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17,

2008

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www.conestogac.on.ca/spoke

40th Year

— No. 10

Students help victims of Katrina By JENNIFER

MARKO

parishes

(counties)

surrounding

downtown New Orleans Almost

three

years

after

Hurricane Katrina devastated the United States, students

First-year tion

from Conestoga College Residence and Conference Centre travelled to

dent Victoria Hunt also went on the

Mohawk

College

and

Sheridan

College.

Second-year Conestoga aviation student Richard Syrovy says he signed up to go on the trip because he once visited the state when he

was

3 years old. “I wanted to go 1

back there and absorb everything and try to give a helping hand to people in finally

need,” he says.

The

best part of the trip

was

was seeing how much devastation happened in New Orleans and surrounding areas,” says actually

Syrovy, “as well as how little has been done to fix everything since the hurricane.”

Syrovy says the most memorable

was seeing

GRANT

With here

St. Patrick’s

good reasons just

drink

doesn’t

how

head,

when

if

told

New

Orleans.

back to Ireland as a minister. According to history.com, St. Patrick’s most notable achievement

made me

"It

really

feel

good

Hunt says

was

this

the first time

she has ever done a “build." She

heard about it from a friend. “One of my friends was talking about it one day and how he was going on the trip. As I listened to him explain to me what it was I was hooked instantly and couldn’t wait to go.” Hunt says the best part of the trip was working in a team with two other girls and being given the job of working on a deck. She says took

all

was

had

something to know we that all by ourselves and

process became really good

what

is

which

cfoss

now

called

created

the

Celtic

Christianity.

The

Irish at the

erful

Day

is

celebrated

of his death

six

families

ond

revelation.

an angel

He was

sion.

The worst

directed by

reli-

gious training, which lasted more than 5 years, and then headed

part of the

trip

for

Harvey was waking up at 5:15 a.m. and seeing wreckage of the storm.

“The most memorable moments in the French Quarter and the

lie

learned to sing with bud-

I

work was fun dancing dies on the

site."

he says. to

"It

and

in the street

chance

the

getting

the

see

nightlife."

could drink and

Up

the

until

March

that

the

feast.

1970s, Irish law pubs be closed on

17 as the celebration

Beginning

religious one.

was

a

1995

in

government began a campaign to use St.

Irish

Patrick's

also added the sun. a

Irish

onto

symbol,

powthe

prohibitions

the

against

meat were waived and people

Day

as a tourism drive.

Raise your glass to one of these

traditional

to

Dublin

tourism

year.

The Waterloo regional police will be out doing RIDE programs throughout the month of March but

phrases today:

Olaf Heinzel. public

affairs

co-

ordinator. said regional police will

“May you

live to

be a hundred years, with one extra year

“May the best day

of

be paying particular attention on St. Patrick's Day.

to repent."

your past be the worst day of your

“Officers on patrol that are not the RIDE program w ill be

future."

working

“May

you get

all

your wishes but one. so you always have something to strive

for.

looking for impaired drivers." he "So even though you don't

said.

see

“Here's to your coffin

...

may

it

be

built of 100-year-old

oaks which

I

will

plant

RIDE

“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks you wherever you

that grow,

and may trouble avoid

“I’ve

doesn't

mean

you're

encourages people to

the right choice in regards to

drinking.

When

it

comes

to drink-

ing and driving Heinzel said it’s better to plan ahead and call a cab

go.”

drunk to your health in the pubs. I’ve drunk to your health in my home. drunk to your health so many times that I've almost ruined my own.

it

not being watched."

Heinzel

tomorrow.”

to return to Ireland as a

missionary. Patrick began his

1

to go to Orleans before Katrina and after that he felt compelled to go. He says he felt it was the right deci-

make

After escaping to Britain, Patrick

part of a necessary

New

would

ST. PATTY’S TOASTS

time to leave Ireland. reported, that he experienced a sec-

was

it

national

years as a prisoner, Patrick

to According history.com. a voice which he believed to be God’s spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was

"I felt

growing up experience." Harvey had not wanted

the

in

Britain near the end of the fourth

escaped.

area,"

will be celebrating in Ireland this

Patrick.

attacking his family’s spending more than

my

a larger scale outside of

eating

fire.

estate. After

enough about the situation there. “I also wanted to try and help on

(www.visitdublin.com) over 5.000 performers and one million people

used to honouring their gods with

who were

trip

know

morning and celebrate in the afternoon. As the event fell during Lent

for the exaggerated legend of St.

century. At the age of 16 he was taken prisoner by Irish raiders

he did not

felt

were

and myth. This probably accounted

once was a celebration ot the patron saint of Ireland. in Saint Patrick was born

says he signed up for the

used bonfires to cele-

of alcohol until one cannot stand straight. But it wasn't always this It

He

because he

According

consists

He

feel really sad.”

First-year

traditionally attend church in the

largely of drinking large quantities

Patrick

Patrick's

fifth century. Irish

history.com.

time practised a

St.

made me

mandated

native Irish beliefs, according

when

of the storm," says Hunt. "Hearing and seeing all of this just

of history

anniversary

living,

house.

them to see where their bus driver had lived. "He told us the one thing which will always stay with him is the also took

songs so proud of ourselves.

really

built

in the

it

day.

“We were

cross.

to

He

says Harvey.

Christian

brate Easter since the Irish

way.

we

instead of attempting to eradicate

he’s

Day

out

were there building homes with Habitat for Humanity they were so thankful towards us,” she says.

Part of Patrick’s task was to convert the Irish to Christianity.

nature-based pagan religion which centred on a tradition of oral legend

Patrick's

found

locals

to

the snakes

own

including his

trip.

“When

to

all

however,

like,

asked many questions.

from Ireland, which they believe

his banishing of

she did not

social services student Josh Harvey also went on the

be the conversion of the pagans

was

What

was the bus tour where the guide showed everyone the devastation,

smell

man

a

he’s dead?” St.

she says.

it,”

one has

the hell can he drink

Today.

who need

go to New Orleans wanted to help oth-

friends.”

Hunt says participants on the trip wore wristbands telling others they were Canadian and once people noticed them the participants were

It

"The joyful smile we saw on their faces was priceless because the

trip to

to

really

on March 17 which is Patrick’s day and the feast religious

Day coming up many

for drinking,

my

entered

houses

in

ers

I

Familiar with Irish language and culture, he chose to incorporate traditional rituals into his lessons

a toast: "There are

is

they

wanted

"I

because

Day a good brew

St. Patty’s By KAYLA

the people’s faces

them they were helping Habitat for Humanity build

when

technology stu-

trip.

see-

New

Orleans as well as the nightlife the French Quarter had to offer. “The worst part about the trip

part

engineering

inside.”

ing the culture of

Second-year aviation student Richard Syrovy is Gras beads he collected during Conestoga residence’s New Orleans with Habitat for Humanity.

architecture-construc-

southern

Orleans to help rebuild. Other students who attended during reading week were from

oy jenrarer Metrue adorned in Mardi

in

still

desperate need of help.”

New

(rnoio

are

I've

or stay the night

at

a friend's.

"For vour safety and for others, don't drink and drive."


