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Elmira Maple Syrup Festival People from far and wide celebrate

Gaming’s final frontier

the sweet things

Modifying

computer games and uploading the files keep old

Monday, March

24,

games

Capturing a

moment

time

in

Former Conestoga student A

alive.

learning

newsroom

for

journalism students

turns hobby into profession.

40th Year

www.conestogac.on.ca/spoke

Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.

2008

in life.

— No.

1

Spring break training

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Post-grad

the workforce,

Are you ready

to

graduate but

aren't exactly sure of a career path? Or maybe you need some further skills

to top off

your diploma or

On

is

hosting

Post-Graduate Fair

the Waterloo

well as anyone already in the work-

first

From

Any

looking

force

campus. 5-7 p.m., program co-ordi-

engineering

and

their skills.

insight into their programs.

what

Paid Osborne,

Over 20 programs will be highlighted and light refreshments will

diret tor

of marketing

marketing, sales

digital

media, media

and teaching English as a sec-

ond language.

"We want

to

emphasize

that

open doors,” said •Osborne. at

it

like a tool belt.

”1

“Everything

The more

including

look

name,

tools

someone has in their tool belt, the more opportunity available tor that

need to promote the number of Conestoga's

person to get the job.” Osborne said advertisements

post-grad program offerings to the Paul Osborne, students,” said

Spoke, as well

"We

really see the

director of marketing. “Students are always looking to upgrade their education and these post-grad pro-

grams are a great way

to get that

extra edge."

Osborne said there is an increasing need for more specialization in

have been placed in as the four major surrounding universities and local newspapers.

“We're hoping

it

successful evening.

know

will I

he a really

really

what-to expect this

around.” he said. For more information, college's website.

first

don

t

time

visit

the

the

(are)

about to

Appeal.

Darfur

almost

all

are

Through

assured

that

the proceeds are directly

tunneled toward humanitarian aid

the

walk,

be thought-

provoking.” he said.

Tuckwood. who introduced

the

2005

notion of organizing a walk and then formed the Genocide in

Action Group a year later, said the event's former focus of raising aw areness and limiting donations

day of the walk only garnered $80 for aid in Darfur through High Nations United

to the

Commissioner for Refugees. “The following year, we realized spreading information alone was

strong security networks. “It is about the primary

-

basic

and constant.”

The walk,

efforts in Darfur.

at the uni-

be held

to

and student

file

“Our focus has humanitarian aid because the government of Sudan has destroyed

versity's ring road

thousands of villages and forced

tunity

their inhabitants into the desert in

donations and buy Darfur T-shirts. The event will also commence, at noon, with a speech from Debbie Sergeant Detective Bodkin, who investigated Darfur

changed

hopes they

(will)

die

there

to

of

and disease.” said

Tuckwood. The Sudanese' region of Darfur,

somewhat morbid

meant

for

university

event.

a

one-year specialization can really

raised

hunger,

s

distribu-

needs of the (refugees)." said Alexandra Lopoukhine. communications team leader at Oxfam Canada. “Every penny counts right now because the needs are there

Tuckwood,

of founder Genocide Action Group, hopes will evoke curiosity and support for the the

he served, in a trade-show format. Some of the presentations will

teacher, applied counselling, online

Christopher

emphasis on the

tion of basic supplies, lending psy

year for the $4,300 Canada Canadian Students last

region of Sudan since internal conflict arose there five years ago.

have occurred. The shocking number, coupled with the wrenching event name, are

a strong

walk (through pledges),” he The concept matured to.a campus and community-wide event which

Oxfam. donors

more than six people killed since an estimated 450,000 deaths

helps students narrow

the

chological support and maintaining

Oxfam

resent

media and languages will be on hand to answer questions and give

advanced police studies, early childhood education resource

in

pant in the fourth annual Footsteps of Death walk for Darfur will rep-

post-grad program

A

IT,

include

March 26

of

idea

before

fundraising

deference to the thousands of civilian lives claimed in the Darfur

In fact, the foot of every partici-

upgrade their

to

skills or further specialize.

nators from post-grad programs in health and community services,

business,

University of Waterloo

said.

ever

its

at

their skills,”

he

graduating student from university or college can attend, as

Conestoga

Wednesday,

College

Hundreds of students and mem-

post-grad program (fives more relevance to the students' knowledge, and helps nar-

"A

the

for Darfur said.

bers of various local action groups and the public will encircle the

really

had

and

pointless actively

skills.

row

degree.

