegetables including
are sure to enlighten your wallet as
whole bok choy leaves, mush-
calorie-gluttonous meals that leave
you feeling more anchoritic than
music His pipe was a him and he turned her into a pipe. If he could not have her one
way he would have
careful desire can be confining.
Besides, after such a healthy lunch,
shared the spring
the price.. For just over $20,
whose accompanying sweet and sour sauce was monumentally
&CVU.OI s-rvoeuT council -
Chiron switched places with the cursed Prometheus and broke the
dience and sacrifice.
meal. Circus-sideshow no match for Red Papaya, where deft simplicity and pace is
the pain of death but couldn't die.
relics are strategically
Chiron was accidentally hit by one of Hercules’ poisonous arrows. He was immortal so he suffered
curse and Chiron died. Nobility
soup, disregarding three quarters of
smoothies and bubble coconut juice. and my frothy mango concoction were freshly blended at the counter and
opted for vegetarian
The Guelph venue, which
shrimp, seafood or vegetarian form.
the occasion than
wontons, curries any of which can be
and pad ordered
interior without being over-tawdry,
They became Gemini twin stars ythding travelers at sea. Use your
$4 bowl of soup, and what better
often jostled dialogue with staff as
allowing you to immerse yourself Jupiter seduced
surprisingly sated after that
that are both nutritionally bountiful
sparingly placed to accentuate the
eyes and palate.
are served with a spe-
dawn and she
pad and pencil to record your order, minimizing the
took him away. Diana goddess of the moon was jealous Eos took a
fraction of the cost of your typical
hostess and waitress
and Guelph, offers a spattering of savoury Thai-Vietnamese dishes
This dining locale, with establishments
of college students. Red Papaya is guaranteed to
Scorpio October 23
Red Papaya may tempt students its extensive menu, tranquil ambience and thrifty
to linger with
Themis and Astraea, are Virgo and Libra shining together. When humans reach the Golden Age, Themis (justice) and Astraea
Taurus April 20
— Page 15
By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE
Exotic options at
Week of March JO
Leo July 23
None of his weapons could harm Leo and he only managed to kill his bare
of his infinite strength but not without losing Don't go
the lion that Hercules
Before Pandora opened her box gods and men lived in peace
box was open the world
was flooded to rid the world of people and create a new race Flood negativity from your life.
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Virgo August 23 September 22
Astraea. the goddess of inno-
cence and purity was the
March 20 Venus, goddess ot love and beauty and her son Cupid were
revenge and envy. After leaving
walking along a river when Typhon. a creature with 100 dragon heads came to destroy them. Two fish jumped from the water
among the stars Someone needs help.
and saved them. Pisces became stars for their bravery. Run away!
leave earth after Pandora
her box and released the curses
she was placed as Virgo.
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