:

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for help. “Prince Charming.”

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If

you, or

someone you know, needs

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Conestoga students win top awards By FRANCA MAIO and

17,

2008

— Page 3

for creativity

Greg Muhlbock, Hailey Drury,

KAYLA GRANT

Boeryers

Jennifer

and

Jacqui

Rhyno.

lomework really does pay off, as some first-year graphic design students found out. The students won

Sowa

1

approximately $1,800 year after participating

open

contest

al

Canada under This

to

nation-

in a

anyone

in

the age of 18.

second

the

is

in total this

year

said entering the contest

is

part of a class assignment. Students

spent

week working on

a

the

assignment but also had two or three other projects on the go. “Students work from their own photography. They have to take their

own

picture and

work from

rrfftMH

Conestoga College students have won awards in the Karat Aquarell art contest and Mars Lumograph

using the same colours to create

sketching contest.

was held

An awards ceremony March 7 at

Students look six

top

prizes

Aquarell

contest

won

dents

home this

first,

In

Points were awarded for creativi-

Conestoga

stu-

second, third and

multiple awards of merit.

In

the

Mars Lumograph contest students

won

second, third and awards of

merit.

Gail Manning, advertising

man-

ager with Staedtler, a leading pencil and writing utensil distributor, said

Conestoga professor Vince

Sowa had

his entire class enter the

contest.

“His

cl-uss is

awesome!"

home

Last year students took

six

out of six prizes.

This year top prizes went to Darlene Khowphachangsi who

won

first.

second

Brent Cherry

and

Maureen

Magee who won

who won Cowan

third

the

in

Aquarell contest. Honourable mentions also went to Marco Aguilar Jr.. Greg Muhlbock and Jeanine Eby.

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Top prize was $500, second place was $300 and third place was $200. The top three runners-up received $50 each and an award of merit. About 100 non-professional artists from across the country

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"In the next few weeks all of the winning artwork will be posted on the website,” said Manning.

James Bell and third place went to Khowphachangsi. Darlene Honourable mentions went to

again," said

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the

faculty

is

very

the students win.

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Sowa.

“It

quality of first-year students."

Government

Canada

in the graphic design program show off their awards on March 7. From left to Magee won third place, Brent Cherry won second and Darlene Cowan Maureen right, Khowphachangsi won first in the 20 07 Karat Aquarell art contest. Honourable mentions went to Jeanine Eby, Marco Aguilar Jr. and Greg Muhlbock.

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— SPOKE, March

Commentary

2008

17,

Grim statistics mark International

Women’s Day Women's Day was March fanfare. The only parades many

International

8.

It

came and went

of us are likely to see every newspaper in run in are the grim parades of statistics that with

little

the country.

you've read them, you know there is little to celebrate. are still poorer than men. The average national income for women is a paltry $24,400, barely above the poverfor men is ty level. In comparison, the average national income If

Women

$39,300.

Women

do not have a powerful political voice in this country. MPs, and 22 per cent of our MPPs, are

Just 21 per cent of our

women. can be smug about grabbing fourth place on the UN’s list of best countries to be a woman. Or, we can realize we still have a lot of work to do. In the U.S.. which didn't even garner a Top 10 spot on the

We

between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama level of interest in the Democratic priintense creating an

UN's is

list,

^

y

Teenage motherhood

^

jT-

:

as glamourous as the. stars

isn't

it's

a novelty act.

It's

because hun-

dreds of thousands of people are thinking, for the first time, that their own voice is going to be heard on the world s political stage.

Kim Campbell was

briefly

paigned for the position

And now,

in

Canada’s prime minister and camwoman has ever been

1993. but no

our federal government

is

chipping away

at repro-

The new seems

ductive rights again.

Three days before International Women s Day, passed its second reading in the House of

C-484

Bill

be young

to

realize they have a different

Hollywood

trend in

starlets

lifestyle than their starlet idols.

having

babies out of wedlock.

Motherhood

Kerry

Ken Epp introduced the bill, also known as the Conservative Unborn Victims of Crime Act. The bill seeks to change the section of the Criminal Code that states a fetus is not a person until it leaves the mother's womb. Right now, someone who attacks and kills a fetus cannot be charged with manslaughter or mur-

up to be teenagers, teenagers turn

der.

planning to marry the babies’

into

fathers.

adults start to plan a family.

Commons.

MP

has pro-choice activists calling foul. They say amend-

ing the Criminal step

down

Code

to grant individual rights to fetuses

is

the

a slippery slope to banning or limiting abortion.

Proponents of C-484

point out that

it

specifically excludes

But one has to question the true purpose of this bill. It's impossible to attack a fetus without injuring the woman who is carrying it. That's already an offence under the Criminal Code.

women

an offence that occurs so commonly we’ve stopped talking about it. The time and effort of our MPs would be more effectively used working on a bill that proIn fact, assaulting

is

vides broad support for abused penalties for those

who

women, and

stiffen

enforced

need

models

are role

to

to realize they

young, impres-

girls.

With big scandals appearing weekly

may like

Jamie Lynn Spears, fans

not think

it

is

a big deal to act

them.

The 16-year-old

is

currently

pregnant and declaring the father to

Opinion

Liberal leader Stephane

all

young

adults and

celebration.

sites

hit

With

these so-called role models,

I

new gadgets and

to hire a

all

the hot

toys and pur-

chase an unlimited amount of essentials for her baby. Ordinary

teenage

a lot faster.

a

moms

lot harder.

will find

Motherhood

hard and

is

may

not have any

or help

when

money

raising their

to raise

baby without the support and

which could make 1

unlike the starlets, they

whole

a

it

They may have

financial aid of their

own

parents

the situation

00 times harder than

it

already

is.

I

am

not picking on young

Spears but, she ple of this

is

exam-

a perfect

growing

trend.

Everyone needs to realize motherhood is not something Not

all girls

are going to

go out

zines are publishing different

and get pregnant because their role

views.

model

grow

because she can afford

more teen pregnancies and more teenagers trying to grow up

larly

gossip Internet

In real life kids generally

Jamie Lynn may

full-time nanny, buy

young

child.

and popular tabloid maga-

like

raising a child look easy

predict a dramatic change, particu-

be her boyfriend, Casey

However,

or

People

make

tabloid magazines about

in

stars like

money

hard and unlike the

may not have any help when raising their

child.

Aldridge.

assault them.

Dion thinks the battles at the centre of women's rights have been fought and won. He wasn't in the House for the vote - he was at an International Women's

Day

decisions are their

starlets'

but, they

sionable

abortion.

Maybe

The

own

Reed

is

they

starlets,

Being a teenager and a young adult can be hard. It does not help when all around you are influential magazines and television programs announcing your role models are pregnant and not

first

<

Hollywood a bad influence on young women

elected to the top spot.

bill

it

the race

maries. That's not because

The

make

did, but there are

may. For those

girls

some

that

they need to

take lightly.

A

should go into

lot ~of it,

to

thought

and a

lot

of

thought should go into preventing

it.

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SPOKE, March

17,

2008

— Page 5

Roundabout creates safety concerns The roundabout

for Lancaster and Bridge Street has been approved despite the opposition of

traffic.