By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE

and a post-grad pro-

really caps off the students’

gram

money

raises

ever

is first By VANESSA BUTLER

Footsteps of Death walk

fair

thirst

since 2003. has been embroiled in what Oxfam recognizes as an crisis. humanitarian ongoing Thousands of ethnic civilians have

centre, taries.

will

documen-

feature

refreshments and an opporfor the public to make

on behalf of United Nations and Department State U.S. the Atrocities Documentation team. Kristin Biefer. president of the

killed,

displaced and forced

Genocide Action Group, hopes

into refugee

camps where humani-

the event will bolster the profile

been

tarian aid workers, by international incentive, have been deployed to

help save lives.

The Arab-dominated Sudanese government

has faced allegations

of the ongoing conflict.

"The more people about (the

crisis)

attention

will

of inciting atrocities against such ethnic civilians and the death toll

cial as

continues to grow. Oxfam. an organization dedicat-

now.”

ed to long-term dem with the International

aid relief, in tan-

UN

and

the

Red Cross, has placed

it

cians. (which)

Darfur

political

map

get

is

is

...

that

hear

the

more

from

politi-

especially cru-

not really on the in

Canada

right

For more information, visit or www.footstepsofdeath.com Genocide Action the e-mail Group at uwgag@hotmail.com.


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a sweet spot we were

and

dent,

serving

guides for other public Life

is

filled

with sweet things,

from out of town,”

‘‘It’s

a

which we honour

great opportunity to put something

with special days throughout the

back into the community.” is It always fun to see people

the sweetest of

We

year.

celebrate mothers, our

Christmas and the thing of all - maple

sweethearts,

returning to the

sweetest

grew up

in,

community they

says Klinck.

For the past 43 years, the Elmira Festival has been a

a great opportunity to

“It’s

put something back into

in southwestern Ontario, and as the 44th edition approaches on April 4 and 5. it doesn't appear that will be changing anytime

staple

the community.”

recognized

by

syrup festival

in

the world,

Elmira festival routinely draws tens of thousands of people into the rural community for a heaping helping of pancakes and that sweet condiment we've all come to love.

The

emphasize the idea of community, not just festival strives to

through the welcoming of so

people

from

all

corners

many

of the

world, but also through the more than 2,000 people their time

who

and services

to

reunions with people.

where

has been the maple syrup festi-

like

Asia because they heard

festival

toy

was involved in the very was a public school festival.

first

back

1965.

in

off on

the

show at 6 p.m., with a show beginning later, at 7 p.m.

collectibles

one

attended the

kicks

Friday night with an antiques and

five

He

some-

it."

first

years.

also spe-

have travelled from

The

Klinck

It's

when you hear about people

cial

make

committee for the past

val

there will be lots of friends

that,

about

treasurer of the

when

is

around." he says. “I’ve seen lots of

who

the

the neat things

you see people that perhaps grew up in the community come back after having been away for a length of time, and they visit with their friends. They know on a day like

volunteer

event run.

Stephen

"One of

There are also items available for

"I

I

purchase.

The trademark pancake breakfast

stu-

at the

“It's

not

community, but it's also a family thing. (The breakfast) is really great to showcase the community to all the visitors who come in. always enjoy frying pancakes and asking people where they came from and how many times they’ve been to the festival.” After all the pancakes have been consumed, the day is full of activifor

a

the event had grown,”

“Being

Klinck says. “That always kind of

that the

warms your

I’m

heart.”

For those like Klinck, who have been a part of the festival for so long,

it

has

become

an annual tradi-

tion.

part

something

that,

pleased

quite

known

of

community

is

known

for.

we

are

that

something like this," he says. “Bring friends, invite relatives and neighbours, and just come on out and enjoy the day.” for

visitors

can

to

take

part

in.

Competition has

touch of local flavour

browse the outdoor

By JOSHUA KHAN

MegaMutts dog show and even

enter

committee

the

says Klinck.

how

veled at

pancakes

just about

Patrons

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

Guinness as the largest maple

fried

mall, take a sugar bush tour, attend

treasurer,

Officially

first festival,”

ties

Stephen Klinek,

soon.