Street

have never seen an emergency through a roundabout but imagine it isn't an easy task. At least with traffic lights cars can be stopped, creating a clear I

vehicle trying to pass

local residents.

Jenn Sprach

Regional councillors believe (his is the only solution to the current

problems at the intersection. However, a long list of concerns has been expressed by residents.

I

traffic

An article in The Record on Jan. 9 said 70 people were present at a meeting to try to dissuade councilfrom approving the round-

lors

about.

One

local business owner,

John

200 names of

collected

people against the plan. That's a lot of people. tions

spoke

in

favour of the round-

neglected to say

it

many people

how

the delegations repre-

sented and which area of the region they were from.

My

first

concern as a nearby res-

who

the children

is

attend the

elementary school at the top of the hill on Bridge Street.

A

speaking the children are

would

like

the statistics are

of children

lot

ages

four

get

amount of snow

the

Canada does. The roundabouts

traffic

a constant

and makes

it

flow

difficult for

children learning traffic safety to

determine when it is safe to cross. Kitchener council said statistical-

to pull

for

over and

drivers

to

see

My

concern

last

is

for the local

businesses with large trucks passing through the area.

The roundabout would need to be enough for transport trucks to

large

in the

region are not properly plowed or

If it isn't built large enough they run the risk of putting local busi-

salted.

nesses,

Take the roundabout on Hagey Boulevard in Waterloo, for example. It's a circular ice rink and cars are often seen sliding into banks or

for years, out of business.

expect every councillor to take personal responsibility for anyone

stuck

injured or

in

There

them.

no way

is

icy roads, con-

stantly flowing traffic

and children can be a safe combination. of the councillors live

is

difficult

is

it

pass through easily. currently

and how safe they would

roundabout

anywhere for cars

emergency vehicles coming.

from outside country they don’t really apply because European roundabouts are much larger and they 1!

school.

of

I

these

coming from.

through 12 pass through that intersection everyday on their way to

A

safer.

know where

to

statistics are

don't

article also said three delega-

about but

ident

ly

passage for the emergency vehicle. In a roundabout there isn't really

the

Raster,

The

Opinion

I

would

like to

know how many area

in the

feel

their children or grandchildren to cross at the

if

had

roundabout.

Another safety concern is the ability of emergency vehicles to navigate through roundabout

If

many who have been

there

plan does materialize

this

harmed because of

the

roundabout.

The idea of a roundabout may seem appealing but the problems posed by children, winter weather, those in need of assistance and local businesses to be

addressed

(Photo by Jenn Sprach)

I

The proposed area

roundabout at Bridge Street and Lancaster Street doesn't look too busy during prime traffic time 5:30 p.m. According to the Region of Waterloo website, roundabouts improve road safety, manage increased traffic demands and help improve air quality by eliminating unnecessary stops

and

for the

at

idling.

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Column

Until councillors come up with a clear cut solution to each of these potential problems,

they will not

part of problem

Whether

That ignorance of black history in Canada is discrimination and the

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Feature

Expo

Reptile SARAH JAYNES

By

“Snakes are gentle and loving creatures that have a really bad rep-

Reptile lovers feasted their eyes

on

scales,

claws and the yellow bulging eyes ot lizards, as well as hogs, fish, snakes and rodents at the Ontario Reptile and Aquatics

^ X P°I

lie

event, held in Mississauga in

February,

now becomes a moving reptile

owners are able to gather under one loot toi a chance to buy, sell and share stories of their reptiles and

The Expo has dates

until

June

at

dilteient venues in Ontario, includ-

mg Ottawa

and Toronto where it and May. he vendois were eager to find

will be held in April

new homes

for their reptiles

and to give information on a pet problem °r curiosity you might have, including lips on how to train your

how to breed your own. The Expo has been travelling for

Like most of the breeders and vendors at the Expo, Gajeevic encouraged keepers and future

embrace his inner lizard. Kavalchuk was at the

searching for snakes, particularily a

keepers to handle the snakes with

larger variety.

"The

trick

“The to feed

is

the snake

through your fingers like a piece of thread,” he said. “They will naturally

glide

through your lingers

with their smooth skin."

Although some onlookers were terrified in the beginning, Gajeevic convinced many people to handle the snakes, and near the end of the day there were even people going home with snakes who once had a

phobia.

Although reptiles were not seen as pets in the past, keeping reptiles has

become

the

fastest-growing the pet world,

area in

“Nowadays

a cat

replaced with replaced with a boa constrictor, people all over the is

years with a growing audience of

world are embracing the uniqueness of herpetoculture and aquaculture,” said Chris Pattison, who owns a chain of unique stores in Ontario that focus on aquariums and terrariums,

over 20.000 people

visiting

the

“I

weekend. have been breeding for over said

Jasia

Sawicki,

owns Dragon Emporium

15

who

just out-

side ol Toronto, a store that breeds

is

Herpetoculture

and aquaculture and keeping of

German bearded dragons. Sawicki

refers to the science

has thousands of dragons. “They she said, after she explained that most people are very

commonly used cept

timid around dragons because of

who do

aie not scary,

their rough, sharp-looking exterior

and

their aggressive look.

When

tamed, the dragons will not bite and sit calmly on your body for hours at a time. Sawicki had over 50 dragons at the Expo, although hers were only a fraction of the ones present.

Show-goers lined up like rows of children at a candy shop as reptile owners and breeders asked vendors about the new snakes and lizards that they were breeding. Vladimir Gajeevic, a breeder of snakes, was showcasing corn snakes, small yellow and red snakes that start out no bigger than a worm and grow to six or seven feet long.

Gajeevic owns a store

in

Toronto

and

reptiles

fish,

to

words

that "are

make

the con-

more acceptable

to.

people

not understand reptiles, are grossed out by this kind of stuff, but it is because they don’t understand it,” said

"Some people

Pattison.

largest

been the total,

his

over 250 a week.

he said.

worms and

live

The Expo worms and

had

along with feeder

mice for the Reptile

turtles

lovers

house has been full of aquariums and terrariums for over 10 years, adding he is said

his

addicted to reptiles,

"My

first

pet

was a

little

gecko,

bought three chameleons, four bearded dragons, an iguana and a skink," he said. All of which require terrariums and aquariums

then

I

up a lot of wall space, "Our whole basement has slowly

that take

on snakes but also breeds lizards and spiders.

been transformed into a pet shop.

of hand,

on

fish, rats and and snakes.

came

in

all

shapes and sizes. Six-year-old Charlie Xu, whose family owns bearded dragons, was looking to buy a third.

Xu stationed himself near the booths that had dragons for handling, because he wanted to size them up before he spent allowance on a lifelong pet.

his

“They are

really nice, and they he said. Xu has been exposed to dragons since he was a baby, and has never been intimidated by any reptile. feel cool,”

Jaina Tait,

a

turtle

and lizard

breeder from Cambridge, said she cannot envision her life without reptiles in it. Not only does she breed them from babies, but she nurses sick reptiles back to health. "I have rescued many injured or sick reptiles from pet stores,” she said.

Jaina has a seven-year-old bearded dragon named Lucy that she has been keeping since it was

few weeks old. She said that Lucy was near death when she bought her from a local pet store. “She has become my companion, said about her spiky friend

cages,

crickets

millions

crickets

they wanted, a father of seven,

In

lizards collectively eat

just a

Ron Kavalchuk,

Expo

commitment has

live feeding,”

While hundreds of people pushed their way through the crowds to get to the front of the tables to browse for possible buys, others knew exactly what

called Fusion Reptiles, a shop that

focuses primarily

his

utation,” said Gajeevic

an iguana, a dog

exhibit each

While Kavalchuk said

said.

wife was not too pleased in the beginning, she has come to

reptile or

years,”

he

his supervision.

exhibition until Nov. 18. Bieedeis, vendors and

I

slithers into

she

is

now

a really great listener,” she

who

is

trained to eat salad and veg-

etables rather than live insects. "If you train them properly, you

can wean them away from bugs," she said. “It really comes down to the training and care to tame these pets.”

you are interested in informaabout your reptile, or are thinking about buying one, visit www.reptileexpo.ca, and find out If

tion

details about

when another Expo

might be crawling your way.

Counter-clockwise from bottom left:

Chameleons are one

of the

most popular household pets because of their calm nature and beautiful colour that changes depending on their environment.

Many

of the

vendors

Expo allowed people

at the to

handle

the reptiles to get an idea of their personalities.

-This dragon enjoys being petted.

Jaina

Tait,

a

lizard

breeder

from Cambridge, holds her seven-year-old dragon, Lucy, who she has raised since she was a few weeks old. Jasia Sawicki breeds bearded dragons, a species that is most comfortable living in groups.

Ontario


Entertainment

Festival '08

GO! Music

Despite the biggest snowstorm Waterloo Region has seen area grabbed their guitars and strummed the night away. Left,

The

Flintsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pianist Al

ist/guitarist,

Huizenga. Above,

Kevin Black, and bassist,

Sean

members

of

all

winter, local

The Knaves:

bands from around the

guitarist,

Jesse

Sherritt, vocal-

Farwell.

Music fans brave the storm and get an earful By JOSHUA KHAN

But since Kitchener

smaller

is

than Toronto, the financial income

Despite the record-setting snowfall,

icy roads

rain called

Music March

and the glacial

Highway 401. took

Festival 6,

7 and 8

the

ter-

GO!

place

on

various venues

at

made from

a festival

far

when

it

comes

"Last year

money and storm

Montreal.

make a

The event was

the brainchild of

event was

an

incredible

and influenced Rocchetta

success to start

organizing the event annually. Sylvia Horn, the director of oper-

The Beat Goes On, said was created around main goals.

ations at

the

festival

three

"We want to talent we have

celebrate the local in

our community,

bring musicians to the region to raise

the status of the cities and

have an annual rock

festival,â&#x20AC;?

she

said.

The event

is

on others the Canadian

also based

such as and the North By Northeast Music Festival, both of in the area,

Music

Festival

which are held

in

Toronto.

"Instead of having people from

our communities rush to Toronto to see concerts, they can now enjoy a local show," she said. "We're able

do

by following the example of other major music events which book multiple bands at multiple to

this

venues."

to

making a prof-

the

start

upbeat

belong

of the festival

with an

of catchy

riffs that

set full in

an

iPod commercial.

Despite the fact that the only

showcased three or more bands; some were from the region while others hailed from as far as

John Rocchetta, president of The Beat Goes On chain of stores. Rocchetta approached five venues last year to come on board and help give exposure to local music talent over a two-day festival. The first

Horn

it.

throughout Waterloo Region. Each location

is less.

said the festival has seen a trend so

no major headliners. The opening The Knaves, set the tone for

act.

we

we had

since

this year,

make any

didn't

a snow-

doesn't look like

it

there will be a large profit," she said.

"But

we

aren't

large profit

looking to

and turn the

fes-

into a huge revenue source; any money that we do make will go

tival

directly

following year's

into the

festival."

There has been a big difference in two years of the event, as Horn

the

was the festival able to get three more venues this year, but they had the chance to book more headliners. "The three new venues we added this year were The Boathouse, Club Elements and The Circus Room, all of which are located in said not only

Kitchener," she said. the opportunity to as

"We

book The Trews

our major headliner

which turned out

also got

to

this

year

be a great suc-

cess."

But The Trews weren't the only band signed up to entertain crowds across Kitchener and Waterloo. With another open-call entry for this year's festival, hundreds of demo tapes from musical acts across Ontario were sent in. However, only 44 bands were selected; nine of them returning from last year. Still, would local talent

be able to create a large

crowd at some of the venues? The Circus Room was able to attract a large crowd despite having

mem-

bers of the audience at the time

were bands playing the same night, the London-based musical act kept the energy level high.

Out of Toronto, the folk-rock act, The Flints, played their set next. Equipped with their very own keyboard, the band put on a solid show that was easy on the ears. But the venue was going to become louder as the third band took the stage.

Also from Toronto, Songs From opened their act kicking and screaming as their hard rock sound filled the room. Not only did the music get some people to dance and tap their, feet, but it also made ticket sales rise as more and more

A Room

Room. One thing that was abundant at the show was the interaction

people piled into The Circus

between the bands and the crowd. While two young adults were about to head upstairs to play a game of pool, they were stopped by the singer of Songs From A

Room. "Hey shooter," he said. "Why you take a seat and listen to

don't

the last eight minutes of our set

instead of going to play pool?" In reply, the

right in front

of the band's

two men took a seat and watched the end set.

The

individuals

were just two of many who struggled through the harsh winter weather to witness a festival full of unique rock music.

(Photo by Joshua Khan)

Songs From A Room

bassist Nick Bechard.


Entertainment

SPOKE, March

17,

Page 9

2008

rocks Waterloo Region Band

Joel Lightman By JOSHUA KHAN

and Billy Joel.

Jellyfish

Members: tar,

Lightman

Joel

Lome Cooper

(piano/vocals),

(gui-

backing vocals), Paul Fabian

Ryan

(bass),

Sullivan

(drums,

backing vocals) First

We

Formed:

first

got togeth-

summer of 2006,

er in the

but

we

have been through a few amusing lineup changes.

Based Out Of: Toronto. Musical Influences: Ben Folds,

dropped from a 10th storey win-

dow and

with a

little

Latest Album: We recorded Every Street Corner under the tutelage of George Seara (Pink, Sting, Rihanna) at the incredible Phase One Studios (Bono, Big Sugar, Canadian Idol).

Heroes: Jerry Lee Lewis.

Acts

Played

Bajada. Orillia

Shawn

Members:

Donnelly

(singer song-writer, acoustic guitar),

Sandra

(voice,

J.

xylophone), Danny rango,

lap

Roy

melodica, (bass, eha-

Edmund Lam

steel),

(nylon string guitar).

Camaromance, Opry, Matthew De Zoete,

Jay Pea,

Plajia,

Amanda Mabro.

Musical

Acts You Wish You Play With: Belle and Sebastian. Julie Doiron, Kings of Convenience, Camera Obscura and

Could

Iron and Wine.

You

Formed:

First

formed

With:

Block), Squeeze and other talented indie bands!