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and we're very appreciative of all the visitors and volunteers,” Klinck

will be facing off in the

says.

“We

are grateful to sponsors

and people who come as vendors, and those who display things in the craft

show, the toy show, the mall.

Without

their

participation,

it

wouldn’t happen.”

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College

Inspired by the popular American and Japanese show. Iron Chef, the event management stuat the college decided to try something new when it comes to

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the inaugural edition.

Herb Ainsworth and Eld.en Hoffer were the two men who laid the

In its first year, the

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Commentary

— SPOKE, March 24, 2008

Facebook guidelines

needed Creating an online study group

may

not have been a

some Ryerson University students. Chris Avenir and some of his classmates by participating

ing

the

in

good idea

for

are being accused of cheat-

group named Dungeons/Mastering

Chemistry Solutions. This comes almost a year after Jason Jagpal, another student

at

Ryerson, was disqualified from the university’s board of governors election in April

2006 for writing on a fellow student’s Facebook mes-

sage board on voting day.

new

In the

case, a professor discovered the group

and complained

Beware of potholes. They have been known to swallow small bugs.

be allowed to input solutions to assignment

that the students shouldn’t

problems. The university agreed, and Avenir received an

F on

assign-

ments worth 10 per cent of his final grade and on a much more serious level, was charged with academic misconduct.

On March

18 he had to attend an expulsion hearing where

Welcome The end of

decided he wouldn’t be expelled, but he would receive a zero on the

in

February 2004, Facebook has been the most

many

friends, sharing photos

others use

Facebook

up with

for catching

and music, sending out invitations for events

and much more.

The charge of academic misconduct was against Avenir because he was the administrator of the site. this

controversy has exposed

need to be drafted. Students need

to

Facebook guidelines know what is and isn’t acceptis

friend's walls,

be glued

students love Facebook.

They post messages on

their

check out pictures from a party the night before and can computer screen for countless hours. It might be even

to the

more addicting than Guitar Hero.

And

if

they use

become an Things

closing

it

to

study and learn,

all

the better. But obviously

it's

of privacy, false assumptions and ruined reputa-

from being a

part of

Facebook and,

for Avenir and his classmates, accusations of cheating as well.

Getting together after class, going over notes and asking each other questions to prepare for tomorrow morning's test is OK, as long as it’s not on Facebook, or so it seems. Maybe that’s a bit old school for some students or kind of like living in the past.

Hopefully academic institutions will draft policies that bring them into the 21st century,

and maybe even post them on Facebook.

That way both sides will

know what

is

and

isn’t acceptable.

going

one

where we’ll

at all,

much

we're going to get

to get, if

live

make can be coming months,

we’ll

In the

Opinion

if it’s

not

your ear constantly with admo-

grow

up. You'll hear

how

time to abandon any childish or

doing

lives is

with a smile or a child-

it

may

not be a popular attitude,

but the older

want is

to act.

more

get, the

I

As

younger

the years pile up,

I it

essential to face life with

So

.

on

to

enjoy ourselves are

as

many of us

into our

tell

joy

more - and simpler -

to

al.

things.

time to act maturely and profes-

main characters

behaviours. Characters like

that being professional

is

meas-

their

childish

attitudes

not a as

the

and

Doug

teenager.

Let things amaze you and

stir

you

And most

cessful jobs ilies

and support

their

fam-

while living lifestyles domi-

and socializing with friends.

It is

As long

you how

tell

yourself.

and Ray Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond hold down suc-

how you accomplish

it.

conduct your-

them

up, and smile every chance you get.

nated by television, sports,

heart.

to

let

Heffernan on The King of Queens

ured by what you accomplish and

mind or

BE

let

to

do with

to

child and the open-mindedness of a

perhaps a family

is

how

but don’t

need

will

you what

that are chastised

nificant

many people fail to realize, and what many people won’t tell you,

leave

curiousity of a toddler, the joy of a

for

mortgage - there’s no escaping most of that. But what

move

feature

have a job, a sig-

a

I

Approach everything with

Most popular sitcoms

sionally. You'll

and

prepare to

chosen careers,

At times, you

someone

to carry yourself like a profession-

in

mean our

lose yourself.

self,

to

I’m

you with one piece of advice: don’t

the outlook of a child because the

moments

me

hearts need to.