Musical Acts You Wish You Could Play With: Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright, Billy Joel and Elton John.

Random Fact About Band: The band enjoys making their lead singer

(Joel

a

-

British

more Canadian. Describe Your Word: Fun.

citizen)

Band

One

In

Me

You and By JOSHUA KHAN

of The

bit

Barenaked Ladies.

Musical

(New Kids On The

Jordan Knight

Sounds Like: A grand piano

(Photo by Joshua Khan)

Random

Fact About Band:

song Head Noise Pollution recently won second place in the Bluetracks ing

Demo

$250

us

to

Competition givspend on music

equipment.

Describe Your Word: Simple.

Band

In

One

Me

and

By JOSHUA KHAN

Low, Mother Mother, Tin Bangs. Great Bloomers and many others who deserve to be named as well.

Members: Brayden Jones, Dustin Dave Stephan, Nick Bechard, Craig Mailman First Formed: 2007 Based Out Of: Toronto.

Jones,

Musical

2003, but we've been together for over nine

in

playing

Songs From A Room

Our

Influences:

'70s

Musical Acts Wish You Could Play With: Black Keys, Black Mountain, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Lips, Black Moth

Super Rainbow and the

proto

metal and '80s post punk.

Sounds Like: DAMN! Latest Album: Self Titled EP.

years.

Based Out Of: Montreal Musical Influences: The Beatles, Elliott Smith, Iron and Wine and Kings of Convenience. Sounds Like: Simple folk/pop and rich harmonies. Latest Album: The Romantic and

Black

Kids.

Random Fact About Band: Our drummer Dustin rode out of his mother’s womb on a Harley motorcycle at birth (true story).

Heroes: Villains and moms. Musical Acts Played With: The Postage Stamps, Sweet Thing, Jet Planes of Abraham, Lowest of the

Describe Your Band Word: Emergency

One

In

the Realist.

Heroes: Bands that are doing what we're doing and making a living out of

it.

Musical Acts Played With: Jason

Intransit By JACKIE

ALLWOOD

"It

took a

little

while of playing

together to figure out

Members: Mike

Christie

-

vocals,

Keith Heppler

Mieske Mark Walsh Intransit

-

guitar

-

bass

formed

first

in

early

2005 and are currently playing

between

Windsor

and

are a Kitehener-Waterloo-

based band that has been influenced by brit rock, pop, ambient, indie

post-rock,

and alternative

music.

album. The Guilty, is a mixture of soft rock and alternative and has a slight sound Their most recent

like groups and Coldplay Silverchair’s new album, Young Modern. Each member of the band has

resemblance Radiohead,

their

own

to

influences.

musical

and Canadian rock and is influenced by the Beatles and Radiohead. Mieske is influenced by U2, jazz, blues and also Radiohead, and Heppler is influenced by the Foo Fighters, Tommy Lee and Nirvana and says he likes everything from Hank loves

Christie

Williams

Sr.

to

Stone Age. Walsh

Muse.

"We

Pilot

rock

Queens of is

the

influenced by

Speed and Mute Math.

are four very different peo-

ple but

Walsh.

brit

it

all

go, but

Heppler.

band and say

"We didn't start this we are going to sound Radiohead Coldplay.

Toronto.

They

have had

found the four of- us we have the cohesive sound that we said envisioned," all have

drums

-

com-

finally

concerts at local bars as well as

those

We

to

some members come and

keyboard, guitar Joel

plement each other.

how

balances out." said

had

to find

They

or

We

exactly

started this

who we

have

exactly like like

band and played

concerts with Thornley, In Flight Safety,

released

The

Intransit

Guilty.

has

also joined

The Junction and

Jully

indie

Quadraphonic Records with national distribution of their album

label

Run With The

from MapleMusic. They plan on touring the east coast in late spring and have

upcoming

shows

at

Waterloo Thursday, March 20 and at

Bombshelter

in

London Arms Saturday, March

in St.

were."

previously

Black and recently played at the Horseshoe in Toronto where they

“We

really

the

this is

our break-

(guitar),

Hebblewhite (bass). First Formed: 2004

Out

Jake

I

Nigel./

(drums).

Based

Musical Acts You Wish You bet Could Play With: Leonard Cohen would be

James

Champagne

Oelrichs

Beach and Luke Doucet.

Nate Mills (vocals,

Members: guitar).

Robertson

29.

hope

Mitchell.

on

Catharines on

out year," said Walsh.

Musical Acts Played With: Kim David Wilcox. Spiral

By JOSHUA KHAN

The

Kittens

great

^\

Of:

%

Toronto.

Musical We're not

Influences: really

/

influenced by 1

music.

Instead

we're

^

influenced ^

school bus.

by beer, sites we see on our travels and rainy days.

Sounds Like: Something awesome. Like, you know,

totally totally 4

wicked. Latest

Album: Bangers

Mash. Heroes:

Kondo

Koji

to

play

Risk with. Rando

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— SPOKE,

March

17,

Feature

2008

Scenario gives students real-life experience By LEANNE

MOUNTFORD

was

said her role

to assist Phillips

throughout the day tive position.

with a back hoe/front end of lot parking loader in

involved parties.

Conestoga’s Doon campus. Although the incident may have

to organize chaos.

lided

1

was help Law and

appeared real to those nearby, a staged collision to

Security Administration students practise their

The scenario was March 3, once at 1

it

(LASA)

skills.

up twice on

set

a.m. and again

1

1:30 p.m. so different groups of students had the opportunity to par-

at

to help

organize the roles, stage the accident and communicate to

She said she to see

come

it

really learned

how

She said

nice

it's

ji

were marked on how

Students

made

they

the

all

together smoothly.

how

decisions,

l:

:

they

responded before, during and after the accident and if they had researched their role, were prepared

and had the right equipment. They needed to complete their procedures safely and put in a Phillips said,

ticipate in various roles.

an administra-

in

Her job was

The sirens sounded and the emergency crews rushed in after a Grand River Transit (GRT) bus col-

good

effort.

“We want

(the stu-

Although it was mainly geared toward LASA students, paramedic and pre-service firefighter students

dents) to be able to use the skills

also participated.

plines,

James

co-ordinator of

Phillips,

LASA / police foundations pro-

the

gram, said they run a scenario like this one every year. "I try to think of something real-

would involve

that

istic

disci-

all

plines at once," he said.

Last year, the scenario was based

upon a safe offender transport, which involved the Ministry of Corrections. In previous years, sce-

We want them to work between disci-

they’ve learned. learn

and

how

to

working with paramedics

firefighters.” In real life, they

working with each

are going to be

other in those fields.

There' are a Phillips

of

lot

the experience.

things

little

wanted them

from

to gain

For investigators,

when

it's

important to realize that

it’s

cold outside, your pen doesn’t

work and your camera

batteries

might not work. Phillips let the broadcasting stu-

know about

the scenario, so

narios have also been done in the

dents

woodworking

they could learn from the experi-

building.-

This year’s scenario involved a bus which was on its way through Conestoga carrying two passen-

ence.

in the

exercise and Phillips said

and a sub-contractor who was driving the front end loader carrying a barrel full of hazardous mate-

went

great,

gers,

a very realistic situation, said

It’s

Phillips.

something

"It’s

we

that

see buses here

all

see here,

the time

and contractor vehicles,” he said.