like spirit. It

friends, just

changing, doesn’t

yourself or

you'll have plenty of

sitting

dynamic of our

Just because the

enable ourselves to find

other,

my

“too old for that stuff.”

fewer and fewer. That means we

is,

never want

because someone’s told

need

fact

are this

the expense of goofing off or

at

adolescent ways and be an adult;

it's

I

like

time

free

you get the job done in an efficient and respectable manner, there’s nothing stopping you from

and how

daunting.

happening already, people will be nitions to

my

spend

hanging out with

lot

Occasionally

these

games

characters

of

all,

don’t ever hold

back on your enjoyment for something just because of your age, or

because

you’re

afraid

someone

might look down on you. This don't

is

let

your

life

anyone

and yours alone;

else live

it

for you.

Spoke

welcome is

Spoke welcomes

to

far as

life

around and doing grown-up things

that

Questions about what job we’re

state of

Letters are

unknown

characters

should be role models.

Mills

of people - myself included - the prospect of entering the “real world” is a scary one.

For a

The

like invasion

Christopher

a departure from the famil-

working world.

the

is

issue.

tions are all issues that could arise

concerned,

That

in.

and outlook on

attitude

of classrooms and labs, and an

in it,

push the boundaries, but as

is

us, it’s the

and often comfortable confines

iar

that

able.

Let's face

is

entrance into the vast

But with the ability to create study groups and communicate back and forth with fellow students online, where do you draw the fine line when it comes to using Facebook for school purposes'? A student at San Diego State argues that a Facebook study group is no different than a group of classmates studying in a virtual study hall or dorm room or any other place students can congregate.

What

Graduation

means

popular social networking website in the world. Students and

last.

year

the school

upon us and for most of

assignment section of the course. Since launching back

to the real world

was

it

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Opinion

Respect By FRANCA MAIO

walked in, the person behind the desk told me they didn’t have my found sort of reservation, which odd. The other employee made a

People today are so consumed

own agenda that lose sight of who gets

with their

easy to

I

is

it

comment

hurt

my

or mistreated.

Some

people

feel

and appropriate

treat

to

when

another

change? When did someone say it was OK to yell at another human being and threaten to sue them because he or she did

is

it

OK

complete

1

there.

into their

my

I

that

travel,

I

to

it

I

stay

I

am

gets hot in

the car after awhile.

home, pro-

In

experience, the people

liiy

vide you with food and a roof over

who have money

your head and don't ask tor any money in exchange.

assume did not have enough money was completely dis-

Our

society today

is

so

For him

It

are too busy searching for greenpastures.

want, really

hotel

in

or

and we

what is good for us. A few months ago, nice

we need

what

unfortunate that

1

When

utive or

1

if

we work

we work

It

Lifestyle

The pressures of school can easily cause students to lose the balance between taking care of themselves and the need to put their best efforts into succeeding academically.

School,

jobs,

part-time

does

as a top exec-

as a produce clerk.

and

family

relationships

all

make

demands on us which can cause stress and stress-related illnesses. But there are ways to maintain our health and keep an equilibrium between competing demands on our time and energy. Scheduling in time for self-care may mean reserving several hours a week for a fitness activity we enjoy. We need friends we can talk to about personal matters and daily life, and people to just "hang out" with and do something purely for fun. We need

live in a

deserve respect.

all

not matter

stayed at a

Toronto.

we

society

Sometimes what we isn't

is

where some people put others into classes and if you don’t lit that class, you are treated differently. At the end of the day we are all human. We all eat the same, drink the same, watch television the same way

world owes us and we are going to collect. We have lost sight of all the good currently in our lives because

we

it.

I

respectful and rude.

consumed

with “me.” Most of us believe the

er

don’t flaunt

to

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to feel comfortable

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— SPOKE, March 24, 2008

Modding

...

the future of gaming?

By WEI-LON LEE

Despite being a popular online

movement among gamers, modifying computer game software, otherwise known as “modding,”

is still

rather stigma-

tized by the general public as well

as game-developing com-

panies, says Clint Hall, a veter-

an modder known as Wrath

of

Achilles.

If

modding

company's bottom line, the work that modders are doing is

the

the final frontier of

is

gaming, then Clint Hall is going where no modder has gone before. For those of us who are techno-

"modding” is the shorthand for modifying or making modifications to existing computer games, and according to logically challenged,

Hall,

represents the future of the

it

gaining industry.