Having a bus presented very unique challenges with

air-powered

brakes,

air

doors and having people

in

very

he

precarious

places,

added.

There were many mentors help

the

to

throughout

studenjts

from the Waterloo Police, Barber-

Regional

1

00 students took fully

meeting

Kitchener

the

said

it’s

a

don’t get to

case

their

pull

and

may

some sue

the

school, sub-

the

fire

contrac-

department, the Ministry of

Labour, insurance investi gators,

it

their

good thing to have. work with the firefighters and paramedics in the course of our years and this helps us see how all the emergency crews work together." Although the scenario has been completed, one group of students, the lawyers, were not at the scene and are now gather working to reports from investigators' and police. The group will Ilic

Collins security, the captain

from

part

including repre-

the scenario

sentatives

than

expectations.

“We

rial.

we

More

tor or the

GRT,

paramedics and the

said

GRT.

Phillips.

“We are lucky that we have the support of so many

"We don’t know yet, we need

great

h

t

e

lawyers to

figure

that out.”

In the last

couple

weeks

pie to help us out," said Phillips.

“We

alone here

couldn't do

at the

school."

Each student had

a specific

role for the day. Phillips said

the

Top

a stretcher toward an accident scene to help an bus passenger. Ben Alexander, back left, a graduate of the LASA program, mentors the current students. Darryl Garcia, back right, looks on as Raj Arulja explains the situation to one of the pre-service firefighter to bottom: Pre-service firefighter students carry

injured

LASA

Police foundation students, Kyle Mcleod,

left,

and Steve Burgess,

like in January.

a

talking tcf Pam

investigate the incident by

Sherman, one of the victims of the accident. LASA graduate, Const. Bob Kennedy, back, mentors the students. Paramedic students help the injured victim.

the

cover

to write

then

hires

for

various roles.

Second-year Jovana

let-

order to apply.

students

LASA Photos by Leanne Mountford

and

business course

have

Phillips right,

would They take

for the roles they

ters in

students.

apply

students

student. Ilic,

school,

it

case

will

presented the

Cambridge

Provincial Court.

i

ii


News

Alumni lends a helping hand By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE

grads

For

inadequately

feeling

prepared for the workforce or those not ready to leave the college roost,

Alumpi

the

Association Conestoga can be of service.

The

association

Passport

Graduation

to

March 20 from

1

1

of

a.m. to

I

a

event p.m.

in

means of acquaint-

the atrium as a

ing graduating students

with the

of services available to

variety

them after their convocation. "The idea of it is to let graduating

know about

students

the services

and partnerships that we have that provide them benefits, before they leave campus,” said Mary Wright, manager of alumni services. Wright said it is important to inform grads that their years spent studying on campus are not terminated upon graduation, rather, they are entering a different phase.

Some

of the

through

services

alumni

the

provided

association

Connections, Conestoga’s

include

alumni magazine published quarterly, discount tickets to venues including the Ontario Science Centre and Canada’s Wonderland, as well as less obvious services including job postings provided through the college’s career services department.

"A

of (grads) don't realize use career

lot

come back and

they can

through their whole academic career," said Wright. Alumni services also supports up to 20 reunions a year by means of

services

...

promotion and assistance

event

with facility renting.

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"The nursing students are very big on reunions and will often do

them every

five years

pro-

and

Need a Job? Get a Job! at the JOB FAIR

they'll

come through

(alumni) for assistance,” said Wright.

A

spate of other benefits avail-

able through the alumni office can

be discovered

host

will

will

which

at the event,

MEET WITH BUSINESSES

have participants carry a pass-

EMPLOYERS WANT YOU! YOUR FIELD OF STUDY AND BEGIN YOUR CAREER!

IN

port to various service providers in

the atrium and acquire a boarding

stamp to a

to

complete

their

list,

& Graduate Employment

Part-time, Seasonal

similar

By JOHN LINLEY

Wed. March 19 from 10a.m. @ the Rec Centre

Completed passports will then be entered into a draw for four Blue Jays tickets and other prizes.

will be

ners this week.

The 2007 co-op students and of the year awards cele-

employer

bration will be this the cafeteria's blue

Wednesday room from 3

in

to

will

The awards

are being presented

Co-op Week which runs from March 17 to 21. The student winners are Natalie as

part of National

Laura Martens and Robin Woods. The employer of the year is Flalsted.

COM DEV Flalsted

Ltd.

won

the

award

in

the

school of business category after she

graduated from the

resource

began

human

management program and Sanimax working * at

Lisa Root, a student

in the

human

Participate in the

Win an

she was not aware that grads could utilize

the recreation centre

Distant

grads can

by

upcoming

Gradvisor

for

working on the addition payroll at Sanimax and helping to to

recruit

new employees,

she

also

and safety committee and developed an 83page training manual used in trainstarted

ing

a joint

sessions

health

from

iPod!

u

and Learning

Services Building

748-5220

-

ext.

Room 220 3756

crowd.

which will allow grads to pose as program mentors for enrolled students.

“Professors have asked me to keep in contact,” said Root. "Because it's a foundations course, it’s good for students to see our progress and what (graduates) have

accomplished.” To avoid feeling like a tourist after graduation and for more information about the Passport to

Graduation event, contact Mary Wright at 748-5220, ext. 2356 or mwright@conestogac.on.ca.

Your tour begins at the top of the Atrium

stairs.

March 20, 2008 11:00

nology in integrated advanced manufacturing technologies. Martens found time to work on research projects independently on fuel line investigation and the study of adhesives while reviewing and

PASSPO

am

Pick

-

1:00

pm

up your

iifiiiii!!

approving each day’s production. Robin Woods won the Education

Work Ontario award

work

at

Inbox Marketer

for

her

Inc.,

and

assport to Alumni Services

and Sponsors (PASS)

has since been invited to join their staff full-time after graduation.

During her work term. Woods was assigned to manage the e-mail marketing workflow at Research In Motion and won a gold medal in Ontario College's Marketing Competition for the retail category. Martens and Woods were also given honourable mentions in the Canadian Association for Co-oper-

the

Education 2007 co-op student of the year competition. DEV Ltd. was chosen as

Quebec

COM

the

2007 co-op employer of

the

year after being nominated by Glen Gailinger.

who completed

his

work

term there.

to

The Cambridge-based company the largest Canadian based man-

is

Laura Martens was chosen as the co-op student of the year for the

ufacturer of space hardware sub-

school of engineering and informa-

Everyone is invited to attend the awards celebration in the blue room, located adjacent to the first

She completed her

co-op work term at Arrow House and Tubing Inc. after receiv-

third

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areas, the association assists with one reunion every live years.

Conestoga College will be recogapproximately 3,900 stu-

those

,

gram

nizing

dents as graduates this year.