Top

left

and right: An unmodimodel from the game

fied ship

Star Trek:

Armada 2 versus

same model

with

added

the

high-

“What modding is really about is improving existing games, either graphically, audibly or just adding more functionality to the game,” said the 25-year-old north

resolution textures.

London

actually helping to boost sales long

he

For the Trek enthusiasts,

scene depicting the famous battle of Wolf 359 from this is the

the popular

TV

series Star

Trek: the next generation.

Bottom: The

same

depiction of

Wrath of Achilles as he is more famously known, is one of the most well-known veteran modders in the online community. "It’s the online gaming and modding community that is keeping some very old games alive,” he Hall, or

said,

adding that without the input

Armada

the battle of Wolf 359, but on a

of websites like

modified version of the game.

games such as Starcraft or World of Warcraft would have been long

2

files,

a

Armada

2

is

a

liv-

slope,

publicly

are

some companies that pubdenounce modding, but are

licly

actually supportive of

behind the

it

scene,” he said.

But that

is

it

surprising to hear

still

people

believe the online

still

modding community

is

a sort of

subversive, counter-culture move-

ment, said Hall.

"People think that we’re one of these types that want to bring

down we have some

Microsoft or that

of political message,” he said. “But the only motivation we have is a passion for gaming, to make games as good as they can be.” sort

for violating intellectual prop-

erty rights?

“That’s not really an issue

Originally released in early 2002,

said

there are

ing testament to that.

(Photos by Wei-Lon Lee)

slippery

supportive of modding, while others shun it completely. And then

As Star Trek:

of a

bit

Goodman. "Some developers

dead.

And

has been released,"

said.

relationship the However, between the online modding community and game publishers is still

resident in a telephone interview. Left:

game

after the

modding community,”

in the

Jan

said

PC-based Star Trek-inspired game has become one of the most heavily modified games in the online community, said Hall. “Star Trek Armada 2 files is probably one of the most comprehensive websites for downloading

forums of Armada 2 files. “People here explicitly know that any work, any graphical additions or model additions made to the

Armada

game

the

2 modifications,” he said.

Eighteen-year-old Joel

Goodman

agrees.

Schotteldreier from Rheine, west

Germany, who

known

still

online

the

made from

their

work,” he said. fairly

new, so a

lot

of the

works we do still haven't been accepted by the general public or the game and software developers,” he said.

Goodman, who

is

more fondly

recognized as Joelteon7, is the main website administrator at

Armada

2

a website that fea-

files,

downloadable additions the game.

tures free to

in

has to be free, that no money

or profit can be

“The online modding community is

more commonly

is

TParis

as

Many

people

still

“modding” games considered

is

think illegal

cheating,

that

or

is

said

Goodmam "There

is

The

agreement between some game developers and the modding community that allow gamers to modify games, because far from hurting

8-year-old staff

their original

would be

member

work

fur-

actually

for money, they

in direct violation

right laws, since

own

of copy-

Paramount Studios

the rights to anything

related to Star Trek, so a portion of

the

go

money to

they

make would have

Paramount

to

as royalty fees.

“If they don't pay Paramount, then Paramount can press charges under

international

copyright laws,” he

said.

But since nothing

like

that has

ever happened to any of the website’s

actually an unwritten

1

ther explains that if anyone ever sold

he

members, Schotteldreier

isn't

too worried about

"People know “Besides, this

is

people frown on anyways.”

better,”

said

it.

he said.

a free community, that kind of stuff -

y


Feature

Museum By WEI-LON LEE Think video games are only for so, says

department

offers glimpse into

Sarah Cook from the of recreation and

leisure studies at the University of

in,

“There are many real-life appliof video games,” said Cook. For example, the faculty of

on recent consoles such as Sega Genesis, Nintendo

the

GameCube and

Xbox 360. gems such as Magnavox Odyssey gaming

UW

is

the

the

real

console from the 1970s and even the

N64 and

Playstation consoles

are oddly locked

away

display

in

cases.

currently researching the possible

“Many of

the pieces in our col-

use of the Nintendo Wii’s remote

lection arc one-of-a-kind, discon-

motion-sensing technology to help

tinued machines which were given

with physical therapy.

to us

The department of recreation also looking

is

the possible use of video

ing

gam-

enhance the health and

to

games’ past

the tour also allows visitors

However, the

cations

at

— Page 7

to play

Waterloo.

and leisure studies

2008

For those feeling nostalgia kicking

applied health sciences at

24,

the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis.

prepubescent teens?

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well-being of people through the use of leisure activities, said

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by anonymous donors,” said

Cook. Since the museum is maintained mostly by graduate students from the department of recreation and leisure studies

and

funded

by

tially

it

is

Ministry of Tourism, the

on a

is

tight

only par-

Ontario

the

museum

budget most of the

time, she said.

joked.

Besides showcasing the history

you want to know more about video games, computer games or just games in general, you should head to the Elliott Avedon Museum & Archive of Games located inside the Burt Matthews Hall, where you will find an authentic Atari 2600 gaming system as well as the best-selling home computer of all time, the If

Commodore

64. recent console sys-

more

Other,

tems are also on display, such as

of video games, the

museum

explains the origins of video as

well

as

also

games

hand-held electronic

games.

The on-campus charge and

from Jan.

museum

is

is

15

exhibit

open to

is

free of

to the public

April

open Monday

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to

The

Friday

from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to book an individual or group tour, call 519-888-4424 or e-mail musin-

(Photo by Wei-Lon Lee) applications exist for video games, says Sarah Cook from the department of recreation and leisure studies at the University of Waterloo. An exhibit is currently on display at the Elliott Avedon Museum and Archive of Games chronicling the evolution of both video games and computer

fo@healthy.uwaterloo.ca.

games. Other

Many

real-life

portable, hand-held electronic

games

are also on display.

(Photo by Wei-Lon Lee)

Remember

this?

The

and was responsible cept which

Jl 1

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was

later

Atari

2600 was released

in

October 1977

for popularizing the plug-in cartridge

used

in

both Nintendo and

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first

video

game

console.

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BY ELIZABETH BATE It

Be

willing to listen to others, and

keep an open mind. This is the key to overcoming obstacles.

Close your mouth and open your ears in an effort to under-

was important makers all the same.

The

hosted

Multicultural Film Festival,

by

the

Multicultural

Cinema Club ran City Hall March The festival, now I

showcased artists

October 23

Mif

November

-

2

to local film-

it

stand others. Your empathy will

Scorpio

locally

wasn't the Cannes film festival,

but

enable your relationships to grow to a deeper level.

4

at

in its

free, public

in

Kitchener's

1-15. third year,

of

local

viewings

in

make time

but

may

be

at the

for yourself.

You

centre of a storm.

smell the coffee

-

perhaps with a

special loved one.

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so

films

entered

group

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the

year's entries.

growing.

"This specific festival is unique because of its local focus," he says. The only requirement to enter a

one entry and the head of Ed Video,

was

that

filmmaker be

its

Elisa

a

Crosland, the director of

production

studio

for

hire

in

Guelph, says she’s excited seeing

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After each

asked

viewers on their resulting in awards

screening, to

favourite films, in

vote

four categories.

A/am Fouk

Aladeh, the founder and director of the cinema club, was given two awards, best documentary and best social justice for

documentary on

his

Red Button made by Angus

R.

best feature film award.

The directors of each of the recognized films received a plaque donated by local store Ten Thousand Villages. For most viewers

Vjp

of

McLellan and Sleeping Dogs made by Terrance Odette was given the

life-altering decisions.

fgSyl

choice

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and

beliefs,

carefully evaluate the barrage of

people’s

Toronto’s Casey House, called Legacy of the Heart.

November 22 December 21

Challenge your

to

the

“This specific festival

were

Sagittarius

see both sides of an issue. This

local

in

addition to this year's fes-

was

viewing never exceeded 70

Even so, these numbers were up from previous years giving local filmmakers hope that interest is

film

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awards.

the

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houses the cinema club as well as

people.

thrilled with this

an

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film,

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films.

other local groups, the turnout for

Majdi Bou-Motor, a filmmaker with the cinema club and the at

was

people

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the council chambers.

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based,

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Imagine a bank robbery where were the most innocent

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a version of a

vault

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cleanout on

London.