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2008

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Energy drinks can provide deadly rush By MARCIA LOVE

it

more

susceptible to disease.

ered

done on time, you’ve probably got

Other ingredients found in many energy drinks include guarana, which stimulates the central nervous system, and taurine, which can

an energy drink close

become

you

If

find yourself pulling an

all-nighter to get your assignment

However,

hand.

at

you are constantly

if

finding yourself reaching for a

take a closer look

on

label

Margo McIntosh, a nutritionist and certified lifestyle educator at Health Harmony and Balance in Kitchener, said

many young people

use energy drinks on a regular basis

and

may

Large doses, but

in

know what

not

they are putting into

their bodies.

"Some young people

use

will

(energy drinks) to feel high. The amount of caffeine and chemicals in

those drinks

Some

deadly.

is terrible almost have three times the

amount of caffeine that a cup of They can be really dan-

coffee has.

gerous.”

excess

in

also

contain

niacin,

which can cause a hot sensation and skin redness. Ephedrine,

chemical

a

which

stimulates the cardiovascular system, has been used in some energy

most companies disconuse when the Food and

drinks, but

tinued

its

Drug Administration declared

it

dangerous.

beat.

They are

also bear warnings that

not

use by anyone

for

under 12, sometimes 18. Matt Carey, a second-year broadcasting student, said he doesn't often drink energy drinks.

for, like

a harmful effect on the body, partic-

n't really

immune

system, making

“Having (an energy drink) once too bad," she said. "The problem is that these drinks are highly t

addictive.

Young people

to

foundations student, said he uses energy drinks for strength and to

keep him awake. “I have one whenever

Instead

of using energy

drinks,

McIntosh suggests people try eating properly and getting enough sleep to increase their energy and alertness. “People shouldn’t need to drink energy drinks if they eat enough proteins

and carbohydrates and down,” she

keep

their stress levels

“If

need

to

have a big effect on me.” Carey said he has never consid-

alert,

It

don't get

Faye said he doesn't think energy

said.

half an hour or so.

I

enough sleep," he said. “Sometimes it works, sometimes it

does-

"

are getting

hooked on them and drinking too much.” Sunan Faye, a first-year police

drinks are dangerous.

stimulates brain cells. This can have

ularly the

entirely.

ness or occasionally rapid heartthey

energy

McIntosh said she believes peoshould avoid energy drinks

doesn't.”

feine spikes adrenaline glands and

caf-

effects

have.

Some energy drink cans carry warning labels, stating the product may cause nervousness, sleepless-

“Sometimes I’ll have one at work keep me awake and give me more energy. he said. “It keeps me alert

She said the high dosage of

harmful

may

ple

isn

They may

the ingredients

at

that can,

body

amounts.

Red

Bull every time you need to be alert and energized, you might want to

toxic to the

the

drinks

someone feels that they use energy drinks to be.

(Photo by Marcia Love) Matt Carey, a second-year radio broadcasting student, holds an

energy drink. He said he sometimes has an energy never thought they might be unhealthy.

it may be a sign they need medical attention.”

drink, but

has

Vaccinations need to be up-to-date Hundreds of elementary and high school students at By JENN SPRACH Every year hundreds of schoolaged children run the risk of being suspended because they are not

of proof or lack of immunization. In another article published in The Record on May 3, 2006, it stated up to 2,000 students in grades 7 and 8 were suspected to be

properly immunized or they lack

behind

proof of immunization.

schedules, more than 10 times the

how many

But

adults are keeping

up with their immunizations? Research shows many diseases can be prevented if a person is vaccinated, said Lesley Rintche,

from

Waterloo Regional Public Health. "Adults should remember to get their tetanus/diphtheria booster every 10 years," she In an article published said.

in

The

Record on June 13, 2007 it stated 280 elementary schoolchildren were facing suspension from lack that

in

opportunity

week

this

to

employment after graduation. The Doon on-campus job will

be held on the

gym

recreation centre on

gain fair

March

19 from

must be documented. It is up to parents to vaccinate their children and if that isn't happening, then

they

probably aren't getting

Vaccines

one

are

of

Public

The big difference between this and other job fairs is that the employers are looking specifically for Conestoga graduates. Davies,

Jen

student/grad

a

employment adviser said that students

at the

college,

have had success

finding jobs in the past.

"Employers and

like

who

like the skills that

they meet

they have,"

she said. “The majority of the feed-

back

is

Conestoga part-time,

positive."

There will be a total of 68 booths from companies such as Frito Lay Canada. Research in Motion

every 10 years.”

routine schedule at

to get a booster shot every

Most

Region public health

people

many

serious

and dangerous diseases such as hepatitis, chicken pox and rubella

(German measles). If

people are not properly immu-

seriously

and possibly infecting

ill

14 to

their family physicians' office or at

public health

16

1

community influenza

clinics,” said Rintche.

There are also other vaccines rec-

0 years." have should 1

ommended

for international travel,

she said.

received their last booster vaccination at age

Vaccines prevent

a

Before travelling, check with a to see what vaccines

6.

travel agent

However, some vaccinations do provide a lifetime of immunity such as hepatitis B which most students should have received at 12

required

are

before

heading

summer co-op and

These are not publicly funded and are purchased by the client through Travel Health clinics or

years old, said Rintche.

“There are lab tests that may test immunity, however, they may not be

pharmacies, said Rintche.

really

have a focus 7

Turn Your Degree Into a Career

grad-

offered.

O'Neill, a career services

profession

may

not

may

Wednesday March

most compa-

be a heavy machinery

26, 5 p.m.

Are you ready to graduate but aren't exactly sure of a career path? Or

some further

skills

maybe you need

-7

p.m. Waterloo

Over 20 programs Health

will

Campus 108

be highlighted:

Fair

University Ave. Waterloo. Engineering

ON

& IT

& Community Services:

to top off your diploma

or degree.

need sales-

company, but they

still

people," she said.

“One company

may need

Conestoga College Post-Grad

be

engineers, accountants,

and marketing.” Anyone planning to attend the job fair is encouraged to look through the guide, which can be sales

picked up today

at

Door

Language

Top off your education at Conestoga College - the number one college

3.

guide, which includes a

last

list

www.conestogac.on.ca/careersvc.

in

Ontario for the

nine straight years!

c A

CONESTOGA

of

employers, can also be found online at the career services website at

to

international destinations.

at

nies are looking for a variety of

The

immunity. "For some vaccines, they need boosters to build immunity,” said Rintche. “There is a completion of

Are you getting ready to graduate with your degree but don’t

people. "It

very specific or accurate,” she said. If anyone is not sure if their vaccinations are up-to-date their family physician should have all vaccinations listed in their file. "People may receive vaccines at

all

years of age, but as adults, they need

Lesley Rintche,

assistant at the college, said while

your

not

will be represented with

employment being

Mary

others, said Rintche. Despite popular beliefs

the

nized they run the risk of becoming

vaccinations themselves either.

directly represented,

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

diphtheria booster

of every student’s immunization.

uate

floor in the

remOmber

to get their tetanus/

By law the Region of Waterloo is required to have an up-to-date record

Limited and Sun Life Financial. The majority of the schools

Conestoga students have a great

“Adults should

previous year.

However, students can be exempted from vaccinations on religious, medical or moral grounds but that

disease and suspension

vaccinations provide a lifetime of

immunization

their

Employers looking for Conestoga grads By JOHN LINLEY

Health’s most cost-effective and cost beneficial strategies, said Rintche.

risk of

For more information go to our website www.conestogac.on.ca and look unde.- College Events


Page 14

News

— SPOKE, March 17, 2008

Charting into

unknown

the MCNANNEY

By ALEX The

of joy can

feeling

bring

many different effects. Some experience a rush of excitement and others a moment of happiness.

For Jennifer Watson, the news she received on Feb. 20 evoked

both emotions. (Photo by Hien Dinh)

Record snowfall Adam ny,

Tassoni,

cleans the

Snowman, a snow sidewalks around King and Agnes

who works

clearing

for

compa-

term

ident, with her

the

streets after the

weekend storm that set a record in Kitchener-Waterloo for most snow to blanket the region in one winter, 246 cm, as March 9. The last record was set in 1923-24.

was named the new She Conestoga Students Inc. vice-pres-

“At that time

the

set to

begin

in

fall.

in

my

every-

life,

was in slow motion. I felt like was where I was supposed to be at

thing of I

that exact time,” she says. “I felt

Conestoga hosts

hit

me

am

happy, but

it

didn’t really

until later that night.

Wow.

I

actually soon to be vice-presi-

dent.”

When

prospective

student tours By VANESSA BUTLER Explore Conestoga gives high school students the chance to discover why Conestoga has been

named

the

No.

college in Ontario

1

for the last nine years.

This one-day event, which will

be held April

campus

brings students on

5,

learn

to

more about

programs they are interested

the

in.

It

also allows students to attend presentations, participate in tours

and

who

are

interact

with

already

in

students

their

program(s)

previous

years.

to

include

individual

program presentations every hour on the hour, ongoing student-guided tours through the cific to students'

facilities spe-

program choices

and more peer-on-peer interaction where perspective Conestoga students will get the chance to ask current

students

campus

life

questions

and what

it’s

about

like to

be

a Condor.

year the event is condensed into four hours which will "This

create

more buzz on campus,"

said

Paul Osborne, director of marketing. ties

"Showing Conestoga's faciliis a huge selling factor for per-

spective students,

it

really seals the

who are on the who have not already

deal for students

fence or

The event

is

being held later

this

ye.ar

because the college didn’t

want

to conflict with

March break

Osborne said the event being held over three days used to

make

Conestoga look desolate and empty because it was spread out so much.

members cared

for the well-being of the students

directors,

and

tors,” she says.

"She has brought forth and implemented many great ideas.

suggested that

Some

recy-

She also wants to continue the growth of the Sanctuary and build

carry

strong

com-

Alumni and

tell it like

it

is."

Osborne promises event, which usually

year's

this

attracts

over

2,000 attendees, will feature less standing, talk and lecture and more

On

interaction.

the

day of the event, the cafeterias and will be open, as well as other facilities so students can

“Their leadership and hospitality

made me want

to join.”

Watson says she knows she has the leadership

make

and determination to She believes she

a difference.

has the charisma, people skills and

communication her

new

skills to

be great

dream job

am active in my commuand am a past V.P. for my

for me.

had

hometown Optimist Club,”

and

programs,

to

received an invitation to the event.

This year,

it

is

more of an open

Advertisements will be placed in newspapers and broadcast on the radio, so anyone interhouse.

to

great

great

also has

am

”1

own

going

to

many

ideas and

for next year.

work on student

satisfaction through active college

and community awareness. Getting

know

that

I

am

a good candi-

experiences to help

I

can use

me

in the

involved

me

gets

she

excited,"

“I

am

"A

found

the best interests of the students

tive to

going are

to

make

sure that

sure that

all

aware of news and

“I

is

to

attract

those students.

"The place

will

be jumping," he

said. "This event really represents

the student

body and how much

it

has changed."

During Explore Conestoga, dents can visit the

stu-

Doon campus on

For those

who

are seeking clarifi-

cations as to where each program

the college

check the programs page each program and the campus where it is delivered. For more information about the event, or programs offered at the

ensure that the Alumni

will

with

all

of them."

Watson also says the college and CSI have developed a great bond after the events of last year, which included a long negotiation process

on alcohol

in the

www.conestogac.on.ca.

visit

bar bistro and the

She says she

is

proud

to

be a CSI

board member and positive change

all

to

make

areas of the college

important. “I

am

looking out for the best

what’s happening on

CSFs

interest

events calendar and take the

initia-

aspect of

be involved with woodwork-

for you.”

of the students

my new

ON-CAMPUS CHIROPRACTOR Covered by CSI Health Plan

offered,

college,

the

itself.

and CSI keeps close ties,” she says. “I have become well acquainted

is

lists

with

relationships

in students who have been away from school and are already in the

workforce; our goal

come over and

I

inform them of events," she says.

and strong relationships are very

Watson says she wants

know

ATS. “They (woodworking and ATS)

ing and

hours the bistro would be open.

says.

events.”

already done so," said Osborne. is

she

Watson

goals of her

Watson says she looks forward to working alongside new CSI president Sheena Sonsor. “Sheena is a great person and a wonderful leader. She truly is for

encourage students

of Conestoga's growth

I

date for this position, and

my

street

students

and assure them there is still tons of time to apply, if they haven't lot

I

says. “I

of her achievements such as

team and green cling initiatives I want to forward and build upon this ing year. Sheena will be a mentor and already a the

role.”

ested can attend.

"We want

nity

new

passionate about her

is

friend.”

for V.P. is a

Explore Conestoga used to be held only for those students who applied

in

position.

“Running

explore the school.

which

or Easter.

"All of the board

will

role.”

April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

applied."

people.

(Internet photo)

be CSI’s new vice-president come September. Watson, who is currently on CSI’s board of was named vice-president on Feb. 20.

Watson

Jennifer

and

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Conestoga, playing an integral role for CSI wasn't even in her plans. But one talk with former board member Caleb Bender changed her entire college experience thus far. Bender told her she had great leadership skills, and encouraged her to run for the CSI first year council. She says it was then that she was able to interact with and get to know a lot of great

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to help resolve the issue.

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The Kitchener Rangers lost a March 7 matchup against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5-3 in a fight-filled game. The Rangers are in first place in the Midwest division, and get an automatic berth into the Memorial Cup as the tournament hosts. The Greyhounds hold top spot in the West division. Tickets to Rangers home games at the Aud are $15 for students.

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Think you pay too much for school? Did

you

know

the

that

Minister

of

Training,

Colleges and Universities has a ‘Binding Policy Directive’ that prohibits all public colleges

universities

and

Ontario from collecting tuition-

in

related ancillary fees?

Did you know that Conestoga College a tuition-related

I.T.

charging

ancillary fee that costs

$210

student more than

is

each

per year?

Did you know that the Minister

is

doing nothing

to stop this?

The Canadian Federation

of

Students-Ontario

is

recommending

that

the Ontario government: •

immediately

enforce

its

Binding

Policy

Directive

that

prohibits colleges from charging students tuition-related ancillary fees; •

and

replace the $50 million per year of

illegal

ancillary fees

revenue that the colleges are collecting, with public funding starting in the 2008

It

budget to be presented

later this

month.

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