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Moore, Dave Shilling played by Daniel Mays and Martine Love played by Saffron Burrows

rent an old

roller-

They burrow under

is

correct, the plot quickly

intro-

duces different layers of characters. At the bottom is a gang of fasci-

Jennifer Sprach

is

a third-year

nating bottom-dwellers

who work

off of a hot tip about a large bank

journalism student holding in the

palm of her hand.

fate

system being disarmed for a few days. Jason Statham (Terry Leather) and his band of friends Kev in Swain played by Stephen Campbell vault's security

to

the

it

at

first

intertwine

that happens all uncovered secrets

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happen

next.

store

the store

and

millions and millions of pounds,

jewels

and

various

top

secret

incriminating effects from the safety boxes.

The next movie version

women's apparel

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the characters

right into the bank's vault, looting

the story. the

all

almost adjacent to the bank.

“walkie-talkie

Whether or not

does not seem

relates

all

robbery" was hushed up by the UK government and they banned the media from reporting on it. No one was ever arrested for this robbery, and it has taken over 30 years to tell labelled

you

movie takes you on a

and everything

Job

corrup-

scandal and links to the

The Bank Job -

It

but

Directed by Roger Donaldson,

Virgo

that

fiim-making@the-

each other.

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of the clouds and your feet on the

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January 20

ugust

Legacy

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Cinema

or the Multicultural

tival

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for next year's festival.

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for the third

annual Multicultural Film Festival, March 12. Aladeh’s of the Heart,

watch

way

X

level involves

Michael

played by Peter de Jersey, a pimp

and a drug dealer operating alongside a very angry so-called Soho pom king. Lew Vogel played byDavid Suchet.

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the top of the ladder pulling

the strings ty serv ices

is

the corrupted securi-

who

are later rev ealed

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— SPOKE, March 24, 2008

Kitchener photographer’s work takes him around the world By MARCIA LOVE After getting his the

age of

first

“I

camera

at

Michael Messner

14,

decided to turn his hobby into a

“We do

begin (an assignment) with the

end in sight, visualizing the outcome. Sometimes I'll come up with something I wouldn’t have thought

pictures

of.”

tinually

He

career.

said he has

had some memo-

weddings,

ments

and frightening encounters

“I

haven't used film* for seven

with animals while working.

years.

Artistic Photography, out of their

was taking pictures in the Yukon once when a grizzly bear came out of the woods right in

digital,

and

options.

It's

at photography Conestoga and has been a photographer for over 40 years.

He

took

“I like

taking pictures that

front of me.

of

Germany, Hawaii and

Canada. Messner’s appeared

photography the

in

Owl Magazine, Magazine, Hallmark calendars, travel magazines and on postcards. The most challenging part of the job for him is finding the decisive American

instant

to

capture

an

Messner

image.

offers these tips to

(Photo by Marcia Love)

make

the subject.

Canada and around

got out of there.”

2.

busiest time of the year for Messners’ business is during' the summer and Christmas. “It’s a slower time right now

sive

studio, Artistic

.

Wait

moment

Use a

high

to take

shutter

because

speed for hand-held shots. 4. Ensure there is enough good lighting.

do any

can’t

aerial

snow

5.

the world.

a shot.

enough

3.

we

cameras in his Kitchener Photography. His work has taken him across of his

for the precise, deci-

the

(landscape) photos until the

However, Messner said this is also the-most rewarding part of being a

learning

Michael Messner holds one

knocked him down.

The

has

Scientific

me more

gives

constant

PHOTO TIPS

“(The magician) rushed over to sure I was OK. I got up and

across

all

it

a

aspiring photographers: 1 Get as close as possible to

the animal

Ireland,

including

Alaska,

get better results with

got a great headshot

1

it.”

another occasion, Messner said he climbed into a cage with a magician's cougar in St. Jacobs and

people smile," Messner said. His work has taken him to many different parts of the world,

now

1

process.”

On

make

improve-

changing with

in technology.

rable

Kitchener home.

baby

be able to

to

do anything that comes along.” Messner said the business is con-

Messner and his wife Mary operphotography studio. their ate

"I

portraits,

— you have

Interact with the subject.

goes away,” Messner said. He said because of the way the photography business is, photogra-

Whether it means making them laugh or putting them at

phers have to be diversified to do

to get the

is necessary emotion you want.

ease, do what

well.

photographer.

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His photo of a

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at

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